Egypt’s new president called upon to open Gaza border

2 Jul

Gaza’s prime minister, Ismail Haniya (centre), joins huge crowds in the besieged enclave to celebrate the presidential victory of Mohammed Morsi in Egypt

by the Centre for Political & Development Studies in Gaza

1 July 2012

report abridged & re-edited

Rizqa calls on Morsi to lift Gaza siege

Youssef Rizqa, political adviser to Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniya, called on Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s new president, to lift the siege on Gaza and open crossings to end the suffering of the people of the besieged coastal strip.

“We hope that the Egyptian new president’s first steps, regarding the Gaza Strip, will be lifting the blockade, opening the border crossings, and facilitating the passage of the construction materials and funds allocated by Arab and international institutions for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip,” said Rizqa.


Nativity Church deportees congratulate Morsi

Nativity Church deportees in Gaza called on Mohammed Morsi to work towards ending the Palestinian division, maintain Egypt’s important role in Palestinian affairs, and complete the reconciliation process between Hamas and Fatah.


Hunger striker’s detention order renewed

Addameer Association for Human Rights is outraged at the news that Hassan Safadi, who engaged in a 71-day hunger strike, has had his administrative detention order renewed for an additional six months.

Hassan was one of five longterm hunger strikers in administrative detention who were promised release upon the expiration of their current orders in the agreement that ended the Palestinian prisoners’ mass hunger strike on 14 May.

Hassan has resumed his hunger strike in protest at this blatant violation of the agreement between the prisoners’ hunger strike committee and Israeli officials.


Three Palestinians on huger strike

Three Palestinian have been on huger strike for different periods. Akram Al-Rikhawi is on Day 81, protesting his arrest without charge or trial.

Samer Al-Barq is on Day 39. And Hassan Al-Safadi resumed his hunger strike eight days ago in protest at the renewal of his administrative detention order.


Palestinian prisoner with bullet in head left untreated

Palestinian prisoner Shadi Mousa is suffering from excruciating pain and needs head surgery to extract a bullet from his skull, say his family in Marka village, south of Jenin. Mousa, 35, was shot by Israeli occupation forces during his arrest ten years ago.

His family said that Mousa, who is serving a 25-year sentence, is in a very serious condition, yet the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) refuses to allow surgery and only gives him sedatives.


Israel demolishes historic Islamic sites in Jerusalem

The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage revealed that Israeli bulldozers demolished historic Islamic sites dating back to the Umayyad and Abbasid eras in occupied Jerusalem, including a mosque and school.

The foundation said Israel’s Archeological Authority has been destroying and burying ancient Islamic sites over the last five years during excavations in Al-Boraq area, 100 meters west of Al-Aqsa Mosque.


Israel attacking South Hebron communities

Israel continues its policies of forced transfer against Palestinians in the South Hebron Hills area, distributing five stop work/demolition orders to landowners in the village of Tuba.

This follows on the heels of last week’s delivery of some 50 demolition orders to Susiya, which will wipe the South Hebron Hills village off the map.‬

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