Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Gaza supreme court rejects PCHR case against Ministry of Interior

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) is shocked by the Gaza Supreme Court's decision to reject PCHR's petition against the Ministry of Interior.

PCHR filed the petition to the Supreme Court on 12 May 2013, following the Ministry of Interior's decision on the same day to prevent Lawyer Iyad al-Alami, Director of PCHR Legal Unit, and Lawyer Mohammed Bseisso, from traveling to the West Bank through the Beit Hanoun crossing, because both lawyers refused to obtain prior permits from the Ministry, due to considering the procedure a violation of the law and constitution.

On 27 February 2013, the Ministry of Interior stated on its webpage that a decision was issued compelling people who wish to travel through Beit Hanoun crossing to refer in advance to the Ministry to obtain necessary approvals.

On Sunday, 08 September 2013, the Court rejected the petition and obligated PCHR to pay fees, expenses, and defense costs.

PCHR was surprised by the Court's decision to adjourn considering the petition to the session of 08 September 2012, although the Court had held 6 sessions to consider the petition since it was filed, and the petition is characterized by urgency according to the law. PCHR expressed concerns over that decision and considered it a form of unjustified procrastination. more

Child injured after being rammed by army vehicle near Ramallah

An Israeli military vehicle invaded the Beit Or Al-Tihta village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and rammed a child crossing the street.

Eyewitnesses said that the child suffered mild-to-moderate injuries, and was moved by the soldiers to a military base in the area where he received medical treatment.

The incident led to clashes with local youths who hurled stones and empty bottles at the military base; the army fired concussion grenades and gas bombs; no injuries have been reported.

There have been dozens of similar incidents, including hit-and-run, in which dozens of Palestinians, mainly children, have been injured, while several Palestinians have been killed. more

Israeli rightists enter Aqsa compound under guard

JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Israeli rightists entered the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Tuesday under heavy police guard, locals said.

Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, the director of Jerusalem endowments and al-Aqsa affairs, told Ma'an that 150 Jewish extremists entered the mosque compound via the Mughrabi gate.

The group walked along the eastern wall and exited through the al-Salsala gate. The rightists formed groups and performed religious rituals, including songs, al-Khatib said.

Witnesses said that 80 members of Israeli intelligence entered the mosque compound.

Head of the Islamic Higher Commission, Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, told Ma'an that repeated incursions by Jewish extremists "confirm Israeli ambitions and the risks to the mosque." more