Saturday, 19 November 2011

Joint Palestinian-Israeli ‘peace radio’ station shut down by Israeli authorities

by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News

A radio station that has worked for 7 years to bring together Palestinians and Israelis in joint broadcasts and dialogue was shut down by Israeli authorities on Saturday, with the claim that the station lacked the proper license – despite the fact that the station broadcasts from the West Bank and is not under Israeli jurisdiction.

The station was founded by Israeli and Palestinian peace groups seven years ago, and is called ‘Kol Hashalom’ which means ‘Whole Peace’. Its broadcast facility is in Ramallah, which is the base of the Palestinian Authority and considered to be under Palestinian Authority control according to the Oslo Agreement of 1993.

According to the Israeli Communications Ministry, “The Ministry carried out wireless supervisory activities in cooperation with Israel Police against a pirate radio station, just as it carries them out against all other illegal station”.

The shutdown came after Israeli Knesset (Parliament) Member Danny Danon demanded that the station be shut down, appealing to the Israeli Attorney General and demanding immediate action against the station.

After a November 4th letter to the station claiming that its broadcast was illegal, the station’s management requested time to reply, saying that the station was fully licensed by the Palestinian Authority’s Communication Ministry and therefore not an illegal broadcast.

Israeli peace groups have recently come under fire from Israeli Knesset members, who have passed draconian measures limiting freedom of speech and limiting foreign funding for Israeli peace groups. more

Weekly report on Israeli rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (3-16 Nov 2011)

(pic: Palestinians mourn during the funeral of Mohammed Kelani who was killed in an Israeli attack on a Palestinian Navy Site in the northern Gaza Strip - PCHR)

· 4 Palestinians, including a civilian, a member of the Palestinian Marine Police and two resistance activists, were killed by Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip.
- 14 Palestinians, including 6 civilians and 5 members of the Palestinian Marine Police, were wounded by IOF in the Gaza Strip.
- The site of the Palestinian Marine Police in al-Soudaneya area, north of the Gaza Strip, was totally destroyed.

· IOF have continued to use force against peaceful protests in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
- 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded in a peaceful demonstration in al-Nabi Saleh village.

· The Israeli Navy has continued to attack Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip.
- Israeli naval troops arrested three Palestinian fishermen and confiscated their fishing boat.

· IOF conducted 91 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one into the Gaza Strip.
- IOF arrested 14 Palestinians.
- IOF wounded a Palestinian civilian in his house in Hebron city before arresting him.
- IOF raided the houses of many Palestinians who were released recently from Israeli jails, delivered them notices to appear before the Israeli intelligence and threatened some of them.

· Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.
- Israeli soldiers arrested at least one Palestinian civilian at a checkpoint in the West Bank.

· IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.
- Four houses were bulldozed in 'Ein al-Dyouk al-Tahta, northwest of Jericho.
- IOF destroyed electricity poles between al-Twana village and Kherbet al-Mafqara, south of Hebron.
- IOF bulldozed lands in Azzoun 'Etma, southeast of Qalqilya, to establish a security wall around "Oranit" settlement.
- Israeli settlers uprooted 25 olive trees in Madma village, north of Hebron.
- Three civilian vehicles set alight in Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron.

Gaza tunnel worker dies after electrocution accident, over 200 killed since 2006

RAFAH, (PIC)-- A Palestinian worker on Friday morning died as a result of being electrocuted while working in a smuggling tunnel at the Egyptian Gaza border.

Palestinian medical sources told PIC correspondent that Salamah Abu Hammad, 20 years, a resident of Bani Suhaila to the east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip died as a result of being electrocuted during his work inside one of the smuggling tunnels.

More than 210 Palestinians died and 800 injured during work inside smuggling tunnels since the Israeli occupation imposed a siege on the Gaza Strip in 2006, forcing residents to resort to smuggling tunnels to smuggle essential goods. more