VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 26 February 2012: The myth of Israel’s liberal Supreme Court exposed

26 February 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Heavy Israeli Military Clampdown in Jerusalem
IMEMC – Many Jerusalem Streets and its surrounding towns witnessed Heavy Israeli Military Procedures early Sunday Morning. Israeli Soldiers and their Machines were spread all over the streets, towns and neighborhoods. … 

Islamic-Christian Committee Calls For Protecting Al-Aqsa Mosque
IMEMC – The Islamic-Christian Committee for Protecting Jerusalem and the Holy Sites, called on the Arab, Islamic and international countries to intervene for halting the escalating Israeli attacks against the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, especially amidst repeated attempts by extremist settlers who have been trying to break into it. …

Troops Invade Nabi Saleh Village
IMEMC – Israeli troops invaded, on Sunday at dawn, Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, broke into several homes and searched them causing extensive damage. …

Ma’an News

Israeli airstrikes hit south Gaza, no injuries
2/26/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli warplanes fired on two sites in in the southern Gaza Strip early Sunday, causing severe damage. Gaza emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said there were no injuries in the raids. Security officials in Gaza told Ma’an that Israeli jets hit a concrete production site west of….

Detainees in Israeli jails announce strike action
2/26/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Detainees in Israeli jails on Sunday announced a series of measures to undertake strike action in protest against the practice of administrative detention, the Ministry of Prisoner Affairs said. A report produced by the ministry said that prisoners in Nafha, Ramon, Ofer and Eshel jails would initiate a hunger strike one….

Re-arrested female prisoner on hunger strike for 11 days
2/26/2012 – JENIN (Ma’an) — A 29-year-old woman, who was re-arrested by Israeli forces four months after her release from jail in a prisoner swap deal, has been on hunger strike for eleven days, relatives told Ma’an on Saturday. Hana Shalabi, from the northern West Bank village Burqin, is being held without charge….

Abbas: Israel carrying out ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Jerusalem
2/26/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel on Sunday of trying to erase any Arabic identity from Jerusalem, drawing a strong response from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Abbas, speaking at a conference in Qatar, said that for the past few years Israel has been waging a “final battle” aimed at erasing the Arab, Muslim….

Troops raid Nabi Saleh overnight
2/26/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces stormed the central West Bank village Nabi Saleh early Sunday, searching for a number of youth involved in the West Bank village’s weekly protests. A village committee spokesperson said no arrests were made, but soldiers warned they would make repeated raids on the Ramallah-district community. Soldiers deployed….

Diaspora, Palestine ‘to elect PLO parliament’
2/26/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian factions agreed on Saturday that the PLO parliament will be directly elected, and balance representatives from the Palestinian territories and the diaspora. The PLO reform committee, set up in the wake of the May 2011 reconciliation deal, met in the Egyptian capital to agree on the structure of the Palestinian….

Army opens Eilat road closed after attacks
2/26/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli army announced Saturday it has opened the main road to southern Israel city Eilat after it was closed following an armed attack in August. Israeli army commander in the south Tal Russo said in a statement traffic will be permitted in the area on road 12 near the Egypt….

NGO director issued arrest warrant by Hamas
2/26/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The director of a Gaza-based human rights organization said Sunday that he received an arrest warrant from the Hamas government, after he criticized the state-run energy authority. Al-Dameer director Khalil Abu Shamala, who is also a member of the public freedoms committee, said the arrest warrant included accusations from the….

Israeli court jails Hebron man for stabbing attack
2/26/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel‘s Ofer military court on Sunday sentenced a man from Hebron to 12 and a half years in jail on charges of stabbing two Israelis near Kiryat Arba settlement in 2009. Wasim Maswada was found guilty of attempted murder. The indictment stated that he entered a gas station at….

Prisoners exiled to Turkey reflect on swap deal
2/26/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinians released by Israel in an October prisoner swap, and exiled to Turkey, told Ma’an on Saturday of the mixed blessings that came with freedom.”No one can know the suffering of imprisonment except those who experience it. Neither can anyone describe the feeling being in exile,” Haroon Nasser….

PA to ‘reconsider cooperation with Israel’
2/26/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority is planning to reconsider its security, political and economic agreements with Israel in the coming days, a PLO official said on Sunday. After exploratory talks with Israel ended without agreement, the PLO Executive Committee has agreed to take a number of measures to jolt the current stalemate. PLO….

Netanyahu says Iran to top talks with Obama
2/26/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday Iran’s nuclear program was moving forward rapidly and would be the main focus of his upcoming talks with US President Barack Obama in Washington. Addressing his cabinet in public remarks, Netanyahu, who meets Obama on March 5, made no mention of steps Israel….

Russia’s Putin warns against attacks on Iran, Syria
2/26/2012 – MOSCOW (Reuters) — Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Russia is concerned about the “growing threat” of an attack on Iran over its nuclear program, warning that the consequences would be “truly catastrophic”. In an article on foreign policy for publication on Monday, six days before a March 4 presidential election he is almost certain to win….

31 killed in Syria as referendum goes ahead
2/26/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — At least 31 Syrian civilians and soldiers were killed on Sunday in bloodshed that coincided with a vote on a new constitution that could keep President Bashar Assad in power until 2028. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a military bombardment of opposition districts in Homs, now in its fourth week, had….

Iran election campaigners seek refuge in Islamic rhetoric
2/26/2012 – TEHRAN (Reuters) — A picture of the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, glares down from an enormous election banner onto a busy street in central Tehran, ahead of a crucial parliamentary vote in the Islamic state this week. Iran’s first nationwide vote since the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009 has been….

ICRC says Syria has not answered ceasefire request
2/26/2012 – GENEVA (Reuters) — Syrian authorities have still not responded to a request for a ceasefire to allow the wounded to be evacuated from the Baba Amro district of Homs, a spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Sunday.” The ICRC did not receive an answer yet from the Syrian authorities. The current….

Alternative Information Center

Technologies of Control: Case of Hewlett-Packard
Alternative Information Center – A report about the direct involvement of Hewlett Packard (HP) in the occupation. HP is used as a case study to discuss the role of the international and local corporations in Israel‘s mechanisms of surveillance and…

The National

Egypt’s NGO trial: adjournment may give time for plea deal
The National 26 Feb 2012 – Lawyers for the 43 non-govermental organisation employees charged with operating without a licence and receiving illegal foreign funding enter a not guilty plea in court.

Syria’s referendum on new constitution
The National 26 Feb 2012 – Syrians voted in a referendum on a new constitution which President Bashar Al Assad said would pave the way for a multi-party parliamentary election within three months. Here are some of the main points of the new constitution.

Clinton completes Maghreb tour after talks with Morocco
The National 26 Feb 2012 – The US secretary of state went into talks with her Moroccan counterpart Saad Eddine Othmani.


Russia’s Putin: Attack on Iran would be ‘truly catastrophic’
Ha’aretz – 26 Feb 2012

Striking Israeli port workers return to docks and negotiations
Ha’aretz – 26 Feb 2012

Netanyahu: Abbas speech on Jerusalem was ‘incitement’
Ha’aretz – 26 Feb 2012

Turkey restricts use of airspace by Israeli cargo planes
Ha’aretz – 26 Feb 2012

Israel signs $1.6 billion arms deal with Azerbaijan
Ha’aretz – 26 Feb 2012

Olmert’s former bureau chief convicted of corruption by Jerusalem court
Ha’aretz – 26 Feb 2012

Israel police say Haifa attack of 2 IDF soldiers not politically motivated
Ha’aretz – 26 Feb 2012

Israel bombs tunnel, suspected arms factory in Gaza
Ha’aretz – 26 Feb 2012

Port workers at Haifa, Ashdod and Eilat go on strike
Ha’aretz – 26 Feb 2012

Jerusalem Post

J’lem to develop site of closed Atarot Airport
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Left-wing activists oppose move, claim it will destroy a future Palestinian state’s ability to have an independent airport. 

1 dead, 50 injured as bus crashes into truck
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – 69-year-old woman killed after Egged bus crashed into a truck near Moshav Yesodot. 

Knesset to discuss new food-aid initiative
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Program designed by Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, aimed at instilling healthier eating habits among impoverished populations. 

Knesset to discuss security at Mount of Olives cemetery
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – The 3,000-year-old cemetery suffers from rampant desecration of graves and violence against visitors. 

Russia’s Putin warns against ‘catastrophic’ attack on Iran
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Russian president, days before elections, writes that the “growing threat of a military strike on [Iran] alarms Russia,” says he hopes foreign countries don’t intervene in Syria without backing of UNSC. 

PM agrees to increase flow of Ethiopian immigrants
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Some 250 Falash Mura – Ethiopian Jews whose ancestors converted to Christianity – will be allowed to immigrate. 

On Oscar red carpet, fewer jewels make stars shine
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Pick the wrong necklace bracelet and risk looking incomplete or, worse yet, become talked about for all the wrong reasons. 

IBA’s Ya’akov Ahimeir named Israel Prize Laureate
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Veteran Israel Broadcasting Authority journalist Ya’akov Ahimeir has been named the Israel Prize Laureate in the field of communications. 

‘Birthright’s contributed NIS 2b. to Israeli economy’
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – ‘Eretz Nehederet’ sketches spoofing Diaspora Jews “show importance of program in daily lives of Israelis,” says Gidi Mark. 

Tzohar, Zaka team up for Purim coexistence project
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – One of the obligations of the day is to send small packages of food to friends, neighbors, work colleagues. 

Right-wing hecklers break up Meretz Hebron tour
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Tensions soar as Meretz, left-wing activists interact with settlers, right-wing activists in Hebron. 

Grunis’s restraint
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Grunis’s moderate approach will best ensure that the court remains a respected and honored institution. 

Preventing the political system’s stagnation, collapse
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Our people deserve a system that will fulfill its interests and will lead our nation to a better, safer and more equal future. 

Legitimizing Israel on US campuses
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Jewish Agency programs are helping to create a generation of young Jews who are more robustly involved in Jewish life. 

Seaport workers return to work after 1-day strike
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – National Labor Court president orders Histadrut, Treasury, ports to conduct two weeks of talks under her supervision. 

Port workers return to jobs after one-day strike
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – National Labor Court president orders Histadrut, Treasury, ports to conduct two weeks of talks under her supervision. 

Israel officials confirm $1.6b. Azeri defense deal
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Israeli Aerospace Industries will supply Azerbaijan with unmanned aerial vehicles, missile defense systems. 

Jewish Ideas Daily: Do Jews have a Mormon problem?
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Should Romney capture the nomination, Israelis, as Americans have done, will probably find themselves getting a crash course on his Mormon faith. 

Iran war hysteria surpasses all bounds of sanity
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – The Region: The whole idea that the leaders of Iran are crazed, suicidally minded people who expect the twelfth imam to arrive next Thursday is simply not true. 

Attacking – and being attacked by – Iran
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Judging by Iranian statements, Israeli nuclear deterrence is ineffective already. 

Iran: Boosting Lebanese army part of our Mideast strategy
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Iranian Defense Minister Vahidi tells Lebanese counterpart: “Lebanon must have strong army to defend regional interests”; Lebanese defense minister in Iran to bolster ties between two nations. 

Idan Raichel’s double life
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – In between crisscrossing the world with The Idan Raichel Project, Israel’s favorite world music practitioner has recorded a gem of an album with electrifying Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré. 

Syria opposition: Assad’s referendum plan ‘a joke’
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – 31 killed as Homs bombardment continues; Turkish analyst: Corridor could help fleeing civilians, regime unlikely to consent. 

‘Abbas’s speech about Jerusalem was incitement’
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Netanyahu says Israel expects someone who is pro-peace not to “disseminate lies, incitement.” 

In one-candidate poll, Yemenis find choices
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Those who boycotted the elections included independent protesters, Houthi rebels and southern secessionists. 

Bill would force Lapid to reveal sources of funding
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Ministerial C’tee for Legislation approves law that would force Lapid to declare intent to form party within two weeks. 

Oscar limousine: Got champagne. How about sewing kit?
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – “A lot of those gowns weren’t designed to be worn sitting down,” the owner of Limo Connection says. “We’re always prepared.” 

PFLP leader leaves Syria, arrives in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Following Hamas departure from Damascus, PFLP leader calls for Palestinian unity, “resistance” against Israel

Top Popular Front official makes rare visit to Gaza
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Following Hamas departure from Damascus, PFLP leader calls for Palestinian unity, “resistance” against Israel

Cairo trial of US NGO workers adjourned to April
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Prosecutors say NGOs “accused of espionage and going against the law”; case threatens US military aid to Cairo. 

Man suspected of sex offenses against minors
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Court agrees to lift gag order over man arrested on suspicion of molesting under 14s. 

Egypt demands jail for US democracy activists
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Prosecutors say NGOs “accused of espionage and going against the law”; case threatens US military aid to Cairo. 

‘US officers should hang over Koran incident’
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Al Arabiya: Iranian commander says White House should be burned; Afghan ministry worker suspected of killing US officers. 

Court to discuss request to halt port strike
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Histadrut launches open-ended strike in Haifa, Ashdod and Eilat ports over pension funds; Manufactures Association urges court to issue injunction against strike. 

PM: Meeting with Obama to focus on Iran
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – At weekly cabinet meeting, PM says leaders will discuss changes in region, including “atrocious massacre” in Syria. 

Zaken convicted of fraud in Tax Authority Affair
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Former Olmert aide abused her position in PMO, treasury to advance brother’s interests. 

Syria referendum proceeds amid military onslaught
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Activists call for boycott, protests against referendum on new constitution which opposition claims is a ploy by Assad. 

‘Assault on Haifa soldiers like Ramallah lynching’
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Police say the attack seems to have been nationalistically motivated. 

Sea ports shut down in strike over pension funds
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Histadrut launches open-ended strike in Haifa, Ashdod and Eilat ports after late-night talks with the Finance Ministry break down. 

Health Ministry survey rates eleven state hospitals
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – Some 5,000 patients give good grades for internal medicine, surgical departments but low marks on food, privacy, noise in wards. 

IMA: Allocate more money for hospital fortification
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – In letter to Netanyahu, Eidelman says significant investment in hospital infrastructure is urgently needed. 

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

‘Conservation could prevent energy crisis’
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – Ministry hoping to improve public attitude toward energy efficiency and integrate smart grids that monitor electricity usage in homes. 

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

Will Cedar’s ‘Footnote’ take home an Oscar?
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – It’s the tenth nomination for an Israeli film in this category, and the fourth in five years. But no Israeli film has ever won the award. 

Paradise, not lost
Jerusalem Post 25 Feb 2012 – A visit to exotic Tahiti and the nearby islands of Moorea and Bora Bora is unexpectedly rich in Jewish history. 

The Guardian

Mira Hamermesh obituary
The Guardian 26 Feb 2012 – Film-maker with a ‘faultless painter’s eye’ who won several awards, including the Prix Italia for Maids and Madams for Channel 4 Mira Hamermesh, who has died aged 88, was a film-maker of the first rank. Several…


It’s all in a Scent…
Uruknet February 26, 2012 – … She’s been on my mind…she’s on my mind every time I go to buy flowers…every time I smell one them calling me…she is calling me tonight…she’s been calling me for the past weeks… Khaleena ashem —allow me to smell…ashmeha shwaya — let me smell her a little…bas shwaya —just a little…she’d say…

Palestinian woman on 11th day of hunger strike, as parents join her to protest no-charge detention by Israel
Uruknet February 26, 2012 – As Palestinian “administrative detainee” Hana Al-Shalabi, 29, entered her eleventh day on hunger strike, her parents continued their own hunger strike in solidarity, against their daughter’s imprisonment without charge or trial by Israel. Hana was arrested from her home in Burqin village near Jenin on 17 February in the Israeli-occupied West Bank….

Ismael Mohamad / United Press International Palestinian woman on 11th day of hunger strike, as parents join her to protest no-charge detention by Israel
Uruknet February 26, 2012 – As Palestinian “administrative detainee” Hana Al-Shalabi, 29, entered her eleventh day on hunger strike, her parents continued their own hunger strike in solidarity, against their daughter’s imprisonment without charge or trial by Israel. Hana was arrested from her home in Burqin village near Jenin on 17 February in the Israeli-occupied West Bank….

Israel’s fateful blunder
Uruknet February 26, 2012 – There is something ominous about the current wave of attacks on Christian and Muslim religious sites in and around Jerusalem. The pro-Israel media asserts that these attacks are the handiwork of an extremist fringe. This is not the case. They are part of a determined policy carried out by, for and with…

West Bank villages protest in solidarity with Hebron
Uruknet February 26, 2012 – Weekly demonstrations throughout the West Bank focused this week on the demand to open Shuhada St. in Hebron. While hundreds of people took to the streets of Hebron in two mass demonstrations, hundreds more dedicated the weekly Friday demonstrations against the wall and the settlements to solidarity with residents of Hebron, joining…

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet February 25, 2012 – The number of Saturday’s Syrian martyrs has reached 100. 47 martyrs fell in Homs, 20 fell in Hama Suburbs, 13 fell in Idlib, 11 martyrs fell in Daraa, 7 fell in Aleppo Suburbs, and 2 fell in Hasakeh …Hama: Maarzaf: Six people were martyred in the inital outcome of a raid by…

Uruknet February 25, 2012 -” I need to get in and get out fast”, Marie said as she waited to hear from her transport team in Beirut on February 13, 2011. Marie asked my help in getting a Visa to enter Syria. I was humbled that this highly accomplished career journalist (Marie was twice named foreign reporter…

Friday Protests Erupt Across the West Bank
Uruknet February 25, 2012 – Shortly after Friday prayers, Israeli soldiers raided the Al-Aqsa compound and fired a volley of tear gas canisters and sound bomb grenades at the large crowd of worshippers. Al-Aqsa is Islam’s third most holiest site, and has been under threat by the Zionist entity who are carrying out a series of excavations…

Rivers of Blood, Rivers of Tears Unspoken Crimes Against Humanity Committed Against the People of Iraq
Uruknet February 25, 2012 – …We can only present to you a small fragment of the grave human rights violations that have taken place and continue to take place in this war-torn country. We would have to write a whole book to sum up all the violations of human rights that occurred in Iraq while the country…

Iraqis turn out to protest
Uruknet February 25, 2012 – Al Mada reports Iraqis turned out in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square today demanding reform on the anniversary of the wave of youth protests that began last year on February 25th. (If your new to last year’s protests, click here for a CNN iReport with links to various videos.) Banners carried had slogans on…

012 : A Video Roundup

Remembering the Context of War Crimes: The Crime of War Itself
Uruknet February 25, 2012 – … As evidenced by the appalling events in Haditha and Baghdad, and so many others – including the recent atrocity committed when several Marines urinated on the lifeless bodies of Taliban fighters – warriors are dehumanized and desensitized to death and destruction. Judgments of right and wrong – morality – quickly become irrelevant,…

Abject bigotry at the New York Post
Uruknet February 25, 2012 – As I wrote about on Wednesday, Associated Press over the last year has been publishing an investigative series detailing how the NYPD, often in conjunction with the CIA, has been systematically spying on entire Muslim communities both in New York City and in surrounding areas. Virtually none of those spied upon are…

Hana Ash-Shalabi; A Struggle Against Administrative Detention
Uruknet February 25, 2012 – Today, 28 year old Palestinian female political prisoner Hana’ Yahya Ash-Shalabi enters her 9th day of an open-ended hunger strike in the Israeli HaSharon jail. She is currently in solitary confinement and, according to latest reports, her health condition is deteriorating. Hana’ was kidnapped from her home in Burqin, Jenin on 16.02.2012

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
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)…

Daily Star

Clinton appeals for all Syrians to abandon Assad
Daily Star 26 Feb 2012 U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is appealing to Syrians in the military and business who are still supporting President Bashar Assad to abandon the embattled leader.

Norman Farrell likely to replace STL Prosecutor Bellemare: report
Daily Star 26 Feb 2012 Norman Farrell, a Canadian prosecutor, will likely replace Special Tribunal for Lebanon Prosecutor Daniel Bellemare, Al-Arabiya, quoting diplomatic sources, said Sunday.

France says ‘urgent’ to get wounded reporter out of Syria
Daily Star 26 Feb 2012 France’s interior minister warned Sunday that it was “medically urgent” to get wounded French reporter Edith Bouvier out of the besieged Syrian city of Homs.

Egypt to select constitution panel on March 3
Daily Star 26 Feb 2012 Egypt’s ruling military council has called on parliament to meet March 3 to select a 100-member panel to draft a new constitution.

Jordan says it hosts over 80,000 Syrian refugees
Daily Star 26 Feb 2012 Jordan says it now hosts over 80,000 Syrian refugees who have fled 11 months of violence in their homeland.

Qabbani slams Israel for Al-Aqsa Mosque clashes
Daily Star 26 Feb 2012 Lebanon’s Grand Mufti Mohammad Rashid Qabbani slammed Israel Sunday for recent clashes at Al-Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem.

Iran says it seeks to strengthen Lebanese Army
Daily Star 26 Feb 2012 Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met with Lebanon’s visiting defense minister on Sunday.

2 killed, Hezbollah official injured in accident on Sidon-Beirut highway
Daily Star 26 Feb 2012 Two people were killed and a Hezbollah official was injured mid-day Sunday in an accident on the main road leading to Beirut from the southern city of Sidon.

Israel’s Netanyahu says Iran to top talks with Obama
Daily Star 26 Feb 2012 Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said Iran’s nuclear programme was moving forward rapidly and would be the main focus of his upcoming talks with U.S. President Obama.

As govt-in-waiting, Egypt’s Brotherhood finds voice
Daily Star 26 Feb 2012 At the end of January, a guest speaker drew an unusually large audience of diplomats to the 33rd floor auditorium at the Egyptian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Cairo. For latecomers, there was standing room only.

Iran denies Greece oil shipment of 500,000 barrels: Fars
Daily Star 26 Feb 2012 Iran has refused to give Greece a shipment of 500,000 barrels of crude oil.

Mansour: Lebanon will not recognize SNC
Daily Star 26 Feb 2012 Foreign Affairs Minister Adnan Mansour ruled out over the weekend Lebanon recognizing the Syrian National Council and reiterated that dialogue was the only means of ending the crisis in Syria.

Turkish foreign minister to meet Syria opposition: report
Daily Star 26 Feb 2012 Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will meet with the Syrian opposition ahead of the second “Friends of Syria” meeting in Istanbul next month, media reported on Sunday.


Gulf oil spill trial delayed for settlement talks
YNet News, 26 Feb 2012 – ….

The Mideastern stalemate
YNet News, 26 Feb 2012 – Op-ed: World must recognize that Israel-Palestinian peace prospects are largely non-existent today ….

Paris University cancels radical anti-Israel confrence
YNet News, 26 Feb 2012 – Paris university 8 calls off anti-Israel conference organized by pro-Palestinian group as part of ‘Apartheid Campaign’ ….

Train derails in Ontario, injuries reported
YNet News, 26 Feb 2012 – ….

Egypt says Brits tried to smuggle artifacts
YNet News, 26 Feb 2012 – ….

Bomb explodes near West Bank security barrier
YNet News, 26 Feb 2012 – Two days after Palestinians clash with security forces at Temple Mount compound and Qalandiya, explosive device apparently meant to harm IDF troops explodes prematurely; no injuries reported ….

West Bank: Bomb explodes near security fence; no injuries
YNet News, 26 Feb 2012 – ….

Paris university cancels anti-Israel conference
YNet News, 26 Feb 2012 – ….

PM: Abbas’ speech – irresponsible incitement
YNet News, 26 Feb 2012 – PM’s Office blasts PA leader for statements on Jerusalem; ‘PA leadership must stop distorting reality,’ it says ….

Evacuees deserve pardon
YNet News, 26 Feb 2012 – Op-ed: Courts right to erase criminal records of settlers who protested reckless disengagement ….

Arab MKs: Harming al-Aqsa will lead to global jihad
YNet News, 26 Feb 2012 – Arab MKs spark fury back in Israel over participation in International Conference for Defense of Jerusalem in Qatar; claims Israel is ‘Judaizing Jerusalem.’ Website lists them as Palestinian representatives ….

Israeli Apartheid Week marked in US campuses
YNet News, 26 Feb 2012 – Pro-Palestinian campaign, marked in European universities last week, arrives in US. CEO of pro-Israeli organization says there is hostile environment toward Israel in 60-80 out of 4000 American universities ….

‘I felt they wanted to murder me’
YNet News, 26 Feb 2012 – Shocking details emerge following near-lynching of two off-duty soldiers in Haifa; Arab assailants use sharp object to engrave words ‘you dog’ on one victim’s head ….

1 killed, 50 injured as bus, truck collide
YNet News, 26 Feb 2012 – Egged bus, truck collide near Nahal Sorek junction; initial investigation suggests truck driver made left turn without giving bus driver right of way ….

High Court screwed up
YNet News, 26 Feb 2012 – Op-ed: Sweeping pardon to disengagement offenders paves way for amnesty to any lawbreaker ….

Palestinian Information Center

Ramallah gov’t dissolves elected El-Bireh municipal council
PIC – The Ramallah government of Salam Fayyad has ordered the dissolution of El-Bireh municipal council that was elected in 2005 with a Hamas majority.

IOF soldiers arrest two minors, raid Jenin villages
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested two Palestinian minors near Yatta village in Al-Khalil province while rearing sheep.

Four political detainees on hunger strike for one week
PIC – Four detainees in the PA jails have been on hunger strike in Nablus jails for the past week demanding their release, relatives said on Sunday.

IOA boosts security presence in occupied Jerusalem
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) deployed large numbers of policemen and border police in and around the occupied city of Jerusalem on Sunday turning the city into a large army barracks.

IOF soldiers storm Nabi Saleh village, search for demonstrators
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the Nabi Saleh village to the north west of Ramallah on Sunday and broke into many homes at the pretext of looking for demonstrators.

Hana’a on 11th day of hunger strike amidst calls for saving her life
PIC – Palestinian administrative detainee Hana’a Shalabi has entered her 11th day of hunger strike demanding her immediate release as a human rights group called for saving her life.

Turkish medical delegation lands in Gaza
PIC – A Turkish medical delegation landed in the Gaza Strip on Sunday after crossing the Rafah border terminal.

Egyptian FM: We won’t remain silent toward violation of Aqsa sanctity
PIC – Egyptian foreign minister Mohammed Kamel Amr has condemned the Israeli occupation authority’s desecration of the sanctity of the holy Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem.

Jewish settler deliberately run over Palestinian
PIC – A Jewish settler driving a Mazda car ran over a Palestinian young man near the entrance to the village of Beit Ummar, north of Al-Khalil, on Saturday then sped away.


Pakistan Frees US Embassy Employee after Bullets Found in Luggage
Intifada-Palestine: 26 Feb 2012 – Is US Foreign Policy that hard to sell that their “diplomats” need weapons to persuade or enforce it? Consulate car leaves a Peshawar police station carrying the US embassy employee. Photograph: Mohammmad Sajjad/AP by Debbie Menon The CIA has a multitude… more

America’s U.N. Double Standard
Intifada-Palestine: 26 Feb 2012 –   By Sami Zaatari After Russia and China’s veto at the UN Security Council American politicians were quick to condemn both countries. American ambassador to the UN Susan Rice called it disgusting, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called it a travesty,… more

In Syria, aid agencies unable to evacuate wounded from Homs
LA Times 26 Feb 2012 – Two wounded Western journalists remain stranded in the Baba Amr district of Homs. Violence continues as the country prepares for a nationwide referendum on a new constitution. Aid agencies were unable to evacuate any people Saturday from a battle-scarred neighborhood in the central Syrian city…

Syrians Vote on Constitution as Fighting Rages On
New York Times 26 Feb 2012 – As attacks by government forces killed dozens on Sunday, Syria held a referendum on a new constitution, an offer of reform that Western leaders called a farce. 

Trial of Nonprofit Workers in Egypt Is Abruptly Put Off
New York Times 26 Feb 2012 – None of the 16 Americans charged appeared at the chaotic opening of the politically charged trial, which was suddenly adjourned until April 26. 

Books of The Times: ‘House of Stone,’ a Memoir by Anthony Shadid
New York Times 26 Feb 2012 – Anthony Shadid’s memoir “House of Stone” — written as a personal introspection as well as a meditation on politics, identity and beauty in the Levant — now stands as a memorial to the author. 

Harvard student groups declare solidarity with activists at UNM
Mondoweiss – Students for Justice in Palestine The Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee , the GSAS Alliance for Justice in the Middle East , and the Harvard Law School Justice for Palestine stand in solidarity with activists who were physically assaulted by a mob at the University of New Mexico (…

UNM Students for Justice in Palestine issues statement on assault
Mondoweiss – Video above is of the assault on protesters at a University of New Mexico event last week UNM Students for Justice in Palestine  SJP expresses gratitude to groups across the nation and the world who have shown their support for UNM Students for Justice in Palestine (…

Neocons and AIPAC both want war– but AIPAC has the Dems
Mondoweiss – Elliott Abrams, at Council on Foreign Relations The other day Alex Kane linked a piece by Jim Lobe explaining the role of the core Israel lobby and the neoconservatives in the push for war with Iran. It’s such a great peeling of the onion, I needed…

Surprise– courageous Elizabeth Warren is craven on Israel lobby
Mondoweiss – Elizabeth Warren from her Senate campaign site I’ve been waiting for this. Breathtaking. Elizabeth Warren is the lib-left consumer advocate in Cambridge running for Senate, and as PEP as they come (Progressive except Palestine). Max Blumenthal at Al Akhbar pulls the wool off our eyes: While…

Cornell group circulates petition ‘refusing to collaborate’ on Technion deal
Mondoweiss – Digital rendering of Cornell Technion planned campus. (Image: BerlinRose) Students and faculty at Cornell University are challenging the school’s partnership with the Israeli Technion Institute to build a complex on New York City’s Roosevelt Island . Cornell’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is circulating a petition…

Syria holds vote despite violence
BBC 26 Feb 2012 – The Syrian government holds a constitutional referendum boycotted as a “farce” by the opposition, as violence claims at least 30 more lives.

Efforts to free TV crew in Libya
BBC 26 Feb 2012 – Efforts continue to obtain the release of two British journalists who are being held by a group of former rebel fighters in Libya.

Foreign activists tried in Egypt
BBC 26 Feb 2012 – The Cairo trial of 43 pro-democracy activists, including 16 Americans, over the alleged illegal funding of NGOs opens and is adjourned.


The myth of Israel’s liberal Supreme Court exposed
Jonathan Cook, Middle East Report Online 2/25/2012
Little more than a decade ago, in a brief interlude of heady optimism about the prospects of regional peace, the Israeli Supreme Court issued two landmark rulings that, it was widely assumed, heralded the advent of a new, post-Zionist era for Israel. But with two more watershed judgments handed down over the winter of 2011-2012 the same court has decisively reversed the tide.
Palestinians, both in the Occupied Territories and inside Israel, will pay the biggest and most immediate costs of the new decisions. In one, the Supreme Court has created a new concept of “prolonged occupation” to justify further Israel’s denial of basic protections to the Palestinian population living under belligerent military rule. In the other, it has upheld the right of the Israeli state to strip the Palestinian minority inside Israel of one of its fundamental rights of citizenship.
Both of these new rulings threaten to unleash a torrent of more aggressive legislative and administrative measures against Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line that separates the Occupied Territories from Israel proper, as the center of political gravity in Israel drifts steadily rightward.
Activist Reputation
The judicial mood of today is a far cry from the high spirits of the late 1990s, when the Supreme Court was led by Aharon Barak, feted by his counterparts in the United States as a paragon of enlightened liberalism. Barak is widely credited with entrenching in Israeli jurisprudence the philosophy of “judicial activism.” In practice, Barak’s activism meant that he reserved to the Supreme Court the right both to interpret the law creatively when it lacked clarity and to weigh critically and, if necessary, strike down measures passed by the Knesset when they conflicted with one of Israel’s 11 Basic Laws. more.. e-mail

VIDEO – South African activist offers perspective on BDS
Omar Rahman, +972 Magazine 2/26/2012
An impassioned speech by South African activist at Israeli Apartheid Week in London quickly gains attention.
The global symposium Israeli Apartheid Week kicked off a few days ago in cities and campuses around the world. Of particular note was an impassioned lecture given by a South African activist and PhD candidate called Mbuyiseni Ndlozi in London on Wednesday, on the connection between the struggle to end South African apartheid and what he described as an ‘evolved,’ and indeed worse, case in Israel.
Ndlozi’s statement stands in stark contrast to the recent video interview with Normal Finkelstein, who says plainly that the Palestinian struggle against Israeli apartheid should not extend beyond the confines of international law. Ndlozi encourages activists to go further and appeal to people’s principles of freedom, justice and equality, what he said worked in South Africa.
Ndlozi also highlights how the South African apartheid regime manipulated world opinion for decades in regards to the justification of separating Whites and Blacks and how this deception must be broken when it comes to Israel.
“It cannot be true that on the face of the world today a people still exist who think they can survive with a system of separateness at the expense of others. It cannot be true that what we are continuing to do is to sit and talk all the time, that what we are continuing to do is sit and debate, is it apartheid or is it not, is it like South Africa or is it not. It is a violation of the fundamental right, the fundamental principles that we hold so dearly within our hearts. The principles of freedom, justice and equality.” — See also: YouTube: Mbuyiseni Ndlozi – Israeli Apartheid Week, London. 22.2.12 more.. e-mail

What is really happening in Iran?
Pepe Escobar, Al Jazeera.com 2/26/2012
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei may control the nuclear programme, but he lacks a critical mass of Iranians.
Hong Kong – The supreme war-or-peace question regarding the Iran psychodrama has got to be: What game is Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei really playing?
Sharp wits among the lively Iranian global diaspora maintain that the Supreme Leader is the perfect US/Israel asset – as he incarnates Iran as “the enemy” (although in most cases in a much less strident way than Ahmadinejad). 
In parallel, the military dictatorship of the mullahtariat in Tehran also needs “the enemy” – as in “the Great Satan” and assorted Zionists – to justify its monopoly of power.
The ultimate loser, voices of the diaspora sustain, is true Iranian democracy – as in the foundation for the country’s ability to resist empire. Especially now, after the immensely dodgy 2009 presidential election and the repression of the Green movement. Even former supporters swear the Islamic Republic is now neither a “republic” – nor “Islamic”. 
For their part, another current of informed Iranian – and Western – critics of empire swear that the belligerent Likud-majority government of Israel is in fact the perfect Iranian asset. After all, Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and former Moldova bouncer turned Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s non-stop warmongering tends to rally Iranians of all persuasions – always proudly nationalistic – behind the flag. more..e-mail

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