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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
23 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. [

PCHR Latest

(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

The Guardian

Ha'aretz National page

  • New bill seeks to worsen conditions of incarceration for terrorists 
    Mon, 23 Mar 2009 23:49:42 GMT+02:00
    MK Yariv Levin (Likud) and MK Yoel Hasson (Kadima) on Monday submitted a bill that would worsen the conditions of incarceration for inmates who were convicted of involvement in terrorism or membership in an organization that holds hostages, and deny them existing privileges. ...
  • Labor, Likud in marathon talks for coalition deal
    Mon, 23 Mar 2009 23:23:23 GMT+02:00
    Labor and Likud representatives resumed coalition negotiations in Kfar Hamakabiya on Monday in a marathon bid to wrap up an agreement and ensure the former's entry into a coalition led by Benjamin Netanyahu. ...
  • Ultra-Orthodox pressure Lieberman to yield on conversion reform
    Mon, 23 Mar 2009 22:02:32 GMT+02:00
    United Torah Judaism chairman Ya'akov Litzman met on Monday evening with Avigdor Lieberman in Jerusalem in a bid to persuade the Yisrael Beiteinu chief to soften his stance on conversions so as to enable the Haredi faction to enter the coalition. ...
  • Teachers to hold symbolic strike to protest attack on school principal
    Mon, 23 Mar 2009 21:40:04 GMT+02:00
    The Secondary School Teachers Association (SSTA) announced Monday that it would hold a one-hour-long strike Tuesday morning to protest an attack on a high school principal by a student's parent. ...
  • 'Hamas won't close door to talks until all prisoners released'
    Mon, 23 Mar 2009 21:27:41 GMT+02:00
    The Hamas deputy chief said Monday his group is ready to resume talks with Egyptian officials in order to reach a prisoner exchange deal with Israel as soon as possible. ...

Relief Web

YNet News

  • Marathon negotiations between Labor, Likud
    The Likud and Labor launched a marathon negotiation session on Monday evening, in a bid to reach the finish line before Labor votes on whether to enter a coalition under Benjamin Netanyahu. Minister Shalom ...
  • Umm al-Fahm: 'Marzel, tomorrow we'll dig your grave'
    Umm al-Fahm residents vowed on Monday to prevent the entrance of rightists, headed Baruch Marzel, planning to march and rally in the city on Tuesday. Many of the townspeople, enraged, protested in front of the ...
  • Third of American Jews: Lieberman weakens our bond with Israel
    Washington- According to a poll conducted by liberal American lobby group 'J Street,' 32% of American Jews say that the appointment of Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman as a cabinet minister will weaken ...
  • UN report accuses Israel of using human shields
    Israeli soldiers used an 11-year-old Palestinian boy as a human shield during the war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, UN human rights experts said Monday. The IDF ordered the boy to walk in front of ...
  • Police thwart underworld bombing
    Four people have been arrested over the past several weeks by detectives from the Jerusalem District's Central Unit over an alleged plot to detonate an explosive charge in central Israel. The details of the case ...
  • Fatah wanted men rooting for Barak
    Unlikely supporters: High-ranking Fatah members who used to be on Israel's most wanted list are following Labor's negotiations with the Likud closely, for fear that a new defense minister may overturn the Ehud ...
  • Firebrand sheikh arrested on assault charges
    Controversial Islamic leader, Sheikh Raed Salah, was arrested along with his bodyguard on Monday afternoon after he allegedly tried to assault police officers in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in east Jerusalem. ...
Labor reps after meeting with Likud: We have our red lines
Minister Simhon says 'major obstacles' expected in coalition talks, but adds, (16:01 , 03.23.09 )


Daily Star

  • Turkey's Gul makes landmark visit to Iraq 
    Tuesday, March 24, 2009
    Iraq on Monday warned Turkish Kurdish rebels based in its northern mountains to lay down their guns or leave the country, during a landmark visit by Turkey's President Abdullah Gul. "The PKK has two choices: lay down its guns or leave Iraq," President Jalal Talabani, himself a Kurd, said of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) at a joint news.
  • Discovery, space station maneuver to dodge debris 
    Tuesday, March 24, 2009
    US space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station maneuvered to avoid debris during Monday's spacewalk, dropping into a lower orbit, NASA officials said. Firing its steering jets, Discovery turned the shuttle and space station 180 degrees for three hours Sunday to increase drag.
  • Netanyahu inks deal with ultra-religious Shas as Barak mulls joining coalition 
    Tuesday, March 24, 2009
    Israeli Premier-designate Benjamin Netanyahu inched closer to forming a government Monday, inking his second coalition deal as he waited for the divided center-left Labor party to decide whether to join his cabinet. An agreement between Netanyahu's right-wing Likud and the ultra-Orthodox Shas.
  • Yemeni court sentences Islamist to death for alleged contact with Olmert 
    Tuesday, March 24, 2009
    A Yemeni court on Monday condemned an Islamist to death for establishing contact with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and offering to collaborate with the Zionist state.Bassam al-Haidari, 26, was found guilty of writing directly to the prime minister of Israel by email, offering to work for the Jewish state.
  • Israeli troops used 11-year-old as human shield in Gaza - UN 
    Tuesday, March 24, 2009
    Israeli troops used an 11-year-old Palestinian boy as a human shield during its war in the Gaza Strip, UN human rights experts said on Monday. The Israeli military ordered the boy to walk in front of soldiers being fired on in the Gaza neighborhood of Tel al-Hawa and enter buildings before them, said the UN secretary general's.
  • No grounds to compensate Libya over Gadhafi arrest, Switzerland says 
    Tuesday, March 24, 2009
    Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey said Monday there were no grounds to compensate Libya over the arrest of a son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi last July. Calmy Rey and Geneva local government officials maintain that police were not at fault when Hannibal Gadhafi and his wife were arrested in a luxury hotel.
  • Iran says West must respect will of Afghan people 
    Tuesday, March 24, 2009
    Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, ahead of a March 31 conference on Afghanistan, said the West must respect the will of the Afghan people, the official IRNA news agency reported on Monday. Iran has been invited by the United States to attend the conference in The Hague, but has not yet confirmed its participation.
  • Sudan's Bashir defies ICC arrest warrant with Eritrea visit 
    Tuesday, March 24, 2009
    Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrived in Eritrea Monday on his first foreign trip since the issue of an international arrest warrant for alleged war crimes, Eritrea's information minister said. "It is a one-day visit, it's a very normal visit from one president to another. He is responding to an invitation by President Issaias Afeworki," Ali Abdu told by phone from Asmara.

Palestinian Information Center

Los Angeles Times

  • Oil's decline threatens Sudan government
    Mon, 23 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0700
    Officials, who have used petrodollars to solve their political problems, may not be able to quell public anger over a troubled economy. Ask a Sudanese citizen what troubles him these days and he might not even mention Darfur or the International Criminal Court arrest warrant against the president.
  • Supporters rejoice as Pakistan chief justice quietly resumes duties
    Mon, 23 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0700
    His 2007 ouster from the bench sparked protests that grew into a broad pro-democracy movement and helped topple a government. The current government has been split by the jurist's reinstatement. Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, who became a symbol of resistance to military rule in Pakistan, quietly resumed his duties Sunday after an incendiary two-year political confrontation that brought down one government and threatened another.
  • Video shows British hostage held in Iraq for nearly 2 years
    Mon, 23 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0700
    The British Embassy confirms it received new footage. The BBC reports that it shows a consultant kidnapped in May 2007 saying he and the 4 security guards abducted with him are being treated well. The British Embassy said Sunday it has received a new video showing one of five British hostages seized by gunmen at Iraq's finance ministry nearly two years ago.

New York Times


Electronic Intifada

  • Pressure mounts on Egypt to deliver results
    Mon, 23 Mar 2009 11:57:06 PST
    WASHINGTON (IPS) - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak weathered the recent war in neighboring Gaza much more successfully than many observers had expected, and after the war ended on 18 January he emerged as the sole mediator in negotiations over stabilizing the ceasefire and other key related issues.
  • Euros do not buy the Palestinians political rights
    Mon, 23 Mar 2009 06:44:43 PST
    The EU has always strived to appear impartial and even-handed in its dealings with Israel and the Palestinians. Certainly, it does not openly favor one party over the other and it has proved more willing than the US to grant the Palestinians a degree of sympathy. However, a closer inspection of where the donated euros really go reveals that European policy has only contributed to the ongoing politicide of the Palestinians. Pepijn van Houwelingen comments for The Electronic Intifada.
    Tales To Tell

March 23: "Fire also upon rescue"?
?it said in the ?how to run an Israeli incursion? notes a commander appears to have left behind (doh) near Jabalia, according to Haaretz. Just in case the Palestine medics thought it was accidental. I shouldn?t read the comments that follow articles like this that try to speak out within Israel, but inevitably I do?and it?s kind of funny how half of them appear to be from such ignorant and rascist people that all by themselves they totally provid...

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 ...

Choosing between Funding and National Cause
Mon, 23 Mar 2009 17:03:53 -0400
By Hasan Afif El-HasanThe policies of the Israeli governments and the settlers' movement have rendered the chances for a real durable peace and the so called 'two-state solution' dead, even if some Arab and Palestinian leaders are still optimistic about the prospects for a just peace. The condition of the Palestinian politics today is hopeless, not only because the defenseless Palestinians living under occupation are besieged, starved, massacred,...
  • Israel's Most Revolting Law?
    Mon, 23 Mar 2009 16:44:14 -0400
    By Uri Avnery – Israel The most important sentence written in Israel this week was lost in the general tumult of exciting events.Really exciting: In a final act of villainy, typical of his whole tenure as Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert abandoned the captive soldier, Gilad Shalit.Ehud Barak decided that the Labor Party must join the ultra-right government, which includes outright fascists.And this, too: the former President of Israel was officia...