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Nederland heeft geen oog of oor voor de Palestijnen

In de rustige tijd van het reces voor de Tweede Kamer gaan de onderhandelaars van VVD, CDA, D66 en CU gewoon door (als ze er zijn) met het formeren van een mogelijk kabinet, waarbij enkele portefeuillehouders van elke partij bereikbaar moeten blijven om eventuele moeilijke knopen door te kunnen hakken.

Bij de verkiezingen van 15 maart jl is voor deze vier partijen het volgende uit de bus gekomen: VVD 33, CDA 19, D66 19 en CU 5 zetels, wat dus in de Tweede Kamer een meerderheid van 1 zetel zal opleveren. Maar ik ben zeer benieuwd naar deze vier partijen als er een kabinet mee te vormen valt en het mogelijke standpunt over de situatie van Palestina en haar bezetter, met andere woorden wat gaat het nieuwe kabinet als standpunt innemen richting de Palestijnen. Hierbij wordt dan geheel Palestina bedoeld: de bezette West Bank, bezet Jeruzalem, de belegerde Gazastrook en in feite ook het 1948 bezet gebied. Hiervoor is gekeken naar de site van The Rights Forum en wat deze site verzameld heeft aan de gegevens vanuit de verschillende partijprogramma’s.

Checkpoints West Bank

VVD
De VVD staat er om bekend om pro-Israël te zijn en een innige band met de Israël-lobby te hebben. Normaal gesproken is de VVD in woorden voor een twee-staten-oplossing, maar in feite is de VVD tegen de erkenning van de staat Palestina. Daarnaast is deze partij voor bevordering van economische projecten die de bezetting versterken en zijn dan ook niet openlijk tegen de uitbreiding van de illegale nederzettingen.

CDA
Een tijd lang heeft het CDA Israël onvoorwaardelijk gesteund en heeft in het verleden het initiatief genomen – overigens met de VVD – voor een Nederland-Israël Samenwerkingsverband; een verband dat moest werken aan de bilaterale samenwerking met Israël en haar internationale positie moest versterken.
Met de komst van Sybrand Buma en de buitenlandwoordvoerders Omtzigt en Knops wordt er wat meer kritiek gespuid op het nederzettingenbeleid, echter de druk werd niet echt op Israël opgevoerd.

ChristenUnie
Deze partij is onderdeel van de pro-Israël-vleugel van de Tweede Kamer, waarbij ze Israël blijft steunen en tevens voor de bezetting van Palestina is. In haar beleid laat de partij merken dat Israël boven het internationaal recht staat. Tenslotte is het opgevallen dat de CU vecht voor de christenen in het Midden-Oosten, behalve voor de Palestijnse christenen en tevens voor de kinderen wiens rechten worden geschonden, behalve voor de Palestijnse kinderen die het slachtoffer zijn van Israëlisch geweld.

D66
D66 is een van de partijen in de Tweede Kamer die de status quo van bezetting en geweld willen doorbreken. Volgens de partij moet de internationale gemeenschap een levensvatbare twee-staten-oplossing en naleving van het internationaal recht actief bevorderen. Belangrijk verder is nog te noemen dat buitenlandwoordvoerder Sjoerd Sjoerdsma diplomaat was bij de Nederlandse Vertegenwoordiging in Ramallah (Palestina).

Tot zover de gegevens van de vier partijen die nu in gympen, blouse en spijkerbroek een kabinet trachten te vormen in het Johan de Witthuis. Mijn angst is dat met een nieuw kabinet bestaande uit de vier partijen hierboven genoemd, de Palestijnen er geen ene moer mee zullen opschieten. Als een keer het CDA voor de Palestijnse staat zou kiezen, is het binnen de vier partijen gelijkspel en dus zou een voorstel in de Tweede Kamer waarschijnlijk geen meerderheid vinden, waarbij het CDA mogelijk tegen zal stemmen. Echter het voorstel zal zeker nooit vanuit het kabinet worden voorgelegd en dus zou het een initiatiefwetsvoorstel vanuit de Tweede Kamer moeten worden. Maar zelfs dat zal niet makkelijk worden: 63 zetels in de Tweede Kamer zijn voor de bezetting en 64 tegen de bezetting, echter hierbij zijn de 19 zetels van het CDA en de 4 van 50Plus nog niet meegeteld. Gezien de historie van het CDA zal deze partij de kant kiezen tegen erkenning van de staat Palestina; in 2016 werd het voorstel verworpen.  Zover de berichten vanuit de besprekingen over de vorming van een nieuw kabinet.

Maar is het terecht dat de Nederlandse politiek kiest voor de bezettende macht? Kent men alles wat er gebeurt in Palestina? Is het bekend bij de heren en dames politici in de Tweede Kamer, dat het hoofd van de Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, Khitam al-Saafin door de Ofer rechtbank is veroordeeld zonder beschuldiging of proces;  dat het parlementslid Khalida Jarrar ook opgepakt is;  dat een jongen zwaar gewond is geraakt op zijn eigen balkon toen de bezettende macht in het rond ging schieten; dat een 18 maanden oude baby is overleden nadat het twee maanden geleden beschoten werd met traangas; dat weer een Palestijn is doodgeschoten onder het mom dat hij een aanslag uitgevoerd had; dat de bezetters zonder opgaaf van redenen huizen binnenvallen, Palestijnen oppakken en eigendommen in beslag nemen; dat ministers van het regime in Tel Aviv openlijk zeggen dat 100.000 Palestijnen uit Jeruzalem moeten verdreven worden voor de uitbreiding van illegale nederzettingen; dat Gaza minder elektriciteit ontvangt en dat het internet en telefonie netwerk wordt verminderd; dat Silwan minder water ontvangt omdat de illegale kolonisten voorzien moeten worden; dat de Ariel Universiteit uitgebreid wordt op Palestijns land; dat Abu Nijma werd ontvoerd nadat hij eerst een aantal keren was beschoten; dat 80.000 families in Gaza worden gekort op hun sociale uitkeringen; dat kinderen zomaar opgepakt worden; dat Palestijnen in Gaza met kanker sterven omdat er geen medicijnen of materialen meer zijn; dat Aws Salameh (17) en Saad Salah (20) vandaag zijn vermoord door het bezettende leger; dat Khitam al-Safin bij controle al haar kleding moest uitdoen en daarbij bedreigd werd dat de foto’s op social media geplaatst zouden worden; dat Palestijnse huizen zonder opgaaf van redenen worden vernietigd; dat wegblokkades her en der worden opgericht om Palestijnen te controleren, te ondervragen en op te pakken?

Ik denk het niet, de Nederlandse politiek is totaal niet geïnteresseerd in wat er in Palestina en met de Palestijnen gebeurd; sterker nog de Nederlandse politici zullen geen poot uitsteken om het lijden van de Palestijnen te verminderen. Het enige waarvoor het kabinet en haar ministers met in hun kielzog de Tweede Kamer, voor wakker worden is als het regime in Tel Aviv iets vernietigd heeft waar Nederland in al haar grootheid geld heeft gestoken, geld van de burgers. Geld van de burgers die nu roepen om in actie te komen, geld ook van mij. En ik verwacht dat het demissionaire kabinet nog wat doet en met onmiddellijke ingang alle samenwerking met Tel Aviv stopt. De bezettende macht – het regime in Tel Aviv – heeft maar een beleid en dat is de Palestijnen te verdrijven van haar land. Niets meer en niets minder en als het Nederlandse kabinet nu niets doet, is het geen knip voor de neus waard. En ik ben bang dat het nieuwe kabinet geen steek beter zal zijn. De Palestijnen hebben het moeilijk en zullen – als het aan Nederland ligt – de komende tijd moeilijk blijven houden.

 

Tension prevails in al-Aqsa after Israeli flag is raised

Zio flag in al-Aqsa

Tension ran high in al-Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday morning after an Israeli police officer raised the Israeli flag at the time when dozens of settlers stormed the holy shrine.

More than 80 Israeli settlers protected by Israeli police forced their way into the Mosque compound via the Al-Magharbeh Gate and performed Talmudic rituals.

During the raid, one of the policemen hoisted the Israeli flag on to his shoulder in total provocation to Palestinian worshipers and al-Aqsa guards who started shouting Takbeer.

The Islamic Endowments Department strongly condemned the provocative act.

In recent months, groups of Jewish extremists often accompanied by Israeli police forces repeatedly broke into al-Aqsa compound. The frequent violations anger Palestinian worshipers and occasionally lead to violent confrontations.

(Source / 12.07.2017)

UN: Gaza unlivable after 10 years of Israeli blockade

Gaza unlivable

The Gaza Strip may already be “unlivable” after a decade of a crippling Israeli blockade that hit all aspects of life there, a UN official warned Tuesday.

Robert Piper, the UN coordinator for humanitarian aid and development activities in the occupied Palestinian territories, told AFP in an interview to mark the launch of a report on living conditions in Gaza that all indicators “are going in the wrong direction”.

“We predicted some years ago that Gaza would fast become unlivable on a host of indicators and that deadline is actually approaching even faster than we predicted, from health access, to energy to water,” he said.

A 2012 UN report had predicted the Palestinian enclave would be “unlivable” by 2020 if nothing was done to ease the blockade.

Piper said Gaza’s power supply was down to as little as two hours a day, medical care considerably declined and youth unemployment was over 60 percent.

“For most of us that unlivability point has already been passed”, he said. “And yet somehow the Gazans soldier on.”

The new UN report, “Gaza, Ten Years Later,” says more than 95 percent of Gaza’s water is now unfit for drinking.

In 2007, the democratically elected Hamas Movement seized control of Gaza after a failed US-backed pre-emptive coup by its rival faction Fatah.

Afterwards, Israel, in coordination with Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas and the then US administration, moved to isolate the group by restricting the flow of goods and individuals in and out of Gaza, and later worked with Egypt to enforce the blockade.

Since 2008, Israel had launched three wars on Gaza, which is home to around two million people, in which it massacred thousands of Palestinians and caused widespread destruction to homes and infrastructure. These wars have contributed to the current humanitarian crisis.

(Source / 12.07.2017)

Gaza: Telecom services halted in large areas due to power crisis

Telecom Gaza

The Palestinian telecom company, Paltel, announced on Tuesday that it suspended its phone and internet services in large areas of Gaza after the main generator of its headquarters overheated and broke down.

According to Paltel, tens of thousands of land-line customers and some 8,000 internet users have been cut off, and those numbers could rise.

The current power crisis in Gaza has led the company to largely depend on generators to overcome long hours of electricity outages.

The company’s technicians could carry out urgent repairs, but they lack spare parts which Israel will not allow into the besieged Gaza Strip.

(Source / 12.07.2017)

Israel to indict 2 Palestinians accused of involvement in Damascus Gate attack

Palestinians shot dead Damascus Gate

Palestinians shot dead after attack outside of Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City on June 16, 2017

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police said Wednesday that investigations concluded regarding two Palestinians accused of involvement in a deadly attack outside of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City last month, in which three Palestinian assailants were shot dead and an Israeli border police officer was fatally stabbed.

Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri reported that charges were expected to be filed against the two suspects later Wednesday.
A 52-year-old man from the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya was accused of driving the three Palestinians from the occupied West Bank — who did not have Israeli permits to be in the city — the day before the attack.
Al-Samri wrote that the man transported the three young men, two of them 18 and one 19 year old, “to allegedly pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan, taking a long and indirect roads to drive them to Damascus Gate.”
A Palestinian man from the Ramallah area was accused of “organizing and assisting the three terrorists.”
The two suspects were interrogated for causing the death of others by negligence, and have seen their detentions extended multiple times. A list of charges is expected to be brought against them by the Israeli public prosecution later Wednesday.
“It should be clarified once again that any person that transports a person, Palestinian or not, without a legal permit to enter Israel, will be considered transferring a potential terrorist and will take the responsibility of all consequences without any exceptions,” al-Samri wrote.
She further warned that “any person who is involved in any way in violence and terrorism” will be detained “sooner or later” and will be presented to “severe justice.”
Israeli forces imposed a massive security crackdown in the wake of the attack that was denouncedas “collective punishment.”
The mother and father of one of the slain Palestinians Adel Ankoush were also detained after speaking out about the death of their child and were accused of “incitement.”
The mother, Zeinab, has since been released on a $1,700 bail and on the condition that a third party sign a $5,660 bond to guarantee that she attend future court sessions.
The homes of the families of the three slain Palestinians have also been ordered to be punitively demolished by the Israeli army.
According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, a total of 22 people will be left homeless once they are carried out, none of whom who have been charged with any wrongdoing.
Family members of the alleged assailants also had their Israeli work permits revoked, including 50 who were dependent on work inside Israel. Some 250,000 Palestinians who had received family visitation permits to enter Jerusalem and Israel during Ramadan also saw their permits revoked following the attack.
The bodies of the three alleged assailants have continued to be held by Israeli authorities, as Israel is known to withhold Palestinian bodies from their families for extended periods of time after they have carried out an attack, alleging that funerals of “martyrs” — Palestinians killed by Israeli forces — encourage “incitement” against the Israeli state.
“This automatic form of retaliation has become a matter of policy for the military, in a cynical abuse of its power to mistreat civilians,” Israeli NGO B’Tselem said following the attack.

(Source / 12.07.2017)

Israeli forces murder 2 Palestinian youths in Jenin

After they were granted license by their deputy defence minister, Israeli soldiers do not need any excuse to murder Palestinians

Israeli occupation forces shot dead on Wednesday morning two Palestinian youths in the West Bank city of Jenin, Palestinian medical sources said.

Israeli Deputy Defence Minister Eli Ben Dahan, the extremist MK from the Jewish Home, once proposed granting the Israeli soldiers a license to shoot and kill the Palestinians without a reason

Israeli occupation forces shot dead on Wednesday morning two Palestinian youths in the West Bank city of Jenin, Palestinian medical sources said.

The Palestinian medical sources identified the two Palestinian citizens, who were murdered by the Israeli occupation forces, as Aws Salameh, 17, and Saad Salah, 20.

Local Palestinian sources said that the Israeli occupation forces raided Jenin Refugee Camo in the north of the occupied West Bank in the early morning.

According to the sources, the Israeli occupation forces carried out wide search campaign across the refugee camp, erupting widespread protests by the Palestinian youths.

To suppress the Palestinian protesters, the Israeli occupation forces opened fire at them, causing several casualties, including the two martyrs.

Spokesman of the Israeli army claimed that the Palestinians opened fire at them and they returned the fire to protect themselves.

Local sources said that Salah’s brother is currently imprisoned by the Israeli occupation and his father is permanently disabled as he was shot by Israeli forces in the past.

Israeli Deputy Defence Minister Eli Ben Dahan, the extremist MK from the Jewish Home, once proposed granting the Israeli soldiers a license to shoot and kill the Palestinians without a reason.

(Source / 12.07.2017)

Palestinian woman strip-searched, photographed by Israeli solder

Israeli soldiers, who searched her, said they would post her pictures on social media

Female Palestinian prisoner was strip searched by Israeli soldiers who also took pictures of her on their mobile phones, Amnesty International revealed on Tuesday.

It said it was following up the developments in the cases of senior figure in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Khalida Jarrar and Sa’afeen and fight for their release

Female Palestinian prisoner was strip searched by Israeli soldiers who also took pictures of her on their mobile phones, Amnesty International revealed on Tuesday.

In a statement, Amnesty International reported Khitam Sa’afeen saying: “The Israeli army raided my house at 2:30am on 2nd July then took me to my room and searched me.

“On our way to Ofer prison, they took photos of me with their own cameras and mobile phones. One of the soldiers said that he will post my photos on Facebook.”

Sa’afeen added that once she arrived at Ofer prison, she was placed in a cage and searched while naked and handcuffed.

Amnesty condemned the inhumane treatment of the Palestinian female prisoner and demanded an investigation into the abuses.

It said it was following up the developments in the cases of senior figure in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Khalida Jarrar and Sa’afeen and fight for their release.

The two women were arrested last week and taken from their homes in occupied Ramallah before being transferred to Israeli detention centres.

(Source / 12.07.2017)

Israeli forces demolish Palestinian homes in Jabal al-Mukabbir, Silwan

Demolitions in Silwan

Israeli forces carry out demolitions in the Palestinian community of Silwan

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces targeted Palestinian-owned buildings in occupied East Jerusalem with demolitions for the second day in a row, under the pretext that the structures lacked the nearly impossible to obtain construction permits from Israeli authorities.

Locals told Ma’an that Israel’s Jerusalem municipality enforced the demolition of three buildings, which included two homes, in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Jabal al-Mukabbir and Silwan. Amid the tense atmosphere in Silwan, Israeli forces reportedly assaulted a local youth during the demolition.
In Jabal al-Mukabbir, Musa Obidat told Ma’an that Israeli bulldozers raided the neighborhood around dawn time and razed his house to the ground for being built without a permit.
Obidat noted that he was away from his home when the demolition was carried out, and was informed by his neighbors of the raid. When he attempted to return to the house, Israeli forces prevented him from accessing the area and imposed a complete siege around the premises.
According to Obidat, the house was built in 2012 and expanded in 2016 to become 200 square meters. He said that his wife and three children were forced to leave the house after he received a demolition order five months ago.
The homeowner highlighted that he had tried to obtain a permit for the building and pay the Israeli fines, but the municipality rejected all of his attempts and carried on with the demolition.

Demolitions in Silwan1

Israeli forces carry out demolitions in the Palestinian community of Silwan
Separately, in the Bir Ayoub area of Silwan, Israeli bulldozers escorted by armed Israeli forces raided the area in the early morning hours and proceeded to demolish a house owned by Salih Shweiki for the second time, after he was forced to demolish it himself in February.
When he received a demolition order in February, Shweiki told Ma’an that his family chose to carry out the demolition themselves to avoid the huge fees imposed when municipality crews perform demolitions. The municipality would have charged 80,000 shekels (approximately $21,600) for the demolition, according to Shweiki.
Since the self-demolition, Shweiki, left with no alternative, carried out renovations to provide shelter for himself, his wife, and his son, who will get married next month and also needs a house to live in, he said.
Meanwhile, Israeli bulldozers demolished a car wash and its office in Bir Ayoub area, locals told Ma’an, saying that Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets at a youth in the area, who was then physically assaulted and detained. An Israeli police spokesperson could not be reached for comment.
The incidents came a day after Israeli forces demolished a four-story, under-construction building in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, despite its Palestinian landowner having a schedule meeting with Israeli authorities to postpone the demolition.
A spokesperson for the Jerusalem municipality did not respond to Ma’an’s requests for comment on any of the cases.
Construction licenses are very expensive and difficult to obtain for Palestinians, notably in the Jerusalem area, in a bid by Israeli authorities to force Palestinians out and change the demographic balance of the city.
While Palestinians frequently take their cases to Israeli courts after Israeli land confiscation and home demolition notices are ordered, they seldom win their cases in court.
Thirty-three percent of all Palestinian homes in the occupied city lack Israeli-issued building permits, potentially placing at least 93,100 residents at risk of displacement, the United Nations reported in 2012.
Only 14 percent of East Jerusalem land is zoned for Palestinian residential construction, while one-third of Palestinian land has been confiscated since 1967 to build illegal Jewish-only settlements, according to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI).
According to UNOCHA, Israel demolished a record 1,093 structures in the occupied Palestinian territory in 2016, including 190 in East Jerusalem, displacing 1,601 Palestinians. They were the highest West Bank demolition and displacement figures ever recorded, at least since OCHA started recording them in 2009.
(Source / 12.07.2017)

Palestinian family served punitive demolition order by Israeli army

Demolition Palestinian house

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli army delivered a punitive demolition order to a Palestinian family in the village of Deir Abu Meshaal in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah in a predawn military raid Wednesday, in the wake of a deadly attack in front of Jerusalem’s Old City last month in which three Palestinians assailants were shot dead and an Israeli border police officer was killed.

Last week, the Israeli army already delivered demolition warrants for the homes belonging to the families of two of the slain Palestinians, and for unknown reasons, the third family was not notified that their house would be demolished until Wednesday’s raid.
The Israeli army said in statement that the family was given 72 hours to appeal the demolition order.
A copy of one of the warrant’s delivered earlier this month confirmed that the family of 18-year-old Baraa Ibrahim Saleh was ordered to be demolished. It remained unclear which family — that of Adel Hassan Ankosh, 18, or Osama Ahmad Atta, 19 — also received a warrant that day and which received it on Wednesday.
Immediately following the June 16 attack, Israeli authorities took measurements of the homes in preparation for the demolitions.
According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, a total of 22 people will be left homeless once they are carried out, none of whom who have been charged with any wrongdoing.
The delivery of the warrants came after the families and the wider communities of Deir Abu Mashaal have already been subjected to a series of reprisal measures that are routine following deadly attacks, which have been denounced by rights groups as “collective punishment.”
Four Palestinians were detained over the June 16 attack in Jerusalem, including both the mother and father of Adel Ankoush, after speaking out about the death of their child and being accused of “incitement.”
His mother Zeinab has since been released on a $1,700 bail and on the condition that a third party sign a $5,660 bond to guarantee that she attend future court sessions.
Additionally, a Jerusalemite Palestinian was detained, over suspicions of transporting the three Palestinians from the occupied West Bank to Jerusalem, and another man from the Ramallah area was also detained for alleged involvement in planning the attack.
Israeli police said that charges against the two are expected to be filed later on Wednesday.
Israeli authorities have continued to implement restrictive policies on Palestinians in Deir Abu Mashaal, Israeli NGO B’Tselem reported, after it was placed under a military blocked immediately following the attack.
“This automatic form of retaliation has become a matter of policy for the military, in a cynical abuse of its power to mistreat civilians,” B’Tselem said.
Family members of the alleged assailants had their Israeli work permits revoked, including 50 who were dependent on work inside Israel. Some 250,000 Palestinians who had received family visitation permits to enter Jerusalem and Israel during Ramadan also saw their permits revoked following the attack.
The bodies of the three alleged assailants have continued to be held by Israeli authorities, as Israel is known to withhold Palestinian bodies from their families for extended periods of time after they have carried out an attack, alleging that funerals of “martyrs” — Palestinians killed by Israeli forces — encourage “incitement” against the Israeli state.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fast-tracked punitive home demolitions in an effort to “deter” attacks carried out by Palestinian individuals since the beginning of a wave of violence across the occupied Palestinian territory in late 2015.
The move came despite past recommendations by an Israeli military committee that the practice did not deter attacks. B’Tselem has condemned the practice of punitive home demolitions and work permit confiscations as “court-sanctioned revenge” carried out on family members who have not committed crimes, amounting to collective punishment.

(Source / 12.07.2017)

Darkness, pollution, diseases, poverty and unemployment suffocate Gaza, The humanitarian situation about to explode

Urgent appeal

Darkness, pollution, diseases, poverty and unemployment suffocate Gaza.

The humanitarian situation about to explode

International Commission to Support Palestinian Rights (ICSPR) address urgent appeal to the International Community, UN Secretary General, the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions, United Nations High Commissioner for refugees, the Arabic League, Arab brothers, especially Egypt, all humanitarian institutions, to take serious action immediately, in order to put an end to the humanitarian catastrophe that lead Gaza Strip into catastrophic fate, where there is a lack in the simplest requirements of human dignity, especially in light of the deterioration in human rights situation, and the continuing crisis of power outages in this hot summer, in addition to lack of operational budgets for all constructors and service institutions, also lack and decline in health and human services, because of the occupation and the siege first, secondly because of the internal Palestinian divide, thirdly that the international community failed to meet its moral and legal obligations.

The problem of patients has worsened, especially those suffering from serious and chronic illnesses, beside the lack of medicine and disability to get medical treatment and transfers, which resulted in the death of 17 patients, where the pollution of the environment especially the pollution of Gaza’s sea due to the continuous flows of sewage into the sea, and the continued drinking water crisis causes many deadly diseases, particularly since 90% of Gaza’s water is not safe to drink, while power supply declined to only two hours a day.

Poverty rates increased rapidly to reach about 80%, and most of the humanitarian international institutions have declined finance services in Gaza Strip, and lack of food security and loss of the right to adequate housing, because of slowing the reconstruction process, under siege and collective punishment policy pursued by the Palestinian National Authority and Government, such as reducing and cutting the salaries and referring large numbers of employees to retirement, and cutting the salaries of some detainees and families of martyrs and wounded, these procedures indicates the PA  intention to abandon it’s legal and moral obligations towards Gaza Strip people’s.

We are fully aware that the international community, all international and humanitarian institutions, national powers and civil society organizations have full knowledge of the details of the humanitarian disaster engulfing Gaza Strip that deepen both qualitatively and quantitatively, what makes us confused about the reasons for continuing silence and helplessness in the divided political system institutions and of the international community organizations that leave Gaza to the fate of drowning in these humanitarian disasters.

International Commission to Support Palestinian Rights (ICSPR) express it solidarity and support with the rights of Gaza Strip citizen’s to have free and dignified life, so it appeals all conscience to intervene immediately in order to end the blockade imposed on Gaza Strip by the Israeli occupation for the eleventh consecutive year, and ensure the occupying State obligations which guaranteed in international humanitarian law, particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention, and to ensure freedom of travel for Palestinians between the West Bank and Gaza, and to ensure freedom of movement of persons and goods with Arab Republic of Egypt.

International Commission to Support Palestinian Rights (ICSPR) urge to put pressure on the PA President and the Palestinian Government to stop the collective punishment imposed on Gaza Strip, in addition to keep the citizen’s rights and freedoms and the employees services away from political disputes, ICSPR demand the governmental institution in Gaza Strip to take realistic procedures to alleviate the impact of humanitarian and services crises to Gaza Strip resident’s.

ICSPR Calls upon the Palestinian forces, Arab Republic of Egypt and the international community to work in order to put an end to the division and achieve national reconciliation, and heading toward the presidential and legislative elections and the National Council to prevent the collapse of the political system and rebuilt it on democratic foundations/participatory framework,  that provide protection and respect for human rights and public freedoms.

Save Gaza before it’s too late, because pressure generates explosions, therefore; ICSPR urge you to take serious actions of solidarity in order to ensure responding to the demands and rights Gaza resident’s, Finally, we hope that you will adopt this appeal or on behalf of your organization, action must be taken urgently, tomorrow may be too late.

(Source / 12.07.2017)