Saturday, 11 October 2014

Settlers beat woman picking olives with her children near Salfit

A large group of Israeli settlers on Saturday morning violently beat a young Palestinian woman while she was picking olives from trees in an orchard in the village of Yasuf in the Salfit district in the central West Bank, a Palestinian official said.

The assault is the third such attack on Palestinian olive pickers in three days, creating concern about unchecked settler violence as the olive harvest kicks off across the West Bank.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement-related activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that 25-year-old Alaa Fathi Atiyani and her children were picking olives in a field in the al-Masamic area outside of Yasuf village at the time of the alleged assault.

He said that ten settlers arrived from the nearby Kfar Tappuah settlement and assaulted Atiyani, beating her "brutally."

Daghlas said Atiyani sustained serious bruises all over her body as a result of the attack.

Daghlas added that Israeli troops arrived later and claimed to have arrested the assailants.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said that "clashes" took place "between settlers and Palestinians" in the area and Israeli police arrested four people.

The assault is the third such attack on Palestinian olive pickers in three days, including the second on the village of Yasuf. more

Palestinian delegation in Cairo for donor conference

A delegation of Palestinian officials early Saturday left the West Bank for Jordan en route to Cairo to participate in an international donor conference for the Gaza Strip, a government spokesman said.

"The issue in question is very delicate, and requires all Palestinian efforts in order to support the government so it can rebuild what the (Israeli) occupation has ruined in the Gaza Strip," said Ehab Bessaiso, the spokesman for the unity government.

The delegation includes Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, Deputy Prime Minister Muhammad Mustafa, Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, Finance Minister Shukri Bishara, and Minister of Agriculture and Social Affairs Shawqi al-Ayasa.

Gaza-based members of the delegation -- Minister of Public Works Mufid Hasayna and Minister of Labor Mamoun Abu Shahla -- are meeting the delegation in Egypt via the Rafah crossing, Bseiso said.

Bessaiso himself also joined the delegation.

Palestinian officials will hold meetings with Egyptian officials before the conference on Sunday, Bessaiso said.

He said the Palestinian Authority had submitted a $4 billion rebuilding plan.

"We hope the international community will provide this money." more