VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 4 March 2013

6 March 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

UNICEF: “Israel Mistreats Detained Palestinian Children”
IMEMC – The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) issued a report stating that Israel is mistreating Palestinian children it is holding in its detention and interrogation centers, and added that the abuse against the children is systematic. …

Abbas: “The Death Of Chavez, A Significant Loss To Liberation Movements”
IMEMC – Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, expressed deep sadness over the death of the Venezuelan President, Huge Chavez, who died of Tuesday, and said that the death of Chavez is a significant loss to all nations struggling for freedom, liberation and justice. …

Soldiers Attack Three Palestinian Youths In Nablus
IMEMC – Wednesday evening, March 6, 2013, Palestinian medical sources reported that Israeli soldiers violently attacked and injured three Palestinian youths from Qasra village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. …

Report: “1036 Palestinians Killed In Syria Since Mach 2011”
IMEMC – Palestinian activists in Syria issued a study they conducted in corporation with medical centers, human rights groups and locals, and revealed that 1036 Palestinian refugees have been killed in Syria since the clashes started in the country in mid-march 2011. …

Army Kidnaps 19 Palestinians In West Bank
IMEMC – Wednesday at dawn March 6 2013; Israeli soldiers invaded several Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank, and kidnaped 19 Palestinians, including children, after breaking into their homes and searching them. …

Ma’an News

Family: Israeli forces arrest brother of jailed cartoonist
3/6/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested the brother of a jailed cartoonist on Wednesday in a pre-dawn raid on his home near Jenin in the northern West Bank, his wife said. Israeli troops raided the home of Thamer Sabaana, 37, in Qabatiya at around 2. 30 a. m. and detained him. They also confiscated….

Ministry: Prisoner suspends hunger strike
3/6/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A prisoner detained in Israel for 31 years has suspended his hunger strike, the PA Ministry of Detainee Affairs said Wednesday. Maher Younis, a 54-year-old from a town in Israel, went on hunger strike on Feb. 24 but ended the protest at the request of President Mahmoud Abbas, the ministry….

Foundation denounces Israeli ‘assault’ at holy site
3/6/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli guard assaulted a student at the al-Aqsa mosque, an Islamic foundation associated with the site said. The student was lightly injured, and evaluated at a clinic inside the compound, the Al-Aqsa Foundation said in a statement quoting onlookers as saying Israeli Jews had entered the area. A student was….

UNICEF: Israel mistreats Palestinian children in custody
3/6/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Palestinian children detained by the Israeli military are subject to widespread, systematic ill-treatment that violates international law, a UNICEF report said on Wednesday. The United Nations Children Fund estimated that 700 Palestinian children aged 12 to 17, most of them boys, are arrested, interrogated and detained by the Israeli military, police and security….

Army: Israel detains 6 in West Bank raids
3/6/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained six Palestinians overnight Tuesday in raids across the West Bank. Soldiers detained two people in Bizzaria, near Nablus, one from Nablus, two from Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem and another from Surif, near Hebron, an army spokeswoman told Ma’an. In Bizzaria, Israeli forces raided several homes….

PPS: Prisoner with cancer hospitalized
3/6/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have transferred a prisoner with cancer to hospital, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said Wednesday. Myasar Abu Hamdieh was taken to hospital in Tel Aviv, he PPS said in a statement. Meamwhile Mohammad Taj, from Tubas, was transferred from Hadarim prison to a clinic at Ramle jail after a deterioration….

Ex-detainee hospitalized after release from jail
3/6/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A 27-year-old ex-prisoner was taken to hospital Tuesday within hours of his release from Israeli prison, an official from Balata refugee camp said. Jihad Abu Musallam, 27, from Balata refugee camp, was taken to Rafidia hospital shortly after his release from jail, where he spent nine years, said Yehya al-Jammal….

Students join hunger strike in solidarity with prisoners
3/6/2013 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Pupils at a school in Tulkarem went on hunger strike on Wednesday in solidarity with Palestinians in Israeli jails. Some 120 students at Faroun boys school spent their lunch break holding banners of detainees’ names, and listening to national songs and poetry. The headmaster said students were affected by the….

Israel arrests 2 Palestinians in West Bank raids
3/6/2013 – TULKAREM (Ma’an)- The Israeli army detained at least six Palestinians from cities and towns across the occupied West Bank early Wednesday, relatives and security officials said. Soldiers raided the house of 20-year-old Walid Mohammed Ajouli in the village of Qaffin north of Tulkarem, detaining him on the scene. The detainee’s….

PA approves plan to register UNESCO sites
3/6/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority cabinet on Tuesday decided to form a committee to prepare applications to register sites on UNESCO’s world heritage list. Omar Awadallah, the head of UN file in the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that the committee’s mission was to prepare heritage sites for….

Australia: No sign Zygier involved in Hamas assassination
3/6/2013 – SYDNEY (Reuters) — Australia has no evidence that an emigrant to Israel who died in an Israeli jail in 2010, had been involved in the assassination of a Hamas arms procurer in Dubai, Foreign Minister Bob Carr said on Wednesday. Carr said Ben Zygier had worked for the Israeli government when he was arrested, but stopped….

Hamas wants Egypt’s help to open Israel borders
3/6/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Hamas official demanded Wednesday that Egypt pressure Israel into abiding by the terms of a ceasefire, urging an end to border restrictions and the demolition of tunnels. Ismael al-Ashqar told Ma’an that Hamas supports the demolition of the tunnels in theory but they need an alternative. The tunnels….

UN says Golan Heights peacekeepers detained by fighters near Syria
3/6/2013 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — The United Nations said about 20 peacekeepers had been detained by armed fighters in the Golan Heights on the border between Syria and Israel on Wednesday and that it has sent a team to resolve the situation. The United Nations confirmation came in response to YouTube videos purporting to show Syrian rebels….

PA seizes Israeli food products in Hebron village
3/6/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Palestin
ian customs and consumer protection agents raided markets in al-Thahriyeh village in Hebron on Wednesday and seized cartons of cereal produced in Israel. The agency said the products did not meet standards for sale in Palestinian Authority markets. Agents seized 600 cartons of the cereal, a ministry statement said. [END]

PA to raise taxes on imports
3/6/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority will raise import taxes to encourage consumers to buy local produce, the economy minister said Tuesday. Starting next week, extra taxes will be applied to foreign goods, particularly those imported from China, Jawad Naji told Ma’an TV.”The government is taking these steps to encourage Palestinian….

Hamas says PA detained 8 affiliates
3/6/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas on Wednesday said Palestinian Authority security forces detained eight party members across the West Bank. Forces of the Fatah-led PA detained Hamas members in Tulkarem, Nablus, Hebron and Qalqiliya, Hamas said in a statement. Fatah and Hamas agreed to stop political arrests in the reconciliation deal signed in Cairo in May 2011. [END]

Gaza govt to reduce import of cars due to oversupply
3/6/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The general administration at the Gaza government’s transportation ministry announced Wednesday that in February the number of cars entering Gaza was reduced due to oversupply. Head of imports at the ministry Basel Deeb told Ma’an that the number of cars transferred to the Gaza Strip was….

Union, ministry clash over classes on Saturdays
3/6/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority education ministry on Wednesday insisted that teachers must make up classes missed due to strike action on Saturdays, after their union refused. Teachers’ union spokesman Bassem Naim on Wednesday said staff would “clearly and unequivocally” refuse to teach extra classes on the weekend until a final agreement….

Israel fights swarms of locusts from Egypt
3/6/2013 – KEMEHIN, Israel (Reuters) — Israel on Wednesday began battling a swarm of locusts from Egypt on Wednesday to prevent crop damage in the south of the country. Locust clouds darkened skies some three weeks before the Jewish Passover holiday that recalls 10 Biblical plagues, one of them locusts, that struck Egypt during the exodus of Israelite….

Firefighters battle electrical blaze in Hebron shop
3/6/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Firefighters on Wednesday put out an electrical fire in a shop in Beit Awwa, near Hebron, the civil defense said. The fire destroyed food in the store, but firefighters managed to save some produce, the civil defense said in a statement. [END]

3 injured in Bethlehem road accident
3/6/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Three people, including a pregnant woman, were injured Wednesday when a truck collided with a taxi in Bethlehem. The victims were taken to hospital with light injuries, medics said. The rush-hour accident caused heavy traffic, occurring in one of the busiest junctions in the city. [END]

Hugo Chavez: Socialist showman who transformed Venezuela
3/6/2013 – CARACAS (Reuters) — At two defining moments of his rule, Venezuela’s theatrical leader Hugo Chavez took a small silver crucifix from his pocket and held it above his head. Both marked a quasi-religious “return” for the socialist ex-soldier whom supporters loved with messianic fervor — first from a 2002 coup that saw him jailed on….

UN: 1 million refugees have fled Syria
3/6/2013 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — One million people have fled Syria‘s civil war, piling pressure on the country’s neighbors who are struggling to support them, the United Nations refugee agency said on Wednesday. Around half the refugees are children, most of them aged under 11, and the numbers leaving are mounting every week, UNHCR….

Statement: Arab states are free to offer rebels military support
3/6/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Arab states are free to offer military support to rebels fighting the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad if they wish, according a final statement of Arab League ministers on Wednesday. The statement was issued at the end of a meeting of the League ministers in Cairo. Previously the League had stressed that….

Aljazeera

Israel accused of abusing detained children
AlJazeera 6 Mar 2013UN report says Palestinian minors, most arrested for rock-throwing, face systemic ill-treatment by Israeli authorities.

Palestine News Network

Israel Mistreats Palestinian Children in Custody, UNICEF Reports
Palestine News Network

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Palestine News Network

“She Was My First and Only Child”
Palestine News Network

Syrian Refugee Figure Hits 1 Million, says UN
Palestine News Network

Palestine Mourns Chavez’ Death
Palestine News Network

Israeli Occupation Transfers Prisoners from Shatta Prison
Palestine News Network

PCHR Condemns ISS Ban on Travel by Trade Union Delegation
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

“She was my first and only child”
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR concerned about ISS ban on travel by journalists
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Relief Web

Lebanon: EU Commissioner meets Palestine refugees in Lebanon
Relief Web 6 Mar 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory The EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle visited yesterday UNRWA’s Lebanon Field Office, where he met with beneficiaries…

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Relief Web 6 Mar 2013 – Source: Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling Country: occupied Palestinian territory NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS In Focus: More women seeking legal aid and counseling services. UN Body: Israeli settlements must be removed without preconditions. House demolition video: Report by Al…

occupied Palestinian territory: BADIL’s Ongoing Nakba Education Center (ONEC) releases new short film!
Relief Web 6 Mar 2013 – Source: BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory BADIL’s Ongoing Nakba Education Center (ONEC) is delighted to announce the release of our latest multi-media advocacy tool! ‘Dead Olives & Settlements: Three Farmers in Abud’ (…

occupied Palestinian territory: “She was my first and only child”
Relief Web 6 Mar 2013 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory Huda and Khaled Tafesh (21 and 25) got married in 2010. One year later their daughter, Haneen, was born. The young family, which lives in a modest tin-roofed dwelling in…

Israel: Children in Israeli Military Detention: Observations and Recommendations
Relief Web 6 Mar 2013 – Source: UN Children’s Fund Country: Israel, occupied Palestinian territory A. Executive summary All children in contact with judicial systems should be treated with dignity and respect at all times. For several years, national lawyers, human rights organizations, United Nations experts…

The National

Sharjah hospital reopens partially after fixes
The National 6 Mar 2013 – The Ministry of Health shut down Sharjah’s Royal Hospital after it failed surprise inspections.

Centre for autistic children opens in Abu Dhabi
The National 6 Mar 2013 – The New England Center for Children (Necc) Abu Dhabi will cater for 108 children when it becomes fully operational.

Arab League to hand over Syria’s seat to SNC
The National 6 Mar 2013 – The 22-member bloc also says members are free to arm the rebels as the number of Syrian refugees hits 1 million, according to the UN.

Syrian rebels reportedly seize UN peacekeepers near Golan Heights
The National 6 Mar 2013 – The nationality of the peacekeepers is unclear but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group say they are Filipino.

Maryland on track to become 18th US state to ban death penalty
The National 6 Mar 2013 – Maryland is among 33 US states with a death penalty.

Morsi to appeal suspension of Egypt’s parliamentary elections
The National 6 Mar 2013 – The decision to suspend elections set for next month will likely ‘throw Egypt into a bigger mess’. Bradley Hope reports from Cairo 

Newlyweds fight for civil marriages in Lebanon
The National 6 Mar 2013 – Muslims Kholoud Sukkarieh and Nidal Darwish take a stand against sectarianism by becoming the first couple to wed in a civil ceremony in Lebanon. Loveday Morris reports from Beirut 

Israel mistreats Palestinian children in custody: UN agency
The National 6 Mar 2013 – Unicef report says the mistreatment usually begins when they are arrested.

Ha’aretz

Lapid and Bennett are of one mind on the Israeli economy
Ha’aretz – 6 Mar 2013

Israeli Arab brothers convicted for helping Hamas plan terror attacks
Ha’aretz – 6 Mar 2013

Israel’s AG ducks legality issue over PM holding Foreign Ministry for Lieberman
Ha’aretz – 6 Mar 2013

Israel denies entry to Pro-Palestinian American Jew
Ha’aretz – 6 Mar 2013

Peres tells EU president: Terror, not Israeli settlements, is obstacle to peace
Ha’aretz – 6 Mar 2013

Obama forgoes Knesset address, opts to speak before Israeli students instead
Ha’aretz – 6 Mar 2013

Australian probe: Zygier was facing 20-year sentence for ‘serious espionage’
Ha’aretz – 6 Mar 2013

Israeli divorce refusenik breaks out of Jerusalem Rabbinical Court
Ha’aretz – 6 Mar 2013

Likud officials: Coalition deal with Livni may have to be renegotiated
Ha’aretz – 6 Mar 2013

UN: Syria rebels seize about 20 Golan Heights peacekeepers near Israel border
Ha’aretz – 6 Mar 2013

Israeli Knesset discusses jailed spy Jonathan Pollard
Ha’aretz – 6 Mar 2013

IDF Home Front Command holds drill at 5:05 P.M. local time in Sharon region
Ha’aretz – 6 Mar 2013

After plea deal, Israeli court convicts Nablus man of rape in Tel Aviv parking garage
Ha’aretz – 6 Mar 2013

Australia confirms Ben Zygier worked for Israeli government
Ha’aretz – 6 Mar 2013

Israel silent on Chavez’s death, but seeks to reboot relations with Venezuela
Ha’aretz – 6 Mar 2013

Lapid’s party tells Likud it won’t join ‘swollen’ coalition of 28 Israeli ministers
Ha’aretz – 6 Mar 2013

Israel sprays crops across Negev in battle against locust plague
Ha’aretz – 6 Mar 2013

Teenage girl attacked with acid suffered prior abuse from her attackers
Ha’aretz – 6 Mar 2013

Jerusalem Post

Syrian rebels seize UN peacekeepers near Golan
Jerusalem Post 6 Mar 2013UN confirms 20 peacekeepers were captured near the Golan Heights by rebel fighters from “Martyrs of Yarmouk” brigade. 

Protests rage in Egypt’s Port Said for fourth day
Jerusalem Post 6 Mar 2013 – Hundreds of protesters throw rocks at police demanding the release of prisoners involved in soccer stadium massacre. 

Kerry Gulf visit: shift in US regional policy?
Jerusalem Post 5 Mar 2013 – Analysis: American policy is to support the Muslim Brotherhood as a “moderate” group to block the more radical Salafists. 

PA nabs 66 Hamas supporters as unity talks fail
Jerusalem Post 5 Mar 2013Hamas announces that the PA has arrested 66 of its supporters in W. Bank including 32 former prisoners held by Israel

UK diplomat flees protests at West Bank university
Jerusalem Post 5 Mar 2013 – Consul-General Sir Vincent Fean was at Birzeit University to discuss UK policy on Mideast, left abruptly after protests erupted. 

UN agency nixes Gaza marathon over ban on women
Jerusalem Post 5 Mar 2013 – UNRWA says ‘disappointing’ decision comes after Hamas-ruled Gaza imposed ban, run had aimed to raise funds for Gaza children. 

The Guardian

UN peacekeepers detained by Syrian fighters
The Guardian 6 Mar 2013 – Video circulated by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims to show Syrian rebels detaining peacekeepers in Daraa city About 20 peacekeepers in the force charged with monitoring the ceasefire between Israel and Syrian troops on the…

Israel battles swarm of locusts from Egypt
The Guardian 6 Mar 2013Israel sprays pesticides from air and land in effort to kill swarm that covered nearly 2,000 acres overnight Israel is battling a swarm of locusts from Egypt to prevent crop damage in the south of the…

Prisoner X was working for Israeli government, Australia confirms
The Guardian 6 Mar 2013 – Evidence suggests Ben Zygier, who died in Israeli prison, worked for the Mossad, says minister Australia’s foreign minister, Bob Carr, has confirmed that the man known as Prisoner X, a dual Israeli-Australian national who died in…

Hamas’s ban on women running Gaza marathon is a missed opportunity | Nabila Ramdani
The Guardian 6 Mar 2013 – The Gaza marathon could have been a show of strength against Israeli dominance. Hamas squandered that with its petty ban Anyone who takes part in a long-distance run knows there will be plenty of problems to…

Uruknet

UK inquiry into Iraqi prisoner deaths reveals evidence of ‘torture’
Uruknet

Shadow Lives How the War on Terror in England Became a War on Women and Children
Uruknet

Eyewitnesses: Police targeted Armed Forces in Port Said
Uruknet

Israeli forces detain 11 Palestinians including a disabled former prisoner
Uruknet

Torture taint hangs over Iraq death sentences
Uruknet

Gaza fishermen protest as Israel breaks pledge to stop attacks
Uruknet

Israeli racism is getting out of hand
Uruknet

Obama Administration: Yes, We Can Kill Americans on US Soil
Uruknet

Settlers uproot 100 olive trees near Bethlehem
Uruknet

Another ‘One-Tenth of a Newtown’ in Afghanistan
Uruknet

Daily Star

Egypt’s tunnel closures hit Gaza builders
Daily Star 6 Mar 2013 Business was booming for Gaza brick-maker Yasser Qreqea, until neighbouring Egypt shut down smuggling tunnels across its border that were funnelling arms to militants in the territory and cement and other basic goods to everyone else.

Iran’s Khamenei seen tightening his grip in vote to replace Ahmadinejad
Daily Star 6 Mar 2013 The presidential campaign season in Iran this year started with a warning. During a visit to the holy city of Qom in mid-January, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told a packed crowd that both internal…

Militants from Russia’s North Caucasus join ‘jihad’ in Syria
Daily Star 6 Mar 2013 Flanked by almost 20 men with rifles, Omar Abu al-Chechen kneels on a carpet and delivers a rousing speech urging fellow Muslims to support the ‘jihad’ against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Syrian refugees top 1 million, rebels take city
Daily Star 6 Mar 2013 Syria‘s accelerating humanitarian crisis hit a grim milestone Wednesday: The number of U.N.-registered refugees topped 1 million – half of them children.

Libya leader’s car shot up as political tension soars
Daily Star 6 Mar 2013 The car of Libya’s interim leader was shot up as he left a chaotic session of the national assembly, without causing harm, officials said Wednesday, as post-revolutionary tensions soared in the country.

Israel ill-treatment of Palestinian minors ‘systematic’: UN
Daily Star 6 Mar 2013 The ill-treatment of Palestinian minors held within the Israeli military detention system is “widespread, systematic and institutionalised,” a report by UN children’s fund found.

UN set to sanction three N.Koreans, two entities -draft
Daily Star 6 Mar 2013 The U.N. Security Council is set to blacklist two North Korean enterprises and three individuals working for North Korean entities involved in arms trade and Pyongyang’s missile program, according to a draft resolution.

Court suspends Egypt’s parliament election
Daily Star 6 Mar 2013 An Egyptian administrative court on Wednesday ordered the suspension of parliamentary elections scheduled to begin next month, throwing the country’s politics deeper into confusion.

Sweden upgrades Palestinian diplomatic status
Daily Star 6 Mar 2013 Sweden on Wednesday became the ninth European country to upgrade the status of a Palestinian representative office to that of an embassy.

10 years later, Blix warns against repeating Iraq scenario
Daily Star 6 Mar 2013 Ten years after the US-led invasion on Iraq, ex-UN inspector Hans Blix has urged world powers to avoid committing the same error by going to war against Iran based on fears it is developing nuclear weapons.

YNet News

Italy’s Bersani seeks way out of vote impasse
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Air raids on Syrian city Raqqa kill 39
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Syria: We found Israeli espionage devices on beach
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Bennett: We’ll take care of haredi brothers
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US officials expected to attend Chavez funeral
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Different meanings of Zionism 
YNet News, 6 Mar 2013 – Op-ed: Turkish Muslim urges Prime Minister Erdogan to clarify harsh anti-Israel comments ….

PM absent from Int’l Women’s Day Knesset session
YNet News, 5 Mar 2013 – As world marks International Women’s Day, feminist MK berates PM for skipping special Knesset plenum ….

Givati soldiers refuse ‘humiliating’ orders
YNet News, 5 Mar 2013 – A brigade officer sends seven servicemen to military confinement after they refused to follow orders, which they claimed they should not be given on account of their seniority ….

Attacked on vacation: ‘Arab, get out of the Kinneret’
YNet News, 5 Mar 2013 – Nazareth Illit resident attacked during weekend trip to Kinneret with wife, hospitalized for a fractured jaw-bone; police launches investigation ….

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez dies from cancer 
YNet News, 5 Mar 2013 – President Hugo Chavez has died after a two-year battle with cancer; VP blames illness on ‘foes’ ….

Top US commander: Iran sanctions not working
YNet News, 5 Mar 2013 – Head of US Central Command says diplomatic efforts against Islamic Republic are useless, but it’s not too late to bring Iran ‘to its senses’; world powers convene for nuclear talks ….

Hagel to Barak: US will support Israel despite fiscal constraints 
YNet News, 5 Mar 2013US, Israel defense ministers meet in Washington, discuss war in Syria, nuclear Iran, continued military, diplomatic cooperation between countries ….

Finance portfolio offered to Lapid, Likud to keep Foreign Ministry 
YNet News, 5 Mar 2013 – Sources with Likud say they made it clear to Yair Lapid that Foreign Ministry is to remain in Likud-Beiteinu hands; party reports finance portfolio to go to Bennett ….

Palestine Information Center

IOF attacks female students in Al-Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage said in a statement on Wednesday that a student in Al-Aqsa Mosque has been attacked by an Israeli soldier, and was taken to the medical clinic inside Al-Aqsa.

IOF raids houses and erects checkpoint in Jenin
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed in the early morning hours of Wednesday, the village of al-Matala east of Jenin, where they raided ten homes, set up ambushes and attacked the citizens.

Hamdan: Talks about reviving peace process are futile
PIC – Osama Hamdan, foreign relations official in Hamas movement, said that the talks about reviving peace process, at the meetings of Arab foreign ministers on Wednesday in Cairo, are futile.

IOF sprays waste water on citizens’ houses at Al-Nabi Saleh village
PIC – Human rights group B’Tselem accused the Israeli occupation forces of spraying Palestinian houses in Nabi Saleh village with wastewater.

Islamic movement calls for defending the Holy Quran and Al-Aqsa Mosque
PIC – The Islamic movement in the Palestinian 1948-occupied territories called on Friday preachers in all of the occupied Palestine’s mosques, to denounce the attack on the Holy Quran.

11 Palestinian journalists in Israeli occupation jails
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) are incarcerating 11 Palestinian journalists the latest was taken from his home in Nablus at dawn Wednesday.

Activists raise Palestinian flag on Israeli military camp in Bethlehem
PIC – Palestinian activists managed on Wednesday afternoon to storm the Israeli military camp in the city of Bethlehem south of the occupied West Bank, raising Palestinian flag on its entrance.

IOA sets up a new road near Nablus in favor of an Israeli settler
PIC – The IOA inaugurated on Tuesday a new road through Palestinian agricultural land near the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank, in favor of an Israeli settler who seized a piece of land there.

Captive movement calls for a “Friday of anger”
PIC – The Palestinian Captive Movement in Israeli jails called in a statement for a ” Friday of Anger” next Friday in support of Palestinian prisoners in occupation prisons.

WAFA

Abbas Offers Condolences to Venezuela over Chavez’s Death
WAFA – 6 Mar 2013

UNICEF Calls for Protection for Children in Israeli Detention
WAFA – 6 Mar 2013

Newspapers Review: Death of Chavez Focus of Daily
WAFA – 6 Mar 2013

Most of Palestine’s Guests were Europeans, says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 6 Mar 2013

Muslims Confront Jewish Extremists in Al-Aqsa Mosque
WAFA – 6 Mar 2013

Weather Forecast: Cold and Cloudy
WAFA – 6 Mar 2013

Misc

21 U.N. peacekeepers seized in south Syria
LA Times 6 Mar 2013 – A Syrian rebel brigade says in a video that the U.N. personnel will not be freed until the Syrian military leaves the vicinity of a nearby village. BEIRUT — Twenty-one members of a United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Syria near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights…

IHT Special: A New Liberty Sweeps Through Jordan Radio
New York Times 6 Mar 2013 – Call-in shows are now able to address political topics and human rights issues that were unmentionable in public before the Arab Spring. 

IHT Special: Syrian Insurgents Say Aid Isn’t Getting Where It Needs to Go
New York Times 6 Mar 2013 – International humanitarian aid has largely failed to reach camps in rebel strongholds, leaving internally displaced Syrians in squalor. 

IHT Special: Egypt Shies Away From Economic Overhauls
New York Times 6 Mar 2013 – With elections looming, the government has delayed policy changes needed to obtain an I.M.F. loan, with potentially difficult consequences. 

Syrian Rebels Seize 20 U.N. Soldiers in the Golan Heights
New York Times 6 Mar 2013Syria’s civil war entangled the peacekeeping operation in the disputed Golan Heights area Wednesday, when 30 armed fighters for the insurgency detained a group of peacekeepers. 

The Lede: Ahmadinejad Says Chávez Will Rise Again
New York Times 6 Mar 2013 – In a letter of condolence to the people of Venezuela, Iran’s president struck a note of interfaith harmony, expressing confidence that Hugo Chávez would be resurrected, along with Jesus and the Hidden Imam. 

At War Blog: A Call for a National Strategy on Veterans
New York Times 6 Mar 2013 – A National Veterans Strategy would include a national dialogue to define our societal obligations to those who volunteer for military service and establishing policies to carry out those obligations, engaging government, the private sector, veterans service organizations and local communities to combine resources in support of veterans and their families. 

Number of Syrian Refugees Hits 1 Million, U.N. Says
New York Times 6 Mar 2013 – The United Nations Refugee agency warned that resources for helping the refugees fleeing nearly two years of conflict in Syria are stretched dangerously thin. 

Report Details Mistakes Made by U.S. in Improvement Projects for Iraq
New York Times 6 Mar 2013 – The United States, officials from both countries say, took on too many projects and often did not consult with the Iraqis about which projects were needed and how best to go about them. 

Clal Industries sale seen aimed at avoiding forced settlement
Globes Main News – IDB Development bondholder: When did you last see a controlling shareholder sell at below market price?

Clal Finance: Leviathan needs $18b investment
Globes Main News – Clal Finance analyst Yaron Zer estimates that the amount required to develop the Leviathan field is far higher than previously believed.

Teva’s top eleven managers paid $17m
Globes Main News – Update: Bernstein analyst Ronny Gal has revised an earlier estimate of executive pay at Teva. The company is being sued over pay disclosures.

Wed: Delek Group fails to depress market
Globes Main News – The Leviathan partners led by Delek Group and its
units Delek Drilling and Avner fell sharply.

Shekel gains more ground
Globes Main News – The shekel was strengthening against the dollar and euro in morning inter-bank trading today.

IDF Skunk Cannon Odorizes West Bank
Tikun Olam – The IDF routinely uses a truly disgusting weapon of war to maintain the Occupation: a skunk cannon.  To the uninitiated, imagine instead of fire hoses and police dogs, Sheriff Bull Connor used a massive stream of raw sewage mixed with skunk oil and let it fly…

Israeli Media Names Suspect in Price Tag-Peace Now Attacks
Tikun Olam – Bibiton breaks gag and reports identity of career criminal-price tagger, Dor Oved Wonders never cease!  An Israeli right-wing newspaper has finally named the author of the price tag attacks against Peace Now’s Jerusalem office and its senior staff member, Hagit Ofran.  I was the sole media…

Corrupt Politics, Israel-Style
Tikun Olam – Amir Peretz: looking (and paying) for votes in all the wrong places In the comment threads here yesterday, I argued that only the Israeli right (that is, those with real political power) is corrupt. Further, I argued that since the Israeli left didn’t have power it…

The historical context of the Israeli land and planning law regime
Mondoweiss – The origins of the modern Israeli land and planning law regimes can be traced back to 1901, the year in which the Jewish National Fund (JNF) was established. The JNF, which, as will be seen, still plays a dominant role in the Israeli land law regime, was…

Did Oren’s iron dome of affability stop Colbert’s brilliant strikes?
Mondoweiss – Last night Stephen Colbert did two segments on Israel, the second featuring Israeli ambassador Michael Oren, who was born in NY and raised in NJ– origins that Colbert made fun of by stating over and over again that Oren is “from Israel.” The initial reviews in…

Using secret travel ban, Israel prepares to deport activist Adam Shapiro preventing him from being at the birth of his first child
Mondoweiss – Huwaida Arraf and Adam Shapiro (Photo: IMEU/Facebook) Israel‘s deportation policy entered a new phase on Monday when Huwaida Arraf and Adam Shapiro, co-founders of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), arrived at Ben Gurion airport and discovered an entry ban on Shapiro, despite inquires made in advance…

ADL: Mock eviction notice describing Israeli house demolitions intimidates Harvard students
Mondoweiss – You got to read this to believe it. For Israel Apartheid Week, the Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee posted fake eviction notices on students’ dorm rooms to raise awareness of Palestinian conditions under occupation. Here is the text of one such leaflet:    We regret to…

Barak urges withdrawal from West Bank to end ‘slippery slope’ toward one state
Mondoweiss – Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Apartheid Ancient Palestinian village threatened by Israeli settlement Al-Monitor 5 Mar — Less than ten miles outside the northern West Bank city of Nablus lies a sleepy town with an ancient and little-known history embedded in its ancient temple,…

Rogue Syria Rebels Kidnap Golan U.N. Peacekeepers 
The Foward Breaking News 6 Mar 2013 – Syrian rebels have seized a convoy of U.N. peacekeepers near the Golan Heights and say they will hold them captive until President Bashar al-Assad’s forces pull back from a rebel-held village which has seen heavy recent fighting. Click here for the rest of the article…

U.S. Envoy Walks Out of Nuclear Meeting After Iran Accuses Israel of Genocide 
The Foward Breaking News 6 Mar 2013 – The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations nuclear watchdog stormed out of an agency meeting on Wednesday in protest when Iran’s representative accused Israel of “genocide”, diplomats said Click here for the rest of the article…

Harvard Students Get Fake Eviction Notices From Anti-Israel Activists 
The Foward Breaking News 6 Mar 2013 – The posting of mock eviction notices on the doors of Harvard students to publicize the campus Israeli Apartheid Week has sparked a campus debate. Click here for the rest of the article…

UNICEF Accuses Israel of ‘Systematic’ Abuse of Jailed Palestinian Children 
The Foward Breaking News 6 Mar 2013 – Palestinian children detained by the Israeli military are subject to widespread, systematic ill-treatment that violates international law, a UNICEF report said on Wednesday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Leaning In With Sheryl Sandberg 
The Forward Editorial 6 Mar 2013 – Some may deride Sheryl Sandberg as a self-appointed gender equality zealot. But Jane Eisner thinks her book’s controversial message is necessary for women — and men — to hear. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Qandil Briefs Morsi On Iraq Visit 
allAfrica.com 6 Mar 2013 – [Egypt Online]President Mohamed Morsi received on Tuesday 5/3/2013, at the Presidency headquarter Prime Minister Hisham Qandil to review the results of his recent visit to Iraq.

Remi Kanazi – Spoken Word Justice 
Rachel Corrie Foundation 6 Mar 2013 – Remi Kanazi, Palestinian-American poet, writer, and human rights activist based in New York City will bring his spoken word to Olympia in a performance and BDS workshop Sunday, March 3rd. From 2-4 PM, Kanazi will provide a Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) workshop about the Palestini
an call for…

Where Should the Birds Fly & Panel Discussion 
Rachel Corrie Foundation 6 Mar 2013 – We are excited to team up with the Olympia Film Society (OFS) to present this film followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. Fida Qishta is a Palestinian journalist from Rafah, Gaza, and survivor of the 2008-2009 Operation Cast Lead attack on Gaza by the Israeli…

Rachel Corrie – 10 Years 
Rachel Corrie Foundation 6 Mar 2013 – Expect a dynamic day of social action, speakers, music, dance, food, reflection, remembrance, and community! 1 pm – Rally at Sylvester Park: Ten years is enough!  Challenge U.S. aid to Israel and the lack of accountability for how those resources are used 2:30 – 9pm –…

Syria rebels detain UN Golan team 
BBC 6 Mar 2013 – About 20 UN observers are detained by armed fighters in the Golan Heights on the SyriaIsrael border, the UN has confirmed.

Egypt court suspends April elections 
BBC 6 Mar 2013 – A court in Egypt suspends the parliamentary elections which were due to begin next month, adding a further complication to the country’s political crisis.

Syrian refugees reach million mark 
BBC 6 Mar 2013 – The number of people fleeing the conflict in Syria has reached a million, the UN refugee agency says, with neighbouring countries struggling to cope.

UN rebukes Israel over child arrests 
BBC 6 Mar 2013 – The ill-treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli jails is “widespread, systematic and institutionalised”, a UN report says.

Guide to the Perplexed for the Identification of Arab Liberals 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 6 Mar 2013 – 1. You are invited as a guest to Janadriyah’s annual silly festival for men, hosted by King Abdullah or his sons. 2. You are attached to one of the Saudi princes and write for one of their mouthpieces. 3. You call for women’s freedom in Iran,…

Lebanon: Taking the UCC’s Struggle Forward 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 6 Mar 2013 – Whatever observations can be made about the actions of the Union Coordination Committee (UCC), it has succeeded in building a movement that could become a force to be reckoned with in Lebanon. read more

From Greece to Lebanon, Labor Takes a Stand 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Mar 2013 – All this led to a rise in the share of wages to more than two-thirds of gross domestic product in many capitalist countries. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) All this led to a rise in the share of wages to more than two-thirds of gross domestic product in…

Jumblatt: “I Am With al-Nusra Front Against Assad” 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Mar 2013 – His conclusion is that the regime will not fall, but Syria will be destroyed in the end. (Photo: Archive) His conclusion is that the regime will not fall, but Syria will be destroyed in the end. (Photo: Archive) Lebanon’s Druze leader Walid Jumblatt tells Al-Akhbar that…

UN: Syrian refugees reach 1 million 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Mar 2013 – Syrian refugees take a rest after they crossed into Jordanian territory with their families from Syria into Jordan near Mafraq February 18, 2013. According to the Jordanian Armed Forces sources, around 89,000 Syrian refugees fleeing from the violence in their country have crossed the Jordanian border…

Israel and Azerbaijan: A Strategic Alliance 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Mar 2013 – A man watches a swarm of locusts flying on 6 March 2013, above a highway in an occupied village in the Negev Desert near the Egyptian border. (Photo: AFP – Menahem Kahana) A man watches a swarm of locusts flying on 6 March 2013, above a…

Israel ill-treatment of Palestinian minors widespread: UNICEF 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Mar 2013 – The ill-treatment of Palestinian minors held within the Israeli military detention system is “widespread, systematic and institutionalized,” a report by UN children’s fund found. In the 22-page report entitled “Children in Israeli Military Detention,” UNICEF said Israel was the only country in the world where children…

Deep budget cuts won’t impact Israel aid: Hagel 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Mar 2013US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (R) greets Israel‘s Minister of Defense Ehud Barak in his first meeting with a foreign counterpart in Washington, DC, on March 5, 2013. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (R) greets Israel‘s Minister of Defense Ehud Barak in his first…

Lebanon: Can Nahr al-Bared’s Market Make a Comeback? 
Al-Akhbar Series and Features 5 Mar 2013 – A Palestinian woman hangs laundry at her home in front of destroyed buildings in the devastated Nahr al-Bared Reugee camp in north Lebanon, 07 January 2008. (AFP – Ramzi Haidar) A Palestinian woman hangs laundry at her home in front of destroyed buildings in the devastated…

Syria rebels detain UN Golan team 
BBC 6 Mar 2013 – About 20 UN observers are detained by armed fighters in the Golan Heights on the SyriaIsrael border, the UN has confirmed.

Egypt court suspends April elections 
BBC 6 Mar 2013 – A court in Egypt suspends the parliamentary elections which were due to begin next month, adding a further complication to the country’s political crisis.

US Iraq rebuilding ‘achieved little’ 
BBC 6 Mar 2013 – The US rebuilding effort in Iraq achieved little despite $60bn (£40bn) spent since the 2003 invasion and at least $8bn wasted, a US auditor says.

Syrian refugees reach million mark 
BBC 6 Mar 2013 – The number of people fleeing the conflict in Syria has reached a million, the UN refugee agency says, with neighbouring countries struggling to cope.

UN rebukes Israel over child arrests 
BBC 6 Mar 2013 – The ill-treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli jails is “widespread, systematic and institutionalised”, a UN report says.

Prisoner X ‘worked for Israel’ 
BBC 6 Mar 2013 – Australia confirms for the first time that an Australian-Israeli man who died while secretly jailed in Israel worked for the Israeli government.

Articles


Palestinian-only buses serve to incentivize segregation 
Amjad Iraqi, +972 Magazine 3/6/2013
      Neither Palestinians nor Israelis should be fooled into believing that separated bus lines are part of an overall policy that benefits Palestinian workers.
     The announcement that Israel’s Ministry of Transportation would begin a “Palestinian-only” bus service from the Eyal checkpoint in the West Bank might appear to be a harmless policy. Indeed, many Palestinians working in Israel may be inclined to use the new service. If the advertisements are correct, Palestinians might avoid overcrowded buses, save hundreds of shekels from cheaper tickets, and even avoid unnecessary scuffles with Jewish settlers on the bus.
     The catch is that these messages are being used by Israel to force Palestinians to conform to a rather twisted agenda. Despite the Ministry’s attempts to sugar-coat the initiative as a policy to help the workers, neither Palestinians nor Israelis should be fooled into thinking otherwise: the government is incentivizing segregation. In this case, the segregation is born out of the desire to keep the occupied population at a distance, away from the state’s infrastructure and its settlers.
     The new bus service is an institutionalization of this racist agenda, adding another feature to a system described at best as a segregationist society, and at worst an apartheid regime. Fears that Palestinians will be forced off the original bus lines and required to use the Palestinian-only buses are a disturbingly real prospect; disturbing for its moral reprehensibility and for the social-economic dynamics it shapes.
     This is certainly not the worst case of state-sanctioned discrimination in the Occupied Territories, and it won’t be the last…. more.. e-mail

Does reconciliation really need ‘temporary borders’ which will threaten the Palestinian cause? 
Yassir al Zaatara, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/1/2013
      “It’s very clear that this scenario is just smoke and mirrors to mask realities on the ground.”
     Benjamin Netanyahu’s election coalition partner has said that it is “impossible” to solve the conflict with the Palestinians. “It is possible to manage it – and it is important to manage it – and to negotiate in order to reach a long-term transitional agreement,” claimed Avigdor Lieberman, who was speaking in the context of the discussions to form a new coalition government in Israel.
     Two days later, in an article published on 11 February in Israel Today, well-known politician Yossi Beilin made known his view that President Barack Obama is not going to Israel with a new peace plan. “Obama will seek the immediate renewal of negotiations with the Palestinians,” said the ex-leader of the leftist Meretz Party. “The new aim will be the establishment of a Palestinian state with temporary borders, not a comprehensive solution.” Beilin was a key figure in the 2000 Camp David discussions; he predicted that the Arab League will be a “partner” in this so that Obama’s visit is seen as a historic turning point in the region’s politics.
     That’s the picture at the moment across the Israeli political spectrum, from Lieberman’s extreme right to Beilin’s far left. The nexus is the idea of a “temporary” set of borders and thus a “long-term transitional solution”, a phrase also used by the unlamented Ariel Sharon. Indeed, there appears to be political consensus on this point, backed by Likud’s Netanyahu and Labour’s Barack. The odd ones out are the religious right-wing parties whose opposition is probably more theoretical than practical. Tzipi Livni, Netanyahu’s preferred choice for chief negotiator with the Palestinians, is supportive. more.. e-mail

Rabbi Froman is Gone 
Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam: Make the World a Better Place 3/4/2013
      Settlers and Palestinians as Neighbors?
     One of the great ones of our generation has just passed: Rabbi Menachem Froman. He died of cancer today at age 68. I have posted about him several times. I will feature here Rita Castelnuovo’s wonderful photograph that accompanied the NY Times profile of him. This is Haaretz’s Hebrew epitaph (and the English version). This is The Forward’s story which includes an interesting video.
     He was one of those magnificent iconoclastic figures Israel has thrown up over the decades like Martin Buber, Judah Magnes, Zelda, Yeshaya Leibowitz, Yaakov Talmon, Gershom Scholem, Uri Avnery, Abie Nathan, and many others.
     What was so extraordinary about him was that he perfectly exemplified Whitman’s dictum:
     Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.
     He was a settler rabbi who made common cause with Sheikh Ahmed Jassin, Hamas’ spiritual leader. He lived in the settlement of Tekoa, also the ancestral home of the prophet Amos. He represented the same fiery demand for morality and justice as his Biblical forebear. He was a teacher and educator. But he didn’t teach the hate that passed for religious piety at yeshivot like Yeshivat Ho-Kotel, Yeshivat Rav Kook, or Yeshivat Od Yosef Chai. He taught that Jews had an obligation to the Land, but not to politics. They had an obligation to God, but not to Greater Israel. He had no allegiance to a Jewish State. His allegiance was to God and his spiritual
journey. He accepted the possibility of Palestinian political sovereignty over the Territories and was prepared to live there under such control. Something no other settler extremist would accept. — See also: VIDEO – Settlers and Palestinians as Neighbors? more.. e-mail

Out of the Public Eye: Adel Jabre’s Long Journey from Ottomanism to Binationalism 
Mona Hajjar Halaby, Jerusalem Quarterly File 3/4/2013
      Winter Issue
     “My nature is to keep out of the public eye,” (“Tabi‘ati ala azhar”) is a statement my grandfather, Adel Jabre, once made in an interview about his work.1 Unlike many of his friends in the field of education, like Khalil Sakakini,2 or journalism, like Ibrahim Salim al-Najjar,3 Jabre kept a low profile in his personal and professional life. He was a quiet, humble man. An observer of life, rather than man of action, he pondered the world and especially the fate of Palestine and its people. He did not leave behind diaries or memoirs to help us elucidate his thinking. Yet, in this essay I plan to shed some light on his career as an educator, linguist, newspaper editor, politician and advocate for the Palestinian cause.
     It was during my visits to Jerusalem and its various archives that I discovered more about my grandfather’s legacy. After a week of searching in the stacks at Hebrew University Library for the bound collection of my grandfather’s newspaper, “al-Hayat al-Maqdisiya (Jerusalem Life), I was rewarded not only by the microfilm, but also the bound copies of the issues of the newspaper. What I wanted more than anything else was to hold the newspaper between my fingers, brush my hand over its pages, smell the ink and paper. I wanted the full-blown experience his readers had in 1930 when they purchased a copy at the newsstand.
     The first issue of al-Hayat is dated April 1, 1930. On the masthead I read the title, al-Hayat, printed in bold black letters in an ornate Arabic calligraphy. On the left in English and Arabic: “al-Hayat, Daily Newspaper, Proprietors: A. Jabre and K. Duzdar, Address: Musrara Qtr., Jerusalem (Palestine), Phone: 1130.
     Printed in the early ’thirties, al-Hayat was a daily morning Arabic newspaper which addressed political, literary, social, cultural, and scientific topics. My grandfather was its editor-in-chief, and his friend, Khaled al-Duzdar, the son of a revered Jerusalem family, was his business partner…. more.. e-mail

New book explores how Palestine “lost its history”
Electronic Intifada: 6 Mar 2013 – Raymond Deane 6 March 2013 Palestine may be unique: after the imperial powers retreated, it suffered a fresh colonization.more

Palestinian blogger attacked for speaking truth
In Gaza: 6 Mar 2013 – Rana Baker, a Palestinian blogger from the Gaza Strip–and a very articulate, politically-astute woman–posts about threats and bigoted insults she received for blogging and tweeting Gaza’s reality: “You’re a lowlife. And will always be a lowlife. Palestinian trash” Twitter user says to me during “Pillar of Cloud.” December 12, 2012 Throughout the so-called “Operation Pillar of Cloud” that began on November 14th 2012 and lasted until November 21st 2012, pro-Israel apologists launched another wave of hatred in the cyberspace. Here are screenshots of some of what I received on my personal Twitter account, timed and dated. I tried to link the screenshots to their users but it seems to me that those apologists either disappeared from Twitter or deleted their posts. I leave it for you to decide. And gloating over the murder of women and children Note the violent language used: “nuke,” “wipe off.” Text message my dad received on…more

Ignoring Genocide: Rohingya People Deserve to Live
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Mar 2013 – By Ramzy Baroud One fails to understand the unperturbed attitude with which regional and international leaders and organizations are treating the unrelenting onslaught against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, formally known as Burma. Numbers speak of atrocities where every violent act is prelude to greater violence and ethnic cleansing. Yet, western governments’ normalization with the Myanmar regime continues unabated, regional leaders are as gutless as ever and even human rights organizations seem compelled by habitual urges to issue statements lacking meaningful, decisive and coordinated calls for action. Meanwhile the ‘boat people’ remain on their own. On February 26, fishermen discovered a rickety wooden boat floating randomly at sea, nearly 25 kilometers (16 miles) off the coast of Indonesia’s northern province of Aceh. The Associated Press and other media reported there were 121 people on board including children who were extremely weak, dehydrated and nearly starved. They were Rohingya refugees who preferred…more

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