Beit Hanoun, 63 years and 300 meters later.

Beit Hanoun, 63 years and 300 meters later.

The Nakba, the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, happened sixty three years ago.  The theft of Palestinian land continues even today.  Every Tuesday, for the last three years, the people of Beit Hanoun have protested both the occupation and Israel’s three hundred meter “buffer zone” which Israel has declared on Palestinian land near the border of Gaza.  We gathered today, like we do every Tuesday near the agricultural college in Beit Hanoun.  Local farmers warned us that for the last couple of days Israeli forces had been camped out in the abandoned houses near the border.  Just as their grandfathers were driven from their homes by Zionist violence, so these farmers were driven out of their homes by Zionist violence.  Sometimes, the more things change, the more they stay the same.  Over the weekend six were injured in Beit Hanoun when Israel bombed a well in the middle of a residential district.
At eleven A.M. we set off toward the wall, toward the land that their grandfathers were expelled from.  A drone buzzes overhead.  We can see the clouds of dust raised by the movement of Israeli tanks on the other side of the wall.  The farmland in the “buffer zone” has been newly desecrated, bulldozed again, an area that used to be fields and orchards that had been reduced to a few hardy weeds, now devoid of even weeds.  The Palestinian flags that we had planted there during previous demonstrations buried under the earth.  Given the warnings of Israeli soldiers in the abandoned houses and the bombing over the weekend, we were all more nervous than usual.  Bella Ciao boomed out over the megaphone, but few sang along, most of us thinking our own thoughts, worrying alone.

We walked past the last tree still standing, a beautiful tree covered in fragrant pink flowers.  We entered the newly destroyed “buffer zone”, stopped, planted new flags, dreamed of planting new trees, of seeing a dead zone brought back to life.  People looked into the distance, dreaming of their grandfathers trees, trees that many of them have never been allowed to see, their fruit stolen by the grandchildren of the same people who drove their grandfathers from their land.  We chanted for a free Palestine.  Dust rose from the movement of an Israeli tank.  We returned to Beit Hanoun, but at least we had left a flag behind to commemorate that we were there, that the grandchildren of the cleansed still live.

(gazatvnews.com / 20.07.2011)

Europese Raad bekritiseert Belgisch boerkaverbod

De Europese Raad bekritiseert het Belgische verbod op een sluier die het hele gezicht van een vrouw bedekt. Dat meldt Thomas Hammarberg, mensenrechtencommissaris van de Europese Raad. Het verbod wordt zaterdag van kracht.

In plaats van de vrouwen te bevrijden, isoleert en stigmatiseert het verbod vrouwen die een boerka of een nikab dragen, zegt Hammarberg.

Rechten van de mens
“De islamofobie en vooroordelen over moslims blijven de tolerantiegeest in Europa ondermijnen. Het debat over een verbod van de boerka en nikab in openbare plaatsen is daar een symptoom van”, aldus de commissaris.

“Het verbod kan een schending van de Europese normen voor de rechten van de mens inhouden, vooral het recht op een privéleven en een persoonlijke identiteit”, onthult hij.

Straffen
Volgens de nieuwe wet riskeren vrouwen die dergelijke kledij dragen, een boete en een celstraf van maximaal zeven dagen.

Frankrijk was het eerste Europese land dat een dergelijke sluier verbood. Sinds de wet er in april dit jaar van kracht ging, kreeg een dertigtal vrouwen een proces-verbaal of werden de vrouwen vervolgd.

(www.demorgen.be / 20.07.2011)

Spain tells Abbas it backs efforts for Palestinian state

MADRID (AFP) — Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez told visiting President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday that Madrid backs efforts to create an independent Palestinian state, the government said.

Abbas met with Jimenez and Spain’s King Juan Carlos at the start of a two-day visit to the country aimed at drumming up support for United Nations recognition of a Palestinian state.

“The minister expressed the desire to continue the work which has been carried out over the past years to strengthen ties and support efforts by the Palestinian National Authority to build a future Palestinian state,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Jimenez also told Abbas that the bid for UN recognition of a Palestinian state was “legitimate” and said Madrid would determine its position “based on the proposals that arise, in a constructive spirit”.

Abbas will Wednesday meet with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in Madrid before heading to Barcelona where he will hold talks with the new head of the Union for the Mediterranean, Morocco’s Youssef Amrani.

He arrived in Spain from Norway and will head to Turkey after leaving Barcelona on Wednesday.

The United States has been cool to the idea of UN recognition and has urged the Palestinian government in Ramallah and Israel not to take unilateral steps that could jeopardize a final peace settlement.

(www.maannews.net / 19.07.2011)

Limburgs PVV-Statenlid gaat alleen verder

MAASTRICHT –  Het Limburgse Statenlid Harm Uringa is per direct uit de Statenfractie van de PVV gestapt. Dat gebeurde „om hem moverende redenen”, maakte de PVV-Statenfractie dinsdag bekend.

Uringa gaat verder als zelfstandige fractie binnen het Limburgs Parlement, zoals de Limburgse Staten zichzelf noemen. Meer wilde de fractie dinsdag niet kwijt.

Het is het derde Statenlid dat in juli is opgestapt bij de partij. Eerder lieten Harm Beertema (Zuid-Holland) en Ronald van Vliet (Limburg) weten het bijltje erbij neer te gooien.

Uringa wil niet zeggen waarom hij uit de fractie is gestapt. „Dat heb ik met de PVV afgesproken”, lichtte hij toe.

Leuk

Hij liet weten zijn zetel niet af te staan aan de PVV. „Ik vind het Statenlidmaatschap zo leuk en ik heb in vier maanden zulke goede contacten gelegd met Statenleden, dat ik die niet zomaar opgeef”, zei hij.

Of hij met de PVV nog door een deur kan, moet blijken, liet hij weten. „Maar ik ben niet van mijn geloof afgevallen en dus niet opgeschoven naar de andere kant van het politieke spectrum”. Hij zal elk voorstel op zijn merites beoordelen, zei hij.

CDA grootste

Door het opstappen van Uringa (66) is het CDA met 10 zetels de grootste fractie geworden in de Limburgse Staten. De PVV heeft nog 9 zetels. PVV, CDA en VVD vormen samen de coalitie. Die houdt met 27 van de 47 zetels een meerderheid in Limburg.

Uringa werkte tot zijn pensionering vorig jaar in de ICT-sector als projectmanager. Pas in oktober 2010 werd hij actief voor de PVV. In maart werd hij tot Statenlid gekozen. Hij sprak daarbij de ambitie uit te willen zorgen voor onder meer een transparantere cultuur in de Limburgse politiek.

(www.telegraaf.nl / 19.07.2011)

French Boat to Gaza: the seizure by Israeli forces is an illegal act and an act of violence

19/07/2011 16:19

The French ship Dignité Al Karama has been captured in international waters by Israeli forces and taken to the port of Ashdod. Its passengers were transferred to a military ship. This seizure is an act of violence and illegal.

Armed commandos of the Israeli army boarded the French boat 40 miles off the coast of Gaza in international waters, as in May 2010 when the Israeli army attacked the first Freedom Flotilla. This is a new act of piracy against “Tom Thumb.”

We are not yet certain that there has been no violence, as claimed by the Israeli army, because no contact with passengers is possible. Military censorship is being applied. In any case, the use of force to bring a boat and its passengers in the port of Ashdod under the threat of weapons with military vessels is an act of violence must be condemned, as must the blockade of Gaza.

Bateau pour Gaza, l’abordage de l’armée israélienne est un acte illégal et un acte de violence

19/07/2011 16:19

Le bateau français Dignité Al Karama a été capturé dans les eaux internationales par l’armée israélienne et amené dans le port d’Ashdod, Ses passagers ont été transférés sur un bateau militaire. Cet abordage est un acte de violence et un acte illégal.

Les commandos armés de l’armée israélienne ont abordé le bateau français à 40 miles des côtes de Gaza dans les eaux internationales, comme en mai 2010 quand l’armée israélienne avait attaqué la première flottille de la liberté. C’est un nouvel acte de piraterie, contre un « Petit poucet citoyen ».

Nous ne sommes pas pour le moment certains qu’il n’y a pas eu de violence, comme le prétend l’armée israélienne, car aucun contact avec les passagers n’est possible. La censure militaire est toujours appliquée. Dans tous les cas amener de force un bateau et ses passagers dans le port d’Ashdod sous la menace d’armes, avec des bateaux militaires, est un acte de violence qui doit être condamné, comme doit l’être le blocus de Gaza.

Press Release
Athens, 19/7/2011
1:30pm

This morning, the French flag ship “Dignité/Al Karama”, carrying 16 passengers -among them the coordinator of the Greek Initiative Vangelis Pissias, and representing the international “Freedom Flotilla II – Stay Human” – started to sail from outside Port Said of Egypt towards the Gaza Strip. The boat gave its last position when in international waters, approximately 50 miles away from Gaza coast. Since 11:00am, while surrounded by 4 Israeli naval ships according to its passengers, every communication has been interrupted. A little while ago, it was reported as confirmed that the vessel was seized.

Israel, once again, appears to play the role of the sheriff in the south-eastern Mediterranean. The disregard of any notion of international law, the mobilization of any legal or illegal means to achieve its objectives -to prevent any attempt of expressing practical international solidarity with Palestine- is a permanent well known tactic. The Greek government acted in such a pro-Israeli way that even Israel wouldn’t expect, shamelessly accepting congratulations by the Israeli and US governments, while at the same moment Palestinians in Ramallah heavily disapproved of the Greek President -first time for a Greek politician.

We demand from the Greek government, of course not to condemn the illegal act of its Israeli friends, who once again intervened militarily and beyond any concept of international law, against unarmed citizens in the international waters of SE Mediterranean, but to do, at least, the minimum and fundamentally self-evident: intervene immediately in order to protect -as required by the Constitution-the life and integrity of all on board and -above all- the Greek Vangelis Pissias.

The Greek society will provide the response to the latest Israeli provocative act. The Greek society who -unlike it’s government- stands firmly and through time in solidarity to the Palestinian issue and the Palestinian people.

We call for a rally today at Syntagma, Tuesday 19th at 7:00pm

Passenger List for “Dignité / Al Karama”
1. Stéphane Corriveau (Canadian Boat to Gaza)
2. Dror Feiler (Ship to Gaza-Sweden and European Jews for a Just Peace, composer – musician)
3. Hilary Folacci (Sailor)
4. Jérôme Gleizes (European Greens)
5. Jacqueline Le Corre (MD, Collectif 14 Support to the Palestinian people, PCF/french communist party)
6. Jean Claude Lefort (Honorary Member of french Parliament)
7. Jo Leguen (Navigator)
8. Claude Léostic (Spokesperson of Campaign “A French ship to Gaza” – Association France/Palestine /Solidarity -AFPS)
9. Yamin Makri (Collectif 69 Support the Palestinian people)
10. Omeyya Naoufel Seddik (Tunisian Federation for citizenship on both sides- FTCR, political scientist)
11. Dr. Vangelis Pissias (Campaign “Ship to Gaza – Greece”, professor at Higher Institute of Technology, Athens)
12. Thomas Sommer – Houdeville (Spokesperson of Campaign “A French ship to Gaza” and “Campagne Civile Internationale Pour la Protection du Peuple Palestinien – CCIPPP”, associate researcher at the IFPO – Institut Français du Proche Orient)
13. Yannick Voisin (captain).
Also on board
14. Ayyash Derradji Al Jazeera journalist
15. Stéphane Guida, cameraman for Al Jazeera,
16. Amira Hass (Israeli journalist – Haaretz).

The FPM Team

(Facebook / 19.07.2011)

Israeli army invades Jenin, Hebron

West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli occupation forces broke into several Palestinian houses in Jenin and Hebron arresting three Palestinians.

Local sources reported that over 20 Israeli vehicles invaded Jenin refugee camp and started inspection and raiding operations to several Palestinian houses, claming they are searching for wanted people.

In Hebron, Israeli soldiers detained three citizens including a woman and send them to interrogation centers.

Israeli forces declared the south of Hebron, near Israeli settlement of Mauon, as a “military closed area” preventing foreign activists from entering that place to support Palestinians who have been subjects to settlers frequent attacks.

(www.paltelegraph.com /19.07.2011)

Palestinian newborns are dying at checkpoints

In their home just outside of Bethlehem, a young couple, Farid and Nadia, put their son to bed. First-time parents, they tiptoe in and out of his nursery. The view from the window is dominated by the drab grey slabs of the Separation Wall, which stands just 20 metres from the house. ‘I fear that he will grow up thinking this is normal,’ Farid says.

Nadia is a Jerusalem ID holder. Farid, however, only holds a green West Bank ID card and is prohibited from owning property or driving a car in the district. ‘The night that my wife went into labour,’ Farid recalls, ‘we made our way to hospital. Because I wasn’t allowed to drive I had to sit beside her. She was in severe pain. I thought she was going to deliver in the car. At the checkpoint, we were made to wait. They wouldn’t allow us to switch so I could drive, although she was clearly in severe pain.’

After the delay, the Israeli military who guard the checkpoint forced Nadia to drive herself to hospital.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, 10 per cent of pregnant Palestinian women were forced to endure labour or childbirth at a checkpoint between 2000 and 2007, resulting in the death of at least 35 babies and five women during the seven-year period. This data is at the centre of a new research abstract published this week in the leading medical journal, The Lancet.

The abstract’s author, Halla Shoaibi, is a lawyer at the University of Michigan. She believes there may be grounds for Israel to be prosecuted for crimes against humanity for obstructing pregnant Palestinian women as they try to reach medical care during labour.

Israel has over 500 checkpoints and barriers across occupied Palestine; a journey that should take minutes can take hours. Approximately 18,000 pregnant Palestinian women each year will develop complications.

Sexual and reproductive health consultant Carol Bradford says that checkpoint delays complicate an already fragile situation: ‘The Thaddeus and Maine “Three Delays Model” identifies the main causes of needless death of a mother and, often, her newborn. The first delay is getting out of the home when a woman needs emergency care; the second is in getting to the facility; and the third is when the facility can’t help her because it doesn’t have the right equipment or supplies. All three are at play in the occupied Palestinian territory.’

The Fourth Geneva Convention states that ‘expectant mothers shall be the object of particular protection and respect’. Yet, in 2009, the Committee Against Torture said it was ‘seriously concerned’ by the ‘undue delays and denial of entry’ at Israeli checkpoints of those seeking urgent medical care.  Shoaibi’s analysis will investigate a claim against Israel based on the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Article 7 (1) (k), which prohibits ‘inhumane acts…intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health’.

Individual testimonies lodged with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights  certainly indicate inhumane treatment, great suffering and the loss of life as a result of checkpoint delays. A testimony given in August 2003 reported the birth, and death, of a baby girl at a checkpoint in northern West Bank. The mother was prevented from reaching an ambulance on the other side. The baby died after the father was forced to cut his baby’s umbilical cord with a stone.

Yet, despite the gravity of individual cases, Shoaibi will need to show that Israel’s actions are intentional, widespread and systematic. The statistic of one in 10 [women giving birth at checkpoints] would suggest a widespread problem. But it’s very likely that even this number is a huge underestimation, because many cases from isolated rural areas never get reported.

Proving Israel’s strategic intent to cause suffering will be a challenge. However, there have been indications of an attitude of aggression amongst the Israeli military towards childbearing Palestinian women. In March 2009, there was international outrage over a set of t-shirts commissioned by Israeli soldiers depicting a pregnant Palestinian with a target over her belly. Over the image were the words One shot – two kills.

Whether or not Shoaibi is able to validate a claim to the International Criminal Court, the fact that a significant number of pregnant women have routinely been denied safe passage to a hospital must raise alarm bells. The international rule of occupation requires Israel to enable the people of occupied Palestine to live as ‘normal’ a life as possible.

‘Is it normal that our women are giving birth at checkpoints?’ asks Farid. ‘If you think it’s normal I have nothing more to say.’

(www.newint.org / 19.07.2011)

Israel Moves to Build Hundreds of New Settlement Homes in Occupied Territories

The Israeli government is moving forward on plans to build 336 new settlement homes in defiance of the international community. According to the plan, 294 of the homes will be built outside of Jerusalem, another 42 will be build outside of the West Bank city of Nablus. Palestinians said Israel’s move to build more settlements hardened their resolve to seek statehood recognition from the United Nations. Hagit Ofran of the Israeli group Peace Now also criticized the new settlements.

Hagit Ofran, Peace Now: “The government of Israel is expanding the settlements despite the fact that it’s against the Israeli interest and against the declarations of the government that we are going to peace. This construction in settlements now pushes the Palestinians to go unilaterally to the U.N.”

(www.democracynow.org / 19.07.2011)
 

Flotilla II 19.07.02011 / Gaza

Journalist Amira Hass was released immediately and is now filing her story. Others from #Dignité detained for deportation #flotilla2

No weapons, humanitarian equipment found on ship,’ Navy official says about the #flotilla2 ship

#Dignity Full Stop! Video of #IOF troops boarding Gaza #flotilla boat

French-flagged boat Dignite/Al Karama Represents The Audacity of Hope and the rest of Freedom #Flotilla2

Eariler today, Israel took control of French-flagged boat Dignite/Al Karama about 40 m. away from Gaza and arrested its 16 psngrs #flotilla2

Israeli Navy moved passengers to their Navy ship

If Israel arrests civilians on the #flotilla2 and charges them with ‘illegally entering Israel’ what does that say about control of Gaza?

Dignité taken over possibly in international or egyptian waters One Canadian on board Gaza-bound French boat

Israeli navy surrounds French ship near Gaza shore

Israel confiscates irrigation networks in Hebron

ISRAELI NAVAL FORCES CONTROLL FORCIBLY THE FRENCH BOAT

 

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Assalamo aleikom dear members, I wish to inform you all that we have a new teacher; Ms Yousra, who joined our teachers’ team and is opening new classes for beginners in Reading Quran level 1.
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