Disabled girl in a wheelchair hit by settler car in Hebron on her way to school
HEBRON (Ma’an) — A disabled child was hit by a settler car on Thursday near the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron, medics said. Head of the Red Crescent emergency ward in Hebron told Ma’an that Hiba Abdul Ghaffar, 13, was heading to school when she was hit by the car. Ghaffar, who is in a wheelchair, suffered light injuries in the collision and was taken to hospital for treatment.
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The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) confiscated a cultivated land lot in Khader village south of Bethlehem at the pretext of constructing a road to serve a nearby settlement.
A report released by Israel’s Peace Now group also says building last year on East Jerusalem land seized during the 1967 Middle East War was at the highest level in a decade. Palestinian leaders voiced outrage Tuesday over a new report that Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank rose 20% last year. The report released by the Peace Now group also says that building on East Jerusalem land seized during the 1967 Middle East War was at the highest level in a decade.
IOA to expand West Bank settlement
The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) has announced tenders for the construction of 213 settler houses in Efrat settlement to the south of Bethlehem.
On Monday, January 9, Israeli authorities shut down “the only road leading to Khan al Ahmar elementary school,” the Palestinian news agency WAFA reports. The move came a day after Israeli authorities issued a number of stop work orders in Umm al Kheir. Both Khan al Ahmar and Umm al Kheir are Bedouin villages located in the West Bank’s Israeli-controlled Area C.
Knesset speaker visits illegal West Bank outpost, says relocating it ‘makes no sense’
Violence & Aggression / Israeli Injustice System
Two Israeli women ran over two Palestinian schoolgirls in each of Al-Khalil and Nablus in separate incidents on Thursday morning, medical sources said.
IOF soldiers arrest citizen and confiscate cars in Jenin
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed Jenin refugee camp at dawn Wednesday in tens of army vehicles and arrested a citizen from inside his home after wreaking havoc on it and on his garage.
IOF troops storm Nablus village, detain minor
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the village of Sebastia to the north west of Nablus on Tuesday and detained a minor in one of its streets, local sources said.
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up four citizens in Al-Khalil in the latest round of arrests in the province that has been the target of semi daily incursions for the past few months.
Masada unit storms Negev prison cells of Hamas, Jihad prisoners
Israeli Masada unit soldiers stormed ward 9 of the Negev prison where Hamas and Islamic Jihad affiliates are held on Wednesday, the prisoners’ studies center said.
Wajeb slams systematic kidnapping of Palestinian refugees in Iraq
The Palestinian return assembly-Wajeb strongly denounced the Iraqi security forces for storming the municipal compound of the Palestinian refugees in Baghdad and kidnapping some of its residents.
Khudari blames world community for slow Gaza reconstruction
Independent MP Jamal Al-Khudari has blamed the world community for failing to embark on reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, which was devastated in the Israeli invasion three years ago.
Racism / Discrimination / Sexism & others things you would read in the New York Times
Israeli bar on citizenship upheld
A law preventing Palestinians gaining Israeli nationality by marriage is upheld by Israel’s top court.
‘Citizenship Law – declaration of war on Israeli Arabs’
Israeli Arab says court’s decision to reject petition against law will lead to ‘expulsion of thousands of families.’ Rahat resident: Why are we being treated like enemies?
Yair Lapid gets death threat on Facebook
‘If you challenge Netanyahu, your fate will be similar to that of Yitzhak Rabin,’ man writes on journalist turned politician’s Facebook page. Police investigating.
Minister: Ethiopians should ‘say thank you’ for what they got
Ethiopian social activist draws Immigrant Absorption minister’s ire after telling Knesset Committee they are ‘hypocrites’ who are ‘creating a 21st Century version of Apartheid in Israel’.
IDF: No coercion of haredi soldiers
Army informs haredi soldiers that they will not be forced to attend military ceremonies featuring female performers. MK Gafni urges haredim not to join IDF.
Palestinian youth call for Ramallah protest against Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in Jordan, Ali Abunimah
Palestinian youth are calling for a silent protest this Saturday outside the headquarters of Palestinian Authority ruler Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah to protest the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in Jordan.
Photos: Palestinian graffiti artists penetrate heavily fortified heart of West Jerusalem, Ali Abunimah
Palestinian artists penetrated the heavily fortified heart of West Jerusalem overnight and painted graffiti bearing political messages on walls, doors, construction sites and other surfaces.
Hamas leader to visit Iran, Qatar in new trip (AP)
AP – An adviser to Hamas’ prime minister says the leader will visit Iran, Qatar and other Muslim countries at the end of the month.
Saudi hacker strikes again
Hacker indentifying himself as ’0xOmar’ leaks details of 200 more Israeli credit cards; urges fellow Arab hackers to ‘destroy Israel’.
Egypt to halt annual Israeli pilgrimage
Foreign ministry says holding annual visit to rabbi’s tomb is “impossible” owing to political and security concerns.
Elias Younes suspected of providing Israel with access to Lebanese communications system, information on naval security means.
‘Mossad recruiting Iranian refugees in Iraq’
France’s Le Figaro quotes Iraqi security official as saying Israel has increased recruitment efforts in country’s Kurdish region.
Fox News reports that IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz testified in closed session to the Israeli Knessets foreign affairs and defense committee that Israel was engaged in sabotaging Iran’s nuclear program through a series of “unnatural” acts:
Sharansky: Obama`s new chief of staff `staunch Israel supporter`
Aviel Magnezi – Ynet – “While he refrained from predicting an improvement in Israel-US relations following the appointment of Lew, Sharansky said he is convinced that Lew`s presence will have a positive effect in the media sphere.”
Other Mideast News
Eight Iraqis Killed As Maliki’s Rivals Try To Outplay Him
Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq called for replacing his dictatorial boss during an interview today.. Separately, officials in Iraqi Kurdistan told Baghdad to consider holding Hashemi’s trial in neutral territory because they aren’t handing Vice President Tareq al-Hashimi to Maliki operatives. Meanwhile, no major attacks against Shi’ite pilgrims took place today, but least eight Iraqis were killed and nine more were wounded in new violence. Also, one Syrian militant was killed.
Reuters – Tens of thousands of Shi’ite Muslims are pouring into Iraq’s holy city of Kerbala, despite having become the main targets of a bombing campaign that followed the withdrawal of U.S. troops last month.
Ex-Marine testifies that killings of Iraqis were justified after house was labeled ‘hostile’
A former Marine testified Tuesday that he and other Marines were justified in breaking into a home in Iraq and killing everyone inside after their squad leader told them the house was to be treated as “hostile.”
US troops ‘told to lie’ about Iraqi killings
US soldier says his commander killed five Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005 and asked him to lie about it.
Bahrainis protest at UN offices
Several thousand people hold a protest outside the UN’s offices in Bahrain’s capital, Manama, calling for intervention to protect civilians.
Business as usual in bloody Bahrain
It’s no surprise the Countess of Wessex accepted jewellery from the Bahraini royal family: Britain has been its backbone for years News that the Countess of Wessex accepted gifts of jewellery from Bahrain’s royal family is not surprising. After almost 200 years of British-supported rule by the House of Khalifa, Bahrainis are no closer to human rights or democracy. Meanwhile, British firms continue to profit from the ongoing crackdown, as the British government seemingly turns a blind eye to continuing abuses.
Syria’s Assad maintains support despite deadly situation
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad made a surprise appearance at a rally in Damascus hoping to show the world he is a leader in charge. But in the opposition stronghold of Homs eight people were killed in an attack on a government-organised media trip. Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra reports from neighbouring Turkey.
Al Jazeera interviews Nir Rosen, a journalist who has been in Syria for the last two months, on the situation in Syria, and his opinion of the Free Syrian Army.
Marwan Bishara speaks on Syria situation
Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst, talks about the situation in Syria after one Arab monitor quit the team saying “the mission was a farce”. Bishara says: “The sort of individual declarations by [Arab League]team members is not exactly the most professional thing I have seen before.” “If the observers’ mission fails because the violence continues, then this is another reason why the Arabs and their allies could go to Security Council.” “In the worst case scenario, if they fail in the coming weeks or days, it goes to the Security Council in a far stronger way,” he said.
Thomas Friedman in Cairo: A fact-check
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman is enormously influential, with a cabinet full of Pulitzer prizes, so it’s important to set the record straight when he gets some facts wrong.
from RawStory.com Headlines by Stephen C. WebsterMilitary officials said Wednesday that they’re investigating a video published online showing four men in U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) uniforms urinating on several lifeless bodies purported to be dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. “While we have not yet verified the origin or authenticity of this video, the actions portrayed are not consistent with our core values and are not indicative of the character of the Marines in our Corps,” a USMC spokeswomantold celebrity gossip website TMZ. ”This matter will be fully investigated and those responsible will be held accountable for their actions.”
Guantánamo Exclusive: Former Chief Prosecutor, Ex-Prisoner Call on Obama to Close Prison
On the 10th anniversary of when the United States began detaining terror suspects at its Guantánamo Bay military base in Cuba, we speak with a former prisoner and the ex-chief U.S. prosecutor, who both call for the Obama administration to close the base. “People are locked up in isolation camps… People lost their hands, lost their eyes, lost their limbs,” says Omar Deghayes, who was arrested in Pakistan as a terror suspect and held in U.S. custody from May 2002 until December 2007, most of that time at Guantánamo. “Some people were subjected to sleep deprivation. They weren’t allowed to sleep… And they had to live under those conditions for six years … without being convicted of any crime, which is the most unacceptable thing.” Asked if prisoners were tortured at Guantánamo, Air Force Colonel Morris Davis, the former chief prosecutor at the military prison, answers, “I don’t think there’s any doubt.” Davis resigned his position in 2007 in protest of what he called political interference in the military commissions of Guantánamo prisoners. “In many of the cases, we had evidence independent of that [torture] that was sufficient to establish guilt. But to use torture to gain intelligence and then also to turn around and use that as evidence in an American court is just not consistent with American principles,” Davis says.link to www.democracynow.org
NDAA: Obama Signs Law Restricting Transfer of Guantánamo Prisoners and Expands Indefinite Detention
It has been 10 years since the United States began detaining people at its military base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. We speak with someone who has worked to defend the rights of those prisoners for the last decade: Michael Ratner, president emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights. While dozens continue to face an unknown future at Guantánamo, we ask Ratner to comment on President Obama’s recent approval of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which some legal experts say would authorize the military to indefinitely jail anyone it considers a terrorism suspect — without charge or trial. “The Center represented the first people out of Guantánamo over 10 years ago. At that time, the detention of people, the military trials, was all done by a presidential order. When Obama took office, he continued the same actions. And recently, in theNDAA, those actions, the ability to detain people, the ability to use military commissions, etc., were actually put into law, and Obama, contrary to his claim that he was going to veto it, signed it, making him the first president ever in the United States to sign into law indefinite detention as part of the policy of the United States.” Ratner adds that “the NDAA puts very heavy restrictions on moving people out of Guantánamo… We are now in the longest period, almost a year, in which nobody has been transferred out of Guantánamo.”
link to www.democracynow.org
Analysis / Op-ed
Why is it open season on Palestinians in US presidential race?, Hasan Abu Nimah
The pro-Israel rhetoric of some election hopefuls is so extreme that they make George W. Bush seem reasonable by comparison.
There is a growing campaign to urge the London Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre to cancel Israel’s Habima Theatre’s performances of ‘The Merchant of Venice’ on 28-29th May 2012 at the Shakespeare Globe to Globe Festival. The Habima Theatre, the National Theatre of Israel, has no moral qualms about performing in the illegal settlement colonies on stolen Palestinian lands.
The Revolution Will Be Televised, and Manipulated, Ramzy Baroud
In the final days of the Libyan conflict, as NATO conducted a nonstop bombing campaign, an Aljazeera Arabic television correspondent’s actions raised more than eyebrows. They also raised serious questions regarding the journalistic responsibility of Arab media – or in fact any media – during times of conflict. Using a handheld transceiver, the journalist aired live communication between a Libyan commander and his troops in a Tripoli neighborhood targeted by a massive air assault. Millions of people listened, as surely did NATO military intelligence, to sensitive information disclosed by an overpowered, largely defeated army. The Doha-based news anchor sought further elaboration, and the reporter readily provided all the details he knew.
Israel’s Nightmare: Jew against Jew, Lillian Rosengarten
I have such a problem with Zionism today, some kind of distorted incarnation of what was once created from the ashes of the Holocaust to be a safe haven for Jews within a model of a secular nation state. I rage against attempts to blur the distinction between Zionist nationalism and Jewish religion. Of course some Jews are Zionists but I am a secular non Zionist Jew who strongly believes in the separation of church and state for a country to be truly democratic.