Sunday, 5 June 2011

Video: protesters trying to evacuate the injured and dead at Golan Heights protest

From The Electronic Intifada
A video posted on YouTube by the website shows marchers trying to evacuate injured and possibly dead people in the Golan Heights today after Israeli forces opened fired on marchers commemorating the 44th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of area which is part of Syria.

Media reports say that more than a dozen people have been killed and scores injured as Israeli forces opened fire on the marchers.

The video, which appears to have been shot from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights toward the frontier line with the Syrian-controlled side, shows unarmed people in civilian clothes crawling over an earth mound and into an area of long grass and recovering several bodies of people who were injured or may have been killed.

Earlier, Israel broadcast threats by loudspeaker that it would shoot at protestors, and for several days Israeli commanders have promised a lethal response to mass civil protests. more

Pro-Palestine activist to appear in French court for posting video of boycott Israel action

From the International Middle East Media Center
Olivia Zemor a French national has been summoned to appear before the Paris tribunal for publishing a video on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against israel on the website of the organisation she is heading. Zemor is expected to appear before the court on June 17.

The video features Palestinian and French activists dancing in a supermarket in the town of Evry, near Paris, wearing T-Shirts written on them phrases calling for Boycotting Israel.

Zemor, President of the EuroPalestine association says she was not present at the action at the supermarket, she only published the video on the internet.

“We showed our solidarity in publishing this action on our website in July 2009, even though we did not participate ourselves, because the action took place at the same time as the Librairie Résistances was sacked by the LDJ. (Kahana movement not forbidden in France !),” said Zemor.

The Kahana movement is outlawed in Israel over a decade ago, yet in France it is still permitted, however, calls for boycotting Israel are outlawed by the french government.

As a result, a number of activists have been standing trials for calling for boycotting Israel. more
More background on the court cases at Alternative Information Center

At least 18 killed in Israel's 'measured response' to peaceful Golan Heights Naksa protest

The Syrian and Israeli militaries have much in common... they kill peaceful protesters with impunity.
(Reuters) - Israeli troops fired at Palestinian demonstrators in Syria who rushed to the border fence on Sunday in what Israel called a challenge to its sovereignty. Syrian state-run media said 18 were killed.

"Anyone who tries to cross the border will be killed," Israeli soldiers shouted through loudspeakers at the crowd of several hundred on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights who rallied to a Facebook call to march to the frontier on the 44th anniversary of the Arab defeat in the 1967 Middle East war...

...Israel's chief military spokesman, Brigadier-General Yoav Mordechai, said troops had opened fire but he could not confirm any casualties.

"It's a message to anyone who tries to violate Israel's sovereign borders," he said, describing the army's actions as a "measured, focussed and proper response." more

At least six dead as Israelis open fire on unarmed demonstrators at Syria's Golan Heights

[Update - 17:52 GMT] - Syrian TV now reporting 14 dead and 200 wounded. Meanwhile Gaza police prevented any demonstrations on the border, as did the PA and Lebanese army.
MAJDAL SHAMS, Golan Heights (AFP) -- Israeli troops opened fire on Sunday as protesters from Syria stormed a ceasefire line in the occupied Golan Heights, killing six demonstrators, according to Syrian television.

Hundreds of protesters rushed toward the ceasefire line, attempting to cut through a cluster of barbed wire and head into the Golan Heights in a repeat of demonstrations last month, which saw thousands mass along Israel's north.

Rafah border crossing operations suspended pending outcome of negotiations with Egypt

What are these Egyptian generals playing at? Confusion still reigns at the Rafah crossing with Palestinians left frustrated, going no where fast. Reports that only a few pedestrians were being allowed through yesterday.
AHRAM - Palestinian officials said Sunday they had halted operations at the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt a day after Egypt closed the border, apparently without warning.

In a statement, the Hamas head of the Palestinian side of the border crossing said it would remain closed for a second day while the two parties sought to reach agreement on the terminal's operation.

"We are waiting for the outcome of consultations between the Palestinian foreign ministry and the Egyptian government," Ayub Abu Shaar said.

He said the Palestinian side had decided to suspend operations until talks were complete after three days of confusion and coordination problems at the crossing, which Egypt reopened on a permanent basis just over a week ago. more