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23 March 2014 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

As Israeli Attack on Aida Camp Continues, 8 Palestinians and 2 Israeli Soldiers Injured
IMEMC – As the Israeli military continues its invasion of the Aida refugee camp, near Bethlehem, local sources have reported that 8 Palestinians and 2 Israeli soldiers have been injured. …

Israeli Troops Use Journalists as ‘Human Shield’ During Invasion of Aida Camp
IMEMC – A Palestinian journalist has reported that he and two of his colleagues were used by the Israeli military as ‘human shields’ during an Israeli military invasion of the Aida refugee camp, near Bethlehem. …

Netanyahu Vows No Let-up After Aida Raid
IMEMC – Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Sunday that the army would use force against anybody plotting attacks against Israel, after troops killed three Palestinians in a West Bank raid. …

Continued Israeli Attacks Across West Bank
IMEMC – Israeli forces, Sunday, abducted two people from the West Bank and another from the Jerusalem area. Others were summoned others for interrogation, according to local and security sources. …

Israel Promotes Plans for 2,372 New Settler Homes
IMEMC – Britain slams settlement plan Israel has promoted building plans for 2,372 homes in eight Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank in the past month, on land the Palestinians want for a future state, an anti-settlement watchdog has said. …

Construction of Jewish Archeological Center Initiated in Jerusalem
IMEMC – Excavations begin near Al Aqsa Israeli occupation authorities started to build a huge Jewish archeological center over 35 dunums of Palestinian lands in occupied Jerusalem, on Wednesday, according to Maariv newspaper. …

Ma’an News

8 Palestinians, 2 Israeli soldiers injured in clashes in Aida
3/23/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Two Israeli soldiers and eight Palestinian youths were injured as clashes with Israeli forces in Aida refugee camp north of Bethlehem continued for a second day on Sunday. Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided several houses in the camp, taking them over and using them as military posts while firing tear gas grenades throughout the camp. Local youths….

Right-wing Israeli flies drone above Al-Aqsa
3/23/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A right-wing Jewish Israeli on Sunday took photos of the Al-Aqsa Mosque using a small drone with cameras that he flew from the cemetery near the Golden Gate. Eyewitnesses told Ma’an that the man focused the drone’s camera on the Dome of the Rock. They added that they saw the man directing his drone and cameras remotely….

School children ‘beat up’ settler after he wanders into Nablus village
3/23/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A settler who mistakenly wandered into a northern West Bank village on Sunday has been returned to Israeli authorities by the Palestinian liaison office, an official said. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that a settler from the illegal Israeli outpost of Homesh “accidentally” walked into the the….

Israel PM vows no let-up after deadly West Bank raid
3/23/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Sunday that the army would use force against anybody plotting attacks against Israel, after troops killed three Palestinians in a West Bank raid.”Over the weekend, our forces struck at a terrorist who had organized attacks on Israelis and was also planning attacks on innocent civilians,” Netanyahu told ministers at the weekly cabinet meeting.”Our policy is to….

Hamas: Israel to pay ‘very high price’ if it attacks Gaza
3/23/2014 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Gaza’s premier Ismail Haniyeh warned Israel Sunday it would pay dearly if it heeded its foreign minister’s call to reoccupy the enclave to try to halt rocket attacks.”We tell the enemy and (Foreign Minister Avigdor) Lieberman who is threatening to reoccupy Gaza that the time for your threats is over,” Haniyeh told a rally in Gaza City….

Activists shut Beit El checkpoint in protest against Jenin killings
3/23/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Activists from the peaceful popular resistance movement on Saturday shut down the Beit El checkpoint north of Ramallah in protest against the killing of three Palestinians by Israeli forces in Jenin earlier in the day. Despite the small number of participants, protesters were able to force Israeli forces to shut down the checkpoint, which is commonly known as “DCO.” Protesters carried….

Palestinians, Israel ‘awaiting two very important dates’
3/23/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — As pressure mounts on Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas to extend US-brokered peace talks with Israel beyond the agreed end date of April 29, Palestinians, Israelis, and other observers eagerly to anticipate next move. Israeli political analyst Audi Segal told Israel’s Channel 2 on Friday that “negotiations are about to explode, as no breakthrough has been made.” Fatah official….

Arab League summit considers withdrawing Arab Peace Initiative
3/23/2014 – KUWAIT (Ma’an) — As the 25th Arab League Summit to be held in Kuwait next week draws closer, Arab officials told Ma’an that they are considering withdrawing the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002. The initiative — which calls for two states on the 1967 borders and a “just settlement” of the refugee issue in exchange for full normalization between Israel and the Arab….

Abbas: Israel not freeing prisoners would be breach of deal
3/23/2014 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas warned Saturday of action if Israel failed to release the fourth and final batch of veteran prisoners as agreed under a US-backed deal.”We are awaiting the release of the fourth batch of prisoners, as agreed upon with the Israelis through the United States,” he told members of the central committee of his Fatah movement.”We are saying….

Hamas sends Israelis threatening text messages
3/23/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — The military wing of Hamas sent threatening text messages to Israelis on Saturday, 10 years after the Palestinian Islamist movement’s spiritual leader was killed in an Israeli air strike. Israelis, as well as foreign reporters in Israel, received messages reading: “If Gaza will be attacked the life of the Zionists will be hell” and “In the next war all the Land….

Analysis: Three views of Egypt
3/23/2014 – Sarah Eltantawi is a scholar of Islamic studies, writer and political analyst. She is currently a postdoctoral EUME fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin and is an incoming assistant professor of comparative religion at Evergreen State College. – General Mustafa Gamal, who fought in the Egyptian air force in Egypt’s 1973 war with Israel, went down to Tahrir Square in 2011 even though his….

Erekat: Israel has prioritized settlements over peace
3/23/2014 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — Recent Israeli actions against the Palestinian people indicate that Israel has given priority to settlement expansion and the demands of settlers over peace and negotiations, a top PLO negotiator said Sunday. Member of the PLO Executive Committee Saeb Erekat made his remarks during separate meetings with Luxembourg’s foreign minister Jean Asselborn, UN envoy Robert Serry and US peace envoy….

US diplomats meet with Israeli foreign minister
3/23/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Two US diplomats met with the Israeli minister of justice in Jerusalem on Saturday, according to Israeli media. US Special Envoy Martin Indyk and Ambassador Dan Shapiro met with Tzipi Livni in a final attempt to prevent collapse of the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the Hebrew-language news site Walla reported. Other US officials met with chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb….

Hamas commemorates anniversary of founder’s death
3/23/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Tens of thousands of Hamas supporters on Sunday gathered at al-Saraya Square in Gaza City to commemorate the anniversary of the death of the movement’s founder, Sheikh Ahmad Yasin. Yasin’s 2004 death and that of prominent leaders Abdul-Aziz al-Rantisi and Ibrahim Maqadmah were commemorated by hundreds of supporters including Hamas-affiliated lawmakers and other faction leaders. Hamas….

Batfish return in the hundreds to Gaza shores
3/23/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza fishermen say that they caught large numbers of rare batfish off the Gaza shore on Sunday morning. Speaker of the Gaza association of fishing and sea sports Mahfouth al-Kabariti told Ma’an that the batfish arrived in flocks of hundreds, and he said that they weigh between 50-250 kilograms (110-550 pounds). Until last year, the fish….

1 dead, 13 injured in Beirut clashes
3/23/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — One person was killed and at least thirteen were wounded after clashes broke out in Beirut early Sunday, Lebanese media said. Fighting broke out between armed groups of Salafists and supporters of Arab Movement leader Shaker al-Berjawi around 3 a. m. near the Sports City in southern Beirut after an argument escalated into an armed confrontation, the Daily Star reported.”There….

Egypt court bails prominent leftwing activist
3/23/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — An Egyptian court released a leading left-wing activist on trial for joining an unsanctioned and violent protest on bail Sunday, as the army-installed regime seeks to quell political unrest. Alaa Abdel Fattah and 24 others are accused of taking part in a violent protest last November outside the senate, where a panel drafted a new constitution giving the army broader powers. The trial….

Syria accuses Turkey of ‘aggression’ after plane downed
3/23/2014 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syria on Sunday accused its northern neighbor Turkey of “flagrant aggression” after Turkish forces shot down a warplane bombarding rebels near the border.” In a flagrant act of aggression that is evidence of (Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip) Erdogan’s support for terrorist groups, Turkish anti-aircraft defences shot down a Syrian military aircraft that was chasing terrorist groups inside Syrian territory at….

AlJazeera

Hamas warns Israel over calls to attack Gaza
AlJazeera 23 Mar 2014 – Group’s leadership says Israel will “pay a very high price” if it heeds Israeli calls to reoccupy the Gaza Strip.

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: UNESCO and UNRWA sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to renew sixty-four year partnership
Relief Web 23 Mar 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Country: Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near…

Syrian Arab Republic: UNRWA s iconic Syria image to go up in New York s Times Square and in Tokyo s Shibuya District
Relief Web 23 Mar 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic The image of crowds of Palestinians lining up for UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) food parcels, which has emerged…

occupied Palestinian territory: UN envoy gravely concerned at reported plans for new Israeli settlements
Relief Web 23 Mar 2014 – Source: UN News Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory 22 March 2014 The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process on Saturday voiced grave concern at the Israeli Government’s reported plans to advance over 2,300 settlement units,…

The National

Ebola outbreak in Guinea kills dozens, spreads to capital
The National 23 Mar 2014 – To date, no treatment or vaccine is available for Ebola, which kills between 25 and 90 percent of those who fall sick, depending on the strain of the virus, according to the World Health Organisation.

Split within the GCC adds to Arab League summit challenges
The National 23 Mar 2014 – The Arab League gathers in Kuwait on Tuesday during a time of unprecedented diplomatic fallout among the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC).

Obama expects tough meetings in Europe and Saudi Arabia
The National 23 Mar 2014 – The US president’s six-day trip to Europe and the Arabian Gulf will not be easy. He can expect tough discussions on a range of issues from Ukraine to the rift within the GCC.

Libya s guns free-for-all fuels region s turmoil
The National 23 Mar 2014 – Libya, where hundreds of militias hold sway and the central government is virtually powerless, is awash in millions of weapons with no control over their trafficking.

Campaigning kicks off in Algeria amid anger at Bouteflika
The National 23 Mar 2014 – Abdelaziz Bouteflika bids for a fourth consecutive term despite poor health and growing dissatisfaction with his government.

Saudi arrests suspects over attack on German diplomats
The National 23 Mar 2014 – A spokesman for the interior ministry said a Saudi identified as Ahmed bin Hussein Al Aradi was arrested at the beginning of February and admitted taking part in the attack.

Turkey downs Syrian jet after airspace violation, says Erdogan
The National 23 Mar 2014 – Turkish anti-aircraft fire shot down a Syrian warplane on Sunday as it bombed rebels fighting to seize control of a border post in northwestern Syria.

Qatar denies rift with Saudi Arabia over policy in Syria
The National 23 Mar 2014 – Doha’s foreign minister, Khaled Al Attiyah, denies ‘rumours’ about a dispute and says ‘we have the highest level of coordination with the Friends of Syria and in particular with Saudi Arabia’.

A look at Algeria s six presidential candidates
The National 23 Mar 2014 – Campaigning kicks off on Sunday in Algeria for the April 17 presidential vote, with incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika widely expected to clinch a fourth term. Here’s the six candidates profiled.

In pictures: Search ramps up for missing MH370
The National 23 Mar 2014 – The Australian-led search for missing Flight MH370 was ramped up Sunday after a plane spotted unidentified debris in the Indian Ocean, following fresh Chinese satellite images showing a large floating object in the same remote region.

Missing MH370: planes and ships involved in ramped up search for debris
The National 23 Mar 2014 – The Australian-led search for Flight MH370 was ramped up Sunday after a plane spotted unidentified debris in the Indian Ocean, following fresh Chinese satellite images showing a large floating object in the same remote region.

Cargo pallet, belts sighted in ocean as hunt for missing MH370 ramps up
The National 23 Mar 2014 – More planes joined the search Sunday of a remote patch of the southern Indian Ocean in hopes of finding answers to the fate of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, after China released a satellite image showing a large object floating in the search zone.

Ha’aretz

Opposition grows to routing Tel Aviv-area river into Mediterranean Sea
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2014

On Israeli comedy show, Netanyahu says Iran no laughing matter
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2014

Sarkozy used Israeli as alias to avoid phone tapping
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2014

UN body to vote on settlement-boycott resolution
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2014

Cairo court grants bail to Egypt protest leader
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2014

Norwegian museum agrees to return looted Matisse to heir of Jewish owner
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2014

A new House of the Lord in Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2014

Some 200 Baltimore Jews protest murderer s bid for new trial
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2014

Iranian media: Fake U.S. ship spotted in Gulf is a movie set
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2014

Israeli politician convicted of assaulting right-wing activist at 2006 protest
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2014

J Street: Jewish state demand not realistic at present
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2014

Argentina buying 30-year-old Israeli fighter jets
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2014

Global warming means food, water shortages, warns UN report
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2014

Foreign Ministry employees declare general strike, paralyzing Israel’s diplomatic system
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2014

Most Israeli parents back funding for poorer school kids, Haaretz poll shows
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2014

Foreign journalists in Israel blast threatening ‘Hamas’ text messages
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2014

Chechnya leader inaugurates $10m mosque in Israel
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2014

Peace and Palestinians behind Israel’s prison bars
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2014

Israeli architects face suspension by international body
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2014

Tel Aviv gas explosion injures three, one seriously
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2014

NATO: Russia has big force on Ukraine’s border
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2014

French satellites reveal possible debris from Malaysia plane
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2014

Palestinians vow retaliation as three Jenin militants buried
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2014

Report: U.S. may release Pollard to keep peace talks afloat
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2014

Bennett backs Ya’alon, lauds him for restoring Israel’s deterrence
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2014

The story behind the wanted Hamas man in Jenin
Ha’aretz – 23 Mar 2014

Labor MK: Israel gave extra $172m to settlements in winter Knesset session
Ha’aretz – 22 Mar 2014

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

Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Crying wolf on Pollard again?
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – There have been so many reports that Pollard is about to be released that headlines suggesting his freedom is imminent are met with skepticism; But there are reasons why this time such a report should be taken more seriously.

Assad’s cousin killed in fighting with Syrian rebels near Turkish border
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – Hilal Assad had been the head of the National Defense paramilitary force in the province of Latakia.

The referendum law s problems
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – President Obama must heed this wake-up call and begin treating Netanyahu s government as the adversary of peace it truly is.

90 reasons not to create a Palestinian state
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – Now about those 90 rockets. A Palestinian state in Judea-Samaria would mean that the border with Palestine would reach the outskirts of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

When tough love isn t enough
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – We have work to do. Whatever happens in Washington, Jerusalem or Ramallah we have to seek peace and pursue it as it says in Psalms.

Old foes, new allies?
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – The US under the Obama administration hasn t learned from the mistakes of the first Afghan war in the 1980s and wrongly believes that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Ukraine, Iran and the Cold War
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – Engagement has indeed led to lifting the sanctions but otherwise, to very little change.

Sharia law enshrined in British legal system for first time
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – British Law Society produces guidelines by which solicitors can draft wills in accordance with Islamic law which are valid under UK law.

Israeli society needs compassion, giving and contribution
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – The Zionist Movement was established by humble and impoverished people who lent a hand and took part in the joint effort.

Abbas s triumph?
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – The US-orchestrated peace talks seem on the verge of falling apart. Can the relative stability that we have grown accustomed to in the West Bank no longer be taken for granted?

Fake US ship spotted in Gulf is a movie set, Iranian media say
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – US intelligence sources had said Iran was building a mock-up of a US aircraft carrier, possibly to blow up for propaganda purposes.

Katmandu Seder may not take place this year due to Foreign Minisry strike
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – The world s largest Seder, is organized by Chabad in conjunction with the Foreign Ministry.

Employee who filed suit against Netanyahu family: I would have taken a bullet for them
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – Manny Naftali, who is suing Netanyahu and wife Sara for labor misconduct, rejects claims he’s seeking to defame couple, extract money.

Terror victims group holds vigil against pending prisoner release
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – “I feel like not only have we betrayed our own values, but we ve betrayed our country,” says demonstrator at vigil in front of PM s Residence.

Mevasseret politicians to condemn KKK Purim costumes
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – “If the kids showed up dressed as SS soldiers, would we all remain indifferent?”

100m. shekel plan approved for waste treatment in Arab-Israeli communities
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – Environmental Protection Ministry says trash collection does not exist in many of sector’s towns.

US Congress Republicans want small arms sent to help Ukraine
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – As Russian troops amass on Ukraine’s eastern border, Obama aide says administration “looking at” military aid, but unsure it will help.

Nazareth high-tech draws international investors
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – When they come to events in Tel Aviv they don t get the respect they deserve, organizer says.

State indicts southeast Jerusalem man for 9 tries at gas leak explosion terror
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – Indictment: Suspect motivated to perpetrate attacks as “revenge for Israeli acts against Al Aksa Mosque, IDF operations against Gaza.”

Germany puts out guide for Jewish tourists
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – “From North to South, East to West Germany abounds with glorious sites evoking its rich Jewish history, promotional document explains.

Israel, Canada approve collaborative projects on unconventional fuels
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – Companies selected will work together under the direction of the Canada-Israel Industrial Research and Development Fund.

Palestinians hurl IED, Molotov cocktails near Rachel’s Tomb wounding 2 Border Police officers
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – Officers lightly-to-moderately hurt; just one of a number of minor violent incidents in the West Bank.

Netanyahu: No sign of progress in diplomatic process
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – PLO negotiator Erekat says Israel has chosen settlements and diktats instead of peace and negotiations.

Would-be organ recipients not to be turned down solely on basis of age
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – Application to be considered according to medical criteria and not age, the Israel Transplant Center announces.

WATCH: Rabbi Ovadia Yosef cursing IDF draft from beyond the grave
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – Video surfaces of Shas spiritual leader making incendiary comments against proponents of haredi conscription.

Foreign Ministry goes on strike, all Israel’s embassies and consulates abroad to close
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – Services needed for everybody from new immigrants to employers bringing in foreign workers will be brought to a halt.

Hamas PM Haniyeh: Those who talk about reoccupying the Gaza Strip are being stupid
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – Tens of thousands gather in Gaza to mark the 10th anniversary of the assassination of Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.

Erdogan confirms Turkey downed Syrian jet near border
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – The plane crossed into Turkish air space in a border region where Syrian rebels have been battling Assad’s forces.

Sudan reportedly arrests national for allegedly spying for Israel
Jerusalem Post 23 Mar 2014 – According to the daily Al-Intibaha , the man in question helped Israel act against military targets in Sudan.

Uruknet

Daily Star

Chechen president dedicates Israel’s biggest mosque
Daily Star 23 Mar 2014 The head of the Russian republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, inaugurated Sunday Israel’s largest mosque, in a village near Jerusalem whose inhabitants claim descent from Muslim migrants from the Caucasus.

Arab Israeli prisoners row endangers peace initiative
Daily Star 23 Mar 2014 The Palestinians’ demand for Arab Israelis to figure among 26 prisoners due for release under US-brokered peace efforts has sparked an outcry in Israel’s coalition government that could wreck the initiative.

Assad’s cousin dies in clashes: SANA
Daily Star 23 Mar 2014 Hilal Assad, the cousin of Syrian President Bashar Assad, was killed Sunday during clashes with rebels near the town of Kasab on the border with Turkey

Arab ministers approve summit resolutions, avoid rifts
Daily Star 23 Mar 2014 Arab League foreign ministers said they agreed on the draft resolutions Sunday for a summit in Kuwait this week, despite deep rifts among member states.

Syria condemns Turkey ‘aggression’ after jet downed
Daily Star 23 Mar 2014 Syria accused Ankara of “flagrant aggression” Sunday after Turkish forces shot down a warplane near the border, raising tensions as Syrian loyalists and rebels battled for control of a frontier crossing.

Iraq papers protest killing of well-known reporter
Daily Star 23 Mar 2014 Iraqi newspapers have not printed Sunday s edition to protest the killing the previous day of a well-known radio journalist by a guard of the country s Kurdish president.

Iraq attacks kill at least seven: officials
Daily Star 23 Mar 2014 At least seven people were killed on Sunday in a series of attacks in Iraq, most of which were concentrated in predominantly Sunni areas north of the capital, officials said.

Egypt: Court orders leading activist freed on bail
Daily Star 23 Mar 2014 An Egyptian court on Sunday ordered the release on bail pending trial of a prominent activist charged with breaking a new law that heavily restricts protests, after he spent nearly four months in jail.

Saudi Arabia arrests 2 suspects in attack on diplomats
Daily Star 23 Mar 2014 Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry says authorities in the kingdom have arrested two people suspected of being behind an attack on a vehicle carrying German diplomats.

YNet News

Netanyahu jokes about latest scandal on television
YNet News, 23 Mar 2014 – ….

Technology in the service of tyrants
YNet News, 23 Mar 2014 – Op-ed: People once argued that countries with Internet and social networks would forever be fortified democracies. The past years’ events have refuted this argument. ….

Putin ally suggests US sanctions on his bank have backfired
YNet News, 23 Mar 2014 – ….

Ashdod: Man killed by shots fired from passing car
YNet News, 23 Mar 2014 – ….

‘Homeland’ actor James Rebhorn dies at 65
YNet News, 23 Mar 2014 – ….

Report: Assad’s cousin killed in battles near Latakia
YNet News, 23 Mar 2014 – ….

Is Sara Netanyahu’s conduct affecting PM’s performance?
YNet News, 23 Mar 2014 – Op-ed: When our prime minister doesn t sleep at 3 am, it should be because of red phone, not because he has to take care of a bag of milk. ….

US will not forget Ya’alon’s insult
YNet News, 23 Mar 2014 – Op-ed: Defense Minister’s comments will greatly influence American willingness to listen to Israel on crucial issues like Iran. ….

Merkel receives ADL human rights prize
YNet News, 23 Mar 2014 – Jewish group presents German chancellor with its distinguished Joseph Prize in recognition of her ‘abiding commitment’ to protecting human rights of Jews, defending Jewish religious freedom. ….

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

Palestinian Information Center

Haneyya: Israel’s war threats are gone forever
PIC – Premier Ismail Haneyya said that the occupation’s war threats against Gaza and its population are gone forever and the Palestinian resistance hides surprises for it more than it can imagine.

Arrests, summonses reported in Al-Khalil, Bethlehem
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested three Palestinians including a lawyer at dawn Sunday.

Students clash with IOF soldiers north of Ramallah
PIC – Hundreds of Palestinian students clashed with Israeli occupation forces (IOF) near Atara military checkpoint, north of Ramallah, on Sunday.

Israeli investigators torture Palestinian child prisoner
PIC – Lawyer Hiba Masalha revealed that the Israeli investigators are still treating the Palestinian child prisoners in brutal and immoral way, during the arrest and interrogation processes.

Israeli book divulges details about organ thefts from Palestinian corpses
PIC – Israeli anthropologist Meira Weiss revealed the occurrence of mass harvesting of organs from Palestinian corpses for the purpose of using them for educational purposes or as transplants.

Abu Marzouk slams PA for its ongoing security collaboration with Israel
PIC – Member of Hamas’s political bureau Mousa Abu Marzouk criticized the Palestinian Authority’s persistent security cooperation with the Israeli occupation against the Palestinian people.

Bakirat: Temporal partition of al-Aqsa Mosque already started
PIC – Sheikh Najeh Bakirat warned that the settlers’ repeated raids into al-Aqsa compound, while it is closed before Muslims, marks the start of the temporal partition of the mosque.

Marzouki stresses Tunisian support for the Palestinian cause
PIC – Tunisian President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki stressed that the Tunisian people will always support the Palestinians, and that the Palestinian cause will remain one of Tunisia’s most important issues.

WAFA

Hamdallah Calls to Intensify Efforts to End Israeli Violations against Prisoners
WAFA – 23 Mar 2014

Forces Open Fire at Journalist s Car near Bethlehem
WAFA – 23 Mar 2014

Hamdallah: Promoting Labor Sector Top Priority for Palestinian Government
WAFA – 23 Mar 2014

Army Arrests Three in West Bank, Summons Others
WAFA – 23 Mar 2014

3 Palestinians Shot and Injured during Confrontations near Bethlehem
WAFA – 23 Mar 2014

Erekat: Israeli Practices Aimed at Destroying Exerted Peace Efforts
WAFA – 23 Mar 2014

Forces Fire Tear Gas Bombs into School, Students suffocate near Bethlehem
WAFA – 23 Mar 2014

Misc

Turkish fighter jets shoot down Syrian warplane in border zone
LA Times 23 Mar 2014 – GAZIANTEP, Turkey — Turkish fighter jets shot down a Syrian warplane Sunday in an embattled border zone, and Turkey and Syria each insisted the plane was in their airspace when it was downed.

Turkey Shoots Down Syrian Warplane
New York Times 23 Mar 2014 – A fighter jet shot down the Syrian plane after it violated Turkish airspace, Turkey s prime minister said.

Turkish Jets Down Syrian Warplane Near Border
New York Times 23 Mar 2014 – Turkish fighter jets shot down a Syrian warplane Sunday after it violated the country’s airspace, Turkey’s prime minister said, in a move likely to ramp up tensions between two countries already deeply at odds over Syria’s civil war.

PM backs Lapid’s zero VAT plan for new homebuyers
Globes Main News – To gain Benjamin Netanyahu’s support, Yair Lapid will include target prices in his plan.

10 bids for Leviathan export tender to Turkey
Globes Main News – Bidders include Zorlu Group and a joint bid by Turcas Petrol AS and German electricity utility RWE.

“Criticism of Yair Lapid’s 0% VAT proposal unjustified”
Globes Main News – Lapid’s advisor Adv. Moshe Shekel defends the plan not to charge new homebuyers VAT.

“Jerusalem Post” mulls acquiring “Makor Rishon”
Globes Main News – “Israel Today” and “Yediot Ahronot” are also interested in buying the newspaper.

Average monthly IDF pension NIS 10,774
Globes Main News – Ehud Barak’s monthly pension is NIS 56,926, Moshe Ya’alon receives NIS 44,555.

Foreign Ministry employees declare first-ever strike
Globes Main News – The strike was called to protest employment terms and the Finance Ministry decision to cut workers’ pay.

US Jewish leaders blast Harvard students on pro-Israel trip for taking photo at Arafat s tomb (Update)
Mondoweiss – Harvard trip students pose at Arafat s tomb Last week I did a post on a Vassar College trip to Israel and Palestine that drew opposition from the Students for Justice for Palestine chapter at the school because it was associated with Israel s Arava Institute. Well at…

Transport minister raises speed limit
Globes Main News – The speed limit on the Cross-Israel Highway will be raised to 120 km/h.

School year to begin on September 1
Globes Macro Economics – Starting the school year in the last week of August will not be repeated.

Some liberal Zionists will blame Netanyahu for failure of talks
Mondoweiss – J Street founder Jeremy Ben-Ami speaking at the group s conference in 2012. (Photo: J Street) It appears that some liberal Zionists are preparing to blame Israel and its stiffnecked Prime Minister for the failure of the latest peace negotiations (if they do fail, as seems ever…

Borderfree raises $80m in Nasdaq IPO
Globes Main News – The e-commerce company’s share price rose 25% in its first day of trading.

Lapid sets sights on over 5% growth
Globes Macro Economics – Finance Minister Yair Lapid: We must build tens of thousands of homes a year.

Is the U.S. quietly imposing travel sanctions on Israeli officials?
Mondoweiss – As the United States begins implementing travel restrictions on Russian officials involved in the military occupation and annexation of Crimea, there are signs that the State Department has been quietly denying visas to Israeli military and intelligence officials in accordance with a separate set of U.S….

Wix files for Nasdaq secondary offering
Globes Main News – The DIY website platform said that the offering could reach $86.3 million.

Housing minister: Lapid’s VAT plan too narrow
Globes Main News – Uri Arieli wants to expand zero VAT payment to people buying bigger homes.

Bloodbath in Jenin
Mondoweiss – An estimated 15,000 mourners attended funeral procession of Palestinian Martyrs through the streets Jenin Refugee Camp, March 22, 2014 (Photo: Reuters) In a pre-dawn raid the morning of March 22 Israel military forces stormed the Jenin refugee camp, assassinating 3 people and wounding at least 14…

On 10th Anniversary of Sheikh Yassine Assassination, Palestinian Hackers Threaten Israelis
Tikun Olam – Palestinian hacker message commemorating assassination of Sheikh Yassine Pro-Palestinian hackers engaged in a delicious round of one-upsmanship when they hacked the Israel Defense Magazine s subscriber e mail list. They used it to send mass cell phone messages to Israelis throughout the country on the 10th anniversary…

The Day After The Palestinian Authority Collapse
Sabbah report 23 Mar 2014 – What are the consequences of Palestinian Authority dissolution or collapse on various sectors of Palestinian political, economic, security and social life? Continue reading í! Read More: The Day After The Palestinian Authority Collapse . Sign up for our FREE newsletter!

Israel Drills Invasion of Syria
Sabbah report 23 Mar 2014 – The Israeli army is not only preparing against Hezbollah, the Jihad and Syrian army, but occupation of Syria. Damascus is a few miles from the border with Israel. The base at the top of the Avital volcano watches over the city with regular optical lenses. If…

Cold-Blooded Israeli Murder
Sabbah report 23 Mar 2014 – On March 22, Israeli forces invaded Jenin’s refugee camp. Residents were terrorized. Three were murdered in cold blood. Continue reading í! Read More: Cold-Blooded Israeli Murder . Sign up for our FREE newsletter!

Stymied by Israeli Bureaucracy, Ukrainian Has Been Making Aliyah for Years
The Forward New 23 Mar 2014 – Does Israel s bureaucracy make it unduly hard for Ukrainian Jews to immigrate? The case of Yuriy Yukhatskov, who has been attempting aliyah for years, suggests the answer may be yes. Click here for the rest of the article…

200 Baltimore Jews Protest Murderer s Bid for New Trial
The Foward Breaking News 23 Mar 2014 – Some 200 Baltimore Jews attended a hearing to protest the possible release of a man who was convicted of murdering an 11-year-old Jewish girl in 1969. Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: Beirut violence flares over Syria
BBC 23 Mar 2014 – Supporters and opponents of the Syrian regime are involved in violent clashes in Beirut.

Obama Administration Wants Real Apology from Israel Defense Minister
The Foward Breaking News 23 Mar 2014 – A statement from Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon clarifying his attack on U.S. foreign policy did not appease the Obama administration. Click here for the rest of the article…

Hamas Sends Threatening Texts to Israeli Cell Phones
The Foward Breaking News 23 Mar 2014 – Israel cell phone owners received threatening text messages from Hamas. The text messages were delivered on Saturday evening, and threatened rocket attacks and kidnapping. Click here for the rest of the article…

Abbas: No Agreement Without Sovereign State and East Jerusalem Capital
The Foward Breaking News 23 Mar 2014 – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinian leadership will not agree to a peace deal unless it includes a completely sovereign state with a capital in eastern Jerusalem. Click here for the rest of the article…

Lebanon clashes flare over Syria
BBC 23 Mar 2014 – Clashes flare in Lebanon’s capital Beirut among supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Turkey downs Syrian military jet
BBC 23 Mar 2014 – Turkey shoots down a Syrian military jet it says violated its airspace, but Damascus condemns what it calls “blatant aggression”.

Turkey shoots down Syrian plane as elections heat up
Al-Monitor 23 Mar 2014 – Turkey’s political opposition warns Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that “a thief cannot be a hero.”

Israel threatens further use of force after killings of three Palestinians
Al-Akhbar News 23 Mar 2014 – A female Israeli border guard fires tear gas towards Palestinian demonstrators (unseen) during a protest in the Aida Palestinian refugee camp near the West Bank city of Bethlehem on March 22, 2014, after three Palestinians were killed in Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank during…

Erdogan slams opponents amid criticism over Twitter ban
Al-Akhbar News 23 Mar 2014 – Supporters of Turkey’s prime minister wave Turkish and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) flags during an election rally in Ankara March 22, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Adem Altan) With a huge rally on the approach to the Bosphorus waterway, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan…

Iranian mock aircraft carrier for production of movie
Al-Monitor 23 Mar 2014 – According to Iranian media the mock-up of a US aircraft carrier that was revealed by American intelligence officials is for the production of a movie about the downing of an Iranian airliner by the US Navy in 1988.

US could release spy to save Israel-Palestine peace talks: Israeli radio
Al-Akhbar News 23 Mar 2014 – The United States could free Jonathan Pollard, serving a life term for spying for Israel, as a way of saving deadlocked peace talks with the Palestinians, Israeli radio reported Sunday. Citing Western diplomatic sources, the public broadcaster said officials in US President Barack Obama’s administration had…

Egypt court bails out leftist activist accused of defying protest ban
Al-Akhbar News 23 Mar 2014 – A photo take on December 26, 2011, shows Egyptian blogger and activist Alaa Abdel Fattah speaking during a TV interview at his house in Cairo. (Photo: AFP – Filippo Monteforte) Updated at 1:15 pm: An Egyptian court released on bail Sunday a leading left-wing activist in…

Fatwa emerges in Turkish corruption allegations
Al-Monitor 23 Mar 2014 – What is the role of political Islam in the allegations of corruption against the government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan?

Pro- and anti-Assad groups clash in west Beirut, killing one
Al-Akhbar News 23 Mar 2014 – Updated at 2:45 pm: A firefight erupted in the Lebanese capital early Sunday between supporters and opponents of the Syrian government, the Lebanese National News Agency reported. Clashes erupted 3:00 am in southwest Beirut near Sports City, and lasted more than five hours. The NNA reported…

Tunisian PM on Gulf tour to attract investment
Al-Monitor 23 Mar 2014 – Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa has visited a number of Gulf countries in an attempt to encourage investment, as the country s economy continues to falter in the wake of the Arab Spring.

Algeria announces six presidential candidates
Al-Monitor 23 Mar 2014 – Algeria has recently announced the six candidates running in the presidential elections, set to be held in mid-April, with some groups opposed to a fourth term for current President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Islamic parties lack experience, struggle to govern
Al-Monitor 23 Mar 2014 – In the wake of the so-called Arab Spring revolutions, many Islamic parties rose to power, yet they lacked political experience and have struggled to govern effectively.

Arab coffee culture
Al-Monitor 23 Mar 2014 – Coffee is very popular in the Arab world, but each country has its own way of drinking it.

Jordan-Palestine ties strained by peace talks
Al-Monitor 23 Mar 2014 – Relations between the Palestinian Authority and Jordan worsen whenever there s an Arab-Israeli peace proposal that doesn t allow for the return of the Palestinian refugees.

Egypt says cooperation continues with Ethiopia on Nile Basin projects
Al-Monitor 23 Mar 2014 – In an interview with Al-Monitor, Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdul Muttalib says that Egypt has not stopped bilateral cooperation with Ethiopia over the Renaissance Dam dispute.

Egypt turns to Israel to address shortage of natural gas
Al-Monitor 23 Mar 2014 – Egypt is willing to pay Israel four times the price of natural gas it once sold to Israel in a bid to stave off a worsening energy crisis.

Growth in Iran’s non-oil exports linked to sanctions relief
Al-Monitor 22 Mar 2014 – Iran may finally be ready to expand its non-petroleum exports, especially if there is progress in the nuclear talks.

Articles


Choosing capitulation over resistance
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)3/23/2014
PA official Nabil Shaath declared that, should Israel fail to comply with the scheduled prisoners’ release, Palestinians would ‘immediately’ resort to international institutions to strengthen chances of recognitionThe peace negotiations which have embroiled Palestinians in further loss of land and autonomy have descended into a major capitulation to imperialist demands. Compromised before commencement due to an agreement brokered by the US, in which PA President Mahmoud Abbas forfeited the right to resort to international institutions, the rapid deterioration of Palestinian freedom has prompted a delayed reversal of the intention to seek international recognition.
Following Tzipi Livni’s insistence that Israel is under no obligation to release Palestinian political prisoners from Israeli jails, PA official Nabil Shaath declared that, should Israel fail to comply with the scheduled prisoners’ release, Palestinians would “immediately” resort to international institutions to strengthen chances of recognition. However, the avenue has been reduced to an alternative determined unjustly by the outcome of the diplomatic dispute concerning the prisoners’ release; in reality, though, the international platform can and should be used to articulate Palestinians’ legitimacy as constructed by the identities shaping the population throughout decades of sanctioned colonial violence against them.
The possibility of appealing to the international platform was discussed previously so there is nothing immediate about the diluted threat. Palestinian Permanent Observer to the UN Riyad Mansour articulated the intention while addressing the organisation, prompting further discourse mired in compromise from the PA. However, due to the PA’s prior acquiescence to Israeli and US demands, any allure attributed to possible international recognition is already distorted and hampered by various factors, notably the corrosion of the PA’s political leadership and its ramifications upon Palestinians, as well as the imperialist structure of the UN and affiliated entities.more..e-mail

An Israeli takeover of the Palestinian Authority?
Alan Hart, Redress3/23/2014
On the face of it that s a silly question and the speculation it represents that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas could be replaced by an Israeli agent or asset is not worthy of discussion. But before dismissing it readers might do what I did and consider two things.
The first is that Muhammad Dahlan, formerly one of the most powerful Fatah leaders and almost certainly the one who administered for Israel the polonium that killed Yasser Arafat, is now putting a big effort into getting rid of Abbas by one means or another and replacing him with guess who? himself.
In passing, it is interesting to note that according to a recent report in the Israeli newspaper Maariv, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu s special envoy, Yitzhak Molcho, is in a secret dialogue with Dahlan who spends his time shuttling between Cairo and the United Arab Emirates, where he currently lives. One assumption has to be that Netanyahu is hoping that if Dahlan became president of the Palestinian Authority (PA) he would go much further than collaborator Abbas in delivering for Israel. (Also worth noting is that Dahlan speaks fluent Hebrew. He learned to do so during his 11 spells in Israeli jails between 1981 and 1986).
The second consideration is Israel s track record in successfully placing its agents inside Arab institutions and organizations at very high levels.
I ll give two examples to make the point but first a note on the need for some precision with the terminology. In the context of the Israel-Palestine conflict, the terms collaborator and agent or asset are not necessarily one and the same.
Collaborators, agents and assets….more..e-mail

The Similarities Between Mahmoud Abbas and Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Rumy Hasan, CounterPunch3/21/2014
Paths of Collaboration
When Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority (PA), visited South Africa for Nelson Mandela s memorial, he aroused controversy at a press conference on 11th December by declaring:
No we do not support the boycott of Israel & But we ask everyone to boycott the products of the settlements. Because the settlements are in our territories. It is illegal. & But we don t ask anyone to boycott Israel itself. We have relations with Israel, we have mutual recognition of Israel (Quoted in The Star, South Africa, 11th December 2013).
Despite the growing influence of the BDS (Boycott, Divestments and Sanc
tions) campaign against Israel (for example, on the 9th February, the Israeli newspaper Ha aretz reported that Netanyahu convenes ministers to discuss growing Israel economic boycott threats ) Abbas and the PA have never supported it so his comments were a confirmation of this stance. This flows from the Oslo Accords of September 1993 (Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements) to which Abbas is strongly wedded. Article XI concerns Israeli-Palestinian Cooperation in Economic Fields; Annex III concerns the Protocol on Israeli-Palestinian Cooperation in Economic and Development Programs and Annex IV concerns the Protocol on Israeli-Palestinian Cooperation Concerning Regional Development Programs.

Given Oslo s stress on cooperation, acts of non-cooperation such as BDS are excluded. Pioneered in apartheid South Africa, the aim of BDS by civil society is to apply non-violent measures including rigorously and consistently exposing the crimes of the targeted regime to fight against injustice and repression where the government concerned refuses to undertake meaningful reforms, and where international institutions are unwilling to robustly intervene. Effective BDS, therefore, implies harming a regime in order to force change. Abbas and the PA diligently adhere to this interpretation so not only do they oppose BDS, they also refrain from diligently publicising the myriad breaches of international laws and conventions by Israel.more..e-mail

Reining in Israeli collaborators in Gaza
Ahmad Qasim, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)3/21/2014
‘The enemy is constantly trying to recruit new collaborators in order to penetrate our internal front. But our security officers are working around the clock to counter the Zionist espionage measures’ – Islam Shahwan, spokesperson of the Gaza Ministry of the Interior
Since the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas-ruled Gaza that ended eight days of war in November 2012, both sides have been engaged in what is known as the “battle of minds”.
In the past two years, the Hamas-run Ministry of the Interior has announced at least two amnesty campaigns and rehabilitation programmes for collaborators working in Gaza and spying for Israel.
Since taking control of Gaza in 2007, one of the priorities of the government, especially with regards internal security, has been to work hard to combat the phenomenon of collaboration.
A ministry spokesperson in Gaza said the phenomenon of collaboration is miniscule and has declined as many have been arrested and others have turned themselves in.
He added that these collaborators, however, pose a real danger to the unity of the Palestinian people and their resistance against Israel, which has sealed off the narrow coastal enclave by land, sea and air.
The internal security of the Ministry of the Interior has held many lectures, workshops and awareness campaigns at different institutions including schools and mosques as well as local channels and radio stations to educate people about the different techniques used by the Israeli intelligence services to recruit informants.more..e-mail

Internalized Oppression: Yet another Loss for an Occupied Nation
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Mar 2014 – By Samah Jabr Jerusalem, Palestine The chronic tyranny brought by the Israeli occupation has had a devastating effect on the wellbeing of the Palestinian community. But one of the worst effects is the internalization of oppression and the undermining of Palestinian s collective self-concept. I have observed that since the 2006 elections in Palestine which were followed by an arrest of the elected parliamentarians and an international boycott of the elected government the vigorous spirit of the Palestinian community that had previously evolved during long years of resistance has finally been reduced to a state of demoralization.The undermining of this election represented an additional bitter blow after the more subtle impact of the Oslo s Accords, which had been originally promoted as part of the Palestinian liberation project. However, reports published on the Accord s 20th anniversary showed that during this period the number of Israeli settlers in the West Bank had doubled and…more


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