VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 27 March 2013: Israel To Build Settlement Units On Palestinian Lands In Bethlehem

27 March 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Mada: 238 Violations Of Media Freedoms In 2012
IMEMC – The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms” MADA” held a press conference on Wednesday which reviewed the Annual Report on the violations against Media freedom in Palestine during 2012. The conference was held at MADA’s headquarter in Ramallah. …

Abbas to the Arab League, if attempts to renew talks fail, we may go to The Hague
IMEMC – Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said Palestinians have the right to go to the International Court of Justice if the attempt to renew negotiations with Israel in the coming few months fail. …

Israel To Build Settlement Units On Palestinian Lands In Bethlehem
IMEMC – The Israeli authorities in the occupied West Bank have issued a military order for the illegal confiscation of Palestinian lands in Khirbit Ed-Deer area, west of Nahhalin village, in the Bethlehem District, in order to build 70 units for Jewish settlers, and public buildings, the Palestine News Network (PNN) had reported. …

Ansar 4 Convoy To Head To Gaza May 5th
IMEMC – The Artery of Life Committee in Amman – Jordan declared Tuesday that it is starting preparations for sending the “Ansar 4” solidarity convoy to the Gaza Strip in order to deliver financial, medical and humanitarian supplies to the Palestinian people in the besieged coastal region. …

Army Closes Two Gaza Border Terminals
IMEMC – Late on Tuesday March 26, the Israeli army informed that Palestinian District Coordination Office that the Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) and the Beit Hanounn (Erez) border terminals with Gaza are closed until further notice. …

During Funeral Procession, Army Fires Gas Bombs At School Students In Hebron
IMEMC – Hebron, Tuesday March 26 2113, Palestinian medical sources reported that several female school students have been treated for the effects of teargas inhalation after Israeli soldiers fired gas bombs at them as they participated a funeral north of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied Palestinian West Bank. …

Ma’an News

Child ‘critically injured’ in Hebron clashes
3/27/2013HEBRON (Ma’an) — A 12-year-old is in critical condition after he was injured in clashes with Israeli forces in Hebron, medics said. Yousef Abu Aisha was shot in the head with a rubber bullet. Three other Palestinians were also injured by rubber bullets, a Ma’an reporter said. An Israeli military spokeswoman….

PA: Life-term detainee in critical condition
3/27/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The condition of a Palestinian prisoner is deteriorating in Israeli jail, a lawyer representing detainees for the Palestinian Authority said Tuesday. Fadi Abedat said Mansour Mouqadeh, 41, from Salfit, who was sentenced to a life term, was shot in the back years earlier and suffers from paraplegia. He is suffering spasms….

Israeli forces raid Nablus village, detain 4
3/27/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) – Israeli forces arrested on Wednesday at dawn four young men from Burqa village west Nablus. Local sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the village at dawn and broke into houses in the village. The detainees were identified as Muhammad Abu Leil, Muhammad Naji Abu Amer, Gheith Azzam Abu….

Israel confiscates private Palestinian land to enlarge checkpoint
3/27/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) – Israeli forces have notified a Palestinian man from the northern West Bank that his tract of land measuring 3,000 square meters near al-Jalama checkpoint north of Jenin in the far north of the West Bank. Salih Abu Farha told Ma’an that an Israeli officer approached himFriday and identified himself….

Workers seen expanding settlement near Tulkarem
3/27/2013 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Settlers’ bulldozers started on Wednesday to enlarge theSaalin settlement near near Tulkarem, witnesses said. Onlookers said the work began early Wednesday. [END]

Abu Dhabi competition excludes Palestinian veiled poet
3/27/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – A Palestinian veiled woman from the Gaza Strip refused to remove the veil from her face and was banned from a poetry competition in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Afaf Al-Hasasneh was accepted to participate in the competition and the judge chose her to move for the second….

Israeli forces release Hamas MP from Hebron
3/27/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Israeli authorities released on Wednesday Hamas lawmaker Nayef Al-Rujub from Hebron. The detainees’ center reported that Nayef was held in administrative detention for two and a half years. The center added that Nayef was detained in December 2010. He spent around 10 years at Israeli detention facilities at different times….

No high school for boys in Gaza refugee camp
3/27/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Though it’s home to about 50,000 Palestinian refugees, the al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip does not have a public high school for boys. Troubles and difficulties in the public schooling system in the coastal enclave aren’t unusual, however, in al-Maghazi camp the situation….

Erekat: Arab delegation will present peace plan in Washington
3/27/2013 – DOHA, Qatar (Ma’an) — A delegation of Arab ministers will head to Washington to discuss the Arab Peace Initiative with US President Barack Obama’s new administration, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Wednesday. The delegation “aims to declare a joint stand towards the peace process so America realizes this is not only a….

Zahhar: Hamas will not interfere in Egyptian affairs
3/27/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas will not interfere in internal Egyptian affairs, a senior party official said Wednesday.”We respect all political, popular, constitutional components of Egypt. We will not interfere in Egyptian matters,” Mahmoud Zahhar told reporters in Gaza City.” We want to establish legitimate economic relations with Egypt, and not through tunnels….

Hamas: Palestinian Authority detained 3 party members
3/27/2013BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority security forces arrested three Hamas members in the West Bank, Hamas said Wednesday. Forces from the Fatah-led PA detained Hamas members in Hebron and Tubas, the movement said in a statement. Meanwhile, five Hamas leaders were arrested by Israeli forces in Hebron on Wednesday. [END]

Locusts invade Hebron area
3/27/2013HEBRON (Ma’an) – A swarm of locusts on Wednesday invaded the southern Hebron area in the southern West Bank. Staff of the ministry of agriculture in Hebron launched a campaign to control the pests. Director of the Hebron office of the Palestinian ministry of agriculture Badr al-Hawamdah said his teams in cooperation with local….

Driver arrested for overcrowding school bus
3/27/2013BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Police on Wednesday arrested the driver of a school bus carrying twice the legal amount of passengers in Beit Jala, near Bethlehem. Police stopped the bus in a random check and counted 40 children in the 20-person vehicle. The driver will face legal action for risking the children’s….

From feminists to pacifists, demo marks Tunis for
um debut

3/27/2013 – TUNIS (AFP) — “Down with dictatorship, down with capital!” and “Solidarity with women around the world!” rang the chants of thousands marking the opening in Tunis Tuesday of the World Social Forum, an alternative to the elite annual event in Davos. Anarchists, ecologists, pacifists and trade unionists rubbed shoulders with Sahrawi independence activists, veiled women and….

White House: no Patriot missiles in Syria
3/27/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The White House said Tuesday that NATO would not provide Patriot missile batteries to protect rebel strongholds in Syria, following a request from opposition chief Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib. Khatib asked for an extension of the umbrella provided by Patriot positions on the Turkish border designed to intercept any missiles fired from the Syrian….

Qantas, Emirates tie-up wins final approval
3/27/2013 – SYDNEY (AFP) — Australia’s competition watchdog on Wednesday gave final approval for Qantas and Emirates to launch a “game-changing” global alliance, saying the tie-up will benefit passengers. The decision by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, widely expected after a preliminary green light in December, allows the airlines to combine operations for five years….

UAE to examine recordings, finances of detained Islamists
3/27/2013 – ABU DHABI (AFP) — The UAE justice ministry ordered on Tuesday the examination of voice recordings and financial accounts of dozens of Islamists on trial for plotting to seize power in the federation, state news agency WAM reported.” The court has decided to assign a criminal laboratory to examine voice recordings and compare them to those….

NATO head urges Syria political solution, rules out intervention
3/27/2013 – MOSCOW (Reuters) — NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen called for a political solution to the Syrian crisis on Wednesday, ruling out Western military intervention despite a plea for US protection by a foe of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib said on Tuesday he had asked US Secretary of State John Kerry for American….

Turkish military police fire teargas at protesting Syrian refugees
3/27/2013 – BEIRUT (Reuters) – Turkish military police fired teargas at Syrian refugees protesting against living conditions in their camp on Wednesday, wounding many, residents of the camp said. Residents of the Suleiman Shah camp in Akcakale, a Turkish town near the Syrian border, said young men started a large demonstration after a faulty electrical supply outlet set….

NGO: Warplanes strike rebel posts in Damascus
3/27/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Syrian warplanes launched two strikes on Qaboon in northeastern Damascus on Wednesday, as rebels fighting President Bashar Assad’s regime seized three army posts near the ceasefire line with Israel, a watchdog said.” Two air strikes were carried out on rebel-held buildings in Qaboon,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, adding….

Assad urges BRICS to help ‘stop the violence’ in Syria
3/27/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad urged BRICS nations Wednesday to help “stop the violence” in his country and end the suffering of his people, which he blamed on international sanctions. His plea came as rights watchdog Amnesty International said the world must press all parties to the conflict — which has killed an estimated 70,000….

Aljazeera

Israel army arrests ‘five Hamas members’
AlJazeera 27 Mar 2013 – Ramallah-based Prisoners’ Club says Hamas politician Mohammed Jamal al-Natshe among those arrested in city of Hebron.

Palestine News Network

MK Feiglin’s Attempt to Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque Failed
Palestine News Network

658.1 Million Deficit in Current Account in 4Q 2012, says Staistics Bureau
Palestine News Network

ADWAR Starts “Women of Influence” Project
Palestine News Network

Settlers Raid Evacuated Settlement in Jenin
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Confiscate Land near Jenin
Palestine News Network

IOF Troops Arrest Youngster at Israeli Checkpoint
Palestine News Network

Israeli Authorities to Seize Land near Bethlehem
Palestine News Network

Abbas Welcomes Summit on Reconciliation, Jerusalem Fund
Palestine News Network

World Bank Study: Digital Economy Brings Job Opportunities to Palestinians
Palestine News Network

Rachel Corrie: BBC Admits Failings in Reporting
Palestine News Network

Welfare Association to Lay Corner Stone of Palestinian Museum
Palestine News Network

Cabinet Welcomes Adoption of Resolutions on Palestinian Rights
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

“I really hope these crops can reach their harvest”
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR condemns ISS prevention of Fatah Central Committee member from travelling via Beit Hanoun Crossing
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Relief Web

Tunisia: Tunisie : des réfugiés africains et palestiniens réclament une réinstallation
Relief Web 27 Mar 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, occupied Palestinian territory, Sudan, Tunisia 03/27/2013 19:42 GMT TUNIS, 27 mars 2013 (AFP) – Plusieurs dizaines de réfugiés africains campaient mercredi à Tunis et 12 Palestiniens poursuivaient une grève de la faim dans…

occupied Palestinian territory: “Building Effective and Sustainable Partnerships in Humanitarian Assistance and Development Activities”, closing remarks by UNRWA’s Commissioner-General at Dubai’s DIHAD conference
Relief Web 27 Mar 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory Ladies and Gentlemen, I am honoured to be delivering closing remarks to DIHAD on its 10th anniversary – being here for the fourth…

occupied Palestinian territory: Now Gaza’s Ark Prepares to Dare Israel
Relief Web 27 Mar 2013 – Source: Inter Press Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory By Eva Bartlett GAZA CITY, Mar 27 2013 (IPS) – “An ark is literally a large floating vessel designed to keep its passengers and cargo safe,” say the group preparing ‘Gaza’s Ark’….

occupied Palestinian territory: The EU releases further assistance to support Palestinian people and refugees
Relief Web 27 Mar 2013 – Source: European Union Country: occupied Palestinian territory The European Union has today adopted the second part of its 2013 assistance package for Palestine. It will ensure that critical support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and United Nations Relief and Works…

World: The Peacebuilding Fund – Report of the Secretary-General (A/67/711)
Relief Web 26 Mar 2013 – Source: UN General Assembly Country: Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, occupied Palestinian territory, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Timor-Leste,…

The National

Lorry driver charged over Al Ain bus crash that killed 21
The National 28 Mar 2013 – The truck driver accused of causing the accident that killed 21 workers will appear in court on February 3.

UAE internet users warned of slowdown in connection
The National 27 Mar 2013 – This was due to a break in one of its fibre optic cables in the Mediterranean off the Egyptian coast, the mobile operator tweeted.

Keep calm, experts say after Emirati dies from coronavirus infection
The National 27 Mar 2013 – The hunt is now on to find the source of the novel coronavirus which has claimed 11 lives so far – the latest victim being a 73-year-old Emirati man.

Dubai’s fourth mass wedding sees 51 Emirati couples tie the knot
The National 27 Mar 2013 – Fifty-one Emirati couples tied the knot last night in the fourth mass wedding in Zabeel Park, Dubai.

Be vigilant against piracy attacks by extremists, UAE vessels urged
The National 27 Mar 2013 – A warning against the activity of extremist groups in the Arabian Sea was issued by the US Maritime Administration on March 13.

President of Somaliland seeks closer ties with UAE
The National 27 Mar 2013 – President Silanyo told The National that he proposed UAE involvement in establishing two hospitals in the towns of Berbera and Burauo.

Cyprus braces for a run on its banks
The National 27 Mar 2013 – Guards will be deployed at banks to help police control queues as measures are put in place to stop money pouring out of the country. Michael Theodoulou reports from Nicosia 

Arab leaders end summit united in opposition to Assad
The National 27 Mar 2013 – A series of quick diplomatic victories for the Syrian opposition have been overshadowed by reminders that, outside the Arab League summit, international divides are deepening. Elizabeth Dickinson reports from Doha 

Ha’aretz

Just 0.7% of state land in the West Bank has been allocated to Palestinians, Israel admits
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2013

2,000 people expected to march in Ashdod’s first gay pride parade
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2013

Carmel-area towns to High Court: Keep natural gas facility out of our backyard
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2013

Netanyahu apologizes for leaving Ehud Barak off all Obama guest lists
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2013

Israel Home Front Command pushes for upgrade to rocket warning system
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2013

Naftali Bennett: Turkish PM trying to make Israel regret apology over Gaza flotilla deaths
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2013

Seven die in road accidents across Israel in last 24 hours
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2013

Israeli judge challenges Shin Bet’s ban on security prisoner making phone calls
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2013

Israel treats 7 wounded Syrians who approached Golan border
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2013

Mining company turns over new leaf with Negev landscape rehab
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2013

Israel arrests four Hamas leaders including MP, Palestinian officials say
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2013

Israeli security guard suspected of shooting wife while driving car
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2013

The one that got away – Israeli experts’ theory on Lake Kinneret’s disappearing fish
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2013

Israel’s new State Comptroller Shapira blasts predecessor
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2013

Horowitz, Leef and Khenin seen likely to run against TA mayor Huldai
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2013

Leader of Israel’s 2011 social protest considering running for mayor of Tel Aviv
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2013

Jerusalem Post

World Bank to hold project in West Bank, Gaza
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2013 – New job opportunities for Palestinians through emerging online phenomenon called microwork to be held by World Bank. 

Saudi Arabia intent on monitoring communications
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2013 – Country close to reaching agreement with operators of Whatsapp, Viber and Skype, Al Arabiya reports, to access data for security purposes. 

Likud MK denied entry to Temple Mount, again
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2013 – Feiglin: Denial shows sovereignty of site belongs to Wakf and not Israel; police spread out in e. J’lem to secure peace. 

Police extend remand for man accused of killing wife
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2013 – Women’s groups: Shooting in Petah Tikva ‘only latest’ in series of domestic incidents in which men have used a work-issued firearm. 

Israel’s largest pet festival to crown top dog
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2013 – Country’s largest ever pet festival will vote for the Jewish state’s top dog. 

Seven dead in Passover traffic accidents
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2013 – Holiday leads to tragic incidents on Israeli roads, culminating in one of the bloodiest days in recent memory. 

Lapid: Israel has a monstrous overdraft
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2013 – New Finance Minister Yair Lapid prepares the ground for budget cuts and tax hikes in his Passover message. 

Syrian refugees clash with police in Turkish camp
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2013 – In violent protests against poor living conditions, many Syrian refugees injured by Turkish police. 

West Bank Hebrew language study is growing
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2013 – Though unavailable in the public school system, the choice to study Hebrew in the West Bank is on the rise. 

Syrian treated in Israel succumbs to wounds
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2013 – Syrian wounded in civil unrest admitted to Israeli hospital, dies; Israel treated about a dozen Syrians over the past week. 

PA: We don’t want Turkish PM to visit Gaza
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2013 – Senior official in the Palestinian Authority: Gaza is not an independent Palestinian state, Hamas is not the legitimate representative of the Palestinians. 

Meretz MK: Change DST now haredim out of power
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2013 – Nitzan Horowitz urges Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar to extend daylight saving, to “put an end to this strange injustice.” 

4 dead in car accidents on first day of Chol Hamoed
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2013 – Fatalities occur in separate accidents in Negev and the north of the country; two buses collide in Tel Aviv. 

Syria livid after opposition gets Arab League seat
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2013 – Syrian state media calls emir of Qatar “supporter of terrorism;” Tehran says League’s decision is “dangerous behavior.” 

Annan: Too late for military intervention in Syria
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2013 – Former UNArab League envoy says political solution is preferable as giving rebels more arms would only “do more harm.” 

Likud MK denied entry to Temple Mount
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2013 – Feiglin: Denial shows sovereignty of site belongs to Wakf and not Israel; police spread out in e. J’lem to secure peace. 

Iran slams Arab League for supporting Syrian rebels
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2013 – Tehran says allowing opposition leader to fill Syria‘s vacant seat at the organization’s annual summit is “dangerous behavior.” 

Man allegedly kills wife in front of daughter
Jerusalem Post 26 Mar 2013 – Suspect tells police he shot his wife to death in front of the couple’s daughter in Petah Tivka. 

The Guardian

Qatar orchestrates unity at the Doha ‘summit of the Syrian seat’
The Guardian 27 Mar 2013 – Ian Black : Arab League determination to tackle regional crises masks doubts about whether it can make a difference Arab unity, to paraphrase Gandhi’s quip about western civilization, would be a fine thing. But to be fair,…

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The Guardian 27 Mar 2013 – Follow how the day unfolded as a former UN peace monitor called for the international community to consider imposing a no-fly zone over Syria and the Brics countries urged both sides in the conflict to allow…

Inter Press Service

Iranian People Caught in Crossfire of Dueling Messages
IPS Since Barack Obama became president of the United States, messages marking the Iranian New Year – Norouz – celebrated at the onset of spring have become yearly affairs. So have responses given by Iran’s Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei from the city of Mashhad where he makes a yearly pilgrimage to…

Now Gaza’s Ark Prepares to Dare Israel
IPS “An ark is literally a large floating vessel designed to keep its passengers and cargo safe,” say the group preparing ‘Gaza’s Ark’. But their ark, they say, is “a vessel that embodies hope that the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip can soon live in peace without the threat of the Israeli…

Uruknet

Crushing defeat for Israel lobby as anti-boycott litigation fails in UK
Uruknet

Search Washington Post Censors Critique of Pre-Iraq Invasion Media Coverage
Uruknet

War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity: The story of U.S. Exceptionalism in Iraq
Uruknet

Racism in Israeli universities “escalating out-of-control”
Uruknet

No bright spot for the occupation
Uruknet

The Infrastructure of Israeli Settler Colonialism (Part 1): The Jordan Valley
Uruknet

Morsi threatens journalists on Twitter as his supporters besiege Egypt Media City
Uruknet

Flawed questions undermine new UK drone poll data
Uruknet

Jewish settlers attack children with pepper spray and glass
Uruknet

Resistance burns bright in hunger striker’s village
Uruknet

Daily Star

Egypt to import Libya oil, pay down energy debt
Daily Star 27 Mar 2013 Egypt will import 900,000 barrels of oil a month from Libya starting in April and is paying off some of the money it owes to foreign energy firms, its oil minister said

Officials: Arms shipments rise to Syrian rebels
Daily Star 27 Mar 2013 Mideast powers opposed to President Bashar Assad have dramatically stepped up weapons supplies to Syrian rebels in coordination with the U.S. in preparation for a push on the capital of Damascus.

Bulgaria says EU could still act against Hezbollah
Daily Star 27 Mar 2013 Bulgaria will provide more evidence Hezbollah planned an attack that killed five Israelis, in a move it said on Wednesday should convince European Union countries to put the Islamist group on its terrorist list.

Syria Kurds help Shiite, Sunni fighters negotiate: Activists
Daily Star 27 Mar 2013 Syrian Kurds in the northern province of Aleppo have helped Sunni rebel fighters negotiate a settlement with Shiite residents in two flashpoint villages, a monitoring group said.

Islamist leader threatens to oust Tunisian Prime Minister
Daily Star 27 Mar 2013 The fugitive leader of a radical Islamist group threatened on Wednesday to overthrow Tunisia’s government, one day after the prime minister accused him of smuggling weapons into the North African country.

Egypt court challenges Morsi over top prosecutor
Daily Star 27 Mar 2013 An Egyptian appeals court annulled a presidential decree appointing the top prosecutor in a new challenge by the judiciary to Islamist President Mohammed Morsi that throws the country’s legal system into confusion.

Syrian central bank inaction signals support for the pound no longer assured
Daily Star 27 Mar 2013 A pledge by Syria‘s central bank on Sunday to take action to support the pound is already looking hollow, raising speculation the authorities may no longer be willing to burn up reserves defending the currency.

Wounded Syrian treated in Israeli hospital dies
Daily Star 27 Mar 2013 A Syrian wounded in the country’s civil war and brought to Israel on Wednesday for medical treatment has died, a hospital spokesman said.

Saudi prosecutor demands execution of Shi’ite cleric
Daily Star 27 Mar 2013 A Saudi Arabian prosecutor has demanded the death penalty for a Shi’ite Muslim cleric whose arrest last summer triggered deadly protests in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, local media reported on Wednesday.

Assad urges BRICS to help ‘stop the violence’ in Syria
Daily Star 27 Mar 2013 Syrian President Bashar al-Assad urged BRICS nations Wednesday to help “stop the violence” in his country and end the suffering of his people, which he blamed on international sanctions.

YNet News

Egypt: Divers caught while cutting Internet cable 
YNet News, 27 Mar 2013 – ….

Palestinian Trojan Horse
YNet News, 27 Mar 2013 – Op-ed: International media outlets covering Israeli-Palestinian violence in a very peculiar way ….

US cool on Turkish PM plans to visit Gaza
YNet News, 27 Mar 2013 – ….

Hamas: Israel broke Pillar of Defense ceasefire agreement 
YNet News, 27 Mar 2013 – ….

UN: Syria, rebels must ensure UN safety in Golan
YNet News, 27 Mar 2013 – ….

Tel Aviv: Soldier stabs teen, guard at Dizengoff center
YNet News, 27 Mar 2013 – ….

Where’s the disabilities money?
YNet News, 27 Mar 2013 – Op-ed: Ministers must show they believe in disabled people’s right to excellent services, dignified lives ….

The racism epidemic
YNet News, 27 Mar 2013 – Op-ed: Author Sami Michael cannot comprehend how victims of racism can themselves be racist ….

Palestine Information Center

Palestinian leader freed, several others arrested
PIC – Israel on Wednesday freed Nayef Rjoub, 55, from administrative detention lasting for 28 months. A few hours before his release, the IOF rounded up several Islamic leaders and lawmakers in al-Khalil.

Israel and Turkey in disagreement over compensation of Marmara victims
PIC – A Hebrew newspaper revealed that the Israeli authorities and Turkey are in disagreement over the compensation the Jewish state is to pay to the families of the Turkish victims..

Palestinian forces in Gaza stress on historical relationships with Egypt
PIC – National and Islamic Forces in Gaza stressed on the importance of the role played by Egypt to achieve the Palestinian national reconciliation, demanding Egypt to continue its role..

Hamas condemns the arrest of the MPs
PIC – — Hamas movement has strongly condemned the campaign of arrests waged by occupation on Wednesday against five of its leaders and MPs, in the city of al-Khalil, and described it as a “criminal act.”

IOF arrests 5 Palestinians in Nablus and seizes house in al-Khalil
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested on Wednesday five young men from Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank, and stormed the city of Jenin and searched citizens’ houses.

General strike at Universities throughout West Bank
PIC – Palestinian universities closed doors on Wednesday and Thursday protesting against neglecting their employees’ demands by Fayyad’s government.

IPS releases MP Nayef Rajoub
PIC – The IPS released on Wednesday morning the MP for Change and Reform Bloc and former Minister of Awqaf Nayef Mahmoud Rajoub, 55, from al-Khalil after spending 28 months in administrative detention.

PA security services arrest 3 of Hamas supporters
PIC – PA security services launched an arrest campaign in the West Bank, arresting 3 supporters of Hamas movement, and summoning 3 others.

IOA closes Abu Salem crossing for the 7th consecutive day
PIC – The Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) continued to close Karam Abu Salem crossing near Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip for the seventh consecutive day.

Land Day reinforces 48-Palestinians’ steadfastness
PIC – 1948-Palestinian citizens started preparations to mark the 37th anniversary of the Palestinian Land Day to expose the Israeli crimes against Arab citizens..

WAFA

EU Contributes €148M to Palestinian Authority
WAFA – 27 Mar 2013

Argentinian Activist Offers Own Life in Exchange of Issawi’s Release
WAFA – 27 Mar 2013

Israeli Forces Close off Road to Allow Settlers Visit Site in Hebron
WAFA – 27 Mar 2013

Arab Americans Urge Obama to Help End Israeli Occupation
WAFA – 27 Mar 2013

$658.1 Million Deficit in Current Account in 4Q 2012, says Statistics
Bureau

WAFA – 27 Mar 2013

Attempt to Break into Aqsa Mosque by Knesset Member Failedþ
WAFA – 27 Mar 2013

Israeli Forces Seize Land near Jenin
WAFA – 27 Mar 2013

Settlers Break into Evacuated Settlement in Jenin
WAFA – 27 Mar 2013

Army Arrests Minor near Ramallah
WAFA – 25 Mar 2013

Misc

Syria rebel coalition calls for use of Patriot missiles
LA Times 26 Mar 2013 – Despite the coalition’s request at an Arab League summit, the U.S. says the Patriot system in Turkey is for defensive use and not for striking Syrian warplanes. BEIRUT — A Syrian opposition coalition was seated as the legitimate government of Syria at an Arab League…

Gaza Journal: Ex-Palestinian Prisoners Bring Taste of West Bank to Gaza
New York Times 27 Mar 2013 – Nader Abu Turki and another former prisoner found a market for their dessert in the scores of Palestinians who longed for a treat they used to eat at home. 

The Lede: The War in Syria Through a Child’s Eyes
New York Times 27 Mar 2013 – A devastating video report by the German photojournalist Marcel Mettelsiefen chronicles the impact of the war in Syria on the children of Aleppo. 

The Lede: Jailed Bahraini Activists on Hunger Strike
New York Times 27 Mar 2013 – Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and his daughter Zainab started their hunger strike last week after being denied family visitation rights. 

IHT Special: Gulf Issuers Try Out New Bond Formats
New York Times 27 Mar 2013 – With global interest rates low, bond buyers around the world are hunting for higher yields and are buying Gulf bonds. 

IHT Special: Saudi Prince’s Paris Hotel to Get Facelift
New York Times 27 Mar 2013 – The Hôtel de Crillon will close its doors for two years to undergo a major renovation intended to restore some of its former splendor. 

Syria’s Assad Seeks Help from BRICS Countries
New York Times 27 Mar 2013 – The country’s embattled president reached out to the BRICS group after the Arab League gave Syria’s membership to the opposition.

IHT Special: Fewer Than 30 Percent of Moroccans Have Health Insurance
New York Times 27 Mar 2013 – The Moroccan government spends more than $5 billion a year on health care, but public hospitals are decrepit and lack doctors, equipment and medicine. 

Tamar gas to flow from Sunday 
Globes Energy & Water – Yitzhak Tshuva said the gas flow will result in significant social change and improve the standard of living, and the environment.

Gasoline prices set to fall 5% Sunday night 
Globes Energy & Water – The price will fall by NIS 0.35-0.40 next Sunday night, April 1, ending the steady rise in gasoline prices since December.

IEA: Israel has gas capacity 7-8 times its internal needs 
Globes Energy & Water – International Energy Agency chief economist Fatih Birol says Israel’s apology to Turkey would facilitate cooperation over gas exports.

Finance Minister Lapid guns for tax planning
Globes Main News – In marathon discussions with Treasury officials, Lapid has told them to take determined action to deepen tax collection and combat tax avoidance.

Shlomo Sherf stepping down as Azrieli CEO
Globes Main News – Sherf, who has been in the post just two years, apparently intends to go into business on his own account.

Michael Dell buys Rami Levy stake
Globes Main News – Dell’s MSD European Opportunity Master Fund now owns 833,016 Rami Levy shares, for a 6.18% stake.

Wed: Dual-listed stocks drag market down
Globes Main News – Teva, Mellanox, EZchip, and NICE Systems all lost ground today.

Senior salaries top NIS 1m as Ma’ariv posts NIS 305m loss
Globes Main News – The aggregate salary cost of outgoing CEO Tal Raz and editor Nir Hefetz was NIS 2.5 million.

Diamond exports up 73% in January-February 
Globes Macro Economics – Export Institute: Diamond exports totaled $2.3 billion in January-February.

Haredim to pay as budget bargaining begins 
Globes Macro Economics – Distinctions can be made between
realistic proposals and bargaining chips.

Ya’alon takes NIS 100,000 IDF helicopter flight to daughter’s wedding 
Globes Macro Economics – Just three days in the job, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon used an IDF helicopter to go to his daughter’s wedding near Eilat.

013 Israel growth forecast to 3.3% 
Globes Macro Economics – Were it not for the start of natural gas production, HSBC says that Israel’s GDP growth would be only 2.6% in 2013.

Mortgage payment soars to 41% of monthly salary 
Globes Macro Economics – A study by DataQuarry for “Globes” found that the average mortgage payment rose from 33% of the average salary in 2003 to 41% in 2012.

Israeli MK Exposes Top-Secret IDF Unit Engaged in Foreign Assassinations
Tikun Olam – MK Carmel Shama Ha-Cohen’s Knesset website Even in the midst of the National Security State obsessed with secrecy, you can’t button down every secret.  Israeli Likud MK Carmel Shama HaCohen has inadvertently exposed the existence of a top-secret military intelligence unit.  It’s so hush-hush it’s never…

BRICS memo: Time ‘to take decisive action against the increasing Israeli Occupation as well as Israel’s apartheid policies’
Mondoweiss – Over 150 protestors gathered March 26, 2013 at Speakers Corner at the 5th BRICS Summit taking place in Durban for the Memorandum handover. The Memorandum on Palestine was officially submitted to Marius Fransman, South Africa’s Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation. ( more photos here ) Yesterday…

Another bad review: ‘Obama takes Palestinians for granted’
Mondoweiss – Last week MJ Rosenberg praised Obama’s visit as a good investment. Now he’s reconsidered, in a post headlined, ” Obama takes Palestinians for granted ,” wherein he states that Obama exposed the fact that the U.S. can’t be an honest broker on the conflict. At every stop, he…

Breakthrough: Mennonites divest from ‘companies that support Israel’s occupation’
Mondoweiss – Mennonite Central Committee logo Yesterday the Mennonite Central Committee ( MCC ) United States announced that its board of directors had voted unanimously on March 16 to divest the organization’s direct holdings in “companies that support Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.” The global relief and…

Hat’s off to Anthony Lewis, who in ’99 understood that Israel wanted a Palestinian Bantustan
Mondoweiss – Many are reflecting on the nobility of Anthony Lewis, the champion of civil rights at the New York Times who died in Cambridge two days ago. There is an important Jewish piece to Lewis’s story: In his generation, he was at the forefront of Jewish criticism…

Lessons learned from a box of matzoh
Mondoweiss – Matzoh (Photo: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt) Matzoh, the Jewish bread of affliction, has a historical narrative that dates thousands of years. In our haste to leave Egypt, the land where we were slaves, the Israelites gathered their children, animals, belongings, and bread dough before it had a…

Israel Returns Just .7% of Seized ‘Military’ Land to Palestinians 
The Foward Breaking News 27 Mar 2013 – Over the past 33 years the Civil Administration has allocated less than one percent of state land in the West Bank to Palestinians, compared to 39 percent to settlers, according to the agency’s own documents submitted to the High Court of Justice. Click here for the…

Pro-Palestinian Group Launches Israel ‘Apartheid’ Subway Ad Campaign 
The Foward Breaking News 27 Mar 2013 – A pro-Palestinian group on Tuesday launched an ad campaign on the New York City transit system, calling on the United States to stop its foreign aid to Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

What Is Killing the St. Peter’s Fish in Israel’s Lake Kinneret? 
The Foward Breaking News 27 Mar 2013 – A new study by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority is debunking a long-held theory by fishermen and Agriculture Ministry fishery experts that a bird known as the great cormorant is responsible for the worrisome disappearance of fish in Lake Kinneret. Click here for the rest…

Egypt: Egypt President Demands Collaborative Effort From Arab Countries 
allAfrica.com 27 Mar 2013 – [Aswat Masriya]Egypt attaches great importance to boosting direct investment as a catalyst for Arab integration especially since there are opportunities that require collaborative efforts, President Mohamed Mursi said on Tuesday.

Egypt prosecutor sacking overturned 
BBC 27 Mar 2013 – An Egyptian appeals court reinstates the prosecutor general, whose sacking by President Mohammed Morsi had angered senior judges.

Russia angry at Arab League on Syria 
BBC 27 Mar 2013 – Russia criticises the Arab League’s decision to allow Syria‘s main opposition coalition to take the country’s official seat at its summit.

Egypt arrests as internet cable cut 
BBC 27 Mar 2013 – Three divers have been arrested while trying to sever an under sea internet cable off the port city of Alexandria, say Egypt authorities.

The Madness of America’s Arabs 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 27 Mar 2013 – Palestinian boys and girls hold
containers as they wait to fill-up with fresh water from the desalination station in Deir al-Balah refugee camp in the center of the Gaza Strip on 26 March 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mahmud Hams) Palestinian boys and girls hold containers as…

Red Cross team to investigate Guantanamo hunger strike 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Mar 2013 – A US Marine guard tower overlooks the Northeast gate leading into Cuba territory at Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base on 8 March 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Bob Strong) The International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday it had sent a delegation to check conditions at…

Lebanon: US Warns Berri and Kahwaji of Assassination Attempts 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Mar 2013 – This comes on the heels of similar warnings relayed to the two men in February, which prompted authorities to take extraordinary security measures. (photo: Marwan Bu Haidar) This comes on the heels of similar warnings relayed to the two men in February, which prompted authorities to…

Arab League Economic Cooperation a Fantasy 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Mar 2013 – The flags of the 22 arab countries flutter outside the hotel that will host the 24th summit of the Arab League on 25 March 2013 in the Qatari capital Doha. (Photo: AFP – Karim Sahib) The flags of the 22 arab countries flutter outside the hotel…

Saudi prosecutor demands crucifixion for opposition cleric 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Mar 2013 – A Saudi Arabian prosecutor has demanded “death by crucifixion” for an anti-government cleric whose arrest last summer led to deadly protests in the ultra-conservative kingdom, local media reported on Wednesday. Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, long seen as a radical leader in the country’s restive eastern province of…

Five students charged with “devil worship” in Jordan 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Mar 2013 – A Jordanian military prosecutor on Wednesday charged five university students with incitement for allegedly desecrating the Quran and engaging in “devil worship.” “A state security court prosecutor charged the five students today with doctrinal and sectarian incitement,” a court official told AFP without elaborating. The students…

Arab League Summit: Doha Calls the Shots 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Mar 2013 – Men listen to Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, head of the Syrian opposition delegation, as he addresses the opening of the Arab League summit in the Qatari capital Doha on 26 March 2013. (Photo: AFP – Karim Sahib) Men listen to Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, head of the Syrian…

Iraq After Saddam 
Al-Akhbar Politics 26 Mar 2013 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (2nd R) walks across the tarmac of Baghdad International Airport with traveling staff as he prepares to board an aircraft out of the Iraqi capital on 24 March 2013. (Photo: AFP – Jason Reed) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (…

Egypt prosecutor sacking overturned 
BBC 27 Mar 2013 – An Egyptian appeals court reinstates the prosecutor general, whose sacking by President Mohammed Morsi had angered senior judges.

Russia angry at Arab League on Syria 
BBC 27 Mar 2013 – Russia criticises the Arab League’s decision to allow Syria‘s main opposition coalition to take the country’s official seat at its summit.

Government loses Abu Qatada appeal 
BBC 27 Mar 2013 – British Home Secretary Theresa May loses her appeal against a ruling preventing the deportation of radical cleric Abu Qatada.

Egypt arrests as internet cable cut 
BBC 27 Mar 2013 – Three divers have been arrested while trying to sever an under sea internet cable off the port city of Alexandria, say Egypt authorities.

Articles


Resistance burns bright in hunger striker’s village 
Maath Musleh, Jerusalem, Electronic Intifada 3/26/2013
      For the past few months, the village of Issawiyeh has been under attack. The Israeli military has tried to break the spirit of resistance in this small place, north of Jerusalem, which is home to the hunger striker Samer Issawi.
     Yet the people of Issawiyeh have kept on demonstrating their solidarity with him and other Palestinian prisoners.
     Issawi began refusing meals shortly after his arrest in July last year, and has been on intermittent hunger strike ever since. As his health deteriorates, the mobilization in support of his fast grows. Samer’s family have erected a protest tent in Issawiyeh. This tent has been demolished more than 20 times by Israeli troops. Confiscations of land
     Issawi’s arrest was not the only thing that prompted residents of the village to act. Long before that, the Israeli-controlled Jerusalem Municipality had been actively confiscating land owned by residents of Issawiyeh. Hundreds of dunums have been seized in the past year for the benefit of two planned projects: a “national park” and a dump for solid waste (a dunum is 1,000 square meters).
     Issawiyeh is a hot spot in Jerusalem. The protests in the village have nearly always led to heavy clashes with the Israeli forces. Nightly raids and arrests have been a regular occurrence.
     Grassroots Jerusalem is an organization that has been closely monitoring the behavior of Israeli troops in Issawiyeh. “After Samer’s court hearing on 18 December, we noticed an escalation in the attacks on Issawiyeh village,” said Fayrouz Sharqawi, an advocacy officer with the group. “This escalation took the form of daily raids on the village, sometimes several times a day. more.. e-mail

Mennonites vote to divest from Israeli occupation 
Joe Catron, Alternative Information Center 3/27/2013
      Yesterday the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) United States announced that its board of directors had voted unanimously on March 16 to divest the organization’s direct holdings in “companies that support Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.”
     The global relief and service agency, which represents 15 Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and Amish bodies in North America, will also “choose to invest in mutual funds that limit exposure to companies on the [American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)’s Israel-Palestine Investment Screen] list and will join efforts to encourage the mutual funds that it holds to adopt similar screens,” a statement by Cheryl Zehr Walker, its director of communications, said.
     “Staff also will aim to align MCC U.S.’ purchasing patterns with these investment principles.”
     The MCC’s executive director, J. Ron Byler, said that while his organization, consisting of pacifist churches, is opposed in principle to profiting from any acts of violence, existing laws already prevent it and other Western investors from funding armed struggle against Israel.
     “We will take action if we become aware of offenders against Israel, but our government ensures we do no harm to Israel, while there is no such care for Palestinians,” he said.
     The AFSC, whose “Investment Screen” the MCC will use, says that it bars investments only in contactors with Israel because US regulations and similar laws in Europe make it illegal for any company or financial institution that falls under US or European legal jurisdiction, including all publically traded companies, to provide goods or services to Palestinian individuals and groups engaged in acts of violence. more.. e-mail

The lost defiance of the past and the morass of the dispossessed 
Susan Abulhawa, Al Jazeera.com 3/27/2013
      For the trajectory of the Palestinian struggle, Abulhawa searches for lessons from the past.
     It’s safe to say that a book you can’t put down is a good one. But I’ve come across a novel I can’t recommend enough, even though it took me months to finish. Time of the White Horses, by Ibrahim Nasrallah, was a fabulous read that I had to put down, repeatedly.
     I read the first 300 pages of this translated work from the original Arabic in just a few days. Then the world changed and I moved through the next 300 pages slowly, tiptoeing through lives I recognised and characters I came to love. I turned these pages with trepidation for nearly a month, sometimes holding my breath and swallowing hard. I was reading the unfolding of my own life, and the lives of all Palestinians. I knew what was going to happen and in the strange ways of a heart touched by literature, I wanted to warn the characters. I needed them to make different decisions to save us all from our fate; until, I finally came upon the last chapter and stopped. I put the book down and left it there for another 2 weeks. Along with other reading material, I carried this thick hardback with me on a flight to South Africa. The final chapter was only five pages long, but I didn’t read them on the flight. In my hotel room in Johannesburg, I put the book on the table by my bed, looked at its it’s beautiful cover, an image painted by Nasrallah himself, and I read other books instead. I did the same thing a week later when I flew to Durban to take part in Time of the Writer literature festival. 
     Evenings at the festival started with panel discussions among invited writers. A group of us would then continue on at a local bar or restaurant. These were nights with new friends and meaningful discussions around the Black Consciousness movement, pan-Africanism, labour struggles, personal relationships, and anything in between…. more.. e-mail

So why did Netanyahu apologise to Turkey now? 
Yassir al Zaatara, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/26/2013
      Under normal circumstances, when one country apologises to another it usually passes without comment. When the country doing the apologising is Israel people sit up and take notice.
     Israel is not accustomed to apologising to anyone; in fact, it is more often on the receiving end of apologies, deserved or not. This is not due to its size or role, but to the influence of the pro-Israel Lobby groups around the world, especially in the United States. The Lobby is capable of making trouble for the leader of any country anywhere in the world.
     What about the man who made that astonishing ‘phone call. Benjamin Netanyahu is a powerful and confident right-winger who is more than capable of speaking to Americans in language they understand, especially politicians. So much so, in fact, that he is said to have more support in the US Congress than the President himself.
     What made Netanyahu’s telephoned apology to Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan even more significant is that it was made when the US President was in the same country, if not the same room. During his visit to Israel, Barack Obama fawned over the Israelis in an unprecedented manner. He went so far as to tell the Palestinians that they would have to get used to the idea of Israel as a “Jewish state” as he vowed support for Tel Aviv on every level.
     Since the Mavi Marmara flotilla incident in 2010, when 9 Turkish citizens were killed by Israeli commandos in what has been called an act of piracy in international waters, the Turkish government has insisted on three conditions for relations with Israel to return to normal: an apology for the whole incident; compensation for the families of those shot and killed; and an end to the Israeli-led siege on the Gaza Strip. more.. e-mail

“Trade not aid” focus of new attempt to break Gaza blockade
Electronic Intifada: 27 Mar 2013 – Eva Bartlett Gaza City 27 March 2013 While the Freedom Flotilla tried to bring aid to the Strip, Gaza’s Ark seeks to export locally produced goods.more

Gaza’s Ark: Trade, Not Aid
In Gaza: 27 Mar 2013 – Palestinian fishers are hit hard by the Israeli blockade on Gaza. Credit: Emad Badwan/IPS. First Published at IPS – By Eva Bartlett * blog version longer than published version “An ark is literally a large floating vessel designed to keep its passengers and cargo safe,” say the group preparing ‘Gaza’s Ark’. But their ark, they say, is “a vessel that embodies hope that the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip can soon live in peace without the threat of the Israeli blockade.” An initiative by Palestinians in Gaza and international solidarity activists, Gaza’s Ark entails “purchasing a run-down boat from a local fishing family,” says Michael Coleman, a member of Free Gaza Australia and on the Gaza’s Ark steering committee. “The refurbishing will be done by Palestinians in the port of Gaza, and the sailing will be with a mixed crew of Palestinians and internationals,” says David Heap, spokesperson for Gaza’s Ark in…more

Unfree in Palestine – Book Review
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Mar 2013 – By Ludwig Watzal (Unfree in Palestine. Registration, Documentation and Movement Restriction by Nadia Abu-Zahra and Adah Kay, Pluto Press, London 2013, pp. 232, L 17.99.) The latest visit by U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama to Israel has demonstrated to the world on which side the Empire stands. Obama promised an occupying power absolute support and eternal loyalty. Behind this background, the reader of “Unfree in Palestine” is befallen from a kind of bitterness when hearing Obama’s unrestricted support for a heinous form of total control of a whole population under occupation. A slap in the face for the Palestinians and for some critical Israeli intellectuals was Obama’s sentence that he admires Israel’s “core values”! Perhaps he did not know what he was talking about. Israel betrays all the “core values” the U. S. American civil rights movement was fighting for, not to speak of many laws that discriminate against non-Jews…more

Burning out Another Room in the Arab House
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Mar 2013 – By Jeremy Salt – Ankara In the ugly panorama that is the contemporary Middle East a light hardly flickers on the horizon. Iraq has been destroyed as a unitary Arab state and jihadis unleashed in Syria are burning out another room in the Arab house. Lebanon has again been brought to the brink of implosion through the intrigues of outside governments and local proxies incapable of putting the interests of their country ahead of their sectarian and power intrigues. The Palestinians are divided between those who live under the authority of one man who has bound himself to Israel and the US and two others who have bound themselves to Egypt and Qatar. Fitna – the spreading of division and sowing of hatred amongst Muslims – is being fanned across the region by governments brazen enough to call themselves Muslim. Whether in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Iran, Shiism is the…more

Reading Time of White Horses at Time of the Writer in Durban
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Mar 2013 – (For the trajectory of the Palestinian struggle, Abulhawa searches for lessons from the past, neo-liberal thoug
ht, and Black Consciousness) By Susan Abulhawa It’s safe to say that a book you can’t put down is a good one.  But I’ve come across a novel I can’t recommend enough, even though it took me months to finish.  TIME OF WHITE HORSES, by my friend, Ibrahim Nasrallah, was a fabulous read that I had to put down, repeatedly. I read the first 300 pages of this translated work from the original Arabic in just a few days.  Then the world changed and I moved through the next 300 pages slowly, tiptoeing through lives I recognised and characters I came to love.  I turned these pages with trepidation for nearly a month, sometimes holding my breath and swallowing hard.  I was reading the unfolding of my own life, and the lives of all Palestinians. …more

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