VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 8 March 2013: Sale Of Home To “An Arab” In Akka, Protested By Jewish Residents

8 March 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Palestinian seriously Injured By Army Fire In Gaza
IMEMC – Friday March 8 2013, Palestinian medical sources reported that a Palestinian youth was seriously injured by a round of live ammunition after Israeli soldiers, stationed across the border, opened fire at a group of Palestinians, working in their lands, east of Jabalia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. …

Israeli Newspaper Reports Reduced Sentences On Israeli Assailants 
IMEMC – Israeli Newspaper Maariv reported Friday, that Israeli judges and courts “go easy” on Israeli perpetrators who assault Palestinians, giving them “ridiculous” sentences, which would encourage such assaults. … 

PCHR Weekly Report: 34 Palestinians wounded, including 10 children, by Israeli troops this week
IMEMC – In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of February 28th to March 6th 2013, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that 11 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children and a paramedic, were wounded in protests against the annexation wall and settlement activities, and 18 Palestinian civilians, including 6 children and a photojournalist, were wounded in solidarity demonstrations supporting the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. …

Sale Of Home To “An Arab” In Akka, Protested By Jewish Residents
IMEMC – Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported that residents of a new neighborhood in Akka (Acre) protested the sale of a house to an Arab family, claiming that they have the right to protest the sale, as they want to maintain the Jewish character of the area. …

Clashes Takes Places Near Ramallah
IMEMC – Thursday March 7, 2013; Media sources in the central West Bank city of Ramallah reported that clashes took place between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian youths in ‘Aboud village, north west of Ramallah, after Israeli soldiers detained the parents of Mohammad Asfour, who died Thursday of wounds he suffered two weeks ago when the army invaded the village. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces shoot, critically injure man in north Gaza
3/8/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and injured a man in the northern Gaza Strip on Friday, medics said. Omar Wady, 22, was shot east of Jabalia refugee camp and taken to hospital for treatment, medics told Ma’an. Wady was shot in the chest and is said to be in a….

Clashes across the West Bank, dozens injured
3/8/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Dozens of Palestinians were injured during clashes across the West Bank on Friday, as tensions rose just weeks before a visit by US President Barack Obama. Eleven people were injured in the Ramallah village of Beit Liqya during clashes with Israeli forces following an arrest raid, locals said. Fifteen people suffered….

PA official: Settlers destroy over 100 olive trees in Nablus
3/8/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Settlers uprooted over 100 olive trees south of Nablus on Friday, a Palestinian Authority official said. Settler-monitoring official Ghassan Daghlas told Ma’an that settlers from Rechalim destroyed at least 120 olive trees in the nearby Palestinian village of As-Sawiya. The trees belonged to Muhammad Jazi and Hamdi Jazi.” This….

Israeli forces, Palestinians clash at Al-Aqsa
3/8/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian worshipers at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Friday, Israeli police said. Dozens of Israeli officers entered the politically sensitive area, one of Islam’s holiest sites, after several hundred protesters threw rocks and two firebombs at them following Friday prayers. Israeli forces responded….

Dozens injured in Ramallah funeral clashes
3/8/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces clashed with protesters in the Ramallah village of Abud on Friday after the funeral of a man who died a day earlier after being wounded by Israeli forces two weeks ago. More than 5,000 people attended the funeral procession of Mohammad Asfour, who was shot two weeks ago during…. Related: Palestinian protester dies of injury sustained on February 22

Settlers assault shepherd near Ramallah, kill sheep
3/8/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A group of settlers attacked a Palestinian shepherd north of Ramallah on Friday and killed five of his sheep, a PA official said. Settler-monitoring official Ghassan Daghlas told Ma’an that settlers from Aad settlement outpost attacked Kamal al-Nasan near Al-Mughayyir village, beating him severely. The settlers then killed five….

Large rally in Rafah in solidarity with prisoners
3/8/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Protesters in Gaza organized a massive rally Thursday in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails. Participants raised Palestinian flags, and held pictures of hunger strikers. They condemned aggressive Israeli practices. Palestinian national and Islamic factions participated in the rally. Rasmi Abu al-Ainin, a member of the the Palestinian….

Women’s Day: ‘We need extra workshops for men’
3/8/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Marking International Women’s Day, Palestinian women seek freedom and a better life in a liberated state, while calling for equality in their society. Aisha Abu Shanab, the recent recipient of an award honoring Arab mothers, dedicated the title to all Palestinian women “who are mothers for the prisoners….

Obama meets US Jewish leaders ahead of Israel trip
3/8/2013 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — US President Barack Obama hosted leaders of major American Jewish organizations at the White House on Thursday as he sought to smooth the way for his first presidential visit to Israel later this month. The meeting was a chance for Obama to preview his agenda for the trip, including the Iran nuclear standoff….

Haniyeh: Obama visit will disrupt reconciliation
3/8/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Friday warned that US President Barack Obama‘s visit would disrupt national unity. Speaking during a Friday sermon, Haniyeh warned the Palestinian Authority against Obama‘s visit, saying it would undermine reconciliation between the factions. [END]

Protest outside Israel embassy in Chicago
3/8/2013 – CHICAGO (Ma’an) — The Palestinian community in Chicago organized a protest in front of the Israeli embassy on Thursday. Dozens of Palestinians, Muslims and Israelis living in the US city participated in the solidarity protest with Palestinian prisoners. [END]

Egyptian security forces clash with Sinai gunmen
3/8/2013EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian security forces clashed with gunmen in the Sinai peninsula on Friday, a Ma’an reporter said. Security forces had pursued a vehicle which they believed to contain explosives, leading to clashes with gunmen who later fled the scene. Egyptian security forces searched the car and found ammunition for….

Saudi accuses activists of lying to stir protests
3/8/2013 – BURAIDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) — Saudi Arabia on Thursday accused online activists of using social media to stir up pro
tests, banned in the kingdom, by distributing “false information” about the number of people detained by the security apparatus. Concern over the fate of the kingdom’s thousands of security detainees, who the government says are….

Syrian rebels say no talks to free UN peacekeepers
3/8/2013 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Rebels holding 21 UN peacekeepers near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in southern Syria said on Friday no talks were under way to free the men and gave no indication that they would be released soon.” There are no negotiations between any parties,” said Abu Essam Taseel, from the media office of the “Martyrs….

Syrian army shells hold up UN retrieval of peacekeepers
3/8/2013 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Intense Syrian army bombardment prevented a convoy of United Nations vehicles on Friday from reaching and retrieving 21 UN peacekeepers seized by rebels near the Golan Heights two days ago, a rebel spokesman said. Abu Essam Taseel said the convoy had reached the village of Nafea, about a kilometer east of Jamla where….

Turkey says EU arms embargo on Syrian rebels skews conflict
3/8/2013 – LONDON (Reuters) — Turkey said on Friday anti-government fighters in Syria were at a disadvantage because they weren’t properly armed, and stopped just short of calling for a European Union arms embargo to be lifted. In some of his strongest comments on the subject so far, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said he had….

Global leaders, celebrities honor Chavez at funeral
3/8/2013 – CARACAS (Reuters) — Mourners from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to US Oscar-winner Sean Penn paid an emotional farewell to Hugo Chavez at Friday’s funeral for the charismatic but divisive Venezuelan leader who changed the face of politics in South America. Chavez died this week at age 58 after a two-year battle with cancer, devastating….

Palestine News Network

Three Palestinians Injured, Journalist Included in Bil’in Weekly March
Palestine News Network

Church in Jordan and the Holy Land Becomes WCC Member
Palestine News Network

IFJ Slams Hamas Travel Ban on Safety Trainer in Gaza
Palestine News Network

WHO Report: Israeli Health Access Barriers
Palestine News Network

UFree Network: Israel Escalates Attacks Against Palestinian Journalists
Palestine News Network

Settlers Cut Olive Trees, Throw Stones at Palestinian Car in Nablus
Palestine News Network

My Mother Inspired Us to Fight for Palestinian Rights
Palestine News Network

Canada Threatens to Stop Aid to Palestine if Take Israel to ICC, Erekat Condemns
Palestine News Network

International Women’s Day: IFJ Trains in Safety over Hundred Women Journalists from Middle East, Arab World
Palestine News Network

On International Women’s Day: Open Call for Justice for Palestinian Women, End of Their Suffering
Palestine News Network

Females Share of Palestinian Population of 2012 is 49.2%, says Statistics Bureau
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Prosecutors Hold Sessions on Appellate Cases
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Palestinian protester dies of injury sustained on February 22
3/8/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 8th March 2013| Popular Struggle Coordination Committee – Muhammad Asfour, 23, was injured two weeks ago from rubber coated steel bullet in his head during a protest. His Funeral will take place after Friday noon prayer in Aboud. Since the beginning of 2013, six Palestinians were killed from soldiers’ shooting. The medical staff of Echilov…. Related: Dozens injured in Ramallah funeral clashes

Relief Web

Relief Web 8 Mar 2013 – Source: UN Children’s Fund Country: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey HIGHLIGHTS · SYRIA: UNICEF Syria has received only 22 per cent of the US$ 68.4 million required, and is facing a gap that may jeopardize…

occupied Palestinian territory: UNCTAD contributes to United Nations Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People
Relief Web 8 Mar 2013 – Source: UN Conference on Trade and Development Country: occupied Palestinian territory The United Nations Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People took place at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome on 27 and 28 February…

occupied Palestinian territory: Japan contributes US$15 million to UNRWA for Palestine refugees
Relief Web 8 Mar 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 8 March 2013 Amman, Jordan The Embassy of Japan yesterday announced a new contribution of US$15 million…

The National

Islamist party reduces its presence in Tunisia’s new government
The National 8 Mar 2013 – The ruling Ennahda party has fewer members in the interim cabinet and places the justice and interior ministries in control of independents. 
Peace dove made out of buttons breaks world record
The National 8 Mar 2013 – The world’s largest peace dove, made out of over one million buttons, is now complete.

Ahmadinejad wipes away tears as Venezuela bids farewell to Chavez
The National 8 Mar 2013 – The Iranian leader tells Chavez loyalists that ‘Chavez will never die, his soul and spirit are alive in the hearts of fighters’.

Green growth workshops to be held
The National 8 Mar 2013 – The UAE is pushing forward with its plan to create a green development strategy.

Bin Laden aide, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, pleads not guilty
The National 8 Mar 2013 – The Kuwaiti-born Al Qaeda spokesman appears in a federal court in new York and denies conspiracy to kill Americans.

Egypt braces for verdict over deadly football riot
The National 8 Mar 2013 – Riot police chief is sacked after as military moves into Port Said after police demonstrators say they are unequipped to deal with violent protesters

Israel ‘unlikely to stop deporting’ Sudanese and Eritrean refugees
The National 8 Mar 2013 – Activists say the government is threatening asylum-seekers with jail, which they say is against international law. Vita Bekker reports from Tel Aviv 

UAE ambassador to US wins distinguished award by World Affairs Council
The National 8 Mar 2013 – Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba was unanimously voted the winner of the the Distinguished Diplomatic Service Award by the World Affairs Council in Washington, beating at least six other diplomatic missions that were nominated.


Lapid likely to be Israel’s next finance minister, Bennett to take trade portfolio, sources say
Ha’aretz – 8 Mar 2013

Israeli police, Palestinians clash at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 8 Mar 2013

Ahead of International Women’s Day, Palestinians appeal to Israeli MKs for solidarity
Ha’aretz – 8 Mar 2013

Church for migrants in south Tel Aviv denied tax exemption
Ha’aretz – 8 Mar 2013

Buried treasury: Lapid likely to pass on glamour of Foreign Ministry
Ha’aretz – 8 Mar 2013

Tel Aviv high school science project could bring ‘superfood’ to Africa
Ha’aretz – 7 Mar 2013

Dozens of workplaces for the disabled at risk of being shut down
Ha’aretz – 7 Mar 2013

Acre Jews protest sale of home to Arabs, raising ethnic tensions
Ha’aretz – 7 Mar 2013

Al-Qaida is not yet at Syria’s gates
Ha’aretz – 7 Mar 2013

The man who could be U.K.’s first Jewish PM says he is a Zionist
Ha’aretz – 7 Mar 2013

IDF asks: Who is a fighter?
Ha’aretz – 7 Mar 2013

Jerusalem Post

UN hopes to free Syria peacekeepers on Saturday
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2013 – Syrian troops, opposition fighters agree to enact two-hour truce to allow UN to retrieve 21 captured peacekeepers. 

IDF ready for possible UN pullout from Syrian buffer zone
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2013 – Analysis: The Syrian Golan is heading down the road of anarchy, and is quickly becoming a hotbed for gunmen with radical affiliations as Syria continues its slow-motion collapse. 

Miliband meets UK Jews, vows to oppose boycotts
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2013 – Leader of Britain’s Labour Party warns of need to be “ever-vigilant” against anti-Semitism. 

In US court, bin Laden relative denies plot charge
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2013 – Son-in-law of bin Laden, charged with conspiring to kill Americans, becoming one of highest-ranking al-Qaida figures to face trial in US for crimes connected to 9/11 attacks. 

Iran accuses UN investigator of taking US bribes
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2013UN special rapporteur on human rights who reported on Iranian rights violations accused of attempting to influence presidential election. 

Syrian shells hold up UN retrieval of peacekeepers
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2013 – Bombardment from Syrian army creates obstacle for UN convoy attempting to reach detained peacekeepers. 

Hollande: World will act to prevent Iran nukes
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2013 – French president hosts Peres, says Iran danger to whole world, not just Israel; expresses hope new gov’t will restart peace talks. 

Leaders from Cuba to Iran attend Chavez’s funeral
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2013 – Ahmadinejad, Raul Castro among leaders in Venezuela for Chavez’s funeral; US not sending high-level officials. 

‘Lapid to give up demand for Foreign Ministry’
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2013 – PM, Lapid meeting yields “significant progress”; Ch. 2 reports new gov’t to be announced early next week, Lapid likely finance minister. 

France releases documents from Dreyfus trial
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2013 – French defense ministry posts hundreds of documents online from trial of the Jewish soldier wrongfully accused of spying. 

Palestinians clash with IDF at funeral of activist
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2013 – Hundreds of Palestinians throw stones at soldiers after West Bank funeral of protester who was shot with rubber bullet by IDF

Syria rebels: No talks under way to free observers
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2013 – Despite statements from Syrian opposition, rebel group refuses to release 21 UN peacekeepers until demands are met. 

Palestinians clash with police on Temple Mount
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2013 – Muslim worshipers throw stones, Molotov cocktails at police, that entered the Al-Aqsa compound to disperse the rioters. 

India set to halt Iran oil imports over insurance
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2013 – Insurance company in Tehran’s second-largest buyer threaten to cancel coverage of refineries that buy Iranian crude. 

IDF: We’re ready for possible Hezbollah conflict
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2013 – Army drills reserves amid worries of spillover from Syrian conflict, threats of Hezbollah retaliation if Israel strikes Iran

Man charged in hit-and-run death of Jewish family
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2013 – NYC man who fled scene of car crash that killed an Orthodox Jewish family is accused of criminally negligent homicide. 

A Dose of Nuance: Much more than just nicer
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2013 – We have an opportunity to renew that which had always made Israel great – a sense of shared purpose, a belief in shared destiny and a commitment to mutual responsibility. 

Real Israel: Dog daze TV
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2013 – I’m dreading the day I come home to find my hound is begging to be my best friend on Facebook. Or worse still, that my pooch prefers watching TV to going for a walk with me. 

The power of people
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2013 – We’ve long known crowds can influence widespread change, but will the summer 2011 social protests pay off? 

Ultra-Orthodoxy comes of age
Jerusalem Post 7 Mar 2013 – While their politicians languish in oppo
sition, the community itself will inch closer to the social mainstream. 

World Glaucoma Week starts on Sunday
Jerusalem Post 7 Mar 2013 – Screening of ocular pressure can prevent eye disease. 

6 cities across country win 2012 education prize
Jerusalem Post 7 Mar 2013 – Ariel, Ashdod, Yokneam, Ma’aleh Adumim, Safed and Kiryat Bialik to be awarded for their achievements in the field. 

AIPAC conference highlights Canada-Israel ties
Jerusalem Post 7 Mar 2013 – Analysis: Canadian FM Baird earned accolades from experts on Israel, leading to a crystallization of Canadian-Israeli ties into a non-formal special relationship. 

Torchlighters chosen for 65 years of statehood
Jerusalem Post 7 Mar 2013 – 14 people to light anniversary beacons, including noted historian Muki Tsur, Orthodox feminist and philosophy scholar Tamar Ross and Beduin Achva Academic College president Elian Elkarnoy. 

Into the fray: The demands Bennett should’ve made
Jerusalem Post 7 Mar 2013 – Beware, Naftali – less you find yourself being seen as a patsy, the victim of deception. 

Put your money where your mouth is
Jerusalem Post 7 Mar 2013 – Lapid is not very interested in being the national punching bag, so he’s currently refusing to take the Finance Ministry. 

Thoughts of a religious feminist
Jerusalem Post 7 Mar 2013 – Thoughts on International Women’s Day: An Israeli woman can be president of the Supreme Court, but not a rabbinical court judge. 

My Word: On marathons and talks
Jerusalem Post 7 Mar 2013 – UNRWA cannot be seen to condone the gender discrimination being enforced by Hamas on religious grounds. 

The Guardian

Format photography festival: from sharks to axe-wielding women – audio slideshow
The Guardian 8 Mar 2013 – Four photographers featuring in the UK’s largest photo festival discuss their work, which shows the real women of Gaza, the women from South African tree-farming initiative Project Grow in action – and how China’s moved on…


Persecuting Hanin Zoabi

Egypt : The Future Ramifications Of The Student Union Elections Earthquake

Canadian students challenge Harper’s support for Israeli apartheid

Gen Petraeus and the torture units: the other story of the Iraq Surge

Business tycoon says Syrian regime struck secret deal with Israel

Donald Rumsfeld must be indicted over Iraq militias

Egypt : New forensic report on activist’s death does not rule out torture

My Mother Inspired Us to Fight For Palestinian Rights

Petraeus’ Torture Teams

Daily Star

Pentagon chief Hagel makes 1st trip to Afghanistan
Daily Star 8 Mar 2013 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Afghanistan Friday for his first visit as Pentagon chief, saying that there are plenty of challenges ahead as NATO hands over the country’s security to the Afghans.

Pakistan detains suspected militants
Daily Star 8 Mar 2013 Pakistani paramilitary forces on Friday said they captured a large quantity of arms and detained eight suspected sectarian militants from the troubled southwestern city of Quetta.

Saudi accuses activists of lying to stir protests
Daily Star 8 Mar 2013 Saudi Arabia on Thursday accused online activists of using social media to stir up protests, banned in the kingdom, by distributing “false information” about the number of people detained by the security apparatus.

List of new Tunisia cabinet
Daily Star 8 Mar 2013 Premier-designate Ali Larayedh unveiled on Friday a new government for Tunisia, with independents given key posts in a clear concession by his Islamist Ennahda party.

YNet News

Fitch downgrades Italy on election uncertainty
YNet News, 8 Mar 2013 – ….

Cardinals set Tuesday as start date for conclave
YNet News, 8 Mar 2013 – ….

US unemployment falls to lowest in 4 years
YNet News, 8 Mar 2013 – ….

UN says arrangements made to free peacekeepers
YNet News, 8 Mar 2013 – ….

US revokes award for Egyptian woman due to tweets
YNet News, 8 Mar 2013 – ….

Who is an Israeli? 
YNet News, 8 Mar 2013 – Op-ed: We must find a way to include everyone, both Zionists and non-Zionists, in the definition of the term ‘Israeli’ ….

Obama says wants to connect directly to Israelis
YNet News, 7 Mar 2013 – In meeting with Jewish leaders at White House, president lists goals for upcoming Israel visit, says will not deliver ‘grand peace plan’ but will urge sides to enter into dialogue ….

US reverses decision to honor Egyptian woman
YNet News, 7 Mar 2013 – State Department puts Samira Ibrahim’s Women of Courage award on ice after anti-American, anti-Semitic tweets revealed ….

Holland to label settlement goods?
YNet News, 7 Mar 2013 – Foreign Ministry receives information suggesting retail chains operating in Holland were instructed to start labeling wines, food products and cosmetics from Israeli settlements ….

Officials report breakthrough in coalition talks
YNet News, 7 Mar 2013 – Likud-Beiteinu, Yesh Atid reach understanding that could see coalition agreement signed early next week ….

Peacekeepers: Captors ‘treating us well’
YNet News, 7 Mar 2013 – In video posted by rebels, kidnapped Filipino UN peacekeepers say they are safe, received assistance from locals who provided shelter during artillery fire ….

Ahmadinejad heads for Chavez funeral
YNet News, 7 Mar 2013 – Iranian president flies to Venezuela to pay last respects to Venezuelan president saying, ‘Venezuela lost its brave, strong son and the world lost a wise and revolutionary leader’ ….

US names ‘pro-Hitler’ Egyptian ‘woman of courage’
YNet News, 7 Mar 2013 – Samira Ibrahim, who reportedly posted comments in support of Hitler, 9/11 terror attacks and Burgas bombing on Twitter to receive medal f
rom US Secretary of State Kerry, First Lady Michelle Obama. ‘Weekly Standard’ journalist: She’s unworthy of honor ….

Syrian rebels: Treating UN peacekeepers like ‘guests’
YNet News, 7 Mar 2013 – ‘Martyrs of Yarmouk’ claim they are ‘protecting’ 21 Filipino peacekeepers from ‘attacks by Assad’s criminal gangs.’ Manila demands their immediate release ….

Brotherhood to Hamas: Wage jihad in other ways
YNet News, 7 Mar 2013 – Egyptian leadership urges Gaza rulers to follow its lead in attempt to convince international community of legitimacy. ‘Take an example from us…we paved the way, we did the dirty work for you,’ they say ….

Palestine Information Center

The paved side of the street is for Jews only
PIC – B’Tselem organization stated that the separation between Israelis and Palestinians adopted by Israeli authorities in the West Bank does not involve public transport only..

Occupation arrests a youth from Jenin and two boys from Jerusalem
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have kidnapped on Friday morning a university student from the town of Ya’bad, southwest of Jenin, at the military checkpoint of Shafi Shamron settlement.

Occupation hands out demolition notices to Palestinians in Jerusalem, al-Khalil
PIC – The occupation authorities handed out demolition notices to residents of Khirbet Khallet Dabaa east of Yatta, south of al-Khalil in the occupied West Bank, between a number of Jewish settlements.

Prisoner Ahmad Aljayyuosi enters his 11th year in occupation jail
PIC – Ahrar center for Prisoners studies and human rights confirmed that prisoner Ahmad al-Jayyousi, 33 from the city of Tulkarem in the West Bank has entered on Friday his 11thyear in captivity.

Investigation into soldier’s attack on Palestinian using sniffer dogs closed
PIC – Israeli authorities decided to close the investigation into the case of the occupation soldiers’ attack on Palestinian youth Ahmed Eshteiwi, 24, using sniffer dogs, in March 2012.

New Israeli orders to confiscate hundreds of dunums in Abu Dis town
PIC – Israeli Occupation authorities have recently announced the seizure and the confiscation of hundreds of dunums in the town of Abu Dis, east of Jerusalem.

Hamas: political prisoner tortured in PA prison
PIC – Hamas, confirmed that the political prisoner Kareem Shaheen was subjected to torture in PA detention centers, where torture has escalated recently against many political detainees..

Israeli settlers attempt to seize land in al-Khalil
PIC – A number of Israeli settlers broke into a land belonging to Aqnepe family in Tel Rumeida area in al-Khalil on Thursday.

IOF arrests two Palestinians released from PA prisons
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested at dawn on Thursday two Palestinians released from PA preventive prisons in al-Khalil city, in the southern occupied West Bank.

4 Palestinians wounded during clashes in Ramallah
PIC – Violent clashes erupted between Palestinian youths and Israeli occupation soldiers on Thursday at the entrance to the village of Aboud, north west of Ramallah..


Jerusalem’s Begin Expressway plan angers Arab neighborhood
LA Times 7 Mar 2013 – The nearly 1-mile extension of the freeway would divide Beit Safafa. Residents are asking Israel’s Supreme Court to halt construction. JERUSALEM — Construction of a freeway extension through one of Jerusalem’s most-prosperous Arab neighborhoods is igniting tension in the once-quiet community and reviving complaints about…

U.S. arrests Osama bin Laden son-in-law on terrorism charges
LA Times 7 Mar 2013 – Sulaiman abu Ghaith has been flown to New York. Officials say he assisted Bin Laden from May 2001 through part of 2002 and appeared on videos to praise the Sept. 11 attacks. WASHINGTON — The FBI and CIA helped capture an alleged Al Qaeda spokesman…

In Syria’s Rebel Strongholds, Foreign Aid Yields Anger
New York Times 8 Mar 2013 – The vast majority of foreign aid is going to territory controlled by President Bashar al-Assad and the small amount reaching opposition-held areas is a
ll but invisible. 

The Saturday Profile: Françoise Larribe, Former Captive in Niger, Worries for Remaining Hostages
New York Times 8 Mar 2013 – Françoise Larribe, who was taken captive in Niger by members of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, clings to hope that her husband, Daniel, is still alive, safe and unharmed. 

U.N. Reaches Deal to Free Peacekeepers Captured by Syrian Rebels
New York Times 8 Mar 2013 – Syrian rebels holding a group of peacekeepers from the Philippines in the Golan Heights region were pressing for a redeployment of Syrian government forces nearby, the Filipino authorities said. 

The Lede: Russians Bring Dashcam War Reporting to Syria
New York Times 8 Mar 2013 – A Russian news crew appears to have brought that nation’s fondness for dashboard-mounted cameras to reporting on the war in Syria. 

The Lede: A Bin Laden Son-in-Law’s Video Messages
New York Times 8 Mar 2013 – Weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, praised the attacks in a video message broadcast on Al Jazeera. 

Syrian Rebel Leaders Delay Washington Trip
New York Times 7 Mar 2013 – Moaz al-Khatib, the leader of the Syrian Opposition Council, may be building up his moderate coalition. 

Angry at Public and Officials, Police Strike in Egypt
New York Times 7 Mar 2013 – Officers said they were protesting official pressure to crack down on demonstrators and public demands for restraint. 

Karish 1 drilling to begin in coming days
Globes Main News – Delek announced that drilling will begin at the prospect north west of Haifa, which has a 77% probability of holding 3 TCF of gas.

Iron Dome System Failed Miserably
Tikun Olam – Iron Dome dud: success rate only 5% (AFP/Getty) After Operation Pillar of Smoke, the IDF claimed that its Iron Dome anti-missile system performed brilliantly destroying 84% of its targets.  Defense Minister Barak sang its praises, Israeli civilians breathed a sign of relief to finally have a…

Israel Social TV Video: Israeli Judicial System Protects Price Tagger
Tikun Olam – This is my latest video for Israel Social TV which reviews the three posts I’ve written over the past two years about the immunity granted to price tagger Dor Oved by the Israeli judicial system because his father is a Shabak agent and mother a police…

Pressure Points: A ‘Counter Voice’ to AIPAC
Jewish Voice for Peace – Two pacifist groups have launched a $100,000 billboard advertising campaign to challenge the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the influential pro-Israel lobby, during AIPAC’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C. The Campaign The two-week ad campaign by Jewish Voice for Peace and Avaaz.orgstarted Sunday to…

FBI video of convicted spy suggests that US let Israeli gov’t off hook in the case
Mondoweiss – This past Monday, the FBI released counterespionage surveillance video  that sheds new light on the case of convicted felon, former NASA employee Stewart Nozette . The imperfectly-redacted video, which was obtained by the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy ( IRMEP ) under the Freedom of Information Act,  appears…

New cross-Canada student coalition looks to build on BDS victories
Mondoweiss – As Canada’s Minister of Immigration and Citizenship, Jason Kenney, castigated Palestine solidarity activists for organizing  Israeli Apartheid Weeks  across the country, and as its Minister of Foreign Affairs,  John Baird , threatened “consequences” for Palestinians if they pursue Israel in the International Criminal Court as he spoke…

Obama scared AIPAC into silence, then defeated it
Mondoweiss – I am not one for admitting I am wrong but sometimes the evidence is so overwhelming that I have to say it. I was wrong. I have been repeatedly wrong when I said that the Israel lobby could not be defeated unless and until the President…

Yet another joke about Israel: bulldozers ‘flattened my home’ to build settlement in Harvard Yard
Mondoweiss – This is good: Israeli bulldozers demolish a dormitory in Harvard Yard so as to build another settlement. A Harvard satirical publication plays off the fake eviction notices posted on Harvard students’ doors by Palestinian solidarity activists, which so outraged the Anti-Defamation League . I wonder if the…

North Korean nuke threat is ‘absurd and suicidal,’ says Menendez, even as he supports possible war against Iran
Mondoweiss – Earlier this week Senator Bob Menendez spoke at AIPAC and vowed to use military force to stop Iran from achieving nuclear capability. when it comes to Iran‘s drive to achieve nuclear weapons capability. We cannot, we must not, and we will not stand for a nuclear…

Appeals Court To Reconsider Jerusalem Passport Case 
The Foward Breaking News 8 Mar 2013 – A U.S. court of appeals will again hear arguments on whether Americans born in Jerusalem can have “Israel” listed as their birthplace in their passports. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli Police, Palestinians Clash at Dome of the Rock Complex 
The Foward Breaking News 8 Mar 2013 – Israeli police fired stun grenades to disperse Palestinian worshippers who had thrown rocks and firebombs at them after Friday prayers at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, police said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Friday Prayers Become Violent 
Palestine Solidarity Project 8 Mar 2013 – Tensions were high in Jerusalem today, Israeli police fired stun grenades at Palestinian worshipper’s in the old city close to AL-Aqsa Mosque. Violence between worshippers and Israeli police broke out when some Palestinian started throwing rocks and molotov cocktails at the soldiers after Friday prayers in…

Friend of PSP Deported from Ben Gurion Airport 
Palestine Solidarity Project 7 Mar 2013 – On Tuesday March 5th, friend of the Palestine Solidarity Project Adam Shapiro and his wife Huwaida Arraf entered Ben Gurion airport, upon arrival Adam was arrested by Israeli border police. Arraf is pregnant and came to Israel to give birth to her child on her home…

Veolia remains key BDS target due to deep complicity with Israeli crimes 
Global BDS 8 Mar 2013 – (PS: See the  response from Anna Baltzer , below this one) Greg Dropkin writes: A recent article in  Global Water Intelligence  acknowledges the impact of the international BDS campaign against Veolia, but claims that the company is merely a convenient focus  rather than an appropriate target  for…

California BDS debate heats up: Riverside campus passes divestment measure as Stanford rejects the same 
Global BDS 8 Mar 2013 – The battle over the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement on college campuses heated up again over the past week, with California universities as the focal point. While a pro-divestment measure failed to pass at Stanford University, a similar call won out last night at the…

Egypt tense before riot verdicts 
BBC 8 Mar 2013 – A court in Egypt is due to deliver verdicts in cases involving last year’s deadly football riots, amid continuing protests and police strikes.

Syria UN hostages talks continue 
BBC 8 Mar 2013 – Negotiations to free 21 Filipino peacekeepers held hostage by Syrian rebels are continuing, despite earlier hopes the group would be released by Friday morning, the Philippines says.

Russia ‘won’t press Syria’s Assad’ 
BBC 8 Mar 2013 – There is “absolutely” no chance of Moscow telling Syrian President Assad to stand down, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov tells the BBC.

Syria: Both Sides Brace for Battle 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 8 Mar 2013 – A fighter from the Sadik unit of Free Syrian Army’s Tahrir al Sham brigade fires his Steyr AUG rifle from inside a house during heavy fighting in Mleha suburb of Damascus, in this 22 January 2013 file photograph. (Photo: Reuters – Goran Tomasevic) A fighter from…

Tunisian PM reshuffles government lineup 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Mar 2013 – A man sweeps the stairs of the municipal theater in the capital Tunis on 7 March 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Zoubeir Souissi) Tunisian Prime Minister Ali Larayedh unveiled a proposed new coalition government on Friday after reaching a deal in last-minute talks aimed at ending a…

The Syrian Opposition’s Call to Arms 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Mar 2013 – A man walks as a tank fires a shell in Halfaya, near Hama on March 2, 2013 in this photo provided by Shaam News Network. (Photo: Reuters – Samer Al-Hamwi) A man walks as a tank fires a shell in Halfaya, near Hama on March 2,…

Croatia is transit point for Syrian rebels’ arms: report 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Mar 2013 – The Croatian capital has served for months as a transit point for Saudi-financed weapons for Syrian rebels, a local newspaper said on Friday, but the report was swiftly denied by the government. Some 75 civilian transport planes carrying weapons for the rebels battling the regime of…

Practicing Freedom in the Shadow of Patriarchy’s Crisis 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Mar 2013 – An Egyptian protester hold up his hand with a slogan reading in Arabic: “Egyptian girls are a red line” during a demonstration in Cairo against sexual harassment on 12 February 2013. (Photo: AFP – Khaled Desouki) An Egyptian protester hold up his hand with a slogan…

Lebanon: Hidden Costs of SMS Voting 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Mar 2013 – viewers are craftily enticed to cast an SMS vote for their favorite contestants. (Photo:Marwan Bu Haidar) viewers are craftily enticed to cast an SMS vote for their favorite contestants. (Photo:Marwan Bu Haidar) Every week, Lebanese are glued to their television screens, mesmerized by big-budget productions with…

Israeli forces raid al-Aqsa mosque, attack West Bank funeral 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Mar 2013 – Riot police storm Jerusalem’s Aqsa mosque on 8 March 2013. (Photo: Twitter – @BDS4Justice) Updated 5:30 pm: Israeli forces on Friday fired tear gas and stun
grenades at hundreds of worshippers at Jerusalem’s Aqsa mosque, injuring some, activists said, while a funeral procession in the West…

Syria: Latakia Fears ‘Chaos of Arms’ 
Al-Akhbar Politics 7 Mar 2013 – A displaced Syrian girl makes the victory sign as she leaves at the end of classes at a makeshift school in the Jabal al-Turkman mountain area in Syria’s northern Latakia province on 6 February 2013. (Photo: AFP – Aamir Qureshi) A displaced Syrian girl makes the…

Gulf Oil Monarchies Bully Lebanon Over Syria Stance 
Al-Akhbar Politics 7 Mar 2013Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi (L) and Lebanese Foreign Affairs Minister Adnan Mansur (R) talk during the opening session of the Arab foreign minister meeting in Cairo on 6 March 2013. (Photo: AFP – Gianluigi Guercia) Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi (L) and Lebanese…

Wadi Khaled: al-Nusra Front and March 14 Form Bonds 
Al-Akhbar Politics 7 Mar 2013 – A villager inspects a damaged van in Wadi Khaled town after shelling by Syrian forces towards villagers’ houses, in north Lebanon 24 February 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Roula Naeimeh) A villager inspects a damaged van in Wadi Khaled town after shelling by Syrian forces towards villagers’…

Israel Marks Women’s Day by Arresting And Injuring Palestinian Women 
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Egypt tense before riot verdicts 
BBC 8 Mar 2013 – A court in Egypt is due to deliver verdicts in cases involving last year’s deadly football riots, amid continuing protests and police strikes.

Bin Laden ‘aide’ pleads not guilty 
BBC 8 Mar 2013 – Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, described as a spokesman for Osama Bin Laden, pleads not guilty in a New York court to charges he helped plot the 9/11 attacks.

Tunisia presents new government 
BBC 8 Mar 2013 – Tunisian Prime Minister-designate Ali Larayedh says he has presented the line-up of a new Islamist-led government to President Moncef Marzouki.

Syria UN hostages talks continue 
BBC 8 Mar 2013 – Negotiations to free 21 Filipino peacekeepers held hostage by Syrian rebels are continuing, despite earlier hopes the group would be released by Friday morning, the Philippines says.

Russia ‘won’t press Syria’s Assad’ 
BBC 8 Mar 2013 – There is “absolutely” no chance of Moscow telling Syrian President Assad to stand down, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov tells the BBC.


Israel’s segregated bus lines have touched a nerve 
Samira Shackle, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/5/2013
      One of the most iconic moments in the American civil rights movement took place in Alabama in 1955, when Rosa Parks, a black woman, refused to give up her seat in the “coloured” section of a bus to make way for a white passenger. She was not the first person to resist racial segregation on public transport, but her case became high profile and she was known as the “mother of the freedom movement”.
     In apartheid South Africa, too, black-only buses, bus stops, and train carriages were a crucial part of enforcing the racist separation of society in the 1950s. The racial segregation of public transport, therefore, has a charged history. Officially enforced segregation tends to be a signifier of racial disharmony and discrimination. That is why the news that Israel has introduced Palestinian-only bus services in the occupied West Bank has caused such controversy
     The two new bus lines were launched on Monday, to be used by Palestinian labourers travelling between the West Bank and Israel. They were introduced in response to complaints by Jewish settlers that Palestinians on mixed buses were posing a security risk. The Ministry of Transport has attempted to downplay the move, saying that the new buses will “improve public transport services for Palestinian workers entering Israel” and replace pirate buses charging them “exorbitant prices”. It added that it would not be stopping Palestinians from taking the existing bus services: “The Ministry of Transport is not authorised to prevent any passenger from using public transport services.” The fact that Palestinians are not explicitly forbidden from riding regular services means that this just about stops short of legal apartheid. However, the official line is not always the same as the reality on the ground, and rights groups have expressed concern that Israeli police at West Bank checkpoints will force Palestinian passengers to use the new buses. Before the Palestinian-only buses were introduced, there were reports of police removing Palestinians from busy buses to make way for settlers, leaving them to walk two miles to a different crossing point. It is worth remembering that in Alabama, when Parks took her stand against segregation, bus drivers weren’t legally allowed to order black passengers to stand so that whites could sit down – but they frequently did it anyway. more.. e-mail

More discrimination 
George S. Hishmeh, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 3/7/2013
      It would have been a safe bet to think that President Barack Obama would be the keynote speaker at the annual meeting last weekend of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the influential pro-Israel lobby group. After all, he is going to Israel later this month if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu overcomes a growing parliamentary opposition to his leadership and manages to form a coalition government there. Even the new Secretary of State John Kerry was absent from the usually well-attended event since he was travelling to Europe and the Middle East, also paving, in part, the ground for Obama’s first-ever visit to occupied Palestine and Jordan. Yet, his low-key tour of Europe and the Arab world hardly made front-page news in key American newspapers. The two absent American leaders, however, may be surprised by the exchanges at the AIPAC conference, reportedly attended by 13,000 persons, and the anti-Israel demonstrations outside its conference doors. Keynote speaker Vice President Joe Biden, known for his adoration of Israel, crowded his lines with praise for Israel, but hardly mentioned the plight of the Palestinians. He assured his AIPAC audience that Obama was not bluffing about using force to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions and recalled, in closing remarks, a conversation he had with the late Israeli prime minister Golda Meir, who told him that the “secret weapon is we have no place else to go”. Biden recalls assuring her that “our job is to make sure there’s always a place to go, that there’s always an Israel, that there’s always a secure Israel and there’s an Israel that can care for itself”. In turn, Netanyahu, speaking via satellite from Jerusalem, said that he was ready to discuss with Obama later this month a “meaningful compromise” with the Palestinians, but mentioned nothing about a Palestinian state. more.. e-mail

Tough love can bring a just peace 
Paul Findley, Al-Ahram Weekly 3/6/2013
      President Obama, by executive order, could change history and bring peace to a long-troubled Middle East, if he acts with purpose.
     President Barack Obama, acting alone, can extricate Palestine, Israel and the United States from the seemingly inescapable quagmire into which all three are sinking. Neither the US Congress nor Palestine nor Israel is able and willing to act. To make peace possible, Obama must issue an executive order suspending all types of US aid to Israel and Palestine until a two-state solution is put into effect.
     This powerful act of tough love will promptly bring Israel unprecedented peace and security at home and abroad. It will also right a terrible wrong by rescuing Palestinians from nearly half a century of oppression. But Obama must act promptly as his power may soon dwindle.
     Years ago, I heard a congressional colleague challenge famous Israeli General Moshe Dayan: “General, our government gives Israel money, arms and advice. Your government accepts the money and arms but rejects the advice. If our government offered money and arms only if Israel accepted the advice, what would your government do?” Without hesitation, Dayan responded, “We would accept your advice.”
     Would Israel’s answer today be the same as Dayan predicted? The answer is yes. These days, Israelis feel as dependent on US support as in the Dayan era, probably more so. Their near-isolation in world councils was display
ed recently by the overwhelming UN General Assembly vote supporting Palestinian statehood. When US aid is suspended, Israelis will suffer near panic until their government accepts Obama’s demands. more.. e-mail

Israel fuels Syrian fire, risks contagion 
Nicola Nasser, Asia Times 3/8/2013
      The timing of the Israeli air raid early on January 30 on a Syrian target that has yet to be identified coincided with hard-to-refute indications that attempts to achieve “regime change” in Syria by force, both by foreign military intervention and by internal armed rebellion, have failed, driving the Syrian opposition in exile to opt unwillingly for “negotiations” with the ruling regime, with the blessing of the US, EU and Arab League.
     Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu keeps saying that Israel is preparing for “dramatic changes” in Syria, but senior Israeli foreign ministry officials accused him of “fear-mongering on Syria” to justify his ordering what the Russians described as the “unprovoked” raid, according to The Times of Israel.
     Another official told the Israeli Maariv that no Israeli “red lines” were crossed with regard to the reported chemical weapons in Syria to justify the raid. On January 16 Israel’s National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said there was “no evidence” of any Syrian steps to use such weapons. UN Chief Ban Ki-moon, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, NATO Chief Fogh Rasmussen and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had said during the two months ahead of the raid that there were “no confirmed reports” or “anything new,” about chemical weapons in Syria.
     More likely Israel is either trying to escalate militarily to embroil an unwilling United States in the Syrian conflict, in a too-late attempt to pre-empt a political solution, out of a belief that the fall of the Bashar al-Assad regime will serve Israel’s strategy, according to the former head of the Military Intelligence Directorate, Maj-Gen (Res) Amos Yaldin, or to establish for itself a seat at any international negotiating table in shaping a future regime in Syria.
     Escalating the military tension will not secure a seat for Israel in any forum on Syria…. — See also: Golan Heights braces for more fighting more.. e-mail

Women “carry all” of Palestine’s suffering
Electronic Intifada: 8 Mar 2013 – Eva Bartlett Gaza Strip 8 March 2013 Israel’s siege is a contributory factor in one fifth of maternal deaths in Gaza.more

“Graffiti was my education”: interview with Palestinian designer Hafez Omar
Electronic Intifada: 8 Mar 2013 – Daryl Meador Nablus 8 March 2013 Brown is the color of Israeli jails, says artist behind image of solidarity with Palestinian hunger strikers.more

Under Siege, Palestinian Women Call for Human Rights on International Women’s Day
In Gaza: 7 Mar 2013 – Growing old in Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza. Credit: Emad Badwan/IPS . *First Published at Inter Press Services (IPS) -By Eva Bartlett *[blog post longer than original] “In Gaza we don’t lead normal lives, we just cope, and adapt to our abnormal lives under siege and occupation,” says Dr. Mona El-Farra, a physician and a long-time human rights and women’s rights activist in the Gaza Strip. On International Women’s Day, when many of the world’s women are fighting for workplace equality and an end to domestic violence, Farra and the majority of Gaza’s women fight for the most basic of rights. “It is difficult to live in this small piece of land, where basic needs like clean water, regular electricity, proper sanitation and means of recreation are not met. Women in Gaza are particularly traumatised by the continuous Israeli military attacks,” says Farra. A 2009 Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)…more

5 Broken Cameras: ‘Ich bin ein Bil’iner!’
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Mar 2013 – By Uri Avnery This does not happen every day: a Minister of Culture publicly rejoices because a film from her country has not been awarded an Oscar. And not just one film, but two. It happened this week. Limor Livnat, still Minister of Culture in the outgoing government, told Israeli TV she was happy that Israel’s two entries for Oscars in the category of documentary films, which made it to the final four, did lose in the end. Livnat, one of the most extreme Likud members, has little chance of being included in the diminishing number of Likud ministers in the next government. Perhaps her outburst was meant to improve her prospects. Not only did she attack the two films, but she advised the semi-official foundations which finance Israeli films to exercise “voluntary self-censorship and deprive such unpatriotic films of support, thus making sure that they will not be produced…more

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