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Canada’s Shameful Record on Palestine

Canada’s Shameful Record on Palestine.

Canada’s Record at the UN General Assembly 2013:

17 Votes Against the Palestinian and Arab Peoples, And In Support of Israel Aggression and Apartheid

Canada’s voting pattern at the United Nations shows that the current government blindly and unconditionally supports Israel’s position, even when it is in contradiction with officially stated Canadian policies. The most recent UN General Assembly voting record of Canadian representatives demonstrated the shameful and biased positions of the Canadian Government that fly in the face of international humanitarian law and the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Canada voted against the vast majority of the resolutions relating to Palestine/Israel (the one exception we could find was an abstention on humanitarian assistance to Palestinian refugees). Israel’s fan club in the UN, according to Prof. Richard Falk, the U.N. Special Rapporteur for the Palestinian Territories, includes “its three staunchest supporters, each once a British colony: the United States, Canada, Australia, with the addition of such international heavyweight states as Micronesia, Palau, and the Marshall Islands.” (The combined population of these three “heavyweight states” amounts to less than the population of the Palestinian city of Hebron or the Canadian city of Burnaby).

Here are just a few highlights of Canada’s position:

– Canada voted against the Right of the Palestinian people to self-determination (Not really surprising, given Canada’s own long history of trampling on the rights of aboriginal people).
– Canada voted against “2014: International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People” (Don’t wait for any official celebrations in Ottawa to mark this!)
– Canada voted against “the right of all persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities to return to their homes or former places of residence in the territories occupied by Israel since 1967”. (And yet Canada hypocritically insists it “does not recognize permanent Israeli control” over occupied territories.)
These votes are further proof of Canadian complicity in settler colonialism (1,2,3,14), occupation(11,13,14,15,17), ethnic cleansing (6,8,9), land theft (8,11,13,14,15), apartheid(1,2,9,11,12), war crimes(7,9,10,11,13,14), human rights abuses (7,8,9,11,12,13), theft of natural resources (8,17), state terrorism(9,16) and nuclear proliferation (18) (numbers indicate relevant resolution listed below).

Here is the record – Canada has voted against all significant UN resolutions dealing with Palestinian human and national rights. Grassroots organizations and all people of conscience must challenge this outrage being implemented in our names, so that future generations will not be burdened with the shame and consequences of such reckless and criminal policies.

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Detailed Canadian Voting Record on Relevant UN Resolutions 2013:
17 Votes Against, One Abstention
1. The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination (A/C.3/68/L.68): 178 in favour to 7 against(Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 4 abstentions (Cameroon, Paraguay, Tonga, Vanuatu).
2. Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People “2014 the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People” (A/68/L.12): : 110 in favour to 7 against (Australia, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States), with 56 abstentions.
3. Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat (A/68/L.13): 108 in favour to 7 against (Australia,Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States), with 59 abstentions
4. Special information programme on the question of Palestine of the Department of Public Information of the Secretariat (A/68/L.14): 163 in favour to 7 against (Australia, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States), with 7 abstentions (Cameroon, Honduras, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, South Sudan, Togo, Tonga).
5. Assistance to Palestine refugees (A/C.4/68/L.12):173 in favour to 1 against ( Israel), with 8 abstentions ( Cameroon, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, Paraguay, South Sudan, United States).
6. Persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities (A/C.4/68/L.13) by a recorded vote of 170 in favour to 6 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Palau, Marshall Islands, United States), with 6 abstentions (Cameroon, Kiribati, Panama, Paraguay, South Sudan, Vanuatu).
7. Operations of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East(A/C.4/68/L.14): 170 in favour to 6 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States), with 6 abstentions (Cameroon, Kiribati, Malawi, Paraguay, South Sudan, Vanuatu).
8. Palestine refugees’ properties and their revenues (A/C.4/68/L.15) was adopted by a recorded vote of 172 in favour to 6 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States), with 5 abstentions (Cameroon, Kiribati, Paraguay, South Sudan, Vanuatu).
9. The work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories (A/C.4/68/L.16): 95 in favour to 8 against(Australia, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, Panama, United States), with 75 abstentions.
10. The applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the other occupied Arab territories (A/C.4/68/L.17): 169 in favour to 6 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States), with 7 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, South Sudan, Vanuatu).
11. Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan (A/C.4/68.L.18), 167 in favour to 6 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States), with 9 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Honduras, Kiribati, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, South Sudan, Vanuatu).
12. Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem (A/C.4/68/L.19): 165 in favour to 8 against (Australia, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, Panama, United States), with 8 abstentions (Cameroon, Honduras, Kiribati, Malawi, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, South Sudan, Vanuatu)
13. Peaceful settlement of the Question of Palestine (A/68/L.15): 165 in favour to 6 against (Canada, Israel, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States), with 6 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, South Sudan, Tonga).
14. Jerusalem (A/68/L.16): 162 in favour to 6 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States), with 8 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, South Sudan, Togo, Tonga).
15. The Syrian Golan (A/68/L.17): 112 in favour to 6 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States), with 58 abstentions
16. Oil slick on Lebanese Shores (A/C.2/68/L.26):169 in favour to 6 against (Australia, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Palau, United States), with 4 abstentions (Cameroon, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Tonga)
17. Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources(A/68/446): 162 to 5 against (Canada, Israel, Micronesia (Federated States of), Palau, United States of America) with 9 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Honduras, Jamaica, Malawi, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Tonga.)
18. Risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East (A/68/414): 169 in favour to 5 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Palau, United States), with 6 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, India, Panama).
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Statistics for countries with the most number of votes at the 2013 UN General Assembly (68th session) cast against the Palestinian and Arab peoples’ human rights and national aspirations:
Israel…18
Canada…17
Federated States of Micronesia…17
Palau…17
United States…17
Marshall Islands…14
Australia…6
Panama…2

(Source / 14.01.2014)

Syrian Coalition: Assad Regime Creates Pretexts For Blocking Relief Aid To The Besieged Areas

Fayez Sarah, a member of the Syrian Coalition, slammed the Assad regime and its allies on insisting on blocking the entry of relief and humanitarian aid to the besieged areas under the pretext that it may end up in the hands of “terrorist groups.” Sarah stressed that “the Assad regime and his Russian ally have been fabricating these pretexts seeking to suppress the popular uprising and to continue committing crimes, especially since all besieged are residential neighborhoods and not military zones.” Furthermore, Sarah lampooned the regime’s narrative that demonstrations coming out in Yarmouk Camp and Daraya are terrorist acts carried out by insurgent groups.” Sarah also said that the regime escalation of atrocities in Yarmouk Camp and Daraya and the use of toxic gas against the population represents a “direct response to the decisions made at the of Friends of Syria meeting in Paris, which condemned the regime’s crimes and the use of barrel bombs and prohibited weapons against the Syrian people.” The Coalition member points out that “we must realize that political statements of regime allies should not be isolated from the work carried out by the Assad regime.” Moreover, Sarah denounced “the policy of starvation and destruction pursued by the regime and its Russian and the Iranian allies, in an attempt to subjugate the Syrian people, and the use of siege as a political card to pressure the opposition to not attend Geneva II.”
(Source: Syrian Coalition / 14.01.2014)

Libya’s female PM candidate says country needs a ‘woman’s touch’

Libyan political activist Amal al-Taher el-Haj has put her name forward to the General National Congress as a candidate to succeed Prime Minister Ali Zeidan.

Libyan political activist Amal al-Taher el-Haj has submitted her name to the General National Congress as a candidate to succeed Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, if he receives a vote of no confidence from parliament this week.

El-Haj, 45, was born in Tripoli, where she is commonly known as “Mimi.” In an interview with Al Arabiya News Channel, she expressed her hopes of being Libya’s new prime minister.

She believes that her chances of being appointed as the new Libyan prime minister are high, especially since there is an ongoing political conflict in the country.

On Wednesday, Zeidan announced that any Libyan citizen has the right to be prime minister, this encouraged el-Haj to submit her application, she said.

In the interview, el-Haj stated that current Prime Minister Ali Zeidan generated an unstable political climate in the country, pushing his opponents to call for his removal. She believes that the Muslim Brotherhood and the National Forces Alliance, led by Mahmoud Jibril, are ready to oust Zeidan in a vote of no confidence.

In the phone interview with Al Arabiya, el-Haj was asked how she would feel if she became a prime minister in an Arab world ruled by men. She replied: “Since Queen Dihya (the 7th century queen of the northwestern African region known as Numidia) until now, men have not allowed women to effectively participate in Libya’s governance, but it is now the adequate time for a woman’s touch and what confirms that is that my candidacy has been greatly welcomed.

“I will not meet with any prime minister alone,” she added, “and in all cases, I always get out of the house wearing hijab.”

El-Haj previously worked with the Libyan-Italian Advanced Technology Company, which assembles helicopters parts, but resigned three days before the Feb. 17 revolution that toppled former leader Muammar Qaddafi. She is currently the director of the Free Communications Charitable Association.

El-Haj opened up about her family and their income stream, saying: “I have five brothers, one of which is an immigrant in the United States. I have also two brothers working as engineers in Libya, another one working as an accountant and the last one as an auditor. I have also have a sister who works as an accountant as well. Moreover, we inherited from a property my father that also contributes to our income.”

(Source / 14.01.2014)

US language association adds to Israel’s boycott woes

US language association adds to Israel's boycott woes

Israel is facing yet another boycott from a US organization in what seems to be a growing trend.
It was reported in Israel’s Maariv newspaper that the Modern Languages Association in New York had agreed to boycott the Zionist state due to discriminatory behavior towards Palestinian students in higher education in the occupied West Bank territories.

The association declared that their decision was based on Israel’s denial of entry to the West Bank by US academics who have been invited to teach, confer or conduct research at Palestinian universities.

This comes after a union of academics decided to boycott Israeli educational institutions because of their illegal occupation of the West Bank, as well as Dutch pension giant PGGM’s decision to boycott Israeli banks for the same reason.

In a recent report, Jewish settlers living in occupied territories in the West Bank complained of a significant decrease in income from export in 2013 due to western supermarkets, particularly in Scandinavia and the UK, abandoning their products.

(Source / 14.01.2014)

PA fuel delivery policy to Gaza could ‘shut power plant’

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The power and natural resources authority of the Gaza Strip government on Tuesday slammed the Palestinian Authority’s petroleum authority over its policy in delivering fuel to run Gaza’s sole power plant.

In a statement received by Ma’an, the Gaza-based body said that the Ramallah-based petroleum authority is providing the Qatari-bought fuel to Gaza on a day-to-day basis, leaving the supply open to disruptions.

The statement also stressed that the implementation of a day-to-day policy is unnecessary given “the fact that they have already received a Qatari grant to supply bigger fuel quantities,” and could thus send larger amounts of fuel.

The statement highlighted that the Kerem Shalom crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel does not operate on Fridays and Saturdays, meaning that the PA must send bigger sums of fuel on other days to make up for these gaps.

The statement also warned that Gaza’s power plant could stop operating on Fridays soon as a result of the PA’s day-to-day fuel policy.

The fuel being sent from the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority to the Hamas-run government in the Gaza Strip was bought with a $10 million donation from Qatar intended to ease the fuel crisis in the besieged coastal enclave.

The first shipments of fuel arrived in December, allowing the Gaza Strip’s sole power plant to begin working again after many weeks of closure due to lack of fuel due to the Israeli-led blockade.

Prior to the deliveries, fuel shortages had caused daily life in the Gaza Strip to grind slowly to a halt since early November, cutting off access to basic necessities for Gaza residents.

By mid-December, most parts of the Gaza Strip were receiving power for only a few hours as a day as a result. Since the delivery of Qatari-funded fuel to the Gaza Strip beginning in mid-December, however, power has returned to six hours a day, and at times reaches up to 12 hours a day.

Until July of this year, the tunnels to Egypt provided a vital lifeline for the territory amidst the otherwise crippling Israeli blockade. The blockade has been in place since 2006, and it has limited imports and exports and led to a major economic decline and wide-reaching humanitarian crisis.

Gaza Strip energy officials blame Egypt for destroying these tunnels while maintaining the larger economic blockade, along with Israel.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by Israel since 2006.

(Source / 14.01.2014)

In de naam van Allah, de Barmhartige de Genadevolle

By Marianna Laarif

Ik ging naar een wijze man om hem vragen te stellen over iets dat mijn dwars zat.
Ik hoorde hem zeggen: “Wat wil je vragen?”
Ik zei: “Wat is het meest verbazende in de mens?”
Hij antwoordde:”Mensen! Ze vervelen zich om kinderen te zijn en haasten zich om te groeien, daarna willen ze weer kinderen zijn”.
“Ze verspillen hun gezondheid om geld te verdienen, daarna geven ze het geld uit om hun gezondheid terug te krijgen “. “Ze maken zich zorgen over de toekomst, en vergeten het heden, dan leven zij niet in het heden noch in de toekomst”. Ze Leven alsof ze nooit zullen sterven, En sterven alsof ze nooit geleefd hebben”.
Hij antwoordde: “Ze moeten leren dat ze niemand kunnen dwingen van ze te houden, alles wat ze kunnen doen is zichzelf geliefd maken “.
Het werd even stil …. Toen vroeg ik: “Wat zijn de lessen van het leven die de mens moet leren …?”
“Ze moeten leren zichzelf niet te vergelijken met anderen”.Ze moeten tolerantie leren en proberen te vergeven. Ze moeten leren dat de rijkste persoon niet is wie het meeste bezit, maar die het minste begeert”
“Ze moeten leren dat er mensen zijn die hen liefhebben. Maar deze mensen weten niet hoe ze hun liefde moeten tonen of uiten”
“Ze moeten leren dat twee mensen naar hetzelfde ding kunnen kijken. Maar het toch verschillend zien “.Ze moeten leren dat het niet voldoende is om elkaar te vergeven, Maar dat ze ook zichzelf moeten vergeven”.
“Ze moeten leren niet over iemand te oordelen door het uiterlijk of wat ze over hem hebben gehoord. Maar pas wanneer ze hem goed hebben leren kennen”.
Stilte…; Is een slim antwoord die velen niet kennen.
“De enige overwinning die voor altijd geldt en geen verdriet achterlatat, is de overwinning op onszelf”. De harde klappen in het leven breken het glas, maar verfijnen het ijzer. Het vernietigen van de vijand is niet door hem af te maken. .
Maar door zijn beginselen teniet te doen..
Trots zijn is niet wanneer je niet faalt..
Maar trots zijn is wanneer je faalt en weer opstaat en het opnieuw probeert..
Liefde is een verdraagbare hel”.
“En het leven zonder liefde is als een onverdraagzaam paradijs.
Het geven van één bloem aan een levende persoon is veel beter dan een volledig boeket bij zijn graf.
Een optimist is een mens die het licht ziet terwijl het er niet is..
En de pessimist is een dwaas die het licht ziet maar het niet gelooft..
Wat is het mooi om een persoon te hebben..;
Die naar je vraagt wanneer je er niet bent
Die jou benadert wanneer je afstand neemt..!
Wat is het mooi om iemand te hebben in deze wereld..;
Die zich zorgen om jou maakt… Van je houdt…
Voor je zorgt… Jouw geluk en blijheid deelt.. Maar ook jouw verdriet..!
Wat is het mooi om iemand te hebben..;
Die altijd positief over je denkt en jou vergeeft als je een fout begaat..
En een excuus zoekt voor jou als je je verkeerd hebt gedragen tegenover Hem…
Wat is het mooi dat Hij niet achter je rug om roddelt en het voor je opneemt.. En het niet toelaat als anderen negatief over jou praten in jouw afwezigheid..
Wat is het prachtig om iemand te hebben..;
Die jouw aanmoedigt als je angstig bent en je raad geeft als je een fout hebt begaan.
Wat is het prachtig om iemand te hebben..;
Die jouw geheim bewaart.. zich houdt aan Zijn beloftes…
En dat is Allah.”

The Gaza report

The Gaza report

Gaza’s Forgotten Little Angels is a detailed account of the Media Review Networks Aayesha J Soni’s experience through Gaza. In it she explains that before leaving for Gaza she was well aware of the statistics in the region which has been under siege since 2007, yet still made her way to the war torn country for a first-hand experience of the devastation which affects so many. Fifty-four percent of households face food insecurity with 38 percent of the population living below the poverty line. Unemployment is at 45.2 percent, with only 40.3 percent of working-age Gazans in the labour force. Youth unemployment is more than 47 percent.

In a recent interview on VOC’s Drivetime, Soni said, “The statistics released is alarming and once we read about it we had an idea of what was happening in Gaza but when we actually got there and saw it all for ourselves, we realised the large numbers and the statistics does not do it justice. When you see Gaza and see how Gazans are living you realise that these people are living under siege from Israel and Egypt. Each household in Gaza are given 6 hours of electricity a day and when we arrived it was completely dark, no electricity.  It just shows how this war is affecting every aspect of Gazans lives.”

It has been recently reported that during an open heart operation, doctors in Gaza had to endure 6 hours of power cuts. According to Soni, after her communication with individuals in the medical field, practicing in Gaza, she was told that such power cuts are experienced regularly, regardless of the nature of the operation. “The most amazing thing is that so many operations are successful, even under the circumstances,” Soni added.

“Everything is given in small quantities and the people of Gaza have to, each day, do what they can to survive and I think that was a very big reality for all of us to witness in Gaza.” Soni further added that through her findings she has conclude that some 12 member families usually live under one roof and live in complete darkness at times. Yet the people of Gaza persevere.

It is currently the middle of winter in the Gaza strip, people are still in need of basic essentials to get through the day. Soni was a member of the MRN delegation who recently visited Gaza for a deeper look at what the living conditions are like for thousands of Gazans. During our stay the people of Gaza were so hospitable and regardless of their struggles show an unrelentless determination along hope which is really something the world can learn from them.

(Source / 14.01.2014)

How butcher Sharon massacred my relatives

By Jamal Kanj

Jamal Kanj

MY friend and I were on a cross-country flight from San Diego to Washington, DC on Saturday, September 18, 1982.

We arrived at our friends’ home with gleaming smiles, but were received with dejected expressions.

“Haven’t you heard the news?” they asked. “What news?” we replied.

“The massacre of Palestinian and Lebanese civilians in and around Sabra and Shatila camps,” was their wretched response.

Needless to say we were glued to the TV listening to trickling reports from inside the camps and watching bloated bodies of women and children paraded on TV screens.

Starting at 6pm on September 16 until 8am on September 18, the Israeli-armed Lebanese Phalange militia went on a killing spree while the Israeli army besieged the camps – stopping anyone from fleeing the massacre.

American reporter Janet Lee Stevens, who was one of the first foreign journalists to enter the camps, described the scene.

“Children with their throats slit, a pregnant woman with her stomach chopped open, her eyes still wide open, her blackened face silently screaming in horror; countless babies and toddlers who had been stabbed or ripped apart and who had been thrown into garbage piles,” she documented.

I didn’t realise at the time that my cousin Saleh and his children were among those murdered in the 36-hour killing orgy.

A 1983 United Nations (UN) team investigating the massacre concluded that “Israel bore responsibility” for the killing of civilians.

In the same year, Israel’s own appointed Kahane Commission reached a similar conclusion – accusing Ariel Sharon of bearing “personal responsibility” for the slaughtering of women and children.

Despite being held accountable for killing more than 3,000 civilians, Sharon refused to resign his Defence Minister post and his patron, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, snubbed requests to fire him.

Following strong pressure from the international community and violent civilian protests in the streets of Tel Aviv Sharon finally agreed to quit the military post, but was retained in the Cabinet as a minister without portfolio.

Less than two decades after the massacre, the former Ariel Scheinerman- born to a Belarusian couple before changing his family name to Sharon- was elected to Israel’s highest office serving as prime minister from 2001 until he suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2006 rendering him comatose.

He followed in the footsteps of two other Israelis: Isaac Shamir and Begin, who decorated Britain’s most wanted terrorist list in the 1940s.

They too were recognised for their murderous contributions to Zionism, reaching the highest political office in the Israeli government.

The Sabra and Shatilla massacre was just one of Sharon’s terrorist achievements on behalf of the state of Israel. He first gained notoriety in the 1950s, serving as a leader in the special, brutal Israeli army Unit 101.

Sharon’s first decorated massacre was in the autumn of 1953 when his unit attacked the village of Qibya and dynamited houses – killing 69 civilians, including children, sleeping peacefully in their homes.

While human rights organisations, along with relatives of murdered civilians, lament Sharon’s escape from justice on earth, morally corrupt leaders of so-called world democracies are absurdly calling this same person – who massacred women and children – a “man of peace”.

In memory of my cousin Saleh and for all those people he massacred throughout his murderous career, I will forever remember Sharon as a decorated butcher.

 

Israeli forces stop Palestinian PM motorcade in W. Bank

Israeli forces stop Palestinian PM motorcade in W. Bank
Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah

Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s motorcade was stopped at an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank by occupying troops and settlers.

Israeli forces on Tuesday stopped Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s motorcade near the West Bank village of Turmos Aiia, a Palestinian government spokesman said.

“Israeli forces accompanied by Jewish settlers intercepted the prime minister’s motorcade,” spokesman Ehab Bseso said in a statement.

He said the motorcade was stopped at an Israeli military checkpoint, before the Israeli troops and Jewish settlers forced the premier’s bodyguards out of the car.

Bseso dismissed the incident “an attack that gives a green light for the settlers’ violence against the Palestinian people.”

He urged the international community to “compel Israel to stop its violations against Palestinians and their property.”

Israeli officials were not immediately available for comment.

(Source / 14.01.2014)

Hamas flexes military muscles as Sharon is buried

Hamas flexes military muscles as Sharon is buried
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyah

An Egyptian man has also claimed ownership of the land in which Sharon was buried in the Negev Desert.

Flexing its military muscles, the Palestinian resistance groupHamas organized a military parade on Monday in Gaza City, several miles from the burial place of former Israeli premierAriel Sharon.

“The parade is a message to the Israeli enemy,” Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister of the Hamas-led Gaza government, told the ceremony.

“Our fight is with the Israeli occupation, not with any Palestinian or any party in the region,” he asserted.

Interior Minister Fathi Hammad said security agencies will continue to protect Palestinian resistance groups.

“As one of the Israeli criminals is being buried nearby, we are building a nation here,” he told the ceremony.

Sharon, 85, died on Saturday after eight years in a coma.

He was buried in his farm in the Negev Desert some 10km from the Gaza Strip.

“Sharon, who killed our leaders, is being buried a few kilometers away,” said one Hamas military officer. “Now, we are more organized and powerful.”

When Sharon was a prime minister from 2001 to 2006, Israel assassinated a host of leading Hamasfigures, including spiritual leader Ahmed Yassin and senior leaders Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi and Salah Shahata.

Message

Analysts said the military parade was meant to send a message to Israel.

“It shows that all Israeli attempts to weaken Hamas had failed,” Hani al-Basos, political science professor at Gaza’s Islamic University, told Anadolu Agency.

“The Palestinian group still exists and has become more powerful,” he added.

The analyst said that Sharon had tried to crush the Palestinian resistance.

“His term was fraught with assassinations of Palestinian political and resistance leaders,” he recalled.

Ibrahim al-Madhoun, the head of the Gaza-based Future research center, agrees.

“Sharon had carried out several massacres against Palestinians and pursued a policy of assassinations to undermine the resistance, but his policy had failed,” he told AA.

“Despite Sharon’s attempts, Hamas joined politics, formed a government and boosted its military wing,” al-Madhoun said.

He noted that despite two Israeli onslaughts in 2009 and 2012, Hamas remained resilient and still has the ability to harm Israel.

“This is Hamas‘s message to Israel,” he said.

Egyptian claims ownership of Sharon’s burial site

An Egyptian citizen is claiming ownership of the Negev Desert site where late Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon has been buried.

“We have all the documents to prove our ownership of the land on which the farm was built,” Fayez Selim Suleiman al-Zerbawi told Anadolu Agency.

Sharon, who was pronounced dead on Saturday, was buried Monday in his farm in the Negev Desert.

But al-Zerbawi, now over 60, insisted that his grandfathers, who used to live in the Negev Desert city of Beersheba, had bought the land in 1920.

He added that the land was registered in his grandfathers’ name before the Negev Desert was occupied by Israel.

Al-Zerbawi said his grandfathers had to leave Beersheba to the Egyptian city of al-Arish in 1948 with the occupation of Palestine.

Despite this, the family still holds the title deeds for the land.

“The title deeds were officially recognized by the British and the Turks during their rule of the area,” al-Zerbawi said.

He added that his family members had filed a lawsuit in Israeli courts to retain the farm from Sharon, but the Israeli courts failed to issue a ruling in the case.

He noted that the family had later presented the title deeds to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry so that it can take action in this regard, but the Foreign Ministry did not do anything either.

“I’m saddened because the man who usurped our land during his life usurped it in his death,” lamented al-Zerbawi.

For millions of Arabs and Palestinians, Sharon was a war criminal.

He is blamed for the 1982 massacre of Sabra and Shatila during the Israeli invasion of southern Lebanon.

In 1983, Sharon was forced to resign as defense minister for failing to stop the massacre, in which thousands of civilians have reportedly been killed.

Sharon also sparked the second Palestinian uprising in 2000 by his provocative visit to Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest shrine, in the company of heavily armed Israeli guards.

“We will continue to pass the title deeds from one generation to the other until one day we restore our right,” said a defiant al-Zerbawi.

(Source / 14.01.2014)