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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Palestinians protest kidnapping of British Journalist as new government takes office

The Palestinian Maanews service reported that as PLC was voting for the news Palestinian government, Palestinian journalists, lawmakers and Non-Government Organisations accused prime minister, Ismail
Haniyeh and his former government of not doing enough to facilitating the release of kidnapped BBC correspondent, Alan Johnston, who was abducted in Gaza four days ago.
The journalists and their supporters stages a sit-down strike in front  of the Rashad Shawwa centre in Gaza City, where the PLC session was being held. The protestors called for the release of Johnston and condemned his
abduction, as well as the abductions of all other journalists. They also called on the public condemnation of the abductors.

Designated minister of information, Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, addressed the
journalists, calling for an end to the wave of disorder and lawlessness. He
confirmed that the new unity government will seriously address the issue of
lawlessness and end the state of disorder.

Likewise, alestinian guards of the evacuated Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip on Saturday held a sit-in strike demanding reemployment. The guards called on the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) and presidency to pay their salaries, which have not been paid since November 2006.

The guards claimed the decision to sack them was "tyrannical and unjust", especially after they had guarded the evacuated settlements against robbery and vandalism. The criticised the government's decision to expel them from their  jobs at the beginning of February 2007, after they were attacked and beaten
by the Hamas-affiliated Executive Force.

The 1,300 guards added that they have not received their salaries since November 2006, despite the fact that the Palestinian presidency and the treasury had endorsed a decision to pay their salaries.
The evacuated settlements are used as launching grounds for rockets aimed at Israel and as terminations of arms-smuggling tunnels.
Ami Isseroff

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