|Thousands of Arab Israelis stage mass Land Day rallies ||Roee Nahmias/Saed Bannoura- Y-Net/IMEMC In addition to thousands of Arab citizens, the mass march through the city drew Arab Israeli MKs, Arab community leaders, and Jewish left-wing activists such as Tali Fahima who had been in administrative detention for contacting a Fatah military commander in the West Bank.
|Racism in the IDF Widows` Association||Guy Leshem - Haaretz - Already for years the IDF Widows` Association is maintinaing a blacklist of some 600 widows, who are excluded from voting in the Assocation`s internal elections and from being invited to events and getting various benefits. Some widows were put on the list becuase of being outspoken opponents of the Association`s leadership, but most got on it simply becuase of being Arabs (Bedouin and Druze, the two sectors of Israel`s Arab population who serve in the IDF and some of whom get killed in Israel`s wars).
|Official says Israel boosts Golan troops as precaution||Reuters - The Boston Globe - "Israel has reinforced its troops in the Golan Heights as a precautionary step, though neighboring Syria does not appear to be planning an attack, Israel`s top general was quoted as saying yesterday."
|PFLP calls for restraint from rival factions Fatah and Hamas, accuses government of inaction regarding BBC journalist||Ma`an -- "The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) has condemned the renewed clashes and abductions between Fatah and Hamas in the Gaza Strip [...] It also accused the Palestinian government of knowing where [the abducted BBC reporter, Alan] Johnston is being held, but doing nothing about it"||27/3/2007|
|Sewage water floods northern Gaza strip village; at least nine killed, scores injured||Ghassan Bannoura -- IMEMC & Agencies -- "Ground-level holding pools near the village which contained raw sewage erupted on Tuesday midday, flooding the village and leaving at least 200 homes under water. Medical sources reported that so far nine residents have arrived dead at Kamal Adwan hospital, and a countless number of people are injured. Palestinian rescue teams stated that the death toll may rise, since there are homes that are completely under water with the residents still inside them"||27/3/2007|
|Palestine Mozart Festival begins March 31 in Jerusalem||Palestine Mozart Festival -- Elecronic Intifada -- "One of the largest performing arts projects ever staged in the Occupied Territories, the Palestine Mozart Festival (www.palestinemusicfestivals.org) will feature over 25 events staged in Ramallah, Bethlehem, Nablus and East Jerusalem"||26/3/2007|
|Henry Ford never envisioned this: the political history of the car bomb||Ron Jacobs - Counterpunch - explains the car bomb`s modern origins in the tactics of the Zionist terrorists known as the Stern Gang. This group, composed of men-some who went on to help rule Israel--was ruthless in its application of car bombs. They genuinely did not seem to care who died in the explosions they caused, although they preferred them to be Arab.||25/3/2007|
|Israel accused of `apartheid` ||al-Jazeera - Dugard, a South African lawyer, said restrictions on movement and separate residential areas gave a sense of "deja vu" to anyone with experience of apartheid, noting that apartheid was "contrary to international law".
| Female ministers in Palestinian government join forces ||Two women ministres in the new PA government -- Khaloud D`eibes (independent) Tourism; and Amal Siam (Hamas), Women`s Affaires. Siam to Amin Abu Wardeh -- PNN: “There are more points of convergence which unite people in working to meet the demands of women than not. ‘We are committed to their concerns which are instrumental in the process of national construction. This includes […] ‘women in Israeli prisons who are among the most marginalized segments of our society’” ||22/3/2007|
|Palestinian government welcomes Quartet`s decision to "respect" the Mecca accord and Palestinian democracy||Dr Mustafa Al-Barghouthi to Ma`an: "The government assures that its program and actions stem from a deep national feeling of responsibility towards the Palestinian peoples` interests and future; and for the sake of the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with full sovereignty in all the lands occupied in 1967 and its capital in Jerusalem; and to achieve just peace, freedom and security." ||22/3/2007|
|West meets Palestinian ministers ||Al Jazeera -
""We are the oppressed. We are the people who are occupied. If there should be conditions, they should be put on Israel.""
|A Song Only Obama Hears, A Vision Only Obama Sees||Ira Glunts - "The Presidential Candidate’s Visit To A Remote Palestinian Village Leads Him To Some Strange And Inaccurate Conclusions"||20/3/2007|
|She Drew Away the Veil on Criminal and Outrageous Conduct||Noam Chomsky - Counterpunch - "In Memory of Tanya Reinhart" - "Her numerous articles and books drew away the veil that concealed criminal and outrageous actions, and shone a searing light on the reality that was obscured, all of immense value to those who sought to understand and to react in a decent way. Her activism was not limited to words, important as these were. She was on the front line of direct resistance to intolerable actions, an organizer and a participant, a stance that one cannot respect too highly."||20/3/2007|
|We mourn the untimely death of Professor Tanya Reinhart||Occupation Magazine - "Professor Tanya Reinhart, a prominent linguist, political analyst and human rights activist, died suddenly in New York."||18/3/2007|
|Mac Books, Zaa`tar & the Everlasting State of Exception (airport experiences of a Palestinian visiting home)||Musa Budeiri - I usually immediately confess my national/ethnic origins and point out that the European community passport I travel on is merely that, a travel document. Increasingly since September 11, I also make a declaration of a non existent religious affiliation. I always feel that perhaps coming clean, like admitting that one is an ex murderer, a past inmate of a lunatic asylum, or a reformed habitual sexual offender, would put the questioners at ease.||17/3/2007|
|PMO to Balad: We will thwart legal anti-Israel activity ||Yoav Stern - Haaretz - ""The Shin Bet security service will thwart the activity of any group or individual seeking to harm the Jewish and democratic character of the State of Israel, even if such activity is sanctioned by the law," reads a letter sent by the Prime Minister`s Office on behalf of the Shin Bet to the editor, Ala Hlehel"||16/3/2007|
|Don`t say we did not know 45 - On demolition of a Bedouin village in the Negev ||ICAHD - "On Wednesday morning, 07/03/07, the representatives of Israel Land Administration (ILA) accompanied by police and tractors, arrived to the village Tawil Abu Jarwal. They pulled out all the residents from their tents and shacks, and demolished the village for the fifth time.
|BBC reporter kidnapped in Gaza ||Laila El-Haddad - "A friend in Gaza tells me word on the street is that the Dogmosh clan is behidn the kidnapping( they are a sort of mafia-ish family clan located in Gaza City responsible for a spate of kidnappings and tit-for-tat killings of Hamas security forces. The Dogmosh family were seeking to pressure police to release clan members detained for criminal actions).
|Gap among Jews widens on question of Zionism||Yakov M. Rabkin - Baltimore Sun - `Thus, an ultra-Orthodox critic of Israel, usually antagonistic to Reform Judaism, commended a Reform rabbi for saying that "when Israel`s Jewish supporters abroad don`t speak out against disastrous policies that neither guarantee safety for her citizens nor produce the right climate in which to try and reach a just peace with the Palestinians ... they are betraying millennial Jewish values and acting against Israel`s own long-term interests."
|UN committee: Israel should let Palestinians return to their land||Yoav Stern - Haaretz - A United Nations committee has called on Israel to allow Palestinian refugees to return to their property and land in Israel and to ensure that the bodies responsible for distributing property, such as the Jewish National Fund, not discriminate against the Arab population.
|UN: Israel must stop discrimination against Arabs, Palestinians||Reuters - The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said Israel`s security measures to ward off suicide bombings and other attacks must be re-calibrated to avoid discrimination against Arab Israelis or Palestinians living in Israeli-occupied lands such as the West Bank.||11/3/2007|
|Israel pushing to improve Saudi peace initiative ahead of Riyadh summit||Aluf Benn- Haaretz-"That draft (Saudi initiative) called for a full Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 borders in exchange for peace and normalization with the entire Arab world."||2/3/2007|
|Palestinians form unity government ||Al Jazeera - "Ismail Haniya, the Palestinian prime minister and leader of Hamas, made the announcement after talks with Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president and Fatah leader, in which they agreed the appointment of a new interior minister."
|Dangerous Minds ||Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - "The Israeli occupation has done a fine job at politically oppressing us. It is unacceptable and unfathomable for us to allow any sector of our own society to gag our mouths and silence our voices. While less ocular than a military occupation complete with its walls, checkpoints, settlements and army, such intellectual oppression could have equally as devastating and far-reaching repercussions on our society as a whole."
|Deal for Gilad Schalit release with Hamas `all but finished`||YAAKOV KATZ and HERB KEINON - The Jerusalem Post - "According to defense officials, the prisoner swap will be conducted in three
stages: Israel will first release prisoners as a gesture to Palestinian
Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas; Schalit will then be released into
Egyptian custody; and Israel will then release several hundred additional prisoners, mostly affiliated with Hamas."
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