VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 24 March 2013: Dismantling the myth of peace in Obama’s discourse

24 March 2013 — VTJP

Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles


International Middle East Media Center

Army Evicts Palestinian Protest Village
IMEMC – Sunday at dawn March 24, 2013; dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the Ahfad Younis Palestinian protest village, installed by nonviolent activists five days ago, and removed it after detaining several activists. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces dismantle E1 protest village
3/24/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Sunday dismantled a protest village set up by Palestinian activists east of Jerusalem last week. Israeli forces raided the Ahfad Younis village in Eizariya early Sunday, witnesses told Ma’an, forcibly removing around 50 people from the area. They detained eight people, including Palestinian MP Mustafa Barghouthi….

Ashrawi slams lack of permits for Christians on Palm Sunday
3/24/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — PLO official Hanan Ashrawi on Sunday criticized a reported shortage of Israeli-issued permits for Christian communities in the West Bank to visit holy sites in Jerusalem, a statement said. Parishes in Bethlehem and Ramallah only received 30 to 40 percent of requested permits to visit Jerusalem, a statement from the PLO….

Rights groups: Israel must ease new Gaza restrictions
3/24/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Two Israeli rights groups demanded on Sunday that Israel lift fishing restrictions imposed on Gaza after militants fired two rockets across the border, slamming them as “collective punishment.” Israel on Thursday halved the area in which Palestinian fishermen are permitted to work, closed the Kerem Shalom goods terminal and imposed restrictions on people….

Gaza forces arrest 2 suspects in shooting of Fatah official
3/24/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Security forces in Gaza have arrested two suspects in the shooting of a Fatah leader last week in Jabaliya refugee camp, police said. Masked gunmen riding a motorbike opened fire on senior Fatah leader Jamal Obeid as he was leaving a mosque following Friday prayers last week. He suffered injuries….

Israeli forces open fire at Syria targets
3/24/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces in the occupied Golan Heights opened fire at targets in Syria on Sunday after Israeli soldiers came under fire while on patrol, Israel’s army said.” Earlier today shots were fired towards Israeli soldiers while on routine activity in the south Golan Heights,” an Israeli army spokesman said….

Israel says Turkey deal will not end Gaza blockade
3/24/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel did not commit to ending its Gaza blockade as part of reconciliation with Turkey and could clamp down even harder on the Palestinian enclave if security is threatened, a senior Israeli official said on Sunday. After Friday’s US-brokered fence-mending announcement, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Israel had met his….

Report: ‘Mossad spy’ spilled secrets to Hezbollah
3/24/2013 – BERLIN (AFP) — A man identified by media as an Australian-Israeli Mossad agent and found hanged in a Tel Aviv jail had passed secrets to Hezbollah before his death, an influential German magazine reported Sunday. News weekly Der Spiegel said Ben Zygier, a man known as “Prisoner X” who died in 2010 in an allegedly suicide-proof….

Argentina activist on hunger strike to support Issawi
3/24/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A human rights activist from Argentina is on hunger strike to show solidarity with Palestinian prisoner Samer Issawi, a Palestinian rights group said Sunday. The Center for Defense of Liberties and Civil Rights, or Hurryyat, said Sunday that Faisal Sergio Tapia began hunger strike action on March 1 to show support….

Israel returns body of man killed last year to Gaza
3/24/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities transferred the body of a Palestinian man killed last year to the Gaza Strip on Sunday, Palestinian sources and an Israeli official said. Palestinian sources told Ma’an that the body of Baseem Kamel al-Amour, 24, was transferred to the Gaza Strip and returned to his family….

Israel closes West Bank for Jewish holiday
3/24/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli army will impose a general closure of the West Bank during the Jewish holiday of Passover, the army said Sunday. The West Bank will be closed from midnight Sunday until midnight Tuesday, the army said in a statement.” Persons in need of medical attention, humanitarian aid or exceptional cases….

Kerry to meet Palestinian, Israeli leaders after Obama visit
3/24/2013 – AMMAN (Reuters) — US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman before flying to Israel for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later on Saturday as he seeks ways to revive long-stalled peace talks. Kerry’s back-to-back meetings will follow up on President Barack Obama‘s visits to Israel….

Kerry has ‘useful’ talks with leaders as Obama ends visit
3/24/2013 – AMMAN (Reuters) — US Secretary of State John Kerry had ‘useful’ separate talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday, a senior US State Department official said. The official gave no details on the meetings, which followed President Barack Obama‘s visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian….

Al-Maliki: Obama visit to increase Arab funding to PA
3/24/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — US President Barack Obama‘s four day visit to the Middle East is likely to have a positive impact on Arab financial support for Palestine, the Palestinian Authority foreign minister said Sunday. Riyad al-Maliki told Ma’an that Arab countries have pledged to provide the PA with a “financial….

Allenby Bridge crossing to operate reduced hours for Jewish holiday
3/24/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Allenby Bridge crossing between the West Bank and Jordan will operate reduced opening hours on Monday due to the beginning of the Jewish passover holiday, a Palestinian crossings official said. Nathmi Muhanna told Ma’an Sunday that the last bus will leave the Palestinian side of the crossing at….

Abbas may visit Gaza with Turkish PM, official says
3/24/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — President Abbas may accompany Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on a potential visit to the Gaza Strip in the near future, a Palestinian official said Sunday.” I believe if Erdogan comes to Gaza, he may accompany president Abu Mazen,” Ahmed Yousef, former senior political adviser to Gaza PM Ismail Haniyeh….

Peres: Israel, Turkey have ‘a thousand reasons’ to be friends
3/24/2013 – ISTANBUL (AFP) — Israel and Turkey have “a thousand reasons” to be on friendly terms again following an air-clearing apology over the deaths of nine Turks in a 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, Israeli President Shimon Peres said on Turkish television Sunday.” I can think of a thousand reasons why Turkey and Israel should be….

Abbas’ grandchildren gave letters to Obama
3/24/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Two of President Mahmoud Abbas’ grandchildren gave letters to the US president during his visit to Ramallah on Thursday. Firas wrote that 168 Palestinian children were in Israeli prison, including 15 of Malia’s age and 20 of Sasha’s age, referring to Barack Obama‘s children….

Gaza court sentences convicted collaborator to death
3/24/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A military court in Gaza on Sunday sentenced a man convicted of collaborating with Israel to death by hanging. The suspect has been imprisoned since Aug. 11, 2011. The Hamas government in Gaza announced its latest campaign to crack down on collaboration with Israel earlier in March. Palestinian collaboration with….

Universities to step up protests
3/24/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) – The union for university staff said Sunday it would escalate protests until the Palestinian Authority meets its demands. University employees will strike on Tuesday, Wednesday and April 1, the union said in a statement. On April 2, staff will go on strike at 11 a. m. and hold a sit in….

Palestinians in Syria register to vote for PNC
3/24/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinians in Syria‘s Yarmouk refugee camp have registered to vote in Palestinian National Council elections, the first in the diaspora to do so.” We announce the registration, here in steadfast Yarmouk camp, of the first eligible voters outside of Palestine to the PNC elections,” the Popular Campaign for Registration….

US Secretary of State Kerry makes unannounced Iraq visit
3/24/2013 – BAGHDAD (Reuters) — US Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Sunday and a senior US official said he would urge Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to make sure Iranian flights over Iraq were not carrying arms to Syria.” He will be very direct with Prime Minister Maliki about the importance of….

Arab League says Syrian opposition to attend summit
3/24/2013 – DOHA (Reuters) — Leaders of Syria‘s main opposition group will attend an Arab League summit this week, the Qatari prime minister said on Sunday, looking for more support for the armed uprising against President Bashar Assad. The Arab League has suspended Assad’s membership and recognized the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) as the….

Medical charity cancels Bahrain ethics conference
3/24/2013 – DUBAI (Reuters) — Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontiers said on Sunday it was cancelling a conference in Bahrain after the government failed to provide guarantees it would allow open debate over medical ethics. The US-allied Gulf Arab state has faced international criticism over court verdicts against doctors and nurses who treated Bahrainis injured in a 2011….

Syrian opposition Alawites call for rebellion in army
3/24/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Opposition activists from Syrian’s President Bashar Assad’s Alawite sect called for his overthrow on Sunday and urged their co-religionists in the army to rebel. In the first meeting of its kind by Alawites who support the revolt, delegates distanced themselves from Assad’s crackdown against an uprising in….

Mursi warning stirs fears in Egypt opposition
3/24/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi threatened on Sunday to take unspecified steps to “protect this nation” after violent demonstrations against his Muslim Brotherhood, using vague but severe language that the opposition said heralded a crackdown. In remarks following clashes outside the Brotherhood’s Cairo headquarters on Friday, Mursi warned that “necessary measures” would….

Syria opposition in disarray as head resigns
3/24/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Opposition chief Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib on Sunday announced his resignation from the National Coalition, throwing Syria‘s divided opposition into disarray ahead of an Arab summit.” I announce my resignation from the National Coalition, so that I can work with a freedom that cannot possibly be had in an official institution,” Khatib….


Israel vows ‘immediate’ answer to Syria fire
AlJazeera 24 Mar 2013 – Israeli soldiers fire anti-tank missile at Syrian army post after coming under fire for second time in 12 hours.

International Solidarity Movement

Journalists detained in Hebron, leading to two arrests and threats to restrict Palestinian movement
3/24/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – By Team Khalil, 24th March 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – In the afternoon of the 24th March, two Palestinian Al Jazeera journalists arrived into Hebron to interview a Palestinian family living near the illegal Israeli settlement in the area of Tel Rumeida. When they arrived, settlers called the Israeli military and police, who….

The National

Bus supervisor arrested on charges of sexually assaulting pupil in Abu Dhabi
The National 24 Mar 2013 – The father of a 6-year-old first-grade pupil at a private school in Abu Dhabi says his son was a victim of assault.

Late-night crisis talks to avert Cyprus bankruptcy
The National 24 Mar 2013 – Cyprus returns to talks with the EU in a last-ditch bid to forge a viable plan to secure an international bailout.

Rock ‘n’ racing, a perfect match for F1 fans around the world
The National 24 Mar 2013 – Alongside Abu Dhabi, which runs a programme of events before and during the grand prix, hosts such as Singapore also offer entertainment, with the likes of The Killers performing at this year’s event.

Israel answers Syria shots with guided missile
The National 24 Mar 2013 – As Israel retaliates by destroying a Syrian army post, members of Al Assad’s Alawites gather in Cairo to show their support for his removal.

Abu Dhabi’s Dh3bn plan for new community centres
The National 24 Mar 2013 – Each neighbourhood centre will cost between Dh30m and Dh40m to build, while district centres will cost about Dh120m to Dh150m each.

President quits, PM lacks support: Syria’s opposition in turmoil
The National 24 Mar 2013 – Moaz Al Khatib cites failures of the international community as he quits top post, while the Free Syrian Army declares it does not support the recently elected prime minister, Ghassan Hitto. Phil Sands reports 

Dubai meeting throws spotlight on universities and their role in delivering humanitarian aid
The National 24 Mar 2013 – The three-day Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development (Dihad) meeting begins today.

UAE students vie to build most fuel-efficient car in Shell eco-marathon
The National 24 Mar 2013 – The eco-marathon will take part in Kuala Lumpur in July, and students from the UAE will represent one of five universities taking part.


Israel admits to allowing ‘discriminatory’ junior high policy in Haifa area
Ha’aretz – 24 Mar 2013

IDF turns attention to Lebanon as Syrian army falls apart
Ha’aretz – 24 Mar 2013

Five teens arrested for stoning car, critically injuring baby
Ha’aretz – 24 Mar 2013

Explosive device found in central Tel Aviv grocery
Ha’aretz – 24 Mar 2013

New health minister urges rethink of ban on blood donations by gays
Ha’aretz – 24 Mar 2013

Turkey conditions normalization on Israel ending Gaza blockade, compensating for flotilla
Ha’aretz – 24 Mar 2013

Lapid: Israel has monster overdraft, I’ll have to become ‘Mr. No’
Ha’aretz – 24 Mar 2013

Police officer charged with assaulting activist in 2012 protest
Ha’aretz – 24 Mar 2013

Report: Zygier gave Hezbollah intel about two Lebanese agents working for Mossad
Ha’aretz – 24 Mar 2013

Israel fires retaliatory missile into Syria, wounding two soldiers
Ha’aretz – 24 Mar 2013

Top Palestinian official: Partial Israeli settlement freeze not enough for resuming talks
Ha’aretz – 24 Mar 2013

Friends of the IDF director pulling in his own big bucks
Ha’aretz – 24 Mar 2013

Israel dismantles Palestinian tent city built at start of Obama visit
Ha’aretz – 24 Mar 2013

Bedouin sector weakest in Israel due to systemic neglect
Ha’aretz – 24 Mar 2013

Jerusalem Post

The strongest woman in Israel: Sara Netanyahu
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2013 – ‘Forbes Israel’ ranks the country’s most powerful women; Labor leader and head of the opposition Yacimovich gets 13th spot. 

Jerusalem residents celebrate Palm Sunday
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2013 – Worshippers pack into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, revered as the burial place of Jesus. 

From apology to regional cooperation
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2013 – The civil war in Syria as well as potential the rise of radical Islamists in the country constitute a major national security threat for Turkey on its southern border and for Israel on its northern border. 

Remembering Barbara Goldschmidt
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2013 – Martin Buber’s granddaughter passes away in Jerusalem at the age of 91. 

Left mulling Obama-inspired push for peace
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2013 – Peace Now leader says since US president’s speech in J’lem he received countless messages, “there has been an awakening.” 

Think about it: The end of consociationalism
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2013 – My personal feeling is that consociationalism is not yet dead in Israel, and might eventually enjoy a comeback. 

The region: The Obama visit, a parable
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2013 – While Obama still claims Syria will produce a democratic and moderate regime, that outcome seems increasingly unlikely. 

The Exodus enigma
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2013 – We can say there was one period in Egyptian history when an Exodus could have taken place. 

Green Pilgrimage: Re-framing an ancient obligation
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2013 – The Global Network of Green Pilgrimage provides a meeting ground for pilgrim cities around the world. 

State asks to delay Amona outpost evacuation by 90 days
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2013 – If no delay is given, the outpost is likely to become 1st test case for the new coalition with regard to its policy on unauthorized Jewish building in the West Bank; state says it needs time to present petition to gov’t. 

PA: Key to resuming peace talks in Israel’s hands
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2013 – Erekat reiterates opposition to resuming negotiations without full cessation of settlement construction, release of prisoners. 

Seder 5773 – The night of the past and the future
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2013 – The Torah speaks about four sons. May all of the children of Am Yisrael be “wise” and interested in Jewish heritage and traditions. 

Sinai Today: In every generation
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2013 – There is no nation on earth that has as long and as consistent and well-documented history as the Jewish people. 

Bomb neutralized outside Tiv Taam branch in TA
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2013 – Bomb appears to be latest in series of attacks on central TA grocery store; manager has no idea who would target store. 

Ex navy chief skeptical of Israel apology to Turkey
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2013 – Maj.-Gen. Marom described interception of flotilla as an important contribution to Israeli security, doubts apology will be “worthwhile.” 

MKs call for leaving Seder seat open for Pollard
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2013 – MKs hold mock seder ending with a toast to Pollard and a reading of a prayer for the Israel agent’s welfare. 

Yacimovich: Lapid budget cuts will ‘milk’ public
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2013 – Labor leader responds to Lapid’s call to reduce the deficit by saying he’ll raise VAT, avoid taxing the rich. 

German neo-Nazi cell bigger than thought
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2013 – ‘Bild’ newspaper: German security officials compiled list of 129 people suspected of helping group that waged racist killing spree. 

Peres lauds apology to Turkey: Grudge is not policy
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2013 – In interviews with ‘Hurriyet’, CNN Turk president calls on the Turkish people to join in breaking the ice following 3-year rift. 

Erdogan: Normal ties if Israel fulfills promises
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2013 – A condition of the rapproachment is the easing of Gaza blokade; Israeli security official says Israel did not commit to end blockade. 

PA accuses Israel of blocking water resources
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2013 – Israel Water Authority says Israel is supplying above and beyond international requirements. 

‘Zygier gave Hezbollah name of informants’
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2013 – ‘Der Spiegel’ reports alleged Mossad agent gave information to Hezbollah operative leading to arrest of 2 top informants for Israel. 

Celebrating our freedom to flourish
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2013 – We find meaning not in the restrictions of the holiday, but in our power to live as Jews. 

In defense of spring cleaning
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2013 – This year I want to clean the corners of my living room, while focusing on clearing the dark corners of my soul. 

Finance Minister Lapid warns of budget cuts
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2013 – Lapid decries deficit, previous government’s irresponsible economic management, says situation “is worse than I estimated.” 

Edelstein thanks Kerry for advocating prison release
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2013 – Knesset speaker was released from a Soviet camp in 1987; thanks Kerry at State dinner for signing letter asking for his release. 

TB cases increase slightly in 2011
Jerusalem Post 24 Mar 2013 – Disease found mostly among people born in endemic countries; World TB Day is being marked on March 24. 

Elie Wiesel appointed to Genesis Prize Committee
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2013 – 1st prize to be awarded by Netanyahu in 2014; to be given in recognition of Jewish achievement, contribution to humanity. 

The Guardian

Open door: The Press Complaints Commission has set down ground rules on reporting West Bank settlements
The Guardian 24 Mar 2013 – The Press Complaints Commission has set down ground rules on reporting West Bank settlements A decision by the Israeli government to authorise 3,000 new homes in an area to the east of Jerusalem as part of…


Obama makes fun of heckler asking “who killed Rachel Corrie?”

Scandal Over Israeli Firm Training Peruvian Soldiers

BBC-Guardian Exposé Uses WikiLeaks to Link Iraq Torture Centers to U.S. Col. Steele & Gen. Petraeus

‘US manipulated public opinion before Iraq war’

013 : A Video Roundup

The Full Story: Silencing English-Language Media in Egypt

Video: Children Horribly Deformed by US Chemical Weapons in Iraq (NSFW)

Fortune’s Fools: Individual Calling at the Cusp of Ecological Catastrophe

Egypt : Brotherhood defeated in student union elections nationwide

From Detroit to Cyprus, Banksters in Search of Prey

Daily Star

Arab League gives Syrian seat to opposition
Daily Star 24 Mar 2013 In a symbolic blow to embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad, senior Arab diplomats said Sunday that they will transfer Syria‘s seat in their main regional group to opposition forces.

Afghanistan’s Karzai heads to Qatar to discuss peace with Taliban
Daily Star 24 Mar 2013 Karzai will travel to Qatar within days to discuss peace negotiations with the Taliban, the Afghan Foreign Ministry said on Sunday, as efforts intensify to find a negotiated solution to the twelve year war.

Israel says fires into Syria after Golan attack on troops
Daily Star 24 Mar 2013 Israel said it fired into Syria on Sunday and destroyed a machinegun position in the Golan Heights from where shots had been fired at Israeli soldiers in a further spillover of the Syrian civil war along…

Mursi warning stirs fears in Egypt opposition
Daily Star 24 Mar 2013 Mursi threatened on Sunday to take unspecified steps to “protect this nation” after violent demonstrations against his Muslim Brotherhood, using vague but severe language that the opposition said heralded a crackdown.

Erdogan: No quick restoration of ties with Israel
Daily Star 24 Mar 2013 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested “normalization” of ties with Israel would take time.

Musharraf returns to Pakistan from exile
Daily Star 24 Mar 2013 Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf returned home on Sunday after more than four years in exile, defying a Taliban death threat to contest historic general elections.

Syria opposition in disarray as head resigns
Daily Star 24 Mar 2013 Opposition chief Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib on Sunday announced his resignation from the National Coalition, throwing Syria‘s divided opposition into disarray ahead of an Arab summit.

Medical charity cancels Bahrain ethics conference
Daily Star 24 Mar 2013 Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) said on Sunday it was cancelling a conference in Bahrain after the government failed to provide guarantees it would allow open debate over medical ethics.

Standard Chartered would consider Egypt buy, plans Iraq push
Daily Star 24 Mar 2013 Standard Chartered would consider acquiring a bank in Egypt to ride an expected boom in one of the Middle East’s largest economies, the firm’s regional head said.

Palestinians cool to partial settlement freeze
Daily Star 24 Mar 2013 A senior Palestinian official rejected the idea of a partial Israeli settlement freeze as a way of restarting peace talks, a sign of tough times ahead for the Obama administration’s new attempt to bring the sides…

Iran denies link to group arrested in Saudi Arabia
Daily Star 24 Mar 2013 Iran’s foreign ministry said the country was not linked to a group of alleged spies arrested in Saudi Arabia, Iranian media reported on Sunday.

Kerry warns Iraq on Iran flights to Syria
Daily Star 24 Mar 2013 The U.S. has made clear to Iraq that it shouldn’t allow Iran to
use its airspace to ship weapons and fighters to Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters Sunday during an unannounced trip…

Moderate face of Syrian uprising quits
Daily Star 24 Mar 2013 The head of Syria‘s main opposition group resigned on Sunday, weakening the moderate wing of the two-year revolt against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule and complicating Western efforts to back the rebels.

String of attacks kills 6 in Iraq
Daily Star 24 Mar 2013 Iraqi authorities say a string of attacks have left at least six people dead, including a candidate in the upcoming provincial elections.

YNet News

Former rebels besiege Libyan premier’s office
YNet News, 24 Mar 2013 – ….

Afghanistan’s Karzai heads to Qatar to discuss peace with Taliban
YNet News, 24 Mar 2013 – ….

Moderate quake rattles Trinidad & Tobago
YNet News, 24 Mar 2013 – ….

African Union condemns coup in Central African Republic
YNet News, 24 Mar 2013 – ….

Gay marriage opponents march in Paris before vote
YNet News, 24 Mar 2013 – ….

Palestine Information Center

Hamas: Attacking Yunus neighborhood Zionist crime 
PIC – Hamas described as a “crime†the Israeli assault on “Yunus Grandchildren†neighborhood in Alezariya in occupied Jerusalem at dawn Sunday.

IOF soldiers storm workshops in Jenin, interrogate liberated prisoner
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed a number of suburbs in Jenin city and broke into shops and interrogated liberated prisoner Samer Al-Mahroum.

Israeli court adjourns hearing into case of female captive for the 20th time
PIC – An Israeli court adjourned on Monday the trial hearing of Palestinian detainee Alaa Al-Juba, 19, for the 20th time running.

IOA delivers body of Palestinian after seven months of his death
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) delivered the body of a Palestinian youth who was killed at the hands of the Israeli occupation forces seven months ago.

Prisoner Abu Hamdiya, suffering cancer, starts receiving chemotherapy
PIC – A Palestinian human rights report said the Israeli prison administration started providing chemotherapy to a Palestinian prisoner suffering from cancer.

IOF arrests 11 Palestinians in West Bank and Jerusalem
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested at dawn Sunday 11 Palestinians and summoned six others during raids carried out in al-Khalil, Tulkarem, Jenin, Nablus and Jerusalem.

Palestinian captives demand occupation to stop manipulating the visits
PIC – Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails called on all institutions and human rights bodies to intervene and halt Israeli procedures manipulating their families’ visits.

Warning of settlers’ attempt to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque
PIC – A Palestinian foundation, concerned in maintenance of holy sites and monitoring the Israeli violations, warned of settlers attempts to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque through climbing the roofs.

Committee warns against Judaization activities
PIC – Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Committee in the Legislative Council warned of the current Israeli Judaization activities in occupied Jerusalem few days before the Jewish holiday of Passover.

The Nativity Church deportees call on PA to raise their case at ICJ
PIC – The Nativity Church deportees in Gaza and European countries called on PA to raise their case at the ICJ after granting Palestine non-Member Observer State status in the United Nations.


Newspapers Review: Wedding of Tent Neighborhood Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 24 Mar 2013

Israel Evicts Tent Village Neighborhood, Arrests Four Activists
WAFA – 24 Mar 2013

PLO’s Ashrawi Expresses Outrage at Denying Access to Jerusalem in Holy Week
WAFA – 24 Mar 2013

Israeli Forces Arrest Eight Palestinians from West Bank
WAFA – 24 Mar 2013


Libya Putting $2 Billion Into Egypt’s Central Bank
New York Times 24 Mar 2013 – The timing of what amounts to a loan came after at least three Qaddafi loyalists in Cairo were rounded up for possible extradition. 

Leader of Syrian Opposition in Exile Quits His Post
New York Times 24 Mar 2013 – The anti-Assad coalition faces continued difficulties amid accusations that foreign meddling is dividing it. 

Kerry Tells Iraq to Help Stop Arms Shipments to Syria
New York Times 24 Mar 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry told Iraqi officials that helping to stop the flow of weapons from Iran is a condition for Baghdad’s participating in discussions about Syria’s future. 

At War Blog: At West Point, Morrison Gets at Truths of War in Fiction
New York Times 24 Mar 2013 – Students at West Point attended a reading by Toni Morrison on Friday, where she read from her novel “Home,” which centers on a Korean War veteran. 

Delek Group revenue grows to NIS 71.6 billion
Globes Energy & Water – Delek US contributed a profit of NIS 669 million. The group has declared a further NIS 220 million dividend.

Sara Netanyahu Israel’s most powerful woman
Globes Main News – “Forbes Israel” ranked the prime minister’s wife ahead of Leumi CEO Rakefet Russak-Aminoach as the country’s most powerful woman.

BoI leaves interest rate unchanged for April, May
Globes Main News – The Bank of Israel expressed cautious optimism on economic developments in keeping the rate unchanged at 1.75%.

Defense industry cos greet renewed Turkish ties
Globes Main News – Defense industry source: All Israel’s defense companies have been fantasizing about renewing strategic relations with Turkey.

Sun: Elbit Systems leads market gains
Globes Main News – Elbit Systems rose 2.9% for the highest gain on the Tel Aviv 25. The market will be closed until Wednesday for the Passover holiday.

Copaxone competitor on way to European approval
Globes Main News – Biogene’s Tecfidera becomes the third oral multiple sclerosis treatment on the market, rivaling Teva’s injectable Copaxone.

Lapid: The picture is much worse than I supposed
Globes Macro Economics – The incoming finance wrote to supporters: Instead of running the economy responsibly they took huge loans and had a party.

Zygier Case Revealed: In Failing to Penetrate Iran and Hezbollah, He Exposed Israeli Spies in Lebanon
Tikun Olam – Ronen Bergman’s Yediot expose about Ben Zygier Ronen Bergman, Israel’s leading intelligence correspondent published a new report in Der Spiegel today (in German ) that details the cause of Ben Zygier’s arrest.  I have confirmed through my own Israeli source that Bergman’s account of Zygier’s fate is…

Witnessing oppression Gaza leaves a vivid impression on the heart and mind
Mondoweiss – Caged walkway between Erez and Gaza (Photo: Catherine Thick) After passing through the Israeli crossing into Gaza at Erez and having walked in a long cage through no-man’s land into Gaza, we were waiting for a car to take us to the Hamas border control when…

Report from Bethlehem: Obama exploits the messenger of peace for a photo-op
Mondoweiss – Obama in the birthplace of Jesus (White House photo by Pete Souza) US President Obama’s hurried appearances in two West Bank towns provided the desired imagery for his ‘listening’ trip to the Middle East. In both Ramallah and Bethlehem, he was well-insulated from the Palestinians themselves….

Out of the margin: One-state paradigm and nonviolent resistance are now standard fare on US left
Mondoweiss – Awareness is growing in the States of the fundamental injustice of the situation in Israel/Palestine; and the left knows what side it must be on. Here are two fine pieces that indicate the end of the marginalization of a human-rights discourse for Israel and Palestine post-Obama-visit….

We need to look to the Palestinian leaders on the ground, not more diplomats — Noura Erakat on MSNBC
Mondoweiss – Chris Hayes had a great show Saturday morning with guests Rashid Khalidi, Noura Erakat, Jeremy Ben-Ami and Ann Lewis. Hayes has been doing fantastic episodes. He knows the issues, asks all the right questions and goes right to the heart of the matter, even mentions those…

Prisoner X Bungled Hezbollah Double Agent Spy Drama: Reports 
The Foward Breaking News 24 Mar 2013 – A reputed Israeli spy known as Prisoner X who died in a jail i
n Israel in 2010 had been arrested after a bungled and unauthorised bid to recruit a double agent with links to Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Australian newspapers reported on Monday. Click here for the rest…

Rubashkin Case Led Jewish Witness To Take Back Testimony in Rabbi’s Murder 
The Foward Breaking News 24 Mar 2013 – Menachem Lieberman says the biblical prohibition against bearing false witness — and the Sholom Rubashkin case — led him to take back the testimony that sent an innocent man to prison in the slaying of a Brooklyn rabbi. Click here for the rest of the article……

‘Suspended for Singing’ Teen Falls in Israel TV Talent Show Finale 
The Foward Breaking News 24 Mar 2013 – The Orthodox teenage girl who was suspended from school for appearing on an Israeli TV talent show lost in the finale of the contest. Click here for the rest of the article…

Prisoner X Suspected of Handing Israeli Agents to Hezbollah: Report 
The Foward Breaking News 24 Mar 2013 – Alleged Mossad agent Ben Zygier, known as Prisoner X before committing suicide while jailed solitary confinement, handed Hezbollah sensitive information that led to the arrest of Lebanese agents in Israel’s service, according to previews of an expose to be released by Der Spiegel on Monday. Click…

Israel Vows To Draft Haredim, But Major Hurdles Remain 
The Forward New 24 Mar 2013 – Israel’s new government says it has a plan to draft ultra-Orthodox men into the army. But any change won’t happen soon — if ever. Click here for the rest of the article…

Kerry presses Iraq on Iran flights 
BBC 24 Mar 2013US Secretary of State John Kerry says it is problematic that Iranian planes with arms for Syria are flying over Iraq, in an unannounced visit to Baghdad.

Israel ‘returns fire’ from Syria 
BBC 24 Mar 2013 – The Israeli government says its military has destroyed a machine-gun nest inside Syria after troops were shot at twice in the Golan Heights.

Israel raids Palestinian encampment 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Mar 2013 – Israeli police evict a Palestinian protester as they dismantle a protest camp dubbed Ahfad Younis in the occupied West Bank early on 24 March 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ahmad Gharabli) Israeli forces overnight Sunday dismantled the Ahfad Younis protest village set up by Palestinian activists east…

Israel’s “Prisoner X” provided info to Hezbollah: report 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Mar 2013 – Israel’s “Prisoner X,” the former Mossad agent who was found hanging in his jail cell shortly after his arrest in 2010, had provided Hezbollah with the identities of Lebanese informants, helping crack at least two major spy rings in the country, Germany’s Der Spiegel revealed on…

Iraq: New Social Classes Born Amid Post-Invasion Looting 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Mar 2013 – An Iraqi works in the garden of Paradise Square in Baghdad, on 20 March 2013, the tenth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq. (Photo: AFP – Ahmad Al-Rubaye) An Iraqi works in the garden of Paradise Square in Baghdad, on 20 March 2013, the tenth…

Trading Roadsides in Israel and Texas 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Mar 2013 – The Israeli energy company Alon has hundreds of gas stations in the US, two of which are located along the main strip of Lampasas, Texas. (Photo: Leah Caldwell) The Israeli energy company Alon has hundreds of gas stations in the US, two of which are located…

Syrian fire in Golan violates Israel’s sovereignty: minister 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Mar 2013 – A picture taken from the Israeli side of the occupied Golan Heights shows smoke after shells allegedly exploded in the Syrian village of Hadar, on 20 March 2013. (Photo: AFP – Jalaa Marley) Syrian fire into the Israeli occupied Golan Heights violates the sovereignty of the…

Kerry presses Iraq on Iran flights 
BBC 24 Mar 2013US Secretary of State John Kerry says it is problematic that Iranian planes with arms for Syria are flying over Iraq, in an unannounced visit to Baghdad.

Syrian opposition leader resigns 
BBC 24 Mar 2013 – The leader of the opposition Syrian National Coalition says he has quit his job, but a report claims the coalition has refused his resignation.

Israel ‘returns fire’ from Syria 
BBC 24 Mar 2013 – The Israeli government says its military has destroyed a machine-gun nest inside Syria after troops were shot at twice in the Golan Heights.

VIDEO: Has Obama changed US image abroad? 
BBC 24 Mar 2013 – President Obama has left Jordan at the end of a four-day trip that also took him on his first official visit to Israel and to meet Palestinian leaders in the occupied West Bank.


Dismantling the myth of peace in Obama’s discourse 
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/22/2013
      Obama‘s speech at the Jerusalem Convention Centre was the culmination of an attempt to further humiliate Palestinians. The affirmation of US support to Israel was imparted in selective rhetoric focusing on the necessity of Jews to struggle for the right to a national homeland. Israel is portrayed as an inspiration to communities on a global level, with Obama invoking generations of Jews as victims of persecution who persevered; at the same time he explicitly dismissed Palestine and Palestinians’ right to memory.
     The selection of religious and historical narrative, the allusion to the prophets and Martin Luther King as emblems of freedom, as well as the inclination of both the US and Israel “of finding freedom in our land” provided justification for Obama‘s escalating praise of the Zionist state. To put it succinctly, rhetoric about the Dead Sea Scrolls, the feast of the Passover and Israel’s “vibrant democracy” has basically snuffed out Palestinian existence by setting the foundations which allow the US president to condone and praise Israel for its illegal presence on Palestinian land.
     Applying history meticulously by re-enacting centuries and dismissing recent decades, Obama seeks to redefine the collective memory by placing Martin Luther King and biblical prophets on a pedestal as a reminder for Jews and Americans, including the present leaders, of the struggle for human rights. Unfortunately, Obama and Netanyahu don’t measure up to the invoked historical personas. King’s dream of eliminating racial discrimination and the prophets’ guidance to a land which biblical narrative determines was entrusted to Jews in return for obedience to divine decree, have been reduced to imperial propaganda justifying colonialism. Just as Obama fails to describe Israel as an oppressive coloniser, equally he fails to mention that Christopher Columbus’s “discovery” of America led to the genocide of the indigenous people. The implication in both countries’ narratives is that a barren land was just waiting to welcome people fraught by suffering. more.. e-mail

Obama, the Israel sycophant 
Abdel Bari Atwan, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/22/2013
      Never in my life have I seen a president that fawns over the Israelis, begs for their approval, sings their praises and lauds their achievements and history like the American President, Barack Obama.
     Obama set a historic record in his country by becoming the first elected non-white president. However, we wrongly assumed that just because of his racial background, and the fact that he belonged to a people who had suffered centuries of persecution, that his stance would be different. It was expected that because he spoke so bitterly about the racial discrimination his grandparents and uncles had suffered through in Chicago, such as being prohibited from sitting on the same bus with white people, that he would better understand our suffering under the discriminatory Israeli occupation. However, he has disappointed us and reminded us of Uncle Tom in the famous American novel in which the black slave’s humanity and dignity is disregarded by his white master.
     Mr Barack Hussein Obama surprised us in the speech he made before a group of Israeli youth in occupied Jerusalem in which he, the African, demanded that the Palestinians recognise Israel as a Jewish state and urged the Arabs to normalise with this state. He also said to those who reject Israel’s right to exist that they might as well reject the earth beneath them and the sky above. He stressed that Israel is not going anywhere, and as long as the US exists, the Israelis will not be alone.
     We do not understand why Obama used these words or why he went through with this demeaning ingratiation; Israel is the one threatening our existence, denying our rights and monopolising over 300 nuclear warheads capable of destroying the entire region. more.. e-mail

One Palestinian village Obama should visit 
Sunjeev Bery, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 3/21/2013
      Yesterday morning, US President Barack Obama arrived in Israel to much fanfare. He has said that he has come to listen. One place he should start is the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh, located in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
     I visited Nabi Saleh last week as part of an Amnesty International research mission to the West Bank. The village sits atop a hill, facing the illegal Israeli settlement Halamish. The settlers of Halamish, like so many other Israeli settlers in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), are backed by the lethal force of the Israeli army.
     For protesting against the settlement, the residents of Nabi Saleh have paid a heavy price. I spoke with village resident Bassem Tamimi, a man who Amnesty International previously declared a prisoner of conscience when he was imprisoned by Israel for involvement in peaceful protests. During Bassem’s most recent jail term, his brother-in-law Rushdi Tamimi, 31, was shot by Israeli soldiers at another protest in November 2012 and died days later in a hospital. In December 2011, another member of the village, Mustafa Tamimi, died after being hit in the face by a tear gas canister fired at close range from an Israeli military jeep.
     The village of Nabi Saleh is home to some 500 members of the extended Tamimi family. The villagers say that the expanding Israeli settlement of Halamish has blocked their access to a nearby source of water, a spring. For holding weekly protests against this settlement, they have suffered greatly at the hands of the Israeli Defense Forces.
     Israeli military law imposed i
n the occupied West Bank places sweeping and arbitrary restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly, making any unauthorized peaceful protest by Palestinians a criminal offence. Palestinians engaging in such protests face arrest and excessive force from the Israeli military on a regular basis, which becomes quite clear when visiting homes in Nabi Saleh…. more.. e-mail

A more extreme and dangerous government 
Jamal Zahalka, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/19/2013
      After a month and a half of anxiety, the expected has happened; Netanyahu’s third government was formed with a fairly predictable coalition which excludes the religious parties Shas and Yahadut Hatorah.
     Within Netanyahu’s own party, Likud, there is anger at the mistakes he has made. He has lost the popular minister Moshe Lahlon; made an alliance with the racist Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu Party – which is blamed for the drop in support at the polls – and pushed the leader of Habeyit Hayehudi, Naftali Bennett, into the arms of Yair Lapid, the leader of Yesh Atid. This has enabled both relative newcomers to impose coalition conditions on the Prime Minister. These include the exclusion of the religious parties and a reduction in the number of ministries controlled by Likud.
     The new government differs from its predecessor in one respect; it looks as if it is going to be unstable and, perhaps, short-lived. The potential for instability includes Lieberman’s trial, which prevents him from holding any ministerial positions. At the very least, this could see him reduce support for the government to the extent that he may actually end up working towards its downfall. The lack of political harmony on a number of issues within the coalition parties is another factor, as will be the jockeying for position in a post-Netanyahu Likud Party; it is believed widely that this, his third government, will be his last.
     Party politics to one side, the new government has to tackle the economic crisis which could cause cracks to appear in the coalition. In turn, that could push the Prime Minister to resort to ever more aggressive policies against the Palestinians to forge political unity against the perceived threat of the Other, along with increased public support. more.. e-mail

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