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Dagelijks archief 15 maart 2017

Saudi Arabia donates $30m to rebuild Gaza homes

Image of destroyed homes after Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza [Apaimages]

Image of destroyed homes after Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza

Saudi Arabia has donated $30 million to rebuild 900 homes destroyed during the 2014 Israeli military offensive against the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Authority’s Minister of Housing and Public Works, Mofeed Al-Hasayneh, announced on Tuesday.

“The donation is to be deposited in the government’s account via UNRWA and the UNDP,” Al-Hasayneh told Anadolu. He pointed out that the first payment of $10m was deposited on Tuesday. This, he added, will pay for 370 homes to be rebuilt.

Read: Israel to clear army of killing Gaza family during 2008 offensive

In the wake of the Israeli offensive on Gaza in summer 2014, Cairo hosted a donor conference during which several countries pledged $5.082 billion to rebuild the Gaza Strip and renovate the West Bank. As of today, though, only 40 per cent of the homes destroyed during the offensive have been rebuilt, the minister said.

During the 51-day offensive, Israel killed 2,320 Palestinians, wounded more than 11,000 others and completely destroyed 12,000 homes, damaging 160,000 others.

(Source / 15.03.2017)

Minor among 9 detainees in O. J’lem

Jabal Mukkabir

Israeli police forces arrested at dawn Wednesday nine Palestinian youths including a minor from Jabal Mukkabir town in occupied Jerusalem.

Wadi al-Hilwah Information Center affirmed that nine Palestinians including a 17-year-old minor were detained as Israeli police stormed Jabal Mukkabir town early today.

Earlier on Monday, Israeli police shot and killed the Palestinian young man Ibrahim Mahmoud Mattar, from Jabal Mukkabir, for allegedly carrying out a stabbing attack near al-Aqsa Mosque.

(Source / 15.03.2017)

Israeli army launches limited incursion into blockaded Gaza

Aanval al-Bureij vluchtelingenkamp

Israeli army vehicles on Wednesday morning moved dozens of meters into eastern al-Bureij refugee camp, in central Gaza Strip.

A PIC news correspondent said Israeli vehicles deployed at Abu Katron military site launched a limited incursion into central Gaza Strip and leveled Palestinian lands.

According to Palestinian security sources, four Israeli bulldozers, three tanks, an armored vehicle, and four jeeps moved 100 meters into eastern al-Bureij and bulldozed Palestinian lands before they moved northwards towards Juhr al-Dick town.

Several Israeli military jeeps have raked through Palestinian lands near the border fence since the early morning hours, paving the way for the incursion.

(Source / 15.03.2017)

UN report: Israel has established an ‘apartheid regime’

Report breaks new ground on the UN’s examination of the situation in occupied Palestine by using the word ‘apartheid’.

By Ben White

Over the past two decades, a number of prominent figures have accused Israel of practicing apartheid

A new United Nations report accuses Israel of having established “an apartheid regime that oppresses and dominates the Palestinian people as a whole”.

The publication comes amid renewed debate about whether, through its settlement policy and rejection of Palestinian self-determination, the Israeli government is creating – or even has already created – a de facto “one-state”, which critics warn would constitute a form of apartheid.

It urged governments to “support boycott, divestment and sanctions [BDS] activities and respond positively to calls for such initiatives”.

The report – Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid – was commissioned and published by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and launched in Beirut.

John Reynolds, a lecturer in law at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, told Al Jazeera the report “breaks new ground in the context of the UN’s analysis of the situation in Palestine”.

READ MORE: Israel’s settlement law: Consolidating apartheid

The report was authored by two critics of Israeli state practice: Virginia Tilley, professor of political science at Southern Illinois University, and Richard Falk, former UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, and professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University.

Noting how “the expert consensus [is] that the prohibition of apartheid is universally applicable and was not rendered moot by the collapse of apartheid in South Africa”, the report argues that Israel is “guilty of policies and practices that constitute the crime of apartheid”, a “crime against humanity under customary international law and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court”.

The report is a “detailed analysis of Israeli legislation, policies and practices” that highlights how Israel “operates an apartheid regime”, including through “demographic engineering”.

Palestinian citizens of Israel are described as “subjected to oppression on the basis of not being Jewish”, it said.

Palestinians in East Jerusalem similarly experience “discrimination in access to education, healthcare, employment, residency and building rights”, as well as “expulsions and home demolitions”.

Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are governed by “military law” alongside Jewish settlers “governed by Israeli civil law”, the report said.

Palestinian refugees and exiles are “prohibited from returning to their homes in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory” on the basis that they “constitute a ‘demographic threat’ and that their return would alter the demographic character of Israel”.

As well as urging governments to back BDS, the report recommends that the UN and its member states should “revive the Special Committee against Apartheid, and the United Nations Centre Against Apartheid (1976-1991)”, which would then “report authoritatively on Israeli practices and policies relating to the crime of apartheid”.

The report also suggests an advisory opinion be sought from the International Court of Justice “as to whether the means used by Israel to maintain control over the Palestinian people amount to the crime of apartheid”.

David Keane, associate professor in law at Middlesex University, said the new report differs from previous ones on the subject because it “expressly attaches the apartheid label”.

OPINION: Israeli Labor Party adopts the apartheid mantra

There was no immediate response from Israel to the report, which could contribute to an already deteriorating relationship between the government of Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu and the United Nations.

“For Palestinians and their allies, the report will help to provide a solid basis for their work,” Nadia Hijab, executive director of al-Shabaka – The Palestinian Policy Network – told Al Jazeera .

Citing the reputation and credibility of the authors, Hijab described the report as “a clear, concise document” whose recommendations are “timely and much needed”.

(Source / 15.03.2017)

3 Palestinian toddlers pronounced dead in war-torn Syria

Dode babys Syrie

Three Palestinian toddlers died in war-tattered Syria after the government troops denied them access out of Yalda near Yarmouk refugee camp in the southern outskirts of Damascus for urgent treatment at Damascus hospitals.

A Wednesday report by the Action Group for the Palestinians of Syria (AGPS), identified the three toddlers as: six-day-old Jaafar Abu Khalil, one-day-old Abdullah Kharmendi, and 30-day-old Rawaa Abu Hamdan.

According to AGPS, residents of Yalda town and Yarmouk camp have frequently launched cries for help over the deteriorating health services in the area due to the tough cordon enforced by the government forces and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP – GC) for over 1,361 days.

AGPS documented the death of 185 Palestinian refugees in besieged Yarmouk camp due to undernourishment and medical neglect.

Meanwhile, Palestinian resident of al-Neirab refugee camp, in Aleppo, Youssef al-Kubra has been locked up in Syrian penitentiaries for the fifth year running. The detainee is one of the prominent Islamic Jihad leaders in Palestine.

In another development, the Palestine Charity Commission, in partnership with Shourouq al-Shams Foundation distributed $2,500 to 50 orphans in al-Muzeireeb town as part of ongoing endeavors to assuage the calamitous state of affairs endured by the Palestinian refugee community in southern Syria.

(Source / 15.03.2017)

New Evidence Shows Collusion between Assad Regime & ISIS

The Islamic State has recently sold its grain stocks to the Assad regime, filling the terrorist group’s coffers with much needed funds, a report revealed on Tuesday.

Deir Ezzor 24 News Network said that ISIS has sold the grain stocks in the Ashra silos located near Hasaka-Deir Ezzor road to an intermediary, Hossam Qatirji, who took on the transportation of the gain loads to regime-held areas.

The Syrian Coalition said that the deal provides further evidence on the continued business dealings between the Assad regime and the extremist group in violation of the UN Security Council resolutions calling for drying up the sources of funding for terrorist groups.

Member of the Syrian Coalition political committee Yasser Farhan said that the new revelation should prompt the UN Security Council to take further measures to enforce its resolutions to prosecute those who finance terror groups.

Qatirji, who is a member of the Assad regime’s so-called People’s Assembly, was also involved in many sale deals of crude oil extracted by ISIS from Deir Ezzor oil fields to the Assad regime. He is also involved in business dealings with the Democratic Union Party (PYD).

In April 2016, documents recovered from a US and British raid targeting a key ISIS commander revealed that the Assad regime cut deals with the extremist group to earn more than $40 million a month from the sale of oil.

Thousands of spreadsheets and account books kept by the group’s oil boss Abu Sayyaf revealed how the two sides forged a mutually beneficial arrangement despite the regime’s repeated pronouncements that it is fighting the extremist group.

Several reports indicated that the Assad regime had been purchasing oil from ISIS, but the documents, seen by the Wall Street Journal, showed the scale of the collusion.

In January 2017, the Wall Street Journal revealed that ISIS had shored up its oil and gas sales to the Assad regime. The sales represent the militant group’s largest source of revenue, overtaking funds made by imposing tolls and tax levies on those residing in its claimed territory.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Agencies / 15.03.2017)

Palestinian worker shot, injured by Israeli gunfire

Bethlehem Palestijn gewond

A Palestinian worker has been injured by Israeli gunfire Wednesday morning east of Bethlehem to the south of West Bank, the PIC reporter said.

Israeli forces opened heavy fire at a group of Palestinian workers while on their way to their workplaces in occupied Jerusalem.

According to the PIC correspondent, one of the workers was shot and injured in his thigh before being arrested by Israeli forces.

The 31-year-old worker Ahmed Rdayda was then handed to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society at Mazmourya checkpoint east of Bethlehem to be then transferred to Beit Jala hospital for treatment.

(Source / 15.03.2017)

Al- Zahar: We will never abandon our prisoners

The member at the political bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, Mahmoud Al-Zahar said that Hamas will never abandon the Palestinian prisoners including the members of the Palestinian Parliament who are detained inside the Israeli prisons.

Al-Zahar added during a protest that was held in front of the Palestinian Parliament that they have given a pledge not to forget their imprisoned colleagues at the Israeli prisons, noting that they will continue to protest in expression of their anger over the frequent incarceration of their West Bankers colleagues.

He condemned the worldwide silence over the persistent Israeli policy of detaining members of the Palestinian Parliament.

Al-Zahar pointed out that arresting the members of the Palestinian Parliament is a blatant violation of the universal rights, urging the world legislative blocs to intervene in order to free Samira Halaiqa, the female member at the Palestinian Parliament who was detained during the International Woman Day.

In this respect, Al-Zahar noted that the Palestinian resistance should be activated on every inch of the Palestinian land to expel the Israeli Occupation.

(Source / 15.03.2017)

Adnan: The PA is holding prisoners hostage in its jails

Khader Adnan PA houdt Palestijnen gevangen

Senior Islamic Jihad official Khader Adnan has urged the Red Cross to necessarily stand by the political detainees in Palestinian Authority (PA) jails, affirming that they suffer from harsh incarceration conditions.

Adnan’s request was made during his meeting on Tuesday in his house in the West Bank town of Arraba with head of the committee in Jerusalem and the West Bank Christian Lichtbuer and senior Red Cross officials Tara Montgomery and Dima Mahajneh

Adnan told the Red Cross officials that some of the political detainees in PA jails were taken hostage in order to pressure their relatives to turn themselves in as happened with Mohamed Asida, who is held in al-Junaid prison.

He also briefed them on the suffering being endured by isolated and sick prisoners in Israeli jails and by their families who are barred from visiting them under flimsy security pretexts.

(Source / 15.03.2017)

Israeli forces murder pregnant Palestinian woman

Immediately, after the murder, the Israeli medical staff who evacuated the woman to hospital said no Israelis were wounded, but this narrative was changed later on to justify the murder.

Israeli occupation forces have just murdered pregnant Palestinian woman near bus stop at Etzion Junction in central occupied West Bank, eyewitnesses said.

Israeli occupation always claims that the Palestinians murdered at checkpoints are shot at after attacking Israelis, but tens of proofs always refute their claims

Israeli occupation forces have just murdered pregnant Palestinian woman near bus stop at Etzion Junction in central occupied West Bank, eyewitnesses said.

Israeli news website Times of Israel reiterated that no Israelis were wounded in the incident as the car led by the woman rammed into the protection bollards surrounding the bus stop.

According to the Israeli first aid staff which evacuated the woman to an Israeli hospital before passing away, the woman is 28 years old and she was pregnant.

The eyewitnesses, who saw the incident, said that the Israeli occupation forces opened fire at the car of the Palestinian woman before it collided and hit the protection bollards. This refutes the claim that she intended to run over Israeli Jewish settlers.

Israeli occupation always claims that the Palestinians murdered at checkpoints are shot at after attacking Israelis, but tens of proofs always refute their claims.

A coup of months ago, the Israeli occupation police opened fire at a Palestinian from Um al-Hairan village, killed him and claimed he ran over an Israeli policeman.

Later on, a video footage was aired on social media showed that his car diverted towards the Israeli police after he was shot in his knee.

Since October 2015, the Israeli occupation forces have murdered tens of Palestinians at Etzion Junction’s bus stop and hitchhiking post. The Israeli occupation always claims that the Palestinians are murdered after attacking Israelis, but they provide no evidence.

(Source / 15.03.2017)