VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 13 March 2012: Haniyeh confirms ceasefire, says Israel agreed to stop assassinations

13 March 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

France Grants P.A. €10 Million
IMEMC – The French Foreign Ministry stated that it will be granting the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) in the West Bank €10 Million in direct financial aid to help it deal with and overcome the current financial crisis, the AFP reported. …

Army Uproots Farmlands Near Hebron
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers uprooted, on Tuesday, Palestinian farmlands that belong to local residents of the Al-Majnouna area, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank. … 

Settlers Expand Hebron Settlement
IMEMC – A group of extremist Israeli settlers expanded, Tuesday, the illegal Negahot settlement outpost on the expense of privately owned Palestinian lands in Doura city, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron. …

Three Palestinians Injured in Gaza;Troops Search homes in the West Bank and Arrest a Civilian
IMEMC – Three Palestinian civilians were injured on Tuesday midday by Israeli gunfire in northern Gaza Strip while in the early morning hours Israeli troops stormed homes in a number of West Bank communities and arrested one civilian. … 

Egypt Declares Truce in Gaza
IMEMC – Cairo announced on Tuesday that a ceasefire deal was reached between Israel and Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza ending five days of escalation in the coastal enclave. …

Netanyahu: Army Ready To Expand Its Operations in Gaza
IMEMC – The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, told the right-wing Likud Parliamentary Bloc that the Israeli army is ready to expand its attacks targeting the Gaza Strip. … 

Ma’an News

Israeli forces fire on Gaza funeral, 3 injured
3/14/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces opened fire on a funeral procession east of Gaza City on Tuesday, injuring three Palestinians, hours after a truce was agreed to halt cross-border violence. Mourners carried the bodies of Bassam al-Ajla and Muhammad Thaher, who were killed in an airstrike in the city’s Shujaiyeh neighborhood….

Amnesty: Shalabi’s health declining
3/14/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian hunger-striker Hana Shalabi’s health is deteriorating, Amnesty International said Tuesday. In a petition urging Israel to charge or release the hunger striker, Amnesty quoted a doctor from Phsyicians for Human Rights saying Shalabi’s health is growing weaker by the day. Her muscles have begun to atrophy…. Related: Tibi: Israel rejects MK’s request to visit Shalabi

Islamic Jihad, PRC say committed to truce with Israel
3/14/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Islamic Jihad said on Tuesday it would adhere to its commitments under a truce deal brokered by Egypt to end four days of fighting with Israel that killed 25 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Jihad leader Daoud Shihab told Ma’an the deal was reached after many meetings and…. Related: Egypt official: Israel, Gaza militants agree to truce and PRC says will hold to truce with Israel

Israeli minister: Gaza campaign should have been stronger
3/14/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — The latest military campaign in Gaza should have been stronger, the country’s internal security minister said Tuesday after a ceasefire with Palestinian armed groups. Yitzhak Aharonovich said that “This round was too long, unnecessarily so, and we should have increased our response. We need to learn our…. Related:Israelis see Iran ‘mini-drill’ in Gaza escalation

Tibi: Israel rejects MK’s request to visit Shalabi
3/13/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israel on Monday rejected a request by MK Ahmed Tibi to visit hunger-striking detainee Hana Shalabi in prison, the minister’s office said. The Israeli prison service and Minister of Internal Security Yitzhak Aharonovich turned down the minister’s request despite Tibi’s role in brokering a settlement…. Related: Amnesty: Shalabi’s health declining

Israeli police escort Harvard tour from Bethlehem village
3/13/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces stopped a group of 55 Harvard University students touring Bethlehem village al-Walaja on Tuesday, witnesses told Ma’an. Security guards manning bulldozers that are building Israel’s separation wall surrounding the village stopped the bus of students as they drove along the planned route of the wall….

Israel: Rocket lands in Negev
3/13/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in the Hof Ashkelon regional council hours after a truce between Israel and Palestinian armed groups took effect, news reports said….

Egyptian military intelligence official dies in car accident
3/14/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — The head of Egyptian military intelligence in Rafah died Tuesday in a car accident near the Israeli border, Egyptian security officials said. Security officers told Ma’an that Lt. -Col. Khaled Abu al-Suoud was killed when his jeep overturned 10 kilometers south of Kerem Shalom. The army chief died….

Egypt official: Israel, Gaza militants agree to truce
3/13/2012GAZA CITY (Reuters) — Israel and militant factions in the Gaza Strip have agreed to an Egyptian-brokered truce to end four days of cross-border violence in which 25 Palestinians have been killed, a senior Egyptian security official told Reuters on Tuesday. The official said in a telephone call from Cairo that both sides had “agreed to…. Related: Islamic Jihad, PRC say committed to truce with Israel and PRC says will hold to truce with Israel

PRC says will hold to truce with Israel
3/13/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees said at a press conference Tuesday it was committed to a truce with Israel to halt fighting sparked by the assassination of the movement’s leader. The Al-Nasser Salah Ad-Din brigades told reporters in Gaza that it would halt fire as…. Related: Islamic Jihad, PRC say committed to truce with Israel

Israeli troops detain 10 Palestinians in West Bank
3/13/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained ten Palestinians across the West Bank overnight Monday, officials said. In Halhul, north of Hebron, troops raided homes, detaining Muhammad Abdel Rahman and Ala Ragheb, Palestinian security officials said. An Israeli army spokeswoman said three others were detained in Qalqiliya, three in Tammun village north of Nablus, and….

Fireworks, songs greet released prisoner near Bethlehem
3/13/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Fireworks and celebrations greeted a detainee from Bethlehem released Monday afternoon after six years in an Israeli jail. Muhammad Asakreh was held for six years in Nafha prison in southern Israel. Asakreh was received by crowds of relatives and friends waving flags and singing songs in al-Khader village south of Bethlehem….

Israelis see Iran ‘mini-drill’ in Gaza escalation
3/14/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel has emerged from the past few days of fighting with Palestinians in Gaza more confident that its advanced missile shield and civil defences can perform well in any war with Iran.” In a sense, this was a mini-drill” for Iran, an Israeli official said Tuesday after an Egyptian-brokered truce took hold, leaving…. Related:Israeli minister: Gaza campaign should have been stronger

Haniyeh confirms ceasefire, says Israel agreed to stop assassinations
3/14/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The prime minister in Gaza said Tuesday that an agreement had been reached to stop Israel’s military campaign against the Gaza Strip and an end to its assassination policy. Ismail Haniyeh told a visiting delegation that Egyptian efforts resolved the deadly escalation, as “the people and the government…. Related: Israelis see Iran ‘mini-drill’ in Gaza escalation

Quartet meets on stalled peace talks
3/13/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Quartet of Middle East negotiators met Monday to discussed stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestine. A statement released after the meeting said the group — the United States, Russia, the United Nations and European Union — remains committed to a October statement calling for talks between the sides. The statement set….

France supports Gaza water desalination plant
3/13/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — France has pledged 10 million euros ($13. 1 million) to the building of a water desalination plant in the Gaza Strip, a press statement said Tuesday. Only 5 percent of water in Gaza is suitable for consumption, the statement from the French consulate in Jerusalem said. The project will also allow….

Group: PA release 4 Hamas detainees
3/13/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority intelligence services on Tuesday freed four Hamas affiliates whose release had previously been ordered in PA courts, the Independent Commission for Human Rights said. The commission said in a statement that Ala Mahmud Harb, Ala Zuheir al-Tarda, Khaled Muhammad al-Tarda, and Muhammad Abed Rabbo Shalalda were freed by intelligence….

PCBS tracks growing Palestinian audiences for cultural events
3/13/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The number of Palestinians participating in cultural activities has doubled over the last decade, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics revealed Tuesday. In a survey to mark Palestinian culture day, celebrated Tuesday, PCBS said there are almost 600 cultural centers in Palestine. Most centers are in the West Bank, while 66…. Related: Official Release: “The New Black” by The Mavrix

10,000 chickens die in Jenin farm blaze
3/13/2012 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Some 10,000 chickens were burned alive at dawn Tuesday when a fire broke out at a farm in Jenin in the northern West Bank, civil defense officials said. Firefighters responded to an emergency call from residents and tried to control the blaze, but 10,000 chickens were killed before the fire was….

Police receive training in interview techniques
3/13/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Twenty police officers from around the West Bank have received training on interview techniques in Jericho, an EU mission to improve law and order said Tuesday. The week-long course was conducted by UK expert Detective Superintendent Christopher Sharman from Northumbria Police, EUPOL COPPS said in a statement. Trainees were shown theoretical….

Customs officers seize rotten food in Salfit
3/13/2012 – SALFIT (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority customs officials seized four tons of expired frozen vegetables at a market in Salfit on Monday night. Officers detained the market owner and destroyed the rotten produce, a statement from the customs office said. Meanwhile, health officials in central Gaza destroyed 15 kilograms of expired fish during routine inspections….

Taliban threaten to behead troops, govt team under fire
3/14/2012 – KABUL (Reuters) — Suspected insurgents fired on an Afghan government delegation on Tuesday investigating the massacre of 16 civilians by a US soldier, officials said, hours after the Taliban threatened to behead American troops to avenge the killings. Two of President Hamid Karzai’s brothers, Shah Wali Karzai and Addul Qayum Karzai, were with senior….

Palestinian suspected in Lebanon plot, 7 arrested
3/14/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — The Lebanese army has arrested seven people, including two soldiers, suspected of being part of a Sunni Islamist network which had planned to carry out attacks on military targets, security sources said Tuesday.” The army arrested a Salafi network with connections to al Qaeda that wanted to blow up military bases,” one of….

Wife of ousted Honduran leader faces Palestinian president candidate
3/14/2012 – TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) — The left-wing party of ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya on Tuesday named his wife as its presidential candidate in elections next year. The new Liberty and Refoundation Party, which is supported by unions, farmers and women’s groups, said it would nominate Xiomara Castro to run for the top job in the….

West and Russia split over Syria, massacre in Homs
3/13/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — The West clashed with Russia at the United Nations Security Council over Syria, as activists and the Damascus government traded blame for a massacre of civilians in the city of Homs. The conflict appeared to inch closer to civil war with the exiled Syrian National Council saying it was preparing to arm anti-government….

Annan says expects Syria response to proposals on Tuesday
3/13/2012 – ANKARA (Reuters) – UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan said he was expecting to hear on Tuesday from the Syrian government on “concrete proposals” which he made to end nearly a year of violence during his weekend talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad. Annan has not disclosed what those proposals entailed. Syria’s ambassador to Moscow….

Violence across Syria, UN awaits response from Damascus
3/13/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Syrian forces killed dozens of people near a mosque in the city of Idlib, opposition activists said on Tuesday, and rebels killed at least 10 troops in an ambush in the same area, focus of the latest government crackdown. Video footage showed the bloodied bodies of several unidentified men strewn on the floor….


Israel and Gaza factions agree on truce
AlJazeera 13 Mar 2012 – Seven rockets reportedly fired into Israel despite accord to end cross-border violence that left 25 Palestinians dead.

International Solidarity Movement

Burying Nayif Qarmout
3/13/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Nathan Stuckey, 13 March 2012, International Solidarity Movement, Gaza – Nayif Qarmout was killed by an Israeli missile today at 9:30 A. M.   He was 14 years old.   Five other teenagers with him were injured, Tamer Azzam, 16, Mu’ayyad al-Qanou’, 18, Hani al-Qanou’, 16,  Salih Qarmout, 14; and Sa’….

Official Release: ‘The New Black’ by The Mavrix
3/13/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 13 March 2012, Palestine Solidarity Alliance and PACBI – In a first ever musical collaboration between South Africa and Palestine, South African band, The Mavrix, and Palestinian Oud player, Mohammed Omar, have released a music video called “The New Black”. The song is taken from The Mavrix’ upcoming album,”Pura Vida”, due for release in…. Related: Palestine Solidarity Alliance and PACBI

The National

Egypt brokers ceasefire in Gaza Strip
The National 13 Mar 2012 – Israel and militant groups in the Gaza Strip agree to end the worst eruption of hostilities since December 2008.


Gaza militants fire rocket at Israeli town, despite truce
Ha’aretz – 13 Mar 2012

Turkey’s Erdogan: Israel must stop ‘massacre’ of Palestinians in Gaza
Ha’aretz – 13 Mar 2012

Israelis warned of travel to Turkey over imminent terror threat
Ha’aretz – 13 Mar 2012

Israel reverses decision on new Olympic mascot over public outcry
Ha’aretz – 13 Mar 2012

Israel UN envoy: Security Council must condemn Gaza rocket fire
Ha’aretz – 13 Mar 2012

IDF officials: Study to resume in Israeli schools near Gaza Strip
Ha’aretz – 13 Mar 2012

Parents of U.S. activist hurt in West Bank protest ask Israel to reopen case
Ha’aretz – 13 Mar 2012

Lindenstrauss to probe whether Netanyahu’s office lied to State Comptroller
Ha’aretz – 13 Mar 2012

TIMELINE / A breakdown of number of Gaza rockets fired at Israel over past year
Ha’aretz – 13 Mar 2012

Some 200 rockets hit Israel since start of latest Gaza escalation
Ha’aretz – 13 Mar 2012

Record number of tourists visit Israel in February
Ha’aretz – 12 Mar 2012

As Israeli parents get right to choose, schools launch hard sell to attract first graders
Ha’aretz – 12 Mar 2012

Six teenage boys arrested on suspicion of killing Ramle man
Ha’aretz – 12 Mar 2012

Jerusalem Post

MKs clash over appointment of female dayanim
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – Women’s rights advocates made several proposals to have at least 1 woman appointed to the Rabbinical committee. 

In Ashkelon, life settles after cease-fire
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – City streets buzzing and there appeared to be no shortage of residents enjoying what seemed to be escalation’s end. 

Nir Maoz: I cannot measure the emotional anguish
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – Trial in double murder of Nurit and Noah Maoz enters third day. 

Analysis: Egypt uneasy in dealings with Israel
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – Army shares security interests with the Jewish state, but the Muslim Brothers’ rhetoric has not been dampened. 

BBC suffers cyber-attack following Iran campaign
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – Broadcasting corporation chief stops short of accusing Tehran, but describes attacks as “self-evidently suspicious.” 

US nuke expert identifies Iran explosives site
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – Building at Parchin suspected of containing high-explosive test chamber the IAEA wants to visit. 

Fake photos of escalation posted on Twitter
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012UN official alleged to have knowingly circulating outdated images; pro-Israel posters also accused of misdeeds. 

‘Israel could have hit Gaza terrorists harder’
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – Public Security Minister Aharonovitch says Israel could have struck infrastructure in Gaza, killed terrorist leaders. 

Analysis: Hamas no longer the major player in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012Hamas will have to live with the fact that PRC, Islamic Jihad pose a challenge to its control over Gaza. 

Country’s first large-sized solar fields approved
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – Public Utility Authority approves 9 licenses for fields; Arava Power confident it will complete first field by 2014. 

MK slams J Street for statement on Gaza
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – Statement had mistakenly claimed that “over a dozen Palestinian civilians” had been killed in airstrikes. 

Poll: Most Americans support US strike on Iran
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – Survey finds 62% of Americans would back Israel taking military action against Iran if evidence of nuke; Obama approval at 50%. 

Sinai Says: Egos mar storybook season for Kiryat Shmona
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – Love affair between Ben-Shimon, Sheratzky has soured so much the 2 can no longer co-exist at Kiryat Shmona. 

Bothaina Kamel’s lonely quest for Egypt’s top job
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – The country’s only woman candidate for president can’t get the media’s attention. 

A fragile truce
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – Unfortunately, as the fragile cease-fire takes effect, there are already signs of the next round of clashes on the horizon. 

The case of Syria could prove different
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – A dramatic change in Syria’s regime is not only a moral imperative, but also an Israeli interest. 

Grad rocket fired from Gaza lands in parking lot in Netivot
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – Despite “informal cease-fire,” rocket falls in heart of southern town lightly injuring man, causing 11 to suffer shock; attack comes after Homefront Command announces schools to reopen in South after 3-day closure. 

Yalla Peace: No one knows nose jobs better
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – Balkimy clearly wanted to cover up the fact that he had had cosmetic surgery, and his inability to do so draws attention to a curious new phenomenon in Egypt. 

New start: The case for EU leadership in the peace process
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – Europe, in particular, has a unique opportunity to assertively engage in the region and revitalize the Peace Process. 

Heckling Israel
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – Those who support freedom of expression must speak out forcefully against repeated efforts to shut down one side of the debate concerning Israel and the Middle East. 

The opportunity in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – A serious blow to Hamas and other Islamist organizations in Gaza is a signal of Israeli determination to battle the rising Islamist forces in the region. 

Gazans celebrate ‘victory’ over Israel after truce
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – “One round has ended, but the war has not ended and won’t end until the liberation of Palestine,” Islamic Jihad leader says. 

Iran lauds Egypt house vote to expel Israel envoy
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – Islamist-dominated lower parliament says Cairo will “never be a friend, partner or ally of the Zionist entity.” 

Erdogan calls on Israelis to oppose Gaza ‘massacre’
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – Turkish prime minister calls IDF operations part of a wider campaign of “genocide” against Palestinian people. 

Pressure works: Bamba baby won’t be Olympic mascot
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – Olympic C’tee rescinds decision to make Osem company character Israeli mascot at 2012 games following harsh public criticism of move. 

Kara ‘outraged’ at Egypt’s punishment of Israelis
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – “Court decision to give life sentence for bearing unauthorized ammunition political rather than legal,” Likud minister says. 

Anne Frank figure unveiled at Berlin Madame Tussauds
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – Some criticism voiced over inclusion of a Holocaust victim at such an unserious location. 

Choice of Bamba baby as Olympic mascot stirs uproar
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – Social justice protesters decry corporate sponsor paying to have its logo represent country at London 2012 games. 

Violence across Syria; UN awaits Assad’s response
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – Massacre alleged in Idlib, 10 Syrian forces killed; Annan expects Assad response within hours; fighting reported across country. 

Peres: The future depends on peace not rocket firing
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – President issues message against rocket firing after visiting school children in South for belated Purim celebrations. 

#USelections2012: The Palin factor
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – This week: When it comes to social media, the GOP candidates are ‘Palin’ in comparison to the former VP nominee. 

Ben-Gvir acquitted of supporting terror groups
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – Judge cites evidentiary failures, slams prosecution for mixing evidence from two different investigations. 

‘Circumcision tied to lower prostate cancer risk’
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – Men who were circumcised had 15% lower risk of the disease, recent study finds. 

Emotional crisis hotline reports 150% rise in calls
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – Sharp increase noted as rockets continue to pound South; hotline operating on emergency schedule. 

Netivot mystic picks favorite in French race
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – Rabbi Yaakov Ifargan throws support behind Valerie Hoffenberg in run for “Israeli seat” in French parliament. 

Best and brightest compete for annual Intel prize
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – 56 teenage finalists participating in 15th annual competition; winners will be announced at the Knesset. 

Ruling on foreign converts not implemented
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – Religious rights groups criticize Interior Ministry for failure to draw up guidelines for approval of converts abroad. 

Former Hadassah chief Mor-Yosef to head National Insurance Institute
Jerusalem Post 13 Mar 2012 – Obstetrician/gynecologist formally chosen for position by Welfare and Social Services Minister Moshe Kahlon. 

Iron Dome’s worth
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2012 – Despite the prohibitive costs, Iron Dome is worth the expense. 

The Guardian

Head of Iran’s Quds force warns enemies of the regime
The Guardian 13 Mar 2012 – In rare comments, Qassem Suleimani says his forces ‘will show Iranian zeal in the face of any possible aggression’ The head of Iran‘s Quds force, Qassem Suleimani, keeps a low profile in the media. Unlike other…

The Guardian 13 Mar 2012 – • Parliamentary elections to be held on 7 May • Mines laid near Lebanon and Turkey, says HRW • UN says more than 8,000 people killed in uprising • Read the latest summary 3.59pm: It is “…

Israel and Gaza militants agree to ceasefire after clashes
The Guardian 13 Mar 2012 – Egyptian-brokered truce between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza after four days of violence killed 25 people Israel and militant factions in the Gaza Strip have agreed to an Egyptian-brokered truce to end four days of…

Inter Press Service

Syria Mines Border Escape Routes, Rights Group Charges
IPS The Syrian military has placed anti-personnel mines along its borders with Turkey and Lebanon, which have provided asylum for a large number of civilians fleeing the crackdown on year- long pro-democracy uprisings there, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Q&A: Cultural Sensitivity Key to Reaching Rural Women
IPS Empowering rural women in the Iraqi marshlands, who mostly remain off the radar of international support, must involve local languages and dialects as well as local women trainers, says Mishkat Al Moumin, founder of the Iraqi group Women and the Environment Network (WATEO).

‘Sons of Iraq’ Orphaned
IPS “We have not been paid since the Americans left Iraq last December. If nothing changes, I will abandon this checkpoint,” Saif Ahmed tells IPS. He is one of the militiamen who claim to have defeated Al Qaeda in Iraq.


No pretense of an excuse for continued Israeli attacks on Gaza
Uruknet March 13, 2012 – …The Israeli attacks began Friday with the assassination of resistance fighters who were not participating in acts of resisting the occupation, but rather were travelling through a residential area of Gaza City. Enshrined in international law is the right to resist occupation. In contrast, the targeted assassination of people not engaged in…

Palestine children traumatised by Israeli jail
Uruknet March 13, 2012 – Of the hundreds of Palestinian children locked in Israeli jails each year, the vast majority suffer nightmares, bed-wetting and anxiety after their release, Save the Children said in a report published on Monday. The charity said that since 2000, the Israeli army had detained more than 8 000 Palestinian children in the…

UN Torture Rapporteur Accuses US Government of Cruel and Inhuman Treatment of Bradley Manning
Uruknet March 13, 2012 – Last week, at a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Professor Juan Me’ndez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, spoke about the case of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the alleged WikiLeaks whistleblower, telling the news agency AFP, “I believe Bradley Manning…

Palestinian Christians attacked for challenging Christian Zionism
Uruknet March 13, 2012 – “Christ at the Checkpoint: Hope in the Midst of Conflict” was a five-day event organized by Bethlehem Bible College earlier this month. Christian theologians, academics and church leaders were invited to meet with the local Palestinian church and challenge the Christian Zionist influence within the evangelical movement. The conference attracted major speakers…

Haniyeh confirms ceasefire, says Israel agreed to stop assassinations
Uruknet March 13, 2012 — The prime minister in Gaza said Tuesday that an agreement had been reached to stop Israel’s military campaign against the Gaza Strip and an end to its assassination policy. Ismail Haniyeh told a visiting delegation that Egyptian efforts resolved the deadly escalation, as “the people and the government will not accept flimsy…

New York Times Wages War on Palestine
Uruknet March 12, 2012 – …On March 9, Times writers Fares Akram and Isabel Kershner headlined, “Israeli Airstrikes Kill Militants in Gaza,” saying: Israeli air strikes killed Zuhir al-Qaisi, Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) secretary-general. PRC member Mahmoud Hanani was also killed. Both men died when two IDF missiles struck their car. Neither threatened Israel now or earlier….

To My Unborn Children
Uruknet March 13, 2012 – To my unborn children, I know you probably won’t be there to read this. Maybe I would be dead before you see the light. Or rather, witness how very inhumane and so unjust this world has become. I’ll just write anyway, maybe at least your elder brother or sister witnesses all that…

Israeli forces fire on Gaza funeral, 3 injured
Uruknet March 13, 2012 — Israeli forces opened fire on a funeral procession east of Gaza City on Tuesday, injuring three Palestinians, hours after a truce was agreed to halt cross-border violence. Mourners carried the bodies of Bassam al-Ajla and Muhammad Thaher, who were killed in an airstrike in the city’s Shujaiyeh neighborhood on Monday evening, to…

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet March 12, 2012 – Number of martyrs today reached 44, 19 in Homs, 3 in each Raqqa and Daraa, 1 in each Latakia and Damascus suburbs and the rest are in Idlib…. Homs: Eight Palestinian martyrs fell in Karam Zeytoun yesterday. They are: Ali Lutfi Al-Hasan, Razqalla Lutfi Al-Hasan, Lutfi Ali Al-Hasan (a child), Mohamad Lutfi…

Uruknet March 12, 2012. Chaos and violence continue, the targeting of Iraqi youth (gay and/or Emo) finally gets Big Media’s attention, US officials and UN officials fail Iraqi youth with their silence, and more.As Al Mada, Dar Addustour, Alsumaria TV and Kitabat reported last week (Al Mada all last week) and as the US and UK LGBT…

11 Detainees Wounded, One seriously, In Asqalan Prison
Uruknet March 12, 2012 – Israeli soldiers broke, on Monday at dawn, into Asqalan prison, and attacked dozens of Palestinian political prisoners, wounding eleven, one seriously. The soldiers tried to force several detainees to submit to naked body search. Palestinian Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe’, told the Palestine News & Info Agency, WAFA, that the soldiers broke…

Netanyahu Raises Prospect of Ground Invasion of Gaza
Uruknet March 12, 2012 – The fourth day of Israeli attacks against the Gaza Strip continued, killing at least seven people, including three civilians. The toll of the recent bombing campaign so far is 25 killed. Egypt’s envoy to the Palestinian Authority downplayed the continued violence, saying he believed that a ceasefire would be finalized within the…

Iraqi murders put gay and emo youth on edge (Video)
Uruknet March 12, 2012 – Baghdad (CNN) — A recent rash of killings of people perceived to be gay or emo in Iraq has stoked fear within those communities, which worry the government might be unwilling or unable to protect them. At least 14 such victims were killed in Baghdad in the past three weeks, according to…

012 : A Video Roundup

Health of Palestinian hunger striker badly deteriorates
Uruknet March 12, 2012 — Palestinian captive Hana’ al-Shalabi who has been on hunger strike over the past 26 days is suffering a serious deterioration to her health according Physicians for Human Rights. A medical examination of the captive revealed a low heart beat rate, law blood sugar, suffering stomach aches and headaches. In addition Shalabi lost…

Supreme Court Likely to Endorse Obama’s War on Whistleblowers
Uruknet March 12, 2012 – Totalitarian systems disempower an unsuspecting population by gradually making legal what was once illegal. They incrementally corrupt and distort law to exclusively serve the goals of the inner sanctums of power and strip protection from the citizen. Law soon becomes the primary tool to advance the crimes of the elite and punish…

Some Comments on the Angry Arab’s Coverage of Syria – Again…
Uruknet March 12, 2012 – I used to admire Abu Khalil’s principles on a lot of issues, but with regards to Syria his position has been lousy and confused. He is against the regime, and against the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, and against the lousy SNC, and against the Free Syrian Army. Yes, we understand, thank you very…

The never-ending targeting in Iraq
Uruknet March 12, 2012 – Iraqi Christians have suffered wave of attacks since the start of the Iraq War, the most brazen being the October 31, 2010 attack on Baghdad’s Our Lady of Salvation Church. These waves of attacks led many to become refugees which is why they make up a surprisingly large percent of Iraq’s external…

Daily Star

Israeli troops re-arrest Palestinian freed in Shalit deal
Daily Star 13 Mar 2012 Israeli troops have re-arrested another of the Palestinians released in October under a swap deal with Israel, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society said on Tuesday.

U.S. asks Saudis to lift oil output from July
Daily Star 13 Mar 2012 The US is pressing KSA to boost oil output to fill a likely supply gap arising from sanctions on Iran, adding that an increase in production is unlikely to be needed before July.

Brotherhood takes softer line on Egypt govt
Daily Star 13 Mar 2012 Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said on Tuesday it recognised its demand to sack Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri’s cabinet is unlikely to be heeded by the ruling generals.

Armed clashes erupt in north, south Egypt
Daily Star 13 Mar 2012 A gang of robbers attacked villagers in southern Egypt after being surprised by police while trying to steal railroad tracks for scrap metal.

Lebanon arrests seven suspected of planning attack
Daily Star 13 Mar 2012 The Lebanese army has arrested seven people, including two soldiers, suspected of being part of a Sunni Islamist network.

Israel issues travel warning on Turkey
Daily Star 13 Mar 2012 Israel is calling on its citizens to stay away from Turkey because of intelligence warning of imminent attacks against sites frequented by Jews and Israelis there.


Viznitzer Rebbe passes away at 95
YNet News, 13 Mar 2012 – ….

Annan received a response from Assad to end Syria violence
YNet News, 13 Mar 2012 – ….

Poll: Majority of Americans back US strike on Iran over nuclear weapon
YNet News, 13 Mar 2012 – ….

Syria condemns Israel over Gaza airstrikes
YNet News, 13 Mar 2012 – ….

Islamic Jihad holds victory rally in Gaza
YNet News, 13 Mar 2012 – Terror group’s leader Ramadan Shallah boasts disrupting daily routine of many Israelis ….

man injured from rocket explodes in Netivot
YNet News, 13 Mar 2012 – ….

Rocket hits Netivot parking lot
YNet News, 13 Mar 2012 – Gaza rocket fire continues despite ceasefire, as rocket explodes in parking lot in Netivot several hours after Qassam, mortar shell fired at south. Five people suffer from anxiety, damage caused to vehicles ….

Government issues travel advisory to Turkey
YNet News, 13 Mar 2012 – Counter Terrorism Bureau issues alert announcing terror groups’ intention to carry out attacks against Israeli, Jewish targets in coming days ….

Gilad Shalit getting discharged from IDF
YNet News, 13 Mar 2012 – After nearly seven years in service, Gilad Shalit scheduled to be discharged from IDF in two weeks ….

Stay out of Gaza Strip
YNet News, 13 Mar 2012 – Op-ed: Ground incursion will not resolve problem, merely cause Israel to sink in Gaza swamp ….

Celebrities unite against deportation of refugees
YNet News, 13 Mar 2012 – Some 400 authors, musicians and actors urge PM not to deport S. Sudanese refugees ….

IDF fires as Palestinians riot during funeral
YNet News, 13 Mar 2012 – Troops shoot at Palestinians who approach security fence, hurl stones during funeral service of two Islamic Jihad terrorists ….

Peres: Window for peace has been opened
YNet News, 13 Mar 2012 – President visits south for late Purim fest, lauds kids for bravery in face of rocket ….

Time for Gaza Strip war
YNet News, 13 Mar 2012 – Op-ed: All-out war in Gaza Strip is a bad option for Israel, but all other alternatives are worse ….

Palestinian Information Center

Jewish settlers steal 250 olive trees
PIC – Jewish settlers uprooted and stole 250 olive saplings in Sa’eer village in Al-Khalil province on Tuesday, local sources said.

IOF troops fire at funeral in violation of calm
PIC – Three Palestinian citizens were wounded on Tuesday at the hands of Israeli occupation forces while participating in a funeral of two martyrs who fell in the Israeli air raid on Monday night.

Resheq: The transfer of detainees from Nafha prison a racist crime
PIC – Member of Hamas political bureau Ezzet Al-Resheq strongly denounced the arbitrary transference of Palestinian prisoners from Nafha jail to unknown places on Tuesday morning.

Haneyya: Palestinian steadfastness foiled the aggression
PIC – Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya has affirmed that the Palestinian people and government have refused the Israeli trivial pretexts for the aggression on Gaza and insisted on halting assassinations.

IOA to close Ibrahimi Mosque before Muslims on passover days
PIC – The IOA decided to close the Ibrahimi Mosque in Al-Khalil city and prevent Muslim worshipers from entering it on April 19 at the pretext of the Jewish passover celebrations.

Metsada and Nahshun forces transfer many detainees in Nafha jail elsewhere
PIC – Palestinian prisoners in Nafha jail on Tuesday said that Israeli special forces from Metsada and Nahshun units stormed the prison and transferred all detainees in section 11 to other prisons.

IOF aggression on Gaza displaced dozens of families
PIC – The Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip over the past four days had completely destroyed ten housing units and partially damaged 350 others, the Palestinian government in Gaza said.

Israel, resistance factions agree on Egyptian-brokered truce
PIC – A senior Egyptian security official said Israel and the resistance factions in Gaza agreed on an Egyptian-brokered truce ending four days of Israeli deadly attacks on the densely populated enclave.

Hamas slams Ki-moon for his bias against the Palestinian people
PIC – The Hamas Movement condemned the latest remarks made by Ban Ki-moon on Israel’s military escalation against the besieged Gaza as a “flagrant bias” in favor of the occupation.

IOF soldiers storm West Bank cities, round up 10 Palestinians
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed five West Bank cities and their villages at dawn Tuesday and rounded up ten Palestinian citizens.


Israeli Army Injures Three Palestinians in Gaza
WAFA – 13 Mar 2012

French Grant of €10M to Build Desalination Unit in Gaza
WAFA – 13 Mar 2012

Civil Policemen Conclude Course on Interviewing Suspects, Victims
WAFA – 13 Mar 2012

Israelis Prevent Volunteers from Working on Land near Hebron
WAFA – 13 Mar 2012

Intifada Palestine

What happened to Palestine’s steam railways?
Intifada-Palestine: 13 Mar 2012 – by Stuart Littlewood David Shepherd’s ‘Black Prince’ (left) dwarfs the J15 celebrating her centenary Not all is doom and gloom here in the UK. The North Norfolk Railway (Poppy Line) put on its Spring Steam Gala last weekend and a good… more


Toll rises in Israel-Gaza Strip crossfire
LA Times 13 Mar 2012 – The violence claims the lives of three more civilians in the Gaza Strip as Israel and the Palestinians trade attacks. Egypt later announces a cease-fire. The toll on civilians from violence between the Israeli military and militants based in the Gaza Strip rose Monday as…

Syrian Forces Press Assault on Northern City
New York Times 13 Mar 2012 – The government is eager to regain control of the city of Idlib after forcing rebels from a neighborhood in the nearby city of Homs, Syrian opposition activists said. 

Truce Calms Israel-Gaza Violence
New York Times 13 Mar 2012 – An Egyptian-brokered truce appeared to be taking effect on Tuesday, ending four days of cross-border fighting between Israel and Palestinian militant groups in Gaza. 

Aboul Fotouh Is Unlikely Moderate in Egypt Election
New York Times 13 Mar 2012 – Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, who is running for president in Egypt, is a former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood whose campaign is attracting liberal supporters. 

Britain to Join Obama in Discouraging Israeli Strike on Iran
New York Times 13 Mar 2012 – Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, heading to Washington for a three-day visit, will add his voice to President Obama’s in discouraging an Israeli military strike on Iran, a diplomat said. 

U.N. Chief Ban Ki-Moon Says Assad Must Shift Syria’s Course
New York Times 13 Mar 2012 – Ban Ki-moon said that reforms are not important while people are being killed. 

Ishaqi Journal: Iraq’s Tribal Chiefs Step Into the Breach With Swift Justice
New York Times 13 Mar 2012 – As a new Iraq takes shape, the centuries-old customs and swagger of tribal leaders are keeping their hold. 

JVP Statement regarding Gilad Atzmon
Jewish Voice for Peace – 

Shadia Mansour, first lady of Arabic hip-hop, featured in Esquire mag contest
Mondoweiss – (Photo: Hip Hop Diplomacy) Esquire magazine is hosting a run-off for the “hottest” woman and Palestinian hip-hop artist Shadia Mansour is in the running. The contest with “sixty-four women, six rounds, and one winner — your winner — without any actual consequences” is kitschy at best,…

Egypt is looted, and the U.S. press calls it ‘reform’
Mondoweiss – Joseph Stiglitz One of the more annoying and dishonest features of the mainstream American media over the past couple of decades has been its use of the word “reform,” without quotation marks, as shorthand for a set of controversial economic policies the United States and global…

Remnick ignores the Nakba’s role in Israeli ‘democracy’
Mondoweiss – Editor’s Note: Earlier today Phil posted on a recent New Yorker article by David Remnick titled ” Threatened “. Omar Barghouti emailed out this response to Remnick’s piece and gave us permission to publish it. How sickeningly typical, predictable, and utterly immoral of soft Zionists! Nakba denial is…

012 ‘Ultimate Mission to Israel’
Mondoweiss – Part of me very much wishes to believe this is all a viral marketing effort leading to a forthcoming episode of Portlandia where they go to Israel. It is almost that surreal, but in a somewhat entertaining manner.   Shurat HaDin – an Israeli “lawfare” group…

Muslim activists give NYPD chief Ray Kelly the cold shoulder
Mondoweiss – Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD chief Ray Kelly ( Photo: AP ) Ray Kelly, the current head of the New York Police Department (NYPD) and a potential future mayoral candidate , has a problem. Month after month of revelations unearthed by the Associated Press (AP) has painted a damning…

Justice Department Investigating Whether MEK Speakers Accepted Illegal Fees from Terror Group
Tikun Olam – Tweet Did Alan Dershowitz accept blood money (aka speaker’s fee) from the MEK, a designated terror group? If so, he may’ve violated federal law. For the past several years, prominent public figures including leaders of both the Republican and Democratic parties have accepted hundreds of thousands…

Israel: the Permanent-War State
Tikun Olam – Tweet It’s no accident that as soon as Bibi Netanyahu returned from Washington DC, where he apparently was rebuffed yet again in his attempts to wage war on Iran, Israel decided to wage war on Gaza instead. Gaza serves as a punching bag for Israeli leaders…

Namibia: Sanctions On Iran Push Up Fuel Prices
allAfrica.com 13 Mar 2012 – [New Era] Windhoek – Tighter sanctions against Iran‘s energy and banking sector by the United States of America will result in Namibian consumers and others paying more for fuel starting Wednesday this week, March 14.

Egypt: Younis – Increasing Electricity Exported to Gaza Under Consideration
allAfrica.com 13 Mar 2012 – [Egypt Online] Electricity Minister Hassan Younis met for the second time this week with head of Palestinian Energy Authority (PEA) Omar Katana to take up ways of increasing electricity supply to Gaza Strip.

Egypt: Country Receives Report on 12 Nationals Arrested in Damascus
allAfrica.com 13 Mar 2012 – [Egypt Online] The Foreign Ministry received a report from Egyptian Embassy charge d’affaires in Damascus Counsellor Mahmoud Omar about the 12 Egyptians who have been arrested after trying to sneak into Syria from Lebanon.

Libya: Clinton, Libyan Prime Minister Elkeib After Their Meeting
allAfrica.com 13 Mar 2012 – [State Department] Remarks by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Prime Minister Elkeib of Libya after their meeting on March 8, 2012 in Washington D.C.:

Israeli settlers cut down 150 olive and grape trees in Wad Abu Reesh
Palestine Solidarity Project 13 Mar 2012 – On Monday, March 12, 2012, at about 6am, Israeli settlers from Bat Ayin settlements cut down around 150 olive and grape trees, owned by Hamad Alsalaby in Wad Abu Reesh, while soldiers provided security to the settlers. The Bat Ayin settlement was established in 1989, and…

Are Extra-judicial Killings a Form of Tikkun Olam?
The Magnes Zionist 13 Mar 2012 – In an op-ed published today by Rabbi Donniel Hartman, we learn that killing known terrorist leaders who have “blood on their hands,” and who have expressed a desire to continue their killing, is not only permitted under Jewish law, is not only commanded as a form…

Is Israel A Rational Actor?
The Magnes Zionist 12 Mar 2012 – In a seminal 2004 article in Philosophy and Public Affairs , David Luban argued that a state can justifiably launch a preventive war against a rogue state, provided that there is a high probability for that state being attacked by the rogue state. This was a departure…

Syrians ‘tortured’ in detention
BBC 13 Mar 2012 – Detainees in Syria’s prisons are routinely and systematically tortured in what amounts to crimes against humanity, says Amnesty International.

Truce agreed after Gaza clashes
BBC 13 Mar 2012 – A truce mediated by Egypt has been agreed between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza after four days of deadly clashes.

Palestine-Israel, Week in and a week out… and the joint struggle seems to start to collect momentum
A-infos 13 Mar 2012 – It takes time till a new village that started to involve in the persistent non-armed popular struggle catch the consistent weekend demonstrations. Beit Dajan seems to be the new addition, but only the coming weeks will tell. This week the hard core is consisted with Beit…

Combat has rules too. Shield civilians from the hostilies
B’tselem 11 Mar 2012 – In light of the recent escalation in violence around the Gaza Strip, the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem has repeated its demand that all parties to the conflict take all feasible measures to protect civilians from the impact of the fighting.


Bibi stirs trouble with attack on Gaza
Ramzy Baroud, Asia Times 3/13/2012
The first Israeli missile sped down to its target, scorching the Gaza earth and everything in between. Palestinians collected the body parts of two new martyrs, while Israeli media celebrated the demise of two terrorists.
Zuhair Qasis was the head of the Popular Resistance Committee. He was killed alongside a former Palestinian prisoner from Nablus who had recently been freed and deported to Gaza.
Then, another set of missiles rained down, this time taking Obeid al-Ghirbali and Muhammad Harara.
Then, a third, and a forth, and so on. The death count began on March 9 and escalated through the day. The Hamas government urged the international community to take action. Factions vowed to retaliate.
In these situations, Western media is usually clueless or complicit. Sometimes it’s both. The Israeli army was cited readily by many media outlets without challenge.
The first round of attacks was justified based on a claim that Qasis was involved in the planning of an attack that killed seven Israelis last year. The Israel army didn’t even bother to upgrade that claim – which had already resulted in the killing and wounding of many Palestinians. Even Israeli media had drawn the conclusion that the attack then originated from Egypt and that no Palestinian was involved.
Al Jazeera reported that some of the victims were decapitated, a familiar scene in most of Israel’s unforgiving atrocities…. more.. e-mail

Palestinian academic Ahmad Qatamesh receives third administrative detention order
Amnesty International, Israeli Occupation Archive 3/10/2012
6 March 2011
Palestinian academic Ahmad Qatamesh received a new six-month administrative detention order on 1 March. He has been held without charge or trial since 21 April 2011.
Ahmad Qatamesh was given a third administrative detention order on 1 March, the day that his second administrative detention order was due to expire. At the judicial review of the order, which took place on 5 March 2012, the military prosecutor sought the confirmation of the order by the military judge. It is expected that the military judge will confirm the detention order in the coming days.
Ahmad Qatamesh, together with other administrative detainees at Ofer prison in the occupied West Bank, have declared that they do not recognize the legitimacy of the military courts and administrative detention procedures, and have refused to attend judicial hearings. Because the judicial review normally takes place in the presence of the detainee, the prosecution insisted that Ahmad Qatamesh be brought to the court room on 5 March 2012. He again reiterated his rejection of the military court process and immediately returned to his cell.
According to both his wife and his lawyer, Ahmad Qatamesh has been interrogated for no more than a total of 10 minutes by Israel Security Agency (ISA) officers, who alleged that he was a member of the political office of a leftist Palestinian party which has an armed wing: the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). While Ahmad Qatamesh was a political and intellectual supporter of the PFLP in the 1990s, he says he has not been involved with them for 13 years. To Amnesty International’s knowledge, he has never been involved with PFLP-affiliated armed groups or advocated violence. His latest work focuses on political solutions that put an end to the violent conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, which he calls a “nightmare”. — See also: Amnesty International more.. e-mail

Women at the heart of struggle
Roqayah Chamseddine, Electronic Intifada 3/8/2012
Despite the establishment of stale Orientalist campaigns created in the name of women’s liberation in the Middle East and North Africa, the existence of enduring, self-sufficient women in the region has far-reaching historical context.
The search for female Middle East voices among pundits in the mainstream media echoes the same tired “Palestinian Gandhi” cliche; analysts have long used Lawrence of Arabia-esque exoticism as a means to portray the women of the Arab world, in that if they are not subservient housewives they are coy and reserved daughters, sheltered and locked away by the domineering male figures in the household. These conjectures are not false in their entirety, but they are also not unique to one specific region, culture, religion or people.
The pervasive Western tradition of characterizing an entire community by certain traits, which their Western audiences can ooh and ahh at, has helped manufacture a plethora of distortions.
History confirms that Arab women have long played an active political role in their societies, from Egyptian women who demonstrated alongside men during the Egyptian Revolution of 1919, against British occupation of Egypt and Sudan, to resistance fighter Jamila Bu Hreid of Algeria. Bu Hreid was nearly tortured to death by French occupation forces during the Algerian revolution and independence movement which lasted from 1954 to 1962 and resulted in Algeria gaining its independence from France.
South Lebanon, liberated in 2000 after nearly 22 years of Israeli occupation, was also home to female political action. Lebanese women would quietly supply resistance fighters with ammunition, often wrapping them across their stomachs before passing through Israeli checkpoints unnoticed. more.. e-mail

No pretense of an excuse for continued Israeli attacks on Gaza
In Gaza: 13 Mar 2012 – * Palestinians injured in Israel’s latest bombing campaign in Gaza ( photo by Mohamed Majdalawi ) by Eva Bartlett In August 2011 , when the Israeli army bombed the Gaza Strip for nearly a week, killing 26 and injuring 89 more Palestinians, they at least had a pretext, no matter how transparently false — one which was immediately proven bogus by both their own Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) spokeswoman and subsequent investigations. Four days ago on March 9, 2012, when the Israeli army assassinated two Palestinians via a precision-fired “drone” (UAV, the technically accurate name) missile, they didn’t even have the pretense of a pretext to cling to. The missile, which hit a car in Gaza City’s Tel el Hawa district, killing two Palestinian resistance fighters, was the first of almost non-stop bombing that has continued throughout Monday. As of Monday evening, the death toll was 25 Palestinians, with another over 80 injured…more

Silent Palestinian Warriors
Palestine Chronicle: 13 Mar 2012 – By Ramzy Baroud On March 8, Palestinian women rallied in Gaza and Ramallah to mark International Women’s Day. Activities were held in various cities, villages and refugee camps. Women in Palestine are united by a shared struggle, untold hardship, and also a legendary ability to withstand, survive and flourish under the harshest of circumstances. Even those women who are unable to articulate a discourse that can be validated by western academic standards in fact represent an unparalleled model of women’s empowerment. The human spirit can thrive in times of hardship, and Palestinian women have led the way of popular resistance to injustice. This is hardly a sentimental or poetic assertion, but a historic fact that goes back many decades. Currently, Hana Shalabi is the lead symbol of the struggle and resistance of Palestinian women, if not women everywhere. Hana went on a hunger strike on February 16. Hana’s story is…more

‘Price Tag’ Transforming Israel
Palestine Chronicle: 13 Mar 2012 – By Jamal Kanj ‘Death to Christians’ and ‘death to Arabs’ was scrawled in Hebrew last week on an old monastery and properties of Palestinian Christians in Jerusalem. On February 20th a Baptist church was defiled with graffiti insulting Jesus’ mother. Earlier in the same month, an 11th century Greek Orthodox Monastery was desecrated. The work carried the hallmark signature of ‘Price Tag.’ Price Tag is a pugnacious Jewish organization established in 2008. Its members come mostly from illegal “Jewish only” settlements in occupied Palestine. The organization targets Muslim and Christian sites in the West Bank and Native Palestinians inside Israel. Israeli Human Rights organizations have documented Price Tag’s violence like burning mosques, desecrating churches, vandalizing Muslim and Christian grave yards, physical assaults, uprooting of olive trees, destroying and stealing crops from Palestinian farms. According to Btselem, an Israeli Human Rights organization, Price Tag attacks against Muslim and Christian sites have…more

What Happened to Palestine’s Railways?
Palestine Chronicle: 13 Mar 2012 – By Stuart Littlewood Not all is doom and gloom here in the UK. The North Norfolk Railway (Poppy Line) put on its Spring Steam Gala last weekend and a good time was had by young and old. Their cute little J15 was celebrating her 100th birthday, dwarfed by wildlife artist David Shepherd’s mighty ‘Black Prince’. The B12, which had been undergoing a major overhaul, emerged into the sunlight looking as brand spanking new as she did the day she was built in 1928. And two visitors joined the proceedings – the Great Western ‘Kinlet Hall’, 83 years old but absolutely immaculate, and a Black Five – to round off this steam spectacular. As I snapped these snorting, chuffing, hissing beauties and basked in waves of nostalgia I couldn’t help wondering what happened to Palestine’s steam railways. In the days of the British Mandate there was an extensive rail network in…more

Alleged Photos of “Clean-up” at Iran’s Parchin Site Lack Credibility
Dissident Voice: 13 Mar 2012 – IPS — News stories about satellite photographs suggesting efforts by Iran to “sanitise” a military site that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said may have been used to test nuclear weapons have added yet another layer to widely held suspicion that Iran must indeed be hiding a covert nuclear weapons programme. But the story is suspect, in part because it is based on evidence that could only be ambiguous, at best. The claim does not reflect U.S. intelligence, and a prominent think tank that has published satellite photography related to past controversies surrounding Iran’s nuclear programme has not found any photographs supporting it. The original Parchin clean-up story by Associated Press correspondent George Jahn, published March 7, reported that two unnamed diplomats from an unidentified country or countries – it was not made clear how many were involved – told him that satellite photos “appear to show trucks and…more

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