Aspiring Palestinian journalist killed months before graduation

“We immediately shut down the store to see what was happening,” said a coworker, who asked not to be named. “Later, we saw a massive number of troops storm the camp so we began marching through the camp’s market while chanting.” Continue reading “Aspiring Palestinian journalist killed months before graduation”

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ثلاثي أنغولا وعنصرية السجون الأميركية

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في 20 تشرين الثاني 2014 أصدرت محكمة استئناف في ولاية لويزيانا الأميركية قرارًا بالإفراج عن آلبرت وودفكس وتبرئته من جريمة القتل العمد. رأت المحكمة أن وودفكس قد تعرّض للتمييز العنصري أثناء محاكمته التي اعتبرت غير دستورية، ولكن الأخير حُرم من قراءة قرار الحكم المؤلّف من ست وثلاثين صفحة بنفسه بسبب رفض السجّانين فك الأصفاد عن يديه. قدّمت النيابة العامة سلسلة من الاستئنافات والطعون للحؤول دون إطلاق سراح الرجل الستّيني واشترطت بقاءه في الحبس الانفرادي المستمر منذ العام 1972 بدعوى إمكانية تشكيله خلية سياسية معارضة. ورغم إصدار القاضي الفدرالي لأمر بالإفراج الفوري عنه في حزيران 2015 إلّا أن اعتقاله تواصل وتمكّنت النيابة العامة من استئناف القرار، مهدّدةً بإعادة المحاكمة للمرة الثالثة. ولم توافق على الإفراج عنه وإغلاق القضية إلا عند توصّل الطرفين إلى صفقة أُفرج بموجبها عن وودفكس في 19 شباط الحالي لقاء إعلانه «عدم الاعتراض» على تجريمه بجنايتين مخففتين هما القتل غير العمد والسطو.

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مفاجآت بطولة أستراليا المفتوحة

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تتميّز بطولة أستراليا المفتوحة لكرة المضرب عن نظيراتها من البطولات الأربع الكبرى بوفرة المفاجآت والنتائج غير المتوقّعة التي تفرزها.

من منّا ينسى تأهل القبرصي ماركوس باغداتيس إلى الدور النهائي في العام 2006 أو وصول الفرنسي جو تسونغا (بابتسامة عريضة وكاريزما ذكّرتنا بمحمد علي كلاي) إلى نهائي العام 2008 بعد انتصار ساحق على نادال في الدور نصف النهائي أو وصول السلوفاكية دومينيكا سيبولكوفا إلى الدور نفسه قبل عامين؟

تنبع كثرة المفاجآت بشكل أساسي من كون منافسات بطولة أستراليا تجري في بداية الموسم حيث يحاول معظم اللاعبين البارزين نفض الغبار عن مضاربهم بعد حوالي شهرين من استراحة نهاية العام وهي أطول إجازة يحظى بها اللاعبون المحترفون.

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Palestinian Authority arrests dissident professor

In Electronic Intifada 

A Nablus court on Thursday extended the detention of a prominent Palestinian scholar and longtime dissident whose arrest earlier this week has led to accusations that he is being politically persecuted by the Palestinian Authority.

At around 11pm on Tuesday, Abdel Sattar Qassem, a 68-year-old professor of political science at Nablus’ An-Najah National University, and a father of four, was taken from his home, where he had been staying alone. His wife, Amal al-Ahmad, was not informed of the arrest and concerned neighbors broke down a door at her prompting to check whether Qassem had suffered an accident.

“I called him several times but his mobile phone was closed and I got no answer from the landline,” al-Ahmad, a program coordinator at the Women’s Study Center, told The Electronic Intifada. Continue reading “Palestinian Authority arrests dissident professor”

When Israel turns houses into jails

In Elctronic Intifada

Fadi Shaludi, 14, has not left his house since November. Every day, he sees the children from his neighborhood go off to school. He especially misses playing football with his friends and walking around Jerusalem’s Old City.

Fadi is under house arrest. He fears going downstairs, let alone to the corner shop next to his home. His punishment came after he was charged with throwing stones at Israeli troops during confrontations in Silwan, the area of occupied East Jerusalem where he lives, in October.

That incident also resulted in his mother, Shifa Obeido, being put under house arrest on charges of “incitement.” She awaits a trial that will likely see her forcibly transferred from Jerusalem.

Originally from Hebron, Shifa was granted temporary residency and began a family unificationprocess after marrying a Jerusalemite. Her residency was revoked, however, after her husband married a second time. Continue reading “When Israel turns houses into jails”

Palestinian hunger striker’s case to be reviewed by Israeli court

Supreme Court to decide on detention of journalist Mohammed al-Qiq, on hunger strike for two months and described as ‘close to death’

In Middle East Eye

Israel’s top court will this week rule on whether to release a hunger-striking Palestinian journalist who is described as being close to death, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

Protesters have picketed an Israeli hospital to call for the release of Mohammed al-Qiq, who has been on hunger strike for 63 days.

Jawad Boulus, Qiq’s lawyer, said that the Supreme Court in Jerusalem would on Wednesday rule on whether to release his client.

Qiq, a journalist from Dura in the occupied West Bank, was arrested on 21 November by Israeli authorities. He began his hunger strike a few days later, and is now in HaEmek hospital in the northern town of Afula.

Tens of journalists and Palestinian members of the Knesset Bassil Ghattas and Haneen Zoabi demonstrated outside under the rain, calling on Israel to release al-Qiq. Continue reading “Palestinian hunger striker’s case to be reviewed by Israeli court”

Palestinian hunger striker’s case to be reviewed by Israeli court

In the Middle East Eye,
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Israel’s top court will this week rule on whether to release a hunger-striking Palestinian journalist who is described as being close to death, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

Protesters have picketed an Israeli hospital to call for the release of Mohammed al-Qiq, who has been on hunger strike for 63 days.

Jawad Boulus, Qiq’s lawyer, said that the Supreme Court in Jerusalem would rule on Wednesday about whether to release his client.

Israeli authorities arrested Qiq, a journalist from Dura in the occupied West Bank, on 21 November. He began his hunger strike a few days later, and is now in HaEmek hospital in the northern town of Afula. Continue reading “Palestinian hunger striker’s case to be reviewed by Israeli court”