As Khader Adnan struggles through his 55th day on a hunger strike, a reminder that he has not been charged with a crime

Khader Adnan enters the 55th day of his hungry strike in Israeli detention, he has not been charged with anything

A Palestinian prisoner on a hunger strike for 55 days to protest against his detention without trial by Israel is refusing medical treatment and his life is in danger, a hospital spokeswoman said on Thursday. Khader Adnan, 33, has been refusing to eat since mid-December, shortly after his arrest in the occupied West Bank, and has only drunk liquids since then. ”He is not in good shape. People on a hunger strike for more than 50 days are in real danger. The doctors are extremely concerned,” said Yael Shavit, spokeswoman for Sieff Hospital in the northern Israeli town of Safed, where Adnan has been taken. ”He refuses to accept any treatment. He has not agreed to be hooked up to an IV,” she said, referring to intravenous infusion.
 

Israel military again delays action on Khader Adnan’s appeal as concern over hunger striker’s condition mounts, Ali Abunimah
Despite his grave medical condition after 54 days of hunger strike, Israeli military authorities have once again postponed action on Khader Adnan’s appeal against his four-month “administrative detention” – without charge or trial.

http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/israel-military-again-delays-action-khader-adnans-appeal-concern-over-hunger
 
Khader Adnan, 54 days of hunger strike, to see final military appeal tomorrow
Tomorrow, Khader Adnan, now on his 54th day of hunger strike against an administrative detention order, will see an Israeli judge for a final military court appeal.  Ma’an News Agency reported the ”special session” will take place in an Israeli hospital, where Adnan is currently shackled to a bed.  In addition to the unconventional court session, yesterday Israeli authorities also unexpectedly granted Adnan a family visit, in which his wife described his physical condition as “horrifying.” Adnan is 33, a father of two, and his wife Randa is five months pregnant with their third child. He is a baker and is pursuing a Masters degree in Economics.

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — An Israeli court will hold a special session for hunger-striking prisoner Adnan Khader on Thursday. Palestinian prisoners society lawyer Jawad Bulus told Ma’an on Wednesday that the appeal session will take place in Zeif hospital in Safed at 11 a.m. The decision was made after Israeli authorities were advised that Adnan’s poor health would prevent him from being moved to Ofer court, Bulus said. A chairman at Zeif hospital sent a letter to Ofer court informing them that Adnan has refused all treatment and his condition is serious. 
 

Lawyer of hunger striker Adnan refuses Israeli request to delay hearing
The Israeli prison authority asked for delaying the appeal hearing of prisoner Khader Adnan, on hunger strike for more than 50 days in an Israeli jail, and said his health deteriorated very badly.

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The family of 52-day Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan have appealed for an Israeli court to release him before he dies, with his wife describing his condition as “horrifying.” Adnan is due in court on Thursday to appeal a decision to uphold his four-month sentence amid increasing fears about his safety. Rights groups have criticized the decision to keep him in jail as Adnan, who is seriously ill and refusing minerals, is in serious danger of organ failure. Adnan has been on hunger strike since his detention on 17 December in protest against Israel’s consistent violations of human rights, according to Jerusalem-based NGO Addameer. He has been detained without being charged for a crime, with the Israeli military claiming he was involved with Islamic Jihad.
 

Khader Adnan: 53 days on Hunger Strike
Yesterday also marked the first time Khader Adnan’s pregnant wife Randa and their two young daughters were able to visit him. Randa described Khader’s physical appearance as “horrifying”, and their four year old daughter asked why he looked like that and why he couldn’t come home.

 

Wife of hunger striker: Adnan enjoys high morale despite bad health condition
Wife of detainee Sheikh Khader Adnan said after meeting him in hospital that his morale was high despite his faltering health after 52 days of hunger strike.

 

TAKE URGENT ACTION: DAY 53 OF KHADER ADNAN’S HUNGER STRIKE
On the 17th of December 2011 (53 days ago), Khader Adnan began his hunger strike in protest of his ill-treatment in Israeli detention and his arbitrary detention without charge or trial (known as Administrative Detention). He is in danger of dying at any moment. His wife, Randa, who saw him for the first time since his detention today described his condition as rapidly deteriorating and that he has lost a third of his weight and his hair.

VIDEO: Former Irish hunger striker’s message for Khader Adnan, a Palestinian prisoner 55 days on hunger strike, Ali Abunimah
Tommy McKearney, one of the participants of the legendary 1980-81 Irish hunger strikes has sent a video message of solidarity to Khader Adnan and his family. Adnan, a Palestinian, has been on hunger strike ever since his 17 December detention without charge or trial by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank.

http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/video-former-irish-hunger-strikers-message-khader-adnan-palestinian-prisoner-55


Ethnic Cleansing / Destruction of Homes & Property / Apartheid

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces have distributed confiscation orders for 68 dunums of Jabaa village lands southwest of Bethlehem in order to expand Beitar Illit and Gva’ot settlements, a landowner said Thursday.  Khaled Mashala told Ma’an he was surprised when he arrived to his land to find the notifications, which were signed by the head of Israel’s civil administration.  The notifications give Mashala 45 days to object to the judicial authorities in Israel.
 

Palestinian family forced to destroy their home
Palestinian family in Occupied East Jerusalem have until Friday to clear the rubble from their house which they were forced to destroy with their own hands.
http://gulfnews.com/news/region/palestinian-territories/palestinian-family-forced-to-destroy-their-home-1.977935 

Settlers take more land in occupied West Bank
Jewish settlers have seized a large area of the town of Yatta, south of the city of Hebron. The land grab is to expand an illegal settlement. The Yatta coordinator of the Popular Committees Against the Wall and Settlements, Rateb El-Jabour, told Quds Press that the settlers cordoned-off around 3,000 square metres in the early morning. This, he said, was a prelude to the land’s confiscation for expansion of a settlement near ancient Susya. 

http://www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk/news/middle-east/3411-settlers-take-more-land-in-occupied-west-bank

Building for Palestinians in the Jordan Valley
The Bedouins of Al-Hadidiya have seen their tents demolished a dozen times since 2007. A community of about 12 families in the North of the Jordan Valley, Hadidiya was originally made up of shacks and animal shelters. 
 
 

Aqsa foundation warns of Israeli plan to expand Jewish neighborhood in J’lem
The Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage revealed an Israeli plan to expand the illegal Jewish neighborhood in the old city at the expense of lands belonging to the Armenian monastery.

 
Israeli law finds new ways to keep out Palestinians
Israel’s racist legislation deepens AKKA-The Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law, conceived as temporary legislation in 2003, prevents the unification of Israeli citizens with spouses that are from the occupied Palestinian territories. 

 
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A UN seminar in Cairo heard on Tuesday that the Palestinian economy would be double the size it is now if it was not subjected to Israel’s occupation. The seminar, held from Feb. 6-7, focused on quantifying the cost of Israel’s occupation to the Palestinian economy. The restrictions imposed on the Palestinian people by Israel were the main impediments to any prospects for a sustainable Palestinian economy, Jad Isaac, director of the Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem, told panelists.
 
Violence & Aggression
 

Israeli forces assault family, arrest their 13-year-old child
A large number of Israeli special forces broke into the home of a Palestinian family in Aisawiye village in occupied Jerusalem and arrested a 13-year-old minor.

 

Soldiers invade homes in Hebron’s Old City
Early on the morning of February 8, more than 20 Israeli soldiers and border police broke into at least 30 homes in the Old City neighborhood of Al-Khalil [Hebron].

 

Hundreds of Jewish settlers storm Nablus village
Hundreds of Jewish settlers stormed Sabastiya village to the north west of Nablus at noon Wednesday to visit a number of historical sites.

 
Other Detainees

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested two Hamas leaders from their homes in Tobas, to the north of the West Bank, at dawn Thursday.

http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s79RPgK85mnl3QUabSRy4Kxl4xiQf2xu%2bfec9ecohHIkLfQuKISzqjAKaeXvsu4104nFiTfFNhxbUZ6zwLsWBESXlqP%2bWAlaiTDlko7Gdbr0E%3d
 
NABLUS (Ma’an) – Israeli forces detained six Palestinians in the northern West Bank early Tuesday, locals told Ma’an.  Ahmad Beitawi, from the Human Rights Solidarity group, said soldiers raided the Rafidia district of Nablus city and detained Alaa Hamdan Abu Khader, 36, a researcher in prisoners’ affairs and a former prisoner.  Forces ransacked his family home and confiscated his computer taking him to Israel’s Megiddo prison, the group said, adding that Abu Khader was released in 2009 after serving 16 years in Israeli jails. 
 

Israeli police round up 21 Palestinian workers
Israeli police forces arrested 21 Palestinian workers from the Jenin province while working in number of villages in the Galilee on Thursday.

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Gaza
 
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Gaza Energy Authority announced on Thursday that if fuel doesn’t enter the coastal enclave within 72 hours the Strip will face a severe electricity crisis. “In less than 72 hours if we don’t receive fuel, Gaza will fall into darkness and disability in all aspects of life,” Kanan Obeid, president of the Energy Authority, said. The Hamas run authority has called on Arab and Islamic countries to intervene to prevent a crisis.  Since 2007, Israel’s closure of the Gaza Strip has led to severely restricted fuel supply, causing power shortages.
 
More than three years ago, on December 27, 2008, the Israeli Defense Force launched Operation Cast Lead in Gaza leaving over 1200 dead and thousands injured and nearly the entire 1.5 million-person population traumatized.
 
Under repressive occupation, Military Orders govern virtually all aspects of life. Freedom is entirely restricted. Police state authority runs Palestine. Although Oslo called Palestine one territorial unit, Israel maintains total control of people and goods movement in and out of Gaza. In June 1989, Israel began restricting free movement between Gaza and Israel through magnetic ID cards not given former prisoners. In 1991, Palestinians had to apply for personal exit permits. They were required to enter or leave Palestine and how long they could stay in Israel. Over time, numbers issued decreased.
http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2012/02/gaza-isolated-under-siege.html
 

Rabbi calls for reoccupying Gaza, El-Arish
A well-known Jewish rabbi has called for reoccupying Gaza Strip and the nearby Egyptian city of El-Arish, claiming that they were part of Greater Israel.

http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s7yt5MPcRrtgF6iW5Ev5TCHlT%2bJk39TRoxRb7SGyl5uO1%2fxxwwuCT0DfO%2f9HqNOY%2f7wFiM6BE1Qg028PV2au53yJRFaMq6LoXhGU4gXvkyk4Y%3d
 
Activism / Solidarity / BDS
 
Since 2008, demonstrations are organized in front of Erez in Beit Hanoun. This is in defiance of the “no go zone” imposed unilaterally by the Israelis. Any person who approaches the Green Line is under risk of being shot at. In fact many farmers; or rubble collectors have been shot in these border areas. The “no go zone” is not really defined. The Israelis announced a 300 meters line not to be crossed but people have been shot as far as 1,5 kilometer away from the border. All this “shoot and kill” policy means than more than 30% of the agricultural land in Gaza has been made inaccessible to Palestinians due to the imminent danger of shooting by the Israeli army. This is affecting thousands of farmers along the roughly 50km-long border with Israel. Many lands in these areas have been bulldozed. Houses were destroyed especially during Operation Cast Lead. The zone has become a strange no-mans land with not one tree standing. For more information see here.
 
Are you looking for opportunities to educate your community and advance a campaign for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel? Or are you gearing up to launch such a campaign? Israeli Apartheid Week 2012 is a fantastic opportunity to do so, and it’s just three weeks away! 
 

Israeli Apartheid Week Trailer from Never Before Campaign
Please find below the link to the a video, a trailer, produced for the Israeli Apartheid Week activities set to be launched in cities all over the world during February. As usual, you feedback and assistance in distributing the video is much appreciated.

 

Palestinian youth to France: “Stop financing the killing of our people”
Two protests have been held today in Palestine to protest a French-Israeli military deal. A wide variety of youth organizations has organized the protests to oppose the French acquisition of $500 million worth of drones from Israeli Airspace Indistries. Some 30 people gathered in Jerusalem in front of the French consulate and only hours later some 50 people protested in Ramallah in front of the French cultural center. The activists targeting the French institutions to express their outrage against French complicity with the Israeli military and Israeli war crimes held up banners calling for an immediate military embargo against Israel and for a boycott of Israel. They shouted slogans denouncing this latest deal betwen Israel and the French government.

 
Discrimination/ Racism
 

ISRAEL: The tribulations of being an Ethiopian Jew
TEL AVIV 09 February 2012 (IRIN) – Growing up in Israel, Shai Siun became accustomed to being called a “nigger”.

http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?ReportId=94819

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The faces of young girls modeling Purim costumes in a toy store ad were blurred in a haredi Orthodox newspaper in Beit Shemesh. The Red Pirate toy store chain said the ads in the Hadash BeBeit Shemeh newspaper were altered without its knowledge, Ynet reported. The faces of boys in costume were not altered. The chain issued a statement saying that the newspaper’s kashrut supervisor decided to blur the ad. The statement also apologized to anyone who was offended by the ad, according to Ynet. Hadash BeBeit Shemeh responded with a statement saying that “This is not a case of women’s exclusion or girls’ exclusion. The ads were blurred by the advertising company, at our request, out of respect to our readers — both men and women — who want to receive a paper which matches their worldview and lifestyle. The attempts made by people who are not part of the haredi public to meddle in the desires of a different public are pathetic and doomed to fail, as haredi readers will not bring an unclean newspaper into their home.” In response, some Beit Shemesh residents upset by the ad have urged consumers to boycott Red Pirate stores, Ynet reported. Beit Shemesh, a Jerusalem suburb of 80,000, has been the site of intense conflict over gender separation and female modesty issues.
 
Political Developments / Diplomacy / Other News
 
Ismail Haniyeh and Mahmoud al-Zahar come out against key clause in Fatah-Hamas reconciliation deal in which Abbas would serve as both president and prime minister of future Palestinian government.
 
Tuesday marked Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s first official visit to Washington in 18 months and he made extensive rounds, meeting with State Department officials and a host of lawmakers on Capitol Hill. In the morning, Lieberman met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the first time since 2010. There were no official statements made after the meeting, but Lieberman told Haaretz it was a “very good” meeting that included a lot of substance. “We are waiting for Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions and we express our appreciation for the support of Israel,” he said. “We appreciate the very crucial decision [by the Obama administration] of sanctions against Iran, and we continue to monitor it closely.” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Tuesday that the meeting
 

Israel Seeking New Air Force Base in Cyprus
The Israeli government, under Benjamin Netanyahu, is about to initiate talks with Cyprus in order to establish an Israeli Air Force base in the country, while affirming Israel’s “outstanding” relations with Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus. 

 
Bahrain
 

Bahrain Protesters Attacked, “US Assisting Regime Forces”
Bahraini regime forces attacked peaceful protesters amid a 10-day sit-in protest held near the capital. Meanwhile, activists accused the United States of assisting regime forces in their crackdown.

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=45079&cid=23&fromval=1
 
Violence in Bahrain escalates ahead of February 14 anniversary (Reuters)
Reuters – The funeral march for Mohammed Yaacoub had barely ended last week when police and protesters faced off in the town of Sitra, an impoverished district of Bahrain that has borne the brunt of a year of unrest.

 

Jailed Bahraini activist renews hunger strike (Reuters)
Reuters – A jailed rights activist in Bahrain has gone back on hunger strike ahead of the February 14 anniversary of a pro-democracy uprising, the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights said Thursday.

http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/mideast/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20120209/wl_nm/us_bahrain_protest
 
Iran
 
Updated: 11:14 a.m. ET — Deadly attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists are being carried out by an Iranian dissident group that is financed, trained and armed by Israel’s secret service, U.S. officials tell NBC News, confirming charges leveled by Iran’s leaders.
 
A New York Times report says Obama administration see approach of Defense Minister Ehud Barak for stopping the Iranian program as ‘too narrow.’
 

Iran: Arrest Sweeps Target Arab Minority
Iranian security forces arrested more than 65 Arab residents during security sweeps in Iran’s Arab-majority Khuzestan province since late 2011 according to local activists. The Iranian government should immediately charge or release those arrested. Authorities should also investigate reports by local activists that two detainees have died in Intelligence Ministry detention facilities in the past week.

http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/02/07/iran-arrest-sweeps-target-arab-minority

Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran’s Joint Armed Forces Masoud Jazayeri says Tehran’s support for Syria is the same as its support for Palestine and Lebanon.
 
During a Special Edition of NBC’s Today Show, broadcast live on Sunday before the Super Bowl, Matt Lauerinterviewed Barack Obama and asked the President about a potential Israeli attack on Iran. Obama said,  ”I think they, like us, believe that Iran has to stand down on its nuclear weapons program…[Iran is] feeling the pinch, they are feeling the pressure, but they have not taken the step that they need to diplomatically, which is to say, ‘We will pursue peaceful nuclear power. We will not pursue a nuclear weapon.’ Until they do, I think Israel rightly is going to be very concerned and we are as well.” Obama also noted that the United States and Israel “have closer military and intelligence consultation between our two countries than we ever have” and are working “in lock-step” to “solve” the Iranian nuclear issue, “hopefully diplomatically.”
 
Despite the beating drums of war on its news pages from David Sanger and others, the Times published anintelligent, pragmatic outline of a possible agreement between Iran and the U.S., written by two senior diplomats of past Republican administrations, Tom Pickering and Bill Luers.
 
Europe Fears a Summer Attack on Iran
MUNICH — The appeals to Israel by numerous European diplomats attending the Munich security conference last weekend have led to growing concern that Israeli plans to attack Iran are imminent. The very number of warnings to Israel, and the emphasis with which diplomats have expressed concern, suggests that Israeli plans to attack Iran are real [...]

 

U.S. Most Powerful Bunker Buster Cannot Destroy Iran’s Nukes, Richard Silverstein

Leon Panetta revealed to the Wall Street Journal that the U.S.’ most powerful bunker buster has failed tests designed to prove it could penetrate and destroy Iran’s most hardened nuclear facility in Fordow.
http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2012/02/08/u-s-most-powerful-bunker-buster-cannot-destroy-irans-nukes/
 
Israel Vying for War: Attacking Iran Will Not Repeat History, Ramzy Baroud
On April 10, 2002, then British Prime Minister Tony Blair told the House of Commons, ‘Saddam Hussein’s regime is…developing weapons of mass destruction, and we cannot leave him doing so unchecked.’ A year later, Blair, enthusiastically joined a US-led coalition that launched an illegal war against Iraq. Their hunt for weapons of mass destruction was futile because no such weapons actually existed. The Iraq Survey Group, a 1,400 strong member organization set up by the CIA and the Pentagon, made every attempt to prove otherwise, but only came back empty-handed. In its final Duelfer Report, released in September 2004, the group “found no evidence of concerted efforts to restart the [nuclear] program.”
 
The United States’ policies concerning the Iranian nuclear program could make this winter even tougher for Europe, whose economies would be further threatened by a shortage of crude oil imports.
 
Iraq
 

Iraq has executed 65 people so far this year
Iraqi authorities executed at least 65 people in the first 40 days of 2012 for various offences, including 14 on a single day, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). Joe Stork, the group’s deputy Middle East director, said Iraqi authorities appeared to have given the “green light to execute at will”. The New York-based advocacy group said trials often violated international standards. Many defendants were unable to challenge the evidence against them, which may include coerced confession.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/09/iraq-executes-65-people-2012

Saudi Arabia
 

Saudi crackdown kills one, injures 14
Saudi regime forces have opened fire on anti-government demonstrators in the kingdom’s Eastern Province, killing one person and wounding at least 14 others.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/225825.html

Journalist Flees Saudi After Tweet on Prophet

An apology by Saudi journalist Hamza Kashgari over his controversial tweet about Prophet Muhammad failed to dampen a Salafi campaign against him prompting him to flee his home country.  The issue has turned from a spontaneous reaction into an organized campaign run by a group of disturbed Salafis, which has included death threats.  That’s how a series of attacks quickly escalated against Saudi journalist Hamza Kashgari following his tweets on the Prophet Mohammad’s mawlid(birth), which was celebrated on Saturday. Kashgari fled in the wake of the campaign. There are conflicting reports about his current whereabouts. A new twitter account believed to be his claims he headed to Canada while other news reports say he is in Southeast Asia.  The Saudi writer, who wrote for al-Bilad newspaper, did not only receive a deluge of threats. His address and phone number were circulated so that his opponents would know how to find him.”

 
Saudi Arabia recently declared its intention to launch its own nuclear program. The announcement was made in December by the Minister of Commerce and Industry Abdullah Zainal, who said 375 billion riyals (US$100 billion) would be spent on building 16 nuclear power plants to generate electricity in different parts of the kingdom. This was later confirmed by Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal, who indicated that other member-states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are also “studying the economics of nuclear energy.”
 
Syria
 
Arab League ‘plans to revive’ Syria mission
Ban Ki-moon says bloc wants to send observers back with UN help as Syrian forces continued their assault on Homs.
 

Homs under fire as Syria battle rages

Syrian forces continued their assault on Homs Thursday, bombarding rebel-held neighborhoods in a bid to restore control over the restive city, activists said. The Local Coordination Committees – an opposition group that organizes anti-regime protests – said at least 47 people have so far been killed in Homs on Thursday, warning that it expected the death toll to rise. As dawn broke on Thursday, rocket and mortar fire rained down again on Baba Amro, Khalidiya and other districts, according to activists and residents. 
 

With President Bashar Assad refusing to cede power, U.S. options include arming Syrian rebels or looking the other way if others do. Some foresee a proxy war.

 
Syrians must decide Assad fate: Russia
Russia has dismissed a forced regime change in Syria, stressing that Syrian people must decide about President Bashar al-Assad not the international community.

 
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah reiterated his party’s solidarity with the Assad regime on Tuesday, accusing Western-backed powers and Arab autocracies of using the protests to try to force President Bashar Assad out of power to undermine resistance forces in the region.  In a wide-ranging televised speech to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed, Nasrallah also explicitly stated that his party receives financial support from Iran, without which, he said, the resistance in Lebanon would not have persisted and triumphed.
 
Syrians have fled from the crisis in their country to the nearby Bekaa valley in eastern Lebanon, where they are living in difficult conditions with little or no assistance from the state.
 
The second part of Al-Akhbar’s exclusive series on the Free Syrian Army in Lebanon delves into the organization’s shaky command structures, casualty smuggling, and political convictions.
 
The final part of this Al-Akhbar exclusive looks at the medical support and media networks that compliment the military activity of the Free Syrian Army in Lebanon.
 
Wadi Khaled in Northern Lebanon has become a magnet for media outlets eager to report on Syrian refugees. But many Syrian families have settled in the coastal town of Tripoli, where they suffer from marginalization, politicisation, and neglect by the Lebanese authorities.
 

The warm welcome received by Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari’s UN speech over the weekend, among those who reject the Syrian opposition’s armed wing and its calls for foreign intervention, was not restricted to Syrians only.

 

A Struggle for Regional Supremacy: Syria Conflict Escalates as World Powers Debate Assad’s Future
Syria is seeing some of the worst violence of the 11-month uprising against Bashar al-Assad amid an ongoing international standoff over how to respond. Assad’s forces have launched what appears to be one of their fiercest assaults on the flashpoint city of Homs to date. Both the United States and Britain have closed their embassies in the Syrian capital of Damascus and withdrawn diplomatic personnel, citing safety fears. As the crisis escalates, Russia and China are facing criticism for blocking a U.N. Security Council resolution backed by the United States and Arab League calling for a political transition in Syria. To discuss the situation in Syria, we’re joined by Patrick Seale, a leading British writer on the Middle East and author of “Asad: The Struggle for the Middle East.” “It’s at least a two- or possibly a three-stage crisis. Internally in Syria, the situation is getting worse by the day,” Seale says. “At a higher level, there is a struggle between the United States, on the one hand, and its allies, and its opponents like Russia and China… Then there’s a third level, possibly, of Arab Gulf states like Qatar, for example, even Saudi Arabia behind it, who are obsessed and worried by Iran, and they think that Iran might stir up Shia communities in the region.” 

Syria: It’s not what we should do now, it’s what we should have done then, Liane Ross
In March 2011, I wrote a long piece on the military intervention in Libya in which I summarised academic research on intervention in intrastate conflicts. Since proponents of the responsibility to protect doctrine typically argue for it via an account of one or two notorious cases where we should have but failed to intervene, the debates typically overrate the lessons of those few cases and ignore all the rest. Consequently, I disregarded theoretical and anecdotal accounts of, or arguments for, military intervention and focused exclusively on empirical studies where the authors analysed dozens or hundreds of conflicts across the past century or more to calculate whether the consequences of such intervention are usually positive.

 
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — Russia’s veto of a Security Council resolution on Syria goes far beyond mere protection for a close ally and arms buyer — it showed Moscow’s determination to crush what it sees as a Western crusade to use the United Nations to topple unfriendly regimes. The same holds true for China, which followed Russia’s lead and joined Moscow in its second double veto to strike down a European-Arab draft resolution that would have endorsed an Arab League plan for Syrian President Bashar Assad to transfer power to his deputy to prepare free elections. Russia’s move, analysts and diplomats say, was a diplomatic counteroffensive responding to an unusually active period for the Security Council. Last year the 15-nation panel twice adopted resolutions authorizing “all necessary measures” — diplomatic code for military force — in Libya and Ivory Coast.
 

“Consider this paragraph from an article about Syria in The Times on Saturday by Nada Bakri, a Beirut correspondent: “A 34-year-old teacher from the Alawite sect said her life had changed in ways she never imagined. Six months ago, she started covering her head like Sunni Muslim women, hoping not to stand out. Her husband, an officer in the Syrian Army, rarely leaves his base to come home. She said she and their two sons had not seen him in months. A few weeks ago, her landlord, a Sunni, asked her to leave the house because his newly married son wanted to move in. ‘Sunnis have begun to feel empowered,’ the teacher said. ‘A year ago, no one would have expected this to happen.’ She had already made plans to return to her village.”  With good reason. There is a lot of pent-up anger there.”

 
Other News
 
MPs question British arms supplies to Middle East and North Africa  Minister admits trade with undemocratic countries with poor human rights record
 

Radical Muslim Americans Pose Little Threat, Study Says
The study found that arrests of Muslim Americans in plots or violent attacks have dropped sharply since 2009.

 
Analysis / Op-ed
 

A few days ago, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas head Khaled Mesha’al announced an agreement for a unified Palestinian government, whose task would be to facilitate general elections, and begin the rebuilding of Gaza. The deal puts unity between the two main Palestinian factions back on track, much to the chagrin of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

 

JustSalvos Censors Palestine Story
I recently witnessed a Christian social justice group, which I greatly respect, be successfully pressured into suppressing the issue of Palestine from their work. The episode raises broader questions about censorship and the concepts of ‘bias’ and ‘balance’. JustSalvos is an Australian organisation within The Salvation Army that seeks to raise awareness, and campaign on, social justice issues. Its website includes information on such issues as poverty, refugees and asylum-seekers, HIV/AIDS, human trafficking, and the plight of Australia’s indigenous people. Visitors to the website can purchase Fair Trade products, and can also purchase products for disadvantaged people in developing countries, such as education tools, micro-financing kits, livestock, seeds, toys, and health supplies(1). JustSalvos also has a blog, and Facebook and YouTube pages. I have been a member of JustSalvos’ Facebook page for some time now, and wrote an article for their blog.

 

Modern Love: In Search for My Palestinian Family
It was during the First Intifada, in the spring of 1988, that I took a bus from Jerusalem to Bethlehem to find my real dad. Soldiers squatted on abandoned shop fronts with metal cages pulled around their faces, riffles to hand. They stared suspiciously as a waif-like English girl, all of seventeen, and her friend alighted from the bus to wander the barren streets, and disappear into the dust. “Please do not go,” my mother had pleaded from England. But there was no stopping me.

http://palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=17763
 

Since World War II, the impulse of the American foreign policy elite has been to intervene in trouble spots abroad and apparently let God sort out the consequences. The ill effects of such interventions are usually plain to see — if nothing else, after the episodes are over — but the arrogance of the elite [...]

 
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  1. seafoid says:

    The progressive have a super editorial in this month’s issue about detention without charge and how degraded the judicial system of a country becomes when habeas corpus is dispensed with. Israel has been doing this for years. The notion of justice in Israel is essentially meaningless.