Saturday, 20 April 2013

Occupation forces declare Kufr Qaddoum village closed military zone

QALQILIA, (PIC)-- The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) declared Kufr Qaddoum village, east of Qalqilia city, a closed military zone on Saturday morning and prohibited entry into it.

Eyewitnesses said that IOF troops converged on the village since the early morning hours and set up a roadblock at the sole entrance to the village.

They said that IOF patrols roamed the streets of the village and prohibited entry into it for non-residents.

The eyewitnesses said that the soldiers searched all passing Palestinian cars and checked the IDs of citizens. more

Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Saba’aneh sentenced to 5 months in prison

Very sad news. Mohammad Saba’aneh, the acclaimed Palestinian Cartoonist who was detained February 16th at the Allenby Bridge checkpoint, was sentenced by the Israeli Salem Military Court on April 4th to 5 months in an Israeli prison for "contact with a hostile organization".

Initially Saba’aneh was held without charge. On March 19th an Israeli military court was supposed to announce a decision whether to present an indictment against Saba'aneh, instead they extended his detention.

At the time Saba’aneh's lawyer said there was no evidence Saba'aneh had committed any offense. more

Israeli court suspends confiscation of Palestinian land in Beit Safafa

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – An Israeli central court in Jerusalem on Friday suspended a legal case by the Israeli municipal council of Jerusalem seeking to confiscate a private tract of land owned by Palestinian Salman family in Beit Safafa neighborhood, a lawyer says.

Qays Yousif Nasser, who represents the Palestinian family, said in a statement that the court decided to wait until the Supreme Court makes its final decision into the case.

Nasser highlighted that a local Palestinian committee from Beit Safafa neighborhood had appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court contesting the municipal plans to build a new road known as route 4.

“The decision is of great importance as it could help freeze other legal proceedings submitted by the municipality of Jerusalem asking to confiscate private lands in other locations in the neighborhood,” the lawyer said. more