Sunday, 6 July 2014

2 Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrike on Gaza's al-Bureij camp


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinians were killed in an Israeli airstrike on the central Gaza Strip late Sunday, a Ma'an reporter said.

Two members of al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement, were killed as Israeli warplanes struck al-Bureij refugee camp.

The two were identified as Mazen al-Hadba and Marwan Salim.

Further details were not immediately available. more

Israel reduces Gaza fishing zone to 3 nautical miles


GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Israel decided on Sunday to reduce the fishing zone open for Gaza fishermen from 6 nautical miles to 3, and they warned that boats which exceed that limit will be fired upon.

The reduction was confirmed by sources in the Palestinian liaison department.

Nevertheless, the union of Gaza fishermen says it will stick to the former fishing zone.

The union’s speaker Nizar Ayyash told Ma'an that fishermen would “find out the certainty of the news if they will be fired at.” more

Britain's biggest trade union slams Israeli apartheid, commits to BDS campaigning


Unite, Britain's biggest trade union, has slammed Israel as "guilty of the crime of apartheid" and committed itself to BDS campaigning.

The Labour party's biggest union backer considered three motions related to Palestine at its annual policy conference in Liverpool this week, of which two were carried.

The main 'Israel and Palestine' motion condemned Israeli violations of international law such as settlement construction, "crimes of persecution against the Palestinian people", and the Israeli military's detention and "torture" of Palestinian children. As well as the situation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Unite also highlighted the "racist laws" affecting Palestinian citizens of Israel.

The motion commits Unite to taking "bolder steps like those that were taken against the South African apartheid regime" as part of the fight against "the Israeli ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people". The union will work with others to develop a "campaigning and leverage strategy around BDS within the next 12 months", notably "against complicit companies involved in the occupation, the apartheid wall and the illegal settlements (such as Veolia, G4S and Sainsbury's)". more

Video: faces of suspected killers of Palestinian teen


The Electronic Intifada has obtained video images showing the faces of two of the suspected kidnappers and murderers of Muhammad Abu Khudair, the Palestinian teenager who was abducted on Wednesday morning, burned alive and dumped in a Jerusalem forest.

The footage comes from a security camera on the building owned by Hussein Abu Khudair, Muhammad’s father.

Muhammad was kidnapped from right outside the building in an apparent racially-motivated reprisal for the killings of three Israeli teens whose bodies were found in the occupied West Bank last Monday.
The video above was taken on a mobile phone pointed at a computer belonging to Hussein Abu Khudair that was playing the original video from the security camera.

Israeli police were present at the time the mobile phone footage was shot and their voices can be heard in the background, but they were apparently unaware that the mobile phone video was being made.

A short time later, around 6am on 2 July, just over two hours after Muhammad disappeared, Israeli police confiscated the laptop containing the original file. more

Israeli warplanes strike targets across Gaza Strip


GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Israeli warplanes launched multiple airstrikes across the Gaza Strip early Sunday morning without causing injuries, locals told Ma’an.

In Gaza City, a missile hit a military base known as Abu Jarad in the southern outskirts of the city, and an open area near a car market in the Zaytoun neighborhood.

On Saturday night, Israeli jets fired a missile at a group of Palestinians in the Musabbih neighborhood in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip injuring two.

Another airstrike on southern Gaza hit a poultry farm in al-Qarara north of Khan Younis.

In an emailed statement, Israel's military confirmed the strikes and said they were in retaliation for rocket fire. more

Israel arrests suspects in murder of Palestinian teen


TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities have arrested six suspects in their investigation into the murder of a Palestinian teenager who was killed in a possible revenge attack.

Israeli media reported Sunday that police believe the motive behind the murder of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir was connected to the deaths of three Israeli teenagers in the occupied West Bank days earlier.

Late Friday, a senior Palestinian official said that a preliminary autopsy report showed Abu Khdeir was burnt alive by his kidnappers.

Attorney General Muhammad Abd al-Ghani Uweili told Ma'an Abu Khdeir's autopsy showed soot in the victim's lungs and respiratory tract, indicating he was alive and breathing while he was being burnt.

Abu Khdeir also had a head injury, but died from complications as a result of being burnt, Uweili said. more