Thursday, 11 September 2014

Johannesburg university issues ban on Israeli students and academics

RAMALLAH, (PIC)-- Palestinian ambassador to South Africa Abdul-Hafid Nofal said that Johannesburg university decided not to accept any student or deal with any academic or lecturer from Israel.

In a press release on Wednesday, Nofal said that the academic council of the university issued a decision prohibiting the admission of Israeli students to any of its collages and departments.

The decision also included a ban on hiring or hosting academics and lecturers who work for Israeli universities, according to the Palestinian ambassador. more

After Gaza offensive, West Bank boycott of Israel gains strength

The boycott of Israeli products across the West Bank has led to a noticeable difference for Palestinian industries, as many Palestinians have shunned Israeli products in favor of local equivalents.

Although calls for an economic boycott have existed for decades, the movement has been revived in the wake of the Israeli assault on Gaza.

Hundreds have taken to the streets to express their opposition to Israeli products, including in Ramallah, where members of families of those killed by Israeli forces launched a campaign entitle "Boycott the suppliers of our children's killers."

The secretary-general of the National Gathering of Palestinian Martyrs' Families, the group that organized the campaign, said that "the children of those killed are the most capable of expressing this cause and encouraging Palestinians to boycott Israeli products." more

11-year-old boy dies from Gaza war injuries

An 11-year-old boy died on Thursday after being critically injured during Israel's military offensive on the besieged coastal enclave.

Yousif Muhammad Jmeiat al-Shalafa was pronounced dead at the European Hospital in Khan Younis after suffering from severe head wounds sustained in an Israeli airstrike on his family home in Rafah.

Both his parents were killed in the attack and five other family members were injured. more

Palestinians in Gaza are still waiting for the siege to end

A new UN assessment published this week lays out the massive scope of the needs facing the nearly 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza following the “unprecedented” destruction wreaked by 51 days of Israeli bombing in July and August.

Israel’s assault – which it dubbed “Operation Protective Edge” – left at least 2,133 Palestinians dead and more than eleven thousand injured. More than 100,000 are permanently homeless as some 13 percent of Gaza’s housing stock – 44,300 housing units – was affected by the attack, with five percent rendered completely uninhabitable.

The UN report, “Gaza Initial Rapid Assessment,” published by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) was conducted through August with the assistance of dozens of Palestinian and international aid agencies, organizations and experts.

Destruction everywhere (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) It indicates that almost everyone in every part of Gaza faces some urgent need for basic protection, healthcare and rehabilitation, housing, water, food security or education.

The report came out the same day that the UN and the Palestinian Authority launched a $551 million emergency appeal to meet urgent humanitarian needs in Gaza. more

Two more Palestinians die of wounds suffered during Israel’s war on Gaza

Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip have reported, on Wednesday, that a man and a woman died of serious injuries suffered during Israel’s war on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

The sources said that Samira Hasan al-Louh, 53, died at the al-Maqassid Hospital in occupied Jerusalem following 50 days of treatment for severe burns and injuries resulting from an Israeli bombardment to her family home.

The woman was about to be transferred back to a Gaza hospital to continue her treatment, but succumbed to her injuries.

Her body is yet to be transferred to Gaza.

Around 13 members of the al-Louh family have been killed, many injured in the Israeli bombardment.

In addition, medical sources in Gaza said that an elderly Palestinian man also died of his wounds, in a hospital in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. more

Israeli bulldozers enter Gaza border area

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Four Israeli bulldozers entered a border area in southern Gaza Thursday and leveled private Palestinian land, witnesses said.

The bulldozers entered into Gaza near the Palestinian village of al-Qarara. The vehicles used the Kisufim border fence gate, located opposite a kibbutz of the same name, to enter the besieged enclave.

Military vehicles accompanying the bulldozers fired shots, with no reports of injuries.

Since the signing of a ceasefire agreement that ended 50 days of fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in Gaza on Aug. 26, the Israeli navy has in at least four instances fired at Gaza fishermen under the pretext that they had surpassed fishing zone limits. more

Human Rights Watch says Israel likely to have committed Gaza war crimes

Israel is likely to have committed war crimes in Gaza, Human Rights Watch said Thursday, a day after the army announced five criminal investigations into incidents involving its forces.

The 50-day Gaza war between Israel and Hamas militants ended on Aug. 26 after killing more than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and 73 people on the Israeli side, 67 of them soldiers.

The New York-based rights watchdog said in a statement that in three cases it examined, Israel caused "numerous civilian casualties in violation of the laws of war."

The incidents were the separate shellings of two UN schools in northern Gaza on July 24 and 30, and a guided missile strike on another UN school in the southern city of Rafah on August 3.

The attacks killed a total of 45 people including 17 children, HRW said.

"Two of the three attacks Human Rights Watch investigated... did not appear to target a military objective or were otherwise unlawfully indiscriminate. The third attack in Rafah was unlawfully disproportionate if not otherwise indiscriminate."

"Unlawful attacks carried out willfully -- that is, deliberately or recklessly -- are war crimes," it said. more