Monday, 5 October 2009

Fatah-led PA security tortures prisoners to death

The crimes of the Palestinian Authority against Palestinians are mounting as this Guardian article on the torturing to death of nurse Haitham Amr shows.
Palestinian authorities have begun a rare military trial of security officers accused of torturing a Hamas suspect to death at a time of an intensifying crackdown in the West Bank against the Islamist movement.

Haitham Amr, 33, a nurse, was arrested by the Palestinian intelligence services, led by the Fatah political faction, at his home near Hebron, in the occupied West Bank in June. Four days later he was dead, his body showing extensive bruising and swelling, including near the kidneys. He had been suspected of membership of the armed wing of Hamas, the rival Palestinian faction.

He was the fourth prisoner to die in Palestinian custody in the West Bank this year. All were suspected of involvement with Hamas, none was ever charged and, apart from Amr's case, there have been no official investigations. In another high-profile case last year a Hamas preacher, Majd Barghouti, was also tortured to death.


One girl and 40 women still imprisoned by Israel despite releases

GAZA, (PIC)-- The Palestinian ministry of prisoners’ affairs said that there are still 40 Palestinian women imprisoned in Israeli jails after the release of 19 prisoners on Friday and the intention to release another one on Sunday.

“The joy of liberating female prisoners should not make us forget that their sisters still languish behind prison bars suffering a lot from the occupation’s repressive practices and being denied the simplest means of dignified life", Riyadh Al-Ashqar, the information director in the ministry, noted.

Ashqar pointed out that most of the minor female prisoners were released in the deal except one girl child called Samah Samadah from Ramallah who was kidnapped in December 2008 and sentenced to one year in prison.

Occupation bans Muslims from al-Aqsa mosque as tension builds

In a fine piece of newspeak the Israeli occupiers, in the shape of the chief of police in Jeruslaem, say Muslim are 'ungrateful'. Is this man serious? Today all Muslims have been banned from their mosque to facilitate an invasions by thousands of Israelis. In another act of provocation Muslims have also been banned from attending the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron. Israel doesn't want peace - it wants more land and subservience from the Palestinians, and on the latter point they would seem to be succeeding going by the actions of Abbas, but thankfully he isn't the Palestinian nation.
Jerusalem's Muslim residents are "ungrateful," the city's police chief, Cmdr. Aharon Franco said Monday, in the wake of recent clashes between police and Palestinian rioters in the Old City.

Large forces of police and border police were patrolling the city on Monday, as thousands of Jewish worshipers flocked to the Western Wall Plaza for the twice-yearly Priestly Blessing, which went ahead without incident.

more (Jerusalem Post)

Israeli minister cancels UK visit fearing arrest for war crimes

As we have been suggesting on this blog for a few months now - Israel's politicians and military personnel need to be very careful where they travel. Yaalon's no-show in London is a victory for the Palestinian liberation movement and the friends and relations of the dead, although it has to be said it is unlikely anything would have happened to him given that defence minister Ehud Barak wasn't arrested last week on his little trip to the Labour Party conference.
Israeli minister and former military chief Moshe Yaalon cancelled a UK visit because of fears of arrest for alleged war crimes, his office says.

Pro-Palestinian groups in Britain want him to face trial over the 2002 killing of a Gaza militant, in which 14 others died, at least eight of them children.

Mr Yaalon took legal advice and wanted "to avoid playing into the hands of anti-Israel propaganda", an aide said.


PLO decision to defer vote on Goldstone enrages Palestinians

The PLO's decision to call for a deferral of the vote at the HRC on the Goldstone report is creating huge divisions, as this report on Jordan shows. The majority of the Jordanian population is Palestinian. It's hard to see how Abbas is going to hold Fatah together with this sort of brazen collaboration with the US that can only be aimed at giving the war criminals in Israel more time to shore up their defences. One Hamas official has called for Abbas to be stripped of his nationality. Syria refused to let Abbas into the country on Sunday. Indeed as I write this a march is taking place in Ramallah against Abbas. How much is Abbas being paid for his treachery?
AMMAN, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Jordan's associations of 14 professions on Sunday criticized a request by the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) to the UN to defer a vote on the Goldstone report that condemned Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip.

"The associations condemn this stance that serves the Zionist occupation and encourages the enemy to continue its crimes and siege against the Palestinians," the Jordanian syndicates said in a statement.

A PLO delegation in Geneva requested the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Friday to delay the vote on the report of a UN war crimes investigation led by South African jurist Richard Goldstone, according to media reports.

In protest of the request, Palestinian Economy Minister Bassem Khuri, an independent, submitted his resignation Saturday.

The UN report, released on Sept. 15, highlights Israeli war crimes during a 22-day Israeli offensive on Gaza, which started on Dec. 27, 2008 and resulted in the death of about 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis.