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Monday, March 28, 2011
Palestinian Youth Hospitalized After Being Attacked By Soldiers
IMEMC - Tuesday March 29, 2011 - 02:43, Palestinian medical sources reported, Monday evening, that a 16-year-old Palestinian youth from Azzoun town near the northern West Bank of Qalqilia, was hospitalized after being violently attacked by Israeli soldiers stationed near Izbat Al Tabeeb, east of Qalqilia.

Palestinian official says PA will not succumb to US pressure
IMEMC - Tuesday March 29, 2011 - 01:57, An advisor to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told reporters Monday that the Palestinian Authority would be willing to give up US aid money rather than submit to US demands that the Palestinians give up their internationally-recognized rights in the name of 'negotiation'.

Seven children; seven adults abducted by Israeli troops in Beit Ummar
IMEMC - Monday March 28, 2011 - 18:54, In the latest in a series of raids targeting Palestinian villages engaged in non-violent weekly protests against the Wall, Israeli forces invaded the village of Beit Ummar, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron, at 2:30 am on Monday and seized 14 residents, including 7 children, from their beds.

Palestinian home demolished by Israeli troops in Jordan Valley
IMEMC - Monday March 28, 2011 - 14:10, The Israeli military invaded the Palestinian village of Ein al-Hilwe in the eastern part of the West Bank known as the Jordan Valley, an area subject to numerous recent attacks by Israeli settlers, and demolished the home of the Nabel Daraghmeh family over the weekend.

Day after evacuation warning, Bedouin get demolition orders
3/28/2011 - TUBAS (Ma'an) -- A third set of warnings was delivered to the Bedouin of Ein Al-Hilwa on Monday morning, notifying residents that their tent homes and animal shelters would be demolished. The herding community lives next to Al-Malih, a village whose nearest neighbor is a site declared as an Israeli military training ground, in....

Prisoners center: Jailed Bethlehem woman was tortured
3/28/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities tortured a 42-year-old Palestinian woman after she was detained at a checkpoint in October, a prisoners' center said Monday. Hanan Hamouz was detained in Beit Jala, near her home in Bethlehem's Al-Azza refugee camp in the southern West Bank. On Monday, an Israeli court sentenced.... Related: Palestinian detainees announce hunger strike

Settler vandalism, harassment reported in south
3/28/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Villagers said ultra-orthodox settlers chopped down dozens of fruit trees in fields belonging to a Palestinian farmer from the southern West Bank village of Husan, in the latest incident of apparent settler vandalism. Jabir Taha Hamamra told Ma'an that he was surprised Monday morning when he walked into his....

Settler jailed for kidnapping Palestinian teen
3/28/2011 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Jewish settler was sentenced Sunday to 18 months in prison for the kidnap, assault and battery of a 15-year-old Palestinian boy over three years ago, the Israeli news site Ynet reported. The teenager, from the Nablus-area village of Qusra, was seized by two assailants near the Esh Kodesh settlement....

Sole Gaza crossing 'complicated, costly'
3/28/2011 - RAMALLAH (IRIN) -- Israeli trucker Nazar Zarro hoists himself up into the cab of his articulated lorry loaded with emergency flour supplies bound for UN Relief and Works Agency food distribution centers in the Gaza Strip. Zarro makes the 100 kilometer trip from Israel's Ashdod port to Kerem Shalom crossing -- where the borders of....

Sparse funeral highlights villagers' isolation
3/28/2011 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- A sparsely attended funeral on Sunday in a village surrounded by Israel's separation wall highlighted the isolation of communities cut off from their neighbors and relatives. When Sheik A'tta Ash-Shu'ur, an elderly resident of Arab Ar-Ramadin Al-Janubi, passed away Sunday morning, village representative Kassab Ash-Shu....

Settler car strikes child near Hebron
3/29/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- For the third time in the past month, an Israeli settler driving in the West Bank struck a Palestinian south of Hebron, but did not drive away. Though the first two incidents were hit-and-runs, on Monday the settler involved remained in the area until police arrived and initiated an investigation. The....

Arrest raid targets Beit Ummar, 14 detained
3/28/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained 14 Palestinians overnight from the southern West Bank town of Beit Ummar, as construction of military road blocks and a fence surrounding one side of the residential area continue. Local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awad estimated that 150 Israeli soldiers entered the town during the campaign, which began at....

Israeli forces enter Nablus overnight
3/28/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Despite a total security hand-over to Palestinian Authority forces in early 2010, an Israeli military patrol entered Nablus Monday morning and toured the center and Old City. Palestinian sources in the city said no detentions were reported. Troops entered the Old City, Ash-Shuhada square, and around Joseph's tomb after....

Palestinian detainees announce hunger strike
3/28/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian detainees in five prisons in Israel announced a hunger strike Monday in protest over their treatment. Prisoners held in Israel's Nafha, Raymon, Eshel, Ashkelon and Negev prisons will participate in the strike to demand an end to abuse by prison guards, a prisoners' center said. The detainees.... Related: Prisoners center: Jailed Bethlehem woman was tortured

Detainee's mother appeals to save son's sight
3/28/2011 - TULKAREM (Ma'an) -- The mother of a Palestinian detained in Israel appealed Monday to human rights organizations to help her son, who is at risk of losing his sight. Iyad Nasser lost one of his eyes after being tortured by prison guards at Israel's Ashkelon detention center, his mother said. He was....

Baby dies in gas blast in Gaza City home
3/29/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A one-year-old baby died and three people were injured in a gas explosion at a home in Gaza City. Gaza medical official Adham Abu Salmiya identified the baby as Dima Al-Khatib, and said her parents and 10-year-old brother Ahmad were seriously injured. Abu Salmiya said a gas pipe exploded....

UNRWA student to compete in world science fair
3/28/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- After learning about a series of deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning, 14-year-old Iman Qraqa'a put herself to work designing a solution, which won first place last week in the Palestinian Science Fair. Alongside her teacher Maysoon at the UNRWA school in the Aiyda Refugee Camp, Iman laid out....

Single operating Gaza crossing opens
3/28/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel informed Palestinian liaison officers at the last operating Gaza crossing that 210-220 truckloads of goods would be permitted into the coastal enclave on Monday. Included in the limited import would be 20 new motor vehicles, 11 loads of cement for UNRWA, aid and commercial goods, as well as....

Nablus residents plant trees for political prisoners
3/28/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) - Nablus governor Jibrin Al-Bakri and Detainees' Minister Issa Qaraqe joined Nablus residents Monday to plant trees in the names of Palestinians detained in Israel's prisons. Detainees' parents, human rights organizations and former prisoners participated in the tree-planting to show support for political prisoners....

Israel deploys 'Iron Dome' anti-rocket system
3/28/2011 - BEERSHEBA, Israel (AFP) -- The first batteries of Israel's new "Iron Dome" short-range missile defense system were set up in the south of the country on Sunday, but officials stressed the initial deployment was experimental. The unique multi-million dollar system was stationed outside the southern city of Beersheba, days after it was hit by....

Fatah: Abbas awaiting Hamas response
3/28/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- There has yet to be a response from Hamas following a meeting between party members and President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday, Fatah central committee member Nabil Sha'ath told Ma'an. Despite the positive sentiments exchanged, "Abbas is still waiting for the official response," Sha'ath said Monday....

Abbas moves on PLO constitution amendments
3/28/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas asked the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization to convene the body's Constitution Committee, government news agency WAFA reported. He advised the committee that it should draw up amendments to the PLO charter by the end of September. The committee was first convened in 2005....

In photos: Bethlehem girl guides tour Nablus
3/28/2011 - MaanImages / Jenny Baboun - Bethlehem's Saint Joseph's Girl Guides tour Nablus with scouts from the northern West Bank city, visiting An-Najah University, Mount Jerzim, Jacob's Well and the Old City on March 27....

PA authorizes new internet provider to challenge PalTel
3/28/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The PA Ministry of Communication has agreed to allow the Jerusalem District Electricity Company to offer broadband internet access over power lines. The decision was prompted by years of complaints about bad service from the only Palestinian internet provider PalTel, the ministry said. Acting Minister of Communications Mashour Abu Daqqa said....

Turkish PM urges Syria over reform demands
3/28/2011 - ANKARA, Turkey (AFP) -- Turkey advised Syria to "positively respond" to people's demands for reform, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday." We advised Mr. Assad that responding to people's years-old demands positively with a reformist approach would help Syria to overcome the problems more easily," Erdogan told journalists before leaving Ankara....

Egypt parliamentary polls set for September, army says
3/28/2011 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Egypt's first parliamentary election since the fall of president Hosni Mubarak will be held in September, but no date has yet been decided for a presidential vote, a top military officer said on Monday." The legislative elections will be held in September," said General Mamduh Shahin of the supreme military council....

Egypt army: Mubarak, family under house arrest
3/28/2011 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his family are under house arrest, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said on its website Monday, denying that the former leader had fled to Saudi Arabia." There is no truth to reports that former president Hosni Mubarak has left Egypt for Tabuk in Saudi....

Vote ban angers Saudi women in era of change
3/28/2011 - DUBAI (AFP) -- Activists for women's rights in Saudi Arabia said its decision on Monday to keep a voting ban in place was "outrageous" at a time that Arab governments are taking steps to avert pro-democracy revolts. The head of the electoral committee charged with preparing for next month's municipal polls said....

Palestinian Rivals Hold Unity Talks
Palestine Note 28 Mar 2011 - Netanyahu warns of military retaliation if border rockets continue Al Jazeera - Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president and Fatah leader, has held talks with officials from the rival Hamas group for the first time in about a year. The two-hour...

Ponting quits as Australian captain
AlJazeera 28 Mar 2011 - Ricky Ponting steps down as Test and one-day skipper after quarter-final exit from World Cup.

Obama defends military intervention in Libya
AlJazeera 28 Mar 2011 - US president says world will be better off with Gaddafi out of power, but removing him by force will be a mistake.

Italians block port in protest over migrants
AlJazeera 28 Mar 2011 - Fishermen on Lampedusa seal off harbour in symbolic demonstration against flow of illegal immigrants.

Pakistani soldiers 'killed in ambush'
AlJazeera 28 Mar 2011 - At least 11 killed after military convoy is ambushed in tribal region close to Afghan border.

Syrian protesters dispersed after clashes
AlJazeera 28 Mar 2011 - Crackdown follows unrest in which protesters demanding an end to emergency law have been killed by security forces.

'Spiderman' ascends Burj tower
AlJazeera 28 Mar 2011 - French climber famous for his gravity-defying ascents scales world's tallest tower.

Kuwaiti oil tanker 'hijacked' in Gulf of Aden
AlJazeera 28 Mar 2011 - EU naval force says MV Zirku and 29 crew were seized off coast of Oman, but Kuwaiti oil company denies the claim.

Qatar recognises Libyan rebels after oil deal
AlJazeera 28 Mar 2011 - Qatar is first Arab nation to recognise Benghazi-based council after rebels announce oil marketing deal with Gulf state.

Egypt's Mubarak 'under house arrest'
AlJazeera 28 Mar 2011 - Military council denies ousted leader has fled to Saudi Arabia and says emergency laws will be lifted ahead of vote.

Bahrain shuns Kuwait's mediation offer
AlJazeera 28 Mar 2011 - Bahrain's foreign minister says it is "completely untrue" that Kuwait could mediate to resolve its political crisis.

Palestinian Hunger Strike in Israeli Prisons
PNN - Palestinian detainees in five Israeli jails started hunger strikes on Monday in protest against their inhuman treatment and in solidarity with Hamas leaders Ahmed Saadat and Abbas al-Sayyad. The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club...

Israel Evicts Three Families From the Jordan Valley
PNN - Jordan Valley – PNN – The Israeli authorities informed three Palestinian families from Wadi Samra area in the Jordan Valley that they must leave within three days or their tents will be...

Likud MKs Launch Bill to Counter Leftist Groups
PNN - Tel Aviv - PNN - On Monday a new bill was proposed in the Knesset that would prevent leftist or internationalist groups from petitioning the Israeli High Court of Justice. The new...

Shaath: President Sticking to His Proposal and We Await a Formal Response from Hamas
PNN - Ramallah-PNN – Doctor Nabil Shaath, a member of the Fatah’s Central Committee, confirmed that President Mahmoud Abbas is sticking to his proposal of visiting Gaza in the near future and hastening towards...

34 Palestinians Among the 500 World’s Influential Arabs
PNN - Bethlehem – PNN - This week Arabian Business, viewed as the best selling weekly business magazine in the Middle East, released its Power 500 World’s Influential Arabs, among them 34 Palestinians. Topping...

Settler Runs Over a Child While Troops Arrest 25 Civilians
PNN - Hebron – PNN – On Monday morning an Israeli settler ran over a Palestinian child in the southern West Bank city of Hebron while troops arrested 25 other civilians during raids targeting...

Call for action: April 17th Palestinian Prisoners Day
3/28/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - ISM, Gaza - The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) Gaza calls for a global day of action to draw attention to Palestinian political prisoners who are illegally detained in Israel. April 17th marks the Palestinian Prisoners Day, a day in commemoration of the 5834 Palestinians who are currently (as of February 1st, 2011) held in Israeli prisons....

Humanitarian Emergency Response Review
Relief Web 28 Mar 2011 - Source: Department for International Development

OPT: UNRWA hobbled by unwieldy customs procedures on Gaza border
Relief Web 28 Mar 2011 - Source: Integrated Regional Information Networks

Israel strike kills 2 in Gaza after call for calm
Relief Web 28 Mar 2011 - Source: Agence France-Presse

A Palestinian Man suffers in Australia
28 Mar 2011 - Australia, (Pal Telegraph) - A war and hunger is coming, Gog and Magog war is coming and with all injustice is coming one angry man who is against dirty rules. His name is Hesham Galam. He is victim of Israeli government who openly clean up strong people from Israel.  They call him crazy because he shows strong opposition against Israeli...

Settlers target farmers of Yatta town
28 Mar 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)- Dozens of Jewish settlers under the protection of Israeli soldiers raided Al-Buwaib area in the east of Yatta town, southern Hebron and attacked Palestinian farmers and shepherds in the area.

Israeli forces invade Nablus overnight
28 Mar 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli occupation forces stormed yesterday at night several districts in the northern West Bank city of Nablus without detentions reported.

Child hit by settler car near Hebron
28 Mar 2011 - West Bank, (Pal telegraph)-A Palestinian child was hit Monday morning by Israeli settler driving a car in Tarama village near Hebron during her way to the school.

Shiite party in Bahrain calls for mediation to keep lid on frustration
The National 28 Mar 2011 - Shiites claim to face daily harassment by Bahraini security forces, while in the Bahraini press and on state television, Sunni hardliners accuse the Shiites of being disloyal to Bahrain or wanting to harm it.

Arab world's subsidised bread prices under threat
The National 28 Mar 2011 - Across the region, bread subsidies are under pressure because of higher wheat prices, but without the subsidy given to bread in countries such as Egypt, prices would triple - and 'there would be a revolution', say observers.

Qatar joins France to recognise Libya's rebels
The National 28 Mar 2011 - A day after the Provisional Transitional National Council announced an oil contract with Qatar, Doha, which has warplanes taking part in strikes on Muammar Qaddafi's forces, recognised the rebel council as Libya's sole legitimate representative.

Suddenly, it's cool to be an Arab
The National 28 Mar 2011 - The euphoria triggered by the swift and mostly peaceful revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt has been dampened by the war in Libya and bloodshed in Yemen and Bahrain, but the collective sense of self-esteem and yearning that has swept the Arab world has not yet been extinguished.

Saleh's survival skills keep him in power still
The National 28 Mar 2011 - Yemen's president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, is re-defining 'survivor' as he holds on despite a tide of protest, outmanoeuvring his opponents and bringing onside powerful tribal leaders by giving them millions of dollars and 40,000 weapons that included pistols, machine guns and bazookas.

Turkey pushes Syria, gently, to reform its regime
The National 28 Mar 2011 - As tide of reform demands reaches Turkey¿s friendly neighbour, prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has an interest in keeping Bashar al Assad's regime solidly in power, as he negotiates in Libya for Muammar Qaddafi to go.

Demonstrators stage sit-in at Oman's Tender Board in bribery protest
The National 28 Mar 2011 - Protesters allege that top officials at the contracting agency in Muscat regularly receive kickbacks from the billions of rials in contracts awarded every year.

Explosions at Yemen arms factory kill at least 110
The National 28 Mar 2011 - Women and children among the dead after blasts possibly triggered by a cigarette caused a massive fire in bullet factory in Jaar, Yemen, where al Qa'eda militants are active.

Israel threatens to take action if UN recognizes Palestinian statehood
Ha'aretz - Foreign Ministry instructs envoys in 30 countries to send 'diplomatic protest' to host nations over plan for September vote in Security Council.

Police brace for possible Israeli Arab unrest on Land Day
Ha'aretz - Police say there is no indication that any unusual activity is being planned to mark the occasion, but security forces are not ruling out the possibility given the recent events that have engulfed the Middle East in recent weeks.

Knesset passes law to strip terrorists of Israeli citizenship
Ha'aretz - MK David Rotem: There is no citizenship without loyalty; lawmakers also agree to revoke stipend of MK Azmi Bishara, suspected of series of crimes against national security.

Netanyahu to Abbas: You can't have peace with both Israel and Hamas
Ha'aretz - Palestinian president willing to give up hundreds of million dollars in U.S. aid if necessary to forge a unity deal with Hamas, says top adviser.

Netanyahu appoints Yoram Cohen as Israel's next Shin Bet chief
Ha'aretz - Cohen, a former Shin Bet deputy chief and the first observant Jew to be chosen for the top position, will replace Yuval Diskin if Turkel Committee approves PM's recommendation.

Obama: Coalition will not use force to topple Gadhafi
Ha'aretz - The U.S. president claims to have stopped Gadhafi's 'deadly advance', but acknowledges Gadhafi may not step down immediately; The U.S. will hand over full responsibility for military operations in Libya to NATO Wednesday.

Israel demands Facebook remove 'Third Intifada' fan page
Ha'aretz - In letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Minister Yuli Edelstein warns that the page incites to violence.

Plutonium found in soil at crippled Japan nuclear plant further raises alarm
Ha'aretz - The current plutonium levels are not harmful to human health, however, officials believe based on plutonium samples that there is reason for concern.

Israeli social workers end strike after 23 days
Ha'aretz - Deal agreed upon Monday is almost the same as the one struck 12 days ago, with only minor changes.

Top candidate for Israel Prison Service disqualified over 'deals with inmates'
Ha'aretz - Attorney General Weinstein clarifies reasons that Eli Gabison was ultimately denied the top position in the Prison Service.

Israel Police officers suspected of taking bribes from businesses
Ha'aretz - 3 Shfelah District officers charged with conduct not becoming a police officer after Internal Affairs investigation.

Israeli Arab MK: Revoking my parliamentary privileges is political persecution
Ha'aretz - Knesset voted to penalize MK Hanin Zuabi for participating in Gaza aid flotilla last year; High Court debates Zuabi's appeal.

Police raid homes of alleged crime group suspected of swindling millions
Ha'aretz - Homes of 13 members of the group, located in the central town of Azor, were raided after a two-year investigation; the group allegedly used debit cards and set up illegal gaming sites to swindle large amounts of money.

Police recommend charging Upper Nazareth mayor with alleged bribery
Ha'aretz - Mayor Shimon Gampso is suspected of accepting bribes relating to the weekly Ramle-Lod market in the city.

Prison Service chief appointment cancelled over AG's concerns
Ha'aretz - Public Security Minister says Eli Gavison will not be appointed as Israel Prison Services chief, following Yehuda Weinstein's warning of potential legal concerns; Aharon Franco is new candidate.

Tunisia condemns Israeli calls for Jews to emigrate
Ha'aretz - North African country denounces 'ill-disposed' call, which it warns amount to 'meddling' in Tunisia's domestic affairs.

Mideast revolutions could be good for Israel, says Peres
Ha'aretz - President tells reporters that the Arab world harbors resentment for Israel fed by poverty and oppression, and could alter its stance if conditions improve.

'Abbas willing to give up U.S. aid for unity with Hamas'
Ha'aretz - Adviser's remarks comes after Abbas met with his rivals in the Hamas militant group over the weekend in an attempt to end nearly four years of infighting that has complicated the quest for a Palestinian state.

Israeli medical delegation lands in Japan to aid relief efforts
Ha'aretz - The 50-member delegation will operate a field hospital for one month in Japan's quake-ravaged Miyagi prefecture, whose closest hospital is an hour-and-a-half away by car.

Blair removes website maps that did not label Israel
Jeruslalem Post 29 Mar 2011 - The map appeared on the Office of Tony Blair website, as well as on the website of the Office of the Quartet Representative.

Gov’t warns Israelis to get out of... Iraq?
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - Advisory in light of “the increased phenomenon of Israelis visiting Iraq."

Fatah, Hamas set to hold April unity talks in Cairo
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - Adviser to Abaas: "Palestinians need American money, but if they use it as a way of pressuring us, we are ready to relinquish that aid."

A-G: Alleged favors for inmates reason for Gavizon reversal
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - Attorney-general, Public Security Ministry and Turkel Commission check allegations; Weinstein: "significant questions remained."

Israel got only 70% of average precipitation this year
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - Country badly needs more than the annual norm, stresses Water Authority.

‘Arab spring’ not expected to provoke mass Land Day protest
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - Land Day has been a day of protests and general strikes in the Arab sector for more than 30 years.

Light rail seeks to reassure jittery Jerusalemites
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - Transportation officials hope to assuage security fears among residents about the light rail; will be fully operational by mid-August.

Obama: 'We have stopped Gaddafi's deadly advance'
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - US President says NATO will assume full responsibility for military operations in Libya; says US will play "supporting role."

Digital TV to replace analog tomorrow
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - Consumers will need a set top box (STB) and will gain access to channels 1 and 33, the Knesset Channel, and commercial channels 2 and 10.

Panel to explore work discrimination
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - Complaints against employers steadily increasing; Ministry of Industry, Labor and Trade to hold conference to reveal the data.

Rabbinic conventions in US to discuss American Jewish life
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative movement meets in Las Vegas; while Central Conference of American Rabbis meets in New Orleans.

Police recommend charges of bribery for two mayors
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - Authorities ask state prosecutors to charge Nazareth Illit Mayor Shimon Gapso and Petah Tikva Mayor Yitzhak Ohion.

Unrest shatters illusions of Assad regime’s stability
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - Analysis: Image of ‘resistance' against US, Israel fails to shield Syrian ruler from revolt.

PM names Yoram Cohen as new Shin Bet chief
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - ‘I am convinced that he will bring the capabilities, leadership and experience to meet the challenges,’ says Netanyahu.

Syrian forces open fire to disperse Deraa protest
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - Peres says Israel watching turmoil closely - Assad expected to break silence over coming days.

Social injustice?
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - As their strike entered its fourth week on Monday, social workers seemed more determined than ever to see change, but where did that leave those who rely on them for critical help?

Israel Beiteinu's Citizenship Bill passes into law
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - Lieberman: We have fulfilled campaign promise - no citizenship without loyalty; Meretz MK Horowitz says bill delegitimizes Israeli-Arabs.

'Quartet ‘parameters’ must address our needs'
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - Amid speculation Quartet may give statement on final settlement, J'lem officials worry only Palestinian considerations will be reflected.

US gearing up to pull some vessels from Libya drive
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - US official says removal will be gradual, not sudden; Sarkozy, Cameron say "Gaddafi must go now," adding there will be no occupation of Libya.

Israelis welcome deployment of Iron Dome
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - Anti-rocket system is rushed into place as rocket barrages from Gaza increase; southern residents feel "sense of security."

'Abbas would give up US aid to reconcile with Hamas'
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - Adviser to Abaas: "Palestinians need American money, but if they use it as a way of pressuring us, we are ready to relinquish that aid."

Social workers end strike after 23 days
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - Following judge's threat to issue injunction forcing them back to work, social workers vote to accept deal they rejected last week.

Jordan teetering on civil war, local analysts say
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - Violence in weekend’s demonstrations, which left one dead and 120 wounded, viewed as watershed moment in the kingdom's history.

Argentinean prosecutor: Bombing probes continue
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - Argentinian legal authority denies report that investigation into 1990s attacks on Jewish targets in Buenos Aires stopped at urging of Iran.

West warns Gaddafi loyalists: Drop him before it's too late
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - Sarkozy, Cameron say "Gaddafi must go immediately," adding there will be no occupation of Libya; urge rebels to open dialogue.

Blasts at Yemen bullet factory kill at least 110
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - Blast believed to have been caused by cigarette; explosion took place a day after army, militants clashed; dead include women and children.

'Lebanese officials arrest man for conspiring with Israel'
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - Lebanese Homeland Security issues statement that man was sending intelligence coordinates, detailed information on Hezbollah to Israel.

Jerusalem food festival mixes old and new flavors
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - For first time ever, Old City Flavors Festival invites public to learn about the secret aromas of the four quarters.

Libya rebels advance towards Gaddafi's birthplace
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - On eve of 35-nation talks, Italy proposes political deal to end Libya crisis; Russia criticizes Western-led air strikes.

Lindenstrauss: Decision on probe of PM trips this week
Jeruslalem Post 28 Mar 2011 - Steinitz backs Netanyahu against allegations that prime minister used donor money to fund vacations.

The Libya Ceasefire We Rejected
Uruknet March 28, 2011 - When a nation in conflict with an imperial power declares a complete and unilateral ceasefire and states that it wants UN inspectors in country, now, to make sure the ceasefire is real and that civilians are protected, what is a military imperialist coalition to do? If the U.S. and its subordinates had been sincere about...

The Dark Desires of Bruce Jessen, the Architect of Bush’s Torture Program, As Revealed by His Former Friend and Colleague
Uruknet March 28, 2011 - In another exclusive report for Truthout, my friends and colleagues Jason Leopold and Jeff Kaye continue to shine an unerring light on the Bush administration’s torture program, this time focusing on the role played by Bruce Jessen, the Air Force psychologist, who, with his colleague James Mitchell, established the torture program used in the "War...

Court orders Jerusalem family to share home with settlers
Uruknet March 28, 2011 - In the last month Palestinians in Jerusalem continued to face ongoing violence and settler takeovers of their homes. As Israeli forces abducted and arrested children in the Silwan area, an order by the municipal court could force a family to "share" a room in their home with settlers. Meanwhile, a United Nations expert called Israeli...

Call for action: April 17th Palestinian Prisoners Day
Uruknet March 28, 2011 - The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) Gaza calls for a global day of action to draw attention to Palestinian political prisoners who are illegally detained in Israel. April 17th marks the Palestinian Prisoners Day, a day in commemoration of the 5834 Palestinians who are currently (as of February 1st, 2011) held in Israeli prisons. No less...

Israel builds town to ensure “the Arabs won’t rear their heads”
Uruknet March 28, 2011 - Last week, the Knesset passed a bill that legalizes "acceptance committees" in small localities, a tool that is used to maintain segregation between Jews and Arabs (as well as keeping out various other "undesirables"). As I wrote, this bill is just one of the many policies through which Israel denies its Palestinian citizens the right...

Syria reaches the boiling point
Uruknet March 28, 2011 - ...The Obama policy is likely to open up a split in the U.S. foreign policy establishment between those who want to prop up Assad as a "partner for peace" and those who see the opportunity to take down a key ally of Iran. For example, Sen. Joe Lieberman has explicitly called for the imposition of...

Syria's state news agency SANA: "President al-Assad receives calls from King of Bahrain, Emirs of Kuwait and Qatar, Iraqi President, supporting Syria in face of conspiracy"
Uruknet March 28, 2011 - President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday received phone calls from King of Bahrain Hamad bin Issa al- Khalifa, the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, President Jalal al-Talabani of Iraq , Emir of Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. King of Bahrain, Emirs of Kuwait and Qatar, Iraq's President expressed their countries' standing by Syria...

Palestinians jailed because lawyer can’t communicate with them
Uruknet March 28, 2011 - The text is simple and quite short, and it merits being quoted in full: "The Netanya Magistrate’s Court has decided to extend by 24 hours the detention of three Palestinians, without holding a hearing about their alleged crimes. The reason for the absence of such a hearing is that the suspects speak only Arabic, and...

Attacking Libya and international law

Qatar recognises Libyan rebels after oil deal
Uruknet March 28, 2011 - Qatar has recognised Libya's rebel council as the legitimate representatives of the Libyan people, a day after the group announced an oil contract with the Gulf state. The move on Monday makes Qatar only the second country to formally recognise the Libyan rebel council, but has been backed by the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC). A...

Abu Tor: A story of neglect
Uruknet March 28, 2011 - Abu Tor, a neighbourhood in the Silwan area of East Jerusalem, suffers acutely from state neglect, visible in the cycle of poverty from which its residents are unable to break free. The area is exemplary of the socio-economic depression afflicting most of East Jerusalem, brought on by the municipality’s manifest failure to provide adequate funding,...

Open Letter From Russian Doctors In Libya To The President Of The Russian Federation
Uruknet March 28, 2011 - ... Today, there is blatant external aggression of USA and NATO against a sovereign country - Libya. And if anyone can doubt this, then we say this obvious fact is well known, because all this is happening before our eyes, and the actions of U.S. and NATO threaten the lives of not only the citizens of...

Settler Runs Over a Child While Israeli Troops Arrest 25 Civilians
Uruknet March 28, 2011 - On Monday morning an Israeli settler ran over a Palestinian child in the southern West Bank city of Hebron while troops arrested 25 other civilians during raids targeting other West Bank communities. Local sources said that the settler ran over the child in the western part of the city and fled the scene; doctors at...

110 killed in blast at explosives factory in Yemen
Uruknet March 28, 2011 —The death toll in an explosion at a south Yemen bullet factory on Monday rose to at least 110, and more bodies were expected to be recovered, doctors said. They said the dead in the blast in the southern town of Jaar included woman and children in addition to many men. A blast occurred after residents...

Military: Mubarak and Family Under House Arrest
Uruknet March 28, 2011 - Deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his family are under house arrest, and they have not fled to Saudi Arabia, Egypt's military rulers said Monday. "There is no truth to reports that former president Hosni Mubarak has left Egypt for Tabuk in Saudi Arabia," the country's military rulers said in a statement on Facebook. "He...

Reports suggest French intelligence encouraged anti-Gaddafi protests
Uruknet March 28, 2011 - Reports have emerged in European media alleging that efforts by French intelligence to destabilize or topple the Libyan government of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi may have played a role in last month’s protests in Benghazi, which ultimately led to war in Libya. The National Council, a Libyan rebel group based in Benghazi and led by ex-Gaddafi...

A CIA commander for the Libyan rebels
Uruknet The Libyan National Council, the Benghazi-based group that speaks for the rebel forces fighting the Gaddafi regime, has appointed a long-time CIA collaborator to head its military operations. The selection of Khalifa Hifter, a former colonel in the Libyan army, was reported by McClatchy Newspapers Thursday and the new military chief was interviewed by a correspondent for ABC News...

Video: 'Shoe thrower' targets Iraq's PM
Uruknet March 28, 2011 - Demonstrators in Iraq have been calling for sweeping reforms and in their midst is Muntadhr Al Zaydi, the man known internationally for throwing a shoe at former US president George Bush. Al Zaydi had to stay away from his country for months after serving jail time, but he is now back on the streets of...

Military Resistance 9C 17: Bad Dictators
Uruknet March 27, 2011 - Diplomatic correspondence released by WikiLeaks confirms that the Israeli government’s continued blockade of Gaza is intentionally punitive and meant to keep Gaza on the "brink of collapse." As "Democracy Now!" reported on Jan. 5: "According to a November 2008 cable, Israel wanted Gaza’s economy to be 'functioning at the lowest level possible consistent with avoiding...

The Mark Inside: Joseph Beuys And Coyote meet "Humanitarian" Bombing Campaigns
Uruknet March 27, 2011 - ...Although its origins and workings seem to us mysterious and evanescent, evil remains proliferate because our traumatized psyches see it as a force of good. Evil is a deranged angel of self-preservation, convinced his wicked machinations and destructive fury are bulwarks against outside forces aligned to bear his doom. And that is why I don't...

Information war against Libya.
Uruknet March 27, 2011 - After reading the first few days of Libyan unrest on one popular news portal of the bombing of Tripoli, I was contacted on Skype with her boyfriend, more than a year working in Libya. I was surprised that Skype, and consequently, the Internet, work. The logic is simple – once it came to the "bombing"...

Secessionist Movements Seize Provinces in North, South Yemen
Uruknet March 27, 2011 - Protests are continuing apace across Yemen, but President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s previous offer to transfer power to a supporter has been rejected this weekend by the ruling party, which now insists that Saleh is the only person who can rule through the elections scheduled for 2013. But the regime’s control is wavering in the face...

Occupied Palestine from A to Z: Canaan of Palestine
Uruknet March 27, 2011 - "Ya Abu Nidal, lahhiq ibnak, lahhiq darak, hurry up, the soldiers are raiding your home and want to take your son Nidal." A neighbour came running to tell Canaan who was ploughing the land and tending the olive and almond trees. In a matter of seconds, Abu Nidal was running all the way down the...

Libya says NATO "terrorising" its civilians
Uruknet March 27, 2011 - Libya accused NATO on Sunday of "terrorising" and killing its people as part of a global plot to humiliate and weaken the North African country. The government says Western-led air attacks have killed more than 100 civilians, a charge denied by the coalition which says it is protecting civilians from Gadaffi's forces and targeting only...

Clinton Calls Bashar al-Assad a “Reformer” -Syria Lifts Emergency Law
Uruknet March 27, 2011 - ... Clinton said the elements that led to international intervention in Libya — international condemnation, an Arab League call for action, a United Nations Security Council Resolution — are "not going to happen" with Syria, in part because members of the U.S. Congress from both parties say they believe Assad is "a reformer." My guess is...

Way of life in danger as Iraq fisherman quit sea
Uruknet March 27, 2011 - Since time immemorial, villagers on Iraq's Faw peninsula have fished the waters where the Tigris and Euphrates reach the Gulf. But today, they say violent sea border disputes are forcing them off their boats. The town of Faw near Iraq's coast has around 40,000 inhabitants, most of them fishermen and their families. Town officials say...

Sock Puppet Planet: The Secret State's Quest for 'Persona Management Software'
Uruknet March 27, 2011 - Not since AT&T whistleblower Marc Klein's 2006 revelations that U.S. telecommunications giants were secretly collaborating with the government to spy on Americans, has a story driven home the point that we are confronted by a daunting set of invisible enemies: the security and intelligence firms constellating the dark skies of the National Security State. As...

One Day Old Palestinian Baby Inspected at Checkpoint
Uruknet March 27, 2011 (WAFA) – A Palestinian one-day old baby was inspected and forced through X-ray search by Israeli forces stationed in a checkpoint at Bartaa al-Sharqiya, a village northwest of Jenin, north of the West Bank. Mohammad Omrah, the baby’s father, was escorting his wife and newborn back from the hospital one day after the birth in his...

Syria Dividing: Most Large Cities Calm. The Troubles in Latakia Lead to Army being Deployed
Uruknet March 27, 2011 - Syria is dividing into sides – those that will fight the state and those that support the president or fear revolution. The silent majority is still sitting on the side lines, but they will not be able to do so for long if order collapses. The army is sticking by the President, a main difference...

Arabic newspaper: Israel wants Assad to stay in power
Uruknet March 27, 2011 - A French reliable source on Thursday was quoted as saying by the London-based Al-Hayat daily that Israel doesn't want any change in Syria. The source said that Israel had complained to France that Hizbullah is rehabilitating its forces and rockets arsenal with the blessing of the Lebanese government led by Fuad Saniora. The French source...

UK, France, Germany Request the UN, EU to Propose “Final Settlement of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”
Uruknet March 27, 2011 - Britain, France and Germany are asking the United Nations and the European Union to propose the outlines of a "final settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict" that would lead to the establishment of a Palestinian state. This request comes in the wake of frozen peace negotiations and a recent US veto of a resolution condemning Israeli...

Libyan rebels to sell oil to Qatar
Uruknet March 27, 2011 - "We contacted the oil company of Qatar and thankfully they agreed to take all the oil that we wish to export and market this oil for us," Reuters quoted Ali Tarhouni, a rebel official in charge of economic, financial and oil matters, as telling reporters. "Our next shipment will be in less than a week."...

Bahrain opposition accepts Kuwait's offer to mediate
Uruknet March 27, 2011 - Bahrain's largest Shi'ite opposition group Wefaq has accepted Kuwait's offer to mediate in talks with Bahrain's government to end a political crisis gripping the tiny kingdom, a member of Wefaq said on Sunday. Bahrain on March 16 ended weeks of protests by mostly Shi'ite protesters that had prompted the king to impose martial law and...

Army Evicts Palestinian Family in Jordan Valley to Facilitate Settlement
Uruknet March 27, 2011 - On Friday morning, 25 March, Israeli soldiers forcefully removed a Palestinian family from their tent in the Ein al-Helwa region of the northern Jordan Valley, in order to authorize a nearby Jewish settlement. The Ein al-Helwa or Wadi al Malih area is predominantly inhabited by Bedouin communities, which have been settled in the region for...

Implementation of Palestinian labor rights law deviates from actual text
Daily Star 28 Mar 2011 BEIRUT: Last month, caretaker Labor Minister Butros Harb signed a law that was hailed as a step toward making it easier for Palestinian refugees to obtain labor permits in Lebanon. Originally passed by Parliament in August...

Nature program to benefit over 2,000 pupils
Daily Star 28 Mar 2011 BEIRUT: Twenty-two Lebanese schools will undergo a two-year "Nature Conversation" program aimed at enhancing environmental awareness through education and extracurricular activities, it was announced Monday. The scheme, run by American University Beirut Nature Conservation Center for...

Security forces thwart kidnap plot in Halba
Daily Star 28 Mar 2011 BEIRUT: Members of the Information Branch of the Internal Security Forces thwarted an attempt to kidnap one of the residents of the northern town of Halba Monday, the National News Agency reported. Two men and one...

Hezbollah seeks Red Cross aid to find missing Lebanese
Daily Star 28 Mar 2011 BEIRUT: Hezbollah's Sheikh Naim Qassem called Monday on the International Committee of the Red Cross  to pursue efforts to reveal the fate missing and imprisoned Lebanese in Israel, particularly those who remained in contact with their...

Shami discusses regional developments with Tehran
Daily Star 28 Mar 2011 BEIRUT: Caretaker Foreign Minister Ali Shami discussed the latest regional developments with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Monday. Shami was in Tehran to congratulate the Iranian president on behalf of his Lebanese counterpart Michel Sleiman and Speaker...

Ahmad Hariri warns against Syria speculation
Daily Star 28 Mar 2011 BEIRUT: Future Movement secretary-general Ahmad Hariri said Monday his movement was as concerned about the security situation in Syria as the security situation in Lebanon. "I urge media outlets to refrain from involving Lebanon in what...

Explosive device dismantled in Ain al-Hilweh, handed to army
Daily Star 28 Mar 2011 SIDON: An explosive device was found Monday in a residential neighborhood of the Palestinian refugee camp Ain al-Hilweh and handed over to the army. Less than a day after an attempt on the life of a...

Mothers and wives of prisoners call for amnesty outside Justice Ministry
Daily Star 28 Mar 2011 BEIRUT: Mothers and wives of prisoners staged a sit-in at the Justice Ministry Monday calling for the issuance of a general pardon for offenders. The 100-strong crowd of female relatives presented their demands to caretaker Justice...

New labeling laws for olive oil will be introduced: ministry
Daily Star 28 Mar 2011 BEIRUT: New labeling laws for olive oil will be introduced in response to last week's revelations that oils in Lebanon are contaminated with toxic chemicals, caretaker Agriculture Minister Hussein Hajj Hassan said Monday. The minister announced...

Champville players alleged to have failed drugs test
Daily Star 28 Mar 2011 BEIRUT: Lebanese basketball leaders Champville were thrown into confusion Monday after, according to coach Ghassan Sarkis and local news sources, two of their star players - Jay Youngblood and Larry Cox - are to be suspended...

Riyadi win helps keep WABA league final hopes alive
Daily Star 28 Mar 2011 BEIRUT: Nate Johnson and a newly fit Loren Woods led Riyadi to a 101-85 victory against Syrian side Jala'a to keep their hopes of winning the West Asian league alive Monday. The game was the third...

Libyan rebels press on to Sirte
Daily Star 28 Mar 2011 NAWFALIYAH/MISRATA, Libya: Rebels advanced west toward the birthplace of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi Monday, firing mortars and heavy machine guns in sporadic clashes with loyalist forces. Emboldened by Western-led air strikes against Gadhafi's troops, the rebels...

Supreme Court hears appeal over stripped rights of Arab Israeli MP
Daily Star 28 Mar 2011 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: An Israeli Arab lawmaker appealed to the Supreme Court Monday after Parliament stripped her of key privileges for joining a foreign flotilla trying to break the blockade on Gaza. Haneen Zuabi, an MP with...

Saleh tried to get Saudis to kill Yemeni rival: WikiLeaks
Daily Star 28 Mar 2011 OSLO: Yemen President Ali Abdallah Saleh tried to get Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, now a leading dissident officer, killed last year by tricking Saudi forces into bombing his headquarters, a Norwegian daily said Monday, quoting a leaked...

Abbas willing to give up U.S. aid for sake of Palestinian unity
Daily Star 28 Mar 2011 RAMALLAH, West Bank: An aide to the Palestinian president said Monday Mahmoud Abbas is making a heavy push for reconciliation with Hamas and is willing to give up hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. aid...

Over 100 killed in Yemen factory explosion
Daily Star 28 Mar 2011 SANAA: An explosion at an armaments factory killed over 100 people in a town in south Yemen Monday where Al-Qaeda militants appear to have driven out government forces. Meanwhile, talks in Yemen to broker a transition...

Syrian forces disperse protests, Assad to speak
Daily Star 28 Mar 2011 DAMASCUS: Syrian forces fired into the air Monday to disperse a pro-democracy protest in the southern flashpoint city of Daraa and Vice President Farouq al-Sharaa said President Bashar Assad would give an important speech in the...

Saudi Arabia maintains ban on women voting during September polls
Daily Star 28 Mar 2011 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will hold municipal elections on Sept. 22 as pro-democracy unrest sweeps through the region but voting will not be open to women, the general elections commission said Monday. Activists for women's rights in...

Britain, France urge rebels' help in transition
Daily Star 28 Mar 2011 PARIS: Britain and France called Monday for the rebel National Transitional Council and civil society leaders to help a Libyan transition toward democracy. "In the words of the Arab League resolution, the current regime has completely...

Qatar recognizes Libyan National Council as legitimate
Daily Star 28 Mar 2011 DOHA: The state of Qatar became the first Arab country Monday to recognize Libya's rebels as the people's single legitimate representative, in a move that may presage similar moves from other Gulf countries. Word of the...

Syria Promises Reform as U.N. Condemns Crackdown
IPS Protesters braved live ammunition from security forces Monday in the southern Syrian city of Dara'a, where rights groups say more than 60 people have been killed since pro-democracy activists took to the streets to demand greater freedoms from the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

OP-ED: No-fly Zone - Clouding Words of War
IPS Phantasms from the 1990s are upon us: no-fly zones; the rhetoric of humanitarian war in Washington, Europe and the U.N.; guarantees that no U.S. ground troops will be deployed; an air war which alone cannot decisively affect earthbound events.

Libyan Rebels Facing Tough Fight for Sirte
IPS Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi are resisting an advance by Libyan rebels towards the embattled Libyan leader's hometown of Sirte in the fiercest clashes since the start of a sweeping offensive that has brought a string of coastal towns under opposition control.

Libya Not Quite the Same as Serbia
IPS The month of March, named after the Roman god of war, Mars, appears to be the favourite among war planners in modern times.

Democracy Movement Spreads to Syria
IPS The revolution contagion sweeping across the Arab countries has spread to Syria leading to rare protests challenging the grip of the ruling Baath Party on the country. The regime was quick to describe the turmoil as a foreign-inspired plot aimed at punishing the country for its support of groups opposed...

Land Day actions in the West Bank
Stop The Wall - Mar 28, 2011-- The popular committees within the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign will commemorate Land Day on March 30, which is marked internationally as an global BDS day. The following activities will be held for Land Day in all districts of the West Bank from March 23 – April 05. [

Only one-third of hospital beds fortified
YNet News, 28 Mar 2011 - State Control Committee hears complaints from medical officials who say Israel....

Druze keep tabs on Syria unrest
YNet News, 28 Mar 2011 - 'Our families in Syria believe demonstrations are backed by US, Israel,' says....

MK Zoabi: Right is punishing me
YNet News, 28 Mar 2011 - Arab MK attends court hearing on her petition against Knesset's decision to....

Book: Ghandi left his wife for Jewish bodybuilder
YNet News, 28 Mar 2011 - Shocking new biography about Indian leader claims he was racist bi-sexual who....

New bill takes aim at leftist groups
YNet News, 28 Mar 2011 - Likud MKs propose that any group petitioning High Court must present list of....

Turkey's photo of the year: Bleeding IDF soldier
YNet News, 28 Mar 2011 - Photojournalism award, Turkish-style: The picture of a bleeding IDF soldier aboard the Marmara won Turkey's 2010 Photo of the Year Award in the News category; the contest ... ....

Knesset OK's new Citizenship Act; Arabs cry 'fascism'
YNet News, 28 Mar 2011 - The Knesset approved amendments to the Citizenship Act Monday that will allow the State to revoke citizenship rights from Israelis convicted of terror-related offenses, ... ....

Top dissident: Syrians don't want war with Israel
YNet News, 28 Mar 2011 - WASHINGTON - Israel should not fear the prospect of Bashar Assad's downfall, as the Syrian people are not interested in war with Israel, a leading Syrian dissident says. ... ....

Yoram Cohen named new Shin Bet Chief
YNet News, 28 Mar 2011 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu named Yoram Cohen the next Shin Bet director Monday evening. Cohen will take over for Yuval Diskin, who has served in the position ... ....

Noam Shalit: PM motivated by politics
YNet News, 28 Mar 2011 - Noam Shalit, father of captive soldier Gilad Shalit, slammed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday saying the fact his son has not been released yet is disgraceful. ... ....

Soldier suspected of humiliating Palestinian kids
YNet News, 28 Mar 2011 - Military Police are holding a criminal investigation against a soldier suspected of recording Palestinians in humiliating situations, Ynet learned Monday. The ... ....

Jewish settlers assault villagers east of Yatta
PIC 28 Mar 2011 - Dozens of Jewish settlers assaulted farmers and shepherds and vandalized farmland as Israeli soldiers paved the way for their entry into the Buwaib area east of Yatta, Al-Khalil province.

IPS denies medical team visit to isolated, sick detainees
PIC 28 Mar 2011 - The IPS refused to allow a medical team to check on seriously ill and isolated Palestinian prisoners in occupation jails, the Palestinian prisoner's association said on Monday.

Rights group petitions for arrest warrant as Peres arrives in Switzerland
PIC 28 Mar 2011 - A Switzerland-based rights group has petitioned for local courts to issue an arrest warrant against Shimon Peres as the Israeli president arrives Monday for a visit to the country.

Provocative search of Palestinian young women at IOF roadblock
PIC 28 Mar 2011 - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) manning a roadblock in central West Bank ordered all young women boarding a bus to step out of it and subjected them to provocative search.

Bahar calls on OIC to implement conference recommendations
PIC 28 Mar 2011 - Deputy speaker of the PLC Ahmed Bahar has called on the chairmen of fresh conferences held in Algeria, Morocco and Gaza to quickly implement the recommendations of those conferences.

Palestinian gov't holds IOA responsible for life of Assayed
PIC 28 Mar 2011 - The Palestinian government of Ismail Haneyya held the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) responsible for the life of detained Hamas leader Abbas Assayed who has been on hunger strike for 20 days.

US surgeons land in the Gaza Strip for charity work
PIC 28 Mar 2011 - The Shuhada al-Aqsa hospital in Gaza has received a delegation of American surgical specialists from the University of California in a bid to cover some of the medical deficit in the Strip.

Jewish settler uses car to hit Palestinian girl, IOF arrests 14 citizens
PIC 28 Mar 2011 - A Jewish settler ran down a young Palestinian girl with his car before fleeing the scene on Monday morning in the Tarama region southwest of Al-Khalil city, medics said.

Ahrar: Israeli aggression after UNHRC vote a challenge to the world
PIC 28 Mar 2011 - As the UNHRC has asked the Security Council to review the Goldstone report, Israel's continued onslaught on Gaza amounts to a clear challenge to the entire world, said the Ahrar movement.

IOA orders expulsion of three Palestinian families from JV
PIC 28 Mar 2011 - The IOA on Monday told three Palestinian families near Wadi Al-Maleh village in the Jordan Valley that they should evacuate their homes and leave the area within three days.

Intifada-Palestine: 28 Mar 2011 - By : Dr. Alan Sabrosky * Far too often, what is not said, or cannot be said, publicly is more significant than the platitudes bandied about by assorted political leaders and pundits. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli matrix... more

Intifada-Palestine: 28 Mar 2011 - I ranian Journalist Kourosh Ziabari speaks with journalist and activist Stuart Littlewood  about the enormous influence of Israeli lobby over the mass media in the West Stuart Littlewood Photographer and Journalist Stuart Littlewood is a British writer and photographer. He is... more

Libyan rebels stopped short of Surt
LA Times 28 Mar 2011 - Despite nine days of allied airstrikes, Moammar Kadafi's forces are putting up a stiff fight against opposition fighters east of Surt, Kadafi's birthplace. After advancing swiftly westward over the weekend, rebel fighters were halted abruptly Monday by stiff resistance from government forces east of the...

Radioactive water spilling into tunnels beneath Japanese nuclear plant; plutonium found in soil
LA Times 28 Mar 2011 - The buildup of radioactive water in the tunnels underneath at least three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant is hindering efforts to restore power to the facility. The discovery of trace levels of plutonium, which is highly carcinogenic, suggests that contaminated water has seeped into...

Workers suffer hardships in effort to stabilize Fukushima plant
LA Times 28 Mar 2011 - A Japanese nuclear official who spent five days at the plant as an observer describes spare living conditions, limited food rations and no running water on top of the high levels of radiation exposure for the now 400 working in shifts to make repairs. They...

Explosion at Yemen weapons factory kills at least 80
LA Times 28 Mar 2011 - A blast destroys the weapons plant in the town of Jaar after Islamic militants temporarily seized the factory and residents later looted it, a local journalist and others report. At least 80 people were killed when a powerful blast ripped through a weapons factory in...

Fierce fighting roils city 'liberated' by Kadafi troops
LA Times 28 Mar 2011 - In the Libyan city of Misurata, scenes of intense warfare greet foreign journalists arriving from Tripoli. Government officials hastily hustle the visitors out amid gunfire attributed to opposition supporters. Government loyalists tried to show Monday that they had wrested control of the last major rebel-held...

Drumming up support for Tasmania's unsexy beast
LA Times 28 Mar 2011 - Wildlife officials in Australia work on a PR makeover for the reviled Tasmanian devil, which faces extinction from a rare infectious cancer. It would appear to be one heck of a public relations challenge: Persuade the Australian public to care about a seldom-seen animal the...

Obama Defends ‘Limited’ Role in Libya
New York Times 28 Mar 2011 - President Obama defended the American-led military assault in Libya, saying it was in the national interest of the United States to stop a potential massacre.

Rebel Advance Halted Outside Qaddafi’s Hometown
New York Times 28 Mar 2011 - Rebel forces’ westward charge was repulsed by those guarding a crucial bastion of support for Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.

Despite Promise of Reforms, Syrian Forces Try to Disperse Protesters With Gunfire
New York Times 28 Mar 2011 - Syrian forces in the restive southern city of Dara’a fired live ammunition in the air to disperse hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators.

Blast at Factory Follows Yemeni Forces’ Pullout
New York Times 28 Mar 2011 - An explosion tore through an abandoned government factory, killing at least 110 people. In recent days, forces have abandoned their posts across the country.

Egypt’s Military Confirms Travel Ban on Mubarak
New York Times 28 Mar 2011 - Egypt’s military command said Monday that the ousted president, Hosni Mubarak, was banned from leaving the country and that it would soon lift a detested emergency law.

Clashes Fuel Debate Over U.S. Plan to Leave Iraq
New York Times 28 Mar 2011 - Ethnic violence in Kirkuk has led some to believe that civil war could result if the United States sticks to its schedule.

|: Saudi Arabia: No Vote for Women in Local Elections
New York Times 28 Mar 2011 - Women will not be allowed to vote in Saudi Arabia’s long-delayed municipal elections in September, the election commission said Monday.

For Iraq, a Surge in Petty Crime Is a Victory, of Sorts
New York Times 28 Mar 2011 - While a daily thrum of smaller scale attacks continues throughout the country, a drop in large-scale violence has allowed a version of everyday life to blossom.

Protests against counter-revolution in Egypt
WSWS - The demonstrators who ousted President Hosni Mubarak now realise that the trust they had in the Egyptian army was misplaced and that their revolution is far from over.

Yemen’s Saleh seeks deal with bourgeois opposition
WSWS - By Niall Green, March 28, 2011, As protests continue across Yemen, President Saleh holds out for a deal with opposition figures. Meanwhile, in Bahrain, the monarchy continues its crackdown on demonstrators.

Stephen Walt assessing the Israel Lobby 5 years after his landmark article
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Victory for U.S. democracy: BDS leader Omar Barghouti gets his visa
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Jewish group launches nationwide Palestinian Fight for an Education tour
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False choice: Netanyahu says Abbas must choose peace w/ Hamas or Israel
Mondoweiss - Mubarak tried this for years with the Muslim Brotherhood. And everyone in Gaza will tell you that Hamas is just part of the political landscape. Intolerance, from Haaretz : Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Monday that reconciliation between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas could spell the end...

Cairo 2
Mondoweiss - President Obama's most critical statement tonight was that letting Qaddafi win would have imperilled the nascent democracies in Tunisia and Egypt. "The democratic impulses that are dawning across the region would be eclipsed by the darkest form of dictatorship, as repressive leaders concluded that violence is...

Noura Erakat: Constructing the prototypical terrorist in America…Guess who?
Mondoweiss - This past weekend I had the good fortune to attend an unprecedented two day seminar at Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, Litigating Palestine: Can Courts Secure Palestinian Rights? With indomitable spirit, one of the first speakers, Noura Erakat delivered a presentation "Palestinians in US...

Israeli prof says Israel is committing suicide like Germany– and lobby ‘coerced’ Obama to go along
Mondoweiss - This commentary was published by Haaretz in Hebrew , "No to Boycott, Yes to Suicide," by Moshe Shoked a professor emeritus of anthropology at Tel Aviv University. He responds to the boycott bill, which would make it a crime to push for boycott of Israeli institutions. Excerpts,...

Syria troops disperse Deraa rally
BBC 28 Mar 2011 - Syrian forces fire tear gas at hundreds of protesters in the southern city of Deraa, while soldiers take control of northern port city of Latakia.

Saudi denies Texas terror charges
BBC 28 Mar 2011 - A Saudi student living in Texas pleads not guilty to charges he sought to make a bomb and planned terror attacks in the US.

Israel adopts laws targeting Arab citizens and criminalizing boycott of Jewish settlements
Sabbah report 28 Mar 2011 - Uri Avnery views three laws recently adopted by the Israeli parliament: "two obnoxious racist laws... clearly directed against Israel’s Arab citizens", and a third law that will punish "any person or association publicly calling for a boycott of Israel" or the illegal Jewish settlements.

Free Congressional Trips to Israel: Learning to Embrace Your Narrative
Sabbah report 28 Mar 2011 - These dominating elites first develop the myths, and then control each succeeding generation through internal education that constantly reinforces the myth of the nation's founding. If you want to make it safely through the Tel Aviv airport, leave your BDS buttons at home. There will be...

(en) Palestine-Israel, The joint struggles the AAtW are involved with continues
A-infos 28 Mar 2011 - We are not alone. We join the popular Palestinian comities for the struggle against suppression, house demolitions, creeping transfer, the separation robbing fence, settler colonialism, settler's harassments of neighbors and encroachment on villages lands, and occupation. Among Israelis too we are not alone. Some radicals struggle...

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