Monday, 5 September 2011

Turkish-American Furkan Dogan likely executed by Israeli soldiers while already lying wounded

LONDON — Here’s what the United Nations report on Israel’s raid last year on the Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmara had to say about the killing of a 19-year-old U.S. citizen on board:

“At least one of those killed, Furkan Dogan, was shot at extremely close range. Mr. Dogan sustained wounds to the face, back of the skull, back and left leg. That suggests he may already have been lying wounded when the fatal shot was delivered, as suggested by witness accounts to that effect.”

The four-member panel, led by Sir Geoffrey Palmer, a former prime minister of New Zealand, appears with these words to raise the possibility of an execution or something close. more

Fatah leadership alters UN statehood proposal to pull in even more support

PNN - Fatah’s leadership is re-wording the proposal for a Palestinian State to submit to the United Nations this September. The new version is designed so that those countries which have been more reluctant to accept a Palestinian state will be more likely support Palestine’s bid for recognition, or at least abstain from voting.

Instead of posing the recognition of Palestine within the 1967 borders, the new draft asks for a state with permanent borders to be determined in later negotiations with Israel. The new boarders would be based on the borders of 1967, but with more flexibility than the original draft proposed.

This approach will make it harder for the United States, and even for Israel, to vote against the proposal without damaging their external image. It will also make it possible for Hamas, the second largest political faction in Palestine, to join in on the call for independence. For the time being, they have refused to take part on it alleging that the recognition of the 1967 borders before the signing of a final-status agreement means giving up the right of return. more

Settlers set fire to mosque near Nablus, attacks rise 50 per cent this year

NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Ultra-Orthodox Jewish settlers on Monday set fire to a mosque near Nablus area in the northern West Bank, Palestinian Authority officials said.

Settlers broke into Al-Nurayn mosque in Qusra, south of Nablus, smashing windows before setting fire to used tires inside the building, locals told a Ma'an correspondent.

PA settlement affairs official Ghassan Doughlas confirmed the incident and urged the international Quartet -- the US, EU, UN and Russia -- to pressure Israel to stop such attacks.

"This is not the first time settlers attack mosques," he added.

An AFP correspondent said Hebrew graffiti on the outside walls included insults against the Prophet Mohammed, a Star of David, and "Migron" -- the name of a settlement outpost near Ramallah which was partially dismantled by Israeli police overnight. more