Sunday, 5 February 2012

10 more Palestinian detainees to join Khader Adnan's open-ended hunger strike

Ten more Palestinian detainees at the Ofer Israeli prison, decided to join the open-ended hunger strike of Sheikh Khader Adnan, who has been on hunger strike since 50 days, and his health condition has sharply deteriorated.

Amjad An-Najjar, head of the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS), in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, stated that six Islamic Jihad detainees, and four detainees of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), declared they are joining the strike.

An-Najjar stated that Adnan, 33, is ongoing with his strike despite his bad health condition, and held Israel responsible for his life. more

First tomato export to Jordan since siege leaves Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities on Sunday allowed tomatoes to be exported from the Gaza Strip to Jordan, the first such export from the coastal enclave to the Hashemite kingdom since 2007, a crossings official said.

Gaza crossings liaison official Raed Fattouh said two truckloads of tomatoes will leave the Gaza Strip via the Israeli-controlled Kerem Shalom crossing.

One truckload of carnations and two truckloads of strawberries will also pass through for export to Europe, he added. more

Human Rights Watch calls on Israel to lift restrictions on Palestinian residency rights

Read the report 'Forget About Him, He's Not Here: Israel’s Control of Palestinian Residency in the West Bank and Gaza' here

RAMALLAH, West Bank — A Gaza-born woman recently sneaked into her native land through a smugglers' tunnel because the legal route was blocked. A car mechanic who settled in the West Bank 15 years ago to raise a family lives in fear of deportation because his ID card says he's originally from Gaza.

They are among thousands of Palestinians who the New York-based Human Rights Watch says have had their lives disrupted by Israeli restrictions on residency in the West Bank and Gaza, territories captured by Israel in the June 1967 Mideast war and sought for a Palestinian state.

In a report issued Sunday, Human Rights Watch called on Israel to lift restrictions on residency, saying they are often arbritrary and violate international and human rights law, including the right to family life.

"The result has been to split families apart, to arbitrarily ban people from moving around and to arbitrarily prevent a large number of people from returning to their own homes," said the report's author, Bill Van Esveld. more

Israeli settlers from Mehola beat Palestinian shepherd with sticks and clubs

Fence around Mehola settlement (image from CorporateOccupation)

A group of Israeli settlers from the Mehola settlement in the Jordan Valley, in the northeastern part of the West Bank, approached a Palestinian shepherd who was tending his sheep and beat him with sticks and clubs on Friday.

Medical sources reported that 20-year old Mahdi Daraghma was admitted to the Jenin hospital with moderate injuries after he was severely beaten by a group of Israeli settlers.

The settlement of Mehola is made up of a residential and an agricultural section, as well as a number of packaging plants in which Israeli settlement companies like Arava and Carmel prepare products for export.

According to a 2011 report by CorporateOccupation, Palestinians from nearby villages are employed in the settlement and exploited: “Workers are paid from 60-80 shekels per day, half the Israeli minimum wage, and have no contracts or health insurance. There have been documented incidents of employers in Mehola falsifying wage slips in order to appear to be paying proper wages.”

The settlement is surrounded by an electrified fence, separating it from the Palestinian villages on whose land the settlement is constructed. more

Israeli police shoot international activist in the neck during weekly Nabi Saleh protest

From the Popular Struggle Co-ordination Cttee

Despite a ridiculous statement by the IDF spokesperson that the injury was caused by a stone (see here), the above video clearly shows the the injury was caused by a tear-gas projectile shot directly at a group of very peaceful protesters by Israeli Border Police officers. On December 9th, 2011, Mustafa Tamimi from Nabi Saleh suffered fatal injuries after soldiers shoot him in the face with a tear-gas projectile. The practice of shooting tear-gas canisters directly at people, in fact using them as projectiles, is widespread among Israeli soldiers suppressing Palestinian demonstrations in the West Bank.

A Dutch man was also hit by a tear-gas projectile in the waist, and evacuated to the hospital with a suspected fracture.
The protest was attacked by the army well within the village shortly after it set out from the center of the village. The soldiers shot volleys of tear-gas and rubber-coated bullets at the march for no apparent reason. More than 20 injuries were recorded among the protesters throughout the day and two Palestinian journalists were detained.

Popular Struggle Co-ordination Cttee