Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Elderly woman injured by Israeli soldiers after tanks cross border into Gaza


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A 75-year-old Palestinian woman was injured by Israeli fire on Tuesday in the central Gaza Strip, medics said.

Medical officials said the woman sustained moderate injuries after she was fired on by Israeli soldiers east of Juhor Ad-Dik.

Witnesses said Israeli army tanks crossed the border into Gaza and clashed with Palestinian fighters before retreating.

An Israeli army spokeswoman was not aware of any military activity in the area. Maan

Veoila suffers surprise loss as Palestinian-led boycott campaign hits its bottom line


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A French multinational company at the center of a global boycott campaign announced major financial losses on Thursday, a statement from Palestinian civil society groups said Monday.

The boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign targets international companies with links to illegal Israeli settlements.

"Veolia is paying the price for its involvement in Israel’s policies of occupation and apartheid against the Palestinian people," said Jamal Jumaa, coordinator of the Stop the Wall campaign.

"The company has been losing contracts left, right and center, to the tune of billions of dollars. No matter how large, no corporation can absorb such huge and sustained financial losses."

"This is bound to trigger loud discontent among Veolia's shareholders, eventually leading to a stern demand for an immediate end to the company’s complicity in illegal Israeli projects."

Veolia announced Thursday that it would scale back its operations in several countries after a surprising first-half net loss of €67.2 million, The Wall Street Journal reported. more