Israeli TV shows Palestinian torture
Israel’s Channel 2 TV station has released video footage showing Palestinian detainees being tortured by Israeli troops in the regime’s desert prison of Naqab (Negev) back in 2008.
The footage showed one Palestinian died and several others sustained injuries due to the torture by the Israeli soldiers, Qodsna news agency reported.
The Israeli forces have “used tear gas and stun grenades” against Palestinian detainees, the video shows.
The footage also demonstrates that medics were prevented from treating the wounded Palestinians.
In late December 2010, a human rights group called Public Committee Against Torture in Israel revealed that Palestinian detainees are systematically denied the right to meet a lawyer during interrogations.
Being shackled to chairs for long periods, sleep deprivation, intimidation, torture and abysmal detention conditions are some of the cases the human rights group documented in its report.
Israel claims that its army is “one of the most moral armies” in the world as it treats prisoners and detainees with honor.
But in recent years videos have come out, showing how Israeli soldiers abuse and humiliate blindfolded and handcuffed Palestinian prisoners.
Israeli warplanes blast targets in Gaza
GAZA, (PIC)– Israeli warplanes raided two positions for the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, in western and eastern Gaza city at dawn Saturday, Palestinian security sources said.
The sources said that the first raid targeted a Qassam position in Zaitun suburb southeast of Gaza, adding that at least one missile was fired by the Israeli F-16 warplanes.
They said that the second raid targeted another position to the northwest of Gaza in the Shati refugee camp.
The sources noted that big damage was inflicted on the two evacuated positions and in nearby civilian homes.
Spokesman for the medical services Adham Abu Salmiya told the PIC that no casualties were suffered as a result of the air strikes.
This is the first time Israeli warplanes raid targets in Gaza after the undeclared calm with resistance factions almost a week ago, which followed three days of Israeli military escalation that claimed the lives of 19 Palestinians and the injury of around 70 others.
Women demonstrators call for release of a child kidnapped by the IOF
NABLUS, (PIC)– A group of women demonstrated Thursday in the village of Awarta to the south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus to call for the release of a 15-year-old Palestinian girl that has been kidnapped by the IOF.
Local sources said that the women marched across the village towards the Itamar settlement which is built on lands confiscated from the villagers.
Dozens of women participated in the demonstration calling for an end to the repressive acts taken by the IOF against the village at the backdrop of the murder of a settler family last month.
The demonstrators called for an end to the detention of women and for the release of 15-year-old Julia Awwad who is still in detention.
Attacks continue on Palestinians, foreign activists in Friday marches
RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Dozens of Palestinian citizens and foreign activists in the villages of Bil’in, Ni’lin, Masara, Nabi Saleh, and Silwan district were either wounded or suffered tear gas suffocation when Israeli troops attacked them during their weekly marches.
Dozens of Palestinians and foreign activists suffered suffocation from tear gas and three were wounded when Israeli troops suppressed the anti-wall marches organized on Friday in Bil’in and Ni’lin, west of Ramallah city.
The protesters carried Palestinian flags and photos of the slain Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni.
Clashes also broke out after Friday prayers in Silwan district, south of the Aqsa Mosque, between Israeli troops and Palestinian young men who went on a march in solidarity with the Gaza Strip and Palestinian prisoners.
After finishing their prayers in Al-Bustan neighborhood, the Jerusalemite young men carrying Palestinian flags chanted slogans condemning the Israeli military aggression against Gaza and calling for releasing Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.
Eyewitnesses said that Israeli troops and undercover units in Arabian clothing brutally attacked the young men who responded by throwing stones at them. A number of youths were wounded and suffered breathing difficulty from tear gas during the suppression.
In Nabi Saleh village north of Ramallah, the anti-wall protestors chanted slogans denouncing the killing of Italian activist Arrigoni and accusing Israel of murdering him.
After the arrival of the peaceful march at the village’s entrance, the protestors were surprisingly attacked by a large number of Israeli troops. A number of participating journalists were physically attacked by the troops.
South of Bethlehem city in Masara village, the Israeli occupation forces detained foreign activists in the weekly anti-wall march which was dedicated this Friday to commemorating the Palestinian prisoner day and condemning the murder of Arrigoni.
Jerusalem aid committee announced in Washington
WASHINGTON, (PIC)– The establishment of an international campaign designed to curb the Israeli Judaization of Jerusalem was announced in United States capital Washington, DC on Friday. The campaign will include a group of international figures as well as political and media events from across the world.
The campaign said it would take Jerusalem as its main contact center, and that the center would be linked to Ramallah, Nazareth, and Gaza to provide information.
The Jerusalem protection campaign is aimed at protecting Jerusalem families who are threatened by Israeli plans to displace major portions of the Arab population in the city and replace them with Jewish settlers.
The nature of the group’s work is concentrated in transmitting news and reports to media by using reporters stationed across the globe. It has a keen interest to be fully independent and non-alligned with any political party.
The announcement comes as Washington has passed a decision to heavily increase support for the Israeli army.
The US has allocated $205m of its national budget to enhance and develop the Israeli army’s anti missile systems, as the Iron Dome system is being deployed in Israel to intercept rocket-propelled short projectile missiles.
According to Israeli media sources, the US House of Representatives has approved the move in the largest yet grant to enhance an anti-missile defense system. Sources from the army had admitted beforehand that the Iron Dome system failed to intercept rockets launched by resistance forces in Gaza.
The US aid will also cover more Israel-US anti-missile projects.
IOF troops detain 845 Palestinians in three months including 105 children
GAZA, (PIC)– A statistics report by the Ansar Al-Asra society said on Saturday that Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained 845 Palestinians in the first three months of 2011.
The statement added that among those were 105 children and three members of the Palestinian legislative council.
It noted that the IOF detention spree in the first quarter of 2011 witnessed an upsurge as it started with 180 people in January, then 285 in February and 380 in March.
The society said that the arrests focused in the districts of Nablus, Al-Khalil, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Tulkarem, Salfit, Ramallah, and El-Bireh.
Israeli forces seize control of territory in Anin near the Apartheid Wall
On Thursday 14 April, Israeli occupation forces confiscated a large area of land from the village of Anin in the Jenin governorate of the northern West Bank; they then levelled it, and erected two control towers.
Palestinian eyewitnesses said that a large force of Israeli troops, accompanied by bulldozers and heavy machinery, stormed the village of Anin and started razing vast areas of land located along the Apartheid Wall, which is built on territory belonging to the village.
The occupation forces have constructed two surveillance towers, believed to be part of the system for monitoring the movement of Palestinian civilians in the vicinity of the wall.
About a month ago, the Israeli occupation authorities seized control of more than six hundred acres owned by the people of Anin and other villages in east Jenin to expand the Apartheid Wall. The immoral and illegal wall extends from the east and west of Jenin and up to the south-west of the city.
“Israel” considers 1,000 citizenship applications from US Christians seeking permission to settle in the West Bank
The Israeli media has revealed that 1000 Christian Americans have submitted applications for Israeli citizenship and permission to settle in the occupied West Bank. In return, they have said that they will convert to Judaism and serve in Israel’s occupation army.
According to a report in the Hebrew newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, a group made up of hundreds of US citizens presented their request to the Israeli MP Lian Shem Tov.
During her meeting with the group’s representative, Baruch Abramovich, who is active in Judaizing Christians and taking them to Occupied Palestine, the MP pledged to assist the Americans and support their application to the Israeli government.
According to Abramovich, this group has “no political ambitions, but wants to be part of Israel”. He added that, “bringing these Americans would contribute to the development of the West Bank as part and parcel of the State of Israel, and to the development of the economy and even the Israeli army.”
The newspaper reported that Shem Tov has presented the American project to the so-called Shomron Regional Council and exerted efforts to push the idea. She has also organized a meeting between the Council and the group’s representatives to discuss the request in detail.
Israeli media claims that a lack of democracy and citizenship from curriculum favours “Zionism and Judaism”
Hebew language press reports claim that the Israeli Ministry of Education’s plan for the new academic year focuses on “the promotion of Zionist and Jewish values and concepts” amongst all students in Israel alongside an absence of “citizenship and democracy” themes.
According to Haaretz, the plan which was delivered to all schools and educational institutions within the territories occupied in 1948 included dozens of programmes that will serve the 11 pre-selected targets set by the Ministry of Education. The most important of these is to “deepen the education of values” through teaching “the culture and heritage of Israel” and to encourage enrolment in the Israeli occupation army.
The newspaper added: “The dozens of programmes detailed in the plan do not mention a word related to issues such as citizenship, democracy or “the shared life and coexistence between Jews and Arabs”.
A number of Israeli academics and scholars have condemned the Ministry of Education for the deliberate absence of threads that relate to citizenship and democracy in its new plan, warning of the consequences of Tel Aviv’s drift towards “ultra-nationalism”.