Sunday, 17 January 2016

Israel prevents Palestinians to participate in the World Social Forum

Militants and Palestinian activists, invited to the Thematic World Social Forum*, to be held 19-23 of January in Porto Alegre, Brazil, were prevented from traveling to that country due to the intensification of the Israeli blockade in Hebron.

The complaint was made in a statement signed by the WSF organization, released on Friday on the meeting site.

According to WSF Thematic note, the goal of Israel’s actions – especially in Hebron – is that Palestinians residents leave the city to allow the violent advancement of illegal Israeli settlements. more

Gaza’s children grow up with trauma

From ther Electronic Intifada - It has taken Mansour’s mother a long time to learn to cope with her 12-year-old son’s changing personality.

Once a top student, Mansour has become aggressive and disobedient. His grades are down, his mother says, and he suffers night terrors.

Mansour’s mother can date his transformation to Israel’s war on Gaza in 2014.

“He was a top student before then. He used to be a cheerful boy,” she recalled.

During the assault, the family had to evacuate their home and move to a UN shelter, a school that was then also bombed. Since then, Mansour’s mother told The Electronic Intifada, he now prefers to be alone at school or at home. He has also started wetting the bed.

“He is easily terrified by loud sounds like thunder,” according to his mother who, like other families interviewed for this story, declined to be named in order to protect their privacy.

These are classic signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, though as health care professionals at the Gaza Community Mental Health Program (GCMHP) never tire of pointing out, in Gaza there is never any “post.”

GCMHP, Gaza’s best known mental health care provider founded in 1990, has noted a sharp rise in the number of children and adults with PTSD since the 2014 attack. more

Palestinian shot dead near Nablus after alleged attempted attack

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man on Sunday following an alleged attempted stabbing attack in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, an Israeli army spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said the "assailant" was shot and killed after attempting to attack and stab Israeli soldiers "securing the area," adding that no Israelis were injured during the incident.

The Palestinian man was identified as Wissam Marwan Qasrawa, 21, from the village of Masliya south of Nablus.

On Friday, Israeli forces shot and killed two Palestinians during clashes along the border near al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, medical sources said at the time.

The two were identified as 19-year-old Muhammad Abu Zayed and Muhammad Majdi Qaita, 26. more