Ibn Sina Hospital, Sirte: doctor speaks, overwhelmed, over corpses of children killed by NATO

English translation of the doctoress’ words, from Ibn Sina Hospital, in Sirte, Libya, following a NATO bombing on 23/09:

“Same date, 23 September … We are on Friday, a day of celebration for Muslims. A Muslim holy day … people pray on Fridays, and NATO kills children ….

This is ‘Douaa’ … [pointing to the girl. follows a misunderstood sentence] she was about to start school. [second voice: it is the beginning of the school year] … and this is ‘ Dahna el Samha ‘ … My god … ‘ Dahna el Samha ‘ the little angel … look at ‘Dahna’. .. here is ‘Dahna’ .. [Raising her arm] … You see NATO! See what NATO did to ‘Dahna’! … See the gift of NATO to ‘Dahna’ … and that’s the gift of NATO to ‘Douaa’ .. they were friends [or cousins ] [follows words I can’t understand, as the voice is too emotional]

And here is ‘Nasser’ [pointing to the young man] ‘Nasser’ the hero, the martyr … [crying, can’t understand the sentence] … and here is one of my neighbors’ sons [pointing to the other young man] … They all died in the same place “Jiza El Bahria” … bombed by NATO on Friday, the Muslim day of celebration …

And they are not from Gaddafi’s brigades [getting up] … No, they were not soldiers … The girls there [pointing to the bodies of the children], they were certainly part of Gaddafi’s Brigades, as they used to sing “Allah wa Libya wa Muammar wa bess” [God, Libya, Muammar and basta]

[Rising, she repeats] “Allah wa Libya wa Muammar wabess” I say it to you, whether you like it or not .. ”

Source: http://justpaste.it/Sirte2

(empirestrikesblack.com / 29.09.2011)

Study: Occupation costs Palestinian economy $7 billion

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian Authority ministry and national research institute released a joint study Thursday which estimates that the Israeli occupation cost the Palestinian economy around $7 billion in 2010.

“Without the occupation, the Palestinian economy would be almost twice as large as it is today,” the PA Ministry of National Economy and the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem said in a statement.

Losses sustained by Israel’s occupation are equivalent to 85 percent of Palestinian nominal GDP, the study found.

Without Israel’s control of resources and access to Palestinian territories, the economy “would run a ‘healthy’ fiscal surplus, ending its dependence on donors’ aid,” the report said.

The research quantified, for example, Israel’s ban on Palestinian access to the Jordan River, Dead Sea and groundwater aquifers in the West Bank, as costing Palestinians $1.9 billion in lost agriculture revenues, $1.2 billion in mineral resources and $143 million in Dead Sea tourism.

Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip cost the Palestinian economy $1.9 billion, and restrictions on water another $1.9 billion, the study said.

Israel earns around $900 million per year through control of West Bank mining and quarrying, the research authors estimated, and $150 million from commercial Dead Sea products.

ARIJ and the national economy ministry said they had to under-estimate the figures due to a lack of data, leaving out costs which they could not quantify.

Relating to the issues of trade access and resources, the authors of the study said that the “majority of these costs do not have any relationship with security concerns,” and were motivated by Israel’s wish to restrict the development of a competitive Palestinian economy.

Minister of National Economy in the Ramallah-based government Hasan Abu Libdeh said the report backed findings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, and demonstrated the case for taking Palestinian statehood to the UN through President Mahmoud Abbas’ membership bid, submitted Friday.

“No matter what the Palestinian people achieve by our own efforts, the occupation prevents us achieving our potential as a free people in our own country,” the minister said.

“It should be clear to the international community that one reason for Israel’s refusal to act in good faith as a partner for peace is the profits it makes as an occupying power.”

The PA will produce regular reports costing Israeli restrictions on the Palestinian economy, the release said.

(www.maannews.net / 29.09.2011)

Israeli forces hand Bethlehem village confiscation orders

BETHLEHEM -Israeli forces notified villagers near Bethlehem that their land will soon be confiscated, local residents said Wednesday.
Land owned by 40 families in Battir village – 148 dunums of vegetable, fruit and olive groves – is earmarked for confiscation, villagers said.

According to the notices received by villagers, the area is close to the train line to Jerusalem and next to the East Jerusalem settlement of Gilo, in which Israeli authorities approved the building of 1,100 new homes on Tuesday, sparking international condemnation.

The notification of the Israeli Ministry of Finance’s intention to purchase the lands said the acquisition was for military and security purposes.

Battir resident Nidal al-Zaghir said: the land confiscation “will be a great loss for the village, as they will lose many of their houses, water wells and agricultural lands.”

(palestinesolidarityproject.org / 29.09.2011)

PLO effectively rejects Quartet proposal to resume talks

RAMALLAH (Reuters) — The PLO on Thursday effectively rejected a proposal by the European Union, the United States and Russia to resume suspended peace negotiations with Israel next month without preconditions.

The PLO executive committee, meeting in Ramallah, noted the proposal but said, as expected, that Israel must halt all settlement building in the occupied West Bank before they will restart talks, as President Mahmoud Abbas has insisted.

“The Palestinian leadership stresses clearly that it cannot accept holding negotiations that lack the minimum limits of responsibility and seriousness amid the continuation of settlements and stealing of land,” said PLO official Yasser Abed Rabbo.

Abbas last Friday formally asked the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, a move strongly opposed by Israel and the United States who say only a negotiated peace can end the 63-year-old Middle East conflict and create a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

The Quartet proposal for breaking the deadlock had little chance. Abbas’ diplomatic initiative has set the Palestinians on a new course to circumvent a peace process that he says has achieved nothing over the past 18 years, and Abbas is unlikely to abandon it unless Israel agreed to his terms for talks.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is urging Abbas to return to negotiations without preconditions.

Abed Rabbo also noted that a fresh Israeli decision by Jerusalem municipality Monday to build 1,100 new homes for Jews on annexed land in the occupied West Bank, was a proof for Israel’s lack of interest in peace.

“This new decision regarding the settlements and its timing, during the meeting of the General Assembly and the statement of the world Quartet, comes to assure that Israel is not ready to respect the international will and the basics of the peace process, and the decisions of the world Quartet,” Abed Rabbo said.

The European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States — known as the “Quartet” — tried for months but failed to draft “terms of reference” that might breathe life into peace talks that collapsed nearly a year ago.

Instead, in a bid to defuse a clash over the UN initiative, and an American veto, they issued a statement calling for preparatory talks in a month, substantive proposals from both sides on borders and security within three months, and a peace deal by the end of 2012.

Abed Rabbo did not expressly reject the Quartet proposal. He told reporters the PLO had “noted” it and said it included some “encouraging items.”

The UN Security Council on Wednesday took its first step on the UN application, handing it to a committee that will review and assess it in the coming weeks.

The standing committee on the admission of new members to the world body is comprised of all 15 council members. Western diplomats say the bid is doomed to fail due to US opposition.

The PLO executive committee urged the Security Council to accept statehood.

The foreign minister in the West Bank government said Thursday that eight Security Council members are guaranteed to vote in favor of the bid for full membership of the United Nations.

“The Palestinian Authority is now working to secure the ninth vote,” Riyad al-Malki told Voice of Palestine radio, adding that the PA will seek either Colombia or Bosnia-Herzegovina’s vote.

(occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com / 29.09.2011)

Rol sharia in Nederlands recht verwaarloosbaar

Nederlandse rechters passen in het privaatrecht al heel lang wel eens regels uit andere landen toe, maar ze waken altijd voor schending van de Nederlandse rechtsorde en dus ook van de mensenrechten. Die gaan altijd voor.

Dat viel vanavond op te maken uit woorden van staatssecretaris Fred Teeven (Veiligheid en Justitie).

De PVV had een debat aangevraagd over de vermeende rol van het islamitische recht ofwel sharia bij in Nederland uitgesproken vonnissen. Die is eigenlijk te verwaarlozen, bleek uit het relaas van Teeven.

Bangmakerij

Met name de PvdA, de SP en GroenLinks wonden zich zeer op over de beweringen van de PVV dat de sharia oprukt bij de Nederlandse rechtbanken. ‘U probeert mensen angst aan te jagen met fabeltjes, ze op te hitsen tegen iets dat niet bestaat’, brieste Martijn van Dam van de PvdA.

Misbruik

‘De PVV maakt misbruik van het feit dat veel mensen niet weten dat er zoiets is als internationale rechtspraak’, aldus Sharon Gesthuizen van de SP, doelend op het aloude gebruik om regels uit andere landen, de landen van herkomst van de partijen, te verwerken in uitspraken. Nederlanders hebben daar in andere landen ook recht op.

Gestenigde vrouwen

‘We lagen allemaal te slapen terwijl op dorpspleintjes vrouwen werden gestenigd en in politiebureaus probleemjongeren de handen werden afgehakt. Maar gelukkig, daar was de PVV’, schamperde Tofik Dibi van GroenLinks. Hij snapte eigenlijk niet waar de Kamer zijn tijd aan verdeed: ‘Nederlanders snakken naar een Tweede Kamer die echte oplossingen zoekt voor echte problemen in plaats van zich bezig te houden met broodjeaapverhalen.’

(www.parool.nl / 29.09.2011)

Palestinians in Israel treated as second-class

Palestinian citizens of Israel are those Palestinians who remained behind in what became the state of Israel following the Nakba (1947-9), or “catastrophe,” when approximately 725,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes and land by Zionist forces in order to make way for a Jewish-majority state.

Between 1948 (when Israel declared independence) and 1966, Palestinians living in Israel were granted no political rights and were subject to Israeli military rule. After 1966, they were granted the right to vote and other civil rights, but to this day they continue to suffer from widespread, systematic and institutionalized discrimination affecting everything from land ownership and employment opportunities to family reunification rights. Today, there are approximately 1.2 million Palestinian citizens of Israel, about 20% of the population.

Institutionalized discrimination

  • There are more than 30 laws that discriminate against Palestinian citizens of Israel. directly or indirectly, based solely on their ethnicity, rendering them second or third class citizens in their own homeland.
  • 93% of the land in Israel is owned either by the state or by quasi-governmental agencies, such as the Jewish National Fund, thatdiscriminate against non-Jews. Palestinian citizens of Israel face significant legal obstacles in gaining access to this land for agriculture, residence, or commercial development.
  • More than seventy Palestinian villages and communities in Israel, some of which pre-date the establishment of the state, are unrecognized by the government, receive no services, and are not even listed on official maps. Many other towns with a majority Palestinian population lack basic services and receive significantly less government funding than do majority-Jewish towns.
  • Since Israel’s founding in 1948, more than 600 Jewish municipalities have been established, while not a single new Arab town or community has been recognized by the state.
  • Israeli government resources are disproportionately directed to Jews and not to Arabs, one factor in causing the Palestinians of Israel to suffer the lowest living standards in Israeli society by all socio-economic indicators.
  • Government funding for Arab schools is far below that of Jewish schools. According to data published in 2004, the governmentprovides three times as much funding to Jewish students than it does to Arab students.
  • The Nationality and Entry into Israel Law prevents Palestinians from the occupied territories who are married to Palestinian citizens of Israel from gaining residency or citizenship status. The law forces thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel to either leave Israel or live apart from their families.
  • In October 2010, the Knesset approved a bill allowing smaller Israeli towns to reject residents who do not suit “the community’s fundamental outlook”, based on sex, religion, and socioeconomic status. Critics slammed the move as an attempt to allow Jewish towns to keep Arabs and other non-Jews out.
  • The so-called “Nakba Bill” bans state funding for groups that commemorate the tragedy that befell Palestinians during Israel’s creation in 1948, when approx. 725,000 Palestinian Arabs were ethnically cleansed to make way for a Jewish majority state.
  • The British Mandate-era Land (Acquisition for Public Purposes) Ordinance law allows the Finance Minster to confiscate land for “public purposes.” The state has used this law extensively, in conjunction with other laws such as the Land Acquisition Law and the Absentees’ Property Law, to confiscate Palestinian land in Israel. A new amendment, which was adopted in February 2010, confirms state ownership of land confiscated under this law, even where it has not been used to serve the original confiscation purpose. The amendment was designed to prevent Arab citizens from submitting lawsuits to reclaim confiscated land.
  • Over the entirety of its 63-year existence, there has been a period of only about one year (1966-1967) that Israel did not rule over large numbers of Palestinians to whom it granted no political rights.
  • Former Israeli prime ministers Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert have both warned that a continuation of the occupation will lead to Israel becoming an “apartheid” state. Barak stated: “As long as in this territory west of the Jordan river there is only one political entity called Israel it is going to be either non-Jewish, or non-democratic… If this bloc of millions of Palestinians cannot vote, that will be an apartheid state.”
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela, heroes of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, have both compared Israel’s treatment of Palestinians to apartheid.
  • Today, there is a virtual caste system within the territories that Israel controls between the Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea, with Israeli Jews at the top and Muslim and Christian Palestinians in the occupied territories at the bottom. In between are Palestinians with Israeli citizenship and Palestinian residents of occupied East Jerusalem.

Increasing intolerance for dissent & diversity in Israel

  • In September 2011 a survey found that a third of Israeli Jews don’t consider Arab citizens to be real Israelis.
  • According to a February 2011 survey, 52% of Israeli Jews would be willing to limit press freedoms to protect the state’s image, while 55% would accept limits on the right to oppose the government’s “defense policy.”
  • In January 2011 the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported that civics teachers around the country were complaining of rampant, virulent anti-Arab racism amongst their Jewish students. One teacher said, “When we have a discussion in class about equal rights, the class immediately gets out of control… The students attack us, the teachers, for being leftist and anti-Semitic, and say that all the Arab citizens who want to destroy Israel should be transferred.” Another said: “We’re not talking about a minority, or children from families that have extreme political views, but about normal children who are afflicted with ignorance… The political discourse in recent years has given them the legitimacy to be prejudiced.”
  • In December 2010, dozens of municipal chief rabbis on the government payroll signed a letter supporting Eliyahu and his decree prohibiting Jews from renting property to non-Jews. One of the signatories, Rabbi Yosef Scheinen, head of the Ashdod Yeshiva (religious school), stated, “Racism originated in the Torah… The land of Israel is designated for the people of Israel.”
  • In December 2010, the wives of 30 prominent rabbis signed an open letter calling on Jewish women not to date or work with Arabs.The letter stated: “For your sake, for the sake of future generations, and so you don’t undergo horrible suffering, we turn to you with a request, a plea, a prayer. Don’t date non-Jews, don’t work at places that non-Jews frequent, and don’t do national service with non-Jews.”
  • In September 2010, the spiritual leader of the Shas party (which sits in PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government), Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, declared that non-Jews were created to “serve” Jews, stating that: “Goyim [non-Jews] were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world – only to serve the People of Israel… Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat. That is why gentiles were created.”
  • In August 2010, on the eve of peace talks in Washington, Yosef delivered a sermon describing Palestinians as “evil, bitter enemies” and calling on god to make them “perish from this world” by striking them with a plague.
  • In 2001, Yosef, delivered a sermon in which he stated: ”It is forbidden to be merciful to [Arabs]. You must send missiles to them and annihilate them. They are evil and damnable…The Lord shall return the Arabs’ deeds on their own heads, waste their seed and exterminate them, devastate them and vanish them from this world.”
  • In August 2010, Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, head of a state-funded religious school in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar, published a book that condoned the murder of non-Jewish children on the grounds that they may grow up to pose a threat to the state, writing that non-Jews are “uncompassionate by nature” and attacks against them “curb their evil inclination.” Several other prominent rabbis subsequently endorsed the book.
  • In July, 2009, Israel’s Housing Minister, Ariel Atlas, warned against the “spread” of Israel’s Arab population and said that Arabs and Jews shouldn’t live together, stating: “if we go on like we have until now, we will lose the Galilee. Populations that should not mix are spreading there. I don’t think that it is appropriate for [Jews and Arabs] to live together.”
  • In the aftermath of Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s devastating three-week military assault against Gaza that killed more than 1300 Palestinians in the winter of 2008-9, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported that Israeli army units had been printing t-shirts depicting disturbing, violent images such as dead Palestinian babies, Palestinian mothers weeping on their children’s graves, a gun aimed at a child, bombed-out mosques, and a pregnant Palestinian woman with a target superimposed on her belly and the caption, “1 shot, 2 kills”. Another showed a Palestinian baby, growing into a boy and then an armed adult, with the inscription, “No matter how it begins, we’ll put an end to it.”

(ism-dcmetro.org / 29.09.2011)

Syrians target US envoy as regime slams Washington

DAMASCUS (AFP) — Angry pro-regime demonstrators tried to attack the US ambassador to Syria on Thursday, as Damascus accused Washington of inciting “armed groups” into violence against its army.

A mob of nearly 100 Syrians tried to storm an office in the capital where the ambassador, Robert Ford, had just arrived to meet opposition figure Hassan Abdelazim, the latter said.

“They were protesting in the street and at the entrance to the building. They tried to break down the door of my office, but didn’t succeed,” Abdelazim told AFP.

“As soon as the ambassador came in at around 11:00 a.m., we heard a noise outside and hostile slogans being chanted. The demonstrators tried to attack the office.”

Ford was holed up inside the office for two hours before security forces arrived and he could return safely to the US embassy, said Abdelazim.

In Washington, State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner said “a crowd of demonstrators tried to assault Ambassador Ford and embassy colleagues today as they went” to a meeting with a “well-known Syrian political figure.”

He added that Ford and embassy staff “are now safely back” at the US embassy.

“The mob was violent; it tried, unsuccessfully, to attack embassy personnel while they were inside several embassy vehicles, seriously damaging the vehicles in the process,” Toner said in a statement.

“Syrian security officers finally assisted in securing a path from the ambassador’s meeting for him and his aides back to the embassy,” Toner said.

The incident came as the regime of embattled President Bashar al-Assad accused the United States of inciting “armed groups” into acts of violence targeting its military.

“Comments by American officials, notably Mark Toner, are striking proof that the United States encourages armed groups to commit violence against the Syrian Arab army,” the foreign ministry said.

“The words of the State Department spokesman, describing these terrorist acts as natural, are irresponsible and likely to encourage acts of terrorism and chaos in order to serve foreign goals against the interests of Syrians.

“Syria condemns strongly the US statements and affirms its determination to preserve its security and stability, to defend its citizens and to oppose all attempts to interfere in its internal affairs,” said the statement.

Answering a reporter’s question in Washington on Monday, Toner said it came as no surprise that some arms are being sent to Syria’s opposition.

“Well, look, I think it’s not surprising, given the level of violence over the past months, that we’re now seeing members of the military — or, rather, members of the opposition — begin to turn violent, or, rather, begin to use violence against the military as an act of self-preservation,” Toner said.

“I would say that the opposition’s shown extraordinary restraint in the face of the regime’s brutality and demanding their rights through peaceful unarmed demonstrations,” he added.

“It goes without saying that the longer the regime continues to repress, kill, and jail these peaceful activists, the more likely that this peaceful movement’s going to become violent.”

“So (I) think what you’re saying is, unfortunately, a natural development.”

Angry mobs had stormed the American and French embassies in Damascus on July 11 after the two envoys visited the central city of Hama, a flashpoint for protests against Assad’s regime.

On September 6, Ford strongly criticised Assad’s regime in a statement on Facebook, denouncing in particular justifications for the violent crackdown against demonstrators.

The French envoy, Eric Chevallier, said he was the target of a similar attack on Saturday, when a crowd hurled stones and eggs at him after he met Greek Orthodox Patriarch Ignace IV in Damascus.

Since mid-March, Syria has been shaken by an unprecedented pro-democracy protest movement that the Assad regime has sought to crush using deadly force.

More than 2,700 people have been killed in the unrest, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.

On the political front, prominent dissident Michel Kilo said anti-regime forces inside Syria oppose the Syrian National Council, an opposition body formed in Turkey last month, because it favours foreign intervention.

“If the idea of foreign intervention is accepted, we will head towards a pro-American Syria and not towards a free and sovereign state,” he told AFP.

“A request for foreign intervention would aggravate the problem because Syria would descend into armed violence and confessionalism, while we at home are opposed to that.”

And diplomats in Damascus said Ankara asked Damascus this summer to offer the banned Muslim Brotherhood government posts in exchange for Turkey’s support in ending the unrest, an offer rejected by Assad.

(www.maannews.net / 29.09.2011)

PA: 8 Security Council members to back UN bid

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The foreign minister in the West Bank government said Thursday that eight Security Council members are guaranteed to vote in favor of the Palestinian bid for full membership of the United Nations.

“The Palestinian Authority is now working to secure the ninth vote,” Riyad al-Malki told Voice of Palestine radio, adding that the PA will seek either Colombia or Bosnia-Herzegovina’s vote.

The eight countries set to vote in favor of the UN bid are Russia, China, India, South Africa, Brazil, Lebanon, Nigeria and Gabon, al-Malki was quoted as saying by official news agency WAFA.

The membership committee of the Security Council, made up of all 15 council nations, will hold its first meeting on Friday.

The Council decided to refer the Palestinian request to its members committee during a meeting on Wednesday, which lasted for around two minutes as there were no objections to the review.

Envoy to the UN Riyad Mansour told reporters on Tuesday that PLO officials are to send high level delegations to council members in a bid to win backing.

The PLO campaign faces an uphill struggle as the US has vowed to veto any resolution backing its application.

The United States and Israel, which insist that only direct negotiations can produce an accord, are lobbying furiously for council members to oppose or abstain in the resolution.

If the resolution does not get nine votes in favor it will fail and the United States will not have to use its veto.

Nine of the 15 council members have already said they recognize the Palestinian state, but diplomats say the PLO will struggle to get nine votes for the UN proposal.

(www.maannews.net / 2909.2011)

Nederland bezetter van Palestina

Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken, de heer Uri Rosenthal, heeft een gezamenlijk standpunt van de EU over de mensenrechten in Israël en dePalestijnse gebieden  geblokkeerd omdat de tekst te kritisch zou zijn over Israël. De verklaring over de veroordeling van het schenden van mensenrechten aan beide kanten was door de EU-landen geaccordeerd totdat Nederland plots bezwaar maakte.  Volgens het Duitse weekblad Der Spiegel moesten verwijzingen naar een twee-statenoplossing, naar de arrestatie van mensenrechtenactivisten door Israël en naar de verwoesting van Palestijnse huizen uit de tekst geschrapt worden. Volgens ingewijden zou de Israëlische
blokkade van de Gazastrook worden veroordeeld , net als de recente Palestijnse
terreuracties.

Door dit standpunt dat de Nederlandse regering inneemt, schaart ze bij volle verstand en voor de volle honderd procent achter Israël en al de wandaden die deze zionistische regering elke dag weer ten toon spreidt.
Nederland kan op deze manier medeverantwoordelijk worden gesteld voor alles wat
de regering van Israël elke dag weer uitvoert aan moorden, vernietigen van woningen en land in bezet gebied en het structureel vernietigen van de Palestijnse cultuur.

Door afstand te nemen van de zionistische regering had Nederland een oplossing kunnen bieden en het voortouw kunnen nemen op te komen tot een structurele oplossing, echter dat heeft de Nederlandse minister van Buitenlandse  Zaken gelaten, mede gezien zijn achtergrond, zoals Der Spiegel  fijntjes wist te melden.

Het is duidelijk dat dit Nederlandse rechtse kabinet niets op heeft met het Palestijnse volk, maar dat ze dit ook op het Europese toneel zo duidelijk laat blijven, is bij de honden af. Men kan in de Tweede Kamer wel als een paar opgetutte clowns naar elkaar lopen gillen om normaal te doen, maar het wordt dat de heren van kabinet en gedoogpartner afscheid van elkaar gaan nemen, de zooi opruimen, de deur zachtjes achter zich dicht doen en op een onbewoond eiland iets nuttigs gaan doen, waar de gemiddelde Nederlander geen last van kan krijgen.

Kabinet Rutte –Verhagen- Wilders laat niet alleen de Palestijnen in de kou staan, maar ziet ook toe dat de zionistische bezetter haar ‘werk’ kan blijven doen in de bezette gebieden. Dat heet in de volksmond gedeelde verantwoordelijkheid en dat is wat het ook is: door de achterbakse houding van dit kabinet wordt een volk van de kaart geveegd, krijgt dit volk niet de steun waar ze al die tijd op heeft zitten wachten, worden er dagelijks moorden uitgevoerd, huizen gebouwd in bezet gebied en ga zo maar door.  Gedeelde verantwoordelijkheid is mede verantwoordelijkheid en dus gewoon en geheel verantwoordelijk zijn voor wat de ander doet, en daar kan men dit kabinet straks op af rekenen bij de verkiezingen; niet alleen over de bezuinigingen en de crises in Europa, maar ook over het toezien dat de terroristische zionisten een land naar de hel helpen en tegelijkertijd mensen, vrouwen, kinderen en bejaarden vermoorden omdat ze Arabier zijn of moslim. De-islamisering gebeurt niet alleen in Nederland door dit kabinet maar ook in Palestina en andere plaatsen op de wereld.

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D66 en PvdA eisen uitleg over Nederlandse blokkade EU-standpunt Israël

Binnenland

D66 en PvdA eisen uitleg van minister van Buitenlandse Zaken Uri Rosenthal over het blokkeren van een gezamenlijk EU-standpunt over de mensenrechten in Israël en de Palestijnse gebieden. Ook Luxemburg heeft scherpe kritiek op Nederland, meldt NRC Handelsblad.

Bronnen in Brussel bevestigen tegenover NRC Handelsblad dat Rosenthal deze week een gezamenlijk EU-standpunt heeft geblokkeerd omdat de tekst te kritisch over Israël zou zijn. EU-landen waren het eens over een verklaring voor de VN-Mensenrechtenraad waarin mensenrechtenschendingen aan beide kanten werden veroordeeld – totdat Nederland plots bezwaar maakte.

Rosenthal (VVD) gaf volgens het Duitse weekblad Der Spiegel maandag persoonlijk instructies aan de Nederlandse ambassadeur bij de VN in Genève, vlak voordat het VN-debat over de kwestie zou beginnen. Der Spiegel verwijst nadrukkelijk naar de joodse achtergrond van Rosenthal en het feit dat hij met een Israëlische is getrouwd.

Rosenthal wilde dat verwijzingen naar een twee-statenoplossing, naar de arrestatie van mensenrechtenactivisten door Israël en naar de verwoesting van Palestijnse huizen uit de tekst geschrapt werden.

In de EU-verklaring zou onder meer de Israëlische blokkade van de Gazastrook worden veroordeeld, net als recente Palestijnse terreuracties.

Rosenthal reageert tegenover NRC:

“De concepttekst van de EU-verklaring was niet evenwichtig en sloot niet aan op de inhoudelijke ontwikkelingen van het EU-overleg bij de VN. De tekst stond verder op gespannen voet met het doel om tot hervatting van de onderhandelingen tussen Israël en de Palestijnen te komen. Nederland wil dat directe onderhandelingen tot een twee-statenoplossing leiden.”

De minister zegt verder dat de Nederlandse bezwaren gesteund werden door “onder andere Duitsland, Italië en Tsjechië”, maar diplomaten zeggen dat de tekst pas van tafel ging na het Nederlandse bezwaar.

Dat Rosenthal zich verzet tegen verwijzingen naar een twee-statenoplossing is opmerkelijk. In het regeerakkoord staat dat een twee-statenoplossing het “uitgangspunt” van een vredesakkoord moet zijn. Het Nederlandse verzet komt hard aan in Brussel – en gaat verder dan EU-bronnen van Nederland hadden verwacht. Het is allang EU-beleid om zo’n oplossing van twee staten te steunen. Ook Israël aanvaardt dit.

Luxemburgse minister reageert fel op blokkade

De Luxemburgse minister Asselborn, die aanzien geniet in de EU door zijn lange staat van dienst, reageert vanochtend ongekend fel op de Nederlandse blokkade. In een interview met de Luxemburgse krant Tageblatt zei Asselborn dat er van het Europees buitenlands beleid niets overblijft als landen zich zo gedragen.

“Ik hoop dat de Nederlandse collega’s nog eens goed gaan nadenken. Ik hoop dat dit een faux pas is, die snel rechtgezet wordt.”

Asselborn gaat ervan uit dat de Nederlandse houding sterk beïnvloed wordt door de PVV.

“Dat Geert Wilders in de binnenlandse politiek een rol speelt, gaat mij als Luxemburgse minister niets aan. Daar wil ik niets over zeggen. Maar als zijn ‘filosofie’ een Europese dimensie krijgt, wordt het problematisch. We hebben een probleem als Geert Wilders de Europese buitenlandse politiek bepaalt.”

D66 en PvdA hebben opheldering gevraagd over de zaak. Kamerlid Alexander Pechtold:

“Dit kabinet zegt een constructieve rol te willen spelen. Maar Rosenthal lijkt zich steevast pal achter Jeruzalem te scharen, mogelijk zelfs ten koste van één EU-stem. Dat is geen constructieve houding.”

Sinds Rosenthal minister is, betrekt Nederland actiever een pro-Israëlstandpunt. In het regeerakkoord staat dat Nederland verder wil investeren in de band met Israël. Onlangs bleek dat bij het verzoek van de Palestijnse staat om erkenning als lid van de VN, Nederland, samen met onder meer Tsjechië, bij de felste tegenstanders hoorde.

Een EU-functionaris zei gisteren dat Catherine Ashton, de Hoge Vertegenwoordiger voor het Europees buitenlands beleid, er niet meer van uit gaat dat de 27 EU-landen het nog eens worden over het Midden Oosten.  “Het zal al heel mooi zijn als de overgrote meerderheid achter één Europese aanpak staat. Als we maar niet in twee helften uiteen vallen.”

(www.nrc.nl / 29.09.2011)