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 Israeli Occupation Soldiers Kill Fisherman in Gaza, Assault Participants in a Solidarity Rally in Jerusalem


Palestinian fisherman succumbs to wounds sustained earlier

[ 30/09/2012 - 03:38 PM ]


Medical sources announced the death of fisherman Fahmi Salah Abu Rayash, 22, on Saturday night, from wounds he sustained after being shot by Israeli occupation forces on Friday morning.

The Israeli gunboats opened fire, on Friday, towards a Palestinian small fishing boat sailing off the coast of Beit Lahiya, wounding two brothers who had been fishing on the boat.

The two fishermen were taken to hospital for treatment. Dr. Ashraf al-Kodra, spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Gaza, said that one of two brothers who had been wounded died of his serious injuries.

The Zionist navy shoots and arrests all Palestinian fishermen who sail more than three nautical miles, although the Oslo agreement allows them to sail 20 nautical miles.

IOF assaults participants in a solidarity rally in Jerusalem

[ 30/09/2012 - 04:39 PM ]


Israeli occupation forces assaulted, Saturday afternoon, the participants in a rally in solidarity with the captives on hunger strike Ayman Sharawna, and Samer al-Issawi. The rally took place near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, where a number of citizens were arrested.

Local sources said that the Israeli police arrested Samer Abu Eisha, 26, and Omar Obeid, 18.

Dozens of youths participated in the solidarity march; raising banners and slogans calling for implementing the strikers' demands.

The lawyer Shirin al-Issawi stated the march was called for through the social networking site "Facebook" to organize effective solidarity with the prisoners on hunger strike, including her brother Samer al-Issawi who went on hunger strike since more than 60 days.

Al-Issawi called on officials to bear their responsibilities towards her brother's case and all prisoners on hunger strike, noting that his health condition is getting worse, and needs to be transferred to hospital immediately.

Human rights organization: 1400 patient prisoners in Israeli jails

[ 30/09/2012 - 09:15 PM ]


A human rights organization said that there are one thousand and four hundred patient Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, "suffering from deliberate medical neglect that is leading to the deterioration of their health."

"Ansar al-Asra" Organization warned, in a report released on Saturday, of the seriousness of the prisoners' health conditions, which has been recently deteriorating.

It called on the Arab and international world to take an effective and firm move to pressure the occupation government to provide the necessary treatment for patient prisoners and stop all repressive measures against them.

The organization stated that 22 patient prisoners are being "isolated" in Ramle Hospital, which is lacking constituents of medical care and specialized medical crews.

It also noted in its report the prisoners are being transferred, handcuffed and under tight guard, to receive treatment in Ramle hospital where they are exposed to raids, sanctions and continuous searches, as revealed by one of the patient captives.

The report added that some prisoners have been suffering psychological illnesses as a result of torture by Israeli intelligence and the prison administration during the interrogation and the long isolation in solitary confinement.

Journalist Khalid still refuses to eat or talk for the 10th day

[ 30/09/2012 - 09:05 PM ]


Journalist and liberated captive Walid Khaled, from the village of Iskaka, entered his tenth day refusing to eat or talk in Juneid prison west of Nablus, in protest at his arbitrary political detention by the PA.

Walid Khalid was arrested by PA security only two weeks after his release from Israeli occupation prisons after serving more than 16 years there.

The human rights center MADA, monitoring press freedoms in the occupied Palestinian territories, called for immediately releasing journalist Walid Khaled, the former director of Filastin newspaper in the West Bank, and who was arrested in the campaign of recent political arrests during which more than 120 leaders and members of Hamas in the West Bank have been arrested.

MADA stressed in a statement on Saturday, on the need to stop the violations against press freedoms in all parts of occupied Palestine, considering the arrest of journalists a violation of the Palestinian Basic Law.

Report: settlers' attacks increase and occupation approves new settlement plans

[ 30/09/2012 - 09:21 PM ]


A Palestinian report noted the growing attacks by Jewish settlers in the West Bank, during the past week, and "the occupation's attempt to complete "Greater Jerusalem" plan on Bethlehem territory in the southern West Bank, by adding 300 new settlement units."

The weekly report issued by the National Bureau for the Defense of Land and Resistance to Settlements noted that the Israeli government aims to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state, with Jerusalem as its capital, through a plan, proposed by Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, to unilaterally withdraw from the West Bank

The plan is similar to former Prime Minister Ariel Sharonís plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and Barak said that the plan will keep major settlement blocs that contain 90% of the Israeli settlers under Israelís control and that Israel would also maintain military control over the Jordan Valley.

The National Bureau for the Defense of Land and Resistance to Settlements' report considered that the occupation plan is "a continuation of the Israeli expansionist project that began in 1948 and which aims to impose new facts and to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state."

It also pointed out that the occupation authorities started establishing three hundred settlement units in Khader town, south of Bethlehem, as part of a settlement scheme targeting all the occupied Palestinian territories, and particularly Jerusalem and aiming to complete "Greater Jerusalem" plan on Bethlehem territories in southern West Bank.

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