Sunday, August 27, 2006

Meanwhile in Palestine

Occupation bulldozers escalate destruction for Wall: Occupation bulldozers have intensified the destruction of agricultural land for the Wall in Walaja village, northwest of Bethlehem, between Halhoul and Beit Omar, and in Aboud northwest of Ramallah. The fresh wave of demolition work in these areas comes after popular resistance had earlier managed to halt work.

British director Ken Loach backs Palestinian call for boycott on Israel: "Palestinians are driven to call for this boycott after forty years of the occupation of their land, destruction of their homes and the kidnapping and murder of their civilians," said Loach in a statement. "They have no immediate hope that this oppression will end. As British citizens we have to acknowledge our own responsibility. We must condemn the British and U.S. governments for supporting and arming Israel."

Malaysians boycott US companies: Malaysians launched a boycott of 3 US companies on Friday in protest over Washington's ‘support of Israel's military actions' against Palestine and Lebanon. The Muslim Consumer Association of Malaysia is calling on people to stop boycott three high-profile US companies – Starbucks, Coca Cola and Colgate-Palmolive.

Israeli troops kill 3 Palestinians in Gaza raid: The army said on Sunday its incursion into the Shijaiya neighbourhood was aimed at seeking out tunnels and explosives that could be used in attacks.

Wounded cameraman tells of Gaza blast: The missile struck the "P" of the bright red "PRESS" sign on the roof of the armour-plated Reuters car as Gaza cameraman Fadel Shana hurried to film an Israeli raid. Shana saw only a sheet of flame and the doors of the vehicle fly open.

Mother, her child, injured east of Gaza City: Dr. Moawiya Hasanen, head of the Emergency Unit at the Palestinian Ministry of Health, reported that the woman and her child were mildly injured after the Israeli air force fired a missile that exploded close to their house near Fathi Al Shiqaqi Mosque, in Al Mansoura Street in Gaza City.

Soldiers violently attack older Palestinian man in his home: Shortly thereafter three more HRWs arrived. The HRWs managed to enter the building. Three HRWs demanded access to Dr. Taysir, who was now out of sight, while a fourth video taped the encounter. Dr. Taysir could be heard yelling and crying out in pain from a room further in the house. The HRWs attempted to move past the soldiers in order to prevent further injury to Dr. Taysir, but were repeatedly forced back.

Detainee suffering Diabetes and Heart Disease transferred to Intensive Care Unit: Wife of detainee Younis Kawazia, from Sa'ir village, in Hebron, said that the Red Cross office informed her on Saturday that he husband was transferred to an Israeli hospital after his health condition has severely deteriorated in detention. She appealed humanitarian organizations to act for the immediate release of her husband since he needs daily medical care and attention.

Fisherman injured by Israeli naval ship attack in Gaza: Dr. Muawiya Hasanen, head of the Emergency Unit at the Palestinian Ministry of Health, reported that Amer Baker, 25, suffered moderate injuries after the Israeli Navy Ships opened random fire at several fishing boats and houses close to the Gaza shore area.

UN: 202 Palestinians killed since operation 'Summer Rain': A new United Nations report claims that Israel Defense Forces soldiers have killed 202 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip since the start of the Operation "Summer Rain," launched in the wake of the abduction of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit in June. The report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the territories also says that 44 children are among the dead.

Israel detains Palestinian Hamas MP in West Bank: The Israeli army seized a Hamas Palestinian lawmaker at his West Bank home, witnesses said, the latest in a string of officials from the ruling Islamist movement to be detained by the Jewish state.

Israeli army kills Palestinian teen: Witnesses said soldiers fired on Palestinians throwing stones at them in the city of Nablus, killing a 16-year-old boy and wounding five others, one seriously.

Islamic Jihad supports coalition, but not to join: "We encourage forming of the coalition government in spite of the fact that we are not going to take part in it," Khader Habib told reporters in Gaza.

Solidarity sit-in before the destroyed building n Nablus: Nablus - A massive group of people including Nablus municipality chairman, members of the local council, two MPs and representatives of national and Islamic forces took part in a solidarity sit-in staged before the site of the building in Nablus that was destroyed on Saturday at the hands of the barbaric IOF soldiers.

IOF troops manhandle Palestinian doctor, family in Al-Khalil city: Al-Khalil - Large numbers of IOF troops ransacked the house of Palestinian doctor Tayseer Zahda in the Tal Al-Rameida suburb in the center of Al-Khalil city at dawn Sunday and badly manhandled him and his family members.

Palestinian academician proposes five-point-development plan to rehabilitate Palestinian economy: Palestinian academician and university professor Dr. Esam Odwan has suggested a five-point-development plan to help uplift and rehabilitate the Palestinian economy and free it of the Israeli hegemony.

Palestinian inmates in Negev protest strip search of their visiting relatives: Palestinian prisoners incarcerated in the Negev prison have described as "hell' their incarceration conditions in that jail, adding that the Israeli prisons authority (IPA) has turned the jail into an area of mass punishment.

Israeli pressures to block Hamas, Hizbullah MPs from attending European parliament session: The Israeli foreign ministry is launching strenuous efforts to block the participation of Palestinian and Lebanese parliament deputies from attending a session for the European parliament's political committee scheduled to be held in Turkey on 11-12 September.

Attorney: Gov't proposal would 'launder' West Bank outposts Author of report says Justice Ministry plan would enable illegal settlements to receive state funding.

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