Libyan Rebels Under Fire in Compound

(TRIPOLI, Libya) — Supporters of Muammar Gaddafi have resumed attacks on rebels who say they control most of the Libyan leader’s sprawling government compound.

Rebel fighters stormed the complex, a symbol of the crumbling regime, in an hours-long battle Tuesday, but the Libyan leader remains in hiding and has vowed to fight “until victory or martyrdom.”

On Wednesday, rebel fighters wandered around the complex, Bab al-Aziziya, when they came under fire. Rebels briefly took cover, some running and others speeding toward the gate in pickup trucks, then returned.

It’s not clear from where the shooting came, but a rebel field commander, Mohammed Amin, says the last holdouts among regime loyalists have entrenched themselves in areas near the compound.

A defiant Muammar Gaddafi vowed Wednesday to fight on “until victory or martyrdom” and called on residents of the Libyan capital and loyal tribesmen across his North African nation to free Tripoli from the “devils and traitors” who have overrun it.

The broadcast came a day after hundreds of Libyan rebels stormed Gadhafi’s Bab al-Aziziya fortress-like compound in the capital but found no sign of the longtime leader. On Monday, the rebels entered Tripoli, pouring into the Mediterranean metropolis of some 2 million people in their thousands in a stunning breakthrough. They claim to control 80 percent of Tripoli.

Tuesday’s ransacking of Bab al-Aziziya, long the nexus of Gadhafi’s power, marked the effective collapse of his 42-year-old regime. But with Gadhafi and his powerful sons still unaccounted for — and gunbattles flaring across the nervous city — the fighters cannot declare victory.

In an address given from an unknown location and broadcast on the Al-Ouroba TV, Gadhafi asked: “Why are you letting them wreak havoc?” The Syria-based satellite station is owned by Iraqi dissident Mishaan Jibouri and has been supporting Gadhafi as well as Syria’s embattled leader Bashar Assad.

Sounding subdued and without his usually fiery rhetoric, Gadhafi said he would fight “the aggression with all strength until either victory or death.”
The channel earlier quoted the Libyan leader as saying he had left the Bab al-Aziziya compound in a “tactical move” after 64 NATO airstrikes reduced it to rubble.

Gadhafi’s chief government spokesman, Moussa Ibrahim, also managed to get word out in a phone interview with the same station, promising “we will be back to take Tripoli back.”

The 69-year-old Libya leader has routinely addressed his supporters from state Libyan television, but the rebels have taken the channel off the air on Tuesday.

In Brussels, a NATO official said warplanes continued to strike overnight at pro-Gadhafi forces near Tripoli.

“We did see remnants of the pro-Gadhafi forces moving heavy equipment and we took action,” the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to standing rules. “It shows that we are ever present over Libya, and we will maintain this presence as long as necessary.”

The rebel leadership, based in the eastern city of Benghazi, tried to assert civilian control despite continued uncertainty.

Mahmoud Jibril, deputy chairman of the National Transitional Council, was traveling to France and was to meet with French
President Nicolas Sarkozy Wednesday evening, according to Sarkozy’s office. A statement said talks will focus on “the situation in Libya and the international community’s actions to support the political transition to a free and democratic Libya.”

France was the first country to recognize Jibril’s government and has been a driver of NATO’s bombing campaign against Gadhafi’s forces.

The breach of Bab al-Aziziya on Tuesday after hours of fierce fighting with Gadhafi loyalists in the area was a new high for the rebels in what has been an emotional roller coaster since they moved into Tripoli on Sunday night. It began with euphoria and claims that they had taken over most of the city with little resistance. The first night they partied in Green Square, a major symbol of the regime where Gadhafi supporters had held almost nightly rallies throughout the uprising. And it seemed Gadhafi rule was teetering on the brink of collapse.

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, there was a shocking setback. The rebels had claimed that they arrested Gadhafi’s son and
heir apparent, Seif al-Islam. It was confirmed by the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands, which has charged him and his father with crimes against humanity.

But inexplicably, Seif al-Islam showed up at the hotel where foreign journalists are staying under the close watch of regime minders in the early morning hours of Tuesday. He giddily took reporters on an eerie drive in the middle of the night to see hundreds of pro-regime gunmen around Bab al-Aziziya and at least a hundred more lined up outside, where guns were being
handed out to volunteers.

The rebels waited hours to explain, saying word of his capture had come from secondhand reports from some rebels that were never confirmed and had been leaked to journalists. But in an indication that the announcement of his arrest might have been a ruse calculated to demoralize the regime, Jibril, the deputy chairman of the National Transitional Council, said the reports had some political and military benefits.

“About 30 officers and soldiers surrendered when they heard the news, which helped us take over Bab al-Aziziya swiftly,” he said. “And 11 countries recognized the (rebels’) National Transitional Council after receiving news of his arrest.”

By Tuesday morning, it looked like the capital might descend into bloody urban warfare, with sporadic gunfire in many parts of the city before the rebels move into Bab al-Aziziya.

In other parts of the capital, the rebels said they were also in control of state television. They raised their tricolor flag on the top of the building. Rebels claimed they also control the airport.

Government forces, however, were still holding out at the nearby Rixos hotel where dozens of foreign journalists were being prevented from leaving by armed government enforcers.

In Tripoli’s Green Square, hundreds of rebels celebrated the storming of Bab al-Aziziya, dancing and clapping and waving the red, green and black rebel flag and firing celebratory gunfire in the air.

(www.uruknet.de / 24.08.2011)

Israeli air strikes test Gaza truce

Three Palestinians killed, amid calls from Hamas for the international community  to intervene.

Israel has launched several attacks on Gaza, killing three Palestinians and wounding several others, prompting Hamas to allege that the attacks violated an unofficial two-day-long truce.

Medics in Gaza said an Israeli air strike on Wednesday evening killed 20-year-old Mohammad Moqat. He was a member of the Palestinian resistance group Islamic Jihad.

The latest air strike came after Palestinian fighters lobbed several rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel in retaliation for an earlier Israeli air strike in the border city of Rafah.

An earlier air raid during the day targeted a vehicle, killing Ismael al-Ismar, 34, an Islamic Jihad leader.

An Israeli military spokesman confirmed the strike, saying it had targeted “an activist linked to Islamic Jihad who was implicated in attempted terrorist actions in the Sinai”.

According to the Israeli military, Ismar had “operated with terror elements in the Gaza Strip which have recently made several attempts to execute terror attacks in the Sinai, on the Israel-Egypt border”.

A third man of 60 years old was also killed when Israeli forces opened fire near the border.

The renewed attacks raised fears of a fresh descent into violence scarcely 48 hours after factions had agreed to end rocket fire on
southern Israel, on condition that the Israeli Air Force also stopped its raids.

Shaky truce

Gaza’s Hamas government accused Israel of violating the unwritten truce with its latest air strikes and called for UN intervention.

A statement issued by Hamas read: “Such aggressive behaviour confirms that Israel has no true intention of maintaining the truce and insists on escalating the situation. We call upon the international community and the United Nations in particular to pressure Israel to stop its aggression against our people.”

The latest cycle of violence erupted on Thursday, when gunmen attacked cars and buses on a desert road near the Red Sea resort town of Eilat, killing eight in an attack blamed on the Popular Resistance Committees.

In the following days, Israeli air strikes killed 15 Gazans, and armed factions in Gaza lobbed more than 100 rockets and mortar shells across the border, killing one man.

During the hunt for Thursday’s attackers, Israeli troops shot dead an Egyptian army officer and four soldiers – causing a diplomatic rift between the two countries.

On Wednesday, Egyptian newspaper Al Masry Alyoum reported that Egyptian authorities have identified three of the people
responsible for the attacks in Eliat. The report claims that the attackers were from the Sinai region of Egypt, not Gaza as Israel suspects.

The Israelis and Egyptians are currently conducting an investigation into the matter.

(english.aljazeera.net / 24.08.2011)

Palastine / GAza 24.08.2011 IV

hear a voice of two explosions in #GAZA right now

Another homemade rocket fired from north #Gaza #now and it is not a Grad! the Grad sounds way louder! #Israel #breaking

israeli gunboats shoot at the fishermen in the middle of the sea by Rafah. no injuries reported

Mohammed Omer: Israeli air strike just killed 1 Gazan, 1 injured. Since truce announced on Sunday total of 3 killed, 4 injured in Gaza

HUUGE explosion in #Gaza :S shook the house!

an explosion just heard  in north of #Gaza #Now

Breaking Report of arrests and confrontations in #Silwan

with Israeli warplanes in the skies, just now a homemade rocket was fired from #Gaza! no second explosion meaning it wasn’t intercepted!

Palestinians are hitting back at Israel in act of self-defense as the former raided on Gaza 5 times in 24hrs leaving 3 dead and 9 injured.

In the past 30 minutes, several loud explosions have rocked several areas in Gaza. Israeli war planes are still in the sky.

A number of injured incl. israeli child – Show Empathy with #Gaza #Pray4Gaza #ProtectGaza  know the pain all too well!! #Stop #ISRAEL

even you are in #Gaza Always trust you deserve to live the life you want

Breaking Israel targeting fishing boats off the coast of #Gaza #Pray4Gaza #Rafah  (Safa)

BREAKING: a huge explosion rocks the occupied city of #Khudaira. #israel

BREAKING: resistance successfully launches two rockets are Kerem Shalom border

@danmike1 i don’t know what’s wrong with media, do they sit all with a knife on their throats or what the hell is going on!?

Explosions heard in #Gaza by @Jess_Gaza @imNadZ

Breaking News: Sources:  240 Palestinian children in Gaza are hit with Trauma and fear due to the massive Israeli bombings in east of Gaza.

Breaking News: Two Palestinians killed in eastern Gaza as Israel attacks despite the ceasefire.

Canadian radio programmers advocate for “comprehensive #boycott of Israeli media institutions at nat’l & int’l levels”

Two more injured in a new raid #Now #GAZA #Pray4Gaza

There are many injures in last explosion in the east of #GAZA

#GAZA BURIED 1 THIS NOON, ISRAEL ATTACKS AGAIN | KILLING ANOTHER 2 + 1 SUCCOMBED TO INJURIES |  4 DEAD 2DAY

8 Persons, Including 2 Children and 3 Women, Wounded Due to Explosions of Home-Made Rockets in Populated Areas in #Gaza

Maan News Agency: Rights group: Rockets injure Palestinians in Gaza

Use your intelligence! #Gaza under attack again – Do you think all palestinians are terrorists who always attacks 1st israel? –  #Pray4Gaza

Is Gaza on its way to another ethnic cleansing war?

After more than three days of the attack on Eilat, which According to the Israeli reports, 9 people were killed, including soldiers in the Israeli occupation forces (IOF). We do not know who are the people who carried out the attack so far! Have we seen their bodies? Do we know their names? Has any Palestinian group declared its responsibility for the attack? Why the Israeli government escalates against the unarmed civilians of the Gaza Strip in the current time exactly?

During the last few weeks at the height of internal demonstrations in the Israeli cities of which call for social justice, recovery from economic problems and improving the living conditions of the middle class people, many of the political commentators and analysts wrote at major Israeli newspapers, that Netanyahu government struggles for its last days and we witness the countdown of its fall, and expecting early elections would be the inevitable result of the unprecedented internal unrest, and therefore, the only solution for Netanyahu government to ease the anger of the street’s uprising or rather to divert the attention from the main issue of his government’s internal crisis by intensification of the security situation, either in Gaza or south Lebanon, especially after the failure of economic solutions and new laws and Netanyahu’s promises in dissuading the protesters from their demands.

From the first moment, the crisis’ spark has started with the housing crisis, Netanyahu has tried to intimidate his citizens by showing “the horrible face of Hamas and Gaza rockets” and then Israeli security services has been talking about the danger of Al Qaeda in Sinai; by creating the atmosphere and conditions for the upcoming escalation. Netanyahu and the Israeli media machine continue their threats that the time is not suitable for these rallies and this inner anger.

But his call found deaf ears and with the increasing protests, the risk threatens the stability of his government. Therefore, it was his best choice to get out of this crisis that he had to be going to the security escalation as a hot front in Gaza—the weakest point—the attack of Eilat came, an unknown group who carried it out, to give a free gift to Netanyahu’s government to justify what he was looking for, and he started hitting civilian targets and bloody brutality that we used to it, Palestinian death toll in the past 3 days by Israeli missiles; more than 16 killed, 52 injured including women, a pregnant woman and children. To sum up what happened during the past 3 days, can be stated on the following:

1- We have no details about the attack of Eilat, and the only available reports are through the Israeli media and the military’s story, it seems very clear from the first moment of confusion of spreading out news, they said that the attackers came from Gaza and then another said they were from Egypt and then Jordan or from the West Bank, but all that losing the credibility of the Israeli reports about the attack.

2- No one from the Palestinian or the Arab side took responsibility for Eilat attack, while the Israeli media did not show any footage of the attackers or their names, are they Palestinians? Is there any group or organisation outside of Palestine more benefiting from this attack?

3- Targeting the Egyptian soldiers was not random and accidental, and the Israel army is aware of their whereabouts and there is ongoing coordination between the two army leaderships, as the Israeli army wants to say that any complicity from the Egyptian side will not pass unnoticed.

4- What is happening right now in Gaza is a slow ethnic cleansing taking place before the eyes of a very indifferent world and the silence of the international community which came after Gaza has been under the hermetic siege for 1530 days.

5- The siege of Gaza and the continued illegal collective punishment of its residents by Israel has resulted in soaring food prices. Many foodstuffs, medicines and other goods, such as construction materials are no longer available. There are zero stocks available for 91 drugs. Hospitals are reporting zero stock availability of pediatric drugs, antibiotics, as chronic disease drugs, cancer treatment drugs, a range of kidney dialysis drugs and IV glucose solution. In addition, there are also shortages of kidney dialysis machine equipment. There is an increase in diarrhea amongst children and the possibility of outbreaks of typhoid and hepatitis if the blockade is not lifted. And the closure of the border crossing has resulted in [the dealths of] dozens of Palestinians in urgent need of medical treatment; including some terminally ill cancer patients [who] were refused entry to Israel or Egypt by the Shin Bet [Israel’s intelligence agency].

It is more than a shame – it is criminal how the world remains unmoved to change this miserable life that Gazan people live.

By Ramzi Abuabdou

Palestine / Gaza 24.08.2011 III

Million-man  March planned on Israeli Embassy in Cairo –

Today #GAZA | 3 Killed + 1 died to injuries sustained in earlier attack

Israeli air strikes in Gaza again tonight, 1 killed, 3 injured far as the bombing continues.

Israel knows no ceasefire, like it knows no peace. One Palestinian man killed, 6 others injured moments ago in #Gaza. via @Selintellect #BDS

2 years old! israels war on terror-collateral damage or murder? #Gaza http://bit.ly/qa29sY  via @Qpalestine #Palestine #HumanRights?

Death of Mohamed Atia Maqat “20 years” and another wounded as plane that targeted some citizens in tunnel st. in #Gaza

Mohamad Attiah Moqat ..is the name of the martyr from the Israeli drone attack in Nafaq st. #Gaza via @WillOuda

Update: Medics) : Attiah Moqat.

Breaking News: Israeli air force killed 1 |Palestinian in Gaza, 6 are wounded despite ceasefire.

One Palestinian has been killed and other three reported in middle of Gaza city due to Israeli drone-fire attack toward group of civilians

One Israel tank missile hit east of Gaza city, tension in Gaza now

Palestine / Gaza 24.08.2011 II

Breaking news: 3 Palestinians have been injured in direct Israel air ride attack on civilians in Gaza City

RT @Solarah: Reports of a HUGE explosion heard in #Gaza City and another in #Khanyounis #Breaking #ghazzeh #israel

The explosion heard few minutes ago in #Gaza city hit a target in Nafaq St. causing injures. No reports of deaths.. yet?! #breaking #israel

#Egypt intervention ‘prevented major #Gaza assault’ –

The sounds was : Drone attack in Nafaq st. , in the exact time of rocket launching from west . #Gaza more info soon

@Sameeha88 Even I heard it in Khanyounis wallah lol can’t be the same one though. Seems like one was heard in sheja3eya too

The stupid Israeli warplanes are still flying on east, west, south and north of #Gaza sky :@ :@ Her voice very annoying

Explosions heard in the Shijaia neighborhood in eastern Gaza  #Pray4Gaza #Gaza

Another Grad rocket launched from Gaza toward Israel

A huge explosion just rocked #Gaza via @Omar_Gaza #ProtectGaza from #US funded #Israeli attacks

Seriously what’s up with this!! I just heard and felt an explosion in #Khanyounis and came to report only to see tweets about one in #Gaza!

My heart goes out to the families in Gaza.

A huge explosion just rockeed #Gaza

Watch Tears of Gaza online  Full Movies – http://goo.gl/cZWEJ (if popups- use ad-blocker) #Gaza #HumanRights #MUSTWATCH & #SHARE #NeverAgain

RT @occpal: .I should have said more clear: so again:  2 assassinated today, 1 died today of injuries sustained during earlier attacks #GAZA

Maan News Agency: Former Gaza detainee dies from diabetes –

#israeli helicopters flying over north of #Ghazzeh in #BeitHanoun#israel #Gaza #Palestine

Palestine / Gaza 24.08.2011

#Gaza is under attack, want to know why? Get the facts here http://ohmygaza.blogspot.com/

#Gaza has just buried it’s dead of this morning, now Israel attacks again | When will the world #ACT against THIS?

2 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in an open field near Ofakim on Wednesday. no injuries #Gaza 3 killed 2day – so far #Pray4Gaza

A Lethal Contract.  Killing in Our Name [countercurrents] http://bit.ly/q3hu9D Stop the #US funded #Israeli attacks on #Gaza

3 Martyred today by Israel violating the truce: #Gaza Occupation 2011

Tunnels Map? Al Shorouk newspaper of Egypt: Egyptian troops are getting ready to destroy Gaza tunnels

Name of Shaheed: Ismail Amom, 65 yr old from Gaza,his body found badly disfigured

Farmer: Settlers uproot trees in Beit Ummar

63-year-old Palestinian found dead following raids

Canadian media workers resolve to “promote divestment & disinvestment from Israel by international media institutions”

Reporters Without Borders Condemns Mistreatment of Palestinian Journalists

#BDS victory: Canadian radio broadcasters join #BDS movement, refuse to cooperate w/Israeli media institutions

i just heard a series of loud explosions in #Gaza– about 5 or 6 while we were breaking our fast….. :S

#Gaza Pays the Price… Again | Common Dreams

Pro-Gadhafi forces try to halt rebels’ momentum

Tripoli, Libya (CNN) — Libyan rebels weathered resistance from pro-Moammar Gadhafi forces in several volatile pockets across Tripoli Wednesday, but a few dozen journalists kept hostage by the strongman’s armed supporters have dramatically managed to go free.

Rebels worked to topple remnants of the Gadhafi military apparatus as special forces from Britain, France, Jordan and Qatar — which are on the ground in Libya — have stepped up operations in Tripoli and other cities in recent days to help them.

But CNN’s Dan Rivers, speaking to a senior opposition official, learned that a large portion of the southern half of the city remains dangerous. While much of Tripoli is in rebel hands, there are areas where the rebels are not in control.

Several rockets landed near the Tripoli International Airport — one apparently on the tarmac — and rebel commander Mukhtar Al-Akhbar said Wednesday four rebel fighters were found bound and executed nearby. NATO jets are overhead and there are sounds of explosions and automatic gunfire.

Rebels control the hotly contested airport but were struggling to control an area east of it. Rebels say the intensity of the fighting around the airport is directly linked to Gadhafi’s still unknown whereabouts. They believe loyalists are trying to clear a route for him to escape and there are suspicions he might have been traveling in a convoy.

Fighting between rebels and Gadhafi loyalists broke out Wednesday outside the Rixos hotel. Later, about 35 trapped international journalists trapped there gained their freedom, after five days of being held by armed pro-Gadhafi forces.

CNN Senior International Correspondent Matthew Chance said the journalists had been “living in fear” and they wept with relief as they got out. Speaking from inside a car as he was being driven away from the hotel, Chance said their freedom came as the gunmen realized most of Tripoli had been taken by the anti-Gadhafi forces.

A day after rebel fighters captured Gadhafi’s Bab al-Aziziya compound, loyalist forces shot at least seven mortars into the symbolic heart of the Libyan ruler’s regime.

The seizure of the compound punctuated the buoyant optimism of the rebels and their National Transitional Council political movement. The NTC claimed rebels now control 90% of the country and said it plans to move ministries from its base of Benghazi in the east to Tripoli.

Rebels said they had captured some of Gadhafi’s forces inside the compound following an hours-long siege. They ransacked the facility and confiscated weapons there. But neither Gadhafi nor any of his family members were found, and a message of defiance said to be from the longtime Libyan leader emerged Wednesday.

Two Arabic networks aired an audio message purportedly from Gadhafi in which he called upon all Libyans “to clear the city of Tripoli and eliminate the criminals, traitors and rats.”

“They are hiding between the families and inside the civilian houses,” the speaker said. “It’s your duty to enter these houses and take them out.”

CNN cannot confirm the authenticity of the message.

Hours earlier, Gadhafi spokesman Musa Ibrahim struck an equally defiant tone when he said government forces have the power to fight in Tripoli “not just for months — for years.”

“We will turn Libya into a volcano of lava and fire under the feet of the invaders and their treacherous agents,” Ibrahim said in a phone call to satellite news channels, according to Reuters.

A senior NATO official said the war was “not over yet, although it’s close. We continue to watch for flare-ups from around the country, where there are still going to be pockets of resistance. We are also watching the chemical weapons and Scud missiles to make sure they are not used in the endgame.”

Another NATO official elaborated on the help from foreign forces. British forces, in particular, have assisted rebel units by “helping them get better organized to conduct operations,” the official said.

Some of the foreign forces traveled with rebel units from towns across Libya as they advanced on Tripoli. The official, who declined to be identified due to the sensitive nature of the intelligence information, said the special forces  have helped rebels “improve their tactics.”

The forces have also provided targeting information to warplanes conducting  airstrikes and conducted reconnaissance missions in Tripoli. The forces have  also assisted rebels in communications as they conducted the assault on the capital.

Mustafa Abdul Jalil, NTC chairman, told Italy’s La Repubblica daily newspaper  Wednesday that Tripoli is “80% under our control.”

“Pockets of resistance remain in the city and there is a large concentration  of the armed forces in the Sirte area, the historical backbone of the regime.”  Sirte — Gadhafi’s hometown — is east of Tripoli.

“The Gadhafi era is finished, even though all will end only with his capture  and with his conviction for all the crimes he committed.”

Jalil said the “prevailing thought” in the NTC is to put Gadhafi and his  allies on trial in Libya, not at the International Criminal Court at The Hague.  He also said that parliamentary and presidential elections will be held in eight  months.

“We want a democratic government and a fair constitution,” he said.

Foreign countries are recognizing the NTC as Libya’s rightful government,  though Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said his country would only recognize a  Libyan regime led by Gadhafi, his close ally.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said his country will consider establishing  relations with Libyan rebels if they “have have the power and spirit and  opportunity to unite the country on a new democratic basis.”

However, “there are two governing powers in the country, and despite the  rebels’ success in Tripoli, Gadhafi and his loyalists retain influence and  military potential,” Medvedev said.

Critical to the rebels’ ultimate success will be the release of money that  has been frozen in international banks.

The U.N. Security Council may soon free up assets for use by anti-Gadhafi  forces in Libya. A Western diplomat told CNN that the United States, France, and  Britain were discussing a resolution that would allow the rebel forces to use  money previously held by Gadhafi’s government.

Large amounts of money held by the Libyan regime in foreign  bank accounts were frozen by the security council in February and March. The  resolution would also lift sanctions from banks and other Libyan entities.

(edition.cnn.com / 24.08.2011)

STANDPUNT PALESTINA SOLIDARITEIT VZW M.B.T. EEN STEMMING IN DE VERENIGDE NATIES OVER HET LIDMAATSCHAP VAN DE PALESTIJNSE STAAT

“EEN PALESTIJNSE  STAAT ALLEEN VOLSTAAT NIET”

Sinds enige tijd wordt zowel in de politieke wereld als in de media in  toenemende mate gesproken over de aanvaarding van een onafhankelijke Palestijnse  staat als VN-lid en meer concreet over een eventuele stemming hieromtrent in  september 2011.

Als organisatie die sedert jaren opkomt voor de legitieme rechten van het  Palestijnse volk is het evident dat ook Palestina Solidariteit haar stem laat  horen in deze discussie.

Uiteraard is Palestina Solidariteit verheugd dat voor het eerst in jaren  eindelijk het besef lijkt te groeien dat ook het Palestijnse volk in deze  discussie zijn rechten heeft en dat er gesproken wordt over een oplossing voor  het Israëlisch-Palestijns conflict.

Met verbazing echter stelt Palestina Solidariteit vast dat deze hele  discussie in toenemende mate herleid wordt tot een discussie over het beëindigen  van de bezetting van de in 1967 bezette Palestijnse gebieden. Dat het conflict  niet begon in 1967 en dat het conflict om heel wat meer draait dan het  beëindigen van de bezetting van deze in 1967 veroverde Palestijnse gebieden  lijkt gewoonweg te worden vergeten. Essentiële zaken als het recht op terugkeer  van de Palestijnse vluchtelingen, de rechten en het statuut van de Palestijnen  in Israël,… het lijkt in deze hele discussie nauwelijks nog aan bod te komen.  Het gaat nochtans niet over een bescheiden bevolkingsgroep: méér dan één miljoen  Palestijnen leeft in de staat Israël. Méér dan 50% van het Palestijnse volk,  zijnde méér dan 5 miljoen mensen, leeft als vluchteling buiten de grenzen van  het historisch Palestina! Over de Palestijnse vluchtelingen binnen de grenzen  van historisch Palestina (bvb. deze in de overbevolkte Gazastrook) spreken we  dan nog niet.

Kunnen we werkelijk spreken van een oplossing voor het  Israëlisch-Palestijnse conflict als in de discussie hieromtrent de rechten van  méér dan 50% van het Palestijnse volk hooguit terloops aan bod komen? Palestina  Solidariteit meent alvast van niet en hoopt met deze stelling de steun te  krijgen van velen die het woord rechtvaardigheid hoog in het vaandel  dragen.

Aanvaarding van het VN lidmaatschap van de staat van het Palestijnse volk  dient te kaderen in de bescherming van het onvervreemdbare recht op  zelfbeschikking in het historische land Palestina. Los van het feit of de  politieke wereld kiest voor één- of tweestaten als oplossing voor het  Israëlisch-Palestijns conflict wijst Palestina Solidariteit erop dat enkel van  een rechtvaardige en duurzame oplossing sprake kan zijn als deze oplossing werkelijk respect toont voor alle principes van  het Internationaal Recht inbegrepen de bestaande VN-resoluties.

Daarom dienen bij de aanvaarding van de Palestijnse staat als lid van de  VN volgende voorwaarden vervuld te worden:

  1. Zowel de toekomstige Palestijnse staat als de staat Israël garanderen  gelijke rechten voor alle inwoners zonder onderscheid van ras of  geloofsovertuiging.
  2. Overeenkomstig VN-resolutie 194, welke Israël bereid was uit te voeren  toen het aanvaard werd door de VN in 1949, hebben alle Palestijnse vluchtelingen  recht op terugkeer naar hun oorspronkelijke woonplaatsen en een rechtvaardige  compensatie.
  3. De aanvaarding van een Palestijnse staat als lid van  de VN moet gevolgd  worden door de volwaardige uitvoering van alle VN-resoluties  met betrekking tot het Israëlisch-Palestijns conflict.
  4. Net als alle soevereine staten dient de Palestijnse staat volledige  soevereiniteit te hebben over het geheel van zijn territorium (grondgebied,  grenzen, luchtruim, water en ondergrond) en onderdanen, inbegrepen de volledige  en exclusieve bevoegdheid over de eigen defensie.
  5. Het territorium van deze toekomstige staat dient vrij te zijn van elke  vorm van militaire bezetting en koloniale  nederzettingen.
  6. De Palestijnse staat dient ook de bevoegdheid te hebben om de rechten te  verdedigen van de Palestijnen buiten de grenzen van deze staat, in Israël, in de  Arabische buurlanden en in de rest van de Palestijnse  diaspora.
  7. Teneinde ook ‘in de geesten’ verzoening mogelijk te maken dient de staat  Israël excuses aan te bieden voor alle leed dat veroorzaakt is door vele  tientallen jaren van bezetting, kolonisatie en etnische zuivering. Deze excuses  dienen eventueel gevolgd te worden door een waarheidscommissie.

Alleen wanneer aan al de bovenstaande voorwaarden voldaan wordt, meent  Palestina Solidariteit dat alle elementen voor een rechtvaardige en duurzame  vrede aanwezig zijn. Ook VN-lidstaten, zoals Israël, dienen de VN-resoluties uit  te voeren en zich aan het internationaal recht te houden. Is dit niet het geval  moeten sancties worden opgelegd.

Wij hopen, zeker in de aanloop naar de stemming in de vergadering van de  Verenigde Naties, dat alle personen (zowel in de politieke wereld, media als  daarbuiten) die de  woorden ‘rechtvaardige en duurzame vrede’ een warm hart toedragen,  bovenstaande eisen met volle overtuiging en kracht samen met ons zullen  verdedigen.

Palestina Solidariteit vzw vraagt dat België, als VN-lid, deze  stellingname mede zal verdedigen, niet alleen bij de stemming over het  lidmaatschap van de staat ‘Palestina’ in september 2011 maar ook erna, zodat  deze stemming meer is dan louter een symbolische en vrijblijvende  daad.

Palestina Solidariteit vzw

18 Augustus 2011

Wilders uitgejoeld door basisschoolkinderen

Tientallen kinderen van basisschool de Vuurvogel in Helmond hebben PVV-leider Geert Wilders vanmiddag na een werkbezoek aan een wijkhuis ontvangen met boegeroep. De leerlingen verlieten de naastgelegen school juist toen Wilders zijn gesprekken met bewoners en hulpverleners uit de wijk Binnenstad-Oost had beëindigd en de pers te woord stond.

Wilders was in Helmond om steun te betuigen aan wijkbewoners die last hebben van ‘Marokkaans tuig’ dat zich schuldig maakt aan bedreigingen, vandalisme, scheldpartijen en seksuele intimidatie, zei hij.

De PVV-leider sprak in Helmond ook met de politie en burgemeester Fons Jacobs. Wilders wil dat de politie de harde kern overlastgevers voortvarend aanpakt en in de gevangenis zet. Maar ook verwacht hij een rol van de ouders van de Marokkaanse jongeren, zei hij.

Helmond staat in de landelijke belangstelling na een artikel in dagblad  De Pers dat oorlogsverslaggever Arnold Karskens naar de wijk stuurde.  Snel na publicatie bracht ook PvdA-Tweede Kamerlid Ahmed Marcouch een  bezoek en werden er Kamervragen gesteld.

De PVV-leider sprak in Helmond ook met de politie en burgemeester Fons Jacobs. Wilders wil dat de politie de harde kern overlastgevers voortvarend aanpakt en in de gevangenis zet. Maar ook verwacht hij een rol van de ouders van de Marokkaanse jongeren, zei hij.

Burgemeester Jacobs sprak over een positief gesprek met Wilders. De burgemeester is blij met de belangstelling van de landelijke politiek voor Helmond. Jacobs erkende dat er problemen zijn met jongeren, die hij niet wil bagatelliseren.

De burgemeester zegt dat hij de problemen wil aanpakken en dat hard optreden soms nodig is. Hij noemde als voorbeeld het gebiedsverbod dat hij vorige week heeft opgelegd aan een 21-jarige jongeman die een leidende rol speelde in de overlast.

(www.parool.nl / 24.08.2011)