The Israeli authorities continued their demolition streak in the Negev, occupied since 1948, and razed two houses in Laqiya village and the entire village of Araqib for the 36th time.
link to www.palestine-info.co.uk
Janba and Bir Al-Ad villagers receive demolition orders
The Israeli occupation forces stormed Janba and Bir Al-Ad villages south of Al-Khalil city and handed most of the Palestinian families there demolition notices issued against their homes.
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) entered northern Gaza on Wednesday and closed the Beit Hanun (Erez) crossing during the operation, local sources said.
Israeli Settlers Uproot and Take 100 Olive Trees Owned By Palestinian Farmers
Palestinian farmers, from the southern West Bank villages of Al Khadier and Beit Iskaria, announced that a group of settlers stormed on Thursday morning their lands uprooted 100 young olive trees and took it all away.
IOF soldiers serve demolition notices in Jordan Valley
IOF soldiers served demolition notices to the owners of two houses in the Jordan Valley and told them they should evict their homes within three days because of their proximity to IOF barracks.
Stop the Wall: World Bank acknowledges failures in Red Sea – Dead Sea Channel project
The Palestinian Stop the Wall Campaign welcomes the fact that the World Bank management has acknowledged the concerns raised by the Stop the Wall Campaign, the Palestinian Farmers Union and the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in their Inspection Request to the World Bank regarding the Dead Sea Water Conveyance Study Program as “legitimate”. However, we deplore that the same decision expresses an insufficient interest in addressing these concerns and ask the donor countries to stop funding this project in order to reach a just and sustainable alternative.
Palestine submits 20 heritage sites to UNESCO
The Palestinians are poised to submit the names of 20 sites in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza for addition to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites, an official said on Thursday. “Within the next few days, we will submit a tentative list of 20 sites to be added to the list,” Omar Awadallah, head of the UN department at the Palestinian foreign ministry, told AFP. Palestine was accepted as a full member state of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation last year, despite objections from Israel and the United States, who have refused to recognize the state.
link to english.al-akhbar.com
HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man in the southern West Bank on Thursday, medical officials in the village of Yatta told Ma’an. An Israeli military spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
link to www.maannews.net
Vandals scrawled anti-Arab and anti-Christian slogans in Hebrew on a monastery compound and a school in Jerusalem overnight, Israeli police said on Tuesday.
Israeli Army Threatens Observers in Hebron with Arrest, Death
Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) have been threatened with arrest and death by the Israeli army’s Golani Brigade since publication of the CPT report, Under Attack: Golani Brigade’s war on the Palestinian population of Al-Khalil (Hebron). The report documents the recent escalation of human rights abuse in Al Khalil. These threats are an attempt to prevent CPT and other international organizations from continuing to document ongoing human rights abuses, including violence and harassment, committed by soldiers against the civilian population of Al Khalil.
Palestinian political detainee, Hana’ Ash-Shalabi, 30, is ongoing with her hunger-strike for the 22nd day in a row, rejecting her illegal administrative detention, and demanding her immediate and unconditional release.
link to www.imemc.org
Shalabi’s mother: My daughter is dying in prison
JENIN (Ma’an) — As the world marks International Women’s Day, the mother of hunger-striking detainee Hana Shalabi appealed to the international community to save her daughter. “I demand that the world stands by her now. My daughter is dying in prison. We are also dying here. This is my appeal to the world,” Badiya Shalabi told Al-Haq human rights organization. Hana Shalabi has been on hunger strike since Israeli forces detained her from her home in the northern West Bank on Feb. 16. She was beaten, blindfolded and forcibly strip-searched and assaulted by a male Israeli soldier, the Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organizations said.
link to www.maannews.net
VIDEO: Hana al-Shalabi’s mother speaks out about her daughter’s hunger strike and her own, Ali Abunimah
The mother of Hana al-Shalabi, the Palestinian woman who has been on hunger strike since 16 February when she was violently seized from her home by Israeli occupation forces, has spoken out in a video interview.
Hana al-Shalabi: 20 days of hunger strike while world looks away from Israel’s abuses, Ali Abunimah
While almost the entire US Congress genuflected to Israel and its supposed “democracy” at the annual AIPAC convention in Washington this week, victims of Israel’s political repression, including Hana al-Shalabi who is on day 20 of her hunger strike, languished in its prisons ignored by world media.
Palestinian rallies mark Women’s Day
Palestinian women rallied across Gaza and the West Bank on International Women’s Day on Thursday, calling for the release of a female prisoner on hunger strike in an Israeli jail.
NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Thursday detained a 13-year-old boy from Nablus in the northern West Bank, relatives said. Muhammad al-Tanji Abu Thira was taken to Majedo prison in Israel, his mother Latifa told Ma’an. Latifa is a former detainee who was freed in the October prisoner swap agreement between Israeli and Hamas. An Israeli military spokeswoman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
link to www.maannews.net
IOF soldiers arrest 6 Palestinians following Al-Khalil confrontations
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested six Palestinians in Jabal Jawher in Al-Khalil city on Tuesday night after confrontations.
Hamas MPs demand international intervention in favor of Palestinian prisoners
Hamas MPs in the West Bank took part in a rally in front of the Red Cross offices in El-Bireh city demanding greater solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.
The Palestinian ministry of health warned that the pharmaceutical crisis in the besieged Gaza Strip has aggravated very badly threatening the lives of all patients.
Patients rally outside Egyptian embassy to demand quick solution to power crisis
A number of Palestinian patients from the besieged Gaza Strip appealed to the Egyptian authorities to swiftly supply Gaza power plant with fuel.
In honor International Women’s Day, the above is a compilation of photographs capturing Palestinian women at checkpoints, in demonstrations, at the forefront of nonviolent resistance protests, “hungry for dignity”, all the while superimposed by their valuable individuality in society as mothers, wives, daughters, and sisters.
link to www.palestinemonitor.org
Palestinians march in solidarity with female hunger striker
Hundreds of Palestinians marked International Women’s Day by marching in solidarity with 22-day female hunger striker Hana Shalabi on Thursday. Shalabi has been refusing food since she was arrested in a violent late-night raid on her house on February 16. Several hundred women marched to the Qalandia checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah on Wednesday, calling for Israel to end its segregation and recognize Palestinian rights. Israeli troops attempted to disperse them using “The Screamer,” a device that emits high-pitched sound waves which can cause deafening. The protesters sang the Palestinian national anthem in solidarity, but the all-female peaceful march was eventually broken up after Israeli forces fired tear gas and water at the crowd.
link to english.al-akhbar.com
Israeli apartheid week kicks off in South Africa
The cultural week against the Israeli apartheid regime in occupied Palestine was launched in more than 13 South African cities in the context of global activities and events.
Students react to University of Ottawa threat to cancel Israel Apartheid Week event, Ali Abunimah
Students at the University of Ottawa say that the campus administration threatened to cancel an 8 March panel discussion they are scheduled to hold as part of Ottawa’s Israeli Apartheid. Meanwhile, at Carleton University, also in Ottawa, students found their posters defaced with slogans such as “This is where the Holocaust began.”
Abbas Agrees To Head Interim Government
The Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) announced Wednesday that president Mahmoud Abbas agreed to be the head of the upcoming interim Palestinian government for a few months, until new elections are prepared and held.
Member of the Central committee in Fatah Mohammed Eshtiye has said that the Palestinian Authority does not want to deceive itself, its people, and the world by saying that there is a peace process.
US will ensure Israel’s “military superiority”: Panetta
The United States will ensure Israel retains “military superiority” over its adversaries as the country faces the potential threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday. ”This is an ironclad pledge which says that the United States will provide whatever support is necessary for Israel to maintain military superiority over any state or coalition of states, as well as non-state actors,” Panetta told the top pro-Israel lobby in Washington, AIPAC.
Panetta: When all else fails, the U.S. will act against Iran
Speaking at the AIPAC conference in Washington, U.S. Secretary of Defense says Israel, United States are stronger when they ‘work together’ to ensure Israel’s security.
‘Israel infantry force enters Lebanon’
An Israeli infantry force has illegally entered Lebanon, while Israeli reconnaissance planes again violated the country’s airspace.
Redefining Our Relationship to A People’s Struggle, Ramzy Baroud
(Based on talks delivered by Ramzy Baroud at Israeli Apartheid Week conferences in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta, Canada – March 5, 6 2012). In the Winter 2012 Edition of Palestine News – published by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in the UK – and more specifically on page 5, there is a photo of an old man. With a white beard, gray, traditional jalabiya, a black belt and an old blue jacket, he could be any Palestinian’s grandfather. In the photo, the man holds broken branches of his olive trees, maliciously destroyed by Jewish settlers in the village of Qusra, in the West Bank. The old man’s name was not provided. He could be Mohammed, George or Ali. A Muslim or a Christian. His village, Qusra is located south of Nablus, but that too matters little. It could be a village bordering Jerusalem, Ramallah, or Jenin.
People of the world unite to unoccupy Jerusalem, Noura Khouri
A two-day conference of the international committee for the “Global March to Jerusalem” in Amman concluded last week – with member committees, representing more than 60 countries present. The head of the Jordanian committee taking part in the meeting, Abdullah Obeidat, said that “trade unions and opposition parties decided to support the march and participate in defence of the holy city and Palestinian families in the occupied territories.”
AIPAC: The writing is on the wall, Sydney Levy
Since we announced on Monday our outrage at the sudden cancellation of our mobile ad, carrying our message to the AIPAC Policy Conference, we have received many expressions of support as well as some suggestions as to what to do next. Some recommended that we rent alternative vehicles, others that we sue the rental company. There were other intriguing creative suggestions as well.
Hillary was interviewed by Scott Horton on Antiwar Radio today, you can listen to it here, to discuss Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington and the various public statements, by Netanyahu and President Obama associated with the visit.
Economist 6 Mar — DURING his meeting with Barack Obama on Monday, Bibi Netanyahu said Israel “must have the ability always to defend itself, by itself, against any threat.” … News flash: Israel is not master of its fate. It’s not terribly surprising that a country with less than 8m inhabitants is not master of its fate. Switzerland, Sweden, Serbia and Portugal are not masters of their fates. These days, many countries with populations of 100m or more can hardly be said to be masters of their fates. Britain and China aren’t masters of their fates, and even the world’s overwhelmingly largest economy, the United States, isn’t really master of its fate.But Israel has even less control over its own destiny than Portugal or Britain do. The main reason is that, unlike those countries, Israel refuses to give up its empire.
link to www.economist.com
Bahraini activist’s heath deteriorates
Human rights activists have warned about the deteriorating health of Jailed Bahraini activist Abdul Hadi al-Khawaja, who is on hunger strike.
Bahraini Kangaroo Court Trials, Stephen Lendman
A new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report discussed sham show trials in Bahrain titled, “No Justice in Bahrain.” The Bahrain Center for Human Rights said hundreds of unfair, politically motivated trials were conducted for months. Innocent victims were convicted. Before trial, they were arrested, imprisoned and brutally tortured. They’ll endure years more brutality. It’s largely unreported by Western media scoundrels, especially American ones suppressing unpleasant truths. Last March, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa assumed emergency powers. Field Marshall Khalifa bin Ahmad Al Khalifs, Bahrain Defense Force commander, issued sweeping regulations governing public order.
link to sjlendman.blogspot.com
Bahraini royal sectarianism against `Alawites
E. sent me this message: “Traveled to Bahrain a couple of days ago for a conference. Was held at the airport for more than 3 hours (I have an american passport bas born in Palestine), several others (French and Brits mainly) were held for about the same time. Apparently they have new rules regarding visa on arrival and they will be going away with it soon. Everyone will be required to apply for visa prior to arrival at a Bahraini embassy. A group of 6 Brits were denied entry and sent back to London. I was asked about my work, asked about how I got the passport, and they wanted to see my business card. Eventually I was let into Bahrain. But the wait and the manner through which they handled us is very similar to the way the zionist thugs treat Palestinians at check points and border crossings. Taxi drivers are not shy talking about the situation in Bahrain once they find out I’m Palestinian. Things are somehow quite in Manama but there are daily demos in the villages around Manama. They feel that things will hit Manama again. Anyway, in today’s paper, Akhbal Al-Khaleej, last page had this cartoon (I’m attaching it is as well) showing a Saddam Hussain figure, I guess they wanted to show Bashar but got their men mixed up, with the word alawite on his arm pushing a roller against people with the caption “Ethnic Cleansing in Syria”. Ya3ni of all people to complain about ethnic cleansing and discrimination, the Bahrainis got to do it, they got some nerve!!!”
A female student in Saudi Arabia has been killed during an anti-government protest rally in the southwestern city of Abha, Asir province.
link to www.presstv.ir
Fifty injured in attack on Saudi student protest: report
Over 50 female Saudi students were injured when security guards and Saudi police attacked a peaceful protest in a university, a local newspaper has claimed. The 1,000-strong all-women protest, which was calling for an end to corruption and ill-treatment at the King Khaled University (KKU) in Abha, was attacked on Wednesday by security services wielding batons, the Al Watan newspaper said. The students had begun a protest on Tuesday to criticize the university management for allowing the campus to deteriorate and against ongoing corruption in the country.
Opposition condemns government after broadcaster reveals documents said to show links between Swedish firm and Riyadh.
“At the same time the authorities try to minimise discussion of economic problems. Three young Saudi film-makers were arrested in October for making a short film about poverty in the kingdom and posting it online. Some news organisations were banned from reporting the recent case of a Saudi man attempting to sell his son on Facebook to raise money for the rest of his family. The authorities like to point out that incomes are rising. According to the Brookings Institution’s annual MetroMonitor report, the Washington-based think-tank’s ranking of global cities by economic performance, the only city worldwide to outperform the kingdom’s two largest last year was Shanghai. Riyadh recorded a 7.8% rise in incomes. But not all problems are economic. Public anger is mounting at the religious police poking their noses into private lives. Activists for women’s rights are calling loudly for better treatment and internet scribes are testing the limits of free speech.”
Obama rules out unilateral U.S. military action on Syria
President Obama says he is not prepared to send U.S. forces to try to stop the carnage in Syria or to help oust Bashar Assad, as some Republicans in Congress have urged. President Obama on Tuesday ruled out a unilateral U.S. military campaign to support the beleaguered rebels in Syria, calling such an operation “much more complicated” than the NATO-led air war launched to help protect civilians during the civil war in Libya last year.
link to english.al-akhbar.com
Homs ‘devastated’ – UN aid chief
The UN’s aid chief says parts of the Syrian city of Homs have been “completely devastated”, after a brief visit to the bombed district of Baba Amr.
Syrians cross to Lebanon to escape violence
As Assad repeats pledge to fight “terrorists”, UN says up to 2,000 people have fled to Lebanon to escape his crackdown.
Syrian Christians worry about life after Bashar Assad
They fear civil war and revenge attacks if President Bashar Assad falls, an anxiety fed by the sectarian violence seen in Egypt and Iraq. For 40 years, Um Michael has found comfort and serenity amid the soaring pillars and ancient icons of St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox cathedral.
WikiLeaks “USAF Strategic Studies Group: Special Operations Forces Are ‘Already on the Ground,’ Training the ‘Free Syrian Army’”
I spent most of the afternoon at the Pentagon with the USAF strategic studies group — guys who spend their time trying to understand and explain to the USAF chief the big picture in areas where they’re operating in. It was just myself and four other guys at the Lieutenant Colonel level, including one French and one British representative who are liaising with the US currently out of DC. They wanted to grill me on the strategic picture on Syria, so after that I got to grill them on the military picture. There is still a very low level of understanding of what is actually at stake in Syria, what’s the strategic interest there, the Turkish role, the Iranian role, etc. After a couple hours of talking, they said without saying that SOF teams (presumably from US, UK, France, Jordan, Turkey) are already on the ground focused on recce missions and training opposition forces. One Air Force intel guy (US) said very carefully that there isn’t much of a Free Syrian Army to train right now anyway, but all the operations being done now are being done out of ‘prudence.’ The way it was put to me was, ‘look at this way — the level of information known on Syrian OrBat this month is the best it’s been since 2001.’
Al Jazeera reporter resigns over “biased” Syria coverage
Al Jazeera Arabic’s Beirut correspondent, Ali Hashem, resigned on Tuesday after leaked emails revealed his frustrations over the news channel’s coverage of Syria, according to a source within the television network. Hashem’s resignation comes weeks after pro-Assad hackers leaked emails that revealed the dismay among Al Jazeera’s staff over its “biased and unprofessional” coverage of the Syrian uprising. “Hashem’s misgivings are clear and well-known, and are no longer a secret to anyone,” the source, wishing to remain anonymous, said.