Higher committee takes Prawer Plan to the UN

Higher committee takes Prawer Plan to the UN

Al Qassam website – The Arab higher follow up committee has decided to complain to the UN over the Israeli Prawer Plan that will eventually displace tens of thousands of Arab Bedouins from their ancestral land in the Negev.

The committee said in a press release on Sunday that it was planning to send the complaint to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in her capacity as the higher leadership of Palestinians in 1948 occupied Palestine.

It said that it is an ethnical minority that has been the subject to apartheid at the hands of the official Israeli circles especially the Knesset that passed in its first reading the Prawer Plan that ran contrary to ethnical minority rights as endorsed by the UN.

The committee said that it would pitch a protest tent in front of the Israeli government premises and would work to establish a pressure group within the Knesset against final endorsement of that racist law.

The committee announced that it would postpone its scheduled general strike from 8 to 11 July.

The Prawer Plan stipulates among other articles the confiscation of around 800 thousand dunums of Bedouin land and relocating thousands of them after razing dozens of the so-called “unrecognized (Bedouin) villages”.

(Source / 01.07.2013)

Sixty Israeli soldiers enter Al-Aqsa Mosque

Al-Aqsa foundation said that regular incursions such as this are meant to impose a division in time and place for Jews and Muslims to worship in the mosque

Al-Aqsa foundation said that regular incursions such as this are meant to impose a division in time and place for Jews and Muslims to worship in the mosque

Sixty Israeli soldiers have entered Al-Aqsa Mosque wearing their uniforms in what is being seen as an attempt to strengthen a Jewish presence in the sacred Islamic site. According to Al-Aqsa Foundation for Religious Endowments and Islamic Heritage, the all-female group of soldiers was protected by security officers and entered the mosque compound from Al-Magharbeh Gate.

The foundation’s statement said that regular incursions such as this are meant to impose a division in time and place for Jews and Muslims to worship in the mosque. Describing the latest incursion as “illegal”, the foundation said that it breaches international laws and conventions which guarantee protection for places of worship under occupation.

(Source / 01.07.2013)

Maariv: Israel to approve 930 units in Abu Ghuneim Mount settlement

“Settling” constitutes a warcime according to international law and ICC statute. Even under US’ own military legislations’


OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Maariv newspaper said that the Israeli ministry of housing and the municipal council in occupied Jerusalem intend to approve on Monday a plan to build 930 housing units in Abu Ghuneim Mount (Har Homa) settlement, east of the holy city.

The newspaper noted that this plan was declared despite the efforts being made by US secretary of state John Kerry during his current visit to the region to revive the peace process.

It affirmed that the financial committee of the Israeli municipal council has embarked on studying the financial aspects of the plan before approving it on Monday.

The plan was first approved in 2011, but the Israeli decision was then shelved due to European political pressures.

(Source / 01.07.2013)

Nooit liegen

By Marianna Laarif

Pete en Joe zijn in de woestijn. Ze hebben erge dorst. Plotseling zien ze in de verte een moskee en ze besluiten om erin te gaan.
‘Ik ga doen alsof ik Abdul heet,’ zegt Pete ‘anders geven ze ons geen water en eten omdat we geen moslims zijn’
Ze gaan naar binnen en ontmoeten de imaam. ‘Hey, mijn naam is Abdul en dit is mijn vriend Joe.’
De imaam zegt: ‘Hey Joe en salaam Abdul.’ Later voegt de imaam eraan toe: ‘Joe, kom maar binnen en neem wat te eten en te drinken!’ De imaam kijkt naar Abdul en zegt: ‘Ramadaan kareem!’

Moraal van het verhaal: Nooit liegen!

One Palestinian child killed every 3 days by Israel for 13 years: statistics

“The International Day for the Protection of Children is on June 1,” said a spokesman, “but Palestinian children are still subject to attacks by the Israelis and Jewish settlers on an almost daily basis.”

The official statistics from the Ministry of Information in Ramallah reveal that 1,518 Palestinian children were killed by Israel’s occupation forces from the outbreak of the second Intifada in September 2000 up to April 2013, according to the Middle East Monitor.

That number means that one Palestinian child was killed by Israel every 3 days for almost 13 years.

The ministry added that meanwhile the number of children injured by the Israelis since the start of the Second Intifada against Israel’s occupation has now reached 6,000.

“The International Day for the Protection of Children is on June 1,” said a spokesman, “but Palestinian children are still subject to attacks by the Israelis and Jewish settlers on an almost daily basis.”

Noting that 2012 saw an unprecedented rise in the number of children arrested by Israeli forces, the report pointed out that 9,000 Palestinians under 18 years old have been arrested since the end of September 2000.

Almost half of the Palestinian population is under 18.

Almost two hundred and fifty Palestinian minors are being held in prison by Israel; 47 of them are children under 16 years of age.

(Source / 01.07.2013)

Martyr Arafat Jaradat’s wife Dalal gives birth to baby Arafat


arafat-jaradat-babyDalal Jaradat, the widow of Arafat Jaradat, 30, the Palestinian political prisoner held in occupation jails who died under torture on February 23, 2013, 6 days after his arrest, gave birth to their child on June 30, 2013.

Dalal and Arafat had two children, Yara, 4 years old, and Mohammad, 2 years old, and Dalal was pregnant when Arafat was arrested. She named the new baby boy Arafat, after his martyred father. Ma’an reported that mother and child are well.

Jaradat was from the town of Sair north of al-Khalil, and was killed in Megiddo prison as a result of torture,according to his autopsy report. Dalal Jaradat was interviewed at the time about her experience of his arrest and murder:


(Source / 01.07.2013)

98 year old woman teargassed during military invasion of residential neighborhood in Khalil

On Sunday, 30th June, the Israeli forces in Khalil fired tear gas canisters in a residential area near the Ibrahimi Mosque. The soldiers claimed that this followed an incident of young Palestinian boys throwing rocks towards the checkpoint.

The teargas canisters landed amidst houses, causing problems to the residents. A 98 year old woman, Rashida Abed Al-salam Alkaraky, was severely affected by the inhalation of the gases that filled her room through her open window, and fainted. Her family couldn’t get to her immediately because of the density of the teargas in the air. Eventually they managed to transport her next door and an ambulance arrived to give her medical treatment. She slowly recovered from the effects after one and a half hours.

98 year old Rashida Abed Al-salam Alkaraky unconscious, receiving help from her family (Photo by ISM)

98 year old Rashida Abed Al-salam Alkaraky unconscious, receiving help from her family

Following that, two squads of armed soldiers, accompanied by border police, started patrolling the area. They were pointing guns at windows and passers by and disturbing people in the area. During their hour long patrol, they invaded a Palestinian house and occupied the rooftop for some time.

Israeli soldiers climbing a Palestinian house to invade the roof

Before their return to the army base, the soldiers started photographing children and youths in the streets. This arbitrary gathering of pictures is quite worrying in the city of Al Khalil, where the Israeli military very often detains and arrests Palestinian children.

Israeli soldiers taking photos of children (Photo by ISM)

Israeli soldiers taking photos of children

(Source / 01.07.2013)

Health condition of hunger striker Barghouthi seriously worsening



RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Jordanian prisoner Abdullah Barghouthi, who is now in Afula hospital, suffers from a life-threatening health condition due to his long hunger strike, according to his lawyer Mohamed Al-Shayeb.

The lawyer explained that Barghouthi suffers from a sharp decline in his heart rate and his liver is about to have “cirrhosis and atrophy” after part of it stopped functioning completely.

He noted that a Red Cross doctor told him that there are real fears that Barghouthi’s heart could stop functioning abruptly, in addition to the possibility that he could develop a kidney failure.

However, Barghouthi, who started along with other Jordanian detainees an open-ended hunger strike about two months ago, told the lawyer that he would use the Irish hunger strike method and stop taking any fluids permanently.

In another incident, the family of prisoner Ayham Kamamji, 27, expressed its concern over his suffering from an unidentified serious disease disintegrating his flesh and body.

His mother told the PIC on Sunday that this strange disease caused a 20-centimeter cavity in Kamamji’s back and his body started to decay seriously.

She said that the Israeli jailers has been neglecting his health condition for six months and has not allowed him to undergo medical tests.

She appealed to human rights groups to urgently intervene to provide him with appropriate medical treatment before his health condition gets much worse.

(Source / 01.07.2013)

Netanyahu refuses to freeze settlement activities, Israeli media say

A general view of an illegal Israeli settlement in East al-Quds (Jerusalem)
A general view of an illegal Israeli settlement in East al-Quds (Jerusalem)

“The Tel Aviv regime continues expanding its illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.”

Israeli media say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected Palestinian preconditions for talks, which urge Tel Aviv to halt its illegal settlement activities and release Palestinian prisoners.

During a recent conversation with a senior Israeli minister, Netanyahu said he had no intention to declare a settlement freeze in the occupied West Bank or release Palestinian prisoners as preconditions for the talks between the Palestinian Authority and the Tel Aviv regime, Ynet reported on Sunday.

“He (Netanyahu) ruled it out, and his only goal is to resume negotiations without preconditions,” Ynetcited the Israeli minister.

According to Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, more than 4,700 Palestinian prisoners, including about 170 administrative detainees, are currently being held in Israeli prisons.

The administrative detention implemented against the Palestinian population is a sort of imprisonment without trial or a formal charge, allowing Israeli regime forces to make detentions for up to six months. However, the detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time.

The Tel Aviv regime continues expanding its illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.

On June 26, Israel approved final plans to construct nearly 70 new settler units in East al-Quds.

The units will be built in Har Homa, an illegal settlement neighborhood in the southern sector of the city.

The settlements are considered illegal by the international community because the territories were captured by Israel and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied land.

The continued expansion of the Israeli settlements has also created a major obstacle for the efforts to establish peace in the Middle East.

On Sunday, US Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up his four-day tour of al-Quds (Jerusalem), which aimed to revive the so-called Middle East peace process, without any agreement on resuming the Israeli-Palestinian talks.

Kerry held meetings with Acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas and several Israeli officials.

“We started out with very wide gaps, and we have narrowed those considerably,” the US secretary of state said.

The United States, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, has supported the Israeli regime on several occasions by vetoing resolutions against Tel Aviv.

(Source / 01.07.2013)

Americans give $274 million to aid Israeli settlements – new report

Right-wing organizations have become an important part of the Israeli government’s propaganda “machine,” a new report has found.

The ruling coalition formed in Israel earlier this year has established a ministry for “public diplomacy,” with the aim of stepping up cooperation between the state and nominally independent groups supporting Zionism.  A report published today by the Alternative Information Center in Jerusalem documents how the ministry’s establishment follows a decade-long trend whereby the government has increasingly assigned tasks to certain organizations.

One of the best examples of this cooperation involves the settler group Elad. Also known as the Ir David Foundation, Elad has been given formal responsibility for managing the Kingdom of David park in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem. Elad’s efforts to prove that the remnants of an ancient Jewish kingdom can be found there have been used as a pretext for expelling Palestinians so that settlers can take over the area.

While some of Elad’s work has been funded directly by the Israeli government in recent years, it does not publish full details of its funding.


Similar organizations have relied on support from extremists in the US, according to the Alternative Information Center.

Im Tirtzu is a group headed by settlers which is known for accusing Israel’s critics of anti-Semitism. This is somewhat ironic as Im Tirtzu’s main source of finance in recent years has been Christians United For Israel (CUFI), whose founder, Texas-based preacher John Hagee, has made comments of an anti-Semitic nature. He has, for example, written that Jews brought the Holocaust on themselves through their “disobedience” towards God.

Worth 375,000 shekels ($103,000), the largest single donation to Im Tirtzu in 2009 originated from CUFI.

The Alternative Information Center cites data, indicating that American-registered organizations transferred about $274 million to Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza between 2002 and 2009.  These donations enjoyed tax-exempt status.

Right-wing groups in the US are often able to register as charities by dedicating part of their budget to “social projects” for settlers in the West Bank, despite the fact that such settlements are illegal under international law.

Furthermore, US regulations are less strict than Israeli law which stipulates that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have to publish annual financial reporst including the names of donors who gave more than 20,000 shekels ($5,528). Channeling donations through US groups has become an easy to way to circumvent the requirement to reveal the names of donors.

The report shows how NGO Monitor — a group dedicated to attacking critics of Israel — has strong connections to the Israeli political elite.

NGO Monitor began as a project of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, a “think tank” now headed by Dore Gold, who has served as Israel’s ambassador to the UN. The Electronic Intifada is one of many organizations that has been attacked by NGO Monitor.


In 2010, the NGO Monitor prompted Uri Rosenthal, then foreign minister in the Netherlands, to criticize a Dutch Christian charity, ICCO, for providing a grant to The Electronic Intifada. ICCO did not capitulate to pressure from Rosenthal and continued its grant to The Electronic Intifada the following year.

Despite its focus on where groups perceived as hostile to Israel receive their funding, NGO Monitor does not reveal the source of its donations and has asked the government for permission to keep the identities of its donors secret.

Some of the sources of its finance are nonetheless known. They include the Jewish Agency — a body committed to the colonization of Palestine — and Shari Arison, a billionaire who owns Israel’s Bank Hapoalim. Most of the money used to set up the outfit came from Michael Cherney, a confidant of Israel’s former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman.

NGO Monitor also receives significant funding from the US. In 2008 and 2009, NGO Monitor received 1,608,512 shekels ($444,586) and 1,319,676 shekels ($364,753) respectively in donations. One of its largest contributors was a group called American Friends of NGO Monitor.

(Source / 01.07.2013)