Bishops Against Israel

By A.Z.

Some time ago, Pope Benedict XVI and Middle East Bishops were demanding that Israel accept U.N. resolutions, calling for an end to its occupation of Arab lands.

In a communiqué at the end of their two-week meeting, the bishops demanded that Israel accept United Nations’ resolutions, calling for an end to its occupation of Arab lands and told Israel it shouldn’t use the Bible to justify injustices against the Palestinians.

The Church is standing up against Israeli injustices, while our Mosque leaders are busy wasting our time, at every Friday prayer with irrelevant speeches on marginal repetitive issues.

In Islam, Mosques are not only a place of worship, they are a place where knowledge, science, debate and community issues are addressed.

Mosques should function more or less like a University, where people learn to achieve excellence in science, intellect, business, social cohesion and all other fields.

The pursuit of knowledge, science, excellence, tolerance and social cohesion, are cardinal parts of the role of the mosque.

Speak to your Mosque committee, ask them what have they done to fulfil their Islamic duty towards Muslims and Britain in the following areas:

  1. Fighting extremism and promoting tolerance.
    2. Providing educational programmes, encouraging Muslim youth to achieve excellence and success in the fields of science, business, art etc.
    3. Fighting racism.
    4. Political awareness and political activism.
    5. Enhancing Muslims integration in British society.
    6. Media engagement
    7. Fighting anti social behaviour and crime.
    8. Fighting Islamophobia and negative stereotypes.
    9. Having a fair representation of women and youth on the committee.
    10. Holding open days for non-Muslims, to promote a positive picture of Islam.

Mosques need to address these issues, because that’s what Mosques should do. The Mosque should be an educational establishment, that enlightens the wider community with tolerance, progress, partnership and excellence.

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Gaza resistance groups vow to response Israeli crimes against Palestinian protesters

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — The Palestinian resistance Joint Operations Room in the Gaza Strip on Saturday announced that consultations are underway to decide its response to the Israeli crimes against the Great March of Return protesters.

This was voiced in a statement following the Israeli army’s recent killing of four Palestinians in the Great March of Return.

The Israeli occupation army on Friday heavily opened fire at peaceful protesters on Gaza border, killing four and injuring dozens of them.

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, the martyrs were identified as Mohammed Jahjouh, 16, Abdulaziz Abu Shari’a, 28, Maher Yasin, 40, and Ayman Shbeir, 18.

(Source / 23.12.2018)

Video: Israeli occupation troops kidnap 3 little Palestinian school girls

During the kidnapping, the Israeli occupation soldiers threatened other girls they would kidnap or shoot them is they did not leave the vicinity of their school

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Israeli occupation troops kidnapped on Sunday morning three Palestinian schoolgirls from Betunia Primary School, west of Ramallah, in central West Bank.

After placing them in their armoured vehicle, the Israeli soldiers threatened to attack any person who approaches them after for help.

The Israeli occupation soldiers took the three girls, who are in sixth and seventh grades, to an unknown place.

In front of their schoolmates, the three girls were screaming and crying, while the Israeli occupation soldiers also terrified other school girls by threatening to kidnap them or shoot them if they do not leave the area.

Palestinian ministry of education denounced the kidnapping and described it as Israeli violation and military harassment against the schoolchildren.

Eyewitnesses said the three school girls were released after a while and they went home safely.

Israeli aggression against Palestinian children are deemed flagrant violations of the international law and human rights conventions.

Kidnapping school children is a violation to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, especially Article 16, which states that “no child shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his or her privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his or her honour and reputation.”

The aforementioned convention also stipulates that “the child has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.”

#Israeli_occupation forces kidnapped #three_Palestinian_children in Betunia, #West_Bank. pic.twitter.com/aysLL9u2di— Motasem A Dalloul (@AbujomaaGaza) December 23, 2018 

(Source / 23.12.2018)

Family of slain Palestinian teen demands full investigation

Qassem al-Abbassi, 17, was killed by Israeli forces while he was in a car with his friends in occupied West Bank

A Palestinian teenager was shot and killed at the Bet Il checkpoint at the northern entrance of the occupied West Bank city of al-Bireh.

Qassem al-Abbassi, 17, was killed by Israeli forces on Thursday night while he was in a private vehicle with his friends who were attempting to pass the checkpoint.

Abbassi is from the town of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem. His body has been withheld by the Israeli army.

On Friday, Abbassi’s family contested claims by the Israeli military that he had attempted to ram his car into the soldiers.

In a press statement, family elder Moussa al-Abbasi said that what happened to Abbassi is murder, and demanded a full investigation into the shooting.

The family also called for an autopsy to be carried out on, and for Abbassi’s body to be returned to them in order to conduct a proper burial and funeral.

Maan, a local Palestinian news agency, reported that Mohammed al-Abbassi, a relative of the slain teen, was with him in the car at the time of the shooting.

“We were on our way to Nablus when we reached the checkpoint,” Mohammed said.

He said an Israeli policeman approached to tell them the road was closed.

“As we attempted to go back to the main road, we were chased by either Israeli soldiers or settlers,” he continued. “We could barely see as there were not enough lights and it was very dark.”

It was at that point, Mohammad said, they came under a heavy barrage of gunfire from all directions. 

A spokesman for the Israeli army told the AFP news agency that “soldiers opened fire in the direction of a vehicle which was attempting to break through a military barrier in the Ramallah region, killing one of the occupants”. An investigation has been opened, the spokesman added. 

In a separate incident, armed men opened fire at Israeli soldiers stationed by the illegal Jewish settlement of Ofra, east of Ramallah, late Thursday. The men managed to flee the scene.

Israeli media reported that shots were fired at the Israeli army and that soldiers responded with fire.

(Source / 23.12.2018)

Israel army arrests minor near Ramallah

Israeli soldiers intervene in Palestinians, who gathered for a tree planting event on "Palestinian Land Day", in the Madma village of Nablus, West Bank on March 30, 2017. ( Nedal Eshtayah - Anadolu Agency )

Israeli soldiers can be seen harassing Palestinians in the West Bank on 30 March 2017

Israeli forces on Sunday detained a Palestinian minor near Ramallah city in the occupied West Bank, according to local residents as reported on Anadolu Agency.

Israeli forces raided the vicinity of a school west of Ramallah and arrested students, two of whom were girls, the resident said.

The two girls were later released, while the third remained in custody, the same source said.

The Israeli army has yet to comment on the report.

READ: 2018 one of the bloodiest years for Palestinian children under Israel occupation

(Source / 23.12.2018)

Hamas slams court ruling dissolving parliament

Hamas celebrate their 31st anniversary on 17 December 2018 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Hamas celebrate their 31st anniversary in Gaza on 17 December 2018

Palestinian group Hamas has decried a Constitutional Court ruling dissolving parliament, saying the verdict has “no constitutional or legal value”.

The court “was established by [Palestinian President Mahmoud] Abbas to pass and protect his arbitrary decisions of dissolving the legislative council,” Hamas said in a statement on Sunday.

The Gaza-based group described the court ruling as “political” and “will not change the reality a bit”.

“The formation of the constitutional court is invalid and so are its decisions,” it said.

On Saturday, Abbas pledged to implement the court ruling dissolving the Hamas-held parliament and holding new parliamentary elections within six months.

Hamas said Abbas “is carrying out a desperate attempt to pass his policies by liquidating and destroying the Palestinian political system, ending political pluralism and destroying the legitimate institutions.”

The group called on all Palestinian forces and Egypt to stand against “Abbas’ procedures that undermine all efforts to protect the unity of the Palestinian people.”

Since 2007, a rift has prevailed between Hamas and Abbas’ Fatah group despite mediation efforts for rapprochement.

(Source / 23.12.2018)

Soldiers Search Homes, Summon Former Detainee For Interrogation, In Hebron

23 Dec 11:21 AM

Israeli soldiers invaded, earlier Sunday, Hebron city, and near by Yatta town, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, searched homes, and summoned a former political prisoner for interrogation.

Media sources said the soldiers violently searched homes in Hebron city, and interrogated several Palestinians before summing a former political prisoner, identified as Odai Sharabati, for interrogation in Etzion military base and security center, north of Hebron.

They added that the soldiers also invaded Yatta town, south of Hebron, and searched the homes of Mohammad Hussein al-Mahaina.

In addition, the soldiers installed roadblocks in several areas in the Hebron governorate, stopped and searched many cars and interrogated the residents while inspecting their ID cards.

(Source / 23.12.2018)

Huwwara Residents Foil An Attack By Colonialist Settlers

23 Dec 9:04 AM

Members of the popular Local Guards Committee, an unarmed group of residents in Huwwara town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, managed to foil an infiltration attack, carried out by extremist illegal Israeli colonialist settlers into their town.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said locals from the Guards Committee in Huwwara managed to intercept the illegal settlers infiltrating into their town.

He added that the Israeli assailants were seen trying to attack a Palestinian home at the edge of the town, before they were chased away.

The official said that the illegal colonists were apparently trying to burn a Palestinian home, but their attack was foiled before they managed to do any harm.

On July 31st, 2015, extremist settlers infiltrated the village of Douma, south of Nablus, under cover of darkness, and firebombed a home belonging to Dawabsha family.

The father Saad, 32, mother Reham, 27, and 18-month-old Ali were burned to death, while 4-year old Ahmad suffered from 3rd degree burns over most of his body.

(Source / 23.12.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Briefly Detainee Three Schoolgirls Near Ramallah

23 Dec 1:14 PM

Israeli soldiers detained, on Sunday morning, three schoolgirls from Betunia Basic School, west of Ramallah, in central West Bank, and threatened to attack any person who approaches them after placing them in their jeep, and released them shortly afterwards.

The Palestinian Ministry of Education denounced the ongoing Israeli violation, and military harassment against the schoolchildren.

The three schoolgirls, in the sixth and seventh grades, were forced into a military jeep, without any cause of justification, and were screaming and crying, while the soldiers also terrified other school girls by threatening to abduct them, or shoot them if they do not leave the area.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers released the schoolgirls shortly after detaining them, and left the area.

Israeli ongoing violations against Palestinian children are ongoing breaches on various international law, and human rights agreements, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, especially Article #16, which states that “1. No child shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his or her privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his or her honor and reputation. 2. The child has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

(Source / 23.12.2018)

Social Media Giants Continue to Collaborate with Israel’s Illegal ‘Cyber Unit’

23 Dec 3:35 AM

The State Attorney’s unit operates outside the law to censor Facebook & YouTube posts; 2017 saw 500% increase in posts censored as a result of Cyber Unit’s action.

Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel continues to demand that Israel’s state attorney’s office shutter its “Cyber Unit” which – in collaboration with major social media outlets such as Facebook and YouTube – is illegally censoring user content.

Adalah sent an initial letter on 2 August 2017 to Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, State Attorney Shai Nitzan, and Cyber Unit director Haim Vismonsky demanding that they immediately cease the illegal operations of the state attorney’s Cyber Unit.

The state responded on 11 November 2017, claiming that the unit operates in accordance with instructions from the attorney general and state attorney, according to an orderly work procedure. State authorities also noted that requests to remove content are made only when there is a public interest justifying such action, and that the activity of the unit stems from its statutory duty as an enforcement body to prevent the commission of criminal offenses. The state also noted that it not actually removing the posts but rather requesting that social media outlets take this action.

WHAT NOW?

In a follow-up letter issued to the same respondents on 21 November 2018 by Adalah Attorneys Rabea Eghbariah and Fady Khoury, Adalah stressed that the state’s response failed to address the constitutional and legal flaws inherent in the Cyber Unit’s activities.

The state attorney’s authority in such issues is limited to the possibility of retroactively appealing to the courts and bringing suspects to trial. The court is the only body authorized to determine whether a particular social media post constitutes a crime and to order punitive measures.

It is immaterial whether the removal of content is actually carried out voluntarily by a private body such as content providers. The Cyber Unit’s proactive approach constitutes a procedural act that must confirm to the principles of constitutional and administrative law.

Israel’s dramatic increase in online censorship in 2017, without any legal authorization and in violation of a series of basic principles in constitutional and administrative law, raises the real concern of a potential spillover of state censorship of protected publications.

ADALAH DEMANDS THAT ISRAEL’S CYBER UNIT:

Immediately cease submitting requests for the removal of social media content, since doing so violates fundamental principles of constitutional and administrative law;
Immediately transmit for our review a copy of the work procedure according to which the Cyber Unit submits requests for removal of content based on the public’s right to know.

WHAT IS THE CYBER UNIT?

The Cyber Unit began operation during the second half of 2015 and is responsible for “dealing with cyberspace enforcement challenges” via censorship of social media posts. This censorship – conducted in collaboration and coordination with social media outlets, including U.S.-based giants Facebook and YouTube – entails the removal of content added by users, restriction of access to certain websites, and outright blocking of users’ access to these sites.

The number of Cyber Unit requests to remove content skyrocketed in 2017.

Data provided by the unit revealed that in 2016 it submitted 2,241 content removal requests; of these, 1,554 were removed, and 162 were partially removed. In 2017, however, the Cyber Unit submitted 12,351 content removal requests – an increase of more than 500% percent; 85% of the requests ultimately led to the full removal of the concerned posts and another three percent led to partial removal.

Cyber Unit clerks and administrative officials decide for themselves, within the framework of an alternative enforcement system, if a certain instance of expression “is incitement to violence and terror, and support of a terror organization” or is a “forbidden publication towards public servants in the framework of their jobs.” However, Israel’s state attorney is usurping authority – reserved for the judicial branch – illegally and without any legal authorization. The Cyber Unit cannot impose sanctions based solely on suspicion.

(Source / 23.12.2018)