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Amnesty: By the Way, Hamas Cops Beat Up Demonstrators

Posted on: March 31st, 2012

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Proving that public officials must read their own stories before sending them out, we found an item on the Palestinian news agency Ma’an’s website Saturday that began: “Amnesty International’s deputy director for the Middle East and north Africa called Friday for Israel to stop using excessive force against demonstrators.” The item continued (2nd paragraph): “Ann […]

French elite force in training.
 

Police Arrested 20 Islamists Following Toulouse Murders, Terrorist Network May Be Shut Down

Posted on: March 30th, 2012

News & ViewsGlobal

It's important to separate the failure of elite French police units to apprehend murderer Muhammad Merah a week ago, from our estimate of the ability of French security forces to monitor radical Islamists within their borders. It turns out that France, which has been hit by terrorist attacks since the Algerian war of the 1950s, could teach the US a thing or two about controlling Arab terrorism.

 

Thousands Expected at Beaufort Castle, Lebanese Army Imposing Heavy Security Measures

Posted on: March 30th, 2012

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The Naharnet website reports that some 4,000 Lebanese, Palestinian and “foreign” demonstrators (i.e. Iranians) are expected to march to the Beaufort Castle in Nabatiyeh on Friday morning, marking Land Day. The Lebanese army and security forces have taken strong measures to prevent uncontrolled escalation of the protest. The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon is […]

 

Hamas: PA Blocking Egypt Fuel Supply to Gaza

Posted on: March 30th, 2012

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The Palestinian news agency Ma’an is quoting a Hamas spokesman who said Thursday the electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip is at least partly a result of Egypt’s refusal to deal directly with the government in Gaza. Ahmad Abu al-Amarin told Ma’an the government has been attempting to buy Egyptian fuel through official channels, but […]

Women's rights advocate Gloria Steinem.
 

Gloria Steinem, Women Under Siege, Documenting Sex Crimes in Syria in Real Time

Posted on: March 29th, 2012

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Turning to Internet users for help in reporting rape and sexual assault in Syria, to inform the international community and to provide the base for potential prosecutions, a new Women's Media Center initiative, spearheaded by Gloria Steinem, declares: "Our goal is to make these atrocities visible, and to gather evidence so that one day justice may be served."

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Residents of Samaria to US, Canadian, Donors: MDA Enemy of the Settlements

Posted on: March 29th, 2012

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For more than half a year, the Samaria Residents Committee has been struggling against Magen David Adom following its agreement with the Red Cross, in which MDA has committed to remove the red Star of David symbols from ambulances serving Samarian towns, and to transfer medical authority in the district to the Palestinian Red Crescent. […]

French nuclear physicist of Algerian descent Adlene Hicheur.
 

French Nuclear Physicist on Trial for Plotting Hits with Al Qaeda

Posted on: March 29th, 2012

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Adlene Hicheur, a French nuclear physicist of Algerian descent who once worked at Switzerland's renowned CERN laboratory, is being tried in Paris on charges of collaborating with Al Qaeda in North Africa. His attorneys claim he only sent angry emails. They are afraid their clients would be unfairly linked with the Toulouse murderer.

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The U.S. Navy variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, conducts a test flight over the Chesapeake Bay.
 

First F-35 Stealth Fighter Planes to Arrive in Israel in 2015

Posted on: March 29th, 2012

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The first F-35 is expected to arrive in Israel in 2015, but Israeli pilots will be able to start training on it in the U.S. in 2014. A stealth fighter aircraft, produced by Lockheed Martin, the F-35 is considered to be the most advanced fighter aircraft to date.

 

Snubbing the US, Turkey, Iran, Set $30b Trade Target for 2015

Posted on: March 29th, 2012

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According to the Iranian news agency Mehr, Iranian First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that the two countries had agreed to increase the volume of bilateral trade to 30 billion dollars within the next three years. The value of trade between Iran and Turkey surpassed […]

Palestinian journalists protested Wednesday in the city of Ramallah, demanding the release of Yousef al-Shayeb.
 

Journalists Protest Jailing of Reporter of Palestinian Corruption

Posted on: March 29th, 2012

News & ViewsEye on Palestine

Palestinian journalists protested Wednesday in the city of Ramallah, in Judea and Samaria, demanding that the Palestinian Authority release Yousef al-Shayeb, a reporter who was arrested two days earlier, following a complaint of slander and deformation filed by the Palestinian ambassador to France and his deputy and Foreign Minister.

 

Brandeis Students Disrupt Meeting with Israeli Lawmakers

Posted on: March 28th, 2012

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Brandeis University students disrupted a panel discussion at a Boston-area synagogue featuring Israeli lawmakers and Jewish community leaders. The students, members of the Brandeis Students for Justice in Palestine group, removed their shirts Monday night in Temple Emanuel in Newton, Mass., to uncover T-shirts that read “apartheid” in Hebrew. They also chanted “Free, free Palestine” […]

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New Kadima leader MK Shaul Mofaz.
 

Mofaz Wins Kadima Primary Polls by 62% to Livni’s 38%

Posted on: March 27th, 2012

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Out of 95 thousand registered Kadima party members, only 40% voted by 10 p.m., when the polls closed. It was rumored that left-leaning Haim Ramon was planning to resign as Chair of the Kadima Council. Along with the Mofaz win, this may suggest that the party is moving to the right. It may also mean that Kadima could not be taken for granted as partnering with the left on issues such as religious vs. secular tensions.

Barack Obama with Mahmoud Abbas
 

Obama Off-the-Record: I Will Have Greater Flexibility on Foreign Policy After Presidential Election

Posted on: March 27th, 2012

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President Obama was unaware that he was within microphone range at the Seoul Nuclear Summit when he made the comments to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

 

Ecstasy, Hashish Seized in Gaza

Posted on: March 27th, 2012

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The Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported that Police in north Gaza on Monday detained a man in possession of Ecstasy and hashish. Jabalia police said they received a tip off that a man was picking up drugs from Rafah, a town on the Egyptian border, to sell. Police tracked the suspect and found 50 packets […]

Robot disables explosive device planted by terrorists outside Gaza.
 

IDF Sappers Disable Explosives Near Gaza Security Fence

Posted on: March 27th, 2012

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According to the IDF Spokesperson, sappers were called to disassemble an explosive device planted adjacent to the security fence outside the Gaza strip. “This incident proves, yet again, that terror organizations, headed by Hamas, use the area adjacent to the security fence in order to carry out terror attacks against Israeli citizens and IDF soldiers,” […]

 

Entire Family Incinerated in Rehovot Fire

Posted on: March 27th, 2012

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Less than two weeks before Passover, a terrible disaster destroyed an entire family in a fire that consumed a two-room housing unit in the town of Rehovot. Six members of the Shaer family died: the father Guy, 38, and five children, ages 18 months to 11. Fire officials said that when they arrived, they discovered […]

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Israel's gay pride parade passes in front of the Knesset. But Israeli gays are not "kosher" enough for some West Coast LGBT.
 

Seattle LGBT to Visiting Israeli Homosexuals: Gay Aveck!

Posted on: March 27th, 2012

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In the solidarity business, life can be unpredictable. Take, for instance, the story of the LGBT commission representing the gay community in Seattle, which this month canceled a Friday reception at City Hall for a visiting delegation of Israeli gay leaders. They argued that Israel was "pinkwashing" its treatment of the Palestinians by showing the world how fabulous they are on gay rights.

 

Toulouse Killer Visited Israel in 2010

Posted on: March 26th, 2012

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The Shin Bet, Israel’s domestic intelligence agency, has confirmed that Mohammed Merah, the man responsible for the murders of 7 people last week, visited Israel in 2010. According to a Shin Bet investigation, Merah entered Israel via the Allenby Bridge from Jordan, prior his travels to Afghanistan, in September 2010. The investigation also revealed that […]

 

Turkey Closes Embassy in Syria

Posted on: March 26th, 2012

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Turkey has closed its embassy in Syria because of what it says is a worsening security situation, as President Bashar al-Assad continue to bombard the city of Homs. Turkey informed its citizens last week that it was suspending all activities at its embassy in Damascus and called on them to return to Turkey. Turkey, a onetime ally […]

President Nicolas Sarkozy at the funeral of French paratroopers. The President granted a request for posthumous marriage by the girlfriend of one of the fallen.
 

Sarkozy Grants Merah’s Victim a Posthumous Wedding

Posted on: March 26th, 2012

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It may seem a bit macabre, but the terrible tale of multiple killings of innocents in Toulouse continues to yield messages of hope, peeking through the scenes of blood and gore. It began with the heartfelt plea for increased light that was issued by widow and grieving mother Chava (Eva) Sandler. Now the pregnant girlfriend of one of the Toulouse gunman's victims has said she will marry her murdered partner in a posthumous ceremony.

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