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Settlers give chase to Palestinian children

Shilo chase kids

Israeli guards of Shilo illegal settlement, which was forcibly established over Palestinian land south of Nablus, on Sunday chased a group of children in Qaryout town near the city.

Eyewitnesses told the PIC reporter that Israeli occupation forces (IOF) protected the extremist settlers while following the Palestinian young men at the pretext of approaching the settlement.

Later on, IOF soldiers raided the town and arrested a Palestinian youth, Mujahed Mousa, for his refusing to hand over the children or give their names to the IOF.

(Source / 06.05.2018)

Abbas’s speech was only the latest example of anti-Semitism by Israel’s supporters

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas seen at the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council on February 27, 2017 [Mustafa Yalçın / Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas seen at the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council on February 27, 2017

By Asa Winstanley

Too many people within the Labour Party, and even some within Britain’s Palestine solidarity movement, either fundamentally misunderstand or refuse to see the true nature of the Palestinian Authority. The PA is not the “Palestinian government” and neither is it the leader of the Palestinian struggle. Indeed, the “authority” was established with precisely the opposite intention: to liquidate the Palestine Liberation Organisation as the leader of the struggle.

This scheme, hatched by the forces of US imperialism in alliance with the Israeli occupation regime, was largely successful, despite occasional tensions. The PA was thus established as a puppet regime to give a Palestinian fig leaf to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip; it is an unelected, unaccountable, wannabe dictatorship which answers to nobody except Israel and its sponsors in the US and EU. The Ramallah-led Palestinian security services and secret police do everything in their power to prop up this dictatorship and to shield Israeli soldiers and illegal settlers from Palestinian resistance, both armed and unarmed.

“President” Mahmoud Abbas last won an election 13 years ago and his mandate – such as it was – expired almost a decade ago. He essentially inherited the PA as a family business after Yasser Arafat passed away in 2004. Much like a mob boss, he has bitterly and brutally held onto his trappings of power, even at the cost of toppling previous close allies, most notably the notorious former torturer of Gaza, Mohammed Dahlan.

Despite much hollow noise by the US and Israel against Abbas, the fact that the PA is a tool of US imperialism in the region had been made clear time and time again. In September 2016, for example, the Obama administration even directly intervened in the US court system to prevent what could have been the financial collapse of the PA and its “security force” thugs. An Israeli-government-linked organisation sought $1 billion in damages against the PA, but the federal appeal court threw the case out after the President intervened.

The formation of the PA was the culmination of decades of failed Israeli schemes to impose puppet Palestinian regimes to control the indigenous population through divide and rule, a strategy common to every settler-colonial project, such as the “Bantustans” in Apartheid South Africa. Probably the most notorious of these efforts were the “Village Leagues” of the 1980s. When these attempt to invent a new collaborationist regime in the West Bank failed, attention was turned to instead co-opting the PLO. This strategy was ultimately successful from 1993 onwards.

Thus, empty noises made by the Israeli government against the PA are just that, because the regime in Tel Aviv knows that it ultimately needs Ramallah as a loyal instrument of its occupation of the West Bank. The latest raucous fury came this week when the Israeli government condemned the content of an Abbas speech.

Israel’s condemnation, though, was both hollow and hypocritical. Its incongruity aside, the strange and rambling speech did in fact include a hideously anti-Semitic statement. Abbas claimed, disgracefully, that the Nazi Holocaust was provoked by the “social function” of Europe’s Jews and their supposed domination of “usury and banking”. This is a classically anti-Semitic trope, and it was disavowed swiftly by leading Palestinian voices the world over.

Ben Jamal@BenJamalpsc

The Palestinian cause is rooted in antiracism. Any comments or actions that depart from that foundation, no matter who from, do that cause a disservice. https://twitter.com/PSCupdates/status/991737933727191040 

Ali Abunimah

@AliAbunimah

As @asadabukhalil notes, quisling PA “president” Mahmoud Abbas was always a Holocaust denier. But that didn’t matter to his Israeli masters and Zionist groups as long as they thought he was useful to sign away the rights of the Palestinian people. http://angryarab.blogspot.com/2018/04/mahmoud-abbas-anti-semite.html 

Dima Sarsour ديمة@YasminWaQahwa

The remarks made by are deplorable. We’ve been saying this for 20 yrs: Abbas and the PA do not represent the Palestinian community.

That being said. Everyone threw the puppet under the bus instantly despite doing everything to work against interest and will of

Diana Alghoul 🇵🇸@SuperKnafeh

One must remember that Abbas has a record of working against Palestinian interest – from facilitating the Israeli occupation, to financially blackmailing civilians and sustaining a dictatorship. It’s clear he doesn’t represent Palestine and his remarks don’t represent our cause.

The Palestinians have always had a national consensus that their struggle is emphatically not against Jews as people or Judaism as a religion, but against the political, settler-colonial ideology of Zionism. Although there is much of what he said and did to criticise legitimately, to his credit previous PLO leader Yasser Arafat always made this distinction clear.

Ironically, what was probably Abbas’s most clearly anti-Semitic statement to date came only a year after Hamas revoked its previous charter, a document written by a lone activist around the time of the movement’s foundation in the late 1980s, which contained some anti-Semitic passages. Instead, the movement now has a new, widely adopted document which affirms what its leaders had been saying for a decade or more; the “conflict is with the Zionist project not with the Jews because of their religion. Hamas does not wage a struggle against the Jews because they are Jewish but wages a struggle against the Zionists who occupy Palestine.”

Moreover, Israel’s condemnation of Abbas was entirely hypocritical, because he has a long pedigree of anti-Semitism which does not seem to have bothered the Israelis and their supporters before. He wrote a PhD thesis in Moscow decades ago, which reportedly included Holocaust denial.

The fact is that Israel has no problem working with anti-Semites, as long as they are pro-Israel anti-Semites. As the Lebanese-American Professor As’ad AbuKhalil has noted, Abbas has been a Holocaust denier since he was young, and he is part of a trend of Israel’s dictatorial allies in the region. One former Israeli military intelligence officer has even admitted that there was an actual policy of encouraging anti-Semitic conspiracy theories among their dictatorial allies such as the Shah of Iran so as to give the false impression that they were all-powerful.

Yossi Alpher reportedly said of his book Periphery that, “We knew that the issue of the [notorious anti-Semitic Tsarist forgery the] Protocols of the Elders of Zion plays a very important role for them. To a certain degree even, we played that card, so they’d think we have immense influence over the world, and could manipulate US policy in their favour in particular. The Moroccans, the Iranians, the Turks, Idi Amin – they were all sure that one word from us would change Washington’s position towards them.” (Emphasis added.)

This pattern continues today, with Israel’s open embrace of anti-Semites like former Trump advisor Steve Bannon and influential Christian Zionist pastor John Hagee.

All of this demonstrates the vacuity of Israel’s condemnation of Mahmoud Abbas’s vile speech. He too is an anti-Semite, but he is also pro-Israel, so we should ignore the self-righteous cant of Benjamin Netanyahu and his cronies. They need Abbas as much as he needs them.

(Source / 06.05.2018)

Gaza blast kills 6; Israel declines to comment

Palestinians seen protesting at the Gaza-Israel border as part of the sixth week of the Great March of Return on May 4, 2018 [Mohammad Asad / Middle East Monitor]

Palestinians seen protesting at the Gaza-Israel border as part of the sixth week of the Great March of Return on May 4, 2018

An explosion in Gaza killed six people on Saturday, Hamas said. It blamed the incident on Israel, which declined comment.

A statement from the Palestinian group’s armed wing called the incident a “deplorable Zionist crime” perpetrated against its people.

“During a complicated security and intelligence operation conducted by Qassam Brigades to investigate a serious and a grave security incident conducted by the Zionist enemy against Palestinian resistance, a deplorable crime took place against our Mujahideen in the area of Zawayda in central Gaza Strip,” it said.

Reuters television captured a pillar of smoke rising above the village of Zawayda near the coast of Gaza, far from the border with Israel where tensions have escalated in recent weeks.

The exact circumstances of the blast were unclear and Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, provided no further details.

An Israeli military spokesman declined to comment on the incident, although a more junior official had earlier denied the army was involved.

Read: Palestinian smeared as ‘terrorist’ was driving at 6mph when Israel cops opened fire

Israel withdrew its troops and settlers from Gaza in 2005. But, citing security concerns, Israel maintains a naval blockade of the coastal territory, keeping tight restrictions on the movement of Palestinians and goods across the frontier.

In co-ordination with Israel, Egypt also keeps its border with Gaza largely closed.

Forty-three Palestinians have been shot and killed by Israeli forces since March 30, when Gazans began weekly protests dubbed “The Great March of Return” along the border with Israel.

Facing international censure over its use of live fire in the protests, Israel says it is protecting its border and takes such action only when protesters, some hurling fire-bombs and trying to plant explosives, come too close.

As Israel celebrates its 70th birthday, Palestinians mourn what they call the “Nakba” (Catastrophe) of their people’s mass dispossession during the conflict that broke out in 1948.

Two-thirds of the 2 million Palestinians in Gaza are war refugees or their descendants. The protests have seen thousands gather to demand access to their families’ lost homes or lands, now in Israel.

Israel says Hamas is using the protests as cover to try to carry out attacks. Hamas denies the accusation.

Read: Israel troops have wounded 8,000 peaceful protesters since 30 March

(Source / 06.05.2018)

Lebanese vote in first general election in 9 years

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri casts his vote at a polling station during Lebanese general election in Beirut, Lebanon on May 06, 2018 [Houssam Shbaro / Anadolu Agency]

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri casts his vote at a polling station during Lebanese general election in Beirut, Lebanon on May 06, 2018

Voters queued outside polling stations across Lebanon on Sunday for the chance to take part in its first general election in nine years – an event seen as important for economic stability but unlikely to upset the overall balance of power.

Cars and mopeds were decked out with the flags of the main parties, loudspeakers blared songs in support of candidates near their electoral strongholds and young people wore T-shirts bearing the faces of political leaders.

The election is being held under a new proportional system that has confused some voters and made the contest unpredictable in formerly safe seats, but still preserves the country’s sectarian power sharing system.

Whatever the result, another coalition government including most of the major parties, like that which has governed since 2016, is likely to be formed after the election, analysts have said.

Getting the new government in place quickly would reassure investors of Lebanon’s economic stability. It has one of the world’s highest debt-to-GDP ratios and the International Monetary Fund has warned its fiscal trajectory is unsustainable.

“We hope we will open a new era,” said Mahmoud Daouk, voting in Beirut.

But some other voters were sceptical the election signalled an improvement in Lebanon’s political climate.

“The situation is actually worse now, not better… we lost the chance to hold them accountable nine years ago,” said Fatima Kibbi, 33, a pharmacist.

Voting is scheduled to end at 7 p.m. (1600 GMT). Unofficial results are expected to start coming in overnight. Election law makes it illegal on Sunday to publish forecasts of how the parties will perform before polls close.

However, analysts are closely watching the performance of Sunni Muslim Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri’s Future Movement party and that of the Iran-backed, Shia Hezbollah group and its allies.

Lebanon has periodically been an arena for the intense regional competition between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

However, in recent years, Riyadh has pulled back from its previous support for Hariri, backing that helped Future in 2009 when it was part of the ‘March 14’ coalition focused on making Hezbollah give up its massive arsenal.

That issue has been quietly shelved as the main parties have focused on getting the economy back on track and grappling with the Syrian refugee crisis.

Donors pledged $11 billion in soft loans for a capital investment programme last month, in return for fiscal and other reforms, and they hope to hold the first follow-up meeting with the new government in the coming weeks.

Debt ratings agencies had stressed the importance of Lebanon going ahead with the election after parliament had extended its term several times.

(Source / 06.05.2018)

Tunisians vote in first free municipal elections

Tunisia has been hailed as the only democratic success of the Arab Spring because it toppled a long-serving autocrat, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, in 2011

Tunisians voted on Sunday in their first free municipal elections, another step in a democratic transition that has become marred by disappointment over a lack of jobs and economic opportunities.

Ennahda and Nidaa Tounis parties, which form a coalition at national level, are expected to dominate the polls for 350 municipalities.

Tunisia has been hailed as the only democratic success of the Arab Spring because it toppled a long-serving autocrat, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, in 2011, without triggering major violence or a return to authoritarian rule.

But enthusiasm for democratic change has long given way to anger over stubbornly low living standards, which have driven some Tunisians to make the dangerous sea crossing to Europe in search of work or have prompted a few to turn to militant Islam.

“I intended to boycott (the vote), but I changed my mind at the last moment,” Mohamed Ali Abadi, told Reuters after leaving a polling station. “We are facing a lot of economic problems but will continue our way in a real democracy.”

The turnout in three polling stations visited by Reuters in the capital Tunis in the morning was weak with mostly elderly people voting while young people were sitting in cafes nearby.

“I want a job,” said a young man who gave his name as Ramzi. “No one cared for us in the past years and we suffer from unemployment.”

The main challenge will be to match voters’ expectations with local budgets in a country where the central government makes the main decisions about how and where money gets spent.

A new law envisages some decision-making being gradually devolved to the local level, though it remains unclear how it will work in practice.

Western donors want to provide funds for councils to start projects from day one.

This comes on top of billions of dollars in loans from the International Monetary Fund and various countries to help plug a budget deficit caused by political turmoil and one of the world’s highest public sector bills.

(Source / 06.05.2018)

Israel kills two Palestinians ‘trying to cross from Gaza’

Palestinians seen protesting at the Gaza-Israel border as part of the fifth week of the Great March of Return on April 27, 2018 [Mohammad Asad / Middle East Monitor]

Palestinians seen protesting at the Gaza-Israel border as part of the fifth week of the Great March of Return on April 27, 2018

Israeli soldiers shot and killed two Palestinians who allegedly tried to cross into Israel from the Gaza Strip on Sunday, the military said.

Mohamed Khaled, 20, and Bahaa Abdel-Rahman, 23, were killed when Israeli forces opened fire in Khan Younis city in the southern Gaza Strip, Palestinian health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said in a statement.

“Troops fired towards three suspects who attempted to infiltrate into Israel from the southern Gaza Strip and to damage security infrastructure in the area of the security fence,” the Israeli military said in a statement. “Two suspects were killed.”

The area is near the border with Israel, where more than 45 unarmed Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in protests that began on March 30, dubbed by organisers as “The Great March of Return”.

In response to international criticism over its use of live fire in the demonstrations, the Israeli army says it is protecting its border and takes such action only when protesters, some hurling firebombs and trying to plant explosives, come too close.

Late on Saturday, an explosion killed six people in Gaza. Hamas on Sunday blamed Israel and threatened a response. The Israeli military declined to comment on the blast.

“We hold the enemy directly responsible for this crime, and for previous crimes, and the Zionist enemy will pay a dear price,” said a statement issued by Hamas’s armed wing after the funeral marches on Sunday.

(Source / 06.05.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Invade Kufur Qaddoum

06 MAY
2:01 AM

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Saturday evening, Kufur Qaddoum town east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, before breaking into a home and occupying its rooftop.

Many army jeeps invaded the town, before storming into the home of Zohdi Eshteiwi, at its main entrance, violently searched the property and occupied its rooftop to use it as a monitoring tower.

The soldiers also installed a military roadblock before stopping and interrogating many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

It is worth mentioning that Kufur Qaddoum holds weekly procession against the Annexation Wall and colonies and demanding the military to reopen them town’s main road, which was blockaded fifteen years ago to enable easy access to colonialist settlers driving to and from the illegal Kedumim colony, built on Palestinian land.

(Source / 06.05.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians After Colonialist Settlers Assaulted Them In Jerusalem

06 MAY
9:52 AM

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Saturday at night, two young Palestinian men from the African Neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem, after a group of extremist Israeli colonialist settlers attacked them.

Media sources in Jerusalem said the colonialist settlers attacked the two Palestinians, identified as Nasri al-Farrawi and Ali al-Farrawi, while participating in decorating their neighborhood and al-Wad Street leading to the al-Aqsa Mosque, in preparation for the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

They added that Israeli soldiers arrived at the scene and abducted the two Palestinians instead of removing the assailants.

The two Palestinians were cuffed and blindfolded before being moved to an interrogation facility in the occupied city.

(Source / 06.05.2018)

Israeli Air Force Fires A Missile Into Northern Gaza

06 MAY
12:18 PM

The Israeli Air Force fired, on Sunday at dawn, at least one missile into an area, north of Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, causing damage.

The missile caused damage to the targeted site, believed to be run by the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, causing damage to it, a few surrounding homes and property, and led to anxiety attacks among many children.

In a statement, the Israeli army said it targeted the Hamas position in response to incendiary kites, set by Palestinian protesters into lands across the border fence.

The army added that the latest attack had no relation with the Saturday explosion, which claimed the lives of six Palestinian fighters in Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza.

It also held Hamas responsible for any further escalation and the consequences of any attack from the Gaza Strip.

It is worth mentioning that Israeli Ynet News said one of the army’s drones managed, Friday, “to down an incendiary kite, apparently by cutting the cord attached to it.”

It added that Palestinian protesters managed to down two military surveillance drones using slingshots, and quoted the army claiming the drones, Phantom 3 and Matrice, are surveillance only UAV’s and do not carry classified intelligence.

(Source / 06.05.2018)

De test met nieuwe kogels

Dit is deel I in een reeks van artikelen over de wreedheden tegen de Palestijnen

In de inhumane bezettingsaanvallen op Palestina, die samen geen oorlog mogen worden genoemd, worden de laatste weken nieuwe kogels uitgetest. Het gebruik van deze nieuwe kogels, een soort dum-dum kogels, schijnt al jaren verboden te zijn, echter er is geen land of organisatie die het gebruik van deze kogels tegen de Palestijnen aan de kaak wil stellen.

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De foto’s van het gebruik van deze kogels wordt momenteel geshared op social media en sommige buitenlandse sites, o.a. www.alaraby.co.uk. Volgens Samir Saliba, hoofd van de afdeling Spoedeisende Hulp in het Palestine Medical Complex zijn de fragmenten van de kogels gemaakt van metaal, die zeer nauwkeurig zijn en zich ingraven in het weefsel van het lichaam. Daarbij zijn artsen zeer angstig om de fragmenten van de kogels te verwijderen, daar het verwijderen ernstige schade aan het lichaam kan toebrengen. De explosieve kogel bestaat uit een metalen kop met een diameter van 6 mm en een explosieve substantie binnenin.

De artsen van Medecins Sans Frontieres, die sinds de March of Return demonstraties Palestijnse artsen bijstaan, zien ook steeds meer vreemde wonden. De artsen hebben opgemerkt dat de verwondingen een ‘extreme mate van vernietiging van beenderen en zacht weefsel omvatten, naast grote uittredingswonden die de grootte van een vuist kunnen hebben.  

Ook Dokter Nasser al-Jaberi, directeur van de Spoedeisende Hulp van het West Bank’s Arab Society Hospital, heeft het over dezelfde verwondingen: “ … De kleine kogels zijn minder krachtig dan grotere patronen, maar ze dragen een dodelijk stempel, net als elke andere kogel, vooral wanneer de .22 kalibers holle punt kogels zijn, ook bekend als expanderende, dum-dum, exploderende of gefragmenteerde kogels … “ (informatie van de site www.mondoweiss.net).  “ … Volgens al-Jaberi is het merendeel van de kogelwonden die hij behandelt afkomstig van dit soort expanderende kogels – waarvan het gebruik volgens het internationale recht als een oorlogsmisdaad wordt beschouwd. ” … De meeste kogelwonden die we hier behandelen bevatten gefragmenteerde kogels. Wanneer ze de huid binnendringen exploderen ze in vele fragmenten. Als dit de botten bereikt, noemen we het verkrampte breuken, “zei hij, verklarend dat dit soort breuken betekent dat het bot met hoge snelheid werd geraakt en in meer dan twee stukken gebroken werd. “We hebben enkele van deze gevallen gehad waarbij de kogelfragmenten slagaders hebben doorgesneden en dat is een zeer ernstige verwonding die zeker in bepaalde omstandigheden dodelijk is … “

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Dum Dum kogel
De kogel waar hierboven over gesproken is, is na alle waarschijnlijkheid de dum-dum kogel of misschien wel een nieuw ontwerp hiervan. Een specialist in wapens heeft op een site gemeld:  “ … De Dum Dum zal fragmenteren bij impact en interne organen versnipperen. Er is eigenlijk een nieuw ontwerp van deze en dat wordt RIP (Radically Invasive Projectile) genoemd. Het splitst zich in 8 verschillende stukken bij impact en wordt op de markt gebracht als de laatste ronde die je ooit zult moeten kopen … “

Een andere naam voor de dum-dum kogel is de hollow-points (eigenlijk de opvolger, daar de dum-dum al heel snel verboden zou zijn geworden). ‘Homeland Security’ in de VS heeft bijvoorbeeld 450 miljoen hollow-points aangeschaft, zogenaamd om mee te oefenen.’

In het geweld tegen de Palestijnen worden dit soort kogels nu gebruikt, om nog meer leed aan de personen aan te brengen, grotere verwondingen en moeilijker herstel. Dagelijks wordt er door de soldaten van de bezettende macht gebruik gemaakt van dum-dum of hollow point kogels. Ondanks het feit dat het verbod op ‘expanding bullets’ in een gewapend conflict in vele verschillende militaire handleidingen is vastgelegd.

© KhamakarPress / 06.05.2018