VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 27 February 2012: Female detainee on hunger strike moved to isolation

27 February 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Al-Quds Conference Decides To Head To UN
IMEMC – The Al-Quds Arab Conference, held in Doha – Qatar, concluded its deliberations on Monday with a decision to head to the United Nations over the ongoing Israeli violations and escalation against the Arab and Islamic Holy Sites in occupied East Jerusalem. …

US Students campaign for release of nonviolent activist Fadi Quran
IMEMC – After Israeli forces pepper sprayed and abducted US citizen and non-violent activist Fadi Quran on Friday, a group of students at Quran’s alma mater Stanford University have spearheaded a campaign for his release. …

Japanese Distributer Ends Contract With AHAVA
IMEMC – DaitoCrea, Japanese agent of the Israeli cosmetics firm, AHAVA, announced on their Webpage that it has ended all sales of AHAVA products for what it attributed to “financial reasons”. Boycott movement said that decision is the outcome of direct action and protests. …

School Children Organize Solidarity Protest with Detainee Shalabi
IMEMC – As Palestinian Political Detainee Hana Ash-Shalabi entered her twelfth day of open-ended hunger strike on Monday, school children and teachers organized a solidarity protest. … 

Fateh: Hamas Must Allow the Elections Committee to Operate in Gaza
IMEMC – The Fateh movement of president Mahmoud Abbas, demanded on Monday that the Palestinian elections committee be allowed to conduct the necessary work in the Gaza Strip in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections. …

During Israeli Invasions; Medic Injured, Eight Palestinians Arrested
IMEMC – A Palestinian Medic was injured on Sunday evening, while eight Palestinian civilians were arrested on Monday morning during separate Israeli attacks targeting West Bank communities. …

Palestinian Who Was Repeatedly Rammed By Settler Vehicle Sentenced To 12.5 Years
IMEMC – The Israeli Ofer Military Court sentenced on Sunday resident Waseem Maswada, from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, to twelve and a half years as he faced “attempted murder” charges for stabbing two settlers. … 

Ma’an News

Female detainee on hunger strike moved to isolation
2/27/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Female detainee Hana Shalabi has been moved to solitary confinement as a punishment for her hunger strike action, a lawyer from the Ministry of Detainees said Monday. Shireen Iraqi said that Hasharon prison authorities have moved Shalabi into isolation. Her health is deterioting, Iraqi said, adding that Shalabi has not been….

Nablus village stoned, clashes with settlers
2/27/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Dozens of Israelis threw stones at a Palestinian house near an illegal settlement in the northern West Bank on Monday, witnesses told Ma’an. Umm Ayman Sufan said more than 40 residents of Yitzhar settlement pelted her house with stones and bottles, before cutting down olive trees surrounding the home….

Report: Israeli rail company plans West Bank network
2/27/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — A state-owned Israeli railway company has prepared a proposal for building a rail network in the occupied West Bank, Israel’s Haaretz reported on Monday. The plan reportedly calls for creating 11 rail lines extending to 475 kilometers of rail-track through the West Bank. The network would reportedly….

Report: Deal to move Migron outpost falters
2/27/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Settlers living in an illegal outpost in the occupied West Bank have failed to sign an agreement with the Israeli government to move their homes, after a high court ruling ordered them to do so, Israeli media reported on Monday. Two weeks ago, the settlers reportedly reached a deal….

Egypt increases power supply to Gaza Strip
2/27/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Egypt increased its energy supply to the Gaza Strip on Sunday, director of the Hamas-run energy authority told Ma’an, adding that more is required to solve the crisis.”In light of the serious power shortage in the Gaza Strip, the additional five Megawatts have not resulted in a….

Israeli forces make multiple overnight arrests in West bank
2/27/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces made multiple arrests overnight Sunday, witnesses and Israel’s army said. Six people were detained in the Hebron district for security questioning, an Israeli army spokeswoman said. Local witnesses told Ma’an that eight people were detained in Nablus overnight Sunday. Israeli military vehicles raided the village….

Islamic Jihad praise Hana Shalabi’s hunger strike
2/27/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Islamic Jihad said Monday that they hold Israeli authorities responsible for female detainee Hana Shalabi, who is currently on day 12 of a hunger strike in protest against Israeli administrative detention. The movement praised her protest against “inhumanity,” describing her actions as an intifada against Israeli policies. Hana Shalabi, from the….

Arsonists burn local council building in Hebron village
2/27/2012HEBRON (Ma’an) — Unidentified arsonists set fire to a local council building on Sunday in the Hebron village of al-Ramadin. Head of the village council Ahmad Zagharnah told Ma’an that the “perpetrators wanted to cause confusion and chaos in the village.” Director of Hebron police Ramadan Awad visited the village, despite the….

First post-Mubarak Israeli envoy to Egypt takes office
2/27/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — The first Israeli ambassador named to Egypt since Hosni Mubarak was toppled a year ago officially took office in Cairo on Monday, an Israeli official said, in a step suggesting continued normal ties between the two neighbouring countries. The envoy, Yaacov Amitai, was named last year to replace Yitzhak Levanon, who left the….

Cairo envoy: Reconciliation, energy crisis ‘need more time’
2/27/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority Ambassador to Egypt said Monday that both Fatah and Hamas need more time to implement a reconciliation deal, and called for further meetings. Amb. Yasser Othman also said an electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip which has caused long blackouts will be solved within two years, as the….

Initiative to support Palestinian exports launches
2/27/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian officials, business leaders and EU representatives launched a 3 million euro ($4 million) initiative to increase Palestinian exports on Monday. Funded by the European Union, the project will support the services sector, develop a national export strategy, and improve access to markets by promoting alternative trade routes to Israel, which….

Faction leaders blame Hamas for impasse in unity govt
2/27/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Several Palestinian faction leaders on Sunday blamed internal disagreement within Hamas for the failure to announce a unity government.” Hamas says a trend within the movement is reluctant about Abbas heading the new government for constitutional rather than political reasons,” Palestinian Popular Struggle Front member Ahmad Majdalani said. This internal division….

Report: Police sanction protest against Zoabi in Nazareth
2/27/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police have given permission for a right-wing march against a Palestinian member of the Israeli parliament in her home town of Nazareth, Israeli media reported Monday. Part of a campaign under the slogan “Expel Hanin Zoabi from the Knesset”, her fellow parliamentarian Michael Ben-Ari will accompany activists from far-right group….

Delegate says Hamas, Fatah bypassing freedoms committee
2/27/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A member of the public freedoms committee set up to implement a reconciliation deal between Hamas and Fatah said Monday that the factions are bypassing the group on the issue of political prisoners. The parties agreed bilaterally to submit to Egypt a list of Fatah-affiliates detained for political reasons in….

Israel seaports strike ends after one day
2/27/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israeli seaports reopened on Monday after workers seeking improved pension security ended a one-day strike and agreed to hold negotiations with the government. The union for public sector employees, Histadrut, had called the strike at Israel’s three ports on Sunday because it said pensions would not be guaranteed if the port….

Man killed in Gaza motorbike accident
2/27/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A young man was killed on Sunday evening in a traffic accident in the Gaza Strip. Adham al-Abadleh, 22, died when his motorbike crashed in Khan Younis. A passenger was also seriously wounded. Both men were taken to Nasser hospital….

1 killed, 5 injured in Bethlehem car accident
2/27/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — One man was killed and five others injured in a car accident in Bethlehem late Sunday evening, medics said. Red Crescent officials told Ma’an that Murad al-Jabari, 33, was killed in the high speed accident. The wounded were taken to Beit Jala hospital for treatment. One man was described….

PA ambassador to Mauritius takes office
2/27/2012 – TANZANIA (Ma’an) — The Palestinian envoy to Tanzania Nasri Abu Jeish submitted his credentials to the President of the Republic of Mauritius as a non-resident ambassador to the country on Sunday, official media said. Abu Jeish briefed President Anerood Jugnauth on the situation in the Palestinian territories, and the Mauritian leader stressed his support….

Court sentences Hebron man for killing second wife
2/27/2012HEBRON (Ma’an) — A Hebron court has sentenced a man who murdered his wife to seven and a half years hard labor, a court statement said Monday. The man was originally given 15 years, the maximum penalty besides execution under Palestinian law, but the sentence was halved after the victim’s representatives dropped….

At least 10 killed as Syrian army pounds Homs
2/27/2012 – AMMAN (Reuters) — Syrian artillery pummeled rebel-held areas of Homs on Monday before an expected government announcement that a vote – decried as a sham by the opposition and the West – has approved a new constitution proposed by President Bashar Assad. Shells and rockets crashed into Sunni Muslim districts of Homs that have already endured weeks of….

Iranian film wins best foreign language Oscar
2/27/2012 – LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — “A Separation” won the Oscar for best foreign language film on Sunday, becoming the first Iranian movie to win the honor. Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, the domestic drama focuses on a couple going through a divorce and touches on traditions, justice, and male-female relationships in modern Iran.” A Separation” was….

Syria approves new constitution amid bloodshed
2/27/2012 – AMMAN (Reuters) — Syrian artillery pounded rebel-held areas of Homs on Monday as President Bashar Assad’s government announced that voters had overwhelmingly approved a new constitution in a referendum derided as a sham by his critics at home and abroad. While foreign powers argued over whether to arm the rebels, the Syrian Interior Ministry….

Syrian Red Crescent evacuates 3 from Baba Amro, no journalists
2/27/2012 – GENEVA (Reuters) — Ambulances of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent evacuated three people from the embattled Homs district of Baba Amro on Monday, but were not able to evacuate foreign journalists there, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.” They have been able to evacuate three persons, including an aged woman, and a pregnant woman….

International Solidarity Movement

Arrests and nonviolent actions in South Hebron Hills
2/27/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 26 February 2012, Operation Dove – On February 25th Palestinian men and women, elders and children, together with Israeli and international activists gathered for two demonstrations organized by the South Hebron Hills Popular Committee. The first demonstration, attended by approximately ninety people, was planned in response to twenty-nine trees being cut down during the last four months on….

Tel Rumeida: As locals march for rights, Israel sprays funeral procession and injures journalist
2/27/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Aaron and Silvia, 26 February 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – The divided city of Al Khalil (Hebron) was transformed into a war zone this Friday, as thousands of Palestinian, Israeli, and international activists attempted to peacefully reopen the segregated Shuhada Street and were violently attacked by the Israeli military. Soldiers and riot police….


Relief Web

Orthopedic Surgeries Project… Spreading Smiles in Refugee Camps
Relief Web 26 Feb 2012 – Source: Palestine Red Crescent Society Country: Lebanon , occupied Palestinian territory In one of the most deprived and poor areas in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, the Palestine Red Crescent Society, in cooperation with the Qatar Red Crescent Society, is…

IOF Use Excessive Force and Kill Demonstrator in Peaceful Demonstration in al-Ram Village, North of Occupied Jerusalem
Relief Web 26 Feb 2012 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the crime committed by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF), resulting in the death of a Palestinian who was participating in a peaceful…


The National

Referendum was ‘rigged’, Syria opposition groups claim
The National 27 Feb 2012 – Syria has a new constitution after almost 90 per cent of voters in Sunday’s referendum supported the revised legal framework, government officials said.

Syria’s opposition groups and their leaders
The National 27 Feb 2012 – The four leaders of Syria’s opposition to the Al Assad regime.


Shuttered Israeli factory to reopen Tuesday
Ha’aretz – 27 Feb 2012

Israel postpones ‘open skies’ deal with EU, citing local airline companies’ interests
Ha’aretz – 27 Feb 2012

Thailand police detains another Iranian suspect in Bangkok bombing
Ha’aretz – 27 Feb 2012

Barak, Ashkenazi to receive State Comptroller’s draft report on Harpaz affair
Ha’aretz – 27 Feb 2012

Israel, Kurdish fighters destroyed Iran nuclear facility, email released by WikiLeaks claims
Ha’aretz – 27 Feb 2012

Settlers reject Israel deal to regulate evacuation of West Bank outpost
Ha’aretz – 27 Feb 2012

Nurses across Israel go on 24-hour strike after talks with state fail
Ha’aretz – 27 Feb 2012

Israel archives reveal Begin demanded appointment of Arab judge
Ha’aretz – 26 Feb 2012

Israel report: West Bank Palestinians may turn to violence if peace talks freeze persists
Ha’aretz – 26 Feb 2012

Jerusalem Post

Journalists union may cut ties with int’l federation
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – Impetus for break comes after communiqué claims women journalists face threats and violence working in Israel. 

Pri Hagalil factory set to reopen
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – Factory owner Efraim tells Knesset Finance Committee chair MK Gafni factory will reopen after shuttering last week. 

Begin’s legacy
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – While Begin exercised political sagacity, he continued to hold to strong ideological principles, such as keeping the whole Land of Israel. 

Washington and Cairo – America’s bitter awakening
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – America watches impotently as the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces now ruling Egypt emulates Mubarak. 

Who’s a fascist and who’s a Zionist?
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – The Jerusalem District Court will have to determine whether those who accuse Im Tirzu of Fascist inclinations are guilty of libel. 

Making the desert boom
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – However great the economic impact of Israel’s energy sector transformation will be, the interdependent geopolitical consequences look even more astonishing. 

Administering the country’s universities
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – Recognizing the Ariel College as a university has been strongly opposed during the past decade, partly because of its academic standards. 

Tales of ‘the fryer’
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – A “fryer” is an individual who was not tricked yet allowed others to get ahead at their expense. 

‘I live in Gush Katif so you can live in TA’
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – The irony of an increasingly isolated Israel becomes more and more bitter. 

Encountering Peace: Q&A on the future of the Middle East
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – The divisions are not between Jews and non-Jews, but within each community there are conflicts between the pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian. 

Jews must demand relationship of equality with Christians
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – No Holds Barred: It is high time that our warm allies in the Mormon Church cease the posthumous baptizing of any and all Jews. 

Beersheba: 2 killed in feud between Beduin families
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – Gunfight in the Negev village of Hura leaves two men, Louie and Omar Abu-Sabit, dead. 

Hamas rejects Abbas’s invitation to visit Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – Palestinian officials in Gaza reject visit to Jerusalem as “normalization with Israel,” encourage Arab countries to put political, media pressure in order to isolate Jewish state. 

Western ways woo Saudi Women
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – Study abroad exposes them to new freedoms, raises doubts about returning home. 

New ambassador to Egypt officially begins his tenure
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – Yaakov Amitai submits credentials during ceremony in Cairo, speaks to Tantawi about importance of 1979 peace accords, need to strengthen cooperation and deepen mutual understanding. 

Gunman kills student, wounds 4 at Ohio school
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – Pupil opens fire at school cafeteria before being chased out the building by a teacher and later turning himself in. 

Nurses return to work after strike, but issues unresolved
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – One-day “warning strike” set to end, but Treasury, Nurses’ Union haven’t reached agreement over problems of overcrowding, inadequate staffing. 

Comptroller to send out report on ‘Harpaz Affair’
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – IDF officer, Defense Ministry officials involved in alleged plot to get Galant appointed chief of staff to receive copy. 

Turkey and Israel keep bonds alive through music
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – Israeli, Turkish musicians have become “volunteer ambassadors” to create, maintain bonds between the countries. 

Syria approves new constitution amid bloodshed
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – Israeli ex-negotiator with Damascus: Diplomatic efforts are now “futile”; Syria says 89% of voters approve referendum. 

Palestinian woman on hunger strike in prison
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – Hana Shalabi, a member of Islamic Jihad, is protesting her treatment in Israeli prison, according to officials. 

UN to review report praising Gaddafi human rights
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – UN Watch calls on human rights council to cancel review on report drawn up at 2010 session, before the breakout of the Libyan civil war. 

Rivlin to Russia: Stop Iran developing nukes
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – Mofaz tells Russian counterpart to prevent weapons from being sent to Syria, says nuclear Iran dangerous for whole world. 

IDF discovers 2nd bomb on Egypt-Israeli border
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – IDF finds explosive device the same week it foiled second attempt to smuggle bomb; sappers detonate bomb from a distance. 

Histadrut declares airlines labor dispute
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – Labor federation paves way for strike after authorities sign “open Skies” agreement with EU without consulting employees. 

Liberman: Tal Law can’t be extended one hour
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – Foreign minister says anyone who doesn’t serve their country shouldn’t be eligible for stipends or scholarships from the state. 

EU agrees to sanctions on Syrian central bank
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – New sanctions target central bank, trade and gov’t; Italian FM says sanctions best EU can do short of military intervention. 

Sights and Insights: The oldest part of J’lem
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – Arguably the most important city in history had its infancy in an area that today hardly reflects its grandeur, The City of David. 

Alternatively Speaking: Alleviating anxiety
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – Alternative medicine enthusiast Natalie Marx answers your questions: Any herbs used for treating anxiety? 

Full of the joys of Purim
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – As well as making an effort with costumes, take some time to think about dressing up your favorite dish. 

‘The Artist’ paints golden picture at Oscars
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012 – ‘Hugo’ claims 5 Oscars in technical categories; Meryl Streep wins best actress with ‘Iron Lady.’ 

Analysis: Assad’s ‘coup-proof’ rule lacks successor
Jerusalem Post 27 Feb 2012US probes divisions, but elite remains together for now; Assads spent 40 years planning against coup. 

New group works on Israel-Diaspora ties
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Group of prominent Israeli public figures establishes Israeli Jewish Congress to create “a channel of mutual cooperation.” 

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

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. 

TA firm monitoring Barcelona water system
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Blue I Water Technologies was previously active in Paris and Beijing, too. 

‘Birthright 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 unite 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. 

Can new device ‘revolutionize’ wireless charging?
Jerusalem Post 26 Feb 2012 – Israeli startup Powermat, backed by Jay-Z, develops cable-free charging surfaces for electric devices. 

The Guardian

Israel’s ultra-orthodox Jews have a duty to serve their country | Seth Freedman
The Guardian 27 Feb 2012 – Annulling the Haredi exemption from national service has ignited civic tensions but it is for the long-term good of Israeli society The annulment of the so-called Tal Law exempting ultra-orthodox seminary students from conscription to the…

Giles Fraser’s Thinking Aloud podcast: belief versus unbelief
The Guardian 27 Feb 2012 – Rowan Williams and Richard Dawkins had a large set piece God debate last week in the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford. Those sorts of debates are becoming more and more popular. Lots of people went – but…


The Price of Ruling at any Cost
Uruknet February 27, 2012 – It is hard not to hope beyond hope that reconciliation between Palestinians will happen. As Palestinians, we hold out on that hope even against our better judgment merely because there is no other option if we want to move forward towards independence. So we listen warily to our leaders as their words…

Libya militia boss says not ready to lay down arms
Uruknet February 27, 2012 – A powerful Libyan militia will not heed a government request to disband because the incentives on offer are not generous enough, the force’s leader said, demanding houses, cars and loans for his men so they can “realise our dreams.” Militias fought to end Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year rule, but five months later their…

Alleged WikiLeaks informant Bradley Manning among 231 Nobel Peace Prize nominees
Uruknet February 27, 2012 – A total of 231 nominees are up for the Nobel Peace Prize this year, the Nobel Institute said Monday, with Bill Clinton, Helmut Kohl, the EU and WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning known to be on the list. “As always, there are the usual ‘nominees’ and some newcomers, some famous and some unknowns,…

PCHR Calls upon the International Community to Pressurize IOF to Release Palestinian Detainee, Hana’ Shalabi, Who Has Been on Hunger Strike
Uruknet February 27, 2012 – The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is concerned for the life of Hana’ Shalabi, a detainee in Israeli jails who has been on hunger strike for approximately 2 weeks. PCHR calls upon the international community to pressurize Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) to release Shalabi, who has been placed under administrative detention,…

Israel issues third consecutive detention order against prisoner of conscience Ahmad Qatamesh
Uruknet February 27, 2012 – The Palestinian prisoners advocacy group Addameer announced on Twitter yesterday that Israel had renewed administrative detention orders against Palestinian writer Ahmad Qatamesh for an additional six months. This is the third consecutive administrative detention order issued against Qatamesh. The Palestinian writer and academic has been held without charge since 21 April 2011,…

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet The number of martyrs in Syria has risen to 55 so far including 5 children. 23 martyrs have fallen in Homs, 9 in Hama, 7 in Daraa (in the towns of Alama, Um Walad, Nawa, Tafas and Sheikh Maqsood); also 11 martyrs have fallen in the towns of Idlib province (Saraqeb, Ibleen, Basqala and Afes), in…

Watch: Speech by Mbuyiseni Ndlozi at the Israeli Apartheid Week, London
Uruknet February 26, 2012 – I found this 10 minute speech to be very important for what it holds; the speaker managed to skillfully relate the South African struggle for freedom to the Palestinian one. The speaker also notes that the Israelis are currently about to achieve what the nationalists in South Africa didn’t get to achieve…

The Myth of Israel’s Liberal Supreme Court Exposed
Uruknet February 26, 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…

Koran Burning: Dehumanizing Muslims
Uruknet February 26, 2012 – Despite constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom, America consistently violates fundamental rights, including respecting all faiths equally. More than other ethnic/religious groups, Western discourse portrays Muslim/Arabs stereotypically as culturally inferior, dirty, lecherous, untrustworthy, religiously fanatical, and violent. In his book, “Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People,” Jack Shaheen explained how they’ve been…

Al Jalame – 100 professionals speak out against the use of solitary confinement on children
Uruknet February 26, 2012 – On 30 January 2012, over 100 prominent professionals, clergy, educators, physicians, academics and artists from the U.S. and Israel sent a letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu and other senior officials raising their concerns about the continued use of solitary confinement on children at the Al Jalame and Petah Tikva interrogation centres in…

Tel Rumeida: As locals march for rights, Israel sprays funeral procession and injures journalist
Uruknet February 26, 2012 – The divided city of Al Khalil (Hebron) was transformed into a war zone this Friday, as thousands of Palestinian, Israeli, and international activists attempted to peacefully reopen the segregated Shuhada Street and were violently attacked by the Israeli military. Soldiers and riot police used tear gas, sound bombs, sonic weapons, and foul-smelling…

012 : A Video Roundup

Clinton: Arming Syria rebels could help Al-Qaeda
Uruknet February 26, 2012 – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday warned against the United States arming rebels in Syria because such a move could inadvertently lead to support for Al-Qaeda and Hamas. Senior leaders of both groups — which Washington classify as terrorist organizations — have expressed their support for the loose-knit collection of Syrian…

Bradley Manning’s quest for justice
Uruknet February 26, 2012 – In a small military court room at Fort Meade, two weeks after he was nominated for a Nobel Peace prize, I watched Bradley Manning appear before a judge – for the second time in his 635-day stint of pre-trial detainment. He sat silently while the prosecution read his 22 charges. We won’t…

After a Wonderful Visit to Kuwait, New Plans to Close Guantánamo and to Free the Last Two Kuwaiti Prisoners
Uruknet February 26, 2012 – Now that my first ever visit to Kuwait has come to an end – in which I was involved in events and discussions designed to raise the profile in Kuwait, and internationally, of the two remaining Kuwaitis in Guantánamo, Fayiz al-Kandari and Fawzi al-Odah – I feel as though I have been…

We supported Khader Adnan NOW lets support Hana Shalabi
Uruknet February 26, 2012 – Khader Adnan is a name that made history, he is a Palestinian hero who won his battle for his dignity and he won over injustice and cruelty. He was illegally detained after he was kidnapped from his bed by Israeli police; he started a hunger strike to protest against his illegal administrative…

Dying young: Egyptian activists face post-revolution trauma
Uruknet February 26, 2012 – In the 12 months since Mubarak’s ouster, more than 200 protesters have been violently killed. Ahram Online talks to survivors about their harrowing experiences – and how they’ve coped with the crippling anguish On a chilly December afternoon, pedestrians in downtown Cairo were shocked to see a hysterical young woman running in…

UAE authorities cancel residencies of Syrian workers for taking part in protest against Assad
Uruknet February 26, 2012 – Emirati authorities have cancelled the residencies of dozens of Syrians for taking part in a protest against their regime outside the consulate in Dubai, Syrian activists told AFP on Sunday. Two of them have already fled the Gulf country, arriving in Cairo on Saturday, after “all efforts failed to convince Emirati authorities…

Other People’s Blood: New Ground for the Great Oil Game
Uruknet February 26, 2012 – A few days ago, UK Prime Minister David Cameron hosted a high-profile international conference on the fate of war-torn Somalia. It seemed a bit incongruous at first. Dave — the Old Etonian toff turned PR apparatchik turned Slasher-in-Chief of Austerity Britain — is not exactly renowned for his abiding commitment to the…

Israeli Troops Invade Nabi Saleh Village
Uruknet February 26, 2012 – 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. Local sources reported that soldiers also fired flares while driving in the streets of the village, and carried pictures of Palestinian activists, seeking…

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….

Daily Star

Palestinian woman on hunger strike in prison
Daily Star 27 Feb 2012 A Palestinian woman, released by Israel in a prisoner swap last year but re-arrested earlier this month and held without charge, is on a hunger strike to protest at her treatment.

FBI : Iraqi in US terror case bragged about past
Daily Star 27 Feb 2012 An Iraqi man who settled in the U.S. state of Kentucky as a refugee boasted about having been an insurgent in Baghdad.

New Israeli ambassador presents credentials to Egypt
Daily Star 27 Feb 2012 Israel’s new ambassador to Egypt, Yaakov Amitai, presented on Monday his credentials to Egypt’s ruling Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, Israel’s foreign ministry said.


New app to commemorate fallen soldiers
YNet News, 27 Feb 2012 – Future Mt. Herzl commemoration hall will assign fallen soldiers personal barcodes; allow Smartphone app to scan them for fallen soldier’s information ….

Hearing for British arms-to-Iran suspect delayed
YNet News, 27 Feb 2012 – ….

Catholics ask Peres to help end attacks on holy sites
YNet News, 27 Feb 2012 – Official asks president help stop anti-Christian vandalism directed at Jerusalem churches ….

Haredi assimilation? Not yet
YNet News, 27 Feb 2012 – Op-ed: Given our differences, Israel not yet ready for mass conscription of haredim into IDF ….

Security forces raze West Bank outpost
YNet News, 27 Feb 2012 – ….

Officials expect Minister Peled to be named home front defense minister
YNet News, 27 Feb 2012 – ….

Iraq militia hands over last missing US soldier’s remains
YNet News, 27 Feb 2012 – ….

Syrian Red Crescent team enters Homs neighborhood
YNet News, 27 Feb 2012 – ….

Settlers employ mannequins as protection from carjacking
YNet News, 27 Feb 2012 – West Bank female drivers take up driving with mannequins dressed in IDF uniform due to Palestinian crime ring targeting women ….

War games: Tel Aviv missile drill
YNet News, 27 Feb 2012 – Senior officials to take part in drill simulating explosion of two rockets in central Israel ….

Hezbollah is in trouble
YNet News, 27 Feb 2012 – Op-ed: With Iran and Assad sinking, Lebanese terror group faces existential concerns ….

Terror attack on Israel-Egypt border foiled
YNet News, 27 Feb 2012 – IDF force patrolling near southern border detect, defuse large explosive device snuggled across border. Suspect flees scene ….

FM: Tal Law won’t be extended by even one hour
YNet News, 27 Feb 2012 – Foreign minister says ‘it must be made clear that anyone who does not serve in military or national service will not be eligible for anything from State’ ….

Negotiations on Migron evacuation break down
YNet News, 27 Feb 2012 – Parties reached compromise whereby outpost will be moved to public land but talks eventually fail. Settlers claim government representative Minister Benny Begin went back on agreed-upon deal ….

Ecologists against the Jews
YNet News, 27 Feb 2012 – Op-ed: Environmentalists launch primitive diatribe against Israel that smacks of anti-Semitism ….

Palestinian Information Center

European aid convoy launches new qualitative projects in Gaza
PIC – Organizers of the European aid convoy “Wafa’a for Palestine†plan to open qualitative and vital projects in Gaza Strip during their current visit, coordinator of the convoy Amin Abu Rashed said.

IOA isolates hunger striker Shalabi in Jewish homicide ward
PIC – The Israeli Hasharon prison administration has moved hunger striker Hana’a Shalabi to an isolation cell in the midst of Jewish female homicide convicts.

Jewish settlers attack Israeli peace activists
PIC – Jewish settlers attacked peace activists of the leftist Israeli party Meretz during their visit to Al-Khalil Old Town and the Ibrahimi mosque.

Bomb explodes near IOF post in Ramallah
PIC – A crude device exploded on Sunday night near an Israeli army post to the north east of Ramallah city without any casualties inflicted, Hebrew media reported on Monday.

Jewish settler given community sentence for attempted murder
PIC – An Israeli court sentenced an Israeli settler to three months community work for repeatedly running over an injured Palestinian young man near Kiryat Arba in Al-Khalil in 2009.

MP Mansour urges Egypt to swiftly intervene to save the life of Shalabi
PIC – MP Mona Mansour has urged Egypt, in her capacity as the patron of the prisoners’ exchange deal between Hamas and Israel, to swiftly intervene and save the life of hunger striker Hana’a Shalabi.

IOF soldiers break into the home of liberated prisoner
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) broke into the home of a liberated prisoner in Nablus at dawn Monday and searched it, relatives said.

Change and reform: PA arrest of MP son violates reconciliation
PIC – The change and reform parliamentary bloc has lashed out at the PA security in the West Bank for arresting the son of Hamas MP Omar Abdalrazek, who is held in Israeli administrative custody.

IOF soldiers raid Al-Khalil, block entry of farmer to his land
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided Al-Khalil province at dawn Monday and blocked entry of a Palestinian farmer into his land in Beit Ummar village, north of Al-Khalil, on Sunday.


Distributor in Japan Drops Israeli Company due to its Illegal Practices?
WAFA – 27 Feb 2012

Israeli Soldiers Detain Palestinian Eight-Grader near Hebron
WAFA – 27 Feb 2012

Japan Grants Project to Support Agriculture Sector in Gaza
WAFA – 27 Feb 2012

Settler Opens Fire on Farmers near Hebron
WAFA – 27 Feb 2012

Report: Israel Denies 14,000 Arabs in Jerusalem Residency
WAFA – 27 Feb 2012


Syria: the Middle East’s tipping point
Intifada-Palestine: 27 Feb 2012 – The struggle for Syria isn’t just about Syria–it’s the struggle for a free, democratic Middle East versus one that lives under the yoke of American and Israeli hegemony.  Protest in Syria (photo: flickr/syriana2011) by Nassar Ibrahim The conflict in Syria has… more

Israel urges settlers in West Bank outpost of Migron to relocate
LA Times 28 Feb 2012 – The Israeli government asks Jewish settlers in Migron, West Bank, to accept a relocation offer as a court-imposed deadline to vacate approaches. With negotiations apparently at an impasse, the Israeli government launched a last-ditch effort Monday to avoid a confrontation over the court-ordered evacuation of…

Egypt trial against American pro-democracy workers opens
LA Times 26 Feb 2012 – The trial begins in Cairo with none of the accused American pro-democracy workers appearing in court. The U.S. and Egypt have struggled to resolve the crisis. The criminal trial of 16 American pro-democracy workers opened in Cairo on Sunday as U.S. and Egyptian diplomats attempted…

Syria votes on new constitution; opposition, U.S. reject the poll
LA Times 27 Feb 2012 – Syrian officials report a brisk turnout for the vote on a new constitution. President Bashar Assad’s opponents say the reforms came too late. With violence flaring in several regions, Syrians cast ballots Sunday for a new constitution hailed as a historic breakthrough by President Bashar…

Syrians Said to Approve New Charter as Battles Continue
New York Times 27 Feb 2012 – As violence continued to rage, officials said voters had overwhelmingly approved a new Constitution in a referendum that Western leaders labeled a farce. 

Trial of U.S. Nonprofit Workers in Egypt Is Put Off
New York Times 27 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. 

U.S. Teaming With Yemen’s New Government to Combat Al Qaeda
New York Times 27 Feb 2012 – The Obama administration’s potentially risky plan would help Yemen overhaul its military to take on a Qaeda franchise that has exploited political turmoil there. 

American Soldier’s Remains Are Recovered From Iraq
New York Times 27 Feb 2012 – An Army interpreter who had been seized by gunmen in Baghdad in 2006 was the last American service member who had been unaccounted for in Iraq. 

U.S. Error Costs Bronx Resident From Yemen His Citizenship
New York Times 27 Feb 2012 – American officials told Abdo Hizam, a Yemen native who immigrated in 1990, that they were effectively revoking the citizenship he had been awarded as a child. 

Yemen: US-brokered presidential elections held with single candidate
WSWS – The current vice president was the only candidate in Tuesday’s presidential elections, which are part of a US-brokered deal that maintains the existing regime.

Syrian conflict destabilizes Lebanon
WSWS – The conflict in Syria, where US-backed “rebels” are fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad, is exacerbating tensions in neighboring Lebanon.

US pressures India to back sanctions against Iran
WSWS – While India has attempted to place some distance between itself and the US, New Delhi has repeatedly succumbed to pressure to back US policy against Iran.

Judge strikes down lawsuit against Olympia Co-op boycott of Israeli goods
Mondoweiss – Olympia BDS member in Bil’in, Palestine. (Photo: Olympia BDS) Today, a judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Olympia Food Co-op’s boycott against Israeli products. The Co-op’s decision to de-shelve Israeli products was brought to court after five members sued the co-op. Initially, the plaintiffs petitioned the…

Olympia Food Coop Wins Anti-SLAPP Motion, Court Dismisses StandWithUs Lawsuit
Tikun Olam – Today, a Washington state court dismissed a lawsuit brought against the Olympia Food Coop by StandWithUs and the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs: [The] court dismissed the case, calling it a SLAPP – Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation – and said that it would award the…

BDS Victory in Japan: Distributor drops Ahava because of the company’s illegal practices
Mondoweiss – (Image: Codepink) This statement was issued by the Palestine Forum Japan, a coalition partner in the Stolen Beauty Ahava boycott campaign. DaitoCrea , the general agent in Japan for Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories, announced on its website that they would no longer be distributing Ahava products as…

Etgar Keret in the ‘NY Times Magazine’ trys on orientalism with an iconic ‘Arab’ look
Mondoweiss – Etgar Keret (Photo: Anna Kaim/Polish Playboy) “If you have a respectable mustache and believable shoes, people will take you for an Arab even if your parents are from Poland,” writes Etgar Keret in “A Mustache for My Son” in the Sunday New York Times Magazine . The “…

Iran’s Oscar win reveals Israeli movie-goers to be brainwashed bumpkins
Mondoweiss – Iranian director Asghar Farhadi receiving the Best Foreign Film Oscar for his film A Separation . (Photo: Joel Ryan/AP) Last night, the Iranian film A Separation took the Best Foreign Film Oscar.  This  AP article , picked up by the Washington Post, about Israeli reactions to the film reveals…

AP report: Federal counter-terror funds used for NYPD spying on Muslims
Mondoweiss – President Obama and NYPD chief Ray Kelly meets with police officers and first responders at the First Precinct before visiting Ground Zero ( Photo: Charles Dharapak/AP ) Outrage over the New York Police Department’s expansive spy program targeting Muslims has grown across the Northeast in recent days . The…

Marc Lynch: ‘U.S. Military Intervention in Syria is Misguided, Dangerous’
Tikun Olam – The United States must respond urgently to address the growing bloodbath in Syria, where the asad regime has killed more than 6,000 of its own citizens and risks unleashing a sectarian war that would kill thousands and destabilize a critical region. However, the united States should…

Iran’s ‘A Separation’ Wins Best Foreign Language Film
Tikun Olam – It’s hard not to view the Oscar for Best Foreign Film awarded to Iran’s entry, A Separation , as at least in part, a political statement against war with that country.  But there’s no question that the film is a brilliant one, even close to a masterpiece….

Israel Enlists Azerbaijan as Anti-Iran Ally Through Weapons Sales, Bribes
Tikun Olam – Azerbijian on the regional crossroads of espionage and intrigue among Russia, Iran, Turkey, Iraq, the U.S. and Israel AP reports that Israel’s leading aerospace contractor has inked a $1.6-billion deal to supply Azerbaijan with drones, missiles, and other advanced military hardware, which would be used to…

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Israel’s Sole ‘Responsible Adult,’ Publicly Opposes Iran Attack
Tikun Olam – Rabbi Ovadia Yoself gets cheeky with Bibi Netnayahu The titular head of the leading Mizrahi political party, Shas, has publicly stated his opposition to an Iran attack  (Hebrew).  Rabbi Ovadia Yosef is not just the spiritual leader of Orthodox Mizrahi Jews, he’s also the godfather of…

Referendum in Syria confirms legitimacy of Assad’s power
Voltaire Network 27 Feb 2012 – Nine of ten participants of the referendum in Syria have upheld the draft of the new constitution. According to the Syrian public television, about 8.5 million people (57.4% of Syrians entitled to vote) took part in the referendum. The new constitution in particular abolishes a one-party…

France opens negotiations with Syria to recover its 18 agents
Voltaire Network 27 Feb 2012 – On 13 February 2012, Thierry Meyssan revealed on the first Russian television channel that Syria had captured a dozen French soldiers. Voltaire Network is now in a position to confirm that as of 26 February the number of French prisoners is 18 (eighteen). If Paris admits…

012-02-26, Syrian Crisis Updated
Voltaire Network 26 Feb 2012 – Homs 5 explosions are heard in Karm Al-Zeitoun neighborhood and shooting between the Syrian Army and armed rebels who have centered in the neighborhood; another explosion happens in Al-Hamedia neighborhood. Activists: clashed between the Syrian Army and armed rebels take place in Baba Amr, Karm Al-Zeitoun,…

For the release of our compatriots and colleagues held captive in Baba Amr
Voltaire Network 26 Feb 2012 – Several journalists are held in the sealed-off Baba Amr area. According to Atlanticist leaders, they are prevented from leaving by the constant pounding of the rebel stronghold by the Syrian Army. As an on-the-spot privileged witness of the negotiations, Thierry Meyssan gives an account of the…

Egypt: Anan Receives Invitation to Attend Arab Summit in Baghdad
allAfrica.com 27 Feb 2012 – [Egypt Online] Chief of Staff Sami Anan, the Deputy Chief of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) received on Sunday 26/2/2012 Iraqi State Minister of Parliament Affairs Safaa al-Din al-Safi.

Egypt: Awqaf Minister Condemns Israel’s Attacks On Al-Aqsa, Quran Burning
allAfrica.com 27 Feb 2012 – [Egypt Online] Israel’s recent attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque have been deplored by Egypt’s Awqaf Minister Mohamed el-Qousi.

Egypt: Salafist MPs Reject Calls to Exert Pressure on Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
allAfrica.com 27 Feb 2012 – [Aswat Masriya] Salafist Members of Parliament rejected proposals to exert pressure on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to release Egyptian detainees.

Tunisia: ‘Friends of Syria’ – Push to End Indiscriminate Shelling
allAfrica.com 27 Feb 2012 – [HRInfo] Governments at the “Friends of Syria” meeting in Tunis on February 24, 2012, should enlist the support of Russia and China to push Syria to stop its indiscriminate shelling of residential neighborhoods in the city of Homs, Human Rights Watch said today. They should also…

Re-Arrested Female Prisoner on Hunger Strike for 11 Days
Palestine Solidarity Project 26 Feb 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,…

Beit Ommar Demonstrators Continue to Demand an End to the Occupation
Palestine Solidarity Project 26 Feb 2012 – On Saturday, February 25th, 2012, Palestinian villagers from Beit Ommar, supported by international and Israeli solidarity activists, rallied against the Israeli occupation during the community’s weekly unarmed demonstration. As usual, the demonstrators headed towards the illegal Israeli settlement of Karmei Tzur, which is built on Beit…

Syrian referendum in media spotlight
BBC 27 Feb 2012 – The referendum on a new draft constitution in Syria, and the continuing violence in the Middle Eastern country has split opinion in both regional and global press.


Tales of the Israel Lobby
James Abourezk, former U.S. Senator, CounterPunch 2/27/2012
Threats to You or Your Family?
When I was Chairman of the American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee (ADC), we had two bombing incidents. I had no idea who was responsible, but I had a guess. Someone unknown placed a bomb in the doorway of ADC’s Boston headquarters. The staff there called the Boston police, who came and were in the process of disarming the pipe bomb that they found there. If I recall correctly, the police had put the bomb in a metal barrel, and it exploded in the face of one of the police officers, seriously injuring him. We all felt terrible about the policeman being injured and we tried as best we could to console his family. The whole incident was covered by a Boston TV station, and I assume they still have the footage of the explosion on file.
At around the same time, someone unknown firebombed the ADC headquarters in Washington, D.C. I was out of town at the time, but no one was hurt, and I was able to get back in time to accompany the arson expert with the D.C. police department, who showed us exactly where the bomb was thrown and how the fire had spread from that point.
Because we were all gripped with fear of what might be next, I decided to tighten up the security on my home, if nothing more than to calm down my family. I had bought a Rottweiler dog sometime earlier both for protection of my family and of our home. I learned that Rottweilers would automatically attack anyone who came near our home, unless we had introduced the dog to person visiting. I had a security expert—someone who had once worked as a Secret Service agent in the White House—make recommendations to insure that we would be a difficult target for someone who would wish us harm. We followed his advice and made the house a bit more invulnerable. He also told us that it would be impossible to make any home 100 per cent safe, but we could make it so a potential bomber would be discouraged enough to give up trying.more.. e-mail

A vision of harmony in Palestine
Gilad Atzmon, Redress 2/28/2012
I was asked to talk to you about the on-going dispute within our ranks between those who support the one-state to the Israeli Palestinian conflict, and those who advocate two states for the two people.
Interestingly enough, this is a topic I hardly comment on, and not because I am short of vision, opinion or ideas, but rather because I believe that the fate of the people in Palestine and Israel should be decided by the Israelis and the Palestinians themselves. I, for instance, fail to see what qualifies a New York City Jewish academic or activist to determine how people should live in Palestine or anywhere else. Furthermore, I have never seen a Palestinian trying to advise Western solidarity activists how to run their lives. I argue then, that our “interventionist” enthusiasm to preach to others on how they should live is actually slightly pretentious.
But the subject is obviously deeper: in spite of the fact Israel is an organic sovereign state – it is already recognized as one state by the [other] nations, it has a single sewage system, one power grid, one pre-dial international code –many Western leaders insist that it should actually be divided into two. Don’t you think that it is pretty unusual for the “international community” to blindly follow the Zionist ideology and draw a racially-inspired line between the two people on the land? Zionism – a failed enterprise
So, rather than enter an endless and futile debate here, I propose that we should begin from a point at which we all agree: I presume that we all accept that Israel is currently one state but is dominated politically and spiritually by an ethnocentric discriminatory political system. more.. e-mail

Gaza’s race car students ‘inspirational’
Stuart Littlewood, Redress 2/25/2012
“We didn’t give up. As Palestinians, we look for plan B all the time.”
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. The challenge
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 Engineers (IMechE). America has a similar student competition run by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
Students have to pretend they’ve been engaged by a manufacturing firm to produce a prototype car for evaluation. In addition to technical skills, the exercise teaches management, marketing and people skills. The motor sport industry regards this as an ideal standard of achievement for students making the transition from college to workplace.
Last year’s Class 1 winner was the University of Stuttgart. Stuttgart, of course, is home to Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, and the University is renowned for its advanced automotive engineering. Gottlieb Daimler himself was a student there, and Wilhelm Maybach received an honorary doctorate from the University at the age of 70 – names to conjure with. more.. e-mail

Syria’s Uprising and the International Community
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Feb 2012 – By Hisham H. Ahmed As many people may already know, the English meaning of the Arabic word Assad is lion. In the jungle, the lion is viewed as the king, as he is expected to be a more brutal monster. Indeed, of all the Arab regimes that have been toppled since the start of the Arab Spring last year, Syria’s Assad regime is the most dangerous. While it is impossible to quantify oppression and repression, the Assad regime has certainly surpassed its Tunisian, Egyptian, Libyan and Yemeni counterparts in its assault on the rights of its people and other Arabs over the years. Although the other deposed Arab heads of state were ruthless and tyrannical beyond imagination, Assad’s dictatorship is, in fact, of a distinct nature. In their failing efforts to delegitimize the revolutions in their countries, Bin Ali, Mubarak, Qaddafi and Saleh, all respectively tried to invoke their military…more

Manufactured Disgust and Imperial Cynicism
Dissident Voice: 27 Feb 2012 – Since failing to win United Nations Security Council backing for “regime change” in Syria, Washington and its lackeys in the corporate media have been unrelenting in voicing their great moral outrage at both the violence of the Assad regime and the seeming indifference to it all by the likes of Russia and China. Washington is no doubt long in forgetting those that thwart the will of the “international community.” After all, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated, the “travesty” of the Russian and Chinese veto left the entire Security Council “neutered.” Given this, it was of little surprise to see Ms. Clinton mount her soapbox once more last week in Tunis at the meeting of the so-called “friends of Syria.” As Ms. Clinton moralized Friday: It’s quite distressing to see two permanent members of the Security Council using their veto when people are being murdered, women, children, brave young…more

Dignity Triumphs over Tyranny
Dissident Voice: 27 Feb 2012 – On February 21, 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 a baker in the village of Arrabe, near the City of Jenin in the West Bank, was held without charge in “administrative detention” since December 17. After raiding his home at 3.30am, Sheik Adnan was blindfolded and his hands were tied behind his back before he was thrown in the back of a military jeep. During the ride to the nearby “Jewish-only” settlement of Dutan, Israeli soldiers slapped his face, beat him on the head and kicked him. He was not stranger to Israel’s rotating door of administrative detention. He has been held at least eight times since 1999. Under Israel’s system of “Jewish democracy”, administrative detention allows the occupying power…more

Dershed By Harvard’s Giftzwerg
Dissident Voice: 27 Feb 2012 – Could there be a more contemptible slime thrower than Alan Dershowitz? He is supposed to be a renowned defense attorney, but he is best known for his offense in defaming anyone who questions Zionism and the apartheid and misery it has brought to Palestine and to other parts of the world, including the United States. Jimmy Carter, John Mearsheimer, Richard Goldstone, Desmond Tutu, Susan Abulhawa, and Norman Finkelstein have all been scourged by this infamous Dershbag. But ironically, to be dershed is no longer a “scarlet letter” but rather a badge of honor. His latest venom is directed towards Gilad Atzmon, a world class jazz musician, who has just written a spectacular book The Wandering Who? A Study of Jewish Identity Politics (Zero Books, 2011). This short piece of non-fiction is a well-researched, systematic approach to understanding the psycho-social dynamics (in the words of Kathleen Christison) of how so many…more

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