World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


IOF Shoot Dead Father of Three in West Bank

IOF Shoot Dead Father of Three in Northern West Bank

7,000 Palestinian Detainees in Israeli Jails: ICRC

Israeli occupation soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man, a father of three children, and critically wounded his wife in Burqin village, near the northern West Bank town of Jenin, on Wednesday during a raid to arrest his brother, a local Fatah activist, Palestinian security sources and witnesses said.

Palestinian security sources said Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) burst into a Palestinian home and arrested Fadi Shalamish, a 22-year-old activist.

The sources said that moments later IOF soldiers fired at the neighboring home of the activist’s 27-year-old brother, Iyad, who they said was shot and killed while looking out a window.

They added that the man’s wife was shot in the head and seriously wounded.

7,000 Palestinian Detainees in Israeli jails: ICRC

Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said this week that the number of Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails is about 7,000, the AP reported.

Radi Jarrai, deputy minister for prisoner affairs in the Palestine National Authority (PNA), said 6,500 prisoners were being held by Israel.

According to the ICRC and the Palestinians, at least 1,000 of the Palestinian prisoners are administrative detainees who are being held without trial. Israel acknowledges there are administrative detainees but has not provided a number.

The Palestinian Ministry of Detainees’ Affairs revealed Monday that there are 286 Palestinian children and 76 women in IOF prisons.

Israeli security sources admitted that since Israel reoccupied most of the West Bank in March 2002, a total of 2,531 Palestinians have been interrogated by the Shin Bet security service, and the vast majority remains under detention.

Palestinian detainees have begun on Monday a hunger strike to protest their detention by IOF.

Detention of thousands of Palestinians, the vast majority arrested during the 33 months of fighting, is threatening the week-old cease-fire.

After meeting Israeli Justice Minister Yosef Lapid in occupied east Jerusalem Monday, the Palestinian minister of detainees’ affairs, Hisham Abdel Raziq, warned, “If the decision (on prisoners) won't be changed it will affect the peace process for the worse.”

The Palestinian minister warned his Israeli counterpart the peace process would be damaged if all detainees were not freed.

"The release of long-term prisoners from Hamas and Islamic (Jihad) will help our government and strengthen it,” said Abdel Razeq.

Israeli government’s criteria announced Sunday excluded members of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) from any planned release of detainees.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Gordon Campbell: Zimbabwe - Meet The New Bosses

At 75, Mnangagwa is not exactly what you’d call a new broom. As many observers have pointed out, his track record has been one of unswerving dedication to Mugabe ever since the days of anti-colonial insurgency... To these guys, things had to change in Zimbabwe, so that things could remain the same. More>>


Gordon Campbell: Is This Guy The World’s Most Dangerous Thirtysomething?

Saudi Arabia has long been regarded as a pillar of stability in the Middle East, and is the essential caterer to the West’s fossil fuel needs. It is also the country that gave us Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, and 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks... More>>


Non-Binding Postal Vote: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

Binoy Kampmark: Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. More>>


Bonn Climate Change Conference: Protecting Health In Small Island States

The vision is that, by 2030, all Small Island Developing States will have health systems that are resilient to climate change and countries around the world will be reducing their carbon emissions both to protect the most vulnerable from climate risks and deliver large health benefits in carbon-emitting countries. More>>