Wednesday, 28 August 2013

PFLP: Hamas security force detain fighters in Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas security forces detained several members of the military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine overnight Tuesday, the leftist group said.

Hamas forces raided several homes in Gaza and detained members of the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the PFLP said.

The raid took place as fighters and supporters of the PFLP commemorated the 12th anniversary of Abu Ali Mustafa's death in 2001.

Mustafa was killed by two rockets fired at his office in Ramallah by Israeli helicopters. more

US dept of education dismisses Jewish students' complaint against UC Berkeley anti-Israel protests

Protests on campus against Israel's treatment of Palestinians 'do not constitute actionable harassment,' the Department of Education concludes.

The U.S. Department of Education has dismissed Jewish students' contentions that anti-Israel protests at UC Berkeley created an illegally hostile and anti-Semitic atmosphere on that campus.

The department's civil rights office has determined that the campus protests last year against Israel's treatment of Palestinians, which reportedly included mock military checkpoints, may be upsetting to Jews but "do not constitute actionable harassment," according to a letter from the department released by the University of California on Tuesday.

The year-long investigation is now ending, the department said.

"In the university environment, exposure to such robust and discordant expressions, even when personally offensive and hurtful, is a circumstance that a reasonable student in higher education may experience," the department wrote.

The federal investigation also looked into other incidents, including the defacement of a sign of a Jewish student organization, and found there was not enough evidence to support claims that UC should have responded more forcefully.

The probe was in response to charges filed last year by two recent UC Berkeley graduates, who said that the protest and other events stoked anti-Semitism and that the school did nothing to deter it. The complaint went so far as to allege that campus atmosphere echoed that of Nazi-dominated Europe before and during the Holocaust.

A federal judge had dismissed similar allegations by the same students the year before and ruled that the anti-Israel protests constituted free speech. more

Palestinian Authority ministry sends medical supplies to Gaza

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority ministry of health on Wednesday sent a medical aid convoy worth 3 million shekels ($818,577) to Gaza.

"It's expected that the convoy will arrive Thursday morning and the ministry will not hesitate to provide Gaza with all the medicines they need," caretaker Palestinian Authority prime minister Rami Hamdallah said while touring a health center in Ramallah.

The PA is dedicated to helping Gazan families in need, Hamdallah said.

The medical envoy will include equipment and medicine. more

Medics: Israeli troops shoot, injure Palestinian worker

HEBRON (Ma’an) – Israeli troops shot and injured a young Palestinian man near al-Ramadin village south of Hebron while he was headed to work in Israel, a Red Crescent official.

According to Nasser Qabaja of the Palestinian Red Crescent Association, the victim was evacuated in an ambulance to a public hospital in Hebron after he was shot in the foot near al-Ramadin.

Medics in the hospital identified the victim as Ismail Hirzallah Mahariq, 20. more