Syria’s historic treasure trove in ‘unpublicized’ danger

March 2013 will mark the second anniversary of the Syrian uprising, which has proven to be one of the bloodiest battles of the Arab Spring. While the media rightly focuses on the country’s humanitarian crisis, it is not the only tragedy facing Syria. There is also the largely unpublicized danger facing Syria’s cultural heritage.

Over 12 museums have been looted; all six of the UNESCO World Heritage sites have been damaged; historical sites, including Bosra, Krak des Chevaliers, Palmyra, Apamea, have been destroyed while surrounding areas have become a stage for war.

Aleppo’s medieval Citadel, Great Mosque and the Ottoman Souq have all become a battlefield.

Syria’s heritage becomes prey

The chaos has resulted in considerable damage, destruction, looting and illicit trade to Syria’s heritage, robbing us of our identity and causing more hatred and division.

Syria is a cradle of civilizations, with a history of human settlement stretching back 5,000 years, during which Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Umayyads and Ottomans have lived.

Mark Twain once wrote about Syria’s capital: “Damascus has seen all that has ever occurred on earth, and still she lives. She has looked upon the dry bones of a thousand empires, and will see the tombs of a thousand more before she dies. Though another claims the name, old Damascus is by right, the eternal City.”

Under exceptionally harsh conditions, escalating violence and deteriorating security, Syria’s heritage now stands in the thick of fighting and has become prey to looters. However, reliable and complete documentation of this destruction is almost impossible to find because of the difficulties international agencies face in entering the country. Still, in the midst of all this, we must find ways to take immediate protective action to minimize the damage to any extent possible.

There are international initiatives, which are investigating the dangers facing Syria’s heritage, such as those launched by UNESCO, the Blue Shield and others. Still, there should be more awareness on the issue.

In general, the more organizations collaborate to find solutions, the wider the positive impact will be. In parallel, the media must play a more forceful role through sustained of the destruction.

Politically neutral

One of the organizations with which I am working with to address these issues is ARCH International, a Washington-based NGO concerned with the protection of cultural patrimony in conflict zones. Our project is called the “The Working Group to Protect Syrian Heritage in Crisis.”

The organization’s mission statement clarifies that the NGO is politically neutral and committed to working with all parties in the interest of safeguarding the country’s historic treasures.

As Dr. Cheryl Benard, president and co-founder of ARCH International, commented, “Since the two European World Wars, a number of international methods and conventions have been developed to try to protect historic sites, important monuments and cultural treasures from damage during war. But there are two problems with these efforts: first, they are very European in their logic, and do not necessarily resonate in situations in which deep religious, ethnic or tribal differences are fueling conflict. Second, they were designed for situations of conventional warfare, while today we are often dealing with asymmetric conflicts, sectarian conflicts and conflicts involving militias and armed opposition groups. The challenge is to develop new approaches for these new, non-European situations.”

“We can strengthen legislation against the illegal antiquities trade, which tends to drive much of the looting in war zones. The international community must also exert pressure on both the Syrian government and the opposition to ensure the safety of Syria’s treasures. Finally, we must create plans to assess and safeguard sites whenever the regime falls,” Christian Sahner, a professor on the Middle East at Princeton University and member of the “Working Group.”

“Syria’s ancient and medieval monuments are not just piles of rock and wood. They are the remnants of thousands of years of creativity and diversity in the country. Damage to Syria’s monuments is damage to the identity of Syria itself.”

With over 70,000 dead, two million refugees, 3.5 million displaced and countless cities and provinces crippled by fighting and hunger, all that is left for us Syrians is our history. Our history is the foundation of our diversity, culture and economy. Indeed, Syria’s history plays a crucial role for us, whether socially, financially or politically. But without our past we have no future.

(Source / 14.03.2013)

Israeli Navy Opens Fie At Fishermen In Gaza

Thursday March 14, 2013, the Israeli Navy attacked several Palestinian fishermen and fishing boats in the As-Sudaniyya coastal area, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, No injuries have been reported but the fishermen had to go back home after being denied the right to fish.

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Palestinian Fishing Boats

Eyewitnesses reported that the Israeli Navy fired dozens of rounds of live ammunition at several fishing boats, and into the air in an attempt to force the fishermen back to the shore.

The fishermen were within the six-nautical mile area they are allowed to enter and fish, but the army attacked them.

The attack is similar to numerous attacks that led to dozens of casualties and significant damages.

Under the Oslo accords in the mid-nineties, the Palestinians are allowed to fish in 20 nautical miles off the Gaza shore, but in 2008, Israel unilaterally reduced the fishing area to three nautical miles.

As part of the ceasefire agreement that ended the Israeli war on Gaza in November 2012, Palestinian fishermen were allowed to fish within six nautical miles off the Gaza coast, but the army continued to attack them in their allotted areas.

(Source / 14.03.2013)

Senior rebel source: US-trained Syrian rebels returning to fight

BEIRUT (Reuters) — Most of the first contingent of Syrian rebels taught by US army and intelligence officers in Jordan to use anti-tank and anti-aircraft weaponry have finished their training and are now returning to Syria to fight, a senior rebel said on Thursday.

Western officials and Syrian rebel commanders declined to comment on reports in the German weekly Der Spiegel and other media outlets last week that said Americans were training anti-government Syrian forces in Jordan.

But a senior rebel commander close to the process said US army and intelligence officers were training Syrian rebels and said most of the first batch of 300 fighters picked from southern Syria had finished their courses.

“This is a sensitive matter as you know, but yes the American army and intelligence are training some of the rebels,” he told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

The United States has said it would provide medical supplies and food directly to opposition fighters, but has ruled out sending arms for fear they may find their way to Islamist hardliners who might then use them against Western targets.

But, the commander said, Washington had taken the decision to train the rebels “under the table”.

The commander said US officials contacted the opposition General Command and offered to help some months ago. The General Command then asked brigades operating under its leadership to nominate “good fighters” to be trained to use advanced weapons such as anti-tank and anti-aircraft rockets, in addition to learning intelligence-gathering techniques.

Most of the first contingent of 300 fighters came from Damascus, the surrounding countryside, and Deraa, close to the border, because it was easier for them to reach Jordan.

“The courses vary, it takes between 15 days to one month and the fighters are divided into groups of 50 each. Each group travels to Jordan independently, not the 300 together,” he said. “It is defensive training.”

Most of the first group of 300 had now returned to fight in Syria, he said, but more were arriving to be trained.

Some 70,000 people have been killed since largely peaceful protests that began nearly two years ago against President Bashar Assad were met by live ammunition and morphed into an armed insurgency.

For security and logistical reason fighters from northern Syria could not join the training in Jordan, the commander said. But the rebel command is trying to convince the Turkish government to allow them to open a training camp in Turkey.

“We are hopeful that the Turks will allow us to have this camp where American officers train us,” he said.

(Source /14.03.2013)

Iranian fighter tries to intercept U.S. drone in Gulf: U.S.

In December 2011, the Iranians captured a sophisticated Sentinel spy drone after it crashed on Iranian territory.

An Iranian fighter jet tried to intercept a U.S. Predator drone over the Gulf but backed off after encountering two American military aircraft, the Pentagon said Thursday.

“One of the U.S. aircraft discharged a flare as a warning to the Iranian plane, which then broke off pursuit,” spokesman George Little said in a statement.

No shots were fired in the confrontation on Wednesday, which the Pentagon said took place over “international waters.”

At one point the Iranian F-4, an old U.S.-built warplane dating from the Vietnam War era, was within 16 miles (25 kilometers) of the unmanned Predator drone, the statement said.

In November, an Iranian fighter jet fired at a Predator plane, provoking a strongly-worded protest from the United States.

As after the November incident, the Pentagon vowed to continue to conduct surveillance flights over what it deems international waters and to safeguard U.S. forces in the region.

Little said that “we reserve the right to protect our military assets as well as our forces and will continue to do so going forward.”

In December 2011, the Iranians captured a sophisticated Sentinel spy drone after it crashed on Iranian territory, in an embarrassment for Washington.

The United States expanded its military presence around the Gulf over the past year after Iran threatened to block the strategic Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for tough international sanctions imposed over its nuclear program.

U.S. officials and military commanders worry about an accidental clash in the area that could escalate into a serious crisis and conflict.

But they are also keen to maintain a robust American military role in the region to counter Iran and to monitor its naval deployments.

President Barack Obama has repeatedly warned that he has not ruled out possible military action to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

(Source / 14.03.2013)

Israel Arresting Children To Prevent Third Intifada

Israeli soldiers lead arrested Palestinian youths brought into Israel from the Gaza strip, next to Kibbutz Kfar Azza early on March 3, 2008.
SILWAN, East Jerusalem — Most are ripped from their beds in the middle of the night. Others are taken while playing in the street, or leaving school. Many are blindfolded and shackled on their way to interrogation, which lasts for several hours at a time, all without a lawyer or family member present. Many are beaten, verbally abused, and pressured to sign confessions for crimes they didn’t commit.

The experience of Israeli arrest, interrogation and detention causes severe psychological damage, and leaves lasting scars on Palestinian detainees, their families and communities. It is especially traumatic, however, for the over 7,500 Palestinian children under the age of 18 that have been arrested by the Israeli authorities since 2000.

“Ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized,” UNICEF found in a recent report, detailing Israel’s practice of arresting Palestinian children.

While the phenomenon of arresting Palestinian children is widespread, the frequency and brutality with which these arrests are carried out are often influenced by the political situation on the ground. Certain geographic areas are also targeted, including Palestinian neighborhoods of East Jerusalem that count a large Israeli settler presence, where Israeli policies are most severe, or where Palestinian resistance is strongest.

“Arresting the Palestinian children in Jerusalem is one part of the puzzle,” Rifat Kassis, director of Defense for Children International’s Palestine section (DCI-Palestine), told Al-Monitor.

“[Israeli authorities are] trying to push harshly on any protest going on in Jerusalem because they want also to show that Jerusalem is a quiet, united, peaceful city. I cannot exclude this policy [of arresting children] from this overall picture.”

A tool to break resistance in Silwan

Some 60,000 Palestinians — half of whom are children — live in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, just south of Jerusalem’s Old City walls and the Temple Mount, or Haram al-Sharif.

In recent years, Silwan has borne the major brunt of Israel’s policy of arresting children. The presence of more than 400 Israeli settlers in Silwan — and several dozen Israeli soldiers, police officers and private security guards that protect the settlers — has frequently turned the neighborhood into a battleground.

Between November 2009 and October 2010, Israeli police opened more than 1,250 files against Palestinian children in East Jerusalem accused of throwing stones; most of these were in Silwan.

In February, at least 50 children from Silwan — including a young boy only 5½ years old — were arrested as part of a campaign of intimidation and “collective punishment” imposed on the entire neighborhood, local residents said.

“Every night there are clashes. Every night there are arrests,” explained Jawad Siyam, the director of the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, a local media center in Silwan. “People are worried about their children: 50% of students stopped going to school in February. Every second child didn’t go to school because [they were] afraid of being arrested.”

Palestinian children in East Jerusalem are protected under Israel’s “Youth Law.” Among other provisions, the law states that parents must be informed promptly when their child is taken into police custody and be allowed to sit in on interrogations. Arrests should, wherever possible, be carried out during the day, children should not be handcuffed or shackled, and most importantly, arresting children should only be a last resort.

Still, people familiar with Israeli practices in East Jerusalem have documented a systematic violation of the law, and of child rights overall.

“Minors in East Jerusalem do not enjoy the protections afforded to them by law. The routine use of the exceptions in the Youth Law in arresting and interrogating minors renders the law meaningless,” reported the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI).

According to Jawad Siyam, the widespread child arrests in Silwan point to an Israeli effort to stem resistance to its occupation policies. “It’s to empty the village from Palestinians and putting pressure on them. No Palestinian [hasn’t suffered] from this collective punishment. Everyone has a story in Silwan,” Siyam told Al-Monitor.

He added that in February, the Israeli authorities set up numerous checkpoints throughout Silwan to apply pressure on residents. Driving a 700-meter distance [less than halfl a mile], Siyam said, meant stopping at five separate checkpoints.

“They want to make people afraid. They don’t want anyone to resist or reject their [settlement] project in Silwan.”

Never-ending threats under occupation

Established in 1989, the East Jerusalem YMCA rehabilitation program — based in the West Bank town of Beit Sahour — provides psycho-social support, empowerment, and reintegration training to Palestinian children and youth who were detained by the Israeli authorities. The program helps ex-detainees rejoin their classmates at school, or take up vocational training to find jobs.

“These are the young people of our nation. These are the young people who are going to be the leaders of the community in the future and they shouldn’t be left without care and attention,” said program director Nader Abu Amsha.

Abu Amsha explained that triggers abound in Palestine — from seeing Israeli soldiers and army jeeps, to passing through Israeli checkpoints — and put youth in danger of re-experiencing the trauma of their detention. “This is not an easy environment to work in,” he said.

Indeed, according to DCI-Palestine’s Rifat Kassis, addressing the underlying political reasons Palestinian children are arrested, detained and abused in such large numbers is the only way to really solve the problem.

“The problem facing all rehabilitation initiatives is that if you rehabilitate a child, and then you put him again in the same situation, then it’s as if you are not doing anything,” Kassis said. “We will never be able to provide the protection needed for our children and for our future without ending this abnormal situation, which is the occupation.”

(Source / 14.03.2013)

Detained journalist in need of urgent lung transplantation

 

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RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Detained journalist Mohamed Al-Taj, 41, is in urgent need of lung transplant operation, the Palestinian prisoner’s society said on Wednesday.

The society warned in a statement that ignoring the operation for Taj, from Tobas, is tantamount to capital punishment.

The society’s lawyer who visited the prisoner said that his condition was very serious and was dependent on oxygen tube for breathing.

He said that hospital tests showed injuries in Taj’s lungs and blood closing all arteries and blocking breathing.

The lawyer pointed out that the prisoner’s health condition was retreating rapidly and was waiting for doctors’ opinion in his case especially when he was told that lung transplantations were not available in the Israeli prison clinics.

(Source / 14.03.2013)

News black-out and political farce over Jerusalem clashes

Tuesday 13 March 2013 / By Dr. Daud Abdullah, Middle East Monitor –  Despite their ferocity, last Friday’s clashes in the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa failed to make international headlines. The virtual news black-out was indicative of prevailing attitudes towards Jerusalem as a whole. Palestinian officials argue, and rightly so, that even the Arab media is complicit in this neglect. With every outrage committed in Al-Aqsa Mosque tensions rise to boiling point, evoking memories of September 2000 when Ariel Sharon ignited the second intifada with his provocative incursion into the Mosque compound.

Palestinians’ daily harassment at checkpoints, house demolitions and arbitrary arrests at the hands of Israelis are surely bad enough. However, the wilful desecration of religious sites and Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, is one indignity too many. In recent days Israel has taken its violations to new levels with a spate of incursions into the mosque, ending with the defiling of the Holy Qur’an.

Can things get worse? Many are expecting a dramatic turn of events. According to the Chief Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Shaikh Ekrima Sabri, “The arrogance of the Israeli occupation and its on-going provocations will ignite the third uprising and no one will be able to stop it.”

For now, the Israelis are hoping that Mahmoud Abbas and his security forces will prevent this from happening. As a pre-emptive measure they have arrested scores of young men across the West Bank. Abbas vows that he will not allow another intifada. In this regard he is consistent, for he was staunchly opposed to the 2000 uprising. Besides, there is also the spectre of what happened to his predecessor, Yasser Arafat, who was blamed for instigating and encouraging the Aqsa Intifada.

There was, however, no justification for last week’s gratuitous violence. There were no attacks on Israelis or their property. The only Palestinian “crime” was that they protested against the defiling of the Qur’an by an Israeli soldier who was filmed kicking the Holy Book days earlier.

Friday’s attack on worshippers in Al-Aqsa Mosque left scores injured. Israeli soldiers and Special Forces fired tear gas and rubber-coated metal bullets at worshippers inside the mosque. The obvious conclusion from this is that Israel is determined to raise tensions in the run up to US President Barack Obama’s visit to the country if and when Benjamin Netanyahu can cobble together another coalition government.

The ugly scenes in Islam’s third most sacred mosque were preceded hours before by the desecration of the graves of revered Islamic scholars and sages in Ma’man Allah cemetery. Eighty-five per cent of the cemetery has been seized to build amusement parks, museums and even dog kennels.

Two recent developments illustrated the shambolic approach of western politicians and governments to these manifestly criminal acts. The first was a threat from a gutless Canadian government to cut aid to the Palestinian Authority if it resorts to an international court to seek redress against the Israelis. Canada’s Foreign Minister made the announcement at the annual conference of the largest North American pro-Israel lobby group, AIPAC. In Britain, meanwhile, opposition leader Ed Miliband declared himself to be a Zionist and warned in a speech to the Board of Deputies of British Jews – the nearest thing to AIPAC on this side of the Atlantic that any thought of a boycott campaign against Israel is unacceptable. In both instances the message to the occupier was clear; carry on with more of the same illegal and unjust behaviour, we stand shoulder to shoulder with you.

UN Resolution 2787 called “upon all states dedicated to the ideals of freedom and peace to give all their political, moral and material assistance to peoples struggling for liberation, self-determination and independence against colonial and alien domination”; what happened to its lofty ideals? Countries like Canada and Britain appear to have abandoned them when the country being questioned is Israel.

On the ground, the coordination and division of roles between Israel’s army, Jewish settlers, the judiciary and the politicians continue unimpeded. The sacred Al-Aqsa Mosque compound has now, to all intents and purposes, been turned into an Israeli military outpost, contradicting the universal right to worship that all humanity is entitled to. Indeed, days after International Women’s Day, Palestinian women were prevented from attending classes in the mosques spread around Al-Aqsa’s courtyards. The silence of those critics of Islam who have a lot to say about Muslim women being oppressed is deafening in the face of the brutality of Israeli soldiers against Palestinian women.

In the absence of any meaningful political negotiations the politicians should tell us how to protect Palestinian rights. All they are doing at the moment is giving Israel time to realise its ambitions at the expense of Muslims.

These despicable acts of sacrilege will continue for as long as Israel enjoys the support of the US and its western allies. Every failure to act is an incentive which emboldens Israel to impose its administrative control over Al-Aqsa Mosque, to determine who enters the sacred site and when they can enter. These unjustified and deliberate attempts to insult and humiliate Muslims can only add to the dangerous climate of regional instability and move it inexorably towards the abyss of religious confrontation.

(Source / 14.03.2013)

Israeli appetite for US welfare funds

By JAMAL KANJ

Thursday, March 14, 2013

FAILING to agree on ways to reduce the deficit, the US president was forced earlier this month to enact the Budget Control Act (BCA) into law.

The debt ceiling compromise was originally agreed to between Congress and the president in summer 2011.

Known as sequestration, it forces across the board spending cuts by over $85 billion in 2013, increasing to $109bn thereafter reaching $1.5 trillion by 2021.

BCA cuts were divided equally between domestic and defence programmes.

It was originally stipulated to take effect on January 1, 2013 but was delayed for two months to avoid the “fiscal cliff”.

Economists predicted the US economy would nosedive into recession if the compulsory budget cuts were combined with the expiration of the Bush tax breaks for the rich and increased payroll tax.

Each of the two parties were hoping the results of the 2012 election would send a resounding message to the new leadership to settle the argument over the best approach to reduce US budget shortfall.

The election, however, put things back to pre-summer 2011 when it re-elected again one party for the executive branch and another, albeit weakened, remained leading the House of Representatives.

The discretionary reduction in the defence covers areas such as weapon purchases, base operations, construction work, educational assistance to American soldiers, in addition to $168 million for security enhancement at US embassies.

The domestic cuts came from both mandatory and discretionary spending on low-income programmes ranging from aid for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Head Start for low-income children, “Meals-on-Wheels” for hungry seniors, unemployment trust fund to Social Security and Medicare.

All in all, BCA could cost the US economy more than 750,000 jobs and over half a point from GDP growth.

It is certain when considering the impact of budget cuts on taxpayers neither political party gave much consideration to foreign beneficiaries.

Not until now at least.

While American taxpayers became content with the painful cuts, Israel and its lobby were not.

To the chagrin of Israeli firsters, sequestration stands to reduce Israel’s welfare cheque this year by more than $200m.

Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz expressed trepidation over the looming US budget constraints at the Israeli cabinet meeting on March 3 declaring: “the economic difficulties in the United States worry us. I hope that we will not be hurt by them”.

Steinitz’s message was heard by America Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Literally two days later, AIPAC massed thousands of Israeli firsters at its annual policy conference in Washington for this year’s mission.

The inculcated lobbyists swarmed the Halls of US Congress readied with two-prong strategy: first urge US Senators to pass a resolution supporting an Israeli attack on Iran.

Second seek exemption of Israel’s $3.1bn as well as its extra $211m for the Iron Dome missile defence system from sequestration.

To do so, AIPAC solicitors contrived a clever approach to sidestep BCA by promoting a US legislation to designate Israel as a “major US strategic ally”.

A status enjoyed by no other nation which will presumably save Israel’s aid from BCA axe.

Last week Israeli Ambassador to Washington Michael Oren echoed AIPAC’s objectives and in what sounded like lecturing US legislators, he warned in the Jerusalem Post: “This is no time to reduce critical assistance which would only result in greater and graver costs”.

While BCA across the board cuts did not spare more than $40bn from America’s defence budget, the Israeli ambassador and AIPAC want elected officials to preserve US taxpayers’ funding for Israeli military budget.

US legislators who regularly squabble over local spending, never fail Israel’s appetite for taxpayer’s largesse.

Now they have another opportunity to show their servitude when considering bill H.R. 938 United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013; a uniquely privileged status putting Israel’s welfare ahead of members of the US army.

(Source / 14.03.2013)

Syrian army captures truck full of weapon: Syrian TV

Syrian television station Ikhbariyah reports that the Syrian army captured a truck full of weapons headed to southern Damascus.

Syria’s Ikhbariyah TV on Thursday showed pictures of a truck full of weapons and reported that it was captured by the Syrian army.

The weapons included Israeli rockets and pictures were shown of weaponry, military jackets and binoculars.

The truck was reportedly headed to Sbeineh in southern Damascus, when the Syrian army captured it and seized the weapons on board.

At least 70,000 people have been killed in the two-year-old revolt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the violence has stoked tensions across the Middle East.

France and Britain have stepped up calls to lift the arms embargo to permit supplies to the Syrian opposition to level the playing field in the conflict.

But other EU governments, including Germany, have resisted the move, fearing it will fuel violence in the region.

Britain and France hope the threat of arming the rebels will force Assad into talks and a transition of power.

(Source / 14.03.2013)

Student shot and many others injured during night raid in Al Fawwar camp , Hebron

One student is dead and three others were shot during an Israeli army night raid in the al-Fawwar camp south of Hebron on Tuesday. 5 others were also injured .25 year old university student, Mahmoud Adel Tete, was shot with live ammunition alongside his teenage brother and two other men last night at 9pm .

Funeral of  Mahmoud Adel Al-Tete

Funeral of Mahmoud Adel Al-Tete

Four army vehicles entered the refugee camp attempting to find a suspect they claimed had thrown a molotov cocktail at a settler car. However, they were swamped with stones as soon as they arrived from the Palestianian refugees furious about the sudden invasion of their camp. One of the vehicles was immediately descended on by people trying to destroy the army vehicle. The soldiers panicked, opening fire on the Palestianian refugees, shooting blindly into the crowd with live ammunition.

Within minutes there was fatal casualty, Mahmoud an active supporter of the prison hunger strikers, was shot in the head with an illegal “dum dum” bullet by a Israeli soldier, the shot killed him instantly. His brother, 15 year old Feres, was shot in the hand including Mahmoud Shadfan who was shot in the stomach and Rami Al Karanz who was shot in the leg, all with live ammunition. Several people were injured with rubber coated bullets, and purposely driven over by army vehicles attempting to disperse the crowd.

The al-Fawwar Camp has been firmly situated in South Hebron for sixty years, established in 1951, the camps many residents are villagers from now occupied lands from the 1948 armistice line. The camp is home to around 8,500 people who receive minimal assistance from outside organizations and are also subject to the road block at Beit Hagay which restricts their movements in the West Bank.

The funeral for Mahmoud Adel Al-Tete was held today and attended by an estimated 8,ooo people at 12:30PM in the al-Fawwar Camp. Following the death of Mahmoud and the injuries sustained by the Palestinians involved in last nights raid, clashes erupted in Hebron city and in the al-Fawwar camp, continuing well into the night.

Blood on the streets of Al Fawwar camp

Blood on the streets of Al Fawwar camp

(Source / 14.03.2013)