Thursday, 11 March 2010

Israel admits 50,000 illegal settler homes are in planning process


Israel is planning to build 50,000 homes, mostly in East Jerusalem. Pictured above is the Ramat Schlomo settlement where permission for a further 1,600 units was announced during Biden's visit.
Some 50,000 new housing units in Jerusalem neighborhoods beyond the Green Line are in various stages of planning and approval, planning officials told Haaretz. They said Jerusalem's construction plans for the next few years, even decades, are expected to focus on East Jerusalem. more

British journalist Paul Martin released from prison in Gaza


British journalist Paul Martin has been released from detention in Gaza according to Reuters.

Paul Martin was has been held since February 14. He went to Gaza to give defence evidence for a man accused of collaborating with Israel.No charges have been brought against Martin.

UN bomb disposal unit allowed into Gaza to start defusing Israel's munitions


Over a year after the deadly war inflicted on the people of Gaza Israel has finally allowed a UN bomb disposal unit into Gaza to start clearing up some of the unexploded munitions left behind the world's 'most moral army'. No word on what the international community intends to do about the depleted uranium that litters the strip. It would also be nice if Israel would allow the import of concrete into Gaza so that reconstruction can begin.