VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 11 April 2013: PHOTOS: Israeli troops shoot Palestinian photographer in the face

11 April 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Prominent youth activist abducted by Israeli troops in Hebron
IMEMC – The coordinator of the non-violent group called ‘Youth Against Settlements’ was abducted Wednesday by Israeli troops when he responded to a summons to appear at the police station at the illegal Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba. …

Army Kidnaps A Wounded Disabled Palestinian In Hebron
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers kidnapped former political prisoner, Mo’taz Obeido, 32, from Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. Obeido suffered a disability after being shot by the army in November of 2011. …

Ma’an News

Israeli soldier shoots disabled man in Hebron
4/11/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Thursday shot and injured a disabled Palestinian man in the southern West Bank city of Hebron in an act the Israeli army described as defensive. Motaz Faraj Ibedo, who was already confined to a wheelchair after a shooting two years earlier, was critically injured and transferred to an….

Lawyer: Guards assault prisoner who lowered Israeli flag
4/11/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an)– Israeli guards fractured the hand of a Palestinian in Rimon jail who protested the death of a detainee by lowering the Israeli flag, the prisoner’s lawyer said Thursday. After the death of Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, a Palestinian with cancer who died in Israeli custody, Abdul-Rahman Karajah “protested in his….

Israeli forces deny Hebron governor access to the Ibrahimi Mosque
4/11/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) – Israeli forces on Thursday stopped the governor of Hebron Kamil Hmeid and other officials from his office near the entrance to the Ibrahimi Mosque in the old city and denied the delegation entry for prayer. A Ma’an reporter said an officer tried to assault the governor’s attendant….

Rights abuses by Israel prison medics ‘endanger lives’
4/11/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Human rights violations by medics working for Israel’s prison service are endangering the lives of both Israeli and Palestinian inmates, especially hunger strikers, a watchdog said on Thursday. Physicians for Human Rights-Israel strongly urged the transfer of responsibility for prisoners’ health from the Israel Prisons Service to the health ministry…. Related: Report: Physicians for Human Rights-Israel

4 injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers near Bethlehem
4/11/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Four Palestinians were injured Thursday in clashes with Israeli troops near Bethlehem, medics said. Four people were hospitalized after they were hit by plastic-coated bullets in the Um Rukba neighborhood of al-Khader, south of Bethlehem, medics told Ma’an. Several others suffered from tear gas inhalation, they added. [END]

Reporter: Israeli tanks cross Gaza border
4/11/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli tanks penetrated onto lands east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday, a Ma’an correspondent said. The tanks were seen about 150 meters over the border line close to the Kerem Shalom crossing. The tanks were believed to be escorting bulldozers performing construction at….

Report: Canada breaks taboo on East Jerusalem talks
4/11/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird met an Israeli minister in East Jerusalem this week, deliberately breaking a widely observed diplomatic taboo, an Israeli newspaper reported Thursday. Baird met Justice Minister Tzipi Livni at her office in East Jerusalem, in a move normally avoided by visiting diplomats over concerns it could be seen as….

South Africa requires labels on goods from Palestine
4/11/2013 – JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – South Africa has imposed new rules requiring goods imported from occupied Palestine display special labels, a government official said Thursday.” We have all agreed that goods must be labelled from where they are coming from, so that consumers can make informed choice,” Sidwell Medupe, spokesman for the Department of Trade and Industry told….

Israel police hold 5 women for praying at Western Wall
4/11/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Five Jewish feminists who on Thursday wore prayer shawls and prayed out loud at Jerusalem’s Western Wall in defiance of a court order have been detained for questioning, a police spokeswoman said. Some 200 women gathered at the Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City to stage what has become a….

Israeli delegation lands in Cairo for talks
4/11/2013 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Four Israeli security and diplomatic officials arrived in Egypt on Thursday on a private plane from Tel Aviv, a source at Cairo International Airport said. Egyptian intelligence and military officials greeted the Israeli delegation, the airport source told Ma’an. The officials were expected to discuss the security situation in….

US dismisses speculation over Fayyad resignation
4/11/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — The United States on Thursday shot down speculation Palestinian Authority premier Salam Fayyad is poised to offer his resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas after a dispute between the two. Rumors the US-educated economist would either resign or be told to step down by Abbas have been rife in recent weeks following the high-profile…. Related: Fayyad poised to submit resignation

Israel to open Gaza crossing for 4 hours
4/11/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel will open the Kerem Shalom crossing for four hours on Friday to allow food and gas into the Gaza Strip, Palestinian officials said Thursday. Israeli authorities informed Palestinian liaison officials that the terminal would open from 7 a. m. to 11 a. m. , said border official Nathmi Muhana. Only….

Hamas: Last chance for collaborators to surrender
4/11/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Collaborators in the Gaza Strip have until midnight to turn themselves in or face arrest, a Hamas official said Thursday.” Month one of the crackdown on collaborators with Israel ends today, but the campaign will continue for another month,” said Ibrahim Salah, a Hamas government spokesman, in a message broadcast…. Related: Hamas says ‘collaborator’ campaign a success

Fayyad poised to submit resignation
4/11/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is to present his resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday, a senior Palestinian official said. Abbas and Fayyad are known to have been at odds over a raft of issues but their relationship took a nose dive last month when Fayyad accepted his finance minister’…. Related: US dismisses speculation over Fayyad resignation

Hamas says ‘collaborator’ campaign a success
4/11/2013 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Hamas claimed success on Thursday in their month-long campaign to encourage people in the
Gaza Strip accused of collaborating with Israel to turn themselves in.” The campaign to combat espionage achieved a number of goals, and from this evening the deadline for Israeli collaborators to turn themselves in has ended,” said Interior…. Related: Hamas: Last chance for collaborators to surrender

Israel cuts funding to extremist seminary over violence
4/11/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israel’s attorney general has backed plans to cut funding to a Jewish seminary in an extremist settlement over violence by its students towards Palestinians and Israeli troops, court documents showed. The decision by Yehuda Weinstein to back education ministry plans to halt the cash flow to the seminary in the hardline….

Cornerstone laid for Palestinian culture museum
4/11/2013 – BIRZEIT (AFP) — Palestinian officials on Thursday joined a ceremony to lay the cornerstone for a new museum of Palestinian culture, history and society in Birzeit near Ramallah. Organizers said the museum would provide Palestinians with “a valuable source of information on Palestine and its history”. The museum is to be constructed in two phases, the….

G8 holds 2nd day of talks focused on Syria
4/11/2013 – LONDON (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry and other G8 foreign ministers were on Thursday to hold a second day of talks in London focused on Syria after rebels again appealed for weapons. The ministers kicked off their gathering over dinner late Wednesday, shortly after Syrian opposition leaders met with Kerry about their repeated….


Israeli troops ‘shoot disabled Palestinian’
AlJazeera 11 Apr 2013 – A physically disabled man was “seriously wounded” by Israeli army gunfire in Hebron, prisoner rights’ group says.

Palestine News Network

Israel to Construct Additional 50 Settlement Units for Holocaust Survivors in Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Arrest 4 Palestinians from the West Bank
Palestine News Network

IOF Urged to Punish Israeli Soldier Who Deliberately Shot, Wounded Photographer
Palestine News Network

Abbas Meets Jordanian, Bahraini Foreign Ministers in Jordan
Palestine News Network

Israeli Military Court Allows Torture, Says Rights Group
Palestine News Network

Israeli Restrictions Undermine Livelihoods, Rights of Vulnerable Gazan Families, says UN Official
Palestine News Network

PNGO, Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Call Gaza Government to End Application of Education Law
Palestine News Network

Kids and Kite-Flying in Gaza
Palestine News Network

“Everything We Owned Was Destroyed in The Attack”
Palestine News Network

Cabinet Condemns Policy of Medical Negligence Against Prisoners, Holds Israel Responsible for Their Lives
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (04- 10 April 2013)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

In memory of Tom Hurndall, shot in the head by Israeli sniper 10 years ago today
4/11/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 11th April 2013, Occupied Palestine – The International Solidarity Movement today remember Tom Hurndall, ISM volunteer who 10 years ago on 11th April 2003 was shot in the head by an Israeli sniper. The Israeli army were invading the city of Rafah, in the Gaza Strip when Tom and other ISM volunteers saw a group of….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Israeli army shoots ‘physically disabled’ Palestinian
Relief Web 11 Apr 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 04/11/2013 15:43 GMT HEBRON, Palestinian Territories, April 11, 2013 (AFP) – Israeli troops shot and wounded a physically disabled Palestinian man during an arrest operation in the southern West Bank city of Hebron…

occupied Palestinian territory: Providing psychological services in Gaza
Relief Web 11 Apr 2013 – Source: Islamic Relief Country: occupied Palestinian territory Islamic Relief is providing a unique service that promotes psychological wellbeing amongst vulnerable children in Gaza. In the wake of on-going conflict and restrictions, many people struggle with trauma, anxiety, frustration and fear….

occupied Palestinian territory: ‘Collaborator’ Murders Go Unpunished
Relief Web 11 Apr 2013 – Source: Human Rights Watch Country: occupied Palestinian territory Torture, Unfair Trials, Then Shot Down The Gaza government has apparently not even begun a promised investigation more than four months after gunmen killed seven Palestinian prisoners accused of collaboration with Israel,…

Lebanon: Reform of UNRWA Health Programme: a three-year journey 2010-2012 [EN/AR]
Relief Web 10 Apr 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory On the occasion of World Health Day, UNRWA highlights results of health reform in Lebanon 5 April 2013 Beirut The United Nations…

The National

Judgement day dawns in Pakistan
The National 12 Apr 2013 – After sustaining a full-term democratic government for the first time, Pakistan is tantalisingly close to conducting an unprecedented free and fair general election on May 11, writes Tom Hussain 

Hague criticises UN divisions over Syria, saying ‘the world has failed’
The National 11 Apr 2013 – G8 countries remain divided over whether to supply arms to rebels fighting to overthrown the Assad regime. Omar Karmi reports from London 

Thatcher funeral invitees a who’s who of political and cultural figures
The National 11 Apr 2013 – More than 2,000 invitations will be sent out for the former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s funeral with full military honours next week, an event that will see roads closed and parliament suspended to mourn her.

Praise as Yemen’s leader dumps old guard
The National 11 Apr 2013 – Saleh’s son, nephews and powerful general routed from their posts as President Hadi asserts control over armed forces. Hakim Almasmari reports from Sanaa 

Pakistani election candidate shot dead by Taliban
The National 11 Apr 2013 – A candidate in Pakistan’s upcoming elections has been gunned down by Taliban assassins on a motorcycle.

A real future shock as Iran invents time travel
The National 11 Apr 2013 – Two years after Iran claimed it had built the world’s first flying saucer, it is again boasting that it has turned science fiction into science fact. Michael Theodoulou reports 

Delhi rape trial hears alibi claims
The National 11 Apr 2013 – Two of the defendants on trial over the gang rape and murder of a young woman in New Delhi in December claim they were not on the bus in which the 23-year-old student was attacked.

Sharjah Police seize expired hormone pills
The National 11 Apr 2013 – Sharjah Police seized large quantities of expired hormone pills and steriod injections from an Indian man on Thursday.


IDF backtracks: Last fallen soldier will be honored in ceremony, regardless of Jewish status
Ha’aretz – 11 Apr 2013

Israel holding Palestinian-American teen for rock-throwing
Ha’aretz – 11 Apr 2013

Palestinian seriously hurt in clashes with settlers in West Bank
Ha’aretz – 11 Apr 2013

Israel bars Eurovision contestant from wearing Galliano garb over designer’s anti-Semitic jibe
Ha’aretz – 11 Apr 2013

Poll: Palestinian support for violence against Israel has dropped drastically
Ha’aretz – 11 Apr 2013

Mother and daughter arrested over years of alleged abuse of elderly, Holocaust survivors
Ha’aretz – 11 Apr 2013

Israeli Arab community grapples with loss after fatal crash near Haifa
Ha’aretz – 11 Apr 2013

Israel-based rights group accuses prisons of abusing Palestinian hunger strikers
Ha’aretz – 11 Apr 2013

Architect Ram Karmi, known for his large-scale, brutalist style, dies at 82
Ha’aretz – 11 Apr 2013

Knesset members slam Lieberman’s call to cut their pay
Ha’aretz – 11 Apr 2013

February and March were driest in 50 years
Ha’aretz – 11 Apr 2013

Meshal reelected Hamas politburo chief
Ha’aretz – 11 Apr 2013

Lapid to present Netanyahu with budget proposal on Thursday
Ha’aretz – 11 Apr 2013

With no indictments in sight in Ben Zygier case, court extends gag order by 2 weeks
Ha’aretz – 11 Apr 2013

The Women of the Wall: a guide for the perplexed
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2013

Six people killed, 15 hurt as truck veers out of control near Haifa
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2013

As beach season opens, a focus on Israel’s high drowning rate
Ha’aretz – 10 Apr 2013

Jerusalem Post

Abbas to meet with Fayyad over latter’s resignation
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – PA president, prime minister to discuss dispute during meeting in Ramallah; Fatah sources: Fayyad broke the law. 

In Thatcher’s spirit
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – Lapid and Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett, share the late Thatcher’s appreciation for balanced budgets and small government, as does the current coalition’s forgotten member, Tzipi Livni. 

Solomonic solution
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – In an attempt to appease one group of religious fanatics (the ultra-Orthodox) we might end up angering another group (Muslims). 

April 12: Mourn, don’t copy
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – By the time Thatcher’s Conservative Party was kicked out of office, hospitals and schools across the country were in decay and disrepair after years of under-investment. 

Brotherhood presides over growing chaos in Egypt
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – With the economic crisis mounting, the Morsi government is under siege from all sides. 

Israeli Arabs mourn over Haifa crash victims
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – Thousands turn out in Dier al-Assad and Iksal to funerals of the six victims of the fatal car crash near Nesher. 

Tazria-Metzora: A society without gossip
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – A person’s healthy spirit influences and benefits his body, while a person in a depressed emotional state has poorer chances of recovery. 

‘Post’ moves to new home
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – After 41 years in Jerusalem’s Romema neighborhood, ‘The Jerusalem Post’ moves to the Jerusalem Capital Studios. 

Editor’s Notes: Light in the darkness
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – Shavei Israel, the primary outreach organization to Polish Jews holds a moving Shabbaton near Auschwitz. 

‘My son is not a terrorist’
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – Family of Israeli Arab suspected of fighting with Syrian rebels says son went to Syria to find missing brother, and that claims he joined the global jihad are an effort by Israel to deter Israeli Arabs from traveling to Syria. 

Margaret Thatcher’s lasting legacy
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – Britain was never the same after Thatcher, nor will it ever be. 

Are Israel and Turkey friends again?
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – Turkey will not alter its hawkish stance, yet Israel needs Turkey as a strategic partner. But not at any price. 

Israel’s resurgence: A spiritual calculus
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – Those who consider history only in temporal terms underestimate and misjudge the Jewish state. 

Chinese production buys 6 Keshet TV formats
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – Shixi Media bought options on ‘Eretz Nehederet,’ ‘Master Class,’ ‘Girlfri3nds,’ and 3 other shows. 

‘Hamas didn’t probe executions of spy suspects’
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – Rights group says Hamas failed to investigate executions of 7 Palestinians accused of spying for Israel during Gaza operation. 

Yacimovich mulling speedy Labor race
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – Leader of the opposition says that leadership elections could be held in as little as three months. 

The Weekly Schmooze: Yom Haatzmaut video time
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – Jewish culture news worldwide: 65 reasons to love Israel; SNL’s Bar Mitzva boy; Hip-hop’s Jewish preteen king. 

Abbas under pressure to stop Fayyad resignation
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – Western powers want PA president to delay resignation by at least 2 months, to see what comes of US peace initiative. 

Police investigate anonymous Bennett threat
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – Letter refers to Minister’s plan to enlist haredim; says Bennett to suffer religious curse, end up like Sharon who is unconscious. 

Israeli, Palestinian kids come together for soccer
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – Shalom: Tournament will teach Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians to be better neighbors in the future. 

Budget proposal: Cuts to defense, child allowance
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – Finance minister presents PM with budget proposal that includes NIS 14b. in cuts to 2013; new taxes on luxury cars, homes. 

Healthy Eating: Spreading the word
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – Is it worth a double dip? Find out what’s lurking inside your favorite dips and spreads.

French chief rabbi resigns over plagiarism affair
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – After admitting to plagiarism and deception in his academic credentials Rabbi Bernheim decides do step down. 

Former nuke negotiator joins Iran presidential race
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – Little known at home, Rowhani is the most moderate contender so far to bid to succeed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in election. 

If Sheshinski reopened, Noble to rethin
k projects

Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – Natural gas majority stakeholder CEO says if Sheshinski Committee reopened, company’s projects would be reconsidered. 

’45 die in shelling, executions in Syrian town’
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – Opposition activists, watchdog say dozens of civilians killed after troops storm contested town of Sanamein. 

Sharansky: Kotel arrests flag need to resolve issue
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – Five women detained for wearing prayer shawls; Jewish Agency chair: incident flags urgent need for egalitarian section. 

New York police arrest suspected mezuza arsonist
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – Brooklyn man apprehended by police in connection to the torchings of 12 mezuzot in New York neighborhood. 

Portugal to vote on citizenship for Jewish refugees
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – Parliament expected to pass motion to naturalize descendants of 16th-century Jews who fled country due to religious persecution. 

Police arrest 5 women at Western Wall for wearing tallitot
Jerusalem Post 11 Apr 2013 – Haredi man arrested for allegedly lighting woman’s prayer book on fire; Women of the Wall Director Lesley Sachs among those detained for wearing prayer shawls; Kotel Rabbi Rabinowitz slams “provocation.” 

The Guardian

Israel-Palestine: a mountain to climb | Editorial
The Guardian 11 Apr 2013 – Above all, the asymmetry of the status quo has to be addressed The late journalist and author Amnon Dankner wrote a satirical column a few months before his untimely death in which he imagined that Israel…

The Gatekeepers – review
The Guardian 11 Apr 2013 – Dror Mareh manages to get remarkable access to the former heads of Israel’s internal security agency – but are they giving us more half-truths? The secrets of Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security agency, are laid as…

Inter Press Service

Syria Air Strikes ‘Target Civilians’
IPS Air strikes have hit bakeries and hospitals among other civilian targets in Syria, a rights watchdog reported Thursday, accusing the Syrian government of killing thousands in such raids it said amounted to war crimes. “Individuals who commit serious violations of the laws of war wilfully, that is intentionally or recklessly,…

Oil Flows Beneath the Battlefield
IPS At seven o’clock in the morning on Mar. 1, Kurdish militias took over the only operational oil refinery in Syria, located about 800 kilometres northwest of Damascus. “They told us to go home, and to wait for two days until everything was settled,” recalled Mahmud Hassan, one of 3,000 workers…


In violation of ceasefire agreement, Israel tightens fishing restrictions on Gaza

Barghouti: Deir Yassin massacre has not ended

Now haircuts are a problem, too?

During Guantanamo Hunger Strike, Detainee Attempted Suicide, Lawyer Says (UPDATE)

Hundreds of Gaza children blocked from visiting parents in prison

Oil workers start new protests despite reprisals

Iraq snapshot – April 9, 2013

Bassem Youssef faces new probe for ‘insulting Pakistan’

New York Times Supports Targeted Killings

Daily Star

Syria TV confirms video of cleric’s killing is real
Daily Star 11 Apr 2013 Syrian state television has confirmed that a video showing the March 21 killing of prominent religious cleric Mohammed Saeed al-Bouti is real, days after describing the footage as a fake.

White House says Jay-Z’s Cuba rap just a ‘song’
Daily Star 11 Apr 2013 President Barack Obama did not personally approve Beyonce and Jay-Z’s trip to Cuba, the White House said Thursday, after the US rapper released a single online slamming criticism of their travels.

Lebanon launches USD1.1bn dual-tranche tap
Daily Star 11 Apr 2013 The Lebanese Republic, rated B1/B/B, has launched a USD600m tap of its January 27 2023 notes at 6.15% and a USD500m tap of its November 29 2027 at 6.7%, according to a lead banker.

Six wounded by Syrian airstrike on Lebanon: Arsal official
Daily Star 11 Apr 2013 Six people were wounded Thursday when Syrian aircraft attacked an area in east Lebanon, Arsal’s deputy mayor told The Daily Star.

YNet News

Syrian troops launch counterattack on south
YNet News, 11 Apr 2013 – ….

Obama: Israel, Palestinians have negotiation ‘window of opportunity’
YNet News, 11 Apr 2013 – ….

Hungarian observer in Egypt’s Sinai released
YNet News, 11 Apr 2013 – ….

Chats by the computer
YNet News, 11 Apr 2013 – Op-ed: Lapid’s Facebook posts, like Roosevelt’s radio addresses, narrow gap between government, citizens ….

Stop the witch hunt
YNet News, 11 Apr 2013 – Op-ed: No reason to ban singers who did not serve in IDF from performing at Memorial Day ceremonies ….

Palestine Information Center

IOF troops storm Aroub refugee camp, clash with protestors
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the Aroub refugee camp, north of Al-Khalil, on Thursday and clashed with protesting youths.

Smoke bombs fired in IOF incursion in southern Gaza
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) advanced a few hundred yards in southern Gaza Strip on Thursday afternoon amidst firing of smoke bombs.

IOF arrests young man on his return from Jordan
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) manning the Karame crossing between the West Bank and Jordan arrested a young man from Eskaka village, Salfit province, on his return from Jordan.

Old Jerusalemite lady arrested for trying to enter Aqsa mosque
PIC – Israeli police in occupied Jerusalem arrested an old Jerusalemite lady on Wednesday after trying to enter the holy Aqsa mosque.

IOF soldiers bulldoze land in Jenin
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) bulldozed Palestinian fertile farmland between two villages in Jenin province to pave the way for construction of a new street.

UFree condemns the re-arrest of Thaer Halahela
PIC – European Network for the Defense of the Palestinian prisoners’ rights condemned the re-arrest of liberated prisoner Thaer Halahela on Wednesday from his home in the city of Ramallah in the West Bank.

IOF arrests 16 citizens in the West Bank including disabled person
PIC – The Is
raeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested at dawn Thursday 16 citizens from different parts in the occupied West Bank, and raided a number of houses.

Sheikh Al-Khatib: Al-Aqsa Mosque in grave danger
PIC – Sheikh Kamal Al-Khatib, deputy head of Islamic Movement in the Palestinian 1948-occupied territories, stressed that Al-Aqsa Mosque is in grave danger.

Khudari calls on UN to pressure Israel to end Gaza siege
PIC – MP Jamal Khudari sent letters to the UN Secretary-General and the head of the European Parliament, asking them to immediately intervene and pressure Israel to end the Gaza siege.

Aqsa slams provocative Jewish marches in O. J’lem
PIC – The Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage denounced the provocative marches that were held on Tuesday evening by dozens of extremist Jewish settlers in occupied Jerusalem.


Israeli Settlers Uproot Dozens of Trees near Hebron
WAFA – 11 Apr 2013

UK Announces Series of Programs to Harness Youth Power
WAFA – 11 Apr 2013

Israel Arrests Child with Dual US Citizenship
WAFA – 11 Apr 2013

Newspapers Review: Pressure to Release Prisoners Focus of Daily
WAFA – 11 Apr 2013

Abbas Meets Jordanian, Bahraini Foreign Ministers in Jordan
WAFA – 11 Apr 2013

Israeli Forces Re-arrest Released Handicapped Prisoner
WAFA – 11 Apr 2013

UN Expresses Concern over Worsening Situation in Gaza
WAFA – 11 Apr 2013


Egypt president uses tweets to convey kinder, gentler side
LA Times 11 Apr 2013 – President Mohamed Morsi is taking uncharacteristic measures to calm foes and placate an international community dismayed by his authoritarian ways. CAIRO — President Mohamed Morsi, at least for the moment, appears to be channeling his softer side.

United Arab Emirates’ Laws Ensnare a Doctor
New York Times 11 Apr 2013 – A South African doctor on a layover is now trapped in the United Arab Emirates by criminal charges he was not even aware of, despite an acquittal. 

Syrian Government Accused of War Crimes
New York Times 11 Apr 2013 – Antigovernment activists said the Syrian military killed at least 60 civilians in one town as it moved to retake territory in the south. 

The Lede: Filmmakers Capture Chaos After Airstrikes in Syria
New York Times 11 Apr 2013 – Video of air strikes by the Syrian government released this week by Human Rights Watch and PBS Frontline offer harrowing glimpses of the impact of such bombings. 

Israeli Court Rules for Women at Western Wall
New York Times 11 Apr 2013 – A magistrates’ court ruled that five women who had been detained for wearing prayer shawls and singing aloud were not disturbing public order. 

Carter Accepts Peace Award That Drew Criticism
New York Times 10 Apr 2013 – The law school that gave former President Jimmy Carter the award is part of Yeshiva University, and some students said an Orthodox Jewish university should not honor a critic of Israel. 

Noble Energy CEO: We’ll reconsider Israel activity if taxation reopened 
Globes Energy & Water – Charles Davidson said the change in Israel’s tax regime deterred potential partners for developing the Leviathan field.

Higher taxes planned on luxury items
Globes Main News – The measure will only cover a tenth of the budget shortfall in 2013-2014. Targets for spending cuts are defense, child allowances, public sector pay rises, and infrastructure projects.

Avago buys Israel’s CyOptics for $400m
Globes Main News – CyOptics develops components for the transmission of video content. JVP owns 50% of the company.

“We have the growth engines to lead change at Teva”
Globes Main News – In a briefing for journalists today, Teva CEO Jeremy Levin said the company was not afraid of the loss of patents on Copaxone.

Thu: Israel Chemicals pulls TASE down
Globes Main News – Israel Chemicals and parent company Israel Corp. both fell sharply again today. The Tel Aviv 25 Index was unchanged for the week

NIS 4.8b wiped off Israel Chemicals’ value in 2 days
Globes Main News – Foreign funds which invested in Israel Corp. and Israel Chemicals shares in expectation of a sale to Potash Corporation, have sold out.

Let’s hear it for Portugal
Globes Macro Economics – The Portugese Constitutional Court’s nixing of EU austerity measures could affect all of Europe.

16th in new Social Progress Index

Globes Macro Economics – Sweden tops the index, published by the Skoll World Forum, and designed to supplement GDP as a measure of a country’s wellbeing,

Defense Minister Yaalon Rejects Palestinian Participation in Alternative Memorial Day Ceremony
Tikun Olam – Yesterday, I posted the flyer for Friday’s Yom Ha-Zikaron ceremony sponsored by Combatants for Peace .  It is the eighth year in which they’ve offered an event that incorporated the political and national narrative of the suffering and sacrifice of two peoples in this land called…

Obama’s speech in Israel and the realities on the ground for Palestinians living near settlements
Mondoweiss – (Click on the image below to view it larger.)

My first journey abroad, part II
Mondoweiss – In Malaysia [Ed. note: This is the followup of My first journey abroad ] I spent the whole of the fifteen days and nights alone. I did not go back to my habitation. This was my first time away from my land, my city and my home….

TIAA-CREF asks feds for OK to dodge Israeli divestment vote at annual meeting
Mondoweiss – TIAA-CREF “For the Greater  ( old corporate logo ) TIAA-CREF , Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA) and College Retirement Equities Fund (CREF), is one of the largest retirement systems in the world . It has 60 offices in the US and 15,000 client institutions in the academic, research, medical,…

Amira Hass brings justification of stone-throwing against violent occupier to US
Mondoweiss – The uproar in Israel over Amira Hass’s column arguing that Palestinians have a duty to throw stones against the violent occupier is at last coming to the U.S., thanks to Amy Goodman, who brought the great Israel journalist on Democracy Now! yesterday. (I can’t wait for…

Ben & Jerry’s free-cone day is greeted by Free Palestine demos
Mondoweiss – On Tuesday, Ben & Jerry’s, the Vermont-based ice cream-makers with the big social conscience, held its annual free-cone day in the States; and Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine coordinated a national demonstration against Ben & Jerry’s because the chain sells ice cream in the…

Palestinians Face Pressure to Keep Salam Fayyad 
The Foward Breaking News 11 Apr 2013 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas faced pressure from Western allies on Thursday not to let Prime Minister Salam Fayyad quit at a time when Washington is seeking to resurrect Middle East peace talks. Click here for the rest of the article…

Five Women Detained at Monthly Kotel Protest 
The Foward Breaking News 11 Apr 2013 – Israeli police detained five women activists on Thursday at the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s most sacred sites, for wearing prayer shawls, which Orthodox tradition sees as solely for men, a spokesman said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Pink Floyd Rocker Roger Waters Blames 92Y for Scrapping Planned Talk 
The Foward Breaking News 11 Apr 2013 – Pink Floyd rocker Roger Waters says Manhattan’s 92Y canceled his planned speaking event at the cultural center and he suspects it was because his criticism of Israel sparked “resistance in the local Jewish community.” Click here for the rest of the article…

Reimagining the Kotel 
The Forward Editorial 11 Apr 2013 – FORWARD EDITORIAL : An egalitarian prayer section at the Kotel might chip away at the virtual Orthodox monopoly on religious practice in Israel. Let that be just its first miracle. Click here for the rest of the article…

14-Year-Old Arab-American Boy on Trial for West Bank Stone-Throwing 
The Forward New 11 Apr 2013 – A 14-year-old boy with dual U.S.-Palestinian citizenship went before an Israeli military court on Thursday accused of throwing stones at Israeli cars in the occupied West Bank. Click here for the rest of the article…

Real Battle Over Western Wall Is Just Beginning in Israel 
The Forward New 11 Apr 2013 – Backers of religious pluralism have won a key battle at the Kotel. But the fight in Israel is only beginning and the outcome is far from settled. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Qatar Offers Nation Another U.S.$3 Billion in Aid 
allAfrica.com 11 Apr 2013 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Cairo -Qatar pledged another $3 billion in aid to Egypt on Wednesday, extending the lifeline for Islamist President Mohammed Morsi after repeated delays in loan talks with the International Monetary Fund IMF.

Morocco: HM the King Receives HH Prince Ghazi Bin Muhammad Bin Talal, Carrying Message From Jordan King 
allAfrica.com 11 Apr 2013 – [MAP]Fez -HM King Mohammed VI, Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee, received, Wednesday at the Royal Palace in Fez, HH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal, envoy of HM King Abdullah II of Jordan, carrying a message from the Jordanian Sovereign to HM King Mohammed VI, the…

Syria urges UN action on jihadists 
BBC 11 Apr 2013 – The Syrian government is calling on the UN Security Council to class the al-Nusra Front rebel group as having links with al-Qaeda.

Hamas ‘failed to probe executions’ 
BBC 11 Apr 2013 – Human Rights Watch accuses Gaza’s Hamas government of failing to investigate the killings of seven Palestinians accused of spying for Israel.

Women arrested over Western Wall ban 
BBC 11 Apr 2013 – Five women have been arrested at Jerusalem’s Western Wall for breaching a ban on performing religious rituals Orthodox Jews say are reserved for men.

Call Ben and Jerry’s Action! 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 11 Apr 2013 – From member group Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel . VTJP launched an international campaign ( www.vtjp.org/icecream ) on March 14 c
alling on Ben & Jerry’s to stop selling and catering its products in illegal Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. On April 9…

Israel Opens Conduit for Turkish Trade 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Apr 2013 – An Israeli soldier walks past Hebrew grafittis sprayed on the walls of a mosque on 7 April 2013 in the West Bank village of Tuqua. (Photo: Musa Al Shaer) An Israeli soldier walks past Hebrew grafittis sprayed on the walls of a mosque on 7 April…

“Orthodox Revival” in Russia’s Lebanon Policy 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Apr 2013 – Moscow is in the process of developing a new policy in Lebanon with the aim of bolstering its presence. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Moscow is in the process of developing a new policy in Lebanon with the aim of bolstering its presence. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Al-Akhbar has…

Al-Qaeda in the Levant Awaits its Emir 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Apr 2013 – Syrians paint Syria’s former national flag, currently used by the rebels, on a wall in the northern city of Azaz on 10 April 2013. (Photo: Dimitar Dilkoff) Syrians paint Syria’s former national flag, currently used by the rebels, on a wall in the northern city of…

Israeli forces shoot and arrest disabled Palestinian 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Apr 2013 – Israeli troops shot and wounded a physically disabled Palestinian man in an attempt to arrest him in Hebron on Thursday, a prisoners’ rights group said. Motazz Obeidu, 32, was “seriously wounded by Israeli army gunfire during an arrest operation” at dawn in the southern West Bank…

Palestinian PM Fayyad offers resignation 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Apr 2013 – US President Barack Obama (R) and Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad (C) greet a young dancer following a performance at the al-Bireh Youth Center in the West Bank city of Ramallah on March 21, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mandel Ngan) US President Barack Obama (R) and…

Syrian LCC activists reject al-Qaeda; HRW accuses Assad of war crimes 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Apr 2013 – A Syrian protester adjusts his traditional Arab keffiyeh during an anti-government protest in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 5, 2013. The UN is hiking its estimates of people trapped in Syria after fleeing their homes, saying some four million are now displaced inside…

Anti-Syrian Racism in Beirut’s Southern Suburbs 
Al-Akhbar Politics 10 Apr 2013 – A boy who works as a car mechanic poses for a picture in the northern Syrian city of Azaz on 10 April 2013. (AFP – Dimitar Dilkoff) A boy who works as a car mechanic poses for a picture in the northern Syrian city of Azaz…

Syria urges UN action on jihadists 
BBC 11 Apr 2013 – The Syrian government is calling on the UN Security Council to class the al-Nusra Front rebel group as having links with al-Qaeda.

Tunisia recovers ‘stolen money’ 
BBC 11 Apr 2013 – Tunisia receives $29m from what it calls looted assets held abroad by ousted President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali.

Hamas ‘failed to probe executions’ 
BBC 11 Apr 2013 – Human Rights Watch accuses Gaza’s Hamas government of failing to investigate the killings of seven Palestinians accused of spying for Israel.

Women arrested over Western Wall ban 
BBC 11 Apr 2013 – Five women have been arrested at Jerusalem’s Western Wall for breaching a ban on performing religious rituals Orthodox Jews say are reserved for men.


PHOTOS: Israeli troops shoot Palestinian photographer in the face 
By Activestills, +972 Magazine 4/9/2013
     Israeli soldiers target a Palestinian photographer who was taking pictures of them invading Aida Refugee Camp, shooting him in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet. 
     At about 5:30 p.m. Monday, Israeli soldiers entered Aida Refugee Camp through a gate in the separation wall dividing Rachel’s Tomb from Bethlehem. There were no clashes at the time, and their presence in the camp was not provoked, but was itself a provocation.
     Mohammad Al-Azza began photographing the advancing soldiers from the second-floor balcony of the Lajee Center, a children’s center near the camp entrance where he has long volunteered in the media unit. He was eager to use the center’s new camera, a Canon 600D with a 50-250mm zoom lens.
     As he was photographing, one of the soldiers shouted at him in Arabic to “Go home!” Mohammad replied, “Why? I’m only taking pictures!” The soldiers continued shouting at him, “Go inside! Go inside!”
     Mohammad replied, “No, I will not go! As you have a gun and shoot at children, I have a camera and I’m taking pictures—I do nothing to you!”
     The soldiers, who became angrier continued threatening Mohammad with their guns. Mohammad decided to go inside, but continued taking photos through the window and through the doorway opened just wide enough for his camera lens to fit through. more.. e-mail

PHR-Israel Exposes Laundry List of Medical Ethics Violations Committed by the Israeli Prison Service That Endangered Lives of Hunger Striking Prisoners and Detainees 
Report, Physicians for Human Rights – Israel 4/11/2013
      Ahead of Palestinian Prisoners’ Day (April 17th) – and in light of the prolonged hunger strike currently waged by Palestinian Prisoner Samer ‘Issawi, as well as recent reports detailing the deaths of several Palestinian security prisoners – PHR-Israel releases an extensive report exposing a long list of medical ethics and human rights violations carried out by the IPS, specifically by prison medical practitioners, that endangered the lives of prisoners and detainees on hunger strike. According to PHR-Israel, the violations are a direct result of situating prison medical services under the auspices of the IPS, which operate largely out of security considerations.
     The struggle of Palestinian prisoners made headlines last year when five administrative detainees waged prolonged hunger strikes in protest of their detention. Ahead of last year’s Palestinian Prisoners’ Day just one year ago, 1,600 additional Palestinians launched a mass hunger strike as a show of support and solidarity with those already on prolonged strike, and in protest of the conditions of their incarceration. The hunger strikes made the Israeli and international publics conscious and aware of the arbitrary policies that the State of Israel and the IPS pursue and implement vis-à-vis Palestinian prisoners.
     At the time of drafting, Samer ‘Issawi, originally freed under the agreement that secured the release of Gilad Shalit, then arrested again, is still on hunger strike.
     As the hunger strikes continued, over the course of 2012, PHR-Israel bore witness to medical ethics and human rights violations, including violations of the right to health and deviations from professional standards, carried out by the prisoners’ treating physicians. Violations even reached the point of placing the lives of prisoners and detainees in immediate danger. more.. e-mail

Tensions rise in Palestine 
Khaled Amayreh in occupied Hebron, Al-Ahram Weekly 4/9/2013
      The death of another Palestinian prisoner in Israeli detention this week increased the chances of an all-out uprising.
     Occupied Palestine has undergone a turbulent week following the death in an Israeli jail of Palestinian prisoner Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh. Palestinian officials accused Israel of withholding badly needed medical care from the Hebron inmate who was suffering from cancer.
     Palestinian official Eissa Qaraqei, who is in charge of the prisoners’ affairs portfolio, said Israeli authorities had been aware of Abu Hamdiyeh’s deteriorating condition for months, but chose to ignore his serious illness.

     “They wanted him to die. We told them a thousand times that the man was very ill, but they wouldn’t listen to us. They behaved so callously, they couldn’t bring themselves to realise that a human being was dying and that he needed urgent medical treatment.
     “They wouldn’t even let him bid a final farewell to his family before his death. Can you imagine such insensitivity, such callousness?”
     Abu Hamdiyeh’s death drew angry reactions and generated an Intifada-like atmosphere throughout the West Bank, prompting some observers to warn that a real uprising was underway and that a combination of incremental factors plaguing the occupied territories would make an all-out outbreak of violence inevitable.
     In the northern West Bank district of Tulkarem at least two youths were shot and killed by crack Israeli soldiers.
     The two young boys were killed as Israeli troops fired on Palestinian protesters. Palestinian and human rights organisations operating in the West Bank said the protesters at no point posed a life threat to the heavily armed and distant soldiers. more.. e-mail

Rightists say bring down the Wall, leftists say let’s keep it 
Dimi Reider, +972 Magazine 4/11/2013
      Noted right-wingers call to demolish the separation wall. True, they are driven by a desire for annexation, but the Left finds itself in an unseemly position – defending one of the great injustices of the occupation in the name of the distant prospect of two states.
     Former Defense Minister Moshe Arens yesterday told Ma’ariv he thinks the separation wall – which snakes its way around the West Bank and has been responsible for cutting tens of thousands of people from their livelihoods and from each other – should be torn down. “The wall is no longer of any use and it’s only doing Israel harm,” he told the website. “It’s obvious today that the separation wall [sic] is completely useless. It’s damaging Israel in the international arena and it causes hardship for the Palestinians in their day-to-day lives.” Arens, a noted hawk who has served as defense minister in three different Likud cabinets (Begin, Shamir and Netanyahu), attributed construction of the wall to hysteria rather than strategic thinking. “There was panic. When terror attacks occur almost every day, sometimes twice a day, and the Shin Bet comes to you and tells you it’s impossible to block terrorism without a wall, you get convinced. I was also convinced, but today it’s clear there is no connection between the wall and the cessation of attacks.”
     The former defense minister instead attributed the slump in Palestinian political violence to IDF activity within Palestinian areas and the collaboration of Palestinian police forces, adding that “the wall is ugly. It’s like a scar on the face of the Land of Israel. There have been walls before and they fell down.” Finally, he said, “we should remember many Jews live beyond the wall,” and some fear the wall might someday become a political border.
     In my mind, the last argument is the most important – both for Arens himself and for the settler politicians who rallied to his support…. more.. e-mail

Cuts threaten UN food aid in Gaza
Electronic Intifada: 11 Apr 2013 – Although the number of refugees in Gaza continues to rise, funding for the UN agency caring for them has stagnated.more

Counting the Cost of War
Palestine Chronicle: 11 Apr 2013 – By Jamal Kanj On October 10, 2002 I was driving the family during a short vacation at Yosemite National Park. Indifferent to the family’s holiday disposition, I scanned the radio for the best AM reception in the middle of the sparsely populated California valley trying to follow the US House of Representatives’ debate on authorizing force against Iraq. I listened to House members pontificating on Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and the threat Saddam Hussein posed to the US. Speaker after speaker presaged the spread of democracy throughout the “new” Middle East. They promised that unlike Afghanistan, this war would be “self-financed”. Baghdad fell on April 9, less than three weeks after the start of war. Buoyant by the bogus victory, a CNN and USA Today Gallup poll in May 2003 found that 79 per cent of Americans thought the Iraq war was justified, “with or without conclusive evidence of…more

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