VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 27 March 2012: Germany Brings Cold War to Middle East

27 March 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israeli border patrol kill two men along Egypt border
IMEMC – Just after Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu toured the route of a border fence under construction between Israel and Egypt Tuesday, Israeli border patrol agents shot and killed two men on the border. …

Youth Injured By Settler Gun Fire In Hebron
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources reported Tuesday that a Palestinian youth was shot in his leg by a fundamentalist Israeli settler in the Old City of Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank. …

Leader Of Islamic Jihad On Hunger Strike In Israeli Jails
IMEMC – Islamic Jihad have declared that leading member, Jaffar Izz al-Din, 40 years old, has begun an open hunger strike following his detention in rejection of the policy of administrative detention. …

Barghouthi Calls For Halting Coordination With Israel
IMEMC – Detained Fatah strongman and legislator, Marwan Barghouthi, sent a letter from his prison cell at the Hadarim Israeli prison, calling on the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, to stop all forms of security and economic coordination with Israel. …

Five Palestinians Kidnapped In Bethlehem, Hebron
IMEMC – Palestinian sources reported that Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday at dawn, the West Bank districts of Bethlehem and Hebron, broke into and searched several homes, and kidnapped five residents. …

Soldier Stabbed Near Ramallah, Three Palestinians Wounded
IMEMC – An Israeli source reported, Tuesday morning, that one Israeli soldier was wounded after being stabbed in an area east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. Soldiers opened fire at a number of residents wounding three brothers. …

Prisoner Group Files Appeal In The Case of Ash-Shalabi
IMEMC – The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) filed an appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court demanding the release of female detainee Hana’ ash-Shalabi who has been on hunger strike for 40 days. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces injure 3 brothers near Ramallah, soldier hurt
3/27/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Three Palestinians and an Israeli soldier were wounded when Israeli forces entered a Ramallah village at dawn Tuesday. Locals told Ma’an that Rashad Theib Shoukha in his 20s, and his brothers Anwar and Akram in their 30s, were all hit by gunshots during the raid. They were evacuated to….

Hebron teen ‘shot by Israeli settler’
3/27/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — An Israeli settler shot an 18-year-old Palestinian in Hebron’s Old City on Tuesday morning, leaving him moderately injured, locals said. Medics at Al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron said Muhammad Hisham Abu Aker was shot in his right leg and is undergoing surgery. On Saturday, a Palestinian man was moderately….

Prisoners society: Shalabi in serious condition
3/27/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian hunger-striker Hana Shalabi reiterated Tuesday she will not back down, while a lawyer for a prisoners rights group says the detainee is now in serious condition. Jawad Bulus of the Palestinian prisoners society visited Shalabi in Maer hospital in Kfar Saba and reported that she was in serious condition. The….

PA, Egypt sign gas deal to end Gaza crisis
3/27/2012 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — The Palestine Electricity Company on Tuesday announced a deal with Egypt to provide gas to the Gaza Strip. Palestine Electricity Company director in Gaza Walid Saad Sayil signed the agreement with the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation in Cairo on behalf of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority. Sayil told reporters that Egyptian technicians….

US to seek more funds for Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’
3/28/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The US Defense Department on Tuesday said it would ask Congress to fund additional “Iron Dome” short-range missile shields for Israel, given their success in intercepting rockets launched from Gaza earlier this month. The request comes against the backdrop of growing concern in Washington about a possible Israeli strike against Iran aimed at….

Israel: Molotov attack on army patrol near Bethlehem
3/27/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Three Molotov cocktails were thrown at an Israeli military patrol in the al-Khader village south of Bethlehem late Tuesday, Israel’s military reported. There were no reports of injury or damage in the incident near the illegal Beitar Illit settlement. Soldiers were searching the scene for suspects, an army spokesman….

Twitter flap obscures details of Gaza girl’s death
3/28/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel is calling for the UN to sack an employee for misrepresenting a photograph of a dead Palestinian child, while rights groups and relatives maintain her death in 2006 was the result of an airstrike. UN humanitarian employee Khulood Badawi posted the bloody image of Raja Abu Shaban amid renewed strikes….

Elderly man arrested in Hebron, family says
3/28/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) – Israeli forces detained an elderly man early Tuesday, relatives said. Hussein Abu Hadid, 60, was arrested in a raid accompanied by an ambulance crew due to heart problems, his son told Ma’an.” We argued with the soldiers that our father is in poor health, and they replied, ‘Don….

Jihad leader launches hunger strike in Israeli jail
3/27/2012 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Islamic Jihad announced Tuesday a senior member of the movement who was detained by Israel a week ago has began a hunger strike against his administrative detention. Jafar Ez Al-Din Qadan, 40, was seized by Israeli forces from Arraba village south of Jenin, at dawn on Wednesday. He was transferred to….

Gaza fuel crisis sparks electrical fires, Oxfam warns
3/27/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The fuel crisis in Gaza has led to a spike in electrical fires as residents resort to generators, Oxfam said Tuesday. Some 85 fires broke out in Gaza in January and February due to electricity problems, local officials said. The fires were caused by generators exploding, electrical faults, interruption of power….

Demonstrators protest Gaza buffer zone
3/27/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Dozens of demonstrators rallied in northern Gaza on Tuesday to protest Israel’s confiscation of land inside the border. The Israeli military imposes a no-go buffer zone inside the borders of Gaza, demolishing homes and buildings in the area, capturing valuable agricultural land and firing at Palestinians near the….

Officials: 2 killed on Israel-Egypt border
3/27/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Two people died in a clash late Tuesday in Egyptian territory near Israel’s border, a Ma’an correspondent reported and an Israeli security official confirmed. Egyptian and Israeli security officials said a group of infiltrators was spotted entering Israeli territory and fled back into Egypt, where two….

PA will ask UN summit to end Israeli administrative detention
3/28/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — After the UN Human Rights Council voted to launch an international investigation into Israeli settlements last week, the PA prisoners ministry is preparing to ask a UN meeting to force an end to Israel’s detention of Palestinians without charge. Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Qaraqe said Monday the….

Israel says sabotage may stretch Iran atom timeline
3/27/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel on Tuesday played down the prospect of an imminent attack on Iran, saying its arch-foe’s controversial nuclear program could still be set back by sanctions and sabotage. Six world powers are expected to renew efforts next month to talk Tehran into curbing its uranium enrichment, which can yield fuel for….

UNRWA denies staff left Gaza
3/27/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The UN agency for Palestinian refugees on Tuesday denied rumors its staff had vacated the Gaza Strip during Israel’s latest offensive. UNRWA spokesman Adnan Abu Hasna said in a statement that employees did not leave Gaza on Israeli orders or because of escalating tensions earlier in March. UNRWA….

Hamas: PA detained 8 members
3/27/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas on Tuesday accused the Palestinian Authority of detaining eight party affiliates across the West Bank. PA forces detained eight Hamas members in Tulkarem, Nablus and Jenin, a Hamas statement said. Hamas signed a reconciliation agreement with Fatah, which leads the PA, in May 2011. Under the deal, both parties agreed…. Related: Fatah: Hamas detained spokesman and Group says abuse of Fatah members on rise in Gaza

Fatah: Hamas detained spokesman
3/27/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Fatah on Tuesday accused Hamas of detaining its spokesman in Gaza a day earlier. Hamas forces detained Fayez Abu Eita on Monday, Fatah spokesman Usama al-Qawasmi said in a statement. The detention is a “dangerous escalation” and threatens efforts to reconcile the rival factions, al-Qawasmi said. It is a disappointment for…. Related: Hamas: PA detained 8 members and Group says abuse of Fatah members on rise in Gaza

Court rejects appeal against Abbas premiership
3/27/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Constitutional Court in Ramallah on Tuesday rejected a legal challenge to President Mahmoud Abbas’ appointment as prime minister of a national unity government. Fatah leader Abbas and Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal agreed in Qatar last month that the president will lead an interim cabinet to prepare for fresh….

Group says abuse of Fatah members on rise in Gaza
3/27/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian human rights organization expressed concern Tuesday about the increasing number of arrests of Fatah members in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights is “gravely concerned” over summons issued against Fatah members and called upon the government in Gaza “to stop such acts that are carried out…. Related: Fatah: Hamas detained spokesman and Hamas: PA detained 8 members

Ecstasy, hashish seized in Gaza
3/27/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Police in north Gaza on Monday detained a man in possession of Ecstasy and hashish. Jabalia police said they received a tipoff that a man was picking up drugs from Rafah, a town on the Egyptian border, to sell. Police tracked the suspect and found 50 packets of Ecstasy pills….

Clocks to change this week
3/27/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The clocks will move forward an hour this week as Palestine moves into summer time, governments in Gaza and the West Bank said Tuesday. Daylight saving time will begin at midnight on Thursday in the West Bank, the Palestinian cabinet in Ramallah said. In the Gaza Strip, the government said clocks….

Residents: Syrian forces, rebels clash inside Lebanon
3/27/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Syrian troops crossed into Lebanon on Tuesday, destroying farm buildings and clashing with Syrian rebels who had taken refuge there, residents and local security sources said. They said Syrian forces crossed a few hundred meters into Lebanese territory. A security source in Beirut said clashes had taken place near the poorly marked border….

Taliban talkback: Militants answer your questions online
3/27/2012 – KABUL (Reuters) — Want to know why the Afghan Taliban opened talks with the United States even though they have fought the world’s most advanced military to a virtual stalemate or prospects for girls’ schools if they regain power? Go online and post your question. The Taliban have opened an online forum on….

Liberals, Islamists tussle over Egypt constitution
3/27/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egyptian liberals and leftists wary of Islamist dominance of an assembly drafting a new constitution said Tuesday they would write their own, deepening a row overshadowing a major element of the transition from Hosni Mubarak’s rule. Liberals who have quit the 100-member assembly in protest at its make-up were among….

Iran praises Syria for its handling of uprising
3/27/2012 – DUBAI(Reuters) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad praised the Syrian leadership’s handling of a year-long uprising in which thousands have died, saying Tehran would do everything it could to support its closest Arab ally, Iranian media reported Tuesday. Iran backed popular uprisings which have removed leaders in Egypt, Libya and Yemen but has steadfastly….

Iraq seeks Arab debt forgiveness as summit opens
3/27/2012 – BAGHDAD (Reuters) — Iraq asked countries at an Arab League summit on Tuesday to forgive its pre-invasion debts, urging others to follow the United Arab Emirates and Algeria which have already agreed to write off what they were owed by their fellow OPEC member.” We’ve asked Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Libya, Jordan, Sudan, Egypt….

Clinton: Syrian opposition needs inclusive vision
3/27/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on the Syrian opposition on Tuesday to put forward a clear commitment to include, and protect the rights of, all Syrians in a political transition. Clinton also told reporters Syrian President Bashar Assad’s reported acceptance of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s peace….


Mofaz ousts Livni as Israel opposition leader
AlJazeera 27 Mar 2012 – Preliminary results indicate ex-defence chief Shaul Mofaz secured 65 per cent of the vote for Kadima leadership.

Israel summons envoys over settlement probe
AlJazeera 27 Mar 2012 – Two EU ambassadors called to foreign ministry over their support for UN inquiry into impact of West Bank settlements.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Alternative Information Center

Settlement Violence Continues as Israel Rejects UNHRC Probe
Alternative Information Center – Israeli settlement violence against Palestinians continues unabated as Israel refuses to cooperate with a settlement fact-finding mission of theUnited Nations Human Rights Council.

Norwegian Retail Chain Ends Sale of Ahava Occupation Products
Alternative Information Center – Norwegian retail chain VITA made public on Friday their decision to stop all sales of products originating from settlements in occupied Palestine.

Relief Web

The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, Adalah, PHR-Israel & Al-Mezan submit report to the UN Committee Against Torture on Israel’s lack of compliance with the Convention Against Torture
Relief Web 27 Mar 2012 – Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI), Adalah, Al Mezan and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel) presented a briefing for the United Nations Committee Against Torture ( CAT ) last…

Thirsting for justice, Palestinian rights to water and sanitation
Relief Web 27 Mar 2012 – Source: EWASH Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel By E. Van R On Thursday 22 March World Water Day was celebrated as a means of drawing attention to the importance of fresh water. Every day human beings consume a lot of…

Israeli soldier, three Palestinians, wounded in West Bank
Relief Web 26 Mar 2012 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 03/27/2012 02:20 GMT JERUSALEM, March 27, 2012 (AFP) – An Israeli soldier was stabbed and three Palestinians shot and wounded during an overnight operation in the West Bank, a military spokeswoman, said Tuesday….

The National

Sermon changes proposed
The National 27 Mar 2012 – Sultan Al Shamsi (Ajman, elected) called for local sermons to cover news such as the recent upheaval in Syria and to encourage Muslims to pray for others in the Muslim world.

Little attention paid to Palestinians on hunger strikes
The National 27 Mar 2012 – Israel is holding as many as 300 Palestinians in administrative detention, activists say.

Lebanese author wins fiction award
The National 27 Mar 2012 – Rabee Jaber topped a six-person shortlist including former nominees Tunisia’s Habib Selmi, from Tunisia, and Jabbour Douaihy, also from Lebanon.

Red Crescent to pitch in for Syrian refugees in Lebanon
The National 27 Mar 2012 – The UAE Red Crescent said it was working with the Lebanese Red Cross on a plan to provide refugees with food, medicine and shelter.

Turkey wants Iran to stop supporting Al Assad
The National 27 Mar 2012 – Turkey’s prime minister will try to persuade Tehran that the United States is committed to a diplomatic solution to the nuclear crisis and that Israeli threats of military action are not a bluff, analysts and diplomats said.

Annan: Syria has agreed to peace plan
The National 27 Mar 2012 – The Syrian opposition says that President Bashar Al Assad’s decision to comply with a UN peace plan is just a ploy for time.


Shaul Mofaz beats Livni in Kadima leadership primaries
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2012

Pentagon to seek additional Iron Dome funding, U.S. official says
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2012

Pro-Palestinian activists disrupt meeting with Israeli MKs in U.S.
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2012

Report: Suspected smugglers killed in shooting incident near border with Egypt
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2012

Olmert: Centrist, left-wing parties could keep Netanyahu out of next Israeli cabinet
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2012

Germany official: Meeting with Israel’s Barak left me ‘more concerned’ of war with Iran
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2012

Al Jazeera decides not to air film of Toulouse shootings
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2012

PROFILE / Current Kadima Chairwoman Tzipi Livni
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2012

PROFILE / Contender for Kadima leadership, Shaul Mofaz
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2012

Israel Railways, Histadrut reach agreement to avert strike
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2012

Barghouti calls on Palestinians to launch popular resistance against Israel
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2012

IDF soldier stabbed during West Bank night raid
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2012

Israel, South Sudan want to repatriate refugees from April 1
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin to visit Israel in June
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

Police seize 180 illegal firearms from Arab towns
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

Israel Health Ministry may end ban on blood donations from gay men
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

Better deal for troubled kids’ teachers
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

Higher education council picks new deputy chairman
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

Tempers flare in Daniel Maoz murder trial
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

Battling ‘The Voice’ / ‘Kochav Nolad’ revamped ahead of 10th season
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

Big Brother is watching you: Tel Aviv University to install security cameras throughout campus
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

Israel Railways workers cancel planned strike, after late-night deal struck
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2012

Jerusalem Post

Barghouti calls for new revolt against Israel
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – “Launch of large-scale resistance at this stage serves cause of our people,” Bargouti says on 10th year in jail.

Final results: Mofaz bests Livni in Kadima primary
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – Mofaz wins 64.5% of vote in final results; election marred by low voter turnout; Mofaz confident in victory, says he has planned out first hundred days as Kadima chairman.

Massacre survivors mark 10-years at Netanya’s Park Hotel
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – A decade after worst terrorist attack of the second Intifada, survivors return to the scene of the attack.

Preliminary results: Mofaz leading Livni in Kadima primary
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – 127 of 197 polling stations have been counted so far; election marred by low voter turnout; Mofaz confident in victory, says he has planned out first hundred days as Kadima chairman.

Hi-tech icons debate the merit of quick exits
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – To seek a quick exit or not? Israeli hi-tech icons Zohar Zisapel and Ed Mlavsky debate the pros and cons.

Peres to push Pollard’s release ahead of medal
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – Thousands sign petition that president should use presidential medal of freedom to press Obama over jailed Israeli agent.

Beware Land Day
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – The 36th Land Day could potentially be the biggest – and most violent – ever.

Candidly Speaking: AIPAC’s pinnacle of success
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – AIPAIC, supported by the majority of US Jews, is the most important global Jewish association engaged in Israel advocacy.

Analysis: Barghouti’s message challenges PA
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – Palestinian prisoner’s message to PA leadership not so different than those made by Abbas’s critics, rivals in Hamas.

In My Own Write: Happily ever after
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – Forget about falling in love. How about falling in like?

Remembering the Coptic Pope
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – The deceased pope was much more than just an elderly religious leader.

Who makes the law?
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – Beinisch and a few of her colleagues have usurped the role and powers of the legislature and sought to create new law.

Olmert at J Street insists Abbas is partner for peace
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – “No one can say to me after hundreds of hours of discussing peace with Abu Mazen that he is not a partner because he doesn’t want peace,” Olmert says at J Street annual conference.

Israel Theater nominations are in
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – With a few glaring omissions, The Israel Theater Prize’s 61 academicians have gotten it pretty right this year.

Pro-, anti-Israel activists clash over boycott
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – Co-op members in Brooklyn to take part in first of two votes on proposal to ban Israeli products.

Walkouts spoil Syrian opposition’s bid for unity
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – Veteran dissident, Kurds quit Syria opposition meeting; some groups are wary of Syrian National Council.

Egypt forces kill Israeli-Arab near border
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – Two smugglers caught attempting to cross Israel-Egypt border; Egypt forces shoot dead both, one in IDF fatigues.

Berlin reiterates warning against strike on Iran
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – German Defense Minister de Maiziere says that he warned Barak against a strike on Iran, adds that resulting risks would be “incalculable.”

6 family members killed in fire buried in Rehovot
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – Investigators believe electric charger plugged into socket sparked tragic blaze.

Assad visits Homs; Syrian forces enter Lebanon
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – Annan says Syrian leader accepted peace plan – UN places nationwide death toll at 9,000.

Belly dancer unmoved by Morocco anti-Israel protests
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – “This is an international festival and it is about promoting art, it is not political,” performer says.

Polls close in Kadima primary; 38% voter turnout
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – Livni complains of deceptive SMS, phone campaign by Mofaz; party’s Elections C’tee says won’t extend vote beyond 10 p.m.

Live Twitter stream: Kadima goes to the polls
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – Live coverage of what is expected to be a closely fought Kadima leadership race.

PM ‘satisfied’ with Egypt border fence progress
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – Netanyahu says fence stops illegal workers, smugglers, terrorists, answers one of four threats facing Israel.

‘Next escalation in Gaza will be more violent’
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – Aharonovitch says the solution to Hamas rocket fire is “to be more aggressive,” addresses plans for “aerial flotilla.”

Police: Electrical fault caused Rehovot fire
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – Emergency services say victims were 5 children, 1 man trapped in home; police suspect electrical charger caused the blaze.

Group requests probe of Barghouti ‘incitement’
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – Legal Forum requests A-G investigation: Barghouti’s appeal for “large-scale resistance” against Israel is “a call for intifada.”

#USelections2012: Etch A Sketchy politics
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – This week: Mitt Romey’s aid ‘toys’ with him, Santorum invests, Eminem and Matt Damon enter the picture.

Court suspends shipment of monkeys to US lab
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – High Court decision follows petition by animal rights group; previous court ruling allowed monkey breeding farm to export the animals for experimentation.

Syria accepts cease-fire; fighting enters Lebanon
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – Assad’s troops push into north Lebanon to hit rebels; Annan says Syrian reply to peace plan is “positive.”

Burglar indicted for indecent assault of woman
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – Tel Aviv District Court files indictment charging Holon man with sodomizing, indecently assaulting woman during burglary of her house.

Syrian opposition seeks to show alternative to Assad
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – Opposition forces invited by Turkey and Qatar, which hold the rotating chair of the Arab League.

Amnesty Report: Executions jump in 2011
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – Rights group says 676 people executed in 20 countries in 2011 compared to 527 executions in 23 countries in 2010.

Agreement reached, transportation strike averted
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2012 – After nearly 1.5 years labor dispute between Israel Railway workers, management, Eini and Railways CEO make headway.

Even at 94: Modified coronary bypass surgery
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – Asked for the secret of his longevity, Ganot says: “My wife, the queen of our home, who always took care of me.”

‘Most epilepsy patients can lead normal lives’
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – Experts say follow-up of child or adult patients with epilepsy can give 70% of them a normal life.

Daylight saving time won’t be extended
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – Meretz MK blasts interior minister for delay on DST bill: “There is no limit to stupidity and indifference.”

Arab sector gun violence continues to climb
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – Northern police head Cmdr. Roni Atiya says collecting illegal firearms is his district’s top goal for 2012.

‘Emigrés are no longer enemies of the state’
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – JPPI fellow Yogev Karasenty: Give the vote to Israelis living abroad for less than 4 years, subsidize Jewish day-school education.

One day you will celebrate life
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2012 – An open letter to Eva Sandler who lost her husband and two sons in the Toulouse terrorist attack.

The Guardian

Don’t be fooled. Europe’s racists are not discerning | Anne Karpf
The Guardian 27 Mar 2012 – Opportunistic words of love for Jews and Israel cannot disguise the European far right’s toxic rhetoric of hatred On Saturday, in the Danish city of Aarhus, a Europe-wide rally organised by the English Defence League will…

Israel extends new border fence but critics say it is a sign of weakness
The Guardian 27 Mar 2012 – Doubts grow over the fortified frontiers the Jewish state says are needed as deterrents against terrorism and illegal infiltration It cuts a steel swath through the stark wilderness where Israel and Egypt meet, glinting in the…

Jerusalem is at the heart of the Palestinian struggle | Sarah Colborne
The Guardian 27 Mar 2012 – The traditional centre of Palestinian social, religious and economic life is increasingly being isolated by Israeli policies Jerusalem is a city that embodies the cultural heritage of three religions: Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. Yet Palestinians –…

Inter Press Service

Pro-Peace Jewish Lobby Stresses Return to Stalled Talks
IPS At the third annual conference of J Street, the “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobby group that is widely seen as a counterweight to the more right-wing American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Israel-Palestine conflict took the focus back from the ongoing tension with Iran.

Exit Americans, Enter Sectarian Strife
IPS Barely three months after the pullout by U.S. troops, sectarian clashes between Sunni and Shia Muslims have begun to take a heavy toll across Iraq.


Palestine: Inside the Home of Hana Shalabi
Uruknet March 26 , 2012 – A tent, decorated with the flags of Palestinian political factions and posters of 29-year-old Hana, adorns the front yard of the Shalabi family home. On the eve of Mother’s Day, the tent had received a steady stream of visitors since the morning. Teachers and students from Burqin’s secondary school, members from the…

Israel has ended all relations with Human Rights Council
Uruknet March 26, 2012 – Israel announced on Monday that it has ended all relations with the UN Human Rights Council, following its decision to investigate settlements in the West Bank. The Israeli government will also prevent UN teams from entering the country to investigate the impact of the settlements. It is also reported that the Israeli…

Boycotting Israel: Mustafa Barghouti vs. Rabbi Arthur Waskow on BDS Movement, Palestinian Solidarity
Uruknet March 26, 2011 – The Park Slope Food Coop, one of the oldest and largest in the country, is set to vote Tuesday on whether to hold a referendum on boycotting goods from Israel to protest the Israeli government’s policies toward Palestinians. We host a debate on the international advocacy effort called the Boycott, Divestment and…

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet March 26, 2012 – The number of martyrs has reached 80 martyrs thus far, including 13 children, 12 women, and two martyrs that died under torture. 36 martyrs in Homs ,17 in Damascus Suburbs including 16 from Zabadany most of them are women and children, 8 in Daraa,12 in Idlib , 2 martyrs in Aleppo , 2 in…

The Judaisation of Jerusalem
Uruknet March 26, 2012 – The Judaisation of Jerusalem has occupied a prominent place in the Arab and Muslim media recently, and is the focus of many statements made by officials and heads of state on the grounds that the city’s future concerns those who care about Islamic and Christian holy sites there. Recent conferences in Doha…

Mali Coup Has US Interventionism Written All Over It
Uruknet March 26, 2012 – The military coup that took place last week in Mali is a monument to the consequences of U.S. interventionism, and the military junta now vying for control of the West African country threatens to roll back democracy and human rights for the 15 million people living there. Rebel troops seized power and…

Libya: Racist Brutality, up to the Shed
Uruknet March 26, 2012 -…Across the country and the following months, when the villains were caught, they were shown as proof – terrified or dead black men, often with passports showing an African origin. That ignores the very real possibility the people were just a migrant worker looking for work in Libya or Europe, as they usually…

Uruknet March 26, 2012. Chaos and violence continue, Michael Ratner explains that the US is — for all intents and purposes — conducting a secret trial currently, Barack has a new nominee for US Ambassador to Iraq, Amesty International issues a new report which finds Iraq ranking near the top — sadly, it’s not a list you…

012 : A Video Roundup

Israel on human rights: It’s accountability for Palestinians but diplomatic terror’ for Israel
Uruknet March 26, 2012 – Two ironic stories over the weekend dealing with how the Israeli government deals with human rights investigations on itself and how pro-Israel supporters praise others for looking into the PA‘s record. Calev Myers, of the Jerusalem Institute of Justice traveled to Brussels on Thursday to hand the European Union a report urging…

Challenging Obamacare
Uruknet March 26, 2012 – Last November, the Supreme Court agreed to hear challenge arguments against Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) – aka Obamacare. From March 26 – 28, oral arguments on PPACA’s constitutionality will be heard, especially certain provisions. A decision is expected by June. Contentious issues include: * mandating all adults have health…

Obama administration expands illegal surveillance of Americans
Uruknet March 26, 2012 – Last Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder enacted guidelines that further expand the US government’s asserted powers to collect and store private information, without a warrant, concerning individuals who are not suspected of any crime. The guidelines constitute a further step by the Obama administration to expand and entrench unconstitutional spying operations on…

South Africans recall their own history during Israeli Apartheid Week
Uruknet March 26, 2012 – This year’s Israeli Apartheid Week in South Africa created a buzz nationwide. BDS South Africa and other Palestine solidarity groups teamed up with trade unionists, political parties, student bodies, churches, youth organizations and activists in Gaza to reach out to a wide audience. Organizers used various means to inspire broad-based support for…

8,000 West Bank children arrested since 2000, says new report
Uruknet March 26, 2012 – Hamza has memories no 17-year-old should. “I was desperate. I didn’t talk to anyone. I didn’t want to go outside the house. I was very nervous. I’d be irritated with the simplest matters.” Last year, Hamza was arrested in the middle of the night on suspicion that he threw stones at Israeli…

Obama takes Bush’s secrecy games one step further
Uruknet March 26, 2012 – The ACLU is suing the Obama administration under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), seeking to force disclosure of the guidelines used by Obama officials to select which human beings (both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals) will have their lives ended by the CIA’s drone attacks (“In particular,” the group explains, the…

40 Days and 40 Nights: The Biblical Fast of Hana Shalabi
Uruknet March 26, 2012 – Hana Shalabi’s hunger strike has put her life in danger but she charges on in her battle against Israel’s practice of imprisonment without charge. Ramallah – Islamic Jihad spokesperson and former detainee Khader Adnan won the battle of “empty stomachs” and handed the torch to Hana Shalabi, another fierce warrior who refuses…

Helping ex-detainee Palestinian children cope with trauma
Uruknet March 26, 2012 – A year after his arrest and detention by the Israeli military in Bethlehem, Hamza, a 17-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank, is seeing a social worker to try and overcome the trauma he suffered in a small cell with 10 other people. “They blindfolded me, tied my arms together and took me…

Tribal clashes in south Libya kill 20
Uruknet March 26, 2012 – Clashes between rival militias in southern Libya killed 20 people on Monday, a doctor at a regional hospital said, highlighting the challenge the government faces in imposing its authority months after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. Local council member Ahmed Abdelkadir said clashes first broke out on Sunday between former rebel fighters…

Military Resistance 10C12: Bottom Feeders in Command
Uruknet March 25, 2012 – The Department of Defense has illegally discharged veterans in the past decade by not following their own protocols when making a diagnosis of personality disorder, which denies them certain medical benefits and carries a stigma that hurts re-entry to civilian life. That conclusion is based on data collected from the Department of…

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet March 25, 2012 – Sunday has ended with 70 martyrs including 3 children. 17 martyrs in Homs, 17 in Hama (11 were murdered in Morek Massacre),11 in Idlib,10 martyrs in Damascus suburbs (of which 5 elements from FSA), 9 in Daraa (4 of them in Nawa town) ,5 martyrs in Aleppo and a martyr in Hasakeh.Daraa:…

Daily Star

FBI: Iraqi’s bomb drawings were workable
Daily Star 27 Mar 2012 An Iraqi refugee who later pleaded guilty to 23 terrorism-related charges drew multiple diagrams of roadside bombs he used in Iraq between 2003 and 2006.

Pakistani Islamists say no to resumption of NATO supplies
Daily Star 27 Mar 2012 Thousands of Islamists from right-wing, religious and banned organizations demonstrated in Islamabad, calling on Pakistan not to reopen its Afghan border to NATO and US supplies.

Tunisia constitution will not be based on Islamic law: party
Daily Star 27 Mar 2012 Tunisia’s governing Islamist party said it will not support making sharia, or Islamic law, the main source of legislation in a new constitution and will maintain the secular nature of the state.

Palestinian medic gets Libyan jail compensation
Daily Star 27 Mar 2012 A Palestinian-born doctor who spent eight years in a Libyan jail on charges of infecting children with HIV has got one million euros in compensation, his Dutch lawyer said Tuesday.

Kuwait seizes 3 Iraqi boats and 26 fishermen
Daily Star 27 Mar 2012 Kuwait seized three Iraqi boats with 26 fishermen on board for fishing in the emirate’s territorial waters a day after releasing seven Iraqis, an official statement said.

U.S. ambassador got reports on Syrian opposition abuses
Daily Star 27 Mar 2012 The U.S. ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, said he had received reports that armed Syrian opposition groups had engaged in human rights abuses as well as Syrian government forces.

YNet News

Clinton: Syrian opposition needs inclusive vision
YNet News, 27 Mar 2012 – ….

Kadima: Livni congratulates Mofaz on victory
YNet News, 27 Mar 2012 – ….

African leaders to confront coup chiefs in Mali
YNet News, 27 Mar 2012 – ….

Israel isn’t powerless
YNet News, 27 Mar 2012 – Op-ed: Day after Israeli strike on Iran likely won’t be as grim as current doomsday scenarios ….

Shaul Mofaz emerges as Kadima leader
YNet News, 27 Mar 2012 – Sluggish party primaries give way to change in Kadima leadership as 65% of its members vote for Mofaz as new chairman over Tzipi Livni ….

Unofficial results: Shaul Mofaz wins Kadima primaries
YNet News, 27 Mar 2012 – ….

Kadima primaries: Poll sampling shows Mofaz in the lead
YNet News, 27 Mar 2012 – ….

Two soldiers arrested in Givati hazing scandal
YNet News, 27 Mar 2012 – Military Police arrest two more troops from Givati Brigade’s Tzabar Battalion over suspicions they physically abused rookie soldiers ….

Kadima ballots close; vote count underway
YNet News, 27 Mar 2012 – With ballot count ongoing in Kadima primaries, initial vote sampling indicates Shaul Mofaz is leading over Chairwoman Tzipi Livni. Mofaz promises ‘significant victory’ ….

Pentagon wants more money for Israel’s Iron Dome
YNet News, 27 Mar 2012 – US Defense Department to ask Congress for additional funding for Israel’s short-range rocket defense system ….

Clash on Israel-Egypt border leaves 2 suspects dead
YNet News, 27 Mar 2012 – IDF soliders, Palestinian infiltrators exchange fire near southern border; two suspects killed. Motive for incident still unclear ….

Second chance for NGOs
YNet News, 27 Mar 2012 – Op-ed: Will Israeli NGOs speak out against exploitation of UN bodies by oppressive regimes? ….

Father, children killed in fire laid to rest
YNet News, 27 Mar 2012 – Hundreds see members of Shaer family to their final resting place. Deadly blaze believed to be caused by faulty electrical wiring ….

Kadima primaries underway
YNet News, 27 Mar 2012 – Chairwoman Tzipi Livni, MK Shaul Mofaz battle for chairmanship of Knesset’s largest party ….

Israel’s new friends
YNet News, 27 Mar 2012 – Op-ed: In face of growing Mideast uncertainty, Israel seeking new alliances beyond region ….

Palestinian Information Center

Zionist court refused to release Hana’ al-Shalabi
PIC – An Israeli military court on Sunday rejected the appeal made by Hana’ Al-Shalabi against her administrative detention, but her lawyer lodged an appeal on Monday with the Supreme Court.

Website of Shihab news agency hacked
PIC – Computer hackers managed to get into the backend of the Shihab news agency website and sent concocted news reports to the subscribers, the news agency said on Tuesday.

UN demands Israel to stop its discrimination measures against Palestinians
PIC – The UN committee on the elimination of racial discrimination demanded Israel to stop its discrimination policies against the Palestinians and abolish Knesset racist laws against them.

Union of transport appeals to Egypt to supply Gaza with fuel
PIC – The Palestinian union of transport workers appealed to the Egyptian government and parliament to help Gaza with its current ravaging power and fuel crisis and find a permanent solution to it.

Sayyed exposed to assassination attempt in occupation jails
PIC – Wife of imprisoned Hamas leader, Abbas al-Sayyed, said that her husband was exposed to an assassination attempt when a special force attacked and severely beat him on the head and the chest.

Birawi: The global march to Jerusalem is part of ongoing support program
PIC – Spokesman for the global march to Jerusalem (GMJ) Zaher Al-Birawi said the march next Friday is a prelude to ongoing international moves to champion support for occupied Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque.

Violent Israeli criminals transferred to section of Palestinian female detainees
PIC – Muhjat Al-Quds society for prisoners’ rights said the Israeli jailers of Sharon prison transferred last Monday Israeli female criminals to section2 where all Palestinian female prisoners are detained.

Three brothers injured during Israeli raid on their house
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces deliberately opened fire at three Palestinian brothers during a violent raid on their house in Ramon village and rendered them injured, one of them seriously.


Islamic Bank to Support Gaza Projects with $52 Million
WAFA – 14:55-GAZA, March 27, 2012 (WAFA) – The Jeddah, Saudi Arabia-based Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Tuesday signed a number of aid agreements worth a total of $52 million to…

Demolition Orders Issued for Silwan Residents
WAFA – 14:39-JERUSALEM, March 27, 2012 (WAFA) – The West Jerusalem Israeli municipality handed six Palestinian families living in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan home demolition notices under the…

WAFA – 14:13-RAMALLAH, March 27, 2012 (WAFA) – Palestinian government spokesman Ghassan Khatib Tuesday announced that the budget for the year 2012 is $3.18 billion. The Cabinet discussed the draft…

Jerusalem Permits for West Bank Ambulance Drivers Cancelled
WAFA – 13:10-JERUSALEM, March 27, 2012 (WAFA) – The Israeli civil administration, a department in the Israeli West Bank military government, cancelled all permits issued to ambulance drivers from the…

Newspapers Review: Hamas Arrests Drivers for Circulating Rumors, says Daily
WAFA – 12:26-RAMALLAH, March 27, 2012 (WAFA) – Al-Ayyam newspaper Tuesday highlighted reports that the Hamas de-facto government in Gaza arrested Palestinians allegedly for spreading rumors against the movement.

Elderly Social Figure Arrested in Hebron
WAFA – 11:49-HEBRON, March 27, 2012 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Tuesday arrested an elderly Palestinian social figure from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s…

Israeli Forces Arrest Six Palestinians in West Bank
WAFA – 11:07-RAMALLAH, March 27, 2012 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Tuesday arrested six Palestinians from various areas of the West Bank, according to local and security sources. Sources said Israeli…

Israeli Soldiers Injure Three Brothers near Ramallah
WAFA – 11:00-RAMALLAH, March 27, 2012 (WAFA) – Israeli soldiers Tuesday opened fire at three Palestinian brothers in the village of Ramon near Ramallah, injuring them, according to a local…


Livni Struggles to Keep Leadership of Weakened Kadima
New York Times 27 Mar 2012 – The party counts the most seats in the Parliament, but recent polls indicate that it has lost about half its strength, making it just another contender in the crowded field of Israeli politics.

Syria Reportedly Accepts Peace Plan as Clashes Erupt Near Lebanon
New York Times 27 Mar 2012 – Fighting was reported to have broken out on the border of northeast Lebanon on Tuesday between Syrian government troops and rebels who have taken refuge there, reports said.

Special Report: Education: Elite Schools Find New Base in Emirates
New York Times 27 Mar 2012 – Foreign schools face challenges and growing pains, however, in a region where entry requirements for local universities may not be as stringent.

Jewish establishment-backed mayoral candidates rush to denounce Park Slope BDS effort
Mondoweiss – New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio ( Photo: Maxine Dovere/The Algemeiner ) The campaign to boycott Israeli products at Brooklyn’s Park Slope Food Co-op takes a big step tonight , with members set to vote on whether to hold a referendum on the boycott question. And as…

JNF launches new ‘bluewashing’ website – PositivelyIsrael
Mondoweiss – Screen shot of PositivelyIsrael.org The Jewish National Fund (JNF) recently launched a blueshwashing website, PositivelyIsrael.org ,  to inform how “Israel is changing the world – for the better.” The site includes a list of articles conveying: from the arts to green technology, Israel is globally improving…

BDS victory: Norwegian retailer de-shelves Ahava
Mondoweiss – (Photo: Boikott Israel-kampanjen i Bergen ) The Norwegian retailer VITA announced on Friday they will no longer carry products made by Ahava, citing a decision to stop selling all settlement products produced in occupied Palestine. VITA’s decision to boycott the settlement company comes one month after a…

CCR: Israeli excavations continue in Jerusalem’s Mamilla cemetery despite Wiesenthal Center claims
Mondoweiss – Yesterday the Center for Constitutional Rights sent out the following update: March 26, 2012, Jerusalem, New York – New photographic and video evidence made public today for the first time by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) indicates that controversial archeological excavations by the Israeli Antiquities…

‘Peter Beinart’s offense against liberalism’ and the spiritual crisis Zionism has wrought
Mondoweiss – One could not ask for a more perfect museum quality specimen of the spiritual crisis and degradation that Zionism has wrought.  It is one thing for the Michael Walzer-Paul Berman-Alan Dershowitz school of masturbatory meditation on the “ethics” of war and occupation in the name of “…

Jewish Agency ‘Social Media Guru,’ Invents UN Scandal, Denies Armenian Genocide
Tikun Olam – Tweet The Jewish Agency, led by Israeli neocon darling, Natan Sharansky, is joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and IDF by getting into the social media hasbara game.  They’re hired Avi Mayer as their “social media guru,” as the Jewish Agency’s own website calls him .  The…

The statement of the Security Council and the changing of the picture
Voltaire Network 27 Mar 2012Arab Affairs The statement of the Security Council and the changing of the picture The Security Council statement in regard to the situation in Syria constituted a decisive turning point in international balances and at the level of the American and Western position towards the events…

012-03-26, Syrian Crisis Updated
Voltaire Network 26 Mar 2012 – Homs Smoke continues to billow for the fourth day in a row from many areas of Al-Khaldia, Al-Hamedia, Bab Houd neighborhoods and from Al-Ksair area. Anti-government activists say “these areas were bombed” while pro-government activists say that “the smoke was caused by anti-government activists who burned…

Egypt: Moussa Asserts Obligation to Maintain Peace With Israel
allAfrica.com 27 Mar 2012 – [Aswat Masriya] Should he become president, potential presidential candidate, Amr Moussa, insisted that Egypt’s stance on Israel will abide by agreements set in the Arab Summit of 2002 which entail peace and cooperation.

Cameroon: Stakeholders Gear up For Agriculture Tech Exhibition
allAfrica.com 27 Mar 2012 – [Cameroon Tribune] Agricultural stakeholders in Cameroon are bracing up to take part in Israel’s 18th International Agricultural Technology Exhibition, code-named, “Agritech Israel 2012” to run from May 15 – 17, 2012 at the Israel Trade Fairs and Convention Centre in Tel Aviv.

Nigeria: Eagles Set to Face Iran
allAfrica.com 27 Mar 2012 – [Leadership] Nigeria’s Super Eagles will face Iran’s national football team, the Persian Stars in an international friendly game pending ratification from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

PSP Activists Visit Om Al Kheir
Palestine Solidarity Project 27 Mar 2012 – On Tuesday, March 27, 2012, PSP activists went to Om Al Kheir in the southern West Bank to meet with the Bedouin living there. They are surrounded by the Karmel settlement, and face daily attacks and injustices from the settlers and the court systems. At night,…

International Activist Harassed at Ofer Military Court
Palestine Solidarity Project 27 Mar 2012 – On Sunday, March 25, 2012, four international activists from PSP went to Ofer military court to follow up on the eight Beit Ommar youths who were arrested recently. They were warned ahead of time by Israeli activists that the security at Ofer military court tend to…

5 Beit Ommar Residents Under Administrative Detention
Palestine Solidarity Project 27 Mar 2012 – More than 300 Palestinians are now in administrative detention. Administrative detention is arrest and detention of individuals by the state without trial. Within the West Bank any local Commander can issue an administrative detention order, it is valid for six months and can be renewed by…

Watch Live: Revitalizing the Arab Peace Initiative Ten Years Later
Arab American Institute 27 Mar 2012 – The Arab American Institute (AAI), J-Street and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace are hosting a panel today on Capitol Hill today to discuss revitalizing American political efforts in favor of the stalled Arab Peace Initiative as an attainable path to Israeli-Palestine peace. Since its introduction…

Major Norwegian retail chain stops sales of occupation products from Ahava
Global BDS 27 Mar 2012 – Norwegian retail chain VITA made public on Friday their decision to stop all sales of products originating from settlements in occupied Palestine. VITA will therefore stop selling products from the cosmetics brand Ahava. VITA has been the main retailer of Ahava products in Norway, and this…

‘Scepticism’ at Syria peace move
BBC 27 Mar 2012 – Western powers react with scepticism to Syria’s acceptance of UN envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan, as the UN says more than 9,000 have died in unrest.

Barghouti urges civil resistance
BBC 27 Mar 2012 – A jailed leader of the Palestinian Fatah movement, Marwan Barghouti, calls for a new wave of civil resistance against Israel.

Libya militias in deadly clashes
BBC 27 Mar 2012 – Clashes between rival militias in the southern Libyan city of Sabha leave more than 30 people dead and dozens wounded, officials say.

Ahly to boycott Egyptian league
BBC 27 Mar 2012 – Cairo club Al Ahly are to boycott all domestic football in the wake of the decision by the Egyptian FA to suspend al-Masry for two years.

Hana al-Shalabi on Day 41 of Hunger Strike
US Campaign to End the Occupation 27 Mar 2012 – Hana al-Shalabi is a 30-year-old Palestinian woman and resident of Burqin village near Jenin who was taken from her home and arrested on February 16. On February 23, she was given an administrative detention order for six months. She has been on a hunger strike for…

Administrative detainee Hanaa Shalabi in 40th day of hunger strike
B’tselem 25 Mar 2012 – Physicians for Human Rights-Israel reported that administrative detainee Hanaa Shalabi, 30, declared a hunger strike when arrested on 16 February 2012 “in protest of her violent detention, the humiliating and hurtful search that was conducted on her upon her detention, and also in protest of being…


Germany Brings Cold War to Middle East
Shir Hever, Alternative Information Center 3/27/2012
The German weapons industry stands to gain from the huge submarine sale to Israel, but this deal is done at the expense of Holocaust survivors, Iranians and Israelis.
The Cold War is having a come-back. Phrases like “second strike ability,” “balance of terror,” and “five minutes to midnight” are back in fashion in the media.
Prime Minister Netanyahu focused his 2009 election campaign around one thing – the Iranian nuclear threat. He won the elections but now another election is approaching and Netanyahu has nothing to show for all the fear-mongering. An Israeli strike against Iran is a possible major boost to his popularity.
Minister of Defense Barak has lost almost all of his popularity and public support, though he holds the second most important position in Israeli politics. As a war with Iran could reshuffle the cards for Barak, allowing him to emerge as a hero, he possesses a strong incentive to attack as well.
For most Israelis, however, war with Iran makes little sense. An Israeli unilateral attack could be devastating for Israel. Iran has never attacked Israel and has no reason to launch a suicidal nuclear attack against Israel, even if it did somehow acquire nuclear weapons one day.
Germany, however, decided to intervene and support the warmongering of Netanyahu and Barak against Iran. German Minister of Defense Thomas de Maiziére gave Barak a token warning that an attack on Iran could be dangerous for Israel (not even bothering to mention the risk to Iranians), but this verbal statement is contradicted by Germany’s decision to physically equip Israel for such an attack. more.. e-mail

Mirror, Mirror
Maysoon Zayid, Americans for Middle East Understanding – AMEU 3/27/2012
January-February 2012, Volume 45 , Issue 1
There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. — Paulo Coelho, “The Alchemist”
My name is Maysoon Zayid. I am a Palestinian-American, comedian, actress, writer and producer.
When The Link asked me to write an article, I was excited to be in such a great publication. When they told me the topic, my excitement turned to dread. They wanted the article to be about me and by me. All I could think was, “How do I do this without sounding egomaniacal—and in less than 400 pages?”
The following is my story in three chapters! Please keep in mind I am a comedian first, foremost, and for life. Some facts have been been changed to protect the innocent.
Survival of the Un-fittest
I was born on Labor Day. At the exact same time that my mom was going into labor, her doctor was getting drunk as a skunk at a picnic. Dr. R. had delivered all three of my sisters and apparently they had just slid out for him. He figured he could roll up completely wasted, deliver me, and be back in time for the ice cream. I came out fist first. Dr. Drunky panicked, and proceeded to display his homage to Jack the Ripper. He cut my mom six different times in six different directions. The first cut gave me my first breath, but I was still stuck. I couldn’t take my next breath for another 3 minutes. Three. Full. Minutes. — See also: Introduction and PDF version more.. e-mail

Global March to Jerusalem Set for 30 March
Elena Viola, Alternative Information Center 3/24/2012
On 30 March thousands people from throughout the world will join Palestinians from the Middle East and the Diaspora in a Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ), in a day of non-violent demonstrations in Palestine and in the surrounding countries aimed to promote Palestinian self-determination.
This initiative aims to call global attention to the dangers faced by Jerusalem, as a city that embodies the cultural heritage of the three monotheistic religions of Islam, Christianity and Judaism.
“In a strategy to Judaise the holy city, the Israeli government has long denied most Palestinians – whether Muslim or Christian – access to Jerusalem, even to visit the holy sites,” Global March initiative spokesperson Zahir al-Birawi points out. “Through methods of ethnic cleansing, Israel is forcing Jerusalem’s remaining Palestinian inhabitants out, thus endangering the multi-religious, multi-ethnic character of the city that is the intended capital of Palestine.”
In a move meant to address world public opinion, on 30 March “Palestinians and their international supporters will attempt to get as close to Jerusalem as they can: whether at the borders of Lebanon and Jordan, at checkpoints in the West Bank, or at Erez crossing in Gaza,” al-Birawi told Ma’an news agency.
Purposely, these worldwide rallies have been scheduled to fall on Palestinian Land Day, an annual commemoration of Israel’s killing of six Palestinian citizens of Israel in a strike held against the Israeli court’s decision to confiscate privately owned Palestinian land in 1976. more.. e-mail

Balandi is America’s My Lai
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Mar 2012 – By Ramzy Baroud Like Vietnam, Afghanistan is a lost cause, and more troops will do nothing but push the US deeper into the quagmire. Some of us warned about the Vietnamisation of Afghanistan as early as the first months of the war in 2001. The Afghans are a proud people with a long and formidable history of resistance to foreign occupation. Much of the country remains outside US-Nato control and influence even today. However, with no clear strategic goals for the US and its allies, and dubious ethical standards, Afghanistan has become a killing zone of unforeseen magnitude. The latest atrocious episode against the Afghans took place on March 11 in the village of Balandi, when accused US Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales killed 17 innocent people while they were sleeping. Balandi is located in the Panjwai District of Kandahar province, which has seen some of the toughest resistance to…more

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