Friday, 26 October 2012

Hamas condemns Israeli aggression against Sudan

CAIRO, (PIC)-- The Hamas Movement strongly condemned the Israeli aggression on the Yarmouk arms factory in the south of Khartoum in Sudan, and expressed its solidarity with the Sudan.

The Islamic resistance movement said in a statement on Thursday: "We strongly condemn this Zionist crime and dastardly attack carried out by the enemy's army against the Yarmouk arms factory in the Sudan."

The statement said the aggression was "flagrant" and proved that Israel is continuing to violate international laws and norms, not only against Palestinian people, land and sanctities, but also against the Arab and Islamic states and peoples." more

UN's Falk calls for boycott of companies profiting from Israeli settlements

United Nations Special Rapporteur on humanitarian affairs in the occupied Palestinian territories, called for boycotting all firms that benefit from Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, and stated that this ban should be submitted to the UN General Assembly Thursday.

He said that businesses named in his report that was submitted to the General Assembly, and many other business that profit from Israel’s settlement enterprise must be boycotted until they comply with the standards of international human rights and humanitarian law.

His report is named “Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories since 1967”.

The report names Caterpillar, Motorola, and Hewlett Packard in the United States, in addition to Veolia Environment of France, G4S in Britain, Volvo Group and Assa Abloy in Sweden, Ahava, Elbit System and Mehadrin in Israel, Dexia in Belgium, Cemex of Mexico and Riwal Holding Group in Holland.

In his report, Falk states that Caterpillar provides Israel with equipment, bulldozers and construction devices that are used by Israel in demolishing Palestinian homes, schools and in uprooting Palestinian orchards.

He said that companies that are invested in the Israeli occupation of Palestine, especially in Israel’s settlements are in direct violation of international law standards, and human rights treaties, including the UN Global Compact and the Guiding Principles of the UN on Businesses and Human rights.

Flak added that the International Community must take legal and political actions against companies that are involved in businesses that benefit from the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine , especially in Israel’s illegal settlements. more

Gaza man dies of wounds from Israeli airstrike

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A 24-year-old Palestinian died Thursday from injuries sustained in an Israeli air strike a day earlier, Gaza's health ministry said.

Mohammad Hirzallah had been injured when Israeli warplanes bombed Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip early Wednesday morning. He died in hospital Thursday, the ministry said in a statement.

Muhammad al-Sheikh, 32, a member of the Popular Resistance Committee's military wing the Nasser Saladin Brigades, was killed immediately in the same strike.

Israel's army said it was targeting a launching squad which moments earlier had fired a rocket at southern Israel. more