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News SectionHere you will find a small selection of recent news stories relating to Palestine and the Middle East, together with links to the original articles.
Israeli elected to Fatah's Revolutionary Council
An Israeli citizen has been elected to Fatah's governing body, the Revolutionary Council. Uri Davies, 66, is one of roughly 700 candidates who put himself forward for election in Bethlehem last week, and the only Israeli candidate. The Jewish-born Davies, who is married to a Palestinian, called himself a “citizen of an apartheid state” and called for the campaign of an international boycott of Israel to be toughened up.
Violent clashes in Gaza leave many dead
Violence erupted in Gaza last week after a Muslim cleric’s call for the establishment there of an ‘Islamic emirate’ sparked rebellion. At least 24 died and over 100 were injured when Hamas security personnel clashed with Jund Ansar Allah (Soldiers of the Companions of God). Their leader, Sheikh Abu al-Nour al-Maqdessi, is reported to have killed himself with an explosive vest when a policeman was sent to arrest him.
Serious rights abuses in Gaza offensive
[Al Jazeera, 15/08/09]
The United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights has said that Israel acted with ‘near impunity’ during its attack on Gaza and the beginning of the year. Navi Pillay said the offensive, which left at least 1,400 Palestinians dead, was in violation of international law, and that evidence pointed towards serious human rights abuses by Israel. Rights violations included torture, extra-judicial execution, forced eviction, arbitrary detention, home demolition and other violence and restrictions on freedom of movement and expression, Pillay said.
Hezbollah warns Israel
[Al Jazeera, 15/08/09]
The secretary general of Hezbollah has warned Israel that Tel Aviv will be targeted in retaliation for any strike made against Beirut or its suburbs. Speaking at a meeting of supporters, Hassan Nasrallah said Hezbollah did not seek war, but would not shirk from defending the Lebanese people.
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