Saturday, 27 October 2012

Israel detains leading MP near Nablus

NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained the secretary-general of the Palestinian parliament Mahmoud al-Ramahi on Saturday afternoon as he passed through a northern West Bank checkpoint.

Al-Ramahi was driving south from Nablus when he was seized at the Huwwara checkpoint. His car was also confiscated.

The MP was last released from Israeli jail less than four months ago.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed the detention and said he is "suspected of involvement in illegal activity," without elaborating.

Months after al-Ramahi was appointed to the leadership the Palestinian Legislative Council in 2006, he was seized by Israeli forces in his hometown of al-Bireh, near Ramallah, as part of a sweep of arrests after Hamas won elections.

Al-Ramahi, a medical doctor, was elected on the Hamas-affiliated Change and Reform list. more

Aid convoy Miles Of smiles 17 arrives In Gaza

The “Miles Of Smiles 17” solidarity convoy managed to enter the Gaza Strip, on Thursday evening, through the Rafah Border Terminal between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.

113 convoy members from different Arabic and foreign countries entered the coastal region to deliver 25 wheel-chair accessible vans, 50 tons of wheat, and 40 tons of medications.

Sources at the Palestinian side of the Rafah Border Terminal stated that Egypt rarely allows food supplies into the Gaza Strip via Rafah as it usually demands that all food supplies should go through that Karem Abu Salem “Kerem Shalom” Crossing.

The sources added that the supplies were allowed through as part of new decisions made by Egypt’s President, Mohammad Morsi, aiming at breaking the siege on Gaza.

It is worth mentioning that, although in many cases delayed by Egypt, all Miles of Smiles convoys have been able to enter the Gaza Strip. more

A circus comes to Gaza - but with concessions to conservatives

Gaza City: The circus came to Gaza on Friday, accompanied by blaring music, juggling clowns and fire blowers — but getting it there required its own high-wire act. No women performers were included for fear of offending conservative Palestinians and the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers, and the circus’ lone lion and tiger were left behind because of the high cost of transporting them legally into Gaza.

The Egyptian National Circus put on its first show of a month-long visit to the impoverished coastal territory on Friday, a sign of warmer relations between Hamas and post-revolution Egypt, which is governed by the Islamic group’s ideological parent, the Muslim Brotherhood.

Although it’s not state-sponsored, the Egyptian circus could only come because the country’s government loosened restrictions on the flow of passengers in and out of Gaza. More foreigners now enter Gaza, including the ruler of the resource-rich Gulf state Qatar earlier this week. more