Palestinians injured during rallies for prisoners


At least three Palestinians Friday were shot and injured with live bullets, fired by Israeli forces toward Palestinians marching near contacts points to the east, south, and north of the Gaza Strip, in solidarity with hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, said sources.

A Palestinian was seriously hurt and another 9 were slightly injured in clashes near Gaza's border.

They are calling for the United Nations to intervene to resolve a monthlong hunger strike of about 1,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails. - The Catholic Church will speak out against injustice and avoid any attempt to normalize the "festering wound" of the Israeli-Palestinian situation, a commission from the region's leading Catholic bishops has said.

Initially called for by Fateh-affiliated prisoners, most notably imprisoned senior Fatah official Marwan Barghouthi, the strike has been joined by other prisoners from various Palestinian political factions.

The resolution said the "settlements are illegal under worldwide law [and] that the recent decisions to establish a new settlement deep inside the West Bank, to issue tenders for nearly 2000 settlement units and to declare further land deep inside the West Bank as "state land" further undermine prospects for a viable two-state solution".

Israel's military said troops opened fire after Palestinians hurled fire bombs and rocks at them. Barghouti, who disputed the court's jurisdiction and didn't mount a defense, has been in prison since 2002.

Muataz Bani Shemsay, 23, was killed after being shot in the head by the settler, and an Associated Press news agency photographer wounded before occupation forces arrived and dispersed the Palestinians.

Earlier Friday, Israeli police said a tractor was set on fire and the word "revenge" was spray painted in Hebrew on a wall in a Palestinian village in the West Bank.

The settler opened fire after his vehicle was surrounded and stoned by Palestinian protesters when he attempted to drive through their demonstration near an apartheid checkpoint in the northern West Bank on Thursday.