Monday, 7 May 2012

For the second day .. Egypt continues to prevent businessmen from entering Gaza

GAZA (PIC) -- On Sunday, Egypt's security forces continued to prevent the delegation of the Arab businessmen (coming from14 Arab countries) from entering Gaza to participate in Palestine investment conference, which is supposed to kick off on Monday, May 7 in the Gaza Strip.

The delegation's source told «Quds Press" Agency that the Arab delegation, that included Parliamentarians from Morocco and Tunisia, could not cross "Kobri Al-Salam" in Ismailia city towards the Rafah Crossing to the Gaza Strip, adding that the businessmen are waiting in a hotel in Ismailia not allowed the move to anywhere except to the Cairo airport. more

Agent provocateur admission by IDF: Undercover officers threw stones at soldiers in Bil’in protest

(Video from a 2005 demonstration in Bil’in. Undercover IDF agents are revealed around the 7:00 mark.)

Undercover soldiers hurled stones in the "general direction" of IDF soldiers as part of their activity to counter weekly demonstrations in the Palestinian village of Bil'in, the commander of the Israeli Prison Service's elite "Masada" unit revealed during his recent testimony in the trial of MK Mohammed Barakeh (Hadash).

Barakeh has been charged with assaulting a border guard in Bil'in who was attempting to arrest a demonstrator.

Since 2005, the weekly protests against the separation barrier in Bil'in, which cuts the village off from much of its residents' land, have attracted international attention as well as the participation of Israeli and international activists. more at Haaretz

And at +972 and Mondoweiss

Israeli court rules against freeing two Palestinian hunger-strikers detained without trial

JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Israel's Supreme Court turned down on Monday an appeal by two Palestinians, who have been on hunger strike for nearly 70 days, to free them from detention without trial.

But in its decision, released by the justice ministry, the court said security authorities should consider freeing them for medical reasons.

Administrative detainees Bilal Diab, 27, from Jenin, and Thaer Halahla, 33, from Hebron -- are in a precarious condition after refusing food since Feb. 29, a doctor from Physicians for Human Rights-Israel said this week. more