VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 18 February 2012: Saving Khader Adnan’s life is saving our own soul

18 February 2012VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Two Injured After Army Bombarded Gaza
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported that two residents were wounded, on Saturday evening, when the Israeli Air Force bombarded a blacksmith workshop in Az-Zeitoun neighborhood, east of Gaza City. …

Ma’an News

Prisoners in Ashkelon strike to support Adnan
2/18/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Palestinian prisoners in Israel’s Ashkelon prison have started an open hunger strike to support Islamic Jihad affiliated prisoner Khader Adnan, the Palestinian prisoners’ society said Sunday. Prisoner Nasser Hmeid told the society’s lawyer Kareem Ajwah that six prisoners already started a hunger strike and that another….

Hamas media: Egypt to pump fuel to Gaza
2/18/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – An Egyptian People’s Assembly official announced Saturday that Egypt has decided to pump fuel to the Gaza Strip to run the sole power plant starting Sunday. Sayyid Najida, head of the assembly’s industry and energy committee, told Hamas‘ Al-Aqsa TV that 500,000 liters of fuel…. Related: Gaza PM to press Egypt over electricity crisis

Israeli army: 3 Grad missiles explode near Beersheva
2/18/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — The Israeli army said Saturday that three Grad missiles exploded near Beersheva in the western Negev desert. No injuries or damage were reported. 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…. Related: France condemns rocket attack on southern Israel

Wife: Khader Adnan sticking to hunger strike
2/18/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Detained hunger-striker Khader Adnan is going forward with his hunger strike against unjust practices in Israeli jails, his wife said Saturday, dismissing reports to the contrary. Randa Adnan denied a report in a Gaza-based newspaper quoting her as saying Khader would stop his strike in the event that religious authorities found….

In photos: Thousands rally for Khader Adnan
2/18/2012 – 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 detention by Israel….

Open letter to EU’s Ashton after statement on Khader Adnan
2/18/2012 – By Ali Abunimah – 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….

Israeli forces ‘detain former prisoner’
2/18/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained former prisoner Sufyan Zaki Ouda Bahr, 35, from Al-Batin area east of Beit Ummar early Saturday, residents told Ma’an. An Israeli army spokeswoman said she was not aware of any detentions on Saturday. Bahr has been imprisoned by Israeli authorities several times in the past, locals….

Ministry: Israel must free mentally-ill detainee
2/18/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A 35-year-old Palestinian man in Israeli jail is suffering from schizophrenia and should be released for medical treatment, the PA ministry of prisoners affairs said on Saturday. Karam Sulaiman Ahmad Issa, from Balata refugee camp near Nablus, is being held in Israel’s Megiddo prison after he was detained….

3 Lebanese ‘sentenced to death’ for spying for Israel
2/18/2012 – BEIRUT (Ma’an) — A Lebanese military court has handed down three death sentences for spying for Israel, two of them in absentia, the Now Lebanon news website reported Friday. It cited a report from the state National News Agency saying the court ordered the sentences for Haitham Sahmarani, who is in custody, and Sahira….

Haniyeh set for third tour abroad
2/18/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Ismail Haniyeh is preparing to depart for his third regional tour in the coming days, a spokesman for the Gaza-based government said Saturday. Taher al-Nunu says Haniyeh’s latest tour succeeded in breaking through a “political siege” imposed on the Gaza government since Hamas won elections in 2006. During….

France condemns rocket attack on southern Israel
2/18/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — France has condemned a rocket attack on southern Israel on Wednesday, the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry deputy spokesman said.”France condemns the rocket attack which occurred Wednesday in Gaza at the people of southern Israel,” the spokesman said in a statement issued Thursday.”It also condemns the consquences for the…. Related: Israeli army: 3 Grad missiles explode near Beersheva

EU condemns demolitions in Silwan
2/18/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The local missions of the European Union condemned on Fridaythe demolition of several structures of the Maada Community center in Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem.” The EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah condemn the demolition of several structures of the Maada Community Center in the neighbourhood of Silwan (East Jerusalem),” a….

Gaza PM to press Egypt over electricity crisis
2/18/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The prime minister in the Gaza Strip will visit Egypt next week to press for a resolution to Gaza’s electricity crisis, his adviser said Saturday, as students in the coastal strip said blackouts were ruining their education. Yousef Rizqa told Hamas-affiliated news site Palestine Information Center that Ismail…. Related: Hamas media: Egypt to pump fuel to Gaza

Israel calls for tougher Iran sanctions
2/18/2012 – TOKYO (Reuters) — Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Saturday a nuclear-armed Iran would trigger an arms race in the Middle East and nations should impose “crippling” sanctions on Tehran to force it to give up its atomic program.” A nuclear Iran is a threat to the whole world, not just to Israel. . . Other major….

Hamas: Israel targets Gaza to spoil reconciliation
2/18/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas said Saturday that Israel was targeting the Gaza Strip to spoil burgeoning progress in a reconciliation deal with West Bank ruling faction Fatah, according to a spokesman from the movement. Fawzi Barhoum told Ma’an Israel “is purposely trying to escalate the situation to confuse the Palestinian movement during….

Abbas: Unity govt will commit to PLO principles
2/18/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that a new Palestinian interim cabinet appointed jointly by Fatah and Hamas will be committed to the principles of the Palestine Liberation Organization. The umbrella-body, which represents the Palestinians in international fora, has recognized Israel’s right to exist and negotiates with Israel on behalf….

Twin girls missing in deadly crash found alive
2/18/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — In the chaotic aftermath of a deadly school bus crash near Ramallah on Thursday, twin girls who were believed dead have been discovered alive and well a day later in a Jerusalem hospital. Five primary schoolchildren and their teacher were killed when the vehicle collided with a truck near Jaba checkpoint….

Snow falls in Palestine
2/18/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Snow started to fall on elevated areas and hilltops in Hebron, Bethlehem and Ramallah as a fierce storm started to move across the West Bank. Onlookers in Hebron say snow started to blanket mountains in the city and the neighboring towns of Halhul, Beit Ummar and Beit Fajjar. Director of the….

Syrian forces fire on anti-Assad crowd in capital
2/18/2012 – AMMAN, Jordan (Reuters) — Syrian security forces fired live ammunition to break up a protest against President Bashar Assad in Damascus on Saturday, killing at least one person, opposition activists said. A Chinese envoy met the Syrian leader and urged all sides to end 11 months of bloodshed, while backing a government plan for elections. He….

Trial starts in Iran’s biggest banking scandal
2/18/2012 – TEHRAN (Reuters) — Thirty-two people suspected of involvement in a multi-billion dollar banking fraud with alleged links to the government of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have gone on trial in Tehran, the Iranian state news agency reported. The record embezzlement case revolves around forged documents allegedly used by the directors of the Amir Mansour Arya Investment….


Iranian warships enter Mediterranean
AlJazeera 18 Feb 2012 – Israel calls move a “provocation” and says it will monitor the vessels closely as they cross Suez Canal.

International Solidarity Movement

Kufr Qaddoum: 5 people injured in demonstration
2/18/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Veronica, 17 February 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – In advance of last week’s regular demonstration in Kufr Qaddoum the Israeli military attempted to prevent it by turning off the electricity supply to the village from 4AM that morning. But it did not deter about 150 Palestinians from the village from marching….

Women Studies Center of Nablus: Women’s rights are Palestinian rights
2/18/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Jonas Weber, 18 February 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – “We rented this house since a year back,” says Randa Bashir as she looked around in the brightly lit meeting room at the Women Studies Centre in Nablus. Like most Palestinian houses it is designed to keep cool during the warmer time of the year rather….

The National

Violent protest in Syria moves closer to those in power
The National 18 Feb 2012 – The killings in Damascus on Saturday happened about a kilometre away from the presidential palace where president Bashar Al Assad receives foreign dignitaries.


U.S. official: Signs pointing to increasing likelihood of Israeli strike on Iran
Ha’aretz – 18 Feb 2012

West Bank outposts spreading into Area B, in violation of Oslo Accords
Ha’aretz – 18 Feb 2012

Four children remain in critical condition from deadly Jerusalem bus crash
Ha’aretz – 18 Feb 2012

U.S. military chief: Israeli strike on Iran would not be ‘prudent’
Ha’aretz – 18 Feb 2012

More than 10,000 march in Damascus anti-Assad protest
Ha’aretz – 18 Feb 2012

Iran poised to expand uranium enrichment at underground facility, diplomats say
Ha’aretz – 18 Feb 2012

Hamas rejects Egypt fuel offer as Gaza energy crisis deepens
Ha’aretz – 18 Feb 2012

Egypt sets NGO trial date, escalating rift with U.S.
Ha’aretz – 18 Feb 2012

Barak: World must impose ‘crippling’ sanctions on Iran over nuclear program
Ha’aretz – 18 Feb 2012

Palestinian hunger striker appeals to Israel’s Supreme Court
Ha’aretz – 18 Feb 2012

Iran says Stuxnet virus infected 16,000 computers
Ha’aretz – 18 Feb 2012

Report: U.S. drones flying over Syria to monitor crackdown
Ha’aretz – 18 Feb 2012

Snow blankets northern Israel, but Jerusalem residents left disappointed
Ha’aretz – 18 Feb 2012

Jerusalem Post

Rabbis invoke decapitated calf commandment
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – Modernized version of one of the more obscure ceremonies of the Torah conducted by Tzohar rabbis to protest hit-and-run death.

Libya PM promises families cash to quell discontent
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – El-Keib says families whose relatives were killed or were still missing in war that ousted Gaddafi to receive monthly aid.

Steinitz tries to keep Ammunition Hill site open
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – Site director says he cannot pay salaries after he was ordered to stop charging admission fees last year.

Police hunting for hit-and-run driver
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – Police suspect that 82-year-old Netanya man Honig Vasil killed after trying to stop car thief.

Ministers mull gay rights bill
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – New bill would seeks to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

80-year-old woman murdered by homeless man
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – Jerusalem homeless man murders elderly lady with whom he had lived for about a month.

Funerals are held for victims of bus accident
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – Teacher and several children killed near Jerusalem late last week are laid to rest; police investigation continues.

My Word: A fresh perspective
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – Perspective, unlike batteries, cannot run out and its creative use can help you see beauty in the mundane.

Ingathering and inclusion
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – I am still proud of my contribution to the ingathering of almost a million former Soviet Jews.

Dempsey: Israeli strike on Iran would not be prudent
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – Chairman of US Joint Chiefs tells CNN an attack wouldn’t accomplish Israel’s long-term goals, says Washington views Tehran as a rational actor, believes it hasn’t decided to make a nuclear weapon.

Jewish Ideas Daily: Mensch in the moon
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – Abe Silverstein was one of the nation’s foremost aerodynamics experts, and designed its first supersonic wind tunnel.

A divided town, where bargains bring two peoples together
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – Barta’a is split down the middle between Israel, Palestinian territories, making it easily accessible for bargain-seeking Israelis.

‘Iranian warships arrive at Syrian port’
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – Ships from Iran’s 18th fleet cross Suez Canal, dock in Syria for second time in a year, Mehr reports.

Hamas rejects Egyptian offer to transfer fuel
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – Gaza-based group says it won’t accept deliveries made through Israel, proposes transfer through tunnels or Rafah crossing.

Abbas wins Fatah backing for presidential reelection
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – Current PA president has already secured position as PM of unity gov’t; has stated he doesn’t plan on seeking presidential reelection.

Assad: Conflict is ploy to divide Syria
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – Syrian president makes comments after meeting Chinese vice FM, who confirms support for Assad referendum.

Sirens ring as Grad explodes near Beersheba
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – Two other rockets from Gaza hit the South, explode in open fields; no injuries or damages reported in the attacks.

China envoy meets Assad, backs Syria election plan
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – Chinese vice foreign minister calls for end to violence, Syria state TV reports; Syrian forces renew bombardment of opposition stronghold Homs as snow covers the city.

Blanket of snow covers the North as storms resume
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – Jerusalem received no snowfall after extensive municipal preparations; travelers advised to avoid the Golan, Judean desert.

‘Egypt to deliver fuel to Gaza after energy crisis’
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – Egypt deal comes after Gaza’s lone power plant shut down as smuggling fuel through Sinai stopped, Ma’an reports.

German city Wurzburg brings back long-lost Jews
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – Other German cities have hosted such visits over the years, but this is a first for Wurzburg.

Gaza, West 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.”

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.

Inter Press Service

MIDEAST: After 25 Years, Cinema Comes to Divided Town
IPS Palestinians in East Jerusalem can once again go to the movies, after Al Quds Cinema reopened its doors this week after being closed for 25 years. Organisers say this signals the rebirth for Palestinian arts and culture in the city.


Dr. Barghouthi demands the international community intervenes to save Khader Adnan’s life
Uruknet February 18, 2012 – I call on the international community to demand that the Israeli government immediately release Khader Adnan from administrative detention. As I write this plea, Khader Adnan is finishing his sixty-second day on hunger strike in protest of Israel’s inhumane and unlawful policy of administrative detention. Since Israel illegally occupied the Palestinian Territories,…

Syrian forces open fire on funeral march turned into a mass protest close to Assad’s palace in Damascus (Videos)
Uruknet February 18, 2012 – Syrian security forces fired live rounds and tear gas at thousands of people marching Saturday in a funeral procession that turned into a protest in Damascus, activists said. It was one of the largest demonstrations in the capital since the 11-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad began. At least one person was…

Feed In Search of a Bedouin Intifada
Uruknet February 18, 2012 – Recent years have seen Israel escalate its campaign to push Palestinians and Bedouin out of their homes. According to the UN, nearly 1100 Palestinians and Bedouin were displaced by Israeli house demolitions in 2011 – approximately 80 percent more than 2010. So where is the Bedouin Intifada? The Israeli state continues to…

Solidarity with Khader Adnan
Uruknet February 18, 2012 – Day 62 and counting. Adnan’s hunger strike continues. On February 15, Israel let his wife Randa see him for the second time. She said “(h)is health has drastically deteriorated from the last time I saw him” a week ago. “I expect the worst. He insists on continuing with the hunger strike.” He…

Bedouins in E1: “I said that this was my home, that I was born here, and he told me to go to Ramallah”
Uruknet February 18, 2012 – Yousef Thayafeen, 37, lives with his wife and their five children in Wa’r al Beik, an area bordering the town of Anata, a suburb of East Jerusalem cut off from the city by the separation wall. Yousef’s five siblings and their families also live in the small encampment. Late at night on…

Palestinian Detainees In Ramon Punished For Protesting Abuse
Uruknet February 18, 2012 – 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. The PPS stated that these punishments include depriving them…

Health groups discover radioactive materials in Iraq Fallujah
Uruknet February 18, 2012 – The industrial street in Fallujah District is subject to a radioactive contamination resulting from military operations that were carried out in the past years, a source told Alsumaria stressing that health authorities fear the outbreak of cancer diseases as a result of this contamination. “Two metal pieces were the reason behind closing…

Wife: Khader Adnan sticking to hunger strike
Uruknet February 18, 2012 — Detained hunger-striker Khader Adnan is going forward with his hunger strike against unjust practices in Israeli jails, his wife said Saturday, dismissing reports to the contrary. Randa Adnan denied a report in a Gaza-based newspaper quoting her as saying Khader would stop his strike in the event that religious authorities found it…

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet February 17, 2012 – The number of documented demonstrations that set out this Friday according to the Local Coordination Committees in Syria has reached 613 demonstrations, most of which occurred in Idlib, which witnessed 158 demonstrations, followed by Aleppo with 89 demonstrations, then by Hama with 87 demonstrations. In Homs, 57 demonstrations set out, in Daraa…

Reality of Hamas-Fatah Unity
Uruknet February 17, 2012 – While top officials representing rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, signed yet another unity agreement on February 6 in Doha, Qatar, Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan crossed the 50-day mark of his hunger strike. His health was rapidly deteriorating… Ultimately, Hamas-Fatah unity based on halving the spoils of whatever imagined power they may…

Israeli national park expropriates Palestinian land
Uruknet February 17, 2012 – Israel’s use of national parks to expropriate Palestinian land and prevent development in East Jerusalem is the subject of Bimkom’s latest, January, report. Bimkom, a group of Israeli planners and architects advocating for planning rights, has studied the state’s strategy of making “green” settlements as a more convenient alternative to building its…

Video – Fallujah, Iraq : thousands of Iraqis demonstrate against Assad

Planting Olive Trees and Keeping Hope Alive in West Bank
Uruknet February 17, 2012 – Fifty supporters of justice arrived at the occupied territories of Palestine on 4th February. They were all more or less prepared for ten days of an intense experience; exploring discrimination and separation, hatred and fear. Despite the diversity among the people, a common ground was established even before take-off: a desire to…

Libya’s Colonial War One Year Later
Uruknet February 17, 2012 – The uprising against the regime of Col. Muammar Gaddafi started in Libya one year ago, on February 15, 2011. France and Britain conducted the supporting military operation with great difficulty and much deeper involvement than they had planned, hoping initially for a quick colonial campaign. The desultory guerrilla warfare waged by the…

Gaddafi supporters outside Libya form new grouping
Uruknet February 17, 2012 – Members of Colonel Gaddafi’s former government outside Libya say they are starting a political movement aimed at radical change, the BBC has learnt. In a message which appears to be genuine, one of Gaddafi’s senior officials said they wanted to prevent the outbreak of another civil war… The former senior official told…

Why Libya Is Becoming More Dangerous After Gaddafi’s Fall
Uruknet February 17, 2012 – As Libya marks the first anniversary of its revolution on Friday, the dozens of well-armed militia groups operating across the vast country have slipped well out of the control of the nascent government in Tripoli, making the country ever more fractured as well as dangerous to ordinary Libyans attempting to adjust to…

012 : A Video Roundup

BDS roundup: From Vancouver to Ramallah, no love for Israeli apartheid
Uruknet February 17, 2012 – A BDS motion passes at a Canadian university; the Olympia Food Co-op, heading to court, rallies supporters; Vancouver activists show no love for Israeli products on Valentine’s Day; an appeal to the Irish president to reject a state invitation to Israel; and Palestinian youth urge France to stop selling weaponry to the…

Daily Star

Lebanese demonstrate for legal protection against domestic violence
Daily Star 18 Feb 2012 Hundreds gathered in Beirut Saturday to protest Lebanon’s lack of legislation against domestic violence, including spousal rape.

Iraq tightens security at Syria border to stop arms flow
Daily Star 18 Feb 2012 Iraq said on Saturday it had reinforced security along its Syrian border to prevent arms smuggling, after reports fighters and weapons were crossing into Syria.

Iran says Stuxnet virus infected 16,000 computers
Daily Star 18 Feb 2012 The powerful virus targeted Iran’s nuclear facilities and other industrial sites in 2010.

Israel seeks tighter sanctions against Iran
Daily Star 18 Feb 2012 Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak Saturday called on the world to tighten sanctions on Iran before the country enters a “zone of immunity”.

U.K. FM: Attack on Iran has ‘enormous downsides’
Daily Star 18 Feb 2012 British Foreign Secretary William Hague says that any attack on Iran would carry huge costs.

Lawyer of Palestinian hunger striker files appeal
Daily Star 18 Feb 2012 A lawyer of a Palestinian prisoner on a hunger strike to protest his months-long detention without trial said that he has appealed to Israel’s Supreme Court to release him.

Egypt trial on U.S. democracy activists set for Feb. 26
Daily Star 18 Feb 2012 An Egyptian court will start the trial on Feb. 26 of activists from mostly American civil society groups accused of working illegally in Egypt.

Egypt ‘promises fuel’ for Gaza power plant
Daily Star 18 Feb 2012 Egypt has promised to provide diesel fuel for the Gaza Strip’s sole power plant, which went down this week after running out of fuel, a Gaza official said on Saturday.


Palestinians: IDF strikes Gaza again
YNet News, 18 Feb 2012 – ….

IDF uncovers Iranian-made explosive device in Gaza
YNet News, 18 Feb 2012 – Explosive device with unmistakable Iranian trademarks found, dismantled near border fence ….

Santorum says Obama agenda not ‘based on Bible’
YNet News, 18 Feb 2012 – ….

Thailand: Police trace motorcycle purchased by Iranian terrorists
YNet News, 18 Feb 2012 – ….

Pope wants to see Fidel Castro on Cuba trip
YNet News, 18 Feb 2012 – ….

IDF attacks Gaza lathe following rocket fire
YNet News, 18 Feb 2012 – Palestinians report two people lightly hurt in Air Force strike following firing of three rockets at Beersheba ….

Palestinians: 2 injured in IAF strike on Gaza
YNet News, 18 Feb 2012 – ….

Energy crisis in Gaza Strip deepens
YNet News, 18 Feb 2012 – Egypt stops smuggling of fuel into Gaza Strip resulting in semi-shutdown of Gaza power station. Palestinians refuse Israeli oil deal offer ….

EU ‘concerned’ about Palestinian hunger striker’s health
YNet News, 18 Feb 2012 – Catherine Ashton urges Israel to do everything to preserve health of Islamic Jihad member in administrative detention Khader Adnan ….

Why are the leftists silent?
YNet News, 18 Feb 2012 – Op-ed: Leftist groups quick to slam IDF, settlers, but say nothing when Arabs kill each other ….

3 Grad rockets explode near Beersheba
YNet News, 18 Feb 2012 – Day after two Gaza rockets fired at Ashkelon and Eshkol Regional Council, another projectile explodes outside Negev city ….

Palestinian Information Center

Haneyya: Diplomatic moves being made to have hunger striker Adnan released
PIC – Ismail Haneyya said he gave instructions to theforeign ministry to carry out intensive contacts with different Arab and European official parties to help get hunger striker Khader Adnan released.

IOF quell peaceful march of Kafr Qaddum village
PIC – Dozens of Palestinians and foreign activists suffered different injuries on Friday when their peaceful anti-settlement march were violently attacked by Israeli soldiers in Kafr Qaddum village.

IOF invade north of Gaza, bomb east of Bureij camp
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces carried out a small-scale incursion into northern Gaza Strip on Friday evening and bombed a residential area east of Al-Bureij camp without any reported injuries.


Abbas: Future Government to Uphold PLO Agreements
WAFA – 18 Feb 2012

EU, France Concerned over Health of Striking Prisoner
WAFA – 18 Feb 2012

Newspapers Review: Prisoner’s Hunger Strike Main Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 18 Feb 2012

Weather Forecast: Snow on Areas Over 800m Above Sea Level
WAFA – 18 Feb 2012


Syria opposition march comes under fire near president’s palace
LA Times 19 Feb 2012 – Thousands of mourners risk taking part in the funeral procession in Damascus, which is still mostly loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. One death is reported. Thousands of mourners braved a snowstorm and heavy security presence to march Saturday through a strategic Damascus neighborhood, turning…

Israel’s ex-spy chief sees opportunity in Syria crisis
LA Times 18 Feb 2012 – Israel’s Efraim Halevy believes a collapse of the Assad regime in Syria could deal a blow to ally Iran’s regional ambitions and nuclear program. Instability in Syria poses stark security risks for Israel, but it also offers a chance to deliver a stinging blow toIran’s…

Jailed journalists a sign of declining press freedom in Turkey
LA Times 19 Feb 2012 – Turkey is often held up in the U.S. and Europe as a model of how democracy can work in a Muslim country. But activists say press freedom continues to erode. One ofTurkey’sbest known publishers and human rights activists is sitting in prison — again —…

Syrian Protesters Throng Streets of Damascus
New York Times 18 Feb 2012 – Hundreds of people braved scattered gunfire in the biggest such march near the heart of Damascus since the country’s uprising started 11 months ago.

For Russia and Syria, Bonds Are Old and Deep
New York Times 18 Feb 2012 – The Kremlin, seemingly undeterred by an international outcry, has worked frantically to preserve its relationship with the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Palestinian’s Trial Shines Light on Justice System
New York Times 18 Feb 2012 – As a grass-roots leader goes on trial, having been incriminated by a teenager, questions are being raised about the legal system Palestinians are placed into.

Trial of Americans in Egypt Shakes Nations’ Ties
New York Times 18 Feb 2012 – Officials said that the prosecution of nonprofit workers from the United States jeopardizes the disbursement of more than $1.5 billion in aid to Egypt.

Iran Court Starts Trial in $2.6 Billion Bank Fraud
New York Times 18 Feb 2012 – The trial of 32 defendants in a $2.6 billion bank fraud case, described as the biggest financial swindle in the country’s history, has begun.

The New Islamists: Tunisia Islamists Test Ideas Decades in the Making
New York Times 18 Feb 2012 – In an article he wrote before his death on Thursday, Mr. Shadid examined how a party shaped by repression hopes to act as a regional model after being voted into power in Tunisia.

In Jerusalem, the Nakba is a fresh memory
Mondoweiss – A Palestinian mansion in Jerusalem seized during the Nakba My first day in Jerusalem, I discovered that my roommate in the institute where I stay is a Palestinian-American scholar I’d met 5 years ago in New York. He made me tea and we sat outside in…

Checkpoint snapshot
Mondoweiss – A boy waiting to cross an Israeli checkpoint in Jerusalem (Photo: AP/Tara Todras-Whitehill) The scent is sweet and mildly at a grasp; it is circulating the stuffy room. I glance around, hoping to find my sanctuary; my place of comfort. The atmosphere around me is musty….

Hasbara: Reach-out to non-Jews with ‘Zionist-inspired’ calendar
Mondoweiss – February is…America-Israel Friendship Month screen shot. A Pro-Israel organization recently created a “Zionist-inspired” calendar, to bolster campus pro-Israel support. “Designed to promote a positive image of Israel,” the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise built the calendar to feature twelve “Israel-related themes.” March is…Israel Women’s History Month banner screen…

Ambassadors of Apartheid: Batsheva Dance Company to tour San Francisco and New York
Mondoweiss – (Image: Nigel Parry) In the next few weeks the Batsheva Dance Company , will perform in San Francisco and New York City. The “critically acclaimed and popularly embraced” dance troupe is in part financed by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, making the ensemble ripe for protest from…

B’Tselem: Israeli use of administrative detention increased sharply in 2011
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State University Hosts Israeli Historian Ilan Pappe- Says No to McCarthyite Campaign
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Syria indicted before UN General Assembly
Voltaire Network 16 Feb 2012 – The United Nations General Assembly, presided by Qatar, held a special session on the Syrian situation. The High Commissioner for Human Rights, South African lawyer Navi Pillay, presented a chilling report on the abuses attributed to the al-Assad administration, with particular emphasis on rape (when she…

East Africa: Kenya Breaks With Uganda, Tanzania on Syria Vote
allAfrica.com 18 Feb 2012 – [Nation] New York – Kenya parted company with its East African Community partners Tanzania and Uganda in a vote on Thursday on a United Nations resolution calling for regime change in Syria.

Fashion confronts gender segregation in Israel
Joseph Dana 18 Feb 2012 – One of Israel’s major fashion magazines is jumping into the heated debate about the religious character of the country. This month’s issue of BelleMode features a racy 12 page spread depicting provocative models surrounded by ultra-religious men on a public bus. The campaign is a cheeky…

Iran ‘may boost nuclear output’
BBC 18 Feb 2012 – Iran appears poised to boost its nuclear programme by installing thousands of new-generation centrifuges, a diplomat tells the BBC.

First Iran exiles leave Iraq camp
BBC 18 Feb 2012 – Some 400 residents of an Iranian exile community leave their camp in NW Iraq, but there are complaints about conditions in their new home near Baghdad.

Iran warships enter Mediterranean
BBC 18 Feb 2012 – Iranian warships enter the Mediterranean Sea via the Suez Canal for only the second time since the country’s revolution in 1979.

Blood-baath in Syria and proletarian direct action by TÅÃdnà VÃlka – Class War Group
A-infos 18 Feb 2012 – Greetings to proletarians in struggle in Syria, Egypt, Tunisia… and all over the world! – It was thirty years ago, in the city of Hama in Syriaâ On February 2nd, 1982, the population responded to calls for insurrection against the government, against misery and repression. The…


Saving Khader Adnan’s life is saving our own soul
Richard Falk, Al Jazeera.com 2/17/2012
      The Palestinian prisoner’s case is a microcosm of the unbearable cruelty of prolonged occupation.
     The world watches as tragedy unfolds beneath its gaze. Khader Adnan is entering his 61st day as a hunger striker in an Israeli prison, being held under an administrative detention order without trial, charges, or any indication of the evidence against him.
     From the outset of his brutal arrest in the middle of the night – in the presence of his wife and young daughters – he has been subject to the sort of inhumane and degrading treatment that is totally unlawful and morally inexcusable. Its only justification is to intimidate, if not terrify, Palestinians who have lived for 45 years under the yoke of an oppressive occupation. This occupation continuously whittles away at Palestinians’ rights under international humanitarian law – especially their right to self-determination, which is encroached upon every time a new housing unit is added to the colonising settlements that dot the hilltops surrounding Jerusalem and the West Bank. Hundreds of Palestinians join hunger strike
     The case of Khader Adnan is a revealing microcosm of the unbearable cruelty of prolonged occupation. It draws a contrast in the West between the dignity of an Israeli prisoner and the steadfast refusal to heed the abuse of thousands of Palestinians languishing in Israeli jails through court sentence or administrative order.
     Mr Adnan’s father poignantly highlighted this contrast a few days ago by referring to Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held by Hamas in captivity for several years and recently released in good health: “Where are the mother and father of Gilad Shalit? Do they not feel for me in this humanitarian case? Where are they?”…. more.. e-mail

Open letter to EU’s Ashton after statement on Khader Adnan
Ali Abunimah, Ma’an News Agency 2/18/2012
      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.
     Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Carter Center, and numerous civil society groups all over the world have called for Israel to immediately release or charge Mr. Adnan, as well as the more than 300 other “administrative detainees” including 21 elected members of the Palestinian legislative council currently being held by Israel.
     But you didn’t do that. Instead, you washed your hands of Khader Adnan, and to the extent that Khader Adnan has become a symbol of Palestinians’ desperate determination to stand up for their rights against overwhelming Israeli oppression, you washed your hands of all Palestinians too.
     As Adnan wrote weeks ago:
     “The Israeli occupation has gone to extremes against our people, especially prisoners. I have been humiliated, beaten, and harassed by interrogators for no reason, and thus I swore to God I would fight the policy of administrative detention to which I and hundreds of my fellow prisoners fell prey.” more.. e-mail

We’ve seen the threats against Iran before
Phyllis Bennis, Al Jazeera.com 2/18/2012
      Although political brinkmanship with Iran is nothing new, escalating tensions do not bode well for the region.
     Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Here we go again with the Iran hysteria. It is tempting to think this time will be just like previous periods of sabre rattling against Iran. But there are significant new dangers. The Arab Spring, Israel’s position, changes in the regional and global balance of forces, and national election campaigns, all point to this round of anti-Iranian hysteria posing potentially graver risks than five or six years ago.
     We have seen all this before. The US ratchets up its rhetoric, Israel threatens a military attack, escalating sanctions bite harder on the Iranian people, Iran refuses to back down on uranium enrichment. But at the same time, top US military and intelligence officials actually admit Iran does not have a nuclear weapon, is not building a nuclear weapon, and has not decided whether to even begin a building process.
     There is certainly a big dose of déjà vu. In 2004 Israel’s prime minister denounced the international community for not doing enough to stop Iran from building a nuclear weapon. In 2005 the Israeli military was reported to “be ready by the end of March for possible strikes on secret uranium enrichment sites in Iran”. In 2006 the House Armed Services Committee issued a report drafted by one congressional staffer (an aide to hard-line pro-war John Bolton, then US ambassador to the UN), claiming that Iran was enriching uranium to weapons-grade 90 per cent. That same year a different Israeli prime minister publicly threatened a military strike against Iran. In 2008, George W Bush visited Israel to reassure them that “all options” remained on the table. more.. e-mail

fish hiya: no life
In Gaza: 18 Feb 2012 – If these were “normal” circumstances, we could deal with it. I remember not long ago when we would complain because the power was out for 12 hours a day. Now I long for those days. These aren’t normal times, these are worse than even “shitty” times. This is no life. Every day, every hour, I think: what time is the power coming, how long has it been off now? When will the water come? The drinking water truck has stopped coming around. The people who purify the water can’t do so without electricity, and they can’t deliver the water without gas. We’re not asking for a lot: water and electricity. Who hears our voices? Does anyone? This was the main message in our conversation, but of course other complaints escaped as well: how incredibly boring and disorienting it is to have almost entire days, every day, without power. No computers,…more

Obsession with Israel: Variegated Trojan Horse
Palestine Chronicle: 18 Feb 2012 – By Jamil Toubbeh ‘Obsession with Israel’ is akin to wearing the Stars and Stripes on one’s lapel; while both may be symbols of commitments to causes, the causes, by virtue of their uniqueness, are rarely complementary and if by chance they are, their individual objectives and outcomes are usually skewed to one or the other cause(s). The reason: in a democracy national interests and sovereignty are unique and supreme. This concept is best articulated in George Washington’s enduring statement in his historic Farewell Address, delivered more than 150 years before the establishment of the self-proclaimed Jewish State, aka Israeli. Washington said: “[A] passionate attachment of one Nation for another provides a variety of evils…facilitating the illusion of an imaginary interest, in cases where no common interests exists; and infusing into one the enemies of the other, betrays the former to participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter”. The…more

War ‘Option’: You Will Comply or Else
Palestine Chronicle: 18 Feb 2012 – By Ron Forthofer Madeleine Albright, former U.S. ambassador to the UN and former Secretary of State in the Clinton administration, once asked General Colin Powell, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: “What’s the point of having this superb military you’re always talking about if we can’t use it?” Albright’s statement nicely captures the U.S. approach to dealing with troublesome leaders. By troublesome, I mean those who have the temerity to oppose U.S. positions and who, at the same time, are far too weak to pose a real military threat to the U.S. Examples of nations that had such troublesome leaders include Panama, Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. The leaders of Syria and Iran are also currently in the crosshairs. Note the contrast between Albright’s words and those of President Eisenhower in his “Cross of Iron” speech in 1953. Eisenhower addressed the idea of regime change when he said:…more

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