Two Palestinian babies freeze to death in Gaza Strip
Two Palestinian babies have died in freezing temperatures in the Gaza Strip, where residents lack proper shelter and electricity following a devastating Israeli war and amid a brutal winter storm.
Gaza emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said a one-month-old boy, identified as Adel Maher al-Lahham, from the city of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, died on Saturday due to the extreme cold, which has struck the Israel-blockaded coastal sliver.
He added that a four-month-old girl, identified as Rahaf Abu Aasi, also lost her life in az-Zanna area of Khan Yunis on Friday.
Israeli troops shoot, injure two Palestinians in West Bank
Two Palestinian teenagers have been injured in clashes between Israeli soldiers and a group of Palestinian demonstrators in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, during which the Israelis fired live bullets to disperse the crowd.
On Saturday, Palestinians staged a protest in the village of Burin, located 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) southwest of Nablus, to denounce the ongoing Israeli settlement activities and construction of the controversial separation wall in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Scuffles broke out between dozens of Palestinian youths and Israeli troops after the latter stormed the protesters and fired their guns to break up the demonstration.
Israelis settlers chop down 45 olive trees in West Bank
Israelis settlers have once again attacked the Palestinian properties in occupied territories and chopped down dozens of olive trees in the southern West Bank.
The settlers raided lands belonging to local farmers in the area of Shaab al-Butm in the city of Hebron– also known as al-Khalil – on Friday and uprooted 45 olive trees which were at least three decades old.
Settlers, mostly armed, regularly attack Palestinian villages and farms and set fire to their mosques, olive groves and other properties in the West Bank under the so-called “price tag” policy. However, Tel Aviv rarely detains the assailants.
From the Jewish Telegrapic Agency
Vigil mourns victims of kosher shop attack; Bibi headed to Paris
PARIS (JTA) — Several thousand people came out Saturday evening to commemorate the victims of Friday’s deadly shooting at a kosher supermarket.
The vigil Saturday featured spontaneous singing of the French and Israeli anthems outside Hyper Cacher — the shop where a self-described Islamist killed four and held more than 20 hostage, before police broke in and killed him. The shooting came two days after two gunmen stormed the offices of the satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people.
On Sunday, French President Francois Hollande and his prime minister, Manual Valls, are expected to attend a massive march through the center of Paris to commemorate the victims of those attacks. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman are among several foreign leaders who confirmed their attendance at the march, the Israeli embassy in Paris announced Saturday. Press reports have said that more than 1 million people are expected.
Hamas condemns deadly attacks on French weekly
Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has condemned the recent terrorist attack on the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo.
The group issued a statement in French on Saturday, condemning last Wednesday’s deadly shooting on the weekly, which left 12 people dead.
“Difference of opinion and thought is no justification for killing,” the statement said.
The statement also slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for drawing a parallel between attacks in Paris and Hamas’ resistance against Israel.
Netanyahu on Wednesday rushed to issue a statement on Paris attacks, by claiming that Israel has experienced similar attacks by Hamas and Hezbollah.
From the Jewish Daily Forward
Anti-Israel Firebrand Arrested at Code Pink Dick Cheney Torture Demonstration
Tighe Barry Is Regular at BDS Protests
The protesters from the anti-war group Code Pink walked up to the house before police arrived and asked them to leave, said Fairfax County police spokesman Roger Henriquez. Two members who refused to go were arrested on trespassing charges, he said.
Police identified the two as Tighe Barry, 57, and Eve Tetaz, 83, both of Washington DC. The pair face misdemeanor charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct, police said.