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Palestinian girl laid to rest in her hometown days after being shot by Israeli forces

Nuf Uqab Abd al-Jabar

JENIN (Ma’an) — Two days after Israeli forces fatally shot 16-year-old Nuf Uqab Abd al-Jabar Infiaat, the girl was laid to rest Saturday in her hometown of Yaabad, southwest of Jenin in the northern occupied West Bank.

Infiaat was shot and critically injured after she stabbed and lightly injured an Israeli soldier near the entrance of an illegal Israeli settlement in the Jenin district, and succumbed to her wounds a day later.
Footage was released depicting Israeli settlers insulting the young Palestinian as she lay wounded on the ground, calling her a “b*tch” and telling her she deserved to die — recalling a similar incident in 2015 when a video showed an Israeli man yelling “Die, son of a b*tch!” at a 13-year-old Palestinian boy who had just been shot and critically injured.
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Hundreds of mourners crowded outside the Infiaat’s home, as relatives and friends bid her a final farewell. Mourners then carried the body to the town’s main mosque for a funeral prayer, before marching to the town’s cemetery where she was buried.
Yaabad Mayor Samir Abu Bakr delivered a funeral oration at the cemetery, in which he said he held the Israeli occupation responsible for the sufferings of the Palestinian people.
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Infiaat was the 27th Palestinian to have been killed by Israelis since the beginning of 2017, ten of whom were minors and four women and girls. In the same time period, seven Israelis have been killed by Palestinians.
Activists, and rights groups have denounced what they have termed a “shoot-to-kill” policy against Palestinians who did not constitute a threat at the time of their death, or who could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner — amid a backdrop of impunity for Israelis who committed the killings.
According to statistics published by the Palestinian Ministry of Information on the occasion of the International Day for Protection of Children on Thursday, Israeli forces killed 3,000 Palestinian minors between 2000, when the Second Intifada began, and April 2017.
During the same time period, the ministry estimated that another 13,000 children were injured by Israeli forces.
According to Ma’an documentation, 72 Palestinian minors have been killed by Israelis since the beginning of a wave of unrest across the occupied Palestinian territory in October 2015.
(Source / 03.06.2017)

Nachtelijke rust!

Eén van de sterk aanbevolen daden in deze gezegende maand is het verrichten van de Taraweeh (nachtgebed) gezamenlijk in de moskee. De profeet vrede zij met hem zei:
 
“Wie het nachtgebed in Ramadan verricht met geloof en hoop op de beloning, van diegene worden zijn voorgaande zonden vergeven.” [Bukhari]

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Ook is het aanbevolen om het gebed volledig te bidden, totdat de imam klaar is. De profeet vrede zij met hem zei:
 
“Wie met de imam staat (in gebed) totdat hij klaar is, krijgt de beloning van het bidden van de hele nacht.” [Tirmidhi]
 
Ontneem jezelf deze grote beloning niet door vroegtijdig de moskee te verlaten. Kijk niet naar de mensen die vroegtijdig weggaan, maar naar die blijven. 
 
Gedenk dat onze nobele profeet vrede zij met hem stond in het nachtgebed totdat zijn voeten opzwollen! Aicha – moge Allah tevreden met haar zijn-, vrouw van de profeet, verbaasde zich hierover en zei: “Allah heeft jouw voorgaande en komende zonden vergeven, waarom doe jij dit?” Hij antwoordde: “Mag ik geen dankbare dienaar zijn?!”

Dankbaarheid aan Allah uit zich in daden en niet slechts in het zeggen van ‘alhamdolilah’.

Het luisteren naar de recitatie van het boek van Allah, gezamenlijk in de moskee met jouw medemoslims, is rust en ontspanning. Wie heeft daar vandaag de dag geen behoefte aan? 
 
Één van onze vrome voorgangers moest huilen toen hij op zijn sterfbed lag. Daarop zeiden de mensen om hem heen: “Wat doet jou huilen?” Hij antwoordde: “Ik huil niet uit angst voor de dood en ook niet omdat ik in deze wereld wil blijven, maar ik huil omdat ik de dorst van de hete dagen (tijdens het vasten) en het nachtgebed zal missen.”
 
Zo beste broeders en zusters, houden de vrome mensen van het aanbidden van Allah. Zij ervaren het niet als een last, maar als verlichting.

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Misschien dat het een idee is om vóór het bijwonen van de Taraweeh het gedeelte van de Koran dat zal worden gereciteerd in de avond, door te nemen middels bijvoorbeeld de Nederlandse vertaling van de Koran. Dit kan je doen door naar een opgenomen recitatie te luisteren van het deel van de Koran dat aan bod zal komen in de Taraweeh, en vervolgens lees je tegelijkertijd de vertaling. Door deze voorbereiding te treffen, kan je de imam redelijk volgen tijdens het gebed en raak je minder snel afgeleid. Tevens is dit heel goed voor het versterken van jouw Arabische taal.
 
Beste broeders en zusters

Wellicht dat we overdag druk zijn met allerlei aangelegenheden, zoals het voorzien in ons levensonderhoud. Daar is niks mis mee. Allah zegt:
 
“En wij hebben de dag gemaakt om levensonderhoud te zoeken.” [78:11]
 
Maar wat voor excuus hebben wij dan om de nachten van deze gezegende maand niet goed te benutten met o.a. het reciteren van de Koran en het bijwonen van het Taraweeh gebed? Allah zegt:
 
“Wanneer jij dan klaar bent (met jouw wereldse zaken), streef dan (met de zaken van het Hiernamaals)”. [94:7]
   
Moge Allah de meest Verhevene ons helpen bij het nuttig besteden van deze gezegende dagen en nachten en ons vergeven voor onze tekortkomingen.

(Source: Kennisinmail.nl / 03.06.2017)

Report: Israel did not stop settlement activity

National Bureau for Defending Land

Israeli settlement construction was not stopped in occupied West Bank and Jerusalem even for a moment, a Palestinian official report revealed Saturday.

The National Bureau for Defending Land said that US administration continues to turn a blind eye to the escalating Israeli settlement activity.

Thousands of housing units were approved after the evacuation of Amona settlement, the report added.

The report considered holding the Israeli government’s meeting in occupied Jerusalem to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its occupation as a new attempt to impose a fait accompli in the occupied city.

The National Bureau for Defending Land also condemned the US Congress’ decision to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the so-called “reunification of Jerusalem” on June 6.

(Source / 03.06.2017)

Seif Urges EU to End Legal Recognition of Assad & His Regime

President of the Syrian Coalition called on the European Union to end legal recognition of the Assad regime, stressing that such a move would send a clear message to the regime and its supporters that they will be held accountable for the war crimes they are committing against the Syrian people.

Seif was speaking during a meeting with EU officials headed by Chair of the EU Political and Security Committee Walter Stevens.

The meeting came as part of a two-day visit by a high-level Syrian Coalition delegation to the EU. The delegation included head of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) Jawad Abu Hatab and members of the Coalition’s political committee Anas Bahra and Hadi Bahra and member of the General Assembly Ruba Habboush.

Seif expressed appreciation for the support offered by the EU to the Syrian people and their rights. “We are pleased that the European Union has begun to develop a strategy aimed at greater coordination with the Syrian Coalition and SIG.”

“The Syrian people have always seen in Europe a beacon for the defense of human rights,” Seif added.

Seif stressed the need to punish institutions and individuals supporting the Assad regime, pointing out that the Assad regime continues to show utmost disregard to the UN Security Council resolutions on Syria by stepping up mass forced displacement, killing and destruction.

Member of the political committee Hadi Bahra said that the reconstruction process in Syria hinges on progress in the political process aimed at achieving a real political transition.

“To begin with reconstruction before a political solution is achieved will negatively impact the political process,” Bahra said. He stressed the need to give the Syrian people a chance to restore the decision-making process. “We want the Syrian people to decide their present and their future,” Bahra said.

For his part, Stevens said that the European Union fully supports the Syrian opposition as a “strong partner” in the strategy announced by the EU on Syria at the Brussels conference.

The Syrian Coalition and SIG are major players in this strategy, Stevens said. He reaffirmed support for the Coalition and SIG’s efforts to bolster the resilience of the Syrian people.

Stevens also reiterated the EU support for the opposition negotiating delegation to the Geneva talks. The Coalition’s delegation, in addition to Coalition and SIG members, includes former Coalition leaders Anas al-Abdeh, Hadi al-Bahra, a member of the political body Hawass Khalil and a member of the General Assembly Rabi Haboush.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 03.06.2017)

PLO critical of Europe’s support to name Israel’s UN ambassador for top post

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RAMALLAH, June 3, 2017 (WAFA) –  The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) strongly criticized on Saturday Europe’s support for the nomination of Israel’s United Nations representative, Danny Danon, to the post of vice president of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi described the move in a statement as “tantamount to giving support for the occupation and rewarding Israel’s impunity and lawlessness.”

“Israel has intensified its campaign to assume official positions within UN bodies, emboldened by the support it is receiving from both the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) and the intensive campaign by the US and its representative to harass and intimidate any bodies or states that seek to hold Israel accountable,” she wrote.

“Israel is the one country that continues to maintain a cruel and illegal occupation of another nation; it has been living and acting outside the law, willfully defying international law and international humanitarian law and adamantly refusing to implement any and all UN resolutions pertaining to its military occupation and system of apartheid and colonialism,” said the PLO official.

The WEOG had also previously nominated and supported Israel’s election to chair the UNGA’s Sixth Committee, the legal committee.

(Source / 03.06.2017)

Egyptian court to rule on Morsi’s death sentence appeal

Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi attends a trial session over the Wadi el-Natrun prison case at Cairo Police Academy in Egypt on 26 February, 2017. ( Moustafa El Shemy - Anadolu Agency )

Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi attends a trial session over the Wadi el-Natrun prison case at Cairo Police Academy in Egypt on 26 February, 2017

The Court of Cassation in Egypt is to rule on the appeal against the second death sentence given to former President Mohammed Morsi, Moheet.com has reported. The decision is expected on Saturday.

Morsi was the first democratically-elected president in Egypt. He was ousted and his supporters were violently suppressed by a military coup in 2013 after just one year in office.

The former president has been sentenced to death in two trials. The first saw him accused of espionage involving Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement; the second was about allegations of passing confidential documents related to Egypt’s national security to Qatar.

Lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsoud appealed against the first sentence and the Court of Cassation quashed it. Today, the same court is looking at the second appeal, this time against the sentence for allegedly passing information to Qatar.

Because such charges in Egyptian courts these days are viewed as being entirely political in nature it is not clear whether the court will overturn this sentence as it did before. Abdel Maqsoud told AFP that the sentence was “full of legal flaws.”

Six other Muslim Brotherhood leaders are included in today’s hearing along with Morsi.

(Source / 03.06.2017)

Moroccan police disperse protesters in Imzouren

Moroccan police dispersed a large number of protesters on Friday who took to the streets against corruption and misuse of authority, Masralarabia.com has reported. The protest took place in the town of Imzouren, to the south of Al-Hoceima, after Friday prayers, during which a large number of people boycotted the usual sermons in the mosques.

One activist told AFP that the protest coincided with the second day of the general strike in Al-Hoceima and explained that:

The problem is that the authorities prevent people coming from the neighbouring cities to take part in the protests and this causes more tension

According to an unnamed Moroccan journalist cited by AFP, hundreds of youths threw stones at the riot police, who responded using water cannons to disperse the crowd and remove barricades from the streets. Local newspapers and websites published pictures and videos of the clashes, but none reported any casualties.

The protests follow the detention of political activist Naser Al-Zafrani, who has been leading a wave of demonstrations for six months and called for the strikes. Al-Zafrani was detained on Monday on charges of “destabilising the internal security of the country”. Since then, there has been a lot of tension in Al-Hoceima.

This turmoil is considered to be the most violent since 2011, when citizens called for more democracy in the kingdom.

(Source / 03.06.2017)

Yildirim Vows to Solve Gaza Electricity Crisis

03 JUN
7:05 AM

Turkish Prime Minister Ali Yildirim vowed, Wednesday, in a telephone call to the Head of the Political Bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, that Turkey is working on finding a solution for the ongoing electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip.

A statement issued by Hamas explained that Yildirim discussed, with Haniyeh, the electricity crisis in Gaza, and promised to find solutions for it, pointing to a Turkish grant to pay for fuel to power the plant.

The electricity crisis, according to Al Ray, has been aggravated since the end of the Qatari and Turkish fuel grant,last April , coinciding with the imposition of fees for buying such fuel.

Yildrim praised the new “General Principles & Policies” document, issued recently by Hamas, and considered it an opportunity to bring Hamas and Fateh together.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the document is an important step both for the Palestinian cause and for realizing consensus between the Hamas and Fateh.

Yildrim said that his country pursues the settlement and Jerusalem issue closely in different levels , hoping that peace and stability overcome in Palestine.

For his part, Haniyeh expressed his gratitude for the telephone call, and wished Turkey well on the Ramadan holy month, stressing that the relation between Hamas and Turkey is strong.

Qatar and Turkey are considered great allies of Hamas, along with a number of countries, organizations and movements around the world.

Haniyeh brought the Turkish prime minister up to date on the recent developments regarding settlements and Israeli measures in occupied Jerusalem, including the Israeli occupation government meeting in a tunnel under Buraq wall, in a precedent the first of its kind since 1967.

(Source / 03.06.2017)

Weekly Nonviolent Protest Held In Bil’in

03 JUN
1:31 AM

Approximately ten Palestinians, accompanied by 15 solidarity activities from Norway, held Friday the weekly nonviolent procession against the Israeli Annexation Wall and colonies, Bil’in village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Nonviolent activist Ashraf Abu Rahma told the IMEMC that the protesters carried Palestinian flags, and marched from the center of the village, chanting against the ongoing Israeli occupation, the Annexation Wall and colonies.

Abu Rahma said that the protesters also chanted against the ongoing illegal annexation of Palestinian lands, for the construction and expansion of Israeli colonies.

The protesters marched to the gate of the Annexation wall, isolating the villagers from their orchards. There have been no reports of clashes or injuries.

(Source / 03.06.2017)

#Occupationis: Palestinians launch campaign on 50th year of Israeli occupation

50 Year of Occupation

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A team of Palestinian diplomats have launched a social media campaign under the hashtag #Occupationis (الاحتلال_هو#) to raise awareness on the realities of Israel’s ongoing occupation of the Palestinian territory, ahead of the 50th anniversary of the occupation on Monday, which Palestinians refer to as “Naksa” day, meaning setback.

A statement released by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on Saturday said that the campaign was launched by the Palestinian Task Force on Public Diplomacy in commemoration of the anniversary of the 1967 Israeli invasion and occupation of Palestinian land — the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip — that began on June 5, when Israel also invaded and occupied the Sinai Peninsula and the Golan Heights.
According to the statement, the campaign aims to show “the human face of the Palestinian people and a series of narratives encapsulating the impact of the occupation on individual lives,” adding that the organizers also hope to “celebrate the Palestinian spirit of endurance and resilience.”
“We call on each and every person (regardless of nationality) who has experienced the occupation in any way to share his or her personal story by issuing a video, post, or picture on social media under the hashtags: #Occupationis or الاحتلال_هو#,” the statement continued.
The organizers told Ma’an that the campaign is aimed at humanizing the Israeli occupation through the sharing of individual stories to help others understand the Palestinian experience under occupation.
The social media campaign commenced with a 30-second video posted by PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi.
For Ashrawi, occupation is “deprivation and ethnic cleansing.”
She explained that Israeli authorities had revoked her daughters’ Jerusalem IDs and denied them their rights to reside in their “ancestral homeland.” Ashrawi asked: “What has the occupation done to you?”
Meanwhile, several NGOs released statements this week condemning Israel’s continued occupation of the Palestinian territory.
NGO Oxfam slammed the international community’s inaction during the past five decades for its “toothless” condemnations of Israeli violations of human rights and “Band-Aid humanitarian solutions,” for enabling the continuation of the occupation.
The Christian NGO Pax Christi also denounced the occupation, and quoted a statement by UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories Michael Lynk from earlier this month, which detailed the “systemic human rights violations that accompany this occupation — collective punishment, confiscation of property, excessive use of force and unlawful killings, lack of freedom of movement and steady settlement expansion, among others.”
Pax Christi went on to “strongly” recommend a ban on weapons sales to Israel and the Palestinian Authority and an end to any military cooperation with either party, as a means to apply international pressure to obtain a resolution — likely alluding in part to the unprecedented $38 billion American military aid package to Israel signed last September.
Oxfam Country Director Chris Eijkemans also released a statement, saying that “these fifty years have seen thousands of lives and opportunities lost. Families have been separated; people have been denied their most basic rights. We must not let another fifty years pass before a just and peaceful solution is found.”
While the international community does not recognize the legality of the occupation of East Jerusalem, Gaza, and the West Bank since 1967, many Palestinians consider that all historic Palestine has been occupied since the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.
(Source / 03.06.2017)