Israel-Palestine News Compiler

Swedish FM cancels Israel trip amid tensions between nations

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on September 5, 2009

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has cancelled a planned trip to Israel this Friday, against the background of Israeli anger at the Swedish government’s refusal to condemn an article in a Swedish newspaper accusing IDF soldiers of killing Palestinians and harvesting their organs.

For full article, visit http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1251804496582

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Jonathan Cook: Accountability and the organ theft controversy

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on September 5, 2009

Given the facts that are known, there must be at least a very strong suspicion that Hiss removed organs without authorization from some Palestinians he autopsied. Both this issue, and the army’s possible role in supplying him with corpses, needs investigation.

Hiss is also implicated in another long-running and unresolved scandal from Israel’s early years, in the 1950s, when the children of recent Jewish immigrants to Israel from Yemen were adopted by Ashkenazi couples after the Yeminite parents had been told that their child had died, usually after admission to hospital.

For full article, visit http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10753.shtml

Qassam fighter killed in Gaza

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on September 5, 2009

The Al Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas movement, reported Saturday that one of its fighters was killed in what it called a jihad mission in Gaza City.

The fighter, Sameh Al Beitar, was killed in Al Sabra neighborhood.

The Brigades did not reveal information on how the fighter was killed and what type of mission he was conducting.

The Israeli army appears to have no relation to the incident.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/61588

Israeli troops fire teargas at Al Jazeera reporter

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on September 5, 2009

Israeli soldiers fired on Friday teargas at a reporter working for Al Jazeera English as she was covering the nonviolent weekly protest against the Annexation Wall in Bil’in village near Ramallah.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/61589

Jacky Rowland was reporting Friday from the West Bank village of Bil’in, explaining to viewers about the separation fence and the weekly protests that take place there, when Israeli troops began firing tear gas at the protesters and then directly at her.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1112501.html

Palestinian child suspected of hurling firebombs shot and killed near Ramallah

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on September 1, 2009

The child, Mohammad Riyadh Nayef, 15, from Al Jalazoun refugee camp, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, was seriously wounded after the army claimed that he and other youths hurled stones at military jeeps.

The army also fired rounds of live ammunition, gas bombs, and concussion grenades, at several residents and medics who rushed to evacuate the wounded; two medics were wounded and were moved to Sheikh Zayed hospital in Ramallah.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/61536

Israel Defense Forces troops early Tuesday shot and killed a Palestinian youth suspected of hurling firebombs near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Channel 10 reported. 

The youth was shot during clashes with troops, who were searching the area for Palestinians who had earlier thrown Molotov cocktails at the fence bordering the settlement of Beit El.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1111609.html

A teenage terrorist, son of a senior member of the Al Aqsa Brigades terrorist branch of the Fatah party, was killed and two others were wounded in an attack near Beit El in Samaria late Monday night. No Israelis were wounded.

Border Police spotted the trio approaching the David neighborhood in Beit El, located north of Jerusalem, with firebombs. The policemen opened fire, killing the young terrorist and wounding the other two, who escaped.

For full article, visit http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/133205

 

Israeli army kidnaps 7 Palestinians from southern West Bank village

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 31, 2009

The Israeli army kidnapped 7 Palestinian men during an overnight invasion of the village of Beit Ummar, close to Hebron in the southern West Bank, on Monday.

Source: http://www.imemc.org/article/61532

Israeli Arab charged in Hezbollah plot to kill IDF chief

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 31, 2009
Gabi Ashkenazi

Gabi Ashkenazi

Rawi Fuad Sultani, 23, admitted he met a Hezbollah activist in a summer camp in Morocco one year ago and told him he had information on Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi, who worked out at the same gym as he did in the town of Kfar Saba.

For full article, visit http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2009/08/31/83491.html

According to the charge sheet, Sultani first made contact with Hezbollah agents at a multi-national Arab summer camp in Morocco organized by the Israeli Arab political party Balad. Lebanese Hezbollah agent Salman Harev, who also took part in the camp, spent much of the summer lecturing the Israeli Arab participants on his group’s struggle.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1111344.html

Rawi Sultani

Rawi Sultani

Sultani’s father, Attorney Fuad Sultani, said that his son was exploited and that he is innocent. “My son was maliciously exploited by these agents. The accusations are apparently politically-based,” said the senior Sultani, who is representing his son.

For full artic le, visit http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3769627,00.html

The National Democratic Party or Balad, which represents Israel’s Arab minority and is named in charges against Sultani as having funded his trip to Morocco, reacted angrily to news of the arrest.

“This experience shows us how the police and security services exaggerate this type of incident and make mountains out of molehills. We maintain that Sultani has the right to be presumed innocent,” the party said in a statement.

For full article, visit http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090831/wl_mideast_afp/mideastconflictlebanontrial_20090831122055

Correspondents say the allegations raise further questions about Lt Gen Ashkenazi’s security, two weeks after it was disclosed that his credit card details and a gun in his office had been stolen by a soldier.

For full article, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8230726.stm

Troops invade Bil’in, kidnap two Palestinians

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 30, 2009

The Friends of Freedom and Justice Committee in Bil’in reported that at least 40 soldiers invaded the village and broke into the house of Ashraf Mohammad Al Khatib, 29, and kidnapped him, before breaking into the house of Hamru Hisham Burnat, 24, and kidnapping him.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/61524

The cameraman, Haitham Al-Khatib, who was filming in his own house, one victim being his brother, was repeatedly forcibly moved and hit, and threatened with arrest unless he stopped filming. They declared his house a “closed military zone” but did not produce any military order. 3 Jeeps and 2 Humvee jeeps were used for the operation. The Israeli Army invaded Bil’in from three directions, the neighbor villages Kofr Ni’ma and Saffa, and through the gate from the Apartheid Wall. They parked their vehicles, engines running, opposite the mosque. With the victims inside the Jeeps, the vehicles exited the village toward the Wall.

For full article, visit http://www.bilin-village.org/english/articles/testimonies/Night-raid-in-Bilin

Palestinian killed, child seriously wounded by military fire in northern Gaza

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 25, 2009

Palestinian medical sources in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip reported on Monday at night that a Palestinian resident was killed and a 15-year old child was seriously wounded by Israeli military fired in Al Atatra area near Beit Lahia.

The sources stated that Sa’id Ata Al Hasoumy bled to death as the army barred Palestinian ambulances from reaching him. 

The sources added that a 15-year old child was seriously injured in the same attack and was moved to a local hospital later on. 

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/61471

Seth Freedman: Israel Cries Wolf Over Blood Libel

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 24, 2009

On reading the original story, it is clear that the article’s content is journalism of the worst kind: based on the flimsiest of evidence, making tenuous connections on little more than pure conjecture and relying on dubious testimony in the absence of hard fact and proof. However, bad journalism does not automatically an antisemite make, especially when the allegations were directed at the Israeli army, rather than at Judaism and its practices. Had the article claimed that Jewish teaching encouraged the killing of gentile children and the use of their blood for ritual purposes – the classic definition of blood libel, and the origin of the phrase – it would be another matter, but in this case the accusations are clearly made against a subsection of Israeli society, not against Israelis per se, let alone the worldwide Jewish community.

For full article, visit http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/aug/24/israel-blood-libel-aftonbladet-organ-harvesting