Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Israel deports Tunisia ex-president after Gaza flotilla


JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel deported Tunisian ex-president Moncef Marzouki and European parliament member Ana Miranda on Monday after they took part in a flotilla seeking to defy its Gaza blockade, an official said.

"The (former) president of Tunisia and the Spanish lawmaker flew this morning. There are another 14 who have begun the expulsion process," a spokeswoman for Israel's immigration authority told AFP.

Marzouki, who is widely known as a human rights activist, sailed aboard the Swedish ship the Marianne of Gothenburg as part of a four-boat flotilla that set sail from Europe last month.

Israel commandeered the Swedish-flagged Marianne on Monday and accompanied it to the port of Ashdod.

Sixteen foreign nationals were on board along with two Israeli citizens, Palestinian Knesset member Basel Ghattas and a television reporter.

The two Israelis have been released, though Ghattas could face a parliamentary hearing on whether he should face sanctions.

The four-boat flotilla of pro-Palestinian activists had been seeking to reach the Gaza Strip to highlight the Israeli blockade of the territory that they called "inhumane and illegal". more

Israeli forces, settlers carry out reprisals for West Bank shooting


RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces carried out multiple detention raids across the occupied West Bank overnight Monday after three Israeli settlers were injured in a shooting south of Nablus and an explosive device was allegedly hurled at a settler vehicle near Ramallah.

Dozens of settlers from the illegal settlement of Beit El were also reported to have attacked Palestinian vehicles on the road between Ramallah and Nablus.

The violent reprisals come as the president of the Shomron regional council, which groups together illegal Israeli settlements in the northern West Bank, said in a statement that "we must not let terrorism spread."

"I call on the government to authorize the army to act without pity against these savages who take civilians for targets," he said.

The Israeli army reported that three Israeli settlers were injured in Monday's shooting while driving near the West Bank village of al-Mughayir.

Israeli media said four settlers were injured in the attack.

Israeli forces in the early hours of Tuesday stormed al-Mughayir and made multiple detention raids.

Witnesses said large numbers of Israeli soldiers ransacked Palestinian homes, "detaining young men haphazardly."

They added that the soldiers deployed on every street corner in the village after setting up military checkpoints at its entrances. more