Yesterday at 6:30 a.m., in a joint patrolling operation, Israeli army Special Unit teams along with Israeli Policemen and Israeli Border Police members stormed into a Palestinian house at Salwan Village, near Jerusalem.
Following the decision of the Palestinian High Court of Justice in Gaza ordering that Ahmad Sa‘adat be released immediately, Amnesty International is calling on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to respect this decision and free him from detention without further delay. Amnesty International is also calling on Israel to publicly guarantee that Ahmad Sa‘adat will not be subjected to any extrajudicial measures, including assassination.
Israeli tanks are back in Ramallah, and the international media describes it as just another of the ‘almost daily incursions.’ The latest invasion of Jenin a few days ago was explained as a ‘routine patrol.’
Due to the hot weather I already couldn’t sleep. As I finally thought I would be dreaming, I heard sounds of Apache helicopters hovering above my appartment, followed by machine gunfire minutes later. ‘Ramallah, again,’ I thought.
It’s really hot today. The television talks about reform, whatever that may be, and another peace plan, whatever that may be. As I came down to the office to check some emails, I got a call from Khader. ‘Ramzi is arrested’, he says.
Human Rights Watch today strongly criticized the Israeli Knesset’s discriminatory allocation of national child allowances. The latest economic plan, passed Wednesday night, cuts by 24 percent allowances for children whose parents have not served in the army.