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Israel to resume electricity sales to Gaza

Until Saturday, the power supply system in Gaza was operating 3-4 hours a day

Palestinian kids read book by candle light due to power cut at the Jabalia Camp in Gaza City, Gaza on 27 June, 2017 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian kids read book by candle light due to power cut at the Jabalia Camp in Gaza City, Gaza on 27 June, 2017

Israel will resume the supply of electricity to the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Energy Authority said Sunday.

In a statement, the authority said 50 megawatts of electricity will be supplied to Gaza by Israeli authorities on Sunday. The move came after the Ramallah-based Palestinian government decided last week to resume payments for electricity delivered to the blockaded seaside territory after being cut earlier in 2017.

Until Saturday, the power supply system in Gaza was operating 3-4 hours a day.

With the return of electricity, the power capacity in Gaza rises to about 210 megawatts, representing 46 percent of the actual needs of 450 MW, with a daily operating rate of 7 hours.

Read: Worst spell of cold weather this winter hits Palestine

Last April, the Palestinian government stopped paying for electricity supplies to the Gaza Strip, which was run at the time by Hamas.

Home to more than two million Palestinians, the Israeli-blockaded coastal enclave continues to suffer from a crippling electricity crisis.

The chronic energy shortfall has forced local authorities to adopt a makeshift “rotation” system by which power is cut in some parts of the strip so it might be provided in others.

Israel currently provides the Gaza Strip with 120 megawatts of electricity, while Egypt provides it with another 32 megawatts.

Gaza’s sole functioning power plant is able to generate only 60 megawatts, according to the Palestinian Energy Authority.

Opinion: With PA delays and Israeli threats, Gaza is heading into the unknown

(Source / 07.01.2018)

Soldiers Abduct A Child Near Nablus

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Israeli soldiers abducted, Sunday, a Palestinian child, after beating him up, in Salem village, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that the soldiers invaded the village, and attacked Palestinian protesters, marching in their village, before abducting the child.

The PPS said the soldiers repeatedly assaulted Madhi Hamed Eshteyya, 16, causing various cuts and bruises, and abducted him.

Earlier Sunday, the army abducted two Palestinians in Hebron and Jerusalem, after the soldiers invaded and searched homes, and interrogated several Palestinians.

The soldiers also injured a young Palestinian man, and caused many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, near the western entrance of Birzeit University, north of Ramallah, in central West Bank.

(Source / 07.01.2018)

Jailed PFLP leader Saadat lauds Hamas flexibility

Sec gen PFLP

Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) on Sunday appealed to Hamas Movement to increase its efforts in favor of national reconciliation.

In a letter sent to Hamas leader Husam Badra, Saadat, held behind Israeli prison bars, called on Hamas to consider taking part in the projected meeting by the Palestinian Central Council, likely to be held overseas.

Saadat expressed his commitment to exert every possible effort to boost Hamas’s “sincere steps” in favor of national reconciliation.

Saadat hailed Hamas on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of its founding, lauding the group’s “flexibility in handling the reconciliation file.”

“Unity and resistance are one and the same,” Saadat’s letter read.

The PFLP leader stressed his group’s commitment to unity, vowing to make serious steps to prop up Palestinians’ anti-occupation struggle and lift sanctions on the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Saadat’s comments came in response to a letter sent by Badran, in which the latter congratulated the former on the 50th anniversary of the PFLP’s founding.

In the letter, Badran acclaimed PFLP’s constructive stance vis-à-vis national reconciliation, vowing to leave no stone unturned to make unity come true.

(Source / 07.01.2018)

Egypt has Abandoned Palestine

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (Thibault Camus/AFP)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Arrests, interrogation writs reported in dawn sweep by Israeli army

Sweep again

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at daybreak Sunday arrested a number of Palestinians and summoned others to questioning.

Israeli army troops rolled into al-Arroub refugee camp, north of al-Khalil province, and kidnapped 22-year-old Palestinian youth Safi al-Titi from his family home.

The occupation forces also ransacked the home of the slain Palestinian protester Khaled Jawabra, in al-Arroub camp, and seized cash from the home of prisoner Nidhal Shahada.

At the same time, the IOF stormed Ramallah’s eastern town of Silwad, in the central West Bank, and ordered three Palestinians, including two ex-prisoners, to turn themselves in to questioning.

Clashes burst out between Israeli troops and Palestinian anti-occupation youth in Silwad shortly afterwards.

(Source / 07.01.2018)

Israel is a Nazi-like state with a potent public relations machine

Khalid Amayreh By Khalid Amayreh

I know it is still a taboo to call Israel a Nazi or Nazi-like state. However, an honest writer should always be guided by his or her moral conscience and never succumb to the tyranny of public opinion or prevailing media discourse. An honest writer, let alone an honest person, should therefore never flinch from calling the spade a spade. If this task proved too risky, then another job ought to be sought immediately.

I believe that we Palestinians who live under the yoke of Zionism here in Occupied Palestine know Israel better than anyone else. That is why we tend to reject with utter contempt lectures by condescending outsiders, irrespective of their intentions, on how we ought to relate to our tormentors and the choice of words we use in describing the killers of our children.

I am not calling Israel a Nazi-or Nazi-like entity because I am convinced that Israel used the very same tools in effecting the Nakba that the Third Reich used in effecting the Holocaust against European Jewry in the course of the Second World War. No, Israel, which for me and my people is and will always be a gigantic crime against humanity, has not perpetrated a holocaust in the classical sense against my people.

But Israel has been adopting Nazi-like policies against my people. The Lebensraum policy is referred to here as settlement-expansion policy. The übermenschen-untermenschen doctrine finds a real expression in the Jews-vs-goyem perceptions transcending every conceivable aspect of life in Israel-Palestine. In Germany there was the Master race; here in Israel-Palestine we have “God’s chosen people versus the water carriers and wood-hewers!”

“It is like tweedledum and tweedledee!

Yes, numerous massacres have been committed and continue to be committed, even on a daily basis, by Zionist Jews against virtually unprotected Palestinians who are also betrayed by the world, including their impotent brethren.

Nonetheless, no Palestinian would candidly claim that Israel is adopting the same crimes against the Palestinians that the Nazis had used against European Jewry.

But, if so, what then justifies calling Israel a Nazi or Nazi-like entity? Well, Israel is a Nazi entity because it employs the very same perceptions and doctrines against its victims (the Palestinians) that the Nazis had used to demonize and dehumanize their victims (e.g. Jews). I am alluding to cruel dehumanization that eventually created the mental underpinning among the Nazis which eventually made the Holocaust possible. Needless to say, the Holocaust would have never occurred had it not been for that underpinning.

Today, most Israeli Jews hold extremely racist (even criminally) racist perceptions of the Palestinians. The Palestinians, if only for being Goyem, are viewed as children of a lesser God, whose lives are therefore worthless!  Whether we like it or not, this malignant combination of hatred, racism, and dehumanization constitutes the mental underpinning of a possible Zionist Holocaust against the Palestinians.

Just ask an average Israeli whether he or she thought that murdering Ibrahim Abu Thurayya, the legless and harmless Palestinian demonstrator, by an Israeli army sniper a few weeks ago, was right or wrong, and you would be surprised to hear the hair-raising answers as the otherwise normal-looking young man or woman would tell, almost innately and without batting an eyelash, that “it is right, it is right, he deserves it, he was a terrorist!”

Terrorist!  It is now the mantra the invoking of which justifies anything, including of course, the cold-blooded murder of a handicapped person whose legs had to be amputated as a result of another previous Israeli action. I remember that the T-word was often used to describe a person who killed an innocent person. Today in Israel, anyone advocating basic human rights, especially for Palestinians, is a terrorist or a potential terrorist. Just ask Naftali Bennett or Avigodor Lieberman! Or probably Donald Trump!

To conclude, a state can be Nazi even without carrying out a holocaust against another people. Being mentally prepared to carry out a holocaust is sufficient to qualify for the Nazi title. This is because the rest (the modalities of executing the decision) belongs to the realm of possibilities and circumstances. It is very much like taking the decision to murder someone. The decision is the essential part whereas carrying it out is just a detail.

I know that some Zionist hasbara operatives will rile, rant and rave against any comparison between Zionists and Nazis. And the readily-available charge of anti-Semitism will be their ultimate weapon of choice to shut critics up and keep the sacrosanct heifer unscathed. Well, I don’t give a damn about either the heifer or its defenders. I have been through it all; from creation to destruction and one more barrage of abuse by the shipyard dogs of Hasbara wouldn’t harm much.

But before I go, I do want to quote Santiago Alba-Rico, the Spanish philosopher, who adamantly refused to be silenced or intimidated by Zionist hasbara doctors who are prompted to think that no other pain should be compared to the calamity of the Holocaust and therefore Israel must remain above the laws of men and never be criticized regardless of whatever it does to the Palestinians.

“Perhaps Palestinians are not the most punished people on earth, but they are indeed the most openly punished people on earth; perhaps they are not the people who have suffered the most but they are the people whose sufferings are the most uninterruptedly visible. Paradoxically, this visibility (beyond the lies) makes the victims even more vulnerable; it confers a kind of biblical dimension to the aggression.”

(Source / 07.01.2018)

Israel spraying toxins over Palestinian crops in Gaza

Toxin Gaza

The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture warned that herbicides were sprayed on Palestinian farmlands along Gaza’s eastern borders.

General Director of the soil and irrigation section of the Ministry Nizar al-Wahidi told the PIC reporter that a low-flying agricultural aircraft sprayed on Sunday morning herbicides on Palestinian farmlands.

Heavy damages were reported to agricultural lands following the Israeli move, he added.

Al-Wahidi called on the Palestinian Minister of Agriculture in Ramallah to act immediately to put an end to Israeli attacks.

(Source / 07.01.2018)

Why Is Israel So Afraid of 16-Year-Old Ahed Tamimi?

Sixteen-year-old Ahed Tamimi was back in court Thursday, with the judge ruling for the third time that her detention is extended, this time for another five days. Over the past week and a half, Ahed has been shuffled between numerous Israeli prisons and police stations. She has been held in cold isolation cells with cameras pointed at her 24 hours a day. Repeatedly, without a parent or lawyer present, they have attempted to interrogate her. The reasoning for the judge’s rulings to extend her detention is that she “poses a risk” to the military and the Israeli government’s case against her.

Israel is right that Ahed Tamimi poses a risk. But it isn’t a risk to one of the most heavily armed and advanced militaries in the world or to the legal case being built against her. The risk she poses is in her refusal to submit to the Israeli demand that Palestinians acquiesce to their own occupation. Israeli logic is that Palestinians should cooperate with their own oppression. They should move quietly through the checkpoints, open their bags, not look their occupiers in the eye and not challenge or protest the theft of their lands, resources and freedoms. Israeli logic is that if they don’t like it, they can leave. Actually, they would strongly prefer that Palestinians leave. The strategy is to make life so unbearable for Palestinians, that they leave willingly. This even has a name: “voluntary transfer.”

Since Ahed was a young child, she and her family have engaged in active resistance to Israel’s occupation. From 2013 up until the present, they have staged regular demonstrations against the military and the nearby settlers who have taken over their lands and water spring. The protests are met with tear gas, rubber bullets, skunk water and live ammunition.

In 2012, Ahed’s father was declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International. In 2013, her uncle was killed by a tear gas canister shot to the head. In 2014, her mother was almost permanently disabled when she was shot in the leg with a .22 caliber bullet. In 2015, a video of Ahed preventing her younger brother from being arrested went viral. Her cousins and her older brother have spent time in Israeli prisons.

On Friday, December 15, during a protest of President Trump’s announcement of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Ahed’s 14-year-old cousin Mohammed Tamimi was shot in the face with a rubber bullet. He was taken to the hospital where he required surgery and a was placed in a medically induced coma. A few hours later, when armed soldiers came to Ahed’s home demanding to enter, she pushed back. She slapped and kicked them, and screamed that they could not come in.

Shenila Khoja-Moolji wrote in Aljazeera [on Thursday] about the stark contrast between the support Malala Yousafzai received after being shot in the head by the Taliban and the silence on Ahed’s case by feminist and political leaders. Granted, there is a big difference between being shot on the way to school and arrested after slapping a soldier.

Malala was invited to meet with President Barack Obama. She was championed by Senator Hillary Clinton and listed as one of the 100 most influential people in Time magazine. In 2013 and 2014, Malala was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and in 2014, she won. In contrast, while Ahed’s story has received some coverage in the news, she has yet to find state actors or prominent influencers to champion her cause. While the West seems mostly indifferent to Ahed’s plight, Israel is hell-bent on hating the girl. Israeli Education Minister Neftali Bennett called for Ahed and her family to “spend the rest of their lives in prison.” Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman said she and her family should “get what they deserve,” and prominent Israeli journalist Ben Caspit said that Israel should “exact a price at some other opportunity, in the dark, without witnesses and cameras.” Caspit afterwards tried to backpedal his threat, saying his words had been taken out of context. But as the #MeToo movement has made clear, denying one’s intentions does not undo or excuse them.

As the #MeToo movement continues to build and uplift more marginalized voices, Ahed’s voice is not recognized when she could be regarded as a pillar in the movement. Ahed is revoking her consent for Israel’s brutal occupation. She refuses to give her consent to Israeli forces that invade her family’s home in yet another vicious, meritless night raid. She confronts her aggressors and stands up to the violent system of power that keeps perpetuating this cycle of abuse against Palestinians. In the same way survivors of sexual assault and rape are silenced, doubted and blamed for the crimes committed against them, Ahed is facing the same backlash from her aggressors. Israel is working overtime to discredit her and erase her voice, with the hope that people will believe their fabrications over her truth. Now is the time for voices in the #MeToo to call for her release and help draw the parallels.

Shenila Khoja-Moolji explains the reasons for such lack of support for Ahed as being due to acceptance of state violence, Western society’s selective humanitarianism and the political, rather than individual nature of Ahed’s feminism. These are all valid and important explanations. But support for Ahed is also a condemnation of the state of Israel. It is a condemnation of Israel’s military court system which allows children to be held in isolation and denied access to their parents during interrogation. It is a condemnation of Israel’s settlement enterprise and continued presence on Palestinian land. To support Ahed is to rebuke Israel’s assertion that Palestinians must comply with their occupiers, that they must open the doors for the soldiers who enter their homes. Certainly their 16-year-old girls must not raise an arm to soldiers. It is one thing to support Malala for taking on the Taliban, but quite another to support Ahed as she takes on Israel’s strongest allies and the purported only democracy in the Middle East.

Not all feminist leaders are afraid to express support for Ahed. CodePink is hosting a petition to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, demanding Ahed’s release. We, along with others, like Jewish Voice for Peace, are asking Members of Congress to sign onto Representative Betty McCollum’s legislation to require that U.S. aid to Israel not go to the abuse and detention of Palestinian children.

Ahed is a threat to Israel’s entire system of power. She is not only aware of her own internal power, she is completely unafraid of her aggressors. This is the same bravery required for sexual assault survivors to tell their stories and hold their accusers responsible. It is the essence of the struggle for women’s rights and why feminism is so incompatible with militarism. For Ahed to be successful in her fight for the liberation of her people, we first need her to be released from jail. To make this happen, we need all people who call themselves feminists and human rights advocates to say #FreeAhed.

(Source / 07.01.2018)

Assange:Forget Russia,The Real Threat to America comes from Israel and the Israel Lobby

From his refuge in the Ecuador Embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addressed a press conference of his supporters in Berlin on Tuesday, amid speculation that he planned to reveal potentially threats to America.

But early into his speech, Assange said that while more revelations were to come, he would not be making any major announcements, asserting that there would be no point in dropping making such revelations at a time when most Americans would be sleeping.

“Russian actions on its own doorstep in Eastern Europe do not in fact threaten the United States or any actual vital interest. Nor does Moscow threaten the U.S. through its intervention on behalf of the Syrian government in the Middle East. That Russia is described incessantly as a threat in those areas is largely a contrivance arranged by the media, the Democratic and Republican National Committees and by the White House. Candidate Donald Trump appeared to recognize that fact before he began listening to Michael Flynn, who has a rather different view. Hopefully the old Trump will prevail,there is, however, another country that has interfered in U.S. elections, has endangered Americans living or working overseas and has corrupted America’s legislative and executive branches. It has exploited that corruption to initiate legislation favorable to itself, has promoted unnecessary and unwinnable wars and has stolen American technology and military secrets. Its ready access to the mainstream media to spread its own propaganda provides it with cover for its actions and it accomplishes all that and more through the agency of a powerful and well-funded domestic lobby that oddly is not subject to the accountability afforded by the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) of 1938 even though it manifestly works on behalf of a foreign government. That country is, of course, Israel” Said Assange.

The assessment of Israel and what damage it does regarding what most Americans would regard as genuine national interests is most definitely not reported, revealing once again that what is not written is every bit as important as what is. I would note how what has recently happened right in front of us relating to Israel is apparently not considered fit to print and will never appear on any disapproving editorial page. Just this week the Senate unanimously passed an Anti-Semitism Awareness bill and also by a 99 to zero vote renewed and strengthened sanctions against Iran, which could wreck the one year old anti-nuclear weapon proliferation agreement with that country.

The Anti-Semitism bill makes Jews and Jewish interests a legally protected class, immune from any criticism. “Free speech” means in practice that you can burn an American flag, sell pornography, attack Christianity in the vilest terms or castigate the government in Washington all you want but criticizing Israel is off limits if you want to avoid falling into the clutches of the legal system. The Act is a major step forward in effectively making any expressed opposition to Israeli actions a hate crime.
And it is similar to punitive legislation that has been enacted in twenty-two states as well as in Canada. It is strongly supported by the Israel Lobby, which quite likely drafted it, and is seeking to use legal challenges to delegitimize and eliminate any opposition to the policies of the state of Israel.

As the Act is clearly intended to restrict First Amendment rights if they are perceived as impacting on broadly defined Jewish sensitivities, it should be opposed on that basis alone, but it is very popular in Congress, which is de facto owned by the Israel Lobby. That the legislation is not being condemned or even discussed in the generally liberal media tells you everything you need to know about the amazing power of one particular unelected and unaccountable lobby in the U.S.

(Source / 07.01.2018)

Israel Publishes BDS Blacklist: These Are the 20 Groups Whose Members Will Be Denied Entry

Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry had for months refused to divulge which organizations are on the list

A pro-Palestinian BDS protest in Paris, France August 13, 2015

A pro-Palestinian BDS protest in Paris, France August 13, 2015

Israel published on Sunday the full list of organizations whose activists will be barred from entering the country. The so-called BDS blacklist was released by the Strategic Affairs Ministry.

Members of the 20 organizations on the list will not be allowed to enter the country due to their support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel. The list primarily includes European and American organizations as well as groups from Latin America, a group from South Africa and an international umbrella organization.

The American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization honored with the 1947 Nobel Peace Prize for assisting and rescuing victims of the Nazis, is among the list of groups whose activists Israel has announced it will bar from entering the Jewish State. On Saturday it was revealed that the left-wing organization Jewish Voice for Peace was on the list.

>>I’m a U.S. Jew on Israel’s BDS blacklist. I have family in Israel. But I won’t be silenced | Rebecca Vilkomerson, Jewish Voice for Peace executive director

“We have shifted from defense to offense,” Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan said. “The boycott organizations need to know that the State of Israel will act against them and not allow [them] to enter its territory to harm its citizens.”

“No country would have allowed critics coming to harm the country to entry it,” added Erdan.

>>Jeremy Corbyn is patron of blacklisted pro-BDS group whose senior members will be barred from Israel

Interior Minister Arye Dery, whose ministry is responsible for implementing the list, said: “These people are trying to exploit the law and our hospitality to act against Israel and to defame the country. I will act against this by every means.”

New Israel Fund CEO Daniel Sokatch said in response that “banning political opposition is the policy of autocracies, not democracies,” adding that “our position is principled: We do not support the BDS movement. We oppose the government’s travel ban and all its actions to punish those with whom it disagrees.”

On instructions from Dery and Erdan, several individuals have already been denied entry into Israel over their support for BDS. Isabel Phiri, a citizen of Malawi living in Switzerland who is a senior official of the World Council of Churches, was put on a flight back after she arrived at Ben-Gurion Internationl Airport in December 2016. The Interior Ministry’s Population and Immigration Authority said that this was “actually the first time that the State of Israel was clearly refusing entry to a tourist based on anti-Israel activity and promoting economic, cultural and academic boycotts against it.”

For months the Strategic Affairs Ministry had refused to divulge which organizations are on the list. However, a joint team from the Strategic Affairs and Interior ministries had previously determined the parameters that serve as a basis for barring activists from coming into the country.

Those who hold senior or important positions in blacklisted organizations will be denied entry, as well as key activists, even if they hold no official position. Mayors and establishment figures who actively and continually promote boycotts will also be prevented from entering, as will activists who arrive to Israel on behalf of or as part of a delegation initiated by one of blacklisted groups.

The full list

European organizations:

■ The France Association Palestine Solidarity

■ BDS France

■ BDS Italy

■ The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine

■ Friends of Al-Aqsa

■ Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign

■ The Palestine Committee of Norway

■ Palestine Solidarity Association of Sweden

■ Palestine Solidarity Campaign

■ War on Want

■ BDS Kampagne

American organizations:

■ American Friends Service Committee

■ American Muslims for Palestine

■ Code Pink

■ Jewish Voice for Peace

■ National Students for Justice in Palestine

■ US Campaign for Palestinian Rights

Other groups:

■ BDS Chile

■ BDS South Africa

■ BDS National Committee

(Source / 07.01.2018)