Friday, 17 April 2015

Israeli forces open fire east of Khan Younis, injure 3 Palestinians

Israeli forces shot and injured three Palestinians east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday.

Witnesses said that Israeli forces deployed along the Gazan border opened fire on the Palestinians in the al-Sanati area in Khan Younis.

The three injured have been taken to the European Hospital in Khan Younis for treatment.

Israeli forces have repeatedly opened fire on Palestinian civilians near the border since the ceasefire agreement signed Aug. 26, 2014 that ended a devastating 50-day war between Israel and Hamas.

In March alone, there were a total of 38 incidents of shootings, incursions into the Strip, and arrests, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR). more

Child detainee, Khaled Sheikh, released; two more children kidnapped

The Israeli Authorities released on Thursday at night child detainee, Khaled Sheikh, 14, from Beit ‘Anan in occupied Jerusalem, while his family and scores of residents waited, and welcomed him. Israeli soldiers earlier stormed the Betunia nearby town, and kidnapped two children.

The released child, who suffers from anemia and other health issues, said that he did not receive any medications related to his illness, and that the only meds he received were painkilling pills.

“They give the ailing detainees those pills to silence them, and reduce the symptoms instead of providing us with the medical treatment we urgently need,” he said.

The child’ mother told Palestine TV that she is very happy for his release after the four months he spent in ‘Ofer Israeli prison, facing constant violations and difficult living conditions.

“Am so happy he will fill our house with his presence and pleasant spirit” the mother said, “My wish is for all detained children, and every imprisoned Palestinian, to be released and return to their families.

His family was never allowed to visit him, and were granted a permit dated after his scheduled release. more

Haniyeh: Hamas will continue armed resistance

Deputy Head of Hamas Ismail Haniyeh said Thursday that his movement would continue to use armed resistance against the Israeli state.

"Hamas negotiates with the enemy with arms, not talks," the senior official said during a press conference commemorating Palestinian Prisoner's Day and the death of Hamas co-founder Abd al-Aziz al-Rantisi.

Al Rantisi was killed by Israeli forces in 2004 along with his 27-year-old son, a body guard, and four bystanders in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas is committed to its principles and visions and prisoners will not be forgotten, Haniyeh added.

His remarks came as Hamas official Khalil al-Haya called for the abduction of Israelis, who could be swapped for Palestinians held by Israel. more

Thousands of Palestinian homes threatened with demolition

"Where will we go," asks eight-year-old Tiba Qeren, saying goodbye to the family home that, like those of many other Palestinian citizens of Israel, is condemned to demolition for failing to meet planning rules.

"I'm afraid," she tells AFP. "I know that they are going to destroy our home as they have others in Ramle," the mixed Palestinian and Jewish town where they live, about 18 kilometres (11 miles) from Tel Aviv.

"I'm annoyed because I tell myself: who gives them the right to destroy our house," she says, her young voice shaking with anger.

"The land is not theirs, it belongs to my family and the house is not theirs because it is my family who built it!"

The Ramle community still exists today as rooted from the 160,000 Palestinians who stayed on their land after the creation of Israel in 1948.

During the establishment of the state, an estimated 700-800 thousand Palestinians were forcibly removed from their homes or fled, many of whom still live in refugee camps throughout Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Today, those who remained on their land in 1948 and their descendants number over 1.3 million.

While Israeli law guarantees Palestinians the same equality as other citizens, in practice there are claims of discrimination in government funding and a raft of other issues.

Israeli Palestinian rights group Adalah says only 4.6 percent of new homes built in Israel are in Palestinian towns and villages, despite the fact that Palestinians make up over 20 percent of the population.

Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, who number around 580,000, receive four times as many housing units as Palestinian citizens Israel, the group's website says. more