Monday, 10 September 2012

PCHR succeeds in ensuring reparation for the family of two victims of the Israeli war in Gaza

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) was able to secure reparation for the family of Kassab and Ibrahim Shurrab, who were killed by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) during "Operation Cast Lead" (27 December 2008 – 18 January 2009).

PCHR was able to conclude a settlement of 430,000 NIS (approximately USD 107,500) with representatives of the Israeli military prosecution, which will be paid to the victims' family within the upcoming weeks in return for the closing of their claim.

On 16 January 2009, the IOF opened fire for no reason and without prior warning at the car Mohammed Kassab Shurrab and his two sons – Kassab (28) and Ibrahim (18) – were traveling in, during a humanitarian truce declared by the IOF to allow Palestinian civilians to obtain necessary goods. As a result of the Israeli gunfire, the car collided into a wall. Shortly after, Israeli soldiers stationed in a nearby house headed towards the car. They ordered Mohammed Kassab Shurrab and his two sons to get out of the care before they began firing at them. Kassab was killed instantly and Ibrahim was wounded in his leg by a bullet. The following day, Ibrahim died as the IOF denied him access to medical treatment. more

Boycott committee: Palestinian tycoon Masri 'must end all normalization activities with Israel'

(Bashar Masri with Leocadia Zak, Acting Director of the United States Trade Development Agency, after signing an agreement at Rawabi, March 2010 - Haytham Othman / MaanImages)

The Palestinian Boycott Divestment and Sanctions National Committee, the steering group of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign issued the following statement today condemning the “normalization” activities of Palestinian-American tycoon Bashar Masri whom it accused of advancing “personal interests and profit making at the expense of Palestinian rights.”

Masri is renowned as the developer of “Rawabi,” a Qatari-financed luxury housing development built on West Bank land confiscated from three Palestinian villages by the Palestinian Authority and handed over to Masri’s private firm. The Electronic Intifada has previously reported on some of Masri’s activities in relation to Rawabi.
Palestinian civil society denounces Bashar Masri’s normalization with Israel as undermining the struggle for Palestinian rights

Occupied Palestine, 10 September 2012 – The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society that includes Palestinian political parties, unions, NGOs and grassroots organisations and leads the global BDS movement, strongly condemns the participation of Palestinian businessman Bashar Masri in the Israeli High Tech Industry Association (HTIA) annual conference taking place between the 10th and 12th of September in Haifa and Jerusalem.

Public transport strike brings West Bank to a halt

WEST BANK (Ma'an) -- A public transport strike paralyzed Palestinian cities, towns and refugee camps across the West Bank on Monday, as popular action against rising living costs continued.

Many schools reported that students and teachers were unable to reach class, and main roads were quiet as buses, taxis and trucks held protest actions in West Bank cities.

According to Nasser Younis, head of the West Bank union of public transport, more than 24,000 drivers are on strike.

Younis told Ma’an that the union would meet later Monday to discuss future moves, and warned of more protests that if the Palestinian government does not comply with the drivers' demands.

Demonstrations erupted across the West Bank over the past week, protesting the rising prices of basic commodities including fuel.

An onlooker in Bethlehem, Muhammad Riziq, said that seeing streets empty except for rocks and burning tires brought back memories of the first Palestinian intifada in the late 1980s. more

Israel orders six Palestinian families to demolish their own homes

JERUSALEM, September 10, 2012 (WAFA) – Israeli Forces Monday ordered six Palestinian families from Wadi Helwa, an area in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, to demolish their private-owned houses, under the pretext of building without permit, according to the Information Center of Wadi Helwa.

Director of the center Jawad Syam said Israeli forces handed the residents demolition orders of their houses, which were built after 1992, issued based on the Israeli Planning and Building Law of 1965, as well as photographed the houses.

“Residents vowed that they will never leave their land and will set up tents on their houses ruins if they were demolished,” he added. more

Injuries reported in new bombardment hitting targets across Gaza

Israeli soldiers bombarded, late on Sunday at night, several areas in northern and southern Gaza, leading to extensive damage and several injuries. Children were among the wounded.

The Israeli Air Force fired at least two missiles into a center that belongs to the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, in at-Tuffah neighborhood, east of Gaza City. Damage was reported, no injuries.

Later on, the Israeli Air Force fired missiles targeted a siege-busting tunnel in al-Jaradat area, east of the Rafah Border Terminal, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Also, several missiles were fired into a Qassam training center, west of Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

Spokesperson of the Palestinian Minister of Health, Dr. Ashraf al-Qudra, said that a 10-year-old child was moderately wounded when the army bombarded an area east of Rafah. The child was moved to Abu Yousef an-Najjar Hospital in the city.

The Gaza Now News Agency reported that despite the Israeli bombardment, Palestinians armed groups managed to fire two Grad missiles into adjacent Israeli areas. more