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Israeli Eurovision duo stand firm to wave flag of co-existence

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 16, 2009

“The Israeli government is sending the two of you to Moscow as part of its propaganda machine that is trying to create the appearance of Jewish-Arab ‘coexistence’ under which it carries out the daily massacre of Palestinian civilians,” the letter said. “Israeli artists, authors and intellectuals that take part in this propaganda machine, instead of working for justice, equality and the upholding of human and civil rights, not to mention international law, are partners to the crime.”

For full article, visit http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/apr/15/israel-eurovision-interview

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Jenin Freedom Theatre survives second arson attempt following production of Animal Farm

Posted in Internal Palestinian Affairs, Miscellaneous, The West Bank by beyondtheborder on April 16, 2009
A Scene from Animal Farm

A Scene from Animal Farm

In the morning of April 15, 2009, an unknown individual set fire to The Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp, Occupied Palestine. The main door of the theatre was completely burned, but the fire did not spread inside the building and the theatre remains largely unharmed.

For full article, visit http://www.thefreedomtheatre.org/news.php?id=145

One month ago, when arsonists burned the Al-Kamanjati Society for Music in Jenin building to the ground, destroying thousands of dollars of instruments and equipment, a first attempt to set fire to the Freedom Theatre was also made.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=37148

Amnesty: as US arms shipment reaches Israelis Obama urged to halt further exports

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 7, 2009

According to new information received by Amnesty International, the Wehr Elbe, a German cargo ship which had been chartered and controlled by US Military Sealift Command, docked and unloaded its cargo of reportedly over 300 containers at the Israeli port of Ashdod, just 40 km north of Gaza by road. The German ship left the USA for Israel on 20 December, one week before the start of Israeli attacks on Gaza, carrying 989 containers of munitions, each of them 20 feet long with a total estimated net weight of 14,000 tons.

For full article, visit http://english.pnn.ps/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4995

Barak orders closure of Palestinian territories

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 7, 2009

Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, instructed the army to impose a strict closure over the occupied Palestinian territories starting on Monday at night until midnight on Saturday April 18th as the Jews mark the Pesah (Passover) holiday.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/59809

Senior officer suspected of beating girlfriend

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 6, 2009

According to the woman, the officer shoved and beat her in the midst of an argument between them. The investigation material reveals that the suspect tried to talk to his partner and inform her that he wished to return to his ex-wife, but that the argument heated up and turned violent.In light of the fact that the man is a senior officer, the Rishon Lezion Police decided to involve the Military Police and asked to question the officer. The man arrived at the Rishon Lezion Police’s investigations department on Sunday, but denied any connection to the assault.

For full article, visit http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3697842,00.html

1346 children lost one or both parents during Israel’s war in Gaza

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 6, 2009

Darraz stated that there are 5200 orphans in the Gaza Strip, and added that the organization received so far 500 forms asking for sponsorships for orphaned children, but the organization only managed to approve 200.

Israel is facing accusations if committing war crimes against the Palestinian people in Gaza as it shelled civilian areas and used White Phosphorous shells.

Numerous eyewitness accounts revealed that Israeli soldiers used civilians as human shields during the war which is a direct violation to the Fourth Geneva Convention.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/59779

Correction: King Abdullah’s dog wasn’t treated in Israel

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 6, 2009

On March 29th, Yedioth Ahronoth reported that a sick dog said to belong to Jordan’s King Abdullah was treated at an Israeli hospital. The story was published on Ynetnews as well.A further inquiry into the story revealed that the report was incorrect, prompting Yedioth Ahornoth to issue an apology to its readers.

Source: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3698349,00.html

Israeli soldiers physically abused a PRCS medical team during its humanitarian mission

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 6, 2009

When the PRCS ambulance reached the Beit Ummar junction, the Israeli soldiers stopped it and obliged the driver to step out of it. Without any provocation one of the soldiers hit the driver on the head using his weapon. The soldier said “what are you doing here in this time?” Another soldier forced the PRCS medic to get out of the ambulance and physically abused him. The medical team explained to the soldiers the urgency to reach the wounded. After 20 minutes had elapsed the soldiers allowed the ambulance to pass.

For full article, visit http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/MYAI-7QU5CX?OpenDocument&RSS20=02-P

“Free People of the Negev” claim responsibility for Saturday attack

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 6, 2009

The group said in a statement, “The female martyr attempted to break into the military base and clash with border guards, and she was armed with a nine-millimeter Belgian Herstal pistol. She was trained how to shoot, and we will broadcast a video at the appropriate time.”

The statement added, “Claiming responsibility came late for security and tactical purposes, and to mislead the enemy, making sure the activist who transferred the martyr withdrew and found a safe place.”

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=36916

Israeli municipality demolishes house in Jerusalem’s Old City

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 6, 2009

The owner of the house, Um Omran Al-Fakhouri, said she received a demolition notice last Thursday and was scheduled to demolish it herself, but was surprised when municipality staff arrived early on Monday morning and began demolishing the home.

The 120-square-meter house, which was an addition to her 150-square-meter home, was hope to 14 people.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=36912