Israel Navy commander: ‘Hate flotilla’ to Gaza must be stopped

Adm. Eliezer Marom says only purpose of Gaza flotilla is to clash with IDF soldiers, create media provocation, and delegitimize Israel.

Israel Navy commander Adm. Eliezer Marom issued a stark warning on Sunday for the organizers of the Gaza flotilla intended to set sail at the end of the month.

“The Navy has prevented and will continue to prevent the arrival of the ‘hate flotilla’ whose only goals are to clash with IDF soldiers, create media provocation and to delegitimize the State of Israel,” Marom cautioned, speaking during the Israel Navy Divers’ Course concluding ceremony.

The Navy commander called on all parties involved to do everything they can to prevent the departure of what he called the “provocation flotilla.”

He said that a number of figures in the international community have said “that a humanitarian crisis in Gaza is nonexistent, and that all supplies may enter Gaza via the land crossings in a coordinated manner.”

Marom also added that the flotilla allows Hamas to get equipped with an unlimited amount of weapons in order to carry out terror acts on Israel.

On Friday, the Turkish organization IHH announced that the Mavi Marmara ship, on which nine Turkish activists were killed last May when it was intercepted by Israeli commandos on its way to Gaza, will not take part in the upcoming convoy.

Organizers of the flotilla expressed disappointment that the Turkish IHH will not take an active role in the convoy, which will still set sail without the Marmara later this month.

Meanwhile, the Israeli Arab Higher Monitoring Committee, which was supposed to discuss on Saturday the composition of its delegation for the flotilla, removed the item from its agenda in light of recent changes.

The committee said that it had been invited by the Turks to participate in the flotilla. Due to the IHH’s cancellation, the number of participants from the Higher Monitoring Committee is expected to be reduced.

(www.haaretz.com / 19.06.2011)

25 Detainees Facing Death Due To The Lack Of Medical Attention

25 Palestinian political prisoners in the Al Ramla Israeli detention facility are facing imminent death due to illegal Israeli policies that deprive the detainees from their right to medical treatment.

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The sick detainees are at the Al Ramla prison hospital, a small medical facility that lacks basic medications and medical equipment, and are facing serious health complications.

One of the detainees, identified as Abdul-Salaam Bani Odeh from Tammoun village, is currently in a declining health condition, and is not receiving the medical treatment he needs.

Detainee Mohammad Suleiman from Aroura town suffers from Anemia and requires urgent attention.

Detainee Ahmad Al Najjar from Silwad town suffers from throat cancer and urgently needs access to specialized medical care.

Also, detainees Mansour Moqada from Salfit, Khaled Al Shaweesh from Jenin and Ashraf Abu Therei’ from Doura, are all paralyzed, and need medical attention and rehabilitation.

The health condition of detainee Akram Al Reehawi has witnessed a sharp decline as he suffers from cancer, while detainee Nahedh Al Aqra’ from Gaza lost his right leg.

The health condition of detainee Ahmad Samara, suffering from cancer, is also gradually declining.

Detainee Mohammad Abu Al Rob from Jenin is suffering from psychological complications, and needs urgent intervention.

More than 200 Palestinians died in Israeli prisons due to the illegal Israeli policies of medical negligence since Israel occupied the rest of Palestine in 1967. Several Palestinians were shot and killed by the arresting soldiers and officers.

(imemc.org / 19.06.2011)

Syrische oppositie vormt ‘Nationale Raad’

Politieke tegenstanders van de Syrische president Bashar al-Assad hebben een Nationale Raad opgericht met als doel het regime omver te werpen.

In een verklaring laat de raad weten dat de leden afkomstig zijn uit alle Syrische gemeenschappen. Ook zouden er veel bekende oppositieleden uit binnen-en buitenland lid zijn van de organisatie, meldt persbureau AFP. De raad roept alle Syriërs op om Assad voor de rechter te slepen voor het geweld dat hij inzet tegen zijn volk.

(www.nrc.nl / 19.06.2011)

The Nobel Peace Prize 1994

Biography*

Yasser Arafat Mohammed Abdel-Raouf Arafat As Qudwa al-Hussaeini was born on 24 August 1929 in Cairo**, his father a textile merchant who was a Palestinian with some Egyptian ancestry, his mother from an old Palestinian family in Jerusalem. She died when Yasir, as he was called, was five years old, and he was sent to live with his maternal uncle in Jerusalem, the capital of the British Mandate of Palestine. He has revealed little about his childhood, but one of his earliest memories is of British soldiers breaking into his uncle’s house after midnight, beating members of the family and smashing furniture.

After four years in Jerusalem, his father brought him back to Cairo, where an older sister took care of him and his siblings. Arafat never mentions his father, who was not close to his children. Arafat did not attend his father’s funeral in 1952.

In Cairo, before he was seventeen Arafat was smuggling arms to Palestine to be used against the British and the Jews. At nineteen, during the war between the Jews and the Arab states, Arafat left his studies at the University of Faud I (later Cairo University) to fight against the Jews in the Gaza area. The defeat of the Arabs and the establishment of the state of Israel left him in such despair that he applied for a visa to study at the University of Texas. Recovering his spirits and retaining his dream of an independent Palestinian homeland, he returned to Faud University to major in engineering but spent most of his time as leader of the Palestinian students.

He did manage to get his degree in 1956, worked briefly in Egypt, then resettled in Kuwait, first being employed in the department of public works, next successfully running his own contracting firm. He spent all his spare time in political activities, to which he contributed most of the profits. In 1958 he and his friends founded Al-Fatah, an underground network of secret cells, which in 1959 began to publish a magazine advocating armed struggle against Israel. At the end of 1964 Arafat left Kuwait to become a full-time revolutionary, organising Fatah raids into Israel from Jordan.

It was also in 1964 that the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) was established, under the sponsorship of the Arab League, bringing together a number of groups all working to free Palestine for the Palestinians. The Arab states favoured a more conciliatory policy than Fatah’s, but after their defeat by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War, Fatah emerged from the underground as the most powerful and best organised of the groups making up the PLO, took over that organisation in 1969 when Arafat became the chairman of the PLO executive committee. The PLO was no longer to be something of a puppet organisation of the Arab states, wanting to keep the Palestinians quiet, but an independent nationalist organisation, based in Jordan.

Arafat developed the PLO into a state within the state of Jordan with its own military forces. King Hussein of Jordan, disturbed by its guerrilla attacks on Israel and other violent methods, eventually expelled the PLO from his country. Arafat sought to build a similar organisation in Lebanon, but this time was driven out by an Israeli military invasion. He kept the organization alive, however, by moving its headquarters to Tunis. He was a survivor himself, escaping death in an airplane crash, surviving any assassination attempts by Israeli intelligence agencies, and recovering from a serious stroke.

His life was one of constant travel, moving from country to country to promote the Palestinian cause, always keeping his movements secret, as he did any details about his private life. Even his marriage to Suha Tawil, a Palestinian half his age, was kept secret for some fifteen months. She had already begun significant humanitarian activities at home, especially for disabled children, but the prominent part she took in the public events in Oslo was a surprise for many Arafat-watchers. Since then, their daughter, Zahwa, named after Arafat’s mother, has been born.

The period after the expulsion from Lebanon was a low time for Arafat and the PLO. Then the intifada (shaking) protest movement strengthened Arafat by directing world attention to the difficult plight of the Palestinians. In 1988 came a change of policy. In a speech at a special United Nations session held in Geneva, Switzerland, Arafat declared that the PLO renounced terrorism and supported “the right of all parties concerned in the Middle East conflict to live in peace and security, including the state of Palestine, Israel and other neighbours”.

The prospects for a peace agreement with Israel now brightened. After a setback when the PLO supported Iraq in the Persian Gulf War of 1991, the peace process began in earnest, leading to the Oslo Accords of 1993.

This agreement included provision for the Palestinian elections which took place in early 1996, and Arafat was elected President of the Palestine Authority. Like other Arab regimes in the area, however, Arafat’s governing style tended to be more dictatorial than democratic. When the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu came to power in Israel in 1996, the peace process slowed down considerably. Much depends upon the nature of the new Israeli government, which will result from the elections to be held in 1999.

(nobelprize.org / 19.06.2011)

The forthcoming Gaza flotilla: heroism vs violent intransigence?

After he returned from his ordeal on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Fiachra O’Luain, the second mate on the Challenger I, was asked if he would go again to break the siege of Gaza. He replied “yes … and again, and again”.

Many of the survivors of the flotilla will be on the next one, due to sail for Gaza towards the end of June. Called Stay Human, it will commemorate Vittorio Arrigoni who gave his life (as did 10 activists on the Mavi Marmara: nine dead and one in a coma) for justice and human rights for the Palestinian people.

In the face of Israeli propaganda, parroted by the BBC and other mainstream media, we should hold fast to the truth that these people are prepared to face. All of the survivors of the previous flotilla were maltreated and humiliated. Many of them were beaten, tasered by electric stun guns, attacked with stun grenades and tear gas, deprived of food and water and subjected, by terrorists in the employ of the state of Israel, to treatment described by a United Nations Fact-Finding Mission [.PDF] as tantamount to torture. Many suffered injury from deliberately over-tightened handcuffs. Several had their passports stolen (for use in who-knows-what future outrage by Mossad criminals), all cameras, mobile phones and computers were illegally seized and many lost large sums of money: plundered in individual acts of piracy by members of one of the world’s most criminal and immoral armies. All of the victims experienced first-hand the ruthless contempt for human dignity that the Zionist state considers its right.

On the Mavi Marmara, passengers and crew saw friends and comrades killed, wounded or maltreated by thugs with no more respect for human life than Al Capone’s gangsters. Some of these same criminals later appeared on the BBc programme “Panorama”. Wary of the daylight they lurked in the night shadows of Haifa docks like wharf rats, referred to their victims as “terrorists”, and falsely accused them of shooting at commandos who were indulging a blood bath totally outside of any remit granted by international law. (A terrorist, we should remember, is someone who uses violence against civilians for political ends. The commandos defined the term as someone who comes prepared to commit violence, dressed in military clothing with covered faces. Either definition accurately fitted the commandos themselves, who in any event would never be accorded the protection that internationallaw demands for civilians.)

The blood of men who believed in universal human rights dripped down the stairs of the Mavi Marmara that night as war crimes were committed on the orders of Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak under the guise of defending the state of Israel. Knowing all this, in a few days time an even larger flotilla with even more human rights workers on board will sail for Gaza. Binyamin Netanyahu has tried every trick in the diplomatic book to prevent it. We can be sure that Mossad has been hard at work too, trying to sabotage ships bound for the high seas.

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Despite well-publicized claims to the contrary, and despite the recent opening of the Rafah Crossing to many civilians, the sadistic Israeli closure remains firmly locked on Gaza. There has been no confirmation that the 4,500 tons of building materials on the last flotilla ever reached Gaza. Desperately needed sewage pipes from the Malaysian ship the Spirit of Rachel Corrie are in an Egyptian warehouse instead of being delivered to Gaza. (Ironically, this would have helped to reduce pollution in the eastern Mediterranean where the tides presumably wash untreated Gazan sewage onto beaches in Israel and Egypt.) Permitted exports from Gaza amount to around two lorry loads a day in place of the 400 per day that Israel agreed to allow in a deal brokered by Condoleezza Rice in 2005. Meanwhile, the scarcely-reported ceasefire of missiles from Gaza, applied after the successful Palestinian unity talks, attracts no concessions from Israel’s continuing occupation of the Gaza Strip.

The heroism and sacrifice of this next flotilla will not be in vain. Despite more brazen lies from Mark Regev and biased portrayals of events by the likes of Jane Corbin, Mr Netanyahu’s stubborn, blinkered stupidity will further damage Israel’s international image while further advancing the Palestinian cause. No Nobel Peace Laureate will be able to disguise the guilt if more Israeli hoods batter more human rights workers. No selectively edited whitewash report, with of without endorsement from professors of international law, will be able to conceal the truth this time from the people of the world. The flotilla is coming, and just as Mickey Mouse’s sorcerer’s apprentice merely increased the activities of his animated broom when he attacked it with an axe, Mr Netanyahu only risks further opprobrium in the eyes of the world, further censure for his pariah state and further flotillas if he insists in perpetuating the use of violent crime against lawful protest on the high seas.

(sabbah.biz / 19.06.2011)

Topoverleg Fatah-Hamas uitgesteld

De Palestijnse president Abbas en Hamas-leider Meshaal
De Palestijnse president Abbas en Hamas-leider Meshaal
Het topoverleg tussen de leiders van de Palestijnse organisaties Fatah en Hamas is uitgesteld.

Dinsdag zouden president Mahmoud Abbas namens Fatah en Hamas-leider Khaled Meshaal in Caïro praten over de vorming van een eenheidsregering.

Hamas is sinds juni 2007 aan de macht in de Gazastrook en Fatah bestuurt delen van de Westelijke Jordaanoever. Eind maart besloten Abbas en Meshaal hun tegenstellingen opzij te zetten en een nationale eenheidsregering te vormen.

Nieuwe premier

Het overleg van dinsdag is voor onbepaalde tijd opgeschort. Volgens waarnemers kunnen de twee partijen het niet eens worden over wie de nieuwe premier moet worden.

Een voorstel van Fatah om de huidige partijloze en door het Westen geprezen premier Salam Fayyad te benoemen, werd eerder deze week door Hamas van de hand gewezen.

(nos.nl / 19.06.2011)

Gaza-bound aid ship anchors at Egyptian port

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A Gaza-bound aid ship has docked at the city of Arish in North Sinai and is preparing to transport its cargo by land, Egyptian authorities declared on Sunday.

The Miles of Smiles is currently unloading, Secretary General for North Sinai Governorate Gaber al-Araby said.

It is carrying 12 ambulances, baby milk and other humanitarian aid, he said in a press statement.

The ship’s entry to the port was facilitated, according to the port’s general manager, Gamal Abdel Maqsoud.

The vessel, hoisting a Moldovian flag, departed from Venice, Italy. The aid is expected to pass into Gaza through Egypt’s Rafah land crossing. Palestinian news reports believe 60 activists of different nationalities are on board.

Aid convoys to Gaza have become a risky business since Israel shot dead nine Turkish activists in May 2010 after intercepting an aid convoy en route to the Palestinian enclave.

(www.almasryalyoum.com / 19.06.2011)

IOA serves demolition notifications to citizens in Jordan Valley


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

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

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

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

(jnoubiyeh.com / 19.06.2011)

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

Tijd
zondag 26 juni · 13:30 – 16:30

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Apeldoorn

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Beste Broeder / Zuster,

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

Vriendelijke groeten,
Salaam aleykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatu,

FLOTILLA NEWS UPDATES

PRESS RELEASE

June 17, 2011
Istanbul,

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

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

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

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

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

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

The International Coalition of Freedom Flotilla II

(www.freepalestinemovement.org / 19.06.2011)