“Powers” calls for an escalation of the popular resistance in response to the crimes of the occupation

The national and Islamic forces called on the masses of the Palestinian people to escalate the popular resistance in response to the crimes of the occupation, including the crime of colonial settlement and ethnic cleansing.

In a press statement issued after its meeting in Ramallah today, Saturday, the powers affirmed the impossibility of accepting or dealing with any ideas or proposals from any party to legitimize the occupation, and that the only acceptable Palestinian solution is to implement international legitimacy decisions to end the occupation in all its forms from our land And enabling the Palestinian people to exercise their right to self-determination, national independence in a fully sovereign state, with Jerusalem as its capital, and securing the right of return for refugees in accordance with UN Resolution 194.

And I warned against the occupation’s implementation of its aggressive plans in the village of Al-Mughair, east of Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate, which is one of the important areas because of its proximity to the Jordan Valley, through settlement construction, and the crackdown on farmers.

The forces also called for a broad campaign to save the lives of the prisoners from the policy of deliberate medical neglect, after the announcement of the captive Mohamed Salah El-Din being diagnosed with cancer, especially with the escalation of the spread of Corona virus and the infection of a number of prisoners with the virus.

She called for wide participation in the marches and events organized in opposition to the occupational annexation plan, including the march on Ahmed Shugairi Square next Tuesday at five in the evening.

(Source / 12.07.2020)

Mandela´s grandson: The occupation aims to remove Palestine from existence

Mandla Mandela, grandson of the activist Nelson Mandela, said that we live in hope that grows day by day, like a seedling in the earth that we will emerge from the darkness and greet each other one one day in a free Palestine. 

“This is the example I wish to live for and achieve, and if necessary, I am prepared to die for this,” the South African MP said during his participation in the “Colonial Plan to Seize the Palestinian Food Basket”: “This is the example i wish to live for and achieve, and if necessary, I am prepared to die for this.

“Mandela the Grandson” added during the seminar: We talk about a subject so close to our beings and a painful reality that words hardly describe them.

“It’s the story of every stone that became a house for settlers, every olive tree uprooted from the valley, every drop of water that has been turned from the dry lips of Palestinian children, and every well filled with rubble to erase the possibility of life and living,” he said.

“No matter how impossible and difficult the current situation may be, the pendulum of justice is always back to restore balance and the natural order of things,” Mandela said.

“In the face of an attempt to annex the Palestinian food basket, the colonists have the military power, and the support of the United States and its friends in the East and the West.”

“We have the weight of justice, a global network of human solidarity and unwavering hope for the future, and I hope to support us through 350 years of struggle for justice in our south African land,” Mandela said.

Mandela addressed the experience of the struggle in South Africa and its approach to the Palestinian situation, explaining that South Africa had turned into a break stop that fed the colonial expansion project, which led to the expulsion of landowners into exile and confined the majority of blacks to a size of 13% of the country in areas that were called Banstantu Homelands.
“They are very similar to palestinian refugee camps in Jordan.”

Mandela stressed that colonial projects are always accompanied by an insatiable appetite for expansion, large-scale expropriation and looting.

The height of that greed, which continued under the Zionist myth of a landless people for a land without a people, had witnessed seven decades of grand theft, taking away the full glory of daylight and in full view of the world.

Mandela warned: Today they have set their sights on the Jordan Valley and tomorrow it will be Jordan, Lebanon and Syria and who knows what next.

The united states of The United States is the only country in the world that has been able to overcome the crisis.

“In the face of the dream of occupying the greater State of Israel, we have only two options of resistance or surrender,” Mandela said.

“We must be quick in our response and in mobilizing the largest network of human solidarity until the grand scheme of U.S.

President Donald Trump and the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, is stopped, the trick of the century,” he said.

“As you reflect on the implications of annexing the Palestinian food basket, let me share with you the colonialism we have suffered in South Africa.

“The colonization of apartheid has left us with a deep legacy of inequality, land hunger, rural underdevelopment and urban informal development, the breakdown of social cohesion, crime, drugs, poverty, high levels of illiteracy, and unimaginable levels of unemployment, especially among young people,” Mandela adds.

“I have no doubt that some of these issues are already facing our sisters and brothers in the Palestinian diaspora, especially those who are forced to live in the miserable conditions prevailing in refugee camps and similar places,” he said.

“We must demand an end to this madness and we will continue to fight for justice for our Palestinian sisters and brothers and the right to exist in peace on their land of birth,” he said.

Mandela called on the United Nations to take an lesson from South Africa’s struggle against apartheid and ensure a fair and equitable distribution of the Palestinians.

“My grandfather refused to give up the armed struggle in the face of the ongoing atrocities and brutality of the apartheid State.”
He pointed out that “The Grandfather Mandela” was initially in his position that justice was a prerequisite for peace and that a negotiated settlement can become a reality only when all political prisoners are free, when all exiles are allowed to return and when all political parties are not banned.

Mandela called on the Government of South Africa and President Cyril Ramaphosa to use South Africa’s position as President of the African Union and its membership in the United Nations Security Council to exert pressure and mobilize everyone to stop this illegal annexation of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley.

He stressed the need to seize the opportunity to mobilize a global network of human solidarity unprecedented in human history.
He said: “We will no longer be satisfied that our land will continue to feed the greed of the power-hungry few. We are no longer satisfied with our position, because the peoples of Palestine, Western Sahara, Kashmir, Syria, Yemen, Myanmar and countless others in Latin America and the world are suffering from humiliation and crimes against humanity, which have degraded them as human beings and our silence about their victory will make us complicit in their suffering.”

Mandela called on the Government of South Africa and President Cyril Ramaphosa to use South Africa’s position as President of the African Union and its membership in the United Nations Security Council to exert pressure and mobilize everyone to stop this illegal annexation of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley.

He stressed the need to seize the opportunity to mobilize a global network of human solidarity unprecedented in human history.

He said: “We will no longer be satisfied that our land will continue to feed the greed of the power-hungry few. We are no longer satisfied with our position, because the peoples of Palestine, Western Sahara, Kashmir, Syria, Yemen, Myanmar and countless others in Latin America and the world are suffering from humiliation and crimes against humanity, which have degraded them as human beings and our silence about their victory will make us complicit in their suffering.”

Mandela called for the unification of global efforts to build a vast network of human solidarity. “This is our only hope of stopping the annexation of the Palestinian territories. This is our only hope to hold the perpetrators of this massive injustice against the Palestinians to account.”

Mandla Mandela is a politician who advocates just causes, notably the Palestinian cause, and he inherited the same values as his struggling grandfather, the pillars of the rule of law, after decades of apartheid policy against blacks.

At a 2019 seminar at the United Nations Office, he had called for no reference to be recognized for attempting to legalize the occupation in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The symposium, “The Colonial Plan to Seize the Palestinian Food Basket”, was organized by the Arab Organization for the Protection of Nature and the Arab Food Sovereignty Network, in collaboration with the Global Food Sovereignty Alliance.

(Source / 12.07.2020)

‘Optimism of the Will’: Palestinian Freedom is Possible Now

Israelis gather to stage a demonstration to protest against Israel's annexation plan for the illegal settlements in West Bank and Jordan Valley, in Tel Aviv, Israel on June 6, 2020 [Nir Keidar / Anadolu Agency]
Israelis gather to stage a demonstration to protest against Israel’s annexation plan for the illegal settlements in West Bank and Jordan Valley, in Tel Aviv, Israel on June 6, 2020

By Ramzy Baroud

In a recent TV discussion, a respected pro-Palestine journalist declared that if any positive change or transformation ever occurs in the tragic Palestinian saga, it would not happen now, but that it would take a whole new generation to bring about such a paradigm shift.

As innocuous as the declaration may have seemed, it troubled me greatly.

I have heard this line over and over again, often reiterated by well-intentioned intellectuals, whose experiences in researching and writing on the so-called ‘Palestinian-Israeli conflict’ may have driven some of them to pessimism, if not despair.

The ‘hopelessness discourse’ is, perhaps, understandable if one is to examine the off-putting, tangible reality on the ground: the ever-entrenched Israeli occupation, the planned annexation of occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank, the shameful Arab normalization with Israel, the deafening silence of the international community and the futility of the quisling Palestinian leadership.

Subscribing to this logic is not only self-defeating, but ahistorical as well. Throughout history, every great achievement that brought about freedom and a measure of justice to any nation was realized despite seemingly insurmountable odds.

Indeed, who would have thought that the Algerian people were capable of defeating French colonialism when their tools of liberation were so rudimentary as compared with the awesome powers of the French military and its allies?

Israel: ‘Our relations with Arab states do not depend on peace with Palestine’

The same notion applies to many other modern historic experiences, from Vietnam to South Africa and from India to Cuba.

Palestine is not the exception.

However, the ‘hopelessness discourse’ is not as innocent as it may seem. It is propelled by the persisting failure to appreciate the centrality of the Palestinian people – or any other people, for that matter – in their own history. Additionally, it assumes that the Palestinian people are, frankly, ineffectual.

Interestingly, when many nations were still grappling with the concept of national identity, the Palestinian people had already developed a refined sense of modern collective identity and national consciousness. General mass strikes and civil disobedience challenging British imperialism and Zionist settlements in Palestine began nearly a century ago, culminating in the six-month-long general strike of 1936.

Since then, popular resistance, which is linked to a defined sense of national identity, has been a staple in Palestinian history. It was a prominent feature of the First Intifada, the popular uprising of 1987.

The fact that the Palestinian homeland was lost, despite the heightened consciousness of the Palestinian masses at the time, is hardly indicative of the Palestinian people’s ability to affect political outcomes.

Time and again, Palestinians have rebelled and, with each rebellion, they forced all parties, including Israel and the United States, to reconsider and overhaul their strategies altogether.

A case in point was the First Intifada.

When, on December 8, 1987, thousands took to the streets of the Jabaliya Refugee Camp, the Gaza Strip’s most crowded and poorest camp, the timing and the location of their uprising was most fitting, rational and necessary. Earlier that day, an Israeli truck had run over a convoy of cars carrying Palestinian laborers, killing four young men. For Jabaliya, as with the rest of Palestine, it was the last straw.

Responding to the chants and pleas of the Jabaliya mourners, Gaza was, within days, the breeding ground for a real revolution that was self-propelled and unwavering. The chants of Palestinians in the Strip were answered in the West Bank, and echoed just as loudly in Palestinian towns, including those located in Israel.

The contagious energy was emblematic of children and young adults wanting to reclaim the identities of their ancestors, which had been horribly disfigured and divided among regions, countries and refugee camps.

The Intifada – literally meaning the “shake off” – sent a powerful message to Israel that the Palestinian people are alive, and are still capable of upsetting all of Israel’s colonial endeavors. The Intifada also confronted the failure of the Palestinian and Arab leaderships, as they persisted in their factional and self-seeking politics.

Fatah leader: Israel annexation plan a ‘declaration of war’

In fact, the Madrid Talks in 1991 between Palestinians and Israelis were meant as an Israeli- American political compromise, aimed at ending the Intifada in exchange for acknowledging the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) as a representative of the Palestinian people.

The Oslo Accords, signed by Yasser Arafat and Israel in 1993, squandered the gains of the Intifada and, ultimately, replaced the more democratically representative PLO with the corrupt Palestinian Authority.

But even then, the Palestinian people kept coming back, reclaiming, in their own way, their importance and centrality in the struggle. Gaza’s Great March of Return is but one of many such people-driven initiatives.

Palestine’s biggest challenge in the movement is not the failure of the people to register as a factor in the liberation of their own land, but their quisling leadership’s inability to appreciate the immense potential of harnessing the energies of Palestinians everywhere to stage a focused and strategic, anti-colonial, liberation campaign.

This lack of vision dates back to the late 1970s, when the Palestinian leadership labored to engage politically with Washington and other Western capitals, culminating in the pervading sense that, without US political validation, Palestinians would always remain marginal and irrelevant.

The Palestinian leadership’s calculations at the time proved disastrous. After decades of catering to Washington’s expectations and diktats, the Palestinian leadership, ultimately, returned empty-handed, as the current Donald Trump administration’s ‘Deal of the Century’ has finally proven.

I have recently spoken with two young Palestinian female activists: one is based in besieged Gaza and the other in the city of Seattle. Their forward-thinking discourse is, itself, a testament that the pessimism of some intellectuals does not define the thinking of this young Palestinian generation, and there would be no need to dismiss the collective efforts of this budding generation in anticipation of the rise of a ‘better’ one.

Malak Shalabi, a Seattle-based law student, does not convey a message of despair, but that of action. “It’s really important for every Palestinian and every human rights activist to champion the Palestinian cause regardless of where they are, and it is important especially now, ” she told me.

“There are currently waves of social movements here in the United States, around civil rights for Black people and other issues that are (becoming) pressing topics – equality and justice – in the mainstream. As Palestinians, it’s important that we (take the Palestinian cause) to the mainstream as well,” she added.

“There is a lot of work happening among Palestinian activists here in the United States, on the ground, at a social, economic, and political level, to make sure that the link between Black Lives Matter and Palestine happens,” she added.

On her part, Wafaa Aludaini in Gaza spoke about her organization’s – 16th October Group – relentless efforts to engage communities all over the world, to play their part in exposing Israeli war crimes in Gaza and ending the protracted siege on the impoverished Strip.

“Palestinians and pro-Palestinian activists outside are important because they make our voices heard outside Palestine, as mainstream media does not report (the truth of) what is taking place here,” she told me.

For these efforts to succeed, “we all need to be united,” she asserted, referring to the Palestinian people at home and in the diaspora, and the entire pro-Palestinian solidarity movement everywhere, as well.

The words of Malak and Wafaa are validated by the growing solidarity with Palestine in the BLM movement, as well as with numerous other justice movements the world over.

Another Palestinian political prisoner dies in Israeli prison due to deliberate medical negligence

On June 28, the UK chapter of the BLM tweeted that it “proudly” stands in solidarity with Palestinians and rejects Israel’s plans to annex large areas of the West Bank.

BLM went further, criticizing British politics for being “gagged of the right to critique Zionism and Israel’s settler-colonial pursuits”.

Repeating the claim that a whole new generation needs to replace the current one for any change to occur in Palestine is an insult – although, at times, unintended – to generations of Palestinians, whose struggle and sacrifices are present in every aspect of Palestinian lives.

Simply because the odds stacked against Palestinian freedom seem too great at the moment, does not justify the discounting of an entire nation, which has lived through many wars, protracted sieges and untold hardship. Moreover, the next generation is but a mere evolution of the consciousness of the current one. They cannot be delinked or analyzed separately.

In his “Prison Notebooks”, anti-fascist intellectual, Antonio Gramsci, coined the term “pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will.”

While logical analysis of a situation may lead the intellect to despair, the potential for social and political revolutions and transformations must keep us all motivated to keep the struggle going, no matter the odds.

(Source / 12.07.2020)

COVID-19 sickens Palestinian detainee in Israel

Palestinian activists sit in a mock prison, during a protest in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails on 9 April 2019 [Mahmoud Nasser/ApaImages]
Palestinian activists sit in a mock prison, during a protest in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails on 9 April 2019

A Palestinian detainee in Israel has contracted coronavirus, according to the Commission of Palestinian Affairs on Sunday, Anadolu Agency reports.

In a statement, the commission said Kamal Abu Wa’er, 46, was diagnosed with the virus, blaming the Israeli policy of “medical negligence” for his illness.

The Israeli “policy of deliberate and systematic medical negligence has made [Palestinian] detainees vulnerable to the coronavirus and other epidemics and diseases which threaten their lives,” the commission said.

According to the statement, Abu Wa’er, from the town of Qabatiya in the northern West Bank, suffers from a throat cancer and is now treated at the Israeli Assaf Harofeh hospital.

Abu Wa’er was detained in 2003 and is serving a lifetime in prison.

On Saturday, Israeli prison authorities said a detainee tested positive for COVID-19, without giving further details about his identity.

Palestinian authorities estimate that over 5,500 Palestinians are currently languishing in prisons located throughout Israel.

READ: ‘Optimism of the Will’: Palestinian Freedom is Possible Now 

(Source / 12.07.2020)

Palestinian Factions Call for Popular Resistance in Response to ‘Israeli Crimes’

Majority of Palestinian resistance factions, across the occupied Palestinian territories, on Saturday, called for heightened Palestinian popular resistance, in response to what the factions described as, ‘Israeli occupation crimes against the Palestinian people’.

In a statement, submitted to local media outlets, factions’ representatives held a meeting in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, in which they asserted that continued Israeli occupation crimes against the Palestinian people are a flagrant violation of international law and relevant United Nations’ resolutions.

“We would warn against current colonial Israeli settlement attempts in the al-Mughayyir village, east of the West Bank city of Ramallah, as Israeli government has endorsed some illegal settlement construction in the village. This has been noticed clearly in some restrictions, imposed recently, on local Palestinian farmers”, the statement read.

The factions, mainly those linked with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), held Israel responsible for what they termed a lack of proper Israeli medical care to Palestinian prisoners, leading to the spread of coronavirus in one of the Israeli prisons.

In response to such Israeli practices, the statement called on all Palestinians in the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip, to take part in a large peaceful protest, this coming Tuesday evening, at the Ahmed al-Shukeiri square, in the city of Ramallah.

Over the past several weeks, colonist Israeli settlers, protected by Israeli troops, have stormed a number of Palestinian-owned lands, across the occupied West Bank, and placed some caravans there.

Palestinians view these practices, as attempts by Israeli settlers to seize Palestinian-owned lands for the purpose of expanding the existing illegal settlements.

The Israeli government itself, announced a plan to annex some 30 percent of the Palestinian West Bank, to the occupation state of Israel.

Although the official annexation has yet to take place, there has been no official announcement suggesting the scheme has been dropped.

The Palestinian Information Center reported, that the national and political parties declared, in a press release, the impossibility of accepting any proposal made by any party that grants the occupation state legitimacy.

The only solution for the Palestinians is for Israel to end the occupation, which would enable the Palestinian people to exercise their right of self-determination, national sovereignty, with Jerusalem as its capital

(Source / 12.07.2020)

Israeli Troops Abduct Several Palestinians from West Bank

Israeli troops abducted, on Saturday morning, two Palestinians from the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Local Palestinian media sources and witnesses said that Israeli forces invaded Ya’bad village, west of Jenin city and stormed the homes of Mohammad B’ajawi and Adham Omar, 25, before abducting the youths, taking them to an unknown location.

Noteworthy, Israeli troops have abducted 55 Palestinian residents from the Ya’bad village, over the past two months, with frequent military invasions into the village.

Staff Sargent in the Israeli military, Amit Ben Ygal, 21, died after he was hit in the head with a rock, on May 12, in Ya’bad village, which triggered the escalation of the Israeli military’s campaign of nightly invasions and abductions.

The Israeli forces, on Friday, abducted a Palestinian former-detainee at a military roadblock in the central occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

The Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) confirmed that Shadi Mahmoud, a former detainee in Israeli prison, was detained at a flying military roadblock between Nablus city in the north, and Ramallah city, central West Bank.

A Palestinian young man was assaulted and then detained, on Thursday, when the Israeli army suppressed a non-violent march against Israeli settlement activities north of Nablus city, in Asira ash-Shamaliya, northern occupied West Bank.

Earlier Thursday, Israeli police forces detained three Palestinian young men from their homes in Ramallah and Jerusalem.

(Source / 12.07.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Several Palestinians, Including A Pregnant Woman, Abduct Three, In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Saturday evening, the al-‘Isawiya town, in occupied East Jerusalem, and fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades at Palestinian families celebrating their siblings’ high-school graduation, wounding eight residents, including a pregnant woman, in addition to abducting a father and two of his sons.

Mohammad Abu al-Hummus, a member of the Follow-Up Committee in al-‘Isawiya, stated that several army jeeps invaded the town, before the soldiers assaulted many residents near their homes.

He added that the soldiers also abducted Sa’adi Mahmoud, in addition to his sons Mohammad and Ahmad.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said eight Palestinians were injured by the soldiers; two suffered injuries to their faces, four were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets; a pregnant woman suffered the severe effects of teargas inhalation, and a young man suffered burns in his arm.

The soldiers also stopped and searched many Palestinian cars and interrogated several residents while inspecting their ID cards.

In related news, dozens of soldiers and police officers invaded Silwan town in Jerusalem, and drove through various streets and neighborhoods, while preventing the residents from leaving their homes.

(Source / 12.07.2020)

Seven Palestinians Abducted by Israeli Soldiers, Including those Assaulted by Settlers

The Israeli forces, at dawn Saturday, stormed several Palestinian-owned homes and abducted Palestinian civilians during invasions into different occupied West Bank towns, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Local sources said, Israeli soldiers stormed the Balata refugee camp in Nablus, in the northern West Bank and abducted two Palestinian young men identified as, Abd-Rabo Hashash and Fathi Abu Rizq from their homes.

Another youth, Ibrahim Sameer, from Askar refugee camp, was abducted by the Israeli soldiers stationed at the Zatara military roadblock in southern Nablus.

Two more unidentified Palestinian young men were reported to have been detained by the army, from the outskirts of Jibiya village in northern Ramallah, central West Bank.

In Hebron (al-Khalil), the Israeli troops detained two Palestinians from the Old City, shortly after the young men were physically assaulted by illegal colonists. The detained youths were identified as, Amjad Mahmoud and Malek Haroun.

The Israeli military has escalated its policies of the arbitrary detention of young Palestinian men, under the pretext of ‘resisting the occupation’.

Israel continues to incarcerate 5,000 Palestinian prisoners in its jails and detention centers, some of whom are women and children.

Israeli forces detained even more Palestinians, prior to this report, including a former prisoner from a military roadblock between Nablus and Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank.

(Source / 12.07.2020)

Watchdog: Cancer patient prisoner tested positive for Covid-19

Ramallah (QNN)- The Committee of Prisoners and Former Prisoners Affairs revealed on Sunday that the cancer patient prisoner Kamal Abu Wa’r (46 years old) from Qabatya, Jenin has been tested positive for Covid-19.

The committee said the Israeli deliberate negligence policy made Palestinian prisoners an easy target for the virus and many other life-threatening diseases.

The committee added that Abu Wa’r, who has throat cancer and lives in very serious and complicated conditions, was transferred on Tuesday from section 2 of Gilboa prison to Afula hospital to make some tests, including the Covid-19 test, but he tested negative for the virus.

On Friday, he was taken to Assaf Harofeh hospital and he turned out to be positive for the virus.

The committee added that Abu Wa’r was isolated. All prisoners in section 2 were also isolated.

It also held the Israeli authorities responsible for the life of Abu Wa’r and demanded to immediately test all patient prisoners for the virus.

The committee stated that Abu Wa’r’s suffering from cancer started by the end of 2019. He was subjected to radiotherapy after a long time of deliberate medical negligence. Israeli doctors were forcing him to undergo tests without removing his handcuffs.

The Israeli treatment of Abu Wa’r led to weight loss, speech difficulty, and pains in his neck and head.

Abu Wa’r was arrested on January 15, 2003. He was sentenced to six life sentences and50 years.

The occupation state uses deliberate medical negligence to kill as much possible of Palestinian prisoners. 69 Palestinian prisoners were killed in Israeli jails due to medical negligence, while the total number of martyrs who were killed in Israeli jails since 1967 is estimated at 224.

(Source / 12.07.2020)

Video| Israeli bulldozers demolish wedding hall in Tira

Raghadan wedding hall before and after the demolition

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli bulldozers on Sunday demolished Raghadan wedding hall in occupied Tira inside the green line under the pretext of having no construction permit.

Local sources added that Israeli forces accompanied by vehicles and heavy machinery blocked the street leading to the hall and prevented Palestinians from reaching it before they started the demolition.

Confrontations erupted between the Israeli police and locals, who tried to prevent the demolition. The police tear-gassed the native Palestinians and used rubber-coated metal bullets against them.

(Source / 12.07.2020)