Monday, 13 August 2012

Israel to provide ‘temporary housing’ in prison for migrant children

Israel's prison service will begin housing some 90 migrant children in an adult detention facility in the latest crackdown on asylum seekers. The move comes as Israel has deported over 1000 migrants to their home countries and after six minors escaped from a youth holding center where they were awaiting transfer out of the country.

Initially 50 minors will be moved to Givon Prison in Ramle, but an additional 40 beds will be available for more youth. Haaretz is reporting the children will be only temporarily accommodated in the prison:
The incarceration of teenage illegal migrants is meant to be temporary. But for them to get out of jail, room has to be found in a boarding school run by the Social Affairs Ministry or the Education Ministry. Alternatively, they can be released to an adult who would take responsibility for them without remuneration and after meeting certain conditions.

Don't go to Israel because it mistreats Palestinians, South Africa tells citizens as mayors cancel trip

Because of the treatment and policies of Israel towards the Palestinian people, we strongly discourage South Africans from going there,” South Africa’s deputy minister of international relations and co-operation has told the Mail & Guardian.

The Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim added that this was South Africa’s “general policy,” but more so “in regard to municipalities, since they are part of government.”

South African mayor’s visit to Israel canceled

The minister’s comments came in the wake of the cancelation of a visit to Israel by a delegation of mayors and municipal leaders from South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. more

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood will not accept siege of Gaza due to actions of 'misguided' group

The spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Dr. Mahmoud Ghuzlan, has said that the movement will not accept a tightening of the siege on the Gaza Strip due to the actions of a "misguided" group. He stressed that the people of Gaza should not face collective punishment for something done by a small number of people.

In an exclusive statement to Quds Press, Ghuzlan commented on the action being taken against the tunnels that link Egypt and Gaza: "We do not accept this action as a way to tighten the siege on the Gaza Strip because the Palestinians should not be punished for an act of terrorism perpetrated by a group which is astray, especially as most of them were from Sinai." However, he added that there are many tunnels and he does not think that the intention of the government in Cairo is to "block all ports of entry into Gaza". more

Gaza families visit 42 imprisoned relatives in Israeli jails

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Relatives of Palestinians jailed in Israel left the Gaza Strip on Monday to visit detainees, a prisoners group said, in the fifth such visit since 2007.

As part of a deal to end mass hunger strikes in Israeli jails in May, Israeli authorities agreed to ease a ban on Gaza families visiting prisons.

Fifty-seven people left Gaza on Monday to visit 42 imprisoned relatives in Israel, Gaza-based prisoners group Husam said.

Group spokesman Muwaffaq Hmeid stressed that the visit came after the death of two parents of prisoners last week, before they were able to visit their imprisoned children. more