Israeli soldiers cross into Lebanon

An Israeli foot patrol has crossed into Lebanon in clear violation of the country’s sovereignty and a UN Security Council resolution.

Israeli troops crossed the UN-drawn Blue Line and entered the southern village of Kfar Shouba on Monday, moving 150 meters into Lebanon, a Press TV correspondent reported.

According to Lebanese sources, the 12 Israeli soldiers left the Lebanese territory after 30 minutes.

The violation of Lebanon’s airspace, territorial waters, and border by the Israeli Military occurs on an almost daily basis.

Earlier this month, Beirut submitted a complaint to the United Nations Security Council over Israel’s violation of the country’s sovereignty.

The move came after an Israeli army convoy crossed the border and entered the Wazzani area in southern Lebanon, which led to clashes with the Lebanese army.

The Lebanese foreign ministry described the incident as a clear violation of Lebanon’s sovereignty, UN Security Council resolution 1701, and the international law.

It also said the incident represented a threat to civil and international peace.

The Lebanese government, the Hezbollah Resistance Movement, and the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, known as UNIFIL, have repeatedly cited Israel’s air surveillance flights over Lebanon as flagrant violations of UN resolution 1701 and the country’s sovereignty.

UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended Israel’s war against Lebanon in 2006, calls on Israel to respect Lebanon’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

(www.presstv.ir / 08.08.2011)

Palestinians Hold Non-violent Anti-Wall Protests In 4 Villages

Non-violent protests took place on Friday in the central West Bank villages of al-Nabi Saleh, Bil’in, and Nil’in in addition to al-Ma’ssara in the southern West Bank.

Tear gas at non-violent anti-Wall protest (archive image by PressTV)
Tear gas at non-violent anti-Wall protest

Local and international protesters were tear gassed today as they marched in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. Unlike other recent protests in the village, Israeli soldiers did not meet the protesters in the village but along a road leading out of the town.

After the march Israeli soldiers entered the village and threw a tear gas canister into a house where protesters had gathered. As protesters escaped the house, more tear gas was shot into the streets. In recent weeks Israeli soldiers have stepped-up their efforts in Nabi Saleh, declaring the village a closed military zone and stopping activists and journalists before even reaching the village.

In Bil’in village also central West Bank, dozens of Palestinian villagers in addition to Israeli and International peace activists marched after the Friday prayers from the mosque to the lands confiscated by Israel to build the wall.

A tractor carrying chairs and trash cans drove in front of the marchers who were heading to Abu Laimun’s family land in order to turn in into a public park for the village. However troops showered them to tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets in addition to an unknown foul-smelling chemical material. Dozens suffered from tear-gas inhalation and were treated by field medics.

This week, people in Bil’in marched in support of the Palestinian statehood bid at the UN in September troops used tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets also to suppress the anti wall protest in the nearby village of Nil’in. Villagers were joined by Israeli and international supporters after the midday prayers and marched up to the wall.

Troops fired tear gas at protesters causing many to suffer from tear gas inhalation. In southern West Bank, many treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation as troops attacked the anti-wall protest organized in al-Ma’sara village near Bethlehem. Soldiers attacked protesters as they tried to reach land owned by local farmers that had been taken by Israel for the wall.

(occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com / 08.08.2011)

The Battle for Press Freedom and Media Reform in Egypt

In Egypt, the struggle for governmental reform, civil liberties and economic and social justice is being waged everyday, and there is one issue that affects all others: the media. Whether it’s newspapers, television, radio or the Internet, the media is a central component of the revolution in Egypt. While the press has opened up in a number of ways in the wake of the revolution, reform of the media is still very much an uphill battle. Journalists still face government repression and state media still largely acts as a government mouthpiece.

(egyptreports.net / (on the site there is video (red.)) / 08.08.2011)

Veolia, major target of Palestinian BDS campaign, in financial crisis

  • French multinational Veolia to cut back global operations after €67.2 million losses
  • BDS campaign has cost Veolia large contracts across Europe over its illegal Israel project
  • Losses comes on heals of Agrexco’s financial woes, another main BDS target

Only days after losing out on another lucrative contract in London, French waste and water company Veolia on Thursday announced it would scale back its operations in several countries after a surprising first-half net loss of €67.2 million.

The news came less than two weeks after Israeli agricultural exporter Agrexco, another main target of the Palestinian civil society-led, global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, faced a bankruptcy hearing in a Tel Aviv court.

Veolia has been a major target of the BDS campaign due to its involvement with several Israeli projects that blatantly violate international law, including the infamous light rail project linking illegal colonial settlements in occupied Palestinian territory with Jerusalem.

“Veolia is paying the price for its involvement in Israel’s policies of occupation and apartheid against the Palestinian people,” said Jamal Juma’a, coordinator of the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (Stop the Wall), which is part of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC). “The company has been losing contracts left, right and centre, to the tune of billions of dollars. No matter how large, no corporation can absorb such huge and sustained financial losses”. Odeh added, “This is bound to trigger loud discontent among Veolia’s shareholders, eventually leading to a stern demand for an immediate end to the company’s complicity in illegal Israeli projects.”

After persistent local campaigns all over Europe, Veolia has lost out on many waste collections contracts, especially in the United Kingdom and Ireland, where Palestine solidarity activists led the efforts. BDS campaigners have been targeting local councils and municipalities demanding that contracts with Veolia be dropped due to its “grave misconduct”.

The latest such victory came on Wednesday in Ealing, West London, after the council failed to select Veolia for a comprehensive tender for its domestic refuse, street cleaning and parks maintenance contract. Veolia had been given the previous parks maintenance contract.

Activists had written to and met with councillors, detailing Veolia’s involvement in the illegal Israeli occupation. The contract would have been worth approximately £300 million over 15 years – one of Ealing Council’s largest single contracts.

Sarah Colborne, Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) Director, said in a press release: “Veolia’s loss of this contract, following its failure in a number of significant bids in Britain and internationally, is a clear sign that Veolia is paying a high price for its complicity in Israel’s occupation and violations of international law.”

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Veolia “announced a corporate overhaul of the company that includes divestitures and a significant geographic scale-back”. They also reported Veolia’s disclosure of 2007-2010 accounting fraud in the US, amounting to €90 million.

Company officials are reported to have said the scale-down is related to “financial difficulties encountered by Veolia’s customers”.

Israeli company Agrexco has also suffered acute financial problems that have led to bankruptcy proceedings, and calls for the company to be broken up. Like Veolia, Agrexco top managers also attributed their losses to markets and other financial factors, deliberately omitting any mention of the evident impact of the boycott.

(www.bdsmovement.net / 08.08.2011)

Erekat: Palestinian Membership in UN a Must to Reach Peace

Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) – Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Member, Saeb Erekat, Monday assured that the PLO’s decision to seek United Nations (UN) recognition and full membership of a Palestinian state  key for reaching peace and two state solution.

During a meeting with UN Secretary-General’s Personal Representative Robert Serry and the British Consul General, Sir Vincent Vinn, Erekat discussed the outcomes of the Arab League peace process follow- up committee meeting, held in Al-Dawha, and President Mahmoud Abbas’ efforts, visits and talks to promote the two state solution within the 1967 borders as well as the need to stop Israeli settlement activities in the West bank including East Jerusalem.

He also said that going to the UN in September is part of the Palestinian strategy; ending the Israeli occupation and putting back Palestine on the geographical map.

He added that the PLO’s efforts are to seek UN full membership of a Palestinian state, not for the declaration of a Palestinian state, since the independence of Palestine was declared in the National meeting held in Algeria in 1988.
(networkedblogs.com / 08.08.2011)

The medicine crisis

GAZA, (PIC)– The medicine crisis in the Gaza Strip announced by the Health Ministry in early June has continued to mount amid accusations that the West Bank health ministry has been withholding medicines Gaza is entitled to.

Officials in Gaza say they have yet to see their due 40 percent cut of the medicines provided to the split Palestinian territories by the World Bank.

Among the greatest affected by the shortage are kidney patients, cancer patients, children, and patients awaiting surgery.

Abdul-Lateef al-Zaeem, 40, who has experienced kidney failure for the past six years said he is required to visit the hospital three times a week for dialysis. He said many times there is a shortage of medicines in the Gaza’s Shifa hospital.

“I and many dialysis patients are forced to buy medicines that help sustain our health condition. But it doesn’t help. Also the financial status of the patients does not help to continue purchasing medicines at our own expense,” Zaeem said.

Um Saeed, a mother whose 13-year-old son has been on bed rest for weeks from an acute infection, wondered: “How long will the lives of Gaza’s people remain in the hands of those who bring them medicine, food, and basic supplies? As if humans today live on basics and pay no attention to the necessities that are now the heart of ordinary life. When will conditions of the Strip’s patients end, as they are under siege with a medical crisis, an electricity crisis, an equipment crisis, and a crisis in being transferred abroad to get treatment?

“It’s as if they have chosen for these people several scenarios for death. Has the national, Arab, and international conscience died?

Munir al-Bersh, the Gaza health ministry’s director-general of pharmaceuticals, said a portion of entitled medicines are scheduled to arrive in the Gaza Strip within the next few days.
Bersh said the health ministry has contacted organizations both at home and abroad in a bid to pressure the health ministry in the West Bank to dispatch Gaza’s share of medicines provided by the World Bank.

He said medical security in Gaza has been steadily declining, as more and more medicines run out daily. The situation signals a medical disaster should the crisis continue, he warned.
“For a long time, no medicines or medical consumables that have run out in the health ministry’s warehouses had been supplied,” Bersh said, putting the current number of missing medicines at 180 and of medical consumables at 149.

Bersh also pointed out that the Strip is experiencing an acute shortage of imported fuels used to operate the power generators. Only a quarter of the required fuels are anywhere to be found in the Gaza Strip, he said.

(Facebook / 08.08.2011)

Free Palestine day !

Tijd
zaterdag 20 augustus · 0:00 – 23:30

Locatie
Across the world !

Gemaakt door:

Hello everyone,

We decided to create a day this summer where everyone across the world could make their voice heard for the support of a Free Palestine country and stop the building of the wall.

Kids,women,men are getting killed everyday by Israeli soldier, kids are called terrorist just for holding a rock….
It’s not normal that OUR government is giving Israel money and support the building of a wall of shame.
This day is not to hate Jewish and Israel, it’s to tell them we don’t support what they do.
This is our time to let our voice heard and to speak our mind, we are all Palestinian.

It’s time to tell the Palestinian people the world loves them and they are not alone anymore, they have US the PEOPLE.
let’s send them love and let’s lower the fear for good !

WE the PEOPLE stand united with Palestine !

Salut a tous,

Nous avous decider de creer une Journee cette ete ou tout le monde a travers le monde peut faire entendre ca voix pour le support d’une Palestine libre.

Enfant, femme, homme ce font tuer tout les jours par des soldats Israelien, les enfants qui tienne des roches ce font traiter de terroristes par Israel.
Ces pas normal que NOTRE gouvernement donne des fonds a Israel pour la construction du mur de la honte.
Le but de cette journee n’est pas d’hair les Juifs et les Israelien mais bien de leurs dire tout haut que nous sommes pas d’accord avec ce qu’ils font subir au Palestinien.
Ils es venus notre temps de ce faire entendre notre voix et de dire que nous sommes tous Palestiniens.

Ils es temps de dire au Palestinien que le monde les aimes et qu’ils ne sont pas seul ils ont NOUS le PEUPLE.
Fessont leurs part de notre amour et finissont s’en avec le climat peur.

NOUS le PEUPLE nous sommes unis avec le peuple Palestinien.

Pour Montreal > Endroit a determiner
For Montreal > location to be determine

Gaza fishermen refuse return of confiscated ships stripped of motors, equipment

After extensive correspondence between Palestinian human rights groups and the Israeli authorities, Israel agreed to return several fishing vessels confiscated off the coast of Gaza.

On 2 August, Israel brought the stolen ships to the Karem Abu Salem crossing with Gaza to return the ships to their owners. However, the boats had been stripped of their motors and fishing equipment; in some cases the missing equipment was worth thousands of dollars.

Israel also attempted to charge the boat owners for transportation fees to the Karem Abu Salem crossing — therefore the Palestinian fishermen refused the Israeli receipts for their vessels and returned to Gaza without their ships.

The Palestinian rights groups Adalah and Al Mezan released a statement on 4 August explaining that the returned boats had been confiscated from eight fishermen over the course of 18 months. The full statement by the rights groups is below.

The Electronic Intifada has continuously covered Israel’s repeated attacks on Gaza fishermen and the fishing industry. Israel has arrested fishermen, shot them dead and more recently attacked a small ship carrying human rights observers monitoring Israel’s harassment of fishermen.

In addition to physically attacking Gaza fishermen, Israel has prevented them from rightfully accessing deep sea waters — decimating the fishing industry, robbing Palestinians in Gaza of self-sufficiency and depriving Palestinians in Gaza from an affordable source of protein.

Israel’s attacks on the Gaza fishing industry takes place in the wider context of its systematic decimation of Gaza’s economy, through denying exports from the besieged territory, and through the bombardment of agricultural areas.

The full statement by Adalah and Al Mezan follows:

4 August 2011

Israeli Navy Releases Boats Confiscated from Gaza Fishermen without Equipment and Large Motors; Fishermen Refuse to take Boats

Adalah and Al Mezan continue to work intensively to secure the return of the boats and equipment belonging to fishermen from the Gaza Strip following its undue confiscation by the Israeli navy. The two human rights organizations are following the cases of eight fishermen whose boats were confiscated over the past 18 months

On 1 August 2011, after extensive correspondence, Adalah received a written response from the Israeli military prosecutor for the Israeli navy informing it that dozens of fishermen from Gaza would be permitted to go to the Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing to collect small fishing boats (hasakat) that were confiscated from them by the Israeli navy over the course of the past 18 months. However, the military prosecutor also informed Adalah that any outboard motors over 25 horsepower on the boats had been dismantled and would not be returned to their owners, on the pretext that there was a legal prohibition against the export of such engines to Gaza.

When the fishermen arrived at the crossing to collect their boats on 2 August 2011, they were further shocked to discover that all they were given were the empty hulls of the fishing boats: in addition to larger motors, all of the fishing equipment and supplies that were onboard had been removed, in some cases worth tens of thousands of shekels. For example, on 26 April 2010, the Israeli navy raided the fishing boat of fisherman Mr. Fayyad Murtaji along the Gaza coast, arrested him and other people who were present on the boat, and impounded his vessel. The navy released the men soon afterwards but kept the fishing boat and equipment, which included fishing nets worth more than NIS 13,000 shekels, an outboard motor worth NIS 21,500, diving suits, fishing tackle, and search lighting, together worth thousands of shekels.

Furthermore, the fishermen were then required to pay the transportation fees for moving the boats from Israel to the Karem Abu Salem crossing, at a cost of between NIS 3,500 and 5,000 each. In addition, the fishermen are expected to pay for the transportation of the boats from the landlocked crossing to seaports. All the fishermen refused to take receipt of their boats and returned home without them.

The military prosecutor’s response follows extensive legal correspondence between Adalah – on behalf of the fishermen and Al Mezan Center for Human Rights – and the Office of the Navy Prosecutor over the past 10 months. In the correspondence, Adalah Attorney Fatmeh El-‘Ajou rejected the navy’s claims that the confiscation of the boats came in response to violations of security restrictions and for sailing in a closed military zone, arguing that the boats were impounded within the maritime areas of the Gaza Strip in permitted fishing zones.

As Adalah emphasized in a letter dated 20 July 2011, the refusal to permit the import of 25- horsepower outboard motors to Gaza on the basis of the Defense Export Control Law – 2007, which prevents the export of security equipment from Israel into the Gaza Strip – was illegal in these cases, which entail the return of illegally-seized goods from the Gaza Strip and not exported goods.

The military prosecutor for the Israeli navy conditioned the return of the fishing boats on written commitments from the fishermen that they would observe “the security restrictions in the maritime zone off the coast of Gaza and the orders of the Israeli army not to violate the security restrictions,” and “forfeit their right to compensation as a result of the lengthy duration of the impounding of the fishing boats.”

Adalah further argued, in a letter dated 8 September 2010, that the impounding of the fishing boats and the conditions imposed by the Israeli navy constituted a grave violation of the rights of Gaza residents to occupation and property under both Israeli domestic law and international law.

Attorney Mervat An Nahhal of Al Mezan stated that the confiscation of the fishing boats from Gaza comes within the broader context of the Israeli maritime blockade on the Strip, which is imposed by force of arms by the Israeli navy. Fishermen are exposed to serious rights violations that tread on their dignity and undermine their ability to work, even while fishing in permitted areas. Dozens of fishermen have been killed, injured and detained, their property has been illegally seized, and many of them have been driven into poverty and unemployment. Attorney An Nahhal argued that these practices constitute grave violations of international law, and form part of the collective punishment that is imposed on Gaza. They further violate the prohibition on targeting civilians and their livelihoods in the context of Occupation and armed conflict. She further stated that Adalah and Al Mezan would continue to work together on these cases to gain justice for the fishermen.

(electronicintifada.net / 08.08.2011)

Arab Revolution or International Protests

(Raef El-Ghamri / Facebook / 08.08.2011)

from Tunis over Egypt and not only in the Arab countries, meanwhile it Started in Europe and in others too all over the World.

the way and the reasons of this Protestsis different but at the end if we look at the conclusion, why? its that the normal people want a normal secure life.

In England it started, yes its not the same reason as in Tunis or Egypt, but it goes in the same way, because all the nation wants one thing it is that their Goverments should work for them, for the majority, not only for the upper Class.

Tunis, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Bahrian, Spain, Greece, those started as normal Protest and we can count them already as Revolution.

Saudi, Iran, Israel, England are still Protest because they lost the faith in their goverment and it seems that they will soon will change into Revolution.

In the near future we will have more Protests in more countries, I think even in countries where nobody even would dream that its people will rise.

isnt it a sign for the rest of the world goverments,or are those Leaders so blind not to see their own faults, do they think their power is endless, they forget that their legitimacy is from their own people and not the faith to some powerfull rich people, who try to rule the world.

we normal people we want freedom and a future for us and our children, and what we hear lately all over the world, is not one positive news.

I saw a video which say “China Says Either WW3 or New World Order” , but I guess This World War 3 will not be, it will be a World Revolution, as the people of the World are getting united, in their demands, they are waking up.

Sure is one; there is no weapon stronger then the power of the nation´s

so it would be better if the west would learn from the Arab revolution and correct their way of diplomacy, and work for their own nation instead to send their people to die, in worthless wars

Ramadanavond 20 Augustus 2011

Tijd
zaterdag 20 augustus om 17:00 – 21 augustus om 23:30

Locatie
Moskee Omar al Farouq Utrecht

Winterboeidreef 4

Gemaakt door:

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Ramadanavond met als thema: “Wanneer begin jij?”
(Nederlandstalige Eendaagse conferentie)
Gastsprekers: Broeder al-Khattab, Abou Sayfullah & Mohammed Cheppih

Extra info:
– Doventolk (aanmelden verplicht)
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