Israel Plans Theft of 10% More West Bank Land

Israel occupies Gaza, East Jerusalem, and the West Bank illegally. Its settlements, closed military zones, tourist sites, and commercial areas control over 40% of the West Bank, including its most valued resource rich parts – notably water.

Its expanding settlements steal more. When completed, its Separation Wall will control about 12% of the West Bank. In 2004, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled it illegal.

It said its route and associated gate and permit system violate international law. It ordered completed sections dismantled, and “all legislative and regulatory acts related thereto” repealed or rendered “ineffective forthwith.”

It also mandated reparations for the “requisition and destruction of homes, businesses, and agricultural holdings (and) to return the land, orchards, olive groves, and other immovable property seized.”

In addition, it mandated member states reject the illegal construction and demand Israel comply with international law. Few have. Israel defied the ruling. Construction continues.

When completed, it’ll extend over 800km. It’ll be twice the length of the Green Line, four times as long as the Berlin Wall, and in some places twice as high. Palestinian communities are destroyed. Many are isolated.

Thousands of Palestinians are displaced. Weekly protests are held. Israeli security forces confront them violently. Land theft continues daily. Israel wants all valued areas and Jerusalem as its exclusive capital.

Palestinian rights don’t matter. Neither do international laws or ICJ rulings. Only what it wants counts. That’s how police states rule – through barrel of a gun ruthlessness against opposition.

On March 30, Haaretz reported new information in an article headlined, “Israel Defense Ministry plan earmarks 10 percent of West Bank for settlement expansion,” saying:

“For years Israel’s Civil Administration has been covertly locating and mapping available land in the West Bank, and naming the parcels after existing Jewish settlements, presumably with an eye toward” expanding them.

Through Freedom of Information Law requests, anti-settlement activist Dror Etkes found out. In some areas, parcel boundaries coincide with Separation Wall routes. State authorities claim national security necessity.

False! It’s land theft, nothing else. Moreover, Civil Administration maps and figures “suggest the barrier route was planned in accordance with the available land in the West Bank.” It’s near settlements to expand them.

“Available,” of course, means portions Israel wants to steal, besides all previously expropriated.

In total, another 569 parcels were chosen. They include about 620,000 dunams, or about 10% of the entire West Bank. Stealing it along with Separation Wall land when completed and what Israel now controls, comprises well over 50% of the territory with more added daily. It continues en route toward leaving Palestinians isolated in separate bantustans on worthless scrubland.

Haaretz said Israel’s Civil Administration wants Shvut Rahel, Rehelim, Hayovel, Migron, and other outposts legalized. Its own High Court ruled Migron illegal. Months ago it ordered dismantling and its residents evicted. If challenged, it suggests similar rulings against all 100 unauthorized outposts would follow.

Of course, all Israeli settlements are illegal, as well as 12 annexed Jerusalem neighborhoods and East Jerusalem settler enclaves. International law is clear and unequivocal. Fourth Geneva’s Article 49 states:

“The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.”

Israel spurns it, other international laws, and its own when it comes to Palestine.

Etkes thinks settlers knew Civil Administration plans when building outposts. If so, it shows government complicity in what it calls “unauthorized.”

Maps obtained, in fact, name communities that don’t exist. They include:

  • Shlomzion on Palestinian Aqraba community land;
  • Lev Hashomron in Kafr Haja;
  • Mevo Adumin in Azariya and Abu Dis; and
  • Mitzpeh Zanoah and Mitzpeh Lahav in south Mount Hebron.

Maps marked 81 sites on 114,000 dunams in Palestinian controlled areas A and B. The remaining 506,000 dunams are in Israeli-controlled Area C. Over 90% of the land is east of the Separation Wall.

According to Dror Etkes, it “means the administration flouts the peace process, which is based on the two-state principle.” Stealing all valued land excludes the possibility. Of course, Israel always rejected Palestinian independence and does now.

Most earmarked Area C areas are classified state lands, despite all of them belonging to Palestine. About 7,600 dunams are called “Jewish land” and 12,800 remain unclassified.

In response to information now known, Israel’s Civil Administration said maps are a data bank. Occasionally they’re updated, and don’t reflect settlement expansion plans. Haaretz exposed CA lies.

On March 30, a Haaretz editorial headlined, “Listen to Marwan Barghouti,” saying:

“Jerusalem would do well to listen to” his prison call to resist Israeli repression, boycott its products, and stop negotiating with an all take/no give state.

Before Palestine’s second Intifada began, he warned it was coming. Oppressed people only take so much before reacting. “His words fell on deaf ears. No one heeded his warning,” and Palestine’s more brutally repressed today than then, especially besieged Gaza.

“But anyone who thinks, like the government does, that this situation can go on forever undisturbed, is leading into another cycle of violence.”

Barghouti always endorsed nonviolent opposition. “(W)e should listen to him before it’s too late. If a third” Intifada erupts, Israel won’t “be able to feign surprise. Barghouti warned us.”

Israel Confronts Peaceful Land Day Demonstrations Violently

Friday, March 30, was Land Day. Annually, Palestinians commemorate the March 1976 killing of six Israeli Arabs, injuring another 100, and arresting hundreds more. They were nonviolently protesting land theft.

Earlier this year, organizers called for peaceful rallies against “the policies and practices of the racist Zionist state.” Solidarity protests were expected in 80 or more countries.

Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said “(w)hen crowds from 80 countries move towards Jerusalem, they send a strong message to the Israeli occupation that no one can accept what they are doing in Jerusalem.”

Israel confronts peaceful demonstrations and gatherings violently. Friday was no exception. Haaretz said soldiers and police attacked protesters in Bethlehem, Ramallah, Qalandiyah, at various checkpoints, and other locations throughout the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza.

Struck by a tear gas canister near Bethlehem’s Qubbeh checkpoint, Ali Arafe’s hospitalized in critical condition. So were others with bullet wounds and injuries from weapons fired at close range.

Thousands gathered around Jerusalem checkpoints, as well as Gaza, Lebanon and Jordan border areas.

One death was reported. Scores were hurt. Soldiers used tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets, live fire, sound bombs, a “scream” acoustic device, water cannons, and foul-smelling skunk water so concentrated a tiny drop can affect a 2,000 square foot house for days. Palestinians were also beaten.

Reporting live, Maan News said Adham Abu Salmiya was killed in northern Gaza. Demonstrations throughout the Strip continued all day. From border areas, Israeli forces used live fire. Protester Ebaa Rezeq said “(p)eople are falling here like flies. Blood everywhere.”

Numerous arrests were made. Critical injuries were reported. “Medics said the Israeli army used live fire to prevent protesters from approaching frontier barriers.” Israel lied claiming soldiers fired warning shots. Ebaa Rezeq said she saw them open fire on a crowd. At least six injuries resulted.

One Palestinian youth was severely injured when struck in the face by a tear gas canister fired directly at him from close range. The Red Crescent reported other serious injuries, requiring hospitalization.

A Final Comment

The Al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies & Consultations presented its 11th report in its “Am I Not Human” series. This one’s a short book titled, “The Suffering of the Palestinian Patient under the Israeli Occupation.”

It addresses health sector abuse causing Palestinian suffering. Vast differences exist between what Jews and Arabs get.

Fatima Itani and Atef Daghlas presented a detailed analysis of healthcare under occupation. They included case study examples of suffering “exacerbated by Israeli obstacles and the difficult conditions of Palestinian health care institutions.”

They also addressed checkpoint and Separation Wall delays, as well as obstacles pregnant Palestinian women face reaching hospitals and clinics in time to give birth. They don’t always make it and must manage on their own with whatever help they can get. Some die. All suffer needlessly.

Gaza’s deteriorated sector’s also highlighted. Siege causes critical shortages of virtually everything needed to deliver care. Since mid-2007, 380 Palestinians died.

The book graphically discusses vast differences between Jewish and Palestinian care in terms of resources allocated, facilities available, and treatment adequacy because of what’s available to provide it.

Lawless “experimentations performed on Palestinian patients in Israeli hospitals” are explained. Those affected include children, the elderly and mentally ill, and others abusively treated. “It reveals the testing of serious drugs on Palestinian prisoners and the illegal trade of Palestinian human organs from corpses to treat Israeli patients, including soldiers.”

“This conduct fails to respect international covenants which regulate medical experimentations on patients.”

In addition, the book covers Israel’s willful prisoner neglect. They’re denied proper treatment. Sickness and disease results even after being released. Since 1967, dozens of Palestinian prisoners died in prisons. Many others when freed.

Israel obstructs foreign travel for treatment, as well as the ability of Gazans to get it in West Bank or East Jerusalem hospitals able to provide what Gaza facilities can’t. Getting permission isn’t easy. It often requires spying on friends, relatives and neighbors. In other words, collaborating deceitfully to receive vitally needed case. Most refuse and are denied.

Other topics include affects from frequent Israeli attacks. They target ambulances, medical personnel, and facilities providing care.

Using testimonies, images and graphs, updated information explains how Israeli abuse causes needless suffering, especially when vitally needed healthcare’s denied.

(www.mathaba.net / 05.04.2012)

New York: Witness Bahrain, OWS & others to hold emergency rally outside Bahrain Embassy

Occupy Wall St. Global Justice Working Group, along with several other organizations, are holding an emergency demonstration outside the Bahraini Embassy as political prisoner Abdelhadi Al-Khawaja enters the 57th day of his hunger strike (http://www.bahrainrights.org/en/node/5049). Arrested in April 2011, al-Khawaja is a pro-democracy activist and co-founder of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights. He is in critical condition and risks organ failure.

“It’s imperative that the US pressure its close ally Bahrain to immediately release Al-Khawaja, stop daily attacks on democracy protesters and respect human rights,” said Radhika Sainath, a co-founder of Witness Bahrain and member of Occupy Wall St. “Time is running out.”

Nabeel Rajab, co-founder of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, stated “we are afraid that he might lose his life or lose part of his body at any time. We seek international intervention on Bahrain, politically, economically, to pressure the Bahraini regime to stop its crimes against the people and against all the prisoners, including my colleague and my teacher, Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja.”

Organizing groups also include Witness Bahrain, American Council for Freedom in Bahrain, Al-Awda NY, United National Antiwar Coalition, Pakistan Solidarity Network and Campaign for Peace & Democracy.

Background

According to the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, security forces have killed over 80 people since pro-democracy protests began in February 2011.  The regime detained thousands and led a campaign of retribution against anyone supporting or participating in protest, firing about 2,500 employees and destroying 40 Shi’a mosques and religious sites.

More than one year later, the situation has yet to improve. Bahrain’s government has not carried out critical recommendations by the independent commission that looked into extensive human rights violations during the crackdown. Bahraini forces continue to use excessive force against unarmed protesters and target media people who cover these protests. Journalists and human rights defenders have faced military trials, life imprisonment, torture, harassment and in some cases even death while in the custody of the Bahraini authorities. Hundreds of people remain behind bars for speaking out and demanding equal political participation. No high-ranking officials have been investigated for their roles in rampant torture or unlawful killings.

Inspired by the Arab Spring movements in Tunisia and Egypt, Bahraini democracy activists continue to protest on a daily basis, calling for freedom and democracy.

Bahrain is home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet. Between 2006 and 2011, annual U.S. assistance to Bahrain ranged from $5 million to $18 million. A proposed $53 million transfer of Humvees and TOW missiles to the regime is currently on “hold.”

(witnessbahrain.org / 05.04.2012)

Israeli army closes West Bank checkpoints

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s military on Thursday issued a closure order affecting crossings into and out of the occupied West Bank, ahead of a Jewish holiday.
“In accordance with the directives of the Minister of Defense and as part of the situation assessments in the IDF, a general closure will be implemented in the Judea and Samaria region,” a statement said.

The closure will begin late Thursday and be lifted late Saturday “in accordance with security assessments,” the military said.

“For the duration of the closure, persons in need of medical attention, humanitarian aid or exceptional cases will be permitted to pass for care, with the authorization of the Civil Administration.”

(www.maannews.net /05.04.2012)

Syria revolt hampered by disunity, supply failures

ANTAKYA, Turkey (Reuters) — Syrian activist Mahmoud Ali walked for two days across rugged hills to Turkey to collect a satellite phone and video equipment promised by dissidents in exile, only to draw a blank.

The soft-spoken teacher, wanted by the Syrian authorities for membership of the grassroots Local Coordination Committees, had dodged landmines, helicopters, army shelling and roadblocks in his home province of Idlib to reach the border.

“It has been all in vain,” he said. “Communications in most of Idlib have been cut for three months and we cannot get a Thuraya (satellite) phone because of the incompetence, or corruption, of the opposition on the outside.”

Ali’s story encapsulates the logistical shortcomings of a year-long popular uprising that has morphedn in places, into an insurgency against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who derides his divided opponents as foreign-backed Islamist “terrorists”.

The 27-year-old says he wants to show the world peaceful anti-Assad protests as well as tank and artillery bombardment of dozens of towns and villages in Idlib province which are still under fire despite plans for a UN-backed ceasefire next week.

Assad has agreed to UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan’s plan for Syrian troops to pull back from restive towns and cities by April 10 before a truce with rebels and a political dialogue, but the Syrian leader’s critics mistrust his intentions.

Militarily, the outgunned insurgents are in disarray, but a year of bloodshed which the United Nations says has cost more than 9,000 lives has failed to quell the anti-Assad rising.

It is the haphazard effort to aid the struggle in Syria that angers Ali and others exposed to Assad’s wrath – 40 out of 45 of his LCC comrades in central Idlib have been arrested or killed.

Ali was told that the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC) had sent $17,000 to an operative in the Turkish city of Antakya to buy him cameras, satellite phones and internet video broadcasting equipment, but when he contacted the operative he was given a run-around and returned empty-handed to Syria.

Internal squabbling

“The SNC are squabbling and drafting plans for a post-Assad Syria while not getting simple logistical requirements right,” Ali fumed. “The regime cannot annihilate the revolt, but the revolt will not be able to topple it without outside support.”

Prodded by Western and Arab powers alarmed by opposition disunity, the SNC said last week it would close ranks with its critics and help the revolt in Syria, where activists rage at woeful shortages of medical supplies and communications kit.

SNC head Burhan Ghalioun promised efforts to arm and finance the rebel Syrian Free Army, but said it was paramount to support those organising peaceful protests at the heart of the revolt.

“The opposition’s performance has been below expectations,” Ghalioun, a secular Paris-based academic, said of the fractious council in which the Muslim Brotherhood has a strong presence.

Human rights lawyer Catherine al-Talli, who spent time in jail after leading a protest in a Damascus suburb, said the SNC must loosen the Brotherhood’s grip on aid distribution, accusing the Islamists of channelling supplies only to their supporters.

“Activists like Ali with no political affiliation have no one to help them,” said Talli, who quit the SNC two months ago.

“Outside the SNC, you have individuals giving aid to their own regions, instead of thinking of the homeland as a whole, which weakens the revolt and costs more lives,” she complained.

Brotherhood sympathisers disagree with this portrayal of their role.

“A Brotherhood official heads the SNCs relief committee but they do not monopolise it, and money is equally distributed to activists’ groups on the inside,” said Islamist SNC member Abdelrahman al Haj. “We must not forget though that the Brotherhood has its own relief and aid organisation.”

None of this has eroded Ali’s adhesion to a cause he joined early in the revolt against 42 years of Assad family rule.

“I shouted for freedom and it felt so good, although I was afraid,” he said, acknowledging that once-daily protests were now limited to Fridays after prayers and funerals of “martyrs”.

Ali recalled the humiliation he had felt as a conscript in 2007 when military intelligence had forced all those in his battalion to “pierce our fingers and write yes with our blood to Bashar on ballot papers” in a presidential referendum.

‘Corruption and blackmail

“Everything became riddled with corruption and blackmail. The lowest security official could throw me out of my job and control my destiny,” he said of his $200 a month teaching post in Idlib before he went on the run seven months ago.

Ali, who used to supplement his income with bee-keeping, would bribe officials not to transfer him away from Idlib.

Idlib, along with the neighbouring province of Hama, bore the brunt of repression when Assad’s father, the late Hafez al-Assad crushed an armed Islamist uprising in the 1980s.

Syrians were quiescent for decades after those bloody events, in which the military destroyed Hama’s Old City, but activists say they will no longer stay silent.

Abdelbasset Othman, 17, a high school student who helped guide Ali across territory riddled with Syrian tanks and snipers, said 15 tanks and armoured vehicles had occupied his home village of Izmarin on the border with Turkey this week.

“The mayor went around neighbourhoods reading a statement by their commander that they will paint over (anti-Assad) graffiti and will shell any building where it re-appears. We have nothing to resist with, but we will not be subdued,” he said.

Nevertheless, hundreds of civilians are fleeing military assaults. Turkish officials say more than 1,600 have crossed the border in the past two days. More than 3,000 Syrian refugees now occupy the white tents of a new camp erected in farmland southwest of Antakya against a backdrop of snowcapped peaks.

Two veteran dissidents who fled Syria to escape a wave of killings of human rights campaigners and protest leaders said the revolution would triumph despite the lack of supplies.

“This is a popular revolution where three-quarters of the population is against the regime. The army is having to storm cities and towns several times over and every time the revolt picks up,” said Fawaz Tello, a leader of the 2001 “Damascus Spring” movement who spent five years as a political prisoner.

Mortal struggle

“The two sides are locked in a struggle to death and in the end one side will triumph. It will not be Bashar.”

Tello said activists in Syria had to “hold on for a couple more months as the international position turns against Bashar and the supply problem, civilian and otherwise, is solved”.

Fellow-dissident Mazen Adi said poorly-armed rebels were focusing on guerrilla tactics and broadening the popular support base, rather than mistaken attempts to hold urban strongholds which were then subjected to withering army bombardments.

“The rebels tried to fight open battles with the army and hold on to cities in the hope of encouraging more army defectors but the regime simply shelled these areas mercilessly and the civilian population suffered greatly,” Adi said.

(www.maannews.net / 05.04.2012)

Dundee–Nablus Twinning Association

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General Information

The city of Nablus lies in the middle of Palestine, in a valley rich in springs of fresh water between the two mountains of Jerzim and Ebal. It is about 24 km west of the River Jordan and is 550m. above sea level.

Nablus is about 66 km north of Jerusalem, 42 km east of the Mediterranean. Summer is hot and dry, winter moderate and rainy. The temperature ranges from 8° to 26° Centigrade.

One of Palestine’s largest cities, Nablus has a population of 326,752 in 2003, about half  in the old city and half in surrounding suburbs and refugee camps.

The City of Dundee is situated beside the River Tay, at sea level. It is at the end of a rift valley, and is overlooked by The Law: a ‘pipe’ or small volcano. It is about 60 km north of Edinburgh.

Summer is cool but sunny, winter is cold. The temperature ranges from about 0° to 20° Centigrade. It is Scotland’s fourth largest city, with a population of about 140,000.(in 2004)

Other Twins of Dundee and Nablus

Dundee is twinned with Nablus, Orleans (France), Wurtzburg (Germany) and Alexandria (USA).

Nablus is twinned with Dundee, Stavanger (Norway), Toscana (Italy) and Poznan (Poland).

Trade and Industry

Nablus is famous for its soap industry.  Also for marble and building materials, pharmaceuticals, goldsmiths, and the making of delicious sweets, the local variety being called ‘knafeh’.

Dundee’s chief business today is in biotechnology, electronics and education. Also computer games, comics, tyres, and call centres.

Both cities have been important trading centres. Dundee’s harbours are no longer as busy as they used to be, though it has enjoyed something of a revival with oil business and cruise ship visits. Nablus is at the junction of two ancient commercial roads running north/south and east/west. But in recent years Israeli road blocks have severely hampered imports and exports.

Education

In Nablus there are 66 public schools and 21 private.  In the refugee camps and the villages round about there are another 104, with camp schools run by the United Nations. There are two universities; An Najah University, largest of the universities in Palestine, with 19,000 students, and Al-Rawda National School. Nearly all the students live in the old city because it is impossible to travel daily from the villages through the checkpoints.

Dundee has 52 schools; 10 secondary, 41 primary and 1 special. There are 2 universities, Dundee and Abertay, plus Dundee College, with 33,000 students between them.

(www.dundee-nablus.org.uk / 05.04.2012)

Tanks ‘open fire’ east of Gaza City

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli tanks on Thursday opened fire in an open area east of Gaza City, locals said.
Locals told Ma’an they heard tank fire near the Israeli border.

Emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said no injuries were reported.

An Israeli military spokeswoman was not aware of any shelling in the area.

(www.maannews.net / 05.04.2012)

Israel soldiers backed by tanks enter Gaza Strip

An Israeli Merkava tank.
Israeli forces backed by tanks have launched a ground incursion into the Gaza strip, shelling agricultural lands,Press TV reports.
The tanks accompanied by a group of troops entered eastern Gaza on Thursday, shelling agricultural lands in east and north side of the Palestinian territory, a Press TV correspondent reported.

No casualties have been reported.

Gaza residents still live in what is known to be the “world’s largest open-air prison” as Israel remains in full control of the airspace, territorial waters and border crossings of Gaza.

Although residents in Gaza still suffer from a long Israeli siege, they have expressed their determination to “struggle to liberate the occupied land.”

In addition to farmland, Israel also destroys Palestinian homes in the occupied territories in line with its policy of expanding illegal settlement units.

According to a number of human rights groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, Israel has torn down “twice as many Palestinian homes in the occupied territories in 2011 as it did in 2010 in order to build Jewish settlements.”

(www.presstv.ir / 05.04.2012)

800 thousand Palestinian have been arrested by Zionist enemy since 1967

GENEVA, (PIC)– Head of the Palestinian Prisoners Society, Qaddura Fares, revealed that the Zionist occupation forces arrested since 1967 until today, nearly 800 thousand Palestinians, “on the backdrop of practicing their right, which is guaranteed by all international laws and norms, to resist the occupation in order to attain freedom and independence.”

He explained that “over the past decades until today, the occupation authorities have committed many crimes against the freedom fighters and that no peace agreement can be signed without freeing them.” This was revealed in Fares’ speech at United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, on Wednesday, during the second day of the United Nations International Conference on the Palestinian issue, which is held under the title “The issue of Palestinian political prisoners in prisons and Israeli detention centers … Political and legal repercussions. “

Fares said “The occupation authorities exercised torture, collective punishment, killing and detention of children, in addition to administrative detention and banning education, and they did provide neither adequate food nor medical care nor places of detention worthy of human beings and these conditions continue to this day.”

He called on the representatives of nearly 130 countries and human rights institutions that are participating in the conference, to give great attention to the issue of prisoners and put it in a clear context which does not accept more than one interpretation, and he said that the Zionist authorities keep in detention 30 prisoners suffering from chronic diseases and disabilities requiring an immediate transfer to hospital.

(occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com / 05.04.2012)

EU Rapport kolonistengeweld

The Rights Forum brengt vandaag een intern EU-rapport over het geweld van Israëlische kolonisten naar buiten. Als enig EU-land heeft Nederland dat rapport onlangs met een “algemeen voorbehoud” geblokkeerd. Daarvoor moet minister van Buitenlandse Zaken Rosenthal zich vanavond in een Kamerdebat verantwoorden. Openbaarmaking van het rapport dient een open en grondige publieke discussie over de gevolgen van het Nederlandse Midden-Oosten beleid, die dringend gewenst is.

Het door Nederland geblokkeerde rapport dateert van februari 2012 en is een update van een rapport over kolonistengeweld dat EU-diplomaten in april 2011 hebben opgesteld. Rapport en update schetsen een onthutsend beeld van de toename en ernst van het geweld van kolonisten tegen Palestijnse burgers en hun bezittingen. Zo meldt de update over 2011 dat zich 411 incidenten van kolonistengeweld voordeden, een sterke stijging ten opzichte van 2010, dat kolonisten bijna tienduizend bomen hebben vernield en dat de Israëlische autoriteiten tot dusver nalaten om de Palestijnse bevolking te beschermen.

Het rapport (1) en de update (2) kunt u hieronder lezen. Het “(*)” achter de titel van de update verwijst naar een belangrijke zin achteraan het document: “NL places a general reserve on the document” – het voorbehoud waarmee de Nederlandse regering het rapport op dit moment blokkeert.

Rapport en update zijn door onbekenden gelekt en hebben The Rights Forum via-via bereikt. Na publicaties in NRC Handelsblad en internationale kranten heeft de oppositie een Kamerdebat aangevraagd. Dit “algemeen overleg” zal vanavond van 18.30 – 20.30 uur plaatsvinden en is live via internet te volgen. Daarin zal ook de Nederlandse obstructie van een ander EU-rapport aan de orde komen.

Lees ook ons persbericht en verdiepende informatie in het dossier kolonistengeweld.