VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 8 March 2014

8 March 2014 VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

UN Expresses Concern over Recent Developments in Occupied Jerusalem
IMEMC – The Bureau of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People expressed concern over the recent developments and increased tensions in Occupied East Jerusalem, and especially the increasing incursions by Israeli settlers and political leaders, including government officials, on the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, which provoke Palestinians and other Muslim worshippers. … 

Several Attacks and Abductions by Occupation Forces in West Bank
IMEMC – Others summoned to appear before Israeli intelligence An Israeli military vehicle, on Saturday, hit a Palestinian girl in the southern West Bank, injuring her seriously, according to a local spokesman. … 

Israeli Settlers Stone AFP Photographer’s Car
IMEMC – Israeli settlers in the West Bank stoned the car of a Palestinian photographer working for AFP, slightly injuring him, as he was on his way to cover a story, on Friday. …

Three Days, No Water for Some 50,000 East Jerusalem Residents
IMEMC – Some 50,000 Palestinian residents of Jerusalem have been without water for three days, after their water supply was cut off, on Tuesday. …

Israeli Soldiers Forcefully Disperse Women’s Day Demonstration
IMEMC – Eleven Palestinian women were hurt by tear gas inhalation, Saturday, when Israeli forces dispersed a demonstration marking International Women’s Day. …

US Bishops ask Pope to speak about injustice against the Palestinian Children
IMEMC – As the visit of Pope Francis to Palestine and Israel nears, a letter signed by 20 US Bishops was sent the Pontiff asking him to speak out against the targeting of Palestinian children by the Israeli military. …

Ma’an News

Israeli military jeep hits Palestinian teen, ‘injures her seriously’
3/8/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — An Israeli military vehicle on Saturday hit a Palestinian girl in the southern West Bank, injuring her seriously, a local spokesman said. Nidal al-Haddar, spokesman for Yatta’s popular committee, told Ma’an that an Israeli military jeep hit 14-year-old Samirah Tawfiq Awad during a protest in Yatta. Samirah was transferred to a nearby hospital, where medics said….

Settlers ‘attack’ Palestinian families in central Hebron
3/8/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers on Saturday attacked Palestinian residents and international activists near Shuhada Street in the center of the flashpoint southern West Bank City of Hebron, a local activist said. Activist Imad Atrash said that a group of Jewish settlers from the Ramat Yishai outpost in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of central Hebron attacked the Abu Shamsieh and Sidr families, as well….

Israeli soldiers forcefully disperse Women’s Day demonstration
3/8/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Eleven Palestinian women were hurt by tear gas inhalation Saturday when Israeli forces dispersed a demonstration marking International Women’s Day. Dozens of Palestinian women rallied early Saturday near Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem to mark International Women’s Day. Israeli forces stationed at the checkpoint launched tear gas canisters at high velocity towards the women in response….

Activists in Gaza march for International Women’s Day
3/8/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Activists from a number of women’s organizations in the Gaza Strip took part in a rally on Saturday to mark International Women’s Day. Protesters called upon the international community to end Israeli violations of Palestinian women’s rights and to pressure Israel to lift the siege of the Gaza Strip, in a march that began….

Hamas: Commander killed in accidental Gaza explosion
3/8/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The military wing of Hamas said on Saturday evening that a field commander was killed in an accidental “internal explosion” in the Hashashin neighborhood of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, while medical sources said that nine others were wounded. The Qassam Brigades said that Ibrahim Nagib al-Ghoul, 30, was killed in the explosion. A spokesman for the Gaza Strip….

‘PLO faction spokesman’ attempts suicide in Ramallah
3/8/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A spokesman for a PLO faction on Saturday attempted suicide on a main street in Ramallah in the central West Bank, locals said. Local sources told Ma’an that a spokesman for one of the PLO factions cut his neck with a knife, and that passersby and police officers came to his rescue, without elaborating. The man was transferred to….

Gaza Hamas supporters protest against Egypt ban
3/8/2014 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Thousands of Hamas supporters rallied in the Gaza Strip on Friday to protest against a Cairo court decision banning the Palestinian Islamist movement from operating in Egypt. Waving Egyptian flags and Hamas banners, the demonstrators gathered after Friday prayers and then marched to the former Egyptian embassy which has been closed since 2007. The marchers held aloft placards called on Egypt to….

Erekat: The US administration has not delivered a draft agreement
3/8/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The chief Palestinian negotiator said on Saturday that the US administration has not yet delivered any written framework agreement to the Palestinian Authority nor to Israel, denouncing claims otherwise as “baseless.”Saeb Erekat also told Ma’an on Saturday morning that “the US administration has never suggested that Beit Hanina would be the capital of the future Palestinian state,” referring….

European fact-finding mission to investigate Israeli prison conditions
3/8/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A European fact-finding mission is scheduled to visit Palestine and Israel in March to investigate the humanitarian conditions of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody, an official said Saturday. Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Qaraqe said in a statement that a delegation would visit the region on March 19 and would spend three days visiting Israeli interrogation and detention centers, in….

Palestinian women join West Bank anti-riot police
3/8/2014 – JERICHO (AFP) — Instructors bark orders to a column of Palestinian women recruited to an anti-riot unit, part of an effort to tackle problems caused by conservative attitudes in the West Bank force. Decked out with helmets, assault boots, batons, and shields, the students at the Jericho police school weather a barrage from stone throwers, before rushing to arrest the “troublemakers.””There is no difference between….

3 killed in Egypt clashes
3/8/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Three people were killed and 28 wounded on Friday in Egypt as Islamist protesters clashed with security forces and civilian opponents, the health ministry said in a statement. Meanwhile a security official told AFP 17 policemen were wounded in Cairo, and that protesters torched three police cars. Supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi have been near-daily protests to demand the reinstatement of the….

Egypt urges Arabs to copy Saudi on Brotherhood ‘terror’ tag
3/8/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt on Friday welcomed Saudi Arabia’s decision to list the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization and called on other Arab countries to follow suit. The Saudi move further isolates the Brotherhood of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, already designated by Egypt as a ‘terrorist’ group following a suicide bombing that killed 15 people in a police station in….

PLO: ‘Chaos’ in Yarmouk as armed rebel groups return
3/8/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The return of militants from the rebel groups al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to Yarmouk camp in Damascus has brought back tension and “chaos,” a Palestine Liberation Organization official said on Saturday. PLO Executive Committee member in charge of refugees affairs Zakariyya al-Agha said in a statement on Saturday that the return of the rebel….

International Solidarity Movement

Local Israel boycott part of Gaza’s ‘resistance mentality’
3/8/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Joe Catron, The Electronic Intifada, Gaza City, Occupied Palestine – Israeli restrictions on Gaza’s fishermen are an example of apartheid, say activists. Agricultural organizations in the Gaza Strip are working with academic and other civil society groups to prepare for Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW). Local events, as part of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, will run from Sunday, 9 March through Thursday, 13 March in the….

Nabi Saleh honors Muataz Washaha
3/8/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Team Ramallah| Nabi Saleh, Occupied Palestine – On Friday 7th March the protest at An Nabi Salih took on a special significance after local Palestinian man, Moutaz Washaha, was assassinated in his home town of Bir Zeit on Thursday last week.  A group of more than 50 Palestinian locals, activist and journalists  gathered for the weekly demonstration against the expropriation of the village….

Relief Web

Lebanon: The unknown road
Relief Web 7 Mar 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic “As if leaving our motherland was not enough, we also had to leave the countries where we found asylum,…

The National

Egypt passes presidential election law
The National 8 Mar 2014 – The law sets the basic qualifications for candidacy and includes a measure that make all decisions by the electoral committee before and after the vote final and not subject to appeal.

The French mother who lost her sons to the war in Syria
The National 8 Mar 2014 – Dominique Bons had her son and step-son killed in Syria, part of a large number of European Muslims who have gone to fight against the regime of Bashar Al Assad.

Why European Muslims fight in Syria
The National 8 Mar 2014 – Muslim leaders in Europe are deeply concerned at the “manipulation” of impressionable people as young as 14-16, increasingly including girls, who go to fight in Syria.

Voices on Afghanistan: How will the Nato troop withdrawal impact security?
The National 8 Mar 2014 – The situation varies province by province but violence in Afghanistan appears poised to rise further following the withdrawal of Nato troops, said Graeme Smith

Saudi move will help to counter extremism 
The National 8 Mar 2014 – Saudi Arabia’s designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation requires a parallel effort of strengthening moderates.

In pictures: shock as Malaysian Airlines plane goes missing
The National 8 Mar 2014 – Shock and confusion as Malaysian Airlines plane goes missing between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing.

Search continues for missing airliner carrying 239 passengers
The National 8 Mar 2014 – Malaysia and Vietnam launched searches today for a Malaysia Airlines jet that lost contact with traffic controllers, as fears mounted over the fate of the 239 people aboard.


Water returns to East Jerusalem neighborhoods after 3-day outage
Ha’aretz – 8 Mar 2014

Gaza-bound ship docks at Eilat, three days after Israeli seizure
Ha’aretz – 8 Mar 2014

Egypt passes decree clearing way for presidential election
Ha’aretz – 8 Mar 2014

Iraqi women protest bill permitting marriage of girls aged 9
Ha’aretz – 8 Mar 2014

Girls aged 9 can be wed in bill approved by Iraqi cabinet
Ha’aretz – 8 Mar 2014

Obama holds conversations with Baltic leaders amid Ukraine crisis
Ha’aretz – 8 Mar 2014

Obama to Baltic leaders: NATO is behind you
Ha’aretz – 8 Mar 2014

Shots fired to warn off European monitors from Crimea
Ha’aretz – 8 Mar 2014

Two on missing Malaysia flight used stolen European passports
Ha’aretz – 8 Mar 2014

Former Israeli minister Victor Shem-Tov dies at 98
Ha’aretz – 8 Mar 2014

Lebanese march against domestic violence in rare non-partisan protest
Ha’aretz – 8 Mar 2014

At Sochi Paralympics, Russia scores narrow victory over Ukraine
Ha’aretz – 8 Mar 2014

Work of art: A life project whose theme was death
Ha’aretz – 8 Mar 2014

The new Jews of L.A.: Where David Broza sings and Korean church-goers pray
Ha’aretz – 8 Mar 2014

The family at the turning point
Ha’aretz – 8 Mar 2014

Talks to help Palestinian economy open in Prague
Ha’aretz – 8 Mar 2014

Iranian cleric: Albert Einstein was Shiite Muslim
Ha’aretz – 8 Mar 2014

Malaysia Airlines plane goes missing with 239 on board
Ha’aretz – 8 Mar 2014

On whose side were the Kiev snipers? Russia and Ukraine trade blame
Ha’aretz – 8 Mar 2014

Boeing 777: one of the most popular, safest jets
Ha’aretz – 8 Mar 2014

Nine wounded Ukrainian protesters arrive in Israel
Ha’aretz – 7 Mar 2014

Jerusalem Post

Fleeing cops, man dies after jumping from balcony
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2014 – Police are doing tests to determine whether he was on drugs during the incident, they added. 

Malaysian plane presumed crashed; questions over false IDs
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2014 – Kuala Lumpur-Beijing flight carried 227 passengers and 12 crew; two passengers were travelling under false identities. 

Netanyahu: Talk of peace deal premature given Palestinian inflexibility
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2014 – Prime minister sits down with Israeli media for first time in over a year; premier addresses peace process, settlement evacuation, vowing “I won’t abandon anyone.” 

Health Scan: Mutations determine severity of side effects for chemotherapy
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2014 – Until now, it wasn’t known why some suffer light effects and others a greater ordeal, even though they underwent similar chemotherapy. 

One by one, saving another Jewish baby
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2014 – Although somewhat controversial, the voluntary organization Efrat has since 1977 been presenting gifts to needy women who decide not to have an abortion. 

Show them the security fence
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2014 – I am not proud of the entire situation in the West Bank, but proud that we, the Jewish People, have the political and militaristic ability to protect ourselves. 

An open letter to Open Hillel
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2014 – While you say that, “signing the petition shows your support for an inclusive, pluralistic Hillel that encourages free discourse and open debate,” I wonder just what this actually implies. 

Gaza blast kills Hamas commander in ‘work accident’
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2014 – Explosion reportedly occurs during weapons-making training, injuring 9 other members of Hamas’s al-Qassam brigades. 

iEngage: What the debate with the haredim is really about
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2014 – What is at stake is an historical clash between two fundamentally different views of Judaism. 

Zaken deal rejection clears hurdle for Olmert political comeback
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2014 – Former MKs: Only Olmert can reunite Center-Left; former PM says will decide political future when cases against him are closed. 

Salah’s sedition
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2014 – The longer Israel allows Salah to spread sedition with impunity, the greater his spiritual-mentor authority will grow. 

Costume pop
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2014 – For an alt-pop icon who is known for dramatic stage shows, ‘of Montreal’ frontman Kevin Barnes comes across as highly introspective. 

Experts tell Netanyahu to remove criminal sanctions clause from haredi draft bill
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2014 – The bill on haredi conscription stipulates that yeshiva students refusing to serve in IDF serve two years in jail instead. 

At a glance: International Women’s Day in the Arab world
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2014 – A roundup of events marking International Women’s Day in the Middle East and Arab world. 

Former health minister Victor Shem-Tov dies at 99
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2014 – Peres eulogizes former minister who served during governments of Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin as “an exemplary public servant”. 

Foreign dignitaries mark Int’l Women’s Day in Israel with tour of NA’AMAT shelters
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2014 – The day’s activities focused on strengthening the status of women and on cooperation between Jewish and Arab women. 

Iranian arms vessel captured by IDF docks in Eilat
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2014 – Klos-C anchors at port in Red Sea city following IDF seizure on Wednesday; army begins inspection of onboard weapons cache. 

EU’s Ashton to discuss nuclear issue in Iran
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2014 – Trip to Islamic Republic marks first by an European Union policy chief since 2008. 

Behind The Lines: Kurdistan emerges
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2014 – Top PKK official Zubeyir Aydar tells the ‘Post’ that “Kurdish sovereignty is on the way” and calls for “breaking the walls” between Kurds and Israelis. 

Israeli teens to Netanyahu: As conscientious objectors, we won’t serve in IDF
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2014 – The youths said the letter was written in solidarity with ultra-Orthodox and Arab youngsters who refuse to perform military service. 

Hollywood blockbuster ‘Noah’ faces ban in Arab world
Jerusalem Post 8 Mar 2014 – Three Arab countries have banned the Hollywood film “Noah” on religious grounds even before its worldwide premiere. 

US State Department: Recognition of ‘Jewish state’ not a precondition to peace talks
Jerusalem Post 7 Mar 2014 – Kerry discusses peace process with King of Jordan; US reaffirms that it does recognize Israel as the Jewish state. 

Michele Bachmann: Jewish groups sold out Israel for Obama
Jerusalem Post 7 Mar 2014 – “Jewish organizations have made it their priority to support the political ambitions of the president over the best interests of Israel,” she says. 


Daily Star

Syria government forces take village near Lebanese border
Daily Star 8 Mar 2014 Syrian government forces seize a village in the central Homs province, state media and activists say, as part of a push for control of areas along the Lebanese border.

Abdullah Azzam Brigades apologizes for civilian deaths
Daily Star 8 Mar 2014 A Lebanese Al-Qaeda affiliate apologizes for the civilian casualties of bombings it claimed responsibility for last month and says its military operations are solely aimed at Hezbollah and its backer Iran.

Libya threatens to bomb N. Korean ship for ‘illegal’ oil
Daily Star 8 Mar 2014 Libya threatens to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker at an oil terminal in the restive east if it does not leave, saying it was loading illegally.

Hollande, Obama warn of possible ‘new measures’ against Russia
Daily Star 8 Mar 2014 Presidents Francois Hollande of France and Barack Obama of the United States warn of “new measures” against Russia if it fails to move on defusing the crisis in Ukraine, the French presidency says.

Israel brings arms ship to dock, hopes to shame Iran
Daily Star 8 Mar 2014 A ship seized by the Israeli navy on suspicion of smuggling arms from Iran to the Gaza Strip docks in Israel, which planned to put the cargo on display in hope of denting Tehran’s rapprochement with…

Activists march in Beirut against domestic violence
Daily Star 8 Mar 2014 Hundreds of activists marking International Women’s Day hold a march in Beirut and call for the adoption of a draft law to protect women from domestic violence.

Lebanon needs rethink on privatization: Sleiman
Daily Star 8 Mar 2014 President Michel Sleiman highlights the need to privatize some sectors of the Lebanese economy to improve productivity and reduce the burden on citizens by minimizing the costs of services.

Gunmen open fire on police in south Lebanon
Daily Star 8 Mar 2014 A police patrol searching for wanted members of a pro-Hezbollah group comes under fire in the southern city of Sidon, security sources say.

Syria rockets hit Lebanon’s Al-Qaa
Daily Star 8 Mar 2014 Two rockets fired from Syria hit the outskirts of the Lebanese border town Al-Qaa, in the Bekaa Valley, security sources say.

Stop The Wall

The agreement with MEKOROT in La Plata (Argentina) has been suspended!
Stop The Wall – Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign scioli mekorot Now we continue, in the rest of Argentina… MEKOROT – agent of Apartheid in Palestine – OUT OF ARGENTINA! CTA, ATE, Federación de Entidades Argentino-Palestinas (Federation of Argentinian-Palestinian Entities) and Stop the Wall announced the suspension of the shady business with Mekorot, a…

Occupation, Apartheid and Colonialism in Palestine – a basic guide
Stop The Wall – Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign The Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem and the Birzeit University Institute of Law are pleased to announce release of the “Guidelines for Advocating for Palestinian Rights in conformity with International Law”. Tthis new advocacy tool is an outcome document of the conference “Options…

YNet News

Kerry urges Russia to exercise utmost restraint
YNet News, 8 Mar 2014 – ….

Two on missing Malaysia jet used stolen EU passports
YNet News, 8 Mar 2014 – ….

Deputy chief of staff released from hospital after complaining on heart pains
YNet News, 8 Mar 2014 – ….

White House: Obama calls six world leaders about Ukraine crisis
YNet News, 8 Mar 2014 – ….

Iraqi women protest against proposed law permitting marriage of 9-year-old girls
YNet News, 8 Mar 2014 – ….

Change in status of Arab women begins in Tunisia
YNet News, 8 Mar 2014 – Analysis: Situation of tens of millions of women in Arab and Muslim world, even after Arab Spring, is in alarming state of regression. In Tunisia, however, innovative constitution sees women as worthy of any position. ….

FIFA helping violate human rights 
YNet News, 8 Mar 2014 – Op-ed: In its decision to allow head covers during matches, football’s governing body helps perpetuate women’s subjugation to men in Muslim world. ….

Palestinian Information Center

A salute to the Palestinian woman
PIC – Any catalogue describing the suffering and resilience of modern women would be incomplete without designating a special chapter for Palestinian women.

IOF suppresses a women’s march in front of the Qalandia checkpoint
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Saturday quelled a women’s march in front of the Qalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem, causing dozens of cases of suffocation.

Israeli violations in al-Khalil on the table of UN Human Rights Council
PIC – Youth against Settlement took part in the twenty-fifth session of the UN Human Rights Council, which was held last Thursday in Geneva.

Lawyer Amjad Safadi detained during visit to Hadarim jail
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained lawyer Amjad Safadi, from occupied Jerusalem, as he was on a regular visit to the Palestinian prisoners in Hadarim jail.

Hamdan: Cairo Court’s decision to ban Hamas an offense against Egypt’s history
PIC – Hamas leader Osama Hamdan said the Egyptian judiciary ruling to ban the movement’s activities in Egypt is a political decision par excellence.

IOF soldiers break into prisoner’s home, summon his two sons
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) broke into the home of prisoner Jamal Al-Hur in Sourif town, north of Al-Khalil, and served summonses to his two sons on Saturday.

Hayya calls on Egypt to revoke its decision to ban Hamas
PIC – Member of Hamas’s political bureau Khalil Al-Hayya urged Egypt to backtrack on its decision to ban his Movement in the country, warning that Israel would exploit the Egyptian position against Hamas.

Jewish settlers attack journalists near the Jalazoun camp
PIC – Dozens of Jewish settlers attacked on Friday afternoon a group of journalists while they were covering clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli occupation forces near the Jalazoun refugee camp.

Israeli military vehicle runs over Palestinian girl
PIC – An Israeli military vehicle ran over a Palestinian 16-year-old girl on Saturday on the bypass road near Yatta town, south of al-Khalil, causing her moderate injuries. 


Several Suffocation Cases in Demonstration near Ramallah
WAFA – 8 Mar 2014

Minister: European Mission to Arrive in Palestine on March 19
WAFA – 8 Mar 2014

Israeli Forces Arrest Three, Summon Others from Bethlehem and Hebron
WAFA – 8 Mar 2014

Newspaper Review: Weekly Anti-Settlement Protests and Kerry, King Abdullah II Talks Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 8 Mar 2014

The Earthquake in the Ready East
WAFA – 5 Mar 2014


Egypt tightens rules for presidential election
LA Times 8 Mar 2014 – CAIRO — Egyptian authorities have enacted a new law that makes it impossible for results in the upcoming presidential election to be disputed in court, a presidential advisor said Saturday.

Mercy and Social Media Slow the Noose in Iran
New York Times 8 Mar 2014 – Public hangings still attract hundreds of onlookers, but Iran’s enormous middle class is turning against capital punishment. 

World Briefing: U.N. Body Criticizes Egyptian Crackdown on Dissent
New York Times 7 Mar 2014 – A group of 27 countries on the United Nations Human Rights Council expressed concerns on Friday over the Egyptian government’s wide-scale use of violence against opposition protesters, the first reprimand from the international body since a bloody crackdown on dissent in the country began last year. 

The Saturday Profile: Seeking to Bridge the Arab-Jewish Divide With Music
New York Times 7 Mar 2014 – David Broza, an Israeli singer-songwriter, employs a universal language on his regular visits with young people at the Shuafat Refugee Camp in Jerusalem. 

2013 was record year in new settlement construction, and 2014 rate is already higher
Mondoweiss – Land, property, resources theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing Figures show: Peace talks and settlement construction go hand in hand 972mag 7 Mar by Noam Sheizaf – Successive Israeli governments have argued for years that settlements are not an obstacle to peace. The data tells a different story….

‘Daily Beast’ labels Abbas ‘stubborn’ for refusing to recognize Israel as Jewish state
Mondoweiss – So the Daily Beast is shaming Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas already for his refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. This is a new demand on Israel’s part that was not any part of earlier negotiations over a two-state solution, and that is rejected by…

Saudi Arabia Finances Most of Israel’s Weapons Build-Up Against Iran
Tikun Olam – Israeli and Saudi intelligence chiefs met recently to coordinate joint efforts in their military-intelligence campaign against Iran Over the past months, the level of intense cooperation between Israel and Saudi Arabia in targeting Iran has become clear.  I’ve posted here about secret meetings between top Israeli…

Abby on corporate media, Oscars & drones strikes, AIPAC 2014, BDS, Palestine and Israel 
Sabbah report 8 Mar 2014 – Abby Martin remarks on her Ukraine remarks, US drone strikes that killed 10 in Yemen during the Oscars, former CIA officer Phillip Giraldi discusses 2014 AIPAC conference, BDS and Palestine/Israel peace process. Continue reading ? Read More: Abby on corporate media, Oscars & drones strikes, AIPAC…

Putin’s Ukraine adventure a gift to Netanyahu 
Sabbah report 8 Mar 2014 – By distracting Obama administration and world attention, the Ukraine crisis has given Netanyahu months or years without any movement toward peace, and in the meantime can continue with the occupation and build settlements at a frantic pace. Continue reading ? Read More: Putin’s Ukraine adventure a…

Israel Hypes Nonexistent Iranian Threat 
Sabbah report 8 Mar 2014 – Netanyahu is way over-the-top. He’s his own worst enemy. His bullying/bluster offends. He repeats one Big Lie after another. It’s habitual. Israel’s killing machine got an added boost. For sure it’ll take full advantage. Continue reading ? Read More: Israel Hypes Nonexistent Iranian Threat . Sign up…

Israel: A significant shift in U.S. public opinion? And what if the answer is “Yes”? 
Sabbah report 8 Mar 2014 – The occupation addict is in need of a true friend, one that would send her to rehab. AIPAC, and the United States along with it, has opted to be the false friend – and that’s as anti-Israel as it gets. Continue reading ? Read More: Israel:…

Libya threatens to bomb oil tanker 
BBC 8 Mar 2014 – Libya’s Prime Minister Ali Zeidan threatens to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker if it tries to export oil from a rebel-controlled port.

Israel Plans To Bare Iran ‘Arms Ship’ 
The Foward Breaking News 8 Mar 2014 – A ship seized by the Israeli navy on suspicion of smuggling arms from Iran to the Gaza Strip docked on Saturday in Israel, which planned to put the cargo on display in hope of denting Tehran’s rapprochement with the West. Click here for the rest of…

VIDEO: Egypt ‘needs more women in politics’ 
BBC 8 Mar 2014 – A new effort is now under way in Egypt to engage more women in political life. Sally Nabil reports from Cairo.

Mort Klein Faces First Challenge as Head of Zionist Organization of America 
The Forward New 8 Mar 2014 – Mort Klein is facing his first real challenge after 20 years at the helm of the Zionist Organization of America. And it’s not coming from a more moderate voice. Click here for the rest of the article…

A time to talk in Tehran 
BBC 8 Mar 2014 – Lyse Doucet in Tehran assesses Baroness Ashton’s first visit there

Saudis and Qatar ‘destabilise Iraq’ 
BBC 8 Mar 2014 – Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri Maliki accuses Saudi Arabia and Qatar of seeking to destabilise his country by supporting insurgent groups.

Thousands renew fight against patriarchy on International Women’s Day 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Mar 2014 – The mother of Roula Yacoub, a victim of domestic violence, holds a portrait of her deceased daughter during a rally on “International Women’s Day” on March 8, 2014 in front of the National Museum in Beirut, Lebanon. (Photo: AFP – Anwar Amro) The mother of Roula…

Riyadh puts ISIS, al-Nusra Front, Muslim Brotherhood, and Houthis on list of terrorist organizations 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Mar 2014 – Saudi Arabia’s Prince Waleed bin Talal (C) walks to lay a wreath on the grave of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank city of Ramallah March 4, 2014. (Photo: Reuters-Mohamad Torokman) Saudi Arabia’s Prince Waleed bin Talal (C) walks to lay a wreath…

Israeli forces attack West Bank women’s day march 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Mar 2014 – Israeli occupation forces on Saturday fired stun grenades and tear gas at dozens of protesters marking International Women’s Day near a West Bank checkpoint, injuring at least 11 women, local media reported. Ma’an News Agency said the women suffered from tear gas inhalation after soldiers attacked…

Rockets strike near East Lebanon hospital 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Mar 2014 – Suspected Syrian rebels fired two rockets into east Lebanon Saturday, causing no casualties, state news reported, the latest in what has become almost daily shelling. Lebanon’s National News Agency said the rockets struck near a hospital a government hospital in the northeastern Hermel district. The attack…

Rouhani calls on judiciary to stop shutting down newspapers 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Mar 2014 – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani defended Saturday what he called “freedom of the press with responsibility” and criticized the practice of shutting down offending newspapers. “The government is in favor of freedom of expression with responsibility,” he said in a vigorously applauded speech to media figures broadcast…

Syria: Jihadist factions close to civil war 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Mar 2014 – Rebel fighters make their way through a yard in the village of Morek, in the countryside of the Syrian city of Hama, on March 7, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Ali Nasser) Rebel fighters make their way through a yard in the village of Morek, in the countryside of…

Free Syrian Army confirms new chief 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Mar 2014 – A picture taken on March 1, 2014 shows rebel fighters inspecting the wreckage of a Syrian army helicopter after al-Qaeda-linked group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria allegedly destroyed it when they left the Meng Military Airport, in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, to prevent…

Bomb injures one at Cairo tram station 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Mar 2014 – An explosion by a suspected homemade bomb targeting a tram station in eastern Cairo wounded at least one person on Saturday, Egyptian security officials said. Since the military ousted Islamist president Mohammed Mursi in July, militants have stepped up attacks against the security forces in Egypt,…

Will the Saudis get Aoun into Baabda? 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Mar 2014 – French Foreign minister Laurent Fabius (R) shares a laugh with his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil (2ndL) prior to their meeting at the French ministry in Paris, on March 4, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Thomas Samson) French Foreign minister Laurent Fabius (R) shares a laugh with his Lebanese counterpart…

Libya threatens to bomb North Korean tanker at rebel-held port 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Mar 2014 – Updated 3:45 pm: Libya threatened Saturday to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker, which is suspected of trying to load an illegal cargo at the Es-Sider oil terminal, if the vessel does not leave port. Militants blockading the terminal in eastern Libya had been trying to load…

What did Bassil send the Arab League? 
Al-Akhbar Politics 7 Mar 2014 – Minister of Foreign Affairs Gebran Bassil during a press conference. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Minister of Foreign Affairs Gebran Bassil during a press conference. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Despite the air of optimism surrounding the drafting of the ministerial statement, no tangible progress has been made. Now the…


Women behind the lens: Palestinians filming the occupation 
Manal Ja’bri, +972 Magazine 3/8/2014
      For the past several years, Palestinian women from all walks of life have been taking part in a video project to document human rights violations under occupation. In honor of International Women’s Day, one of them tells her story. 
     My name is Manal Ja’bri, I am 38-years-old and I have seven children, between the ages of 9 and 18, and I am the sole breadwinner in my family. I grew up in a house near the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba. Settlers burned my family’s home and used to beat us on our way to school. One of the problems in Palestinian society is that people don’t differentiate between Israelis, Jews and settlers – they are all settlers to us. I used to think the same way, but over the years I learned to tell the difference.
     Three years ago, I read a wanted ad in the newspaper for field researchers for B’Tselem, an Israeli organization dedicated to documenting human rights violations in the occupied territories. B’Tselem trains Palestinians in specific locations in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, where tensions are high and clashes are commonplace, to use video cameras to capture those violations. The footage exposes the Israeli and the international public to the reality of life under occupation.
     When I first started working for B’Tselem, I was frequently criticized by Palestinians for working for an Israeli organization. Over time, however, Palestinians have learned to trust B’Tselem, because they know that our cameras are out there to safeguard their human rights. Today, I am in charge of B’Tselem’s video project, and I feel prouder, stronger and more self-confident.
     My children used to get criticized at school by their friends because “their mother works with the Jews.” Meanwhile my family did not approve of my work, claiming that “it is a man’s job.” Yet, as time went by, everyone saw that what I did worked for their benefit, and my family saw how I was able to support my children. more.. e-mail

Fighting the occupation with a needle and thread 
Yara Hawari, Electronic Intifada 3/5/2014
      Can traditional Palestinian embroidery be made fashionable? The founders of Ibra wa Khayt (Needle and Thread), a recently-opened business in Ramallah have set out to do just that.
     Tamara Reem had the idea for the project in early 2013 after she added a piece of embroidery given to her by her grandmother to a pair of shirwal (trousers).
     “Everywhere I went people would ask where I got them from,” she said. “And it was nice that I had a story. So instead of saying they were from a shopping mall, I could tell them the story about the embroidery. It was embroidered by my grandmother in the 1960s in Jerusalem … It’s my own personal history.”
     Both Reem and her business partner Weeam Hammoudeh trace their interest in embroidery to their grandparents.
     Hammoudeh’s family is originally from Lifta, a village in Jerusalem that was ethnically cleansed by Zionist forces in 1948. She grew up in Ramallah before moving to the US for graduate school.
     “While we were in the United States, embroidery was something that reminded me of my grandmothers but since coming back I have become more interested in the techniques and designs themselves,” Hammoudeh said.
     The two women have set about finding old thobes (traditional Palestinian dresses) that are no longer used or have worn away, researching from which region or village the garments originated and, if possible, who made them.
     Giving the embroidered parts of the clothing to local stitchers and tailors, they use them to make new items — until now, mainly trousers and skirts. The buyer of each final piece is told the history of the old clothes on which it is based. more.. e-mail

Keeping the lights on in Palestine 
Dr Phil Leech, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/8/2014
      On 3 March, MEMO reported that th
e Israeli Electric Company (IEC) had issued a final warning to the Palestinian Authority (PA) over its NIS 1.3 billion in arrears. This represents only the latest stage in a developing crisis over access to and payment for utilities and the high cost of living that is plaguing the population of the West Bank. Further, this predicament highlights the flawed philosophy of a ‘two-state solution that underlies relations between Israel and the Palestinians at this level.

     The IEC’s warning came only a week and half after it was reportedly considering writing off the debt because it was unwilling to allow the PA to schedule its payments yet was unable to compel it to act.
     Lack of payment by Palestinians for their electricity has been a long-standing issue. During the intense violence and devastation of the Second Intifada (2000-c.20007) and the Hamas-Fatah conflict (2006-7) payments declined significantly. During the period of Palestinian ‘statebuilding’ – a programme of institutional reform that prioritised the concerns of international donors, often at the expense of the domestic population – the PA sought to enforce the payment of utility bills.
     Most controversially the PA’s efforts focused on the refugee population. It signed a deal with the Executive Office for Popular Committees in the camps to subsidise a limited supply but charged full price for the remainder used. The deal sparked protests among refugees who challenged the PA’s right to end their informal immunity from such costs, which was derived from recognition of refugees particular status under international law and the hardship they endure as exiles from what is now Israel.
     In the face of popular dissatisfaction the PA backed down to some extent in January 2013 by cancelling all debts in the West Bank. Yet it continues to attempt to enforce payment among refugees and even the most vulnerable communities while at the same time failing to meet the demands of the IEC. more.. e-mail

Delusions of liberal Zionism 
Jeremy Salt, Al-Ahram Weekly 3/6/2014
      So-called liberal Zionists have always lived in a fantasy land, mistaking the essential character of the Israeli state even long before 1967.
     A racist ideology gives birth to a racist state. Founded on territory belonging to another people, it strips them of their possessions and drives them away. It buries the ruins of their villages and cemeteries beneath thick forests of pine trees, complete with paths and picnic tables. Those forests are dedicated to distant politicians who either do not know or do not care that their names are being used to cover up, literally, mass destruction, pillage and theft.
     Having embarked on a life of crime, the state then continues to live outside the law for every second of its existence for more than six decades. To remain what it is, to further its ideological and territorial imperatives, it must live outside the law. Most states commit crimes, but this state is defined by criminality. All change is cosmetic, relative and designed to conceal the true agenda.
     The recently made Australian documentary on Israeli brutality directed against children on the West Bank entitled “Stone Cold Justice” leads to one central conclusion: a state that has not changed its violent ways for the past 65 years is not likely to change now. There was nothing in the documentary that was really new. Iron cages in which children are kept outdoors are no more than a variation on a theme. Women and children have always been the victims of Zionism, and Zionism is nothing if not inventive in knowing how to tighten the screws.
     A future of deliberately induced hopelessness is continually being created for the Palestinians. This was spelt out unambiguously and brutally in the Australian documentary by Danielle Weiss, a founding figure of the West Bank settler colonies, when she claimed that “this land was promised to the Jews by God.…” more.. e-mail

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