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Swedish daily publishes second article on ‘IDF organ harvesting’

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 23, 2009

Despite Israel’s harsh protests, Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet published a second article accusing the IDF of harvesting Palestinian organs.

In the article, published Sunday, Oisín Cantwell and Urban Andersson report from the northern West Bank village of Imatin, where 19-year-old Bilal Ahmad Ghanem was killed during a clash with Israeli soldiers in 1992.

According to the family, the IDF demanded NIS 5,000 (about $1,300) to return the body.

 “It was the middle of the night. The soldiers caused an electrical power outage in the entire village. Bilal was returned in a black bag; he had no teeth. The body was stitched from the neck all the way down to the abdomen,” the Swedish newspaper quoted the mother as saying. According to the family, the IDF demanded NIS 5,000 (about $1,300) to return the body.

“It was the middle of the night. The soldiers caused an electrical power outage in the entire village. Bilal was returned in a black bag; he had no teeth. The body was stitched from the neck all the way down to the abdomen,” the Swedish newspaper quoted the mother as saying.

For full article, visit http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3765992,00.html

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Central Gaza clashes: Israeli ground forces raid Deir Al-Balah

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 20, 2009

According to local sources, Israeli troops entered at least a kilometer or more into the Gaza Strip, marking the deepest incursion since Israel withdrew after a major three-week offensive last January.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=220380

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.

Amira Hass: Fatah’s gauntlet

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 19, 2009

If the results have been so disastrous, why are they not discussed openly? It is hard to hold a debate on the weapons fantasy when thousands of families have lost loved ones because of it. It is hard to hold such a debate when thousands of Palestinians have paid with their freedom, including many who never held a gun. It is hard to hold such a debate when people who participated in this fantasy have been elected to Fatah’s central committee. Moreover, such a debate might have addressed the way senior Fatah members used the “armed struggle” to divert public criticism of the PA and its failures, and salvage Fatah’s prestige as a liberation movement.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1108571.html

Israel declares shooting of American an “act of war”

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 19, 2009

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Tsemel, the civil suit attorney told Ma’an that the “act of war” designation automatically releases the government from paying compensation under a recently-amended tort law. Israel makes this designation “all the time,” in tort cases involving Palestinian victims, she said.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=219888

Top Sweden newspaper says IDF kills Palestinians for their organs

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 18, 2009

“‘Our sons are used as involuntary organ donors,’ relatives of Khaled from Nablus said to me, as did the mother of Raed from Jenin as well as the uncles of Machmod and Nafes from Gaza, who all had disappeared for a few days and returned by night, dead and autopsied,” writes author Donald Boström in his report.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1108384.html

The report went on to say that about half of all kidneys used in transplants in Israel since 2000 were purchased illegally in Turkey, Eastern Europe and Latin America, adding that the Israeli Health Ministry was aware of the phenomenon but did nothing to curb it.

Aftonbladet also said Palestinian youths who were snatched from their villages in the middle of the night were buried after being dismembered. The reporter, Donald Boström, said he was informed of the alleged atrocities by UN employees while he was working on a book in the West Bank. 

For full article, visit http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3763958,00.html

Gideon Levy: Morality’s chief of staff

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 16, 2009

Allowing a child to drive an IDF-issued all-terrain vehicle? Forbidden. Killing children carrying white flags? Allowed. Lying about allowing your wife to drive an army-issued car? Forbidden. Killing women? Allowed. Administrative minutiae – a wife driving her husband’s car, a son driving an ATV and the hazing of fresh recruits – are grave matters. Mistakenly killing civilians is permitted.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1107746.html

N’ilin: farewell to the fifth victim of Israel’s army in less than one year

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on June 7, 2009
People carrying Aqel Sadeq during his funeral on Saturday

People carrying Aqel Sadeq during his funeral on Saturday

Srour, survived by a pregnant wife and three children, was shot in the chest by an Israeli soldier during a nonviolent protest against the wall in the village.  Four others were wounded in the same demonstration including 15-year-old Mohammad Mousa who is suffering a serious injury in the chest as well and is still in critical condition.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/60707

PCHR Weekly Report: 3 Palestinians injured, 23 abducted this week

According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, during the week of 09 – 16 April 2009, 3 Palestinian civilians were wounded by Israeli gunfire in the West Bank. Israeli forces abducted 23 Palestinians, including 3 children. 18 were abducted during military invasions in the West Bank, and 5 were abducted at Israeli checkpoints within the West Bank.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/60000

Palestinian shot dead by residents after infiltrating settlement near Hebron

A knife-wielding Palestinian terrorist infiltrated a settlement south of Hebron on Friday morning, and was killed on the spot by residents before he could carry out an attack.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1079047.html

According to reports, the man entered the community with the intent of stabbing local residents.

Two residents who were on security duty confronted the man and questioned him as to his purpose there. In response, the man brandished a knife and attempted to stab them. After a short scuffle, the attacker was shot and killed by one of the men. One of the residents was reportedly very lightly wounded by the terrorist.

For full article, visit http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1239710713143&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull