Lebanon bans Palestinian refugees from returning to the country

Children play at a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon on 1 September 2018 [Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images]
Children play at a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon on 1 September 2018

The Directorate of Public Security in Beirut has banned Palestinian refugees who are stranded abroad from returning to Lebanon, Al-Watan Voice reported on Monday.

Domestic workers are also included in the banning directive.

Staff at Middle East Airlines, Lebanon’s national carrier, have been asked not to let such refugees or workers board their aircraft taking Lebanese citizens home during the coronavirus crisis. The refugees are mainly the spouses of Lebanese citizens or their children.

According to Sputnik, many of the Palestinians who prepared themselves to return to Lebanon on an MEA flight were told that their names were now deleted from the lists of those registered to travel. The Russian news agency called the directive “unjustified and illogical” given that they have no alternative destination available.

Lebanon’s Al-Akhbar reported one Palestinian refugee from Lebanon whose mother is Lebanese, and who is married to a Lebanese citizen, being dragged off a flight by security staff at Dubai Airport after it was discovered that he himself is not Lebanese.

United Nations: ‘We always support peaceful demonstrations in Lebanon’

(Source / 05.05.2020) 

Een waar faillissement!

Goede daden

Alle lof zij aan Allah, Hij die al onze goede daden vertienvoudigd tot nog veel en veel meer.

Iemand die failliet is, is in onze ogen iemand die het financieel even niet op orde heeft. Lees mee en maak kennis met een nog veel erger faillissement. 

Op een dag stelde onze nobele profeet – vrede zij met hem – zijn metgezellen een interessante vraag. Hij zei:

Weten jullie wie de failliete is?

De metgezellen antwoordden: “De failliete onder ons is degene die geen dirham (muntstuk) noch bezittingen heeft.”

De profeet doelde op iets heel anders, namelijk degene die failliet zal zijn in het hiernamaals. Hij zei:

(werkelijk) Failliet is degene die op de Dag des Oordeels komt met (daden als bergen) gebeden, vasten en zakaat. Maarhij komt en heeft die en die uitgescholden en die en die beschuldigt en die en diens geld verduisterd, en die en diens bloed vergiet en die en die geslagen. Dan krijgt die en die (i.e. die hij onrecht heeft aangedaan) van zijn hasanaat en die en die van zijn hasanaat. Wanneer zijn hasanaat dan op zijn voordat hij alle (onrecht) heeft afgelost, neemt hij van hun slechte daden en wordt het op hem geworpen en vervolgens wordt hij in het Vuur geworpen. [Sahih Muslim]

Beeld je eens in. Je hebt vele jaren gestreden met het verrichten van goede daden en vervolgens op de Dag des Oordeels wanneer je de beloning vurig verwacht te ontvangen, zie je al jouw inspanningen als sneeuw voor de zon verdwijnen?! Dit is werkelijk het ware faillissement!

Goede daden behouden
Elke goede daad die de moslim verricht, wordt door Allah minimaal vertienvoudigd, tot nog wel zevenhonderd keer afhankelijk van de daad, haar intentie e.d.. Allah zegt:

Wie met een goede (daad) komt, voor hem wordt deze vertienvoudigd.

Allah zegt in dit vers: “Wie met een goede (daad) komt …, Het gaat dus niet enkel om goede daden verrichten, maar ook om het behouden hiervan tot aan de dood. 

Gevaar onrecht
Uit de eerder genoemde overlevering zien we wat het gevaar van onrecht is.

Onrecht is er in verschillende vormen:

  • Fysiek onrecht, door een ander lichamelijk wat aan te doen. 
  • Onrecht in bezittingen, door andermans bezit onrechtmatig te ontnemen door middel van diefstal, oplichterij etc. Of door te verzuimen geleend geld terug te geven, een werknemer niet (volledig) uit te betalen etc.
  • Onrecht in iemands eer door slecht over deze te spreken of te lasteren met zaken waar hij vrij van is.

Naast de overlevering van het faillissement, zijn er nog vele overleveringen die waarschuwen voor het gevaar van onrecht. De profeet vrede zij met hem zei:

Vrees onrecht, want onrecht zal op de Dag des Oordeels duisternissen zijn.

Ook waarschuwt de profeet vrede zij met hem voor de nadelige effecten van onrecht die je in dit leven treffen, nog voor het hiernamaals: 

Vrees de smeekbede van de onderdrukte, want voorwaar er is geen scheiding tussen deze smeekbede en Allah (ie. smeekbede wordt verhoord). En in andere overlevering:

Er is geen zonde waarvan de bestraffing sneller plaatsvindt, naast wat er in het hiernamaals nog komt, als onrecht en het verbreken van de familiebanden 

Dag van Rechtvaardigheid
Het wereldse leven kenmerkt zich met onrecht, misschien wel heel veel onrecht. Maar er zal een dag komen waarop ultieme rechtvaardigheid zal geschieden. Allah zegt

Deze dag (Dag der Oordeels) zal iedere ziel afgerekend worden op wat het heeft gedaan, er zal geen onrecht zijn op deze dag. [ghaafir 17]

De profeet vrede zij met hem verduidelijkt de rechtvaardigheid van die dag door over te leveren dat er zelfs afrekening zal plaatsvinden tussen een schaap met hoorns dat een schaap zonder hoorns heeft geramd. Allaaho Akbar!

Gevaar tong 
Veel onrecht geschiedt vandaag de dag met dit klein onschuldig ogend stukje vlees, maar dat o zo veel schade aanricht. De tong doet anderen onrecht aan in de vorm van roddels, leugens, stoken tussen geliefden, spotten etc. De moslim spreekt in alle vrijheid en staat er niet bij stil dat een engel zijn woorden noteert. Allah zegt:

Er is geen woord dat hij (de mens) uit, of aan zijn zijde bevindt zich een waker (engel) die gereed is. [50:18]

De profeet vrede zij met hem zei:

Wie mij garandeert wat tussen zijn kaken (tong) en tussen zijn benen (geslachtsdeel) is (i.e. beide behoedt van het verbodene) voor hem garandeer ik het paradijs.

En zo nog vele overleveringen die waarschuwen voor het gevaar van de tong.

Technologie
Naast de tong is er vandaag de dag een middel bijgekomen dat een concurrent is van de tong in het begaan van onrecht, namelijk de vingers. Via de Whatsapp en andere sociale media worden vele berichten geschreven en rondgestuurd die onrecht aan anderen kunnen bevatten. Razendsnel en met een groot bereik wordt dit vervolgens verspreid. Daarom is het aan de gelovige, voordat hij op op verzendenlike en dergelijke klikt om zich af te vragen of het bericht geen onrecht bevat.

Goed maken
Onze nobele profeet vrede zij met hem heeft vanwege het grote gevaar van onrecht de moslims geadviseerd om in dit wereldse leven ervan af zien te komen. Hij zei:

Wie zijn broeder onrecht heeft aangedaan in zijn eer of dergelijks laat hem dit dan oplossen voordat er geen dirham en dinar meer zal zijn.

De dag dat er geen dirham en dinar meer zal zijn is de Dag des Oordeels. Dan zal zoals eerder aangegeven de onrechtpleger degene die hij onrecht heeft aangedaan compenseren met zijn goede daden.

Onrecht rechtzetten
Onrecht dat teruggegeven kan worden, zoals in het geval van diefstal e.d. dient teruggegeven te worden. Wanneer de eigenaar niet bekend is of niet meer kan worden bereikt, dient dit als liefdadigheid weg te worden gegeven. 

Immaterieel onrecht, zoals iemand hebben gelasterd,roddel etc, ligt wat ingewikkelder. Het uitgangspunt is dat je zo iemand om vergeving vraagt. Alleen zeggen de geleerden dat wanneer dit kan leiden tot complicaties, je het kan rechtzetten door zo’n persoon te prijzen bij de mensen in wiens bijzijn je slecht over hem hebt gesproken.

Beste broeders en zusters

Werkelijk begunstigd is de gelovige die een bron van het goede is en onrecht in al haar vormen vermijdt. Moge Allah ons allen leiden naar datgene waar Hij van houdt en tevreden mee is.

(Source / 05.05.2020) 

Israeli Forces Demolish Several Palestinian Structures, Deliver Demolition Notices

Israeli forces demolished an agricultural structure, on Monday, in the Jordan Valley village of Tayasir, northern West Bank, according to activist Aref Daraghme.

Daraghme told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that soldiers invaded the village and demolished a small 36 square meter structure with an aluminum ceiling.

Authorities rationalized the demolition by claiming it was built without an Israeli permit.

In related news, the Israeli army delivered halt construction notices, with the intent to demolish Palestinian residential structures, according to local sources.

Sources told WAFA that Israeli authorities ordered a halt on construction and demolition of 2 Palestinian homes, belonging to residents of the village of Qarawat Bani Hassan, West of Salfit, central West Bank.

A third demolition also order was delivered to a small residential structure.

Israeli forces, on Monday, demolished 4 Palestinian agricultural facilities in al-Jiftlik village, northern Jordan Valley, the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) reported.

Sources said that Israeli soldiers stormed al-Aqaba area of the village demolishing an agricultural structure belonging to Murad Jaber.

Other structures destroyed by the army included a water well, a barn and a pool.

The PIC further noted that eyewitnesses said Israeli forces stormed agricultural land, south of Qalqilia City, delivered stop-work orders, confiscated agricultural equipment and abducted three Palestinian youths.

(Source / 05.05.2020) 

Report: In April; 1015 Israeli Violations Against Palestinians

Media department of the Islamic Hamas party reportedly recorded 1015 Israeli army violations against Palestinians in the West Bank, during April of this year, alone.

The department noted in a report that Israeli troops, over the past couple of months, have been carrying out various violations against Palestinians, especially under the spread of Coronavirus.

With respect to the continued Israeli invasions of Palestinian-owned homes, the report suggested that during April of this year, alone, Israeli troops invaded 74 Palestinian civilian homes in the internationally-recognized occupied East Jerusalem.

The violations, according to the report, included 181 abductions, 77 incidents of property damage such as green houses and commercial facilities.

Documenting attacks by colonial Israeli settlers, the report suggested that recently, there has been 72 violations against Palestinian medical crews, which continue to fight the spread of the Coronavirus.

Concerning frequent Israeli invasions into Palestinian villages and towns, the report recorded 212 such invasions, particularly in the West Bank city of Hebron and the occupied East Jerusalem’s old city, as well as some other Palestinian areas, including Beit Ummar town, on the outskirts of the Hebron district.

(Source / 05.05.2020) 

NGO: ‘Israel’ arrested 600 Jerusalemites in 2020

Ramallah (QNN)- The Palestinian Prisoners’ Association stated that the occupation state arrested over 600 Palestinians during daily raids into the occupied capital city this year.

The association added that although of the global concerns regarding the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Israeli authorities continued its daily arrests and targeting of native Palestinians in Jerusalem.

It noted that the Israeli forces arrested today 13 Palestinians from Jerusalem, including the Secretary-General of the National People’s Congress in Jerusalem, Bilal Natsheh, and the director of his office. Muath Ashahb, in addition to General Imad Awad.

The Israelis also arrested today the writer and human rights activist Rania Hatem, Mustafa Abu Zahra, Jadallah Ghoul, and the journalist Tamer Obeidat.

The association confirmed that the Israeli arrests iN Jerusalem are the most in comparison to arrests in other cities.

It also warned of the Israeli targeting to PA officials and human rights activists, which would undermine the Palestinian official presence in the city.

The Israeli police on Tuesday announced that it arrested seven Palestinian activists under the pretext of carrying out “activities against the Israeli law that prevents any activity of the Palestinian Authority in Jerusalem.”

(Source / 05.05.2020) 

Israeli arrests of PA officials, journalists, activists in Jerusalem

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli authorities on Tuesday arrested 20 Palestinians from Jerusalem, including PA officials, journalists, and human rights activists.

The arrests took place early this morning after breaking into the houses of Palestinian officials, journalists, and activists and confiscating their laptops and cell phones.

The Israelis arrested 20 Palestinians, including General Bilal Natsheh, the Secretary-General of the National People’s Congress, which is a PLO organization working to provide aid for Palestinians in the occupied capital city.

The Israeli police also arrested Natsheh’s assistants, Imad Awad and Imad Ashhab, in addition to the journalists Tamer Obeidat and Rania Hatem and the businessman Mustaba Abu Zohra.

The Israeli police stated that it arrested Palestinians from Jerusalem claiming that they “violated Israeli laws of preventing all PA activities in Jerusalem.”

(Source / 05.05.2020)

100 years of shame: Annexation of Palestine began in San Remo

By Ramzy Baroud 

One hundred years ago, representatives from a few powerful countries convened at San Remo, a sleepy town on the Italian Riviera. Together, they sealed the fate of the massive territories confiscated from the Ottoman Empire following its defeat in World War I.

It was on April 25, 1920, that the San Remo Conference Resolution was passed by the post-World War I Allied Supreme Council. Western Mandates were established over Palestine, Syria and ‘Mesopotamia’ – Iraq. The latter two were theoretically designated for provisional independence, while Palestine was granted to the Zionist movement to establish a Jewish homeland there.

“The Mandatory will be responsible for putting into effect the (Balfour) declaration originally made on November 8, 1917, by the British Government, and adopted by the other Allied Powers, in favor of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people,” the Resolution read.

The Resolution gave greater international recognition to Britain’s unilateral decision, three years earlier, to grant Palestine to the Zionist Federation for the purpose of establishing a Jewish homeland, in exchange for Zionist support of Britain during the Great War.

And, like Britain’s Balfour Declaration, a cursory mention was made of the unfortunate inhabitants of Palestine, whose historic homeland was being unfairly confiscated and handed over to colonial settlers.

The establishment of that Jewish State, according to San Remo, hinged on some vague ‘understanding’ that “nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine.”

The above addition merely served as a poor attempt at appearing politically balanced, while in reality no enforcement mechanism was ever put in place to ensure that the ‘understanding’ was ever respected or implemented.

In fact, one could argue that the West’s long engagement in the question of Israel and Palestine has followed the same San Remo prototype: where the Zionist movement (and eventually Israel) is granted its political objectives based on unenforceable conditions that are never respected or implemented.

Notice how the vast majority of United Nations Resolution pertaining to Palestinian rights are historically passed by the General Assembly, not by the Security Council, where the US is one of five veto-wielding powers, always ready to strike down any attempt at enforcing international law.

It is this historical dichotomy that led to the current political deadlock.

Palestinian leaderships, one after the other, have miserably failed at changing the stifling paradigm. Decades before the establishment of the Palestinian Authority, countless delegations, comprised those claiming to represent the Palestinian people, traveled to Europe, appealing to one government or another, pleading the Palestinian case and demanding fairness.

What has changed since then?

On February 20, the Donald Trump administration issued its own version of the Balfour Declaration, termed the ‘Deal of the Century’.

The American decision which, again, flouted international law, paves the way for further Israeli colonial annexations of occupied Palestine. It brazenly threatens Palestinians that, if they do not cooperate, they will be punished severely. In fact, they already have been, when Washington cut all funding to the Palestinian Authority and to international institutions that provide critical aid to the Palestinians.

Like in the San Remo Conference, the Balfour Declaration, and numerous other documents, Israel was asked, ever so politely but without any plans to enforce such demands, to grant Palestinians some symbolic gestures of freedom and independence.

Some may argue, and rightly so, that the ‘Deal of the Century’ and the San Remo Conference Resolution are not identical in the sense that Trump’s decision was a unilateral one, while San Remo was the outcome of political consensus among various countries – Britain, France, Italy, and others.

True, but two important points must be taken into account: firstly, the Balfour Declaration was also a unilateral decision. It took Britain’s allies three years to embrace and validate the illegal decision made by London to grant Palestine to the Zionists. The question now is, how long will it take for Europe to claim the ‘Deal of the Century’ as its own?

Secondly, the spirit of all of these declarations, promises, resolutions, and ‘deals’ is the same, where superpowers decide by virtue of their own massive influence to rearrange the historical rights of nations. In some way, the colonialism of old has never truly died.

The Palestinian Authority, like previous Palestinian leaderships, is presented with the proverbial carrot and stick. Last March, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, told Palestinians that if they did not return to the (non-existent) negotiations with Israel, the US would support Israel’s annexation of the West Bank.

For nearly three decades now and, certainly, since the signing of the Oslo Accords in September 1993, the PA has chosen the carrot. Now that the US has decided to change the rules of the game altogether, Mahmoud Abbas’ Authority is facing its most serious existential threat yet: bowing down to Kushner or insisting on returning to a dead political paradigm that was constructed, then abandoned, by Washington.

The crisis within the Palestinian leadership is met with utter clarity on the part of Israel. The new Israeli coalition government, consisting of previous rivals Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, have tentatively agreed that annexing large parts of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley is just a matter of time. They are merely waiting for the American nod.

They are unlikely to wait for long, as Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said on April 22 that annexing Palestinian territories is “an Israeli decision.”

Frankly, it matters little. The 21st century Balfour Declaration has already been made; it is only a matter of making it the new uncontested reality.

Perhaps, it is time for the Palestinian leadership to understand that groveling at the feet of those who have inherited the San Remo Resolution, constructing and sustaining colonial Israel, is never and has never been the answer.

Perhaps, it is time for some serious rethink.

(Source / 05.05.2020) 

NGO: PA official evacuated to hospital after Israeli torture session

Ramallah (QNN)- The Committee of Prisoners and Former Prisoners stated that the Israeli police at Maskubiyyeh interrogation center has evacuated the PA official, General Bilal Natsheh, to Shaare Zedek hospital after harsh interrogation.

In a statement issued today, the committee quoted the confirmation of Natsheh’s lawyer that his client was subjected to very harsh interrogation after his arrest from his house in Jerusalem in the early morning today.

Natsheh was among 13 Palestinians, who were arrested from their houses in the occupied Palestinian capital, most of them are PA officials and journalists.

The committee held the occupation state responsible for the life and safety of Natsheh, stressing that evacuating him within a few hours after his arrest to the hospital underlines the brutality of the occupation state.

The Secretariat of the National People’s Congress, led by Natsheh, held the occupation state responsible for any health consequences that could affect General Natsheh and called to immediately release him.

(Source / 05.05.2020) 

Egypt says it destroyed more than 3,000 Gaza tunnels

Besieged Gaza residents used the tunnels to smuggle the necessary needs for the blockaded Gazans, including food and medicines

Egyptian army has destroyed more than 3,000 tunnels along its border with the besieged Gaza Strip in the past five years, Egyptian Army Spokesperson Tamer al-Refai has revealed on Sunday.

In an interview with the private Egyptian news channel Extra News, Refai said: “In 2015, the [Egyptian] government took a decision to establish a buffer zone along the border [with the Gaza Strip].”

Gaza Strip has been under a strict Israeli-Egyptian siege since 2007 and Gaza residents have been struggling for the basic commodities.

“These tunnels,” Refai claimed, “were used to threaten Egypt’s national security, including the infiltration of terrorists, smuggling of weapons, ammunition, goods, narcotic drugs and vehicles.”

In fact, the tunnels were used to smuggle the necessary needs for the blockaded Gazans, including food and medicines.

Refai added: “We established the buffer zone in stages because residents had to be relocated. They have received compensation.”

The Egyptian army displaced people and destroyed their homes in order to establish the buffer zone. The displaced people were left in the open air without any compensation.

It is worth noting that the Israeli-Egyptian siege against Gaza is still in place despite tens of international bodies have reiterated it is a flagrant violation of the international law and called for lifting it immediately.

(Source / 05.05.2020) 

Second Batch Of Palestinians Stuck In Jordan Begin Their Return To Their West Bank Homes

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The second batch of Palestinians who were stuck in Jordan are expected to return to their West Bank homes today after Jordan has opened al-Karama/King Hussein/Allenby bridge crossing specially for their return, according to Nazmi Muhanna, director of the crossings in the Palestinian Authority.

He said in a statement that while 350 Palestinians returned home yesterday, it is expected that around 500 will return today and more in the coming couple of days before all those stuck in Jordan due to the coronavirus outbreak are able to come home.

Arrivals get checked at the crossing to make sure they are not infected with the coronavirus disease and are then ordered to stay in the homes for 14 days as an extra precaution.

(Source / 05.05.2020)