Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Two Palestinians injured by Isaeli army fire in northern Gaza


Palestinian medical sources reported on Tuesday evening [August 20, 2013] that two young Palestinian men have been shot and injured by Israeli military fire east of Jabalia town, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

The sources said that the two, 18 and 19 years of age, were moved to the Kamal Adwan Hospital, suffered moderate injuries, after being shot in the legs.

The latest attack is another violation to the ceasefire agreement, mediated by Egypt and a number of international countries, between Israel and the resistance in Gaza.

On Tuesday evening [August 13, 2013], Palestinian medical sources have reported that three fishermen have been detained, and violently attacked by Israeli soldiers, in Palestinian territorial waters, resulting in moderate injuries. more

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Trade unions in Gaza organize vigil in solidarity with Egyptian people


GAZA, NAZARETH, (PIC)-- Palestinian trade unions on Monday organized a vigil in solidarity with the Egyptian people, in front of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Gaza.

Dozens of trade unionists participated in the vigil and raised banners demanding halting the killing and arrests of the Egyptian demonstrators, opening the Rafah crossing and lifting the blockade on the Gaza Strip.

A statement by the Palestinian trade unions said: "We express our support to the demands of the Egyptian people who are demanding their legitimate rights to freedom and dignity of life, and we condemn all forms of violence, terrorism and gagging which the demonstrators in Egypt are exposed to."

It also rejected the false accusations and the unjustified propaganda that incite against the people of Gaza in some Egyptian official media, and which resulted in tightening the siege on the people of Gaza.

Meanwhile, the Jerusalem Post newspaper revealed that the Israeli ambassadors to Washington, London, Paris, Berlin, Brussels and other capitals will be lobbying foreign ministers to support the coup in Egypt, "at the same time, leaders will press the case with diplomats from abroad that the military is the only hope to prevent further chaos in Cairo." more

Settlement guidelines block Ahava participation in EU-funded research project


European Union (EU) guidelines on Israeli settlements have nixed the cosmetics company Ahava’s participation in a research project. The profitable Israeli firm will no longer receive EU funding because its main factory is located in an settlement near the Dead Sea.

Ahava won’t obtain $8.25 million in EU cash it was expecting for a skin care project because of new rules on settlements scheduled to go into effect in 2014, according to a report by Bloomberg’s Jonathan Ferziger & David Wainer. The SuperFlex project was meant to create skin care products for the elderly, and two-thirds of the funding for the project came from the EU. It was set to begin next month.

In July 2013, the European Union announced that “grants, prizes or financial instruments” will not be given to Israeli entities in the West Bank. The guidelines are only binding on the EU, though, and not on member states. While the economic impact of the rules are limited, and occupation critics point out that the whole Israeli economy is tied to the settlements, Ahava is one company that will feel the heat from the EU policy.

In a statement to Bloomberg, though, Ahava said that “the EU’s decision does not concern Ahava.” more