Hamdallah: Jerusalem a top priority for new PA cabinet

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Jerusalem and its holy sites are a top priority for the Palestinian Authority cabinet, newly appointed Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said Sunday while visiting the city.

Hamdallah told Ma’an that the PA is going to implement a number of projects in Jerusalem to support Palestinians, without providing further details.

The newly-appointed prime minister visited the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and the Al-Makassed Islamic Charitable Society Hospital, and was accompanied by the governor of Jerusalem, Adnan al-Husseini, the grand mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Hussein, PA health minister Jawad Awwad and several other officials.

Hamdallah said the PA is trying to build support for Jerusalem in Arab and international conventions, and was briefed about Israeli violations around the Al-Aqsa compound.

Israel captured East Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognized by the international community.

Eight out of 10 Palestinians in East Jerusalem live below the poverty line, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel said in May, calling it the “worst rate of all time.”

(Source / 16.06.2013)

DT&V: moeder wordt uitgezet, kinderen blijven hier

Aïsha Maher, moeder van vier kinderen. De oudste is acht jaar, de jongste nog geen twee. Aanstaande maandag wordt Aïsha uitgezet naar Marokko. Ze smeekte de Dienst Terugkeer en Vertrek of ze dan in ieder geval haar kinderen mee mocht nemen. Maar de DT&V besloot om onbegrijpelijke redenen dat zelfs dat niet mocht.

Aïsha’s verblijfsvergunning werd ingetrokken omdat haar echtgenoot in de bijstand terecht kwam: recente wetgeving bepaalt dat verblijfsvergunningen gekoppeld zijn aan sociale uitkeringen. Aïsha werd gearresteerd door de vreemdelingenpolitie en overgebracht naar detentiecentrum Rotterdam, zo berichten Hespress en contacten van deMarokkaanse Vrouwen Vereniging Nederland.

Europese verklaring van de rechten van de mens

Het gezin is de hoeksteen van onze samenleving. Maar dat geldt kennelijk niet voor mensen die geen Nederlands paspoort hebben – ben je geen Nederlands burger, dan is je gezin overgeleverd aan de slopende willekeur van de DT&V, ondanks de internationale wetgeving die de rechten van ouders en hun kinderen vastleggen.

In de Europese verklaring van de rechten van de mens luidtartikel 8:

“Een ieder heeft recht op respect voor zijn privéleven, zijn familie- en gezinsleven, zijn woning en zijn correspondentie.”

In artikel 5 van de – eveneens Europese – Terugkeerrichtlijnstaat:

“Bij de tenuitvoerlegging van deze richtlijn houden de lidstaten rekening  met:
a) het belang van het kind;
b) het familie- en gezinsleven;”

Deze wetten zijn de juridische vertaling van een gevoel dat iedere ouder, waar ook ter wereld, zal herkennen en dat grenzen overstijgt: een gezin ruk je niet uit elkaar. Kinderen horen bij hun ouders.

Dat de DT&V zowel de wetten als dit primaire gevoel achteloos aan de kant schuift, blijkt wel uit de ‘procesprotocollen’ van de DT&V als het om het scheiden van een gezin door uitzetting gaat. “Alle gezinsleden zijn verwijderbaar”, stelt het protocol. En waar normaliter de gevolgen van een uitzetting nog aan ‘bijzondere schrijnendheid’ kunnen worden getoetst, sluit het protocol die mogelijkheid bij voorbaat al uit als het om gezinnen gaat waarvan van één van de gezinsleden de verblijfsvergunning om wat voor reden dan ook wordt ingetrokken. Met andere woorden: het feit dat een gezin uit elkaar wordt gehaald, is niet schrijnend.

Afscheid

Afgelopen vrijdag hebben Aïsha’s kinderen haar bezocht in detentiecentrum Rotterdam om afscheid te nemen van hun moeder. Aan het einde van het bezoekuur wilde de jongste, van nog geen twee, niet vertrekken: hij klampte zich huilend vast aan zijn moeder. De bewakers rukten het kereltje weg.

Genoeg!

Onrechtmatige detentie, isoleercellen, slaapdeprivatie, mishandeling, het voortdurend dwarsbomen van onafhankelijk artsenbezoek, deportaties naar landen die volop in oorlog zijn of met behulp van vervalste papieren: hoeveel bewijzen over de praktijken van de IND, DJI en DT&V als moderne Gestapo-organisaties moeten er nog bij komen voordat we massaal zeggen dat het nu echt wel genoeg is zo?

(Source / 16.06.2013)

Jewish settlers storm Aqsa mosque

 

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Jewish settlers including journalists from various media outlets broke into the holy Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem on Sunday morning and strolled inside its plazas.

Eyewitnesses said that around 70 settlers provocatively roamed various plazas inside the holy site amidst tight security measures.

They said that the settlers were taking shots of various areas even the places where children memorize the holy Quran.

(Source / 16.06.2013)

Hamas mourns death of Haj Sakhel, demands retribution

 

 

NABLUS, (PIC)– The Hamas Movement mourned the death of Haj Saadi Al-Sakhel, who died yesterday in Juneid jail, and called for bringing the killers to justice.

In a press release, Hamas said that what happened to Haj Sakhel was a crime and its perpetrators must be held legally accountable.

It added that this crime reflected the size of violations which the Palestinian citizens are exposed to by the Palestinian authority security apparatuses in the West Bank.

Hamas hailed Haj Saadi Al-Sakhel as a father of a Palestinian family known for its heroism and sacrifices and said his family has endured a lot of suffering at the hands of the Israeli occupation and the PA security apparatuses.

Haj Sakhel died on Saturday afternoon in the PA intelligence headquarters in Nablus city a few hours after his arrest from his workplace along with his son.

In the detention center, PA security officers reportedly attacked the elderly man which resulted in his death.

(Source / 16.06.2013)

Palestine drops bid to register new UNESCO heritage site

A PLO official says leaders in Ramallah decided to drop plans to seek UNESCO heritage status for Battir.
BATTIR, West Bank (Ma’an) — Palestine is backing down from plans to ask UNESCO to place an ancient West Bank village on its World Heritage in Danger list, a year after the UN scientific and cultural agency voted to include Bethlehem’s Nativity Church.

Residents of Battir, southwest of Jerusalem, which is home to an ancient Roman irrigation network in continuous use for centuries, expected the Palestinian delegation to nominate the farming village for inclusion on UNESCO’s rosters during its annual convention, which opens Sunday in Cambodia.

Experts in Battir and Bethlehem who helped draft the application told Ma’an that the Palestinian delegation in Paris received a completed file in January. It should have submitted it by a February deadline but did not, the officials said. This is because in early 2013, Palestinian and Israeli officials worked out an informal agreement to freeze the nomination, a PLO official with knowledge of the decision said.

In return, the Israeli government indicated it would permit the UN agency to send an investigative team to Jerusalem, the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the sensitive negotiations with Israel.

“All the paperwork was ready for the Battir application … It was stopped in exchange for the delegation to Jerusalem,” the official explained.

Israel ended up reneging on the deal weeks after the deadline to submit Battir had passed.

“What we did was bad. It was a really big mistake … They were never going to allow UN investigators into their ‘undivided, eternal capital,’” the official added, referring to Israel’s vision for Jerusalem. Israel occupied the city after a 1967 war and later annexed it in a move never recognized abroad.

Israeli officials say they were unaware of the change of plans and denied that delaying or canceling the vote at UNESCO was part of the deal to bring the delegation to Jerusalem.

“This comes as a surprise,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor. “I really can’t think about why they would do that. They did seem very keen on pushing that forward.”

Palmor told Ma’an late Saturday that the informal deal to bring the UNESCO delegation to Jerusalem included shelving five pro-Palestinian resolutions at the UN, but not Battir’s UNESCO application. “As far as I know, the concrete measure was (only) to freeze a number of resolutions.”

Israel announced approval in April of a UNESCO monitoring visit to Jerusalem, the first since 2004. It followed demands from Jordan, which has historically administered Muslim and Christian holy sites in the city. In May, however, Israel said it was no longer cooperating because the Palestinians “politicized” the visit.

‘Missing a great chance’

The decision to put off the nomination angered Palestinian experts and local officials who had selected Battir based on imminent threats they said its cultural sites faced from Israel’s wall.

The Battir municipality is locked in a court battle with the Israeli army to re-route the barrier, and they hoped the global attention from a successful vote might even the playing field.

“Palestine is missing a great chance by not submitting the file,” according to Battir mayor Akram Bader. “We are in court against the wall.”

Bader said the Palestinian leadership neglected an opportunity to offer “protection against Israeli violations” as well as boost the economic, cultural and historical value of the village.

UNESCO’s 21-member World Heritage committee meets once a year to discuss the management of existing heritage sites and to consider nominations for new ones. It was at this conference in June 2012 that the agency narrowly voted to accept Palestine’s first submission, the Nativity Church, over the objections of Israel and the United States. Palestinian officials said they would submit Battir in 2013.

The village sits upon the slopes of two rocky, green hills where its farmers still use a 2,000-year-old Roman irrigation system that runs down the sides of both hills.

Battir’s lands are uniquely within all three designations of a 1995 agreement with Israel, divided into areas “A,” “B,” and “C,”. If Israel’s plans go forward, the wall will section off some 30 percent of areas “B” and “C,” lands which contain most of the village’s vital farmlands, officials say.

Giovanni Fontana Antonelli, a cultural programs specialist for UNESCO, called the Palestinian Authority’s decision “very inexplicable” and charged that it could “jeopardize the site forever.”

Antonelli, who helped prepare the application in December and January, said that UNESCO’s recognition would have made it “more difficult for Israel to grab that land.”

He also said it would have become a natural tourism destination. “People in Battir (could) start to have small businesses there instead of migrating,” he said.

Nada Atrash, head of research and development at the Cultural Heritage Preservation Center in Bethlehem, agreed that the nomination “would help Palestine but at the same time add to its responsibilities.”

Atrash, who was also involved in preparing the application, says the nomination “will not stop vandalism” because UNESCO can only issue statements and condemnations.

She said it was up to the Palestinian people to protect their land, but she hoped the Palestinian leadership would reconsider the application.

Calls to Nabil Abu Rudeina, a spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas, were not immediately returned. Nor did Riyad al-Malki, the Palestinian foreign minister, respond to inquiries Saturday.

Palestine’s delegation to UNESCO did not respond to repeated requests for comment by phone and email. Aides to ambassador Elias Sambar refused to make him available for interview.

(Source / 16.06.2013)

Doc Jazz in the Netherlands: Performance and Interviews – video and written

Doc Jazz (photo: Khaled Amekran)

Doc Jazz

As was announced earlier on this website, Doc Jazz recently concluded a trip to the Netherlands, where he gave a lecture at Erasmus University in Rotterdam about emigration (May 27), performed at the manifestation ‘NAKBA 65′ in Rotterdam (June 1), and was featured as the main guest in the NTR program OBA Live on June 4.

In this same period, he also gave an interview toAl Arte Magazine, which appeared both in Dutchand in English.

His performance at NAKBA 65 featured a variety of songs in Arabic, English and even one in Dutch. In his show, Doc Jazz played on guitar, piano, shibbabeh (Palestinian flute) and oud (Arabic lute). He also sang a few of his popular songs accompanied by his own backing tracks. At the beginning of the event, a pre-recorded clip by Doc Jazz featured him voice-acting a self-written monologue impersonating legendary hunger striker Samer Issawi. This audio-clip can be downloaded here, and is in the Dutch language.

Doc Jazz (photo: Khaled Amekran)Doc Jazz

For visitors in the Netherlands, this was the last chance to see Doc Jazz performing live, since NAKBA 65 was the last in a series of three yearly Palestine-events in the Netherlands initiated by the Musical Intifada. For more details on NAKBA 65, please check out the poster for the eventwhich can be found in this article. All in all, it was quite a successful event.

The OBA Live interview was meant to be an up-close personal encounter with Doc Jazz focusing on his emigration from the Netherlands to the United Arab Emirates, but turned out as an in-depth interview about the Nakba, the Right of Return and other issues connected to the Palestinian cause.

Those who understand Dutch can see the entire interview here, but for English speakers the interview has been limited to the conversation about the Palestinian cause, and provided with subtitles. Watch the embedded video here below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=128gaIMcW8s

The interview with Al Arte Magazine (al.arte.magazine), conducted by Aya Johanna Danielle Durst Britt, was titled: ‘From front door key to a free Palestine: the musical intifada of Doc Jazz’ and touched upon his self-taught musicianship, his motives behind mobilizing his music for the Palestinian cause, the symbolism in his work and his political positioning in the struggle.

An excerpt:

“I oppose the Zionist invasion of Palestine and the related dispossession of land and property, ethnic cleansing and racial segregation. Not surprisingly, I am strongly against normalization as well, since showing sympathy for the Palestinian cause while acknowledging the state of Israel simply cannot be. This militant and racist state is far from ‘normal’ and should not be treated as such. If it is treated that way, any sign of solidarity with Palestinians becomes implausible and meaningless.”

Read the entire interview here, and it also contains a link at the top for the Dutch version of it, which shows some minor differences with the English version.

(Source / 16.06.2013)

US raises false flag on Syria

Syrian Takfiri militants hold up their rifles in a Damascus neighborhood. (file photo)

Syrian Takfiri militants hold up their rifles in a Damascus neighborhood.
“Major war is in the making, but the only consolation is that the Takfiris are so vicious that they may yet end up attacking the gruesome totalitarian regimes of Saudi Arabia and other Middle East despots.” Turkey will also pay a price for its unwise intervention in Syria.”
A false flag is being hoisted. It is a big one, with garish colors, and it signals large-scale war.

Needless to say, it is the Americans who are doing the deceitful hoisting. When it comes to deceit, they are only outclassed by the Israelis.

Every sane person knows that, in Syria, it is the insurgents, particularly the Takfiri lunatics, who are using sarin gas. The evidence is clear. It includes videos as well as testimony from casualties and medical staff.

Moreover, the United Nations investigation under Carla Del Ponte reported that the rebel forces, not the Syrian government, are responsible.”Sarin was used on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities,” Del Ponte told Swiss TV.

But the USA, exhibiting its usual bullying arrogance, is bluntly asserting that the Syrian government is responsible. This is done on the Joseph Goebbels (Hitler’s minister of propaganda) principle that if you are going to tell a lie, make sure it is big one.

On this principle, the USA denies its culpability for the events of September 11, 2001 in New York. On this principle, the USA conveniently forgets that, deliberately claiming weapons of mass destruction when there were none, it embarked on an aggression against Iraq resulting in one million deaths.

And, on this principle, the USA ignores the conclusions of all sixteen of its own intelligence agencies and, instead, says that Iran is building an atomic bomb.

Furthermore, every sane person knows that the Syrian government would be out of its mind to use sarin gas. This is because it (and everybody else) is only too aware that the USA, UK and France are doing everything they can to find an excuse to attack.

These are the lying countries which, claiming to promote democracy, are engaged in arming the Takfiri throat-slitters, head-choppers and cannibals.

NB. Do not underestimate the ferociousness of the Takfiris. They think that only they have a right to exist and that all other people, including fellow Muslims, can be killed.

On Thursday, the USA announced more military support for the Takfiris. And, using the false flag allegation that the Syrian government is deploying sarin, the Western governments are now thinking of imposing no-fly zone in southern Syria close to the Jordanian border. They are also thinking about using Turkey as an air force base.

Obama is going down the same path as did Bush for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He is being backed by the usual war-mongers like Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham who are calling on the US to provide “lethal assistance, especially ammunition and heavy weapons” to Syria’s rebels.”

The warmongers go even further and are demanding the help of crony allies as happened with Iraq.

“The President must rally an international coalition to take military actions to degrade Assad’s ability to use airpower and ballistic missiles and to move and resupply his forces around the battlefield by air,” they said.

Sometimes it seems that all American politicians are war-mongers and we must not forget ex-President Clinton now shouting for cruise missiles to be launched.

How can all this aggression be explained particularly as it involves purportedly democratic countries supporting and arming the most anti-democratic forces (the Takfiris) in the world? The answer is that the Zionists, who control all Western foreign policy, want all Islamic nations to be smashed apart so that they cannot provide effective opposition to the expansion of Israel.

What of Russia? Alexei Pushkov, head of a Russian foreign policy committee, says that the sarin allegation is being concocted in a similar fashion to the lies concocted about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction prior to the US invasion of the country in 2003.

The Russian government states that the USA’s sarin claims are ‘fabricated’ and ‘not convincing’ which is diplomacy-speak for completely untrue.

Yet diplomacy-speak is unlikely to stop the Americans. They want to impose a no-fly zone, close to the Jordanian border, stretching twenty five miles into Syria. Turkey, moreover (now having political unrest because its government is so foolish as to believe Western promises to make Turkey a new power in the Middle East) is also a possible base for implementing a no-fly zone.

On top of all this, there is supposed to be a Geneva peace conference, organized by the USA and Russia. Only the USA could propose a peace conference while arming throat-slitters, head-choppers and gas-chokers.

Major war is in the making, but the only consolation is that the Takfiris are so vicious that they may yet end up attacking the gruesome totalitarian regimes of Saudi Arabia and other Middle East despots. Turkey will also pay a price for its unwise intervention in Syria.

And, if the Takfiris were to win in Syria, the Zionists will find that the Takfiris will directly attack Israel.

(Source / 16.06.2013)

Wat is geluk?

By Marianna Laarif

Een boer woont in een arm dorpje. Hij wordt door iedereen beschouwd als rijk, want hij heeft een paard dat hij gebruikt om mee te ploegen. Op een dag gaat het paard ervandoor. Zijn buurman vindt het vreselijk, maar de boer zegt alleen maar: “Wat is pech, en wat is geluk.”

Een paar dagen later komt het paard terug. Het brengt ook nog een wild paard mee. Zijn buurman vindt dat de boer veel geluk heeft gehad, maar de boer zegt alleen: “Wat is geluk, en wat is pech.”

De volgende dag probeert de zoon van de boer op het wilde paard te rijden. Het paard werpt hem af en de zoon breekt een been. De buurman toont zijn medeleven, maar de boer zegt opnieuw: “Wat is pech, en wat is geluk.”

Een week later komen militairen naar het dorp om jonge mannen te recruteren voor de verplichte dienst. De zoon van de boer willen ze niet hebben vanwege zijn gebroken been. De buurman laat weten dat hij toch wel geluk heeft gehad, maar de boer zegt weer: “Wat is geluk, en wat is pech.”

De moraal van het verhaal:
Geluk is niet afhankelijk van externe omstandigheden maar hoe je er zelf mee omgaat.

Arafat Jaradat and the torture of Palestinian prisoners that the Guardian won’t report

In late February, the Guardian devoted six separate news items (three stories and three photo posts) to the death of a Palestinian named Arafat Jaradat in an Israeli jail.  The stories, which all portrayed Jaradat and his ’cause’ in a sympathetic light, focused on baseless allegations by the PA that Jaradat, an Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade member who was arrested for terror activity, died as the result of torture – claims which were contradicted by the autopsy performed by Israel’s top forensic pathologists.

Here are the Guardian’s reports:

Item 1 (Phoebe Greenwood)

1

Item 2 (Associated Press)

2

Item 3 (Phoebe Greenwood)

4

Items 4 and 5: (Two photos relating to Jaradat from the same Feb. 25 edition of the Guardian’s ‘Picture Desk Live’)

1 and a half

1 and a half part 2

Item 6 (Picture Desk Live, Feb. 26)

Though the PA’s claims of torture received significant coverage, subsequent reports (a few days later) by Israeli pathologists – that the hemorrhages and fractured ribs found during the autopsy were caused by resuscitation attempts performed by medical staff, and not due to physical abuse – received no coverage in the Guardian.

Indeed, such myopic and at times obsessive focus on Israeli culpability is part of a pattern at the Guardian.

Similarly unreported by the paper are the myriad of credible charges of torture by Palestinian Authority security and prison personnel against Palestinian prisoners.  As Khaled Abu Toameh recently reported:

As a report [by Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR)] shows, there has been a 10% increase in the number of complaints of torture and mistreatment by Hamas and the Palestinian Authority during 2012 compared with the year before.

More than half of the 306 complaints about torture that were received last year came from Palestinians who had been detained or imprisoned by Abbas’s security forces in the West Bank, the report revealed.

Altogether, 11 detainees died in Palestinian Authority and Hamas prisons last year, according to the report.

One recent example of torture by PA security personnel was detailed in an April ICHR report.

The complaint of torture filed by Muhammad Abdelkareem Dar Muhammad, from Hebron, was one of the major complaints ICHR received in this regard. He claimed that he was subjected to torture and ill-treatment while detained by the [Palestinian] Preventive Security Agency in Hebron. On [April 28] 2013, he was rushed to the Public Hospital of Hebron for the second time after suffering speech impairment and injuries due to being subjected to beating on the head while hand-cuffed in solitary confinement throughout the period of his detention.

Yet, in contrast to the Guardian’s intense focus on one unsubstantiated accusation of torture in an Israeli jail, we were unable to find any mention at all by Guardian reporters or ‘CiF’ contributors of Muhammad Abdelkareem Dar Muhammad’s case, nor any of the other instances of torture and abuse of Palestinian prisoners in PA jails.

Though we have often charged the Guardian with consistently engaging in ‘activist journalism’ – a reporting style informed by the continual search for evidence to buttress their preconceived pro-Palestinian conclusions – this observation is likely only half correct. The ubiquity of reporting alleging Israeli mistreatment of Palestinians stands in contrast to the dearth of stories in the paper focusing on Palestinian mistreatment of fellow Palestinians, suggesting that advancing a narrative ofIsraeli oppression is of much greater concern to their reporters than genuine advocacy on behalf of the human rights of Palestinians.

(Source / 16.06.2013)

Israeli warplanes in intensified flights over Gaza

 

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GAZA, (PIC)– Israeli warplanes intensified flights over the Gaza Strip on Sunday morning.

A field observer said that F16s flew over all areas of the coastal enclave spreading fears among the population.

He pointed out that the warplanes were flying in rows at low altitudes, noting that the act was unprecedented since the last aggression on the Strip ended on 21st November last year.

(Source / 16.06.2013)