Israel killed 2,079 Palestinian children since 2000

The same statement stated that the Israeli occupation has wounded 13,000 children during the same period

Israeli occupation has killed 2,079 Palestinian children since 2,000, Palestinian information ministry revealed on Tuesday.

According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics’ 2013 report, 4.1 per cent of Palestinian children aged 10-17 have entered the workforce

Days of Palestine, West Bank -Israeli occupation has killed 2,079 Palestinian children since 2,000, Palestinian information ministry revealed on Tuesday.

In a statement released to mark International Children’s Day, the ministry said: “Palestinian children have suffered from violations committed by the Israeli occupation and settlers all across the country.”

From the beginning of Al-Aqsa Intifada in 2000 to the end of May 2016, some 2,079 children were killed while over 13,000 children were injured and over 12,000 were arrested, the statement said. There are still 420 children held in Israeli prisons.

Of those arrested, 95 per cent were subjected to torture and violations during their arrest, which usually takes place after midnight.

Children are often blindfolded and handcuffed by Israeli soldiers. Confessions are often forced out of them and detainees do not have access to lawyers and are not allowed to see their parents.

In addition, children suffer from severe poverty due to the deteriorating economic situation in the occupied territories and the continued siege imposed on the Gaza Strip. This forces, the statement said, many to leave school and look for jobs.

According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics’ 2013 report, 4.1 per cent of Palestinian children aged 10-17 have entered the workforce.

Another report by the Ministry of Labour stated that 102,000 Palestinian children under the age of 18 have entered the workforce.

(Source / 01.06.2016)

Palestinian Child Prisoner Sends Letter to his Mother on her Birthday

Youngest Palestinian child prisoner, Shadi Farah, 12. (Photo: Khabirni)

Youngest Palestinian child prisoner, Shadi Farah, 12

Youngest Palestinian child prisoner, Shadi Farah, 12, from Jerusalem, sent a letterto his mother on her birthday.

Shadi’s letter read: “ I want to tell you to keep your head high in the sky just like palm trees, never shaken by winds nor earthquakes, and I want you, my mother, to be proud because what I am going through is a test from God. I want you to convey my greetings to my relatives and friends and my brothers and sisters, especially Rayan.”

Palestinian journalist, Amir Abuiram, from Ramallah told the Palestine Chronicle that, “Shadi gave his coat, which his mother fought to deliver to him, to the youngest female child prisoner in Israeli jails, Dimaa Alkhatib, when they met on their way to an Israeli court. After her release, Dimaa was asked why she looked sad in her photos. Her answer was, ‘because I left Shadi behind bars’”.


Parts of Shadi’s letter to his mother

In April 2016, Defense of Children International, in Ramallah published a reportdetailing the widespread and systematic ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system. From meals prepared in a makeshift kitchen to adult prisoner “caregivers,” the report also gives a rare glimpse into Palestinian children’s daily living conditions in Israeli prisons.

(Source / 01.06.2016)

Jordan’s King Abdullah swears in new government

Jordan's King Abdullah (2nd R) attends a ceremony to mark the desert kingdom's 70th Independence Day in Amman, Jordan, May 25, 2016. ©AFP

Jordan’s King Abdullah (2nd R) attends a ceremony to mark the desert kingdom’s 70th Independence Day in Amman, Jordan, May 25, 2016

Jordan’s King Abdullah has sworn in a new government led by Prime Minister Hani Mulqi, charging him with overseeing preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections.

The new government came to power on Wednesday, three days after the monarch dissolved the parliament and appointed Mulqi as caretaker prime minister.

The parliament neared the end of its four-year term and the election should be held within four months under the constitution.  

Mulqi was the chief commissioner of the country’s economic zone in the Red Sea port city of Aqaba. He is reportedly believed to have strong connections with Israeli leaders.

Jordan’s parliament passed several amendments last month, giving King Abdullah more powers.

The changes give the king the right to make key appointments without any nomination process by the government or signatures from the Council of Ministers.

Critics say the move is a rollback of gains made during Arab Spring in 2011, when Abdullah promised reforms that would eventually limit his powers.

Arab media and ex-Jordanian officials, meanwhile, have described Mulqi as a “pro-Israel” figure, who is likely to help advance Tel Aviv’s policies against Palestinians.

The new government will maintain support for the US and its policies in the region and go ahead with guided reforms of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

In an interview with Qatar’s Al Jazeera network on Monday, Husam Abdallat, a former top government aide at the office of the Jordanian premier, said Mulqi’s appointment was aimed at reviving Israeli-Palestinians talks in pursuit of a solution that would not benefit the Palestinian nation.

The report highlighted the pro-Israel “investment law” approved by Jordan’s outgoing parliament, which allows foreign investments, including by Tel Aviv, in key projects such as energy and infrastructure development.

Jordan and Egypt are the only Arab countries that have inked peace treaties with the regime in Israel.

Mulqi served as the head of Jordan’s Aqaba economic zone before he was chosen by King Abdullah.

Observers believe the appointment comes as no surprise because Amman and Tel Aviv have long been working to promote their economic relations.

(Source / 01.06.2016)

Lieberman to wage war of attrition against Palestinians

The current Israeli government is the most terrorist since establishment of illegal Zionist occupation state

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned on Tuesday night to wage war of attrition against Palestinians.

Israeli MK Yehuda Glick, Likud, called for partitioning Al-Aqsa Mosque ahead of destroying it in order to pave the way to building the mythical Jewish Temple in its place

Days of Palestine, Jerusalem -Extremist Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned on Tuesday night to wage war of attrition against Palestinians.

The extremist right-wing Israeli terrorist delivered his remarks during his first meeting with the chief of staff of the Israeli army.

According to the Israeli radio, he said: “It is part of Israeli accessories to take part in a continuous war of attrition.”

Lieberman, who once was a nightclub bouncer in Russia, took the oath as a defence minister early this week, adding the eight seats of his party Israeli our Home to the Israeli coalition government led by children killer Benjamin Netanyahu, Likud leader.

Meanwhile, Israeli MK Yehuda Glick, Likud, called for partitioning Al-Aqsa Mosque ahead of destroying it in order to pave the way to building the mythical Jewish Temple in its place.

Earlier to this, the extremist Israeli Justice Minister Aylet Shaked that there would never be a Palestinian state as long as her party is part of the Israeli government.

She also pledged to keep the illegal settlements and settlement bases or even any movement of land to the “enemy,” referring to the Palestinians.

(Source / 01.06.2016)

Palestinian prosecution freezes assets of company funded by Dahlan

File photo of Mohamed Dahlan

File photo of Mohamed Dahlan

Palestine News and Information Agency (WAFA) reported that the Palestinian Deputy Attorney General Ahmad Barak has issued a decision to freeze the assets of the international company Al-Sarina for Trade and Investment, owned by Fadi Ahmed Hussain Al-Salameen, in accordance with Palestinian law.

WAFA quoted Barak in a press statement issued yesterday saying: “Reports and investigations from specialised parties indicate that Al-Sarina, owned by Al-Salameen, received money transfers from Al Thuraya Investment Company, funded by Mohammed Dahlan. These transfers amount to over $2 million.”

According to WAFA, Barak said: “Al-Salameen established and registered the company in Palestine in an effort to deliver suspicious funds into the country.”

He also noted that the company has not practiced any actual trade or investment activity in Palestine since its establishment. Its account activity was limited to receiving transfers from Al-Thuraya.

Barak stressed that these transferred funds were used to buy property in the Jerusalem’s Old City, but he does not know who will own these properties.

The attorney general stated that the decision to freeze the assets is in preparation for continuing the investigations, according to the rule of law.

(Source / 01.06.2016)

“The New Arab” Attack Piece against the Syria Solidarity Movement®: Our Response

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The short sentence in the illustration contains so many lies.  What then of the entire article, attacking the Syria Solidarity Movement® and its members? Here is some deconstruction:

  1. The Syria Solidarity Movement® is not “pro-Assad”. We are pro-Syria and pro-international law. While the violent opposition and their allies say “Assad must go”, we do not say “Assad must stay”. We say “It’s up to the Syrian people.” The US, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and other countries are trying to dictate who can or cannot be the leader of Syria, and they are funding violent terrorists to enforce their will. This is a violation of international law and the UN Charter.  It’s a sad fact that anyone who questions the propaganda narrative around Syria is immediately dubbed “pro-Assad” in an attempt to silence them.
  2. As to our funding, in all of our existence we have collected around $50,000, approximately half as direct aid to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. SSM members are volunteers and usually pay all or most of their travel and research expenses, or do individual fund-raising. The total budget for 2015 was less than $6,000 for website, insurance, services and some modest travel assistance.
  3. The article claims that SSM raised $1.5 Million since 2007. The most elementary level of fact checking will show that SSM had no existence before July, 2013. The author of the article knows full well that the $1.5 million refers to all the income of all the projects of the nonprofit organization that serves as our fiscal sponsor. It began its existence with Palestinian projects like the International Solidarity Movement and the Free Gaza Movement in 2007, and its total income since then has been $1.5 million. SSM is a tiny fraction of that.  We work on a shoestring, with our most devoted members donating their time and money because of our belief in the importance of international law, our opposition to the war of aggression against Syria, and our disgust with widespread propaganda and lies.
  4. We do not spread disinformation. We expose and correct the disinformation of others, as we are doing right now. One reason that we are called “pro-Assad” is because we expose the lies, bias and fraud told about the Syrian government. If the enemies of Syria would stop their fabrications and use real facts instead, we would not have to do this. SSM member Vanessa Beeley has exposed the fraud of the “White Helmets” and launched a petition to oppose their preposterous nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize. Eva Bartlett has written an in-depth articleDeconstructing the NATO Narrative on Syria.  Paul Larudee has written on Mythology, Barrel Bombs and Human Rights Watch.  Rick Sterling has documented the bias of Amnesty International and MSF/Doctors without Borders. Our work stands on its merits.  We have provided many examples confirming the malpractices and bias of western funded NGOs and their complicity in the media distortions surrounding Syria.
  5. The conflict in Syria is not a civil war. It is an invasion. At least a third of the “rebels” are foreign fighters from all over the globe. Nearly all of them are mercenaries, paid by the US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and many other countries, and subsidized by ransom kidnappings, a modern slave trade, and theft of Syria’s industrial equipment and natural resources.

In addition to the above falsehoods, the article has a statement under the banner that says:  “Pro-Assad pundits and media outlets in the West have established ties with Assad”. That is untrue; the Syria Solidarity Movement has no ties to the Assad government.

The misinformation rises (or sinks) to the level of absurdity and even comedy. The author characterizes us as “young bloggers”. That is an amusing inaccuracy. Vanessa and Eva might be considered young, but Rick Sterling is a retired engineer, age 67 and Paul Larudee recently celebrated his 70th birthday. The average age of the steering committee is probably more than 50.  We are glad that Shawn considers us young.

In closing the article, Shawn preaches the need for “responsible journalism, fact-checking and editorial neutrality”. That is the final irony and joke.

But why publish this clumsy attempt at smearing the SSM? It’s not so strange when we examine who is doing the smearing. “The New Arab” (Al Araby Al Jadeed) is a English/Arabic television and news outlet based in the UK.  It was founded in 2014 with financing from Qatar. This explains their deep pockets and their political agenda.  It explains why they hired a 27 year old “activist” calling himself Shawn Carrié (real name Shawn Schrader) to write an article they titled“Assad’s Allies in the West”. The goal was a ‘hit piece’ on key members of Syria Solidarity Movement.

We are demanding a public retraction and correction of the false statements in this article.  We are also exploring legal action.

Since publication of the article, we have received an increased number of subscription requests. If you support our work, please donate at the website. Your support will help us to challenge the propaganda promoting the war of aggression against Syria, as exemplified by the work of “The New Arab” (al Araby al Jadeed) and its would-be journalist Shawn Carrié.

Is the published attack a sign that our work is having an impact?  We hope so.

(Source / 01.06.2016)

Turkey faces multiple dilemmas in Syria

Kurdish demonstrators carry an image of Abdullah Ocalan, jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party, as they march during a demonstration against Islamic State insurgent attacks, in the Sheikh Maksoud neighborhood of Aleppo, Oct. 17, 2014

Turkey’s inability to produce a realistic strategy toward Syria and to coordinate its policy with its allies is coming home to roost, leaving it facing multiple dilemmas that are unlikely to be resolved soon. Ankara’s war with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and its related effort to prevent Kurds from gaining ground in northern Syria remains Turkey’s main problems.

This complicates, if not prevents, headway by the US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) in the region. Washington, by its own admittance, is trying to maintain a delicate balance between Ankara and the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the umbrella organization of the Syrian Kurds, which Turkey says is a terrorist group linked to the PKK.

While acknowledging that the PKK is a terrorist organization, Washington has refused to do the same for the PYD and its military wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), with which it is allied against IS.

The successes against IS by the US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) — at least 60% of which are made up of YPG fighters — also contrasts sharply with the failure of groups supported by Ankara to make any headway against the Bashar al-Assad regime or IS.

The recent failure of groups supported by Turkey to stop IS advances on the Marea-Azaz line, while the SDF makes gains against IS in its sectors, has underscored this again. Having prioritized the fight against IS in Syria and Iraq, Washington is unlikely to sever ties with the YPG simply to please Ankara.

Turkey’s support for groups in Syria with links to al-Qaeda-related Jabhat al-Nusra, which the United States considers a terrorist group, also acts as a disincentive for Washington in this regard.

Ankara is now watching apprehensively as US Special Forces and US fighter jets work closely with the SDF to clear the northern sector of Raqqa from IS, in preparation for an onslaught against the whole city in coming weeks.

Turkey has declared the 98-kilometer (60-mile) stretch along its border between the Syrian towns of Jarablus to the east and Azaz to the west a no-go area for the Kurds and started shelling YPG positions in February from across the border to hammer this point home.

Turkey is concerned that if this region falls to the PYD, it will unite Kurdish-held territories east and west of the Euphrates River and lay the groundwork for an autonomous Kurdish region along the Turkish border. Turkey is worried that the liberation of Raqqa by SDF forces will speed up this process.

Compounding Ankara’s dilemma is the fact that it, too, is fighting IS, which has mounted deadly suicide attacks inside Turkey and rocket mortar attacks against the Turkish town of Kilis near the Syrian border.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu suggested earlier this week that Turkey could mount joint operations with the United States and other Western allies in northern Syria in order to dislodge IS from the region, provided the PYD is excluded from these operations.

Serkan Demirtas from Hurriyet Daily News cited unnamed US officials who said they had not received a detailed plan about Cavusoglu’s proposal. “Some concepts have been put forward, but none are doable or represent a detailed plan that can be enforced rapidly,” the official said.

The fact that US-led coalition jets taking off from Incirlik Air Base in Turkey are supporting YPG fighters as they advance toward Raqqa also shows how little real influence Turkey wields over developments in the region.

There is not even a hint from Ankara that it might prevent the use of Incirlik by the anti-IS coalition if the base is used to back YPG fighters. Ankara is aware that closing the base would remove what little influence it has over the United States.

The recent advances by IS along the Marea-Azaz line has left Turkey facing another dilemma with regard to refugees from the region. The refugees are reportedly moving toward regions held by the SDF, thus turning areas held by the Kurds into a potential safe zone, which the United States will clearly want to encourage.

Ankara is hardly likely to be happy over this because it will legitimize PYD rule in the region further in Western eyes. If IS advances along the Marea-Azaz line cannot be prevented, this will also increase the value of the YPG for the West as a much more viable force against IS when compared to groups supported by Turkey.

The ultimate dilemma for Turkey, however, is the fact that it has ended up in what appears to be an ineffectual situation in Syria, even though it is one of the countries bearing the biggest brunt from this crisis.

Mehmet Tezkan, a well-known columnist for daily Milliyet, argues that this situation is of Turkey’s own making. “If you insist that the only correct foreign policy position is yours. … If your actions at the start were wrong. If you buttoned your shirt the wrong way at beginning. … Then this is what you end up with,” Tezkan wrote in his column.

He went on to question Turkey’s opposition to YPG fighters entering Raqqa, asking what the alternative being proposed was. “Should Raqqa belong to IS then? No, you say, it should belong neither to IS nor to the YPG. If that is the case, should Assad take the city? No, you say, that won’t do either. So whose should it be? This is Ankara’s dilemma,” Tezkan argued.

Even the mood in the Islamist and staunchly pro-government media appears to be coming around to accepting that Turkey’s current Syria policy is unsustainable.

Ibrahim Karagul, the editor-in-chief of daily Yeni Safak, suggested in his column this week that the time has come for a change in the government’s Syria policy. “Turkey has to do today what it should have done three years ago,” Karagul wrote. “If we can’t intervene to prevent Syria from turning into a front from where Turkey can be hit for decades, then we will be responsible for the price this country will have to pay for this tomorrow.”

It is not clear if Karagul was exhorting military intervention by Turkey in Syria, a course that most strategists argue is unlikely to produce the expected results, or an intervention of another unspecified kind.

Karagul’s remarks nevertheless point at the confusion in the pro-government camp over Syria, as well as Ankara’s inability to find the right course in order to overcome its multiple dilemmas and make Turkey a key player in Syria again.

If that cannot be done, it is clear that Ankara will not be able to play a proactive role in efforts aimed at resolving this crisis in a manner that also addresses Turkey’s security concerns with help from its allies.

(Source / 01.06.2016)

Palestinian-UAE crisis due to Abbas-Dahlan disagreements


Informed sources have revealed a relations “crisis” between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to the differences between the PA President Mahmoud Abbas and dismissed Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan, QudsNet reported on Tuesday.

The differences have grown further as a result of rumours that the UAE is involved in the selling of Jerusalem’s Old City to settlement organisations.

According to the sources, the UAE has denied the rumours and threatened to stop its relations with the PA if the “false” remarks from senior PA officials regarding UAE’s role in Jerusalem are not stopped.

The sources have said that Abbas will send a senior delegation to the UAE to explain the situation.

(Source / 01.06.2016)

Video: Israeli plants knife near executed Palestinian

Israeli media and Israeli officials have claimed Al-Sharif attempted to stab Israeli soldiers

Days of Palestine, Jerusalem -New video shows Israeli paramedic planting knife near Palestinian executed by Israeli soldier in West Bank city of Al-Khalil proves premeditated execution.

The video was initially published by the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth early on Wednesday and then it went viral on the internet.

In the video, an Israeli paramedic throws a knife near the Palestinian youth Abdul-Fattah al-Sharif, who was executed by an Israeli soldier in Al-Khalil’s Old City on March 25.

An earlier video was published, showing the Israeli soldier shooting the bleeding Palestinian from a very close distance although he did not pose any danger on him.

The Israeli media and Israeli officials have repeatedly claimed that the Israeli soldier, who was hailed by the Israeli public and Israeli officials including PM Benjamin Netanyahu, was in danger when she shot Al-Sharif.

Hence, the soldier was blocked for a very short while in a military based and them was released without any deterrent punishment.

Such extrajudicial field execution was repeated during the ongoing intifada several times and every time the Israeli occupation claims that the execution came in response to attempts to kill Israelis. But Israelis fail to prove their narratives.

(Source / 01.06.2016)

Israeli forces kidnap 47 Palestinians in WB, Jerusalem

This is the largest kidnapping campaign for months

Israeli occupation forces kidnaped on Wednesday night 47 Palestinians from their homes in occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

Spokeswoman of the Israeli occupation army Luba al-Samri confirmed the kidnappings, claiming that all of the Palestinians targeted in this campaign were “terrorists” or “drug dealers.”

Days of Palestine, West Bank -Israeli occupation forces kidnaped on Wednesday night 47 Palestinians from their homes in occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

Several Palestinian families in both West Bank and Jerusalem reported to Days of Palestine that the Israeli occupation forces stormed their houses, searched them, damaged properties, stole money and kidnapped members.

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) also reported complaints of Palestinian families that the Israeli occupation forces carried out aggression against them and their sons during the night kidnapping campaign.

Most of the Palestinians kidnapped, the PPS said, were from Jerusalem’s neighbourhoods of Silwan and Al-Shawanneh.

Spokeswoman of the Israeli occupation army Luba al-Samri confirmed the kidnappings, claiming that all of the Palestinians targeted in this campaign were “terrorists” or “drug dealers.”

This is part of almost a daily form of the Israeli violations against the Palestinians. According to the Military Court Watch, NGO, more than there are 7,896 Palestinians inside Israeli jails, including 436 children.

(Source / 01.06.2016)