Kinderen met kanker: niet welkom

Karma logo

Je zou het maar te horen krijgen van je arts: “Je hebt kanker”; meestal stort je wereld dan compleet in en nadat je weer trachtte om het leven op te pakken, begint de ellende met chemotherapie, radiotherapie en soms/vaak ook nog een operatie. Ik kan het weten, want ik ben er geweest en ben ondertussen weer 2 jaar na mijn operatie. Maar ik ben niet belangrijk, de kindjes van Libanon zijn van belang.

In Nederland kan je de behandeling krijgen die je nodig hebt, maar dat is niet overal. Laatst was er een documentaire over kinderen met kanker in Libanon via BNN/VARA. Een zeer aangrijpende documentaire van Ton van der Ham.  In deze documentaire kwamen kinderen met kanker aan het woord en ook Dr Issa Layal, waarbij duidelijk de schrijnende gezondheidszorg voor deze patiëntjes in beeld werd gebracht. Na de opname heb ik contact gezocht met de tv-organisatie, die me door kon verwijzen naar Dr Issa Layal, waarna ik contact heb opgenomen.  Middels Whatsapp en Facebook is er contact geweest en is uitleg ontvangen van wat er nodig is.

In de jaren 80 heb ik voor een project van het KWF gewerkt in het Academisch Ziekenhuis Utrecht in het kader van beenmergtransplantaties bij kankerpatiënten en ook hier zaten jonge patiëntjes tussen. Sommigen hebben de transplantaties doorstaan en ik heb ook kindjes het ziekenhuis zien verlaten.  Ik moest toen al een paar keer slikken toen ik deze jonge kinderen zag, maar bij de documentaire van de afgelopen week zat ik met tranen in mijn ogen.

Daarom is er ook contact gezocht met Dr Issa Layal om hulp aan te bieden. Er kwam een melding – was ook reeds te zien in de documentaire – dat er geld nodig is, financiële support – en veel geld, daar de behandelingen van deze kindjes niet echt goedkoop zijn. Ondertussen zijn de behandelingen wel gestart maar geld blijft nodig. En bij dit punt doe ik een beroep op u: help mee om deze kinderen te helpen met de behandeling  van hun kanker. Het moet toch mogelijk zijn om ook voor deze kinderen in Libanon, die de oorlog in Syrië zijn ontvlucht, het leven aangenamer te maken; kinderen als de 11-jarige Azzedine (keel- en longkanker), Bouchra van 14 (bloedziekte) en de 6-jarige Abdelhamid (wachtend op een beenmergtransplantatie).

Er zijn sponsors nodig, mensen die maandelijks, of per kwartaal of eenmalig een bedrag over willen maken. Laat het weten, zodat Dr Issa Layal ingeseind kan worden, dat er geld ingezameld wordt. Reageer op dit artikel.

Tevens roep ik de minister van Gezondheidszorg, het kabinet maar vooral de premier op om meer ruimte vrij te maken voor ernstig zieke kinderen en niet alleen de 30 plaatsen voor zieke vluchtelingen, jong of oud, die er nu zijn. Die 30 plaatsen zijn echter wel inclusief familie, dus het is een grote loterij om een plaatsje te kunnen krijgen in Nederland. Bewindslieden, stel dat het uw kind zou zijn dat zo ernstig ziek zou zijn, dan wilt u er toch ook van alles aandoen om de mogelijkheid te onderzoeken tot genezing en te zorgen dat uw kind zal genezen. Beschouw deze kindjes als uw kind, als onze kinderen; ze hebben geen schuld aan de vreselijke oorlog in Syrië. Ze hebben recht op het leven en wij de menselijke plicht om ze te helpen.   

Link Zembla: https://www.npostart.nl/zembla/03-10-2018/BV_101389094

De test met nieuwe kogels

Dit is deel I in een reeks van artikelen over de wreedheden tegen de Palestijnen

In de inhumane bezettingsaanvallen op Palestina, die samen geen oorlog mogen worden genoemd, worden de laatste weken nieuwe kogels uitgetest. Het gebruik van deze nieuwe kogels, een soort dum-dum kogels, schijnt al jaren verboden te zijn, echter er is geen land of organisatie die het gebruik van deze kogels tegen de Palestijnen aan de kaak wil stellen.

dum dum

De foto’s van het gebruik van deze kogels wordt momenteel geshared op social media en sommige buitenlandse sites, o.a. www.alaraby.co.uk. Volgens Samir Saliba, hoofd van de afdeling Spoedeisende Hulp in het Palestine Medical Complex zijn de fragmenten van de kogels gemaakt van metaal, die zeer nauwkeurig zijn en zich ingraven in het weefsel van het lichaam. Daarbij zijn artsen zeer angstig om de fragmenten van de kogels te verwijderen, daar het verwijderen ernstige schade aan het lichaam kan toebrengen. De explosieve kogel bestaat uit een metalen kop met een diameter van 6 mm en een explosieve substantie binnenin.

De artsen van Medecins Sans Frontieres, die sinds de March of Return demonstraties Palestijnse artsen bijstaan, zien ook steeds meer vreemde wonden. De artsen hebben opgemerkt dat de verwondingen een ‘extreme mate van vernietiging van beenderen en zacht weefsel omvatten, naast grote uittredingswonden die de grootte van een vuist kunnen hebben.  

Ook Dokter Nasser al-Jaberi, directeur van de Spoedeisende Hulp van het West Bank’s Arab Society Hospital, heeft het over dezelfde verwondingen: “ … De kleine kogels zijn minder krachtig dan grotere patronen, maar ze dragen een dodelijk stempel, net als elke andere kogel, vooral wanneer de .22 kalibers holle punt kogels zijn, ook bekend als expanderende, dum-dum, exploderende of gefragmenteerde kogels … “ (informatie van de site www.mondoweiss.net).  “ … Volgens al-Jaberi is het merendeel van de kogelwonden die hij behandelt afkomstig van dit soort expanderende kogels – waarvan het gebruik volgens het internationale recht als een oorlogsmisdaad wordt beschouwd. ” … De meeste kogelwonden die we hier behandelen bevatten gefragmenteerde kogels. Wanneer ze de huid binnendringen exploderen ze in vele fragmenten. Als dit de botten bereikt, noemen we het verkrampte breuken, “zei hij, verklarend dat dit soort breuken betekent dat het bot met hoge snelheid werd geraakt en in meer dan twee stukken gebroken werd. “We hebben enkele van deze gevallen gehad waarbij de kogelfragmenten slagaders hebben doorgesneden en dat is een zeer ernstige verwonding die zeker in bepaalde omstandigheden dodelijk is … “

Gaza-bulletwounds-gedraaid

Dum Dum kogel
De kogel waar hierboven over gesproken is, is na alle waarschijnlijkheid de dum-dum kogel of misschien wel een nieuw ontwerp hiervan. Een specialist in wapens heeft op een site gemeld:  “ … De Dum Dum zal fragmenteren bij impact en interne organen versnipperen. Er is eigenlijk een nieuw ontwerp van deze en dat wordt RIP (Radically Invasive Projectile) genoemd. Het splitst zich in 8 verschillende stukken bij impact en wordt op de markt gebracht als de laatste ronde die je ooit zult moeten kopen … “

Een andere naam voor de dum-dum kogel is de hollow-points (eigenlijk de opvolger, daar de dum-dum al heel snel verboden zou zijn geworden). ‘Homeland Security’ in de VS heeft bijvoorbeeld 450 miljoen hollow-points aangeschaft, zogenaamd om mee te oefenen.’

In het geweld tegen de Palestijnen worden dit soort kogels nu gebruikt, om nog meer leed aan de personen aan te brengen, grotere verwondingen en moeilijker herstel. Dagelijks wordt er door de soldaten van de bezettende macht gebruik gemaakt van dum-dum of hollow point kogels. Ondanks het feit dat het verbod op ‘expanding bullets’ in een gewapend conflict in vele verschillende militaire handleidingen is vastgelegd.

© KhamakarPress / 06.05.2018

Testing new gas on Palestinians

The news of attacks on places in Syria in retaliation of the so-called poison gas attack with sarin on innocent civilians has – if there is already attention for the Palestinians – the possible attention of Palestine and the continuous attacks of the regime from Tel Aviv on Palestinians repressed backwards.

On 13 April, the Palestinian Ministry of Health indicated that 363 Palestinians had been injured, at least 30 of which had been shot by life bullets and that at least 14 physicians suffered of the inhalation of tear gas. The use of tear gas seems to be applied more often to the protesters, doctors and journalists in Palestine, in addition to the use of gas bombs.

In addition to the daily arrests of Palestinians and firing rockets from certain places in Palestine, the occupying regime from Tel Aviv is also using a new kind of tear gas. Before the tear gas that was used for this was usually of a gray color, the new gas has more the color of yellow / green.

APTOPIX Palestinians Israel

According to contact persons and eyewitnesses on the spot, the doctors who treated a number of Palestinians in a ‘field hospital’ who inhaled the gas were shocked by the results of the gas. The Palestinians got a kind of attack, where the body continued to shock, as if they were under electricity. Bystanders said that the people who had inhaled the gas were bouncing, some trying to throw themselves against a wall to stop it.

In some cases such an attack lasted a few minutes, however, patients who were discharged, after half an hour it was not over and the doctors had no idea how such an attack and therefore the patient had to be treated.

The use of tear gas in warfare has been banned by the International Geneva Convention, however the use on the civilian population in different countries is not yet prohibited but remains controversial.

According to Sven-Eric Jordt, professor of pharmacology at the Yale University School of Medicine, tear gas is not without danger: “… There are plenty of examples where people suffered serious injuries and burns, especially in closed or city streets with multi-storey buildings. Residents living near Cairo’s Tahrir Square who have been given a lot of tear gas have had long-term exposure, which has caused breathing problems. Long-term exposure is very problematic … “

On the internet the following can be found: “… Tear gas is usually non-lethal gases that aim to temporarily eliminate opponents by severely irritating tear glands with tears – to (temporary) blindness – coughing and sneezing as a result. Substances used and used as tear gas include: pepper spray (OC gas), ortho-chlorobenzylidene malononitrile (CS gas), dibenzoxazepine (CR gas), chloroacetophenone (CN gas), pelargonic acid vanillylamide or nonivamide, bromoacetone, xylyl bromide and syn-propanethial-S-oxide (from onions) … “

Aljazeera.net
On April 18th, an article was published on the Arabic version of Aljazeera.net about this kind of dark and objectionable things.

The article mentions the fact that since the launch of the Marches of Return the Zionist occupation army has used a number of new ‘weapons’ against the peaceful demonstrators.

Bullet

Lead bullet
One of these weapons is the use of a new type of bullet. This bullet is made of lead, but is used in a way that the bullet actually does not explode until the bullet has invaded the body. By using these types of lead bullets, injuries are made deeper in the body, in organs and tissues, which immediately means that the number of victims will increase. The lead will also cause more and serious damage to health, according to a doctor, spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip. This will also increase the number of deaths. In addition, it was reported that these types of lead bullets will lead to fragmentation of bones, muscles, blood vessels and organs, which will require longer surgical procedures.

One of the victims of this type of bullet was the journalist Yasser Murtaja, who was shot in the lower abdomen on April 6, after which the fragments of the bullet penetrated into the spleen, colon, ureter and liver to finally lead to his death.

Yasser Murtaja

Tear gas
The article by Al Jazeera also mentioned the fact that the Zionist soldiers use a new tear gas (as mentioned above by our contact persons). It is striking that the doctors indicate that they do not know the gas, but that the gas leads to severe cramps, vomiting and stress, severe cough and a faster heartbeat. In general, a thorough check was needed and follow-up after a general deterioration of health status. Because the gas is unknown and the health complaints are also unknown, the use of this gas is very dangerous and one does not know what more damage the gas can cause to the body.

Videos of social network sites show cases of severe spasms of young people exposed to the gas.

In other words, there is quite a bit of ‘on the market’ when it comes to tear gas and other weaponry, and in the meantime a new kind of tear gas seems to be being tested on the peaceful demonstrators in Palestine, but the media is once again – as often – very quiet. Which media does this pick up?

© KhamakarPress / 22.04.2018

Afghanistan, 5th province of Pakistan

By Haseeb Asghar

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is in the west and northwest of Pakistan, to the west of China, and on the north side are Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. 99% of the population of Afghanistan is Muslim, one percent composed of Sikh and Hindu, etc. The country has been occupied by the Iranians, Greeks, Arabs, Turks, Mongols, British, Russians and the United States. But its people have always been resisting against external occupation.

Afghanistan has been in a state of war for the past 35 years which has destroyed it and has made many generations displaced.

Today, Afghanistan is under the occupation of the Americans.  Afghanistan is apparently recognized as an independent country and government, but the destruction of Afghanistan has for the most part been at the hands of foreigners who exert much influence over the current government and often this situation creates civil war.

Although Afghanistan lacks oil or other resources it has a geographical position which makes this country always important in South Asia. That’s why the colonial powers have always tried to capture or influence it. Much of the area of Afghanistan is stony and mountainous and therefore it is difficult to capture by any external power. People are mostly tribal, therefore they never recognize external powers and resist. As a consequence this country has not been able to secure peace for a long time.

Russia suffered unprecedented loss for its occupation of Afghanistan, but it could not succeed, due to the role of the US and its goal of the failure of Russia. This was a key element which led to the end of the USSR with the help of Pakistan.

After dismantling a great state like Russia, the US had the understanding that he it is the father of this world and what he wants will happen. If it is seen that the US could invade wherever it wants, feeling its Omnipotence, it forgot the lessons of history and itself became bogged down in the swamp in Afghanistan.

According to the statements of American journalists, intellectuals and others, the United States carried out an inside job, the 9/11 attack, to create the reason of assault on Afghanistan.  The US has attempted to justify their actions to the world saying that the Taliban are doing the worst to the masses and are involved in terrorism while millions of troops have been sent to Afghanistan with their allies to occupy the golden strategically located country. As I have already stated, Afghanistan is geographically located in a place where almost all Central Asia can be controlled. That is why every country who has ruled India in the past has adopted Afghanistan as a pathway to enter the subcontinent.

Afghanistan’s geographical significance is not possible to deny; but without Pakistan’s cooperation, Afghanistan can never progress, there are many reasons which makes Pakistan very important for Afghanistan’s progress and development. One:  is there is no sea port in Afghanistan and its main and most important part of its border is with Pakistan.

Pakistan is directly affected if terrorist activities and uncertain situations erupt in Afghanistan.

As much as a safe and secure Pakistan is important for Afghanistan even more important a safe and secure Afghanistan for Pakistan. In other words Pakistan is as worried about Afghanistan as it is the fifth province of Pakistan.  This can tell the importance of Afghanistan for Pakistan. Pakistan utilizes all the world forms for stability in Afghanistan, which could open the path of peace and development in Afghanistan.

But there is a serious problem which is named US, which is not in favor of the creation of peace and prosperity in the Region and not in favor of favorable conditions for Pakistan. But it is taking a keen interest in its promotion of India in the region.

Despite the loss of trillions of dollars and the death of thousands of soldiers the US is not willing to leave Afghanistan. However the United States wants to get rid of Pakistan as such while the US is trying to give India more options in Afghanistan. The US accusation that Pakistan should be considered an ineffective country in the prevention of terrorism is a continuation of the US building pressure by its policies and statements against Pakistan. They do not acknowledge Pakistan’s success in the struggle against terrorism.s

On the 4th of January this year the US President cut the aid to Pakistan’s military while saying that Pakistan is not conducting sufficient action against terrorists in the country.

The United States’s announcement to stop aid, their unilateral military actions and drone strikes supposedly against terrorist in Pakistan increased the tensions in Pak-US relations which was not good already. Other US Senate members, including the US President, issued false statements against Pakistan, but while on the other hand America speaks wanting a stronger and improved relationship with Pakistan.  It seemed as if the US is playing a role of both sides of “good cop / bad cop” with Pakistan.

Generally this attitude is taken when the opposition is unaware of your decisions and your mentality. Usually if the opponent will back down in response to your threat, eye to eye contact in real negotiations do not happen equitably. If they are not afraid by your threats toward them then they play a role of good cop and manage the situation with more humble ways. The US did not expect that Pakistan would speak fearlessly, eye to eye,  against the policies and statements from US so that some softening of their approach to Pakistan is being adopted.

After the tough stand regarding the threats from the US  there is a slight decrease in the stance of the US.  The US President has proposed to keep $ 336 million for Pakistan in his annual budget, which seems to have been seen due to Pakistan’s stand and it seems the US President has been forced to revise his announcement.

The budget for 4 billion dollars sent by the White House to the Congress has included $256 million for civilian support of Pakistan and $ 80 million in military support. This aid will be helpful in creating economic stability of Pakistan and opportunities for US investment in Pakistan.

In addition, the US State Department’s Budget Tips 2019 include Pakistan’s economic and military assistance. These unconditional applications have been allocated to the US $ 20.2 million annually for 2018 and 2019 by the Economic Support Funds Development Fund.

This was the role of America in the region. Now I want to show other side of the project.  In the past two decades, India has received great support from the United States and Israel in the arms and technology sector. Israel has given more than 200 Caliber 155mm / 39 Ultra Light lightweight cannon.

These cannon are capable of aiming at long distance targets using satellite and radar and that can be easily installed in mountains and rocky area s. They have Laser guided Munitions.  India has also installed these cannon on working bonds, installation of guns on working bonds is a violation of international laws which are not permissible while there is not actual warfare between Pakistan and India.  That is why Pakistan is demanding that this issue requires diplomatic action in international platforms.

Now the balance of power is shifting. The US is facing defeat despite having become the premier super power.

The US has not yet succeeded in Afghanistan after the loss of trillion dollars and thousands of soldiers after 17 years. The US President has acknowledged that the Taliban control over 70% of Afghanistan’s territory.

Just consider the fact that Pakistan has successfully completed the world’s largest military operation against terrorism, thousands of civilians and soldiers have died in this war and millions of dollars have been expended. All its efforts are being ignored while India sows instability in the region.

This is the current attitude of the United States. International experts say that there was no tougher attitude towards Pakistan before.

In my opinion, CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) is a reason for American harsh behavior, which can play a key role in changing the affairs of the world, including South Asia. When CPEC is completed successfully Pakistan will become a very important country in the world. This is what is unacceptable for US, Israel and India.  CPEC is more beneficial for China then Pakistan, but Pakistan’s benefits, though hard to estimate, will be large.

Let me tell you a very important thing that China’s 94% population lives in South China, whereas 6 percent of its population lives in western China, which is about 55% of China. And western China borders Pakistan. After the completion of CPEC, China’s western part will be able become fully developed.  Moreover, after completion of CPEC, China will be able to much cheaper trade relations with Central Asia.

There are many countries which are upset by CPEC but India is most among all. Indian security affairs experts have declared CPEC’s to be the biggest threat to India’s survival.  India is not in a position to do anything against CPEC but it is using Afghanistan’s soil to destroy this comprehensive project. India is investing a heavy amount of money in Afghanistan to gain the trust of Afghan authorities.  India has inaugurated Salma Dan in Afghanistan while invested $ 300 million in Heart  for a Hydro Power Plant. This is India’s highest historical investment in any country.

Apart of this India is construction Chabahar Port in Iran which is just 70 kilometers away from Gwadar Port.

India has been building at the port at Chabahar in Iran since 2003, but due to economic sanctions on Iran last year, the construction work was slow. Now after the end of these restrictions, India has signed a $ 85 million agreement with Iran to build this port in May 2016.

It is also worth considering that, as soon as the port was needed to stop China’s way, the United States agreed to the nuclear weapons deal in weeks and Iran’s old position has been somewhat restored.

China will trade through CPEC and will take measures for its security. Thus, Gwadar’s port will also base ships of the Chinese Navy. While this is the place from which India deals with the Middle Eastern countries for its oil needs, India knows that if a CPEC is completed, China can control this route and cut India’s supply lines. While relations between China and India are tense, India can be placed under economic pressure and China can surround India from two different sides.

This is the short story of super-mastery of this region that has disturbed India and why it is taking steps to make CPEC fail.

For this, India means supporting insurgency in Balochistan , because the CPEC will pass through Balochistan Therefore India is providing everything to the rebels of Balochistan, to strengthen the insurgency.  Consequently to destroy CPEC.

CPEC will be the game changer for the Region where its security and success is also a great challenge for Pakistan. Because on one side, you have the security of the longest border with the country of India, which keeps its treasury open for the enemies of Pakistan While on the other border, TTP, ISIS and other terrorists threaten security in Pakistan by using Afghanistan’s side as a base.

As I said earlier, peace in Afghanistan and Pakistan are connected with each other. We can say that Afghanistan is as much important to Pakistan as its fifth province of Pakistan.

(Source / 03.03.2018)

Urgent: The current situation in Gaza

By Mamdouh H. Abu Ghali

ICSPR

The International Commission to Support Palestinians’ Rights (ICSPR) highly appreciates your continued commitment to human and humanitarian intervention.
We are addressing you for the second time this year to invite you to exert more efforts to stop the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Gaza Strip which currently living in catastrophic conditions. Your immediate and urgent contribution to put an end to the humanitarian catastrophe that is sweeping the Gazan population into a catastrophic fate is a legal and moral duty dictated by your legal mandates, your contributions and your lofty objectives that you are entrusted to achieve, which shouldn’t be sacrificed under any circumstances, Human beings in Gaza Strip live in conditions that lack the most basic requirements for decent living and human dignity, especially in light of the sharp deterioration in the human rights situation, the persistence of humanitarian crises, the lack of access to health and humanitarian services, safe water and human use.

2 million people are living in Gaza Strip in extremely difficult circumstances, which lead them to lose hope in the future, this creates a very fertile environment for extremism. The unprecedented deterioration of the humanitarian situation is due to the combination of a number of factors, including the ongoing Israeli siege measures for the eleventh year in a row, the continuation of punitive measures carried out by the Palestinian government, and the refusal to respond to the repeated calls to stop these punitive actions, which in short means the government’s abdication of its social, economic and political responsibilities towards the Palestinian people, unfortunately, the continued silence of the international community and the weakness of its reactions towards addressing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza Strip, which is currently in a state of a slow planned death.

The Palestinian government (the Government of National Accord) has initiated new measures such as re-levying the value-added tax, imposing strict conditions and controls on remittances entering Gaza, including the ones from the Western financiers community to NGOs, as well as the recent PA measures (since May 2017), including the termination of service for Gaza employees, the deduction of salaries and compulsory pensions, the imposition of a fuel tax that operates the only power plant.

These measures, and the severe restrictions imposed by the Israeli occupation forces, have exacerbated the conditions for humanity in Gaza Strip, where 80% of the population of Gaza live in extreme poverty, and unemployment rates exceeded 65%, among citizens, all of which led to a terrible economic recession amid the decline in the purchasing power of citizens, noting that these rates are the worst since 2002, according to official statistical data, as evidenced by the decline in import rates for goods to about 320 trucks a day out of nearly 1000 trucks a day.

The population of Gaza Strip is currently living in a very desperate situation, where more than 72% of the families are unable to provide their children with health food because of the extreme poverty and lack of purchasing power of these families, which will lead to a more miserable and hopeless reality.
The US decision to reduce its financial aid to UNRWA has worsened the crisis, the United States reduced its aid to the UNRWA treasury to less than half in 2018, affecting the functioning of UNRWA’s services for the poorest refugees in all areas of UNRWA operations (Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and Gaza Strip).
Gaza Strip is the most affected by this decision, which is evidenced by the increase in the number of beneficiaries of UNRWA’s food relief services in Gaza, from 100,000 beneficiaries to 1.3 million beneficiaries over the last 10 years as a result of the deterioration of the economic and living conditions, the high rates of poverty and unemployment, which will lead Gaza Strip to explode at any time, according to statements “Matthias Shamali,” director of UNRWA’s operations in Gaza Strip.

Gaza Strip continues to wither away under the siege and its inhuman consequences, from restrictions on freedom of movement and goods, deteriorating humanitarian conditions, high rates of poverty and unemployment, and deteriorating health, housing and education.

The multiple crises caused by the ongoing Israeli siege and the repeated Israeli aggression three times in a short period led to increase in the poverty rate in Gaza Strip to 65%, unemployment to 65%, and 63.8% among youth, about 72% of the families of Gaza Strip are food insecure, 4,600 families in Gaza Strip are still homeless, and 5,000 families live in tents or plastic houses, the percentage of safe drinking water is 5%, while the hours of daily electricity cuts are more than 16 hours a day, the health sector suffers from a shortage of medicines and medical consumables with a deficit of 30% per month.

As unfortunately 2017 brought an additional suffering to the population of Gaza Strip, as a result of the collective punishment imposed by the presidency and the Palestinian government, which continues until this moment, this compounded the number of human suffering in Gaza Strip and affected the whole life system, especially the health, education, electricity, water, economic, trade, banking and other vital sectors, these collective punishments were accompanied by the continued implementation of repressive measures affecting the enjoyment of rights by the Palestinian people, especially journalists, writers and opinion makers who were persecuted and arrested.
All restrictions on public rights and freedoms in the West Bank constitute violations under the Palestinian Basic Law and international covenants, in a situation that reflects the continuing encroachment of the Palestinian executive authority and its violation of all laws that have set its scope of powers.

The truth is that the successive Palestinian presidential decisions – despite the fact that there is a consensus oriented among the Palestinian opponents – can’t be found to be legal or even moral. In short, they mean compromising Palestinian human rights in Gaza Strip, especially their economic and social rights, which may lead the situation in Gaza Strip to explode, and would cause great harm to the security and safety of the Palestinian person, the circumstances and developments of that scenario may lead to increase the height of extremism in all its forms.

Finally, the International Commission appeals to you to seize the last chance before humanity, to triumph for humanity in Palestine and Gaza Strip.
We call upon you to immediately intervene to end the suffocating siege imposed by the Israeli occupation for the eleventh year in a row, and to ensure that the occupation state complies with the obligations contained in international humanitarian law, in particular the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and to ensure freedom of travel and movement for the Palestinian people between the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and secure the freedom of movement of individuals and goods with Egypt.
The Commission also calls upon you to exert pressure on the President of the national authority to stop the collective punishment imposed on Gaza Strip and to put the rights and freedoms of citizens and employees away from disputes and political intrigues.

We hope that you will act now in order to save Gaza before it is too late.
Pressure creates explosion. The citizens of Gaza Strip deserve to work with them and for them, they all are looking for an international role that guarantees them and their children their right to human dignity as a non-negotiable right.
Therefore, we hope that you will adopt this appeal, and carry out all the solidarity measures to ensure that the demands and rights of Gaza Strip residents are met.

Your sincerely /  Mamdouh Ghali

Union of Gaza Employees announces general strike

Reported by Abedarrahman Shaaban

The Union of Gaza Employees has today declared a general strike.

Strike Gaza

They are protesting the Palestinian Union Government because of their ignoring the rights of its civil servants.
The Union of Gaza Employees started the strike today, Monday, 26th of February. A general strike is in all government institutions in Gaza Strip.

All educational institutions and ministries will be closed today to press the PA government to put an end to the crisis over its civil servants in Gaza.

The strike comes as a persistence of the Union government in ignoring and denying the rights of its civil servants and it’s reluctance to pay their salaries.

The Youth of Gaza

By Youth of Gaza

freegaza_ggbridge1

The youth in Gaza represent 30% ?? of what??  the Gazan population? , and they are the most capable of reversing the real country’s reality as the one in charge of making daily life in all its forms in terms of learning and work and marriage and then   creativity in all the aspects of life required to keep up with times.

However, under the conditions imposed on the strip : lack of employment opportunities and the resulting rise in unemployment and lack of daily basic needs, as well as the policy of closing crossings that suggest to the youth that they live in a large prison, which inevitably leads to frustration. All these circumstances build an obstacle between the conditions of youth and the realization of their ambitions, and make the contours of the future before them blurred.

But despite all these unprecedented obstacles in the world, there are still youth of both sexes,  insisting on coping with these obstacles by keeping up with the times, exchanging experiences and daily innovations in all available ways.

In an interview with the student, Reman Abu Rizk, she said : ” As a Palestinian youth, I have a lot of dreams, which I hope to achieve inside the boundaries of my homeland, despite of the cruel reality in which we as a Palestinian youth live” .

She added : ” I have a shining view upon our future in our catastrophic strip. Our dreams will be coming true because we face very dark days, our light will be soon. One day, I will be a successful translator spite of all these challenges, so we should challenge our reality to reach to our dreams” .

Like other youths, Gazans youth dream of marriage and establish a right social life free of obstacles, but the circumstances we have mentioned are an example of  major reasons for youth’s dread of getting married because they are unable to provide marriage decrees as well as the disability they will face in meeting family requirements with a daily minimum .

In an interview with graduate Khalid, he told us:  “I always paint in my mind a bright and fair future for the effort I have made during my studies at med school. But I have faced a shocking reality and hit all my ambitions in the wall. I’m a 30-year-old boy, but all I have is a volunteer job for free, which hinders me from any opportunity to build my social life or my family’s allowance, which  have made so much for me to get to advanced stages”.

These problems have led young people to think that they are forced to travel to any other country where they have the opportunity to achieve their goals and escape from the difficult reality they face in the Gaza Strip.

In our question to a Gazan youth  (Abdel Rahman Shaaban) he answered: ” I always ask myself a question : Why should I leave my country and go to another one ? The answer is always logical: Leave my country and think about traveling because my country has no minimum needs as a youth who seeks to build his future; if the country has what the young people need in Gaza, the idea of travelling was not the only goal to be pursued “.

Motie Karabulut c.s. haalt het niet

Woensdag 21 februari 2018 heeft de Tweede Kamer gestemd over de motie van de leden Sadet Karabulut (SP), Lilianne Ploumen (PvdA) en Bram van Ojik (GroenLinks) in de zaak Ahed Tamimi in gevangenschap en andere Palestijnse kinderen in Israëlische gevangenissen.

Het enige wat de motie vroeg was dat de Kamer de regering oproept om zich uit te spreken voor de vrijlating van Ahed Tamimi, maar zelfs dat is teveel voor de Tweede Kamer fracties. De motie bezien, is dit de minst vergaande motie; niemand zou er zich een bult aan kunnen vallen.

Ahed al-Tamimi YouTube

Amnesty International had vooraf al aangegeven dat helemaal niets de detentie van Ahed Tamimi rechtvaardigt en dus riep de organisatie op tot vrijlating van de jonge Palestijnse.  

Maar wat blijkt nu bij het stemmen: CDA en D66 hebben tegen de motie gestemd waardoor deze is verworpen. Dat CDA de Palestijnse kinderen zou laten vallen was al zo klein beetje te verwachten, maar dat D66 deze kinderen in gevangenissen de rug zou toekeren is waarlijk een onbeschofte schande.
In een reactie van D66 weet de woordvoerder nog te melden dat “ … D66 echter geen voorstander is van het feit dat Nederland zich bemoeit met de rechtsgang van een ander land. Wij willen niet dat er direct voor vrijlating wordt gepleit, simpelweg omdat het vanuit hier moeilijk is om de precieze situatie met alle omstandigheden in acht genomen in te schatten en een oordeel te kunnen vellen … “  

Waar deze partij deze wijsheid vandaan heeft gehaald, dat is niet meer te achterhalen, maar de manier alleen al dat er gesproken wordt over het feit de precieze situatie moeilijk is in te schatten … verschrikkelijk, zo iemand leest niet veel internationale media en pers.

Het is wederom duidelijk een vorm om de macht vast te blijven houden, blijven plakken op het blauwe pluche van de regering, ook al zit de regering er pas. Dit is de tweede kapitale blunder van D66 in amper een week tijd: eerst het raadgevend referendum de nek omdraaien en dan ook staan te verdedigen in de Tweede Kamer en nu dus de Palestijnse kinderen in Israëlische gevangenissen in de steek laten.

Het schept duidelijkheid en het vermindert in ieder geval het aantal potentiële kanshebbers op mijn stem.

Al oud-D66 stemmer en ooit nog op een blauwe maandag voor de partij in de gemeenteraad te hebben gezeten, heeft de partij nu compleet afgedaan voor me. De partij is echt diep en diep gezonken.  

Het is wederom duidelijk geworden dat de Nederlandse regering en het overgrote deel van de Tweede Kamer niets op heeft met de Palestijnen, sterker nog, niets op heeft met de  Palestijnse kinderen die zonder enige vorm van proces of beschuldiging worden opgesloten. Palestijnse kinderen die durven te tonen – net als onze voorouders ten tijde van de Tweede Wereldoorlog zich als heroïsche verzetsstrijders toonden – zich niet neer te leggen bij de al 70-jarig durende bezetting van Palestina en elke keer in opstand komen. En terecht, en de helden van Palestina hebben de steun en support van ons nodig, van de Nederlanders, van de Nederlandse regering, maar dat laatste is vandaag weer gebleken, een brug te ver te zijn.

Two Gaza Teens murdered by Israeli Fire

Reported by Asia Ismael and Doaa Abu Elhawa

Hamas targeted

(Picture from sputniknews.com)

Palestinian ambulance crews found on Sunday morning bodies of two young Palestinians who were murdered in Israeli artillery shelling. The shelling was targeting a group of citizens east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday night

The bodies were identified as Salem Mohammed Sabah and Abdullah Ayman Sheikha, both 17, from Rafah.

According to the site www.imemc.org received both young boys life-saving treatment but neither of them survived.  

“ … The two civilians, local sources said, were part of a group of six teens affected by an Israeli airstrike in an empty area in the city of Rafah … “

The Israeli military Occupation struck 18 targets in the Gaza Strip in the last 24 hours.

Trump, Palestine and Cold War II; Middle East under Tension

By Muhammad Imadudin Nasution

Political Analyst and Strategist in Khamakar Press Agency and Candidate Center 

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor trump recognise jerusalem

I am not surprised when Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on December 6, 2017. But I am surprised that the Trump’s designation just rejected by 128 members of the United Nations in a special meeting. As we know, Trump is an unpopular President of the United States. He has been inaugurated on January 20, 2017 and people were protesting at the day of his inauguration.

The Trump political view is a supranationalist almost fascist political ideology. I am surprised when a newspaper in Indonesia told me that Trump’s father never rent his apartments to a black or colored person. I do not belief that Trump was grew up as a racist and also a white supremacist. He looks like a normal American as we see his cabinet today. Carson, his sparring partner at the 2016 Republican Primary, is there as a secretary. Also he has chosen an Asian woman for a department in his cabinet. So it is difficult to say that Trump is a fascist, racist or a white supremacist.

But his rhetorical campaign during his candidacy in 2016, has shown that he is not a pluralist person. His promises to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and war on illegal immigrants show that Trump is an anti-Islam politician. He even does not care that his current wife, Melania Trump (born Melanija Knavs or Melania Knauss) is an immigrant and also naturalized US citizen. So is Trump really a supranationalist, racist or even fascist? I repeat that I do not believe it yet. At least I do not believe it yet today.

Anti-Islam Rhetoric, Republican and White Supremacists

As some researches on the growth of Islam and other religious beliefs, Islam is the most growing religion on earth. The growth is caused by conversion and birth. Also the waves of immigration to Europe, Americas and Australia (and New Zealand), change the demography of the West today. But we can read that Islam is getting rejected by some nativists in Europe and the Americas, also in Australia and New Zealand. The waves of rejection against Islam are growing up as the growth of Islam in the contemporary west.

Today we can see that the US already had a black president for the first time in history. The US is getting pluralistic and multicultural and also tolerant during the Obama Administration in 2009-2017. In some reports, we can read that the United State had welcomed many immigrants in the last 150 years. Even Obama told us that the United States is a nation of immigrants, as his father was also an immigrant in the country. We can remember when a naturalized citizen of the United States, Abdul Karim Hassan claimed that he can to be a US President by the principle of human rights and equality. Of course his claim was rejected by the Supreme Court of Justice of the United States.

The United States reported has close history with the Islamic nations since the 18th century. But the nativists and white supremacists do not agree with the facts of historical relations between America and Islam. We can see that some Americans do not agree with Jefferson’s ownership of a copy of the Holy Quran.

The historical relations between the US and Islam are fluctuated year by year. As we know the US people are proud of some Muslims but they also hate some other Muslims too. Republican Party as an American leading party is switched to be conservative white after 1960s civil rights movement era. And Democrats also switched to be liberal and pro-choice political party. The switching of the political platforms make America divided again.

White supremacists are allowed in the name of American democracy. As the legalization of the Nation of Islam which is a black supremacist, Ku Klux Klan also get freedom in the US public spaces. Of course both organizations are being illegal if we ask the Americans on them. But actually Trump is getting supported by the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party.

The anti-Islam rhetoric used by the Republican Presidential Candidates such as Trump and Carson. Carson accuses Islam as an anti-toleration faith. In Carson’s opinion, Islam banned other religions and commands the Muslims to kill people with other religions except Islam. Carson did not read the Quran as in the Verse of al-Baqarah: 256 and al-Kafiroon: 6  we can read that Islam respects the freedom of faith. As in many Muslim countries such in Indonesia, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Iran and Egypt, and also in Turkey, the Muslim majorities are live peaceful with non-Muslim minorities and there is no persecution against the non-Muslim minorities there.

Even the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party terrorizing the African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American and other colored persons living in the United States, the US government actually does not mention them as terrorist organizations. But we do not know why the Muslim organizations are mentioned as terrorist organizations. The unfair prejudice made by the radical-fundamentalist, far-right, supranationalist groups in the American government.

As the Nazi Germany enforce the Jewish ban, the radical Ku Klux Klan and American Nazi enforcing the Muslim and immigrant ban. Videos show American white girls speaking hate on non-white people and non-English speakers uploaded to YouTube and also other social media such as Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp Messenger. The videos also spreading worldwide and the hate on America increase as love on America.

Also the Republican Party becoming a pro-life and also pro-war political party after Vietnam War or maybe after the Civil Rights Act signed in 1968. Beside of Democrats which is becoming pro-choice and pluralistic political party. I cannot explain the switch perfectly but at least we can know that Democratic Party is pro-choice and anti-war right now, also the Republican Party is very pro-life and pro-war.

The Ku Klux Klan and American Nazi are illegal by the law in the United States, but there are no sanctions for people who joining the groups. Joining the illegal groups is about freedom in America. It is about political will so freedom and democracy are the common values at the case.

Trump and the Cold War II

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the petro super power today. The Kingdom making close relations with the United States even the US Foreign Policies are harming the Muslim World. The United States is the largest Christian community on Earth, and Saudi Arabia is the only Islamic country without non-Muslim citizen. Beside of it, Indonesia is the largest Muslim community with India which both country making the majority of the Muslim community in the World.

So the closed relation between the KSA and the USA is nothing but political for the Muslim World. Iran as an enemy of the United States gives its critiques toward the relationship between US and Saudi Arabia. But the issues used by the countries in the Middle East are about Sunni-Shia relation and the deviation of Shia in the Sunni Theology. The issue made by Saudi Arabia that Shia is anti-Islam and also an enemy of all Muslim in the World.

The Sunni-Shia relations flipped up in the Middle East and the Sunni Muslims making war against the Shia Muslims. The radical American Christians are laughing on the fresh bodies of the Muslims in the Middle East today. The hoaxes on Shia strikes on Sunni mosques make the people from all over the World are angry and condemning the Shia Muslims in the entire World. Actually the strikes are from person without identity who is hating  the peace between Muslims.

The Middle East tension is moving up and down day by day to years and centuries. The history states that the Andalusian Umayyad Dynasty is the biggest enemy of the Abbasid Dynasty. Also the French Empire under Charlemagne is an enemy of the Andalusian Umayyad State. Factually the Abbasid Caliphs had made close relations with Charlemagne’s French Empire. Wars between Abbasid Caliphate and Andalusian Umayyad Caliphate were intervened by the French Empire under Charlemagne and also by the Mongolian Genghis Khan Empire. As we can understand the enemy of my enemy in politics is my best friend. So there is no theological and ideological matters, also there is no brotherhood between Muslims, Christians and other religions but there is only about national interests.

The Caliphate of Islam was fallen after internal wars between families of the caliphs and the wars are repeated in the families of the Arabian kingdoms and emirates today. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has seen the Islamic Republic of Iran as an enemy because of its influences toward the Muslim World. And the influences of Saudi Arabia in the Middle East are never growing better after the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union was fallen and the People Republic of China becoming the only communist superpower which is not as communist as Soviet at the time. And the results of the post-cold war are the awakening of democracy in Asia and Africa, including in the Middle East and also the tension of Sunni-Shia relations in the World.

And there is the next cold war. I called it the Second Cold War. It is the cold war between BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and their axis in one side, versus the United States, the United Kingdom and European Union on the other side. The Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League are on the side of the United States, because of the leadership of Saudi Arabia in both organizations.

Arab-Israeli conflict also developed and some Arab countries take the side the Palestinian people, but the KSA and its allies are not on the side of Palestine. Iran as the eternal enemy of the United States and the United Kingdom is on the side of the Palestinians. And we will be surprised when we see that the Shia Muslims are protecting the Palestinian people. Also Turkey a secular Muslim country is at the side with the Palestinian people today. As we also surprised because of the embassies of the Middle East countries (such as KSA, UAE, Jordan and Egypt) are existed in Tel Aviv, the capital of Israel. So there are many Muslim countries making diplomatic relations with the State of Israel as they are making relationship with Palestine.

And today, Trump and King Salman bin Abdul Aziz make close relations with Israel which politically opposite to Iranian and Syrian politics. So today axis and allies are created and the Second Cold War begins. The questions are about where are we now at the Cold War? And alignment is the key of peace and war at this time.

But I am still surprised that 128 countries are opposing the allies and take the side of the axis in the Middle East or the Second Cold War today. I think it is about political communication of Trump’s presidency and also communication style of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today. I see that the people of the World are fed up with the US domination in the United Nations today. Also the movements against the US domination are awake and spreading in the Middle East, Europe and other places in the World.

As we read that Trump has been born in a racist family, we can understand that this will be the end of the American domination. Why did I say that? Because we know that the racist governments are weak politically. US Cabinet today is neither pluralist nor tolerant cabinet filled by most conservative people on Earth. Trump is a nativist who does not understand where he came from. Even he knows that his ancestors are Germans he never realizes that they have been come to America in the previous centuries.

People are protesting everywhere in the entire World against Trump Administration. And today we have seen that Trump was failed in a fighting against the UN members. A majority of the UN members are standing against him at a special meeting. Also we know that this is the Second Cold War which can to be the next (the third) World War between South and North. But as we see the UN meetings and the UN Secretariat jobs today, we can hope that the Third World War will not happening in this decade.

God knows better.