VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 19 March 2012: UN: Settlers grab Palestinian water springs

19 March 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

23 Detainees Holding Hunger-Strike
IMEMC – The Ad-Dameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association reported, Monday, that there are 23 detainees who are currently on hunger-strike protesting the illegal policies of Administrative Detention used by Israel to keep hundreds of detainees behind bars without charges. …

Two Civilians Injured in Gaza Tunnel; Israeli Troops Arrest Eight During West Bank Raids
IMEMC – Two Palestinian civilian were injured on Monday at dawn during an accident at a Tunnel in Rafah city near the Gaza-Egypt borders. … 

Ma’an News

Soldiers raid Nabi Saleh, witnesses say
3/19/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided the village of Nabi Saleh overnight Sunday, witnesses told Ma’an. Soldiers threatened to raid the village every night unless residents stopped their popular resistance campaign and weekly protests, locals said. Troops filmed the raid and took photos of residents. They also raided several homes….

Israeli court to hold Shalabi hearing Tuesday
3/19/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — An Israeli court will hold a hearing for hunger-striking detainee Hana Shalabi on Tuesday morning, a lawyer from the prisoners society said. Shalabi started a hunger strike on Feb. 16 after she was re-arrested by Israeli forces, despite being freed in a prisoner swap deal in October. Lawyer Jawad Boulos said…. Related:Shalabi supporters join hunger strike, boycott courts

Shalabi supporters join hunger strike, boycott courts
3/19/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Thirty Palestinian prisoners have joined the hunger strike of Hana Shalabi, the head of the Palestinian Prisoners Society said Monday. PA Minister for Detainee Affairs Issa Qaraqe told Ma’an that Shalabi was hospitalized on Monday evening after consuming only water for 33 days. Her lawyers and doctors warned last…. Related:Israeli court to hold Shalabi hearing Tuesday

UN: Settlers grab Palestinian water springs
3/19/2012 – NABI SALEH (Reuters) — Jewish settlers have seized dozens of natural springs in the occupied West Bank, barring Palestinians or limiting their access to scarce water sources, a United Nations report said on Monday. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said it had surveyed 530 springs in the West Bank and found that….

Al-Malki: Israel trying to block UN inquiry
3/19/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel is trying to thwart Palestinian efforts to secure a United Nations inquiry into the impact of settlements, Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said Monday. Al-Malki told Ma’an the PA is asking the UN Human Rights Council to appoint an international fact-finding commission “to come to the occupied….

PA calls on donors to invest in Area C
3/19/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority on Monday published recommendations to a meeting of donors on Palestine this week. The position paper for the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee meeting in Brussels on Wednesday says the PA will focus on development of Area C, the 62 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli control….

Witnesses: 2 people injured in Hebron army raids
3/19/2012HEBRON (Ma’an) — Two people were injured in Hebron during a raid by Israeli soldiers on Sunday, witnesses said. Israa Salaymah, 16, sustained a head injury after soldiers pushed her violently after raiding her family’s home. Mustafa Abu Sleima sustained bruises after soldiers assaulted him in his home, witnesses said. Both were….

Medics: 2 workers injured in Gaza smuggling tunnels
3/19/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two workers were injured on Monday after falling into a smuggling tunnel in Rafah, south Gaza, medics said. Medical spokesman in the Gaza Strip Adham Abu Salmiya said that one worker sustained serious injuries and the other was moderately wounded after falling into the opening of a smuggling tunnel under….

Witnesses: 2 teenagers detained in Qalqiliya
3/19/2012 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday detained two teenagers in the Qalqiliya village of Azzun, witnesses told Ma’an. Muawiya Abdul-Latif Radwan, 17, and Qusay Shair Salim, 18, were seized after soldiers raided their homes. Both were handcuffed and taken to an unknown destination, locals said. An Israeli army spokeswoman said two….

2 detainees enter 20th year in Israeli jail
3/19/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two Palestinian detainees have entered their 20th year in Israeli detention, researcher Riyad al-Ashqar said Monday. Atef Shaath, from Khan Younis in southern Gaza, was detained in 1993 and sentenced to 25 years, said al-Ashqar, who works for the Ministry of Detainee Affairs in Gaza. Mahmoud Nofal, 64, from Jerusalem….

Army: Gaza rocket lands in south Israel
3/19/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A rocket fired from Gaza landed in the southern Negev region of Israel on Monday, the Israeli army said. No injuries or damage were reported, Israeli news site Ynet reported. Egypt brokered a truce between Gaza factions and Israel beginning at 1 a. m. Tuesday, after four days of fighting killed….

Gaza children fly kites to remember Japan quake
3/19/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian refugee school children in Gaza gathered to fly kites on Sunday to commemorate the anniversary of a deadly earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the UN refugee agency said. Around 1,000 children flew kites at a Japanese-funded health center in the southern Gaza town Khan Younis, UNRWA said in a press….

Leftist Palestinian group in Syria visits Gaza
3/19/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Leaders of a leftist Palestinian faction in Syria are visiting the Gaza Strip for talks with several political groups, a politician with the faction said on Monday. Senior officials of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine — GeneralCommand in Damascus arrived in Gaza on Tuesday, PFLP-GC member in Gaza Luay….

Christian leaders: Israeli ambassador ‘masks reality’
3/19/2012 – Kairos Palestine, a group of Palestinian Christians, denounces Michael Oren’s recent op-ed “Israel and the Plight of Mideast Christians,” published in The Wall Street Journal. In this inaccurate and manipulative text, Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the US, blames the plight of Palestinian Christians on oppression at the hands of Palestinian Muslims…. Related: A Palestinian Christian response to Michael Oren

Abbas updates Qatari emir
3/19/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas has written to Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani to update the Qatari Emir on political developments, PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said. Erekat delivered the letter, which discussed Israeli settlement activities, the situation in Jerusalem and developments in national reconciliation, the official Wafa news reported. Doha hosted the last….

Hamas: Fatah prefers US dollars to national agreements
3/19/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Fatah has not implemented any of its reconciliation commitments because it prefers American money to national agreements, a spokesman for the Hamas-led government in Gaza said Monday. Taher al-Nunu said in a statement that Fatah is trying to destroy the reconciliation agreement it signed with Hamas last May. Al-Nunu’….

PA: Austerity measures to continue
3/19/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority will continue with its austerity plan in order to reduce the ongoing financial crisis, an official said Monday.” Austerity measures will continue, and if donor countries will not fulfill their pledges, the PA will take further austerity steps to try and reduce effects of the crisis,” adviser to…. Related: Jenin students protest financial exclusion

Jenin students protest financial exclusion
3/19/2012 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Students at a Jenin university protested outside the university’s administrative headquarters overnight Sunday, calling for the reinstatement of 400 students who could not pay full fees for the semester. The student council of the Arab American University called for boycotting classes until further notice. Around 100 students gathered outside…. Related: PA: Austerity measures to continue

Most Nablus women ‘do not report domestic violence’
3/19/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — More than half the women subject to domestic violence in Nablus do not tell anyone, Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics researcher Ashraf Hamdan said Monday. A PCBS survey released on March 8 to mark International Women’s Day revealed that 37 percent of married Palestinian women were subject to violence….

Dutch author finds love of walking in Palestine
3/19/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Three years ago, a Dutch economic adviser to the Middle East Quartet set off into the wilds of the northern Jordan Valley to find a mountain biking route. His book ‘Walking Palestine’ is published this month, 125 West Bank walks later. Stefan Szepesi, 32, never found a place to….

Bedouin release Brazilians held in Egypt’s Sinai
3/19/2012 – ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) — Two Brazilian tourists kidnapped by Bedouin tribesmen in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula have been released after negotiations with the Egyptian military, a security source said on Monday. The tourists, abducted on Sunday, were handed over to security forces near St Catherine’s Monastery in the presence of Bedouin tribal leaders….

40 tons of expired food destroyed in Hebron
3/19/2012HEBRON (Ma’an) — Government officials have destroyed 40 tons of expired food in Hebron, the Ministry of National Economy said Monday. The health, agriculture and national economy ministries have overseen the campaign to rid markets of out-of-date produce, along with tax and custom officials. In a statement, the Ministry of National Economy stressed the….

Gaza naval police seize expired fish meat
3/19/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Naval police in the Gaza Strip on Monday seized 75 kilograms of fish which had passed its sell by date, a statement said. The fish meat was not fit for human consumption and the group intending to sell it are being investigated, naval police said….

Heavy fighting in Syrian capital, residents say
3/19/2012 – AMMAN (Reuters) — A heavy firefight broke out on Monday between Free Syrian Army rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar Assad in a main district of the Syrian capital Damascus that is home to several security installations, witnesses said. They said the sound of heavy machinegun fire and rocket-propelled grenades echoed through the heavily guarded….

4 shot dead at French Jewish school
3/19/2012 – TOULOUSE, France (Reuters) — At least four people, including three children, were shot dead at a Jewish school in Toulouse in southwest France on Monday, the third fatal shooting in the region in just over a week. President Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, the Socialist opposing him in his uphill bid for re-election in May, both….

Amnesty: NATO failed to investigate Libya civilian deaths
3/19/2012 – LONDON (Reuters) — NATO has failed to properly investigate or provide compensation for civilian deaths caused by its air strikes during the seven-month operation in Libya that helped bring about the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi, Amnesty International said on Monday. Echoing similar criticisms aired this month by Russia, Amnesty said scores of Libyans, who were not….


Gaza truce holds despite exchange of fire
AlJazeera 15 Mar 2012 – Israel carries out two air raids as Palestinian fighters fire rockets amid shaky ceasefire.

International Solidarity Movement

His story told by his mother: Ayoub Asalya, 12 years old, killed by an Israeli missile
3/18/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Rosa Schiano, 19 March 2012, il Blog di Oliva – Ayoub Asalya, 12, was going to school on Sunday morning when he was killed by an Israeli missile.  On the walls of his house there is a poster with his image. Ayoub is shown smiling with a cap on his head.”The nights before he…. Related: il Blog di Oliva

Alternative Information Center

BDS Trial: France Demands Prison Sentence as Example
Alternative Information Center – The French prosecution is requesting exemplary sentences against local BDS activists.

Relief Web

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Relief Web 19 Mar 2012 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory In recent years, Israeli settler activity in the West Bank has significantly impaired Palestinian access to, and use of, a growing number of water springs. Springs are…

Address inequalities facing Arabs, says ICG
Relief Web 19 Mar 2012 – Source: Integrated Regional Information Networks Country: Israel , occupied Palestinian territory TEL AVIV, 19 March 2012 (IRIN) – Urgent steps should be taken to address the widespread marginalization of Arab minorities in Israel, including Palestinians living in occupied East Jerusalem, to…

Q&A: Fresh challenges in Libya for an expanded UNHCR team
Relief Web 19 Mar 2012 – Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Libya , Bangladesh , Central African Republic (the) , Congo (the) , Côte d’Ivoire , Eritrea , Iraq , Niger (the) , Nigeria , occupied Palestinian territory , Senegal , Somalia , Sudan (the) , Syrian Arab Republic (the) TRIPOLI, Libya, March 17 (UNHCR) – Just…

Plan of Action for the West Bank & Gaza Strip 2011-2013
Relief Web 19 Mar 2012 – Source: Food and Agriculture Organization Country: occupied Palestinian territory Palestine faces a protracted crisis characterized by access restrictions to natural resources (water and land), recurrent conflict, a longstanding economic food-access crisis, the breakdown of livelihoods and insufficient institutional capacity to…

Measures Taken by Israel in Support of Developing the Palestinian Economy and Socio-Economic Structure
Relief Web 18 Mar 2012 – Source: Government of Israel Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel Israeli Report to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee Measures Taken by Israel in Support of Developing the Palestinian Economy and Socio-Economic Structure Report of the Government of Israel to the Ad…

The National

Israelis and Palestinians in West Bank water wars
The National 19 Mar 2012 – Jewish settlers in the West Bank are increasingly using threats, intimidation or violence to block Palestinians from using the Israeli-occupied territory’s vital natural springs, a United Nations report said yesterday.

Brother of Al Qaeda boss is acquitted in Egypt
The National 19 Mar 2012 – Mohammed Al Zawahiri and several leading Islamists jailed in Egypt were yesterday acquitted on charges of participating in Islamist groups seeking to topple the Egyptian regime in the 1990s.

Assad loses more top generals to the Free Syrian Army
The National 19 Mar 2012 – Three people are killed in a Damascus gun battle between president’s regime and opposition as refugees in Turkey talk of returning to fight.

Will Egypt’s generals produce a last-minute champion?
The National 19 Mar 2012 – Letter from Cairo Islamist popularity has weakened since the parliamentary polls, and there is so far no front-runner among the Mubarak-era players looking to lead Egypt. But you can pretty much write off the undertaker who has filled out an application. 


France attack on Jews is not just a national tragedy, but a political drama
Ha’aretz – 19 Mar 2012

French police: Gun used in Jewish school attack tied to murder of Muslim soldiers
Ha’aretz – 19 Mar 2012

France shooting is attack on all Jews, say U.S., European Jewish groups
Ha’aretz – 19 Mar 2012

UN cancels Hamas official visit to Human Rights Council after Israeli complaint
Ha’aretz – 19 Mar 2012

Ehud Barak to sign deal for delivery of sixth German-made submarine
Ha’aretz – 19 Mar 2012

French Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, 30, killed in Toulouse shooting
Ha’aretz – 19 Mar 2012

Netanyahu: Murder in French Jewish school a ‘despicable anti-Semitic’ attack
Ha’aretz – 19 Mar 2012

Israeli journalists apologize to Claims Conference over controversial film
Ha’aretz – 19 Mar 2012

Sarkozy: Toulouse shooting at Jewish school is a frightening tragedy
Ha’aretz – 19 Mar 2012

Israel, French Jewish community express shock over Toulouse shooting
Ha’aretz – 19 Mar 2012

Four killed in shooting at Jewish school in France
Ha’aretz – 19 Mar 2012

Iranians respond to Israeli Facebook initiative: Israel, we love you too
Ha’aretz – 19 Mar 2012

Jerusalem Post

‘Exporting natural gas would help economy, politics’
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – Energy and Water Minister Uzi Landau says portion of natural gas in Mediterranean Sea reservoirs should be exported. 

A year after the Arab Spring, it’s spinning out of control
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – Qatar is more and more assuming the role vacated by Egypt in trying to settle local and international disputes. 

Protecting France’s Jews
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – The attack in Toulouse will undoubtedly add to European Jews’ feeling of vulnerability. 

Protecting civilians
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – The indiscriminate firing of rockets and other projectiles from Gaza into Israel is illegal and unjustifiable. 

Sarkozy: Racism behind French shootings
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – French paper ‘Le Point’ reports police suspect neo-Nazi former paratroopers in Jewish school, soldier shootings. 

No Holds Barred: Karzai calls American troops ‘demons’
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – One would have thought that the American commander-in-chief would swiftly denounce this stunning act of ingratitude. 

A British Jew in AIPAC’s court
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – The idealized image of Israel which I sensed at AIPAC allows for doubt to be dismissed. 

Flexing our muscles
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – Globally, our responses to Boycott Delegitimisation and Sanctions are seen as examples of best practice. 

Borderline Views: Strengthening the humanities
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – The status of the Humanities is not a foregone conclusion. 

Encountering Peace: Don’t shut the switch
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – One of the items not transferred to the Palestinian Authority with its creation in 1994 was electricity generation. 

False memories of the Crusader states
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – Where things went wrong for the Crusaders was not in the long-distance messaging to core supporters, but in the muddling of that message among its neighbors and near-neighbors. 

US to UNHRC: ‘Stop anti-Israel bias’
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – Ambassador says US “troubled” by Council’s “biased and disproportionate focus on Israel”; Palestinians ask for probe into settler behavior; Israel says request is ploy to dodge talks. 

Ah yes, I remember them well
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – With the Academy Awards still fresh in our minds, a stroll down the silver screen’s memory lane reflects some of the films that have made a lasting impression. 

Netanyahu to UNHRC: You should be ashamed
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – NGO hosts of Hamas parliamentarian in UN Geneva building, angers Israel; Hamas man denounces arrest of Palestinian MPs. 

UN: Funding, politics harm PA state-building
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – Report says financial problems, lack of political progress harming PA‘s state-building efforts.

Court rejects 6 Beduin Negev land lawsuits
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – Members of the al-Uqbi family argued that they owned land, including at al-Arakib, since Ottoman times. 

Gas mask distribution is coming to an end
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – By the end of the month, just over 4 million Israelis will have received their masks, leaving 40 percent without. 

Western powers draft new UNSC statement on Syria
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012France to submit non-binding “presidential statement” urging end to violence, supporting Kofi Annan’s peace efforts. 

Syrian capital sees heaviest fighting of uprising
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – Clashes appear to be an attempt by rebels to show they still pose a serious challenge; RPG fired at Syrian army general. 

Syrian leader revives father’s torture techniques
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – Amnesty report says rebellion spurs Assad to engage in widespread abuse. 

Fire destroys furniture destined for lone soldiers
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – Lone Soldier Center warehouse fire destroys NIS 40,000 worth of mattresses, furniture meant for overseas IDF volunteers. 

PM condemns ‘loathsome murder of Jews’ in France
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – PM slams UN for not condemning attack outside of Jewish school while UN Human Rights Council hosts Hamas official who “kills Jewish men women,children”; Barak, Livni confident French authorities can handle situation. 

Beduin release Brazilians held in Egypt’s Sinai
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – Tourists had been heading to monastery when bus stopped by armed Beduin and taken hostage. 

All out Adventure: Bike or hike the Burma Road
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – The Burma Road is an incredibly accessible trail, perfect for anyone looking for a half day escape from J’lem or TA

Iron Dome: Hero or villain?
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – This system could do more harm than good if it makes government deem rocket fire “tolerable.” 

‘Jews around world under growing terror threat’
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – Former Counterterrorism Bureau chief tells ‘Post’ that jihadist organizations seeking to attack Israeli, Jewish targets overseas. 

Iran’s reliable support for terror
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – Iran has directed or been involved in terrorist plots in Argentina, Canada and Israel. 

Obama raises more than $45 million in February
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – Campaign officials concerned Super PACs could outspend US president in their quest to put a Republican in the White House. 

Police bust crime-ring in Ashdod
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – Linkage between organized crime, local gov’t is “worrying and dangerous,” southern police chief says. 

Alternatively Speaking: Spring is in the air
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – Alternative medicine enthusiast Natalie Marx answers your questions: What foods are good for reducing effects of hay fever? 

Shooting stuns Toulouse chief rabbi, Jewish groups
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – Rabbi Avraham Weill said he community in “misery” after attack; AJC, World Jewish Congress condemn assault on Jewish school. 

Russia fuels Syrian arms increase of 580%
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – SIPRI report notes that Russia supplied 78% of Syria’s arms imports in 2007–11, arms sales stayed strong in Middle East. 

Histadrut race will be Eini versus Cabel
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – Internal Histadrut court previously ruled that Cabel couldn’t rule because he hadn’t paid monthly membership for year. 

Hadassah-Ein Kerem hospital opens $363m. tower
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – New state-of-the-art building admits first patients today, old facility will be used for research. 

‘Tzohar bills’ approved for first plenum reading
Jerusalem Post 19 Mar 2012 – Legislation would make it easier for national-religious rabbis to marry couples in any city or municipality. 

Southern towns to Court: Stop power plant
Jerusalem Post 18 Mar 2012 – Gazan rockets could trigger catastrophe if plant built, say Kiryat Malachi, Be’er Tuviya. 

J14 protest leader: Housing recommendations a bluff
Jerusalem Post 18 Mar 2012 – “If it looks like a bluff, walks like a bluff, and smells like a bluff, chances are it is a bluff,” says National Union of Students chair. 

The Guardian

Nicolas Sarkozy and Binyamin Netanyahu condemn attacks at Jewish school in Toulouse – video
The Guardian 19 Mar 2012 – French president Nicolas Sarkozy and Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu pledged to do everything possible to capture the gunman who opened fire in Toulouse

Albert Einstein’s complete archives to be posted online
The Guardian 19 Mar 2012 – Hebrew University releases initial 2,000 documents including unseen letters, postcards and research notes Albert Einstein’s complete archives – from personal correspondence with half a dozen lovers to notebooks scribbled with his groundbreaking research – are going…

Hills, olive groves … and a ferris wheel: hikers find the unexpected in Palestine
The Guardian 19 Mar 2012 – With foreign visitors and local people blazing a trail in West Bank, diplomat Stefan Szepesi publishes guide to 25 walks Mohammed Atari heaved the rock into position, its painted red and white sign marking a seven-mile…

Inter Press Service

New Threat Looms Over South Sudan Refugees
IPS Thousands of African refugees in Israel face expulsion to dangerous conditions in their countries of origin as Israel hardens its policies. The refugees are increasingly turning to protest.


Israel actively supports theft of Palestinian water, says new UN report
Uruknet March 19, 2012 – The Israeli government has turned a blind eye – and often actively supported – the illegal takeover of water springs located on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank by Israeli settlers, according to a new report released by the United Nations’ leading humanitarian body. “All the development of these tourist…

Israeli gov’t interrogations decision will prompt increased use of torture
Uruknet March 19, 2012 – A recent decision to prevent the recording of security interrogation means a return to the norms of the witch trials. The Israeli government recently made permanent a temporary order – in force for 11 years – that permits the police to avoid documenting security interrogations, Haaretz has reported (Hebrew). Regular criminal interrogations…

Human rights NGO: Hana Shalabi in danger of imminent death
Uruknet March 19, 2012 – Physicians for Human Rights issued a statement Monday evening warning that hunger striking administrative detainee Hana Shalabi is facing the risk of death. The message comes at the end of 33 days of Shalabi’s hunger strike, and is based on a physical examination carried out today in prison by a physician working…

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet March 18, 2012– Sunday ended with 67 martyrs fell by security forces and regime’s army shooting, including 3 children. 29 in Deir Ezzor, 14 in Idlib, 8 in Homs, 7 in Damascus suburbs, 4 in each Aleppo and Daraa, and a martyr in Hama. Homs: Talbieseh: Child Nadia Yaser Al-Sowais (7 years old) was martyred, and…

Video: Palestinian women and Resistance
Uruknet March 18, 2012 – Suha Barghouti is the Chair of the Palestinian NGO network, and a long-time human rights activist. In this interview, she discusses the history of Palestinian women’s roles in Palestinian popular resistance, what shape that resistance has taken today, and what she sees for the future. The interview was originally featured in the…

AIC Video: Palestinian Children Ex-Detainees
Uruknet March 18, 2012 – It is estimated that 8,000 Palestinian children, including some as young as 12-years-old, have been arrested and detained by the Israeli authorities since 2000. According to a report released in early March by Save the Children and the East Jerusalem YMCA Rehabilitation Program, 98 percent were subjected to physical or psychological violence…

Iran Official Offers Nuclear Grand Bargain
Uruknet March 18, 2012 – In a potentially huge move, Iran’s Mohammad Javad Larijani – a key advisor to the Ayatollah and elder brother of Iran’s former top nuclear negotiator – has said Iran might accept a grand bargain on its nuclear program. The offer of “full transparency” in retrun for Western help with Iran’s civil nuclear…

The News from Gaza: They Will Never Beg
Uruknet March 18, 2012 – I have read several accounts over the last few days of how life in Southern Israel has become unbearable for the people living there. In retaliation for the latest provocation by Israel over 200 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel. 11 people were injured, one seriously. Most were suffering from “shock”….

012 : A Video Roundup

Condemning Israel’s Racist Occupation
Uruknet March 18, 2012 – Israeli control represents the longest military occupation in modern times. Palestinians are afforded no rights. Daily terror defines their lives. Racist policies persecute them. It exceeds the worst of South African apartheid. It’s gone on longer than anyone should tolerate. Malcolm X once asked: “What do you call a Black man with…

Hunger Strikers for Freedom, for Justice, for Dignity, for Palestine
Uruknet March 18, 2012 – Hana’ was kidnapped from her home in Burqin, Jenin on 16.02.2012 and has been ordered in administrative detention for 6 months. This is not the first time for Hana’: she had been in administrative detention for 6 executive times since 14.03.2009, and was released in October 2011 in the latest prisoner exchange…

Domestic gas shortage follows Gaza power blackouts
Uruknet March 18, 2012 — The ongoing electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip has led to a shortage in domestic-use gas for heating and cooking, as residents exhaust limited supplies permitted into the blockaded coastal strip. Muhammad Al-Abadlah, a member of the board of gas companies association in Gaza, told Ma’an the gas shortage had worsened after…

His story told by his mother: Ayoub Asalya, 12 years old, killed by an Israeli missile
Uruknet March 18, 2012 – – Ayoub Asalya, 12, was going to school on Sunday morning when he was killed by an Israeli missile. On the walls of his house there is a poster with his image. Ayoub is shown smiling with a cap on his head. “The nights before he was killed, he came to me…

Militias massacre sexual minorities and Emo’s in Iraq
Uruknet March 18, 2012 – Iraqi Lgbt condemns the latest wave of violence, which has erupted since the beginning of February 2012 in Baghdad, Basra and other cities in Iraq against sexual minorities in particular and emo’ youths in general. At present within Iraqi society the terms emo’ and gay’, lesbian’ or trans’ are often used interchangeably.Recent…

Israel targets Palestinian solar panels in bid for West Bank dominance
Uruknet March 18, 2012 – Hundreds of Palestinians will be left without electricity should Israel’s order for the demolition of 8 solar panels in the West Bank go ahead, in what many say is an attempt to drive Palestinians out of the Israeli-controlled part of the territory. “We are suspended between heaven and earth; the solar panels…

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet March 17, 2012 – Twenty martyrs have fallen so far in Syria including a child, 2 military recruits and 2 under torture. 8 martyrs were reported from Raqqa, 5 in Homs (3 of them in Rastan city), 2 in Jabal Al-Zawiyah (Idlib), 1 in Zawyeh (Idlib) 2 in Tremseh (Hama) and one in each of Inkhel…

Stop The Wall

Expelling Palestinian communities through ongoing home demolitions
Stop The Wall – Christian Peacemaker Team Already in 2011, Israeli occupation authorities had informed UN agencies that in 2012 they would start to “relocate” Palestinian communities in area C. In other words, the Israeli authorities have been blatant that they would ethnically cleanse the some 60% of the West Bank that fall under…

Weekly anti-Wall protests call for solidarity with Hana Shalaby
Stop The Wall – Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign Ni’lin: Israeli soldiers repressed the weekly popular march in Ni’lin, west Ramallah, as they threw dozens of tear gas bombs. This Friday’s march in Ni’ilin was part of the mobilization efforts for the global mobilizing effort “Israeli Apartheid Week” and was entitled “Racism of Israel”…

The Israeli apartheid week launched in Hebron and Bethlehem
Stop The Wall – Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign The grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign and the BNC organized a documentary presentation about the Israeli apartheid regime in Hebron and Bethlehem cities. Mohammad Basheer, youth activist in Stop the Wall campaign and the independent youth movement (Herak Shababi), said that the activities started there…

YNet News

22 killed in drug violence in south Mexico state
YNet News, 19 Mar 2012 – ….

Iran strike a death wish
YNet News, 19 Mar 2012 – Op-ed: Israeli strike on Iran’s nuke program would mark first step towards State of Israel’s demise ….

Explosions heard during IDF drill in north
YNet News, 19 Mar 2012 – ….

Israeli woman collapses, dies in Tokyo
YNet News, 19 Mar 2012 – ….

New law bans use of underweight models in ads
YNet News, 19 Mar 2012 – Knesset passes bill that forbids use of models with BMI below 18.5 in commercial advertisements. MK Danon: Knockout in the war against anorexia ….

EU assigns 35 million Euros to improve Palestinian infrastructure
YNet News, 19 Mar 2012 – ….

‘Models’ law’ passes 2nd and 3rd reading in Knesset
YNet News, 19 Mar 2012 – ….

‘Settlers taking over Palestinian springs’
YNet News, 19 Mar 2012UN‘s OCHA report claims settlers have taken over dozens of natural springs in West Bank, limiting or preventing Palestinian access to much-needed water sources, ….

Palestinians as ‘super victims’
YNet News, 19 Mar 2012 – Op-ed: Turning Palestinians into victims a case of emotional appeals triumphing over facts ….

Jaljulia: Infant girl killed in fire
YNet News, 19 Mar 2012 – Fire erupts in third-floor apartment; mother severely injured while trying to rescue her children ….

Police: Crime by foreigners up 23%
YNet News, 19 Mar 2012 – Some 2,400 criminal cases were opened for migrants in 2011 – up from 2,000 in previous years; most drastic increase registers among illegal African refugees ….

Peres urges Iranians to shake free of ‘corrupt regime’
YNet News, 19 Mar 2012 – President tapes holiday greeting ahead of Persian New Year, wishing Iranians ‘taste of freedom’ ….

‘Israel must show sensitivity to US reality over Iran strike’
YNet News, 19 Mar 2012 – Defense Minister Barak takes part in Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting; hints that it is preferable not to carry out strike against Iran without US consent ….

The great Atlantic Divide
YNet News, 19 Mar 2012 – Op-ed: We should never talk down to American Jews if we wish to bring Jewish family together ….

Qassam rocket hits Negev
YNet News, 19 Mar 2012 – Rocket explodes in open area in Eshkol Regional Council after two-day lull; no injuries ….

Palestinian Information Center

IOF carry out military exercises in Jenin
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) initiated at dawn Monday large-scale live fire drills and maneuvers in the plains of Ya’bad town, southeast of Jenin city, and nearby mountains.

W. Bank MPs slam PA for not protecting their rights
PIC – The Hamas change and reform parliamentary bloc denounced the Palestinian authority for its passivity and silence towards the Israeli violations being committed against its lawmakers in the West Bank.

Zionist occupation forces arrest 75 Palestinians in West Bank last week
PIC – The Zionist occupation forces arrested during last week 75 Palestinians from West Bank cities including two Palestinian girls, two freed captives in “Wafaa Al-Ahrar” exchange deal.

Hamas extends condolences to Egypt for the death of Shenouda
PIC – Hamas, sent a message of condolences to Egypt and all Christians in the world for the death of Pope Shenouda III, the 117th Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark.

Israeli intelligence extorts Palestinian ex-detainee to work for them
PIC – A newly released Palestinian prisoner said an Israeli intelligence officer blackmailed him and threatened to send him back once again to jail if he did not work as an informer for Israel. 

Israel bars Palestinian MP from going to Geneva to attend UN conference
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority and its forces refused on Sunday to allow Hamas lawmaker Ibrahim Dahbour to travel abroad.

Workers stage sit-in at Rafah crossing protesting power crisis
PIC – Dozens of Palestinian workers and citizens staged a sit-in at the Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on Sunday demanding an end to the power crisis in the enclave.

Abu Zuhri: Elections linked to allowing free political activity
PIC – Hamas spokesman Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri has called on Fatah faction, which is controlling the West Bank, to abide by recommendations of the freedoms committee and to stop political arrests.

Israeli armored vehicle overturns bus, Palestinian workmen wounded
PIC – 19 Palestinian workmen sustained moderate to serious injuries when the bus they were aboard was deliberately hit by an Israeli military armored vehicle near Qalqiliya city.


Human Rights Group Condemns Israeli Use of Police Dogs
WAFA – 18 Mar 2012

Newspapers Review: Fatah Accusations to Iran Dominates Daily
WAFA – 18 Mar 2012

Operation Dove: Settlers Attack Palestinian Shepherd North of Hebron
WAFA – 18 Mar 2012


Syria car bomb kills 2, injures 30 in Aleppo
LA Times 19 Mar 2012 – The blast comes the day after two other explosions killed 27. The rebellion against President Bashar Assad is entering its second year. A car bomb explosion killed at least two people and injured 30 in the northern city of Aleppo, Syrian authorities said Sunday, raising…

U.S. War Game Sees Dire Results of Attack on Iran
New York Times 19 Mar 2012 – A classified war game held this month forecast that such an attack would lead to a wider regional war, which could draw in the United States, officials said. 

Clashes Rock an Upscale Area of Damascus, Syria’
New York Times 19 Mar 2012 – Clashes erupted early Monday between armed defectors and the Syrian Army in a wealthy and well-protected area of Damascus, according to activists and residents. 

Peace March in Damascus Is Cut Short by Authorities
New York Times 19 Mar 2012 – The Syrian authorities briefly detained 11 members of one of Syria’s most moderate opposition groups, which has opposed the use of violence in the yearlong uprising. 

Iran Eases Its Currency Exchange Policy
New York Times 19 Mar 2012 – Iran’s central bank has loosened its strict foreign exchange policy, allowing money traders there to sell dollars for rials at the unofficial market rate. 

Inspired by Shalabi, Palestinian prisoners boycott military courts
Mondoweiss – (Photo: Ayman Nobani/APA images) Political prisoner Hana Shalabi, now in her 33rd day of hunger strike, is spreading dissent across Israeli prisons, including a boycott of the military courts system. Shalabi is protesting Israel’s practice of administrative detention, or arrest without charge. As a result of…

Northwest pinkwashing events cancelled, StandWithUs’s record of queer exploitation exposed
Mondoweiss – Last week, three pinkwashing events in Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia, Washington were cancelled, following actions by anti-pinkwashing activists. The events had been scheduled as part of a Northwest tour of four queer and allied Israelis, sponsored by StandWithUs and the Israeli Consulate in the Pacific Northwest….

‘We Will Never Bomb You’ meme goes viral in Israel
Mondoweiss – Two Israeli artists, Ronnie Adri and Michal Tamir, have come up with a Facebook campaign called ” Israel Loves Iran ” intended to “humanize” the Israeli people for Iranian Facebook users and express opposition to the government’s war talk. Coverage of the meme has expanded to  other popular news sites  in…

The flaw of Beinart’s conception of Israel’s ‘flawed but genuine democracy’
Mondoweiss – There is a lot to say about Peter Beinart’s op-ed in today’s New York Times . Phil ran down the contours of his argument , but one thing that struck me was how absent Palestinians seem in Beinart’s vision. Sure he mentions the occupation, but only as so…

March 15 one year later in Gaza: Has the fire gone cold?
Mondoweiss – One year ago this week, Gaza erupted into one of the most exciting demonstrations of youth “power” I had ever had the joy to witness. The “Arab Spring” was in full swing, and this time, they believed, was “their turn.” Youth, and in many cases, their…

Israel Says ‘No’ to Iran War
Tikun Olam – Tweet

Beinart’s Buy Israel, ‘Zionist BDS’ Reverse Boycott
Tikun Olam – Tweet The NY Times op-ed staff has offered Peter Beinart a gift on a silver platter, with his very own essay marking the launch of Zion Square project at the Daily Beast.  As far as liberal Zionism is concerned, the pages of the New York Times…

Hebrew Wikipedia Caves to Threats, Deletes Rotter Article
Tikun Olam – Tweet UPDATE : An Israeli reader notes that the Wikipedia “takedown” was preceded by an editing flame war between Rabbi Rotter and other editors.  After they refused to allow him to edit the article in the manner he saw fit, he threatened legal action.  They then took…

The reasons behind the Russian steadfastness at the level of the position towards Syria.
Voltaire Network 19 Mar 2012 – The American and Western propaganda, along with the media war tools targeting Syria, promoted the possible shifting of the Russian position based on tradeoffs in which the war alliance led by the United States might engage to push the Russian command to recant its stringency at…

Damascus attacks: Western press backs off from conspiracy theory
Voltaire Network 18 Mar 2012 – The new attacks are covered in a manner very different from the previous ones. The Atlanticist press which had ascribed the earlier attacks in Damascus and Aleppo to the Syrian secret service has backtracked from this conspiracy theory since Ayman Al-Zawahiri claimed responsibility in the name…

Africa: Israel Mulls Expanded Presence in Africa
allAfrica.com 19 Mar 2012 – [Capital FM] Nairobi – Israel has expressed plans to strengthen relations in the East African region and the rest of Africa by using Kenya as a hub.

Egypt: 30 Citizens Held in Saudi Arabia Released
allAfrica.com 19 Mar 2012 – [Egypt Online] Assistant Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs Ambassador Ahmed Ragheb said on Sunday 18/3/2012 during a press conference that Saudi authorities have released 30 Egyptians who were held there over involvement in security-related cases.

Egypt: Ambassador – Nation ‘Sole Active Side’ in Palestinian Prisoners’ Issue
allAfrica.com 19 Mar 2012 – [Egypt Online] Egypt’s Ambassador in Ramallah Yasser Osman said Friday 16/03/2012 that Egypt is exerting its utmost efforts to end the problems of the Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.

Egypt: Nation Condemns Damascus Blasts
allAfrica.com 19 Mar 2012 – [Egypt Online] Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr condemned explosions that took place in the Syrian capital Damascus on Saturday 17/3/2012, extending condolences to the Syrian people and victims’ families.

Palestinian Children Feel Weight of Occupation
Arab American Institute 19 Mar 2012 – By Dalal Hillou A child?s life is forever changed after going through the experiences of occupation. The unjust arrests and harsh treatment within detention centers of Palestinian minors by Israeli soldiers needs to end, and people of conscience the world over should come together to demand…

Russia calls for Syria ceasefires
BBC 19 Mar 2012 – Russia calls for daily humanitarian ceasefires in Syria to allow aid into the areas worst affected by fighting, following a meeting with the Red Cross.

Nato urged to probe Libya deaths
BBC 19 Mar 2012 – Human rights group Amnesty International calls on Nato to investigate civilian deaths from its bombing campaign in Libya last year.

Iraqi Shias in corruption protest
BBC 19 Mar 2012 – Tens of thousands of Iraqi Shias hold a large rally in the southern city of Basra demanding better living conditions.

Press tributes to Pope Shenouda
BBC 19 Mar 2012 – Newspapers in Egypt are grappling with the impact Pope Shenouda’s death will have on national unity at a time of rising tensions between religious faiths.


Are there any IDF crimes which the public won’t defend?
Yossi Gurvitz, +972 Magazine 3/17/2012
The Israeli public automatically supports anything done by its military forces. Even abuse by dogs.
Our brave gunmen deployed yesterday (Friday) an unusual weapon in their battle against the Palestinian popular resistance: an attack dog. The IDF canine unit – apparently there is one – sicced a dog on the protesters in Kufr Qaddoum, and it was caught on camera. When Morad Shtawi came to the aid of the wounded protester, he was thrown to the ground, pepper-sprayed and handcuffed.
There is something particularly horrible about the use of an animal against another human being. In the worst case, it reminds you of the arenas in ancient Roman cities; in less worse ones, of Bull Connor and the Alabama police attacking Martin Luther King’s marchers. This won’t surprise many, but judging by the comments in Haaretz (Hebrew), in one of which the commenter is worried lest the dog become “Arabified”, the public stands almost unanimously behind the gunmen. The IDF Spokesman’s comment (“during a violent and iillegal disturbance of order…”) was exceptionally ludicrous, particularly when you remember what “the law in these parts” means in the West Bank.
The gunmen have a large anti-demonstrator arsenal. One of these weapons is the so-called rubber bullet, which is in fact a metal bullet encased in thin rubber. An Israeli demonstrator was shot in the head by one of these in Nabi Saleh yesterday. The ordinary Israeli would claim there is a direct connection between violence by the gunmen and violence by the protesters. They fail to supply the evidence in the case of the dog attack – they need to prove that it attacked the right person, not a random demonstrator. In the Nabi Saleh case, the attack is certainly not accidental. Headshots very rarely are. They are premeditated. The problem is, the IDF has no incentive to prove its innocence. It couldn’t care less about its international image and its home crowd couldn’t care less, and hasn’t in a decade or more. more.. e-mail

Surrendering to the lobby?
Ludwig Watzal, Al-Ahram Weekly 3/15/2012
Has Obama become a Zionist bedside rug in his attitude towards Iran?
Having perceived the hype surrounding the yearly gathering of the Israel lobby organised by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington, DC, and having listened to President Barack Obama’s speech to the AIPAC audience, I was flabbergasted by the twists and turns taken by the leader of the sole “hyper-power” to please the well-organised bunch of lobbyists who advocate a war of aggression against Iran.
Despite knowing better, Obama kowtowed before this propaganda event. Instead of confronting Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the Israel lobbyists head-on with the political consequences of a unilateral Israeli attack on Iran, he gave a lesson in political opportunism and begged for his job.
“Over the last three years, as president of the United States, I have kept my commitments to the state of Israel. At every crucial juncture, at every fork in the road, we have been there for Israel. Every single time,” he said.
Starting out as a lion roaring against illegal Israeli settlements, president Obama has ended up as a Zionist bedside rug. Obama appears to be a driven by Netanyahu, who also addressed this forum and paid the obligatory visit to the White House. For the president, Netanyahu’s visit was another ordeal because they dislike each other. The most Netanyahu got out of Obama was the banality that any country has the right to defend itself. Generally speaking, Netanyahu is not only considered by France‘s President Nicolas Sarkozy, but also by Obama, as a pain in the neck. more..e-mail

Dutch author finds love of walking in Palestine
Charlotte Alfred, Ma’an News Agency 3/19/2012
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Three years ago, a Dutch economic adviser to the Middle East Quartet set off into the wilds of the northern Jordan Valley to find a mountain biking route.
His book ‘Walking Palestine’ is published this month, 125 West Bank walks later.
Stefan Szepesi, 32, never found a place to mountain bike. Instead, Palestine converted him to the art of walking.
“I always thought walking was for old people … I found my love for walking here,” Szepesi told Ma’an.
The book compiles 25 walking itineraries, with hiking maps, detailed directions, and local attractions on the way. “These are the first Palestinian-created hiking maps,” Szepesi said, who worked with local mappers Applied Research Institute — Jerusalem.
“Walking is more educational than sitting in Ramallah talking to diplomats, Israelis and the Palestinian Authority,” he said.
“I spent two to three years on trips with (Quartet representative) Tony Blair which were always to cities. So we took him on a walking tour near Sebastia, which was the first moment we were really in the countryside,” the economist recalled.
This was an important visit for the Quartet representative, as Nablus-district archeological site Sebastia lies in Area C, so is off limits to the Palestinian Authority, and ignored by Israeli authorities, Szepesi stresses, clearly shocked by the lack of protection for the ancient ruins. more.. e-mail

“The house is dark without them”: Israel kills father and daughter as they water vegetables
Electronic Intifada: 19 Mar 2012 – Rami Almeghari Beit Lahiya 19 March 2012 Muhammad al-Hisoumi and his daughter Fayza were killed in an Israeli missile attack as they tended their land in the Gaza Strip on 12 March 2012, leaving behind a devastated family and a darkened house. Rami Almeghari profiles them.more

Israel actively supports theft of Palestinian water, says new UN report
Electronic Intifada: 19 Mar 2012 – Jillian Kestler-D’Amours Jerusalem 19 March 2012 The Israeli government has turned a blind eye — and often actively supported — the illegal takeover of water springs located on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank by Israeli settlers, according to a new report.more

Uncontroversial yet Taboo: Gaza in Context
Palestine Chronicle: 19 Mar 2012 – By Roger Sheety The recent killing of 25 Palestinians in Gaza and the wounding of at least 80 more within four days—March 9-12—requires some context as the majority of western mainstream media outlets are either unwilling or unable to provide any. More often than not these mainstream media reports in some form or another refer to the Palestinian dead as “militants.” The term militant is defined simply as “vigorously active and aggressive, especially in support of a cause” and “engaged in warfare; fighting.” Synonyms listed include “belligerent, combative, and contentious. See: fanatic.” Already then, Palestinians, even as they are killed in large numbers by the most sophisticated weapons money can buy, are marked as the aggressors. Further, as implied within the definition, they are fanatics, irrational and bent on destruction—the victim in this case being poor, nuclear-armed and US-protected Israel. Virtually none of the major western media outlets ever ask…more

Israel Cranks up the Perpetual War Generator
Palestine Chronicle: 19 Mar 2012 – By Stuart Reigeluth Sporadic violence in Gaza is a way for Israel to test its latest military gadgets. As depicted last week in a very real way, Gaza is a large petri dish for Israeli security experiments. The most recent is called ‘Iron Dome’ — like something out of Star Wars. Iron Dome is a mobile air defence system designed to intercept rockets. Or according to Israeli Defence Minister, Ehud Barak, ‘comets’ — which by definition reveals an indifference to what they actually are: small home-made rockets (like firework comets) or large astronomical comets orbiting our solar system. In either case, the supposed threat is coming from ‘out there’, beyond the gates. Gaza is now so entirely disconnected and disregarded by Israel that rockets or comets might as well as be coming from outer space. To create an impermeable shell against these alien southern or northern threats, Iron Dome was…more

Delusions of Power: Obama is No Gandhi
Palestine Chronicle: 19 Mar 2012 – By Deepak Tripathi First the video of United States Marines urinating on bodies of Afghans who had been killed. Then the revelation that copies of the Quran had been burned at Bagram Air Base, which also serves as an American prison camp in Afghanistan. Nearly thirty Afghans and several NATO troops died in the violent reaction. The BBC Kabul correspondent described these events, and the violent public reaction to them, as the tipping point for NATO in the Afghan War. Just as the U.S. commander Gen. John Allen and President Obama hoped that apologies from them would help calm the situation comes another disaster. If official accounts are to be believed, an American soldier left his base in the middle of the night, entered villagers’ homes, woke up Afghan families from sleep and shot his victims in cold blood. After committing the murders, the soldier was reported to have turned…more

No Justification for War on Iran
Palestine Chronicle: 19 Mar 2012 – By Gulamhusein A. Abba The hysteria over Iran’s nuclear capabilities having reached such a stage as to call for immediate bombing of its nuclear facilities is deliberately and insidiously being whipped up by Israel to achieve its own ends. Israel has been itching to bomb Iran ever since Iraq was neutered, leaving Iran the only country in the region that can be expected to stand up to Israel. The main purpose of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest visit to the White House was to get President Barack Obama’s backing for his plan. He did not get the green signal he sought. But Obama allowed him to get away with this statement –¦Above and beyond that there are two principles you reiterated yesterday that Israel must have the ability always to defend itself, by itself against any threat and that, when it comes to Israel’s security, Israel has a right, a…more

The News from Gaza: They Will Never Beg
Palestine Chronicle: 19 Mar 2012 – By Johnny Barber – Gaza I have read several accounts over the last few days of how life in Southern Israel has become unbearable for the people living there. In retaliation for the latest provocation by Israel over 200 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel. 11 people were injured, one seriously. Most were suffering from “shock”. Two were injured when they tripped on the way to secure areas. Minister of Strategic Affair and deputy premier Moshe Yaalon on Thursday said, “Anyone threatening us is risking his life. We will retaliate until they beg us to stop.” Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said Israel makes its “best effort to target terrorists and not the civilian population,” but added: “We will not accept the constant disruption of life in the south of Israel, and I advise all heads of terror to think well about their actions.” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland…more

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