|Noam Shalit to Olmert: You`re responsible for my son||Roni Sofer - Y-Net - Prior to cabinet meeting on deadlocked prisoner exchange talks in Cairo, captive soldier`s father says in letter to PM, `We demand that you bring Gilad home before the end of your term, despite the heavy price this entails`.
|BBC rejects play on Israel`s history for impartiality reasons||Ben Dowell - The Guardian - "Churchill`s 10-minute play consists of seven short scenes in which Israeli adults discuss how they will explain to children, who are never seen on stage, seven key moments in Israeli and Jewish history. This includes the Holocaust, the first Intifada and the present-day bombing of Gaza. According to Churchill, the play explores `the difficulties of explaining violence to children`"||16/3/2009|
|Two Israeli police killed by Palestinian fighters|| ||16/3/2009|
|Arabs view indictment of Sudan president as act of imperialism ||Zvi Bar`el-
The arrest warrant aroused major controversy in Arab countries. They are once again perceived as incapable of preventing Western intervention into their affairs, and once again an Arab leader is in on trial internationally after the Arab League failed to impose its authority - as in the case of Iraq, Lebanon Palestine and Libya as well.
| Israelis `firing live rounds` at West Bank protesters||Peter Beaumont-
The new gas canister that injured Anderson - the fourth member of the International Solidarity Movement to be killed or seriously injured by Israeli troops since the beginning of the Second Intifada - is fired at a much higher speed than the gas canisters and grenades deployed before.
According to witnesses, soldiers have been firing the canisters directly at protesters, sometimes from a few dozen metres, using the hard plastic-coated metal tubes as a weapon." ||15/3/2009|
|EU parliamentarians meet Mashal in Syria||Saed Bannoura -
A number of European parliamentarians met in Syria on Saturday with Khalid Mashal, head of the Hamas political bureau, and demanded EU countries to engage in dialog with the movement.
|Charles Freeman fails the loyalty test ||Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com - Everything that is publicly known about Freeman makes it seem unlikely that he would have voluntarily withdrawn. If he were forced out, then that reflects quite badly on the Obama administration.||11/3/2009|
|Wachsman family visits Schalit tent||Jerusalem Post - Noam Schalit and his supporters have urged the government to take all measures, including the release of Hamas prisoners, to secure Gilad`s release. Joining them in their protest: the parents of Nachshon Wachsman - the IDF soldier who was kidnapped in 1994 and got killed during an army raid on the place where he was kept.||10/3/2009|
|Gaza family files $200M suit against Israel||Sharon Roffe-Ofir - Ynet - Al-Samoni family from Strip`s Zeitoun neighborhood, which lost 29 of its members in Operation Cast Lead, demands compensation from Olmert, Barak and Ashkenazi for `the criminal negligence of the military force, which murdered innocent people who were simply present at their homes` ||10/3/2009|
|ICC prosecutor mulls `Gaza war crimes` probe||AFP - YNET - Luis Moreno-Ocampo tells Argentinean newspaper he is considering launching investigation into Israel`s alleged use of white phosphorus shells in densely-populated areas during recent offensive ||9/3/2009|
|It takes a village ||Ran Shapira - Haaretz - All 1,000 residents were told to evacuate the area because they were trespassing on state lands - 50 years after their previous evacuation and a mere seven years after the government helped them repair their homes.
|UK ready for talks with Hezbollah||Ian Black - The Guardian - "We have reconsidered our position on no contact with Hezbollah," the Foreign Office said, "in light of more positive recent political developments in Lebanon, including the formation of the national unity government in which Hezbollah are participating. We are exploring certain contacts at an official level with Hezbollah`s political wing, including MPs."||6/3/2009|
|US to invite Iran to Afghan talks ||Aljazeera - The United States is said to be doing a review of their isolationist policies towards Iran, including whether to open a low-level diplomatic office in Tehran. However, Washington remains at odds with Tehran primarily over its nuclear programme which Washington says is aimed at building an atomic bomb.
|Israel may face war crimes trials over Gaza||Peter Beaumont - The Guardian - Court looks at whether Palestinians can bring case • International pressure grows over conflict||2/3/2009|
|Pentagon: Aid only for `essential items`||Yaakov Katz - The Jerusalem Post - "Last week, the Post revealed that in recent Defense Ministry assessments, Defense Minister Ehud Barak raised concerns that the new administration in Washington might try to cut the FMF [US foreign military financing] to Israel as part of an effort to pressure the government into dismantling illegal outposts"||2/3/2009|
|"Have they not a shred of decency?"||Stephen M. Walt - FP - "The Likudnik wing of the Israel lobby is gradually losing influence, because more and more people understand that its policies are disastrous for both Israel and the United States, and because its repeated efforts to smear people and stifle debate are deeply damaging as well as un-American"||2/3/2009|
|‘I Want To Be A Full Israeli Citizen’||Jonathan Cook - Information Clearing House - " When Israel’s 18th parliament opens today, there will be only one Arab woman among its intake of legislators. Haneen Zoubi has made history: although she is not the first Arab woman to enter the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, she is the first to be elected for an Arab party."||1/3/2009|
| Spanish court green-lights Gaza probe||AFP/ YNET - The complaint, filed by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, concerns an Israeli air attack on July 22, 2002, on Gaza City which killed Hamas leader Salah Shehadeh, along with 14 civilians, mainly infants and children.
Some 150 Palestinians were also wounded, according to the allegations.
In accepting the case last month, Andreu said the attack in a densely-populated area "showed signs of constituting a crime against humanity." ||1/3/2009|
|EXCLUSIVE: Israel`s national security aide barred from U.S. ||Eli Lake -
Washington Times -
"In the past 21 months, prominent Israelis and Americans have quietly but unsuccessfully pressed U.S. officials to grant Mr. Arad a visa."
|Questions for Jehan Sadat - The War Widow||DEBORAH SOLOMON -
"By the way, most of the Palestinians are very well educated. Because they are a minority, they are like the Jews. They are intellectuals."
|`Durban II` draft drops Israel criticism||TOVAH LAZAROFF -
J-lem Post -
"But Israel, which along with Canada, plans to boycott the event, said it did not believe that this was a positive step forward." ||18/3/2009|
|System of Aid to Palestinian Refugees ||Maya Rosenfeld -
Washington Institute for Near East Policy -
"Rejoinder to James G. Lindsay, Fixing UNRWA: Repairing the UN`s
Troubled System of Aid to Palestinian Refugees"
|EU`s Solana: Don`t drop two-state solution||Tovah Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - Speaking to reporters in Brussels on Monday, Solana said the EU may reconsider its links with Israel if the country`s incoming government wasn`t committed to establishing a Palestinian state.||17/3/2009|
|UK Government Boycotts Israeli Tycoon Lev Leviev over Settlement Construction||
Adalah-NY: The Coalition for Justice in the Middle East - "
Decision a Victory for Coordinated Campaign in Palestine, US, UK and Israel"||4/3/2009|
|Sports and the Gaza war ||Adam Keller - Efter Arbetet - I hope the day will come when Israeli sports teams would be welcome to play in Malmo and everywhere else - also in Arab and Islamic countries, also in the towns and cities of Palestine. The representatives of an Israel at peace, an Israel which is truly integrated in its Middle East environment, would face no trouble in Malmo or anywhere else.||3/3/2009|
|Dead Palestinian babies and bombed mosques - IDF fashion 2009 ||Uri Blau -
Clothing worn by combat soldiers often displays explicit images accompanied by vicious slogans.
|2006 Lebanon war not yet over - Cluster bomb kills a Lebanese shepherd||Associated Press/IMEMC - Fuad Mousa Ghanaw, 45, was tending his cattle near Houla village, adjacent to the border with Israel, when a cluster bomb exploded, left over from the 2006 Isralei bombings. Ghanaw suffered serious injuries and died of his wounds at a hospital in Saida (Sidon).
|The army behaving in Gaza `far more brutally than initially thought`||MSNBC - Nightly News - see the recording (March 19, 2009 - 2:24 minutes)Â ||20/3/2009|
|Soldiersâ€™ Accounts of Gaza Killings Raise Furor in Israel ||Ethan Bronner - New York Times - Yaron Ezrahi, a political scientist at Hebrew University who has been lecturing at defense colleges. â€śThe army believes that a weak spot of Israeli deterrence is its strong commitment not to kill civilians, and there has grown the sense that it might have to temporarily overcome that weakness in order to restore deterrence.â€ť||20/3/2009|
|European supermarket chain in Ireland selling Israeli grapefruit labeled: `Produce of Cyprus`||Indymedia Ireland - Aldi "trying desperately to get rid of their (Israeli grapefruit) stock by presenting it as Cypriot."||20/3/2009|
|Racist attacks against Arabs increase tenfold - report ||Sharon Roffe-Ofir - YNET - Study by Mossawa Center warns of massive rise in assaults by Jews against Arabs in 2008; operation in Gaza fingered as chief agitator||23/3/2009|
|Israeli soldiers say army rabbis framed Gaza as religious war||Cliff Churgin - McClatchy Newspapers/Commondreams - Literature passed out to soldiers by the army`s rabbinate "had a clear message - we are the people of Israel, we came by a miracle to the land of Israel, God returned us to the land, now we need to struggle to get rid of the gentiles that are interfering with our conquest of the land," the soldier told a forum of Gaza veterans in mid-February, just weeks after the conflict ended.
|Netanyahu made an offer Barak couldn`t refuse ||Mazal Mualem - Haaretz - In light of the achievements made in the social-economic part of the agreement, what is remarkable is the lack of vision and achievement in the diplomatic sphere, the key area traditionally promoted by the Labor party. ||24/3/2009|
|American Jews supportive of assertive US peace efforts & open towards a unified Hamas-Fatah PA ||J Street poll - One in three believe their own connection to Israel will be diminished if Lieberman assumes a senior position in the Israeli cabinet.||24/3/2009|
|Press conference by parents of Tristan Anderson: podcast||Alternative Information Center/News from Within||29/3/2009|
|Report: Israel responsible for Sudan air strike in January||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News - A new report by the American tv network CBS has revealed that Israeli forces carried out an air strike in Sudan in January, which inside sources say targeted an arms shipment bound for the Palestinian resistance in Gaza.
|Smearing Tristan Anderson: shame on Debra Saunders||Jami Tarn - Counterpunch -
In a hate-filled column in the San Francisco Chronicle (“Tree sitter is not in Berkeley any more” - March 18, 2009), Debra J. Saunders insinuated that Tristan Anderson, still lingering in a coma in Tel Aviv after taking an Israeli tear gas canister to the face, costing him part of his frontal lobe and possibly his right eye, deserves this comeuppance for daring to join Palestinians in protest against Israel’s illegal Apartheid wall.||29/3/2009|
|Israel Railways fires Arab workers ||Sharon Roffe-Ofir - YNET - Some 100 employees who did not serve in IDF receive letters stating they will be dismissed on April 1. MK Tibi: Company`s name should be changed to `Yisrael Beiteinu Railways` ||30/3/2009|
|13 arrested on suspicion of rioting in Umm al-Fahm||Sharon Roffe-Ofir -
""What began as an attempt to protest against the procession turned into a protest against the police," said Superintendent Shimon Ben Shabo." ||25/3/2009|
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