Israeli court rejects al-Walaja’s appeal against wall

Al-Walaja residents have been arrested and met with brutal force in their attempt to stop confiscation of village land.

For Sheerin al-Araj, the Israeli plan for the occupied West Bank village of  al-Walaja is clear: make daily life impossible for its Palestinian residents in an effort to force them off their ancestral lands and empty the village entirely.

“They cannot afford [to displace] people by force, in front of cameras with little children and women crying and screaming. So they have to do it more strategically. And the way to do it is by making life impossible for us, and making life impossible is actually building a wall, building a settlement, [building] a gate where we will all be hostage to one 18-year-old [Israeli soldier who] will decide for us when to leave and when to come in,” al-Araj, a member of the Walaja Village Council, explained.

“We will eventually have nowhere to go because they are already taking [away] our natural growth areas. So if not [in] twenty years, it will be forty years and this place will be empty. It’s an ethnic cleansing process. It’s a clear-cut ethnic cleansing
process,” she said.

The village straddles the green line — the internationally-recognized armistice line between Israel and the occupied West Bank — and located both within the southern boundaries of the Jerusalem municipality and in the occupied West Bank. Residents of al-Walaja have been fighting for years against home demolitions, the confiscation of land, the expansion of the nearby Jewish-only settlements of Gilo and Har Gilo and construction of a new Israeli settlement called Givat Yael.

Israel’s wall threatens to imprison village residents

The most pressing problem, however, has been the proposed route of Israel’s wall — commonly referred to as the apartheid wall — which would cut al-Walaja off from over 1,000 dunums of land (a dunam is the equivalent of 1,000 square meters), a water well and an ancestral cemetery.

The wall would effectively turn the village of 2,500 residents into an open-air prison, as al-Walaja would only be connected to Beit Jala, Bethlehem and the rest of the West Bank through a series of tunnels. Farmers would only be able to access their agricultural land with a permit from the Israeli authorities and by passing through a gate in the wall operated by the Israeli army.

Despite these severe restrictions, on 22 August the Israeli high court rejected the village residents’ appeal against the route of the wall, and gave the green light to the Israeli authorities to finish construction. The court cited security considerations as a major factor for why the route couldn’t be changed.

“We believe that the damage the security barrier will do to the petitioners is in fair proportion to the tremendous security benefits the barrier affords,” wrote Israeli high court President Dorit Beinisch in the ruling, according to a report in The Jerusalem Post. “We are persuaded that the protection afforded to Israeli residents by the security barrier is very great. It is one of the last obstacles standing in the way of terrorists on their way into the city [sic] to carry out their murderous plans” (“Top court turns
down Palestinian case on barrier
,” 24 August 2011).

However, Sheerin al-Araj, argues that security has nothing to do with it. “The wall is not for security. The wall is planned to seal the village from all sides and install a gate at the entrance,” she said.

“We are a few hundred meters away from the green line, so why are they sealing us in one jail when they can actually do this on the green line? Why do they build it so close to us when the green line is a few hundred meters down the valley? They can just build
the safest, longest, more sustainable wall ever on that line.”

History of displacement, annexation

Before the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1947-48, in which more than 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly expelled or fled from their homes, approximately 1,600 individuals lived in the village of al-Walaja. All of the residents were displaced, with most ending up in refugee camps in the Jerusalem and Bethlehem areas, or in Jordan and Lebanon.

According to information gathered by the UN agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA), approximately a hundred residents remained in the immediate area following 1948. This area became known as the “new” al-Walaja — the al-Walaja of today — and sat two kilometers from the original village, on the other side of a steep valley.

Due to their forced displacement, the residents of al-Walaja lost about 70 percent of the lands they originally owned before 1948. Shortly after the 1967 War, the Israeli authorities annexed approximately half of al-Walaja’s remaining land to the Jerusalem municipality, while in the 1970s, more land was confiscated to build the illegal, Jewish-only settlements of Gilo and Har Gilo.

Today, the completion of Israel’s wall will be another chapter in the history of annexation and displacement in al-Walaja. Construction continues apace despite the fact that in July 2004, the International Court of Justice issued an advisory opinion that the wall in the West Bank is against international law and should be dismantled.

“Israel … is under an obligation to cease forthwith the works of construction of the wall being built in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, to dismantle forthwith the structure therein situated, and to repeal or render
ineffective forthwith all legislative and regulatory acts relating thereto,” the court found.

Israel’s wall “part of the colonial system”

Jamal Juma’ is the coordinator of the Stop the Wall campaign, which aims to stop construction of the wall, dismantle the current structure, return all lands confiscated by the wall and compensate individuals for all losses incurred by its construction.

“[The wall is] controlling the Palestinian people, oppressing the Palestinian people and destroying the possibility for them [to build] a better future. It’s facilitating the occupation, and it’s a part of the colonial system,” Juma’ told The Electronic Intifada.

In the specific case of al-Walaja, Juma’ explained that despite assurances from the Israeli authorities that farmers would be able to access their lands through a gate in the wall, experience proves that this is highly unlikely.

“It is a dangerous lie because they want to show the world that they have a sense of humanity when they talk about walls and [that] they care about the human beings. That’s not true. Experience proves, from Qalqilya to Tulkarem to Jenin, all the gates along the
wall, the vast majority of them [have been] closed in front of the people,” Juma’ said.

“The ones that are still there, the movement through them [is] very restricted and [the Israelis] aren’t giving permissions like they should. They use it as a tool, step by step and day after day, to make the people give up on reaching their lands. It’s a big joke.”

He added that al-Walaja represents the greater tragedy of the Palestinian people that began with their expulsion from their homeland in 1948.

“Al-Walaja represents the catastrophe, the tragedy of the Palestinian people that started in 1948,” Juma’ said. “Their existence is threatened. Palestinians feel that they are chased and it’s clear that the colonial project that the Israeli-Zionists started in 1948
is still [continuing]. It’s following the Palestinians.”

Al-Walaja resists

In recent weeks, Palestinian, Israeli and international activists have demonstrated against the wall and annexation of al-Walaja lands, and the uprooting of olive trees for its construction, on an almost weekly basis. The Israeli military has responded with the use force, shooting tear gas, sound grenades and even live ammunition at demonstrators, and arresting dozens.

According to Sheerin al-Araj, despite this onslaught of Israeli violence and the disappointment of the Israeli high court’s ruling, the residents of al-Walaja will continue to fight against their forced displacement and for their basic rights.

“They do not want us here and everything they do contributes to this goal that we [will] all somehow vanish or disappear, which is not going to happen. They’re just dreaming. They’re digging in their own grave by [doing] this. This means that they only generate more hatred and are pushing the whole region into a bloodshed war instead of a peaceful solution that can be good for both sides,” she said.

“We will continue everything that we are doing and we’re working on different aspects of popular resistance. I don’t think that we will stop even after they close the wall. This is a continuing struggle.”

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Libyan war ‘not over’ as Gadhafi’s son killed in battle, rebels say

Khamis Gadhafi, a son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, was killed in a battle Sunday night according to a senior rebel commander — one of a series of developments emerging Monday related to the embattled Gadhafi family.

Mahdi al-Harati — the vice chairman of the rebel’s Military Council, the military wing of the National Transitional Council — said Khamis Gadhafi died in a battle with rebel forces between the villages of Tarunah and Bani Walid. The battleground is in northwest Libya, near Misrata.

Khamis Gadhafi, who was a senior military commander under his father, was taken to a hospital where he died from his injuries, al-Harati said. He was then buried in the area by rebel forces, according to the rebel commander.

The report of his death Monday came as rebel fighters continued to try to quash the last pockets of resistance in Libya, and as other close kin of Moammar Gadhafi fled across the border into Algeria.

Gadhafi’s wife and three of his children are in Algeria, the nation’s Foreign Ministry said. His wife Safia, his daughter Aisha, two of his sons, Hannibal and Mohamed and their children, came there via the Libyan border.

Mahmoud al-Shammam, spokesman for the National Transitional Council, told CNN that if and when the NTC confirms the development, it will lodge a protest with the Algerian government and demand the people be handed over to Libya.

“There is still a need for the continuation of joint work in order to achieve the Libyan people’s goals to get rid of the remnants of the Gadhafi regime,” Qatar’s news agency reported, citing chiefs of staff in countries militarily involved with the Libyan conflict. The officials included those from Greece, Italy, Canada, Belgium, Jordan, Spain, Turkey and Norway.

Yet even with several Gadhafi family members seemingly out of Libya, rebel forces continue to face significant challenges as the foreign military leaders in Qatar underscored that the “war in Libya is not over.”

An example of the challenges faced by rebels was evident in the southwestern Libyan city of Sabha.

That’s where “freedom fighters” were running out of ammunition and were being outgunned by Moammar Gadhafi “mercenaries,” according to Abdel Karim Sabhwee, a rebel spokesman.

Sabhwee said on television that Gadhafi brigades were joined by reinforcements from other towns, from which they had been forced to flee. He said talks for a peaceful resolution have stalled and three rebels were killed in fighting on Sunday.

Long a stronghold for Gadhafi and his followers, Sabha has a military base and a thriving agricultural industry. Sabhwee reported food and water shortages and power outages in the region.

East of Tripoli, rebel fighters gave loyalists in Gadhafi’s hometown a deadline to disarm or face “liberation.”

Thousands of rebels gathered Sunday on the outskirts of the fallen dictator’s birthplace, Sirte, even as one of Gadhafi’s sons offered to negotiate an end to the monthslong war.

Gadhafi’s forces have been ordered to disarm and allow rebel fighters to enter the city, said Ahmed Bani, a National Transitional Council military spokesman.

The ultimatum follows days of fighting and reports of negotiations between rebels and loyalists to surrender the city.

Meanwhile, the interim government worked to move its political base from Benghazi in the east to Tripoli, the capital of the Gadhafi government.

France said its embassy in Tripoli was reopened Monday, and Britain said its personnel were preparing for a diplomatic presence there.

While the rebels work to consolidate their power, evidence emerged Sunday of atrocities allegedly committed by Gadhafi’s regime in its waning days of power with the discovery of a warehouse full of charred bodies.

Forces commanded by Gadhafi’s son Khamis killed an estimated 150 captive civilians as they retreated last week, hurling grenades and spraying bullets into a building full of men they had promised to release, a survivor said.

The massacre took place August 22, the survivor, Muneer Masoud Own, told CNN.

Rebels advancing on Tripoli discovered the bodies, charred beyond recognition, in a warehouse next to the military base. In addition, a resident who lives nearby told CNN that at least 22 bodies were found in a ditch near the base, but it was not clear whether those remains were connected to the killings at the warehouse.

CNN cannot independently verify the claims.

The base is on the main road from Tripoli to the city’s airport, which the rebels secured Friday after days of heavy fighting.

Own, 33, said he and his 30-year-old brother were held there for 18 days  after they were arrested by Gadhafi’s forces.

He said when he was first brought to the warehouse, about 60 to 70 others  were being held with him. He said some told him they had been there for up to six months. By the time the rebels advanced on Tripoli, the number of captives swelled to about 175, ranging in age from 17 to 70, Own said.

With rebel forces pushing into the capital on Monday, their guards told them they would be released by sunset, Own said. Instead, he said, just before sunset, the guards began shooting at the men inside, some of whom managed to escape.

He said he has been unable to locate his brother.

Bashir Own, who is not related to Muneer Masoud Own, said he worked as a volunteer removing the bodies from the warehouse. He estimated there were about 150 bodies.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International detailed an incident they believe is the same one reported by CNN.

Human Rights Watch, in a report Monday, described a deadly Khamis Brigade assault last week on detainees.

Fred Abrahams, a special adviser at HRW, said the group found the remains of at least 45 bodies in a warehouse, but he told CNN it is possible there were more deaths. The group found a survivor who said 153 detainees were at the site and 20 escaped from the attack.

Amnesty International said guards opened fire and threw hand grenades at detainees, according to interviews published on Friday with people who escaped. It said more than 23 people escaped and didn’t list a death toll.

Diana Eltahawy, an Amnesty researcher, told CNN on Monday said there had been 150 to 160 at the location. She said about 50 bodies were found at the site, and it’s not clear whether the rest escaped or were slain.

Gadhafi and the majority of his family have not been seen since rebels advanced on Tripoli, and are now being hunted by rebel forces after a six-month revolt backed by Western airpower.

Rebel fighters picked through his family’s seaside villas on Sunday, finding high-end stereo equipment, hot tubs and wines valued at hundreds of dollars a bottle, despite an official ban on alcohol.

They also found a horribly scarred Ethiopian maid who said she cared for the children of Gadhafi’s son Hannibal.

The maid, Shwygar Mullah, told CNN that Hannibal Gadhafi’s wife, Aline, twice expressed her displeasure with her work by scalding her with boiling water — then refused to get her medical attention, leaving her scalp and face covered in a mosaic of scars and raw wounds.

In one instance, Aline lost her temper when her daughter wouldn’t stop crying and Mullah refused to beat the child.

Another of the Gadhafi household staff, a man from Bangladesh who did not want to be identified, corroborated Mullah’s story and said he also was regularly beaten and slashed with knives.

The allegations by Mullah came the same day that another of Gadhafi’s sons, businessman Saadi Gadhafi, offered to negotiate an end to the war with the rebels. He has made previous offers, though this time it appeared he was prepared to cut loose his father and his brother, once assumed to be the senior Gadhafi’s heir.

“If (the rebels) agree to cooperate to save the country together (without my father and Saif) then it will be easy and fast. I promise!” Saadi Gadhafi said in an e-mail to CNN’s Nic Robertson.

Saadi Gadhafi said the opposition cannot “build a new country without having us in the table.”

Meanwhile, there has been controversy over Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, the man convicted of blowing up a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988.

A number of leading U.S. senators have been highly critical of Scotland’s decision to release al Megrahi from prison in 2009 on the grounds that he had cancer and was not likely to live more than three months, and there has been talk of seeking his extradition.

The Scottish government Monday took aim at critics of its decision to release him and send him back to Scotland.

“Speculation about al Megrahi in recent days has been unhelpful, unnecessary  and indeed ill-informed,” the government said in a statement released Monday.

“As has always been said, al Megrahi is dying of a terminal disease,” said the Scottish government and the local council that monitors him since his release.

Al Megrahi is under the care of his family in his palatial Tripoli villa, surviving on oxygen and an intravenous drip.

Libya’s National Transitional Council told CNN Monday that the decision on what to do with al Megrahi will be left to the still-to-be elected government of Libya.

Backing away from a statement by NTC Justice Minister Mohammed al-Alagi that “we will not give any Libyan citizen to the West,” Mahmoud Jibril, president of the executive bureau of the National Transitional Council, contacted CNN to
clarify the NTC’s position.

“Mr. Alagi cannot make a policy statement on behalf of the TNC or on behalf of the Libyan people, Jibril said. “This will be left to the Libyan people to decide in the future. The TNC is an interim body and it cannot decide major issues. This would be left to the elected government to take care of. Our main priority now is stability and order in the country and Tripoli. This is our utmost priority right now.”

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Arabische Lente legt Britse wapenexport geen windeieren

De Britse wapenindustrie heeft haar export naar het Midden-Oosten en de landen van Noord-Afrika sinds het begin van de zogenaamde Arabische Lente gevoelig verhoogd. De uitvoer van Brits wapentuig naar de regio is sindsdien met 30 procent gestegen, zo schrijft The Times op basis van een eigen onderzoek.

Tussen februari en juni dit jaar leverde de Britse wapenindustrie voor 30,5 miljoen pond (34,5 miljoen euro) wapens aan het gebied, in het bijzonder aan Libië (de rebellen) en Bahrein en Saoedi-Arabië (de autoritaire regimes). Vorig jaar werd in diezelfde periode voor ‘slechts’ 22,5 miljoen pond aan wapens versleten.

Volgens een woordvoerder van het Britse ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken zijn er ‘geen aanwijzingen’ dat uit Groot-Brittannië geleverde wapens tegen de eigen bevolking zijn ingezet, zoals onder andere in Bahrein, Oman en Saoedi-Arabië is gebeurd.

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Aid Convoy on its Way to Gaza

CAIRO, August 29, 2011 (WAFA) – The European aid convoy, Border Martyrs, arrived in the Sinai in preparation to enter Gaza through Rafah crossing, Monday said Jaber al-Arab, chairman of the Egyptian Red Crescent in North Sinai.

The convoy includes 100 Arab and foreign activists and consists of 10 cars for the disabled, milk and 25 tons of medicine and medical equipments.

Al-Arab said that the Egyptian and Palestinian Red Crescents finished all procedures for the entrance of the convoy to Gaza, stressing the Egyptian Red Crescent’s continuing role in facilitating the entrance of all domestic and foreign aids to the besieged Gaza strip.

The Border Martyrs Convoy, which is used to be called Miles of Smiles, changed its name to honor Egyptian soldiers recently
killed by Israeli soldiers

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President Jemen kondigt verkiezingen aan

De Jemenitische president Ali Abdullah Saleh heeft aangekondigd vastbesloten te zijn presidentsverkiezingen uit te schrijven. Hij deed dat vanuit Saudi-Arabië waar de president nog altijd wordt behandeld voor de verwondingen die hij opliep bij een aanval op zijn residentie.

In Jemen woeden al maanden hevige protesten tegen Saleh die desondanks zijn macht niet wilde afstaan. Saleh is al 33 jaar president van het armste land op het Arabisch schiereiland.

In een mededeling op de website van het staatspersbureau SABA zegt hij er vertrouwen in te hebben dat Jemen een uitweg uit de crisis vindt. Saleh wil ‘zo snel mogelijk algemene en vrije verkiezingen organiseren voor een nieuwe president van de republiek’.

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Israel moves to further isolate Gazans

Interview with Sharyn Lock, author of ‘Gaza beneath the bombs’
A series of Israeli air strikes on the besieged Gaza Strip has killed at least five people over the past weeks. The recent killings of the people of Gaza underscore the brutal nature of the Israeli regime.

Moreover,Israel has also imposed a blockade on Gaza since the Hamas government took control of the territory in 2007.

The blockade has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the impoverished territory.

Press TV talks with Sharyn Lock who worked with the Palestinian medics during Israel’s operation “Cast Lead” and the author of ‘Gaza beneath the bombs’. What follows is a transcription of the interview:

Press TV: Sharon, it must have taken you back to “Operation Cast Lead” hearings doctor under pressure like that.

Lock: Yes, definitely. I guess. I and other ISM [International Solidarity Movement] volunteers were accompanying at the ambulances during the “Cast Lead” where we were in the usual situation where Israel did not respect rescuers or hospital. There was a hospital that was bombed. So I was constantly with the medical staff who were doing their best in the impossible circumstances.

You know, rubble looks the same every time that it is someone’s house every time and the fact is that since “Cast Lead” a lot of those homes have not been rebuilt because the materials are not allowed through by Israel and when you keep an area on a trickle of supply which includes medical supply and people will die because there is not the ability to give them the basic treatment, then he will take just for granted.

Press TV: We talked about PPE and you were nodding. I did not understand what they meant.

Lock: Yes, that’s Personal Protection Equipment. So when a doctor is working or a nurse is working or a medic is working, they should at the very least be able to have gloves to protect themselves and in many cases masks and obviously they are risking their lives simply to do the rescuing and then working in medical bases which are also under threat.

But also here a medical person would be horrified at the thought of working without their basic things just being able to keep safe and it is not just the medical personnel but transmission from one patient top another can happen via the medical care if there is not the right equipment that can be disposed or that can be cleaned in the right way.

Press TV: Your blog which was made into the book that you have got that is called ‘Gaza, beneath the bombs’ was important during the “Cast Lead” because it was one of the few avenues of information coming out.

Do you remember what it was like hearing snippets of news from the outside world during “Operation Cast Lead” and comparing it to what was going on, on the ground?

Lock: Yes, I mean we were obviously volunteering there and we were in communication with the West Bank International Solidarity Movement and directly to our own countries and people taking action around the world and Palestinians would say to us what are they hearing outside, are they showing what you are seeing and the thing is that there would be snippets.

That is what it would be. It would be a sound bite. But the fact was that the actual events that were going on were constant on an enormous scale and they were breaching so many international laws and we never felt like what was coming outside in terms of international mainstream media was actually acknowledging any of those aspects.

Press TV: Sharyn, you know a bit about convoys and about breaking the siege, if you could remember, in 2008 arriving by sea to Gaza.

I think what I’d like to know is does it do good for the people there? You were there for a long time, a year, weren’t you?

Lock: Yes, well, I always find it hard to speak for Palestinians but you know I guess I can speak for people I consider as my friends and I think the thing is that occupation has been going for so long and with so little attention from most of the outside world that I think people feel extremely isolated and you know I have had people asking me in the past, why the Palestinians do not matter to the world?

You know, we see Western countries taking action on other issues but somehow we do not matter. We were just bypassing our governments because they are not doing what they need to be doing.

I think that is direct connection with other people who have the same cares and concerns but they have to leave under incredibly difficult circumstances. So my impression is that having that connection with people from the outside world who care so much about the situation that they overcome quite a lot of obstacles, you know, as these folks [Gaza aid convoys] did, as the ‘Free Gaza’ movement did, as people continue to do, I think that gives people a sense of hope because there is a sense that there is a solidarity movement that is very strong and very passionate.

Press TV: Can we talk a little bit about protest now? Because it is Al-Quds Day internationally and we have seen protests now in Saudi Arabia against Israel, the Israeli flag being burnt.

You have protested with Palestinians in the West Bank before. How were these protests that you have been on met?

Lock: Well, one of the ones that I remember, which is still inspiring me, was when we were alongside Palestinians and Israelis together. It was in Bilin [a Palestinian village located in Ramallah].

It was one of the early Bilin protests against the wall [separation wall around Gaza Strip] and I remember being in a situation where we all met in the village and we met out obviously with the Palestinians whose village it was and others who were coming in solidarity and who could get through the checkpoints and also the Israeli anarchists against the wall and other Israeli peace groups and we went out together on to the land unarmed, all of us, and this was the land that was being stolen for the wall.

I think the actual mix of that group, internationals, Palestinians and the Israeli who were working for peace were coming together to confront armed soldiers with empty hands, it is an incredibly strong feeling and actually you do not feel like the ones who are weak, you feel like the ones who are using no violence, using solidarity across many nations are the strong ones.

Press TV: And finally, have you been shot yourself?

Lock: Yes, but you know it happens for many people.

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Report: Israel had planned to assassinate Palestinian Prime Minister in Gaza

An Egyptian newspaper reported Saturday that Israeli forces had planned to assassinate Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza after last week’s shooting attack that killed five Israeli civilians and three soldiers, but Israeli officials managed to convince the Israeli leadership not to carry out the assassination.

Even so, Israeli forces did assassinate a number of leaders of the Popular Resistance Committees over the last week, and the 41 bombs dropped by the Israeli airforce also killed at least twelve civilians, including two small children, and wounded over 40 civilians, some of them critically.

Just hours after the shooting attack in southern Israel, Israeli forces began heavy bombardment of the Gaza Strip — even though no Palestinian factions had claimed credit for the attack, and no Palestinians were known to be involved. In the days that followed, Egyptian forces arrested several suspects charged with involvement in the Israeli attack – none of which were Palestinian.

During the last week, Egyptian officials had worked to negotiate with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders to try to negotiate an end to both the Israeli bombardment of Gaza which killed eighteen, and the subsequent Palestinian shelling of Israel, which killed one.

According to the Al-Ahram newspaper, an unnamed official from the interim Egyptian government told reporters that the Egyptian government had spoken with Israeli officials and convinced them not to assassinate the Palestinian Prime Minister as one of their targets in Gaza.

After a ceasefire negotiated between Hamas and other resistance groups in Gaza on Wednesday, Israeli forces killed eight Palestinians in a series of airstrikes on Thursday. However, instead of responding, Palestinian groups on Friday reiterated their desire for a ceasefire with Israel, and declared again a ceasefire.

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Eind van de Ramadan in 2003

November 2003 werd aan het eind van Ramadan in alle Turkse moskeeen de volgende boodschap voorgelezen:

“Helaas leven we tegenwoordig in de schaduw van oorlog, geweld en terreur, die een teken van hulpeloosheid en woede zijn. Om het bloeden van de wond te stelpen, moeten diegenen die tot de drie wereldgodsdiensten, islam, christendom en jodendom behoren, grote inspanningen leveren. Godsdiensten kunnen geen reden tot oorlog zijn (…), oorlog en terreur kunnen voor de mensen geen boodschap bevatten. Wat ze stichten, zijn angst en argwaan … Elke oorlog, elke terreurdaad verzwelgt degenen die hiermee verbonden zijn. De geschiedenis kent talloze voorbeelden hiervan.”

Ehsan Jami vertrekt bij PVV

Ehsan Jami vertrekt bij de PVV en stopt met zijn werk als medewerker van PVV-Kamerlid Brinkman. De 26-jarige zegt dat hij zich volledig wil gaan richten op zijn studie. Een politieke reden is er niet, zei hij.

“Ik ben iemand die graag dingen goed wil doen”, vertelde Jami vannacht in het PowNed radio-programma ‘Echte Jannen’. “Je kunt niet iets half-goed doen. Ik zat jarenlang drie dagen in de Tweede Kamer en twee dagen op de universiteit en je mist dan toch wel dingen in de Tweede Kamer.”


De in Iran opgegroeide Jami kreeg vier jaar geleden landelijke bekendheid toen hij het Centraal Comité voor Ex-moslims oprichtte. Hij wilde daarmee het taboe op afvalligheid binnen dat geloof doorbreken.

Jami was tussen 2003 en 2007 lid van de PvdA. Hij was gemeenteraadslid voor die partij in Leidschendam-Voorburg. In 2007 kwam het tot een breuk.

In 2009 haalde de PVV hem binnen. Geert Wilders noemde hem als mogelijk kandidaat-Kamerlid, maar ook toen gaf Jami aan tijd te willen vrijhouden voor zijn studie.

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Israeli Occupation Closes August with One Demonstrator Shot In Ni’lin.

For more than three weeks Ni’lin village has been witnessing several brutal midnight invasions and raids of local houses. But this time it’s different. The raids are not for arresting people, but instead just for training  and getting ready to suppress the popular struggle uprising next September in different
villages of the West Bank such as Ni’lin, Bil’in, Nabi Saleh, Masarah and Beit Ommar.

The Israeli army is adding new units of soldiers who are in the army reserve, training them to get ready for this event. The recent night raids into the West Bank village of Ni’lin over the past three weeks, as well as comments made in Israeli media, attest that a new type of gas has been developed for next September which causes the diarrhea.  Demonstrators in Ni’lin on 26 August reported a new type of gas being used by military in the last peaceful demonstration.

Upon arriving at the gate of the annexation wall, Israeli soldiers started to shoot tear gas grenades in a high volumes, which led to dozens suffering from tear gas inhalation, Demonstrators separated from each other to deffrent places along the Apartheid Wall where they found shot up cardboard photos of Palestinians installed in the ground in sensitive sites next to the Apartheid Wall, used for trainings on for aiming and sniping.

The demonstration continued until 03:00 pm. Some of the demonstrators managed to cut some pieces of the electrical fence.  Iraeli soldiers used rubber coated steel bullets against the demonstrators which led to the leg injury of one demonstrator

The demonstration was organized by the Ni’lin Popular Committee against the Apartheid Wall in joint with dozens of people from the village as well as a number of international activists.

Despite the heat and fasting during the last few days of Ramadan, the people of Ni’lin will to continue their just struggle against apartheid.

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