IOA serves demolition notifications to citizens in Jordan Valley

JORDAN VALLEY, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) delivered demolition notices to Palestinian citizens in northern Jordan Valley on Sunday, locals said.

They told the PIC reporter that the IOA warned four families in Hadidiya area that they should tear down their tents and tin houses within a period of one month and a half and leave the area at the pretext that their land is in the proximity of an army training field.

About 110 Palestinians inhabit the area under severe deprivation of simplest human rights especially after a Jewish settlement was established on their land with only 35 individuals inhabiting it.

The settlers blocked all routes leading to Hadidiya and prevented its inhabitants from passing through the gate erected by those settlers to separate them from nearby Palestinian cities such Tobas and Tamon.

( / 19.06.2011)

LEZING IN APELDOORN ” Voorbereiding op de Ramadaan, een nieuwe start”

zondag 26 juni · 13:30 – 16:30


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Beste Broeder / Zuster,

Moskee as-Soennah organiseert inshallah een prachtige Nederlandstalige lezing op zondag 26 JUNI na salaat al-Dohr (13:40) met als titel: ” Voorbereiding op de Ramadaan, een nieuwe start” De gastspreker die dit zal verzorgen is broeder Pieter. Tevens zal er inshallah een Shahada afgenomen worden! Voor meer informatie zie bijgevoegde flyer. Iedereen is van harte welkom, neem daarom je vrienden en familie mee naar de Moskee om dit samen mee te maken!!!

Vriendelijke groeten,
Salaam aleykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatu,



June 17, 2011

This is a rainbow coalition of human rights defenders. It does not only concern Muslims, but everyone, be they Muslim, Christian, Jew, Hindu, secular or whatever. This is world citizenry united, Our destination is Gaza. Our means are non-violent. Our goal is to lift the illegal siege, completely and permanently and freedom for the Palestinian people. With national campaigns in over 20 countries and around 10 ships being readied, Freedom Flotilla 2—Stay Human is on track to sail to Gaza to break the illegal Israeli blockade. The Turkish aid organization IHH remains part of the flotilla, even though the Mavi Marmara is unable to sail. There is no doubt about the need for the flotilla. Israel’s policy of collective punishment remains intact. The so-called “established channels” for delivering aid to Gaza, referred to by global leaders seeking to stop our mission, do not allow for the needs of the people of Gaza to be met due to Israel’s many restrictions, nor do they permit freedom for Palestinians.

Nowhere else in the world are people required by the international community to accept humanitarian aid instead of freedom. And even that humanitarian aid is not forthcoming, owing to Israel’s blockade. This month, the health authority in Gaza proclaimed a state of emergency due to an acute shortage of vital medicines. Approximately 178 types of medications and 123 types of medical supplies have run out, and an additional 69 types of medications and 70 types of medical supplies are expected to run out within the next three months.

A few days ago, 46 Palestinian civil society organizations announced their full support of the Freedom Flotilla 2.

The fact that the Mavi Marmara will not participate in the FF2, means that the misinformation put forward by the Israeli government and its supporters that the flotilla is a “Turkish” and “Islamist” effort will be completely exposed. Hundreds of people from around the world are sailing to break the blockade on Gaza.

Freedom Flotilla 2 will include more ships than the first flotilla, even without the Mavi Marmara. Moreover, the coalition consists of significantly more member organizations this time, from all over Europe, North America, the Middle East and North Africa.

Our destination is Gaza. Our means are non-violent. Our goal is to lift the illegal siege, completely and permanently.

The International Coalition of Freedom Flotilla II

( / 19.06.2011)

Israeli undercover agents boast of killing Palestinians on TV

Undercover Israeli intelligence officers appeared on national television Saturday to talk about assassinating Palestinians in a program broadcast on Israel’s Channel 10.

Oren Beaton presented a photo album of Palestinians he killed during his time as a commander of an undercover Israeli unit operating in the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Beaton explained that he kept photos of his victims.

“This is a photo of a Palestinian young man called Basim Subeih who I killed. This is another young man. I shredded his body, and the photo shows the remnants of his body,” he said.

The TV program also featured an undercover agent referred to as “D”, who openly admitted killing “wanted Palestinians.”

He complained of suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and said that the state had rejected his demands for compensation.

The Channel 10 presenter appealed to the Israeli government to meet the agent’s demands.

“Those are the Shin Bet agents we only hear about and never see, and thanks to them we live safely,” she said.

The report was filmed in the Palestinian territories, and showed agents wandering around the streets of Ar-Ram in occupied East Jerusalem with handguns under their shirts, illustrating that the agents were still operating in Palestinian cities.

The agents, who speak fluent Arabic, are shown surrounded by masked Palestinian collaborators secretly deployed to the area to protect them.

The program provided previously unconfirmed details about the operational methods of undercover agents.

The report explained that officers conducted surveillance before an assassination, investigating the target’s friends and classmates.

Agents would even ask about the target’s favorite meals and habits at home, the report said.

In this way, agents would put together an image of the target’s behavior and routine.

Agent “D” said officers would then “seize the target and wait until the commander arrives to confirm his identity. Then we shoot him.”

This confirms previous accounts from Palestinians who have said they witnessed Israeli agents shooting Palestinians at point-blank range.

( / 19.06.2011)

Israeli Soldiers Raid Tulkarem, Enter Khodori University

Israeli soldiers Sunday entered the city of Tulkarem, in the northern West Bank, and set up a military checkpoint at the entrance of Khodori University.

Witnesses said Israeli soldiers raided the city, stood at the entrance of Khodori University and stopped people and university students who were on their way to their first day of the summer semester.
Soldiers checked identification papers and detained a number of students to search them.
They also detained TV cameramen present at the scene, confiscated their personal belongings and forbade them to record any footage, forcing them to leave at gunpoint.

( / 19.06.2011)

Ben Ali: aanklachten zijn ‘schandelijke leugens’

Zine El abidine Ben Ali, de verdreven president van Tunesië.
De verdreven president van Tunesië, Zine El abidine Ben Ali, tegen wie morgen in Tunis bij verstek een proces begint, bestrijdt alle aanklachten tegen hem. Hij is beschuldigd van illegale zelfverrijking, evenals wapen- en drugsbezit.

‘Ben Ali ontkent alle aantijgingen ten stelligste’, verklaarde zijn advocaat Akram Azoury vandaag vanuit Beiroet. ‘Hij heeft nooit de grote sommen geld bezeten waarvan men beweert dat die in zijn kantoor zijn gevonden.’

De aangetroffen wapens zouden jachtgeweren zijn en meestal geschonken door bezoekende staatshoofden. ‘De aanklachten over drugsbezit zijn schandelijke leugens’, aldus zijn advocaat. ‘Ben Ali hoopt met heel zijn hart dat Tunesië deze chaos en donkere periode overwint.’

23 jaar aan de macht
Ben Ali (74) was 23 jaar aan de macht. Hij werd 14 januari verdreven na massale protesten. Veel inwoners van het Noord-Afrikaanse land waren woedend over de hoge werkloosheid, het gebrek aan vrijheden en de welig tierende corruptie onder het bewind van Ben Ali. De onrust in Tunesië sloeg daarna over op een reeks andere Arabische landen. In Egypte resulteerden massale protesten in de val van president Hosni Mubarak. In Libië en Syrië wordt nog altijd gevochten.

Naar verluidt verblijft Ben Ali in Saudi-Arabië. De Tunesische interimpremier Béji Caïd Essebsi zei recent dat Saudi-Arabië niet heeft gereageerd op een Tunesisch uitleveringsverzoek.

Enkele van de familieleden en naaste medewerkers van de oud-president zijn wel gearresteerd.

( / 19.06.2011)

Syria: They came at dawn, and killed in cold blood

A Syrian woman sits with her children in a camp in a Turkish border town in Hatay province. More children are falling ill as basic medical supplies start to run out

As Syrians flee, conditions worsen in Turkey’s border camps

June 19, 2011

The houses looked abandoned, windows and doors locked, a broken shutter clattering in the wind. Then, one by one, they began to appear from their hiding places, mainly women and children, a few elderly people. The residents of this village had learned to their cost that being caught unawares in this violent conflict could have lethal consequences.

The raid by the secret police – the Mukhabarat – and the Shabbiha militia had come at dawn. The killings had been cold-blooded and quick, three men shot dead as, barely awake, they tried desperately to get away. A search for others had proved fruitless; they had fled the day before. The damage to homes vented the frustration of the gunmen at missing their quarries.

“They were working from a list. But they made mistakes. One of them was the wrong person. They did not even have the right name of the man they killed,” said Qais al-Baidi, gesturing towards the graves on a sloping hillside. “But none of them deserved this. They were not terrorists. They had just taken part in some demonstrations. These Assad people are vicious. They have no pity. They like killing.”

The three killings were among the many that had followed the ferocious onslaught launched by Bashar al-Assad against the uprising. Two centres of opposition in the north of the country had been taken after bloody clashes, Jisr al-Shughour early in the week, Maaret al-Numan falling on Friday. This village was among a cluster that had been subjected, according to a regime commander, to a “cleaning-up” operation.

The offensive had led to a terrified exodus of much of the local population, with 12,000 huddled in squalid conditions on the Syrian side of the border. Another 10,000 had made it across to Turkey, only to be herded into holding centres, locked away from the outside world, the government in Ankara making it clear that these people will be sent back at an opportune time.

The locals in the Turkish province of Hatay and the international media have been kept away from the dispossessed families. The Turkish government insists they are “guests”, as accepting they are refugees could lead to legal obligations towards them. But Angelina Jolie, Hollywood actress and UN goodwill ambassador, was taken to see one of the centres after expressing a wish to help to alleviate the suffering of Syria. A banner put up by the Turkish authorities at the entrance to the camp read “Goodness Angel of the World, Welcome”.

Away from the focus of celebrity attention, there is little help for those stuck at the frontier. The vast majority sleep under trees; a few have managed to drive pick-up trucks cross-country and use the trailer to sleep; others have built makeshift tents out of rags and plastic sheeting. A pond with floating rubbish and the waters of the river were being used for washing and drinking. Some of the injured had failed to survive without adequate medical help, and their funerals were held where they had died.

The only “aid” for a humanitarian crisis worsening by the day had been meagre supplies, bottles of water and loaves of bread smuggled in by groups of young men on foot across steep ridges, along the same path taken by The Independent on Sunday. Relief organisations have not been allowed access by either the Syrians or the Turks. But for those remaining in the village, the camps at the border, despite the desperate straits they are in, are the goals to reach. They offer relative safety from the savagery of a state waging war on its own people.

Hania Um Jaffar, whose 22-year-old nephew, Khalid Abdullah, was one of those killed, was convinced that the journey there was the only choice. “We had hidden in the fields the day before when we saw helicopters flying over us. But they went away and we thought it had passed. But then they came later on foot. They did not come into our home, but went to others, to the one where Khalid was staying. He was shot many times.

“I don’t want anyone else in my family to die. Surely that is what will happen if we stay here. My sons have gone to the mountains, and another nephew has done the same. They cannot come back to take us to Turkey. That is too dangerous for them. We have to make our own way there.”

The tiny community remaining in the dozen houses were running out of food. Bassem Mohammed Ibrahim, a 68-year-old farmer, spread his hands. “[The regime forces] did not burn the crops here like they have done in other places. But the only men left here now are old ones like me. We cannot work the fields by ourselves. Our farms will be ruined. But if we stay here, I don’t think we will survive.”

The journey to the border, however, is fraught with risk. The secret police and the Shabbiha, drawn from the community to which President Assad and the Syrian elite belong, had ambushed families, forcing some to turn back. A small group of opposition fighters provide protection along the route. “But we only have a few of these,” said Habib Ali Hussein, holding up his Kalashnikov assault rifle. “Assad has tanks, artillery, helicopters.”

Until two weeks ago Mr Hussein was part of those forces as a lieutenant in the army. He deserted, he claimed, sickened by the violence meted out to unarmed civilians. “They were shooting people who were refusing to follow orders. That is what happened at Jisr al-Shughour. I am from that area, and my people were being attacked. So I got my family away from our home and then I left. We haven’t got the weapons to go forward. All we are doing is defending.”

At the border camp, Isha al-Diri, a medical assistant at a clinic in Jisr al-Shugour, had been administering treatment as best he could. “The seriously injured have been taken to Turkey. But some died before that could happen. The problem here is that we haven’t got enough medicine.”

Rawat Khalifa had come seeking cough medicine for his six-year-old daughter. “It is the damp; a lot of the young ones are ill. We shall have to go to Turkey if they get any worse. We cannot take risks with their lives.

“We have not crossed over so far because we are Syrians. We want to stay in our own country. But we are afraid to go back home. We are afraid that our own leaders will try to kill us.”

Yesterday, Syrian troops arrived with tanks at Bdama, only 12 miles from the Turkish border. Dozens were arrested and houses were burned, according to eyewitnesses. The area had been considered a key region for passing food and supplies to people who have fled the violence in their villages but have yet to cross the border into Turkey.

Foreign Office advice: Britons warned to leave Syria

British nationals were urged yesterday to leave Syria immediately, as the situation in the country deteriorated further. Updating its travel advice, the Foreign Office warned Britons to use “commercial means” to leave while they were still available. It reissued an urgent warning against all travel to the country, adding it was “highly unlikely” the embassy in the country’s capital, Damascus, would be able to assist if the situation worsened.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “Because of the current situation, we advise against all travel to Syria. We ask British nationals to heed this advice and leave the country now.” He urged Britons to “take responsibility for their own safety and security”.

( / 19.06.2011)


2 foreign supporters arrested by Israel in Beit Ummer

West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli forces detained yesterday evening two international supporters who were trying to enter the town of Beit Ummer in order to participate residents in the weekly rally against the Apartheid Wall.

Yousef Abu Maria, anti-wall committee spokesman in Beit Ummer, said that dozens of Israeli armed soldiers prevented participants from reaching Al-Daher area near Karmi Tsur settlement built on the Palestinian territories.

Israeli soldiers detained two peace activists and assaulted a number of them, declaring the area as a “military closed zone”.

Hundreds of Palestinians from Beit Ummer and the nearby villages organize non-violent rallies every Saturday to oppose Israeli ongoing confiscation and demolition.

( / 19.06.2011)

Irritant en manipulatief

Woensdag was bij het programma Knevel en Van de Brink een gast, de Nederlandse priester Bodard, die aangaf loyaal te staan tegenover de vloot naar Gaza, zgn. Flotilla II van eind juni.

In het gesprek aan tafel stelde Hr Knevel de vraag of de gast nog zo loyaal zou zijn, als het gerucht waar zou zijn dat er connecties zou zijn met Hamas en Moslimbroederschap.

Aan het woord Henny Kreeft, voorzitter van de Nederlandse Moslim Partij: “Het is al een wonder dat iemand in de media komt die een keer wat positief zegt over Palestina. Aan de andere kant is het diep triest hoe de media met het onderwerp omspringt.” Kreeft geeft aan dat hij zich verschrikkelijk boos heeft gemaakt op de manier waarop de vragen gesteld werden, maar vooral de manier waarop de antwoorden in de mond werden gelegd. “Het is toch absurd te stellen dat we eindelijk maar niet mee moeten doen met de Flotilla, de vraag of dit een stap is van één persoon of de kerk er ook achter staat, maar de klap was de vraag over de connecties met Hamas en Moslimbroederschap.” Kreeft is van mening dat dit niet kan: “Dit is iemand sturen in een bepaalde richting.”

Overigens is het zo dat het onbewezen geruchten zijn dat er banden met deze twee organisaties zouden zijn, maar volgens Kreeft gaat het daar helemaal niet om. “Het gaat om de humanitaire hulp aan mensen die al jaren in een openbare gevangenis zitten, mensen die al jaren creperen onder een bezetting door de grootmacht Israël en gesteund door ons in het westen.” De laatste maanden wordt het steeds erger, benauwder in met name Gaza. Kreeft: “ Het is afschuwelijk wat er allemaal gebeurt in de Gazastrip. Mensen worden beschoten, zelfs vermoord, ook kinderen, vrouwen en bejaarden; het ziekenhuis moet haar operaties opschorten omdat er geen materialen zijn. En zo kan ik wel doorgaan”

Maar er komt zo weinig nieuws naar Nederland?  Kreeft:  “Ja, dat klopt. De media is niet geïnteresseerd in het Palestijnse volk. Ik plaats op een site ( artikelen, zowel nieuws, achtergrondartikelen als opiniestukken over de revoluties, maar met name over alles wat er gebeurt in Palestina. Maar er zijn weinig Nederlandse artikelen te vinden, ik ben afhankelijk van het buitenland en meldingen op Facebook en Twitter.”

De Flotilla die eind van deze maand gaat varen, waarin meer dan 20 landen opereren en die ca. 12 boten gaat bevatten, wordt constant genegeerd in de Nederlandse media. Kreeft: “De Nederlandse boot die samenwerkt met de Italianen gaat goederen brengen die hier zijn ingezameld en hard nodig zijn in Gaza. Een gebied dat al jaren gebukt gaat onder een keiharde bezetting. We moeten trots zijn dat we deze mensen kunnen en mogen helpen. Ik heb aangegeven dat ik graag op die boot had willen zitten, maar dat het momenteel niet kan. Ik wil goederen overdragen aan de mensen die het nodig hebben in onze wereld, kinderen, vrouwen en mannen, die niets hebben. Ik wil er voor zorgen dat er weer materialen naar het ziekenhuis gaan, zodat de artsen en verplegers daar weer normaal kunnen werken.”

Kreeft is nog steeds boos op de makers van het programma: “Als de heer Knevel zichzelf een christen wilt noemen, dan moet hij ook eens kijken naar de medemens. De priester gaf ook aan: “Alles wat u wilt dat u niet geschiedt, doet dat een ander ook niet” . Er zijn inderdaad mensen die de Islam misbruiken voor aanvallen op onschuldige mensen, maar het is niet zo dat alle moslims hetzelfde zijn. Het is maar heel kleine groep. De Islam is een religie van vrede, broederschap, zorg voor anderen, ook voor mensen die geen moslim zijn.  Daarnaast is Hamas gekozen door de mensen middels verkiezingen. Misschien moeten we daar eens wat meer begrip voor hebben. We willen zo graag democratie, maar als er een partij het voor het zeggen krijgt, die niet past in ons plaatje, is dit onmiddellijk geen democratie meer. Dit is complete hypocrisie. Laat ook eens ruimte voor anderen, zou ik de heren van het programma mee willen geven.”