Monday, 30 December 2013

Mosque, properties in Jerusalem area to be demolished

The West Jerusalem municipality has ordered Jerusalem area residents to demolish a newly-built mosque, Palestinian homes and parking garages, under the pretext of "unlicensed construction", according to witnesses.

The notices give the owners a period of 30 days to file petition against the order at Israeli courts, the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) has reported.

Witnesses said that a municipality crew arrived in the area and took photographs of the houses and the mosque. more

Prisoner release conditions prove Israel not acting in 'goodwill'

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Conditions attached to the release of Palestinian prisoners prove that Israel is not serious about the peace process, the director of rights group Addameer said Monday as 26 Palestinians prepared to be freed from Israeli jails.

Israeli authorities are expected to release the veteran Palestinian prisoners after midnight in the third stage of a phased agreement to free 104 detainees in line with commitments to US-brokered peace talks, which began in July.

In October, Israel released a group of 26 Palestinians detained before the 1993 Oslo Accords, while a first group was freed on Aug. 13.

Sahar Francis, general director of rights group Addameer, said that while any release of prisoners is welcome, strict Israeli conditions on freed detainees undermine "hope" and "trust" in the peace process. more

Hamas prisoners boycott inadquate prison healthcare in protest at medical neglect

NABLUS, (PIC)-- The leadership of Hamas captives in Israeli jails said that prisoners decided to boycott prison clinics on Tuesday in protest at the deliberate policy of medical neglect exercised against them.

The captive movement told Ahrar center for prisoner studies and human rights on Monday that it decided to launch a number of protest steps against this policy starting with Tuesday.

It said that the step would be a preliminary one and that other escalatory steps might be adopted in the event this first message was not heeded.

Fuad Al-Khafsh, the director of Ahrar, said that the prisoners’ demands include releasing all cancer patients, providing an ambulance to transfer sick detainees instead of the prison’s vehicle, accelerating surgeries for those in need of them, allowing doctors from outside prison to check on the prisoners and holding periodical check-ups on prisoners. more