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Rescue personnel evacuating the wounded from the scene of the suicide bombing in Tel Aviv on Monday, 3/17/2006. (Nir Kafri/Ha'aretz)
Fatah wins Birzeit University elections
3/31/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Fatah won Birzeit University's student senate election, which was boycotted by Hamas, officials said Wednesday. Mohammed Al-Ahmad, the dean of students, said Fatah won 29 of 51 seats. The Popular Struggle Front and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine's joint bloc won 14 seats, and eight....
Israeli soldiers kidnap elected legislator in Hebron
31 Mar 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli occupation forces detained Thursday the elected legislator, Mohammed Maher Bader,55, from Hebron and sent him to an unknown destination.
Israel’s narrowing options
Saleh Al-Naami, Al-Ahram Weekly 3/31/2011
      The spread of democratic revolutions in the Arab world has already blunted the usual belligerence of Israel.
     It was 10.30am last Saturday when the mobile phone of an official closely linked with Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister of Gaza, rang. On the other end of the line was an official in the Egyptian Foreign Ministry. The two men spoke for 25 minutes, discussing ways of preventing renewed Israeli attacks on Gaza. Israel's army had already attacked civilian targets in Gaza and resistance movements retaliated with attacks on Israeli cities situated near Gaza, including Beersheba and Ashdod. Thirteen Palestinians died in the recent attacks.
     Soon after that call, Haniyeh gathered some of his ministers and key figures of Hamas for further discussion on the situation. Everyone agreed to accept Egypt's offer of mediation. Subsequently, the Egyptians got in touch with the Americans and the Israelis and managed to reactivate the undeclared "period of calm" that used to exist between Palestinian factions and Israel. In response, Hamas called a meeting with representatives of Palestinian factions and invited the media to witness the discussion. The meeting ended in a pledge to observe the "calm" so long as Israel does the same.
     The attacks didn't stop immediately, however. On Sunday morning, two members of Islamic Jihad were killed in northern Gaza, having been fired upon by a pilotless drone. Israel claimed that the men were getting ready to fire rockets, something that Jihad denies. Apart from that, it seems that the Israelis and Palestinians are eager to restore the "calm". Generally speaking, the Palestinian public and media remain unaware of the role Egypt played behind the scenes to stave off attacks on Gaza. But for the first time in years, there has been great satisfaction in Gaza over Egypt's official statements.
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Registering the diaspora to vote
Hugo van Randwyck, Ma’an News Agency 3/31/2011
      Palestinian youth are demanding unity, they have camped out in the squares of the West Bank and taken to the streets in Gaza. A coalition of organizations calling themselves March 15 drove the movements.
     What they were calling for was the election of a new Palestinian National Council, the supreme body of the PLO, and demanding the participation of Palestinians across the Middle East and in the wider diaspora.
     Many dismissed the demand as impossible, but I hold that there are mechanisms, and straightforward ones at that, which could make the idea a practical reality.
     So how is this easy? Firstly the first elections in 1996, took 10 weeks to organize, for 1 million voters – voter registration, voting and counting. So a well organized, internationally monitored election process, was organized over weeks, not years.
     There already is a Palestine Central Elections Commission (CEC), in Ramallah which has fully trained staff, in different districts. There are also international organizations that provide election materials and also advice/expertise -- so everything is available and 'off-the-shelf.' There could be around 2 million potential ‘voters’ who would like to express their ‘voting voice.’ This could be for Palestinian President, PNC, referendums or other. An internationally approved process called Out of Country Voting could be used, such as by Afghan refugees.
     A number of options are available....
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Israel lays Gaza-like siege on West Bank village
Electronic Intifada: 31 Mar 2011 - Since 24 March, Israeli forces have sealed the southern occupied West Bank village of Beit Ommar for an indefinite amount of time as soldiers continue to arrest young Palestinian residents and hold them in Israeli detention centers.more
Israeli premier embraces new media
3/30/2011 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu held an electronic forum on Wednesday, taking questions from the public through the Internet while local TV and YouTube screened his answers. His office said the event, open to participants at home and around the world, was a first for the premier. The questions from Israelis were mainly....
Israel air strike kills Gaza militant linked to rocket attack near border
Ha'aretz - Islamic Jihad, a Palestinian faction that has played a leading role in the violence and is an occasional ally of Hamas claimed the dead man as its own.
No-Fly Zone Over Palestine: Ban Israeli Bombardments of Gaza, End US, EU Support for Israeli War Crimes
R€FU$E – Western Supported Occupation & Apartheid, Alternative Information Center 3/30/2011
      Press Release and Poster
     We invite all organisations which are active in the struggle to join us this coming Sunday, April 3rd 2011 at 19:30, for a loud protest in front of the US Embassy in Tel Aviv.
     We will join Palestinians in calling for a No-Fly Zone over Palestine.
     Together we will call upon the world: Ban Israeli planes from bombarding the besieged Gaza Strip.
     Together we will demand: US and EU – end your support of Israeli crimes
     A couple of weeks ago, the UN Security Council decided to implement a no-fly zone over Libya, aimed at protecting its citizens. Last week Israeli fighter jets bombed the besieged Gaza several times, killing helpless civilians and children. Israeli jets also invaded the sovereign skies of Lebanon, as has routinely been done before, in violation of international law.
     Palestinian civil society organizations are calling upon the Security Council and the international community to protect the Palestinian people and prohibit these deadly jets from flying over Palestine, as is being enforced over Libya. Similar calls were also voiced by Ismail Haniyeh and Salam Fayyad.
     The different factions in Gaza have agreed to a ceasefire, given that Israel stops its aggression. Israeli authorities have also confirmed that Hamas is interested in a ceasefire. Nevertheless, Israeli forces continue in bombing civilians while the heads of the state prepare us for a weeks-long confrontation, stating that "Hamas no longer remembers Cast Lead". While Hamas and Fatah are discussing unity, the Israeli prime minister warns us that such a unity will put an end to negotiations.
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Israel hampers aid agencies at Gaza crossings
Electronic Intifada: 30 Mar 2011 - RAMALLAH, occupied West Bank (IRIN) - Israel's restrictions on commercial crossings to Gaza and its checkpoint regime cost nongovernmental organizations millions each year.more
PLO factions urge leaders to seize opportunity for unity
3/29/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- PLO factions in Gaza on Tuesday called on Hamas and Fatah to seize the current opportunity to achieve national Palestinian unity. In a statement, five PLO factions urged all parties involved to facilitate President Mahmoud Abbas' proposal to visit the Gaza Strip and make a unity deal between his....
The single demand that can unite the Palestinian people | Karma Nabulsi
The Guardian 29 Mar 2011 - Only direct elections can rejuvenate the Palestinian liberation movement by taking power from the few back to the many After another week of breathtaking demonstrations from Jordan to Yemen heralding dramatic revolutionary change, in occupied Palestine...
Israel and US Need to Support, Not Obstruct, Palestinian Unity
Mitchell Plitnick, Palestine Note 3/29/2011
      Yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made it clear, as if it needed clarifying, that he is uninterested in finding peace with the Palestinians. He did this by issuing an ultimatum to Fatah and its leader, PA President Mahmoud Abbas: you can either reconcile with Hamas or make peace with Israel, not both.
     More than once on my blog, I’ve been criticized by commenters for my view of Hamas. I see them as a reactionary religious-nationalist movement. They have no compunction about attacking civilians, are appropriately called terrorists, have a poor human rights record in Gaza (a score on which anyone who has read my work will know I have been at least as critical of the Israeli occupation record as well as the PA), and are legitimately mistrusted.
     But Hamas is, like it or not, also a part of the Palestinian body politic. In the early 1980s, when Israel tacitly permitted the Palestinian Muslim Brotherhood to organize in the hope that it would provide a religious, but much less threatening, counterweight to the PLO, they surely did not have any idea what they were doing. Hamas grew out of that, and it is a regrettable development, in my view for both sides.
     And, again like it or not, they control the Gaza Strip. All efforts to shake their rule there have failed, and if elections were held today among all Palestinians, all polls indicate they would have significant, albeit clearly minority, support. Put simply, the option of being able to reach a deal with the Palestinians without Hamas just does not exist.
     And we can thank ourselves for that. In 2006, the United States insisted on Palestinian elections, and Hamas, as the main party in the List of Change and Reform, won the most seats, 74 of 132. Before the newly elected PA could form any sort of policy on anything, Israel and the Quartet (the US, EU, UN and Russian Federation) instituted a regime of economic sanctions on it....
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Israel criminalizes commemoration of the Nakba
Electronic Intifada: 29 Mar 2011 - A bill was passed by the Israeli Knesset (parliament) last week which calls on the government to deny funding to any organization, institution or municipality that commemorates the founding of the Israeli state as a day of mourning.more
Gaza family mourns boy killed by Israeli shell
Electronic Intifada: 29 Mar 2011 - Some playing cards and other small items were all that Mahmoud Jalal al-Hilu, 10, left behind when he was killed by an Israeli tank shell on 22 March as he played near his home in the Shujaiya neighborhood east of Gaza City.more
The foolish side of the cultural boycott line
Electronic Intifada: 29 Mar 2011 - Kiss front-man Gene Simmons, who was born Chaim Witz near Haifa, recently opened that mouth to call artists boycotting Israel "fools." Alexander Billet comments for The Electronic Intifada.more
Greens and BDS: Two Birds with One Stone
Palestine Chronicle: 29 Mar 2011 - By Sonja Karkar – Melbourne, Australia Fear and loathing in Marrickville did not end with the elections, even though a much-anticipated Greens win is likely to be trumped by Labor. The smear campaign against the Greens and its candidate Fiona Byrne has done its job, but not without a struggle. Not mentioned in the media is a major 7 per cent swing towards the Greens in the Marrickville seat, a noteworthy effort that under normal circumstances would have been highlighted. Instead, the focus has been on Ms Byrne’s “failure” which is attributed to her support as Mayor of Marrickville Council for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) resolution against Israel and passed last year. The newly elected Premier of NSW said that one of the first items on his government’s agenda would be to end “Marrickville Council’s embargo on Israel.” One newspaper wasted no time in describing the municipal council’s...more
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....
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.
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.
Court orders Jerusalem family to share home with settlers
Electronic Intifada: 28 Mar 2011 - In the last month Palestinians in Jerusalem continued to face ongoing violence and settler takeovers of their homes. The Electronic Intifada reports on the latest developments in occupied Jerusalem.more
Interview: Mapping the disappearance of a nation
Electronic Intifada: 28 Mar 2011 - Malkit Shoshan's The Atlas of the Conflict -- Israel-Palestine is the result of years of painstaking research to understand the full scale of the creation of one nation and the disappearance of another.more
Palestinian rights don't factor into Israel-Azerbaijan relations
Electronic Intifada: 28 Mar 2011 - A remarkable and damning January 2009 diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks paints an ugly picture of crude pragmatism in Israeli-Azerbaijani relations. Jimmy Johnson comments.more
Pro-unity youth protests continue
3/27/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) --- Palestinian youth say they will continue to protest across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip calling for an end to national division and elections for the Palestinian National Council." Youth will continue picketing until national unity is restored," a statement from the protesters said. A loose coalition of youth groups....
Report: Turkey brokering Hamas-Israel truce
3/27/2011 - TEL AVIV (Ma'an) -- An Israeli news site quoted official sources saying that Turkey has been brokering a limited truce between Palestinian factions in Gaza and Israel, in a bid to put an end to recent border escalations. Israeli news website Inyan Merkazi said the Turkish Prime Minister himself was heading the negotiations, saying....
Gaza factions offer truce, if Israel reciprocates
Uruknet March 26, 2011 - Palestinian factions in Gaza agreed Saturday to commit to a truce with Israel if its military stopped attacking the coastal enclave. The decision was made at a two-hour meeting in Gaza City, initiated by Hamas, to discuss Israel's escalation in attacks on the Gaza Strip. Over the last week, Israeli forces have bombarded the coastal...
Israel adopts laws targeting Arab citizens and criminalizing boycott of Jewish settlements
Uri Avnery, Redress 3/27/2011
      In a rare late-night session, the Knesset has finally adopted two obnoxious racist laws. Both are clearly directed against Israel’s Arab citizens, a fifth of the population.
     The first makes it possible to annul the citizenship of persons found guilty of offences against the security of the state. Israel prides itself on having a great variety of such laws. Annulling citizenship on such grounds is contrary to international law and conventions.
     The second is more sophisticated. It allows communities of less than 400 families to appoint “admission committees” which can prevent unsuitable persons from living there. Very shrewdly, it specifically forbids the rejection of candidates because of race, religion, etc. – but that paragraph is tantamount to a wink. An Arab applicant will simply be rejected because of his many children or lack of military service.
     A majority of members did not bother to show up for the vote. After all, it was late and they have families, too. Who knows, some may even have been ashamed to vote.
     But far worse is a third law that is certain to pass its final stages within a few weeks: the law to outlaw the boycott of the settlements.
     Since its early stages, the original crude text of this bill has been refined somewhat.
     As it stands now, the law will punish any person or association publicly calling for a boycott of Israel – economic, academic or cultural. “Israel”, according to this law, means any Israeli enterprise or person, in Israel or in any territory controlled by Israel. Simply put, it is all about the settlements....
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Who is Annexing Whom?
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Mar 2011 - By Uri Avnery In a rare late-night session, the Knesset has finally adopted two obnoxious racist laws. Both are clearly directed against Israel’s Arab citizens, a fifth of the population. The first makes it possible to annul the citizenship of persons found guilty of offences against the security of the state. Israel prides itself on having a great variety of such laws. Annulling citizenship on such grounds is contrary to international law and conventions. The second is more sophisticated. It allows communities of less than 400 families to appoint “admission committees” which can prevent unsuitable persons from living there. Very shrewdly, it specifically forbids the rejection of candidates because of race, religion etc. – but that paragraph is tantamount to a wink. An Arab applicant will simply be rejected because of his many children or lack of military service. A majority of members did not bother to show up for...more
Gaza factions offer truce, if Israel reciprocates
3/26/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian factions in Gaza agreed Saturday to commit to a truce with Israel if its military stopped attacking the coastal enclave. The decision was made at a two-hour meeting in Gaza City, initiated by Hamas, to discuss Israel's escalation in attacks on the Gaza Strip. Over the last....
Palestinian rivals hold unity talks
AlJazeera 26 Mar 2011 - President Abbas meets Hamas officials following calls by Palestinians for factions to end political split.
Yossi Verter / Netanyahu's midterm report card
Ha'aretz - This is a government that is neither hated nor loved by Israelis, according to a poll taken this week. It also shows that only 39 percent of respondents are satisfied with Netanyahu's performance - but he would not have trouble forming a coalition if elections were held today.
'J'lem to cut ties with PA if Hamas added to unity gov't'
Jeruslalem Post 26 Mar 2011 - Abbas holds ‘candid and positive’ talks about unifying Palestinian factions with Hamas delegation in Ramallah for the first time in over a year.
Palestinian factions discuss latest field developments
PIC 25 Mar 2011 - Palestinian resistance factions held a meeting in a hotel in Gaza on Saturday to discuss latest field developments in the Strip and the escalating Israeli aggression on it.
Abu Obaida: Resistance factions do not call for war
PIC 25 Mar 2011 - The recent firing of mortar shells at Israeli targets by the armed wing of Hamas was in retaliation to the escalating Israeli army crimes against the Palestinian people, Abu Obaida said.
Palestinians Hold Talks on Reconciliation
New York Times 26 Mar 2011 - Hamas and the Palestinian Authority conferred on the formation of a temporary government and elections in the next six months.
Hamas and Israel responsible for escalation
Daoud Kuttab, Ma’an News Agency 3/26/2011
      Who is responsible for the sudden escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip? All of the sudden rockets are coming out of Gaza and Israeli tanks are shelling residential areas, which killed four members of the Helu family in the Shejaiya refugee camp.
     While both Hamas and Israel are blaming each other, I believe both are responsible this time, and for one reason and one reason only: They are both opposed to the latest initiative coming out of Ramallah.
     Addressing the PLO central council on March 16, President Mahmoud Abbas stunned his audience by offering to go to the Gaza Strip within days. His offer focused on the idea of gaining the involvement and approval of Hamas with regard to a government made up of independent figures. The president wants this new government to work for six months in preparation for legislative and presidential elections. Abbas is on the record saying he is not running in the upcoming elections.
     The surprise initiative was immediately welcomed by the Hamas leadership in Gaza who said that they welcome Abbas to Gaza to continue the talks, but failed to address the content of his initiative. Later it became clear that Hamas, and especially the leadership abroad, is totally opposed to the idea which they said was an attempt by Ramallah to circumvent their own initiative and that without true reconciliation no elections will take place.
     This negativity is much more in sync with what is happening on the ground. Since March 15, security forces in Gaza have repeatedly attacked young demonstrators calling for an end to internal division. Journalists and photographers have also been harassed, beaten and had cameras and tapes confiscated in an attempt by the power in Gaza to prevent images of the security forces’ repression of non-violent demonstrators from coming out.
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BDS in Australia: Fear and Loathing in Marrickville
Palestine Chronicle: 26 Mar 2011 - By Samah Sabawi and Sonja Karkar It appears that once again the pro-Israel apologists have decided to single Israel out by making boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel a leading issue for the Marrickville electorate in the lead-up to the NSW state elections. Not surprisingly, the Palestinians are rendered invisible again as right-wing groups, politicians, the pro-Israel lobby and the Murdoch Press attack the Marrickville Council for their resolution to support BDS. That Palestinians living under Israel’s 43-year-old occupation are being ethnically cleansed on a daily basis from their land, their neighbourhoods and farms seems to be of no concern to our Liberal and Labor candidates who are vying for seats likely to favour the Greens. There would be no BDS campaign if Israel was not denying the Palestinians their basic human rights: the right of return, the right to citizenship, the right to equality, the right to self...more
Joint claim of responsibility for Ashkelon attack
3/25/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The armed wings of two Palestinian factions claimed joint responsibility Thursday for firing Grad rockets at Ashkelon."The shelling was in response to Israel's escalations against our unarmed people," a joint statement from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine's National Resistance Brigades and Islamic....
Israeli academic chosen to join UN Human Rights Council committee
Ha'aretz - Professor Frances Raday has been elected to a special Working Group to accelerate the elimination of discrimination against women; this is the first time a representative from Israel has been appointed by the HRC.
Interview: Sharif Kanaana on Palestinian folklore and identity
Electronic Intifada: 26 Mar 2011 - Robin Myers and Shadi Rohana speak with professor Sharif Kanaana in his office about Palestinian identity and the local and global significance of folklore itself.more
Suspended in time, Lifta under threat
Electronic Intifada: 25 Mar 2011 - A coalition including Palestinian refugees from Lifta are appealing to the Jerusalem municipality to stop plans to build Jewish-only condominiums atop the remains of the depopulated village.more
From Gaza, militant group calls for calm, unity
3/24/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The little-active Al-Mujahedin Brigades, nominally affiliated with the Fatah movement, called for calm Wednesday, and a unified response to Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, a statement said. The brigades, which have not claimed attacks since 2009, urged factions in Gaza to remain focused on Palestinian unity, and not to....
Hamas and the Urge to Power
Uruknet March 23, 2011 - When in opposition, and after winning legislative elections in 2006, Hamas was a principled alternative to the wretchedness of the PA. It won not because Palestinians necessarily agreed with its atavistic Islamist socio-political vision, but because there was little alternative to the deep corruption of Fatah. It refused to give the store away, including recognition,...
Hamas should rethink charter
Ramzy Baroud, Ma’an News Agency 3/24/2011
      "Now it is time to naturalize the flow of history," wrote Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs in The Guardian newspaper last week.
     The process of naturalization is now underway in the region, Davutoglu, one of the most articulate and passionate Turkish politicians of the Justice and Development Party, wrote.
     Along with Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Abdullah Gül, he has labored to naturalize the flow of history in Turkey, sidelining an incessantly intrusive military, and forging links between regions, cultures and competing political thoughts. While the mission was and remains arduous, it has successfully led to the emergence of a unique Turkish political thought -- proud of its roots, yet receptive to progress and modernity.
     When Hamas was elected as the majority party at the Palestinian Legislative Council in 2006, the group was inspired by the objectives that propelled the AKP. Ahmed Yusuf, a top Hamas official in Gaza, has even been writing a book entitled, Erdogan and a New Strategic Vision.
     "Erdogan’s model is liberal. It is a model that dares to take responsibility and change things and establishes good relations between the religious and secular elements of society," Yusuf told Turkey’s Hurriyet in June last year. "It is a model that works for democracy and human rights, and supports an open society. That is what we want."
     In fact, this is precisely what most ordinary Palestinians want for themselves. It’s also the same desire that inspired several Arab revolutions....
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Legal expert warns of "ethnic cleansing" in Jerusalem
Electronic Intifada: 24 Mar 2011 - Richard Falk, an investigator with the UN Human Rights Council, warned this week that Israel is carrying out a form of ethnic cleansing against Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem.more
Israel admits role in disappearance of Gaza engineer
Electronic Intifada: 24 Mar 2011 - Israel admitted this week that it was behind the abduction of a Palestinian engineer from Gaza who went missing more than a month ago while traveling on a train in the Ukraine.more
Natural Flow of History: Hamas Should Rethink Charter
Palestine Chronicle: 24 Mar 2011 - By Ramzy Baroud 'Now it is time to naturalize the flow of history,' wrote Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey's Minister of Foreign Affairs (British Guardian, March 16). The process of naturalization is now underway in the region Davutoglu refused to describe as the Middle East (arguing that the term is “orientalist”, and preferring to call the region “West Asia and the south Mediterranean”). Davutoglu is one of the most articulate and passionate Turkish politicians of the Justice and Development Party (AKP). Along with Recep Tayyip Erdoðan and Abdullah Gül, he has labored to naturalize the flow of history in Turkey, sidelining an incessantly intrusive military, and forging links between regions, cultures and competing political thoughts. While the mission was and remains arduous, it has successfully led to the emergence of a unique Turkish political thought - proud of its roots, yet receptive to progress and modernity. When Hamas was elected as the...more
Hamas and the Urge to Power
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Mar 2011 - By Issa Khalaf When in opposition, and after winning legislative elections in 2006, Hamas was a principled alternative to the wretchedness of the PA. It won not because Palestinians necessarily agreed with its atavistic Islamist socio-political vision, but because there was little alternative to the deep corruption of Fatah. It refused to give the store away, including recognition, for nothing in return from Israel. But only as a political alternative—manifesting voters’ rejection of Abbas and company—for lack of any other. Most of us gave it a pass and have done so until recently—even though I reject its ideology—putting the onus of blame for the national disunity, factually and rightly so, on Fatah. Hamas’s recent, March 15 crack down on protestors and the attachment of a green sheet to the Palestinian flag is idiotic, and as if the social agenda of covering and excluding women will get the Palestinians anywhere in...more
Fade to Whiteness
Dissident Voice: 24 Mar 2011 - The election of Rahm Emanuel as Chicago’s First Jewish Mayor must be considered the final nail in the coffin of Black Power in Chicago. The long, slow demise of Black Power Chicago Style has been painful to witness. Amazingly, only 20 percent of Chicago’s 600,000 Black registered voters actually voted in this past February’s general election. Rahm Emanuel racked up close to 60 percent of those Blacks who bothered to vote at all. And the “Black consensus candidate”? Former Senator Carol Mosley Braun won only one of Chicago’s fifty wards. Surely Chicago’s First Black Mayor, Harold Washington, is spinning in his grave. How did this happen? The most salient cause for the death of Black Power in Chicago rests with the First Black President, himself, Barack Obama. Harold Washington’s 1983 election as Chicago’s First Black Mayor crowned Chicago as Black America’s political capital. Home to both Jesse Jackson and Louis...more
Brigades claim 4 projectile launches since midnight
3/23/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Since shortly before midnight on Tuesday, Palestinian resistance factions have claimed three rounds of projectile fire aimed at both Israeli military and civilian targets. The Al-Quds Brigades released a statement shortly after midnight Wednesday morning, saying fighters had launched a Grad-style missile toward the Israeli town of Ashdod and three....
Do Egyptian elections the right way: learn from Palestinian election mistakes
Palestine Note 23 Mar 2011 - Egypt is in the middle of a whirlwind. With President Hosni Mubarak gone, the Egyptian military has dissolved the country’s parliament, suspended its constitution and called for elections in six months. It is vitally important to begin immediate deliberations about...
Sarah Palin Concludes Brief Visit in Israel
Alternative Information Center - Potential US presidential candidate Sarah Palin visited Israel for two days this week, a visit initiated by extreme right wing Israeli politicians. Palin did not meet with any Palestinians and joins other neo-conservative US politicians in...
Palestine and the Egyptian revolution: a view from Gaza
Electronic Intifada: 23 Mar 2011 - Radical change in Egypt should mean radical change in Palestine as well: a pro-Palestine Egypt should mean the end of the siege. But when will we see that? Haidar Eid comments for The Electronic Intifada on the future of Egyptian-Palestinian relationship.more
Settlers attack Palestinians on "day of rage"
Electronic Intifada: 23 Mar 2011 - RAMALLAH, occupied West Bank (IPS) - Israeli settlers observed their own "Day of Rage" last Thursday, launching reprisal attacks on Palestinians for the recent murder of a settler family in an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank, and the demolition of a settlement structure by the Israeli authorities.more
Resistance factions claim projectile launches
3/22/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two resistance groups in Gaza claimed that their fighters carried out separate attacks on Israeli targets Tuesday. The National Resistance Brigades, the military wing if the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said in a statement that two homemade projectiles were fired "toward Israeli settlements north of Gaza."According....
Fayyad’s five-week period to form government expires
Palestine Note 22 Mar 2011 - Los Angeles Times - Five weeks after Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad dissolved his Cabinet, saying he needed to better prepare for upcoming elections and eventual statehood, he has yet to form a new government. Fayyad tendered his government...
On World Water Day, support the academic boycott call
Electronic Intifada: 22 Mar 2011 - Today on World Water Day, we call on those concerned with water rights to support the boycott, divestment and sanctions call to hold Israel responsible for its violations of international law.more
Aid industry doing no harm in Palestine?
Electronic Intifada: 22 Mar 2011 - Discourses of "aid," "development" and "reconstruction" shield Israel's ongoing occupation and colonial project. Samer Abdelnour analyzes.more
Egyptians Back Constitutional Amendments
Palestine Note 21 Mar 2011 - Sharp divisions remain New York Times - Egyptian voters overwhelmingly approved changes in the constitution, opening the way for parliamentary and presidential elections within months, according to final results from a landmark referendum announced Sunday. Opponents fear the swift timetable...
CEC Starts Receiving Journalists’ Credentials to Cover Elections
PNN - Ramallah-PNN Exclusive- As part of the preparation for the 2011 Palestinian elections the Central Election Committee (CES) announced today that it would begin receiving journalists' credentials who wish to cover the electoral...
A Nation Led by Blood-Guzzling, Flesh-Eating Pigfuckers
Uruknet March 20, 2011 - Yes, this will be a very rude post in part. No, my title doesn't refer to Libya, whose leader is the current candidate for StalinHitlerPolPot Monster of the Week, but rather to the leading terrorist nation of the world, the piece of shit United States of Pigfucking America. There isn't any "news" in these latest...
PFLP: Fatah eliminated all PLO factions from union elections
PIC 20 Mar 2011 - Senior official of the PFLP Zaher Al-Shishtri accused Fatah of eliminating all member factions of the Palestinian liberation organization (PLO) from the elections for the union of civil servants.
Palestinians urged to "Buy Gaza"
Electronic Intifada: 21 Mar 2011 - GAZA CITY, occupied Gaza Strip (IPS) - Palestinians are calling for boycotts against Israeli products and companies. But in the Gaza Strip -- at the heart of the Israeli occupation -- it is often impossible for residents to follow their own call to action.more
The resurgence of Palestine
Abdaljawad Hamayel, Ma’an News Agency 3/20/2011
      For five consecutive years Palestinians have been in a state of nihilism. Politics, even as day-to-day talk, was completely derided and scorned.
     Besides the few protests that took place in villages near Ramallah and Hebron, the rest of Palestine was plunged into an unprecedented silence. Checkpoints became a fact of life and the Israeli built "wall" became part and parcel of the territory and its landscape. Meanwhile European and American money poured in by the millions celebrating 'Fayyadism' as the new political genre that would transform Palestinian polity and remove any obstacles to Palestinian statehood.
     On March 15, this manufactured nihilism finally broke and a new generation of Palestinian youth inspired by the protests in the Arab world embarked on a bold national campaign. They demanded the election of a new Palestinian National Council composed of all Palestinians everywhere, an end to the political division between Hamas and Fatah and a new strategy to confront the Israeli occupation.
     The streets of Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron and Gaza buzzed with protesters reclaiming the Palestinian national movement and advocating a radical overhaul and change to the failures of the past 20 years.
     Strategic failures began with the Palestinian leadership's support of Saddam Hussein in his occupation of Kuwait and ended with a fractured Oslo agreement that resulted in the fragmentation and dissolution of the Palestinian national movement into a political authority dependent heavily on western financial support and legitimation.
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Israeli shelling destroys Gaza power lines
3/20/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli shelling on Saturday destroyed power lines providing electricity to the Gaza Strip, said Electricity Company spokesman Jamal Ad-Dardasawi. Ad-Dardawasi said Israeli shells struck main lines cutting off the power supply to areas east of Gaza City and in northern Gaza." By shelling these lines, the company has lost around....
Deep divisions over Egypt's referendum
Uruknet March 18, 2011 - Egyptians will go to the polls on Saturday to vote on a package of constitutional amendments which, in some ways, mirrors the longtime demands of the Egyptian opposition. The changes would make it easier for independent candidates to run for office. They would bar the president from transferring "terrorism suspects" to emergency courts, a common...
Boycott roundup: Canada campuses mobilize to divest
Uruknet March 18, 2011 - As part of a regular feature, The Electronic Intifada brings you this roundup of activism news related to the growing Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. This month, several Canadian universities launched strategic campus divestment initiatives, a Danish-owned Israeli security company is forced to pull out of contracts in the occupied West Bank due...
Qabha: Reconciliation will lead to elections
PIC 19 Mar 2011 - Ending the Palestinian split and achieving national reconciliation will lead to agreed upon elections, Wasfi Qabha, a former Palestinian Authority minister, has said.
Gaza rally draws a diverse crowd calling for unity
Electronic Intifada: 19 Mar 2011 - Youth protests in Gaza continue to unfold after a call to rally was put out by Palestinian youth calling for an end to political division and for national unity.more
US promoting arms trade mission organized by settlement firm
Electronic Intifada: 18 Mar 2011 - A trade mission of the US government in partnership with a settlement-based aerospace and consulting firm raises questions about why Washington is promoting the Israeli arms trade and why it is doing so with a firm based in an illegal colony which explicitly contradicts official US policy as well as international law.more
Security firm G4S partly withdraws from W. Bank
Electronic Intifada: 18 Mar 2011 - Under pressure over its involvement with the Israeli occupation, Danish-British security firm G4S recently stated its intention to withdraw from some of its contracts with Israeli companies in the West Bank.more
Boycott roundup: Canada campuses mobilize to divest
Electronic Intifada: 18 Mar 2011 - Several Canadian universities launched campus divestment initiatives, a Danish-owned Israeli security company is forced to pull out of contracts in the occupied West Bank due to public pressure, and legendary musicians Pete Seeger and Roger Waters come out in support of the BDS movement.more
Children Denied Passage Through Wall Gate After Refusing Electronic Body Scan
IMEMC - On Wednesday and Thursday, Israeli soldiers stationed at a gate in the Annexation Wall near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, have been demanding the students to undergo electronic scan before they are allowed to walk to school. The children refused and were ordered back home.
Mahmoud Abbas: 'I'm ready to go to Gaza tomorrow'
Uruknet March 16, 2011 - A day after Palestinians rallied for an end to their leaders' bitter feud, the Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, declared yesterday that he was "ready to go to Gaza tomorrow". It would be Mr Abbas's first trip to the Hamas-ruled enclave since 2007, when the Islamist group drove out his Fatah faction and turned his...
End to the division and inclusive PNC elections
Stop The Wall - Our primary goal is to end all forms of Zionist injustice and oppression, including the end of the occupation and the apartheid regime, in order to achieve true justice, and the return of all Palestinians. In order to achieve this goal, we call for the following: [
US promoting arms trade mission organized by settlement firm
Jimmy Johnson, The Electronic Intifada, Electronic Intifada 3/18/2011
      The United States Department of Commerce and the US embassy in Tel Aviv are co-promoting the Israel Unmanned Systems 2011 trade mission from 27 March to 1 April. Their partner -- and the primary organizer -- is Airlift, inc., an aerospace and consulting firm based in the settlement of Talpiot Mizrach (East Talpiot) in occupied East Jerusalem. This raises troubling questions about why Washington is promoting the Israeli arms trade and why it is doing so with a firm based in an illegal colony which explicitly contradicts official US policy as well as international law.
     Airlift was founded in 2007 by Marc-Philippe Rudel, a French-Israeli electrical engineer and businessman, to "promote economic cooperation and the establishment of global partnerships." The company brings foreign arms industry and military officials to Israel for arranged business-to-business meetings, specially tailored seminars, industry workshops and visits to major Israeli armament firms and research institutes. Airlift's website states that its "offices are located in the heart of Jerusalem" but the address given puts them in occupied East Jerusalem. Airlift's Spanish subsidiary, Airlift Iberia, was established in September 2010.
     Though considered a mainstream Jerusalem neighborhood by most Israelis -- including Rudel, judging by his activism in the secular liberal/centrist "Awakening in Jerusalem" movement -- East Talpiot is unanimously considered an illegal settlement by the international community including the United Nations, the International Court of Justice and the US government whose pronouncements consistently oppose Israeli settlements. However, Washington regularly takes actions -- such as the recent veto of a UN Security Council resolution condemning settlements -- to shield Israel from international condemnation and formerly contributed economic aid that was used directly for settlement infrastructure and construction. Promoting a trade mission with a firm based in a settlement points to the latter as being more representative of US policy, in spite of official pronouncements to the contrary. American sponsorship comes at a time when governments like Norway, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom are actively distancing themselves from settlement-related businesses. Requests for comment from the US State Department and Department of Commerce were not answered.
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Protests continue in al-Manara
Palestine Monitor: 17 Mar 2011 - As President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas officials prepare to meet for the first time since 2007 in Gaza, hunger strikers who have been camped out in al-Manara since Sunday night declared half of them will take a three-day pause. According to organizers, they will remain in al-Manara for the duration Abbas' trip. One organizer, who will remain fasting, told Palestine Monitor that if Abbas' trip to Gaza does not end in real progress towards a united government, they will continue the strike. The hunger strike has been organized by a non-partisan youth group that has emphasized the necessity to remain peaceful but steadfast in their demands to revive the Palestinian Liberation Organization through elections in order to achieve real democracy for Palestinians all over the world. While cries for unity brought estimates of 3,000 to downtown Ramallah and 300,000 to Gaza City on 15 March, they have been met with...more
Ramallah: Protesters suspend hunger strike
3/18/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A core group of protesters from the March 15 coalition decided Thursday morning to put their hunger strike on hold as Fatah and Hamas leaders prepared to meet in Gaza. Around 10 protesters began a hunger strike in Ramallah's Manara square on Sunday, demanding elections for the Palestinian National....
Election time looms
Jeruslalem Post 16 Mar 2011 - All signs indicate that Israel will hold elections again in the next year. But the potential scenarios that will culminate in this happening vastly differ from one another - except for one thing: they are all cause for deep concern.
Family of engineer believed kidnapped by Israel speak out
Uruknet March 16, 2011 - In mid-January Derar Abu Sisi, 42, the operations director of Gaza's sole electricity-generating plant, left the Gaza Strip for Ukraine where he was applying for citizenship, along with his Ukrainian wife Veronika. Several weeks later, Abu Sisi disappeared from Ukraine, and reemerged apparently as a prisoner in an Israeli jail. How he got there remains...
Palestinian youth demand unity, continue hunger strike
Stop The Wall - Palestinian youth in Ramallah continued their hunger strike today in the Manara. Staying in the square throughout the night, youth are have remained steadfast, demanding an end to the Palestinian political division and the democratic elections for the Palestinian National Council. [
Coordinated demonstrations held across the Palestinian Territories: 'March 15' rallies in Gaza and West Bank call for Palestinian Unity
Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/16/2011
      “March 15" rallies in Gaza and West Bank call for Palestinian Unity
     Thousands of Palestinians have gathered in the Occupied Palestinian Territories in response to calls by various youth campaigns for an end to the division between the two main factions, Hamas and Fatah. The rallies in the centre of Gaza City and in Manara Square in Ramallah were made up mainly of young Palestinians fed up of the in-fighting that has plagued Palestinian society in recent years.
     In Gaza, Hamas leaders and officials joined the protesters calling for the reconciliation of all Palestinian factions and an end to the siege of the territory. Political leaders also joined the demonstrators in Ramallah. Palestinian flags and various banners were raised calling for unified Palestinian representation. Some witnesses tweeted that there were minor skirmishes with pro-Fatah and pro-Hamas supporters trying to hijack the protest, but the overwhelming majority of the demonstrators took a non-partisan approach.
     An official from Hamas addressed protesters in Gaza City and offered the movement’s support for the demonstration, reiterating that it is keen “to launch a comprehensive dialogue to bring about an end to the division”. He said that the groups should be working together on reorganising as a political entity and coordinate around national issues on efforts to end the occupation.
     In a speech ahead of the protest, the Palestinian Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, called on President Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah leadership to meet with their Hamas counterparts as a matter of urgency to initiate “a comprehensive national dialogue”.....
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Unity calls stifled in West Bank and Gaza
Electronic Intifada: 18 Mar 2011 - RAMALLAH, occupied West Bank (IPS) - Tens of thousands of Palestinians from across the political spectrum took to the streets throughout the West Bank and Gaza on Tuesday to mark 15 March, "the day of rage" to protest the political division between Hamas and Fatah.more
Blockade denying Gaza youth education, employment
Electronic Intifada: 17 Mar 2011 - RAMALLAH, occupied West Bank (IRIN) - The Israeli blockade has restricted a generation of youth in Gaza from educational and employment opportunities, say UN and other sources.more
Move over, Iowa
Mondoweiss - CNN reports that next week Sarah Palin will visit... Israel ! She ain't the first: Other potential GOP candidates to visit Israel in recent months include Mitt Romney, Haley Barbour, and Mike Huckabee. You'd think that Barack Obama would run against this trend. But you'd be wrong. [...
Bad romance: Poland and Israel's "love story"
Electronic Intifada: 17 Mar 2011 - Last month witnessed the launch of the first Polish-Israeli governmental forum held in occupied Jerusalem. The biannual dialogue accelerates an existing partnership between the two countries which includes trade agreements, joint military training exercises and arms deals under an ongoing "Polonization of Israeli Technology" drive. Ewa Jasiewicz comments for The Electronic Intifada.more
Palestinian Bedouins in al-Araqib: "We won't leave"
Electronic Intifada: 17 Mar 2011 - As Israel continues to deepen its claims on land in the occupied West Bank, the state is aggressively pursuing a similar project within the green line boundary.more
Abbas prepares to visit Gaza
3/16/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas is ready to head to the Gaza Strip in the coming days, his spokesman said Wednesday. Nabil Abu Rudeineh said this step needs practical preparations and agreement from all the factions in the Gaza Strip. In a statement posted on the official Palestinian Authority news agency Wafa, Abu....
The Palestinian Factions and the Bollywood Soap Opera to End Division
PNN - Fadi Abu Sa’ada – PNN Editor-in-Chief - It looks like everyone’s trying to escape their responsibilities as usual. As soon as the Palestinian youth announced their intentions to mobilize a stalled Palestine...
Abbas: I won't seek re-election in next Palestinian polls
Ha'aretz - Palestinian president says he is willing to travel to Gaza to promote reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas and form a united government; 'Elections can't take place if West Bank and Gaza don't unit', he says.
Palestinian village under siege following settler killings
Electronic Intifada: 16 Mar 2011 - AWARTA, occupied West Bank (IPS) - Food supplies are running low, ambulances have been detained for hours at checkpoints and hundreds of young men have been held, interrogated and beaten up, some requiring hospitalization, in the Palestinian village of Awarta in the northern West Bank. The village has been under continuous curfew for four days.more
Family of engineer believed kidnapped by Israel speak out
Electronic Intifada: 16 Mar 2011 - Gaza power plant official Derar Abu Sisi went missing in Ukraine earlier this year and is now believed to be held in an Israeli prison. Rami Almeghari reports for The Electronic Intifada.more
Demonstrators call for Unity
Palestine Monitor: 16 Mar 2011 - Demonstrators in Ramallah call for an end to partisanship. A 2,000 strong crowd turned out in Ramallah today in support of unity between Fatah and Hamas. Fatah supporter, Loay Ghashash, emphasised the importance of overall Palestinian unity for reaching a conclusive solution to the occupation. ‘We cannot live divided, it weakens us', he stated. ‘Unity will not end the occupation but it is the first step, after which we can work on other issues like the election process and reforming the PLO.' Ghashash believes the ideological divergence between both parties is not insurmountable and is optimistic that a joint government can be achieved, ‘provided they meet in the middle; if not, they will find themselves isolated from the people.' Ghashash went on to say that Hamas and Fatah should be talking about the rights of the Palestinian people rather than focusing on the political interests of the parties.' Ghashash claims...more
Tens Of Thousands Rally In Gaza Calling For National Unity
IMEMC - Rallies organized by a grassroots youth movement in Palestine took place all over the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Tuesday. The largest such rally was in Gaza City, involving tens of thousands of Palestinians from every political faction.
Prisoners support unity protests
3/15/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian prisoners in Israel sent a letter of support to protesters in Ramallah and Gaza City, who have joined in a call to end political division through elections."We believe that restructuring the Palestinian Authority, the Palestine Liberation Organization, the national and Islamic factions, andPalestinian civil society organizations is a priority.... Related: Thousands of Palestinians rally for reconciliation and 1,500 come out in Bethlehem for unity
Protests for unity in Hebron
3/15/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Hundreds of Palestinians gathered on Tuesday afternoon in Hebron demanding an end to division. Young people, children, women, and even the elderly got together from all the Palestinian factions in Al-Manara area in the middle of Hebron holding Palestinian flags. The chanting in Hebron is "yes to end division, West Bank....
Bargouthi says protest 'a great moment in history'
3/15/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian lawmaker Mustafa Bargouthi on the unity demonstrations late Tuesday: "This is a great moment in history, the struggle of Palestinians and Palestinian youth in particular." "We regret that some factions are trying to co-opt the movement," he told Ma'an." We're calling for unity and bringing back....
Thousands Fill Streets for Mar 15 Protests
Palestine Note 15 Mar 2011 - PA President Abbas vows elections will be held "as soon as possible" BBC News - Thousands of people are demonstrating across the Palestinian territories, calling for political unity between their rival governments. Hamas controls Gaza, while...
End the Division on 15 March: Demonstrate for Palestinian Solidarity
Uruknet March 14, 2011 - On 15 March, Palestine solidarity demonstrations are scheduled for cities in Gaza, the West Bank, and around the world to "End the Division" of Palestinian political parties and call for new elections and reform of the electoral system. These protests, organized under the banner of national unity and reconciliation, are being organized by the Gaza...
Palestine is a queer issue
Electronic Intifada: 15 Mar 2011 - After hearing that the New York City LGBT Center was planning to host Israeli Apartheid Week's final celebratory fundraiser, "Party to End Apartheid," gay porn director Michael Lucas made some phone calls, sent some emails and spent upwards of $1,000 to pressure the center to close their "open doors policy" and cancel the event. Anna Lekas Miller comments for The Electronic Intifadamore
Radicalization: It's Not a Muslim Thing
Palestine Chronicle: 15 Mar 2011 - By Tammy Obeidallah New York Congressman Pete King served as ringmaster at the latest congressional circus looking into Muslim 'radicalization' and its perceived threat to the Homeland. Unfortunately, I was not invited to testify at this hearing, else I would have been happy to share my insights with Congressman King as to what “radicalization” means and how I became “radicalized.” Granted, I am not a Muslim; therefore I will not pretend to speak for Muslims, “radicalized” or not. I will, however, hazard a guess I could do a better job than Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, who tearfully recounted the story of Mohammad Salman Hamdani during the recent hearings. Hamdani was the Pakistani Muslim firefighter killed on 9/11 who was accused posthumously of being a co-conspirator in the attacks, allegations which were later proven false. The poignant theatrics by Ellison would have been an appropriate...more
Youth continue hunger strike in Ramallah`s Al-Manara
3/14/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A group of young Palestinians on hunger strike in Ramallah's city center Al-Manara continued their protest Monday, holding banners demanding an end to the national division. The demonstrators began the strike Sunday afternoon, as a prelude to mass protests planned for March 15. The defiant youth are calling for.... Related: Factions call on supporters to join unity rallies and Popular rallies already underway in Gaza
Factions call on supporters to join unity rallies
3/14/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- As thousands gathered early in Gaza City ahead of mass demonstrations planned for March 15, Palestinian factions urged supporters to join the protests. Protest organizers in Gaza City and Ramallah insist that only Palestinian flags will fly at the rallies. Organizers have stated they refuse any attempt by political parties to.... Related: Youth continue hunger strike in Ramallah`s Al-Manara
Far-right leader visits Lampedusa
AlJazeera 14 Mar 2011 - French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen says migrants fleeing North Africa by boat should be turned back.
Gaza children march for end to national division
14 Mar 2011 - Gaza Strip, (Pal Telegraph)-More than 1000 children gathered and marched Monday to the Square of the Unknown Soldier, central Gaza city calling on national unity and an end to the division between Palestinian factions.
PFLP leader: Reconciliation efforts have failed
Uruknet March 12, 2011 - Member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine political bureau Jamil Majdalawi conceded failure of all the Palestinian factions to influence Fatah and Hamas to end division. He told Ma’an that both sides did not want to reach an agreement for national unity. He stressed that all the factions were not able to...
End the Division on 15 March: Demonstrate for Palestinian Solidarity
Alternative Information Center - On 15 March, Palestine solidarity demonstrations are scheduled for cities in Gaza, the West Bank, and around the world to "End the Division" of Palestinian political parties and call for new elections and reform of the...
Activism roundup: Palestinians shut down settler road
Electronic Intifada: 14 Mar 2011 - As Israeli Apartheid Week events continue to take place across the globe, The Electronic Intifada brings you this roundup of recent activism news.more
Why Palestinians will protest on 15 March
Electronic Intifada: 14 Mar 2011 - We are a group of Palestinian youths who have called on Palestinians across the nation to unite under one slogan: "The people want to end the division!" Rawan Abu-Shahla, a member of Gaza Youth Break Out, comments for The Electronic Intifada.more
Palestinian Youth Movement: Cherries not Strawberries!!
Palestine Chronicle: 13 Mar 2011 - By Ibrahim Shikaki For many outside Palestine this analogy might not make any sense, since strawberries and cherries are both available throughout the year. In Palestine, like in many 'developing' countries, we eat in season; strawberries ripe in spring, cherries in summer. There has been a great deal of discussion on the Palestinian youth movement after the revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt and other Arab countries. Debate heated particularly after the call to go down on the streets on March 15th and call for the end of “the division” between the two main political parties. Several youth groups have recognized that ending this division is yet but a minimal cause in a wider picture, and have decided to unite on a demand for legitimate representation of Palestinian by calling for an election of the Palestinian National Council (PNC). By creating new election mechanisms, such a body would represent Palestinians around the...more
PFLP leader: Reconciliation efforts have failed
3/12/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine political bureau Jamil Majdalawi conceded failure of all the Palestinian factions to influence Fatah and Hamas to end division. He told Ma'an that both sides did not want to reach an agreement for national unity. He stressed that all....
Meet the people bringing down the division
Ma’an News Agency 3/13/2011
      GAZA CITY -- "The people want to end the division,” said protesters in the Gaza Strip on Friday.
     Activists in Gaza and elsewhere are gearing up for protests on Tuesday calling for an end to division and restoring national unity.
     Leaders from Hamas, Islamic Jihad and others got an early start Friday in Gaza City. Noticeably absent were Fatah and five other factions, most of them leftist parties at odds with the Islamic movements.
     In a statement, the Palestinian People's Party said it would not participate Friday because it objected to Hamas' "attempt to steer the rally."
     Saleh Nasser, leader of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, encouraged the protesters to emphasize that the Palestinian people are one, united everywhere, and on the way to ending the division.
     The PLO is the "house" of every Palestinian and all Palestinians have the right to be members, he said. Hamas is the largest non-member party.
     March 15 movement led by Palestinian youth
     Ma'an spoke with leaders of the movement leading calls to protest on Tuesday. Many of them are young, independent Palestinians who are university-educated but unemployed. They say they are fed up with the state of political disunity plaguing the occupied territories for the past five years and are calling for an uprising to force both governments to put aside their differences.
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Organizers of “Day of Reconciliation” assert independence from the partisan control.
Palestine Monitor: 12 Mar 2011 - In the coming days, the Palestinian radio and Internet waves will be carrying a preemptive message to Palestine and the international audience to clarify the purpose of the much anticipated “day of reconciliation” on 15 March. A coalition of student and youth groups, which one organizer, Fadi Quran, describes as “horizontally structured,” has issued a statement to preempt any one political party's attempt to co-opt the day of action for its own aggrandizement. The statement defines the demonstration's goal to be elections for the Palestinian National Council (PNC) that include Palestinians both in and out of the Occupied Territories. According to the statement, the elections would enable a complete overhaul of the current status quo, not just a slight adjustment to the present arrangement of power. In Ramallah, Quran stated emphatically, “We're setting the demands. For any liberation movement you need a democratic leadership.” Citing past anti-colonialist movements around the...more
Family of five settlers killed in Itamar
Palestine Monitor: 12 Mar 2011 - Near Atwara south of Nablus, two unidentified assailants crept into the settlement outpost of Ittamar last night. Hopping an electric security fence at 10pm, according to Israeli army sources, they then entered a home and stabbed to death a family of five settlers, including a one month-old infant. The surviving three children alerted authorities at around 1am this morning. “We could not help the first four stab victims. Following an inspection of the scene I spotted an infant of about three who still had a pulse. We engaged in lengthy resuscitation efforts but had to pronounce him dead,” said one of the first paramedics to Ynet . “The murder scene was shocking. Kids' toys right next to pools of blood.” Following a vociferous out-lash from the area's settlement community, the Israeli military and settler groups closed roads in the area around Nablus. Awarta itself is under “strict military siege.” Previously closed...more
Factions meet in Gaza
3/11/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip met Thursday to discuss developments in the region and their impact on Palestinian issues. All factions except ruling party Hamas were present, said senior Popular Struggle Front member Mahmoud Az-Zeq. Faction representatives noted there was renewed pressure to end the division between Hamas and....
Hamas: PA detained 3 members
3/11/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas on Friday said Palestinian Authority security forces detained three party members overnight. The Islamist movement said its affiliates were detained in the Nablus district in the northern West Bank. Fatah frequently accuses Hamas of targeting its members in the Gaza Strip. The rival factions say ongoing political arrests hamper unity....
The wrong way to peace
Nicola Nasser, Al-Ahram Weekly 3/10/2011
      The PLO, in being unable to evolve and share power with new players, is blocking both democracy and ultimate sovereignty in Palestine.
     When allowed to turn freely, the metaphoric Palestinian compass points in one direction -- that of Palestinian struggle. But most of the time, someone is interfering with this compass, rigging it to other directions, as in the case of the continually failing peace process.
     Now, with much of the Arab world up in arms against its autocratic rulers, the Palestinian compass is given another nudge, also in the wrong direction. The Palestinian public is seething, and yet Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) officials are telling us that the only way forward is through more negotiations. The "peace process", we're told, is the only thing worth saving from the current sea of Arab discontent.
     It's all topsy-turvy in the land of discontent. A Day of Dignity has been called to presumably restore unity in Palestinian ranks. Most likely it will lead to further disunity. Allow me to elaborate.
     The Day of Dignity, held on 11 February, was not meant to end occupation but to terminate Gaza's spirit of civil defiance. "Say no to division and occupation and yes to national unity," is the slogan another group of organisers chose for planned protests on 15 March. On that day, the PLO plans to call for new presidential, legislative, and local elections in the hope of regaining enough credibility to pursue its favourite goal, that of negotiating for peace. The organisers tell us that they want a Palestinian state by next September. How many times have we heard this before?
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Global actions, backlash during Israeli Apartheid Week
Electronic Intifada: 11 Mar 2011 - The 7th annual Israeli Apartheid Week launched this week, with more than 75 cities across six continents participating in educational events and direct actions in support of the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.more
Interview: Palestinian women prisoners shackled during childbirth
Electronic Intifada: 11 Mar 2011 - VIENNA (IPS) - Female Palestinian prisoners detained in Israel are often denied legal representation and medical care while being housed in squalid conditions that can include sharing cells with rodents.more
Gaza truckers protest Israel's closure of commercial crossing
Electronic Intifada: 11 Mar 2011 - On 2 March Israel announced the complete closure of Karni, the principal commercial crossing into the Gaza Strip, prompting protests by Palestinian traders who rely on the crossing to bring goods into the territory.more
DFLP: Hamas all-factions meeting 'nothing new'
3/10/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- An official from the leftist faction the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine told Ma'an on Wednesdaythat a meeting hosted by Hamas in Gaza "presented nothing new," despite promises of a new unity effort. The leading party of the coastal enclave had called an all-factions meeting, where....
Poll finds 83 % of Likud members oppose concessions
Jeruslalem Post 10 Mar 2011 - Only 5 % of faction members in favor of creating Palestinian state in temporary borders, even though it could soon become PM's peace plan.
Radwan: Factions discussed the establishment of national leadership
PIC 10 Mar 2011 - Ismail Radwan said the Palestinian factions met on Wednesday and discussed the initiative made earlier by Hamas and its main ideas, most importantly, the establishment of transitional leadership.
Hamas dismayed at Hague statement on elections
PIC 10 Mar 2011 - Hamas expressed absolute dismay at recent statements for British foreign secretary William Hague in which he falsely accused the movement of strangling democratic freedom of opinion.
State recognition and hypocrisy
Santiago Gonzalez Vallejo, Ma’an News Agency 3/9/2011
      Israel’s continued colonization of what remains of historic Palestine makes a Palestinian state nonviable. The PLO’s early dream of seeing a bi-national secular, democratic Palestine collided with Zionist racism, which has always has chosen in favor of conquest and the exclusion of Palestinians. From there, the Zionists used the colonies to deplete resources and bring Jews into the conquered areas -- in sum, putting the Jewish State of Israel ahead of any other consideration, which also makes the possibility of a circumscribed Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza unrealistic.
     In 1988 in Algiers the PLO recognized Israel. Israel later recognized the PLO but not Palestine. For that reason, the Conference of Madrid and the Oslo Accords were made in bad faith on Israel’s part. Before that, in between, and afterward, the settlements have continued, along with other attributes of Zionism.
     The same has happened with governments of Likud-Labour Party members (of Socialist International, which also welcomed the party of Ben Ali of Tunisia), Kadima and others, and also with Bush, Clinton, Bush Jr. and Obama. With the PLO of 1988, after the elections of Arafat and Abbas or during the current period of decay. And also with Felipe Gonzalez, Aznar or Zapatero, Delors, Santer, Prodi, Barroso and others.
     Of course, some of responsibility for this vacuum lies with the PLO and the Palestinian Authority’s own leaders, mainly those affiliated with Fatah, and also with the rest of the organizations that did not secure democratic structures representing the totality of the Palestinian people.
     At a minimum, the Palestinian insistence to not continue negotiations on an unending, continually revised “Peace Process ”, if colonization deepens with new settlements and extension of the Wall in the West Bank, helps to reveal the actual state of the situation....
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Who benefits from EU-Israel academic cooperation?
Electronic Intifada: 10 Mar 2011 - Academic cooperation between Europe and Israel has been encouraged by governments on both sides. But who benefits and who loses? David Cronin comments for The Electronic Intifada.more
Dutch opposition boycotts parliamentary delegation to Israel
Electronic Intifada: 10 Mar 2011 - Dutch opposition parties boycotted a parliamentary delegation to the Middle East in February after parties supporting the right-wing government insisted on going ahead with the visit despite an Israeli government ban on allowing the lawmakers to visit the besieged Gaza Strip.more
Global unpopularity wearing down Israeli government
Electronic Intifada: 10 Mar 2011 - Benjamin Netanyahu's advisers conceded last week that the Israeli prime minister is more downcast than they have ever seen him. The reason for his gloominess is to be found in Israel's diplomatic and strategic standing, which some analysts suggest is at its lowest ebb in living memory. Jonathan Cook reports.more
Resistance group says Egypt signals siege will end
3/9/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- "There are indicators from Egypt that a new stage will begin in the recent history of injustice for the people of Gaza," the spokesman of a coalition of armed Palestinian factions in Gaza said Wednesday. Speaking for the Popular Resistance Committees, Mohammad Al-Briem (Abu Mujahed), said he believed that the....
Elections committee opens voter registration
3/9/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority-appointed Central Elections Commission announced Wednesday that voter registration had opened, in the latest step ahead of July 9 municipal elections. Registration will continue for one week only, a statement from the CEC said, and would include teams sent out to high schools to ensure participation of voters who....
Egypt's Moussa says presidential poll must come first
Palestine Note 9 Mar 2011 - Al Arabiya - Outgoing Arab League chief Amr Moussa said on Tuesday he wanted Egyptian presidential elections to come before people vote for a new parliament and said he would run for president for only one...
Netanyahu names new national security adviser
Palestine Note 9 Mar 2011 - Reuters - Yaakov Amidror, who has served as the head of the military intelligence research division, is well known in Israel for his right-wing views and was widely seen as a controversial candidate for the influential...
Elections committee opens voter registration
Palestine Note 9 Mar 2011 - Ma'an - The Palestinian Authority-appointed Central Elections Commission announced Wednesday that voter registration had opened, in the latest step ahead of July 9 municipal elections. Registration will continue for one week only, a statement from the...
Committees Begin Updating Registration Lists for Upcoming Local Election
PNN - Ramallah – PNN - The Palestinian Central Elections Committee (CEC) announced on Wednesday that it would begin updating election registrations in the West Bank to account for newly registered voters and voters...
Palestinians use social media to urge Hamas-Fatah unity
Jeruslalem Post 9 Mar 2011 - Groups on Facebook call for reconciliation between factions, while Hamas, Fatah use internet to incite against each other.
Palestinian factions start meeting on national unity
PIC 9 Mar 2011 - Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip started on Wednesday afternoon a meeting to discuss means of restoring national unity and ending the internal rift.
Fatah: Revolutions impact unity efforts
Palestine Note 8 Mar 2011 - Ma'an - Fatah official Osama Al-Qawasmi issued a statement Monday urging Palestinian factions to find a way to end the state of internal division. "We must be prepared for the establishment of a liberated Palestinian state,"...
The new Egypt: Leaving women behind
Palestine Note 8 Mar 2011 - Basma Atassi, Al Jazeera - Marwa Sharaf el-Din, an Egyptian law PhD candidate at Oxford University, will be in Tahrir Square this afternoon to perform Zajal, a popular traditional form of Arabic poetry. "Do I have...
EU Funds Data Center for Palestinian Courts
PNN - Ramallah – HJC to PNN - The Palestinian High Judicial Council (HJC) held a ceremony on Tuesday to highlight its brand new electronic court management system supported by a Data Center which...
The New Egypt: Leaving Women Behind
IPS Marwa Sharaf el-Din, an Egyptian law PhD candidate at Oxford University, spent part of International Women's Day in Tahrir Square this afternoon to perform Zajal, a popular traditional form of Arabic poetry.
Graffiti History of Palestine
Palestine Monitor - When 2006's elections split Gaza and the West Bank politically, Anas Maraqa was looking at a pictorial battle between Hamas and Fateh. Then it hit him. "They were telling their peoples' opinions in graffiti," Maraqa said, puffing a cigarette. "I was like wow, this is really...
Graffiti History of Palestine
Palestine Monitor: 8 Mar 2011 - When 2006's elections split Gaza and the West Bank politically, Anas Maraqa was looking at a pictorial battle between Hamas and Fateh. Then it hit him. "They were telling their peoples' opinions in graffiti," Maraqa said, puffing a cigarette. "I was like wow, this is really saying something." "We want to make the book from the first intifada until today," Maracas said, outlining a plan of following a time-line linking events to their symbols called History of Palestine Through Graffiti . "There is lots of things from words written on walls - people get shot, things happened in Palestine, outside Palestine." "it's all on the walls." In the First Intifada, for example, freedom fighters wrote messages to stir the masses, Maraqa said, while just two years ago a Dutch company charged €30 to paint custom designs uploaded from anywhere in the world "It used to be a way for Palestinians to...more
Is Israel Ready for the New Middle East?
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Mar 2011 - By Yacov Ben Efrat It so happens that the week of the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia was also a week of internal Israeli shenanigans. Defense Minister Ehud Barak resigned from the Labor Party and established a faction called "Independence," into which he drew four other Laborites. The move, coordinated with PM Binyamin ("Bibi") Netanyahu, enabled Barak to avoid being overthrown in upcoming Labor elections. It also enabled the Netanyahu government to stay afloat, supported now by Independence. The Labor ministers had long been threatening a pullout over the lack of progress toward peace. They made good on the threat, but with little result. Thanks to Independence, the government now seemed unshakeable. The Barak-Netanyahu ploy came after heavy Democratic losses in the US Congressional elections, which impel US President Barack Obama to concentrate on domestic issues. Where the Palestinians were concerned, Bibi and Ehud could heave a sigh of relief. The...more
Israel constructs electric fence on Egypt border
IMEMC - Monday March 07, 2011 - 18:59, An Israeli military official based in the southern part of Israel stated Monday that the first stage of the Israeli electric fence on the Israel-Egypt borders will be accomplished soon.
Fatah: Revolutions impact unity efforts
3/7/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) - Fatah official Osama Al-Qawasmi issued a statement Monday urging Palestinian factions to find a way to end the state of internal division."We must be prepared for the establishment of a liberated Palestinian state," the statement said, amid fresh reports that rival factions are engaged in unity talks. Al-Qawasmi noted that....
Save our ties with Turkey
Jeruslalem Post 7 Mar 2011 - The moment the last vote is counted in Ankara’s elections this June, Israel must act to heal relations
WOMEN'S DAY: An Arab Israeli Woman Fighting on All Fronts
IPS "Every woman is a woman of frustration. Me, I'm just struggle." Hanin Zoabi, 41, is a Palestinian Israeli woman, a fighting woman. An elected member of the Israeli Knesset parliament, she is the first woman on an Arab party's list, Balad.
March 15th Call to Action
Palestine Monitor - Message from Hirak Al Shabab, a decentralized Palestinian democracy movement: Whether you want to uproot settlements, create a democracy, put food on the table, build a roof over your head, vote in PNC elections, a job, or higher minimum wage - March 15th is your day....
March 15th Call to Action
Palestine Monitor: 6 Mar 2011 - Message from Hirak Al Shabab, a decentralized Palestinian democracy movement: Whether you want to uproot settlements, create a democracy, put food on the table, build a roof over your head, vote in PNC elections, a job, or higher minimum wage - March 15th is your day. March 15th is our day as Palestinians. The status quo is not sustainable. Our future is not negotiable. We are not going home before we achieve freedom and justice. Make this day yours. Be the change. Spread the word. See you on the streets. What you can do: 1. Send five close friends messages about March 15. 2. Post the attached picture as your profile pic on FaceBook. 3. Ask your parents, wife, children, and friends about the future they envision for themselves. March15 is a start to begin moving towards that path. 4. Spread the word to all of your social circles: Work,...more
The view from Tehran (2): Iran is not Egypt or Libya
Daily Star 6 Mar 2011 TEHRAN: For most outsiders, Iran seems to be a natural candidate to soon join the growing list of Middle Eastern countries embroiled in political turmoil sweeping the region. The power of the international media and statements...
End of division demonstration in Hebron
3/5/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- The democratic and national factions called to participate in an end of division and national unity demonstration in Hebron on Thursday. The demonstrators held Palestinian flags and banners condemning division and calling to reach the national unity. They went through the streets of the central area of Hebron. The national factions....
Gas supply resumes after computer glitch is fixed
Jeruslalem Post 5 Mar 2011 - Israel Electric Corporation continues use of polluting fuel, diesel oil but expected to return to natural gas.
Computer glitch stopping natural gas supply fixed
Jeruslalem Post 5 Mar 2011 - Israel Electric Corporation continues use of polluting fuel, diesel oil but expected to return to natural gas.
Technical problem causes natural gas supply cut off
Jeruslalem Post 5 Mar 2011 - With no gas flowing from Egypt, Gilad Erdan was forced to approve Israel Electric Corporation's use of polluting fuel, diesel oil.
Why is Israel aid exempt?
MJ Rosenberg, Al Jazeera 3/5/2011
      As US fiscal conservatives cut food programmes for poor children, military aid for Israel is left untouched.
     Once upon a time, social security was considered the "third rail" of American politics. The "third rail" is the train track that carries the high-voltage power; touching it means instant death.
     The "third rail" metaphor has for decades been applied to social security, a government program so popular with the American public that proposing any changes in it would mean political death to the politician.
     No more. Although social security is as popular as ever, politicians routinely propose changes in the program — including privatisation and means testing. While the proposals usually go nowhere, and rightly so, the politicians who support them live to fight another day. Today, with those massive deficits and the astronomical national debt, not even social security is sacrosanct.
     Few, if any, government programs are.
     But US aid to Israel is. In fact, the $3bn Israel aid package is the new third rail of American politics: touch it and die. It is also the one program that liberals, conservatives, Democrats, Republicans and tea partiers all agree should not sustain even a dollar in cuts.
     Actually, that is something of a mis-statement. These various parties and factions do not agree that the $3bn Israel aid package is sacred. They just say that they do because a powerful lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), makes clear to them that touching the aid package will mean big trouble for them in the next election.
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Bibi Set to Name Amidror National Security Advisor
Tikun Olam - National security advisor candidate, Yaakov Amidror (Maya Levin/JINI No sooner did the Bibi-Yvet show give us the public defenestration of Uzi Arad, whose appointment to be Israel’s next ambassador to Britain was confirmed and rejected all in leaked news stories within a single week, than Bibi...
Hamas confirms new unity plan underway
3/5/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas is preparing an initiative to restore national unity, the movement's spokesman said. Sami Abu Zuhari told Ma'an that Hamas is preparing a comprehensive initiative to restore national unity. The initiative is in its final drafting and will be proposed to the other Palestinian factions soon.... Related: Hamas to present new reconciliation plan
Palestinians at home, abroad protest division, leadership
Uruknet March 4, 2011 - Palestinian civil society groups are preparing for a day of mass sit-ins on 15 March, to protest the widening split between Palestinian political and resistance factions as Israel's illegal occupation grinds on. As The Electronic Intifada reported, most of the groups involved in the 15 March organizing are led by Palestinian youth who are gravely...
Palestinians at home, abroad protest division, leadership
Electronic Intifada: 4 Mar 2011 - Palestinian civil society groups are preparing for a day of mass sit-ins on 15 March, to protest the widening split between Palestinian political and resistance factions as Israel's illegal occupation grinds on.more
The struggle for al-Araqib is the struggle for Palestine
Electronic Intifada: 4 Mar 2011 - Al-Araqib was the last village I visited before my arrest. Al-Araqib is not just a village, but the very heart of a nation and a people. On 5 May 2010, I was there under the tent of Sheikh Sayah, a local leader. There was a big crowd after the destruction and the reconstruction of the village. We met there until late at night, taking advantage of the desert darkness. Ameer Makhoul comments.more
Middle East turmoil seen inspiring Palestinians
Palestine Monitor - RAMALLAH, March 1 (Mohammed Assadi/Reuters) - A wave of popular unrest in the Arab world will soon inspire Palestinians to wage non-violent protests of their own against Israel's 43-year-old occupation, a prominent Palestinian has said. Mustafa Barghouthi, who came second in a 2005 presidential election behind...
Center: Al-Qassam detainee punished for talking to another inmate
3/3/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) - The detainees' center reports that Israeli guards confiscated electrical supplies of an Al-Qassam detainee. Ibrahim Hamed Al-Qassam, a former militant, was sentenced in 2006 and kept in an isolation cell for several years. The 45 year-old detainee from Ramallah is isolated at Al-Ramlah prison and he was punished by....
Weekend power outages narrowly avoided
Jeruslalem Post 3 Mar 2011 - With no gas flowing from Egypt, Gilad Erdan was forced to approve Israel Electric Corporation's use of polluting fuel, diesel oil.
Will the Palestinians keep silent?
Alaa Tartir, Ma’an News Agency 3/1/2011
      The Palestinian-Israeli conflict remains the heart of the persistent crisis in the Middle East. But within the persistent revolutionary wave, new questions on the issue have been raised. Most importantly, where are the Palestinian people? Why they are ‘relatively’ silent, and when and how they will break this silence and have their own say?
     So far, Palestinians have been in front of their televisions watching Al-Jazeera, and not out in the thousands. What kind of changes have there been that Palestinians now consume revolutions rather than produce them?
     These are hard questions to ask, but important to answer, particularly given the central characteristic which makes the Palestinian situation different from other revolutions; the occupation.
     Even as the revolution sweeps around Palestinians, the fervor will bring development, progress and freedoms to the region that have hitherto been unrealized. Within that new Middle East, Palestine will remain a cornerstone, and we will still have to work to break the silence, or at least understand it, so we can carry out our own revolution when the time comes.
     The Jasmine and Nile revolutions inspired Arab youth and whole nations, showing a whole range of new possibilities, but also illustrating how long the walk to freedom is.
     These two revolutions mobilized millions of people and created an ultimate revolutionary moment. While the movement is spreading and Libya is passing now in the revolution’s bottleneck phase, the question who is next? remains, and Palestine remains on the list of possible candidates.
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Is entertaining dictators worse than normalizing apartheid?
Electronic Intifada: 3 Mar 2011 - As international stars face widespread criticism for having earned huge fees entertaining Libya's Gaddafi family, Nada Elia and Laurie King ask why artists who entertain apartheid Israel should not be held to exactly the same standard.more
Facing up to Jewish nationalism and racist violence
Electronic Intifada: 3 Mar 2011 - The recent murder of Hussam Rwidy, a Palestinian, by Jewish youths allegedly shouting "Death to Arabs" has highlighted the link between racist incitement and violence. The underlying ideology that fuels this hatred is Jewish nationalism, as Max Blumenthal and Joseph Dana argue.more
Army Kidnaps Elected Legislator
IMEMC - Thursday March 03, 2011 - 00:08, Israeli soldiers kidnapped on Wednesday evening legislator Azzam Salhab, 54, from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, after stopping him at a military roadblock near Jericho city.
Opposition says Egypt's roadmap to democracy not good enough
Palestine Note 2 Mar 2011 - Deutsche Welle - Egypt's military council has presented its roadmap: the referendum on the constitution is scheduled for March 19. The parliament and the president will be elected in the summer. But the opposition opposes the...
Preparing for Local Elections, Elections Committee Trains New Employees
PNN - Ramallah – PNN –The Palestinian Central Elections Committee (CEC) started training new staff members in preparation for local elections on July 9. Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad announced that his coming government...
Tshuva: Gas will reach Israel's shores by 2013
Jeruslalem Post 2 Mar 2011 - Delek owner: "We will supply all of the needs of the state. I believe that we will reach understandings with the Treasury and Israel Electric Co."
Gaza: tunnel worker found dead
2 Mar 2011 - Gaza Strip, (Pal Telegraph)- A Palestinian tunnel worker died Wednesday after a barrel hit his head causing his immediate death. Medical Sources told that the victim known as Abdel Aziz El –Shaer,21, was removed to Abu Yousif Al-Najjar hospital in Rafah city. Dozens of Gazans were killed during such similar incident, electric shock, or collapse. As Israeli siege upon Gaza...
How Palestine's uprising inspired Egypt's
Electronic Intifada: 2 Mar 2011 - In the 1990s, one could only whisper Hosni Mubarak's name. Political talk or jokes were avoided in phone calls. This year, millions of Egyptians fought for 18 days against their aging tyrant, braving the police troops firing teargas, rubber bullets and live ammunition. People in Egypt have lost their fear, but it did not happen overnight. Hossam el-Hamalawy comments.more
US students face jail time for disrupting Israeli official's speech
Electronic Intifada: 2 Mar 2011 - Eleven University of California students face criminal charges and possible jail terms for protesting and disrupting a speech by an Israeli official as the Orange County district attorney's office engages in what one of the students' attorneys calls "selective and discriminatory prosecution"more
World Social Forum puts Palestine solidarity into action
Electronic Intifada: 2 Mar 2011 - The Electronic Intifada contributor Stefan Christoff spoke with Palestinian civil society activist Ahmad Jaradat outside the Palestine people's assembly tent at the World Social Forum global anti-capitalist gathering.more
INTERVIEW-Middle East turmoil seen inspiring Palestinians
Palestine Monitor: 2 Mar 2011 - * Senior Palestinian predicts new anti-Israel uprising * Says non-violent protests could bring swift results By Mohammed Assadi RAMALLAH, West Bank, March 1 (Reuters) - A wave of popular unrest in the Arab world will soon inspire Palestinians to wage non-violent protests of their own against Israel's 43-year-old occupation, a prominent Palestinian has said. Mustafa Barghouthi, who came second in a 2005 presidential election behind Mahmmoud Abbas, said the failure of peace negotiations over the past two decades would spur Palestinians to launch mass rallies against Israeli rule. Barghouthi said the turmoil in the Middle East showed how fast events were evolving, producing much quicker results than non-violent movements in India against British rule in the 20th century and that of Martin Luther King in the United States. "None of these leaders could move half the population over the period of two weeks to bring down a whole regime," he told...more
Hebron women march for unity
3/1/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Palestinian women's committees held a rally in Hebron on Tuesday to demand national unity. Dozens of women from Palestinian unions and organizations marched in the West Bank city, calling for elections and an end to the internal division, organizers said....
Will Palestinians topple governments if rivalry continues?
Palestine Note 1 Mar 2011 - Ma'an - With announcements of renewed unity efforts coming to naught once again, Palestinians see their dreams of dignity and independence crumbling into factional rivalry and have become increasingly resolute in their efforts to end division...
Amr Moussa to contest Egyptian poll
Palestine Note 28 Feb 2011 - Al Jazeera - Arab League chief Amr Moussa, a popular career diplomat, has confirmed that he plans to run in Egypt's presidential election expected later this year. Moussa, a former foreign minister, declared his candidacy on...
Egypt's Moussa says running for president; adopts harsher tone on Israel
YNet News - Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa announced on Tuesday that he was running for president of Egypt in elections scheduled for this year. In an interview with .......
Murdered Jerusalem man subjected to racism even in death
Jillian Kestler-D'Amours, Electronic Intifada 2/25/2011
      All Hussain Hassan Rwidy wanted was to bury his son.
     "They took me to see the investigator who worked on the case. He called me inside [his office], alone, and asked me, 'Are you strong?'" I said to him, 'I want my son,'" Rwidy told The Electronic Intifada.
     "He said directly to me, 'Your son died ...'" Rwidy paused, then continued. "'Your son died, and there are two people arrested.'"
     Twenty-four-year-old Hussam Rwidy was killed in the early morning hours of Friday, 11 February, on Hillel Street in West Jerusalem as he and a friend, Murad Khader Joulani, were walking to their car to drive home from work.
     According to the Rwidy family, who live in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Kufr Akab, everything began when a group of extremist Israeli Jews heard Hussam and Murad speaking Arabic to each other, and shouted "Death to the Arabs."
     "My son started to walk [away]," said Hussam's father, from a mourning tent set up to remember Hussam in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, where the family is originally from, last Saturday.
     "They came from behind with a knife and jumped on him. After they cut his throat, four more people came and started to beat them with punches and kicks," he explained.
     While Hussam died of his injuries when he reached the hospital, Joulani survived the attack with a deep knife wound visible on the back of his neck....
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In whose name does Dutch FM Rosenthal speak?
Electronic Intifada: 1 Mar 2011 - Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal claims to oppose decisions taken by governments without balanced, negotiated political processes. But if this were really true, he would understand the need to bring Israeli officials and military officers responsible for such crimes to the International Criminal Court in The Hague instead of defending Israel's actions in The Jerusalem Post .more
Palestinians call for unity protest on 15 March
Electronic Intifada: 1 Mar 2011 - GAZA CITY, occupied Gaza Strip (IPS) - A look at the Tunisian and Egyptian uprisings that succeeded in ousting long-entrenched dictators confirms a universal truth: it is the youth who are leading the way in forcing reform in the Middle East.more


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