Monday, 28 March 2016

Israel backs down in row with Brazil over ambassador

Israel has backed down in a long-running and bitter diplomatic dispute with Brazil, withdrawing its nomination of a controversial settler leader as ambassador after Brasília refused to accept his credentials.

The seven-month long impasse over the planned appointment of Dani Dayan, a former chairman of the the West Bank Yesha settler council, came to an end on Monday when Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, who is also the country’s foreign minister, announced he would be appointed consul general in New York instead.

Rejection of a proposed ambassador is extremely rare and had drawn considerable attention to the Dayan case.

According to Israel’s deputy foreign minister late last year, the Dayan case was the first instance in which a proposed Israeli diplomat had been rejected for his “ideological” views.

The move comes despite repeated insistence by senior officials that they would ensure that Dayan – who lives in a settlement – would be allowed to take up his post in Brazil. more

Israelis campaign to support soldier who executed wounded Palestinian

Israeli right-wing activists launched campaigns to support the Israeli soldier who executed a Palestinian youth in al-Khalil city last Thursday. The execution process was filmed by the Palestinian human rights activist Imad Abu Shamsiya.

Posters slamming the investigation with the soldier, who murdered the Palestinian Abdulfattah al-Sharif in Tel al-Rumaidah district, were hanged on street walls.

Israeli right-wing members called for halting the trial against the soldier and asked the government along with the Israelis to support him.

Members of Israeli Knesset along with Israeli ministers rushed to express their support for the soldier while electronic campaigns were also launched on social media websites demanding his immediate release. more

Israeli white phosphorus bomb found in Gaza

Palestinian police in Gaza were able on Sunday to deal safely with a white phosphorous bomb of the remnants of Israeli aggression on Gaza in 2008 - 2009.

The general administration of explosives engineering of the police department in Gaza revealed that a Palestinian man found the bomb in his land in al-Nusairat refugee camp. more

Israeli forces detain 25 in raids, extend detention of 5 East Jerusalem minors

Israeli forces detained at least 25 Palestinians in overnight detention raids across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on Sunday, and took measurements of three houses in preparation for demolition.

Palestinian security sources said Israeli forces detained Ahmad Mahmoud Marrar,18, and Qusay Hayes,17, in Beit Duqqu northwest of Jerusalem.

Israeli soldiers also raided the village of Beit Fajjar south of Bethlehem, ransacking a number of houses before detaining Salti Ahmad Thawabta,17.

Israeli troops detained Abdullah Munther Qadous,14, from the village of Burin south of Nablus and raided the house of Palestinian prisoner Saad Husam al-Faqih.

The security sources added that Israeli troops raided the village of Qabatiya near Jenin and measures three houses, which received demolition notifications.

Israeli forces also raided the villages of Beituniya, Deir Abu Mashal, Shuqba and Beitin villages in the Ramallah and al-Bireh district, the Palestinian security sources said.

In the village of Bani Naim east of Hebron, Israeli troops raided the house of Dawood Mousa al-Tarayra and detained his son Mousa Dawood al-Tarayra, 25, after allegedly finding a gun in the home. more