Friday, 4 July 2014

Israel targets Gaza after rocket fire

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli fighter jets bombed three Hamas sites in the southern Gaza Strip late Friday after 14 projectiles were fired from the besieged enclave into southern Israel, military officials said.

There were no immediate reports of injury or damage.

In a statement, the Israeli military said the bombings were in response to "constant rocket fire" toward southern Israel from the Gaza Strip.

"Since midnight, 14 projectiles were fired at Israel. 10 rockets and mortars hit Israel, 3 were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system and 1 landed in Palestinian territory," it said. more

Palestinian child missing in Jerusalem amidst fear of abduction

A Palestinian child, 13 years of age, is currently missing in occupied Jerusalem, amidst fears he had been abducted by Israeli extremists in Wadi Al-Jouz neighborhood, adjacent to the Walls of Jerusalem’s Old City.

The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) has reported that the child was walking near the Abdeen Mosque, in the neighborhood, and went missing shortly after an Israeli car drove slowly next to him.

Although exact details are still unknown, the Palestinians fear Israeli fanatics have kidnapped the child, especially after the recent attempted kidnapping of a Palestinian child, and the Wednesday kidnapping and murder of Mohammad Abu Khdier, age 16, in occupied Jerusalem. more

20 injured in clashes following funeral of Palestinian teen

JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- At least 20 Palestinians were reported injured on Friday in clashes following the funeral of Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khdeir, medics said.

Thousands of Palestinians gathered early Friday to receive the body of the 16-year-old boy after a Red Crescent ambulance collected the body from Hadassah hospital.

Grieving Palestinian youths carried the teenager on their shoulders chanting "We have had enough!" as crowds waved Palestinian flags and shouted slogans demanding freedom.

Crowds chanted "Allah Akbar!" and "We sacrifice our blood for you!" as Muhammad's body was taken for burial.

Clashes broke out following the funeral procession, with Palestinian youths throwing rocks at Israeli forces, who responded with riot dispersal means.

At least 20 Palestinians have been shot and injured with rubber-coated steel bullets in the ongoing clashes. more

EU nations, firms warn against West Bank investments

...Eleven more EU nations (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovakia, and Slovenia) issued warnings on Thursday against investing in the West Bank. They join the ranks of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Portugal, who had announced similar measures earlier in the week.

A total of 17 countries out of the 28-member European Union have now lent their indirect support to the boycott and divestment movement (BDS) which, earlier in the month, had gained a complicated ally in Dutch pension fund ABP.

On June 1, ABP, the third-largest pension fund in the world – with holdings of more than $400 billion – announced that it would divest from two Israeli companies for their role in the manufacturing of cluster munitions.

Aryt Industries Ltd., an Or Yehuda-based company which produces detonators through a subsidiary, Reshef Technologies. According to documents leaked by Wikileaks, in 2009 senior officials admitted some 80 percent of Reshef’s business is with the IDF.

Ashot Ashkelon Industries Ltd., a small aerospace and defense sector manufacturer with less than $100 million in annual revenues, was targeted for divestment for its part in producing cluster munitions – Ashot is also a subsidiary of the government-owned Israel Military industries Ltd. more


Palestine activists celebrate as SodaStream shuts UK store

Palestine solidarity activists are celebrating huge victories over SodaStream this week for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign.

In 2012, SodaStream, a settlement firm, attempted to launch into the UK market and opened its flagship store – EcoStream – in the seaside town of Brighton to sell home carbonation machines and accessories.

The store immediately became the target for activists from Brighton and Hove Palestine Solidarity Campaign, who staged noisy protests every Saturday outside, running the gauntlet of Sussex area Zionist activists to do so.

On Monday, Brighton and Hove PSC was celebrating as SodaStream announced the closure of EcoStream, and began taking down the store’s signage.

And just one day later, one of the UK’s biggest retail brands, the John Lewis Partnership, announced that it would be taking SodaStream products off its shelves.

The announcement follows regular protests outside the flagship John Lewis store in London’s Oxford Street, organized by Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC — and London BDS Group.

PSC’s campaign to stop John Lewis stocking SodaStream products included direct communication with John Lewis chief executive Andy Street, urging him to put ethical trading before profits. more

Thousands receive body of Palestinian teen in Shufat

JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Thousands of Palestinians received the body of Muhammad Abu Khdeir for burial on Friday as clashes broke out across Jerusalem in protest against his murder.

The 16-year-old's body arrived in a Red Crescent ambulance Friday afternoon after crowds had gathered since the early morning to bury the teenager.

Grieving Palestinian youths carried the body on their shoulders chanting "We have had enough!" as crowds waved Palestinian flags and shouted slogans demanding freedom.

Crowds chanted "Allah Akbar!" and "We sacrifice our blood for you!" as Muhammad's body was taken for burial. more

Clashes in Jerusalem as crowds await body of slain teen

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Clashes erupted between Palestinian youths and Israeli soldiers after Friday prayers in the Old City of Jerusalem as crowds in Shufat awaited the body of slain teenager Muhammad Abu Khdeir.

Israeli authorities set up barriers in the streets and alleyways of the Old City and closed down several roads, preventing worshipers from reaching the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Residents of Shufat have been gathering since the early morning to receive the body of Muhammad Abu Khdeir for burial.

The Palestinian teenager was kidnapped and murdered overnight Tuesday in a suspected revenge attack by Israelis. more

Israel fires mortar shells at southern Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces fired multiple mortar shells at southern Gaza on Friday, locals and Israel's army said.

Witnesses said that tanks fired at least three shells east of Rafah that targeted the abandoned Yasser Arafat airport.

No injuries were reported.

An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed that Israeli forces used mortar fire in the southern Gaza Strip in response to two mortar shells fired from Gaza. more

BBC: Hamas 'ready for Gaza ceasefire' if Israeli raids stop

Hamas has offered to halt its rocket attacks if Israel stops its air raids on the Gaza Strip, the BBC understands.

A source with the Palestinian militant group said Egyptian intelligence officials had brokered a potential ceasefire. Israel has not commented.

The Israeli army says four rockets were fired from Gaza on Friday. No injuries were reported.

There is high tension in East Jerusalem ahead of the planned funeral of a murdered Palestinian teenager.

There have already been two days of clashes there between masked Palestinians and Israeli police over the kidnap and murder of 17-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdair. more

Murdered Palestinian teenager's family says new footage shows his abduction

New video footage has emerged which the family of a Palestinian teenager abducted and murdered earlier this week says shows the moment of his kidnapping.

Mohamed Abu Khdeir, 17, was snatched by three men in a car while he was waiting to pray outside a mosque next to his home in East Jerusalem. His badly burned body was discovered in a forest on the western side of the city.

Watch the video

Senior Palestinian figures, including President Mahmoud Abbas, have said they believe the teenager was targeted by Israeli extremists in a revenge attack for the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers three weeks ago.

This claim appeared to be bolstered by the emergence of the footage which the boy's family says captures the abduction – and suggests that he was randomly targeted outside a mosque and did not know his kidnappers. more

Soldier and settler violence continues across West Bank

Violence by Israeli soldiers and settlers against the Palestinian community continued across the region, today, beginning with 20 reported kidnappings by occupying forces in the West Bank. At least 640 Palestinians have been arrested since the beginning of Israel's recently escalated arrest campaign.

Israeli forces, today, abducted around 20 Palestinians, including minors, in predawn raids across the West Bank and Jerusalem, according to reports by local, media and security sources.

In the Hebron district, seven people were taken by Israeli forces, including three children between the ages of 8 and 10, under a pretext of throwing stones at soldiers. more, including lists of the names of some of those detained

Videos: savage beating by Israeli police in neighborhood where murdered teen was kidnapped

Two videos have emerged showing Israeli police brutally beating a Palestinian youth in the Shuafat neighborhood of eastern occupied Jerusalem.

The disturbing videos appear to show the same incident from different angles.

The area has been rocked by protests since local teenager Muhammad Abu Khudair was abducted and murdered early on Wednesday, in an apparent reprisal for the killing of three Israeli teenagers whose bodies were found in the occupied West Bank on Monday.

The footage at the top of this post was broadcast on the television channel Palestine Today. This video uploaded to YouTube appears to have been created by someone pointing a camera at a TV set tuned to Palestine Today.

The text on the TV screen states: “Exclusive to Palestine Today, video shows occupation soldiers and settlers savagely attack a Palestinian youth in Shuafat.”

The second video posted on Facebook by Quds News Network shows the same incident. It appears to have been shot with a mobile phone from an adjacent building.

PCHR weekly report on Israeli human rights violations in the OPT (26 June – 02 July 2014)

Israeli settlers kidnapped, tortured and killed a Palestinian Child from Shu’fat neighbourhood in Occupied Jerusalem and mutilated his body.

In two new crimes of extra-judicial execution, 3 members of the armed groups were killed and another one was wounded.

Israeli forces stormed Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

A Palestinian civilian was killed in the north of the West Bank, and an old woman died due to a heart attack when Israeli forces raided her house, south of the West Bank.

19 Palestinian civilians, including the Palestine TV Reporter in occupied Jerusalem, were wounded, and one of them was arrested.
Israeli forces conducted 90 incursions in the West Bank.
3 houses were destroyed in Hebron on the ground of collective punishment.
76 Palestinian civilians, including 8 children, were arrested.
The building of Hend al-Husseini Faculty was raided in occupied Jerusalem.
The equipment of al-Rayyan Dairy Factory was confiscated in Hebron.

Israeli warplanes launched 24 airstrikes on civilian objects and paramilitary training sites in the Gaza Strip. 9 Palestinian civilians, including 3women and 2 children, were wounded by shrapnel, and 3 civilians, including two children, were injured by the flying glass. Moreover, 3 civilians sustained bruises. A chicken barn, greenhouses, a country house, two barracks for fodders and sheep were destroyed, and 3000 chicks died.

Israeli forces continued to fire at the border areas in the Gaza Strips 3 Palestinian civilians were wounded in the southern and central Gaza Strip.

Israel continued to impose a total closure on the oPt and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world. Israeli forces established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank. At least 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were arrested at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

Israeli naval forces continued to target Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza waters.

Israeli forces continued to support settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

Settlers attacked Palestinian civilians and their property.
Settlers cut down 15 olive trees in Beit Ummar in the north of Hebron. more