Morsi’s son dies of alleged heart attack

Abdullah Morsi, the son of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is seen during the trial over the breaking up the Rabaa Al-Adawiyyah protests, at the police academy in Cairo, Egypt on December 10, 2016 [Moustafa Elshemy / Anadolu Agency]

Abdullah Morsi, the son of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is seen during the trial over the breaking up the Rabaa Al-Adawiyyah protests, at the police academy in Cairo, Egypt on December 10, 2016 

The youngest son of late Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi died of an alleged heart attack Wednesday at a hospital in Cairo.

A Morsi family sourced confirmed Abdullah Morsi’s death to news agencies. However, the Egyptian Health Ministry has yet to comment on his death.

Abdallah Morsi, 24, began to feel spasms while driving in Cairo with a friend and died shortly afterwards, his brother Ahmed told Reuters.

Mohammed Morsi, Egyptian first democratically elected president, died in June while standing trial for politically-motivated charges.

Days after his father died, Abdullah identified several figures, including current Interior Minister Mahmoud Tawfiq, his predecessor Majdi Abdel Ghaffar as well as Mohamed Shereen Fahmy, the judge who oversaw the ex-president’s trial, as “accomplices” in the “assassination of the martyr, President Morsi”, Middle East Eye reports.

Morsi collapsed at a court session on 17 June after suffering six years in prison in solitary confinement where he was consistently denied access to medical care for his diabetes, hypertension and liver and kidney disease.

READ: Morsi ‘killed’ by Egyptian regime, son says

Morsi was elected president after the January 25 Revolution toppled Hosni Mubarak, but he was deposed by the military general turned President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi one year later.

Despite claims from the Attorney General that Morsi was “transported immediately to hospital,” witnesses told the British newspaper the Independent that “no one bothered to help.”

“He was left slumped for while till the guards took him out. An ambulance arrived after 30 minutes. Other detainees were first to notice his collapse, they started shouting. Some of them, who are doctors, asked the guards to let them treat him or give him first aid,” said Abdullah Al-Haddad who was at the court to support his father and brother who were also on trial that day.

There are approximately 60,000 political prisoners in Egypt. Many have died from lack of access to appropriate medical care.

(Source / 05.09.2019) 

Floating new ideas for animal feed in Gaza

A Palestinian farmer in Gaza has successfully created Azolla ferns which enables him to feed his animals without paying the high price for imported fodder

A Palestinian farmer in Gaza has successfully created Azolla ferns which enables him to feed his animals without paying the high price for imported fodder [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
A Palestinian farmer in Gaza has successfully created Azolla ferns which enables him to feed his animals without paying the high prices for imported fodder [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monito]
A Palestinian farmer successfully created Azolla ferns which enables him feed his animals without paying the high prices for imported fodder
A Palestinian farmer in Gaza has successfully created Azolla ferns which enables him to feed his animals without paying the high prices for imported fodder [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monito]
A Palestinian farmer in Gaza has successfully created Azolla ferns which enables him to feed his animals without paying the high prices for imported fodder [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monito]

A Palestinian has become the first to succeed in growing ferns to feed his farm animals without paying the high prices for imported fodder.

Forty-three-year-old Wael Musallem from Beit Lahia, in the north of the Gaza Strip, has successfully produced Azolla ferns after many failed efforts by local farmers.

Wael owns a poultry and cattle farm and had relied completely on imported fodder to feed the animals. This, mixed with Gaza’s already bleak economic situation as a result of Israel’s stifling siege, put him into debt.

Azollas include seven species of aquatic ferns that float on water surfaces. They have symbiotic bonds with algae and have a high percentage of protein, ranging between 25 per cent and 30 per cent of their dry weight. It is also used as a biofertiliser.

“I contacted an individual abroad and he told me about Azolla ferns and how beneficial they are. I tried to find a way to bring them into Gaza. It took me four months,” said Wael.

READ: Why do people emigrate from the Gaza Strip?

“After several failed attempts to find the right way to plant Azollas, I succeeded in planting them, relying on my past experience in agriculture. I have about 300-500 metres of containers of planted Azollas, and I use them as feed for my fish, ducks, cattle and poultry.”

“Azollas are planted once and they reproduce on their own based on the water area allocated for the plant. It requires a specific climate and the water area must be 50 per cent covered. It also must not be under direct sunlight,” Wael explained.

As for the Azolla strategy and its benefit, Wael noted: “We can almost completely eliminate some kinds of feed and use Azollas as an alternative, especially as it has a high protein content.” He also noted that 90 per cent of fish feed can be made of Azollas, while the figure is 70 per cent for cattle, with the addition of a small amount of corn because they need carbohydrates. For poultry, Azollas can make up 50 per cent of their feed.

READ: Displacement in Gaza and Israel’s demographic obsession

Musallem also pointed out that he managed to replace 90 per cent of the feed he used to import with Azollas for fish and 65 per cent for ducks. As a result his income has increased.

Having found a formula that works, Musallem is now helping other farmers plant this alternative food source for the benefit of their animals.

(Source / 05.09.2019) 

US-Canada plan to resettle 100,000 Palestinian refugees in Canada

Canadian activists gather in support of Palestine outside the Canadian Parliament, Ottawa, Canada [Tony Webster / Wikimedia]

Canadian activists gather in support of Palestine outside the Canadian Parliament, Ottawa, Canada

Canada is “to receive 100,000 Palestinians”, including 40,000 from Lebanon and another 60,000 from Syria as part of the US peace plan dubbed the “deal of the century”, Palestinian official source has revealed to the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar.

The Lebanese newspaper said that this came as a result of an American-Canadian understanding on this issue.

In addition, the newspaper said that there are similar understandings between the US and Spain that the latter is to receive 16,000 Palestinian refugees from Lebanon and similar understandings with Belgium and France.

The official also revealed facilitations offered by the immigration networks and organisations which are active in the Palestinian refugee camps.

READ: UNRWA’s existence might be contested, but it is essential for Palestine refugees 

Palestine refugees expert Tareq Hammoud said that these understandings, if they were validated, amount to “clear violations” of the rights of the Palestinian refugees guaranteed by international law as stated in UN Resolution 194 and other resolutions.

Speaking to Arabi21, Hammoud said: “Canada will be liable to legal consequences for such an agreement as it is a member in the special committee for the Palestinian refugees which stemmed from Madrid Conference.”

However, Press Secretary of Canada’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen denied the report.

“Canada does not have such an agreement with the United States and there are no special programs currently being considered to resettle people from Lebanon or Syria.”

(Source / 05.09.2019) 

Israel steals Palestinian land in Bethlehem to expand settlements

Jewish settlers surround an agricultural field of Palestinians' after seizing it to start an illegal construction at Beit Jala neighborhood in Bethlehem, West Bank on 3 September 2019. [Wisam Hashlamoun - Anadolu Agency]

Jewish settlers surround an agricultural field of Palestinians’ after seizing it to start an illegal construction at Beit Jala neighborhood in Bethlehem, West Bank on 3 September 2019

Israeli occupation authorities issued three military orders to confiscate Palestinian land in the West Bank governorate of Bethlehem to use for settlement expansion, the Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported yesterday.

The head of the Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Bethlehem, Hassan Bureijia, said that the first military order is related to Palestinian lands in the area of Al-Makhrour in the city of Beit Jala.

He stated that the land is owned by the Palestinian people in Beit Jala and Al-Khader neighbourhood.

This agricultural land, estimated to be hundreds of dunams in size, is to be used, Bureijia said, to expand settlement road number 60, which connects Jerusalem with the settlement bloc of Gush Etzion.

READ: How to confront Israel’s annexation of the occupied West Bank 

Bureijia said that the other military order related to lands in Al-Rashaydeh neighbourhood east of Bethlehem.

He said that this land is to be used for the expansion of the illegal settlement of Maali Amos.

The third military order, Bureijia said, is related to Palestinian lands in the village of Taqu in the south of Bethlehem and it is to be used for the expansion of the settlements of Nikudim.

Bethlehem cities, villages and neighbourhoods have been subject to increasing Israeli theft of land in favour of expanding illegal Israeli settlement projects.

(Source / 05.09.2019) 

6 Palestinians Detained From West Bank by Israeli Forces

05 SEP 5:28 PM

In its daily campaign of detaining Palestinians from throughout the occupied West Bank, Israeli forces detained, Wednesday night, into Thursday morning, at least 6 Palestinians, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS).

The army detained early this morning 2 Palestinians from Beit Kahel village in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, and 1 from Balata refugee camp in the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Soldiers also detained, Wednesday night, a young man, 17, from the Hebron area and another one from Qalandia refugee camp near Ramallah, who was detained after being summoned for interrogation by Israeli intelligence. The last detainee was not identified.

(Source / 05.09.2019) 

Settlers Storm Madama Village

05 SEP 3:45 PM

Dozens of Palestinian citizens suffered from exposure to tear gas, in Madama village, to the south of Nablus, during confrontations with Israeli soldiers and settlers.

Village chief Ihab al-Qut said that a hoard of Jewish settlers from the illegal settlement of Yitzhar, in Nablus, stormed the southern area of the village and fought with local youth, in the presence of soldiers who fired volleys of tear gas grenades.

Dozens of young men suffered from inhaling tear gas, during the events.

The settlers also set fire to many olive trees under military protection, while soldiers prevented local residents from going to their lands to extinguish the flames.

(Source / 05.09.2019) 

Soldiers Injure Dozens Of Palestinians Near Nablus

05 SEP 1:43 AM

Dozens of Palestinians suffered the severe effects of teargas inhalation, on Wednesday evening, after Israeli soldiers attacked them when they intercepted a group of illegal colonialist settlers who invaded their lands, and burnt olive trees, in Madama village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Ehab al-Qet, a member of Madama Village Council, told the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA), that the colonists attacked the southern area of the village, before local youngsters incepted them and started throwing stones at them.

He added that many soldiers were in the area with the colonists and started firing a barrage of gas bombs at the villagers, causing dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Al-Qet also said that the colonists set many olive trees ablaze, while the soldiers prevented the Palestinians from reaching their orchards to extinguish the fire.

(Source / 05.09.2019) 

SKYLINE INTERNATIONAL: FACEBOOK’S ACTIONS AGAINST PALESTINIAN PAGES UNDERMINE FREEDOM OF SPEECH

Madrid (QNN)- Skyline International for Human Rights said that the actions taken by Facebook against Palestinian pages and accounts would undermine freedom of speech and violate one of the most important human rights.

The group said in a statement issued on Wednesday that Facebook has recently threatened to block several pages and already blocked some of them and removed posts on Palestine, violating freedom of speech.

The Facebook page of QNN Arabic, among other pages like Taqaddumi and Bawwabat Al Hadaf News, has been threatened to be blocked.

Facebook has already committed 16 violations against Palestinian pages and accounts last month.

The group called on Facebook to take a serious look at the reports, which are being made against Palestinian pages, and which are usually based on political reasons. It also urged Facebook to make its policies regarding blocking pages and accounts public and clear and not to adopt using vague terms.

(Source / 05.09.2019) 

Bahar: Netanyahu And His Fake Entity Will Be Doomed To Demise

Ahmed Bahar, first deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, has accused the Israeli government of dragging the region into a religious war because of its persistence in desecrating the Islamic holy sites.

In a press release on Wednesday, Bahar warned Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu of playing with fire, asserting that “Netanyahu would be the first to burn with this fire that would lead to the downfall of his government and usurping entity, which was founded on bloodshed, terrorism and crimes.”

“Hebron city will remain a purely Palestinian city forever and part and parcel of historic Palestine, which is protected by its heroic people and its valiant resistance with their lives and blood,” the Palestinian lawmaker said.

He underlined that “Netanyahu and his fake entity would be doomed to demise soon.”

Bahar called for a Palestinian popular uprising to defend the Islamic holy sites and curb the occupation’s schemes.

He also called on the international community to intervene immediately to put an end to Israel’s violations against the Palestinian holy sites.

One Wednesday evening, Netanyahu desecrated the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron city a few hours after a similar provocative visit by Israeli president Reuven Rivlin.

(Source / 05.09.2019) 

IOF Closes Main Road To West Bank Village Of Kifl Haris

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Thursday morning closed the main entrance to Kifl Haris village, west of Salfit in the West Bank.

According to local sources, the IOF closed off the main road to the town with the  swing barrier, which it had been placed last year in the area.

The road closure forced local residents to use alternative routes to go to their destinations.

Road closures in the West Bank have long become a routine method of oppression used by Israel, the occupying power, against the local residents.

(Source / 05.09.2019)