Saturday, 24 April 2010

al-Qassam brigades soldier killed in mysterious Gaza explosion say reports

Gaza - Ma'an - An explosion in the central Gaza Strip killed a Palestinian teenager late Friday, medics and Hamas' armed wing said.

Muawiya Hassanein, head of ambulance and emergency services in the Gaza Health Ministry, told Ma'an that the body of Ahmad Al-Hajin arrived riddled with shrapnel injuries following a "mysterious explosion" in the Zaytoun neighborhood east of Gaza City.

The Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, announced that one of its affiliates, Ahmad Abu Al-Hajin, 18, was killed during a "Jihad" mission in the Zaytoun neighborhood.

Challenge to Israel's UK ambassador on West Bank oppression

By Alan Watts - Haringey Justice for Palestinians [Haringey is a borough in north London, UK], reporting on his recent trip to Palestine where he witnessed Israeli oppression first hand.

Next time Ron Prosor (DNA of the Jewish state, 20 April) travels home, perhaps he should go to the Jerusalem bus station and take a No 36 out of East Jerusalem and into al-Azaria, and there he will soon see the price Palestinians are paying for the Zionist progress he expects us to applaud. He can ask the mayor of Azaria how much his constituents pay for the water stolen by Israeli water companies from under their feet. He could travel out to Salfeet and view the villages where the water in their streams is heavily polluted by the Israeli factories sited atop hills in the surrounding area. He might instead like to visit Bilin and see the Israeli fence and wall cutting 5km inside the 1967 UN ceasefire line, and visit the young people facing tear gas and bullets fighting back to defend their land.

If those things are too much bother, what about staying in Jerusalem and going to visit people who have been thrown out of their homes and into the street by Jewish religious fundamentalists who, defended by troops, are occupying Palestinian homes. All these things I saw in the last two weeks. I am sure Ron Prosor could see them with a lot less hassle.

From the Guardian letters page