1 dec 2010
Reports: Settlers Bulldoze 60 Dunums near Hebron; Gaza Worker Injured by Gunfire
Bethlehem PNN - On Wednesday afternoon dozens of Israeli settlers bulldozed at least 60 dunums of Palestinian land near the southern West Bank village of Saeer, east of Hebron, while reports came in of a Palestinian worker injured by gunfire in North Gaza.
The land-clearing took place outside of Asfar settlement. According to settlement cartographer Abdul Hadi Hanash, settlers cleared 60 dunums of Saeer land in the al-Qanub district owned by Husayn Abdul Qader al-Shalaleda, a local citizen.
According to Hanash, settlers seized upwards of 100 dunums from al-Shalaleda in the past year to use for illegal settler agriculture.
In Gaza, an 18-year-old anonymous worker was wounded by Israeli gunfire near the northern Beit Hanoun crossing. Adham Abu Salima, a medical services spokesman, said the man was shot with live ammunition in his foot while gathering materials for cement in the rubble around Beit Hanoun.
Abu Salima said the victim was transported immediately to Kamal Adwan Hospital in neighboring Beit Lahiya, where he is in moderate condition. He said that since March 19, more than 86 Palestinians in Gaza have been wounded in similar incidents.
1 dec 2010
Aqsa foundation warns of massive storming of Aqsa
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)-- The Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage (AFEH) has warned of the call for storming the Aqsa to organize Jewish religious lessons starting Thursday.
AFEH said in a statement on Tuesday evening that the storming for the alleged purpose of teaching religious lessons would be repeated daily for one whole week on the occasion of the Hebrew feast Hanukkah or as others call it the cleansing of the temple.
Jewish fanatic groups started distributing invitations a few days ago urging Jews to storm the Aqsa Mosque's plaza in groups and announced they would provide money for participants along with Talmudic lectures.
The foundation noted that the call coincided with feverish activities on the part of Jewish groups calling for building the alleged temple in place of the holy Aqsa Mosque.
It recalled that those groups organized numerous conferences and lectures in a number of settlements over the past month on construction of the temple, screening documentaries and publishing edicts calling for intensifying storming of the Aqsa and accelerating field activity to build the alleged third temple.
http://bit.ly/haiKgA 9 sep 2011, 20:55 , Respect
Maria 2 dec 2010
Official: Settlers set fire to West Bank land
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers set fire to Palestinian-owned olive groves near the evacuated settlement of Homesh, near the West Bank city of Nablus Thursday, a Palestinian Authority official said.
Ghasan Daghlas, who is charged with monitoring settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an: "The settlers set fire in the area of Khahlet Awana, adjacent to evacuated settlement."
He said Palestinians are banned from entering the area because of the presence of an Israeli military installation.
He said 10 dunums of land had caught fire.
2 dec 2010
Jewish settlers desecrate Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalemite worshipers face them
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)-- Palestinian worshipers on Thursday evening clashed with extremist Jewish settlers after they stormed under police protection the courtyards of the Aqsa Mosque.
About 105 settlers escorted by a large force of Israeli policemen desecrated the courtyards of the holy Mosque at eight o'clock in the morning after Jewish groups declared yesterday their intention to enter the Mosque to celebrate a religious festival.
The guards of the Aqsa Mosque said a number of Palestinian worshipers who stayed at the Mosque after dawn prayers raised their voices in the face of the settlers and clashed with them, but the Israeli policemen intervened to protect the settlers and detained three Palestinians.
For its part, Al-Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage reported that the Israeli occupation forces closed at dawn the gates of the Aqsa Mosque except two gates and barred Palestinian worshipers under age 40 from entering the Mosque.
3 dec 2010
Palestinian olive groves set on fire
A farmer inspects damage to his olive groves in Nablus.
Israeli settlers have set fire to Palestinian olive groves near the evacuated illegal settlement of Homesh, near the West Bank city of Nablus.
The Thursday incident was confirmed by a Palestinian Authority (PA) official, Ghasan Daghlas, who is charged with monitoring settlement activity in the northern West Bank.
He said that the Jewish settlers set fire to the Palestinian-owned olive groves in the area of Khahlet Awana, incurring heavy loss to the Palestinian farmers, Maan reported.
Palestinians say it is another sign that extremists are targeting a key product of the Palestinian economy.
Palestinians say that settlers usually use this method, many times with the help of Israeli soldiers, to take over their land.
According to human rights groups and local Palestinians, over 70 complaints have been filed over the past four years about damage to Palestinians' trees.
They also say that since the start of the olive harvest, Israelis have often bveen seen cutting down trees, stealing olives, and harassing farmers when they sought to harvest their crops.
http://www.presstv.com/detail/153689.html 13 sep 2011, 17:28 , Respect
Maria 4 dec 2010
As Fires Continue To Consume More Areas in Haifa, Extremists Torch Islamic Graveyard
The Al Aqsa Foundation told the Maan News Agency that a group of Jewish extremists torched the Al Qassam Graveyard in Haifa under the guise of the ongoing fires that started Thursday in the area and continues to spread.
The Foundation said that there were two attempts to burn the graveyard that includes the grave of Iz Ed Deen Al Qassam, a Syrian nationalist who came to Palestine in 1922 and resided in Al Yajour village in Haifa. He was killed by the British Forces in Palestine in the 1930's. He is regarded as a symbol of resistance against the occupation in Palestine and the Arab world.
He came for Palestine in February 1922 and resided in Al Yajour village in Haifa. He was known as an Islamic preacher and spiritual leaders. He was also the head of the Young Men Muslim Association In Haifa.
The Al Aqsa Foundation confirmed that two attempts to torch the Al Qassam Graveyard were carried out by extremists, and that Israeli firefighters managed to extinguish them.
There have been several attempts to ruin and burn the graveyard since Palestine fell under Israeli occupation, but Arabs and Muslims reconstructed and fenced it.
An Israeli police spokeswoman denied the report, and told the Maan News Agency that no fires took place at the graveyard.
She said that the fires in the area consumed 34000 Dunams, and that initial reports indicate arson.
So far, 42 persons were killed in the fires and 17 were injured, three of them, including Haifa police chief, are in serious conditions.
Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported that nearly a dozen of fires broke out across the Galilee, north of the country, while wild fires continued to consume more areas in the Carmel. Haaretz said that the police suspect that the new fires were deliberate.
Haaretz added that Police Commissioner, David Cohen, instructed local police chiefs to prepare to counter fires that had been deliberately started.
The suspicion rose after the police and investigators found two bicycles and a bag that contained a wig.
The Police arrested and released two Druze residents of Daliat Al Carmel and released them later on after the investigation revealed they had nothing to do with the fire. A number of Israeli investigators stated that they believe the fire was likely caused by negligence.
Furthermore, Haaretz said that the largest fire that broke out on Friday around noon was in Tsur Shalom industrial area on the outskirts of Haifa. The massive density of smoke led the police to temporarily seal a section of Route 4 which links between Acre and the center of the country.
Later on, bushfires broke out in Ma%u2019alot Tarshiha' and Kiryat Tivon, while another small fire broke out east of Shfa Amr Arab city and Neve Yosef neighborhood in Haifa.
On Friday, approximately at 5 in the evening, another bushfire started near a Moshav on the side of the Mount Carmel. Around 6 in the evening, two bushfires broke out in the Nazareth area. Arson is suspected.
Approximately at 8 P.M. on Friday, a fire was reported close to Tel-Al area in the Western Galilee, and another fire broke out in the industrial area of Nesher town, near Haifa.
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, stated that the parties responsible for the fire did not expect an outcome this large, and called for an immediate investigation.
Israeli Interior Minister, Elie Yishai, also called for an investigation into the incident, and stated that he repeatedly warned in the past that Israel's Firefighting capabilities are the worst in the world, and that Israel is not equipped to deal with urgent situations.
Several countries sent equipment and rescue teams to Israel after Netanyahu urged the international community to help Israel counter this disaster.
Planes and helicopters sent by Greece, Cyprus and Britain landed in Israel on Friday and joined Israeli firefighting planes.
On Thursday, Bulgaria sent 90 firefighters who joined their Israeli counterparts, while New York Municipality sent materials needed to counter the fires.
Also, Jordan and France donated similar materials and equipment, while the Turkish Red Crescent donated 10.000 tents to house the residents who were evacuated from their towns.
Local and International rescue teams are still trying to combat the raging fires in the north, while the latest casualty count stands at 41 dead and dozens wounded. At least 12.000 residents were evacuated from areas close to the fire.
Rashif Lev, spokesperson of Israel%u2019s Firefighters Department, said that for the first time since the fires started, a sign of hope appeared in the Carmel after the flames in two main areas, Nir Etzion and north east of Kibbutz Been Oren, were controlled but added that extinguishing them requires more time.
Yvette Cooper calls for Israeli settler labelling on food imports
Cooper wants EU to follow example of supermarkets which identify goods produced in occupied West Bank.
Britain should step up pressure on Israel to stop building illegal settlements in the West Bank by pressing for greater Europe-wide transparency on food exported from the occupied territories, Yvette Cooper says today.
In an interview with the Guardian, she calls on the government to persuade the EU to introduce labelling that would identify goods produced by Israeli settlers.
Cooper, who spoke after her first visit to the Middle East as shadow foreign secretary, wants the EU to follow the example of supermarkets which identify goods produced in the occupied West Bank.
Labour is opposed to boycotting Israeli goods but Cooper believes consumers should be informed whether products are produced by illegal settlers.
Labour introduced voluntary guidelines last year which stated the labels should distinguish between "Israeli settlement produce" and "Palestinian produce". Until the guidelines foods were labelled "produce of the West Bank".
Israel claimed the guidelines would encourage a boycott. Ministers believed transparency over labelling was one of the few levers Britain has over Israel as it expands illegal settlements.
Cooper said: "There is still a worrying lack of urgency in the peace process.
"The work to build an effective Palestinian government and economy, including security co-operation with Israel, ... needs parallel political progress through peace talks to sustain the momentum towards a two state solution.
"The continued building of settlements in the Occupied Territories is illegal and a serious obstacle to peace. If EU member states can speak with one voice, including guidance to retailers on produce from settlements in the West Bank, it will send a strong signal on how important this is.
"Consumers should be able to choose what produce they buy. That includes knowing exactly where it came from and having access to all markets, including Gaza whose population is still unable to export to the wider world."
Cooper expressed regret that David Miliband, her predecessor as shadow foreign secretary, stood down from the frontbench after losing the Labour leadership.
"It would have been great if David had stayed in the shadow cabinet because he's really talented but I understand his decision but you're right, it's bad for the party to be divided, it's bad for the party to be consumed by personality rows, but it's also bad for the party to not have internal debate and an election."