Americans rally for Palestinian statehood

In hopes for an internationally recognized Palestinian state, a group of mostly students gathered outside the White House to voice their demands to the United States government.

Student organizers rallied their colleagues and others to support the fast approaching vote later this month in the United Nations on the recognition of Palestine as a member state.
Recent reports reveal that the Obama administration has flatly refused the Palestinian request, telling President Mahmoud Abbas that it would use its voting power as a U.N. Security Council member to veto the bid for Palestinian statehood.
But the U.N. General Assembly vote is poised to accept Palestinian nationhood, at least to a nonvoter observer state from its current status of nonvoting “entity”. This new position would allow Palestine to join several U.N. bodies and allow it to bring cases against Israel to the International Criminal Court.
Pressure from lobbyists, think tanks, politicians and others is increasing in Washington on the Obama administration to support the Israeli position and not accept Palestinian nationhood.
This protest in front of the White House is one of eight taking place all across the country today, where protesters are demanding that the U.S. government recognize the necessity of a Palestinian state, one that is given the same rights that are afforded to almost all of the world’s nations.

(www.presstv.ir / 05.09.2011)

Why Palestinians can’t recognize a ‘Jewish state’

In his speech before the U.S. Congress last May, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posed a serious challenge to the Palestinian Authority: If the PA would just say, “We recognize Israel as a Jewish state,” this would be sufficient to end the conflict. Israel, said Netanyahu, would be the first to vote for Palestinian statehood in the United Nations. The response of PA Prime Minister Dr. Salam Fayyad, in a recent interview with Haaretz, was that, “Israel’s character is its own business. It is not up to the Palestinians to define it.”

That is an unconvincing response. If recognition is just a technical point, why not say the seven requested words in order to win the vote in the United Nations? The Palestine Liberation Organization certainly understands the significance of Netanyahu’s offer, as it adopted a concept similar to that of the Jewish state in the Palestinian Declaration of Independence in 1988, which proclaims: “The State of Palestine is the state of Palestinians wherever they may be.” Moreover, how can it be explained that the PLO recognizes the right of Israel to exist and the PA’s security apparatus works in full coordination with Israel – but they are not prepared to say these seven words?

Israel’s Declaration of Independence of 1948 expressed the meaning of the “Jewish state.” It opens by noting: “Eretz Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people,” and it continues by recounting the history and national memory of the Jewish people and their exclusive ownership of the state: “This right is the natural right of the Jewish people to be masters of their own fate … in their own sovereign state.”

The cornerstone of the Jewish state is the Law of Return, as the Supreme Court has noted. This is why Palestinian refugees have no right to return to Israel, whereas any Jew in the world, together with any non-Jewish members of his or her immediate family, has the right to immigrate to Israel. In stark contrast, Israeli law prohibits Israeli-Arab citizens from living within the Green Line with their Palestinian spouses, if the latter are residents of the West Bank or Gaza.

For the Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state is to declare their surrender, meaning, to waive their group dignity by negating their historical narrative and national identity. This recognition would affirm that since the rebirth of Israel is a “natural” and exclusive right, the first revolt in “our” history as Palestinians – against the British Mandate in the 1930s for encouraging Jewish immigration, as well as our resistance to Israel’s establishment in 1948 – were mistakes. Thus, the Nakba is “our” fault only.

By this recognition, we would accept the rationale of the Law of Return, and as a result, we would waive our right to return, even in principle. Further, since the historical masters of the land possess rights a priori, the confiscation of Palestinian land and its designation as “absentee property” makes sense, even when members of this group are “present absentees” in Israel. Also, because the revival of Hebrew expresses the rebirth of the nation, it should be the sole official language of this land and we would also accept the names of our villages and sites being changed from Arabic to Hebrew.

With this recognition, the Palestinian citizens of the state in Nazareth and Haifa, who remained in their homes in 1948, cannot demand a “state for all of its citizens” and full equality because they do not enjoy the same original rights as Jews.

Not recognizing Israel as a Jewish state is not the same as denying the right of self-determination of Israeli Jews. The exercise of self-determination of any people is embodied mainly by their right to govern as a national group. Self-determination can be exercised without exclusion or discrimination, including in cases of multinational or multi-linguistic groups such as in Canada, Belgium, Switzerland or South Africa.

This explains why Palestinian citizens of Israel who recognize the right of Israel to exist and the right of self-determination of Israeli Jews, as it is expressed in the Arab “Future Vision” documents of 2006 and 2007, can still strongly resist the exclusiveness embodied in the definition of Israel as a Jewish state.

The timing of Netanyahu’s offer is very relevant: It comes at one of the moments of greatest defeat in Palestinian history. Israel has succeeded, as political scientist Meron Benvenisti says, in fragmenting the Palestinians to pieces – the refugees, the Green Line, Gaza, West Bank and Jerusalem. Walls and checkpoints divide them. Each piece lives under different laws and different leaders. In addition to this weakness, the PA’s security forces continue to obey Israel’s orders. For Netanyahu’s government, this is the best time to ask the Palestinians to officially recognize the Zionist narrative.
This notion of surrender allows us to understand how Netanyahu can suggest that the Palestinians are “guilty” for all of their tragedies. He is right about one thing: Just as surrender ends a war, such recognition by the PLO would end the conflict. But he will have a hard time finding an Arab partner who will accept such an offer during this time of the Arab Spring, which is all about the right to dignity.

Hassan Jabareen is a lawyer and the founder and general director of Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.

(occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com / 05.09.2011)

Turkey tells Israeli diplomats to leave

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey deepened its rift with Israel on Monday by vowing to work for the recognition of a Palestinian state at the United Nations and by saying it has notified high-level Israeli diplomats they have two days to leave the country.

Late last week, Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador after Israel refused to apologize for the botched Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound protest flotilla that killed nine pro-Palestinian activists last year. Israel has expressed regret for the loss of lives.

A U.N. report released last week called the Israeli raid “excessive and unreasonable,” but also said Turkey and flotilla organizers contributed to the deaths.

The dispute has brought relations between the once-close allies to the verge of collapse, and injected a new element of instability into an already volatile region.

Turkey said Monday it has notified Ella Aphek, the Israeli Embassy’s deputy head of mission, that she and other senior Israeli diplomats must leave by Wednesday now that Turkey has decided to downgrade its diplomatic ties with Israel to the level of second secretary.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday that Turkey will work to lobby other nations “until we obtain the highest number of votes” for a plan by Palestinians to seek recognition as a state at annual meeting of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly beginning on Sept. 20.

On Saturday, Davutoglu said Turkey would start procedures to challenge Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands.

The United States has indicated it will veto any Palestinian statehood vote in the absence of a negotiated Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Palestinians hope a U.N. vote in their favor would isolate Israel and put heavy pressure on the Israelis to withdraw from captured territories.

“Recognition of a Palestinian state is not a favor for the Palestinians, it is the Palestinian people’s most natural right and our debt to them,” Davutoglu told a news conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ adviser, Nabil Shaath. “It is time to pay the debt.”

Also Monday, the fallout from the Israeli-Turkish rift sparked a spat over airport security, with Israeli air passengers complaining they were harassed and intimidated Monday at Istanbul airport and Turkish air passengers making similar claims about their treatment in Tel Aviv.

A Turkish Foreign Ministry official said that Turks flying back to Turkey from Tel Aviv complained about being mistreated in Israel, prompting Turkish customs police to “retaliate” with more stringent security measures against Israeli passengers.

The official said police “searched the Israelis’ passports more rigorously and delayed the procedures as much as possible.” He said police acted on their own initiative.

The Turkish official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with ministry regulations that bar officials from speaking to journalists without prior authorization.

Reports of airport harassment first emanated from Turkey, where media reported that Turkish passengers on a Turkish Airlines flight from Tel Aviv to Istanbul said they were singled out for particularly thorough searches and questioning.

Eyup Ensar Ugur, a Turkish tour guide on the flight, told The Associated Press that media reports about harassment were exaggerated.

“They questioned us repeatedly and searched our bags and bodies in detail but any harassment is out of question,” Ugur said in an interview. “I was asked to remove my top, my pants were on but had to unzip them. One official searched my body by hand and a detector,” Ugur said.

The plane made an emergency landing in the Mediterranean city of Antalya to remove a passenger who felt sick, he said. There, one Muslim Turk and another Turkish Jew argued with some other Turks about the necessity of the strict security check, Ugur said. That led to a scuffle in the airport that Turkish police quelled, he said.

Later Monday, dozens of Israeli passengers on flights between Tel Aviv and Istanbul reported that Turkish security officials at Ataturk International Airport briefly took their passports and questioned them, a passenger and the Israeli Foreign Ministry said.

A woman who identified herself as a newlywed named Alina told Israel Army Radio her passport was taken away and she was taken to a dark room by security officers who spoke only Turkish. There, she was forced to strip to her underpants to be searched by a female officer. After being allowed to redress, she was directed to a corner where all the Israelis were told to sit, allowed to board only moments before the doors closed.

Ahmet Aydin, the director of Ataturk International Airport, denied any passengers had been mistreated. He added it has long been the practice to subject Israeli passengers to the same close scrutiny Turkish passengers experience in Israel under what he called “the principle of reciprocity.”

(old.news.yahoo.com / 05.09.2011)

Saudi Arabia donates 20 tonnes of dates to Gaza

EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Head of the Egyptian Red Crescent Jaber al-Arabi said Monday that Saudi Arabia has sent 20 tonnes of dates to the Gaza Strip.

Al-Arabi told Ma’an that the dates will enter Gaza Monday evening via the Rafah crossing.

Egyptian authorities are helping to facilitate the transfer, he added.

(www.maannews.net / 05.09.2011)

Ashrawi urges Belgium to support UN bid

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian lawmaker Hanan Ashrawi urged Belgium to support the Palestinian UN bid for statehood during a meeting held Monday in Jerusalem.

“Belgium has always maintained a principled and constructive approach towards peace and Palestinian rights, and we urge the Prime Minister to recognize Palestinian statehood and vote in favor of Palestine’s membership at the United Nations,” Dr Asharwi said.

Ashrawi met with Prime Minister Yves Leterme of Belgium to discuss Palestinian initiatives at the UN in September and described the meeting as “positive and valuable.”

“The two-state solution is not an open-ended proposition. What we are trying to do is place the pursuit of peace on a firm foundation of international law and multilateralism, and to stop unilateral and prejudicial Israeli measures from destroying what chances exist for peace,” she said.

Israel’s illegal annexation of Jerusalem, settlement activity and fragmentation of the West Bank through hundreds of checkpoints were all obstacles to peace, Ashrawi added.

Prime Minister Leterme stressed the importance of developing a unified EU position before September and reiterated his strong support for the ongoing efforts of EU policy chief Catherine Ashton in achieving a consensus position among EU members.

Ashrawi thanked Belgium on behalf of the Palestinian people for its recent resolution in support of Palestinian statehood and for its continued support of Palestinian rights.

(www.maannews.net / 05.09.2011)

Egypt army to destroy Gaza tunnels

The Egyptian military has launched an operation to destroy a series of tunnels running under the country’s border with the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip.

The operation started on Sunday after mechanized sensors were activated to identify tunnel locations and mark them for destruction.

The Palestinian population of Gaza, under an Israeli siege since 2007, uses the tunnels as a lifeline to acquire basic living supplies and fuel to the besieged coastal strip.

Egyptian officials say three major underground supply routes have been found and one of them has been destroyed. Witnesses say the military used stones and concrete to fill the tunnels.

Cairo claims the measure is part of a campaign to restore order in the Sinai desert, without elaborating on the linkage between the two.

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

Some 1.5 million people are being denied their basic rights, including the freedom of movement and their rights to appropriate living conditions, work, health and education.

A humanitarian aid convoy, Gaza Freedom Flotilla, that was heading to the coastal strip on May 31, 2010, came under a military attack by Israeli navy commandos in international waters. Nine Turkish nationals were killed on the Mavi Marmara, one of the six vessels of the convoy.

(www.presstv.ir / 05.09.2011)

Palestine Link

De kwestie Palestina: een onoplosbaar en complex conflict dat al jaren sleept en waaraan weinig valt te doen. Nederland denkt geen part en deel te hebben aan wat daar gebeurd. Men kent de feiten niet, maar heeft wel een mening. Echter, Nederland speelt wel degelijk een rol in het voortduren van het gewapend conflict en de bezetting van Palestina door Israël. Nederland kiest partij, tegen mensen die zij niet kent, de Palestijnen.

Juist vanwege de betrokkenheid van Nederland in dit militair conflict, is het van belang dat Nederlanders Palestijnen leren kennen zoals ze zijn, slachtoffers van de Europese geschiedenis, maar vooral mensen met een eigen geschiedenis cultuur en vreedzame aspirarties voor een betere toekomst.

Palestine Link wil de mythes en sterotypes over de Palestijnen doorbreken – de ontmenselijking en demonisering van een heel volk tegengaan. Palestine Link wil de Palestijnse geschiedenis heroveren op de gangbare geschiedsschrijving en media. Wij willen dat u de Palestijnen en Palestina buiten het raamwerk van het geweld van ‘het conflict’ leert kennen – met hun culturele en politieke diversiteit, ondernemerszin en gastvrijheid.

Aanleiding

Iedereen heeft wel een mening over “Israël en de Palestijnen”. Het debat is sterk gepolariseerd. De Nederlandse regering geeft onvoorwaardelijke steun aan de partij die de oorspronkelijke bevolking militair bezet houdt. Schijnbaar ongeremd door internationale afspraken en mensenrechtenovereenkomsten lijkt de Nederlandse politiek haar lot te hebben verbonden aan het militaristische denken van Israël.
Zelfs de huidige omwentelingen in de omringde Arabische landen zijn geen aanleiding om haar kijk op de Israëlische bezetting van Palestina te herzien. Hoewel de laatste jaren ook pleitbezorgers van de Palestijnse zaak van zich laten horen, voeren de Israël aanhangers, hoewel langzaam in de minderheid, in het publiek debat nog steeds de boventoon. Opvallend is dat er mensen spreken voor, namens en over de Palestijnen, maar dat Palestijnen in Nederland nauwelijk deelnemen aan het debat. In de cruciale discussies ontbreekt hun visie en inbreng.

Doel

Palestine Link komt op voor de Palestijnse nationale en mensenrechten, en Palestijnse belangen. Daar en in Nederland. We willen een eerlijk beeld geven van het land en haar bevolking, zoals het was, nu is en wat het kan worden. Palestine Link slaat een brug voor mensen die elkaar daadwerkelijk willen ontmoeten.

Uitvoering

Palestine Link wil haar doel bereiken door een authentiek, sterke en onafhankelijke Palestijnse stem te laten horen, alsmede een professionele informatie- en dienstverlening aan te bieden middels:.

Het raamwerk van de discourse over Palestina te herijken
Palestine Link wil de vast geroeste paradigma’s die gebezigd worden door de media, de politiek en publieke discussies uitdagen. Palestine Link wil het adres worden waar men terecht kan voor feiten en cijfers, achtergrond informatie over diverse aspecten van de Palestijnse samenleving.

Palestina agenderen
Palestine Link wil pro-activief de relevante politieke agenda’s beinvloeden, zowel op Nederlands als op Europees niveau. Palestine Link doet dit door een juridische benadering van de Palestijnse zaak te promoten, en politici en maatschappelijke organisaties daarin te betrekken.

Branding Palestine
Palestine Link geeft een postief beeld van Palestina en de Palestijnen in strijd met de huidige negatieve stereotypen en mythes. Ontmoetingen van Nederlanders en Palestijnen Palestine Link is een vraagbaak en makelaar voor academici, studenten, onderzoekers, zakenmensen, spirituele leiders, toeristen, professionals en andere groepen die geinteresseerd zijn hun collega’s te ontmoeten in Palestina, en vise versa.

Extra

Wist u dat Nederland op verschillende wijze deel neemt aan de bezetting van Palestina, dat Nederland Israel legitimiteit verschaft om van alle voordelen van de EU mee te profiteren, het land een speciale status heeft op Schiphol (ook voor wapendoorvoer), Nederlanders dienen in het Israëlische leger, een Nederlandse-Israëlische nationaliteit geen thema is, Israëliers geen visum nodig hebben om Nederland binnen te komen, dat daarentegen de slachtoffers van Israëlsche verdrukking zelfs met een Nederlands paspoort Israël niet inkomen en de Nederlandse overheid dan niet voor hen opkomt, dat Palestijnen zelfs met familie in Nederland de grootste moeite hebben een visum te krijgen, dat elke vorm van steun aan Palestijnen in Nederland wordt gezien als iets dat eigenlijk niet kan, of op z’n minst bijzonder is, dat een Palestijn nooit iets kan zeggen in de media zonder dat een joodse (Israëlische) tegenstem moet worden gehoord, dat men doet alsof dit een conflict is tussen twee militair aan elkaar gewaagde partijen, dat een Palestijn moet liegen wanneer hij/zij zich ergens laten registreren in Nederlandomdat zij/haar geboorteland niet in het Nederlands register staat, , dat Nederland verdient aan militaire handelsberekkingen met Israël, dat Israëlische verdachten van oorlogsmisdaden Nederland zonder risiko’s in en uit lopen, dat wij in Nederland van Palestijnen het onmogelijke vragen, namelijk hun land, geschiedenis, aspiraties, rechten en de toekomst van hun kinderen, kortweg hun eigewaarde op te geven… ………
Dit wil Palestine Link laten zien … door:

– op te komen voor de rechten van Palestijnen ook in Nederland – ontmoetingen tussen Nederlanders en Palestijnen te faciliteren
– alternative informatie te vertrekken
– te laten zien dat Palestijnen deel uit maken van en een bijdrage leveren aan Nederland
– Nederlanders en Palestijnen te helpen samen te werken

(www.voordewereldvanmorgen.nl / 05.09.2011)

Brand in moskee Qusra

Kolonisten op de Westoever hebben maandag brand gesticht in een moskee in de buurt van Nablus. De kolonisten braken in alle vroegte in in de de Nurayn moskee in Qusra, ten dorpje zuiden van Nablus, door de ramen te breken en stichtten er vervolgens brand door oude autobanden aan te steken.
Volgens de krant Ha’aretz   was de brandstichting een vervolg op het afbreken van drie huizen in de nederzetting Migron, op grond van een beslssing van het Israelische hooggerechtshof. Het was niet de eerste keer dat kolonisten zoiets deden in het kader van de zogenaamde ‘prijskaart’ politiek:  het vernielen van eigendommen van Palestijnen om hun boosheid af te reageren over beslissingen van de regering die hun niet zinnen, zoals een bouwstop of het (gedeeltelijk) afbreken van zogenoemde ‘outposts’.  De moskee in Qusra was zeker al de vijfde die door kolonisten op deze wijze zwaar werd beschadigd. Eerder gebeurde dat in december 2009 in Yasuf bij Salfit, in mei 2010 in Luban al-Sharqiyya, in oktober 2010 in Beit al-Fajjar bij Betlehem, en in Mughayyer bij Ramallah.
Overigens meldde Ma’an News ook dat enkel tientallen kolonisten uit de nederzetting Yitzhar, zich hadden opgsteld langs de weg van Huwwara naar Nablus om auto’s van Palestijnen met stenen te bekogelen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Bericht vanaf Facebook / J. Jansen / 05.09.2011)

Palestine Statehood why not? Soon very soon is the day where the Palestinen will make the request for the statehood by the UN

Soon very soon is the day where the Palestinen will make the request for the statehood by the UN.

This after 63 occupation and oppression, but the UN has recognized other states without any rights to exist, as israHELL, Kuwait, and even lately south Sudan.

About 124 States or even more declared that they will recognize the Palestine State, but as usuall some will be against guess who??? the slaves of israHELL for sure this answer i guess every one knows, its the USA and Germany, but what gives them the right, is it the power or is the fault by us,

Why are they building a hate in the world against the Arab calling them Terrorist and they are making the raids against the Arab and steel their resources.

Since 1948 when the World has recognized the State israHELL although its based on terror acts which was the first of such a kind. They are spreading like a cancer between the the Arab, but we have reached a situation that the arab people are fad up from the zionist system, and the youth started to change

The USA calls israHELL the only democracy, but they are nothing else the a terror group that stole land and oppressed its people then called it a state (israel) and their existance is only with the war crimes every day.

Oki lets say its an old story, but how can the USA dare to say that they will make use of the veto right, what makes them so sure that they can accuse and fight us as terrorist, the west zionist needed a enemy and this was the Muslim, the sad by this is that they could only have success with traitor´s as Mubarak and others, but this time is over, and any state even if it is the great USA will still support the evil, then it will regret it, and they don´t need to wonder if they are so hated in the arabic world, because nobody likes the injustice.

Even the USA is so powerfull but the can´t rule an empire based on lie and human rights violation.

the arrogance of israHELL will be the start of their end as we see the even dont want to excuse to nobody for mistakes or killing they do not to turkey or to egypt and the people will not keep quite.

I guess its better to have a world Revolution then to have a World War 3 or to accept the NWO. I see that the World Revolution has started and not only in the arab countries, Spain Greece, England and Germany and its only the Start, its our turn to force our goverment to the truth and the whole truth.

There is no peace or freedom in the world as there is no peace in PALESTINE

Soon very soon is the day where the Palestinen will make the request for the statehood by the UN.

This after 63 occupation and oppression, but the UN has recognized other states without any rights to exist, as israHELL, Kuwait, and even lately south Sudan.

About 124 States or even more declared that they will recognize the Palestine State, but as usuall some will be against guess who??? the slaves of israHELL for sure this answer i guess every one knows, its the USA and Germany, but what gives them the right, is it the power or is the fault by us,

Why are they building a hate in the world against the Arab calling them Terrorist and they are making the raids against the Arab and steel their resources.

Since 1948 when the World has recognized the State israHELL although its based on terror acts which was the first of such a kind. They are spreading like a cancer between the the Arab, but we have reached a situation that the arab people are fad up from the zionist system, and the youth started to change

The USA calls israHELL the only democracy, but they are nothing else the a terror group that stole land and oppressed its people then called it a state (israel) and their existance is only with the war crimes every day.

Oki lets say its an old story, but how can the USA dare to say that they will make use of the veto right, what makes them so sure that they can accuse and fight us as terrorist, the west zionist needed a enemy and this was the Muslim, the sad by this is that they could only have success with traitor´s as Mubarak and others, but this time is over, and any state even if it is the great USA will still support the evil, then it will regret it, and they don´t need to wonder if they are so hated in the arabic world, because nobody likes the injustice.

Even the USA is so powerfull but the can´t rule an empire based on lie and human rights violation.

the arrogance of israHELL will be the start of their end as we see the even dont want to excuse to nobody for mistakes or killing they do not to turkey or to egypt and the people will not keep quite.

I guess its better to have a world Revolution then to have a World War 3 or to accept the NWO. I see that the World Revolution has started and not only in the arab countries, Spain Greece, England and Germany and its only the Start, its our turn to force our goverment to the truth and the whole truth.

There is no peace or freedom in the world as there is no peace in PALESTINE

http://gazaconvoy.wordpress.com/2011/09/05/palestine-statehood-why-not/

(Raef El-Ghamri / Facebook / 05.09.2011)