Israeli settler runs over Palestinian shepherd’s flock of sheep, kills 25

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JERICHO (Ma’an) — An Israeli settler ran over a flock of sheep belonging to a Palestinian shepherd near the al-Zubeidat village in the occupied West Bank district of Jericho on Friday, causing the death of 25 of the sheep, according to Palestinian sources.

Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that an Israeli settler was driving at a high speed and ran over the flock of sheep while they were crossing the road.The Palestinian shepherd requested that Israeli authorities penalize the Israeli settler and provide compensation for the losses.
Although Israeli authorities do not make settlement population statistics public, the Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem has reported a population of some 750,000 Israeli settlers residing in illegal settlements scattered across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, although most estimates range between 500,000 and 600,000 settlers.All Israeli settlements on Palestinian land are considered illegal under international law.
(Source / 10.06.2016)

Alabdah: Russia Seeking a Solution Favorable to Assad Only

President of the Syrian Coalition Anas Alabdah accused Russia of seeking to defeat the Syrian revolution and impose a political solution exclusively favorable to Bashar al-Assad.

“The Assad regime’s lack of seriousness during the latest round of Geneva negotiations has proved that Russia, as a sponsor of the political process in Syria along with the United States, did not fulfill its role in putting pressure on the Assad regime to negotiate in good faith,” Alabdah said.

Alabdah pointed out that “the Russians repeat, publicly and in closed meetings, that they can apply only limited pressure on the Assad regime. They are either avoiding to raise high expectations or they do not have the will to find a political transition.”

“Russia’s vision for a solution in Syria includes the establishment of a so-called national unity government with the aim to preserve the current regime and allow Assad to re-run for presidential elections. This vision does not even meet the minimum requirement for the political process.”

Alabdah described calls by Russia to designate Ahrar Alsham and Jaish Alislam rebel groups as terrorist groups as a desperate attempt to weaken the revolution.

“The position of the Syrian opposition and the Friends of Syria Group on these two groups is clear. Ahrar Alsham and Jaish Alislam are part of the mainstream armed opposition. There cannot be any talk about a political solution without them,” Alabdah said.

With regard to the negotiation process between the opposition and the Assad regime, Alabdah said: “The Assad regime has not yet to offer any proposal for a political solution as the UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura has not yet informed us about the details of any such proposal. The Syrian opposition is currently considering providing a detailed vision for the transitional period. This vision will be submitted to the UN envoy after it has been approved by the opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC).”

Alabdah stressed that the opposition is ready to take part in a new round of negotiations “once we feel the international community is serious about making the negotiation process a success.” He added that there are plans to hold “technical talks” in Geneva but that the Assad regime tried to avoid them because it did not want to go into the details of a political solution.

Alabdah called on the international community to name names when it comes to those trying to disrupt the political process.

Alabdah ruled out possibility of expanding the opposition’s HNC for the time being, but said that the opposition’s negotiating delegation can be expanded by incorporating new opposition groups provided that they agree on the final statement of the Riyadh conference out of which the HNC emerged.

Regarding the delivery of humanitarian aid to besieged areas, Alabdah said that the United Nations is waiting for the Assad regime’s approval to launch airdrops of humanitarian aid to those areas. “But if the regime was going to approve this step, it would have allowed ground transport of aid in the first place.” He also said that the “technical obstacles the United Nations says it is facing in this regard can be easily overcome.”

“The United Nations estimates that there are about 700,000 Syrians trapped in 28 besieged areas; however, estimates by the Syrian Coalition indicate that there are nearly a million people in urgent need for relief aid.” Alabdah added.

He stressed that the humanitarian issues are not subject to negotiations. “When we see improvement in this regard, we can talk about a political solution.”

President Alabdah concluded his remarks by saying that they have contacted the US following reports about a US-Russian agreement to draft a new constitution for Syria. He made it clear that US officials have denied the existence of such an agreement, stressing that the constitution “is a social contract that can only be written according to clear mechanisms determined by the Syrian people.”

(Source: Anadolu Agency / 10.06.2016)

Israeli forces open fire on Palestinian lands in southern Gaza Strip

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GAZA CITY (Ma’an) –Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian lands in eastern Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday, witnesses told Ma’an.

Israeli forces deployed east of Shuhada Khuzaa School in Khan Yunis opened fire at Palestinian agricultural lands, witnesses said.No injuries were reported.An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she was looking into reports.On a near daily basis, the Israeli army fires “warning shots” at Palestinian fisherman, farmers, and shepherds entering the Israeli-enforced “buffer zone,” a unilaterally declared area implemented after Israel imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip a decade ago.
Due to the high frequency of the attacks, live fire often goes unreported.
While Israel typically cites security concerns when targeting Palestinian agricultural areas, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights has reported in the past that fishermen were often targeted when they posed no threat.Approximately 35 percent of Palestinian agricultural land in Gaza is inaccessible without high personal risk, according to the center.
(Source / 10.06.2016)

Wat waren we weer verontwaardigd

Onze politici struikelden weer over elkaar heen – vooral rechts – om voor de microfoon aan te kunnen geven dat men verontwaardigd was over de aanslag in een restaurant in Tel Aviv. Verontwaardigd omdat twee Palestijnen zogenaamd in het rond gingen schieten nadat ze in het restaurant hadden gegeten. Saillant detail hierbij is dat ze niet dood geschoten werden, maar gewond. Een Palestijns meisje dat een checkpoint nadert en niets begrijpt van wat er gezegd wordt, wordt meteen neergemaaid.

Verontwaardigd over deze aanslag? Maar ik heb onze politici nooit gehoord op het moment dat er vanaf 3 januari 2009 zesentwintig mensen van de familie Al Samouni stelselmatig zijn vermoord. Zesentwintig mensen uit een familie uit Gaza, waaronder 10 kinderen en 7 vrouwen. Maar ja het zijn Palestijnen en het kabinet Rutte en (een groot deel van) de oppositie wil maar over een ding praten: twee-staten-oplossing, waarbij Tel Aviv alle eisen mag stellen en de Palestijnen de handtekening bij het kruisje mogen zetten.

Verontwaardigd over deze aanslag? Maar hebben onze politici zich ook druk gemaakt toen bekend werd dat er sinds het begin van dit jaar 250 minderjarigen opgepakt en opgesloten werden in de Ofer militaire gevangenis? Het oppakken van jongeren gaat onverwijld door; alleen deze maand zijn er 37 opgepakt en opgesloten in secties 17 en 18, die speciaal zijn voor minderjarigen. Op dit moment zitten er 183 Palestijnse jongeren gevangen.

Gevangen jongere

Verontwaardigd over deze aanslag? Weten onze politici niet, dat Tel Aviv 100 keer harder ‘terug slaat’ na een Palestijnse poging en dat alleen maar doen als cumulatieve straf voor de hele Palestijnse gemeenschap? Ook deze keer heeft de zionistische bezetter besloten om op een grote manier de Palestijnen te treffen en wel nu de gehele gemeenschap. Tel Aviv besloot om 83.000 reisvergunningen van Palestijnen in te trekken; vergunningen die nodig zijn om bij familie op bezoek te gaan tijdens Ramadan.


Verontwaardigd over deze aanslag? Is het bij onze politici ook bekend, dat Tel Aviv onmiddellijk is begonnen met het plannen van het vernietigen van de familiewoning van de zogenaamde Palestijnse aanvallers? Mensenrechtenorganisaties noemen dit gewoon collectieve bestraffing. Vraag me af of onze politici dit ook zo zien.


Verontwaardigd over deze aanslag? Hebben onze politici ook door, dat het stelen van Palestijns land elke dag onverminderd doorgaat? Elke dag worden vergunningen uitgegeven om weer huizen te bouwen in, maar ook buiten illegale nederzettingen. Palestijns land wordt gewoon onteigend om daar te bouwen of gewoon militair terrein van te maken.


Verontwaardigd over deze aanslag?  Is het bij onze politici al doorgedrongen dat Palestina bezet is door de zionisten uit Tel Aviv? Palestijnen uit Gaza kunnen geen kant uit en zijn afhankelijk van de momenten dat Tel Aviv of Cairo het fatsoen krijgen om weer eens een dag een overgang open zetten.


En dan is er nog niet gesproken over een tekort aan water, elektriciteit, infrastructuur die constant vernietigd wordt door de bezettende macht (kijk naar luchthaven en de haven van Gaza), materialen die nodig zijn om weer een beetje leven op te bouwen, medische hulp en werk.


Vind u het gek dat er een opstand tegen de bezettende macht optreedt? In de Tweede Wereldoorlog waren er Nederlanders die optraden tegen de bezetters. Deze helden werden verzetsstrijders genoemd. Onze politici zien echter hetzelfde wat de Palestijnen doen (verzet tegen de bezettende macht) niet als een verzetsstrijd tegen de bezetters. Waar ligt het verschil?


Onze politici zijn horende doof en ziende blind en kijken bewust de andere kant uit als het gaat om het lijden van de Palestijnen. Palestina staat niet met Kapitale Letters in de agenda van de regering, niets meer dan iedereen dwingen tot onderhandeling tot een twee-staten-oplossing waarbij vooraf de Palestijnen de verliezers zullen zijn. Eisen die de Palestijnen hebben – zoals grenzen pro 1967, nederzettingen overdragen aan de Palestijnen, onmiddellijke opheffing bezetting, alle politieke gevangenen moeten vrijgelaten worden, elke vorm van bezetting moet worden verwijderd (zoals muur, checkpoints, etc.), Hamas moeten worden beschouwd als een volwaardige partner binnen het politieke proces, tevens moeten er onderhandelingen worden gestart voor de geleden schade – zullen niet mee worden genomen en zeker niet door onze politici worden ondersteund.


Neen, luister naar vader Rutte die nog steeds met zijn welbekende-alle problemen-weg-wuivende lach durft te zeggen dat Tel Aviv de enige democratie in het Midden Oosten herbergt.


Man, doe eens normaal.


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Thousands of Palestinians denied entry to J’lem for Friday prayer

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) on Friday morning prevented thousands of Palestinian citizens from entering east Jerusalem to perform the first Friday prayer in the current holy month of Ramadan. According to Anadolu news agency, the Israeli occupation forces at the checkpoints between the West Bank and Jerusalem, particularly Qalandiya checkpoint, barred all men under age 45 from entering Jerusalem, although they had special permits. The Israeli government decided to impose restrictions on the entry of West Bankers to the holy city following Wednesday’s deadly shooting attack in Tel Aviv. In an initial Israeli response to the Tel Aviv shooting, the Israeli army’s civil administration in the occupied Palestinian territories said early Thursday that it had frozen 83,000 permits for Palestinians in the West Bank to visit relatives in 1948 occupied Palestine during Ramadan. Special Ramadan permits were also suspended for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to travel out of the besieged enclave to attend Friday prayers at the Aqsa Mosque.

(Source / 10.06.2016)

49 facts about Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip

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This week marked the 49th anniversary of Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. So here are 49 facts about a military regime that has lasted almost half a century.

  1. The West Bank – including East Jerusalem – and the Gaza Strip together constitute the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), which have been under Israeli military occupation since June 1967.
  2. Prior to Israeli occupation, the West Bank was controlled by Jordan, and the Gaza Strip by Egypt.
  3. Before the State of Israel was established in 1948, the West Bank and Gaza Strip were simply parts of Mandate Palestine; their ‘borders’ are the result of Israeli expansion and armistice lines.
  4. 300,000 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip became refugees during Israel’s conquest in June 1967; the vast majority were unable to return.
  5. In 1967, Israeli forces ethnically cleansed and destroyed a number of Palestinian villages in the OPT,including Imwas, Beit Nuba, and others.
  6. By an odd coincidence of history, Israel’s military occupation of the OPT began not long after the military regime over Palestinian citizens of Israel had formally ended in December 1966.
  7. Therefore, the State of Israel has subjected Palestinians citizens and Palestinian non-citizens to military rule for all but six months of its 68-year existence.
  8. One of the first acts of Israeli authorities in East Jerusalem was to demolish the Mughrabi Quarter, expelling 600 residents and destroying 135 homes.
  9. In place of the 800-year old Mughrabi Quarter, Israel created the Western Wall Plaza.
  10. The first West Bank settlement was established in September 1967, supported by the then Labor-led government.
  11. All Israeli settlements in the OPT are illegal under international law, constituting a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
  12. In a secret memo in 1967, a legal adviser to the Israeli government affirmed the illegality of civilian settlements in the OPT.
  13. By 1972, there were some 10,000 Israelis living in illegal settlements in the OPT.
  14. In 1974/75, Israel established Ma’ale Adumim, located in the West Bank to the east of Jerusalem. It is now the largest Israeli settlement in terms of area.
  15. There are now 125 government-sanctioned settlements in the OPT, plus another 100 or so unauthorised settler ‘outposts’.
  16. There are around 400,000 Israelis living in illegal settlements the Occupied West Bank.
  17. This excludes residents of colonies established in East Jerusalem – a further 200,000.
  18. Israelis have voted in 14 national elections since June 1967. Unlike settlers, Palestinians in the OPT have been unable to vote in any of those 14 elections.
  19. According to the UN, there have been 2,598 acts of violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the last ten years.
  20. One of the methods adopted by Israeli authorities over the decades to colonise West Bank land has been Ottoman-era land legislation dating back to 1858.
  21. By the mid-1980s, Palestinian cultivated land in the West Bank had dropped by 40 percent.
  22. In 1991, Israel began requiring a Palestinian seeking to enter Israel from the OPT to obtain an individual permit.

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23. More than 500 physical obstacles, including checkpoints and earth mounds, restrict Palestinian freedom of movement in the West Bank.
24. In 2003, Israel began work on the Separation Wall in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Around 85 percent of the total length of the Wall’s projected route lies inside the OPT.
25. In 2004, the International Court of Justice in The Hague issued an advisory opinion that the construction of the Wall in the OPT is “contrary to international law”.
26. Some 82,000 settlers live outside the Separation Wall; add Ariel, a major settlement-city in the middle of the northern West Bank, and the total is around 100,000 settlers.
27. The Gaza Strip is home to around 1.8 million Palestinians, some 70 percent of whom are United Nations (UN)-registered refugees, expelled from their homes by Israel in 1948.
28. For decades, Israel maintained a permanent armed presence in Gaza, expropriated land, and built colonies for a settler population that rose to more than 8,000.
29. In 2005, Israel removed these settlers, and redeployed its forces to Gaza’s perimeter fence.
30. The Gaza Strip is still under Israeli occupation: along with the West Bank and East Jerusalem, it forms part of a single territorial entity (OPT).
31. This was affirmed in UN Security Council Resolution 1860 in 2009, and also affirmed in November 2014 by the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

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32. In 1967, Israel expanded Jerusalem’s municipal boundaries to include newly-occupied territory; this act of annexation has never been recognised by the international community.
33. A third of the annexed territory was expropriated; by 2001, some 47,000 settlement housing units had been built on this expropriated land.
34. The vast majority of Palestinians in Jerusalem are permanent residents, not citizens. In 2014, the residency status of 107 Palestinian residents of Jerusalem was revoked.
35. Palestinians suffer from a discriminatory water policy maintained by Israeli authorities.
36. Israel enforces a dual legal system in the OPT: civil courts for the 600,000 settlers, and military courts for 4.5 million Palestinians. The latter has a 99.74 percent conviction rate.
37.The Israeli military detains Palestinians from the OPT without charge or trial, for renewable six-month periods. There are currently 715 such prisoners, from a total of 7,000 jailed Palestinians.

Saker Jaabis sits in rubble of his home in Jabel Mukaber in Jerusalem, demolished by Israeli authorities

Saker Jaabis sits in rubble of his home in Jabel Mukaber in Jerusalem, demolished by Israeli authorities

38. Since 1967, Israeli authorities have demolished hundreds of Palestinian homes as an act of collective punishment.
39.Many Palestinian structures are demolished by Israeli forces for lacking the right permit; yet more than 95 percent of Palestinian permit applications are rejected
40. In 2016 to date (June 6), Israeli military authorities have demolished 625 Palestinian structures.
41. During the First Intifada (1987–93), Israeli forces killed over 1,000 Palestinians, one in five of them children.
42. In the first few days of the Second Intifada, the Israeli army fired 1.3 million bullets.
43. In six military offensives from 2006-2014, Israel killed 1,097 Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip.
44. Israeli occupation forces killed 137 Palestinians in the West Bank in 2015, and 56 in 2014. Over the same two-year period, Israeli forces also injured 19,950 Palestinians in the West Bank.
45. The Oslo Accords, signed in the mid-1990s, saw the establishment of the Palestinian Authority (PA), which governs some aspects of life for Palestinians, in some of the OPT.
46. The Accords divided up the OPT into Areas A, B, and C. The territory of Areas A and B is not contiguous, and consists of 227 separate areas under varying degrees of PA control.
47. Some 60 percent of the West Bank remains under full Israeli military and civil control. However, even in the rest of the West Bank, the Israeli military conducts raids at will.
48. According to Human Rights Watch: “Palestinians face systematic discrimination merely because of their race, ethnicity, and national origin.” Amnesty International agrees.
49. In 2012, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said Israeli policies in the OPT violate the prohibition of “racial segregation and apartheid.”

(Source / 10.06.2016)

Moroccan committee calls for restoring Maghareba neighborhood

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Moroccan Committee to Support the Nation’s Causes renewed condemnation of Israel’s confiscation and capture of the Maghareba neighborhood, in Occupied Jerusalem, and called for restoring the quarter. Speaking in a statement issued on the occasion of the commemoration of Israel’s demolition of the Maghareba neighborhood, the Moroccan Committee slammed Israeli crimes and aggression on the Palestinian people and holy sites. “The Maghareba neighborhood was usurped by Israel,” said the committee. The statement called for restoring Palestinian and Islamic property which was seized by the Israeli occupation. On June 10, 1967 Israeli occupation bulldozers destroyed 135 Palestinian homes in the Maghareba neighborhood, a home to over 650 Palestinians. Soon as the sun of June 11, 1967 rose, the entire quarter was reduced to mounds of rubble, with several Palestinians killed and dozens of others banned from the area.  The Moroccan Committee decided to commemorate the occasion on account of the strong historical bonds connecting Moroccans to Occupied Jerusalem and the occupied Palestinian territories.

(Source / 01.06.2016)