Archive for August, 2013

84 Gaza Citizens Visit Their Relatives Held In Nafha Jail

Press Release – Palestinian Information Center

GAZA, (PIC)– A new batch of prisoners’ families from the Gaza Strip, including 17 children, at dawn Monday headed for Nafha prison to visit their detained relatives.

The Information Officer in the International Committee of the Red Cross Nasser Al-Najjar told PIC’s correspondent that 84 citizens from Gaza, including 17 children, took the buses and headed for Beit Hanoun / Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, and then to the Israeli Nafha prison to visit their detained family members.  Read more »

IOF Kill a Man, Wound Another In Gaza

Press Release – Palestinian Information Center

GAZA, (PIC)– A Palestinian young man was killed and another was injured after being shot by Israeli occupation forces in the Gaza strip.

Spokesperson of Ministry of Health Dr Ashraf Qedra said that Hussein Abdul Hadi, 30, was killed Saturday night where he was shot by Israeli soldiers near the Gaza border fence.  Read more »

Two Prisoners from Gaza Strip, Released

Press Release – Palestinian Information Center

GAZA, (PIC)– Israeli forces released Sunday two prisoners from Gaza strip after serving eight years behind Israeli bars.

Maher Akkad and Ahmed Laham, from Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, were released at Eriz crossing near Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip where their families and friends were waiting for them.  Read more »

Hamas Urges Lebanon: Deal Humanely with Refugees

Press Release – Palestinian Information Center

GAZA, (PIC)– The refugee affairs department of the Hamas Movement appealed to the Lebanese authorities to deal with the Palestinian refugee fleeing the Syrian war on humanitarian grounds.

“While we recognize the Lebanese political fears related to the issue of the Palestinian presence, we appeal to the Lebanese authorities to deal with the issue of the Syria’s Palestinians humanely and not politically” the refugee affairs department stated in a press release.  Read more »

IOF Kills Palestinian Young Man East of Bureij Refugee Camp

Press Release – Palestinian Information Center

GAZA, (PIC)– A Palestinian citizen was killed on Saturday evening by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stationed to the east of Bureij refugee camp in the Gaza Strip.

The Hebrew radio reported that a Gazan young man was shot dead after he crossed the perimeter fence and headed towards Alomim settlement.  Read more »

Palestinian Political Prisoner Savagely Beaten By Soldiers

Article – Addameer Prisoner Support

Ramallah, 7 August 2013

Addameer Prisoner Support & Human Rights Association lawyer Fares Ziad recently visited three of the twelve Palestinian political prisoners currently on hunger strike in Israeli jails. Ziad confirmed that the health of all three continue to rapidly deteriorate, with one hunger striker savagely beaten by five Israeli soldiers. All three have been on hunger strike for 99 days.

On August 4th, 5th and 6th Ziad visited Mohammad Rimawi in Suroka Hospital in Beer Sheva and confirmed that Rimawi stopped taking vitamins, water and minerals on 4 August. Rimawi is suffering from severe problems in liver and kidney function, general weakness, fatigue and dizziness and is unable to walk without assistance.  Read more »

Resumption of Talks Comes to Cover the Israeli Crimes

Press Release – Palestinian Information Center

BEIRUT, (PIC)– Alliance of Palestinian Forces in Lebanon denounced Abbas’s decision to resume talks under American pressures despite persistent Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people.

Resumption of talks with the Israeli occupation is a stab in the back of the Palestinian cause and a cover for the Israeli crimes particularly settlement expansion, Judaization, confiscation of lands and expulsion of Negev Bedouins, in addition to tightening the siege on Gaza, the alliance statement said.  Read more »

Gaza: Humanitarian Disaster Due to Closure of Rafah Crossing

Press Release – Palestinian Information Center

GAZA, (PIC)– The Palestinian government in Gaza has warned of humanitarian disaster in the besieged enclave in the event the Egyptian authorities continued to close the Rafah border crossing.

The ministry of foreign affairs said in a message sent Thursday on behalf of the government to regional and international organizations, human rights groups, and political and notable figures that the health and municipal sectors would be the most affected.  Read more »

Qassem: Any Party That Coordinates with the Occupation Is Not Trusted

Press Release – Palestinian Information Center

NABUS, (PIC)– Abdul-Sattar Qassem, professor of political science at An-Najah National University,  said that any party that coordinates with the occupation could also participate in the incitement campaign against the resistance.

Concerning the documents published by Hamas movement, he stated that any party that participates in the security and administrative coordination with the occupation could never be trusted.  Read more »

One Martyr and 200 Detainees During July

Press Release – Palestinian Information Center

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Israeli forces have killed one Palestinian and arrested 200 during July throughout West Bank and Gaza strip, Tadamun Foundation for human rights revealed.

Ahmad al-Bitawi, a researcher at the foundation, stated that Moataz Idris Sharawna, 19, was martyred after being hit by an Israeli jeep during clashes that erupted in Dura in al-Khalil.  Read more »

Hated in Egypt: How the Palestinian Bogeyman Resurfaced

Hated in Egypt: How the Palestinian Bogeyman Resurfaced Like Never Before

by Ramzy Baroud
July 30, 2013

When I left Gaza for the first time on my own, twenty some years ago, I was warned of a notorious officer who headed Egypt’s State Security Intelligence at the Rafah border. He “hates Palestinians,” I was told.

My friends and neighbors in Gaza warned me not to greet him with ‘Assalamu Alaikum’ – peace be upon you – if that particular officer were to be on duty on that day. Yes, the officer also hated any reference to Islam, even the very greeting.  Read more »

Israeli Forces Continue Systematic Attacks Against Palestine

Israeli Forces Continue Systematic Attacks Against Palestinian Civilians and Property In the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)


·       Israeli forces continued to fire at Palestinian civilians in border areas in the Gaza Strip.

–         2 Palestinian civilians were wounded in the central and northern Gaza Strip.

·       5 Palestinian civilians were wounded in the West Bank during Israeli incursions.

·       Israeli forces have continued to use excessive force against peaceful protesters in the West Bank.

–       2 Palestinian civilians, including a B’Tselem volunteer, were wounded by Israeli forces.

–       Dozens suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises due to Israeli soldiers’ attacks.  Read more »

“I Will Keep Trying to See My Daughter Until the Day I Die”

Article – Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

Fatma’s wrinkled face reveals the sorrow of a mother who has not seen her daughter for eleven years. Fatma Khalil Mubarak (78) lives in Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip. Her daughter, Lamees Ahmad Mubarak (44), has been living in Hebron in the West Bank since she got married in 1988. The last time Fatma saw her daughter was in 2002. Since then, Lamees has been trying to visit her family in Gaza, but she has been denied access every time she applied for a visitor permit to travel via Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing. Beit Hanoun crossing is the only access point for people from Gaza to travel to the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and/or Israel.

Fatma explains: “My daughter Lamees went to Hebron with her husband when she got married in the ‘80s. She used to visit me frequently, and I used to visit her as my health condition was much better and crossing to the West Bank was much easier. However, since the Second Intifada, we haven’t seen much of her. The last time she came was in 2002, but she has never been able to come back again since.”   Read more »

Rizqa Warns of New Palestinian Concessions

Press Release – Palestinian Information Center

GAZA, (PIC)– Dr. Yousef Rizqa, political adviser to Gaza prime minister, warned of offering new Palestinian concessions after the PA decision to resume talks with the Israeli authorities.

He renewed the Gaza government rejection to the PA’s unilateral decision to offer serious concessions to the Israelis amid Palestinian people and factions’ refusal to this step.  Read more »

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