Gaza on 8th of April

Breaking : A new explosion in #Gaza city now!

#Israeli drones fire missile at group of civilians in Jabalia #Gaza.

Fourteen Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip on Friday, the deadliest day of violence..

GazaTVnews The Rrafah area is currently under heavy fire from F16 airstrikes

Breaking: Israeli raid on Rafah and the tunnels area there #Gaza

GazaYBO f16s everywhere!

Today was the largest aerial military operation in #Gaza since #Israel’s last onslaught in 2008/09.

#Breaking : Explosions heard in Rafah! #Gaza

Several loud explosions have rocked several parts of Gaza in the past 10 minutes. Ambulances can be heard all across the besieged strip. gaza tv news

Al shawa square is targeted by an f16. People are rushing to help. The closest shelling so far. Allah yestor #gaza

#Breaking : The last target in #Gaza city is a car!

#Breaking : An explosion in the middle of #Gaza city (Sa7at l shawa)

Omar_Gaza: Breaking: F16s, Apaches & drones nopw flying over our heads on low altitudes #Gaza

(Facebook / 08.04.2011)

11 Palestinians Killed, 60 Injured as Israel attacks Gaza Strip

Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) – According to medical sources in the Gaza Strip, Shifa Hospital, a number of Palestinians were either killed or wounded. The recent Israeli escalation claimed the lives of 11 Palestinians in 24 hours while more than 60 people were injured in the direct fresh Israeli attacks.

Today, Friday, 3 Palestinian civilians were killed including a women. Four others were injured as Israeli army attacked Khan Yonis city middle of Gaza Strip.The new round of Israeli violence against Palestinians started last week when it  killed more than 7 Palestinians. Naturally  Israeli attacks have drawn  Palestinian reactions.

A number of Palestinian civilians were killed yesterday. Mohammad Al Mahmoum, 22, Mos’ab Al Soufy, 17, and Khaled Ad-Dabary, 23, were killed when the Israeli air forces bombarded El Jaradat quarter in Rafah city southern Gaza.

Later another man aged 50, Mahmoud Al Manasra was killed, and 5 others injured, including a child, when the army openly fired more than 20 artillery shells into Al Shijojaya neighborhood, east of Gaza City.
The Israeli bombardments of Gaza’s villages and towns continued were 5 Palestinians were wounded as Israeli army shelled the already damaged Gaza International Airport in Rafah.

Israeli air strikes continue to take place in central Gaza where several air raids targeted many homes eastern part of the city.
In the early hours of evening in southern Gaza, Israeli army launched a missile at a local ambulance resulting in limited damage of the vehicle and injuring a paramedic. According to Gaza health sources, another ambulance was hit  by the Israeli Air Force in Rafah, and that eight Palestinians, including children, were wounded in new raids.

Israeli air force continues to attack Gaza despite a ceasefire announced by Palestinian factions. A Palestinian child was wounded by an Israeli artillery shell that hit Al-Qarara area, east of Khan Youni central Gaza Strip.

Five Palestinian civilians including a journalist called Mohammad Al Madhoun, were injured as Israeli air force bombarded a Police station base west of Jabalia north of Gaza. Al Madhoun is seriously wounded due to the attack.

According to PNN news network, A Palestinian farmer was also wounded when the Israeli Air Force fired missiles into the Al Waha area, North West of Gaza city. Several Air Strikes also targeted areas east of Dir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, and Al Hawouz area in addition to the Al Rantissi Base, north of Gaza, causing excessive damage.

Yesterday, 5 Israelis were injured when a homemade shell hit their bus. No victims or damages have been reported since then.
Additionally, huge numbers of Palestinians are suffering from Truma especially the children due to heavy sounds of bombings. Families are remaining in their homes fearing further Israeli attacks soon.

Its worth remembering that Israelis  have thousands of bunkers to protect them from any possible wars. Yet, Palestinians have nothing that could provide protection.

(www.paltelegraph.com / 08.04.2011)

Declaring An Independent Palestinian State [ 76648 ] –

April 8, 2011

On April 2, New York Times writer Ethan Bronner headlined, “In Israel, Time for Peace Offer May Run Out,” saying:

The UN may vote to “welcom(e) the State of Palestine as a member whose territory includes all of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. The Palestinian Authority (PA) has been steadily building support for such a resolution in September, a move that could place Israel into a diplomatic vice.”

According to Defense Minister Ehud Barak:

“We are facing a diplomatic-political tsunami that the majority of the public is unaware of and that will peak in September. It is a very dangerous situation, one that requires action. Paralysis, rhetoric, inaction will deepen the isolation of Israel.”

On April 4, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned UN officials against recognizing an independent Palestine, saying:

“It will destroy everything we have accomplished to date” with no further explanation. President Mahmoud Abbas said he’ll seek recognition at the UN General Assembly this September when the body holds its annual meeting. A notorious occupation enforcer, he may or may not follow through. So far, over 130 countries have officially recognized Palestine within its 1967 borders. Israel remains contemptuously opposed.

So does America, White House Middle East advisor Dennis Ross, saying:

“We have consistently made it clear that the way to produce a Palestinian state is through negotiations, not through unilateral declarations, not through going to the UN. Our position on that has been consistent in opposition” to legitimate Palestinian rights. Neither Washington or Israel tolerates them, so it’s up to the UN to act.

European nations, including Britain, France and Germany said sovereignty should be within 1967 borders with equivalent land swaps to resolve today’s reality on the ground, exactly what Israel rejects. An anonymous official said:

“Does the world think it is going to force Israel to declare the 1967 lines and give up (East) Jerusalem as a basis for negotiation?”

Others like MK/Netanyahu aide Zalman Shoval said:

“Whatever we put forward has to be grounded in security arrangements because of what is going on regionally. We are facing the rebirth of the eastern front as Iran grows strong. We have to secure the Jordan Valley. And no Israeli government is going to move tens of thousands of Israelis from their homes quickly.”

In fact, not at all, except perhaps token numbers too small to matter unless sustained pressure forces them.

Declaration of a Palestinian State

In 1987, Law Professor Francis Boyle was Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) legal advisor in drafting of its 1988 Declaration of Independence. From 1991 – 1993, he also represented the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East Peace Negotiation run-up to Oslo. In fact, months in advance, he prepared a 30-page analysis titled, “The Interim Agreement and International Law,” explaining numerous potential legal traps, essential to counter or be entrapped in a bad deal.

That’s precisely what happened because Arafat and others rejected his advice, including saying place no trust in Israeli and American promises. They’re worthless and won’t be honored. They’re not honest peace brokers, wanting only unchallengeable domination. Expect no Final Settlement. They’ll indefinitely delay and postpone to give Israel enough time to tighten occupation, kill your people, destroy your homes, and steal your land. Only binding, enforceable guarantees are acceptable, and given US/Israeli duplicity, nothing negotiated with them is certain.

In the late 1980s, Boyle was asked, “Why should the PLO create an independent state? He responded saying:

If you don’t, “you will forfeit the moral right to lead your people.”

As a result, on November 15, 1988, the Palestine National Council (PNC) adopted Boyle’s Memorandum, “proclaim(ing) the existence of the new independent state of Palestine.” Immediately after the Reagan denied
Yasser Arafat a visa to attend the UN General Assembly. Instead, he spoke at a Special Session in Geneva, called so he could address the world body as an official head of state. Despite earlier false steps, this began the Middle East peace process as it’s now known – started by the Palestinians, not Israelis.

In addition, Boyle accurately predicted that Palestine would be an “instantaneous success” and eventually achieve de jure diplomatic recognition from about 130 states. It also became a de facto, not de jure, UN member, but it’s “only a matter of time.”

Creating the Palestinian State

Boyle’s “CREATE THE STATE OF PALESTINE” Memorandum of Law is discussed below, describing characteristics needed for world community recognition, including:

— “a determinable (not necessarily fixed) territory;” its borders are negotiable; the new state is comprised of Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem; Palestinians have lived there for millennia; they deserve it as their nation state;

— a fixed population;

— a functioning government; in 1988, Arafat declared the PLO as Palestine’s Provisional Government; and

— the capacity to enter into relations with other states; about 130 nations recognize Palestine; others haven’t because, under occupation, it lacks effective control of its territory; still others disagree, saying Israel isn’t in control; it’s an occupier; on December 15, 1988, The General Assembly recognized Palestine’s legitimacy, affording it observer status;

Palestine can easily satisfy essential criteria, and all UN Charter states (including America and Israel) provisionally recognized Palestinians an independent in accordance with UN Charter article 80(1) and League Covenant article 22(4). Further, as the League’s successor, the General Assembly has exclusive legal authority to designate the PLO as the Palestinian peoples’ legitimate representative.

The Palestine National Council (PNC) is the PLO’s legislative body, empowerered to proclaim the existence of Palestine. According to the binding 1925 Palestine Citizenship Order in Council, Palestinians, their children and grandchildren automatically become citizens. So are diaspora Palestinians. Those living in Israel and Jordan have dual nationalities, and residents of the Occupied Territories remain “protected persons,” according to Fourth Geneva, until a final peace settlement is reached.

Boyle explained that the Proclamation of Independence must create the Government of Palestine (GOP). It then can claim the right of Palestine and its people to UN membership. It requires approval by both the Security Council and General Assembly according to five conditions. Applicants must be:

— a state;

— peace loving;

— accept the Charter’s provisions;

— be able to administer them; and

— be willing to do so.

Washington provisionally recognized Palestine as an independent nation. According to UN Charter Article 80(1), it can’t reverse its position by vetoing a Security Council (SC) resolution calling for Palestine’s UN admission. Any veto is illegal, subject to further SC action under the Charter’s Chapter VI. Ultimately, the SC only recommends admissions. The General Assembly affirms them by a two-thirds majority.

It can go further as well by enacting a complete international legal regime for the new state, requiring all members refrain from recognizing Israel’s illegal occupation. Moreover, UN Charter Article 80(1) and others empower the General Assembly to recognize the Palestinian state and take all necessary measures to end Israel’s illegal occupation.

In addition, Palestine’s Declaration of Independence is “determinative, definitive, and irreversible.” It recognized the General Assembly’s 1947 Partition Plan in good faith. It also declared:

— its commitment to the UN Charter’s purpose and principles;

— the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), policy, and principles of nonalignment;

— its natural right to defend the Palestinian state, rejecting “the threat or use of force, violence and intimidation against its territorial integrity and political independence or those of any other state;”

— its willingness to accept UN supervision on an interim basis to terminate Israel’s occupation;

— its call for a Middle East International Peace Conference based on UN Resolutions 242 and 338;

— its asking for Israel’s withdrawal from occupied Palestinian lands – since 1967, including East Jerusalem;

— its willingness to accept a voluntary confederation between Jordan and Palestine; and

— its “rejection of terrorism in all forms, including state terrorism…;”

— its acceptance of UN Charter Article 51, the four 1949 Geneva Conventions, and the 1907 Hague Regulations on Land Warfare.

The PNC accepts them. Israel doesn’t and won’t observe fundamental international laws. In addition other nations are culpable. Under Geneva’s Common Article 1, all countries are obliged to pressure Israel to comply.

America is especially at fault, providing Israel with annual billions of dollars, more billions in loans and grants, weapons, munitions, equipment, the latest technology, and numerous other special benefits afforded no other state. Without them, Israel couldn’t wage aggressive wars with impunity.

No wonder Boyle recommends suspending Israel from all UN organs and bodies, including the General Assembly. Legally it’s permissible because its admission was conditional on accepting Resolution 181 – the 1947 Partition Plan. Israel repudiated 181 and 194, granting Palestinian refugees the right of return among other provisions. America is equally culpable.

For decades, Palestinians have suffered. It’s high time the world body afforded them full de jure recognition as an independent member state, their legitimate status long denied, and let Israel and America stew over it.

A Final Comment: Breaking News

On April 8, Australians for Palestine and other sources headlined, “Israel Announces the Start of ‘Operation Scorching Summer,’ ” saying:

Israeli apache helicopters attacked Palestinian houses in heavily populated Shuja’eya neighborhood east of Gaza City. Israeli vessels also fired on residential targets. Palestinians reported five deaths, dozens wounded, and an ambulance struck.

In addition, Israeli aircraft struck Khan Younis, south of Gaza City. No casualty reports so far are available. Moreover, heavy shelling targeted Rafah and border tunnels. Areas adjacent to Egypt are being bombed. Two high voltage electricity converters in Khan Younis and Gaza City were hit, causing power outages.

All Gaza hospitals declared a state of emergency. UN staff were evacuated. The situation remains fluid.

(uruknet.info / 08.04.2011)

Massive anti-Israel rally held in Cairo

Over one million Egyptian protesters staged a rally in Cairo’s Liberation Square on April 8, 2011
Over one million Egyptian protesters in Cairo’s Liberation square have demanded their military rulers to abandon Israel and lift the blockade on the besieged Gaza strip.

Protesters voiced their anger at Tel Aviv by burning the Israeli flag and demanding the Liberation of Palestine, a Press TV correspondent said.

They promised to stand by Gazans, who have been suffering Israeli attacks and its four-year long crippling siege.

Many protesters headed toward the US Embassy from Liberation Square to protest Israel’s deadly attacks on Gaza.

The Israeli flag was torn to pieces, when protesters tried to raise Palestinian flag above the Israeli embassy.

The development comes two months after a historic revolution ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

Protesters also demanded the prosecution of officials belonging to the former regime –mainly the ousted president Mubarak and his family.

Egypt’s toppled regime under Mubarak served the interests of Israel by assisting and keeping silent on the killing of Gazans.

Egypt has imposed a blockade on Gaza since the democratically elected Hamas government took control of the territory in 2007. Since then Israel has imposed a crippling blockade on the territory triggering a humanitarian crisis.

A major Egyptian political party, the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), has recently demanded that the country’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces takes action in breaking the siege of Gaza.

Egypt’s political parties say the Gaza blockade serves the interests of Israel and the US and threatens regional stability and independence.

This is while Israeli officials have been repeatedly threatening to launch a fresh major offensive against Gaza.

They say such an onslaught could be even more destructive and deadly than the one at the turn of 2009, which killed over 1,400 Palestinians — many of them women and children.

(www.presstv.ir / 08.04.2011)

Afghaans meisje Sahar mag blijven

Het 14-jarige Afghaanse meisje Sahar mag in Nederland blijven. Minister Leers heeft besloten haar en haar familie een verblijfsvergunning te geven.

Volgens Leers kun je ‘in bepaalde omstandigheden’ niet verlangen van verwesterse Afghaanse meisjes om terug te keren naar Afghanistan, omdat ze zo verwesterd zijn, dat je jezelf alleen maar in problemen kan brengen.

De vraag is, zei Leers: waar leg je de grens? Wat hem betreft moet gekeken worden naar de leeftijd. Als je 2 jaar oud bent, kun je volgens Leers niet spreken van verwestering. Maar zo rond de leeftijd van 10 jaar tot een jaar of 18 beschouwt Leers Afghaanse meisjes als verwesterd. Zij kunnen niet teruggestuurd worden, als ze minimaal 8 jaar in Nederland zijn verbleven. Dat verblijf moet volgens Leers niet bestaan uit het frustreren van terugkeer. Het meisje Sahar voldoet aan de criteria van Leers, en mag dus blijven.

Daarbij ziet Leers ook een rol voor de familie weggelegd: in hoeverre dat gezin nog banden heeft met Afghanistan, of bijvoorbeeld ook ‘verwesterd’ is.

Druk

Leers zei de afgelopen weken ‘intensief nagedacht’ te hebben over de situatie van verwesterde Afghaanse meisjes in Nederland. Zijn kijk op de zaak is vooral veranderd na een ambtsbericht van afgelopen 29 maart, waaruit zou blijken dat op met name  verwesterse vrouwen en meisjes grote ‘psychosociale druk’ wordt uitgeoefend.

Eerder maakte Leers bekend dat er ongeveer 400 meisjes zoals Sahar in Nederland wonen. Daarvan zijn er zo’n 110 nog bezig met de asielprocedure. Hij benadrukte dat al deze meisjes per geval beoordeeld zullen worden, maar hij verwacht dat er zo’n 40 à 50 meisjes mogen zullen blijven.

Uitstel

Leers had gevraagd een eerdere zitting uitstellen omdat hij wilde wachten op nieuwe informatie over de situatie van schoolgaande meisjes in Afghanistan. De minister wilde eerst onderzoeken of aan de informatie consequenties moeten worden verbonden in de zaak van de familie Hbrahimgel, laat de Raad van State weten.

Leers ging in januari in hoger beroep bij de Raad van State tegen de uitspraak van de rechter in Den Bosch in de zaak van het meisje Sahar. Volgens de rechter mogen Sahar Hbrahim Gel uit Sint Annaparochie en haar familie voorlopig niet worden teruggestuurd naar Afghanistan.

(www.volkskrant.nl / 08.04.2011)

Israeli Official Admits to Tuesday Attack on Sudan

An unnamed senior military official in Israel has confirmed Wednesday that a Tuesday attack on Sudan was carried out by the Israeli military. The confirmation came after a “no comment” response from the military itself.

It’s not our first time there,” the official insisted. It is presumably a reference to the January 2009 Israeli attack, which likewise was not directly confirmed by the then-Olmert government, but was confirmed by US officials. That air strike was initially reported to have killed 39 people, but the Sudanese state media later put the toll over 100.

So far the identities of the two men killed in Tuesday’s attack have not been released, but rumors saying they were Iranian, Palestinian, or some combination thereof have been swirling. Other reports say at least one Sudanese citizen was slain.

The reason for the attack likewise has not been made public. Sudanese media outlets claimed it was an Israeli attempt to keep Sudan from being taken off the list of “state sponsors of terror.” Other reports make vague mention of arms smuggling, which was also the excuse for the 2009 attack.

(news.antiwar.com / 08.04.2011)

Don’t Forget Gaza

Don’t Forget Gaza is het grootste Hip Hop benefietconcert ooit in de Benelux! Bekende Hip Hop artiesten laten hun stem horen om aandacht te vragen voor de humanitaire ramp in de Gazastrook.

Op 22 april 2011 opent Petrol in Antwerpen haar deuren en zullen er artiesten als Pete Philly, Blaxtar, Cartes en Kleine Jay en nog veel meer hun kunsten gaan vertonen.

15 mei 2011 vragen wij wederom aandacht voor Gaza in de grote zaal van de Melkweg te Amsterdam! Met onder andere artiesten als Typhoon, Zo Moeilijk en Fresku!

(www.dontforgetgaza.nl / 08.04.2011)