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Open letter from North American organizations
IMEMC – Batsheva, Take a strong, unequivocal stance against Israel’s treatment of Palestinians New York, NY, February 21 2012 – More than 20 organizations representing human rights activists and artists around the United States and Canada are calling on the Batsheva Dance Company to cut all ties to the Brand Israel campaign and take a stand against the Israeli government’s violations of Palestinian rights. …
Hamas, Egypt strike deal to end energy crisis
2/23/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities and Hamas officials reached an agreement on Thursday to end the energy crisis in the Gaza Strip. Hamas spokesman Taher al-Nunu said a deal had been reached after “intensive negotiations” between Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh, Egyptian officials, and the Islamic Development Bank. The deal included three stages….
Israeli court implements Hebron evacuation order
2/23/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces implemented Wednesday the Israeli Supreme Court’s decision to evacuate settlers from a building owned by the Tahbub family in the Old City. The general manager of the reconstructing Hebron committee, their lawyers and a group of people were present during the process. The court decision was issued…. Related:Villagers: Israeli forces bulldoze olive trees on Hebron land
PA: Soldiers re-arrest prisoner freed in exchange deal
2/23/2012 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Palestinian security sources said Wednesday that Israel arrested a man freed in last October’s exchange deal between Hamas and Israel, in the third such arrest this week. An Israeli army spokeswoman denied the Palestinian Authority’s assertion that soldiers raided the Tulkarem village of Qaffin and detained Majday….
Group: Woman arrested after ‘stabbing attempt’
2/23/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces beat up and detained a Palestinian woman Thursday near Hebron after she was accused of trying to stab an Israeli soldier, a Palestinian rights group said. The head of the Palestinian prisoners society condemned the violence against Aysha Musa Hassan Ghannam, 24. She sustained bruising all over her body….
Abbas, Mashaal attend PLO meeting in Cairo
2/23/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A meeting of the PLO began Thursday in Cairo which President Mahmoud Abbas and other representatives of independent and political factions attended. President Abbas and Khalid Mashaal attended the talks which began at 6 p. m. They are holding more talks on the implementation of a unity deal to form…. Related:Official: Abbas to meet Haniyeh in Cairo and Hamas denies placing barriers to unity
Official: Abbas to meet Haniyeh in Cairo
2/23/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet Gaza-based premier Ismail Haniyeh on Thursday in Cairo, the Hamas foreign minister Muhammad Awad said…. Related: Hamas denies placing barriers to unity and Abbas, Mashaal attend PLO meeting in Cairo
Hamas denies placing barriers to unity
2/24/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas officials on Thursday played down reports that the movement was placing barriers in front of a reconciliation deal it signed with Fatah earlier this month. Party spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said Hamas was moving forward with the deal in line with the terms agreed in Doha by President Mahmoud Abbas…. Related:Official: Abbas to meet Haniyeh in Cairo and Abbas, Mashaal attend PLO meeting in Cairo
Khader Adnan: A selfless Palestinian hero
2/23/2012 – Daoud Kuttab – It might have been a small gesture, but it spoke volumes. After Khader Adnan, the Palestinian administrative detainee on his 66th day of hunger strike agreed to end his protest, he refused to eat until all fellow hunger striking Palestinians were informed about his decision. Speaking on Voice of Palestine, Adnan Musa, Khader….
ICRC supplies fuel to Gaza Strip to ease crisis
2/23/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The International Committee of the Red Cross on Thursday supplied 150,000 liters of fuel to the ministry of health in the Gaza Strip.” The lack of fuel restricts the functioning of vital public services, especially hospitals,” Irfan Sulejmani, the head of the ICRC sub-delegation in Gaza, said in a statement…. Related: Hamas, Egypt strike deal to end energy crisis
Israel allows transfer of 230 truckloads of goods, 20 cars to Gaza
2/23/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel allowed the transfer of 230 truckloads of goods and 20 cars into the Gaza Strip on Thursday. Palestinian liaison official Raed Fattuh said that two trucks of flowers were exported from the coastal enclave to Europe. Limited quantities of cooking gas are scheduled to be transferred to Gaza, he….
Iran talks failure sparks confrontation fears
2/23/2012 – VIENNA/TEHRAN (Reuters) — The UN nuclear watchdog’s latest mission to Iran failed to budge a defiant Tehran over its disputed nuclear program, sending oil prices to a nine-month high over fears of an increasing risk of confrontation with the West. The United States criticized Iran on Wednesday over the collapse of the International….
Palestinian judges, prosecutors on visit to Finland
2/23/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A group composed of Palestinian judges and prosecutors attended a study trip to Helsinki and Turku in Finland to enhance the preparation of corruption court hearings, EU officials said. The visit which is part of a joint US-EU program organized and conducted by the EU training prosecution team. Following the visit….
Villagers: Israeli forces bulldoze olive trees on Hebron land
2/23/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces bulldozed olive trees on village land in Hebron overnight Wednesday, villagers told Ma’an. Locals said that bulldozers and military jeeps arrived in the village of Surif at dawn and began digging up land in order to confiscate it. The land belongs to villagers Isaac al-Qadi and Muhammad…. Related: When it is illegal to use your front door: Freedom of movement in Al Khalil and Israeli court implements Hebron evacuation order
Munich attack survivors return with mixed feelings
2/23/2012 – MUNICH (Reuters) — A survivor of the 1972 Munich Olympic attack felt like he was “floating on a cloud of love” as he returned to the southern German city this week with several other team mates to take part in a documentary marking the 40th anniversary. The seven men, all members of the then Israeli Olympic….
2-year-old boy drowns in Hebron well
2/23/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A two-year-old toddler died on Thursday morning after drowning in a well in south Hebron. Red Crescent official Nasser Kabaha told Ma’an that Muhammad Abu Fanar drowned after falling into a well near his house in Yatta village….
UN: Syrian forces have orders from top to torture, murder
2/23/2012 – GENEVA (Reuters) — Syrian forces have shot dead unarmed women and children, shelled residential areas and tortured wounded protesters in hospital under orders from the “highest level” of army and government officials, the United Nations said on Thursday. Independent UN investigators called for perpetrators of such crimes against humanity to face prosecution and said they had….
Clinton: Syrian opposition will become increasingly capable
2/23/2012 – LONDON (Reuters) — The Syrian opposition will become increasing capable and find the means to launch attacks, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday.” There will be increasingly capable opposition forces. They will from somewhere, somehow find the means to defend themselves as well as begin offensive measures,” she told reporters after taking part….
Palestinian Center for Human Rights
Al-Aqsa Mosque and its surrounding area attacked 100 times during 2011
2/23/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 22 February 2012, Middle East Monitor – A study conducted by Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage in Israel has revealed that Al-Aqsa Mosque and its surrounding area has been subjected to around 100 attacks and violations in 2011 alone. The study noted that the attacks varied between physical attacks and plots which pose threats to…. Related: Middle East Monitor
Municipality creates garbage dump inside Bab Alsbat cemetery next to Lion Gate in the Old City
2/23/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 22 February 2012, Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan – Large quantities of waste are being piled by the Jerusalem Municipality inside the Islamic cemetery (Bab Alsbat) next to Lions Gate in the old city, in a move that has upset and offended the City’s thousands of Muslim inhabitants. The Lions Gate, which lies….
When it is illegal to use your front door: Freedom of movement in Al Khalil
2/23/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Andreas, 23 February 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – Al-Khalil (Hebron) is a divided city. As a result of the Oslo agreements negotiated in the 1990s – the people of Al Khalil became familiar with two new terms – H1 and H2. H1 refers to 80% of the city, which is officially under control of…. Related: Israeli court implements Hebron evacuation order and Villagers: Israeli forces bulldoze olive trees on Hebron land
Norway contributes 11 million kroner for Restoring Dignity in Lebanon
Relief Web 23 Feb 2012 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon , Norway , occupied Palestinian territory Norway announced today a new donation of NOK 11 million (USD 2 million) for Restoring Dignity, a fundraising appeal for the…
Relief Web 23 Feb 2012 – Source: Doctors Worldwide Country: Lebanon , occupied Palestinian territory , Syrian Arab Republic (the) In the aftermaths of the Arab uprisings, Doctors Worldwide Turkey (DWWT) has launched the multifaceted operation “Health Spring in Fraternal Countries” gathering projects in Libya, Syria/Lebanon, Yemen and…
USAID and University of Nebraska Partner to Optimize Use of Water Resources in the Middle East
Relief Web 23 Feb 2012 – Source: US Agency for International Development Country: World , Egypt , Lebanon , occupied Palestinian territory , Syrian Arab Republic (the) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 17, 2012 Public Information: 202-712-4810 www.usaid.gov WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the University…
Workshop Report: Towards a Palestinian Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction
Relief Web 23 Feb 2012 – Source: UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Country: occupied Palestinian territory The World Disaster Reduction Campaign…Making Cities Resilient “My City is Getting Ready!” Introduction: Under the auspices of Prof. Rami Hamdallah, President of An-Najah National University, and in cooperation with…
UN deplores Israeli approval of more settlements in West Bank
Relief Web 22 Feb 2012 – Source: UN News Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory 22 February 2012 – The top United Nations envoy for the Middle East peace process today described as “deplorable” Israel’s announcement that is has given approval to a large number of new…
Palestinian Women: Bread Makers, Bread-Winners
Relief Web 22 Feb 2012 – Source: UN Women Country: occupied Palestinian territory It is 6.30 a.m. in the West Bank, part of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), and Istethkar Abdelkarim has already been working for two hours. And yet she couldn’t be happier. Decades of…
Japan supports vital health services in Gaza with USD 10 million to UNRWA
Relief Web 22 Feb 2012 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Japan 22 February 2012, Amman, Jordan – The Government of Japan has donated USD 10 million to the United Nations Relief and Works…
QC delegation to Palestine
Relief Web 22 Feb 2012 – Source: Qatar Charity Country: occupied Palestinian territory A Qatar Charity delegation has visited Palestine to review the status of its current projects and to strengthen relations with local humanitarian organizations. The delegation, which arrived in Ramallah last Tuesday, included Jassim…
Palestinians Hear the Water
Relief Web 21 Feb 2012 – Source: Inter Press Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory By Jillian Kestler-D’Amours JERUSALEM, Feb 21, 2012 (IPS) – After a recent Israeli Supreme Court decision allowed Israeli companies to maintain quarrying and mining activities in the occupied West Bank, local human…
UN given Syria’s most wanted list
The National 23 Feb 2012 – International investigators give the United Nations a list of Syrian officials, including Pesident Bashar Al Assad, suspected of crimes against humanity, as a defiant regime brushed off an outcry over the deaths of two journalists.
Hamas and Fatah delay unity government talks
The National 23 Feb 2012 – The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, and his rival Hamas leader, Khaled Meshaal, yesterday postponed talks on forming a unified government, a Fatah official said.
UN Security Council condemns terror attacks on Israeli diplomats
Ha’aretz – 23 Feb 2012
U.S. refuses to grant visa to Israeli MK due to his membership in ‘terror group’
Ha’aretz – 23 Feb 2012
IDF to reopen southern Israel road after August terror attack
Ha’aretz – 23 Feb 2012
Peres: A nuclear Iran would be a catastrophe
Ha’aretz – 23 Feb 2012
Lieberman denounces public statements on Iran as ‘harmful’
Ha’aretz – 23 Feb 2012
EU’s Ashton criticizes Israel for approval of ‘illegal’ settlement homes
Ha’aretz – 23 Feb 2012
Iran says claims that it is behind global attacks part of Israeli ‘war game’
Ha’aretz – 23 Feb 2012
Remembering Marie Colvin, friend and intrepid war correspondent
Ha’aretz – 23 Feb 2012
Israeli immigration cops luring foreign workers with phony job offers
Ha’aretz – 22 Feb 2012
NGO head decries drafting Arabs to nat’l service
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – State should coordinate with existing civil service frameworks rather than force youths to join state programs, says Jaffar Farrah.
‘Israel should be ‘test bed’ for renewable energy’
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Prof. Eugene Kandel tells industry exports in Eilot Regional Council hall that renewable energy is good public policy.
High Court protects disengagement pardons
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Eight justices rule that law enacted for a proper purpose – to heal rifts in Israeli society.
UN: Assad committing crimes against humanity
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – US-based Syrian dissident tells the ‘Post’ Syrian regime knew house where 2 journalists were killed was a “media center.”
UN condemns terrorist attacks on Israeli officials
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Security Council statement says terrorism “poses one of the most serious threats to peace and security”; Israel ambassador to UN Prosor says resolution is first to condemn terror against Israelis since 2005.
Clinton suggests Syrian rebels will get arms
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – “Friends of Syria” group of Western and Arab powers are set to meet in Tunis; access for aid, not cash is the issue at hand.
TA grocers plan court appeal against Shabbat opening
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Decision comes after District Court turned down petition to force supermarket chains to close on Saturdays.
Change without coercion
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Integration is an evolutionary process that can be nurtured, even encouraged, but that cannot be forced.
Dani Dayan thanks Peace Now with flowers
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – “Each time they [Peace Now] go to the court, it turns out in our favor,” Dayan says. “I decided to be courteous and send them flowers.”
Danon peddles bill to annex Judea and Samaria
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Former Yesha leader Naftali Bennett urges Likud to make annexation of Area C an election platform.
The danger in being a foreign correspondent
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – A Different Perspective: It is time for Russian roulette journalism to be brought to an end for foreign correspondents.
Into the Fray: Something to worry about
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – All the assumptions on which Israeli policies were founded have proved groundless; all the concessions, worse than useless.
Grapevine: No shirt, no speech!
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Minister Yuli Edelstein threatened not to deliver his address…because he didn’t get the same gift as Netanyahu.
Savir’s Corner: Glocalization
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – War endangers both the global belonging and local interests.
Editor’s Note: ‘We’re the true leadership’
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – UK Board of Deputies President Vivian Wineman seeks to soothe tensions simmering within his community.
Nurses to launch ‘warning strike’ after talks fail
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Nurses will work on a reduced Shabbat schedule in protest of over shortage of caretakers, increase in patients.
Another Tack: Lessons from the floating coffin
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – The world’s apathy-cum-enmity toward Jews hasn’t disappeared, it has simply mutated.
PA, Hamas agree to delay formation of interim gov’t
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Unity talks face crisis as many Hamas officials still vehemently oppose reconciliation pact, have a number of conditions.
‘Egypt, Hamas agree to link electricity grids’
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh signs three-stage deal with Egypt to end Gaza’s energy crisis.
Peres denies opposing Iran strike
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – President refutes ‘Haaretz’ story saying he would tell Obama he doesn’t “believe Israel should attack Iran” in near future.
‘Planning underway for other ‘options’ on Iran’
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – US envoy: There is “total cooperation” between the US, Israel on issue; Peres notes Israel has right, capacity to defend itself.
Dan Halutz, Eli Aflalo defect to Mofaz
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Livni camp accuses former supporters of “chutzpah” for supporting rival in Kadima primary.
Katsav’s lawyer requests to submit new evidence
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Evidence is ‘iron alibi’ that shows Katsav did not lie about his whereabouts during alleged rape, lawyer claims.
Israel, Egypt to work together against terror
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Top IDF officer: Israel regularly coordinates with Egyptians in action against Hamas; IDF decides to reopens Route 12.
EU to sanction Syrian government ministers
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Senior diplomat say foreign ministers set to agree on travel bans, asset freezes, central bank sanctions on Monday.
Syria’s chaos reaches its kitchens
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Unrest disrupts transportation, sanctions deter imports, and prices are rising.
Acre fishermen catch rare, 10-foot blue shark
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Parks and Nature Authority says Israel in the midst of “shark season,” higher numbers of sharks seeking warm water near power plants.
‘Iran set to expand nuclear activity in bunker’
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Diplomats: Iran “working toward full installation” of uranium enrichment centrifuges at underground facility.
Spotlight on modern loathing
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Robert Wistrich warns that anti-Semitism will grow as long as West ignores Islamists.
Financial aid bolsters Jewish summer camps amid bad economy
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Camp industry insiders say applications for financial aid have risen sharply since economic crisis hit in 2008.
‘Highest level of Syrian gov’t ordering atrocities’
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Report to UN says high- and mid-ranking members of armed forces ordered subordinates to shoot at unarmed protesters.
Yishai: Tal Law will be extended for another year
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Despite ruling that law unconstitutional, Interior Minister says year needed to draft new legislation on haredi enlistment.
‘Hamas will demand key positions in unity gov’t’
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – ‘Al-Ahram’ reports that in Cairo meeting with Abbas, Mashaal will demand that Hamas control main ministries, provide deputy PM.
Birthday ‘blood parties’ become lifesaving trend
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Idea originated on Facebook to celebrate one’s birthday by inviting guests to join in donating a pint of blood to MDA.
Organs removed in autopsies to be buried
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Health Ministry promises to bury within three months, over 80,000 pieces of tissue and organs that have been stored for years.
‘Rise in single mothers giving birth’
Jerusalem Post 22 Feb 2012 – Statistics bureau: Some 4,900 single Jewish women in Israel gave birth in 2010, nearly double the number who gave birth in 2000.
Shikun u’Binui launches Arava solar thermal plant
Jerusalem Post 22 Feb 2012 – Concentrated solar power facility launched by environment and infrastructure firm includes about 100 parabolic troughs.
Negev cleantech hub can be development engine
Jerusalem Post 22 Feb 2012 – OECD findings are front and center at Eilat-Eilot Forum for Renewable Energy Policy workshop.
‘Shabbat buses would help poorer residents’
Jerusalem Post 22 Feb 2012 – Deputy Mayor Asaf Zamir says Saturday transportation would provide welcome relief to city’s poorer residents.
E. J’lem roads get half-billion shekel boost
Jerusalem Post 22 Feb 2012 – Barkat, Katz announce plan which will create 32 new roads and improve existing roads in capital’s Arab neighborhoods.
Fountain of youth found – in mice
Jerusalem Post 22 Feb 2012 – Mice have a gene that extends their life expectancy; same likely to be discovered in human gene, meaning men could live longer.
Next haredi-oriented law likely to be compromise
Jerusalem Post 22 Feb 2012 – Analysis: A mild form of mandatory national or civilian service for those not drafted into the IDF may be part of any new legislation.
Egypt will keep treaty, Conference of Presidents hears
Jerusalem Post 22 Feb 2012 – Ruth Lapidot, Prof. Shlomo Avineri, Dore Gold speak at Jerusalem convention.
GOP debate foreign policy: prolific proliferators of confusion | Ed Husain
The Guardian 23 Feb 2012 – The Arizona debate exposed both the paucity and cynical self-interest of Republican candidates’ Middle East policy Remember that promise by Michele Bachmann to shut down the US embassy in Iran ? Only to be informed that there…
Israeli Troops Kidnap A Former Detainee, His Wife And Daughter
Uruknet February 23, 2012 – Palestinian security sources reported that Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Wednesday at night, former political prisoner, Majdi Al-Ajouly, in addition to his wife and underage daughter, in Foqeen village, near the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem. The sources added that at least 6 armored military vehicles invaded the village, and surrounded the…
What the Adnan affair tells us about the occupation
Uruknet February 23, 2012 – …Adnan has provided final proof that the occupation has decayed the minds of the occupiers, who are incapable of collecting evidence against people who have no rights to protect them against such collection; whose houses are open wide to any armed goon; whose phones may be eavesdropped on without a warrant; whose…
Fate of detainees a major concern’ in Libya
Uruknet February 23, 2012 – The fate of prisoners and detainees in the hands of former Libyan rebels is a source of “major concern,” the United Nations special envoy to the north African nation said on Thursday. “Our biggest concern so far is that the majority of the people who are detained have not been detained by…
Khader Adnan recovering but not out of danger as Palestinian woman takes up hunger strike against her detention
Uruknet February 23, 2012 – Khader Adnan, the Palestinian who ended a 66 day hunger strike against his detention by Israel without charge or trial is recovering well, but remains in a precarious medical condition, according to a joint statement from Addameer and Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHRI), which respectively sent a lawyer and doctor…
Iraq: At least 62 dead, hundreds injured
Uruknet February 23, 2012 – The greatest gift to reporters covering Iraq is al Qaeda in Mesopotamia. Without it as the constant catch all, so many might be forced to do actual reporting. Instead they can make assertions and claims freely, in a manner that would result in liable or slander if they used it in another…
Villagers: Israeli forces bulldoze olive trees on Hebron land
Uruknet February 23, 2012 — Israeli forces bulldozed olive trees on village land in Hebron overnight Wednesday, villagers told Ma’an. Locals said that bulldozers and military jeeps arrived in the village of Surif at dawn and began digging up land in order to confiscate it. The land belongs to villagers Isaac al-Qadi and Muhammad Ghneimat….
Despite video evidence, Israeli officer who shot demonstrator won’t be charged
Uruknet February 22, 2012 – The Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem received notification from the military prosecution recently, informing it that charges will not be filed against an officer who shot an Israeli activist during a 2008 demonstration in Bil’in. B’Tselem intends to appeal the decision. The incident took place during the weekly demonstration against the separation…
012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet February 22, 2012 – The number of martyrs in Syria today reached thus far 66, including 3 kids, the French and the American Journalists and a Kurdish leader. 22 martyrs were in Idlib, out of them 17 unknown corpses in Ielin village, 20 martyrs in Homs, 13 martyrs in Hama, 5 in Al Arida, two in…
Israeli Prison’s Authority Move 120 Prisoners To Unknown Location
Uruknet February 22, 2012 – One day after the deal between the Palestinian Prisoner Khader Adnan who ended his hunger-strike after 66 days, the Israeli prisons’ administration transferred approximately 120 prisoners from Negev Desert Prison to an unknown location. A press statement issued by the prisoners published by the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, said that 120 prisoners were…
Uruknet February 22, 2012. Chaos and violence continue, the Committee to Protect Journalists releases a new report which ranks Iraq the third worst country in the world for journalists, the oil in the ground in Iraq needs to be extracted if Nouri’s going to amass money, the US federal government sues Cindy Sheehan and more…Cindy Sheehan is…
012 : A Video Roundup
World must pressure Israel to end ‘administrative detention’ scandal
Uruknet February 22, 2012 – Hundreds of Palestinian activists and intellectuals have suffered the cruel Israeli practice known has administrative detention. They languish in detention camps not knowing the reason for their detention or the date of their release.Detainees include some of the most popular Palestinian leaders, instrumental to the life of their immediate communities, such as…
Gaza Gripped by Crisis
Uruknet February 22, 2012 – Punishing years under siege, Cast Lead’s devastation, and regular IDF air, land and sea attacks took a terrible toll on Gazans physically, economically and emotionally. In 2010, Doctors Without Borders (Medicine Sans Frontiers) said over half of children under age 12 need mental health help. Moreover, one-third of cases are severe. Gaza…
Indefinite Detention, Spy Drones, and More School of the Americas Tactics Come Home
Uruknet February 22, 2012 – The military strategies of the School of the Americas, used for decades to support dictators and block political opposition in Latin America, are now being applied to repress and punish dissenters in the U.S. Even as opposition rises to the school’s human rights abuses south of the border, Congress and President Obama…
Palestinian prisoners to boycott Israeli military courts
Uruknet February 22, 2012 – Palestinian prisoners under administrative detention have shelved their differing political allegiances in order to jointly boycott Israeli military courts, announced the Palestinian Prisoner’s club on Wednesday. This action taken by those who have been detained without charge or a trial, the club explained, is a rejection of the legitimacy of these courts…
An Open Letter to President Abbas
Uruknet February 22, 2012 – Dear President Abbas, There was visible and audible euphoria at the UN General Assembly in September when you announced Palestine’s application for UN membership, at UNESCO’s Paris headquarters in October when Palestine was admitted as a member state and at UNESCO again in December when the Palestinian flag was formally raised in…
Egypt presidential candidate wounded in apparent robbery
Daily Star 23 Feb 2012 A prominent Egyptian presidential candidate was wounded in an apparent carjacking late Thursday in Cairo, his campaign manager and police said.
Greece eyes Libyan oil after Iran embargo
Daily Star 23 Feb 2012 Greece said Thursday that Libya could plug the gap in the country’s oil supply created by an EU-imposed embargo on Iranian oil.
Moscow, Beijing reject ‘interference’ in Syria
Daily Star 23 Feb 2012 Moscow and Beijing remain opposed to any foreign interference in Syria, as Russia worked to shore up international support for its position ahead of a major international conference.
Egypt’s economy in dire straits: IMF spokesman
Daily Star 23 Feb 2012 The IMF described Egypt‘s economic situation as dire, sounding the alarm on stagnant growth and a precipitous drop in the country’s foreign reserves.
Abbas, Meshaal delay Palestinian unity talks: Fatah
Daily Star 23 Feb 2012 Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and his rival Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal on Thursday postponed talks on forming a unified government, a Fatah official said.
In memo to court, Egypt’s Mubarak claims innocence
Daily Star 23 Feb 2012 Egypt‘s ousted President Hosni Mubarak has told the court trying him for complicity in the killing of protesters during last year’s uprising that he is saddened by what he calls the “baseless” claims against him.
Report: Jordan to deploy Patriot batteries on Syria border
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US states, Catholics sue over contraceptives rule
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Revenge of the seculars
YNet News, 23 Feb 2012 – Op-ed: Haredi radicalization prompting secular response, as Israel’s moment of truth nears ….
Iran denies link to Azarbaijan terror suspects
YNet News, 23 Feb 2012 – Tehran says it has ‘good relations with neighbors.’ Denies connection to Iran-linked terrorists detained in Azarbaijan ….
Security Council condemns New Delhi terror attack
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US concerned over fate of Iranian Christian pastor
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‘Friends of Syria’ consider ultimatum to Assad
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Left slams ‘hallucinatory’ West Bank annexation plan
YNet News, 23 Feb 2012 – Peace Now, Labor MK and Geneva Initiative all say former Yesha Council director’s plan to impose full Israeli sovereignty over 62% of West Bank will lead to binational state. ‘It only makes occupation more comfortable,’ leftist says ….
Tel Aviv: Hundreds rally against haredi draft-dodging
YNet News, 23 Feb 2012 – In wake of High Court ruling against law exempting yeshiva students from IDF service, social activists call for new legislation obligating all citizens to enlist ….
Court rejects motion against clemency for Gaza pullout opponents
YNet News, 23 Feb 2012 – High Court determines law that expunges criminal records of hundreds of people arrested during 2005 disengagement largely symbolic, promotes reconciliation ….
Britain warns diplomats not to meet Israelis in public
YNet News, 23 Feb 2012 – London Foreign Office cautions British diplomats against interacting in public with Israelis following attack on Israeli missions ….
Principal suspected of rape denies allegations
YNet News, 23 Feb 2012 – Court extends remand of Netanya rabbi suspected of sexually assaulting students, having sexual relations with teacher ….
Fighting campus hatred
YNet News, 23 Feb 2012 – Op-ed: Israel Apartheid Week agitators could not care less about promoting Mideast peace ….
Security along Eilat highway beefed up
YNet News, 23 Feb 2012 – 23-foot high fence, ditches and dozens of observation posts aimed at preventing infiltration of terrorists from Sinai. ‘Too bad fence wasn’t up during Augusts’ terror attack,’ IDF officer says ….
Say no to Shabbat buses
YNet News, 23 Feb 2012 – Op-ed: The fact that both secular, religious don’t like status quo means it’s the right thing ….
Jewish settlers and troops defile Aqsa Mosque, attack Muslim worshipers
PIC – Several groups of extremist Jewish settlers under police protection desecrated the Aqsa Mosque on Thursday morning, while Israeli soldiers prevented hundreds of Palestinians from entering the Mosque.
Land research center: Israel plans to bring more Jews to O. Palestine
PIC – The Land research center warned that the Israeli occupation government intends to bring more Jews from all over the world to occupied Palestine in order to change its demographic composition.
Al-Quds institution warns of Israeli intent to divide Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Al-Quds international institution warned of an Israeli scheme to divide the Aqsa Mosque as already happened with the Abrahimi Mosque in Al-Khalil city.
Palestinian liberated woman go on hunger strike to protest her re-arrest
PIC – Hanaâ€™a Shalabi, who was recently liberated in the Hamas–Israel exchange deal, went on hunger strike for her re-arrest and subsequent administrative custody.
Israeli bulldozers level 12 dunums of Palestinian land
PIC – Israeli occupation bulldozers leveled 12 dunums of cultivated land in Sourif village to the north of Al-Khalil on Thursday, local sources said.
IOF maneuvers damage Palestinian cultivated land
PIC – Palestinian inhabitants have appealed to human rights groups to visit the northern Jordan Valley and see for themselves the damages inflicted by Israeli army maneuvers.
Abulsabh: Israel retracts promises in exchange deal, Egypt should intervene
PIC – Gaza minister of prisoners Dr. Attalla Abulsabh has lashed out at the IOA for recanting on its promises in the prisonersâ€™ exchange deal, brokered by Egypt, not to re-arrest freed prisoners.
IOF soldiers round up 21 Palestinians
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) launched a large-scale arrest campaign in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem at dawn Thursday.
Haneyya confers with Jihad leaders, leads Aqsa demo in Cairo
PIC – Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya conferred with Islamic Jihad secretary general Dr. Ramadan Shallah and his deputy Ziyad Nakhale on latest Palestinian and regional developments in Cairo on Thursday.
Jewish settlers launch fundraising campaign to raze Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Leaders of Jewish settlers declared the launch of a wide campaign to raise funds for the demolition of the Aqsa Mosque and the building of the alleged temple mount in its place.
Army Orders Construction on Houses to Stop
WAFA – 23 Feb 2012
Government Condemns Israeli Plan on Qalandia Airport
WAFA – 23 Feb 2012
France Pledges 22 Million Euros to Palestinian Projects
WAFA – 23 Feb 2012
Baghdad attacks kill 30 Iraq police officers, civilians
LA Times 23 Feb 2012 – The series of car bombings, explosions and shootings hits during rush hour in Baghdad. Iraqi parliament Speaker Usama Nujaifi blames foreign militants. At least 30 Iraqi police officers and civilians were killed and dozens injured Thursday morning in a series of rush-hour car bombings, explosions…
U.N. Panel Accuses Syria of Crimes Against Humanity
New York Times 23 Feb 2012 – Security forces continued to bombard areas of Homs for a 20th day, as a United Nations panel said “gross human rights violations” had been ordered by the Syrian authorities.
Wounded Journalists Appeal for Evacuation From Homs
New York Times 23 Feb 2012 – Edith Bouvier and Paul Conroy, two foreign journalists who were wounded during an attack in Homs, appealed for help in new video messages posted online by activists.
In Iraq, Violent Attacks Kill Dozens
New York Times 23 Feb 2012 – A barrage of coordinated attacks across Iraq killed at least 40 people in what Iraqi officials called a “frantic race” to shatter people’s faith in the government’s grip on security.
Israeli Court Invalidates a Military Exemption
New York Times 23 Feb 2012 – The 6-to-3 decision, which overturns the exemption of ultra-Orthodox Jews engaged in religious studies from military service, adds a new urgency to the government’s negotiations with religious parties.
Forward: Avodah Shifts Focus of Israel Trip
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US reaffirms support for Egyptian junta amid conflict over NGOs
WSWS – High-ranking US officials made clear that, despite the Egyptian military junta’s criticism of US-funded Non-Governmental Organizations, ties between Washington and Cairo remain close.
IAEA inspection team intensifies pressure on Iran
WSWS – If Iran fails to satisfy the inspectors, the way is open for a negative report, escalating sanctions and military threats by the US and its allies.
Fear and apartheid in the West Bank
Mondoweiss – I want to relate a very small moment from my visit to the West Bank. Last Thursday morning, a friend and I took a cab out of Nablus to the Jewish settlement of Ariel. Nablus is of course a legendary Palestinian city, and our driver was…
Vets for Peace to Obama: Talk sense to Netanyahu to avoid war with Iran
Mondoweiss – The organization Veterans for Peace has issues a memorandum to President Obama over the threat of war with Iran and what he can do to stop it. An excerpt : Needed: Presidential Action We believe that you have the power to nip the current warmongering in the…
Jazz singer Cassandra Wilson cancels Israeli show out of ‘a desire to support Palestinians’ civil rights’
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Sanity check on Iran
Mondoweiss – Graphic from ThinkProgress last August Some rays of light amid the Iran warmongering. Yesterday the New York Times ran an important piece on the Iran war saber-rattling saying that it recalled the buildup to the disastrous Iraq war. Reporter Scott Shane several times made the Israel…
Social media ‘tidal wave’ helped turn world’s focus to Khader Adnan
Mondoweiss – Carlos Latuff’s drawing of Khader Adnan ( Via Gaza TV News ) By the time the Western press first noticed the hunger strike of Khader Adnan , the Palestinian baker whose struggle against Israel’s administrative detention policies captivated the world, the 33-year-old had endured 44 days without nourishment. A…
Adelson: ‘I’m Against Wealthy Influencing Elections; But if It’s Doable, I’m Going to Do It’
Tikun Olam – “I’m against very wealthy people attempting to or influencing elections,” he shrugs. “But as long as it’s doable I’m going to do it. Because I know that guys like Soros have been doing it for years, if not decades. –Sheldon Adelson, Forbes Sheldon Adelson’s interview in the upcoming…
Tikun Olam – Israeli Iran attack? What goes around comes around. Be forewarned, Israel and the US. We are entering a dangerous stage in which Iran feels it must respond in kind to attacks against it. When two nations engage in patterns of attacks and counterattacks, it’s much easier…
Settler Extremists Provoke Violence, Threaten Muslim Sovereignty Over Temple Mount, Seeking Final Day of Reckoning
Tikun Olam – Over the past week or so there have been some strange doings on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. As the lyrics of the old song go: There’s something happnin’ here What it is ain’t exactly clear There’s a man with a gun over there Telling me I’ve go…
Sari Nusseibeh Embraces One-State Solution with Civil, But No Political Rights for West Bank Palestinians
Tikun Olam – The Israeli-Palestinian conflict can do a “number” on intellectuals. It can whipsaw them from left to right and back again. Benny Morris is an example of an intellectual who was mugged by the disturbing realities of the conflict during the Intifada, and who lost any hope…
Saying no to gunboat diplomacy
Voltaire Network 23 Feb 2012 – The Chinese veto at the Security Council was not a passing fancy influenced by Russia, but the fruit of a long and painful experience. It was primarily motivated by the desire to uphold the norms of international law. Professor Li Qingsi places this concern in its…
West’s pressure pushed China, Russia together
Voltaire Network 23 Feb 2012 – According to Major General Luo Yuan, member of the Academy of Military Sciences of the People’s Republic of China, the US ultimatum to Syria has backfired on Washington. He has urged Moscow and Beijing to join forces to ward off any further imperial expansion by the…
Africa: UN Deplores Israeli Approval of More Settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory
allAfrica.com 23 Feb 2012 – [UN News] The top United Nations envoy for the Middle East peace process today described as “deplorable” Israel‘s announcement that is has given approval to a large number of new settlement units deep inside the occupied Palestinian territory.
A Worm in the Big Apple
Arab American Institute 23 Feb 2012 – By Jane Kaddouri The New York Police Department is under scrutiny?but in an ironic twist, it?s the Arab American and American Muslim communities that are putting the NYPD under the looking glass. And this time, we have support from Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Rob Menendez (…
World conference to meet on Syria
BBC 23 Feb 2012 – Tunisia is set to host a major conference to seek a breakthrough in Syria, with fresh pressure on Damascus to allow humanitarian access.
Italy chided over Africa migrants
BBC 23 Feb 2012 – The European Court of Human Rights says Italy violated the rights of Eritrean and Somali migrants by sending them back to Libya.
Egyptian press says court should be tough on Mubarak
BBC 23 Feb 2012 – The last day of the trial of ex-President Hosni Mubarak is front-page news in Egypt, with most publications calling for a harsh sentence.
State allows al-Haq Director to go abroad for first time in 6 years
B’tselem 21 Feb 2012 – In response to a High Court petition against the Israeli military’s prohibition of Shawan Jabarin traveling abroad, in force since 2006, the state agreed to let him attend a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Ahead of the High Court hearing, Israeli human…
Khader Adnan: A selfless Palestinian hero
Daoud Kuttab, Ma’an News Agency 2/23/2012
It might have been a small gesture, but it spoke volumes. After Khader Adnan, the Palestinian administrative detainee on his 66th day of hunger strike agreed to end his protest, he refused to eat until all fellow hunger striking Palestinians were informed about his decision.
Speaking on Voice of Palestine, Adnan Musa, Khader’s father, said his son would not eat until he was assured that his decision to end the hunger strike was transmitted to the hundreds of fellow Palestinian prisoners who were on a solidarity hunger strike with him.
The elder Adnan said that all prisoners had broken their fast after evening prayer at about 5 p.m. and Khader only agreed to take some butter milk at around 7 p.m., after being reassured that his supporters had first ended their hunger strike.
Khader Adnan is a hero by all counts. He single-handedly exposed the unjust Israeli practice of holding Palestinians in extended detention without charge or trial.
The military objections committee that is charged with supervising these detentions is a sham.
Israeli military judges are given secret evidence by fellow Israeli intelligence officers, which cannot be viewed or challenged for authenticity by the prisoners or their lawyers.
At present, over 300 Palestinian prisoners are held without official charge or trial. According to the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, at one time over 1,700 Palestinians were held under such circumstances.
The so-called objections committee can renew the six-month detention orders as many times as it wants. more.. e-mail
Radio station aims to empower Palestinian women
Electronic Intifada: 23 Feb 2012 – Jillian Kestler-D’Amours Ramallah 23 February 2012 Nisaa FM is an almost entirely female-run Palestinian radio station based in Ramallah and the only radio station in the Middle East devoted solely to women’s issues.more
Illusions of ‘the Yemeni Model’
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Feb 2012 – By James Gundun – Washington, D.C. They couldn’t believe their ears. After months of backroom negotiations and a week of intense lobbying reduced the United Nations to Moscow’s ‘consensus,’ nyet still reverberated throughout the Security Council’s chamber. Russia and China’s veto of a potential resolution in Syria triggered immediate outrage and disgust, exploding throughout Western capitals, oppositional Arab states and global social media. Unable to contact her counterpart during the resolution’s internal debate, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ascended the UN’s stage to ask Moscow, “Are you on the side of the Syrian people? Are you on the side of the Arab League?” She would drop the rhetorical questions after Saturday’s double-veto with China, declaring, “The Syrian people have asked the Security Council to act. The Arab League has asked the Security Council to act.” Whose side, though, is the Obama administration on? Despite lacking the moral high ground…more
Israeli Military Courts as Enforcement Mechanism of Occupation
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Feb 2012 – By Charlotte Kates ‘As for your judicial apparatus…: it is one of the instruments of the occupation whose function is to give the cover of legal legitimacy to the crimes of the occupation, in addition to consecrating its systems and allowing the imposition of these systems on our people through force. This judicial apparatus also supports the administration of this occupation – which is the worst form of state-organized terrorism – as if you were in a permanent state of self-defense. The legitimate resistance of our people is seen as if it were terrorism that must be combated and liquidated and judgment is placed upon those that practice or support it. And in the face of this contradiction between two logics, there would have to be a conviction.’ – Ahmad Sa’adat , Palestinian leader and political prisoner, addressing Israeli military court. Khader Adnan‘s 66 days of hunger strike under administrative detention,…more
A Response to Norman Finkelstein
Dissident Voice: 23 Feb 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 him on, like Sean O’Neill , so I could leave it there. But having watched the whole video-taped interview as well as the 5-minute version that someone cobbled together of its “highlights”, I’m sufficiently irritated to respond. Partly I’m concerned to counter some fallacies he promotes that are floating around more widely, but I also feel obliged to challenge people who use the worst conceits of the academy—“it’s science!” “it’s law!”—to trash people’s work while abusing the real rigor and subtlety of academe. In fact, some of Finkelstein’s points are flat wrong, others partly wrong, some partly right and…more
Iran Holds Up Access to Parchin for Better IAEA Deal
Dissident Voice: 23 Feb 2012 – IPS — The failure of a mission by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to get Iranian permission to visit a military testing site mentioned in its latest report has been interpreted in media coverage as a stall to avoid the discovery of confirming evidence of past work on nuclear weapons. But the history of Iranian cooperation with the IAEA on carrying out inspections at the Parchin military testing centre, as well as a previous IAEA-Iran work programme agreement, suggests that Iran is keeping permission for such a visit as bargaining leverage to negotiate a better deal with the agency. The IAEA statement Wednesday emphasised the fact that the mission to Tehran had been denied permission to visit the site at Parchin. That prompted Associated Press correspondent in Vienna, George Jahn, to call Iran’s refusal to agree to an IAEA visit to Parchin “stonewalling” and evidence of “hard line resistance” to…more
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