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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.

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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.

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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.

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What Actually Happened in Fatah’s Elections?

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 26, 2009

In his WINEP speech Dayton acknowledged this crackdown when he said, “I don’t know how many of you are aware, but over the last year-and-a-half, the Palestinians have engaged upon a series of what they call security offensives throughout the West Bank, surprisingly well coordinated with the Israeli army.” He further admitted that during the 22-day Gaza war last winter, U.S.-trained Palestinian security forces prevented Palestinians in the West Bank from organizing mass protests against the Israeli army, which ironically allowed for the reduction of the Israeli military presence in the West Bank in order to redeploy those troops to Gaza. Dayton added, “As a matter of fact, a good portion of the Israeli army went off to Gaza from the West Bank— think about that for a minute, and the (Israeli military) commander (of the West Bank) was absent for eight straight days.”

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New 14 Cases of H1N1 reported in the West Bank

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 25, 2009

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said on Monday that the cases are mostly in the central west Bank city of Ramallah and was discovered through out last week.

The Health Ministry added that the number of those infected with H1N1 Flu in the west Bank have reached 121. Local sources said most cases are among people that were traveling abroad or Israel.


True or False: Shin Bet guards top Palestinian leaders in parts of West Bank?

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 20, 2009

The security Israel provides for Abbas and Fayyad is meant to prevent either of two possible scenarios. One is an assassination attempt by Palestinian extremists, such as the Hamas cell that was recently arrested for allegedly planning an attack on Abbas. The other is an assassination attempt by right-wing Israeli extremists.

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“This news is not true,” Ad-Dameri said over the phone, “the Israeli media says so to misrepresent and to harm the status of the Palestinian Authority.” He assured Israel has “nothing to do with the security of the Palestinian President.”

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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.


Israeli soldiers detain busloads of schoolchildren for three hours

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on April 24, 2009

Upon returning from a trip to Ramallah and Jericho, Israeli soldiers halted the busses at the entrance to the town, ordering the children and teachers off the busses. The children were held for three hours before international human rights activists stationed in the village intervened. The presence of teachers and the children’s’ families also prevented the army from holding them longer.

Witnesses said the soldiers “abused and intimidated” their detainees.

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Open letter from South African scholar to be written over 2kms of Israeli seperation wall

Posted in Activism by beyondtheborder on April 12, 2009 will spray a nearly 2,000 word “Open letter to Israel” on an expected 2,625 meters of concrete separation wall near Ramallah in the coming weeks, organizers say.

The letter, from South African scholar and human rights activist Farid Esack, will be spray-painted by local members of the Send a Message campaign, and the cost of equipment, paint and documentation, estimated at 12,000 euros, will be covered by donations of 20 euros by hundreds of supporters of the campaign.

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Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli detention center

Posted in Palestinian Prisoners by beyondtheborder on April 12, 2009

The Radio said that Ahmad Ismail Samara, in his fifties, died at the Hasharon prison. Samara is from the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

He was arrested in 1989 and was sentenced to 21 years imprisonment after he was convicted on “criminal charges” and of staying in Israel without a permit.

It is worth mentioning that a detainee died several days ago in an Israeli detention facility. Israel only said that he was found dead in his cell.


Fayyad honors Palestinian for winning ‘Nobel Prize for Children’

Posted in Internal Palestinian Affairs by beyondtheborder on April 9, 2009


Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad honored Jumana Audah, head of the Palestinian Happy Child Center, for winning the World of Children Prize.

In a celebration on Thursday at the Grand Park Hotel in the West Bank city of Ramallah, it was announced that Auda won the 2009 award for her efforts serving childhood and children in Palestine.

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Abu Zuhri: “Hamas will not accept any government that does not receive PLC approval”

Posted in Adminstration and Government, Internal Palestinian Affairs by beyondtheborder on April 8, 2009
Sami Abu Zuhri

Sami Abu Zuhri

In a statement to the Quds Press, Sami Abu Zuhri, spokesperson of Hamas, called on Fateh movement “to free itself from the US preconditions”.

“We are not the problem”, Abu Zuhri said, “The problem is in those who link the success of the talks with an American blessing”.

He also said that Ramallah government is illegitimate, and that any new government will not be legitimate unless it is presented and approved by the legislative council.

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