In this Ramadan, three Palestinian detainees continue hunger strike despite worse condition

RAMALLAH, PALESTINOW.COM —  The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported, Thursday, that three Palestinian detainees, held by Israel, are ongoing with the hunger strike, protesting the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, without charges or trial, despite their deteriorating health conditions.

The PPS said two of the detainees, identified as Odah al-Hroub and Hasan al-‘Oweiwi, started the strike 45 days ago, while Salim Rajoub started the strike 22 days ago. The three detainees are from Hebron governorate, in southern West Bank.

In its statement, the PPS said al-Hroub and al-‘Oweiwi are held in the Nitzan (Ramla) Prison, and were frequently sent to hospital, but are ongoing with the strike, while Rajoub is held in solitary confinement in Ofar Prison.

It is worth mentioning that al-Hroub, 32, from Deir Samit town, is a father of ten children, and was abducted in December of 2018, while al-‘Oweiwi, 35, a father of three children, was abducted on January 15, 2019, and is a former political prisoner who spent years in Israeli prisons and held several hunger strikes rejecting his illegal Administrative Detention.

Detainee Rajoub, 48, is from Doura city, southwest of Hebron, and was taken prisoner in January of 2018; he is a married father of six children.

(Source / 17.05.2019) 

Nine Palestinians killed in missile attacks in Syria

DAMASCUS, PALESTINOW.COM — The Action Group for Palestinians of Syria said Wednesday that nine Palestinian refugees, including four children, were killed in a missile attack on Neirab refugee camp in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

According to the Action Group, four guided missiles fired by opposition forces stroke streets in the camp, killing nine and injuring many others.

The slain victims were identified as Amal Sakhnini (10 years), Yousef Abu Harsh (6 years), Mohamed al-Dahoudi and his eight-year-old son Waleed, Masa Dahoudi (3 years), Ahmed al-Khatib (born in 1982), Fatima al-Khatib (65 years), Mahmoud as-Sa’di (70 years) and Ahmed Abu Hashim.

Many others, including three kids, were also injured in the missile attack.

(Source / 17.05.2019) 

Israel’s Eurovision webcast hacked as protests continue

Public broadcaster Kan blames Hamas after its online coverage of semi-finals cuts to animated blast images in Tel Aviv

The popular Eurovision competition features musicians from more than 40 nations

Jerusalem, – Israel’s webcast of the Eurovision Song Contest was hacked with animated images of explosions in the host city, Tel Aviv, amid growing calls by pro-Palestinian activists to boycott the event.

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After the 41-country competition kicked off in the coastal city on Tuesday with a first semi-final, national broadcaster Kan’s webcast cut to animated satellite footage showing explosions in Tel Aviv set to a menacing soundtrack.

The hacking of Kan’s website did not affect the regular television relay of the show on Tuesday night in Israel or abroad.

Kan played down the incident, noting that the evening ended without any other incident as Greece, Belarus, Serbia, Cyprus, Estonia, Czech Republic, Australia, Iceland, San Marino and Slovenia made it through to Saturday’s finals.

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“We know that at a certain stage there was an attempt, apparently by Hamas, to commandeer our digital broadcast,” Kan CEO Eldad Koblenz told Israel’s Army Radio.

“But I am happy to say that within a few minutes we managed to assume control over this phenomenon.”

Hamas, a Palestinian group that controls the Gaza Strip, had no immediate comment.

Earlier this month, Israel pounded the Gaza Strip with air raids, artillery and gunboat shooting as armed factions in Gaza fired hundreds of rockets at towns and settlements in southern Israel.

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At least 25 Palestinians and four Israelis were killed before a ceasefire agreement was signed between Gaza and Israel.

Calls for boycott

Israel is hosting the Eurovision contest after local singer Netta Barzilai won last year. The winning country customarily hosts the following year.

Palestinians and their foreign supporters have called on, so far fruitlessly, countries to shun the Tel Aviv songfest as part of wider efforts to isolate Israel internationally.

Many boycott calls have targeted Madonna, who arrived in Israel on Tuesday, in the run-up to the American pop star’s guest performance at the Eurovision final. The second semi-final is on Thursday.

People protest against the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv

Rebuffing the pressure, Madonna said she would “never stop playing music to suit someone’s political agenda”.

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On Tuesday, hundreds of protesters marched in Tel Aviv before the first semi-finals.

Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett, reporting from the rally, said: “For the activists here, it [the protest] coincides with the first anniversary of the moving of the US embassy to Jerusalem and the border protest that took place in Gaza on the same day when more than 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli sniper fire.”

“The protesters are concerned that whole of Israel needs to be seen as an occupying force and it should be boycotted in its entirety,” he added.

Israel has been accused of building settlements on occupied Palestinian lands that are considered illegal under international law.

According to official data obtained by the AP news agency, Israel’s government went on a spending spree in its occupied West Bank settlements following the election of President Donald Trump.

The government statistics, released by Israel’s finance ministry, showed Israeli spending in the West Bank in 2017, Trump’s first year in office, rose to about $459m, from about $330m in 2016.

Israel’s government has tried to clamp down on opposition by launching a PR campaign using Google Ads which refers to the words “boycott” and “Eurovision”, but leads to a glossy website extolling Israel as “Beautiful, Diverse, Sensational” – in a play on the BDS initials for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The BDS – modelled after the South African anti-apartheid movement – was formed in 2005 by more than 200 Palestinian civil society organisations, urging non-violent pressure on Israel until it complies with international law.

Demonstrators have vowed to continue their protests throughout the week’s event.

“It’s an opportunity for propaganda and to market Israel as this cool, hip, multi-cultural European place, but actually it’s an apartheid state and hosting it here is a political decision to overwrite the rights of the Palestinians,” Shahaf Weisbein, the project coordinator for the Coalition of Women for Peace, told Al Jazeera.

(Source / 15.05.2019)

Zionist police stormed Al-Aqsa, attacked worshipers

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, PALESTINOW.COM — The Israeli occupation police on Saturday night stormed the Aqsa Mosque and embarked on forcibly removing Palestinian worshipers, who were on retreat at the holy site.

According to local sources, a large number of police forces stormed the Aqsa Mosque following the Isha and Tarawih prayers and forced worshipers to leave the site.

The Israeli measure provoked clashes with dozens of worshipers at the Aqsa Mosque.

(Source / 13.05.2019)

Ahed Tamimi leads national march for Palestine in London

LONDON, PALESTINOW.COM — On May 11, 2019, commemorating the 71st anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba or “catastrophe”, hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of London in solidarity with the Palestinian people, Maan News reports.

During 1948, the Palestinian Nakba, an estimated 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes when the state of Israel was created on the ruins of hundreds of Palestinian villages and towns.

The march, organized by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), and led by Palestinian icon Ahed Tamimi, 17.

Tamimi was released in July 2018, after serving 8 months in Israeli prison for slapping an Israeli soldier in response to her cousin Muhammad, 15, who was shot in the head, with a rubber-coated steel bullet, by an Israeli soldier.

Speakers called for justice for the Palestinian people and an end to the 12-year Israeli siege on Gaza, and denounced Israel’s most recent attacks on the Gaza Strip, which killed 27 Palestinians, including an infant, a toddler, and two pregnant women.

Some of the slogans heard were; “Free Palestine”, “End Siege on Gaza”, “Exist! Resist! Return!” and “Freedom to Palestine.” Some of the protesters were filmed referring to the 1917 Balfour Declaration, stating; “It was Britain that was supposed to protect the rights of an entire people! But it failed.”

The head of the British opposition Labor Party, Jeremy Corbyn, showed support via his official Twitter account, stating “We cannot stand by or stay silent at the continuing denial of rights and justice to the Palestinian people.”

(Source / 13.05.2019)

Gaza to organize million return on the anniversary of Nakba

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — The Supreme Commission called for the march of return and breaking the siege on the Gaza Strip to participate actively in the million return on Wednesday to the next.

At the end of the 58th week of the return marchs, the Authority confirmed in a press release the continuation of peaceful marches at the Gaza border, advancing the mass participation of the masses of our people in the five fields of return east of the Gaza Strip today.

After all the plots and murders, homelessness and asylum, despite the massacres and the siege, attempts to dissolve and blur the identity, our masses remain steadfast in their right and just cause, rejecting all forms of resettlement and plots to liquidate their national rights.

She pointed out that the public participation from various sectors of our people in this Friday is a high readiness to defend the rights and upholding the constants, and insist on its rejection of all liquidation projects targeting our national cause, and to send messages that the rallies of return and break the siege continues in its peaceful popular character and no bargaining on them whatever the reasons.

The statement added: “We are all united in our rejection of the deal of the century, stressing that it will not pass, and will be undermined by our people, as dropped in the past a lot of liquidation projects that were aimed at our rights The face of this deal requires an Arab Arab Islamic and rejection of all forms of normalization with the Zionist entity.

In light of the grave developments and challenges facing our cause, the Commission called for an “urgent national meeting” of the Secretaries-General of the factions to unify the Palestinian position to bring down the deal of the century and to promote national unity and participation and to establish a unified national strategy to confront the occupation and all liquidation projects.

The National Commission also called on the masses of our people to participate in commemorating the Nakba, migration and displacement, which will culminate in “the events of return and breaking the siege,” which will be launched from Wednesday afternoon until 5:00 pm on the land of the return camps in the besieged Gaza Strip. In the camps of the Diaspora and the sites of asylum and commitment to the general strike on Wednesday 15/5/2019 to protest against the silence of the world on the continued crime of increasing us from our land and displacement in the alienation of refugees and displacement will not end the chapters only return to the home we abandoned in 1948

The National Commission for Return and Breaking the Siege called on all sectors of youth, antagonists and sports teams to take part in the “Jumah Marathon Al-Awda” sports event to be held next Friday in the besieged camps of return in eastern Gaza.

(Source / 12.05.2019) 

Zionist navy kidnaps three Gazan fishermen

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli navy ships attacked, on Saturday at noon, a number of Palestinian fishing boats in the Sudaniyya Sea area, northwest of Gaza city, and abducted three fishermen.

Media sources said the navy fired many live rounds at the fishing boats in an area that is less than six nautical miles of the shore, before abducting the three fishermen.

They added that the abducted fishermen have been identified as Omar Bakr, Mansour Bakr and Atef Bakr.

The attack is part of ongoing Israeli violations against the fishermen in Palestinian territorial waters, in addition to farmers and workers on their lands near the perimeter fence along the eastern parts of the besieged and improvised coastal region.

(Source / 12.05.2019) 

1,700 Gazans shot by IOF face amputation due to funding crisis

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM —The UN has warned that 1,700 Gazans shot by Israel Defense Forces at protests may need amputations in the next two years because of a lack of healthcare funding to help them recover. 

Jamie McGoldrick, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Occupied Palestinian Territory, told reporters that 7,000 Palestinians were shot by Israel at protests over the last year, with many hit in the lower legs.

“You’ve got 1,700 people who are in need of serious, complicated surgeries for them to be able to walk again,” McGoldrick said, explaining the wounded require rehabilitation and “very, very serious and complex bone reconstruction surgery over a two year period before they start to rehabilitate themselves.”

There have already been 120 amputations carried out this year, including on children. Over 29,000 people were wounded at the Great March of Return demonstrations at the fence separating Gaza and Israel, which started in March 2018. Israel says shooting demonstrators in the legs shows restraint.

The UN is looking for $20 million in funding for operations to avoid amputations.

Gaza’s health system is under strain due to a lack of funding and medical supplies. The only teaching hospital is focused on trauma medicine training now, and doctors do not have the ability to carry out the complicated treatment needed for those at risk of amputation.

Food supplies are also under threat because of a lack of funding to the UN Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) and the World Food Programme (WFP). The WFP has already had to cut aid to 193,000 people in the West Bank and Gaza this year.

(Source / 11.05.2019) 

Israel killed 304 Gazans, injured 17,000 since March 2018

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — A total of 304 Palestinians have been martyred since the start of the Great Return March by the Israeli army at the separation fence where the marches are organized, according to an official toll released by the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza on Friday.

The ministry said in a statement received by the German Press Agency (DPA), a copy of it, that among the total martyrs 59 children and 10 women, noting the injury of more than 17 thousand others were taken to hospitals in clashes with the Israeli army in the marches.

Among those injured were 3,544 children and 1,168 women, she said.

(Source / 11.05.2019) 

The Real Solution For Palestine

By: Andi Annisa Nur Dzakiyyah

Today Muslims are rejoicing to welcome Ramadhan 1440 H, but Palestinians are not.  For the umpteenth time, tense atmosphere re-shrouded Palestine. Palestinians are now grieving because the Zionist, Israel, has launched 150 airstrikes. The attack was a response to rocket attack launched by Hamas fighters.

Furthermore, at least 25 Palestinians were killed. The Israeli army has also killed a pregnant Palestinian mother, identified as Falasteen Saleh Abu Arar, 37, and her baby girl, Saba Mahmoud Abu Arar, 14 months, after firing a missile at their home in Gaza city.

When looking at history, the grief of Palestinians were begun when the United Nations declared the state of Israel officially standing on Palestinian land in 1948. Israel got 55% of Palestinian territories. The neighboring countries such as Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria declared war on Israel. This war occurred in 1948, 1956, 1967 and 1973. The war that was full of deception finally made Israel carried out brutal attacks, annexed, and invaded the Palestinian territories called the ‘1967 boundary’. Israel controlled around 78% of the Palestinian territories and finally Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

No Place For Israel

There is no Palestine on Google Maps. If you search Palestine on Google Maps, you surely won’t find it. Moreover, Trump has ever declared that Yerusalem is the Capital of Israel. It shows that how easy it is for Israel to take the palestine region.

In fact, The Zionists don’t have nation and even Israel is not theirs. Based on the history, when Sultan Hamid II became the chaliphate, Theodor Herzl wanted to buy the land of Palestine. Sultan Hamid II was offered a lot of money. But he said “‘I will not sell a single inch of the country, because it is not mine, it belongs to all the Muslims. They paid for this empire with their blood. And we will redeem it with our blood. Let the Jews keep their millions.”

Unfortunately, On November 2, 1917, the British government approved the establishment of the Israeli state on Palestinian land through the Balfour declaration. On the other hand, Indeed, Palestine belongs to Palestinians. So, it is fair when they demanded to return home.

No Glory For Muslims Except With Islam

The tragedies that befell Muslims in Gaza show that nowadays their self-esteems are poor for the enemies. Whereas Rasulullah said that the honour and the sanctity of muslims are grater than the destruction of world as Rasulullah said in hadith:

“The destruction of the world is lighter on Allah than the killing of one Muslim man”, (Tirmidhi)

Moreover, the bulkhead of nationalism and apathy make us ignore the oppressions that other muslims experience. Whereas Rasulullah said that muslims are like one body. It is written in hadith below:

“Believers are like one body in their mutual love and mercy. When one part of a body is in bad health, the rest of the entire body joins it in restlessness and lack of sleep and is busy with its treatment. Likewise, Muslims should run to helping each other” (Bukhari)

This hadith should be contemplation for every muslim. Today we can see hundreds or even thousands muslims being slaughtered and humiliated. It is totally different from what was done by Rasulullah. When a muslim woman came to the market and her aurat was exposed by Bani Qainuqa’ ,Jews, who lived around the market. They laughed. Suddenly, a muslim youth came against them. But he was killed. When Rasulullah knew about it. He suddenly expelled and alienated Bani Qainuqa’ to the border area of Syam.

In line with what Rasulullah had done, a chaliphate namely Mu’tashim Billah sent an army, in the year 837 AD, when a Muslim sister was attacked by the Romans in the Roman city. She was abused and locked up for no reason. Frightened and alone she called out the name of the Caliph ‘Oh Mu’tasim’.

Both stories above are totally different from the condition today Who will we hope to? to the UN? It was the United Nations that approved the establishment of Israel. The UN Security Council, which always becomes the mainstay of the peace mission, has not succeeded in actualizing peace for Palestine.

The saddest thing is when you see Palestinians injured and even dead, theneighbouring countries and other countries only criticize and send medicine and food. Even if it helps them but it’s not solutive because the madicine and food will run out but Israel’s occupation will not stop.

The thing we have to do is to urge the authorities to send army forces to attack the enemy in Palestine as what Rasulullah and Mu’tashim did. Unfortunately, the presidents of many countries just give comments and critize eventhough Palestinians are actually crying for help.

Related to this, our prophet, Rasulullah, said :

“Indeed the Imam (the Leader/Sultan) is a shield. You fight behind him, and you protect yourself with him.” (Muslim).

This hadith shows that to protect muslims, they need Imam who leads in accordance with sharia completely. He is like a protection, because he prevents the enemy from harming the Muslims, and enemies fear him and fear his power. In doing this, The main solution to solve the problems of the people is the existence of chaliphate which will protect and defend the entire territory and land of the Muslims by mobilizing troops to do jihad and against the enemies. This is the one and only solution that God and Rasulullah gave to us. So, Muslims also will be re-glorified and they will get the title as Khoiru Ummah once more as they used to be in the heyday of islam.

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’Ala said in Holy qur’an:

“Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties [in exchange] for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah, so they kill and are killed. [It is] a true promise [binding] upon Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur’an. And who is truer to his covenant than Allah ? So rejoice in your transaction which you have contracted. And it is that which is the great attainment.”(At-Taubah Verse 111)

Wallahu A’lam Bish Shawab

(Source /08.05.2019)