VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 1 March 2012: Israeli Military Courts as Enforcement Mechanism of Occupation

1 March 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Egypt’s Parliament Recommends Supplying Gaza With Electricity, Fuel
IMEMC – The Arab Affairs Committee at the Egyptian People’s Assembly of the Parliament recommended on Thursday conducting a legal study to determine and improve the operational methods of border terminals between Gaza and Egypt, and also recommended providing the coastal region with power and fuel supplies should Israel refrain from implementing its commitments regarding providing services to the area as part of its responsibility as an occupying force. …

Qaraqe’ Announces International Campaign Against Administrative Detention
IMEMC – Palestinian Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe’, announced today that his ministry is organizing an international campaign against Israeli administrative detention orders, and the ill-treatment of Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli jails. … 

Army Kidnaps 12 Palestinians In Jenin, Hebron
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers kidnapped on Thursday at dawn thirteen Palestinians in the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and the southern West Bank city of Hebron. On Tuesday evening, soldiers kidnapped two residents in the central West Bank city of Salfit. …

Israel Uncovers 30 Year-old Weapons Cache At The Egyptian Border
IMEMC – Israeli TV, Channel 2, reported Thursday that troops found at the border with Egypt, a 30 year-old weapons cache that belongs to the Israeli military. …

Israel To Release Dozens Of Detainees
IMEMC – The International Solidarity for Human Rights reported that the Israeli Prison Administration decided to release dozens of Palestinian political prisoners under certain set conditions; detainees sentenced to more than four years will not be released. …

Palestinian Sentenced To 4 Years For “Affiliation With Hamas”
IMEMC – An Israeli court sentenced, on Wednesday, a Palestinian from occupied East Jerusalem to five years imprisoned for what the prosecution called “affiliation with the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas”. …

Report: “Army, Settlers, Carried Out 145 Attacks In February”
IMEMC – The Wall and Settlements Information Center at the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Wall and Settlements, issued a report revealing that Israeli soldiers and settlers carried out 145 attacks against the Palestinian residents, their lands and homes, killing one and wounding several others. …

Army Invades Ramallah, Shutsdown Local TV Station
IMEMC – The Israeli military targeted on Wednesday Watan TV, a local Palestinian television station broadcasting from the central West Bank city of Ramallah. …

Ma’an News

Shalabi ‘patient, steadfast’ until demands met
3/1/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian hunger striker Hana Shalabi said today from Hasharon prison that she is continuing her open hunger strike and remains patient and steadfast until her demands are met. A Palestinian prisoner society lawyer, Fawaz Shalludy who visited Shalabi, said the prisoner had suffered as the Israeli prison administration put her in…. Related: Islamic Jihad members start hunger strike

Witnesses: Israeli forces arrest senior Jihad member
3/1/2012 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Thursday arrested a senior member from the Islamic Jihad movement in Jenin, witnesses said. Muhammad Mardawi was arrested by military forces after they raided his home in the village of Arraba. He was taken to an unknown destination. Mardawi was released from jail 4 months ago, having been….

Rights group: Israel set to release prisoners
3/1/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israel is set to release at least a dozen Palestinian prisoners on Friday, a human rights group said. Ahmad al-Beitawy, a researcher with International Solidarity for Human Rights, said Thursday that the Israeli prison administration will release prisoners with sentences of four years or less. The expected release is due in….

Islamic Jihad members start hunger strike
3/1/2012 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Two imprisoned members of Islamic Jihad started a hunger strike on Thursday in support of female detainee Hana Shalabi. Bilal Dyab from Jenin, and Thaer Halahla, from Hebron, said in a letter received by Islamic Jihad that they will not stop their hunger strike until Israel ends its policy of administrative…. Related: Shalabi ‘patient, steadfast’ until demands met

Rights groups: Lift travel ban Al-Haq director
3/1/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch on Thursday called on Israel to revoke a travel ban on Palestinian rights activist Shawan Jabarin, after allowing him to travel temporarily. Israel’s state prosecutor agreed to a “temporary exception” to the ban allowing Jabarin to travel to Geneva at the invitation of….

Report: 3 rockets strike open area in southern Israel
3/1/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Three rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed in an open area in the Ashkelon Regional Council of southern Israel on Thursday, Israeli media reported. There were no reports of injury or damage, Israel’s Ynet news service reported…. Related: PFLP armed wing claims rocket attack

White House: Still time for US policy on Iran to work
3/1/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Barack Obama’s policy of using diplomacy and increased sanctions to curb Iran‘s nuclear program has time to work because Tehran has not “broken out” to pursue an atomic weapon, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Wednesday. He became the latest US official to publicly say Iran has….

Poll: Little support in Israel for solo strike on Iran
3/1/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — A wide majority of Israelis either oppose an Israeli strike on Iran or would favor an attack only if it was carried out with US agreement, an opinion poll showed on Thursday. The survey by the University of Maryland and the Israeli Dahaf Institute was released before talks next week between Israeli Prime….

UK lawmaker quits party over comments on Israel
3/1/2012 – LONDON (Reuters) — A British lawmaker has quit the Liberal Democrat party, which is part of the coalition government, after saying during a heated debate at a university that Israel “is not going to be there forever”, party officials said on Thursday. Jenny Tonge, a member of the House of Lords, or upper chamber of the….

PA controlled office in Gaza ransacked
3/1/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Unidentified assailants raided the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority-controlled Civil Administration building in the northern Gaza Strip overnight Wednesday. Headquarters chief Maher Abu al-Quf told Ma’an that the Israeli side of the office alerted them to an attempted robbery at 11. 30 p. m. on Wednesday evening. Personnel….

Death penalty stands for convicted killer in Gaza
3/1/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A court in the Gaza Strip has refused an appeal to a convicted killer’s death penalty, handed down in 2010.”M. A.” , the defendant, is was sentenced in 2010 in Khan Younis for murder, kidnapping, rape and possession of a deadly weapon. A court of appeals upheld the….

Haniyeh: Leaders should meet in Gaza
3/1/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The prime minister in Gaza on Thursday called on Palestinian leaders to visit the Gaza Strip, saying they all have a right to visit the enclave as part of an undivided Palestine. Speaking during a lunch meeting with leaders of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Ismail Haniyeh….

In photos: Flooding across Palestine
3/1/2012 – Areas of land across the occupied West Bank were underwater Thursday as a strong rainstorm continued for a second day, along with freezing temperatures and scattered snowfall….

Opinion: Ahlan wa sahlan in Al-Quds
3/1/2012 – By Daoud Kuttab – The invitation by the Palestinian president to Arabs and Muslims to visit Jerusalem is long overdue. But it is better late than never. Jerusalem’s 300,000 Palestinians badly needed this visit, which comes at a time when their natural hinterland (the rest of the West Bank) has been cut off from….

Between politics and principles; Hamas’ perilous maneuvers
3/1/2012 – By Ramzy Baroud – Despite all of Hamas` assurances to the contrary, a defining struggle is taking place within the Palestinian Islamic movement. The outcome of this struggle – which is still confined to polite political disagreements and occasional intellectual tussle – is likely to change Hamas‘ outlook, if not fundamentally alter its position within a quickly….

Man found dead in Gaza refugee camp
3/1/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A 22-year-old man from Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip committed suicide on Wednesday night, police said. The unnamed man was found hanged in his home. An investigation has been opened into the circumstances surrounding his death….

9 people injured in Tulkarem road accident
3/1/2012 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Nine people were injured in a road accident in Tulkarem on Thursday, Palestinian civil defense crews said. Two buses crashed in the east of the city, with rescue crews having to evacuate people trapped in the vehicles. The injured were transferred to hospital for treatment….

UN rights body condemns Syria for violations
3/1/2012 – GENEVA (Reuters) — The United Nations Human Rights Council condemned Syria on Thursday for widespread violations that may amount to crimes against humanity and called for a halt to attacks against civilians. The 47-member forum, holding an urgent debate, voted by 37 states in favor, 3 against including China and Russia, and 3 abstentions, to….

UN concerned Syria may have chemical weapons
3/1/2012 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — UN chief Ban Ki-moon and the head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are concerned at the possibility that Syria may have chemical weapons, a UN spokesman said Thursday.” On Syria, the Secretary-General and the Director-General noted with concern the reports on the possible existence of chemical weapons in….

Russia, China join UN council in Syria rebuke
3/1/2012 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — Russia and China joined other UN Security Council members on Thursday in expressing “deep disappointment” at Syria‘s failure to allow the UN humanitarian aid chief Valerie Amos to visit the country and urged that she be allowed in immediately. The 15 nations on the council also said in a unanimously….

Relief Web

UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality issues new call for proposals and announces grantees from the Arab States
Relief Web 1 Mar 2012 – Source: UN Women Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Algeria , Egypt , Libya , Morocco , Spain , Yemen Focus is on initiatives with high impact on women’s political and economic empowerment. United Nations, New York – At a high-level event at the Commission on the…

Lebanon’s Palestinian dilemma: The struggle over Nahr al-Bared
Relief Web 1 Mar 2012 – Source: International Crisis Group Country: Lebanon , occupied Palestinian territory Middle East Report N°117 – 1 March 2012 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS 2012 marks the fifth anniversary of one of Lebanon’s bloodiest battles since the end of the civil war: the…

Case Review: The State’s obligation to investigate suspected grave violations of international law committed in the Gaza Strip during the 2004 military Operations ‘Rainbow’ and ‘Days of Penitence’
Relief Web 1 Mar 2012 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory Written by Adalah on behalf of Al Haq, PCHR and Adalah Introduction On 8 December 2011, the Israeli Supreme Court by a panel of three justices, Chief Justice Beinisch and…

Electricity crisis brings dark times for women in Gaza
Relief Web 1 Mar 2012 – Source: Oxfam Country: occupied Palestinian territory For 40-year-old Naima Abu Shawareb living in Al Shaati refugee camp, the electricity crisis has brought increased hardships over and above what she was facing already. Not able to afford a portable generator, when…

EU Heads of Mission visit to Gaza
Relief Web 29 Feb 2012 – Source: European Union Country: occupied Palestinian territory In their first joint visit to Gaza this year the EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah met representatives of international organizations, civil society, women and the private sector. They also met…

Norway transfers NOK 240 million to the Palestinian authorities
Relief Web 29 Feb 2012 – Source: Government of Norway Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Norway Today, Norway transferred NOK 240 million in budget support to the Palestinian Authority (PA). Norway is one of the first donor countries to transfer its contribution for 2012. Foreign Minister Jonas…

Islamic Development Bank gives over USD 15 million for Gaza rebuilding
Relief Web 29 Feb 2012 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory 13 February 2012, Amman, Jordan – The Islamic Development Bank (IDB), in its capacity as Coordinator for the Programme of the Gulf Cooperation…

Israel troops raid West Bank TV stations: Palestinians
Relief Web 29 Feb 2012 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 02/29/2012 10:03 GMT by Hossam Ezzedine RAMALLAH, February 29, 2012 (AFP) – Israeli troops raided two Palestinian television stations in the West Bank city of Ramallah overnight, seizing computers and broadcasting equipment, employees…

The National

Israel unveils advanced bomb shelter in Tel Aviv
The National 1 Mar 2012 – Israel has put the finishing touches on a new gathering place that it hopes will never host a crowd: the country’s most advanced public underground bomb shelter.

In Egypt, even the police want to reform the police
The National 1 Mar 2012 – Many officers want their own trade union recognised by law, and take control of reforms within the ministry of interior.


Rightist NGO ranks Israel MKs according to support of settlement building
Ha’aretz – 1 Mar 2012

State, settlers reach deal to evacuate West Bank outpost of Migron
Ha’aretz – 1 Mar 2012

Former judge backs Arab judge over Israeli anthem scandal
Ha’aretz – 1 Mar 2012

Israel mulls indictment of former Chief Rabbi in corruption case
Ha’aretz – 1 Mar 2012

Former Shas minister Benizri released from prison
Ha’aretz – 1 Mar 2012

U.S. has military plan should Iran conflict erupt, says air force chief
Ha’aretz – 1 Mar 2012

Stormy weather in Israel to continue through weekend
Ha’aretz – 1 Mar 2012

Israel shuts down two Palestinian TV stations in Ramallah
Ha’aretz – 29 Feb 2012

Jerusalem Post

Media journos welcome chance to visit with BICOM
Jerusalem Post 1 Mar 2012 – Bloggers and pundits meet with Israeli and PA officials during four-day tour with UK-based group.

State opens criminal probe of Shiloh construction
Jerusalem Post 1 Mar 2012 – Hagit Ofran of Peace Now says she recalled only one similar investigation, which was against Amanah. 

Likud races up in the air
Jerusalem Post 1 Mar 2012 – Netanyahu reportedly asked Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar to run for chairmanship of Likud convention, who turned him down. 

‘Journalists Colvin, Ochlik buried in Homs’
Jerusalem Post 1 Mar 2012 – Activists post video showing two bodies wrapped in white shrouds, marked with the journalists’ names. 

Nat’l-religious group, rabbis promote layered burial
Jerusalem Post 1 Mar 2012 – Layered burial, Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avodah says, is part of the recent and ongoing struggle for social justice. 

Orthodox Jewish basketball team to get day on court
Jerusalem Post 1 Mar 2012 – League officials agree under legal pressure to let Texas high school team move up playoff game to avoid conflict with Sabbath. 

Turkey: Russia, Iran must yield to Syria peace efforts
Jerusalem Post 1 Mar 2012 – “I think in time Russia will see its support has been abused by the Syrian regime,” Turkish President Gul says, adding that Ankara is trying to persuade Iran to back diplomatic action against Assad. 

Freeing Pollard
Jerusalem Post 1 Mar 2012 – We believe it is reasonable to ask that the US president reevaluate the matter. 

Migron settlers deny signing deal to relocate
Jerusalem Post 1 Mar 2012 – W. Bank outpost residents awaiting agreement in writing from gov’t allowing them to leave homes by Nov. 2015. 

How to prevent an Israeli strike on Iran
Jerusalem Post 1 Mar 2012US President Barack Obama should just say: “Trust me!” – but in a persuasive way. 

Sinai Today: Purimsphiel, 1946
Jerusalem Post 1 Mar 2012 – The Purim link between Nazi Germany and a nuclear Iran

Savir’s Corner: Unmasking our leaders
Jerusalem Post 1 Mar 2012 – Most of our leaders and representatives have long given up on thinking what is best for the country’s well-being, prosperity, security and peace. 

PostScript: Don’t push it!
Jerusalem Post 1 Mar 2012 – Americans should not be trying to force their own democratic standards on Egypt’s emerging political reality. 

‘Global oil output can cover Iran sanctions’
Jerusalem Post 1 Mar 2012US Energy Secretary Chu says he believes there is enough spare oil to make up for Iranian exports curtailed by sanctions. 

Female terrorist hosts talk show on Hamas TV
Jerusalem Post 1 Mar 2012 – Ahlam Tamimi, who drove the Sbarro bomber in 2001 and was released in the Gilad Schalit deal, hosting a show on prisoners. 

First test of Arrow 3 missile defense ‘due soon’
Jerusalem Post 1 Mar 2012 – Israel Aerospace Industries says system set for groundbreaking test; Arrow 3 designed to intercept Iranian missiles. 

Indian army chief to visit despite cancellation
Jerusalem Post 1 Mar 2012 – Defense officials believe Gen. VK Singh will visit at future date after scheduled arrival canceled in wake of Iran tension. 

Off the Beaten Track: Independent women
Jerusalem Post 1 Mar 2012 – Celebrate the heroines of the Purim story with a street party or a music festival in the desert. 

Chosen Bites: Persian flair
Jerusalem Post 1 Mar 2012 – Jews have a long history in Iran and the foods of Persia are exotic and reflect thousands of years of tradition. 

Top 5: Spring activities in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 1 Mar 2012 – When rain let up, Spring will be upon us; here are some great outdoor activities in the capital to prepare for. 

Iran’s guardians invoke siege mentality as pressures mount
Jerusalem Post 1 Mar 2012 – The Iranian leadership is seeking to bolster support with rousing revolutionary rhetoric. 

Teenage girl donates tresses for cancer wig
Jerusalem Post 29 Feb 2012 – 13-year-old says donating hair a great way to ease suffering of women with cancer. 

Course teaches haredi girls job market skills
Jerusalem Post 29 Feb 2012 – Program aims to reverse trend of societal pressure to leave school at 17, and get married at 18 to start a family. 

British politician resigns for anti-Israel comments
Jerusalem Post 29 Feb 2012 – Party leader Nick Clegg told British Liberal Democrat Baroness Jenny Tonge to apologize or step down following statements. 

Court orders state to finally act on mental health
Jerusalem Post 29 Feb 2012 – After 15 years of dawdling, the state must act on mental health care reform, High Court says. 

Colorectal cancer being diagnosed earlier
Jerusalem Post 29 Feb 2012 – Disease’s prevalence among Arabs increases as they adopt Western lifestyle. 

Laundering anti-Semitism at Harvard
Jerusalem Post 29 Feb 2012 – The implications of the “One-State Conference: Israel/Palestine and the One- State Solution” at Harvard are far reaching. 

Candidly Speaking: A wake-up call for the PM’s Office
Jerusalem Post 29 Feb 2012 – The shortcomings of the PMO long precede the Netanyahu government and are not primarily related to personality conflicts. 

This Bethlehem conference is no Purimshpiel
Jerusalem Post 29 Feb 2012 – Those evangelicals who embrace the justice of Israel’s historical claim to the Land face CATC’s shameless rewriting of history. 

Fundamentally Freund: The silence of the Left
Jerusalem Post 29 Feb 2012 – Every Israeli, regardless of political outlook, should be outraged by this assault, and yet not a word of condemnation has been heard from the Left. 

The Guardian

Letters: Jenny Tonge, the Lib Dems and Israel
The Guardian 1 Mar 2012 – Nick Clegg was absolutely correct to demand that my colleague in the House of Lords, Baroness Tonge, should apologise for her illiberal remarks or have her Liberal Democrat whip removed ( Lib Dem peer resigns party whip…

Israeli PM demands Obama commit to military action if Iran sanctions fail
The Guardian 1 Mar 2012 – Binyamin Netanyahu pressing for explicit threat from US ahead of crucial meeting with Obama next week in Washington Israel is pressing Barack Obama for an explicit threat of military action against Iran if sanctions fail and…

Minority of Israelis support action against Iran without US support
The Guardian 1 Mar 2012 – Poll finds range of opinion across Israeli public with a third opposed to any action against Tehran over nuclear facilities A third of Israelis are opposed to military action by their government against Iran‘s nuclear facilities…

Gaza hit by power crisis
The Guardian 1 Mar 2012 – An acute fuel shortage is putting hospital patients at risk and increasing hardship among Gaza Strip residents Gaza is in the midst of an acute power crisis, with blackouts lasting up to 12 hours and a…

Jenny Tonge’s Israel remark simply stated an immutable law of history
The Guardian 1 Mar 2012 – Tonge has made idiotic pronouncements in the past but saying Israel will not last for ever in its present form is not one of them Jenny Tonge , a GP and local councillor who got lucky in…

Tom Hurndall: a remarkable man’s photographs of the Middle East
The Guardian 1 Mar 2012 – Peace activist Tom Hurndall died at 22 after being shot by an Israeli sniper. His images and articles, that grew in intensity as his journey became more difficult, are published in a new book Tom Hurndall…

Inter Press Service

U.S. Wins Release of NGO Workers, Aid to Egypt Still Vulnerable
IPS After weeks of political pressure from the U.S., Egyptian officials announced Wednesday that the remaining employees of two U.S. government-supported organisations facing a criminal investigation would be permitted to leave the country.


Recently Released Autopsy Reports Heighten Guantanamo “Suicides” Mystery
Uruknet March 1, 2012 – Autopsy reports released last year by the Department of Defense raise stark questions about the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two prisoners at Guantanamo. Both deaths – of Abdul Rahman Al Amri in May 2007 and Mohammad Ahmed Abdullah Saleh Al Hanashi in June 2009 – were labeled suicides by Department of…

Homes Destroyed, Lives Shattered: Criminal Demolitions in the OPT’s
Uruknet March 1, 2012 Within the catalogue of criminality that is Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, the destruction of Palestinian homes must rank as one of the most cynical and heinous. “Some 90,000 people are currently reported to be at risk of displacement as a result of Israeli policies such as restrictive and discriminatory…

New York police defend illegal spying operation against Muslims
Uruknet March 1, 2012 – Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly vigorously defended the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) illegal spying operation against Muslims on Monday, the same day the Associated Press reported that the surveillance program was partly funded by White House money diverted from an anti-drug trafficking program. Kelly’s strident defense of the operation came a…

Ministry of Health in Gaza warns of life and death situation due to electricity crisis
Uruknet March 1, 2012 – The Deputy Minister of Health in Gaza has issued a warning about the massive problem of electricity cuts in the besieged territory. Dr. Hasan Khalaf described the cuts as a real danger to the already very difficult health conditions in the Gaza Strip. Pointing to the fact that around 100 premature babies…

6 ,000 Libyans held by brigades, UN says
Uruknet March 1, 2012 – Up to 6 000 Libyans are detained in facilities run by revolutionary brigades that helped oust Moammar Gadhafi, the United Nations said on Wednesday. It urged Libya to hurry its process of putting those facilities under government control. The top UN envoy to Libya, Ian Martin, told the Security Council that Libyan…

Palestinian woman’s hunger strike enters third week against arbitrary detention by Israel
Uruknet March 1, 2012 – Today marks the 15th day of Hana al-Shalabi’s hunger strike against her arbitrary imprisonment by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank. Currently held in the Hasharon prison, she was seized from her home in a violent nighttime raid in the early hours of 16 February, when, according to an Addameer profile,…

Interview with Addameer’s Mourad Jadallah: hunger strikes reignite prisoner movement
Uruknet March 1, 2012 – Addameer is a Palestinian human rights organization that works to support political prisoners held in Israeli and Palestinian jails. The center offers free legal aid to political prisoners, advocates for their rights and works to end torture and other violations of prisoners’ rights. The group’s ten lawyers visit more than 500 prisoners…

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet Febuary 29, 2012 – Number of martyrs in Syria reached uptil now 29, 16 of them are in Homs including 5 from AlBahlak family and 5 from Docotr Mendo family including 4 infants and 2 women. 3 martyrs in each Damascus suburbs and Daraa, 2 in each Deir Ezzor and Idlib, and a martyr in each…

Finkelstein, BDS and the destruction of Israel
Uruknet February 29, 2012 – In a recent and highly controversial interview, Norman Finkelstein, long a scourge of Israel, turned his guns on Palestinians and their supporters. He accused the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement of being a “cult”, and claimed that its achievements were mostly exaggerated. But what exercised Finkelstein most was his conclusion that…

A lesson for Israel and the PA
Uruknet February 29, 2012 – Khader Adnan’s historic 66-day hunger strike was enough to teach both Israel and the Palestinian Authority a tough lesson: that the will of an individual can be an incredible force. Adnan’s stance became a worldwide cause celebre as he stood uncompromisingly for his rights. His cause was very simple. Israel arrested him…

Egypt Court Abandons NGO Trial Over US Pressure Judge ‘Renounces’ Case, Gives No Official Reason
Uruknet February 29, 2012 – Capping a multi-month diplomatic row with the United States, Egyptian state television announced today that Judge Mohammed Shukri has “renounced” the case against all NGO activists targeted for illegally accepting foreign funding, including 19 Americans, effectively ending the trials before they began. Officially, the judge gave no reason for abandoning the trial,…

Obama’s Corporate Tax Scam
Uruknet February 29, 2012 – President Obama would permanently reduce corporate tax rates, but claims he’ll get even more taxes from companies by closing loopholes. Even if you believe this fantasy, there’s nothing in it for the 99 percent, since “the president has already stated that the additional revenue will go right back into corporate pockets, in…

Israeli soldiers raiding Palestinian homes: We want peace’
Uruknet February 29, 2012 – A new video from Nabi Saleh shows a night-time raid on the home of activist Bilal Tamimi, during which soldiers claim they just want peace – as they take all the children out from their beds. Nightly raids on the homes of Palestinian activists in the popular struggle are nothing new. The…

Uruknet February 29, 2012. Chaos and violence continue, Iraq’s slammed with more violence, continued attention to Parliament wanting to provide themselves armored vehicles, sequestering and other issues are touched on by Congress’ Veterans Affairs Committee, Hillary Clinton apparently wants to take a torch to her poll numbers as she makes illogical and unbelievable statements about Camp Ashraf…

012 : A Video Roundup

Fadi Quran Victimized by Israeli State Terror
Uruknet February 29, 2012 – On February 25, international and supportive Israelis joined 500 Palestinians protesting in Hebron’s Old City. Youths Against Settlements organized it. They’re “a national Palestinian non-partisan group” against colonization, including settlements, “through nonviolent popular struggle and civil disobedience.” They demanded Shuhada Street be reopened. More on its closure below. As they approached the…

Legal win for BDS in Wash.
Uruknet February 29, 2012 –A Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit aimed at ending the boycott of products from Israel by the Olympia Food Co-op. The Olympia Food Co-op is a nonprofit corporation formed in 1976 that provides food to members. The Co-op now operates two stores in Olympia, Wash., that serve some 22,000 members. The…

“Make some noise:” Malcolm X in Gaza
Uruknet February 29, 2012 – At the end of the United States’ Black History Month, one week after the 47th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination in New York’s Audubon Ballroom, and another week shy of my first year in Gaza, I attended a talk on X at Gaza’s Centre for Political and Development Studies (CPDS) Tuesday. My…

Israeli Troops Arrest 20 Palestinians During Wide-Scale Invasions Targeting West Bank Communities
Uruknet February 29, 2012 – Invasions on Wednesday morning were reported in northern and southern West Bank, local sources announced that the morning invasions of the Israeli military ended with the arrest of 20 civilians. In the northern West Bank city of Nablus Israeli troops arrested five civilians after searching homes in the old city part. Moreover…

NATO Chief Rules out Intervention in Syria, Iran
Uruknet February 29, 2012 – NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Tuesday that the military alliance has no intention to intervene in Syria or Iran. “It’s important for me to stress that NATO has no intention whatsoever to intervene in Syria,” the NATO secretary-general said at a press conference in Washington… The NATO chief also said…

A boy’s death exposes Israel’s deliberate fiction
Uruknet February 29, 2012 – In 2000, as the second intifada raged, a 12-year-old Palestinian boy, Mohammed Al Dura, was one of many children killed by the Israeli Defense Forces. Mohammed was shot as he and his father attempted to find cover and he died moments later in his father’s lap. A Palestinian cameraman caught the incident…

To Mark 10 Years of Guantánamo, Stern Magazine Profiles Five Former Prisoners
Uruknet February 29, 2012 – Last week, when I cross-posted an article written for the 10th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo by my friend Todd Pierce, I also noted that when I visited the US in January to campaign for the closure of Guantánamo Bay, I was so busy that I did not have time to…

Daily Star

France jails Abu Nidal members in absentia over 1988 attack
Daily Star 1 Mar 2012 A Paris court sentenced three ex-members of the Palestinian group Abu Nidal to 30 years in prison over a July 1988 attack on a Greek cruise liner in which nine people died.

Gaza militants fire rocket into Israel: police
Daily Star 1 Mar 2012 Militants inside the Islamist-ruled Gaza Strip fired a rocket from the Palestinian territory into Israel on Thursday without causing casualties or damage.

Man thought to be Al-Qaeda leader freed in Egypt
Daily Star 1 Mar 2012 An Islamist mistakenly arrested in Cairo on suspicion of being a senior Al-Qaeda figure has been freed, judicial sources and state media said on Thursday.

Egypt minister insists trial of foreign NGOs goes on
Daily Star 1 Mar 2012 The Egyptian minister seen as the prime mover behind the prosecution of pro-democracy activists, including Americans, insisted the case would proceed despite the lifting of a travel ban on the defendants.


US governor signs bill legalizing gay marriage
YNet News, 1 Mar 2012 – ….

Beware Palestinian despair
YNet News, 1 Mar 2012 – Op-ed: Should Palestinian leader decide to quit, Israel will end up longing for Abbas era ….

Syrian forces fire at Damascus protest, 5 injured
YNet News, 1 Mar 2012 – ….

Draft text: EU makes Serbia candidate for membership
YNet News, 1 Mar 2012 – ….

Sarkozy says hurt French reporter to be flown home
YNet News, 1 Mar 2012 – ….

Egypt frees man mistakenly listed as al-Qaeda
YNet News, 1 Mar 2012 – ….

Arab judge, Jewish words
YNet News, 1 Mar 2012 – Op-ed: Justice Joubran is a fine Israeli who should not be asked to sing ‘Jewish’ national anthem ….

Palestinian Information Center

Silwan committee warns of collapse of school due to Israeli digging
PIC – The committee for the defense of Silwan has warned of the collapse of an old school in the town, south of the Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem.

Occupation force demolish a protest tent in Khirbet Sousya
PIC – IOF troops on Thursday afternoon dispersed a protest held by the residents of Khirbet Sousya and Khirbet Um Nir, to the east of Yatta.. 

IOF troops storm Hamas captives’ ward
PIC – IOF troops from the Mitsada unit, on Thursday morning raided and searched ward 12 of Ofer prison which has 120 Hamas prisoners. 

Protest outside Hasharon prison in solidarity with Shalaby on Sunday
PIC – Popular and human rights activists called for a protest outside Hasharon prison on Sunday to express solidarity with Hana’ al-Shalabi, who has been on hunger strike for the past two weeks. 

Lieberman: No withdrawal from Jordan Valley
PIC – The Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has affirmed that his government would never relinquish control on the Jordan Valley.

Hamas warns Israel against Judaizing Buraq plaza
PIC – Hamas warned the Israeli occupation authority on Wednesday against Judaizing the Buraq plaza, south of the Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem.

Freedom and Justice party hopes an office for Hamas would open in Cairo
PIC – Dr. Mohammed Mursi, the leader of the Egyptian Freedom and Justice party, has expressed hopes that an office for Hamas would open in Cairo.

Egypt urged to pressure Israel to release rearrested freed prisoners
PIC – Palestinian political factions have urged the Egyptian government to forcefully pressure Israel to release rearrested Palestinian prisoners freed a few months ago..

Occupation authorities order new demolitions in Silwan suburb
PIC – Jerusalem municipality officials and the so called environment department posted a demolition order for a horse tent and a petrol station at the Wadi Hilwa neighbourhood of the Silwan suburb.

IOF soldiers arrest 12 Palestinians
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained 12 Palestinians in Jenin, Al-Khalil, and Salfit over the past 24 hours, local sources said on Thursday.


Israeli Raid on TV Stations Aims to Control Frequencies, says Minister
WAFA – 1 Mar 2012

Tourism Ministry, U.S. Consulate Inaugurate Conservation Project
WAFA – 1 Mar 2012

Newspapers Review: Abbas-Erdogan Meeting Dominates Dailies
WAFA – 1 Mar 2012

Israeli Police Terrorize Prisoners in Asqalan
WAFA – 1 Mar 2012

Israeli Forces Arrest Seven Palestinians across West Bank
WAFA – 1 Mar 2012


Friends (Enemies) of Syria Conference
Intifada-Palestine: 1 Mar 2012 – By Dr. Elias Akleh Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had nothing to offer except false predictions that el-Assad’s regime is getting closer to collapse Heads of states and representatives of 70 countries gathered on Friday 2/24/2012 in Tunisia in what they… more

Egypt allows 7 American pro-democracy workers to leave country
LA Times 1 Mar 2012 – Charges against the seven, including Sam LaHood, son of transportation chief Ray LaHood, haven’t been dropped, but lifting the travel ban soothes relations.  

Spanish journalist escapes Syrian city of Homs
LA Times 1 Mar 2012 – As the government reportedly begins a ground assault in the Baba Amr district of the city, El Mundo reporter Javier Espinosa makes it to Lebanon. A Spanish journalist escaped to Lebanon on Wednesday after being trapped in the besieged Syrian city of Homs, as opposition…

Syrian Rebels Withdrawing From Key Enclave in Homs
New York Times 1 Mar 2012 – The defeat of insurgents in an embattled city set the stage for elite soldiers to turn to other redoubts of Syria’s uprising, as international demands for a cease-fire intensify. 

American Defendants Leave Egypt
New York Times 1 Mar 2012 – Officials lifted a travel ban on Americans who had been stuck in Egypt as part of a politically charged case against four American-financed nonprofit groups. 

Israel Plans Interceptor Missile Test
New York Times 1 Mar 2012 – With nerves on edge over tensions with Iran, Israeli officials took the unusual step of announcing the test of antiballistic missile ahead of time. 

Blast in Istanbul Injures 10 Police Officers
New York Times 1 Mar 2012 – Ten police officers were injured on Thursday when a booby-trapped motorcycle exploded in front of the Istanbul headquarters of the Turkish governing party. 

Iran Invokes the West to Scare Up Voters
New York Times 1 Mar 2012 – After 2009’s disputed presidential election, the Iranian authorities — who have long touted voter turnout as an index of their government’s democratic legitimacy — must lure people back to the polls. 

Republican Branch of Pro-Israel Lobby in Attack Mode Against Center for American Progress, Media Matters
Tikun Olam – The Emergency Committee on Israel published a full-page ad in today’s New York Times denouncing the Center for American Progress and Media Matters for using allegedly anti-Semitic stereotypes in debates about the Israel-Palestine conflict and Iran.  The ad is displayed here for you to judge for…

‘Fast Times in Palestine’ to sponsor OccupyAIPAC
Mondoweiss –   At last year’s Move Over AIPAC event, I read from my newly-published book Fast Times in Palestine , a memoir about my transformation from a typical uninformed American to a Ramallah-based journalist and foreign press coordinator for a Palestinian presidential candidate. Tony Karon of TIME Magazine…

Consequences of an attack on Iran are no joke
Mondoweiss – This post originally appeared on Lobelog : A grim joke made the rounds in late 2002 and early 2003, in the lead-up to the US invasion of Iraq. The version I recall went something like this: President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney go into…

Finkelstein’s prescription for a two-state solution is not realistic
Mondoweiss – One of the issues raised in the controversy over Norman Finkelstein’s recent video interview is the feasibility of the two-state solution. While the creation of a Palestinian State in Gaza and the West Bank alongside Israel remains the purported basis of a settlement among much of…

SJP members accosted, barred from attending Israeli solider event at George Washington University
Mondoweiss – On February 29th, 2012 Israeli Reservist Sergeant Benjamin Anthony brought his speaking tour ‘Our Soldiers Speak’ to my university, The George Washington University. The event was brought to my attention two days prior through a tweet from @CampusSpeakers1 , who has been seemingly tasked with publicizing the…

Responding to commenters on recent bannings
Mondoweiss – Following the announcement of our new comments policy , there’s been considerable criticism of Adam Horowitz and me for a lack of transparency in banning decisions. We never explained commenter bannings in the past, but given the celebrity of Richard Witty and Jeffrey Blankfort, both of whom…

012-02-29 [Digg]
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Ben Smith, Alan Dershowitz’ Continuing ‘Jewish War’ Against M.J. Rosenberg
Tikun Olam – Would you buy a used idea from this man? (AP/Sergei Chuzavkov) Flavius Josephus wrote an age-old classic of Jewish history, The War of the Jews (or “Jewish War”), hence my post title. This could get interesting: the last time we left Ben Smith, he was conniving…

Netanyahu Advisor Advocates Mass Starvation Against Iran
Tikun Olam – Warsaw ghetto 1942: Is this what Israel wishes for Iran? Ynet reports that an advisor of Bibi Netanyahu has suggested that the world starve Iran into submission: Iran’s citizens should be starved in order to curb Tehran’s nuclear program, officials in Jerusalem said Wednesday ahead of…

France pulls out its agents ensconced in Syria
Voltaire Network 1 Mar 2012 – The Ambassador of France in Beirut, Denis Pietton, officially visited last week the region of Baalbeck in eastern Lebanon. In fact, he traveled with a French security team to northern Bekaa, a region bordering the Syrian province of Homs. On the Syrian side of the border,…

Baba Amr rebels leave Metis anti-tank missiles behind
Voltaire Network 1 Mar 2012 – After the flight of 35 military advisers and Western journalists, the 2000 fighters of the Free “Syrian” Army clustered in the Islamic Emirate of Baba Amr lost all hope of seeing the promises of the West come true. Wednesday, 29 February 29, hundreds chose to surrender…

Democracy of the assignment of the Istanbul council
Voltaire Network 29 Feb 2012 – Arab affairs Democracy of the assignment of the Istanbul council Among the most important messages carried by the Tunisia conference tackling the situation in Syria, and for which the American decision-makers and the Gulf funds mobilized governments and committees from around the world, was the presentation…

012-02-29, Syrian Crisis Updated
Voltaire Network 29 Feb 2012 – Homs While anti-government activists deny the news of the Syrian Army’s control over Baba Amr neighborhood, the official Syrian TV channel broadcasts a video of the neighborhood and interviews with its residents who complained about the gunmen spread in past days who have used different kinds…

Tunisia: Head of Nation Constituent Assembly Condemns Israeli Detainment of Palestinian Lawmakers
allAfrica.com 1 Mar 2012 – [Tunisia Live] The Head of Tunisia’s Constituent Assembly, Mustapha Ben Jaafar, has condemned the government of Israel for its arrest and continued detainment of Palestinian lawmakers.

Israeli Forces Arrest 5 Beit Ommar Residents During Night Raid
Palestine Solidarity Project 29 Feb 2012 – Ten Israeli jeeps entered the Palestinian village of Beit Ommar at 2am in the early morning hours of February 29, 2012 and arrested five residents in the area. During the night raid, Israeli forces split up into groups in order to surround homes. At one of…

Israeli Land Mines Still Pose Problems for Palestinian Communities
Palestine Solidarity Project 29 Feb 2012 – On the morning of February 28th, 2012 in the Palestinian village of Surif in the southern West Bank, two Israeli bulldozers and five jeeps of Israeli soldiers came unannounced to Abdel Hamid Abu Khader’s land. The soldiers placed erected concrete blocks with yellow warning signs, claiming…

UN demands Syria aid chief access
BBC 1 Mar 2012 – The UN Security Council demands access to Syria for its humanitarian chief Valerie Amos, as rebels withdraw from their stronghold in Homs.

Accused NGO workers leave Egypt
BBC 1 Mar 2012 – Seventeen foreign democracy activists at the centre of a row between Egypt and the US have left the country, a day after a travel ban was lifted.

Gaza marathon attracts thousands
BBC 1 Mar 2012 – Thousands of runners take part in the Gaza Strip’s second-ever marathon, braving freezing weather conditions and strong winds.

Abu Nidal members ordered jailed
BBC 1 Mar 2012 – A French court sentences in absentia three ex-members of the radical Palestinian Abu Nidal group to 30 years in jail over a deadly attack on a Greek cruise ship in 1988.

Security forces spray foul smelling liquid on a funeral procession in Hebron
B’tselem 28 Feb 2012 – On Friday, February 24, 2012, a demonstration against the closure of Shuhada Street to Palestinian pedestrians and vehicles was held in Hebron. Shortly before it ended, and completely unrelated to it, a funeral procession passed though the street on its way to the cemetery and encountered…


Between politics and principles; Hamas’ perilous maneuvers
Ramzy Baroud, Ma’an News Agency 3/1/2012
Despite all of Hamas` assurances to the contrary, a defining struggle is taking place within the Palestinian Islamic movement.
The outcome of this struggle – which is still confined to polite political disagreements and occasional intellectual tussle – is likely to change Hamas’ outlook, if not fundamentally alter its position within a quickly changing Arab political landscape.
The current Hamas is already different from the one initially set up by a local Gaza leadership in December 1987 in response to the first Palestinian uprising. One of the very first statements circulated by their newly established ‘military wing’ (masked men armed with wooden clubs and cans of spray paint) expressed the nature of that political era:
“What has happened to you, O rulers of Egypt? Were you asleep in the period of the treaty of shame and surrender, the Camp David treaty? Has your national zealousness died and your pride ran out while the Zionists daily perpetrate grave and base crimes against the people and the children?”
Although the power discrepancy between Israel and the Palestinians has remained largely unchanged, Hamas has morphed from a local Palestinian branch of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood into a tour de force within Palestinian society.
It has also become an important regional player, long designated by the US and Israel as a member of the radical camp in the Middle East (the other members being Iran, Syria and Hezbollah). While Iran and Syria were demonized for aiding and enabling Palestinian and Lebanese resistance to Israel, Hamas and Hezbollah successfully resisted Israel’s military adventures in Gaza and Lebanon. more.. e-mail

Israeli Military Courts as Enforcement Mechanism of Occupation
Charlotte Kates, Palestine Chronicle 2/23/2012
‘As for your judicial apparatus…: it is one of the instruments of the occupation whose function is to give the cover of legal legitimacy to the crimes of the occupation, in addition to consecrating its systems and allowing the imposition of these systems on our people through force. This judicial apparatus also supports the administration of this occupation – which is the worst form of state-organized terrorism – as if you were in a permanent state of self-defense. The legitimate resistance of our people is seen as if it were terrorism that must be combated and liquidated and judgment is placed upon those that practice or support it. And in the face of this contradiction between two logics, there would have to be a conviction.’ – Ahmad Sa’adat, Palestinian leader and political prisoner, addressing Israeli military court.
Khader Adnan’s 66 days of hunger strike under administrative detention, without charge or trial, sparked global discussion, outrage, and movement – perhaps the largest ever seen in the long history of the Palestinian prisoners’ struggle – as Adnan’s courage, steadfastness and strength inspired solidarity the world over. During that time, it was on many occasions expressed that Khader Adnan should be charged, or released. Administrative detention is a particularly appalling mechanism of political detention – based on secret evidence, with no cognizable charges and no opportunity to confront said ‘evidence’ – used arbitrarily by Israel to hold Palestinian organizers for six-month renewable periods.
The abolition of administrative detention (a call which has been taken up by Amnesty International) is a long-term demand of the Palestinian prisoners’ movement – and Israel’s use of this system violates international law. However, it must be noted that “being charged” in the Israeli military courts, the justice system that governs Palestinians in the occupied West Bank of Palestine, is in no way a solution for Palestinian political prisoners…. more.. e-mail

Ahlan wa sahlan in Al-Quds
Daoud Kuttab, Ma’an News Agency 3/1/2012
The invitation by the Palestinian president to Arabs and Muslims to visit Jerusalem is long overdue. But it is better late than never.
Jerusalem’s 300,000 Palestinians badly needed this visit, which comes at a time when their natural hinterland (the rest of the West Bank) has been cut off from them.
For years Arabs and Muslims have shied away from visiting Jerusalem and other Palestinian lands for a variety of reasons. Most have no opportunity to go even if they want to. With the exception of Egypt and Jordan (the latter only since 1994) no other Arab country has diplomatic relations with Israel.
Non-Arab states with substantial Muslim populations can visit, and some have in the past decades, mostly through one-off tourism junkets. I saw Muslims, from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, South Africa and Bangladesh, among others, crossing into Palestine over the King Hussein Bridge. Some said that it was emotionally difficult for them to see the holy city under a foreign military rule.
Religious leaders, and for different reasons, have also trickled in. Egyptian Copts were ordered not to visit Jerusalem because of Israel’s unilateral decision (before the peace with Egypt) to give the keys of a Jerusalem convent near the Church of the Holy Sepulcher to rival Eritreans (at the time Israeli allies). Egyptian-born Doha-based Islamic leader Yosef Qardawi also issued a fatwa against visits to Jerusalem; it was not challenged until recently.
Some people, with loud rhetoric, have publicly called for a boycott, claiming that such a visit only encourages Israelis to continue their occupation, as it shows that the occupation and annexation of Jerusalem is normal…. more.. e-mail

Gaza gears up for Israeli Apartheid Week
Electronic Intifada: 1 Mar 2012 – Rana Baker and Joe Catron Gaza Strip 1 March 2012 Students across the occupied Gaza strip prepare for the third consecutive year of Israeli Apartheid Week events, structured around strengthening the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement and bridging global struggles for liberation.more

Interview: Palestinian rights defender banned from traveling tastes freedom in Geneva
Electronic Intifada: 1 Mar 2012 – Adri Nieuwhof Geneva 1 March 2012 For most of the past six years, Israel has forbidden prominent human rights defender Shawan Jabarin from leaving the occupied West Bank. On exception, he was allowed travel to Geneva this week.more

Interview with Addameer’s Mourad Jadallah: hunger strikes reignite prisoner movement
Electronic Intifada: 1 Mar 2012 – Asa Winstanley London 1 March 2012 Mourad Jadallah discusses the case of Khader Adnan, the hunger striking Palestinian political prisoner who made administrative detention an international issue.more

Homes Destroyed, Lives Shattered: Criminal Demolitions in the OPT’s
Palestine Chronicle: 1 Mar 2012 – By Graham Peebles Within the catalogue of criminality that is Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, the destruction of Palestinian homes must rank as one of the most cynical and heinous. “Some 90,000 people are currently reported to be at risk of displacement as a result of Israeli policies such as restrictive and discriminatory planning, the revocation of residency rights, the expansion of settlements and the construction of the West Bank Separation Wall.” (Internal-displacement.org) Let us note and explore further, with the tacit engagement of America, who bank-roles the entire operation. Home, a refuge from the world, safe and secure, somewhere to relax with family and friends, and breath easy, free from fear. This simple image of normality is unknown to many Palestinians living under the brutal illegal occupation by Israel. “The Israeli practice of demolishing homes, basic infrastructure and sources of livelihoods continues to devastate Palestinian families…more

Between Politics and Principles: Hamas’ Perilous Maneuvers
Palestine Chronicle: 29 Feb 2012 – By Ramzy Baroud Despite all of Hamas‘ assurances to the contrary, a defining struggle is taking place within the Palestinian Islamic movement. The outcome of this struggle – which is still confined to polite political disagreements and occasional intellectual tussle – is likely to change Hamas’ outlook, if not fundamentally alter its position within a quickly changing Arab political landscape. The current Hamas is already different from the one initially set up by a local Gaza leadership in December 1987 in response to the first Palestinian uprising. One of the very first statements circulated by their newly established ‘military wing’ (masked men armed with wooden clubs and cans of spray paint) expressed the nature of that political era: “What has happened to you, O rulers of Egypt? Were you asleep in the period of the treaty of shame and surrender, the Camp David treaty? Has your national zealousness died and…more

The Ghost and the Machine
Palestine Chronicle: 29 Feb 2012 – By Kathy Kelly – with research by the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers Fazillah, age 25, lives in Maidan Shar, the central city of Afghanistan’s Wardak province. She married about six years ago, and gave birth to a son, Aymal, who just turned five without a father. Fazillah tells her son, Aymal, that his father was killed by an American bomber plane, remote-controlled by computer. That July, in 2007, Aymal’s father was sitting in a garden with four other men. A weaponized drone, what we used to call an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or UAV, was flying, unseen, overhead, and fired missiles into the garden, killing all five men. Now Fazillah and Aymal share a small dwelling with the deceased man’s mother. According to the tradition, a husband’s relatives are responsible to look after a widow with no breadwinner remaining in her immediate family. She and her son have no regular source…more

What Surprises Await Our Warmongers in the Gulf?
Palestine Chronicle: 29 Feb 2012 – By Stuart Littlewood The most important thing I’ve read these last few days is the excellent article ‘Armageddon Approaches’ by Dr Lasha Darkmoon, a cautionary piece which points the reader towards some very scary background information. For example, according to Russ Winter of The Wall Street Examiner, Iran’s Sunburn missiles, acquired from Russia and China over the last 10 years, have the capability of creating “a world of hurt” for the US Navy’s 5th Fleet. “The Sunburn is perhaps the most lethal anti-ship missile in the world, designed to fly as low as 9 feet above ground/water at more than 1,500 miles per hour (mach 2+). The missile uses a violent pop-up maneuver for its terminal approach to throw off Phalanx and other US anti-missile defense systems. Given their low cost, they’re perfectly suited for close quarter naval conflict in the bathtub-like Persian Gulf.” With its 90-mile range, the Sunburn…more

How the Media Got the Parchin Access Story Wrong
Dissident Voice: 1 Mar 2012 – News media reported last week that Iran had flatly refused the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) access to its Parchin military test facility, based on a statement to reporters by IAEA Deputy Director General, Herman Nackaerts, that “We could not get access”. Now, however, explicit statements on the issue by the Iranian Ambassador to the IAEA and the language of the new IAEA report indicate that Iran did not reject an IAEA visit to the base, per se , but was only refusing access as long as no agreement had been reached with the IAEA governing the modalities of cooperation. That new and clarifying information confirms what I reported February 23. Based on the history of Iranian negotiations with the IAEA and its agreement to allow two separate IAEA visits to Parchin in 2005, the Parchin access issue is a bargaining chip that Iran is using to get the IAEA to…more

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