Friday, 24 August 2012

Police repeatedly taser Palestinian man vacationing with his family

Image from Arabs48 TV

Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported Friday that a Palestinian man from Jerusalem was shocked by an Israeli Policeman with an electric gun five times; the incident took place at a park in Tel Aviv last Tuesday. The man was vacationing with his family and was attacked in front of his five children.

The man, Talal Sayyad, 42 from At-Tour in occupied Jerusalem, filed a complaint to the investigation branch of the Israeli Justice Ministry.

The Arabs48 News Website reported that the man was even tasered after he was cuffed by the police..

Sayyad told Haaretz that he did not do anything wrong, and that all what he did is that he made a note to a policeman who arrived at the park with other policemen to stop a fight.

The policeman was excessively spraying the face of a boy with pepper spray.
The policeman asked Fayyad to leave, but was still waving his electric gun and went on to shock him in the abdomen.

The attack was caught on tape, and shows the policeman repeatedly tasing Fayyad despite the fact the he was cuffed and did pose any threat to anybody’s life. more

Israeli inquiry into Rachel Corrie death insufficient, US ambassador tells family

(Rachel Corrie died trying to stop an Israeli army bulldozer from destroying Palestinian houses in Rafah in 2003. Photograph: Denny Sternstein/AP)

The US ambassador to Israel has told the family of an American pro-Palestinian activist who was killed in Gaza in 2003 that the US government remains dissatisfied with the Israeli army's decision to close its official investigation into the incident.

Rachel Corrie, 23, an activist with the International Solidarity Movement, was crushed to death as she tried to stop an Israeli army bulldozer from destroying Palestinian houses in Rafah, on the Egypt-Gaza border.

In 2005 Corrie's family filed a civil suit in the Haifa district court against the Israeli government over the incident. A verdict is expected on Tuesday.

At a meeting at the US embassy in Tel Aviv last week, the ambassador, Dan Shapiro, told Corrie's parents and her sister that the government did not believe the Israeli military investigation had been "thorough, credible and transparent", as had been promised by Israel. The investigation concluded that Corrie's death was an accident and that she had endangered herself by entering a combat zone.

"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. more

Weekly report on Israeli human rights violations in the OPT (9–15 Aug)

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

A Palestinian civilian was wounded by IOF.

IOF use force to disperse peaceful protest organized by Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.
7 Palestinian civilians, including a child and a woman, were wounded.

IOF conducted 7 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.
IOF arrested 7 Palestinians.

Israeli gunboats fired at Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Strip.

Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.
IOF arrested two Palestinian civilians in Hebron.

IOF have continued efforts to create a Jewish demographic majority in East Jerusalem.
The Israeli municipality of Jerusalem decided to establish 12 tower buildings in Jabal Abu Ghunaim (“Har Homah” settlement, south of Jerusalem.

IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.
IOF legitimized am unplanned settlement outpost.
5 dunums[1] of agricultural land were razed and water well was destroyed in al-Khader village, west of Bethlehem. more

South Africa's decision to label settlement goods provokes Israeli anger

Israel hit back at South Africa for its decision on Wednesday to mandate special labels for products made in settlements, with Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon saying that the decision proved the South Africa was still an "apartheid state".

"The changes that took place in South Africa over the years did not yield a truly fundamental change. South Africa remains an apartheid state," Ayalon said in a statement made on Wednesday night, Israeli media reports.

Ayalon also condemned the South African government for the killing of 34 striking miners by police, the largest number of casualties since the end of apartheid, saying, "At the moment South Africa's apartheid is aimed at Israel, and against miners within South AFrica itself.

"Instead of deciding to label Israeli products, Soth Africa should have acted courageously towards the 34 innocent miners that were just asking for an improvement in working conditions."

The proposal, which means that goods coming from settlements will not be allowed to be labelled as 'Made in Israel', has been in consideration since May and was approved by the South African government on Wednesday. more