Thursday, 10 September 2009

Palestinian Authority sacks 40 teachers for 'crime' of supporting Hamas

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)-- The ministry of education in the illegitimate government of Salam Fayyad in Ramallah has sacked 40 teachers from Al-Khalil district, mostly newly appointed, for their affiliation with Hamas.

Ministry sources told PIC on Wednesday that 29 teachers were sacked over the past few days in southern Al-Khalil some of whom had been appointed only for a few days but the security apparatuses refused to endorse their appointment.

The sources added that the same militias, loyal to former PA chief and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas, recommended the dismissal of 11 other teachers in northern Al-Khalil for the same reason. Most of those have been appointed in the past three years.

The ministry had fired hundreds of teachers over the past three months after they were summoned and interrogated by Abbas's militias over their political affiliation.

Resistance continues fghtback against IDF border probes

The Jerusalem Post reports on renewed attacks by resistance fighters against the IDF. Unfortunately no injuries reported on the Israeli side:
IDF troops came under fire near the security fence on Thursday, in the second such incident in one day.

An army unit was fired upon in the afternoon while performing reinforcement work on an electronic security fence next to Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha.

In the earlier incident, an IDF unit was fired upon at the Gaza perimeter fence on Thursday morning, and returned fire with mortar rounds.

No injuries were reported.

Chavez denounces Israels 'genocidal' attack on Gaza

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has described Israel's deadly offensive on the Gaza Strip as an attempt to exterminate the Palestinians.

Describing the offensive as an unprovoked attack on Wednesday, the Venezuelan President accused the Israeli government of trying to hide the genocidal nature of its assault behind the pretext for stopping rocket fires from the beleaguered strip.

"What was it if not a genocide? ... The Israelis were looking for an excuse to exterminate the Palestinians," Chavez told the French newspaper, Le Figaro.

Chavez, who expelled the Israeli ambassador to Venezuelan over Tel Aviv's war crimes in Gaza, also called for international sanctions against Tel Aviv over its crimes against humanity. He also advised the Israeli government to respect the Palestinian people's right to self-determination.