Hague Recognizes Gaza & West Bank as Official Palestinian Birthplaces

11 Feb 4:56 AM

Palestinians living in the Netherlands will be allowed to register the Gaza Strip and the West Bank as their official place of birth, Dutch State Secretary Raymond Knops told the House of Representatives in The Hague.

The Netherlands, which does not recognize Palestine as a sovereign state, currently offers Palestinians two options when specifying their birthplace at the Dutch civil registry; the two options are Israel or “unknown.”

Knops wrote a letter to the House of Representatives, saying that he intends to add the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem to a list of official states used by the Dutch civil registry.

The new category will be available to Palestinians born after May 15th 1948, the day the British Mandate was officially terminated and Israel became a recognized state.

In the letter, Knops stated that the new category is in accordance with “the Dutch viewpoint that Israel has no sovereignty over these areas,” as well as the Netherlands’ refusal to recognize Palestine as a state.

Knops added that the new category was named based on the Oslo Accords and United Nations Security Council resolutions.

While the UN General Assembly and at least 136 countries have recognized Palestine as a sovereign state, most of the European Union has refrained from recognition until such status is established peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

According to Dutch news outlets, up until 2014, Israel was the only birthplace available to Palestinians registering in the Netherlands. The category “unknown,” also known as code “0000,” was made available to Palestinians living in the Netherlands after opposition to listing Israel as their birthplace.

(Source / 11.02.2019)

WHO: $32m Needed to Address Humanitarian Needs in the oPt

11 Feb 3:43 AM

Al-Awda hospital ER team providing emergency care to an injured patient. Credit: UHWC

A new report by WHO shows that, since the start of the mass demonstrations in Gaza, on 30 March, 2018, 261 people have been killed and a total of 27,942 people injured:

“13,174 were treated and discharged from the Trauma Stabilization Points (TSPs) and the remaining 14,768 casualties were transferred to MoH and NGO hospitals. 6,386 people had live ammunition gunshot wounds, of which 5,561 (87%) presented limb gunshot wounds.”

The report additionally said that, as the current fuel reserve for hospitals declines, mitigation measures continue to affect the health system, such as reduced sterilization, diagnostic imaging, cleaning, laundry and catering services. However, the Electricity Distributing Company has connected some of the hospitals with extra grid lines, which has in turn decreased the dependency on fuel to run-backup generators; in addition, ad-hoc donations from various charities have prevented the closure of hospitals.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health continues to highlight the potential threat facing the health sector, should the remaining fuel gets completely depleted.

The report added that chronic shortages of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies at all facility levels continue to pose major challenges for health services, saying that the Health Cluster requires $32 million USD to response to humanitarian needs in the oPt.

The Humanitarian Response Plan for the Health Cluster will target 900,000 people out of the 1.2 million identified as acutely in need of humanitarian health assistance.

(Source / 11.02.2019)

UNICEF Condemns Israeli Army for Murder Of Palestinian Children

11 Feb 5:05 AM

UNICEF said that it is deeply saddened by the killing of two children, aged 13 and 17 years old, shot on Friday, by the Israeli occupation army, near the border fence of the blockaded Gaza Strip.

“The exact circumstances of their death are under verification”, said UNICEF in a Saturday statement. “This brings the number of Palestinian children killed this year to four.”

“This is another stark reminder of the significant violence that children in the State of Palestine continue to endure. As we mark 30 years since the Convention on the Rights of the Child, it is essential that the fundamental rights of children be respected”, stated UNICEF.

“It is time that violence against children ends. For years, children in the State of Palestine and Israel have suffered not only physically but have also borne the brunt emotionally”, the UN organization said.

“Children are children. They must be protected at all times. Children should never be a target. Nor should they be exposed to any form of violence, by any party”, it added, according to Days of Palestine.

During the 46th week of the Great Return March demonstrations in Gaza, the Israeli forces continued to use lethal and other forms of excessive force on Palestinian protesters. The documentation by Al Mezan Center for Human Rights shows that, on Friday, 8 February, 2019, Israeli forces killed two children and injured 104 protesters, including 43 children, five women, and one paramedic — 22 by live ammunition and 48 by tear gas canisters. One protester was seriously wounded.

Al Mezan added that, since the start of the protests on 30 March, 2018, 265 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip. Of the total fatalities, 188 were killed at the protests, including 38 children, two women, two journalists, three paramedics, and eight persons with disability, including one child. Another 14,378 persons have been wounded, including 3,058 children, 630 women, 171 paramedics, and 149 journalists. Of those wounded, 7,635 were hit by live fire, including 1,426 children and 152 women. The Israeli forces continue to keep the bodies of 11 fatalities, including three minors.

(Source / 11.02.2019)

Updated: PPS: “Israeli Soldiers Abduct Twenty-One Palestinians In West Bank”

11 Feb 12:46 PM

Updated: The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has confirmed that Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, twenty-one Palestinians from their homes, in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

In Occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Mahmoud Abul-Latif, 28, from his home in the Old City.

Abdul-Latif is a former political prisoner who was also banned from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque several times, for protesting repeated invasion by the soldiers and colonialist settlers into the holy site’s compound.

The Jenin office of the PPS, in northern West Bank, said the soldiers invaded and searched homes in the city and in Jenin refugee camp, and interrogated many Palestinians, before abducting three Palestinians.

It stated that the soldiers abducted two young men, identified as Abdullah Sa’id Eghbariyya and Ahmad al-Bashar, from Jenin city, in addition to Mahmoud Ali Sa’adi, from Jenin refugee camp.

The soldiers also invaded the al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, searched a few homes, before abducting Ramzi Hamed ‘Oweis, 18, and Ziad Kamal ‘Oweis, 20.

In Tulkarem, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Aseed Mohammad Ka’biyya, 25, Khaled Metye’ Harsha and Omran Ayman Harsha, all from Qaffin town.

In Hebron governorate, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, the soldiers searched many homes and abducted Mahdi Abdul-Jawad Bader, 36, and Rami Issa Ashour, 35, from Hebron city.

The army also abducted a child, identified as Wahid Samir ‘Aadi, from his home in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, in addition to Yasser Mohammad Rajoub, from Doura town, and Bader Mohammad al-Hawamda, from the as-Sammoa’ town, south of Hebron.

In Bethlehem, the soldiers abducted Ibrahim Hasan Issa, 14, Karim Mohammad Da’dou, 14, and a former political prisoner, Ahmad Ali Issa, 18, from their homes in the al-Khader town, south of the city.

Furthermore, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Ibrahim Hani Suman, 27, from his home in the Saff Street, in the center of Bethlehem city.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded homes in Beit Rima town, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and abducted Zahid Matar Rimawi, 34, Mahmoud Thalji Rimawi, 20, and Tayyim Awad Rimawi, 21.

The soldiers also fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades at local youngsters, who protested the invasion in Beit Rima, and hurled stones at the military vehicles.

(Source / 11.02.2019)

Two Palestinians killed in Gaza-Egypt tunnel after Egyptian soldiers spray poisonous gas inside

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — Two Palestinians died late Sunday after inhaling poisonous gas inside a tunnel along the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip.

Iyad al-Bozom, spokesman for the Interior Ministry in Gaza, said that the police officer Raed al-Aker, 39,  died during a security mission to inspect a border tunnel south of the Gaza Strip and rescue the other victim Subhi Abu Qurshin, 28.

Al-Bozom said that the civil defense crews managed to pull the bodies out after hours of work. Two security officers were injured in the incident and transferred to hospital for treatment, he added.

Local sources reported that the Egyptian army on Sunday evening attacked a commercial tunnel in Rafah, the southern area of the Gaza Strip, with poison gas bombs.

The same sources said that Gaza rescue teams are still looking for 9 Palestinians who were inside the tunnel when it was attacked.

(Source / 11.02.2019)

Israeli mista’arvim kidnap Palestinian child in Issawiya

Mista’arvim are Israeli undercover soldiers.

Israeli mista’arvim kidnap Palestinian child in Issawiya

Israeli mista’arvim kidnap Palestinian child in Issawiya

Israeli undercover soldiers, mista’arvim, on Sunday evening kidnapped a Palestinian child in a shop in Jerusalem.

Yusuf Dari, 13, was kidnapped from a shop in Issawiya, north of occupied Jerusalem by Israeli mista’arvim.

According to eyewitnesses, the mista’arvim ambushed Dari, and waited in the store, and immediately entered, attacked and arrested him.

They added that the  mista’arvim threatened the owner of the shop by the weapon.

Seven vehicles belong to the Israeli occupation police stormed the village after the child was arrested; in order to protect the  mista’arvim  during their exit from the village.

Occupation forces launched at dawn today a campaign of arrests in Issawiya, after storming the houses of residents.

Israel arrested Ali Attia, Saleh Obaid and  the child Adham Abu Riala.

The child Adham Abu Riala who arrest by  IOF

 (Source / 11.02.2019)

CRIME AND GENDER UNDER THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION: THE DEATH OF ORI ANSBACHER

The tragic death of a young woman, one that should have been investigated properly, in occupied East Jerusalem on Thursday February 7th has ended showing more light on Israeli racism and official Apartheid. What exactly happened to her has remained more clouded. 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher from the illegal Israeli colony of Tekoa near the village of Taqqou / Tekoa / Tuqu in the Bethlehem district of the occupied West Bank was found dead, her body naked, in a forest in East Jerusalem near the threatened West Bank village of al-Walaja. Ansbacher had been stabbed ‘multiple times’. 29-year-old Arafat Irfayia was arrested by notorious Israeli internal secret service Shin Bet in al-Bireh on the occupied West Bank on Saturday February 9th and was immediately accused of killing her. In non- racist law system there would be investigation, charges and trial and if found guilty, conviction. Under Israel’s Apartheid rule that is not the case. Irfayia is very likely to be tortured, so any ‘confession’ will be under a cloud of suspicion. 

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 Immediately after Irfayia’s arrest Israeli occupation took measurements of his home for its destruction – a collective punishment that usually takes place before a trial has ended, or even began; Irfayia became guilty in the eyes of Israel’s regime the moment he was arrested because he is Palestinian. Whether he is really guilty and how strong the evidence (material evidence and former criminal record have been hinted at) is, doesn’t matter. According to Israeli authorities “no confession is necessary”. The possibility that he could be innocent and a real killer still free doesn’t exist for Israel – or parts of the Israeli majority, hundreds of which demonstrated in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square later on Saturday, with one of them demanding that ‘Israel need to deport the Palestinians to Syria, or hang them in Rabin Square’. If Irfayia is guilty, question would be what was the motivation? Criminal or political? In this case too, the end result will not be based on facts but political convenience: It will almost certainly be treated as terrorism, because it will fit the needs of Israeli occupation, it will make the victim a martyr the illegal settler movement wants for its own purposes and if Irfayia is guilty, he himself is likely to claim political motive to justify the homicide. Prime minister Netanyahu, president Rivlin and Yisrael Beitenu’s Avigdor Lieberman, former minister, all have already used Ansbacher’s death for political goals, with Lieberman using her fate to push for death penalty for occupied Palestinians, claiming that Ansbacher was ‘killed only because she was a Jew’. RACISM, GENDER AND SEXUALITY The death of Ansbacher and reaction to it reminds us of the Jim Crow in the United States, where too the violation of a white woman or a mere claim of it by an African-American man left no chance for the accused to be found not guilty in a trial – if he survived as long and was not lynched. Any real, proper criminal investigation is impossible in such a situation. The attempted rape of a white woman by a black man used to excuse the Klu Klux Klan and the lynching of black men in D. W. Griffith(1875-1948) notorious “The Birth of a Nation”(1915), so liked by then president Woodrow Wilson(1856-1924) that he had it shown in the White House. An official seal for the idea that a black man who is seen threatening the chastity of a white woman must be killed immediately – or any black male, as all black men are collectively guilty in the eyes of white men like Liam Neeson, just like the demonstrator in Rabin Square saw all Palestinians guilty for the alleged crime of one Palestinian. At the heart of racism like in Jim Crow and Israeli Apartheid is often sexuality and Patriarchy; women are seen as property of their own group and willing or unwilling sexual contact with the oppressed group’s males are seen as a threat to the entire group and its purity. The oppressed group is thus seen in exaggeratedly sexual terms. This is the case with Israel with its ‘anti-miscegenation’ organizations trying to stop romantic affairs and marriages between Jews and Palestinians. In an effort to ‘protect’ the females of their group, the oppressors claim ‘their’ women and the sexuality of their women as a collective property of the males of their group. The threat from the beastly, sub-human ‘Other’ who needs to be kept at bay with violence is used to construct a cage not only for the oppressed, but also women of the oppressing group also. HUMAN SHIELD IN LIFE AND DEATH In the case of Ansbacher’s tragic death Irfayia is already treated as guilty. A trial will be just a formality, his home destroyed perhaps in the coming days. Whether he killed Ansbacher is, for Israeli regime and majority, not the question – how to protect the purity of their women from the beastly Palestinian males is. Truth and justice for the dead victim will be lost because of racism and the occupation. The ongoing election campaign will only make the Israeli reaction even worse than usual – Ansbacher was buried in the illegal Israeli colony of Tekoa as martyr for the illegal colony movement and extremist politicians and parties, now the mainstream in Israeli politics, will use her death in their election propaganda to compete who will do worse things to Palestinians to keep Jewish women safe – in already brutally occupied land where they are being used as human shields. In death Ori Ansbacher is already serving and will continue serve the Israeli occupation and the illegal settler movement – and their mostly male leaders. What they won’t ever mention is that without the occupation she would still be alive. Instead they will point at her grave in an illegal colony and use it to ‘justify’ the occupation and increased illegal colony building activity.
(Source / 11.02.2019)

ISRAEL ADMITS THAT ITS EXCUSE FOR KILLING TEENAGER ON A CHECKPOINT WAS FALSE

 Israeli occupation has admitted that the excuse used to ‘justify’ the killing of Abdullah Tawalba(19) and seriously wounded Omar Hanana(15) on Ferbuary 4th was baseless. Israeli occupation soldiers who opened fire on the two boys riding a motorcycle at the checkpoint to al-Jamalah village claimed that the boys had ‘thrown’ or ‘planted’ what they claimed was ‘explosives’; internal occupation investigation found no evidence for this. It doesn’t take a huge leap to guess that the occupation troops killed boys after hearing the sound of motorcycle – which, if one would be charitable – might be mistaken for sound of a minor explosion, if the exhaust pipe has problems. That leap and guess might be too charitable – Israeli occupation soldiers’ easy trigger-fingers are well known, as the consequences are guaranteed to be from minor to non-existent to them. It’s unlikely that Abdullah Tawalba’s family will either receive any justice in Israel’s occupation courts.
(Source / 11.02.2019)