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Today in Palestine 26th of march

MrParadise | 26.03.2004 14:34 | Repression | Social Struggles | London | World

a summary of the events

Flo was arrested on Sunday March, 14 in the village of Deir Qaddis near Budrus, west of Ramallah while participating in a nonviolent action to prevent Israeli army bulldozers from continuing their work on the Apartheid Wall that will completely encircle Deir Qaddis and eight other villages in an enclave.

Palestinian teenager dies of wounds sustained in Rafah army raid
An 18-year-old Palestinian died Tuesday of wounds sustained during an Israeli military air strike in the southern Gaza Strip refugee camp of Rafah on March 17, medics said. Abdullah al-Mughair had been critically wounded by shrapnel in his head, abdomen and chest.

Palestinian killed near Rafah
Israeli soldiers on Tuesday shot dead a Palestinian fighter who "was trying to infiltrate into the Morag settlement south of the Gaza Strip, Radio Israel reported.

20 Civilians Wounded by IOF in Hebron
Witnesses said that Israeli soldiers indiscriminately opened fire at hundreds of citizens who were participating in the funeral procession of Tareq al-Allami, 31, who was killed yesterday by IOF, in Beit Ummar village of Hebron.

IOF Wounds Civilian, Razes Arable Land
Eyewitnesses said that Israeli soldiers opened heavy fire from their watchtowers near Tal al-Sultan area, and wounded a pedestrian. IOF vehicles rolled into the area, demolished a house of Ibraheem al-Semeiry, razed arable land and destroyed a civilian car.

Witnesses: Israeli Gunboats Fire at Gaza
Israeli gunboats off the coast of Gaza fired machine guns toward the coast late Tuesday, witnesses said. There were no reports of damage or casualties. Palestinians said the Israeli gunboats were firing at Palestinian fishing vessels and piers.

Activist's family launch legal bid
Today, his mother, Jocelyn Hurndall, voiced concerns that an Israeli soldier charged with manslaughter over his death may be being used as a scapegoat. The soldier himself is apparently now claiming that he was following orders from above when he fired his gun.

Yassin Letter Urged Arabs to Resist Israel, U.S.
Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin appealed to Arab leaders to do all they could to help oppose Israel and U.S forces occupying Iraq in a letter written shortly before he was killed by an Israeli missile. Yassin's message, obtained by Reuters Tuesday, was addressed to the upcoming Arab League summit in Tunis.

Witnesses: Rocket Fired at Israeli Post in Gaza
Palestinian militants fired a rocket at an Israeli army outpost near a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip Tuesday, sparking a gun battle with Israeli forces, witnesses said. The target of the rocket was an outpost at the heavily guarded Netzarim settlement...

Ten new-borns in Gaza named after Ahmed Yassin
Ten babies born shortly after Israel assassinated Hamas Spiritual leader Ahmed Yassin were named after him, the Palestinian al-Hayat al-Jadida newspaper said Tuesday.

Rantissi chosen as new Hamas leader after Yassin
The 56-year-old Rantissi, a pediatrician by training, is seen as one of the more hardline members of the movement. He himself survived an Israeli assassination attempt last June, suffering leg, arm and chest wounds in a missile attack on his car in central Gaza City.

UN Security Council to meet on Yassin assassination
The debate will take place after the U.S. foiled an initiative by Algeria to bypass any discussion and move straight to the formulation of a declaration on the assassination. The U.S. instead prevented the release of such a statement, a move that brought about Tuesday's discussion.

Russia urges U.N. statement
Deputy Foreign Minister Yuri Fedotov said Russia would support a statement that "expresses a sharply negative attitude to this extrajudicial decision to kill the Hamas spiritual leader and voices its concern over the effect of these actions on the peace process in the Middle East,"

Vietnam condemns Israel's killing of Hamas leader
A Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesman says the killing violates international law, undermines regional stability and goes against peace efforts in the region.

Palestinian PM presents condolences to Hamas leaders in Gaza
Qorei also denounced "the odious crime committed by the Israeli government, the government of assassins who have killed this symbol".

Fear descends on Jerusalem
At the central bus station, which tens of thousands of travellers use daily, shops and restaurants were empty. Sheli Afriat, 22, a waitress, said: "It's very scary. Everyone knows that sooner or later something is going to happen. If not today, then tomorrow.",5478,9056352%255E663,00.html

U.N. rights body urged to condemn Yassin slaying
The 53 states of the Commission on Human Rights will vote on Wednesday on a resolution strongly condemning the "tragic assassination" of Yassin and "liquidations" and "extra judicial executions" by the Israeli army against Palestinians.

New Hamas Gaza chief vows revenge
Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi, newly named as Hamas chief for the Gaza Strip, vows that the Palestinian militant group will strike Israelis everywhere following Israel's assassination of its spiritual leader.

Thousands protest Yassin assassination in Nazareth
Demonstrators waved black flags, flags with the Islamic Movement emblem and the Palestinian flag. They lauded Yassin and carried banners reading, "[Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon is a terror leader."

Egyptians stage mass protests
Thousands of Egyptians protested here on Tuesday for the second day against Israel's assassination of Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, some burning Israeli and US flags and calling for holy war.,,2-10-1462_1502125,00.html

Killing of Yassin puts US in line of fire, says report
Two demonstrations were held in Iraq against the US-led coalition on Monday and protestors chanted slogans in support of Yassin. Moreover, Hamas has issued a statement demanding the United States take responsibility for the "crime" as many Arab press outlets said US-made missile launchers were used in the killing of Yassin.

Free expression award for nuclear whistleblower
the Index Music award went to Daniel Barenboim and the late Edward Said for their work to found an orchestra of Israeli and Arab musicians. Special Award for Most Courageous Defence of Freedom of Expression to Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli whistleblower...

Extra security for 7 MKs after officials face 'terror' threats
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin announced Tuesday that security for seven Knesset members has been beefed up after 'terror' groups threatened to target Israeli public officials following the assassination of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in Gaza the day before.

Blood on their hands
The three rocket missiles that were fired yesterday from a US-supplied Israeli helicopter at the break of day, on a procession of 15 Palestinians returning home after dawn prayers in a nearby mosque, may have brought to an end any prospect of peace in the Middle East.,2763,1175640,00.html

Killing of Yassin a turning point
Mr. Alpher adds that the assassination will help Sharon silence the criticisms of those opposed to the withdrawal and dismantling of settlements. "It will make him popular with the Likud rank and file and help him get approval for the disengagement plan. And he knows the Americans will not object to this."

U.S. objectives at risk in anti-Israel backlash
Israel's assassination of Palestinian militant leader Ahmed Yassin could imperil U.S. objectives throughout the Middle East, including in Iraq, foreign policy experts and world leaders said Monday.

Middle East Americans on security alert
It was an indication of concern that, in the short term at least, the action had made the region less rather than more safe for Israel and its allies.

Achille Lauro hijack mastermind gets hero's funeral
Thousands of people swarmed around the silver-coloured casket draped in the Palestinian flag as it made its way through the narrow streets of the al-Yarmouk and Felisteen refugee camps on the outskirts of Damascus...

Arab reform delayed until 2005, Middle East conflict to top summit agenda
Arab League Secretary General Amr Mussa made it clear on Monday that the Middle East conflict now topped the agenda following Israel's assassination of Palestinian Islamist leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.

Libya ready to compensate Jewish emigrants: Kadhafi's son
"We're not thinking now of establishing contacts or relations with Israel because it's not on the agenda and no one has requested it of us. But we can in the future open the file of compensation for Jews for their seized funds or assets," he told Qatari newspapers...

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