VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 30 March 2013: This year’s Land Day serves as a reminder of the on-going ethnic cleansing

30 March 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israeli settler attack lands 80-year old farmer in hospital
IMEMC – A Palestinian elderly farmer who was attacked by a group of settlers while working his lands near Tulkarem Friday remains in the hospital and will likely require surgery, according to medical sources. …

British activists en route to Gaza raped by Libyan soldiers
IMEMC – Three women participating in a humanitarian aid caravan to Gaza were reportedly raped by Libyan soldiers in Benghazi, after being kidnapped by the soldiers and a taxi driver. …

Ma’an News

7 injured as settlers attack Palestinian school buses
3/31/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Settlers threw rocks at a two Palestinian school buses south of Nablus on Sunday, injuring seven children, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, said settlers smashed the windshield of two buses returning from a school trip. Seven children were injured and….

Prisoners start hunger strike to support sick detainee
3/31/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Seventeen prisoners went on hunger strike on Sunday in solidarity with detainee Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, who is suffering from cancer. Abu Hamdiyeh was hospitalized after he fell unconscious,Palestinian minister of prisoners affairs Issa Qaraqe said Saturday. Qaraqe said Abu Hamdiyeh’s cancer spread because he did not receive adequate….

Settlers visit Solomon’s Pools near Bethlehem
3/31/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers on Sunday entered Irtas village, south of Bethlehem, accompanied by Israeli forces, a local official said. Al-Khader popular committee coordinator Ahmad Salah said dozens of settlers performed Jewish rituals at Solomon’s Pools in the area. The Palestinian Authority had objected to the visit as a “flagrant violation….

Abbas, King Abdullah sign Jerusalem agreement
3/31/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah on Sunday signed an agreement to defend Jerusalem and its holy sites, Palestinian Authority media reported. Abbas flew to Amman on Sunday for a meeting with King Abdullah at the Royal Palace, attended by the PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmud al-Habash…. Related: Abbas to meet Jordan’s king in Amman and Israeli police detain Palestinians at Al-Aqsa compound

80-year-old attacked by settlers may need surgery
3/31/2013 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — An 80-year-old Palestinian farmer who was attacked Friday by Israeli settlers is still in hospital and may need surgery, medics said Sunday. Hasan Barhoush is being treated for fractures and bruises at Thabit Thabit Hospital in Tulkarem. He was working on his fields in Kafr al-Labad village, near the Israeli….

Israel releases former Palestinian minister
3/31/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israel on Sunday released the former Palestinian minister of local government after detaining him for 13 months without charge. Issa Khayri al-Jabari, 47, returned to Hebron after being jailed under administrative detention, without trial or charge. Fifteen Palestinian MPs are currently detained in Israeli jails, according to the prisoner rights group Addameer. [END]

Israeli forces ‘close West Bank roads’
3/31/2013 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Sunday closed two main roads in the northern West Bank as settlers celebrated the Jewish holiday of Passover, witnesses said. Israeli soldiers blocked Palestinians from the main roads connecting Nablus and Qalqiliya, and Nablus and Ramallah, witnesses told Ma’an. Meanwhile settlers held marches in the areas, they added. [END]

Israeli courts extend detention of 5 Palestinians
3/31/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli courts on Sunday extended the detention of five Palestinians from Jerusalem, a local activist group said. Judges extended the detention of Majd Darwish and Mohammad Darwish, who are accused of throwing Molotov cocktails at the Hebrew University, the Wadi al-Hilweh information center said. Lawyer Mohammad Mahmoud told the center that….

Israeli forces detain man at Jerusalem rally
3/31/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Saturday detained a Palestinian during a rally in Jerusalem’s Old City, witnesses said. Israeli forces suppressed the demonstration in Salah al-Din street and detained Shadi al-Moghrabi, witnesses told Ma’an, adding that al-Mograbi was assaulted during the arrest. Palestinians rallied across the West Bank on….

Israeli forces ‘detain 3 in southern West Bank’
3/31/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained three Palestinians in the southern West Bank on Sunday, local officials said. Israeli forces stormed Husan village, west of Bethlehem, before dawn and detained Muhammad Shawasha, 26, and Husam Hamamreh, 30, local council member Taha Hamamreh told Ma’an. Meanwhile further south in Beit Ummar, Israeli soldiers….

Minister: Palestine developing economic relations internationally
3/31/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestine is working to develop commercial relations with countries around the world to improve its economy and widen the export market for local produce, the national economy minister said Sunday. At a meeting with a group of private sector organizations in Ramallah, Naji said he would head a delegation to a….

Army: Israel hospitalizes wounded Syrian
3/31/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Military medics transferred a wounded Syrian to hospital in Israel after he crossed the armistice line on the Golan Heights in a serious condition, an army spokeswoman said on Saturday.” In light of his medical state, and based on humanitarian considerations, chief of staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz approved the injured Syrian’….

Abbas to meet Jordan’s king in Amman
3/31/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas flew to Amman on Sunday for a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, the presidential spokesman said. Nabil Abu Rdeina told the official PA news agency Wafa that Abbas and the Jordanian king would discuss regional developments, bilateral ties, the recent Arab League Summit and the…. Related: Abbas, King Abdullah sign Jerusalem agreement

Jerusalem prelate urges pope to visit
3/31/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) – The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem on Sunday invited Pope Francis and the world’s Christians to visit the Holy City, which he called the birthplace of “everything Christian”.” The Lord. . . invites us here to carry the light of faith at the center of our region of the Middle East, where Christianity was….

Alternative world forum supports Palestinian popular resistance
3/31/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The World Social Forum expressed support for Palestinian popular resi
stance and called for the rights of Palestinians refugees in its closing statement Sunday. The week-long anti-globalization forum, held in Tunis, also called for the release of Palestinian political prisoners, the dismantling of Israel’s wall and an end to Israel….

Hamas: Fatah militant responsible for attack on Fatah leader
3/31/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The gunmen who opened fire at a Fatah leader in Gaza City were recruited by the leader of a Fatah-affiliated militant group, the Hamas-run Ministry of Interior said Sunday. On March 15, masked gunmen riding a motorbike opened fire on senior Fatah leader Jamal Obeid as he left a mosque….

Hebron student attempts suicide, rescued by civil defense
3/31/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) – Palestinian police and civil defense services on Sunday rescued a student in Hebron who attempted suicide by jumping from the roof of a school in the city. According to a statement by Hebron civil defense services, an 18-year-old student from al-Rashidin was seen on the roof of a school trying….

Medics: 6 Palestinians hurt in Bethlehem car crash
3/31/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Six Palestinians were wounded in a collision between a private and public car on Saturday in Dar Salah village east of Bethlehem. They were transferred to al-Yamama hospital in al-Khader and Beit Jala hospital with light to moderate injuries. Police said speed was likely a factor in the crash. [END]

6 injured in car accident east of Bethlehem
3/31/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A car accident occurred at the main street of al-Iadiyeh village east of Bethlehem, and civil defense crews transferred six wounded people to hospital, civil defense said Sunday. They call on drivers to pay attention while driving, and to abide by safety regulations. [END]

Egypt satirist questioned over Mursi ‘insult’
3/31/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Prosecutors in Egypt were questioning popular satirist Bassem Youssef on Sunday over alleged insults to the president and to religion, reigniting calls for freedom of expression in post-revolt Egypt. Youssef, whose weekly program Albernameg (The Show) has pushed the boundaries of local television with its merciless critique of those in power, continued to….

Watchdog: Residents flee fierce Aleppo clashes
3/31/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Fierce fighting between Syrian rebels and regime forces has sparked an exodus of residents from the northern Aleppo district of Sheikh Maqsud, a watchdog group said on Sunday.” The Sheikh Maqsud neighborhood has seen a major exodus after shells hit the area, destroying several homes,” Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel….

Sombre Easter for Syria’s Christians
3/31/2013 – AL-GHASSANIYEH, Syria (AFP) — Syrian Christians marked a sombre Easter on Sunday, many having to observe the holy day in areas devastated by Syria’s conflict, including in the northern hamlet of Ghassaniyeh. The Christian town on the edge of Idlib province was once home to some 10,000 residents, all of them Catholics except six….


Gas from Israel’s Tamar field starts to flow
AlJazeera 31 Mar 2013 – Production could save Israel billions of dollars in annual costs and eventually turn country into an energy exporter.

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Commemorating Palestinian Land Day
Relief Web 30 Mar 2013 – Source: Grassroots Country: occupied Palestinian territory By Sara Mersha For 37 years, March 30 has been celebrated as Palestinian Land Day, a day of action for land rights. On this date in 1976, Palestinians inside Israel mobilized to protest Israel’s…

The National

Bell rings for the last time as Pakistani school shuts down in Dubai
The National 31 Mar 2013 – A thousand pupils at Dubai’s Al Farooq Pakistani Islamic School leave midway through their revision lessons after row over Dh1.4 million in rent

Emirati students design car that can do 1,000km on a litre of fuel
The National 31 Mar 2013 – Team from the Higher Colleges of Technology Dubai Men’s College will enter their car design into Shell’s Eco-Marathon in Malaysia.

Syrian rebel fighters blast Muslim Brotherhood for ‘delaying victory’
The National 31 Mar 2013 – The Free Syrian Army has accused the Muslim Brotherhood of undermining the revolt against Bashar Al Assad and trying to dictate opposition politics. Phil Sands reports 

UAE’s Syria aid effort is ‘truly humanitarian’, says UN Commissioner
The National 31 Mar 2013 – Charity organisations are being urged to work with international aid agencies in planning and coordinating the next response plan to the Syrian crisis to be drafted next month.

High-profit options dominate Abu Dhabi school openings
The National 31 Mar 2013 – While investors are queuing up to meet Abu Dhabi’s growing private education needs, the majority are only interested in opening high-profit UK and US curriculum options.

Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef is given bail, still poking fun at Morsi
The National 31 Mar 2013 – Yousseff, who has been questioned on charges he insulted Islam and President Mohammed Morsi, poked fun at the president by wearing an oversized graduation cap to the public prosecution office. Bradley Hope reports from Cairo 

Government schools aim to hire more Emiratis
The National 31 Mar 2013 – Emiratis who have applied for teaching jobs at Government schools will be given preference when the education ministry fills its vacant positions.

Cooperation remains key, say GCC security chiefs
The National 31 Mar 2013 – The two-day meeting in Abu Dhabi of the committee set up to protect vital oil installations was chaired by Colonel Salah Salim Saif, the head of Bahrain’s delegation.


How to say ‘God’ in the classroom: Teaching for religious tolerance in Israel
Ha’aretz – 31 Mar 2013

Hundreds attend funeral of three brothers drowned off Ashkelon coast
Ha’aretz – 31 Mar 2013

Peres: Starting Tamar field gas flow on the Sabbath ‘was a mistake’
Ha’aretz – 31 Mar 2013

Police recover body of third sibling who drowned off Ashkelon coast, bringing search to an end
Ha’aretz – 31 Mar 2013

Christians celebrate Easter Sunday in Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 31 Mar 2013

Report: Israel’s Syria spy cameras tracked Russian navy
Ha’aretz – 31 Mar 2013

Body of second sibling found off Ashkelon coast; search continues for third brother
Ha’aretz – 31 Mar 2013

Moshe Dayan opposed pre-Yom Kippur War call-up due to fears of U.S. response
Ha’aretz – 31 Mar 2013

Holocaust survivor assaulted in Holon park
Ha’aretz – 30 Mar 2013

Lapid taps outside policy advisers to help form budgetary policy
Ha’aretz – 30 Mar 2013

Cut in child allowances would push over 40% of children below poverty line, says NII
Ha’aretz – 30 Mar 2013

Lapid wraps up series of budget talks ahead of meeting with Netanyahu
Ha’aretz – 30 Mar 2013

Jerusalem Post

Daphni Leef won’t run in TA mayoral race
Jerusalem Post 31 Mar 2013 – After mulling running for city mayor, 28-year-old tent protest founder announces of Facebook that she “has other plans.” 

Syria accuses rebels of setting 3 eastern oil wells alight
Jerusalem Post 31 Mar 2013 – Oil ministry official says Syrian rebels set oil wells ablaze following disputes among fighters, causing a daily loss of nearly 5,000 barrels of oil and 52,000 cubic meters of gas, according to Syrian state media. 

Abbas, Abdullah sign agreement on J’lem holy sites
Jerusalem Post 31 Mar 2013 – Jordan’s Abdullah, PA leader sign agreement on “defense of Jerusalem and holy sites,” Palestinian news agency reports. 

Iran envoy slams Arab League support of Syria rebels
Jerusalem Post 31 Mar 2013 – Iranian envoy to Damascus slams Arab League’s decision to grant Syria’s seat at the Arab Summit to the opposition, says “wrong measure” taken by Arab states will backfire on them, Iranian news agency reports. 

Peres: Mistake to announce gas flow on Sabbath
Jerusalem Post 31 Mar 2013 – President congratulates mega tycoon Tshuva whose company was part of conglomerate that developed Tamar gas reservoir. 

‘Egyptian Jon Stewart’ probed for insulting Morsi
Jerusalem Post 31 Mar 2013 – Questioning of comedian Bassem Youssef has raised fears over freedom of expression in the post-Mubarak Egypt. 

‘Israel spies on Russian fleet off Syrian coast’
Jerusalem Post 31 Mar 2013 – Syrian gov’t claims camouflaged spy rocks were found on Mediterranean island to monitor Russian naval maneuvering. 

Bodies of 3 brothers found off Ashkelon coast
Jerusalem Post 31 Mar 2013 – Two more Saraya brothers found by police scuba divers Saturday ending three-day search for men swept away by current. 

Hundreds attend funeral of brothers who drowned
Jerusalem Post 31 Mar 2013 – Two more Saraya brothers found by police scuba divers Saturday ending three-day search for men swept away by current. 

‘Gush Katif evacuees more prone to health risks’
Jerusalem Post 31 Mar 2013 – Study: Men who were evacuated from Gush Katif settlements in 2005 have more diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure.

Canada’s largest student association endorses BDS
Jerusalem Post 31 Mar 2013 – York University student association latest to join trend of Canadian student federations supporting anti-Israel platforms. 

Pope, Rome chief rabbi exchange Passover, Easter greetings
Jerusalem Post 31 Mar 2013 – Chief Rabbi Di Segni tells pontiff that 2 holidays “represent both the link and the separation between our religions,” noting history of anti-Semitic attacks on Easter; Christian pilgrims from around world mark Easter in J’lem. 

Libya’s Christians tense as Easter festivities begin
Jerusalem Post 31 Mar 2013 – Churches in Libya tighten holiday security in concern for safety of congregants from possible threats from Islamist militants. 

Democrats, Republicans like Obama ‘Post’ poll
Jerusalem Post 31 Mar 2013 – Following visit, poll reveals Israelis have positive view on US president’s political leanings yet still believe he’s not “pro-Israel.’ 

IDF releases video of Hebron kids throwing stones
Jerusalem Post 30 Mar 2013 – The Israeli army releases captured footage of violent rock throwing which took place in Hebron. 

‘Haniyeh in Cairo to complain of Israeli violations’
Jerusalem Post 30 Mar 2013 – Hamas PM intends to discuss complaints of Israel’s compliance with the truce brokered by Egypt, according to AFP. 

Palestinian jailed for ‘liking’ anti-PA web post
Jerusalem Post 30 Mar 2013 – Man sentenced to six months in prison for clicking “like” on a Facebook status criticizing PA official. 

The Guardian

Israel’s anti-missile system ‘likely to leave civilians exposed in event of war’
The Guardian 31 Mar 2013 – IDF has insufficient number of Iron Dome batteries to protect military sites and civilian areas from Hezbollah, says commander Israel’s vaunted missile defence system is likely to leave the civilian population exposed to an incoming barrage…

Inter Press Service

The Siege Is Rubbish
IPS “For the past five years we’ve collected garbage by traditional means: donkey and cart,” says Abdel Rahem Abulkumboz, director of health and environment at the Municipality of Gaza. The municipality of Gaza alone produces 700 tons of waste daily, Kumboz says. More than half of this waste is collected daily…


Caught red-handed: Settlers steal Palestinians’ donkey

Israeli soldiers force nine-year-old to act as human shield

Palestinians pray in the streets as Israel imposes restrictions

Domestic drones and their unique dangers

Guantanamo Prisoner on Hunger Strike Seeks Relief in Court from ‘Reversion to Harsh Conditions’

Prison-Wide Hunger Strike Still Rages at Guantánamo

Palestinian Christians Face Greater Restrictions This Easter

Will Budget ‘Cuts’ Impact US Aid to Israel?

Settlers Uproot Dozens of Olive Trees in Bethlehem

Syria News – March 28 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)

Daily Star

Jordan king, Abbas ink deal to ‘defend’ Jerusalem
Daily Star 31 Mar 2013 Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas sign an agreement confirming their “common goal to defending” Jerusalem and its sacred sites against attempts to Judaise the Holy City.

Mursi’s Egypt seeks to keep strong ties with France
Daily Star 31 Mar 2013 Egypt wants to maintain close ties with France following the uprising which brought Islamists to power, Foreign Minister Mohammad Kamel Amr says on the eve of a visit to Paris.

Egypt pound slips on black market as supply dries up
Daily Star 31 Mar 2013 The Egyptian pound has fallen sharply against the dollar on the black market in the last few days, market participants say, citing dwindling supply of the U.S. currency.

Saudi Arabia orders telcos to ensure Skype, Whatsapp meet local laws
Daily Star 31 Mar 2013 Some Internet-based communication tools such as Skype and Whatsapp flout Saudi Arabia’s telecom laws, the regulator says, instructing telecom operators to quickly ensure these services comply.

Iraq attacks on security forces kill three
Daily Star 31 Mar 2013 Attacks mostly targeting security forces in and around Baghdad and in northern Iraq, one of them a suicide bombing, kill three people, the latest in a spike in unrest ahead of elections.

Morocco’s unions protest government, economy
Daily Star 31 Mar 2013 Thousands of members of two of Morocco’s largest labor unions have marched through the capital to protest the Islamist-led government’s planned economic reforms and failure to stem unemployment and inflation.

Syria rebels, regime trade accusations of ‘massacre’
Daily Star 31 Mar 2013 The Syrian regime and rebel opposition forces trade accusations of blame for a “massacre” of at least 10 people in the town of Tal Kalakh in the south of the conflict-ridden country.

IMF team to arrive in Egypt on Wednesday for loan talks
Daily Star 31 Mar 2013 An IMF delegation will arrive in Egypt on Wednesday for talks with the government on a $4.8 billion loan, a government spokesman says, as Cairo seeks to conclude a deal vital to easing a deep economic…

Future MPs back in Lebanon after talks with Hariri
Daily Star 31 Mar 2013 A Future Movement delegation returns to Lebanon from Saudi Arabia following talks with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

YNet News

Iraq officials say attacks kill preacher, 6 others
YNet News, 31 Mar 2013 – ….

Kiryat Shmona: Police officer dies while scouring for burglars
YNet News, 31 Mar 2013 – ….

Report: Israeli delegation arrives at Cairo 
YNet News, 31 Mar 2013 – ….

Palestinians: 8 girls injured by stone hurling near Nablus
YNet News, 31 Mar 2013 – ….

Over 50 Iranian tourists visit southern Egypt
YNet News, 31 Mar 2013 – ….

A popular finance minister?
YNet News, 31 Mar 2013 – Op-ed: Lapid will have to convince middle class to suffer a little while longer so country can finally recuperate ….

Palestine Information Center

Egypt’s fifth columnists and the Palestinians 
PIC – Some Egyptian media outlets have recently been badmouthing the Palestinian people and their resistance movements. The vilification is too virulent to be mentioned before a polite audience.

3 Palestinians killed, 236 arrested in March
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed three Palestinian citizens, including a teenager, and rounded up 236 others including a heart patient, a disabled man and five fishermen from Gaza.

More than 1000 prisoners suffer serious illnesses
PIC – More than one thousand Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails are suffering from serious illnesses such as heart, cancer, and kidney failure, a human rights report said on Saturday.

MP Masri: Hamas has strong relations with Egypt despite razing tunnels
PIC – MP Mushir Al-Masri said that his Movement’s relations with the Egyptian army and intelligence agency are strong and solid regardless of the destruction of many tunnels in the Rafah border area.

Captive Abu Hamdiya receives treatment at hospital shackled to bed
PIC – Informed human rights sources said that the Palestinian prisoner Maysara Abu Hamdiya who is receiving chemotherapy at Soroka Hospital for his cancer, is suffering from very serious health condition.

PA security forces kidnap three Hamas members, summon others
PIC – The Palestinian authority security forces kidnapped three Palestinians affiliated with Hamas and summoned for interrogation three others in the West Bank.

Gaza: National Security Conference calls for activating resistance
PIC – Experts and specialists, who have participated in the Palestinian National Security Conference, called for activating and supporting the armed resistance to confront the Israeli occupation.

280 settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque causing state of tension
PIC – Israeli police arrested on Saturday Palestinian worshipers and students at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem after settlers broke into the mosque courtyards.

IOF arrests 6 citizens, including a child, in Jerusalem and Bethlehem
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested on Sunday three Palestinian youths from the city of Bethlehem in the southern West Bank.

Al-Khuffash: Captives in Israeli jails exposed to slow death
PIC – Fuad Al-Khuffash, director of Ahrar Center for Prisoners’ Studies and human rights, stressed that the sick prisoners in Israeli jails are exposed to slow death..


Israeli Soldiers Arrest Child, Suffocation Cases Reported
WAFA – 31 Mar 2013

Prisoner’s Health Continues to Deteriorate, says Prisoner Club
WAFA – 31 Mar 2013

Abbas, Jordan King Sign Agreement on Defense of Jerusalem and Holy Sites
WAFA – 31 Mar 2013

Palestinian GDP Increases by 5.9% in 2012, says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 31 Mar 2013

Presidency Condemns Settlers Breaking into al-Aqsa Mosque
WAFA – 31 Mar 2013

Settlers Break into Historical Site in Bethlehem
WAFA – 31 Mar 2013

Protests Planned for Land Day
WAFA – 28 Mar 2013


Bassem Youssef Posts Bail as Egyptian Authorities Press Case
New York Times 31 Mar 2013 – Bassem Youssef, a popular television host, is accused of insulting President Mohamed Morsi and denigrating Islam. 

Watch List: New American Versions of Foreign TV Shows Are in the Works
New York Times 31 Mar 2013 – American TV has a long tradition of imitating foreign shows, and the fall season may include several new forms of flattery, with “Friends and Family,” “Pulling,” “Rake,” “Second Sight” and “Spy.” 

Israel Turns On Natural Gas Flow at Offshore Site
New York Times 31 Mar 2013 – Israel moved closer to its goal of energy independence on Sunday after natural gas started flowing from the Tamar reservoir, which is expected to supply 50 to 80 percent of Israel’s natural gas consumption needs over the next 10 years. 

A Wary Easter Weekend for Syrian Christians
New York Times 30 Mar 2013 – The holiday is infused with uncertainty for Syria’s Christians, with many saying they fear not only the country’s general chaos, but also the rise of religious intolerance. 

A child’s d
ream under occupation

Mondoweiss – Declaration of the Rights of the Child adopted by UN General Assembly Resolution 1386 (XIV) of 10 December 1959 states: The child shall enjoy all the rights set forth in this Declaration. Every child, without any exception whatsoever, shall be entitled to these rights, without distinction…

‘Do you know any Arabs in London?’ Israeli airport authorities grill British photojournalist before kicking him out
Mondoweiss – Detail of the Apartheid Wall, Bethlehem Palestine April 30, 2011 (photo: Mark Kerrison) “I don’t pretend to know night-time from day, but if I were your God I’d have something to say” (Ben Gurion Prison, 14th March 2013)   These words, scrawled inconspicuously on the wall just…

Federal hate speech regs are being used to shut down criticism of occupation
Mondoweiss – More at The Real News The Real News Network episode “Shutting Down Critique of Israel on Campus” interviews Michael Ratner, President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights ( CCR ). Ratner provides an overview of how Title 6 is used through the Department of Education to shut…

Unlikely Jerusalem village takes the lead on Land Day
Mondoweiss – Palestinian protester in traffic at Qalandia checkpoint for the annual Land Day protest, March 30, 2013. (Photo: Team Palestina Facebook) Last year Palestinians protested in thousands to mark Land Day, an annual commemoration of six killed during a 1976 march against land expropriations in the Galilee,…

Israel’s Spy Cameras Hidden in Rocks Monitor Syria Civil War 
The Foward Breaking News 31 Mar 2013 – Israel used spying equipment it planted off the Syrian coast to monitor Russian naval movements in the Mediterranean, The Sunday Times reported. Click here for the rest of the article…

‘Jon Stewart of Egypt’ Quizzed Over Dissent From Mohammed Morsi Islamist Regime 
The Foward Breaking News 31 Mar 2013 – Egyptian prosecutors questioned Egypt’s most prominent television satirist on Sunday over allegations he insulted the president and Islam, a case that has increased opposition fears of a crackdown on dissent. Click here for the rest of the article…

Canadian Students Back Boycott Israel Movement 
The Foward Breaking News 31 Mar 2013 – The largest student association in Canada passed a resolution endorsing the global boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Natural Gas Starts Flowing From New Israel Tamar Field off Mediterranean Coast 
The Foward Breaking News 31 Mar 2013 – Natural gas from the Tamar field off Israel’s Mediterranean shores began flowing on Saturday, the partners in the field said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Pope delivers Easter plea for peace 
BBC 31 Mar 2013 – Pope Francis delivers a passionate plea for world peace – singling out “dear Syria” – in his first Easter Sunday speech since being elected.

Egypt satirist released on bail 
BBC 31 Mar 2013 – Popular Egyptian TV satirist Bassem Youssef is released on bail after questioning by prosecutors over allegations that he insulted President Morsi.

Jordan swears in cabinet with focus on austerity 
Al-Akhbar News 31 Mar 2013 – Jordan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour speaks to journalists after the swearing-in ceremony for the new cabinet at the Royal Palace in Amman on 30 March 2013. (Photo: AFP – Khalil Mazraawi) Jordan’s King Abdullah swore in a new government on Saturday tasked with pushing through austerity…

Israeli police arrests Palestinians at al-Aqsa mosque 
Al-Akhbar News 31 Mar 2013 – Palestinian worshipers pray outdoors just outside Jerusalem’s Old City on 22 March 2013, as they were prevented from reaching the al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third holiest shrine. Israeli police only allows Palestinian men over the age of 50 to access the al-Aqsa compound. (Photo: AFP – Ahmad…

Twitter user jailed in Kuwait 
Al-Akhbar News 31 Mar 2013 – Kuwait’s lower court on Sunday sentenced opposition Twitter user Hamed al-Khaledi to two years in jail on charges of insulting the Gulf state’s ruler, a rights activist said. “Khaledi has been sentenced to two years in jail with immediate effect,” the director of the Kuwait Society…

Egyptian comedian summoned for “insulting Islam and Mursi” 
Al-Akhbar News 31 Mar 2013 – Egyptian satirist and television host Bassem Youssef is surrounded by his supporters upon his arrival at the public prosecutor’s office in the high court in Cairo, on 31 March 2013. (Photo: AFP – Khaled Desouki) A popular satirist arrived at Egypt’s high court Sunday, a day…

Pope delivers Easter plea for peace 
BBC 31 Mar 2013 – Pope Francis delivers a passionate plea for world peace – singling out “dear Syria” – in his first Easter Sunday speech since being elected.

Egypt satirist released on bail 
BBC 31 Mar 2013 – Popular Egyptian TV satirist Bassem Youssef is released on bail after questioning by prosecutors over allegations that he insulted President Morsi.

VIDEO: Egypt’s satirist stands up for freedom 
BBC 31 Mar 2013 – An arrest warrant has been issued for popular Egyptian political satirist Bassem Youssef, for allegedly insulting Islam and President Mohammed Mursi.


The significance of Land Day 
Nabil Alsahli, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/30/2013
      UN resolution to partition Palestine allocated 54 per cent of the land to Jews who owned around 6 per cent of historic Palestine
     Exactly thirty-seven years ago, on 30th March 1976, the people of Palestine rose up against Israel’s occupation of their land. After 28 years of living under curfews and restrictions on movement; oppression, terror and racism; impoverishment; seeing their land stolen from them and villages demolished inside the Zionist state as well as in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, they’d had enough.
     The uprising took the shape of an all-out strike and massive public demonstrations in Israel, during which the security forces killed and terrorised the indigenous Palestinian population. The Israelis used live ammunition against the demonstrators and killed Khadija Shawahna, Raja Abu Rayya, Khader Khalayla, Khair Ahmed Yasin, Muhsen Taha, and Ra’afat Ali Zuhdi. Dozens more were wounded and three hundred were arrested.
     What sparked-off the uprising? The Israeli authorities confiscated more than 5,000 acres of land belonging to the villagers of Arraba, Sakhnin, Dair Hanna, Arab Alsawaed and other areas to give to Jewish settlements as part of the government’s plan to Judaise Galilee. This was the straw that broke the camel’s back, because it is worth noting that between the creation of Israel on Palestinian land in 1948 and 1972 the Israeli government stole more than a quarter of a million acres of Arab land in Galilee and the Triangle alone, a cluster of Arab villages adjacent to the 1949 armistice line. This was in addition to the vast tracts of land taken by the Israelis after massacring Palestinians and ethnically cleansing historic Palestine in 1948. more.. e-mail

This year’s Land Day serves as a reminder of the on-going ethnic cleansing 
Samira Shackle, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/29/2013
      The expropriation of Palestinian land continues unabated in Israel, on both sides of the “Green Line”.
     On 30 March, Palestinians around the world will commemorate Land Day. It marks a day in 1976, when Israeli security forces shot dead six Palestinians and injured around 100 more, as they protested against Israeli expropriation of Arab-owned land in the country’s north.
     Israel had announced plans to expropriate thousands of acres of Palestinian land for “security and settlement purposes”. A general strike and marches were organised in Palestinian towns within Israel. Attempts to block the protests by imposing a curfew failed, and Palestinians within Israel, in the West Bank and Gaza, and in refugee communities elsewhere in the Middle East, all turned out to demonstrate in solidarity.
     The Palestinians who died that day were not those living in the occupied territories, but citizens of Israel. Land Day serves as a reminder that these citizens – who now number over 1.6 million people, or 20.5 percent of the population – still exist. They face a raft of discriminatory legislation that essentially reduces them to the status of second class citizens. More than 50 laws discriminate against Palestinians in Israel. Among these is a law allowing Jews who lost property in East Jerusalem and the West Bank during 1948 war to reclaim it, but not giving the same right to Arab Israelis who lost property in West Jerusalem or other areas during the same war.
     Across the world, and particularly in this conflict, land is a singularly vexed and emotional issue…. more.. e-mail

Testimony of Israeli police officer from 1976 Land Day 
Haolam Haze, Alternative Information Center 3/30/2013
      Below is a translation by the Alternative Information Center (AIC) of testimony provided by a policeman who participated in Israel’s oppression of the 1976 Palestinian Land Day. The now-defunct Hebrew-language weekly news magazine Haolam Haze published this anonymous testimony on 7 April 1976, which is brought here in its entirety.
     My luck was bad (and to this my swollen forehead will testify) and I was appointed amongst the police force meant to calm the riots which broke out amongst Arabs from the Galilee on the day they call Land Day.
     After reading articles written by journalists present in the area, what remains for me is only to unpack the burden of restraint which obligates me as a policeman and to set several things straight.
     I am not a leftist, but the aspects of my thought on what happened in the Galilee on 30 March (1976) will most certainly be attributed to the left bloc as this bloc, according to my broken heart, is the bloc with objective vision.
     On 30 March at 00:30 my company was called for a briefing, over which the hatred of Arabs hovered, in which were heard expressions that obligated violence for the sake of violence against those violating our sleep, the Arabs. When we arrived to the area we were not greeted with rocks, so our ‘forces’ penetrated the village with armoured vehicles – an association from my parents’ stories about the British Mandate.
     When seeing the practical displeasure of the people of the village, the officers from the force began to return war with the sub-machine guns in their possession. Satisfaction hovered over these officers, for it’s not every day that it is possible to be superheroes….. more.. e-mail

‘Trade not aid’ focus of new attempt to break Gaza blockade 
Eva Bartlett, Gaza City, Electronic Intifada 3/27/2013
p;   Israel continues to violate a ceasefire agreement signed in November which expanded the fishing limit off Gaza’s shores.
     GAZA CITY (IPS) – “An ark is literally a large floating vessel designed to keep its passengers and cargo safe,” according to the group preparing Gaza’s Ark. But its 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,” said Michael Coleman, a member of Free Gaza Australia and the steering committee for Gaza’s Ark.
     “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,” said David Heap, spokesman for Gaza’s Ark in Canada and Europe. The sailing date has not been announced yet.
     Pointing to a weathered fishing trawler with a “for sale” sign painted on it, Mahfouz Kabariti, president of Gaza’s Fishing and Marine Sports Association, referred to the poverty of Gaza’s fishermen.
     “Why sell?” he asked. “Because of years of poor incomes from Israeli restrictions on sea, many fishermen have debts they cannot pay off. Fishermen were optimistic when the Israelis re-extended the fishing limit six miles. We hoped that maybe it would be extended to 12 miles.” more.. e-mail

Israeli Siege on Gaza Causes Waste Crisis
In Gaza: 31 Mar 2013 – A United Nations truck removes waste from a Gaza refugee camp.     Photo by Emad Badwan First Published at Inter Press Services (IPS) – By Eva Bartlett “For the past five years we’ve collected garbage by traditional means: donkey and cart,” says Abdel Rahem Abulkumboz, director of health and environment at the Municipality of Gaza. The municipality of Gaza alone produces 700 tons of waste daily, Kumboz says. More than half of this waste is collected daily by 250 donkey carts. “It’s a means of doing the job, but not an optimal one,” says Kumboz. Among the growing problems facing waste management throughout the Gaza Strip, even this simple solution nearly came to an end this month. “The funding allotted to garbage collectors finished at the end of February,” says Kumboz, noting that it is not slated to resume until June at the earliest. Hamada al-Bayari from the United Nations Office…more

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