Hungarian Journalist Faces Jail For Kicking Syrian Refugees

Photo journalist Petra Laszlo, who was caught tripping and kicking Syrian refugees on camera near the border village of Roszke, is now facing criminal charges of “violence against a member of the community”, which is punishable by five years in prison. Laszlo was earlier fired by her employer, N1TV – a nationalist news company associated with Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party hostile to immigration of all kinds – calling her behaviour “unacceptable”.
In one clip, Laszlo is seen kicking a young girl who runs past her. In another, she is seen tripping Osama Abdel-Muhsen Alghadab causing him to fall on top of his seven-year-old, Zaid. The incidents occurred when hundreds of refugees—mainly Syrians fleeing civil war—ran from a “collection point” in Roszke near the Hungary-Serbia border.
Hungarian prosecutors said a criminal case for breach of the peace had been opened against her. Sandor Toro, the deputy chief prosecutor of Csongrád County, said, “In the course of the investigation, the authorities will also examine if more serious crimes can be established.”

After receiving widespread condemnation for her act, Laszlo apologized.
“I was filming with a camera, a few hundred migrants broke the cordon and one ran into me. I got scared. They were flowing to my direction and then something just broke inside of me. With the camera in my hand I didn’t see who is actually running towards me. I just felt I have to defend myself.
“It’s hard to make good decisions when one person is in panic and hundreds of people are running in your direction. And I wasn’t able to make a good decision at that moment. I’m not a heartless, racist, children-kicking camerawoman. I do not deserve the political witch-hunts against me, nor the smears or the death threats. I’m just an unemployed mother of small children, who made a bad decision. I am truly sorry,” she said in a letter to the rightwing daily newspaper Magyar Nemzet.
“There were thousands of people and they were holding us there until a coach came to take us to the border. It was a very small area with a huge crowd. People started to lose patience and wanted to walk the 10km to the border – the police were standing there to stop people going. It was chaotic, people started to push. I didn’t see where it came from; I didn’t know if it was a camerawoman or a policeman. I just felt myself falling to the ground,” Alghadab told MailOnline, adding, “How can I forgive her?”


119 Countries Vote “Yes” To Allow Palestinian Flag To Fly At The UN Headquarters

The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has approved the draft resolution of raising the flag of non-member observer state of Palestine at the UN headquarters in New York City.
A total of 119 out of 193 member states of the world body voted ‘yes,’ to allow the flag of Palestine to have its place in front of the UN headquarters. Commentators have said this is a significant step towards the achievement of an independent Palestinian state, free from the oppression of Israel.
45 Nations abstained from the vote while 8 voted ‘against,’ including the United States and Israel. The vote is said to have angered Israel and the country’s ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, made unpleasant comments regarding the vote. He was quoted as saying, “The assembly would vote to declare the Earth is flat if the Palestinians proposed it.” 

But despite his rant, the Palestinians and those who believe in an independent Palestinian state as the solution to the end of Israel’s aggression in the region, welcomed the decision. The Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah, told reporters after the vote that he strongly believes this marks another step towards recognition of Palestinian statehood. “It’s a step to the recognition of Palestine as a full member state of the United Nations,” Hamdallah said, while in Paris. Among the European countries that voted ‘Yes’ were France, Russia, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Slovenia, Luxembourg, Belgium, Malta and Poland. However, the majority of EU member states were among the 45 countries that chose to abstain from the vote.  

The resolution stated that flags of non-member observer states like Palestine, “shall be raised at [UN] Headquarters [in New York] and United Nations Offices following the flags of the member states.”
Palestinian diplomats, who initiated the resolution, said they would like to see the flag raised on September 30th, marking the day when the late Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressed world leaders at the annual gathering of the UN General Assembly.

After voting against the resolution, the US also criticized the raising of the Palestinian flag. The country’s Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, told reporters that flying the flag at the UN will only create more tension between Israelis and Palestinians.

The occupied Palestinian territories have been seeking full independence from Israel for many years. In 2012, the UN General Assembly approved the de facto recognition of the sovereign state of Palestine. In 2014, the US used its veto powers at the Security Council to prevent Palestine to gain recognition as a full independent member state of the world governing body. The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu said in late August this year that Israel is willing to continue negotiations with the Palestinians, “without any preconditions.” The last round of peace talks between the Israeli government and the Palestinians took place between July of 2013 and April of 2014. Israel pulled-out the negotiations after Fatah, part of the Palestinian Authority, declared peace with Hamas — Israel’s mortal enemy.  

RT News reports that there are more than 500,000 Israelis living in the West Bank settlements, which the Palestinians consider as part of their future independent country. The West Bank settlement building by Israel is considered illegal by international bodies and it has also been a major obstacle in peace negotiations.
To worsen the situation, the Israelis have maintained their blockade of the Gaza Strip since 2007. A UN conference has warned that if the blockade continues, the area may become “unlivable” in the next five years.