News May 26, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al-Jazeera website reporter freed for lack of evidence after six months RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes May 16, 2021 Find out more RSF_en May 28, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Help by sharing this information IsraelMiddle East – North Africa News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Israel News June 3, 2021 Find out more Palestinian journalist Awad Rajoub, a reporter for the Arabic-language website of the satellite TV station Al Jazeera, was freed on 24 May after being held by the Israeli authorities for six months. He was arrested on 30 November 2005 at his home in Doura, 10 km outside the West Bank city of Hebron, and accused by the Israeli military of “threatening state security.”The Al-Jazeera bureau in Paris told Reporters Without Borders the Israeli court that was supposed to try him ruled there was insufficient evidence and ordered his release. The Israeli authorities, who had seized his computer and mobile phone, had said his arrest was not linked to his work as a journalist.“I was beaten and treated like an all-out criminal,” Rajoub said after his release. Aged 29, he also writes for the Qatari newspaper Al Sharq and the Islam-on-line website. ————————————————————————–2.12.2005 Israeli military urged to explain arrest of Al Jazeera website reporter in West BankReporters Without Borders today condemned the arrest of Palestinian journalist Awad Rajoub on 30 November at his home in Doura, 10 km from the West Bank city of Hebron, and called on the Israeli military to explain why he is still being held. Rajoub reports for the Arabic-language website of the pan-Arab satellite TV station Al Jazeera.“The Israeli army, which claims this has nothing to do with Rajoub’s work as a journalist, must say what it knows at once, otherwise there is no reason for holding him and he must be freed immediately,” the press freedom organisation said.Israeli soldiers took Rajoub’s computer and mobile phone when they arrested him. An Israeli army spokesman told Al Jazeera he was arrested for “reasons that have nothing to do with his work” and that the army was “interested in the information he has.”Khaled Amayri, an Al Jazeera English-language website editor in charge of Jerusalem and Palestinian territory coverage, told Reporters Without Borders that Rajoub’s arrest was “fresh evidence of the Israeli army’s discriminatory policy towards Arab media in the occupied territories.”He added: “Journalists are working in very difficult conditions in the occupied territories and are often arrested and then released without anyone knowing what they are accused of. What’s more, not only are we often stripped of our accreditation but we are also often told it is treason to work for Al Jazeera.”Aged 29, Rajoub is also a correspondent for the Qatari newspaper Al Sharq and often contributes to the Islam-on-line website. He studied journalism in Qatar and joined the Al Jazeera group in 2001. Organisation News IsraelMiddle East – North Africa to go further Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists
iStock/narvikkBY: JULIA JACOBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Health care workers across the country are pleading with the public to follow COVID-19 guidelines as the nation struggles to contain another wave of the virus.The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 reached 260,000 on Wednesday, and almost every state in the U.S. is experiencing an increased rate of infection, according to Johns Hopkins University.At the Pablo Pinto General Hospital in Mineral Wells, Texas, about 90 miles west of Dallas, doctors and nurses are “struggling to transfer patients to higher levels of care,” the hospital’s CEO, Ross Korkmas, wrote on a statement posted to Facebook Tuesday.Both the intensive care unit and COVID-19 unit at the hospital are full, and more patients are currently admitted than ever before, making it difficult for patients in need to be transferred to higher levels of care, he said.Korkmas called on the community to help slow the spread of the virus.“Please help protect your neighbor, help protect your coworkers, help protect OUR community from the spread of a virus. Wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands and please limit gatherings,” Korkmas wrote. “You are the front line to stop the spread and we need your help!”Kenneth Remy, a doctor at the Missouri Baptist Medical Center and the Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, posted a video to Twitter last week showing what it’s like for a patient who is about to be placed on a ventilator.“This is what it looks like when you breathe 40 times a minute,” he wrote. “I hope that the last moments of your life don’t look like this.”The city has seen record numbers of deaths and hospitalizations in the past 10 days, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Remy used the video as a teaching moment.“This is serious,” he said. “I beg you, please practice the precautions to reduce transmission of COVID disease so that we can effectively prevent disease for you and your loved ones.”Health care workers have been witnessing death and suffering for nearly nine months now, leaving them burned out and with low morale, Dan Meyer, a doctor at Maine Medical Center in Portland, told ABC Portland affiliate WMTW-TV.The difficulties are compounded as people continue to ignore public health measures, Meyer said.“When you encounter those situations, it just makes it so much more difficult as a health care worker, and I really worry about what’s happening to health care workers in this country … the challenge they face in burnout and wellness and gratitude goes a long way,” Meyer said.National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci echoed those pleas, urging Americans to keep Thanksgiving celebrations as small as possible.“A sacrifice now could save lives … and make the future much brighter as we get through this,” Fauci said on Good Morning America Wednesday.North Carolina Central University on Tuesday released results of a study that showed 77% of North Carolinians plan to spend Thanksgiving with people from outside their home. Hospitalizations in neighboring counties are up by 69%, ABC Durham, North Carolina, affiliate WTVD-TV reported.“It makes me extremely sad. I just worry about my own team, because my team now has to step up and work harder,” Loc Culp, an ICU nurse manager at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, told WTVD-TV.The hospital’s pulmonary and critical care division chief, Shannon Carson, warned that if health guidelines aren’t followed on Thanksgiving, future holidays could be ruined as well.“Don’t make one day of warm family gathering turn into a Christmas in the intensive care unit,” Carson said. “It’s just not worth it.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
London bakery Lily Vanilli has come up with an Easter bakery hybrid that is taking social media by storm.The new hot cross bun/Battenberg cake hybrids will be available this weekend at East London’s Lily Vanilli bakery, where they will be given out on a first-come first-served bakery.They are the brainchild of celebrity chef Anna Olson, from Food Network’s Bake with Anna Olsen, and comprise an almond, cinnamon, apricot and marzipan icing atop a pink and yellow hot cross bun.Twitter user @BenNorum said: “Woo! @lilyvanillicake has created the #Battenbun (Battenberg x hot cross bun) and is giving lots out free this wknd”@Jamie_Andersen agreed: “OMG I want a #Battenbun! @FoodNetwork_UK @chefannaolson”
ORVC Weekly Report (November 20-25)Players of the Week.Girls Basketball: Kate Grote – Shawe Memorial and Aleiah Tkomas – Switzerland County.Boys Basketball: Dylan McQueen – South Ripley and Tyler Kramer – Southwestern.ORVC Report (November 20-25)Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.