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Gaza militants say truce restored


by Staff Writers
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (AFP) March 13, 2014

Gaza’s Islamic Jihad announced Thursday that an Egyptian-brokered truce had been restored following a brief but intense confrontation a day earlier when Israeli warplanes pounded the Strip after heavy cross-border rocket fire.

But the truce, which was to have taken effect at 1200 GMT, was being tested after the Israeli military reported further rocket fire from Gaza hours later.

An army spokesman told AFP four rockets hit Israeli soil during the evening and another two were intercepted midair by the Iron Dome missile defence system.

Three rockets had also struck during the morning, he said.

On Wednesday at least 60 rockets hit Israel.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the Thursday rocket fire, but Gaza security sources linked what appeared to be a failed rocket attempt Thursday night to a Salafist splinter group.

They said the group may have been behind the explosion of a locally made projectile in the northern town of Beit Hanoun that injured five members of the same family, including a woman and two children.

Over the course of 24 hours, Israeli warplanes struck Gaza after militants fired scores of rockets over the border in the worst confrontation since an eight-day conflict in November 2012 between Israel and the Islamist movement Hamas which rules Gaza.

Although there were no casualties on either side, the violence was denounced by both Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and British Prime Minister David Cameron at a news conference in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton added her voice.

“I strongly condemn the recent rocket attacks on Israel, for which the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which is listed by the EU as a terrorist organisation, has claimed responsibility,” she said in a statement

“There can be absolutely no justification for the deliberate targeting of innocent civilians, and I call for an immediate end to such acts.”

Behind the scenes, Egypt worked to secure the renewal of a truce agreement to scale back the hostilities, officials in Gaza said.

“An Egyptian-brokered truce went into effect at 2:00 pm (1200 GMT),” Islamic Jihad spokesman Daud Shihab told AFP.

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AL Jazeera

 

Attacks continue despite Gaza truce claims

Israeli air raids on camps of Palestinian armed groups follow new barrage of rockets fired from Hamas-ruled territory.

Last updated: 14 Mar 2014 03:38


 

Israel has targeted suspected camps of Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip following a barrage of rockets fired from the territory.

Thursday was the second straight day of rocket attacks and air raids after an Israeli military operation against members of Islamic Jihad.

Islamic Jihad said that an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire had been restored, but the truce, which was to have taken effect at 1200 GMT, was being tested by continued violence.

“Israel Air Force aircraft targeted four terror sites in the southern Gaza Strip and three additional terror sites in the northern Gaza Strip,” a military statement released around Thursday midnight (2200 GMT) said.

Al Jazeera’s Safwat al-Kahlout quoted Gaza-based medics as saying that three people were injured, one of them seriously, in the Israeli bombardment.

Behind the scenes, Egypt worked to scale back the hostilities, officials in Gaza said.

“An Egyptian-brokered truce went into effect at 2pm (1200 GMT),” Daud Shihab, Islamic Jihad spokesman, told AFP news agency.

Earlier, Khaled al-Batsh, an Islamic Jihad leader, said Egyptian officials had contacted Hamas, which governs Gaza, to “restore the truce” with Israel in force since November 2012.

However, an Israeli defence official said he was “not familiar” with any ceasefire arrangement.

Al Jazeera’s Kimberly Halkett, reporting from Washington DC, said the Israeli government was not commenting on the ceasefire.

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Tribunal Dismisses Prosecution’s Application to Recuse Judge Eric David.

ISRAELPAELSTINE

 KUALA LUMPUR, 21 August 2013 – The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal, which commenced today to hear war crimes and genocide charges against the State of Israel and Amos Yaron, a retired Israeli army general hit a snag.

To begin with, the Prosecution made an application that, to preserve the sanctity of the tribunal, Judge Eric David be recused for his alleged possible connection with the Mossad, the intelligence agency of Israel.

There have been allegations including from US officials that the Peoples Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI) is supported by Mossad. The PMOI is listed as a terrorist organisation that has carried out terrorist activities against Iran. According to the prosecution, Judge Eric David had written a legal opinion that the PMOI be removed from the list of terrorist organisations.

Amicus curiae Jason Kay appointed under Article 15 of the Charter, raised the point that the allegations were not supported by clear evidence. And that perceived bias does not amount to actual bias. The Prosecution further argued that there must not even be any perceived bias on the part of any judge of the tribunal in deciding a case.

The Tribunal adjourned the hearing to deliberate further and later returned dismissing the prosecution’s application to recuse Judge Eric David, as they felt there was no threat of real bias. However, the prosecution disagreed and the hearing was adjourned once again.

When the hearing resumed, the President of the Tribunal, Tan Sri Dato Lamin bin Haji Mohd Yunus Lamin, expressed the panel’s disquiet of the breakdown of the forum stressing that once an objection had been overruled, it should be accepted and respected. He instructed the registrar to expunge all the allegations levelled against Judge Eric David from the records.

In their response, the prosecution accepted the panel’s decision but conveyed the serious concerns of the witnesses who had come all the way from Palestine to have their day in court. The witnesses, through the Chief Prosecutor Prof Gurdial S Nijar made known their three points of concerns to the panel of judges.

One, the fact, that, they have come to the Tribunal seeking justice after literally years of being unheard. They have come for justice and are prepared for any decision but in the present situation, they are not comfortable to appear before a judge that may be biased. They want the process of obtaining justice untainted in any way. Otherwise, in their view, it would be worthless. Secondly, they fear for their personal security in having come all the way to Kuala Lumpur to testify and thirdly, it is a matter of principle to them and if they lack confidence in the panel of judges, they would essentially be insecure and thus unable to tend evidence. As such, the Prosecution recommended that the hearing be adjourned Sine Die (indefinitely).

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Published on Apr 4, 2013

A number of women are in “very bad shape” after allegedly being attacked by pro-government militiamen and a taxi driver.

 

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Three British Women from Gaza Aid Convoy raped by Taxi Driver and Two Libyan Soldiers

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc),- Three British woman working with a humanitarian aid convoy destined for Gaza have been raped by Libyan soldiers in Bengazi, after being kidnapped by the soldiers and a taxi driver. 

Abdelhakim Belhadj, From Al-Qaeda Commander to NATO Ally and Tripoli Military Governor

Abdelhakim Belhadj, From Al-Qaeda Commander to NATO Ally and Tripoli Military Governor

After leaving Britain for the Palestinian Gaza Strip, the aid convoy had been stalled at the Libyan – Egyptian border for several weeks. After the rape, the three women were taken to a Libyan hospital and are reportedly in a bad psychological condition. Two of the perpetrators are soldiers of the regular Libyan military, while the third perpetrator is a taxi driver.

The Libyan Deputy Prime Minister Al-Basri, who visited the three women at the hospital, appeared on the Libyan television station al-Hurra, expressing his regret over, that two of the rapists had been Libyan soldiers. Al-Basri stressed, that the rapists behavior and crime does not reflect the ethics of the Libyan army.

Two of the raped women, who are sisters, were kidnapped together with their father. All three of the women were part of the humanitarian aid convoy. The woman were reportedly raped while the father of the two sisters, and colleague to the third woman was forced to witness the outrage.

The aid convoy has been organized by IHH, a humanitarian NGO based in Turkey. The convoy itself was named after the Marvi Marmara, the Turkish Gaza Flotilla vessel which was boarded by Israeli troops in international waters while en route to the Gaza Strip.

After Libya was overrun by foreign backed Islamist Extremists with ties to the Al-Qaeda linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, LIFG, under the command of the mastermind behind the Madrid Train bombings in 2004, Abedelhakim Belhadj, and after a new Libyan government was installed with the aid of NATO and GCC member states, many of the extremists acquired positions of government. The country has since been unstable and the situation is by many described as a state of virtual anarchy.

 

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Published on Mar 6, 2013

Years of Israeli blockade have badly affected the sanitary condition in Gaza.

The inhumane blockade and as a result lack of neccessary machinery and equpment have caused municipalities and sanitation workers fail to properly collect and process solid waste.

Press TV’s Ashraf Shannon reports from Gaza.

 The Cost of Israel’s War on Gaza


Published on Feb 10, 2013

A month after Israel’s last assault on the Gaza strip, the military and civilian costs on both sides are tallied up.

Earth Watch Report  –  Flooding

Mohammed Ballas / AP

Palestinians cross a road flooded and swept away by heavy rains in the northern West Bank village of Kabatyeh, on Jan. 9. A Palestinian official says the fiercest storm to hit the area in a decade has claimed the lives of two West Bank women who drowned after their car was caught in a flash flood unleashed by torrential rains.

09.01.2013 Flash Flood Palestinian Territory Multiple areas, [Statewide] Damage level
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Flash Flood in Palestinian Territory on Wednesday, 09 January, 2013 at 09:39 (09:39 AM) UTC.

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A Palestinian official says the fiercest storm to hit the area in a decade has claimed the lives of two West Bank women who drowned after their car was caught in a flash flood unleashed by torrential rains. Nablus deputy governor Annan Atirah says the women abandoned their vehicle after it got stuck on a flooded road Tuesday. He says the bodies, apparently swept away by surging waters, were found Wednesday, and the car’s driver was hospitalized in critical condition. In Gaza, civil defense spokesman Mohammed al-Haj Yousef said storms have cut electricity powering thousands of homes and rescuers were sent to evacuate dozens of people. Parts of Israel were bracing for snow a day after the military was forced to send helicopters and rubber dinghies to rescue stranded residents.

 

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Israeli leader mocks EU ‘dismay’

 

 

  1. By Andrew Rettman

The right-wing politician on Monday (10 December) told press in Jerusalem that EU ministers were talking nonsense when they said that creating 3,000 new settler homes in the so-called E1 district is a huge threat to peace.

“I don’t understand how people say that a Palestinian state cannot exist if Maalah Adumim is connected to Jerusalem … These are the same people who say that you’ll have a Palestinian state between Gaza and the West Bank, and they’re divided by 60-70km,” he said.

“That’s fine, that doesn’t preclude a Palestinian state in their minds but the fact that Maaleh Adumim can be connected to Jerusalem by a corridor of 2-3km, [the EU says] that somehow prevents a Palestinian state. That’s not true. It’s simply false,” he noted.

“If you repeat a falsehood endlessly, it assumes the cache of truth,” he added.

The names E1 and Mallah Adumin are unfamiliar to average Europeans who have not studied the map of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Mallah Adumin is one of the existing Israeli settlements which together form a near-complete ring around East Jerusalem. E1 is the last gap in the ring – a patch of barren hills inhabited by a few Bedouin tribesmen.

If Netanyahu builds on E1 it will seal off East Jerusalem and split the West Bank in half.

It means that the future Palestinian state would lose its ancient and holy capital.

The 290,000-or-so Palestinians who live in East Jerusalem would become stateless people who reside in Israel but without Israeli citizenship.

It also means the rest of Palestine would be split into three cantons. One of them would be the Gaza strip on the Mediterranean coast. The other two would be the north West Bank and the south West Bank.

The only ways to get from the main economic centre of Ramallah in the north to Bethlehem in the south would be via a 16-metre-wide Israeli-controlled road running through the Israeli ring, or by driving for several hours on an as-yet-unbuilt road through the Judaean desert to the east of the ring.

The EU ministers in their communique on Monday said they are “deeply dismayed” by the idea, because it “would seriously undermine the prospects of a negotiated resolution of the conflict by jeopardizing the possibility of a contiguous and viable Palestinian state and of Jerusalem as the future capital of two states.”

For their part, two Israeli experts said that it is Netanyahu who is talking nonsense.

“If you tell me there can be an agreement between Israel and Palestine without Jerusalem, I’ll ask: ‘What have you been smoking?’,” Danny Seideman, a lawyer who set up the Israeli-based NGO, Terrestrial Jerusalem, told EUobserver.

“If he [Netanyahu] says that he can make peace like this, then he is telling the Israeli public lies,” Hagit Ofran, a project director in the Israeli-based NGO Peace Now, said.

The EU ministers also threatened to “act accordingly” if Netanyahu does not back down, highlighting Israeli settlement products as an area for potential punitive action.

For Seideman, the threat of Israel’s increasing international isolation pales into insignficance compared to the threat of war with Palestine, however.

The EU statement also criticised Hamas – a Palestinian militant group which holds sway in Gaza – after its leader Khaled Meshaal last weekend called for the destruction of Israel at a rally attended by more than 100,000 people.

“The EU finds inflammatory statements by Hamas leaders that deny Israel’s right to exist unacceptable,” it said.

But EU diplomats know that Netanyahu’s E1 plan is likely to make Hamas the dominant force in the West Bank as well as in Gaza. The plan makes Hamas’ rival, the Fatah party – which has staked its reputation on diplomacy and a two-state solution – look stupid.

In the last exchange of fire in November, Hamas rockets hit the outskirts of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

In the last war with Hamas’ ally Hezbollah in neighbouring Lebanon in 2006, over 160 Israeli citizens lost their lives.

In the last intifada, or mass Palestinian uprising, which ended in 2005, over 1,000 Israeli citizens were killed.

Meanwhile, the Hamas-linked Muslim Brotherhood has taken power in Israel’s southern neighbour, Egypt. Its eastern neighbour, Jordan, has become dangerously unstable. Its other neighbour, Syria, has been penetrated by jihadist warlords and its main regional enemy, Iran, is believed by some Western intelligence experts to already have a nuclear bomb.

“This is not a drill. This is not a psychodrama. This is a geopolitical drama of the highest order. Netanyahu is not posturing. He is thrusting forward to what he believes is the best settlement for Israel’s final borders,” Seideman told this website.

“The Israeli public is sipping cappucinos on the edge of a volcano,” he added.

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Wars  and  Rumors  of Wars

 

Rights group: Israeli strike on Gaza home unlawful

 

Associated Press

  Israel News

A leading human rights group on Friday accused Israel of violating the laws of war when it killed 12 civilians in an airstrike during its recent conflict with Palestinian terrorists in Gaza.

 

Israel’s army countered that Palestinian terrorists were to blame for hiding in civilian buildings.

 

Israel launched its air assault on Gaza last month to try to stop frequent rocket barrages at southern Israel. The conflict ended after eight days with an Egyptian-brokered truce.

 

During the fighting in mid-November, the Israeli air force attacked the home of the Daloo family in Gaza City, killing 10 family members – including women and children – and two other civilians.

 

A military spokesman initially said it was targeting a senior member of the Hamas armed wing, whom he identified as Yahia Abayah, but the military later announced the airstrike had killed Mohammed Daloo, calling him a Hamas terrorist.

 

Human Rights Watch said neither Abayah nor Daloo were listed as killed on the websites of Hamas and Islamic Jihad‘s armed wings, which posts the names of its fighters killed in conflict.

 

The rights group said Daloo’s police commander said Daloo was a low-ranking civilian police officer serving in a unit that protects Gaza government figures and visiting officials, and was not a member of an armed group.

 

“Even if (the police officer) was a legitimate military target under the laws of war, the likelihood that the attack on a civilian home would have killed large numbers of civilians made it unlawfully disproportionate,” the Human Rights Watch said in a statement.

 

The group called on Israel to explain why it targeted a home full of civilians.

 

Funeral of Daloo family members (Photo: Reuters)
Funeral of Daloo family members (Photo: Reuters)

 

In a statement on Friday, Israel’s army said the Daloo home was a hideout for a senior Hamas terrorist involved in rocket attacks. It did not name the terrorist.

 

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Russia Sends Warships To Gaza Coast

Submitted by Tyler Durden
Zero Hedge

For the entire 8 day duration of Operation Pillar of Defense, there was one major geopolitical player who had been largely quiet and certainly absent from the scene: the same player whose unflinching position over the Syria conflict has so far prevented any intervention in the civil war torn country: Russia. The same Russia which has a military base in the Syrian port city of Tarsus, and thus in its own eyes, a very substantial “national interest” role to play in the middle east, one that is certainly opposing that of the US and the pro-NATO forces, a tension that will surely boil to the surface now that war between Iran and Israel is always at most “hours away” depending on who is asked, and which one day will be more than just a war of words. Today, Russia decided that it had kept quiet for too long over the Gaza conflict, with Voice of Russia reporting, courtesy of Al Arabiya, that Russian warships anchored off the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea will be put on military alertness should the conflict in Gaza escalate and brought in proximity, according Russian Navy Command source on Friday.

Sure enough, there is a diplomatic reason for the escalation: evacuation preparedness. To wit: “The detachment of combat ships of the Black Sea Fleet, including the Guards missile cruiser Moskva, the patrol ship Smetliviy, large landing ships Novocherkassk and Saratov, the sea tug MB-304 and the big sea tanker Ivan Bubnov, got the order to remain in the designated area of the Eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea for a possible evacuation of Russian citizens from the area of the Gaza strip in case of escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict”, the spokesperson said. He added that ship crew members will continue routine combat training, maintenance of equipment and weapons along with other military services.

A missile cruiser, which just happens to be the flag ship of the Russian Black Sea naval fleet, and whose purpose is “to destroy hostile surface ships” in order to aid evacuation? Odd…

Naturally, only very naive people would buy this “explanation”, which does nothing to mitigate the factor that Russia, too, is now implicitly involved in the Gaza conflict. How soon until China sends a few of its own warships to the region. Just in case China nationals needs evaluation too.

And if indeed evacuation is the catalyst, it may happen soon, because the tenuous cease fire between the two nations may not last long following another reflaring of hostilities between Israel and Gaza:

Hundreds of Palestinians approached the border fence Friday in several locations in southern Gaza, testing expectations Israel would no longer enforce a 300-meter-wide (300-yard-wide) no-go zone on the Palestinian side of the fence that was meant to prevent infiltrations into Israel. In the past, Israeli soldiers routinely opened fire on those who crossed into the zone.

In one incident captured by Associated Press video, several dozen Palestinians, most of them young men, approached the fence, coming close to a group of Israeli soldiers standing on the other side.

Some Palestinians briefly talked to the soldiers, while others appeared to be taunting them with chants of “God is Great” and “Mursi, Mursi,” in praise of Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi, whose mediation led to the truce.

At one point, a soldier shouted in Hebrew, “Go there, before I shoot you,” and pointed away from the fence, toward Gaza. The soldier then dropped to one knee, assuming a firing position. Eventually, a burst of automatic fire was heard, but it was not clear whether any of the casualties were from this incident.

Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said a 20-year-old man was killed and 19 people were wounded by Israeli fire near the border.

Mansour, the Palestinian U.N. observer, said Israeli forces fatally shot Anwar Abdulhadi Qudaih in the head and injured at least 19 other Palestinian civilians in a border area east of Khan Younis.

During the incidents, Hamas security tried to defuse the situation and keep the crowds away from the fence.

Moussa Abu Marzouk, a top Hamas official at the ongoing negotiations in Cairo, told The Associated Press that the violence would have no effect on the ceasefire.

The crowds were mainly made up of young men but also included farmers hoping to once again farm lands in the buffer zone. Speaking by phone from the buffer zone, 19-year-old Ali Abu Taimah said he and his father were checking three acres of family land that have been fallow for several years.

“When we go to our land, we are telling the occupation (Israel) that we are not afraid at all,” he said.

Israel’s military said roughly 300 Palestinians approached the security fence at different points, tried to damage it and cross into Israel. Soldiers fired warning shots in the air, but after the Palestinians refused to move back, troops fired at their legs, the military said. A Palestinian infiltrated into Israel during the unrest, but was returned to Gaza, it said.

As we previously showed the Brent market priced in a ceasefire for about 10 minutes last week, before sending Brent to its weekly high, on the realization that the peace between Israel and Gaza is merely lip service until at least one more foreign political entity figures out some way to benefit from a re-escalation of hostilities. Only this time the Russians will be there too.

 

 

People In Toronto Take It To The Streets For The People Of Gaza, Palestine, And The World

Window into Palestine

This is what we have so far and will update you with more as it becomes available

Saturday November 24th at the Israeli Consulate, 180 Bloor Street West, Toronto Hundreds gathered in protest against the Israeli war machine for them the Stop the killing and to End the blockade of Gaza, Palestine. Free Palestine. Support BDS. They we’re also in protest of The Canadian government with a focus on the Harper Regime who has failed to condemn Israel’s latest attack on Gaza Palestine, and Instead, it provides Israel with the military, economic and diplomatic support necessary to carry out its acts of aggression. They We’re calling on all people of conscience to join the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel and join in protests until it complies with international law. It was a city-wide rally and march in solidarity with Gaza and all of Palestine to Tell Stephen Harper and the Canadian government to end the support for Israel’s war. It was a message to all Canadians that it’s time to show the people of Gaza and all of Palestine that we stand in solidarity with them, we stand for justice and humanity!

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