Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Israeli air strike kills three Hamas officers in Gaza

(Reuters) - An Israeli air strike on a vehicle killed three Palestinian security officials in the Hamas-Islamist ruled Gaza Strip on Wednesday, Palestinian medics and Hamas said.

The Israeli military confirmed it had launched an air strike in Gaza but had no further comment.

Hamas and Palestinian hospital officials said a raid after darkness fell in the town of Rafah on Gaza's border with Egypt killed three officials responsible for overseeing tunnels used to import goods from Egypt.

In a statement, Hamas said "Israel has assassinated three of our officers as they were doing their duty in protecting the security of our people." more

Israel accepts final appeal in the case of hunger strike prisoner Al-Safadi

On Wednesday 19th September, the lawyer of the Palestinian Prisoners' Society, Jawwad Bolus, said that the judge of the Military Court of Appeals accepted appeal motion in the case of Hassan al-Sadadi, who launched his hunger strike in 21/6/2012.

The Court has decided that this appeal is the final one. As it ends on 29/10/2012, the military prosecution is not allowed to issue a new order to sentence him again for administrative detention.

Bolus said, "We hoped that the court would accept to release him immediately especially because he was an administrative detainee for 14 months without any charge or trial." more

Los Angeles activists put Veolia’s complicity with Israel’s human rights violations in the spotlight

Activists gather outside the transportation committee meeting last Wednesday. (Marvin A. Gluck)

Last week, activists with various Palestine solidarity and BDS groups under the umbrella of the Dump Veolia coalition came together in protest of the city of Los Angeles’ efforts to renew contracts worth $160 million with Veolia, a French multinational urban transportation and systems corporation, for the city’s transportation needs.

Because of its involvement in contracting with Israel to build a light rail system that will connect West Jerusalem with settlement colonies in East Jerusalem and elsewhere in the occupied West Bank, Veolia has been a longtime target of BDS campaigns, especially in Europe and Australia. The corporation has lost billions of dollars worth of contracts as a result of sustained pressure on local councils by boycott activists since 2008.

Dump Veolia — which includes groups such as BDS LA, Jewish Voice for Peace, and the Israel Divestment Campaign — stated in a press release (emailed to The Electronic Intifada) that more than 40 activists attended the LA Transportation Committee meeting on Wednesday, 12 September, during the first public hearing over the renewal of contracts with Veolia. more

Palestinian Prisoners Society demands release of wounded detainee

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) demanded Israel to release Kamal Salah Al-Husseini who, on September 9, was taken prisoner by Israeli soldiers during clashes that took place in occupied East Jerusalem; he was shot and wounded by the army prior to his arrest.

The PPS said that Al-Hussein was shot by a live round in his right thigh, and that the bullet also fractured his pelvis.

It added that Al-Husseini is currently being held at an Israeli hospital, shackled and tied to his bed despite his bad health condition and the extensive presence of the Israeli army.

Medical sources said that the detainee will likely remain hospitalized for more than two months due to several health complications.

The PPS demanded Israel to ensure the release of the wounded detainee, and to send him back home in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, so that he can receive the urgently needed medical help at a local hospital. more