Thursday, 12 January 2012

Palestinian graffiti artists hit West Jerusalem streets with resistance, poetry and art

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian graffiti artists took to the streets of West Jerusalem overnight Wednesday, spraying symbols of resistance in the city center.

Activists told Ma'an the artwork was the start of a campaign which will target other locations in the city and may spread across Israel.

Most Israelis will not have seen the messages of resistance, poetry and art sprayed along one side of the concrete wall Israel has been building since 2002, which runs deep inside the West Bank and confiscates Palestinian land.

But Palestinian images can now be seen in around 20 places in West Jerusalem. The street art includes an image of a woman wearing a keffiyeh, a traditional Palestinian scarf, with the word "Intifada" or uprising. Another image shows a map of Palestine with "ana" - meaning "I" or "me" -- on it.

It is a message "to both our occupiers and our people here in Palestine and around the world, we are still here and our voice is still loud," one activist said on condition of anonymity. more

Gaza hospitals receive urgent medical supplies for dialysis treatment

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday received medical supplies from the Palestinian Authority for dialysis treatment, a spokesman said.

The supplies were delivered by the International Committee of the Red Cross after intense efforts by the Gaza ministry together with international organizations, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said.

The supplies included 49 products for dialysis treatment. more

Haniyeh to visit Qatar, Iran and other Muslim countries at end of January

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An adviser to Hamas' prime minister says the leader will visit Iran, Qatar and other Muslim countries at the end of the month.

Yusef Rizka said Thursday the militant group's Ismail Haniyeh will embark on his second official international trip outside the Gaza Strip. He returned this week from a tour of Egypt, Sudan, Turkey and Tunisia.

It was the first time Haniyeh had left Gaza since Hamas seized control of the territory from the rival Fatah movement in 2007.

Hamas says the visits indicate the movement's increased international recognition, and the growing influence of Islamic groups in the region.

The internationally recognized Palestinian Authority, which is dominated by Fatah, has been concerned by the warm welcome Haniyeh has received. It says his visits should be coordinated through Palestinian embassies. more