Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Man dies after being refused permission by Israel to leave Gaza for medical treatment

Al Qassam website- Besiged Gaza- Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported that a 33-year-old patient died on Sunday in the Gaza Strip after the Israeli Authorities denied him permit to be moved into the West Bank for urgent medical treatment.

The Al Mezan Center for Human Rights reported that Raed Azzam Al Moghari, from Al Boreij refugee camp in central Gaza, had a chronic heart disease and required urgent treatment out of the Gaza Strip as the Israeli siege left hospitals in Gaza out of basic supplies.

The Palestinian District Coordination Office had repeatedly contacted its Israeli counterpart, and informed the Israeli side that the case of Al Moghari is urgent, and that he needed immediate medical attention, but the request was denied.

The patient’s health condition had severely deteriorated on Sunday, and he was moved to the operations room, but he died under surgery.

The Al Mezan Center stated that two patients died in the Gaza Strip since the
beginning of this year after being denied medical treatment elsewhere. more

Unknown assailants attack Gaza seaside resort after appeals for police guard ignored

(pic: A view of damage after unknown assailants set fire to a water resort in Gaza City - MaanImages)

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Assailants burned a Gaza resort at dawn Wednesday, the manager said.

Imad Al-Wazeer told Ma'an a group of 30 armed and masked men arrived at the Rais resort in Gaza and threatened employees.

The resort was damaged in Israel's Operation Cast Lead but Al-Wazeer says he reopened the facility in order to show Israel that the people of Gaza would live their lives in spite of the attack.

"This time, unfortunately, my resort was damaged by Palestinian hands," he said.

The resort cost some $120,000 to establish and has swimming pools, restaurants and other facilities. After the attack, however, 13 employees have lost their jobs, Al-Wazeer says.

He held the police in Gaza responsible for the attack, saying they should provide security.

"I asked the police several times to provide protection and security but no one paid any attention," he said.


Palestinian Center for Human Rights condemns use of death sentence against collaborators

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the implementation of death sentences against two Palestinians this morning. These death sentences were implemented without the ratification of the Palestinian President. PCHR reiterates that the ratification of death sentences is an exclusive power of the President of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) under the Code of Criminal Procedures (3) of 2001; the implementation of any death sentences without the President's ratification constitutes a violation of the law and constitution. PCHR stresses that the ratification of such sentences is necessary especially following signing the Palestinian reconciliation agreement in May 2011.

According to information available to PCHR, on Tuesday morning, 26 July 2011, the Ministry of Interior in Gaza executed by hanging (M.A.Q), 60, and (R.A.Q), 29, who were sentenced to death by a civilian court on 29 November 2004 after they had been convicted of collaboration with foreign security bodies and murder. The Interior Ministry issued a press release this morning and explained that: "The death sentences were implemented after exhausting all available means of challenge. They have had the res judicata effect and have become final and enforceable after the sentenced were given all of their rights." The Ministry of Interior added: "These death sentences have been implemented after the Palestinian government’s approval of a decision to implement death penalty…. On 29 November 2011, Gaza Court of First Instance sentenced the defendants to death by hanging. On 14 July 2011, the Court of Cassation rejected an appeal against the death sentence and endorsed the sentence of the Court of First Instance."

Since 2006, the government in Gaza has implemented 8 death sentences including 5 sentences for collaboration with foreign bodies and 3 sentences for murders. Since the establishment of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), 21 death sentences have been implemented. more

Election committee says Hamas obstructing local election preparation efforts in Gaza

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — Palestinian local elections in October will only be held in the West Bank as Hamas is hampering preparations in Gaza, a senior electoral official said on Wednesday.

Speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, the official said the government had informed the Central Elections Commission (CEC) of a decision taken earlier on Wednesday.

"The elections committee was informed today by the government that it had decided to hold municipal elections only in the West Bank on October 22," he said.

An official government statement was expected during the evening.

The issue was the subject of a special cabinet session earlier on Wednesday after the CEC sent a letter to say it was proving impossible to prepare for elections in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, the official said.

"We sent a letter to the government to say we cannot work in Gaza to prepare for the elections.

"Until now, Hamas has prevented the elections committee from doing its work in Gaza. Our staff cannot work because our offices are closed and they have confiscated our cars," he said.

There was no immediate reaction from Hamas. more

Tanks and bulldozers enter Gaza destroying farmland east of Khan Younis

KHAN YOUNIS, (PIC)-- Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in army tanks and bulldozers advanced into southern Gaza Strip areas to the east of Khan Younis on Tuesday, eyewitnesses said.

They said that six bulldozers and three tanks advanced east of Qarara amidst random firing and bulldozed cultivated fields.

Other units advanced into Farahin area and leveled cultivated land lots, sources said, adding that the IOF soldiers routinely raid those areas. PIC

Miles of Smiles 4 aid convoy focused on alleviating suffering of youngsters, arrives in Gaza Wednesday

Gaza,( Alnazli , the spokesman for the Popular Committee to lift the siege on Gaza, said that fifty solidarity activist from Britain will arrive in Gaza Wednesday via Rafah Crossing.

The activists will come in the convoy of '' Miles of Smiles 4" to show support and solidarity with the Palestinian people under the Israeli suffocating siege continuing for more than five years.

In an executive interview to Alresalah net , Alnazli pointed out that the British delegation has come to the besieged enclave to shed light on the suffering that the Palestinian people, particularly Palestinian youths, face under the Israeli siege.

He revealed to Alresalah net that the fifth convoy of ''miles of smiles'' will get to the besieged Gaza strip late in Ramadan supported by British institutions supportive of the Palestinian cause and seeking to break the siege. more

Video: BDS strategy roundtable with poet Remi Kanazi, professor Sunaina Maira, and Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah

At the most recent Al-Awda conference in Garden Grove, California, poet Remi Kanazi, professor Sunaina Maira (UC Davis), and The Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah laid out the current strategies of the current global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement led by Palestinian civil society, and analyzed the movement’s gains as well as the mounting backlash against BDS actions and activists.

The video, produced by Alternate Focus and Al-Awda: The Palestinian Right to Return Coalition, is 29 minutes long and is both a fantastic primer for Palestine solidarity activists wanting to learn more about what BDS is and how it works, as well as a riveting discussion for seasoned BDS activists seeking to expand the movement.

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