Today in Palestine! ~March 17 2009

Land Theft
Another E Jerusalem eviction: I have all my memories, good and bad, my hopes were born here
Time stands still in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood while waiting for the eviction orders to be implemented.  The Hanoun family takes turns sitting in a car, parked by their house, looking out for the expected Israeli soldiers. It didn't happen on this particular night, but the struggle for Palestinian justice is far from over.
http://english.pnn.ps/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4964&Ite...
The Israeli Authorities demolish a Palestinian owned flat in Jerusalem
Bulldozers belonging to the Israeli municipality demolished a Palestinian owned flat located in Beit Safafa neighborhood in Jerusalem city.  The flat is part of seven story-high building owned by Abu Khalaf, a Palestinian from Jerusalem.  Israeli troops arrived at Beit Safafa on Tuesday morning then surrounded the building, shortly after troops forced everyone out and demolished the seventh floor. The Israeli municipality says the flat was built without the needed permission.
http://www.imemc.org/article/59391
ONGOING: Israeli forces block streets near Beit Safafa as soldiers prepare to demolish home
Jerusalem - Ma'an - Israeli forces blocked off the Gilo road beside Bait Safafa Tuesday as soldiers prepare to destroy the sixth floor of a multi-family home in East Jerusalem.  Eyewitnesses said armed soldiers are blocking the entrances to both the Gilo and Beit Safafa streets, prohibiting press from entering the area and warning residents that if they leave with their cars they will not be permitted to re-enter the area. Others are able to enter the area but only on foot.
http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=36495
Jerusalem Village of Issawiya: Life Gets Harder, but Residents Refuse to Give Up Hope
Residents of Issawiya in Jerusalem plow for olive tree planting, while the Israeli army wants to build a base in the field (Isabel Nicholson). In the small Palestinian village of al-Issawiya in the Jerusalem district, the residents have endured an inordinate amount of abuse from the state of Israel. When tallying up the stories of its residents, one becomes overwhelmed: countless house demolitions, arrests made in the middle of night by masked Israeli soldiers, administrative detentions, crops uprooted, arbitrary police checks, traumatized children unable to sleep...the list goes on.
http://www.alternativenews.org/content/view/1639/40/
Attacks/Arrests/Testimonials
Israeli Navel boats open fire at fishermen near the Gaza beach injuring one
One Palestinian civilian was injured on Tuesday midday when Israeli navel boats opened fire at residents and fishermen gathered at the beach near the Beit Lahyia town in central Gaza Strip.
http://www.imemc.org/article/59390
Three Palestinians injured in IOF, settlers' attacks
Two Palestinian citizens were injured on Monday evening when Israeli occupation forces fired at their car's tires that turned turtle and injured both of them in Jabal (mountain)Al-Khalil.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m...

Two Palestinians moderately wounded near Hebron
Israeli sources reported on Monday evening that Israeli soldiers shot and moderately wounded two Palestinians, south of The Hebron Mountain, in the southern West Bank city if Hebron.
http://www.imemc.org/article/59378

Palestinian woman wounded by settlers in Hebron
Palestinian medical sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, reported on Monday at night that a young Palestinian woman was injured after extremist Israeli settlers attacked her in Wad Al Haseen area, east of the city.
http://www.imemc.org/article/59380
Injured American Is 'Semi-Conscious'
JERUSALEM, March 16 -- An American injured last week during a demonstration near the West Bank village of Naalin remains in critical condition, still heavily sedated but breathing on his own, a hospital official said Monday.
http://feeds.washingtonpost.com/%7Er/wp-dyn/rss/world/mideast/index_xml/...

Ensuring maximum casualties in Gaza
"We were still young and in love. We had all of our dreams," Muhammad Abu Jerrad said, holding a photo of his wife by the sea. Wafa Abu Jerrad was one of at least six killed by three flechette bombs fired by Israeli tanks in the Ezbet Beit Hanoun area, northern Gaza, on 5 January. Eva Bartlett reports for The Electronic Intifada.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10397.shtml
Troops kidnap 16 Palestinians in Ramallah and Hebron
Israeli soldiers kidnapped sixteen Palestinians in Ramallah district, in the central West Bank, and in Hebron district in the southern part of the West Bank on Monday night.
http://www.imemc.org/article/59382
Israeli soldiers take six from Silwad
Ramallah - Ma'an - Israeli troops took six Palestinians from the village of Silwad before sunrise on Tuesday. The men, aged 17-35, were loaded into a van and transported to an unknown location.  Eyewitnesses reported seeing troops enter the village, which is east of Ramallah, and break into several homes.
http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=36494
Israeli troops set up military checkpoint at traffic circle in Jenin
Jenin - Ma'an - Israeli troops put up a military checkpoint at the Muthalath Al-Shuhada (Martyrs Triangle) in the southwest of the city of Jenin on Tuesday morning.  Security sources reported seeing two Israeli patrols set up the checkpoint, and noted that Palestinian vehicles were prohibited from accessing the area for fifteen minutes.  The troops then withdrew for no apparent reason. [end]
http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=36493
New group in Israel vows to target released detainees
Israeli sources reported on Monday that a new group formed by relatives of Israelis who died in Palestinian attacks are preparing to target Palestinian detainees who would be freed under a prisoner-swap deal.
http://www.imemc.org/article/59377
The writing on the wall, By Amira Hass
We came to annihilate you; Death to the Arabs; Kahane was right; No tolerance, we came to liquidate. This is a selection of graffiti Israeli soldiers left on the walls of Palestinians' homes in Gaza, which they turned into bivouacs and firing positions during Operation Cast Lead. Here and there, a soldier scribbled a line of mock poetry or biblical quote in the same sentiment. There were also curses on the Prophet Mohammed and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, along with shift schedules and favorite soccer teams.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1071651.html

War Crimes/Criminals
Evidence of Gaza war crimes: UN officials
GENEVA - There is evidence that Israel committed war crimes during its 22-day campaign in the Gaza Strip and there should be an independent inquiry, U.N. investigator Richard Falk said on Thursday.  The mental anguish of the civilians who suffered the assault is so great that the entire population of Gaza could be seen as casualties, said Falk, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
http://www.canada.com/news/Evidence+Gaza+crimes+officials/1206622/story....

UN urged to 'find truth' about Gaza conflict
A group of 16 of the world's leading war crimes investigators and judges - backed by Amnesty International - has urged the United Nations to launch a full inquiry into alleged gross violations of the laws of war committed by both sides during the recent conflict in Gaza and southern Israel.  An open letter - entitled 'Find the truth about Gaza war' - was sent to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday. The letter's signatories include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson and judge Richard Goldstone, formerly Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda.
http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGNAU200903169746〈=e
Left-wing activists: IDF used excessive force in Naalin - Tristan Anderson demo in Tel-Aviv
The IDF Spokesman Unit, responding to the claim that the army had used an illegal gas canister: "Use of the Ruger ammunition (0.22) of this sort in Judea and Samaria is done in accordance with procedures for aggravated situations.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3687081,00.html
Humanitarian Issues
Project Life: World Orphan Rehabilitation Program
"The horrendous crimes that were perpetrated by Israel have left hundreds of families destitute. Many are faced with no other option but to live in one of the many tent camps scattered throughout the rubbles of Gaza. These tents offer only limited protection from the elements, and those who live in them are given nothing but blankets and an inadequate food supply. The children that live here suffer from malnutrition and trauma.
http://www.freegaza.org/en/home/787-project-life-world-orphan-rehabilita...
Gaza hospitals performed 4,677 surgeries in February
Gaza - Ma'an - Gaza Hospitals performed 4,667 operations including 143 heart surgeries in the month of February. All surgeries were done by Palestinian personnel.
http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=36496

Once plentiful, chickens now rare in Gaza
The continuing shortage of cooking gas due to Israel's border closures, along with the destruction of at least seven major poultry farms during the recent military siege, has made an important food item scarce and unaffordable for most of the Strip's 1.5 million residents. The Electronic Intifada correspondent in Gaza, Rami Almeghari reports.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10400.shtml
Anti-siege gov't committee calls for urgent action to open crossings
The government committee to break the siege called for urgent international action to open the crossings and break the unjust siege on the Gaza Strip.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m...

Jerusalem Patriarch: Gaza destruction greater than portrayed by the media
Patriarch Theofilos III, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Holy Land and Jordan, stated on Monday that the destruction in the Gaza Strip from the latest Israeli offensive is far greater than the media had portrayed.
http://www.imemc.org/article/59381
EU donates 36 vans for Palestinian Police
Ramallah, March 17, 2009, (Ramattan)- The European Commission on Tuesday donated thirty six vehicles worth a total of €5 million, the European Commission office in Jerusalem said.
http://english.ramattan.net/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=40048

Political Aftermath
Analysis: Mideast peace up to interlocking deals (AP)
AP - The fate of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become a collection of moving parts that somehow need to come together in a single package: an Israel-Hamas prisoner swap, a truce for Gaza, and new governments on both sides of the firing line that could pursue peace.
http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/mideast/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap...
Israel-Hamas prisoner talks fail
Olmert to hold cabinet meeting to decide fate of indirect negotiations on prisoner exchange.
http://english.aljazeera.net//news/middleeast/2009/03/20093177565489392....

Shalit talks stall as Hamas toughens stance
The indirect talks between Israel and Hamas in Cairo have failed to achieve a breakthrough that would free captured soldier Gilad Shalit in return for the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1071643.html
ANALYSIS / On Shalit deal, Hamas-Israel gaps are greater than common ground
Ofer Dekel and Yuval Diskin brought back a mixed message from Cairo Monday night: Progress had been made on the names of prisoners to be released in exchange for kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit (in other words, Israel is prepared to free more prisoners than before), but significant disagreement remains over what to do with the released prisoners. The gaps are greater than the common ground. Israel insists that many of the worst murderers on the list must be expelled from the West Bank, while it seems Hamas agrees to the expulsion of only a few - according to Palestinian sources Hamas is willing to consider the deportation of only five.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1071639.html
Hamdan: Hamas did not toughen its position regarding the swap deal
Osama Hamdan, the Hamas representative in Lebanon, categorically denied that his Movement toughened its position regarding the prisoner swap deal as some Israeli officials alleged.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m...

Palestinian views
As unity talks go on Palestinians outline their hopes.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/2/hi/middle_east/7942582.stm

Al Nakhala: Islamic Jihad willing to join PLO after it conducts modifications on its agenda
Ziad Al Nakahla, deputy secretary-general of the Islamic Jihad, stated on Monday that his group is willing to join the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) after the organization reforms its political and administrative agendas, the Qudsway news agency reported.
http://www.imemc.org/article/59379
Egypt talks to Europe, US on Palestinian unity (AP)
AP - Egypt has dispatched two of its top officials to convince the Americans and the Europeans to accept a weaker commitment by the militant Hamas group to peace with Israel for the sake of forging a united Palestinian government, officials said Monday.
http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/mideast/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap...

Amira Hass / Gaza mother campaigns for son's release in prisoner exchange, By Amira Hass
Fifteen years ago, Umm Razi Nimes and other mothers of Palestinian prisoners began a weekly tradition of holding a protest vigil outside Red Cross offices in Gaza City to call for the release of their children from Israeli incarceration. Razi Nimes, a member of Fatah, has been in prison for 24 years, since he was 27. When visits were allowed, Umm Razi and her family rode Red Cross buses from 3 A.M. to the following evening for the opportunity to see Razi for 45 minutes. Three years ago, the authorities at Nafkha Prison allowed them to be photographed together, and to embrace and kiss, for the first time after years of being allowed to see each other only through a barrier.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1071640.html
Collaborators
PA major general inspects security services in Jenin
Jenin - Ma'an - The head of the Palestinian security services for the northern governorates inspected the working process by forces operating in Jenin on Monday.  Major General Diab Al-Ali met with the head of security in Jenin and was briefed on the performances of forces there, where he also met with service members.  While in Jenin, Al-Ali inspected security forces activities in the northern West Bank city and visited several banks and discussed financial problems at financial institutions there.
http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=36481
Abbas: Hamas-Fatah Talks Doomed to Fail
The Egyptian-mediated reconciliation talks between the rival Palestinian factions appear to be on the brink of collapse, Palestinian sources told Ynet on Tuesday.  According to the sources, Fatah and Hamas remain in disagreement over the establishment of a unity government, elections, and the make up of the security forces and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).  In light of the disputes, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has estimated that the negotiations, being held in Cairo, will fail.
http://almanar.com.lb/NewsSite/NewsDetails.aspx?id=78018&language=en

Other News
'Likud lobby' stifling debate, says US diplomat
Chas Freeman, who withdrew as a top US intelligence official over Israel remarks, hits back at critics.  The senior diplomat who withdrew as one of Barack Obama's top intelligence officials in a row over Israel has stepped up his attack on those he says are stifling debate in the United States, adding that he was "deeply insulted" to be accused of antisemitism for criticising what he described as "the Israel lobby".
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/16/chas-freeman-intelligence-is...
EXCLUSIVE: Israel's national security aide barred from U.S.
Uzi Arad, who is expected to serve as national security adviser in the next Israeli government, has been barred from entering the United States for nearly two years on the grounds that he is an intelligence risk.
http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/mar/17/israels-national-security-ai...

Morocco and Jordan urge Palestinian reconciliation (AFP)
AFP - Kings Mohammed VI of Morocco and Abdullah II of Jordan urged rival Palestinian factions Monday to work together and expressed their opposition to the extension of Israeli settlements.
http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/mideast/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/af...

Former chief of Palestinian General Petroleum Corporation found guilty of insider trading
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Former chief of the Palestinian General Petroleum Corporation Harbi Sarsour was found guilty of insider trading and innocent of fraud and embezzlement by a Ramallah Magistrate's court Monday and sentenced to two years in prison.  Sarsour was also convicted of impeding a police investigation. According to the court decision the 57-year-old took home millions from the scandal. He was detained on 4 January 2006, but was released eight months later on bail. His prison sentence of two years is minus the eight months he spent in police custody, but includes a fine of 100 Jordanian dinars ($150). The verdict is appealable.  The Palestinian prosecution criticized the decision and intends to follow up with further court action. [end]
http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=36480

Older article: The Rise of Avigdor Lieberman : A Lieberman government would exclude some Arab citizens from Israel, would expel others who refuse to sign a loyalty-to-Zionism oath, would turn Gaza into Grozny and would execute Arab members of the Knesset who talk to Hamas or mark Israel Independence Day as the anniversary of the displacement of the Palestinians in 1948.
http://www.thenation.com/doc/20070101/lynfield

Bibi's right-wing cabinet worries Egypt:
The takeover of power by far-right politicians in Israel has caused 'concern' among the Egyptians who see the Mideast peace at stake.
http://www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=88787&sectionid=351020202

Gaza family that lost 29 to Israeli offensive exploited by notorious lawyer
Bethlehem/Gaza - Ma'an - A Palestinian family that lost 29 members to the Israeli offensive on Gaza in January has been exploited by a notorious lawyer falsely claiming to represent them in a 200 million dollar lawsuit against the Israeli government.  On 10 March, Muhammad Fuqara, a Palestinian lawyer living in Israel, announced that he was filing the suit for compensation on behalf of the Samuni family in the District Court in Nazareth, a predominantly Arab city in northern Israel.
http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=36497


Media Bias
NPR anchor Robert Siegel's double standard for Freeman
The other day on "All Things Considered," NPR anchor Robert Siegel quoted Marty Peretz to Chas Freeman. Siegel said that Peretz said it would be crazy for Marty Peretz himself to be put in an intelligence position--he's too in the tank for Israel, by his own admission--and so the same standard should hold for Chas Freeman: he's too in the tank for Saudi Arabia. Freeman rejected the comparison, saying that the money he's gotten from the Saudis is minimal and that Peretz has demonstrated a devotion to Israel that in no way compares to his own position on the Middle East.
http://www.philipweiss.org/mondoweiss/2009/03/npr-anchor-robert-siegels-...

Jeffrey Goldberg Says ‘Who Me?'
Jeffrey Goldberg has a post calling me "thuggish"- twice in one short post actually. He doesn't like that I wondered whether he might soon call Sen. Patrick Leahy an anti-Semite for comparing the plight of the Palestinians to that of his Irish ancestors -"hunted because they had fought to practice their own religion... hunted because they wanted to keep their land.."" Jeffrey's answer is No, definitely not, he has the highest regard for Leahy, etc. How on earth could I have suspected such a thing?
http://www.amconmag.com/blog/2009/03/12/jeffrey-goldberg-says-who-me/
Washington Post Shows Its Hand
"The Washington Post is apparently losing lots of money and may close in the foreseeable future, barring a deus ex machina intervention by some foreign billionaire such as saved the New York Times. While the decline of newspapers worldwide is regrettable, the Post's troubles are really good news, and bankruptcy would be a richly deserved fate for a rag that has been an enabler of every neocon fantasy for the past 20 years. Imagine no longer having to enjoy Charles Krauthammer, Fred Kagan, John Bolton, Bill Kristol, and Robert Kaplan with your morning coffee.  The Post's particular veneration for all things Israeli goes back quite a ways. Long-time readers can well recall the odious Herblock cartoons depicting Arabs as Dracula clones dressed in bedsheets and carrying bloody knives, while Israelis were always depicted as pleasant-looking, peaceful chaps just like you and me.
http://www.antiwar.com/orig/giraldi.php?articleid=14411
Solidarity
Justice for Rachel, justice for the Palestinians
In Rachel's case, though a thorough, credible and transparent investigation was promised by the Israeli government, after six years, the position of the US government remains that such an investigation has not taken place. Now, the attacks on all the people of Gaza and the recent one on Tristan Anderson in Nilin cry out for investigation and accountability. Cindy and Craig Corrie comment on the sixth anniversary of their daughter's killing by the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10399.shtml

ISM colleaugues commemorate Rachel Corrie's death
Members of ISM in Rafah who worked with Rachel Corrie held a kite-flying ceremony on Monday in commemoration of her death exactly six years ago.
http://www.imemc.org/article/59387
WATCH: Remembering Rachel
A collection of thoughts and videos about the American peace activist, Rachael Corrie, who was slain by the Israeli military as she protected the home of a Palestinian family.
http://www.palestinemonitor.org/spip/spip.php?article874
Caryl Churchill's Gaza playlet will be read tonight in NY on anniversary of Rachel Corrie's death
http://www.philipweiss.org/mondoweiss/2009/03/caryl-churchills-gaza-play...

One Creative Way to Spread the Israel Boycott
Get 50 friends, print Boycott Israel t-shirts, visit your local grocery store, load up carts with Israeli products, have a teach-in, then leave... from Euro Palestine. This is a great action to raise awareness about Israel's criminality and to connect it with the tacit support provided by trade.
http://www.kabobfest.com/2009/03/one-creative-way-to-spread-boycott.html

Anti-Solidarity/Pro-Apartheid
EU threatens to boycott Durban II if used as anti-Israel forum
The European Union said Monday it could boycott a United Nations conference on racism next month unless Muslim nations end attempts to strongly criticize Israel in the meeting's final document.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1071480.html
Analysis/Oped
Shooting Tristan Anderson
I had the honor to get to know Tristan Anderson last year as his lawyer in a nonviolent protest case.  Last Friday, at a rally against the ongoing construction of Israel's "separation wall," Tristan was shot in the head by a high-velocity tear-gas cannister. He was taking photographs at a weekly demonstration in the West Bank village of Ni'lin, which stands to lose 25% of its remaining land to the wall. (The wall was ruled illegal by the International Court of Justice in 2004. Undertaken in the name of state security, it effects a further massive land theft by the Israeli government on behalf of Jewish settlers in the West Bank.)
http://www.counterpunch.org/handleman03162009.html
When Palestinian Villages Become Prisons: Beit Ommar
ay from Jerusalem to Hebron lies the Palestinian village of Beit Ommar, home to 8,000 people. The village is located west of the main road, which is the historic link between Jerusalem and Bethlehem in the north and the Hebron District to the south. Like other area villages, it is well known for agriculture, and most of the residents depend on their land for income. The Israelis have confiscated much of the village land for the illegal Israeli settlements, especially for the Kfar Etzion illegal settlement bloc to the north of the village and Karmei Tsur to the south. Because it is located very close to the main road, theIsraeli army built a military outpost and checkpoint at the village main entrance after the first Intifada.
http://www.alternativenews.org/content/view/1638/40/
Israel: "The Entire World is Against Us. No Matter, We Will Overcome"
In the wake of the latest Israeli national elections, Likud head Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel Beitaynu head, Avigdor Lieberman are in the midst of creating a far Right coalition. A month ago, millions took to the streets to express their rage against the Israeli military actions in Gaza, and from all continents a unified cry was heard, demanding that the killings be halted. From Right to Left, the response in Israel was: "This is a war for existence, and it doesn't matter what the non-Jews say! After all, everyone is anti-Semitic anyways." And what further supported the Israeli imperviousness was the support-or at least the intentional silence-of the United States, Europe and the Arab states, first and foremost Egypt.
http://www.alternativenews.org/content/view/1637/236/
Daoud Kuttab: "It's The Occupation Stupid"
Following the words and efforts of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Sharm el Sheikh, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Ramallah one gets the feeling that she was on a hard-sell campaign trying to convince the majority of Israelis to accept the concept of the two-state solution. For now, Palestinians are more interested in the end of the decades-old occupation of their lands.  Secretary Clinton's pleading with Binyamin Netanyahu to adopt the international consensus on the two-state solution is misplaced. She should instead focus on the choices Israel has. Namely, share the land of Palestine/Israel with the Palestinians in two states or agree to share power among all the people living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daoud-kuttab/its-the-occupation-stupid_b_1...
Robert Dreyfuss: Is the Israel Lobby Running Scared?
Or Killing a Chicken to Scare the Monkeys.  Is the Israel lobby in Washington an all-powerful force? Or is it, perhaps, running scared?  Judging by the outcome of the Charles W. ("Chas") Freeman affair this week, it might seem as if the Israeli lobby is fearsome indeed. Seen more broadly, however, the controversy over Freeman could be the Israel lobby's Waterloo.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-dreyfuss/is-the-israeli-lobby-runn_b_1...
The End of Israel's Impunity?
The assault on Gaza marks the end of an era for Israel. For the second time in two years its colonial ambition has floundered in the face of determined resistance. It may persist for some time; but the trajectory is clear - it is losing both legitimacy and power. Support for it is dwindling in Washington; its friends are alarmed. Citizens are acting where governments have failed; the movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions is snowballing. Apologists are finding it more difficult to justify its persistent criminality. Rifts have emerged in the transatlantic alliance over its recent actions; EU leaders have broken with Israel and the US, questioning the wisdom of continuing to isolate Hamas. Even the pliant Tony Blair will no longer toe the line.
http://palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=14914
The Agonies of a Tortured Palestinian Soul
I woke up this morning with an abject pain in my soul. This pain has been nagging me lately, sometimes even preoccupying my moral sensibilities, especially since Israel tightened its economic stranglehold on the Gaza Strip and commenced a bombing campaign that killed over 1000 Palestinian civilians. I am an educated man; I read the appropriate progressive magazines, so I know just how hard this genocide has been on Israeli liberals.
http://www.dissidentvoice.org/2009/03/the-agonies-of-a-tortured-palestin...
Film review: A Zionist state where "The Land Speaks Arabic"
Maryse Gargour's 61-minute film The Land Speaks Arabic documents the founding of the Zionist movement and the expulsion of Palestinians in the early part of the 20th century. Maymanah Farhat reviews this "must-see" film for The Electronic Intifada.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10390.shtml
The racist Israeli fascist in me
LOS ANGELES - I was determined to duck it. I was resolved to fly to the States, speak about the situation in Israel, and reply with nothing more than a half-smile and a "next question, please," to the well-read and otherwise openhearted people who ask questions of the tenor of "Between you and me, what is wrong with these people, your friends, the Israelis?"
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1064578.html

Iraq
Monday: 1 US Soldier, 11 Iraqis Killed; 7 Iraqis Wounded
http://www.antiwar.com/updates/?articleid=14410


US military says Iraqi girl killed in US shooting (AP)
AP - The U.S. military says a 12-year-old girl was killed when American soldiers fired at a vehicle speeding toward them and Iraqi police near the northern city of Mosul.
http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/iraq/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20...

ANALYSIS-Iraq traumatised and divided six years on
BAGHDAD, March 17 (Reuters) - Six years after U.S. missiles lit Baghdad's skies in the opening salvo of the Iraq war, the increasingly rare sight of U.S. vehicles rumbling down the capital's dusty streets signals U.S. forces' coming withdrawal. The announced end to the U.S.-led occupation overshadows everything in today's Iraq, where a government beset by rivalries struggles to put a stop to violence that has killed tens of thousands and displaced 4.7 million people since 2003 and to piece together an economy and society shattered by war.
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LG600085.htmIraq urges execution of Saddam-era officials (Reuters)
Reuters - The Iraqi government renewed its call on Tuesday for the executions of officials in the ousted regime of Saddam Hussein to go ahead despite the objections of Iraq's president and vice president.
http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/iraq/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20...

U.S. other news
Iran, Jews and Pragmatism
The Persian New Year, or Norouz, is celebrated this month, often with great extravagance. Among its traditions is jumping over a bonfire while declaiming: "Take away my yellow complexion and give me your red glow of health."  One way of looking at Iran's particular calendar, its language and Shiite branch of Islam is as forms of resistance against the Arab and Sunni worlds. Shiism has been a means to independence. The defense of Farsi against Arabic took the form of a medieval epic, "Shahnameh," by the poet Ferdowsi.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/16/opinion/16cohen.html?_r=1&ref=opinion Lawyers Group Urges Bush Be Arrested or Barred From Canada in First Trip Abroad Since Leaving Office
As former President George W. Bush heads to Canada today for his first trip abroad since leaving the White House, a group of Canadian lawyers are trying to block Bush's entry into their country. Lawyers Against the War says Bush should be either barred or detained for condoning the use of torture at overseas jails. If Canadian officials won't deny Bush entry, the lawyers say Bush should be arrested and tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/17/lawyers_group_urges_bush_be_arrested
U.S. Human Rights Abuses in the War on Terror
Since September 2001, the U.S. government has been directly responsible for a broad array of serious human rights violations in fighting terrorism, including torture, enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention, and unfair trials. In many instances, US abuses were carried out in collaboration other governments.  To cite one example-albeit a particularly notable one-Pakistan's intelligence agencies worked closely with the CIA to "disappear" terrorist suspects, hold them in secret detention, and subject them to torture and other abuses.
http://www.counterpunch.com/mariner03172009.html
Poll: Afghan war a 'mistake'
US support for war in Afghanistan reaches new low as troop attacks rise.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2009-03-16-poll_N.htm

Flying While Arab" Continues to Soar
However, with President Obama experiencing profiling in his lifetime and his laudable efforts to reach out to the Arab and Muslim World to build bridges may include more action to end profiling as a mode to fight terrorism. A move to end "Flying While Arab," will send a strong signal that US Diplomacy does not stop at check point.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/yvonne-r-davis/flying-while-arab-continu_b...
The Arabesque: A Celebration of Arab Art and Culture
Washington D.C. (16 March 2009) - In a three-week tribute to Arabic art and culture, The Kennedy Center hosted over 800 artists and performers from the 22 Arab nations in exhibits and performances for viewing by the American public.
http://english.ramattan.net/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=40046

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