Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Israeli forces issue 8 demolition orders in Silwan


JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Monday handed down eight demolition orders to homes and commercial properties in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, a local community center said.

Director of the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, Jawad Siyam, told Ma'an that a total of eight demolition orders were affixed to homes belonging to the Sarafandi, al-Bana and Siyam families, as well as a car wash.

The municipality staff were accompanied by Israeli police. more

Man wounded by Israeli gunfire in the southern Gaza Strip


Amer Abu Hadayed, 20 years, hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit of the European hospital (Photo by Rosa Schiano)

On the morning of Monday, 10th June, a Palestinian man was injured by Israeli army fire while working in the area of ​​Sufa, southern Gaza Strip, near the barrier with Israel.

Hadayed Abu Amer, 20, was picking up rocks and stones to be sold as building material along with his brothers Yasser and Saher. The three had gone to work at 6:00 am aboard a tuk-tuk.

An Israeli military jeep approached them so they left the area, but returned soon after to continue working. At this point the soldiers started shooting in their direction. At about 7:00am the three men, who were about 30 meters from the barrier that separates Israel from the Gaza Strip, tried to flee to avoid being hurt, but Amer was hit in the shoulder by one of the bullets.

Amer and one of his brothers fled while the third followed them with the tuk-tuk. Amer was subsequently transported to the hospital. more

'Gaza Ark' to sail through embargo


An old fishing trawler is being revamped by the "Freedom Flotilla Coalition" into "Gaza's Ark" - a cargo vessel to export Palestinian products from the port of Gaza in defiance of an Israeli blockade on Palestinian exports from Gaza. Duration: 00:44

Gaza's viability at stake, U.N. rights envoy says

Credit: Reuters/Mohammed Salem

(Reuters) - A United Nations human rights investigator accused Israel on Monday of imposing collective punishment on 1.75 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and said that the enclave's viability was at stake.

Both Israel and its close ally the United States boycotted the debate at the Human Rights Council where Richard Falk presented his latest report. It also calls for an inquiry into alleged torture of Palestinian detainees in Israel's custody.

"Forty-six years ago today Israel's occupation of Palestine began. Six days of war has turned into 46 years of occupation," Falk, an independent investigator, told the Geneva forum.

"The viability of Gaza needs urgent attention and cannot be left to the mercies of continuing Israeli occupation," he said of the Islamist Hamas-ruled strip, around which Israel maintains a blockade due to what it says are security concerns.

Falk, who visited Gaza last December after entering via Egypt, said that 70 percent of Gaza's population depends on international aid for survival and 90 percent of the water is "unfit for human consumption".

Kerem Shalom crossing is closed often by Israel as a retaliatory measure to tighten the "stranglehold of Gaza", he said. About 40 per cent of the goods coming through there are food and other basic supplies, including cooking gas, he said. more