Monday, 19 October 2015

Beaten to death by Israeli racists in Beer Sheba bus station

A Palestinian man, an Israeli settler and an Israeli soldier were killed and 11 others wounded in a shooting at the Central Bus Station in occupied Beer Sheba, southern Israel, on Sunday evening.

According to Israeli media, the police forces shot two people whom they thought were attackers. One of them turned out to be a 29-year old Eritrean national called Haftom Zarhum. The other has now been identified as 21-year old Muhanad Alukabi of the Bedouin town of Hura, just east of Beersheba.

One of Mr Zarhum’s assailants, identified only as Dudu, told a radio station this morning he felt “disgusting”.

He said: “I saw people coming and crowding around him, I understood from them that this was the terrorist.” more

Elderly woman dies after soldiers delay car transporting her to hospital

An elderly Palestinian woman from the al-’Eesawiyya town, in occupied Jerusalem, died late on Sunday at night, on a military roadblock, after Israeli soldiers, manning a roadblock on the eastern entrance of the town, delayed a car moving her to a hospital.

Member the Follow-up Committee in al-‘Eesawiyya, Mohammad Abu al-Hummus, said the elderly woman, Hoda Mohammad Darwish, 65 years of age, suffered a respiratory issue due to tear gas inhalation, before her family took her in their car, in an attempt to reach a hospital.

He added that the family reached the Israeli military roadblock, east of the town, where dozens of cars were lined up.

The driver tried to bypass the cars, but the soldiers fired several live rounds in the air, and forced him to stop.

Abu al-Hummus added that the family pleaded with the soldiers, who saw the elderly woman fading away due to severe effects of tear gas inhalation, but they kept delaying until the woman was near death. more

Settlers forcibly evict Palestinian families from Silwan homes

At least nine Palestinians were left homeless on Monday after settlers escorted by Israeli security personnel forcibly evicted them from their homes in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem. The Silwan-based Wadi Hilweh Information Center said a large group of Israeli border police and officers escorted staff from the far-right Israeli Ateret Cohanim organization to the Batn al-Hawa area of the neighborhood.

Israeli forces then surrounded two Palestinian houses belonging to the Abu Nab family before ransacking the property and evicting the families.

Helicopters were seen in the area, together with Israeli police dogs, during the eviction.

Israeli forces assaulted Abdullah Abu Nab with pepper spray during the eviction, which left four members of his family homeless. Five members of Sabri Abu Nab's family were also displaced by the eviction. more

Foreign ministry denounces execution of Palestinians, demands international investigation

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry issued a statement, Sunday, strongly condemning the ongoing “Israeli violations and crimes, carried out by soldiers and paramilitary settlers", on a daily basis in different parts of occupied Palestine, and demanding an international investigation into the violations and escalation.

It said that the escalating Israeli crimes and violations were a direct outcome of the latest decision of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his government, approving the use of live fire, especially sniper fire, against Palestinian protesters.

"The racist Israeli policies have led to the death of dozens of Palestinians, and became clearly apparent with the execution of Fadel al-Qawasmi, 18 years of age," the Ministry said, “Video surveillance proved he was executed in cold blood, and how soldiers and paramilitary settlers cooperate in justifying their crimes, and try to portray the killings acts of self-defense."

"The crimes, the lies and the fabrications prove the dangerous level of immorality, extremism and racism among both soldiers and settlers", the Foreign Ministry added, "Such crimes are supported and encouraged by the official Israeli political leadership." more

Palestinian shot dead after Beersheba attack kills Israeli, wounds 9

A suspected Palestinian was shot dead in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba after he allegedly opened fire in the city's central bus station, killing one soldier and injuring at least nine other Israelis, Israeli police said.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told Ma'an that nine Israelis had been hospitalized following the attack.

He said the attacker was shot dead, although he was unable to confirm that he was Palestinian.

He initially said that there had been two attackers, one of whom was apprehended.

Although it remained clear who the second individual was, Israeli media suggested the second man may have been an Eritrean asylum seeker. Israeli news site Haaretz reported that the asylum seeker was shot by Israeli police after they "misidentified him as a terrorist." more