Gaza Rises: Palestinians “Rebel” Against Occupation


Jordanians take part in a rally to mark the the Naksa, in the Jordan Valley, on June 7, 2013.

Gaza – After Egypt, a Palestinian version of the “Tamarrud,” or Rebellion, campaign, will launch this week to protest the Palestinian Authority, the division between the West Bank and Gaza, and the Israeli occupation.

The organizers of the “Ya Filastini Tamarrud!” or “Palestinians Rebel!” campaign come from occupied Palestine and beyond. What motivates them is “the disregard shown by the governments in the West Bank and Gaza for the dignity of the Palestinian people.”

The rebels will first launch their campaign on Facebook then seek to collect signatures from Palestinians around the world at a later time.

Safaa Srour, member of the Tamarrud campaign, told Al-Akhbar, “Both governments in the West Bank and Gaza are engaged in policies that are detrimental to the Palestinian people. This pushed us to take the initiative and launch our campaign to rise up against all political hindrances that obstruct the battle with the occupation.”The borders that separate Palestinians and the diaspora mean that the campaigners cannot assemble in one specific place. In the end, they found no other solution but social networking services to promote the campaign.

Farouk Arar, another member of the campaign, said, “We do not want our initiative to be limited to occupied Palestine. Rebellion must be taken up by every Palestinian. The campaign should not be a temporary phenomenon that sometimes waxes and sometimes wanes.”

Tamarrud, according to Arar, aspires to end division and revive Palestinians’ awareness of their historical rights and duties to expel the occupation and put an end to the Palestinian Authority’s claims to legitimacy. Arar also said that the campaign seeks to organize action on the ground with broad participation, but away from the traditional political factions.

Arar believes that the online campaign will focus on those with Internet access first, and at a later stage, the campaign will initiate a petition that will cover all Palestinian communities, including in the diaspora.

(Source / 21.06.2013)


Human Aid 21 juni 23:36

Human Aid will be holding an event to raise funds for the people of Bangladesh on Wednesday 26th June 2013 at The Waterlilly in Mile End.

We are expecting over 1000 people and therefore require your help as a volunteer. Volunteers will have many different roles on the day so that we can ensure a smooth operation of the event.

The event will be open to the public at 6pm and finish at 9pm, so therefore volunteers will be expected to work approximately from 4/5pm – 9/10pm.

We will be holding a volunteers meeting for the sisters on the Sunday 23rd June @ 2pm and this will be important for all volunteers to attend.

I hope that you are able to offer your time to this worthy cause, Our brothers and sisters are suffering in Bangladesh and need our support .

Kindest regards

Umm Sumayah

Human Aid UK
East London Business Centre
Office G3
93-101 Greenfield Road
E1 1EJ
Tel: 0207 650 8922

Hamas calls on EU to remove its name from terrorist organizations’ list



GAZA, (PIC)– Hamas called on the European Union to remove its name from the list of “terrorist organizations”, stressing that it believes in democracy and openness to the world.

Fawzi Barhoum, spokesman for the movement, urged in a press statement on Thursday, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union Catherine Ashton, who is visiting the Palestinian territories “to act to lift the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip and to end its suffering caused by the Quartet’s unjust conditions.”

“We emphasize that Gaza is open to all those who want to visit it and help its residents,” Barhoum added.

He called on the EU to remove the name of Hamas from the list of “terrorist organizations”, and said: “Hamas movement is defending its people, and it believes in democracy and openness to the world.”

The Hamas official stressed the need to stop the Israeli violations and abuses against the Palestinian prisoners, holy sites, land and people.

(Source / 21.06.2013)

Zelfs een sok neem je niet mee naar je graf

By Marianna Laarif

Ik heb een dezer dagen een waargebeurd verhaal gehoord, dat ik met jullie wilde delen. Een broeder vertelde hoe een van zijn vrienden zijn vader verloor. Het ging op deze manier, voordat zijn vader stierf vroeg hij aan zijn zoon, hij eiste bijna, dat wanneer hij kwam te overlijden, zijn zoon hem met een oude sok zou moeten begraven.

De vader bleef dat maar herhalen (wasiyya) en de zoon stemde in. Daarna overhandigde de vader zijn zoon een brief die hij pas mocht openen als zijn vader stierf. Een aantal jaren daarna stierf de vader en de jongen herinnerde zich wat hij moest doen. Nadat zijn vader was gewassen ging de jongen op zoek naar een oude sok en wilde die zijn vader aantrekken. De man die de ghoesl (wassing) had verricht keek de jongen aan of hij gek was geworden. Hij verbood hem om de sok aan te laten trekken aangezien zijn vader alleen met zijn doodskleed mocht worden begraven. De jongen bleef zeuren maar de man bleef bij zijn standpunt. Verslagen ging de jongen naar huis en had het gevoel dad hij had gefaald. Thuis herinnerde hij zich de brief van zijn vader en hij opende het.

Toen hij het las moest hij zo hard huilen en drong iets tot hem door. In de brief stond: “en zoon, het is jou zeker niet gelukt mij die sok te laten aantrekken? Zo zie je maar weer, zelf een oude versleten sok neem je niet mee je graf in. Het enige wat je mee neemt zijn jouw daden en die bepalen jouw lot. Weet dat helemaal niets jou zal helpen in het hiernamaals en weet dat je zelfs geen oude sok mee kan nemen..

Mother arrested visiting child in Israeli prison

She was arrested because she had forgotten to remove her mobile phone from her pocket

She was arrested because she had forgotten to remove her mobile phone from her pocket

A Palestinian mother was arrested on Tuesday when she went to Israel’s Hasharon Prison to visit her 16 year old son. Shadad Al-Awar’s mother was detained in the waiting room of the prison on the pretext that she had forgotten to remove her mobile phone from her pocket, said the head of the Committee for Jerusalemite Detainees, Amjad Abu Asab.

“After the first search,” said Abu Asab, “the phone was found on the prisoner’s mother who protested that she had forgotten it was there.” The authorities, he added, refused to listen to her and insisted on holding her for questioning. She was taken to a police station in the Kfar Saba area. Neither her husband nor her five-month old baby were permitted to go with her. This was her first visit to see her son, who was arrested on 5 May.

The Israeli Central Court extended Al-Awar’s detention until the completion of the “legal procedures” against him. The prosecution rejected pleas to release him on bail under house arrest.

(Source / 21.06.2013)

How Israeli apartheid is coming unstuck


An ad for the Superland amusement park.

One incident of racism, though small in relation to the decades of massive, institutionalised discrimination exercised by Israel against its Palestinian Arab citizens, has triggered an uncharacteristic bout of Israeli soul-searching.

Superland, a large amusement park near Tel Aviv, refused to accept a booking from an Arab school on its preferred date in late May. When a staff member called back impersonating a Jew, Superland approved the booking immediately.

As the story went viral on social media, the park’s managers hurriedly offered an excuse: they provided separate days for Jewish and Arab children to keep them apart and prevent friction.

Government ministers led an outpouring of revulsion. Tzipi Livni, the justice minister, called the incident a “symptom of a sick democracy”. Defence minister Moshe Yaalon was “ashamed”. Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded that the “racist” policy be halted immediately.

Such sensitivity appears to be a reaction to an explosion of popular racism over the past few months against the one in five Israelis who belong to the country’s Palesinian Arab minority. Some Israeli Jews have started to find the endless parade of bigotry disturbing.

Israeli TV recently revealed, for example, that a group of children with cancer who had been offered a free day at a swimming pool were refused entry once managers discovered that they were Bedouin.

According to another TV investigation, Israel’s banks have a secret policy of rejecting Arab customers who try to transfer their accounts to a branch in a Jewish community, even though this violates banking regulations.

The settlers, whose violence was once restricted to setting fire to the crops of Palestinians or rampaging through their villages in the West Bank, are now as likely to attack Arab communities inside Israel. Torched mosques, offensive graffiti on churches and cars set ablaze in so-called “price-tag” attacks have become commonplace.

Similarly, reports of vicious attacks on Arab citizens are rapidly becoming a news staple. Recent incidents have included the near-fatal beating of a street cleaner, and a bus driver who held his gun to an Arab passenger’s head, threatening to pull the trigger unless the man showed his ID.

Also going viral were troubling mobile-phone photos of a young Arab woman surrounded by a mob of respectable-looking commuters amd shoppers while she waited for a train. As they hit her and pulled off her hijab, station guards looked on impassively.

However welcome official denunciations of these events are, the government’s professed outrage does not wash.

While Netanyahu and his allies on the far right were castigating Superland for its racism, they were busy backing a grossly discriminatory piece of legislation theHaaretz newspaper called “one of the most dangerous” measures ever to come before the parliament.

The bill will give Israelis who have served in the army a whole raft of extra rights in land and housing, employment, salaries, and the provision of public and private services. The catch is that almost all of the country’s 1.5 million Palestinian citizens are excluded from military service. In practice, the benefits will be reserved for Jews only.

Superland’s offence pales to insignificance when compared to that, or to the decades of state-planned and officially sanctoned discrimination against the country’s Palestinian minority.

An editorial in Haaretz this month observed that Israel was really “two separate states, one Arab and one Jewish. … This is the gap between the Jewish state of Israel, which is a developed Western nation, and the Arab state of Israel, which is no more than a Third World country.”

Segregation is enforced in all the main spheres of life: land allocation and housing, citizenship rights, education, and employment.

None of this is accidental. It was intended this way to guarantee Israel’s future as a Jewish state. Legal groups have identified 57 laws that overtly discriminate between Jewish and Palestinian citizens, with a dozen more heading towards the statute books.

Less visible but just as damaging is the covert discrimination Palestinian citizens face every day when dealing with state institutions, whose administrative practices find their rationale in the entrenchment of Jewish privilege.

This week a report indentified precisely this kind of institutional racism when it found that students from the country’s Palestinian minority were confronted by a series of 14 obstacles not faced by their Jewish compatriots that contributed to denying them places in higher education.

The wave of popular prejudice and racist violence is no accident either. Paradoxically, it has been unleashed by the increasingly inflammatory rhetoric of rightwing politicians like Netanyahu, whose constant fearmongering casts Palestinian citizens as disloyal, a fifth column and a demographic threat to the state’s Jewishness.

So why if the state is so committed to subjugating and excluding Palestinian citizens, and Netanyahu and his ministers so determined to increase the weight of discriminatory legislation, are they decrying the racism of Superland?

To make sense of this, one has to understand how desperately Israel has sought to distinguish itself from apartheid South Africa.

Israel cultivates, as South Africa once did, what scholars term “grand apartheid”. This is segregation, largely covert and often justified by security or cultural differences, to ensure that control of resources remains exclusively in the hands of the privileged community.

At the same time, Israel long shied away from what some call South Africa’s model of “petty apartheid” – the overt, symbolic, but far less significant segregation of park benches, buses and toilets.

The avoidance of petty apartheid has been the key to Israel’s success in obscuring from the world’s view its grand apartheid, most obviously in the occupied territories but also inside Israel itself.

This month South Africa’s departing ambassador to Israel, Ismail Coovadia, warned that Israel was a “replication of apartheid”. The idea that the world may soon wake up to this comparison deeply unnerves Netanyahu and the right, all the more so as they risk being identified as the party refusing to make concessions towards peace.

The threat posed by what happened at Superland is that such incidents of unofficial and improvised racism may one day unmask the much more sinister and organised campaign of “grand apartheid” that Israel’s leaders have overseen for decades.

(Source / 21.06.2013)

Egypt denies entry to 9 Palestinians

CAIRO (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities at Cairo’s international airport prevented nine Palestinians from entering Egypt on Friday as they did not have a visa in advance, officials said.

Four Palestinians carrying Israeli IDs were among those denied entry. Egyptian authorities sent them back to Amman.

Also, five Palestinians carrying Palestinian IDs were denied entry after arriving from Algeria, the United Arab Emirates, and Libya, according to the officials.

(Source / 21.06.2013)

Lawyer: Detainee to be deported to Gaza for 10 years

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – The Israeli military prosecution announced Thursday plans to deport detainee Iyad Abu Fnun from Nahalin village to the Gaza Strip, responding to his wishes.

Lawyer Ahlam Hadad told Ma’an that the Israeli prosecution at Ofer told her that they agreed on Iyad’s calls to be deported to Gaza for 10 years.

The lawyer added that Iyad will be released within two months and sent to Gaza.

Iyad was freed in a deal to release an Israeli soldier and arrested again afterwards. He could have faced 20 years of his original sentence in an Israeli jail, lawyers say.

(Source / 21.06.2013)

Israel refuses to investigate torture of 16-year-old

Israel has refused to investigate the brutal ill-treatment of a Palestinian child, a human rights group has stated.

On 6 February 2010, Mohammad Halabiyeh, then aged 16, broke his leg during his arrest by the Israeli border police. Mohammad — who hails from Abu Dis, near Jerusalem — needed urgent medical treatment. Yet the police interrogated and tortured him for five days by beating him, kicking him on his injured leg and threatening him with sexual abuse.

While being taken to a hospital, the interrogators punched Mohammad in his face, taped his mouth shut and beat him with an iron bar.

Two months after the horrible events, the Palestinian prisoner rights group Addameer filed a complaint to the military prosecution and the general legal advisor for the Israeli government. Addameer received confirmation of the receipt of the complaint in April 2010.

“Display of apathy”

More than three years after the complaint — on 18 June this year —  an Israeli military prosecutor informed Addameer that the file was closed without any investigations. The prosecutor had decided to send the file to the Israeli border police. But no investigations have been opened into the torture of Mohammad.

After a one-year trial, Mohammad was sentenced to 34 months in prison for alleged throwing of Molotov cocktails. His release came before the Israeli authorities had undertaken any investigation into his torture.

Addameer reminds us:

According to research by the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, all 700 complaints of torture made against interrogators in the past 10 years were closed without a criminal investigation. Additionally, many Palestinians who are tortured refuse to file complaints because of their lack of confidence in the system. This is not only a display of apathy towards the well-being of Palestinians, but also exposes the absolute impunity the occupation authorities practices in direct violation of international human rights and humanitarian law. To date, 73 Palestinian detainees have died from torture at the hands of their interrogators since 1967, most recently Arafat Jaradat, a young father who was detained for seven days before he was martyred in the interrogation cells on 23 January 2013.

Meanwhile, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has published damning comments on Israel’s implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Israel’s “unavoidable responsibility” to prevent and eradicate torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian children is addressed in one paragraph of the 21-page document.

The committee found that torture and ill-treatment were a serious violation of the convention on children’s rights and a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention. It called on Israel to immediately remove all children from solitary confinement and to launch without delay an independent inquiry into all alleged cases of torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian children. “This should include ensuring that at all levels of the chain of command, those who have been ordering, condoning or facilitating these practices be brought to justice and be punished with penalties commensurate with the gravity of their crimes,” the report stated.

When “circumstances cast a doubt about the way confession was obtained,” the  judicial authorities should investigate and prosecute acts that amount to torture or other forms of ill-treatment, the UN report stated. Israel’s refusal to investigate why Mohammad Halabiyeh was tortured clearly falls short of those requirements.

(Source / 21.06.2013)