VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 5 April 2013: Just another Israeli secret service interrogation

5 April 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

39 Palestinians Injured By Army Fire In Hebron
IMEMC – Friday April 5, 2013, Palestinian medical sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank reported that 39 Palestinians have been injured by rubber-coated metal bullets fired at Palestinian protesters in Hebron, and that dozens of residents have been treated for the effects of teargas inhalation. …

Ma’an News

Dozens injured in Hebron clashes
4/6/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Dozens of Palestinians were injured on Friday by rubber bullets and tear gas inhalation in clashes around Hebron, medics said. A Red Crescent medic said that a young Palestinian was shot with a live bullet to his hand,and four others injured by rubber bullets were taken to the hospital amid….

Israeli police disperse protest in Jerusalem
4/6/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli police dispersed Palestinian demonstrators after Muslim prayers in Jerusalem on Friday, making three arrests after days of violent protests around the West Bank, a spokeswoman said. Several dozen demonstrators had gathered in the Issawiya neighborhood of annexed east Jerusalem, a police spokeswoman said. Around a dozen suffered minor injuries, an AFP correspondent….

3 Palestinians detained in Jerusalem area
4/6/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Friday detainedthree Palestinians in clashes in the Issawiya neighborhood in the Jerusalem district, an activist group reported. The Wadi al-Hilweh information center said that a special forces assaulted and detained three young men, and transferred them to al-Maskobiyeh detention center. The group added that Israeli forces forced reporters….

Israeli court sentences Tulkarem detainee to 30 years
4/5/2013 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — An Israeli military court sentenced Omar Jaber, 55, from Tulkarem to 30 years in prison, the Ahrar center for Palestinian prisoners said on Thursday. Wisam Ghbariyeh, a lawyer at the center, said Omar Jaber was first arrested in 2008. Jaber suffers from diabetes, severe infections in the colon, and a stomach….

Detainee taken to prison hospital
4/5/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – The family of detainee Jafar Ez Al-Din told Ma’an on Friday that the Megiddo prison administration transferred their son to Ramle prison hospital. His family said that Jafar went on a hunger strike for three months against being administratively detained. He stopped his strike after being promised release….

Ex-detainee re-arrested after release from jail
4/5/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The detainees’ center in Jerusalem reported Friday that Israeli forces seized a released detainee when he was on his way home from Nafha prison on Thursday evening. The center reported that the troops stopped Ala al-Ali and took him to the Russian Compound for fear that he may plan an….

Clashes reported east of Qalqiliya
4/5/2013 – QALQILIA (Ma’an) — Israeli troops and Palestinian protesters clashed Friday in the Kufr Qadum village east of Qalqiliya on Friday, residents and activists said. Murad Shteiwi, spokesman for the local popular resistance committee, told Ma’an that Israeli troops raided a demonstration in solidarity with detainees in Israeli jails. Israeli forces fired tear….

Israeli soldiers clash with Palestinians in al-Khader
4/5/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Several Palestinians on Fridaywere injured as clashes broke out between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces in al-Khader village near Bethlehem. The coordinator of the local popular committee against settlements and the wall said that the clashes took place near al-Nashash military checkpoint, where protesters set tires on fire and soldiers fired….

Hamas urges UN to resume Gaza food aid
4/5/2013 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Hamas on Friday urged the United Nations to reconsider its suspension of food aid for Palestinian refugees, imposed after protesters stormed a UN depot. The UN Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, stopped food deliveries after dozens of Gazans forced their way into the field office on Thursday, demanding reinstatement of a….

Hamas elections exclude Zahhar, Rishq
4/5/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two senior members of Hamas, Mahmoud al-Zahhar and Ezzat al-Rishq, were not re-elected in the recent elections, sources from Hamas told Ma’an on Friday. Mahmoud al-Zahhar, Ezzat al-Rishq, and Sami Khater were not re-elected in the recent elections that secured Khalid Mashaal another term as secretary-general. A source….

Gaza crossings closed by Israel
4/5/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — KeremShelom crossing and Erez were closed on Friday for the weekendBoth crossings will be re-opened on Sunday, officials told Ma’an. Raed Fatouh, a border official, told Ma’an that Israeli authorities will open Gaza crossings five days a week. Erez is open only for humanitarian cases. [END]

Archbishop leads Jerusalem sit-in for prisoners
4/5/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Residents organized a sit-in on Thursday in front of the Red Cross encouraging detainees on hunger strike and in solidarity with the loss of detainee Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh. Jerusalem figures and families of detainees participated in the demonstration. Orthodox Archbishop Atallah Hanna said that “we are in the heart of Jerusalem….

Report: Prisoner hospitalized after swallowing drugs
4/5/2013 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — A Palestinian prisoner who has been detained inside Israel for two weeks swallowed drugs at Ayalon prison and has been hospitalized in severe condition, Israeli media reported Friday. Imad Hamdiya of Qalqilya was taken to the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center where his stomach was pumped and doctors performed surgery….

Prisoner’s autopsy results to be released
4/5/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The undersecretary of the Palestinian ministry of justice announcedFriday that the results of Abu Hamdiyeh’s autopsy will be revealed in the coming 24 hours. He urged the media to stop speculating about the cause of death until the official results are announced in a news conference. Abu Hamdiyeh died….

Israel denies link with arms ship seized by Egypt
4/6/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s government on Friday strenuously denied it had any link to an arms-laden ship that Egypt said its navy seized as it sailed from the Israeli port of Eilat to Togo in West Africa.” Nobody in Israel knows anything about this ship. It’s clear that it did not come….

Aide: Abbas demands 2-state map from Netanyahu
4/5/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — President Mahmoud Abbas has demanded that Israel’s prime minister present a map for a future Palestinian state before any peace talks can resume, an aide said Fri
day. Abbas “wants to know, through a map to be presented by Benjamin Netanyahu to (US Secretary of State John) Kerry, what the prime minister….

Jordan king to meet Obama April 26 for talks on Syria
4/5/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — Jordan’s King Abdullah II will meet President Barack Obama on April 26 for talks on regional developments including the conflict in Syria, the White House said in a statement Friday. The talks will focus on “Jordan’s political and economic reforms, the humanitarian crisis in Syria, and additional regional issues….

Israeli authorities release 2 detainees
4/5/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) – Israel’s prison service released on Thursday Abdul Rahim Al-Qaqa and Aref Tabanja. In a statement, the Democratic Front reported that detainee al-Qaqa, 29, from Nablus, spent eight years and a half at Israeli prisons accused of affiliation to the national resistance brigades, the military wing affiliated to the DFLP….

Palestinian arrested on drugs charges in Egypt
4/5/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian security forces on Thursday arrested a young Palestinian from Rafah on charges of distributing drugs, a Ma’an reporter said. Security forces seized a car with fake license plate, and upon search they found drugs and 40 tablets of smuggled Tramadol. The driver of the car managed to….

Aid crisis growing as millions flee Syria bombs
4/5/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — UN officials believe some four million people are now trapped inside Syria after fleeing the fighting, as the United States echoes calls for donors to step up and help in a burgeoning aid crisis. The figure, due to be officially released in the coming days, is a dramatic rise on earlier estimates by….


UN cuts Gaza aid citing ‘unsafe’ conditions
AlJazeera 5 Apr 2013 – Food distribution and other operations suspended after Palestinians angered by cutbacks stormed UN aid agency office. 

Palestine News Network

Anonymous Hackers Declare Assault on Israel
Palestine News Network

UNRWA Suspends Gaza Distribution
Palestine News Network

Jerusalem on High Alert as West Bank Clashes Continue
Palestine News Network

On Palestinian Children Day, Half of Population under 18, says PCBS
Palestine News Network

Abbas Holds Israel Responsible for Destabilizing Security Situation
Palestine News Network

Fayyad Condemns Israeli Usage of Live Bullets against Protesters
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (28 Mar. 03 Apr. 2013)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Children’s Day in Nabi Saleh
4/5/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 5th of April 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nabi Saleh, Occupied Palestine, By ISM – On Palestinian Children’s Day, the kids of Nabi Saleh played a leading role in their village demonstration, holding banners and balloons, claiming their rights to a childhood free of oppresion and occupation. However, Israeli forces, as they regularly do, quickly….

Outrage in Hebron following funeral of Abu Hamdiyeh
4/5/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 4th April 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Hebron, Occupied Palestine, By Team Khalil – Tens of thousands of people arrived into Hebron on the 4th April to honour martyr Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, who died of cancer in Israeli custody after being deprived of essential treatments for his disease. According to his lawyer, in his last weeks of….

Palestinian Children’s Day
4/5/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 5th April 2012, International Solidarity Movement, Occupied Palestine – Children’s Days around the world are intended to honour, protect and celebrate childhood. Palestinian Children’s Day, commemorated on the 5th of April each year, is no celebration – rather it is a day highlighting the horrific treatment of Palestinian children by the occupying Israeli….

Weekly demonstration in Kufr Qaddum violently suppressed by Israeli forces
4/5/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 5th of April 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus, Occupied Palestine, By Team Nablus – After Friday prayers, the villagers of Kufr Qaddum and international activists attempted to access the main road in Kufr Qaddum, blocked by the Israeli army for 13 years. They were met by armed Israeli soldiers and tear gas, with many suffering the….

Relief Web

Lebanon: UNRWA’s Commissioner-General meets Palestine refugees displaced from Syria
Relief Web 5 Apr 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Beirut The Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Filippo Grandi, visited a cash distribution center in Beirut, where he met with Palestine…

Syrian Arab Republic: Syria Crisis Bi-Weekly Humanitarian Situation Report – Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey, 4 April 2013
Relief Web 5 Apr 2013 – Source: UN Children’s Fund Country: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey HIGHLIGHTS SYRIA: Repair of urban and rural water supply systems in conflict-affected locations continued, with the number of beneficiaries in these locations reaching 452,300 persons….

Lebanon: Syria’s Refugees Overwhelming Relief Efforts and Host Countries, U.N. Official Says
Relief Web 5 Apr 2013 – Source: New York Times Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic By THANASSIS CAMBANIS Published: April 4, 2013 BEIRUT, Lebanon — The head of a United Nations refugee agency said Thursday that refugees from Syria’s war were on the…

occupied Palestinian territory: UN halts food distribution in Gaza
Relief Web 5 Apr 2013 – Source: UN Radio Country: occupied Palestinian territory The United Nations has suspended all food distribution programmes in Gaza after demonstrators stormed one if its compounds. The United Nations agency assisting Palestinians UNRWA says the breaking into its compound in Gaza…

occupied Palestinian territory: UNRWA to compensate over 7,000 Gaza refugee families for shelter damages through US$ 15.6 million donation by Saudi Fund for Development
Relief Web 5 Apr 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Saudi Arabia 03 April 2013 Gaza Over 7,000 refugee families in Gaza will receive financial support from UNRWA to repair and reconstruct homes…

The National

UAE-funded camp for refugees ready
The National 5 Apr 2013 – ‘Five-star’ site opens in Jordan this week to help shelter the 2,000 Syrians crossing the border every day

Ewoks, Batmen and Ninja Turtles wouldn’t be seen anywhere else than Dubai
The National 5 Apr 2013 – It takes a special type to dress as a superhero or movie character … then go out in public. But inhibitions are not what Middle East Film and Comic Cons are about. Afshan Ahmed reports

‘Parents in the UAE need to learn about diabetes’
The National 5 Apr 2013 – More than two-thirds of parents in a survey admit their children have not been screened for diabetes despite a family history of the disease.

UN cuts Gaza aid after its offices are invaded
The National 5 Apr 2013 – Hamas criticises decision as more than two-thirds of the 1.7 million-population rely on aid while Mahmoud Abbas urges Israel to enter talks about the two-state solution.

Salam nominated to become new Lebanon PM
The National 5 Apr 2013 – The president, Michel Suleiman, is holding two days of talks to nominate a successor to Najib Mikati, who resigned last month after two fraught years in office during which he sought to contain sectarian tensions, street violence and economic fallout from the civil war in Syria.

UAE continues to increase foreign aid commitment
The National 5 Apr 2013 – Rises 10 places on global list of donors, giving $942m in 2012

Many Emiratis remain open to marriage with non-nationals
The National 5 Apr 2013 – Mixed marriages are at historic levels but discrimination is rife

A new generation of Emiratis speaks out about mixed parentage
The National 5 Apr 2013 – Three filmmakers, all of them the children of mixed Emirati marriages, have documented their experiences and the discrimination they have had to deal with. But all can see things are changing for the better. Anna Zacharias reports


Writer and journalist Amnon Dankner dies at 67
Ha’aretz – 5 Apr 2013

‘Riki Cohen’ is still making trouble for Yair Lapid on Facebook
Ha’aretz – 5 Apr 2013

Teenager’s body found at West Bank settlement school
Ha’aretz – 5 Apr 2013

World powers and Iran begin new round of nuclear talks in Kazakhstan
Ha’aretz – 5 Apr 2013

Israeli court rules farmer may continue force-feeding geese
Ha’aretz – 5 Apr 2013

Jerusalem Post

Former Maariv editor-in-chief Dankner passes away
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – After Magen David Adom efforts to revive him failed following a heart attack, Amnon Dankner passed away at the age of 67. 

Egypt: Israel responsible for sewage on Sinai coast
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – As sewage levels increase along the Sinai coast line, Egypt points it’s finger toward Israel. 

Assad hits out at Israel, Turkey in rare TV interview
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – Speaking to Turkish ‘Ulusal Kanal’ television channel, Assad claims responsibility for Israeli apology to Turkey. 

‘Abbas calls on Netanyahu to draw two-state map’
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – PA president demands map for future state as Hamas official tells ‘Al Monitor’ they are prepared to accept state within ’67 borders. 

Obama to host Mideast leaders in renewed effort
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – After ending Turkey-Israel deadlock, White House is to host Turkish PM, other heads of states in revived US engagement with Mid East. 

Egyptians protest against warming ties with Tehran
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – Police repel Salafist groups attempting to break into Iranian diplomat’s Cairo residence. 

‘Syrian rebels seize army post on Jordan border’
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – Free Syrian Army say they captured Um al-Mayathen post on main Damascus-Jordan highway after heavy fighting; dozens killed. 

Hundreds take to streets for 2nd Tel Aviv ‘SlutWalk’
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – Demonstrators march through Israel’s cultural capital for second consecutive year in protest of violence against women. 

Boy falls to his death in Alfei Menashe settlement
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – Caretaker of Tzofei Hasharon junior high school finds body of 14-year-old boy after he fell to his death from school roof. 

Palestinians hurl stones at troops during protests
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – Demonstrators clash with troops in fourth day of violence in the West Bank; police arrest 3 youths in J’lem for stone throwing.

Hamas urge UNRWA to resume activity in Gaza Strip
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – Islamist group accuses world body of over-reacting as UN agency halts work after its headquarters stormed by demonstrators. 

Israel defense systems firms court Turkish military
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – Following ‘Mavi Maramara’ apology, Israeli defense firms seek to resume cooperation with Turkish military industry. 

Iran, big powers at odds in nuclear talks in Kazakhstan
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – As a new round of nuclear talks begin, Western diplomats say Iran negotiators failed to respond clearly to offer made by P5+1; Iranian negotiator Jalili emphasizes Tehran’s “right to enrichment.” 

German official slams republication of ‘Mein Kampf’
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – Seventy years after Hilter’s death, the copyright of ‘Mein Kampf’ will expire in Europe, and the novel will enter the public domain. 

In Pictures: Hebron, the city of unrest
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – The ‘Post’ gives an up-close look at riots in the West Bank city of Hebron, following the funerals of three Palestinian ‘national heroes.’ 

Roger Waters pulls out of NY Jewish cultural event
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – Pink Floyd founder cancels speaking engagement in Jewish cultural institution, fails to provide reasons for cancelation. 

‘Israel not connected to arms ship seized by Egypt’
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – Foreign Ministry spokesman says ship did not leave from Eilat or any other Israeli port as claimed by Egyptian officials. 

NYC baby gets herpes from circumcision ritual
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – A second NYC Jewish newborn in three months contracts neonatal herpes from oral suctioning conduction during circumcision.

‘Military wing of Hamas training Syrian rebels’
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – ‘Times’ reports the Kassam Brigades have broken ties with former ally Assad, began training members of opposition in Damascus. 

Court orders Biocord to begin transfer donors’chord blood
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – Development could signal end of legal battle over private umbilical chord blood bank’s alleged mishandling of blood. 

TA looks for electric, hybrid car-sharing system
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – Tel Aviv searches for proposals for tender to produce car rental network; initiative aimed at reducing pollution, traffic. 

Bar-Ilan expert to become next president of JCT
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – Jerusalem College of Technology appoints leader in nanotechnology as succeeding president to renowned mathematician. 

Organ trafficker sentenced to 36 month in prison
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – Hadassah-Ein Kerem employee convicted on 12 counts related to involvement in illegal transfer of patient’s kidneys. 

Prosor calls on UNSC to condemn Gaza rockets
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – Israeli envoy writes letter to UN chief Ban calling for Security Council to recognize threat to Israelis b
efore situation escalates. 

No deal on Syria access for UN chemical arms probe
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – Inspectors won’t deploy to Syria until access agreed; Syria wants inspectors to focus only on Aleppo incident; Britain, France want investigation of two other incidents. 

Passing pediatrician delivers baby outside entrance
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – Doctor on the way to lecture delivers baby of woman found in labor in Rehovot hospital public bathroom. 

Caucus: Better gov’t care for Holocaust survivors
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – Knesset Caucus chairwoman calls for improvement of rights for survivors, State’s responsibility to assure “survivors live in dignity”. 

Peretz: Relocating Haifa ammonia tank top priority
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – Ammonia production tank vital for “new era of Israeli gas” to be moved to South for security, utility. 

Israeli students to build house for Solar Decathlon
Jerusalem Post 5 Apr 2013 – 30 students construct “entirely energy self-sufficient” house for international competition in China. 

The Guardian

Iain Banks: why I’m supporting a cultural boycott of Israel
The Guardian 5 Apr 2013 – This week writer Iain Banks announced he has cancer and may have just months to live. Here he explains why, in 2010, he decided his novels would no longer be published in Israel I support the…

Why Theodor Herzl’s writings still have an urgent message | Giles Fraser
The Guardian 5 Apr 2013 – Antisemitic attacks in Hungary illustrate the necessity of Israel Last month’s World Cup qualification match between Romania and Hungary in the Ferenc Puskás Stadium in Budapest was a subdued affair. Despite the fact that Romania pulled…

Making shapes: Ultra Orthodox Jews practice yoga – picture of the day
The Guardian 5 Apr 2013 – A photographic highlight selected by the picture desk. Making shapes: Abraham Kohlberg, an Ultra Orthodox Jewish yoga teacher, leads an all male class in the city of Beit Shemesh, Israel Karin Andreasson

Syria: Bashar al-Assad interview to be broadcast
The Guardian 5 Apr 2013 – • Syrian president says Turkey’s PM tells lies • UN warns it lacks money to deal with Syria crisis • ‘Rocket attacks’ in Barzeh, Damascus • Read a summary of today’s key events Paul Owen


Is terror an option for the occupied and oppressed Palestinians?

Nobel Peace Prize to Bradley Manning?

Why do survivors of massacre by Israeli soldier face imprisonment?

Khamenei Advisor: “We are friends with the Muslim Brotherhood and we help them”

Rights groups “express alarm” after Israeli professor in US calls Palestinian student a “cockroach”

Palestinian prisoner’s death sparks West Bank demonstrations, but protests likely to end without leadership

A critical look at Zionist education and racism

Top Pentagon Official Suggests Military Won’t Bow to Gitmo Prisoners’ Demands to End Hunger Strike

Shaker Aamer: “I’m a bit of a professional hunger striker, I’ve done it so often”

Land Day Protests Around the World (Video )

Daily Star

Qi Juices introduces country’s first juice fast
Daily Star 5 Apr 2013 Put down the steak, throw out the cigarettes and lock up the coffee – the juice fast has come to Lebanon.

Lebanon’s good ol’ days go online
Daily Star 5 Apr 2013 For most Lebanese, pre-1975 Lebanon is but a fading memory. Much has changed since then, in terms of urban landscapes, traditions and ways of life.

League leaders Riyadi outlast Sagesse in nail-biting derby thriller
Daily Star 5 Apr 2013 League leaders Riyadi Beirut recorded their 17th straight win of the season Friday after a stunning victory over traditional rivals Sagesse 80-74 in a thrilling derby.

Lebanon held to opening day draw in Davis Cup
Daily Star 5 Apr 2013 It’s back to square one after the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group II relegation playoff between Lebanon and Sri Lanka, with the countries splitting the opening two matches on day one Friday at the ATCL.

Pulitzer-winning U.S. film critic Ebert dies at 70
Daily Star 5 Apr 2013 Film legend Martin Scorsese and President Barack Obama led tributes to U.S. movie critic Roger Ebert, the first cinema pundit to win a Pulitzer Prize, who died Thursday from cancer aged 70.

Ancient site unearthed in Iraqi home of Abraham
Daily Star 5 Apr 2013 British archaeologists have unearthed a sprawling complex near the ancient city of Ur in southern Iraq, said to be home of the biblical Abraham.

Cairo hardline Islamists protest Iranian tourists
Daily Star 5 Apr 2013 A group of hardline Islamists angered by the Egyptian government’s push to improve ties with Tehran threw rocks and tried to storm the residence of Iran’s top diplomat in Cairo on Friday.

YNet News

Writer Amnon Dankner passes away at 67
YNet News, 5 Apr 2013 – ….

Pyongyang rumblings have little effect on SKoreans
YNet News, 5 Apr 2013 – ….

FM appoints treasury general director
YNet News, 5 Apr 2013 – ….

Gaza: One injured by IDF fire following riot
YNet News, 5 Apr 2013 – ….

China: 16 people infected with H7N9 bird flu virus so far
YNet News, 5 Apr 2013 – ….

Wasting time in Kazakhstan
YNet News, 5 Apr 2013 – Op-ed: During nuclear talks, Iran will likely provide ‘encouraging’ answers to allay Western concerns ….

Palestine Information Center

Resheq to U.S. State Department: Hamas does not beg for dialog
PIC – Member of Hamas political bureau Ezzat Resheq rejected statements of U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland in which she said that U.S. will not hold dialog with Hamas.

Clashes erupt between IOF soldiers and Palestinians in the West Bank
PIC – A number of Palestinian youths were wounded on Friday during clashes with the Israeli military forces in southern Bethlehem, in the south of the occupied West Bank.

Haneyya asserts prisoners’ issue top priority for the government and people
PIC – Palestinian prime minister in Gaza Ismail Haneyya said the prisoners’ issue is a top priority for the Palestinian government and people at the national, po
litical, and moral levels.

IOF on alert for fear of clashes in WB
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces declared a state of alert in occupied West Bank in anticipation of escalating confrontations between IOF soldiers and Palestinian youths.

IOF soldiers arrested 35 children in al-Khalil last month
PIC – Human rights data showed that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested more than 130 Palestinians, including 35 children, in March in the city of al-Khalil.

Israel restricts entry of building materials to Gaza
PIC – The Popular Committee Against the Siege has charged that the Israeli occupation authority was deceiving the world into believing that Gaza commercial crossings were open before traffic of goods.

IOA imposes restrictions on worshipers at al-Aqsa
PIC – The IOA imposed tight restrictions on the entry of worshipers to Al-Aqsa Mosque during Friday prayers for fear of the outbreak of clashes in protest at the martyrdom of three Palestinians.

Detainee Ezzuddin transferred to hospital
PIC – The Megiddo prison administration transferred detainee Jafar Ezzuddin to Ramle prison hospital on Thursday after deterioration of his health condition.

IOF prevents 10 Jerusalemites from reaching Bab al-Amoud for 20 days
PIC – The Israeli Magistrate Court released ten Jerusalemites on bail of 500 shekels each, in addition to preventing them from reaching Bab al-Amoud in occupied Jerusalem for 20 days.


UC Riverside student leaders revoke divestment resolution
LA Times 5 Apr 2013 – The resolution had urged the UC system to divest from companies that have contracts with Israel’s military. After much debate that brought the passions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to campus, UC Riverside’s student government has reversed itself and revoked a resolution that urged the UC…

The Lede: Street Art of the Arab World on YouTube
New York Times 5 Apr 2013 – Soraya Morayef has produced new video reports on street art of the Arab world, as part of a series for MOCAtv, the YouTube channel of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. 

The Lede: Egypt and U.S. Argue Over Jon Stewart, ‘America’s Bassem Youssef’
New York Times 5 Apr 2013 – The American comedian Jon Stewart’s criticism of the Egyptian government briefly escalated into a diplomatic incident on Tuesday. 

U.N. Agency Suspends Food Aid After Protest in Gaza
New York Times 5 Apr 2013 – The United Nations Relief and Works Agency in the Gaza Strip stopped food distribution and other services for refugees indefinitely, an official said Friday. 

Iran Says It Offers New Plan for Nuclear Program
New York Times 5 Apr 2013 – Iran’s expansive language about a “comprehensive” solution has previously seemed to dim, rather than improve, the prospects for an agreement. 

Syria Lashes Out at Jordan and Turkey
New York Times 4 Apr 2013 – President Bashar al-Assad’s government accused Jordan and Turkey of “playing with fire” by aiding Syrian rebels. 

IDF Lies About Deaths of Palestinian Youths
Tikun Olam – Amer Nasser brought to West Bank hospital after IDF allowed him to bleed to death In the aftermath of the death of Palestinian prisoner, Maissara Abu Hamdiyeh, from cancer, unrest spread throughout the West Bank, leading to youth protests against Occupation forces.  In one of those…

Anat Kamm Sues Uri Blau and Haaretz
Tikun Olam – In a most embarrassing climax to the Anat Kamm -Uri Blau saga, Kamm announced she would sue Uri Blau and Haaretz for $600,000 for revealing her as the source for the reporter’s articles about IDF assassinations. While I sympathize with her plight, and believe Haaretz’s then-editors…

The Daily Beast: Controversial Panel Debates Whether Israel Is A Democracy
Jewish Voice for Peace – A controversial panel on whether Israel is a democracy took place last night at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York City. Controversial Panel Debates Whether Israel is a Democracy , Sigal Samuel, The Daily Beast , April 5, 2013. A controversial panel on whether Israel is a…

Jewish space plays host to spirited debate over whether Israel is a democracy
Mondoweiss – Panelists at a debate over whether Israel is a democracy. From the left: Kathleen Peratis; Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark; Lizzy Ratner; Rebecca Vilkomerson and J.J. Goldberg (Photo: Alex Kane) “Do you still believe in the tooth fairy?” quipped Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark, a long-time activist and professor, in…

Palestinians should abjure Obama-led talks because they’re a ‘figleaf’ for Israel, says Peace Now board member
Mondoweiss – Later we’ll be having a rep
ort on the discussion of “Jewish democracy” in Israel at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah last night. Meantime, I wanted to break out one statement at that event, by Kathleen Peratis . Peratis took the position that Jewish democracy can be redeemed in…

Who may resist (or, ‘Do you see any smokestacks?’)
Mondoweiss – For any active colonial enterprise, the answer is that no one may resist, not violently, not nonviolently—not in any way, because the business of a colonial power is to maintain itself as a colonial power. To that end, it demands the passivity, compliance, and collaboration of…

NY synagogue’s invitation to Geller to ‘promote bigotry’ elicits call to cancel event
Mondoweiss – Pamela Geller, the anti-Muslim fanatic who believes that the US is being Islamicized, is scheduled to speak at the Great Neck Synagogue on April 14. I don’t see a title for her talk– surely it is about Muslims under your bed. But the talk is already…

Teachers’ Union of Ireland endorses academic boycott of Israel in unanimous vote
Mondoweiss – From an Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign press release : At its Annual Congress on Thursday 4th April 2013, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) became the first academic union in Europe to endorse the Palestinian call for an academic boycott of Israel. The motion, which refers to…

West Bank Settlements Matched Tel Aviv for Home Building, Despite Smaller Population Rise 
The Foward Breaking News 5 Apr 2013 – Housing construction in the West Bank matched the number of units built in Tel Aviv between 1996 and 2008 while its population grew at just half the rate of Tel Aviv’s, according to a study carried out for the Israeli Institute for Economic Planning. Click here…

Hamas Urges U.N. to Resume Work in Gaza as Unrest Rises 
The Foward Breaking News 5 Apr 2013 – Islamist group Hamas on Friday urged a United Nations agency to resume its operations in the Gaza Strip, accusing the world body of over-reacting by shutting down after its headquarters was stormed by demonstrators. Click here for the rest of the article…

North Africa: Women in the Arab World – Do They Matter? 
allAfrica.com 5 Apr 2013 – [State Department] Remarks by Tara Sonenshine,  Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs,  U.S. Department of State

North Africa: Women Must Be Empowered for Prosperity in Mideast, North Africa 
allAfrica.com 5 Apr 2013 – [State Department]Washington -If the nations of the Middle East and North Africa are to enjoy economic prosperity and political stability, they need to fully include women, says Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine.

Tunisia: Acting President Marzouki Receives Hamas and Islamic Jihad Delegation 
allAfrica.com 5 Apr 2013 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Carthage -Acting President of the Republic Moncef Marzouki stressed during his meeting on Thursday with a Palestinian delegation of Hamas movement and Islamic Jihad, the importance to achieve the Palestinian reconciliation and put an end to internal divisions which, according to him, “represent, henceforth,…

Tunisia: National Constituent Assembly’s Reaction to Death of Maissara Abou Hamdia in Israeli Prisons 
allAfrica.com 5 Apr 2013 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Tunis -The Presidency of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) expressed deep sadness following the death in detention of Palestinian Maissara Abou Hamdia, who had been in the Israeli prisons since 2002, and died because of the deliberate lack of medical care.

‘Deadlock’ at Iran nuclear talks 
BBC 5 Apr 2013 – Iran has failed to give “a concrete response” to proposals aimed at ending deadlock over its nuclear programme, a Western diplomat at talks in Almaty says.

UN ‘broke’ as Syria funds run out 
BBC 5 Apr 2013 – Unicef warns it will soon be unable to provide “life-saving” aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan and other countries as funding runs out.

Palestinian Film When I Saw You at DC Filmfest 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 5 Apr 2013 – The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is proud to be a Community Partner for this year’s 27th Annual FilmFest DC , which will feature more than 80 movies, documentaries, comedies, and shorts from across the world. This year’s films entries include When I Saw You ,…

Lebanon: Michel Aoun, You’re Not Alone 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 5 Apr 2013 – Aoun returned to Lebanon on 7 May 2005, and within a few short weeks his party managed to win the votes of the majority of Christians. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) Aoun returned to Lebanon on 7 May 2005, and within a few short weeks his party managed to…

Israeli Media Assess Hezbollah’s Arms 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Apr 2013 – A woman from the Bulgarian Jewish community attends a commemoration ceremony at Sofia’s synagogue on 10 March 2013. (Photo: AFP – Dimitar Dilkoff) A woman from the Bulgarian Jewish community attends a commemoration ceremony at Sofia’s synagogue on 10 March 2013. (Photo: AFP – Dimitar Dilkoff)…

Lebanon: Tammam Salam’s Path to Prime Minister 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Apr 2013 – Riyadh had to choose one of two names: Salam or Brigadier General Ashraf Rifi, head of the Internal Security Forces. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Riyadh had to choose one of two names: Salam or Brigadier General Ashraf Rifi, head of the Internal Security Forces. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)…

Hezbollah’s Black Shirts to Reappear on Beirut Streets? 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Apr 2013 – Hezbollah, the sources say, is primarily concerned with stability and an electoral law that would deny its opponents a majority in parliament. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Hezbollah, the sources say, is primarily concerned with stability and an electoral law that would deny its opponents a
majority in…

“We are broke”, UN says as Syria refugee funds dry up 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Apr 2013 – A Syrian woman carries her children near their makeshift refugee camp in the moutains in the area of Kherbet al-Khaldiye, on the Syria-Turkey border, on March 28, 2013. Refugees living in this area are living off grass and stagnant rain water they are collecting for drinking…

Major Lebanese parties name Saudi-backed Salam as next PM 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Apr 2013 – A handout picture released by Dalati and Nohra on April 4, 2013 shows MP Tammam Salam gesturing following a March 14 political coalition meeting in Beirut. (Photo: AFP – Dalati and Nohra) A handout picture released by Dalati and Nohra on April 4, 2013 shows MP…

Hamas urges UN to reconsider shutting Gaza office 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Apr 2013 – Palestinians take part in a protest against the reduction of some of the financial and food aid services given by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to Palestine refugees, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on 25 March 2013. (Photo: AFP – Said…

Egypt: Interior Ministry Takes Revenge in Alexandria 
Al-Akhbar Politics 4 Apr 2013 – Egyptian students from Egypt’s Islamic al-Azhar University shouts slogans as they take part in demonstration in front of Sheikh al-Azhar’s office in Cairo on 2 April 2013 (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Al-Shahed) Egyptian students from Egypt’s Islamic al-Azhar University shouts slogans as they take part in…

No More Khatib-isms for Syrian Opposition 
Al-Akhbar Politics 4 Apr 2013 – Syrian internally displaced people carry their belongings in the Atme camp, along the Turkish border in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, on 19 March 2013. (Photo: AFP – Bulent Kilic) Syrian internally displaced people carry their belongings in the Atme camp, along the Turkish border…

Sudan and Egypt: Islamist Partners or Reluctant Allies? 
Al-Akhbar Politics 4 Apr 2013 – An Egyptian protester holds bread along with a flyer reading in Arabic “Danger, no to loans that lead to poverty” during a rally in downtown Cairo against the visit of a delegation from the International Monetary Fund on 3 April 2013. (Photo: AFP – Khaled Desouki)…

Arbitrary Arrest and Ill-Treatment in Gaza Strip Prison 
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‘Deadlock’ at Iran nuclear talks 
BBC 5 Apr 2013 – Iran has failed to give “a concrete response” to proposals aimed at ending deadlock over its nuclear programme, a Western diplomat at talks in Almaty says.

UN ‘broke’ as Syria funds run out 
BBC 5 Apr 2013 – Unicef warns it will soon be unable to provide “life-saving” aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan and other countries as funding runs out.


Just another Israeli secret service interrogation 
Awad Abdel Fattah, Redress 4/4/2013
      I was fortunate this week. I had a quick and easy crossing from Jordan back into Israel. No delays, no questions, no invasive body searches and no lengthy rummaging through my luggage.
     The border guard sitting next to the computer took my passport, opened it and looked at the screen, presumably to check for any special alert. Unlike previous occasions, she didn’t leave her seat and disappear into another room to take instructions on what to do next. She simply handed back the passport, and I walked outside to my car.
     For years, on almost every occasion, I have been routinely delayed and harassed for no apparent reason upon my return to Israel, whether following a speaking engagement or a personal trip, which I do with increasing infrequency given my treatment by these officials.
     A month ago I went through the humiliating routine on my return from Amman. I find it impossible to let the procedure pass without responding. Possibly, it was this previous, heated exchange that suspended, if only briefly, my expected round of humiliation this week.
     Racism and wanton humiliation
     On that earlier occasion, as so often before, I ended up in an argument with two “security” men from the Shin Bet. (Similar confrontations occur when I arrive at or leave from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport.) After an hour of unnecessary delays, the two asked me to put my bag on a raised bench. One of them opened it and roughly began searching the contents: some clothes and two books.
     I protested angrily: “Why don’t you do that more gently?”
     He answered with a feigned calm: “You must accept everything that happens here in a nice way.” more.. e-mail

The PLO’s dangerous land swaps rhetoric 
Samah Sabawi, Al Jazeera.com 4/3/2013
      The “land swaps” rhetoric is designed to protect the large Israeli settlement blocks and their buffer zones.
     Hailed as one of the best spokespersons for Palestine, veteran diplomat Afif Safieh impressed many during his four-city tour in Canada, earlier this year. 
     Safieh – the author of The Peace Process: From Breakthrough to Breakdown – is also the Palestinian Authority’s roving ambassador for special missions. 
     But while the messenger was admirable, the message was disturbing. 
     Safieh’s high degree of eloquence and refined diplomatic skills were not enough to conceal the current pathetic state of political stagnation and bankrupt strategic thinking that inflict the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Palestinian Authority (PA). 
     Safieh stressed his personal view that international intervention is needed for any peace agreement to be reached with Israel and repeatedly referenced international law as the basis for the demands the Palestinians are making. But his message was greatly compromised by the limitations of his official status as representative of the PLO. 
     In response to threats made by Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird that the PA would face great “consequences” if it decided to make a case against Israel at the International Criminal Court, Safieh assured the Canadian government and the public that the Palestinian leadership has no “immediate plans” to pursue Israel at the ICC. more.. e-mail

A profession in danger 
Fahmi Howeidi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/2/2013
      A group of young journalists, men and women, visited me recently to complain about the pressure that is exerted on them by their editors, particularly in the privately-owned newspapers. They say that they have been asked to favour one party over another in their coverage of events in Egypt. These pressures were only hinted at before but have been applied openly in recent months.
     The seven journalists came not to affirm their complaints but to ask what they should do. They also wanted to express their freedom and search for a solution to the problem of being accused of being aligned to the Muslim Brotherhood simply because they try to perform their professional duties in a balanced way and without prejudice. One of them swore to me three times that he had absolutely no relationship with the Brotherhood and that he had never met any members knowingly in his entire life.
     What sort of pressures were they talking about? They should, their editors tell them, emphasise that the Brotherhood is the aggressor, while the other parties are the victims; photograph the banners that criticise President Morsi and which speak about the rule of the Supreme Guide (of the Brotherhood); emphasise the illegitimacy of the president and the appointment of the attorney general; make constant reference to the null and void status of the constituent assembly and that the constitution was drafted by one party; overstate the number of demonstrators in the provinces and their importance; focus on the Brotherhood’s control of power and their penetration into the organs of the state; stress the movement’s persecution of the Copts and their hostility towards women. Equally, they are told to insist that there is a crisis between the President and the military and demand that the military take to the streets to seize power. more.. e-mail

What Was Wrong With Obama’s Speech In Jerusalem 
Richard Falk, CounterCurrents 3/27/2013
      On what planet has Mr. Obama been living? 
     It was master-crafted as an ingratiating speech by the world’s most important leader and the government that has most consistently championed Israel’s cause over the decades. Enthusiastically received by the audience of Israeli youth, and especially by liberal Jews around the world. Despite the venue, President Obama’s words in Jerusalem on March 21st seemed primarily intended to clear the air somewhat in Washington. Obama
may now have a slightly better chance to succeed in his second legacy-building presidential term despite a deeply polarized U.S. Congress, and a struggling American economy if assessed from the perspective of workers’ distress rather than on the basis of robust corporate profits.
     As for the speech itself, it did possess several redeeming features. It did acknowledge that alongside Israeli security concerns “Palestinian people’s right of self-determination, their right to justice must also be recognized.” This affirmation was followed by the strongest assertion of all: “..put yourself in their shoes. Look at the world through their eyes.” To consider the realities of the conflict through Palestinian eyes is to confront the ugly realities of prolonged occupation, annexationist settlement projects, an unlawful separation wall, generations confined to the misery of refugee camps and exile, second-class citizenship in Israel, ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem, and a myriad of regulations that make the daily life of Palestinians a narrative of humiliation and frustration. Of course, Obama did not dare to do this. None of these realities were specified, being left to the imagination of his audience of Israeli youth, but at least the general injunction to see the conflict through the eyes of the other pointed the way toward empathy and reconciliation….
     In my opinion the speech was deeply flawed in three fundamental respects….. more.. e-mail

In Their Shoes: Obama Failed Palestine
Palestine Chronicle: 5 Apr 2013 – By Uri Avnery  Obama in Israel: Every word right. Every gesture genuine. Every detail in its place. Perfect. Obama in Palestine: Every word wrong. Every gesture inappropriate. Every single detail misplaced. Perfect. It started from the first moment. The President of the United States came to Ramallah. He visited the Mukata’a, the “compound” which serves as the office of the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas. One cannot enter the Mukata’a without noticing the grave of Yasser Arafat, just a few paces from the entrance. It is quite impossible to ignore this landmark while passing it. However, Obama succeeded in doing just that. It was like spitting in the face of the entire Palestinian people. Imagine a foreign dignitary coming to France and not laying a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Or coming to Israel and not visiting Yad Vashem. It is more than insulting. It…more

The Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited, This Time in Korea
Palestine Chronicle: 5 Apr 2013 – By George Katsiaficas The current threat of a major war in Korea is akin to the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, when the US and the USSR nearly waged nuclear war. Peaceful coexistence was assured only after an agreement was reached for Russia to withdraw its missiles from Cuba and for the US to pull its own out of Turkey. In recent weeks, as a similar standoff has escalated in Korea, the US has sent B-2 bombers from Missouri and B-52s from Guam to fly up to the Demilitarized Zone between South and North Korea. These flights are as close to a threat of a first strike—possibly a nuclear one—that the US can make. President Obama’s recent policy shift to an “Asian pivot” is perceived in North Korea as a direct threat to its existence.  Before the Asian pivot, Saddam Hussein agreed to disarm, after which Iraq was invaded and…more

Commandant Guevara and other Poems
Palestine Chronicle: 5 Apr 2013 – By Manash Bhattacharjee Commandant Guevara Man more than memory memory more than man. A scar without a wound in the masks of history. He was no engineer of lies. He was no head in the line of chairs, statues, betrayals. O’ how he would have roared before bullets meant for the guts. How his smile hit the floor as his blood went up in smoke. With untied hands and eyes he was a little luckier than Lorca. A lion heart he yet witnessed the cowardice of men. **** Irony The name which evokes memories of Auschwitz is not Jerusalem. That name is Palestine. *** Republic Day The nation’s beggars sell the nation’s flag in tattered streets to the nation’s capital. The buyer wants the light green. The seller wants it red. Unequal hands transact in reverse haste. The flags flutter without irony. – Manash Bhattacharjee is a poet, writer and scholar from…more

Amer Nasser, 17, His Last Poem
Dissident Voice: 5 Apr 2013 – We have an appointment with death, We have become familiar with our shores of despair … — Samih al-Qasim,  1939 – present On Wednesday late evening (April 3rd) and overnight, two unarmed teenagers, cousins Amer Nassar (17) and Naji Abdul-Karim Balbeisi (18) were shot dead by Israeli Defence Force troops. The two were from the village of Anabta, near the town of Tulkarm, in Palestine’s West Bank. Tulkarm was founded in the 13th century, its name derived from the Aramaic “Toor Karma” meaning “mount of vineyards”. Amer died from a bullet in his chest at 22.30 on Wednesday night, according to eye witnesses. Hearing shots, three boys from the village went out and found Amer lying on the ground, with soldiers standing over him. When they tried to reach him, the soldiers opened fire, injuring one, Fadi Abu-A’sr, in the arm, and he was  subsequently hospitalized. The three say that…more

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