Egyptian authorities exceptionally opened the Rafah border crossing with the Israel-blockaded Gaza Strip today for three days to allow stranded Palestinians to return home.
“The terminal will remain open in one direction for three consecutive days to allow those stranded on the Egyptian side of the border to return,” the Hamas-run crossings authority said in a statement.
This is the first time Egypt opens the border crossing after 55 days of closure, according to Gaza’s interior ministry.
Since the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi in a 2013 military coup, Egypt has kept the border with Gaza mostly sealed.
The long periods of closure at the crossing – which represents Gaza’s only point of access to the outside world not under Israeli control – have brought the coastal enclave’s nearly two million inhabitants to the verge of humanitarian catastrophe.
PLO: Israel plans to threaten Marwan Barghouthi’s life
May 6, 2017 at 2:45 pm
The Palestine Liberation Organisation’s (PLO) Commission for Prisoners’ Affairs warned yesterday against alleged Israeli intentions to harm the life of imprisoned Fatah leader, Marwan Barghouthi, who has been leading a large-scale hunger strike in Israeli prisons since 17 April.
The head of the Commission, Issa Qaraqe, said the Israeli government has particularly decided to target Barghouthi for his role in leading the mass hunger strike, Moheet reported.
“The Israeli occupation’s government is targeting the life of the leader of the Dignity and Freedom hunger strike, which is calling for improving detention conditions,” Qaraqe said, noting that the Israeli Prison Service continues to hold Barghouthi in solitary confinement in Al-Jalama prison in northern Israel, denying him lawyer visitations and placing conditions for such visitations.
Barghouthi is being held in a “small, grave-like prison cell” measuring barely three square metres without a window, leaving him unable to properly move and sleep. The cell is made of concrete and is barely lit, Qaraqe explained. “He is banned from [yard] breaks, which means that he has not seen the sun since the beginning of the strike action,“ he added.
According to Qaraqe, Barghouthi has lost 10 kilograms and is suffering from a severe drop in blood pressure, blood sugar levels and has become very frail. The Israeli Prison Service has also confiscated all of Barghouti’s clothes and other personal belongings.
By placing Barghouthi under such inhumane and unsanitary conditions, Israel intends to endanger his life, Qaraqe concluded.
Nearly 1,600 Palestinian prisoners answered calls made by senior Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi to launch a hunger strike and demand their basic rights starting on 17 April.
Israel Refuses To Take Refugees—Again
April 10, 2017 1
The Jewish ethnostate has refused once again to take in any Syrian refugees—although its foreign ministry funds the refugee-invasion of Europe, and Jewish groups in America and the E.U. are part of the broad leftist coalition which demands that all non-Jewish states take in refugees.
According to a report in the Times of Israel, the Jewish state’s Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz has said that “Israel is prepared to continue treating casualties from the war in Syria but will definitely not take in any refugees.”
Among the reasons the minister gave during an interview with Israel Radio was that absorbing Syrians could cause the Palestinian Authority to renew its demand that Israel take in Palestinians from Syria, the report continued.
“You have to differentiate between the two things,” Steinitz said. “To treat injured people is one thing, to take in civilians as citizens is something else entirely.”
The Times of Israel then revealed that since 2013, “Israel has quietly treated 3,000 Syrian casualties who were spirited across the border into Israel for medical treatment at special field hospitals or in Israeli medical centers.”
All of these “casualties” are of course from the anti-Syrian government “rebels”—in other words, ISIS-affiliated groups.
Steinitz was adamant that Syrians will only be treated by Israel and not given citizenship.
“There are enough countries in the world that can take in refugees as citizens,” he said.
Israel is also concerned that the act would rekindle the demand from Palestinian leaders to take in Palestinians from Syria. Israel has agreed to do so in the past on the condition that the incoming Palestinians relinquish their claims to “return” within Israel’s borders. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas refused the Israeli demand, and no agreement was reached on allowing Palestinians in Syria to return.
“From our point of view we are not a regular country. The Palestinians are constantly trying to bring Palestinians and Arab residents here into Israel,” Steinitz said.
“The world is a big place. To take in wounded Syrians, definitely yes. To take in residents from Syria, definitely no.”