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Selected News Week of 3/13/11

Posted on March 13, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Tell Congress to support continued funding of UNRWA

The House of Representatives is expected to soon take up the Obama administration’s annual request for funding of UNRWA, and challenges have risen in Congress to cut or even eliminate US funding for the Agency.  American Friends of UNRWA joins other organizations including Churches for Middle East Peace, Arab American Institute, Americans for Peace Now, and the United Nations Association in urging you to act quickly to support continued funding of UNRWA!


UNRWA: A Good Investment for American Taxpayers

The historic popular uprisings in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East are forcing the United States, for the first time in decades, to recalibrate American priorities there. In the past, we have weighted our diplomacy and resources toward order and stability, often at the expense of our commitment to freedom, democracy and development. The events of recent weeks make clear that we must give higher priority to supporting more just and accountable political institutions and to unfulfilled human needs. If we don't, the threat of violence and instability will surely grow.


US senator wants 'readjustment' of Mideast policy

US Senator John Kerry said that US policy toward the Middle East needs a "readjustment" to reflect the new realities of the region, as people across the region engage in protests demanding better representation from their leaders.



Awarta Village Under Full Closure Since Saturday; Scandinavian Activists Trapped

Israeli forces have maintained a closure of the village of Awarta for the last three days, preventing all residents from leaving their homes, with no indication as to when the closure will end and the residents will be allowed out of their homes.


Geneva conference on Palestinian prisoners' rights hears shocking testimonies

Geneva conference on Palestinian prisoners' rights hears shocking testimoniesMore than 700,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel since 1967, representing over 20 percent of the whole population living under Israeli occupation. This was one of many shocking statistics and testimonies presented at the First International Conference on the Rights of Palestinian Prisoners and Detainees held in Geneva on 11-12 March


Netanyahu is ignoring Abbas' efforts to end Palestinian incitement

Netanyahu is demanding the cleansing of preaching of hatred for Israel from sermons in the mosques. But he would do well to do some housecleaning first - in the synagogues.


On the 8th Anniversary of Rachel Corrie’s Stand in Gaza

A Message from Craig and Cindy Corrie, March 16, 2011


Palestinians protest as Israel attempts to erase their presence in Lod

PalestineMonitor 11 Mar -- A demonstration took place Tuesday evening in Lod, one of Israel’s mixedcities, provoked by the most recent spate of house demolitions there. ... The crowd yelled, ‘You can arrest us and beat us but we will not leave Lod’.The most recent victims of home demolitions in Lod are the Abu Eid family, comprising seven families in total, whose homes were demolished three months ago. For two months, the families lived in tents on their land. Last week, they laid the foundations for temporary cabins but those too were torn down on the orders of the police.



UN rights expert condemns sharp increase in Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes

An independent United Nations expert has called on Israel to stop illegally demolishing Palestinian homes in the West Bank, including two apartment buildings in East Jerusalem where 150 people are about to be evicted, citing a recent surge in such actions. "This pattern of eviction, demolition, expansion of settlements, and settlers’ violent expropriation of Palestinian homes in the occupied East Jerusalem violates fundamental human rights, as well as provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention governing belligerent occupation," UN Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories Richard Falk said in a statement.


5 Palestinian patients seek access to hospital

Five Palestinian kidney patients were prevented Saturday from access to the hospital in Nablus city by Israelioccupation forces stationed at Beit Furik checkpoint in the east of thesame city. Naser Abu Jaish, head of village council, said that Israeli army prevented all citizens including five patients to pass through the checkpoint. He emphasized that those patients in desperate need for medical treatment and he demanded the international committee of the red cross to immediately intervene to evacuate them to the hospital.


Bedouin reject compensation offer, accusing Israel of land grab

Responding to reported deal to provide Bedouin with approximately 50% of their current land, some leaders accused the state an intentional attempt to divide their community.


Abbas aide: Israel's approval of West Bank homes 'unacceptable'

Cabinet approves construction of new settlement houses as a response to a deadly terror attack on a family of five in the settlement of Itamar.


Keith Ellison Tears Up At Hearing On Muslim-American 'Radicalization'

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim-American elected to Congress, broke into tears Thursday during a hearing investigating possible radicalization of Muslim-Americans, telling the House Homeland Security Committee the inquiry was “the very heart of scapegoating.”


Football finally comes home for Palestinian national team

Palestine's Atef Abubelal in action during a friendly victory against Pakistan. Today the team will play its first competitive home match


Tell Congress: Cutting this aid could come back to bite us.

An effort is underway in the House of Representatives to cut U.S. funding for a UN group that provides key humanitarian support for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.


"No Israeli occupation" in the West Bank?

Congressman Anthony Weiner said last week that there was "no Israeli occupation" in the West Bank and that there were no Israeli troops there.



'No Palestine without Jordan Valley'

In response to Netanyahu's claim that continued military presence in Jordan Rift Valley vital for Israel's security, PM Fayyad says only solution to conflict is establishment of Palestinian state within 1967 borders



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