Friday, 13 July 2012

25 Gaza Strip detainees to have family visits on Monday

The Red Cross announced, during a Thursday meeting with representatives of national and Islamic factions, and a committee of parents of political prisoners held by Israel, that Gaza Strip detainees, held by Israel, will be allowed family visits starting Monday under certain restrictions and conditions set by Israel.

The Red Cross said that representatives of the Husam Society for Detainees, Muhjat Alquds Foundation, and Ansar Al-Asra Foundation, also participated in the meeting.

They were informed that 25 Gaza Strip detainees, held at the Ramon Israeli Prison, will be allowed visits on the first stage; a total 47 family members of the 25 detainees will be allowed family visits under preconditions set by Israel.

The preconditions are; only wives, fathers and mothers will be allowed to visit, families will not be allowed to bring food or clothing for their detained family members; families are only allowed to carry drinking water. more

Israel says killed man claimed to be from Gaza trying to infiltrate through Sinai border

JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Israeli troops shot dead a man trying to infiltrate the Sinai border with Egypt and wounded another on Friday, the Israeli military said, in the latest in a series of deadly incidents along a once quiet frontier.

Both men, who crossed the desert border under cover of darkness, turned out to be unarmed when Israeli medics found them after dawn, a military spokeswoman said.

She would not divulge the identities or nationalities of the infiltrators though Israeli media said they were Palestinians from the nearby Gaza Strip. more

Video: Jonathan Tobin and Ali Abunimah debate legality of Israeli settlements on Democracy Now

A debate broadcast live on Democracy Now! Yesterday, 11th July, Jonathan Tobin, senior online editor of Commentary magazine, and Ali Abunimah, co-founder of The Electronic Intifada, debate the recent report by an Israeli government committee that affirms the legality of settlements in the West Bank. more

Racist arson attack in Israel leaves three African migrants injured

Three people, including a heavily pregnant woman, suffered severe burns and smoke inhalation on Tuesday night in what Israeli police are calling a racist attack.

Micky Rosenfeld of the Israeli police reported that there was an arson attack on an apartment in west Jerusalem on Wednesday night. Three Eritrean’s were seriously injured in the attack. One suffered severe burns while two others were being treated for smoke inhalation.

There has been a sharp increase in racist attacks and demonstrations by Israelis in recent months. There have been riots in Tel Aviv and many asylum seekers have been beaten and abused on the street. In another arson attack in June, four migrants were injured when their home was set ablaze and racist graffiti sprayed on the walls.

Right wing Israelis see immigrants from Africa and elsewhere as a possible threat to maintaining Israel as a jewish majority state. They have called on the government to deport asylum seekers. more