VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 15 April 2013: Israel destroys West Bank community center, arrests 20

15 April 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

For The First Time Since 1990, Palestinian Embassy Opens in Kuwait
IMEMC – Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, conducts his first visit to Kuwait for the first time since the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, and officially participates in the official ceremony to open a new Palestinian embassy in the country. … 

Israeli Journalist Accuses Army Of Executing Two Palestinians
IMEMC – A report written by Israeli Journalist, Gideon Levi, and published by Haaretz Hebrew Language daily, accuses the Israeli military of deliberately executing two Palestinians, who were recently shot by the army at the Ennab roadblock, east of Anabta near the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem. …

Israeli Officer Writes Racist, Anti-Arab Comments On His Facebook Page
IMEMC – An Israeli military officer published racist jokes against Arabs on his Facebook page on the day Israel marks what it calls “Memorial Day”, in which it marks the memory of Israelis due to the ongoing conflict resulting from Israel’s occupation of Palestine. …

Ma’an News

6 injured in clashes with Israeli forces near Bethlehem
4/15/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Six Palestinians were injured by plastic-coated bullets on Monday in clashes with Israeli forces near Bethlehem, medics said. Israeli troops fired tear gas and plastic bullets in the Um Rukbeh area of al-Khader, medics told Ma’an. A tear gas grenade fell in the home of Abdullah al-Masri, causing nine….

Settlers assault man near Hebron
4/15/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Settlers attacked a Palestinian man south of Yatta on Monday, leaving him with multiple fractures, a local committee official said. Settlers from Suseya attacked Majid Nasser Abu Uqeil, 25, causing multiple bruises and fractures, said Ratib al-Jabour, coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in southern Hebron. Uqeil….

Official: Settlers block water well near Nablus
4/15/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A group of Israeli settlers on Monday filled a well up with rocks in Madma village, south of Nablus, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that ten residents of Yitzhar settlement, escorted by settlement security guards, blocked….

Israel bans family visits for Gaza prisoners for 5th week
4/15/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel on Monday prevented Palestinians in Gaza from visiting their relatives in Israeli jails for the fifth consecutive week, the International Committee of the Red Cross said. Israel informed the ICRC that prisoners from Gaza could not receive family visits because of Jewish holidays, ICRC spokeswoman Arwa Muhanna told Ma….

Israeli teens ransack souvenir shop in Jerusalem’s Old City
4/15/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A group of Israeli teenagers on Monday ransacked a souvenir shop in East Jerusalem, witnesses said. The group, aged between nine and 15, raided the shop in al-Bashora market in Jerusalem’s Old City and caused extensive damage, witnesses told Ma’an. Israeli police intervened and forced the teenagers to leave, they added. [END]

Medics: 9-year-old injured by settler vehicle
4/15/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A 9-year-old boy was injured on Monday after being knocked down by a settler’s car in a Bethlehem-area village, medics said. Malik Adel al-Shaer was run over in the village of Tuqu while on his way to school. He suffered internal bleeding and was taken to hospital for….

Israel army closes files on deaths in Gaza war
4/15/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — The Israeli military has closed probes into more that 60 allegations of misconduct during its November war on Gaza, including a strike that killed 12, among them five women and five children. In a report sent to AFP, the army said its Military Advocate General had “reviewed the factual findings, as far as….

Israel court orders house arrest for Jenin woman
4/15/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — An Israeli court decided Saturday to place the mother of a Palestinian prisoner from the Jenin district under house arrest in Israel after she was detained for allegedly smuggling a phone to her imprisoned son. Fathiya Abu Raed’s husband told Ma’an his wife went with two children….

Israel detains 6 in West Bank arrest raids
4/15/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) – Israeli forces detained six people overnight Sunday across the occupied West Bank, local residents and an army official said. Residents of al-Arrub refugee camp said Israeli forces seized 24-year-old Samed Jawabreh five days after his release from jail. They said two others, Wisam Sweilem, 19, and Muhannad Abu Sal, 25….

Israeli troops arrest former prisoner
4/15/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained a former prisoner in a dawn raid in Nablus, a human rights organization said Monday. Soldiers detained 26-year-old Nibal Mustapha in a raid on his home in the al-Dahiyah neighborhood, the International Solidarity Foundation said. Forces searched Mustapha’s home for two hours, the group said….

Palestinians say falsely identified as Mossad agents in cyber attack
4/15/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hackers who published the names of alleged Mossad agents have infuriated several Palestinians living in Israel who say they were falsely identified as agents of the Israeli intelligence agency. Hackers in March published lists naming thousands of alleged Mossad employees. One Palestinian named in the leak said “amateur hackers seemingly obtained….

Israel releases Bethlehem man after 13 months
4/15/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel on Monday released a 34-year-old Palestinian from al-Khader, south of Bethlehem, after detaining him for 13 months. Israeli also fined Dirar Abed al-Rahim Salah 10,000 shekels ($2,755). Salah was detained in March 2012 when Israeli forces raided his mobile phone shop and confiscated his computer. Israel claimed Salah provided….

PA liaison office secures release of Hebron teen
4/15/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israel released a 13-year-old boy from prison custody on Monday after detaining him for throwing stones, Palestinian officials said. Sherif Omar was arrested in Hebron and released after discussions with the Palestinian Authority liaison office. [END]

Canadian envoy summoned over East Jerusalem visit
4/15/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — The Palestinian Authority on Sunday summoned Canada’s envoy to convey “strong dissatisfaction” over Foreign Minister John Baird’s visit last week to annexed East Jerusalem. The Palestinian foreign ministry summoned Katherine Verrier-Frechette “to express its strong dissatisfaction over the meeting between Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird and Israeli Justice…. Related: Egypt summons Canadian envoy over FM’s East Jerusalem visit

Ahmadinejad says Iran does not need atomic bomb
4/15/2013 – ABOMEY-CALAVI, Benin (AFP) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday defended his country’s controversial nuclear program while on a tour of west Africa, calling it peaceful and arguing that Tehran has no use for an atomic bomb. Speaking during a visit to Benin, the first stop on a three-nation tour, Ahmadinejad called nuclear energy….

Gaza man runs for parliament in Bulgaria
4/15/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A young Palestinian from the Gaza Strip is running in Bulgarian parliamentary elections on May 12. Kamal Dughmush, 26, told Ma’an he had held meetings with the Bulgarian public and the Palestinian and Arab communities in the country. He said that, if elected, he would be committed to….

Abbas arrives in Kuwait
4/15/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Kuwait on Monday, official news agency Wafa reported. Abbas will hold talks with the Emir of Kuwait and raise the Palestinian flag over Palestine’s embassy in the gulf country. The emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber, received Abbas at the airport in an….

Egypt summons Canadian envoy over FM’s East Jerusalem visit
4/15/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s Foreign Ministry summoned Canada’s charge d’affaires in Cairo on Monday over Foreign Minister John Baird’s controversial visit to occupied East Jerusalem to meet an Israeli minister. The foreign ministry expressed its “astonishment” at Baird’s visit and demanded “a clarification of the reasons…. Related:Canadian envoy summoned over East Jerusalem visit

3 escape Gaza prison
4/15/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Three people escaped from a prison in west Gaza on Monday, the Hamas-run Interior Ministry said. The prisoners were convicted on criminal charges and escaped from al-Ansar prison, ministry spokesman Islam Shahwan said. Security agencies announced a state of alert and are searching for the fugitives, Shahwan told Ma’….

CEC hands voter registry to faction representatives
4/15/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The head of the Central Elections Commission on Monday handed the updated voter registry to representatives of political parties. At CEC headquarters in Ramallah, Hanna Nasir briefed faction representatives on the completion of the voter registry and said the commission was fully prepared for elections, the CEC said in a statement. [END]

Official: Abbas must form national unity government
4/15/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — President Mahmoud Abbas must form a government aimed at national reconciliation after the resignation of premier Salam Fayyad, a high-ranking member of his party said on Monday.” The president must hold consultations with Palestinian movements to form a national unity government and set a date for elections,” Azzam al-Ahmad, a leader of Abbas….

Israel’s population exceeds 8 million
4/15/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s population has passed the eight million mark, the Central Bureau of Statistics said on Sunday, as the state prepared to mark 65 years since its founding.” The population of Israel, on the eve of the 65th Independence Day, is 8,018,000 people,” a CBS press release said, noting that Israel counted….

4 injured in Qalqiliya car accident
4/15/2013 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Four people were hurt in a car accident east of Qalqiliya on Monday, police said. Two of the victims were seriously wounded in the crash on a main road linking Nablus and Qalqiliya, police said. [END]

Mubarak release ordered over killings, held on other charges
4/15/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) – An Egyptian court on Monday ordered the release of former president Hosni Mubarak over the deaths of protesters but he will remain in custody pending investigation into fraud charges, state media reported. The Cairo Court of Appeal ordered Mubarak’s release after the expiry of the maximum temporary detention of two years….

Group: Syria warplanes pound Damascus
4/15/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Syria’s air force on Monday carried out several air strikes on rebel enclaves in and around Damascus, while fresh clashes between troops and rebels raged to the east of the capital, a monitoring group said.” At least one civilian was killed in an air strike on Qaboon” in northeast Damascus, the….

Palestine News Network

Newspapers Review: Dailies Focus on Aftermath of Fayyad Resignation
Palestine News Network

Israel’s Continued Arrest of Issawi is a War Crime, says Foreign Minister
Palestine News Network

Abbas Accepts Credentials of Four Ambassadors
Palestine News Network

Settler Runs over an 8-year-old Child in Bethlehem
Palestine News Network

IOF Forces Assault Palestinian Volunteering in B’Tselem
Palestine News Network

Arab League Slams Canadian, Israeli Ministers’ Meeting in East Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Second Anniversary of the Assassination of Italian Solidarity Activist Vittorio Arrigoni
Palestine News Network

To Palestinians, Baird’s Visit is a Slap in The Face
Palestine News Network

Bird Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Condemns Israel’s Decisions to Close Al-Dalu, Al-Shawwa Cases
Palestine News Network

PCHR Participated in the 22nd Session of the Human Rights Council
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Humanity has no nationality: 2nd anniversary of the murder of Vittorio Arrigoni
4/15/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 15th April 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nabi Saleh, Occupied Palestine, By Team Khalil – “We must remain human, even in the most difficult times. . . . Because, despite everything, there must always be humanity within us. We have to bring it to others.”-Vittorio Arirgoni – Today marks the second anniversary of the murder of ISM activist and comrade….

The National

Explosions cause chaos at Boston Marathon finish line
The National 15 Apr 2013 – Explosions shatter the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers are re-routed away from the smoking site of the blasts.

Boris in UAE: I’m mayor of the eighth emirate
The National 15 Apr 2013 – The visiting mayor of London makes his presence felt in the UAE.

Palestinians and Israelis remember war victims
The National 15 Apr 2013 – Memorial Day in Israel consists of honouring only its dead, but now, despite opposition, a group from both sides mourns all lives lost. Vita Bekker reports from Tel Aviv 

Nominations begin for Abu Dhabi Awards
The National 15 Apr 2013 – Nominations are being invited for the seventh Abu Dhabi Awards, honouring those who go the extra mile to make the emirate a better place to live and work.

GCC pushes for nuclear watchdog amid growing concerns over Bushehr
The National 15 Apr 2013 – Growing concerns in GCC over safety at Iran’s nuclear plant prompt experts at security summit to call for a radiation watchdog.

Dozens die in Iraq bomb blasts
The National 15 Apr 2013 – Multiple car bombs and other attacks across the country are widely seen as an attempt by Al Qaeda to disrupt elections.

Abu Dhabi Media’s commitment to UAE’s legacy
The National 15 Apr 2013 – First phase of nine-year UAE history archiving programme completed.

Lebanon to protest to Arab League after spillover Syrian fire kills two
The National 15 Apr 2013 – Lebanon condemns spillover of fire from Syrian rebel and regime forces onto its territory and says it will protest to the Arab League after artillery fire kills two.

Ha’aretz

Turkey returns to Israeli-Palestinian arena
Ha’aretz – 15 Apr 2013

Report: Black, Arab rail staff kept away from Peres during Paris visit
Ha’aretz – 15 Apr 2013

Israel kicks off Independence Day celebrations in Jerusalem ceremony
Ha’aretz – 15 Apr 2013

Daniel Pearl’s father recites slain journalist’s last words in Jerusalem ceremony
Ha’aretz – 15 Apr 2013

Report: Turkey warns Israel against ‘dirty bargaining’ over Gaza flotilla compensation
Ha’aretz – 15 Apr 2013

Knesset Speaker Edelstein to give Independence Day speech 26 years after release from Soviet prison
Ha’aretz – 15 Apr 2013

IDF chief of staff to visit family of fallen soldier overlooked for military honor
Ha’aretz – 15 Apr 2013

Efi Arazi, Israeli high-tech pioneer, dies at 76
Ha’aretz – 14 Apr 2013

Foreign caregivers fill in during Israel’s nursing shortage
Ha’aretz – 14 Apr 2013

Jerusalem Post

Egypt loan negotiations end without deal
Jerusalem Post 15 Apr 2013 – After 2 weeks of talks, no agreement on terms for $4.8 b. loan to stabilize economy; IMF sees progress by Egyptian gov’t. 

Hamas bulldozes UNESCO site for military training
Jerusalem Post 15 Apr 2013 – Hamas military wing razes part of ancient harbor slated as UNESCO heritage site due to “urgent need” for military training site. 

Morsi visiting Russia in bid to deepen ties
Jerusalem Post 15 Apr 2013 – Egyptian President hopes to deepen economic ties and get Russian tourists to start returning to Egypt. 

Israel celebrates 65 years of independence
Jerusalem Post 15 Apr 2013 – Israelis transitioned from sadness to jubilation Monday night as they ushered in its 65th anniversary of independence. 

Watch: Israelis stand for siren on Remembrance Day
Jerusalem Post 15 Apr 2013 – On Remembrance Day Israelis stop all activity, stand at attention to a 2 minute siren to honor those that have fallen. 

PA leader makes 1st Kuwait visit in 20 years
Jerusalem Post 15 Apr 2013 – Abbas makes first visit since rift developed when Yasser Arafat was thought to back Hussein in 1st Gulf War. 

Mubarak stays in jail despite release order
Jerusalem Post 15 Apr 2013 – Judge orders his release pending retrial for complicity in murder of protesters; other charges keep him in jail. 

‘PA has lobbied US to stop Erdogan visit to Gaza’
Jerusalem Post 15 Apr 2013 – Senior Fatah official says Abbas was planning to visit Ankara soon in a bid to persuade Erdogan not to go to the Gaza Strip. 

PM: Enemies massacre us and slam us for defending ourselves
Jerusalem Post 15 Apr 2013 – Netanyahu honors Israel’s nearly 2,500 citizens who have died in terror attacks at official Remembrance Day ceremony at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem; vows to “pursue the terrorists and strike them in every place.” 

Rivlin pays tribute to 1948 fallen Jerusalemites
Jerusalem Post 15 Apr 2013 – Likud MK Rivlin, a Jerusalem native, recalls years in which the city was under siege, and pays respects to those who lost their lives. 

Netanyahu remembers fallen: Life is answer to death
Jerusalem Post 15 Apr 2013 – 1.5 million Israelis mark Remembrance Day at military cemeteries throughout country; Defense Minister Ya’alon warns world must never “sweep the Iranian nuclear problem under the rug.” 

2-minute siren halts traffic as Israel remembers fallen
Jerusalem Post 15 Apr 2013 – 1.5 million Israelis mark Remembrance Day at military cemeteries throughout country; Mount Herzl military cemetery hosts official state ceremony attended by Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Peres and IDF Chief Gantz. 

Chavez protege narrowly wins Venezuela election
Jerusalem Post 15 Apr 2013 – Opposition says results are too close to call after former bus driver Nicolas Maduro becomes Venezuela’s latest president. 

Peres: I do not regret the Oslo Accords
Jerusalem Post 15 Apr 2013 – In interview to ‘Post’ Peres says because of Oslo there is a Palestinian peace camp; calls for Israel to initiate end to conflict. 

PM to orphaned kids: Answer to death is life
Jerusalem Post 15 Apr 2013 – Netanyahu met with orphaned children of fallen soldiers, victims of terror, last week; PM lost brother in 1976 Entebbe raid. 

Netanyahu teaches orphans to deal with loss
Jerusalem Post 15 Apr 2013 – Netanyahu met with orphaned children of fallen soldiers, victims of terror, last week; PM lost brother in 1976 Entebbe raid. 

A nation’s collective reset
Jerusalem Post 15 Apr 2013 – Got through another one, we think to ourselves. This year especially, that sigh may be a little heavier, with the relatively recent frenzy of activity fresh in our minds. 

Comfort my people
Jerusalem Post 15 Apr 2013 – While we lament the loss of thousands of promising lives, we have the right, indeed the duty, to see beyond grief and take stock of what they helped create. 

Cancer Org.: Less BBQ on Independence Day
Jerusalem Post 15 Apr 2013 – Israel Cancer Association urges citizens to choose chicken over beef and reduce the heat when cooking. 

Teacher who played Nazi put on leave
Jerusalem Post 15 Apr 2013 – Teacher gives assignment to class: “If you lived in Third Reich, why would you hate Jews?” 

Elkin slams US Jews for pressuring PM
Jerusalem Post 15 Apr 2013 – Deputy foreign minister criticized 100 US Jewish leaders for their letter in which they urged Israel to take peace steps. 

The officer and the bereaved
Jerusalem Post 15 Apr 2013 – Maj. Shirly Moas is responsible for contact with 625 people whose loved ones fell while serving in 460th Armored Brigade. 

Druse participate in Israel’s joy and sorrow
Jerusalem Post 15 Apr 2013 – Three hundred and ninety two Israeli Druse have been killed while serving in the IDF; have served in all of country’s wars. 

With songs, Knesset remembers the fallen
Jerusalem Post 15 Apr 2013 – Popular singers join IDF bands in ceremony emphasizing songs, poetry of the memorialized; US born soldier Levin honored. 

Abbas to appoint PM or head gov’t himself
Jerusalem Post 14 Apr 2013 – Abbas expected to begin consultations on formation of new government when he returns from Kuwait visit on Monday. 

PM: Israel forced to fight for right to exist
Jerusalem Post 14 Apr 2013 – At Remembrance Day ceremony in J’lem, Prime Minister Netanyahu says “only a strong defense force can ensure that we will not be harmed”; relates to families of fallen soldiers through his own personal loss. 

Bieber under fire for Anne Frank comment
Jerusalem Post 14 Apr 2013 – Writes in guest book of Amsterdam’s Anne Frank House that hopefully Holocaust victim “would have been a belieber.” 

German event with Iran envoy ‘legitimizes evil’
Jerusalem Post 14 Apr 2013 – German Christian academy provokes anger by inviting Iranian ambassador allegedly involved in Kurd massacre. 

Young Jews in Russia celebrate Israel at meeting
Jerusalem Post 14 Apr 2013 – Limmud FSU conference celebrates Israel’s independence and Jewish pride in Russia; 1200 young Russian Jews attend. 

The Guardian

Syria conflict: ‘shelling’ in Damascus suburbs – live updates
The Guardian 15 Apr 2013 – Live coverage as activist groups report conflict continuing in Syrian capital Paul Owen

Uruknet

Brotherhood members face torture charge in Egypt
Uruknet

New York Times Anti-Palestinian Bias
Uruknet

Water restrictions in Area C threaten to displace villages
Uruknet

Crisis without end: Egypt’s democratic transition
Uruknet

Countries Subject to US Intervention Become Executioners & Impose Death Penalty
Uruknet

Guantanamo Bay – President Obama’s shame: The forgotten prisoners of America’s own Gulag
Uruknet

Salam Fayyad resignation as Palestinian prime minister ‘paves way for reconciliation’
Uruknet

Fighting drone wars behind our back: cheap, invisible and risk-free mass murder
Uruknet

Gitmo Is Killing Me
Uruknet

VIDEO: 13 year old boy arrested in Hebron
Uruknet

Daily Star

Some hopeful signs out of the Afghan army
Daily Star 15 Apr 2013 Gen. Mohammad Sharif Yaftali, commander of Afghanistan’s 203rd Thunder Corps, looked happy as he sat down for lunch in his eastern command post near the border with Pakistan.

At UN, Rwanda blocks role for Criminal Court
Daily Star 15 Apr 2013 Rwanda won a behind-the-scenes battle Monday to keep the U.N. Security Council from recommending any role for the International Criminal Court in solving conflicts.

Obama: ‘We will find out who did this’
Daily Star 15 Apr 2013 Obama, responding to the explosions at the Boston Marathon, says the United States does not know “who did this or why” but vowed that whoever is responsible “will feel the full weight of justice.”

Jordan extremist praises Boston bombing
Daily Star 15 Apr 2013 The head of an extremist Jordanian Muslim Salafi group says he’s “happy to see the horror in America” after the explosions in Boston.

Iraq attacks kill 55 less than a week before vote
Daily Star 15 Apr 2013 Insurgents in Iraq deployed a series of car bombs as part of highly coordinated attacks that cut across a wide swath of the country Monday, killing at least 55 on the deadliest day in nearly a…

UN aid groups say world must act now to save Syria
Daily Star 15 Apr 2013 World leaders must act urgently to break the diplomatic deadlock around Syria if they want to prevent the crisis from reaching a dangerous tipping point, the heads of the United Nations aid agencies said on Monday…

UK: Concerned over signs of chemical arms in Syria
Daily Star 15 Apr 2013 The U.K. is increasingly concerned there is evidence that chemical weapons have been used in Syria, Britain’s foreign secretary said Monday.

Syria warplanes pound Damascus: NGO
Daily Star 15 Apr 2013 Syria’s air force on Monday carried out several air strikes on rebel enclaves in and around Damascus, while fresh clashes between troops and rebels raged to the east of the capital, a monitoring group said.

Car blast hits Bahrain ahead of F1: police
Daily Star 15 Apr 2013 A Bahraini youth opposition group on Monday said it blew up a car in Manama overnight in an incident the authorities blamed on a “terrorist group” just days ahead of the country’s Formula One Grand Prix.

YNet News

Obama briefed by FBI, Homeland security advisers on Boston incident
YNet News, 15 Apr 2013 – ….

Reports: At least 100 wounded in Boston; suspect detained 
YNet News, 15 Apr 2013 – ….

Explosion at JFK presidential library in Boston 
YNet News, 15 Apr 2013 – ….

FAA orders no-fly zone over Boston explosion site
YNet News, 15 Apr 2013 – ….

US official: 2 more explosives found at marathon
YNet News, 15 Apr 2013 – ….

Still dreaming of peace
YNet News, 15 Apr 2013 – Op-ed: In its 65th year of independence, State of Israel’s continued existence still not obvious ….

The shadow behind us 
YNet News, 15 Apr 2013 – Op-ed: For one day, remember Israel survives thanks to individual’s willingness to sacrifice his life for it ….

Palestine Information Center

The silent-love affair between Tehran and the Arab Left
PIC – The Arab left, with its two wings, the Marxist-Leninist and the Pan-Arab nationalist, seems to have found an unorthodox ally in Tehran, especially since the beginning of the Arab Spring.

Hamas: Jewish marches won’t succeed in wiping out facts
PIC – Hamas warned against proceeding with the Jewish march slated to start from Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu’s house to the Aqsa Mosque demanding full sovereignty over the holy site.

Organizers of global march to J’lem to stage rally next June
PIC – The organizers of the global march to Jerusalem said they would stage a worldwide rally in support of the holy city on June 7, 2013.

Gaza gov’t denounces Canadian FM for meeting Israeli officials in Jerusalem
PIC – The Palestinian foreign affairs ministry in Gaza has denounced the Canadian foreign minister John Baird for meeting Israeli justice minister in her office in Jerusalem.

Rizqa: Erdogan’s visit to Gaza will have far-reaching political implications
PIC – The Palestinian government considered the upcoming visit of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the Gaza Strip next month as “historic.. will have far-reaching political implications.”

IOA renews Thamer Saba’na’s detention for 5 days
PIC – Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) renewed the detention of the researcher in the Prisoners’ Affairs,Thamer Saba’na from the town of Qabatiya for five days pending further investigation.

Sheikh Sabri calls for an Arab Islamic Union
PIC – Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, head of the Supreme Islamic Council and a preacher at Al-Aqsa Mosque, called for the establishment of an Arab Islamic Union like the European Union..

IOA opens Abu Salem crossing only for Sunday
PIC – The Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) opened Karem Abu Salem for Sunday allowing the entry of 340 trucks carrying goods and cooking gas for the Gaza strip, to re-close it during the next two days.

Israeli Court refuses Jamal al-Tawil’s appeal
PIC – An Israeli court refused on Sunday the appeal submitted by a leader in Hamas movement against his administrative detention (without charge or trial).

WAFA

UN says it is Committed to Working Toward Palestinian State
WAFA – 15 Apr 2013

Abbas Arrives in Kuwait
WAFA – 15 Apr 2013

Erekat Criticizes Israeli Ban on Family Reunification
WAFA – 15 Apr 2013

Misc

Assad Loyalists Breach Rebels’ Blockade of Military Bases
New York Times 15 Apr 2013 – Loyalists to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria breached the blockade of two important bases, possibly opening the way for the military to try to recapture territory lost to the rebels, antigovernment activist groups said. 

Tensions High, Obama Agrees to Meet With Putin
New York Times 15 Apr 2013 – The visit between President Obama and President Vladimir V. Putin is to be before a Group of 20 conference this fall, but it was being arranged at an awkward time. 

The Lede: Antisectarian Campaign in Egypt Urges Citizens to Remove Religion From ID Cards
New York Times 15 Apr 2013 – The “None of Your Business” campaign urges Egyptians to cover up the section of their national identity cards that states their religion, to begin the process of disentangling religion and citizenship. 

Kuwait Gives 5-Year Term to Dissenter
New York Times 15 Apr 2013 – The opposition figure Musallam el-Barrak, a former member of Parliament, was sentenced for comments he made during a speech at a political rally. 

Killings Grow as Iraqi Elections Near
New York Times 15 Apr 2013 – At least 15 Sunni candidates have been killed, and many others have been wounded or kidnapped, or have received menacing text messages telling them to withdraw. 

Turkish Pianist Sentenced for Twitter Postings
New York Times 15 Apr 2013 – Fazil Say, given a 10-month suspended sentence for insulting Islam and offending Muslims, said the accusations against him violated human rights. 

Attacks Across Iraq Kill 27 People, Officials Say
New York Times 15 Apr 2013 – A series of attacks in several cities across the country, many involving car bombs, killed 27 people on Monday. 

CPI rises 0.2% in March in line with expectations
Globes Main News – The Consumer Price Index has risen by 1.3% over the past 12 months, in the lower half of the government’s 1-3% target range for inflation.

Israeli Intellectuals Call for End to Administrative Detention, Freedom for Samer Issawi
Tikun Olam – Last night, I had the misfortune of telling you that some of Israel’s self-styled liberal intellectual elite had published a letter to Samer Issawi on his death bed, calling for him to end his hunger strike because he should be happy for Israel to send him…

Thousands Join Combatants for Peace in Commemorating Israeli Memorial Day
Tikun Olam – Thousands of Israelis attended Combatants for Peace’s Yom HaZikaron ceremony Thousands of Israelis joined Combatants for Peace’s Yom HaZikaron ceremony marking Israel’s Memorial Day. Among those who led and performed at the event were Israeli-Arab TV star and singer, Mira Awad. Only 44 Palestinians attended the…

‘Constructive engagement’ didn’t work in South Africa, so why are liberal Zionists pushing it for Israel?
Mondoweiss – During the 1980s Ronald Reagan’s anti-boycott policy toward South Africa was known as ” Constructive Engagement ,” which claimed the positive influence of U.S. corporate participation in South Africa would be a more effect towards ending apartheid than direct pressure on the regime. Writing in November 1985, MIT…

Wrenching drama about the occupation, ‘Inch’Allah,’ has been consigned to ‘film festival purgatory’
Mondoweiss – Scott McConnell has a post up on a new movie out of Canada about the occupation, Inch’Allah, that has received precious little attention from prestige venues: “ Inch’Allah ,” Anais Barbeau-Lavalette’s feature about Israel-Palestine, may be the strongest effort yet to convey the emotions of the…

Israeli intellectuals offer a pizza to Samer Issawi– and affirm their ‘cultural and moral supremacy’
Mondoweiss – Lately a group of Israeli intellectuals has called upon the hospitalized Palestinian prisoner Samer Issawi to end his eight-month-long hunger strike . Ira Glunts posted on their appeal yesterday . What follows are three Israeli responses. First, Ofer Neiman pointed out in an email that the Haaretz report…

10 takeaways from the Boston University Right of Return conference
Mondoweiss – This is not a comprehensive account, but, rather, scattered insights, takeaways and powerful points made by the speakers and presenters at the  Right of Return conference held April 6 & 7 2013 at Boston University Law School . I have left out the debates about international law…

Mondo co-editor to speak in Cambridge tomorrow night
Mondoweiss – Tomorrow night in Cambridge it’s my honor to give a talk about the American love affair with Zionism and how to break it off, in honor of a great woman who was a mentor to me and countless other folks who engaged on the Israel/Palestine question:…

Brooklyn College BDS Forum Organizers Cleared of Barring Jews 
The Foward Breaking News 15 Apr 2013 – A report commissioned by Brooklyn College has cleared organizers of the controversial forum on the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement held in February at Brooklyn College of charges that they discriminated against Jews in admitting people to the event. Click here for the rest of the…

Salam Fayyad’s Resignation Delayed Amid Peace Worries 
The Foward Breaking News 15 Apr 2013 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is likely to keep Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in office for the next few weeks while the United States tries to revive Middle East peace talks, officials said on Monday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Winnepeg Students Ban ‘Israel Apartheid’ Group 
The Foward Breaking News 15 Apr 2013 – The University of Manitoba Students’ Union voted to strip funding and official club status from an anti-Israel group on campus. Click here for the rest of the article…

‘Jewish’ Breast Cancer BRCA Gene in Spotlight as Supreme Court Hears Case 
The Forward New 15 Apr 2013 – Can human DNA be patented? The Supreme Court is hearing a case centering on the BRCA mutation, which can cause breast cancer and is common among Ashkenazi women. Click here for the rest of the article…

Ghana: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Visit Ghana 
allAfrica.com 15 Apr 2013 – [GoG]The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is also the Chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement(NAM), will pay a two days official visit to Ghana next week.

Egypt: Egypt Signs Two Contracts With Qatar, Iraq in Petroleum Field 
allAfrica.com 14 Apr 2013 – [Egypt Online]The Engineering for the Petroleum and Process Industries (Enppi) company won two contracts at the value of $ 22 million for implementing two ventures in Qatar and Iraq.

Egypt: 50,000 Syrian Refugees in Egypt – UNHCR 
allAfrica.com 15 Apr 2013 – [Egypt Online]The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the number of registered Syrian refugees in Egypt hit 50,000.

New Project: Women’s Honey Co-operative 
Palestine Solidarity Project 15 Apr 2013 – The Center for Freedom and Justice, a non-profit organization in the Palestinian village of Beit Ommar in Hebron District, is looking at new agricultural projects to support its inhabitants. The Center for Freedom and Justice was established to address the lack of community development and has…

Former Hunger Striker Arrested Once Again 
Palestine Solidarity Project 15 Apr 2013 – Tha’er Halahlah, the famous Palestinian (former) hunger striker, has once again been arrested by the Israeli Occupation Forces. Halahlah participated in a hunger strike in protest of his administrative detention, without charge and trial, by the Israeli Occupation Forces. After 77 days without food, he was…

Boy Seriously Injured after Being Shot by Soldier 
Palestine Solidarity Project 15 Apr 2013 – On Sunday April 14th, 2013 a 15-year old boy named Mahmoud Suleiman Mahmoud Ikhlayel was shot in the back of his head with a steel-coated rubber bullet in Beit Ommar. He sustained serious injuries to his head and was taken to Hebron Hospital. The incident occurred…

Girl Shot in Beit Salah 
Palestine Solidarity Project 15 Apr 2013 – On Friday, April 12th, 2013, an 11-year old girl named Asisah Abu Maria was shot in Beit Salah, near Road 60. Soldiers entered the area and shot tear gas and rubber bullets. The girl was on the roof of her house and was shot with a…

Generation Palestine: Voices from the BDS movement 
Global BDS 15 Apr 2013 – The unique model of apartheid, colonisation and military occupation that Israel imposes on the Palestinians, along with myriad violations of international law, have made Palestine the moral cause of a generation. Yet many people continue to ask, ‘what can we do?’ Generation Palestine helps to answer…

Egypt court rules on Mubarak release 
BBC 15 Apr 2013 – An Egyptian court rules that ex-President Mubarak should no longer be held over the killings of protesters – but he will remain in custody on separate corruption charges.

UK fears Syria chemical weapon use 
BBC 15 Apr 2013 – The UK is increasingly concerned there is evidence that chemical weapons have been used in Syria, Foreign Minister William Hague says.

Netanyahu: “A stone is a lethal weapon” 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Apr 2013 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, flanked by Israeli President Shimon Peres, right, and Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, sit together as they take part in the Remembrance Day ceremony on the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem, on 15 April 2013. (Photo: AFP…

Tracing Sectarian Violence in Egypt 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Apr 2013 – The shadow of a protester against former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak holding a scale and noose is seen as he demonstrates outside the Egyptian Police Academy in Cairo on 13 April 2013. (Photo: AFP – Gianluigi Guercia) The shadow of a protester against former Egyptian president…

Two Muslim Brotherhood members to stand trial in Egypt for torture 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Apr 2013 – Two Muslim Brotherhood officials in northern Egypt have been ordered to stand trial on charges of detaining and torturing students during a protest against President Mohammed Mursi. The charges are a rare acknowledgement of the alleged role that some of the president’s supporters have had in…

The Evolution of Beirut’s Souk al-Ahad 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Apr 2013 – Not only has the character of the market changed, but so have the prices for renting a stall space. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Not only has the character of the market changed, but so have the prices for renting a stall space. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Beirut’s Souk…

Formula One chief denies Bahrain crackdown ahead of race 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Apr 2013 – A Bahraini medic treats a protester wounded during clashes with riot police following an anti-regime protest in solidarity with jailed political activists and against the upcoming Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix which will take in Manama on April 21, in the village of Sanabis, west of…

The Scramble for Lebanon’s Most Valuable Ministries 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Apr 2013 – The true allure of the ministry for the Future Party is not the finance aspect, but the security aspect. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) The true allure of the ministry for the Future Party is not the finance aspect, but the security aspect. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Lebanon’s telecommunications…

Iraq cities hit by deadly bombings 
BBC 15 Apr 2013 – Officials say at least 31 people have been killed and more than 200 others wounded in a series of early morning explosions across Iraq.

Egypt court rules on Mubarak release 
BBC 15 Apr 2013 – An Egyptian court rules that ex-President Mubarak should no longer be held over the killings of protesters – but he will remain in custody on separate corruption charges.

UK fears Syria chemical weapon use 
BBC 15 Apr 2013 – The UK is increasingly concerned there is evidence that chemical weapons have been used in Syria, Foreign Minister William Hague says.

Kuwait ex-MP jailed for emir insult 
BBC 15 Apr 2013 – Prominent Kuwaiti opposition leader, Mussallam al-Barrak, is jailed for five years for insulting Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Sabah.

Blast in Bahrain raises fears for F1 
BBC 15 Apr 2013 – A car explosion in the heart of the Bahraini capital Manama heightens security concerns ahead of Sunday’s Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Articles


Reading Palestinian prison diaries 
Richard Falk, Al-Ahram Weekly 4/10/2013
      Timed to appear on Palestinian Prisoners Day, a new collection of Palestinian prison diaries bears witness to a people’s ongoing struggle against occupation.
     There are many moving passages that can be found in the excerpts from the Palestinian prison diaries collected in a recent volume, The Prisoners’ Diaries: Palestinian Voices from the Israeli Gulag, which contains the recollections of prison of 22 Palestinians. What is most compelling is how much the material expresses the shared concerns of these prisoners despite great variations in writing style and background.
     A few keywords dominate the texts: pain, God or Allah, love, dream, homeland, steadfastness, tears, freedom, dream and prayer. My reading of these diaries exposed me to the distinct personal struggles of each prisoner to survive with as much dignity as possible in the dank and poorly lit circumstances of isolation, humiliation, and acute hostility on the part of the prison staff, including abusive neglect by the medical personnel. The diaries also confirmed that even prolonged captivity had not diluted the spirit of Palestinian resistance to Israeli occupation, but on the contrary had intensified it.
     A strong impression of the overall illegitimacy of Israel’s encroachment on the most fundamental rights of the Palestinian people is also present on virtually every page.
     Although not professional writers, the sentiments expressed have a special kind of eloquence arising from their authenticity and passion. A female prisoner, Sanaa Shihada, on learning that her family had been spared the demolition of their family home, for example, describes the ordeal of her interrogation in a poetic idiom…. more.. e-mail

Israel destroys West Bank community center, arrests 20 
Jillian Kestler-D’Amours, Burin, Electronic Intifada 4/12/2013
      Large slabs of wood lay scattered on the brightly tiled floor. Ripped posters were still clinging to the walls by bits of tape. A handful of computer hard drives were ripped out, and lay haphazardly on their sides. The electricity wires were cut, and broken windowpanes let in what little light entered the room.
     “[The Israeli interrogator] told me, ‘We are now breaking your dream and your friends’ dreams,’” said 23-year-old Ghassan al-Najjar, while standing on piece of a broken wooden desk. “They said, ‘We will come back soon, but next time will be to take you and put you in the prison.’”
     Al-Najjar founded the Bilal al-Najjar Martyrs Center with friends in his home village of Burin, in the northern occupied West Bank, in 2007.
     Located in the heart of the village, the center provides language and computer classes, and other educational resources, to women, children, the elderly, and anyone else in Burin.
     At 11:30pm Wednesday, at least 400 Israeli forces — among them, soldiers, border police and Shin Bet intelligence officers — stormed Burin, al-Najjar told The Electronic Intifada. At around 12:30am, they began ransacking the homes of some of the center’s 400 volunteers.
     In total, the homes of at least 50 volunteers were raided, and the center was completely trashed. Ten volunteers were beaten and 20 more were arrested; 17 were quickly released, and three remained in Israeli custody by early Thursday evening.
     Al-Najjar said his home was raided. His parents, his sister and her three young children (three-year-old twins and a three-month-old baby), who were asleep at the time, were forced outside by a group of at least 60 soldiers.more.. e-mail

Little change on Iran’s nuclear merry-go-round 
Samira Shackle, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/12/2013
      For months – even years – Iran and the West have been engaged in circular talks about Tehran’s nuclear programme. Last week’s talks, in the capital of Kazakhstan, were no different.
     Iran met with representatives from the US, Russia, China, Germany, Britain and France. According to US officials, the main focus of the talks was to be Iran’s response to the offer presented to them at the last round of talks. This proposal was toned down, requesting a reduction in high-grade uranium enrichment and a halting of activity at the Fordow underground facility, in return for the loosening of harsh economic sanctions. The main difference between this offer and those made previously is that it does not insist on removing all of the 20-percent-enriched uranium from Iran, allowing the country to keep some of it to produce isotopes for medical use. The signs were positive. At the last meeting, in June, Iran indicated that it would consider the proposal and Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi described it as “a milestone”.
     Yet it was not to be. After the first day of talks last week, officials said that little progress had been made. A western diplomat told Israel’s Haaretz newspaper that they were “somewhat puzzled” by the Iranians’ failure to give a response to the proposal.
     On the second day, Saturday, talks broke down altogether. EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton told a press conference, “It became clear that our positions remain far apart on the substance. We’ve therefore agreed that all sides will go back to their capitals to evaluate where we stand in the process.”
     The next round of talks has not been scheduled but it will not take place for several months while each country looks over the options. Most analysts suggest that little meaningful progress will be made before Iran’s election on 14 June…. more.. e-mail

Counting the cost of war 
Jamal Kanj, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/11/2013
      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 illegal weapons”.
     On May 1, President George W Bush gave a premature “mission accomplished” speech onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier. At about the same time, I participated in an antiwar teach-in panel at the University of California, in San Diego. Unlike the president, I argued the war was actually just starting – not ending – and I used the analogy of the 1982 Israeli occupation of Beirut.
     After Israel’s “victory” and the departure of Palestine Liberation Organization forces, new more hardened fighters started to emerge from the ruins of destroyed buildings.
     The American public went through a tough orientation course to become familiar with the names of new rebel groups at the cost of 200 US soldiers, hostage crises and the Iran contra affair – events attributed directly to Israel’s war…. more.. e-mail

Protest tents spring up across the West Bank
Electronic Intifada: 15 Apr 2013 – New “villages” build on opposition to US support for Israeli apartheid voiced during Obama’s visit.more

A punchy and provocative “guide book” to Gaza
Electronic Intifada: 15 Apr 2013 – Veteran Irish author Dervla Murphy believes Israel is allergic to talking honestly about justice.more

Fraudulent ‘Peace Process’: Success Requires Consequence for Failure
Palestine Chronicle: 15 Apr 2013 – By John V. Whitbeck For almost two decades, the seemingly perpetual Middle East “peace process” has been like a hamster-wheel for Palestinians and a merry-go-round for Israelis All the movement has been a form of running or turning in place. Nothing ever really changes. As Secretary of State John Kerry shuttles around the Middle East, ostensibly to “kick-start” a resumption of direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu insisting that any new negotiations must be “without preconditions” and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas insisting, among other things, that any new negotiations must be time-limited, it is worth recalling a prior negotiations resumption ceremony held at the White House on September 2, 2010. In announcing that resumption, Mr. Kerry’s predecessor, Hillary Rodham Clinton, stated that that new round of negotiations should be “without preconditions”, as Mr. Netanyahu had insisted, and that both Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Abbas had agreed that…more


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