Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Israeli forces gunfire targets fishermen and farmers in Gaza

GAZA, (PIC) -- Israeli artillery and gunboats fired projectiles and machine guns at Palestinian houses and fishing boats in the Gaza Strip at dawn Wednesday.

Local sources told PIC's correspondent that the occupation artillery had fired a shell at Palestinian agricultural land in Juhor al-Dik village, southeast of Gaza City, pointing out that the shell exploded without causing casualties.

The sources added that the Israeli gunboats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of Gaza City and forced them to abandon their boats and to halt fishing. more

Verdict in Rachel Corrie Lawsuit to be Announced August 28th

(Haifa, Israel – August 21, 2012) – The verdict in the civil lawsuit against the State of Israel for the killing of peace activist Rachel Corrie over nine years ago will be announced August 28, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. at the Haifa District Court.

Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American from Olympia, Washington, was crushed to death March 16, 2003, by an Israeli military Caterpillar D9-R bulldozer while nonviolently protesting demolition of Palestinian civilian homes in Rafah, Gaza.

The lawsuit, filed in 2005 on behalf of the Corrie family by attorney Hussein abu Hussein, charges the State of Israel with responsibility for Rachel’s killing and failure to conduct a full and credible investigation in the case.

“The lawsuit is just a small step in our family’s nearly decade-long search for truth and justice,” said Craig Corrie, Rachel’s father. “The mounting evidence presented before the court underscores a broken system of accountability – tolerated by the United States in spite of its conclusions that Israel’s military investigation was not ‘thorough, credible, or transparent.’” more

Official: Rafah, Kerem Shalom crossings to partially reopen

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Rafah crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, and the Kerem Shalom commercial crossing with Israel, will partially reopen on Wednesday, a Palestinian official said.

"The Egyptian side told us first that the Rafah crossing will operate Wednesday morning in both directions, but on Tuesday evening the Egyptians informed us the land port would operate only for passengers coming into Gaza," border official Raed Fattouh said.

The Kerem Shalom crossing with Israel would operate on Wednesday to allow the entry of humanitarian aid, domestic-use gas and some commercial merchandise, the Gaza official added. more