Israel to implement new settlement projects in O.J

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Israeli authorities approved two settlement projects in occupied Jerusalem despite the U.S. and international community’s rejection of the step, Iroshalim Hebrew newspaper revealed. According to Friday’s issue of the weekly newspaper, the Israeli Committee for Planning and Construction in occupied Jerusalem approved in two separate sessions two settlement projects. One of the approved projects includes the construction of 82 housing units in the settlement of Ramat Shlomo. The Israeli move came in coincidence with the 49th anniversary of Jerusalem occupation. The settlement projects also include the construction of 150 housing units in Gilo settlement, south of the occupied city. Israel’s planning committee chair Meir Turgeman claimed that Jerusalem lacks the sufficient lands for construction. The municipality will support any construction plan in any area in the city, he added. Turgeman had earlier asked Israel’s Finance Minister to start the implementation of all the settlement projects that have been hampered in Givat Hmreis settlement in Beit Safafa area which include 2,600 housing units. On the other hand, Kol Ha’ir Hebrew newspaper disclosed the construction of new housing units in Novi Adumim in Ma’aleh Adumim settlement.  The project includes the establishment of two buildings which consist of six and eight housing units. Another settlement project that consists of 35 housing units has already started in Pisgat Ze’ev settlement, the sources added. Israel has accelerated expansion of illegal settlements across the West Bank in defiance of international calls for a halt to such activity that ran contrary to the international laws and resolutions.

(Source / 11.06.2016)

Mentally disabled Palestinian shot, injured in Nablus

NABLUS, (PIC)– A Palestinian, who locals said is mentally disabled, was shot and injured after allegedly attempting to stab Israeli soldiers in the northern West Bank district of Nablus on Friday afternoon. Israeli media sources claimed that a Palestinian man tried to carry out a stabbing attempt at Awarta checkpoint at the entrance to the city of Nablus, before being “neutralized”. No Israelis were injured in the alleged stabbing attack. According to the PIC reporter, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) refused to allow Palestinian ambulance crews to transfer him to hospital despite his serious injuries. Local sources identified the injured man as Khaled al-Qadhi, 26. The sources added that al-Qadhi had been detained by the IOF on several occasions in the past, before being released after they determined that he was mentally disabled. Israeli forces were deployed around Nablus and closed several checkpoints in the area. Two unidentified young men were also arrested at Awarta checkpoint and taken handcuffed to an Israeli detention center. More than 200 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli soldiers since the outbreak of Jerusalem Intifada in October 2015.

(Source / 11.06.2016)

Israel razes home of Palestinian teen accused of killing settler

Demolition of 15-year-old’s house in Yatta comes after Israeli army besieged same village following shooting in Tel Aviv earlier this week

Israeli soldier keeps watch as Palestinians sit after the army entered Yatta earlier this week

Israel’s army demolished on Saturday the West Bank home of a Palestinian teenager accused of killing an Israeli settler earlier this year, a military spokesman said.

The demolition took place in Yatta, which is also the hometown of two Palestinian cousins who killed four Israelis in Tel Aviv on Wednesday in the deadliest attack in a months-long wave of violence.

The village, in the Hebron district of the West Bank where dozens of villages have been besieged since last October, is currently besieged after Israeli security forces closed off all of the entrances within 24 hours of the shooting in Tel Aviv, which also wounded 16.

Residents in the village told Middle East Eye on Friday that the siege was accompanied by night-time house raids and the detention of dozens of young men.

Yatta’s mayor said the blockade was one of the worst in the West Bank in months and had prevented school children from taking final exams.

Village resident Murad Ideis, 15, was arrested in January in a raid on his family’s home and charged with the murder of Dafna Meir, a 38-year-old nurse and mother of six.

Meir’s killing provoked fierce reaction among Israelis and prompted a personal vow from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the assailant’s house would be razed.

Israel regularly demolishes the homes of alleged attackers in what it describes as a deterrent. Rights groups say it amounts to collective punishment, with families forced to suffer for the acts of relatives.

Simon Reynolds, legal advocacy coordinator at Bethlehem-based Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, told MEE this week that the siege of Yatta may be prosecutable as a war crime.

“Israel’s application of sanctions against the entire population of Yatta in response to acts allegedly conducted by two residents is not only morally reprehensible, but also entirely unlawful,” Reynolds said.

“The prohibition on collective punishment is strict and unequivocal under international humanitarian law.”

MEE contacted an Israeli security forces spokesperson on Friday for a response to Reynolds’ comments but had not received any by the time of publication.

The army said Saturday’s demolition was carried out without incident, adding that it had also made preparations for the destruction of the homes of both of the Tel Aviv gunmen.

Violence since October has killed at least 207 Palestinians, 32 Israelis, two Americans, an Eritrean and a Sudanese.

(Source / 11.06.2016)

Egypt sends humanitarian aid convoy to Syria’s besieged Douma

Egypt sends humanitarian aid convoy to Syria’s besieged Douma

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry

CAIRO: Egypt has delivered a convoy of relief supplies and humanitarian aid donated by Cairo-based Syrian figures to the rebel-held town of Duma, Mohamed Tharwat Selim, the chargé d’affaires of the Egyptian Embassy in Damascus was quoted by Youm7 Friday.

In coordination with the United Nations, the aid was handed over to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent after the Syrian government granted permission, said Selim.

The diplomat noted that more aid convoys would be sent in the next few days.

Separately, an international aid convoy reached the Syrian rebel-held town of Daraya overnight to deliver food supplies for the first time since 2012, when the town came under siege by government forces, the United Nations said earlier, according to Reuters.

In Feb., Egyptian Representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva Amr Ramadan saidthat Cairo is holding contacts with the Syrian government to send humanitarian aid to the besieged areas in Rif Dimashq and Idlib.

(Source / 11.06.2016)

UN says closing Israeli border for 83,000 Palestinians may amount to ‘collective punishment’

© Baz Ratner

Revoking entry permits for 83,000 Palestinians attempting to enter Israel in response to a recent Tel Aviv terror attack may amount to collective punishment, and could be regarded as a grave violation of international law, the UN human rights body said.

“We are also deeply concerned at the response of the Israeli authorities, which includes measures that may amount to prohibited collective punishment and will only increase the sense of injustice and frustration felt by Palestinians in this very tense time,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement on Friday.

On Thursday, the Israeli army canceled permits for 83,000 Palestinians to visit Israel and announced it would deploy hundreds of troops to the occupied West Bank, a day after a deadly terror attack in Tel Aviv took place, leaving four Israelis dead and six injured.

Israel’s retaliatory actions also included the suspension of 204 work permits held by individuals in the extended families of two alleged attackers, with Israeli security forces sealing off their entire hometown.

“Israel has a human rights obligation to bring those responsible to account for their crimes. And this it is doing. However the measures taken against the broader population punish not the perpetrators of the crime, but tens – maybe hundreds – of thousands of innocent Palestinians,”
the statement added.

The Geneva Conventions which apply to situations of armed conflict and military occupation say that punishing people en masse they have not personally committed falls within the term of collective punishment, generally regarded as one of the most blatant breaches of international law.

Israel’s diplomatic mission in Geneva said in its own statement that the comment by UN human rights body “breaks a new record of cynicism and double standards.”

“The OHCHR is using the murder of innocent Israelis to attack Israel. Once again, instead of putting itself by the side of the Israeli victims, it settles for a forced, weak condemnation and rushes to defend the terrorists.”

The OHCHR should take another look “at the current situation in the Middle East, so it may understand the absurdity of its own statement,” said the Israeli diplomatic mission.

However, some 10,000 Palestinians can still go to Israel, according to a spokeswoman for COGAT, the Israel’s Defense Ministry unit in charge of affairs in the West Bank. They will enter for Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa mosque and will have to come back home afterwards, she added.

It is not the first time Israel introduces restrictions on Palestinian territories. Nearly two weeks ago, a newly appointed Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman ordered that the bodies of Palestinians killed during attacks would no longer be returned to their families for burial.

The latest attack in Tel Aviv and Israel’s retaliatory measures add to continuing violence between Israeli and Palestinians that has killed at least 207 Palestinians, 32 Israelis and several foreigners since last October.

(Source / 11.06.2016)

Hamas: Israeli mass arrests will not achieve its aims

GAZA, (PIC)– Hamas Movement condemned the Israeli overnight mass arrest campaign across occupied West Bank, saying that it will not achieve its aims. Such a campaign will never succeed to achieve its aims. It will only strengthen our people, the Movement said. The Palestinian resistance group expressed dissatisfaction with PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s recent statement denouncing Tel Aviv anti-occupation attack. “Israel’s continued crimes and PA security coordination will not prevent our people from resisting Israeli forces and settlers’ crimes”, the Movement added. Palestinian towns and cities in the occupied West Bank had witnessed at dawn Friday a mass raid and arrest campaign shortly after Israeli war minister declared a complete cordon on the West Bank. On the other hand, Hamas Movement strongly denounced the “heinous” attack against the oldest-serving Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails Nael Barghouthi’ house. The Movement slammed the PA security forces’ failure in providing protection for Barghouthi’s house especially that it was attacked more than once by Israeli settlers. The Movement declared its total support for Nael Barghouthi. A group of extremist settlers attacked last night Barghouthi’s house in Ramallah and tried to set it on fire.

(Source / 11.06.2016)

Palestinian prisoner in Israeli custody close to death, in need of heart surgery

Bassam Amin al Sayeh

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinian prisoner Bassam Amin al-Sayeh, 43, from the city of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank was reported to be in critical need of a pacemaker implantation surgery to save his life.

Mona Abu Bakr al-Sayeh told Palestinian radio station Sawt al-Asra (Voice of Prisoners) that her husband suffers from both bone marrow and blood cell cancer, in addition to serious lung inflammation, osteoporosis, and muscle atrophy in his heart.
She said that her husband is fighting death under the Israeli policy of deliberate medical negligence.
The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs said in December that al-Sayeh “may die at any moment,” after his health deteriorated.
Bassam al-Sayeh was detained on Oct. 8 and sentenced to 20 years in Israeli prison. He was among 17 Palestinian prisoners held in Israel’s al-Ramla prison that the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society on Dec. 1 warned were being treated for serious medical complications.
According to Sawt al-Asra, Bassam, a former prisoner who has spent several years in Israeli jails, was most recently detained during a trial for his wife. Mona was detained in April and served seven months in administrative detention.
Al-Sayeh’s brother Amjad has also been held in Israeli custody since 2002 and is serving a 20-year sentence.
There are some 1,000 sick Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, including 24 suffering from cancer, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies. Rights groups have widely condemned Israel for its medical negligence of Palestinians in its prisons.
According to the Council for European Palestinian Relations (CEPR), poor conditions in Israeli prisons — that “have become renowned for offering only aspirin for all health
(Source / 11.06.2016)

Israeli police detain 12 undocumented Palestinian workers in Israel


BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police detained 12 Palestinians Friday on two construction sites in Petah Tikva in central Israel, for working without permits, Israeli police said.
Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement the 12 Palestinians were taken in for interrogation.
She added Israeli authorities also placed the owners of the two construction companies “under suspension” for hiring the Palestinians, and that they are also being investigated.
The owners of the construction sites were ordered to pay a security deposit of 50,000 shekels (approximately $12,939) to ensure they do not hire undocumented workers in the future.
They were also ordered to implement 24-hour security measures on construction sites, assign someone to check workers’ IDs, and install surveillance cameras to document the security and protection of the two sites, al-Samri added.
The incident comes amid massive crackdown on undocumented workers in Israel, which initially followed a deadly attack in the Israeli port of Jaffa in March carried out by a Palestinian who had illegally crossed the border out of the occupied West Bank.
The arrests also come in the wake of a shooting attack in Tel Aviv on Wednesday that left four Israelis dead, after which Israeli has imposed severe punitive measures across the occupied Palestinian territory in what the UN said could amount to collective punishment.
The Bank of Israel reported in March that the number of Palestinians from the occupied West Bank working in Israel — legally and illegally — doubled in the past four years.
Tens of thousands of Palestinian workers are forced to seek a living by working in Israel due to crippling unemployment in the West Bank, as the growth of an independent Palestinian economy has been stifled under the ongoing Israeli military occupation, according to Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem.
(Source / 11.06.2016)

15 vragen over het vasten!

Hieronder treft u een aantal veelgestelde vragen over het vasten, ontleend aan het Fatawaboek van de nobele geleerde shaych al-‘Uthaimeen – moge Allah hem genadig zijn -.

1. Wat zijn de zaken die het toestaan voor een persoon om niet te vasten?

– Wanneer een persoon ziek of op reis is, hoeft hij niet te vasten.

– De zwangere vrouw die vreest voor haar eigen gezondheid of die van haar kind.

– De vrouw die borstvoeding geeft en vreest voor haar eigen gezondheid of die van haar kind.

– Iemand die een persoon in nood wil redden van bijvoorbeeld brand of verdrinking en het voor hem nodig is om zijn vasten te verbreken.

N.B. De menstruerende vrouw en de vrouw met kraambloeding komen niet voor in het antwoord omdat het voor hen verboden is om te vasten.

2. Wat is het oordeel omtrent mascara, oog-, oor- en neusdruppels voor de vastende?

Wat betreft mascara, oog- en oordruppels, dat is toegestaan voor de vastende, ook al proeft hij de smaak daarvan in zijn keel. Wat echter neusdruppels betreft; als de neusdruppels de maag bereiken, verbreekt dat het vasten. Het is dus niet toegestaan deze druppels te gebruiken alleen wanneer deze de maag niet bereiken.

3. Wat is het oordeel omtrent de vastende die parfum gebruikt?

Dat is toegestaan en hij mag het ook ruiken. Alleen wierook mag niet worden geïnhaleerd omdat het deeltjes bevat die de maag kunnen bereiken.

4. Verbreekt het doorslikken van speeksel het vasten?

Het doorslikken van speeksel verbreekt het vasten niet.

5. Degene die gemeenschap met zijn vrouw heeft gehad en pas na fajr de wassing verricht, is het vasten geldig?

Zijn of haar vasten is geldig, maar er moet wel haast worden gemaakt met de wassing zodat fajr tijdig wordt gebeden.

6. Wat is het oordeel omtrent een persoon die de sahoer nuttigt en niet doorheeft dat fajr al is aangebroken?

Wanneer een persoon eet na fajr en niet doorheeft dat fajr is aangebroken, dan is hij daardoor niet zondig en hoeft hij deze dag niet in te halen vanwege de algemene bewijsvoeringen die erop duiden dat een persoon niet wordt afgerekend op onwetendheid en vergeetachtigheid.

7. Is het toegestaan voor de vastende om de astma-inhalator te gebruiken?

Dit is voor hem toegestaan omdat het gaat om iets dat verdampt en niet de maag bereikt.

8. Wat is het oordeel omtrent het gebruiken van crème voor uitgedroogde lippen of neus?

Sommige van de vastende hebben last van uitgedroogde lippen of neus. Het is toegestaan om iets te gebruiken wat de lippen of neus verzacht; zoals een crème of door de lippen of neus te bevochtigen met een nat doekje of iets dergelijks. Maar er moet wel worden opgelet dat niks wordt ingeslikt. Mocht er dan toch wat onopzettelijk worden ingeslikt, dan is dat niet erg. Net zoals degene die zijn mond spoelt en onbedoeld wat doorslikt.

9. Wat is de regelgeving omtrent het gebruiken van zetpillen tijdens het vasten voor degene die ziek is?

Dat is voor diegene toegestaan, omdat het niet onder eten of drinken valt.

10. Moeten de kinderen die nog geen 15 jaar oud zijn, worden opgedragen te vasten?

De kinderen die nog geen puber zijn, worden opgedragen te vasten als zij dat aankunnen. Net zoals de metgezellen van de profeet vrede zij met hem dit met hun kinderen deden, zodat zij eraan wennen en ermee opgroeien. Maar als het te zwaar voor hen is en het hen schaadt, dan worden zij niet gedwongen.

11. Als de menstruatie van de vrouw overdag ophoudt, moet zij dan de rest van de dag vasten?

Nee, zij mag de rest van de dag gewoon eten. Zij zal die dag sowieso moeten inhalen dus heeft het vasten van de rest van de dag niet veel zin voor haar.

12. Als het menstruatiebloed stopt met vloeien voor fajr, maar pas na fajr de wassing wordt verricht?

Zodra ze er zeker van is dat het bloed is gestopt voor fajr (al is het slechts een ogenblik), neemt ze de intentie om te vasten. Haar vasten is dan geldig, maar ze moet wel haast maken bij de wassing zodat ze fajr op tijd bidt.

13. De zwangere vrouw die uit vrees voor haarzelf of haar kind niet vast, en zo ook de vrouw die borstvoeding geeft, wat is het oordeel daarvan?

De zwangere vrouw die fit en gezond is en voor wie het vasten niet zwaar is noch invloed heeft op haar kind, voor haar is het verplicht om te vasten.

En de zwangere vrouw die het vasten niet aankan vanwege zwakte of omdat de zwangerschap zwaar voor haar is, mag het vasten verbreken. Helemaal als het schadelijk is voor het kind, dan kan het verboden voor haar zijn om te vasten. En als zij niet vast dan moet ze na de bevalling, wanneer ze rein is van de kraambloeding, de dagen inhalen.

Ook kan het voor de vrouw die borstvoeding geeft nodig zijn om te eten en drinken als het vasten haar melk vermindert. Helemaal wanneer de dagen lang zijn in de zomer en de hitte hevig is (shaych leefde in Saudi Arabië). Ook zij moet dan later de gemiste dagen inhalen.

14. Verbreekt het proeven van eten het vasten?

Het proeven van eten verbreekt het vasten niet zolang er niks wordt doorgeslikt, maar het proeven is slechts voor wanneer dat nodig is. Mocht er dan iets de maag onopzettelijk bereiken, dan is het vasten geldig. Net zoals degene die zijn mond spoelt en onbedoeld wat doorslikt.

15. Mag de vastende vrouw crème gebruiken?

Daar is niks mis mee, ze mag crème gebruiken voor haar gezicht, rug of andere plaatsen op haar lichaam om haar op te maken of andere doeleinden. Deze crème in al zijn soorten heeft geen effect op het vasten.

Moge Allah ons allen begrip van het geloof schenken.

Stuur het door; “Wie aanspoort tot het goede, heeft dezelfde beloning als degene die ernaar handelt.” [Sahih Muslim]

Abulfadl / Student aan de Universiteit van Medina, Saudi Arabië.

6 Ramadan 1437 / – 11 juni 2016 –

Greece to recognize the state of Palestine ‘soon’


RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Syriza, the ruling party in the Greek parliament, told Palestinian lawmakers Saturday that the government was set to officially recognize the state of Palestine, according to a statement by the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC).A Greek delegation from the Syriza party reportedly met with political parties of the PLC and confirmed that the government would recognize the state of Palestine “soon,” according to the statement. However, an exact timetable for the future recognition was not provided by the Greek delegates.The Syriza delegates met with Azzam al-Ahmad of the Fatah movement, Qays Abdul Karim of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Mustafa Barghouti of the Palestinian National Initiative, Bassam al-Salihi of the Palestinian People’s Party, and the Fatah-affiliated lawmakers Najat al-Astal, Muhib Awwad, and Abdullah Abdullah.The Greek parliament voted in favor of a decision to recommend the government recognize the state of Palestine in December. However, the decision has not yet come to fruition.  “Due to some special circumstances, the Greek recognition of the Palestinian state has been delayed, but it will come soon,” the Greek delegates stated.If implemented, Greece would become the second European country to officially recognize the Palestinian state, following Sweden’s decision in 2014.

(Source / 11.06.2016)