UN to Vote on Haley’s Last Stand: Condemning Hamas

US Ambassador Nikki Haley (C) has been a strong supporter of Israel at the United Nations

The UN General Assembly will vote Thursday on a US-drafted resolution condemning the Palestinian Hamas movement, in what could mark US Ambassador Nikki Haley’s parting gesture at the United Nations.

Haley, who will step down as UN ambassador at the end of the year, has repeatedly accused the United Nations of having an anti-Israel bias and strongly supports Israel in its latest confrontation with Hamas in Gaza.

If adopted, it would mark the first time the 193-nation assembly has taken aim at Hamas, the Islamist militant group that has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007.

The United States has won crucial backing from the European Union, with all 28 countries set to support the US measure that condemns Hamas for firing rockets into Israel and demands an end to the violence.

Diplomats, however, warn the session could go awry over procedural issues, notably whether a majority of two-thirds will be required for adoption or a simple majority.

There was also much diplomatic wrangling after the Palestinians presented an amendment to the US text to include a reference to UN resolutions that condemn Israeli settlements, call for negotiations on East Jerusalem and pledge support for the two-state solution.

In negotiations with the Europeans, the United States agreed to add a mention of “relevant UN resolutions” without specifying which ones. The US text does not refer specifically to the two-state solution.

After talks with the Europeans late Wednesday, the Palestinians agreed to withdraw their amendment and instead table a separate resolution, diplomats said.

That move increased the chances that the US measure will be adopted, as well as the Palestinian-drafted resolution. EU countries plan to support both measures.

– US takes vote seriously –

Haley rattled the United Nations when she arrived in January 2017 vowing that the United States will be “taking names” of countries that oppose President Donald Trump’s foreign policy.

Ahead of the vote on Thursday, the US ambassador sent a letter to all UN missions to make clear that “the United States takes the outcome of this vote very seriously.”

The vote at the assembly could be a crowning achievement for Haley as she prepares to step away from public life.

Diplomats say the US administration has lobbied hard to win votes.

“She would like to go out with something,” said a Security Council diplomat.

EU backing for the US measure buttressed Haley’s stance.

The European Union, like the United States, considers Hamas a terror group, but the 28-nation bloc is divided over how to support peace efforts.

Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly are non-binding, but they carry political weight and are seen as a barometer of world opinion.

The United States put forward the resolution as it prepares to unveil new peace proposals that the Palestinians have already rejected.

The Palestinians have severed ties with the Trump administration after the decision a year ago to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and declare the city Israel’s capital.

The US administration has also cut more than $500 million in Palestinian aid.

The Palestinians see the city as the capital of their future state. International consensus has been that Jerusalem’s status must be negotiated between the two sides.

The General Assembly session to vote on the US draft resolution is scheduled to begin at 3:00 pm (2000 GMT).

(Source / 06.12.2018)

Calls for mass protests in Gaza against US anti-resistance move

Members from the armed wings of the four largest political parties in the besieged Gaza Strip — Hamas’s al-Qassam, Islamic Jihad’s Saraya al-Quds, Fatah’s al-Aqsa Martyrs, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades — stand together at a press conference in Gaza City denouncing an Egyptian court’s ruling classifying the al-Qassam Brigades as a terrorist organization

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — National and Islamic groups in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday called for mass demonstrations in the enclave on Thursday.

They announced in a statement that the demonstrations will be protesting a US recent proposal labeling the Palestinian resistance groups, especially Hamas, as “terror groups”.

The United Nations General Assembly is set to vote on Thursday on a US-drafted resolution that would condemn the Palestinian resistance and Hamas movement for “inciting violence”.

(Source / 06.12.2018)

Report: Palestinian Prisoners In Israel Jails Suffer Medical Negligence

Four Palestinian prisoners have died inside Israeli jails so far this year due to medical negligence

Naim Shawamreh experienced severe health conditions while inside Israeli prisons.

Naim Shawamreh experienced severe health conditions while inside Israeli prisons

Palestinian prisoners who were detained in Israeli prisons are being diagnosed with medical conditions late because of a lack of health care in jail, Palestinian NGO has revealed.

In a report, the Prisoners’ Centre for Studies said 12 per cent of the Palestinian prisoners in occupation jails are diagnosed with hypertension, and 2.7 per cent are diabetic.

The centre’s director, Dr Raafat Hamdouneh, stressed the importance of allowing blood pressure monitors and devices to test detainee blood sugar levels in prisons.

He attributed the high rates of late diagnosis to the intentional medical negligence policy followed by the occupation against Palestinian prisoners.

Hamdouneh added that having limited space for physical activities and limited movement, prisoners must have proper attention paid to the quality of their food and regular medical tests, as the medical implications can be deadly.

Four Palestinian prisoners have died so far this year while in Israeli custody, including 57-year-old Hussein Hassani who died as a results of complications in his health condition which he developed in Israeli jails and the medical negligence which ensued, Palestinian media reported in January.

According to rights group B’Tselem, at the end of October 2018 there were 5,426 Palestinian security detainees and prisoners being held in Israel Prison Service (IPS) facilities.

(Source / 06.12.2018)

PA: Palestinian water crisis will end when occupation does

Israeli settlers flood Khan al Ahmar with wastewater

Head of the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) Mazen Ghonim said yesterday that the Palestinian water crisis will end only when the Israeli occupation does, Al-Watan Voice reported.

During the opening of a new water project, Ghoneim stressed that the Palestinians have been suffering from a severe shortage of running and drinking water due to the strict unjustified Israeli measures regarding the access to water resources.

He said that the PWA has carried out numerous projects to help resolve the water crisis, including building desalination plants, extending pipelines and putting pressure on Israel to increase the portion of water sold to Palestinians.

READ: Syria women miscarry in Lebanon refugee camp due to water pollution

Ghoneim reiterated that the Israeli occupation has been imposing a water siege on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip for years.

He noted that the Israeli occupation controls 85 per cent of the Palestinian water resources and has undermined the implementation of many projects related to water and sanitation. He also said that Israel carries various violations related to water.

The Palestinian official said that the PWA’s projects had improved access to water and there are more efforts being carried out in this regard.

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(Source / 05.12.2018)

Calls for international investigation in to Israel’s killing of Palestinian with learning difficulties

People carry the body of 18-year old Palestinian Mohammed Hossam Habaly, who was shot in the head by Israeli soldiers during a dawn raid in western Tulkarm, at his funeral in Tulkarm, West Bank on 4 December, 2018

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry has called for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate Israel’s targeting of a Palestine who had learning difficulties.

Twenty-two-year-old Muhammad Habali  was killed by the Israeli occupation forces in Tulkarm city of occupied West Bank in the early hours of yesterday morning in what the ministry has said amount to an extrajudicial execution.

A refugee in Tulkarm refugee camp, Muhammad had learning difficulties which limiting his ability to reason. Video shared on social media appears to show Muhammad being shot in the back when he posed no threat to occupation forces who had stormed the camp.

Israel’s targeting of Palestinians does not take in to account the threat they cause or any mental or physical disabilities they may suffer. In 2016 occupation forces killed Oraif Jaradat who was born with Down Syndrome. His father died 40 days after his son.

No soldier was charged with Oraif’s murder and Israel has closed the investigation in to the event. The family is appealing against the decision.

READ: ‘I did nothing to harm Israel,’ says child shot by sniper. ‘I only raised the flag’

In December last year the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said he was “truly shocked” at the killing of a wheelchair-bound Palestinian amputee by Israeli occupation forces in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Al-Malki met ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda today in The Hague during the 17th session of the Assembly of States Parties, and highlighted the Muhammad’s case. Al-Malki also urged the prosecutor for speedy investigations in to the continuous crimes committed by the occupation against the Palestinian people.

(Source / 05.12.2018)

Top PA officials met with Lieberman weeks before his resignation

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman

Palestinian Authority (PA) Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein Al-Sheikh yesterday confirmed reports that he had met former Israeli defence minister Avigdor Lieberman two weeks before his resignation, Quds Press reported.

In a statement, Al-Sheikh said Chief of PA Intelligence Services Majed Faraj joined the meeting and they discussed with Lieberman the decisions of the PLO’s Central Committee to halt security cooperation with occupation forces if it did not commit to former agreements.

On Monday, the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (Kan) revealed that the meeting had taken place. Azzam Al-Ahmad, a senior Fatah leader, confirmed the meeting on Monday to the Times of Israel and claimed that the Palestinian sides planned to discuss modifying the Paris Economic Protocol.

READ: Lieberman angry $15m Qatar aid to be sent to Gaza 

Kan reported Palestinian officials saying that Lieberman told the PA officials he was not like Netanyahu, he did not agree with him about everything.

Al-Sheikh adde that they discussed the Israeli violations of previous agreements signed with the PLO and PA, mainly in Jerusalem and regarding settlement expansion and daily raids on Palestinian areas.

This meeting came in spite of the remarks made by the PA and PLO officials in different occasions that security cooperation with Israel was halted.

Lieberman resigned on 14 November following a disagreement over the recently-signed ceasefire with Gaza.

(Source / 05.12.2018)

Head International Committee to Support Gaza calls for support for special needs in Gaz

Two Palestinian amputee men sit in the waiting room at the ICRC for Artificial limbs and Polio Center (ALPC) in Gaza City on October 25, 2018.

Dr Essam Yousef, Head of the Popular International Committee to Support Gaza, called for intensifying support for people with special needs and patients in Gaza as they are the most vulnerable and suffering group due to the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip for almost 12 years.

In a statement issued to mark the International Day of Disabled Persons on Monday, Yousef said that those with special needs and chronic diseases in Gaza are experiencing different forms of suffering due to the tragic economic and social conditions that the Gazan society suffers from because of the siege.

He noted that this vulnerable group of people in Gaza suffer the most with regards to obtaining their right to heal care, education, and other basic needs.

According to Yousef, poverty and unemployment rates among people with special needs are dramatically increasing. He has made it clear that he cannot disregard or downplay the suffering of other groups in Gaza’s society, such as orphans, women, and the elderly.

READ: Israel court rules against Gaza father who lost 3 daughters in 2008 war 

Yousef added that the suffering of those with special needs is different to others, as the suffering is further complicated by their health conditions and the situation of their society, which is suffering from the siege.

He also noted that the number of people with special needs in Gaza is increasing as a result of the repeated Israeli attacks and wars on the Gaza Strip, as well as the fact that Israel has let its war machine lose and allowed it to target innocent civilians.

“The Great return Marches have also doubled the number of individuals with special needs in Gaza after the Israeli soldiers targeted thousands of protestors participating in the peaceful marches. A large number of them were seriously injured, and many have become classified as individuals with special needs,” he said.

He added, “We cannot ignore the role of the illegal blockade and its catastrophic effects on the health sector that have lasted for many years. This has caused the deterioration and exhaustion of medical equipment, a lack of medical expertise, and the prohibition of patients from leaving Gaza for treatment, especially in the hospitals located in the West Bank and the occupied Palestinian territories in 1948.”

(Source / 05.12.2018)

Rashida Tlaib To Head Congressional Delegation To West Bank, Endorses BDS

Representative-elect tells The Intercept she supports boycotting Israel and trip is meant to counter ‘one-sided’ visits funded by pro-Israel group

Democratic Representative-elect Rashida Tlaib plans to lead a delegation of American lawmakers to the West Bank, the congresswoman-to-be has told The Intercept.

Tlaib, a Palestinian-American, told the publication that the delegation will focus on “Israel’s detention of Palestinian children, education, access to clean water, and poverty” and that the goal is “to humanise Palestinians, provide an alternative perspective to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee pushes.”

She also wanted to “highlight the inherent inequality of Israel’s system of military occupation in Palestinian territories, which is similar to what African-Americans in the United States endured in the Jim Crow era.”

The Intercept said Tlaib was “rejecting [the] Israel lobby’s influence over Congress” echoing and that her plan was a “rebuke of a decades-old tradition for newly elected members: a junket to Israel sponsored by the education arm” of AIPAC.

She has no plans to meet with any Israeli or Palestinian officials, said the report.

“I want us to see that segregation and how that has really harmed us being able to achieve real peace in that region,” The Intercept quoted Tlaib as saying . “I don’t think AIPAC provides a real, fair lens into this issue. It’s one-sided. … [They] have these lavish trips to Israel, but they don’t show the side that I know is real, which is what’s happening to my grandmother and what’s happening to my family there.”

According to the Intercept, AIPAC’s education arm has spent $12.9 million on trips to Israel for legislators and staffers over the past decade, trips that the publication called “among the lesser-known traditions for freshman members of Congress.”

Tlaib told The Intercept that she personally supports the movement to boycott Israel. She has previously called on the United States to cut military aid to the country.

Before Tlaib won her primary in August, her campaign represented her as supporting a two-state solution and.

On the eve of the primary, Steve Tobocman, a senior adviser to Tlaib, told Haaretz that she supported a two-state solution.

Representative-elect Ilhan Omar has also come out in support of boycotting Israel in remarks after her election. She has also drawn criticism for calling Israel an “apartheid regime” that had “hypnotised the world” to ignore its “evil” policies.

In November, Tlaib and Omar became the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress.

(Source / 04.12.2018)

250,000 people with disabilities in Palestine

Dozens of them held in Israeli custody

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225,228 persons suffered from at least one difficulty, which constitute 5.8% of the total population of Palestine; 127,266 in the West Bank constituting 5.1% of the total population of West Bank, and 127,962 in Gaza Strip constituting 6.8% of the total population of Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources said.

The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) said in a report published on Monday that the number of people with disabilities in the Gaza Strip has sharply increased over the past 10 years from 3.7% of the total population to 6.8% in 2017.

The PCBS said, marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the percentage of people with disabilities increased in Gaza Strip in 2017 compared to a slight decrease in the West Bank.

On the other hand, said the PCBS, the percentage of persons with difficulties in Palestine in 2017 among males was 6.3% and 5.4% among females, while 2007 data indicated that the percentage reached 4.8% among males and 4.6% among females.

Statistics showed that 2.9% of the total persons in Palestine are with mobility difficulties in 2017. Seeing difficulty is the second most prevalent with 2.6%. Compared to 2007 seeing difficulty was the most prevalent with 2.5% in Palestine followed by mobility difficulty with 1.8% of total population.

Meanwhile, the Palestine Center for Prisoners Studies revealed that 33 Palestinians suffering physical or mental disabilities are currently held in Israeli jails amid very difficult detention conditions.

(Source / 03.12.2018)

Palestinian scholar attended in 212 event in Indonesia, urged to save Al-Aqsa

JAKARTA, PALESTINOW.COM — A Palestinian scholar Taisir Hamdan delivered a message to Reunion 212 participants. Through the translator, he delivered ready to liberate Al-Aqsa from Israel.

“Salam our brothers from Al-Quds, Al-Aqsa Mosque, and Palestine, and our mission of all Palestinians will be all antitrust representatives, and we are ready to liberate Palestine and Al-Aqsa,” he said at Monas, Central Jakarta. , Sunday (12/2/2018).

Hamdan admitted having been jailed for some 20 years by Israel. While in the cell, he succeeded in obtaining his bachelor degree.

“During the 20 years we were jailed, we were released during a prison conversion agreement, and he was accompanied by 500 Palestinian prisoners in Israel and an Israeli soldier who was abducted, he obtained bachelor degree in prison,” Hamdan said.

Still through the translator, Hamdan waited for the contribution of Reunion 212 participants. Participants were waiting to contribute to the release of Al-Aqsa.

“Palestine and Al-Aqsa are waiting for you to free Al-Aqsa, indeed Palestine and Al-Aqsa await your involvement in liberating Al-Aqsa,” said Hamdan.

(Source / 03.12.2018)