Monday, 1 February 2010

No charges against Israeli police that shot US Gaza activist Tristan Anderson in face

The police officers who shot US Gaza rights activist, Tristan Anderson, in the face at the West Bank village of Na'alin during one of the regular anti-apartheid wall protests, will not be charged. So it's not just Palestinian lives that are cheap in occupied Palestine. Tristan, a member of the International Solidarity Movement, is now severely brain damaged.
Charges will not be brought against the police officers who shot an American pro-Palestinian activist in the face, Israel's justice ministry has said.

Tristan Anderson suffered severe brain damage when he was shot at a rally in the West Bank town of Na'alin last year.


PA graft suspected as power plant revenues rise despite falling output and bill collection

According to The Palestine Telegraph The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) has carried out an investigation into the reason for the power outages in Gaza and who is to blame. Back in November last year the European Union stop paying for industrial fuel for Gaza's only power plant. On Thursday last week it was announced that the plant only had power for four days amid accusations that the Palestinian Authority has been underfunding supply. But despite the constant power outages the company that runs the power plant has seen an increase in revenues, which is strange given that falling output and the difficulties faced by impoverished Gazans trying to pay their bills. Go figure.
The power plant, PCHR noted, is a stock company, a third of which is owned by Morganti, an American company. The Palestinian Development and Investment Company (PADICO), Pal Tel Group, the Arab Bank and other companies own the second third of the Plant's shares, while the third third is owned by individual shareholders, the report said. In June 1999, the plant declared and subscribed capital of 60 million US dollars, in 2008, the net revenues were registered at 6.278 million, while in 2007, its revenues amounted to 4.355 million.

"We can not understand the large size of revenues made by the Power Plant in view of the growing power crisis in the Gaza Strip," PCHR noted.

The Palestinian Energy Authority was established in 1995. In accordance with its establishment law, it enjoys an independent nominal character. It belongs to the PA president. Under the implementation agreement entered into between the Gaza Power Plant and PA, the Energy Authority is committed to finance and supply the industrial fuel required to operate the plant. The Energy Authority is also committed to purchase the Plant's power production for 20 years. It is also committed to pay the amount of 2.5 million monthly to the plant as fixed operational costs.


Israeli soldiers open fire at border injuring one Palestinian

The IDF shot and injured a Palestinian man near the border fence and subsequently took him into detention, according to Palestinian sources. more

IDF admits deliberate use of white phosphorous against civilians

Two senior officers have apparently been 'disciplined' for deliberate use of white phosphorous munitions against civilians sheltering at a UN facility. It is a sign of the pressure on Israel, but this is mere cosmetics as it tries to convince the UN general assembly that it has 'investigated' its Gaza war crimes.

Haaretz for one is not able to tell us what form of 'discipline' was inflicted on the officers. A slap on the wrist for killing and burning of innocent men, women and children. I guess we might describe it as another case disproportion.
An Israel Defense Forces brigadier general and another officer with the rank of colonel endangered human life during last year's military campaign in the Gaza Strip by firing white phosphorous munitions in the direction of a compound run by UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the Israeli government says.

The finding aknowledges, at least in part, allegations by international organizations. It was contained in a report that the government provided to the United Nations over the weekend in response to last September's Goldstone Commission report.

Gaza Division Commander Brig. Gen. Eyal Eisenberg and Givati Brigade Commander Col. Ilan Malka, were the subject of disciplinary action by GOC Southern Command Maj. Gen. Yoav Gallant after headquarters staff found that the men exceeded their authority in approving the use of phosphorus shells that endangered human life, the Israeli government report said.