Tuesday, 4 June 2013



Father of newborn conjoined twins appeals for help

HEBRON (Ma'an) -- The father of new-born conjoined twins on Monday appealed for help for his daughters in Hebron. 

The twins were born on Saturday in Israel's Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem. They share a heart, and Israeli doctors decided the chances of a successful operation were very slim, after consulting internationally. 

They were discharged from the Jerusalem hospital on Sunday and taken to a public hospital in Hebron.

"My wife and I knew about the case since the third month of pregnancy. Our doctor told us that the two girls are joined. He decided to refer my wife to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital for delivery, and on May 29 she gave birth to two girls with two heads and a joint heart," the father told Ma'an.

"I hope somebody from any country in the world would help us," he added.

The family's gynecologist Walid al-Atawna explained that the girls are joined at the chest and the abdomen. He said it would be impossible to separate them now, but did not rule out an operation in the future.


Israel spy agencies budget grew 26% under Netanyahu: Report

Israel intelligence services, the Mossad and Shin Bet, have seen a 26-percent increase in their budget under the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's term in office.

Figures released by Israel’s Finance Ministry show that the Mossad and Shin Bet spent nearly a total of USD 1.63 billion (NIS 6.042 billion) in 2012, according to a Monday report by the Israeli Daily, Haaretz.

The unclassified data, which did not detailed the allocation of the funds between the two intelligence services or how the money was used, showed the two services also spent about USD 1.52 billion (NIS 5.63 billion) in 2011.

This is while in 2008, the last year Ehud Olmert served as Israel’s prime minister, the total spending of the two secret services reached about USD 1.29 billion (NIS 4.78 billion).

These figures reflect a 26 percent increase in the annual budgets of the Mossad and Shin Bet over the four years of Netanyahu’s term, based on actual spending figures, with the biggest increases taking place at 10 percent and 15.6 percent, respectively, in 2010 and 2011.

The money has been used by the Mossad to recruit operatives using fake passports to carry out assassination missions against Palestinians and in other countries.

Israel’s Mossad and Shin Bet security services operate under the authority and supervision of the prime minister and not the defense minister.

According to the law, the budgets of the Shin Bet and Mossad are included under the framework of the general reserves in the state budget. They are described in the budgetary section as “an objective within the framework of the Prime Minister’s Office,” the report said.



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.



Israel carries out incursion into besieged Gaza Strip

Israeli tanks and bulldozers have once again carried out an incursion into central besieged Gaza Strip, Press TV reports.

An area bordering the Palestinian Bureij refugee camp was the target of Israeli forces. No injuries have been reported so far. 

The Israelis reportedly fired machineguns and destroyed Palestinian farmland.

Reports say Israelis in the area also threw smoke bombs.

On May 13, an Israeli incursion was carried into the Palestinian-owned lands in the town of Beit Hanoun in northeastern Gaza Strip.

Israel has carried out a number of incursions into Gaza in the past weeks, including three airstrikes on the southern town of Khan Younis and near the town of Rafah in southern Gaza in late April.

Last November, Israel launched the so-called Operation Pillar of Defense I against Gaza. 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 USD 1.2 billion in direct and indirect damages.


Abbas appoints new PA prime minister

Acting Palestinian Authority (PA) Chief Mahmoud Abbas has appointed Rami Hamdallah, a senior academic, as the authority’s next prime minister.

The official Palestinian news agency, WAFA, announced the appointment on Sunday. 

Hamdallah replaces Salam Fayyad who resigned in April after a weeks-long row with Abbas's Fatah party over his economic policies. Fayyad formally leaves office later this month.

Hamdallah is a British-educated professor of linguistics who has been president of al-Najah University in the occupied West Bank since 1998.

The Gaza-based Hamas movement, which won the 2006 general elections but was later pushed aside by rival Fatah, said the appointment of a new prime minister without their consultation was not a legal move.

"This Cabinet does not represent the Palestinian people," said Hamas spokesman Taher al-Nunu.

"The status of the new Cabinet is illegal," he added.


Mass graves from 1948 war discovered in Jaffa

The remains of hundreds of Palestinians killed in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War have been discovered in six mass grave sites in a Muslim cemetery in Tel Aviv’s Jaffa district.

An official of the Kazkhana cemetery said on Friday that the gruesome finding took place on May 29, when the ground caved in as workers carried out renovations. 

Eighty-year-old Atar Zeinab said that as a teenager he helped collect the bodies of people killed during the final months of fighting in 1948 and brought them for hurried burials in the graveyard.

"I carried to the cemetery 60 bodies during a period of three or four months," he stated. "We used to find the people in the street and most of the time we didn't know who they were."

Due to the danger of being hit by flying bullets or grenade shrapnel, bodies were dumped one on top of the other in family crypts in the cemetery, contrary to Muslim custom, Zeinab added.

"We carried them early in the morning or in the night," he said. "We put women, children, and men in the same place… nobody prayed for these people."

The al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage stated that the new discoveries are the remains of people killed during the expulsion of Palestinians from their homeland and the establishment of Israel 65 years ago.

They were killed in the shelling of residential neighborhoods or by snipers located around Jaffa.

Jaffa used to be a Palestinian town. However, it was expropriate, and its Arab population was expelled en masse when the town fell to the Israeli army and militiamen in 1948. It was incorporated into the city of Tel Aviv in 1950.

Palestinians refer to the May 15, 1948 occupation of Palestine as the Nakba Day, which means the Day of the Catastrophe in Arabic, to solemnly commemorate the expulsion of more than 700,000 Palestinians from their homeland in 1948.

Israeli forces have wiped nearly 500 Palestinian villages and towns off the map, leaving an estimated total of 4.7 million Palestinian refugees hoping for an eventual return to their homeland more than six decades later.

Since 1948, the Israeli regime has denied Palestinian refugees the right of return, despite United Nations resolutions and international laws that uphold the people’s right to return to their homeland.




KANAK-KANAK perempuan Palestin membaca Al-Quran di sebuah kem musim panas di Semenanjung Gaza. Kira-kira 20,000 kanak-kanak sekolah belajar di bawah penyeliaan 1,200 guru di kem tersebut. Hamas kebiasaannya memisahkan kanak-kanak lelaki dan perempuan di kem-kem musim panas di Palestin. FOTO: EPA

Hamdallah dilantik PM Palestin baharu

RAMALLAH, Tebing Barat - Presiden Mahmoud Abbas kelmarin melantik seorang ahli akademik sebagai Perdana Menteri Pentadbiran Palestin yang baharu, Rami Hamdallah.
Pelantikan tersebut dibuat susulan peletakan jawatan, Salam Fayyad.
Abbas melantik Hamdallah untuk menggantikan Salam yang tidak disenangi oleh beliau kerana gemar membuat keputusan sendiri.
Pelantikan itu dilihat dapat mengukuhkan lagi kuasa Abbas kerana beliau bersikap patuh kepada arahan Presiden tersebut.
Perdana Menteri baharu itu diberi tanggungjawab membentuk pentadbiran baharu yang terdiri daripada kalangan teknokrat dan bukan ahli politik.
Beliau merupakan anggota Parti Fatah yang diterajui oleh Abbas.
Hamdallah tidak mempunyai pengalaman politik atau pentadbiran tetapi seperti Fayyad, beliau dihormati dalam kalangan anggota akar umbi pergerakan Fatah.
Hamdallah yang menerima pendidikan Inggeris merupakan seorang profesor dan dekan di Universiti Al-Najah di Tebing Barat sejak 15 tahun lalu. - AP

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