VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 15 February 2013: Robbery of Books and Ownership of Narrative

15 February 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Eight Injured After Army Invades Al-Eesawiyya
IMEMC – Friday Evening, February 15; Palestinian medical sources reported that eight Palestinians have been injured after Israeli soldiers invaded the Al-Eesawiyya area in occupied East Jerusalem, and attacked dozens of nonviolent protesters. …

Army Attacks Palestinians Holding Protesters In Front Of Ofer Prison
IMEMC – Similar Protests Held In Different Parts Of West Bank Friday February 15; Palestinian medical sources reported that dozens of Palestinians have been treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation after the Israeli army attacked protesters as holding a nonviolent protest in front of the Ofer Israeli prison, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah. … 

Dozens Injured As Army Attacks Nonviolent Protests In West Bank
IMEMC – Dozens of Palestinians have been treated for the effects of tear-gas inhalation during the weekly nonviolent protest against the Wall and settlements in Bil’in village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah. …

Seven Palestinians Kidnapped In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Friday evening, seven Palestinians during clashes that took place after the army invaded Be’er Ayyoub neighborhood, in Silwan, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem. …

Two Arab MK’s Receive Death Threats
IMEMC – Two Arab members of Israeli Knesset (MK) received death threats sent in a form of a letter that was sent to the Al-Shams Radio. The letter says that MK’s Jamal Zahalka and Basem Ghattas are conspiring against “the Zionist Project and the State of Israel”, and described the MK’s as “traitors”. …

PCHR Weekly Report: 7 civilians wounded, 80 abducted by Israeli troops this week
IMEMC – In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 07- 13 February 2013, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that the Israeli forces wounded 7 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children and 2 journalists, in the West Bank; 3 of whom, including a child and a journalist, were wounded in peaceful protests against the annexation wall and settlement activities, while the 4 others, including a child and a journalist, were wounded during 2 separate incursions. In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces continued to open fire at the Palestinian civilians near the border fence. … 

Ma’an News

Palestinians clash with Israeli troops near Nablus
2/15/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) – Ten young Palestinian men were hurt by tear gas Friday during clashes with Israeli troops at Huwwara checkpoint south of Nablus in the northern West Bank. Paramedics told Ma’an that dozens of young men gathered at Al-Quds (Jerusalem) street south of Nablus hurling stones at Israeli soldiers. The demonstration….

Hundreds protest across West Bank to support hunger strikers
2/15/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Hundreds of Palestinians protested across the West Bank on Friday in solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike, sparking clashes with Israeli forces. Outside Israel’s Ofer jail, near Ramallah, hundreds gathered in solidarity with Samer Issawi, who has been on hunger strike for 198 days, and Tareq Qaadan and Jaafar….

Stranded in Shuhada: Hebron’s Qurtuba school
2/15/2013 – By Salam Muharam – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Children and teachers at Qurtuba school in Hebron say getting to class past Israeli soldiers and settlers is like navigating a minefield every day. The school, for children aged 7 to 16, is adjacent to the illegal Jewish settlement of Beit Hadassah in the center of the West….

Israeli intelligence ‘summons Jenin villagers for questioning’
2/15/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Friday issued orders to four Palestinians in Sanour village in the northern West Bank summoning them for questioning by Israeli intelligence, locals said,Residents of Sanour, south of Jenin, said soldiers raided several homes in the village, accompanied by an Israeli intelligence officer who interrogated a number of….

Hamas says delegation ordered to leave Bulgaria
2/15/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Bulgarian security forces on Friday raided the hotel rooms of a visiting Hamas delegation, ordering them to leave the country, a party statement said. The visit was lauded by Hamas as a sign the party is being increasingly welcomed across Europe, while prompting clarifications from Bulgaria that the government had…. Related: Gaza govt condemns Bulgaria’s expulsion of Hamas delegates

Top photo prize for picture of dead Gaza children
2/15/2013 – AMSTERDAM (Reuters) — A photograph of two dead children, who were killed in an Israeli missile strike near Gaza City, won the top World Press Photo prize on Friday for Swedish photographer Paul Hansen of newspaper Dagens Nyheter. The photograph shows a group of men bearing the bodies of two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and her brother Muhammad…. Related: SWEDISH PHOTOGRAPHER PAUL HANSEN WINS PREMIER PHOTO CONTEST AWARD

Report: Palestinian stabbed to death near Tel Aviv
2/15/2013 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man was stabbed to death early Friday morning in Rishon Lezion, south of Tel Aviv, Israeli media reported. The 25-year-old was brought to the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center with knife wounds to the chest and died on the operating table, the Israeli news site Ynet reported….

Report: Palestinians detained with hunting rifle
2/15/2013 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested four Palestinians near the illegal settlement of Binyamin after finding a hunting rifle in their car, Israeli media reported Friday. Israel’s Ynet news site said the four were transferred for questioning at Benyamin police station. [END]

Israel publishes some details as Australian spy mystery deepens
2/15/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An Australian immigrant, reported to have been recruited by Israel’s Mossad spy agency, was charged with grave crimes before he committed suicide in an Israeli jail, one of his lawyers said on Thursday. The closely guarded case has raised questions in Australia and Israel about the suspected use by the Mossad…. Related: Mystery Australian’s next-of-kin seek compensation from Israel and Photo analysis casts doubt on Australian’s reported hit squad link

Gaza govt condemns Bulgaria’s expulsion of Hamas delegates
2/15/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas government in the Gaza Strip on Friday condemned Bulgaria‘s expulsion of a party delegation visiting the country, blaming Israeli pressure for the move. Bulgarian security forces on Friday raided the hotel rooms of a visiting Hamas delegation, ordering them to leave the country, a party statement…. Related: Hamas says delegation ordered to leave Bulgaria

Egypt deports 10 Palestinians to Gaza for illegal entry
2/15/2013EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities deported ten Palestinians to the Gaza Strip on Thursday evening after they were found to have entered the country illegally, security officials told Ma’an. The Palestinians were accused of entering Egypt’s Sinai peninsula through tunnels under the Gaza border. Egypt has put their names….

Mystery Australian’s next-of-kin seek compensation from Israel
2/15/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Relatives of an Australian immigrant to Israel who killed himself in 2010 while secretly jailed on charges of violating national security are seeking compensation from the state, a source briefed on the affair said Friday. The source said the talks were preliminary as Israel had not formally faulted its prison authorities in the…. Related: Israel publishes some details as Australian spy mystery deepens and Photo analysis casts doubt on Australian’s reported hit squad link

Photo analysis casts doubt on Australian’s reported hit squad link
2/15/2013 – LONDON (Reuters) — A forensic report commissioned by Reuters said Friday that a suspect in the assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai and a deceased Australian immigrant, reported to have been an Israeli spy, were not the same man. Israel has released few details on the case of Melbourne-born Ben Zygier, reported to have been…. Related: Israel publishes some details as Australian spy mystery deepens and Mystery Australian’s next-of-kin seek compensation from Israel

Union: No date set for payment of PA salaries
2/15/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority will pay government salaries for January in a week, but has yet to specify a date, the public sector workers union said Thursday. Union chief Bassam Zakarneh insisted the PA must set a date to pay January wages, after a meeting with ministers in Ramallah. Zakarneh said in….

Report: Israeli forces seize 250kg hashish haul from Egypt
2/15/2013 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli border guards seized 250 kg of hashish on Friday that was being smuggled from Egypt, Israeli media reported. The officers, working undercover, chased two people near the border fence and arrested one, a Bedouin citizen of Israel, the Israeli news site Ynet said. [END]

Counterfeiting on rise in Gaza, money changers say
2/15/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Residents of the Gaza Strip repeatedly fall prey of fake banknotes both in Israeli shekels and in US dollars, smuggled from Egypt through tunnels or printed locally.” Counterfeit NIS are easy to distinguish, but with US dollars it is not easy at all,” says Eid Jarousha, who works at a….

Egypt seizes 2 tons of explosives en-route to Sinai
2/15/2013 – SHARM AL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities on Friday seized two tons of explosives being transported from Cairo to the restive Sinai peninsula. Police received a tip-off that smugglers were taking the cargo through the Ahmad Hamdi tunnel under the Suez canal. When they apprehended the driver, police found 100 cartons of high-strength explosives…. Related: Egypt seizes 2 tons of explosives bound for Sinai

Syrian opposition sets conditions for talks with Assad
2/15/2013 – AMMAN (Reuters) — The Syrian National Coalition opposition group is ready to negotiate a departure for President Bashar Assad with any member of his government who has not participated in the crackdown on the uprising, a high-level coalition member said on Friday. Coalition president Moaz Alkhatib formulated the initiative in broad terms last month without consulting….

Islamists rally against violence in Egypt
2/15/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Thousands of Islamists protested in Cairo on Friday against violence that has marred anti-government demonstrations, showing support for President Mohammad Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood politician elected head of state last year. The “Together against Violence” rally was called by a hardline Salafi Islamist group that waged an armed revolt against the state in….

UN ‘deeply disturbed’ by threats to media in S.Sudan
2/15/2013 – JUBA (Reuters) — The United Nations is alarmed over increasing threats and violence against journalists and human rights activists in South Sudan, the UN envoy in the African country said on Friday. Reporters often complain of hassle and detention in South Sudan which broke away from Sudan in 2011 after a 2005 peace deal that ended….

Red Cross moves to get more Syria aid to rebel areas
2/15/2013 – GENEVA(Reuters) — The International Committee of the Red Cross said on Friday it has stepped up aid operations across the shifting front lines in Syria to bring food and medical assistance to destitute civilians in rebel-held areas. A top official of the ICRC said it was working with both sides in the conflict to ensure….

Egypt seizes 2 tons of explosives bound for Sinai
2/15/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt seized two tons of explosives hidden in a truck carrying a shipment of fruits and vegetables bound for Sinai on Friday, security sources said. The country’s security forces are trying to reassert control over the Sinai, which borders Israel and the Gaza Strip and has descended into lawlessness since the…. Related: Egypt seizes 2 tons of explosives en-route to Sinai

Aljazeera

Bulgaria expels visiting Hamas delegation
AlJazeera 15 Feb 2013 – Palestinian Hamas politicians ordered to leave the country after being branded “a serious threat to national security”.

Palestinians rally for hunger striker
AlJazeera 15 Feb 2013 – Israeli soldiers fire teargas as Palestinian demonstrators throw stones during solidarity rally for Samer Issawi.

Palestine News Network

Around 40,000 Flee Heavy Fighting in East Syria: UN Says
Palestine News Network

Bulgarian Security Forces Raid, Deport Hamas Delegation
Palestine News Network

Pro-Palestine Student Group at Brooklyn College Defends Removing Four Jewish Students
Palestine News Network

Israel Expresses Dissatisfaction with Palestine Embassy Upgrade
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

2 shot with live ammunition at Ofer prison demonstration
2/15/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 15 February 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Ofer Prison, Occupied Palestine – A demonstration was held outside Ofer prison in Ramallah as part of a week of action in solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners, and in particular to protest the continued detention of Samer Assawi who is on his 207th day of hunger strike whilst being held….

The National

Tunisian PM seeks political solution
The National 15 Feb 2013 – The premier has promised to announce the new government line-up on Saturday, and says he will resign if it is rejected by the National Constituent Assembly that is dominated by his own Islamist party Ennahda.

Bahraini protesters block city motorway
The National 15 Feb 2013 – As protests continued, the chief of public security said the bomb-disposal unit had defused a 2-kilogram explosive device on the King Fahd Causeway linking Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Meteor shockwave injures 1,000 in Russia
The National 15 Feb 2013 – The Russian Academy of Sciences said the meteor, reported to be about 10 tonnes, entered the Earth’s atmosphere over the Chelyabinsk region travelling at an estimated 54,000kph.

Abu Dhabi tot wins fight against amputation
The National 15 Feb 2013 – Baby Jasmine Ammari has returned from successful surgery in the US after to save her leg from amputation.

Pistorius denies ‘premeditated murder’ charge
The National 15 Feb 2013 – ‘Blade Runner’ breaks down in court and will be held in police custody until his bail hearing on Tuesday.

Celebrations mark return of RAK’s beloved nurse
The National 15 Feb 2013 – An English woman who spread kindness and good health to the residents of Ras Al Khaimah in the early years is celebrated upon her return.

Video: Carnival Cruise ship passengers arrive at Alabama
The National 15 Feb 2013 – The cruise ship described as a ‘floating toilet’ for the hellish and unsanitary conditions on board is towed to an Alabama port days after a weekend engine fire left it adrift in the Gulf of Mexico.

Video: Pistorius appears in court on murder charges
The National 15 Feb 2013 – Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee para-Olympic gold medal winner, appears in court on charges he murdered his girlfriend.

Ha’aretz

Israel Prison Service may have received order not to film Zygier in his cell
Ha’aretz – 15 Feb 2013

A liar or a blabbermouth? Ben Zygier was not suited to work for the Mossad
Ha’aretz – 15 Feb 2013

Likud sources: Netanyahu offered Yacimovich finance portfolio
Ha’aretz – 15 Feb 2013

Hundreds of Palestinians clash with IDF soldiers in rally for hunger striker
Ha’aretz – 15 Feb 2013

Bulgaria expels 3 Hamas lawmakers
Ha’aretz – 15 Feb 2013

After media frenzy, Netanyahu freezes bloated ice cream budget
Ha’aretz – 15 Feb 2013

U.S. Senate Republicans delay vote on Hagel’s nomination
Ha’aretz – 15 Feb 2013

Dubai police chief: Zygier didn’t cooperate with us
Ha’aretz – 14 Feb 2013

Jerusalem Post

Photo analysis casts doubt on Zygier link to Mahbouh hit
Jerusalem Post 15 Feb 2013 – Forensic study shows that a suspect in the assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai and a deceased Australian immigrant, reported to have been an Israeli spy, were not the same man. 

Kerry: Budget cuts may force reduction in Israel aid
Jerusalem Post 15 Feb 2013US sec. of state warns that automatic spending cuts set to take effect next month could lead to reduction in military aid to Israel, Jordan, Egypt, “undermining our commitment to their security at such a volatile time.” 

‘Israel, Hamas in Egypt-mediated indirect talks’
Jerusalem Post 15 Feb 2013 – Channel 2 reports sides negotiating easing of Gaza blockade, including opening of Rafah crossing to construction materials. 

Meteorite strikes Russia, damages synagogue
Jerusalem Post 15 Feb 2013 – Fireballs crash to Earth, smashing windows and setting off car alarms; officials say around 1,000 hurt, mostly from broken glass. 

‘West to ease sanctions if Iran shuts nuke bunker’
Jerusalem Post 15 Feb 2013 – At Feb. 26 talks, P5+1 to offer eased gold sanctions in return for steps to shut down Fordow uranium enrichment plant, officials say.

Widespread Palestinian rioting erupts in West Bank
Jerusalem Post 15 Feb 2013 – Hundreds of Palestinians throw rocks, Molotov cocktails at IDF soldiers near Ofer security prison in support of hunger strikers. 

Picture of dead Gaza children wins top photo prize
Jerusalem Post 15 Feb 2013 – Swedish photographer Paul Hansen wins top World Press Photo prize for picture of kids killed in Israeli missile strike. 

Egypt Islamists rally against violence, for sharia
Jerusalem Post 15 Feb 2013 – Thousands protest against anti-government violence, show support for Morsi; “The people want an iron fist,” reads banner. 

Activists, security clash outside Ofer Prison
Jerusalem Post 15 Feb 2013 – Around 300 activists protest jailing of convicted terrorist Samer Issawi, throw stones at IDF; 2 soldiers, some activists hurt. 

Fan nabbed for racism against Muslim Betar player
Jerusalem Post 15 Feb 2013 – Police arrest man who arrived at Jerusalem soccer club’s practice, yelled racist taunts at Chechen soccer player. 

‘Israel offered to lay pipeline through Turkey’
Jerusalem Post 15 Feb 2013 – Ankara reluctant to accept Israeli offer for natural gas pipeline because of political tension, Turkish minister says. 

Bulgaria forces raid, expel Hamas delegation
Jerusalem Post 15 Feb 2013 – Raid allegedly prompted by Israeli, US, British pressure; Bulgaria: Hamas Officials threatened national security. 

Analysis: Prisoner X – Negligence and tragedy
Jerusalem Post 15 Feb 2013 – How did Zygier go from idealistic Australian Zionist Jew to ending his life by hanging in Block 15 in Ayalon Prison? 

Syrian opposition sets conditions for talks with Assad
Jerusalem Post 15 Feb 2013 – Syrian National Coalition ready to negotiate Assad’s departure with any member of his government who has not participated in the crackdown on the uprising. 

College accused of evicting Jews from event
Jerusalem Post 14 Feb 2013 – Audio tape from Brooklyn College event in support of the BDS movement allegedly reveals discrimination against Jewish student attendees. 

Landau: Emek Hefer gas absorption point safe
Jerusalem Post 14 Feb 2013 – Energy and water minister seeks to reassure residents who fear implications of a natural gas absorption terminal in their midst. 

USC projects Holocaust survivors as holograms
Jerusalem Post 14 Feb 2013 – “New Dimensions in Testimony” aimed at helping future generations converse with survivors after they are gone. 

Accusations of abuse at Australian Jewish school
Jerusalem Post 14 Feb 2013 – Abuse dating from the 1970s and 1980s allegedly committed by two people affiliated with a local Jewish school. 

Law and Order: Drug war lost
Jerusalem Post 14 Feb 2013 – Tel Aviv police are fighting a losing battle against the city’s kioskdrug trade with few legal tools and little deterrence. 

Behind the Lines: Conquest through proselytizing
Jerusalem Post 14 Feb 2013 – A new documentary says Muslim Brotherhood networks wish to turn the US into an Islamic state. 

My Word: Of kings and Shakespeare
Jerusalem Post 14 Feb 2013 – Contemporary geo-regional politics have an impact on Israel Museum’s monumental exhibition “Herod the Great: The King’s Final Journey.” 

Some secrets are meant to be kept
Jerusalem Post 14 Feb 2013 – Against the ultimate evil, one cannot fight with an arsenal of human rights and enlightened values. 

Grumpy Old Men: Bitter souvenirs
Jerusalem Post 14 Feb 2013 – An empty bottle and an old scar should remain signposts toward a dream rather than bookends to a dreadful saga. 

The Human Spirit: Power of prayer in Washington
Jerusalem Post 14 Feb 2013 – No matter your political leanings, being in a room with US president is exhilarating, and the current president is, of course, among the world’s most charismatic. 

Keep Dreaming: Zionism. Think again
Jerusalem Post 14 Feb 2013 – Educators from Israel and N. America are working together to create a language for teaching about Israel in a way that will make it integral to Jewish identity. 

The Guardian

Israeli government ‘to compensate family of Prisoner X’
The Guardian 15 Feb 2013 – Reports of deal emerge as calls mount for the Mossad and Israeli prison service to be investigated over death in custody The Israeli government has reportedly offered to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation…

Binyamin Netanyahu ice-cream habit causes meltdown
The Guardian 15 Feb 2013 – Israeli media reveals £1,750 ice-cream spend as prime minister struggles to form coalition to push through austerity budget As far as vices go, Binyamin Netanyahu’s may be quite vanilla. But the revelation that the Israeli prime…

Paul Hansen: World Press Photo of the Year winner – picture of the day
The Guardian 15 Feb 2013 – A photographic highlight selected by the picture desk. Paul Hansen, has won the World Press Photo of the Year 2012 with this picture of a group of men carrying the bodies of two dead children through…

Israel’s media censorship of the Prisoner X story is a sad fact of life | Aluf Benn
The Guardian 15 Feb 2013 – The media gag on the death of Mossad agent Ben Zygier relied not on coercion but on public support for a high-security state Israel’s media operates under official censorship . That has been the basic fact of…

Uruknet

Becoming refugees once more: Palestinians from Syria return to Gaza
Uruknet

Obama DOJ again refuses to tell a court whether CIA drone program even exists
Uruknet

Palestinians wary of Obama
Uruknet

Egypt floods ‘vital’ Gaza tunnels: Officials
Uruknet

Statement Concerning the declarations of Wathiq Al-Battat, the secretary general of the terrorist Hizbolla party in Iraq and the Authority attitude
Uruknet

At Least We’re Not Measles: Rationalizing Drone Attacks Hits New Low
Uruknet

Israel boosters threaten civil rights claim against Brooklyn College and suggest barring student activists from campus
Uruknet

Iranian border security kills 7 Afghan civilians
Uruknet

‘Prisoner X’ draws attention to Palestinians in Israeli jails
Uruknet

Daily Star

Lebanon is ‘gorgeous, sunny, maddening, inspiring, irresistible’
Daily Star 15 Feb 2013 Anissa Helou is a food writer and expert on Middle Eastern cuisine. Born in Lebanon in 1952 to a Syrian father and a Lebanese mother…

Top 10 ways to put your car on a diet
Daily Star 15 Feb 2013 A peculiarity of life in Lebanon is that its citizens have very little, if any, influence over virtually all aspects of the country’s economic and political realities.

Dominant Riyadi power past faltering Amchit
Daily Star 15 Feb 2013 Riyadi Beirut continued their rise in the Lebanese Basketball League with a 94-73 victory over Amchit Friday, for their fourth win on the bounce.

Peers see LeBron for his own greatness
Daily Star 15 Feb 2013 Lebron James changed his jersey number, won a championship and still is inevitably compared to Michael Jordan at nearly every opportunity.

Stop The Wall

Khalid Draghmeh and Khan Al-Laban a thorn in the settler’s side
Stop The Wall – خالد دراغمة وخان اللبن شوكة في حلق المستوطنين Khalid Samih Hammed Draghmeh ”Abu Jamal”, a Palestinian citizen from the eastern Al-Laban village, Ramallah district, head of a seven members family, lives in an old khan located on the main road between Ramallah and Nablus, the area of the khan and…

YNet News

FIFA to propose tougher sanctions for racist abuse 
YNet News, 15 Feb 2013 – ….

Vatican’s new bank chief has military ship links
YNet News, 15 Feb 2013 – ….

Syria to UN: Turkey hindering crisis-solving process
YNet News, 15 Feb 2013 – ….

UN ‘deeply disturbed’ by threats to media in S.Sudan 
YNet News, 15 Feb 2013 – ….

EU to tighten sanctions on NK after nuclear test 
YNet News, 15 Feb 2013 – ….

Need to define common enemy
YNet News, 15 Feb 2013 – Op-ed: Law defining terror would make it difficult for Europe to blame Israel for all of Mideast’s problems ….

Palestinian Information Center

The West’s selective morality in Mali 
PIC – It is a morally-blind international community that refuses to see the rivers of blood in Syria but moves expeditiously to protect the colonialist interests in the vast sands of sub-Saharan Africa.

Settler population increases in the West Bank
PIC – The number of Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank grew by 4.7% in 2012, according to Settler Council figures.

IOF summons citizens south of Jenin
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) summoned on Friday afternoon four citizens from the village of Sanur, south of Jenin city to attend its intelligence service in Salem camp north of Jenin.

Number of Palestinian prisoner “Deans†reaches 73 in total
PIC – Palestine Center for Prisoners Studies confirmed that the number of deans of Palestinian prisoners ( who spent more than 20 years in Israeli jails) has risen to 73 prisoners.

Dozens of injures during clashes outside Ofer prison
PIC – Dozens of suffocation cases were reported on Friday afternoon after the suppression of a demonstration in solidarity with the prisoners in front of the Ofer military prison west of Ramallah.

IOF arrests an activist in the Islamic bloc in Khadouri
PIC – Israeli occupation forces arrested on Thursday evening the student at Palestine Technical University in Tulkarem Oways Mazen Nwahdha, 23, at a military checkpoint on the road to Arraba.

Mishaal phoned family of hunger striking prisoner Issawi
PIC – Khaled Mishaal, head of Hamas political bureau, phoned the family of Jerusalemite captive Samer al-Issawi, who has been on hunger strike for more than 207 days.

Government and PLC condemn the deportation of its Parliamentary Delegation
PIC – The Palestinian government and the PLC have expressed their protest to the Bulgarian government following the storming of the residence of Palestinian parliamentary delegation by Bulgarian security. 

7 Jerusalemites arrested during clashes south of al-Aqsa mosque
PIC – Violent clashes have erupted in Silwan town south of al-Aqsa Mosque between the Israeli occupation forces last night following the arrest of seven Jerusalemites in Bir Ayyub..

Hamas calls on Egypt to intervene to save the striking prisoners
PIC – Ezzat Resheq called on Egypt as the mediator of Wafa al-Ahrar deal, to pressure the occupation to fulfill the deal’s terms, and to stop the arrest of liberated prisoners.

Misc

Iranian general killed while traveling from Syria to Lebanon
LA Times 14 Feb 2013 – The slaying of Gen. Hassan Shateri is a strong indication that senior Iranian military commanders have been sent to Syria to aid President Bashar Assad’s government. TEHRAN — Top political and security officials in Iran mourned Thursday for a general in the nation’s Revolutionary Guard…

Suspected Israel spy’s death puts government on the defensive
LA Times 14 Feb 2013 – Australian Israeli Ben Zygier’s hanging death in jail leaves many questions. Details are emerging despite a court-imposed gag order. JERUSALEM — The full story may never be known of why a baby-faced Australian Israeli attorney came under suspicion of working for the Mossad spy agency…

CPI unexpectedly falls 0.2% in January
Globes Main News – The Consumer Price Index has risen 1.5% over the past 12 months, the Central Bureau of Statistics reports.

Samsung to produce refrigerator with Sodastream dispenser
Globes Main News – The integrated system delivers cold, filtered carbonated water from the same mechanism on the refrigerator door that produces still water and ice.

Israeli Intelligence Sanitized Zygier’s Cell After Hanging, Family Demands Millions in Damages
Tikun Olam – Ben Zygier: Sacrificed on the altar of the Jewish State The Zygier case continues to develop, sending shockwaves through both the State of Israel and its intelligence services and Australia.  There are new reports from both countries that further damage the reputations of the Mossad, Shin…

Ben Zygier, Dead Mossad Agent, Arrested for Compromising Covert Iran Operation, Dubai Assassination?
Tikun Olam – Ben Zygier: doomed Mossad agent sacrificed on the altar of national security and expediency (Reuters) This is video of the ABC Australia news show, 7:30, which dealt with the Zygier case.  I was interviewed for it and some portions of that interview are laced throughout the…

TruthDig: Protesters Dispute SodaStream Company’s Claims
Jewish Voice for Peace – A group of 20 or so protesters stood outside of the Columbia Heights Target store on Sunday urging consumers not to buy products from SodaStream. Protesters Dispute SodaStream Company’s Claims , Thomas Hedges, TruthDig, February 12, 2013. A group of 20 or so protesters stood outside of…

Vice: Dov Hikind Hates Judith Butler and Loves Israel
Jewish Voice for Peace – Dov Hikind was in his element in front of Brooklyn College last week, the idyllic school that is now ground zero for a raging controversy over academic freedom. Dov Hikind Hates Judith Butler and Loves Israel , Alex Kane, Vice , February 7, 2013. Dov Hikind was in…

Mazel Tov LGBT Center, Shame on Christine C. Quinn et al
Muzzlewatch – First the good news: Welcome back to the 21st century NYC LGBT Center! They just posted a statement overturning their absurd two-year ban on allowing Israel-Palestine related programming, which led to the barring of renowned lesbian thinker Sarah Schulman. Now it’s time to write director Glennda…

NYC LGBT center overturns ban on Palestine-related activities following uproar over Schulman event
Mondoweiss – Josh Nathan-Kazis reports for the Forward : A New York gay community center announced February 15 that it had lifted a moratorium on events relating to Israel days after coming under heavy criticism for barring a prominent gay scholar from speaking about her new book on the…

Valentine’s Day protest in Boston — ‘Roses are red, violets are blue, Max Brenner supports apartheid, how about you?’
Mondoweiss – Max Brenner Boylston St. Boston Valestine’s Day Protest Feb.14,2013 (Photo:Maria Amasanti) Press release from Students for Justice in Palestine Northeastern University Chapter: While many couples were enjoying a romantic Valentine’s Day evening, a group of approximately 100 activists converged upon Boylston Street’s Max Brenner restaurant and…

013 World Press Photo Contest
Mondoweiss – 2013 World Press Photo of the Year, Gaza November 20 2012 (photo: Paul Hansen) Judges for the 2013 World Press Photo Contest have awarded the Photo of the Year to Swedish photojournalist Paul Hansen for his photograph of a Gazan funeral procession taken during Operation Pillar…

Over 1000 protest at Ofer prison in support of Palestinian hunger strikers
Mondoweiss – A solidarity protest with the hunger striking Palestinian prisoners jailed in Israeli prisons, outside the Ofer military prison, February 15, 2013. (Photo: Yotam Ronen/ Activestills.org ) Over 1000 protest in front of Ofer prison in support of hunger striking prisoners Two protesters were injured from live ammunition…

Palestinian citizens of Israel represent a core issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Mondoweiss – The Palestinian Arab minority in Israel is a “core issue, not second tier to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict” – Internal EU report, December 2011 [1] Almost 1.5 million Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel comprise approximately 20% of the population and occupy a unique position within Israeli society….

NY Gay Center Will Allow Israel-Related Events 
The Foward Breaking News 15 Feb 2013 – A New York gay community center announced February 15 that it had lifted a moratorium on events relating to Israel days after coming under heavy criticism for barring a prominent gay scholar from speaking about her new book on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Click here for the…

Egypt Seizes Two Tons of Explosives Bound for Sinai 
The Foward Breaking News 15 Feb 2013 – Egypt seized two tons of explosives hidden in a truck carrying a shipment of fruits and vegetables bound for Sinai on Friday, security sources said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Was Prisoner X Part of Botched Israeli Assassination of Hamas Man in Dubai? 
The Foward Breaking News 15 Feb 2013 – The suspected Israeli double agent dubbed Prisoner X is not the same man as a suspect in the assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai , a forensic report commissioned by Reuters determined. Click here for the rest of the article…

Photo Analysis Casts Doubt On Australian’s Reported Hit Squad Link 
The Foward Breaking News 15 Feb 2013 – A forensic report commissioned by Reuters said on Friday that a suspect in the assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai and a deceased Australian immigrant, reported to have been an Israeli spy, were not the same man. Click here for the rest of the article……

Beit Shemesh, Israel’s Town of Ultra-Orthodox Hate, Steps Back From Brink 
The Forward New 15 Feb 2013 – Beit Shemesh was a symbol of ultra-Orthodox intolerance just a year ago. The town has retreated from the brink of conflict and a tenuous calm has taken hold. Click here for the rest of the article…

Gaga Goes Mainstream as Israeli Dodgeball Game Becomes Fad 
The Forward New 15 Feb 2013 – Gaga, an addictive Israeli dodgeball-style game, is spreading from Jewish summer camps and day schools to the rest of America. Plus, it’s a great workout Click here for the rest of the article…

Europe May Act Against Hezbollah After Bulgaria Terror Bombing Probe 
The Forward New 15 Feb 2013 – Europe has been reluctant to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist group. Now a report tying it to the terror attack in Bulgaria is giving the US and Jewish groups leverage to force Europe to act. Click here for the rest of the article…

Kenya: Iranian National Day Celebrated in Nairobi 
allAfrica.com 15 Feb 2013 – [The Star]Middle Eastern country Iran is one of the oldest countries in the world with its civilisation going back centuries. The country was born as an Islamic republic in 1979 with a revolution led by cleric Ayatollah Khomeni.

North Africa: Maghreb Jihadists Flock to Syria 
allAfrica.com 15 Feb 2013 – [Magharebia]Nouakchott -Thousands of Maghreb youths may now be fighting in Syria, waging war not for a new democratic government, but for an Islamist state, experts say.

Funeral for Iran Revolutionary Guard 
BBC 14 Feb 2013 – A funeral is held in Tehran for Gen Hassan Shateri, a commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard recently killed while travelling from Syria to Lebanon.

Lebanon arrests 11 armed men, including four Syrians 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Feb 2013 – The Lebanese army said Friday that it has arrested 11 men, including four Syrians, for weapons possession in the tense border town of Arsal, which has seen frequent unrest linked to the war in neighboring Syria. “Army units deployed in Arsal arrested on Thursday and Friday…

Hundreds rally for Palestinian hunger strikers 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Feb 2013 – Palestinian protestors throw stones towards Israeli security forces during clashes in front of Ofer prison, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, following a demonstration in support of Palestinian detainee, Samer Issawi, who has been on hunger strike for more than 200 days, and other prisoners…

Egyptian Islamists call for “iron fist” 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Feb 2013 – Demonstrators, who support the Islamic Gama’a and the Muslim Brotherhood, chant slogans in support of Egypt’s President Mohammed Mursi around al-Nahda Square in front of Cairo University on 15 February 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Mohamed Abd El Ghany) Several thousand mostly hard-line Islamists protested in Cairo…

Raid on Syrian Media Center: One Year On 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Feb 2013 – Women protest at a gathering of the ‘One Billion Rising’ campaign in central London 14 February 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Toby Melville) Women protest at a gathering of the ‘One Billion Rising’ campaign in central London 14 February 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Toby Melville) A year…

Bulgaria expels three Hamas lawmakers 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Feb 2013 – Three Hamas lawmakers were expelled from Bulgaria on Friday, based on claims that they represented “a serious threat to national security.” Gaza’s Hamas-led government condemned the expulsion of the deputies, accusing Bulgaria of “bowing to Zionist pressure.” Related Articles: Iran accuses Israel of plotting Bulgaria attack…

Double Standards for Prisoners Vanished In Israel 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Feb 2013 – People stand outside Israeli Ayalon prison in Ramle near Tel Aviv on 14 February 2013. (AFP – Jack Guez) People stand outside Israeli Ayalon prison in Ramle near Tel Aviv on 14 February 2013. (AFP – Jack Guez) The case of Ben Zygier, known as ” Prisoner…

Michel Aoun Interview: The Stubborn Oppositionist 
Al-Akhbar Politics 15 Feb 2013 – We want the armed forces to defend themselves. We want an army not boy scouts. (Photo: Hassan Bahsoun) We want the armed forces to defend themselves. We want an army not boy scouts. (Photo: Hassan Bahsoun) General Michel Aoun remains an oppositionist par excellence, critical of…

Hariri Unveils Future’s New Slogans via the Big Screen 
Al-Akhbar Politics 15 Feb 2013 – Saad Hariri did not surprise his supporters. He did not visit his father’s tomb. (Photo: Haytham Al-Moussawi) Saad Hariri did not surprise his supporters. He did not visit his father’s tomb. (Photo: Haytham Al-Moussawi) At a ceremony marking the 8th anniversary of the assassination of former…

Rafik Hariri’s Legacy: All That Remains 
Al-Akhbar Politics 14 Feb 2013 – A Lebanese Sheikh stands at the gravesite of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri in downtown Beirut on 14 February 2013. Thursday marks the eighth anniversary of Hariri’s assassination. (Photo: Jamal Saidi – Reuters) A Lebanese Sheikh stands at the gravesite of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri…

UN Still Awaits Delivery of Vast Syrian Aid Pledges 
Al-Akhbar Politics 14 Feb 2013 – A Syrian man gestures after getting bread in the northern city of Aleppo on 14 February 2013. (Photo: Bulent Kilic -AFP) A Syrian man gestures after getting bread in the northern city of Aleppo on 14 February 2013. (Photo: Bulent Kilic -AFP) Of all the countries…

Vigilante Leagues Enforce New Order on Tunisia Streets 
Al-Akhbar Politics 14 Feb 2013 – Members of Tunisian Islamist party Hizb-Ut-Tahrir hold flags and anti-France placards during a protest in front of the Cathedral of St Vincent de Paul near the French embassy in Tunis on 14 February 2013 in Tunis. (Photo: Gianluigi Guercia – AFP) Members of Tunisian Islamist party…

Second day of protests rocks Bahrain 
BBC 15 Feb 2013 – A second day of clashes rocks the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain after two people were killed on Thursday amid protests against the rule of the country’s Sunni royal family.

UN warns Yemen leaders of sanctions 
BBC 15 Feb 2013 – The UN Security Council warns Yemen’s former president and vice president they face sanctions if they interfere in the country’s democratic transition.

Funeral for Iran Revolutionary Guard 
BBC 14 Feb 2013 – A funeral is held in Tehran for Gen Hassan Shateri, a commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard recently killed while travelling from Syria to Lebanon.

Articles


Stranded in Shuhada: Hebron’s Qurtuba school 
Salam Muharam, Ma’an News Agency 2/15/2013
      HEBRON (Ma’an) — Children and teachers at Qurtuba school in Hebron say getting to class past Israeli soldiers and settlers is like navigating a minefield every day.
     The school, for children aged 7 to 16, is adjacent to the illegal Jewish settlement of Beit Hadassah in the center of the West Bank city.
     Israeli forces fenced off the school’s stairs with barbed wire in 2002. Now the only route to the school is a muddy path up a steep hill.
     Some pupils live beside the school, but have to walk two kilometers around a circuit to reach the entrance, Najah Abu Munshar, a teacher in the school told Ma’an.
     Across the street from the school, “Gas the Arabs” has been scrawled on a door. Next to the school gates, a mural of a girl holding a book, painted by a French activist, has been covered by racist graffiti. A gallery in a school corridor shows photos of Israeli soldiers and settlers assaulting students.
     International volunteers escort children to and from school as a protective measure, but pupils and teachers are still frequently harassed and assaulted on their way to the school, which has been vandalized and set on fire.
     “School students start their day by crossing the checkpoint of Shuhada street. I can only describe daily life at Qurtuba school as suffering and struggle,” school principal Noura Nasser told Ma’an. more.. e-mail

Violence sells: When the media profits off the Israeli-Palestinian conflict 
Mya Guarnieri, +972 Magazine 2/15/2013
      In my third post about publishing–or, rather, not publishing–my book about migrant workers and African refugees in Israel, I examine the role of violence in the media and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
     And then there was a ray of light. In the wake of the May 2012 race riot in Tel Aviv, the mainstream media was suddenly paying attention to African refugees in the Jewish state. My agent called to say that we might be able to ride the wave of violence to sell my book about migrants in Israel.
     There’s something wrong with an industry that only sits up and takes notice when things get bloody. There’s something sick to me about riding the riot and the asylum seekers’ fear and suffering. But, hey, sex and violence sells. As a number of my students pointed out, when blood is spilled, the international community pays attention to issues that the world usually ignores. And it seems the only way to force Israel’s hand.
     During and after Operation Pillar of Defense, my university students in the West Bank were divided on the role armed struggle should play in Palestinian resistance. Some felt that violence only begets violence and chastised their classmates who rejoiced in seeing footage of Tel Aviv residents dashing to bomb shelters. When one young man told the class that he was happy to see “Jews running like chickens” to take cover, a girl in hijab turned around and yelled at him, “Haram!” She went on to upbraid him for enjoying anyone’s suffering, including that of the Jews.
     Others felt that the frightful images coming out of Gaza—and the lopsided body count—might call the international community to action. And then there were those who were conflicted: violence sucks, they said. But sirens in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem made Israel pay attention to Gaza and to ease the blockade a little bit. That proved to them that, as awful as bloodshed is, fighting back is the only way to “peace.” more.. e-mail

The World Bank and the Palestinians 
Mats Svensson, CounterPunch 2/15/2013
      “Mats, It’s Just Politics!”
     We used to meet at Borderline Restaurant, myself and three young, well-educated men (always men) from “The Bank.” We were discussing the recent World Bank meeting in Al Ram. President Arafat had just died in Paris. The meeting in Al Ram, therefore, had an unusually high attendance. More than 100 diplomats had gathered in the cramped room. The circumstances surrounding Arafat’s death remained a bit strange with many question marks. Had he died of natural causes or had he been murdered? The political scene had changed with his passing. Everything was suddenly different.
     Also the mood between diplomats had been affected by his death. Now there was great concern for the upcoming elections. Together with the Palestinian Authority, both presidential and parliamentary elections were being planned. Finally democracy.
     The starting point was that all Palestinian political parties would participate in order to ensure democratic elections. The U.S. president had waved with his whole hand. Ensure democracy.
     There were also concerns that Hamas would come to influence future policy. However, most people were quite sure that Hamas would not win and that their influence would be able to be limited. Hamas would be allowed to participate in the elections but be marginalized as much as possible.
     To ensure the marginalization of Hamas, the World Bank presented a proposal during the meeting regarding comprehensive budget support to the Palestinian Authority. The aid would be targeting the poor. During the meeting it became clear that this request had come partly from the Palestinian Authority with Fatah in the lead but that it was above submitted on behalf of the U.S. administration. more.. e-mail

Egypt’s Hezbollah shift reflects new reality 
Chris Zambelis, Asia Times 2/15/2013
      The course of Egyptian politics and society in the post-revolution era hangs in the balance between stability and chaos. With a democratic transition process mired in turbulence and violence, observers of Egyptian affairs remain fixated on the internecine competition between rival and overlapping factions – liberal, secular, leftist and Islamist – angling to challenge the fledgling Freedom and Justice Party (FJP)-led government of President Mohammed Morsi and its Muslim Brotherhood progenitor.
     Lost amid the caustic rhetoric and heated street battles are indications that a significant shift is afoot related to Egypt’s foreign policy toward Hezbollah in Lebanon.
     The fall of Hosni Mubarak has raised a number of questions regarding the future of Egyptian foreign policy. An avowed strategic ally of the United States and a quiet friend of Israel, the Mubarak regime had served as a mainstay of a regional alliance system shepherded by Washington. Despite popular opposition to its foreign policy orientation, Mubarak’s Egypt toed the US and Israeli lines with respect to Hezbollah, which was regarded as an enemy of Egypt that needed to be contained and defeated.
     In a December 2012 interview, Egyptian ambassador to Lebanon Ashraf Hamdy revealed that Cairo was eager to engage with Hezbollah. Referring to it as a “real political and military force” in Lebanon, Hamdy’s words portend a marked departure in Egyptian foreign policy. Hamdy also acknowledged the indispensability of engaging Hezbollah due to its preeminent position in Lebanon: “You cannot discuss politics in Lebanon without having a relationship with Hezbollah”. more.. e-mail

Robbery of Books and Ownership of Narrative
Palestine Chronicle: 15 Feb 2013 – By Susan Abulhawa I finally watched The Great Book Robbery at the University of Pennsylvania this weekend with some friends.  It’s a film documenting Israel’s systematic looting of over 70,000 books from Palestinian public and private libraries after Jewish gangs in Palestine proclaimed the state of Israel and ethnically cleansed the native population. The film itself is excellent and I have a lot of good things to say about it.   But I was bothered by a certain element, at the very end, which was repeated by the Director, Benny Brunner, who was at the showing to answer questions.  So I raised my hand and asked a question about it.  Mr Brunner became very defensive. His reaction made me think and re-think on a topic that already preoccupies me on a near daily basis – namely, the Palestinian narrative: who tells it, in what context is it told, how is it…more

In Memory of Mahmud Darwish – A Poem
Palestine Chronicle: 15 Feb 2013 – By Manash Bhattacharjee I learnt from your poems how To wait upon death And how waiting is a game as Treacherous as death. I learnt from you how the root Of waiting is grasped in despair And that there is no despair More deceitful than hope. Waiting helped you gather those Roses along the way Which grow only for travellers Who walk the loneliest road. You kept those roses as mementos Of your nights when gunshots Would remind you of the difficulty To make love under the moon. As you carried the landscape on Your shoulders and looked For your address in the clouds The enemy laughed. They thought you will grow weary From repeating the same lines of loss But they didn’t know those without a home Are always hungry for memory. Manash Bhattacharjee – Manash Bhattacharjee is a poet, writer and scholar from New Delhi, India. He contributed…more

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