VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 27 March 2014: My Son Qais

27 March 2014 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Ashrawi Calls on US to Stand Up for International Law
IMEMC – PLO Executive Committee member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, called the U.S. to stand up for international law, and to have the political will to curb Israeli violations of international and humanitarian law. …

Aida Youths Set Fire to Israeli Watchtower
IMEMC – A number of youth from Bethlehem’s Aida refugee camp set fire to an Israeli watchtower, yesterday [Wednesday, March 26, 2014], according to the Facebook page of a local group. …

Occupation Closes Cultural Centre in Jerusalem
IMEMC – Israeli occupation police closed, Wednesday evening, the Yabous cultural centre in occupied Jerusalem, in order to prevent a press conference regarding civil services provided by the occupation. …

Uncertainty Over Fourth Palestinian Prisoner Release
IMEMC – PLO to lobby UN if prisoners not freed on time Israel’s Economy Minister, Naftali Bennett, said that Israel will reconsider the fourth and final release of Palestinian prisoners. …

Israeli Soldier Stabbed in Occupied Jerusalem
IMEMC – [Thursday, March 27, 2014] Israeli sources alleged that a police officer was stabbed, and mildly injured, in Pisgat Ze ev, in occupied Jerusalem. The police said three Arab men carried out the attack. …

Four Kidnapped In Bethlehem, Army Invades Various West Bank Areas
IMEMC – Navy attacks Palestinian boats in Gaza waters. [Thursday at Dawn, March 27, 2014] Israeli soldiers invaded various Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank, searched homes, and kidnapped four Palestinians in Bethlehem. …

Ma’an News

Settlers destroy solar panels in south Hebron hills
3/27/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A group of settlers from the illegal outpost of Mitzpe Yair on Thursday attacked and destroyed solar panels belonging to a Palestinian community in the south Hebron hills, locals said. Witnesses told Ma’an that the settlers destroyed three out of five solar panels providing electricity to the small village of Khirbet Bir al-Idd. The attackers fled before villagers arrived….

Settlers cut down 50 olive trees near Nablus
3/27/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers cut down more than 50 olive trees in Huwwara village south of Nablus in the northern West Bank on Thursday, a Palestinian official said. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement-related activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that “a number of settlers from Yitzhar settlement chopped down more than 50 olive trees in….

Palestinian worker dies while being chased by Israeli officers
3/27/2014 – BEERSHEBA (Ma’an) — A Palestinian worker from the south Hebron hills died Thursday after he fell while being chased by Israeli police officers because he did not have a permit to work in Israel. Paramedics of the Magen David Adom told Ma’an that they were alerted around midday to the presence of a man lying unconscious in the old industrial zone in….

Report: Israeli soldier fakes stab attack by ‘3 Arabs’
3/27/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli soldier has confessed to lying about being stabbed by three Palestinians in East Jerusalem, Israeli media reported. Earlier Thursday, the soldier claimed to have been stabbed in the leg by three Palestinians near the illegal settlement of Pisgat Zeev. It was reported that he had received treatment at the Hadassah Medical Center. Israeli police launched an investigation into the….

Egyptian army destroys 13 tunnels in Rafah
3/27/2014 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — The Egyptian army reportedly destroyed 13 smuggling tunnels near the Rafah border and seized a number of vehicles and other goods that were intended to be smuggled across the border, an Egyptian security source said. The source said that the army had taken possession of a car and four motorcycles that were intended to be smuggled. The source added that two….

Report: Israeli soldier stabbed near Jerusalem settlement
3/27/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli soldier was stabbed and lightly injured in Jerusalem on Thursday, Israeli media reported. The incident took place near the illegal East Jerusalem settlement of Pisgat Zeev, Ynet reported. The attackers were allegedly Palestinian and Israeli police said they believe the incident had a “nationalistic motive.”[END]

NGO: Israel at fault over killing of West Bank teen
3/27/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israeli troops who shot dead a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank last week used live fire, without warning, against innocent youngsters out foraging for roots, an Israeli rights group said Wednesday. After investigating the March 19 death of 15-year-old Yussef Sami Shawamreh, B’Tselem said it had found no evidence to support the army’s version of events….

PLO to lobby UN if prisoners not freed on time
3/27/2014 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — Palestinian leaders on Tuesday threatened to renew their diplomatic push at the United Nations if Israel fails to free Palestinian prisoners as scheduled this weekend. When US-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian peace resumed in July, President Mahmoud Abbas agreed that for their nine-month duration he would shelve efforts to use the UN’s November 2012 recognition of Palestine as a non-member observer to press for….

Analysis: Education kills fascists
3/27/2014 – Heike Schotten is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she teaches political theory, feminist theory, and queer theory (her work is available here). She has been active in the Palestine solidarity movement since 2006. – Remember back in 2010 when Israel denied Noam Chomsky entry into the West Bank? All the bureaucratic scurrying in the world and embarrassed tsk-tsking about….

Kerry holds ‘constructive’ talks with Abbas on peace plan
3/27/2014 – AMMAN (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry and President Mahmoud Abbas held “constructive” talks on the Middle East peace process, a US official said Thursday, as crunch decisions loom in the coming days. After earlier talks with King Abdullah II in Amman, Kerry and his team met for more than four hours over dinner in the Jordanian capital with the Palestinian leader, a senior….

Qaraqe: Prisoners to protest if Israel does not release fourth group
3/27/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian prisoners have said they will protest if Israel does not release the fourth group of veteran prisoners, the Palestinian Authority minister of prisoners’ affairs said on Thursday. Issa Qaraqe said in a statement that a group of prisoners had confirmed their support for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in his persistence on releasing the fourth group of veteran prisoners….

Turkey says Israel deal close over Gaza flotilla deaths
3/27/2014 – KONYA, Turkey (AFP) — Turkey hopes to soon close a difficult chapter with Israel sparked by a deadly commando raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla of aid ships in 2010, Turkish foreign minister told AFP. Nine pro-Palestinian Turkish activists were killed in the Israeli assault, sparking a major crisis between the long-time regional allies and compensation claims from the victims’ families. In the diplomatic tussle since….

Designing the ‘Ceremonial Vniform’ for the Palestinian Authority
3/28/2014 – By Alex Shams – “The Ceremonial Vniform” opened to the public at Birzeit University Museum on March 20. Created by Palestinian artist Omarivs Ioseph Filivs DinÊ, the design exhibition focuses on identity, gender, history and the materiality of authority in the Palestinian context.”The Ceremonial Vniform” presents the viewer with imagined uniforms for male officials in the emerging Palestinian state, and it sees itself as the….

2 toddlers killed in Gaza house fire
3/27/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two toddlers died late Wednesday in a fire in an apartment in Rafah, civil defense officials said. Malak Fathi Sheikh el-Eid, aged 2, and Ghana Fathi Sheikh el-Eid, one-and-a-half years old, were found dead following the fire. Four other family members were reported injured. Gaza residents often use candles to light their house during frequent power cuts, which can last….

West Bank clocks to move an hour forward for summer
3/27/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Clocks will move forward an hour this week as Palestine moves into summer time, the Palestinian government announced earlier in March. Daylight saving time will begin Friday morning in the West Bank, corresponding with the time shift in Israel and Jordan. [END]

Obama meets Pope Francis for first time
3/27/2014 – VATICAN CITY (AFP) — US President Barack Obama met with Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday for talks expected to focus on efforts to combat global inequality.”I’m a great admirer,” Obama told the pope at the start of their meeting in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace. [END]

Report: Turkey bans YouTube after Twitter
3/27/2014 – ANKARA (AFP) — Turkey on Thursday banned video-sharing website YouTube, a week after blocking access to Twitter, after both were used to spread audio recordings implicating the prime minister in corruption, local media reported. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government had informed mobile phone operators and internet service providers of its decision, the Hurriyet newspaper reported on its website. [END]

International Solidarity Movement

PHOTOS: Gaza calls for the rights of Palestinian prisoners and the freedom of Ahmad Sa’adat
3/27/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement,Rosa Schiano| Gaza, Occupied Palestine – On Monday, at the International Committee of the Red Cross in Gaza City, the weekly rally in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israelijails saw the participation of many prisoners’ families, releasedprisoners, and international andPalestinian activists. Each week, the rally focuses on certain topics, ranging from administrative detention to the healthcondition of sick prisoners, women prisoners and….

VIDEO: Land Day, Gaza Strip
3/27/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – 27th March 2014, International Solidarity Movement, Marco Varasio, Gaza, Occupied Palestine [END]

Ha’aretz

Americans pushing hard to get Israel and Palestinians to extend talks
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

Unintended consequence of Putin s Crimea folly: Obama and Europe are closer together
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

Madonna blesses body hair – why we should care
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

J Street s hypocrisy must be exposed
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

Last-minute tax dispute delays Woodside s signature on Leviathan partnership
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

Who hijacked the MH370 saga? Australia’s PM and conspiracy theories
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

Leading Palestinian moderate retires as East Jerusalem university president
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

No satisfaction for religious fans: Rolling Stones’ Israel show falls on Shavuot
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

Phil Baum, longtime American Jewish Congress leader, dies
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

Arabian slights: Why the Saudis are angry about American policies
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

Pakistani judge sentences Christian to death for blasphemy
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

Leading U.S. Reform rabbi stuns community by quitting
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

Microsoft finally unveils Office for Apple’s iPad
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

A Palestinian Bantustan won t end the conflict
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

A Palestinian Bantustan won t end the conflict
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

After reaching deal with Olmert aide, State Prosecution asks to postpone verdict
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

UN Security Council to meet Thursday on North Korea missile launch
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

Philippines signs peace deal with Muslim rebels
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

Palestinian students visit Auschwitz in first organized visit
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

Satellite images show 300 objects in Malaysia jet search zone
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

Ukraine’s Tymoshenko to run again for president
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

Israelis to move clocks forward Thursday night
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

Investigation into Silvan Shalom isn’t done, say prosecutors, police
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

Siberian seeking home for crocodile couch potato
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

Malaysia Airlines says ready to face possible lawsuit over missing jet
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

Ukraine predicts ‘yes’ vote in UN on its unity
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

Activists protest natural gas deal
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

Watchdog investigating irregularities in building Jerusalem Cinema City
Ha’aretz – 27 Mar 2014

Learning to build rockets, in a Tel Aviv square
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2014

Number of Chinese tourists to surge 60% this year, Israel predicts
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2014

Sorry, Schocken: Israel’s old left can’t end the occupation
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2014

Where is the moral conscience of Israel’s diplomats?
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2014

Israeli major denounces soldiers who hung gay flag on base as ‘disgrace
Ha’aretz – 26 Mar 2014

Jerusalem Post

US community policing expert lauds Israeli program as international model
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – “I think Israel s model should be studied and adapted by police departments around world,” says noted Georgia State University professor.

Commanders dismissed over friendly fire death of IDF officer on Gaza border
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – IDF chief Gantz presented with findings of probe into death of Sergent Tal Nachman; series of failures noted.

Local biomed sees future in hi-tech
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – More than 90 Israeli companies are involved in some way in the issues of digital health, according to venture capital head.

Reflections: Vermin Exterminators Inc.
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – Prof. Yossi Leshem, an ornithologist, has devised an innovative solution for pest control, advocating the use of barn owls.

Denmark marks 200th anniversary of royal proclamation granting Jews equal rights
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – Main event marking anniversary will take place on March 30, in the Copenhagen Synagogue, with the participation of the country s deputy PM, head of the Jewish community.

Prisoners for peace?
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – Releasing more Palestinian terrorists will do nothing to improve the chance for peace.

WATCH: Aspiring artist speaks about experiencing terrorism and making art
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – Shaked Mimran’s parents survival of a terrorist attack in her home has affected her life and art.

Likud delays Netanyahu-Danon showdown
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – Delay saves PM Netanyahu possible showdown with Likud hawks over fourth round of Palestinian prisoner releases.

Poll: Israelis think Netanyahu understands America better than Bennett, Lapid
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – Ruderman Family Foundation survey finds that a majority of Israelis reject idea of Diaspora Jews voting in Israel, but think Chief Rabbinate should recognize American Reform and Conservative movements.

The keyboard was your vehicle
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – Rachel Slater s eulogy addressed to her father, Robert Slater, at his funeral in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Megatrends for the future
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – To promote true dialogue, let s talk about how Israel makes the world a better place for everyone.

Rabbi rules copying work in university is permitted in Jewish law
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – Holon Chief Rabbi Avraham Yosef, son of late rabbi Ovadia Yosef, responds to question from online forum concerning halachic ruling.

Former Jerusalem mayoral candidate attacked with rocks in Silwan
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – “We can t enable rock terror, which has already become too routine in parts of the capital,” says Lion after east Jerusalem attack.

Waldorf Astoria opens in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – Luxury hotel to receive first guests in April in time for Passover holiday.

Al-Quds University president resigns after second Hamas rally on campus
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – Rally lasted 2 hours and involved hundreds of students wearing ski masks, carrying replicas of rockets.

European Rabbis call Danish shechita ban cover for terrible animal rights record
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – Rabbi says ban is not about animal welfare, citing the killing of a healthy giraffe and four lions at a Copenhagen zoo.

Knesset Speaker Edelstein to speak at Russian-Jewish summit in US
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – Edelstein is set to speak about Russian-Jewish innovation in culture and technology at Limmud FSU conference in New Jersey.

War of words between Ukrainian and Russian Jews heats up
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – Heads of Jewish communities continue verbal spat over Russian actions in Crimea.

State asks to delay Holyland verdict in order to question Olmert; reaches plea with Zaken
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – Delaying verdict would put Zaken back on the stand to provide testimony against former boss and put Olmert back in court to respond.

Turkey blocks YouTube after intelligence leaked on plans for Syrian operation
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – Ban comes after similar move against Twitter; Erdogan calls leaking of national security meeting “villainous.”

Cooking with JPost: Peel a garlic in 10 seconds
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – Ever imagined peeling garlic in just a few seconds without using a knife? Celebrity Chef Yochanan Lambiase takes Kosher cooking to a whole new extreme.

Israel to transition to Daylight Saving Time at 2 a.m. Friday
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – Country to adjust to summer time for 212 days at 2 a.m. when clocks leap forward an hour to 3 a.m.

Israel gives assurances that Foreign Ministry strike won’t affect Pope’s visit
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – Regardless of the impact of the strike, the papal visit to Jordan and the PA will go ahead; Pontiff to visit Syrian refugees in Jordan.

Israel approves construction of Turkish hospital in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – Defense minister green lights plans amid reports of nearing reconciliation between Jerusalem and Ankara.

Woodside entrance into Leviathan gas field consortium still uncertain
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – Government releases lease terms prioritizing domestic supply security.

A contemporary interpretation of an ancient tale
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – Vivid and powerful special effects keep the otherwise sanctimonious epic biblical story ‘Noah’ from sinking.

IDF on alert for terrorism as 75,000 plan to visit Cave of the Patriarchs
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – Cell that shot dead IDF soldier in Hebron last year remains at large; large-scale exercise simulating suicide bomber attack completed recently.

Bayit Yehudi MK: Rolling Stones fans can’t get no satisfaction on Shavuot
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – Listening to music on holidays is prohibited according to Jewish law, meaning religious fans cannot attend the show scheduled on same night as Shavuot.

Report: Turkey and Israel to reopen embassies
Jerusalem Post 27 Mar 2014 – Alleged move to normalize relations comes days before critical elections in Turkey; Jerusalem denies report.

Uruknet

Daily Star

Egypt jihadists threaten Sinai security wall attacks
Daily Star 27 Mar 2014 An Al-Qaeda-inspired group based in the Egyptian Sinai threatened Thursday to attack contractors and workers involved in the construction of a security wall at a town in the restive peninsula.

Bahrainis ‘jihadists’ fighting abroad given deadline to return
Daily Star 27 Mar 2014 Bahrain set a two-week ultimatum Thursday for the return of citizens fighting as jihadists abroad, saying they will be charged under the Gulf kingdom’s anti-terror laws if they do not.

Obama says plan will end NSA bulk data sweep
Daily Star 27 Mar 2014 President Barack Obama put forward a long-awaited plan Thursday to end the US government’s bulk collection of telephone records, aiming to defuse a controversy over surveillance on millions of Americans.

Pope to pray with Orthodox patriarch in Jerusalem
Daily Star 27 Mar 2014 Pope Francis will pray side-by-side with Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew in Jerusalem in a powerful sign of Christian unity during his May visit to Holy Land, the Vatican said on Thursday.

Italy PM Renzi wins strong backing from Obama
Daily Star 27 Mar 2014 U.S. President Barack Obama visited the Colosseum in the latest stop on his European tour on Thursday, calling the ancient Roman arena “remarkable, unbelievable” and he was almost as lavish in his praise for Italy’s 39-year-old…

Iraq: Bombings kill 22 people in Baghdad
Daily Star 27 Mar 2014 A series of bombings targeting commercial areas of Baghdad killed 22 people as residents were heading out on the town Thursday evening in a new spasm of violence to strike the Iraqi capital, according to Iraqi…

Saudi princesses ‘seek Obama’s help for freedom’
Daily Star 27 Mar 2014 A former wife of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah appealed to US President Barack Obama on Thursday for help in the case of four daughters she says are being held in a royal palace.

YNet News

Exhibition by Jewish museum shows pre-WWII life
YNet News, 27 Mar 2014 – Exhibit at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews shows how the Jews and the city interacted, influencing and enriching each other in a pre-Holocaust era. ….

Rabbis march in Budapest 70 years after Nazi invasion
YNet News, 27 Mar 2014 – Thousands of eligious leaders from Israel and Europe arrive in Hungary to commemorate beginning of Hungarian Jews’ Holocaust. ….

Israel striking Obama, rooting for Putin
YNet News, 27 Mar 2014 – Op-ed: US president must envy his Russian rival for respect he receives in Israel as opposed to daily dose of scorn and alienation served to our ‘ally.’ ….

The regional approach and the Arab Peace Initiative are the key forward
YNet News, 27 Mar 2014 – Opening up a regional discussion track with Arab states, parallel to the bilateral peace talks, could help increase chances of a lasting peace accord. ….

‘Intactivists’ protest against circumcision in Washington
YNet News, 27 Mar 2014 – ‘Forcing children to participate in blood rituals is wrong,’ says one of the protesters. ‘Religion of one’s parents is not a reason to abuse.’ ….

Wanted bomb maker killed by Lebanese army in shootout
YNet News, 27 Mar 2014 – ….

UN General Assembly votes ‘yes’ on Ukraine unity
YNet News, 27 Mar 2014 – ….

Saudi women renew push for the right to drive
YNet News, 27 Mar 2014 – ….

Give rabbinic monopoly a get
YNet News, 27 Mar 2014 – Op-ed: Bayit Yehudi MKs have a rare chance to make a real change, allow freedom of choice in marriage in Israel. ….

Value of Austrian art find may equal Munich trove
YNet News, 27 Mar 2014 – ….

UN watchdog urges Obama to curb drone use, surveillance
YNet News, 27 Mar 2014 – ….

Israel must stay out of Ukraine crisis
YNet News, 27 Mar 2014 – Op-ed: Our relationship with Russia is not perfect, but Putin combats anti-Semitism, has kept his promise not to complete delivery of anti-aircraft systems to Iran and Syria. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Palestinians in 1948 territories decide to go on general strike on the Land Day
PIC – High Monitoring Committee for Arab Citizens in the 1948 occupied Palestine decided to go on general strike on the 38th anniversary of the Land Day, which falls on March 30.

Health conditions of captives al-Aqra and Abu Maria continue to deteriorate
PIC – The health conditions of the two Palestinian captives Nahedh al-Aqra and Waheed Abu Maria have been deteriorating, in light of the policy of medical neglect in the occupation prisons.

International campaign condemns administrative detention of Palestinian MPs
PIC – The international campaign for the release of the kidnapped MPs reported that the Israeli occupation extended the administrative detention of the MP Mohammed Jamal Natsheh for the third time.

B’Tselem holds occupation officers responsible for killing the boy Shawamreh
PIC – B’Tselem organization held Israeli officers responsible for killing 14-year-old Palestinian boy Yusef Shawamreh, as they ambushed him near a hole in the separation wall.

AOHR: What is happening in J’lem is ethnic cleansing
PIC – The AOHR called on the world’s decision-makers to take action against the Israeli dangers and violations threatening the occupied city of Jerusalem and its holy sites, especially the Aqsa Mosque.

Daghlas: Jewish settlers chopped down 5700 olive trees since beginning of 2014
PIC – Jewish settlers chopped down more than 50 olive trees in Hawara village, south of Nablus, on Thursday morning bringing the number of trees destroyed by them since the beginning of 2014 to 5,700.

Wa’ed society: Many patients are medically neglected in Israeli jails
PIC – Wa’ed society for detainees and ex-detainees said that the health conditions of many prisoner patients in Israeli jails have reached a life-threatening stage as a result of the medical neglect policy.

Jewish settlers destroy, uproot hundreds of olive trees in Turmus’ayya town
PIC – A horde of fanatic Jewish settlers on Wednesday destroyed and uprooted more than 1,200 olive seedlings and trees in a Palestinian-owned piece of land in Turmus’ayya town, north of Ramallah city.

WAFA

European Parliament Members Calls to Boycott Israeli settlements
WAFA – 27 Mar 2014

Arab Leaders Categorical Rejection to Recognize Jewish Israel Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 27 Mar 2014

Israeli Settlers Destroy Solar Panels near Hebron
WAFA – 27 Mar 2014

Settlers Cut 50 Olive Trees near Nablus
WAFA – 27 Mar 2014

Settlers Graze Sheep on Palestinian Land near Hebron, Destroy Crops
WAFA – 27 Mar 2014

Daylight Saving Time to Start in Palestine Friday
WAFA – 27 Mar 2014

Rising Temperature Continues through Saturday
WAFA – 27 Mar 2014

Misc

World Briefing: Iraq: Bombs Kill at Least 33 in Baghdad
New York Times 27 Mar 2014 – A series of bombings in Baghdad killed at least 33 people and wounded dozens more on Thursday, Iraqi officials said.

American Couple in Qatar Sentenced in Daughter s Death
New York Times 27 Mar 2014 – The couple will appeal the three-year sentence, saying cultural prejudice affected their case, which was regarded by some as a test of Qatar s commitment to judicial process.

Repression and resistance in Bethlehem s Aida refugee camp
Mondoweiss – Israeli Soldiers and Border Police stand in front of the Wall in Aida Camp. (Photo: Adam Wolf) Following the Israeli military s recent surge ofkillings in the occupied territories the refugeesof Aida camp in Bethlehem have renewed a campaign of resistance against the apartheid wall that encircles…

Obama s European message self-determination, equality, dignity is null and void in Palestine
Mondoweiss – Obama drinks tea before his speech yesterday in Brussels, White House photo by Pete Souza Obama s European tour has a strong human-rights message. Just now at a press conference he said of his meeting with Pope Francis, His Holiness is very interested in the Israel-Palestine issue. …

Right-wing news outlets attack U. Mich s divestment drive
Mondoweiss – A screenshot of the Washington Free Beacon website. Right-wing news outlets and Israel lobby groups have mounted a concerted campaign over the past few days to attack students leading the call for divestment at the University of Michigan (UM) . The vote on a resolution to divest…

JJ Goldberg says Adelson s influence fulfills anti-Semitic belief
Mondoweiss – Sheldon Adelson wearing Romney button in Hebrew, at King David Hotel Jerusalem, 2012 Yesterday we picked up The Washington Post s report on the Adelson primary: four Republican presidential hopefuls are going to a Las Vegas hotel this week to kiss Sheldon Adelson s ring so as to…

Loyola student government president vetoes divestment resolution
Mondoweiss – The president of Loyola University Chicago s student government vetoed a resolution that called for the school to divest from corporations complicit in the Israeli occupation. The veto, which came after two votes in favor of divestment, was applauded by Chicago-area Jewish groups. Pedro Guerrero, the president…

NY Times should apologize for publishing Palestinians have avowed as their goal the killing of all Jews
Mondoweiss – New York Times headquarters. (Photo: Wikipedia) I have sent the open letter below to Margaret Sullivan, the Public Editor of The New York Times . It supports James North s contention (as stated in this post ) that The New York Times must apologize for printing the following…

Israel Corp to halve CEO bonus
Globes Main News – Nir Gilad’s annual bonus will be capped at NIS 5 million, instead of NIS 9.5 million.

Clarion Fund s New Islamophobic Film, Honor Diaries
Tikun Olam – The Clarion Fund rides again. After producing three classic Islamophobic films, Obsession, Third Jihad and Iranium, T-H-E-Y R-E B-A-C-K with a new one , Honor Diaries . The new project focuses on honor killings and Islam s supposed hatred of women. It calls itself a woman s film (it was…

Will Abbas be Followed by Dahlan or Barghouti?
Sabbah report 27 Mar 2014 – Mohammed Dahlan was the U.S./Israelimperium’s chosen operative assignedto punishHamasfor winning a free and open democratic 2006 election. Does Israel want President Abbas replaced by Dahlan? Continue reading í! Read More: Will Abbas be Followed by Dahlan or Barghouti? . Sign up for our FREE newsletter!

Canada, Zionist power and World War II myths
Sabbah report 27 Mar 2014 – Martinez talks at length with Greg Felton, a Canadian investigative reporter and author about Zionist power in Canada, myths and propaganda surrounding World War II and the abuse of history. Freedom to discuss, discourse and investigation of controversy, rehashing well-known and controversial topics is in a…

A brief history of unprosecuted Israeli foreign agent, smuggling and espionage cases.
Sabbah report 27 Mar 2014 – Does the US-Israel “special relationship” transcend rule of law? A brief history of unprosecuted Israeli foreign agent, smuggling and espionage cases. Continue reading í! Read More: A brief history of unprosecuted Israeli foreign agent, smuggling and espionage cases. . Sign up for our FREE newsletter!

Willful Medical Negligence of Palestinian Prisoners in Israel
Sabbah report 27 Mar 2014 – Israeli crimes against humanity persist without end. Palestinian prisoners are cut off entirely from the outside world. Proper treatment is willfully denied. Medical neglect is extreme. Required surgery takes months or years to get. Conditions go from bad to worse. Israel is a world class human…

Former Ehud Olmert Bureau Chief Will Testify Against Him in Graft Case
The Foward Breaking News 27 Mar 2014 – Ehud Olmert s former bureau chief Shula Zaken agreed to testify against her ex-boss in the Holyland graft case, Click here for the rest of the article…

King’s College London Students Vote To Endorse BDS Against Israel
The Foward Breaking News 27 Mar 2014 – The King s College London Student Union voted to endorse the boycott, sanctions and divestment movement against Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli Soldiers Shot Dead Palestinian Teen in Cold Blood
Palestine Solidarity Project 27 Mar 2014 – Israeli occupation forces who shot dead a Palestinian teenager in the West Bank last week used live fire, without warning, against innocent youngsters out foraging for roots, an Israeli rights group said Wednesday. After investigating the March 19 death of 15-year-old Yussef Sami Shawamreh, B Tselem said…

Israel refuses EU access to Palestinian prisoners 2732014
Palestine Solidarity Project 27 Mar 2014 – Israel refuses EU access to Palestinian prisoners 2732014 The International Campaign for Releasing the Abducted Members of Parliament (Free PLC Members) has condemned the Israeli authorities for preventing a European Parliament delegation from visiting Israeli prisons to see the conditions prisoners are subjected to. On March…

Palestinian College Chief Resigns After Hamas Rally on West Bank Campus
The Foward Breaking News 27 Mar 2014 – Sari Nusseibeh, the president of the Palestinian Al-Quds University, resigned three days after a rally in support of Hamas at its eastern Jerusalem campus. Click here for the rest of the article…

New Egyptian military chief sworn in
BBC 27 Mar 2014 – Egypt’s new military chief and defence minister is sworn in, a day after Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi stands down to run for the presidency.

Center for American Progress Partners With Liberal Israeli Think Tank
The Foward Breaking News 27 Mar 2014 – An influential liberal Washington think tank with ties to the Obama administration is partnering with a progressive Israeli counterpart. Click here for the rest of the article…

Zimbabwe: Bangladeshis Taking Our Women – Mudede
allAfrica.com27 Mar 2014 – [New Zimbabwe]Zimbabweans have been warned to be wary of Asians holding fraudulently acquired identity documents and using them to lure local women into marriages of convenience.

Africa: African Asylum Seekers in Limbo At Israeli Detention Center
allAfrica.com27 Mar 2014 – [VOA]The Israeli Supreme Court is due to begin hearings in April on a controversial law that has allowed the government to detain thousands of African migrants who are seeking political asylum.

Rise in number of global executions
BBC 27 Mar 2014 – A sharp rise in the number of people put to death in Iraq and Iran caused a global spike in executions in 2013, Amnesty International says.

Starting the New Year on a new note
BBC 27 Mar 2014 – Persian New Year celebrated in Kabul with music, dancing and optimism

Qatar to buy 22 military helicopters from France
Al-Akhbar News 27 Mar 2014 – Qatar will buy 22 NH90 military helicopters from a unit of European aerospace group Airbus worth nearly two billion euros ($2.8 billion), the French defense ministry said Thursday. It said 12 of these would be transport helicopters and the other 10 would be the frigate version….

Saudi Prince Muqrin named second-in-line to succeed king
Al-Akhbar News 27 Mar 2014 – Saudi Arabia’s Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, a former intelligence chief, has been appointed deputy crown prince, Saudi state television reported on Thursday, making it more likely he will one day become king. The appointment makes Muqrin, the youngest son of the kingdom’s founder King Abdulaziz al-Saud,…

Lebanese army kills wanted militant Sami al-Atrash
Al-Akhbar News 27 Mar 2014 – Updated 7:26 pm: A wanted militant accused of being behind a series of deadly attacks in Lebanon, including some of the recent car bombings, died on Thursday during a gunfight with soldiers who raided his hideout, the army said. Sami al-Atrash is believed to have masterminded…

Turkey blocks access to YouTube after new audio leak
Al-Akhbar News 27 Mar 2014 – Turkey on Thursday banned video-sharing website YouTube, a week after blocking access to Twitter, after both were used to spread audio recordings implicating the prime minister in corruption, local media reported. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government had informed mobile phone operators and internet service providers…

Israeli settlers damage Palestinian solar panels, olive trees
Al-Akhbar News 27 Mar 2014 – Israeli settlers destroyed solar panels and olive trees in the West Bank on Thursday, local news agencies reported. A group of settlers from the illegal outpost of Mitzpe Yair attacked and smashed solar panels belonging to a Palestinian community in the south Hebron hills, locals told…

Erdogan decries leaked Syria recording as “villainous,” bans YouTube
Al-Akhbar News 27 Mar 2014 – A file photo taken on June 27, 2012 shows Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan giving the thumbs-up from the cockpit of the Turkish Primary and Basic Trainer Aircraft “Hurkus” during a ceremony at the Turkish Aerospace Industries in Ankara. (Photo: AFP – Adem Altan) A…

Repression, self-immolation, and domestic violence: Is Lebanese society crumbling?
Al-Akhbar News 27 Mar 2014 – Mariam al-Khouli after setting herself ablaze in front of the UNHCR building in Tripoli. (Photo: Al-Akhbar ) Mariam al-Khouli after setting herself ablaze in front of the UNHCR building in Tripoli. (Photo: Al-Akhbar ) Ravaged by hunger, lacking any means to support her children, and with no aid…

Turkey says Syrian air defense systems “harassing” its war jets
Al-Akhbar News 27 Mar 2014 – Syrian air defense systems have “harassed” Turkish F-16 fighter jets patrolling their own airspace by repeatedly putting them under “radar lock,” suggesting they were about to be fired at, the Turkish military said on Thursday. The incident, which took place on Wednesday, comes only days after…

Syrian air raid injures five along Lebanese border
Al-Akhbar News 27 Mar 2014 – A Syrian air raid along the mountainous Lebanese border injured five people Tuesday, according to Lebanon’s National News Agency. The report said the wounded were treated at a field hospital in the eastern town of Ersal, which hosts tens of thousands of refugees from Syria. It…

Qatar jails US ‘organ death’ pair
BBC 27 Mar 2014 – A Qatari court jails a US couple for three years over the death of their eight-year-old daughter, amid claims they sought to harvest her organs.

The right to “join” a sect
Al-Akhbar News 27 Mar 2014 – Kholoud Sukkariyeh (R) and Nidal Darwish, who got married in defiance of Lebanon’s ban on civil unions, drink coffee next to Beiurt’s landmark Pigeon Rock on January 25, 2013. (Photo:AFP-Joseph Eid) Kholoud Sukkariyeh (R) and Nidal Darwish, who got married in defiance of Lebanon’s ban on…

Bustan al-Qasr crossing in Aleppo: Daily humiliation and nonsensical rules
Al-Akhbar Politics 27 Mar 2014 – A Syrian woman cries as she leaves a residential block reportedly hit by an explosives-filled barrel dropped by a government forces helicopter on March 18, 2014 in Aleppo. (Photo: AFP-Khaled Khatib) A Syrian woman cries as she leaves a residential block reportedly hit by an explosives-filled…

Razed mosque symbol of divided Bahrain
BBC 27 Mar 2014 – Why a razed 400-year-old mosque remains an open sore in Bahrain

Syria s Kessab: The devastation of an Armenian safe haven
Al-Akhbar Politics 26 Mar 2014 – A combo made up of file pictures shows the cross on top of Armenian Catholic Church of the Martyrs in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqqa on September 16, 2013 (L) and the flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fluttering…

Twenty-four hours at Rafah
Al-Akhbar Politics 26 Mar 2014 – Palestinians wait for relatives coming from Egypt at the Rafah border between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip on March 9, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Said Khatib) Palestinians wait for relatives coming from Egypt at the Rafah border between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip on March 9,…

Articles


The Dahlan factor
Dr. Joseph Massad, Intifada-Palestine3/25/2014
Editors Note: Al Jazeera English has once again removed an article by Columbia University professor Joseph Massad hours after publishing it. The article, The Dahlan Factor, appeared for several hours on the Qatar-based broadcaster s website this morning at this link, but was later removed without explanation (the full article is republished below). The recent resurrection of Mohammad Dahlan by several Arab governments, Israel and the US is a most important development for the future of the Palestinian cause, Palestinian Authority (PA)-Israel negotiations, and Hamas-ruled Gaza. Dahlan is viewed, by many Palestinians, as the most corrupt official in the history of the Palestinian national movement (and there are many contenders for that title).
Dahlan, it would be recalled, was the PA man in charge of Gaza after the Oslo Accords were signed, where he commanded 20,000 Palestinian security personnel who were answerable to the CIA and to Israeli intelligence. His forces would torture Hamas members in PA dungeons throughout the 1990s.
His corruption, at the time, was such that he allegedly diverted over 40 percent of taxes levied against the Palestinians to his personal account in what became known as the Karni Crossing Scandal in 1997.
Dahlan, who has been accused repeatedly by both Hamas and Fatah of being an agent of US, Israeli, Egyptian, and Jordanian intelligence, would attempt to stage a US-organised coup against the democratically elected Hamas government in 2007 in Gaza, an attempt that backfired on him and ended with his eviction from the Strip (I had forewarned about the coup several months before it occurred).more..e-mail

Mahmoud Abbas vs Mohammed Dahlan
Ramzy Baroud, CounterPunch3/27/2014
The Showdown Begins
When late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was confined by Israeli soldiers to his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Mohammed Dahlan reigned supreme. As perhaps the most powerful and effective member of the Gang of Five , he managed the affairs of the ruling Fatah movement, coordinated with Israel regarding matters of security, and even wheeled and dealed in issues of regional and international affairs.
That was the period between March and April 2002 and it was a different time. Back then, Dahlan a former Palestinian Authority (PA) minister, a former National Security advisor and a former head of Gaza s PA Preventative Security Service (PSS)- was king of the hill. All of his rivals were conveniently or by chance out of the picture. Arafat was then imprisoned in his office in al-Muqata a, and Dahlan s toughest contender, Jibril Rajoub, leader of the West Bank PSS, was discredited in a most humiliating fashion. During the most violent Israeli crackdown of the Second Palestinian Intifada (2000-2005), Rajoub handed the PSS headquarters to the Israeli army with all of its Palestinian political prisoners and walked away. Since then, Rajoub s star faded into a dark chapter of Palestinian history. For Dahlan, however, it was yet a new start.
This is not exactly the kind of history the Fatah leadership, Dahlan included, would like to remember. Such history is simply too dangerous as it underscores the reality that engulfed, and to a large degree, continues to shape the ruling class of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah whose reach has touched upon every aspect of Palestinian life.
The second uprising, starting in Sep. 2000, unlike the first Intifada of 1987, resulted in much harm. The latter revolution seemed to lack unity of purpose, was more militarized, and allowed Israel to rearrange the post-Intifada and post-Arafat political scene in such a way as to privilege its trusted allies within the Palestinian camp….more..e-mail

Abbas-Dahlan Honestly!
Nassar Ibrahim, AIC & OPGAI, Alternative Information Center3/27/2014
For days I ve been following, quietly and sadly, the ongoing debates concerning the confrontation” between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Mohammed Dahlan. These debates, however, do not encourage me to analyse or comment, to deny or to confirm. I found myself standing, objectively and on the margins, repeating deep within myself the words of Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani: “this world is not mine!” This is not because I’m uninterested in Palestine, the Palestinian people or the question of Palestine. It is because I m experiencing humiliation and sorrow. For the situation in Palestine to reach this point and this type of argument means we face a real dilemma structurally, politically and ethically.
The issue here is unrelated to who is right or wrong, and does not involve a decision with whom I shall stand. But the debates, angry and incendiary, imposed on me the following response: is this issue truly our dilemma today? Is this the way to deal with such problems? And is this the way to define and arrange our national priorities, meet challenges and risks and to address national, regional and global political, economic, social and cultural questions?
What is this tremendous luxury that we possess to take to the streets and to occupy the satellites and televisions in order to follow the drama of the president said this and Dahlan said that ? What is this daring and ingenuity that we have to waste time and distort the collective consciousness of what is happening in the Palestinian and Arab reality? And I don t mean by us on the street (we’re not so naive ), but by the world s most important research institutes and decision-making centers of global and international intelligence agencies, which assess that the Abbas-Dahlan confrontation could re- arrange the region, the world and determine balances, alliances and geostrategic interests for decades?
Palestine. Yes, Palestine. Do you remember Palestine? With its symbolism and implications it stands at the heart of all these events and changes. For this, I think that the American Secretary of State Mr. Kerry is coming and going as if he has a house, a tent, a herd of sheep and wife in in our country.more..e-mail

Education kills fascists
Heike Schotten, Ma an News Agency3/27/2014
Heike Schotten is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she teaches political theory, feminist theory, and queer theory (her work is available here). She has been active in the Palestine solidarity movement since 2006.
Remember back in 2010 when Israel denied Noam Chomsky entry into the West Bank?
All the bureaucratic scurrying in the world and embarrassed tsk-tsking about “misunderstandings” with the Interior Ministry could not mitigate the transparently outrageous fact that Israel actively prevented a soft-spoken, aging academic from delivering a public lecture at Birzeit University.
The fact that Chomsky is both Jewish and an outspoken critic of Israel only compounded the awkwardness of the whole thing. Formerly a guarantee of welcome into the country, being Jewish was apparently no longer sufficient qualification for access to the interior of Israeli-controlled borders.
Or, at least, being Jewish could now be sufficiently offset by being critical of Israel, making clear that only certain kinds of Jews are guaranteed a red carpet reception in the Holy Land.
The prevention of Chomsky’s entry at the Allenby Bridge looked to all the world like the classic censorious decision-making that is the hallmark of authoritarian regimes. Even smooth-talking Israeli government spokesperson Mark Regev, who has comfortably finessed such atrocities as Israel’s bombing of schools and prevention of the Red Cross from providing aid to dying civilians in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead, had a hard time spinning this one, protesting weakly that the denial was a “mishap” and suggesting that Prof. Chomsky try again.more..e-mail

My Son Qais
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Mar 2014 – By Rana Abdulla My husband met Umm Qais last year in Jenin. She is a 56 year old Palestinian mother of five sons. Her son, Qais Odwan, was not only extra-judicially executed by Israel, he was also slanderously accused of a range of crimes he did not commit. Without arrest, without a trial, without a verdict, he was adjudged guilty. Of the evidence? We were told that there was more than enough evidence to prove his guilt, but that the evidence is deemed secret. You see, we were told, the only people who are trustworthy enough to view this evidence are members of the Israeli intelligence agencies. The Israeli state will not trust its own citizens or its own press with this information, and would certainly never allow the investigators from Palestine to learn anything about the facts behind these events. Instead, all inquiries were met with threats, and critics…more


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