VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 1 April 2014: What the bones remember: Israeli doctors talk torture

1 April 2014 — VTJP

News

International Middle East Media Center

Kerry Leaves Middle East Without Meeting Abbas
IMEMC – [Tuesday, April 1, 2014] Unites States Secretary of State, John Kerry, left the Middle East following his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, but did not meet President Mahmoud Abbas. …

Abbas Signs Applications to Join More UN Institutions, Treaties
IMEMC – [Tuesday Evening, April 1, 2014] Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has signed fifteen applications that would be submitted to the United Nations, aiming at joining more UN bodies and treaties. …

11 Palestinian MPs and Minister Still in Prison
IMEMC – Israeli occupation authorities still detain 11 Palestinian MPs and one minister. Most are administrative detainees, AHRAR Centre for Prisoners Studies and Human Rights said. …

Hamas Rejects Extension of Negotiations
IMEMC – Hamas said today, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, that it rejects the extension of negotiations with Israel, and called on the Palestinian Authority to stop this travesty. …

Israeli Forces Demolish Dwellings for Eight Families near Nablus, Car Wash Shop in Salfit
IMEMC – Israeli forces demolished, on Tuesday, dwellings and sheds belonging to eight Palestinian families in Jaªwana, near Beit Furik, to the southeast of Nablus. …

Occupation Carries Out Maneuvers South of Jenin, Jordan Valley
IMEMC – Israeli occupation forces carried out, Monday night, a wide military maneuver in Dotan military camp, evacuated since 2005, south of the West Bank city of Jenin. …

Army to Seize 600 Dunums near Nablus, Tenders Pushed for Over 700 East Jerusalem Homes
IMEMC – Israeli authorities, on Tuesday, handed a structural blueprint to the local council of Qaryout, to the south of Nablus, aimed at confiscating 600 dunums of land belonging to local villagers. …

PA Security Arrests Around 100 Members of Hizb Al-Tahrir
IMEMC – The Palestinian Authority security forces raided a meeting of Hizb Al-Tahrir (Liberation Party) inside the Jamal Abdul-Naser Mosque in Al-Bireh, a Palestinian city near Ramallah, Saturday evening. …

Kerem Shalom Crossing Opens for Gaza Exports to Ukraine
IMEMC – Israeli authorities opened the Kerem Shalom crossing with the Gaza Strip, on Tuesday, to allow a single truckload of wooden furniture to be exported to Ukraine, a Palestinian official said. …

Young Woman, Journalist, Kidnapped In Hebron
IMEMC – Local sources have reported that Israeli soldiers kidnapped on Tuesday [April 1, 2014] a young Palestinian woman and a journalist in Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. …

Ma’an News

NGO: Israel pushes tenders for 700 East Jerusalem homes
4/2/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel on Tuesday pushed tenders for more than 700 homes in an illegal settlement in annexed East Jerusalem, as Washington made intensive efforts to salvage a crisis-hit peace process, an Israeli NGO said.”The ministry of housing is trying to forcefully undermine the peace process. . . and (US Secretary of State) John Kerry’s efforts to promote it,” charged Peace Now’s….

Jewish extremists spray hate graffiti on convent in Israel
4/1/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Suspected Jewish extremists sprayed anti-Christian graffiti on the walls of a convent west of Jerusalem overnight and damaged vehicles parked nearby, Israeli police said on Tuesday. Slogans including “Mary is a cow,” “price tag” and “America (is) Nazi Germany” were sprayed in Hebrew on the walls of the Roman Catholic sanctuary, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. The Our Lady, Queen of Palestine convent….

Right-wing Israelis tour Aqsa compound
4/2/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Dozens of right-wing Israelis including Yeshiva students entered the al-Aqsa Mosque compound Tuesday morning via the Moroccan Gate escorted by Israeli police officers. Witnesses told Ma’an that more than 100 Jews entered the compound in groups and toured its courtyards while Muslim worshipers and Sharia students shouted “Allah Akbar.”A day earlier, a Muslim organization based in the Old….

2 Palestinians detained, Israeli soldier wounded in Aida clashes
4/1/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Tuesday evening detained two teenagers in clashes in Aida refugee camp north of Bethlehem. Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the camp and pronounced it a closed military zone while firing tear gas and rubber bullets, causing dozens to suffer from excessive tear-gas inhalation. One of the injured was identified as Abdullah Mohammad Hammad, 15….

Israeli troops detain teenage girl, man at Hebron checkpoint
4/1/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces early Tuesday detained a young Palestinian woman and a man in the Old City of Hebron, locals told Ma’an. Witnesses said Israeli troops stationed at a checkpoint in southern Hebron stopped a teenager, Tahani Muhammad Abu Mayyala, for inspection. Soldiers took her into custody after allegedly finding a knife in her handbag, witnesses said. An Israeli army….

Jewish man arrested on suspicion of raping Palestinian woman
4/1/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police in Jerusalem detained a Jewish man last week on suspicion of raping a Palestinian woman in Jerusalem, a police spokesperson said. Luba al-Samri, Israeli police spokesperson for Arabic media, said in a statement that a 40-year-old man was detained last Thursday. The victim told police that she met the suspect in the Armon HaNetziv neighborhood in southern Jerusalem….

Bedouin soldier in Israeli uniform at Land Day festival in Negev
4/1/2014 – BEERSHEBA (Ma’an) – An Arab Bedouin soldier from the Negev who serves in the Israeli army on Sunday showed up in the audience during a festival marking Land Day in the Negev village of Surin. The soldier’s appearance was taken as very provocative by the audience. Palestinian Bedouin member of the Israeli Knesset Talab Abu Arar delivered a speech during the commemoration….

Abbas says to join UN agencies
4/2/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday said the Palestinians would seek membership in international organizations after Israel failed to release a batch of Palestinian prisoners on schedule. In a televised speech, Abbas said he had started the process to sign agreements with 15 United Nations agencies and organizations and would pursue joining more.”The Palestinian leadership has unanimously approved a decision to….

Kerem Shalom crossing opens for Gaza exports to Ukraine
4/1/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities opened the Kerem Shalom crossing with the Gaza Strip on Tuesday to allow a single truckload of wooden furniture to be exported to Ukraine, a Palestinian official said. Raed Fattouh told Ma’an that 280 truckloads of humanitarian aid and commercial and agricultural goods were also allowed to enter Gaza. He said eight truckloads of cement, 23….

Kerry wraps up whirlwind visit, due back Wednesday
4/1/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Washington’s top diplomat wrapped up a lightning Israel visit Tuesday but was expected to return within 24 hours as speculation grew a jailed US-Israeli spy could be key to saving peace talks. After flying in from Paris on Monday evening, US Secretary of State John Kerry met for two hours with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, before entering talks with Palestinian…. Related:US: Kerry cancels trip to Ramallah

Israel army to open new probe into Jordan judge killing
4/1/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — The army said Monday it is to open a new investigation into the March 10 killing of a Jordanian judge by Israeli soldiers at a West Bank border crossing. The probe will be carried out in coordination with Jordanian authorities, it said.”The Israeli army prosecutor’s office has decided to open a new investigation into this incident,” an army spokeswoman told….

US: Kerry to go to Ramallah on Wednesday
4/1/2014 – BRUSSELS (AFP) — Washington’s top diplomat, Secretary of State John Kerry, will visit Ramallah on Wednesday after lightning talks in Brussels on the Ukraine crisis. Secretary Kerry will “visit Ramallah on Wednesday following the US-EU Energy Council meeting in Brussels. He will then continue with scheduled travel to Algeria and Morocco,” said state department spokesperson Jen Psaki. [END]

Hamas rejects extension of negotiations
4/1/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas said on Tuesday that it rejects the extension of negotiations with Israel, and called on the Palestinian Authority to “stop this travesty.” The extension of talks would mark the “genuine ending of the Palestinian cause”, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said. US peace efforts are teetering on the brink of collapse after Israel refused to free a fourth and….

US: Kerry cancels trip to Ramallah
4/1/2014 – BRUSSELS (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry cancelled plans to travel Wednesday to Ramallah after both the Israelis and the Palestinians announced moves likely to scuttle the peace talks. [END]

Over 20 injured in road accident south of Bethlehem
4/1/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — More than 20 passengers were injured early Tuesday in a road accident south of Bethlehem, medics told Ma’an. Muhammad Awad, the Bethlehem district’s ambulance and emergency service director, told Ma’an that a small bus carrying 25 young workers collided with a car near the village of Um Salamouna. The bus flipped over as a result….

Journalist’s father says Egypt trial ‘mental torture’
4/1/2014 – BRISBANE, Australia (AFP) — The father of al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste said Tuesday that the Australian’s trial in Egypt over alleged links to the banned Muslim Brotherhood was “psychological torture” for his family. Greste has denied charges of spreading false news and supporting the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood movement of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi but was refused bail on Monday after appearing in court….

NGO: More than 150,000 killed in Syria conflict
4/1/2014 – BEIRUT (AFP) — More than 150,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011, a monitoring group said in a new toll released on Tuesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had documented the deaths of 150,344 people, 51,212 of them civilians, including nearly 7,985 children. The group said 37,781 members of the armed opposition had been killed in….

British PM orders probe into Muslim Brotherhood
4/1/2014 – LONDON (AFP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered an investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood over concerns the group is planning radical activities from a base in London, his Downing Street office said Tuesday. The intelligence agencies MI5 and MI6 have been tasked to gather information on the “philosophy and activities” of the group after several leaders fled to London following the toppling of Egyptian….

Turkish riot police fire water cannon at Ankara protesters
4/1/2014 – ANKARA (AFP) — Turkish police fired water cannon at protesters in the capital Ankara Tuesday complaining about irregularities in Sunday’s local elections. More than 1,000 people demonstrated outside the elections authority in the city, where Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party declared victory with a wafer-thin margin of about one percent. [END]

AlJazeera

Palestinian president threatens to go to UN
AlJazeera 1 Apr 2014 – Mahmoud Abbas signs request to join several UN agencies in move that could derail US bid to salvage peace talks.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Condemns Dispersal of Private Meeting of Hizb Ut- Tahrir and Attacking Journalists in al-Bireh
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Relief Web

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 25 March 1 April
Relief Web 1 Apr 2014 – Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon,…

Lebanon: Helping Refugees From Syria Conflict in Lebanon
Relief Web 31 Mar 2014 – Source: American Near East Refugee Aid Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Adra s leg was injured while out shopping for food in Yarmouk camp last July when shooting erupted there. Like more than one million other Syrian war…

The National

Turkish protesters cry foul after Erdogan triumph in local elections
The National 1 Apr 2014 – Allegations of fraud were circulated on social media, including a photo which purportedly shows ballots in a rubbish heap.

A central piece of Doha s past makes way for glitzy future
The National 1 Apr 2014 – Once the bustling commercial centre of Qatar’s capital, Msheirib is now home to low-income workers and small businesses who have to make way for high-end residences and mega-malls.

Britain orders investigation into Muslim Brotherhood
The National 1 Apr 2014 – Prime minister asks intelligence agencies to look into group’s activities after several leaders fled from a crackdown in Egypt to the UK.

Kerry cancels trip to save peace talks after Israeli and Palestinian snubs
The National 1 Apr 2014 – Palestinians apply to join UN agencies after Israel renews tenders for East Jerusalem settlements amid discussions to extend peace talks.

More than 150,000 dead in Syria s civil war, activists say
The National 1 Apr 2014 – One third of casualties since 2011 were civilians, according to tally by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Australia to deploy flying air-traffic controller to aid search for missing plane
The National 1 Apr 2014 – Australia will deploy a modified Boeing 737 to act as a flying air traffic controller over the Indian Ocean to prevent a mid-air collision among the aircraft searching for the Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went missing over three weeks ago, an official said Tuesday.

Ha’aretz

What supermarket boycott?
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Dempsey: Israel, U.S. now agree on Iran
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Cheney endorses Israeli strike on Iran in GOP gathering
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Day after Olmert conviction, prosecution weighs options
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

U.S. House passes Ukraine aid, Russia sanctions
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Israel has largest gaps in student achievement of all OECD countries, study shows
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Israel breaks through the Google Glass ceiling
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Israel to lure cybersecurity firms with subsidies
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Hall of Shame
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

U.K.’s Cameron orders probe of Muslim Brotherhood
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Nuclear submarine joins search for missing Malaysian plane
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Above all, this is a Jewish state
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Lieberman, the state exists to serve its citizens
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Israel needs less political meddling in academia
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Israel’s secular vs. ultra-Orthodox Jews: One people, divided?
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Vienna’s Jewish archives to stay in Israel, court rules
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Jerusalem Post offers $1.15 million for Maariv
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Why Palestine is heading back to the UN
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Don’t hug Pollard when he lands
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

U.S. lawmakers outraged about Iran’s new UN envoy, seek change to law
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Kerry s desperate Pollard gamble could cost him the entire Israeli-Palestinian ball game
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Mother charged with suffocating newborn son from extramarital affair
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Airplane enthusiasts spot secret U.S. army plane
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Israel Police to drop charges against Daphni Leef, other social justice activists
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Tourist dies of allergic reaction to tahini
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Olmert s old political allies have no comment
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

To J Street: Defaming pro-Israel voices harms Jewish unity
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Russia warns Kiev against NATO integration
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Israeli judge questions ‘proportionality’ of law to jail asylum seekers
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Russia sharply hikes gas price for Ukraine
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Court to hear bid to block settler control of Western Wall section
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

‘America is Nazi Germany’ spray-painted on monastery in central Israel
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Kerry meets Netanyahu for second time in last-ditch effort to salvage talks
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

The sad truth: Olmert was one of Israel s best prime ministers, but corrupt
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Israeli army: No rockets fired at Eilat
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Let all bribe-takers know
Ha’aretz – 31 Mar 2014

Judgment day for the Infiltration Law
Ha’aretz – 31 Mar 2014

German finance minister compares Putin to Hitler
Ha’aretz – 31 Mar 2014

Jerusalem Post

Boston residents appeal to visiting MKs to amend Jewish reforms
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – Intermarriage in the US is a surprising source of population growth, and young people today feel more connected than ever to Israel.

Saudi-owned paper defends decision to not allow Post reporter entry to country
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – Al-Hayat columnist says kingdom was right in denying entry to representative from extremist, racist right-wing Israeli newspaper.

Judea and Samaria council tells ministers: Reject settlement freeze
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – The next hours are critical. This is the time to act to stop this foolish move, wrote the settler leaders during an emergency meeting.

IDF to set up cloud computing by end of year
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – The networks will allow commanders in any particular combat arena to receive real-time intelligence on the location of enemy targets.

Nitzan on Holyland trial: Prosecutors can be proud no one is above the law
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – Earlier in the letter, Nitzan qualified this pride, saying that the day Olmert was convicted was also “a sad day for the State of Israel.”

Despite Palestinian move to join world bodies, Kerry vows to push peace talks ahead
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – In Brussels for a NATO soiree, US secretary of state spoke hours after Palestinian Authority chief Abbas filed papers to join 15 international organizations.

Pollard would not reject release in political deal
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – Deal expected to pass without coalition crisis; parole hearing postponed due to pending litigation, not Pollard’s rejection of peace deal.

Ben-Gurion and me
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – As an Arab, I found myself, yet again, unwittingly drawn into the never-ending political hocus-pocus on transferring Arab citizens to Palestinian territories. The Liberman Plan genie was out of the bottle again.

The seder as memory, morals, and meaning maker
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – The Passover seder is a fabulous place to start the collective and individual healing process we all need so desperately.

From slavery to freedom
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – One woman s journey from secular feminism to religious Judaism.

A way forward
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – In a bid to save faltering peace negotiations, US Secretary of State John Kerry changed his itinerary in Europe on Monday and rushed to the region to meet with Palestinian and Israeli leaders. It was the second time in a week.

Bad blood
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – There has been bad blood lately between Israel and the US. It s not clear yet what the cause of this tension is, but it s definitely detrimental to our health.

Candidly speaking: The disastrous outcome of the peace negotiations
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – As anticipated, the Obama administration s efforts to impose a peace settlement have proved to be a disastrous failure.

Over 700 housing tenders approved for Gilo
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – This is not just about building beyond the Green Line, this construction will dramatically change the facts on the ground, says Ir Amim official.

Thousands of haredi exempted from military service, granted access to work force
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – The government sets up two employment guidance centers in Bnei Brak, Jerusalem, Ashdod, Modiin Illit, Petah Tiqva and Beer Sheva.

Banks compete as new checking account rules go into effect
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – New regulation requires banks to let customers execute 10 activities on their own plus one teller-executed activity per month.

WJC denounces exaggerated accounts of Ukrainian anti-Semitism
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – Ukrainian leaders have accused Putin of spreading lies about how minorities, including Jews, are treated in Ukraine.

Pope receives Madonna lily seeds from BGU scientists to bloom for spring Annunciation
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – Pope Francis is due to arrive in Israel by the end of May.

Hamas denies Mashaal invited to Iran
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – Spokesperson Khaled Mashaal says reports of invitation ‘inaccurate,’ no current plans to visit Tehran.

Labeling requirements of trans fats on packaged food come into effect
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – Trans fats increase levels of ‘bad cholesterol’ and lower levels of ‘good cholesterol’ in the body.

Counter-Terrorism Bureau releases Passover-season travel advisories for 31 countries
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – PMO and Bureau warning includes states where Israelis forbidden to go, told to stay away from, and avoid, plus 8 regions withing other countries.

Tibi tells European Parliament to boycott settlement products
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – Tibi stops in Brussels to speak about Israeli Arabs as part of European speaking tour in honor of Land Day.

Prime Minister’s 2nd annual contest for oil substitutes is underway
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – Science Minister: Oil is a political tool found in the hands of our greatest enemies, Israel must lower its strategic value reduce the world dependence.

Knesset puts all laws passed since 1949 online
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – The database is the first part of a new Knesset project, meant to make all laws and their amendments over time readily available for free online.

General Al-Sissi is the best man to lead Egypt
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – In the current political atmosphere in Egypt, General al-Sissi is the strong, rational man who can bring more stability to the country and the whole region.

Sources: Coalition crisis brewing over prisoner release deal to save peace talks
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – Majority of Bayit Yehudi MKs reportedly think party should leave coalition if 400 Palestinian prisoners freed, despite release of Pollard.

Kerry to return to region, as plan to free Pollard, save floundering peace talks emerges
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – Emerging deal includes release of Pollard; continuation of talks; release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners; partial W. Bank settlement freeze.

Death toll in Syria’s civil war above 150,000
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – 38,000 rebels have been killed from the Nusra Front and the ISIS while 58,000 pro-Assad fighters have been killed including 364 from Hezbollah.

Nefesh B’Nefesh helping more olim make the move down south
Jerusalem Post 1 Apr 2014 – A growing number of jobs and incentives from Nefesh B’Nefesh and the government are encouraging olim to put down their roots in the south rather than Israel’s major cities.

Uruknet

The Guardian

Palestinian statehood bid may derail Middle East peace process
The Guardian 1 Apr 2014 – Move by Mahmoud Abbas to seek recognition by 15 UN bodies may be response to Israeli failure to release prisoners US-sponsored efforts to advance Middle East peace process appeared to be fragmenting last night, as the…

Bill Shorten speech on Israeli settlements stirs Palestinian group
The Guardian 1 Apr 2014 – Opposition leader suggested only ‘some settlement’ was illegal, a shift in Labor’s position Bishop George Browning has written to Bill Shorten calling on him to clarify Labor policy on Israeli settlements in the West Bank after…

Jonathan Pollard: talk of spy’s early release surfaces in US
The Guardian 1 Apr 2014 – White House remains tight-lipped on whether it might strike deal in return for concessions from Israelis in Palestinian peace talks The United States is reportedly talking with Israel about releasing the convicted spy Jonathan Pollard early…

Daily Star

Syria opposition says chief visits Latakia
Daily Star 1 Apr 2014 Syria’s exiled opposition chief Ahmad Jarba visited Latakia province Tuesday, amid a rebel offensive against the heartland of President Bashar al-Assad’s clan and his Alawite sect, his office said.

East Libyan rebels will agree to end oil port blockage within days: leader
Daily Star 1 Apr 2014 A rebel group in eastern Libya will agree with the government to end its blockade of vital oil export ports within days, a senior leader told Reuters on Tuesday.

Kerry says too early to draw conclusions about Israel-Palestinian talks
Daily Star 1 Apr 2014 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday it was too early to draw conclusions about the prospects in peace talks between Israel and the Palestnians, saying “a lot of possibilities” were in play.

Bahrain opposition calls F1 Grand Prix protests
Daily Star 1 Apr 2014 Bahrain’s influential Shiite opposition bloc Al-Wefaq and a more radical group have called separate rallies for Friday to protest the weekend staging of the Formula One Grand Prix in Manama.

Prominent Islamist shot dead on Kenyan coast: police
Daily Star 1 Apr 2014 A prominent Kenyan Islamist, accused by the United States and U.N. Security Council of supporting the Somali militant group al Shabaab, was shot dead on Tuesday, police said.

Kerry cancels trip to Ramallah: US
Daily Star 1 Apr 2014 US Secretary of State John Kerry cancelled plans to travel Wednesday to Ramallah after both the Israelis and the Palestinians announced moves likely to scuttle the peace talks.

Jailed Brotherhood leader appeals to Egypt judges
Daily Star 1 Apr 2014 The jailed leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood scoffed at the series of mass tribunals against his group and demanded judges not let the courts be politicized, speaking from his defendants cage Tuesday at the stormy opening…

White House: Obama has not decided to release Israeli spy
Daily Star 1 Apr 2014 U.S. President Barack Obama has not made a decision to release convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday.

Kim Kardashian wades into Syria war debate
Daily Star 1 Apr 2014 Kim Kardashian has waded into Syria’s conflict, calling on fans through Twitter to save the ancient Armenian Christian village of Kassab, whose residents fled as rebels seized control of the hamlet in late March.

Prominent Islamist killed on Kenyan coast: witnesses
Daily Star 1 Apr 2014 A prominent Kenyan Islamist, accused by the United States and U.N. Security Council of supporting the Somali militant group al Shabaab, was killed on Tuesday on the Kenyan coast, a police officer at the scene and…

Obamacare sign-ups hit seven million target: W.House
Daily Star 1 Apr 2014 The White House said Tuesday it had reached its target of signing up seven million people to new insurance plans under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Abbas: Palestinians to seek further UN recognition
Daily Star 1 Apr 2014 In a surprise move that could jeopardize U.S. peace efforts, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday resumed a bid for further Palestinian recognition by the United Nations.

Dozens injured as clashes erupt in Egypt cities
Daily Star 1 Apr 2014 Clashes erupted Tuesday between student supporters of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and security forces in several cities, wounding at least 33 people, the health ministry said.

YNet News

Academic program aims to bring Israel, US Jews closer together
YNet News, 1 Apr 2014 – Ruderman Family Foundation, University of Haifa launch new master’s degree in US Jewry studies in bid to improve relations between world’s two largest Jewish communities. ….

New collaboration for Russian-speaking Jews
YNet News, 1 Apr 2014 – Limmud FSU, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews announce new global, long-term partnership designed to enhance and develop Limmud’s activities around the world. ….

Olmert verdict is an earthquake for Israel
YNet News, 1 Apr 2014 – Analysis: The man who knows the State of Israel’s top security secrets, who belongs to the exclusive group of people which knows the nuclear briefcase code, may go to prison for many years. ….

Kerry: No deal has been reached regarding any prisoners
YNet News, 1 Apr 2014 – ….

Kerry: None of the documents Abbas signed were for the UN
YNet News, 1 Apr 2014 – ….

Kerry cancels meeting with Abbas in Ramallah
YNet News, 1 Apr 2014 – ….

White House: No decision on Pollard yet
YNet News, 1 Apr 2014 – ….

NATO suspends cooperation with Russia over Ukraine crisis
YNet News, 1 Apr 2014 – ….

In Olmert’s case, there’s room for compassion
YNet News, 1 Apr 2014 – Op-ed: People tend to forget that former prime minister led country with great talent and was highly appreciated both in Israel and abroad. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Badran: Mishaal did not receive any invitation to visit Tehran
PIC – Husam Badran, Hamas‚¨ “!s spokesman, denied Iranian news reports that political bureau chairman of Hamas Khaled Mishaal would visit Tehran soon after the end of the Nowruz holiday.

Prisoner Khatib goes on hunger strike to protest violations against him
PIC – The Palestinian Prisoners Association‚¨ “!s lawyer declared Tuesday that Ahmed Khatib, detained in the Israeli Ashkelan prison, has been on hunger strike for nine days now.

Settlers attack Jerusalemites during provocative march
PIC – Several Jerusalemites were assaulted on Monday evening, during a provocative march in the Old City of Jerusalem, by Israeli settlers who were assisted by security forces.

Israeli special forces break into prisoners‚¨ “! cell in Raymond prison
PIC – Special Israeli forces raided a prison cell in the fourth section of Raymond prison Monday and damaged all of the detainee‚¨ “!s properties while searching for mobile phones.

Israeli courts refuse early release for detained cancer patient
PIC – Israeli courts turned down requests to release the Palestinian captive Motassem Redad who is facing life-threatening health problems in prison.

Israel razes homes in Jordan Valley hamlets, displaces tens of families
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) bulldozed on Tuesday 23 Palestinian homes and structures in Hamsa and Karziliya hamlets in the Jordan Valley and displaced tens of Bedouin families.

Israel approves 2000 new settlement units as monthly average in 2013
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) approved the construction of more than 2000 housing units every single month during the past year, official Palestinian statistic indicated.

Scores of young settlers defile Aqsa Mosque under police protection
PIC – More than 130 young Jewish settlers on Tuesday morning desecrated the Aqsa Mosque under police protection.

Resheq: The victory of Erdogan angers the occupation
PIC – Member of Hamas’ political bureau Ezzat Al-Resheq said that the victory of Turkish premier Recep Erdogan would upset the Israeli occupation and all those who bet on the failure of his political party.

12 martyrs and 364 detainees during March
PIC – 12 Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire during the month of March, recording a rise in the number of victims in comparison to past months, human rights sources said.

WAFA

President Abbas Meets Russian Envoy for Middle East Peace Process
WAFA – 1 Apr 2014

Army to Seize 600 Dunums near Nablus
WAFA – 1 Apr 2014

Israeli Forces Arrest Seven People from Hebron District
WAFA – 1 Apr 2014

Israeli Forces Demolish Structures in Jordan Valley
WAFA – 1 Apr 2014

32,177 animal and mixed holdings in Palestine during 2012/2013, said statistics Bureau
WAFA – 1 Apr 2014

Israeli Forces Demolish Dwellings for Eight Families near Nablus
WAFA – 1 Apr 2014

Israeli Forces Demolish Car Wash Shop near Salfit
WAFA – 1 Apr 2014

Settlers Vandalize Monastery in Jerusalem in Price Tag Attack
WAFA – 1 Apr 2014

Misc

Palestinian Authority leader takes step to press issue of statehood
LA Times 1 Apr 2014 – Mahmoud Abbas’ plan to seek Palestinian membership in 15 international agencies apparently damages John Kerry’s peace talk plans. RAMALLAH, West Bank Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced plans Tuesday to press the issue of Palestinian statehood by applying for membership in 15 international agencies,…

Terror Trial Proves Civilian Courts Are Safe, Holder Says in Visit to Manhattan
New York Times 1 Apr 2014 – Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said that last week s conviction of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith had proven beyond any doubt that terrorism trials can safely occur in New York City.

Kerry-Abbas Visit Canceled as Mideast Talks Falter
New York Times 1 Apr 2014 – An effort by President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority to join 15 international agencies threatened to derail the fraught Mideast peace talks as a planned visit to the region by Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday was canceled.

Terror Suit Against Jordanian Bank Tests U.S. Diplomacy and Secrecy Laws
New York Times 1 Apr 2014 – Relatives of Americans killed by terrorist attacks in Israel filed suit against Arab Bank and the case has provoked a split in the Obama administration that pits the State Department against the Treasury and Justice Departments.

Health Worsens for Father of American Imprisoned in Tehran
New York Times 1 Apr 2014 – The family of Amir Hekmati, the former Marine imprisoned in Iran, released a letter from his ailing father s doctor asking Iran to free Mr. Hekmati.

At War Blog: A Reporter Clutches Life After a Loss That Hits Home
New York Times 1 Apr 2014 – Habib Zahori on losing his friend Sardar Ahmed, a journalist who was killed along with his wife and two of their three children in a Taliban attack on a hotel in Kabul.

Shakespeare in the Desert
New York Times 1 Apr 2014 – Syrian children at a refugee camp in Jordan performed Shakespeare s King Lear, a tragedy that briefly took their minds off their own miseries.

Britain Orders Inquiry Into Muslim Brotherhood
New York Times 1 Apr 2014 – Part of the aim of the investigation is to determine the role of Brotherhood members who have fled Egypt since the military crackdown there.

Zaatari Refugee Camp Journal: Behind Barbed Wire, Shakespeare Inspires a Cast of Young Syrians
New York Times 31 Mar 2014 – Syrian children at a refugee camp in Jordan performed Shakespeare s King Lear, a tragedy that briefly took their minds off their own miseries.

U.S. Is Weighing Release of a Spy for the Israelis
New York Times 31 Mar 2014 – The United States and Israel are discussing the possible release of Jonathan Pollard, an American serving a life sentence in North Carolina for spying for Israel.

3 Jailed Journalists Deny Ties to Brotherhood in Egypt
New York Times 31 Mar 2014 – Three men who worked for Al Jazeera s English-language news channel appeared to sway a judge, but their case was suspended and they were sent back to jail.

Jewish National Fund lures singles to Israel with tasteless sexual joke in NYT
Mondoweiss – Ad on page A8 of NYT Page A8 in the New York Times today. This is repulsive. What would your old aunt say who gets the paper? It s against common decency. And that s the spirit of Israel humping? The Jewish National Fund has to sell sex…

Borgas: Let us mine Sde Barir and we’ll invest NIS 600m
Globes Main News – Israel Chemicals CEO Stefan Borgas wants to mine phosphates at Sde Barir despite health ministry objections.

AOL buys Israeli format “Connected”
Globes Main News – This is the first time that AOL has purchased a long-form format that is not produced in the US.

Something must give in mobile market
Globes Main News – This is party time for consumers, but it’s a disaster for the industry.

Anyone but Adelson
Globes Main News – A man who does not operate for profit is the biggest threat of all to Israel’s media.

Reports: Abbas faults Israel for procrastinating, says Palestine will move to join int l organizations
Mondoweiss – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the UN for its Special Meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. (Photo: Reuters) Mahmoud Abbas just gave a speech at PLO headquarters in Ramallah, and reports indicate there is no deal on…

Trustee backs “Ma’ariv” sale to “Jerusalem Post”
Globes Main News – Trustee Chen Berdachev recommends selling the newspaper to publisher Eli Azuri for NIS 4 million.

Pollard was in it for money, and sold so many dox Cap Weinberger wanted the death penalty
Mondoweiss – The late Caspar Weinberger, once Defense Secretary Last month at a National Summit to Re-Assess the US Israel Special Relationship in Washington, M.E. Bowman, who had a long career in the US intelligence establishment in the Navy, FBI, and National Counterintelligence office, gave a talk titled…

Dankner drew NIS 1.9m salary at IDB in 2013
Globes Main News – IDB Holding and IDB Development spent NIS 38 million on debt settlement consultancy.

NYT editorial writer savages Republicans for pro-Israel, philo-Semitic curtseys to Adelson
Mondoweiss – Sheldon Adelson wearing Romney button in Hebrew, at King David Hotel Jerusalem, 2012 David Firestone, an editorial page editor at the New York Times, has a fabulous piece up savaging the Adelson primary in Las Vegas last weekend, and making no bones about what was going…

Blow to Israel Chemicals as potash prices hit 7-year low
Globes Main News – “Reuters”: India will buy one million tons of potash from Russia’s Uralkali at $322 per ton.

Ben-Moshe – Elsztain dispute threatens IDB settlement
Globes Main News – The two disagree over Elsztain’s personal responsibility for future rights issues and offers to purchase.

Boteach stops reporter from videotaping Columbia University debate
Mondoweiss – Last night Columbia University staged a debate about the conflict at which I was repeatedly stopped from videotaping by the organizer, Shmuley Boteach, the rightwing rabbi and self-promoter (who used the debate to push his book about sex in marriage, Kosher Lust). Boteach was himself video ing…

Flug sees home prices falling
Globes Macro Economics – Bank of Israel Governor Karnit Flug: We’ll see a turnaround in home prices and declines.

Average bank salary cost rises to NIS 30,700
Globes Main News – The average monthly salary cost of the banks’ 46,000 employees in 2013 was 8% more than in 2012.

Not an April Fool s joke: U.S. weighs releasing Pollard to keep Israelis at negotiating table
Mondoweiss – Jonathan Pollard According to Barak Ravid , writing in the Hebrew web edition of Ha aretz today, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is close to concluding a blockbuster deal between the U.S., Israel and the Palestinian Authority. According to Ravid, the agreement would include a limited Israeli…

Tower jumps as JV deal with Panasonic completed
Globes Main News – Tower owns 51% of the joint venture, which will boost its annual revenue by $400 million.

FoxNews s Big Shill for Honor Diaries
Tikun Olam – Over the past 24 hours, I was invited by the senior producer for FoxNews Megyn Kelly, Karrah Kaplan, to appear on a segment exploring the film. For all I know, the producer may ve been genuine in proclaiming her wanting to hear both sides addressed concerning this…

Desperate to Save Peace Talks, Obama Offers to Free Pollard
Tikun Olam – Every so often I hear something so harebrained regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that it makes me scratch my head and say: What were they thinking? Today is one such example . The Obama administration, desperate to save the sputtering Israel-Palestine peace talks, has held out the…

£50 for an audience with Israeli justice minister on war crimes wanted list
Sabbah report 1 Apr 2014 – Does the Home Secretary really see Tzipi Livni as less hateful, less disgusting than DieudonnÈ? The UK, like all other countries that think themselves civilised, is under a solemn obligation to seek out those suspected of having committed grave breaches of the Conventions and bring them,…

The Goal Of The BDS Movement Is Justice Israel Does Not Exist
Sabbah report 1 Apr 2014 – BDS Movement does not have to dismantle the state of Israel, the state of Israel is not only dissembling its inherent Judaic roots of compassion and equity for all humans but delegitimizing the state itself by defying the International Laws. Continue reading í! Read More: The…

Kerry backs Middle East peace talks
BBC 1 Apr 2014 – US Secretary of State John Kerry says it is “completely premature” to write off the Middle East peace process, after cancelling a visit to Ramallah.

Extremist Jews Vandalize Israeli Catholic Convent in Price Tag Outrage
The Foward Breaking News 1 Apr 2014 – A Catholic monastery near Beit Shemesh was vandalized with anti-American and anti-Christian epithets. Click here for the rest of the article…

Does Jonathan Pollard Object to Freedom Swap With Jailed Palestinians?
The Foward Breaking News 1 Apr 2014 – Secretary of State John Kerry met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the second time in less than 12 hours on Tuesday in an effort salvage stalled peace talks with the Palestinians. Click here for the rest of the article…

Hamas to Iran: Palestine brings us together
Al-Akhbar News 1 Apr 2014 – Hamas Prime Minister in the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniya (C) waves to the audience during a public rally marking 10 years since an Israeli air strike killed Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin on March 23, 2014 in Gaza City. (Photo-AFP Said Khatib) Hamas Prime Minister…

UN: Qatar’s labor laws fly in the face of global rules
Al-Akhbar News 1 Apr 2014 – Qatar must overhaul its employment laws because they fly in the face of global rules on trade union rights, the UN labor agency said, in fresh criticism of the 2022 World Cup host. In an official document sent to AFP Tuesday, the International Labor Organization’s (ILO)…

Saudi Arabia arrests three over Twitter remarks
Al-Akhbar News 1 Apr 2014 – Three Saudi men have been charged over comments they made on Twitter, the first such cases since a decree imposed long jail terms for supporting extremist groups and “atheists,” a local newspaper reported on Tuesday. The three have been accused of sedition, incitement and breaching obedience…

Israel issues tenders for 708 settler homes in Jerusalem
Al-Akhbar News 1 Apr 2014 – Israel reissued Tuesday a call for tenders for settler homes in annexed east Jerusalem in a move said likely to hike tensions as Washington struggles to salvage crisis-hit peace talks, an NGO said. Peace Now’s Hagit Ofran, confirming the tenders were for 708 homes in Gilo,…

An opportunity to imagine a bright, green, and tolerant Lebanon
Al-Akhbar Blogs 1 Apr 2014 – For this post, you will have to play along with me. It s the first of April, and it s a great time to be Lebanese. read more

Election campaigning begins in Iraq
BBC 1 Apr 2014 – Campaigning has begun for next month’s general election in Iraq, with Prime Minister Nouri Maliki seeking a third consecutive term in office.

Lebanese unions, electricity workers announce strike for Wednesday
Al-Akhbar News 1 Apr 2014 – Electricity workers protest for contracts in downtown Beirut on April 1, 2014. (Photo: Al-Akhbar – Marwan Tahtah) Electricity workers protest for contracts in downtown Beirut on April 1, 2014. (Photo: Al-Akhbar – Marwan Tahtah) Lebanese trade unions and electricity workers announced a strike for Wednesday after…

UK probe into Muslim Brotherhood
BBC 1 Apr 2014 – Prime Minister David Cameron has commissioned a review of the UK activities of the Muslim Brotherhood, Downing Street says.

Beirut air traffic controller strike delays flights
Al-Akhbar News 1 Apr 2014 – A two-hour strike by Lebanese air traffic controllers at Beirut’s airport delayed over a dozen arriving and departing flights on Tuesday, airport sources said. The air traffic controllers called for the stoppage to press for higher pay and the implementation of other demands they say had…

Hezbollah: No dialogue with former President Michel Suleiman
Al-Akhbar Opinion 1 Apr 2014 – Lebanese President Michel Suleiman (L) attends the 25th Arab League summit at Bayan palace in Kuwait City on March 25, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Yasser al-Zayyat) Lebanese President Michel Suleiman (L) attends the 25th Arab League summit at Bayan palace in Kuwait City on March 25, 2014. (Photo:…

3G disabled as security forces sweep Lebanon’s Tripoli for militants
Al-Akhbar News 1 Apr 2014 – A helicopter from the Lebanese armed forces flies over the neighboring districts of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh in the northern port city of Tripoli, on April 1, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Ibrahim Chalhoub) A helicopter from the Lebanese armed forces flies over the neighboring districts…

Ankara opposition to contest ruling party’s razor thin victory
Al-Akhbar News 1 Apr 2014 – Turkey’s secular main opposition party said Tuesday it would contest a narrow poll win in Ankara mayoral elections claimed by the Islamic-rooted party of Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, citing “irregularities.” The Turkish capital was a key battleground and symbolic prize in Sunday’s municipal elections, in which…

Ashraf Rifi s new type of justice
Al-Akhbar Politics 1 Apr 2014 – Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi while he was still head of the Internal Security Forces. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi while he was still head of the Internal Security Forces. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) It requires real boldness to do what General Ashraf Rifi did. He…

Tunisia policemen jailed for rape
BBC 31 Mar 2014 – Two Tunisian policemen are sentenced to seven years in prison for raping a young woman, a case that triggered protests and global condemnation.

Infographic: Hezbollah fighters killed in Syria
Al-Akhbar Politics 31 Mar 2014 – This infographic shows the funerals of 313 Hezbollah fighters reportedly killed during battles in Syria. (Image: Hisham Ashkar) This infographic shows the funerals of 313 Hezbollah fighters reportedly killed during battles in Syria. (Image: Hisham Ashkar) What is the death toll of Hezbollah fighters in Syria?…

Tripoli s alleyway commanders have no safe haven in new security plan
Al-Akhbar Politics 31 Mar 2014 – Lebanese soldiers are seen deployed on a street in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on March 14, 2014. Two people were killed, including a 10-year-old girl, in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, the day before, in fighting linked to tensions over the war in neighbouring…

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What the bones remember: Israeli doctors talk torture
Einat Fishbain, The Hottest Place in Hell, +972 Magazine4/1/2014
How can signs of deliberate physical injury be detected years after they were caused? What are the physical and psychological ramifications of torture for its victims? How can we cope with the moral dilemmas raised by treating captives and prisoners? Physicians who attended the first workshop in Israel devoted to locating and treating torture victims share their insights.
I must admit that the issue of torture kind of passed me by, says Dr. Revital Arbel, a senior gynecologist at a hospital in Jerusalem. It was always out there somewhere, but I guess that I preferred not to see it. Then I monitored the pregnancy and labor of an Eritrean refugee who was raped in Sinai. Although I have been involved in these issues for years, working with victims of sexual assault, this was the saddest birth I have ever seen. I will never forget the sadness in this mother s eyes when her son was born.
I monitored the entire pregnancy not knowing she had been raped. When she came in to deliver the baby she was accompanied by an interpreter for the first time, and they told me the story. Slowly the things she had been through in Sinai began to sink in. Like other refugee women imprisoned in Saharonim, she had not been able to undergo a termination of pregnancy at an early stage. It s hard to realize that women who arrive there pregnant are not given the opportunity to undergo termination. This causes appalling suffering. However late it is, it is always possible to stop a pregnancy in these circumstances anything rather than see the face of a woman giving birth to her rapist s child.
Just as Arbel realized that eventually this suffering would not forever pass her by unnoticed, she received an invitation to participate in the first-ever training program in Israel for physicians and psychologists teaching ways to locate and diagnose torture victims…..more..e-mail

Kerry-Abbas meeting canceled; effort to extend talks faces hurdles
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine4/1/2014
The American-led peace process appears to be on the verge of collapse.
The American-led peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians may not be extended after all. Following Israel s refusal to, or delay in releasing the remaining 26 Palestinian prisoners due to be freed during the negotiation period, PA President Mahmoud Abbas announced in a speech in Ramallah Tuesday that he would renew the Palestinian effort to join 15 international organizations and treaties.
Secretary of State Kerry, who was due to return to the region on Wednesday in order to finalize a deal to extend talks through the end of the year, will not meet Abbas tomorrow.
The talks, however, did not formally end.
Over the past 24 hours, the Israeli media was full of reports outlining an American proposal under which Abbas would refrain from going to the UN through 2015, during which time efforts to reach a framework for a final status agreement would continue.
In return, Israel would release the remaining prisoners and another 400 light offenders, whose prison terms were about to end. Israel was also supposed to decrease the rate of settlement construction in certain areas (which reached record numbers last year).
The United States, it was reported, was set to release long-imprisoned Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, an American citizen who is serving a life sentence in U.S federal prison.more..e-mail

Egypt, Hamas and the malicious ruling
Ali Badwan, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)3/31/2014
The ruling issued by the Egyptian Court for Urgent Matters that bans the Palestinian movement Hamas in Egypt is a very foolish ruling and may result in negative developments that neither serves the Palestinian cause nor the mutual relations between the neighbouring people of Egypt and Palestine.
This is not because of Hamas’ weight in the Palestinian arena, nor its role, vision, or even its ideological and political formation and positions, but because of the catastrophic consequences that resulted from this ruling. The verdict (whether we like it or not) serves the general purposes of Israel, America and some other Western countries that continue to promote classifying Hamas as a terrorist organisation.
Political maliciousness
In this regard, the concerned Egyptian authorities neglected all political logic and retro
spective charges go beyond rational political logic and are instead impulsive and unreasonable. Politics is not managed in this manner and by means of such methods and malicious logic.

Retrospective reports confirming Hamas’ “involvement” in storming the border in 2008 and its members’ involvement in storming the prisons in 2011 and smuggling released detainees into unknown places, are being used to dig up old issues in order to fabricate charges against the movement.
This ruling is dangerous due to its consequences. Chief Justice of the Giza Criminal Court, Judge Zakaria Shalash, explained that: “The ruling prevents the entry of Hamas members into the country and stipulates the arrest of any Hamas members in Egypt.” This is consistent with and matches the Israeli position….more..e-mail

A whole system of deception
Jessica Purkiss, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)4/1/2014
“A whole system of deception”, was how anthropologist Meira Weiss, who observed the work of the Israeli forensic department, described the process of their dealing with the death of a Palestinian. On a recent Israeli television show she spoke of the fatal shooting of one Palestinian man whom the Israel authorities insisted had been shot while firing at Israeli soldiers, the Palestinians claimed he was shot later and from behind. “In other words there are two versions, meaning one needs to decide,” said Weiss, and it was the Palestinian version that was, in her words, “silenced.”
For Palestinians, 2014 has been already been a deadly year. With every death there have been conflicting narratives, the official Israeli army response pitted against the Palestinian eye witnesses and relatives of the deceased.
Mohammed Mubarak was the first victim of shooting this year. Shortly after the 21 year old labourer arrived at work on the 29th January he was shot dead by an Israeli soldier. Mubarak was killed on the new stretch of road he was helping to build as part of a US government funded project. The Israeli army reported that a “terrorist” had opened fire at a military post near Ofra, and troops had returned fire, hitting the terrorist. The army also released images of a soldier holding the gun Mubarak had supposedly used.
Affidavits from colleagues that were working with Mubarak on the day of his death, collected by Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq, report that after hearing gunshots seeming to originate from the military watchtower, Mohammed, who was standing 50 meters from the watchtower, appeared to be taking orders and looking nervous. They then heard a further three gun shots and Mubarak fell. They claimed he was unarmed, while Al-Haq fieldworkers noted the different position of the gun in photos, proving it had been moved by the military. To settle the differing narratives the army would just have to check the surveillance cameras of the watchtower, however no reports of this having been done have surfaced. — See also:‘I witnessed a whole system of deception regarding the death of a Palestinian’more..e-mail

Ireland Gaza talks
In Gaza: 1 Apr 2014 – Click to view slideshow. I would encourage everyone to watch Eva Bartlett s excellent presentation on Gaza, and then commit themselves to solidarity with the Palestinian people in their nonviolent struggle for an end to Israeli apartheid and occupation of Palestine. Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate ***** I m grateful to the vast support and great reception I received in Ireland; of course the audiences interest was in knowing about and standing in solidarity with Palestine. One note is that while the non-violent resistance efforts widespread throughout Palestine even before Israel s creation on historic Palestine and ethnic cleansing of at least 750,000 Palestinians are formidable and commendable and deserve our solidarity, all resistance to occupation is legitimate and should not be made to be seen as otherwise. In an ideal world we all love one another and work together for peace and justice. In this real world, the Zionist agenda does not include peace,…more

£50 for an Audience with Israeli Justice Minister on War Crimes Wanted List
Dissident Voice: 1 Apr 2014 – The 2014 Annual Congress of the University and College Union Scotland (UCU Scotland) has voted unanimously to condemn the planned visit by Israel s Tzipi Livni, wanted for war crimes, says StopTheJNF . In 2009 Livni cancelled a visit to London when she discovered an arrest warrant had been issued against her, along with Ehud Barak and retired general Doron Almog, on the grounds that she had been a member of the Israeli war cabinet which organised the slaughter of more than a 1400 Palestinians. In 2011 she was given a rare diplomatic passport by the UK Government to protect her from further risk of arrest and prosecution. People are now being invited to pay £50 for an audience with this appalling woman at a provocative meeting of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) to be held at a secret central London venue on 15th May. UCU Scotland Congress has called on Home…more

U.S. Rejected Israeli Demand for Iran Nuclear Confession
Dissident Voice: 31 Mar 2014 – WASHINGTON, March 31 2014 (IPS)- The Barack Obama administration appears to have rejected a deal-breaking demand by Israel for an Iranian confession to having had a covert nuclear weapons programme as a condition for completing the comprehensive nuclear agreement. Pro-Israeli commentators have openly criticised the Obama administration for failing to explicitly demand that Iran confess to charges by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of a covert nuclear weapons programme. Demanding such a confession would be an obvious deal-breaker, because Iran has consistently denied those past charges and denounced the documents and intelligence reports on which they were based as fraudulent. In fact, the failure of the talks appears to be precisely the Israeli intention in pressing Washington to make that demand. All the intelligence in question can be traced back to Israel , and investigation of it has shown that the documents and reports that have been most widely publicised…more


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