Places Archives: Middle East

Palestinians celebrate as Israel capitulates to hunger strikers’ key demands

By The Morning Star Palestinians celebrated today after the Israeli government caved in to imprisoned hunger strikers’ key demands. The Palestinians won key concessions on Tel Aviv’s notorious “administrative detention” policy and family visits in a deal mediated by Egyptian officials. Israel agreed to allow some 400 prisoners from Gaza to receive family visits for … Continue reading Palestinians celebrate as Israel capitulates to hunger strikers’ key demands

Israeli settlers taking over essential Palestinian water sources in West Bank

By Agence France-Presse Israeli settlers have taken over dozens of natural springs in the West Bank, limiting or preventing Palestinian access to much-needed water sources, a United Nations report said on Monday. The report produced by the UN’s Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said at least 30 springs across the West Bank had … Continue reading Israeli settlers taking over essential Palestinian water sources in West Bank

Palestinian prisoner protesting detention without charge released after 66 day hunger strike

By AFP Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan has ended his 66-day hunger strike, the longest carried out by any Palestinian prisoner, after Israel agreed to set him free on April 17. Mr Adnan has refused food since December 18, one day after he was detained without charge. He had lost more than 40 per cent of … Continue reading Palestinian prisoner protesting detention without charge released after 66 day hunger strike

Pentagon wants $2.9 billion for war it claims is over

By Spencer Ackerman / Wired Thought the Iraq war was over? The Obama administration certainly wants you to think so, the better for its re-election campaign. Inconvenient fact, though: The Pentagon is asking for nearly $3 billion for a war it isn’t actually fighting. To be specific, the Pentagon’s brand-new budget request asks for $2.9 … Continue reading Pentagon wants $2.9 billion for war it claims is over

Israel planning to forcibly remove Bedouin communities to garbage dump

By Ma’an News Agency BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Amnesty International on Wednesday urged Israel to cancel plans to forcibly displace around 2,300 Bedouin residents from a Jerusalem district. “Thousands of Bedouin living in some of the most vulnerable communities in the West Bank are facing the destruction of their homes and livelihoods under this Israeli military … Continue reading Israel planning to forcibly remove Bedouin communities to garbage dump

Egypt gas pipeline blown up again: state media

By Agence France-Presse Masked gunmen on Friday blew up a gas pipeline which supplies Egyptian gas to Israel, the official MENA news agency reported, in the eighth such attack this year. The saboteurs planted explosives under the pipeline, around 60 kilometres (40 miles) west of the town of El-Arish in the north of the Sinai … Continue reading Egypt gas pipeline blown up again: state media