De hoofdkenmerken van de Islam

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

1. Islam is de godsdienst van monotheïsme (Tawheed).
Geloven in het bestaan van één Schepper van de wereld is een feit waar elk nadenkend verstand van overtuigd is. Deze Schepper is de God die het alléén waard is om aanbeden te worden. Vormen van aanbidding zijn bijvoorbeeld: het brengen van offers, aanwijdingen doen (Nadr) en vooral de aanroeping (Du’aa).

De Profeet (saws) heeft gezegd
De aanroeping is de aanbidding.
(Goed en betrouwbaar, overgeleverd door Tirmidhi)

Het is dus niet toegestaan om ook maar iets van deze vormen van aanbidding aan een ander (of iets anders) dan Allah te richten.

2. De Islam verenigt en verdeelt niet: de Islam gelooft in alle profeten die Allah heeft gestuurd om de mensen te leiden en om hun leven te ordenen. De laatste van deze profeten is Mohammed vrede zij met hem, wiens religie, met Allah‘s bevel, alle voorgaande religies ongeldig heeft gemaakt. Allah heeft hem naar alle mensen gestuurd om hen te redden uit het onrecht van de vervalste religies, naar het recht van de behouden Islam.

3. De Islamitische voorschriften zijn makkelijk, duidelijk en begrijpelijk. De Islam staat geen fabels, valse geloven en ingewikkelde filosofieën toe. De Islam is te allen tijde en op elke plaats toepasbaar.

4. De Islam maakt geen compleet onderscheid tussen het materiële en spirituele. De Islam kijkt naar het leven als eenheid die beide aspecten omvat, zonder nadruk te leggen op het ene aspect om het andere te verwaarlozen.

5. De Islam benadrukt de geest van gelijkheid en broederschap tussen de moslims. De Islam veroordeelt dus regionale en raciale discriminatie.Allah heeft gezegd

{ إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِندَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ }
Zeker de meest eerbare van jullie bij Allah is degene die het meest (Allah) vreest. [49: 13]

6. De Islam kent geen priesterlijke macht die het ‘gewone’ volk uitsluit van het geloof. De Islam kent ook geen abstracte gedachten die moeilijk zijn te geloven. Ieder mens kan het Boek van Allah en de overleveringen van de Profeet (Ahadith) lezen, volgens het begrip van de Vrome voorvaderen (Salaf-us-Salih).
Vervolgens richt de mens zijn leven in volgens de Koran en de Hadith.

Islamitische richtlijnen – Sheich Mohammed bin Jamil Zino / (www.moslim.net / 27.01.2012)

Israël sloopt ‘dramatisch’ veel huizen van Palestijnen

Israël heeft vorig jaar 622 huizen van Palestijnen op de bezette Westelijke Jordaanoever gesloopt. Daardoor werden zo’n 1100 mensen van huis en haard verdreven. Deze aantallen betekenen een ‘dramatische’ toename ten opzichte van voorgaande jaren.

Dit stelt de humanitair coördinator van de VN voor de bezette Palestijnse gebieden, Maxwell Gaylard, in een vandaag uitgebracht rapport. ‘Het huidige beleid van sloop veroorzaakt menselijk leed op grote schaal en moet eindigen’, aldus de Australische diplomaat.

Eerder deze week nog werden 52 mensen, onder wie 29 kinderen, uit hun huis gezet in Anata vlakbij Jeruzalem. Israëlische militairen arriveerden midden in de nacht met bulldozers en verdreven de bewoners. De huizen van de Arabieren werden volledig vernield.
Israël zegt dat het alleen maar Palestijnse huizen sloopt die zonder vergunning zijn gebouwd.

Palestijnen klagen dat het vrijwel onmogelijk is een bouwvergunning te krijgen van de Joodse staat, vooral in Oost-Jeruzalem.

(www.parool.nl / 27.01.2012)

News from Syria 27.01.2012

#DeirEzzor Violent clashes between the Free Syrian Army and sec forces in the old airport area

#Idlib Maaret Nouman 10 army soldiers have defected at the Khaima checkpoint south of Maara

#Aleppo Bab Campaign of raids and arrest of activists and demonstrators in the city now

Head of #Farouk Brigades in #Homs Abdel Razzak Tlas confirms to me they are holding seven Iranians; 2 civilians and 5 Revolutionary Guards

more children killed in the city of #Homs yesterday, adding to the 384 #children dead in #Syria as of january 7

#Aleppo An evening demo in Hallek district within one of the most concentrated presence of sec forces in the area

#Damascus An evening demo numbered in the 100’s in Malieha; participants chanted for the regime’s ouster and are saluting the martyrs

Russia “disappointed” with UN Syria draft -envoys: UNITED NATIONS, Jan 27 (Reuters)

#Damascus Qudsaya An evening demo started; participants chanted for the encircled cities and reaffirmed their right to self-defense

#Aleppo Alansari An evening demo is underway; participants are chanting in solidarity with Marjeh the martyrs and the encircled cities

#Damascus Mouadamieh Private Khaled Hasanein Hasanein was martyred by security operatives because he supported activists

Open Letter from Gaza: Three Years after the Massacre, Justice or Nothing!

Tuesday, 27th December, 2011

Besieged Gaza, Occupied Palestine

We, Palestinians of Gaza, 3 years on from the 22-day long massacre in Israel’s operation ‘Cast Lead’, are calling on international civil society to make 2012 the year when solidarity with us in Palestine captures the spark of the revolutions around the Arab world and never looks back. On this anniversary we demand an international liberation movement that eventually leads to just that, liberation for us Palestinians from 63 years of brutal military occupation and ethnic cleansing that pours shame on any organisation or government claiming to endorse universal human rights.

We will never forget the hurt of 3 years ago, the criminal onslaught that we lived through, the blood of over 1400 murdered men, women and hundreds of children running through the streets of Gaza, between the rubble, soaking our beds and etched on our minds. We will never forget. For they are still dead, and thousands more are still maimed. [1]

We will never forget the last 63 years during which our land, homes, olive groves, lemon trees and cherished way of life was taken away from us, while Israeli soldiers held our fathers’ faces in the sands, imprisoned them, or shot them in front of us. We will not forget the sickening cowardice of the international community that has allowed and enabled this ethnic cleansing of our people, subjecting us to Israel’s racist Zionist vision that defines us, the indigenous people of Palestine, as the undesired ‘ethnic group’ for the region.

The US continues to ‘reward’ Israel with 6 billion dollars of tax-payers money while the EU increases its trade and diplomatic relations. For the Israeli apartheid regime this translates as the green light to unleash the 4th most powerful military on us to ‘do its worst’ against our civilian population, of which over half in Gaza are children and over 2 thirds are UN registered refugees.

In recent years, civil society and solidarity movements throughout the world have grown in their support for us, especially in 2011. As the world wakes up, the prospect of life without Israeli occupation and its system of race-based subjugation becomes more than a dream. We demand simply, human rights that anyone else would expect. This year, the first taste of liberation in the Western controlled Arab world arrived in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Many of those who took to the streets moved beyond their fear of being killed or tortured, facing up to the despotic, Western-backed regimes in the name of freedom for their families, communities and compatriots.

We will never forget them too, as we have lived much of our lives beyond this fear, our resilience against Israeli apartheid growing as the solidarity movements around the world grow. No longer under the boot of Western governments we urge the Arab street to do what the Israeli Apartheid Regime fears the most, to unite and build against them, the state that has violated more United Nations resolutions than any other. The siege breaking attempts into Gaza must continue, the second Free Gaza Flotilla exposed again the brutal and merciless edge of Israel’s hermetic siege.

In Europe and America the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS)[2] movement is reaching the mainstream. Huge victories have included campaigns against waste and transport infrastructure firm Veolia who build transport routes on Israeli occupied lands[3].Inspired and supported by Nobel Prize winner and anti apartheid hero Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the University of Johannesburg ended its collaboration with Ben Gurion University in Israel.[4] Other University campuses are pursuing boycott campaigns and major European Trade Unions have broken ties with Israeli Trade Unions. And a growing number of conscientious artists and singers are refusing to perform in Israel.

 All over Israeli internet sites and in government policy are attempts to deter the growing BDS movement,[5] an international strategy that succeeded against a similarly well-armed, Western affiliated apartheid regime in South Africa.

The effect worldwide of the Gaza massacres 3 years ago was a catalyst for a huge rise in worldwide solidarity and action in support of Palestine, just as the South African Sharpeville massacre was for South African blacks in 1960.

Our call this year will accept no compromise. We call upon all Palestine solidarity groups and all international civil society organizations to demand:

·         An end to the siege that has been imposed on the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as a result of their exercise of democratic choice.

·         The protection of civilian lives and property, as stipulated in International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law such as The Fourth Geneva Convention.

·         The immediate release of all political prisoners.

·         That Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip be immediately provided with financial and material support to cope with the immense hardship that they are experiencing

·         An end to occupation, Apartheid and other war crimes with immediate reparations and compensation for all destruction carried out by the Israeli Occupation Forces in Gaza.

For us, the sacrifices for resisting have often meant imprisonment, torture, collective punishment and death. Outside, the risks are lower, but with great possibility. We call on you to Boycott Divest and Sanction, join the many International Trade Unions, Universities, Supermarkets and artists and writers who refuse to entertain Apartheid Israel. Speak out for Palestine, for Gaza, and crucially ACT. There has never been a time when mobilizations are gaining such support. 1994 was the year of South Africa when Apartheid was thrown into the dustbin of history; with your support we can make 2012 the year of free Palestine!

                                                       THE TIME IS NOW!
List of signatories:

General Union for Public Services Workers

General Union for Health Services Workers

University Teachers’ Association

Palestinian Congregation for Lawyers

General Union for Petrochemical and Gas Workers

General Union for Agricultural Workers

Union of Women’s Work Committees

Union of Synergies—Women Unit

The One Democratic State Group

Arab Cultural Forum

Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel

Association of Al-Quds Bank for Culture and Info

Palestine Sailing Federation

Palestinian Association for Fishing and Maritime

Palestinian Women Committees

Progressive Students’ Union

Medical Relief Society

The General Society for Rehabilitation

General Union of Palestinian Women

Afaq Jadeeda Cultural Centre for Women and Children

Deir Al-Balah Cultural Centre for Women and Children

Maghazi Cultural Centre for Children

Al-Sahel Centre for Women and Youth

Ghassan Kanfani Kindergartens

Rachel Corrie Centre, Rafah

Rafah Olympia City Sisters

Al Awda Centre, Rafah

Al Awda Hospital, Jabaliya Camp

Ajyal Association, Gaza

General Union of Palestinian Syndicates

Al Karmel Centre, Nuseirat

Local Initiative, Beit Hanoun

Union of Health Work Committees

Red Crescent Society Gaza Strip

Beit Lahiya Cultural Centre

Al Awda Centre, Rafah

Source:

Open Letter from Gaza: Three Years after the Massacre, Justice or Nothing!

http://www.odsg.org/co/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2446:open-letter-from-gaza-three-years-after-the-massacre-justice-or-nothing&catid=39:Statements&Itemid=62

References

[1] http://www.dci-pal.org/english/display.cfm?CategoryId=1&DocId=917

[2] http://www.bdsmovement.net/call

[3] http://www.bdsmovement.net/2011/veolia-takes-severe-blow-as-it-fails-to-win-485-million-pound-contract-in-west-london-8559

[4]http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/southafrica/8404451/South-African-university-severs-ties-with-Israel.html

[5] http://www.hrw.org/news/2011/07/13/israel-anti-boycott-bill-stifles-expression

 (www.tahrir.ca / 27.01.2012)

2011 Successes of the Cultural Boycott of Apartheid Israel

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2011 was a year full of many successes in the campaign for the cultural boycott of Israel.  This summary will focus on the cultural boycott with emphasis on musical artists and groups.

The fall of South African apartheid was preceded by many musical artists who joined to create a movement. That movement became known popularly as “I’m not gonna play Sun City.”  Israel has not yet seen its Sun City moment fully, but as you’ll see, significant rumblings are beginning.

January, 2011: Jon Bon Jovi was asked not play in Israel.  Thus far, boycott efforts have been successful.  The singer had announced on Larry King Live he would perform in Israel.  After boycott efforts to ask him to refrain, no concert ever happened. [1]

French pop star Vanessa Paradis refuses to perform in Israel.[2] Her partner, American film icon Johnny Depp also cancels his visit to Israel.

February, 2011: Roger Waters (founder of Pink Floyd) comes out in strong support of the cultural boycott when he writes “Artists were right to refuse to play in South Africa’s Sun City resort until apartheid fell and whites and blacks enjoyed equal rights.  And we are right to refuse to play in Israel until the day comes — and it surely will come — when The Wall of occupation falls and Palestinians live alongside Israelis in the peace, freedom, justice and dignity that they all deserve.” [3]

German bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff, scheduled to sing five classical concerts in Israel, withdraws shortly beforehand.   He’d been asked to cancel his concerts by BRICUP, Boycott from Within and others.  He said his withdrawal was on grounds of illness.

Pete Seeger unequivocally supports the cultural boycott, stating “I misunderstood the leaders of the Arava Institute because I didn’t realize to what degree the Jewish National Fund was supporting Arava. Now that I know more, I support the BDS movement as much as I can.” [4]

May, 2011: August Burns Red refrained from playing at Tel Aviv’s Barby.  Just over one week prior to their gig sources said “they have no plans to reschedule, they cancelled because they do not want to play in Israel.”  A three month long effort had been launched to ask the band to refrain. [5]

Marc Almond’s cancellation was welcomed by the BDS Movement. [6] Letters, as well as a Facebook page were created to let the “Tainted Love” singer know about the real Israel.  His fans passed out leaflets before a UK concert at the Royal Festival Hall, London.  His welcome response came four days later when he refused to play in Israel.

June, 2011: Although Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is not a musician, the cancellation of his film promotion at the Jerusalem Film Festival brought a whirlwind of attention to the cultural boycott of Israel.  101 organizations signed a letter praising the basketball legend. [7]

Also, in late June, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine announced that they would refuse to perform in Tel Aviv. [8]  The voice of the Palestinian people was ultimately respected by the vintage punk rocker Jello Biafra.

Punk rock fans unite with punk bands and artists to launch Punks Against Apartheid.

July, 2011: Musicians Dave Randall, Maxi Jazz, and Jamie Catto release the single “Freedom For Palestine”  with the Durban Gospel Choir.  As the video went viral it gained momentum from endorsements by Coldplay, LUSH Cosmetics, Lowkey,  Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Massive Attack, Roger Waters, and many more. [9]

August, 2011: Tuba Skinny, while in Rome en-route to Israel , received information about the cultural boycott.  Tuba Skinny refused to perform at the Israel Government-sponsored Red Sea Jazz Festival, cancelling their concert only a few days prior to their scheduled gig. [10]  Latin jazz great Eddie Palmieri of Puerto Rico [11]and jazz musician Jason Moran of Houston [12] followed Tuba Skinny, and also cancelled their appearances at the Red Sea Jazz Festival.

September, 2011: Natacha Atlas stuns her Israeli booking agents when she refuses to play her scheduled concert in Israel.  She bravely states on her facebook page:

“…after much deliberation I now see that it would be more effective a statement to not go to Israel until this systemised apartheid is abolished once and for all. Therefore I publicly retract my well-intentioned decision to go and perform in Israel and so sincerely hope that this decision represents an effective statement against this regime.”[13]

The cultural boycott came closer to home as the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra went on tour.  Creative protests were seen in many cities in the USA and Europe.  A protest in London during  the BBC’s Prom Live Broadcast of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra resulted in worldwide press coverage when the BBC decided to halt its live broadcast of the concert.

Denise Jannah, was written to just prior to her tour in Israel.  She did perform in Israel, but her experience in Israel caused her to regret her choice, and she came out in support of the cultural boycott.  She stated: “Please let me start by telling you this: of a cultural BDS boycott Ramon and I had NO knowledge, none at all. This is where the problem started, for had I known I would have done things differently: the reasons for this boycott are valid.” [14]

Riverdance set designer Robert Ballagh, in bold support for BDS, called for the cancellation of Riverdance’s tour in Israel, but he was unable to stop it because he does not possess the copyright. However he donated all his royalties from the performance of Riverdance in Israel to the Irish Ship to Gaza campaign.[15]

October, 2011: The Yardbirds were scheduled to play in Israel, and a letter [16] signed by professors in the UK was written to them from BRICUP. They subsequently cancelled their performance.  Humanitarians are asking them not to reschedule in 2012.

Greek singer Martha Frintzila bows out of her performance at the Israel Government-sponsored Jerusalem Oud Festival with a the statement that she: “…will not participate in Oud Festival in Jerusalem for conscientious and political reasons.” [17]

Hosam Hayak, a regular performer at the Jerusalem Oud Festival, chose this year to cancel, making a press release in Arabic on his facebook notes.[18]

In another boost to the cultural boycott,  John Michael McDonagh, director of Golden Globe nominated (director and main actor) film The Guard, announces that, “due to the conflict, [he] declined to attend the Haifa Film Festival 2011.”

November, 2011:  The Jerusalem String Quartet was met with creative protests in both the UK and North America.  Parody programs were received by concert attendees in at least four North American cities.[19]

Macy Gray tweets regarding her February Tel Aviv gig @MacyGraysLife “i had a reality check and I stated that I definitely would not have played there if I had known even the little that I know now.”

Punkers Zdob si Zdub of Moldavia were also asked to refrain playing in Israel.  They cancelled their 5 November concert, and the BDS movement is asking them to refrain from playing in 2012, as they are being pressured to “reschedule.”[20]

Mireille Mathieu was asked by BDS France [21] to cancel her concert in Tel Aviv.  The French singer was also the recipient of a letter [22] signed by seventy people in the artistic community in Gaza asking her to respect the boycott.  Mireille Mathieu’s courageous announcement [23] on her website that she has postponed playing in Tel Aviv is a welcome one.  The BDS movement encourages her to stand strong against pressure from both French and Israeli booking agents to “reschedule” her concert in the apartheid state.

Rapper MF Doom was called on by numerous groups and individuals not to “rap in the apartheid state.”  Press reports indicated he cancelled his 26 Nov concert due to illness.  As of this publication, Doom has not rescheduled his concert in Tel Aviv.

In Switzerland, over 150 artists pledge to boycott apartheid Israel.[24]

December, 2011:  Oumou Sangaré becomes the third French artist in 2011 to cancel her planned performance with the Israeli Opera, as BDS makes inroads into the classical music world.  An informative letter from BDS France was followed by letters from DPAI and BDS Italy. [25]
Joe Lynn Turner’s 16 December concert in Tel Aviv is cancelled.[26]

Joker (UK) refuses to bring his dubstep-bass sounds to Tel Aviv. It appears that his decision might have been influenced by other musicians in the London music scene who asked him to reconsider.

Looking Ahead to 2012:

UK and Irish musicians are taking the lead under the “Freedom for Palestine” banner.  In the USA, expect Lupe Fiasco to continue to vocalize his support for Palestinians.

Current campaigns for cultural boycott are underway for Bruce Springsteen, Arch Enemy and Red Hot Chili Peppers to alert  them about the reasons to join fellow musicians in refusing to play in the apartheid state. Cultural BDS is growing and volunteers remain busy working in countless creative ways.

(This post was written by Zoe Lawlor of the Limerick IPSC, and was first posted here)

NOTES:
[1]See section “Pop Stars urged to Boycott” in http://electronicintifada.net/content/boycott-roundup-us-tear-gas-maker-csi-urged-cancel-israel-sales/9175
[2] Haaretz.com Jan 16, 2011 Did pop star Paradis cancel Israel concert over politics? http://bit.ly/ePtc3T
[3] Roger Waters: My Journey to BDS http://www.alternativenews.org/english/index.php/topics/economy-of-the-occupation/3374-roger-waters-my-journey-to-bds
[4]http://mondoweiss.net/2011/02/pete-seeger-endorses-boycott-of-israel.html
[5] August Burns Red Have Cancelled Their Planned Concert in Israel http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1612
[6] Marc Almond cancels Israel performance http://www.bdsmovement.net/2011/letter-marc-almond-6933[ ]
[7] Media Release: 101 Organizations Praise Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Decision Not to Visit Israel  http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=3039
[8]http://punksagainstapartheid.com/2011/06/jello-biafra-cancels-tel-aviv-gig/
[9]”From the muddy fields of Glastonbury to the occupied streets of Gaza” http://www.freedomoneworld.com/
[10] http://refrainplayingisrael.posterous.com/tuba-skinny-respects-the-pacbis-call-cancels
[11] http://refrainplayingisrael.posterous.com/latin-jazz-great-eddie-palmieri-thank-you-for
[12] http://refrainplayingisrael.posterous.com/jazz-musician-jason-moran-cancels-concert-in
[13]  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Natacha-Atlas-Official/125501987488351?sk=wall
[14]http://www.kadaitcha.com/2011/09/18/denise-jannah-and-ramon-valles-now-support-bds/
[15] Riverdance should not go to Israel: Two open letters from the IPSC and set designer Robert Ballaghhttp://www.ipsc.ie/press-releases/riverdance-should-not-go-to-israel-two-open-letters-from-the-ipsc-and-set-designer-robert-ballagh
[16] http://www.bricup.org.uk/documents/cultural/Yardbirds.pdf
[17] http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1741  Martha Frintzila cancels participation in Jerusalem Oud Festival
[18] Hosam Hayak Press Release http://www.facebook.com/notes/hosam-hayek/%D8%A8%D9%8A%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%B5%D8%AD%D9%81%D9%8A-%D9%87%D8%A7%D9%85/10150341519462611
[19]http://www.usacbi.org/2011/11/jerusalem-quartet-protests/ Jerusalem String Quartet Met By Protests Across North America
[20] http://rebelfrequencies.blogspot.com/2011/11/bds-update-first-delay-then.html
[20] Letter ouverte de la Campagne BDS France a Mireille Matthieu  http://bit.ly/w26Xog
[22] Dear Mireille Mathieu  http://www.odsg.org/co/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2426
[23] “le concert prevu le 22 novembre 2011 en Israel a Tel Aviv est reporte a une date ulterieure”http://www.mireillemathieu.com/#/Nouveautes/Fiche
[24] http://www.bds-info.ch/fr/actualites/Declaration-of-Swiss-Artists
[25] See all three letters at “Victoire: Oumou Sangare annule son concert en Israel”http://www.bdsfrance.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=617%3Avictoire-oumou-sangare-annule-son-concert-en-israel-&catid=9%3Aevenements-bds-france
[26] http://refrainplayingisrael.posterous.com/joe-lynn-turner-refrains-from-playing-in-apar
(www.ipsc.ie / 27.01.2012)

New UN report shows sharp rise in Palestinians uprooted by Israeli demolitions

IMEMC  –  27 January 2012

Almost 1,100 Palestinians, over half of them children, were displaced due to home demolitions in the West Bank by Israeli forces in 2011 – over 80 per cent more than in the previous year – according to a United Nations report released today (Thursday January 26, 2012).

“Demolitions and Forced Displacement in the Occupied West Bank,” prepared by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), adds that an additional 4,200 people were affected by the demolition of structures related to their livelihoods.

The report states that Israeli forces destroyed 622 structures owned by Palestinians including homes, animal shelters, classrooms and mosques – a 42 per cent increase compared to 2010.

In addition, over 60 per cent of the Palestinian-owned structures demolished in 2011 were located in areas allocated to Israeli settlements. Israeli forces destroyed 622 structures owned by Palestinians including homes, animal shelters, classrooms and mosques – a 42 per cent increase compared to 2010.

The report adds that that 90 per cent of the demolitions and 92 per cent of the displacement occurred in already vulnerable farming and herding communities in the territory known as “Area C” – which represents over 60 per cent of the West Bank where Israel retains control over security, planning and building.

Meanwhile, the report states that there was a “significant” decrease compared to previous years, with 42 structures demolished. However, at least 93,100 residents who live in structures built without a permit, remain at risk of displacement.

“The forced displacement of Palestinian families and the destruction of civilian homes and other property by Israeli forces in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, have a serious humanitarian impact,” the report points out, adding that the impact on families’ psychosocial well-being can be “devastating.”

It adds that Israel, as the occupying power in the West Bank, has the obligation to protect Palestinian civilians and to administer the territory for their benefit.

Following the report’s publication, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian Territories, Max Gaylard, visited the town of Anata where recent demolitions have left 52 people, including 29 children, homeless.

Gaylard called for an end to all demolitions and reiterated the statements of Valerie Amos, the Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and head of OCHA, who urged Israel, in a visit last May, to end its evictions policy and to look carefully at the key humanitarian concerns of demolitions and displacement in the West Bank.

Read the report below:

(www.australiansforpalestine.net /27.01.2012)

Tánaiste renews Gaza blockade call

Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore begins a four-day visit to the Middle East today.
Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore begins a four-day visit to the Middle East today.

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore has again called on Israel to change its policy in relation to Gaza and end its blockade of the territory.

Mr Gilmore was speaking at the start of a four-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories

During his visit, Mr Gilmore will meet Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and foreign minister Riad Malki.

He will also hold talks with the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, deputy prime minister Dan Meridor and foreign minister Avigdor Liberman.

The Tánaiste began his visit in Gaza today where he toured a number of UN-operated schools and projects. He also met a number of non-governmental organisations dealing with human rights issues as well as local business people to discuss the continuing impact of the Israeli blockade on the economy.

Speaking this afternoon, Mr Gilmore said it was dispiriting to see how little change there had been in Gaza since the end of the Israeli military operation there three years ago. “What I have seen today has reinforced my belief that it is utterly unjust as well as counterproductive to subject Gaza to these restrictions, to choke off its economy, and to reduce its people to a state of complete dependency.”

Mr Gilmore said he would be raising the situation in Gaza with Israeli government representatives in the coming days and reiterating the need to end the blockade and make progress towards a comprehensive peace agreement.

“This ultimately offers the most effective means of addressing the serious problems and inequities which the people of Gaza and the rest of the Palestinian territories currently face,” he said.

(www.irishtimes.com  /27.01.2012)

Nederland reageert op boerkaverbod

Het kabinet heeft vandaag ingestemd met een verbod op gezichtsbedekkende kleding. De Tweede Kamer en inspraakorganen reageren op het besluit.

PVV-leider Geert Wilders
‘Geweldig nieuws: boerkaverbod komt er eindelijk in Nederland! Voorstel vandaag door ministerraad. Prachtig!’

Tofik Dibi, Tweede Kamerlid voor GroenLinks
‘Laten we terwijl mensen onzeker zijn over hun toekomst en die van hun kinderen, vooral een handjevol boerka’s opsporen en beboeten…’

Arie Slob, fractievoorzitter ChristenUnie
‘Crisisaanpak kabinet Rutte: boerkaverbod instellen. Zo komen we er wel.’

Voorzitter Aydin Akkaya van het Inspraakorgaan Turken in Nederland
‘Dit is weer zo’n besluit waarbij de overheid niet goed heeft nagedacht over de consequenties. Vrouwen die nu alleen met een boerka naar buiten durven of mogen, zullen vanaf nu thuisblijven. Nu staan die vrouwen nog in de samenleving, kun je ze aanspreken en hebben ze contact. Straks zitten ze binnen en ziet niemand ze meer. En dat allemaal onder het mom van een popiejopiewet die zogenaamd opkomt voor de rechten van de vrouw.’

De Amsterdamse jongerenimam Yassin Elforkani
‘Ik maak me zorgen over de verschuiving binnen de samenleving als het gaat om de beperking van vrijheden. Helaas worden vrouwen die een boerka dragen nu nog meer beperkt. Ik hoop dat de Eerste Kamer er niet mee instemt, net als bij het verbod op ritueel slachten. We hebben gelukkig nog een Grondwet die alles toetst.’

‘Vrouwen die ik ken die een boerka dragen, willen geen gehoor geven aan het verbod. Ze zeiden: als het zover komt, dan blijf ik thuis. Het gaat om een verplichting en dat accepteren ze niet.’

Leyla Çakir, voorzitter van moslimvrouwenorganisatie Al Nisa
‘Wij zijn nooit voor een boerkaverbod geweest. Volgens ons moet een vrouw zelf kunnen beslissen om er een te dragen. Zelfbeschikking staat voor ons voorop. Het zou nu best kunnen dat sommige vrouwen demonstratief op straat een boerka gaan dragen, maar er zullen zeker ook vrouwen zijn die nu niet meer hun huis uitkomen.’

(www.trouw.nl / 27.01.2012)