Thursday, 23 October 2014

Video: Activists occupy Israel pavilion at Paris trade show

Activists occupied the Israel pavilion at the SIAL 2014 food industry trade fair in the Paris suburb of Villepinte on Tuesday.

As the video below shows, the activists held up signs condemning Israeli abuses of Palestinian rights and chanted slogans including: “No trade with apartheid,” “Boycott Israeli apartheid” and “Gaza, Gaza, We won’t forget!”

The dozen or so protestors belong to Campagne BDS France and a group called les Désobéissants (The Disobedient Ones).

“This action aimed to challenge the SIAL organizers and management and demand that in the future they cease to accept the participation of companies involved in Israel’s colonization, apartheid and war crimes,” Campagne BDS France said in a statement.

The video shows the activists being forcibly removed from the exhibition hall. Although police took down the names of the protestors, none were arrested. French activists have frequently faced prosecution for protests calling for the boycott of Israel. more

Tensions rise in Jerusalem following light railway attack

Renewed clashes broke out early Thursday in East Jerusalem following the death of a Palestinian suspect who rammed his car into pedestrians at a light railway station killing a 3-month old Israeli infant.

Israeli forces and Palestinians clashed in the al-Issawiya, Ras al-Amud, Silwan and a-Tur neighborhoods early Thursday, witnesses said.

Locals said the entrance to al-Issawiya had been closed shut by concrete blocks, with Israeli forces firing rounds of tear gas at locals protesting the closure.

A Palestinian youth was shot in the foot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the Ras al-Amud neighborhood, witnesses said.

On Wednesday evening, Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi, 21, rammed a car into pedestrians in Jerusalem, killing a three-month-old Israeli girl, Haya Zissel Braun.

He was shot by police at the scene and later died in hospital.

Footage of the incident posted on YouTube showed a car driving at full speed off the main road and down the pavement where people were standing as two trams passed each other.

Another clip shot on a cellphone showed the driver lying on the ground in a T-shirt and ripped jeans as a man pointed a gun at him.

Al-Shaludi's 15-year-old brother was detained following the incident and released at dawn Thursday after being interrogated at the Russian Compound detention center.

In Silwan, where al-Shaludi is from, scores of police raided the family home, leading to clashes with local residents. more