Monday, 10 October 2011

Israeli air force attacks targets in northern Gaza as navy fires on fishing boats

The Israeli Air Force bombarded several areas in the northern part of the Gaza Strip on Sunday evening, while the Israeli Navy fired shells at coastal areas; damages were reported, no injuries

Local sources reported that an Israeli fighter jet fired one missile at an open area, north of Beit Lahia.

Also, an Israeli Navy vessel opened fire at Palestinian boats fishing in the area, leading to excessive damages.

Furthermore, an explosion took place east of Rafah city in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, leading to damages; the cause of the explosion remains unknown.

Abu Mujahed, spokesperson of the Popular Resistance Committee, one of the armed resistance groups in Gaza, called on all resistance groups to retaliate to the Israeli attacks; including any attacks carried out by extremist settler groups against Arab areas within the 1948 territories.

He added that the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank is hindering the activities of the resistance, and stated that extremist Israeli settler groups in the 1948 territories are ongoing with their attacks against the Arab residents, and the holy sites.

“We are sure that these attacks, and escalating violations, will lead to another revolution”, Abu Mujahed stated “A revolution to liberate the land, and remove those settlers and end the occupation”.

He further stated that peace agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, “granted the settlers and the occupation more chances to escalate their attacks and violations”. more

Muslim and Christian graves desecrated in Jaffa with 'Death to Arabs' racist graffiti

Netanyahu condemns attacks on graves of Muslims and Christians but it is his government that is bolstering anti-Arab racism in a state that officially treats Palestinians within its borders as second-class citizens.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday decried the desecration of graves in Christian and Muslim cemeteries in Jaffa during Yom Kippur, saying that Israel is "not willing to tolerate vandalism, especially not the kind that would offend religious sensibilities."

“Israel shows tolerance for religious sentiments and a desire for peaceful coexistence without violence, but will show no tolerance for those who oppose it”, said Netanyahu during a cabinet meeting.

Netanyahu’s words came after both a Muslim and Christian cemetery were vandalized by graffiti that said “Death to the Arabs”, and “price tag”. Headstones were smashed and racist slogans were spray-painted on graves.

The incident occurred less than a week after a mosque was torched, also by alleged Jewish extremists, in northern Israel.

About 200 Arabs and Jews gathered in Jaffa on Saturday night to protest the desecration at the cemetery and calling for an end to violence and racism. At one point during the demonstration, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the roof of Rabbi Meir Ba'al Hanes synagogue in Jaffa. The building was empty at the time and there were no reports of casualties. Firefighters, police and medical teams were rushed to the scene. more