Monday, 26 January 2015

Thousands march in Gaza to commemorate PFLP founder

Thousands of Palestinians marched in Gaza on Monday to commemorate the death of George Habash, the founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

The march, led by PFLP leaders and national factions, set off from the Unknown Soldier's Square in Gaza City and called for national unity and an end to political division.

"Our message today, on the memory of the death of al-Hakim (the wise one), George Habash, is to hold to the values he represented during his lifetime, since founding the Arab Nationalist Movement until the day he left us," PFLP leader Kayid al-Ghoul said.

Habash was "known for his revolutionary ethics as an entrance to a clean policy based on our people's rights, the history of Palestine and his deep faith in the ability to achieve victory against Israel," al-Ghoul added.

George Habash, a Palestinian Christian, founded the leftist PFLP and led the party until 2000, when health issues forced him to resign.

He died in Amman on Jan. 26, 2008, at the age of 82. more

87 Palestinians in Gaza visit relatives jailed by Israel

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Around 87 Palestinians left the Gaza Strip on Monday to visit relatives being held in Israeli jails, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.

Spokeswoman Suheir Zaqut told Ma'an that 29 children were among the group, including 13 aged between 10 and 16.

It is the first time since 2010 that Israel has allowed children over 10 to participate in the visits to Israeli jails.

There are around 450 Palestinian men from the Gaza Strip in Israeli jails. more

Palestinian injured by army fire near Hebron, one detained

Palestinian medical sources have reported, on Sunday evening, that a young man was injured, and another was kidnapped, by Israeli soldiers invading Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Spokesperson of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in Beit Ummar, Mohammad Ayyad Awad, said the soldiers kidnapped Ma’zouz Ibrahim Awad, 19 years of age.

The young man was kidnapped while heading back home after visiting his brother Ja’far, a former political prisoner currently receiving treatments in the Augusta Victoria Hospital in occupied Jerusalem.

The parents and other family members of Ma’zouz have been denied access to Jerusalem, and were unable to visit their ailing son, who suffered various complications due to the lack of medical attention and treatment while in detention.

In addition, 17-year-old Palestinian suffered various cuts and bruises in the ath-Thaher area in Beit Ummar, after dozens of soldiers invaded it, and chased local youths. more