Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Palestinian Authority urges investigation into Israeli politician Bennet's 'kill Arabs' remarks


RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday called on Israel to investigate remarks made by Israel's Economy and Trade Minister, which made claims about killing Palestinians.

Naftali Bennett, leader of the far-right Jewish Home partner, commented to Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot following news of a Palestinian prisoner release that: "If you catch terrorists, you have to simply kill them."

"I've killed lots of Arabs in my life – and there's no problem with that," he went on to say.

The PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that based on these confessions, "the Israeli government has to open a transparent and legal investigation into these remarks and allow Palestinian rights advocates to follow the investigation." more

Group: Syria govt detains 2 Palestinian journalists


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Syrian government forces arrested two Palestinian journalists in Syria on Tuesday, a Palestinian group said.

Mahmud Nawara and Issa Dour were detained in Damascus by Syrian security forces, the Taskforce for Palestinians in Syria said.

Both men work at the Freedom Newspaper, which is affiliated with the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

The Syrian government is still blockading the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, the group added, with people prevented from entering or leaving. more