Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Palestinian girl, 5, dies of injuries sustained in Gaza war

A five-year-old Palestinian girl died on Tuesday from wounds sustained in Israel's military offensive in Gaza, medics said.

Rahfat Abu Jame, 5, from Khan Younis, passed away in an Egyptian hospital after being injured in an Israeli airstrike.

At least three Palestinians have died this week after being critically injured in the seven-week long military offensive. more

Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli hospital

A Palestinian detainee died in an Israeli hospital on Tuesday, a Palestinian official said.

The head of the Prisoner Affairs Committee said Raed al-Jabari, 35, died in Israel's Soroka Medical Center after being moved there early Tuesday.

Issa Qaraqe, the former Minister of Prisoner Affairs, held Israel responsible for al-Jabari's life and demanded an investigation into the cause of his death.

Al-Jabari was being detained in Ofer jail before being moved to Eshel prison, and Qaraqe said he was "tortured while being transferred."

Abd al-Salam al-Jabari, the prisoner's father, blamed Israel for killing his son and demanded an immediate investigation.

Al-Jabari spoke to his wife and children on Sunday and was in a good physical condition, his father said. more

UEFA punishes football fans for Palestine solidarity

In an attempt to bring the Euro 2020 competition to Jerusalem, the Israeli Football Association (IFA) has submitted a bid to UEFA – the governing body of European football. The IFA is proposing the Teddy Stadium as the location for the tournament. But this venue is also home to Israel’s ultra-racist Beitar Jerusalem team.

The Red Card Israeli Racism campaign has been pushing for the exclusion of Israel from the bidding process, reminding UEFA of Israel’s unlawful claim on Jerusalem as its “capital” and the recent massive assault on Gaza. UEFA will make a decision on 19 September.

The federation claims it does not mix sport and politics. But if UEFA awards the Jerusalem bid it will be a political decision. Israel is sure to exploit the occasion to promote an image of Jerusalem as if Palestinians do not exist.

Political symbol?

In fact, UEFA does mix sport and politics.

Last week it was reported they had imposed fines on Scottish and Irish football clubs over supporters who waved the Palestinian flag and chanted pro-Palestine slogans during European matches. UEFA apparently considers the flag of Palestine a political symbol because the conflict with Israeli forces in the region was then still ongoing, reported Scotland Now.

A UEFA spokesman told the news website that the clubs had violated UEFA disciplinary regulations which state that the clubs are liable for the inappropriate behavior of their supporters, such as “the use of gestures, words, objects or any other means to transmit any message that is not fit for a sports event, particularly messages that are of a political, ideological, religious or provocative nature.” more

Video: Israeli soldiers arrest 2 young boys in Silwad

Israeli forces Monday afternoon arrested two young Palestinian boys while they were playing in the courtyard of their house in Silwad in the central West Bank, family members told Ma'an.

A relative identified the children as seven-year-old Abd al-Fattah Abd al-Ghani Teima Hammad and eight-year-old Ramzi Ahmad Meri.

The kids were playing when three Israeli soldiers broke into the courtyard and took them to a military base near the town, the relative said, requesting anonymity.

He said there were no clashes taking place in the area prior to the arrests.

When the children's mothers went to the military base to check on their children, Israeli troops fired tear gas at them, the relative told Ma'an.

He said the kids were released a few hours later, after the Palestinian military liaison department intervened.

A Ma'an reporter uploaded to Youtube footage from a surveillance camera in the area that appears to show two small children being arrested by Israeli soldiers. more

Israeli forces detain 4 Gaza fishermen

Israeli naval forces early Tuesday detained four Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip, a Ma'an reporter said.

Israeli gunboats intercepted a Palestinian fishing boat near Beit Lahiya and detained four fishermen from the al-Sultan family, taking them to an unknown location.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an Israeli naval forces "identified two vessels" that were outside of the "permitted fishing zone" in the area, saying they were further than six miles from shore.

The forces called on the boats to stop, fired warning shots into the air, shot "toward the vicinity of the vessels," and then took the fishermen for "questioning," the spokeswoman said.

Last Wednesday, Israeli forces detained two Palestinian fishermen in the same area. more