Thursday, 15 May 2014

2 Palestinians shot dead at Nakba rally


RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and killed a young Palestinian man and a teenage boy Thursday during a protest rally marking the 66th anniversary of the Nakba west of Ramallah in the central West Bank.

Witnesses and medical sources identified the victims as 22-year-old Muhammad Audah Abu al-Thahir from the Ramallah-area village of Abu Shukheidim and 17-year-old Nadim Siyam Nuwarah from al-Mazraa al-Qibliyya village in Ramallah district.

The victims, according to medical sources, were shot by live ammunition in the chest. Their bodies were evacuated to Ramallah Medical Complex.

Medics said three teenagers were also injured by live bullets. One was struck in the chest, one in the foot, and one in the leg. Doctors say they are in stable condition.

An Israeli military spokeswoman did not immediately return calls. more

Danny Glover calls for cultural boycott of Israel


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Danny Glover and other actors featured in a US documentary on a prominent social justice activist protested the film's screening at a Tel Aviv festival this week, announcing their support for the cultural boycott of Israel.

In a statement released on Monday, the group said they "stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine, and support their call for cultural and academic boycott of Israel" and were "shocked to find the film slated to be screened" at an Israeli festival.

"We immediately took action to have the film withdrawn from the festival," the statement added, but highlighted that festival organizers say it was not "possible" to change the schedule that they would "move forward with the screening, over our objections."

The film "American Revolutionary: the Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs," is scheduled to be shown in Tel Aviv at DocAviv, a festival dedicated to documentary film which runs through May 17 and purports to be the largest film festival in Israel. more