VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 2 April 2014: £50 Tickets for an Israeli war criminal

2 April 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

US Secretary of State Kerry rebukes Palestinian leader for seeking statehood
IMEMC – After the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, refused to attend a meeting Wednesday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, thus stalling the so-called ‘peace negotiations’ that began last year, Kerry called the Palestinian President in an attempt to continue the talks by phone. …

Occupation Soldiers Force Child to Take Unknown Pill
IMEMC – Minor in Aida camp beaten and abducted Israeli occupation soldiers forced a Palestinian child to take an unknown pill after abducting him at Johar mountain in Hebron, southern the occupied West Bank. …

Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque, Assault Worshippers
IMEMC – Jewish settlers, on Wednesday, assaulted a number of Palestinian worshipers after they stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. …

Veteran Prisoners Voice Support for Abbas’ UN Move
IMEMC – Israeli minister warns of punitive action Thirty veteran Palestinian prisoners who were eligible to be freed on March 29 applauded President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to apply for membership in international agencies, a statement said Wednesday. …

Soldiers Demolish Seven Agricultural Structures Near Hebron
IMEMC – [Wednesday, April 2, 2014] Israeli soldiers demolished seven agricultural sheds and structures in the Tiwani village, east of Yatta, in the southern West Bank district of Hebron. …

Ahrar: 12 Killed In First Quarter Of 2014, 1059 Kidnapped
IMEMC – In a report published on April 1, 2014, the Ahrar Center for Detainees Studies and Human Rights has reported that Israeli soldiers have killed twelve Palestinians since the beginning of this year, kidnapped 364 in March, and 1059 since January first. …

Eleven Palestinian MPs, One 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. …

Ma’an News

Jenin farmers say settlers released boars, dogs to attack livestock
4/2/2014 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Palestinian farmers in Jenin on Wednesday accused settlers of deliberately releasing wild boars and stray dogs onto their land to attack livestock. Farm owner Amal Labadi told Ma’an that “dozens of stray dogs and boars attacked my farm in the southern neighborhood of al-Yamun, killing eight sheep and wounding others.”Labadi said that several similar attacks have been reported in previous months. [END]

Israeli settlers ‘smash Palestinian car’ in Nablus village
4/2/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers damaged the car of a Palestinian man from a Nablus-area village early Wednesday, an official said. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that a number of settlers stormed Jalud and “smashed a car” belonging to local resident Riyad Ahmad Hammoud. The settlers were from the nearby….

Report: Palestinian ‘attempts to shoot’ settler near Ramallah
4/2/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man attempted to shoot an Israeli settler near Ramallah late Tuesday, Israeli media reported. Hebrew-language news site Walla reported that a Palestinian man tried to shoot a settler in his car, which was parked near the Jabaa intersection. A technical glitch with his weapon prevented the Palestinian from shooting the settler, and instead the former ran away, the report….

2 DFLP militants injured during ‘mission’ in Rafah
4/2/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two Palestinian militants affiliated to the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine were injured during a “mission” in the southern Gaza Strip, the group’s military wing said in a statement Wednesday. The National Resistance Brigades said in statement that an explosion occurred during a “resistance mission” in Rafah, injuring two fighters. The statement did not provide further details. [END]

Israeli minister warns Palestinians to pay for UN move
4/2/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — An Israeli minister on Wednesday warned of punitive action if the PLO pursued efforts to join UN agencies, as hopes of a breakthrough in the US-led peace process faded rapidly.”If they are now threatening (to go to UN institutions), they must know something simple — they will pay a heavy price,” Tourism Minster Uzi Landau told public radio. President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday…. Related:Ambassador: Palestine eligible for 550 intl orgsandPLO submits applications to join 15 international bodies

Obama weighs costs, benefits of spy release
4/2/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — President Barack Obama faces a classic costs versus benefits conundrum as he considers whether to free Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard to save failing Middle East talks. On the one hand, US-born Pollard, 59, is a trump card fast losing its value given that after 28 years behind bars, he may be freed on parole anyway next year. However, the former naval intelligence analyst….

Veteran prisoners voice support for Abbas’ UN move
4/2/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Thirty veteran Palestinian prisoners who were eligible to be freed on March 29 applauded President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to apply for membership in international agencies, a statement said Wednesday.” President Abu Mazen (Abbas) stood up for our dignity and our freedom,” the statement said.”We support his efforts and his decision — we refuse to be used as a bargaining chip…. Related:Israeli minister warns Palestinians to pay for UN moveandPLO submits applications to join 15 international bodies

PLO submits applications to join 15 international bodies
4/2/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Letters of accession for 15 international multilateral treaties and conventions were handed to the relevant parties on Wednesday after being signed by President Mahmoud Abbas a day earlier, Palestinian officials said.”I presented the letters signed by Abbas this morning to UN special envoy Robert Serry, as well as to the representatives of the Netherlands and Switzerland,” Palestinian foreign minister Riyad…. Related:Israeli minister warns Palestinians to pay for UN moveandAmbassador: Palestine eligible for 550 intl orgs

Arab ministers to meet April 9 on Israel-Palestinian talks
4/2/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — The Arab League has called an emergency meeting of foreign ministers for April 9 on the floundering US-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian, its chief Nabil al-Arabi announced Wednesday. The meeting will discuss Israel’s refusal to release Palestinian prisoners, a key sticking point in the negotiations, Arabi told reporters. President Mahmoud Abbas requested the meeting, Arabi said, adding it….

Ambassador: Palestine eligible for 550 intl orgs
4/2/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestine could join up to 550 international treaties and conventions including the International Criminal Court, the Palestinian ambassador to the UN said Wednesday. Ibrahim Khraishi told Ma’an that the 15 applications submitted on Wednesday would take three to four months for approval.”These conventions don’t have US funding like other organizations such as the World Health Organization…. Related:Israeli minister warns Palestinians to pay for UN move

Kerry phones Abbas to prevent talks collapse
4/2/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — US Secretary of State John Kerry phoned President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday as peace talks appeared to have reached an impasse over Israel’s refusal to free prisoners. The two agreed to continue calls in the coming days, and Abbas emphasized that the Palestinians were committed to international resolutions to arrive at a just peace with Israel. In the meantime…. Related:Israeli minister warns Palestinians to pay for UN move

1,200 security officers graduate from Gaza interior ministry
4/2/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Over 1,200 security officers graduated from Gaza’s Ministry of Interior on Wednesday, the ministry said in a statement. Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and Minister of Interior Fathi Hammad took part in the graduation ceremony along with a number of other P
alestinian faction leaders. Hammad announced during the ceremony that the Ministry of Interior would establish 10 specialized….

Fatah bloc wins Bethlehem University elections
4/2/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Fatah-affiliated student bloc won student elections at Bethlehem University on Wednesday, the dean of students announced. Mahmoud Hammad told Ma’an that the Al-Quds Wa Al-Awda bloc won the majority 19 seats of 31, while the leftist Wattan bloc earned the other 12 seats. Hammad said 1,826 students, comprising 65. 5 percent of the students, cast their votes in….

West Bank gas stations buying ‘smuggled fuel’
4/2/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Some gas station owners have begun buying fuel directly from Israeli dealers instead of buying it through Palestinian Authority’s General Petroleum Corporation, a union spokesman said Tuesday. Suheil Jabir, spokesman for the union of West Bank gas station owners, told Ma’an that fuel bought directly from Israeli dealers is cheaper than fuel bought through official PA channels….

Probe urged against Sisi’s main rival in Egypt vote
4/2/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s top prosecutor called for a probe into funds allegedly received by the only serious rival of ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in an upcoming presidential election, sources said. Public prosecutor Hisham Barakat issued the call after a lawyer filed a complaint about funds that Egyptian businessmen allegedly provided to leftist leader Hamdeen Sabbahi, the judicial sources said. Sabbahi, a prominent….

Egypt police general ‘killed in Cairo blast’
4/2/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — An Egyptian police general was killed and an assistant interior minister wounded in twin bombings targeting security posts near Cairo University on Wednesday, police said. The attack was the latest by militants targeting security forces following Islamist president Mohamed Morsi’s overthrow in July. The rudimentary bombs also wounded five policemen, the interior ministry said, identifying the slain officer as Brigadier General….

Lebanon army expands operation in restive Tripoli
4/2/2014 – TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AFP) — Lebanese troops on Wednesday moved into a restive Sunni area in northern Tripoli, in the second stage of a plan aimed at quelling deadly Syria-linked violence, a security source said. Residents welcomed the deployment, saying they hoped it would help bring normality to the city. The military operation in Bab al-Tebbaneh comes a day after the army entered the Alawite district of….

TV: Turkey’s top court rules Twitter ban violates rights
4/2/2014 – ANKARA, Turkey (AFP) — Turkey’s top constitutional court ruled on Wednesday that the government’s ban on the online messaging service Twitter violated rights, local media reported. The Twitter ban took effect on March 20 after the social media site was used to spread audio recordings that allegedly implicated Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his inner circle in a corruption scandal. [END]


PLO asserts commitment to talks with Israel
AlJazeera 2 Apr 2014 – Palestine’s signing of international conventions casts shadow on peace talks’ future, as Kerry cancels Ramallah visit.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Concerned over Injuries of 11 Civilians, Including 7 Children, Due to Explosions of 2 Suspicious Objects in Rafah a…
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Demolitions in Bruqin: ‘If you really want peace, you wouldn’t take what’s mine’
4/2/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Bruqin, Occupied Palestine – On the 1st of April, at approximately 5. 30 AM, a bulldozer and eight military jeeps arrived in the village of Bruqin close to the city of Nablus. The bulldozer first destroyed a farmers shed, killing the ten rabbits inside. The destruction continued as a caravan belonging to another farmer was also demolished, and finally later the….

Relief Web

Iraq: Polio this week – as of 26 March 2014
Relief Web 2 Apr 2014 – Source: Global Polio Eradication Initiative Country: Afghanistan, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Kenya, Niger, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Somalia, Syrian Arab Republic The data table below is as of 26 March 2014 World s most populous region certified polio-free: the WHO…

occupied Palestinian territory: Implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy in Palestine – Progress in 2013 and recommendations for action [EN/AR]
Relief Web 2 Apr 2014 – Source: European Commission Country: occupied Palestinian territory Launch of the European Neighbourhood Policy 2013 Progress Report for Palestine Today the EU Representative, Mr. John Gatt-Rutter presented to the Palestinian Authority Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Riad Al Malki, the 2013…

Syrian Arab Republic: Socioeconomic and Damage Assessment Report: UNRWA Microfinance Clients in Syria
Relief Web 2 Apr 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic An unprecedented survey by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) of its microfinance programme in Syria has found…

Syrian Arab Republic: The UAE allocates US$60 million towards the Syrian Crisis
Relief Web 1 Apr 2014 – Source: Government of the United Arab Emirates Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates Speaking on behalf of the President of the United Arab Emirates HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister for International Cooperation…

The National

Struggling Sudan gets $1 bn from Qatar
The National 2 Apr 2014 – Qatar’s backing of Sudan has become crucial after the country’s currency plunged in value and inflation soared following the secession of South Sudan in 2011.

Deadly war in cities at the heart of Iraq stand-off in Anbar
The National 2 Apr 2014 – Militants’ hold on Ramadi and Fallujah proves hard to break and could disrupt Iraqi elections.

Kabul s Bush bazaar hopes election will revive business
The National 2 Apr 2014 – Traders furious as their supplies of US army ‘surplus’ dwindle with the approaching withdrawal foreign troops from Afghanistan.

Police general killed in Cairo bombings
The National 2 Apr 2014 – Seven people injured in three blasts that appeared to target a police post outside the main campus, where pro-Morsi protests are held almost daily.

Palestinians want peace talks to continue without tricks
The National 2 Apr 2014 – Despite stand-off, top PLO oficial Yasser Abed Rabbo says US secretary of state knows “we don’t want these efforts to finish”.

15 UN pacts the Palestinians want to join
The National 2 Apr 2014 – The Palestinians have started the process of obtaining membership of international conventions and covenants in a bid to bolster their claims for statehood.

Video: Man overboard rescued in Clipper Race
The National 2 Apr 2014 – Video on board Clipper round-the-world racing yacht captures dramatic rescue of man overboard.

In pictures: Old Doha makes way for modern glitz
The National 2 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. Photos by Natalie Naccache for The National

In pictures: Earthquake strikes off Chile coast
The National 2 Apr 2014 – A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off northern Chile on Tuesday night, setting off a small tsunami that forced evacuations along the country s entire Pacific coast.

Yakuza launches website complete with corporate anthem and anti-drugs message
The National 2 Apr 2014 – Japan s biggest organised crime syndicate has launched its own website, complete with corporate song and a strong anti-drugs message, as the yakuza looks to turn around its outdated image and falling membership.


Israelis may finally get debit cards, after ministers approve plan
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

U.S. rabbi loses court case over frequent flier miles
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

Plan to finance IDF move south via bond sales meets opposition
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

Four dead, 14 wounded in U.S. military base shooting
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

As Kerry falters, where is Netanyahu leading Israel?
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

AG ignored prosecution advice to indict Harpaz for forgery
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

After Holyland, groups take on proposed Old City ‘monstrosity
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

U.S. media consensus: Pollard’s release futile; Israeli-Palestinian peace talks dying
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

High schools to lose class time, despite minister’s vow
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

Israeli-Palestinian blame game is on, but the outcome is known in advance
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

LIVE BLOG: Israeli-Palestinian peace talks face meltdown
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

Foreign Ministry strike ends; year-long labor dispute over
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

Guess what? Breast cancer is NOT a ‘Jewish disease’
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

UN will treat Crimea as part of Ukraine, not Russia, Western diplomats say
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

Netanyahu prefers status quo to working for peace, analysts say
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

Death becomes her artwork
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

Six lawyers arrested for smuggling coded letters for jailed Hamas leaders
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

Six lawyers arrested for smuggling letters for jailed Hamas leaders
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

Israel Air Force grounds flights over pilot safety violations
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

Palestinians signalling: The Hague is next
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

Green watchdogs forced to wrestle with Israeli authorities for information
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

Barred Refaeli: Muppet ad deemed too racy for prime time TV
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

Seven arrested in Israel on suspicion of pimping 25 teenage girls
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

Knesset panel postpones hearing on transparancy of WZO settlement arm
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

After Chile quake, thousands return home; damage believed limited
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

Palestinians submit official bid to join 15 international conventions
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

Death toll in Syria’s three-year civil war tops 150,000
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

Sheldon Adelson s culture of hate
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

U.S. officials: Kerry feels he has ‘gone as far as he can’ for Mideast peace
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

At least 6 dead as massive earthquake hits Chile
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

With Olmert convicted, prosecutors mull: Quiz Shula Zaken some more?
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

The plan for more talks is a short-term fix
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

Hall of Shame
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

What supermarket boycott?
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

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

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

Pollard’s ex-wife urges his release
Ha’aretz – 1 Apr 2014

Jerusalem Post

Encountering peace: Framework document for the establishment of permanent peace (part 3 of 3)
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – At the time this article was being prepared, there seems to be a breakdown in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

Liberman tells Palestinians UN move is mistake
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – Foreign minister defends Kerry, praises his efforts to bring about an agreement with Palestinians.

It s hard to remain optimistic
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – Almost every Israeli prime minister, minister or elected official was at one time or another involved in a police investigation or accused of corruption.

Lackluster Land Day
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – Israel s Arab sector instituted Land Day 38 years ago, foremost as a vehicle for political protest (pro forma against alleged discrimination and property confiscations).

Inside out: The stuff leaders are made of
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – It seems Abbas is more intent on haggling for a better deal than on actually scuttling the American effort to extend the negotiations through to 2015.

Prayer on the Temple Mount can wait
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – Had the Arabs accepted the UN partition plan, there would have been no war and no refugees.

US says ‘still a chance’ in peace process
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – Kerry speaks with Netanyahu, Abbas on phone; State Department spokeswoman says US won’t play blame game; Palestinian envoy to UN, at separate press conference, blames Israel for violating terms of agreement.

Foreign Ministry ends strike
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – Strike ends after a week and a half; deal signed with Histadrut Labor Federation based on four ‘pillars.’

Progressing beyond Zionism
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – I consider the song to be holy, having been sanctified by the Jewish martyrs who sang it on their way to British gallows when fighting to free our country from foreign rule.

Watch: Bereaved families protest prisoner release in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – Around 150 people, including families of terror victims, marched through the streets of Jerusalem protesting the release of Palestinian prisoners.

First municipal energy security project kicks off
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – Energy security firm Nation-E and municipality team up to launch citywide energy protection system.

BGU and partners to create Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian community emergency response teams
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – New project promoting community preparedness and response for emergencies launched by Ben-Gurion University to create(CERTs).

Tel Aviv a hot spot for billionaires
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – It’s arak wishes and hummus dreams for the world’s jet set in Israel’s Mediterranean metropolis.

Diaspora rabbis to Mayor of Jerusalem: Don t appoint rabbi accused of racism to city post
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – Nir Barkat is reported to be backing Shmuel Eliyahu to serve as one of the capital’s two chief rabbis.

Knesset Speaker: Palestinian Authority ‘outrageously violated agreements’
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – Yuli Edelstein slams Abbas’s decision to turn to int’l bodies in speech to ‘Friends of Israel Initiative.’

Stylish Selfies: Behind the scenes with Israel’s finest
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – Fashion photographer Ella Manor joins the ‘selfie’ trend and photographs herself with the bigwigs of Israel’s fashion industry.

6 east Jerusalem lawyers arrested for passing messages from Gaza to Hamas prisoners in Israel
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – Police and Shin Bet bust ring who allegedly sent messages from Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials to prisoners in exchange for money.

Abbas formally applies to join int’l bodies, ‘first step toward joining all UN agencies’
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – PA publishes list of organizations it requests to join; says move aimed at ‘salvaging peace process and negotiations with Israel.’

Israeli Iron Beam laser air defense system ‘brings down mortars like flies’ creator says
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – Innovation of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems company is designed for threats too small to be dealt with by existing systems.

Egyptian security officials: Blasts at Cairo University kill two
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – Anti-police attacks have become commonplace in Egypt since the army deposed Morsi following mass protests against his rule.

Golda s notebook for the developing world
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – A surge of Israeli initiated projects is leveraging the economic potential of women in Africa and Asia.

Hamas PM says peace talk troubles ‘no surprise’, calls for action to end ‘occupation’
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – As Abbas’s move to join 15 international organizations stalls efforts to save peace talks, Hamas PM Haniyeh says negotiations are “outside the Palestinian consensus” and “bound for failure.”

Lapid to business-owners: Hire haredim
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – An Economy Ministry study released Monday found that 37% of employees preferred not to hire hared
i workers.

Foreign Ministry strike expected to end Wednesday
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – Mediation between Foreign Ministry workers, Finance Ministry due to wrap up after strike called week and a half ago.

Egypt s new president: Nasser or Sadat?
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – Although very different in temperament and outlook, the two late presidents had one thing at least in common both took Egypt into direct combat with Israel.

Police bust alleged teen prostitution ring in Tel Aviv
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – This is the second major sexual assault incident in two weeks in the Tel Aviv area.

Yacimovich submits Olmert-inspired anti-corruption bill
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – The “Machers” bill expands laws pertaining to lobbyists, curbing their power in local and national gov’t offices.

Commercial starring Bar Refaeli and a Muppet deemed too racy for Israeli TV
Jerusalem Post 2 Apr 2014 – Israeli clothing store Hoodies’ racy ad featuring the Israeli supermodel will only be shown after 10 p.m.


The Guardian

Middle East peace talks edge towards collapse despite Kerry’s frantic efforts
The Guardian 2 Apr 2014 – The US secretary of state has seemed more engaged than either side during eight months of bickering and brinkmanship It is a truism of the Middle East that the US cannot be more invested in the…

Daily Star

Saudi death sentence for top Qaeda man ‘held for decade’
Daily Star 2 Apr 2014 A Saudi court sentenced to death on Wednesday the “chief strategist” of a wave of Al-Qaeda violence that erupted in the kingdom in 2003, a decade after his reported arrest.

U.N. chief tells Egypt he is concerned by mass death penalties
Daily Star 2 Apr 2014 U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his strong concerns to Egypt on Wednesday over a court’s sentencing of more than 500 people and the detention of journalists.

Egypt to pass new “anti-terrorism” law: ministers
Daily Star 2 Apr 2014 Senior Egyptian ministers said they would pass legislation on Thursday “connected to confronting terrorism”, in a statement released hours after three explosions killed two people in Cairo.

White House ‘disappointed’ at Israel, Palestinians
Daily Star 2 Apr 2014 The White House said Wednesday it was disappointed by “unhelpful” actions by both Israelis and Palestinians that threaten to tear apart a US-led peace effort.

Libya says moves oil security force headquarters to east, meets rebel demand
Daily Star 2 Apr 2014 Libya will move the headquarters of a security force tasked with guarding oil facilities to the eastern town of Brega, home to a rebel force occupying oil ports, the government said on Wednesday.

U.S. has ‘serious concerns’ about possible Iranian U.N. envoy
Daily Star 2 Apr 2014 The United States has told Iran it has deep misgivings about the possibility that Hamid Abutalebi, a veteran Iranian diplomat, may be named to serve as Tehran’s new ambassador at the United Nations, the State Department…

Syria accuses rebels of planning gas attack near Damascus
Daily Star 2 Apr 2014 Syria is charging in a letter to the United Nations that opposition groups are planning a toxic gas attack in a rebel-held area near Damascus so they can then blame it on government security forces.

Pakistan Taliban suspend month-long ceasefire but still want talks
Daily Star 2 Apr 2014 The Pakistani Taliban have not extended a month-long ceasefire but are still open to pursuing peace talks with the Islamabad government, a spokesman for the insurgent movement said Wednesday.

Syrian report: mortar shells kill 5 in Damascus
Daily Star 2 Apr 2014 Syria’s state run news agency says indiscriminate mortar attacks by rebels have killed five civilians and wounded dozens in the capital, Damascus.

Pakistan rejects Musharraf’s request to go abroad
Daily Star 2 Apr 2014 State-run television in Pakistan says the country’s Interior Ministry has rejected a request from former President Pervez Musharraf to go abroad for medical treatment and to see his ailing mother.

Syrian war wreaks overwhelming damage on cities: U.N.
Daily Star 2 Apr 2014 Syria’s civil war has inflicted such carnage that in some districts of Damascus three quarters of homes have been damaged and more than 90 percent of residents say they need help to survive, according to a…

Modify Iran’s Arak plant to reduce bomb threat, US experts say
Daily Star 2 Apr 2014 Changes to the design of Iran’s planned Arak research reactor could drastically reduce its output of potential nuclear weapon material, U.S. experts said in a proposal.

YNet News

Proposed Pollard deal: The victory of reason
YNet News, 2 Apr 2014 – Analysis: Possible release of Israeli spy in exchange for Israeli Arab murderers proves there are no sacred principles binding decision makers at all costs. ….

What’s the point of extending the peace talks?
YNet News, 2 Apr 2014 – Both Israel and the Palestinians have a lot to gain if they keep talking, but it’s not certain that either of them will use it well. ….

US troubled by Iran’s choice of its UN ambassador
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US Treasury official: Companies not trying to enter Iranian market
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UN chief tells Egypt he is concerned by mass death penalties
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Livni: Palestinian moves in UN harms their own interest
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Palestinian ambassador to UN: ‘550 treaties and international organizations we can join’
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The two Ehud Olmerts
YNet News, 2 Apr 2014 – Op-ed: The smart, seasoned politician and good friend was overpowered by a man who let success go to his head. ….

Pollard’s release an indecent proposal
YNet News, 2 Apr 2014 – Op-ed: Deal securing Israeli spy’s release will set Palestinian murderers free, keep ‘peace process’ going solely for the sake of appearances. ….

ADL: Anti-Semitic incidents in US down 19%
YNet News, 2 Apr 2014 – While total number of anti-Semitic incidents declined overall in 2013, Jewish group’s annual audit reports significant increase in violent assaults against Jews. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Completion of Waldorf Astoria Hotel on ruins of Islamic council building
PIC – The Aqsa Foundation said the IOA announced the completion of the international hotel Waldorf Astoria, which makes part of the Hilton worldwide chain, in occupied Jerusalem.

Hamas: PA move to apply for membership in UN organizations ‚¨ Stoo late‚¨ ù
PIC – Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas deems the initiative of Palestinian leadership to apply for membership in international organizations as a belated decision.

Detainee Abu Maria calls off hunger strike after 83 days
PIC – Prisoner Wahid Abu Maria from Al-Khalil, detained since October 2012, has halted a three-month hunger strike which he had initiated to protest his administrative detention in Israeli prisons.

IOF conducts military training exercises east of Tubas
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces have started Wednesday morning conducting military training exercises in the eastern mountain slopes in Khirbet Abzik in Tubas town.

AFEH condemns attack on monastery
PIC – AFEH strongly denounced the “heinous crime” committed by the so-called Price Tag extremist Jewish groups on Tuesday targeting a monastery in occupied Jerusalem.


European United Left Group Supports Palestinian Membership of International Agencies
WAFA – 2 Apr 2014

Italy Awards 4 Million Euro to UNRWA
WAFA – 2 Apr 2014

Foreign Affairs Ministry Receives European Neighborhood Policy 2013 Progress Report
WAFA – 2 Apr 2014

Arab Foreign Ministers to Hold Emergency Meeting on Palestinian Issue
WAFA – 2 Apr 2014

Russia Says Palestine Joining of International Treaties a Palestinian Right
WAFA – 2 Apr 2014

Abbas Signs Letters of Accession to 15 International Treaties
WAFA – 2 Apr 2014

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Files Applications to Join International Treaties
WAFA – 2 Apr 2014

Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem Hotel Opened on Site of Islamic Council Building
WAFA – 2 Apr 2014

Newspaper Review: Renewed Palestinian Steps to Join UN Agencies and International Treaties Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 2 Apr 2014


Iran s Choice for U.N. Post Fuels Tension With U.S.
New York Times 2 Apr 2014 – Washington has yet to announce a decision on a visa for Hamid Aboutalebi, a diplomat with links to the group behind the 1979 hostage crisis in Tehran.

Cairo University Is Rocked by Several Explosions
New York Times 2 Apr 2014 – Blasts in the Egyptian capital killed at least one police officer and wounded several others in the first major attack since the start of the presidential campaign.

The Lede: Bomb Blasts at Cairo University Caught on Camera
New York Times 2 Apr 2014 – Egyptian journalists who rushed to the scene of a bombing at Cairo University captured two subsequent explosions on video.

Bombs at Cairo University Hit Riot Police
New York Times 2 Apr 2014 – Three bombs exploded outside Cairo University s main campus, hitting riot police deployed against near daily protests by Islamist students.

Palestinians Make a Surprise Move, and Mideast Talks Falter
New York Times 2 Apr 2014 – The Palestinian leadership took formal steps on Wednesday to move to gain the benefits of statehood outside the negotiation process, surprising the U.S. and Israel and leaving peace talks on the verge of breakdown.

World Briefing | Middle East: Iraq: Eight Soldiers Are Killed as Election Campaign Begins
New York Times 1 Apr 2014 – A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a convoy of army vehicles in the city, and hours later, gunmen sprayed an army checkpoint with bullets.

Holder, in New York City, Calls Terror Trials Safe
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.

Abbas Takes Defiant Step, and 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 peace talks.

Bid to Free Ex-Marine Held in Iran Cites Father s Health
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.

It s the borders, stupid
Mondoweiss – Reading the fallout coverage on Abbas s exciting initiative yesterday, the prospect of Palestine joining 15 more UN organizations, has been revealing. Note the reference to borders by Reuters journalist Noah Browning in Middle East peace talks face new challenge after Abbas s defiant move : Yasser Abed Rabbo,…

Arotech acquires UEC Electronics for $28m
Globes Aerospace & Defense – Arotech borrowed $22.5 million to finance the acquisition.

BoI proposes restrictions for online accounts
Globes Main News – The Bank of Israel is concerned about potential online money laundering.

Teva, Philips jointly bid in incubator tender
Globes Main News – Teva is resuming investments in Israeli start-ups.

Therapix Bio invests $1.5m in medical cannabis co
Globes Main News – LaraPharm is developing a cannabis formulation to work in an inhaler.

Former Israeli general: failed peace talks won t lead to doom
Mondoweiss – New York Times journalist Ethan Bronner and former Israeli general Amos Yadlin at the 92nd Street Y. (Screenshot viaLivestream.com) A former Israeli general predicted that peace talks with the Palestinian Authority would fail. Amos Yadlin,the head of Israel s leading strategic think tank, laudedSecretary of State…

In Philly, rightwing Zionists call Dershowitz anti-Semitic for opposing settlements
Mondoweiss – (Photo: Sun Sentinel) Matt Berkman has a great piece up at the Cairo Review of Global Affairs , reporting on the screening last week in Philadelphia of a right-wing documentary attack on J Street, the liberal Zionist organization.Nearly 700 people went to the screening of The J…

Verint acquires UTX for $83m
Globes Main News – Verint has bought Israeli mobile device tracking solutions developer UTX.

The Israel lobby s trojan horse: Reforming education laws to defund Middle East studies programs
Mondoweiss – Brandeis Center President Kenneth Marcus. (Photo:IBC-TV.com) On March 19, Louis D. Brandeis Center President Kenneth Marcus keynoted a Washington DC panel organized by the hardline pro-Israel Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) . It was titled Politicizing Education: Title VI of the Higher Education Act. Speaking…

The crisis that Israel adroitly manufactured
Mondoweiss – Gareth Porter The representative of the Jewish minority in Iran s parliament (Majlis) has recently given an extensive interview to one of Iranian news agencies and discussed his different viewpoints regarding the Israeli regime and the way the Jewish community of Iran see the state that proclaims…

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu slams U.S. anti-boycott legislation
Jewish Voice for Peace – “The legislations being proposed in the United States would have made participation in a movement like the one that ended Apartheid in South Africa extremely difficult”, says cleric. South Africa’s former Archbishop, Desmond Tutu, today released this statement concerning legislation being considered in the United States…

Boteach posts censored videotape of Columbia debate
Mondoweiss – Yesterday we did a post on Rabbi Shmuley Boteach s debate at Barnard . He posted this picture after the event on Twitter , of him saying goodnight to liberal Zionist panelist Peter Beinart. Boteach and Beinart And Boteach put up video of the debate here that specifically censors…

Defense Ministry wants budget certainty
Globes Macro Economics – The Defense Ministry wants the Locker Committee to protect it from budget cuts.

Judiciary, rabbis top pension table
Globes Main News – The government pays NIS 30 billion a year in unfunded pensions to former employees.

Rafael CEO: Iron Beam intercepts shells “like flies”
Globes Main News – Yedidia Yaari: The system has undergone feasibility tests, and we’re now in the development stage.

Cellcom CEO: We will have Israel’s best 4G network
Globes Main News – Nir Sztern singled out 4G, landlines and TV as the company’s future growth areas.

America is Nazi Germany Jewish extremists spraypaint Jerusalem convent in pricetag attack
Mondoweiss – Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing Jewish extremists spray hate graffiti on convent in Israel JERUSALEM (AFP) 1 Apr 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…

Let Pollard go. But first get answers from Tel Aviv
Mondoweiss – Jonathan Pollard We take seriously the issue of humanitarian release for Jonathan Pollard. Twenty-nine years in prison half his life until now is enough. Let him go. But what should be the terms of his release? First, The Israelis have never come clean about what they…

Stratasys acquires Solid Concepts for $295m
Globes Main News – The 3D printer maker has also acquired parts production company Harvest Technologies.

Yair Lapid: Hire haredim
Globes Main News – Finance Minister: I know it isn’t easy to create a work environment for all, but it’s possible.

IAI in talks to sell upgraded Kfirs to Argentina
Globes Main News – Argentina is interested in buying a squadron of 15-18 Kfirs at $20 million per jet.

Fox News Censors Honor Diaries Critics
Tikun Olam – After inviting me as a guest for Megyn Kelly s Fox News show tonight, and my agreement on Monday morning to appear, Megyn Kelly lied on air on Monday night saying I d refused to appear ( transcript of her comments here). She lied again in claiming I tried…

Washington Getting Pushed Around By Israel
Sabbah report 2 Apr 2014 – The role that the United States is playing and the failure of Washington to get Israel to abide by commitments that it has made and obligations that it has is just symptomatic of the larger problem. Israel is using this bargaining chip of prisoners not once,…

BDS is irrelevant. Oh, really?
Sabbah report 2 Apr 2014 – What maddens Zionists most is that they cannot control civil society like they can pull the strings of the spineless political Èlite. They fear BDS action (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) will derail their precious project for a Greater Israel. So they now sneer at civil society…

Appeal to Obama: Do Not Release Spy Traitor Jonathan Pollard
Sabbah report 2 Apr 2014 – America, you have a very short time to contact President Obama and let him know immediately that you oppose Pollard s release, this unbelievable surrender of our honor, dignity, and national interests to Israel. And for what? Nothing, Israel will not abide by one word it gave….

VIDEO: Syrian refugees flee to Lebanon camps
BBC 2 Apr 2014 – BBC News meets some of the Syrian refugees inside the Sabra and Shatila camps in Lebanon.

Israel Diplomats End Strike
The Foward Breaking News 2 Apr 2014 – Employees of Israel s Foreign Ministry ended their two-week strike with an agreement to increase pay for Israeli diplomats. Click here for the rest of the article…

US outrage at Iran ‘hostages’ envoy
BBC 2 Apr 2014 – The Obama administration says Iran’s nomination of a former hostage-taker as its ambassador to the United Nations is “extremely troubling”.

Israeli committee approves huge synagogue near Al-Aqsa Mosque 242014
Palestine Solidarity Project 2 Apr 2014 – A Palestinian Islamic foundation concerned with protecting the sacred sites in Jerusalem revealed on Monday that an Israeli committee has approved a scheme to build a huge synagogue in the heart of Jerusalem s Old City, only 200 meters away from Al-Aqsa Mosque. A statement issued by…

US defends Mid-East peace talks
BBC 2 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.

Mahmoud Abbas Stands Up to Israel and U.S. With Surprise United Nations Move
The Foward Breaking News 2 Apr 2014 – A surprise decision by President Mahmoud Abbas to sign more than a dozen international conventions that could give Palestinians greater leverage against Israel left the United States struggling on Wednesday to put peace talks back on track. Click here for the rest of the article…

Rivka Haut, Quiet Warrior Who Battled for Orthodox Women, Dies
The Forward New 2 Apr 2014 – The world lost a valiant advocate for women last week: Orthodox feminist Rivka Haut. Click here for the rest of the article…

Omar Bakri ‘on the run’ in Lebanon
BBC 2 Apr 2014 – Cleric Omar Bakri Mohammad is on the run in Lebanon, officials say, after his house was raided as part of an operation to end the violence in Tripoli.

White House Says No Decision Made To Release Jonathan Pollard
The Foward Breaking News 1 Apr 2014 – President Barack Obama has not made a decision to release convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Kosher Butchers Take Center Stage in Obamacare Supreme Court Debate
The Forward New 1 Apr 2014 – For 20 or so minutes last week, the issue of religious freedom was cast as a struggle between working women and Muslim and Jewish butchers. Click here for the rest of the article…

Avital Leibovich, Ex-IDF Spokeswoman, Named Jerusalem Chief of AJC
The Foward Breaking News 1 Apr 2014 – Avital Leibovich, the former chief spokeswoman to the international media for the Israeli military, was named director of the American Jewish Committee office in Jerusalem. Click here for the rest of the article…

Police chief dies in Cairo bombings
BBC 2 Apr 2014 – Several bombs near Cairo university kill a police brigadier-general and wound five people, in an attack claimed by the militant group Ajnad Misr.

House warns Palestinian aid may be cut
Al-Monitor 2 Apr 2014 – US lawmakers are signaling that the United States could withhold hundreds of millions of dollars from the Palestinian Authority over PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ gambit with the United Nations.

Eleven dead in Yemen militant attack
BBC 2 Apr 2014 – Militants have killed at least six soldiers and two civilians in a raid on an army HQ in southern Yemen, officials say. Three militants also died.

Tusk clue to Saudi desert’s green past
BBC 2 Apr 2014 – Tusk of extinct elephant gives clue to Saudi desert’s past

UN: Syrian mother’s self-immolation highlights desperation of refugees
Al-Akhbar News 2 Apr 2014 – A UN official said a Syrian refugee in Lebanon who doused herself with petrol and set herself alight after her aid was cut was a victim of a lack of funding for the world body’s work. The millionth Syrian refugee will register in Lebanon on Thursday,…

Algeria: Public apathetic as presidential elections approach
Al-Akhbar News 2 Apr 2014 – Supporters of Algerian President Abdelazziz Bouteflika (portraits) gather during a political meeting in the city of Tlemcen, some 600 km west of Algiers, ahead of next month’s presidential election. (Photo: AFP-Farouk Batiche) Supporters of Algerian President Abdelazziz Bouteflika (portraits) gather during a political meeting in the…

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks not dead yet
Al-Monitor 2 Apr 2014 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas may still find a way to extend the talks.

Rocket fire kills Syrian worker in East Lebanon
Al-Akhbar News 2 Apr 2014 – Updated 4:15 pm: Suspected Syrian rebels fired three rockets towards the eastern Lebanese town of Labwe on Tuesday, killing a Syrian worker in the first attack of its kind in over a week, state media said. Lebanon’s National News Agency identified the victim as Mohammed Abbas….

VIDEO: Tunisia’s Islamic street artist
BBC 2 Apr 2014 – After his family was persecuted under Tunisia’s ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, street artist Karim Jabbari has found his own way of expressing his thoughts and feelings.

isia’s economic crisis

Al-Monitor 2 Apr 2014 – Tunisia is going through a severe economic and financial crisis, which might even lead to a cessation of it paying its dues, making it more urgent for the government to find solutions.

Dangerous alliance between Ennahda and Nidaa Tunis
Al-Monitor 2 Apr 2014 – Despite their differences, it seems that Nidaa Tunis and Ennahda have more than enough common characteristics to establish an alliance in Tunisia s government, even if it means undermining democracy.

Yemeni president warns of threat from armed groups
Al-Monitor 2 Apr 2014 – In an interview with Al-Hayat, Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi speaks about the results of the National Dialogue Conference, Gulf support for Yemen and Iranian interference in the country.

Davutoglu’s Syria defense
Al-Monitor 2 Apr 2014 – Turkey s foreign minister refrains from bringing up Syria at the NATO summit.

House of Saud s musical chairs
Al-Akhbar Blogs 2 Apr 2014 – The announcement of the recent change in the line of succession in the House of Saud is unusual, even by the standards of the House of Saud in the wake of the death of King Fahd. The family is now as disunited as it was back…

New rent law mandates bidding Beirut farewell
Al-Akhbar News 2 Apr 2014 – An aerial view of Beirut with new highrise luxury towers being constructed. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) An aerial view of Beirut with new highrise luxury towers being constructed. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) On the outskirts of “upscale” downtown Beirut in the Khandaq al-Ghamiq neighborhood, modest adjacent buildings form…

Regional developments to determine presidential election date
Al-Akhbar News 2 Apr 2014 – Baabda Palace, the seat of the Lebanese presidency. (Photo: Archive) Baabda Palace, the seat of the Lebanese presidency. (Photo: Archive) According to the constitution, the deadline for Lebanon s presidential election is May 25. However, politically-speaking, there might be another deadline which is the last few days…

Lebanese army raids Bab al-Tabbaneh in second day of “security plan”
Al-Akhbar News 2 Apr 2014 – Lebanese army vehicles carrying Lebanese soldiers are deployed on the streets of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on April 2, 2014 in the first stage of a plan aimed at quelling deadly Syria-linked violence in the city. (Photo: AFP – Ibrahim Chalhoub) Lebanese army vehicles…

Lebanon passes “modified” bill for EDL workers
Al-Akhbar News 2 Apr 2014 – Lebanon s parliament on Wednesday approved a bill that could grant full time contracts for over 1,000 part time electricity workers following a two year struggle and numerous strikes over the issue. But it has yet to be seen if the bill, a modified version of a…

Blasts near Cairo university kill police general, one other
Al-Akhbar News 2 Apr 2014 – Egyptians inspect the damage after twin bombs struck police posts near Cairo University in the center of Egypt’s capital on April 2, 2014, which was followed by a third blast as police and journalists gathered at the scene. (Photo: AFP – Mahmoud Khaled) Egyptians inspect the…

Both Pollard, Barghouti should be released
Al-Monitor 2 Apr 2014 – Jonathan Pollard should be released on humanitarian grounds, but the release of prominent Fatah member Marwan Barghouti could resuscitate negotiations with the Palestinians.

Israel joins environmental value labeling
Al-Monitor 2 Apr 2014 – Israel is the 20th country to receive the environmental value label, thus revealing to consumers information about pollution levels generated by, and energy consumption that went into the handling of a product.

Jordan steers middle course in Saudi-Qatar dispute
Al-Monitor 2 Apr 2014 – Emir Tamim’s surprise visit to Jordan last weekend may be an attempt to thaw ties between Doha and Amman.

Iran Revolutionary Guard defends involvement in oil industry
Al-Monitor 2 Apr 2014 – In a recent interview, a senior commander explaimed that Iran s Revolutionary Guard became involved in the oil industry to help the country manage under international sanctions.

Lebanese workers strike over stalled wage bill
Al-Akhbar News 2 Apr 2014 – Thousands of public sector workers and teachers went on strike across Lebanon Wednesday to protest Parliament s failure to vote on a long-standing bill that would increase their pay. Hundreds rallied outside at Riyad al-Solh square in downtown Beirut, calling on Parliament to take action, one day…

Sufi music makes comeback in Iraq
Al-Monitor 2 Apr 2014 – Although Western influences have transformed the music scene in Iraq in recent decades, leading to a focus on fast beats and pop music, a number of Iraqis are trying to revive popular interest in traditional Sufi songs.

Why Erdogan keeps winning
Al-Monitor 2 Apr 2014 – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has managed to fuse Turkey s center-right and Islamist-right into one major bloc accepting his explanation of recent political scandals to be conspiracies against his rule.

Tunisian police rape victim defiant
BBC 2 Apr 2014 – What does police gang-rape case say about new Tunisia?

Hamas to Iran: Palestine brings us together
Al-Akhbar Politics 1 Apr 2014 – Hamas Prime Minister in the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniya (C) waves to the audienc
e 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…


Barghouti’s wife: Palestinian prisoners paid the price of Israeli deception
Ghada Sheikh, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)4/2/2014
Fadwa Barghouti, a Palestinian lawyer and the wife of Fatah member and prisoner Marwan Barghouti, says that she hopes that the opportunity to release her husband will not be missed as it was during the first prisoner exchange deal in exchange for Israeli solider Gilad Shalit.
Barghouti, also known as Umm Qasem, insists; “Since the beginning of his imprisonment, I knew that there were only two ways that he could be released. I am afraid that the first way is a lost cause as he was not part of the prisoner exchange deal for Gilad Shalit. Israel does not want to release him because it wants to teach the Palestinians a lesson by keeping him in prison. Let’s hope it is not two late for the second approach.”
In an interview she held with Al-Ghad newspaper in Amman two days ago Barghouti said; “The strategy that Palestinians previously used to deal with this issue was not feasible, especially in regards to Oslo, which was a huge mistake because it placed the Palestinians within the iron grip of the Israeli occupation. They believed that releasing the prisoners was a given outcome to the peace agreement. It’s been 20 years and we are still waiting for our prisoners to be freed in four instalments. The Palestinian prisoners paid the ultimate price for the Israeli negotiators’ deception.”
Barghouti, a member of Fatah’s revolutionary council, views that “Israel’s intransigence towards this issue was clear from the onset. It is through this issue that Israel continues to humiliate not only the Palestinians but also Arabs in general.
“Israel has been using the impact that this issue has on Palestinian families to its advantage and this is particularly true because it knows that releasing the prisoners is a priority for the Palestinian people. Israel wants to bring down the morale of the Palestinian people and intimidate future generations by way of the prisoner’s bitter experience.”more..e-mail

US peace process charade plays on
Ramzy Baroud, Asia Times4/2/2014
As the US-imposed April 29 deadline for a “framework” agreement between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority looms, time is also running out for the American administration on the issue. The Barack Obama administration needs to conjure up an escape route to avoid embarrassment if the talks are to fail.
The Americans were likely aware when this latest process launched that peace under the current circumstances is unattainable. Israel’s ruling coalition is adamantly anti-Arab, anti-peace and against any kind of agreement that falls short of endorsing the Israel’s apartheid-like occupation of Palestine.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his allies on the right, including the far-right and ultra-nationalists, would like to see Palestinians crammed in disjointed communities, separated from each other by walls, settlements, Jewish-only bypass roads and a military presence including permanent Israeli control of the Jordan Valley. Politicians tirelessly speak of peace, but Israelis have had only one vision in mind since the 1967 war that signaled a final conquest of all of historic Palestine.
This vision is based on Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s 1923 concept of an “Iron Wall” separating Jews from native Palestinians.
“Zionist colonization must either stop, or else proceed regardless of the native population. Which means that it can proceed and develop only under the protection of a power that is independent of the native population – behind an iron wall, which the native population cannot breach, ” wrote Jabotinsky.
This concept was coupled with the Allon plan, named after Yigal Allon. He was a former general and minister in the Israeli government who took on the task of drawing an Israeli design for the newly conquered Palestinian territories in 1967.more..e-mail

Tickets for an Israeli war criminal
Stuart Littlewood, Redress3/31/2014
£50 for an audience with Israeli justice minister on war crimes wanted list and basking under the special protection of Her Majesty s Government.
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 Stop The JNF.
In 2009 Livni cancelled a visit to London when she discovered an arrest warrant had been issued a
gainst her, along with Defence Minister Ehud Barak and retired general Doron Almog, on the grounds that she had been a member of the Israeli war cabinet which organized the slaughter of more than 1,400 Palestinians. And 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 GBP 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 15 May. UCU Scotland Congress has called on Home Secretary Theresa May to refuse Livni entry to the UK.
It s provocative because 15 May is Nakba (Catastrophe) Day, when Palestinians remember the Zionist blitz of ethnic cleansing in 1948 immediately before and after Israel declared statehood on 14 May. Some 750,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes and farmlands by Jewish terror gangs and Israeli militia, creating the world s largest refugee population. Others were massacred in the process. During 1947-50 the JNF is said to have provided information to Zionist militia to facilitate the murder and expulsion of Palestinians.more..e-mail

US rejects Iran confession demand
Gareth Porter, Asia Times4/1/2014
The Obama administration may have refused to bow to Israeli pressure in its nuclear negotiations with Iran by apparently rejecting a deal-breaking demand.
WASHINGTON – 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 program as a condition for completing a comprehensive nuclear agreement.
Pro-Israeli commentators have openly criticized 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 program.
Demanding such a confession would be an obvious deal-breaker, because Iran has consistently denied those past charges and has 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 betray multiple indications of having been fabricated, as reported by IPS.
A “senior administration official” told reporters after the November 24 Joint Plan of Action was announced that the United States had “made clear” in the negotiations that “the Security Council resolutions must still be addressed … and that Iran must come come into compliance with its obligations under the NPT and its obligations to the IAEA.”
The UN Security Council Resolution 1929 of June 9, 2010, says Iran “shall cooperate with the IAEA on all outstanding issues, particularly those which give rise to concerns about the possible military dimensions of the Iranian nuclear program.”more..e-mail

BDS is Irrelevant. Oh, Really?
Palestine Chronicle: 2 Apr 2014 – By Stuart Littlewood What maddens Zionists most is that they cannot control civil society like they can pull the strings of the spineless political Èlite. They fear BDS action (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) will derail their precious project for a Greater Israel. So they now sneer at civil society and try to discourage further BDS efforts. This tactic comes across loud and clear in Michael Rosenberg’s article The Goal Of The BDS Movement Is Dismantling Israel, Not The 67 Occupation. Actually, Israel is well on the way to dismantling itself through its own vile and unsustainable behaviour. BDS is simply giving it a helping hand. A quick trip to the BDS movement’s website call will expose Rosenberg’s attempt to mislead. For a start, the three demands on Israel he highlights – Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall. Recognizing the fundamental rights of…more

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