GoFundMe shuts US-based Palestinian group’s account

Thousands attend a protest organised by the Stop the War Coalition and Palestine Solidarity Campaign in support of the Palestinian people, to mark the 71st anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, on May 11, 2019 in London, England [Tayfun Salcı / Anadolu Agency]

Thousands attend a protest in support of the Palestinian people on 11 May 2019

The popular charitable online giving platform GoFundMe has closed down the account of Palestinian advocacy organisation Al-Awda without providing any reason.

Based in the US, Al-Awda is a non-profit organisation of activists and students who are dedicated to the education of the public on the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes in Palestine.

Abbas Hamideh@Resistance48  

Apparently @gofundme doesn’t want to do business with @AlAwdaROR. We are an American non-profit (501c3) organization advocating for Palestinian Refugees. They refuse requests to disclose reasons of why they shut down a legitimate fundraiser. Could it be because we advocate #BDS?

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According to screen shots of the social media posts from GoFundMe and Abbas Hamideh, the head of Al-Awda, the crowdsourcing platform closed the account this month, reported the Jerusalem Post.

Abbas wrote: “Apparently GoFundMe doesn’t want to do business with Al-Awda – Right of Return.”

“We are an American non-profit (501c3) organisation advocating for Palestinian refugees. They refuse requests to disclose reasons why they shut down a legitimate fund raiser after using them successfully for the past four years. Why did they shut us down? Could it be because we are advocates of the BDS movement and one of its founders?”

READ: UK mosque cancels event with pro-Israel group 

GoFundMe is a California-based crowdfunding platform that permits people to raise money for celebrations and causes and claims to be the world’s largest crowdfunding site by money raised.

A representative for GoFundMe stated: “We’ve reviewed your GoFundMe account and confirmed we are unable to process donations for it. Your GoFundMe account and any associated campaigns will remain closed. We also aren’t able to share the reasons for this action.”

Al-Awda is seeking to raise funds this year to protest against the American Israel Political Affairs Committee (AIPAC), one of the most powerful pro-Israel lobby groups in the United States.

The pro-Palestinian group said: “The major portion of our expenses is for Al-Awda’s upcoming National Rally to Support Palestine and Protest AIPAC on Sunday, March 1, 2020, in Washington.”

On its site, Al-Awda says it “is the only Palestinian led organisation in the North America whose main focus is on the Palestinian refugees’ Right to Return to their ancestral homeland.”

READ: Israel’s fear of prosecution strengthens Palestine narratives

(Source / 31.01.2020) 

Palestine cancels 1995 Oslo Accords signed with Israel

Iconic handshake between PLO leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli President Shimon Peres during the Oslo accords [Council on Foreign Relations/YouTube]

Iconic handshake between PLO leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli President Shimon Peres during the Oslo accords

Palestine on Thursday cancelled the 1995 Oslo Accords signed with Israel, Anadolu reports.

“Israel has been informed that the Palestinian administration will not adhere to the agreements between them,” the Palestinian Authority’s Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh said in a televised interview with Al-Jazeera.

Sheikh also expressed hope that Arab and Islamic countries will be a force that supports the Palestinian attitude.

At the request of Palestine, the Arab League will hold an extraordinary meeting at the ministerial level on Feb. 1 to discuss the so-called peace plan.

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump released his much-hyped plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian dispute during a press conference at the White House with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by his side.

There was, however, no Palestinian representative at the announcement, which saw Trump referring to Jerusalem as “Israel’s undivided capital”.

READ: What is the ‘deal of the century’, and what happens after it is rejected? 

Trump’s so-called peace plan unilaterally annuls previous UN resolutions on the Palestinian issue and has drawn criticism for giving Israel almost everything it demanded.

Under the 1995 Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, was divided into three portions – Area A, B and C.

Israel prevents Palestinians from conducting construction projects in parts of the West Bank designated as Area C under the agreement, which falls under administrative and security control of Israel.

Area C is currently home to 300,000 Palestinians, the vast majority of whom are Bedouins and herding communities who predominantly live in tents, caravans and caves.

International law views the West Bank and East Jerusalem as “occupied territories” and considers all Jewish settlement-building activity there illegal.

(Source / 31.01.2020) 

Israeli Forces Abduct Two Children Near Hebron

Israeli forces, on Thursday evening, brutally arrested two children from Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, in the southern occupied West Bank, Shehab News Agency reported.

Local sources said that the occupation forces abducted Hamza Samih Issa Bahr, 14, and Abdullah Fahd Ibrahim Odeh Sabarneh, 12, in the Al-Dhahr region, south of the town, after confrontations erupted in the area.

(Source / 31.01.2020) 

Abbas: Palestine Free to End Security Cooperation with Israel

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has reportedly sent a note to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, warning that Palestine now feels free to stop security cooperation with the regime as part of the Oslo accords, which are “disavowed” by a contentious US-devised Middle East plan.

Israel’s Channel 12 TV reported, on Wednesday, that a Palestinian Authority delegation, led by Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh, had met with Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and handed him a handwritten letter, in Arabic, from Abbas to Netanyahu.

In his note, the report said, Abbas stressed that the plan US President Donald Trump unveiled on Tuesday, as a proposed solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, disregards the 1993 Oslo accords that divided the West Bank into areas under Israeli, Palestinian and joint controls.

“The plan is an American and Israeli disavowal of the Oslo accords, and so the Palestinian Authority now sees itself as free to disregard the agreements with Israel, including security cooperation,” the report quoted the letter as saying, according to the PNN.

The Palestinian president wanted to inform Israel of his position before he traveled to Cairo to attend an urgent meeting of the Arab League on Trump’s so-called “deal of the century,” according to the report.

Sheikh told Kahlon that Abbas had not only refused to take a call from Trump ahead of the release of his Mideast deal, he had also refused to accept a letter the US president had sent him.

Kahlon, for his part, told Sheikh that he would hand Netanyahu the letter when the Israeli premier returns from a trip to Russia, on Thursday.

The Israeli finance minister also asked Palestinians to temper their response until after Israel’s general elections, in March, claiming that everything could change after the vote.

Trump released his proposed deal during an event at the White House alongside Netanyahu, in Washington, on Tuesday.

(Source / 31.01.2020) 

Kairos Palestine: “Deal Of The Century, An Insult To History And Humanity”

The American declaration on peace in the Middle East made on 28/1/020

“Peace, peace, they say when there is no peace” (Jeremiah: 6:14)

Kairos Palestine: The position announced by the U.S. administration regarding what they termed as the ‘deal of the century’ was, in fact, an insult to history, humanity, the Palestinian people, and the American dignity itself.

The American-Israeli proposal is premised on consolidating Israeli control over all of Palestine’s land, making sure that the Palestinian people are subjected to this control, in return for economic promises that are closer to a deal for buying the people and their spirit with money.

This proposal seeks to legitimize the Israeli occupation and revoke the history of the Palestinian people and their legitimate inalienable rights, particularly the right of return for the Palestinian refugees and the right to self-determination in an attempt to eliminate the Palestinian question completely and definitively.

Jerusalem, the core of the conflict, cannot be declared by any human authority as being solely the capital of Israel. It is the capital of God and humankind as a whole, it is the capital for its Palestinian population as well. There can be no solution if that solution did not clearly reiterate the Palestinian right to the city.

Through this declaration, the U.S. has proclaimed itself clearly as a party to the conflict rather than a peace broker, as it considered this deal, that has no reference to the international law or the UN resolutions, as the final offer to the Palestinians holding them fully responsible, should they reject it, for all the ensuing repercussions.

Israel and the U.S. are yet to listen to the voice of God commanding them, here in the Holy Land and in the world as a whole: do not steal, do not kill, in order to stop killing the Palestinian people and stealing away their lands.

Israel and the U.S. are yet to listen to God’s voice, to the voice of conscience, and realize the truth that cannot be subdued: the Palestinian people are alive, consistently demanding their rights over the past hundred years till this date. The Palestinian people will continue to demand their rights until they obtain them. The only path to peace is that of full equality between the two peoples. Israel peace is preconditioned by Palestinian peace, in fact, Israeli mere survival is based on the just peace for Palestinians. Otherwise, Israel, despite all its power, will live in fear and anticipation of an unknown future. As we already stated in the Kairos document ‘Moment of Truth’, “our and their future are but one. Either a cycle of violence whereby we all perish, or peace whereby we all thrive.”

In his declaration on Tuesday 28/1/2020, President Trump did not offer anything towards this equality but rather consolidated further Israeli hegemony and Palestinians subjugation to it. This means that the conflict will continue, bloodshed will continue, hatred and inhumane treatment will persist.

The money offered to Palestinians is but a slap of insult to every Palestinian and to humanity as a whole, because it is reminiscent of the age of slavery when human beings were being traded, bought and sold for money. Jerusalem is not a good for sale, Palestinians are not for sale.

Peace-making requires Mr. Trump and Israel’s leadership to respect their own humanity, and respect the humanity of Palestinian people, dealing with them on the basis of shared humanity. It is useless to accuse Palestinians of terrorism in an attempt to silence their own conscience and cover up for the terrorism that they are practicing against Palestinians and in dealing with them.

Finally, peace-making requires the respect of international legitimacy and the implementation of international resolutions taken in the context of this conflict. It requires the international community to take a firm stance towards the implementation of its decisions as was and is the case with all the other peoples in the region.

The time has come for anyone with the cause of peace in his heart and the desire to ensure security and stability in the Middle East to open his eyes to the truth rather than be disillusioned by military of financial power and strength. Peace is made by people who want peace, who acknowledge that the other party is a human being with equal rights and dignity that was granted by God to all.

Today we ask churches and Christians across the globe to stand up in the face of injustice against the Palestinian people and demand their countries to reject categorically the so-called ‘deal of the century’, reiterating that neither peace nor justice can prevail unless justice is fulfilled, occupation is ended, and Palestinians are granted their full rights.

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About Kairos Palestine:

We are a Christian Palestinian movement, born out of the Kairos Document, which advocates for ending the Israeli occupation and achieving a just solution to the conflict.

The Kairos Document is the word of Christian Palestinians to the world about what is happening in Palestine.

“Our word is a cry of hope, with love, prayer and faith in God. We address it first of all to ourselves and then to all the churches and Christians in the world, asking them to stand against injustice and apartheid, urging them to work for a just peace.”

We proclaim our word based on our Christian faith and our sense of Palestinian belonging – a word of faith, hope, and love.

We declare that the military occupation of Palestinian land constitutes a sin against God and humanity. Any theology that legitimizes the occupation and justifies crimes perpetrated against the Palestinian people lies far from Christian teachings.

(Source / 31.01.2020) 

IN PICTURES| ‘ISRAEL’ STRIKES DIFFERENT SITES IN GAZA

Gaza (QNN)- Israeli warplanes on the early hours of Friday struck different locations in the city of Rafah in the South of the Gaza strip.

Local sources stated that Israeli jets carried out over ten violent strikes on several targets in Rafah. The Israeli strikes caused blackouts throughout large areas of the strip.

On Friday, the Israeli army claimed that three missiles were fired from Gaza at the illegal settlement of Sderot, causing two injuries among settlers.

The occupation army has recently bombed several locations, which belong to the Palestinian resistance, pushing the resistance factions, in turn, to respond firing missiles at surrounding settlements.

(Source / 31.01.2020) 

INJURED CHILD DIES IN GAZA, SEVERAL INJURIES IN WEST BANK

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- A Palestinian child on Friday succumbed to wounds he sustained a few months ago during Gaza’s weekly protests in eastern Khan Younes, according to medical sources.

WAFA quoted medical sources, which stated that Alaa Hani Abbasi (15 years old) has succumbed to wounds he sustained when Israeli soldiers opened fire at him while he was taking part in Gaza’s peaceful weekly protests in eastern Gaza a few months ago.

In the occupied West Bank, three young men were wounded during confrontations with Israeli soldiers in the village of Badras in western Ramallah.

The West Bank also saw confrontations between native Palestinians and Israeli colonizers in several cities. The confrontations erupted following the Israeli repression of protests, which were held to protest against Trump’s Middle East plan. The Israelis used live bullets and tear gas against demonstrators.

Confrontations erupted in Hebron, Jericho, Qalqilya, Tulkarem and the Jordan Valley.

(Source / 31.01.2020) 

IN VIDEO| ISRAELI FORCES OPEN FIRE AT WORSHIPERS AT AL AQSA MOSQUE

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Dozens of worshipers were reportedly wounded when Israeli forces opened fire at them after they finished the dawn prayer at Al Aqsa mosque.

QNN reporter said thousands of worshipers converged from different cities of Palestine and performed dawn prayer at the holy mosque.

Despite the very cold weather and the Israeli restrictions, thousands of Palestinians reached the holy mosque.

After the worshipers completed their prayers, Israeli police stormed the courtyards of the holy mosque and randomly threw stun grenades and opened fire at worshipers.

Ten worshipers were wounded with rubber-coated metal bullets. Most injuries were in the lower part of the body, reported QNN correspondence.

The Israelis also arrested three worshipers after attacking them. They were identified as Muhammad Abu Shusheh, Muhammad Tiriaqi, and Ahmad Kiswani.

(Source / 31.01.2020) 

Israeli Police Attack Worshipers At Al-Aqsa, Injure Ten

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At least 10 worshipers were injured, one of them seriously, at predawn today as Israeli occupation forces attacked hundreds of worshipers who converged to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem to perform dawn prayer, medical sources said.

Israeli police attacked the worshipers and fired rubber-coated rounds at them, injuring at least 10, one of them in the head. The police then forced all the worshipers to leave the compound and detained three of them.

Police also tightened restrictions around the Old City of Jerusalem, where the compound is located, and searched the ID cards of worshipers coming from Arab towns in Israel and East Jerusalem.  

Yesterday, Israeli intelligence services sent hundreds of SMSs to Palestinians threatening them in case of “committing any breach of law” during prayers at the holy Islamic site.

Earlier this month, Palestinians launched the “Great Fajr Campaign”, calling on people to pray at dawn, fajr in Arabic, in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank, with a view of defying Israel’s attempts to enforce a spatial and temporal division of the holy sites between Muslims and Jewish settlers.

(Source / 31.01.2020) 

Palestinians Survive Israeli Airstrike Near Rafah

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A group of Palestinian civilians survived today an Israeli airstrike which targeted agricultural lands east of Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip, local sources said.

 said that an unmanned Israeli drone launched two missiles at an agricultural area and a group of civilians in the neighborhood of Nahda in Rafah. The bombing caused damage to the site yet no human casualties were reported.

Israeli warplanes and drones also hit other targets near the destroyed Gaza International Airport, south of Rafah, and near Karm Abu Salem border crossing. No human casualties were reported.

Last night, Israeli fighter jets bombed two locations in the central Gaza Strip leaving property damages but no injuries.

(Source / 31.01.2020)