Geen grote opkomst bij ‘Global March to Jeruzalem’

Geen grote opkomst bij ‘Global March to Jeruzalem’

Duizenden pro-Palestijnse actievoerders protesteren dit weekend met de ‘Global March To Jerusalem’. Ze liepen naar de grenzen van Israël. “Puur symbolisch natuurlijk. Ze weten ook wel dat ze er niet komen”, zegt Israël-correspondent Monique van Hoogstraten. De demonstranten herdenken de dood van zes Arabieren in 1976. Zij kwamen om het leven tijdens protesten tegen het Israëlisch beleid. Dat meldt de NOS.

Er vielen enkele honderden gewonden. Onder de slachtoffers bevindt zich Mustafa Barghouti, een Palestijnse parlementariër. Hij liep vanmiddag mee in de protesten en raakte ernstig gewond. “Hoe het precies gebeurd is, is niet zeker”, zegt Monique van Hoogstraten. “De een zegt dat hij geraakt is door een scherf van een traangasgranaat. De andere zegt dat Barghouti in elkaar geslagen is door andere demonstranten omdat hij te ver vooruit liep. Zeker is dat hij naar het ziekenhuis is gebracht. Zijn toestand is ernstig.”

Nog geen 100.000 deelnemers trok de mars tegen Israël, waaraan oorspronkelijk meer dan 2 miljoen mensen uit de hele regio zouden deelnemen. Er waren enkele kleine botsingen van Palestijnse demonstranten met de IDF.

( / 02.04.2012)

Global March to Jerusalem is a dud

Global March to Jerusalem is a dud

It was anticipated that as many as two million Arabs and foreign pro-Palestinian activists would storm Israel’s borders from all sides and infiltrate Jerusalem in order to protest the “Judaization” of the city. Even Israel was taking the threat seriously, and put a large amount of reserve military forces on alert for possible call-up. But in the end, the Global March to Jerusalem was a dud.

Several thousand people did gather at protest sites in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Gaza and the Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria. But the numbers were far lighter than originally threatened, and most Israelis were barely aware that there was a protest happening.

The most notable of the protests outside Israel’s borders happened in neighboring Jordan, but only because those few Jews who had chosen to side with their nation’s enemies were nevertheless attacked by local Muslims. A delegation from the anti-Zionist Neturei Karta movement, most of them Americans, attended the protests in Jordan and Lebanon. At the start of the event in Jordan, four Neturei Karta members were beaten by Jordanian Arabs before being rescued by other participants.

A handful of Jordanian youth did try to cross the border into Israel, but were stopped by Jordanian police. It was estimated that around 30,000-40,000 people gathered in Jordan.

In Lebanon no more than 7,000 gathered at the Beaufort Crusader fortress near Israel’s northern border to hear fiery speeches by Hizballah, Hamas and Palestinian Authority officials.

The turnout in war-torn Syria was negligible, with just a few hundred gathering in Damascus to chant anti-Israel slogans.

The situation was a bit more tense in Gaza and the Palestinian-controlled parts of Judea and Samaria.

In Gaza, thousands of Arab protesters attempted to approach the security fence separating the Hamas-ruled coastal strip from southern Israel. At least 29 people were wounded and one man was killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers stationed along the security fence.

In the so-called “West Bank,” a handful of protesters were wounded, and Israeli forces arrested 34 violent activists. The most intense action occurred at the Kalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem, where demonstrators hurled stones and firebombs at Israeli soldiers, who responded with a variety of crowd control weapons, including tear gas, sound blasts and foul-smelling water.

Israeli military officials said that the demonstrations had not been particularly severe, and were pleased with the army’s handling of the situation.

Despite the low casualty rate and the meager turnout for the “Land Day” events, Amnesty International still felt the need to issue a public condemnation over what it called Israel’s use of “excessive force” against the demonstrators.

Unwilling to admit that their stunt had largely fizzled into small localized protests, the organizers of the Global March to Jerusalem declared it a great success. Lead coordinator Ribhi Halloum claimed that activists from 84 nations had participated, and that the number of countries represented was far more important than the overall number of participants.

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Israeli forces shut down media launch in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided the Jerusalem office of a university media institute on Monday, shutting down the launch of an online media network and detaining employees.

Plainclothes police shut down the launch of the Hona al-Quds news site in the al-Khalidiya neighborhood of Jerusalem’s Old City, and confiscated equipment and files, network director Harun Abu Arrah told Ma’an.

Two employees — Adel Ruished and Mohannad Izheman — were detained, and guests attending the launch were blocked from entering.

Employees were presented with an order signed by the Israeli minister of internal security forbidding the event as a banned initiative of the Palestinian Authority, director of Al-Quds University Institute for Modern Media Lucy Nusseibeh told Ma’an.

The university, which launched Hona al-Quds, has been registered as an independent non-governmental organization with Israeli authorities for decades, Nusseibeh added.

The launch was intended to take place simultaneously with the institute’s Ramallah office by Skype.

Izheman, a university security guard, has since been released with a summons to return to police offices on Tuesday, and Ruished, the university’s Administrative Director of Jerusalem Affairs, is still being held, a university statement said.

Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said the facility was “closed until further notice,” on suspicions of use for Palestinian official activity in Jerusalem.

“This is the second attack on our media institution in five weeks — this is education and not a political project,” Nusseibeh said.

In late February, Israeli forces raided the institute’s Al-Quds Educational TV in Ramallah-district Al-Bireh and confiscated its broadcasting equipment, claiming it was interrupting legal broadcasting.

The same day, Israeli forces also raided Watan TV’s newsroom in Ramallah and seized transmitters.

Reporters Without Borders said at the time it was “deeply shocked” by the raids.

“These arbitrary and illegal operations served yet again to intimidate Palestinian media and journalists, the victims of repeated attacks by the (Israeli army),” the group said in a statement.

( / 02.04.2012)

Israel drops leaflets into Gaza warning of no-go zone

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli planes dropped pamphlets in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday morning, warning Palestinians not to enter a no-go zone on its southern border.

The leaflets, signed by Israeli forces general command, include a map of the zone, a Ma’an correspondent said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said the leaflets were dropped in several locations, and “reiterated to the citizens of the Gaza Strip to keep a 300-meter distance,” from the border area.

Israeli soldiers “will operate in accordance with the rules of engagement, and will use live fire if they need when the security fence is approached,” the leaflet warned, according to the spokeswoman.

It also warned against “cooperation with terror organizations, involvement in violent riots, and approaching the security fence,” she said.

The Israeli army said soldiers shot dead a Palestinian they suspected of trying to plant explosives beneath a fence at the border with Gaza late on Saturday.

“It should be noted that during the past week, (Israeli) soldiers uncovered three explosive devices adjacent to the security fence in the Gaza Strip. All three devices were diffused in a controlled manner,” an army statement said Sunday.

None of the armed groups in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip claimed responsibility for the alleged incident.

The killing of the unidentified Palestinian on Saturday came a day after troops at the border shot dead one person and injured over 30 others as protesters marked the Land Day anniversary.

Mahmoud Zakot, 20, was shot and killed near the Erez crossing, a medical official said. Thirty-one others were injured in that incident and in Khan Younis, six people were hospitalized.

Medics said the Israeli army used live fire to prevent protesters from approaching the border.

( / 02.04.2012)

Man dies of wounds from Israeli West Bank raid

File photo of Israeli raid in central West Bank village Nabi Saleh
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A young Palestinian man died on Monday morning from wounds suffered in an Israeli raid on his village near Ramallah last week, his family told Ma’an.

Rashad Theib Shoukha, 28, was critically injured by a gunshot to the chest during a dawn raid on Rammun village on Tuesday. His brothers Anwar and Akram were also injured in the raid.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said at the time that an Israeli soldier “was stabbed during routine activity … the soldiers responded to the attackers in self defense, and three were injured.”

The military said on Monday the circumstances of the incident were still being reviewed.

Relatives said forces did not permit a Palestinian ambulance to evacuate the men, and that they bled for hours before being taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. The army said the brothers received medical care at the scene.

Rashad’s brothers suffered gunshot wounds to the neck and thigh, villagers said.

Rashad Theib Shoukha
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Seventeen Palestinians Arrested From Beit Ommar in March 2012

Over the course of the past month, the Israeli army has arrested seventeen Palestinians from their homes in Beit Ommar, a village in the southern West Bank. Israeli Forces raid the village almost every night, often making arrests and ransacking homes. The raids have often targeted Palestinian minors, and activists and organizers involved in popular resistance initiatives against the Israeli occupation. Of the seventeen arrested, ten are under the age of 18.

During a raid, Palestinians are frequently taken from their homes without any explanation given as to why they were being arrested. Most often they are taken in jeeps to the Gush Etzion settlement, which houses a jail and interrogation center.

The names and ages of the arrested are below, along with the date of their arrest:

Naseem Khader Alamy, 34 years old (arrested March 1, 2012)
Hasan Alamy, 22 years old (arrested March 1, 2012)
Malik Alamy, 25 years old (arrested March 1, 2012)
Yousef Ibrahem Alamy, 36 years old (arrested March 1, 2012)
Malik Mahmoud Alamy, 20 years old (arrested March 1, 2012)
Aish Khaled Awad, 16 years old (arrested March 5, 2012)
Motaz Khaled Awad, 18 years old (arrested March 5, 2012)
Basil Khaled Abu Maria, 16 years old (arrested March 5, 2012)
Zain Hisham Abu Maria, 15 years old (arrested March 7, 2012)
Samy Abu Jouda, 15 years old (arrested March 7, 2012)
Said Imad Saleeby, 16 years old (arrested March 7, 2012)
Ahmad Mahmoud Saleeby, 16 years old (arrested March 12, 2012)
Bilal Mahmoud Awad, 16 years old (arrested March 12, 2012)
Mohamad Jawdat Ady, 15 years old (arrested March 12, 2012)
Amer Alqam, 16 years old (arrested March 12, 2012)
Ismail Eisa Saleeby, 34 years old (arrested March 23, 2012)
Hussein Ramzi Khadr Alamy, 14 years old (arrested March 31, 2012)

In addition, seven people have received papers from the Israeli army, requesting that they report to the security center for interrogations. Those people are:

Hamza Sabarna, 20 years old
Basim Alamy, 45 years old
Mohamad Alamy, 20 years old
Memdouh Alamy, 24 years old
Sofian Baher, 34 years old
Nadeem Safarna, 36 years old
Ibrahim Awad, 20 years old

( / 02.04.2012)

Abbas lays foundation stone for new embassy in Cairo

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday laid the foundation stone for a new Palestinian embassy in Cairo, the official PA news agency reported.

The mayor of Cairo joined Egyptian ministers at the ceremony, Wafa reported.

Abbas stressed the shared history of the Egyptian and Palestinian peoples and praised Egypt’s support of the Palestinian cause.

The president arrived in Cairo on Sunday for a two-day visit.

( / 02.04.2012)

Halal-bankieren in opkomst


Bankieren islamitische stijl is in opkomst. Door de toename van het aantal moslims in Europa, groeit het aantal banken dat verantwoorde of reine producten aanbiedt. Londen ging gister overstagen gaat achttien banken een vergunning geven.
Halal-bankieren past in de mvo-trend die in Nederland woedt. Waar pensioenfondsen zich op de borst slaan niet in onethische bedrijven te beleggen en banken als Triodos en ASN zich laten voorstaan op hun duurzame keuzes, zweert de halal-bank trouw aan de sharia. Rente wordt volgens deze regels gezien als een onaanvaardbare vorm van vermogensvermeerdering. Alleen een renteloze lening of spaarrekening is toegestaan. Er worden geen zaken gedaan met onethische bedrijven, die gerelateerd kunnen zijn met sex, muziek, gokken, wapens alcohol of varkensvlees, en speculatie is uit den boze.

Meer vestigingen

Ook in Nederland wordt islamitisch bankieren met renteloze lening steeds meer aangeboden. De Chaabi Bank, dochter van de Marokkaanse Banque Populaire, opent in Europa steeds meer vestigingen en ook in Nederland. Datzelfde geldt voor de Attijariwafa Bank. De banken hebben vestigingen in Utrecht, Rotterdam, Den Haag en Amsterdam. Grote Marokkaanse banken zien in Nederland genoeg mogelijkheden om te bankieren.

Volgens opgave van De Nederlandse Bank beheerden eind 2009 wereldwijd driehonderd islamitische financiële ondernemingen ongeveer 300 miljard euro. In Europa is vooral Engeland koploper. De potentiële markt is verder groeiende, onder meer door een beter opleidingsniveau en inkomensniveau, en de mond op mond reclame.

Grote markt

Het is en wordt wereldwijd een zeer grote markt. Zo becijfert investeringsbank Goldman Sachs dat het halal bankieren in omvang binnen 5 jaar wereldwijd zal verdubbelen tot duizend miljard dollar. Meer recent zijn de investeringen van buiten de traditionele islamitische investeerders in het Midden Oosten en Afrika.

( / 02.04.2012)