Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Israeli bus driver runs over Palestinians in Jenin, 1 dead


An Israeli bus driver ran over two Palestinian at al-Jalama checkpoint in Jenin, killing one person and injuring another, Palestinian security sources said Tuesday.

Palestinian security sources told Ma'an that Noor Hassan Naim Salim, 22, and Alaa Kayid Salim, 20, from Nablus were injured after being ran over by an Israeli bus.

Hussein was taken to an Israeli hospital with serious injuries and later died. Salim was taken to Jenin governmental hospital with light injuries.

Israeli police and ambulances arrived at the scene and the bus driver was arrested. more

Hamas fighter dies during military training


Hamas' military wing announced that one of its fighters was killed during a military drill in eastern Gaza late Monday.

In a statement, the al-Qassam Brigades said 18-year-old Abdullah Ulayyan, from the Tuffah neighborhood of Gaza City, died in a training exercise.

Ulayyan's body was taken to Shifa hospital in Gaza City. more

Gaza gets second postwar delivery of building materials


Twenty-eight trucks of cement entered the battered Gaza Strip Tuesday in only the second delivery of building materials for the private sector since a 50-day summer war, an official said.

Raed Fattuh, the PA official in charge of the entry of goods into Gaza from Israel through the Kerem Shalom crossing, said 28 trucks, each carrying 40 tons of cement, had crossed into the enclave.

It was the first delivery of building materials for the private sector since Oct. 14, when 75 trucks entered Gaza, carrying 1,300 tons of material -- 15 trucks of cement, 10 of metal and 50 of gravel.

"This is the biggest delivery of cement since the war ended," Fatuh told AFP, referring to the seven-week conflict between Israel and Hamas militants which ended with a truce on Aug. 26.

"But it is not enough, it is only a tiny amount for the reconstruction."

He said there had been no further deliveries since October because Israel had halted the process over concerns about how the materials had been used.

Many people were in any case unable to make use of that cement, delivered as UN chief Ban Ki-moon visited the tiny enclave, Fatuh said.

"Most of the people who got cement last time need money from either (the UN) or the government in order to buy other materials to use with it," he said.

Last week, UN special envoy Robert Serry said the delivery of building materials would resume, giving 25,000 home owners access to materials to repair their damaged homes. more

NGOs accuse Israel of shoot-to-kill policy


JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Human rights groups have accused Israel of encouraging a shoot-to-kill policy after a wave of incidents in which police shot dead Palestinians involved in, or accused of, attacking Israelis.

The alleged practice of killing suspects without trying to arrest them has caused concern after a series of deadly Palestinian attacks also resulted in the perpetrators' deaths -- and not always at the scene.

In a rare move, a Jerusalem court on Sunday indicted a border police officer after he shot and killed, unprovoked, a Palestinian teenager during a May demonstration in the occupied West Bank.

For some, the charge of manslaughter in the case was not strong enough, and Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch's comments that "a terrorist who strikes civilians should be killed" indicate no further such investigations will take place.

"Aharonovitch's statement and its application on the ground show that the authorities simply want these incidents to end ­- with the terrorist killed at the scene rather than brought into the justice system," Carolina Landsmann wrote in Haaretz newspaper.

Israeli rights group B'Tselem says that one of the first victims of "extrajudicial executions" was Abd al-Rahman Shaludi, a 21-year-old Palestinian from East Jerusalem who rammed his car into Israeli pedestrians on Oct. 22, killing a young woman and a baby.

He was shot at the scene by police and died several hours later. more

Democratic Front demands Egypt to open Rafah crossing to passengers


GAZA, (PIC)-- Senior official of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) Ziyad Jarghoun appealed to the Egyptian authorities to open the Rafah border crossing and allow thousands of Palestinian passengers to enter the Gaza Strip.

During a symposium organized by the union of Palestinian women in Rafah, Jarghoun also called on Egypt to allow Gaza people to travel freely through the Rafah border crossing, especially patients, students and holders of foreign passports.

"It is unreasonable for the closure of the Rafah crossing to continue for more than a month, in light of Israel's closure of all crossings of the Strip except for one crossing, which has turned the Gaza Strip into a big prison," he stated.

The DFLP official stressed that the Palestinian people want Egypt to return to its leading role in supporting their national cause.

In another context, the Hamas Movement slammed the continued Egyptian media smear campaign against it, describing it as an attempt to escape internal obligations and crises. more