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Even the Arab media has forgotten Palestine

PNN Amin Abu Wardeh (Nablus) - Friday, 28 July 2006, 10:23

In the past two weeks, since the onset of Israeli military operations in southern Lebanon, regional and international media has all but forgotten Palestine. The killings, incursions, and arrests by Israeli forces continue daily in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
(Nablus) Amin Abu Wardeh, Thursday, 27 July 2006
Even Arab media is currently being criticized by many Palestinians. Yesterday's slaughter of 23 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip was apparently only important enough to make the second story on most Arab media websites. The ongoing fighting on the Israeli-Lebanese border remains the top story.

What most media sources, and international political figures, are missing,is the clear and distinct relationship between the situation in southern Lebanon and the ongoing violance occurring all summer in Palestine.

The visit of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Ramallah only confirmed the beliefs of many Palestinian politicians that the international community is missing the connection between the clashes on the northern and southern fronts. Instead of discussing the Palestinian death tolls, or calling for prisoner exchanges, Rice pressured the Palestinian side to release the captured Israeli soldier.

While the media diverts its attention to the conflict in southern Lebanon, and key political figures blatantly ignore real prospects for peace, Israeli aggression in the West Bank and Gaza will continue to claim the lives of innocent Palestinians.

The Israeli military operations in southern Lebanon and the Gaza Strip are not mutually exclusive. Both situations demonstrate Israel's flagrant violations of international humanitarian law.


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Residents injured in Beit Hanoun, army shells a house, a hospital, in Gaza, child injured in Rafah
Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - Sunday, 30 July 2006, 02:13

Saturday after midnight, Israeli forces shelled several houses in Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, several residents were injured. In Gaza city, soldiers shelled house Al Saftwai neighborhood, one resident was injured. Soldiers also shelled a hospital in Gaza, and injured a 4-year old Child in Rafah.

Eyewitnesses in Beit Hanoun reported that Israeli tanks based at the northern and eastern parts of the Gaza Strip fired artillery shells at several houses and at open areas. Most of the shells landed and detonated in Al Sikka Street, near the Islamic Society injuring several residents including a 19-year old young woman.

On Saturday evening, soldiers shelled Balsam Hospital in the northern part of the Gaza Strip; damage was reported, no injuries.

Also, troops shelled a Palestinian house, north of Gaza, and completely destroyed it. The house was targeted by F16 fighter-jets, Palestinian security sources reported.

Dr. Moawiyya Hassanen, head of the Emergency Unit, at the Palestinian Ministry of Health, reported that two residents were hospitalized after the army shelled the house. The two were transferred to Kamal Adwan Hospital, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

Two days ago, the owner of the shelled house received a phone call from a person who identified himself as a military spokesperson of troops operating in Gaza. The caller informed the owner that troops intend to shell his house after claiming that it is used for "storing weapons and explosives"; the house was shelled but no weapons of explosives were uncovered or detonated.

On Saturday at night, soldiers shelled Al Shouka area in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip; a four-year old child was injured.

The child was identified as Sameer Abu Amr, his condition was described as moderate. He was injured after Israeli troops stationed east of Rafah fired several shells at houses and agricultural areas in Al Shouka area.

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Israeli soldiers arrest five Palestinians and loot shops in Qalqilia
Palestine News Network - Sunday, 30 July 2006, 17:41

In a large-scale campaign against the northwestern West Bank city of Qalqilia Sunday, Israeli soldiers terrorized residents on myriad levels.

Beginning by invading the city at 2:00 am, Israeli forces opened fire and arrested five people, including those who work for the Palestinian Security bodies. During the arrest campaign, Israeli soldiers stormed several shops, and after forcing owners out proceeded to raid the shelves, including stuffing themselves with ice cream near the Zoo and Municipal Stadium.

A relative of shop owner Zakaria Salah said that Israeli forces essentially used a "vacuum in the shop," taking all of the ice cream and cola and leaving after two hours.

Most of those arrested in the northwestern West Bank Qalqilia District are from Kfar Village east of the city. Among them are Ashtioi Mahmoud Abdullah, Ahmed Issa Abdul, and Ghassan Kaddoumi. The Israelis took all to unknown locations under the pretext that they were "wanted."

Army assassinates Islamic Jihad activist in Nablus
Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - Sunday, 30 July 2006, 01:37

Saturday evening, under-cover units of the Israeli army assassinated a member of the Islamic Jihad and injured another fighter in Al Habla neighborhood, in the Old City of Nablus, north of the West Bank.

A local source in Nablus reported that soldiers assassinated Ameed Al Masry, after firing a live round at his head, and seriously injured Hani Oweijan, also in his head.

Meanwhile, tension in Nablus remained high after the residents noticed that the under-cover forces are still present in their city.

An Israeli security source reported that the two targeted fighters are senior leaders of the Al Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad in Nablus.

Army shells houses in Rafah
IMEMC & Agencies - Sunday, 30 July 2006, 17:09

Sunday, Israeli soldiers fired artillery shells at several houses in Al Shouka town, east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Eyewitnesses reported that Israeli soldiers stationed at the south-eastern borders of the Gaza Strip fired several shells at houses in the town causing damage, no injuries were reported.

Army invades Jenin, its refugee camp and the nearby Qabatia village
IMEMC & Agencies - Saturday, 29 July 2006, 14:33

Israeli forces invaded the West Bank city of Jenin, its refugee camp and the outlying village of Qabatia, on Saturday at dawn.

Army vehicles and bulldozers stormed the city and the refugee camp in the early hours of the morning, shooting randomly at residents' homes, and then left the city.

Meanwhile, in the nearby village of Qabatia, a massive army force stormed the village from several directions, also shooting at residents' homes. No injuries or arrests have yet been reported.

Troops arrest a Palestinian Military Medic in Hebron
IMEMC & Agencies - Saturday, 29 July 2006, 11:23

Saturday morning, Israeli soldiers arrested a Palestinian military medic in southern Hebron, in the west Bank, the Palestinian WAFA news agency reported.

The agency stated that troops arrested Ahmad Noah Manasrah, 35, after stopping him at a military checkpoint north east of Hebron. He was on his way back home in Bani Neim village, east of Hebron.

He was transferred a police station in Keryat Arba' settlement in Hebron.
Israeli settlers and soldiers beat several Palestinians and make arrests in Hebron
Palestine News Network - Sunday, 30 July 2006, 17:34

Israeli soldiers beat three Dura Village residents, southwest of Hebron Sunday. Medical sources at the southern West Bank's city hospital reported that the victims are covered in contusions and bruises after being attacked last night.

Throughout the city, Israeli forces took five Palestinians to unknown locations early Sunday morning, including a man who was severly beaten by exrimist settlers.

Local citizens from the Romeida Hill area overlooking the city center confirmed that 20 year old Fawaz Rageb Abu Isheh, an officer in the Hebron Municipality, suffered a severe beating at the hands of Israeli settlers from Ramat Settlement.

Israeli soldiers then arrested the man, taking him to a police station in the Kiryat Arba Settlement, east of the city.

The Palestinian Security Chamber of Joint Operations in Hebron reported that among the arrested are 21 year old Iyad Abu Isheh, 24 year old Jawad Ras, 21 year old member of the Palestinian National Security Forces Nasim Zidane, and Ala Baradhih from west of Hebron.
Army invades Tuqa village, east of Bethlehem
IMEMC & Agencies - Saturday, 29 July 2006, 14:32

Israeli army troops invaded the village of Tuqa on Saturday at dawn, east of the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Security sources in the village reported that several armored jeeps and troops entered the city from different directions and conducted several searches of residents' homes. No arrests or injuries have been reported.
Army invades Al Fokharee neighbourhood, Khan Younis
IMEMC & Agencies - Saturday, 29 July 2006, 14:40

On Saturday morning, Israeli tanks and bulldozers invaded Al Fokharee neighborhood, south of Khan Younis town, in the eastern Gaza strip.

Odah Al Omor, the mayor of Al Fokharee village said that two bulldozers and several army tanks stormed the area and started randomly shooting heavy machine guns at residents houses.

According to the mayor, two residents sustained minor injuries. He added that army bulldozers started to bulldoze lands that belong to the village, located near Sofa commercial crossing. The village of Al Fokharee was attacked heavily during the past week by heavy army shelling, residents said.

Christian priests protest against the Israeli attacks on the Palestinians and Lebanese
IMEMC & Agencies - Friday, 28 July 2006, 15:29

Christian priests from various church denominations held a protest against the ongoing Israeli attacks on civilians in Gaza and Lebanon in front of the Holy Sepulchre church in Jerusalem on Friday morning.

Christian residents of Jerusalem and visiting groups also participated in the protest.

The protesters condemned the Israeli attacks on civilians and houses and infrastructure in Gaza and Lebanon and asked the Israeli army to stop their attacks immediately.

Israeli court sentences two young Bethlehem men to 21 life terms
Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - Saturday, 29 July 2006, 11:09

An Israeli military court sentenced two young Bethlehem men to 21 life terms and additional 15 Ahmed Salah from Deheisha Refugee Camp, 24, and Zaher Mekdad from Bethlehem City, 26, were arrested three years ago.

According to the decision of an Israeli Tribunal, composed of three judges, "the two young men perpetrated outrageous, illegal and dangerous terrorist acts which led to the killing of dozens of Israelis and injuring more."

The young men are accused of affiliation with the Al Aqsa Brigades, the armed wing of Fateh movement.

While resisting occupation is legitimate under the international law, the Israeli court said that because of their acts the Palestinians "must be given the maximum prosecution."

It was recently uncovered that the two young men were offered a "Proclamation of Penitence" for their acts of resistance. Ahmed replied that his acts were not that of terrorism, but part of the struggle to liberate his homeland. He said, "The biggest problem in the Middle East is the ongoing existence of Israeli occupation, which proves day after day to be a monstrously cancerous tumor that is destroying the health of the entire region."

Zaher Mekdad told the court when given his chance to speak, "The Palestinian people and all the forces are defending themselves in the face of continuing Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people".

He further pointed out, "The occupier is who engages in terrorism, and the current situation is perfect evidence of that. What is being inflicted upon Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, where hundreds of elderly, women and children are killed and injured, is purposeful targeting of the helpless and powerless. And that is in addition to destroying bridges and houses, and anything relating to infrastructure, without any deterrent.

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