Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Israeli army vehicles cross into Gaza, destroy farmland

Israeli army vehicles have crossed into the Gaza Strip and destroyed Palestinian farmland, witnesses in the besieged territory said.

Palestinians say several Israeli military bulldozers backed by tanks crossed the border in the southern Gaza Strip, near Khan Yunis, on Tuesday and began bulldozing farmland. 

"A number of tanks accompanying military bulldozers penetrated an area more than 100 meters into Palestinian farmland on the border, and began razing it," witnesses told AFP news agency.

Two Israeli military vehicles were damaged after an explosive device blew up in the area. One local resident said he saw one of the bulldozers catch fire.

Israeli army has confirmed the blast, saying a concealed device caused the explosion. The army, however, did not say whether anyone was injured in the explosion.


UN warns of serious effects of Israeli sanctions on Gazans

A UN humanitarian official says a new round of Israeli sanctions on the besieged Gaza Strip is impacting food supplies and would have "serious" effects if continued.

"Israel has announced a series of heightened restrictions on the movement of people and goods to and from the Gaza Strip, including closures of the Kerem Shalom crossing," AFP quoted UN Humanitarian Coordinator James W Rawley as saying in a statement on Wednesday.

"These measures are resulting in the depletion of stocks of essential supplies, including basic foodstuffs and cooking gas, and undermine the livelihoods and rights of many vulnerable Gazan families," he said.

"If these restrictions continue, the effect upon the Gaza population will be serious," Rawley warned.

The Israeli regime closed Kerem Shalom, the only goods crossing from Israel into the Gaza Strip on Monday.

Gaza has been blockaded by Israel since June 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.

The apartheid regime of Israel denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education.


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Israel, US finalize $10 billion arms deal

Israel, US finalize $10 billion arms deal
(PIC) US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (L) with Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Yaalon during a joint press conference in Tel Aviv on April 22, 2013.

Minister Yaalon and I agreed that the United States will make available to Israel a set of advanced new military capabilities ... including anti-radiation missiles and advanced radars for fighter jets, KC135 refueling aircraft, and most significantly the V-22 Osprey…."

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Israeli Minister of Military Affairs Moshe Yaalon have finalized a new arms deal worth USD 10 billion.

"Minister Yaalon and I agreed that the United States will make available to Israel a set of advanced new military capabilities ... including anti-radiation missiles and advanced radars for fighter jets, KC135 refueling aircraft, and most significantly the V-22 Osprey…," Hagel said in a joint press conference in Tel Aviv on Monday.

Hagel arrived in Israel on Sunday at the start of a six-day regional tour, his first since taking over as the Pentagon chief two months ago.

Meanwhile, Israel admitted to attacking a scientific research facility in Syria back in January, claiming the airstrike destroyed a convoy of advanced weapons that was bound for Lebanon's Hezbollah movement.

Hagel is set to visit Cairo, then Riyadh and Abu Dhabi to finalize details of a USD 10 billion arms deal that will also provide sophisticated missiles to Saudi Arabia and US F-16 fighter jets to the UAE.

The Pentagon chief’s trip comes a month after US President Barack Obama visited Israel and reaffirmed Washington’s backing of Tel Aviv while promoting fresh attempts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.


UN to distribute food in Gaza

UN to distribute food in Gaza on Wednesday 13
AZA CITY (Ma'an) -- UNRWA will start distributing food aid to refugees in Gaza on Wednesday, a spokesman for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees said Monday. 

UNRWA has started moving food to its 12 distribution centers across Gaza, Adnan Abu Hasnah told Ma'an. 

The agency had suspended food aid after protesters stormed a UN depot on April 4 demanding reinstatement of a monthly cash allowance to poor families which was halted from April 1 due to budget cuts.



Think before you “take part in occupation and war,” says jailed Israeli refusenik

Think before you “take part in occupation and war,” says jailed Israeli refusenik

Natan Blanc walks into Tel Ha’Shomer military base near Tel Aviv, where he refused once again to serve in the Israeli army, 2 April.
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Natan Blanc, a 19-year-old from Haifa, has spent more than 120 days in prison for refusing to serve in the Israeli military.

He began thinking about resisting conscription during Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s three-week offensive against Gaza in late 2008 and early 2009.

Israel’s Defense Service Law — introduced in 1949 — gave the Israeli military the authority to enroll any Israeli citizen who turns 18. After finishing a mandatory service of one year, Israelis remain in a reserve unit in the army. This requires Israelis to spend one month in the army each year until the age of 40.

Conscientious objection to military service is considered a felony in Israel. It is usually punished by imprisonment for a few weeks — during which pressure is put on an objector to change his or her mind. Following that spell in jail, the objector is summoned again to a military recruitment committee. Continued refusal to serve can lead to further imprisonment.

In total, Blanc has been summoned to a recruitment committee eight times. On each occasion, he has been sent to jail. He is scheduled for release in three weeks’ time.


'3 children detained' by Israeli police in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police detained three children on Thursday morning during a raid in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiyeh, a local committee member said. 

The three children, aged 13, were arrested by Israeli police who were accompanied by intelligence agents, Follow-Up Committee member Muhammad Abul Humus told Ma'an.

A spokesman for Israel's police was not immediately available for comment.

The detentions follow a raid on Wednesday in the area during a wedding party, where one Palestinian was injured by Israeli fire. Three detentions were also made during the raid.

Issawiya is the hometown of Samer Issawi, who ended a 266-day hunger strike on Wednesday after Israel agreed to release him in eight months.

Israeli forces have repeatedly raided the neighborhood amid frequent protests over Issawi's detention, dismantling a solidarity tent in the town over 30 times.


Israeli forces uproot 700 olive trees near Jenin

NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Thursday uprooted over 700 olive trees near Arraba village in the northern West Bank, Palestinian Legislative Council member Najah Abu Bakr said.

The trees belonged to Palestinians in Arraba, south of Jenin, close to the Israeli settlement Mevo Dotan, the MP said in a statement.

On Tuesday, Israeli forces destroyed over 1,300 olive trees in the south Hebron hills of the southern West Bank.



The Israeli occupation detains a 14 years child, accused of throwing a stone on an Israeli van.

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Defying all odds, the first Palestinian Circus School flourishes

Roll up, roll up - ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, friends and foes – please put your hands together and give your warm welcome to the unparalleled, the outstanding, the one and only Palestinian Circus School.

This could perfectly be the opening line of one of the shows of the Palestinian Circus School. Currently submerged in an ambience of red noses, big shoes, squeaky flowers, stilts and many other props, the Palestinian Circus School (PCS) began as a small circus group in August 2006 thanks to the determination of Shadi Zmorrod and Jessika Devlieghere, who initiated the pathway to introduce circus arts from Palestinians for Palestinians, amidst Israeli checkpoints and M-16 rifles.

The whole idea of creating the first circus school in Palestine was to provide an effective alternative to the massive effects that the Israeli military occupation has had over the lives of young Palestinians, particularly since 2000.

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Israel preparing to launch another war against Gaza: Report

The Israeli army is reportedly preparing to launch another all-out war against the besieged Gaza Strip in a bid to eliminate Hamas resistance movement.

According to Israeli Walla website, the Israeli army is preparing to launch the Operation Pillar of Defense II against Gaza to stop rocket attacks from the Palestinian territory despite a significant decrease in their number.

The Israeli website said since the Israeli regime does not have confidence in the current peace in the southern part of Israel, it wants to launch another military offensive in Gaza to destroy Hamas military infrastructure.

It also added that the Israeli army will deploy more troops in the future war to prevent Hamas response.

Walla said Israel is determined to attack Gaza again since the democratically-elected government of Gaza has not changed its anti-Israeli stance and refuses to end resistance against Israeli occupation of the Palestinian lands.

Israel launched the so-called "Operation Pillar of Defense I" against Gaza in November 2012. Over 160 Palestinians, including women and children, were killed and about 1,200 others were injured and more than 1,500 targets were hit across the Palestinian enclave during the eight-day war.

In retaliation, Palestinian resistance fighters fired rockets and missiles into Israeli cities, killing at least five Israelis. The offensive ended after Egypt brokered a truce between Hamas and Israel.

According to a Hamas spokesman, Israel's eight-day aggression against the Gaza Strip caused more than USD1.2 billion in direct and indirect damages.


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Marking Nakba - march of return in Ramalla

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CAIRO (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Cairo on Wednesday for talks with his Egyptian counterpart Muhammad Mursi, the PA ambassador to Egypt said.

Barakat al-Farra told Ma'an the presidents would meet on Thursday and discuss the Arab League's recent visit to Washington, the peace process and Palestinian reconciliation.

Hamas and Fatah held talks in Cairo on Tuesday and agreed to form a unity government within three months, Hamas' deputy politburo chief Moussa Abu Marzouq told Ma'an.

The ambassador said Abbas and Mursi would also discuss Israeli violations in Jerusalem, including attacks on the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and against Christians.

Israel apologized to Cairo after police violence against Egyptian diplomats during the Holy Fire ceremony at Jerusalem's Holy Sepulcher church on Orthodox Easter.

According to public radio, three Egyptian diplomats and a Coptic priest were hit by Israeli police during the Holy Fire ceremony, a centuries-old sacred rite which takes place in the church on the night of Orthodox Easter.

Footage posted on the Internet show a group of police manhandling a Coptic priest in Jerusalem's Old City, with one officer locking the priest's head in his arm.



Israel arrests 25 Palestinian protesters on Nakba Day

Israeli forces have arrested 25 Palestinian protesters during clashes in and around East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

The Palestinians were detained during a demonstration held on Wednesday to mark the 65th anniversary of the Nakba Day.

Israeli security forces used tear gas, stun grenades, and water cannons to disperse the demonstrators, who were marking the anniversary of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the expulsion of more than 700,000 Palestinians from their homeland in 1948, which they call the Nakba (the catastrophe).

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip also took to the streets to voice their anger against the Israeli occupation of their land.

Similar demonstrations were held in the West Bank cities of Ramallah, Nablus, and al-Khalil (Hebron), and some other countries around the world.

On Tuesday, Israeli forces attacked hundreds of Palestinians who were trying to mark the day in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Every year on May 15, Palestinians all over the world hold demonstrations to commemorate Nakba Day, on which Israeli soldiers also wiped nearly 500 Palestinian villages and towns off the map, leaving an estimated total of 4.7 million Palestinian refugees and their descendants dreaming of an eventual return to their ancestral homeland more than six decades later.


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3. Lucky Larry purchased the towers for the give-away price of 5 million dollars, but shortly before the attack, he insured them for 7.1 billion dollars! How lucky can you get?
4. “Zim Shipping” a company 50% owned by the Rothschild’s family (Jewish), who had been renting office space in the towers for years, shortly before the attacks broke a thirty year lease and moved out of the buildings!

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Israel concerned over Russia’s arm sales to Syria (PIC) Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni

At meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov condemned some media reports regarding Russia’s shipment of weapons to Syria.

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An Israeli official has expressed concerns over Russia’s shipment of advanced arms to Syria, saying they could be used against Israel.

"(Weapons) could reach others in Syria or Lebanon, and be used against Israel," Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said on Saturday, Reuters reported.

"These are not just any weapons, they are tie-breakers, and that's why there is a responsibility with all world powers, certainly Russia, not to supply such arms," Livni said.

At meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov condemned some media reports regarding Russia’s shipment of weapons to Syria.

“I do not understand why mass media are trying to make a sensation out of the fact. We do not conceal it that we supply weapons to Syria according to signed contracts, violating neither any international agreements, nor our own weapon export control legislation, one of the strictest in the world,” the Russian foreign minister said.

The Syria crisis began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.

Damascus says the West and its regional allies, such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, are supporting the militants.

In an interview recently broadcast on Turkish television, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that if the militants take power in Syria, they could destabilize the entire Middle East region for decades.

“If the unrest in Syria leads to the partitioning of the country, or if the terrorist forces take control… the situation will inevitably spill over into neighboring countries and create a domino effect throughout the Middle East and beyond,” he stated.



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Egyptian Siege on Gaza Day 5: 2400 Palestinians Stuck At The Rafah Border terminal Tuesday May 21, 2013; the Himaya Center for Journalists Defending Human Rights has reported that more than 2400 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip are currently stuck at the Rafah Border Terminal between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, awaiting to be allowed through.

In a press release, the center demanded the Egyptian Authorities to open the terminal without any delays, and to refrain from involving the Palestinians in internal issues in Gaza and Egypt.

It also demanded providing the Palestinians, stuck on the terminal, with temporary shelter and the needed care, and added that the border crossing must be continuously operating as agreed upon during meetings and arrangements, and called for applying all related laws.

Egypt closed the Rafah Border Terminal more than four days ago, leaving 2400 Palestinians stuck on the crossing, and preventing thousands of Palestinians from leaving the coastal region.

The Rafah Terminal is the only crossing point that the Palestinians in Gaza can use when traveling abroad, due to the fact that Israel controls all other terminals, including commercial crossing in the Gaza Strip.



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She is in jail since last Wednesday. The first trial was on Sunday. The second was today. Now in court they have decided to keep her till next Monday for a next trial. She has not even seen a lawyer - and also forbidden for anybody to visit her. She is accused of having supported somebody who made a facebook page that would spread negative propaganda about Israel, which could harm the safety of the 'Israelian' territory ... (or something more or less like that).
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At 4:30 am on Monday, May 31, 2010, Israeli commandos, boarding from sea and air, attacked the six boats of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla as it sailed through international waters attempting to bring humanitarian relief to the beleaguered Palestinians of Gaza. Within minutes, nine peace activists were dead, shot by the Israelis. Scores of others were injured.

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Israel builds up military presence in occupied Golan Heights

The Israeli regime has launched a large-scale military drill in the occupied Golan Heights amid escalating tensions in the region over Tel Aviv’s recent strikes on Syria.

Hundreds of soldiers and tanks participated in the massive drill that began on Monday. 

The Israeli military activities in the occupied Golan Heights come following several strikes by the Tel Aviv regime against Syria.

On May 5, Syria said the Israeli regime had carried out an airstrike targeting a research center in a suburb of Damascus, following heavy losses inflicted upon al-Qaeda-affiliated groups by the Syrian army. According to Syrian media reports, the strike hit the Jamraya Research Center. The Jamraya facility had been targeted in another Israeli airstrike in January.

The May 5 Israeli aggression was Tel Aviv’s second strike on Syria in three days.

On May 21, the Syrian army said it had destroyed an Israeli military vehicle that had crossed the ceasefire line in its territory in the Golan Heights.

According to the Syrian army, the Israeli military fired two rockets from the occupied site of Tal al-Faras into Syria overnight in retaliation.

Syria has been gripped by unrest for over two years, and many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the foreign-sponsored militancy.