Friday, 5 October 2012

Two Palestinian-Lebanese charities put on US list of 'terrorist' organisations

On Friday 5th October, U.S. Department of the Treasury listed on Thursday Al-Waqfiya and Al-Quds Palestinian-Labanese charities on its list of terrorism.

The U.S. Treasury department said in a press release published on its website that it listed these two charities under Executive resolutions number 13224 and 13224 because they "exist to support the families of Hamas fighters."

According to the resolutions, these two Palestinian-Labanese charities were listed on the U.S. list that prevents Americans from dealing with them. more

'Estelle' boat to Gaza arrives in Naples - greeted by solidarity and donations

ANSAmed) - NAPLES, OCTOBER 4 - The sailing vessel Estelle arrived in Naples yesterday, in the last leg of a trip ahead of its attempt to reach Gaza. With Estelle, which is carrying 200 balloons and books in Arabic for children, the Freedom Flotilla movement will attempt for the third time to break Israel's Gaza embargo in order to bring aid to the Palestinians as well as make a political gesture. "There is a 99% possibility that the Israelis will try to stop us", Jan Hammervold, a Norwegian sailor who is taking part in the expedition, told ANSA. "We are ready once again to carry out our expedition. This is the third expedition of Freedom Florrilla to Gaza and since the last time, the conditions of Palestinians in Gaza have worsened," said Hammervold.

Another two activists will board the ship in Naples, the last to join the crew which cannot exceed 17 people.

"We will decide together tomorrow who will board," said Alberto, a pacifist from Milan who was on board one of 13 ships which tried to break the Gaza embargo last year. "It was very frustrating to remain blocked in Greece because Israel had expanded till there its territorial waters without a word from the international community."

Another two activists with Eco, 'Jews against the occupation', will try to board the ship. The city of Naples has expressed its support and Mayor De Magistris is scheduled to meet the activists today.

Some 100 youths welcomed the ship yesterday and activists raised 1.800 euros to buy an anchor for the Estelle. more

Weekly report on Israeli human rights violations in the OPT (27 Sep - 3 Oct)

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

A Palestinian fisherman was killed, and his brother was wounded, while they were fishing in the northern Gaza Strip. IOF used force to disperse peaceful protest organized by Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.

Dozens of protesters sustained bruising and suffered from tear gas inhalation.

IOF conducted 42 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. A Palestinian civilian was wounded in Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. IOF arrested 14 Palestinians, 3 of them children, in the West Bank. Jewelry was stolen from a house in Qaryout village, east of Nablus. IOF occupied a house and turned it into a military observation point in Hebron.

Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the oPt and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world. IOF established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank. IOF arrested at least 4 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, at military checkpoints in the West Bank. IOF arrested 3 Palestinian children from the Gaza Strip who attempted to enter Israel.

IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank, and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property. IOF confiscated 75 dunums of land in Wadi Fouqin, west of Bethlehem, and Israeli settlers pumped wastewater onto the land. IOF began to establish a settlement outpost in an area south of Bethlehem. 60 olive trees were damaged and cut down, and their crops damaged, in Burin, south of Nablus. more