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Palestinians Killed On ‘Nakba’ – 63rd Anniversary Of Zionist Israel

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May 15, 2011: Al Jazeera Editors / Al Jazeera – May 15, 2011

For 63 years now the genocide of Palestinians by Zionist Israel has continued unabated and allowed by a court of jesters– SJH

Several people have been killed and scores of others wounded in the Gaza Strip, Golan Heights, Ras Maroun in Lebanon and the Israeli-occupied West Bank, as Palestinians mark the “Nakba”, or day of “catastrophe”.

The “Nakba” is how Palestinians refer to the 1948 founding of the state of Israel, when an estimated 700,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled following Israel’s declaration of statehood.

At least one Palestinian was killed and up to 80 others wounded in northern Gaza as Israeli troops opened fire on a march of at least 1,000 people heading towards the Erez crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

A group of Palestinians, including children, marching to mark the “Nakba” were shot by the Israeli army after crossing a Hamas checkpoint and entering what Israel calls a “buffer zone” – an empty area between checkpoints where Israeli soldiers generally shoot trespassers, Al Jazeera’s Nicole Johnston reported from Gaza City on Sunday.

“We are just hearing that one person has been killed and about 80 people have been injured,” Johnston said. “There are about 500-600 Palestinian youth gathered at the Erez border crossing point. They don’t usually march as far as the border. There has been intermittent gunfire from the Israeli side for the last couple of hours. Hamas has asked us to leave; they are trying to move people away from the Israeli border. They say seeing so many people at the border indicates a shift in politics in the area.”

Separately in south Tel Aviv, one Israeli man was killed and 17 were injured when a 22-year-old Arab Israeli driver drove his truck into a number of vehicles on one of the city’s main roads.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the driver, from an Arab village called Kfar Qasim in the West Bank, was arrested at the scene and is being questioned. “Based on the destruction and the damage at the scene, we have reason to believe that it was carried out deliberately,” Rosenfeld said. But he said he did not believe the motive was directly linked to the anniversary of the Nakba.

West Bank Clashes

One of the biggest Nakba demonstrations was held near Qalandiya refugee camp and checkpoint, the main secured entry point into the West Bank from Israel, where about 100 protesters marched, Al Jazeera’s  Nisreen El-Shamayleh reported from Ramallah. Some injuries were reported from tear gas canisters fired at protesters there, El-Shamayleh said.

Small clashes were reported throughout various neighbourhoods of East Jerusalem and cities in the West Bank, between stone-throwing Palestinians and Israeli security forces. Israeli police said 20 arrests were made in the East Jerusalem area of Issawiyah for throwing stones and petrol bombs at Israeli border police officers. About 70 arrests have been made in East Jerusalem throughout the Nakba protests that began on Friday, two days ahead of the May 15 anniversary, police spokesman Rosenfeld said.

Tensions had risen a day earlier after a 17-year-old Palestinian boy died of a gunshot wound suffered amid clashes on Friday in Silwan, another East Jerusalem neighbourhood. Police said the source of the gunfire was unclear and that police were investigating, while local sources told Al Jazeera that the teen was shot in random firing of live ammunition by guards of Jewish settlers living in nearby Beit Yonatan.

‘Palestinians Killed’

Meanwhile, Syrian state television reported that Israeli forces killed four Syrian citizens who had been taking part in an anti-Israeli rally on the Syrian side of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights border on Sunday. Israeli army radio said earlier that dozens were wounded when Palestinian refugees from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights border were shot for trying to break through the frontier fence. There was no comment on reports of the injured.

There have also been reports that Israeli gunfire killed up to 10 people and injured scores more in the Lebanese town of Ras Maroun, on the southern border with Israel. Matthew Cassel, a journalist in the town, told Al Jazeera that he saw at least two dead Palestinian refugees.

“Tens of thousands of refugees marched to the border fence to demand their right to return where they were met by Israeli soldiers,” he said. Many were killed. I don’t know how many but I saw with my own eyes a number of unconscious and injured, and at least two dead. Now the Lebanese army has moved in, people are running back up the mountain to get away from the army.”

‘End To Zionist Project’

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the events of “Nakba Day” in a televised statement on Sunday, particularly referring to attempts to infiltrate Israel’s borders with Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, saying “we are determined to defend our borders”.

Netanyahu said that he instructed Israeli forces to act with restraint, but to stop all attempts at infiltration and challenges to Israel’s sovereignty. He said that the “Nakba Day” protesters were not fighting for the 1967 borders as they claim, but were denying Israel’s right to exist. “We must understand who and what we are up against,” Netanyahu said.

Earlier on Sunday Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of Hamas-controlled Gaza, repeated the group’s call for the end of the state of Israel. Addressing Muslim worshippers in Gaza City on Sunday, Haniyeh said Palestinians marked this year’s “Nakba” “with great hope of bringing to an end the Zionist project in Palestine”.

“To achieve our goals in the liberation of our occupied land, we should have one leadership,” Haniyeh said, praising the recent unity deal with its rival, Fatah, the political organisation which controls the West Bank under Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas’ leadership. Meanwhile, a 63 second-long siren rang midday in commemoration of the Nakba’s 63rd anniversary.

Over 760,000 Palestinians – estimated today to number 4.7 million with their descendants – fled or were driven out of their homes in the conflict that followed Israel’s creation. Many took refuge in neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and elsewhere. Some continue to live in refugee camps.

About 160,000 Palestinians stayed behind in what is now Israeli territory and are known as Arab Israelis. They now total around 1.3 million, or some 20 percent of Israel’s population.

Israel Kills And Wounds Dozens Of Nakba Protesters

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Watch Part 1 of 6 of the documentary, “Children Of Gaza” below… – SJH

Children Of Gaza (Part 1 of 6)

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http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/05/2011515649440342.html

IMF Chief Strauss-Kahn Arrested In New York For Attempted Rape

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May 15, 2011: Sky News Editor’s / Sky News – May 15, 2011

The head of the IMF has been charged with a criminal sexual act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment, following allegations made by a hotel maid in New York.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn was taken into custody at JFK airport after being pulled from the first-class cabin of a flight to Paris just minutes before take-off.

The 62-year-old married father of four is due to appear before a judge later today.

The lawyer representing Mr Strauss-Kahn, Benjamin Brafman, has indicated he “will plead not guilty” to the charges.

The incident is alleged to have happened in Mr Strauss-Kahn’s luxury suite at the Sofitel hotel, not far from Manhattan’s Times Square. A 32-year-old maid told authorities she was attacked when she went into clean the room.

Talks that had been due to take place today between Mr Strauss-Kahn and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were cancelled in the wake of the arrest, after the IMF said they would not be sending a replacement to Berlin. The pair had been due to talk about the euro zone debt crisis.

Mr Strauss-Kahn took over as head of the International Monetary Fund in November 2007. The 187-nation lending agency is based in Washington and provides help in the form of emergency loans for countries facing severe financial problems.

He won praise for his leadership at the IMF during the financial crisis of 2008 and the severe global recession that followed. More recently, he has directed the IMF’s participation in bailout efforts to keep a European debt crisis which began in Greece from destabilising the global economy.

Before taking the top job at the IMF, Mr Strauss-Kahn had been a member of the French National Assembly and had also served as France’s Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry from June 1997 to November 1999. He had been viewed as a leading contender to challenge the re-election of French president Nicolas Sarkozy for the Socialist Party.

NYC Police Arrest IMF Head In Hotel Sex Assault

 

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Strauss-Kahn should be executed for raping the world economy– SJH

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http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/IMF-Head-Dominique-Strauss-Kahn-Charged-By-New-York-Police-Over-Alleged-Sexual-Assault/Article/201105315992243?lpos=World_News_Carousel_Region_0&lid=ARTICLE_15992243_IMF_Head_Dominique_Strauss-Kahn_Charged_By_New_York_Police_Over_Alleged_Sexual_Assault