Sunday, 11 November 2012

Big solidarity rally marks trial of activist who disrupted Israel-France basketball game

Some 200 people turned out in the eastern French city of Chalon on Friday to show support for an activist standing trial for running on to the court during a match between Israel’s Maccabi Electra and the home team last month.

Campagne BDS France, one of several groups calling for the rally, said that the activist, Layli, was fined 1,000 euros, suspended unless he commits another offense within five years, and banned from attending sporting events for six months. Prosecutors had asked for a fine of 3,000 euros.

Sports is politics

Before entering the superior court in Chalon, Layli told the local newspaper, Le Journal de Saône et Loire that he had planned to unfurl his flag in the stands, but when he saw the heavy security presence, and the harassment and arrest of other activists, he decided to take his protest on to the basketball court.

French media had reported that local police at the game were taking orders from agents of Israel’s Mossad

Asked by Le Journal how he defended disrupting an “apolitical” sporting match, Layli responded that sports and politics are connected and one only had to look at the uproar within Europe over the hosting of UEFA’s Euro 2012 tournament in Ukraine, which some European leaders boycotted due to human rights abuses in the host country. Layli also cited protests by activists for Tibet against the 2008 Beijing Olympics. more

Video: Islamic Jihad shows new multiple delivery rocket launcher in operation

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Islamic Jihad's military wing published two short videos showing what it said was a new type of rocket launcher firing projectiles toward Israeli targets.

The footage shows three rockets launched toward Israeli tanks, according to the group.

The Al-Quds Brigades says it has fired about 70 rockets and missiles toward Israeli communities in response to Israeli attacks on the people of the Gaza Strip.

Islamic Jihad said it had fired 70 short-range rockets and mortar bombs across the border since Saturday, salvos which drove Israeli residents to blast shelters. more

2 Islamic Jihad members killed in Gaza attacks

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Two members of Islamic Jihad's military wing were killed in an Israeli airstrike early Sunday, raising the death toll to six since violence renewed in Gaza.

The Al-Quds Brigades said Muhammad Obeid, 20, was killed in an airstrike in the northern Gaza Strip and Muhammad Shukanj was killed in an attack near al-Karama towers in the north.

Four others were wounded and one is in critical condition, the brigades said.

Two people were injured after an attack targeted a house owned by the Najjar family in Jabaliya. The house burned to the ground after warplanes fired two missiles.

Warplanes also targeted an empty plot of land near a Jabaliya club, but the rocket did not explode. They also targeted an empty area near Khandazar in the north. more