Amnesty: Siege on Gaza gravest humanitarian crisis yet
Israel marks lowest number of casualties caused by terror attacks in
2007 since beginning of second intifada, Amnesty International reports
370 Palestinians killed in territories, deems siege imposed by Israel
on Gaza 'unprecedented'.
Amnesty: Israel harms Palestinian civilians, exploits foreigners
An Amnesty International report released on Wednesday finds that Israel
attacks innocent Palestinian civilians, exploits foreigners and
subverts the general right to freedom of employment.
OPT: Physicians for Human Rights - Israel update
OCHA special focus: "Lack of Permit" demolitions and resultant displacement in Area C
Israeli air strike kills two Gaza militant
An Israeli air strike on Wednesday killed two Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical workers said.
The Israeli army kidnaps four civilians from Hebron
Israeli army invaded the southern West Bank city of Hebron and nearby
villages on Wednesday morning and kidnapped four civilians.
30 injured as Israeli army attacks protest in Ni'lin
Tuesday, 27th May, approximately 500 residents from the village of
Ni'lin and Al Midya in the Ramallah governorate, as well as
international and Israeli activists, converged in Al Midya to protest
against the construction of Israel's illegal apartheid wall (also
commonly referred to as the annexation wall), which will steal yet more
of the villages' lands and effectively turn their villages into a
Settlers steal a Palestinian car and the army kidnaps a civilian in northern W.B
group of Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian man and then stole his
car near the northern West Bank city of Nablus on Wednesday.
The Israeli army kidnaps two civilians from villages near Bethlehem
Israeli army attacked Al Shawurah and Beit Fajjar villages located near
the city Bethlehem of in the northern part of the West Bank and
kidnapped two civilians on Wednesday early morning.
Arab resident of Nazareth to be imprisoned for defending the Basilica of Annunciation Church
Arab member of Knesset, Wasel Taha, slammed an Israeli court decision
to imprison an Arab resident of Nazareth for defending the Basilica of
Annunciation Church in the city after in came under attack by an
extremist Israeli couple.
During pre dawn invasion: the Israeli army kidnaps six civilians from Nablus
The Israeli army invaded the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and
nearby Balata refugee camp, during that attack the invading forces
kidnapped six civilians on Wednesday at dawn.
Israeli military court sentences Palestinian to 15 years for
The Israeli Military Court in Salem on Monday
sentenced 23-year-old Ahmad 'Ezzat Abu Tabeekh from Tulkarem to fifteen
years in prison on charges of being affiliated to the Al-Aqsa brigades,
Fatah's military wing. Abu Tabeekh was arrested on 3 Novemeber 2006 in
Tulkarem. He is currently being held in Majiddo prison.
Israeli forces ransack home of Palestinian journalist in
Hebron Ma'an Israeli forces raided the home of Palestinian
journalist Nayifin the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday
morning. Hashlamoun was not at home when the raid happened but the
Israeli troops handed a letter to his son demanding that Hashlamoun
turn himself over to Israeli intelligence for interrogation. Hashlamoun
told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers broke down the front door before
ransacking his house.
Israeli military court extends detention of Palestinian
Jenin Ma'an The Salem Israeli military court has extended the
detention period of six prisoners from Jenin, Qalqilia and Tulkarem
districts on charges of affiliation to Islamic Jihad, a lawyer from the
Jenin office for following up on prisoners affairs said on Tuesday. The
office said in a statement that the detention of Abdullah 'Ubaid from
Jenin was extended to July 16 2008; that of Luay Sati from Tulkarem was
extended to July 29 2008. The detention of Qusay Wishahi from Jenin,
Tal'at Shawahna from Silat Al-Harithiyy and Majd Hourani from Qalqilia
was extended to July 12 2008. The detention of Muhammad Abu 'Uda from
Qabatia was extended to July 21 2008.
camera catches brutal attack by Jewish teens on
Dozens of Jewish teens
were caught on camera outside a Jerusalem mall
carrying out a brutal attack on two Arab youths
on Holocaust Remembrance Day earlier this month.
Twelve Gazan patients sent to Israeli hospitals, 24 return
Israel allowed 12 Gazan patients to exit to Israel for
medical treatment, Palestinian medical sources in the de facto health
ministry in the Gaza Strip said on Tuesday. Twenty four others were
also permitted to re-enter the Gaza Strip after receiving medical
treatment in Egyptian hospitals. Muawiyya Hassanain, the director of
ambulance and emergency services in the Palestinian health ministry
affirmed that the 12 patients left Gazathrough the Erez crossing at
Beit Hanoun along with their 12 attendants. Hassanain also said that
the Egyptian authorities allowed 24 Gazan patients to return to the
Gaza Strip after being hospitalized in Egypt.
One third of those banned from travel for treatment are
The popular committee against the siege stated Monday
that 31 percent of Gaza patients whose travel for medical treatment
abroad was not approved by the IOA for flimsy security pretexts are
children under age 15. In a press conference, Rami Abdo, the
spokesman for the committee, said that this percentage does not include
hundreds of patients who did not apply for medical treatment outside
Gaza because they already know that Israel would reject their requests.
Abdo cited the suffering of a two-year-old Palestinian girl called
Farah Al-Sawwaf who has a tumor in her right kidney and her application
for treatment abroad was not approved yet by the IOA. The spokesman
also pointed to the suffering of another two-year-old child called
Mohamed Bulbul who had the same serious disease of Farah, but he now
urgently needs to receive radiotherapy within 10 days after he
underwent surgery days ago or else he will die.
Avoidable Tragedies: The Continuing Deaths of Gazan Patients
Ramallah, 27-05-08: Seven patients "" including three newborn children
- have died in Gaza in less than a week as a direct result of Israel's
ongoing, devastating siege on the Strip. Twenty-two-year-old leukaemia
sufferer, Mohammad Amawi, became the 167th Gazan patient to die today.
Mohammad's father spent nearly US$ 80,000 dollars on treatment for his
son in hospitals inside Israel since Mohammad was diagnosed with cancer
of the blood.
"Now we have nothing left"
"They came at four in the morning with two bulldozers, and they left
before 8:00am. I own this chicken farm with my three brothers, and we
worked day and night for 18 years to build up our business. The
Israelis destroyed everything in less than four hours." Nasser Jaber's
chicken farm was bulldozed by the Israeli Occupation Forces 10 days
ago, in the early morning hours of 16 May, while he was sleeping at
home in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip.
UN team 'devastated' by Gaza stories: Tutu
UN human rights observers led by Desmond Tutu on Wednesday met
survivors of a 2006 Israeli bombing that killed 19 Palestinian
civilians in Gaza, leading the South African cleric to say the group
was "devastated" by what they learned. The UN team travelled to the
town of Beit Hanun in northern Gaza where residents told of the Israeli
shelling on the night of November 8, 2006, that killed the civilians,
including five women and eight children, in their homes.
Egypt to supply Gaza power plant with gas
Minister of Petroleum Amin Sameh Samir Fahmi said on Tuesday that Egypt
would supply gas to the Palestinian Gaza power plant, the Egyptian MENA
news agency reported. Fahmi made the remarks at a meeting with visiting
head of the Palestinian energy and natural resources department Omar
Kattana, the report said.
Egyptian police uncover 500 kg TNT near Rafah
was hidden in 10 bags near border crossing. Egyptian police also
discover various weapons from around 30 years ago hidden in central
Hamas hails Egyptian gas supply to Gaza
The government of the Islamic Hamas movement in Gaza welcomed on
Wednesday a proposal for supplying Gaza Strip main power plant with
Hamas calls on Palestinian masses to participate in Friday march towards Sufa
In the context of its anti-siege activities, Hamas called on the
Palestinian masses in Gaza to participate in the march heading at noon
Friday towards the Sufa border crossing, east of Rafah.
Palestinian President meets with Hamas government leaders
a meeting that could re-start stalled national unity talks between the
two main Palestinian political parties, Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas (with the Fateh party) met with leaders from the rival Hamas
party on Monday.
Life and Death at Gaza's Al Shifa Hospital: A Tale of Two Mothers and Their Sons
ONLY A FEW DAYS earlier, his family believed 16-year-old Ahmed Abu
Salamah to be dead. They had erected a mourning tent and buried what
they thought were what was left of his body. Two weeks after the
funeral, however, Ahmed's friends contacted his mother to tell her that
her son was still alive and in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Al
Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. Neither she nor her husband could believe
it, but they rushed there anywayto discover that their son was indeed
West Bank Palestinians live in horror of losing their homes
Salim Hamed Jaber, 85, shook his head angrily as he recounted how an
Israeli soldier drove up to his impoverished household in the occupied
West Bank to deliver a demolition order. "Living under the occupation
is like having a piece of glass in your throat," said Jaber.
IDF uncovers 2 pipe bombs near Hebron
forces operating southeast of the West Bank city of Hebron uncovered
two pipe bombs and military gear. Sappers dispatched to the scene
detonated the bombs in a controlled manner. No injuries were reported.
Palestinian police get training in riot control
police officers in riot gear trained under the desert sun Tuesday as
part of a European Union-sponsored public order course begun after a
deadly clash between police and demonstrators last fall.
Tutu meets Hamas leader in Gaza
Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu on Tuesday held talks with a senior
Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip where he led a UN fact-finding mission
into the killing of 19 Palestinian civilians in an 2006 Israeli
Tutu tells Haniyeh fire on Sderot must stop
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who heads the UN delegation
investigating the death of a Palestinian family from IDF fire in 2006,
met with Hamas prime minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh and told him that
"the firing of rockets on Sderot must stop."
Rights group says human rights abuses up in Gaza and West Bank
Human rights conditions have worsened in both the Gaza Strip and the
West Bank since Hamas ousted Fatah in Gaza last year, a Palestinian
rights group said on Tuesday.
Human rights organization condemns detention of 2 journalists
in Gaza City
PNN - The Palestinian Center for Human Rights with offices in Gaza City
and Jabaliya Refugee Camp issued a condemnation of the continual
targeting of journalists, not just by Israeli forces, but by the Hamas
government and the Palestinian Authority.
Hamas revises prisoner list for Shalit exchange
Hamas is preparing a revised list of prisoners that it wants Israel to
release, in a bid to reach a deal with Israel on freeing abducted
Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit, as well as an agreement on
a cease-fire and the reopening of the Rafah crossing between Egypt and
Gaza. The list of prisoners will be sent to Israel for perusal via
Palestinian religious affairs minister says Hajj registration
only permitted through caretaker government
Ramallah Ma'an Palestinian Minister of Awqaf (Religious Endowments)
Jamal Bawatna announced on Tuesday that his ministry would not
recognise any announcement by the Minister of Awqaf in the Hamas-run de
facto government in the Gaza Strip relating to arrangements for Hajj
pilgrims from the Strip. At a press conference today in Ramallah,
Bawatna stated that the announcement in Gaza that registration for the
Hajj would begin on May 25th had not been coordinated with the
Ramallah-based government and that his ministry would not deal with
those registering in Gaza.
Ex-detainee calls on Abbas to respond to Hamas efforts to restore unity
released prisoner Sa'eed Al-Dahbur, 33, called on PA chief Mahmoud
Abbas to extend his hand to Hamas and respond to its efforts to restore
Jailed Palestinian lawmakers urge Arab League and Qatar to
press for Palestinian national reconciliation
Palestinian lawmakers detained in Israeli jails on
Tuesday released a message from their prison cells calling on the Arab
League and Qatar to increase their efforts for national reconciliation
between rival factions Hamas and Fatah. The lawmakers, imprisoned in
Megiddo, Ofer, and Nitsan Prisons, stressed that reconciliation between
the two factions should be based on the higher interests and principles
of the Palestinian people.
Hamas calls on Arab states to pressure Abbas to agree to
DAMASCUS, (PIC)-- The Hamas Movement has called on the Arab countries
to exercise their role in pressuring PA chief Mahmoud Abbas to accept
comprehensive national dialog away from the Zio-American dictates and
his impracticable preconditions. Mohamed Nasr, a member of the Hamas
political bureau, stressed the importance of the Arab role in ending
the inter-Palestinian division, underlining that the Palestinian file
seems to be more complicated than the Lebanese file because there is a
party which refuses dialog and imposes unattainable conditions, so this
requires more pressures on the PA to respond to national dialog.
Lawmakers slam Jordan's foreign policy towards Syria, Palestinians
Amman - Members of Jordan's parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee
have blasted what they called the 'failure' of the country's foreign
policy to improve ties with Syria and to adopt an even-handed policy
towards the feuding Palestinian factions of Hamas and Fatah, the daily
Alarab Alyawm reported Tuesday.
MKs demand Olmert's resignation
Talansky's testimony, right, left-wing MKs call on prime minister to
step down. Livnat: Olmert must go, elections must be held. Orlev: PM
has lost moral authority.
Fayyad expected to shuffle cabinet soon
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is
expected to reshuffle the cabinet of the Palestinian caretaker
government soon, political sources in Ramallah told Ma'an on Monday.
Fayyad will meet with Azzam Al-Ahmad, the head of the Fatah bloc in the
Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) to discuss the changes. There is
said to be controversy within the Fatah movement about the performance
of Fayyad's government, especially at this weekend's meeting of the
Fatah Revolutionary Council.
Eitam: MK Tibi 'Dr. Blood'
Knesset Ethics Committee reprimands lawmakers Tibi, Eitam for two-sided
verbal assault. Tibi: Eitam is heinous civilian murderer; Eitam: Tibi
betraying country on regular basis.
Olmert got $150,000 from me, introduced me to
U.S. businessman tells
court he gave Olmert money for hotels, vacation
as well as campaigns, never asked for anything in
"Le petit soldat" dancing on Palestinian graves?
The following is a 25 May 2008 open letter to filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard
endorsed by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural
Boycott of Israel and a list of Palestinian and Arab filmmakers:
Palestinian artists were devastated to learn that you shall visit
Israel soon to participate in a film festival in Tel Aviv, despite
Israel's decades-old colonial and racist policies against the
indigenous people of Palestine.
Are You A Coward Like Me?
From time to time I receive from my friends in the Middle East,
horrific photographs of the atrocities perpetrated on the Palestinians
by the IDF. (Israel Defence Force) Apparently these photographs are
never ever distributed in the western media; they are in fact,
Reham Alhelsi - The Unforgotten City and its Forgotten Suffering
Jerusalem, the holy city, a city once the religious, social and
economic center of the Palestinians for thousands of years, has turned
into a ghost city under Israeli occupation. Moslems, Christians and
Jews lived peacefully here until the Zionists started implementing
their plans of establishing a Zionist state in Palestine. A city that
was open throughout the centuries has become a closed city under the
rule of what Bush and others call "the only democracy in the Middle
East"! In what other country in the world is the original Moslem and
Christian population prevented from living in their own city and
reaching their holy places?
Israelis and Arabs Walk Into a Film...In "You Don't Mess With the Zohan" (opening June 6), Mr. Sandler plays
an Israeli assassin who flees to the United States to become a
hairdresser. Trailers for the film promise plenty of broad farce,
physical comedy and at least one lewd dance routine. What the ad
campaign for "Zohan" does not emphasize is that the film also attempts
to satirize the continuing tensions between Israel and its Arab
neighbors, and provide humorous commentary on one of the least funny
topics of modern times with a comedian who is not exactly known for
incisive political wit.
Under-fire Egypt minister 'dreams' of normal ties with Israel
Egypt's Culture Minister Faruq Hosni, a candidate to head UNESCO but
under fire from the Jewish state, said on Tuesday he "dreams" of normal
ties with Israel once it has made peace with the Palestinians.
academic deported and banned for criticising
Norman Finkelstein, the
controversial Jewish American academic and fierce
critic of Israel, has been deported from the
country and banned from the Jewish state for 10
years, it emerged yesterday.
Construction of Wall in Ni'lin ''Deepening Israel's Apartheid
System in Palestine''
Ramallah, 26-05-08: "The further expansion and consolidation of
Israel's Apartheid system in Palestine," is how Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi,
Secretary General of the PNI, today described the confiscation of
Palestinian land for the construction of the Apartheid Wall in the
village of Ni'lin, some 5 kilometres inside the Green Line. A peaceful
demonstration by Palestinians, internationals and Israelis against
construction of the Wall on village lands is currently underway in
Ni'lin, and has been met with heavy violence by the Israeli military.
Some 50 soldiers, 10 military jeeps, and a special jeep to launch up to
24 tear gas canisters at one time have been deployed in the area, and
soldiers are shooting tear gas, sound bombs and rubber-coated bullets
at the peaceful and unarmed demonstrators. A number of people have been
injured, including a Canadian woman who experienced breathing problems
after being caught in a fog of tear gas.
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, May 27
Least 16 Iraqis Killed As Bloody US Occupation
Baghdad, an Awakening Council (Sahwa) member was
killed and three others were wounded in Adhamiya.
Also, 290 detainees were released.
killed and 44 wounded in north Iraq blast
Six people died and 44 were wounded in a blast
Tuesday west of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul,
an official said.
bombs kill 2 U. S. occupation force soldiers in
Two U. S. soldiers were killed
in a pair of roadside bombings over the weekend,
the U. S. military announced Monday.
UNHCR faces difficulty helping neediest Iraqis in Jordan
rising food and energy prices, exacerbated by the withdrawal of state
fuel subsidies, the UN refugee agency will find it increasingly
difficult to help the growing numbers of Iraqi refugees in need of
assistance in Jordan.
Sweden PM: US, EU must admit more Iraq refugees
Sweden's prime minister urged the United States and European countries
to step up and admit more Iraqi refugees and said Tuesday that his
Scandinavian country has shouldered too much of the burden.
calls for protests against US occupation and
Shiite cleric Moqtada
al-Sadr Tuesday called on followers to hold
weekly protests against a long-term security deal
that the Iraqi and US governments are
negotiating. A statement from al-Sadr said Iraqis
should hold demonstrations every week after
Friday prayers in every part of the country
"until further notice or until the agreement
US 'close' to Iraq military deal
Pact to seal details of long term US presence but official denies seeking permanent bases.
Blackwater grand jury hears from Iraqi witnesses
Iraqis, including the father of a slain 9-year-old boy, appeared
Tuesday before a federal grand jury investigating a deadly Sept. 16
shooting in Baghdad involving Blackwater Worldwide contractors.
Iraq's main Sunni bloc suspends government talks
main Sunni Arab political bloc said on Wednesday it had suspended talks
to rejoin the Shi'ite-led government after a disagreement with Prime
Minister Nuri al-Maliki over a cabinet post.
Shiite Leader al-Sadr Seeks To Be Iraq Icon Like His Father
When the revered head of Iraq's largest Shiite opposition group was
assassinated in 1999, the mantle of leadership passed to an unexpected
heir: Moqtada al-Sadr, then a 25-year-old video game aficionado who
oversaw the movement's security forces.
Al-Sadr getting ready to lead Iraq?
When the revered head of Iraq's largest Shiite opposition group was
assassinated in 1999, the mantle of leadership passed to an unexpected
heir: Muqtada al-Sadr, then a 25-year-old video-game aficionado who
oversaw the movement's security forces.
Iraq reopens bombed bridge, vows to defeat militants
officials reopened a landmark Baghdad bridge on Tuesday after it was
destroyed by a truck bomb last year, vowing to defeat terrorists and
unite a country ravaged by sectarian strife.
Activists and UN: Iraqi women need more security
_ Increased security for women and other vulnerable groups needs to be
further strengthened in Iraq, Iraqi women organizations and UN
representatives said Wednesday.
Iraq alcohol sellers pray bombers won't return
living in fear for months, liquor store owners in Baghdad are proudly
displaying everything from Iraqi Asriya Arak to Johnnie Walker Blue
Label whisky, a sign that peace and stability may return.
Former anti-terror czar Clarke: Staying in Iraq 'helps Al-Qaeda'
Maintaining US combat troops in Iraq "helps Al-Qaeda" and Washington
should pull them from the ravaged country if it wants to see progress
in the war on terror, former US anti-terror czar Richard Clarke said
Rally's veterans, activists seek to avoid glorifying war
The night before he hanged himself with a garden hose in the basement
of his parents' home, Jeffrey Lucey asked if he could sit on his
father's lap. For the better part of an hour, Kevin Lucey quietly held
his 23-year-old son, an Iraq war veteran who had returned depressed and
deeply ashamed of what he said was his brutal treatment of Iraqis. When
Kevin Lucey discovered his son's body the next night, there was a
suicide note: "I am totally embarrassed at the man I have become and I
hope you can remember me only as a child."
disabled the most marginalised in Iraq
According to a recent study, more than a million
people have been disabled on account of the war.
The government and civil society are not taking
care of them, with serious psychological
consequences and tensions within families.
Bush wants $600 million for Iraq police; but cuts aid to U.S. cops
At the same time the Bush administration has been pushing for deep
cuts in a popular crime-fighting program for states and cities, the
White House has been fighting for approval of $603 million for the
Benn: A Million or More Dead
destruction of Iraq continues; its people killed
amidst bombings and atrocities, a million or more
dead, many more than two million driven from
their homes, the social and economic
infrastructure shattered. In Afghanistan the US
military is spending $65,000 a minute and there
are four times as many air strikes than in Iraq.
Bush misled U.S. on Iraq, former aide says in new book
In a book due out Monday, former White House press secretary Scott
McClellan offers a blistering review of the administration and
concludes that his longtime boss misled the nation into an unnecessary
war in Iraq.
Bush's Iraq wrangles alarm lawmakers
Legislators in both Baghdad and Washington are concerned over talks
between Iraq and the United States over a deal to determine the
relationship between the countries. Iraqis feel they are being
rail-roaded, while US Democrats fear President George W Bush's attempts
to set the Iraq framework will tie the hands of the next president -
whom Democrats strongly hope will come from their ranks.
SUNDANCE CHANNEL TO PREMIERE "ON THE ROAD IN AMERICA"
12-Part Doc Series Looks At U.S. Through Lens Of 4 Young Arabs During 10-Week Cross-Country Journey.
Another Milestone for Dr. Al-Arian Spent in Prison
VIRGINIA-- This past week, Dr. Sami Al-Arian marked the 33rd
anniversary of his arrival to the United States. Dr. Al-Arian, who is
currently being held at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Portsmouth,
Virginia, awaits deportation by immigration officials while a Virginia
prosecutor attempts to keep Dr. Al-Arian imprisoned indefinitely. On
April 11, Dr. Al-Arian completed his sentence, following an additional
year spent in civil contempt for his refusal to testify before a grand
jury. A plea agreement reached with the government in 2006 called for
Dr. Al-Arian's immediate release and deportation and promised to
protect him from cooperation. After spending more than five years in
prison, much of it in solitary confinement, Dr. Al- Arian has spent the
last six weeks in legal limbo -not serving a sentence and not charged,
but not allowed to leave the country.
John Bolton to be target of citizen's arrest at Hay Festival
Bolton, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, faces a
citizen's arrest when he addresses an audience at the Hay Festival in
Wales this evening.