Friday, 11 October 2013

Israeli reserve colonel killed in Jordan valley settlement

Israeli daily, Haaretz, has reported that an Israeli reserve officer settler was killed outside his home in the Brosh Habika illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied Jordan Valley.

Haaretz has reported that “Palestinians who infiltrated into the settlement attacked the officer, 61 years of age, with an axe”, and struck the man’s wife moderately injuring her; the wife managed to escape and contacted the police.

The slain officer has been identified as Seraiah Ofer; his wife has been identified as Monique.

The wife said that she and her husband heard a noise outside of their home, and were reportedly attacked by “Palestinians carrying an axe and iron rods”, Haaretz said.

The Israeli army initiated a search campaign in the area, installed several roadblocks looking for the attackers, and closed Highway 90 leading to illegal settlements in the occupied Jordan Valley of the West Bank. more

Gaza's ancient ruins neglected and looted

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — If the archeological sites in Gaza could talk, they would scream for help against the desecration to which they are being subjected by human hands. Some are being demolished, and new homes are built in their place. Others are being looted or neglected.

The Muslim and Christian archeological sites in Palestine are hundreds, maybe even thousands, of years old. According to Palestinian historian Nasser al-Yafawi, however, they are being continuously desecrated in several ways: construction occurs on top of them, the government neglects them, they are stolen by Israeli occupation or looted by thieves and antiquities traders in Gaza.

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Yafawi said that most of Gaza’s ruins are being looted by pirates or demolished in broad daylight to build houses on top of. He said that there is general ignorance about the cultural value of the ruins, and government employees tasked with protecting the ruins are not qualified to do so.

One of the most important archaeological sites being continuously damaged is Barquq Fort in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. It is considered the fifth most important Islamic site in Palestine.

“Barquq is the first facility established by the Mamluks to consecrate their rule in the land of Palestine. It was founded by Prince Yunus bin Abdullah al-Daoudar al-Nourzi in the era of the Mamluk Sultan Barquq in 1387 and intended to be a point of convergence for traders crossing between Egypt and the Levant, in addition to being a military garrison,” said Yafawi. more