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Colonists set alight poultry farm near Nablus

Ramallah: Israeli colonists from the colony of Yitzhar, south of the city of Nablus set alight a Palestinian poultry farm, causing the deaths of thousands of birds and animals on Thursday morning.

The poultry farm, located to the side of the village of Madama and close to Route 60 north of the Zaatarah Junction (Tapuach Junction), is owned by Yasser Taher Al Qout. It has suffered financial losses of greater than a quarter million Shekels because of the fire.

Both Palestinian authorities and the residents of the village are certain that Israeli colonists burned the poultry farm because the residents found Israeli made boxes of matches and containers containing the type of fuel used to ignite the blaze.

Ehab Al Qout, a member of Madama Village Council, said that the birds were brought to the farm only a day ago and that the Israeli colonists were aware of that fact.

The colonists have added yet another violation by attacking the poultry farm just to increase the suffering of the Palestinian farmers in the area, he told Gulf News.

The colonists know their targets perfectly and know the ways to harm the Palestinians.

Palestinians widely regard the residents of the colony of Yitzhar as the most harmful and dangerous in the West Bank. The Palestinian firefighters failed to show up in time to fight the fire at the farm, despite the fact that there is one civil defence centre in the nearby village of Boureen.

The owner of the poultry farm has lodged an official complaint with the Israeli Police via the Palestinian-Israeli Civil Affairs Coordination Liaison Office, accusing the Israeli colonists of Yitzhar with setting his farm alight.

To support his claim, he provided the pieces of evidence he and the fellow villagers collected from the scene. The farms owner urged the Israeli police to pay a visit to the site and inspect it themselves to evaluate the damage the Israeli colonists have caused to the entire regions poultry industry.

Al Qout said that the Israeli colonists reached the farm from the routes, which connect their colony with other colonies in the Nablus area or via routes which lead to Israeli colonies in Qalqilia.

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Woman falls 2 stories during fire rescue on west bank


Three people including two children were rescued from a balcony after a woman fell two stories trying to escape two-alarm fire Friday at a west bank apartment complex.

Just before 6 p.m., firefighters were called to the Cypress Run Apartments in the 6100 block of Tullis Drive.

The first company arrived to find heavy smoke in the three-story, wood-framed apartment building, with two adults and two children on a third-floor balcony. Firefighters put up a ladder to the building, and one of the adults tried to lower another but was unable to hang on.The 24-year-old woman fell two stories and was taken to the hospital. Her condition is not known.

The other three people were safely rescued by firefighters.

A second alarm was called at 6:02 p.m. because of the close proximity of the apartments.

According to an NOFD news release, the fire started in a first-floor apartment, where a resident said she was drying clothes and smelled something burning. When she opened the utility room, she saw flames shut the door, containing the fire to that room.

The fire was under control at 6:14 p.m., according to the release. There were no other structures involved and no other injuries were reported.

Eighteen NOFD units carrying 44 firefighters responded. The cause of the fire was determined to be a dryer.

The New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans Emergency Medical Services, Entergy Electric and the American Red Cross also assisted with the incident.

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Mosque damaged in West Bank attack

DEIR ISTIYA, West Bank, Jan. 15 (UPI) — A door to a mosque in the West Bank was set afire and graffiti scrawled on its walls in a suspected price tag attack early Wednesday, police officials said.

No one was injured in the Deir Istiya attack, which police said they think was carried out by right-wing extremist Jews in what they described as a suspected price tag incident, referring to acts of random violence carried out by Jewish extremists against Palestinian property and members of Israel’s security forces.

Graffiti spray-painted on the mosque walls said: “We will avenge your spilled blood, Qusra,” and “Arabs out” and “Greetings from Qusra,” referring to a Jan. 7 incident in which 15 Israeli settlers were held captive by Palestinians on suspicions the Jews were about to carry out an attack on Palestinian property, the Times of Israel said.

A statement released by the Israeli army said it views the vandalism with the utmost severity because it diverts “the attention and efforts of security forces from their primary mission of fighting terror. Such events also work to destabilize the region.”

Deir Istiya Mayor Ayub Abu Hiljah told the Ma’an News Agency settlers sneaked into the village before dawn prayers and set fire to the mosque door.

“Local residents alerted by a worshiper who saw the fire on his way to perform dawn prayers scared the settlers away and put out the fire,” he said.

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Soldiers Kidnap Two Palestinian In Gaza – International Middle …

[Wednesday, December 11, 2013] Israeli sources have reported that the army has kidnapped two Palestinians who crossed the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

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The sources said that the two were unarmed, and likely tried to enter Israel searching for work.

The two have been moved to an interrogation facility in an Israeli settlement close to the border with the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip.

There have been dozens of similar incidents as the Gaza Strip remains under strict Israeli siege, despite Israeli claims of easing it, and allowing a limited number of trucks carrying urgently needed supplies into the coastal region.

It is worth mentioning that dozens of Palestinians have been killed or wounded, and that dozens more have been kidnapped, for approaching the border fence area, while most of them were working in Palestinian lands close to the border, and did not even come near the fence.

Israel considers Palestinians lands close to the border fence to be a no-man zone, and anyone who enters it is subject to direct army fire without warning.

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Mold forces West Bank Arts Guild out of Westwego Arts Center

Saying it can no longer operate in the mold-infested Westwego Arts Center, the West Bank Arts Guild has pulled out of the city-owned building in the heart of the Sala Avenue historic district, an officer in the group told the Westwego City Council on Monday. “It’s now full of mold,” said Josie Murphy, the guild’s treasurer and former president.

The building’s roof was damaged during Hurricane Isaac a year ago, Westwego Mayor Johnny Shaddinger said. The guild invested $15,000 to $20,000 of its own money in keeping the building open, but to no avail, Murphy said.

The city has allowed the guild to use the building at 401 Sala Ave. as a gallery and to host art workshops, she said. “The city has not paid one bill,” Murphy told the council. “And I think the council needs to know that, as well as the residents of Westwego.”

Shaddinger said an estimated $200,000 is needed to repair the building. But he said the city’s insurance policy provided only $30,000 for storm-related work.

The city, meanwhile has a request for $250,000 for various Sala Avenue infrastructure improvements through the state Bond Commission, which is scheduled to meet this week, Shaddinger said. He indicated that bonds could be the source of repair money. The mayor said the guild is welcome to return to the Westwego Arts Center “once the building is repaired.”

He said a previous contractor who worked on the building did substandard work. That led Councilman Glenn Green to say the city needs to hold contractors’ feet to the fire when they do “shoddy” work for the city.

“This is our city,” Green said. “This is our money. I don’t care how much money we get from the state. We’ve got to make an example out of somebody or they’re going to continue to do that.”

Shaddinger said the city also will seek $350,000 through the state Bond Commission to repair storm-related damage at the city’s Performing Arts Center, also on Sala Avenue. The city’s deductible to make such repairs is $250,000, Shaddinger said. The city put aside about $62,000 in its present budget toward meeting that deductible.

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Gay Marriage Bill Expected To Become Law By The End Of The Week

The government’s gay marriage Bill is expected to become law by the end of this week, after the legislation cleared the House of Lords on Monday afternoon.

Peers gave the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill its third reading without a formal vote after approving an amendment that would see ministers examine the pension arrangements for gay couples.

The legislation will now return to the Commons on Tuesday evening where it is expected to be rubber stamped by MPs and sent to the Queen for Royal Assent by Thursday at the latest.

The government expects the first gay weddings to be able to take place in Summer 2014 following the completion of implementation work.

Speaking to a jubilant pro-gay marriage rally opposite parliament, Nick Clegg thanked campaigners for “keeping politicians feet to the fire” to ensure the Bill was not derailed by opponents.

“Once what was felt, or considered, to be a radical will soon be the law of the land,” he said. “People will look back on it and think, ‘what on Earth was the fuss all about’.”


“It should be entirely unremarkable and completely unusual that people who want to express their love to each other want to commemorate that love and want to celebrate that love regardless of who they are regardless of their gender regardless of their sexuality should be abel to do so on equal footing.”

Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill said: ‘It’s impossible to express how much joy this historic step will bring to tens of thousands of gay people and their families and friends. The Bill’s progress through parliament shows that, at last, the majority of politicians in both Houses understand the public’s support for equality – though it’s also reminded us that gay people still have powerful opponents.”

The Bill had a turbulent time in both the Commons and the Lords – with a significant number of MPs and peers voicing fierce opposition.

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Minn. House prepares to vote on gay marriage

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota House stood ready to vote to make the state the 12th to legalize gay marriage Thursday, as rallies planned for and against the measure prompted heightened security at the Capitol.

House Democratic leaders and supporters of the measure expressed confidence they had sufficient votes to pass the measure and appealed to Republicans to join in its passage. If successful, the state Senate would take up the legislation on Monday, paving the way for Gov. Mark Dayton to sign it next week.

Debate in the House was due to start at midday.

Just last fall Minnesota voters were deciding on a constitutional amendment to fortify a gay marriage ban. The amendment failed and the campaign made a swift 180-degree turn, helped along by a Democratic takeover of the Legislature.

Thousands of people were expected at the Capitol for the historic vote. Orange-shirted backers of gay marriage started arriving several hours before the debate.

Gay marriage opponents said they expected more than 1,000 people who share their views to rally at the Capitol. The Rev. Steve Goold of New Hope Church led followers in a morning prayer before they set out to lobby lawmakers. He told them they had the power to change minds, but urged them to be respectful.

“Do not shout and boo. Pray,” Goold said.

Some opponents held bright pink signs that said “Vote no.”

Minnesota lawmakers were advised that security would be stepped up, with 30 to 40 additional security officers and restricted access to gallery viewing space and other areas of the building. State troopers posted squad cars near several entrances, and signs were posted warning that admittance to the building would be denied once it reached an unspecified capacity.

“It all has to do with the size and tenor of the crowd. If we have a volatile situation we’re not going to throw more fuel on the fire,” said State Patrol Maj. Bob Myerson, who leads the Capitol security detail. “As far as anyone’s recollection, we’re looking at potentially the largest crowd anyone can remember assembled inside the Capitol.”

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West Bank villagers view Oscars at night, outdoors

BILIN, West Bank (AP) This wasn’t your typical Oscar viewing party.

In the West Bank village whose struggle to regain land taken by Israel was portrayed in an Oscar-nominated documentary, activists huddled around a campfire before dawn Monday to watch the ceremony.

For added symbolism, they pinned the screen to a tent just meters (yards) away from Israel’s West Bank separation barrier, which cut off the village of Bilin from much of its land.

Some smoked water pipes, huddled in sleeping bags or warmed their hands over the fire as actors in gowns and tuxedos performed on a stage half-way around the world.

The documentary, “5 Broken Cameras,” did not win, and some said they were disappointed. But protest organizer Abdullah Abu Rahma says the Oscar nomination gave Bilin’s struggle a big push.

The village has been the scene of weekly protests against the barrier, which were documented in the film. Palestinians charge that the barrier, which cuts into the West Bank, is a land grab. Israel says it’s needed to keep Palestinian attackers out.

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West Bank apartment building damaged by 2-alarm fire

Firefighters battled a 2-alarm fire on the West Bank Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

A spokeswoman for the New Orleans Fire Department said the fire broke out in a multi-story dwelling in the 4200 block of Maple Leaf Drive shortly before 2 p.m. The fire was placed under control a little under an hour later, about 2:50 p.m., the department said.

Witnesses on the scene said that the flames engulfed the entire top portion of an apartment building and that several units were heavily damaged.

Check back in with NOLA.com for updates on this story.

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Occupy wallstreet and nypd Clash – Video

Occupy wallstreet and nypd Clash I wrote a little spiritual rym after Hurricane Sandy and i am getting at rick ross, kanye west, meek mills and whoever wants this fire. This music is hardcore on moral truth in love.

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