VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 10 March 2012: Israel bombards Gaza for second day

10 March 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Fifteen Palestinians Killed, 30 Injured, In 24 Hours
IMEMC – As Israel continues its military offensive against the Gaza Strip since Friday evening, Palestinian medical sources reported that the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli missiles arrived to 15, while more than 30 were wounded. …
Miles of Smiles 10 Makes It Into Gaza
IMEMC – The Miles of Smiles 10 humanitarian convoy managed to enter the Gaza Strip on Saturday via the Rafah border terminal, between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, carrying humanitarian supplies. …

Two Palestinian Killed; 14 In Less Than 24 Hours
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported that two Palestinian were killed, on Saturday at noon, when the Israeli army fired a missile at their motorcycle, in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. The latest attack brings the number of Palestinians killed by the army since Friday evening to 14. …

12 Palestinians Killed In Ongoing Israeli Offensive
IMEMC – 12 Palestinians, Including Secretary-General of the Popular Resistance Committees, Killed and 11 others Wounded. (Detailed report on the latest Israeli Military escalation against the Gaza Strip) …

Ma’an News

Gaza buries 12 men
3/10/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Crowds in Gaza City joined the funeral processions of seven Islamic Jihad fighters who were killed by Israeli forces Friday and Saturday morning. Funeral of Muatasim Hajjaj, Ahmad Hajjaj, Fayiq Saad, Shadi Sayqali, Hazim Qureiqi, Ubeid Gharably and Muhammad Hararahset out from Shifa hospital in Gaza City, then to Al-Umari….

Israel bombards Gaza for second day
3/10/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli warplanes continued to strike several targets across the Gaza Strip overnight and early Saturday morning for the second day bringing the death toll to 12, and injuries to 20. Islamic Jihad’s military wing the Al-Quds Brigades said in a statement that 10 of their fighters were killed….

Airstrikes kill 3 in south Gaza
3/10/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Airstrikes continue to rock the Gaza Strip, killing three men on Saturday, raising to 15 the number of Palestinians killed since Israel assassinated a military leader 24 hours earlier. A further 26 Palestinians have been injured in the strikes, five of whom are in a serious condition, Gaza medical services….

Medics: 4 hurt in shooting near Gaza cemetery
3/10/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces opened fire on mourners near the Gaza Strip’s eastern cemetery on Saturday and injured four people, a government medical official said….

Ma’an reporter, wife hurt in Israeli airstrike
3/10/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A correspondent for Ma’an-Mix satellite TV and his pregnant wife sustained injuries late Friday in Israel’s bombardment of Gaza. Muamin Shrafi was injured by shrapnel and his wife Iftikhar sustained bruises when a missile landed near their home in Gaza City’s Shujaiyyah area. Muamin….

Medics report 2 casualties after new airstrike
3/10/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An Israeli airstrike targeting motorcycle in the southern Gaza Strip killed one person and critically injured another, a medical official said Saturday. The new attack brings to 13 the number of Palestinians killed in the escalation that began when Israel assassinated a military leader Friday. An Israeli military spokeswoman did….

Militant groups claim rocket fire into Israel
3/11/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Militant groups in the Gaza Strip claimed responsibility for a barrage of rockets fire into south Israel on Friday and Saturday, as Gaza contended with a bout of fighting that killed 15 Palestinians. The factions said the rockets were in response to the assasination of Popular Resistance Committees chief Zuhair….

Gaza power station shuts for third time
3/10/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza’s sole power station was shut down on Saturday evening due to lack of fuel supplies, the third closure in the past month. A Ma’an correspondent said parts the Gaza Strip were plunged into darkness, but limited power was available in some locations. The new closure….

Activists: 2 wounded at West Bank protest
3/10/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Two protesters were injured at a march in Ramallah-district village Bilin on Friday, activists said. The protest was in support of Palestinian prisoners, especially hunger-striker Hana Shalabi, a release from thePopular Struggle Committee said. Demonstrators made a hole in the fence separating the village from its land, and Israeli forces shot….

Press freedom group: Gaza journalists’ assault ‘unacceptable’
3/11/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An international press freedom group has slammed an attack on journalists by government security forces in the Gaza Strip earlier this week. Sky News reporter Mohammed Mashharawi, BBC Arabic’s Adnan al-Dorosh, and journalist Amer Abu Omar were assaulted while covering a mass wedding of 500 couples on Thursday, funded….

Islamic Jihad video shows truck-mounted launcher
3/10/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Islamic Jihad spokesman said Saturday the group was using a truck-mounted missile launcher to fire projectiles toward Israeli targets, producing a video as evidence of the technology. Al-Quds Brigades spokesman Abu Ahmad said the group attached a logo on the truck “to prove we have a such a moveable launcher….

Fighters: 1 injured in Israeli strike on north Gaza
3/10/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli warplanes struck the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday evening, injuring one militant. A statement from the Popular Resistance Committee armed wing said oneof its fighters was injured in the strike on Beit Hanoun, while another at the same location was unharmed. An Israeli army spokeswoman said she was not….

Analysis: Eyeing Iran, Israel focuses on the day after
3/10/2012 – Although Israel can expect a barrage of missiles from various fronts if it attacks Iran, the response might be less catastrophic than some predict, with Middle East turmoil distracting old foes, analysts say. There is also a gathering view in Israel, expressed with growing insistence by senior officials, that the resulting conflict would be a….

Mideast Quartet to meet amid stalled peace talks
3/10/2012 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — The Quartet of Middle East negotiators — the United States, Russia, the United Nations and European Union — will meet Monday to discuss the long-stalled peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, the United Nations said. The UN press office on Friday said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and….

Egypt condemns Israeli strikes on Gaza
3/10/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt’s foreign minister condemned Israel’s air strikes on Gaza on Saturday and called for an immediate end to the attacks to prevent further bloodshed, the state news agency MENA said. Israel killed four Gaza militants on Saturday, raising the death toll in two days of violence to 14 and….

Report: Israeli minister says Hamas trying to avert war
3/10/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — The Israeli minister for Home Front Defense said Saturday Hamas was trying to avoid a new military assault on the Gaza Strip, but it depended on Gaza to bring an end to violence that has killed 15 Palestinians since Friday.” It began, as previous rounds, with our decision to….

EU foreign affairs chief calls for Gaza calm
3/10/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The European foreign affairs chief called for calm on Saturday, as cross border violence killed 15 people in Gaza and injured 26 Palestinians and eight Israelis.” The EU is following with concern the recent escalation of violence in Gaza and in the south of Israel,” Catherine Ashton said in a statement….

UN envoy ‘very concerned’ about Gaza violence
3/10/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The spokesman for UN special envoy for the peace process Robert Serry on Saturday expressed concern about the escalation in cross border violence between Gaza and Israel.” We’re very concerned about this latest escalation,” Richard Miron told Ma’an.”We call on both sides to exercise maximum restraint….

Arab League condemns Gaza violence
3/10/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Arab League on Saturday condemned the escalation in violence on Gaza which has left 15 Palestinians dead since Friday. At its Cairo meeting the group of Arab states called on the international community to intervene and held Israel responsible for the violence. Israeli airstrikes have pounded the coastal strip, injuring….

Public university employees to continue strike action
3/10/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Employees at government universities and colleges across Palestine announced Saturday that they are due to start further strike action. An open strike will begin on Sunday, a statement from the employees union said, and a large gathering will take place in front of the Palestinian Legislative Council in Ramallah on Tuesday….

Abbas approves transfer of medical supplies to Gaza
3/10/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday approved the transfer of medical supplies to the Gaza Strip. Medical spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said that he received a call from the presidents office to confirm that medical supplies will be sent to Gaza by Sunday. Nathmi Mhanna, head of border crossings for the….

Official: Taliban Guantanamo detainees agree to Qatar transfer
3/10/2012 – KABUL (Reuters) — Five Taliban detainees held at the US Guantanamo Bay military prison have agreed to be transferred to Qatar, a move Afghanistan believes will boost a nascent peace process, President Hamid Karzai’s spokesman said on Saturday. The transfer idea is part of US efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table….

Syria’s Assad rebuffs Annan, troops attack Idlib
3/10/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) – President Bashar Assad told UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan on Saturday no political solution was possible in Syria while “terrorist” groups were destabilizing the country.” Syria is ready to make a success of any honest effort to find a solution for the events it is witnessing,” state news agency SANA quoted Assad as….

Saudi women students boycott classes in rare protest
3/10/2012 – JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) — Thousands of students at an all-female university in Saudi Arabia boycotted classes on Saturday, protesting against poor services, witnesses said, in a rare display of dissent from women in the conservative Islamic kingdom. It was the second protest at King Khalid university in the southern town of Abha in a week….

Air strikes in Yemen kill 45 suspected Qaida militants
3/10/2012 – SANAA/ADEN (Reuters) — US drone attacks killed at least 25 al-Qaida-linked fighters including one of their leaders while a Yemeni air force raid killed 20 more in the south, sources said on Saturday, in the biggest airstrikes since Yemen’s new president took office. Militants have expanded their operations in southern Yemen during months….


Death toll climbs after Israeli raids on Gaza
AlJazeera 10 Mar 2012 – Medics say at least 16 Palestinians have been killed and a dozen injured after Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.

International Solidarity Movement

Israeli flags hanged in Yanoun are a reminder of Itamar settler violence
3/10/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Ramon Garcia, 7 March 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – The illegal settlement of Itamar, constructed illegally on the land of Aqraba,  Awarta,  and Beit Furik, has taken a provocative step of incitement in the village of Yanoun, from which Zionists have also stolen land. On 7 March 2o12 illegal  settlers entered the village….

The National

Assad meets Annan, but there’s no sign of peace
The National 10 Mar 2012 – Syrian government troops encircled the city of Idlib and bombarded it with tank shells.

Young master of the Arab strings
The National 10 Mar 2012 – Rashid bin Hussain developed a love for the oud, the Arabic instrument similar to a lute, at 13. Just four years later, the talented teenager has become the first Emirati to join the Youth Orchestra of the Middle East, rousing crowds with his solo performances.

Egypt begins countdown to presidential election
The National 10 Mar 2012 – The election will determine the balance of powers among the Islamist political groups, the military and the fragmented protest movement .


More rockets fired from Gaza as violence in Israel’s south runs into second night
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2012

Netanyahu: Israel will continue to strike anyone planning to attack its citizens
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2012

Renewed Gaza rocket fire strikes Israel, as escalation in south continues
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2012

A familiar script in Israel-Gaza escalation
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2012

Fresh barrage of Gaza rockets strike Israel’s south
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2012

Quartet to meet to discuss stalled Israel-Palestinian peace talks
Ha’aretz – 9 Mar 2012

Jerusalem Post

Close encounters with a ‘Wonder of the World’
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2012 – Machu Picchu and the Amazon are two attractions of Peru that no traveler should miss. 

New Worlds: Nanotechnology makes better glues
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2012 – Like glue for the brain; electronic book of lifesaving. 

How to bring the loving back after cancer
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2012 – American psychologist and Israeli social worker discuss reinvigorating the sex drive after cancer treatment. 

Stones thrown at firemen called to Mount of Olives
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2012 – Incident including Arab stone throwers follows ongoing deterioration of security situation. 

Assad: No dialogue while ‘terrorists’ spread chaos
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2012 – Syrian leader rebuffs UN-Arab League envoy as his forces kill dozens in Idlib, Homs. 

‘Hamas group heads to Cairo over IDF strikes’
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2012 – Delegation headed by Hamas‘s Zahar to seek Egyptian support in stopping IDF raids on terrorists in the Gaza Strip. 

‘The situation in Beersheba is unbearable’
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2012 – Not enough ‘safe areas’ for residents, schoolchildren, deputy mayor says. 

PM vows to ‘hit’ anyone attacking Israel
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2012 – Clinton condemns rockets fired at Israel; IDF aircraft launch operations in Gaza killing a PRC member, hitting terror centers; Barak says Sinai attack still possible; 14 Palestinians killed in retaliatory strikes

Former basketball star hopes to score with musical ode
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2012 – Eliezar ‘Lay Z’ Gordon sings jazzy gospel song about the “Holy Land” to attract Christian visitors. 

The right track
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2012 – Massive outlays of taxpayer cash have been lavished on Israel Railways. It’s time the company employees understand that this isn’t their money but ours. 

The portrait of an election in Iran
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2012 – The Iranian regime must preserve the fiction of democracy and political participation to keep its revolution alive. 

Santorum sweeps Kansas Republican caucuses
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2012 – With 83% of votes counted, Santorum has 53% of the vote, rival Romney trails at 17%; Gingrich gets 15% and Paul takes 13%. 

School canceled in South as Gaza rocket attacks continue
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2012 – Over 100 rockets and mortar shells fall on Israel since Friday; school canceled in all towns between 7-40 km from Gaza Strip; 15 Palestinians killed in IDF responses; Barak expects several days of violence. 

Quartet to meet on Israel-Palestinian talks
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2012 – Effort to renew Israeli-Palestinian negotiations follows Washington meetings focused on Iran

My Word: Threats and Promises
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2012 – The impotence of Obama in stopping Bashar Assad massacring his own people has not escaped the Iranian regime. 

Media Matters takes on Israel
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2012 – Media Matters, shifting from domestic American politics to foreign policy, are attempting to pull the mainstream Democratic party toward the far Left. 

Iraq militia stones youths to death for ’emo’ style
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2012 – Within one month, at least 14 youths stoned to death for sporting the Western style. 

Iron Dome ups its interception rate to over 90%
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2012 – Batteries in Ashdod, Ashkelon, Beersheba intercept a total of 27 rockets, increasing efficiency rate from 75% last year. 

Syria’s Assad rebuffs Annan, troops attack Idlib
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2012 – Assad says “terrorist” activity blocks solution; Arab League, Russia agree on need to halt violence. 

Military service and the just society
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2012 – By 2020 only four out of every 10 young Israelis will be drafted into the army. 

Inflated medical bills for Libyan war wounded
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2012 – Jordanian hospitals accused of taking advantage of state-funded program. 

Strauss-Kahn bundled away from UK speech protests
Jerusalem Post 9 Mar 2012 – Protesters say rape allegations being ignored as Former IMF chief addresses students at Cambridge University. 

Syrian forces kill 72 as Annan arrives for talks
Jerusalem Post 9 Mar 2012 – UN humanitarian chief plans to meet Syrian opposition; Arab League chief urges Annan to push for “immediate ceasefire”. 

‘Naval blockade of Iran should be considered’
Jerusalem Post 9 Mar 2012 – Chairman of US Senate Armed Services C’tee: Blockade should be considered before any resort to air strikes against nuclear program. 

The Guardian

Israelis: Portrait of a people in tense times
The Guardian 10 Mar 2012 – Talk of an existential threat to Israel from the Iranian nuclear programme echoed around Washington last week. Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, described the world’s failure to prevent the Holocaust and Barack Obama spoke of the…

A better understanding of Iran might save us from catastrophe | Peter Beaumont
The Guardian 10 Mar 2012 – As Israel plays up the country’s nuclear threat, the west should be seeking active dialogue with Tehran “Actions,” said Samuel Johnson in his life of the English poet Abraham Cowley, “are visible.” What are secret, Johnson…

At least 15 killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza
The Guardian 10 Mar 2012Palestinian militants retaliate with fierce rocket attack on Israel’s southern border communities, seriously wounding one Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip have killed at least 15 people in an escalation of the worst clashes with…

Inter Press Service

Palestinian Children Inherit Political Separation
IPS For Taiseer Khatib and his wife Lana, the most difficult aspect of Israel’s policy of forced family separation is the impact it is having on their children. “Our children are paying the price psychologically. We are trying to protect them, but they have a good sense of what’s going on…


Between a wall and a Green Line: Palestinian life in Seam Zone’
Uruknet March 10, 2012 – Al’Seefer lies uphill from the settlement of Beit Yatir, just beyond the South Hebron Hills, but the tiny Palestinian village feels worlds apart from the 33-year-old settlement. Indeed, the daily lives of Al’Seefer’s residents, some 60 in number, are mired in extraordinary logistical challenges on account of the village’s physical location: flanked…

Gaza still under Israeli attacks, 16 killed
Uruknet Gaza, March 11, Gaza remains under Israeli attacks for the second day in a row, while Islamic Jihad is still on “retaliation” mode. Another exchange of rockets that leads to 3 killed and many others injured in Gaza, a few injuries in Israeli settlements. Again, Israeli warplanes raided different areas in Gaza starting from Rafah in…

WATCH: Israeli Army disperses International Women’s Day demonstration in West Bank
Uruknet March 10, 2012 – More than 250 Palestinian and Israeli women and men were attacked by military forces at a demonstration at the Qalandia checkpoint. Several injuries were reported, including one woman who was hospitalized after being shot with a rubber-coated bullet. The demonstration started Thursday at noon, with some 200 Palestinian women marching from Ramallah…

This is the face of war
Uruknet March 10, 2012 -As I write this, Israel is bombing with intensity; 10 are dead already and casualties are reportedly filling the ERs. Resistance fighters are retaliating. On this, my last day in Gaza, I am confined to the home of a friend’s relatives – most likely until early in the morning…We are sitting around, chatting…

Malice v. Nobility Scooter Libby v. Bradley Manning
Uruknet March 9, 2012 – After 9/11, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, a Yale graduate with a law degree from Columbia, and fellow neo cons plotted to twist and invent “intelligence” data to convince the public that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, so as to build a case for invading Iraq. From 2001 to 2005, Libby…

Uruknet March 9, 2012. Chaos and violence continue, Iraqi Emo youths and LGBTs remain targeted, a document said to be from the Interior Ministry explaining how to kill the LGBTs surfaces, the political crisis continues, the US Senate discussed Iraq and more… Instinct magazine publishes what may be a document from the Ministry of the Interior giving…

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet March 9, 2012 – Friday has ended with 85 martyrs , including two women and 10 children: 33 martyrs in Idlib including 25 martyrs who were killed in Ain Larouz massacre , 26 martyrs in Homs,7 martyrs in Yabroud in Damascus Suburbs 6 martyrs in Daraa,6 martyrs in Hama, two martyrs in Damascus 3 martyrs in Aleppo and…

Libya: The partition begins
Uruknet March 9, 2012 – When Nato murdered Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in cold blood, observers predicted that his demise would not mark the end of the war but would in fact mark its escalation. Libya has been in the eye of a storm but now the winds are blowing again. The re-taking of Ben Walid by…

West has misread the Syrian crisis
Uruknet March 9, 2012– As the Syrian revolution enters its second year, analysts remain busy trying to explain and understand how a country with very strong authoritarian credentials and strict central rule could suddenly slip into chaos and civil conflict… In trying to do that, analysts have made several mistakes. In the first place they failed to…

Resisting Israeli Oppression Courageously
Uruknet March 9, 2012 – On March 8, women worldwide commemorate International Women’s Day. It celebrates over a century of economic, political, and social achievements. This year for Palestinians, Hana Shalabi’s hunger strike for justice is highlighted. After three weeks, it’s taken a toll. Nonetheless, she’s determined to resist Israel’s lawless arrest, detention, torture, and degrading treatment….

The Authoritarian Mind
Uruknet March 9, 2012 – Hollywood producer and director Davis Guggeinheim just produced a 17-minute “documentary” hailing the greatness of Barack Obama and his many historic and profound accomplishments, and it will be released this week by the Obama campaign. Please just watch this two-minute interview of Guggenheim by CNN’s Piers Morgan in which Guggenheim explains that…

Up to 100 killed in Iraq gay and emo massacre
Uruknet March 9, 2012 – Activists and Iraqi media are reporting that up to 100 people have been killed in massacres targeting Iraqis who use alternative dress codes or have differing sexualities. Since 6 February there have been continuous reports of militia targeting youths which focus on attacks, kidnapping, torture and murder of emo’ youth and individuals…

A letter from Gaza under attack
Uruknet March 9, 2012 – I am writing to all people of the world in solidarity with the oppressed and suppressed around the world. Right here, in Gaza, right now, being under attack, I have no place to polish my language; I have no time to choose my words. I am just being spontaneous, for every second…

Airstrikes kill 3 in south Gaza; 15 Palestinians KiIled In Less Than 24 Hours
Uruknet March 10, 2012 – — Airstrikes continue to rock the Gaza Strip, killing three men on Saturday, raising to 15 the number of Palestinians killed since Israel assassinated a military leader 24 hours earlier. A further 26 Palestinians have been injured in the strikes, five of whom are in a serious condition, Gaza medical services spokesman…

012 : A Video Roundup

Defense Proves Systematic Abuse of Minors’ Rights in Palestinian Activist’s Trial
Uruknet March 9, 2012 – Bassem Tamimi, a Palestinian activist from the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, has been in jail since March last year, indicted on protest-organizing charges. The indictment against Tamimi is largely based on the coerced confessions of two boys from his own village. Tamimi was recently pronounced a prisoner of conscience by…

NSA whistle-blower: Obama “worse than Bush”
Uruknet March 9, 2012 – Thomas Drake, the whistle-blower whom the Obama administration tried and failed to prosecute for leaking information about waste, fraud and abuse at the National Security Agency, now works at an Apple store in Maryland. In an interview with Salon, Drake laughed about the time he confronted Attorney General Eric Holder at his…

Uruknet March 9, 2012 – Summary Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (01 – 07 March 2012): Shooting: During the reporting period, two Palestinian children were killed and 3 civilians, including a child, were wounded by the explosion of a suspicious object in Hebron. Additionally, a Palestinian

2 international activists assaulted by extreme settlers in Al Khalil
Uruknet March 9, 2012 – 2 international activists were assaulted late this morning by extreme Zionist settlers in Al Khalil (Hebron). A female activist was assaulted by a male settler, after being punched in the face and having her camera stolen by this male settler. Today’s attack comes following weeks of warning and aggression towards photojournalists and…

Daily Star

Hezbollah rejects Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon
Daily Star 10 Mar 2012 Hezbollah’s number two Sheikh Naim Qassem rejected Saturday the idea of establishing refugee camps for Syrian fleeing violence in their country, saying these would ultimately pose a threat to Lebanon and its neighbor.

Syria begins pulling envoys out of EU: diplomats
Daily Star 10 Mar 2012 Syria has begun preemptively withdrawing ambassadors from Europe because it fears EU members will expel them.

Rai visits churches in Jordan, stresses need for dialogue
Daily Star 10 Mar 2012 Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai visited ancient churches in Jordan, where he praised the country’s diversity and openness.

Saudi to Russia: U.N. veto on Syria allowed violence to continue
Daily Star 10 Mar 2012 Saudi Arabia’s FM told Russia that its veto of a U.N. Security Council resolution that condemned the Syrian government had allowed violence to continue.

Russia to critics: We’re not protecting Syria
Daily Star 10 Mar 2012 Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says his government is not “protecting any regimes.”

Qatar calls for recognizing Syrian opposition
Daily Star 10 Mar 2012 Qatar, which has led efforts to isolate President Bashar Assad, told Arab ministers on Saturday it was time to recognize the Syrian opposition.


Thousands rally to show support for Hugo Chavez
YNet News, 10 Mar 2012 – ….

Hamas: We’ve contacted Egypt in attempt to end violence with Israel
YNet News, 10 Mar 2012 – ….

IAF hits Gaza weapons cache
YNet News, 10 Mar 2012 – ….

5 rockets hit northwestern Negev
YNet News, 10 Mar 2012 – ….

US: Santorum wins Kansas Republican caucuses
YNet News, 10 Mar 2012 – ….

‘Terror alert remains in effect’
YNet News, 10 Mar 2012 – IDF Spokesperson says despite successful strike of terrorist cells in Gaza, ‘Some members are still alive, can carry out attack’ ….

IDF: We’re prepared for what’s coming
YNet News, 10 Mar 2012 – Iron Dome system Commander says troops making tremendous effort to achieve successful results; ‘We have capability to keep going,’ he says ….

Some 100 rockets hit Israel since Friday
YNet News, 10 Mar 2012 – Iron Dome intercepts 27 out of 30 rockets fired at Beersheba, Ashdod, Ashkelon; IAF kills 15 Islamic Jihad operatives in Gaza strikes. Gantz: IDF to respond with determination to any attack ….

Home Front Command: Avoid large gatherings of more than 500
YNet News, 10 Mar 2012 – Escalation in south leads IDF to release safety instructions to communities near Gaza Strip in case Red Color alert sounds, explosion heard ….

South under fire; IDF kills 12 terrorists
YNet News, 9 Mar 2012 – Terrorists shell southern Israel; eight people injured, one seriously. Iron Dome intercepts Grads fired at Ashdod, Beersheba; IDF kills terror chief, hits Gaza rocket cells ….

Palestinian Information Center

IOF soldiers kill two more Palestinians, fire at funeral
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed two more Palestinians in fresh raids on Gaza and Rafah on Saturday afternoon and fired at a funeral of a number of those killed in yesterday’s raids.

Hamas: All options are open to retaliate to Israeli aggression
PIC – Hamas warned Israel in a statement on Saturday of persisting in its aggression on the Gaza Strip, adding that all options are open to defend the Palestinian people.

ADU calls for emergency Arab summit to discuss aggression on Gaza
PIC – The Arab Doctors Union (ADU) has called for the convening of an emergency Arab and Islamic summit to discuss the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.

Foreign female activists assaulted by Jewish settlers in Al-Khalil
PIC – A gang of Jewish settlers from Tel Armida and Beit Hadassah on Friday attacked three foreign female activists working for human rights groups and stole some of their belongings.

Egyptian FM asks for immediate end to the Israeli aggression on Gaza
PIC – Egyptian foreign minister Mohammed Amr has condemned the Israeli military escalation against the Gaza Strip that killed 14 Palestinians and wounded 21 others since Friday.

Israeli aerial raid kills two resistance fighters
PIC – An Israeli air raid on Abbassan to the east of Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, on afternoon Saturday killed two Palestinians affiliated with the armed wing of the popular resistance committees.

Madhoun: A new Israeli operation in Gaza may extend to Egypt this time
PIC – Analyst Ibrahim Al-Madhoun warned that the Israeli military aggression against Gaza on Friday could escalate and extend to Egypt, especially since there are no Arab and international moves to curb it.

Health ministry appeals for saving deteriorating health situation in Gaza
PIC – The health ministry warned that Israel’s attacks would aggravate the health situation in Gaza which already suffers from a shortage of medical supplies and power outages affecting hospital services.

Palestinian prisoner in isolation since February for solidarity hunger strike
PIC – The Israeli administration of Megiddo jail has been isolating Palestinian prisoner Adib Al-Qut for 14 days for launching hunger strike in solidarity with hunger striker Hana’a Shalabi.

Six casualties in Israeli shooting at a bus near Ofer
PIC – Six Palestinians were wounded when unknown Israeli shooters fired at their bus while passing near Ofer detention center in Ramallah on Friday night, medical sources said.


Fatah Wins Journalists Syndicate Elections
WAFA – 10 Mar 2012

Abbas Contacts Leaders to Stop Military Escalation in Gaza
WAFA – 10 Mar 2012

Rights Group says Targeted Killing a Crime
WAFA – 10 Mar 2012

Abbas Orders Medicine Sent to Gaza
WAFA – 10 Mar 2012

Palestinian Killed in Airstrike on Rafah
WAFA – 10 Mar 2012


Syria Uprising: Mossad, Blackwater And CIA ‘Led Operations In Homs’
Intifada-Palestine: 10 Mar 2012 – CIA, Mossad and Blackwater agents are involved in military violence in the Homs district, an Arab news agency exclusively reports. huffingtonpost.co.uk According to Al-Manar, which is affiliated with Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based militant group and political party, a coordination office with agents… more

Arabs: Israel and America are our main concern, NOT Iran
Intifada-Palestine: 10 Mar 2012 – by Sami Zaatari The Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS) has recently published their preliminary report on a major survey they conducted on Arab opinion, over the course of their project they covered 12 Arab countries, and interviewed over… more

Syrian refugees in Lebanon tell of horrors at home
LA Times 10 Mar 2012 – Families who fled Homs during the bombardment report executions and rapes at the hands of Bashar Assad’s forces. During a pause in the shelling, Um Mahmood and her 9-year-old son ducked out of their house together in Baba Amr, the most contested neighborhood in the…

Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan to make peace trip to Syria
LA Times 10 Mar 2012 – Kofi Annan, a joint special envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League, has signaled his preference for a negotiated settlement with President Bashar Assad’s government. Former United Nations chief Kofi Annan is scheduled to be in Syria on Saturday on a special peace

Exodus From North Signals Iraqi Christians’ Decline
New York Times 10 Mar 2012 – Iraq’s dwindling Christians are leaving because they say they feel discouraged by unemployment and a creeping fear that the violence they had fled was catching up to them. 

No Talks With Opposition, Syria’s Assad Tells U.N. Envoy
New York Times 10 Mar 2012 – Diplomatic efforts to stop fighting in Syria foundered as President Bashar al-Assad shut the door on immediate negotiations and escalated a new assault on the city of Idlib. 

Violence Continues for Israel and Militants
New York Times 10 Mar 2012 – Israeli airstrikes that began on Friday afternoon killed more Palestinian militants and militant groups fired scores of rockets into southern Israel. 

Netanyahu Says U.S. and Israel Differ on Urgency of Iran Threat
New York Times 10 Mar 2012 – The Israeli prime minister said that distance and relative strength tended to make the United States view Tehran’s nuclear program differently than his country does. 

Protesters Renew Calls for Reforms in Bahrain
New York Times 10 Mar 2012 – Tens of thousands of Bahrainis turned out Friday for demonstrations to demand democratic reforms, the largest protest against the government in a year of unrest. 

‘Women’s Day March’ at Qalandiya checkpoint is greeted by water cannon
Mondoweiss – Active Stills has posted an amazing series of photographs from the Women’s Day demonstration against the occupation at Qalandiya checkpoint Thursday: There is also video here . Women’s Day March against Occupation: Qalandia from ListenIn Pictures on Vimeo . And this text: On March 8, 2012 Palestinian women…

Keeping settlements ‘illegal’ keeps Obama off of Netanyahu’s back
Mondoweiss – Caravans in the illegal settlement of Ginot Aryeh, located below hilltop houses in the “legal settlement of Ofra. (Photo: Debbie Hill/UPI Photo) A day before prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu left Israel for his North American diplomatic tour, a Knesset minister pulled a bill from that would…

This is the face of war
Mondoweiss –   ( Reposted from Pam in Progress ) As I write this, Israel is bombing with intensity; 10 are dead already and casualties are reportedly filling the ERs. Resistance fighters are retaliating. On this, my last day in Gaza, I am confined to the home of a friend’s…

Breaking: Democratic chair Wasserman Schultz said to cancel speech to Muslim voting-rights group under rightwing pressure
Mondoweiss – Emerge’s original banquet announcement Breaking: Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee and a Florida congresswoman, has apparently bowed out of speaking to a Muslim organization’s event under pressure from a right wing campaign. Emerge is a political organization dedicated to empowering Muslims…

Israelis ‘were looking to kill me’ in ’02– Shadid
Mondoweiss – Yesterday we did a piece hammering on the fact that obits of Anthony Shadid, the New York Times correspondent who died in Syria last month, have elided the fact that the Israelis nearly killed him in 2002. The obits say he was shot in 2002. A…

Iran: Israel’s Concocted World Threat
Tikun Olam – Tweet Scott Peterson recently published a comprehensive timeline for Iran’s nuclear program that charted not so much the actual progress of Iran’s supposed quest for a weapon, but the west’s, and in particular Israel’s shifting and endless series of revelations and predictions regarding it.  Israel’s movable…

Tikun Olam: Discover the Social Networks
Tikun Olam – Tweet The post title is a tweak of David Horowitz’s slightly paranoiac, Discover the Networks: A Guide to the Political Left .  My intent, however, was to remind all of you that I spend quite a bit of time social networking in order to promote the work…

State Department voices opposition to U.S.-Iran war in Washington Post
Voltaire Network 10 Mar 2012 – Several former high-ranking U.S. military, intelligence and State Department officials launched an appeal to President Obama, released as a full page advertisement in the March 5, 2012 edition of The Washington Post. The announcement urges the President not to yield to the intense lobbying to get…

Our savior the fearmonger
Voltaire Network 10 Mar 2012 – Without treading into the Iran nuclear debate, Gideon Levy lashes out against the Israeli Prime Minister’s rhetoric before AIPAC. For decades, every one of Benjamin Netanyahu‘s speeches has basically boiled down to instilling fear against an imaginary future holocaust. This time was no exception…much to the…

Voltaire Network 10 Mar 2012 – Thank you very much. Sara and I want to thank you for that wonderful reception. This applause that could be heard as far away as Jerusalem . Jerusalem – the eternal and united capital of Israel. Thank you Howard, Rosy, Michael, and thank you all the leadership…

Policy Paper – U.S. Military Aid To Israel
Global BDS 10 Mar 2012 – About the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is a national coalition of nearly 400 organizations working to change U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine to support human rights, international law, and equality. For additional information, please visit or…

Israel sponsors Polish soap opera in ‘image improvement’ drive – Polish and Israeli activists urge boycott
Global BDS 8 Mar 2012 – Polish and Israeli activists have called on the makers of a Polish medical drama ‘For Better and For Worse’ to abandon plans to film two episodes in Israel under the sponsorship of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Israeli Embassy in Warsaw and the Israeli…

Assad firm on Syria ‘terrorism’
BBC 10 Mar 2012 – Syria’s president tells a UN envoy no political dialogue can succeed while “armed terrorist groups” operate, as 63 new deaths are reported.

Israel steps up Gaza air strikes
BBC 10 Mar 2012 – Israeli air strikes have pounded Gaza for a second day, as Palestinians unleash a barrage of rockets in retaliation for the killing of a militant leader.


Homes destroyed, shattered lives
Graham Peebles, Al-Ahram Weekly 3/8/2012
Israel’s criminal policy of house demolitions in the occupied Palestinian territories is intended to destroy Palestinian lives.
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. According to the website internal-displacement.org, “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.”
Let us explore further, with tacit reference to the United States, which bankrolls the 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 is unknown to many Palestinians living under the illegal occupation of the West Bank by Israel. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Administration (UNRWA), “the Israeli practice of demolishing homes, basic infrastructure and sources of livelihoods continues to devastate Palestinian families and communities in East Jerusalem and the 60 per cent of the West Bank controlled by Israel, known as Area C. Many of the people affected already live in poverty, and demolitions are a leading cause of their ongoing displacement and dispossession in the West Bank.”
Last year saw more homes demolished than in the previous six years, and record numbers of people were made homeless and displaced. According to the US human rights organisation Human Rights Watch, by November last year the “Israeli authorities had demolished 467 Palestinian homes and other buildings in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), displacing 869 people….” more.. e-mail

Netanyahu wags America by tail
Khaled Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem, Al-Ahram Weekly 3/8/2012
In his trip to Washington, Israel’s premier acted more like the US president than his host, Barack Obama.
Despite Barack Obama’s desperate efforts to retain a semblance of American national dignity in the face of encroaching Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, it seems that the latter succeeded in getting most if not all of what he wanted from a visibly insecure president who appears convinced that it will be hard for him to stay in the White House without grovelling at Israel’s feet.
Netanyahu went to Washington in a pugnacious, even insolent mood, to achieve two main goals: first, to cajole and if necessary bully the Obama administration to take more proactive measures against Iran; second, to see to it that the Palestinian issue is put on the back burner for many months, if not years, to come.
As expected, Netanyahu praised the wide-ranging sanctions imposed so far on Iran. However, he told his host that Israel was her own master. His unspoken meaning was, “If you don’t bomb Iran, we will.”
Obama invoked all the sacrosanct mantras fit for the occasion. Speaking before the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) convention, he reiterated his ironclad commitment to Israel’s security and maintaining its qualitative edge over the entire Arab world combined.
On Iran, he denied any suggestion that the US would settle for a policy of containment in case Iran succeeded in manufacturing a nuclear weapon. Obama said the US would not allow Iran to possess nuclear weapons, period.
Not even an allusion or a distant hint was made to Israel’s formidable nuclear arsenal, which according to reliable sources amounts to 250-300 nuclear weapons, with their delivery systems. more.. e-mail

War with Iran is closer than we think
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 3/7/2012
Even if Netanyahu and Barak are only trying to encourage the international community to act against Iran, their actions are getting us very close to military confrontation
All public evidence suggests that there is no consensus in Israel regarding a military action against Iran. The three security figures that oppose the war – Mossad head Meir Dagan, IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi and Shin Beit head Yuval Diskin – are all retired, but there are no indications that the current heads of the security establishment believe that attacking Iran is preferable to other options. Still, I believe that latest diplomatic development has brought us dangerously closer to war.
It’s no secret that Israel would rather have the United States attack, or at least lead the strike, against the Iranian nuclear facilities. Israeli officials have confirmed this in an interview to Jeffrey Goldberg in his Atlantic piece on the issue. In his article, Goldberg failed to mention the “Iran skeptics” camp, but he was right to note that the current Israeli leadership would like America to do the job for it. An attack on Iran would present a major challenge to the Israeli Air Force, and even if everything happens according to plan, there are serious doubts regarding Israel’s ability to seriously damage the Iranian nuclear facilities.
For this reason, many observers believe that Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Barak are bluffing – or at least, pretending to be closer to an attack than they really are – in order to mobilize the international community against Iran in the hopes that at some point, the United States will opt to lead the attack rather than let Israel do it, fail, and still drag the region into war. According to this logic, the more “serious” Israel appears to be (regarding a military strike), the higher the odds that the international community would take meaningful action against Iran that would convince the regime to abandon its nuclear enrichment program. The latest holocaust analogies by Prime Minister Netanyahu and the time table set by Defense Minister Barak are meant to prompt others to act; and Israel is still not about to attack Iran on its own. more.. e-mail

Canada’s Zionist lobby exposed in new book
Electronic Intifada: 9 Mar 2012 – Andrew Stevens 9 March 2012 The Canadian government’s close relationship with the Israel lobby is the topic of a new book on academic freedom.more

Arabs: Israel, US Our Main Concern, Not Iran
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Mar 2012 – By Sami Zaatari The Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS) has recently published their preliminary report on a major survey they conducted on Arab opinion, over the course of their project they covered 12 Arab countries, and interviewed over 16,000 Arabs on a wide range of subjects to try and gauge the Arab opinion. The results of the survey were very interesting to say the least, particularly when it came to the question of whom they viewed to be the major threat to the region, America, Israel, or Iran? A total of 73% viewed America and Israel as the major threat to the region, 51% in regards to Israel, 22% in regards to America, and when it came to Iran a mere meager 5% viewed Iran as the major threat to the region. On any given day of the week, one would not be too surprised by these…more

Teaching Palestine to Americans – Book Review
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Mar 2012 – Reviewed by Jim Miles (The Politics of Teaching Palestine to Americans – Addressing Pedagogical Strategies. Marcy Jane Knopf-Newman. Palgrave/MacMillan, 2011.) When I first read this title it struck me as being ‘intriguing’ but also perhaps very limited in its audience. As a lifetime teacher, the latter phrase in particular “Addressing Pedagogical Strategies” would be enough to turn away the general public, but also a number of teachers tired of always reading more and more on pedagogy (the ‘science’ of teaching), teachers in particular who are looking for hands on material to work with. However, I was quite amazed at this work, and found it an excellent read on its own right as well as a wonderful source and resource book on Palestine and questions related to Palestine. It is a user friendly composite of history, humanitarian philosophy, personal perspectives, book, video, and cultural materials all that can be combined to…more

Iran or Israel: Which is Threat in Middle East?
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Mar 2012 – By Ed Kinane Since 2001 U.S. taxpayers have been duped into squandering hundreds of billions of dollars on invading and occupying Afghanistan. Since 2003 we’ve been duped into squandering even more blood and treasure invading and occupying Iraq. These invasions, of course, generate unseemly profit for certain influential “defense” corporations. Now, as the U.S. partially pulls back from Iraq and Afghanistan, we risk being drawn into yet another – but deeper — quagmire. This may well happen if we permit ourselves or Israel to keep demonizing and provoking Iran. I say “permit” because Israel is on our leash. Sometimes Israel acts like a huge U.S. military base plunked right in the midst of the Middle Eastern oil reserves we covet. The U.S. has enormous leverage over Israel: it provides diplomatic cover on the UN Security Council for Israel’s aggressive foreign policy and for its brutal occupation of Palestine. Despite the…more

Anthems, Indoctrination, and Violence
Dissident Voice: 10 Mar 2012 – The basic sentiment expressed in Uri Avnery’s latest article, “ A Jewish Soul ,” is humanistic, but in some parts it is puzzling. For instance, when Avnery writes of “our [Israeli] hope to be a free people in ‘our’ land has already been fulfilled.” Since Avnery is one of the Jews who partakes in some fashion in the “booty” of the Nakba, it seems as if he is implying that Israel is the land of the Jews; and certainly the Palestinians in Israel can hardly be construed as “a free people,” unless one means free to suffer discrimination. His article is humanistic because he recognizes and opposes the offense of the Israeli anthem for an “Arab Israeli” (although Avnery’s bias is evident in how he shies away from calling the people Palestinian). Avnery is critical of many anthems. I tend to be skeptical of all anthems, as they oftentimes serve…more

A Jewish Soul
Dissident Voice: 10 Mar 2012 – On the face of it, it was a trivial incident. In the presence of the entire political and legal establishment, the liberal President of the Supreme Court, Dorit Beinisch, who has reached the age limit of 70, was replaced by the conservative Justice Asher Dan Grunis. At the end of the ceremony, the national anthem was sung. The camera panned from face to face. For a moment, it framed the face of Justice Salim Jubran. He was standing respectfully, like everybody else, but his lips were not moving. A country-wide uproar broke out. Justice Jubran is the first Arab citizen ever to serve as a regular judge on the Supreme Court. The right-wing parties were livid with rage. How dare he! An insult to the symbols of the state! He must be dismissed at once! Better still, deport him to a country whose anthem he would deign to sing! Others…more

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