Thursday, 12 July 2012

PA security transfer political prisoner Al Aker to prison 2 hours after undergoing surgery

NABLUS,(PIC)-- PA intelligence agency has transferred, on Wednesday, the political prisoner Abdullah al-Aker to Rafidia hospital to undergo a surgery, and after less than two hours of the surgery he has been returned to prison despite his health deteriorating and critical condition.

Family sources confirmed that he announced his hunger strike protesting against his re-arrest despite his health deterioration and to demand the PA security forces to release him, especially after repeated false promises to set him free.

The political prisoner's family expressed their fear for his life as he is in a serious health condition especially that he is suffering spinal sharp pain because of the torture he faced since his arrest two years ago. more

New York ads depicting Palestinian dispossession are termed 'anti-Semitic'

By Philip Weiss (Mondoweiss)
The graphic above, long distributed on postcards at Palestinian solidarity events, is a work of genius; it explains the history of Israel and Palestine better than any other quick summary. Andrew Sullivan published it last year. My wife saw the postcard once and was soon citing it at dinner parties. "Have you seen the maps? Well I have!"

Now this graphic has made the bigtime. It's part of an ad on train platforms aimed at the elite in the New York suburbs. Here's reporting by Bob Ryser in the Journal News in the Hudson Valley. (A photo at the link shows how the graphic is used in a larger ad). Note the conflation of the "Jewish community" with Zionism, and the claim that ad-buyer Henry Clifford has "little following."
“This is anti-Semitic because when people think of Jews they think of the Jewish state,” said Dovid Efune, editor of the Manhattan-based Jewish newspaper, The Algemeiner. “Jews have seen this happen so many times. It always starts with messaging that says Jews are committing a crime.”

The ads, which show a succession of shrinking Palestinian territory in four maps and contain a headline stating that 4.7 million Palestinians are classified as refugees by the United Nations, were paid for by an 84-year-old ex-Wall Street financier who lives in Connecticut.

Palestinian killed in fresh Israeli airstrikes in Gaza

Mahmoud al-Haiji, 27, was killed and another man injured as the Israeli bombardment of Gaza continued on Thursday.

Both men were in the Gaza City neighborhood of al-Zaytoun when Israeli warplanes launched their missiles.

Ashraf al-Qudra, A spokesman for the ministry of health in Gaza, reported that al-Haiji, a fighter with the al-Qassam Brigades, died at Shifa hospital. Israel claimed they were planning to launch an attack on Israeli soldiers patrolling the Gaza border. more

Medics: 3 people injured in Gaza airstrike

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel launched an airstrike east of Gaza City early Tuesday, injuring three people, a medical official said.

Ashraf al-Qudra, the spokesman of the ministry of health in Gaza, told Ma’an that two civilians were seriously wounded and another in a critical condition after a car was targeted in the al-Shujaiyeh district of Gaza City.

The Israeli army said that it had targeted a "Hamas terrorist squad" which was preparing to fire an anti-tank missile at soldiers patrolling the border.

A direct hit was confirmed.

Israeli military vehicles entered the neighborhood and fired several shells into open areas, witnesses said. more