Saturday, 8 September 2012

Egyptian decision to open Rafah crossing welcomed

GAZA, (PIC)-- Spokesman for the Resistance Committees, Mohammed al-Brim, hailed the Egyptian leadership for its decision to open Rafah crossing all weekdays, including Fridays.

Al-Brim considered that opening Rafah crossing on Fridays to operate in both directions is an important step towards "lifting the unjust and oppressive siege imposed on our Palestinian people who have been suffering for more than six years", and thanked the Egyptian leadership for this procedure, which will contribute to alleviate the suffering of Palestinian people.

He said in a statement on Friday that fully and completely opening the crossing reflects the real desire of the Egyptian leadership to mitigate the suffering of Palestinians and to contribute in and take practical steps to lift the siege on the Gaza Strip, noting that Rafah Crossing is considered Gaza's sole gateway to the outside world.

For his part, MP Jamal Khudari, head of the Popular Committee against the Siege, hailed the Egyptian authorities for the decision to open the crossing. more

Weekly report on Israeli human rights violations in the OPT (30 Aug-5 Sep)

IOF launched a number of air strikes and opened fire at areas in the Gaza Strip. 3 members of the Palestinian resistance were killed and a fourth one was wounded in the central Gaza Strip. 3 members of the Palestinian resistance were wounded by Israeli air strikes. Two schools and a house were damaged.

IOF used force to disperse peaceful protest organized by Palestinian civilians in the West Bank. 3 Palestinian civilians, including a woman, were wounded. IOF detained 5 Palestinian civilians, including two women, for several hours.

IOF conducted 49 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. IOF arrested 30 Palestinians, including 5 children, in the West Bank. IOF arrested 3 Palestinian children from the Gaza Strip who attempted to enter Israel. 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 girls and two boys at military checkpoints in Hebron.

IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property. The Israeli High Court confirmed an order to demolish two houses in al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem.

IOF confiscated 100 dunums[1] of land in Nahalin village near Bethlehem. Israeli settlers attacked a monastery in Latron area, west of occupied Jerusalem. Israeli settlers destroyed 20 olive trees in Bourin village, south of Nablus. more

Hamas official: Protests are start of uprising, may extend to Gaza

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The ongoing protests in the West Bank mark the beginning of a new uprising against the Israeli occupation motivated by economic crises and could extend to the Gaza Strip, says Hamas official in exile Mousa Abu Marzouq.

Speaking by telephone late Friday, the deputy chief of Hamas’ politburo said President Mahmoud Abbas "should take a courageous decision before it’s too late. The Palestinian Authority was meant to become an independent entity, but the opposite happened."

Abu Marzouq expressed concern that “someone could target the president just as what happened with late Palestinian president Abu Ammar (Yasser Arafat) because Israel has recently described him as needless.”

However, the Hamas leader expects Israel to intervene and “rescue” the PA because Israel is still interested in the presence of the PA. “The PA will not fall unless Israel wants it to fall, or the Palestinian people decide to change the situation.” more