Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Soldiers stand by as Israeli settlers attack Palestinian school girls

HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Wednesday assaulted Palestinian school children in the southern West Bank, a school official said.

A school principal told Ma'an that a group of extremist Israeli settlers hurled stones at school girls in the village of al-Tuwani, leaving them bruised.

Israeli soldiers stood by and watched without taking action as the settlers threw rocks, the principal said.

The girls who sustained injuries were identified as Kifah Omar Abu Jundiyya and Dalal Awad Zein, both seventh graders.

In al-Tuwani and other areas in the southern Hebron district, school children on a daily basis wait at checkpoints for Israeli soldiers to let them through locked gates.

Regardless of Israeli military presence, settler attacks on children en route to and from school remain commonplace, the principal said. more

Report: Netanyahu orders govt officials to stop cooperation with PA

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu early Wednesday ordered government officials to stop cooperation with the Palestinian Authority, according to an Israeli newspaper.

Haaretz said on its website that Israeli ministers were told not to communicate with Palestinian officials, including minsters and director generals.

Haaretz quoted a senior Israeli official as saying that only "low-level field cooperation" would be permitted.

The move comes as an imposition of sanctions against the PA in response to the PLO's decision to apply to join 15 international conventions, the report said.

Netanyahu's actions seem to be at odds with comments made by US and Palestinian officials about Tuesday's peace talks session. more