Wednesday, 24 February 2010

26 suspects now being sought by Dubai authorities over Mabhouh assassination


Total of 26 people suspected of being in the al-Mabhouh muder plot. Ynet News also reports Dubai police claiming some of those involved fled to Iran.
Dubai police today identified 15 more suspects wanted over the murder of a senior Hamas official in the Gulf emirate last month, including a further six who used British passports.

The announcement brings to 26 the total number of people suspected of involvement in Mahmoud al-Mabhouh's assassination, which is widely believed to have been the work of Israel's secret service, the Mossad.

The six new British names are Mark Daniel Sklar, Roy Allan Cannon, Daniel Marc Schnur, Philip Carr, Stephen Keith Drake and Gabriella Barney. A Foreign Office spokesman said the government believed their passport details had been used fraudulently.

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Bil'in's peaceful protesters attacked, again, by occupation forces


It's been five years since the protests against the apartheid wall on the West Bank began and Bil'in has been at the eye of the storm. Jamal Juma, the coordinator of Stop the Wall, is still being held in an Israeli prison, detained without charge as the attempt to use violence and repression to stop the protests continues. Video courstesy of the International Solidarity Movement
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Syria arrests Mohammad Nassar on suspicion of working with Mossad in Mabhouh assassination


Nassar was meant to have been a good friend of Mabhouh and worked with him on securing weapons supplies for the resistance. According to an Israeli website he was with Mabhouh a few days before the assassination.
The Syrian security forces apprehended Mohammad Nassar, a close associate of the assassinated Hamas leader Mohmoud Al Madbouh, on suspicion that he worked for the Israeli Mossad and provided them with vital information that led to his assassination in Dubai.

The Central Issues Israeli Website reported Wednesday that Nassar is considered that closest person to Al Madbouh, as the two participated in the abduction and the killing of two Israeli soldiers in the Gaza Strip in the late eighties.

The two worked on providing the Hamas movement in Gaza with the needed munitions, and Nassar was with Al Madbouh at the Bandar Iranian Port to supervise weapon shipments bound to Gaza.

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UK academics call on Elton John to pull out of Israel gig


Elton John is meant to playing a gig in Israel in June.British academicsare calling on him to drop the plan and boycott Israel.
Anti-Zionist British academics have urged Elton John to pull out of a performance in Israel, in an open letter to the singer.

Tickets go on sale today for the June concert, which will be the Candle In The Windsinger’s first performance in Israel for 17 years.

The British Committee for the Universities of Palestine, who recently tried to persuade botanist David Bellamy to cancel an appearance for the Zionist Federation, called Israel a “racist state” in its letter.

The letter said: "Political or not political, when you stand up on that stage in Tel Aviv, you line yourself up with a racist state.”

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British MP speaks out against being refused entry to Gaza, asks 'what's Israel trying to cover-up'?


Labour MP from the north of England - that I went to university with - has spoken out after being barred from entering the Gaza Strip.
HYNDBURN MP Greg Pope has spoken of his fury after part of a fact-finding trip to the Middle East was blocked by the Israeli government.

Mr Pope was due to visit the Gaza Strip as part a Foreign Affairs Committee visit to the region last week.

The MP, who has visited the region several times in the last few years, said: “I want to know what are the Israelis trying to cover up.

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Irish foreign affairs minister set for Gaza visit


Last year Martin was refused permission to enter Gaza by Israel
Foreign Affairs Minister Micheal Martin has stressed Ireland is not anti-Israel in its stance on the Middle East but insisted the Gaza crisis was hindering attempts to broker peace.

On the eve of his historic first visit to the war-ravaged territory, Mr Martin said Ireland's view of the situation was fair, objective and should not be perceived as a threat.

Israel shells north Gaza from land and sea


Israeli forces continue to target civilians on Gaza's borders, creating defacto 'no-go zones'.
Gaza – Ma'an – Palestinians collecting small stones and concrete rubble in the As-Saifa area, part of the northern 'no-go zone' at the western tip of the Strip, were targeted by Israeli fire from a military patrol and warships on Wednesday morning, sources said.

The workers, reportedly collecting fragments for construction projects in Gaza City, were able to escape the fire unharmed, local sources said.

Israeli gunboats were also reported to have opened fire on the northern Gaza Strip in the early morning, fishermen in the Al-Waha area of the coast reported. The zone, north of Beit Lahiya, is adjacent to the area where workers were collecting construction materials.

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Corrie family to sue Israeli defence ministry over IDF killing of Rachel


The Corrie family are bringing a civil law suit against the Israeli defence minister. The case opens on 10 March. Under pressure from the US Israel has relented to allow key witnesses to attend proceedings. The Palestinian doctor who attended Rachel when she died has not been allowed to leave Gaza.
The family of the American activist Rachel Corrie, who was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer in Gaza seven years ago, is to bring a civil suit over her death against the Israeli defence ministry.

The case, which begins on 10 March in Haifa, northern Israel, is seen by her parents as an opportunity to put on public record the events that led to their daughter's death in March 2003. Four key witnesses – three Britons and an American – who were at the scene in Rafah when Corrie was killed will give evidence, according the family lawyer, Hussein Abu Hussein...

... Tom Dale, a British activist who was 10m away when Corrie was killed, wrote an account of the incident two days later.

He described how she first knelt in the path of an approaching bulldozer and then stood as it reached her. She climbed on a mound of earth and the crowd nearby shouted at the bulldozer to stop. He said the bulldozer pushed her down and drove over her.

"They pushed Rachel, first beneath the scoop, then beneath the blade, then continued till her body was beneath the cockpit," Dale wrote.

"They waited over her for a few seconds, before reversing. They reversed with the blade pressed down, so it scraped over her body a second time. Every second I believed they would stop but they never did."


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