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Thursday, March 22, 2012
PCHR Weekly: “Army Conducts 56 Invasions Into W. Bank, 1 In Gaza”
IMEMC - The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), based in Gaza, published its weekly report on Israeli violations against the Palestinians in the occupied territory for the period between March 15-21, 2012, revealing that Israeli soldiers carried out 56 invasions into West Bank communities and a limited invasion into Gaza; injuries and damages were reported. (Link to Comprehensive Report in English included at the end of this report) ...

UN Human Rights Council Calls For Investigation Of Israeli Settlements
IMEMC - With the United States singled out with its opposing vote, the Human Rights Council of the United Nations passed on Thursday a resolution ordering the first ever investigation into the effects of Israeli settlement activities on the rights of the Palestinian people. ...

Prisoner's Society: Hana Shalabi in Serious Condition in Hospital
IMEMC - Palestinian prisoner Hana Shalabi is in a serious health condition, the Palestinian Prisoner's Society told media Thursday morning. ...

Power Crisis Posing Serious Health Risks In Gaza
IMEMC - The Hamas led Palestinian government in the Gaza Strip is now trying hard to control the deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip, following the serious shortages of electricity and fuel supplies which have put a hold on nearly 85% of public services, according to reports from the Arabs48 news website. ...

Hunger-striker Shalabi 'in danger'
3/23/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Jawad Bulus, lawyer of the Palestinian prisoner society, said Thursday that Hana Shalabi's condition is critical as the hunger-striker refuses to give up until being freed from custody. Bulus visited Shalabi in Maer hospital after the prison administration allowed her to leave Ramla clinic under the advice of doctors....

Israel raids Jenin organizations
3/22/2012 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided two charitable organizations in Jenin overnight Wednesday, witnesses told Ma'an. Locals said that 20 military vehicles raided the Al-Baraa institution and an orphanage center, destroying the front gates and confiscating contents from the building. Soldiers raided the home of detainee Bassam al-Saadi, an Islamic Jihad member....

Group says 15 prisoners hurt in scuffle with guards
3/22/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Fifteen Palestinian detainees say they were injured in Jalbu prison after Israeli guards raided their cells and forcefully made them submit to DNA testing. Families of the detainees told the Palestinian prisoners society that the prisoners were handcuffed and forced to undergo the testing to which Israel is subjecting all its.... Related: Prisoner group: Israel breaks up Ofer demo

PWA: Water shortages threaten food security
3/23/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian food production is hampered by limited access to abundant natural water resources, the water authority said Tuesday. In a report to mark World Water Day, observed Wednesday, the Palestinian Water Authority and the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics warned that water shortages lowered food production." Israeli actions of ongoing siege....

Trauma of Israeli airstrike haunts Gaza family
3/22/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The traumatized relatives of a 12-year-old boy killed by an Israeli airstrike say they are scared to leave their homes since his death." We are scared to go out, and find a part of Ayoub's body on a tree, in the street, in the garden. Since the attack....

Israeli forces make multiple West Bank arrests
3/22/2012 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained seven people overnight Wednesday, Israel's army said. Three people were arrested in the Qalqiliya village of Azzun and four were detained in the Ramallah area, an army spokeswoman said. Ma'an's correspondent reported that three people were arrested in the Qalqiliya village of....

Opinion: Hana Shalabi refuses to play by Israeli rules
3/22/2012 - By Daoud Kuttab - Hana Shalabi has been on hunger strike for over a month. Her condition has been deteriorating so badly that prison officials had to transfer her to a Haifa hospital. Shalabi is protesting being held in administrative detention. This is a quasi-legal action through which Israel incarcerates individuals without charge or proper trial.... Related: Hunger-striker Shalabi 'in danger'

Prisoner group: Israel breaks up Ofer demo
3/22/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces fired tear gas at protesters outside Ofer prison on Thursday, a prisoners group said. Forces fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas at demonstrators who had gathered outside the West Bank jail to call for the protection of prisoners, the High Commission for Prisoners told Ma'an.... Related: Group says 15 prisoners hurt in scuffle with guards

Official: Gaza hospitals at 20-percent electric capacity
3/22/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The health ministry in Gaza says it is running on less than 20 percent of electricity, and the remaining amounts are enough for only another four days of power. Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman of the ministry, said around 70 ambulances will stop working if there is no fuel in the next.... Related: Gaza running low on fuel, patience and PA says Israeli diesel set to enter Gaza

UN rights body to probe Israel settlements
3/22/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The UN Human Rights Council has voted to open a probe into Israel's policy of building settlements on Palestinian land in the occupied territories, officials said Thursday. An aide to President Mahmoud Abbas applauded the vote and thanked those who voted in favor. Israel's prime minister slammed.... Related: UN rights body launches probe into Israeli settlements

Witnesses: Explosion in central Gaza
3/22/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A large explosion was heard late Wednesday in al-Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza, witnesses said. The explosion happened as an Israeli military patrol passed by the area, witnesses told Ma'an, adding that soldiers opened fire on the district. An Israeli army spokesman was not familiar with the....

Gaza official reports airstrike, Israel denies
3/22/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza health official Adham Abu Salmiya reported an airstrike Thursday in an open area east of Gaza City, which he said caused no injuries or damage. An Israeli army spokesman denied the account and said there was no activity on Thursday. He said a rocket landed in the Negev on....

Fayyad welcomes call to boost PA funding
3/23/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The premier in Ramallah Salam Fayyad on Thursday welcomed the call to donors to give the Palestinian Authority $1 billion, but said the funds must be received swiftly to ease the deepening financial crisis. At a donors' conference in Brussels on Wednesday, the chair of the Ad-Hoc Liaison Committee on....

Al-Malki: Palestine will participate in Arab summit
3/22/2012 - MADRID (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said Thursday that Palestine will participate in an Arab League summit in Baghdad, even though many Arab leaders will not be attending."Even if Abbas was the only Arab head of state participating, we will still go to Baghdad because Palestine can't miss....

PA says Israeli diesel set to enter Gaza
3/22/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Nathmi Mhanna, a Palestinian Authority border official, said Thursday that 450,000 liters of Israeli diesel would be pumped through the Kerem Shalom crossing on Friday. The fuel will be used to power the sole electricity plant, Mhanna told Ma'an. The official said President Mahmoud Abbas and his prime.... Related: Gaza running low on fuel, patience

UN rights body launches probe into Israeli settlements
3/22/2012 - GENEVA (Reuters) -- The United Nations launched an international investigation on Thursday into Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories, with the United States isolated in voting against the initiative brought by the Palestinian Authority. The UN Human Rights Council condemned Israel's planned construction of new housing units for settlers in the West Bank and.... Related: UN rights body to probe Israel settlements

Gaza running low on fuel, patience
3/23/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- With shortages of electricity, water, fuel, cooking gas and medicine, a lack of economy and no infrastructure, patience with the Hamas-led government in Gaza is running low. The chronic fuel shortages have added to the despair of Gaza's 1. 6 million people, many of whom blame the government.... Related: Official: Gaza hospitals at 20-percent electric capacity and PA says Israeli diesel set to enter Gaza

Independents hold rally for unity in Nablus
3/22/2012 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Nasser al-Shaer, deputy prime minister of the 10th government, said Thursday that activities were being planned to demand an end to the division of the occupied territories. Speaking in Nablus on behalf of the national and Islamic factions, al-Shaer said that "It's time to say enough of division -- we....

PA shuts down kindergartens for breach of safety rules
3/22/2012 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- The police and general prosecution are cracking down on kindergartens in the West Bank who they accuse of violating safety and license requirements, officials said Thursday. PA officials shut down 19 kindergartens in Qalqiliya lacking proper conditions, a police report said. According to a decision issued by the general prosecutor, Ahmad....

Clashes across Syria despite UN pressure
3/23/2012 - BEIRUT (Reuters) -- Clashes flared across Syria on Thursday, opposition activists said, the day after the UN Security Council had called on all sides to stop fighting and seek a negotiated settlement to the year-long uprising. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the Council's unanimous statement had sent a clear message to Syria to....

Zawahri: Afghan corpse video shows US depravity
3/22/2012 - DUBAI (Reuters) -- The head of al Qaeda has called footage of US Marines appearing to urinate on the corpses of Afghans proof of Western depravity that underlines the need to fight "crusader" forces in the country. In a video posted to an Islamist site on Thursday, Ayman al-Zawahri - who replaced Osama bin Laden last year....

3 loud blasts heard at French gunman siege
3/22/2012 - TOULOUSE, France (Reuters) -- Three loud explosions were heard outside an apartment in southern France where a gunman suspected of seven racially motivated killings is under siege, a Reuters witness said. The blasts were much bigger than periodic small explosions that police have been setting off around the five-story building since the early hours of Wednesday....

Minister: French gunman dead after jumping from window
3/22/2012 - TOULOUSE, France (Reuters) -- An al Qaeda-inspired gunman who killed seven people in France died on Thursday after jumping out of a window of his apartment, where he had been holed up for some 30 hours in a standoff with police, Interior Minister Claude Gueant said. Mohamed Merah, a 23-year-old Frenchman of Algerian origin, had....

Clinton to let US military aid to Egypt go ahead
3/22/2012 - WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to allow some US military assistance to Egypt to go forward despite its failure to meet pro-democracy conditions, a Democratic senator said Thursday of the move he sharply criticized. The office of Patrick Leahy, who chairs the Senate subcommittee on foreign aid, announced the decision and....

UN body to probe Israeli settlements
AlJazeera 22 Mar 2012 - UN rights group calls for a look into how Israeli settlements affect Palestinian rights.

Video: Civil resistance in Palestine
3/22/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - 22 March 2012,| International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - From Nablus, Palestine to New York City, civilians stand up to the forces of order and privilege. Palestinian villagers confront the Zionist military of the State of Israel in Kusra and Kufr Kaddoum villages near Nablus, the occupied West Bank.  The Jewish international opposition expresses its solidarity with the Palestinian struggle....

Continued international support for the Palestinian Territory
Relief Web 21 Mar 2012 - Source: Government of Norway Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Ad Hoc Liason Committee (AHLC) for assistance to the Palestinians met today in Brussels, and confirmed the international community’s continued support for economic development and reforms in the Palestinian Territory. The...

Donors urged to help Palestinians
Relief Web 21 Mar 2012 - Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory BRUSSELS, March 21, 2012 (AFP) - Donor nations were under new pressure Wednesday to honour a $1 billion aid pledge to the Palestinians, as the prime minister warned that a fiscal crisis was...

ACT Alert: ACT members continue providing crucial health, education and livelihood support
Relief Web 21 Mar 2012 - Source: ACT Alliance Country: occupied Palestinian territory Geneva, 21 March 2012 Brief description of the emergency During 2011, and the beginning of 2012, life in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) continued to be characterized by violence, poverty, and insufficient access...

Palestinian children learn the Brazilian way
Relief Web 21 Mar 2012 - Source: Inter Press Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory By Jillian Kestler-D'Amours OLD CITY, EAST JERUSALEM, Mar 21, 2012 (IPS) - Standing under a canopy just inside Jerusalem’s Old City walls, a group of 20 Palestinian children are banging drums, clapping...

Keeping Hope Alive
Relief Web 21 Mar 2012 - Source: MIFTAH Country: occupied Palestinian territory By: Julie Holm for MIFTAH Earlier this month, a group of 11 Norwegian students visited Palestine to understand what is going on and show solidarity with the Palestinians. They came to learn about life...

UNRWA Unveils 'Ten Youth Commitments'
Relief Web 20 Mar 2012 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Jordan , Lebanon , Syrian Arab Republic (the) 20 March 2012 Brussels, Belgium A two-day international conference on "Engaging Youth: Palestine Refugees in a Changing...

Security experts debate outlook for nuclear Iran
The National 22 Mar 2012 - Blix suggests GCC should be leading the negotiations.

Egypt's Islamists: a troubled path from violence to peaceful politics
The National 22 Mar 2012 - Tarek El Zomor, a founding member of Gama’a Islamiyya, says an Egyptian government based on Sharia law is the goal but providing a better quality of life comes first.

Kofi Annan's six-point peace proposal for Syria
The National 22 Mar 2012 - Here are the six points of a proposal that international envoy Kofi Annan has given to Syria's President Bashar Al Assad to end the year-long conflict.

Facebook turns into a goodwill forum for Iranians and Israelis
The National 22 Mar 2012 - A Facebook post by an Israeli who is against a war with Iran has inspired an online peace campaign by people of both countries.

Conflict in Syria bleeds to Turkish border town
The National 22 Mar 2012 - Syrian tourists used to visit Antakya in Hatay province by the bus load, but the uprising has halted trade and severed families in a region where people are often as fluent in Arabic as they are in Turkish.

U.S. Congress supports additional funding for Israel's Iron Dome systems
Ha'aretz - 22 Mar 2012

Report: Suspect in French Jewish school shooting visited Israel
Ha'aretz - 22 Mar 2012

UN human rights body to probe Israel's settlement activities in West Bank
Ha'aretz - 22 Mar 2012

Avi Dichter withdraws from Kadima race, throws weight behind Shaul Mofaz
Ha'aretz - 22 Mar 2012

In their hunt for the suspect, French police made a series of mistakes
Ha'aretz - 22 Mar 2012

Israeli insurance man strips at conference to protest fee reform
Ha'aretz - 22 Mar 2012

The next attack has been prevented, but difficult questions remain
Ha'aretz - 22 Mar 2012

Police siege of Tolouse shooting suspect ends with his death; Sarkozy calls for national unity
Ha'aretz - 22 Mar 2012

Israel Supreme Court Justice criticizes state over West Bank outpost evacuation deal
Ha'aretz - 22 Mar 2012

Live Coverage: Police stand-off with Toulouse shootings suspect goes into second day
Ha'aretz - 22 Mar 2012

Report: Woman warned French police over Toulouse shooter years before killings
Ha'aretz - 22 Mar 2012

Terrorism expert to Congress: Iran willing to approve attacks against U.S.
Ha'aretz - 22 Mar 2012

Israeli cops who complain of abuses often seen as 'crybabies' by colleagues, ombudsman says
Ha'aretz - 21 Mar 2012

Kids’ show ‘The Jokesters’ films Knesset episode
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - Show which stars four yellow puppets will explain concepts such as state symbols, laws and the national anthem.

The anti-Semitic disease
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - The Islamist version of anti-Semitism has proven to be the most virulent and lethal.

Analysis: When Barak went to Berlin
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - What did the defense minister get out of his trip? Will Germany support a strike on Iran?

Bird's-eye View: The best and the brightest
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - Perhaps the sharpest insights I have ever read on the Middle East were written by a young Robert F.Kennedy, who visited here during Israel’s formative years.

Standing up to threats: Building up Britain’s partnership
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - The UK is not an anti-Semitic country, and Britain’s Jewish community is proud, strong and flourishing.

Savir's Corner: National security or national disaster?
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - While Israel today is one of the strongest military powers in the world, we must say that Israel has a serious objective security predicament.

Defensive Shield in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - "Operation Defensive Shield" in Gaza must be different from Operation Cast Lead; the rocket fire did not stop as a result of the operation.

Between Israel and Gaza
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - In a sense, Israel has been winning, but at tremendous risk. Most of the Palestinian projectiles have been near-misses or have hit in empty areas.

PA urges donor countries to pay up
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - Palestinian Authority PM Salam Fayyad says donations necessary to help $1 billion PA fiscal deficit; Norwegian FM says Israel should transfer PA tax revenue.

Int'l donors agree to provide PA more financial aid
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - Jerusalem attorney lobbies European Union to condition Palestinian assistance on improving human rights.

Murray Lender, US bagel pioneer, dies in Florida
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - The bagel baker and philanthropist saw frozen foods as an opportunity for greater distribution and expanding the market to new consumers.

In Egypt, a cellphone is a wireless lifeline
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - Post-revolution chaos, wandering youth spur families to stretch budgets to stay in touch.

French Jews sigh with relief after gunman is killed
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - Jewish leader Prasquier: France is safe for Jews, government reaction was impeccable, security at institutions to remain high.

'Toulouse gunman had visited Israel'
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - Shot to head kills gunman as he climbs through window and topples to ground, according to police and prosecutors.

PM slams Rights Council over 'fact finding' mission
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - Netanyahu calls UN Council "hypocritical" for voting 36 to 1 to create fact-finding mission over settlements.

Eli Yishai to Netanyahu: Boycott J Street
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - Interior Minister says Israel should not send representatives to "pro-Israel and pro-peace" group's conference.

Dichter quits Kadima race, joins Mofaz against Livni
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - Mofaz welcome decision, as Dichter gives him his support; Livni says move shows her competitors know she is the favorite.

Off the Beaten Track: Korazim's illustrious past
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - Overlooking the Kinneret, Korazim is one of the most well preserved cities from the Second Temple period.

'IAF, intelligence succeeded against Gaza terror'
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - Southern Command satisfied with surgical strikes on rocket-launching crews, low number of Palestinian civilian casualties.

Hamas, Fatah supporters unite for reconciliation
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - Nablus demonstration marks launch of a large-scale campaign to exert pressure on the two parties to end division.

PM visits families of Toulouse shooting victims
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - Netanyahu tells murdered 8-year-old's family, “If they could have, these murderers would have murdered every Jew.”

A street called Syria divides tense Lebanese city
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - Two killed in fighting between Assad backers and opponents; it is feared that Tripoli violence could spark wider bloodshed.

Clashes across Syria despite UN ceasefire call
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - Ban says Security Council's statement sends clear message to Syria; Turkey says statement doesn't amount to a plan.

The Weekly Schmooze: A real-life 'Private Benjamin'
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - JPost column on hottest Jewish news: Lenny Kravitz and a Backstreet Boy coming to Israel; a nose-job love story.

High Court slams state's 'last minute' Migron deal
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - In August, the High Court ordered state to evacuate Migron, built on private Palestinian land, by the end of March.

Protesting for the love of Iran
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - Half of Israelis are against a strike on Iran, according to a recent Knesset Channel poll; that fifty percent has decided to make its voice heard.

Two women pose as cops: Beat, rob African migrants
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - Police launch undercover operation in Ashdod, Ashkelon after receiving tip about the con artists.

Top 5: Archaeology experiences in J'lem
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - With such a rich and fascinating history, there's no shortage of historical sites to check out in Jerusalem.

Chosen Bites: Spring has sprung
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - Nothing tastes better than brightly flavored fresh artichokes and mint on a beautiful spring day.

Egypt and Hamas: The honeymoon that wasn't
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - Tensions were on display during the Israel-Gaza fighting last week, when Egypt’s truce efforts repeatedly frustrated.

West Bank teen charged with 'price tag' attack
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - Minor allegedly set fire to Palestinian car, residence in Nabi Elias, escaped police in a high-speed car chase.

Man charged with indecent assault, child porn
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - Haifa man allegedly chatted with minors on the Internet posing as a 17 year old, asked for sexually explicit photos.

Passover preparation poses health dangers
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - Chemical substances such as bleach and oven cleaners pose a risk to children and should be kept out of their reach.

Panel vows to stay ahead of new illegal drugs
Jerusalem Post 22 Mar 2012 - Committee amended the list of recognized illegal drugs at the urgent request of the Health Ministry and the Israel Police

Negev Beduin file objection to IDF complex
Jerusalem Post 21 Mar 2012 - Residents object to the establishment of a military ‘Intelligence City' complex in their neighborhoods.

Maoz murder trial continues with expert testimony
Jerusalem Post 21 Mar 2012 - Trial in the double murder of Nurit and Noah Maoz continues with the testimony of Professor Yehuda Hiss.

'Hunger striker Shalabi not on verge of death'
Jerusalem Post 21 Mar 2012 - Prisons Service says that Palestinian prisoner re-arrested after Schalit deal has received treatment and is in stable condition.

Drug task force makes massive drug bust in Arava
Jerusalem Post 21 Mar 2012 - Police seize 19.6 kg of cocaine, 43 kg of heroin valued at NIS 10 million, catch Beduin running contraband in Mazda 6 near Jordan.

Hamas man 'plotted bombing, soldier kidnapping'
Jerusalem Post 21 Mar 2012 - State Attorney's Office says resident of Gaza caught trying to enter Israel had planned attacks in Eilat area.

Syria crisis - Thursday 22 March 2012
The Guardian 22 Mar 2012 - • Head of the Ba'ath party in Idlib defects • Opposition condemns human rights abuses by rebels • Residents targeted in al-Qusayr, witnesses tell HRW • Read the latest summary 4.16pm: Here's a summary of today's developments...

Bahrainis Demand More Than Cosmetic Reforms
IPS Months after an independent commission presented damning evidence of the Bahraini government's crackdown on pro- democracy demonstrators, thousands press on with a reinvigorated protest movement for genuine reform.

[uruknet.info] US tells Turkey to back off Syria
Uruknet March 22, 2012 - In a previously unreported turn of events, it has now come to light that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in her meeting with Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu last month, emphatically dismissed a number of forward leaning options on Syria that the Turkish top diplomat proposed to the Obama administration. What...

[uruknet.info] WATCH: Solidarity with hunger striker Hana al-Shalabi
Uruknet March 22, 2012 - Chicago activists released a video today to bring attention to the heroic hunger strike undertaken by Palestinian political prisoner Hana al-Shalabi, who is at risk of imminent death as she has refused to eat since she was arrested on 16 February. Hana al-Shalabi had previously been held without charge or trial -...

[uruknet.info] Hunger-striker Shalabi 'in danger'
Uruknet March 22, 2012 -- Jawad Bulus, lawyer of the Palestinian prisoner society, said Thursday that Hana Shalabi's condition is critical as the hunger-striker refuses to give up until being freed from custody. Bulus visited Shalabi in Maer hospital after the prison administration allowed her to leave Ramla clinic under the advice of doctors who said the...

[uruknet.info] War's Remains
Uruknet ...I hear the pity in your voice, And I've no eyes for crying. I've nothing left but memories, My killing, people dying. I'd buy you flowers and a ring, But I've no hands for giving. Oh leave me here and let me die For I've no heart for living.

[uruknet.info] Syria News - March 21, 2012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet March 21, 2012 - The number of martyrs in Syria has risen to 86 including 14 children and 7 women. In Homs city, there were 45 martyrs, 11 in Hama, 8 in Daraa, 9 in Idlib including one family from Kasanfra town),7 in Deir Ezzor and one martyr in each of Raqqa,Lattakia, Damascus Suburbs (Moudamieh) and...

[uruknet.info] Thirsting for Justice Protest on World Water Day
Uruknet March 21, 2012 - This Thursday, on World Water Day, a protest called 'Thirsting for Justice' will take place in front of the Israeli High Court of Justice, Jerusalem. The demonstration for the Palestinian right to water has been organised by the Society of St. Yves, Catholic Centre for Human Rights who are based in East...

[uruknet.info] Gaza Running Out of Cooking Gas
Uruknet March 21, 2012 - On Wednesday, March 21, Cooking gas in the Gaza Strip has almost run out completely as supplies sent through Israel have been negligible over the last two months. The 30 licensed gas stations in the strip are now open just four hours a week while gas cylinders pile up at the stations...

[uruknet.info] Syria One Year After the Beginning of the Revolution Part 2: A Sectarian Movement?
Uruknet March 21, 2012 - The activists in this movement are extremely diverse in terms of religion and ethnicity. The Syrian opposition has continuously presented a united front against the threat of national and sectarian civil war. The slogans of the demonstrators such as "We are all Syrians, we are united" are repeated constantly. In many demonstrations...

[uruknet.info] UN criticises Israel for using live ammunition against Palestinian civilians
Uruknet March 21, 2012 - A report from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has criticised the Israeli army's use of live ammunition against unarmed Palestinian civilians. The UN also expressed deep concerns regarding Israel's continued neglect in bringing its security forces to account for perpetrating crimes against Palestinians. The report, which...

[uruknet.info] Barack Obama, Democratic Expectations and the Magic Wand
Uruknet March 21, 2012 - What are the people who tell us President Obama hasn't got a "magic wand" really saying? That we have no right to expect a president to use the power of his office to address mass incarceration, the housing, foreclosure, student and consumer debt crises, or end our murderous colonial wars around the...

[uruknet.info] Iraq snapshot - March 21, 2012
Uruknet March 21, 2012. Chaos and violence continue, Nouri believes if everything comes to a standstill in Baghdad then the Arab Summit can be a 'success,' Senator Patty Murray demands answers on Madigan Army Medical Center reversing 40% of PTSD diagnoses, the Congress hears from veterans groups, and more... Trend News Agency notes, "Holding the next summit...

[uruknet.info] Gaza - Occupied Lives: My Son Ayoub
Uruknet March 21, 2012 - Adila Ahmad Yussef Asalia, 44 years old, is the mother of Ayoub, a 12 year old child killed by an Israeli drone while running after a puppy on his way to school. As she recounts the incident, Adila tries to speak between her tears. Ayoub was the sixth son of the Asalia...

[uruknet.info] Israeli soldiers Kidnap 11 year old Child From His Classroom
Uruknet March 21, 2012 - A report by the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, revealed that on Monday Israeli soldiers kidnapped an 11 year old Palestinian child while he sat behind his desk at an elementary school in Ras al-Amoud neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem. The army claimed that the child had "thrown stones at Israeli military jeeps in...

[uruknet.info] Keeping Hope Alive
Uruknet March 21, 2012 - Earlier this month, a group of 11 Norwegian students visited Palestine to understand what is going on and show solidarity with the Palestinians. They came to learn about life under occupation, and they surely got to experience it up close when they participated in an olive tree-planting project. They took part in...

[uruknet.info] Syria Protests March 21, 2012 : A Video Roundup
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[uruknet.info] Dying for Justice
Uruknet March 21, 2012 - On March 20, Hana's 34th hunger strike day began. The previous day, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I) said she's in imminent danger of dying. After examining her, its doctor "determined that she must be hospitalized immediately." More on that below. Wrongfully arrested, abused, uncharged, and administratively detained at HaSharon Prison, she's hunger...

[uruknet.info] Spitting at the dead: Nationalist leader invokes Assad's victims to defend Israel
Uruknet March 21, 2012 - ... In the Haaretz piece, Ronen Shoval basically says exactly that: the murder of civilians must be manipulated to justify silencing dissent about Israel...Bottom line: Shoval's writing is pure desecration of the dead, turning the horror of the victims into a sickening source of putative vindication. After being tormented by their own leaders,...

[uruknet.info] Fugitive Iraq VP says bodyguard tortured to death
Uruknet March 21, 2012 - Iraq's fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi accused the government on Wednesday of torturing to death one of his bodyguards, an accusation that could make it more difficult to resolve a case that has split the country's politics on dangerous sectarian fault lines...Speaking on Iraq's Sharqia television, Hashemi said one of his bodyguards...

[uruknet.info] Ambulances, bakeries hit by Gaza fuel crisis
Uruknet March 21, 2012 -- Half of Gaza's ambulances and fire trucks are out of service due to the fuel crisis, officials said Wednesday. Emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said no ambulances will be operating if the crisis is not resolved quickly. At a news conference in Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, Abu Salmiya warned of...

[uruknet.info] The environmental impact of Israeli settlements on the Occupied Palestinian Territories
Uruknet March 21, 2012 - Due to the continuous and permanent depletion of its natural resources alongside incessant pollution by the Israeli occupation, the Palestinian environment and Palestinian environmental rights are under pressure and in rapid decline. Moreover, the scarcity of resources, closures and restrictions on mobility, and high unemployment rates pose an additional impediment to meeting...

[uruknet.info] Rachel Corrie & Hana Shalabi: Flowers among thistles of Israeli occupation
Uruknet March 21, 2012 - Rachel Corrie was murdered nine years ago by an Israeli bulldozer. Hana Shalabi has spent the last 34 days on hunger strike an Israeli prison, yet she is accused of no crime. This was not the first time Hana has been held in Israeli prisons while being accused of no crime. She...

[uruknet.info] Video: A Homage to Palestinian Mothers
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Netanyahu says UN rights council 'hypocritical'
Daily Star 22 Mar 2012 Israeli PM Netanyahu on Thursday slammed as "hypocritical" a UN Human Rights Council resolution, which ordered a first probe into Israeli settlements.

Israel founded as a haven for Jews under threat: Netanyahu
Daily Star 22 Mar 2012 Israel was set up as a haven for Jews whose lives were threatened, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday.

Clinton to let U.S. military aid to Egypt go ahead
Daily Star 22 Mar 2012 U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to allow some U.S. military assistance to Egypt to go forward despite its failure to meet pro-democracy conditions.

Syria's Assad in firm control after a bloody year
Daily Star 22 Mar 2012 As world leaders close ranks against leader Assad, the U.S. president summed up the popular wisdom during a recent White House press conference: "Ultimately, this dictator will fall."

UN gives Iran human rights investigator second year
Daily Star 22 Mar 2012 The United Nations renewed the mandate of its human rights investigator for Iran on Thursday.

Kurd militants threaten Turkey if it enters Syria
Daily Star 22 Mar 2012 Turkish Kurd militants threatened on Thursday to turn all Kurdish populated areas into a "war zone" if Turkish troops entered Syria.

S.Africa says has suspended Iran oil imports
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US files hate crime charges in fatal rundown case
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Europe's Muslim nightmare
YNet News, 22 Mar 2012 - Op-ed: Europeans horrified to discover that they must contend with homegrown terrorists ....

Israel to transfer diesel fuel to Gaza
YNet News, 22 Mar 2012 - Sources in Israel, Strip confirm scheduled transfer of 450,000 liters of diesel fuel necessary for Gaza power plant ....

Report: Israel unlikely to cooperate with UN's settlement probe
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Whitney Houston died from drowning, coroner says
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More Palestinian detainees decalre hunger strike
YNet News, 22 Mar 2012 - 22 administrative prisoners joined Hanaa Shalbi in hunger strike. Detainees leaders threaten to join the protest. Prison Services: Situation under control ....

Report: Syria’s death toll rises to 81
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Israeli company introduces 'instant' fortified space
YNet News, 22 Mar 2012 - Thousands of Israelis who are unable to construct fortified space can now breathe easy as locally made innovation promises to secure any room within week ....

Tel Aviv remembers Toulouse victims
YNet News, 22 Mar 2012 - Some 200 people hold silent rally in solidarity with Sandler, Monsonego families who lost loved ones to murderous terror attack on Jewish school in France ....

Foreign Ministry staff goes on virtual tour of Iran
YNet News, 22 Mar 2012 - Sightseeing in Tehran, a visit to famed archeological sites and some local cuisine – Foreign Ministry staff get a virtual tour of the Islamic Republic ....

Dichter drops Kadima chairmanship bid; endorses Mofaz
YNet News, 22 Mar 2012 - MK Dichter announces support for Kadima Chairwoman Tzipi Livni's rival in party primaries; says: 'These primaries are on the future of the party' ....

Hundreds take part in Tel Aviv SlutWalk
YNet News, 22 Mar 2012 - Israeli women march in protest of those who claim that dressing, acting in certain way makes women responsible for rapes, sexual harassment ....

All eyes on Toulouse
YNet News, 22 Mar 2012 - Analysis: Toulouse murders hit global nerve, impact of killings goes far beyond France ....

A Jew-free Europe
YNet News, 22 Mar 2012 - Op-ed: The ongoing process of Jews leaving European continent is tragic but unavoidable ....

Death in Gaza , death in Toulouse
PIC - As Israel is trying to reap maximum political capital from the tragic incident in Toulouse, several Palestinian families are mourning the deaths of their children at Israel's murderous hands.

Jewish settlers storm Nablus under PA-Israeli military protection
PIC - Hundreds of Jewish settlers along with one Israeli minister stormed Thursday evening under military protection Nablus city to perform alleged religious rituals inside Joseph's Tomb.

Ashqar: Number of solidarity hunger strikers on the rise
PIC - The number of Palestinian prisoners going on hunger strike in solidarity with detained hunger strikers Hana’a Shalabi and MP Ahmed Al-Haj had risen to 26 in various prisons.

Israeli court exiles Jerusalemite child
PIC - The Israeli magistrates court in occupied Jerusalem ruled on Wednesday that Jerusalemite child Elias Al-Awar should be banished from his home in Silwan.

The Islamic Bloc will participate in the student council election at Birzeit
PIC - The Islamic bloc at Birzeit University decided to participate in the Student Council elections for the first time in three years.

Gaza health ministry reduces use of ambulance, health services to the minimum
PIC - The Health ministry in Gaza has decided to reduce the use of ambulance vehicles and other health services to the minimum due to the lack of enough fuel.

IOF raid Jenin city, search house of senior Islamic Jihad figure
PIC - The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Thursday stormed Jenin city and ransacked the house of Islamic Jihad official Bassam Assa'di, a prisoner in Israeli jails.

Rizqa: Supplying Gaza with Egyptian fuel save it from Israel's hegemony
PIC - Political advisor Yousuf Rizqa said that the Israeli approval to allow shipments of fuel into the Gaza Strip was an attempt to incite the Palestinian public opinion against Hamas Movement.

Nafha prisoners go on hunger strike
PIC - Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli desert prison Nafha have gone on hunger strike on Thursday to protest the Israeli policy of banning family visits for the past six years.

Attorney says Health of Striking Prisoner has Deteriorated
WAFA - 21:17-RAMALLAH, March 22, 2012 (WAFA) – Attorney Jawad Boulus said Thursday after visiting Hana Shalabi, the prisoners who is on hunger strike since February 16, at her hospital...

Presidency Welcomes UN Council Resolution on Settlements
WAFA - 19:53-RAMALLAH, March 22, 2012 (WAFA) – Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh welcomed Thursday the passing of a resolution by the United Nations Human Rights Council ordering a probe...

PCBS: Palestinian Territory Suffers Water Scarcity
WAFA - 13:49-RAMALLAH, March 22, 2012 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Territory suffers from water scarcity due to limited water resources, which affects all the vital sectors, especially agriculture, which is...

UN Official Concerned Over Fuel Shortage in Gaza
WAFA - 13:20-GAZA, March 22, 2012 (WAFA) – The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Maxwell Gaylard, Thursday expressed deep concern about the worsening effects of the...

Fayyad Urges Donors to Speed Up Aid Transfers
WAFA - 12:19-RAMALLAH, March 22, 2012 (WAFA) – Prime Minister Salam Fayyad Thursday said that while promising $1 billion in donor aid is important, what is even more important is...

Donors Committee Calls for $1 Billion Aid to Palestinians
WAFA - 11:55-BRUSSELS, March 22, 2012 (WAFA) –The Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) meeting Wednesday in Brussels and which discussed assistance to the Palestinians called on donor countries to provide $...

Jerusalem Minor Expelled From Home
WAFA - 11:27-JERUSALEM, March 22, 2012 (WAFA) – The Israeli Magistrate Court in West Jerusalem ruled on Wednesday to expel of a minor from his home in the East Jerusalem...

Israelis Destroy Agricultural Land near Bethlehem
WAFA - 11:15-BETHLEHEM, March 22, 2012 (WAFA) – Israeli army bulldozers destroyed a large area of Palestinian agricultural land in the town of Al-Khader, south of Bethlehem, a local activist...

Newspapers Review: Donors Meeting Focus of Dailies
WAFA - 10:56-RAMALLAH, March 22, 2012 (WAFA) – The meeting in Brussels of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, the coordinating body for the donor countries, was the focus of the...

Nowrouz: an Iranian gift for global peace
Intifada-Palestine: 22 Mar 2012 - Kourosh Ziabari Nowrouz is the ceremony of peace, brotherhood and faith History books say that Iranians have been celebrating and glorifying it for more than 6,300 years. I’m talking about Nowrouz; the Persian New Year festival. In 2010, the UN General... more

Deadly Fighting Flares in Syrian Areas Thought to Have Been Secured
New York Times 22 Mar 2012 - Syrian forces carried out a bombardment in the city of Homs and deployed tanks and helicopters to rout rebels just outside the capital, activists said.

Jordan Girds for Influx of Syrian Refugees
New York Times 22 Mar 2012 - As the fighting in Syria goes on, the number of refugees in neighboring countries like Jordan is going up, putting pressure on local governments and relief agencies.

Alternative Water Forum 2012: Israel’s national water carrier violates Palestinians right to water
Mondoweiss - Palestinian children in Dar al-Hatab. (Photo: Getty Images) Alternative Water Forum 2012 – The Marseille Declaration 22 March 2012 'We commit to take action in solidarity with Palestinian human rights, including the human right to water.' Occupied Palestine – For years, the United Nations Human Rights...

Sometimes they fall from the sky: a report from Gaza
Mondoweiss - Sohab Sultan in Gaza, 2012. (Photo: Johnny Barber) On Sunday it was reported that a young boy had been shot on farmland near the Rafah crossing. The details were unclear. Several colleagues and I traveled to Rafah to find out what happened. After making several inquiries,...

The video that pushed Peter Beinart to speak out against the occupation
Mondoweiss - It's not totally clear that this video was Peter Beinart's tipping point, but I thought this was interesting from Allison Hoffman's profile of Beinart in Tablet: The essence of his case is that American Jews like him are as horrified to discover YouTube videos depicting the...

Jews Say No! and JVP condemn support for NYPD chief Ray Kelly
Mondoweiss - (Photo: Ellen Davidson) Yesterday, I reported on the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) support for the NYPD's spying program and the Anti-Defamation League's silence on the issue. Today, Jewish Voice for Peace and Jews Say No! have a strong statement out condemning the support NYPD chief...

Video: Chicago stands with Hana Shalabi
Mondoweiss - For more information see facebook.com/FreeHana .

Alain Juppé accused by his own Administration of having falsified reports on Syria
Voltaire Network 22 Mar 2012 - On 19 March 2012, a high French official invited Arab journalists based in Paris to inform them of the internal battle being waged within the French government and, in particular, the Quai d'Orsay [the French Foreign Ministry] regarding Syria. According to this person, the French Ambassador...

Libya: Brigands-Revolutionaries and the UN
Voltaire Network 22 Mar 2012 - As NATO and the GCC persevere with their project of remodeling the Greater Middle East and North Africa, a constant flow of fighters have been crossing from Libya into Syria and vice versa. According to Alexander Mezyaev, far from pursuing peace as stipulated in its Charter,...

March 2012-03-20, Syrian Crisis Updated
Voltaire Network 22 Mar 2012 - Damascus [Syrian president Bashar AL-Assad visits the Omayed mosque to examine "the standard copy of Quran". >http://www.documents.sy/image.php?i...] Seven funerals take place today for Army and police killed in armed clashes in Damascus and Dara'. Anti government activists raise the old over a bridge in al-Baitara square....

March 2012-03-19, Syrian Crisis Updated
Voltaire Network 21 Mar 2012 - Damascus Shooting and bombing happen in Al-Mazzeh-Villat Gharbia neighborhood nearby Tala tower on this morning after clashes between the security force and armed rebels due to a raid on a house used by the rebels; 2 rebels die, one gets arrested, a security man dies and...

BDS: Legal Victory
Rachel Corrie Foundation 22 Mar 2012 - Supporters of the Olympia Food Co-op outside Thurston County Superior Court. On February 27th a Washington State judge dismissed the case against current and former board members of the Olympia Food Co-op for their decision to boycott Israeli goods, calling the lawsuit a SLAPP – Strategic...

Dr. Mona ElFarra: Urgent Appeal for Solidarity from Gaza
Rachel Corrie Foundation 22 Mar 2012 - The Israeli army continues its military attacks against the Gaza Strip. The attacks started Friday, March 10 at 5:30pm. I heard the first terrible explosion as I drove back to Gaza City from Khan Younis. There was a lot of smoke, shattered windows, and a fire...

Displacement of 8 Children From Beit Ommar
Palestine Solidarity Project 21 Mar 2012 - On Tuesday, March 20th, 2012, a judge at the Israeli military court at Ofer attempted to hand down a sentence of banning eight children from Beit Ommar for a distance of not less than 20 kilometers from the town for a period of 6 months, with...

What we have begun in Iowa will continue across the US
Arab American Institute 22 Mar 2012 - In the four events, I spoke to over 400. We signed hundreds of letters of concern to local Congresssmen and Senators, developed strategies to pass an anti-war plank and a Palestinian rights plank at the Iowa State Democratic Convention, and mapped out a plan to lobby...

Attack on Syrian bus 'kills 10'
BBC 22 Mar 2012 - Opposition groups in Syria say at least 10 civilians have died on a bus trying to flee to Turkey, with about 60 people killed throughout the country.

(en) Ireland, WSM.ie: What next for Occupy Belfast? by Sean Matthews
A-infos 22 Mar 2012 - The forcible eviction of Occupy Dame Street has once again shifted the spotlight on Occupy Belfast who have moved from their original camp at Writers Square to an iconic and listed vacant former bank building in the heart of the city centre. WSM member and Occupy...

(en) Britain, Catalyst #29 - Newspaper of the Solidarity Federation*
A-infos 22 Mar 2012 - In this issue ---- The great workfare scandal - thousands forced to do unpaid work for their benefits Resisting, questioning, creating - 101 years of International Women's Day Victory for the Sparks - Electricians beat back BESNA cuts to pay and conditions ---- Interview - John...

(en) Britain, SolFed* - Fighting Workfare At Royal Mail - postal workers IWW CWU Boycott workfare
A-infos 22 Mar 2012 - Most people will have heard about the CWU leadership endorsing the Royal Mail's participation in the workfare scheme, whilst at the same time ignoring rank and file members views on forced labour and attacks on workers rights. ---- Concerned posties from SOLFED, IWW, Boycott Workfare, and...

B'Tselem's annual report on human rights in the Occupied Territories
B'tselem 20 Mar 2012 - The annual report surveys the broad spectrum of issues regarding the Israeli authorities' human rights record in the West Bank and Gaza Strip over the past year, the 44th year of the Israeli occupation. An interactive version of the report is available online and distributed through...

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