Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Jailing of Palestinians who tackled Israeli killer shows courts serve apartheid

If further proof was needed that the courts are an integral part of Israel’s apartheid system, it was in abundance in a Haifa court last month.

Six Palestinian men have been handed prison sentences of up to two years each over the 2005 killing of an Israeli soldier who opened fire on a bus full of civilians in Shefa Amr, a city in the Galilee region of present-day Israel. A seventh man has been given a suspended sentence of eight months.

The court case, which concluded last month, demonstrates that Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel are treated differently by the the authorities.

Considerable effort was made to protect the reputation of Eden Natan Zada, the Israeli soldier who opened fire on the bus, murdering the driver and three passengers. The prosecution refused to label him a “terrorist” because using such a label would “disgrace the deceased,” as the Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

The Palestinians who tackled Zada and prevented him from inflicting an even higher death toll were, on the other hand, depicted as inherently violent. The court refused to accept the obvious that those who confronted Zada were responding to his unprovoked acts against innocent civilians and were trying to defend their community. more

UNRWA employees in Gaza stage partial strike

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Employees of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in the Gaza Strip staged a partial strike on Tuesday, a member of the employees' union told Ma'an.

Medical centers affiliated to the UNRWA were shut down from 8 a.m to 9.30 a.m., said Suheil al-Hindi, a member of the union of UNRWA employees.

He added that Gaza schools run by the agency would go on strike after the third class as well.

The protest, he explained, is meant to exert pressure on the agency's administration to urge them to adhere to an agreement the agency signed with the union of employees.

According to the agreement, employees are scheduled to receive a salary increase for the first time in two years. more