Sunday, 9 October 2011

Settlers attack Palestinians and international supporters harvesting olives as picking season begins

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NABLUS (AFP) -- Jewish settlers clashed with Palestinian farmers on Sunday, as they tried to pick olives from land owned by relatives of two men convicted of killing a settler family.

At least three Palestinians were injured when dozens of settlers from Itamar armed with sticks and stones attacked the group of about 50 workers harvesting olives, on land belonging to the Awwad family from the nearby village of Awarta, an AFP correspondent reported.

Palestinian Authority settlement affairs official Ghassan Doughlas said the settlers also stole equipment and threw rocks at farmers.

"Settlers are trying to increase the tension with the beginning of the olive picking season," Doughlas told official news agency Wafa.

Israeli troops arrived at the scene and broke up the clashes, while settlers remained close by, throwing stones and shouting: "Death to the Awwad family." more

European network to support the rights of Palestinian prisoners launched

LONDON, (PIC)-- European parliamentarians are participating in the drafting of a petition aimed at rallying support inside the British Parliament as thousands of Palestinian prisoners embark on the 13th day of hunger strike.

The European network to support the Palestinian prisoners (UFree), based in Norwegian capital Oslo, said it has received “positive responses” by members of the British Parliament with regard to the matter. Many have expressed interest in learning the details of the strike as well as human rights violations inside the prisons that triggered the mass protests, UFree said in a statement on Sunday.

UFree said several European parliamentarians and rights groups have signed an e-petition in solidarity with the prisoners at the onset of the strike, in a campaign to raise awareness of the prisoners’ cause in Europe. Meanwhile, European parliamentarians and activists have pledged to cooperate in increasing the number of signatures to the petition and putting forth more efforts for the cause. more

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