The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade collaborate with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Brigades of United Resistance to explode another couple of kids in Dimona. One woman is killed, as well as the second suicide bomber, shot before he managed to detonate himself. Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha calls this act of terror on civilians in a shopping centre a ‘glorious act‘. BBC report it as a ‘rare’ suicide bombing and say it is unclear whether the bombers came from Gaza via Egypt.
Settlers of Havat Gilad, near the West Bank town of Jit are suspected of destroying 200 olive seedlings which Rabbis for Human Rights helped to plant with Palestinian farmers. RHR call on the callously unresponsive IDF regiments posted in the area to monitor the settlers.
A “revolutionary and interesting change“, the Jewish National Fund will commemorate the remains of Palestinian villages which are in JNF parks which were destroyed in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence. They will have to answer to vandals who deny that there is anything to remember.
A man takes a bullet in the leg for throwing stones by soldiers in a West Bank village, but the man has a hereditary disease and is practically blind. IDF soldiers interrogate his father and shred his Israeli work permit in front of his eyes. Like his leg, the son’s nerves are shot to bits.
Hamas and Egypt are collaborating to control the flow of people in and out of Gaza. Hamas wants to sever ties with Israel, Egypt isn’t sure it wants responsibility for supplying a Gaza which comes with a Muslim Brotherhood vipers nest thrown in. Ha’aretz reports that despite all the excitement, little has changed there.
Last week I forced myself to watch Storyville on Darfur – The Devil Came on Horseback – about former UN ceasefire monitor Brian Steidle’s campaign to persuade the world to protect Darfurians from the Sudanese government, and felt sporadically nauseous for several days afterwards. 250,000 dazed, bereaved Darfurian refugees, oozing displacement, exist in limbo on Chad’s Eastern border where they are subject to raids by the Janjaweed (there is controversy about whether this does in fact translate as ‘devils on horseback’, and if it doesn’t then it has to be said that the documentary is irresponsibly titled considering the way Arabs are frequently negatively stereotyped in the media). The Sudanese government are backing the rebel forces who have been assaulting Chad’s capital N’Djamena.