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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
22 March, 2009

International Middle East Media Center

Ha'aretz Defense page

Ma'an News



  • OPT: From Guangzhou to Gaza - underground
    GAZA CITY Thursday, March 19, 2009 (IRIN) - The main kitchenware supplier in Gaza, Al-Dahshan Company, last received a shipment from Israel over two years ago through the Karni crossing.
  • In Brief: Good and bad news for world's forests
    DAKAR Monday, March 16, 2009 (IRIN) - In its biennial State of the World?s Forests 2009 report, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) notes that climate change and economic recession present both challenges and opportunities for the world?s nearly four billion hectares of forest. While a protracted economic slump may increase illegal logging in cash-strapped areas and reduce governments? commitment to green goals, declining demand worldwide for wood products and commercial forest-cultivated food may also save some forests ? in the short term.

Palestine News Network

  • Three injured, including Americans, at Bil'in's weekly nonviolent demonstration marking Al ...
    Fri, 20 Mar 2009 12:28:33 +0100
    Bil'in / Iyad Burnat - The residents of Bil'in marched towards the wall today after the Friday prayer. The protest was joined by Israeli and international activists. Protesters carried a huge banner remarking the 41st anniversary of Al-Karama.Banners condemning Israeli’s ongoing racist policies and violence against civilians, especially in Jerusalem where Palestinians are facing ethnic cleansing were also carried. The protest bega...
  • Egyptian sources: the final decision on prisoner exchange remains unsettled
    Fri, 20 Mar 2009 11:57:29 +0100
    Cairo / PNN - Egyptian sources told the press Friday that the final decision with respect to the exchange of some of the 11,000 Palestinians in Israeli prisons for the captured Israeli soldiers has yet to be resolved. Sources in Tel Aviv say that the crucial decision regarding the deal for the captured soldier Gilad Shalit deal will be taken by the current Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in the remaining days of his mandate. The sources described Olme...
  • Turkish TV soon to launch in Arabic
    Fri, 20 Mar 2009 10:58:29 +0100
    Ankara / PNN - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that preparations are underway for an impending launch of the Arabic version of Turkish state-owned television.Erdogan became a national hero when he told the Israeli President at the World Economic Forum, You know very well how to kill. Erdogan said in a statement to the news channel RTL TGV that preparations to launch the TV channel in question had reached the final stage...
  • From Jenin 2002 to Gaza 2008/9 - A commander ordered troops to kill an elderly woman
    Fri, 20 Mar 2009 02:08:18 +0100
    Kristen Ess - I have to say on an editorial note that these stories from Gaza of racist writings on the walls of homes, the property destruction, in addition to the rapid and rampant killings and beatings of Palestinians, the use of human shields (tying children to tanks) and the admittance of atrocities by Israeli soldiers in Gaza are terrifyingly reminiscent of what I witnessed, and then later read in accounts by soldiers, of the massacre in Je...
  • PNN reveals the secrets of computer piracy and hacking, and how to prevent becoming a victim
    Fri, 20 Mar 2009 00:59:38 +0100
    PNN exclusive / Hiba Lama - It seems that the world has stopped being as big as our ancestors once believed it to be. In fact it has become a small village and you and I enter through its golden gates referred to as www dot which let you in on an endless world of information, news, images, books and entertainment. We don't even look at clocks for the time anymore. A quick glance at one's computer is all it takes. As the saying goes, &ld...
  • Bethlehem’s Al Kul TV begins series on human rights in the PA
    Thu, 19 Mar 2009 09:33:34 +0100
    Bethlehem / PNN - Al Kul (means together in English) Television, a partner of PNN and Holy Land Trust, is implementing a ground-breaking project. From their televisions and radios Palestinians will now see and hear on a weekly basis discussions and solutions on the situation of human rights concerning, not the Israeli occupation this time, but rather the Palestinian Authority. Generous support is coming from the European Union.The project will c...
  • Palestinian member of Israeli Knesset being charged with participation in nonviolent demonstrations
    Thu, 19 Mar 2009 07:57:30 +0100
    PNN exclusive / Fadi Yacoub — Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, Mohammad Barakeh, remains under threat.On Thursday the Israeli police conducted an investigation against Barakeh, Chairman of the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality in the Knesset for allegedly "disrupting the work of the police a year and a half ago," he told PNN. He was participating in a nonviolent demonstration with the family victims of the Israel...

Stop The Wall

  • Occupation targets media and youth in Jayyous village
    March 21st, 2009 --, On Friday, the youth of Jayyous lead another demonstration against the Wall that is isolating their village from its land. The Israeli military attacked the village attempting to destroy one home and injuring three. [
  • Wadi Rasha protest halts uprooting for several hours
    March 15th, 2009 --, Villagers from Wadi Rasha, Ras Tira, and Daba'a held a protest against the destruction of their olive droves and managed to block Occupation machinery for much of the morning. Every day, Occupation forces uproot as many as 40 mature olives trees in their efforts to clear a path for the Wall on village land. [

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PCHR Weekly Report

  • (12- 18 March  2008)
    During the reporting period, IOF injured 19 Palestinian civilians, including nine children, and an American human rights defender in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

  • Hamas: Israel deceived us during Shalit talks
    Sun, 22 Mar 2009 21:55:56 GMT+02:00
    Hamas' exiled political leader said Sunday that the Islamist group was prepared to release abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in a prisoner swap deal, but accused Israel of refusing its gestures and complicating matters. ...
  • Iran responds to Obama offer, says not shutting door to thaw
    Sun, 22 Mar 2009 20:43:32 GMT+02:00
    Iran has responded to U.S. President Barack Obama's offer of better relations by demanding policy changes from Washington, but added that the Islamic state is not closing the door to a possible thaw in ties with its old foe. ...
  • Peres' holiday greetings to the people of Iran
    Sun, 22 Mar 2009 20:41:33 GMT+02:00
    The following is the complete text of President Peres' message to the Iranian people: ...
  • 'Kerry's Jewish brother named to top post at Commerce Department'
    Sun, 22 Mar 2009 19:27:42 GMT+02:00
    Cam Kerry, the brother of former presidential candidate Senator John Kerry who also serves as vice chairman of the National Jewish Democratic Council, has been named to a key post in the Obama administration, the Jewish Telegraph Agency reported on Sunday. ...
  • Labor 'rebels' lambaste Barak efforts to join coalition
    Sun, 22 Mar 2009 18:51:59 GMT+02:00
    A group of Labor lawmakers vowed on Sunday to block their leader Ehud Barak's efforts to bring the center-left party into a Likud-led coalition. ...

The Guardian

Ha'aretz National page

Relief Web

YNet News

  • Olmert warns against joining Likud government
    The rhetoric was pointedly harsh and the message had a clear address – Ehud Barak. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert launched an assault at Sunday's cabinet meeting against politicians leaning towards joining a ...
  • Vilnai: Conquer parts of Gaza
    Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai called for another incursion into Gaza on Sunday, negating the opinion of his superior, Ehud Barak, who is generally in favor of securing a ceasefire with Hamas. "We need ...
  • Lod clan claims police discrimination
    Twelve members of Lod's Abu-Ktifan clan, arrested Saturday on suspicion that they assaulted police officers, were released Sunday on restricted parole. The clan is now claiming the police treated them with ...
  • Barak rescinds orders to demolish settlement homes
    Defense Minister Ehud Barak prevented the demolition of settler homes built on Palestinian land, it has emerged from the state's response to a High Court petition filed on behalf of the Palestinian residents. ...
  • Gaza protest displays caged Shalit effigy
    Relatives of Palestinian security prisoners held in Israel outside Gaza's Ministry for Prisoner Affairs on Sunday, demanding their loved ones immediate release. Family members held up framed pictures of their ...
  • Haifa: Mall's exterior parking lot excluded from security guidelines
    Less than a day after a deadly terror attack was thwarted in Haifa's Lev HaMifratz shopping mall, it has become clear that the external parking lot was left unsecured, effectively enabling the terrorists to park ...
  • Mashaal: We know Olmert is bluffing
    Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal accused Israel of constantly changing negotiation conditions for a prisoner exchange deal and of trying to bluff, in a Sunday interview to Italian daily La Repubblica, speaking ...


Daily Star

  • Anger and struggles six years after US invasion of Iraq 
    Saturday, March 21, 2009
    Thousands of followers of anti-American Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called for an end to US occupation of Iraq on Friday, but the government ignored the sixth anniversary of the invasion. Death tolls have tumbled since Iraq's deadliest days in late 2007, and in just three months time American forces are to withdraw from major cities.
  • Jordan, Syria patch up ties ahead of Arab summit 
    Saturday, March 21, 2009
    Jordan's King Abdullah II and Syrian President Bashar Assad called in a meeting on Friday for Arab leaders to patch up their differences ahead of their summit later this month in Qatar. "The two leaders stressed the need for a purification of the Arab climate," the palace said after talks between the king and Assad, making a brief visit to Amman, his first in five years.
  • US vessels collide in Strait of Hormuz
    Saturday, March 21, 2009
    A nuclear-powered US submarine and an amphibious vessel collided in the Strait of Hormuz Friday, slightly injuring 15 sailors and causing a fuel spill, the US Navy said. "The collision between USS Hartford (SSN 768) and USS New Orleans (LPD 18) occurred at approximately 1:00 a.m. local time (2030 GMT on Thursday)," the Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet said.
  • Iran plays down message from Obama
    Saturday, March 21, 2009
    The United States has a set of next steps planned to encourage dialogue with Tehran after the release of President Barack Obama's video message to Iran's leaders and people, the White House said Friday. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs was asked whether it was hoped that the message released earlier would be the start of.
  • Netanyahu gets more time to form broad coalition
    Saturday, March 21, 2009
    Israel's prime minister-designate, Benjamin Netanyahu, was granted an extra two weeks on Friday to form a government he hopes would be as broad as possible, the presidency said. The hawkish Likud leader wants to avoid giving too much clout to far-right and religious parties and will use the extra time to try to convince the center-left.
  • Obama offers Iran 'new beginning' 
    Saturday, March 21, 2009
    US President Barack Obama's landmark call for a "new beginning" with arch-foe Iran drew international praise on Friday, with world leaders hoping Tehran will react positively to Washington's olive branch. Obama's statement marking Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, marked a clear break with the policies of the previous administration of president George W. Bush.
  • Full text of Obama's address to Iranian people and leaders 
    Saturday, March 21, 2009
    US President Barack Obama spoke "directly" to Iran's people and leaders in a videotaped message released Friday to coincide with the Nowruz new year holiday, the White House said. Here is the full text of the message: "Today I want to extend my very best wishes to all who are celebrating Nowruz around the world.
  • Opposition keeps up pressure on Sarkozy to boost wages 
    Saturday, March 21, 2009
    Opposition leaders piled pressure on French President Nicolas Sarkozy Friday to boost low wages and cap executive bonuses after more than a million striking workers marched in anger at the government. Factory and white-collar workers from across the private sector joined a million civil servants Thursday in France's second nationwide strike in two months.

Palestinian Information Center

Los Angeles Times

  • U.S. missile strikes take heavy toll on Al Qaeda, officials say
    Sun, 22 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0700
    Predator drone attacks in northwest Pakistan have increased sharply since Bush last year stopped seeking Pakistan's permission. Obama may keep pace as officials speak of confusion in Al Qaeda ranks. An intense, six-month campaign of Predator strikes in Pakistan has taken such a toll on Al Qaeda that militants have begun turning violently on one another out of confusion and distrust, U.S. intelligence and counter-terrorism officials say.
  • Iran's Khamenei says Obama overture not enough
    Sun, 22 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0700
    Supreme leader Ali Khamenei says Tehran seeks U.S. policy shifts, not merely 'changes in words.' The U.S., he says, could begin by ending economic sanctions and retracting 'hostile propaganda.' Iran's most powerful figure dismissed President Obama's extraordinary Persian New Year greeting, insisting Saturday that the U.S. administration's actions must match its rhetoric before Tehran would alter its foreign policy, in an apparent attempt to keep the political establishment unified behind an anti-American posture.
  • Obama criticizes Cheney's approach to terrorism in '60 Minutes' interview
    Sun, 22 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0700
    The president also addresses the U.S. financial crisis, healthcare, automaker bailouts, Afghanistan and Pakistan in the CBS segment, which is scheduled to air Sunday evening. President Obama, rejecting former Vice President Dick Cheney's contention that Obama has put the nation at greater risk of terrorism, suggests in an interview airing tonight on "60 Minutes" that the previous administration's stance was an "advertisement for anti-American sentiment."

New York Times


Electronic Intifada
  • Israel using excessive force against protesters
    Sun, 22 Mar 2009 12:47:16 PST
    RAMALLAH, occupied West Bank (IPS) - The critical wounding of a US activist has highlighted the excessive use of force by Israeli forces. The activist, Tristan Anderson, 38, was shot in the head by Israeli soldiers during a protest against Israel's separation barrier in the occupied Palestinian West Bank last week. He remains in intensive care in Tel Hashomer Hospital in Tel Aviv.
  • From Guangzhou to Gaza -- underground
    Fri, 20 Mar 2009 16:09:16 PST
    GAZA CITY (IRIN) - The main kitchenware supplier in Gaza, al-Dahshan Company, last received a shipment from Israel over two years ago through the Karni crossing. Karni, the only commercial crossing with the facilities to allow large numbers of trucks to enter Gaza, has been closed since June 2007 except for the conveyor belt that operates for grain deliveries.

Tales To Tell

  • March 19: Speaking truth to power
    January 09 art from children at the Al Amal Centre, Khan Younis, We were back at Faraheen this morning accompanying farmers again, eyeing the jeeps driving along the Israeli border while our farmers removed the irrigation pipes from one of the fields we have visited regularly. Since Mohammed was shot in the leg, the farmer here has decided to give up on this field, its convenient well, and its half-grown parsley crop - 200,000 shekels worth - in ...
  • March 16: Worth no more, worth no less
    Today's mural for the over 1,400 dead reads 'Gaza in my heart'., Our Rafah ISM colleagues (both of whom worked with Rachel) invited us south for a commemoration kite-flying today; 1 kite to comemorate ISMer Rachel Corrie who was killed by Israel on this day in 2003, and 14 kites to commemorate the over 1,400 Palestinians killed by Israel in Dec 08/Jan 09. They also invited local artists to paint a section of the Israeli wall near where Rachel was...

Palestine Chronicle

  • Intifada: A Third Chapter
    Fri, 20 Mar 2009 13:30:42 -0400
    By Ramzy Baroud Though the dust has settled in Gaza, the rubble from the untold number of demolished buildings, homes and mosques is far from being cleared away. Graves continue to receive victims, young and old alike, from Israel's most recent offensive. And in the midst of this, with the hopes of some respite and recovery on the horizon, rumors of a third Intifada swell among politicians, scholars and everyday people alike. While the first and ...
  • The Israeli Terror: My Friend Tristan
    Fri, 20 Mar 2009 13:19:13 -0400
    By David RovicsI was in Olympia, Washington driving towards Evergreen State College when I got a phone call from someone in the occupied West Bank of Palestine. An Evergreen graduate named Rachel Corrie had been killed a few days before by an Israeli soldier in an armored bulldozer, and someone with an Australian accent on my cell phone named Tom was wondering whether it was OK for the International Solidarity Movement to use the lyrics to a song...