VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 20 February 2012:

20 February 2012VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Court To Look Into Adnan’s Appeal Tuesday
IMEMC – Lawyer of detainee, Khader Adnan, who has been on hunger strike since 65 days, stated that the Israeli Supreme Court decided to hold a session to look into Adnan’s case on Tuesday. The court also decided that Adnan does have to attend the session due to his bad health condition. …

Jerusalem Church Vandalised with Graffiti Inciting Hatred Against Christians
IMEMC – Racist graffiti has been sprayed on a church in Jerusalem on Monday in the third such incident in the past month in the city. …

Ma’an News

Non-violence activist tells Israeli court charges ‘ridiculous’
2/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Non-violence activist Bassem Tamimi appeared before an Israeli military court on Sunday to deny charges ofincitement and organizing “illegal protests” in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. Tamimi told Israel’s Ofer court that the accusation he organized 500 villagers into “battalions” during protests was “ridiculous and makes no…. Related: Palestinian activist to judge: I do not recognize your rules

Prisoners plan ‘day of anger’ to support Adnan
2/20/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority’s prisoners affairs minister Issa Qaraqe said Monday that detainees in Israeli prisons are planning a comprehensive hunger strike on Thursday. In a statement received by the ministry, prisoners said that Thursday will be a “day of anger” to protest against Israeli negligence and mistreatment of detainees…. Related: Israeli court moves forward Adnan hearing

Israeli court moves forward Adnan hearing
2/20/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israel’s High Court has agreed to hear an appeal against the administrative detention of hunger-striking prisoner Khader Adnan two days earlier than scheduled, his lawyer said Monday. The Supreme Court will now hold the hearing on Tuesday, Jawad Bulus said, adding that the prosecutor is required to submit their…. Related: Prisoners plan ‘day of anger’ to support Adnan

Emergency fuel arrives from Egypt via Gaza tunnels
2/20/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A limited delivery of fuel arrived in the Gaza Strip on Monday, brought in through underground tunnels from Egypt, as the energy authority director said he expects a long term solution to the widespread blackouts to be agreed with Egypt this week. The fuel has allowed the power authority to…. Related: Gaza’s energy crisis threatens hospitals, water supply

Report: Israeli authorities seek to permit unplanned settler roads
2/20/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli military authorities in the occupied West Bank are pushing to change laws to allow Israeli settlers to build dirt roads “to protect state lands,” Israeli media reported on Monday. The change in legislation will allow settlers to construct non-tarmacked roads without a permit, allowing settlers to extend their….

Official: Israeli military exercise damages Palestinian agriculture
2/20/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — An Israeli military drill in the northern West Bank on Monday damaged hundreds of dunams of Palestinians crops, a Palestinian Authority official said. Hundreds of soldiers drove through planted fields and practiced shooting, destroying the agriculture, Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors northern West Bank settlement activity, told Ma’an. He said….

Gaza’s energy crisis threatens hospitals, water supply
2/20/2012GAZA CITY (IRIN) — An energy crisis is currently hitting the Gaza Strip’s public services hard and could lead to a severe humanitarian crisis if a sustainable solution is not found soon.” If the power plant does not resume its work in the next days, some hospitals will be left without electricity,” Mahmud Daher…. Related: Emergency fuel arrives from Egypt via Gaza tunnels

Knesset member Tibi visits Adnan in Israeli hospital
2/20/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Knesset member Ahmad Tibi on Monday visited hunger-striking prisoner Khader Adnan in an Israeli hospital, expressing his support for the detainee’s protest against his detention without charge.” Adnan in a very serious health condition but his spirits are high,” Tibi told reporters after the visit to Rifka Zaef….

Barghouthi: Israel responsible for Adnan’s life
2/20/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative Mustafa Barghouthi said Monday that Israel is responsible for Khader Adnan‘s life.” We are in an international campaign to stand by detainee Adnan and impose more pressure on Israel,” he said in a statement. Barghouthi praised Adnan for his personal war against….

Report: Dozens protest Israeli president visit to Nazareth
2/20/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Dozens of people gathered in Nazareth on Monday to protest a visit by Israeli President Shimon Peres, Israeli media reported. The protesters waved Palestinian flags and held banners denouncing the president’s visit to the majority Palestinian city in northern Israel, Israeli news site Ynet reported. Three people….

American singer writes ‘Khader Adnan, Bobby Sands’ song
2/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An American singer/songwriter known for his political and social activism has written a song about hunger striking prisoner Khader Adnan, who has refused food for 65 days. David Rovics, whose music has covered topics such as the Iraq war, globalization and issues of social justice, uploaded a song to Youtube….

Witnesses: Israeli undercover agents seize Ramallah man
2/20/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli undercover forces abducted a man from the West Bank city of Al-Bireh on Monday, locals told Ma’an. Two private cars stopped at the entrance of the Palestinian Red Crescent association before Israeli agents seized Omar Abu Rwayyis, 23, who works as a security guard, they said. Abu Rwayyis….

‘Death to Christianity’ written on Jerusalem church
2/20/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Vandals daubed “Death to Christianity” on a Jerusalem church on Monday in the second such attack in the holy city this month, police said. The words “Price Tag”, a slogan used by ultra-nationalist Jewish settlers, were also scrawled on the walls of the Baptist Narkis Street Congregation in a quiet residential neighborhood in….

Fatah: Talks must be based on 1967 borders
2/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Fatah Central Committee members said Sunday that any direct peace negotiations with Israel must be based on 1967 borders, an end to settlement activity, and the release of prisoners in Israeli jails. Members of the administrative body of Fatah met on Sunday in Ramallah in a meeting chaired by Mahmoud Abbas….

UN inspectors arrive in Iran for nuclear talks
2/20/2012 – TEHRAN (Reuters) — A team of UN inspectors arrived in Tehran early on Monday for talks on Iran’s disputed nuclear program, a day after the Islamic Republic ordered a halt to its oil sales to Britain and France in apparent retaliation for tightening EU sanctions. The European Union enraged Tehran last month when it…. Related: China rebukes Iran for France, UK oil ban

Palestinian journalists visit historical sites in Jordan
2/20/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A delegation of Palestinian journalists returned from Jordan on Saturday after a six day visit exploring the country’s historical sites. The group were invited by Jordan’s tourism board and met with the the board’s head, Sami Harfoushi, and other officials. Harfoushi welcomed the delegation and….

PRC military wing says ready to confront Israel
2/20/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees in the Gaza Strip said Monday that the group is ready to confront Israel if they attack.” The Israeli military escalation is increasing day after day and the price it will pay will be huge for continuing its violations and attacks in….

Saudi Arabia donates $10 million to UNRWA
2/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Saudi Arabia on Monday donated $10 million to UNRWA’s programs in Gaza and the West Bank, a statement said. An agreement was signed Monday in Riyadh between the vice chairman of the Saudi Fund for Development and the UN refugee agency’s commissioner general, Filippo Grandi.” Once again….

Gaza PM arrives in Egypt to start regional tour
2/20/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh arrived in Egypt on Monday, in the first stop in his third regional tour in recent weeks. Haniyeh will raise Gaza’s fuel shortage, the electricity blackouts, and his Hamas party’s unity deal with rival faction Fatah during talks with officials, his….

Employees at public universities, colleges on strike
2/20/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Employees in public universities and colleges in the West Bank and Gaza Strip went on strike on Monday, an employee’s union spokesman said. Abdul-Muhsin Qawasmi said the current semester may be canceled since the education ministry has not responded to their demands. The main demand was a salary increase….

Child dies from injuries after school bus crash
2/20/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A five-year-old boy injured in a deadly school bus crash near Ramallah last week has died from his injuries, medics told Ma’an on Monday. Salah Dweik was severely wounded when the vehicle collided with a truck near the Jaba checkpoint north of Jerusalem on Thursday. Five of his elementary….

China rebukes Iran for France, UK oil ban
2/20/2012 – BEIJING (Reuters) — China rebuked Iran on Monday for stopping oil sales to British and French companies at the weekend, calling for renewed efforts at dialogue over an escalating stand-off over Tehran’s controversial nuclear program. China has repeatedly called for talks over Tehran’s efforts to enrich its own uranium, which Western countries…. Related: UN inspectors arrive in Iran for nuclear talks

Yemen army split casts shadow over elections
2/20/2012 – SANAA (Reuters) — As Yemenis prepare to vote in a poll many hope will give them a new start, a rift in the armed forces between outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s relatives and a defected army general threatens to spoil political transition and tip Yemen into war. On Tuesday, 67 year-old Saleh, who has….

Internet again disrupted in Iran ahead of election
2/20/2012 – TEHRAN (Reuters) — Iranians faced a second and more extensive disruption of Internet access on Monday, just a week after email and social networking sites were blocked, raising concerns about state censorship ahead of parliamentary elections. The latest Internet blockade affected the most common form of secure connections, including all encrypted international websites outside of Iran….

Moves to question Turkish spy chiefs quashed
2/20/2012 – ISTANBUL (Reuters) — State prosecutors have abandoned an attempt to question Turkey’s spy chiefs over past secret contacts with Kurdish militants after government moves to curb their investigation of the intelligence agency, state media said on Monday. In his first comments on the affair, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who had pursued concession to end….

Saudi activist acquitted of terrorism charges after 5-yrs
2/20/2012 – JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) — A court in Saudi Arabia has acquitted Saeed bin Zuair, a political activist who had been in jail for five years on terrorism charges, his son Abdullah bin Zuair said on Monday. Bin Zuair, 62, a media professor who has called for political reform, has been jailed three times since 1995….

Red Cross negotiating Syria ceasefire to bring aid
2/20/2012 – GENEVA (Reuters) — The International Committee of the Red Cross is negotiating with Syrian authorities and opposition fighters on a ceasefire to bring life-saving aid to civilians hardest hit by the conflict, it said on Monday.” The ICRC is exploring several possibilities for delivering urgently needed humanitarian aid. These include a cessation of fighting in the….


US and UK urge Israel not to attack Iran
AlJazeera 19 Feb 2012 – Western allies call for more time for sanctions to work, as tensions run high following Iranian naval deployment.

International Solidarity Movement

Closed shops, empty pockets: Israel’s policy of economic strangulation in Hebron
2/20/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Paige L, 20 February 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – Walking down Shuhada Street in occupied Hebron (al-Khalil) is an eerie experience even during peek commercial hours in the rest of the city. Nearly empty streets are framed by rows of closed Palestinian shops, doors welded shut under Israeli military orders. Armed religious settlers….

Gaza sit-in, rally back Khader Adnan; general strike set for Tuesday
2/20/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Joe Catron, 20 February 2012, Mondoweiss – Every Monday morning the families of 445 Gaza Palestinians detained by Israel occupy the courtyard of Gaza’s International Committee of the Red Cross headquarters to demand that the ICRC fulfill its obligation to protect the rights of their imprisoned relatives. This week’s gathering was…. Related: Mondoweiss and Israeli court moves forward Adnan hearing

Jewish settlers and policemen defile Aqsa Mosque, clash with Muslim worshipers
2/20/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 19 February 2012, Palestine Information Center – OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– A group of Palestinian worshipers holding a vigil inside the Aqsa Mosque have fended off dozens of fanatic Jewish settlers who tried on Sunday morning to desecrate the Islamic holy site, and clashed with their police escorts. The Israeli occupation policemen spread extensively throughout the….

Palestinian activist to judge: I do not recognize your rules
2/20/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 20 February 2012, Popular Struggle Coordination Committee – Bassem Tamimi from Nabi Saleh testified yesterday as part of the defense’s case in the ongoing trial against him. Tamimi, suspected of protest related charges, was arrested on March last year, and remains in detention since. After 11 months in an Israeli jail, Bassem Tamimi, a…. Related: Popular Struggle Coordination Committee

Alternative Information Center

IN PHOTOS: Remains of Palestinian Lifta Village Saved for Now
Alternative Information Center – The Jerusalem-area village of Lifta has recently received the public attention it deserves – and for good this time. Earlier this month an Israeli court ruled that the Israel Land Administration (ILA) cannot market and sell…

Relief Web

Four wounded in Israeli air strikes on Gaza: medics
Relief Web 19 Feb 2012 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 02/19/2012 00:14 GMT GAZA CITY, February 19, 2012 (AFP) – Three people were wounded early Sunday morning in an Israeli air strike on Gaza, medical sources said, hours after another strike injured one…

Relief Web 19 Feb 2012 – Source: Government of Israel Country: occupied Palestinian territory General Overall, 1,011 truckloads (25,341.5 tons) were unloaded at the crossings. Due to the heavy-duty diesel crisis from Egypt to the Gaza strip in order to operate the power plant, operating the…

PCHR Appears before UN Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination; Denounces Israel’s Discriminatory Treatment of Palestinians with regard to the Right to Justice
Relief Web 19 Feb 2012 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) participated in the 80th session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), in Geneva, Switzerland. CERD is mandated to…

The National

UN experts push Iran for nuclear revelations
The National 20 Feb 2012 – A high-level team from the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog is in Iran for talks that could help determine whether a diplomatic solution can be found to the crisis over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

Red Cross asks for Syria ceasefire to deliver aid
The National 20 Feb 2012 – The International Committee of the Red Cross is negotiating with Syrian authorities and opposition fighters for a ceasefire to bring life-saving aid to civilians hardest hit by the conflict.


Israel’s Supreme Court moves up hearing of Palestinian prisoner on months-long hunger strike
Ha’aretz – 20 Feb 2012

A week after New Delhi attacks, India tries to play down Iran link
Ha’aretz – 20 Feb 2012

Israel could strike Iran’s nuclear facilities, but it won’t be easy
Ha’aretz – 20 Feb 2012

Top Israeli news anchor leaves Channel 10 after studio forced to move to Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 20 Feb 2012

Report: U.S. officials say Israel would need at least 100 planes to strike Iran
Ha’aretz – 20 Feb 2012

IDF to draft more ultra-Orthodox in bid to counter decline in recruits
Ha’aretz – 19 Feb 2012

Israel’s Civil Administration promoting legislation to let settlers build dirt roads without planning approval
Ha’aretz – 19 Feb 2012

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

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

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

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

Jerusalem Post

Syrian forces fire on Damascus protests
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012Red Cross seeks ceasefire to bring aid; protests spread to capital undermining Assad case; Assad prepares for referendum; West, Arabs plan for anti-Assad “Friends of Syria” meeting.

Analysis: Undermining Israel
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – The Americans seem to be trying to undermine Israel’s confidence in its military capabilities to attack Iran.

Beinart’s false image of Zionism and American Jewry
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – Candidly Speaking: US Jews may be inclined to vote for Democrats, but recently displayed great agitation against Obama’s biased diplomacy against Israel.

Overreach: Obamacare vs. the Constitution
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – It took only a handful of compliant Catholic groups to hail the alleged compromise, and hand Obama a major political victory.

On My Mind: Remembering Anthony Shadid
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – Reporters are driven by a desire to get to the heart of the stories with clarity and honesty.

Barak: We’ll do what we need to do
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – Barak’s comments come amid growing public calls for Israel not to hit Iran; US intel chief to visit for further talks on Tehran.

Q&A affecting the future of the Middle East
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – Encountering Peace: I say to both leaders, there are no better leaders than the two of you – Netanyahu and Abbas – to make real peace.

Will ‘Kosher Jesus’ affect my children’s shidduchim?
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – No Holds Barred: For religious leaders to suggest that children will pay for a father’s actions by not being able to marry is loathsome and grotesque.

TA approves resolution to request buses on Shabbat
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – “Whoever doesn’t want to get on a bus on Shabbat doesn’t have to,” says Mayor Ron Huldai following vote.

Why we fight
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – As clear as it was to the soldiers I met as to why they fight, it was also clear why they would prefer not to have to.

Adalah, the NIF and BDS: End the secrecy
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – NGO Monitor brought to NIF’s attention that one of their major grantees was scheduled to speak at this year’s “Apartheid Week.”

Gideon Sa’ar demonstrates his presence
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – The education minister’s plan ignores the ugly present in the city and makes use of young students as political tools on the grown-ups’ playing field.

Two men shot dead in apparent gangland slaying
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – Police launch search for perpetrators of double homicide in Rishon Lezion.

President’s visit to Nazareth draws mixed response
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – Institute of higher learning to be built in Arab city; 60 activists protest visit.

Court moves up date for Palestinian hunger striker
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – Doctors who have treated Khader Adnan say he is on the verge of death and it is unclear how long he can keep up the strike.

‘If Egypt changes treaty, Israel may rule out future deals’
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – Deputy PM Meridor says no reason for Egypt or Israel to alter agreement that has served both sides for over 30 years, but Egyptian decision to do so would cause J’lem to question signing future accords with neighbors.

TA city hall builds shelters for homeless Africans
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – Two large tent-like structures will be set up every night throughout the winter as part of a pilot project in Lewinsky Park.

Rail strike delayed by 2 weeks to allow more talks
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – Contentious outsourcing agreement won’t be implemented during the negotiations, in which Katz, Eini will participate.

Latest price tag attack against J’lem church
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – Police looking into connection with anti-Christian graffiti 2 weeks ago at Valley of the Cross.

Gov’t finds funds to keep Ammunition Hill open
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – Zvi Hauser tells site managers NIS 2 million will be transferred in order to keep site open; memorial shut down earlier in day.

Clock ticking for Egypt’s finances
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – Foreign reserves at danger level as presidential vote poses complications.

PM, Obama to meet at White House in March
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – Washington announces first meeting of leaders since September amid heightened US concern over Israeli attack on Iran.

Abbas meets Hamas officials, seeks to speed unity
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012PA president briefs Hamas representatives on reconciliation accord; Abbas tells China official Israel to blame for failed talks.

Red Cross negotiating Syria ceasefire to bring aid
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – ICRC in contact with Syrian authorities, opposition in efforts to facilitate cessation of hostilities in hotspots.

Ammunition Hill closed, Six Day War vets protest
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – Memorial shut down due to lack of funds; veterans march to PM’s Residence with flag that has flown atop site since 1967.

Schools participate in Home Front earthquake drill
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – Across the country students practice emergency procedures in the event of an earthquake; Colonel Efi Mashov stresses importance of drills.

Sights and Insights: Chronological gymnastics
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – Simple elements like time and plants give lasting lessons on Passover.

Alternatively Speaking: Fighting fire with flora
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – Alternative medicine enthusiast Natalie Marx answers your questions: Any natural remedies for treating burns?

Iran: Internet disrupted again ahead of election
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – Email, social network sites harder to access, raising concerns about state censorship ahead of parliamentary elections.

Port Said dialogue aims to restore calm, assurance
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – Shaken by soccer stadium bloodbath, residents and leaders attempt to heal wounds from the violence, its aftermath.

2 arrested outside Peres event in Nazareth
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – 60 Israeli Arabs protest outside cultural center where president is visiting; 2 Balad members arrested for attacking police.

Anti-Christian graffiti found on J’lem Church
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – “Death to Christianity,” profanity about Jesus scrawled on Baptist church in apparent “price tag” attack.

Toy rally pushes limits of Russian protest movement
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – Demonstrators set up plastic elephants, toy tigers and Lego men carrying banners against Vladimir Putin’s 12-year rule.

Labor Court hears rail workers request to strike
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – Israel Railways signs agreement to outsource maintenance of train cars; labor court to discuss strike request.

‘Adelson to give $10 m. to PAC supporting Gingrich’
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – Jewish casino, hotel magnate plans to donate additional $10 m. to independent c’tee run by Gingrich’s former associates, CBS reports.

Railway employees ask labor court to allow strike
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – Israel Railways signs agreement to outsource maintenance of train cars; labor court to discuss strike request.

Casspi acclimating to life as a Cavalier
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – Casspi averaging career-lows in most major offensive categories, but has shown sparks of late.

MDA provides shelter for migrants due to cold
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – Homeless people would otherwise have had to suffer near-freezing temperatures at Tel Aviv’s Levinsky Park.

Rehovot police grasping for leads in double shooting
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – 2 men were standing under a building when they were shot in Kiryat Moshe, an area struggling with social deprivation and youth violence.

Cabinet approves plan to reduce child injuries
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – 500 Israeli children are taken to hospital emergency rooms each day.

Peres to visit Nazareth despite protest threat
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – President scheduled to visit northern city for first time in 2 years as Islamic Movement, Balad threaten protests.

2 indicted in attempted murder of council head
Jerusalem Post 20 Feb 2012 – Jatt residents charged with allegedly trying to assassinate leader in Arab village.

Cabinet supports ‘e-waste’ bill
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – Legislation will require retailers to accept old electronics devices, recycle used batteries.

Cabinet outlines plan for sovereign wealth fund
Jerusalem Post 19 Feb 2012 – Fund to invest royalties earned from gas, oil; ministers to vote in coming weeks.

The Guardian

Letters: Nuclear weapons states should get off their soapboxes about Iran
The Guardian 20 Feb 2012 – Wise words indeed from John Mueller ( False nuclear fears cloud our judgment on Iran , 17 February). Aggressive counter-proliferation policies come with a massive human cost – you only need to look at Iraq to see the…

Iran threatens to extend oil embargo
The Guardian 20 Feb 2012 – • More European countries may have oil supplies halted • Military exercise begins to strengthen key nuclear facilities • Foreign minister says UN inspectors will not visit sites Iran has warned it may extend an oil…

Inter Press Service

Placing Dignity Above Food
IPS On the day Israel released some 550 Palestinian prisoners in the second half of a swap for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit who had been held for five-and-a-half years by Hamas in Gaza, an Islamic Jihad activist started an agonising hunger strike.


US rejects arming Syrian dissidents
Uruknet February 20, 2012 – “It’s premature to take a decision to arm the opposition movement in Syria because I would challenge anyone to identify for me the opposition movement in Syria at this point,” General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said… “There’s indications that al-Qa’ida is involved and that they are interested…

A Hunger Striker at Death’s Door Turns Up the Heat on Israel – and on the Palestinian Leadership
Uruknet February 20, 2012 – A groundswell of public outrage over Adnan’s plight obviously puts pressure on Israel, but it is unlikely to be comfortable for President Abbas, who, after all, controls a West Bank Palestinian security apparatus that operates in conjunction with the Israelis’ own security structures. The Hamas leadership, also, may struggle to keep up…

February 21st General Strike in Solidarity with Khader Adnan
Uruknet February 20, 2012 – Following up on a call by a Hebron-based blogger for Tuesday, February 21st to be a general strike throughout Palestine, students from Nablus’ An-Najah University have compiled the video above to assert that the strike will take place. Translated below is most of the post: In light of this frenzied competition [between…

Fugitive Iraq VP says his employees jailed and tortured in secret prisons
Uruknet February 20, 2012 – Iraq’s fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi said his bodyguards and other employees are being held in secret prisons and subjected to torture, in an interview broadcast on Monday. Authorities have charged Hashemi, a Sunni, with running a death squad. He has been hiding out since December in the autonomous Kurdish region of…

Emergency fuel arrives from Egypt via Gaza tunnels
Uruknet February 20, 2012 — A limited delivery of fuel arrived in the Gaza Strip on Monday, brought in through underground tunnels from Egypt, as the energy authority director said he expects a long term solution to the widespread blackouts to be agreed with Egypt this week. The fuel has allowed the power authority to reactivate one…

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet February 19, 2012 – The number of martyrs in Syria reached twenty-four, including two women, 9 martyrs in Idlib, 11 martyrs in Homs and a martyr in each of Deir Ezzor, Hama, Daraa and Damascus Suburbs (Alsaboura)..Damascus: Mazzeh: The regime’s security forces have forbidden a funeral for martyr Samer Al-Khatib, who was shot yesterday by security…

Randa Adnan, wife of hunger striker, discusses her husband’s struggle
Uruknet February 19, 2012 – Yesterday I was fortunate enough to sit down for an interview with the family of Khader Adnan in their home in the village of Arrabeh, outside of Jenin. The purpose of the interview was to get a sense of how the family, particularly his wife and two small daughters, are coping with…

Jaba’, the Tears of Palestine and Zionist Racism
Uruknet February 19, 2012 – On Thursday, 16.02.2010, Palestine woke up to a terrible tragedy. 5 children between the ages of 5 and 6 (Marwa Amirah, Milad Salameh, Lamis Hamdan, Abdallah Al-Hindi, Zeid Jawabreh), and one of their teachers ( Ula Al-Julani), were killed in a tragic traffic accident. As we followed the news, we couldn’t stop our…

Palestinians Foil Settlers Attack On Al-Aqsa Mosque
Uruknet February 19, 2012 – 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. Local sources reported that the settlers gathered near the Al-Magharba Bridge, that leads to the Al-Magharba Gate, west of the Al-Aqsa mosque, while dozens of Israeli…

The United States and its Dark Passenger
Uruknet February 19, 2012 – …I was also in Iraq in 2003 and early 2004 as a journalist when the US military invasion force began to realize the mission had not been “accomplished” and it faced a powerful and growing, internally-generated insurgency that wanted the US to leave — especially in Falluja and the Sunni area of…

The Khader Adnan Hunger Strike in Context
Uruknet February 19, 2012 – The hunger strike struggle in which Khader Adnan is engaged in is based on long epic experience of strikes, where the Palestinian detainees’ steadfastness dazzled even the jailers who slam the doors of cells. And without these hunger strikes which were culminated with martyrs, the detainees won’t be able to grab their…

012 : A Video Roundup

Israeli Torture: Accountability Denied
Uruknet February 19, 2012 – The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PACTI) “believes that torture and ill-treatment of any kind and under all circumstances is incompatible with the moral values of democracy and the rule of law.” Yet it’s systematically practiced by Israel’s Police, Israel Securities Authority (ISA), Israeli Prison Service (IPS), and Israeli Defense Forces (…

CIA Drone Strikes Targeting Funerals, First Responders
Uruknet February 19, 2012 – Ignoring the possibility that emergency responders rushing to the aid of Middle East drone-strike victims may be medical personnel, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) operators have also marked them for death. The CIA has also been targeting the funeral services of the alleged suspects it murders, also killing mourners who often may not…

#KhaderExists : Khader Adnan needs your help
Uruknet February 19, 2012 – Despite his association to Islamic Jihad , Adnan has not been accused of anything up till this moment officially and he has not even stood in front of a judge to know his guilt. Randa , his pregnant was allowed to see him last week in the hospital and she has described him as…

  PCHR Calls upon the International Community to Save the Life of the Palestinian Detainee, Khader Adnan, Who Is on Hunger Strike
Uruknet February 19, 2012 – 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…

Yemen: Houthi group calls for supporting Al-Assad regime
Uruknet February 19, 2012 – A preacher of the Houthi group called during the last Friday sermon in Sana’a to support Al-Assad regime with money and weapons, pointing out that the regime fights Jews and traitors. Yemeni news reports said on Sunday that the Houthi group sent dozens of its elements to fight in Syria with Al-Assad…

The Libya Mission One Year Later: The rules of engagement
Uruknet February 19, 2012 – … NATO’s stated goal to protect Libyan civilians was seen by critics as a one-way street, with the focus being on protecting only those allied with the rebels. It would later emerge that rebel forces hunted down black Libyans they believed supported Gadhafi, as well as African guest workers. The BBC interviewed one…

40 Killed Across Iraq, Police Recruits Targeted
Uruknet February 19, 2012 – A large blast rocked Baghdad today, killing 20 police recruits and policemen. The attack, which occurred near the heavily fortified Interior Ministry, may have been a message to the Maliki government. However, it wasn’t the only violence targeting policemen. At least 40 Iraqis were killed and 42 more were wounded overall. Many…

Libya: Amnesty Int’l on Out-of-Control Militias
Uruknet February 19, 2012 – Amnesty International (AI) last week released a report that’s sure to have Misrotten militia jailors fuming mad. Rebel fighters are still not being called out for conducting most of the horrific mass-scale “Gaddafi atrocities” of the war. But they are criticized for widespread torture, illegal detentions, war crime mass expulsions (Tawerghans, Mshashiya…

Israeli airstrikes ‘injure toddler, damage school’ in Gaza
Uruknet February 19, 2012 – 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, and a terror activity…

US, Britain urge Israel not to attack Iran’s nuclear program
Uruknet February 19, 2012 – The U.S. and Britain on Sunday urged Israel not to attack Iran’s nuclear program as the White House’s national security adviser arrived in the region, reflecting growing international jitters that the Israelis are poised to strike. In their warnings, both the chairman of the U.S. joint chiefs of staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey,…

A Response to Norman Finkelstein
Uruknet February 19, 2012 – Responding to bizarre statements always risks magnifying their exposure and importance. Hence I wouldn’t normally respond to Norman Finkelstein’s startling 32-minute video attack on the movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, which was recently posted on YouTube to considerable fanfare by Zionist blogs. Some other good writers have taken…

  “Brought to Justice? – The Indefinite Detention and Targeted Killing of the Rule of Law”: A KPFA Special with Andy Worthington and David Rovics
Uruknet February 19, 2012 – Last month, when I was in the US to campaign for the closure of Guantánamo on the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Bush administration’s “war on terror” prison, I paid a visit, during my 30-hour visit to San Francisco and the Bay Area, to KPFA in Berkeley for an interview…

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…

Daily Star

Campbell warned against hosting Syria fundraiser
Daily Star 20 Feb 2012 Naomi Campbell had to scrap plans to host a fundraising event for the people of Syria during London Fashion Week after she was told the cause was “too political”.

Oil jumps to 9-month high after Iran cuts supply
Daily Star 20 Feb 2012 Oil prices jumped to a nine-month high above $105 a barrel after Iran said it halted crude exports to Britain and France.

Vandals daub death threats on Jerusalem Baptist church
Daily Star 20 Feb 2012 Attackers daubed death threats on the walls of the Baptist House church in central Jerusalem overnight and vandalised three cars parked nearby in the latest “price tag” hate crime.

Hariri prosecutor says justice awaits for people of Lebanon
Daily Star 20 Feb 2012 The outgoing prosecutor at the UN-backed tribunal set up to try suspects over the murder of Lebanese ex-prime minister Rafiq Hariri said that justice awaits for the people of Lebanon.

Egypt begins restoring ancient boat near pyramids
Daily Star 20 Feb 2012 Archaeologists on Monday began restoration on a 4,500-year-old wooden boat found next to the pyramids, one of Egypt’s main tourist attractions.

Iraq says it thwarted infiltration on Syria border
Daily Star 20 Feb 2012 Iraq’s interior ministry said on Monday its forces had fended off “smugglers and infiltrators” trying to cross the border from Syria.


Tunisian parliament bloc proposes Islamic constitution
YNet News, 20 Feb 2012 – ….

‘Israel under pressure from all sides’
YNet News, 20 Feb 2012 – Senior Israeli official says ‘Americans don’t want to be surprised’ by attack on Iran. ‘They are telling us to be patient, see if sanctions will eventually work,’ he says ….

Germany: EU may adopt further sanctions against Syria
YNet News, 20 Feb 2012 – ….

Israeli source: US pushing against surprise attack on Iran
YNet News, 20 Feb 2012 – ….

US, Mexico agree to cooperate on energy
YNet News, 20 Feb 2012 – ….

Russians revive Ice Age flower from frozen burrow
YNet News, 20 Feb 2012 – ….

Tel Aviv wants buses on Shabbat
YNet News, 20 Feb 2012 – Revolution in works? Tel Aviv city hall to seek government permit to run buses on Shabbat, will set up independent transportation company should request be denied ….

IDF paratroopers earn coveted red beret
YNet News, 20 Feb 2012 – Young soldiers complete grueling march to Jerusalem; commander: it’s preparation for war ….

Protestors call for Arab hunger striker’s release
YNet News, 20 Feb 2012 – More than 1,000 Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza rally in support of Islamic Jihad man who hasn’t eaten in 65 days ….

Netanyahu, Obama schedule Iran meeting
YNet News, 20 Feb 2012US president, Israeli prime minister to meet in White House on March 5th against backdrop of reports on possible Iran strike; Bibi to arrive in Washington next month for AIPAC conference ….

German democracy at risk
YNet News, 20 Feb 2012 – Op-ed: Studies show decline in Germans’ trust in democracy, growing wish for ‘strong leader’ ….

MK Tibi: Israel must free Palestinian hunger striker
YNet News, 20 Feb 2012Arab MK ‘doesn’t understand rationale’ behind keeping Khader Adnan shackled to hospital bed; warns of West Bank, Gaza protests if prisoner dies in Israel ….

‘Nazareth united against criminal Peres’
YNet News, 20 Feb 2012 – Dozens of Nazareth residents protest against president’s visit, claim Peres is responsible for Kafr Kana ‘massacre.’ Three protestors arrested in clashes, visit goes on as scheduled ….

The demonization of Israel
YNet News, 20 Feb 2012 – Op-ed: For anti-Israel Palestine fans, Jewish state has become shorthand for all manner of evils ….

Palestinian Information Center

Jewish settlers storm Aqsa under police protection
PIC – Two groups of Jewish settlers stormed the holy Aqsa mosque on Monday morning under Israeli police protection, eyewitnesses said.

Israel is decapitating the two-state solution
PIC – The Israeli government, a settler government par excellance, is now allowing Jewish settlers to build settlement outposts in area-B throughout the West Bank.

UFree: Israeli doctors conceal torture incidents in Israeli jails
PIC – The Oslo-based European Network to support the rights of Palestinian Prisoners-UFree said many Israeli doctors covered up torture incidents that happened to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

IOF soldiers killed 21 Palestinians in West Bank in 2011 including 4 children
PIC – The international Tadamun foundation for human rights said that the Israeli occupation forces haad killed 21 Palestinians in the West Bank in the course of 2011 including four children and a woman.

Haneyya in Egypt to discuss power crisis
PIC – Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya leaves for Egypt later on Monday on a few days visit to discuss Gaza’s power crisis with Egyptian officials.

Jewish settlers burn cars, damage Mosque in 1948 occupied lands
PIC – Jewish settlers from the “price tag” gang torched eight Palestinian cars at dawn Sunday in Musmus town, Wadi Ara area, in the 1948 occupied lands, and sabotaged the only Mosque there.

Arab League: Israel’s moves against the Aqsa Mosque threaten the world’s peace
PIC – The Arab League warned that the Judaization measures in Jerusalem threaten the stability in the region and the whole world, and appealed to the international parties to protect the Aqsa Mosque.

Sheikh Qaradawi urges Arab nation to defend Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Head of the international union for Muslim scholars Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradawi called for Arab popular moves to protect the Aqsa Mosque and confront the Jewish attempts to defile it.

Khatib: All construction activities around the Aqsa part of the alleged temple
PIC – Kamal Al-Khatib warned that the escalating attempts to storm and seize the Aqsa Mosque are part of the Jewish black scheme to tear it down and build the alleged temple on its ruins.


Sixth Child from Bus Accident Dies of Wounds
WAFA – 20 Feb 2012

High Court Moves Up Striking Prisoner’s Hearing
WAFA – 20 Feb 2012

Funding Stops to Silence Canada’s Palestine House, says Staff
WAFA – 20 Feb 2012

Prisoner on Hunger Strike Tied to his Hospital Bed, says Group
WAFA – 20 Feb 2012

Abbas to Start Thursday Arab Tour, Says Spokesman
WAFA – 20 Feb 2012


Iran says it’s cutting oil exports to France, Britain
LA Times 19 Feb 2012 – The ban is preemptive retaliation against European sanctions. Meanwhile, U.S. and British officials warn against a military attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Iran said Sunday that it was cutting off oil exports to France and Britain in a preemptive strike against European economic sanctions, while…

2 judicial officials assassinated in Syria
LA Times 20 Feb 2012 – A judge and lawyer, along with their driver, are reportedly killed in Idlib. Across Syria, at least 20 are slain, including nine in Homs, the opposition says. Two judicial officials were assassinated Sunday in Syria‘s Idlib province, and the strife-riven nation faced what could be…

U.N. Team to Check for Military Uses of Iran Nuclear Program
New York Times 20 Feb 2012 – A team of United Nations inspectors arrived in Tehran on Monday for the second visit of its kind in three weeks amid rising international tension over Iran’s nuclear program.

Iran Warns U.S. Over Syria as Crackdown Grows
New York Times 20 Feb 2012 – Two Iranian warships docked in a Syrian port as a senior Iranian lawmaker denounced the possibility that the Americans might arm the Syrian opposition.

Egyptian Dossier Details Case Against Democracy Groups
New York Times 20 Feb 2012 – The Egyptian prosecution’s summary of the case against at least 16 Americans and others from five democracy and human rights groups focuses largely on the testimony of their accusers.

Israel Speeds Hearing for Palestinian on Hunger Strike
New York Times 20 Feb 2012Khader Adnan’s hearing had first been scheduled for Thursday but his lawyers and human rights groups representing the hospitalized detainee were worried that he would not survive that long.

Iran Raid Seen as Complex Task for Israeli Military
New York Times 20 Feb 2012 – An attack would take at least 100 planes, American defense officials and military analysts said, and take far more time than earlier strikes on nuclear sites in Syria and Iraq.

Ahead of Yemen Vote, Obama Supports Vice President
New York Times 20 Feb 2012 – President Obama offered his support to Yemen’s vice president, who is the sole candidate in an election aimed at peacefully removing the country’s current leader.

US-backed regime crushes protest in Bahrain
WSWS – In the midst of drumming up support for a “Friends of Syria” gathering next week, the US government lent its backing to the brutal suppression of a mass demonstration against the dictatorial monarchy that rules Bahrain.

Amnesty International details torture and murder in Libya
WSWS – A new report documents gruesome violations of human rights under the new regime established by the US-NATO war.

The Egyptian revolution and the struggle for workers’ power
WSWS – The failure of strike calls by petty-bourgeois “left” parties in Egypt highlights the need for an independent political struggle by the working class with the aim of taking power and establishing socialism.

US, Israel invoke terror to ratchet up war threats against Iran
WSWS – Both Washington and Israel have seized upon a string of abortive bomb plots in India, Georgia and Thailand to escalate threats against Iran.

US-backed Bahraini regime continues repression
WSWS – The crackdown on protests in Bahrain continued this week, with repeated police attacks on working class neighborhoods and protests.

Israeli spokesman Mark Regev grilled on CNN International over Khader Adnan
Mondoweiss –

Gaza sit-in, rally back Khader Adnan; general strike set for Tuesday
Mondoweiss –   Every Monday morning the families of 445 Gaza Palestinians detained by Israel occupy the courtyard of Gaza’s International Committee of the Red Cross headquarters to demand that the ICRC fulfill its obligation to protect the rights of their imprisoned relatives. This week’s gathering was infused…

Greenwald: Indefinite detention policies have become normalized legally, politically and culturally in Israel and the US
Mondoweiss – From Glenn Greenwald’s article ” Khader Adnan and normalized Western justice “: Writing today about the Adnan case in The National , Joseph Dana explains that Israel imprisons Adnan and so many like him pursuant to “a framework of laws and statutes to govern all aspects of life in…

Half the story: What @IDFSpokesperson leaves out about Gaza
Mondoweiss – This post first appeared on the Palestine Center blog Permission to Narrate :   If a rocket from Gaza falls in the middle of the desert, does it make a sound?   It does if you are on Twitter. Regular updates on just about every projectile fired…

Israeli government sending 100 Israelis abroad to ‘defend the state’ during Israel Apartheid Week
Mondoweiss – From the Jerusalem Post : The Public Diplomacy Ministry plans to send 100 Israelis from different sectors in society abroad to represent and defend the state during Israel Apartheid Week. The “Faces of Israel” mission, which leaves next weekend, includes settlers, Arabs, artists, experts in national security,…

The regime options : pluraliste Constitution and hunting to the extremists
Voltaire Network 20 Feb 2012Arab affairs. The Gulf escalation fever. When the Syrian state signed the cooperation protocol with the Arab League, it set a course for its acceptance of a transitional plan that would ensure a comprehensive solution to the crisis through specific and practical steps stipulated by the…

Israel’s Levant Basin—a new geopolitical curse? Part 1
Voltaire Network 20 Feb 2012 – A recent major oil and gas find is bound to change dramatically the geopolitical equation in the Eastern Mediterranean region and beyond. To start with, it has sent Israel from rags to riches in terms of energy independence and security. However, Lebanon contends that part of…

Nigeria: Iran to Help Fight Terrorism
allAfrica.com 20 Feb 2012 – [Daily Trust] The Government of Iran has pledged its support to help Nigeria in fighting terrorism in the country.

Nigeria: FG, Israel Seal Deal to Train Medical Personnel
allAfrica.com 20 Feb 2012 – [This Day] Abuja – After a series of deliberations and negotiations on the training of Nigerian medical officers on emergency medical service (EMS), the Federal Government and the Israeli government have finally sealed the deal.

Nigeria: Iran Assures of Support Against Terrorism
allAfrica.com 20 Feb 2012 – [Vanguard] Abuja – Iranian government has pledged to support Nigeria in the fight against terrorism.

Egypt: Govt Recalls Its Ambassador to Damascus
allAfrica.com 20 Feb 2012 – [Egypt Online] Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr decided on Sunday 19/2/2012 to recall Egypt’s ambassador to Syria. The decision was announced by Foreign Minister Mohammed Amr following a meeting with the ambassador, Shouki Ismail, in Cairo earlier in the day as he ambassador was asked not…

Al Jazeera: Khader Adnan: No food without freedom
Palestine Solidarity Project 20 Feb 2012 – 012/02/201221715355300838.html Friday is the 62nd day of the Palestinian prisoner’s protest against his detention by Israel. Sixty-one days. That is how long it’s been since Khader Adnan has eaten. The 33-year-old Palestinian was taken from his home in Arrabeh village near Jenin in the occupied West…

IDF Demolishes the Villages of Saadet Tha’lah and Ar Rakeez, in South Hebron Hills
Palestine Solidarity Project 19 Feb 2012 – At-Tuwani – On February 15th 2012, the Israeli Army demolished five buildings in the Palestinian village of Saadet Tha’lah and destroyed a water tank and tore down 50 trees in the Palestinian village of Ar Rakeez. For video, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LfbqKtwieg&list=UUpKXxYTHG80BLPckf_YMHtw&index=1&feature=plcp At around 12 a.m. two bulldozers…

The Khader Adnan Hunger Strike in Context
Palestine Solidarity Project 19 Feb 2012 – The hunger strike struggle in which Khader Adnan is engaged in is based on long epic experience of strikes, where the Palestinian detainees’ steadfastness dazzled even the jailers who slam the doors of cells. And without these hunger strikes which were culminated with martyrs, the detainees…

Iran ‘boosts nuclear protection’
BBC 20 Feb 2012 – Iran announces it is holding fresh military exercises to boost protection of its nuclear sites, as UN inspectors arrive for their second visit in a month.

Red Cross presses for Syria truce
BBC 20 Feb 2012 – The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is trying to negotiate a humanitarian ceasefire in Syria to bring in aid.

West ‘stirring Syria civil war’
BBC 20 Feb 2012 – The West is stirring civil war in Syria, says an editorial in the People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party.

Thailand names sixth bomb suspect
BBC 20 Feb 2012 – A court in Thailand issues an arrest warrant for a sixth suspect over an alleged Iranian bomb plot to attack Israeli diplomats in Bangkok.

Urgent Call to Action for Khader Adnan, in “Immediate Danger of Death”
US Campaign to End the Occupation 20 Feb 2012 – Al Dameer Association for Human Right, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Issued the following Urgent Call to Action several hours ago for Khader Adnan, who is now on his 65th day of hunger strike. We call upon you…


Bassem Tamimi to Judge: I Do Not Recognize Your Rules
Popular Struggle Coordination Committee 2/20/2012
      Bassem Tamimi from Nabi Saleh testified yesterday as part of the defense’s case in the ongoing trial against him. Tamimi, suspected of protest related charges, was arrested on March last year, and remains in detention since.
     After 11 months in an Israeli jail, Bassem Tamimi, a prominent Palestinian activist from Nabi Saleh, was given a chance to plead his case before the military court in regards to the allegations against him, denying them in full while owning up to his and his village’s struggle against the Occupation and the theft of their lands. Tamimi, who was recognized by the European Union as a human rights defender last year, said, “International law gives us the right to peaceful protest, to demonstrate our refusal of the policies that hurt us, our daily life and the future of our children”.
     Tamimi began his testimony by telling of his past experience in Israeli prisons and interrogation rooms. He recounted how he was tortured so badly by the Israeli Shin Bet in 1993 that he suffered a severe Intracranial hemorrhage which left him unconscious for a week and partially paralyzed.
     He then continued to explain the reason behind the Nabi Saleh protests, saying “I do not know and do not care if they are permitted by your law, as it was enacted by an authority I do not recognize”. He narrated how the settlers from the nearby Halamish continuously took over lands belonging to his village since the 1970s abetted by the army and how, when villagers tried to prevent the latest attempts to seize their lands, the Israeli army exerted repression tactics against them. “Every time we try to help them work the land, before we reach it, they disperse us using rubber bullets, tear gas and using excessive force. This is what happens every Friday”, he said. — See also: Video: Archive footage and an interview with Tamimi shortly before his arrest more.. e-mail

Hamas’s Iran connection
Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah, Al-Ahram Weekly 2/16/2012
      According to many Palestinians, Iran manipulates the Palestinian cause, raising suspicions about Ismail Haniyeh’s recent visit to Tehran.
     The latest visit to Tehran by Hamas’s prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, raised many eyebrows among Palestinians who viewed the timing as “problematic and unwise”.
     Critics argue that having cordial meetings with the Iranian leadership at this time is bound to be interpreted by many Muslims as a brazen betrayal of the Syrian revolution, including the Syrian Muslim Brothers, the Alawite regime’s arch foe and ultimate enemy.
     Iran, which officially claims it doesn’t interfere in the Syrian situation, is one of the Bashar Al-Assad regime’s ardent supporters. The same thing applies to the Lebanese militia Hizbullah, which is rumoured to be assisting the Syrian army in its bloody crackdown on the freedom movement.
     The ruling Alawite sect in Syria is an esoteric branch of Shiism. In recent years, Shia scholars tried to “rehabilitate” the Alawites, with some Shia clerics issuing edicts that the Alawites were bona fide Shia.
     The Alawites are anthropomorphists who believe that the Prophet Mohamed’s cousin and son-in-law, Ali, was God incarnate.
     Syrian sources close to the anti-Assad movement have reported that Iranian fighters were spotted helping the regime’s forces kill peaceful protesters. However, these reports have not been confirmed by independent or third party sources.
     Until fairly recently, Hamas resorted to reiterating terse statements affirming its “absolute neutrality” with regard to “the situation” in Syria. more.. e-mail

West Bank outposts spreading into Area B, in violation of Oslo Accords
Akiva Eldar, Ha’aretz 2/18/2012
      Area B is defined as land under Palestinian civil control and Israeli military control, according to Oslo Accords.
     Settlers from West Bank outposts have taken control of land in Area B and are thus in breach of the 1995 Oslo agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, says Dror Etkes, an anti-settlement activist. Area B was defined in the Oslo Accords as land under Palestinian civil control and Israeli military control.
     According to Etkes, who has monitored the settlements for years, the takeover of land in Area B is a combination of unbridled thievery by settlers and impotence on the part of the Israeli authorities. He says the Israeli side has turned the West Bank into an area where the strongest dominates.
     Etkes says an aerial photo shows that Israel has violated the agreement signed in Washington in September 1995. One clause states: “All civil powers and responsibilities, including planning and zoning, in Areas A and B set out in Annex III, will be transferred to and assumed by the Council [the Palestinian government] during the first phase of redeployment.”
     Etkes found that the outpost of Amona, overlooking the settlement of Ofra in the northern West Bank, has spread hundreds of dunams into Area B. Roads have been built around the eastern side of the outpost on privately owned Palestinian land.
     According to Etkes, vineyards have been planted on land owned by Palestinians, whose access to the land has been blocked. For security reasons, Palestinians from nearby villages are not allowed access to thousands more dunams, some of which are in Area B, he adds. more.. e-mail

East Jerusalem cinema reopens after 25 years
Electronic Intifada: 20 Feb 2012 – Jillian Kestler-D’Amours Jerusalem 20 February 2012 Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem can once again go to the movies, now that Al Quds Cinema has reopened its doors after being closed for 25 years.more

Iran Crisis: 10 Questions Hague Won’t Answer
Palestine Chronicle: 20 Feb 2012 – By Stuart Littlewood In an interview with The Daily Telegraph Britain’s Foreign Secretary, William Hague, claims that Iran is threatening to spark a nuclear arms race in the Middle East which could be more dangerous than the original East-West Cold War. “It is a crisis coming down the tracks,” he says. “Because they are clearly continuing their nuclear weapons programme… If they obtain nuclear weapons capability, then I think other nations across the Middle East will want to develop nuclear weapons. “And so, the most serious round of nuclear proliferation since nuclear weapons were invented would have begun with all the de-stabilising effects in the Middle East. “We are very clear to all concerned that we are not advocating military action,” he assures us. “We support a twin-track strategy of sanctions and pressure and negotiations on the other hand. We are not favouring the idea of anybody attacking Iran at…more

Jordan Is Not Palestine, Neither Is Qatar
Palestine Chronicle: 20 Feb 2012 – By Sam Bahour Hamas, the Palestinian ‘Islamic Resistance Movement,’ is on the move. Hamas is leaving Syria, where it has been based until now, making a pit stop in Jordan to mend affairs with King Abdullah II, declaring non-violent resistance as the preferred mode of struggle against Israeli occupation, signing (yet another) reconciliation agreement with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and lastly, planning to relocate its headquarters to the State of Qatar. All of this has happened in the span of a few weeks. In the information-scarce, investigative reporting-light Middle East, one takes note of every word said and action taken at each high-level meeting—many times, these gestures and nuggets of information are the only insights available to construct the puzzle of the current state of affairs. Following multiple victories in recent elections across the Arab world, Islamist movements are boasting that there political time has arrived. The “Arab Spring,” as…more

When Netanyahu Crossed the Line
Palestine Chronicle: 20 Feb 2012 – By Deepak Tripathi The bombing of an Israeli embassy car in Delhi threatens India’s diplomatic maneuvers between Israel and Iran, and has put India’s discreetly nurtured ties with Israel since 1992 through a severe test. Those who are attracted to Israel’s depiction of Iran as a terrorist threat to world peace would do well to read historian Mark Perry’s account, revealing that Israel is recruiting, and collaborating with, terrorist groups in a secret war with Iran. That low-level conflict is spreading. Israel’s latest reaction should be seen in the light of Perry’s revelations. The Israeli government’s hasty and aggressive posture following the Delhi bombing has caused offense in the Indian capital. Officials in Delhi have made plain that India will not be recruited into the anti-Iran alliance under Israeli–U.S. pressure. India will not allow “Washington, the Jewish lobby and much of Europe to push the country into a corner” over…more

Israel Better Forget about Attacking Iran
Palestine Chronicle: 20 Feb 2012 – By Gilad Atzmon Israeli Ynet admitted today that an Israeli air force attack on Iran is unrealistic. The Israeli paper quoted a New York Times article that described such an attack as ‘highly complex operation’. It would require at least 100 planes. Israeli jets would have to refuel in the air en route, fight off Iran’s air defenses and attack multiple underground sites simultaneously. American military experts seem to agree amongst themselves that Israel doesn’t necessarily has the means to accomplish such an operation. The first problem Israel faces is how to get to Iran. ”Israel has American-built F-15I and F-16I fighter jets that can carry bombs to the targets, but their range — depending on altitude, speed and payload — falls far short of the minimum 2,000-mile round trip. That does not include an aircraft’s ‘loiter time’ over a target plus the potential of having to fight off attacks…more

Furnishing War With Iran at Any Cost
Dissident Voice: 20 Feb 2012 – It took all of one hour after simultaneous attacks targeted Israeli diplomats on Monday in New Delhi and Tbilisi, Georgia for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to conclude his investigation.  As Netanyahu thundered with typical bravado: “Iran is behind these attacks.  It is the biggest exporter of terror in the world.” And after a series of apparently premature explosions shook Bangkok on Tuesday—including the detonation of two grenades by an Iranian national—Israel once again laid blame firmly at the feet of Iran.  As Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak stated : “The attempted terrorist attack in Bangkok proves once again that Iran and its proxies continue to perpetuate terrorism.” Yet, as the Mossad connected DEBKAfile reported , Israel remains “in the dark about the source or sources of the attacks on Israeli diplomats abroad and the investigations have a long way to go.” Nonetheless, the series of attacks have been quickly (and quite…more

More material available from Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel – www.vtjp.org
To subscribe, please write to OccupationNews-subscribe@yahoogroups.com or visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OccupationNews/join

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.