Saturday, 16 March 2013

Corrie family calls on Obama to seek justice from Israel

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The father of Rachel Corrie on Friday called for justice from Israel, a day before the tenth anniversary of his daughter's death.

Rachel Corrie, 23, was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer in the Gaza Strip on March 16, 2003, while trying to prevent the Israeli army from demolishing Palestinian houses.

Official Israeli investigations, criticized by human rights groups, have ruled that her death was an accident and no action would be taken against Israeli military personnel.

Her father Craig Corrie, writing in The Hill newspaper on Friday, said that "President Obama should refuse to continue US military and diplomatic support until Israel gives truthful answers to our questions, not just for US citizens like Rachel and Furkan Dogan, but for all the civilians killed or maimed using US-funded weapons."

He called on Obama, due to visit both Israel and Palestine this week, to "explain that the US will no longer support financially or diplomatically the apartheid system embodied in the occupation of Palestine and in the treatment of Palestinian citizens of Israel." more

Egypt says 7 Palestinians deported to Gaza

Egypt’s official news agency says officials deported seven Palestinians to Gaza after they were detained for days in Cairo airport.

The incident shows tensions between Cairo and neighboring Gaza, ruled by the militant Islamic group Hamas.

Hamas sees the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Egypt’s President Mohammed Mursi hails, as their ideological parent.

The report came as state media accused Hamas of undertaking an August attack that killed 16 Egyptian soldiers. more