VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 19 February 2012: Palestinians Foil Settlers Attack On Al-Aqsa Mosque

19 February 2012VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

PCHR Calls upon the International Community to Save the Life of the Detainee Khader Adnan
IMEMC – The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is concerned for the life of Khader Adnan, a detainee in Israeli jails, who has been on hunger strike for more than two months. PCHR calls upon the international community to pressurize Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) to release Adnan, who has been placed under administrative detention without trial. …

Palestinians Foil Settlers Attack On Al-Aqsa Mosque
IMEMC – Dozens of Palestinian residents foiled, on Sunday morning, an attempt by dozens of fundamentalist Israeli settlers to break into the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem. …

Father, Mother, Their Two Children Injured In Israeli Strike On Gaza
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported, on Sunday at dawn, that a father, mother and their two children, were wounded when the Israeli army bombarded their home in Gaza City. Two Palestinians were wounded in an earlier strike on Gaza. …

Ma’an News

Israeli warplanes fire on Gaza Strip, 4 injured
2/19/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli warplanes fired at the northern Gaza Strip overnight Saturday, leaving four people injured. The raids hit a blacksmith workshop in the Zaitoun neighborhood of Gaza City late Saturday, causing extensive damage and wounding one man. Early Sunday, a home in the city’s Tuffah neighborhood was hit by….

Airstrikes ‘injure toddler, damage school’ in Gaza
2/19/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip early Sunday injured a one-year-old boy when his bedroom was hit by a missile, among five others wounded, and an elementary school sustained severe damage, locals told Ma’an. A statement from the Israeli military said the missiles targeted a “weapon manufacturing site….

Gaza faces more blackouts as Egypt fuel fails to arrive
2/19/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Fuel from Egypt has yet to be transferred to Gaza despite assurances it would arrive on Sunday to alleviate an energy crisis, a power authority official said Sunday afternoon. Gaza’s sole power station has stopped functioning since Tuesday, leaving the Gaza Strip with up to 18 hour blackouts….

High court to mull Khader Adnan appeal Thursday
2/19/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Israeli Supreme Court will hear a petition on Thursday against the continued administrative detention of hunger-striking prisoner Khader Adnan, the prisoners society said Sunday. The military secretariat informed lawyer Jawad Bulus that his appeal against Adnan’s administrative detention order will go before the court in four days, the…. Related: Family of hunger striking prisoner pay visit to hospital

Family of hunger striking prisoner pay visit to hospital
2/19/2012 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Khader Adnan‘s family visited him in hospital on Sunday, calling on the international community to support their son.” I am going to the hospital to visit my dad and tell him I love you,” Adnan’s 3-year-old son told reporters. The senior Islamic Jihad member is being…. Related: High court to mull Khader Adnan appeal Thursday

Report: Settler outposts expand into Area B
2/19/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank have seized several hundred dunams of Palestinian land that lies inside zones of Palestinian government control under international agreements, Israeli media reported on Sunday. Most Israeli settlements — all of which are illegal under international law — lie in Area C, the 62 percent…. Related: Haaretz: West Bank outposts spreading into Area B, in violation of Oslo Accords

Israeli forces clash with Palestinians at Al-Aqsa
2/19/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces clashed with Palestinians in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday morning, leaving several Palestinians and one police officer injured. Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said forces entered the site after stones were thrown at a group of Christian tourists. Police detained three Palestinians inside the compound, he said. Official….

Cancer patient detained while seeking treatment in Israel
2/19/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Sunday detained a man from Gaza who was seeking medical treatment in Israel. Witnesses told Ma’an that Kamal Hikmat al-Taramsi, 23, was detained at Beit Hanoun checkpoint while reportedly on route to an Israeli hospital for treatment. Al-Taramsi, from Jabalia refugee camp, suffers from thyroid….

Swedish politician urges country to recognize Palestine
2/19/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The foreign affairs spokeswoman for Sweden’s Center Party has called on her country to recognize a Palestinian state and vote for Palestinian membership at the United Nations. Kerstin Lundgren, writing in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter on Wednesday, said if the country votes against Palestine joining the UN as….

UN inspectors to press Iran over nuclear concerns
2/19/2012 – VIENNA (Reuters) — UN nuclear inspectors headed to Iran on Sunday for talks aimed at getting Tehran to start addressing their mounting concerns that it may be seeking to develop atomic bombs.” We hope to have a couple of good and constructive days in Tehran,” Herman Nackaerts, deputy director general of the UN International Atomic Energy….

Top US military officer says premature to attack Iran now
2/19/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The top US military officer said on Sunday that a military strike against Iran would be premature, because it is unclear that Tehran will actually use its nuclear capabilities to build an atomic bomb. There has been public discussion in Israel about whether it should attack Iran to stop it from developing a….

Fayyad forms committee to investigate Jaba crash
2/19/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Sunday that a committee will be formed to investigate a car crash which killed five schoolchildren and their teacher last week. The committee will be headed by the PA foreign minister and members will include the minister of health, minister of education, minister of local….

Syrian security forces clamp down on Damascus
2/19/2012 – AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) — Police and militia patrols fanned out in the Syrian capital’s Mezze district on Sunday to prevent a repeat of protests against President Bashar Assad that have threatened his grip on Damascus, opposition activists said. On the international front, China said it believed a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis was….

Egypt recalls its ambassador to Syria
2/19/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt recalled its ambassador to Damascus on Sunday, state media reported, the latest move by an Arab state to isolate President Bashar Assad and pressure him to halt a violent crackdown on protesters. The Foreign Ministry also said the Syrian government had decided to recall its ambassador to Cairo. There was no immediate….

Egypt delays announcing final date for presidential vote
2/19/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — The judicial committee supervising Egypt’s first presidential election since Hosni Mubarak was overthrown last year said on Sunday it had yet to finalize a date for the vote, although an election official said it would be in the first week of June. The committee had been expected to announce a date….


Iran warships ‘dock in Syria’s Tartous port’
AlJazeera 19 Feb 2012 – Iran state media says two vessels have crossed Suez Canal and arrived in Syria, provoking angry response from Israel.

Alternative Information Center

AIC Job Opening: Website and Publications Editor
Alternative Information Center – The Alternative Information Center (AIC),a joint Palestinian-Israeli organization engaged in dissemination of information, political advocacy, grassroots activism and critical analysis, has an opening for the position of English Website and Publications Editor. This is a leadership…

New Report: 2.7 Settler Attacks Per Day in 2011
Alternative Information Center – A new report outlines how Israeli settler violence reached new heights in 2011, if that still surprises anyone. The reason for this new level of violence, concludes the report, is the absolute backing of the Israeli…

The National

Egypt recalls its ambassador to Syria
The National 19 Feb 2012 – Egypt’s foreign ministry said yesterday that it was withdrawing its ambassador to Syria, the latest Arab country to scale back its relations with the embattled regime in Damascus.

US worries grow over Israeli strike on Iran
The National 19 Feb 2012 – The US national security adviser, Tom Donilon, is the latest official to discuss Iran’s nuclear ambitions with Israeli leaders as Obama administration grows increasingly concerned that Israel may opt to launch a strike.

Egypt’s Ultras have shown military rule the red card
The National 19 Feb 2012 – The list of groups alienated by Egypt’s ruling generals has added perhaps its most muscular member: hardcore supporters known as Ultras.


U.S. concerned that Barak is pushing for Israeli attack on Iran
Ha’aretz – 19 Feb 2012

IDF to deploy Iron Dome anti-missile system in central Israel
Ha’aretz – 19 Feb 2012

U.S., Britain urge Israel not to attack Iran
Ha’aretz – 19 Feb 2012

Palestinian television still glorifies terror attacks against Israel
Ha’aretz – 19 Feb 2012

Four children remain in critical condition from deadly Jerusalem bus crash
Ha’aretz – 19 Feb 2012

IDF playing a dangerous game in funding standoff
Ha’aretz – 19 Feb 2012

Storm rains on Jerusalem snow parade
Ha’aretz – 19 Feb 2012

U.S. official: Signs pointing to increasing likelihood of Israeli strike on Iran
Ha’aretz – 19 Feb 2012

Steinitz: IDF inciting against Israeli cabinet in bid to avoid budget cut
Ha’aretz – 19 Feb 2012

Get your coats, as Jerusalem gears for chilly ice sculptor delight
Ha’aretz – 19 Feb 2012

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

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

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

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

U.S. intelligence officials: Iran not about to abandon nuclear program, but unlikely to provoke conflict
Ha’aretz – 16 Feb 2012

Hezbollah denies responsibility for attempted terror attacks against Israeli targets
Ha’aretz – 16 Feb 2012

Iran: Our satellite photographed Israel’s Dimona reactor, IDF bases
Ha’aretz – 16 Feb 2012

10 killed as Palestinian children’s bus, truck collide near Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 16 Feb 2012

Jerusalem Post

Cyril Domb, 92, combined science and traditional Judaism
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – Theoretical physicist sought to reconcile Jewish beliefs with scientific theories.

Rain significant, but still below yearly average
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – Weekend’s precipitation had visible effects upon North, where rainfall increased river flow in the Kinneret, Western Galilee.

Eshel affair will fade, but larger questions remain
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – Analysis: What does affair say about the day-to-day workings inside the Prime Minister’s Office?

British FM joins appeal to Israel: ‘Don’t hit Iran’
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012PM avoids subject in speech to American Jewish leaders in J’lem after meeting with US National Security Adviser Donilon.

IDF factions push for offensive in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – Senior officer in the Southern Command says “ongoing attacks – by rockets and along the border – are cumulatively more than enough to justify immediate action”; IDF to deploy Iron Dome near Tel Aviv.

Syrian security forces clamp down on Damascus
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – Security forces swamp Syrian capital; Britain fears slide into civil war; Dempsey says intervention would be very difficult.

PA forms committee to probe fatal bus accident
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – Palestinian Authority PM orders ministerial investigation to present findings within two weeks.

Fighting the apartheid libel
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – Many of the activists behind IAW and BDS are not interested in simply “reforming” Israel.

Calling the Knesset lobbyists to order
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – Many MKs seem to have assumed the role of the lobbyists’ lobbyists.

Khader Adnan’s wife: I know he will live
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – Randa Adnan tells the ‘Post’ her imprisoned husband, on the 64th day of a hunger strike, is in high spirits but his life is in danger.

On the road to recovery from Israel’s legal revolution
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – The Israeli legal system was already undergoing a drastic transformation that began in 1983.

Reality Check: Talkbacks and racism
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – The first step to ending the alienation felt by Israel’s Arab citizens is to stamp out the casual racism that is so prevalent in Israel.

Resolving Israel’s territorial dispute with the PA
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – The strategies employed to solve border disputes in the former Yugoslavia and the Pyrenees might be helpful.

International law and the Hamas-Fatah Doha deal
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – As the PLO moves toward Hamas, it moves away, in an inverse relationship, from international legality.

The Hamas split and the Palestinian political mess
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – The Region: Hamas infighting weakens it, but the issues involved are tactical, not strategic.

Universal appeal
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – As this year’s designated US arts envoys, country-rockers Antigone Rising will be spreading their message at shows and workshops.

Eshel resigns, PM names new chief of staff
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – Plea bargain reached wherein Eshel will admit to “misconduct,” agree not to return to the public service.

‘We call it the street of death’
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – Community says dangerous highway responsible for multiple fatal accidents, PA sets up c’tee to probe bus accident.

Zoabi met with cries of ‘terrorist’ in Hebron
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – Balad MK visits Hebron to protest “apartheid” rule.

Meretz MK postpones gay rights bill to seek support
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – Mk Nitzan Horowitz delays bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation to allow LGBT groups to lobby.

Hamas, Fatah feud over political platform of gov’t
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – Abbas: Unity gov’t will honor all agreements with Israel; Hamas says it will have nothing to do with PA president’s program.

PA’s Fayyad tasks c’tee with bus accident probe
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – Palestinian Authority prime minister gives c’tee comprised of senior PA officials two weeks to present findings.

Iran cuts sales of crude to Britain, France
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – Move is a reaction to EU sanctions on Islamic Republic’s energy market; Tehran says it will sell its oil to “new customers.”

Bars, bars and more bars
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – Whether in peanut butter, cheesecake or raspberry form, these treats between cookie and cake are always a winner.

All Out Adventure: Hiking ancient agriculture
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – A new column: Explore some of the country’s best hiking options with tips on how to make the most of your visit.

This Week in History: The second Hebron massacre
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – The massacre at the Tomb of the Patriarchs continues to play a role in the narrative of the conflict.

China news agency: Still hope for Syria peace
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – It is still possible for the Syrian crisis to be resolved peacefully, says China’s official state news agency.

UK’s Jewish Book Week celebrates 60 years
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – A leading festival of Jewish thoughts and ideas and a major event in the Jewish calendar, the book week is not without controversy.

Envoys to fight Israel Apartheid Week on campus
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – Public Diplomacy Ministry to send Israelis from different sectors in society abroad to represent and defend the state.

Libya PM promises 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.

Health Scan: MS diagnosis in time
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – The earlier the neurological disorder multiple sclerosis is diagnosed, the better – even though there is as yet no cure.

When’s the date?
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – As the pool of religious singles grows, a non-profit organization is trying to help them find their intended.

The Iron Dome
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – We must remember that nothing regarding the Iron Dome is quite what it seems.

Abbas wins Fatah bid 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.

Romney´s partnership of believers
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – Romney should not have to apologize for being a devoted member of his church.

Motherhood detrimental to careers in science
Jerusalem Post 18 Feb 2012 – Study finds that biased hiring and evaluation not sole reason for under-representation of women in science.

The Guardian

US military chief cautions against Israeli attack on Iran
The Guardian 19 Feb 2012 – General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, says a strike ‘at this time would be destabilising’ The United States is stepping up efforts to dissuade Israel from attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities, with…

Israeli military action against Iran unwise, warns William Hague
The Guardian 19 Feb 2012 – Foreign secretary says economic sanctions and negotiations over nuclear programme must be given a chance to succeed William Hague has warned Israel that military action against Iran would not be “a wise thing”. Amid rumours that…

Inter Press Service

Order Comes Slowly to Libyan Patchwork
IPS A year after the Libyan uprising that overthrew dictator Muammar Gaddafi, the National Transitional Council (NTC) has yet to provide adequate security. Many armed groups are still calling the shots, as the NTC moves to restore normalcy.


Solidarity hunger strikers in Israeli jails face harsh punishment, prisoner says
Uruknet February 19, 2012 – Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in solidarity with Khader Adnan are facing harsh punishment by Israeli prison authorities who fear unrest could spread if Adnan, who has been on hunger strike for 64 days, deteriorates further or dies. Meanwhile the Israeli High Court has announced it will hear an appeal from Khader…

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet February 18, 2012 – The number of martyrs has risen to 21 among them 3 women and 2 children: 8 in Homs, 4 in Idlib, 3 in Hama , 3 in Daraa, 2 in Mazzah (the heart of Damascus city) and one martyr in Aleppo…Damascus: Mazzeh: Two sfell as security forces shot them during the funeral procession…

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 from…

High Court of Justice delays hearing Khader Adnan’s urgent appeal
Uruknet February 19, 2012 – The High Court of Justice decides to postpone to Thursday the urgent appeal in the case of hunger striker Khader Adnan – and may not reach a decision even then. Khader Adnan is on his 64th day of a hunger strike, and today the High Court of Justice (HCJ) decided to postpone…

Gazan cancer patient detained while seeking treatment in Israel
Uruknet February 19, 2012 — Israeli forces on Sunday detained a man from Gaza who was seeking medical treatment in Israel. Witnesses told Ma’an that Kamal Hikmat al-Taramsi, 23, was detained at Beit Hanoun checkpoint while reportedly on route to an Israeli hospital for treatment. Al-Taramsi, from Jabalia refugee camp, suffers from thyroid cancer….

Promises of exports fall short for Gaza’s manufacturers
Uruknet February 18 , 2012 – Mu’min Najar drags open the massive door to the goods depot of his father’s furniture factory, the Modern Industrial Group (MIG), in Rafah in the Gaza Strip. “Everything you see here is waiting to be sold abroad,” he says On the left side of the depot, writing desks are piled up several…

Disaster Capitalism: Profiting From Crisis in Post-Earthquake Haiti
Uruknet February 18, 2012 – As Americans were gearing up for last week’s Super Bowl championship, Haiti’s president Michel Martelly was on a plane to the World Economic Forum to recruit players interested in what one businessman dubbed “the Super Bowl of Disasters” – Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake. The Irish-owned cell phone company Digicel footed his trip…

If #KhaderAdnan was a Jewish terrorist, he might be free
Uruknet February 18, 2012 – As I write this, Khader Adnan is near death, on the 63rd day of a hunger strike to protest his detention without charges by Israeli occupation authorities…. Unfortunately for Adnan, he was not a Jewish terror suspect. In July 2010, Jerusalem police arrested a Jewish extremist named Chaim Pearlman. Pearlman was the…

Uruknet February 18, 2012 – On 7 January 2012, DCI-Palestine interviewed the mother of two children who were victims of an Israeli airstrike in Gaza on 9 December 2012. Nine-year old Ramadan was instantly killed along with his father, and his brother, eight-year old Yousif was severely injured. One month later, Yousif is still in a critical…

012 : A Video Roundup

Military Resistance 10B12 : Bad News Good News
Uruknet February 18, 2012 – Two recent police attacks on young Black men in the Bronx–one the brutal beating of an unarmed man by a crowd of officers, and the other the fatal shooting of an unarmed man in front of his family in his own home–have intensified and focused the community’s anger and outrage against the…

The Revolution’s Torturers: Systematic Human Rights Abuses in New Libya
Uruknet February 18, 2012 – A report published by Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday documents widespread human rights violations by the very militia groups that fought to topple the Gaddafi government. The report, Militias threaten hopes for new Libya, describes the militias as being “largely out of control.” Amnesty’s representatives expressed grave concern over the near-universal impunity…

Pundits Waiting for a Palestinian Gandhi? Meet Khader Adnan
Uruknet February 18, 2012 – For years prominent corporate media pundits have told us that the world — and the media — would embrace a dramatic, non-violent Palestinian resistance movement. If only such a movement — perhaps led by a Gandhi-like figure — were to finally emerge, we are told, the media coverage will come, and sympathy…

Now the Iraqi Red Crescent gets targeted
Uruknet February 18, 2012 – … The political crisis was created by Nouri al-Maliki. Political Stalemate I is the period that followed the March 2010 elections. Nouri’s State of Law was predicted to win by a wide margin (predicted by Nouri) but his fantasies of being beloved were incorrect. Iraqiya (led by Ayad Allawi) bested Stated of Law….

Hundreds attend Bil’in’s 7th annual day of struggle against the Wall
Uruknet February 18, 2012 – In the beginning there were engineers, soldiers and bulldozers. It was after the International Court of Law in The Hague had already barred construction of The Separation Wall within the West Bank, and before the Israeli High Court of Justice found the Wall’s route in Bil’in illegal. It was after someone somewhere…

Child denied right to visit jailed Palestinian father
Uruknet February 18, 2012 – Ramallah: “Please take me to my father. I want to see him,” is the only cry of five-year-old Mohammad Wael Eshtaiwi whose father is languishing in an Israeli prison. An inmate of the Negev Prison, Mohammad’s father has been denied the right to meet his only son. “It is my right. I…

Libya sends army to stop clashes in southeast
Uruknet February 18, 2012 – Libya has sent military forces to stem clashes between rival tribes over control of territory in the far southeast of Libya, the armed forces chief said on Saturday, as more people were reported killed in the violence. Clashes broke out late last week in the remote city of Al Kufra and have…

Gaza – fish hiya: no life
Uruknet February 18, 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,…

Thousands demonstrate in Falluja supporting Syrian people
Uruknet February 17, 2012 – Thousands of residents of Falluja, in Anbar province, demonstrated today in support of the Syrian people with the participation of tribal sheikhs, religious leaders and mass organizations. Sheikh Hameed Dulaimi, clergyman, told Aswat al-Iraq that the demonstration took place after Friday mid-day prayers in support of the Syrian people. “This demonstration is…

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…

Daily Star

Internet boosted the inevitable in Egypt: expert
Daily Star 19 Feb 2012 Egypt’s “Facebook Revolution” that toppled Hosni Mubarak last February may have been boosted by Internet social networking.

Daily Star 19 Feb 2012 Spending on information technology (IT) fell 13 percent in Egypt last year after the fall of former president Hosni Mubarak.

Syria intervention drive mirrors Bosnia’s history
Daily Star 19 Feb 2012 Cold-blooded sniper killings, indiscriminate shelling, surgery by flashlight, death, fear and hunger in a darkened city under the ruthless hammer of a superior force.

Egypt gunmen storm courthouse in southern city
Daily Star 19 Feb 2012 Gunmen stormed a courthouse in the southern city of Aswan to free two men who had just been sentenced on drugs charges on Sunday, a security official said.


Mexico prison fight leaves 44 dead
YNet News, 19 Feb 2012 – ….

Germany: Govt, opposition agree on new president
YNet News, 19 Feb 2012 – ….

Watch: Arabs hurl stones in Temple Mount
YNet News, 19 Feb 2012 – Police arrest 18 suspects in connection to riots in Jerusalem’s Temple Mount Compound ….

Nationwide earthquake drill to be held Monday
YNet News, 19 Feb 2012 – ….

Netanyahu meets Obama adviser Tom Donilon in Jerusalem
YNet News, 19 Feb 2012 – ….

Electric Corporation approves ‘Tamar’ gas purchase
YNet News, 19 Feb 2012 – ….

PM: Arab Spring puts strain on efforts for agreement with PA
YNet News, 19 Feb 2012 – Speaking to US Jewish leaders Netanyahu says unrest in region puts enormous pressure on Israel’s security efforts ….

Christians who hate Jews
YNet News, 19 Feb 2012 – Op-ed: Church of England’s ongoing hostility to Israel and Zionism rooted in deep dislike for Jews ….

IDF to deploy Iron Dome in Central Israel
YNet News, 19 Feb 2012 – Anti-missile system battery to be deployed in Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area for several days to simulate rocket attack ….

PM’s bureau chief Eshel to resign amid sex scandal
YNet News, 19 Feb 2012 – Eshel to quit after signing plea bargain under which he admits to taking ‘inappropriate’ photos of female staffer, accessing her computer ….

PM: Doctor acquitted of libel in al-Dura case ‘Israeli hero’
YNet News, 19 Feb 2012 – Physician who was acquitted by French court after being sued by father of Palestinian boy shot dead in second intifada says ‘Palestinians employ Nazi propaganda tactics’ ….

Suspect in rabbi murder case ‘fit to stand trial’
YNet News, 19 Feb 2012 – Beersheba court accepts psychiatric opinion stating Asher Dahan has ‘disorders,’ but he is not mentally ill ….

Report: Egypt presidential vote to be early June
YNet News, 19 Feb 2012 – First presidential election since President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown last year will be held in first week of June, an official judicial committtee supervising vote says ….

Obama’s class warfare
YNet News, 19 Feb 2012 – Op-ed: President’s effort to smear the rich and ‘protect the poor’ dangerous for America’s Jews ….

Palestinian Information Center

We are all Khadr Adnan
PIC – Like numerous other Palestinians, Khadr Adnan epitomizes the Palestinian people’s struggle for justice and freedom from the virulently evil Zionist regime.

Haneyya in Cairo this week to address Gaza power crisis
PIC – Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya intends to visit Cairo during this week to discuss with Egyptian officials the crisis of energy and fuel in the Gaza Strip.

Parents and their kids in hospital after Israeli air raid on their house
PIC – Palestinian parents and their two kids were wounded at dawn Sunday in Gaza city when their house were bombed in an Israeli aerial attack.

Jewish settlers and policemen defile Aqsa Mosque, clash with Muslim worshipers
PIC – A group of worshipers holding a vigil inside the Aqsa Mosque have fended off dozens of fanatic Jewish settlers who tried to desecrate the Islamic holy site, and clashed with their police escorts.


Ministry of Agriculture Launches Training Program in Indonesia
WAFA – 19 Feb 2012

Abbas Briefs Sri Lankan Member of Parliament on Peace Process Developments
WAFA – 19 Feb 2012

Settlers Call to Storm Rachel Tombs
WAFA – 19 Feb 2012

PLO Rejects UNRWA’s Reduction of Services Policy
WAFA – 19 Feb 2012


Iran Halts Oils Shipments to Britain and France
New York Times 19 Feb 2012 – The targeting of two countries that depend little on Iranian oil may be a mostly symbolic response to their positions on Iran’s nuclear program and on Syria, an ally of Tehran.

McCain and Graham Plan U.S. Help to Syria Rebels
New York Times 19 Feb 2012 – Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham laid out proposals that would put the United States squarely behind the movement to topple President Bashar al-Assad of Syria.

Car Bomber Kills 15 in Attack on Baghdad Police
New York Times 19 Feb 2012 – A suicide bomber killed at least 15 people and wounded 21, an Iraqi official said, ending weeks of relative quiet.

News update from day 64 of Khader Adnan’s hunger strike
Mondoweiss – link to mondoweiss.net Wife says health of Khader Adnan worsening RAMALLAH (Reuters) — The health of a Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike for 61 days to protest against his detention, has significantly worsened, his wife said Thursday after visiting her husband in an Israeli hospital. Khader Adnan,…

The end of the ‘two-state solution’ is the beginning of a more just future
Mondoweiss – Even as I write this, the bulldozers have been busy throughout that one indivisible country known by the bifurcated term Israel/Palestine. Palestinian homes, community centers, livestock pens and other “structures” (as the Israel authorities dispassionately call them) have been demolished in the Old City, Silwan and…

Media critic calls out pundits for ignoring Khader Adnan, their long awaited ‘Palestinian Gandhi’
Mondoweiss – Peter Hart, Activism Director for FAIR , writes in the Huffington Post : For years prominent corporate media pundits have told us that the world — and the media — would embrace a dramatic, non-violent Palestinian resistance movement. If only such a movement — perhaps led by a…

If Khader Adnan was a Jewish terrorist, he might be free
Mondoweiss – This post originally appeared on Al Akhbar English : As I write this, Khader Adnan is  near death,  on the 63rd day of a hunger strike to protest his detention without charges by Israeli occupation authorities. Having been seized on December 17 in the middle of the…

Troubled Jeopardy!: Travels through Trebekistan
Mondoweiss –   Back in January, a $1000 first-round clue on Jeopardy!, falling under the category “Judea,”  asked , “Galilee, Samaria & Judea in the south were the 3 traditional divisions of this ancient area with a still-current name.” The correct question  was “What is Palestine?”  None of the three…

Adelson Set to Pump Another $10-Million into Gingrich Campaign for Super Tuesday
Tikun Olam – CNN is reporting that the Gingrich campaign expects another $10-million gift from Sheldon Adelson to his campaign, allowing him to be competitive in the Super Tuesday round of Republican primaries.  Adelson has already given him $11-million.  Along with $6-million he gave to Gingrich in the years…

Zimbabwe: National Votes Against Human Rights in Syria
allAfrica.com 19 Feb 2012 – [SW Radio] Zimbabwe has taken another step towards almost complete international isolation, by siding with 11 other repressive regimes that voted no to condemning human rights abuses in Syria.

Egypt election decision delayed
BBC 19 Feb 2012 – Egypt election officials fail to confirm the date of the first presidential election since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak a year ago.

Iran ‘halts UK-France oil sales’
BBC 19 Feb 2012 – Iran halts oil sales to British and French companies, the nation’s oil ministry says, ahead of a 1 July ban on Iranian oil imports imposed by the EU.

Palestinian hunger strike goes on
BBC 19 Feb 2012 – A Palestinian prisoner being held in Israel without charges or trial begins his 10th week of a hunger strike in protest at his arrest.

Egypt calls home envoy from Syria
BBC 19 Feb 2012 – Cairo recalls its ambassador to Syria as President Bashar al-Assad’s forces continue their crackdown against opponents of his rule.


Ethnic cleansing in a Zionist fairyland
Vacy Vlazna, Al-Ahram Weekly 2/16/2012
      Official Israeli archaeology is legitimating the ethnic cleansing of East Jerusalem in defiance of basic precepts of international law.
     “De-Arabising the history of Palestine is another crucial element of the ethnic cleansing. 1,500 years of Arab and Muslim rule and culture in Palestine are trivialised, evidence of its existence is being destroyed, and all this is done to make the absurd connection between the ancient Hebrew civilization and today’s Israel. The most glaring example of this today is in Silwan, (Wadi Hilwe) a town adjacent to the Old City of Jerusalem with some 50,000 residents. Israel is expelling families from Silwan and destroying their homes because it claims that king David built a city there some 3,000 years ago.”
     “Thousands of families will be made homeless so that Israel can build a park to commemorate a king that may or may not have lived 3,000 years ago. Not a shred of historical evidence exists that can prove king David ever lived, yet Palestinian men, women, children and the elderly along with their schools and mosques, churches and ancient cemeteries and any evidence of their existence must be destroyed and then denied so that Zionist claims to exclusive rights to the land may be substantiated.” — Miko Peled, Israeli dissident.
     Indeed, Israeli archaeology has become a state apparatus for the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in the Zionist fairyland, aka the “City of David Archaeological Park” located in the Palestinian village of Silwan in East Jerusalem.
     East Jerusalem is the capital of the proposed Palestine state. It was illegally annexed by Israel in the 1967 War. Prohibiting the annexation of territories gained by military conquest is one of the major principles of international law. The international community does not recognise Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem, but nevertheless over 50,000 illegal premises have been built for 250,000 illegal Israeli colonists in the city. more.. e-mail

Yet another reconciliation bid
Saleh Al-Naami, Al-Ahram Weekly 2/16/2012
      Many but not all greet the Doha Declaration on Palestinian reconciliation, while time will tell whether it will ever be implemented in full.
     Reporters tried in vain to get Salah Al-Bardawil, member of the politburo and media spokesman for Hamas, to comment on the Doha Declaration signed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal. The deal mainly focussed on forming a technocrat government headed by Abbas.
     Al-Bardawil’s refusal to answer calls from reporters was especially noteworthy because he has a mandate to express the group’s position, and refraining from comment reflected a state of uncertainty and division within the group about the Doha Declaration. It also revealed distinct and obvious disputes among the leadership of the group abroad, in the West Bank, and the majority of Hamas leaders in Gaza on the one hand, and a handful of its leaders in Gaza on the other. This made it difficult for Al-Bardawil to explain these contradictions.
     Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister in Gaza, leading Hamas figures in the West Bank, abroad and in Gaza welcomed the declaration. But Mahmoud Al-Zahhar, a member of the group’s politburo, and Ismail Al-Ashqar, chairman of the Security Committee in parliament, snubbed the Doha Declaration. Haniyeh stated that the leaders of the group support the declaration and went as far as thanking and praising Qatari mediation between Fatah and Hamas to reach the deal. He continued that his government was ready to implement the deal, adding that there is no reason for him to object to the agreement. more.. e-mail

Israel tests international patience on Jerusalem
Khaled Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem, Al-Ahram Weekly 2/16/2012
      The results of the Likud leadership elections and continuing provocation at the Haram Al-Sharif signal growing extremism in Israel.
     Moshe Feiglin is not a typical Likudnik in the style of other past and present Likud leaders, such as Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Shamir, Ariel Sharon and Binyamin Netanyahu.
     Those who know him say he is an incarnation of Meir Kahana, the racist-minded American rabbi who in the early 1970s founded the Kach organisation calling for the expulsion of non-Jews from Israel-Palestine, as well as the application of draconian Talmudic laws to replace Israel’s quasi-secular system.
     A few years ago, Feiglin decided to join the ranks of Likud, calculating that only by taking over a central and powerful party from within could he hope to transform Israel from a semi-secular state into a Jewish theocracy ruled by Halacha or the so-called Talmudic religious law.
     So far, he has achieved only limited success, with less than 25 per cent of Likud registered members voting for him in the recent party leadership elections, in which the overwhelming majority voted for incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
     However, the fact that Feiglin has been able to secure one fourth of Likud behind him does not bode well for either Israel’s democracy or the future of Likud itself.
     Ideologically, Feiglin is at the extreme right of the Israeli political map, believing that Israel should annex the West Bank, reoccupy the Gaza Strip, deport all Palestinians and demolish Muslim and Christian holy places in Jerusalem. more.. e-mail

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