Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Israeli soldiers celebrate killing of Palestinian youth as “revenge”

spray-paint reads: "Kahana [leader of Israeli right-wing terrorist group] was right. Death to Arabs"

Israeli soldiers and other users in a popular Facebook group are celebrating the killing of a Palestinian youth in Jenin refugee camp last night and are urging more “revenge” for the deaths of three Israeli youths whose bodies were found in the occupied West Bank on Monday.

The youths were abducted on 12 June and since then Israel has waged a campaign of mass arrests and collective punishment against Palestinians.

Alarmed by the “public atmosphere” since the Israeli youths’ bodies were found, the human rights group B’Tselem called on the government to “refrain from acts of vengeance” and warned of “revenge” attacks by settlers.

The administrator of the popular group, which has more than 70,000 “Likes,” shared a photo of the bloodied body of Yousef Abu Zagha with the caption, “This is the terrorist killed last night in Jenin.”

Many of the members of the Facebook group identify as active members of the Israeli military.

Israeli occupation forces shot Abu Zagha dead during an invasion of Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank during the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Palestinian Red Crescent medics told Ma’an News Agency that 16-year-old Yousef Abu Zagha was shot by Israeli fire in the chest during clashes with troops who invaded the camp. Some media have reported his age as older.

With more than 1,000, “Likes,” virtually every one of more than 200 comments was approving. “Hahahaha, I’m happy,” wrote Noam Korobkov. more

Gaza power plant no longer able to provide electricity for 8 hours

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Officials at the Gaza Strip power plant announced Monday that they are no longer able to provide electricity for eight hours per day.

The company said in a statement that it was “doing its utmost” to provide power for water wells, sewage plants, hospitals and medical centers to prevent any humanitarian or environmental disaster.

The statement called upon all concerned parties to increase the available amount of electricity. more

Over 30 airstrikes across Gaza as Israel steps up collective punishment

The Israeli Air Force has escalated its aggression against the Palestinian people in the besieged Gaza Strip, and conducted dozens of air strikes targeting different areas in the coastal enclave.

The attacks led to massive property damage, while various areas in the Gaza Strip lost power after electricity poles and power generators were hit in the attacks.

The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) has reported that dozens of explosions were heard, especially in agricultural and open areas, in different parts of the coastal region.

It stated that Rafah, Khan Younis, the Central District, and northern Gaza have been targeted in more than 30 attacks carried out by the Israeli Air Force and Israeli navy ships.

Although some of the bombarded areas are training centers for armed resistance groups in Gaza, many civilian homes, property and structures were hit.

Maan News said that the army also bombarded a resistance center for the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, west of Khan Younis. more

Israeli forces kill Palestinian teen in Jenin refugee camp

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teenager during a military operation in Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank early Tuesday, locals and medics said.

Palestinian Red Crescent medics told Ma'an 16-year-old Yousef Abu Zagha was shot by Israeli fire in the chest during clashes with troops who raided the camp overnight.

Abu Zagha was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at a public hospital in Jenin.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said that he was a "Hamas operative" about to hurl an explosive device at troops sent to arrest him.

"They opened fire and confirmed a hit," the spokeswoman said. more