VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 9 April 2013

9 April 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Palestinians mark 65th anniversary of Deir Yassin massacre
IMEMC – In Palestine and around the world on Tuesday, Palestinians and their supporters held vigils and events to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the massacre of over one hundred Palestinian civilians in Deir Yassin village, in what is now Israel. …

Ma’an News

Israeli bulldozers enter border area in south Gaza
4/9/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli bulldozers entered an area in the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, Ma’an’s reporter said. Nine bulldozers conducted a limited incursion east of Khan Younis, entering around 200 meters into the area and digging up local land. Palestinian farmers fled the area for fear of being….

Bethlehem photographer stable after being shot in face
4/9/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A photographer from Bethlehem is in a stable condition after being shot in the face by Israeli forces with a rubber-coated steel bullet on Monday, medics said. Muhammad al-Azza, 23, was shot in Aida refugee camp while covering clashes between youths and Israeli forces. He was taken to the Arab Society…. Related: Tear gas canister explodes in Bethlehem school and 2 Palestinians injured in clashes in Bethlehem

Israeli forces uproot 300 olive, almond trees in Hebron
4/9/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces uprooted over 300 olive and almond trees in a Hebron village on Tuesday, a local official said. Agricultural committee coordinator in Hebron Murad al-Jabarin told Ma’an that Israeli forces destroyed the trees in al-Rahwa village south of Hebron. The village is constantly targeted by Israeli forces, he added. [END]

Settlers set fire to olive trees near Hebron
4/9/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) – Israeli settlers on Wednesday set fire into a number of olive trees east of Yatta. Locals told Ma’an that a number of settlers set fire into 10 olive trees east of Yatta near Maon settlement. The land is owned by Ibrahim Khalil Rabi. Settlers showered farmers with stones while….

Female student injured by settler vehicle in Hebron
4/9/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A female student was injured on Tuesday after being hit by a settler vehicle in the Hebron area, medics said. Alaa Diab Hasan received bruises and serious leg injuries after being knocked down by a settler riding a motorcycle near Beit Ummar. A crowd of people prevented the motorcyclist from leaving….

Tear gas canister explodes in Bethlehem school
4/9/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli tear gas canister exploded in a school near Bethlehem on Tuesday, injuring several people, locals said. The unexploded Israeli canister was found by children at Al-Khansa school in Tuqu and released gas after students began playing with it. Eleven students and two teachers were injured and three students and…. Related: Bethlehem photographer stable after being shot in face and 2 Palestinians injured in clashes in Bethlehem

2 Palestinians injured in clashes in Bethlehem
4/9/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians and an Israeli soldier were injured on Tuesday in clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian youngsters in Aida refugee camp north of Bethlehem, locals said. The clashes started at noon, and two Palestinians were taken to the hospital after beinginjured with rubber-coated steel bullets. An Israeli soldier was hit…. Related: Bethlehem photographer stable after being shot in face and Tear gas canister explodes in Bethlehem school

Gaza crossing closed for second day
4/9/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel sealed its border with Gaza on Tuesday for the second day in a row after militants fired a rocket into the Negev desert on Sunday evening. A Palestinian liaison official told Ma’an that Israel kept the Kerem Shalom crossing closed for security reasons. A rocket fired from….

Barghouti: Deir Yassin massacre has not ended
4/9/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The massacre at Deir Yassin in 1948 is still going on today, lawmaker Mustafa Barghouti said Tuesday, as Palestinians mark the 65th year since Jewish militias murdered over 100 Palestinian villagers.” What happened 65 years ago in Deir Yassin was a horrible massacre which prepared the ground for the ethnic cleansing….

Israeli forces detain 3 in Salfit
4/9/2013 – SALFIT (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Tuesday detained three Palestinians from Haris village west of Salfit, locals told Ma’an. Israeli forces raided the houses of Bara Sultan, 17, Rami Sousa, 18, and Ahmad Kolaib, 19, and detained them at 2 a. m. Ahmad’s brother told Ma’an that soldiers…. Related: Salfit’s rich agriculture threatened by factory development and settlers’ sewage

Israeli settler gets life for 1997 Palestinian murders
4/9/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — An Israeli court on Tuesday sentenced an extreme rightwing US-born Jewish settler to two life terms in prison for the murder of two Palestinians in 1997. Jack Teitel, 40, was found guilty in January of murdering a bus driver and a shepherd as well as of two separate attempted murders, illegal possession of….

Govt: Turkey delays raid compensation talks with Israel
4/9/2013 – ANKARA (AFP) — Turkey has delayed the start of talks this week with Israel over compensation that Israel will pay to victims of a deadly 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, the government said.” The compensation meeting with Israel has been delayed to April 21 or 22,” Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told reporters after a….

Report: US defense secretary due in Israel on April 21
4/9/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — US Defens
e Secretary Chuck Hagel is due in Israel for an official visit on April 21 on his first trip to the region since taking over as head of the Pentagon, Israel’s army radio reported on Tuesday. Israeli officials had no immediate comment on the report which said Hagel had been….

Iran unveils new uranium mines, production facility
4/9/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran unveiled on Tuesday a new uranium production facility and two extraction mines, only days after talks with world powers on its disputed nuclear program again ended in deadlock. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hailed the advances and boasted of mastery over “the entire chain of nuclear energy,” while demanding that the work be accelerated….

Kerry juggling pieces of Mideast peace puzzle
4/9/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Top US diplomat John Kerry met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday on the third day of talks seeking to piece together a plan to persuade Israelis and Palestinians to return to negotiations. Speaking to reporters late on Monday, Kerry said he was pursuing a “quiet strategy” for ending decades of mistrust…. Related: Kerry: Mideast peace to be done ‘right’ not rushed and Kerry wraps up ‘very constructive’ Mideast trip

Kerry: Mideast peace to be done ‘right’ not rushed
4/9/2013 – BEN GURION AIRPORT, Israel (AFP) — Resuming frozen negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians must be done ‘right’ rather than being rushed, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday after three days of talks with the region’s leaders.” Each of the leaders that I met with assured me that they…. Related: Kerry juggling pieces of Mideast peace puzzle and Kerry wraps up ‘very constructive’ Mideast trip

Kerry wraps up ‘very constructive’ Mideast trip
4/9/2013 – TEL AVIV, Israel (AFP) — Top US diplomat John Kerry on Tuesday wrapped up three days of “very constructive” talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, pledging new efforts to help the West Bank economy as he sought to bring the sides back to the table. Speaking to reporters shortly before leaving for London, a cautious Kerry…. Related: Kerry juggling pieces of Mideast peace puzzle and Kerry: Mideast peace to be done ‘right’ not rushed

Israel accused of ‘arrogance’ over Morocco MPs
4/9/2013 – RABAT (AFP) — Morocco’s parliament speaker accused Israel on Tuesday of arrogance for having barred two Moroccan MPs in an EU-led parliamentary team from entering the West Bank to meet Palestinian officials. Karim Ghellab, in a statement, condemned what he branded a “discriminatory and arrogant act”. On Monday, Israeli authorities barred the two MPs….

Israel to launch i24news TV in English, French, Arabic
4/9/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — A new Israeli television channel called “i24news” that will go out in English, French and Arabic is to begin broadcasting by summer this year, it said on Tuesday. The channel, which is based in Jaffa Port just south of Tel Aviv, aims to rival global news outlets like Al-Jazeera and France 24, its….

Gaza salaries to be released Thursday
4/9/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Finance minister in the Gaza Strip government Ziad Al-Thatha announced on Tuesday that public sector employees would be paid salaries on Thursday. Al-Thatha said in a statement that the salaries would be distributed at the post offices in the sector and Islamic Bank branches. The payments will go to about….

2 injured in road accident in Hebron
4/9/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Two people were injured on Tuesday in a road accident between a military vehicle and a civilian car in Hebron, medics said. The two injured were taken to al-Ahli Hospital with minor injuries. [END]

Iraq marks a decade since the fall of Baghdad
4/9/2013 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Iraq on Tuesday marks a decade since US-led forces took control of Baghdad, sealing the ouster of Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime, but the country remains plagued by deadly attacks and mired in political crises. Remembered the world over for the iconic images of Iraqis pulling down a statue of Saddam in….

UN: Syria refugee aid at ‘breaking point’
4/9/2013 – GENEVA (AFP) — Aid operations for Syrian refugees have reaching breaking point in the face of a massive funding shortfall, amid fears that the number of people fleeing the war-torn nation could triple, a senior UN official warned Tuesday.” We want to ring the alarm bell. We are at a breaking point,” said Panos Moumtzis, regional….

Colleague: Dutch journalist detained in Egypt
4/9/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — A Dutch journalist has been detained in Cairo after a group of Egyptians who accused her of spying as she made interviews handed her over to police, a colleague said Tuesday. The freelance journalist, Rena Netjes, was interviewing people for a story on youth unemployment on Monday when passers-by accused her of spying….

Egypt satirist faces new probe for ‘insulting Pakistan’
4/9/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian prosecutors are probing new complaints against popular satirist Bassem Youssef, this time for “insulting Pakistan” and “spreading atheism,” judicial sources told AFP on Tuesday. The wildly popular Youssef — whose weekly political satire programme Al-Bernameg (The Show) has spared few public figures of merciless critique — is currently on bail pending investigation into charges….

Palestine News Network

Israel to Evict Up Eight Families in Jordan Valley
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Uproot Hundreds of Olive Trees in Hebron
Palestine News Network

Israeli Soldiers Arrest Palestinian Wounded Earlier Near Tulkarm
Palestine News Network

Israeli Military Infiltrate Gaza Borders
Palestine News Network

Students Suffocate from Tear Gas Bombs Left Behind by Israeli Soldiers
Palestine News Network

Israeli Army Arrests Nine People in West Bank
Palestine News Network

Anonymous: Israel’s Losses Estimated at 3 Billion Dollars
Palestine News Network

Weather Forecast: Cloudy, Cold and Scattered Showers
Palestine News Network

Our Enemies Are Known, The Emir of Qatar is Not One of Them
Palestine News Network

‘Countless’ Reasons for World to Push Israel on Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Groups Discuss Israeli Violation with Europeans
Palestine News Network

Abbas Arrives in Doha for Follow Up Committee Meeting
Palestine News Network

Deir Yassin Massacre Remembered
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Salfit’s rich agriculture threatened by factory development and settlers’ sewage
4/9/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 3th April 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Salfit, Occupied Palestine, By Team Nablus – Illegal Israeli factory settlements in Salfit are threatening to damage the rich agricultural land of the surrounding villages and are adding a health risk already escalating due to sewage flow from illegal Israeli settlements in Salfit. Salfit municipality representatives said that some of…. Related: Israeli forces detain 3 in Salfit

Tree planting met by tear gas and settlers’ death threats
4/9/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 27th March 2013, International Solidarity Movement,  Qaryut, Occupied Palestine, By Team Nablus – In commemoration of Land Day, five hundred villagers planted trees on land banned from cultivation for 17 years in the Palestinian village  of Qaryut. The action was met by tear gas by Israeli soldiers and threats from Israeli settlers. On 27 March, this action….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: UNRWA reopens its installations in Gaza
Relief Web 9 Apr 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory 09 April 2013 Gaza Based on the assurances UNRWA in Gaza received from different local parties, the Agency will reopen its installations across…

occupied Palestinian territory: UNRWA reopens food distribution centres in Gaza
Relief Web 9 Apr 2013 – Source: IRIN Country: occupied Palestinian territory GAZA, 9 April 2013 (IRIN) – UN-run relief and distribution centres in Gaza, which provide food to around 25,000 people a day, reopened today after guarantees were given about the security of staff. “UNRWA…

The National

Egypt’s Christian pope slams Islamist president
The National 9 Apr 2013 – The leader of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church has blasted Mohammed Morsi over his handling of recent deadly sectarian violence, including an attack on the main cathedral in Cairo.

US ready to base new Middle East talks on Arab peace plan
The National 9 Apr 2013 – John Kerry resurrects a plan previously ignored by Israel in his attempt to promote peace between the Jewish state and the Palestinians. Hugh Naylor reports from Ramallah 

‘Re-register Sim or face disconnection’, du customers told
The National 9 Apr 2013 – Customers of du who missed the deadline to re-register their Sim cards have been warned they have less than a week before their lines are disconnected.

UAE siblings with impairments call for more social support
The National 9 Apr 2013 – Aged between 22 and 54, the four brothers and two sisters from Al Haniya, in Fujairah, say that, as well as their disabilities, they have to deal with issues such as debt, lack of community centres and decrepit housing.

Margaret Thatcher splits the UK, even in death
The National 9 Apr 2013 – Britain’s first female prime minister shook the country to the core in her 11 years in power, but she was loved and loathed in equal measure. Omar Karmi reports from London 

Photos from 1960s portray an Abu Dhabi long gone
The National 9 Apr 2013 – The son of a British airman who flew for Gulf Aviation 50 years ago returns with a pictorial legacy of the pre-oil years of the desert city.

Tehran ramps up uranium production as US unveils ‘revolutionary’ weapon for Gulf
The National 9 Apr 2013 – The moves come days after the latest round of nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers, including the United States, end in deadlock. Michael Theodoulou reports 

Phillipine poll vote machines get all clear for UAE run
The National 9 Apr 2013 – Filipino expatriates and government officials gathered at the Philippine Embassy yesterday for the final testing of the optical-scan voting machines ahead of the start of polling on Saturday.

Ha’aretz

Israeli mayor apologizes for ‘illegal’ Passover gift of day off to city workers
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2013

Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar: Israel’s policy is to deport illegal infiltrators
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2013

Parachute sport accidents becoming more prevalent among amateur enthusiasts, Israeli investigator warns
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2013

Sharanksy to Haaretz: Western Wall proposal means not putting women at back of the bus
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2013

Israeli leaders, British immigrants remember Margaret Thatcher as admirer of country’s ‘grit and guts’
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2013

Israeli watchdog urges Knesset to cut short summer vacation
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2013

Israeli students’ grades are rising, but their achievements are not
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2013

With Netanyahu’s consent, Kerry pledges steps to help Palestinian economy
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2013

Israeli court denies parole to Jewish extremist who tried to bomb Muslim school
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2013

Jerusalem police chief warns women: Don’t wear prayer shawls at Western Wall
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2013

Sick Israeli debtor gets house call from judge
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2013

Despite Lapid’s denial on Facebook: Israel’s treasury discussing tuition hikes with students
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2013

Haifa court sentences Israeli Arab to 7 years for spying on behalf of Hezbollah
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2013

Israeli life in numbers: a story of yawning economic gaps
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2013

Israeli border policeman convicted of robbing Palestinian store in West Bank
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2013

Swastikas scrawled on park sign on Israel’s Holocaust Day
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2013

Jewish terrorist Jack Tytell gets two life sentences for murder of Palestinians
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2013

Netanyahu: Talks with Palestinians must first address recognition and security
Ha’aretz – 9 Apr 2013

Jerusalem Post

Deputy religious affairs min. lauds ‘gets’ ruling
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – Ruling states that husbands who refuse divorce from their wives can be imprisoned indefinitely. 

Egyptian poll shows Morsi popularity at all-time low
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – Results show that despite low opinion there is no viable alternative to Morsi and that he still would gain the majority of support. 

Thatcher and Israel
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – “Thatcher’s admiration for Israel is expressed clearly in her memoirs: They really made the desert bloom.” 

Remembering Margaret Thatcher
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – British leader’s “support for Jewish causes” more pertinent to Finchley demographics; Jewish people lost “faithful friend.” 

Students threaten protest over rumors of cuts
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – National Union of Israeli Students says information on cutbacks in higher education came from Finance Ministry. 

Honoring the ‘Yom-Ha’s in an age of delegitimization
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – Citizens continue to confront “delegitimization” by observing the “three modern moments that have become sacred.” 

Never any downtime for ‘settler’ bashing
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – Israeli scrutiny of other Jews common place among media, leaders; “appeases” PA. 

Lapid avoids Knesset, denies cuts to higher education
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – Opposition leader Yacimovich storms out of plenum when finance minister decides to respond to issue on Facebook, instead of appearing before Knesset; Gafni: Lapid is a coward, running away from democracy. 

Terra incognita: The haredim and Yom Hashoah
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – Media “excoriate” haredim with reports of “desecration” on Holocaust Remembrance Day. 

A threat too serious to ignore
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – Israel should take action on Holocaust-related issues as some “culprits” likely to take over EU presidency. 

Israeli-Arab Hezbollah spy gets 7 years sentence
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – Court convicts Milad Hatib of espionage; spy was supposed to provide information about president’s security detail. 

Sa’ar: Gov’t needs to work to send migrants home
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – Interior minister visits south TA, calls migrant issue “one of the most difficult, loaded problems facing Israeli society.” 

Israel Festival features Jazz around the world
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – Jazz musicians at Israel Festival lineup “meager”; international representation offers variety. 

A truly golden Israel Festival this year
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – Patrons can have a field day selecting which top-notch local and international performances they want to see. 

NY baby didn’t contract HIV from circumcision
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – Fox News revises report that infant contracted HIV after controversial circumcision practice; health concerns still stand. 

National state of emergency extended by 3 months
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – Number of emergency orders reduced by two-thirds in recent years; state of emergency has existed since 1948. 

Ariel approves east Talpiot housing for elderly
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – Minister okays construction of public housing units for Holocaust survivors in J’lem neighborhood beyond Green Line. 

Security forces say they solved 2 terror stabbings
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – 2 men charged with attempted murder for incidents earlier this year; one originally intended to murder a soldier. 

Israeli takes over OpIsrael hacktivist website
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – For second time in one week, Israeli seizes control of website for those seeking to hack Israeli sites, posts pro-Israel facts, video. 

Barbra Streisand adds second show in Israel
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – After first show sells out of regular tickets, promoter decides to add a second show on June 22 at Bloomfield Stadium. 

Quake hits near Iran’s nuclear city Bushehr, 30 dead
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – 800 people injured in quake; Russian company that built the nuclear power station says no damage to plant. 

‘Jewish Terrorist’ sentenced to life for murder
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – Tytell given two life sentences, additional 30 years for murder of two Palestinians, other assorted crimes. 

Labor MK tells Lapid: You’re Thatcher with hair gel
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – New Finance Minister under fire for rumored hikes to university tuition; Lapid denies rumors, accuses student union of spin. 

PM invites any US plan to restart peace talks
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – Kerry working to bridge gaps between Israel and Palestinians, even as both sides add demands for resuming negotiations. 

Thatcher remembered for a
ffection for UK Jewry

Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – As PM she named five Jews to her cabinet; in the 1930’s Thatcher’s family took in an Austrian refugee. 

Kerry: No ‘open-ended, endless’ Iran nuke talks
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – US secretary of state meets with PM Netanyahu and Peres for talks that also touch on peace process. 

The slow death of European Jewry
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – The harsh truth is that Jews in Europe are once more being hounded, harassed and physically threatened 

Munich 11 athlete inducted to Sports Hall of Fame
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – Member of weightlifting team of Israel’s delegation at 1972 Munich Olympics will be part of National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. 

Hackers briefly crash PM’s Office, Likud websites
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – Avent security says Anonymous hackers successfully crash PMO site; @OPIsrael claims to have affected numerous other gov’t sites. 

Iraqi al-Qaida wing: Nusra is our Syrian branch
Jerusalem Post 9 Apr 2013 – Abu Bakr Baghdadi declares rebels’ Nusra Front is extension of Islamic State in Iraq and will jointly go under same name. 

The Guardian

John Kerry: talks with Netanyahu and Abbas ‘very constructive’
The Guardian 9 Apr 2013 – US secretary of state ends three-day visit after separate meetings with Israeli prime minister and Palestinian president John Kerry, the US secretary of state, left Israel on Tuesday after what he described as “very constructive” talks…

Inter Press Service

OP-ED: Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood and Democracy: A Sputtering Start
IPS The governing programme of Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood has been disappointing. His commitment to genuine democracy has been faltering, and his efforts at inclusion and political tolerance have been wanting. Morsi’s actions against the Egyptian comedian Basim Yousif belie his initial statements supporting tolerance, inclusion, and…

Uruknet

America’s Hired Death Squads and Torture Teams Are Still Operating in Iraq
Uruknet

The system in place The arrest of acclaimed musician, Oday Khatib, sheds light on Israel’s draconian system of arrest and detention.
Uruknet

PCHR Strongly Condemns the Arbitrary Detention of Young Men and Cutting of their Hair by the Palestinian Police in Gaza
Uruknet

Military Resistance 11D4 : Six and Eleven
Uruknet

Samir Amin talks to Ahram Online on future of Egypt’s revolution
Uruknet

Expert comments on new book revealing Brotherhood recruitment tactics
Uruknet

Palestinians Claim Israel has Repeatedly Violated Gaza Ceasefire
Uruknet

Leaked diplomatic complains of repeated detention of US diplomats at Jalameh’s checkpoint
Uruknet

Atrocities in Afghanistan: A Troubling Timetable *Updated*
Uruknet

Qusin villagers prevented from planting olive trees on their land by Israeli army
Uruknet

Daily Star

3 Ga.-based soldiers killed in Afghanistan attack
Daily Star 9 Apr 2013 The Army says three soldiers based at Fort Stewart in southeast Georgia died in a weekend suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan that also killed an American diplomat.

Egypt’s revolutionary cleric suspended over sermon
Daily Star 9 Apr 2013 A Muslim cleric who became known as “the preacher of the revolution” for his sermons in Tahrir Square during the uprising against ousted President Hosni Mubarak and subsequent anti-government protests said he was suspended Tuesday by…

Quake hits near Iran’s nuclear city Bushehr, 37 dead
Daily Star 9 Apr 2013 A powerful earthquake struck close to Iran’s only nuclear power station on Tuesday, killing 37 people and injuring hundreds as it devastated small villages, state media reported.

Dutch reporter victim of citizen arrest in Egypt
Daily Star 9 Apr 2013 A Dutch journalist working in Egypt said she was released Tuesday from nearly 12 hours in police custody after an Egyptian vigilante arrested her and turned her over to authorities.

Syrian opposition group denounces rebel unit for torture
Daily Star 9 Apr 2013 The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights denounced on Tuesday a rebel battalion it said has tortured and extorted residents in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo.

Iran unveils uranium sites, renews defiant tone
Daily Star 9 Apr 2013 With words of defiance, Iran announced two nuclear-related projects Tuesday that expand capabilities to extract and process uranium.

France wants talks on listing Al-Nusra as ‘terrorists’
Daily Star 9 Apr 2013 France said Tuesday that it wanted to hold talks with its European partners and in the UN Security Council on whether to list Syria’s Al-Nusra Front rebel group as a terrorist organisation.

Jordan, Iraq sign oil-gas pipeline deal: state media
Daily Star 9 Apr 2013 An Iraqi official said on Tuesday Amman and Baghdad have signed a deal to extend an $18-billion pipeline to the Red Sea city of Aqaba to export crude and supply Jordan with oil and gas.

YNet News

British supermarket chain finds horse drug in beef
YNet News, 9 Apr 2013 – ….

Sharansky’s Kotel plan: Mixed area where women can don prayer shawls 
YNet News, 9 Apr 2013 – ….

Syrian militant group unites with al-Qaeda in Iraq
YNet News, 9 Apr 2013 – ….

Report: NKorea ready for trial launch of ballistic missile
YNet News, 9 Apr 2013 – ….

Break monopoly on Judaism
YNet News, 9 Apr 2013 – Op-ed: Haredi-free government offers great opportunity to separate religion and state, reduce corruption ….

Settlements not main issue
YNet News, 9 Apr 2013 – Op-ed: Abbas trying to divert attention from real Palestinian problems; Obama takes the bait ….

Palestine Information Center

Resheq: Deir Yassin massacre will remain a witness to Israeli terrorism
PIC – Ezzat al-Resheq, a member of Hamas politburo, said that the massacre of Deir Yassin will remain a witness to the Israeli ongoing terrorism against the Palestinian land, people and holy sites.

IOF to demolish 8 houses in the Northern Jordan Valley
PIC – IOF notified on Tuesday afternoon 8 citizens from Ain al-Hilweh in Wadi al-Maleh in the Northern Jordan Valley to evacuate the region, claiming it is a military zone where construction is prohibited.

Mansour Muqida, paraplegic in Israeli jail, on hunger strike for 8th day
PIC – Paraplegic prisoner Mansour Muqida said he is determined to continue the hunger strike he started eight days ago in protest at the medical neglect policy in the infirmary of the Ramla prison.

Haneyya discusses with Egyptian Intelligence Minister latest developments
PIC – Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haneyya discussed with the Egyptian Intelligence Minister Raafat Shehata the latest Palestinian developments especially the Israeli breaches of the truce agreement.

Formation of European medical team to examine the sick prisoners
PIC – Palestinian doctors in Europe announced their intention to form a European medical team to examine the Palestinian patient prisoners and provide them with necessary treatment.

UNRWA reopens its Gaza offices after reassurances
PIC – The UNRWA decided to reopen all its food distribution and social service centers in the Gaza Strip after receiving assurances from the Palestinian government about the safety of its employees.

Jewish settler driving a motorcycle hit Palestinian young woman in al-Khalil
PIC – A Palestinian young woman was injured on Tuesday after being hit by a settler’s motorbike, at the entrance to Beit Ummar village north of al-Khalil, medics said.

European efforts underway to have hunger striker Issawi released
PIC – The European commission said it started efforts to have Palestinian prisoner Samer Issawi, on hunger strike for about 261 days, released from an Israeli jail.

71 Palestinian prisoners killed under torture in custody
PIC – A Palestinian human rights association accused Israeli military courts of being responsible for the death of more than 70 Palestinians in occupation jails after being subjected to severe torture.

IOF soldiers chop down 350 trees south of Al-Khalil
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) chopped down around 350 almond and olive trees near Daheriya town, south of Al-Khalil, on Tuesday morning.

WAFA

Israeli Soldiers Demolish Well, Farm House near Hebron
WAFA – 9 Apr 2013

Israel Arrests Ashkelon Prisoners’ Parents
WAFA – 9 Apr 2013

Ministry says 38 Children Died from Landmines Since 1967
WAFA – 9 Apr 2013

US Secretary of State Kerry Calls Abbas
WAFA – 9 Apr 2013

After Years of Work, Roots of Peace Starts Demining West Bank
WAFA – 9 Apr 2013

Abbas Discusses Peace Process with Qatar’s Emir
WAFA – 9 Apr 2013

Jordan Valley Residents Ordered with Eviction
WAFA – 9 Apr 2013

Israeli Force Uproots Hundreds of Trees
WAFA – 9 Apr 2013

Palestinian Wounded Earlier Near Tulkarm Arrested
WAFA – 9 Apr 2013

Newspapers Review: John Kerry’s mission Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 9 Apr 2013

Israeli Military Infiltrate Gaza Borders
WAFA – 9 Apr 2013

Students Suffocate from Tear Gas Bombs Left Behind by Israeli Soldiers
WAFA – 9 Apr 2013

Israeli Army Arrests Nine People in West Bank
WAFA – 9 Apr 2013

Misc

Old animosities thrive in post-Kadafi Libya
LA Times 9 Apr 2013 – Tribesmen’s insistence on trying Seif Islam Kadafi, the former leader’s son, themselves is emblematic of the divisions that roil the country. ZINTAN, Libya — The prized scion of Moammar Kadafi is a prisoner of tribesmen in these mountains of scrub and ocher rock.

Iraqi Branch of Al Qaeda Merges With Syria Jihadists
New York Times 9 Apr 2013 – The announcement appeared to further strengthen the role of Islamic militants in the Syrian insurgency. 

Coptic Christian Leader Criticizes Morsi Government
New York Times 9 Apr 2013 – Pope Tawadros II, the Coptic pope, accused President Morsi’s government of “delinquency” and “misjudgments” for failing to prevent sectarian fighting. 

Iran Expands Nuclear Fuel Production After Talks
New York Times 9 Apr 2013 – Iran struck a newly defiant tone over its nuclear dispute with the big powers in the aftermath of diplomatic talks over the weekend that apparently made no progress. 

The Man Behind the Casualty Figures in Syria
New York Times 9 Apr 2013 – The grandly named Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is virtually a one-man band, run by Rami Abdul Rahman from a drab industrial city in Britain. 

2 Life Terms for U.S. Immigrant to Israel
New York Times 9 Apr 2013 – Known as “the Jewish terrorist,” Yaakov Teitel, who lived in a West Bank settlement, was convicted of killing two Palestinians in 1997. 

Kerry Talks Up Palestinian Economic Development
New York Times 9 Apr 2013 – After three days of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials, Secretary of State John Kerry said a new initiative would aim to create jobs and economic security in the West Bank. 

The Lede: Egyptian Violence Raises Anxiety Over Islamists’ Rhetoric About Minorities
New York Times 8 Apr 2013 – Some members of the Muslim Brotherhood have demonstrated a willingness to engage in sectarian rhetoric, especially when video cameras are rolling. 

Tshuva seeks to delist Delek Israel 
Globes Energy & Water – Yitzhak Tshuva’s Delek Group is offering NIS 86.55 per share for the public’s holding, a 10% premium over today’s opening price.

FIMI postpones El Al investment
Globes Main News – FIMI has consolidated the first two stages of the deal into a single investment to be made after the carrier’s new labor contract is signed.

Yones: Land Administration is biggest profiteer
Globes Main News – Mizrahi Tefahot Bank CEO Eli Yones: The ILA is a monopoly selling the little land that it has at inflated prices.

Bread prices to fall for first time since 2009
Globes Main News – The government will lower price-controlled bread prices due to the drop in wheat and energy prices on international markets.

Tue: Telcos continue recovery
Globes Main News – Mobile carriers Cellcom and Partner rose strongly, as did Bezeq, but Gazit-Globe fell sharply.

“Bloomberg”: Shekel strongest currency in first quarter
Globes Main News – “Bloomberg” says that the shekel had the best performance of the 31 currencies it monitors.

The Dead Sea won’t go to London with Idan Ofer
Globes Macro Economics – A package deal is needed for the tycoons, which should include levying a real tax, a just distribution of the profits, and lowering the level of hostility.

Give Tel Aviv greater powers 
Globes Macro Economics – Eyal Zaum argues that Tel Aviv must be allowed to compete against other global cities.

Gov’t deficit triples
Globes Macro Economics – The deficit rose to NIS 4.6 billion in the first quarter, from NIS 1.6 billion in the first quarter of 2012.

Samer Issawi’s ‘hunger speech’ to Israelis
Mondoweiss – The following was posted on the Youth Against Settlements website : Samer Issawi Hunger Speech by Samer Issawi Israelis: I am Samer Issawi on hunger strike for eight consecutive months, laying in one of your hospitals called Kaplan. On my body is a medical devise connected to…

In landmark case on Israel and Jewish identity, British tribunal says anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism
Mondoweiss – An important case in Britain, pointed out to me by Abdeen Jabara and Antony Loewenstein, who writes , “Memo to British Zionists; being anti-Zionist [is] as human as oxygen: Witness the debacle within the British Zionist establishment, via Haaretz , and the increasingly desperate ways that so-called leaders…

Thatcher pushed for Palestinians to be merged into Jordan
Mondoweiss – Watch for Israeli canonization of the greengrocer’s daughter! From the Chicago Tribune, in 1986, two years before the PLO said it would accept a Palestinian state on less than one-fourth of historical Palestine, Thatcher was saying that the Palestinian leadership was unacceptable, and no partner for peace….

Citing criticism from Zionists, NYRB’s Silvers brags on 4 Israeli writers (and not a word about Judt)
Mondoweiss – Happy birthday to the New York Review of Books, now 50 years old. Robert Silvers has a conversation with Mark Danner at New York Magazine about the publication. Of course, Israel is an inevitable topic. But Golda Meir and Isaiah Berlin? Old school. On the Middle…

Women of the Wall’s Anat Hoffman Supports Plan for Egalitarian Kotel 
The Foward Breaking News 9 Apr 2013 – The proposal to create an expanded section for egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall has picked up a crucial supporter in Anat Hoffman. But she is wary of the interim period. Click here for the rest of the article…

Kerry Vows To Help Boost West Bank Economy 
The Foward Breaking News 9 Apr 2013 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he had agreed to work with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to boost economic growth in the occupied West Bank as he seeks ways to revive Middle East peace talks. Click here for the rest of the article……
American Settler Gets Life for Killing Palestinians 
The Foward Breaking News 9 Apr 2013 – The Jerusalem District Court sentenced Jewish terrorist Yaakov (Jack) Tytell on Tuesday to two life terms as well as an additional 30 years in prison, after he was convicted in January on two counts of murder and additional counts of assault. Click here for the rest…

John Kerry Works To Boost Economy of West Bank 
The Foward Breaking News 9 Apr 2013 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he had agreed to work with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to boost economic growth in the occupied West Bank as he seeks ways to revive Middle East peace talks. Click here for the rest of the article……

The Tipping Point? 
The Forward Editorial 9 Apr 2013 – FORWARD EDITORIAL : For all the fresh faces in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet, one thing has stayed depressingly constant: The paltry number of women. Click here for the rest of the article…

IRS Rules Permit Charities To Say Little About Money Sent Overseas 
The Forward New 9 Apr 2013 – American charities were once forced to disclose basic information about grants they make overseas, such as supporting Israeli groups or illegal settlements. Not anymore. Click here for the rest of the article…

Sharansky To Propose Egalitarian Section at the Kotel 
The Forward New 9 Apr 2013 – EXCLUSIVE: Natan Sharansky will propose expanding the Western Wall plaza to include an egalitarian prayer section. Will it be enough for women trying to pray at Judaism’s holiest site? Click here for the rest of the article…

David Stav Aims To Oust Haredim From Israeli Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Post 
The Forward New 9 Apr 2013 – Israel’s Haredim have already been excluded from the new government. If David Stav gets his way, they will no longer control the rabbinate, either. Click here for the rest of the article…

Deadly quake hits south-west Iran 
BBC 9 Apr 2013 – A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hits Iran’s Bushehr province, killing more than 30 but leaving a nearby nuclear power plant unaffected, officials say.

Egyptian Pope Tawadros rebukes Morsi 
BBC 9 Apr 2013 – The leader of Egypt’s Coptic Christians accuses the country’s president of “negligence” following deadly clashes outside the main cathedral in Cairo.

Syria’s al-Nusra ‘part of al-Qaeda’ 
BBC 9 Apr 2013 – The leader of the Iraqi wing of al-Qaeda says his group will merge with al-Nusra Front in Syria under a new name.

Iran unveils new uranium activities 
BBC 9 Apr 2013 – Iran says it has begun operations at two uranium mines and a uranium ore processing plant, furthering its capacity to produce nuclear material.

Don’t Shy Away From Calling it Sectarian 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 9 Apr 2013 – Cairo – Sunday’s attack on the St. Mark Cathedral reeked of sectarianism. Despite attempts to paint it as politically driven or theorizing about paid thugs ordered to instigate trouble, the sight of teargas raining down on the cathedral’s yard begged to differ. Sectarianism didn’t only emanate…

Has Taif Outlived its Function? 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 9 Apr 2013 – The state in Lebanon is actually civil, but we should purify the constitution from some of Taif’s digressions. (Photo: Marwan Bu Haidar) The state in Lebanon is actually civil, but we should purify the constitution from some of Taif’s digressions. (Photo: Marwan Bu Haidar) Politicians throw…

Egypt court to investigate Bassem Youssef for “insulting Pakistan” 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Apr 2013 – Egyptians watch comedian Bassem Youssef’s show as they sit at a public coffee shop on 5 April 2013 in Cairo. (Photo: AFP – Gianluigi Guercia) Egyptian prosecutors are probing new complaints against popular satirist Bassem Youssef, this time for “insulting Pakistan” and “spreading atheism,” judicial sources…

Website leaks Lebanon tribunal witness list 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Apr 2013 – A new online group that calls itself “Journalists for the Truth” has published the identities of 163 alleged witnesses to Lebanon’s tribunal set up to investigate the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The group’s website provides photos of witnesses who may testify before the…

Israeli settler gets life sentences for killing Palestinians 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Apr 2013 – Israeli settler Yaakov Teitel flashes the “V” for victory sign prior to the start of his trial at the Jerusalem District Court on 9 April 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ahmad Gharabli) An Israeli court sentenced a Jewish settler on Tuesday to two life terms in prison…

Tammam Salam Interview: I Am Your Savior, Maybe 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Apr 2013 – Lebanon’s newly named Prime Minister Tammam Salam is equiped before an interview following his official appointment, on 6 April 2013 at his home in the Lebanese capital Beirut. (Photo: AFP – Anwar Amro) Lebanon’s newly named Prime Minister Tammam Salam is equiped before an interview following…

Palestine: Inside Samer al-Issawi’s Home 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Apr 2013 – Young Palestinian protesters hold portraits of Samer Issawi, a Palestinian prisoner who has been on a hunger strike for more than 200 days, during a solidarity sit-in outside the Red Cross offices in Jerusalem on 14 March 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ahmad Ghatabli) Young Palestinian protesters…

Al-Qaeda in Iraq announces merger with Syrian rebel group 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Apr 2013 – A fighter from Islamist Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra runs with his weapon as t
heir base is shelled in Raqqa province, eastern Syria, on 14 March 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Hamid Khatib) Al-Qaeda’s branch in Iraq said it has merged with Syria’s Islamist Jabhat al-Nusra, a…

Revisiting US-Arab Diplomacy: Operation Boulder and the Oil Embargo 
Al-Akhbar Series and Features 8 Apr 2013 – LNG and CNG fuel pumps are seen at a Blu LNG filling station in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 13, 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Jim Urquhart) LNG and CNG fuel pumps are seen at a Blu LNG filling station in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 13,…

Lebanon: Hezbollah and Aoun Give New PM a Chance 
Al-Akhbar Politics 8 Apr 2013 – Aside from its keenness on internal stability, the resistance party has endorsed Salam because it understands that withdrawing from the government may alleviate some of the Arab and international pressure on Hezbollah. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Aside from its keenness on internal stability, the resistance party has…

Damascus: The Walls Are Rising 
Al-Akhbar Politics 8 Apr 2013 – Syrian fire fighters douse burning cars with water at the scene of a deadly car bomb explosion which rocked central Damascus on 8 April 2013. (Photo: Louai Beshara) Syrian fire fighters douse burning cars with water at the scene of a deadly car bomb explosion which…

Deadly quake hits south-west Iran 
BBC 9 Apr 2013 – A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hits Iran’s Bushehr province, killing more than 30 but leaving a nearby nuclear power plant unaffected, officials say.

Egyptian Pope Tawadros rebukes Morsi 
BBC 9 Apr 2013 – The leader of Egypt’s Coptic Christians accuses the country’s president of “negligence” following deadly clashes outside the main cathedral in Cairo.

Syria’s al-Nusra ‘part of al-Qaeda’ 
BBC 9 Apr 2013 – The leader of the Iraqi wing of al-Qaeda says his group will merge with al-Nusra Front in Syria under a new name.

Saudis build Yemen border fence 
BBC 9 Apr 2013 – Saudi Arabia builds a giant border fence to seal off its frontier with Yemen as security deteriorates after the 2011 uprising, officials say.

Iran unveils new uranium activities 
BBC 9 Apr 2013 – Iran says it has begun operations at two uranium mines and a uranium ore processing plant, furthering its capacity to produce nuclear material.

Kidnapped Libyan PM’s aide freed 
BBC 9 Apr 2013 – An aide to Libya’s Prime Minister Ali Zeidan is freed after being kidnapped nine days ago outside the capital, Tripoli, officials say.

Articles


The inner syntax of Palestinian stone-throwing 
Amira Hass, Haaretz, Independent Australian Jewish Voices 4/7/2013
      It would make sense for Palestinian schools to give classes in resistance: how to build multiple ‘tower and stockade’ villages in Area C; how to behave when army troops enter your homes; how to identify soldiers who flung you handcuffed to the floor of the jeep, in order to submit a complaint.
     Throwing stones is the birthright and duty of anyone subject to foreign rule. Throwing stones is an action as well as a metaphor of resistance. Persecution of stone-throwers, including 8-year-old children, is an inseparable part – though it’s not always spelled out – of the job requirements of the foreign ruler, no less than shooting, torture, land theft, restrictions on movement, and the unequal distribution of water sources.
     The violence of 19-year-old soldiers, their 45-year-old commanders, and the bureaucrats, jurists and lawyers is dictated by reality. Their job is to protect the fruits of violence instilled in foreign occupation – resources, profits, power and privileges.
     Steadfastness (Sumud) and resistance against the physical, and even more so the systemic, institutionalized violence, is the core sentence in the inner syntax of Palestinians in this land. This is reflected every day, every hour, every moment, without pause. Unfortunately, this is true not only in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza, but also within Israel’s recognized borders, although the violence and the resistance to it are expressed differently. But on both sides of the Green Line, the levels of distress, suffocation, bitterness, anxiety and wrath are continually on the rise, as is the astonishment at Israelis’ blindness in believing that their violence can remain in control forever….
     Even if it is a right and duty, various forms of steadfastness and resisting the foreign regime, as well as its rules and limitations, should be taught and developed. Limitations could include the distinction between civilians and those who carry arms, between children and those in uniform, as well as the failures and narrowness of using weapons. — See also: Source: Haaretz (by subscription) and Warsaw Ghetto fighter to Israeli youth: Rise up against the occupation more.. e-mail

In Defense Of The Truth Regarding Palestinian Resistance 
Gideon Levy, Desert Peace 4/9/2013
      The storm that was unleashed by Amira Hass’ important opinion piece,“The inner syntax of Palestinian stone-throwing,” was a welcome one. It laid bare at once the hypocrisy, or the ignorance, of large swaths of Israeli public opinion.
     Hypocrisy, because the up-in-arms crowd ignores the original, fundamental, institutionalized and methodical violence of the very fact of the occupation and its mechanisms. Ignorance, because the implication is that the impassioned naysayers might not know just how cruel is the military tyranny in the territories.
     In addition, those who accused Hass so furiously of “crossing lines” and “inciting murder” did not read her piece all the way through. It contains not incitement to murder, but rather a straight-on, fair and courageous apprehension of the Palestinian liberation struggle that is absent from the Israeli dialogue.
     If there is any preaching in her commentary, it is mainly devoted to the nonviolent struggle against the occupation, in the form of calling for documentation, going out to work pilfered lands, and overcoming the fear of interrogations. Even the act of taking up the stone is justified only as an inevitable refuge.
     The commentary was published a few days after Jews read from the Haggadah, which tells the story of a different people’s freedom struggle, a struggle that included much more terrible calamities than rocks thrown at the deniers of liberty. Generations of Jews read this text in awe and wonder, telling it to their children. But they are not willing to apply the same basic rule – the same internal justice, according to which resistance, including violent resistance, is the birthright and duty of every vanquished nation, as Hass wrote – to everyone, and not just the Jews. more.. e-mail

Why I’m supporting a cultural boycott of Israel 
Iain Banks, The Guardian 4/5/2013
      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 Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign because, especially in our instantly connected world, an injustice committed against one, or against one group of people, is an injustice against all, against every one of us; a collective injury.
     My particular reason for participating in the cultural boycott of Israel is that, first of all, I can; I’m a writer, a novelist, and I produce works that are, as a rule, presented to the international market. This gives me a small extra degree of power over that which I possess as a (UK) citizen and a consumer. Secondly, where possible when trying to make a point, one ought to be precise, and hit where it hurts. The sports boycott of South Africa when it was still run by the racist apartheid regime helped to bring the country to its senses because the ruling Afrikaaner minority put so much store in their sporting prowess. Rugby and cricket in particular mattered to them profoundly, and their teams’ generally elevated position in the international league tables was a matter of considerable pride. When they were eventually isolated by the sporting boycott – as part of the wider cultural and trade boycott – they were forced that much more persuasively to confront their own outlaw status in the world.
     A sporting boycott of Israel would make relatively little difference to the self-esteem of Israelis in comparison to South Africa; an intellectual and cultural one might help make all the difference, especially now that the events of the Arab spring and the continuing repercussions of the attack on the Gaza-bound flotilla peace convoy have threatened both Israel’s ability to rely on Egypt’s collusion in the containment of Gaza, and Turkey’s willingness to engage sympathetically with the Israeli regime at all…. more.. e-mail

How Much Longer Will the Iran ‘Game’ Continue? 
César Chelala, Common Dreams 4/8/2013
      The last failure of talks between Iran and the six world powers represented by Catherine Ashton, who held negotiations on behalf of the P5+1 powers –the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany- indicate that unless a new approach is tried, further talks are futile and will only increase the animosity between both sides.
     “The time has come for the world to take a tougher stance and make it clear to Iran once and for all that these negotiation games are approaching an end,” said Israel’s Strategic and Intelligence Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz in a communiqué. Steinitz, who is a close ally to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told Israel’s Army Radio that stronger action should be taken within a few weeks or a month to persuade Iran to halt its uranium enrichment activity.
     One of the arguments trotted out in the debate over Iran’s nuclear development is that it could initiate an arms race in the Middle East, but a realistic look at the overall picture in the region is sufficient: except for Israel, whose nuclear arsenal has been an open secret for decades, no other country in the region is in a position to launch a serious nuclear arms program.
     It has been stated repeatedly that an aggressive Iranian government would represent a danger for the region and for the U.S. Historical fact, however, turns that argument upside down. To the contrary, Iranians have been witness to a number of acts of foreign intervention against their country.
     Last September Efraim Halevy, head of the Mossad from 1998 to 2000, declared in an interview with Haaretz, “What we need to do is to try and understand the Iranians. The basic feeling of that ancient nation is one of humiliation. Both religious Iranians and secular Iranians feel that for 200 years the Western powers used them as their playthings…Thus, the deep motive behind the Iranian nuclear project –which was launched by the Shah- is not the confrontation with Israel, but the desire to restore to Iran the greatness of which it was long deprived.” — See also: Kerry: US Won’t Hesitate to Attack Iran more.. e-mail

Israeli firms shed crocodile tears for Palestinian workers
Electronic Intifada: 9 Apr 2013 – Business owners omit salient facts when claiming that a boycott of Israeli goods will harm Palestinians.more

Hundreds of Gaza children blocked from visiting parents in prison
Electronic Intifada: 9 Apr 2013 – Almost a year after winning concessions from Israel, prisoners are still not allowed to see their offspring.more

Zionist Herods and the Massacre of the Innocents
Palestine Chronicle: 9 Apr 2013 – By Vacy Vlazna “Everything depends on our propelling force. And what is th
at force? The misery of the Jews”  (Theodor Herzl , father of Zionism) “If you combine three elements: the idea that we are right, with the notion that we’re the victim, and with our great military power,” [Halper] says, you have a lethal combination. “It’s like being autistic with power. You don’t care about other people because you’ve cast the others as the aggressors. (EI 30-3-03) With regard to Israel’s occupation of Palestine, decent people scratch their heads and ask, “Why do the Israelis behave like Nazis to the Palestinians?’ or ‘Why, having suffered the Holocaust, do Israelis make Palestinian’s suffer?” They are important questions, and the answer is shocking and distressing. Speaking personally, this puzzled me. My parents lived under Nazi occupation in then-Czechoslovakia and were Jewish sympathizers so I was enlightened on the evils of Nazism including…
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