Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Abbas: 'Palestinian Spring has begun' as protests spread across West Bank


CAIRO (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that the "Palestinian Spring" had begun, as Palestinians took to the streets across the West Bank in protest over rising prices.

"The Palestinian spring has begun, and we are in line with what the people say and what they want," Abbas said, addressing a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo.

The president said the protesters' demands to reduce costs of basic goods and for regular payment of salaries were "right and fair."

"Hunger is disloyal," Abbas said, quoting a Palestinian proverb reflecting that hungry people thought only of their need for food. "We are trying to do what we can do to reduce prices."

'Enough is enough'

Hundreds of protesters marched on Nablus' city center on Wednesday calling for the resignation of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, as young men torched tires in the street. more

Occupation prevents Gazan child's travel for treatment


GAZA,(PIC)-- Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) have refused to allow a Palestinian child, Nour al-Shami, to enter the territories occupied in 1948, Dr. Ashraf Kodra, Health ministry spokesman, confirmed.

The Health Ministry in Gaza denounced, on Tuesday, the Israeli decision that prevents a Palestinian child to get treatment. more

'Freedom Sailors' Gaza flotilla book under attack - take action


Our book, Freedom Sailors, is under attack by Zionists from several Facebook Israel-First pages. The message below is what was posted.

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It is important that you go to Amazon and read the reviews, even if you don't have an account. They are obviously afraid of the messages in the book, they have not read the book, they don't realize that the book is written by 24 people, including two Israelis, and they have become the 'one-star wonders' on Amazon.

You can read them at http://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Sailors-movement-succeeded-ourselves/dp/0615654894/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1344813919&sr=8-11&keywords=freedom+sailors

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Apartheid wall encircles Jerusalem; 120 Palestinians expelled


The Israeli occupation authorities have completed the apartheid wall around Jerusalem, cutting it off from its West Bank hinterland. The final 130km section brings the total length of the illegal wall to 784 km.

The city is now ringed by electrified wire and cement blocks to a height of 5-6m on three sides, while the fourth is plagued with illegal settlements, which are in the process of being connected to others outside the city by a light railway system.

According to the head of the General Committee for the Defence of Palestinian Land, the Israelis have confiscated the remaining areas of West Jerusalem and erased all barriers between the western and eastern sectors of the city. "They have also confiscated land in the Jordan Valley, including Maale Adumim settlement, and reached the Dead Sea,” said Abdul-Hadi Hantash. “To the south, Jerusalem is blocked by a settlement belt." more

MADA: abduction and persecution of journalist in Gaza a serious violation of freedom of expression


The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) strongly condemns the kidnapping and assault of a senior journalist in Gaza, and his week-long detention.

MADA says Alsho'la news agency chief editor Saher Aqra' was kidnapped by men affiliated with internal security in Gaza and assaulted while being detained, from 23 August 2012 until 30 August 2012.

Aqra' told MADA Center that while returning from his family home to his house in Gaza City, on Salah al-Din Street, seven cars blocked his way. He escaped once and continued on his way, but when he reached the area of ​​Al-Saraya, Aqra said he was blocked again by a jeep and two cars. Masked and armed men then kidnapped and blindfolded him and took him to an unknown location. more

Gaza health ministry to reinstate workers dismissed in Fatah/Hamas clashes in 2007


GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- The health ministry in the Gaza Strip is re-admitting workers who were dismissed during clashes between Fatah and Hamas in 2007, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Ashraf al-Qudra said ministry officials decided during a weekly meeting to reinstate doctors who lost their jobs for political reasons when Hamas took charge of Gaza's institutions.

The Palestinian Authority meanwhile is failing to pay salaries for employees in Gaza, as it copes with a financial crisis across the occupied territories, workers say. more