Thursday, 29 July 2010

Settlers takeover two-story building in East Jerusalem, evicting Palestinian families

(libray pic: Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem)

When is this criminality and ethnic cleansing going to end? The settlers turned up at the apartments, fake documents in hand claiming ownership, with the police in tow to facilitate their takeover.
Israeli settlers accompanied by police took over a building in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem early Thursday morning, evicting families from three of the building's apartments.

Israeli National Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said two Jewish families entered the Old City home "based on documents claiming that they owned the property." He described the eviction as proceeding without incident. more

Israel won't pay medical bills for Jewish-American activist who lost eye in police attack on flotilla protest

pic by Daniel Bar-on

Israel is refusing to pay the medical bills for American-Israeli pro-Palestine activist, Emily Henochowicz. She lost an eye after being hit in the face by a tear gas canister on a protest against the flotilla massacre. Such are the limits of Zionism, even on its own terms: a state, but only for Jewish people that agree with us. The incident happened at the Qalandia checkpoint on the West Bank, just south of Ramallah where demonstrators were confronting border police.
The Israeli government is refusing to pay the cost of medical care for an American-Jewish activist who lost an eye when Border Police officers fired a tear gas canister at her during a demonstration.

Emily Henochowicz, who is studying at the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem and also holds Israeli citizenship, took part in a protest on May 31, shortly after Israel killed nine pro-Palestinian activists in a raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. more

Hamas and Palestinian Authority reject talks with Israel while it steals more land

Fatah-aligned Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority, is making it clear there will be no direct talks with Israel until the freezing of all settlement activity. Begs the question, why is the PA going along with the vacuous proximity talks given that Israel hasn't stopped its strategy of creating facts on the ground.
RAMALLAH/GAZA, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is currently visiting Cairo, and the leaders of Gaza-ruling Islamic Hamas movement announced on Thursday that they rebuff the resumption of direct peace negotiations with Israel.

Abbas insisted that the Palestinian leadership will only accept to resume the direct talks if the Jewish state declares a progress in the U.S.-sponsored four-month proximity talks and freezes settlement activities in the Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem.

Hamas movement's leaders, in the meanwhile, insisted that Abbas and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) should completely severe any peace talks with Israel, whether it is direct or indirect. Instead, Hamas wants the Palestinians to adopt "armed resistance" against Israel.

Senior Palestinian officials announced on Thursday that Abbas would inform the Arab League Committee for Mideast peace that he would reject direct talks with Israel until his demands are met. more