Israel strikes Gaza violating ceasefire – reports

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At least four Palestinians have been injured after Israel reportedly shelled a residential area in Gaza Strip, thus violating fragile ceasefire. This comes after the UN voted to upgrade the Palestinians to a ‘non-member observer state.’

Gaza-based filmmaker and activist Harry Fear told RT that two people were critically injured with one of them being announced ‘clinically dead’ at Shifa Hospital.

The attack in East Deir Al-Balah occurred around 22:00 GMT. Reports from local media suggest it was a tank shelling attack. So far there has been no reaction from Hamas.

The shelling is the first such incident since the Egypt-brokered ceasefire ended violent conflict between Israel and Gaza on November 21.

(rt.com / 01.12.2012)

#GazaUnderAttack | Dec 2, 2012 | 16th Israeli violation of Truce (Updated)

 

Last update Nov 30, 2012 21:48

Kindly notice the Palestinian restraint so far. No rockets have been fired.

 

UPDATE DEC 2, 2012 | 16th VIOLATION

Israeli artillery shelled Gaza round midnight, causing 4 injured of which 2 severely wounded due mortar fire in Deir El-Balah. One of the wounded is reported to be clinical dead, another of loosing a leg.

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BREAKING: Israeli tank shelling on a civilian area in Deir Al-Balah resulted 3 injuries. 

BREAKING: 4 injuries arrived to Al-Aqsa hospital in Deir Al-Balah as result of the Israeli shelling. 

Initial reports: Israeli armed drone attacked East of Dair al-Balah, middle area of . 3 brothers got injured. 

BREAKING: Israeli tank shelling on a civilian area in Deir Al-Balah resulted 3 injuries. 

Another violation of the truce. Israeli artillery shelled East of Deir El-Balah with one projectile causing 4 injuries.

Breaking News— At least 4 Gazans have been injured, one in critical condition, by Israeli tank shelling seat of…fb.me/B3WqRtyU

2 cases in a very critical situation has been admitted to Shifa Hospital because of the attack in Deir al-Balah, middle of 

4 injuries in the latest Israeli Attack, 2 were transferred to Shifa Hospital ( One of them lost his leg and the Other is Clinically Dead ).

Ahmad Al Louh, Rabah Abu Khamash,Jihad Abu Khamash are the names of the 3 injured Palestinians in IOF drone attack east of DierAlbalah

Confirmed: the ceasefire breach was a tank shelling attack, not a drone missile attack. 

…awaiting media reports…

 

UPDATE DEC 1, 2012 | 14th & 15th VIOLATION

images_News_2012_12_01_martyr_300_0[1]Initially, yesterday’s attacks on protesters left 1 dead. Also this morning another man wounded in yesterday’s attack succumbed to his wounds.

Names of shuhada:
Shaheed Ramadan Abu Hasanein
Shaheed Mahmoud Garghun

In a renewed breach of the truce agreement, Israel attacked fishermen again, resulting in the 14th violation of the cease-fire by Israel, 23 to be told abducted, constituting a violation of Art 76 of 4th Geneva Convention. 3 boats were confiscated.

194603_345x230[1]In another incident:  Two Palestinians were injured on Saturday by Israeli gunfire near the border fence in eastern Gaza, medics said, as Hamas accused Israel of violating the Egyptian mediated ceasefire.

A new violation, The Israeli navy arrested 13 Palestinian fishermen this morning and seized their boats. 

In yet another blatant breach of the truce, Israel occupation navy abducted 23 Palestinian fishermen off  coast this morning.

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 | Another shaheed: Palestinian dies after Friday’s shooting. Another Murder – PressTV Flash News

IOF arrested a Pal. farmer who was working on his farm E of C; opened fire towards Pals. in MA and Rafah. 1 killed and others injured.

(occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com /01.12.2012 )

UN vote marks EU defeat for Israel

BRUSSELS – Just one EU country – the Czech Republic – voted against Palestine’s bid to become a UN “observer state” on Thursday (29 November).

  • Abbas called the UN text “the birth certificate” of the state of Palestine (Photo: United Nations Photo)

Fourteen others – Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Spain and Sweden – voted in favour. The rest, including Germany, until now a firm ally of Israel, abstained.

The result highlighted the EU’s lack of unity on the conflict.

But it also marked a drain in sympathy for Israel in Europe, with German officials saying earlier this week that their decision is a protest against Israeli settlement expansion.

Compared to a similar vote on Palestine’s bid to join the UN’s cultural agency, Unesco, 12 months ago, nine EU countries which abstained or voted No on Unesco changed their votes to Yes or abstained on the UN observer state decision.

Overall, Palestine won Thursday’s vote by 138 to nine with 41 abstentions.

The other No votes came from Israel itself, Canada, the US and five minor countries – the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Panama.

The UN resolution fixes Palestine’s borders on 1967 lines and says that Jerusalem is its capital in the face of Israeli settlement building and its competing claim to the holy city.

It also gives Palestine the right to file cases against Israel in the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

The vote came after ferocious speeches by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israel’s UN ambassador Ron Prosor.

Abbas called the UN text “the birth certificate for the reality which is the state of Palestine.”

He dubbed Israel an “apartheid system of colonial occupation” and he accused it of “racism … ethnic cleansing … war crimes … barbarity … murder.”

Prosor called Abbas’ UN bid a “march of folly.”

Noting that his resolution did not recognise Israel as a “Jewish state” or guarantee its security, he said it “is so one-sided, it doesn’t advance peace, it pushes it backwards.”

The office of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted on Abbas that “someone who wants peace does not talk in such a manner” and threatened to “act accordingly.”

Meanwhile, several EU ambassadors took the floor in the UN chamber.

France described its Yes vote as “a choice of enlightenment and consistency.”

Germany urged Israel and Palestine to resume peace talks and warned Palestine not to use its new ICC weapon – positions echoed by most EU speakers.

It said it liked Abbas’ resolution because it called for a two-state solution, which “implicitly recognises Israel’s right to exist.”

There was a discrepancy between Italy and the UK.

The Italian ambassador said he voted Yes because Palestine promised Italy it would not use the ICC. The UK said it did not vote Yes because Palestine refused to make the promise.

Finland noted that: “Palestine now has institutions which pass the threshold of what constitutes a modern state.”

Turkey and the US also spoke out.

Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu recalled his visit to Gaza amid the recent fighting.

He said he met a man who had lost his child and who wept on his shoulder, portraying him as a symbol of Palestine.

America’s UN ambassador Susan Rice said: “Today’s grand pronouncements will soon fade and the Palestinian people will wake up tomorrow and find that little has changed in their daily lives save that the prospects for a durable peace have receded.”

(euobserver.com / 01.12.2012)

Jihad brigades Resistance warn Israel over ‘truce violations’

 

58873_345x230[1]GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Islamic Jihad’s military wing warned on Saturday that Israeli violations of a ceasefire deal last week would push the group to respond.

The Al-Quds Brigades said in a statement that “ongoing and flagrant violations of the truce (by Israel) will undermine the deal and force factions to respond in a suitable manner.”

The group said that the shooting of Palestinians near the border, detention of fishermen and the continued operation of surveillance and military planes in Gaza’s skies are considered violations of the deal which ended an eight-day bombardment of Gaza on Nov. 21.

(occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com / 01.12.2012)

Future Association for Culture and Development Begins to Help Affected Families in Rafah

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Future Association for Culture and Development began in Rafah the implementation of the relief project for households Her destroyed houses and burned in Rafah the southern Gaza Strip, funded in collaboration with the Foundation for Action Against Hunger (ACF) and UNICEF (UNICEF).

The targeted of project, all families who had destroyed their homes completely or hit damage based on studies and recommendations of Social Affairs in Rafah, whereas they were distributed needs household emergency. Each family got beneficiaries on: 5 blankets, 3 bags healthy, 7 bladders of water, 2 buckets water, and 15 pieces soap per family.

Ahmed Madi Director Future Association for Culture and Development explained that “given the difficult conditions experienced by the people, especially in the Gaza Strip, as a result of the economic crisis caused by the blockade and the recent war that have harmed tens of thousands of families”. Future Association submitted a draft for the relief of these families for several international institutions, in the hope that happens there is no response to help these very needy families, especially with the onset of winter.

In addition “had been chosen and determine aid based on several recommendations from the workshops conducted by Future Association to determine the priorities needed by these families,” as well he emphasized at the same time that these families need to many needs and supplies and trying to Future Society can provide them as much as possible.

Mr. Madi pointed out that the project was worked by a number of volunteers of the future association, and has been implemented in a very short time, as well as follow-up and supervision of employees in the Association Action Against Hunger, including Dr. Iman and quality engineer Niebel Alyan.

In conclusion, Mr. Madi confirmed that the needs of families affected and afflicted by the recent Israeli war far greater than the capacity of local institutions, calling for international institutions and Arab and Islamic countries to provide more support for the relief of those affected and growing population of poor people day after day.

At the end, some of beneficiaries thanked the the Future Association; as well as Action Against Hunger (ACF) and UNICEF (UNICEF) on this support, which was submitted at this time that they desperately needed.

(english.pnn.ps / 01.12.2012)

Israeli settlement plan draws mild criticism from US

 

A Palestinian protester throws a stone toward an Israeli bulldozer on the sidelines of a demonstration against the expropriations by Israel in the West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum, near Nablus, on 30 November 2012.

Washington and London have expressed disapproval at an Israeli plan to build 3,000 settler homes in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, but stopped short of condemning what is reportedly part of a larger “construction wave” planned by Israel.

The settlements are widely perceived as a retaliatory move against the Palestinian Authority, a day after the UN General Assembly voted to upgrade its status from “entity” to “non-member observer state” – a resolution Israel and the United States had strongly opposed.

“In light of today’s announcement, let me reiterate that this administration – like previous administrations – has been very clear with Israel that these activities set back the cause of a negotiated peace,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told journalists.

While official American criticism of Israel is rare, some have derided Washington’s lackluster denunciation, which stood in stark contrast with the sharp words used by US officials to describe Palestine’s UN bid.

Well that is an understatement – White House: settlement plan ‘counterproductive’ zite.to/Yg7VLq  

US calls  settlement expansion “counterproductive.” Is it avoiding “illegal” so as not to strengthen  case?trib.al/AaiIDG4

Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement Saturday that he was “extremely concerned” at the move, adding: “The UK strongly advises the Israeli Government to reverse this decision.”

Israeli ministers had met in early November to discuss a list of proposed sanctions aimed at pressuring the Palestinian Authority from campaigning for the vote.

During the meeting, the Foreign ministry presented a large ‘tool kit’ of possible punitive Israeli actions, from canceling Palestinian workers’ permits to stepping up settlement construction.

Palestine’s new status in the UN could give it access to the International Criminal Court, which would be able to prosecute Israel for such human rights violations.

Washington also warned that Palestine risks losing around $200 million in American aid because of the UN bid.

This is not the first time the United States has punished Palestinian attempts at international recognition. In 2011, Washington pulled out its funding from UN cultural body UNESCO after the group accepted the Palestinian Authority’s bid for full membership. The US had contributed nearly 22 percent of UNESCO’s financial budget.

(english.al-akhbar.com / 01.12.2012)

Kuwaitis vote in divisive election after protests

A woman casts her ballot during parliamentary elections at a polling station in Kuwait City Dec. 1, 2012.

KUWAIT (Reuters) — Kuwaitis voted on Saturday in a divisive parliamentary election held under new polling rules that triggered an opposition boycott of the ballot and mass protests.

The election is the second this year in the oil-rich Gulf Arab state, where a series of assemblies have collapsed due to a power struggle between elected MPs and the cabinet.

Tens of thousands marched on Friday in what organizers said was the largest protest in Kuwaiti history, to urge people to shun the ballot box in protest at a rule change they say will skew the outcome in favor of pro-government candidates.

The ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, used emergency powers in October to cut the number of votes per citizen to one from four, saying his decree would fix a flawed system and ensure national unity.

The opposition says the new one-vote system will prevent its candidates winning the majority they had in the last vote.

In the past, its candidates have called on supporters to cast their additional ballots for allies. They say such informal affiliations are crucial due to a ban on political parties.

“The old system was unfair for people in some areas of Kuwait,” 28-year-old Dalal al-Aboud said at a voting station in a suburb on the edge of Kuwait City.

“I think it will be better if we try this new method, then we judge if it is fair or not.”

Polls opened at 8 a.m. About 423,000 Kuwaitis are eligible to cast ballots to choose the 50 members of parliament.

Turnout crucial

Officials in polling stations in several districts said turnout appeared lighter than usual, but final figures would only be ready later in the day. Polls close at 8 p.m. and results may come around three hours later, officials said.

Opposition figures, who include Islamist, tribal and liberal former lawmakers, have refused to stand.

Information Minister Sheikh Mohammad al-Mubarak al-Sabah said there was a “significant and positive” voter turnout in the second district, which comprises the capital and nearby areas.

The opposition tends to dominate voting in poorer districts furthest from the capital.

Near a polling station in the south of the country, where tribal candidates have polled strongly in the past, Ahmed al-Azemi said he would not vote because his tribe was boycotting.

“The Azemi family, we are against the election,” he said. “The new parliament will last only a month. A National Assembly without the opposition is useless.”

Around him older men sat drinking tea and arguing about the boycott. Asked who had voted, three of the 10 raised their hands, to shouts from the others.

“If the turnout is lower than 50 percent then you could say the boycott is successful,” said Ghanem al-Najjar, professor of political science at Kuwait University.

Turnout in the past three elections was around 60 percent.

Kuwait, a US ally, has the most open political system among the Gulf Arab states with a parliament that has legislative powers and the ability to scrutinize ministers.

But the emir’s Al-Sabah family, which has ruled Kuwait for 250 years, holds the main portfolios in the cabinet and Sheikh Sabah has the final say in state matters.

“His highness the emir is responsible for the country and knows best how to maintain its stability,” Interior Minister Sheikh Ahmad al-Hamoud al-Sabah said.

“Kuwait was, still is and will continue to be a beacon in the Arab world when it comes to the transparency and impartiality of elections,” he said on state news agency KUNA.

Female voters and candidates

University professor Alia Shuaib said women, who received the right to vote in 2005, were still finding it an uplifting experience to cast their ballots.

“I believe it is my duty as a woman and as a Kuwaiti national to vote,” she said.

“It is a pleasure to get up, dress, get my papers and vote. It is breathtaking,” the 45-year-old said.

“I believe every person should vote and put the right people in parliament. We want educated people, the best.”

There are 14 female candidates out of a total of 302. The last parliament contained no female MPs.

The opposition won around two-thirds of the National Assembly in February and formed a bloc that put pressure on the government, forcing two ministers from office.

That parliament was dissolved after a June court ruling, the latest stage in a standoff which has stalled investment and economic reforms.

(www.maannews.net / 01.12.2012)

Palestinians deserve more than non-member status

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators protest outside Israel’s embassy in central London Nov. 15, 2012.

Up until the last moment, the United States and Israel were doing their utmost to change the positions of other countries, and to dilute the significance of the Palestinian step to upgrade the status of Palestine to non-member state observer status.

Since the Palestinians announced their intention to go to the UN, many Western countries, including the US, did everything possible to convince Palestinian leaders to drop the move, or at least postpone such a step.

In their contacts with the Palestinian leadership, European ministers, in particular the British, acted against the values and traditions to which Europe subscribes, values that call for freedom and human rights for all human beings around the globe.

It is obvious that some European politicians have not overcome what happened during and after World War II.

It is also clear that the Europeans have different attitudes to their governments.

This contradiction in the relationship between the peoples and governments in Europe is due to the absence or lack of statesmen like Churchill and Charles de Gaulle.

It is hard for Palestinians to understand why America, the UK and Germany were trying to frustrate the Palestinian move.

Palestinians consider the positions of these countries shameful, especially the UK, whom they judge not only responsible for the tragedy of the Palestinian people but revealing its immoral, inhuman and even hostile attitudes to Arabs and Muslims in general.

In 1947, Palestine was under the British Mandate when it was decided to divide Palestine into two states through the unfair Resolution 181, when 33 states encouraged, incited and in some cases threatened by the US and the UK, voted for the partition of Palestine, with 13 against and 10 abstentions.

Sixty-four years ago, part of the resolution was implemented: this part was the establishment of the State of Israel, while the other part which concerns the establishment of the Palestinian state was and still never has been put into practice.

Now, Britain, which the Palestinians consider the power behind their catastrophe, was against the idea of Palestine going to the UN to seek new status.

According to the BBC, the official position of the UK was that it would abstain from the vote unless the Palestinians promised to meet its condition which was “to seek public assurance by the Palestinians” that they will not use the new status to go to The Hague.

All peoples of the world who are suffering oppression and treated in an inhuman way, or are the victims of war crimes or crimes against humanity have the right to go to The Hague.

Such rights cannot be divisible or ignored because of color, origin, religion, race or any other reason, it can’t be granted to the Jews or to the Serbians and banned for the Palestinians.

Equal rights for the people of the world is the core principle of democracy; demanding that anybody not to practice his rights is immoral and smacks of hypocrisy.

Imagine that it was Israel who demanded to go to The Hague for any reason? It would be difficult to see any of these politicians daring to ask her not to go.

Since Israel is a democratic state and allegedly never commits a war crime or crime against humanity, why are the Israeli leaders worried that Palestine will be part of the International Criminal Court-ICC-.

It is not easy for the Palestinians to understand the hostile attitude of the UK, especially when the UK and other Western countries keep demanding Palestinians abandon violence and respect international laws and conventions.

Palestinians wonder how they can trust the Western countries when they speak about a real independent state with full sovereignty, while opposing the symbolic step to have observer status.

William Hague, the British foreign secretary, who joined the Friends of Israel Society when he was only 16, will not understand the words of an old Palestinian man who was among thousands of Palestinians celebrating the event in the yard of the Nativity Church where Jesus was born.

The old Palestinian was saying, “Zionist leaders were betting on the fact that old Palestinians would die and new generations would forget.”

The old man added, “Palestine will never be another Andalusia, there is much difference between here and there; here it is our land, it is the land of our ancestors, but there it was the land of others, we were the invaders, that is why the Arabs left.

“Palestine is not Andalusia; we were born here and we die here.”

(Rashid Shahin / www.maannews.net / 01.12.2012)

Thousands support Egypt’s president in rival rally

The rally, organized by the Muslim Brotherhood, is seen as a test of strength for Islamists seeking to counteract large opposition protests held this past week.

Thousands of Islamists take part in a rally in front of Cairo's University on December 1, 2012, in support of Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi's new expanded powers and the drafting of a contested charter, in a clear show of Egypt's widening polarisation. The demonstration in the heart of Cairo comes a day after tens of thousands of Morsi opponents converged on Tahrir Square to protest against the president's decree and the speedy adoption of the draft constitution.Thousands of Islamists take part in a rally in front of Cairo’s University on December 1, 2012, in support of Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi’s new expanded powers and the drafting of a contested charter, in a clear show of Egypt’s widening polarisation.

CAIRO — Tens of thousands of people waving Egyptian flags and hoisting large pictures of the president are demonstrating across Egypt Saturday in support of him and Islamic law.

The rally, organized by the Muslim Brotherhood, is seen as a test of strength for Islamists seeking to counteract large opposition protests held this past week. The Islamists argue that the liberals, who are still laboring to create a cohesive opposition nearly two years after the uprising that ousted longtime leader Hosni Mubarak, do not represent the vast majority of Egyptians.

The Brotherhood and harder-line Islamists won nearly 75 percent of the seats in last winter’s parliamentary election. But liberals highlight the fact that President Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Brotherhood’s political party, won only 25 percent of votes in the first round of presidential elections. He went on to win the runoff by just over 50 percent, after a divisive race against a former regime figure.

Hundreds of thousands of people, mostly liberal and secular forces, took to the streets twice this week opposing Morsi’s decrees to grant himself sweeping powers. On Friday, up to 200,000 people packed the streets of Cairo alone, vowing to bring down a draft constitution approved by allies of Morsi, and demanding he repeal the decrees that neutralized the judiciary.

Morsi says he acted to prevent courts led by former regime holdovers from delaying a transition to democracy and dissolving the assembly that wrote the draft constitution.

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A women holds a placard reading in Arabic “proud of you, President” during a rally gathering thousands of Islamists in front of Cairo’s University on Dec. 1.

“The people support the president’s decision!” chanted crowds outside Cairo University, where more than 10,000 had gathered by midday. They held posters that read “Yes to stability” and “Yes to Islamic law”.

The draft was passed by an Islamist-led assembly early Friday and is expected to be presented to the president Saturday. He will then decide on a date for a nationwide referendum, possibly in mid-December.

Egypt’s Constitutional Court rules on Sunday whether to dissolve the assembly. Liberal, secular and Christian members had already quit the body in protest of what they call the Islamists’ hijacking of the process.

Near Cairo University, dozens of Brotherhood buses stood parked after transporting people from outside the capital to the rally. Thousands others arrived on foot, chanting in support of Morsi as they marched. Among supporters of the rally, which also calls for Islamic law, are the Gamaa Islamaiyya — a fundamentalist group that fought an insurrection against the government in the 1990s — and the Salafi Nour Party, seen as more conservative than the Brotherhood.

The Brotherhood had originally said it would hold Saturday’s rally in Tahrir Square, where the opposition has erected dozens of tents since Morsi issued his decrees last week, but changed their location to avoid confrontation. The group said it cancelled its rally in the southern city of Luxor after clashes between rival camps broke out there Friday.

Clashes sparked by the two-week old crisis have left two dead and hundreds injured.

(www.nydailynews.com / 01.12.2012)

Gaza man dies after being shot by Israeli troops in Rafah

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – A young Palestinian man died late Friday of wounds he sustained hours earlier by Israeli gunfire east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

Palestinian medics confirmed Saturday that 21-year-old Mahmoud Jaroun was hit by a gunshot to the pelvis Friday evening, and was evacuated to Abu Yousif An-Najjar Hospital in Rafah before medics announced his death around midnight.

On Friday, 11 Palestinians sustained wounds by Israeli fire along the borders between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

Asked about Friday’s shootings, an Israeli military spokeswoman said Palestinians had come up to the fence to vandalize it. Soldiers warned them away, and when that did not deter them, shot at their legs, she said.

Palestinians described the incident as a demonstration, saying that six people were wounded by the Israeli gunfire.

Since a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip was brokered by Egypt, Israeli forces have breached it several times firing at farmers near the border.

Two Palestinians have been shot dead so far and about 40 have been injured.

The Israeli navy has also detained dozens of Gaza fishermen, although Israel agreed to allow Gaza fishermen to go six nautical miles off the coast instead of three.

(www.maannews.net / 01.12.2012)