Seven bullets in prisoner Ahmad Khalil’s body

Seven bullets in prisoner Ahmad Khalil’s body

Ahrar—he was shot seven times during a chase since 2003, and he was only 17 years old. It’s the story of prisoner Ahmad Hosni Ali Khalil, 27, from Balata refugee camp.

Naelah Khalil, the prisoner’s sister, told Ahrar center for Prisoners studies and human rights that she and her family noticed that Ahmad was interested in the Palestinian case and while he was growing inside the camp, he saw his friends between the martyrs and the prisoners which made him angry.

He was always with the fighters and he was injured many times but, he didn’t go to the hospitals in order not to be arrested, she added.

The camp was under siege and invasion, and we supposed that Ahmad will return back to the house as a martyr because the occupation army killed and arrested hundreds at that time.

In 2006, the Israeli army has laid siege to the Balata refugee camp, raided the fighters’ houses but, Ahmad escaped to the old town of Nablus city, but, the occupation forces surrounded Ahmad and his friends and arrested Ahmad after clashes between them and that was on 20/2/2006, which was his birthday date.

He spent 4 months under investigation in harsh conditions and he didn’t confess. He was deprived from family visits, except his mother who met him in the courts.

The Israeli authorities moved him to the solitary confinement several times.

In the beginning, he was sentenced to 35 years, but after an appeal, the Israeli court decreased it into 9 years with 4 years suspended sentence.

He is held in Negev prison and is still suffering of his injuries in back and feet but, the prison’s administration refuses to give him the treatment.

Fuad Al-Khuffash, the center’s director said that detention and illness at the same time, means that the prisoner suffers double.

(Source / 30.04.2013)

Israeli defense minister: Gaza assassination in line with terms of November truce

Moshe Ya’alon says the Gaza militant killed by the Israel Air Force on Tuesday was involved in the rocket attack on Eilat two weeks ago, adds that Israel has the right to defense itself against terrorism.

Smoke rises after Israeli air strikes in Gaza - Reuters - November 14, 2012.

Smoke rises after Israeli air strikes in the northern Gaza Strip, Nov. 14, 2012.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said on Tuesday that Israel has a right to respond to terror, referring to the targeted killing of a Gaza militant whom Israel suspects of involvement in the rocket attack on the southern city ofEilat two weeks ago.

“When an organization fires in our direction, we respond,” Ya’alon said. “We will not allow a trickle of rockets from the Gaza Strip, and we will certainly not allow for terrorists to leave Gaza and attack Eilat. ”

In the first targeted assassination since Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012, Israel Air Force jets killed Hitham Ziyad Ibrahim Mishal, 24, resident of Shati, a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip Tuesday morning. According to the Shin Bet, Mishal was “a cornerstone of terrorism in the Gaza Strip, specializing in arms.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Mishal was involved in the Eilat attack two weeks ago, in which two rockets fell on Israel’ southern most city, causing no casualties or damage.

Ya’alon said that in killing Mishal, Israel acted according to its declarations in the Pillar of Defense cease-fire agreement.

“Since the terror attack originated in the Gaza Strip, we acted accordingly, and carried out a targeted assassination as response in order to prevent another one from happening,” he said. “If terror the Gaza Strip ends, we will not have to act, but if the terror attacks continue, we will have to defend ourselves, including through targeted assassinations.”

Mishal is said to have manufactured, improved and traded in various weapons, especially rockets and improvised bombs, which he passed on to different terrorist groups in Gaza, both for economic profit and to promote terrorism.

During his visit to the Israel Air Force on Tuesday withIsrael Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, the defense minister also spoke about the West Bank terror attack at Tapuach Junction earlier in the day, in which Yitzhar settler Eviatar Borovzky was stabbed to death.

According to IDF estimates the assailant acted alone without an established terrorist infrastructure supporting him.

“We do not accept any terror attack, and we will do what we can to improve the security of residents of Judea and Sumaria,” Ya’alon said.

(Source / 30.04.2013)

Israel closes Nablus checkpoints

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces closed down the Huwara and Zatara checkpoints Tuesday, after hundreds of settlers wreaked havoc in the area, a Ma’an reporter said.

Hundreds of settlers marched toward Zaatara checkpoint where a settler was stabbed to death earlier in the afternoon. They repeated racist chants and called for revenge.

Meanwhile, settler-monitoring official Ghassan Daghlas told Ma’an that settlers set fire to over seven acres of olive fields in Awarta village east of Nablus.

(Source / 30.04.2013)

PHOTOS: The face of Israel’s discriminatory home demolition policy

Demolitions of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem are part and parcel of Israel’s publicly stated plans to reduce and control the demography of Palestinians and non-Jews in Jerusalem. With little chance of receiving building permits, Palestinian families often decide to build anyway, hoping that maybe their home will be spared.

On Wednesday April 24, Israeli authorities demolished three Palestinian houses in the At Tur neighborhood on the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem. The pretext, as usual, was that the owner had built illegally, though he had spent months applying for permits from the Jerusalem Municipality and provided all requested documentation. One of the structures demolished was an addition built to house the youngest generations of the 45-member Jaradat extended family, illustrating one of the basic quandaries facing East Jerusalem Palestinians: As families grow and children get married to start families of their own, where can they live if the government will not grant them permission to build?

Israelis sometimes display a disturbingly blasé attitude toward the demolition of Palestinian homes. One sometimes encounters the attitude, even among self-proclaimed leftists, that “there are laws,” and since an Israeli Jew cannot build a house without permission, why should a Palestinian be able to? They might even offer examples of how their own family wanted to build and were denied permission. So if Israelis obey the law, isn’t it the Palestinians’ fault when they are punished for breaking it?

This attitude may seem reasonable to foreigners as well. Most countries have zoning and building regulations that are generally respected as a necessity for maintaining orderly communities. But what these attitudes fail to grasp is the systematic discrimination faced by Palestinians under Israeli occupation, a context well-documented by various human rights organizations. It is no accident that the average Israeli seeking housing or permission to build simply has far more options and opportunities than the average Palestinian.

A report issued by the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) summarizes this discriminatory context, emphasis added:

Under Israeli zoning policy, Palestinians can build in just 13 percent of East Jerusalem and in just 1 percent of Area C. In both cases these areas are already heavily built up. More than 94 percent of all Palestinian permit applications have been rejected in recent years. This means that when a family expands or a community wants to build infrastructure to meet its basic needs, the choice faced is between building without a permit and not building at all. Many end up building to meet their immediate needs in the hope that they will be able to avoid demolition. Unfortunately, the number of people affected by demolition continues to steadily grow.

In another ICAHD report, human rights lawyers Emily Schaeffer and Michael Sfard plumb the depths of Israel’s discriminatory demolition rationale:

[A]dministrative home demolitions in East Jerusalem are directly connected to planning, zoning and building policies in the city. Thus, it is of extraordinary significance that this policy of preference based on ethnic background – often referred to as “Judaization” – has been an alleged motivation behind policymaking regarding planning, zoning and building in Jerusalem. Interestingly, this motivation is not concealed but rather openly discussed by Jerusalem Municipality officials. (continued)

In 1977, then Director of the Planning Policy Section of the Jerusalem Municipality, Israel Kimhi, stated that: “A cornerstone in the planning of Jerusalem is the demographic question. … That decision, concerning the city’s rate of growth, serves today as one of the criteria for the success of the process of Jerusalem’s consolidation as the capital of Israel.” (continued)

Former Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek’s advisor on Arab affairs, Amir Cheshin, wrote in his well-known book, Separate and Unequal: “The planning and building laws in East Jerusalem rest on a policy that calls for placing obstacles in the way of planning in the Arab sector – this is done in order to preserve the demographic balance between Jews and Arabs in the city, which is presently in a ratio of 72 percent Jews versus 28 percent non-Jews.” (Continued)

 

The current city master plan, “Jerusalem 2000,” the first comprehensive plan covering West and East Jerusalem, first approved in 2007 by the Jerusalem Local Planning Committee, stresses the importance of maintaining a demographic balance such that there is an overwhelming Jewish majority. …

In other words, rather than addressing the needs and welfare of its residents, the Jerusalem Municipality is focused on maintaining and expanding the presence of one group while driving the other out.

Israel’s settlement policy exposes further evidence of discrimination. All Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories are illegal under international law, specifically, the Fourth Geneva Convention. However, settlements built without even Israeli government permission are rarely demolished or evacuated apart from a few high profile fig leaf cases which are typically offset by accelerated building elsewhere.

According to the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem:

Israel has created a situation in which thousands of Palestinians are unable to obtain permits to build on their land, and are compelled to build without a permit because they have no other way to provide shelter for their families. … At the same time, at least 155 Israeli settlements, containing more than 170,000 Jewish Israeli citizens, have been established. These settlements benefit from an efficient system of planning and supervision of construction, and establishment of comprehensive planning schemes for all the settlements. Despite this, thousands of houses were built in these settlements without permits. Israel refrained from demolishing these houses, and instead issued retroactive building permits for thousands of houses constructed without permits. This building-permit policy blatantly discriminates between settlers and Palestinians.

There have been at least 24,000 documented demolitions of Palestinian homes in the past 45 years of Israeli occupation (out of which 2,000 were in East Jerusalem). There are currently around 1,500 standing demolition orders in East Jerusalem, each order representing a family living in fear, that, like the Jaradat family last week or the Ghaith family just yesterday, they will awake one morning to the sound of Israeli bulldozers with only moments to flee their home before it is destroyed. Given this well-documented reality, people of conscience, whether Israeli or international, have no excuse for apathy toward the destruction of Palestinian homes.

(Source / 30.04.2013)

De Islamitische moraal en de hedendaagse wereld

By Marianna Laarif

geplaatst: 2 oktober 2003
Alle lof zij Allah, de Heer der Werelden en Allah’s zegeningen en vrede zij met de Boodschapper van Allah, Mohammed en met zijn familieleden en zijn volgelingen tot de Dag des Oordeels.
Voor het geval je het nog niet weet, wij leven in zeer gevaarlijke tijden. Er is geen twijfel over mogelijk dat er veel gebieden zijn waarop deze uitspraak van toepassing is. Overal zie je oorlogen, overnames, economische sancties, genocides, natuurrampen, gedwongen verdrijving, milieuvervuiling, politieke onderdrukking, straat geweld enz… Desalniettemin willen wij enkele adviezen geven met betrekking tot de meest fundamentele aspecten van het menselijke gedrag die als er misbruik van gemaakt wordt  tot een verraderlijke vorm van genocide kan leiden. Namelijk de ondergang van mensen vanwege hun seksuele relaties.
Over het algemeen worden in het Westen seksuele relaties gezien als een persoonlijke voorkeur van ieder individu. Niemand heeft het recht om te bepalen met wie of hoe iemand zijn seksleven indeelt. Wat volwassenen onderling doen, ongeacht met welk geslacht of met hoeveel mensen, wordt over het algemeen gedoogd of door de vingers gezien. Wij geloven dat deze overtuigingen en principes (samen met vele andere) hoofdzakelijk hebben bijgedragen aan de volgende realiteiten van de huidige wereld.
De huidige realiteit 
Seks voor het huwelijk tussen hetero’s wordt gezien als vrij acceptabel, normaal binnen de regels van moraliteit en zelfs wenselijk. Het is al enige tijd zo en het kan bestempeld worden als een deel van “The American way”. Stappen begint al op een vrij jonge leeftijd en van iedere sociale aangepaste jongere wordt verwacht om meerdere vriendjes / vriendinnetjes te hebben voor een bepaalde leeftijd. Van paren wordt verwacht dat ze samenwonen. Trouwen wordt niet langer gezien als een hoofddoel in het leven. Zij die opgroeien in het Westen zijn gebrand op seks op zowel subtiele als minder subtiele manieren. Het is zo te leren via televisie, shows, reclames, films, advertenties, liedjes enz. Sexy zijn is een wenselijk doel in het leven.
Zelfs stripboeken, waarin nog weinig aan de fantasie wordt overgelaten, staan vol met superhelden en heldinnen met goed geproportioneerde lichamen die een seksueel actief leven leiden. Vrouwelijke animatiefiguren maken de boodschap duidelijk over wat een vrouw aantrekkelijk maakt. De best verkochte video’s en computerspelletjes vertonen vrouwelijke rollen met sexy lichamen. Vrouwen zijn zo gefocust op hun sexuele aantrekkelijkheid dat ze hier al mee bezig zijn vanaf het moment dat ze hun eerste barbiepop krijgen. Dit is waar de mode, cosmetica en entertainmt-industrieën op drijven. Bijna ieder jonge meisjes bewondert wel een superster, schoonheidsprinses, model, zangeres of actrice en streeft ernaar om als hem/haar te worden.
Romannetjes worden over de hele wereld het best verkocht onder jonge vrouwen en hebben veel schrijvers rijk gemaakt. De meeste populaire “rap artiesten” gebruiken regelmatig seksueel gerelateerde teksten in hun liedjes waar menig artiesten uit de jaren 70 en 80 van zouden walgen. De best bekeken talkshows gaan tegenwoordig over de meest intieme seksuele gedragingen van mensen. Mode-, gezondheids- en vrouwentijdschriften geven tips over hoe seks beter beleefd kan worden.
In de Islamitische landen in het Midden-Oosten, ook in delen waar de meeste lokale vrouwen hun hele lichaam bedekken (gezicht, handen… alles) zijn nieuwskraampjes en boekenwinkels gevuld met tijdschriften met op de voorkant gezichten van Arabische (durven wij het woord moslim hier wel te gebruiken?) vrouwen gekleed volgens de laatste mode, om maar niet te spreken over de inhoud van deze tijdschriften.
In Amerika alleen al is porno een miljardenindustrie die explosief is toegenomen in de laatste decennium. De hoeveelheid seksuele activiteiten die een gemiddeld persoon (ook kinderen) kunnen zien op tv is ver boven dat van iemand die er 10 tot 20 jaar geleden naar moest zoeken. In dagelijkse soaps zien we ook hoe de spelers verwikkeld raken in affaires. Pornografische programma’s kunnen ook op bijna ieder moment van de dag bekeken worden. De mogelijkheden zijn oneindig. Om maar een voorbeeld te noemen: videotheken hebben talloze video’s in voorraad die men kan huren als men zich schaamt om naar de bios te gaan voor zulke films. Ondanks al deze realiteiten zeggen producenten, reclamemakers, schrijvers en soortgelijken dat ze geen effect hebben op de gewoontes van mensen. Ze staan erop dat ze op geen enkele manier een negatief invloed op de maatschappij hebben. Desalniettemin zeggen sommige van hen dat de grootste waarde van hun beroep zit in het effect dat ze op mensen hebben .
De vernietigende consequenties 
Ondanks al die vrijheden is de waarde van een vrouw nog steeds gebonden aan de mate van haar uiterlijke schoonheid. Het wordt nog altijd als haar grootste aanwinst gezien en het wordt op de ergste manier misbruikt. Zelfs de moderne “hoog opgeleide vrouw” die gerespecteerd behoort te worden om haar intelligentie draagt een korte rok naar het werk. Zij verwacht totaal gelijk gesteld te worden aan haar mannelijke collega’s. Denkt zij nou werkelijk dat haar waarde niet wordt beoordeeld aan de hand van haar uiterlijk als zij op deze manier gekleed gaat? Zelfs de werkloze zwervers die zij dagelijks passeert onderweg naar het werk beoordelen haar hierop! Het is gewoon -en op geen enkele wijze gênant- geworden voor een vrouw om de strakste en meest gewaagde kleding in het openbaar te dragen en zich zo goed als naakt te vertonen op stranden en in zwembaden.
Mensen schamen zich niet en voelen zich niet geremd om openlijk seksuele passies te tonen. Het is voor stelletjes ook niet ongewoon om gemeenschap in het openbaar te hebben op de “klassieke” bestemde plekjes zoals donkere bioscopen, het strand, parken, hun auto’s en in een pendeltrein vol met mensen. Ze zouden achteraf meer bezwaar hebben tegen het roken dan tegen het onbeschaamde vertoon! Prostitutie in al zijn vormen wordt steeds openlijker en justitie knijpt wel eens een oogje dicht omdat de rechters hun handen vol hebben met andere ‘echte’ misdrijven. In sommige landen is het zelfs legaal geworden. Er zijn plaatsen die beroemd zijn om hun openlijke vrouwen-, mannen- en kinderprostitutie- markten. Overspel en ontucht worden niet langer als misdrijven en zonden gezien en zijn zelfs alledaags geworden. Gehuwde mannen behoren verscheidene maîtresses te hebben op verschillende plaatsen.
De ‘vreemde’ ouder is degene die niet verwacht dat zijn / haar kind seksueel actief zal zijn lang voor het huwelijk of zelfs voor het verlaten van de middelbare school. Het is zeker de ‘vreemde persoon’ die maagdelijkheid waardeert tot huwelijkconsummatie, zelfs in deze tijd van AIDS en andere seksueel overdraagbare aandoeningen. Condooms worden op verscheidene openbare scholen vrij uitgedeeld. Tienerzwangerschappen en “vaderloze” kinderen resulteren in economische, gezondheids- en psychologische problemen.
Miljoenen mensen, vooral vrouwen, zijn jaarlijks letterlijk het slachtoffer van seksueel gerelateerde rampen zoals verkrachtingen, aanrandingen, echtscheidingen, seksueel overdraagbare aandoeningen, maar ook psychologische en emotionele stoornissen.
Weigering om verandering onder ogen te zien
Zelfs met het oog op het lijden van mensen en de vernedering van de menselijke waardigheid, vragen de twijfelaars nog steeds ongelovig: Jullie moslims zeggen dat de Islam zegt dat vrouwen helemaal bedekt moeten zijn?! Zij kunnen niet dragen wat zijn willen, kunnen niet geparfumeerd het huis uit?! De andere sekse mag niet eens de hand schudden van degene die niet nabije familie is?! Noch behoren een niet verwante man en een vrouw alleen in dezelfde kamer te zijn ook al zijn ze verloofd?! Jullie mogen niet uitgaan?! Jullie mogen niet naar muziek luisteren, vooral romantische, sexy en seksueel verhullende liedjes?! Niet zwemmen of openbare stranden in de zomer bezoeken?! Zelfs mensen van dezelfde sexe mogen elkaar niet zien in schaarse, huidstrakke of doorzichtige kleding?! Ze mogen zelfs niet samen douchen op de sportschool etc.?! Jullie zijn tegen educatieve instellingen?! Jullie horen je ogen neer te slaan als iemand van de andere sekse jullie passeert?! En als je met hun moet spreken dan hoort dat op een ‘zakelijke’ manier te gebeuren?! Hechten jullie echt veel waarde aan kuisheid, bescheidenheid en maagdelijkheid tot jullie huwelijk?! Jullie moedigen jaloezie en hebzucht aan bij mannen jegens hun vrouwen?! Jullie geloven erin dat overspel en seks voor het huwelijk strafbare feiten zijn?! Geen seks tenzij je getrouwd bent?! Je kunt met vier vrouwen trouwen?!
Zij noemen de oprechte, vrome praktiserende personen moslimsextremisten (gelijk gesteld aan terroristen in de gedachte van de gemiddelde persoon), maar zij onderkennen de lelijke waarheden die eerder beschreven zijn niet als schandalig en extreem of ze weigeren dat te doen! Zij labelen moslims als fundamentalisten, maar zij geven niet toe dat de huidige situatie om een belangrijke en fundamentele herziening van hun principes vraagt! Zij zeggen dat wij vreemd zijn maar dat vinden wij niet erg, zoals de profeet SAWS heeft gezegd: “De Islam is (als een) vreemd(e) begonnen en zal (later als een)vreemd(e) worden, net zoals hij begonnen was. Toba (geluk en blijde tijdingen) zij dan met de vreemdelingen”                (Moeslim)
Vertaald door een zuster.

Nasrallah: Hezbollah taking part in Syria fighting

Lebanon’s Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah addresses thousands of supporters in Beirut on Sept. 17, 2012.

BEIRUT (AFP) — Hezbollah fighters are aiding troops in Syria to combat the rebellion against President Bashar Assad, the head of the powerful Lebanese Shiite movement confirmed Tuesday.

“A large number of (rebels) were preparing to capture villages inhabited by Lebanese,” so it was “normal to offer every possible and necessary aid to help the Syrian army, popular committees (pro-government militia) and the Lebanese,” Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech.

Nasrallah, a close ally of Assad, said the fighting in the central Qusayr region close to the Lebanese border was “not over”.

(Source / 30.04.2013)

Libya: UN urges political dialogue as gunmen overtake Ministries and other State institutions

Libyan women participate in a demonstration in Tripoli calling for the disarming of armed groups.

30 April 2013 – The United Nations mission in Libya today said it is following the latest developments in the country where armed gunmen have overtaken the ministries of justice and foreign affairs, and other State institutions, and urged all Libyans to join the country’s democratic transition.

In a statement from the capital, Tripoli, the UN Support Mission there (UNSMIL) said it stresses the basic right of all Libyans to express their demands by peaceful means but “underlines the need for all to abide by the principles and goals of the Libyan revolution, in which the revolutionaries played a historic and decisive role and paid dearly to achieve it.”

“These principles revolve around the building of a modern and strong state based on democracy, rule of law and human rights,” the Mission added.

Dozens of armed men occupied the Libyan Justice Ministry earlier today, according to media reports, forcing ministry staff to leave. Meanwhile, the country’s Foreign Ministry remains under siege for a third day. Protesters have told journalists that they want to push the General National Congress – Libya’s highest legislative authority – to pass a proposed law that would ban Muammar al-Qadhafi-era officials from holding Government posts.

Mr. Al-Qadhafi was overthrown in 2011 after decades of autocratic rule. Since then, UNSMIL has been assisting the country’s transition toward a modern democratic State.

“UNSMIL urges all Libyans to adhere to constructive dialogue to resolve their differences in accordance with the principles of democracy as the way forward to achieving the goals of the revolution,” according to the statement.

The UN Mission also urges all Libyans, “including the revolutionaries who were instrumental in liberating the people from dictatorship, to join efforts at this critical stage of their country’s democratic transition to build the State and support its elected bodies and legitimate institutions.”

The Mission also stressed the need for all to create a conducive environment for these institutions to be able to carry out the duties entrusted to them by the people and to ensure that their authority, the integrity and credibility of their decisions are respected, the statement noted.

Last month, protesters overran the General National Congress and attempted an attack on its president, leading to condemnations from Tarek Mitri, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and UNSMIL head.

(Source / 30.04.2013)

#PalHunger | Sit-in staged in solidarity with hunger striker Abu Daoud

images_News_2013_04_29_sit-in_300_0[1]AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Dozens of citizens, MPs, representatives of national and Islamic forces, and the Palestinian prisoner’s society staged a sit-in on Monday in Al-Khalil in solidarity with detained hunger striker Ayman Abu Daoud.

Dr. Aziz Dweik, the speaker of the Palestinian legislative council, spoke at the rally hailing the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike and demanding greater popular support for their cause.

Mother of the hunger striker Abu Daoud said that her son decided to go on hunger strike while his heart is full of faith in the Almighty Allah, which is the sure road leading to his freedom.

Amjad Al-Najjar, the head of the prisoner’s society in Al-Khalil, quoted Jawad Bulous, Abu Daoud’s lawyer, as saying that the Israeli occupation authority was trying to reinstate charges against his client in order to allow his return to jail to serve the remaining years of his 29-year sentence.

Abu Daoud was released in the Wafa Al-Ahrar prisoners’ exchange deal but was arrested only six months after his release.

Abu Daoud, who has started his hunger strike two weeks ago demanding his freedom, was only consuming salt and drinking water, according to his lawyer.

The detainee was adamant on persisting in his strike until his freedom. Abu Daoud’s wife gave birth to a baby three months after his re-arrest. The baby is now seven months old and his father could not even hold him in his arms.

(Source / 30.04.2013)

Prisoner was tortured before dying in Israeli jail, says Palestinian Authority

Death of 30-year-old man sparks violent clashes in Hebron that leave three Palestinians and one Israeli soldier injured

west bank fighting

Palestinian students take cover from tear gas fired by Israeli security forces during clashes in the village of Saair following the death of a Palestinian prisoner held in Israel.

A Palestinian prisoner whose death in Israeli custody fanned violent clashes across the West Bank over the weekend was tortured before he died, the Palestinian Authority has said.

The results of an autopsy conducted in Tel Aviv were revealed at a press conference in Ramallah on Sunday evening after a day of angry protests across the West Bank and Gaza in which dozens were injured.

The findings contradict the Israeli prison service’s claim that Arafat Jaradat died on Saturday from a cardiac arrest.

A Palestinian doctor’s investigations found that while Jaradat’s arteries were clear, the state of his body suggested he had been beaten in the days before his death.

That contrasts with an Israeli health ministry statement that said that the autopsy found “no signs of external trauma … apart from those pertaining to resuscitation [attempts] and a small graze on the right side of his chest”.

It said: “No evidence of disease was found during the autopsy. Two internal hemorrhages were detected, one on the shoulder and one on the right side of the chest. Two ribs were broken, which may indicate resuscitation attempts. The initial findings cannot determine the cause of death. At this stage, until microscopic and toxicology reports are in, the cause of death cannot be tied to the autopsy findings.”

The 30-year-old, a petrol station worker and father of two, was arrested on 18 February in relation to a stone-throwing incident in November during which an Israeli was slightly injured.

Aside from an old back injury inflicted by a teargas canister, his relatives insist he was healthy when he was arrested. A few days later, he died in Megiddo prison.

Kameel Sabbagh, a lawyer who attended Jaradat’s last hearing on Thursday, said he had advised the Israeli judge his client had been tortured and should be examined by the prison doctor. According to Sabbagh, this did not happen.

“He had serious pains in his back and other parts of his body because he was being beaten up and hanged for many long hours while he was being investigated,” Sabbagh told Ma’an news agency. His notes from the court hearing describe his client as “extremely afraid” of returning to his cell.

A rumour that he had been beaten to death during an interrogation spread quickly on Sunday through Hebron, where hundreds of protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers for the second day running in the streets kilometres from Jaradat’s home.

“When the soldiers came to arrest him last week, they told him say goodbye to your wife and your babies, you won’t be seeing them again,” said Mohamed Hashlamon, 58, as he watched masked Palestinian youths hurl concrete blocks from the roof above his home in downtown Hebron to arm themselves with the rubble.

A phalanx of Israeli soldiers lining the border between the Israeli and Palestinian quarters answered rocks with rubber bullets and teargas. Three Palestinians and one Israeli soldier were injured in the clashes.

“People here are angry. They will fight until nightfall and they will protest again from 10am tomorrow just as they did yesterday,” Hashlamon said.

Jaradat’s body was taken for the autopsy in Tel Aviv on Saturday and will be returned to his pregnant wife for burial in his village of Saeer after midday prayers on Monday.

 

His death has inflamed already heightened tensions across the occupied Palestinian territory.

On Friday, hundreds clashed with Israeli soldiers in a continuation of months-long demonstrations supporting four hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners held without charge in Israeli jails. On Saturday, nine Palestinians were injured, one critically, when settlers used live rounds of fire in clashes near Nablus. The Hebrew-language media have noted with alarm that the Palestinian Authority is doing little to dissuade protests but is lending its voice to the popular outrage. Issa Qaraqea, the PA’s minister for prisoners’ affairs, expressed his suspicion of foul play in Jaradat’s death.

“Our information was that Jaradat was being interrogated and then he died. Therefore we call for an international investigation into his death that may have resulted from torture,” he told Reuters.

As night fell on Sunday, the West Bank showed no sign of calming. In Beitunia, near Ramallah, two teenagers were reportedly hit with live rounds fired by Israeli soldiers. One, the 15 year-old son of the Palestinian secret services chief, was undergoing surgery having been shot in the stomach.

“Statements from the international community calling upon Israel to ‘respect Palestinian prisoner rights’ are insufficient when Israel can arrest, incarcerate and even kill Palestinians without … consequences for its appalling actions,” a statement from the Palestinian leadership read. “Without justice, there will be no peace.”

(Source / 30.04.2013)

Man killed in Israeli airstrike on Gaza City

Palestinians gather around the scene following an Israeli raid on Gaza City, on April 30, 2013.

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — One man was killed and another injured in an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, locals said.

Eyewitnesses told Ma’an that Israeli warplanes fired at a motorcycle west of Gaza City. Haitham al-Mishal, 25, was killed in the attack, and another unidentified man was injured, medical official Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma’an.

Both men were evacuated to al-Shifa hospital.

Al-Mishal was from the ash-Shati refugee camp in northern Gaza and was a security guard at al-Shifa hospital, al-Qidra said.

He suffered severe shrapnel wounds to his body in the attack, the Gaza health official added.

Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli military vehicles briefly entered the ash-Shujaiyeh area east of Gaza City following the airstrike, with reports of gunfire.

Israel’s army said in a statement that “a global Jihad-affiliated terrorist has been targeted by an IAF aircraft in the northern Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire towards Israel.”

According to Israel, Mishal was involved in a rocket attack on the Israeli city of Eilat on April 17.

(Source  / 30.04.2013)