Monday, 1 March 2010

Silwan in East Jerusalem faces more demolitions as main road collapses due to settler activity

The Jerusalem Municipality issued a further 8 demolition orders on February 24 applying to Palestinian homes in Silwan village East Jerusalem. The main street of Wadi Hilweh neighbourhood of Silwan collapsed that evening at the same point it collapsed in January due to structural damage caused by settler project “City of David”’s subterranean excavations. more

Israeli Apartheid Week enters sixth year as support for boycotts grows

Solidarity in Action: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions
March 2010

Mark your calendars - the 6th International Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) will take place across the globe from from the 1st to the 14th of March 2010!

Since it was first launched in 2005, IAW has grown to become one of the most important global events in the Palestine solidarity calendar. Last year, more than 40 cities around the world participated in the week's activities, which took place in the wake of Israel's brutal assault against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. IAW continues to grow with new cities joining this year.

IAW 2010 takes place following a year of incredible successes for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement on the global level. Lectures, films, and actions will highlight some of theses successes along with the many injustices that continue to make BDS so crucial in the battle to end Israeli Apartheid. Speakers and full programme for each city will be available soon.

If you are planning to organize IAW in your city in 2010, please contact:

Hamas and Islamic Jihad urge increased action to protest Israel's heritage site provocation

Following Israeli violence at Al-Aqsa mosque on Sunday and the heritage site provocation, Hamas and Islamic Jihad are calling for action to be stepped up. The PA cabinet is convening its next meeting in Hebron as a protest and Jordan has issued a stern denunciation of the move as concern mounts.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad urged an escalation of protests in the West Bank on Sunday, against what they called an Israeli assault on Palestinian religious sites.

Islamic Jihad staged a mass rally in Gaza denouncing renewed violence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem and Israel’s recent decision to lay claim to two holy sites in Bethlehem and Hebron.

Islamic Jihad leader Muhammad Al-Hindi told the assembled crowd that Israel "only understands the language of force. This settlement, called Israel, cannot intimidate our people and our resistance through aggression.


Rafah crossing reopens after two-month closure by Egypt

7,000 expected to exit Gaza over three days as the southern terminal opens for entry and exit for the first time in two months. Hamas officials say "three days are not enough." more

YouTube video project on women in West Bank and Gaza breaks new ground

A new documentary series launched today on YouTube homes in on the lives of four young Palestinian women in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.

Sleepless in Gaza ... and Jerusalem will bring 26-minute video diaries to the wider world every day (except Friday) for the next three months.


al-Mabhouh drugged and then suffocated say Dubai police

al-Mabhouh was drugged and then suffocated. No mention of signs of torture refered to in earlier reports.
A Hamas official who was killed in his hotel room here in January was first injected with a fast-acting muscle relaxant and then suffocated, Dubai police officials said Sunday.

The disclosure was the latest in a near-daily drip of information about the killing, which has riveted people across the Middle East and provided a rare level of detail about a political assassination widely believed to have been carried out by Israel’s intelligence service, the Mossad.

The drug, succinylcholine, is often used by doctors to administer a breathing tube, but it has also been used in killings and as a paralyzing agent before lethal injection. Investigators discovered the relaxant in the body of the Hamas operative, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, after noticing an injection mark on his thigh, according to a forensic specialist who spoke at a news conference alongside Dubai’s deputy police chief, Khamis al-Mazeina.

“After using this drug to gain control of him, they killed him,” Mr. Mazeina said.