3 Palestinians reportedly killed as Israeli officer severely injured in Jerusalem stabbing (part 2)

Damascus Gate

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police reported on Friday evening that a stabbing attack took place outside the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, saying that one Israeli police officer was critically injured, while the three attackers — who police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld referred to as “Arab terrorists” — were shot.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said the attackers were “neutralized” — the term used in Israel to refer indifferently to when a Palestinian has been injured or killed. The identity of the three remained unknown.
Al-Quds network reported that the three attackers — all Palestinians — were killed.
According to Rosenfeld, the attackers used knives and an automatic weapon.
Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s emergency medical service, tweeted that two people had been evacuated to the hospital.. The group said a 22-year-old female, presumably the police officer, was stabbed and in severe condition.

Rosenfeld reported that following the attack, police units implemented heightened security measures in the area — which had already seen an increased police presence earlier in the day for the third Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, as thousands of Palestinians from across Israel and the occupied West Bank travelled to Jerusalem to perform prayers at Al-Aqsa mosque.
(Source / 16.06.2017)

Hakim Stresses on Activation of Coalition’s Role in Leading the Syrian Revolution

Secretary-General of the Syrian Coalition Nazir Hakim stressed the need to re-activate the role of the Syrian Coalition in leading the Syrian revolution and to provide its institutions with distinguished, qualified staff. He also stressed the need to empower Syrian youth and women.

Hakim made these remarks during meetings he held separately with Lara Scarpitta, Political Advisor on Syria at the EU Delegation to Turkey, Hermann Nicolai, Senior Advisor on Syrian affairs at the German consulate in Turkey, and Fabrice Desplechin, Advisor on Syrian Affairs and France’s Deputy Consul-General in Turkey.

During the meetings, Hakim stressed that the Coalition is working to return to Syria and reach out to and strengthen the social base to which it belongs. He also highlighted the role of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) and Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU) in contributing to these efforts in line with the presidential plan for this stage of the revolution.

Hakim pointed out that the Coalition is working to strengthen its relations with sisterly and friendly countries to serve the revolution of the Syrian people and help fulfill their demands for freedom and dignity.

Hakim pointed to the fierce onslaught the Assad regime and the Iranian militias are waging on Dara’a province supported by Russian aerial cover. He gave on overview of the situation of civilians who were displaced as a result of the indiscriminate bombing on Dara’a. Hakim called on the European officials to step support for SIG and ACU to relieve people fleeing the relentless bombardment.

For their part, the European officials reiterated continued support for the Syrian Coalition and its role in the next phase. They also reaffirmed support for SIG efforts to provide services to the civilian population in the liberated areas.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 16.06.2017)

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3 Palestinians shot, Israeli police officer critically wounded in Jerusalem stabbing

Damascus Gate

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police reported on Friday evening that a stabbing attack took place outside the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, saying that one Israeli police officer was critically injured, while the three attackers — who police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld referred to as “Arab terrorists” — were shot.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said the attackers were “neutralized” — the term used in Israel to refer indifferently to when a Palestinian has been injured or killed. The identity of the three Palestinians remained unknown.
Al-Samri added that investigations were ongoing.
(Source / 16.06.2017)

22 Palestinians injured in clashes with IOF east of Gaza

22 Palestinians injured

Two Palestinians were injured by Israeli live bullets and twenty others choked on tear gas during clashes that erupted Friday afternoon with Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) who opened gunfire at the participants in peaceful marches at the flashpoints with IOF troops east of Gaza Strip.

The PIC reporters said that a Palestinian youth was injured by a live bullet in his head while the other was shot in the foot. 20 others suffered breathing problems because of IOF shooting of tear gas grenades directly at the protesters, they elaborated.

The spokesman of Health Ministry Ashraf al-Qudra said, in a press statement, that IOF soldiers fired tear gas grenades at two Palestinian ambulance cars resulting in several suffocation cases among paramedics.

(Source / 16.06.2017)

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Nepal Overview

In April 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal.  This earthquake was followed by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in May 2015.  Homes, schools, businesses, and other infrastructure were destroyed or damaged.  While many in the world community donated to help, little support has reached those who need it most, as funds have not been disbursed to most households.  Nearly two years later, many families still live in temporary structures, without running water and electricity.  It is estimated that 770,000 families will go through another winter in temporary structures.

In the village of Sankhu, the local government maintains a registry of all families affected by the earthquake.  From this list, 250 children were identified as needing educational support.  Currently, ten children have been selected by consulting with local school administrators and a site visit of the children’s homes to identify the ten children most in need.  Another child in Kathmandu was added and this year, April 2017 two additional children were added.  But there is still a huge need, a waiting list of another 23 children that we hope to include in the coming year and a overall number of 250 kids recognized as needing educational support!  Most of the children selected live in temporary structures without running water or electricity; many of them are lacking daily necessities!  This is our chance to help a child’s future and invest in the dreams of this under priveledged, struggling community!

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The Freedom in Knowledge team is a group of volunteers dedicated to promoting education.  100% of your donation is used for tuition, books, supplies, uniforms and clothing for our children.  These donations are tax deductible through partnership with Indorelief, Tax ID 47-2442871

We believe in the power of knowledge and education to make this world a better place for every single person.  We believe that every single soul deserves the opportunity to live, dream, and have the ability to make those dreams reality.  We believe there are enough resources worldwide to support every living thing, if we live responsibly.  We believe that every sentient being has basic rights and we cherish every person’s individuality, diversity, and uniqueness, as demonstrated through religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, race, ethnic background, and culture.

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(Source: Website under construction / 16.06.2017)

Move to criminalise BDS blocked by Swiss parliament

Image of a pro Palestinian protest in Lausanne, Switzerland on 22 July 2014 [Gustave Deghilage/Flickr]

Image of a pro-Palestinian protest in Lausanne, Switzerland on 22 July 2014

The Swiss parliament has blocked a move to criminalise the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign aimed at Israel’s abuse of human rights in occupied Palestine. Although MPs voted in favour of a motion calling on the government to review its regulations to ensure organisations involved in “racist, anti-Semitic or hate-motivated actions” do not receive funding from the state, the final text of the Bill was stripped of all references to BDS and the Middle East.

The Bill was regarded openly as an anti-BDS measure. It was changed on the recommendation of the foreign affairs committee of the upper house. The measure to criminalise the BDS campaign for Palestinian rights was thus thwarted.

During the debate on the issue, Switzerland’s foreign minister criticised the original anti-BDS motion, saying that it threatened the essential right of civil society to criticise governments, reported The Electronic Intifada. Didier Burkhalter told the upper house on Tuesday that sufficient controls on financing of foreign organisations were in place and he backed the amended motion removing all references to BDS.

Read: Switzerland may indict Tzipi Livni

“We should not throw away the baby with the bath water,” explained the minister. “Swiss values must not be abandoned, especially when democracy and civil society are supported, in accordance with the constitution, which provides general support for peace, democracy and civil society.”

Burkhalter told lawmakers that the problem with the original motion was that it threatened the right to challenge governments. “Such a measure would obviously sweep away all possibility for civil society to criticise governments. That is something that is definitely not desirable and it is above all something that goes against progress.”

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The anti-BDS motion had been sponsored in the lower house of the Swiss parliament by the right-wing People’s Party. It urged the government to ban any funding to non-governmental groups “implicated in racism, anti-Semitism, incitement to hatred or BDS campaigns.”

In rejecting the People’s Party motion, Switzerland joins the European Union, Ireland, the Netherlands and Sweden in resisting pressure to curtail BDS as a tool to defend the rights of the Palestinian people.

(Source / 16.06.2017)

Fatah leader urges PA not to resolve Gaza electricity crisis

Palestinians burn firewood to keep warm due to the shortage of electricity in Gaza [Apaimages]

Palestinians burn firewood to keep warm due to the shortage of electricity in Gaza

A leaked phone call revealed Fatah’s secretary in central Gaza, Saeed Abu Musbah, asked PA security chief Majed Faraj not to interfere and resolve the electricity issue in Gaza. Faraj responded by promising that the PA will not help resolve the crisis.

The Gaza Strip has been suffering from a severe electricity crisis for years now, which has worsened in the past three months. Two million Gazans receive a daily average of three to four hours of electricity a day but this was reduced to 45-60 minutes after PA President Mahmoud Abbas reduced Gaza’s electricity to reduce the amount of money it pays for their supply. Abbas’ decision to cut electricity is being seen as an attempt to cripple Hamas.

Read: Israel approves 40% reduction to electricity supply to Gaza

The Energy and Natural Resources Authority in Gaza said yesterday that the crisis is due to the PA’s insistence on imposing full taxes on fuel at the only power plant in Gaza. This raises the price by about three times which makes it too expensive to buy fuel to operate the power plant.

When fuel reserves from Qatar and Turkey are depleted the power plant will stop working completely. The PA is refusing to remove the tax it collects on fuel from Gaza’s power plant.

(Source / 16.06.2017)

Ministry of Health Warns of Heart Catheter Shutdown in Gaza

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The head of cardiac catheterization at Al-Shifa Medical Compound, Mohammad Habib, warned that the cardiac catheter service will be stopped in the coming weeks, if the basic items are not supplied, confirming that the department uses only sterile tools.
Habib said, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, that many of the basic medical devices had run out, such as pharmacological blockers, pacemaker of various types, and instruments for the catheterization of arteries.
In addition to the balloons for the peripheral arteries, and the pillars of the peripheral arteries, this made the department only limited to the diagnostic catheterization and some types of therapeutic catheters of the arteries of the heart and using only the available regular stents.
He pointed out that the cases are now transferred to treatment abroad, such as catheter therapy for the heart and peripheral arteries, due to stopping the remittances.
He explained that some patients have to buy pharmaceutical stents at their own expense, which cost up to $700 in the difficult economic situation suffered by Gazan patients and siege lasts for more than ten years.
Habib appealed to supply medical consumables for heart catheterization to treat patients and reduce their suffering, especially after detained and stopped their remittances out of the Gaza Strip, some of them waiting in the hope of better conditions and some of them waiting to die.
It is worth mentioning that the heart catheter section at Al-Shifa carries out 1500 operations every year, an average of 150 operations a month between diagnosis and treatment.
(Source / 16.06.2017)

Israeli bill to keep sovereignty over Occupied Jerusalem

Occupied Jerusalem vs Jewish Home Party

The Jewish Home party is advancing an amendment to Israeli Basic Law about Occupied Jerusalem to ensure that the city is never divided, Israel Hayom newspaper revealed on Friday.

Israel Hayom reported that Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett is pushing to amend the Israeli Basic Law to stipulate that Occupied Jerusalem cannot be divided unless such a move gains the support of 80 out of the 120 MKs.

According to the report, the amendment is set to go to a vote, within a couple of weeks, in the Knesset Law Committee, where Jewish Home believes that it will receive a majority of votes.

A senior Jewish Home official explained to Israel Hayom that the new amendment seeks to further protect the status of Jerusalem in any future diplomatic agreement by giving strength to Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Israeli occupied the western part of Jerusalem in 1948 and east Jerusalem in 1967. East Jerusalem, however, is considered as an occupied territory by the UN.

(Source / 16.06.2017)

Former hunger-striking prisoner continues new strike in protest of re-detention

Muhammed Allan

A Palestinian youth stands behind a wall sprayed with graffiti in Gaza City depicting Muhammed Allan

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian prisoner and lawyer Muhammad Allan entered the eighth day of a hunger strike in Israeli jail on Thursday, in protest of his recent re-detention by Israeli forces, according to the al-Quds news website.

Al-Quds quoted the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society as saying that Allan launched his strike on June 8, the day he was detained from his home in the Nablus-area village of Einabus during a predawn raid, adding that a court session was held Thursday to extend Allan’s detention.Allan’s father, according to al-Quds, said an Israeli military court charged his son with “incitement” on Facebook, saying that that Israeli forces “have been after his son to detain him and take revenge on him since the day he was released last year from administrative detention.”Allan was released from prison in November 2015 after a year-long stint in administrative detention — Israel’s widely-condemned policy of internment without charge or trial — during which time he endured a grueling 66-day hunger strike in protest of his detention.
Israeli forces detained at least 400 Palestinians in less than a year over social media activity, and 400 others were detained for the same reason by the Palestinian Authority through its widely condemned policy of security coordination with Israel, Israeli news daily Haaretz reported in April.Israeli authorities have justified their crackdown on Palestinian social media activity, arguing that a wave of unrest that began in October 2015 was stoked by online “incitement,” though Palestinians have instead pointed chiefly to the frustration and despair brought on by Israel’s 50-year military occupationof the Palestinian territory and the absence of a political horizon as reasons for acts of violence.
Israeli leadership has boasting numerous times in recent months that severe security measures and “Facebook arrests” have succeeded in reducing the trend of small-scale attacks against Israelis, despite a poll conducted last year by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research that found support for attacks declined “due, it seems, to a rising perception in its inefficacy.”
A more recent report by Haaretz revealed how Israel has been monitoring Palestinians’ social media profiles and subsequently making arrests when “the kid doesn’t know that he is a terrorist yet,” as one Israeli army officer put it.
Suppression of Palestinian freedom of expression in recent months has also seen bookstores shuttered, while activists, journalists, novelists, and poets have been detained.
(Source / 16.06.2017)