Thursday, 1 August 2013

Potatoes from Gaza denied entry into Jordan

Two truckloads of potatoes from the Gaza Strip have been denied entry into Jordan on the grounds that the beleaguered territory "does not produce potatoes". Exporter Samir Zaqout said that the potatoes went smoothly from the Gaza Strip through Israel to the West Bank and the King Hussein Bridge. It was there that the Jordanian authorities refused to let them enter on the grounds that the Gaza Strip is not registered in its records as an exporter of potatoes.

"We were surprised by the Jordanian decision, especially because Israeli approval took such a long time and very specific conditions were met and safety checks were made," said Zaqout. "The strip has a surplus of 2,000 tons in its production of potatoes and if the potatoes had been bad then how did they pass the strict Israeli tests and conditions?" His company will lose about 60-65,000 shekels (around $18,000) as a result of Jordan's refusal to import the potatoes. more

Video: Israeli soldier brutally assaults Palestinian workers

Israel's Channel 10 published a video on Wednesdayfeaturing an Israeli soldier, dressed in civilian attire, assaulting a group of Palestinian workers in the Jordan Valley without justification.

This video was published four years after the incident took place in April 2009. It reveals a group of workers standing at the main entrance of a settlement near the Palestinian village of Fasayel, in the southern Jordan Valley, waiting waiting to be picked up and taken to their workplace.

The video shows an Israeli soildier stepping out of a car, taking out his M16 pistol and assaulting the workers for no reason. The soldier severely beat three unarmed Palestinian workers. more

Hamas: Documents expose Fatah campaign in Egypt

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas on Tuesday claimed to have obtained documents it said proved Fatah’s involvement in an incitement campaign against the movement in Egyptian media.

Hamas leader Salah Bardaweel presented the documents in a news conference in Gaza. He claimed they were issued by the Palestinian intelligence, its embassy in Cairo, and some Fatah leaders to fabricate false news in the Egyptian media to embroil Hamas in Egypt’s turmoil.

Hamas refused to explain how it obtained the documents, which included instructions on creating news about Hamas killing and kidnapping Egyptian soldiers, participating in the fighting in Sinai, involvement with Salafist parties and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in the aftermath of protests that led to the ouster of President Muhammad Mursi. more