Articles Archive for Year 2008

Gaza »

31 Dec 2008

From Maan News Agency. For the original article, please click here

Gaza – Ma’an – The most recent victim of Israeli airstrikes was 10-year-old Ismail Hamdan, who succumbed to his injuries after being hit by a missile while running an errand for his mother near their home in Beit Hanoun.

Ismail was with his two sisters when the missile struck, they were both torn to pieces on impact Tuesday afternoon.

The three were pulled out of a rubble pile by a passerby and transported to hospital via donkey-cart. The girls, 5-year-old Lama Hamdan, 12-year-old Haya Hamdan, were declared dead on arrival, but Ismail still had a faint heartbeat.

Dr Ibrahim Abu Ghazala treated fractures in each of Ismail’s limbs, removed damaged portions … Continue reading

Gaza »

30 Dec 2008

from Maan News Agency

Israeli troops halted airstrikes for one hour due to bad weather Tuesday afternoon, and resumed shelling and missile strikes as soon as clouds lifted.

The latest targets that came under fire were a lathe workshop belonging to the Ashour family in the Zaitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, and a dairy belonging to the Dalloul family in the Sabra neighborhood, also in Gaza City. The properties were destroyed, but no casualties have been reported.

2:00 Israeli warplanes bombarded Khan Younis in the southern Strip

1:00 Israeli helicopters targeted a site used by Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades in Beit Lahiya and another site in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported in either raid.

11:45 An Israeli missile made … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

29 Dec 2008

After a day of spontaneous demonstrating against Israeli Occupation Forces, Israeli soldiers surreptitiously entered Beit Ommar at after midnight early Monday morning, invading several houses and arresting two people. The two men, Issa Mohammed Issa Awad, 20, and Yousef Ali Musleh Awad, 21, are university students. They were taken from their beds in a quick invasion which left family members upset and afraid. Their current location is unknown. In a separate incident last night in Beit Ommar, Yousef Nasri Rashid Sabarneh, son of the mayor of Beit Ommar, was accosted by Israeli soldiers at the entrance to the village on the way home from visiting Betlehem. Yousef was then viciously attacked and beaten by Israeli … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Gaza, Hebron District, Ni'lin »

29 Dec 2008
Demonstrations Across Palestine Against Strikes on Gaza Get Violent Response, 2 Killed Near Ramallah

On Saturday, December 27, just hours after missile strikes on the Gaza Strip began, demonstrations broke out throughout Israeli and Palestinian cities and towns. In Hebron, dozens were injured, including 1 international solidarity activist, when Israeli soldiers began firing into the crowds who had gathered near the Ibrahimi Mosque (Abraham’s Tomb) with tear gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets. Hundreds of people flooded the streets in Nablus in a spontaneous demonstration where local leaders called for Palestinian unity in the face of the on-going massacre. In Tel Aviv, nearly 1,000 people from several Israeli cities gathered in the center of town and, despite an order from the … Continue reading

Gaza »

29 Dec 2008

Beginning two days ago without warning, an unprecedented series of attacks on police stations throughout the entire Gaza strip have left at least 300 dead and more than 1000 wounded, according to emergency health officials. The United Nations has reported that 9 of its employees have been killed, and others are reporting that 5% of those dead are children. Over night on Sunday Israeli missiles hit the largest University in Gaza City.

This attack comes after more than a year of strangulating sanctions on the Strip, which has left hospitals without basic materials or medicines to treat the mass-casualties.

THESE ARE ATTACKS ON CIVILIANS. Police officers and internal security personnel are not military targets. Over 50 of … Continue reading

Hebron District »

24 Dec 2008

For the original article and video click here

An Israel Defense Forces soldier has been arrested for allegedly shooting his gun while rioting with settlers in Hebron, it emerged on Tuesday.

The soldier, a member of the Givati infantry brigade who was off-suty at the time of the clashes, is a resident of the West bank settlement of Kiryat Arba, near Hebron.

He was arrested after the B’Tselem rights organization filmed him taking part in the clash between settlers and Palestinians. Ynet reported Tuesday that a military court has extended his remand.

According to B’tselem, the incident occurred on November 29, during the upsurge in violence that surrounded the eviction of the so-called “House of Contention” in Hebron.

Last week, the Israel Defense Forces … Continue reading

Other »

23 Dec 2008

Palestine Solidarity Project coordinator Mohammed “Hamude” Abu Maria is currently being held in Ofer Prison. Saturday morning, December 20, prisoners were bombarded with tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets, attacked with dogs and eventually Israeli armored police after they began resisting the brutal and degrading treatment of prisoners by prison guards.
Mohammed reported to PSP that the confrontation started after guards handcuffed several prisoners and brought dogs into the tents where hundreds of Palestinians are held during their daily “search” of property. On Saturday, with no apparent reason, guards began confiscating and destroying prisoner property. Prisoners protested and were met with savage force with guards shooting tear gas into the prisoner enclosures. Several people were … Continue reading

Gaza »

21 Dec 2008

For the original press release on Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights’ Website click here

The Israeli occupation Forces (IOF) has escalated its military attacks on the Gaza Strip, killing a Palestinian and destroying houses and other civilian premises. Meanwhile, Israel’s tight blockade of the Gaza Strip has continued, resulting with unprecedented deterioration of the humanitarian situation due to severe shortages of food, water, fuel and medical supplies. Daily power outage, which lasts for long hours in Gaza, has exacerbated this crisis.

According to Al Mezan’s field investigations, at approximately 4:50pm on 17 December 2008, the IOF gunships opened heavy machinegun fire towards Qleibo area, eastern Al Sheikh Zayid town, and the Talet Az-Zaitoun area in Jabalia Refugee Camp. The firing lasted … Continue reading

Apartheid Wall, Ni'lin »

21 Dec 2008
"Shoe Demonstrations" Across Occupied Palestine; Journalist Shot in Ni'lin

In Ni’lin Friday, demonstrators carried shoes on the ends of long sticks. In Bil’in, they were thrown at Israeli Occupation soldiers and beaten against pictures of George Bush, all in an “homage” to the imprisoned Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at George Bush during a press conference last week. In Arab countries, as the entire western world now knows, hitting someone with your shoes is the gravest of insults. On Friday across Occupied Palestine, Palestinians showed not only their deep disgust with the policies of the Israeli Occupation Forces, the construction of the Annexation Barrier and the assaults on non-violent protest, but also their anger at George … Continue reading

Beit Ommar »

18 Dec 2008

At 1 am Tuesday morning, massive numbers of Israeli Occupation soldiers, carrying notebooks with names and photographs of youth, raided several homes in Beit Ommar, arresting 16. Residents reported that the soldiers appeared to be trying to “strike terror in the hearts” of men, women and children as they ransacked homes and forced residents, old and young alike, to stand outside in the bitter cold for hours. Included in the raids were the arrests of the son of Ahmed Abu Hashem Abu Maria, a long-time volunteer with PSP, and the son of the mayor of Beit Ommar, Nasri Sabarneh. Mohammed Musleh Awwad and Ali Ayyad Awwad were brutally attacked before their sons were taken.

Of the 16, 3 … Continue reading