Israel-Palestine News Compiler

Amnesty International Report: Operation Cast Lead – 22 Days of Death and Destruction

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 19, 2009

“Soldiers came to the area at night [on 3  January 2009] and at dawn on 4 January many relatives came to my house to stay with us.  We though that if we stayed in our house we would be all right. After a while soldiers came to  the house and my father spoke to them in Hebrew; he told them: ‘These are my children, my  family, there are no terrorists here.’ The soldiers told us to leave our house and go to Wa’el’s  house across the road and we obeyed. We were many relatives, about 100 altogether, many of them children. We stayed there all day and all night. We had hardly any food in the house  and the children were hungry. Nobody could come to the area, not even ambulances. We were scared. The following morning (5 January) three of my cousins and I tried to go out of  the house, to the walled garden to get some tomatoes and some wood to cook something. As  soon as we got out of the door we were shelled. My cousins Muhammad and Hamdi were  killed and Wa’el and I were injured and we retreated back into the house. Then the house was shelled again – at least two shells – from above. Some 25 people were killed and most of
the others were injured. My little girl, Azza, was killed and my wife was injured. My mother Rahma was holding baby Mahmoud (six months old) and she was killed but she shielded the  baby with her body and saved him. My father was killed. Wa’el’s children, a boy and a girl, were both killed. Safa, the wife of my brother Iyad, was killed and Maha, the wife of my brother Hilmi, and their baby son Muhammad were all killed. Why did they shell the house after having put us all in there? We thought we’d all be killed; those of us who could ran out  of the house. Many of us were injured; I was injured in the head and blood was pouring down  my face as I ran. Nearby there were soldiers in the house of the Sawafiri family and they shouted to us to go back and shot at us, but we kept running. When we got to safety we raised the alarm, called the Red Cross to send an ambulance to the house to get the injured, but the army did not let any ambulances approach the area. We knew there were people still alive in the house because we called the mobile numbers and children answered; they were scared, with dead bodies all around them. Some of the injured died in the house waiting to be rescued. Only three days later could the Red Cross go in, but only on foot as the army did not let the ambulances approach; they found some children still alive and many others dead.”

For full report, click here.

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Pan-Islamist group: Violence won’t lead to Islamic rule

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 17, 2009

Most Palestinian groups and parties, including Hamas, are national liberation movements very much opposed to radical organizations such as Al-Qaeda, which seek to instate Islamic rule on what they see as Islamic land.

Hizb Ut-Tahrir’s aims are similar to Al-Qaeda’s, except that the movement exclusively advocates nonviolent struggle to establish the Islamic nation. The party has a relatively small following since it recognizes neither the legitimacy of the Palestinian Authority nor the Hamas-ruled de facto government in the West Bank.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=219442

Hamas political chief: Israeli settlement freeze essential

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on June 10, 2009

“There is a new language from President Obama, but we expect real pressure on Israelis,” Meshal said. “There are demands Israel stop the settlements but this is not the price we are after … although it’s an essential step.”

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1091790.html

Hamas: Fatah raids disrupting talks

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on June 10, 2009

“What is happening in the West Bank cannot be accepted,” Khaled Meshaal said on Tuesday after meeting Omar Suleiman, the Egyptian intelligence chief.

“We will pursue our policy in co-operating with the Egyptian efforts to reach a real reconciliation, but the most difficult obstacle hampering reaching a Palestinian reconciliation is what is happening in the West Bank,” he said.

Meshaal’s comments to the Cairo-based Arab League came after raids were launched across the Israeli-occupied territory by Fatah, led by Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president.

For full article, visit http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2009/06/200969204138605884.html

Gaza forces detain men suspected of ‘collaboration’ with PA

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on June 7, 2009

he de facto government’s Interior Ministry in the Gaza Strip said on Saturday it detained suspects accused of collecting information about Hamas’ leadership for the Palestinian Authority and the Ramallah-based Palestinian caretaker government.

A statement from the Interior Ministry said, “Endeavoring to maintain security and order, and to protect citizens and their property, and since ‘criminal’ groups continue to disturb peace before and during Israel’s war against Gaza, security services have doubled their investigations and seized several suspects.”

Initial investigations, the statement added, revealed these “criminal” groups were plotting new crimes against political leaders and resistance fighters.

Source: http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=38361

U.S. group returning from Gaza to deliver Hamas letter to Obama in Cairo

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on June 7, 2009

Dear Mr. President,

We welcome your visit to the Arab world and your administration’s initiative to bridge differences with the Arab-Muslim world.

One long-standing source of tension between the United States and this part of the world has been the failure to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict.

It is therefore unfortunate that you will not visit Gaza during your trip to the Middle East and that neither your Secretary of State nor George Mitchell have come to hear our point of view.

To view entire letter, click here.

Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK co-founder, with Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmed Yusef, the Hamas official who signed the letter to President Obama. Benjamin and a delegation of 66 delivered the letter to the U.S. Embassy in Cairo June 4.

Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK co-founder, with Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmed Yusef, the Hamas official who signed the letter to President Obama. Benjamin and a delegation of 66 delivered the letter to the U.S. Embassy in Cairo June 4.

At 9 a.m. June 4, the delegation of journalists, social workers, professors and activists will carry the letter to the U.S. Embassy here along with a petition signed by more than 10,000 Americans asking Obama to go to Gaza to witness the impact of the recent Israeli invasion there and its ongoing blockade of the Gaza border.

For full article, visit http://codepinkalert.org//article.php?id=4927

International Law Seldom Newsworthy in Gaza War

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on April 30, 2009

As of January 13, only two network evening news stories (NBC Nightly News, 1/8/09, 1/11/09) had even mentioned international law—a mere 3 percent of the total stories that NBC, ABC and CBS’s newscasts had broadcast on the Israeli military offensive since it began.

For full article, visit http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=3767

Report: Mash’al set to axe politbureau in Damascus in favor of committee of West Bank, Gaza, exiled members

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on April 24, 2009

The paper’s sources said Mash’al decided to axe the political bureau, seen by many as the command center for Hamas, in favor of an executive committee made up of 18 leaders, six from abroad, six from Gaza and six from the West Bank. The move would ensure that no one wing of the party would control internal decision making.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=37344

Rafah crossing officials admit “mistakes were made” during last opening

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on April 24, 2009

The crossing authorities sent a statement on Thursday, following the April 17-18 opening for patients, students and passport holders. Following the opening accusations were made that privilege was given to Hamas-affiliated individuals and that others were denied permission to leave based on political affiliation.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=37337

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PFLP chief, in message from prison, chides PA for jailing fighters

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on April 24, 2009

The imprisoned Secretary General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Ahmad Sa’dat, leveled criticism at the Palestinian Authority on Thursday for jailing members of armed resistance groups.

“It is impossible to demand freeing the detainees [from Israeli prisons] while the Palestinian prisons are full of prisoners jailed for resistance background or internal disputes,” he said in a message smuggled from his cell in Israel’s Ashkelon prison.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=37328