Protests in Gaza, Jerusalem against anti-Islam video

Israeli police stand behind shields during clashes with stone-throwing Palestinian protesters at a demonstration denouncing a film that mocks Prophet Mohammed, in Jerusalem’s Old City on Sept. 14.

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hundreds of protesters gathered in Jerusalem’s Old City and the Gaza Strip on Friday, as regional protests continued against an anti-Islam video produced in the US.

Around 400 protesters left Friday prayers in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque and tried to march towards the US consulate, Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said.

Israeli forces prevented protesters reaching the consulate, blocking the rally at Damascus Gate using stun grenades. Four people were detained, Rosenfeld told Ma’an.

Hundreds gathered in cities across the Gaza Strip on Friday, after Hamas and Islamic Jihad called for demonstrations against the video for its insult to the prophet.

Jihad leader Abu Tariq al-Mdalal said the protests “send a message to the whole world condemning this attack against our prophet… we call on the Arab world to use all its abilities to respond to this attack, and to close the (Israeli) and US embassies.”

Hamas Minister of Religious Affairs Ismail Radwan called on the Arab and Islamic world “to continue peaceful protest and rejection (of the video).”

“We should boycott all US products as the US was involved in this attack,” he added.

Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh called for the US administration to apologize to the Arab and Muslim world in his Friday sermon.

US-based Egyptian Coptic activists and American evangelical Christians have been linked to production and promotion of the film, which portrays the Prophet as a womanizer, a homosexual and a child abuser.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has condemned the film as “disgusting and reprehensible,” adding that the US government had “absolutely nothing to do with (it).”

Apparently produced in California, the video sparked an attack on a US mission in Libya on Tuesday that killed the ambassador and three other Americans.

One demonstrator was killed and two others were wounded in clashes with security forces in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday in protests over the production and against the pope’s visit to Lebanon.

Protesters also clashed with police near the US embassy in Cairo on Friday before a nationwide protest called by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Marches sparked clashes with police in Yemen, where one person died and 15 were injured on Thursday when the US embassy compound was stormed, and crowds gathered against video in Malaysia, Bangladesh and Iraq.

(www.maannews.net / 14.09.2012)

US sends Marines to Yemen to protect embassy during protests

Yemeni protesters burn a US flag during a demonstration near the US embassy in Sana’a on September 14, 2012 against a film mocking Islam.

Yemeni protesters burn a US flag during a demonstration near the US embassy in Sana’a on September 14, 2012 against a film mocking Islam.
Washington has sent Marines to Yemen to help protect its embassy during anti-American protests sparked by an anti-Islam film produced in the US, the Pentagon said.

Over 100 US Marines from the Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team (FAST) arrived in Yemen on Friday, a day after protesters angry over the insulting movie attacked the US Embassy in Sana’a.

Pentagon spokesman George Little described the deployment as a “precautionary step” amid anti-US protests in the Middle East.

Little added that there were no immediate plans to evacuate the embassy in Yemen, but that security would be stepped up. US missions are on high alert across the Muslim world as anger grows over the movie, which insults Islam’s Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

Earlier in the day, Yemeni security forces opened fire on hundreds of protesters near the US Embassy as they tried to march toward the embassy compound.

Protesters torched the US flag and urged the government to expel the US ambassador in response to the anti-Islam film.

The sacrilegious movie, which is made by an Israeli-American, has sparked protests across the world.

Protesters have attacked US embassies in Libya, Egypt and Sudan over the movie.

The US ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday.

(www.presstv.ir / 14.09.2012)

Opposition says Brahimi bringing ‘new ideas’ on Syria

Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem (R) meets United Nations-Arab League peace envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, in Damascus. (Reuters)

Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem (R) meets United Nations-Arab League peace envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, in Damascus.

International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi on Friday met Syrian opposition figures who said he was bringing “new ideas” to peace efforts, as blasts rocked Damascus and regime air strikes targeted rebel areas in Aleppo.

Brahimi held talks with opposition groups tolerated by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime such as the National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change, which groups Arab nationalists, Kurds and socialists.

“We told Mr Brahimi… of our support for his efforts to resolve the crisis by ending the violence and killings, providing medical care and releasing political prisoners,” Hassan Abdel Azim, the bloc spokesman, told reporters.

“Mr Brahimi will listen to the opposition and officials and crystalize new ideas and a plan that could succeed,” he said after their talks in a Damascus hotel, adding that the peace initiative of his predecessor Kofi Annan would be amended.

“There will be new ideas and measures,” Abdel Azim told reporters.

He said a delegation of his group would leave on Saturday for China, a key Damascus ally, to urge Beijing to “put pressure on the regime to stop the violence, free detainees and allow peaceful protests.”

Brahimi, on his first Damascus visit since he was appointed earlier this month, said on arrival on Thursday that the conflict was deteriorating.

“We came to Syria to hold meetings with our Syrian brothers because there is a big crisis, and I think it is getting worse,” the Algerian veteran troubleshooter said, quoted by Syria’s official SANA news agency.

Brahimi, who succeeded Annan following the failure of his six-point peace plan, met Foreign Minister Walid Muallem shortly after flying in and is set to see Assad on Saturday morning, a U.N. spokeswoman said.

Muallem assured Brahimi of “Syria’s full cooperation” and stressed that any initiative must be based on “the interests of the Syrian people and their freedom of choice without foreign intervention,” SANA reported.

Fighting raged in several areas on Friday.

Regime forces used fighter jets and helicopter gunships to pound the northern city of Aleppo and the province of the same name, where fierce clashes also raged around a military airport, monitors said.

Warplanes bombarded the rebel-held towns of Al-Bab and Marea near Aleppo city, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, adding that army forces and rebels fought around Minnigh military airport.

Despite shelling by regime forces, as seen in videos posted online, residents of Marea, Aleppo city and towns across the northern province came out for anti-regime demonstrations after the weekly Muslim prayers, activists said.

Protests were also reported in the provinces of Damascus, Idlib, Daraa in the south and Hama in central Syria, the Observatory said, adding that soldiers used “explosive devices” against protesters in Hama city, wounding several people.

It said the army also stormed the Sayyida Zeinab district of southeast Damascus province, making several arrests.

(english.alarabiya.net / 14.09.2012)

Palestine goodness

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Here gathered youth active, live in the Gaza Strip in Palestine, we’ve got the idea when we drink morning coffee in one of the cafes, if a child enters the cafe and asked aid those who are inside the cafe, and when Breaking Silnah about his life and his family and their living conditions, but we were surprised that this child The other brothers go out every morning to collect a sum of money to provide a living day and all can drop off a day no more than the equivalent of $ 10, we have been asked ourselves: Is $ 10 cover the daily needs of a family of 5 people???
We decided to spread across the sector to prepare a list of poor families and we asked also of Brothers to us in the West Bank, in the hopes of helping them and put them on the first step of a decent life by covering what they need and the exploitation of the labor force that they own in the interest of the community to get back on them income and they can live in dignity and to protect themselves from persecution who are exposed to it by virtue of their current poverty. .
The contribution in anything will cover the needs of the poor, two or a family and will create jobs for the poor, two or more through some projects that would evaluate each family, you get them on the material return can cover its needs through.
Your trust in us is our motivation to work on the eradication of poverty as much as possible, and will publish events that our first Powell, and we promise you that you will rejoice when you see it because of what you have done for these poor people. .
Great confidence you .. Our motto is good at heart .. Means Palestine in the heart

With greetings gathering Palestine Youth goodness

هنا تجمع شبابي نشيط ، نعيش في قطاع غزة في فلسطين ، جائتنا الفكرة عندما كنا نشرب قهوة الصباح في احدى المقاهي ، فاذا بطفل يدخل المقهى ويطلب المعونة ممن هم داخل المقهى ، وعندما جائنا سئلناه عن حياته وعن عائلته وعن أوضاعهم المعيشية ، ولكننا تفاجئنا بأن هذا الطفل واخوانه الآخرين يخرجون كل صباح من أجل تجميع مبلغ من المال لتوفير لقمة عيش يومية وكل ما يجمعونه في اليوم لا يزيد عن ما يعادل ١٠$ ، سئلنا انفسنا : هل ١٠ دولارات تغطي احتياجات يومية لعائلة من ٥ أشخاص؟؟؟
قررنا الانتشار في جميع انحاء القطاع لإعداد قائمة باسماء العائلات الفقيرة وطلبنا ذلك أيضا من اخوان لنا في الضفة الغربية ، وذلك أملا في مساعدتهم ووضعهم على خطوة أولى من الحياة الكريمة من خلال تغطية ما يحتاجون واستغلال القوى العاملة التي يمتلكونها في مصلحة المجتمع حتى يعود ذلك عليهم بالدخل ويستطيعون العيش بكرامة ويحمون أنفسهم من الاضطهاد الذي يتعرضون إليه بحكم فقرهم الحالي . .
ان مساهمتكم في اي شيئ سوف تغطي احتياجات فقير او اثنين او عائلة وسوف تخلق فرصة عمل لفقير او اثنين او اكثر من خلال بعض المشاريع التي سوف نقيمها لكل عائلة ، تحصل منها على عائد مادي تستطيع ان تغطي احتياجاتها من خلاله.
ثقتكم بنا هي دافعنا للعمل على القضاء على الفقر باقصى جهد ممكن ، وسننشر الفعاليات التي نقوم بها أول باول ، ونعدكم بأنكم سوف تفرحون عند رؤيتها نظرا لما فعلتموه من أجل هؤلاء الفقراء . .
ثقتنا بكم كبيرة .. وشعارنا هو الخير في القلب .. يعني فلسطين في القلب

مع تحيات تجمع فلسطين الخير الشبابي

(www.indiegogo.com/palgoodness / 14.09.2012)

EU pledges extra 100 million euros aid for Palestinians

BRUSSELS, Sept 14 (Reuters) – The European Union will double its aid for Palestinian development and the Palestinian

Authority to 200 million euros in 2012, the EU executive said on Friday.

The development aid will be focused on water, sanitation and support for refugees. A further 100 million euros aid credits unspent last year will be also spent in 2012, the European Commission said in a statement.

“The decision shows our commitment to help the people of Palestine in the areas which are vital to their everyday lives,”
said Stefan Fuele, EU commissioner for enlargement and European neighbourhood Policy.

The European Union has been critical of Israeli settlement building and curbs on economic development in the occupied West Bank. EU foreign ministers in May expressed “deep concern”, saying that such moves made it impossible to create a
Palestinian state alongside Israel.

The ministers accusing Israel of accelerating settlement construction and demolishing Palestinian buildings.

Israel condemned that report as “biased”, saying the report would do nothing to help promote peace in the region.

The funds announced Friday include 7 million euros in support for Area C, the 60 percent of the West Bank which is
under Israeli control and where most Jewish settlements are located.

Area C contained natural resources and land “which are crucial to the future economic growth of a Palestinian state”,
Friday’s Commission statement said.

“It is currently almost impossible for Palestinians and international donors to obtain building permits in the area, and
community buildings and essential basic infrastructure (like rainwater harvesting cisterns) are regularly demolished,” the Commission said.

(www.chicagotribune.com / 14.09.2012)

Three Palestinian hunger strikers ‘risk death’: Red Cross

Palestinian men protest in solidarity with hunger strikers at the International Committee of the Red Cross HQ in Gaza on Friday. (AFP)

Palestinian men protest in solidarity with hunger strikers at the International Committee of the Red Cross HQ in Gaza on Friday.

Three Palestinians on hunger strike in Israeli detention will die unless authorities find a quick solution, the International Committee of the Red Cross warned Friday.

Samer Barq, Hassan Safadi and Ayman Sharawneh have been on hunger strike for weeks to demand their release from administrative detention without trial, an ICRC spokesman said.

The ICRC said it was “extremely concerned about the deteriorating health” of the men who are on long-term hunger strike.

“These people are going to die unless the detaining authorities find a prompt solution,” the head of the ICRC delegation in Israel and the occupied territories, Juan Pedro Schaerer, warned in a statement.

He also stressed that Israel should respect World Medical Association resolutions that say detainees should be permitted to choose whether they are fed or receive medical treatment.

“It is essential that their choice be respected and their dignity preserved,” he said.

ICRC spokesman Hicham Hassan told AFP that the three men had launched their hunger strikes at different times but that for all of them “it is at least several weeks”.

“What matters is their condition, not a matter of days,” he said, stressing that their condition is “very bad”.

Amnesty International said last month that Safadi and Barq had refused food since May 22 and June 21 respectively to protest their administrative detentions, which a military court can renew for periods of six months.

More than 1,500 Palestinian prisoners, including Safadi, in May ended a mass hunger strike for better conditions in a deal with prison authorities.

One of the terms of the accord was that those held without trial in administrative detention would go free at the end of their current terms, unless fresh evidence emerged against them.

Safadi went back on hunger strike after his detention order was renewed.

The ICRC said its delegates and medical staff had regularly visited the detainees since the hunger strikes began, to monitor their health and the way they were being treated.

(english.alarabiya.net / 14.09.2012)

FIOE condemns the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi

 In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.

 

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) condemns the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) expresses its condemnation of the attack, which targeted the American Consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi, and claimed innocent victims, among them the American ambassador to Libya.

Without doubt, this sad incident cannot be justified, as it contravenes religious codes, moral principles, and diplomatic traditions. Moreover, this type of aggression is in no way representative of the moral values of the Libyan people, who struggled and made sacrifices in order to build a better future for their country in a state of law.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe draws attention to the fact that committing shameful acts of disrespect against Islamic sanctities, from whatever quarter, cannot justify perpetrating acts of aggression against embassies and shedding the blood of diplomats; this is a contravention of the teachings of Islam that prescribe the protection of these envoys, even in times of war.

The Federation as it expresses its severe condemnation of all forms of disrespect for Islamic sanctities or attempts to insult the Noble Messenger, peace be upon him, emphasises that the methods of aggression, violence, and terror are surely a wrong response to such abuse, and only fan the flames of hate, and reinforce negative stereotypes.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe, as it expresses its condolences to the government of the United States, the American people, and the families of the diplomats for their loss in these victims, urges the responsible authorities in Libya to take all actions and measures that ensure safety and security, reinforce the state of law, and prevent the recurrence of such attacks.

 

Brussels, 12 September 2012

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

(fioe.org / 14.09.2012)

Palestine Owes Jordan’s Private Hospitals

The PA owes JD30 million to Jordanian hospitals
The head of Jordan’s Private Hospitals Association (PHA) and the Palestinian Minister of Health met on Monday to discuss topics of mutual interest, including the Palestinian Authority’s outstanding debts to Jordanian hospitals.  Palestinian patients are often referred to Jordanian hospitals, and Palestinian medical students receive training there.

PHA President Fawzi Hammouri requested that Palestinian health minister Hani Abdeen pressure the Palestinian Authority to pay outstanding debts exceeding JD30 million ($42 million) to Jordanian private hospitals.  The debt is from services provided to Palestinian patients transferred to the hospitals by the health ministry.  Abdeen acknowledged the large debt, and promised to work to ensure that the issue is resolved.  The minister noted, however, that the Palestinian Authority is in the middle of facing its most severe financial crisis in its history, and requested that Jordan supply Palestinian hospitals with medics.

Hammouri also emphasized during the meeting the variety of services and facilities available to Palestinian patients in Jordan.  He also noted that Jordanian private hospitals often provide training for Palestinian medical students, who then return to Palestine to work in the healthcare sector.

The PHA has been a vocal advocate for private hospitals in Jordan, which have lately faced a number of difficulties in receiving payment for their services.  For example, payment for medical treatment of Libyan revolution casualties has been extremely slow in coming, resulting in financial difficulties for these hospitals, including an inability to maintain appropriate stocks of supplies.

(english.nuqudy.com / 14.09.2012)

Gaza engineer kidnapped from Ukraine goes on hunger strike over solitary confinement

Dirar Abu Sisi’s lawyer maintains that Israeli agencies applied illegal methods of interrogation.

Dirar Abu Sisi, the 43-year-old deputy engineer of the only power plant in the Gaza Strip, went on a one-day hunger strike Thursday to protest against being held in solitary confinement by Israel. His fast marks the latest episode in a mysterious story of abduction and torture.

In February 2011, Abu Sisi traveled to Ukraine, his wife Veronika’s native country, to seek citizenship after Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s winter 2008-09 attack on the Gaza Strip, made him fear for the safety of their six children. On 18 February, he boarded an overnight train from Kharkiv to Kiev, hoping to meet his brother Yousef, a resident of the Netherlands, for the first time in 15 years.

But he never reached Kiev. During the night, three men, two of them wearing Ukrainian military uniforms, boarded his compartment, flashed a badge from the Security Service of Ukraine, and demanded that Abu Sisi leave with them. At around 1am, they forced him off the train.

“My last contact with Dirar was immediately before his disappearance, the night of 18 February 2011 at about 10:30 in Palestine,” Veronika told The Electronic Intifada. “The next day, my brother-in-law later told me that Dirar’s phone was ringing, but there was no answer, and we should inform the Ukrainian authorities and the Palestinian embassy that he was missing. I immediately flew to Kiev to look for him.”

Her plane may have passed her husband’s in the air. By the end of 19 February, Abu Sisi was held in the isolation unit of an Israeli jail near Petah Tikva, 76 kilometers from Gaza and more than 2,000 from Kiev.

Veronika didn’t learn his whereabouts for more than a week. “On 27 February, I was preparing a letter to [Palestinian Authority] President [Mahmoud] Abbas about Dirar’s disappearance when I got a call from Dirar,” she said. “He told me that he had been kidnapped by the Mossad [Israel’s external intelligence agency] and was detained in Israel.”

Forced into coffin

An Israeli court’s gag order and tight security controls prevented neither Abu Sisi nor his attorney from sharing the details of his abduction. But in the coming weeks, they would emerge through his conversations with a lawyer from the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (“Detainee Abu Sisi discloses detail of his kidnapping in Ukraine to PCHR lawyer,” 21 March 2011).

A fellow detainee also later spoke about Abu Sisi’s treatment to the Gaza-based al-Aqsa TV (“‘Rendered’ in a coffin: The untold story of Dirar Abu Sisi,” Yousef M. Aljamal, 31 May 2012).

Abu Sisi, according to these conversations, had been handcuffed, hooded and taken by car to a Kiev apartment, where six men introduced themselves as agents of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency. After interrogating him, they forced him into a coffin, then flew him to Israel, with one unknown stopover along the way.

“All I know is what I’ve heard from his lawyer, that his treatment was horrendous,” Veronika said of her husband’s reception by the Israeli Prison Service. “They chained his hands to his bed for eight hours a day, and didn’t let him sleep for seven or eight days straight.”

Abu Sisi’s Israeli attorney, Tal Linoy, told the Kyiv Post last year that his client had been tortured.

“Illegal methods of investigation were applied to my client,” he told the Ukrainian newspaper, adding that the gag order, which prevents him from disclosing details of Abu Sisi’s interrogation, also prejudices his case: “They [the prosecutors] just lynch my client by publishing against him only the data they want to publish” (“Lawyer: Abu Sisi was forced to “admit” guilt,” 19 August 2011).

That data, presumably, was a redacted transcript — spanning more than 21 pages — of Abu Sisi’s interrogation released by the Beersheba District Court eight days earlier. He offered his captors a litany of confessions, from “improving rocket range” for Hamas’military wing, the Izzedeen al-Qassam Brigades, to heading the “administrative program” at “Hamas’ new military academy” (“Interrogation of Dirar Abu Sisi: Excerpts ‘cleared for publication’ by the Beersheeba District Court, Israel,” BBC, 11 August 2011 [PDF]).

Abu Sisi was indicted in April 2011 and “charged with membership in a terrorist organization, conspiracy to commit a crime, the production of illegal weaponry, assistance to an illegal organization, and a variety of other crimes” (“Shin Bet files indictment against ‘rocket godfather,’” The Jerusalem Post, 4 April 2011).

“Not a single word of truth”

According to the record, Abu Sisi also confessed that one of his professors, Konstantin Petrovich Vlasov, had arranged for him to study at a military engineering academy in Kharkov.

“This is all lies, there isn’t a single word of truth in it,” Vlasov had said two months earlier. “I have never lectured at any military academy and never had anything to do with anything military. I have only seen missiles on TV” (“Ukraine professors defend Palestinian engineer alleged to have conspired with Hamas,” Haaretz, 6 June 2011).

The Haaretz article also noted that “no such school exists.”

“It was the Mossad, with the help of some Ukrainians,” Veronika said of Abu Sisi’s abduction. “I still haven’t blamed the Ukrainian government for this, although Ukrainians were clearly involved.

“Yesterday, I met the Ukrainian ambassador to Palestine in Gaza for the first time. He hadn’t heard about the kidnapping before, but promised to look into it and get back to me. He said it would be difficult, because my husband didn’t yet have Ukrainian citizenship. I told him that Dirar is my husband, and I’m a Ukrainian. And he was a legal resident of Ukraine, giving him the same rights as a citizen under the constitution,” she added.

Why would Mossad have kidnapped Abu Sisi? “Because of his brain,” Veronika quickly replied. “He knows everything about electricity and its generation. After Israel destroyed the power plant in 2006, he reconfigured it to run on regular diesel fuel from Egypt, instead of high-grade diesel bought from Israel. This threatened Israel’s control over the Gaza Strip.”

Israel breaks isolation pledge

Perhaps to obscure the details of his case, Abu Sisi remains one of two detainees in isolation, despite how Israel has undertaken twice over the past 12 months to end its solitary confinement of Palestinians in response to hunger strikes by prisoners.

“Of the 19 prisoners held in long-term isolation before the hunger strike, one, Dirar Abu Sisi, has still not been removed from isolation,” a spokesperson for Addameer, a Palestinian prisoner support and human rights association, confirmed. “An additional prisoner, Awad Saidi, was also placed in isolation under a six-month order in April.”

“Israel has already violated the 14 May agreement that ended Palestinian prisoners’ mass hunger strike in almost every single way,” the spokesperson said, adding that “at least 30 renewals of administrative detention orders and three new orders were issued” since 14 May. Administrative detention is a practice whereby prisoners are held indefinitely without charge or trial.

On Thursday, 13 September, Abu Sisi joined hundreds of other detainees in a mass hunger strike protesting these violations, according to Doaa Abu Amer, a spokeswoman for the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees’ and Ex-detainees’ Affairs in Gaza.

For Abu Sisi, these violations have come at a high personal cost. “Since his first day of detention, he’s been held in solitary confinement,” Veronika said. “When he was first detained, he weighed 98 kilograms [216 pounds]. Now, he’s down to 62 [136 pounds]. The humidity has given him asthma. Every prisoner is entitled to a medical examination every six months, but they’ve only let a doctor see Dirar once, in May 2011. He also has stomach and kidney problems, and his health is deteriorating quickly because of his solitary confinement.”

Neither Israel’s nor Ukraine’s ministries of foreign affairs, justice, public security or internal affairs responded to requests for comments on Abu Sisi’s case.

“He still hasn’t been tried or found guilty,” Veronika said of her husband. “Israeli intelligence now claims that he must be an Islamist terrorist because he has a beard. This is the only thing they’ve been able to find against him.”

(electronicintifada.net / 14.09.2012)