Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Reports - Israel, Turkey draft accord on Gaza flotilla raid

JERUSALEM, May 7 (UPI) -- Israel and Turkey reached a draft accord to mend a three-year diplomatic crisis stemming from a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, officials said.

The draft agreement on compensation for the families of nine Turkish activists killed by Israeli commandos May 31, 2010, was reached during a Jerusalem meeting that brought the highest-level Turkish diplomatic mission to Israel since relations were frozen after the raid, officials said.

"The meeting was conducted in a good and positive manner," the office of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said.

"The delegations reached an agreed draft, but further clarifications are required on certain subjects," the office said, adding the two sides expected "to come to an agreement in the near future."

It offered no agreement details. more

Police disperse PFLP rally in Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Police ion Tuesday violently dispersed a Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine rally in southern Gaza, a party official said.

The rally was held to denounce Israeli airstrikes in Syria.

PFLP official Jameel Mezher told Ma'an that three demonstrators were injured when police attacked them with batons. more

Jordanian aid convoy arrives in Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- A fourth Jordanian aid convoy to the Gaza Strip arrived in Gaza City on Monday evening.

The “Ansar 4” convoy, escorted with 31 Jordanian activists, left Amman by air for el-Arish airport in Egypt before heading to the Gaza Strip via the Rafah crossing.

The head of a union of Jordanian agronomists, Mahmoud Abu Ghanima, who lead the convoy, told reporters at Rafah that the convoy was different from the first three others. This convoy, he said, will fund projects in Gaza in addition to bringing humanitarian aid. more

Israel in panic over Google move to recognise Palestine

Israeli officials have reacted sternly to Google's decision last week to change the label on its home page in the occupied territories from "Palestinian territories" to "Palestine".

The deputy Israeli foreign minister, Zeev Elkin, said the move to recognize Palestine would backfire.

"I think that the Google decision from the last few days is very, very problematic," Elkin told Israel's Army Radio, according to Reuters. "When a company like Google comes along and supports this line, it actually pushes peace further away, pushes away negotiations, and creates among the Palestinian leadership the illusion that in this manner they can achieve the result.

"Without direct negotiation with us, nothing will happen."

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, through a spokesman, welcomed Google's move, calling it a "victory for Palestine and a step toward its liberation".

Google "put Palestine on the Internet map, making it a geographical reality," an Abbas advisor, Sabri Saidam, told the official news agency WAFA. more

Israel issues demolition orders to 11 Ramallah homes

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces issued demolition orders to 11 homes in a Ramallah village on Monday, homeowners told Ma'an.

Military forces raided the village of Deir Nidham, located around 2km south of Nabi Saleh, and issued demolition orders to Ahmad Tamimi, his sons Abdul-Raziq, Hasan and Mahmoud, and their cousins Kafour, Abdul-Hafizh, Salih, Mustafa and Haitham Tamimi.

Israeli forces also issued Abdul-Kashif Tamimi with a stop-work order for his house, which is currently under construction.

Around 40 people will be made homeless if the demolition orders are carried out. more