ISM condemns Ynetnews misinformation, calls on Ynet to correct false allegations

International Solidarity Movement calls on Ynetnews, a popular Israeli digital newspaper, to correct the false allegations against the recently arrested Swedish human rights activist and a young boy in Al-Khalil (Hebron).

Ynetnews reported that the Swedish activist allegedly attempted to take an Israeli soldier’s gun and resisted arrest. Also reported was that the young boy arrested was throwing stones. Both allegations prove entirely false in the Youth Against Settlements full video of the event. Story here.

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Below is the letter sent to Ynetnews editor-in-chief, still awaiting response.

TO: Ynet News Editor-in-Chief

RE: Inaccurate Ynet Article

It has come to our attention that ynet recently posted an article about the arrest of a child and an international activist in Hebron last week that contains entirely false information regarding the nature of the arrests. If ynet intends to report accurate information, unattributed allegations such as those that appear in that report are unaccountable as the basis for a posted story, especially as those sources turn out to be entirely false. You may see a full video of the event here. We hope that ynet will attempt to restore its lost credibility on this article and uphold an honest journalistic ethic by both correcting the falsity of that report in addition to posting the entire video of the event to display without a doubt for misinformed readers that the two arrests were made without illegal action by either the child or the international man. False information in reporting on a story such as this is, as ynet must agree, unacceptable.

Please also note that this false reporting has not gone unnoticed, as +972 magazine has already reported that ynet clearly misrepresented the events as evidenced by video of the event. You may see that report by +972 here.

Awaiting your response,

ISM Palestine Media

P.S. ISM will make this letter to the editor public awaiting appropriate remedy of this misinformation by ynet news.

N.B. In actual event, in the afternoon of the 28th April, several children from an illegal Hebron settlement attacked two Palestinian children, aged 11 and 12, who were walking home from school. The soldiers proceeded to arrest the Palestinian victims of the attack despite the fact that according to eyewitnesses, they never struck back.

Having witnessed the arrests of the children, Swedish human rights observer Gustav Karlsson asked Israeli soldiers “why are you arresting these children?” only to be violently grabbed and also arrested. Following this, the children and Gustav were taken to a nearby military base. Gustav said, “I was blindfolded, but I could hear the children crying and screaming next to me. Twice, the soldiers pointed their guns at me, loaded them and pretended to pull the triggers”. As well as these mock-executions, soldiers violently shoved Gustav with their guns as they moved him and the children around.

The children were released later the same day, while Gustav is currently in Givon prison accused of assaulting a soldier, despite clear video evidence to the contrary.

(Source / 07.05.2013)

UPDATE: Libyan Defence Minister Reconsiders Resignation

Upon a request by the Prime Minister Ali Zidan, the Libyan Defence Minister Mohamed El-Barghathi has reconsidered his resignation he announced early Tuesday in a press conference.

A statement by the Office of the Prime Minister said “the government did not received an official resignation letter by the defence minister and the PM asked him to carry on his duties.”

“The minister expressed his understanding of the conditions the country is experiencing and confirmed that he would continue in his job,” the statement added.

Earlier, the Office of the Prime Minister Ali Zidan issued a statement saying his cabinet “still works with all its members” and concentrating on its priorities.

The statement also said that the government denies statement by Mr. Saad El-Urrfi who has been presented by the media as the Military Governor of the South in which he claimed that Chadian troops entered Libyan territories.

“This person is civilian, he does not work at the office of the Military Governor of the South and he is not authorized to do any work as such,” the statement said.

The statement called on Libyan citizens not to believe rumours and hopes that media organizations be more accurate and precious when dispersing news.

Reports on Tuesday said that the Minister of Defence saying that the resignation is not surprising as it has been in the making during the last few days.

The gunmen also put under siege the Prime Minister’s office in Tripoli on Monday night demanding that Ali Zidan resigns.

There were also reports that both the Minister of Interior and Minister of Electricity have resigned on Monday.

On Monday, gunmen seized the headquarters of the General Electric Company in Tripoli who attacked its general manager and other employees.

A statement issued by the company’s workers said that the company asked for protection from the authorities but they did not answer the request.

(Source / 07.05.2013)

Clashes erupt as settlers storm al-Aqsa

Al-Aqsa mosque pictured on 18 April 2013.

Israeli settlers, guarded by soldiers, stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem Tuesday, injuring several people and arresting at least three, local media reported.

A group of over 40 settlers, accompanied by members of the far-right Likud party, broke into the mosque interrupting student study sessions as Israeli forces stood guard outside the entrance to bar Palestinians from entering.

Soldiers also fired tear gas at Palestinians protesting the takeover.

Settlers entered the mosque through the Moroccan Gate, denying all Muslims under 50 access to the mosque.

Female students were also denied access to the mosque, resulting in clashes between the women and Israeli forces.

Forces injured a woman attempting to enter. She was later taken to a nearby hospital in Jerusalem for treatment.

Palestinian woman injured by Israeli attack on worshipers in Al Aqsa Mosque few hours ago, evacuated by medics. pic.twitter.com/xZQbTHS7lM

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Settlers toured the mosque in commemoration of what Israelis call “Jerusalem Day” marking their military takeover of the Old City in 1967.

In a separate incident Sunday night over 1,000 settlers escorted by soldiers forced their way to the site of Joseph’s Tomb near Balata refugee camp east of Nablus.

Clashes broke out between the forces and Palestinians near the site resulting in three teenagers being treated for tear gas inhalation.

Al-Aqsa is a site of frequent violence between Palestinians and Israeli forces.

In late March, soldiers arrested 10 Palestinians and attacked worshipers with electric shock batons as clashes erupted after tourists visited the site.

The Al-Aqsa compound is venerated by Jews as the site where King Herod’s temple once stood.

Israelis have made repeated threats to demolish the Aqsa mosque, considered the third holiest site in Islam, in order to build a Jewish temple in its stead. The move would accelerate redemption, according to Jewish religious authorities.

(Source / 07.05.2013)

Erekat: PLO not notified of settlement freeze

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel has not notified the PLO of any changes to its settlement activity, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Tuesday, as Israeli media reported a new moratorium on settler homes in the West Bank.

“We have not been notified of any changes to Israel’s colonial plans, including ongoing construction in dozens of Israeli settlements in the Occupied State of Palestine, including in and around our occupied capital East Jerusalem,” Erekat said in a statement.

Israel’s army radio reported Tuesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had ordered a freeze on publishing tenders for new West Bank settler homes to avoid hampering US efforts to renew peace talks.

“What we need are actions and not words,” Erekat said in response to the report. “We monitor Israeli activities on the ground on a daily basis.”

Neither Netanyahu’s office nor the housing ministry would comment on the army radio report, which said the premier had gone back on a pre-election pledge to push ahead with thousands of new settler homes if re-elected.

The radio said the tenders were related to construction in the major settlement blocs which are home to most of the 360,000 Israelis living in the West Bank.

Netanyahu’s decision to freeze the tenders was linked to efforts led by US Secretary of State John Kerry to relaunch peace talks with the Palestinians, according to the report.

Hagit Ofran of the Israeli group Peace Now, which opposes settlements, confirmed that the watchdog had seen no evidence of any new tenders published since the start of 2013.

“There have been no new tenders published for settlement construction in the West Bank since the start of the year, and tenders are normally issued every three months,” she told AFP.

“This is not a settlement freeze because construction in the settlements is continuing, but you could say it is a show of restraint by Benjamin Netanyahu who does not want to be accused by the Americans of being responsible for the failure of their efforts to restart negotiations with the Palestinians.”

(Source / 07.05.2013)

Israel’s real target is not Syria but Hezbollah

Israel’s airstrikes were not to influence Syria’s civil war but to stop Hezbollah upgrading its arsenal

Handout photo showing damage what appears a chicken farm following an air strike near Damascus

A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency purports to show damage caused by an Israeli strike on 5 May.

Reports of Israeli airstrikes in Syria have frequently obscured the issues that are really driving Israel’s decision-making. The most important notion to dispel is that Israel has decided to play an active role in the Syrian conflict. Not so. Israel has no interest in getting drawn into the quagmire. Its target is strategic weapons destined for Hezbollah in Lebanon. Its actions were driven not by ambitions to shape Syria’s future, but by concerns about the strategic balance between itself and the Hezbollah-Iran axis.

Israel has followed the Syrian conflict with mixed feelings. On the one hand, it appreciates the potential benefits of President Bashar al-Assad’s departure, which would be a blow to Iran and Hezbollah. On the other, the Syrian mess is empowering Islamists and jihadists, who may later threaten Israel directly, ending nearly 40 years of quiet on the Israeli-Syrian border.

Israeli decision-makers are under no illusion that they can elicit a desirable outcome in Syria. Instead, Israel prefers to keep a low profile and focus on other pressing challenges, paramount among them Iran’s drive towards nuclear weapons. Israeli actions in Syria are therefore focused on addressing direct threats to its security, particularly the transfer of strategic weapons to Hezbollah.

The war in Syria has escalated this problem since it presented Hezbollah with the opportunity to upgrade its already formidable arsenal of over 60,000 rockets by acquiring more sophisticated weapons from Syria’s stocks. Syria’s huge arsenal includes hundreds of tonnes of chemical agents, tens of thousands of rockets and missiles, radars and more. Assad, deeply indebted to Iran and Hezbollah for their support, now feels obligated to allow the transfer of such weapons.

While the world is rightly focused on Syria’s chemical weapons, Israel is no less concerned about conventional ones, which in the hands of Hezbollah could be game-changers. Israel believes that while other countries might intervene to prevent proliferation of chemical weapons, in stopping the transfer of conventional weapons, it is on its own. It expects only tacit political support for its actions from the US and Europe, which so far it has received.

The weapons of concern include many originating in Russia, such as ground-to-air SA17 missiles which could threaten Israel’s freedom of flight in northern Israel and Lebanon, ground-to-sea missiles which could threaten Israel’s ports and off-shore gas installations, and Scud missiles which could carry chemical warheads. Iranian Fateh-110 rockets, with their relatively high accuracy, also pose a significant threat.

After Iran itself, its client Hezbollah is Israel’s most dangerous foe. It fired thousands of rockets at Israel during the 2006 second Lebanon war and it has been targeting Israelis in a global terror campaign, and is accused by the Bulgarian government of killing five Israeli tourists on its soil last summer. While Hezbollah is currently focused on helping Assad’s regime, contributing its own forces to the fight, Israelis see a high chance of another round with Hezbollah in the future, triggered either by events in Syria, or by Israeli or American actions to prevent Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.

But while the war in Syria has given Hezbollah the opportunity to upgrade its arsenal, it has also given Israel the opportunity to deal with the challenge. With the Syrian regime fighting for survival, it is unlikely to risk a confrontation with Israel, which may tip the military balance against it. Similar assumptions can be made regarding Hezbollah and Iran. For them as well as for Israel, Syria remains secondary to a possible showdown over the Iranian nuclear programme. It is first and foremost to deter Israel or the US from attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities, that Hezbollah has been armed to the teeth by its patrons in Tehran.

And yet, while Israel, Hezbollah, Iran and Syria would all prefer to avoid a direct confrontation right now, they should keep in mind the law of unintended consequences. Repeated attempts to transfer weapons to Hezbollah, and Israeli interventions to prevent that, will increase the chances of escalation. It’s also time for Russia to stop sending weapon systems into Syria and to discourage its friends in Damascus and Tehran from further attempts to transfer such weapons to Hezbollah.

(Source / 07.05.2013)

Russia, U.S. agree to push both Syria sides to end conflict

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, walk prior to their talks in the garden of the Foreign Ministry Osobnyak in Moscow on May 07, 2013.

Russia and the United States agreed at top-level talks on Tuesday to push both the Syrian regime and rebels to find a political solution to their conflict and to hold an international peace conference, the Russian foreign minister said.

“We agreed that Russia and the United States will encourage both the Syria government and opposition groups to find a political solution,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks with U.S. counterpart John Kerry in Moscow.

Lavrov added they agreed on the need to try to hold “as soon as possible” an international conference on Syria to convince both sides to accept the terms of the Geneva accord agreed by world powers in June last year for a peaceful solution in Syria.

He said if possible the conference should take place by the end of this month.

The Geneva agreement, which was reached by world powers on June 30, set out a path toward a transitional government without ever spelling out what President Bashar al-Assad’s fate should be.

The accord was never implemented because the temporary ceasefire for which it also called was never put in place.

“We believe that the Geneva communique is the important track to end the bloodshed in Syria,” said Kerry, describing the agreement as a roadmap to a “new Syria.”

Kerry hailed a “very productive, very warm and friendly discussion” with President Vladimir Putin earlier which he said “has contributed significantly to our ability to map a road ahead.”

Lavrov reaffirmed Russia’s belief that the departure of Assad should not be a precondition for peace talks while insisting Moscow was not propping him up in power.

“We are not concerned by the fate of any individual. We are concerned by the fate of the Syrian people,” said Lavrov.

(Source / 07.05.2013)

Arab spring, Palestinians and the right of return

While the Arab world is the theatre in which global changes and clashes are being played out, Hamas and Fatah continue with old strategies developed under radically different conditions, without leveraging current changes to alter the rules of the game governing Palestinian national rights. Palestinian leadership requires a courageous abandonment of narrow manoeuvres which have failed to carry the heavy and symbolic Palestinian cause in all of its dimensions and to ensure fundamental rights. Nassar Ibrahim explains.

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Hamas’ Haniyeh (left) and Fatah’s Abbas (right) continue to play by rules made under very different conditions

Stormy changes in the Arab world, the region and the world mark this current period of time, a historic moment of clashes amongst military, cultural, political and social strategies and projects. For various reasons the Arab world as a whole, its individual component states, the local political and social forces together with the area’s geopolitical status, are now the primary global theatre for these direct clashes. The results of these clashes will apparently decide the future of the Arab world for decades, in addition to the destinies of the nations and political forces intimately involved in these struggles.

In the midst of these ongoing clashes, which are occurring on various levels, the active global political forces interacting on a comprehensive level will reformulate the very reality of the Arab world;  some social and political forces will rise while others will fall. Some bets will succeed while others will fail. Some axioms will disappear while new facts will occupy their place.

In the context of this confrontation, the strategies of regional and global intervention focus on the following two fundamental circles: the first to follow-up the experience of the Muslim Brotherhood, which came to power in the biggest Arab country, Egypt, as well as in Tunisia and Libya, in an attempt to control this experience and set the rhythm of redrawing the map of international alliances.

The second fundamental circle is Syria, where concerted attempts are being made to  crush and destroy the Syrian sovereign national state, with all its related policies, options and pan-Arab ideas as well as its regional and global alliances. Behind these two issues stand strategic global interests, including an imposition of a recognition of the emerging roles of regional countries; control of energy sources and gas fields discovered on the coasts of Palestine Lebanon and Syria; and a holding of the keys to the flow of gas from Iran and the Caucasus, Russia and the Gulf to Europe.

In the context of this process major axes and alignments of powers crystallised in two primary fronts:

American European – Israeli – reactionary Arab world, especially the Gulf states’ alliance, backed by Turkey. This alliance acts to impose its choices through use of political and social forces, especially the Arab comprador, brokers of the World Bank and the political and social forces that adopt a colonial-democratic paradigm in every sense of dispossession and dependency at various levels. Here, too, are the traditional forces of political Islam, in addition to the Wahabi and Salafi, as well as al-Qaeda.

On the other front stands the alliance of Russia, China, the axis of resistance (Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and those who remain committed to the Palestinian resistance), along with the BRICS which today present a huge human, economic and military global power. In this group are included many Latin American countries and those who dream of independence and more balanced and realistic international relations. This alliance is supported in the Arab world by progressive, leftist, secular and nationalist movements, together with the social forces and intellectuals who believe in freedom and dream of an end to the domination and subordination of the Arab peoples, and who struggle for real democratic and social change for justice, national dignity and the aspirations of the Palestinian people for real freedom and independence.

After more than two years of standoff and continued confrontation, we can now say the indicators confirm that the stage of American unilateral hegemony over the world is coming to an end, and that the world is moving towards a new balance after the end of the Cold War era and the American hegemony that began with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the socialist bloc. What the world is witnessing today is the return of an active and decisive role of Russia, China and the BRICS, meanwhile the role of the U.S. is declining, as well as the role of its historical ally in the region, Israel. All of this comes together with the continued economic crises in the European and American economies.

But what does all of this have to do to the Palestinian cause in general, and with the right of return in particular?

The Palestinian cause in all cases and in all equations will remain a cornerstone in the region and in the global scene, whether through its direct influential presence or through its absence; any strategic solution in light of the aforementioned changes to the Palestinian issue will be at the top of the agenda, without which it is impossible to discuss stability in the Middle East.

The problem here is that the majority of Palestinian political forces, especially the two biggest – Fatah and Hamas – are still walking in place, still working within the same strategy, betting on the same political choices. They have not taken into account the radical changes taking place in the Arab world’s theatre of confrontation, and have therefore not been exploiting these events to change the rules of the political game concerning the Palestinian cause. Not only this: political indicators show the opposite, in the sense that Hamas has settled under the roof Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood in order to give them the opportunity for success, and thus no pressure to embarrass anyone concerning the Palestinian issue. From here we can understand Hamas’ silence on the Egyptian commitment to Camp David treaty, Egypt’s continued supply to Israel of gas and the closure of tunnels on besieged Gaza Strip borders, as well as pricing discrepancies with entities of the resistance axes (including Iran, Syria and Lebanon’s Hezbollah).

In this way we can also understand the repositioning of Hamas with the Qatar-Turkish alliance, with all the political and strategic meanings and indicators of this move and its impact on the resistance strategy of the Hamas movement.

From its side, the Fatah movement is still betting on the U.S. role and negotiations as the sole option. Fatah has not provided any political signs that it has understood and possesses the ability to recruit changes taking place in the Arab world and on the global level in order to promote Palestinian steadfastness and to maintain the Palestinian people’s national rights, and to face the political and economic pressures of the U.S. and Israel.

In the context of these facts, it appears that the United States, during  the recent  visit of Barack Obama to the region and later the visit of Secretary of State Kerry, has succeeded in cooling or marginalising the Palestinian issue. On one side, the US has emphasised the adoption of Netanyahu’s policies and conditions regarding any negotiations with the Palestinians. On the other, coupled with its reservations about settlements, the U.S. has emphasised its commitment to protect the security of Israel which includes the provision of all types of developed  weapons to Israel, without  giving any respect for the rights of the Palestinian people.

More worrying are media reports about the possibility of reaching a comprehensive package deal in the Middle East, a deal in which Turkey’s Erdogan and Qatar will play key roles. It is in this context that we should understand the recent affirmation of Jordan’s role as caretaker of Jerusalem’s holy places and the growing talks about the Confederation choice with Jordan, and the resettlement of Palestinian refugees.

The political translation of this scenario means that any deal regarding solution of  the Israeli – Palestinian conflict will be determined by the terms and references specified in the American – Israeli  alliance,  in other words, any solution will essentially come from the limits of the Oslo Accords, which  were the political product  of the previous political stage of Arab defeat, decline of Palestinian resistance, deterioration in the role of Russia, Chinese silence and the defensive status for the Iranian-Syrian axes.

These facts illuminate more than a red light, which imposes its political and social forces on the Palestinian people. They necessitate immediate attention and intervention because the success of this deal based on the American parameters will mean the liquidation of Palestinian national rights in general and the right of return in particular, together with the transformation of Jerusalem into a collection of mere religious places.

In light of the foregoing, it is essential to crystallise the bases of confrontation which call on the Palestinian political forces to be an active movement which invests in the changes of the regional and global strategic developments. This is needed to remove the Palestinian issue from the American monopoly and to rework the determinants and terms of reference of the political solution to ensure the maintenance of Palestinian national rights. This will not be achieved unless the Palestinian political forces possess a clear strategic vision to reposition the Palestinian cause in its natural national place, i.e. within the regional resistance and pan-Arab axes, and within the progressive global front. There can be no more acceptance of appeasement and manoeuvres in a gray area. It is only through this strategic shift that the Palestinians can cut off the strategic colonial and reactionary Arab and regional projects, which seek to control the Palestinian cause, and  to compensate for the losses of the Arab nation and, in the heart of this nation, the Palestinian people’s rights.

We stand at a watershed moment in history and must identify the major options required by the approaches and performance of all Palestinians political forces and leaders. Brilliant imagination, clarity and courage are required, as is an abandonment of the bets and narrow manoeuvres which lack the capacity to carry a heavy and symbolic issue such as the Palestinian cause in all of its historical, political, moral and social dimensions.

(Source / 07.05.2013)

Commemorate Nakba Day and Continue Work for Palestinian Rights

 

Wednesday, May 15 marks 65 years since the Nakba(Catastrophe): the dispossession, forced exile, and ethnic cleansing of 750,000 Palestinians from their land before and during the creation of the State of Israel in 1948.

Sixty-five years later, Palestinians still face an ongoing Nakba as Israel continues to deny the right of return of displaced Palestinians and to illegally colonize Palestinian lands. Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip have now lived under a brutal Israeli military occupation for nearly 46 years, and Palestinians in Israel live under apartheid- more than 50 lawsenshrine their status as second-class citizens based on their ethnic and religious identity.

Below you will find resources and ideas about what you can do tocommemorate and remember the Nakba over the next few weeks.

Zochrot, which aims to promote awareness of the Nakba in Israel, has put together an activity creating a large-scale map of the Palestinian villages destroyed by Israel. Participants are given cards that represent each of the villages destroyed, which are then returned to their correct location on a map. Participants can personalize their cards or decorate the map using chalk, colored stones, stickers, ribbons, etc. Find instructions, pictures, and other ideas here.

Attend a Nabkba Day commemoration in your city. There are events happening in DCChicagoDenverBoston,Philadelphia, and Seattle. If you are planning an event you would like us to help publicize, please emailmembership@endtheoccupation.org. And don’t forget to submitpictures and videos of your actions for our Tumblr.

Pass out this fact sheet (front hereback here)from Students for Justice in Palestine Loyola University Chicago at your actions. You can also create your own flyers based on information from the Institute for Middle East Understanding and US Campaign member group American Muslims for Palestine.

Other sites you can use to educate people about the continuing relevance of the Nakba and the importance of the Palestinian right of return for establishing a just and lasting peace are Before Their Diaspora: A Photographic History of the Palestinians, 1876-1948 from the Institute for Palestine Studies; Ongoing Nakba Education Center from BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights; andExpressions of Nabka from the US Campaign.

Get involved in the global Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. Find information about the major BDS campaigns happening in the United States here, including Veolia, SodaStream, and TIAA-CREF.

Thank you for all your actions.

Sincerely,

(email / Source / 07.05.2013)

Increased military presence at primary school where 27 children were recently arrested

Children walking past soldiers on their way to school - 7th May.

Children walking past soldiers on their way to school – 7th May.

On the 20th March, 27 children aged 7 to 16 were arrested on their way to school in Hebron’s old city. For the past three days the Israeli military have had a large, heavily armed and threatening presence outside the four schools on this street, where the children were grabbed at random by Israeli soldiers just five weeks ago.

Children have to walk through a checkpoint manned by several Israeli border police each morning in order to reach their schools, often receiving hassle from the soldiers as they do so. On the morning of the 5th of May, some children threw stones at the checkpoint – in response the border police radioed for army back up and two jeeps arrived on the scene. One jeep then proceeded through the checkpoint driving down towards the school parking outside whilst children were still arriving. After it left the other jeep drove down outside the schools and four army officers exited the vehicle and patrolled outside the schools for another half an hour.

On the 6th May at around 7.00am as children were walking towards their classes, three military jeeps arrived without provocation and ten soldiers patrolled in front of the school, maintaining a presence for over an hour.

On the 7th May two jeeps arrived at the checkpoint and seven soldiers walked through it, towards the schools. When asked what their purpose in the school area was, the commander answered “we’re protecting our people”. They had no further response when it was suggested that their actions seemed absurd, considering the disparity of power between the heavily armed Israeli military occupiers and a few young children throwing stones in resistance.

This daily military presence must be a continual reminder for the children who were arrested and their classmates of the military brutality of the 20th March. One bystander stated “this could inhibit the right to education – children might be too scared to come to school.”

In a city which has seen at least 66 child detentions and arrests since mid-February (these are just those witnessed by international observers), this continued initimidation and persecution of children is evidence of Israel’s disregard for international law for the protection of children – a finding backed up by Unicef’s recent report criticising Israeli military treatment of Palestinian children.

(Source / 07.05.2013)

Jordanian aid convoy “Ansar 4” arrives in Gaza

 

 

GAZA, (PIC)– The Jordanian aid convoy Ansar 4 arrived on Monday evening in the Gaza Strip and delivered a shipment of medical supplies to the Palestinian health ministry.

29 Jordanians from unions and political parties participated in the convoy which included cash and in-kind assistance for the health sector and other development projects.

Head of the convoy Mahmoud Abu Ghanima told a news conference in Gaza city that the medical supplies are worth $100,000 and were selected in coordination with the health ministry in Gaza.

Abu Ghanima added that the campaign would also finance 50 projects in Gaza, noting that the Jordanian lifeline committee, which organized the campaign, had already established a vocational training center and intends to raise its financial support for other projects in order to improve the economic situation in Gaza.

(Source / 07.05.2013)