Friday, June 27, 2014
The U-N Security Council has once again turned a blind eye on Israeli atrocities in the occupied Palestinian territories.
15-member council has failed to agree on a statement that would have
deplored the deaths of Palestinians in recent Israeli raids. In a
closed-door council meeting on Monday, the Russian ambassador proposed a
press statement after listening to a Palestinian appeal. But, the U-S
envoy rejected any reference to Israel. According to a diplomatic
source, Samantha Power said that any language directly criticizing
Israel would be a red line for Washington. However, another council
member, Jordan, wanted a stronger language saying deploring Israel is
simply not enough. Tel Aviv has launched a deadly crackdown in the West
Bank under the pretext of searching three missing Israeli teenagers.
Several Palestinians have been killed and hundreds of others detained in
the Israeli offensive.
The Palestinian Health Ministry is warning of a medical crisis in the
besieged Gaza Strip as the enclave is running out of ALL types of
The ministry says nearly 600 types of basic medicines
and medical equipment have already run out. It warned that more than 150
other types of medical supplies are expected to finish in the coming
few weeks. Meanwhile, officials say the existing fuel crisis in Gaza has
added salt to the wound of Gazans. They say fuel shortages have
affected hospitals and medical services. The coastal region has been
under the Israeli blockade since 2007. Dozens of patients have lost
their lives due to the shortage of medicines.
Friday, June 20, 2014
Friday, June 13, 2014
Eighty eight US Senators state in a letter that the new Palestinian unity government is a blow to peace talks, while former US Ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer says Israeli interference in US domestic politics has lead to worsening relations with the current administration.
Friday, June 6, 2014
The family of a Palestinian killed by Israeli soldiers at an Israeli
checkpoint last night, has denied Israel's claim that he had shot at
They say Alaa Mohammad Odeh, was approaching the
Zaatara checkpoint at the entrance to the city of Nablus by foot in
order to collect some goods for his mobile phone store. There he entered
into a conflict between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians and he was
shot dead on the spot. They say that the army then made a great effort
to cover their crime. The morning following the incident, over 30
Israeli soldiers entered the village of Huwwara to question the family
of Alaa. They also searched his phone shop, but Alaa's friends claim
this was staged as a cover up to the murder. Alaa is the 14th
Palestinian to be killed by Israeli soldiers since the beginning of
2014. In January, Amnesty International produced a report that accused
Israeli soldiers of shooting and killing Palestinians without
justifiable cause. The village of Hawara has now declared 3 days of
mourning for Alaa. Israeli soldiers claim he was involved in a shoot out
resulting in the injury of an Israeli soldier. However, his family says
he was simply going to collect a shipment at the checkpoint when he was
shot and killed by Israeli soldiers.
A group of Palestinian landowners
and activists have built a new protest village, in yet another effort to
raise awareness on Israel's settlement expansion projects which are
considered illegal under international law.
The tent village was set
up in Khalet al-Nahli, south of the occupied West Bank city of
Bethlehem. But, it was destroyed hours later, after the Israeli army
raided the area and dispersed all the protesters. One of the activists
present in the tent village told us that Israel's continuous evictions
of the Palestinian protest camps is illegal under international law.
Khalet al-Nahli protest camp was set up near another tent that had been
built by Israeli settlers weeks ago. Those settlers had threatened the
Palestinian landowners to seize their land in the area. Other protest
camps have been set up in the past, as part of the Palestinians' efforts
to raise international awareness on Israel's settlement projects, and
to help bring an end to the expansion activities. This new protest tent
village is reminiscent of one built in the E1 area in 2013, which was
violently demolished and evacuated by Israeli authorities. Protesters
here say they will continue to build on their own land to prevent the
expansion of illegal Israeli settlements in the area which are planned
to divide the occupied west bank into two parts.