VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 22 March 2014

22 March 2014 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Non-violent Weekly Anti-wall Protests in 5 West Bank Villages Attacked by Israeli Troops
IMEMC – Eleven civilians were injured, on Friday, when Israeli soldiers attacked nonviolent protests organized in 5 different West Bank villages. …

Thousands Lay Jenin Men to Rest
IMEMC – Over 10,000 Palestinian mourners, on Saturday, marched behind the coffins of three militants who were shot dead by Israeli forces overnight, in Jenin refugee camp. …

U.N. Rights Investigator Accuses Israel of ‘Ethnic Cleansing’
IMEMC – A U.N. human rights investigator accused Israel on Friday of “ethnic cleansing” in pushing Palestinians out of East Jerusalem and cast doubt that the Israeli government could accept a Palestinian state in the current climate. …

Israeli Troops Invade Jenin Refugee Camp, Kill 3 Palestinian Fighters, Wounding 7 with Live Fire
IMEMC – A large contingent of Israeli troops invaded Jenin refugee camp in a pre-dawn raid, on Saturday, surrounding a house with the apparent intention of abducting an inhabitant of the house. The soldiers, however, initiated the fire and, when inhabitants of the house returned fire, shot dozens of rounds into the house, killing 3 fighters and wounding 7 others. …

Royal Institute of British Architects Backs Israel Boycott Motion
IMEMC – The Council of the Royal Institute of British Architects has voted to call on the International Union Of Architects to exclude the Israeli Association of United Architects over its refusal to oppose Israel s construction of illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian territory. …

Three Detained in Salfit Raid
IMEMC – Israeli forces stormed a headquarters of the Palestinian civil defense forces in Salfit, detaining three members, in a dawn raid conducted on Friday. …

Malignant Tumors and Disabilities Soar among Prisoners
IMEMC – Attorneys of the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees Affairs expressed grave concerns over the health status of several Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons. …

Palestinian Teen Charged with Attempted Murder for Stone-Throwing Confessed after Torture
IMEMC – A Palestinian teenager who confessed to throwing stones after he was tortured in Israeli custody faces attempted murder charges and a severe prison sentence. …

Abbas Demands Release of Key Palestinian Prisoners
IMEMC – Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas demanded, in talks with US President Barack Obama, that Israel free key Palestinian prisoners, including Marwan Barghuti, a Palestinian official said Thursday. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces shoot dead 3 Palestinians in Jenin refugee camp
3/22/2014 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Three Palestinians were killed and seven others were injured early Saturday during clashes with Israeli troops who raided Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank, Palestinian security sources said. The sources told Ma’an a large number of Israeli troops surrounded several Palestinian militants in a house in the camp and showered the house with gunshots. Militants returned fire…. Related: Militant groups threaten ‘painful’ retaliation for Jenin killings and Amid rage, thousands lay Jenin men to rest

Soldiers try to use journalists as ‘human shields’ in Aida clashes
3/22/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A journalist said that Israeli soldiers tried to use him and two colleagues as “human shields” while they were covering clashes in Aida refugee camp north of Bethlehem on Saturday afternoon. Journalist Musa al-Shaer said that soldiers detained him and his colleague Abd al-Rahman Yunus, as well as an American journalist, while they were covering clashes in the camp between local…. Related: Israeli forces clash with youths in Bethlehem camp

Gaza women protest against 40 days of Rafah crossing closure
3/22/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Activists protested in front of the Egyptian embassy in Gaza on Thursday in condemnation of the continued closure of the Rafah crossing, demanding Egyptian authorities open the terminal to allow humanitarian cases through. Egyptian authorities have kept the crossing — which has been the principal connection between Gaza’s 1. 7 million residents and the outside world since the imposition…. Related: Rafah crossing to open for pilgrims on Sunday

2 injured in clashes in Ramallah
3/21/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers were injured Friday in clashes with Israeli forces in Silwad north of Ramallah, witnesses said. Witnesses said that one was hit with a tear-gas canister in the face, and another with a metal bullet in the head. They were moderately injured. Several Israeli soldiers were also lightly wounded as Palestinians threw stones and empty bottles at….

3 detained in Israeli raid on Salfit civil defense HQ
3/22/2014 – SALFIT (Ma’an) — Israeli forces stormed a headquarters of the Palestinian civil defense forces in Salfit in a dawn raid on Friday and detained three members. A public relations official for the civil defense forces told Ma’an that an estimated 40 Israeli soldiers stormed the office and detained three military personnel working there on Friday. He identified the detained as the assistant….

Thousands pray in the streets amid Aqsa mosque restrictions
3/22/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Thousands of Palestinian worshipers performed prayers in the streets of Jerusalem on Friday after Israeli authorities imposed age restrictions on entering the Al-Aqsa mosque compound. Men under 50 were forced to pray in the streets as Israeli authorities imposed restrictions around the Old City to accommodate the Jerusalem Marathon. Several main roads were closed and a number of checkpoints set up….

Amid rage, thousands lay Jenin men to rest
3/22/2014 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Over 10,000 Palestinian mourners on Saturday marched behind the coffins of three militants who were shot dead by Israeli forces overnight in Jenin refugee camp. Palestinians marched from Jenin’s public hospital to its largest mosque, carrying the bodies of Hamza Abu al-Haija, 22, Mahmoud Abu Zeina, 17, and 22-year-old Yazan Mahmoud Basim Jabarin. After performing the funeral prayer…. Related: Israeli forces shoot dead 3 Palestinians in Jenin refugee camp and Militant groups threaten ‘painful’ retaliation for Jenin killings

Israel forces discover tunnel beneath Gaza border
3/22/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces said in a statement on Friday that they had found a tunnel “built by Gaza terrorists” leading hundreds of meters into Israel earlier in the week, a day after Hamas officials downplayed the discovery.”The exposure of this tunnel was based on intelligence, and boots on the ground in the vicinity of the Gaza security fence,” Israeli army spokesman….

Militant groups threaten ‘painful’ retaliation for Jenin killings
3/22/2014 – JENIN (Ma’an) –Three Palestinian militant groups on Saturday vowed to retaliate against Israel after its army killed three militants in Jenin refugee camp overnight. In a joint statement, Hamas’ military wing al-Qassam Brigades, Fatah’s al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, and Islamic Jihad’s al-Quds Brigades threatened a “painful” retaliation against Israel. The statement also accused the Palestinian Authority of complicity…. Related: Israeli forces shoot dead 3 Palestinians in Jenin refugee camp and Amid rage, thousands lay Jenin men to rest

Palestinians protest Jerusalem marathon
3/22/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Some 100 Palestinians tried to disrupt the annual Jerusalem marathon on Friday, police said, as activists called for a boycott of the race through the Holy City.”Around 100 demonstrators holding Palestinian flags tried, at two separate parts of the course, to disrupt the race,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP. Police arrested four of them and dispersed the rest “with ease,” she….

Activists hold global day of action for Palestinian right of return
3/22/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Activists around the world held a day of action entitled “Return Unifies Us” on Saturday in support of the implementation of the right to return of all Palestinian refugees, especially those currently in Syria.”By insistence on the unity and cohesion of our people everywhere, the unity of their struggle, and the oneness of their destiny, the right of return to….

In photos: East Jerusalem protests against Jenin killings
3/22/2014 – At least six were detained as dozens of protesters took to the streets of Jerusalem on Saturday in anger at the killing of three Palestinians by Israeli forces in Jenin earlier in the day. Israeli forces beat and detained six Palestinians from Jerusalem while dispersing the protest, and they threw stun grenades and fired rubber bullets “indiscriminately” at demonstrators, witnesses said. After protesters were prevented…. Related: Israeli forces shoot dead 3 Palestinians in Jenin refugee camp

Qassam brigades member killed in ‘internal explosion’ in Gaza
3/22/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an)– A member of the armed wing of Hamas was killed in “internal explosion” east of Gaza City on Friday, medical sources said. Spokesperson for the Gaza Strip Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma’an that Ibrahim Rifati, 22, arrived dead to the Shifa Hospital after an explosion in the neighborhood of Tuffah. Al-Qassam Brigades that Rifati was killed….

Analysis: An illegitimate leadership can sign away rights
3/22/2014 – Al-Shabaka is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and foster public debate on Palestinian human rights and self-determination within the framework of international law. This policy brief is authored by Zachariah Sammour. – The latest round of US-driven negotiations has yet to engender a significant, organized response from Palestinians in the Diaspora. Whereas some Palestinian civil society actors and organizations within the Occupied….

As Abbas returns from US, critics say talks doomed to fail
3/22/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Upon returning to the West Bank Thursday after his latest visit to Washington, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas assured crowds he was holding fast to Palestinian ideals.”It is impossible for the Palestinian leadership to abandon inalienable rights,” Abbas told thousands gathered near his office in Ramallah.”We traveled and came back still holding fast to our promise. Be assured that…. Related: PA: Israel settlements led to peace talks impasse and Abbas demands release of key Palestinian prisoners

PA: Israel settlements led to peace talks impasse
3/22/2014 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — US-sponsored peace talks with Israel have reached an impasse because of Jewish settlement activity, a Palestinian spokesman said, as plans for over 2,000 West Bank units were moved forward. The latest crisis comes as Washington scrambles for a formula to allow the Palestinians and Israelis to carry on the peace talks beyond an April 29 deadline.”Israel’s settlement activity caused the…. Related: As Abbas returns from US, critics say talks doomed to fail and Abbas demands release of key Palestinian prisoners

Abbas demands release of key Palestinian prisoners
3/22/2014 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas demanded in talks with US President Barack Obama that Israel free key Palestinian prisoners, including Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian official said Thursday. Earlier this month, Abbas said Palestinians will not agree to extend peace talks with Israel beyond their April 29 deadline without Israel releasing more prisoners beyond the fourth and final tranche planned for later this month. During…. Related: PA: Israel settlements led to peace talks impasse and As Abbas returns from US, critics say talks doomed to fail

Israel-Syria faceoff in Golan unlikely to escalate
3/22/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s air strikes on Syria after a bomb targeted Israeli troops on the occupied Golan Heights was unlikely to spiral into full-scale confrontation, with each side preoccupied elsewhere, commentators said Thursday. Israeli warplanes attacked Syrian army positions early on Wednesday and the Jewish state issued a stark warning to Damascus just hours after a bomb wounded four Israeli soldiers on the….

Abbas sends Nowruz greetings to the Iranian people
3/22/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas congratulated the Iranian people on the occasion of the Nowruz holiday on Friday, wishing them continued prosperity and progress. Abbas expressed hope that the occasion would be an opportunity to strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and cooperation among all countries of the region, in order to serve the interests and stability of all peoples. Nowruz marks….

Palestinian FM meets Luxembourgish counterpart
3/22/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The foreign minister of Luxembourg on Saturday met with his Palestinian counterpart in Ramallah, a statement from the ministry of foreign affairs said. Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki updated Jean Asselborn on the latest developments in the Palestinian Territories, calling attention to “dangerous Israeli practices, especially settlement expansion and settler attacks on Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank….

Rafah crossing to open for pilgrims on Sunday
3/22/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The general directorate of the crossings of the Gaza Strip Ministry of Interior said on Saturday that the Rafah crossing would open for two days starting Sunday to allow pilgrims headed to Saudi Arabia to travel. The directorate said in a statement that the crossing will open on Sunday morning to allow the first group of the fifth installment of…. Related: Gaza women protest against 40 days of Rafah crossing closure

24 killed as rebels fight to take Syria border post
3/22/2014 – BEIRUT (AFP) — At least seven Syrian soldiers and 17 rebels were killed Friday as three Islamist groups battled to take a border crossing into Turkey. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Islamists included the al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front.”Al-Nusra Front, Sham al-Islam and Ansar al-Sham are engaged in fierce clashes around the Kasab crossing with Turkey in Latakia province,” Observatory director Rami Abdel….

Egypt to hold mass trial of Morsi supporters for violence
3/22/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — More than 1,200 supporters of Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi will face charges starting from Saturday, the country’s biggest trial since the Islamist president’s ouster by the army in July, judicial sources said. The mass trial is part of a crackdown by Egypt’s military-installed authorities targeting Morsi’s Islamist supporters who remain steadfast in demanding his….

Obama urges Lebanon to stick to election timetable
3/22/2014 – BEIRUT (AFP) — US President Barack Obama has urged Lebanon to hold elections as planned in May, despite tensions aggravated by the conflict in neighboring Syria, the American embassy in Beirut said Saturday. President Michel Sleiman’s mandate ends on May 25 and there are worries a successor will be hard to find because of disagreements between Lebanon’s pro- and anti-Syria regime blocs….

Famed Syria Crusader castle survives fierce battles
3/22/2014 – AL-HOSN, Syria (AFP) — Columns are blackened with soot and vaults have crumbled in one of the courtyards of Syria’s the Krak des Chevaliers, a Crusader castle that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and victim of the country’s three-year civil war. The army seized the medieval fortress on Thursday after fierce fighting in the nearby village of Al-Hosn in central Syria….

US slams Turkey’s move to shut down Twitter
3/21/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States on Friday slammed an attempt by Turkey to ban the online social network Twitter, which government opponents have used to publish corruption allegations. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the order to prevent Turks from accessing the US firm’s micro-blogging site was “contrary to Turkey’s desire to be a model of democracy.”[END]

AlJazeera

Palestinians killed in West Bank clashes
AlJazeera 22 Mar 2014 – At least three Palestinians killed and 14 others injured in Israeli raid on Jenin refugee camp in Occupied West Bank.

International Solidarity Movement

Settlers from Havat Ma’on attacked Palestinian shepherds in two different places at the same time, in the South Hebron Hills
3/22/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Bruqin, Occupied Palestine – On March 20, four settlers from Havat Ma’on illegal outpost attacked, in two different places at the same time, two internationals and seven Palestinian shepherds while grazing flocks on their own land. The settlers were armed with a gun and slingshots. At 9. 58 am a settler with a gun chased two Palestinian shepherds away….

‘Soldiers opened fire at our boat and engine. We were about to sink’
3/21/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Rosa Schiano, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – On Tuesday, 11th March, Israeli naval forces arrested two Palestinian fishermen and confiscated their fishing boat off the coast of Gaza City. The two cousins, Shabaan Abu Ryala (33) and Jihad Abu Ryala (24), both from al-Shati (“Beach”) refugee camp, went to fish at 7:00 am.”At about 2:00 pm, Israeli vessels approached our boat and soldiers started shooting….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Three Palestinians killed as Israelis try to arrest militant
Relief Web 22 Mar 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 03/22/2014 07:02 GMT JENIN, March 22, 2014 (AFP) – Three Palestinians were killed in the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank early Saturday after Israeli soldiers launched an operation to arrest a…

Syrian Arab Republic: Factsheet: The UK’s humanitarian aid response to the Syria crisis
Relief Web 22 Mar 2014 – Source: Department for International Development Country: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has…

occupied Palestinian territory: Troubled Waters Fact Sheet: Water Injustice in Palestine
Relief Web 21 Mar 2014 – Source: Grassroots Country: occupied Palestinian territory By Carol Schachet While Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories are portrayed as a region where water is scarce and where innovation has enabled Israelis to “turn the desert green,” the truth is far…

occupied Palestinian territory: UN expert calls for assessing legal status of prolonged Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands
Relief Web 21 Mar 2014 – Source: UN News Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory 21 March 2014 An independent United Nations human rights expert today called for an assessment by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of the legal status of Israel s prolonged occupation of…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel settlements led to peace talks impasse: Palestinians
Relief Web 20 Mar 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 03/21/2014 02:54 GMT RAMALLAH, March 21, 2014 (AFP) – US-sponsored peace talks with Israel have reached an impasse because of Jewish settlement activity, a Palestinian spokesman said Thursday, as plans for over 2,000…

The National

Voices on Afghanistan: Youth are being left out of the national debate
The National 22 Mar 2014 – Faiysal AliKhan, a researcher on Afghanistan and Pakistan, looks at how a generational divide prolongs the conflicts in the two countries.

After Twitter, Is Turkey s government blocking Google?
The National 22 Mar 2014 – After Twitter was blocked, Turkish citizens turned to Google DNS to get around the ban, but the government appears to be moving to clamp down further on internet use.

Egypt-GCC business ties grow as political bonds flourish
The National 22 Mar 2014 – Political aid has helped Cairo to stabilise reserves and cut foreign currency shortages and is promoting a new wave of Gulf investment.

Gulf aid helps pull Egyptian state back from the brink
The National 22 Mar 2014 – Egypt s geopolitical significance stems from a multitude of reasons, many of which are directly linked to the interests of other Arab nations, particularly in the Arabian Gulf region.

Algeria sees rare anti-government demonstration
The National 22 Mar 2014 – The demonstrators were rallying in response to a call from the Rejection Front, a group made up of the families of missing persons from Algeria s civil war in the 1990s and members of an employment rights group.

Famed Syria Crusader castle survives fierce battles
The National 22 Mar 2014 – The army seized the medieval fortress on Thursday after fierce fighting in the nearby village of Al Hosn in central Syria, routing rebels who had captured it in July 2011.

Three dead after Israeli raid on Palestinian refugee camp
The National 22 Mar 2014 – The violence came amid a recent spike in clashes in the West Bank that could complicate the already troubled peace efforts as the sides near an April deadline set under US-sponsored talks.

Turkey calls Twitter biased after blocking social media site
The National 22 Mar 2014 – Many Turks reported difficulties in accessing not just Twitter but the internet as a whole, according to media reports and comments on social media.

Crimea goes East, Ukraine goes West in two new deals
The National 21 Mar 2014 – Russian president Vladimir Putin hails the annexation while his foreign minister slams the pact between Ukraine and the Brussels.

Shock over brazen Taliban attack on luxury Kabul hotel
The National 21 Mar 2014 – Four teenage gunmen hide pistols and ammunition in shoes before launching assault on the high-security Serena Hotel in the Afghan capital.

Gul defies Erdogan s Twitter ban and calls move violation of rights
The National 21 Mar 2014 – The content of Abdullah Gul s message and the way it was delivered is a message to Recep Tayyip Erdogan s religiously conservative government, observers say.

US and Saudi Arabia discuss military ties and Qatar row
The National 21 Mar 2014 – The Saudi defence minister and his US counterpart discuss tensions among Gulf states, as Qatar has angered Riyadh and other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council over its support for the Muslim Brotherhood in the region and extremists in Syria.

Iran s supreme leader ushers in 1393, the year of economy and culture
The National 21 Mar 2014 – Ayatollah Khamenei tells Iranians not to wait for Western sanctions to be lifted but work to build a stronger economy to reduce vulnerability .

Chinese relatives of MH370 passengers vent anger at Malaysian officials
The National 21 Mar 2014 – Many of the Chinese relatives continue to believe that the plane is intact and their loved ones still alive, with some clinging to conspiracy theories that Kuala Lumpur has carried out a huge cover up.

Ha’aretz

Israel taps journalist to cover pope s visit, promote tourism
Ha’aretz – 22 Mar 2014

Arab blood remains cheaper in Israel
Ha’aretz – 22 Mar 2014

How case 404 was lost, with many casualties
Ha’aretz – 22 Mar 2014

Sudan says it foiled Israeli espionage ring
Ha’aretz – 22 Mar 2014

Finance Ministry puts middle-class needs at top of agenda for 2014
Ha’aretz – 22 Mar 2014

Erdogan vows to quash ‘terrorist’ rivals ahead of elections
Ha’aretz – 22 Mar 2014

Lod residents protest police conduct after woman’s murder
Ha’aretz – 22 Mar 2014

Eight revelers hospitalized after outdoor party in Jordan Valley
Ha’aretz – 22 Mar 2014

Hamas sends Israelis threatening text messages
Ha’aretz – 22 Mar 2014

Senators urge Obama to stand firm over Iran nuclear talks
Ha’aretz – 22 Mar 2014

With growing despair, anarchy returns to Palestinian refugee camps
Ha’aretz – 22 Mar 2014

Israeli s refugee camp raid could spark all-out battle
Ha’aretz – 22 Mar 2014

Lapid scrambles to save tax rebate plan for first-time home buyers
Ha’aretz – 22 Mar 2014

Israeli forces kill three in refugee camp raid
Ha’aretz – 22 Mar 2014

Crimea takeover sparks concern in Europe over Moldova
Ha’aretz – 22 Mar 2014

Israel training pilots with scenarios inspired by Malaysia flight
Ha’aretz – 22 Mar 2014

Rare Herzl note sold at Israeli auction for $100,000
Ha’aretz – 22 Mar 2014

Shots fired as Russian troops storm Ukrainian airbase in Crimea
Ha’aretz – 22 Mar 2014

Chinese satellite spots possible debris of missing Malaysian jet
Ha’aretz – 22 Mar 2014

Ex-Shin Bet chief lambasts Netanyahu’s Likud as ‘shallow’
Ha’aretz – 22 Mar 2014

Russia says has right to answer new EU sanctions with its own
Ha’aretz – 22 Mar 2014

After heated debate, UN commission approves document on gender equality
Ha’aretz – 22 Mar 2014

Israel s legal chaos makes West Bank a paradise for polluters
Ha’aretz – 21 Mar 2014

The sorry affair of Ya’alon’s apology
Ha’aretz – 21 Mar 2014

Pope tells Mafia: Stop evil or prepare for hell
Ha’aretz – 21 Mar 2014

U.S. ‘disappointed’ with lack of apology from Israel’s defense minister
Ha’aretz – 21 Mar 2014

UN rights investigator accuses Israel of ‘ethnic cleansing’
Ha’aretz – 21 Mar 2014

Putin laughs off Western sanctions as Russia officially annexes Crimea
Ha’aretz – 21 Mar 2014

U.S. insists: Ya’alon has not apologized
Ha’aretz – 21 Mar 2014

Keeping judges honest
Ha’aretz – 21 Mar 2014

For marathon runners, Jerusalem Syndrome means something else
Ha’aretz – 21 Mar 2014

Israeli army uncovers ‘most advanced ever’ Gaza tunnel
Ha’aretz – 21 Mar 2014

Marathon fever hits Jerusalem: 25,000 runners take to the streets
Ha’aretz – 21 Mar 2014

No longer is all quiet on the northern front
Ha’aretz – 20 Mar 2014

Jerusalem Post

Health scan: Treatment proposed to prevent devastating inflammation
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2014 – The HU research group specializes in genetic engineering of mouse models (GEMMs) of inflammation and cancer.

A non-expert s view of intimacy
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2014 – A Hebrew-language translation of a best-selling English book explains that genuine closeness requires that we allow others to see us as we really are.

The Vienna lesson
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2014 – Ultimately, Israel must look after its own interests, chief among which is preventing uranium enrichment by its arch-enemy.

The Anschluss of Crimea brings back Cold War memories
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2014 – The real question is whether Putin, just like Chernenko 30 years prior, feels that he has a job one does not retire from.

A new dawn for Israelis of Ethiopian origin… or is it?
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2014 – There are several examples that illustrate why we cannot justify the ministry s new intervention program.

US senators urge Obama to push for strict Iran nuclear deal
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2014 – Twenty three US senators send letter to the President urging him to stand firm on him; legislators ask that Obama insist on a final agreement in which Iran would not be able to build or buy a nuclear weapon.

Israeli zombies invade the big screen
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2014 – The walking dead take a bite out of the Middle East in Eitan Gafny s Cannon Fodder.

Jazz singer Daphna Levy heads for the farm
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2014 – Singer will bring her singular talents to the Ivria Tuscana Farm in Ramat Hasharon.

Netanyahu to appear on satirical TV program ‘State of the Nation’
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2014 – The Channel 2 show, features a segment in which the show’s hosts tell jokes about a guest while he or she is present.

Palestinians riot in Jerusalem near Damascus Gate over Jenin deaths
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2014 – Six arrested outside Old City, no injuries reported; protesters angered over deaths in IDF counter-terrorism raid.

Jewish, Muslim leaders: Danish minister put[s] animal rights before religious rights’
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2014 – Agriculture Minister in Denmark Dan Jorgensen banned ritual slaughter of animals without pre-stunning.

EU, UNICEF launch 10m. euro Gaza desalination project
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2014 – Plant will provide 6,000 cubic meters of drinking water daily to approximately 75,000 Palestinians in southern Gaza.

Abbas: No compromise on east Jerusalem as capital of Palestinian state
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2014 – Speaking at an emergency meeting of the Fatah Central Committee in Ramallah, Abbas briefed officials on his meetings in the US.

China spots new possible plane debris in southern Indian Ocean
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2014 – The object was spotted 75 miles from a location where possible debris was sighted by another satellite in the remote ocean off western Australia.

Diplomacy: Ya alon strikes twice
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2014 – US leaders regularly call Israeli policies into question, saying friends can talk honestly with each other. But when the tables are turned, all that openness and honesty is much less appreciated.

3 Palestinians killed in gun battles with security forces in Jenin
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2014 – Hamas member Hamza Abu Aleija comes out of house firing, is shot dead by special forces; At least two rioters killed in exchange of fire with IDF.

Preserving Jewish Calcutta
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2014 – The dwindling Jewish community – now under two dozen – is on a mission to document its 200-year history before it disappears altogether.

Rule of Law: Comparing Crimea and Kosovo
Jerusalem Post 21 Mar 2014 – While Vladimir Putin s comparison may be invalid, understanding the Russian perspective could help the West to resolve the dispute.

IDF injures two Palestinians trying to scale Gaza security fence
Jerusalem Post 21 Mar 2014 – Soldiers shoot at legs of two Palestinians trying to climb fence after they ignore calls to stop.

UN rights investigator accuses Israel of ‘ethnic cleansing’
Jerusalem Post 21 Mar 2014 – Richard Falk says more than 11,000 Palestinians have lost their right to live in Jerusalem since 1996.

Rabbi, student arrested for trying to slaughter donkey as sacrifice for sins
Jerusalem Post 21 Mar 2014 – Palestinian in area catches suspects in the process of killing animal and alerts police; suspects confess police say.

Behind the Lines: Israel-Syria border escalation
Jerusalem Post 21 Mar 2014 – If Hezbollah is responsible for the attacks on Israel over the past days, which at present appears the most likely explanation, the movement is using the Syria-Israel border as a site for attacks on Israeli forces.

Manufacturers: Leave ‘Made in Israel’ label off products from beyond Green Line
Jerusalem Post 21 Mar 2014 – Factories over Green Line don’t operate in accordance with Israeli industrial standards, gain unfair advantage, MAI claims.

Iran’s Khamenei questions ‘certainty’ of Holocaust
Jerusalem Post 21 Mar 2014 – In speech marking Persian New Year, Iranian supreme leader questions occurrence of the Holocaust.

Kenya’s Ronald Kimeli Kurgat wins Jerusalem Marathon in record time
Jerusalem Post 21 Mar 2014 – 28-year-old finishes race in two hours, 16 minutes and nine seconds; some 25,000 runners participate in sporting event.

‘Biggest Gaza terror tunnel yet’ uncovered by IDF
Jerusalem Post 21 Mar 2014 – Army announces it has exposed terror tunnel running from Gaza to southern Israel; Hamas claims Israel previously unearthed tunnel.

Madoff says Ponzi scheme was not betrayal of the Jewish people
Jerusalem Post 21 Mar 2014 – Imprisoned former NASDAQ chairman states “religion had nothing to do” with one of largest fraud scandals in history.

Turkey blocks Twitter after Erdogan condemns social media platform
Jerusalem Post 21 Mar 2014 – Turkish telecoms watchdog says courts blocked service after complaints made by citizens that Twitter was breaching privacy.

US senators see steady defense aid to Israel despite budget cuts
Jerusalem Post 21 Mar 2014 – Washington’s grants to Israel unlikely to wane after current package expires in 2017, say members of Senate Armed Services C’tee.

Israeli official suggests Palestinians celebrating failure of peace talks
Jerusalem Post 21 Mar 2014 – Source says Palestinian rallies upon Abbas’s return from Washington are reminiscent of Arafat s return from Camp David in 2000.

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The Guardian

Israeli forces kill four Palestinians in West Bank shootout
The Guardian 22 Mar 2014 – Fugitive Hamas fighter among the dead after raid on Jenin house amid growing tensions over faltering peace talks Four Palestinians, including a fugitive member of the military wing of Hamas, have been killed by Israeli forces…

Despite the cruelties heaped on them, Palestinian refugees’ spirit has not broken | Karma Nabulsi
The Guardian 22 Mar 2014 – From Syria to Turkey to Lebanon, exiled Palestinians haven’t surrendered they are raising the flag for a return to their home The only thing heard nowadays about the majority of the Palestinian people those…

Daily Star

U.S. forces hand over seized oil tanker to Libya
Daily Star 22 Mar 2014 The U.S. Navy handed over to Libyan authorities on Saturday an oil tanker carrying crude that had been loaded at a port controlled by armed rebels in defiance of Tripoli’s government.

Syria fighting rages in Assad’s home province
Daily Star 22 Mar 2014 Fighting rages between rebels and loyalist forces in Syria’s northern Latakia province, a day after 34 people were killed as Islamists sought to seize a border crossing into Turkey, activists say.

Hezbollah, Amal decry abductions in Lebanon
Daily Star 22 Mar 2014 Hezbollah and the Amal Movement denounce in a joint statement the phenomena of abductions in different Lebanese regions.

Iraq reporter killed by presidential guard: officials
Daily Star 22 Mar 2014 An officer in a brigade responsible for guarding a Baghdad compound controlled by ailing Iraqi President Jalal Talabani kills a journalist after an argument, officials say.

Syria: Army ambushes rebels who came from Jordan
Daily Star 22 Mar 2014 Syrian state media say government forces have ambushed a group of rebels who crossed into the country from neighboring Jordan and killed several of the fighters.

Police raid NSSF as part of embezzlement probe
Daily Star 22 Mar 2014 Lebanese police raid the National Social Security Fund in Beirut, seizing potentially incriminating documents linked to an ongoing embezzlement probe, a judicial source says.

Fears linger despite lull in n. Lebanon fighting
Daily Star 22 Mar 2014 Fears of renewed fighting in the northern city of Tripoli persist despite a lull following overnight clashes, as residents and activists take to the streets to protest the repeated Syria-linked violence.

Jordan king urges Lebanese sides to get out of Syria
Daily Star 22 Mar 2014 Jordanian King Abdullah II has voiced concern over the situation in Lebanon and called for an end to intervention by Lebanese parties in the neighboring Syrian war.

YNet News

Bnei Brak rabbi calls for gefilte fish boycott
YNet News, 22 Mar 2014 – Rabbi Shmuel Eliezer Stern issues unusual halachic ruling in bid to prevent stores from charging exaggerated prices for carp fish ahead of Passover. ….

Complacency and arrogance – the failures of Ya’alon and Gantz
YNet News, 22 Mar 2014 – The defense minister’s comments on the US and the chief of staff’s boast of Iranian operations illustrate a worrying and dangerous state of mind. ….

Saving Israel from its corrupt politicians
YNet News, 22 Mar 2014 – Op-ed: Former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin makes a plea for the silent majority to reclaim the country. ….

Report: Assassination attempt on Egyptian army commander thwarted
YNet News, 22 Mar 2014 – ….

Netanyahu to join Channel 2’s ‘State of the Union’ pannel
YNet News, 22 Mar 2014 – ….

Britain says allies should consider long-term cuts in arms sales to Russia
YNet News, 22 Mar 2014 – ….

Anti-austerity protest turns violent in Spanish capital
YNet News, 22 Mar 2014 – ….

Senators urge Obama to push for strict Iran nuclear curbs deal
YNet News, 22 Mar 2014 – ….

Women creating a new tradition
YNet News, 22 Mar 2014 – Op-ed: Secular humanistic rabbi writes about changing reality as more women are being ordained as rabbis. ….

Muslim sheikh remembers settler rabbi
YNet News, 21 Mar 2014 – Sheikh Ibrahim Abu El-Hawa pays public tribute to Rabbi Menachem Froman, who was well-known for his unique peace activities in region. ….

Syria’s rebels are pitting Israel against Hezbollah, and winning
YNet News, 21 Mar 2014 – Israel must think carefully about who benefits the most from the recent escalation along its Golan border with Syria. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Assaf didn’t tell the truth about Hamas
PIC – Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic resistance group, is coming under attack from many quarters these days. Israel is constantly attacking the group and its supporters.

Hamas mourns martyrs, calls for end to security coordination
PIC – Hamas mourned in a press statement the three martyrs in Jenin and hailed the Jenin refugee camp residents and all its factions and military wings for confronting the Israeli occupation forces.

General strike in protest against Abul Haija’s assassination in Jenin
PIC – A general strike was announced at dawn Saturday in Jenin following the assassination of three Palestinians by Israeli gunfire in the city.

Mishaal: We need to unify the Palestinian political system
PIC – Khaled Mishaal said that Palestine can only be liberated through the resistance, and stressed that his movement wants to end the internal division in the Palestinian arena.

EU criticizes Israeli plan to expand settlements in the West Bank
PIC – The European Union (EU) has criticized Israel for announcing plans to build more than 2,300 new settlement units in the West Bank.

Five Palestinian refugees skilled in Syria
PIC – Five Palestinian refugees were killed in Syria including a woman and her daughter on Friday due to the continued clashes and shelling on refugee camps.

Bahar asks Abbas to officially end security coordination
PIC – First deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council Dr. Ahmed Bahar has asked PA chief Mahmoud Abbas to issue an urgent presidential decree ending security coordination with Israel.

Violent confrontation between IOF soldiers and Palestinians south of Al-Khalil
PIC – Violent confrontations erupted between Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and Palestinian citizens south of Al-Khalil on Monday night.

Moshe Yaalon in the range of al-Qassam fire
PIC – Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military wing, published a videotape showing Israeli war minister Moshe Yaalon in the range of fire of one of its fighters.

IOA prevents the EU fact-finding mission from entering its jails
PIC – The IOA prevented a European fact-finding mission, in charge of assessing the conditions of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, from entering the prisons.

WAFA

Newspaper Review: Anti-Wall Weekly Protests in West Bank and Restrictive Israeli Measures in Jerusalem as Focus of Daili…
WAFA – 22 Mar 2014

FCO Minister Condemns Israeli Settlement Plans
WAFA – 22 Mar 2014

Qaraqeª Anticipates Releasing Fourth Patch of Prisoners on April 29
WAFA – 22 Mar 2014

Serry Expresses Concern over New Israeli Settlement Construction Plans
WAFA – 22 Mar 2014

Luxembourg Minister Supports Palestinian Statehood, Calls Israel to Halt all Settlement Activities
WAFA – 22 Mar 2014

UNRWA Commissioner-General Delivers Last Public Speech on Question of Palestine Refugees at Birzeit University
WAFA – 22 Mar 2014

Chairman of Palestinian National Council Denounces Killing of 3 Palestinians in Jenin
WAFA – 22 Mar 2014

Presidential Spokesperson Condemns Recent Israeli Escalation in Jenin
WAFA – 22 Mar 2014

EU’s Ashton Expresses Disappointment over New Israeli Settlement Announcement
WAFA – 22 Mar 2014

European Parliament Delegation Completes Fact-Finding Mission on Palestinian Prisoners Despite Israeli Refusal to Co-Ope…
WAFA – 22 Mar 2014

Misc

U.S. shifts Syria strategy to ‘southern front’
LA Times 22 Mar 2014 – The U.S. and allies are giving cash, and many say, training, to rebel forces in what many view as a last chance to turn the war against Bashar Assad’s government. IRBID, Jordan The Free Syrian Army commander, head of a moderate rebel force fighting…

Dying Lake Urmia reflects a broader problem in Iran
LA Times 21 Mar 2014 – In the words of a former agriculture minister, water shortages are making Iran an ‘uninhabitable desert.’ LAKE URMIA, Iran An eerie and forlorn tableau greets visitors to the arid shores of this once-vast lake in Iran’s far northwest. Rusting ships sit wedged in deep…

Complexity of Conflict Leaves Donors Wary of Aiding Syrians
New York Times 22 Mar 2014 – The frustration of international aid workers is growing as donations to groups helping Syrians has remained paltry during three years of turmoil.

Palestinians Criticize Abbas for Public Fatah Feud at Delicate Time Diplomatically
New York Times 22 Mar 2014 – Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has begun a campaign against his onetime ally, Muhammad Dahlan, a former Fatah security chief, at a delicate time in a diplomatic battle.

Iraqi Journalist Shot Dead by Officer
New York Times 22 Mar 2014 – Mohammed Bdaiwi, a Radio Free Iraq bureau chief and a professor, was killed by a Kurdish officer in the presidential guard brigade.

Multivehicle Accident in Pakistan Kills More Than 30
New York Times 22 Mar 2014 – At least 33 people were killed on Saturday in a crash involving two tanker trucks and two buses in southern Pakistan. At least 20 others were injured.

Opinion: Ghosts of the Displaced
New York Times 22 Mar 2014 – Across history and changing political borders, the dispossessed yearn for home.

Israeli Raid Leaves 3 Dead in West Bank Refugee Area
New York Times 22 Mar 2014 – Three Palestinians were killed at the Jenin camp when Israeli forces tried to arrest a suspected militant in a raid that threatened to upend the fragile negotiations in the region.

Russian Defiance Is Seen as a Confidence Builder for Syria s Government
New York Times 21 Mar 2014 – The prospect of a deal brokered by Russian and American officials to end the Syrian war seems increasingly remote, as bonds deepen between Moscow and Damascus.

Iraq Hit by Wave of Bombings and Attacks
New York Times 21 Mar 2014 – Violence across the country left 37 people dead, and gunmen kidnapped eight soldiers from their army unit in Samarra, north of Baghdad.

Most Advanced Gaza-Israel Tunnel Is Found
New York Times 21 Mar 2014 – A military spokesman said the tunnel, reaching hundreds of yards into Israel, was the most advanced tunnel that we ve exposed and could have been used to attack or kidnap Israelis.

Turkish Effort to Block Twitter Draws Protest
New York Times 21 Mar 2014 – The government s action, prompted by posts accusing officials of corruption, was both derided and circumvented.

Ex-Envoy Sees Assad as Staying in Power
New York Times 20 Mar 2014 – The former diplomat Robert S. Ford said he had little hope that diplomacy could solve the long-running conflict in Syria.

Israeli embassy pressured Amnesty to cancel launch of apartheid book Ben White
Mondoweiss – David Hearst and Amnesty Int’l came under pressure from the Israeli embassy in London to cancel the book launch of White’s book, Israeli Apartheid on March 21, White reveals in The National. The event came off as planned

Obama s foreign policy has just one potential legacy Iran
Mondoweiss – Obama began with heroic global goals, from securing Pakistan’s nuclear weapons to bringing forth a Palestinian state. Realism tells us that the era of US power is over, and Obama’s last goal is an Iran deal, Ahmed Moor contends

Obama doesn t talk to Jimmy Carter because of Israel
Mondoweiss – All Jimmy Carter’s successors have called him for advice, from Reagan to both Bushes. But not Obama. Why not? The former president says it’s because he would tell Obama to be even-handed in the Middle East.

Israel approves 186 new settlement homes, and moves forward with plans for 2,269 more
Mondoweiss – AFP reports that Israel has progressed with plans for more than 2,000 new homes in six West Bank settlements in a move likely to further endanger peace talks.

Nobody knew where I was, nobody& I was simply disappeared : An Italian tourist s Ben Gurion nightmare
Mondoweiss – Andrea Pesce is a 44-year-old Italian tourist who flew to Ben Gurion airport on his way to a month-long vacation in Bethlehem. He expected the routine security checks the Israeli airport is known for, but he never could have anticipated what was in store for him….

Veolia, Mekorot and the struggle for Palestinian water rights
Mondoweiss – On World Water Day Susan Koppelman writes about Palestinians struggle for water rights and the struggle against Veolia s privatization of water.

NSA Snoops on Foreign Country, Recording Every Call Made
Tikun Olam – The Washington Post published an article based on material exposed by Edward Snowden claiming the NSA has created a program called MYSTIC, which records and collects every voice communication made in an unnamed foreign country. The data is retained for 30 days and allows the agency…

AIPAC s 2-state lip-service: conference featured university in settlement
Mondoweiss – The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) claims to support a two-state solution. But the lobby group’s actions tell a much different story. AIPAC invited Ariel University to show off its research at the policy conference’s “village.” The move exposed how AIPAC is, in reality, in…

NYT music piece strikes false note on Mehta and Israeli politics
Mondoweiss – NYTimes protrait of the Indian conductor as politically engaged in inaccurate. The article stresses the legendary conductor’s ‘dream’ of a Palestinian player joining the orchestra, while ignoring that Mehta has spent a lifetime with the segregated IPO.

British architects vote to ban Israeli group from industry association over expanding settlements
Mondoweiss – The Israeli settlement of Har Homa in East Jerusalem Riba says the IAUA is complicit in land grabs, forced removals & and reinforcement of apartheid . Photograph: Mahmoud Illean/Demotix/Corbis The Royal Institute of British Architects ( RIBA ), the UK s leading architectural association, has passed a motion calling on the …

Some pro-Israel images to ease you into the weekend
Mondoweiss – It s Friday, and March madness is upon us. So here s some pro-Israel iconography for your viewing pleasure as we get ready for the weekend. I saw this image of Tzipi Livni wearing a blue crown on a J Street facebook page. I must admit it leaves…

Iranian and Israeli Chest-Puffing
Tikun Olam – Bogie Yaalon with senior political advisor, Pam Geller. Israeli defense minister Moshe Bogie Yaalon has had quite a week. He began it with a speech which derisively accused America of being weak and of being bested by the merchants of the Persian bazaar in the…

U.S. Opposes Russia s Theft of Crimea BUT Supports Israel s Theft of Palestine
Sabbah report 22 Mar 2014 – With power comes impunity whether it s the U.S., the E.U., Russia, or Israel. If any of these nations truly respected and adhered to International Law so many of their murderous leaders would be in or have died in prison. Continue reading í! Read More: U.S. Opposes…

World Water Day sees launch of First International Week To Boycott Mekorot
Global BDS 22 Mar 2014 – Campaigners from around the world are taking part in a week of action against Israeli national water company Mekorot, the main agent of Israeli water apartheid against Palestinians. The week launches on 22 March, World Water Day, and lasts until 30 March, when Palestinians mark Land…

UK institute joins boycott of Israel Saturday, 22 March 2014
Palestine Solidarity Project 22 Mar 2014 – UK institute joins boycott of Israel Saturday, 22 March 2014 The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has joined an international campaign to boycott Israel over its quote aggressive policies against Palestinians. RIBA has passed a motion calling on the International Union of Architects to boycott…

World Water Day 2014
Rachel Corrie Foundation 22 Mar 2014 – colonizing the water commons, Maia Brown March 22nd, World Water Day (declared by the UN in 1992) is a moment to recommit to fighting for the human right to water and to make visible the growing global crisis of water inequality fueled by water privatization. On…

Palestinian Water Rights: Another Reason to Boycott and Divest from Veolia
Rachel Corrie Foundation 22 Mar 2014 – By Susan Koppelman Susan in Dorchester at a Veolia action World Water Day has become a day to recommit to the struggle for water justice. For decades local and global activists have been leading successful campaigns to maintain local control of water, to protect indigenous rights…

US returns rogue tanker to Libya
BBC 22 Mar 2014 – The US says it has returned the rogue tanker Morning Glory – filled with oil at a rebel-held port – to Libya after a Navy Seals operation.

Reality TV Star Alin Levy Speaks Out on Bizarre Conversion Fight
The Foward Breaking News 22 Mar 2014 – An Israeli television celebrity said the Chief Rabbinate is refusing to convert her to Judaism because of her acting career. Alin Levy, a 24-year-old reality TV celebrity whose Ukraine-born mother is Christian and whose father is Jewish, discussed her situation with Israel s Channel 10 in an…

VIDEO: Abu Dhabi artists threaten boycott
BBC 22 Mar 2014 – A group of artists is threatening to withhold work from exhibition in Abu Dhabi’s new galleries over concerns about the welfare of those constructing the buildings, as Jonathan Frewin reports.

Israel Kills 3 Militants in West Bank Raid
The Foward Breaking News 22 Mar 2014 – Israeli forces shot three Palestinian militants dead on Saturday in a raid on a home in the occupied West Bank to capture a wanted Hamas Islamist militant, Israeli military and Palestinian officials said. The Palestinian Authority denounced the violence that it said threatened U.S.-brokered peace talks…

Jewish Students Find Global Connections and Schisms in Israel Program
The Forward New 22 Mar 2014 – When Americans joined an exchange program on Jewish peoplehood in Israel, they brought diversity to the table. Or was it sectarianism? Click here for the rest of the article…

Brooklyn Seniors Fight Back Against Closing of Prospect Park Home
The Foward Breaking News 22 Mar 2014 – Receiving an eviction notice is never easy. But for the more than 100 elderly residents of the Prospect Park Residence, a predominantly Jewish assisted living facility in Brooklyn, the news was devastating. The seniors, most of whom are in their 80s and 90s, had planned to…

Crusader castle has Syria war scars
BBC 22 Mar 2014 – Syrian government forces show reporters around the recently recaptured Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers, where significant war damage is visible.

Israeli army storms Palestinian civil defence headquarters in Salfit 21 March 2014
Palestine Solidarity Project 21 Mar 2014 – Israeli army storms Palestinian civil defence headquarters in Salfit 21 March 2014 The Israeli army stormed the Palestinian Civil Defence headquarters in the Salfit governorate in the northern part of central West Bank early on Friday morning and arrested three of its employees, The Civil Defence…

Israel destroyed Islamic archaeological sites in Silwan dig Thursday, 20 March 2014
Palestine Solidarity Project 21 Mar 2014 – The Israel Antiquities Authority has destroyed several ancient archeological sites and antiquities as a result of a controversial dig in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem, the Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage said Tuesday. The authority recently began the final stage of archaeological…

British Kosher Slaughter Group Complains About ‘Cruel’ Article
The Foward Breaking News 21 Mar 2014 – A British group that lobbies for kosher slaughter has filed a complaint against a newspaper with the country s Press Complaints Commission. The complaint was filed Sunday by the group Shechita UK over a March 16 article published by The Mail on Sunday, Britain s Jewish Chronicle reported…

Egypt: Gulf Security Is Egypt’s National Responsibility – Mansour
allAfrica.com 21 Mar 2014 – [Egypt Online]Egyptian interim President Adly Mansour underlined the depth of relations between Egypt and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states.

Blue Gold project: the deceitful plan to commodify water in Lebanon
Al-Akhbar News 22 Mar 2014 – A man picking up empty water barrels in Beirut. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) A man picking up empty water barrels in Beirut. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The Civic Influence Hub is carrying on with its marketing campaign for the Blue Gold project, calling upon Lebanese citizens to vote…

Lebanon: Future Movement takes Tripoli hostage
Al-Akhbar News 22 Mar 2014 – Smoke rises from a fire after gunmen from Jabal Mohsen fire a rocket-propelled grenade during clashes with gunmen from Bab al-Tebbaneh in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on March 14, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Ibrahim Chalhoub) Smoke rises from a fire after gunmen from Jabal Mohsen fire…

Algerian protesters call for government’s overthrow
Al-Akhbar News 22 Mar 2014 – Around 40 people demonstrated in Algiers Saturday calling for a change of government, as ailing 77-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika seek reelection next month, an AFP journalist reported. Bouteflika, in office since 1999, was hospitalized in Paris last year for three months after suffering a mini-stroke. He…

Twelve killed in clashes between Yemen’s army and Houthi rebels
Al-Akhbar News 22 Mar 2014 – Twelve people were killed Saturday in clashes between Yemeni forces and rebel Houthis on the outskirts of the northern city of Amran, a local official and tribal sources said. The rebels, known as Houthis or Ansarullah, had traveled to Amran to take part in a demonstration,…

Trial of 1,200 Mursi backers opens, ajourns in Egypt
Al-Akhbar News 22 Mar 2014 – Updated 2:00 pm: A court in Egypt adjourned the mass trial of more than 1,200 supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohammed Mursi after a brief hearing on Saturday, state media reported. The country’s biggest trial since the army removed Mursi last July after a turbulent single…

Libyan forces attack oil port rebels
Al-Akhbar News 22 Mar 2014 – Libyan troops fought with rebels occupying oil ports on Saturday after fighters attacked an army base where military reinforcements were preparing for an offensive to break the blockade, local residents said. Anti-aircraft gunfire and explosions were heard late at night and again after dawn on Saturday…

Thousands join rare Algeria rally
BBC 21 Mar 2014 – Thousands of Algerian opposition supporters call for a boycott of next month’s presidential election during an unprecedented mass rally.

Will Ethiopian dam dry up the Nile?
BBC 21 Mar 2014 – Is Africa’s biggest river really under threat?

Strategic prize for Syria government
BBC 21 Mar 2014 – Loss of border town chokes off supply route for rebels

The unknown role of Kuwait’s Salafis in Syria
Al-Akhbar News 21 Mar 2014 – Rebel fighters fire a machine gun during clashes with pro-government forces on March 18, 2014 in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. (Photo: AFP- AMC/Tamer al-Halabi) Rebel fighters fire a machine gun during clashes with pro-government forces on March 18, 2014 in the northern Syrian city…

Syrian forces regain control of Western Homs
Al-Akhbar News 21 Mar 2014 – A government soldier looks out over the renowned Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers near the Syria-Lebanon border after the army seized the fortress on March 20, 2014 marking a significant advance in their drive to seal the Lebanese border and sever rebel supply lines. (Photo: AFP…

Yabrud: no one s graveyard
Al-Akhbar News 21 Mar 2014 – Syrian soldiers in Yabrud after the battle. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Syrian soldiers in Yabrud after the battle. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Syrian opposition fighters failed to carry out any of the threats they made in the months prior to the battle for Yabrud. They fled as the…

Week ahead in Congress will focus on Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Saudi Arabia
Al-Monitor 21 Mar 2014 – A look at the Middle East issues Congress will be addressing next week.

Death toll climbs in Lebanon clashes
BBC 21 Mar 2014 – At least four people have been killed in northern Lebanon, bringing to 21 the death toll in a week of clashes linked to the conflict in Syria.

Syria back on Turkey’s agenda
Al-Monitor 21 Mar 2014 – The Syria issue is suddenly back on Turkey s agenda after attacks by armed individuals coming from Syria.

Iranians ignore government limits on holiday celebration
Al-Monitor 21 Mar 2014 – Iranians celebrate the ancient Iranian holiday Chaharshanbeh-Souri on the last Tuesday of the year, despite the official discouragement of celebrating a pre-Islamic holiday.

Jordan’s ‘forgotten’ urban refugees from Syria
BBC 21 Mar 2014 – ‘Forgotten’ plight of Syrians outside Jordan’s refugee camps

Israel should not ignore its northern border
Al-Akhbar Opinion 21 Mar 2014 – Israeli soldiers deployed on the border with Syria observe Syrian territory from Israeli side of the border near the Druze village of Majdal Shams on March 19, 2014 in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. (Photo: AFP-Menahem Kahana) Israeli soldiers deployed on the border with Syria observe Syrian…

The war on Twitter, the blowback from Ukraine
Al-Monitor 21 Mar 2014 – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan follows through on his threat to shut down Twitter, as Saudi Arabia and Qatar also crack down on social media; US-Russia collaboration on Syria and Iran is so far holding on, despite tensions over Ukraine.

Erdogan’s ‘mission impossible’ against Twitter
Al-Monitor 21 Mar 2014 – The Turkish prime minister cannot win against social media.

Turkey grapples with legality, implications of Internet ban
Al-Monitor 21 Mar 2014 – The Turkish government blocked access to Twitter as of midnight March 20.

Turkey faces ‘geography s revenge’ in Crimea
Al-Monitor 21 Mar 2014 – Turkey s strategic environment has become even more complicated following the Russian annexation of Crimea.

Israel finds ‘longest Gaza tunnel’
BBC 21 Mar 2014 – Israel says it has uncovered a tunnel dug by militants from the Gaza Strip which runs hundreds of metres under its territory.

Israelis indifferent to latest Netanyahu scandal
Al-Monitor 21 Mar 2014 – The latest scandal concerning the behavior of Sara Netanyahu toward the premier’s residence manager has not turned into a significant public debate, but generated caricatures and satirical comments on social networks.

ISIS enforces strict religious law in Raqqa
Al-Monitor 21 Mar 2014 – ISIS enforces Islamic attire, prayer times and holds men responsible for how their wives and daughters behave.

The Sheikh-General
Al-Akhbar Opinion 21 Mar 2014 – MP Sami Gemayel. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) MP Sami Gemayel. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) A soldier every kilometer& 200 soldiers& binoculars& helicopters& command rooms for the army& and a few reconnaissance airplanes& . Voila! This was the grand solution that MP Sami Gemayel proposed for Lebanon s border woes during yesterday s parliament session debating the…

Turkish, Armenian filmmakers to meet at festival
Al-Monitor 21 Mar 2014 – The Armenia-Turkey Cinema Platform will bring together Turkish and Armenian filmmakers on the sidelines of the Istanbul International Film Festival in mid-April.

Will Lebanon be on Obama’s agenda in Saudi Arabia?
Al-Monitor 21 Mar 2014 – Given the long history of external influence in Lebanon, some in Lebanon are speculating that US President Barack Obama s upcoming talks in Riyadh could include a discussion on the next Lebanese president.

Lebanon needs drastic steps to avoid bankruptcy
Al-Monitor 21 Mar 2014 – After the growth rate of the public debt and the slow economic growth have reached alarming levels, the new Lebanese government must restore economic confidence in the country.

Kuwait: Security crackdown on Bedoon community renews tensions
Al-Akhbar Politics 21 Mar 2014 – Turkish air force fighter jets perform a fly over on February 25, 2014 during celebrations to mark Kuwait’s 53rd National Day and the 23rd Liberation Day.(Photo: AFP-Yasser al-Zayyat) Turkish air force fighter jets perform a fly over on February 25, 2014 during celebrations to mark Kuwait’s…

VIDEO: Flashmob for Syria refugee camp
BBC 21 Mar 2014 – A flashmob has taken place in New York’s Times Square to raise awareness about the conflict in Syria and the situation at the Yarmouk refugee camp

New Year optimism among Iranians in Dubai
BBC 21 Mar 2014 – Rising optimism among Iranians celebrating Norouz in Dubai

Articles


An illegitimate leadership can sign away rights
Zachariah Sammour, Al-Shabaka, Ma an News Agency 3/22/2014
Al-Shabaka is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and foster public debate on Palestinian human rights and self-determination within the framework of international law.
The latest round of US-driven negotiations has yet to engender a significant, organized response from Palestinians in the Diaspora.
Whereas some Palestinian civil society actors and organizations within the Occupied Palestinian Territory have made their views known through various forms of popular activism, Palestinians in the Diaspora seem surprisingly disengaged.
This lack of organized public engagement is particularly troubling when one considers the risks that these talks present for the Palestinian people generally, and for those in the Diaspora in particular.
Details have emerged in recent weeks as to the shape that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry s “framework agreement” is likely to take, both in reports by Palestinian officials and in columns by US analysts: Not only would there be a truncated Palestinian state with significant Israeli controls remaining in some fashion, but the Palestinian right of return would be eliminated entirely.
Given the gravity of the decisions that could be made on behalf of Palestinians — including an “end of claims” arising out of the conflict — one would expect a more forceful response in responding to these proposals. It is possible that many believe that the limited political legitimacy of the Palestine Liberation Organization/Palestinian Authority directly diminishes its capacity to make politically effective decisions on behalf of all Palestinians. more..e-mail

Who has the right to define the character of the Israel State?
Michel Warschawski, Alternative Information Center 3/20/2014
Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to escape international demands, including those of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, to open true negotiations with the Palestinians with a new precondition: recognizing Israel as the State of the Jewish people.
After Yasser Arafat formally recognized the State of Israel in 1993, his successor is now asked to recognize it as a Jewish State. Who knows? Perhaps the next Israeli demand from the Palestinians will be to join the Zionist movement, or to celebrate each year the birthday of Theodore Herzl.
It is obvious to everyone that this new demand by the Israeli government is no more than a pretext to postpone sine die any chance of negotiations on the decolonization of the West Bank. However, behind Netanyahu s demand there is a severe misconception of democracy.
Israel only pretends to be a democratic state. In a true democracy the definition of the character of a state is the privilege of its citizens, and its citizens only. Israel defines itself as a Jewish State, but some Israeli citizens (including almost all of Israel’s Palestinian citizens) are now challenging this definition, and struggling to transform the state into a democracy for all its citizens. Neither Mahmoud Abbas nor Barak Obama – or any other international actor – will define the character of the State of Israel but the people of Israel.
If the majority of the citizens want to define it as a Jewish theocracy, or as a vegetarian State which will forbid eating meat, one may oppose it and even revolt against such moves, but it will be a citizen s struggle, without foreign interference.
It does not mean that the international community should remain passive regarding the way a state defines and organizes itself…. more..e-mail

Egypt’s shallow state and Hamas
Khaled Hroub, Al Jazeera 3/20/2014
Egypt’s banning of Hamas is unique throughout the history of Arab relationships, and it’s likely to backfire.
Egypt’s current “deep state” seems to be “deep” only in security and bureaucracy, while its performance in politics and strategy continues to be “shallow”. The latest episode showcasing such shallowness – including the military’s “discovery” of a cure for AIDS and kidney diseases – is the regime’s ban on Hamas, declaring the movement’s activities and presence in Egypt illegal.
If Egypt’s generals have resurrected the tactics of Hosni Mubarak’s regime, including the recent appointment a former protege as prime minister, these generals seem to lack so
me of the sophistication of Mubarak’s politics. Over the years, the tense relationship and mutual hatred between Mubarak and Hamas was more than obvious. But even then, Egypt showed more calculated domestic and regional politics and kept Hamas on board.

Political miscalculations
Even at its lowest point, when Hamas was accused of killing Egyptian soldiers across the Gaza/Egypt borders, Mubarak’s regime believed that sustaining links with the group was vital for Egypt’s regional role and politics, as well as for security considerations along Gaza borders and in the Sinai desert.
It is a basic tenet in politics that severing links with political actors is an extreme step that many countries should avoid. When these actors function in neighbouring countries, ignoring this tenet becomes an act of stupidity and comes at a high cost.
By comparison, Iran has maintained its links with Hamas despite the latter’s outrageous position, from Tehran’s perspective, regarding the Syrian revolution against Bashar al-Assad, Iran’s vital ally in the region.more..e-mail

AIPAC and CPAC in town
James Zogby, Al-Ahram Weekly 3/13/2014
Conservatives and Zionists might have lost some recent battles, but they still have the means to bring trouble to their opponents.
This past week, Washington hosted two of my least favourite annual events.
It began with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) bringing their faithful to town to lobby for whatever the government of Israel might want at this particular moment. At week s end, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was in Washington rallying their crowd to bash the president and defend their true conservative principles.
During the past year, several commentators have, on occasion, pronounced both groups weakened and wounded, possibly fatally so. Conservatives were seen to be cannibalising themselves, while AIPAC was reeling from having picked and lost two separate fights with President Barack Obama: Syria and Iran sanctions. Based on the size and enthusiasm of their respective crowds and from the red meat thrown out by major speakers, neither group appeared to be in their death throes, but looks can be deceiving.
AIPAC is far from defeated. They still define the playing field and roles of engagement for most Middle East issues. Their operatives are well placed in Washington and their influence is real. Three years ago, they and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took on the US administration over whether or not the 1967 borders should be the basis for a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and they won. AIPAC s allies in Congress turned out en masse to give the Israeli prime minister multiple standing ovations as he scolded the president and rejected his terms for peace.
This year was different…. more..e-mail

Reply to University Presidents Who Condemned ASA Boycott
Palestine Chronicle: 22 Mar 2014 – By William James Martin In December, less than a month after the American Studies Association adopted a resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions because of what the ASA described as Israel s persistent violations of the human right of the Palestinian people, its severe restrictions on the academic freedom afforded to the Palestinian people, and, in general, its continued violations of international humanitarian law, more than 250 presidents of American universities issued statements condemning the ASA resolution with some threatening to dissociate their universities with ASA. These presidents gave very little deference to a more sober and deliberate consideration of the full consequences of their support for Israeli academic institutions, nor for the Israeli institutions role in the oppression and dispossession of the Palestinian people. They gave very little thought to the Palestinian people, like so many western political leaders of the last century. Like so many western policy makers of…more


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