Prisoner Jerboni undergoes gallbladder surgery


OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Palestinian prisoner Lina Al-Jerboni underwent a  two-hour surgery to remove her gallbladder after a sharp decline in her health condition.

Lawyer Tagreed Jahshan, the legal advisor to women for female detainees society, said on Sunday that one of the doctors she met told her that Jerboni should have undergone the surgery a long time ago.

Jahshan added that the delay in performing the surgery, according to the doctor, caused Jerboni to suffer severe inflammation of the gallbladder, noting that the prisoner would have to stay for four days in hospital to receive anti-inflammatory medication.

She also said that prisoner Jerboni is shackled at her hands and feet to a bed in the hospital in addition to the presence of two jailers in her room.

(Source / 09.06.2013)

Who wants an end to Syria?

Syrias army

It is not important to hold the Geneva Conference 2. What is more important is the context in which the conference will be held. The conference’s results will specify Syria’s future that lingers between two options.

The first option is to continue the war launched by the regime against its people. Such a scenario will eventually lead to Syria’s disintegration. The second option is to find a formula for a political solution in which Bashar al-Assad cedes power as soon as possible and in which a transitional government is formed to establish a better future for Syria.

This government must represent all categories of the Syrian people. It must possess all jurisdictions that allow it to lay down the basis of a new Syria linked to what is going on in the region and the world – that is, it must be a democratic Syria where there is a civil society and where elections are held. Not a Syria governed by totalitarian parties like the Brotherhood or like Baath. Such parties transform into a regime governed by one family and which are run by security apparatuses that control all state institutions.
The new Syria

A modern Syria must be a united country that has nothing to do with the governance of security apparatuses or with the alliance of minorities encouraged by Iran, which end up, knowingly or unknowingly, serving Israeli orientations. The second option, that begins with the departure of the regime symbols, represents hope. There is no hope for a united Syria unless the sectarian regime, which in the past 13 years transformed into a family inheritance only concerned with robbing the country and humiliating its people under the slogan of the “resistance,” goes.

“Resistance” is after all the excuse used for more than half a century – that is before the Baath Party seized power in 1963 to protect the regime. The excuse of the “resistance” thus cancelled people’s will and aspirations for a better future.
An Iranian-Russian attempt

What we are currently witnessing is an Iranian-Russian attempt to impose a fait accompli before the Geneva Conference 2 is held. This is all what it’s about. It is the direct introduction of the continuity of the current civil war in Syria.

Clearly speaking, Iran’s and Russia’s first concern is summarized in the insistence to involve Lebanese Party Hezbollah in Syrian battles. Their primary concern is also to increase the arms shipments sent to the Syrian regime so the latter resumes the mission of killing its people.

At a later phase, it seems that Iran will find itself obliged to be more involved in the war in Syria in order to prevent the regime’s exist from Damascus towards the coast.

Departing to the coast is the regime’s last option. It is the option of the non-viable Alawite state linked to the Lebanese Beqaa. This means purging operations will be resorted to along the coast especially in Latakia and along other big non-coastal cities like Homs. There are semi-confirmed reports that Iran has mobilized tens of thousands of fighters to go to Syria. Iran will thus become a mandatory part of the operation defending the Syrian regime and supporting the latter in its war against its people.
What will the world do?

Will the world just watch what Syria is going through? It all depends on the basis on which the Geneva Conference 2 will be held. Will the conference be held whilst the regime is capable of using its air force and of using Hezbollah fighters in order to maintain its grip on certain positions and thus cut aid to the Free Syrian Army?

In this case, there will be an international decision to eliminate a united Syria. What Iran and Russia do not understand, and what Israel understands very well, is that the continuity of the war in Syria mainly means eliminating the country’s unity. Perhaps Russia and Iran understand this more than Israel. And they perhaps understand well that their influence has no future in Syria if the country remains united.

Is there an American collusion in this plan? One can speak of such a collusion when observing the stances of Barack Obama’s administration that draws red lines for the Syrian regime but later cancels them once they are violated. It is nothing more or less than a farce. What the American administration is doing indicates one thing. It indicates the desire to disintegrate Syria under the excuse that the opposition is incapable of uniting and that there is the threat of the “al-Nusra Front.”

Those who facilitated the continuity of war in Syria by failing to impose a no-fly zone and not providing the FSA with advanced weapons are the unannounced major allies of the al-Nusra Front and all other parties resembling it.
Hope in the conference?

The Geneva Conference 2 may represent hope for Syria and the Syrians. It may also represent an epic failure if it is held amidst the current circumstances and if there is an absence of the desire to address what the Iranian-Russian alliance is doing on the ground. It is clear that this alliance’s only aim is destroying Syria. Destroying Syria and eliminating the Syrian entity in its current form is now is the only available chance for them to maintain their influence there.

Again, the question is not whether the Geneva Conference 2 will be held. But in what circumstances and amidst which power balances it will it be held. Will it be held whilst there is someone attempting to revive the dead – that is the current Syrian regime – in order to confirm that Syria is certainly heading towards disintegration? Or will it be held to work towards ending an illegitimate regime that has always stood against the Syrian people’s belonging to the culture of dignity, freedom and life?

(Source / 09.06.2013)

Israel sentences Palestinian to 19 years

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An Israeli court on Saturday sentenced a Palestinian from Gaza to 19 years in jail, relatives said.Iyad Mohammad Abu al-Jedian, 38, from Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip, was sentenced for resisting Israel’s occupation, Imad Abu al-Jedian, a relative, said. The sentence was handed down in Bersheba, southern Israel.Abu al-Jedian is a Fataha affiliate and is being held at the Nafha prison, his relative said.

His brother Nael is also serving a six-year sentence, he added.

Abu al-Jedian is married with seven children. Two of his brothers were killed during confrontations with Israeli forces.

(Source / 09.06.2013)

United Nations Resolution 446 (1979) on Israeli West Bank Settlements

Text and Context of a Resolution the United States Did Not Oppose

settlement constructionBetween Dec. 2007 and July 2008 alone, Over 1000 new buildings totaling 2,600 housing units were built in the settlements, an increased by a factor of 1.8 in comparison with the same period the previous year, according to Peace Now.Background

On March 22, 1979, the United Nations Security Council voted 12-0 to approve Resolution 446, creating a commission to study the impact ofIsraeli settlements in the occupied territories of the West Bank. The United States usually vetoed resolutions that could be critical to Israel. It did not do so in this case, even though it feared that the resolution could be “an irritant” in the peace talks between Egypt and Israel, as James F. Leonard, speaking for the United States at the U.N., put it. But Leonard also noted that the United States was opposed to Israel’s settlement policy.

The resolution was pressed by Jordan, which charged that Israel’s settlements were seizing Arab water sources and Arab lands while harassing Arabs into abandoning the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

In order to keep the United States from vetoing the resolution, Jordan and the sponsored of the resolution (Kuwait, Nigeria and Bangladesh) agreed to tone down the wording. An earlier draft of the resolution included the possibility of sanctions on Israel. The final draft did not.

The commission was established and furnished a report, which has since been largely forgotten. One segment of the resolution, however, remains significant for its unequivocal condemnation of Israeli settlements. “[T]he “policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967,” the Resolution read, “have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East.”

The resolution was approved, 12-0, with Britain, the United States and Norway abstaining. The full text of the resolution follows.


United Nations Security Council Resolution 446 (1979)

The Security Council,

Having heard the statement of the Permanent Representative of Jordan and other statements made before the Council,

Stressing the urgent need to achieve a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East,

Affirming once more that the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949 1/ is applicable to the Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967, including Jerusalem,

1. Determines that the policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East;

2. Strongly deplores the failure of Israel to abide by Security Council resolutions 237 (1967) of 14 June 1967, 252 (1968) of 21 May 1968 and 298 (1971) of 25 September 1971 and the consensus statement by the President of the Security Council on 11 November 1976 2/ and General Assembly resolutions 2253 (ES-V) and 2254 (ES-V) of 4 and 14 July 1967, 32/5 of 28 October 1977 and 33/113 of 18 December 1978;

3. Calls once more upon Israel, as the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention, to rescind its previous measures and to desist from taking any action which would result in changing the legal status and geographical nature and materially affecting the demographic composition of the Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem, and, in particular, not to transfer parts of its own civilian population into the occupied Arab territories;

4. Establishes a Commission consisting of three members of the Security Council, to be appointed by the President of the Council after consultations with the members of the Council, to examine the situation relating to settlements in the Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem;

5. Requests the Commission to submit its report to the Security Council by 1 July 1979;

6. Requests the Secretary-General to provide the Commission with the necessary facilities to enable it to carry out its mission.

7. Decides to keep the situation in the occupied territories under constant and close scrutiny and to reconvene in July 1979 to review the situation in the light of the findings of the Commission.

Adopted at the 2134th meeting by 12 votes to none, with 3 abstentions.

(Source / 09.06.2013)

FM: Abbas to meet Kerry in coming days

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas will meet US Secretary of State John Kerry within the next two days, the Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister said Sunday.”The president will meet Kerry either in Ramallah or Jordan,” Riyad al-Malki told Ma’an. “There seems to be no response from Israel to the efforts of the US Secretary of State.”

Abbas will discuss the latest developments in the peace process with Kerry, the PA official said.

Al-Malki is due to attend a donor conference on Tuesday in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, to discuss a proposed $500 million package to develop Jerusalem, the official added.

Foreign ministers from member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation are expected to attend the meeting.

In February, Qatari emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani called for a $1 billion fund for Palestinians in Jerusalem during the opening session of the Arab Summit.

President Abbas said last week that he wants to return to negotiations “as soon as possible,” while PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said the Palestinians were making “every possible effort” to help Kerry succeed in bringing the two sides to the table.

(Source / 09.06.2013)

‘Teach protesters a lesson’ in local polls, Turkey PM urges

ANKARA (AFP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday urged supporters of his Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) to use next year’s local elections to “teach a lesson” to the anti-government demonstrators whose mass protests have rocked the country for over a week.

“There are just seven months left until the local elections. I want you to teach them a first lesson through democratic means at the ballot box,” Erdogan told a crowd of cheering loyalists after landing at the airport in the southern city of Adana.

(Source / 09.06.2013)

Abdellah weer bedreigd met deportatie

Op 28 mei verhinderden de passagiers van vlucht AT 832 de deportatie van Abdellah G. Als één man stonden ze op en protesteerden bij de piloot. De marechaussee bracht Abdellah op hardhandige wijze tot zwijgen, maar kon niets anders dan samen met Abdellah het vliegtuig weer verlaten. Sindsdien zit hij in detentiecentrum Schiphol.

Op woensdag 12 juni wil de DT&V nogmaals proberen om Abdellah uit te zetten.

Zijn beroerde situatie heeft Abdellah met name te danken aan zijn vorige advocaat, die vanaf het begin af aan het standpunt innam dat Abdellah ‘netjes moest meewerken’ aan zijn deportatie naar een land waar hij geen opvang heeft en waarvan hij de taal nauwelijks spreekt. Abdellah woont al vijftien jaar in Nederland.

Niet alleen vond de advocaat dat Abdellah moest meewerken aan zijn eigen deportatie, hij stelde ook de familie niet op de hoogte van de uitzettingsdatum en legde de procedures zo aan dat het vrijwel zeker was dat Abdellah geen schijn van kans maakte.

Waarom? Geen idee. Maar in het eerste gesprek gaf de advocaat al aan dat hij waarschijnlijk over een jaar of twee bij de IND zou werken…

Abdellah heeft inmiddels een andere advocaat. Eén die zijn belangen wél behartigt. We hopen zowel voor Abdellah als voor zijn familie dat deze advocaat de aanstaande deportatie kan verhinderen.

(Source / 09.06.2013)

De oude kruik

By Marianna Laarif

Een waterdrager moet elke dag voor zijn meester naar de rivier om water te halen.
Aan weerszijden van zijn lichaam hing een kruik aan een houten juk.
De ene kruik was zo goed als nieuw, puntgaaf en zonder lek, de andere kruik was oud en gebarsten en hij verloor permanent water.

Bij thuiskomst blijkt de helft van deze kruik soms al leeg te zijn en dat deed de oude kruik veel verdriet.

Op een dag kan hij het niet meer voor zich houden en zegt tegen de waterdrager, meester ik schaam me zo.

Maar waarom dan toch, vraagt de waterdrager.
Omdat ik niet in de schaduw van uw andere kruik kan staan. Hij levert dagelijks de volle inhoud water af, terwijl ik onderweg steeds water verlies.

O, maar dat wist ik immers al lang, antwoordt de waterdrager. En toch heb ik je al die tijd graag willen gebruiken.

Zijn die mooie bloemen langs de weg je dan niet opgevallen? Ze groeien alleen maar aan jouw kant.
Enige tijd geleden heb ik daar zaad uitgestrooid, jij hebt ze elke dag begoten en nu kan ik steeds een prachtig boeket plukken voor mijn heer.

Een tijdje komt er geen antwoord van de gebarsten kruik, zo heeft hij het nog nooit bekeken. Hij heeft die bloemen wel zien groeien, maar dat zijn meester hem bewust in dienst heeft gehouden en dat hij hem ondanks alle gebreken toch kan gebruiken, dat was nog nooit bij hem opgekomen.

Israel official: No Palestinian state in ‘67 lines

A Palestinian woman holds a symbolic key during a rally to mark the 46th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, on June 5, 2013 at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem.

A senior Israeli official says the government will not agree to the borders that the Palestinians are demanding for an independent state.

Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon said Israel would not let such a state be established within the regional boundaries that existed prior to the 1967 Mideast war. Palestinians want east Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza – territories captured by Israel in that war. Danon’s remarks were broadcast on Israel Radio Sunday.

His remarks came ahead of another visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry to the region this week.

The government has distanced itself from similar comments made by Danon last week.

Israel’s chief negotiator Tzipi Livni told the station Sunday she was hopeful talks will resume with the Palestinians despite “elements” within the Israeli government.

(Source / 09.06.2013)

Libya’s army Chief of Staff sacked after deadly Benghazi violence

Libyan security personnel stand guard as residents of the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi bury demonstrators killed in clashes with militia groups.

The Libyan National Congress dismissed on Sunday Chief of Staff Major General Yussef al-Mangoush following deadly Benghazi clashes between protesters and a militia group, Al Arabiya correspondent from Tripoli reported.
At least 27 people were killed in the clashes. Reuters quoted a doctor on the ground as saying the Libyan militia was operating with Defense Ministry approval in the eastern city of Benghazi.
Protesters demonstrated outside the building of the Libya Shield brigade asking for the disbanding of militias.

“A group of protesters started protesting against the presence of militias. They were calling for the disbanding of groups to rebuild the army,” a Benghazi resident told Reuters.

“As I was leaving, I saw protesters throwing stones and the other side fired back.”

A spokesman for the security operations room in Benghazi told Reuters: “Initial reports say 18 people were injured and two were killed. No military action has been taken as of yet. We are waiting for elders to intervene.”

Ahmed Belashahr, a local activist, told Reuters: “People protested because they believe militias go against Libya’s stability, which can only be achieved through a proper army and police.”

Libya’s new rulers are still struggling to impose their authority on a myriad of armed groups who often take the law into their own hands, Reuters said.

(Source / 09.06.2013)