Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Haniya calls for new intifada after Israeli 'heritage site' provocation

Gaza – Ma'an – De facto Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh called on Palestinians in the West Bank to launch an uprising against Israeli forces on Tuesday, in response to the inclusion of the Ibrahimi Mosque and Rachel's Tomb on a list of Israeli heritage sites.


Israel tries to grab 'heritage sites' as ploy to eradicate Islamic and Palestinian history

Ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem, and Hebron, gathers pace.
Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya on Tuesday called on Palestinians in the West Bank to "rise up" against Israel over a plan to restore two contested holy sites in the territory.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sparked outrage on Sunday when he said he hoped to include Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem and the Tomb of the Patriarchs [Ibrahimi Mosque sits above it] in Hebron in a national heritage plan.

"The decision requires a real response in the West Bank and for the people to rise up in the face of the Israeli occupation and to break every shackle in confronting it," Haniya told reporters.

"(The project) aims to erase our identity, alter our Islamic monuments and steal our history," he added.


Tanks shell northern Gaza border, five injured

Four injured, two seriously as IDF shells northern Gaza. It is basically becoming impossible for Palestinians to venture anywhere near the border without risking their lives. This makes even less land available to Gazans.
Israeli shelling wounded five Palestinian day labourers along the northern border of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Sunday, Palestinian medics said.
Muawiya Hassanein, the head of Gaza emergency services, said two of the wounded were in serious condition.
An Israeli military spokesman said troops fired on on an individual approaching the border in a suspicious manner, without giving further details.


Four more deaths from power generator explosions as power crisis continues

Four people have been killed, including three children, after a small electricity generator blew up. According to medics six have been killed over the past two months alone as those that can afford it are forced to buy generators as the power blackouts become more frequent.
GAZA, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- Four Palestinians, including three children were killed on Monday night in two separate incidents in southern Gaza Strip ruled by Islamic Hamas movement, medics in Gaza said.

They said that three children, all are brothers, were killed at their home in the village of Abbassan, east of the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, when an electric generator exploded, adding that five family members were injured.

Medical sources at Nasser Hospital in the city said that the three children were killed and five wounded, three of them are in critical conditions, when a small electric generator full of fuel had suddenly exploded.


What did UK know about Mossad's Mabhouh killing as two more passports linked?

Two more UK passports now linked. The BBC helps to corroborate accusations at the time of the killing, but little reported in the West, that Mabhouh had been tortured to death.
Another two British passports have been linked to the assassination of a Hamas militant in Dubai.
Foreign Office Minister Chris Bryant insisted the government had had no prior knowledge of the killing or use of the passports.
It was already known six fake UK passports were among those used by the alleged killers of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.
Earlier, Foreign Secretary David Miliband urged Israel to co-operate with a UK investigation.
The Israeli secret service Mossad has been widely accused of carrying out last month's killing but Israel has repeatedly asserted there was no proof its agents were involved.
Mr Mabhouh, one of the founders of Hamas's military wing, was found dead in a Dubai hotel room on 20 January and an autopsy report said he had been electrocuted and then suffocated.