Sunday, December 28, 2008

Evening PalArabic news roundup

I mentioned this morning about a Saudi cleric who called for Muslims to attack Israeli interests everywhere.The Firas Press headline said that he called to shed the blood of Jews everywhere, although the article doesn't. I cannot yet find the original fatwa at Islam Online to check to see what the cleric actually said.

Earlier today, a large number of Palestinian Arabs crashed past the Rafah crossings and attempted to enter Egypt, some successfully. During these clashes a Hamas member shot and killed an Egyptian policeman. Mahmoud Abbas condemned this murder. This is besides the Gazan who was reportedly shot and killed by an Egyptian police officer. Apparently the fighting there was heavy, with Gzans throwing Molotov cocktails and the Egyptian forces firing into the crowd.

Israel plans to open the Kerem Shalom and Karni crossings on Monday for 53 trucks of humanitarian goods, including many trucks of aid for UNRWA.

Hamas shot a Fatah member during a funeral for another Fatah member (who died in a Hamas prison during an Israeli air raid) on Saturday. There were a number of accusations that Fatah members were left to be killed in the prisons while Hamas guards ran to safety.

A number of Fatah prisoners managed to escape during some of the air raids, and Hamas shot one of them dead while running away.

Hamas is claiming that they called up a thousand "reserves" to be ready for the next round of fighting.

Jordanian members of parliament burned an Israeli flag inside their chambers.

The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the terrorist arm of Fatah, finally joined Hamas and shot a couple of rockets at Israel, in an operation they call "Storm Volcano." Well, it's more catchy that either Oil Stain or Cast Lead.

The Palestinian Journalists Union showed its objectivity by calling on the international press to "objectively" support Gazans, to "objectively" report that most of the victims have been the elderly and women and children, and to "objectively" refer to the operation as "massacres" and "genocide." They slammed the Israeli press for not agreeing with this representation of the facts.

The 2008 PalArab self-death count is now at 229.