Sunday, 9 September 2012

Official: 15 hurt in Nablus village after settler raid

NABLUS (Ma’an) -- After Israeli settlers raided the northern West Bank village of Qusra on Saturday night, clashes with Israeli forces injured 15 Palestinians from the village, a local official said.

Around 30 settlers from the Esh Kodesh settler outpost descended on the village in the evening, PA official Ghassan Daghlas told Ma’an. They uprooted several olive trees and destroyed water wells, before assaulting some villagers, he added.

Israeli forces arrived and fired tear gas and rubber bullets, Daghlas continued. The clashes continued for several hours and left 15 people from the village injured, he said. more

Israel claims two missiles fired from Gaza, one hitting a home

Israeli sources reported that two Grad shells were fired, overnight Saturday, from the Gaza Strip into the Netivot settlement, leading to a number of mild injuries. The latest incident comes a few days after the Israeli army killed six Palestinians in the coastal region.

Israeli “Jerusalem Post” reported on its website that a grad missile was fired into Beersheba (Be’er Al-Sabe’), south of the country, and that the missile landed in an open area leading to no injuries or damages.

The Jerusalem Post added that another missile was fired into Netivot hitting two homes causing extensive damage. Three Israelis were mildly injured as they fell down while running to shelters.

It is worth mentioning that Israeli soldiers, on Wednesday at night and on Thursday morning, killed six Palestinians during a series of air strikes targeting the Gaza Strip. more

UK's Trades Union Congress to vote on solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza motion

Next week, the Trades Union Congress, which represents 6.5 million workers in the UK, will vote on a motion to express solidarity with Palestinians living in Gaza.

The motion builds on existing TUC policy to boycott companies which profit from Israel’s illegal occupation, settlements and wall (passed in 2010 and 2011). Successful consumer pressure has already seen most supermarkets in Britain remove settlement produce from their shelves.

Tabled by the Communication Workers Union, and seconded by the PCS, the motion P76 notes the call from 50 international charities and UN Agencies to end Israel’s blockade on Gaza, and violations of international law affecting 1.6 million Palestinians, over half of whom are children. It also instructs the TUC General Council to ‘organise a delegation to Gaza, in conjunction with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, to determine how the TUC may most effectively contribute to the end of the blockade’.

Hugh Lanning, PSC Chair, and Deputy General Secretary of PCS union, said: ‘After visiting Gaza a few months ago, I was inspired by the determination and hope of Palestinians living in Gaza. The message from Gaza to the international community is clear: they want an end to Israel’s brutal siege, and they want to be able to live with dignity and hope in a Free Palestine. 80 per cent of the population are aid-dependent, and sending a trade union delegation to Gaza is an important step in breaking the isolation that has been enforced upon the 1.6 million Palestinians living there.’ more