Two Palestinians were injured on Monday by Israeli army gunfire near the Gaza Strip's city of Beit Lahia.
The two were shot while attempting to stage a “maritime protest” against Israel’s ongoing blockade of Gaza on the strip’s northern coast, Gaza’s Health Ministry said in a statement.
Since March, more than 210 Palestinians have been martyred by Israeli army gunfire -- and thousands more injured -- while taking part in protests in the Gaza Strip.
Protesters demand the “right of return” to their homes and villages in historical Palestine, from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.
They also demand an end to Israel’s 12-year blockade of the strip, which has gutted Gaza’s economy and deprived its roughly 2 million inhabitants of many basic commodities.
Israeli bill to ban parole for Palestinian prisoners
An Israeli Knesset committee approved on Monday a bill that would block early release of Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, according to the Knesset (Israel’s parliament).The draft law has been approved by the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee and will be put for vote in a second and third reading for ratification, the Knesset’s media office said in a statement.The Knesset is yet to announce the date of the vote.If approved, the law would retroactively block reducing jail terms of Palestinian prisoners convicted by Israeli military or civil courts over murder or attempted murder.According to Palestinian figures, some 6,000 Palestinians continue to languish in Israeli detention facilities, including scores of women and hundreds of minors.
Gaza women rally for release of prisoners
Scores of Palestinian women staged a rally in the Gaza Strip on Monday to demand the release of their relatives held in Israeli prisons.Protesters waved banners calling for the release of hundreds of Palestinians arrested by Israeli forces."Prisoners suffer inhumane treatment and medical negligence in Israeli prisons,” Ahmad al-Mudalla, a member of Islamic Jihad group, told the protesters, who gathered outside the office of the Red Cross in the Gaza City.Israel says new tunnel found on Lebanon border“All these crimes are taking place in front of the world, which does nothing to save the prisoners,” he said.Al-Mudallal called on world countries to pile pressure on Israel to stop the policy of "solitary confinement" against Palestinian detainees.According to Palestinian figures, some 6,000 Palestinians continue to languish in Israeli detention facilities, including scores of women and hundreds of minors.Palestinians hurt in W. Bank clashes with Israel troopsIsraeli navy detains two Gazan fishermen: Union chief
Israel ‘normalizing’ ties with Arab world: Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said a “normalization” process was taking place with the Arab world without achieving progress in peace talks with the Palestinians.“What is happening at the moment is that we are in a process of normalization with the Arab world without progress in the diplomatic process with the Palestinians,” Netanyahu said during a reception at the Foreign Ministry premises attended by Israeli ambassadors in Latin America,Asia and Africa late Sunday, according to a statement issued by his office.“Today we are going there [normalization] without the Palestinians being involved and it is much stronger because it does not depend on their caprices. The Arab states are looking for links with the strong. Cultivating strengths gives us diplomatic power,” he said.Israel to demolish home of alleged Palestinian stabberIsrael says new tunnel found on Lebanon borderNetanyahu said Israel believes that a breakthrough with the Palestinians would improve ties with Arabs but "this would have been true if it had happened.""It seemed as if it was about to happen with the Oslo process but what happened was that the Arab refusal...," he said.From time to time, Netanyahu boasts that Israel’s ties with the neighboring Arab countries are improving. Late in October, the Israeli premier paid a surprise visit to Oman where he met with the Gulf country’s ruler Sultan Qaboos.However, as it currently stands, Egypt and Jordan are the only Arab League member-states to maintain formal relations with Israel.Palestinians hurt in W. Bank clashes with Israel troopsIsraeli navy detains two Gazan fishermen: Union chief
Israel arrests 18 Palestinians in overnight raids
Israeli forces rounded up 18 Palestinians in overnight raids carried out across the occupied West Bank, according to the Israeli military on Monday.The individuals were arrested for “suspected involvement in popular terrorist activities”, the army said in a statement, without elaborating on the nature of these activities.The Israeli army frequently carries out wide-ranging arrest campaigns across the occupied West Bank on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians.According to Palestinian figures, some 6,000 Palestinians continue to languish in Israeli detention facilities, including scores of women and hundreds of minors.Israel to demolish home of alleged Palestinian stabberIsrael says new tunnel found on Lebanon borderPalestinians hurt in W. Bank clashes with Israel troops