Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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International Middle East Media Center

International Middle East Media Center

Palestine Today 03 27 2017
IMEMC - 27 Mar 2017 - Download / Listen Here Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Eighteen Palestinians In The West Bank
IMEMC - 27 Mar 2017 - Israeli soldiers abducted, overnight and earlier Monday, eighteen Palestinians, including a journalist and one woman, during invasions of homes and property, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, mainly from Bethlehem and Tulkarem, the Palestinian...

Army Abducts Two Guards Of Al-Aqsa Mosque In Jerusalem, One Palestinian Near Jenin
IMEMC - 27 Mar 2017 - Israeli soldiers invaded, On Monday morning, the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, and abducted two local guards after they prevented the soldiers from confiscating some of its ancient stones to send them...

Soldiers Invade Home Of Palestinian Artist, Confiscate His Caricatures
IMEMC - 27 Mar 2017 - Many Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at dawn, the village of Kafr Ni’ma, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, before breaking into and searching the home of a Palestinian artist, and confiscated his...

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians, Including Two Children, In Bethlehem
IMEMC - 27 Mar 2017 - The Bethlehem office of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers have invaded, and ransacked homes, in the district, interrogated many Palestinians and abducted five, including two children. It stated that several army...

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Fourteen Palestinians In The West Bank
IMEMC - 27 Mar 2017 - Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, fourteen Palestinians, including a recently-released political prisoner, in the occupied West Bank, during violent searches of homes, and confiscated thousands of dollars. The Tulkarem office of the Palestinian Prisoners’...

Whose “Ethnic Cleansing?”: Israel’s Appropriation of the Palestinian Narrative
IMEMC - 26 Mar 2017 - by Dina Matar, Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently claimed, in a

VIDEO: Israeli Soldiers Harass and Assault West Bank Palestinian Girls
IMEMC - 26 Mar 2017 - Israeli forces were recently caught harassing and assaulting Palestinian girls as they were watching clashes between children and Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank. Israeli human rights group B’Tselem published a video, last week, showing the...

Israeli Military Drills Begin in West Bank, Jordan Valley Families Ordered to Leave
IMEMC - 26 Mar 2017 - Israeli occupation forces, on Sunday, started military drills in several areas of the occupied West Bank, according to the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom. The drills are set to last until Thursday. WAFA correspondence reports that, according...

Activists Demonstrate against AIPAC Conference in West Bank and US
IMEMC - 26 Mar 2017 - The National Campaign to Lift the Closure of Hebron organized a protest in the southern occupied West Bank city, on Sunday, to denounce the policies of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), as the lobby...

Ha'aretz Defense page

Secret documents show how Israel tried to evade international scrutiny of occupation
Ha'aretz - In two cables from '67 and '68, Foreign Ministry officials admit violations of Geneva Conventions, instruct diplomats how to evade need for compliance by eschewing use of the word ‘occupation.’

Ma'an News


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The National

Saudi and France: Iran nuclear deal must avoid destabilising region
The National 5 May 2015 - Two nations believe that any future deal between Iran and six major powers must ensure not to destabilise the region further and threaten Iran’s neighbours, the two countries said ahead of a GCC summit in Riyadh on Tuesday.

Aljazeera

AlJazeera

US leads boycott of UN talks on nuclear weapons ban
AlJazeera 27 Mar 2017 - UN General Assembly begins negotiations on prohibiting weapons, but without any nuclear-capable states in attendance.

Hamas eases Gaza lockdown amid manhunt
AlJazeera 27 Mar 2017 - Gaza authorities ease travel restrictions after imposing a 24-hour closure after assassination of senior Hamas official.

Gaza-Israel border shut after Mazen Faqha killing
AlJazeera 27 Mar 2017 - Hamas closes northern Gaza crossing 'until further notice', as it reflects on Mazen Faqha's killing, blamed on Israel.

Palestine News Network

Israel 2015: A government of extremists in charge of an-out-of control military
PNN - 27 May 2015 - IPSC Shocking Israeli officials' words and soldiers' testimonies of criminality reinforce immediate need for arms embargo and other sanctions

Weak performance in Palestinian industrial sector leads to economic slowdown
PNN - 27 May 2015 - PNN / Ramallah/ The PMA has released the results of its Business Cycle Index (PMABCI) for May 2015. The results showed that the overall PMABCI has decreased from 16.3 points during April to around -0.1 points this month. This came as a result of a notable decline in the business cycle in the West Bank (WB), with a slighter fall in Gaza Strip (GS).

Israel has violated the international law in Palestine, Syria and Iraq, says IP
PNN - 27 May 2015 - PNN / Bethlehem/ In a statement, the office of the minister of foreign affairs, Haytham Abu Sa'id, stated that the 25 May arrest of Dr. Aziz Dweik, head of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), and his subsequent 12 month confinement by the Ofer court, violated the most basic international laws. This takes into account that Palestine is now a member of the United Nations, and must therefore be afforded full political and sovereign rights accordingly.

IRIN

IRIN

Is the Yemen peace deal for real?
IRIN JERUSALEM 08 October 2015 (IRIN) - Yemen's Houthi rebels say they are committed to peace, but is the deal for real? IRIN asks the experts. >

Inter Press Service

Inter Press Service

Free Education Helps Combat Child Labour in Fiji
IPS Many Pacific Island states, including Papua New Guinea, have introduced free education policies resulting in primary school enrolments surging. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPS By Catherine Wilson CANBERRA, Australia, Mar 24 2017 (IPS) In the South Pacific nation of Fiji, free and compulsory education, introduced three years ago, in association with better...

Stop The Wall

Stop The Wall

New Report: The Palestinian Periphery (pdf and ebook)
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign The report The Palestinian Periphery is being published at a time when Israel’s settlement policy is once again in the headlines and condemned and lamented by governments and politicians across the world. This report is about the communities that are being displaced and dispossessed by...

PCHR Latest


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PCHR Weekly Report


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International Solidarity Movement


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Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

Secret documents show how Israel tried to evade international scrutiny of occupation
Ha'aretz 18 Sep 2016 - In two cables from '67 and '68, Foreign Ministry officials admit violations of Geneva Conventions, instruct diplomats how to evade need for compliance by eschewing use of the word ‘occupation.’

The Guardian

The Guardian

Ha'aretz National page

Two members quit Israeli curriculum panel over exclusion of novel on Jewish-Arab romance
Ha'aretz - 11 Jul 2016

Relief Web

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: The Civil Administration orders 10 families to evacuate their homes for a night
Relief Web 27 Mar 2017 - Source: Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories Country: occupied Palestinian territory This morning, Civil Administration forces arrived at the community of a-Ras al-Ahmar in the northern Jordan Valley and handed evacuation orders to ten families, starting...

Turkey: Synthesis Report of Mixed Migration Trends: Turkey February 2017
Relief Web 27 Mar 2017 - Source: Danish Refugee Council Country: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Congo, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, World Eastern Mediterranean Route The number of...

occupied Palestinian territory: Al Mezan Calls for Accountability at the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council; EU States Shirk Responsibility
Relief Web 26 Mar 2017 - Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory Representatives of Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights attended the thirty-fourth regular session of the Human Rights Council from March 16, 2017. The session came to a close today,...

YNet News

YNet News

B'tselem

B’Tselem Executive Director, Hagai El-Ad, to lay out the reality of the occupation in a special discussion about settlements at the United Nations Security Council
13 Oct 2016 - B’Tselem Executive Director, Hagai El-Ad, will review the current state of affairs in the OPT in a special meeting about construction in the settlements, before a forum that includes all 15 Security Council member states. The...

Daily Star

Daily Star

Light at end of tunnel
Daily Star 27 Mar 2017 For the Lebanese, the tackling and solving of the country’s chronic and scandalous electricity issues would show that Lebanon is finally on the right track.

A cue from Churchill on how to fight terror
Daily Star 27 Mar 2017 It has emerged that one of the four people murdered during the Westminster terror attack in London last week, 75-year-old Leslie Rhodes, used to be Winston Churchill’s window cleaner.

French terror victim’s daughter fears Daesh, racists
Daily Star 27 Mar 2017 Hanane Charrihi never felt shunned by the country of her birth until a radical drove a truck through a crowd celebrating France’s national holiday in Nice, killing 86 people, including her mother.

Settler leader: Growth is end of two-state solution
Daily Star 27 Mar 2017 The number of Israeli settlers living in the occupied West Bank has soared by nearly one-quarter over the past five years to over 420,000 people, a prominent settler leader said, presenting new population figures that he...

Touting Trump ties, Netanyahu skips thorny U.S.-Israel issues
Daily Star 27 Mar 2017 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu touted a close and growing relationship with the new Trump administration during a speech Monday to a major pro-Israel lobby group, but skipped over thornier issues like settlement construction and a...

Bahrain alleges Iran-backed group involved in bombing, planned assassinations
Daily Star 27 Mar 2017 Bahrain said it had broken an Iranian-linked terrorist cell suspected of involvement in a bomb attack on a police bus in February and plotting to assassinate senior officials, Bahrain state news agency BNA reported.

Arab leaders to seek consensus, Palestine tops agenda
Daily Star 27 Mar 2017 With an eye toward Washington, leaders of a fractured and conflict-ridden Arab world hold their annual summit this week, seeking common positions and possible leverage as President Donald Trump weighs his approach toward the region.

Palestinian Information Center

Palestinian Information Center

Los Angeles Times


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New York Times

Killing of a Hamas Leader Could Signal a New Conflict With Israel
New York Times 27 Mar 2017 - The mysterious death of a Qassam Brigades commander threatens the fragile cease-fire that ended 50 days of deadly fighting in Gaza in the summer of 2014.

Misc


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Articles
By arresting its co-founder, Israel has confirmed BDS as a strategic threat
Dr Daud Abdullah, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/27/2017
      It is now one week since the Israeli authorities arrested Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) movement in Palestine. His arrest follows years of intimidation and threats by various state agencies. If the purpose is to isolate and silence Barghouti, his arrest was, at best, short-sighted and counterproductive. BDS, meanwhile, is already a Palestinian-inspired global movement, which will be impossible to stop.
     Although Israeli President Reuven Rivlin described the BDS movement in May 2015 as a “strategic threat”, when it was launched back in July 2005, officials dismissed the campaign as a poor attempt to imitate the international boycott which played a pivotal role in dismantling the criminal apartheid regime in South Africa. That disparaging belief no longer exists. The mere fact that the country is spending millions of dollars every month to collect data and counter BDS at home and abroad, is in itself a measure of how seriously the Israelis now view it.
     "By resorting to high-handed tactics of repression and intimidation, Israel is doing the ultimate disservice to its own cause. Unwittingly, it has, by such measures, created the perfect conditions for BDS to grow and attract supporters the world over, for it does not take much to convince open-minded people about the need for BDS."
     Policies that deny basic freedoms and human rights are inherently repulsive to the sense of justice of reasonable human beings.
     Today, those who support BDS are driven by values of equality and fairness, as well as recognition of a shared humanity. This is why they find the denial of full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel so repugnant; why they demand an end to the military occupation of Palestinian territories captured in 1967....
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Political poetry as a crime: Inside the surreal trial of Dareen Tatour
Yoav Haifawi, +972 Magazine 3/26/2017
      Arresting a Palestinian for publishing a political poem is extraordinary. Having to prove at trial that police mistranslated her poem is nothing short of surreal.
     It has been nearly a year and a half since Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour was arrested in her home in northern Israel for writing a poem. She spent three months in various prisons, including half a year under house arrest in the town of Kiryat Ono in central Israel. Although she was able to return to her home village of Reineh, she remains under house arrest as the trial comes to an end.
     Tatour, 34, was arrested by Israeli police on October 10th, 2015 for a poem she had published on Facebook, along with a number of other Facebook statuses she posted at the height of last wave of violence between Palestinians and Israelis between 2015-2016. She was charged with incitement to violence and identifying with a terrorist organization — all because of her poem.
     The main clause of her indictment was based on a poem that she had allegedly posted on YouTube under the title: “Qawem ya sha’abi, qawemhum” (Resist my people, resist them). Another main clause in the indictment relates to a news item, cited in a post on Tatour’s Facebook page, according to which “The Islamic Jihad movement calls for continuing the Intifada all over the [West] Bank…” The same post calls for a “comprehensive intifada.”
     The prosecution wrapped up its arguments in September of last year, most of which were designed to prove that Tatour’s Facebook account indeed belonged to her, and that it was she who published the poem and the two Facebook statuses.
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Israel faces the inevitable collapse of its apartheid system
Iqbal Jassat, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/27/2017
      Israel’s racist right wing regime is turning the heat on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists. Is this any different to the “total onslaught” against freedom struggle activists by the former apartheid government in South Africa? In fact, it is much worse. Daily accounts reveal severe repression whereby Palestinian men, women and children face the tragic, yet deliberate, effects of Israel’s state violence. This, above all else, is testimony of the Zionist regime’s “total onslaught”.
     Despite being blinded foolishly by its all-encompassing power, Israel is well aware that a “total onslaught” didn’t save apartheid in South Africa. Neither mass arrests, nor executions of political activists, allowed the power-house of apartheid which resided in the National Party and was supported by capitalist corporations and their backers in the West, to rule South Africa forever. Indeed, not only did the brutal assault on fundamental human rights in South Africa fail to stem the tide of liberation, but the strategy of all-out war to destroy opposition to apartheid was also an utter failure.
     In its mindless pursuit of “total onslaught” underpinned by ruthless “kragdadigheid” (“naked power”), the ideologues of Pretoria believed then as vainly as Netanyahu does now that state terrorism will crush and wipe out the struggle for freedom. Nevertheless, there is a stark difference between the Apartheid South African regime and Apartheid Israel; it is the elephant in the room: the United States of America.
     Read: Why BDS activists can’t shrug off the ban on entering Israel
     Unlike the late 1980s, when America gradually became a less visible ally of Apartheid South Africa, the Trump administration looks set to escalate US support for Israel to unprecedented levels. The mantra “America First” also translates to “Israel First”, with “no questions asked” as an addendum....
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Israel's human rights spies: Manipulating the discourse
Neve Gordon and Nicola Perugini, Al Jazeera 3/22/2017
      Revelations about Israel's infiltration of NGOs in the 1970s shocked many, but human rights 'spies' are still out there.
     A fascinating expose in Haaretz reveals how, in the mid-1970s - not long after the occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, and Golan Heights - Israel used university faculty members to infiltrate Amnesty International.
     The state thus actively intervened in order to shape human rights activism, just as the rights discourse was becoming one of the most popular forms of political struggle against injustice around the globe.
     The Haaretz article discloses how Yoram Dinstein, a renowned scholar of international law and currently a professor emeritus at Hebrew University, served as an agent for the Israeli Foreign Ministry during his tenure as the chair of Amnesty International's Israeli branch from 1974-76.
     Working with the ministry's Deputy Director Sinai Rome of the international organisations division, Dinstein acted as an informant while manipulating the rights group's activities.
     For instance, when an Arab women's association in the United States requested information about Palestinian detainees and prisoners, Dinstein wrote to the ministry, telling them that his inclination was not to reply.
     The ministry's deputy director, however, insisted: "It seems to us that there is scope for answering the letter and writing that 'there are no Palestinian prisoners of conscience in the prisons, but rather terrorists and others who have been tried for security offences.'"
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Electronic Intifada
Indigenous rights defender urged to cancel Israel lecture
Electronic Intifada: 27 Mar 2017 - James Anaya, former UN special rapporteur on Indigenous rights, is defending his decision to speak at Hebrew University. more..

Hacker targeting Palestine Solidarity Campaign claimed to be Mossad
Electronic Intifada: 27 Mar 2017 - Israeli officials were among first to exploit fake tweets supporting Hamas. more..

Smears by Israel envoy rejected in UK Parliament probe
Electronic Intifada: 27 Mar 2017 - Anti-Semitism allegations against event promoting apology for Balfour Declaration were unfounded. more..

In Gaza

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Palestine Chronicle
#ResistAIPAC: Protesters Took to Twitter, Streets to Condemn AIPAC Conference
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Mar 2017 - By Diana Alghoul Thousands of Jews and many others took to the streets to protest outside this year’s AIPAC conference in condemnation of Israel’s increasingly hostile policies towards Palestinians, in the world’s largest Jewish-led anti-settlement protest. This is what 1000 Jews marching on @AIPAC looks like. #JewishResistance #ResistAIPAC @IfNotNowOrg pic.twitter.com/u9ULFc9nM4 — (((YonahLieberman))) (@YonahLieberman) March 26, 2017 The annual conference typically attracts around 15,000 pro-Israel Americans and two thirds of the US Congress. Young Jews blocking the entrance to #AIPAC2017 to stand up for freedom and dignity for all Israelis and Palestinians! #JewishResistance pic.twitter.com/ggpBDp1Lh4 — IfNotNow (@IfNotNowOrg) March 26, 2017 According to the AIPAC 2017 official website, the conference aims to examine the ways in which pro-Israel lobbying and advocacy can be advanced. “Over three jam-packed days, Policy Conference participants choose from hundreds of informative sessions and participate in the pro-Israel community’s largest and most important advocacy day.” Stand in heart&soul...more

Report: Israel’s Mossad May Have Turned French Spies into Double Agents during Joint Op in Syria
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Mar 2017 - Israeli intelligence agency Mossad attempted to turn French spies into double agents during a joint operation in Syria, Le Monde newspaper reported, citing a French intelligence report. The report , part-published by the French daily, reveals Mossad’s efforts to develop relationships with French spies between 2010 and 2011, in an effort to achieve its goal of turning them into double agents and obtain sensitive information for Tel Aviv. The attempt apparently began when Mossad and French secret services collaborated to source intelligence data on the Syrian government’s chemical weapons program, called ‘Ratafia’. #Mossad 'turned #French #spies into double agents' after joint #Syria op https://t.co/WIrboC2eJ3 pic.twitter.com/uNb7qU80Sl — Peter Ernest (@SomersetNews) March 27, 2017 According to the Le Monde report, Israeli agents took advantage of their relationship with their French counterparts during the operation, and attempted to persuade a number of them to become regular intelligence sources for Israel. The newspaper noted several...more

Archbishop of Canterbury to See First-hand Israel’s Persecution of Christians
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Mar 2017 - The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will make his first official visit to Israel and Palestine this May. The 12 day tour will see the Archbishop meeting with political and religious leaders while focusing on religious freedoms and challenges facing Christians in the Middle East. The tour will be Welby’s first official visit to the Holy Land since becoming archbishop four years ago, although he made a private visit in 2013 during which he was criticised for not visiting Bethlehem. The trip is planned to begin in Jordan where the Archbishop will hold talks with King Abdullah, he will then travel to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Nazareth and Bethlehem where he will hear about the challenges posed to Palestinian Christians by the illegal Separation Wall erected by Israel. Great news that @JustinWelby will make a nearly 2 week visit to the region to encourage local Christians. #Anglican https://t.co/TWWiGTtXvx — Andrew Reid (@...more

UN Approves Draft Resolution on Palestinian Women
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Mar 2017 - The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women approved a draft resolution on Saturday regarding the status of Palestinian women, including strengthening economic and social policies to enhance the situation of women in the occupied territory, while strongly condemning Israel’s human rights violations in the Palestinian territory, Maan News Agency reported. The draft resolution, titled “situation of and assistance to Palestinian women,” was adopted with 30 countries voting in favor and 12 abstentions. Israel was the only country to vote against the resolution. The text of the resolution expressed “deep concern over the ongoing illegal Israeli occupation and all of its manifestations,” specifically outlining the effects Israel’s illegal settlement construction, continued home demolitions, and imprisonment has had on Palestinian women. Israel slams UN report blaming it for domestic abuse of Palestinian women conditions surrounding Palestinian women https://t.co/PPERHCD9aU ] — Jonathan Cahn (@Jonathan_Cahn) March 15, 2016 The UN also cited the...more

Israel Faces Inevitable Collapse
Palestine Chronicle: 26 Mar 2017 - By Iqbal Jassat Is turning the heat on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists as Israel’s racist right wing regime is doing, any different to the “total onslaught” against freedom struggle activists by former apartheid chiefs in South Africa? It certainly is and much worse. Daily accounts of severe repression whereby Palestinian men, women and children face the tragic, yet deliberate effects of Israel’s violence is testimony of Zionist regime’s “total onslaught”. But Israel is aware despite being foolishly blinded by its so-called power, “total onslaught” didn’t save apartheid in South Africa. Neither mass arrests, nor executions of political activists allowed the power-house of apartheid which resided in the National Party and supported by capitalist corporations along with their backers in the capitals of the West, to reign forever. In fact the converse is true: not only did those despicable series of brutal assaults on fundamental human rights in South Africa...more

Rima Khalaf’s Resignation Letter to UN Secretary General
Palestine Chronicle: 26 Mar 2017 - (Rima Khalaf resigned as executive secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia – ESCWA – after the agency was forced to retract a report stating that Israel is an “apartheid regime.” Khalaf’s letter of resignation to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was translated and posted by poet Lena Khalaf Tuffaha on her Facebook page .) Here is that translation: UN ESCWA (Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia) Executive Secretary Dr. Rima Khalaf’s Resignation Letter Honorable Secretary General, I have given a great deal of consideration to the letter I received from your office, and I assure you that I in no way question your right to issue instructions to remove the report from the ESCWA web site, as I do not question that as employees of the United Nations, we must all execute the orders of our Secretary General. I know very well your commitment to the...more


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