Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Video: Gaza police beat female activists

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas police officers beat women demonstrating in Gaza City on Tuesday during a protest demanding national reconciliation.

The protest, organized by women's organizations including the general union of Palestinian women, was held outside the parliament building.

Iktimal Hamad, a member of the union's secretariat, told Ma'an that police ordered protesters to leave the area.

"Women refused to leave, because this is a right for every human being to express their opinions and demand their rights," Hamad told Ma'an.

"We were verbally insulted and hit by fists and sticks. Police tried to arrest some of us but despite that we will continue with our campaign which calls for ending the division," she added. more

Israel advances plans for 1,213 new settlement homes

JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Israel has announced plans to press ahead with the construction of 1,213 homes on annexed West Bank land, defying international opposition to its settlement policies.

The Israel Land Administration on Monday published notices inviting bids from contractors to build on plots in Ramot and Pisgat Zeev, urban settlements that Israel has declared part of Jerusalem.

The plans call for the building of 607 new homes in Pisgat Zeev and 606 in Ramot. Tens of thousands of Israelis already live in the two areas.

The Israeli NGO Peace Now said on Tuesday that an additional tender for the construction of 72 homes in the West Bank settlement of Ariel was reissued on Monday after a previous notice failed to attract winning bidders. more

Egyptian religious scholars to visit Gaza

The government in Gaza has given notice that a delegation of scholars from the Egyptian Ministry of Religious Endowments is due to visit the beleaguered Strip on Wednesday.

The Minister of Religious Endowments in Gaza told the Middle East News Agency that arrangements have been made to receive almost 60 scholars for a three-day visit. Ismail Radwan added that the delegation will visit a number of mosques, religious institutions and Quran study centres in order to meet their peers in Gaza. more

Two homes demolished by Israeli army near Hebron

Israeli soldiers demolished, Tuesday, two Palestinian homes, a barn and two wells, and handed demolition orders against four more homes, in the villages of Ad-Deerat and Al-Jawaya, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank.

Rateb Jabour, Coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, told the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) that several military jeeps, accompanied by a number of bulldozers, invaded Al-Deerat village, and demolished a 500 square/meters home belonging to Mohammad Mousa Abu Arram, and his son Mousa.

The second demolished home belongs to Mahmoud Mohammad Nasr, located in Al-Jawaya nearby village. The army also demolished a well that belongs to the resident, and a barn that belongs to resident Hasan Rab’ey.

Jabour added that the army handed four more residents military warrants informing them that their home will be demolished at a later stage. more

3 Israeli soldiers injured by explosion on Gaza border

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Three Israeli soldiers were wounded on Tuesday by an explosive device in the southern Gaza Strip, Israel's army said.

One soldier was moderately injured and evacuated to hospital by helicopter, and two other were lightly wounded in the blast, an Israeli army spokeswoman said.

The soldiers were injured while on a "routine activity" near the security fence in southern Gaza, she added. more