The Palestine Brief (15)
“Welcome to Palestine” arrive in Jordan
Four Palestinian prisoners are still on hunger strike
Hamas appreciates South Africa’s position on settlement products
U.S.: Israeli probe into Corrie’s death wasn’t ‘credible’
A weekly report published by the Center for Political and Development Studies (CPDS), Gaza on the latest developments in Palestine.
August 26, 2012
· “Welcome to Palestine” arrive in Jordan
Western activists, mostly French nationals, started to arrive in the Jordanian capital Amman on Friday in a fresh attempt to enter occupied Palestinian territory to deliver assistance to Palestinian schoolchildren. The AFP quoted the chairwoman of the campaign “Welcome to Palestine” as saying that the activists arrived in Amman in preparation for heading to the West Bank city of Bethlehem to distribute school supplies.
“We will go to the King Hussein Bridge on Sunday to cross to the West Bank after the failure of two earlier attempts in July 2011 and in April 2012,” she added. She said that 20 out of 100 activists had arrived in Amman and the rest would arrive on Friday night and Saturday, adding that this time “Israel has no excuse to prevent us as it asked us in the previous occasions to go to Rafah crossing or King Hussein Bridge”.
· Four Palestinian prisoners are still on hunger strike
Palestinian prisoner Samer Al-Barq is on his 126 day of hunger strike. Hassan Safadi is in his 137 day of hunger strike in protest of administrative detention with no trial or charge. Ayman Sharawna is on his 56 day of hunger strike. Samer Al-Isawi is on his 25 day of hunger strike. Al-Isawi was released in the last prisoner swap, yet the IOF rearrested him.
· Hamas appreciates South Africa’s position on settlement products
Hamas has highly appreciated South Africa’s position of imposing labels on Israeli products produced in settlements established in occupied Palestinian territory.
A responsible source in Hamas said on Thursday that the SA step reflected its rejection of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian land and settlement activity.
He denounced the Israeli description of that measure as “racist”, adding that Israel’s criminal policy against the Palestinian people, land, and holy shrines was the racist one.
“We appreciate the position of South Africa (in this regard) and call on all countries to boycott the usurping Zionist entity for its relentless war against the Palestinian people, land, and holy shrines”, the source concluded.
· U.S.: Israeli probe into Corrie’s death wasn’t ‘credible’
Israel’s investigation into the death of American activist Rachel Corrie by an Israeli bulldozer nine years ago was not satisfactory, and wasn’t as thorough, credible or transparent as it should have been, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro told the Corrie family this week.
Corrie was crushed to death on the afternoon of March 16, 2003, by an IOF Caterpillar bulldozer, when she and her friends were standing in front of it to prevent the demolition of two Palestinian homes.
· Police violence against Jerusalem’s Palestinian citizens increases
The Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories said on Thursday that Israeli police violence against Jerusalem’s Palestinian citizens is increasing. B’Tselem confirmed that it has documented dozens of incidents in which police officers used excessive violence.
Commenting on the assault on Talal al-Sayyad by Israeli police using electric-stun guns, B’Tselem said that such attacks are classified as increasing and deliberate violence by the Israeli police. “Israeli police spray huge amounts of pepper gas at the faces and eyes of Jerusalem citizens and they also use stun guns which are only supposed to be used against dangerous persons,” added the human rights group in a written statement.
B’Tselem has documented many attacks and filed complaints with the authorities but has faced “official Israeli inaction regarding investigations against police officers”.
· Arson attack on Islamic centre in Jaffa on Eid
The headquarters of the Yaffa Islamic Club has been attacked by Jewish settlers who set fire to the inside of the building on Shivtei Israel Street in Jaffa. The arson attack took place on Sunday, the day of Eid commemorating the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
As with other Muslim organisations around Israel, occupied Palestine and the rest of the world, the club had arranged for an Eid celebration to take place after the evening prayers. Instead, the club’s members found themselves having to clear up after the attack by settlers, who had issued threats to the building in advance. Despite this, the Israeli police have not apprehended or charged anyone over the attack. Witnesses told the local media that they believe the arsonists to be the same people who issued the warning notice.
· Daughters fight to save mother from arrest in Nabi Saleh
Israeli soldiers arrested Nariman Tamimi, as her daughters tried to prevent the arrest. Tamimi was taken at the entrance to Nabi Saleh’s water spring on August 24, 2012, during the weekly protest against the occupation held in the village. Pictures of the arrest here.
· Intensified arrest campaign against Palestinian farmers
A number of staff of the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), a Palestinian grassroots organization that organizes Palestinian farmers to defend their land and develop their products, have been targeted in recent days for arrest by Israeli occupation forces.
On July 31, Dr. Moayad Ahmad Bisharat, the coordinator of UAWC’s Jericho office was abducted at dawn from his home. The UAWC office in Jericho was then ransacked by Israeli forces, which confiscated the computers, laptops, and files of the organization. This is the most recent in a series of arrests of UAWC activists in recent weeks, including the Director of Development and Operations, the engineer Fouad Abu Saif on July 26 in an early morning raid on his home in Hebron, in which his computer, mobile phone and other communication devices were seized. The director of the UAWC Jericho office, Mohammad Nujoom was abducted on July 16 as he re-entered Palestine from abroad. Both were taken to the Moskobiya compound for interrogation.