Samstag, 23. Februar 2008

IDF kills Three - Clashes in Bil'in and elsewhere

More than 20 activists were wounded Friday as Israel Defense Forces troops fired rubber bullets and tear gas grenades at protesters marking three years of struggle against the West Bank separation fence in the West Bank town of Bil'in. Among the wounded was an American activist. The IDF spokesman's office said that one soldier was hurt when a rock was hurled toward him, but that the IDF has no knowledge of wounded activists. More than 1,000 people attended the milestone demonstration Friday, though the event is a weekly occurrence with several dozen activists gathering in Bil'in every Friday over the last three years to protest the separation barrier that imposes hardship on Palestinians living in the West Bank.

Umstände unklar, vor kurzer Zeit tötet ein Luftangriff der IAF im Gazastreifen in der Gegend von Beit Hanoun drei Zivilisten. [Seit der Ankündigung das Ido Nehushtan, Spezialist für Luft-Dominanz in bevölkerten Zonen wird wohltuend zielgerichtet und sachlich operiert. Guter Mann. -Wer den Zynismus nicht versteht ist selbst schuld-. AP: Relatives of the three casualties said they were all civilians - bankers who were having a picnic in an open field when the missile struck. The IDF confirmed the missile strike, but said it targeted Palestinian terrorists on their way to fire mortar shells at Israel. Es wird Frühling in Gaza.] "Schöner" Blockade-Bericht: The Israeli fuel embargo on the Gaza Strip has led to petrol being sold at 20 shekels (5 US dollars) a litre on the streets of Gaza by unscrupulous dealers. With no controls on quality or prices, some Gazans, eager to cash in and are selling fuel that is a mixture of Egyptian petrol, brought into the Strip when breaches in the border wall allowed huge quantities to be imported, and the remains of Israeli gasoline that was supplied by fuel stations in the Gaza Strip. Derweil machte sich eine Hamas-Delegation nach al-Arish, Ägypten auf um nach eigenen Angaben die Wiederöffnung des Rafah-Grenzpostens zu komplettieren. Unterhändler soll Mahmoud Zahar sein, was seine unfassbare Angst vor extralegalen Tötungen seitens der Israelis dokumentiert. Die DFLP wird heute 39 Jahre alt. Herzlichen Glückwunsch. [Die Feierlichkeiten finden im Flüchtlingslager Ain al-Hilweh im Libanon statt, da die Westbank-Veranstaltungsorte alle belegt waren.] [...] Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal told the British daily The Guardian that he would be willing to negotiate directly with Hamas in an effort to reach a cease-fire and halt the near daily barrages of Qassam rockets that have plagued his town. "I would say to Hamas, let's have a ceasefire, let's stop the rockets for the next 10 years and we will see what happens," Moyal, who is officially a member of the Likud, told The Guardian in Saturday editions. "For me as a person the most important thing is life and I'm ready to do everything for that. I'm ready to talk to the devil."

Kadima and the Labor Party should pursue legislation granting settlers living east of the separation fence compensation in exchange for their evacuation, Vice Premier Haim Ramon told a gathering in Tel Aviv on Saturday. Ramon said such a move would advance final-status negotiations with the Palestinians while demonstrating to them and the international community Israel's seriousness in its intentions to end its control over the territories. [...] In der Westbank gehts derweil rund: Vier Hamas-Unterstützer werden durch die Fatah verhaftet, in Tulkarem laufen marodierende IDF-Milizionäre Amok, in der Tulkarem-Gegend werden vier Palästinenser verhaftet, es kommt zu Auseinandersetzungen mit jugendlichen Steinewerfern. Es darf vermutet werden das nach dem in der als "Terrorhochburg" verschrienen Stadt Nablus eine zweite "Terrorhochburg" kreiert werden soll damit der IDF die Jobs nicht ausgehen. Die Ausrede das Jenin-Leichenberge fehlen, darf nicht gelten: "Taktiken der psychologischen Kriegsführung" wie sich in eine Einkauffstraße zu stellen und mit MGs in die Läden reinzuballern taugen höchstens dazu den Eindruck zu bestätigen bei der IDF wären immer noch zu viele Schrauben locker. [...] Israel Defense Forces soldiers arrested a senior operative of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in the Ein Beit el Ma refugee camp in the West Bank town of Nablus, Israel Radio reported on Saturday. Palestinian witnesses told Israel Radio that the contingent of troops surrounded the building in which the suspect, Majdi Mabrouka, took refuge, and used an explosive charge to break through the entrance. Two people, including a 10-year-old boy, were injured during the course of the operation, a hospital doctor said.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak will hold consultations Sunday on a proposed fence along Israel's porous border with Egypt. Defense Ministry Director-General Pinchas Buchris will present Barak with a plan formulated in recent weeks that calls for the construction of a fence along two sections of the border - a 14-kilometer-long section in the Eilat area, and a 70-kilometer section south of the Gaza Strip. [Proposed? War das nicht schon beschlossen?]

The United States plans to announce tens of millions of dollars in new aid for the West Bank and Gaza next week to ease the humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian territories, U.S. officials said on Friday. The funds will be channeled through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees, which handles U.S. and other assistance for food, health, education and other areas, said U.S. officials, who declined to provide the exact figure as the official announcement will be made during a trip to the region next week.

Und zum Schluß: Die George Bush-Intiative zur Befreiung der Welt von Frieden zeigt weitere Erfolge: Arab officials are warning they could withdraw their landmark offer of peace and full ties with Israel in exchange for a return of Arab lands, unless Israel explicitly accepts the initiative. The warnings reflect increasing Arab impatience with the long-stalled peace process with Israel. Peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians have bogged down since they were relaunched at the U.S.-sponsored Annapolis peace conference last November after a seven-year hiatus. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal - whose country sponsored the Arab peace initiative, adopted by Arab nations in 2002 - warned Thursday that despair would force us to review these options, including withdrawing the proposal. He accused Israel of sabotaging the initiative, which is now facing grave danger.

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