Monday, 26 November 2012

Two Palestinians wounded in Israeli occupation forces shooting at buffer zone

RAFAH, (PIC)-- Two Palestinian citizens were wounded on Monday evening while inspecting areas near the separation fence to the east of Rafah, south of Gaza Strip, at the hands of Israeli occupation forces.

Medical sources told the PIC reporter that a young man in his twenties and a teenager were injured in the lower parts of their bodies with the shrapnel of bullets fired by the IOF soldiers. more

After destroying Paralympic HQ and stadium in Gaza, Israel must not host UEFA tournaments

Amid the widespread destruction and horror of Israel’s slaughter of 162 persons – the vast majority unarmed civilians – in Gaza between 14-22 November, the news that it also destroyed the headquarters of Palestine’s National Paralympic Committee and other sports infrastructure in Gaza has almost gone unnoticed.

On 21 November, the official website of the International Paralympic Committee reported this news:
On Monday morning (19 November), the office of the Palestinian Paralympic Committee in Gaza was exposed to heavy shelling that destroyed the building and infrastructure of the nation’s Paralympic headquarters.

The Palestine Stadium and accessible Palestine Sports building were fully destructed. The sports facilities were both used by athletes who trained for the London 2012 Paralympic Games and athletes with an impairment who live close to the Gaza strip.
An Israeli army spokeswoman claimed via Twitter, without providing any evidence to substantiate her statement, that rockets were fired from the stadium three days before Israel bombed it. If true, Israel’s attack would not have been defensive by any definition, but a punitive revenge attack. However, Israel made no such claim to attempt to justify the destruction of the Paralympics HQ, and Israel has systematically targeted other civilian infrastructure. more

Hamas: Barak retirement shows Israel assault failed

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The surprise retirement of Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is further evidence of Israel's failure during its recent assault on Gaza, Palestinian officials said Monday.

"Barak's retirement reaffirms that the Israeli government failed to achieve any of the goals of Operation Pillar of Cloud," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told Ma'an.

Palestinian National Initiative chief Mustafa Barghouti described Barak's decision as "the first result of the victory Palestinian resistance achieved in Gaza."

"Retirement will not exempt Barak from being tried before the International Criminal Court," Barghouti added. more

Third family member dies of Gaza airstrike wounds

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian man on Monday died of wounds sustained in an Israeli strike that killed two of his relatives on the first day of Israel's military offensive on the Gaza Strip.

Ahmad Ali Masharawi sustained major burns when an Israeli missile hit his garden in Gaza City on Nov. 14. His infant nephew, 11-month-old, Omar Masharawi, was killed immediately, as was his pregnant sister-in-law Hiba Mashharawi Turk.

BBC correspondent Paul Danahar wrote on Twitter that Ahmad Masharawi had been trying to carry Omar to safety when the house was hit engulfing them both in flames. more

Palestinian Authority to 'release Hamas detainees'

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority will release Hamas-affiliated detainees as a goodwill gesture to boost reconciliation efforts, a PLO official said Sunday, after Hamas announced similar measures earlier.

Nabil Shaath told Ma'an that preparations will begin in the coming days to release dozens of Hamas prisoners held for political reasons, adding that the PA has already recently released a large number of Hamas-affiliated detainees.

Hamas representatives will also begin to participate in leadership meetings in the West Bank, including sessions of the executive committee of the PLO, Shaath added.

"They are part of the Palestinian people, and they will be consulted in political issues," he said.

Further reconciliation talks are expected in Cairo after the Nov. 29 UN bid to build a unity government and prepare for elections.

All unresolved issues related to public sector employees will also be discussed, and factions will try to build a "political map for the future", Shaath said.

The Fatah leader also revealed that President Abbas will visit the Gaza Strip, although no date has been arranged yet. more