Thursday, 12 December 2013

Israeli soldiers detain two Palestinians at Gaza border fence

Israeli sources have reported that the army has kidnapped two Palestinians who crossed the “border fence” between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

The sources said that the two were unarmed, and likely tried to enter Israel searching for work.

The two have been moved to an interrogation facility in an Israeli settlement close to the border with the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip.

There have been dozens of similar incidents as the Gaza Strip remains under strict Israeli siege, despite Israeli claims of easing it, and allowing a limited number of trucks carrying urgently more

Rafah crossing open Wednesday, Thursday

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities will keep the Rafah crossing with Gaza open for two days this week, Gaza's Ministry of Interior said Wednesday.

Egypt notified Gaza officials that the crossing will be open on Wednesday and Thursday.

Rafah has frequently been shut down or operating at reduced capacity in recent months due to ongoing unrest in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and political turmoil resulting from former president Mohamed Morsi's ouster by the Egyptian military in July. more

Israel Cancels Prawer Plan on Bedouin Land in the Negev

Israeli former minister, Benny Begin, announced Thursday that the Prawer Plan, which aims to seize the Bedouin land and destroy 48 unrecognized villages in the Negev, will be scrapped.

Begin, who worked on the bill with Ehud Prawer, head of policy planning in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office, said in a press conference that Israeli prime minister accepted his advice to delay bringing the Bill on the issue of the Bedouin in the Negev to a Knesset vote, The Times of Israel reported.

The Prawer Plan called for Israel to officially recognize and register the vast majority of Bedouin villages throughout the south, and compensate the residents of 35 unrecognized villages — some 30,000 to 40,000 people — who are to be moved into towns built for them, the newspaper added. more