VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 10 March 2014

10 March 2014 — VTJP

News

International Middle East Media Center

Palestinian Civilian Killed by Israeli Soldiers; Death Toll in the West Bank Stand at Two
IMEMC – On Monday evening, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian young man near the central West Bank city of Ramallah. Israeli forces invaded the village of Bieteen, near Ramallah, searched homes and fired live rounds at residents homes. …

Orthodox Jews in NYC Protest Israeli Draft Bill, Settlements in Gaza and West Bank
IMEMC – Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews staged a mass prayer in New York City, to protest Israel’s proposal to draft ultra-Orthodox citizens into its army. …

District Court Cancels Indictment Against Ahmad Obeid
IMEMC – The District court judge in Jerusalem cancelled, last Thursday, an indictment against the 19-year-old Ahmad Daoud Obeid, from the village of Esawyeh. …

Palestinian Land Retrieved near Qalqilya
IMEMC – Four Palestinian-owned plots near Qalqilya were retrieved by their owners, after being previously seized by Israeli companies claiming ownership to the land. …

Palestinian-Israeli Sentenced to 25 years for Tel Aviv Bombing
IMEMC – A Tel Aviv court, on Monday, sentenced a Palestinian-Israeli with a 25-year prison term over the 2012 bombing of a bus during a major Israeli campaign in Gaza. …

NUIG Students Join BDS Movement Against Israel
IMEMC – The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) welcomed, in a press release, the passing of motion calling on the National University of Galway (NUIG) Students’ Union to actively participate in the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel, until it ends the occupation of Palestine and complies with its obligations under international law. …

Palestinian Man Killed by Israeli Forces near Jordan
IMEMC – Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man, at the Allenby Bridge crossing with Jordan, on Monday, Israel’s army and witnesses said. …

Army Uproots Farmlands Near Bethlehem and Jerusalem
IMEMC – [Sunday Evening, March 09, 2014] Israeli soldiers invaded Palestinian farmlands in the al-Khader town, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and uprooted them. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian at Allenby Bridge crossing
3/10/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man at the Allenby Bridge crossing with Jordan on Monday, Israel’s army and witnesses said. An Israeli army spokeswoman said “a Palestinian attempted to the seize the weapon of an Israeli soldier at the Allenby Bridge crossing with Jordan. Israeli soldiers opened fire and a hit was identified.”Army commander Yaron Beit…. Related: Body of man killed at Allenby handed to PA and Jordanians protest outside Israeli embassy

Israeli forces confiscate Palestinian land south of Nablus
3/10/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday confiscated land from Burin village south of Nablus, a local official said. Majd Assouss, the head of a committee in the village, told Ma’an that Israeli forces had officially announced that 2,000 dunams (495 acres) belonging to the local high school would be confiscated for “security reasons,” without providing further details. An Israeli army spokeswoman denied the reports. [END]

Witnesses: Israel detains 11 Palestinians in overnight raids
3/10/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained a number of Palestinians in the West Bank in overnight arrest raids, locals and an army spokesperson told Ma’an. Local sources said that Israeli troops raided the village of Tell south of Nablus and detained 23-year-old Walid Jamal. Separately, Israeli soldiers raided Taawan street in southern Nablus and detained 24-year-old Ammar Abu Zarour, locals….

Palestinian villagers capture Israeli settler stealing sheep
3/10/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) – Palestinian villagers on Monday captured an Israeli settler when he was trying to steal sheep from a field in the northern West Bank village of al-Lubban al-Sharqiyya south of Nablus. A Palestinian official who monitors settlement-related activities told Ma’an that a settler from the illegal Eli settlement tried to steal sheep from a Palestinian shepherd before a number of….

Palestinian-Israeli gets 25 years for Tel Aviv bus bomb
3/10/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — A Tel Aviv court on Monday handed a Palestinian-Israeli a 25-year prison term over the 2012 bombing of a bus during a major Israeli campaign in Gaza. Mohammed Mafarja, 19, was sentenced three months after being convicted on charges of aiding the enemy during war, attempted murder, causing an explosion and wounding 24 people. A resident of Taibe in central Israel, Mafarja….

Electricity crisis expected in Gaza as Qatar-donated fuel runs dry
3/10/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The last shipment of Qatar-donated diesel — used to fuel the Gaza Strip’s sole power plant — is expected to run out within four or five days, a Palestinian official said Sunday. The announcement comes after only around two months of steady electricity in the besieged coastal enclave, which suffers from a severe lack of fuel due to a seven-year-long….

Body of man killed at Allenby handed to PA
3/10/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel has delivered the body of Raed Zeiter to the Palestinian Authority, which will transfer it to Nablus where he will be buried, the PA’s head of borders and crossings said. Nathmi Mhanna told Ma’an that an investigation is still ongoing to determine the details of the incident, and that a joint committee will investigate the shooting…. Related: Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian at Allenby Bridge crossing and Jordanians protest outside Israeli embassy

Jordanians protest outside Israeli embassy
3/10/2014 – AMMAN, Jordan (Ma’an) — Dozens of Jordanian activists protested in front of the Israeli embassy in Amman against the killing of a Jordanian-Palestinian man at Allenby Bridge the same morning. They called for closing the embassy, annulling the peace agreement with Israel and expelling the Israeli ambassador. Protesters burned an Israeli flag during their demonstration. [END]

Fatah leader: Hamas should abandon MB agenda
3/10/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Fatah central committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einen labeled Hamas a “mongol” group in its “attack” on Fatah members in Gaza, and said the movement has turned into “border guards for the occupation.” Abu al-Einen said that Hamas attacked a ceremony eulogizing Ahmad Mfarreg, who was killed by Israeli forces in 2003, and continuously arrests Fatah and other factional leaders that try….

Firefighters tackle blaze in Nablus market
3/10/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Firefighters managed to control a blaze late Sunday in a popular market east of Nablus. Director of Nablus fire department, Muhannad Asqalan, told Ma’an that a team was dispatched immediately after a blaze broke out in a market. Two stores were completely destroyed and three other stores sustained minor damage. [END]

Syria army using starvation as ‘weapon of war’ in Yarmouk
3/10/2014 – BEIRUT (AFP) — The Syrian army has been using starvation as a “weapon of war” in its siege of the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, Amnesty International said on Monday. In a report on the plight of Palestinian and Syrian civilians in Yarmouk, the rights watchdog said nearly 200 people have died since an army siege was tightened in July 2013 and….

Syria Islamists free nuns in rare prisoner swap
3/10/2014 – JDEIDET YABUS, Syria (AFP) — A group of nuns kidnapped in a Syrian village were freed Monday, part of a rare prisoner swap in a three-year war whose brutality is highlighted in a new Amnesty report. Wahhabi militants seized the 13 nuns and three maids on December 3 from the famed Christian village of Maalula — where residents still speak the ancient Aramaic language of Jesus — and….

French tourists killed in Jordan climbing accident
3/10/2014 – AMMAN, Jordan (AFP) — An autopsy showed on Sunday that an accidental fall killed three French nationals as they climbed a mountain in southern Jordan, a security official said.”State coroners conducted an autopsy today on the bodies of the French people. They found out that an accidental fall has caused their death,” the official said.”Their bodies were delivered today (Sunday) to the French embassy….

Statement: Lebanon camp general killed
3/10/2014 – BEIRUT (Ma’an) — A Lebanese national security forces general was reportedly shot dead by unknown assailants in Ein al-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon on Monday. Jamil Zidan was shot near his house in the camp, and was taken to Labib medical center in Saida. Ein al-Hilweh’s Facebook page quoted a statement by security forces in the camp confirming the death and announcing a strike on Tuesday. [END]

Military source: Libya halts N.Korea flagged tanker
3/10/2014 – BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) — Libyan authorities said Monday they had stopped a North Korean-flagged tanker as it tried to leave with an “illegal” shipment of crude oil from a rebel-held port. A military source told AFP on condition of anonymity that the navy intercepted the ship and would lead it “towards a port controlled by the state”. The country’s highest political authority, the General….

AlJazeera

Probe identifies new suspects over Lockerbie
AlJazeera 10 Mar 2014 – Al Jazeera uncovers evidence that Iran, Hezbollah and Palestinian group were behind bombing of Pan Am flight 103.

Israel decries ‘hypocrisy’ over seized arms
AlJazeera 10 Mar 2014 – Netanyahu accuses international community of falling for Iran outreach campaign and ignoring involvement in “terrorism”.

Israel fears future drone attacks
AlJazeera 10 Mar 2014 – Israeli air defence chief says drone attacks could be launched by armed groups in Gaza and Lebanon.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Sourani Meets with Japanese Delegation
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic: 130 Humanitarian Organisations Demand Access to Civilians in Syria
Relief Web 10 Mar 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Launch campaign to take iconic Yarmouk image to Times Square Billboard The global humanitarian community has released a joint Thunderclap …

occupied Palestinian territory: Support from Galicia for Gaza Food Aid
Relief Web 10 Mar 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Spain Madrid The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is grateful to the Galicia Regional Government for its contribution of EUR 10,000 (…

occupied Palestinian territory: Seawater Desalination for Gaza: Implications and Challenges
Relief Web 10 Mar 2014 – Source: EWASH Country: occupied Palestinian territory Position Paper 09 March 2014 Seawater Desalination for Gaza: Implications and Challenges The Emergency Water, Sanitation and Hygiene group (EWASH), a coalition of almost 30 organisations working on water issues in the Occupied Palestinian…

occupied Palestinian territory: Japan Supports Four New Projects in Four Governorates through Japan s Grassroots Assistance
Relief Web 9 Mar 2014 – Source: Government of Japan Country: Japan, occupied Palestinian territory Today, on March 6th, 2014, the signing ceremonies were held in the Representative Office of Japan to the PA in Ramallah for four projects. The contracts were signed by Mr. Junya…

occupied Palestinian territory: The Gaza Cheat Sheet ” Real Data on the Gaza Closure ” March 9, 2014
Relief Web 9 Mar 2014 – Source: Gisha Country: occupied Palestinian territory Economic situation There is no shortage of food in Gaza, but severe poverty has increased over years of closure and because of travel restrictions. More than 70% of the population currently receives humanitarian aid…

The National

Syria will pay heavy price for trauma of war inflicted on children
The National 10 Mar 2014 – UN warns that damage goes beyond emotional and physical scars and will affect Syrian society for years to come.

Investigation of missing Malaysian plane turns to stolen passports
The National 10 Mar 2014 – Travel agents in Thai resort town questioned over one-way tickets issued to two men using stolen Italian and Austrian passports as Malaysia widens search area for missing aircraft.

India s election campaign spending could touch $5bn
The National 10 Mar 2014 – High spending by parties and candidates on publicity, rallies and voter handouts will give short-term boost to India’s economy, experts say.

Fear of radiation keeps Japanese children indoors
The National 10 Mar 2014 – Youngsters suffer other health and psychological problems after being allowed just a few minutes outdoors each day since the nuclear disaster triggered by the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.

In pictures: Tibetan exiles protest against Chinese rule
The National 10 Mar 2014 –

In picutres: Syrian refugees
The National 10 Mar 2014 – Syrian women and children at Mafraq’s refugee camp

In pictures: Tsunami aftermath three years on
The National 10 Mar 2014 –

In pictures: Syrian nuns freed
The National 10 Mar 2014 – Nuns captured in December by Syrian rebels freed in prisoner-exchange deal

In pictures: Yemen s hot spring water
The National 10 Mar 2014 – Yemeni people enjoying a shower in the spring water at a bath in Damt, near Sanaa

GCC rift could trigger new power struggle in Syrian opposition
The National 10 Mar 2014 – Qatar-backed blocs seek to re-enter Syrian National Coalition ahead of crucial general assembly and presidential elections.

Freed nuns arrive in Damascus after months of captivity
The National 10 Mar 2014 – A group of nuns and their helpers kidnapped by Al Qaeda forces in Syria are free after months in captivity.

In pictures: Indian soldiers on the First World War battlefields
The National 10 Mar 2014 – Pre-partition India, which included present-day Pakistan and Bangladesh, provided more than 1.27 million men to the Allies during the First World War. With this year marking the centenary of the beginning of the conflict, a new appreciation for the role of colonial soldiers among the Allied troops is beginning to emerge.

At least 42 African migrants drown off Yemeni coast
The National 10 Mar 2014 – At least 42 illegal African migrants drowned in the Arabian Sea off the southern coast of Yemen late on Sunday, the defence ministry said on its website.

Search for debris from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 widens
The National 10 Mar 2014 – Vietnamese searchers on ships worked throughout the night but could not find a rectangle object spotted Sunday afternoon that was thought to be one of the doors of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that went missing more than two days ago.

How investigators unlock air crash secrets
The National 10 Mar 2014 – The disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines 777 has left 239 passengers presumably dead. Thankfully, air tragedies are rare. Investigators face the task of finding out what happened to the aircraft, as they have done since the first major jet air crash in 1954.

Ha’aretz

Poll: China passes Iran as America’s greatest enemy
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

The Bedouin threat that never was
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Haifa refinery fire believed to be accident
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Ignoring Arab education imperils Israel’s future
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Netanyahu is not in the picture
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Where’s Livni when you need her?
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Sure there’s a men’s lobby – every Israeli government
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Be er Sheva municipal strike drags on
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Lapid lashes at teens who won’t serve in army
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

In Beit Shemesh, a battle for every voter
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Knesset expected to raise electoral threshold to 3.25%
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Israeli arrested for selling paragliding equipment to Iranian
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Nationwide summer school in July will be more like subsidized day camp
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Jordan sends strongly-worded message to Israel after shooting death of judge
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Two journalists disappear in Crimea, feared kidnapped
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

‘Groundbreaking’ stem cell research withdrawn
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Hezbollah lost nearly 500 fighters in Syria war, sources say
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Kerry rejects Russian invite, demanding it pledge to direct talks with Ukraine
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

U.S. condemns Iranian weapons shipments to terror groups
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Iranian bought tickets for Malaysia Air passengers with stolen passports
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Netanyahu’s display of seized ship: Meaningless Hollywood-style propaganda
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Netanyahu’s display of seized ship: Meaningless Hollywood-style propaganda
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Al Qaida-inspired jihadi movement growing in Gaza, says group leader
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Father of Sandy Hook shooter: You can’t get any more evil
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

A nation of interests, not of principles
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Canadian photojournalist killed in Syria
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Who’s afraid of raising the electoral threshold in Israel – and why?
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Israel displays seized Iranian weapons shipment
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

U.S. gives Israel $429 million for Iron Dome
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Israeli soldier shoots Jordanian judge dead at border crossing
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

State’s witness in gay club murder charged with fabricating evidence
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Delaying the apocalypse at Al-Aqsa/Temple Mount
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Not buying into Netanyahu’s ‘Jewish state’
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Former Russian oil tycoon Khodorkovsky backs Ukraine’s new leaders
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Tel Aviv bus bomber sentenced to 25 years
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

‘Unprecedented mystery’: Still no trace of Malaysia Airlines jet
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Everything you need to know about Crimea
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Gil Sheffer leaves PMO as chief of staff
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Tutu: Israel’s humiliation of Palestinians ‘familiar to black South Africans’
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

TIMELINE: The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

The Israeli drone and the Palestinian tent encampment
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Bedouin demos are subversive nationalist activity, Shin Bet tells court
Ha’aretz – 10 Mar 2014

Why leave Judea and Samaria?
Ha’aretz – 9 Mar 2014

Will Israel forever be a foreign implant in the Middle East?
Ha’aretz – 9 Mar 2014

Israel gets high on a ship hijacking
Ha’aretz – 9 Mar 2014

Prosecution expected to reach plea bargain agreement with Pinto
Ha’aretz – 9 Mar 2014

Jerusalem Post

Celebrating 65 years of child and youth services
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – Hundreds of child welfare professionals gathered to present and discuss ongoing and new programs, projects, and innovative research toward helping children.

Two passengers using stolen passports on Malaysia Airlines flight traced to Iranian buyer
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – The two men are at center of mystery surrounding disappearance of Malaysia Airlines plane over south Pacific.

Women s rights in the field
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – The personal and professional needs of migrant women working in agricultural must be met to better ensure their physical and emotional safety and security.

The Kurdish women s revolution
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – Kurdish history is replete with cases of women assuming leadership roles in the realm of religion, politics and even in the military sphere.

Conversion law: The wind of change
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – Over the past years little has been done by the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbinate concerning the problem of defining and possibly ratifying who is a Jew.

The electoral threshold: Why the rush?
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – When the electoral threshold was raised in the past, the adjustment was made carefully and gently, with an increase of half a percent at the most.

Our World: Why make light of PLO non-recognition of Israel?
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – As far as the Obama administration is concerned, making peace between the Arabs and the Jewish state has nothing to do persuading the Arabs to recognize the Jewish state.

Rushing the vote
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – In protest against such parliamentary steamrolling, opposition parties on Sunday announced they would boycott the debates and the vote on the three bills.

US General proposes Israel defend Jordan, Egypt with anti-missile system
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – Chief defense attache for US Embassy made suggestion, head of the Israel Missile Defense Organization ‘open to the idea.’

Cameron to arrive in Israel this week despite sanctions
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – Very unlike Blair, Cameron to make first visit in four years and stay less than 30 hours, with logistics being handled by PMO rather than Foreign Ministry.

Cohen, police in preparations to prevent electoral fraud in repeat Beit Shemesh elections
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – Leading haredi rabbi calls on anti-Zionist haredi factions to vote.

Tensions high in Amman as protesters gather at Israeli embassy after IDF shooting
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – The protest follows the shooting of a Palestinian-born Jordanian judge by IDF troops near the border after he allegedly tried to snatch the soldier’s weapon.

If you re taken by MDA ambulance and not hospitalized, you ll have to pay more for service
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – Private ambulances are not included in the regulations, and they charge fees set by competition on the free market.

Netanyahu will appoint a new Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee by end of March.
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will appoint a new Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman by March 31.

Appeal sent to attorney general to halt El-Ad acquisition of J lem Archeological Park
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – Activists contend legal precedent prevents private foundations from managing Western Wall Plaza, deal made illegally without legal tender.

Ben-Eliezer laments West’s Mideast policies to foreign press
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – “Europe, after what happened there decades ago, should be more sensitive,”he says of European boycotts of Judea and Samaria.

Hamas official: Heart of Israel will be the target in future war
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – Iran and Gaza taking special measures to improves ties, Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar says.

Foreign Ministry workers step up sanctions
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – The workers have been engaged in a dispute for better wages and conditions for over a year, relaunching sanctions last week when mediation efforts failed.

Haredi MK filibusters bill to increase female representation
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – According to the legislation, municipal party lists that are at least one-third female will get an additional 15 percent in campaign funding

Caucus launches website for integration of haredim into workforce
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – MK Rabbi Dov Lipman, who is leading the initiative, calls the new site a “one-stop shop” for the needs of a haredi job-seeker.

Top high school scientists competing for prizes at Knesset
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – The winners will participate in the international Intel Young Scientists Competition to be held later this year in Arizona.

Palestinian statehood and terror: Obligations of int’l law
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – International law is never subject to any opportunistic or narrowly geopolitical re-interpretations.

Swedish school vandalized with Nazi graffiti
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – The school in central Stockholm, which is not exclusively Jewish, was spray-painted with swastikas, stoking fears of rise of fascism in Europe.

The chimerical pursuit of liberal pacifist love
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – In craving something it can never obtain, Israel endangers both its democracy and its survival.

Netanyahu slams world’s hypocrisy in not strongly condemning Iran’s arms shipment to Gaza
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – As PM visits Eilat naval base where contents of Iranian weapons ship Klos C unveiled, he says today Tehran hides shipments of long range missiles, tomorrow it will hide “nuclear suitcases.”

Egyptian laws create National Security Council, sets conditions for war
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – Laws stipulate that NSC, parliament must give approval before president may declare war.

Enough with macho talk – Ukraine better off without Crimea
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – A proper US policy concerning Russia and Ukraine should comprise the toning down of the hostile rhetoric and the macho talk, accept the latest facts on the ground, and only pretend to be upset.

US, Israel sign deal to continue financing Iron Dome
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – US to commit funds for building of more Iron Dome batteries, Israel will continue to co-produce components with US companies.

Coalition and opposition MKs discuss controversial bills in separate plenums
Jerusalem Post 10 Mar 2014 – Edelstein on opposition boycott of electoral reform, haredi enlistment and referendum votes: They prefer staged acts over debate.

The Guardian

Israeli troops shoot dead a Palestinian-Jordanian judge at border crossing
The Guardian 10 Mar 2014 – Palestinian Authority and Amman demand investigation over incident at crossing between West Bank and Jordan Israeli troops at a border crossing shot dead a Palestinian-Jordanian judge who allegedly tried to snatch a soldier’s weapon, prompting Amman…

Uruknet

Inter Press Service

What s Going on in the Gulf? Unsurprisingly, It s Probably About Iran
IPS By Derek Davison WASHINGTON, Mar 10 2014 (IPS) Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain all recalled their ambassadors from Qatar on Wednesday, citing Qatar s alleged support for organisations and individuals that threaten the security and stability of the Gulf states and for hostile media. This came right on…

Daily Star

Officials: 16 killed in road accident in Egypt
Daily Star 10 Mar 2014 Officials say a truck collided with a bus on a highway in southern Egypt that was flooded after heavy rains, killing 16 people.

Lawyer of terror suspect asks judge to drop charges
Daily Star 10 Mar 2014 The lawyer of a terror suspect Monday requested that Military Investigative Judge Imad Zein drop the charges against his client who is accused of fighting in Syria, arguing that members of Hezbollah were left without prosecution

British PM to visit Israel, Palestinian territories: officials
Daily Star 10 Mar 2014 British Prime Minister David Cameron will make the first visit of his premiership to Israel this week, officials said Monday.

Israel army kills Palestinian in West Bank: Israeli sources
Daily Star 10 Mar 2014 Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian on a road near the West Bank administrative centre of Ramallah on Monday, Israeli security sources said.

More than 500,000 in Syria without food aid: WFP
Daily Star 10 Mar 2014 The World Food Programme said Monday insecurity in Syria was cutting off half a million people from the food aid they need, while a lack of funds has also forced the UN food agency to slash…

Libya halts N.Korea flagged tanker: military source
Daily Star 10 Mar 2014 Libyan authorities said Monday they had stopped a North Korean-flagged tanker as it tried to leave with an “illegal” shipment of crude oil from a rebel-held port.

Syrian military gains helped in nuns release: Ibrahim
Daily Star 10 Mar 2014 Lebanon exploited changes on the ground in the Qalamoun region to help secure the release of the 13 nuns, Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim says.

Iraq suicide bombing death toll rises to 50
Daily Star 10 Mar 2014 A suicide bombing at a crowded checkpoint south of the Iraqi capital killed 50 people and wounded more than 150, police and a doctor said Monday, raising the toll from the day before.

Saudi slams ‘irresponsible’ terror accusations by Iraq PM
Daily Star 10 Mar 2014 Saudi Arabia slammed as “aggressive and irresponsible” on Monday accusations by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that the kingdom was supporting global terrorism.

Four jailed in France for attempting to wage jihad abroad
Daily Star 10 Mar 2014 A French court sentenced four men to up to seven years in jail Monday for having tried to wage jihad abroad, at a time of concern over the mounting number of nationals going to fight in…

Israel open to joint missile defence with Jordan, Egypt
Daily Star 10 Mar 2014 A U.S. general proposed on Monday that Israel upgrade its anti-missile systems to include neighbouring Jordan and possibly Egypt, and an Israeli official cautiously welcomed the idea.

Huge housing deal may signal Gulf investment push into Egypt
Daily Star 10 Mar 2014 A $40 billion deal for Dubai firm Arabtec to build one million homes in Egypt may mark the start of politically-inspired Gulf investment in the country’s creaking infrastructure, from housing to transport, power generation and agriculture.

Fatah official killed in Lebanon refugee camp
Daily Star 10 Mar 2014 Masked gunmen shot and killed a Fatah Movement official in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh Monday, security sources told The Daily Star.

‘Qaeda’ gunmen attack Yemen army vehicle, wound 6
Daily Star 10 Mar 2014 Suspected Al-Qaeda militants on Monday attacked an army vehicle in Yemen’s southern province of Abyan wounding six soldiers, a security official said.

YNet News

Britain: Russia faces growing pressure over Crimea
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Shots fired toward Beit El home; no injuries
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Time for Plan B for Mideast conflict
YNet News, 10 Mar 2014 – Op-ed: Palestinians will never accept any peace plan, no matter how reasonable it seems to Israelis and Americans. ….

Ballot is battleground for Israeli town torn by religion
YNet News, 10 Mar 2014 – When Beit Shemesh goes to polls on Tuesday, vote may decide more than bitter mayoral race. Many see it as bellwether for strained secular-religious relations throughout Jewish state. ….

Libya says its forces seize disputed oil tanker
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Israeli arrested on suspicion of selling paragliding equipment to Iranians
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Two Ukrainian journalists disappear in Crimea
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Swastikas daubed on 2 high schools in Swedish capital
YNet News, 10 Mar 2014 – ‘Disgusting Jews’ spraypainted on Jewish school in Stockholm together with white supremacist insignia. ‘Horrible and unacceptable,’ writes Jewish community leader. ….

Beit Shemesh’s fate is in voters’ hands
YNet News, 10 Mar 2014 – Op-ed: For torn city’s non-haredi population, Tuesday’s mayoral election is last opportunity to curb haredization process. ….

The transparent Palestinians
YNet News, 10 Mar 2014 – Op-ed: Majority of Hebron Arabs work and make a living in surrounding Jewish communities; rioters are a minority. ….

A military operation is not a PR campaign
YNet News, 9 Mar 2014 – Op-ed: Publicity and political commotion distorts IDF’s way of action, both in terms of planning and definitely in terms of performance. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Friends of humanity int’l asks Egypt to end its siege on Gaza
PIC – Friends of humanity international appealed to the Egyptian authority to end its blockade on Gaza and facilitate the movement of individuals and goods at Rafah border crossing.

Jewish settlers seize 100 dunums of Palestinian agricultural land
PIC – Jewish settlers seized control over 100 dunums of Palestinian agricultural land in Malih area in the Jordan Valley on Monday.

Jordanian judge shot dead by Israeli gunfire
PIC – A Jordanian judge was shot and killed on Monday morning by Israeli gunfire at the Karame border crossing between the West Bank and Jordan.

Haneyya: We will not give up resistance
PIC – Gaza premier Ismail Haneyya has asserted that the strategy of resistance against Israeli occupation would never be forsaken until end of occupation of the Palestinian lands.

Suffocation cases reported in IOF raid on Jenin village
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided the village of Sanur, south of Jenin, on Monday for the third time in less than 24 hours triggering confrontations with inhabitants.

Action group: 2,081 Palestinians were killed until last February in Syria
PIC – The action group for the Palestinians in Syria said that 2,081 Palestinian refugees had been killed until the end of last February as a result of the events in Syria.

Palestinian detainees suffer difficult detention condition in Megiddo prison
PIC – Palestinian detainees in Megiddo prison called for halting Israeli violations practiced against them, pointing to the deterioration of their detention conditions.

Israeli raids and arrests in Nablus, Jenin
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stormed at dawn Monday Yabad town, south of Jenin, and carried out combing operations in provocation to the village’s residents.

Palestinian man killed at the hands of IOF soldiers at Karame crossing
PIC – A Palestinian man was gunned down by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) manning the Karame crossing between the West Bank and Jordan on Monday morning.

Jordan’s Lifeline: Egypt deported Gaza-bound activists as a favor to Israel
PIC – The Jordanian Lifeline for Gaza campaign said that Egypt’s deportation of 58 multinational female activists from Cairo airport was a measure serving the Israeli occupation.

WAFA

Minister: The Amended Investment Promotion Legislation Provides Tax Incentives
WAFA – 10 Mar 2014

France Condemns Settlers Assault of France Presse Photographer
WAFA – 10 Mar 2014

Palestinian Prisoner Loses Sight in Israeli Prison
WAFA – 10 Mar 2014

Palestinian Land Retrieved Back to Owners near Qalqilya
WAFA – 10 Mar 2014

Presidency Praises Saudi Arabia for Fulfilling Financial Commitments
WAFA – 10 Mar 2014

Israeli Settlers Destroy Farmland near Jerusalem
WAFA – 10 Mar 2014

Confrontations near Jenin
WAFA – 10 Mar 2014

Israeli Forces Destroy Parts of Park near Nablus
WAFA – 10 Mar 2014

Government Condemns Israeli Forces’ killing of Palestinian at Border Crossing
WAFA – 10 Mar 2014

Students Suffocate in Clashes near Bethlehem
WAFA – 10 Mar 2014

Minister Warns of Serious Conditions of Hunger-striking Prisoners
WAFA – 10 Mar 2014

PEX Report: Index Slightly Up
WAFA – 10 Mar 2014

Israeli Forces Install Metal Gate near Hebron
WAFA – 10 Mar 2014

Newspaper Review: League of Arab States Support for Palestinian Leadership as Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 10 Mar 2014

Settlers Seize 100 Dunums in Jordan Valley
WAFA – 10 Mar 2014

Army Conducts Military Exercises in Populated Areas near Bethlehem
WAFA – 10 Mar 2014

Israeli Guard Kills Youth at Border Crossing with Jordan
WAFA – 10 Mar 2014

Misc

Israel’s Netanyahu slams world community for ‘hypocrisy’ over Iran
LA Times 10 Mar 2014 – JERUSALEM – -Blue seas, red mountains and green rockets set the stage for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday as he launched a fierce critique of the international community, which he accused of hypocrisy regarding Iran and a double standard toward Israel.

Israeli troops kill Jordanian judge of Palestinian descent at border
LA Times 10 Mar 2014 – RAMALLAH, West Bank — Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Jordanian judge of Palestinian descent Monday at Allenby Bridge border crossing between the West Bank and Jordan, according to statements from the Israeli army and a Palestinian official.

Conference kicks off Kerry’s plan to boost Palestinian economy
LA Times 9 Mar 2014 – RAMALLAH, West Bank — U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s plan to jump-start the Palestinian economy to boost his political efforts kicked off this weekend in the Czech Republic’s capital, Prague.

Israel Watches Warily as Hezbollah Gains Battle Skills in Syria
New York Times 10 Mar 2014 – With Hezbollah forces gaining battle experience in the Syrian civil war, Israel is using the opportunity to target the militant group s buildup of weaponry.

Israel, Trying to Expose Iran s True Face, Displays Arms It Says Were Headed to Gaza
New York Times 10 Mar 2014 – In a televised event, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel toured a display of seized weapons and munitions laid out at the naval base in the port of Eilat.

The Lede: Jailed Leaders of Egypt s 2011 Revolt Describe Beatings
New York Times 10 Mar 2014 – In a letter smuggled out of Egypt s Tora Prison over the weekend, a leading figure in the 2011 uprising who was recently jailed for protesting the current military-backed government, reported that prisoners are routinely tortured.

Jordanian Judge Killed by Israeli Soldiers at Border Crossing
New York Times 10 Mar 2014 – Israel said the man had tried to grab a soldier s gun and brandished a metal bar, an account that was questioned by Jordanian and Palestinian officials.

Nuns Released by Syrians After Three-Month Ordeal
New York Times 9 Mar 2014 – Syrian insurgents released 13 nuns and three attendants who disappeared three months ago from their monastery in the ancient Christian town of Maaloula, Lebanese and Syrian officials said early Monday.

Report Cites Devastating Toll on Health of Syria s Children
New York Times 9 Mar 2014 – The civil war has annihilated the country s health care system, leaving children to suffer or die from what may have been treatable illnesses, a report found.

Sects Battle in Yemen, Killing 40
New York Times 9 Mar 2014 – Sectarian fighting that flared in October in the north drew closer to Sana, the capital.

Liberal Values and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement
Muzzlewatch – By Rebecca Vilkomerson The inherent contradictions between American liberalism and support for Israeli policies are on a sudden, public, collision course. Until very recently, it was easy to identify as someone who cares for human rights and equality, while in practice avoiding forms of activism that…

US transfers $429m for Iron Dome
Globes Main News – The funds are for procurement of the short-range missile interceptor systems.

Mapal to install purification system at Thames Water
Globes Main News – The company sees more agreements with Thames Water after this NIS 2 million deal.

This wall will fall (the writing on the wall, at Ohio State)
Mondoweiss – Israeli Apartheid Week 2014 at Ohio State University To cap Israeli Apartheid Week at Ohio State University, the Committee for Justice in Palestine ( CJP ) created a paradoxically beautiful mock-up of Israel s barbarous Apartheid Wall. The art for liberation festooning it included yearning visions: the Dome of the…

Teddy Sagi floating SafeCharge on AIM
Globes Main News – The online clearing solutions company will reportedly try to raise $100 million in London.

Matomy to raise £60m in London IPO in April
Globes Main News – The digital ad company’s valuation for the IPO will reportedly be $400-500 million.

US Homeland Security investigates Israeli arms deal to Iran
Mondoweiss – Feb 18, 2014 Benjamin Netanyahu responds to media reports that Israeli arms shipments headed to Iran in breach of sanctions by making accusations against Iran (Photo: AFP) News of Israel s claim to have intercepted an Iranian arms shipment near Sudan allegedly headed to Gaza last Wednesday…

The little Big Data company
Globes Main News – Attunity could be better value than high-valued newcomers like Varonis.

Video: 8-year-old boys stopped by soldiers you were about to throw stones
Mondoweiss – //
Israel Chemicals disruptions continue
Globes Main News – Sources say the streamlining plan will reduce the company’s workforce by 600 employees.

Marty Peretz s message to Chris Hughes: Keep The New Republic on Israel s side
Mondoweiss – Martin Peretz Great news for all those who want to see an American debate about Zionism. Martin Peretz has jumped into the discussion over his former employee John Judis s book on Truman and the creation of Israel, saying Judis expresses virulent anti-Zionist opinions. Peretz is trying…

Ben-Tzvi: “Ma’ariv” will be profitable in a year
Globes Main News – “The trend is toward an afternoon-evening newspaper and a weekend newspaper.”

Israel’s purchasing power eroding
Globes Main News – Prices in Israel were 13% above the OECD average in 2013.

Record tourism in February
Globes Main News – There were 244,000 visitor entries in February 2014, 5% more than in February 2013.

BoI: Home price rise risk has moderated
Globes Main News – The interest rate cut for March was a 4-1 majority decision.

Evangelicals who dissent from Christian Zionism wear stain of indelible infamy, Israel says
Mondoweiss – Christ at the Checkpoint logo We all know how important Christian Zionists are to maintaining Israel s support on the Republican side in the U.S. Many Christian Zionists came to the Israel lobby AIPAC s conference last week. Well it turns out there s diversity in the evangelical community (…

Grindr in Hebron: A dispatch from the last debate
Mondoweiss – Over the years, I have experienced a barrage of attacks from a virtual who s who of pro-Israel activists and intellectuals. Yet none of my assailants have ever accepted an invitation to engage with me in a public conversation. The most notable example of the phenomenon was…

Video: Moataz Washaha s family asks us to boycott Israel
Mondoweiss – In this powerful video two siblings of Moataz Washaha , the 24 year old Palestinian man assassinated by Israeli forces on the morning of February 27th, ask the world to boycott Israel. My name is Thaer Washaha and I am the brother of martyr Moataz Washaha. I ask…

Water service restored to thousands of Palestinians in East Jerusalem after three-day outage
Mondoweiss – Land, property, resources theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing Water returns to East Jerusalem neighborhoods after 3-day outage Haaretz 9 Mar by Nir Hasson The water supply to a refugee camp and three neighborhoods in East Jerusalem was partially restored Friday morning after a three-day disruption…

NYT piece on Israel coexistence singer leaves out his latest gig: AIPAC
Mondoweiss – An imagined poster at the AIPAC 2014 Conference. In her column of Friday (Saturday, March 8 in the print edition) titled Seeking to Bridge the Arab-Jewish Divide with Music , the Jerusalem bureau chief of the New York Times , Jodi Rudoren, provides a fawning sketch…

BDS on Broadway : Adalah-NY leads march to shame occupation profiteers
Mondoweiss – Palestine solidarity activists protested on Saturday as part of Israeli Apartheid Week. (Photo: Sainatee Suarez/Adalah-NY) The Palestine solidarity group Adalah-NY: the New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel lead a march Saturday as part of Israeli Apartheid Week. Here s their report back: On a sunny…

Great Decisions Talk, Gatekeepers film screening
Tikun Olam – I m going to speak locally here in Seattle twice in one day this week! On Wednesday, March 12th I ve been invited to participate in the Great Decisions 2014 forum sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association. The general topic for these national conversations taking place in communities…

Netanyahu: We won’t abandon housing front
Globes Macro Economics – The prime minister promises to be as active on economic as on diplomatic problems.

Israel Denies 45,000 Palestinians Water
Sabbah report 10 Mar 2014 – It’s one of countless examples of Israeli disdain for fundamental Palestinian rights. Foul sewage smell is horrific. Basic services are lacking. Residents live under conditions free people wouldn’t tolerate. Imagine forced to live this way. Imagine no other choice. Israel’s contempt for Palestinians is palpable. Cutting…

Netanyahu s Dictatorship is Born
Sabbah report 10 Mar 2014 – Never trust any claim made by somebody in the Israeli government payroll. “Wolf, wolf!” Netanyahu shouted. “Liar, liar!” The People countered. Continue reading í! Read More: Netanyahu s Dictatorship is Born . Sign up for our free newsletter!

An 18 year old boy was shot in the head by Israeli soldiers, nearby the settlement of Ofra
Palestine Solidarity Project 10 Mar 2014 – An 18 year old boy was shot in the head by Israeli soldiers, nearby the settlement of Ofra East of Ramallah. Palestinian ambulances transferred the body of the young martyr Saji Sayel Darwish to a Palestinian hospital in Ramallah. According to local sources he studied…

Libya ‘takes control’ of oil tanker
BBC 10 Mar 2014 – Libyan officials say they have taken control of a North Korean-flagged tanker that loaded crude oil at a port occupied by rebel forces.

Russian Jewish National Was Aboard Missing Malaysian Airlines Plane
The Foward Breaking News 10 Mar 2014 – One of the passengers aboard the Malaysian Airlines plane that vanished is a Jewish Russian national. Nikolai Brodskii, 43, of the Siberian city of Irkutsk, appears on the missing plane s passenger manifest. He is a husband and father of sons aged 17 and 11. Rabbi Aharon…

National Council of Jewish Women Fast for Immigration Coincides With Fast of Esther
The Foward Breaking News 10 Mar 2014 – The National Council of Jewish Women is leading Jewish groups in a day of fasting for immigration reform to coincide with the Fast of Esther. Thursday s fast, which will include Jewish social justice and Jewish women s organizations, is part of a monthlong campaign of one-day fasts…

VIDEO: Kidnapped nuns released in Syria
BBC 10 Mar 2014 – A group of Greek Orthodox nuns held for three months by rebels in Syria after being taken from their convent in Maaloula have arrived back in Damascus.

Mother and 5-Month-Old Infant Belonging to Lev Tahor Sect Taken Into Custody
The Foward Breaking News 10 Mar 2014 – Canadian authorities have taken into custody two more members of the fringe haredi Orthodox sect Lev Tahor. On Sunday, officials at Calgary s airport seized a 17-year-old and her 5-month-old daughter. They are scheduled to fly back to Toronto. The mother and baby were part of a…

IN PHOTOS: Ultra-Orthodox Jews Protest Israeli Draft Bill in New York
The Forward New 10 Mar 2014 – It must have been a confusing sight for tourists. Some 50,000 ultra-Orthodox Jews crammed onto Water Street in lower Manhattan on Sunday afternoon, showing their support for their Haredi brethren in Israel. This week, the Knesset will vote on a bill to make conscription into the…

Israel attacks ‘hypocrisy’ over Iran
BBC 10 Mar 2014 – Prime Minister Netanyahu shows his anger at the West as he unveils a shipment of weapons Israel says were being sent from Iran to Gaza.

Is Sephardic Spanish Citizenship ‘Fever’ for Real?
The Forward New 10 Mar 2014 – (JTA) News that Spain is proposing to offer citizenship to the descendants of Jews expelled in the 15th and 16th centuries spread like wildfire in Israel. Within hours of the Spanish government s announcement last month, the Israeli website Ynet published a list of family names…

Syria rebels free kidnapped nuns
BBC 10 Mar 2014 – A group of Greek Orthodox nuns held for three months by rebels in Syria after being taken from their convent in Maaloula arrive back in Damascus.

Mort Klein Reelected in Landslide as Zionist Organization of America Chief
The Forward New 10 Mar 2014 – Mort Klein has been overwhelmingly reelected national president of the ZOA, beating Steven Goldberg, the first election challenger in Klein s 20 years at the ZOA s helm. Klein won a landslide victory victory in the election held Sunday afternoon at the ZOA s national convention in Philadelphia, earning…

Israelis Barred From Norwegian Cruise Line Stop in Tunisia
The Foward Breaking News 10 Mar 2014 – Israeli tourists traveling on a Norwegian cruise ship were prevented from disembarking at a stop in the Tunisia capital of Tunis. The Israeli passengers were told quietly by staff aboard the Norwegian Jade that they were not welcome per the Tunisian government during the stop, B nai…

Suspend the Israeli Football Association s FIFA membership
Palestine Solidarity Project 10 Mar 2014 – Membership of the Israeli Football Association (IFA) should be suspended until Israel respects the human rights of Palestinians and observes international law, thus enabling Palestinian footballers to play and compete nationally and internationally. Since 1967, Israel has maintained a brutal military occupation of Palestine, building illegal settlements…

Egypt: Egypt’s Mufti Takes Part in International Forum in UAE
allAfrica.com 10 Mar 2014 – [Egypt Online]Egypt’s Mufti Dr. Shawky Allam takes part in an international forum that the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) capital Abu Dhabi will host on March 9 and 10.

Egypt: Petroleum Minister – Cooperation With Jordan, Iraq in Oil and Natural Gas Projects Progressing
allAfrica.com 10 Mar 2014 – [Egypt Online]Petroleum Minister Sherif Ismail said Friday that cooperation with Jordan and Iraq in oil and natural gas projects is progressing, adding that Egypt is committed to supply Jordan with gas under the previous agreements in spite of bombings of the pipeline.

Egypt: Egypt, Saudi Arabia Cornerstone of Building New Arab System
allAfrica.com 10 Mar 2014 – [Egypt Online]Egyptian-Saudi relations are the cornerstone of building a new Arab system, presidential media adviser Ahmed el-Meslemany said Saturday.

Algeria: Algeria Seizes UN Council Over Human Rights Situation in Palestine, Western Sahara
allAfrica.com 10 Mar 2014 – [SPS]Geneva -Algeria on Friday seized the UN Human Rights Council over the Human Rights situation in the Palestinian territory and Western Sahara, overshadowed by the annual report 2013 presented in the 25th session of the Council.

How Do I Tell My Russian Host Family I’m a Jew?
The Forward New 10 Mar 2014 – When I was 18 years old I lived for six months with a family in the provincial Russian city of Novgorod. It was 1995, just four years after the fall of the Soviet Union, and I was the first Englishman that most people in Novgorod had…

The Fourth Women s Conference Resist for Chance Marking
Palestine Solidarity Project 9 Mar 2014 – The Fourth Women s Conference Resist for Chance Marking Today is an important day in any part of the world. In Palestine, it cannot be different. And in the 103rd international woman s day, we have had The Fourth Women s Conference Resist for Chance Marking in Beit Ummar….

Qatar faces sudden regional isolation
BBC 10 Mar 2014 – BBC correspondents gauge strength of feeling against Qatar

Qatar signals strategic shifts as Iranian diplomacy sways EU
Al-Akhbar Opinion 10 Mar 2014 – Qatar’s Foreign Minister, Chalid al-Atija (L) holds a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on February 26, 2014 in Tehran. (Photo: AFP-Atta Kenare) Qatar’s Foreign Minister, Chalid al-Atija (L) holds a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on…

Saudi Arabia s grumpy foreign policy
Al-Akhbar Blogs 10 Mar 2014 – Saudi Arabia s royal family is not happy and wants the world to know it. The royal family has been more tight-lipped and diplomatic over the years. It would often hide its anger behind smiles in photos and vapid rhetoric about Arab brotherhood, even when it conspired…

Freeing the nuns: Qatar’s continuing influence
Al-Akhbar News 10 Mar 2014 – Kidnapped nuns arrive at Jdeidet Yabus on the Syrian side of the border with Lebanon after an arduous nine-hour journey that took them from Yabrud into Lebanon, and then back into Syria on March 10, 2014. (Photo: AFP- Louai Beshara) Kidnapped nuns arrive at Jdeidet Yabus…

Egyptian activists on defense in divided Egypt
Al-Monitor 10 Mar 2014 – A wave of support for the interim government and Defense Minister Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi means that many detained activists, such as Alaa Abd El Fattah, often languish in prison.

Israel fears Hezbollah, Hamas drones: Air force chief
Al-Akhbar News 10 Mar 2014 – Israel fears Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza would deploy exploding drones against it in a future war, chief of the Israeli air force said on Monday. “We will have to cope with dozens of pilotless aerial vehicles, in both the northern and southern…

Death toll from single Iraq suicide bombing reaches 50
Al-Akhbar News 10 Mar 2014 – Iraqi mourners carry the body of victim killed today in a suicide bombing at a checkpoint near Baghdad during a funeral procession on March 9, 2014 in the shrine city of Najaf, in central Iraq. (Photo: AFP – Haidar Hamdani) Iraqi mourners carry the body of…

Libyan navy surrounds North Korean vessel at rebel-held oil port
Al-Akhbar News 10 Mar 2014 – Updated 7:10 pm: Libyan navy and allied militia forces have surrounded a North Korea-flagged tanker just outside an eastern port held by rebels, a navy spokesman said on Monday. The Morning Glory has loaded crude oil worth $30 million at the Es Sider port, bypassing Tripoli…

Lebanese man tries to slip brother hash at his drug trial
Al-Akhbar News 10 Mar 2014 – A Lebanese man was arrested inside a Beirut courtroom Monday after trying slip hash to his brother during his trial for drug abuse, security officials said. In a statement posted online, Lebanon s Internal Security Forces said a prisoner, identified only by his initials J.A., asked a…

Olmert’s political comeback crumbles
Al-Monitor 10 Mar 2014 – The grand political plans of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert suffered a mortal blow with the testimony of his former confidante Shula Zaken, leaving the center-left without a leader for the next elections.

Still banned from Turkey
Al-Monitor 10 Mar 2014 – For the second time since 2007, Turkey denied an Al-Monitor contributor entry because of his work as a journalist on Kurdish issues.

Ultra-Orthodox alliance put to test in municipal election
Al-Monitor 10 Mar 2014 – New municipal elections in Beit Shemesh will test the power of a new alliance of ultra-Orthodox factions.

Christians taking up fight in Syria
Al-Monitor 10 Mar 2014 – As the conflict in Syria carries on, a number of Christian men have taken up arms to defend their regions.

Istanbul s female industrialists establish first-ever platform
Al-Monitor 10 Mar 2014 – Female members of the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce release a six-point manifesto calling for a greater role for women in industry.

Bitter Maliki-Nujaifi exchanges strain political system
Al-Monitor 10 Mar 2014 – With Iraqi parliamentary elections set to take place in less than two months, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s relationships with both Council of Representatives Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi and Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani are going from bad to worse.

Lebanon: Islamists in Tripoli question Saudi decree
Al-Akhbar News 10 Mar 2014 – Islamist gunmen attend the funeral of Sheikh Ahmad Abdel Wahed and his religious aide in their hometown al-Bireh, north of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on May 21, 2012. (Photo: AFP-Joseph Eid) Islamist gunmen attend the funeral of Sheikh Ahmad Abdel Wahed and his religious aide in…

Saudi terrorism list raises question about Islamic Front
Al-Monitor 10 Mar 2014 – The list of terrorist organizations and groups released by Saudi Arabia raises questions about the cooperation between Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic Front.

Jordan Salafist leader calls for neutrality in Syria war
Al-Monitor 10 Mar 2014 – In an interview with As-Safir, Jordanian Salafist leader Mohammed al-Shalabi speaks about internal disagreements among Salafists in Jordan, the conflict in Syria and his take on the so-called Arab Spring uprisings.

Hamas debates technocrat government in Gaza
Al-Monitor 10 Mar 2014 – The loss of financial support from Iran has reportedly contributed to Gaza’s current crisis, according to Hamas sources.

9/11 plotter released in Syria prisoner exchange
Al-Monitor 10 Mar 2014 – Islamist rebel group Ahrar al-Sham has secured the release of 9/11 plotter and alleged al-Qaeda core member Mohammed Haydar Zammar, adding to concerns about the composition of the Islamic Front.

Saudi action puts Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait on spot
Al-Monitor 10 Mar 2014 – Saudi Arabia s designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization has put pressure on Brotherhood organizations in the rest of the Gulf.

VIDEO: Life as an ‘illegal’ rock star in Iran
BBC 9 Mar 2014 – Meet the forbidden Iranian pop group who are to tour the US

Assad forces ‘starving’ refugee camp
BBC 9 Mar 2014 – Starvation of civilians is being used as a weapon of war by Syria, Amnesty International says, with 128 dying as a result in Yarmouk camp in Damascus.

Articles


Celebrating International Women’s Day with the Women of Gaza
Ann Wright, CounterPunch 3/10/2014
In Cairo
Five years ago in March, 2009, only two months after the 22 day Israeli attack on Gaza, I was on an international delegation of sixty women organized by CODEPINK who traveled to Gaza for International Women s Day. In the week in Gaza, we met with women where their homes used to be before they were destroyed by the Israeli attack that killed 1450, wounded 5,000 and left 50,000 homeless. We also met with women in 13 community centers throughout the country, to listen to their stories of life under attack and under siege.
Five years later, I joined an international delegation of 100 women from 7 countries to travel to Gaza in solidarity with the women of Gaza for International Women s Day. Women of Gaza are over 50 percent of the 1.7 million people who live in tiny Gaza. As they care for their families, they face extreme circumstances with daily attacks from the Israeli military, lack of electricity and water, environmental disasters of sewage flooding into the streets, and a lack of basic necessities.
Hundreds of tunnels under the border with Egypt that previously brought food and supplies denied by the Israelis in their land blockade of Gaza, have been destroyed by the Government of Egypt, reportedly to prevent weapons smuggling by militant groups. Travel in and out of Gaza through the Egyptian border for medical treatment, education and family visits to relatives around the world has become even more difficult have in the past. The Egyptian border with Gaza now has been closed for 28 consecutive days and was only opened once in February for a number of pilgrims to Mecca to return.
Palestinians who have never been charged with a crime, never seen the inside of a court are now treated as convicted prisoners in the open air prison called Gaza the walls on all sides of the prison, the Israeli land and sea blockades on three sides and the Egyptian blockade on one side, are closing tighter and tighter. more..e-mail

Debunking some myths about Israel’s water politics
Miriam R Lowi, Al Jazeera 3/10/2014
Ending the occupation is a crucial first step if Israel wants real peace with its neighbours.
n his speech to Israel’s Parliament on February 12, Martin Schultz, president of the European Parliament, spoke of our shared responsibility to stand up for freedom and dignity at all times. He acknowledged Israel’s success at realising a dream shared by many people: To live “in freedom and dignity” in “a homeland of their own”, noting that Palestinians also have the right to “self-determination and justice”.
He then addressed Palestinian suffering and in doing so, highlighted the glaring discrepancy in access to water between the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza on the one hand, and Israelis – inside the “Green Line” and on settlements in the West Bank – on the other.
AIPAC did not remain silent. In a New York Times article AIPAC’s Seth Siegel suggests that the Arabs should stop viewing Israel as “the problem”. Without any mention of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land, he calls upon Arabs to reach out to Israel and benefit from its superior know-how.
Israel could save them from water scarcity and reconciliation could ensue. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke likewise in his address to AIPAC on March 4: The Arabs need to recognise Israel as a Jewish state; then there would be peace and the deserts would bloom.
The core issues
On the eve of the Oslo Accords, I wrote a book on the potential for cooperation in water use among adversarial states in dry climate zones…. more..e-mail

Palestinian women demand their rights
Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/9/2014
Slides – MEMO Photographer: Rich Wiles
Events to mark ‘International Women’s Day’ began in earnest in Palestine on March 6th as women from various movements and organisations staged a small demonstration outside the entrance to Yasser Arafat’s tomb at al-Muqata’ in Ramallah. The event which was called for by a coalition of women’s groups in the city demanded full equality for women under law and in practice in Palestine. Palestine Authority police and plain clothes security officers requested that the protesters move away from the presidential compound and in to the city centre but the demonstrators refused to be moved as they exercised their rights to protest which s
hould be the norm in any society.

On March 8th – the day celebrated as ‘International Women’s Day’ globally – a much larger protest gathered at the entrance to Qalandia refugee camp on the outskirts of Ramallah and made its way towards Jerusalem. Organisers said the protest would attempt to pass the checkpoint and reach Jerusalem although upon reaching Qalandia checkpoint and the Apartheid Wall it was met with a violent response from the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) who fired large amounts of tear gas and percussion grenades at the non-violent march. Palestinian flags were hung on the fences of the checkpoint and some Palestinian youth as well as women responded to the tear gas by throwing stones at the IOF.
For women in Palestine these two events are only the start of many being held across Palestine in the coming days. The demand for full gender equality and women’s rights within Palestinian society and the collective demands of all Palestinian people for liberation will be highlighted jointly during these events. [END] e-mail

Israel and the Conservative Movement in America
Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com 3/10/2014
A brief history
Editorial note: The following is the text of a talk given at the National Summit to Reassess the US-Israel “Special Relationship” held in Washington, D.C., on March 7.

As is the case in so many other ways, the conservative movement s position on the state of Israel isn t what it used to be. Just as what we call the Old Right, the pre-[William F.] Buckley right was anti-interventionist and good on civil liberties, so the conservatives of the 1940s and 1950s were hostile to Israel. A good example of this is a letter from the neoconservative guru Leo Strauss to the editors of National Review: he was objecting to an article in the November 17, 1956 issue of the magazine that contained the following sentence:
“Even the Jews, themselves the victims of the most notorious racial discrimination of modern times, did not hesitate to create the first racist state in modern history.”
It is unimaginable that such a sentence would ever find its way into the National Review of Rich Lowry, because he represents a movement that has been thoroughly co-opted and corrupted by, first, the cold war, and secondly our endless “war on terrorism.”
The conservative movement of the 1940s and 50s openly challenged the entire conception of the Jewish state: this argument was made in several books published by the pioneering conservative book publisher, Henry Regnery, who issued a whole series of books reporting on the dispossession of the Palestinian people and calling into question the whole Zionist project. Nejla Izzeddin s The Arab World (1953), is noted by the Kirkus Service as follows…. more..e-mail

Palestinian refugees from Syria war left to suffer by Jordan
Electronic Intifada: 10 Mar 2014 – Palestine refugees face a systematic witch-hunt as Jordanian authorities crack down on civilians fleeing a devastating war. more..


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