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PLO: 800,000 Palestinians detained since 1967 occupation (Ma'an News) - 20-apr-2014

April 17, 2014 -- Israeli military forces have detained over 800,000 Palestinians since the 1967 occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem, the PLO said Thursday."For Palestinians, having loved ones in prison is not the exception: it is something which has affected every Palestinian family," PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said in a statement marking Prisoners Day."In the context of prolonged occupation, Israel -- a foreign military power -- has unlawfully imposed itself on the land of another people and has oppressed millions, in many varying ways. The plight of the prisoners reflects the plight of the Palestinian people as a whole."...

 

Nablus farmer detained after being attacked by settlers (Ma'an News) - 20-apr-2014

April 17, 2014 -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian farmer in Nablus on Wednesday on suspicion of attempting to stab a settler after a group assaulted him and cut down his olive trees. Palestinian security officials told Ma'an that settlers from Maale Levona assaulted Khalid Samih Daraghmah and his son while they were tending their trees south of Nablus near al-Lubban ash-Sharqiyah. Jalal Daraghmah, 19, was brutally beaten during the attack.The farmers filed a complaint at the Palestinian liaison department, who referred it to the Israeli office.After reporting the assault, Israeli forces arrested Samih Daraghmah after claiming he had tried to stab one of the settlers....
 

Syria News - April 16, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos) (Local Coordinating Committees of Syria) - 20-apr-2014

April 16, 2014- By the end of Wednesday the Coordination Committees were able to document 96 martyrs in Syria including 4 women, 2 children and 3 martyrs under torture: 40 martyrs were reported in Deir Ezzor; 12 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 13 in Idlib; 11 in Aleppo; 5 in Daraa; 4 in Homs and 2 martyrs in Hama...


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Israeli forces clash with worshipers in Aqsa compound, dozens hurt (Ma'an News) - 20-apr-2014

April 16, 2014 - - Dozens of worshipers were hurt Wednesday morning in fierce clashes with Israeli forces who stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound via the Moroccan and Chain gates. Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers and police officers broke into the compound and deployed in the southern quarter firing stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets at worshipers.Director of al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Azam al-Kahtib told Ma’an that "about 1,000 Israeli officers stormed the compound." He highlighted that Israeli officers used live ammunition...
 

Israel worried about Syrian rebels' advancement to the Syrian-Israeli borders (Middle East Monitor) - 20-apr-2014

April 16, 2014- Syrian rebels have seized shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles from regime forces in spite of Israel and the Syrian regime's best efforts to prevent such strategic developments from happening, an Israeli commentator said. Yossi Melman, the Israeli commentator on security and intelligence affairs for the Israeli news website Walla, revealed that Syrian rebels seized a warehouse containing Russian and Iranian shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles.Melman affirmed that both Al-Assad's army and the Israeli army tried their best to prevent this warehouse from falling in to rebel hands. The senior Israeli journalist said Israel has detailed information about Syrian weapons and it is afraid that these weapons could fell in the "wrong hands"...
 

The real fraud about Afghanistan's election (Helen Redmond) - 20-apr-2014

April 16, 2014 --- THE U.S. media celebrated Afghanistan's April 5 elections as a success story. The country's Independent Election Commission reported that more than 7 million voters participated in the presidential and provincial council voting, a higher turnout than the 2009 election. But there's more to Afghanistan's election than met the eyes of the Western press.The ballots were still being counted as this article was being written, but it appeared that Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, two of the three frontrunners according to pre-election polls, were in the lead, and an acrimonious runoff election between them is likely.In reality, there was very little opportunity for Afghans to express a real choice in the election ...
 

Mariam Barghouti released on bail (By Beth Staton) - 20-apr-2014

April 16, 2014- Mariam Barghouti, a 20-year-old student was released from military prison this evening, nearly one week after she was arrested by Israeli forces near the village of Nabi Saleh. Barghouti was detained along with three foreign journalists and a young Palestinian citizen of Israel, Abir Kopty, as they left the village on Friday 11 April after reporting on a protest held earlier in the day. Barghouti, who holds American citizen and is a resident of the West Bank, was the only one to be arrested. She was charged with throwing stones and entering a closed military zone....

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Here’s What Drone Attacks in America Would Look Like (By Pete Brook) - 20-apr-2014

April 16, 2014 - If U.S. citizens knew how it felt to be targeted by deadly flying robots, it might shape domestic attitudes toward the Obama administration’s drone program. Artist Tomas Van Houtryve is using video and photography to foster that discussion by putting average Americans under drone-like surveillance. "The drone has become the preferred tool of the 'War on Terror,’" says Van Houtryve. "We live in the most media-connected age ever, and yet the American public has no visual narrative of the drone war. This is a secret war, making it easier to push to the back of our minds or only think about in abstract terms."To make the abstract real with his series Blue Sky Days, Van Houtryve mounted his DSLR on a quadcopter he bought online. He flew it over weddings, funerals, groups in prayer, and people exercising in public places—circumstances in which people have been killed by U.S. drone strikes abroad....
 

Israeli Settler Priests Prepare to Build Holy Temple, Resume Animal Sacrifices (by Richard Silverstein) - 20-apr-2014

April 16, 2014 - An Israeli friend has found an amazing YouTube video (apologies that it is in Hebrew without English captions) of the quasi-religious ceremony at which settler paraded scores of white tunic-clad (also called "kittels") men of various shapes and sizes as the coming generation of kohanim (priests), who would assume duties when (not "if") the State destroys the Dome of the Rock and replaces it with a rebuilt Holy Temple. All this is under the auspices of the Temple Institute. In a related incident, Israeli police arrested radical settler activists attempting to bring goats to the Temple Mount for the ritual Passover sacrifice. No sooner were they released than one of them was rearrested bringing yet another goat into the Old City for sacrificial purposes...
 

Iraq: The Road to Chaos (Ned Parker) - 20-apr-2014

April 16, 2014 -... In April 2013, after the shooting of an Iraqi soldier near a protest camp in Hawija, a town in the north close to Iraq’s traditional border with Iraqi Kurdistan, elite security units attached to the prime minister’s military office opened fire on the camp, killing fifty-one people, including old men and children. A Western diplomat described the event to me as "carnage" and "a vendetta out of all proportions."...In interviews, US officials portrayed the fight in Anbar as a battle between Baghdad and al-Qaeda, and sent hellfire missiles for Maliki to use, regardless of the consequences and of the lack of a clearly defined objective. As my Reuters colleagues and I have documented, in recent weeks Iraqi Special Forces soldiers have bragged of executing suspected militants in Anbar....

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Iraq snapshot -April 16, 2014 (The Common Ills) - 20-apr-2014

April 16, 2014. Chaos and violence continue, Nouri's assault on Anbar continues and we take a look at these War Crimes which have taken place since the start of the year, Iraq comes in at the top of a list (for getting away with murder), and much more... In Iraq today, Nouri continued his streak of War Crimes as he continued his targeting civilians with collective punishment. NINA notes the shelling of residential neighborhoods in Falluja left 16 civilians dead and nineteen injured ....In January, Human Rights Watch issued "Iraq: Protect Anbar Residents From Abuses." And that's it for the world's attention. It's a shame other bodies and government officials can't call out these War Crimes. The White House not only can't call Nouri out, they can't stop arming him, it's like an addiction with them...
 

FBI infiltrates Guantanamo detainee’s defense team (By Gabriel Black) - 20-apr-2014

April 16, 2014- On Monday, the military trial of five 9/11 suspects was put on hold as allegations surfaced that the FBI had enlisted a member of the defense team as a secret informant. This brazen violation of basic democratic norms is a further exposure of an extra-judicial process that has been illegal from the start. Defense attorneys filed a motion late Sunday night calling for a halt to the proceedings, a review of the FBI’s involvement and the appointing of new independent attorneys for the defendants. James Harrington, a civilian attorney for Ramzi bin al-Shibh, one of the five accused, told the judge, "We have an impossible situation in terms of representing our client… on any issue." Harrington added, "To say this is a chilling experience for all of us is a gross understatement."...
 

Resurrection and Israeli Restrictions: Easter in Jerusalem (PLO - NEGOTIATIONS AFFAIRS DEPARTME) - 20-apr-2014

April 16, 2014 - Occupied East Jerusalem is the center of Palestinian celebrations, whether Easter or Ramadan. Freedom of religion and freedom of movement are basic human rights enshrined in international law. However, since 1967, successive Israeli governments have developed a number of policies aimed at directly and indirectly force the people from their land. For billions of Christians worldwide, the holy week of Easter is an opportunity to celebrate, pray and remember Jerusalem. Easter is supposed to be a time of hope and joy. But for hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Christians, the first Christian community, the reality today is one of oppression and discrimination. Of these Christians, who are the centuries-old inhabitants of this land, only a tiny minority are able to celebrate in Jerusalem...

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The Zionist Propaganda Surrounding Sderot
UK's Ed Miliband the latest Western politician "taken in"
(by Stuart Littlewood) - 20-apr-2014

April 16, 2014 - Ed Miliband, UK Labour Party leader and younger brother of former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband David Miliband, has just been on a visit to Israel and occupied Palestine. Ed, who is Jewish, is a wannabe prime minister. And he may succeed in taking the top job next year if Agent Cameron continues annoying the voting public. A BBC report tells us that Miliband and his wife Justine "were shown where the rockets are fired which rain down on this Israeli town of Sderot. "They visited a playgroup which looks like many you would see in the UK, until you realise the kids are playing inside instead of outside as they would not be safe under the deep blue sky and are only so under a roof of reinforced concrete." ...

 

Spanish Court Refuses to Close Guantánamo Torture Investigation (Center for Constitutional Rights) - 19-apr-2014

April 16, 2014 - Spain’s Audiencia Nacional is continuing its investigation into the alleged torture of men formerly detained at Guantánamo prison by U.S. officials, despite recent legislative restrictions stating that Spanish courts can only investigate human rights violations committed abroad if the suspects are present in Spain. In an order issued yesterday, Judge Pablo Ruz ruled that Spain’s obligations under international law to investigate any credible allegation of torture took precedence over the new restrictions, and renewed his request for information from the Obama Administration regarding any U.S.-based investigations into torture allegations...
 

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are collapsing — for good reason (Richard Falk) - 19-apr-2014

April 16, 2014 - The revival of direct negotiations last August between the government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization was mainly an initiative of the U.S. government, energized by Secretary of State John Kerry, who has put relentless pressure on both sides to keep talking despite the seeming futility of such a process. Kerry proclaimed these negotiations an all-or-nothing moment, the last chance for the Israelis and Palestinians to resolve the conflict by creating a Palestinian state alongside Israel. The agreement for the current round of negotiations is set to expire on April 29, and Kerry is increasingly desperate for the parties to agree on an extension. But if the talks continue, as may well happen, that should not be misunderstood as a sign that there’s any realistic chance of such a diplomatic process succeeding...

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Time for an Accounting
Obama, Monopoly Capitalism, and Global Hegemony
(by NORMAN POLLACK) - 19-apr-2014

April 16, 2014 -We’ve seen enough to know that the US is on track to push structural-ideological tyranny to a new level, not so much the reproduction of 20th century fascism (although that historical experience has created an indelible mark on the mindset of present-day geopolitical strategists in defining what might be possible in violating international law without thoroughly antagonizing the world community) as, instead, using a cloak of liberal humanitarianism to assert military power in pursuit of traditional imperialism. The same goals, different label...
 

Why Israeli Officials are Chuckling: The ‘Stable’ West Bank Dilemma (By Ramzy Baroud) - 19-apr-2014

April 16, 2014 -Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Ze’ev Elkin, is a member of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and his predominantly rightwing cabinet. In a recent interview with The Economist, Elkin used the familiar tone of being conceited and oblivious to such notions as international or human rights, and reaffirmed his rejection of a Palestinian state.Instead, Elkin wants Israel to annex a chunk of the West Bank. There is nothing new here, as such language is now official Israeli discourse. But one statement stood out, one that many Palestinians would find bewildering and exasperating.These days, said Elkin with a chuckle, the West Bank is "the most stable part of the Middle East".The bewilderment would stem from the fact that the West Bank is an occupied Palestinian territory...
 

What Other Torturous Measures Will They Inflict on the Tortured? (Tamar Fleishman) - 19-apr-2014

April 16, 2014 -The thousands of people who arrive at Qalandiya checkpoint and its surroundings each day didn’t hold their breaths when they heard Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement that "unilateral actions by the Palestinians will be responded by unilateral actions".What other unilateral actions could the Israeli government take against the Palestinians in a reality in which millions of human beings, from the moment of their birth and until their death, are victims of commands, regulations and laws that enable theft and torture?...


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Haaretz joins Rush Limbaugh and company in trying to link Max Blumenthal to KC shooter suspect (Alex Kane and Phan Nguyen) - 19-apr-2014

April 16, 2014 - Before journalist and author Max Blumenthal turned his eye towards Israel/Palestine, he was a dogged investigator of the seedy world of neo-Nazism and white supremacism in the U.S. But now, liberal Israeli newspaper Haaretz has joined right-leaning Israel advocates in trying to turn the tables on him by linking the journalist to Frazier Glenn Miller (also known as Frazier Glenn Cross), the suspect in Sunday’s deadly shooting at two Jewish centers in Kansas City. Various personalities are waging a concerted smear campaign against Blumenthal, whose book Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel kicked up a storm of controversy over its indictment of Israel’s human rights abuses. The canary in the coal mine for them was that Miller, who posted on the far-right forum Vanguard News Network as "Rounder," once posted about an interview Blumenthal did on Russia Today...
 

Mobile wall to protect settlers during Passover (Al Ray) - 19-apr-2014

April 16, 2014 - - Israeli occupation forces stopped Wednesday a military truck carrying a metal protection wall in the Bab Al Zawya district of Hebron, southern West Bank, to protect the settlers celebrating Jewish "Passover" holiday.
Local sources told the Safa news agency that this is the first time the occupation forces use this kind of trucks to protect the colonial settlers in West Bank. Dozens of colonial settlers raided under heavy protection of Israeli army forces an old Palestinian building in the Be’r al-Saba’ street called "the tomb of Atnaúal bin Gunar" by the settlers...
 

Why we’re taking a different approach to divestment (Hanna Alshaikh) - 19-apr-2014

April 16, 2014 - Students at DePaul University in Chicago launched a campaign last month to divest from Israeli human rights violations. This will be among the first divestment campaigns in the United States to use the referendum strategy. The University of South Florida attempted divestment via referendum in 2013, but the administration refused to certify the results. Building off the momentum from similar and recent campaigns at the University of Michigan, Loyola University Chicago and across the University of California system, DePaul Divest is spearheaded by DePaul’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)...

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NSA Spying Is Here to Stay (by Jim Hightower) - 19-apr-2014

April 16, 2014 - On Monday, April 14, the the Washington Post and the Guardian US newspapers received the Pulitzer for Journalism Public Service for their reports on NSA spying. In light of their hard work, let's recap events of the last year. Embarrassed and irritated by Edward Snowden's leaks, Obama charged last year at a press conference that Snowden was presenting a false picture of NSA by releasing parts of its work piecemeal: "Rather than have a trunk come out here and a leg come out there," he said, "let's just put the whole elephant out there so people know exactly what they're looking at. ... America is not interested in spying on ordinary people," he assured us. The government, he went on, is not "listening in on people's phone calls or inappropriately reading people's emails."...

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Nabi Saleh breaks the military siege (Nora Tamimi) - 19-apr-2014

April 16, 2014 - For three days, a small village in the West Bank, Nabi Saleh, was subjected to a military siege imposed by the Israeli Occupation Forces as a form of collective punishment. On Saturday 12th of April, the IOF imposed the blockade after declaring it to be a "closed military area". All the main entrances to Nabi Saleh were closed and anyone who attempted to enter or leave the village was attacked, regardless of the threat they represented. Just before the siege, Sarak, the Israeli military unit in position and known for its ruthlessness, announced its intention to "impose law and order by suppressing any form of terrorism". This was a senseless statement considering the fact that since 2009 Nabi Saleh has witnessed non-violent action against the Israeli occupation in all its facets....
 

WATCH: Exploiting African asylum seeker labor (By Social TV) - 19-apr-2014

April 16, 2014 - Three African asylum seekers were hired by a family in the Israeli city of Bat Yam; the municipality demanded that they stop working. When the asylum seekers demanded payment from the family for time worked, they were refused. Israel Social TV joined them with a camera when they demanded their pay....
 

Why we’re taking a different approach to divestment (Hanna Alshaikh) - 19-apr-2014

April 16, 2014 - Students at DePaul University in Chicago launched a campaign last month to divest from Israeli human rights violations. This will be among the first divestment campaigns in the United States to use the referendum strategy. The University of South Florida attempted divestment via referendum in 2013, but the administration refused to certify the results. Building off the momentum from similar and recent campaigns at the University of Michigan, Loyola University Chicago and across the University of California system, DePaul Divest is spearheaded by DePaul’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)...

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