VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 24 February 2012: How Khader Adnan Exposed the Irrationality of Administrative Detention

25 February 2012 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Detainee Shalabi Enters Her Eighth Day Of Hunger Strike
IMEMC – Female detainee, Hana Ash-Shalabi, entered her eighth day of open-ended hunger strike at her cell at the Ha-Sharon Israeli prison, protesting her illegal detention and the administrative detention order served against her without charges. … 

Israel To Grab 21 Dunums In Salfit
IMEMC – Aziz Aasi, mayor of Qarawat Bani Hassan stated, Saturday, that the Israeli army issued a new order to takeover privately-owned Palestinian lands in Khallet Hadida of Sarta town in Salfit district. … 

Ma’an News

12 hurt in clashes after protester’s funeral
2/25/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Twelve Palestinians were injured Saturday in clashes in al-Ram, northern Jerusalem, following the funeral of a Palestinian killed Friday by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank. Talat Ramia, 25, died in surgery late Friday after Israeli soldiers shot him in the chest with live fire at a protest. Israel’…. Related: Israeli police clash with Palestinians in al-Aqsa, kill one

New government ‘unlikely to form on schedule’
2/25/2012 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Formation of an interim Palestinian government will begin after the central election commission starts to update the electoral register in the Palestinian territory, an official said Friday. Member of the PLO executive committee Wasil Abu Yousif said the election commission needed two to three weeks to update the electoral register, especially…. Related: Fatah: Hamas claim that Abbas delaying govt untrue and Hamas says Abbas called for unity govt delay

Gaza electricity crisis ‘not solved’
2/25/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Gaza Strip has not received enough fuel to resume normal electricity levels, a Gaza energy official told Ma’an on Saturday. Hamas spokesman Taher al-Nunu said on Thursday that the Gaza government had reached a deal with Egyptian authorities to end the electricity crisis that closed Gaza’….

Gaza: PRC says shells fired at Israeli sites
2/25/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – The military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees said Saturday it fired 17 homemade projectiles and two mortar shells at Israeli targets bordering Gaza. The An-Nasser Salih Ad-Din Brigades said in a statement that three projectiles and two mortar shells were fired at different Israeli targets shortly before midnight on….

In photos: Clashes erupt at Jerusalem mosque
2/25/2012 – Reuters/Ammar AwadPalestinian protesters run from Israeli police during clashes on the compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City Feb. 24, 2012. Israeli policemen stormed the compound on Friday following prayers, using stun grenades to disperse stone-throwing Palestinian protesters, some of….

Medics: Israeli hit-and-run driver injures man near Hebron
2/25/2012HEBRON (Ma’an)– A 25-year-old man from Beit Ummar was lightly injured when he was hit by a car driven by an Israeli in the southern West Bank. Hebron Red Crescent medic Nasser Qabaja said ambulances transferred Ali Ahmad Ikhlayel to Hebron hospital after the Israeli drove off from the scene….

In photos: Protester’s funeral sparks clashes
2/25/2012 – Reuters / Ammar Awad, Mohamad Torokman – Mourners gathered at the funeral of Talat Ramia, 25, in West Bank town al-Ram on Saturday. Ramia died after he was shot by Israeli forces on Friday at a demonstration near the Qalandiya checkpoint. Youth threw stones at Israeli forces after the funeral, and soldiers showered the demonstration with tear….

Clashes erupt in northern Jerusalem
2/25/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Fierce clashes erupted Saturday between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces in al-Ram in northern Jerusalem, a day after soldiers killed a young man in the occupied West Bank…. Related: 12 hurt in clashes after protester’s funeral

Qatar to host Arab League conference on Jerusalem
2/25/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The Jerusalem International Conference is scheduled to kick off in Doha, the capital of Qatar, on Sunday under the patronage of the Arab League. The three-day conference comes to show solidarity with the holy city in the face of Israeli threats, and it was approved during the 22nd Arab League Summit….

Fayyad: World’s silence emboldens Israel
2/25/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The prime minister in Ramallah denounced Israel’s “resort to force” against non-violent protests in the West Bank, after a demonstrator suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest. Salam Fayyad said he held the Israeli government completely responsible for “this crime,” but he said the international community should do….

Abbas meets Haniyeh’s son in Doha
2/25/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Fatah leader President Mahmoud Abbas met with the son of the Hamas Prime Minister in Gaza on Friday evening in Qatar, a day after Abbas met the premier for the first time in four years. Their parties signed a reconciliation deal in May 2011, but progress has stumbled as the….

Haniyeh departs Cairo for Gaza
2/25/2012 – El-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) – An Egyptian security source said Saturday that the premier of the Hamas-run government in the Gaza Strip left Cairo for the Rafah crossing. Ismail Haniyeh was visiting Cairo where he discussed the electricity crisis in the coastal enclave and reconciliation efforts with President Mahmoud Abbas. A Ma’an reporter….

Hamas says Abbas called for unity govt delay
2/25/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A senior Hamas official counteracted Fatah statements that their party is responsible for postponing formation of a unity government, in an exchange of accusations on Saturday. Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf immediately denied the accusation. Hamas leader Salah al-Bardawil said Fatah leader President Mahmoud Abbas had asked Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal…. Related: Fatah: Hamas claim that Abbas delaying govt untrue and New government ‘unlikely to form on schedule’

Fatah: Hamas claim that Abbas delaying govt untrue
2/25/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf on Saturday disputed Hamas‘ claim that President Mahmoud Abbas had asked Hamas leader Khalid Mashaal to delay the formation of a new government. Assaf said he was surprised by the announcement from Salah al-Bardawil that Abbas was behind the halt. He reiterated earlier statements by Fatah…. Related: Hamas says Abbas called for unity govt delay and New government ‘unlikely to form on schedule’

20-year-old woman found dead in Gaza
2/25/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza police said Saturday they had discovered the dead body of a 20-year-old woman in Gaza City. Police spokesman Ayman Al-Batniji said the woman is from northern Gaza, and was found near Gaza Women’s College. Police are investigating the incident….

Palestinian detained in Sinai weapons raid
2/25/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — A Palestinian was detained in Egypt’s northern Sinai after a weapons cache was found in his house, Egyptian security officials said Saturday. Military and police forces seized five bombs, bullets and knives from the Palestinian’s home in El-Arish’s Hay Karm Abu Njeela neighborhood. The….

Yemen’s Saleh departs US after medical visit
2/25/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Yemen‘s outgoing president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who had medical treatment in the United States, left the country on Thursday after an uncontested election transferred power to his deputy under a deal that ended months of protests against Saleh’s rule. A Yemeni official confirmed Saleh had left the United States….

Evacuations in Syria as diplomatic pressure mounts
2/25/2012 – TUNIS (Reuters) — The first wounded and sick women trapped in the most embattled district of the Syrian city of Homs have been evacuated, and talks were held to evacuate more on Saturday, while pressure mounted on President Bashar Assad’s government to call a ceasefire and let in humanitarian aid. Assad’s forces….

Aljazeera

Palestinian killed in West Bank clashes
AlJazeera 25 Feb 2012 – Protester fatally shot near checkpoint, as Israeli police clashed with Palestinians near al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

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Palestinian Center for Human Rights 

International Solidarity Movement

Palestinian female detainee Hana’a Shalabi on tenth day of hunger strike
2/25/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 25 February 2012, Palestine Information Center – Detained young woman Hana’a Shalabi has entered her tenth day of hunger strike protesting her administrative detention despite being released late last year in the prisoners’ exchange deal between Hamas and Israel. Attallah Abulsabh, the minister of prisoners in the Haneyya government, said that Hana’…. Related: Palestine Information Center

Protester shot and killed at a demonstration at Qalandya checkpoint today, clashes continue in Jerusalem and the West Bank
2/25/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 25 February 2012, Palestine News Network – During a violent protest in which the IOF used live bullets, tear gas and rubber bullets, twenty five year old Talat Ramia, was shot in the shoulder and died later from his injuries. According to medics, five other protesters were injured. An Israeli army spokesman said the incident was…. Related: Palestine News Network and 12 hurt in clashes after protester’s funeral

Soldiers Invade Al-Boreij Refugee Camp in central Gaza
2/25/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Saeed Bannoura, 25 February 2012, International Middle East Media Center – 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. The motives of the invasion remain unknown as the soldiers just searched the…. Related: IMEMC

Thousands march to end settlements in Hebron
2/25/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 24 February 2012, Youth Against Settlements – The “Youth Against Settlements” movement marked the 18 year anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre with a peaceful march, as part of Apartheid Week in Palestine, demonstrating through the streets of Hebron, violently broken up by Israeli forces. Eight thousand of Palestinians from across the West Bank, joined by….

In Photos: Clashes in Hebron’s Old city during a ‘Open Shudada Street’ rally
2/24/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Emilie Baujard, 24 February 2012, Demotix – Hundreds of Palestinian and international activists protest in Hebron calling for the city’s al-Shuhada Street to be opened up to Palestinian traffic. The Israeli Army dispersed the protestors with stun grenades and tear gas.  The Israeli Army entered the Old City to disperse the demonstration. Palestinian…. Related: Full Video and Demotix

Israeli police clash with Palestinians in al-Aqsa, kill one
2/24/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 24 February 2012, Press TV – Clashes broke out after Israeli police fired tear gas and used stun grenades on hundreds of Palestinians who had gathered outside al-Aqsa Mosque following the Friday Prayers to protest against Israeli attacks on the holy site earlier this week. One man was killed amid protests in nearby Qalandia following the…. Related:Video: Press TV and 12 hurt in clashes after protester’s funeral

The National

Cairo speech a symbol of Hamas’s split with Syria
The National 25 Feb 2012 – Gaza rulers moving closer to Egypt.

Syria to vote for new constitution today
The National 25 Feb 2012 – Syria will vote today on a new constitution, with little sign it will do anything to help end the crisis that has killed thousands and is headed towards civil war.

‘Friends of Syria’ divided over how to oust Assad
The National 25 Feb 2012 – While western powers stress the need for a political solution to Syria’s crisis, some Arab states are calling for varying degrees of military intervention.

UN watchdog says Iran speeding up uranium enrichment
The National 25 Feb 2012US says Iran not building a bomb, but wants the ability.

Back room negotiations to ‘save face’ on Egyptian NGO row
The National 25 Feb 2012US congressmen and government officials have threatened to cut off US$1.5 billion (Dh5.5bn) of aid that was scheduled to be given to Egypt this year.

Ha’aretz

Hundreds gather in Tel Aviv to protest deportation of migrant workers’ families
Ha’aretz – 25 Feb 2012

Netanyahu: UN report proves Iran’s nuclear program advancing ‘uninterrupted’
Ha’aretz – 25 Feb 2012

Fayyad criticizes Quartet’s Mideast peace policy in wake of Palestinian death
Ha’aretz – 25 Feb 2012

Palestinian stone throwers clash with IDF troops north of Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 25 Feb 2012

Iran defense minister: Attack will lead to Israel’s collapse
Ha’aretz – 25 Feb 2012

Jerusalem Post

Hague: Syrian opposition is ‘legitimate’
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – UK foreign secretary says Bashar Assad’s rule is a “criminal regime,” speaking at Friends of Syria meeting in Tunisia. 

Hamas, Fatah blame each other for unity talks’ failure
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – Abbas meets Haniyeh for first time since 2007. 

CAMERA to debut Bar-Ilan student award
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – For his accomplishments, Micah Toll will be recognized with the David Bar-Ilan Award for Outstanding Student Leadership. 

Palestinians, IDF clash after protester’s death
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – Talat Ramia killed in A-Ram demonstration following violent confrontations on Temple Mount. 

Palestinians, IDF clash at funeral for slain rioter
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – Palestinians throw stones, Molotov cocktails and roll burning tires at IDF troops in West Bank village of Al-Ram. 

New Worlds: Clear vision summary
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – Study finds that scarcity of women leads men to be more impulsive, spend more and save less. 

Keep the children in the game
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – Preventing child accidents saves pain, tears and deaths – and is preferable to treatment and rehabilitation. 

Benefits for terrorists
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – Should it become law, bill will halve National Insurance Institute benefits that terrorists collect from state against which they plotted. 

A family of grace
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – It is hard to describe the intensity of emotion we all felt on the day Aleh Negev was dedicated 

Out There: A mind reader
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – Is it legitimate to get mad at someone for what you know they are thinking, even though they don’t act on their thoughts, or even share them? 

PM: IAEA report proves Iran continuing nuclear program
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – UN nuclear watchdog report from Iran shows that Israel’s estimates of Iran’s nuclear ambitions are correct, Iran is “enriching uranium to high level of 20%,” prime minister declares. 

Tel Aviv: 100s protest deportation of migrants
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – Activists march from Habima to Interior Ministry, chant “no children are illegal” and “no more deportations; 

Tel Aviv: Over 1,000 protest deportation of migrants
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – Activists march from Habima to Interior Ministry, chant “no children are illegal” and “no more deportations; 

Haifa: 4 suspects arrested for ‘assault of soldiers’
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – Suspects approached 2 soldiers near Rambam hospital, asked if they were Jews, and attacked them with clubs and rocks. 

Lebanese Druse lawmakers split on support for Assad
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – Jumblatt calls for arming Syrian rebels; Arslan says Jumblatt’s opinions don’t reflect Lebanon’s Druse. 

IDF wary of comptroller’s report on Harpaz Affair
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – Lindenstrauss due to release report next week to IDF officer, Defense Ministry officials involved in alleged plot to get Galant appointed chief of staff. 

Analysis: Syria and Hamas: End of a honeymoon
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – Now that Hamas has left Syria, its leaders are finally able to voice their true feelings about Assad. 

Tensions high as rocket explodes near Ashkelon
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – Rocket attack comes after a number of IAF strikes on terror cells firing rockets at southern communities.

US officers killed in Afghan Interior Ministry
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – NATO recalls staff in Kabul ministries following shooting; Taliban claim responsibility for deadly attack. 

50 years later, impact of Eichmann trial endures
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – Family members of those involved in bringing Eichmann to justice speak about the impact of the case on their loved ones. 

Car bomb kills 26 in Yemen after Hadi takes oath
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – Violence erupts after Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi formally replaces Saleh as president in latest Arab Spring power transfer. 

Red Cross vies to aid Syria; Assad forces kill 103
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – ICRC resumes negotiations with Syrian authorities and opposition to continue rescue operations. 

Yemen’s Hadi takes presidential oath
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi formally replaces Saleh as president in latest Arab Spring power transfer. 

Hundreds riot at Temple Mount
Jerusalem Post 24 Feb 2012 – Eleven police officers lightly injured as tension in Old City continues. 

The Guardian

Iran warns Israel not to attack its nuclear facilities
The Guardian 25 Feb 2012 – Iranian general says attack would lead to collapse of Israel amid rising international tension over uranium enrichment Iran has warned Israel against mounting an attack on its nuclear facilities amid rising international tension over its uranium…

Inter Press Service

Misrata Rebuilds, Slowly
IPS This week more than half the residents eligible to vote in Libya’s embattled coastal city of Misrata cast their ballots for local council representatives in their first democratic election in decades.

Uruknet

Seven Injured in Clashes Following Slain Palestinian Protester’s Funeral in al-Ram
Uruknet February 25, 2012 – Thousands marched in the town of al-Ram today, carrying the body of slain Tal’at Ramia, who was killed yesterday during clashes that broke out in the town following an Israeli raid on the al-Aqsa Mosque. Ramia was shot with a live bullet that entered his chest, pierced his lung and exited his…

Asking Israel why it tortured my friend
Uruknet February 25, 2012 – On 7 January 2010, something happened that changed irrevocably the way I see the world. That day, my friend Musab Raba’i was tortured by the Israeli military. When I heard that Israeli Sergeant Benjamin Anthony would be speaking at DePaul University in Chicago yesterday, I had one question for him: why? Musab’s…

New Video Showing Israeli Soldiers Abusing A Cuffed, Blindfolded Palestinian
Uruknet February 25, 2012 – 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. The video shows a cuffed and blindfolded Palestinian youth who was kidnapped during the weekly nonviolent protest against the…

Gaza electricity crisis ‘not solved’
Uruknet February 25, 2012 — The Gaza Strip has not received enough fuel to resume normal electricity levels, a Gaza energy official told Ma’an on Saturday. Hamas spokesman Taher al-Nunu said on Thursday that the Gaza government had reached a deal with Egyptian authorities to end the electricity crisis that closed Gaza’s sole power plant last week,…

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Uruknet February 24, 2012 – Friday ended with 103 martyrs, among them 14 children, a woman, and 18 unidentified corpses which arrived to the town of Khattab. This includes 30 martyrs in Hama, 32 martyrs in Homs, 10 martyrs in Hassakeh,4 in Aleppo, 3 martyrs in Daraa, 10 martyrs in Idlib, 2 in Damascus Suburbs (Moudamaya, Douma)…

Growing support for international action on Palestinian Political Prisoners Day
Uruknet February 24, 2012 – The list of organizations that have endorsed the call to support Khader Adnan’s fight for the rights of Palestinian political prisoners is growing. UN Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights Richard Falk expressed his support to the call in an email to the intitiators. South African former political prisoners who resisted apartheid…

Israel’s Left Annexation Plan of 60% of West Bank
Uruknet February 24, 2012 – On Thursday, Ynet Israeli news website revealed Bennett’s annexation plan that the former Yesha Council director, Neftali Bennett, suggested to annex and impose full sovereignty over Area C, which is currently under full Israeli security control in the West Bank. Area C constitutes 62% of the land, unilaterally. Bennett said that the…

The Real Me and the Hypothetical Syrian Revolution – Part 1
Uruknet February 24, 2012 – ….To conceal the reality of what they really are, the Assad regime fabricates every kind of conspiracy possible: political conspiracy, media conspiracy, military conspiracy, an Arab conspiracy, a Western conspiracy, an imperialist conspiracy, an economic conspiracy, a sectarian conspiracy. And according to Jaafari Sr., Syria now faces a Google conspiracy. Every conspiracy…

Iraq – Plundering the Past: Scholarly Treasures
Uruknet February 24, 2012 – “Not a year has passed without hunger in Iraq,” wrote the great Iraqi poet al-Sayyab (1926-1964) more than half a century ago in his memorable poem “Rainsong.” Now, many years and many wars later, there is hunger aplenty. Were he alive today, al-Sayyab would have expressed nothing short of horror at the…

Manning’s prosecution begins
Uruknet February 24, 2012 – ON FEBRUARY 23, Bradley Manning–the 24-year-old Army private accused of leaking a vast amount of classified military information to the muckraking WikiLeaks website–will face a formal arraignment in Fort Meade, Va., as the government moves forward with preparations for a court martial that could land Manning in a military prison for life….

Saudi delegation pulls out of Friends of Syrian People’ in Tunis citing inactivity’
Uruknet February 24, 2012 – The Saudi delegation withdrew from the “Friends of the Syrian People” meeting in Tunis over what it saw as the gathering’s “inactivity”, Al Arabiya reported. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal left the meeting after saying in a speech that focusing on humanitarian aid to Syria was “not enough.” “There is no…

Despite War Drums, Experts Insist Iran Nuclear Deal Possible
Uruknet February 24, 2012 – 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. In a new report released Thursday, the Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG) said such a deal would include Tehran’s acceptance…

“Judge, isn’t a soldier required by law to report a war crime?” The Arraignment of Bradley Manning
Uruknet February 24, 2012 – Placing my coat and purse on the bench, I heard something like, “No sleeping, no sunglasses, no tampering with gadgets.” I looked up as the soldier continued, “If someone has the urge to sleep, please stand up.” Then, I saw him, the young hero with pale skin, short hair, and those eyeglasses….

Kafr al-Deek: Spreading Grassroots Resistance in Palestine
Uruknet February 24, 2012 – On the roof of the local municipality building in the West Bank village of Kafr al-Deek, a group of young Palestinian women wrapped in kuffiyehs listen attentively as a village organizer explains to them how Jewish settlements are stealing their land. Fares al-Deek, a local resident and the village’s coordinator for the…

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Uruknet February 24, 2012. Chaos and violence continue, the press loves to play, can you be both something and also linked to that something (no), Iraqi youths turn out to protest and make new demands, the 2012 budget is finally passed in Iraq, Veterans For Peace calls on the White House to drop the charges against Bradley…

The War on Labor: Right to Work
Uruknet February 24, 2012 – As a fan of George Orwell I have grown to wonder if too many of our political geniuses misinterpreted his classic work 1984 as a how-to book on controlling the masses. Had they read his earlier autobiographical work Down and Out in London and Paris, they would have understood that Orwell was…

012 : A Video Roundup
Uruknet 

Khader Adnan’s Struggle Continues
Uruknet February 24, 2012 – Adnan symbolizes decades of merciless Israeli repression. He preferred death over living under its ruthless boot. Now, after Israel’s promised April release, he struggles to live. Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I) examined and him several times during Safed Hospital captivity. He’s still there in deteriorated condition. Sixty-six days without food left him…

Gaza’s Race Car Students ‘Inspirational’
Uruknet February 24, 2012 – …The Khan Younis Training Centre (KYTC), located near Rafah, at the southern end of the Gaza Strip, was set up by UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency) in 2007 to provide training for Gazan refugees and to inject skilled labour into the local economy. One of the programmes it offers…

“UN must prosecute Israel for war crimes,” says Bloody Sunday lawyer
Uruknet February 24, 2012 – Israel was the focus of discussions by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) earlier this month. Israel is obliged to submit a report to the Geneva-based committee on how it has implemented the rights enshrined in the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (…

Syria: summit in Tunis sees no solution, Red Cross in Homs
Uruknet February 24, 2012 – The ”friends” of Syria meeting in Tunis have demonstrated the extent of their impotence in tackling the violence taking place in the country, which has seen more than seventy people killed today, anti-regime activists say. Meanwhile the Red Cross is engaged in a very difficult negotiation in Homs in order to evacuate…

U.S. does not believe Iran is trying to build nuclear bomb
Uruknet February 24, 2012 – U.S. intelligence agencies don’t believe Iran is actively trying to build an atomic bomb. A highly classified U.S. intelligence assessment circulated to policymakers early last year largely affirms that view, originally made in 2007. Both reports, known as national intelligence estimates, conclude that Tehran halted efforts to develop and build a nuclear…

Thousands rally on anniversary of Hebron shooting attack
Uruknet February 24, 2012 — 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 shut it off shortly after…

012 : A Video Roundup
Uruknet 

Daily Star

Jumblatt: Military intervention in Syria would destabilize Lebanon
Daily Star 25 Feb 2012 Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt warned that military intervention in Syria would sow anarchy in that country and neighboring Lebanon.

Israeli attack on Iran might pull U.S. into new war
Daily Star 25 Feb 2012 An Israeli preemptive attack on Iran’s nuclear sites could draw the U.S. into a new Mideast conflict.

Two British journalists detained in Libya
Daily Star 25 Feb 2012 Libyan militiamen have detained two British journalists working for Iran’s Press TV.

Abboud laments drop in Lebanon tourism, but says rebound possible
Daily Star 25 Feb 2012 Tourism Minister Fadi Abboud said Saturday the number of visitors to Lebanon in 2011 declined by 24 percent over the previous year, but unveiled the ministry’s plan to revive the tourism sector by 2015.

Palestinians, Israeli forces clash after funeral
Daily Star 25 Feb 2012 The Israeli army says troops are clashing with Palestinian stone throwers in a Jerusalem suburb after the funeral of a Palestinian killed by Israeli fire.

Mansour to Doha for Jerusalem conference
Daily Star 25 Feb 2012 Foreign Affairs Minister Adnan Mansour traveled to Doha Saturday to participate in a three-day regional conference dedicated to discussing recent developments in occupied Jerusalem.

Iran: Attack will lead to Israel’s collapse
Daily Star 25 Feb 2012 Iran’s defense minister warned that an Israeli attack on Iran will lead to the collapse of the Jewish state.

Clinton warns of Arab Spring backsliding
Daily Star 25 Feb 2012 U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Saturday of backsliding in the democratic transformations under way in the Middle East.

YNet

Syrian activists: Saturday’s death toll rises to 94
YNet News, 25 Feb 2012 – ….

Rockets hit south; Air Force bombs Gaza
YNet News, 25 Feb 2012 – Palestinians say IDF strikes targets in Strip after three rockets explode in southern Israel Saturday ….

Israeli Arabs back Assad
YNet News, 25 Feb 2012 – Conference participants: US leads anti-Assad plot, Israel takes pleasure in Syrian deaths ….

Palestinians: Air Force struck another Gaza target
YNet News, 25 Feb 2012 – ….

Palestinians: Air Force strikes in Gaza
YNet News, 25 Feb 2012 – ….

Islamists dominate Egypt’s upper house after vote
YNet News, 25 Feb 2012 – ….

Protestors want Shabbat buses in Jerusalem
YNet News, 25 Feb 2012 – Activists march to bus stations across Israel in effort to promote public transportation on Shabbat ….

Another Qassam rocket explodes in South
YNet News, 25 Feb 2012 – ….

Soldiers nearly lynched by Arabs in Haifa
YNet News, 25 Feb 2012 – Arab Israelis viciously assault two soldiers in civilian clothing early Saturday; one victim’s head ‘engraved’ by knife-wielding assailant; attackers use bats, rocks ….

Rightist Knesset member denied US visa
YNet News, 25 Feb 2012 – Michael Ben Ari shunned over association with Kach, designated by US as terror group ….

Netanyahu wants silence on Iran
YNet News, 25 Feb 2012 – Ahead of meeting with Obama, Prime minister orders ministers to keep mum on Iran threat ….

Funeral triggers clashes; 9 Palestinians hurt
YNet News, 25 Feb 2012 – Violence erupts Saturday following funeral of Palestinian man killed by IDF; Prime Minister Fayyad condemns rioter’s death, accuses global community of inaction ….

A city without God
YNet News, 25 Feb 2012 – Op-ed: What was point of creating Israel if Tel Aviv desecrates Shabbat like any other global city? ….

Palestinian Information Center

Violent clashes in Ram after murder of youth
PIC – An all-out strike was observed in Ram town to the north of occupied Jerusalem on Saturday after one of its young men was shot to death by the Israeli occupation police.

Palestinian female detainee on tenth day of hunger strike
PIC – Detained young woman Hana’a Shalabi has entered her tenth day of hunger strike protesting her administrative detention despite being released late last year in the prisoners’ exchange deal.

International conference on Jerusalem to open in Doha on Sunday
PIC – An international conference on Jerusalem is to open in the Qatari capital, Doha on Sunday morning under the patronage of the Arab League to boost steadfastness of the holy city and its inhabitants.

Dozens treated for breathing difficulty in IOF violent quelling of marches
PIC – Dozens of Palestinian citizens and foreign activists were treated for breathing problems on Friday after Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired gas bombs at peaceful protests in West Bank areas.

Haneyya hails Egyptian support, Syrian uprising
PIC – Ismail Haneyya, the Palestinian premier in Gaza, has called on the Egyptian people, Arab and Islamic armies to prepare for the final showdown with the Israeli occupation.

The Hebron massacre: 18 years on
PIC – On the 25th of February, 1994, a Jewish-American terrorist by the name of Baruch Goldstein descended onto the Ibrahimi mosque from the settlement of Kiryat Arbaa and killed 29 people.

Hamas: Israeli crimes will not be forgiven
PIC – Hamas has affirmed that the Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people would not be forgiven and would not be forgotten despite the lapse of time.

IOF soldiers storm homes of detainee’s sisters
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the homes of two Palestinian women, the sisters of a prisoner, in Al-Khalil in a pre-dawn raid on Saturday, relatives said.

European aid convoy to arrive in Gaza Sunday
PIC – A European aid convoy is expected to arrive in Gaza Strip on Sunday through the Rafah border crossing.

Misc

Hillary Clinton says Syrian military may oust President Assad
LA Times 24 Feb 2012 – The secretary of State, at a conference in Tunis on the Syrian crisis, suggests that a military coup could topple the Syrian leader. With deep divisions preventing forceful international action, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton suggested security forces long loyal to Bashar Assad and…

U.N. nuclear agency faults Iran for not answering key questions
LA Times 24 Feb 2012 – The IAEA says Iran has boosted production of enriched uranium, but the agency’s report does little to resolve Western concern Tehran is seeking to build a bomb. Iran has stepped up production of enriched uranium and has refused to answer key questions about its nuclear…

Syrian Conflict Poses Risk of Regional Strife
New York Times 25 Feb 2012 – Unlike the revolts in Libya and other Arab nations, the Syrian conflict has the potential to draw in other countries in the region and beyond. 

Yemen Swears In a New President to Applause, and Violence
New York Times 25 Feb 2012 – Abed Rabu Mansour Hadi was sworn in as president of Yemen on Saturday morning after he won an early presidential election in which he was the only candidate. 

U.S. Seeks Deal for Americans Facing Charges in Egypt
New York Times 25 Feb 2012 – Diplomats are working to resolve criminal charges against Americans on the eve of their trial in a case that has threatened to upend the 30-year alliance between the two countries. 

Palestinians Clash With Police at Jerusalem Holy Site
New York Times 25 Feb 2012 – Hundreds gathered at Al Aksa Mosque after calls by right-wing Jewish Web sites for Muslims to be pushed out. One Palestinian was killed in a related confrontation in Ramallah. 

Look over there! All eyes on Iran as Israel quietly devours Area C
Mondoweiss – This 12 minute interview with economist Shir Hever of the Alternative Information Center starts at 12:45. I recommend it in its entirety. At 21:39 in the video, he says: “Military government in the West Bank, the Israeli military government, is not interested in creating infrastructure for…

IDF pushes law to give settlers another way of grabbing land– unpaved roads
Mondoweiss – US AID funded settler road. (Photo: Innovative Minds) The Israeli military is pushing legislation allowing settlers to bypass the state’s convoluted building permit system in the occupied West Bank. The new law would allow settlers to create unpaved roads without a permit. If the law passes,…

NGO ‘industry’: a boon or bane in Gaza?
Mondoweiss – Erez Crossing, from Electronic Intifada Yesterday was the Islamic holy day, and in Gaza, that means a big meal after the mid-day call to prayer. Among my “circle,” everyone — Palestinian and international friends alike — gathers at the home of the Abusalamas, a moderate-to-liberal family…

NJ Star-Ledger runs ‘dual loyalty’ charge against Rep. Rothman supporters
Mondoweiss – Steve Rothman The battle between sitting Democratic congressmen Steve Rothman and Bill Pascrell for the redrawn 9th District in New Jersey has become a battle royal for the Israel lobby. A Passaic, N.J . newspaper reported last week that leaders of Orthodox Jewish synagogues in the city “…

Hamas Turns Against Syria
Tikun Olam – Ismail Haniya after he denounced his former patron, Bashar al-Assad, and threw Hamas‘ support to the Syrian opposition (Khaled Elfiqi/European Pressphoto) Hamas, which made its home in Syria for well over a decade, has finally turned on its former master, Bashar al-Assad.  Hamas’ senior Gaza leader,…

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Tikun Olam – Palestinian Hunger Striker Wins Victory in Battle of Wills With Israeli Army | Truthout Khader Adnan wins major victory against IDF & Occupation with help of social networks

Hillary Clinton’s “Enemies of Syria” Conference a Total Fiasco
Voltaire Network 25 Feb 2012 – The following is a rush transcript of Webster G. Tarpley’s interview with PressTV, 24 February 2012. The video can be found at the end of the text. Press TV: A number of big players this Friends of Syria meeting. Taking that into account, will it accomplish…

Tunisia: Protesters Storm Friends of Syria Conference
allAfrica.com 25 Feb 2012 – [Tunisia Live] Following the kick-off of the inaugural summit of the Friends of Syria, an international meeting of 67 countries in Tunisia to address the escalation of violence in Syria, incensed demonstrators gathered to denounce the conference and its attendees.

Red Cross Homs evacuation setback
BBC 25 Feb 2012 – Red Cross attempts to evacuate more people from Baba Amr in Syria’s city of Homs stall, with reports of more deaths from shelling.

Activists set for trial in Egypt
BBC 25 Feb 2012 – The trial of 43 pro-democracy activists, including 19 Americans, over the alleged illegal funding of NGOs is due to begin in Egypt on Sunday.

Articles


The Israeli Plot to Murder a Former US Senator
Council For The National Interest, CounterPunch 2/24/2012
James Abourezk represented South Dakota in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1971 to 1973 and in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 1979. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Advise & Dissent: Memoirs of South Dakota and the U.S. Senate. CNI asked Mr. Abourezk about his experiences with the Israel Lobby while he served in Congress. In his response he told of an Israeli plot against him in whch the US press has displayed no interest. Below is his description of this and other incidents:
Q: Despite such books as Paul Findley’s They Dare to Speak Out, Edward Tivnan’s The Lobby, and Mearsheimer and Walt’s The Israel Lobby, some people still tend to downplay the power of the Israel Lobby. Can you tell us about some of your experiences with it?
A: I’m an eyewitness to what the Lobby does to Members of Congress, including to me during the time I spent in D.C. I was threatened, marginalized, attacked, lied about, among other matters in an effort to silence my criticism of Israel’s policies and of the Lobby. ??At one time Bob Cordier, from the Washington FBI office, called me to tell me that, during the investigation into Alex Odeh’s murder (Alex was one of my staff people) the FBI had uncovered a “plot” on my life. Not a threat, but a plot, but, he said it’s OK now, as the guy who intended to murder me had now gone back to Israel. Alex Odeh’s murder came not long after I had run four full page ads in the Washington Post asking for support against the Israel Lobby.
My assumption was that, reading the ads had enraged the plotter, which led him to bomb the ADC office in Orange County, California. I also assume that the plotter was Robert Manning, a hit man who was later convicted of the murder of the secretary of a Jewish businessman in California…. — See also: Council for the National Interest and Yes, It’s the Lobby: “Political Fear” Drives US Support for Israel more.. e-mail

How Khader Adnan Exposed the Irrationality of Administrative Detention
Uri Avnery, CounterPunch 2/24/2012
A Shining Victory for Non-Violence
A PALESTINIAN village, somewhere in the West Bank.
In the middle of the night, banging on the door and shouts in Arabic: “Israeli army. Open up!”
Somebody – most often the mother – opens the door. The heavily armed soldiers rush in and drag the victim out of bed. They throw him to the floor in full view of his wife and children (or parents and siblings), blindfold and handcuff him behind his back, and drag him to a jeep. The victim may be 15 or 70 years old or any age in between.
After several days of interrogation, with or without “moderate physical pressure” (as a High Court judge delicately put it), if no satisfactory confession is forthcoming, the prisoner is consigned to “administrative detention” which may last six months and can be renewed for year after year . The judicial overview is a farce. The prisoner is not informed of what he is accused and by whom, evidence is kept secret from both the prisoner and his or her lawyer.
In the course of the occupation, tens of thousands of Palestinians have experienced this procedure. At present, some 300 are in administrative detention (among the ten thousand or so who were judged by military or civilian courts.)
Now one of them has said: Enough!
KHADER ADNAN MUHAMMAD MUSA has been arrested several times before…. more.. e-mail

Yes, It’s the Lobby: ‘Political Fear’ Drives US Support for Israel
James Abourezk, If Americans Knew 12/3/2006
December 2006: James Abourezk, formerly US senator from South Dakota, describes below what drives US Mideast policies. He is responding to Jeffrey Blankfort’s rebuttal of Noam Chomsky’s allegations.
Dear Jeff:
I just finished reading your critique of Noam Chomsky’s positions in an e mail sent to me by Tony Saidy.
I had never paid much attention to Chomsky’s writings, as I had all along assumed that he was correct and proper in his position on the Arab-Israeli conflict.
But now, upon learning that his first assumption is that Israel is simply doing what the imperial leaders in the U.S. wants them to do, I concur with you that this assumption is completely wrong.
I can tell you from personal experience that, at least in the Congress, the support Israel has in that body is based completely on political fear—fear of defeat by anyone who does not do what Israel wants done. I can also tell you that very few members of Congress—at least when I served there—have any affection for Israel or for its Lobby. What they have is contempt, but it is silenced by fear of being found out exactly how they feel. I’ve heard too many cloakroom conversations in which members of the Senate will voice their bitter feelings about how they’re pushed around by the Lobby to think otherwise. In private one hears the dislike of Israel and the tactics of the Lobby, but not one of them is willing to risk the Lobby’s animosity by making their feelings public. more.. e-mail

Transformation of Palestinian landscape focus of Designing Civic Encounter project
Electronic Intifada: 24 Feb 2012 – Emily Lawrence Bethlehem 25 February 2012 A new multidisciplinary project examines how Israeli settlements, a burgeoning neoliberal economy and loss of traditional heritage is quickly transforming Palestine’s landscapes and public spaces.more

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