Palestine need your aid

Projects of Nebras Charity
Nebras Charity (Nebras Association for Community Development Foundation), started in 2007,  is working for the poor, children, women in Palestine. One of the projects of the organisation are the special centres for women who need psychologic support; at the same time the organisation want to build a radio broadcasting centre special for women.

Nebras Charity

Light for the poor
In an earlier article we have talked about the work of the organisation for the poor who have no lights. The employees of the organization make a led with a battery, so the people have a light in the dark. In Palestine there are hours without any electricity at all. So any help to have a light is welcome for the Palestinians.

If you want to cooperate with the organisations to give the Palestinians light in the recurring darkness, it is possible to donate money for one or more leds for Palestine.

Batterij Led

Webshop
The second project of Nebras Charity is the webshop with specific Palestinian products as the Palestinian Flag, scarf, wristband and purse. These articles can be purchased on the site https://www.freewebstore.org/palestine-products.

Please take a look at the site and order what you need of the products of Palestine. In het next weeks there will be more articles added to the site.

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Materials
Because of the war in 2014 Palestine need aid for repairing their destroyed homes. Given the poor economy and poor forecasts to get a job, Palestinians are dependent on aid. So the organisation need your support for buying materials but also groceries for the Gazans in need.

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Eid Aladha
The new initiative is to buy a cow or sheep for the poor for the feast of Eid Aladha. The meat will be distributed to families in need in Deit Beir Elah and Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip.

When the organisation could get $ 2000 together Nebrask will buy a cow and distribute the meat for the poor families; when the amount is $ 500 the organisation will buy a sheep and distribute the meat for the families.

Cow

For this project too u can donate your money and support the people who need your aid.

You can send your donation to the paylpal account of the organisation, see the side paypal: https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/home and fill in the adress of gory621@gmail.com

or you can donate to Nebras Charity bank account number : 000/0010/002/0067364_0/0602 alquds bank – GAZA

On behalf of the Palestinians who may well use your help, thank you

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Eight months after Gaza war, ‘not a single home has been rebuilt’ – UN agency

UNRWA says almost eight months after the announcement of the ceasefire, not a single totally destroyed home has been rebuilt in Gaza

23 April 2015 – Nearly eight months after the ceasefire that ended the most recent hostilities in the Gaza Strip, not a single destroyed home has been rebuilt in the enclave, according to the United Nations agency mandated with ensuring the well-being of Palestine refugees.

“To date 9,161 Palestine refugee houses have been considered totally destroyed and 5,066 have suffered severe, 4,085 major and 124,782 minor damages,” said Chris Gunness, spokesperson for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

“Meanwhile, the agency has only received funding to reconstruct 200 of the 9,161 houses totally destroyed,” he added. “Over 60,000 Palestine refugee families have been able to complete the repair of their damaged homes with assistance provided through UNRWA.”

Due to the agency’s lack of funding, 685 families still have not received the transitional rental subsidy for the period from September to December 2014. Some 9,000 refugee families are waiting for the first quarter of 2015 payment and 7,400 families have not received their $500 reintegration grant, he added. Over 62,500 families are awaiting assistance to commence with minor repairs to their damaged shelter.

“UNRWA has processed all these cases and as soon as funding is secured the Agency will be able to distribute the urgently needed cash assistance,” Mr. Gunness said.

Another 11,500 families whose homes were totally or severely destroyed have received a one-time rental subsidy payment typically covering a four-month period. Of the families receiving transitional shelter cash assistance, nearly 9,000 also benefited from the $500 reintegration grant.

During the last summer conflict, a total of 548 Palestinian children lost their lives and about 1,000 children were injured – “some so badly that they will have to live the rest of their lives with disabilities,” Mr. Gunness said.

“Thousands more were displaced. The unprecedented human, social and physical devastation during the July/August 2014 hostilities had thus a particular impact on children and many are in need of psycho-social support,” he stated.

The UNRWA Summer Fun Weeks is a programme implemented by the agency to support refugee children’s psychosocial needs by providing them with a safe place to play and develop friendships through sports activities, handicrafts, drawing or theatre. This year’s events will take place between 25 July and 13 August in 120 different locations across the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 23.04.2015)

‘Empty words’: Donors fail to deliver pledged Gaza aid

Countries have given just 26.8 percent of $3.5bn promised for rebuilding Gaza after the 2014 war, report finds.

While some damaged buildings in Gaza have been repaired, almost no large-scale reconstruction projects have started

Just a quarter of the $3.5bn in aid pledged to rebuild Gaza in the wake of last summer’s devastating war has been delivered, according to a new report.

The report from the Association of International Development Agencies, released on Monday, found that only 26.8 percent ($945m) of the money pledged by donors at the Cairo conference six months ago has been released, and reconstruction and recovery have barely started in the besieged coastal enclave.

“The promising speeches at the donor conference have turned into empty words,” said Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam, which was among the report’s signatories.

“There has been little rebuilding, no permanent ceasefire agreement and no plan to end the blockade. The international community is walking with eyes wide open into the next avoidable conflict, by upholding the status quo they themselves said must change.”


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Operation Protective Edge, the 2014 Israeli assault on Gaza that spanned nearly two months, resulted in the deaths of 2,132 Palestinians and 71 Israelis, according to data from aid agencies.

More than 10,000 homes were destroyed in the war, and thousands more were severely damaged. An estimated 17,500 families remain homeless.

Where is the money?
The following is a breakdown of the top seven donor pledges for Gaza, and the funds released so far:
QATAR
Pledged: $1bn
Released: $102m
SAUDI ARABIA
Pledged: $500m
Released: $48.5m
EU
Pledged: $348m
Released: $141m
US
Pledged: $277m
Released: $233m
KUWAIT
Pledged: $200m
Released: $0
TURKEY
Pledged: $200m
Released: $0
UAE
Pledged: $200m
Released: $0
Source: World Bank/Association of International Development Agencies

After Israel and armed Palestinian groups agreed on a ceasefire, international donors met in Cairo in October 2014, where more than $5bn in aid was pledged. Of this, $3.5bn was earmarked for Gaza, while the rest was intended to provide support for the Palestinian government in general, including programmes in the West Bank.

The report notes that while some damaged buildings in Gaza have been repaired, almost no large-scale reconstruction projects have started, and no permanent housing has been rebuilt.

Some international donors have been hesitant to disburse their reconstruction pledges due to the tense relationship between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, who have bickered over control of Gaza’s border crossings. The plethora of other crises in the region, which also require donor attention, has further stalled the delivery of aid, the report noted.

“The paradox is that the lack of reconstruction is exacerbating the potential for conflict,” the report stated. “By refraining from releasing funds due to fear of political instability in Gaza, donors are entrenching divides that heighten instability.”

The report contains a number of recommendations, including for all parties to immediately resume negotiations for a long-term ceasefire, for donors to make good on their Cairo conference pledges, and for Israel to lift its ongoing blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Fikr Shalltoot – the Gaza director of Medical Aid for Palestinians, which was among the 46 signatories to the report – noted that the situation on the ground in Gaza has become dire.

“The people who lost their houses are losing their privacy, their dignity and their patience… The fear of the future has become a dominant feeling for the majority of people in Gaza,” she told Al Jazeera.


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Mouin Rabbani, a Middle East analyst who specialises in the Israel-Palestine conflict, said that absent international aid, the Gaza Strip will remain unable to provide for the basic needs of its residents.

“Israel, the West, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority have transformed the Gaza Strip into an isolated, blockaded and entirely aid-dependent territory,” Rabbani told Al Jazeera, noting the ongoing siege of Gaza is of graver concern than the failure of donors to deliver promised aid.

“The Gaza Strip is in urgent need of both humanitarian and reconstruction assistance, but it is important to recall that this remains a fundamentally political rather than developmental challenge,” he said.

“As such, the most urgent Palestinian priority has been, and remains, national reconciliation and the reconstruction of a coherent, dynamic, credible and effective national movement.”

(Source / 13.04.2015)

Turkey reiterates support for Palestine

Turkey is a main supporter of the Palestinians and is an outspoken on their suffering

Turkey continues to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people in their fight for freedom, Turkey's deputy prime minister has said.

In a commando mission in 2010, the Israeli occupation attacked a flotilla of Turkish ships were heading to break the strict Israeli siege on Gaza. Nine Turks were killed.

Anadolu, Ankara –Turkey continues to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people in their fight for freedom, Turkey’s deputy prime minister has said.

Attending a summit titled “Jerusalem the City of Peace” in Ankara, Bulent Arinc said: “Jerusalem is the capital of all humanity.”

Calling on the international community to do its part, Arinc said that peace efforts should be revived on the basis of a two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The so-called “two-state solution” proposes the creation of an independent Palestinian state within pre-1967 borders living alongside an Israeli state.

Israelis occupied East Jerusalem in 1967. It later annexed the historic city of Jerusalem in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state in a move that has never been recognised by the international community, but no counter measures have been taken yet.

The Israeli occupation has been waging an aggressive campaign to “Judaise” the city with the aim of effacing its Arab and Islamic identity and ultimately driving out its Palestinian inhabitants.

“Palestinians are in their homeland but they are all deprived of all their fundamental rights and freedoms. This is not acceptable,” said Arinc, adding that it has to be resolved in a “fair and sustainable manner.”

Arinc said Turkey will continue with both its humanitarian and development aid to Palestine.

“Our development aid to Palestine was $301 million between 2004 and 2014. Since July 2014 our humanitarian aid to the region has exceeded $20 million,” said Arinc.

(Source / 22.03.2015)

Aid for Gazans Arrives, but Remains Untouched

Hatem Shammaly at a warehouse with building supplies. Many Gazans are not getting the materials needed to make repairs

GAZA CITY — Truckloads of cement, steel and gravel that Israel allowed into Gaza on Oct. 14 with great fanfare remain locked in warehouses, unavailable to thousands of families desperate to fix homes damaged by Israeli attacks as wintry winds and rain begin.

About $150,000 of construction material sits behind two link chains at Hatem Shammaly’s place in the Shejaiya neighborhood. Every day, a half-dozen United Nations and Palestinian Authority workers stop by to look at the supplies, said Mr. Shammaly, and at the eight security cameras trained on the site. Every day, too, Gazans show up begging to buy the stuff, but Mr. Shammaly is not allowed to sell.

“It’s like a mourning house outside, crying and weeping — nobody believes that we can’t control or handle a single bag,” he said. “Yesterday a woman came here. She wanted just two bags of cement, she wanted to repair her home. She was cursing God against us.”

Two months after a cease-fire ended this summer’s battle between Israel andHamas, reconstruction of more than 100,000 damaged or destroyed buildings remains a distant dream.

The Palestinian housing ministry’s damage assessment is only 60 percent complete. Officials say they have yet to collect a dime of the $5.4 billion that international donors have pledged to the effort. A promised monitoring mechanism to ensure materials are not diverted to military purposes is not in place. Rubble removal has barely begun.

But the landscape is not completely stagnant: Outside the approved system, a dozen men were at work this week rebuilding the headquarters of Al Aqsa satellite channel, one of the Hamas-affiliated media network’s four sites struck by Israel this summer.

One worker was busy coating silver support beams to ward off rust. Others passed recycled rebar up several stories. They had already erected two cinder block walls and wood-framed a sloped roof in a project that began Oct. 8 and was expected to take three months.

“The Zionist enemy destroys, and we rebuild,” declared Mohammed Thuraya, manager of Al Aqsa network, which employs 500 people and runs two television channels, a radio station and a news agency. “We are used to building — building ideas, ideologies and generations. The people will not be silent waiting for the materials. Al Aqsa network will remain the conscience of the Palestinian people that broadcasts the truth.”

Mr. Thuraya said United Nations agencies refused to include his buildings on the list for reconstruction because “they consider us a terrorist channel.” He would not specify beyond “private donors” who was financing the reconstruction of the four-story, 5,400-square-foot studio and offices that were hit by Israeli bombs on July 29.

The project engineer said he paid $5,500 for 10 tons of cement, quintuple the regular price, because of scarcity caused by Israeli import restrictions and the closing of smuggling tunnels from Egypt.

In another independent initiative, the little-known Arab and International Commission to Build Gaza has cleared away rubble and is beginning to shore up columns of an Interior Ministry building erected by the former Hamas government. The commission has a Hamas official on its board, features an Egyptian dissident based in Qatar on its website, and asked on Facebook for donations to be filtered through the Islamic Bank in Tripoli.

Mohammed Abu Aqleen, the commission’s manager in Gaza, said that the Interior Ministry building was selected only because it was in danger of collapsing, and that the group had also begun to rehabilitate 20 homes throughout Gaza and to manufacture hundreds of trailers to temporarily house the displaced. He would not say where the $1 million raised so far had come from.

Referring to the effort by the Palestinian Authority and United Nations to provide assurances to Israel that so-called dual-use materials will not go to rebuild tunnels that militants used to penetrate its territory, Mr. Abu Aqleen said, “This mechanism will be just words on paper.”

But most of Gaza must await the monitoring mechanism, which Israeli and Palestinian delegations are expected to discuss further next week in Cairo. Officials at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the United Nations Development Program and the Norwegian Refugee Council, a leading international aid group, said the timetable remained elusive.

“It all depends on how fast the material can come in, which I just don’t know,” said Scott Anderson, Gaza’s deputy director of the relief and works agency. Asked why the material that already arrived was sitting in warehouses, Mr. Anderson said: “That I can’t answer. I’ve asked the question also.”

Some 39,000 Gazans remain in 18 United Nations schools serving as shelters, and many more are bunking with relatives. The relief and works agency has given 1,000 families a total of $1 million for temporary rental assistance or minor repairs. The housing ministry said it would begin giving grants of $1,000 to $2,000 next week.

In Shejaiya, a neighborhood devastated by Israel’s ground offensive and where roads remain obstacle courses of rubble piles, Ghassan Muhisen could not wait. He said he had bought 20 bags of cement for $31.75 each — they are typically $6.60 — and 400 cinder blocks for $1 each, double the normal price, and hired five local men to fix walls in his kitchen and living room shattered by Israeli shells.

“One can never be comfortable away from his home,” said Mr. Muhisen, 37, a father of three who works for the sports ministry. He said he moved back Oct. 1 after weeks with friends and relatives. “Winter is coming, cold. Instead of paying the money for the rent, I used it for the repair.”

He ran out of money before replacing the windows, so he hung sheets over them instead.

Mr. Shammaly, the warehouse manager, said he was thrilled when the Palestinian civil affairs minister called Oct. 5 and told him his company, whose annual revenue is about $13 million, was one of 12 vendors approved to handle materials for the reconstruction. Two years earlier, he had spent $2,000 installing eight cameras in his 16,000-square-foot warehouses and put guards on duty 24 hours; he had already worked with the United Nations on several projects.

But after the cement, steel and gravel sat untouched for a week, Mr. Shammaly said: “If they continue in this mechanism, I will not participate.”

“I’m a merchant, buy and sell,” he explained. “I can’t freeze goods here, pile it up.”

(Source / 26.10.2014)

Gaza needs help, now and fast


طواقم الانقاذ تواصل عملها لانقاذ مئات العائلات التي غرقت في المياه وتشردت من بيوتها في مناطق متعددة من قطاع غزة .
Rescue crews continue to work to save hundreds of families, which sank in the water and were displaced from their homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip


مئات العائلات تغرق في المياه وتشرد من بيوتها في مناطق متعددة من قطاع غزة .
Hundreds of families sink into the water and displaced from their homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip

Palestine Goodness Organization is working for ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of war and other situations of violenceو the poor, refugees and the category of youth unemployment in Palestine
(Gaza/West Bank/East Jerusalem )

If you want to help, please contact Palestine Goodness Organization  Palestinegoodness@gmail.com

Palestijnse handgemaakte producten

Om het lijden van de Palestijnen een klein beetje te verzachten, wordt een campagne gestart om Palestijnse handgemaakte producten wereldwijd aan te bieden.
Dit is een project dat gestart is door en voor families in Gaza en momenteel worden de producten aangeboden  in Malaysie en andere delen van de wereld. Om de opbrengst groter te maken, is het nodig om overal op de wereld verkooppunten  op te zetten.  Ook in Nederland wordt er gezocht naar enthousiaste verkopers voor deze handgemaakte producten. Men kan zich aanmelden via Facebook   (https://www.facebook.com/tahreer.gh)

De producten die door de families worden aangeboden – de verkoop is nodig voor een klein inkomen – zijn polsbandjes met Palestijnse vlag, de Palestijnse Khaffiya, sleutelhangers en andere producten. Op de Facebook pagina https://www.facebook.com/PalestinianProductsMalaysia?hc_location=timeline zijn alle producten te zien.

@ KhamakarPress

1 oktober ontruiming Vluchtflat Amsterdam – kom helpen maandag 30 september

De Vluchtflat moet morgen, 1 oktober, zijn ontruimd.Vandaag, maandag 30 september, is de ontruiming begonnen. De leiders waren bij de burgemeester. Die had geen nieuwe voorstellen. De leiders willen een brief van Teeven zien. Van der Laan geeft toch ruimte aan particulier initiatief voor onderdak. Kom allemaal naar de Tooropstraat! Daar zijn de bewoners bezig nu het pand te verlaten en op de stoep ervoor te gaan zitten. Uiteraard is er hulp nodig met allerlei zaken regelen, voor wie tijd heeft.
NB. Lees ook: Meeste vluchtelingen uit de Vluchtkerk(flat) zijn niet uitgeprocedeerd

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Wie geen tijd heeft, spread the word!

(Source / 30.09.2013)

Action Alert: Three leading Palestinian women prisoners’ activists arrested – take action!

 

Linan Abu Ghoulmeh

Linan Abu Ghoulmeh

Leena Jawabreh, Linan Abu Ghoulmeh and Myassar Atyani, three Palestinian activists and former prisoners were seized by the Israeli police at 10:00 pm on the evening of August 15 while visiting a friend, former prisoner Woroud Qasem, in the 1948 occupied areas of Palestine. All three are leading campaigners and activists for Palestinian prisoners and are from Nablus district. Their detention was extended at a hearing on August 19. Click here to take action now and pressure for their freedom! 

Woroud Qasem, who is from Tira area and holds Israeli citizenship, was released at 2:00 am on Friday and placed under house arrest until a hearing on August 19, her drivers’ license confiscated.

Myassar Atyani

Myassar Atyani

Linan Abu Ghoulmeh is a former political prisoner who was held in Israeli prisons for over five years from 2004 until 2009, when she was released in a prisoner exchange; she was then re-arrested in July 2010, when she was imprisoned until the October 2011 prisoner exchange.

Myassar Atyani, a leading prisoners’ rights activist, was repeatedly subject to arrests in the 1980s and 1990s. She has been one of the leading organizers of campaigns in solidarity with the prisoners, and particularly the hunger strikers. Atyani has spoken internationally on Palestinian prisoners on numerous occasions, including addressing the 2012 U.S. National Lawyers Guild convention via Skype. See one of her interviews:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4jE_R2CMFg

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Leena Jawabreh

Leena Jawabreh served four years in Israeli prisons until her release on July 16, 2008. She has organized multiple actions and solidarity hunger strikes in support of Palestinian prisoners, in particular women prisoners.

the4Leena Jawabreh, Linan Abu Ghoulmeh, Woroud Qasem and Myassar Atyani

All are currently being held in Hasharon prison. A hearing was held on their case on Monday, August 19, in which the detention of Linan Abu Ghoulmeh and Myassar Atyani was extended for 7 days and the detention of Leena Jawabreh was extended for 4 days.

We know these women have many friends, allies and comrades around the world who will rally to support them and demand their freedom. Their detention is clearly an attempt to stop their political work and advocacy for the rights of Palestinian prisoners and the rights of the Palestinian people. They are grassroots leaders and human rights defenders, and beloved members of their community – and of the international community of people of conscience.

Please take action today:

1. send the letter below urging the immediate release of Linan Abu Ghoulmeh, Myassar Atyani and Leena Jawabreh.

2. Join a protest or demonstration outside an Israeli consulate for Palestinian prisoners. Join one or announce your own. Organizing an event, action or forum on Palestinian prisoners on your city or campus? Use this form to contact us and we will post the event widely. If you need suggestions, materials or speakers for your event, please contact us at samidoun@samidoun.ca. 

3. Contact your government officials and demand they put pressure on Israel to free Leena Jawabreh, Linan Abu Ghoulmeh and Myassar Atyani. In Canada, Call the office of John Baird, Foreign Minister, and demand an end to Canadian support for Israel and justice for Palestinian prisoners, at : 613-990-7720; Email: bairdj@parl.gc.ca. In the US, call the office of Elizabeth Jones, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs (1.202.647.7209). Demand that Elizabeth Jones bring this issue urgently to her counterparts in Israel.

(Source / 19.08.2013)

Gaza hospitals face fuel shortage: Health Ministry

A Palestinian man awaits dialysis treatment at the kidney section of Shifa hospital in Gaza. (File photo)

A Palestinian man awaits dialysis treatment at the kidney section of Shifa hospital in Gaza.

The Israeli regime imposed land, aerial, and naval blockade on the Gaza Strip in June 2007 after the democratically elected Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas took over the administration of the territory.

The Health Ministry of the Gaza Strip has warned against fuel shortage in the besieged Palestinian territory, which has affected the work of hospitals.

The health ministry said many hospitals in Gaza are in dire need of fuel necessary for their power generators to function.

Nearly 500 Palestinian patients have died and hundreds more are at risk of death as a result of difficulties hospitals face due to the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.

In addition, the closure of the Rafah crossing – Gaza’s only gateway to the outside world – by the Egyptian army since July 3 has prevented thousands of people from crossing in and out, leaving many stranded, including patients, students, and people who hold visas and citizenships to other countries.

Egypt opens the crossing on specified days following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi by the army.

Over the past months, Egypt has also blocked supply tunnels leading into Gaza, which are used to bring basic necessities. In February, the Egyptian army flooded several of the tunnels.

The Israeli regime imposed land, aerial, and naval blockade on the Gaza Strip in June 2007 after the democratically elected Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas took over the administration of the territory.

The blockade has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the impoverished enclave, having turned the territory into the world’s largest open-air prison.

(Source / 04.08.2013)