Archive for March, 2012
The Interior Ministry denied entry into Israel to a British-Palestinian ophthalmologist, Dr. Ali Dabbagh, invited to run a training course at Jerusalem’s Augusta Victoria Hospital on treatment of eye diseases and the prevention of blindness in diabetics. Dabbagh was told that he was “cleared” by the security, yet the immigration office refused to issue a visa for him until Haaretz journalist queried the ministry about this decision.
During a “Land Day” protest in Gaza, 20 year old Mahmoud Zakut was shot to death by IDF soldiers. Zakut was shot near the Erez crossing in the north of the Gaza strip. According to Palestinian sources, 80 protesters were injured in clashes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, including Palestinian Parliament Member Mustafa Barghouti, who was struck in the head by a gas canister. In Rachel Crossing near Bethlehem 3 Palestinians were injured, one of them moderately injured when a piece of shrapnel from a gas canister hit his eye. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, 340 people were injured in protests across the West Bank.
Israel’s Civil Administration is covertly locating and mapping available land in the West Bank and naming the plots after existing Jewish settlements. The mapping encompasses around 620,000 dunams (155,000 acres). In some places the boundaries of the plots outlined in the maps coincide with the route of the West Bank separation barrier, although Israel has argued before the Supreme Court and the International Court of Justice in The Hague that the route of the separation barrier was based on Israel’s security needs.
Police arrested two Jewish men in Jerusalem on suspicion of assaulting with a wooden plank a 20-year-old Arab from Shuafat on the city’s light rail. The victim sustained light injuries.
MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) published an article calling for the demolition of the Temple Mount mosque, in order to construct the Jewish temple.
Following the High Court of Justice’s decision to evacuate the outpost of Migron this August, members of Knesset Aryeh Eldad (National Union), Tzipi Hotovely, Yuli Edelstein, Danny Danon (Likud) and Zevulun Orlev (The Jewish Home) called to oppose the ruling.
The Tel Aviv University’s management will look into the conduct of one of its lecturers, Dr. Anat Matar, who participated in a protest calling to release Hanaa Shalbi, the administrative prisoner who has taken on a hunger strike in protest of administrative detention.
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The Beit Berl academic college organized a feminist convention, hosting female Knesset members from both right and left wing parties. The college cancelled the participation of [Arab] MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad), citing extreme political views.
The “Zvia” Ulpana (religious girls’ high school) in the settlement of Revava in Samaria received sponsorship for its annual Purim party from Walid Hassan, a Muslim contractor from Tira. The “Lehava” organization, which operates to prevent assimilation of Jews, contacted the Ulpana and asked them to reconsider the sponsorship.
Israel has forbid three female and two male hairdressers from leaving the Gaza strip to attend a business fair in Tulkarem, because “Gaza residents are forbidden to enter Israel but for exceptional humanitarian reasons”, this although last month Israel allowed 87 traders to leave Gaza.