The UN has been forced to cancel its annual marathon in the Gaza Strip after the ruling Islamist movement Hamas insisted that women be banned from the race. Continue reading
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Israel hit more than 20 “targets” inside Gaza after it killed the head of the Islamist organisation’s military wing, Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari, along with another Hamas official, in a missile strike against the car in which they were traveling…
It was part of a wider Israeli operation against militant groups in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, the Israel Defence Force said, and followed a wave of rocket attacks against Israel.
There were scenes of chaos at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, as dozens of seriously injured patient were stretchered in, ambulances tearing off to collect more casualties.
Gaza’s health ministry said 10 civilians have been killed, including two young children – an 11-month-old and a six-year-old – while at least 45 people were wounded, 10 of them in critical condition.
This is what happens when you institutionalise paranoia.
With her muscles wasting and her heart under increasing strain, 30-year-old Hana al-Shalabi is on her 41st day without food, and doctors say her condition is worsening by the day.
She has been joined by at least 29 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strikes in Israeli jails, as the protests against Israel’s practice of detaining people without charge gains momentum.
Most, like Ms al-Shalabi, are being held in administrative detention – that is, without charge for periods of up to six months that can be renewed indefinitely.
Institutional paranoia — coming soon to a theocracy near you.
Israel pounded Gaza for the second day in a row Saturday, trading airstrikes and rocket fire with Palestinian militants and killing 15 of them as the deadliest Gaza violence in over a year showed no signs of abating.
Despite Egyptian efforts to mediate a ceasefire, Palestinians fired more than 100 rockets, some striking major cities in southern Israel and seriously wounding an Israeli civilian. The military responded with more than a dozen airstrikes and the targeted killings of Palestinian militants from various Gaza organizations.
How do you know they were militants? They must be — they’re dead. Circular reasoning doesn’t only occur in theology.
Israeli airstrikes killed nine Palestinian members of Islamic Jihad’s armed wing in southern Gaza on Saturday, according to the militant group. And Gaza militants fired salvos of rockets at cities in southern Israel, killing one Israeli and wounding at least two others in a sudden escalation of cross-border violence.
An Israeli worshipper who was killed near a flashpoint West Bank shrine on Sunday was shot dead by Palestinian policemen, the Israeli military has said, citing information from Palestinian officials.
One man was killed and four wounded when they came under fire as their cars left Joseph’s Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus on Sunday, Israeli medics said.
The incident occurred as the worshippers left the tomb, which they had entered unescorted and without permission, the army said.
An Israeli strike on the Gaza Strip yesterday killed three people, bringing to 10 the number of Palestinians who have died since Israel was targeted with mortar shells, rockets and a missile that hit near a school bus.
Hamas said it had declared a ceasefire on Thursday night to avoid giving Israel a pretext for further assaults. But at least six mortar shells were fired from Gaza yesterday, the Israeli Defence Force said, following the 45 launched on Thursday, one of which targeted the bus and critically injured a 16-year-old boy.
Residents of Qalqilya say they had no idea that Walid Husayin – the 26-year-old son of a Muslim scholar – was leading a double life.
Now, Husayin faces a potential life prison sentence on heresy charges for “insulting the divine essence.” Many in this conservative Muslim town say he should be killed for renouncing Islam, and even family members say he should remain behind bars for life.
“He should be burned to death,” said Abdul-Latif Dahoud, a 35-year-old Qalqilya resident. The execution should take place in public “to be an example to others,” he added.
Yes, there’s nothing like an auto-da-fé to get the real facts about your religion out into the public eye.
Israeli troops have shot dead three Palestinians, including a 91-year-old man and his teenage grandson, in the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, a Palestinian medical official says.
Four Israelis were killed in a shooting attack on a vehicle in the West Bank, two days before a new round of Mideast peace talks is scheduled to start in Washington….
The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, claimed responsibility for the attack in a text message to reporters in the Gaza Strip.
And the reason…?
Sorry, I forgot. Religion has no reason.
The spiritual leader of Israel’s powerful ultra-Orthodox political movement Shas has declared the Palestinians ”evil people who should perish from this earth”.
As Hamas strives to maintain its authority over Gaza’s 1.5 million residents three years after winning control of the territory from its secular political rival, Fatah, Munir’s death is an example of an increasingly violent internal power struggle raging within the movement.
Inside Gaza, rumours abound of bodies turning up in smugglers’ tunnels, their deaths blamed on ”digging accidents”, or lying near the border with Israel, apparent victims of Israeli sniper fire.
One disaffected Hamas insider, who spoke to the Herald on the condition of anonymity, showed a list identifying more than 20 people who had been killed over the past 12 months
The latest victim sounds like a really top bloke…
So proud was Mr Warshara of his sons (sic) accomplishments, that he and other members of the family had posed for photographs with the weapons caches, which included rocket-propelled grenade launchers, machineguns, automatic rifles and hand grenades.
Gosh, all I ever had was a debating trophy…
Israeli legal experts have expressed concern at the rape conviction of a Palestinian man who, the court found, had consensual sex with a woman after telling her he was Jewish.
When the woman learnt that the man, Shabbar Kashur, was not Jewish, she filed a police complaint on the grounds she had been deceived into having sex.
This is our chance to find out in a court of law what atheists have been asking for years: Jewish or gentile: what’s the fucking difference?
Update via TV: The death toll now stands at 19.
Hamas vows to block moves by the Palestinian Authority to hold elections in Palestine.