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Issue No. 2163

Israel removes Palestinians from their homes

Israeli police officers evicted a number of Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem last Sunday. Police dumped their belongings in the street in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood.

Israeli security forces claimed that the families did not own the homes despite living there for over 50 years.

One Palestinian man was seriously injured when he attempted to help the families defend their homes.

Jewish settlers immediately moved in to demolish the houses. They plan to build apartment blocks for Jewish settlers.

The latest evictions are part of an ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from Jerusalem.

Trial begins for Iran protesters

Iran has put on trial 100 leading dissidents who were arrested during the mass protests against the presidential elections.

Among them are leading reformers, including former vice president Mohammad-Ali Abtahi, the former deputy foreign minister and an MP.

The reformists have condemned the “show trials” and accused authorities of using “medieval torture” to extract confessions.

The trial comes as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who won the disputed presidential elections, was sworn in. His reformist and conservative rivals boycotted the ceremony.

Arrests target left in Malaysia

Malaysian security forces have arrested over 600 people in a crackdown on opposition to the draconian Internal Security Act.

Under the law authorities can seize and detain people indefinitely without trial.

The arrests were in response to growing campaign against the law that has drawn tens of thousands of people into the streets. Police attacked the demonstrators on Saturday with tear gas and water cannons.

The protests were called by Abolish ISA Movement—a coalition of 83 organisation including Parti Sosialis Malaysia.

The protests came after the new Prime Minister Najib Razak reneged on a pledge to abolish the law.

Some 40,000 people took to the streets of the capital Kuala Lumpur on Monday to protest against the law and the arrests.

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Tue 4 Aug 2009, 19:27 BST
Issue No. 2163
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