Thursday, 24 October 2013

Youths smash hole in Israel's separation wall near Abu Dis


JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of young Palestinians smashed a hole in Israel's separation wall near Abu Dis on Wednesday, as clashes broke out in the town for the second day in a row.

Popular resistance committee spokesman Hani Halbiya told Ma'an that youths made a 3-meter hole in part of the wall in protest against a house demolition in Abu Dis late Monday.

Workers spent several hours repairing the wall under the guard of Israeli security forces.

After military forces left the area, Palestinian youths returned to the wall and reopened the hole, Halbiya said. Israeli forces then raided Abu Dis and fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs. more

Gaza researchers determined to record Nakba generation before time runs out


Tucked into a quiet basement suite in the main building of the immaculate Islamic University of Gaza campus, the Oral History Center could at first be mistaken for a bursar or registrar’s office.

But its stacks of metal filing cabinets may contain more memories per square meter than any other place in the occupied Gaza Strip.

Researcher Nermin Habid said that the center conducted interviews with those who had witnessed the Nakba (Arabic for catastrophe), the ethnic cleansing ahead of Israel’s foundation in 1948, as well as the Naksa (setback), Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights and Sinai in 1967.

“We have already conducted 1,500 oral interviews and archived audio files from them,” Habid added. “A meeting can last anywhere from half an hour, to two or three hours. We can also have follow-up meetings.

“We have also published 120 [interviews] in written form. In the future, we plan video interviews. We hope to use them to produce a documentary film about the history of Palestine.”

Launched as part of the university’s faculty of arts in 1998, the Oral History Center has a staff of experienced field researchers and recent graduates from the university’s departments of history, press and media, and social studies. more

Settlers assault farmers, attack vehicles in Nablus


NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Thursday attacked several farmers in the Nablus district, a Palestinian Authority official said.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that a group of settlers assaulted Palestinian farmers who were harvesting olives in the Nablus village of Burin.

One farmer suffered severe bruising as a result of the attack

Meanwhile, settlers hurled rocks at Palestinian cars near the Huwwara military checkpoint south of Nablus, damaging several vehicles.

The settlers also assaulted an Israeli journalist in the area, Daghlas said.

On Wednesday, armed settlers prevented farmers in the Bethlehem village of Tuqu from reaching their land to harvest olives. more

Egypt delays Hajj pilgrims from returning to Gaza


EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) -- Egyptian authorities on Wednesday ordered 19 buses carrying pilgrims back to Gaza to return to el-Arish due to the security situation in Sinai, an official said.

Director of the Egyptian side of Rafah crossing Sami Mitwalli told Ma'an that Egyptian authorities prevented the buses from traveling to Rafah due to a security curfew in the Sinai peninsula.

The 774 pilgrims will be able to cross into Gaza on Thursday, Mitwalli added. more