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4 April 2014 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Israeli Forces Demolish Bedouin Dwellings in East Jerusalem
IMEMC – Israeli forces stormed the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Baba, east of al-Ezariya, and demolished several mobile dwellings housing Bedouin families, early Thursday, locals told Ma an. …

Army Infiltrates Gaza Borders, Orders Jordan Valley Families Out of Homes
IMEMC – Israeli army vehicles, Thursday, infiltrated Gaza borders and went nearly 200 meters into the eastern part of Rafah, south of Gaza, according to media sources. …

Clashes Erupt at Joseph’s Tomb, Car Smashed in Nablus
IMEMC – Hundreds of Jewish settlers on Thursday, raided the Joseph’s Tomb east of the West Bank city of Nablus, under the protection of Israeli army. …

Vandals Target Christian Village
IMEMC – Suspected Jewish vandals, on Thursday, slashed the tires of over 40 cars and sprayed racist graffiti in a predominantly Christian town, in the Galilee area of northern Israel, according to Israeli media sources. …

Israeli Warships Fire at Palestinian Fishermen
IMEMC – Israeli warships opened fire, Thursday morning, at Palestinian fishermen off the Gaza sea. …

Soldiers Inject a Palestinian with Unknown Component While Arresting Him
IMEMC – The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported Thursday [April 3, 2014] that an Israeli soldier injected a Palestinian with an unknown substance while kidnapping him in Beit Jala town, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem. …

Army Demolishes Residential Structures, Sheds, Near Jerusalem
IMEMC – [Thursday, April 3, 2014] Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the Jabal al-Baba Bedouin area, east of the al-Ezariyya town, east of occupied East Jerusalem, demolishing several Palestinian agricultural sheds and residential structures. …

Ma’an News

Jewish extremists vandalize Christian village in Israel
4/4/2014 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Suspected Jewish extremists on Thursday slashed the tires of over 40 cars and sprayed racist graffiti in a predominantly Christian town in northern Israel, Israeli media reported. The perpetrators sprayed “Only goyim should be evacuated from our land” on a wall in the village of Jish, a majority Maronite village of some 3,000 residents. The attackers also slashed the….

Palestinian shot with live bullet in Nabi Saleh
4/3/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A Palestinian was shot with a live bullet and injured by Israeli forces in Nabi Saleh village north of Ramallah. A statement from the popular resistance movement said Rami al-Rimawi was shot with a live bullet in the foot during clashes in the villages. He was taken to Salfit Hospital with moderate injuries, it said. He said the forces also used….

Talks source: Israel cancels Palestinian prisoner release
4/3/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s chief negotiator with the Palestinians has told them that a planned release of 26 Palestinian prisoners cannot go ahead, a source close to the talks said Thursday. Speaking on condition of anonymity the source said Tzipi Livni told a meeting with her counterparts on Wednesday that the release could not take place, as the Palestinians had unilaterally resumed moves to….

Palestinians hurl fire bombs at Israeli checkpoint near Nablus
4/3/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinian youths threw Molotov cocktails at an Israeli military checkpoint south of Nablus on Thursday, Palestinian security officials told Ma’an. The youths targeted a flying checkpoint near the village of Madama which was set up after firebombs were thrown at a settler bus. Israeli soldiers opened fire at the youths and reserve forces arrived to search the area. [END]

Settler attempts to abduct 2 Palestinians
4/3/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Two young Palestinian men escaped an abduction attempt by an Israeli settler in southern Nablus on Thursday, Palestinian security sources said. A settler from Brakha near Burin village in Nablus bought a mobile phone from a cellular shop in Huwara then asked the owner to go with him to the settlement’s entrance to pay. According to the Palestinian officials….

Hamas: PA arrests 144 members in West Bank
4/3/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas accused Palestinian Authority security forces of arresting 144 of its member recently in the West Bank. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a news conference in Gaza City that the “attack” on Hamas leaders and members was “unjustified and incomprehensible.”He said it was “poisonous to reconciliation and a violation of all national values and Palestinian bonds.”[END]

Israeli drone crashes in Nablus area
4/3/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) –Israeli police said Wednesday that an unmanned drone crashed while flying above Nablus on Wednesday night. Officials added that the Israeli army will investigate the crash to determine what caused it. [END]

PLO negotiators have 7 conditions to renew talks
4/4/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian negotiators have posed seven conditions that must be met by Israel to continue negotiations beyond April 29. The conditions were announced during a 9-hour meeting Wednesday with Israeli negotiators in Jerusalem, a high-ranking source in the PLO told Ma’an. The following are the conditions, according to the source. 1. To receive a written letter from Israel’….

Heated Jerusalem peace talks end in impasse
4/3/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A long and heated meeting between Palestinian and Israeli negotiators in Jerusalem ended early Thursday without any signs of bringing both sides back to the negotiating table. Palestinian sources told Ma’an that the nine-hour meeting with US Special Envoy Martin Indyk was attended by PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat, Head of Palestinian intelligence Majid Faraj, and Israeli negotiators Tzipi Livni….

Gaza athlete petitions Israeli court for right to run
4/3/2014 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — A Palestinian Olympian from the Gaza Strip said Thursday he had asked Israel’s Supreme Court to overturn a ban on him passing through Israel to join a marathon in the occupied West Bank. Nader al-Masri, who was prevented from participating in the first Bethlehem marathon in 2013, again sought permission to transit the Erez crossing from Gaza to Israel this….

Army: Rocket warning alarm in southern Israel
4/3/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s military said Thursday that a rocket warning alarm sounded in the south of the country, but it was not immediately clear if a projectile had landed there. [END]

Analysis: Abbas shows he can go to UN and negotiate
4/3/2014 – Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist and former professor of journalism at Princeton University. – Modern technological development has brought with it the term multitasking, a term that replaced the popular “Can you chew and walk at the same time”. Palestinian negotiators are now facing the tough challenge of applying to join various UN agencies while, at the same time, agreeing, to continue peace talks until….

Frustrated Kerry urges leadership from Abbas, Israel PM
4/3/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — A frustrated US secretary of state demanded Thursday action from recalcitrant Israeli and Palestinian leaders, saying it was time for them to demonstrate leadership in the crisis-hit peace talks. But John Kerry acknowledged in Algiers that negotiators from the two sides had made “progress” in lengthy overnight talks in Jerusalem, also attended by the Americans. More than a year of intensive Kerry shuttle….

Number of Syria refugees in Lebanon passes 1 million mark
4/4/2014 – TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AFP) — More than a million people fleeing Syria’s war have registered as refugees in Lebanon, the UN said Thursday, with many living in misery in a tiny country overstretched by the crisis. And the number is swelling by the day, with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) saying it registers 2,500 new refugees in Lebanon every day– more than one a minute….

Media: Turkey lifts controversial Twitter ban
4/3/2014 – ANKARA, Turkey (AFP) — Turkey’s government on Thursday lifted a ban on Twitter in line with an order the previous day by the Constitutional Court, media reports said. Telecoms aut
hority TIB removed court orders enforcing the Twitter ban from its website, a move which the Hurriyet daily said was a first step toward a complete lifting of the ban. TIB has to inform internet….

Iraq forces kill dozens of militants near Baghdad
4/3/2014 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Iraqi soldiers killed more than 40 militants in clashes near Baghdad on Thursday as anti-government fighters edged close to the capital just weeks before national parliamentary elections. The firefight was the latest in a surge in bloodshed over the past year, amid fears insurgents could seek to destabilise the April 30 polls by upping the pace of attacks with violence already at its….

Indonesian ‘blood money’ saves maid from Saudi execution
4/3/2014 – JAKARTA (AFP) — Indonesia has agreed to pay $1. 9 million to stop the impending execution of an Indonesian maid on death row in Saudi Arabia for murder, a minister said Thursday. Satinah Binti Jumadi Ahmad was sentenced to death in 2011 for murdering her employer’s wife and stealing money. She was due to be beheaded in the coming days. Her case has attracted….

Qatar emir visits Sudan at time of Gulf tensions
4/3/2014 – KHARTOUM (AFP) — Qatar’s emir held talks in Sudan on Wednesday at a time of strained ties with his country’s Gulf neighbours over its perceived support for the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani was greeted at Khartoum airport by Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, for what an analyst called a meeting of two regionally-isolated regimes. The leaders held….

AlJazeera

Israel cancels Palestinian prisoner release
AlJazeera 3 Apr 2014 – Move prompted by Palestinian leader’s attempt to join international conventions, says spokesperson for justice minister.

International Solidarity Movement

BDS: Bill Gates slammed over links to Israel prison torture
4/3/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Addameer and Palestinian BDS National Committee – Palestinian human rights organisations have criticised Bill Gates after it emerged that his charitable foundation is heavily invested in G4S, a private security company that helps Israel run prisons at which Palestinian political prisoners are held without trial and subjected to torture. In an open letter to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation published today, Palestinian human rights groups….

Six shelters demolished by the Israeli forces in the Palestinian village of At Tuwani
4/3/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Operation Dove, At-Tuwani, Occupied Palestine – On April 2 the Israeli army together with some Border Police and District Coordination Office (DCO) officers demolished six shelters made of concrete in the Palestinian village of At-Tuwani. At 9:20 am a convoy made up of one bulldozer, two army Jeeps, three Border Police vehicles, and two DCO cars entered the Palestinian village of Al Mufaqarah. The convoy….

Relief Web

Pakistan: Polio this week – as of 2 April 2014
Relief Web 3 Apr 2014 – Source: Global Polio Eradication Initiative Country: Afghanistan, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Iraq, Israel, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Somalia, Syrian Arab Republic The data table below is as of 2 April 2014…

occupied Palestinian territory: HALO commences mineclearance in the West Bank
Relief Web 3 Apr 2014 – Source: HALO Trust Country: occupied Palestinian territory The HALO Trust has commenced mineclearance in the West Bank – the first and only NGO to conduct mineclearance with support from both the Israeli and Palestinian mine-action authorities. HALO s first clearance task…

occupied Palestinian territory: Power Deficit – Gaza (March 2014)
Relief Web 3 Apr 2014 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Humanitarian Impact of Gaza s Electricity and Fuel Crisis, March 2014

The National

Israel will not allow Palestinian prisoners to go free
The National 3 Apr 2014 – The impasse over the prisoners throws further doubts about the outcome of the US-led peace negotiations headed by US secretary of state John Kerry.

Palestinians should use all their options
The National 3 Apr 2014 – With peace talks faltering, the Palestinians should use the option of holding Israel to account by joining the International Criminal Court

Syrian refugee number in Lebanon surpasses million mark, says UN
The National 3 Apr 2014 – The UN says that Syrian refugees, half of them children, now equal a quarter of Lebanon s resident population, warning that most of them live in poverty and depend on aid for survival.

Afghanistan hopes for smooth transition as election day approaches
The National 3 Apr 2014 – But widespread insecurity, allegations of government interference and the controversial backgrounds of those running for office are threatening to undermine the entire process.

A landmine nearly ended Omer s life but he now works to end the threat of mines in Iraq
The National 3 Apr 2014 – Omer Hassan does demining work in Iraqi Kurdistan and only has to show people his mangled leg to underscore the danger of mines. With the world marking UN Mine Awareness Day on Friday, his work is as important as ever as Iraq is one of the most mine-affected countries in the world.

Street life: humanity s future depends on ability to negotiate and sustain public space
The National 3 Apr 2014 – Negotiating our ever more crowded cities and maintaining vibrant public spaces are among the major challenges facing humanity in the coming decades.

Pakistan s Musharraf survives assassination bomb attempt
The National 3 Apr 2014 – Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is on trial for treason, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt as a bomb went off shortly before his convoy was due to pass early Thursday.

Rob Ford votes no on congratulating Olympians, Nelson Mandela street
The National 3 Apr 2014 – What could be controversial about the city of Toronto congratulating Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes? Ask Rob Ford, the Toronto mayor.

Four dead in new shooting spree at Fort Hood US military base
The National 3 Apr 2014 – A soldier with ‘mental health issues’ killed three people and wounded 16 before turning the gun on himself Wednesday at Fort Hood, the US military base devastated by a deadly 2009 shooting rampage.

Ha’aretz

Both Israel and the Palestinians are between Kerry and a hard place
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

U.S. bars Nigella Lawson due to cocaine-in-front-of-kids admission
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Why the Arabs’ test grades are lower
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

If Olmert had been acquitted
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Hedonism is no sin; especially not in Israel
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

The IDF s moral infrastructure needs a revamp
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Four rockets fired from Gaza toward Israel
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Jerusalem panel approves controversial City of David visitors center
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Jewish money corrupted the Jewish state
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Why Israel can t represent world Jewry
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Israel punishes Palestinians with new restrictions in West Bank
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Israel Chemicals to shut unit after health minister rejects mine
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Erekat: We never demanded E. Jerusalem as capital, ’67 borders, release of 1,200 prisoners
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Washington set up covert ‘Cuban Twitter’ to undermine communist regime
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Washington set up covert ‘Cuban Twitter’ to undermine regime
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Putin divorces wife after 30-year marriage
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Photos give a rare look into the Nazis of Mandatory Palestine
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Israeli importer diving into sodas with diet ‘green’ cola
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Shula Zaken testifies to obstruction of justice, witness tampering by Olmert
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Israel freezes fourth prisoner release; Palestinians demand capital in East Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Over 1,000 rabbis urge Jerusalem mayor not to pick Islamophobe for chief rabbi
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Russia protests German official’s comparison of Putin to Hitler
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Can Israel’s left bring peace?
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Ukraine: Yanukovych ordered snipers shoot protesters
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Soldier killed, two wounded when jeep overturns in northern Israel
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Knesset s bid to increase transparency at WZO s settlement arm fails
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Eyal Golan accuses Ashkenazi reporters of ‘dancing on his blood’
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Iron Dome, friend or foe? Iranian general says it will ruin Israel
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

In an ironic twist: Settlement movement petitions court to evict squatters from West Bank home
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Critical Israeli-Palestinian meeting ends in stormy failure, sources say
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Palestinians could join 550 international conventions, says envoy to UN
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Dear John, it’s time for Plan B
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Vandals slash tires of 40 cars in hate crime in northern Israel
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Chabad throws out matzas touched by Netanyahu on visit to factory
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

U.S.: Minister Uri Ariel sabotaged Israel-Palestinian talks
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Israel refuses to let Gaza athlete run in Bethlehem marathon
Ha’aretz – 3 Apr 2014

Four dead, 16 wounded in U.S. military base shooting
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

If this is what s called left
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

A state governed by civil law
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

Mr. Kerry, go home
Ha’aretz – 2 Apr 2014

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

Jerusalem Post

MKs ask for Knesset Law Committee chairman’s recusal on settlement division issues
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – David Rotem: Judea and Samaria building information shouldn t be made public.

Israel Air Force strikes targets in Gaza after rocket fire
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – Aircraft hits 5 terror targets in Strip; Palestinian sources say at least 2 Hamas terror outposts targeted in retaliatory strike to earlier rocket fire from Gaza toward southern Israel.

Peres: Freedom, peace the foundations of US-Israel ties
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – President addresses bilateral relations between the two nations in special video message for Jerusalem Post Annual Conference.

Analysis: Palestinians may face 2012 cut-off at ICC
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – The Palestinians move this week to join more international organizations, treaties only strengthens the idea that a Palestinian state is widely recognized within the UN system, international treaties.

Beit Shemesh municipal coalition established without non-haredi parties
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – Cohen accuses Abutbul of dividing the city; spokesman for mayor says supporters to be given senior roles in the city administration.

Christie and his occupied territory remarks
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – The audience noticeably gasped and murmurs quickly spread throughout the room when Christie used this term.

Toward a more united Jewish people
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – Educational associations like Am Yisrael Echad boost mature Jewish identity and social cohesion.

China-Israel relations are bound to blossom H.E. GAO YANPING
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – As an ancient Chinese saying goes, Amity between people holds the key to sound relations between states.

Bennett privately threatened PM to quit coalition
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – During interview, the Bayit Yehudi leader refuses to outline his party’s red lines but says that they would oppose proposed release of Palestinian prisoners.

Parshat Metzorah: What do the symbols mean?
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – For the purification ceremony of the miserable afflicted person, the Kohen uses birds.

US-Israel ties
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – Though Israel strove to establish a Jewish state, it nevertheless committed itself to liberal and democratic ideals shared by Americans.

Palestinians set new conditions for peace talks to continue
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – New conditions include complete halt of settlement construction, PA sovereignty over Area C, and no IDF operations in PA-controlled territories.

Israel cancels fourth prisoner release
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – Livni calls for PA to retract unilateral decision to apply to international bodies; says talks are “to be reviewed.”

Sinai today: Kerry in Wonderland
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – At the moment Kerry-sponsored talks exist in a twilight zone of negotiators without mandate.

No community Seder in Cairo this year
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – Jewish Community Council of Cairo says mourning loss to two community members and won’t be celebrating in the usual fashion.

Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – Committee chairman to Post: We hope that this path will bring happiness and make this city a tourism city.

Yael German: Phosphate mining near Arad would be harmful to residents health
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – American environmental health expert, Health Minister Yael German oppose plan for controversial mining project.

Jewish groups welcome limited legalization of shechita in Poland
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – Several international Jewish communal bodies applaud the Polish decision.

Iran, six powers start expert-level nuclear talks in Vienna
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – Experts to prepare for April 8-9 meeting of chief negotiators; aim is to reach long-term deal on nuclear dispute by July.

Jewish groups excoriate Denmark over legalized bestiality
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – Ritual slaughter currently banned due to concerns for animal rights; PETA calls shechita one of least humane methods of slaughter.

Turkey lifts Twitter ban after court ruling
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – US had urged Turkey to rescind ban on social media website after Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruled it violated freedom of expression.

Amnesty International welcomes Palestinian unilateral moves, calls on PA to join ICC
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – Human rights group slams Israeli politicians for threatening to sanction the PA for its unilateral moves.

TAU establishes new center for Cyber Interdisciplinary research
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – 40 researchers from fields in the sciences, technology, and humanities from Tel Aviv University will join the new Center and collaborate on cyber research.

Cooking with JPost: No-tears onion dicing
Jerusalem Post 3 Ap
r 2014 – Cutting an onion can be an uncontrollable tear jerking experience. Celebrity Chef Yochanan Lambiase shows you how to chop an onion tear-free.

Ebola fever warning for travelers to West Africa, but it s difficult to catch
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – There is no approved therapy for Ebola but transmission requires blood contact.

Israel denies exit permit to Gazan wanting to run Bethlehem marathon
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – Nadar al-Masri, who represented PA in 2008 Beijing Olympics, won’t be allowed to leave Gaza to run in next Friday’s Bethlehem marathon.

Traitor or humanitarian hero? The story of Dr. Walden
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – Dr. Raphael Walden has long straddled profoundly conflicting notions of his work to provide free medical care to impoverished Palestinians.

Chinese Buddhist temple forms ‘anti-terrorist’ squad
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – In response to a recent deadly knife attack at a Chinese train station, the squad’s members are equipped with shields, pepper spray and batons.

Palestinian snipers fire at Israeli security personnel on Gaza border
Jerusalem Post 3 Apr 2014 – Engineering vehicles damaged but no injuries as snipers target personnel operating near the northern Gaza border fence.

Uruknet

The Guardian

Israel scraps the release of Palestine prisoners as talks are ‘reviewed’
The Guardian 3 Apr 2014 – Officials blame Mahmoud Abbas’s decision to restart his country’s push for membership of 15 international bodies Israel scrapped the scheduled release of a group of Palestinian prisoners and called for the entire US-sponsored negotiations to be…

Daily Star

Terms of talks with Israel must ‘radically change’: PLO
Daily Star 3 Apr 2014 The basis of future peace talks with Israel must change, a Palestinian official said Thursday, after Israel’s chief negotiator said a planned release of Palestinian prisoners would not take place.

About half Syria’s chemicals packed for removal, violence halts convoys: UN
Daily Star 3 Apr 2014 Syria has packed 40 percent of its chemical weapons arsenal into containers to be taken outside the country and destroyed, and convoy security has been deployed to deal with violence around the port city of Latakia,…

Bahrain police, protesters clash after Shiite funeral: witnesses
Daily Star 3 Apr 2014 Anti-government demonstrators throwing petrol bombs clashed with police who fired tear gas and birdshot in Bahrain on Thursday following a funeral procession in a Shi’ite Muslim village south of the capital Manama, witnesses said.

Egypt tightens security laws to counter ‘terrorism’
Daily Star 3 Apr 2014 Egypt said Thursday it has boosted punishment for “terrorist” offences and expanded the scope of crimes that fall under that category, a day after bombings killed a top police officer.

Indonesian ‘blood money’ saves maid from Saudi execution
Daily Star 3 Apr 2014 Indonesia has agreed to pay $1.9 million to stop the impending execution of an Indonesian maid on death row in Saudi Arabia for murder, a minister said Thursday.

Diplomats: Syria can meet chemical weapons target
Daily Star 3 Apr 2014 The head of the mission charged with destroying Syria’s chemical weapons told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that Syria can still meet the April 27 deadline to remove all chemical agents from the country but…

Israel cancels Palestinian prisoner release: talks source
Daily Star 3 Apr 2014 Israel’s chief negotiator with the Palestinians has told them that a planned release of 26 Palestinian prisoners cannot go ahead, a source close to the talks told AFP on Thursday.

Libya Rebels Report Accord in Principle to Reopen Ports
Daily Star 3 Apr 2014 The prospects for a recovery in Libyan oil exports moved closer after rebels blocking shipments from the country s east since July said they reached a deal with the government to allow a resumption.

White House says Israeli delay in Palestinian prisoner release creates challenges
Daily Star 3 Apr 2014 The White House on Thursday said a delay in a planned release of Palestinian prisoners by Israel creates challenges but that the Middle East peace dialogue remains open.

Syria plans new commercial airline despite war
Daily Star 3 Apr 2014 A new Syrian commercial airline plans to start operating to several Arab cities next month, its chairman told AFP on Thursday, despite the conflict raging in the country.

YNet News

Hillary Clinton promotes 2030 anti-poverty effort
YNet News, 3 Apr 2014 – ….

The prime minister of America
YNet News, 3 Apr 2014 – Op-ed: As an American, Netanyahu has the thinking patterns of Republican voters, and those are the people he wants around him. ….

Now is not the time to go back to the negotiating table
YNet News, 3 Apr 2014 – The Palestinians need to regain their equilibrium after their recent diplomatic coup, and Israel must pay the price for handing them that victory. ….

Kerry speaks to Netanyahu, Abbas after prisoner release canceled
YNet News, 3 Apr 2014 – ….

PLO: negotiations with Israel must change radically
YNet News, 3 Apr 2014 – ….

Report: Assad used chemical arms in Damascus attack
YNet News, 3 Apr 2014 – ….

Fearing cyberattack, Israel curbs gov’t websites’ foreign traffic
YNet News, 3 Apr 2014 – ….

EJC welcomes Poland’s decision to permit shechita
YNet News, 3 Apr 2014 – Polish parliament states that while commercial activity around Jewish slaughter remains forbidden, ‘law does not permit penalizing slaughter for internal Jewish communities.’ ….

Leave Lapid’s education out of it
YNet News, 3 Apr 2014 – Op-ed: Finance minister may be missing two years of high school, but his VAT-free housing plan is as good as any economist’s plan. ….

Undo historical injustice, free Pollard
YNet News, 3 Apr 2014 – Op-ed: If Sharon made shameful deal with Hezbollah to secure drug dealer’s release, says wife of missing IDF airman Ron Arad, Netanyahu can definitely release Israeli spy in exchange for murderers. ….

In time for Passover: Netanyahu bakes matzo for first time
YNet News, 2 Apr 2014 – Prime minister visits Kfar Chabad to learn how to properly prepare matzo for upcoming Jewish holiday. ….

Palestinian Information Center

IOF storms Madama village for second day running
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed for the second consecutive day Madama village, south of Nablus city, and closed all its entrances.

IOA intensifies Judaization projects in occupied Jerusalem
PIC – The Islamic-Christian Commission for the support of Jerusalem and the holy sites denounced the opening of a new tunnel as part of the deep Silwan underground passageway, south of the Aqsa Mosque.

PPS: IOF soldiers inject Palestinian detainee during arrest
PIC – The Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) revealed on Thursday that detainee Youssef Abdul Rahim Khatib was subject to drug injection while being arrested by Israeli occupation forces (IOF).

Israeli forces evict Jordan Valley hamlet under pretext of military drills
PIC – Israeli occupation forces broke into Khirbet Ibzik in the Jordan Valley early on Thursday morning and handed eviction orders to the 20 families inhabiting the hamlet.

Jewish racists slash tires of 40 Palestinian cars in Galilee
PIC – The tires of 40 Palestinian cars were punctured and anti-Arab racist slurs was spray-painted on walls of homes in the town of Jish of Galilee overnight Thursday.

New Israeli scheme to build huge structure southern al-Aqsa Mosque
PIC – The Israeli Planning and Building Committee is scheduled to discuss Thursday a plan for the establishment of a huge structure to be built at the expense of Palestinian lands in Silwan town.

Violent clashes after Jewish settlers storm Nablus under military protection
PIC – Violent clashes broke out at dawn between Palestinian young men and Israeli soldiers after hordes of Jewish settlers entered Nablus city and performed rituals inside the mausoleum of Joseph’s tomb.

IOF arrests 4 Jerusalemites including a child
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested on Wednesday four Palestinians including a child from occupied Jerusalem, Wadi al-Hilweh Information Center reported no Thursday.

Badran: PA move to join international agencies incomplete
PIC – Hamas has stated that PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s recent statements confirm the movement’s position towards negotiation path as it does not lead to any real result.

Premier Haneyya: No project can succeed outside the national consensus
PIC – Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya said that any project or plan that is not based on the Palestinian national consensus has no prospect for success.

WAFA

Forces Inject Palestinian with Unknown Substance while Arresting Him
WAFA – 3 Apr 2014

Army Arrests Three People from West Bank Areas, Seizes Vehicle
WAFA – 3 Apr 2014

Army Infiltrates Gaza Borders
WAFA – 3 Apr 2014

Children Constitute 47.1% of Total Population in Palestine, Says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 3 Apr 2014

Israeli Forces Demolish Shelters near Hebron, Says Operation Dove
WAFA – 3 Apr 2014

Fanatics Slash Cars Tires, Spray Hate Graffiti near Safed
WAFA – 3 Apr 2014

Misc

Syrian refugees registered in Lebanon top 1 million mark
LA Times 3 Apr 2014 – BEIRUT The number of registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon surpassed 1 million Thursday, the United Nations said, marking a devastating milestone, even as many more continue to arrive each day.

Israel Calls Off Prisoner Release as Kerry Seeks to Keep Talks Alive
New York Times 3 Apr 2014 – The decision was a response to a Palestinian push to join 15 international conventions and treaties, which Israel regarded as an unacceptable move.

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Now Exceed One Million
New York Times 3 Apr 2014 – United Nations officials call the influx a devastating milestone in the humanitarian crisis created by the Syrian civil war.

Turkey Lifts Ban on Twitter
New York Times 3 Apr 2014 – The social media site was unblocked after a two-week ban, following a ruling from the country s highest court that the ban violated freedom of expression.

Robert Slater, Journalist and Author, Dies at 70
New York Times 2 Apr 2014 – Mr. Slater covered Israel for Time for two tumultuous decades and wrote more than two dozen books.

Syria Accuses Rebels of Planning Gas Attack
New York Times 2 Apr 2014 – In a letter to the United Nations, Syria said that opposition groups were planning a toxic gas attack in a rebel-held area near Damascus so they could blame it on government forces.

World Briefing: Israel: Foreign Ministry Strike Ends
New York Times 2 Apr 2014 – Employees of the ministry on Wednesday announced the end of an unprecedented strike over pay and working conditions that had shut the offices and 103 missions abroad for over a week.

Hope for Negotiations Stays Alive in Mideast
New York Times 2 Apr 2014 – Even as the Palestinian leadership took formal steps on Wednesday to gain the benefits of statehood outside the negotiation process, the parties appeared ready to seek a formula for continuing the negotiations.

A Painful Price : The escalating war on Palestine solidarity at U of Michigan and beyond
Mondoweiss – A sign at a student sit-in calling for the University of Michigan to divest from corporations that work with the Israeli military. (Photo: Students Allied for Freedom and Equality/Facebook) Following a week-long sit-in by the University of Michigan Students Allied For Equality (SAFE), an obstinate Central…

Azorim to build tallest building in Israel
Globes Main News – The company will construct a 256-meter building on the site of the old Elite factory in Ramat Gan.

FIMI shakes up Gilat Satellite Networks
Globes Main News – Former IAI chairman and Amdocs CEO Dov Baharav is expected to become chairman.

ProCognia to be reborn as solar energy co
Globes Main News – Tzahi Sultan and Nir Peleg plan to pour Soleg and Sun Team’s solar energy busines into the stock market shell.

Five eggplants and a bulldozer
Mondoweiss – Land Day performance at Al Aqaba s Kindergarten. Children, Teachers, Digitaries, and hundreds of moms (behind me) look on March 31, 2014 As it turns out, Monday was a long and remarkable day. Mayor Haj Sami welcomes the guests. In Arabic above the door it reads, Rural…

Desmond Tutu: Maryland legislature s anti-boycott effort designed to punish and intimidate
Mondoweiss – Desmond Tutu speaking at the German Evangelical Church in 2007. (Photo: Elke Wetzig/Wikimedia Commons) As the end of Maryland s legislative session approaches, a battle is raging over language in the budget that harshly criticizes the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. A Maryland delegate has inserted…

Leumi sees new home sales dropping
Globes Main News – “Until legislation on the various housing plans is passed, new home sales will continue to fall.”

Thu: Delek boosts TASE to new high
Globes Main News – Energy stocks were strong, while healthcare heavyweights Teva and Opko both fell.

An open letter to J Street: Let s talk
Mondoweiss – Jeremy Ben-Ami of J Street It s time to bite the bullet. We of the critical (non/anti/post-Zionist) Israeli peace camp understand why a liberal Zionist organization like J Street could never consider, let alone accept, the end of the two-state solution. You say it yourselves: the end…

From Portland to Portland, and Amman to Lahore, NYT letter-writers are sharper than NYT writers
Mondoweiss – Mark Landler, NYT Yesterday the New York Times published one of its patented three-headed monsters faulting Palestinians for their manners: Abbas Takes Defiant Step, and Mideast Talks Falter, penned by Jodi Rudoren, Mark Landler and Michael Gordon. The three wrote: The Middle East peace talks verged on…

MJ Rosenberg s conundrum
Mondoweiss – M.J. Rosenberg (Image via The Forward ) Part I Down with BDS, Up with the Two-State Solution Michael Jay Rosenberg is a well-known, sharp-minded critic of the Israeli government. But he is also a liberal Zionist who believes in the legitimacy and necessity of a Jewish…

Tell Bill Gates to divest from Israeli occupation profiteer G4S
Mondoweiss – (Graphic: Stephanie Westbrook) Ahead of Palestinian prisoner s day on April 17, Addameer Prisoner Support, Human Rights Association and the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee ( BNC ) have issued a Call to action: Join Palestinian political prisoner s day Free all Palestinian political prisoners! Tell Bill Gates to…

Israel Chemicals CEO threatens to close phosphates unit
Globes Main News – Stefan Borgas orders Amfert Rotem to prepare a closure plan, if the government does not allow mining at Sde Barir.

The Shondes singer Louisa Solomon endorsed BDS, so DC JCC cancels her band s gig
Mondoweiss – Louise Solomon Jewish Voice for Peace sent out the following press release: DC Jewish Community Center cancels THE SHONDES concert due to lead singer s views on Israel and Palestine. Brooklyn rock group The Shondes (Exotic Fever Records), whose critically-acclaimed 2013 album The Garden was praised by mainstream…

Israeli universities maintain international standing
Globes Macro Economics – A study found the universities keeping up standards despite budget cuts.

Samsung in talks to buy ShopCloud for $90m
Globes Main News – The indoor retail navigation company has developed unique smartphone sensors.

Liberal schizophrenia and moral myopia: On Ari Shavit s My Promised Land
Mondoweiss – Ari Shavit has placed all his hope in Secretary of State John Kerry s efforts to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. In January, the Haaretz columnist and toast of the U.S. media called the leaked details of Kerry s framework agreement for peace a Zionist victory since it includes…

Car deliveries hit all-time high in March
Globes Main News – 23,927 new cars were delivered in March, 30% more than March 2013.

Both Sides: Anti-BDS concerns on campus vs. life in the occupied territories
Mondoweiss –

Outbrain to raise $100m in Wall Street IPO – report
Globes Main News – “The Financial Times”: The company value for the IPO is over $1 billion.

Israel has already spent US aid through 2018
Globes Main News – “Defense News” reports that Israel has also ordered V-22s through deferred payments.

New York Jewish Federation Executive, Veteran of IDF Cyber-War Unit 8200
Tikun Olam – Unit 8200 networking reunion including corporate sponsors Israel s notorious cyberwar Unit 8200, a SIGINT branch of the IDF comparable to our NSA, maintains networks of alumni in Israel and the Diaspora, including in New York. Not only do the Unit veterans produce some of the most…

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

Can justice be achieved for Palestinians while preserving Israel as Jewish state?
Sabbah report 3 Apr 2014 – Mr. Rosenberg wants to answer this question in the affirmative and he thinks a two-state solution will allow him to do so. Unfortunately, that is “not how the real world works” in Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem. Continue reading í! Read More: Can justice be achieved for Palestinians…

Rosenberg s rubbishing of BDS misses the point
Sabbah report 3 Apr 2014 – The Jews, generally speaking, are the intellectual elite of the Western world. The Palestinians, generally speaking, are the intellectual elite of the Arab world. Together in peace and partnership in one state they could change the region for the better and, by so doing, give new…

Palestine to Join 15 UN Bodies and Treaties. Will Abbas Follow-Up?
Sabbah report 3 Apr 2014 – Abbas is polar opposite what Palestinians need. It remains to be seen if he’s turned a leaf. It takes a great leap of faith to believe it. Smart money suggests business as usual. Abbas has all the proving to do. His record isn’t encouraging. Integrity isn’t…

Will Iran price hikes fuel discontent?
BBC 3 Apr 2014 – Iranians unhappy as subsidy cuts bring rise in cost of living

VIDEO: Mohammed al-Hawajri: An artist in Gaza
BBC 3 Apr 2014 – How a Palestinian artist overcomes the blockade of Gaza

Diaspora Rabbis Urge Jerusalem Mayor To Withdraw Support From Anti-Arab Cleric
The Foward Breaking News 3 Apr 2014 – More than 1,000 Diaspora rabbis called on Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat to withdraw his support for Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, known for his anti-Arab stances, as chief rabbi of the city. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli College Launches Chinese Media Center First in Middle East
The Foward
Breaking News 3 Apr 2014 – A college in Israel launched a Chinese media center the first of its kind in the Middle East. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel cancels prisoner release
BBC 3 Apr 2014 – Israel cancels the release of a group of Palestinian prisoners because of the Palestinian leadership’s pursuit of further recognition at the UN.

Egypt: New Emirati Projects in Egypt to Be Considered
allAfrica.com 3 Apr 2014 – [Egypt Online]Industry Minister Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour asserted that the UAE government is keen on following up the carrying out of the current projects in Egypt within the framework of the aid offered by the Emirati side that include service projects in the fields of health,…

Egypt: FM Meets UN Chief to Discuss Syria, Libya, Ethiopian Dam Crises
allAfrica.com 3 Apr 2014 – [Egypt Online]Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy met on Wednesday 2/4/2014 with the United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Brussels to discuss Egypt’s contribution to peacekeeping operations in a number of areas around the world.

Israel Scraps Prisoner Release Talks in Danger
The Foward Breaking News 3 Apr 2014 – Israel has called off a planned release of Palestinian prisoners meant to advance peacemaking and called for the U.S.-sponsored negotiations to be reviewed, an official briefed on the talks said on Thursday. Click here for the rest of the article…

The row over rape in Lebanon
BBC 3 Apr 2014 – Lebanon domestic violence law disappoints campaigners

Bill Gates slammed over links to Israel prison torture
Global BDS 3 Apr 2014 – Sign the petition: www.addameer.org/gatesdivest Palestinian human rights organisations have criticised Bill Gates after it emerged that his charitable foundation is heavily invested in G4S, a private security company that helps Israel run prisons at which Palestinian political prisoners are held without trial and subjected to torture. In…

Palestinian U.N. Move Carefully Tailored to Avoid Retaliation by Congress
The Foward Breaking News 3 Apr 2014 – When Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed onto 15 international conventions on Tuesday, he shocked the U.S. sponsors of troubled Middle East peace talks. But the move was carefully limited to avoid American retaliation. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Authorities Turn Their Sights On Journalists
allAfrica.com 3 Apr 2014 – [RSF]Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned about the growing hostility that the Iraqi authorities are displaying towards critical journalists.

Tell Bill Gates to divest from Israel s prison torture
Global BDS 3 Apr 2014 – Sign the petition here: http://www.addameer.org/gatesdivest British private security company G4S helps the Israeli government to run prisons at which Palestinian political prisoners are detained. Right now, there are more than 5,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails, including 183 children. Human rights organisations have documented widespread torture , including…

Israel killed 12 Palestinians, arrested 364 in March 242014
Palestine Solidarity Project 3 Apr 2014 – Israel killed 12 Palestinians, arrested 364 in March Twelve Palestinians were killed and 364 arrested by Israeli forces in Gaza Strip and the West Bank during March, a study released yesterday has found. The information appeared in the annual report issued by Ahrar Centre for Prisoners…

Aoun aims to replace Kahwaji, fears he could be next president
Al-Akhbar News 3 Apr 2014 – MP Michel Aoun. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) MP Michel Aoun. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) For the last three years the army has remained Lebanon s only functioning institution. To some extent, it managed to withstand all the political campaigns and armed attacks that targeted it, including the recent spate…

Sudanese agents seize copies of communist newspaper
Al-Akhbar News 3 Apr 2014 – Sudanese state security agents have seized copies of the Communist party newspaper one month after it was allowed to resume publishing following a two-year shutdown, the editor said on Thursday. The seizure of Al-Midan comes despite government claims that freedoms are widening in the country. “It…

A journey through Syria s Daraa
Al-Akhbar News 3 Apr 2014 – An armed car driving through the Daraa goveronate. (Photo: Al-Akhbar ) An armed car driving through the Daraa goveronate. (Photo: Al-Akhbar ) For over an hour and a half, our car cut its way through the Hauran plateau at great speed. On the road from Damascus to the…

Saudi Arabia sentences al-Qaeda member to death
Al-Akhbar News 3 Apr 2014 – A Saudi court on Wednesday sentenced a top al-Qaeda strategist to death and jailed 15 others for their role in a series of attacks in the kingdom last decade, Saudi newspapers reported on Thursday. The judge ordered that the body of Faris al-Zahrani, also known as…

Indonesian maid spared Saudi death
BBC 3 Apr 2014 – A campaign in Indonesia, with help from the government, has raised enough money to prevent an Indonesian maid being executed in Saudi Arabia.

Hezbollah sanctions bill targets central banks
Al-Monitor 3 Apr 2014 – The House Foreign Affairs Committee is set to unveil a new sanctions bill targeting the Iran-backed militia

US official calls for Lebanon to accelerate oil process
Al-Monitor 3 Apr 2014 – In an interview with As-Safir, US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy Am
os Hochstein talks about the urgent need for the Lebanese government to start the process of drilling for oil and gas to keep up with neighboring countries.

Gaza theaters battle censorship, conservatism
Al-Monitor 3 Apr 2014 – A lack of female performers, the siege and close monitoring by the Hamas government has resulted in a dwindling Gaza theater industry.

Iraqi soldiers kill more than 40 rebels near Baghdad
Al-Akhbar News 3 Apr 2014 – A member of Iraq’s security forces stands guard during a religious gathering in the central Shia shrine city of Najaf on April 3, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Haider Hamdani) A member of Iraq’s security forces stands guard during a religious gathering in the central Shia shrine…

Armenian-Americans blame Turkey for Kassab invasion
Al-Monitor 3 Apr 2014 – The jihadist attack on the Armenian Syrian town of Kassab has raised more questions about Turkey s support for Islamic groups fighting in Syria.

Tripoli: Short-term appeasement, or long-term security?
Al-Akhbar News 3 Apr 2014 – A Lebanese woman greets army soldiers on top of a tank as they patrol the streets of the Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on April 2, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Ibrahim Chalhoub) A Lebanese woman greets army soldiers on top of…

Twitter still blocked in Turkey despite court order
Al-Akhbar News 3 Apr 2014 – Turkey’s government faced growing pressure Thursday to quickly implement a top court order to unblock Twitter, which it had banned after damaging leaks had spread on the social media site. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered the block on March 20 in the lead-up to last…

Lapid goes after nepotism in government companies
Al-Monitor 3 Apr 2014 – Seven years after a state comptroller’s report on nepotism, Finance Minister Yair Lapid imposes new regulations designed to reduce corruption in Israel’s major public companies.

Israeli forces demolish Bedouin neighborhood in East Jerusalem
Al-Akhbar News 3 Apr 2014 – Israeli forces demolished a Bedouin encampment in East Jerusalem early on Thursday, Ma an news agency reported, in the latest incident of Zionist eviction policies against Palestinians. Large numbers of special Israeli forces stormed the neighborhood of Jabal al-Baba east of al-Ezariya and demolished several mobile dwellings…

Lebanese soldiers shoot dead Syrian man near Ersal
Al-Akhbar News 3 Apr 2014 – Updated 2:50 pm: Lebanese soldiers shot dead a Syrian man and wounded two others Thursday after the men allegedly refused orders to stop at a checkpoint near the eastern town of Ersal, the army said. In a statement carried by Lebanon’s National News Agency, the army…

Israeli start-up warned Chile’s citizens of tsunami
Al-Monitor 3 Apr 2014 – Millions of Chileans left their homes Tuesday night, having received notice of an approaching tsunami through a text message with the help of a system provided by the Israeli start-up eVigilo.

Iran cleric: Khamenei, Rafsanjani have ‘fundamental differences’
Al-Monitor 3 Apr 2014 – An official from the Council for Policy of Friday Prayer Leaders has said that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani have “fundamental differences” on a variety of issues.

Why didn’t Erdogan lose in local elections?
Al-Monitor 3 Apr 2014 – Despite the many controversies affecting the ruling Turkish Justice and Development Party (AKP), the party was successful in the local elections due to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s success in persuading his constituency to dismiss these claims.

Abbas UN move brings legality to talks with Israel
Al-Monitor 3 Apr 2014 – The Palestinian effort to join UN bodies is a step forward in restoring balance to the current negotiations.

Hamas soldiers to preach in Gaza s mosques
Al-Akhbar News 3 Apr 2014 – A member of the Palestinian security forces aims during a target shooting session using a makeshift laser gun in the police training headquarters of the Hamas authorities in Gaza City on March 27, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Mahmud Hams) A member of the Palestinian security forces aims during…

Iraq s homeless suffer from neglect, exploitation
Al-Monitor 3 Apr 2014 – Homeless people in Iraq are often neglected by the state, and some armed groups take advantage of their situation to try to recruit them.

‘Million Syria refugees’ in Lebanon
BBC 3 Apr 2014 – The number of refugees who have fled Syria and registered in Lebanon has surpassed the “devastating milestone” of one million, the UN says.

Former Algeria official: US, Qatar ‘interfering’ in presidential polls
Al-Monitor 3 Apr 2014 – Halim bin Atallah accuses the United States and Qatar of trying to intervene in Algeria’s internal affairs following recent visits by Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Women fail to make big gains in local Turkish polls
Al-Monitor 3 Apr 2014 – Although Turkey’s recent local elections led to a slight increase in female mayors, most are from the Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party, with very few gains for women in the ruling Justice and Development Party.

VIDEO: Why Kim Kardashian is tweeting about S
yria

BBC 2 Apr 2014 – Why US reality TV star is tweeting about the conflict in Syria

Syrians fear permanent exile in Lebanon’s camps
BBC 2 Apr 2014 – Syrian refugees fear long wait in Lebanon’s Palestinian camps

VIDEO: Refugee: I’d live anywhere but here
BBC 2 Apr 2014 – BBC News meets some of the Syrian refugees inside the Sabra and Shatila camps in Lebanon.

Algeria: Public apathetic as presidential elections approach
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Regional developments to determine presidential election date
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Articles


New Lows for Obama s Failed Middle East Policy
Shamus Cooke, CounterPunch 4/3/2014
How Low Can Low Go?
Obama seemed so traumatized by his Middle East blunders he decided to take a break, giving Ukraine a try instead. The distraction was just what the president needed. And the U.S. media followed obediently, while barely glancing at the flames in the rear-view mirror until another explosion piqued their interest. The predictable break down of peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians occurred when the Palestinian Authority backed out of a peace process they had zero to gain from.
Yet another failure after a string of Middle East fiascoes: Obama s failed surge in Afghanistan, his disastrous bombing campaign and regime change in Libya (an international crime initially cheered as a success in the U.S. media), and his catastrophic proxy war in Syria, which grinds on with no end in sight and which helped re-ignite the Iraq conflict another success turned disaster for U.S. foreign policy.
Obama has turned away in denial from the chaos he helped create, but the Middle East is still there, still in crisis, and balancing on a razor s edge: Israel has bombed Syria and the Palestinian territories several times in recent months; while al-Qaeda style extremists still dominate giant swaths of Iraq and Syria (thanks to Obama s Syrian proxy war). Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt are especially combustible, though one could make such an argument for every single country in the region. Obama s proxy war in Syria is acting as the fuel.
Having turned away from the Middle East, Obama has been throwing fresh flames at Russia; perhaps Obama s policy in Ukraine backing a fascist-filled provisional government will be more successful than his policy in Syria supporting a Jihadi-packed political opposition. more..e-mail

Rosenberg’s conundrum: Zionism vs reality
Lawrence Davidson, Redress 4/3/2014
Michael Jay Rosenberg is a well-known, sharp-minded critic of the Israeli government. But he is also a liberal Zionist who believes in the legitimacy and necessity of a Jewish state. This point of view has led him to attack the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement in a recent piece, The goal of BDS is dismantling Israel . In the process he seriously underestimates the movement s scope and potential in an effort to convince himself and others that BDS has no chance of actually achieving the goal he ascribes to it. However, the only evidence he cites of the movement s weakness is the recent failure of the University of Michigan s student government to pass a divestment resolution. At the same time he fails to mention an almost simultaneous decision by Chicago s Loyola University student government to seek divestment. Rosenberg also makes no reference to BDS s steady and impressive efforts in Europe.
Rosenberg continues by asserting that the reason the boycott movement keeps failing is because its goal is to destroy Israel rather than to attack the occupation and pressure for a two-state solution. The BDS movement is not targeting the occupation per se. Its goal is to end the state of Israel itself. What does that mean? Well, according to Rosenberg it means replacing Israel itself with a state that would be in theory, hospitable to Jews [but] would no longer be Israel .
At this juncture there are several points in Rosenberg s thinking that warrant scrutiny. First of all, his emphasis on in theory in the comment above implies that, in his view, only a Zionist state can really be hospitable to Jews . Take the Zionism out of Israel and you really have to take the Jews out as well.
One can understand his concern, since he is aware of the wrongs committed by the Israeli government and knows that reconciliation with the Palestinians will not come easily. However, given the right sort of compromises, his fear for the well-being of Jews in a non-Zionist Israel does not have to necessarily translate into fact. more..e-mail

Palestinians must abandon the peace process
Ghada Karmi, Al Jazeera 4/3/2014
Palestinians should not accept the current peace deal proposed by the US.
No term in the Israeli-Palestinians political lexicon has been so abused or so denuded of meaning as the “peace process”. It was set up after the Oslo Accords in 1993, to settle the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians by peaceful negotiations, but has led nowhere.
Yet it is still ongoing, its latest manifestation launched in August 2013, when US Secretary of State John Kerry put forward an ambitious plan to resolve all the major issues that have bedevilled the conflict within the space of nine months. The result he envisaged was a “final-status agreement” over borders, security, Jerusalem and refugees, which when resolved, would supposedly end the conflict for good.
Now close to the deadline proposed by Kerry, it is clear that no settlement is in the offing. Desperate to salvage the process, Kerry has come up with the idea of a “Framework Agreement” that sets out basic principles for the two sides to negotiate on in future. This, he hopes, will keep the “peace process” going for longer.
Thwarting peace
Yet Israel’s policy has been the exact opposite. In December 2013, Israeli ministers voted eight to three to annex the Jordan valley, and from the start of this year, West Bank settlements were set to be expanded by 2,553 new housing units. A law preventing the Israeli prime minister from discussing the status of Jerusalem or the refugee issue at the peace talks without prior majority approval from the Israeli parliament, was proposed in January. more..e-mail

Abbas shows he can go to UN and negotiate
Daoud Kuttab, Ma an News Agency 4/3/2014
Modern technological development has brought with it the term multitasking, a term that replaced the popular “Can you chew and walk at the same time”.
Palestinian negotiators are now facing the tough challenge of applying to join various UN agencies while, at the same time, agreeing, to continue peace talks until the end of April.
The action was publicly demonstrated by President Mahmoud Abbas who signed, on Tuesday, a document allowing the state of Palestine to join 15 different international treaties.
Until recently, it was believed that Palestinians had to choose between joining international agencies or participating in the negotiations.
US Secretary of State John Kerry had extracted a commitment from Palestinians to refrain from such actions in return for Israel’s release of 104 Palestinian prisoners who have spent more than 20 years in Israeli jails.
The release of those prisoners, held since before the start of the Oslo peace process, was agreed to during the Sharm el-Sheikh agreement signed in September 1999.
Instead of releasing all the prisoners at one time, the Israelis decided on four stages, the last of which was due to take place at the end of March. However, Israel chose not to release of the final batch, insisting that they be released only if Palestinians agree to extend the talks that are due to conclude at the end of April. more..e-mail

Diseases rise among besieged Palestinians in Syria
Electronic Intifada: 3 Apr 2014 – Classrooms have had to close in Yarmouk camp because of contagious illnesses. more..

Kerry’s Looming Deadline and the Peace Process Industry
Palestine Chronicle: 3 Apr 2014 – By Ramzy Baroud 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 itself. The Obama administration must now conjure up an escape route to avoid a political crisis if the talks are to fail, as they surely will. Chances are the Americans knew well that peace under the current circumstances is simply not attainable. The Israeli government s coalition is so adamantly anti-Arab, anti-peace and anti any kind of agreement that would fall short from endorsing the Israeli apartheid-like occupation, predicated on colonial expansion, annexations of borders, land confiscation, control of holy places and much more. Ideally for Benjamin Netanyahu and his allies in the right, far-right and ultranationalists, Palestinians would need to be crammed in disjointed communities, separated from each other by walls, Jewish settlements, Jewish-only bypass roads, checkpoints, security fences,…more

BDS is Irrelevant
Dissident Voice: 3 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 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 m
ovement s website 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 the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality;…
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