Soldarity with Khader Adnan & Palestinian prisoners

    • Vandaag
    • 18:30 tot 20:00
  • A joint PSC and Israel Apartheid Week UK event
    Room 3E / Malet Street

    Murad Jadallah from Adameer, Palestinian prisoner human rights group, is in the UK and will speak on Monday about the work done by Addameer on Khader Adnan’s case and all other Palestinian Prisoners.

    Adameer has been leading on the campaign to free Khader Adnan. They work on issues of Palestinian prisoner rights. They campaign to end imprisonment without charge or trial. Currently there are at least there were at least 309 administrative detainees in Israeli prisons. This number included 24 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council.

    Murad is also a member of the Herak Shebabi, the emerging independent Palestinian youth movement

    This meeting is organised jointly by PSC and Israel Apartheid Week UK

    Chair – Hugh Lanning, Chair, Palestine Soldarity Campaign

    Murad Jadallah, Adameer, Prisoner Rights and Human Rights Association
    Rafeef Zadiah, Secretariat Member of the the Palestinian BDS National Committee
    Kiri Tunks, Action for Palestinian Children and PSC

Kingdom of Women: Ein El Hilweh ~ مملكة النساء عين الحلوة

    • maandag 19 maart 2012
    • 19:00 tot 21:00
  • Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY
  • The Kingdom of Women by Dahna Abourahme Documentary
    |2010 |54 min Lebanon

    Khadije Abd El Al, Abla Hassan, Subhiyeh Mowed (Um Mohammad), Amal Shabai, Raja’a Shabayta (Um Amer), Halimeh Shana’a, Nadia Zaatari

    After the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, Ein al-Hilweh (the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon) was destroyed, and its men imprisoned. The Kingdom of Women documents the resilience, community spirit, and valor of the women from the camp during this period — how they rebuilt the camp and protected and provided for their families while their men were held captive.Weaving between past and present, animation and daily life, Abourahme honors women’s contribution to the survival of the Palestinian community in exile

    The interviews in this documentary demonstrate how women challenged social and religious traditional roles in order to rebuild their community. This period is seen by the women as a turning point in their personal development. Women physically rebuilt the camp in the course of two years time and kept their community functioning. The seven women and their families that the documentary focuses on is based on representing the different facets of the 1982-84 experience so that collectively they show a vision of the whole. Animation is used to visually recreate the image and spirit of the past. It is a way to play with imagination and reality: to reflect on the roles the women took on at that time and its present day implications.

    This event is organized by the Learning for the Empowerment & Advancement of Palestinians Program (LEAP), an educational enrichment program for Palestinian refugees in

Doha Conference – Turkish Minister: Jerusalem has to be freed of Israeli occupation

Atalay described Jerusalem as “a captive city in the hands of Israel,” saying that Israel’s policy is aimed at denying Jerusalem’s thousands-year-old history with Muslims, Christians and Palestinians.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay has said Jerusalem had to be freed of Israeli occupation if a lasting settlement was to reign in the Middle East.

“Without the liberation of Jerusalem, no real is peace and stability can be achieved in the Middle East or farther afield,” Atalay told the Anadılu Agency in Doha, Qatar, where he was set to participate in the International Conference for Defense of Jerusalem.

Atalay described Jerusalem as “a captive city in the hands of Israel,” saying that Israel’s policy is aimed at denying Jerusalem’s thousands-year-old history with Muslims, Christians and Palestinians.

Atalay said Israel’s excavations in Jerusalem threatened sacred sites in the city, adding that Palestinians in the east Jerusalem were even denied of construction permits on their own soil.

Atalay said, Israel was trying to isolate Jerusalem from other Palestinian territories, adding that the Jewish state was forcing Muslims to leave the city by selective and involuntary settlement.

“Israel’s oppressive attempt is aimed at changing Jerusalem’s historic fabric by intimidating Palestinians. Turkey will not allow that,” Atalay said.

The Doha conference is expected to gather politicians, diplomats, scholars, representatives of UN and other international institutions as well as Muslim, Christian and Jewish religious leaders.

Qatar Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas, Secretary General of the Arab League Nabil Elaraby,Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, and United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Robert Serry are among the participants of the event.

The conference will end on Monday with a “Doha Declaration.”

( / 26.02.2012)

Doha Conference – (Palestine) Abbas backs Emir’s proposal to go to UN for action against Israel


HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and (right) Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Omar at the opening of the International Conference on Jerusalem in Doha yesterday


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed his support to the proposal, presented yesterday by HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, to approach the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution for the formation of an international investigation committee to look into all the actions taken by Israel since the 1967 occupation of Arab Jerusalem with the aim of obliterating the Islamic and Arab landmarks.

Addressing the opening session of the Doha International Conference for the Defence of Al-Quds, here yesterday, President Mahmoud Abbas explained that the conference is being held at a very delicate stage, Al-Quds is facing challenges and dangers which cannot be ignored anymore.
Providing adequate answers to such challenges facing Al-Quds is a big responsibility which calls for adopting policies to ensure the preservation of its Arab and Christian-Muslim character, Abbas said.
Abbas also noted that the Israeli occupation authorities have accelerated their efforts to  obliterate the Arab and Christian-Muslim character of Jerusalem, in order to Judaise it.
The Palestinian president explained that the Israeli occupation authority’s attempts to achieve the ultimate goal of these plans in Jerusalem have three axes.

Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi arrives at the opening of the International Conference on Jerusalem in Doha yesterday

The first is that they are working to change the character and structure of Jerusalem, believing that they can remove the name of Al-Quds from the memory of the world.
In this context, Abbas said that Al-Quds is witnessing an unprecedented acceleration in construction of settlements, with a view to changing its architectural characteristics and its cultural roots.
Since the occupation authorities removed the Mughrabi neighbourhood after the 1967 war in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel is still demolishing Palestinian homes that carry historical symbolic such ‘Karm al Mufti’ and others, and building settlements in more than one site on lands confiscated from the citizens of the holy city, Abbas underlined.
He said Israel had put up  the “Apartheid Wall” and the settlements in order to isolate the city from its surroundings in the West Bank, and to prevent as well the communication between north and south of the West Bank.
The Palestinian president said the second axis of the plan of the Israeli occupation in the city of Jerusalem is completing the ethnic cleansing. Israel began implementing this scheme when the occupation began in 1967, forcing merchants, owners of business and the Palestinian citizens to leave their city through imposing high taxes associated with punitive measures.

Delegates of the Neturei Karta, Orthodox Jews opposed to Zionism visit a photo exhibition held on sidelines of the opening session of the International Conference for the Defence of Jerusalem in Doha yesterday

He emphasised that what is implemented by the Israeli occupation authorities is an ethnic cleansing against Palestinian citizens, to make them a minority in their city with resident status only.
The Palestinian President explained that the third axis is the Israel’s endeavour to impoverish the holy city, destroy its infrastructure and undermine its economic resources. He said Jerusalem has always been, through all ages in history, a centre of prosperity with thriving economic, medical, educational and tourism activity as well as embracing cultural, intellectual and artistic work in Palestine.
To achieve that end Israel closed the headquarters of many of the Palestinian institutions, like the East House, the headquarters of professional and workers’ trade unions, the Chamber of Commerce, which was founded in the 1930s before the Palestine ‘Nakba’ (exodus) and the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, Abbas said.
He said Israel also refused to grant licences to construct hospitals, universities, schools, hotels, apartments and shopping centres. The Jewish state has passed laws and taken measures to control the movement of foreign tourists to keep them away from the city’s hotels owned by Palestinians.
He pointed out that the most serious measure, apart from surrounding Jerusalem with a series of settlements in order to separate it from the rest of the West Bank, is the occupation authorities’ setting up permanent barriers since the 1990s, which prevent Palestinian citizens from entering Jerusalem whether for prayers, work, medical treatment, study, shopping or for visiting their relatives and  families without permits which are almost impossible to obtain.
The Palestinian president went on to say that these measures have led to what he called “the stopping of the flow of blood from arteries to the heart” because Jerusalem throughout its history had been receiving on  daily basis  tens of thousands of other Palestinian cities’ citizens, who used to flock to the holy places, markets, schools, hospitals and workshops.
He said the Israel’s aim is to rob Jerusalem of its historical and religious character. It wanted to wipe out its character as an avant-garde civilization and global centre. Its design aimed to reduce Jerusalem to an old and decrepit neighbourhood, deserted mosques and churches, empty markets and streets.
President Abbas underlined the need to support the steadfastness of Jerusalemites, the defenders of the holy city, stressing that they would challenge the grave circumstances facing them and would live in their city to protect Al-Aqsa mosque and the city’s churches.
The Palestinian president stressed the need to implement all plans and projects which aim to help save Jerusalem.
“To this end, we agreed with the Organization of Islamic Co-operation (OIC), which adopted the plans on Jerusalem, that we work together so that able Arab and Islamic countries could adopt one of the sectors needed to enhance the steadfastness of our people in Jerusalem such as health, education, housing, infrastructure, trade, economy, culture and religious sites”, Abbas said.
He said he had met the Secretary General of the OIC Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu. “We have an agreement on the plan and mechanisms to implement this. Dr. Ihsanoglu will personally follow up the implementation of this plan which we hope would serve to strengthen the steadfastness of our people in Jerusalem,” he added.
Abbas lauded the document on Jerusalem announced by Grand Sheikh of Al Azhar days before the conclusion of the Cairo Jerusalem Conference for the clear vision it contained and for the plans and activities it proposed.
He said , “Any work we do is based on the centrality of Jerusalem for the Palestinian cause. Out of this comes our adherence to our principal position of not to resume negotiations as long as the occupation authorities do not fulfill their commitments to halt all settlement activity, particularly in Jerusalem”.
Abbas underscored the need to work on several axes, the first of which being that Jerusalem must be the core issue in the political and economic relations between the Arab and Muslim and rest of the world.
He also called for developing a unified plan of action with the different Christian churches which are concerned with preserving churches as places of worship rather than being tourist attractions “as there are tens of thousands of faithful Christian who perform pilgrimage to the Holy Land every year”
The other contentious issue was the so-called annexation of Jerusalem by Israel through a law enacted by them on June 27, 1976. “This law is null and void because Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Palestine,” he said.
The second topic of discussions centered on strengthening the infrastructure of the community in Jerusalem by adopting projects to support institutions and other projects in the Holy City. “Towards this objective we can expand the scope of participation of entities by including NGOs as well as Arab and Islamic governments,” Abbas said.
“There are broad areas to build twinning relationships and partnership among similar institutions in various sectors like educational, economic, cultural and social. There are areas to make a qualitative difference through a series of small projects involving the maximum number of Arab citizens – Muslims and Christians”.
He said the third topic dealt with creating constant contact with the people of Jerusalem to break the siege imposed on them and on the holy city, pointing out to the leading role played by brethren in the areas of 48 who continuously organise mass visits to Jerusalem, praying in its mosques, shopping in its markets and helping its people feel that they are not alone.
“This area underscores the need to encourage all who can, especially brethren from Arab and Islamic countries as well as our fellow Arabs and Muslims and Christians in Europe and America to go to visit Jerusalem”, he said, adding that this move will have political, moral, economic and humanitarian repercussions on the city of Jerusalem and its people.
Later President Mahmoud Abbas and his accompanying delegation left Doha yesterday wrapping up a one-day visit to Qatar. He was seen off at Doha International Airport by HE the Minister of State Abdullah bin Khalifa al-Attiyah and Palestinian ambassador to Qatar Muneer Abdullah Ghannam.

Emir holds talks
with Mahmoud Abbas
HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani held talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his accompanying delegation at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, on the sidelines of the International Conference for the Defence of Jerusalem. Talks dealt with topics tabled on the conference’s agenda and the latest Palestinian developments.
The Emir also attended a luncheon banquet held in honour of heads of delegations participating in the International Conference for the Defence of Jerusalem.

( / 26.02.2012)

Syrian constitution referendum: huge turn out in Baba Amr in Homs

Despite the rumours that there are anti-regime protests in the country for the past 11 months, and rumours that they are being fired at, and persecuted, and that parts of the country are not the under the government rule anymore, and that some of these parts are under siege and heavy bombardment, Syrians are heavily turning up today to the ballot boxes to say YES to the new draft of the constitution.

Syrians are voting YES to a modern constitution, YES to the separation of powers and to a multi-party system where:

  1. The president holds the executive power and appoint his prime minister and ministers, and supervise the implementation of the government policies, but only the government is accountable to the parliament
  2. The president can dissolve the parliament, which is truly independent body
  3. The president appoints the members of Supreme Court, which is an another independent [judicial] body
  4. The president and his interior Minister appoint four out of five members of the committee, which approve new political parties.

I am sure Syrians will overwhelmingly vote YES in this referendum, and those in the minority who will vote NO, will be doing that only as a protect-vote against curbing the president periods in power to two, and against the removal of the privilege of the Ba’ath party.

The only consolation of the new draft constitution is that the term-counting for the current president starts from the next term. So he can stay 14 years, on the top of the current secured 14 years.

The Syrian state TVs reported this morning from Baba Amr in Homs, where apparently there is a huge turn out on the ballot boxes… Hilarious and amazing that the Syrians are still capable of being humorous:

( / 26.02.2012)

Syria-based PFLP leader in Gaza

A senior leader of the Syria-based leadership of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine arrived yesterday for his first trip to the Gaza Strip, the group said. Sources in the militant movement named him as Maher al-Taher, a member of the PFLP’s Damascus-based politburo.
“A member of the political bureau of the PFLP who is based in Syria arrived in the Gaza Strip via the Rafah crossing on the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip on his first visit to Gaza,” one source said.
Other sources confirmed the official was Taher, while denying he was permanently relocating from his base in Syria, which has been roiled by a violent crackdown on anti-regime demonstrators.
Much of the Damascus-based membership of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas which rules the Gaza Strip has reportedly abandoned Syria because of the unrest.
In a surprise move, a top Hamas official on Friday appeared to back the anti-regime protests. Ismail Haniyah, who heads the Hamas government in Gaza, offered his support to “the heroic Syrian people, who are striving for freedom, democracy and reform,” he told thousands of cheering people at a Cairo mosque.

( / 26.02.2012)

Abbas: Israel carrying out ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Reuters) — President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel on Sunday of trying to erase any Arabic identity from Jerusalem, drawing a strong response from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Abbas, speaking at a conference in Qatar, said that for the past few years Israel has been waging a “final battle” aimed at erasing the Arab, Muslim and Christian character of East Jerusalem, which Israel captured from Jordan during the 1967 Middle East war.

Abbas said that through settlement building in the West Bank and Jerusalem, Israel is carrying out an “ethnic cleansing, in every sense against the Palestinian residents in order to turn them into minorities in their own city.”

Netanyahu called the Palestinian leader’s remarks “a harshly inflammatory speech from someone who claims that he is bent on peace.”

“(Abbas) knows full well that there is no foundation to his contemptible remarks,” Netanyahu’s office said in a statement.

Israeli human rights organization BT’Selem says that since 1967 “the government has been taking actions to increase the number of Jews, and reduce the number of Palestinians” living in Jerusalem.

“The government of Israel’s primary goal in Jerusalem has been to create a demographic and geographic situation that will thwart any future attempt to challenge Israeli sovereignty over the city,” the group says.

Netanyahu, who opposes dividing the city, said that Jerusalem has been the “eternal capital for the Jewish people” for thousands of years. He said that Israel will continue to maintain the city’s holy sites and freedom of worship for all.

Israeli forces clashed with Palestinians in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Friday, exchanging a volley of tear gas and rocks.

( / 26.02.2012)

Dr Ghada Karmi – Palestine: What happened in 1948?

    • dinsdag 6 maart 2012
    • 18:30 tot 20:00
  • LT145, Huxley Building, Imperial College London
  • Imperial Collge Palestinian Society would like to invite you to Palestine: What happened in 1948?
    Dr Ghada Karmi, a Palestinian doctor, author and academic, will talk about the actions on the ground which preceded the creation of the Zionist state and origins of Palestinian refugees. Dr Karmi is also an honorary research fellow at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at Exeter University.

    All welcome

    Dr Ghada Karmi - Palestine: What happened in 1948?

Turkish medical delegation lands in Gaza

GAZA, (PIC)– A Turkish medical delegation landed in the Gaza Strip on Sunday after crossing the Rafah border terminal.

Local sources said that the 15-member team would visit Gaza hospitals and get acquainted with medical conditions.

The arrival of the team coincided with the arrival of another aid convoy “Wafa’a for Palestine” in yet another reflection of greater Arab and international sympathy with the besieged coastal enclave.

( / 26.02.2012)

PA (Palestine) to ‘reconsider cooperation with Israel’

President Mahmoud Abbas attends the opening of the International Conference on Jerusalem in Doha, Feb. 26, 2012.
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority is planning to reconsider its security, political and economic agreements with Israel in the coming days, a PLO official said on Sunday.

After exploratory talks with Israel ended without agreement, the PLO Executive Committee has agreed to take a number of measures to jolt the current stalemate.

PLO officials protest that they cannot enter negotiations while Israel builds settlements on lands needed for a viable Palestinian state.

The PA complained that Israel’s approval of 500 new settler homes and retroactive approval of 200 more in the northern West Bank last week is “stark indication of Israel’s policy to continue occupying the West Bank.”

In an interview with Egyptian channel CBC on Friday, President Mahmoud Abbas said the PA was planning a “major decision” in no more than 10 days, in response to the talks’ failure.

PLO Executive Committee Hanna Amira told Ma’an the PA will reconsider its cooperation with Israel, and reactivate popular resistance against Israel’s occupation. It will also consider taking its case to the UN General Assembly and Security Council.

“All alternatives are open in future, but that does not necessarily mean disbanding the PA,” he added, referring to past threats to dissolve the Palestinian government.

Senior Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine member Qays Abdul-Karim told Ma’an that Abbas’ measures would not break past agreements, but reevaluate their terms.

“The Israeli government has turned its back on all agreements and continues to impose facts on the ground through settlement expansion and the Judaization of Jerusalem … this cannot continue,” he said.

Without any further talks on the horizon, the PA cannot continue to carry out its duties, Abdul-Karim added.

The PA government was given temporary jurisdiction within limited areas of self-rule in the 1993 Oslo Accords.

The measures intend to press the international community to meet its obligations to the peace process and push Israel to adhere to international agreements, Abdul-Karim said.

“Otherwise, we will not be responsible for the tension and instability if Israel continues to deny us our rights,” he added.

No Israeli response to these moves could make the situation any worse than it is at present, the DFLP official said.

Israel froze the transfer of tax revenues to the PA — collected by Israel on the Palestinian government’s behalf under international agreements — twice in 2011 when faction leaders agreed to end their four-year division.

The Arab League has largely accepted the Palestinian plans, and will protect the PA financially if Israel withholds tax again, Abdul-Karim said.

But Amira said Palestinian officials expect little support from the Arab League and Arab countries because of their current focus on the situation in Syria.

( / 26.02.2012)