Palestine to get gas from Israel

RAMALLAH — The Palestinian Authority on Monday announced that it signed a deal with the drilling partners behind Israel’s large gas reservoir to get natural gas for an upcoming power plant in the West Bank for 20 years.

Omar Kittaneh, chairman of Palestine’s Energy Authority, said that he signed the agreement with the Texas-based Noble Energy Inc. and the latter’s Israeli partners to extract gas from Israel’s newly-discovered Leviathan gas and oil field.

Kittaneh said that under the deal, the Palestinian Authority will obtain 4.75 billion cubic meters of gas with $1.2 billion to run a $300 million power plant the Palestine Power Generation Company plans to build near the West Bank city of Jenin.

Yitzhak Tshuva, whose Delek Group is one of the Israeli partners, told the Israeli Radio that the group will sell the Palestinians the gas when the Leviathan reserve begins to yield in 2016 or 2017.

The Leviathan field, located about 130 kilometers west of Haifa, is considered to be the biggest deepwater gas find of the century worldwide, with an estimated reserve of 537 billion cubic meters of gas. Leviathan’s smaller, 280 billion cubic meters to its east, Tamar, began generating gas for the Israeli domestic market in March 2013.  Tshuva said that he believes “a strong and stable economy shared by the two sides will bring peace and stability to the entire region, so that everyone will enjoy prosperity and economic growth.”  The Israeli Channel 2 television reported on Sunday that Israeli Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom recently traveled to Jordan to promote a gas deal with the Hashemite Kingdom. The Delek Group has said that it plans to export some of the natural gas to Europe via pipelines to Jordan, Turkey and Egypt, as well as the Palestinian Authority.  Ahead of the resumption of peace talks, US Secretary of State John Kerry introduced a $4 billion economic plan to revitalize the Palestinian economy.

According to Kerry, the plan will focus on developing the Palestinian private economy, a key ingredient for economic independence.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said several times that peace with the Palestinians must grow from economic cooperation, using the term “economic peace.”

The Palestinian leadership rejected of Netanyahu’s plan saying it is aimed at “diverting the world’s attention from the (Palestinian) political rights.

(Source / 06.01.2014)

Administrative detainees boycott military courts


stopad-banner-smallPalestinian administrative detainees in Israeli prisons have rejected a proposal from the occupation prison authorities to delay their protests of their detention without charge or trial, reported the Palestinian Prisoners Society.

Prison officials met with a group of administrative detainees, saying that their demands had been transferred to the security services and that responses would be forthcoming; they then asked the Palestinian administrative detainees to return to the courts, which they are boycotting, and not escalate their protest, said Jawad Boulos, head of PPS’ legal unit.

The detainees rejected this proposal, noting that the prison authorities have already delayed for months their response to the demands, and that they will continue boycotting the military courts and the Israeli Supreme Court and will take further steps to escalate.

Boulos said that the number of administrative detainees who refuse to go to the courts has increased, noting that Sami Hussein Ibrahim boycotted a Supreme Court hearing on Monday, as did Akram al-Fasissi.

Administrative detainees are held without charge or trial on secret “security” evidence, for six-month terms, indefinitely renewable. In practice, administrative detention is used to arbitrarily detain Palestinians without even the minimal standards of the military court, which convict Palestinians charged before them at a rate of 99.74%.

(Source / 06.01.2014)

Moatassem Raddad facing surgery as Palestinian sick prisoners struggle behind bars


raddadPalestinian political prisoners continued to suffer from severe illness inside occupation prisons, saying that they are receiving sub-standard health care and medical neglect from prison authorities.

Moatassem Raddad, suffering from bowel cancer, will undergo surgery to remove his intestines, replacing them with an artificial alternative. The surgery will take place in three steps and will require three to six months for completion. Raddad’s family noted that he has needed this surgery for a long time, but that prison officials had procrastinated in allowing him to receive treatment. On January 9, a court will be considering his request for release on the basis of his medical condition. The Mohja foundation and Raddad’s family noted that the Israeli prison service bears responsibility for Raddad’s ongoing condition and its profound worsening over the years, denouncing its “racist policy of medical negligence” as “slow murder” of Palestinian prisoners.

Yousry al-Masri’s medical situation has also become quite critical, reported his lawyer. Al-Masri, 30, from Gaza, suffers from thyroid cancer. Doctors believe that the cancer has spread throughout his body and he suffers from constant headaches and pain. He has lost over 15 kg in weight over the past few months. He received no treatment for two years after first reporting his medical symptoms, other than painkillers.

Ibrahim Bitar was transferred to Assaf Harofeh hospital on Sunday from Nafha prison, after a decline in his health attributed to medical neglect of his condition. He suffers from anemia and chronic stomach inflammation.

Former prisoner Naim Shawamreh was transferred to Jordan on January 6 for further medical treatment. He suffers from muscular dystrophy and was released in last week’s group prisoner release for 26 prisoners, included because of his severe medical status.

(Source / 06.01.2013)

Iraq Tribal Leader Says Qaeda Gunmen Have Quit Fallujah

Iraq armyAl-Qaeda-linked militiamen have departed Iraq’s Fallujah and it is now in the hands of local tribesmen, a senior tribal sheikh said on Monday.

“There is no ISIL in the city,” Sheikh Ali al-Hammad told AFP by telephone, referring to Al-Qaeda-linked group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

“They all left.”

“The gunmen inside are from the sons of the tribes, and they are here to defend” the city, he said, without elaborating.

Fallujah has been out of government control for days, and Iraqi officials have said that ISIL militants are holding the city.

Gunmen have also seized parts of the Anbar provincial capital Ramadi, farther west.

It is the first time militants have exercised such open control in major cities since the height of the bloody insurgency that followed the US-led invasion of 2003.

(Source / 06.01.2014)

Haniyeh phones Abbas to push forward reconciliation talks

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza Strip Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh phoned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday in an effort to push forward reconciliation talks.

The phone call comes only hours after Haniyeh announced a decision to allow Fatah members to return to the Gaza Strip, in addition to the release of Fatah members who had been previously arrested for “security” reasons.

Haniyeh’s office said in a statement that Abbas welcomed the decisions announced by Hamas today, as they drove reconciliation attempts forward.

Haniyeh told Abbas in the phone call that he wishes to end the division by increasing trust between the two sides, the statement said.

Earlier in the day, AFP reported Haniyeh as saying that “The (Hamas) government will allow all Fatah members who are from Gaza and who left the Strip (in 2007) to return, without any preconditions,” apart from those accused of killing Hamas members during intense factional fighting that year.

The statements came amid an outreach campaign by Hamas leaders towards Fatah over the last few months.

As Egypt has destroyed a large number of the tunnels that previously provided a crucial lifeline to the besieged Gaza Strip, Hamas has come under extreme pressure as living standards rapidly deteriorate.

The coastal enclave has been under an Israeli-led blockade since 2006-7, blocking the majority of imports and exports and leading to frequent humanitarian crises.

The division between the two Palestinian factions began in 2006, when Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections.

In the following year, clashes erupted between Fatah and Hamas, leaving Hamas in control of the Strip and Fatah in control of parts of the occupied West Bank.

The groups have made failed attempts at national reconciliation for years, most recently in 2012, when they signed two agreements — one in Cairo and a subsequent one in Doha — which have as of yet been entirely unimplemented.

(Source / 06.01.014)

Syria’s rebels are fighting each other — and that’s bad news for Assad

Contrary to conventional wisdom, infighting between opposition groups could spell danger for the regime
Assad may come to miss the al Qaeda–aligned opposition.
Assad may come to miss the al Qaeda–aligned opposition.
Syria’s civil war took an interesting turn over the weekend. Three years after dissident Syrians took up arms to topple President Bashar al-Assad, the rebel groups started fighting one another. Specifically, various moderate and Islamist rebel groups banded together to kick out a group dominated by foreign extremists, the Al Qaeda-aligned Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

The rebel-on-rebel fighting started on Friday in the northern provinces of Aleppo and Idlib, according to British group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, after ISIL killed Dr. Hussein al-Suleiman, the popular leader of rival faction Ahrar al-Sham. The killing ignited long-simmering anger against ISIL, whose ultimate goal is establishing a 7th century–style caliphate in a region encompassing eastern Syria and western Iraq. ISIL is reportedly detested by local populations, since it habitually imprisons critics and imposes its hardline Islamic rules in the areas it controls.

The united rebel groups — including the moderate Syrian Revolutionary Front, Ahrar al-Sham and the allied Islamic Front, and a new Aleppo group called the Mujahedin Army — had a productive weekend, retaking several cities and towns from ISIL. The intra-rebel fighting had spread to the eastern city of Raqqa by Monday. About 100 people have died in the fighting, according to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates.

Nicholas Blanford at The Christian Science Monitor provides some helpful background:

The Free Syrian Army, originally the main armed opposition group, has been overshadowed by the rise of more militant Islamist groups. The drift by rebel factions toward Islamic extremism was partly due to the regime’s brutal tactics, but it was also motivated by a desire to boost their appeal to wealthy Arab patrons in the Gulf.

The competition among rebel groups is a Darwinian contest for funding and weapons. Two of the strongest individual factions today are the al Qaeda-affiliated groups Jabhat al-Nusra [Al-Nusra Front] and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. More recently, Saudi Arabia backed the creation of a new rebel coalition, the Islamic Front, grouping together 45,000 to 60,000 fighters from some of the strongest factions. [Christian Science Monitor]

As long as the rebel groups are fighting among themselves, the big winner should be Assad’s forces. After all, if the various groups are fighting ISIL, they aren’t fighting the Syrian army and its proxy militias.

But so far this seems like a winning fight for Syria’s rebels.

First of all, ISIL gives them an enemy they can beat, and that has to provide a psychological boost. The rebels and Assad’s forces are stuck in a sort of stalemate, with Assad holding Damascus, Homs, and Hama, as well as the coastal strip in the northwest corner of the country. The rebel groups are holding the northern swath and, at least for now, Syria’s second-largest city, Aleppo.

Fighting an al Qaeda–aligned group will also help assure the U.S. and other Assad critics that it might be relatively safe to supply the rebels with more weapons and other aid. Few people expect the upcoming Geneva II peace talks in Montreux, Switzerland, to produce much in the way of an end to the fighting, but it should put any participating rebel groups in direct contact with Western diplomats.

This unified attack on Al Qaeda is “an important opportunity for some self-proclaimed friends of the Syrian people,” says Lebanon’s Daily Star in an editorial. “Countries in the West and elsewhere have been warning against the rising influence of these militants in Syria for months, perhaps using this as an excuse to avoid getting involved in the crisis.”

“Now is their chance to support the rebels who openly declared that their goals have nothing to do with those of religious extremists trying to hijack the uprising against the regime,” the Daily Staradds.

At the same time, some reports from Syria suggest that the ISIL isn’t doing that badly. Indeed, in some areas, the militants aren’t losing so much as defecting to the Syrian-dominated Al-Nusra Front or slinking away to fight other battles. “The Islamic State is pulling out without a fight,”activist Firas Ahmad tells Reuters. “Its fighters are taking their weapons and heavy guns.”

Some of the fighters appear to be heading toward Aleppo, but others are probably going back to Iraq, where the group originated. Last week, ISIL took over parts of the key Iraqi cities of Ramadi and Fallujah, the first sustained territory grab by the Sunni insurgents in years, certainly since U.S. forces withdrew at the end of 2011. Iraq and some local tribes are fighting back.

This is where ISIL’s big battle will take place. As long as ISIL is pouring its resources into Iraq, the winners in the short term should be the Islamic Front, the Free Syrian Army, and the Mujahedin Army. Not only will they have more territory and fewer distractions from a bloody rival faction, but Iraq will be less willing and able to send militias into Syria.

(Source / 06.01.2014)

Jarba re-elected as President, Jamous re-elected as Secretary General

Anas Abda, political committee member, said that the General Assembly meeting “will discuss expanding the political committee to 23 members, from 19 members today. The expansion aims for better representation of all components of the Coalition in the Political Committee.” The General Assembly will also elect new members of the political committee. Abda also states that “the vote on going to Geneva II and discussion the interim government plan are postponed until tomorrow.” Abda states that extending the presidential term from six months to a year is not among the topics discussed during the meeting. The General Assembly re-elected Ahmed Jarba as president of the Syrian Coalition, while Abdul Hakim Bashar, Faruk Tayfur, and Nora al Amir were elected as vice presidents. Badr Aldin Jamous was reelected as secretary general of the Syrian Coalition and all of them were elected for a period of six months. Ahmad Jarba stressed that he is seeking to protect and respect the values ​​and principles of the Syrian Revolution, and his keenness to achieve the aspirations of the Syrian people to live with freedom, justice, dignity and equality. Jarba also stresses that the Syrian Coalition, as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people, will not waive a single demand advocated by the Syrian Revolution.
(Source: Syrian Coalition / 03.01.2014)

Beyond Jihad

Nearly three years of fighting have passed, accompanied with three years of speculation on whether the origin of the war in Syria has a sectarian basis. Now, the conflict indeed seems to incline towards an all out war between different Islamic creeds.

By now it seems a realistic option that the Assad regime is preserving its power, whether or not the Islamist factions maintain control over certain parts of Syria, and a cease-fire is suggested to be the best option. That is according to top-analysts like Ryan C. Crocker, the former ambassador of the United States to for example Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria; and Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies and associate professor at the University of Oklahoma. Meanwhile, in the Netherlands the public debate is still more focussed on possible consequences for our society if fighters return from Syria, and what can be done legally to prevent them from re-entering society.

Before laws are adapted to take away their Dutch citizenship, or to end their welfare, it is important to gain insight on the underlyingmotivations of the involved parties. Landis argues that the differences between the newer Islamic Front and al-Qaeda are merely “shades of grey“, and predicts a grim future for Syria. All the more considering his point of view on the segmentation of Syrian soil, between the jihadist factions on the one hand and the Assad regime on the other, after the war. He emphasizes that Zahran Alloush, leader of the Islamic Front, shows his – and with that that of his super militia – sectarian character in the anti Shiite and anti Alawite tirades on YouTube. This way of thinking combined with the willingness to cleanse the world of religious dissenters, points towards a type of ‘world-conqueror’ fundamentalism, rather than a so-called struggle of oppressed Sunnite majority or minority against an oppressing Alawite or Shiite dictator.

Often used by jihadist groupings to refer to Shiites and Alawites is the word ‘Majus’, as reference to the Three Wise Men from the Christmas message, derived from the Zoroastrian order of ‘Magicians’. The black and white world view of these groupings can be derived from this: they themselves are good, the ‘Light’, and anyone outside their group is in the ‘Dark’. The reference to a Persian order of priests is fairly ironic, considering the academic jargon for such a dichotomy being ‘moral Manicheism’ – after the Persian gnostic religion from Antiquity. Entirely by the book they base their ideology on both strong theological and nationalistic foundations, by identifying evil not only with gone astray teachings, but with the Persians as a people as well. Likewise, their eventual objective is to establish a theocracy based on a historically framed Umayyad Caliphate in the Shaam area that is guarded against Persian influence.

From the following quote from a recent article by Middle East correspondent for The Guardian Martin Chulov, we can conclude that not every fighting group wants a revival of the old caliphates: “Increasing numbers on both sides […] frame the war as a prelude to an apocalyptic showdown with a preordained foe.“ For both Sunnites and Shiites, Shaam – the Arabic term for the greater Syria – plays an important role in the dawn of the end of times, be it that this scenario will take place in entirely different settings. Especially with Jabhat al-Nusra and like-minded groups, it seems they feel like they have to influence and/or enforce the circumstances to precipitate the end of times. For a moment it seemed like Shiites would join the conflict on a global scale as well, but the newspaper article ‘Prominent Shiite Cleric Backs Fighting in Syria’, that reported that the Qom based ayatollah al-Haeri issued a fatwa saying Shiites worldwide should get involved into the conflict, seems to have been removed from the initial source – Associated Press. It merely still shows up as title in Google’s cache, but provides dead links to AP and The New York Times. Nearly a year ago, we have as well heard one of the Dutch advocates of ‘jihad’ in Syria emphasize the importance of the Levant over, for example, Mali, because Shaam “there will Jesus return for example.” The final goal seems, like Chulov mentioned, to be the awakening of the Apocalypse. Characterizing is the general lacking of answers on questions many have asked like, why is Syria important and not for example Mali? Why is Saddam’s Baath acceptable while Assad’s Baath is not? The answers to these questions are not given univocally, but especially underlining the eschatological importance of the Levant over other hotbeds, point towards the will to pave the way for an expected Messiah figure.

Last week showed that the ‘holy war’ does not restrict itself to the borders of Syria, when a newspaper article appeared on Belgian fighters in Syria who had committed an attack on Iraqi soil. And two days ago in the article from Liz Sly in the Washington Post, in which she writes on the most recent feat of arms of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, who took control of the western part of Fallujah.

Meanwhile all different jihadist factions, who have committed themselves to safeguard the entire Sunnite world against evil from outside and from within, battle each other as soon as their territories are approached. Preceding a possible victory, the conflict already lifted to an ethno-religious level, it is very much a question as to whether that provides a better situation for the Syrian people. It would be better to speak no longer of a general war between Sunnites and Shiites, but to emphasize the different fundamentalisms active in Syria, and (apart from returning PTSD suffering jihadists) the potential affliction beyond jihad that comes along with it …

(Source / 06.01.2014)


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The infighting between the more moderate Islamists of the Islamic Front (IF) and the extreme Jihadists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) escalated over the weekend.

The Same Street in Homs 2011 and 2014

The IF, supported by the Syrian Revolutionaries Front, the nascent Army of Mujahedeen and some remaining units of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) launched attacks against ISIL controlled towns and villages across Idlib and Aleppo provinces on Friday and Saturday.

It is here in the north that local resentment has been brewing for months against the strict regime and brutal methods of control imposed by ISIL on territories which it has often taken over after they had been earlier liberated by the FSA.

In other parts of Syria, notably around Damascus and southwards into Deraa province ISIL seems to have a better reputation and continues to cooperate with other groups of Opposition fighters.

Things came to a head recently when ISIL executed Hussein Suleiman (Scroll down – see below), a well known and popular Opposition doctor and leader, and when confronted by IF refused to hand over his killers.

In Manbij, Opposition fighters seized a compound garrisoned by ISIL but near Tal Rafaat, just north of Aleppo, ISIL ambushed an opposing Opposition convoy, killing at least 14 fighters from the Liwa al-Tawhid Brigade, which is a member of the Islamic Front.

According to reports at least 59 fighters were killed by Opposition infighting on Sunday alone, 9 of them from ISIL, more than 100 Opposition fighters killed over 3 days. ISIL, which has many foreign Jihadists amongst its numbers, has used car bombs is some cases to defend its territory.

Activists are saying that ISIL has now lost positions at Atareb, Ma’ara, Darat, Shaykh Isa , Harbul, Anjarah and Jarablos in Aleppo province and has since withdrawn from Al Dana in Idlib province and the important town of Atma on the Turkish border.

Some reports suggest that ISIL is attempting to consolidate and regroup on the Maskaneh Plain between Aleppo and Raqqah and has even threatened to pull out of the areas it controls in the eastern parts of Aleppo city, handing them over to the Assad regime.

Other reports that a huge military convoy of 16 tanks and 20 Zell troop-carriers has arrived at the Military Academy in western Aleppo is certainly not good news for the Opposition.

However, heavy clashes are reported in the Sheikh Said district of the city where Oppositition fighters are attacking the Syrian Army in a military housing complex.


Much of the Opposition infighting on Sunday switched to Raqqah province and Raqqah city in particular, the only regional capital completely under Opposition control.

People Walk Along a Street in Deir Ez Zour

Activists said that more than 40 fighters on both sides had been killed in clashes near the old bridge area of Raqqah and that fighting today, Monday, is concentrated around the headquarters that ISIL had established for itself in the old regime government buildings.

Along with unconfirmed reports that 70 ISIL fighters have defected, confirmed reports say that IF units captured another building in Raqqah and released 50 prisoners, including a Turkish journalist who had been missing for 2 weeks.

As many as 1500 people, many of them Opposition fighters or activists, are thought to be held by ISIL in various buildings around the Raqqah area. Video footage of the released prisoners is HERE:

Interestingly, the key Opposition force besieging the ISIL HQ in Raqqah is the Al Nusra Front (ANF), itself an Al-Qaeda affiliate, though not as extreme or brutal as ISIL. ISIL had earlier tried to force ANF to amalgamate with it, but ANF, which is largely composed of native Syrian fighters, refused to do so.

Fighting between ISIL and other Opposition forces is also reported in central Hama province and east of Deir Ez Zour. ISIL also has its hands full across the border in Iraq where it seized the 2 cities of Fallujah and Ramadi.

Latest reports suggest that ISIL has since lost control of Ramadi to the Iraqi Army and is completely surrounded by them in Fallujah after a number of air strikes.


According to widespread reports Opposition fighters in Barzeh, the northern district of Damascus which has been under bombardment by the regime for more than a year, have agreed to a local “ceasefire”.

Earlier Fighting Between the 2 Sides in Barzeh

The local council run by the Opposition said that after negotiations the Asad regime and the FSA had agreed “the withdrawal of Assad’s army from all of Barzeh, and the cleaning of the streets [of abandoned corpses], in preparation for the road to be opened” by the Opposition.

“The FSA will be the one manning traffic” through the district, which has been blocked off ever since the Opposition took over the neighbourhood, the statement added.

However, this is rather different from the version of events put  out on the state run SANA website under the heading “Army units kill terrorists, destroy their weapons in Damascus Countryside”

In the SANA article the ” ceasefire agreement” is described as “A military source said that 200 gunmen from the so-called “Free Army” and Jabhat al-Nusra turned in with their weapons to the Syrian army in Barzeh neighborhood in Damascus.

The source told SANA in a statement that the army units entered the neighbourhood, seized the terrorists heavy weapons and dismantled the explosive devices planted near the citizens’ houses”. (EDITOR: That doesn’t sound like much of an “agreement” to me! Nor that the FSA is in control)

According to the Opposition the truce also optimistically envisages that residents who had fled the district will be able to return within two weeks, and that “services will be restored.”

Activists have also said that the SANA statement was untrue and designed as a tactic to “put pressure on the negotiations”.

Elsewhere in the Damascus area, the Assad regime continued dropping barrel-bombs, this time on the town of Yalda, causing at least 3 deaths and many casualties, HERE: 

More video of the gas pipeline to the Dair Ali Power Generation Station that was blown up by Opposition fighters at the end of last week, has appeared, HERE: 

In Latakia province, the Islamic Front has been shelling Latakia city with Grad missiles, HERE:  and in Deraa province Opposition fighters destroyed a regime convoy near Nawa, HERE: 

Ahmad Jarba was re-elected on Sunday as the leader of the Opposition Syrian National Coalition, though it has not yet decided whether to take part in the forthcoming “peace talks” to be held in Switzerland on January 22nd. Discussions on this will continue today.

The Syrian National Council ( not to be confused with the “Coalition”, though an important part of it) led by George Sabra has already decided it will not attend the so-called “peace conference”), saying it will not negotiate until the Assad regime falls.

The Coalition has backed however the move by the FSA and the Islamic Front to curb the excesses of ISIL.

More trouble is certainly almost ahead for Lebanon, where Majid al-Majid (scroll down – see below), the leader of Al Qaeda there, has died in a military hospital. Majid, who is relatively young, was only identified positively as the Al Qaeda leader from DNA tests on Friday.

Apparently, he needs regular dialysis for a kidney problem and according to the Lebanese authorities he went into a coma and suffered renal failure on Saturday. The BBC has a video report, HERE: 

Finally, an interesting video report from the BBC on the women fighters of the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers Party, (EDITOR: Fine looking, strong  women, in my view, who will hopefully maintain their independence when the fighting ends), HERE:

Palestinian journalist seized near Ramallah

Ma’an reported that Israeli forces detained a Palestinian journalist after raiding his home in Kafr Nima village west of Ramallah on Monday morning, January 6.

Muhammad Omar al-Dik, 24, is a journalist in the media office of the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front. Al-Dik is a graduate student at Birzeit University and that he has an undergraduate degree in political science and media.

“Targeting Palestinian journalists on a regular basis by Israeli forces is an evidence to Israeli racism and oppression,” said Husni Shilo, an official from the syndicate of Palestinian journalists.

He highlighted that the detention of al-Dik brings the number of Palestinian journalists currently jailed in Israel to 12.

(Source / 06.01.2014)