الكاتب: Olfat Imam
The abduction and detention of Dirar Abu Sisi highlights Israel’s routine violation of human rights and international law. It is yet another example of complicity of a European country in Israel’s crime and persecution of Palestinians.
43 year old Dirar Abu Sisi is a Palestinian who was residing with his Ukrainian wife Veronica Abu Sisi in Ukraine until he was kidnapped and
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that an Israeli withdrawal would not bring peace with the Palestinians because the heart of the conflict was their refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
His remarks came a day after the Arab League announced moves to revive and modify its 2002 peace initiative, drawing praise from Washington and from Israel's chief peace negotiator Tzipi Livni b
Unidentified assailants attacked the car of a Fatah official in Gaza overnight Tuesday, locals said.
Witnesses told solaa that masked men entered the garage of Fatah leader Khaled Musa and damaged his car. Hamas police said they have opened an investigation into the incident, the third of its kind since April.
On Monday, assailants planted a 500-gram explosive device targeting the car of Fat
Israeli forces have banned lawyers from visiting a man suspected of fatally stabbing a settler in Nablus, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said Wednesday.
Salam al-Zaghal, from Tulkarem, on Tuesday fatally stabbed a settler while he waited at a hitch-hiking spot in the occupied West Bank.
Al-Zaghal was subsequently shot by Israeli border guards and transferred to hospital.
Israel will keep refusing to negotiate on the basis of a total withdrawal from land it seized during the 1967 Six-Day War, an Israeli minister said Wednesday after the Arab League modified its peace plan.
"If Israel agrees to come to the negotiating table while accepting in advance that talks would be held on the basis of the 1967 lines, there wouldn't be very much to negotiate about," said Gilad Erd
Syria's President Bashar Assad made a rare public visit on Wednesday to an electrical plant in central Damascus to mark Labour Day, the presidency's official Facebook page said.
"President Assad is now visiting the Umayyad electrical plant in Tishreen Garden in Damascus and congratulates its workers and Syria's workers on their holiday," the Facebook page said.
It published a
Settlers started over 50 fires across the West Bank on Tuesday following the fatal stabbing of a settler in Nablus, official news agency Wafa reported.
A report by the civil defense said firefighters had to deal with 57 fires caused by settlers. Hundreds of olive and almond trees were damaged and large areas of cultivated crops were destroyed, the report said.
Settlers attacked Palestinians and th
Syria's opposition on Wednesday denounced what it called "threats" by the head of Hezbollah, and warned against any intervention by the Lebanese Shiite group or by Iran in the Syrian conflict.
The speech was also criticised by Lebanese opposition leader Saad Hariri, who accused Hezbollah of "leading Lebanon to ruin" by intervening in Syria.
"The Syrians and the Lebanes
The British minister for the Middle East expressed concern Wednesday about recent violence in the West Bank and Gaza, a statement from his office said.
"I am very concerned about recent developments in both the West Bank and Gaza. At this critical time for the two state solution, we need dialogue, not violence," Alistair Burt said.
The British minister condemned recent rocket fire and an
Israeli tanks and bulldozers entered a border area in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday, locals said.
Witnesses told solaa that seven Israeli military vehicles entered 200 meters into a border area near Khan Younis and destroyed agricultural land, including trees.
Border incursions are frequently reported by local residents.
Tensions are high in the Gaza Strip following an Isra
Truck drivers went on strike at the border between the West Bank and Jordan on Monday in protest over new Israeli restrictions.
The drivers stopped work between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Allenby Bridge crossing because Israeli authorities have reduced the number of trucks allowed to cross into Jordan, from 120 to 45 each day, the head of the drivers' union told solaa.
Sultan Hadad said the res
Israel razed four apartments on Monday in the al-Tur neighborhood of East Jerusalem, in spite of several attempts to revoke the demolition order, owners said.
Israeli authorities evicted 24 Gaith family members -- including five children and an elderly woman -- from the apartments ahead of the demolition, Rushi Ghaith, one of the owners, told solaa.
The apartments were scheduled for demolition in
Palestinian Christians near Bethlehem on Monday urged Pope Francis to speak up against an Israeli decision to build its controversial separation barrier on a route they say would cut off their community.
"We cry to your Holiness with a feeling of despair and urgency in order to keep alive our hope that justice and peace is still possible," said an open letter from the Christians of Beit Jala, a town near
Israeli settlers on Monday planted trees on private Palestinian land in Nablus in the northern West Bank, a Palestinian Authority official said.
Settlers plowed land belonging to Palestinian farmers in Azmut, east of Nablus, and planted young olive, vine and prunus trees, said Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank.
He said the settlers used bulldozers to dig d
Militants in the Gaza Strip on Monday sent a mortar shell crashing into an open area in southern Israel, a day after a rare retaliatory air strike by Israeli forces, the army said.
"A mortar shell struck an uninhabited area in the Eshkol region near the security fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip," an army spokeswoman said on Monday.
The incident came 24 hours after Israeli warplane
Israel has granted hundreds of Orthodox Christians in the Gaza Strip permission to celebrate Easter in the West Bank, Palestinian officials said Monday.
Palestinian liaison officials told solaa that they had received around 500 permits for Christians in Gaza, valid from April 30 to May 12.
Guy Inbar, a spokesman for Israel's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, told solaa t
A group of settlers raided a Nablus village on Monday and attacked local residents, a Palestinian Authority official said.
Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told solaa that three religious settlers from Itamar raided Beit Furik and attacked residents with "sharp tools," causing head injuries to two residents.
Fawzi Nasasra, 60, and Abdul Rahman
Undercover Israeli forces abducted a café owner in a village in the northern West Bank on Sunday night, the local mayor said Monday.
Three armed men in plainclothes stopped in a car outside an internet café in Jaba, south of Jenin, and ordered coffees from the owner, 30-year-old Mahmud Alawneh.
As Alawneh walked back to the café, the men pointed guns at his head and forced him
A ground-to-ground missile was fired on a town in northern Syria at dawn on Sunday and killed at least four civilians, two of them children, a watchdog reported.
Anti-regime activists of the Aleppo Media Centre said the missile, which slammed into a residential area of Tal Rifaat, was a Scud, although this could not be independently verified.
The attack also killed two women, wounded several other