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UN Expresses Concern over Recent Developments in Occupied Jerusalem
IMEMC - The Bureau of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People expressed concern over the recent developments and increased tensions in Occupied East Jerusalem, and especially the increasing incursions by Israeli settlers and political leaders, including government officials, on the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, which provoke Palestinians and other Muslim worshippers. ...
Several Attacks and Abductions by Occupation Forces in West Bank
IMEMC - Others summoned to appear before Israeli intelligence An Israeli military vehicle, on Saturday, hit a Palestinian girl in the southern West Bank, injuring her seriously, according to a local spokesman. ...
Israeli Settlers Stone AFP Photographer's Car
IMEMC - Israeli settlers in the West Bank stoned the car of a Palestinian photographer working for AFP, slightly injuring him, as he was on his way to cover a story, on Friday. ...
Three Days, No Water for Some 50,000 East Jerusalem Residents
IMEMC - Some 50,000 Palestinian residents of Jerusalem have been without water for three days, after their water supply was cut off, on Tuesday. ...
Israeli Soldiers Forcefully Disperse Women's Day Demonstration
IMEMC - Eleven Palestinian women were hurt by tear gas inhalation, Saturday, when Israeli forces dispersed a demonstration marking International Women's Day. ...
US Bishops ask Pope to speak about injustice against the Palestinian Children
IMEMC - As the visit of Pope Francis to Palestine and Israel nears, a letter signed by 20 US Bishops was sent the Pontiff asking him to speak out against the targeting of Palestinian children by the Israeli military. ...
On International Women’s Day, 21 Women Still Held Prisoner By Israel
IMEMC - The Head of the Census Department at the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees, Abdul-Nasser Ferwana, stated that, since 1967, Israel has kidnapped and imprisoned more than 15,000 women, including 1,000 since 2000, and that 21 women are currently held by Israel. ...
Lieberman Denies EU Request To Visit Palestinian Detainees
IMEMC - A request by a European Union official to visit Palestinian political prisoners, held by Israel, was denied by Israeli Foriegn Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, of the extreme right-wing “Israel Our Home” party. ...
Detainee Moved To Hospital Facing Serious Complications
IMEMC - The Prison Administration at the Negev Detention Camp, in the Negev Desert of occupied Palestine, moved detainee Majed Taha Qaraqe’, age 40, to the Soroka medical center after suffering serious complications. ...
West Bank: Settlers Assault Palestinians in al-Mughayyar Village, Key Bethlehem Road Closed
IMEMC - A group of colonial Israeli settlers attacked, on Thursday morning, three young Palestinians in al-Mughayyar village, to the north of the West Bank city of Ramallah. ...
Ha'aretz Defense page
Gaza-bound ship docks at Eilat, three days after Israeli seizure
Ha'aretz - WATCH: Once docked in Eilat. Israeli engineering and navy crews will continue to search the ship for weapons.
Abbas: 'No way’ to recognition of Israel as Jewish state
Ha'aretz - Palestinian president rebuffs PM Netanyahu's demand, expected to be key element in U.S. peace proposal.
Talks to help Palestinian economy open in Prague
Ha'aretz - Opening the two-day event, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says there is 'enormous potential' for doing business in the Palestinian Territories.
Scarlett Johansson says support of SodaStream is environmentally motivated
Ha'aretz - Star bemoans her rift with Oxfam in interview with The Telegraph.
Netanyahu: I won't leave any Israeli undefended under peace deal
Ha'aretz - In first interviews to Israeli media in more than a year, PM reiterates demand for Israel to be recognized as Jewish state. On seizure of Gaza-bound ship: It shows the true face of Iran.
Israeli envoy opens 'hotline' with Ukrainian ultra-nationalist
Ha'aretz - Agreement aims to 'prevent provocation' and denounce the anti-Semitic tendencies of Ukraine's nationalist camp.
Confusion over pope's planned visit to Holy Land
Ha'aretz - Foreign Ministry employee says strike may jeopardize planned visit in May, but Vatican says trip still on the agenda.
Kerry in Jordan for talks on Middle East peace
Ha'aretz - U.S. secretary of state will meet King Abdullah in Aqaba.
IAF scrambles jets after Syrian aircraft near border
Ha'aretz - Jets scrambled four times on Friday morning after Syrian fighter planes and one helicopter were spotted.
Innovative American aircraft train in Israel
Ha'aretz - Marines conduct exercises in Israel's skies with two V-22 Osprey aircraft, which combine the abilities of airplane and helicopter, soon to be purchased by Israeli air force.
Three days, no water for some 50,000 East Jerusalem residents
Ha'aretz - Neighborhoods are part of Jerusalem municipality but on the far side of the separation barrier.
For Israel, warming U.S.-Iran ties are just as dangerous as smuggled missiles
Ha'aretz - Despite ongoing security and intelligence coordination with Israel, Washington sees rational partners among the new Iranian leadership.
Israeli hospital receives Ukrainian wounded in unrest
Ha'aretz - Surgeons to reconstruct the shrapnel-ridden hand of Alexander S.
Naval raid on Gaza-bound arms ship blocks smuggling route, says senior officer
Ha'aretz - Intelligence officer adds, however, that new weapons shipment routes will be found; says alarm bells rang when army identified weapons were sent from Syria to Iran.
WATCH: Israeli forces seize Gaza-bound ship loaded with Iranian-supplied missiles
Ha'aretz - Army releases video of 'Operation Full Disclosure.'
Netanyahu signs pro-business cooperation pact with California governor
Ha'aretz - Premier and Gov. Jerry Brown unite over cyber security, energy sources and water conservation.
Israeli military jeep hits Palestinian teen, 'injures her seriously'
3/8/2014 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- An Israeli military vehicle on Saturday hit a Palestinian girl in the southern West Bank, injuring her seriously, a local spokesman said. Nidal al-Haddar, spokesman for Yatta's popular committee, told Ma'an that an Israeli military jeep hit 14-year-old Samirah Tawfiq Awad during a protest in Yatta. Samirah was transferred to a nearby hospital, where medics said....
Settlers 'attack' Palestinian families in central Hebron
3/8/2014 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Saturday attacked Palestinian residents and international activists near Shuhada Street in the center of the flashpoint southern West Bank City of Hebron, a local activist said. Activist Imad Atrash said that a group of Jewish settlers from the Ramat Yishai outpost in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of central Hebron attacked the Abu Shamsieh and Sidr families, as well....
Israeli soldiers forcefully disperse Women's Day demonstration
3/8/2014 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Eleven Palestinian women were hurt by tear gas inhalation Saturday when Israeli forces dispersed a demonstration marking International Women's Day. Dozens of Palestinian women rallied early Saturday near Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem to mark International Women's Day. Israeli forces stationed at the checkpoint launched tear gas canisters at high velocity towards the women in response....
Activists in Gaza march for International Women's Day
3/8/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Activists from a number of women's organizations in the Gaza Strip took part in a rally on Saturday to mark International Women's Day. Protesters called upon the international community to end Israeli violations of Palestinian women's rights and to pressure Israel to lift the siege of the Gaza Strip, in a march that began....
Hamas: Commander killed in accidental Gaza explosion
3/8/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The military wing of Hamas said on Saturday evening that a field commander was killed in an accidental "internal explosion" in the Hashashin neighborhood of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, while medical sources said that nine others were wounded. The Qassam Brigades said that Ibrahim Nagib al-Ghoul, 30, was killed in the explosion. A spokesman for the Gaza Strip....
'PLO faction spokesman' attempts suicide in Ramallah
3/8/2014 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A spokesman for a PLO faction on Saturday attempted suicide on a main street in Ramallah in the central West Bank, locals said. Local sources told Ma'an that a spokesman for one of the PLO factions cut his neck with a knife, and that passersby and police officers came to his rescue, without elaborating. The man was transferred to....
Gaza Hamas supporters protest against Egypt ban
3/8/2014 - GAZA CITY (AFP) -- Thousands of Hamas supporters rallied in the Gaza Strip on Friday to protest against a Cairo court decision banning the Palestinian Islamist movement from operating in Egypt. Waving Egyptian flags and Hamas banners, the demonstrators gathered after Friday prayers and then marched to the former Egyptian embassy which has been closed since 2007. The marchers held aloft placards called on Egypt to....
Erekat: The US administration has not delivered a draft agreement
3/8/2014 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The chief Palestinian negotiator said on Saturday that the US administration has not yet delivered any written framework agreement to the Palestinian Authority nor to Israel, denouncing claims otherwise as "baseless."Saeb Erekat also told Ma'an on Saturday morning that "the US administration has never suggested that Beit Hanina would be the capital of the future Palestinian state," referring....
European fact-finding mission to investigate Israeli prison conditions
3/8/2014 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A European fact-finding mission is scheduled to visit Palestine and Israel in March to investigate the humanitarian conditions of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody, an official said Saturday. Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Qaraqe said in a statement that a delegation would visit the region on March 19 and would spend three days visiting Israeli interrogation and detention centers, in....
Egypt to open Rafah crossing for 2 days
3/8/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities will open the Rafah crossing with the Gaza Strip for two days starting Sunday, a Palestinian official said. A Gaza ministry of interior official told Ma'an Saturday that a group of Umrah pilgrims would be allowed to pass through Rafah, and that a group of pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia would be allowed to return to....
Palestinian women join West Bank anti-riot police
3/8/2014 - JERICHO (AFP) -- Instructors bark orders to a column of Palestinian women recruited to an anti-riot unit, part of an effort to tackle problems caused by conservative attitudes in the West Bank force. Decked out with helmets, assault boots, batons, and shields, the students at the Jericho police school weather a barrage from stone throwers, before rushing to arrest the "troublemakers.""There is no difference between....
3 killed in Egypt clashes
3/8/2014 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Three people were killed and 28 wounded on Friday in Egypt as Islamist protesters clashed with security forces and civilian opponents, the health ministry said in a statement. Meanwhile a security official told AFP 17 policemen were wounded in Cairo, and that protesters torched three police cars. Supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi have been near-daily protests to demand the reinstatement of the....
Egypt urges Arabs to copy Saudi on Brotherhood 'terror' tag
3/8/2014 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Egypt on Friday welcomed Saudi Arabia's decision to list the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization and called on other Arab countries to follow suit. The Saudi move further isolates the Brotherhood of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, already designated by Egypt as a 'terrorist' group following a suicide bombing that killed 15 people in a police station in....
PLO: 'Chaos' in Yarmouk as armed rebel groups return
3/8/2014 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The return of militants from the rebel groups al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to Yarmouk camp in Damascus has brought back tension and "chaos," a Palestine Liberation Organization official said on Saturday. PLO Executive Committee member in charge of refugees affairs Zakariyya al-Agha said in a statement on Saturday that the return of the rebel....
Palestine News Network
IRINAnalysis: Reconciliation looks remote in Egypt
IRIN CAIRO 05 March 2014 (IRIN) - The seven months since July’s overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi in Egypt have been among the most violent and divisive in recent times, analysts say, as much of society polarizes along pro-Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and pro-army lines. >
Inter Press Service
Gazans Find Tuneful Resistance
IPS The Watar band at a performance in Gaza. Credit: Khaled Alashqar/IPS. By Khaled Alashqar GAZA CITY , Mar 9 2014 (IPS) Like almost everyone else in Gaza, these six are angry about the Israeli-imposed blockade and the resulting misery. Except, that they are expressing their anger through music –without the music...
Tahrir Square Finds a GrEEK Neighbour
IPS IT entrepreneur Marwa Sadek, the face of a new Egypt. Credit: Rachel Williamson/IPS. By Rachel Williamson CAIRO, Mar 7 2014 (IPS) The group of buildings near Tahrir Square could be modern campus-style office space anywhere. It’s hard to believe that just outside the heavy steel gates lies downtown Cairo, the...
Women Still Walk Two Steps Behind in Arab World
IPS Women protest in Tunis to demand protection of their rights. Credit: Giuliana Sgrena/IPS By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Mar 6 2014 (IPS) In much of the Arab world, women’s participation in the labour force is the lowest in the world, according to the United Nations, while women in politics are...
Stop The Wall
The agreement with MEKOROT in La Plata (Argentina) has been suspended!
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign scioli mekorot Now we continue, in the rest of Argentina... MEKOROT - agent of Apartheid in Palestine - OUT OF ARGENTINA! CTA, ATE, Federación de Entidades Argentino-Palestinas (Federation of Argentinian-Palestinian Entities) and Stop the Wall announced the suspension of the shady business with Mekorot, a...
PCHR Weekly Report
International Solidarity Movement
Local Israel boycott part of Gaza's 'resistance mentality'
3/8/2014 - International Solidarity Movement - Joe Catron, The Electronic Intifada, Gaza City, Occupied Palestine - Israeli restrictions on Gaza's fishermen are an example of apartheid, say activists. Agricultural organizations in the Gaza Strip are working with academic and other civil society groups to prepare for Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW). Local events, as part of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, will run from Sunday, 9 March through Thursday, 13 March in the....
Nabi Saleh honors Muataz Washaha
3/8/2014 - International Solidarity Movement - International Solidarity Movement, Team Ramallah| Nabi Saleh, Occupied Palestine - On Friday 7th March the protest at An Nabi Salih took on a special significance after local Palestinian man, Moutaz Washaha, was assassinated in his home town of Bir Zeit on Thursday last week. A group of more than 50 Palestinian locals, activist and journalists gathered for the weekly demonstration against the expropriation of the village....
Israeli forces seize rockets 'destined for Gaza' in raid on Iranian ship in Red Sea
The Guardian 6 Mar 2014 - Army spokesman says missiles originally came from Syria and were capable of reaching large area of Israel Israeli naval forces have raided an Iranian freighter in the Red Sea and seized dozens of missiles that were...
Israel seizes rockets sent from Iran to Gaza, says Israeli army spokesman - video
The Guardian 6 Mar 2014 - The Israeli navy seizes a ship in the Red Sea on Wednesday, allegedly carrying advanced rockets supplied by Iran and intended for delivery on the Gaza Strip
Netanyahu says he is prepared to make 'a historic peace' with Palestinians
The Guardian 6 Mar 2014 - Israeli prime minister’s remarks to Aipac’s annual conference in Washington contrasted with chilly White House meeting Dan Roberts
Barcelona send replacement footballs to West Bank village - video
The Guardian 4 Mar 2014 - Palestinian schoolchildren in the village of Kafr Sur in Tulkarem receive footballs from Barcelona FC
Egyptian court bans Hamas amid crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood
The Guardian 4 Mar 2014 - Palestinian group, a close ally of Brotherhood, outlawed in sign of further deteriorating relations since Mohamed Morsi's removal A court in Cairo has banned the hardline Palestinian Islamist group Hamas – a movement closely bound to...
Israeli air strike in Gaza kills two
The Guardian 3 Mar 2014 - Raid which Israel claims was targeting rocket-launching squad leaves two Palestinian men dead and two more injured An Israeli air strike on the northern Gaza Strip killed two Palestinians and wounded two others last night, the...
Netanyahu and Obama clash on prospects for peace with Palestinians
The Guardian 4 Mar 2014 - Binyamin Netanyahu strikes defiant tone in White House meeting with Obama over US calls for a Palestinian peace deal Dan Roberts
Jenin's Freedom theatre: from death and destruction, a message of hope
The Guardian 3 Mar 2014 - Three years after the theatre founder Juliano Mer Khamis was assassinated, his West Bank company is bringing its tales of trauma and change to the UK Jenin, a camp in the north of the West Bank...
An airlift could save the starving in Syria | @guardianletters
The Guardian 3 Mar 2014 - The heartbreaking picture in the Guardian of ashen-faced, starving refugees in Syria ( Refugees emerge 'like ghosts' from Damascus ruins , 27 February) brought to mind accounts of a similar situation I read about as a schoolgirl in...
Binyamin Netanyahu visit will test strains in US-Israel relationship
The Guardian 3 Mar 2014 - Tensions over Iran and peace process with Palestinians have led some to suggest waning of Israeli influence in Washington Dan Roberts Harriet Sherwood
Lack of vision threatens vital West Bank eye clinics
The Guardian 3 Mar 2014 - St John of Jerusalem eye hospital is losing funding for outreach clinics for Palestinian patients It's a busy morning at the mobile eye clinic for Dr Islam al-Hashash. There's an elderly Palestinian woman with signs of...
Palestinian killed in Israeli army raid on his home is buried
The Guardian 28 Feb 2014 - About 4,000 people attend funeral of Motazz Washaha, who Israel's armed forces suspected of terror activity A Palestinian killed during an Israeli army raid on his home in the West Bank town of Birzeit has been...
Lebanon: Lebanon: South Governorate Profile (as of 4 March 2014)
Relief Web 9 Mar 2014 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic GENERAL OVERVIEW Southern Lebanon consists of two governorates: South Lebanon (Saida, Jezzine and Tyre) and El Nabatieh (El Nabatieh, Hasbaya, Marjaayoun and Bent...
Lebanon: Lebanon: Beirut and Mount Lebanon Governorate Profile (as of 4 March 2014)
Relief Web 9 Mar 2014 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic GENERAL OVERVIEW The Governorates of Beirut (20 km²) and Mount Lebanon (1,984 km²) are the main urban areas of Lebanon. Mount Lebanon is...
Lebanon: Lebanon: Bekaa Governorate Profile (as of 4 March 2014)
Relief Web 9 Mar 2014 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic GENERAL OVERVIEW The Bekaa valley, with a lenght of 120 km and width of 16 km, represents 42% of Lebanon’s area. It is...
Lebanon: Lebanon: North Governorate Profile (as of 4 March 2014)
Relief Web 9 Mar 2014 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic GENERAL OVERVIEW T5 Area - T5 is composed of 6 districts; Tripoli, El Koura, El Batroun, Bcharre, Zgharta, and El Minnie-Dennie, which are...
occupied Palestinian territory: Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (27 February- 05 March 2014)
Relief Web 9 Mar 2014 - Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory Israeli forces continue systematic attacks against Palestinian civilians and property in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) Palestinian member of an armed group was killed in the West Bank. 2 members...
Lebanon: The unknown road
Relief Web 7 Mar 2014 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic “As if leaving our motherland was not enough, we also had to leave the countries where we found asylum,...
Egypt military chief el-Sissi launches housing initiative
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Ukraine: PM will go to US to discuss Crimea crisis
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Iconic Israeli paper Maariv fails to print Sunday edition
YNet News, 9 Mar 2014 - Legal and financial troubles plague historic newspaper, first published with the establishment of Jewish State. ....
Netanyahu says any peace deal with Palestinians at least a year away
YNet News, 9 Mar 2014 - Prime minister says Kerry framework agreement is an 'American document of American positions' while Abbas categorically rejects recognizing Israel as a Jewish state. ....
Ya'alon on Klos C capture: We are in a complex fight against a cruel enemy
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Netanyahu urges Ashton to question Iranian leaders about arms shipment
YNet News, 9 Mar 2014 - In first official diplomatic trip by EU foreign policy chief since 2008, Ashton says final agreement on nuclear deal not guaranteed. ....
Fatah accuses Hamas of violently breaking up Gaza rally
YNet News, 9 Mar 2014 - In additional deterioration of relations, Fatah says Hamas beat and arrested Gaza activists participating in even commemorating 'martyrs who fell during the Intifada.' ....
Netanyahu: Iran brazenly lying about Klos C
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Fatah: Hamas violently breaks up rally in Gaza
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Gantz: Every rocket has an address
YNet News, 9 Mar 2014 - Greeting soldiers who arrived with Iranian arms shipment, IDF chief praises operation but warns threats it entails still pose challenge for Israel. ....
Irrational ire invoked at Israel
YNet News, 9 Mar 2014 - Op-ed: No other nation or people have engendered such a plethora of movements, organizations and views obsessed with boycotting it, dividing it up or destroying it altogether. ....
Netanyahu: Israel willing to make tough choice – are Palestinians?
YNet News, 9 Mar 2014 - Speaking to Israeli press for first time since talks began, Netanyahu reiterates support for two-state solution, but promises: I will not uproot settlements. ....
Search resumes for missing jet; terror connection not ruled out
YNet News, 9 Mar 2014 - Mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 prompts international cooperation, as four names in manifest raise questions. ....
Obama's message to Russia: Sending fighter jets to Baltic allies
YNet News, 8 Mar 2014 - As Russia sends more forces to the Crimea peninsula, the US bolsters the Baltic Air Policing mission in an attempt to stabilize the situation. ....
Spectators applauded IDF in Eilat: 'Israeli Pride'
YNet News, 8 Mar 2014 - Hundreds of people gathered near the Port of Eilat to follow the entrance of KLOS C. ....
Palestinian women join West Bank anti-riot police
YNet News, 8 Mar 2014 - In efforts to tackle conservative attitudes, Jericho police school trains women in martial arts and self-defense before moving on to law enforcement. ....
Iran president criticizes hard-liners over media
YNet News, 8 Mar 2014 - Rouhani claims judicial authorities' closure of two pro-reform papers on allegations of questioning Islamic principles is wrongful. ....
Change in status of Arab women begins in Tunisia
YNet News, 8 Mar 2014 - Analysis: Situation of tens of millions of women in Arab and Muslim world, even after Arab Spring, is in alarming state of regression. In Tunisia, however, innovative constitution sees women as worthy of any position. ....
Malaysia Airlines plane missing, presumed crashed in South China Sea
YNet News, 8 Mar 2014 - According to Vietnamese navy official, flight carrying 239 passengers and crew crashes into sea off Vietnam shore; report has yet to be officially confirmed. ....
FIFA helping violate human rights
YNet News, 8 Mar 2014 - Op-ed: In its decision to allow head covers during matches, football's governing body helps perpetuate women's subjugation to men in Muslim world. ....
Palestinians in Gaza protest Egypt ban on Hamas
YNet News, 7 Mar 2014 - Senior leader in terrorist organization says Cairo trying to 'criminalize resistance' to Israel but that Hamas will not stop fight against Israel. ....
German president apologizes for Nazi-era massacre
YNet News, 7 Mar 2014 - During a diplomatic trip to Greece, President Joachim Gauck visited site of 1943 atrocity to pay respect, ask the families for forgiveness. ....
Saudi Arabia designates Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group
YNet News, 7 Mar 2014 - King Abdullah approves committee conclusions finding Brotherhood, Nusra Front, and others as extremist organizations. ....
Jordan says accidental fall killed French climbers
Daily Star 9 Mar 2014 An autopsy showed that an accidental fall killed three French nationals as they climbed a mountain in southern Jordan, a security official tells AFP.
Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV says Maaloula nuns released
Daily Star 9 Mar 2014 Thirteen nuns who were kidnapped last year from the historic town of Maaloula in Syria were released Sunday, Hezbollah's Al-Manar television reported.
At least 40 killed in Yemen as Houthi fighters near capital
Daily Star 9 Mar 2014 At least 40 people have been killed in three days of fighting between Shiite Muslim rebels and Sunni tribesmen, sources on both sides say, as sectarian fighting that flared up in October in the north draws...
Egypt military chief launches housing initiative
Daily Star 9 Mar 2014 Egypt's powerful military chief is launching a housing initiative to build a million homes for the poor, in the first campaign-style move by Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who is widely expected to run for president.
Israel slams Ashton's Iran trip after 'arms ship' found
Daily Star 9 Mar 2014 A senior Israeli minister lashes out at EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton for visiting Tehran after the interception of a ship allegedly carrying arms from Iran to Gaza.
Bassil defends right to resistance at Arab summit
Daily Star 9 Mar 2014 Foreign Affairs Minister Gebran Bassil affirms Lebanon’s right to a resistance against Israeli aggression and occupation, warning that the country is in danger of becoming a conduit for jihadists worldwide as it faces the worst refugee...
Bulgaria says 2012 Israeli bus bomber was Lebanese: report
Daily Star 9 Mar 2014 Bulgaria has identified a Lebanese man as the bomber who blew up an airport bus in 2012, killing five Israeli tourists, their Bulgarian driver and himself, local media says.
Saudis, Emiratis quit Qatari media outlets
Daily Star 9 Mar 2014 Saudi and Emirati pundits have quit major media outlets in Qatar, including the broadcaster of top-flight European football, they say, as tensions soar between Doha and Gulf states.
Libya authorises use of force against North Korean-flagged tanker
Daily Star 9 Mar 2014 Libya's Defense Ministry issues orders to its military authorizing the use of force to stop a North Korea-flagged tanker loading crude oil sold by armed rebels seeking to bypass the Tripoli government, state media says.
Negotiations to release Maaloula nuns ongoing
Daily Star 9 Mar 2014 Negotiations continue in Syria between the regime and rebels to release thirteen nuns who were kidnapped last year from the historic Christian town of Maaloula, with local and international media reporting their imminent release.
Netanyahu says any peace deal with Palestinians at least a year away
Daily Star 9 Mar 2014 Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu says any peace deal with the Palestinians would take at least another year to negotiate should both sides accept U.S.-proposed principles to keep talks going.
Malaysia launches terror probe over vanished jet
Daily Star 9 Mar 2014 Malaysia launches a terror probe into the disappearance of a passenger jet carrying 239 people, investigating suspect passengers who boarded with stolen passports, as relatives beg for news of their loved ones.
Syria government forces seize strategic town near Lebanon border
LA Times 8 Mar 2014 - The military takeover of Zara, in Homs province, is the latest advance in the effort to block rebel supply routes from Lebanon. BEIRUT — After weeks of fighting, the Syrian military has wrested control of a rebel-held town near the Lebanese border in the strategic...
Egypt tightens rules for presidential election
LA Times 8 Mar 2014 - CAIRO — Egyptian authorities have enacted a new law that makes it impossible for results in the upcoming presidential election to be disputed in court, a presidential advisor said Saturday.
Mercy and Social Media Slow the Noose in Iran
New York Times 8 Mar 2014 - Public hangings still attract hundreds of onlookers, but Iran’s enormous middle class is turning against capital punishment.
World Briefing: U.N. Body Criticizes Egyptian Crackdown on Dissent
New York Times 7 Mar 2014 - A group of 27 countries on the United Nations Human Rights Council expressed concerns on Friday over the Egyptian government’s wide-scale use of violence against opposition protesters, the first reprimand from the international body since a bloody crackdown on dissent in the country began last year.
The Saturday Profile: Seeking to Bridge the Arab-Jewish Divide With Music
New York Times 7 Mar 2014 - David Broza, an Israeli singer-songwriter, employs a universal language on his regular visits with young people at the Shuafat Refugee Camp in Jerusalem.
Saudis Put Terrorist Label on Muslim Brotherhood
New York Times 7 Mar 2014 - Saudi Arabia’s decree appeared to begin an effort to quell the Muslim Brotherhood, reflecting a divide in the Middle East after the military takeover in Egypt last year.
Among the Wounded in Syria’s War: Ancient History
New York Times 7 Mar 2014 - Archaeologists, long kept from their work in Syria, now hear reports of fighting and theft at historical sites and museums.
As Kerry Visits Jordan, Abbas Holds His Ground
New York Times 7 Mar 2014 - Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced visit to consult King Abdullah II even as the Palestinian president restated positions that underscored the challenge Mr. Kerry faces.
World Briefing: French Court Convicts 3 Who Tried to Join Militants in Syria
New York Times 7 Mar 2014 - The three men were arrested in 2012 as they were boarding a flight to a Turkish airport not far from Syria and charged with criminal association with the intent to commit terrorist acts.
U.S. Activist Says Egyptian Police Assaulted Her
New York Times 7 Mar 2014 - Medea Benjamin, a leader of the Code Pink protest group, said she was assaulted by the authorities while she was trying to travel to Gaza.
At War Blog: Building Bridges Between the Military and Universities
New York Times 7 Mar 2014 - Historically, the relationship between universities and the military has been complicated, though it wasn’t always so tense.
Syria Speeds Its Deliveries of Chemicals for Disposal
New York Times 7 Mar 2014 - The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said that Syria delivered two consignments of chemical weapons last week and that another significant shipment was expected this week.
Witness Says Defendant Spoke to Qaeda Trainees
New York Times 6 Mar 2014 - The testimony of Salim Alwan seemed intended to support the government’s contention that Sulaiman Abu Ghaith played an important role for Al Qaeda before the Sept. 11 attacks.
World Briefing: Iran Disputes Israeli Arms Claim
New York Times 6 Mar 2014 - Iran accused Israel on Thursday of falsifying claims that it had seized an Iranian shipment of weapons bound for Palestinian militants in Gaza aboard a merchant ship.
Listening Post: With Netanyahu, Obama Plays Bad Cop to Kerry’s Good Cop
New York Times 6 Mar 2014 - President Obama has fixed ideas about how best to pursue peace in the Middle East, and a far less solicitous style than his secretary of state, John Kerry.
World Briefing: Bombings Kill at Least 30 in Iraq
New York Times 6 Mar 2014 - The attacks in Hilla, in southern Iraq, and Baghdad, the capital, also wounded at least 70 people, the police said.
Women behind the lens: Palestinians filming the occupation
Manal Ja’bri, +972 Magazine
For the past several years, Palestinian women from all walks of life have been taking part in a video project to document human rights violations under occupation. In honor of International Women’s Day, one of them tells her story.
My name is Manal Ja’bri, I am 38-years-old and I have seven children, between the ages of 9 and 18, and I am the sole breadwinner in my family. I grew up in a house near the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba. Settlers burned my family’s home and used to beat us on our way to school. One of the problems in Palestinian society is that people don’t differentiate between Israelis, Jews and settlers – they are all settlers to us. I used to think the same way, but over the years I learned to tell the difference.
Three years ago, I read a wanted ad in the newspaper for field researchers for B’Tselem, an Israeli organization dedicated to documenting human rights violations in the occupied territories. B’Tselem trains Palestinians in specific locations in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, where tensions are high and clashes are commonplace, to use video cameras to capture those violations. The footage exposes the Israeli and the international public to the reality of life under occupation.
When I first started working for B’Tselem, I was frequently criticized by Palestinians for working for an Israeli organization. Over time, however, Palestinians have learned to trust B’Tselem, because they know that our cameras are out there to safeguard their human rights. Today, I am in charge of B’Tselem’s video project, and I feel prouder, stronger and more self-confident.
My children used to get criticized at school by their friends because “their mother works with the Jews.” Meanwhile my family did not approve of my work, claiming that “it is a man’s job.” Yet, as time went by, everyone saw that what I did worked for their benefit, and my family saw how I was able to support my children.
Fighting the occupation with a needle and thread
Yara Hawari, Electronic Intifada
Can traditional Palestinian embroidery be made fashionable? The founders of Ibra wa Khayt (Needle and Thread), a recently-opened business in Ramallah have set out to do just that.
Tamara Reem had the idea for the project in early 2013 after she added a piece of embroidery given to her by her grandmother to a pair of shirwal (trousers).
“Everywhere I went people would ask where I got them from,” she said. “And it was nice that I had a story. So instead of saying they were from a shopping mall, I could tell them the story about the embroidery. It was embroidered by my grandmother in the 1960s in Jerusalem … It’s my own personal history.”
Both Reem and her business partner Weeam Hammoudeh trace their interest in embroidery to their grandparents.
Hammoudeh’s family is originally from Lifta, a village in Jerusalem that was ethnically cleansed by Zionist forces in 1948. She grew up in Ramallah before moving to the US for graduate school.
“While we were in the United States, embroidery was something that reminded me of my grandmothers but since coming back I have become more interested in the techniques and designs themselves,” Hammoudeh said.
The two women have set about finding old thobes (traditional Palestinian dresses) that are no longer used or have worn away, researching from which region or village the garments originated and, if possible, who made them.
Giving the embroidered parts of the clothing to local stitchers and tailors, they use them to make new items — until now, mainly trousers and skirts. The buyer of each final piece is told the history of the old clothes on which it is based.
Keeping the lights on in Palestine
Dr Phil Leech, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)
On 3 March, MEMO reported that the Israeli Electric Company (IEC) had issued a final warning to the Palestinian Authority (PA) over its NIS 1.3 billion in arrears. This represents only the latest stage in a developing crisis over access to and payment for utilities and the high cost of living that is plaguing the population of the West Bank. Further, this predicament highlights the flawed philosophy of a 'two-state solution that underlies relations between Israel and the Palestinians at this level.
The IEC's warning came only a week and half after it was reportedly considering writing off the debt because it was unwilling to allow the PA to schedule its payments yet was unable to compel it to act.
Lack of payment by Palestinians for their electricity has been a long-standing issue. During the intense violence and devastation of the Second Intifada (2000-c.20007) and the Hamas-Fatah conflict (2006-7) payments declined significantly. During the period of Palestinian 'statebuilding' - a programme of institutional reform that prioritised the concerns of international donors, often at the expense of the domestic population - the PA sought to enforce the payment of utility bills.
Most controversially the PA's efforts focused on the refugee population. It signed a deal with the Executive Office for Popular Committees in the camps to subsidise a limited supply but charged full price for the remainder used. The deal sparked protests among refugees who challenged the PA's right to end their informal immunity from such costs, which was derived from recognition of refugees particular status under international law and the hardship they endure as exiles from what is now Israel.
In the face of popular dissatisfaction the PA backed down to some extent in January 2013 by cancelling all debts in the West Bank. Yet it continues to attempt to enforce payment among refugees and even the most vulnerable communities while at the same time failing to meet the demands of the IEC.
Delusions of liberal Zionism
Jeremy Salt, Al-Ahram Weekly
So-called liberal Zionists have always lived in a fantasy land, mistaking the essential character of the Israeli state even long before 1967.
A racist ideology gives birth to a racist state. Founded on territory belonging to another people, it strips them of their possessions and drives them away. It buries the ruins of their villages and cemeteries beneath thick forests of pine trees, complete with paths and picnic tables. Those forests are dedicated to distant politicians who either do not know or do not care that their names are being used to cover up, literally, mass destruction, pillage and theft.
Having embarked on a life of crime, the state then continues to live outside the law for every second of its existence for more than six decades. To remain what it is, to further its ideological and territorial imperatives, it must live outside the law. Most states commit crimes, but this state is defined by criminality. All change is cosmetic, relative and designed to conceal the true agenda.
The recently made Australian documentary on Israeli brutality directed against children on the West Bank entitled “Stone Cold Justice” leads to one central conclusion: a state that has not changed its violent ways for the past 65 years is not likely to change now. There was nothing in the documentary that was really new. Iron cages in which children are kept outdoors are no more than a variation on a theme. Women and children have always been the victims of Zionism, and Zionism is nothing if not inventive in knowing how to tighten the screws.
A future of deliberately induced hopelessness is continually being created for the Palestinians. This was spelt out unambiguously and brutally in the Australian documentary by Danielle Weiss, a founding figure of the West Bank settler colonies, when she claimed that “this land was promised to the Jews by God.…"
Gaza: The world has forgotten about us…people think we are just numbers…
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Baghdad Central – Book Review
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Netanyahu’s Prayer: God Bless Putin
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Netanyahu’s Anti-Iranian and Anti-BDS Rant at AIPAC
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Secret Thoughts of a Palestinian Teacher in Israel – Satire
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