Monday, 4 June 2012

Israel breaking prisoner agreement by renewing administrative detentions on MPs and others

OCCUPIED WB,(PIC)-- The Islamist MPs confirmed that the Israeli occupation still disclaims the last agreement on prisoners, especially with the recent renewal of the prisoners' administrative detention that included number of MPs and former ministers and other prisoners.

The MPs denounced in a statement the illegal administrative detention, expressing their surprise at the international silence towards this violation of the international norms and agreements especially the Fourth Geneva Convention, and stating that all the Israeli courts' decisions are illegal because there is no legitimacy to the occupation.

The MPs stressed that storming of Ofer prison and cutting electricity of one of its main sections are arbitrary measures aiming to create confrontations between detainees and the prison administration and to strip prisoners of their accomplishments which they had achieved during the strike of dignity, adding that the Israeli storming of the jail is an Israeli desperate attempt to rehabilitate the Israeli police and prison service who failed to stop the prisoners' strike. more

Israel deploys nuclear missiles on German submarines but no sanctions from West

(video from Press TV in April)

Berlin: Israel is arming submarines supplied and largely financed by Germany with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles, influential German news weekly Der Spiegel reports in its issue to be published on Monday.

The magazine said in a cover story likely to touch off a debate in Germany that Berlin had until now denied any knowledge that German submarines were being used as part of an Israeli atomic arsenal.

Israel is the Middle East’s sole if undeclared nuclear-armed power.

However, former high-ranking officials of the German defence ministry told the magazine that the government always assumed that Israel was putting nuclear warheads on the Dolphin-class vessels. more

One Palestinian injured in overnight Israeli raids on Gaza

The Israeli military carried out air strikes on Gaza overnight Monday, injuring one Palestinian, after a rocket was fired at southern Israel, the army and Palestinian medical sources said.

“Overnight, IAF (Israel Air Force) aircraft targeted a weapons manufacturing facility and a terror tunnel in the northern Gaza Strip. Direct hits were identified,” it said.

“The targeting of these sites was in response to the rocket fire on communities in southern Israel.”

Palestinian medics said one person had been injured in a raid on northern Gaza City, but it was not clear how serious his injuries were.

The raid took place just hours after a rocket landed in the Eshkol region of Israel which flanks the southern stretch of the Gaza border. It did not cause any injuries or damage. more

Gaza angry as Qatari fuel delivery delayed again

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — A delivery of 30 million litres of Qatari fuel, which was to have entered Gaza on Sunday, has been delayed yet again, officials said, prompting an angry reaction from the Palestinian energy authority.

The Hamas-run Gaza Strip has been living through its worst electricity crisis in living memory, with the Qatari shipment expected to help ease the situation.

But Raed Fatuh, head coordinator for the Palestinian Authority at the Kerem Shalom crossing between southern Gaza and Israel, told AFP the delay was the result of "technical issues" on the Egyptian side.

He said delivery of the fuel, which is to be transported through Egypt's Al-Awja crossing and into southern Israel, then into Gaza through Kerem Shalom, would take place on Tuesday.

It was the third such delay in less than three weeks and prompted an angry outburst by the Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources Authority (PENRA), which said the shipment had been sitting in the dock at the Egyptian port of Suez "for a month and a half."

"There has been a change of roles between the Israelis and the Egyptians in suffocating the Palestinian people and continuing the siege on Gaza," a statement posted on the PENRA website said.

"This continued delay in the arrival of the Qatari fuel will extend the electricity crisis in Gaza, especially with summer approaching."

Stop the bulldozers, Act now: end JCB’s complicity in Israel’s destruction of Palestinian communities

Last Friday, parents with toddlers demonstrated in front of Hamleys London flagship toy store to protest the use of JCB equipment in Israel’s crimes against Palestinian children and communities — particularly the ongoing and imminent destruction of dozens of Palestinian family homes in occupied Jerusalem.

The world largest toy store is preparing to sell a new range of JCB branded toys for British firm JCB. People supported the protest by phoning JCB to demand that the company end their complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people. The actions took place to launch the Stop the Bulldozers-campaign of British charity War on Want, aiming to end JCB’s complicity in the violations of Palestinian human rights. War on Want writes in a 1 June press release:
The protestors cite JCB bulldozers’ use to demolish the only Palestinian children’s playground in the district of Silwan in East Jerusalem and JCB equipment’s part in the construction of the illegal Apartheid Wall, Israeli settlements and the demolition of Palestinian homes.

The charity War on Want wrote to JCB after the playground was demolished. But JCB has failed to respond to its request for the company to investigate the use of JCB equipment in Silwan and ensure that it will not be used in illegal demolitions.

Kat Hobbs, War on Want’s Save Silwan campaigner, said: “JCB is trying to corner the kids’ market with the My First JCB range of toys and clothes. Yet for Palestinian children, their first JCB experience is when a digger is destroying their home and playground. JCB needs to stop its bulldozers being used as weapons against the Palestinian people.”

British foreign office minister Alistair Burt has confirmed the government knew about claims that equipment manufactured by a UK construction equipment company “may have been used in demolitions”. But, despite branding the demolition of the playground “contrary to Israel’s obligations under international humanitarian law” the Foreign Office has taken no further action.