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Is Abbas serving the Palestinians or fooling them?

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Palestinian leadership at his compound in the West Bank

By Motasem A Dalloul

Earlier this month, the Palestinian Authority announced that it would start preparing a plan for full disengagement from the Israeli occupation. The decision was taken by the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, which held a three-hour meeting chaired by PA and Fatah President Mahmoud Abbas in his headquarters in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

The plan was approved unanimously by the Executive Committee, which is dominated by Abbas loyalists, and covers the political, administrative, economic and security levels. When the PA government, led by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah — an Abbas man, of course — announced the plan, it added that it would ask a committee to study the possibility of replacing the Israeli shekel with a Palestinian currency.

In fact, the PA’s full disengagement from the Israeli occupation is needed badly, but it would not be effective on the ground because the Israelis control everything related to daily life across the occupied territories. What’s more, the PA has restricted itself through several agreements signed with the occupation authorities, such as the Paris Economic Protocol.

The announcements did not actually reflect anything which suggests that Abbas is really planning to change his deep-rooted policy of dealing with the Israeli occupation, which is built upon what he has called “sacred” security cooperation. Given that the Palestinian cause is passing through a critical phase, and the peace process has failed to achieve anything, Abbas is obviously just trying to keep public opinion on his side.

Read: PA has to cancel punitive measures on Gaza or quit, insists Hamas

There is a lot of evidence to demonstrate that this is the case, not least the fact that meetings between PA and Israeli officials are still held as a matter of routine. Furthermore, cooperation between the PA security services and their Israeli counterparts is ongoing, and Palestinians resisting the occupation — as is their legal right — are still being detained by the PA acting on behalf of the Israelis.

Last Thursday, Economic Ministers Eli Cohen from Israel and the PA’s Abeer Odeh met in the Élysée Palace in Paris, allegedly to discuss obstacles to economic growth in the Palestinian territories. Cohen, though, let slip that such a meeting had security and political purposes.

This meeting came just one day after a high profile get-together by Hamdallah and Major-General Yoav Mordechai, Israel’s Government Activities Coordinator in the [Occupied Palestinian] Territories. The meeting took place at the Prime Minister’s office in Ramallah. According to UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov, who attended the meeting, “All sides focused on the urgent need to finalise the reconstruction of physical damage from the 2014 Gaza conflict and on facilitating critical humanitarian solutions related to the electricity, water and health sectors.”

Mahmoud Abbas turns a blind eye on Gaza's blockade - Cartoon [Latuff/MiddleEastMonitor]

However, if this was the real reason for the meeting, it would have had some effect on the ground. Dozens of similar meetings have done nothing for Gaza or the Palestinians. Hamdallah told the media twice in the past week that there would be no solutions for Gaza’s crises without the full handover of government offices in the enclave. Is he unaware that all of his council ministers have travelled to Gaza and taken control of their offices properly, something that the media has witnessed and broadcast to the world?

Gaza was not the issue in Hamdallah’s meeting with Mordechai, because the Israeli Major General made it very clear that there was another objective. He stressed the importance of recovering the Israeli soldiers still missing in the Gaza Strip.

As far as security cooperation is concerned, Abbas himself called Israeli opposition leader Zehava Gal-On at the end of last month and stressed to her that it would continue. Gal-On wrote this on Facebook and Abbas did not deny it.

Speaking to Al-Jazeera, former Palestinian negotiator Diana Buttu said that, “Despite a decision by the PLO Security Council to end the cooperation, he [Abbas] is still holding on to the very essence of Oslo, which is security collaboration.”

#Abbas

Regarding Abbas and his war against the Palestinians who resist the Israeli occupation, the PA prisons are witnesses to what is being done to them. The PA courts, meanwhile, block the media from covering the issue.

Abbas makes it very clear that he is there to serve the Israeli occupation but not, as Buttu told Al-Jazeera, for the freedom of the Palestinians. “It is quite the opposite,” she explained. “It is the basis for his personal political survival, and he is doing all of this at the expense of Palestinian lives.”

So, is Abbas serving the Palestinians or fooling them? The evidence is clear that it is the latter.

(Source / 20.02.2018)

Israel needs Abbas to solve Gaza crisis

ARTICLE SUMMARY
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas could perhaps solve the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, but he would rather let Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu handle the terrible situation he created.

A well-publicized clash between Israel’s defense and political echelons has occurred yet again. At issue this time is not a disagreement over military matters or the desired intensity of reactions to terrorism. Rather, it is the question of whether the Gaza Strip is collapsing or “only” experiencing a bearable economic crisis.

At the Feb. 4 weekly Cabinet meeting, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot warned that Gaza was on the verge of collapse, adding that Israel should take significant preventive measures. An additional deterioration, he warned, could increase prospects of a clash with Hamas in the coming year — even though neither side wants one.

Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai voiced similar concern about the effect of a total breakdown in Gaza at a Jan. 31 emergency meeting of Palestinian Authority (PA) donor states in Brussels. Mordechai called on all the donors to mobilize for Gaza’s sake and presented a detailed plan for the rehabilitation of the Gaza Strip’s infrastructure. However, Mordechai’s blueprint could take many months to implement, far longer than the Israeli defense assessment of the timetable for Gaza’s collapse.

A day after Eizenkot described his catastrophic Gaza scenario, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman contradicted him. “The situation in Gaza is indeed serious. There is a very serious economic situation that must be dealt with, but there is no humanitarian crisis,” Liberman told Knesset members of his Yisrael Beitenu party. Liberman insisted that Eizenkot and other defense professionals shared his views. Responding to the chief of staff’s warning that the humanitarian crisis could result in an armed clash that neither side desires, Liberman said dismissively, “Since yesterday, we have witnessed the flow of a lot of information and mainly disinformation in all the media regarding the Gaza Strip. … We have no intention of initiating any military action in Gaza, but I’m glad the Hamas leadership is in a panic.”

Liberman is currently more concerned about how a crisis can be prevented and even more so how to devise a long-term solution that would end more than a decadelong Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.

At the same time, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed the security-diplomatic Cabinet to debate a proposal by Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz for the construction of an offshore Mediterranean port for Gaza. Katz has been pushing the plan for more than two years but had thus far met with opposition on the part of Netanyahu and his top ministers. Netanyahu wanted nothing to do with the grandiose plan by Katz, with whom his ties are rocky, and Liberman also expressed vehement opposition.

In June 2017, when Katz warned of an impending crisis and claimed Israel does not have a policy on Gaza, Liberman said at an event in Tel Aviv, “Building an island and a port in Gaza means giving a reward to terrorism and encouraging it. … This would be the best way to smuggle weapons into Gaza.” The defense minister mocked the transportation minister’s claim that international monitors could oversee the shipments from the port to Gaza’s shore. “You cannot maintain our security via a remote control,” he ruled.

In the months since, the Gaza crisis has deepened. On Feb. 6, Gaza merchants suspended all trading at the Kerem Shalom border crossing with Israel, claiming the purchasing power in the Gaza Strip had reached rock bottom, the volume of orders from importers and traders had plummeted, and they could no longer afford the losses. People don’t even have money to buy food, they said. The business situation indicates that the collapse is not an apocalyptic, far-off scenario but is already here — on the other side of the border crossings with Gaza, an hour’s drive south of Tel Aviv. Israel, which is unprepared for such a situation and continues to hold the blockade sacrosanct, still has no answers.

An Israeli security source told Al-Monitor that it is still unclear whether Netanyahu favors the Katz plan, but his order to hold a discussion of the matter at least proves that Eizenkot’s warning had set off alarm bells in his office. Yet even if the Cabinet approves the building of an island across from Gaza with the help of donor states, construction will take several years and Gaza cannot wait.

For now, Israeli defense authorities are recommending emergency shipments of food, water, medicine and hospital supplies. Who will pay for them? That is unclear. What is clear is that this is not a fundamental, long-term solution. “Even a combined aid forum of donor states in addition to the easing of extensive restrictions by Israel will not save Gaza from collapse. Gaza will keep dying gradually, postponing the end for a while. But the end is near,” said the source on condition of anonymity.

Until a fundamental solution is found, whether by building a port or any other creative means, the key to the salvation of Gaza’s 2 million residents is in the hands of one man: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Although he, too, is politically, diplomatically and economically weak — especially since the Donald Trump administration has threatened to cut off US aid to the Palestinians — he is apparently the only one who can do something. However, for now at least, Abbas is not assuming any responsibility for events in Gaza.

Some in Israel think Abbas’ refusal to take a stand stems not only from unresolved issues with Hamas over the stalled reconciliation process with Fatah, but also from a desire to take revenge against Trump and Netanyahu for humiliating him. He is avenging Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and Netanyahu’s cheering of the declaration. And for that, Abbas would rather see Gaza’s downfall blamed on Netanyahu. He wants Netanyahu to get a taste of his own medicine.

(Source / 07.02.2018)

Ahmad Jarrar: The handsome fighter

Ahmad Nasr Jarrar

At the age of 24, Ahmad Nasr Jarrar, who is a resident of Burqin town in Jenin, has become a source of inspiration for a new generation of Palestinian youths.

Images of two young people who represent different forms of resistance against the occupation have recently emerged in the Palestinian society. The first is for Ahed al-Tamimi: a beautiful girl slapping an Israeli soldier, while the second is for Ahmad Jarrar: a handsome young man alone facing an entire army.

A model
Israeli affairs expert Mu’awiya Mousa said that the biggest fear in the Israeli intelligence and security circles is the establishment of a model that inspires others. That’s why the Israeli occupation seeks to eradicate such phenomena by all possible means.

Hundreds of Palestinian youths in Burqin now chant Jarrar’s name, call for following his path and engage in violent clashes with Israeli occupation forces on a daily basis during their campaigns in search for the Palestinian fighter.

Jarrar has never been a boastful person. After leading the operation in which an Israeli settler was killed near Nablus, he returned to his work selling curtains, cloth and cars to customers as usual. No-one expected Jarrar to be the same brave fighter who confused the Israeli occupation.

An orphan
Ahmad grew up an orphan along with his sister and two brothers after the Israeli occupation forces had assassinated his father Nasr Jarrar, the leader in Hamas’s armed wing al-Qassam Brigades.

Like father like son. Ahmad survived several assassination attempts. Coincidentally, the first assassination attempts that targeted Ahmad and his father were carried out in the same place. After 17 years Ahmad grew up from a child taking his first steps to his father’s successor.

Frenzied campaigns
In addition to the three failed assassination attempts against Ahmad Jarrar, not a single night has recently passed in Jenin peacefully without fierce break-ins and arrest campaigns targeting almost whoever shook hands with Ahmad one day.

Although everyone knows that Ahmad may be killed, injured or arrested at any moment, no-one can deny that the message Ahmad was trying to deliver has been well-received and that a wall of silence has been broken down forever in the West Bank.

(Ahmad was killed by Israeli special forces on Monday night 5/2/2018 only few days after this report was prepared.)

(Source / 06.02.2018)

Palestine conspiracy, impasse and way out

General labourers, fishermen and farmers gather to call for a successful Fatah-Hamas reconciliation, on September 24, 2017 in Gaza [Mohammad Asad / Middle East Monitor]

General labourers, fishermen and farmers gather to call for a successful Fatah-Hamas reconciliation, on September 24, 2017 in Gaza

By Firas Abu Hilal

It is clear that a new international and regional conspiracy is being prepared to liquidate the Palestinian cause, and bring an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict in favour of the occupying power, without achieving even a minimum of objectives for the Palestinian people. This conspiracy is no longer a speculative interpretation of history, or a way of escaping our internal problems by blaming others. It has become the topic talked about in major Western and Hebrew media under coded names such as the “deal of the century” which actually express one, and only one, core essence: to end the Palestinian cause with one result, which we can call “the three-state solution”, and not the internationally recognised two-state.

What does the conspiracy look like? With so much talking, writing and leaks about the nature of the conspiracy/deal, it seems difficult to define its final form. However, no matter what the details, it looks like leading to this “three-state solution” of a Jewish state, a Jordanian state that includes part of the West Bank, and an Egyptian state that includes the Gaza Strip.

Some observers believe that the conspiracy will be implemented by escalating the siege on the Gaza Strip (which is happening now) to push the Palestinians in the enclave to rebel against Hamas and hold the movement responsible for the blockade. This could lead to chaos, prompting the Egyptian army to intervene and Cairo to annex the Gaza Strip, as was the case before the Israeli occupation in 1967.

Egypt is not an honest broker for Palestinian reconciliation

Another interpretation of events believes that it will start with a devastating war against the Gaza Strip during which Palestinian civilians will be allowed to escape to the Sinai Peninsula, giving the Israeli army the green light to destroy Hamas and end its military presence. This will let Israel annex Gaza and those people left behind; those who are in Sinai to come under Egyptian sovereignty; and what’s left of the West Bank to be annexed to Jordan.

The third possible interpretation of the deal/conspiracy is to exert pressure and tighten the blockade as much as possible against Gaza, forcing Hamas to “allow” the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority or Mohamed Dahlan to rule the Strip, which will be followed by a solution to the economic situation and lifting the siege in coordination with Egypt. This will lead to an economic peace sponsored by Egypt, with a similar economic solution for the West Bank as part of Jordan.

These three interpretations are uncertain, and no one can determine which is most realistic or accurate, but the ambiguity that surrounds what is known as the “deal of the century” or “Trump deal” allows for all possibilities. If we do not believe that the first and second readings are possible, the third option is probably more likely, but it is not an easy option. It will clash with the positions of Hamas and other factions. It also contradicts official policy in Amman, which rejects any Jordanian solution or even a confederation before Palestinians have a final peace agreement.

The deal of the century: Greater Israel

The Palestinian impasse is the absence of a viable national liberation plan that has a real impact on the occupation. Despite the uncertainty about the nature of the deal that is being prepared to settle the Palestinian issue, and although the implementation of any of the three possibilities (or any others) will not be easy, this impasse still remains. It has been unsolvable for years and actually helps those who conspire against the Palestinians.

I am not referring to the political division in Palestine. That is the excuse that the enemies are using to justify their aggression and friends are using to justify abandoning their support for Palestine and its people.

Fatah, Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority have adopted a negotiations approach to a peace deal, but have declared repeatedly that these negotiations are no longer viable, that Oslo no longer exists, and that America is no longer an honest broker. On the other hand, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other factions have adopted the approach of armed resistance to the occupation, but this has become, in practical terms, defensive in nature. The occupation has been able to impose a real deterrent since its aggression on Gaza in 2008/2009, so that Hamas and its weapons in the territory are for self-defence and not resistance or liberation, because any initiative by Hamas to use these weapons means a devastating war for the Strip.

The impasse, then, is that the two main approaches declared by Palestinians to obtain their legitimate rights have reached a dead end — at least for the time being — as the occupation imposes new facts on the ground every day in the West Bank and turns the lives of the people of Gaza into hell through the blockade. And in the absence of any horizon for an effective Palestinian action against the occupation, Tel Aviv has been for the most part, and for years, enjoying an occupation that is costing it nothing to enforce.

What is the way out? As they face the conspiracy that is being plotted against them, the Palestinians appear as victims waiting for their killers to show up, and only thinking about the options they will be given for how they will die. The Palestinians in Gaza, and the de facto Hamas government there, are waiting for the siege to be lifted. Hamas has done everything it can do on the political level, while at the same time trying to open up to all parties, including those who are hostile to one another. What Hamas and the Gaza Strip are doing is waiting for what others will decide about the siege, the war, the deal or all other options, not least because all of the concessions that the movement has made to Egypt, Abbas and even Dahlan have done nothing to restore life to the coastal enclave.

#ApartheidState

The same is true in the West Bank. Palestinians are following the changes that the Israelis are making on the ground, from geography to demography, which are creating a new reality that has made the two-state solution, as well as liberation, impossible. The Palestinian Authority and its president are “waiting” for the White House’s decision, while Trump is angry at the position of the PA towards his acknowledgement of Jerusalem as the capital of the occupying power. Nothing but waiting, and the decisions of the Central Council of the PLO were nothing but words and revolving in the same direction of “Oslo”, which continues to prove its own failure.

So what solution is there other than waiting? The historical experience of the Palestinian struggle since the beginning of the 20th century has shown that peaceful popular revolutions are the most effective against the occupation. They are also the most costly for Israel from the political, logistical, economical and security aspects. They expose the Zionist state to the world for what it is — a colonial power — and bring the conflict back to basics: it’s about an occupied people fighting against a military occupation.

Peaceful popular revolutions are also the least costly option for Palestinians. The useless Palestinian waiting and the miserable equation of the inexpensive occupation can be ended by popular civil resistance in the West Bank and along the border between the Gaza Strip and the adjacent territories. A resistance that will force the occupation to become defensive rather than offensive will also contribute to ending the status quo which only benefits Israel and takes a lot from Palestinians every day, including their dreams for the future.

(Source / 05.02.2018)

The Zionist Lehi was the last self-proclaimed terrorist group

Menachem Begin, Former Prime Minister of Israel

By Asa Winstanley

Secret files released by MI5 in December give a fascinating new insight into a bombing campaign which terrorised London in the years following the Second World War. This was carried out by some of the Zionist groups fighting to seize control of Palestine from the British government who took their campaign of bloodshed to Britain. They targeted government offices and sent letter bombs to ministers, including future Prime Minister Anthony Eden, post-war Labour Prime Minister Clement Attlee, Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin, Chancellor Stafford Cripps and wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

According to the files, Eden apparently carried the unopened letter bomb around for a whole day in a book before being informed about the plot. Most of the bombs were intercepted, although some, like Eden’s, reached their targets but failed to explode.

The bombs were sent by Lehi, also known to the British authorities as the Stern Gang, after its founder Avraham Stern. The most right-wing of the armed Zionist groups then active in Palestine, Lehi was a splinter group from the Irgun, whose leader in the late 1940s was Menachem Begin. He went on to become Israel’s Prime Minister and invade Lebanon in 1982, killing more than 20,000 Lebanese and Palestinian people; the infamous Sabra and Shatilla massacre took place on his watch.

Lehi was so fanatically right-wing that at one point it even approached Hitler’s Nazi Germany in order to reach some sort of agreement, and to fight for Hitler against the British in Palestine. One of Lehi’s leaders, Yitzhak Shamir, would also later become Israeli Prime Minister, sharing power in various governments in the 1980s with the supposedly “left-wing dove” Shimon Peres.

Read: British Labour is also a victim of the Zionist lobby

It was Lehi and Irgun which led the notorious massacre in the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin, where they murdered more than 100 Palestinian civilians. Deir Yassin has become a byword for Zionist massacres of Palestinian civilians, but what is less well known is that it was only one of many by Zionist groups during the 1948 Nakba, or Catastrophe, during which 750,000 Palestinians were driven out of their country at gunpoint. Many more massacres took place in later years as well.

Another fact that tends to be neglected by history is that the supposedly left-wing, labour-oriented armed Zionist groups also participated in the Deir Yassin massacre, by providing artillery support. Deir Yassin and the Nakba itself were by no means aberrations; they were planned deliberately as a long thought-out strategy to “empty the land” of its people. How else could a “Jewish state” be formed in Palestine, a land which did not have a Jewish majority?

However, the war waged by the armed Zionist groups against the British was not one which originated in fundamental disagreements. The British Empire never had any qualms about expelling indigenous peoples from the lands it conquered, such as Palestine, nor, indeed, was it queasy about the Zionist project to establish the state of Israel on colonised land.

Read: Israel is damaged by its own Zionism

Churchill himself – in one of his most notorious racist rants in the 1930s — said of the Palestinian people, “I do not agree that the dog in a manger has the final right to the manger even though he may have lain there for a very long time… I do not admit, for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly-wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place.”

From the Balfour Declaration onwards, the British Empire was fundamentally warm toward the Zionist project of colonisation in Palestine, seeing in it a potential future ally. The Empire and Zionism fell out, though, with the latter coming to see the former as insufficiently enthusiastic. The right-wing groups, especially Lehi, wanted to go into open conflict with Britain, even during the Second World War. When the war in Europe and the Middle East ended, the Zionist movement in Palestine turned its guns against the British as well as the Palestinian people. Lehi and Irgun could no longer be restrained, and attacked British officers and administrators, culminating in the infamous King David Hotel bombing, which killed 91 people in 1946.

The lesser-known London bombing campaign was able to be kept partly secret because it mostly failed, but reading the newly-released files it is striking how the most extreme Zionist terrorists got off so lightly. One of the files is a press clipping of an interview with one of the Lehi bombers; Betty Knouth was sentenced by the Belgians to just one year in prison, despite being caught red-handed with letter bombs addressed to British officials.

It’s also striking how Lehi used the word “terrorist” openly to describe itself, appearing to see it as a badge of honour. According to Calder Walton, a historian and author who has written about the newly-released files, Lehi “is thought to be the world’s last terrorist group to describe itself publicly as terrorist.”

In Knouth’s interview during a Tel Aviv press conference in 1948, she expressed regret only that her bombing plot had been foiled by the Belgian police. “I’m sorry none of them was delivered,” she said of the letter bombs. “My terrorist days are over and done with now.”

The nascent State of Israel’s, though, were just beginning.

(Source / 04.02.2018)

DIGIDOCTOR – Toeval Bestaat Niet

E-Health Solutions

Lief gewaardeerd netwerk,

Ik wil jullie vandaag meenemen in mijn business journey, waarbij ik ga ik aantonen dat toeval niet bestaat… Hoe je als je je passie volgt, alles op je pad vindt dat je nodig hebt, ook al is het niet altijd wat je wilt 😉

DigiDoctor Sabine Fonderson

Een tijdje geleden kreeg ik via ons gedeelde netwerk contact met Dr. Sabine Fonderson, de founder van DigiDoctor Ltd, een gedreven arts, en Heart Worker.

Niet wetende van elkaars achtergrond, vroeg ze me of ik interesse had om eens te kijken naar haar Startup. Ik gaf haar mijn nummer en we spraken af elkaar snel even te bellen…

Onverwachte Connectie

Tijdens het telefoongesprek bleken we al snel een connectie met elkaar te hebben, echter hoe diep deze connectie gaat, zou pas duidelijk worden tijdens onze face-2-face gesprek…

Wie mijn eerdere posts heeft gelezen, weet dat een terugkerende “story in my life” kankeris… Laat dit ons nou ook verbinden! Naast dat ik passievol ben over alle innovaties binnen de geneeskunde, bleek al heel snel dat Allah swt, ons nader heeft gebracht… Nog nooit heb ik tijdens een business meeting, met 3 andere business partners huilend aan tafel gezeten, we ontdekten van elkaar dat wij allemaal te maken hebben gehad met deze ziekte op een of andere manier, en dat dit onze gemene deler was!

Het verhaal achter DigiDoctor

Sabine Fonderson: “Mijn opa kwam naar Nederland in de jaren 80 als ambassadeur van Kameroen. Bijna 20 jaar later toen ik net als arts afstudeerde van het LUMC, kreeg ik te horen dat hij prostaatkanker had. Enkele dagen voordat hij terug naar zijn vaderland zou keren om een eind aan zijn diplomatieke carrière te maken, kreeg hij van een arts in een privé kliniek in Londen te horen dat de kanker al uitgezaaid was naar zijn botten. Sterker nog, zonder chemotherapie, was de verwachting dat hij hooguit 3 maanden van zijn leven nog kon ‘genieten’.”

“Kort nadat ik mijn eerste baan kreeg als basisarts heb ik een stagebureau opgericht. Met als doel medische studenten naar Kameroen te sturen om daar stage te lopen. Natuurlijk ging ik twee keer per jaar mee met een aantal studenten en zodoende werd de band tussen mijn opa en mij steeds sterker.”

“Wij zouden eerst via Skype (en later Whatsapp) urenlang praten, want hij was vooral geïnteresseerd over nieuwste technologische ontwikkelingen en wat ik allemaal wist over o.a. zijn bloeddruk medicatie. Wat mij zo opviel is dat hij alleen maar over zijn gezondheid ging praten en nooit over zijn ziekte. Hij overleed in juli 2017, bijna 10 jaar nadat hij zijn prognose kreeg.”

Samenwerking DigiDoctor – STIMS MEDIA GROUP

Dit verhaal raakte me hard, want de passie van Sabine om hierdoor DigiDoctor te starten, lag geheel in lijn met mijn levensvisie: “Het verbeteren van de levenskwaliteit van de mensen om ons heen”.

Deze emotioneel geladen ontmoeting, werd al snel een prachtige vriendschap en samenwerking, vanuit mijn functie als marketeer en als programmamaker bij STIMS MEDIA GROUP, maar ook als confidant elkaar, waarbij tijd of plaats geen rol meer leek te spelen! Soms midden in de nacht spreken we elkaar, over werk, prive en gezinsleven. Over ups & downs, die we mee maken of mee hebben gemaakt…

DigiDoctor – Waarom ik hier met passie aan mee werk

De gedachte achter DigiDoctor, het verbinden van patienten en “alternatieve” geneeskunde, wereldwijd. Toen het concept me duidelijk werd, was het eerste wat ik dacht: “Masha’Allah, gelukkig is de technologie zover dat zoiets bedacht kan worden, had ik dit maar toen mijn ex-vrouw ziek werd!”

Hierdoor besefte ik al heel snel, de impact en implicaties van een dergelijk platform en wat dit gaat betekenen voor de globale mensheid! Een consult bij een arts, met een druk op de knop! Overal te wereld! Hamdullilah, dit is geniaal!

Wat is DigiDoctor?

Sabine Fonderson: “DigiDoctor is het enige platform dat mensen kan verbinden met artsen die complementaire geneeskunde beoefenen. Op deze manier ligt de focus op gezond blijven en preventief ziekten behandelen.”

Een holistische benadering ‘anytime, anywhere’ met drie doelen:

  1. Medisch advies aan patiënten leveren door gekwalificeerde artsen.
  2. Barrières tussen cultuur en taal zoveel mogelijk weg te nemen om miscommunicatie bij zowel arts en patiënt en te voorkomen.
  3. Op een beveiligd platform patiënten met artsen te verbinden via video, call of chat functie.

Wat is DigiDoctor niet?

Sabine Fonderson: “Het vervangt niet de traditionele vorm van geneeskunde of contact tussen artsen en patienten. Integendeel! Digidoctor is een aanvullende datalogistieke dienstverlening voor mensen die toch even iets kwijt willen over hun medische klacht en op zoek zijn naar “alternatief” medisch advies.”

“In het feite is DigiDoctor een hulpmiddel voor preventieve geneeskunde en advisering op globaal niveau.”

Wat nu?

Sabine Fonderson: “Binnen 3 maanden dat ik op het idee kwam van DigiDoctor zijn er heel veel dingen gebeurd in mijn leven. De belangrijkste mijlpaal is dat ik naar Silicon Valley mag gaan.”

“Op 10 Januari kreeg ik te horen dat van alle start-ups wereldwijd, DigiDoctor door Google-Entrepreneurs uitgekozen is om te komen presenteren op de Google Startup Grinder!”

“Gedurende 3 dagen (12, 13 en 14 Februari) mag ik mijn verhaal gaan vertellen en daarnaast krijg ik de mogelijkheid om te netwerken en investeerders binnen te halen om van dit idee REALITEIT te maken”.

Mijn Rol binnen dit geheel

Ik ben Dr. Sabine Fonderson en DigiDoctorheel dankbaar om deel uit te mogen maken van deze ontwikkelingen, en zet me dan ook elke dag met plezier in voor het op de markt zetten en verbinden van business partners om dit geheel tot een prachtig succes te maken.

Haar passie en inzet werken inspirerend, en gedachte aan alle mensen die zij met haar ingenieuze platform gaat helpen, geven me hoop dat er in de toekomst vele levens verbeterd en gered gaan worden.

Ik zal dan ook in de rol van Global Investor Recruiter en in mijn rol als Programma Maker, er alles aan doen om naamsbekendheid, public awareness en connecties & opportunities te manifesteren ten behoeve van de groei van DigiDoctor Ltd.

Zoals jullie misschien hebben begrepen, een dergelijke ontmoeting is geen toeval… Een connectie op dit niveau vinden en krijgen is al zeer uniek te noemen, echter alles valt samen met het levenspad dat zowel Sabine als ik afzonderlijk hebben gekozen.

Op het moment dat je je hart volgt, zal God de deuren voor je openen en nieuwe vriendschappen zullen ontstaan uit een onverwachte hoek!

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How Ahed Tamimi became an icon to Palestinians

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RAMALLAH, West Bank — An Israeli military court indicted 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi on five counts of assault for attacking two soldiers on Dec. 15, thus extending her detention as well as that of her mother, Nariman Tamimi, for eight additional days. A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 9.

Ever since Ahed was arrested on Dec. 19 over a video in which she is seen slapping and kicking Israeli soldiers in front of her family home, she has received considerable attention and support. An online campaign is demanding Ahed’s release, while the hashtag #AhedTamimi has trended all over social media, in particular on Twitter with tens of thousands of tweets.

The protesters in the village of Nabi Saleh, northwest of the city of Ramallah in the central West Bank, began in 2009 against the Israeli separation wall and the confiscation of land in order to build the Helmish settlement. Ahed was only 8 years old when she became an icon of the popular resistance as she participated in the weekly march in the village, showing no fear of the occupation forces.

Ahed’s recent video was not her first to go viral. Another from Aug. 31, 2015, showed her and her mother fighting an Israeli soldier who had beaten and tried to arrest her brother, Mohammed.

On Aug. 28, 2012, photographers captured Israeli soldiers arresting Ahed’s mother while others held Ahed back as she cried before escaping to run after the military vehicle that took her mother away. On Nov. 2, 2012, Ahed was involved in another incident with soldiers in Nabi Saleh after they had arrested her other brother, Waad.

Ahed has been hit with rubber bullets in the foot, neck and hand during anti-Israel marches in her village. Her family has been involved in several incidences of violence. Her mother was arrested five times and shot in the thigh in November 2014, forcing her to use a cane. She lost her uncle Rushdi al-Tamimi, who was shot by Israeli soldiers on Nov. 19, 2012. Her father, Bassem al-Tamimi, was arrested and detained nine times. In 1993, he was beaten during an interrogation, and the resulting concussion left him in a coma for 10 days. The Tamimi home has been threatened with demolition for having been built without a permit.

Her father told Al-Monitor, “Our family and entire village have always resisted the occupation. That Ahed grew up in this environment and participated in our weekly marches against the wall and settlements has helped her become fearless.”

“We need to empower our children and show them that they should not be afraid to confront the occupation,” Bassem said, adding, “Since there is no safe place in Palestine for us to send our children to, we need to teach them to be strong, get over their fear and resist.”

Ahed’s relative Atallah Tamimi, a member of Nabi Saleh’s anti-settlement committee, told Al-Monitor, “Ahed witnessed many events that significantly affected her.”

He added that ever since Nabi Saleh began its protesting activities, “We, the committee, would first encourage children, including Ahed, to confront the occupation, and we would then bring psychologists to schools to educate the children against the occupation and urge them not to be afraid when they hear shooting and night raids. And we continue to do the same to this day.”

Ahed has long dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player, but she now wants to study law at Birzeit University, but her continued detention would prevent her from finishing high school.

Marah Tamimi, 16, Ahed’s cousin and best friend, told Al-Monitor, “Years ago, Ahed’s dream was to become a professional soccer player, so we would jump at every chance to play soccer with the boys. But given the situation in our village, her dream turned to law to help people suffering under the occupation’s attacks.”

Ahed’s detention will affect her studies. “Ahed was not able to take the semi-annual exams, which means she will have to repeat the first semester,” Marah said.

Marah said that she feels lonely now that her best friend is gone, adding, “Ahed and I have shared every single day together ever since we were babies. I spend most of the day at her place. We study together, we go out together and we play together. We do everything together, and now I find myself alone without her.”

She recalled, “Whenever we felt down, we would head to a hill near our village. There is an empty house there. We would sit on the roof, talk, laugh, joke and listen to songs. Nothing made us feel as good as hanging out there did.”

Although she is trying her best to focus on her studies, Marah cannot ignore Ahed’s absence, and she longs to go up that hill again with her best friend.

(Source / 12.01.2018)

I urge President Mahmoud Abbas to step down immediately

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank on 22 June 2017 [İper Topal/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank on 22 June 2017

By Dr Mohammed Saleh Al-Misfer

I wrote an article that was published in Al-Quds Al-Arabi on 18 June 2001 about the city of Jerusalem. “They conspired against you, Jerusalem, the city of the Arabs of the past and present, the home of Jesus son of Mary, and the destination of Prophet Muhammad during his [miraculous] night journey,” I said. “Oh Jerusalem, the first Qiblah, it was towards you that the first prayer was performed, when the Arab Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, performed his first prayer in Islam.”

I continued: “O sister city of Mecca and Medina [sic], some senior Arab leaders conspired against you, even before the West, with its organisations, institutions and doctrines, conspired against you. The plotting of these Arab leaders against you lies in the fact that they are incredibly silent in the face of the destruction, damage, attacks, confiscation, killings and torture you are being subject to at the hands of the Zionist leaders, without any real objection to these actions against your perseverant people.”

Instead, such leaders were content only with condemnation and disapproval. Now, in the light of the unprecedented Arab subjugation and submissiveness in order to keep their authority in some regional capitals, last month US President Donald Trump was emboldened to announce his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He also instructed his Secretary of State to work on moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Palestinian Authority leadership went to the UN Security Council, but failed to achieve what it wanted. The PA then went to the General Assembly under the principle of “Uniting for Peace” and obtained a vote against the American decision with a majority of 128 in favour to 9 against; there were 35 abstentions and 18 countries absent. I now have a question to ask the PA: what is the next step after this?

Read: 70% of Palestinians want Abbas to resign immediately

Mahmoud Abbas says that he will seek to join more international organisations, such as the International Criminal Court, but what will the Palestinian people benefit from that step? The answer is simple: they will benefit nothing at all.

During the extraordinary meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held in Istanbul to reach a unified position on the aforementioned US announcement, Abbas said that the Palestinians “will no longer accept” any American role in the Middle East process at all. Very close sources said that Saudi Arabia asked Abbas not to participate in the Istanbul summit (Middle East Eye, 25 January 2018). However, how can a summit be held for the sake of Jerusalem without the attendance of the PA president or Jordan?

All the evidence suggests that Mahmoud Abbas is no longer the decision-maker when it comes to the Palestinian cause. As I have noted previously, he is no longer trusted in Jordan or by many Palestinian officials, let alone the Palestinian people. This is because he is not transparent or honest in his dealings with his partners for the future of the region.

Jordan is the main partner in the future of Palestine, along with the leaders of other Palestinian organisations. Hence, the PA leadership must be honest and trustworthy, and exchange information with its partners as well as the Palestinian people in order for them to plan how they will confront the mutual enemy. They must avoid the fatal mistakes made in the Madrid and other Conferences.

Read: What options does Abbas have after that General Assembly vote?

After the Istanbul summit, it was expected that Abbas would take executive measures to respond to the Trump administration’s decision, especially after the UN General Assembly vote and an implementation of the spirit of the summit in Turkey. Such measures should, it is reasonable to assume, have included ending the internal political conflict and announcing a comprehensive reconciliation with the Gaza Strip, as well as bringing to an end the PA’s security coordination with Israel. Due to the fact that he has not made any decision that benefits the Palestinians, as well as many other reasons that date back to the Oslo Accords in 1993, Abbas is no longer worthy of leading the Palestinian people. He should step down and leave the matter to younger leaders capable of achieving the goals of the Palestinian people.

Mahmoud Abbas turns a blind eye on Gaza's blockade - Cartoon [Latuff/MiddleEastMonitor]

In Egypt, meanwhile, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi is deceiving his citizens and the Arabs in general; indeed, he is also deceiving himself. How? I will not talk about the internal affairs of Egypt. What concerns me today is Egypt’s position on the Palestinian issue. When it was a member of the Security Council representing the Arab cause, its performance did not match Egypt’s great regional status. It proposed a draft resolution to the Security Council on Jerusalem on behalf of the Arabs, and the US amended it in order to make it worthless. The resolution did not mention the US by name in order to avoid it participating in the vote since it is a party to the matter, in accordance with the UN Charter. The Egyptian delegate informed Cairo of this and the Egyptian president agreed to the US amendments. The draft was then put to a vote and US Ambassador Nikki Haley used her veto to block the resolution.

Everyone went to the General Assembly, and Egypt dutifully voted in favour of the US announcement. Leaks broadcast by Mekameleen TV have revealed that Egypt colluded with America and Israel. They also indicated that the belief in Cairo is that any Palestinian uprising would harm Egypt’s national security; that it would favour Hamas and the Islamic groups; and that it must, therefore, be thwarted. The leaks also revealed that an anonymous Egyptian intelligence officer gave instructions to some local journalists and artists to promote the acceptance of Ramallah as the capital of Palestine instead of Jerusalem. This has apparently been accepted by Al-Sisi’s government. Furthermore, additional leaks will soon emerge to confirm that Egypt and some Gulf countries are working hard to block an Arab summit on Jerusalem, following US instructions and Israeli insistence.

We need to stop Mahmoud Abbas from becoming little more than a nightwatchman protecting Israel’s illegal settlements and the world’s Zionists. I urge him to step down and to announce to the Arab and international media that he has been subjected to the worst forms of threats from powerful and influential Arab leaders.

This article first appeared in Arabic on Arabi21 on 9 January 2018

(Source / 10.01.2018)

Israel is a Nazi-like state with a potent public relations machine

Khalid Amayreh By Khalid Amayreh

I know it is still a taboo to call Israel a Nazi or Nazi-like state. However, an honest writer should always be guided by his or her moral conscience and never succumb to the tyranny of public opinion or prevailing media discourse. An honest writer, let alone an honest person, should therefore never flinch from calling the spade a spade. If this task proved too risky, then another job ought to be sought immediately.

I believe that we Palestinians who live under the yoke of Zionism here in Occupied Palestine know Israel better than anyone else. That is why we tend to reject with utter contempt lectures by condescending outsiders, irrespective of their intentions, on how we ought to relate to our tormentors and the choice of words we use in describing the killers of our children.

I am not calling Israel a Nazi-or Nazi-like entity because I am convinced that Israel used the very same tools in effecting the Nakba that the Third Reich used in effecting the Holocaust against European Jewry in the course of the Second World War. No, Israel, which for me and my people is and will always be a gigantic crime against humanity, has not perpetrated a holocaust in the classical sense against my people.

But Israel has been adopting Nazi-like policies against my people. The Lebensraum policy is referred to here as settlement-expansion policy. The übermenschen-untermenschen doctrine finds a real expression in the Jews-vs-goyem perceptions transcending every conceivable aspect of life in Israel-Palestine. In Germany there was the Master race; here in Israel-Palestine we have “God’s chosen people versus the water carriers and wood-hewers!”

“It is like tweedledum and tweedledee!

Yes, numerous massacres have been committed and continue to be committed, even on a daily basis, by Zionist Jews against virtually unprotected Palestinians who are also betrayed by the world, including their impotent brethren.

Nonetheless, no Palestinian would candidly claim that Israel is adopting the same crimes against the Palestinians that the Nazis had used against European Jewry.

But, if so, what then justifies calling Israel a Nazi or Nazi-like entity? Well, Israel is a Nazi entity because it employs the very same perceptions and doctrines against its victims (the Palestinians) that the Nazis had used to demonize and dehumanize their victims (e.g. Jews). I am alluding to cruel dehumanization that eventually created the mental underpinning among the Nazis which eventually made the Holocaust possible. Needless to say, the Holocaust would have never occurred had it not been for that underpinning.

Today, most Israeli Jews hold extremely racist (even criminally) racist perceptions of the Palestinians. The Palestinians, if only for being Goyem, are viewed as children of a lesser God, whose lives are therefore worthless!  Whether we like it or not, this malignant combination of hatred, racism, and dehumanization constitutes the mental underpinning of a possible Zionist Holocaust against the Palestinians.

Just ask an average Israeli whether he or she thought that murdering Ibrahim Abu Thurayya, the legless and harmless Palestinian demonstrator, by an Israeli army sniper a few weeks ago, was right or wrong, and you would be surprised to hear the hair-raising answers as the otherwise normal-looking young man or woman would tell, almost innately and without batting an eyelash, that “it is right, it is right, he deserves it, he was a terrorist!”

Terrorist!  It is now the mantra the invoking of which justifies anything, including of course, the cold-blooded murder of a handicapped person whose legs had to be amputated as a result of another previous Israeli action. I remember that the T-word was often used to describe a person who killed an innocent person. Today in Israel, anyone advocating basic human rights, especially for Palestinians, is a terrorist or a potential terrorist. Just ask Naftali Bennett or Avigodor Lieberman! Or probably Donald Trump!

To conclude, a state can be Nazi even without carrying out a holocaust against another people. Being mentally prepared to carry out a holocaust is sufficient to qualify for the Nazi title. This is because the rest (the modalities of executing the decision) belongs to the realm of possibilities and circumstances. It is very much like taking the decision to murder someone. The decision is the essential part whereas carrying it out is just a detail.

I know that some Zionist hasbara operatives will rile, rant and rave against any comparison between Zionists and Nazis. And the readily-available charge of anti-Semitism will be their ultimate weapon of choice to shut critics up and keep the sacrosanct heifer unscathed. Well, I don’t give a damn about either the heifer or its defenders. I have been through it all; from creation to destruction and one more barrage of abuse by the shipyard dogs of Hasbara wouldn’t harm much.

But before I go, I do want to quote Santiago Alba-Rico, the Spanish philosopher, who adamantly refused to be silenced or intimidated by Zionist hasbara doctors who are prompted to think that no other pain should be compared to the calamity of the Holocaust and therefore Israel must remain above the laws of men and never be criticized regardless of whatever it does to the Palestinians.

“Perhaps Palestinians are not the most punished people on earth, but they are indeed the most openly punished people on earth; perhaps they are not the people who have suffered the most but they are the people whose sufferings are the most uninterruptedly visible. Paradoxically, this visibility (beyond the lies) makes the victims even more vulnerable; it confers a kind of biblical dimension to the aggression.”

(Source / 07.01.2018)

Who is responsible for annexing the West Bank to Israel?

Construction workers build illegal settlements in West Bank on 25 August, 2017 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Apaimages]

Construction workers build illegal settlements in West Bank on 25 August, 2017

By Dr Fayez abu Shamaleh

Downplaying catastrophes is a catastrophe in itself; dwarfing concerns is a serious delusion; and jumping over reality is a deep canyon that will break the necks of the people who are silent regarding their seized rights. Those who have seized the Palestinians’ rights are not only the Israelis, but rather all those who lent Israel a hand to help it usurp Palestinian land. This includes America with its decisions and money; Arabs conspiring behind the scenes; and Palestinians who boast of their destructive political approach and damaging — yet somehow “sacred” — security coordination.

The resolution to annex the West Bank reads: “On the 50th anniversary of the liberation of the regions of Judea and Samaria [the West Bank], including Jerusalem our eternal capital, the Likud Central Committee calls on the Likud’s elected officials to act to allow free construction and to apply the laws of Israel and its sovereignty to all liberated areas of Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria.”

Many may believe that the Likud Party’s resolution has crushed the Oslo Accords and there is nothing left for the negotiators to talk about. Some may say that the resolution has completely eliminated the two-state solution, while others may downplay the resolution and claim that the resolution would “only” be implemented on the areas with Jewish settlements, which represents no more than 60 per cent of the West Bank and that there is a chance to fight Israel about this in the UN. Yet others may say that this is a partisan resolution that is not binding on the Israeli government, ignoring the Likud’s majority in the government coalition.

Read: Likud decision to annex West Bank represents ‘Israeli apartheid,’ says Arab MK

We may also hear fiery statements that these resolutions are null and void; that we will not allow them to be passed; that we will thwart the conspiracy; and that the West Bank is Palestinian land. However, after making such claims, those behind them will continue their security cooperation with the Israeli intelligence agencies against the legitimate Palestinian resistance to the occupation. A meeting may even be called for “the leadership”, where they will study the most effective ways to respond to the Likud Party’s resolution; and so on.

The truth is that the Palestinian people are facing a political disaster, and a catastrophe no less brutal than the 1948 Nakba. The state of Israel did not appear out of thin air in 1948; it was founded after first establishing a presence on the ground over several decades. This is what is happening today. The Likud Party’s resolution did not fall out of the sky like rain, but was preceded by settlers ploughing the West Bank land over years of Palestinian complacency, security coordination and negotiations. It came after turning a blind eye to Israel’s actions and the suspicious silence over the years, waiting for the results of the actions on the ground.

The decision to annex the West Bank was a natural result of the Palestinian political approach that has enabled the Israelis to seize the land. As such, correcting the path taken not only means standing in the face of the Israeli decision, but also taking a firm stand in the face of the Palestinian policy that allowed the Israelis to make such a move in the first place. Furthermore, anyone contributing to the loss of Palestinian land must be held accountable, while every decision-maker who passed up the opportunity to resist the invaders and facilitated their safety in the West Bank must be punished.

We still make the mistake of saying that the Palestine Liberation Organisation recognised the state of Israel within the 1949 Armistice Line, which constitutes 78 per cent of historic Palestine. It is true that the PLO recognised the state of Israel, but it is a state which — uniquely — has still not declared where its borders are, and so they remain flexible enough to absorb any and all land resulting from a resolution annexing Palestinian or Arab territory. This highlights the fact — and it is a fact — that the Israeli state is not content with remaining within the 1949 Armistice Line. It is an expansionist state, operating according to its Chief Rabbi’s statement that, “Our borders are dictated by our footsteps.”

OPINION: As Israel prepares to annex most of the West Bank, Abbas bleats about ‘incitement’

The crime of recognising the state of Israel is a tragedy, as it gives advance recognition to all of Israel’s resolutions for the annexation of more Palestinian land, including the decision of the Likud party to annex the West Bank.

There is no salvation for the Palestinians from this Nakba or catastrophe other than through their salvation from their own political leadership, whose security coordination paved the way for the Likud resolution. Any talk to the contrary — of confrontation, complaint, rejection, condemnation and renouncement, along with calls for meetings or conferences — is all ridiculous and fruitless. This is an approach that disregards the blood of the Palestinian martyrs who bled on the land and shouted, “Let the political decision-maker who is holding the knife of the settlers to the throat of the Palestinian land be gone!”

(Source / 02.01.2018)