Saturday, 15 October 2011

Prisoner exchange expected to take place on 18 October if Israel sticks to agreement

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM , (PIC)-- An Israeli official from the office of Benyamin Netanyahu said on Friday that 450 Palestinian captives will be released next Tuesday and Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will be released at the same time “if the agreement between the Israeli government and Hamas is respected.”

AFP quoted the official who preferred to remain anonymous that he hopes the time table in the agreement is respected and that Shalit returns to “his home” on Thursday.

Israeli radio also reported that the PM’s representative David Meidan will travel on Saturday to Cairo to agree the final details of the exchange process through Egyptian officials. more

Rising wave of racist attacks against Arabs blamed on Israeli government

By Jillian Kestler-D'Amours (Electronic Intifada)

Palestinian community leaders have blamed a refusal by the Israeli government to condemn increased incitement to racial hatred for a recent surge in extremist violence by settlers and other Zionists.

“The problem here is the way the Israeli government is dealing with all the brutal acts of the settlers in the West Bank and now inside the Green Line [Israel as it is recognized internationally]. The Israeli government is doing nothing in order to stop these racist people, and this fact gives this bunch of racists a green light to do anything they want,” said Sami Abu Shehadeh, a Jaffa resident and member of the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipal council.

“We are really worried. Now these people are attacking holy places; tomorrow they could also hurt people,” explained Abu Shehadeh, during a demonstration on 8 October against the recent desecration of Muslim and Christian cemeteries in Jaffa by suspected Jewish-Israeli extremists.

On the eve of Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday of repentance, suspected Israeli extremists spray-painted “Death to Arabs” and “Price Tag” on headstones in the two Jaffa cemeteries.

“We are having terrorist groups of Jews going inside the Green Line and in the West Bank,” Abu Shehadeh added, “and nobody is doing anything [about it], and they are really dangerous people.”

Wave of racist attacks throughout Israel

On 9 October, the words “Maccabi Haifa [a soccer club] doesn’t want Arabs on the team,” “Death to Arabs,” and “Rabbi Kahane was right” — referring to Meir Kahane, the leader of the ultra right-wing, banned Kach party, who advocated the forcible deportation of all Palestinians — were also found spray-painted on structures in the city of Bat Yam, just south of Tel Aviv.

These attacks came less than a week after a mosque in the Bedouin village of Tuba Zangariya, in the Galilee region of northern Israel, was set on fire. The inner walls of the mosque, holy books, and carpets were severely damaged in the attack. more

UN slams Israeli settlement plan to build further 2,600 housing units in East Jerusalem

UNITED NATIONS (Ma'an) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon criticized Israel on Friday over reports that it plans to build 2,600 more housing units in East Jerusalem, saying further settlement activity was "unacceptable."

"The Secretary-General is deeply concerned at continued efforts to advance planning for new Israeli settlements in occupied East Jerusalem," Ban's press office said in a statement.

"Recent developments in this regard have been unacceptable, particularly as efforts are ongoing to resume (Israeli-Palestinian) negotiations, and run contrary to the Quartet's call on the parties to refrain from provocations," it said. more

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (6– 12 Oct 2011)

(Israeli settlers from "Yish Kodesh" settlement, escorted by Israeli troops, uproot olive trees in Qasra village, northeast of Nablus – 06 October 2011)

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

A Palestinian civilian died of wounds he had sustained in the Gaza Strip in 2003.

A Palestinian civilian was wounded and arrested by IOF in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron.

IOF have continued to fire at Palestinian fishermen and farmers in the Gaza Strip.

IOF continued to use force against peaceful protests in the West Bank.
A Palestinian woman and a British human rights defender were wounded.

IOF conducted 38 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and two limited ones into the Gaza Strip.
IOF arrested 28 Palestinians, including 11 children.

Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.

IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

IOF demolished a mosque in Khirbat Yarza village, east of Tubas.
IOF demolished two under-construction houses in Bethlehem and Hebron.
IOF demolished two houses and two animal barracks near Qalqilya.
IOF razed a 12-dunum[1] area of agricultural land and confiscated 250 olive and almond trees.
Israeli settlers uprooted 210 trees in Qasra village near Nablus.
Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian farmers while cropping olives.