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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
24 March, 2009


International Middle East Media Center

Ha'aretz Defense page

Ma'an News



  • OPT: UN tracks rising violence against women in Gaza 
    GAZA CITY Tuesday, March 24, 2009 (IRIN) - The UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in Gaza, local Palestinian NGOs and mental health professionals are reporting increased incidents of domestic violence and sexual assault against women in Gaza since the beginning of 2009.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Water treatment kit for household grey water 
    ISTANBUL Monday, March 23, 2009 (IRIN) - A kit designed to treat household waste water for reuse could be one of the ways to tackle water scarcity in rural areas of the Middle East and North Africa, according to a Canadian organisation.

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

  • Friday protests continue against the Wall
    March 24th, 2009 --, This past Friday, people in Ni?lin, Ma?sara, Jayyous and Bi?lin held their weekly demonstrations. Hundreds turned out; some on the occasion of Mother?s Day and others in support of the American activist wounded the week prior in Ni?lin. Demonstrations in Wadi Rasha have halted for the time being, as Occupation forces have temporarily halted uprooting trees. [
  • 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. [

PCHR Latest

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

  • U.S. charges Irish firm over sales of aircraft parts to Iran
    Tue, 24 Mar 2009 21:30:28 GMT+02:00
    An Irish trading company and three of its officers have been charged with sending helicopter engines and other aircraft parts to Iran, according to an indictment unsealed in federal court Tuesday. ...
  • Gaza group wins world's largest prize for children's literature
    Tue, 24 Mar 2009 20:18:48 GMT+02:00
    A group helping children in Gaza and the West Bank to read and write has won a 5 million crown ($630,000) prize given in memory of "Pippi Longstocking" creator Astrid Lindgren, Sweden's Arts Council said on Tuesday. ...
  • 6 arrested over violent London protests against Israel's Gaza offensive
    Tue, 24 Mar 2009 16:54:30 GMT+02:00
    Six men suspected of involvement in violent protests outside the Israeli embassy in London against the Gaza offensive in January have been arrested in raids across the capital, police said on Tuesday. ...
  • Can look-alikes ease the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
    Tue, 24 Mar 2009 15:12:45 GMT+02:00
    Look-alikes wanted," said a half-page advertisement published last week in the news pages of Haaretz Hebrew edition, offering NIS 8,000 to anyone who knew individuals resembling the eight people whose head shot appeared in the ad. A fine-print clarification explained that the award for finding a single face double was NIS 1,000, to be divided equally between the person who sent in the photo and the subject of the photo. The ad was signed Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council. ...
  • Poll: 32% of U.S. Jews say Lieberman as FM will weaken link to Israel
    Tue, 24 Mar 2009 15:06:37 GMT+02:00
    At least 32 percent of American Jews say that Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman's appointment as Foreign Minister would weaken their personal link to Israel, according to a poll whose results were released Monday. ...

The Guardian

Ha'aretz National page

  • 'In Umm al-Fahm, we protected democracy'
    Tue, 24 Mar 2009 22:43:34 GMT+02:00
    Police Commissioner David Cohen on Tuesday said his officers protected Israel's democracy by quelling violent protests held against a march by far-rightists in the Israeli Arab town of Umm al-Fahm. ...
  • Labor votes in favor of joining Netanyahu coalition
    Tue, 24 Mar 2009 22:41:24 GMT+02:00
    The Labor Party Central Committee voted on Tuesday in favor of joining Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition, despite vocal opposition from within the party. ...
  • ANALYSIS / Netanyahu made an offer Barak couldn't refuse
    Tue, 24 Mar 2009 20:38:15 GMT+02:00
    There is no debate over two of the achievements of the Labor-Likud coalition agreement that was initialed on Tuesday morning: It was reached after negotiations unprecedented in their brevity - taking less than 24 hours - and it grants Labor a scandalous package of positions for its mere 13 Knesset seats, almost out of generosity. The deal gives the party five cabinet posts, including two of the most senior - Defense Minister and Trade and Industry Minister - and another two deputy ministerial positions. ...
  • Dummy bombs carried into Haifa-area malls undetected
    Tue, 24 Mar 2009 19:00:59 GMT+02:00
    Security personnel failed to detect dummy bombs smuggled in to several Haifa-area malls during a police exercise Tuesday. ...
  • Barak: A party of 13 MKs will have no voice in the opposition
    Tue, 24 Mar 2009 17:40:19 GMT+02:00
    In a last ditch effort to convince Labor Party member to support a coalition deal with Likud Chairman and Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu, Labor leader Ehud Barak on Tuesday declared that a Party of 13 MKs can have no real room to express its voice in the opposition. ...

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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

  • 27 killed in two bombings in Iraq
    Tue, 24 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0700
    A suicide bomber targets a Kurdish funeral in Diyala, killing 18. In the west Baghdad suburb of Abu Ghraib, a bomb hidden in garbage kills nine. A suicide bomber killed at least 18 people in an attack on a Kurdish farmer's funeral northeast of Baghdad, in an area rife with friction between Kurds and Arabs.
  • Palestinian leader killed in Lebanon bombing
    Tue, 24 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0700
    Kamal Medhat, a ranking member of the Fatah faction, and three associates are killed in an explosion near the southern port city of Sidon. A roadside bomb Monday killed a senior Palestinian official in southern Lebanon near a refugee camp that has been the site of recent violence, local media reported.
  • U.S. plans to boost civilian aid to Pakistan
    Tue, 24 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0700
    The assistance would rise to $1.5 billion or more as part of a new Afghanistan strategy aimed at curbing support for insurgents. The Obama administration plans to dramatically increase civilian aid to Pakistan as part of its new strategy on Afghanistan and the surrounding region, hoping the overture will lead to more effective steps by the Pakistani military to shut down insurgent sanctuaries, U.S. officials said.

New York Times


Electronic Intifada
  • Gaza rubble is forensic evidence
    Tue, 24 Mar 2009 14:00:23 PST
    With the $4.5 billion in pledges made by international donors at the Sharm al-Sheikh conference this month, the humanitarian focus in Gaza will begin to shift, looking forward at clearing rubble and rebuilding anew. But before any reconstruction can start, much emergency relief work still needs to be done and humanitarian workers and medics won't be the only ones trawling through the rubble. Don Duncan reports.
  • Divestment campaign gains momentum in Europe
    Tue, 24 Mar 2009 09:36:54 PST
    The Swedish national pension fund AP7 is the latest institution to follow the socially responsible investment example of Dutch ASN Bank by excluding the French transportation giant Alstom from its portfolio. Alstom was excluded because of the company's involvement in Israel's occupation of Palestinian land. Adri Nieuwhof reports 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 ...

Palestine Chronicle

  • Who Tried to Kill Ambassador Abass Zaki? 
    Tue, 24 Mar 2009 16:31:28 -0400
    By Franklin Lamb – Sidon, LebanonYesterday afternoon, Kamal Medhat, 58, known in Lebanon's Palestinian Camps affectionately as 'Kamal Naji', a senior member of the Palestinian Fatah movement was killed exiting Mieh Meih Camp by a 25-30 kilogram bomb. The bomb was hidden in a small roadside shed between two checkpoints, one manned by the Lebanese army and the other at the Kifah el Musallah Camp security check point. According to Fatah intell...
  • Gaza Children: A Gloomy Future
    Tue, 24 Mar 2009 15:53:24 -0400
    By Yousef Al-Helou - Gaza City The devastation left by the Israeli war on beseiged Gaza means youngsters now make a living by sifting through piles of rubble. Children as young as five collect metal and plastic to sell to scrap dealers. So poor are the families they come from that they miss school in order to provide minimal support for their brothers and sisters. Missing school for even a day before the recent massacres was considered a shame, n...