VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 24 February 2012: When it is illegal to use your front door: Freedom of movement in Al Khalil

24 February 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

New Video Showing Israeli Soldiers Abusing A Cuffed, Blindfolded Palestinian
IMEMC – A new video showing Israeli soldiers abusing a cuffed and blindfolded Palestinian detainee was released after being shot by a hidden camera in Ni’lin village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah. …

Soldiers Invade Al-Boreij Refugee Camp In Central Gaza
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers invaded, on Friday evening, an area east of the Al-Boreij Refugee Camp, in central Gaza, firing dozens of rounds of live ammunition, while military choppers flew overhead firing flares. …

Palestinian Killed, 6 Injured in Clashes Near Ramallah
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources reported, on Friday evening, that one resident was killed and four were residents were wounded, two seriously, during clashes that took place on Friday evening between dozens of youths and Israeli troops near the Qalandia terminal, between the central West Bank city of Ramallah and occupied East Jerusalem. …

Clashes Took Place At The Al-Aqsa Mosque
IMEMC – Palestinian sources reported Friday that clashes took place between dozens of youths at the Al-Aqsa mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, and Israeli soldiers who fired gas bombs at them leading to several injuries. The clashes took place following the Friday noon prayers at the mosque. …

PCHR Weekly Report: 25 Palestinians wounded, 21 abducted in 74 Israeli incursions
IMEMC – In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 16 – 22 Feb. 2012, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights found that 25 civilians were wounded this week, and 21 abducted in 74 incursions by the Israeli military into Palestinian territory. …

Israeli Jets Target Gaza, Two Palestinian Fighters Injured
IMEMC – On Friday morning, two Palestinian fighters were slightly injured as an Israeli air strike targeted a group of Palestinian fighters east of Zeitoun Neighborhood in the city of Gaza, local Palestinian sources reported Friday morning. … 

Female Detainee Declares Hunger Strike
IMEMC – Palestinian Researcher, specialized in Detainees Affairs, Riyadh Al-Ashqar, stated that female detainee Hana’ Yahia Ash-Shalaby, 28, declared hunger strike after Israel transferred her into Administrative Detention without charges for six months. …

Extremist Israeli MK Denied US Visa For Terror Affiliation
IMEMC – Extremist far-right Israeli Member of Knesset, Michael Ben Ari, of the fundamentalist National Union Party (Ichud Leumi), was denied a Visa to the United States for his affiliation with a terror group. The U.S. is referring to Ben-Ari’s affiliation with the Kach movement that is considered a terror group by Israel, the United States, Canada and the European Union. …

Ma’an News

Protester killed in clash with soldiers
2/25/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Medics say a Palestinian protester died Friday during surgery after being shot during clashes with the Israeli army near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Talat Ramia, 25, suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and five others were injured, medics at the Palestine Medical Complex said. Ramia died during surgery…. Related: 4 hurt in clashes near Ramallah

Hamas ditches Assad, backs Syrian revolt
2/24/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Leaders of Hamas turned publicly against their long-time ally President Bashar Assad of Syria on Friday, endorsing the revolt aimed at overthrowing his dynastic rule. The policy shift deprives Assad of one of his few remaining Sunni Muslim supporters in the Arab world and deepens his international isolation. It was announced in Hamas….

Hamas sets new terms for reconciliation with Fatah
2/24/2012GAZA CITY (Reuters) — Hamas has set new terms for implementing a reconciliation deal with President Mahmoud Abbas’s rival Fatah group, an official said on Thursday. Abbas and Khalid Mashaal, Hamas‘s political chief in exile, agreed in Qatar earlier this month to form a unity government led by the Western-backed president. But…. Related: Abbas, Haniyeh meet for first time in 4 years

Soldiers ‘beat Hebron man’
2/25/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces apprehended a 37-year-old Palestinian man walking to his Hebron village on Thursday evening, beating him severely, relatives told Ma’an. Fayez Yasin Abaydeh from Shuyukh village north of Hebron was returning from work in Jerusalem when forces fired into the air, before stopping him, in an assault….

Thousands rally on anniversary of Hebron shooting attack
2/25/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Thousands of Palestinians rallied in the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Friday, commemorating the anniversary of a deadly shooting in Hebron’s revered mosque. The protesters, marching from the Wasaya Rasul Allah mosque in southern Hebron, demanded the city’s main thoroughfare be reopened after Israeli forces….

Abu Laila prevented from traveling again
2/24/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Democratic Front lawmaker Qais Abu Laila was prevented again from leaving the occupied West Bank, and he was sent back from an Israeli checkpoint, party associates said. He was en route to Egypt for talks on reconciliation and a PLO meeting scheduled for Thursday. Abu Laila was told that he couldn….

Israeli forces clash with worshipers at Al-Aqsa
2/24/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces clashed with Palestinians in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Friday, exchanging a volley of tear gas and rocks. Israeli troops entered the Haram al-Sharif (Noble Compound) after the Friday noon prayer, and fired tear and and sound grenades, causing confusion amongst the large crowds who worship at….

4 hurt in clashes near Ramallah
2/24/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Four Palestinians were injured Friday in clashes that erupted near the Qalandia checkpoint during protests of rumors of a raid on the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Medics at the Palestine Medical Complex said one person was seriously injured. Talat Ramia was hit in the chest by a live bullet and undergoing emergency surgery…. Related: Protester killed in clash with soldiers

Report: Israeli cars attacked in West Bank
2/24/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Israeli media reported Friday Palestinians attacked an Israeli military post near al-Aroub refugee camp with five Molotov cocktails. No injuries were reported. The report on Israel Radio also said Israeli cars were showered by stones while passing near Husan village in Bethlehem. No injuries were reported in that incident….

PA: Israeli settlement expansion prevents talks
2/25/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority on Friday condemned Israel’s approval of 500 new settler homes and retroactive approval of 200 more in the northern West Bank. The settlement expansion in Shilo, near Nablus, and the legalizing of nearby settler outpost Shvut Rahel, announced Wednesday, is a “stark indication of Israel’….

Envoy: US, Israel coordinated on steps against Iran
2/24/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — The United States and Israel are coordinated on steps being taken to combat Iran’s perceived nuclear threat and the two allies have been planning to ensure “all other options” are available, the US ambassador to Israel said on Thursday. Ambassador Dan Shapiro said both countries were hoping the economic sanctions in….

Iran wants more UN nuclear talks after Tehran stalemate
2/24/2012 – VIENNA (Reuters) — Iran wants more talks with the UN nuclear watchdog, its ambassador to the body said, despite what one Western envoy called “very long and fruitless” negotiations this week on addressing growing suspicions about Tehran’s atomic activities. The relatively upbeat comments by Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency….

Abbas, Haniyeh meet for first time in 4 years
2/24/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — For the first time since they split into rival government in the West Bank and Gaza in 2007, Fatah leader President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader and Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh met in Cairo late Thursday. The leaders met in Al-Andalus castle in the Egyptian capital, accompanied by top officials…. Related: Hamas sets new terms for reconciliation with Fatah

Cairo cross-factional talks ‘positive, despite hurdles’
2/24/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinian factions meeting in Cairo insisted on Friday talks had been positive, but in the face of continuing obstacles no progress was announced in the formation of a unity government. Acting leader of the PLO Yasser al-Wadiyah described the atmosphere as “positive, despite some hurdles” during Thursday’s meeting….

Palestinian shot in Tulkarem
2/25/2012 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Security sources say a man from Taybeh living in Israel was taken to Thabet Thabet hospital in Tulkarem after being shot seven times in the legs and pelvis. Midhat Yassin, 34, was robbed by masked men who opened fire, the sources said. He is said to be in critical condition….

US ‘committed’ to relationship with Palestinians
2/25/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s special advisor for global youth issues met Friday with local students, telling them that America is “committed” to its relationship with the Palestinians. Ronan Farrow told students at Bethlehem University the US is “committed to the relationship between the American people and Palestinian….

Women, children evacuated from Syria’s Homs
2/25/2012 – TUNIS (Reuters) — The Syrian Arab Red Crescent began evacuating wounded or sick women and children from the Baba Amro district of the besieged city of Homs on Friday as international pressure mounted on the Syrian government to open the country up to humanitarian aid. The International Committee of the Red Cross said the evacuation was….

Syria conflict worries Beirut, reopens divisions
2/24/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — People in the Lebanese capital Beirut are watching anxiously as the increasingly bloody conflict in neighboring Syria unfolds, fearing it could spill over the border and bring a return of the violence that tore their own country apart for so long. Beirut has undergone a renaissance since the days when Muslim and Christian….

Armed men attack Egypt’s Islamist presidential hopeful
2/24/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — A leading Islamist candidate for the Egyptian presidency was attacked by armed men overnight and was in an intensive care unit in hospital suffering from brain concussion, aides said on Friday. Abdel Moneim Abol Fotoh, 60, was on his way home from a campaign event in the city of Munufeya when three armed….

‘Friends of Syria’ to demand immediate access for aid
2/24/2012 – TUNIS (Reuters) — Western and Arab nations will demand on Friday that Syria allow aid to be delivered to desperate civilians in the absence of any international resolve to intervene to end a crackdown on a near year-old revolt against President Bashar Assad. Foreign ministers from more than 50 countries were in Tunis for the first….

Gulf Arab states push forceful Syria intervention
2/24/2012 – TUNIS (Reuters) — Powerful Gulf Arab countries pushed on Friday for more forceful intervention against Syrian President Bashar Assad and the United States warned he would have “even more blood on his hands” if he blocked aid to stricken civilian areas. Speaking at a meeting of Western and Arab nations which sought to escalate pressure on….


Clashes continue at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa
AlJazeera 24 Feb 2012 – Third street battle this week in Jerusalem’s Old City between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Palestinian Center for Human Rights 

Relief Web

Field visit to Jordan and Lebanon to assess Humanitarian situation as a result of conflict in Syria
Relief Web 24 Feb 2012 – Source: Islamic Relief Country: Syrian Arab Republic (the) , Jordan , Lebanon , occupied Palestinian territory The Humanitarian situation relating to the Syrian Refugees in both Jordan and Lebanon is as confusing and ambiguous as the political situation in Syria. Most of the…

Palestinian dies after West bank shooting: medics
Relief Web 24 Feb 2012 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel RAMALLAH, February 24, 2012 (AFP) – A Palestinian wounded by Israeli army gunfire in the West Bank died of his wounds on Friday evening in a Ramallah hospital, medics there said. They…

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Relief Web 24 Feb 2012 – Source: Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development Country: Chad , Afghanistan , Côte d’Ivoire , Haiti , India , Iraq , Kenya , Kyrgyzstan , Libya , Niger (the) , occupied Palestinian territory , Pakistan , Philippines (the) , South Sudan (Republic of) , Sri Lanka , Syrian Arab Republic (the) , Tajikistan , Uganda , World FOCUS…

Farmer impress despite export restrictions
Relief Web 24 Feb 2012 – Source: Norwegian People’s Aid Country: occupied Palestinian territory Tomato farmer Muneer Dhair has made a living from tomato after receiving seeds from NPA’s partner in Gaza. But he told secretary Liv Tørres that the gains could have been bigger had…

Israeli air strike wounds two in Gaza: military
Relief Web 23 Feb 2012 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 02/24/2012 00:10 GMT JERUSALEM, February 24, 2012 (AFP) – Israeli warplanes launched a strike at a Gaza target early Friday morning, the military said, hours after Palestinian militants fired two rockets at southern…

Energy crisis, Egypt and Hamas reach an accord
Relief Web 23 Feb 2012 – Source: Missionary International Service News Agency Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Egypt An agreement has been signed between Hamas and the Egyptian government that should put an end to a two week old energy crisis that has drastically reduced the supply…

The National

Minibus crash survivor recalls horror
The National 25 Feb 2012 – A week after five workers died when their minibus rolled into a ditch the men who lived reveal the terror they went through.

Syria debate shifts: is it time to arm the rebels?
The National 25 Feb 2012 – At least 39 people were killed Friday when Syrian forces shelled Homs for the 21st consecutive day.

Kofi Annan to try to end Syria violence
The National 24 Feb 2012 – Kofi Annan won acclaim in 2008 for his negotiations that resolved violence in Kenya, but Syria will be a far more difficult task.


Palestinian killed in West Bank demonstration after Temple Mount clashes, sources say
Ha’aretz – 24 Feb 2012

Muslim worshippers, Israeli police clash at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount
Ha’aretz – 24 Feb 2012

Nathan Shaham to receive Israel Prize for Hebrew Literature
Ha’aretz – 23 Feb 2012

South African immigrant to face charges after stabbing soldier in bar brawl
Ha’aretz – 23 Feb 2012

Jerusalem Post

‘Assad’s forces kill 103 in Homs, rest of Syria’
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2012 – Activist group says most of those killed are civilians, including 14 children, 1 woman. 

Obama: It’s time for the killing of Syrian citizens to end
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2012US president says int’l community must band together to press Assad to step down; rescue workers evacuate wounded women, children; Clinton: If regime refuses aid, it will have even more blood on its hands. 

Homs: ICRC evacuate women and children
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2012 – Western and Arab to press Syria to allow aid for civilians; Clinton: If regime refuses aid, it will have even more blood on its hands.” 

Egypt: Brotherhood claims majority in elections
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2012 – Official results of the vote for upper house of parliament not yet released; Brotherhood say they scored outright majority. 

Hamas severs ties with Assad, backs Syrian revolt
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2012Hamas says Syria revolt will triumph, turns back on ally Assad; worshipers chant “No” to Iran and Hezbollah. 

Opposition: Syrian rebels get arms from abroad
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2012 – Western and Arab to press Syria to allow aid for civilians; “Friends of Syria” say can deliver aid within 48 hours. 

Analysis: Ahmadinejad, hated abroad, fades at home
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2012 – Iranian president may pay the price for failing to conform to Khamenei’s rule in upcoming parliamentary election. 

‘Friends of Syria’ to demand access for aid at once
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2012 – Syria contact group featuring FMs of 50 countries meets in Tunis as 5 killed in Homs; former UN chief Annan named Syria envoy. 

Police hurt as hundreds riot at Temple Mount
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2012 – Following Friday prayers, hundreds of Muslim worshipers throw rocks at police who disperse rioters with stun grenades. 

Nurses’ sanctions postponed to ‘give talks a chance’
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2012 – Nurses were scheduled to work on a reduced Shabbat schedule in protest of shortage of caretakers, increase in patients. 

The Numbers Crunch: Americans split on Iran strike
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2012 – PRC poll finds half of Americans would have US stay neutral in event of Israeli attack; Jerusalemites tweet about Palestinian hunger striker. 

Iran calls for further nuclear talks with UN
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2012 – Western diplomats suspect Iran is merely seeking “talks about talks” in an attempt to ease outside pressure. 

IDF strikes targets in Gaza after rockets hit South
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2012 – Israeli aircraft strike terror targets in Strip, hit cell attempting to launch rockets; 4 Kassam rockets hit South, none hurt. 

‘US offers India help with replacing Iranian oil’
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2012 – Sources say Washington may help broker deals between Delhi and suppliers such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia in efforts to decrease $9.5 billion in annual crude trade between Iran and India; crude prices soar amid Iran tensions. 

Reporter’s Notebook: Born to Run
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – ‘Post’ reporter Melanie Lidman takes a run with Mayor Barkat to talk about running and life. 

Friends mourn US journalist killed in Syria as ‘fearless’
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Marie Colvin struck by artillery fire in Homs along with French photographer Remi Ochlik. 

TA grocers plan 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. 

Arab World: ‘Either Assad stays or we do’
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Whether the West begins to aid, advise and equip Syria’s opposition is the crucial variable in Syria. 

Security and Defense: Taking a ‘bridge loan’
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Most security officials agree the IDF can successfully hit Iran’s nuclear program. But how close is Israel to attacking? 

Palestinian unity talks in crisis
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Unity talks face crisis as many Hamas officials still vehemently oppose reconciliation pact, have a number of conditions. 

Fit by foot
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – What is the best form of exercise for your knees? 

Worrying about worry
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Just about everyone is anxious at some point, but when anxiety is persistent and excessive it is time to take action. 

Metrotainment: Shooting from both hips
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Digi Dekel uses a unique photographic technique to portray the dichotomy of his life as he straddles the spirit of his birthplace, Romania, and Israel, where he has lived since the age of six. 

The Arab League confronts Assad
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – In political terms, the League has gained a new lease on life. 

Arrivals: A creative mind
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Born into an artistic family, Sarah Balfour is showing her own colors as a talented musician and event planner. 

Tradition Today: Reclaiming the Torah
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Any social protest movement would do well to seize the Torah as its mandate and its guide. 

May Israelis eat grain products produced abroad?
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Ask the Rabbi: While there are those who believe the grains must be planted two weeks before the cutoff date, normative practice asserts that the grains must only have taken root by 13 Nisan. 

Parshat Truma: The light from the Sanctuary
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – It is no wonder that the first of the sacred furnishings of God’s “temporary home” was the ark, the repository for the Ten Commandments. 

The Human Spirit: Mother’s day
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – We mark Mother’s Day on the anniversary of Henrietta Szold’s death even though she was not a biological mother. 

Eisenbud’s Odyssey: Of hate and hope
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – The most invaluable lesson I learned about survival from Israelis is that the healthiest way to deal with the vitriol directed at this nation is to not succumb to it, but rather, to transcend it. 

Guest Columnist: Parents held hostage
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Let the schools direct their pupils to the source, and teach them to decode the words of the great. 

Iranian rationality: a lesson from Robert McNamara
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Beyond the Prism: Even if one assumes that the Iranian regime is a rational actor, there is no guarantee that it would not make bad decisions, or commit costly mistakes. 

Guest Columnist: Time to revamp the Rabbinate
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – Potential immigrants deserve to have their gov’t provide them with religious services in a caring and respectful manner without judging their personal approaches to religion on any level. 

A view from Israel: The art of deception
Jerusalem Post 23 Feb 2012 – If Israel decides to strike Iran, it will need to employ deceptive techniques to fool Iran as the Greek army supposedly did at Troy. 

The Guardian

Jerusalem clashes as security forces enter al-Aqsa mosque compound – video
The Guardian 24 Feb 2012 – Palestinian worshippers clashed with Israeli police on Friday after security forces entered the al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Hamas prime minister backs Syrian protests against Assad
The Guardian 24 Feb 2012 – Ismail Haniyeh becomes first leader of Palestinian group to publicly rebuke patron as he hails bravery of protesters Gaza’s Hamas prime minister has expressed support for Syrian protesters seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. Ismail Haniyeh’s…

Inter Press Service

Despite War Drums, Experts Insist Iran Nuclear Deal Possible
IPS Amid the persistent beating of war drums, an influential international conflict prevention group is insisting that a deal between Western countries and Iran on Tehran’s controversial nuclear programme can still be reached.


Scores demonstrate in Baghdad for reform
Uruknet February 24, 2012 – Scores of citizens on Friday staged a massive demonstration in al-Tahrir square in central Baghdad, on the eve of the first anniversary of mass protests in which 16 people were killed across the country last year. “The demonstrators’ requests include political reforms, improvements in services such as electricity, offering job opportunities and…

Gaza protesters tell Assad: Go to hell, we don’t need killers
Uruknet February 24, 2012 – Palestinians are demonstrating in Gaza City in solidarity with Syrian anti-government protesters. The group mostly students hoisted Palestinian and Syrian flags and burned images of President Bashar Assad .They shouted “Bashar go to hell” …”leave us Palestinians alone we have enough killers “…we don’t need you… Hamas police reportedly authorized the protest.

71 Settlers Break into Al-Aqsa Mosque, 6 Palestinians Arrested
Uruknet February 24, 2012 – On Thursday 23rd February, al-Aqsa Mosque was attacked for the second time by Israeli settlers at dawn. Seventy-one settlers broke into al-Aqsa Mosque under the protection of Israeli policemen who arrested six Palestinians who were praying at the Mosque and closed its main entrances, according to the Defense Committee member Silwan Fakhry…

Lynne Stewart Appeal for Justice
Uruknet February 23, 2012 – For 30 years, Stewart worked tirelessly defending America’s poor, underprivileged, and unwanted. They’re never afforded due process and judicial fairness without an advocate like her. Where others wouldn’t go, she did courageously, defending controversial figures like Weather Underground’s David Gilbert, United Freedom Front’s Richard Williams, Black Liberation Army members Sekou Odinga and…

When the Entire Planet is Against the Revolution
Uruknet February 24, 2012 – …Between Americans that support Asad under the table and claim the opposite after more than 7500 martyrs, Russians, Chinese, and Iranians that support Assad and declare it openly, and members of the SNC that have built an action program based on the sweet claims of US rhetoric while the former’s conduct does…

Female Palestinian Detainee Declares Hunger Strike
Uruknet February 24, 2012 – Palestinian Researcher, specialized in Detainees Affairs, Riyadh Al-Ashqar, stated that female detainee Hana’ Yahia Ash-Shalaby, 28, declared hunger strike after Israel transferred her into Administrative Detention without charges for six months. Hana’ was kidnapped by the army one week ago when the soldiers rearrested five of the detainees, including Hana’, who were…

Keeping Gaza in the dark
Uruknet February 24, 2012 – Efforts to keep the Gaza Strip in the dark, including its many hospitals, homes and street lights, is immoral and inhumane and constitutes collective punishment against the Palestinians. It also shows complete casual disregard by the Israelis for the Arabs who can see this crime against their brothers taking place but can…

Israeli warplanes fire on Gaza City, injure 2
Uruknet February 24, 2012 — Israeli warplanes fired on a Gaza City neighborhood early Friday, lightly injuring two Palestinian fighters. The airstrike on the Zeitoun neighborhood injured two militants who were evacuated to hospital, emergency services’ spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said. Their identities and affiliations were not immediately identified. An Israeli army statement said the warplanes hit “…

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet February 23, 2012 – 114 martyrs fell in another day of continuous gunfire of the security forces and Shabiha. There are 17 children among the martyrs and one media activist. 58 martyrs fell in the governorate of Idlib alone, 26 martyrs fell in Hama, 9 in Deir Ezzor, 7 fell in Daraa, 5 martyrs are from…

Hamas ditches Assad, backs Syrian revolt
Uruknet February 24, 2012 — Leaders of Hamas turned publicly against their long-time ally President Bashar Assad of Syria on Friday, endorsing the revolt aimed at overthrowing his dynastic rule…. “I salute all the nations of the Arab Spring and I salute the heroic people of Syria who are striving for freedom, democracy and reform,” Hamas leader…

Uruknet February 23, 2012 – Chaos and violence continue, a wave of attacks hit Iraq, Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani again sees one of his clerics targeted, Iraqiya calls for the government to provide protection or resign, Moqtada al-Sadr’s bloc lashes out at the United Nations over Camp Ashraft, and more… The wave of attacks were spread across ten…

Iraq Slaughter: 97 Killed, 348 Wounded
Uruknet February 23, 2012 – Just a day after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki warned of efforts to stoke sectarian strife, coordinated attacks against mostly Shi’ite targets took place across the country. At least 97 Iraqis were killed in the attacks, and another 348 were wounded. While some of the bloodshed is part of the background violence that…

Obama’s budget: less medical care for Americans, more weapons for Israel
Uruknet February 23, 2012 – Speaking before students at Northern Virginia Community College on February 13, President Obama unveiled his 2013 budget request, in which he proposed “some difficult cuts that, frankly, I wouldn’t normally make if they weren’t absolutely necessary. But they are.” These budget cuts are unavoidable, the President argued, because “the truth is we’re…

012 : A Video Roundup

Biology of Peace
Uruknet February 23, 2012 – I grew up under Israeli occupation, a brutal military occupation accompanied by “colonization” (land theft). My family suffered, though not as much as other Palestinian families. It is hard to describe how much the occupation invades every aspect of one’s life here: from eating and drinking to education and from healthcare to…

Uruknet February 23, 2012 – Summary : Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (16 – 22 February 2012): Shooting: In the West Bank, IOF wounded 11 protesters, including an Israeli peace activist. Seven of the Palestinians wounded in the West Bank were wounded in peaceful protests to the…

Jerusalem; A Cry for Support, A Cry for Justice
Uruknet February 23, 2012 – As the news spread, everyone went out to the streets. Students left their classrooms and rushed to the streets. Employees left their offices and rushed to the streets. Workers and farmers stopped working and rushed to the streets. Everyone left whatever they were doing and rushed to the streets. You could hear…

Remotely Piloted War How Drone War Became The American Way of Life
Uruknet February 23, 2012 – In the American mind, if Apple made weapons, they would undoubtedly be drones, those remotely piloted planes getting such great press here. They have generally been greeted as if they were the sleekest of iPhones armed with missiles. When the first American drone assassins burst onto the global stage early in the…

In Kuwait, Looking for American Justice – and Showing “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” on Alrai TV
Uruknet February 23, 2012 – Greetings from Kuwait, where the weather is fresh and warm, and the people are very friendly. Although I have been studying Guantánamo and the “war on terror” for the last six years, this is my first visit to the Middle East, and I’m here to play whatever part I can to secure…

Hamas stonewalls Doha Declaration
Uruknet February 23, 2012 – Gaza’s ruling political party Hamas has decided in a meeting this week to lay down terms amending a clause in the recent Doha Declaration reconciliation deal that sets President Mahmoud Abbas ‘Abu Mazen’ as the head of the upcoming Palestinian government. Sources told Ahram’s daily paper that the new terms, which Hamas

Israeli Military Courts as Enforcement Mechanism of Occupation
Uruknet February 23, 2012 – …Khader Adnan is the latest in a long line of heroes and heroines of the Palestinian prisoners’ movement. Over the years, many of them have used the hunger strike – Adnan the longest – as a powerful weapon of dissent and resistance, placing their bodies on the line to confront the occupation…

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…

Daily Star

Local skiing just needs a little push to go pro
Daily Star 24 Feb 2012 Considering the number of ski resorts in Lebanon, one would think the country would have produced at least one outstanding athlete skier who can compete with the best in the world.

Lebanese giants gear up for WABA quarters home leg
Daily Star 24 Feb 2012 Champville can secure a place in the semifinals of the WABA league for the first time in their history with a victory at home over Petrochimi of Iran Monday.

Death for 3 Lebanese who spied for Israel: judiciary
Daily Star 24 Feb 2012 Three Lebanese were sentenced to death by a military court on Friday for spying for Israel.

Israel police clash with Palestinians at holy site
Daily Star 24 Feb 2012 Israeli police clashed with hundreds of Palestinians throwing rocks after Muslim prayers at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site on Friday.

Egypt presidential hopeful attacked in carjacking
Daily Star 24 Feb 2012 One of Egypt’s top presidential hopefuls demanded police protection Friday after masked men stopped his car on the way back from a campaign event.

Iran rapidly expands sensitive nuclear work – IAEA
Daily Star 24 Feb 2012 Iran has sharply stepped up its controversial uranium enrichment drive, the United Nations’ nuclear agency said on Friday in a report.


Anonymous hits Ohio FBI partner website
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US: IAEA report proves Iran fails to meet int’l demands
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Kosovo, Serbia reach deal on 2 key issues
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Syria’s opposition SNC outlines post-Assad vision
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Red Cross evacuates 7 from restive Syrian area
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Report: Palestinian killed by IDF fire
YNet News, 24 Feb 2012 – Palestinians say 25-year-old man suffered fatal gunshot wounds during riot near Qalandiya checkpoint. IDF says soldiers followed protocol ….

11 officers, 15 Palestinians hurt in Temple Mount riot
YNet News, 24 Feb 2012 – Hundreds of Muslim worshippers at Jerusalem’s Old City stone security forces, who in turn storm Temple Mount compound; 10 people arrested, riots in several east Jerusalem neighborhoods ensue ….

J’lem construction frozen ahead of PM’s US visit
YNet News, 24 Feb 2012 – Netanyahu said to be trying to avoid any move that might anger US in light of previous embarrassing incidents during Biden’s visit to Israel ….

Jew-hate prevents peace
YNet News, 24 Feb 2012 – Op-ed: Palestinians so consumed with Israel hate that they are willing to give up statehood dream ….

Lapid: Bennett’s ‘annexation’ plan un-Zionist
YNet News, 24 Feb 2012 – Journalist turned politician slams former Yesha Council head’s initiative to grant Israeli citizenship to 50,000 Palestinians ….

Zuckerberg to help Peres launch Facebook page
YNet News, 24 Feb 2012 – President joins world of social networking, launches Israeli, international Facebook pages with help of Mark Zuckerberg ….

IDF: Bedouins aiding Sinai terrorists ideologically motivated
YNet News, 24 Feb 2012 – Defense officials claim Bedouins no longer charge fees from terrorists they help in Egypt; Islamization trend in region growing ….

4 rockets hit south; IDF retaliates
YNet News, 24 Feb 2012 – Rockets explode in Eshkol Regional Council, Shaar Hanegev. Air Force thwarts rocket firing attempt, strikes two terror targets in Gaza Strip ….

Palestinian Information Center

Hamas and Fatah to continue meetings to agree on government
PIC – PIC correspondent in Cairo said that Hamas and Fatah agreed Thursday to carry out more consultations in the coming days to agree on the formation of the unity government. 

Activists rally against political detention and political sackings
PIC – Three organisations organised a rally on Thursday at the Ibn Rushd Square in the southern West Bank city of al-Khalil to protest political detention and political sackings.

PA security arrest Hamas supporter in al-Khalil
PIC – The Ramallah PA security arrested on Thursday evening Muhammad Atef Shalaldah (25 years) from the village of Sair in the southern West Bank district of al-Khalil.

The first martyr in Aqsa support campaign hails from Ram
PIC – Tala’t Ramieh (25 years), from the village of Ram, was killed Friday afternoon at the Qalandia roadblock when he was hit by an IOF bullet during protests in support of the Aqsa Mosque. 

IOF troops injure 15 protestors on anniversary of Ibrahimi Mosque massacre
PIC – Fifteen demonstrators were injured Friday afternoon by IOF troops in al-Khalil on the 18th anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre.

Tens of thousands demonstrate in support of al-Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Tens of thousands of Palestinians participated in the demonstration which Hamas called for in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis after the Friday prayers in support of the Aqsa Mosque.

Violent clashes in the Aqsa plazas between worshipers and the IOF
PIC – Violent clashes took place Friday after the noon prayers between Palestinian worshippers and IOF troops who stormed the Aqsa Mosque plazas after the prayers.

IOF arrested 40 Palestinians following Aqsa confrontations
PIC – Israeli occupation police revealed that they arrested dozens of Palestinian youth over the past few days on the pretext of their participation in defending the Aqsa Mosque..


Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian Near Qalandia
WAFA – 24 Feb 2012

Government Warns Israeli Actions Prevent Two-State Solution
WAFA – 24 Feb 2012


The Slide to War
Intifada-Palestine: 24 Feb 2012 – by CONN HALLINAN Wars are fought because some people decide it is in their interests to fight them. World War I was not started over the Archduke Ferdinand’s assassination, nor was it triggered by the alliance system. An “incident” may set… more

Dignity triumphs over tyranny
Intifada-Palestine: 24 Feb 2012 – By JAMAL KANJ On Tuesday, Sheikh Khader Adnan broke his 66-day hunger strike following a promise by Israeli authorities not to renew his administrative detention and to release him on April 17. The 33-year-old Master’s student in economics who works as… more

New pressure expected for Syria cease-fire and humanitarian aid
LA Times 23 Feb 2012 – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is among many diplomats set to arrive Friday in Tunisia with a goal of turning up the heat on Bashar Assad’s government. The United States and allied governments seeking the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad were expected to…

U.S. does not believe Iran is trying to build nuclear bomb
LA Times 23 Feb 2012 – The latest U.S. intelligence report indicates Iran is pursuing research that could enable it to build a nuclear weapon, but that it has not sought to do so. As U.S. and Israeli officials talk publicly about the prospect of a military strike against Iran’s nuclear…

U.S. Agencies See No Move by Iran to Build a Bomb
New York Times 24 Feb 2012 – At the center of the debate is the question of Iran’s ultimate ambitions and despite a new report claiming that Iran has accelerated its uranium enrichment program, U.S. analysts said there is no hard evidence of plans to build a nuclear bomb. 

Atomic Agency Says Iran Is Making Nuclear Fuel at Protected Site
New York Times 24 Feb 2012 – A report indicated Iran had begun producing fuel inside a new facility near the holy city of Qum, but also showed the country is having trouble deploying next-generation equipment. 

Nations Rebuke Assad as Syria Assault Rages
New York Times 24 Feb 2012 – Even as international leaders called for a pause in Syria’s assault on rebellious cities, their meeting in Tunisia underscored deepening divisions over how to end the crackdown. 

Hamas Supports Syrian Opposition
New York Times 24 Feb 2012 – Marking the first public rift with its longtime patron, a leader of Hamas spoke out against President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. 

Egypt Court Sets Mubarak Verdict for June
New York Times 24 Feb 2012 – The timing is expected to coincide with a presidential election, after which the military council has pledged to cede power. 

Yemen to Get a New President, Abed Rabu Mansour Hadi
New York Times 24 Feb 2012 – After a one-candidate election, Vice President Abed Rabu Mansour Hadi will be sworn in as president on Saturday morning, ending Ali Abdullah Saleh’s three decades of rule. 

Lives: A Mustache for My Son
New York Times 24 Feb 2012 – I honored my son’s birthday request to “do something special” with my face, and learned just how freighted facial hair can be. 

Pro-Settler House Members Engel, Nadler, and Hoenlein Provoke Muslim Violence Touring Disputed Jerusalem Holy Places
Tikun Olam – Not to be outdone by Ariel Sharon, who provoked an entire Intifada by forcing his way onto the Temple Mount, nor by Moshe Feiglin, who provoked wholesale Muslim riots in the past two weeks with provocative flyers calling for destruction of the Muslim sacred mosques there,…

Sunlight on the lobby: AIPAC’s push for war exposed in ‘Atlantic’ magazine blog
Mondoweiss – South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham speaking at an AIPAC conference (Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst) The American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the number one Israel lobby group, likes to operate quietly. The group lobbied in favor of the Iraq war, but doesn’t want anyone to talk about that (…

Borders of the mental and physical kind
Mondoweiss – This post first appeared on Pam Bailey’s blog, Pam in Progress : When you think about dreams unfulfilled, so often it is borders that stop us in our tracks, or force detours or delays. Borders can be mental, existing only in our heads, but as powerful as…

Jewish social justice groups add a day in Palestine to Israel tour
Mondoweiss – This is good news. Under pressure from Jewish dissidents, two American Jewish social justice organizations have added a Palestine day to a trip they are leading to Israel next month. One giant step for the Jewish community, one small step for mankind. They are going to…

Video: Protesters are attacked at an ‘Israel Alliance’ event at U of New Mexico
Mondoweiss – Update: Second video added below Violence broke out at the University of New Mexico campus during a peaceful protest on February 23rd of a lecture by Nonie Darwish , sponsored by UNM Israel Alliance , an affiliate of StandWithUs. As you can see, members of the audience assaulted…

Israeli generals who oppose gungho Iran plans are afraid to speak out
Mondoweiss – Below are two pieces from Israel describing the siege mentality inside Israeli society and how those feelings of isolation have fed the determination to attack Iran. Unlike the articles I have repeatedly slammed here that suggest the inevitability of an Israeli attack and that are reliant…

012-02-23 [Digg]
Tikun Olam – Settler Extremists Provoke Violence, Threaten Muslim Sovereignty Over Temple Mount, Seeking Final Day of Reckoning Israeli settler leaders are provoking violence on the Temple Mount in order to bring forward the final day of reckoning that will enable them to evict Muslims from the area and…

Bibi: ‘Gen. Dempsey is servant of Iran’
Voltaire Network 24 Feb 2012 – The US top soldier, JCOS Gen. Martin Dempsey’s statement over this weekend has disappointed Israel prime ministe Benji Netanyahu so much that he called the General short of “a Jew hater.” Gen. Dempsey denounced a strike on Iran in the near future as “destabilizing” and “not…

012, Syrian Crisis Updated
Voltaire Network 23 Feb 2012 – Homs Opposition website pages broadcast a videoshows a person surrounded by gunmen proclaiming to be Captain Wasel Ayoub; he announces his dissent from the Syrian Army and enrolment to the Free Army Militia; activists say that the recording shows that the captain was handcuffed and forced…

Tunisia: Reactions Split Over Friends of Syria Conference
allAfrica.com 24 Feb 2012 – [Tunisia Live] The Friends of Syria conference has created a rift in opinion among Tunisia’s diplomatic cadre in regards to the extent to which Tunisia should engage itself in the affairs of the Arab world.

Tunisia: Union to Protest Recent Attacks On Their Offices and Friends of Syria Summit
allAfrica.com 24 Feb 2012 – [Tunisia Live] The Administrative Commission of the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) held a meeting in Tunis yesterday, calling for a rally to take place tomorrow starting at noon in the capital’s Mohamed Ali square. The demonstration primarily seeks to condemn the attacks recently perpetrated on…

Tunisia: Friends of Syria Gather in Nation
allAfrica.com 24 Feb 2012 – [Tunisia Live] Final preparations are being made for the international Friends of Syria meeting, which will be held tomorrow in Gammarth, a suburb north of Tunis.

Palestinian Protester Murdered By Israeli Forces Near Ramallah
Palestine Solidarity Project 24 Feb 2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Medics say a Palestinian protester died Friday during surgery after being shot during clashes with the Israeli army near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Talat Ramia, 25, suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and five others were injured, medics at the…

Hebron Demonstration to Open Shuhada Street Violently Repressed
Palestine Solidarity Project 24 Feb 2012 – On Friday, February 24, 2012, Palestinian activists in Hebron (or Al Khalil in Arabic) organized a protest to open Shuhada Street which is a main street in the old city of Hebron that has been closed by Israeli soldiers to Palestinians. Hundreds of Israeli settlers now…

Israeli Soldiers Arrest Three Beit Ommar Youth
Palestine Solidarity Project 23 Feb 2012 – On Tuesday February 21, 2012, Israeli Forces raided the Palestinian village of Beit Ommar and raided several homes, arresting three youth between the ages of 14 and 17. According to the Popular Committee in Beit Ommar, the occupation forces arrested three people; Mohammad Ahmed Khalil Abu…

Israeli Forces Destroy Hundreds of Olive Trees and Two Wells in Surif
Palestine Solidarity Project 23 Feb 2012 – In the early hours on February 23, 2012, a combined group of Israeli settlers and soldiers came to Surif, a Palestinian village near the Separation Barrier in the southern West Bank, and cut down 700 trees and destroyed two water wells. Surif, a large community of…

The ?What If? Excuse for Bombing Countries
Arab American Institute 23 Feb 2012 – Romney cautioned of the threat of ?Ahmadinejad having fissile material that he can give to Hezbollah and Hamas and that they can bring into Latin America and potentially bring across the border into the United States to let off dirty bombs here.? Yeah, great point. But…

The Case for Sanctions Against Israel
Global BDS 24 Feb 2012 – Edited by Audrea Lim Leading international voices argue for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel. In July 2011, Israel passed legislation outlawing the public support of boycott activities against the state, corporations, and settlements, adding a crackdown on free speech to its continuing blockade of Gaza…

Red Cross starts Homs evacuation
BBC 24 Feb 2012 – The Red Cross starts evacuating women and children from part of the besieged Syrian city of Homs after talks with authorities, officials say.

‘No result’ in Iran nuclear talks
BBC 24 Feb 2012 – Iran failed to ease worries over possible military aspects of its nuclear programme during recent talks with UN officials, the IAEA says in a report.

Egypt poll candidate in carjack
BBC 24 Feb 2012 – A presidential candidate in Egypt, Abdul Moneim Abu al-Futuh, is recovering in hospital after an attack in which his car was stolen.

Palestinian ‘shot dead’ in W Bank
BBC 24 Feb 2012 – A Palestinian man has died after being injured in clashes at an Israeli army checkpoint in the West Bank, Palestinian medical sources say.


When it is illegal to use your front door: Freedom of movement in Al Khalil
Andreas, International Solidarity Movement 2/23/2012
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 the Palestinian Authority, while H2 makes up the remaining 20% and falls under full Israeli military control. In area H2 Palestinians are daily exposed to human rights violations to an extent that can hardly be overestated. Israel severely restricts Palestinian freedom of movement in H2 in the name of ”separation,” but in practice this is a policy of segregation.
Passing through Checkpoint 56, one of eleven permantly staffed checkpoints betweeen H1 and H2, the consequences of this policy can be heard, seen, and smelled. Passing through the checkpoint, the scents, sounds and sights of the vibrant commercial city center give way to a deserted area where the only people to be seen are a few settlers strolling down emptied streets and Israeli soldiers posted on rooftoops and street corners.
Punishing the victims
According to the latest UN report on freedom of movement in the West Bank, there are 90 different closure obstacles in the H2-area, that all interfere with freedom of movement for the Palestinians living in or having errands in H2. Closure obstacles can be staffed checkpoints, roadblocks, electric fences with barbed wire, and more. Along with these closures, Israel has imposed a ban on all Palestinian vehicular traffic on Shuhada street, which was once the vibrant main street – connecting the North with West of Al-Khalil. In large sections of Shuhada Street, the Israeli army also enforces a ban on pedestrian traffic.
The Oslo Agreement gave Israel the chance to normalize and justify military emergency conditions and zones, already in place since 1994. That year a known member of the settler community of Khalil, Baruch Goldstein, walked fully armed into the Ibrahami Mosque and killed 29 people – injuring a over 100…. — See also: When it is illegal to use your front door: Freedom of movement in Al Khalil andVillagers: Israeli forces bulldoze olive trees on Hebron land more.. e-mail

What Really Happened in the ‘Yom Kippur’ War?
Israel Shamir, CounterPunch 2/22/2012
A CounterPunch Exclusive: Collusion and Betrayal on the Suez Canal
Here in Moscow I recently received a dark-blue folder dated 1975. It contains one of the most well-buried secrets of Middle Eastern and of US diplomacy. 
The secret file, written by the Soviet Ambassador in Cairo, Vladimir M. Vinogradov, apparently a draft for a memorandum addressed to the Soviet politbureau, describes the 1973 October War as a collusive enterprise between US, Egyptian and Israeli leaders, orchestrated by Henry Kissinger. 
If you are an Egyptian reader this revelation is likely to upset you. I, an Israeli who fought the Egyptians in the 1973 war, was equally upset and distressed, – yet still excited by the discovery. For an American it is likely to come as a shock. According to the Vinogradov memo (to be published by us in full in the Russian weekly Expert next Monday), Anwar al-Sadat, holder of the titles of President, Prime Minister, ASU Chairman, Chief Commander, Supreme Military Ruler, entered into conspiracy with the Israelis, betrayed his ally Syria, condemned the Syrian army to destruction and Damascus to bombardment, allowed General Sharon’s tanks to cross without hindrance to the western bank of the Suez Canal, and actually planned a defeat of the Egyptian troops in the October War
Egyptian soldiers and officers bravely and successfully fought the Israeli enemy – too successfully for Sadat’s liking as he began the war in order to allow for the US comeback to the Middle East.
He was not the only conspirator: according to Vinogradov, the grandmotherly Golda Meir knowingly sacrificed two thousand of Israel’s best fighters – she possibly thought fewer would be killed — in order to give Sadat his moment of glory and to let the US secure its positions in the Middle East…. more.. e-mail

Iran, the IAEA and the Parchin Site
Gareth Porter, CounterPunch 2/23/2012
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 called Iran’s refusal to agree to an IAEA visit to Parchin “stonewalling” and evidence of “hard line resistance” to international pressure on its nuclear programme.
International Herald Tribune blogger Harvey Morris wrote that Iran’s strategy was to “play for time”.
But access to Parchin was discussed as part of broader negotiations on what the IAEA statement called a “document facilitating the clarification of unresolved issues” in regard to “possible military dimensions” of Iran’s nuclear program. The negotiations were focused on what cooperation the IAEA is demanding and what the agency is ready to offer in return for that cooperation.
Judging from past negotiations between Iran and the IAEA, Iran is ready to offer access to Parchin as well as other sites requested by the agency as part of an agreement under which the IAEA would stop accusing Iran of carrying out covert nuclear weapons experiments. more.. e-mail

Asking Israel why it tortured my friend
Electronic Intifada: 24 Feb 2012 – Joy Ellison Chicago 25 February 2012 When I heard that Israeli Sergeant Benjamin Anthony would be speaking at DePaul University in Chicago yesterday, I had one question for him: why did its army torture my friend?more

“UN must prosecute Israel for war crimes,” says Bloody Sunday lawyer
Electronic Intifada: 24 Feb 2012 – Adri Nieuwhof Geneva 24 February 2012 Michael Mansfield, a juror for the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, talks about the tribunal’s shadow report documenting Israel’s apartheid policies that tears apart Israel’s report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.more

Gaza’s Race Car Students ‘Inspirational’
Palestine Chronicle: 24 Feb 2012 – By Stuart Littlewood Imagine a handful of engineering students imprisoned in the tiny Gaza enclave taking on the cream of Europe’s technical universities in a competition to build a race car and compete with it. They did it last year. And they’re planning to do it again this year – at least that’s what their students’ union tells me, and I’ve been trying to get confirmation. Formula Student (FS) is a challenge to university students around the world to design and build a single-seat racing car, which they must then put through its paces at the Silverstone Circuit in the UK in a series of static and dynamic tests. The aim is to inspire young people and boost skills in advanced engineering. In Europe the competition is run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineer (IMechE). America has a similar student competition run by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Students…more

‘Most Gifted Foreign Correspondent in a Generation’
Palestine Chronicle: 24 Feb 2012 – By Ralph Nader Anthony Shadid, called the ‘most gifted foreign correspondent in a generation’ by his then Washington Post colleague, Rajiv Chandrasekaran (author of the widely heralded book “Imperial Life in the Emerald City”), didn’t really need a byline. For anyone who knew of his peerless, unique reports from the Middle East would read them and just know they were a Shadid special. Alas, there will be no more Shadid reports and features from the streets, alleys, souks, homes, hospitals, workplaces and cultures of the Arab countries. For on an assignment from The New York Times in a dangerous, mountainous area of Syria last week, this humble, brilliant, nuanced, generous, honest, brave double-Pulitzer-Prize winner (with another one likely on the way) died from an apparent asthma attack together with severe allergic reactions and exhaustion. Mr. Shadid, only 43, with by a wife and two children, never wanted to be a…more

Tunisia: Moderate Political Islam Eschews Violence
Dissident Voice: 24 Feb 2012 – The world of journalism and that of the broader reading public suffered a major loss last week with the death of Anthony Shadid in Syria. Shadid one of the most daring, and daringly honest, journalists in the world succumbed to an asthma attack at the age of 43 last Thursday while on assignment for the New York Times . Before he died he sent this story which appeared in the NYT 2-18-2012 two days after his death. It is important to discuss and evaluate the story as it reveals the complexity of modern political Islam and upends many current false and bigoted notions being spread in the US and Europe. The story revolves around the return to Tunis of Said Ferjani, a self educated Islamic politician, who lived in the U.K. for 22 years and is a member of the Ennanah Party — an Islamic political party that won the recent…more

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