Rohingya: ‘Even a baby was not spared by the army’

Residents accuse security forces of shooting ‘indiscriminately’ at the Muslim minority, forcing thousands to flee.

The Myanmar army has been accused of carrying out extrajudicial killings in the restive Rakhine region, with residents and activists accusing soldiers of shooting indiscriminately at unarmed Rohingya men, women and children and carrying out arson attacks.

Authorities in Myanmar say close to 100 people have been killed since Friday when armed men, reportedly from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), launched a pre-dawn raid on police outposts in the restive region.

The army has declared a war against “terrorism”, encircling the townships of Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung, home to around 800,000 people, and imposed a curfew from 6pm (11:30 GMT) to 6am (23:30 GMT).

However, advocates for the Rohingya have given a much higher death toll, telling Al Jazeera that at least 800 of the Muslim minority, including dozens of women and children, have been killed in the violence.

Al Jazeera could not independently verify the figures.

Aziz Khan, a Maungdaw resident, said the army stormed his village early on Friday and began “firing indiscriminately at people’s cars and homes.

“Government forces and the border guard police killed at least 11 people in my village. When they arrived they started shooting at everything that moved. Some soldiers then carried out arson attacks.

“Women and children were also among the dead,” he said. “Even a baby wasn’t spared.”

OPINION: Myanmar needs to get serious about peace

Ro Nay San Lwin, a Rohingya activist and blogger based in Europe, said anywhere between 5,000 – 10,000 people had been driven from their homes by the recent offensive.

Using a network of activists on the ground to document the conflict, San Lwin said mosques and madrasas [religious Islamic institutions] had been burned to the ground, with thousands of Muslims stranded without food and shelter.

“My own uncles were forced to flee by the government and the military,” he told Al Jazeera.

“There has been no help from the government, instead people’s homes have been destroyed and their goods looted.

“Without food, shelter and protection, they don’t know when we’ll be killed.”

Speaking to Al Jazeera under a pseudonym, Myint Lwin, a resident of Buthidaung township, said that “fear had gripped every household.

“People have been sharing videos of the killings on WhatsApp. Videos of women and children being killed. Innocent men being shot dead. You can’t begin to imagine how scared we are.

“Nobody wants to leave their home. Muslims are scared to go anywhere, hospitals, markets, anywhere. It’s a very dangerous situation.”

Videos uploaded on social media showed dozens of men, women and children fleeing with only the clothes on their backs while seeking refuge in rice and paddy fields.

OPINION: Regional actors should take a stand against Myanmar

Security has deteriorated sharply in Rakhine since Aung San Suu Kyi‘s government sent thousands of troops into Rohingya villages and hamlets last October after nine policemen were killed by suspected Rohingya armed group in attacks on border posts.

The security forces’ offensive has been beset by allegations of arson, killings and rape; and forced more than 87,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh.

Matthew Smith, chief executive officer at Fortify Rights, a human rights group, said with the “authorities treating all Rohingya as combatants”, the government’s account of the violence would be “dubious at best”.

“The government has refused to cooperate with a UN fact-finding Mission on Rakhine and there are serious allegations of the military attacking unarmed civilians,” he told Al Jazeera on Sunday.

“A lot of people are on the run and they need serious protection and the authorities have not made it easy to help them.”

Rakhine state is home to most of Myanmar’s 1.1 million Rohingya, who live largely in abject poverty and face widespread discrimination by the Buddhist majority.

The minority are widely reviled as illegal migrants from Bangladesh, despite having lived in the area for generations.

They have been rendered stateless by the government and the UN believes the army’s crackdown may amount to ethnic cleansing – a charge the government of Aung San Suu Kyi vehemently denies.


Gazan family appeal for release of son arrested by Egyptian forces

Egypt Abdul Qader Qeshta

A Palestinian family in Gaza appealed on Monday to Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in order to intervene for the sake of releasing their son, Abdul Qader Qeshta, who was arrested by Egyptian security forces on Sunday while he was traveling for Haj.

In a letter on Monday, Qeshta family called for exerting efforts for the release of their 41-year-old son and refuted earlier news claiming he was set free.

Khaled Qeshta, the brother of the detainee, said that he is still held captive by the Egyptians. He pointed out that his brother was travelling to Egypt en route to Saudi Arabia for Haj among Gazan pilgrims who received royal grants from King of Saudi Arabia Salman allocated for martyrs’ families.

Four Gazan youths were abducted by gunmen on August 19, 2015 in the Egyptian Sinai after they had left Rafah crossing on their way to Cairo Airport. They are still detained in mysterious circumstances.

(Source / 28.08.2017)

‘Algerian elections have no meaning without major change in regime,’ says FIS leader

Image of Sheikh Ali Belhadj, co-founder of Algeria’s Islamic Salvation Front [File photo]

Image of Sheikh Ali Belhadj, co-founder of Algeria’s Islamic Salvation Front

The Deputy Head of Algeria’s Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) said on Sunday that there must be “major change” in the ruling regime to guarantee “meaningful results” in any upcoming elections, has reported. Sheikh Ali Belhaj noted that such change could be achieved through “discussion and dialogue.”

The FIS official made his remarks following the announcement by the presidency of 23 November as the date for local elections in the country. He stressed that the political crisis in the country is “deep” and it could not be solved through local or parliamentarian elections alone.

“The solution is not to hold elections supervised by the regime in the light of a factional administration and a municipal head without enough power to carry out his programme,” he said. As such, he expects there to be a significant boycott of the elections due to the restrictions placed on the heads of municipalities.

Belhaj also pointed out that there are restrictions imposed on certain political parties by the ruling regime, including his own party.

(Source / 28.08.2017)

Education is a right being denied to Palestinian children, and Israel is the culprit

Palestinian students are seen after Israel carried out airstrikes near the primary school in Rafah, Gaza on 27 February 2017 [Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian school children are seen after Israel carried out airstrikes near the primary school in Rafah, Gaza on 27 February 2017

Do you remember that sense of excitement on your first day back at school? The delight of being promoted to a new class, the joy of meeting friends old and new, and reconnecting with teachers? They were all part of the experience that made, for most people, primary and secondary education enjoyable and rewarding. For many of the 1,250,000 Palestinian children who started the new academic year last week, though, the occasion never lived up to such expectations.

In some cases, they arrived to find that their school had been demolished by Israel’s occupation army. At least 55 schools in the occupied West Bank are currently threatened with demolition and “stop work” orders. What’s more, many pupils turned out full of hope for the new year, only to find that hundreds of their classmates are languishing in Israeli jails. In occupied Jerusalem, others were struck by the news that their teachers had been dismissed, purportedly for “incitement”.

As for the children in the Gaza Strip, their challenge is of an entirely different order. Israel’s ten-year blockade continues to test their resolve to the limit. Electricity is in short supply; thousands study by candle light, when candles are available; and to make matters even worse, the Ramallah authority has forced scores of teachers to take early retirement and stopped paying the salaries of hundreds more.

There are some obvious parallels between the Palestinian reality and the experience of African-Americans. At the height of the civil rights movement in 1964, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. emphasised the value of a good education: “It is precisely because education is the road to equality and citizenship, that it has been made more elusive for Negroes than many other rights,” said King.

Dr Martin Luther King Jr. seen during the 'March on Washington' on August 28, 1963 [Rowland Scherman / US National Archives]

The walling off of Negroes from equal education is part of the historical design to submerge him in second class status. Therefore, as Negroes have struggles to be free they have had to fight for the opportunity for a decent education.

As it was in segregated America, successive generations of Palestinians have been denied the opportunity of a proper education simply because their oppressors – Israel and its supporters – believe that this the best way to subjugate them. The Palestinians, however, have long recognised that their freedom is inextricably linked to educational excellence.

Three years ago, a young Palestinian woman, 20-year-old Eqbal Assa’d, became the youngest medical doctor in the world; her achievement made it into the Guinness Book of World Records. The daughter of a refugee family in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, Eqbal enrolled at Cornell University Medical School in Qatar when she was just 14 years old.

Similarly, last year, Hanan Al-Hroub, who grew up in the Dheisheh refugee camp on the outskirts of Bethlehem, won the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize. She turned to teaching after three of her children – twin girls and a boy, then aged 9 and 6 respectively – were shot at by Israeli soldiers in October 2000. Her own exposure to violence in the camp helped her to develop the techniques to work with children traumatised by the excesses of Israel’s brutal military occupation.

If given the opportunity to pursue their educational dreams, countless Palestinian children would equal and, perhaps, even surpass the achievements of Eqbal and Hanan. This is what makes the denial of their education so reprehensible. When the early Zionists lobbied European governments to support their colonisation of Palestine 100 years ago they claimed that they would form there an “outpost of civilisation as opposed to barbarism.” Today’s denial of education to the indigenous Palestinians confirms that such claims were a hoax to deceive Europe’s leaders. Little could be more barbaric than denying children their education.

The experience of Palestinians, past, present and foreseeable future, must serve as a warning to countries in Africa and Latin America that are being wooed by the current Israeli leadership with promises of “aid and development”. They are lying, and have more nefarious aims and objectives; beware of Zionists bearing gifts.

Moreover, a minority of influential individuals will always prefer not to challenge these assaults on Palestinian rights. While providing the best possible education for their own children and fellow citizens, they do nothing about its denial in occupied Palestine. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is one such person. His electoral slogan “education, education, education” is now canonised in the Oxford Dictionary of Thematic Quotations. Under his watch as Middle East Peace Envoy, though, Israel developed yet further the mechanics of occupation used to undermine and deny Palestinian children a decent education, and worse. It is worth remembering that Palestinian children have been attacked and killed at their desks, and their schools have been targeted by Israel with white phosphorus bombs.

Nevertheless, despite everything, international solidarity with Palestine and its people is growing stronger. In the same way that enlightened entrepreneurs and institutions are divesting from companies profiting from Israel’s occupation in the Palestinian territories, we can be confident that, sooner or later, universities and cultural institutions will boycott their Israeli counterparts, as well as cultural and sporting events in which Israelis participate.

Education is a universal right and not a privilege. Every child, regardless of race, religion or colour, is entitled to be educated. The denial of this right in Palestine has to become a matter of international concern. In his struggle against South African Apartheid, Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Now, in the global struggle against Israeli Apartheid, we must do everything within our power to ensure a decent education for Palestinian children.

(Source / 28.08.2017)

9/11 was planned in Tel Aviv and Washington, not in Kabul: Scholar

The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were not planned and directed from Afghanistan, as US President Donald Trump has claimed; rather, they were orchestrated by certain elements in Washington, DC and Tel Aviv, says Dr. Kevin Barrett, an American academic who has been studying the events of 9/11 since late 2003.

“[The] Zionist coup d’etat of 9/11 was done by the combination of Israelis and neo-conservative Americans along with hard-line right-wingers in the American military and the intelligence establishment who pulled off this coup d’etat in America,” Dr. Barrett said.

Dr. Barrett, a founding member of the Scientific Panel for the Investigation of 9/11, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday while commenting on a statement Trump made on Monday during his policy speech about Afghanistan.

Speaking from Fort Myer, Virginia, Trump unveiled his much-anticipated agenda for Afghanistan.

During his speech, Trump said, “The consequences of a rapid exit [from Afghanistan] are both predictable and unacceptable. 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in our history, was planned and directed from Afghanistan because that country was ruled by a government that gave comfort and shelter to terrorists. A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and al Qaeda, would instantly fill, just as happened before September 11th.”

‘Trump sending US to graveyard of empires’

“Donald Trump has just committed the United States to an endless quagmire in Afghanistan — the graveyard of empires. And Trump’s rationale is the same one that has been in force for the past sixteen years which is that Afghanistan was somehow responsible for the attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, 2001,” Dr. Barrett said.

“It is amazing how this gift of 9/11 keeps on giving. And Trump is the last person one would have normally expected to do this,” he stated.

“When Trump was running for office, he was skeptical about foreign wars, open-ended engagements. He recognized that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have destroyed America’s economy and infrastructure,” he said.

‘Trump a 9/11 skeptic’

“And what’s more, Trump is also a 9/11 skeptic. On September 11th itself Trump immediately said that there must have been explosives used. He said there is no way that a plane could possibly take down these buildings. And he was right, as Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth have proven. Thousands of architects and engineers are on record having put their careers and livelihoods and reputations on the line to state that what happened to the three skyscrapers, including the Building 7, on 9/11, was clearly controlled demolition” Dr. Barrett said.

“So the official narratives of hijacking by people who were supposedly being commanded by a guy on dialysis in a cave in Afghanistan are utterly ludicrous and have been fully disproven on hundreds and hundreds of grounds,” he stated.

“And now Donald Trump, who has expressed skepticism about all of this in the past, and who drove (Jeb) Bush out of the presidential nomination by attacking (George W.) Bush, his brother, as the likely culprit or at least someone who is responsible for 9/11—now Trump who we all hoped might be an ‘irresponsible’ truth teller, that is, someone who would tell the incredibly subversive truth about what has really happened to America since the false flag attack of September 11th—all those hopes are now dashed,” he noted.

‘Trump under control of Deep State’

Dr. Barrett said now “Trump is clearly under the control of the elements of the Deep State that murdered three thousand Americans in an act of high treason on September 11, 2001.”

“So those of us who care about the truth and care about the core values that made America great in the first place are now going to have to view Trump as well as the rest of the American leadership as treasonous enemies,” he concluded.

White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card whispers into the ear of President George W. Bush to give him word of the plane crashes at the World Trade Center, during a visit to the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida, on September 11, 2001.  

The September, 11, 2001 attacks, also known as the 9/11 attacks, were a series of strikes in the US which killed nearly 3,000 people and caused about $10 billion worth of property and infrastructure damage.

US officials assert that the attacks were carried out by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists but many experts have raised questions about the official account.

They believe that rogue elements within the US government, such as former Vice President Dick Cheney, orchestrated or at least encouraged the 9/11 attacks in order to accelerate the US war machine and advance the Zionist agenda.

(Source / 28.08.2017)

Jamous: Holding Assad to Account is Key to Bringing About Real Political Transition

A leading figure in the Syrian Coalition said that the crimes of the Assad regime against the Syrian people “cannot be forgotten,” stressing that these crimes “will continue to bring shame on the entire international community which is yet to assume its responsibilities to stop such crimes and hold those responsible to account.”

In a statement to mark the fifth anniversary of the Daryya Massacre, member of the Coalition’s political committee Badr Jamous said that “the emergence of cross-border terrorism was the result of the international community’s failure to hold the terrorist Assad regime accountable for the thousands of crimes it had committed against the Syrian people before the ISIS extremist group emerged in 2013.

Jamous added that the international community’s continued ignoring of the real causes behind the spread of terrorism in Syria undermines efforts to reach real political transition in line with international resolutions. “The implementation of these resolutions is “a moral and legal obligation towards the Syrian people,” he added.

Between 23-26 August 2012, mercenaries of Bashar al-Assad’s Republican Guard, the Fourth Division, led by Maher al-Assad, the Air Force Intelligence, and the Hezbollah militia committed a series of savage crimes claiming the lives of hundreds of civilians in the town of Daryya southwest of Damascus.

In a press release issued on Monday, the Coalition said that Daryya has “become the icon of the revolution whose young men and women set a shining example of an orderly, peaceful, civil movement.”

“Daryya massacre is a stark example of the criminality of the Assad gang and its willingness to commit the most heinous violations and crimes to crush the revolution,” the Coalition added.

“The memory of this massacre and all other massacres against the Syrian people will continue to bring shame on the entire international community which is yet to assume its responsibilities to stop such crimes and hold those responsible to account.”

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 28.08.2017)

Rethinking our definition of apartheid: not just a political regime (Part II)

Al-Shabaka part II

Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank are considered illegal under international law, though not by the Israeli government

By: Al-Shabaka

Al-Shabaka is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and foster public debate on Palestinian human rights and self-determination within the framework of international law. This is the second of a two-part policy brief written by Haidar Eid and Andy Clarno. Part I was published on Sunday. The full report can be read here.

Racial capitalism in Palestine/Israel
Seeing apartheid through this lens also allows an understanding that Israeli settler colonialism now operates through neoliberal racial capitalism. Over the last 25 years, Israel has intensified its settler colonial project under the guise of peace. All of historic Palestine remains subject to Israeli rule, which operates by fragmenting the Palestinian population. Oslo enabled Israel to further fragment the OPT and supplement direct military rule with aspects of indirect rule. The Gaza Strip has been transformed into a “concentration camp” and a model “native reserve” through a deadly, medieval siege described by Richard Falk as a “prelude to genocide” and by Ilan Pappe as an “incremental genocide.” In the West Bank, Israel’s new colonial strategy involves concentrating the Palestinian population into Areas A and B and colonizing Area C. Instead of granting Palestinians freedom and equality, Oslo restructured relations of domination. In short, Oslo has intensified, rather than reversed, Israel’s settler colonial project.
The reorganization of Israeli rule has occurred alongside the neoliberal restructuring of the economy. Since the 1980s, Israel has undergone a fundamental transformation from a state-led economy focused on domestic consumption to a corporate-driven economy integrated into the circuits of global capital. Neoliberal restructuring has generated massive corporate profits while dismantling welfare, weakening the labor movement, and increasing inequality. The Oslo negotiations were central to this project. Shimon Peres and Israeli business elites argued that the “peace process” would open the markets of the Arab world to US and Israeli capital and facilitate Israel’s integration into the global economy. After Oslo, Israel quickly signed free trade agreements with Egypt and Jordan.Neoliberal restructuring has enabled Israel to carry out its new colonial strategy by significantly reducing its reliance on Palestinian labor. Israel’s transition to a high-tech economy decreased the demand for industrial and agricultural workers. Free trade agreements allowed Israeli manufacturers to shift production from Palestinian subcontractors to export-processing zones in neighboring countries. The collapse of the Soviet Union followed by “shock doctrine” neoliberalism led more than one million Russian Jews to seek opportunities in Israel. And neoliberal restructuring on a global scale led to the immigration of 300,000 migrant workers from Asia and Eastern Europe. These groups now compete with Palestinians for the remaining low-wage jobs. The settler-colonial state thus used neoliberal restructuring to engineer the disposability of the Palestinian population.
Life for working class Palestinians has become increasingly precarious. With limited access to jobs in Israel, poverty and unemployment have soared within the Palestinian enclaves. Although the Palestinian Authority (PA) has always endorsed the neoliberal vision of a private sector-led, export-oriented, free market economy, the PA initially responded to the crisis of unemployment by creating thousands of public sector jobs.
Since 2007, however, the PA has followed a strictly neoliberal economic program that calls for cuts to public employment and an expansion of private sector investment. Despite these plans, the private sector remains weak and fragmented. Plans for industrial zones along Israel’s illegal Wall that snakes through the OPT have largely failed due to Israeli restrictions on imports and exports and the relatively high cost of Palestinian labor compared to that of Egypt and Jordan.
Although neoliberal policies have made life even more difficult for working class Palestinians, they have contributed to the growth of a small Palestinian elite in the OPT composed of the PA leadership, Palestinian capitalists, and NGO officials. Visitors to Ramallah are often surprised to see palatial mansions, expensive restaurants, five-star hotels, and luxury vehicles. These are not signs of a thriving economy, but rather of the growing class divide. Similarly, a new Hamas-affiliated nouveau-bourgeoisie has emerged in Gaza since 2006. Its wealth depends on the dwindling “tunnel industry,” a monopoly on construction materials smuggled from Egypt, and limited goods imported from Israel. Both Fatah and Hamas elites accumulate their wealth from non-productive activities, and they are both characterized by a total absence of political vision. Haidar Eid refers to this as Osloization in the West Bank and Islamization in the Gaza Strip.
Further, joining the forces of repression has become one of the only job opportunities available to the majority of Palestinians, especially young men. Although some PA jobs are in education and health care, most are with the PA security forces. As Alaa Tartir has demonstrated, these forces are designed to protect the security of Israel. Since 2007, they have been reorganized under the supervision of the United States. More than 80,000 strong, the new PA security forces are trained by the US in Jordan and deployed throughout West Bank enclaves in close coordination with the Israeli military. Israel and the PA share intelligence, coordinate arrests, and cooperate on weapons confiscations. Together, they target not only Islamists and leftists but all Palestinian critics of Oslo. Most recently, security coordination between Israel and the PA preceded the assassination of activist Basil al-Araj.The only sector of the Israeli economy that has retained a relatively steady demand for Palestinian workers is construction, due largely to the expansion of Israeli settlements and the wall in the West Bank. According to a 2011 Democracy and Workers’ Rights survey, 82 percent of Palestinians employed in the settlements would leave their jobs if they could find a suitable alternative.
This means that two of the only jobs available for Palestinians from the West Bank today are building Israeli settlements on confiscated Palestinian land or working with the PA security forces to help Israel suppress Palestinian resistance to apartheid.
Palestinians from the Gaza Strip do not even have these “opportunities.” In fact, Gaza is one of the most extreme versions of engineered disposability. Settler-colonial displacement turned Gaza into a refugee camp in 1948, when Zionist militias and later the Israeli army expelled more than 750,000 Palestinians from their towns and villages. 70 percent of Gaza’s two million residents are refugees, a living reminder of the Nakba and an embodied demand for the right of return. Political and economic restructuring through Oslo enabled Israel to transform Gaza into a prison built to concentrate and contain this unwanted surplus population. And the ever-intensifying Israeli siege demonstrates Gazans’ complete dehumanization. For Israel’s neoliberal colonial project, Palestinian lives have no value and their death does not matter.
Overall, therefore, neoliberalism coupled with Israel’s settler colonial project has transformed the Palestinians into a disposable population. This has enabled Israel to carry out its project of concentration and colonization. Understanding the neoliberal dynamics of Israel’s settler-colonial regime can contribute to the development of strategies to challenge Israeli apartheid not only as a system of racial domination but as a regime of racial capitalism.
Confronting the Economics of Israeli Apartheid
An important question for the Palestinian liberation movement is how to avoid the pitfalls of post-apartheid South Africa in developing a vision for post-apartheid Palestine/Israel. As Black radicals predicted, an exclusive focus on the racial state has led to serious socioeconomic problems in South Africa since 1994. Palestinian liberation does not have to end with the same “solution” as that offered by the ANC. This will require attention not only to political rights but also to difficult questions about land redistribution and economic structure to ensure a more equal outcome. One crucial place to begin is by continuing conversations about the practical dynamics of Palestinian return.
It is also important to recognize that the current situation in Palestine is closely connected to processes reshaping social relations around the world. South Africa and Palestine, for example, are experiencing similar social and economic changes despite their radically different political trajectories. In both contexts, neoliberal racial capitalism has produced extreme inequality, racialized marginalization, and advanced strategies for protecting the powerful and policing the racialized poor. Andy Clarno refers to this combination as neoliberal apartheid.
Around the world, wealth and income are increasingly controlled by a handful of billionaire capitalists. As the ground collapses beneath the middle class, the gulf between rich and poor grows wider and the lives of the poorest become increasingly precarious. Neoliberal restructuring has enabled some members of historically oppressed populations to join the ranks of the elite. This explains the emergence of the new Palestinian elite in the OPT and the new Black elite in South Africa.At the same time, neoliberal restructuring has deepened the marginalization of the racialized poor by intensifying both exploitation and abandonment. Jobs have become increasingly precarious, and entire regions have experienced declining demands for labor. While some racialized populations are marked for superexploitation in sweatshops and service industries, others — like Palestinians — are abandoned to a life of unemployment and informality.
Neoliberal apartheid regimes like Israel depend on advanced strategies of securitization to maintain power. Israel exercises sovereignty over the OPT through military deployments, electronic surveillance, imprisonment, interrogations, and torture. The state has also produced a fragmented geography of isolated Palestinian enclosures surrounded by walls and checkpoints and managed through closures and permits. And Israeli companies have taken the lead in the global market for advanced security equipment by developing and testing high-tech devices in the OPT. The most important addition to Israel’s security regime, however, is a network of security forces facilitated by the US and the EU, supported by Jordan and Egypt, and operated through coordinated deployments of Israeli military and PA security forces.
Like Israel, other neoliberal apartheid regimes rely on walled enclosures, private and state security forces, and racialized policing strategies. In South Africa, securitization has involved the fortification of wealthy neighborhoods, the rapid expansion of the private security industry, and intense state repression of independent trade unions and social movements. In the United States, efforts to produce security for the powerful include gated communities, border walls, mass incarceration, mass deportation, electronic surveillance, drone wars, and the rapid growth of police, prison, border patrol, military, and intelligence forces.
Unlike South Africa, Israel remains an aggressive settler-colonial state. In this context, neoliberalism is part of Israel’s settler-colonial strategy to eliminate the Palestinian population. But the combination of racial domination and neoliberal capitalism has produced growing inequality, racialized marginalization, and advanced securitization in many parts of the world. As movements and activists build connections between struggles against racialized poverty and policing in Palestine, South Africa, the US, and beyond, understanding Israeli apartheid as a form of racial capitalism could contribute to the expansion of movements against global, neoliberal apartheid. It could also help shift the political discourse in Palestine from independence to decolonization. In his seminal work The Wretched of the Earth, Frantz Fanon argues that one of the pitfalls of national consciousness is a liberation movement that ends with an independent state governed by a nationalist elite that mimics the colonial power. To prevent this from happening, Fanon encourages a shift from national consciousness toward political and social consciousness. Moving from political independence to social transformation and decolonization is the challenge facing post-apartheid South Africa. Avoiding this trap is a challenge confronting Palestinian political forces in the struggle for liberation today.
(Source / 28.08.2017)

BDS: 7 Jordanian Companies End Contracts with G4S


28 AUG
7:15 AM

Jordan BDS, today, announced that seven private and public companies have discontinued their service contracts with G4S, the security company.  This announcement comes in response to a global boycott call against G4S’ parent company for its complicity in Israel’s regime of occupation and settler-colonialism.

In particular, the companies are:

  • Jordan Hospital Medical Centre
  • Abdali Boulevard Company & MAB Facilities Management
  • Jordan Dubai Islamic Bank/Safwa
  • Specialized Technical Services
  • Orange
  • IKEA
  • A leading local bank

Jordan BDS, according to the PNN,  has thanked the companies, and also thanked other companies and banking institutions in Jordan that have, in the past, ended their contracts or refrained from dealing with this security company, including Aramex, Landmark Hotel, City Mall, Mecca Mall, Taj Mall, amongst others.

In addition, Jordan BDS urged all companies, embassies, hotels, and commercial centers across Jordan that may be engaging with G4S to follow the example of the above institutions.

“We renew our appeal to these entities to adhere to universal ethical principles and cease dealings with G4S, given this security company’s deep complicity not only in Israel’s crimes against humanity but also in violations of the human rights of peoples and refugees around the world,” they said in a statement.

It is noteworthy that G4S was spotted several weeks ago, in Jerusalem, transporting the metal detectors and electronic gates prior to their erection at Al-Aqsa Mosque.  G4S is actively training Israeli police forces attacking Palestinians in Jerusalem.  G4S holds 50% of Policity Ltd., the company contracted by the Israeli police to build and operate Israel’s National Police Academy, inaugurated in January 2015.

Finally, Jordan BDS renewed its call to different United Nations (UN) bodies: The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the local and regional offices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP Jordan and UNDP MENA), which continue to contract with G4S, to terminate their agreements immediately, in line with the other four UN bodies in Jordan that have already taken this step.

(Source / 28.08.2017)

Radical Israeli Terrorist Group Gaining Members in the West Bank

28 AUG
6:27 AM

A source in the Israel Security Agency, Shin Bet, reported a new generation from the Revolt movement, a radical Jewish extremist group in the West Bank area, and its members, are concentrated in the Bladim settlement outpost, near Nablus.

The “formal generation” of this organization was responsible for crimes against Palestinians, including the arson attack of the Dawabsha family house in Douma village, near Nablus, in which three members of the family were killed, including 18-month-old baby, Ali.

The group is also responsible for arsoning The Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, on the shores of Lake Tiberias. The announcement of the emergence of this second generation is a warning of “radical Jewish terrorism”, Haaretz daily reported on Sunday, according to the PNN.

Members of this terrorist organization, which emerged from the extremist nationalist right-wing Hilltop Youth group, attack Palestinians, non-Jewish sites and Israeli leftist activists as well as Israeli soldiers, as a form of revolt, since the soldiers, they claim, did not “use much force against the Palestinians” during the eviction of Amona settlement outpost near Ramallah, back in February.

It was thought that their terrorist activities had stopped. However, Shin Bet’s surveillance operations confirm that member of the organization who are Jewish kids and young people are re-gathering in order to organize more acts of terrorism.

The leader of this organization, Meir Ettinger, is the grandson of the fascist Rabbi Meir Kahana. Shin Bet described him as “the number one goal of the Jewish circle”.

The Israeli army had dismantled the illegal settlement outpost of Baladim. The Shin Bet reported that the groups has lessened its activities following the evacuation of the outpost, the arrest of a number of members of the terrorist organization, and after issuing . of the organization.

However, Haartez quoted a source whom they described as always consequent on both Shin Bet and Hilltop youth activities. The source wrote that describing this group as a “terrorist organization” is exaggerated, and that the The Revolt movement is an unknown social group. It has a few dozen members who are between the ages of 16 and 25,and they do not act like an organized terrorist group.

Shin Bet also reported that, in addition to the new members of the group, old members of the group are returning. The group’s new activists do not know the methods of the Shin Bet, but are eager to carry out the activities of the organization and have no fear or intention of holding back, as the old members.

The group has committed several acts of terror, following the evacuation of the Amona settlement outpost, including the burning of two cars in Howwara and Burin, near Nablus. They have also attempted to damage a diplomatic car near the Spanish council in Jerusalem.

Shin Bet announced that it has the names of almost ten new members of the group and, since the beginning of this year, the Israeli army also issued 47 administrative orders against members of the organization, 28 of which are still effective. Only five activists are in prison, following a breach of administrative orders against them.

(Source / 28.08.2017)

Limited Israeli incursion east of Khan Younis

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Nearly four Israeli military bulldozers carried out a limited incursion Monday morning into the eastern areas of Khan Younis to the south of Gaza Strip.

The PIC reporter said that Israeli military bulldozers along with Israeli troops started leveling Palestinians’ lands along the border line between Gaza Strip and 1948 Occupied Palestine. Meanwhile, Israeli reconnaissance airplanes were seen in the skies of Khan Younis.

Israeli forces retreated from the eastern outskirts of Khuzaa town in the afternoon following a few-hour incursion, the PIC reporter pointed out.

Monday’s incident came as part of Israeli repeated violations of the ceasefire agreement reached on August 26, 2014 between Palestinian resistance and Israel to end its 51-day aggression on Gaza.

(Source / 28.08.2017)