VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 12 March 2013: Sheriffs of the land: Meet the settlers with military authority

12 March 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israeli security officer brutally beats unarmed Palestinian shepherd
IMEMC – Israeli activists caught on film an attack by an Israeli settlement security guard on a Palestinian shepherd Monday, near the Palestinian village of Susya in the southern West Bank on Monday. …

15 Families Ordered Out Of Their Residence, Lands, Near Hebron
IMEMC – Monday March 11, 2013, the Israeli army handed 15 Palestinian families living in Al-Janoub area, east if Sair town in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, military warrants ordering them to leave their homes and lands. …

Ma’an News

Lawyer: Issawi stops drinking water
3/12/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Hunger striking detainee Samer Issawi has stopped drinking water in an escalation of his 223-day protest, his lawyer said Tuesday. Jawad Bulous told Ma’an that Issawi started refusing all liquid on Monday in protest at having to wear ankle restraints and being shackled to his hospital bed. He….

Man dies after being hit by settler car in Salfit
3/12/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A man died on Tuesday after being hit by a settler‘s car last week in Salfit, local sources said. Zeid Ali Rayyan, 28, was seriously wounded after being knocked down by a settler car on Saturday near Barqan settlement, west of Salfit. He was taken to a hospital in…. Related: Israeli settler ‘tries to hit Palestinians’ near Bethlehem

In photos: Islamic cemetery in Jerusalem faces silent destruction
3/12/2013 – MaanImages / Eva Pilipp – Jerusalem’s Mamilla, or Maman Allah, cemetery has been a Muslim burial ground since the 7th century. It is said to hold the remains of companions of the Prophet Muhammad, soldiers and officials from the rule of Saladin in the 12th century, as well as generations of Jerusalem’s most….

Israeli settler ‘tries to hit Palestinians’ near Bethlehem
3/12/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A man was injured on Tuesday when an Israeli settler tried to run him over in a village near Bethlehem, local officials said. The Israeli driver tried to run over two Palestinians who were working near the entrance to Tekoa, municipal officials told Ma’an, adding that one suffered bruising…. Related: Man dies after being hit by settler car in Salfit

Israeli court rejects appeal by Palestinian MP
3/12/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli court on Tuesday rejected an appeal to release Palestinian MP Ahmad Attoun, a prisoners center said. Israeli forces arrested Attoun, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, on Feb. 4. He was sentenced to six months detention, without charge or trial. A court in Jerusalem on Tuesday rejected an….

PA official: Israeli settlers uproot olive trees in Nablus
3/12/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers on Tuesday uprooted over 100 olive trees in a village south of Nablus, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, said residents of Rechalim settlement destroyed around 121 trees in Qaryut village. Daghlas told Ma’an that settlers had….

Israeli forces detain 10 in arrest raids
3/12/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested 10 people overnight Monday, locals and Israel‘s army said. Hani Ghanem, 23, and Rami Ghanem were arrested in the Jenin village of Burqin, following a raid on their home, locals said. An Israeli army spokeswoman said three people were arrested in Burqin, three in Nablus, two….

NGOs march in Nablus to support prisoners
3/12/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Dozens of NGOs on Tuesday took part in a Nablus march to support Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Spokesperson for the Women’s Union Sahar Acoub delivered a speech at the rally calling for the release of Palestinian detainees. She called on human rights organizations to take part in demonstrations….

Israeli military helicopter crashes, 2 pilots killed
3/12/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — An Israeli air force helicopter crashed in southern Israel on Tuesday killing its two pilots, the Israeli military said. The BELL AH-1 Cobra helicopter was on a routine training flight when contact with it was lost.”The remains of the helicopter were discovered and no survivors were found,” the army said in….

PA says had no choice but to reject Israel asylum claim
3/12/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority defended its refusal to assist an Israeli man’s request for political asylum on Monday, saying Palestine was unable to offer protection for the time being. Adnan Dmeiri, a spokesman for the PA security forces, said Tuesday that the Palestinian Authority “is not a liberated country” and….

Obama meets Arab American leaders ahead of visit
3/12/2013 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Barack Obama on Monday met Arab American leaders who urged him to deliver a message of hope to the Palestinian people on his Middle East trip this month, even though he has made clear he will not use the visit to launch a new Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative. Obama hosted about 10 leaders….

UN peacekeepers held in Syria reach Israel
3/12/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — UN peacekeepers held by rebels for three days in southern Syria and freed at the weekend crossed into Israel from neighboring Jordan on Monday, a military spokeswoman said. The spokeswoman would not comment, however, on a report by an Israeli newspaper that Israeli troops had later escorted the 21 Filipino peacekeepers back to….

Gaza government considering internal sea transport line
3/12/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas government in Gaza is studying the possibility of an internal sea transport connection to reduce congestion in the coastal territory, officials said Tuesday. Gaza Minister of Transportation Osama al-Eisawi made the comments during a meeting with Mahfouth Kabariti, head of the federation of fishermen. The transport ministry is….

Hospital cleaners reject 50-percent pay cut
3/12/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Cleaners at a government hospital in Beit Jala on Tuesday urged their union to intervene and stop a 50 percent reduction to their salaries. Some 34 cleaners at Beit Jala Governmental Hospital are facing pay cuts, which they said followed a decision by the cleaning company where they are employed. The….

Hamas urges collaborators to hand themselves in
3/12/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas-run Interior Ministry in Gaza has a list of collaborators who will be detained if they do not turn themselves in, a security official said Tuesday.”Collaborators must contact dignitaries to help them turn themselves over to security services,” said Muhammad Lafi, of the Internal Security Service. Informers who….

PA hikes tax on Chinese imports
3/12/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday approved a tax rise on products imported from China, effective from April 15. In its weekly meeting in Ramallah, the PA cabinet decided to impose 35 percent tax increase on all Chinese imports to encourage customers to buy local produce and to increase competition, a cabinet statement said. [END]

Locusts reach south Gaza
3/12/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Swarms of locusts on Tuesday reached farmland east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, farmers told Ma’an. Farmers appealed to the Agriculture Ministry to protect their crops from the flying bugs. A plague of locusts spread from Egypt to the West Bank, Israel and Gaza in March. [END]

World Bank: Israel restrictions impede Palestinian economy
3/12/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli closures and restrictions are causing lasting damage to the competitiveness of the Palestinian economy, the World Bank said Tuesday. Israeli-imposed economic restrictions continue to constrain sustainable economic growth, a situation that is unlikely to change without political progress, according to the World Bank’s latest report. The economic monitoring….

Young Tunisian sets himself on fire
3/12/2013 – TUNIS (Reuters) — A young man set himself on fire in the main street of Tunis on Tuesday in a gesture recalling the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi, whose death ignited a revolt in Tunisia that echoed across the Arab world. Security forces and bystanders tried to extinguish the flames before the man was rushed to hospital….

Tunisia jails 2 for song describing police as dogs
3/12/2013 – TUNIS (Reuters) — Two Tunisians have been detained for insulting the police by making a rap video describing them as dogs, in a case likely to fire debate over free speech under the new Islamist-led government.” The rap video posted on Youtube called the police dogs and contains expressions and gestures that affect morals and threaten….


Israel harms Palestinian economy: report
AlJazeera 12 Mar 2013 – The World Bank says Israel‘s checkpoints and delays in transferring money is causing ‘lasting damage’ to Palestinians.

Gaza allows ‘Israel collaborators’ to repent
AlJazeera 12 Mar 2013 – Hamas government launches campaign to allow those ‘collaborating’ with Israel to turn themselves in.

Palestine News Network

Israeli Settler Hits Child with Rock in Hebron
Palestine News Network

Settler Attempts to Run Over Two Palestinians near Bethlehem
Palestine News Network

Abbas Places Prisoners’ Issue on Top of his Agenda during Obama Visit
Palestine News Network

EU’s Ashton Sends Letter in Response to Ashrawi’s Correspondence Regards Israel’s Latest Violations
Palestine News Network

Israeli Court Rejects Appeal by Lawmaker, Upholds his Administrative Detention
Palestine News Network

Prisoners Launch 1-Day Hunger Strike inside Israeli Jails
Palestine News Network

Reminder: “Arab Israeli”: Palestinian Citizens of Israel, AIC
Palestine News Network

Obama Meets Arab American Leaders Ahead of Mideast Trip
Palestine News Network

World Bank Warns of Long-Term Damage to Palestinian Economy
Palestine News Network

IOF Troops Arrest Palestinians in the West Bank
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Run Over and Killed by Settler in Salfit
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Child Injured in Israeli Settler’s Hit-and-Run, Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

New Shoes for Gaza Children
Palestine News Network

Issawi Might Lose his Life at Any Moment, says Prisoner’s Society
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Farmers attacked by Israeli army and settlers, preventing them from planting olive trees in memory of Rachel Corrie
3/12/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 12th March 2013 International Solidarity Movement, Occupied Palestine, By Lisa Marchant – Farmers peacefully planting olive trees in the land of Asira al Qiblya were today disrupted by Israeli soldiers who halted the planting. The presence of Palestinians on their own land also attracted the attention of illegal settlers from the nearby settlement of Yizhar, leading….

Alternative Information Center

Secular Israelis organize collective buy in East Jerusalem
Alternative Information Center – The Itorerut Movement, a secular political party in Jerusalem with two representatives in the municipal council, is organising a collective purchase in the “Country neighborhood” in East Jerusalem’s Ramot settlement. So far 100 people have registered…

Relief Web

Relief Web 12 Mar 2013 – Source: Food and Agriculture Organization Country: Egypt, Eritrea, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, occupied Palestinian territory, Saudi Arabia, Sudan Groups and swarms move in the Central region The Desert Locust situation continues to remain serious along both sides of the Red Sea….

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Relief Web 12 Mar 2013 – Source: ReliefWeb, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Yemen Syrian Arab Republic: Armed conflict is causing large scale displacement and severely affecting…

Lebanon: 1 dead as clashes rock Palestinian camp in Lebanon
Relief Web 12 Mar 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory 03/12/2013 12:29 GMT SIDON, Lebanon, March 12, 2013 (AFP) – At least one person has been killed and several wounded in clashes that erupted in a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon,…

Lebanon: Man killed, several others injured at refugee camp in Lebanon
Relief Web 11 Mar 2013 – Source: Kuwait News Agency Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory BERUIT, March 11 (KUNA) – One man was killed and several others wounded in clashes at Ain Al-Hilwa Palestinian refugee camp in Sidon in south Lebanon, according to security reports. The…

occupied Palestinian territory: Fiscal Challenges and Long Term Economic Costs
Relief Web 11 Mar 2013 – Source: World Bank Country: occupied Palestinian territory Palestinian Economy is Losing Long-Term Competitiveness JERUSALEM, March 12, 2013 – The World Bank’s latest Economic Monitoring Report stresses that while the donor community’s efforts are directed towards short-term relief for Palestinian fiscal…

Syrian Arab Republic: Palestinian refugees in greater need of relief as Syrian crisis escalates, warns UN official
Relief Web 11 Mar 2013 – Source: UN News Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 11 March 2013 – Amid rising deaths among the Palestinian refugee population in Syria and funding shortfalls for humanitarian assistance in the war-torn country, a senior United Nations official…

The National

Tributes to Sheikh Nahyan’s role in education
The National 12 Mar 2013 – Sheikh Nahyan moves on after 23 years but he will remain in charge of the country’s three federal universities until further notice.

Saving Gulf sharks from jaws of doom
The National 12 Mar 2013 – The international trade in three species of hammerhead shark found in the Arabian Gulf will be severely restricted through a treaty designed to prevent them from becoming extinct. That trade is being driven by the popularity of shark fin soup in Asia, John Henzell reports

Syrian tanks join regime units in fight for Homs
The National 12 Mar 2013 – Death toll continues to rise as rebels and government troops head into a third year of conflict with no immediate signs of a solution.

Egypt blames media for plot to topple Morsi
The National 12 Mar 2013 – Islamist-run media outlets and Muslim Brotherhood government officials allege that secularist media moguls are plotting to remove the country’s first democratically elected president. Bradley Hope reports from Cairo 

Father rejects UN report suggesting errant Palestinian rocket killed baby
The National 12 Mar 2013 – Palestinian journalist whose infant son was killed during Israel‘s November assault on the Gaza Strip says no one from the UN interviewed him for report. Hugh Naylor reports from Ramallah 

Mawaqif campaign to win the hearts of Abu Dhabi’s motorists
The National 12 Mar 2013 – Mawaqif says aim is to educate motorists, not to profit from illegal parking.

Libya frees 55 Coptic Christians charged with proselytising
The National 12 Mar 2013 – Fifty-five Egyptian Christians arrested last month in Libya for allegedly seeking to convert Muslims have been freed, while four others are still behind bars.

Tunisian vendor self immolates as desperation increases
The National 12 Mar 2013 – Cigarette vendor suffers severe burns after setting fire to himself on a Tunis street in act mirroring the event that triggered the Arab Spring.


Four Israeli teens charged with attacking Arab worker on Tel Aviv promenade
Ha’aretz – 12 Mar 2013

Palestinians ask justices to keep state from seizing land in Efrat
Ha’aretz – 12 Mar 2013

Outgoing ultra-Orthodox deputy minister: I was boycotted for having a beard
Ha’aretz – 12 Mar 2013

Bennett – not what the religious-Zionist rabbis expected
Ha’aretz – 12 Mar 2013

Coalition parties agree to double Knesset threshold
Ha’aretz – 12 Mar 2013

Palestinian youth killed by IDF fire in clashes near Hebron
Ha’aretz – 12 Mar 2013

IDF to pay NIS 60,000 in compensation to Palestinian wrongly accused of rape
Ha’aretz – 12 Mar 2013

Israeli judge accused of unsuitable conduct with African refugees gets to keep his Civil Service job
Ha’aretz – 12 Mar 2013

Court extends remand of IDF soldier suspected in death of Palestinian laborer
Ha’aretz – 12 Mar 2013

Iran will promise UN not to seek nuclear bomb, semi-official agency reports
Ha’aretz – 12 Mar 2013

Peres: Iran is the greatest danger to world peace
Ha’aretz – 12 Mar 2013

Yesh Atid official: If necessary, we will opt for new elections
Ha’aretz – 12 Mar 2013

Full text of Peres speech to European Parliament
Ha’aretz – 12 Mar 2013

Co-existence or a crime? Jewish-Arab education earns parents a court date
Ha’aretz – 12 Mar 2013

Clinton, Gorbachev to attend conference honoring Israeli President Shimon Peres
Ha’aretz – 12 Mar 2013

Female Israeli MKs join Women of the Wall; no arrests for first time in months
Ha’aretz – 12 Mar 2013

Two IAF pilots killed in helicopter crash in southern Israel
Ha’aretz – 12 Mar 2013

Jerusalem Post

Hamas calls for ‘collaborators’ to turn selves in
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013 – Gaza Interior Ministry: Effort aimed at opening door for “repentance” for Palestinians who have been working for Israel

Aly Raisman to compete at Maccabiah Games
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013 – Maccabiah organizers announce that Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman will compete at the summer games in Israel

US judge rejects request to exclude Jews from jury
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013 – Federal court judge rules it would be unconstitutional to bar a prospective juror because of religion, according to ‘New York Post.’ 

The apartheid libel
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013Israel Apartheid Week kicked off this year in Europe on February 25 and runs through March 17 in South Africa. 

Center Field: The government should fight bigotry
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013 – One teacher was Jewish another was Arab, and they drove together naturally, happily, until they were attacked. 

Palestinian killed in major clash with IDF in West Bank
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013IDF force enters West Bank village of Al-Fawar, south-west of Hebron in pursuit of Palestinian suspects who hurled Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles; several Palestinians injured by gunfire after riot erupts. 

The pope I knew
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013Israel-Vatican relations during the papacy of Benedict XVI. 

In my own write: Let the music play
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013 – I hate loud bands at weddings. Does that make me a killjoy? 

Family bids farewell to pilot who died in IAF crash
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013 – Wife of Lt.Col Noam Ron says her late husband “had a tough guy image, but such a sweet heart.” 

View from the hills: Anarchists spoiling Shabbat
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013 – Regardless of one’s level of religious observance, Shabbat in the Jewish State of Israel is a nationwide day of rest. 

Terra Incognita: What Hugo Chavez teaches us
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013 – Why did Chavez, who gave so little respect to anyone in life, deserve respect from the international community in death? 

Coalition talks stalled, hold up formation of gov’t
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013 – Feuding over finance panel, Education Ministry fuels discord; Bayit Yehudi, Yesh Atid demand one less portfolio for Hatnua. 

Tel Aviv to Toronto: Israel’s first lady of soul
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013 – Ester Rada’s fusion with urban styles of African-American soul is carving her a place on the world stage. 

Danino: Youth violence is Israel’s no. 1 threat
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013 – Police chief warns that the danger posed by youth violence is equal to external threats such as terror on Israel‘s borders. 

Pollard rally to be held on eve of Obama’s arrival
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013 – Supporters of convicted Israeli spy to hold major ally outside the residence of president Peres ahead of his US counterpart’s visit. 

Yesh Atid no.2 in 2002: Don’t sell houses to Arabs
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013 – Possible Yesh Atid candidate for education minister says advice was halachik answer, and it doesn’t represent his views. 

Tel Aviv marathon postponed due to hot weather
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013 – The full Tel Aviv Marathon has been postponed by a week to March 22 due to the scorching weather expected on its original date this coming Friday. 

‘Syria forces kill 30 deserters in ambush’
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013 – Opposition fighters says Syrian government forces have killed at least 30 army deserters in an ambush on the Damascus Airport road. 

PA arrests Palestinian over ties to Al Jazeera
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013 – Journalist is facing detainment by Palestinian Authority security forces for visiting Qatar to take Al-Jazeera training course. 

MKs slam colleagues who joined Women of the Wall
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013 – Dr. Aliza Lavie is “shocked” fellow female Knesset members wore tallitot, says MKs must serve as an “example for obeying the law.” 

Austrian president says Nazi past can’t be forgotten
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013 – Heinz Fischer makes speech referring to memory of the Holocaust as a “wound,” that if cleaned, “can heal without infection.” 

Top 5: Ultimate Tel Aviv dining experiences
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013 – Taste TLV’s Judith Goldstein lists the restaurants and cafes that define a city “unlike any other city in the world.” 

TA court indicts 4 in beachfront attack on Jaffa man
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013 – Suspects assault TA worker who they thought robbed them; indictment doesn’t mention racist, nationalist motive to the attack. 

Muslim Brotherhood calls to end protests, vandalism
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013 – Morsi plans new outreach efforts to opposition and may fire PM, Mubarak urges Egyptians to rally around leader 

MK Shai Piron in 2002: Don’t sell houses to Arabs
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013 – Possible Yesh Atid candidate for education minister says advice was halachik answer, and it doesn’t represent his views. 

‘We didn’t hit Hamas hard enough in Gaza op’
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013 – Ex-deputy IDF chief says rocket recently fired into southern Israel from Gaza marks a shorter deterrence period than after Cast Lead. 

High Court: State must defend African migrant law
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013 – Law to Prevent Infiltration allows state to detain migrants without trial for minimum of three years; UN intervenes in case. 

Peres urges EU to list Hezbollah as terror group
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013 – In address to the European Parliament, the president warns that time is running out for thwarting Iran’s nuclear program. 

Extreme heat may lead to TA marathon cancellation
Jerusalem Post 12 Mar 2013 – Health Ministry asks Tel Aviv to cancel the full marathon due to the heat; all race start times move half hour earlier. 

The Guardian

UN report suggests Palestinian rocket killed baby in Gaza
The Guardian 12 Mar 2013 – Death of 11-month-old Omar Misharawi had been thought to have been caused by Israeli air strike It is likely an errant Palestinian rocket, not an Israeli air strike, killed the baby of a BBC picture editor…

Hamas rocket likely to have killed BBC man’s son in Gaza
The Guardian 12 Mar 2013 – In November last year I carried a report that the 11-month-old son of a BBC staffer was killed during an air strike by the Israeli army on the Gaza strip. Omar Misharawi, son of the BBC…

Inter Press Service

At Home, and Not at Home
IPS The influx of hundreds of thousands of war-weary refugees from Syria to Lebanon is putting an almost unbearable strain on many of the communities that have taken them into their homes. A domestic economic crisis compounded by the arrival of such large numbers of refugees is weighing heavily on many…


Libyan mufti issues edict against UN document on women’s rights, says it counters Islamic law

US Troops Attack Truck, Kill Two Afghan Civilians

The Enemy That Lives Within

Egypt – Your Excellency It was recorded live !! “Graphic”

Palestine: Hunger strikers vow to resist occupation

Permanent War and Obama’s Worst Abuses

Hamas aims to reestablish ties with West

Sold to the highest bidder? Pyramids of Giza up for grabs

The Climate of Fear Created by the NYPD’s Pervasive Surveillance of Muslim Communities

Daily Star

Palestinians: Protester shot dead by Israeli fire
Daily Star 12 Mar 2013 A Palestinian medical official says a man has died after he was shot in the head by Israeli security forces in the West Bank.

Israel’s ultra-Orthodox suddenly are outsiders
Daily Star 12 Mar 2013 As Israel‘s new government takes shape, the country’s powerful ultra-Orthodox Jewish political parties seem poised to find themselves in unfamiliar territory – the parliamentary opposition – instead of their traditional seats around the Cabinet table.

Libyan poisoned alcohol death toll rises to 79
Daily Star 12 Mar 2013 The top security official in Libya’s capital said Tuesday 79 people have died over the past four days from drinking homemade alcohol, suspected of containing poisonous methanol.

Egypt considers ban on sale of duty-free alcohol
Daily Star 12 Mar 2013 Egypt‘s Civil Aviation Ministry is considering a ban on the sale of alcohol in airport duty-free stores after it received complaints that it goes against the country’s Islamic principles.

Israel’s Peres urges Arab intervention in Syria
Daily Star 12 Mar 2013 Israel‘s Shimon Peres called Tuesday for Arab intervention “to stop the massacre” in Syria as he delivered the first speech by an Israeli head of state to the European Parliament in almost three decades.

Ahmadinejad under fire for hugging Chavez’s mother
Daily Star 12 Mar 2013 Senior Iranian clerics have scolded President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for consoling Hugo Chavez’s mother with a hug – a physical contact considered a sin under Iran’s strict Islamic codes.

Syria says ready to fight rebels ‘for years’
Daily Star 12 Mar 2013 Syria warned Tuesday it is ready to fight “for years” against rebels, as world powers worked on a new initiative to find regime officials suitable for peace talks with the opposition.

Tunisia to vote on new govt after man self-immolates
Daily Star 12 Mar 2013 Parliament was preparing on Tuesday to vote on a new government to pull Tunisia out of its long-running political crisis, after an impoverished street vendor set himself alight in desperation over his plight.

Obama says more trade deals needed to help create jobs
Daily Star 12 Mar 2013 Obama said on Tuesday that forging new trade deals with Europe and 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific region would be an important part of his second-term agenda to spur economic growth and create jobs.

U.S. spy chief says Syrian opposition remains disorganized
Daily Star 12 Mar 2013 Forces seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar Al Assad are gaining strength and territory, but the Syrian opposition remains fragmented and is grappling with an infusion of militant foreign fighters.

Egypt bans film on Jewish community: director
Daily Star 12 Mar 2013 Egyptian security services have banned a film about the Jews of Egypt on the eve of its scheduled release, the director told AFP on Tuesday.

YNet News

LA archdiocese settles 4 sex abuse cases for $10M
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UK: Cameron may veto EU’s Syrian arms embargo
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ypt stops screening of film on Jewish community

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South Hebron clashes; 1 dead, 2 injured
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Report: Palestinian killed in clashes with IDF near Hebron
YNet News, 12 Mar 2013 – ….

New Muslim vision for Temple Mount
YNet News, 12 Mar 2013 – Op-ed: Devout Muslim dreams of seeing people of all faiths praying together at Jerusalem holy site ….

Size does matter
YNet News, 12 Mar 2013 – Op-ed: Yesh Atid leader Lapid making good on his campaign promise for small government without the haredim ….

Palestine Information Center

Al-Aqsa Foundation publish TV report on abuses in “Ma’man Allah” cemetery
PIC – Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage has prepared a TV report about the latest occupation abuses and schemes that are taking place in the cemetery of Ma’man Allah in Jerusalem.

Islamic-Christian Committee warns of manipulating definition of refugees
PIC – Dr. Hanna Issa, Secretary General of Islamic-Christian Committee to support Jerusalem, warned of Israeli tireless efforts to change the legal formula that defines “Palestinian refugees”.

Occupation notifies 15 families to evacuate their land east of Seir
PIC – Israeli occupation forces notified on Tuesday, the residents of Khirbet al-Kanoub north of al-Khalil, to evacuate their land under the pretext that it is under the Israeli occupation military control.

Ofer prison isolates three hunger strikers
PIC – Ofer military prison administration, near Ramallah, has transferred three hunger striking prisoners to the solitary confinement.

Nahshon forces attack two disabled prisoners
PIC – Lawyer Fadi Obeidat revealed that Nahshon forces attacked two disabled prisoners in Nazareth District Courtroom on March 6, while four other detained minors were attacked in the courtroom.

French town grants honorary citizenship to prisoner Rimawi
PIC – The French town of Bezons granted “honorary citizenship” to Majdi Rimawi, who was jailed by Israel for his alleged role in the 2001 assassination of then-tourism minister Rehavam Ze’evi in Jerusalem.

Zahhar: No one can change the Palestinian refugees’ right to return
PIC – Mahmoud Al-Zahhar said Israel‘s attempts to end the right of return would fail because the sense of belonging to Palestine is deeply rooted in the hearts and minds of its generations.

IOF soldiers arrest 11 Palestinians, summons three others
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) nabbed eleven Palestinians in various West Bank areas at dawn Tuesday and served summonses to three others.

Dozens of Jewish settlers desecrate Aqsa mosque
PIC – Dozens of Jewish settlers burst into the holy Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday morning and roamed in its plazas.

IOF soldiers search homes of Palestinian detainees in their presence
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the town of Qabatiya, east of Jenin, on Tuesday and broke into the homes of two Palestinian detainees who were arrested yesterday.


Youth Group Calls to Protest against Obama’s Visit
WAFA – 12 Mar 2013

Shaath Urges EU to Take Action against Israeli Violations
WAFA – 12 Mar 2013

World Bank says Palestinian Economy Is Losing Competitiveness
WAFA – 12 Mar 2013

Israeli Court Upholds Administrative Detention of Lawmaker
WAFA – 12 Mar 2013

Israelis Arrest 10 Palestinians from across West Bank
WAFA – 12 Mar 2013

Official: Over 500 Palestinians Benefited from Indian Technical Training
WAFA – 12 Mar 2013

Settler Attempts to Run Over Two Palestinians near Bethlehem
WAFA – 12 Mar 2013

EU Chief: Agreements with Israel do not apply to Occupied Areas
WAFA – 12 Mar 2013

Israeli Settler Hits Hebron Child with Rock
WAFA – 12 Mar 2013

Obama Meets Arab American Leaders Ahead of Mideast Trip
WAFA – 12 Mar 2013


Al Qaeda chief’s kin, other Salafis push for a puritanical Egypt
LA Times 11 Mar 2013 – Extremist Islamists, once on the fringe of society, are seeing their influence grow. ‘God’s teachings must be carried out,’ Ayman Zawahiri’s brother, Mohammed, says. CAIRO — The brother of Al Qaeda leader Ayman Zawahiri is an unflinching man with a graying beard whose aim, as…

Signs of Strain on Syria’s Military Build
New York Times 12 Mar 2013 – The Syrian Army is handing over checkpoints to paramilitary groups, giving up territory in the northeast without much of a fight, and even enlisting the top state-appointed Muslim cleric as a recruiter. 

The Lede: U.N. Report Reframes Debate Over Image of a Father’s Agony in Gaza
New York Times 12 Mar 2013 – Four months after the latest Gaza conflict, an argument has erupted over who is to blame for the suffering shown in a photograph of a Palestinian journalist cradling the dead body of his infant son. 

At War Blog: War and Healing Depicted in Silicon Valley Art Gallery
New York Times 12 Mar 2013 – The “War and Healing” exhibit at the Euphrat Museum of Art in Cupertino, Calif., aims to reach the uninitiated, to explain and educate. 

U.N. Rights Investigator Gives Harsh Appraisal of Iran
New York Times 12 Mar 2013 – With presidential elections approaching in June, the country has cracked down on journalists, rights activists and lawyers in a bid to stifle dissent, the investigator said. 

Iran Blocks Software Used to Bypass Internet Filtering System
New York Times 11 Mar 2013 – A collection of illegal virtual private networks, or VPNs, was successfully closed by Iran, making visits to Web sites deemed immoral or politically dangerous nearly impossible. 

Islamic State of Iraq Says It Killed Syrian Soldiers
New York Times 11 Mar 2013 – The group’s claim of responsibility of the massacre coincided with news of a religious decree from Syria’s grand mufti suggesting Syria needs more recruits and that it was a call to jihad. 

U.N. Ties Gaza Baby’s Death to Palestinians
New York Times 11 Mar 2013 – A Palestinian rocket, not an Israeli airstrike, most likely killed the baby of a BBC journalist during fighting in Gaza last November, a United Nations report indicates. 

Energy minister warns Tamar partners not to sign export deals 
Globes Energy & Water – Uzi Landau: I see it fit to reiterate and make it clear that the Tamar holding is intended to supply the needs of the Israeli market.

Yitzhak Tshuva to sell slice of Delek US 
Globes Energy & Water – Delek Group will sell 12% of Delek US for some $250 million as part of a secondary offering on Wall Street.

Facebook bets on Israeli games
Globes Main News – Five of Facebook’s ten largest social games developers in Europe come from Israel, and the company is here looking for more.

Electricity rates to rise 6%
Globes Main News – Tariffs were to rise 4.4% this year and 3.7% next year, but a higher hike is required due to power station problems and higher demand.

Tue: Mellanox soars
Globes Main News – Mellanox and EZchip were today’s biggest gainers, lifting the market, while NICE and Elbit Systems fell.

Discount Investment CEO Ami Erel to step down
Globes Main News – Erel will be succeeded by Koor chairman Lior Hannes, who is responsible for the company’s investment in Credit Suisse.

Sapiens files to raise $40m on Nasdaq
Globes Main News – Sapiens yesterday filed with the SEC a registration statement for raising up to $40 million.

Maglan launches cyber warfare research program 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – The NIS 5 million program will finance innovative research with operational applicability.

Two killed in IAF helicopter crash
Globes Aerospace & Defense – An Israel Air Force Cobra AH-1 crashed into a field near Kibbutz Revadim last night.

IDF Soldiers Demand Prosecution of 5 Broken Cameras Director for Incitement
Tikun Olam – This post comes under the heading of “Chutzpah.” Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, as anyone who follows the Oscar race knows, had their film, 5 Broken Cameras nominated for an Academy Award as Best Foreign Film. Though they didn’t win, the attention drawn to the project…

Jewish Perspectives: Can a Jewish state be democratic?
Jewish Voice for Peace – Join this event. Note the change of venue.

Al-Shabaka: How to Reclaim the Palestinian Narrative
Jewish Voice for Peace – Jamil Hilal’s provocative commentary Reclaiming the Palestinian Narrative evoked diverse responses from the Al-Shabaka network that are captured in this roundtable – JVP’s Cecilie Surasky contributes. How to Reclaim the Palestinian Narrative , Ali Abunimah, Saleh Hijazi, Ismail Khalidi, Halla Shoaibi, Cecilie Surasky and Mandy Turner, Al-Shabaka,…

Can Israel be Jewish and democratic? Ansche Chesed cancels forum contract.
Muzzlewatch – Exciting times indeed. A surprising, even thrilling mix of prominent New York Jews wants to have a discussion about what until recently has been the ultimate unaskable question: can Israel be both a democracy and a Jewish state? And they want to have that discussion in…

NYC coalition calls on elected officials to stop fueling Islamophobia and suppressing criticism of Israel
Mondoweiss – The following press release was issued today: March 12, 2013 At Press Conference, LGBT, Muslim, Jewish, Arab, Iranian, South Asian and University Groups Deliver Open Letter Condemning NY Politicians Who Fuel Islamophobia and Seek to Suppress Criticism of Israel New York – A historic coalition of LGBT,…

Letter to Obama: Don’t visit Nativity Church in Bethlehem, witness Separation Wall & refugee camps instead
Mondoweiss –   Munther Isaac, director of the “ Christ at the Checkpoint Conference ” and faculty member at the Bethlehem Bible College has written an open letter to President Obama on his upcoming visit to Bethlehem: American President Barack Obama is planning to visit Bethlehem and the…

NYC ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ kicks off: Queer scholar Sarah Schulman advocates BDS at LGBT Center
Mondoweiss – Queer scholar and activist Sarah Schulman reads from her new book at the LGBT Center (Photo: Alex Kane/Mondoweiss) For the first time in two years, a discussion focused on Israel took place at New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community Center in the Chelsea…

UN report finds errant Palestinian fire responsible for child’s death during Gaza fighting, but parent and human rights group maintains Israel is responsible
Mondoweiss – Jihad al-Misharawi carrying his son’s body at a Gaza hospital. (Photo: AP) The U.N. Human Rights Council has issued a report on the November 2012 Israeli attack on Gaza (you can read a PDF of the report here ). Although the 17-page report excoriates both Israel and…

On Art/Violence at the Berlin International Film Festival
Mondoweiss – Udi Aloni’s most recent film, Art/Violence, was a collaboration with Batoul Taleb and Mariam Abu Khaled, two actors from the Jenin Freedom Theatre. The film recently received the CINEMA fairbindet prize at the Berlin International Film Festival. The prize includes distribution in 28 select cinemas. Three…

Israel Kills Palestinian Protester on West Bank 
The Foward Breaking News 12 Mar 2013 – Israeli troops killed a Palestinian on Tuesday during a confrontation with a stone-throwing crowd in a flashpoint district of the occupied West Bank, both sides said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Shimon Peres Tells Europe to Step Up Pressure on Iran Over Nuclear Program 
The Foward Breaking News 12 Mar 2013 – Israeli President Shimon Peres urged the European Union on Tuesday to step up pressure on Iran over its ballistic missile programme, as well as trying to curb its nuclear ambitions. Click here for the rest of the article…

3 Knesset Members Join Protest at Western Wall 
The Foward Breaking News 12 Mar 2013 – Three female Knesset members participated in a prayer service held by the Women of the Wall in the Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem on Tuesday morning. Click here for the rest of the article…

Women of Wall Support Protests Planned Today 
The Foward Breaking News 12 Mar 2013 – Supporters of the Women Of The Wall will gather in New York on Tuesday, March 12, supporting women’s right to pray freely at the Western Wall, or Kotel, in Jerusalem. Click here for the rest of the article…

The Kotel Is Close to Our Hearts 
The Forward New 12 Mar 2013 – American Jews are speaking out about one of the issues that is closest to their hearts: the right of women to pray as they please at the Western Wall in Jerusalem Click here for the rest of the article…

Can Barack Obama Win Over Israelis While Mounting New Push for Peace? 
The Forward New 12 Mar 2013 – President Obama may see his upcoming visit as a chance to win over the Israeli public. But if he also makes a push for peace, any honeymoon could be short-lived. Click here for the rest of the article…

American Jews Launch Protests for Women’s Right To Pray at Western Wall 
The Forward New 12 Mar 2013 – The issue of women’s right to pray at the Western Wall has spawned arrests and protests in Jerusalem. Now, American Jews are joining the fight. Click here for the rest of the article…

Doubts over Israel’s Iron Dome 
BBC 12 Mar 2013 – A leading US expert on missile defence raises serious doubts about the success rate of Israel‘s Iron Dome system during last year’s Gaza conflict.

Drainpipes used for artificial legs 
BBC 12 Mar 2013 – Victims of the fighting in Syria are helped to walk again by a West Midlands surgeon using artificial limbs made from drainpipes.

Powers to Arrest: Empowering Citizens Against Each Other 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 12 Mar 2013 – Cairo – Last month while covering the clashes in Tanta , I was approached by two men within the span of 20 minutes asking to see my press credentials. Maybe my skin was too fair, the camera in my hand was an odd sight, or my overall…

The Arab Reaction to Chavez’s Death and What it Tells Us 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 12 Mar 2013 – A Palestinian takes part with his daughter in a tribute for late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Gaza City 7 March 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Suhaib Salem) A Palestinian takes part with his daughter in a tribute for late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Gaza City…

Tunisia arrests two over anti-police rap video 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Mar 2013 – Tunisian authorities have detained two people and charged them with insulting security forces in a rap video uploaded to the Internet, the interior ministry said on Tuesday. “The rap video posted on YouTube called ‘Boulicia Kleb’ (The Police are Dogs) has words and gestures that are…

Homemade liquor kills 60 in Libya: officials 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Mar 2013 – Libya’s health minister says 60 people have died over the past four days from drinking homemade alcohol that contained poisonous methanol. Minister Nouri Doghman says another 709 people have been harmed. He said Tuesday that some were blinded, and others went into comas or suffered kidney…

Bystander killed in Ain al-Helweh clashes 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Mar 2013 – Fighters are seen along a street in the Ain al-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of the southern Lebanese city of Sidon, on 12 March 2013, after one person was killed and several wounded in clashes that erupted in the camp. (Photo: AFP – Mahmoud…

Lebanon: Tripoli’s Armed Commanders Mutiny Against Future 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Mar 2013 – For years now they have been mobilized, armed, and funded to snipe at the adjacent Alawi neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen by either politicians belonging to the Future Party or local Salafi sheikhs. (Photo: Adel Karroum) For years now they have been mobilized, armed, and funded to…

Lebanon: Strike Looks to Paralyze the Ports 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Mar 2013 – On Thursday, 14 March, they will target downtown Beirut, and particularly Zaitunay Bay. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) On Thursday, 14 March, they will target downtown Beirut, and particularly Zaitunay Bay. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) The Union Coordination Committee (UCC) is eyeing the shutdown of the country’s ports and…

Syrian Kurds Bank on Big Oil Reserves 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Mar 2013 – Iraqi Kurds transport food by boat to Syria across the river Tigris at the Syrian-Iraqi border near the Dohuk province, 2 February 2013. (Photo: Azad Lashkari) Iraqi Kurds transport food by boat to Syria across the river Tigris at the Syrian-Iraqi border near the Dohuk province,…

Egypt: Qatar’s Suez Canal Bid 
Al-Akhbar Politics 11 Mar 2013 – Military personnel distribute T-shirts that read “In love with Egypt” to people, in Port Said, 170 km northeast of Cairo, 10 March 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Mohamed Abd El Ghany) Military personnel distribute T-shirts that read “In love with Egypt” to people, in Port Said, 170…

Battles rage in Syrian city of Homs 
BBC 12 Mar 2013 – Syrian rebels are locked in a fierce battle with government troops as they try to take back the Baba Amr neighbourhood of Homs.

Doubts over Israel’s Iron Dome 
BBC 12 Mar 2013 – A leading US expert on missile defence raises serious doubts about the success rate of Israel‘s Iron Dome system during last year’s Gaza conflict.

Drainpipes used for artificial legs 
BBC 12 Mar 2013 – Victims of the fighting in Syria are helped to walk again by a West Midlands surgeon using artificial limbs made from drainpipes.


Sheriffs of the land: Meet the settlers with military authority 
Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz, +972 Magazine 3/10/2013
      The position of the Civilian Security Officer is unique to Israel: a settler who gives orders to IDF soldiers as if he is an officer, but is not actually held responsible under the military system. So, to whom is he accountable?
     I remember my first Ravshatz (Hebrew acronym for: Civilian Security Officers in Coordination with the IDF — CSO). It was in December of 1988, i.e. in the Bronze Age, and yours truly was three months out of basic training and found himself in a small and isolated settlement. The man who commanded us five soldiers, who were heroically trying to prevent the occupation of the settlement by the five Palestinian villages which surrounded it, was not precisely an officer. He was a settler, but he gave us orders as if he was an officer. He was a pleasant, polite man, who treated the Palestinian workers who came every morning to build the settlement with respect and sensitivity. He invited us to Shabbat dinner with his family. We had no complaints and in fact, he was more fit for duty than many of the officers I had the misfortune to serve under during my military service.
     But not all of them are like him, and the position is problematic for several reasons. The CSO is authorized to use military force – but he’s not subject to the military system. An officer who exceeds his authority and gives an illegal order, or simply misuses his forces, has to explain himself to his superior officers, assuming they care.
     To whom is a CSO accountable? This is where the chain of command gets fouled up: he is a civilian who is both in and out of the military system. Who will try him? Who will indict him? His pay comes from the local council, and as a result he (very rarely is a CSO a woman) considers himself, not unreasonably, to be working for it. After all, it signs his paycheck. In practice, the CSOs import the problematic model of U.S. sheriffs to the most troublesome (from a law enforcement point of view) region under Israeli control: law enforcement officers beholden to their communities, not to an external authority. It’s not by accident that the sheriffs of the southern U.S. came to symbolize segregation. more.. e-mail

Fair trade helps Palestinian farmers stay on their land 
Emily Lawrence, United Kingdom, Electronic Intifada 3/11/2013
      There are many varieties of olive oil available to the British shopper at the local supermarket, but one stands out from the rest. It’s not just the fair trade symbol that marks it as distinctive; it’s also the rarely seen description on its label: “Produced and Bottled in Palestine.”
     This bottle of olive oil has had a difficult journey. From the farms and olive groves of the Israeli-occupied West Bank to the shelves of a UK supermarket, such Palestinian goods, and the farmers who produce them, face hardship at every stage of the manufacturing and exporting process. And while Israel has ready access to foreign markets, Palestinian farmers often struggle to make a viable living from their crops.
     Through the fair trade initiative, however, Palestinian goods are slowly starting to gain access to global markets.
     Fair trade, thought up in the 1980s as a way of supporting producers in developing countries, now provides a decent price and a sustainable income to thousands of smallholders worldwide.
     The initiative reached Palestine in 2004, as a group of Palestinian farmers, exporters and cooperatives came together in Jenin to form the Palestine Fair Trade Association (PFTA), with the aim of establishing global trade links and providing a stable income for farmers suffering the impact of occupation. Despite a struggling economy, Israeli movement restrictions and shrinking farmland, farmers were able to start selling their produce overseas for a fair price.
     Palestinian olive oil was first awarded the fair trade mark in 2009, and is now distributed to more than 17 countries around the world, including the UK, by companies such as Equal Exchange and Zaytoun. more.. e-mail

Jerusalem: Palestinian village to be divided by settlement road 
Johanna Wagman & Lea Frehse, Alternative Information Center 3/12/2013
      The City Council of Jerusalem initiated last December construction of a major highway running through the middle of the Palestinian village of Beit Safafa in Jerusalem. The highway will serve the nearby settlements. The highway, as piece of a greater puzzle, illustrates the changing face of occupation in Jerusalem: technocratic governance has become the modus operandi of subjugation. In East Jerusalem, conflict over a major road is much more than a regular struggle between a municipality and its residents. Below the surface of a ‘modern’ highway lies the groundwork of an ever-deepening Israeli occupation by other means.
     While the Israeli authorities consider Beit Safafa a neighbourhood of ‘greater Jerusalem,’ its Palestinian residents refer to their community as a village: Only after 1967 was the ancient village of Beit Safafa absorbed by the expanding city of Jerusalem. Highway No. 50, the construction of which is already in full swing, will cut the village in two halves. The villagers are outraged and have risen up against the municipality during weeks of protests.
     Khalil Alian heads the Beit Safafa Community Council, elected to manage the Palestinian village’s relations with the Jerusalem Municipality. He welcomes guests in his Beit Safafa home with a tale: “As a child, when I did not do my schoolwork, my grandfather told me stories. I still remember the one of cat and mouse: The cat was chasing the mouse, which hid in its hole. It could hear the cat meow outside and did not dare to go out. The meow stopped, the mouse heard the barking of a dog and felt safe. As it stepped out, the cat caught the mouse. ‘But how could you sit here while the dog was barking?’, asked the mouse. The cat replied with a grin: ‘In this country,
if you do not speak two languages, you don’t eat.’”
     In Beit Safafa, people’s mother tongue is Arabic, but to find employment, deal with the authorities or find friends in the adjacent neighbourhoods, residents here need and know Hebrew…. more.. e-mail

Before and after Chavez in Latin America, Palestine 
Sergio Yahni, Alternative Information Center 3/7/2013
      The Bolivarian leader turned a page in Venezuelan and, indeed, Latin American history: Chavez’s Bolivarian revolution created a before and after, and it is no exaggeration to claim that the changes he promoted bear a stamp of irreversibility. You can retrace the path of nationalisation of public enterprises, but it is infinitely more difficult to get a people who became aware of their freedom to rewind and settle back into submission. No less irreversible are the Bolivarian policies towards the Middle East. 
     We all knew that Venezuelan President Chavez was about to die. We continued to hope, however, that he would win the battle against cancer, just as he succeeded in winning 15 election campaigns in 14 years due to the confidence of the poor and marginalized. Yet this didn’t happen.
     History will undoubtedly give its verdict on the social and political accomplishments of Chavez. Regardless, we must recognize that the Bolivarian leader turned a page in Venezuelan and, indeed, Latin American history: Chavez’s Bolivarian revolution created a before and after, and it is no exaggeration to claim that the changes he promoted bear a stamp of irreversibility. You can retrace the path of nationalisation of public enterprises, but it is infinitely more difficult to get a people who became aware of their freedom to rewind and settle back into submission.
     No less irreversible are the Bolivarian policies towards the Middle East.
     With the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip in 2009-2010, world powers successfully isolated the Middle East as a clash between civilisation, represented by Israel and its European and North American allies, and terrorism, represented by all the others…. more.. e-mail

Nablus was “the center of everything”: interview with architect Naseer Arafat
Electronic Intifada: 12 Mar 2013 – Daryl Meador Nablus 12 March 2013 New book documents how West Bank city’s buildings were destroyed by Israeli invasion.more

Gaza reconstruction still ongoing after 2012 Israeli bombardment [by Emad Badwan]
In Gaza: 12 Mar 2013 – scenes of Gaza , where only very little reconstruction has taken place after the Nov 2012 Zionists’ bombing of the Strip. Photographer and text: Emad Badwan School students working in the collection of materials and concrete were sold to collect pocket money and help their families knowing that the unemployment rate rose relatively in the Palestinian territory during the past year. Filed under: Israel war on Gaza , manufactured poverty Gaza , siege on Gazamore

Funding and Denouncing Israeli Occupation: Hypocritical EU Must Make a Stand
Palestine Chronicle: 12 Mar 2013 – By Ramzy Baroud More bad news emerged from Israel in recent weeks. Indeed, good news is seldom associated with Israel and its military occupation and institutionalized discrimination and mistreatment of Palestinians. But now even those international organizations that are often supportive of Israel’s militancy seem to be joining the consensus that Tel Aviv is on an irrevocably perilous course. Few international law experts would defend Israel’s fervent settlement-building on occupied Palestinian land. Yet the Western powers, led by the United States, have brought little pressure to bear on Israel to cease its illegal activities. In fact, without US and European funding it would have been nearly impossible for Israel to build settlements and transfer over half a million Israelis over the years to live on stolen Palestinian land, in violation of numerous international laws including the Fourth Geneva Convention. Worse still, trade with European and other countries sustained these illegal…more

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