Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Palestinian hunger strikers in serious condition

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) The health of two Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike is rapidly deteriorating, lawyers from the Palestinian Authority ministry of prisoners said Tuesday.

Lawyer Hanin al-Khatib told Ma'an that Abed al-Majid Khdeirat is suffering from a kidney infection, breathing problems, and severe back pain.

Israeli prison guards punished Khdeirat by not allowing any visits for 6 months and banned him from buying anything at the prison canteen.

Guards are always using psychological intimidation to force him to end his hunger strike, his lawyer said. He has lost 27 kilograms since beginning his strike action on July 1.

Khdeirat, 45, is from Tubas and works in the PA national security forces. He spent 11 years in an Israeli jail before being released in the Shalit swap deal.

He was rearrested in May. more

UNRWA condemns killing of staff member in Qalandia

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees on Monday condemned the killing of one of its workers by Israeli forces in Qalandia refugee camp.

"UNRWA deeply regrets to confirm that one of its staff members, a 34-year-old father of four, was shot dead by Israeli forces and killed instantly in an operation in Qalandia refugee camp in the occupied West Bank at approximately seven o'clock this morning," a statement read.

"Credible reports say that he was on his way to work and was not engaged in any violent activity. He was shot in the chest," it added.

Another UNRWA staff member was shot in the leg during the incident and is said to be in a stable condition.

Israeli forces killed three Palestinians in the camp early Monday during an arrest operation. At least 19 people were injured, six critically. more

Hackers hit Google Palestine and defaced the pront Page

A team of hackers successfully broke into Google Palestine on Monday, covering the home page with protest literature. "Uncle google," wrote Cold z3ro, Haml3t, Sas and Dr@g, "we say hi from palestine to remember you that the country in google map not called israel. its called Palestine."

A little further down the real message comes through: "# Question : what would happen if we changed the country title of Isreal to Palestine in google maps !!! it would be a revolution." Then this is weird: "So listen to rihanna and be cool :P"

It's actually kind of an interesting question. Google's had a Palestinian domain since 2009 that's now called "Google Palestine," not "Google Palestinian Territories." But on Maps, the borders of Palestine are there, but there is no name. It seems a little bit inconsistent for Google to recognize Palestine with its own portal but fail to name it on the map. It's also unclear if the hackers want all of Israel labelled as Palestine or just the unmarked area.

Either way, it's kind of impressive that the hackers managed to take over Google homepage. more