Three injures reported in clashes east of Gaza

Clashes east Gaza

Three Palestinians were injured in clashes that erupted on Monday in the flashpoints with Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) east of Gaza Strip.

The PIC reporter said that two youths were wounded after IOF soldiers showered the protesters with gunfire east of Jabalya town in the northern Gaza Strip. A third man was shot and injured in the Israeli shooting at demonstrations that broke out east of Rafah, he added. All of the wounded were transferred to hospital.

The national action committee for breaking the siege and the youth action group called earlier for participating in demonstrations in the flashpoints with IOF soldiers east of the blockaded Gaza Strip. The demonstrations aimed at protesting the Israeli continuous siege and the deterioration of humanitarian conditions in Gaza due to power and health crises.

(Source / 05.06.2017)

Israeli police storm commercial shop in Occupied Jerusalem

Shop al-Jawz

Israeli police along with municipality teams on Monday broke into a commercial shop in al-Jawz neighborhood in Occupied Jerusalem. The police threatened the owner to raze parts of his shop under the claim of lacking a construction permit.

Mustafa Abu Zahra, the owner, told Quds Press that the police gave him until the evening to dismantle the external part of his shop. Otherwise, it will be razed on his expense.

A report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) showed that Israeli occupation forces demolished 1,094 Palestinian structures in 2016 for alleged lack of construction permits.

(Source / 05.06.2017)

Mushtaha: Gaza hospitals suffer 30% shortage of laboratory materials

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Director of the Department of Laboratories and Blood Banks in the General Administration of Gaza hospitals, Amid Mushtaha, said on Sunday that the Gaza hospitals suffer from a shortage of laboratory testing materials up to 30%, a percentage that is likely to increase.

Mushtaha explained that the large hospitals in particular suffer from a lack of sodium blood tests, which are conducted only for urgent cases in the vital sections such as intensive care, burns, surgeries, and nurseries.

He added that the crisis affected all laboratories and blood banks in hospitals causing a lack in virus tests which are necessary for hepatitis, cardiac catheterization, and kidney patients, noting that these important tests “are very expensive and exhaust the patient’s family financially because of the difficult economic situation”.

The shortage afflicted other types of testing materials, which led to reducing the blood clotting tests, which became limited to the emergency cases, and the blood gas tests, according to Mushtaha.

Mushtaha affirmed that the shortage began to appear in the materials used for the C.B.C. tests, the chemical tests conducted to examine bacterial farms and some types of antibiotics, and the fecal occult blood tests for the internal bleeding patients. He also confirmed the depletion of a large number of testing materials especially those used for dyeing blood films such as ethanol and methanol.

In another context, he warned of the impact of the long hours of power outage on 9 blood banks distributed in the hospitals of the Ministry of Health and on the quality of the preserved blood and its derivatives such as plasma and cold deposit, which need a certain cooling degree, as well as the quality of platelets.

He pointed out that the fluctuating electric current running through the laboratory testing devices affects the quality and efficiency of work.

(Source / 05.06.2017)

Palestinians call Israeli economic offer too little, too late

Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon gestures as he speaks at an event in Ofakim, southern Israel, May 29, 2017

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the head Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) unit, traveled to the Palestinian headquarters in Ramallah to personally present Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah with a series of concessions adopted by the Israeli defense Cabinet. Late on the evening of May 31, with the approval of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, the top Israeli representatives met with the Palestinian prime minister and the minister for civil affairs in the Palestinian Authority (PA), Hussein al-Sheikh. They presented them with what the Israeli Cabinet called civilian-economic steps.

On May 21, the eve of US President Donald Trump’s visit to Israel, the Cabinet adopted a package put together by Netanyahu and Finance Ministry and COGAT officials that was essentially a pre-emptive move designed to head off a US demand that Israel adopt some goodwill gestures toward the Palestinians. The measures approved included opening the Allenby Bridge (the passage between Jordan, Israel and the PA) around the clock, rather than a few hours per day. The passages controlled by Israel within the West Bank will be upgraded and kept open for longer hours, and an industrial zone employing Palestinians will be established adjacent to the Tarkumiye crossing.

The Cabinet also approved another step, which was met with opposition from some ministers. The concession that riled the ministers of right-wing HaBayit HaYehudi was deliberately vague. It called for “the coordination of Israeli enforcement policy in specific areas in Area C (under full Israeli control), adjacent Areas A (full Palestinian control) and B (Israeli-Palestinian shared security control).” The type of coordination and which areas were unspecified.

The Palestinians were told that Israel would approve Palestinian construction plans in Area C and consider granting permits for buildings that had already been built. In other words, Israel would not carry out demolitions in those areas.

The Palestinians wondered, is that it? For this, an Israeli delegation headed by the finance minister made such a dramatic late-night visit to Ramallah? A senior Fatah party official who spoke with Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity said cynically that the 1993 Israeli-Palestinian Oslo Accord had been signed with less fanfare. “What’s all the fuss about?” he asked. “Easing passage through the crossing — what about all the rest?”

He called the move “a bad joke” and predicted that the concessions would not satisfy the Americans, who expect Israel to adopt confidence-building measures ahead of diplomatic negotiations. “This isn’t serious, although truthfully, we weren’t expecting anything,” said the Palestinian source. “If Netanyahu thinks that economic measures, numerous and major though they may be, will divert the essence and our desire to reach a diplomatic arrangement, he’s wrong.”

Senior PA officials understand full well the pressure on Netanyahu and his concern about Trump’s unpredictable reaction. Unlike his widely publicized clashes with the Barack Obama administration, Netanyahu’s handling of ties with Trump are quite another thing.

After Trump left Israel on May 23, it was reported that the Trump administration was not satisfied with the Israeli concessions and is demanding that Israel hand over land in Area C to Palestinian control. Netanyahu was probably troubled. At the Likud’s Knesset faction meeting on May 29, he told his party’s ministers and Knesset members that Israel does not have a diplomatic “blank check” from the Trump administration on the Palestinian issue. Netanyahu added that Trump was determined to achieve an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement and Israel must act “diligently and responsibly.” This is probably why Netanyahu sought to present the Palestinian leadership with the concessions and why such a senior delegation rushed to Ramallah on May 31.

Not a single Netanyahu government minister has set foot in PA territory for years. Kahlon has met with his Palestinian counterpart Shukri Bishara three times, but all the meetings — designed to promote common economic plans — were conducted in Kahlon’s offices in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv.

In a February 2016 interview with Al-Monitor’s Ben Caspit, Kahlon said he would “not be the one to bring peace” and was not involved in the diplomatic process. “On the other hand, I think that it is possible to advance economic issues and help change the lives of the Palestinians,” he said. “This is not some lofty goal. It’s entirely possible. There can be much better, more effective economic ties between us and them, and this in turn may help break the deadlock, increase trust and change the overall mood.”

But the goods he brought Ramallah will not do so. They are too minor, and the goal was not achieved. Although Kahlon was the envoy, the plan was quickly cobbled together by Netanyahu in a bid to placate the Americans without angering his coalition partner, HaBayit HaYehudi. The Americans were reportedly underwhelmed by the Israeli concessions in the shape of longer hours at the crossing points, and in any case, the HaBayit HaYehudi ministers voted against some of the measures.

After the Cabinet vote, Netanyahu aides sought to minimize the damage. Diplomatic sources told Ynet, “There were no defense-related decisions or easing on security matters, and there’s no change in the core issues in case negotiations are renewed.” For the skeptics, they added, “The [construction] planning authority remains in Israel’s hands. We [only] approved existing construction, which in any case will not be demolished.”

Once again, the prime minister has proven that he is a captive of the political right, despite his ardent desire to ease the international diplomatic pressure on him. If he can’t even push through significant economic measures for the Palestinians, one can only imagine what will happen if diplomatic negotiations get underway and he is forced to make difficult decisions.

(Source / 05.06.2017)

Vrees niet …

Het vers dat ons tijdens de Taraweeh is bijgebleven en wij graag met jullie willen delen is een vers uit Hoofdstuk At Taubah

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor sterke imaan

In een gedeelte van dit hoofdstuk vertelt Allah over de vijandigheid van de ongelovigen jegens de profeet vrede zij met hem. Allah heeft deze vijandigheid beschreven met de volgende woorden:

“Wanneer jou iets goeds overkomt, ergeren zij zich hieraan …” [9:50]

En in een ander vers in Aal Imraan zegt Allah: “.. en wanneer jullie het slechte overkomt, zijn zij daar blij mee.” [3:120]

Dit is het toppunt van vijandigheid. En dit is ook de situatie van de jaloerse. Wanneer degene op wie hij jaloers is iets goeds overkomt, ergert hij zich hieraan en wenst hij dat dit goede zo snel mogelijk weer verdwijnt. En wanneer deze met het slechte wordt getroffen, is hij blij. Wat is jaloezie toch een verdorven eigenschap! Moge Allah ons hiervan behoeden.

In het vers daarna draagt Allah Zijn profeet op om deze vijandigheid te beantwoorden met de volgende krachtige woorden:

Zeg (O Mohammed): “Niets zal ons treffen, behalve wat Allah voor ons heeft beschikt. Hij is onze Beschermer.” Laten de gelovigen daarom op Allah hun vertrouwen stellen. [9:51]

Niets treft de gelovige alleen als Allah dat heeft voorbeschikt. Ook al komt de hele wereld bij elkaar om jou enige schade toe te brengen, dan kunnen ze dat alleen als Allah dat heeft voorgeschreven.

Allah is de Beschermer van de gelovige en daarom plaatst hij zijn vertrouwen altijd in Hem. In elke situatie en in al zijn zaken. Wie dit in zijn leven praktiseert, beschikt over een kracht die met geen enkele andere kracht te vergelijken is!

Het leven van veel van onze broeders en zusters wordt beheerst door allerlei angsten. Angsten die onschuldig beginnen en zich verder ontwikkelen tot psychische aandoeningen.

De gelovige laat het niet zo ver komen. De gelovige sluit de duivel, die hem maar al te graag angstig ziet, buiten door op Allah te vertrouwen. En door geen aandacht te besteden aan de angst die hij hem probeert in te boezemen.

Hoe sterker jouw Imaan is, hoe sterker jouw vertrouwen in Allah zal zijn. De gelovige moet er daarom altijd naar streven om zijn Imaan te versterken en sterk te houden door ongehoorzaamheid aan Allah te laten en dichter tot Hem te komen met al datgene waar Hij van houdt en tevreden mee is.

Moge Allah ons doen behoren tot degenen die Zijn boek overpeinzen om er vervolgens lering uit te trekken en ernaar te handelen.

(Source: / 05.06.2017)

Another victim of medical neglect pronounced dead in OPT

Bayan Samir Hashash

43-year-old Palestinian woman Bayan Samir Hashash, from the occupied West Bank province of Nablus, was pronounced dead on Wednesday evening after she succumbed to a disease infecting her body.

Bayan and her family had frequently appealed to the concerned authorities for urgent treatment. Her health condition had gradually exacerbated until she breathed her last.

Bayan had been diagnosed with breathing disorders, chest pains, severe cough, and pulmonary fibrosis.

Bayan’s appeals to the Palestinian Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah had gone unheeded.

The casualty’s husband, Samir, said Doctor Asil Tal at the Arab Specialist Hospital identified her condition as critical as she suffered from hypoxemia (low blood oxygen) and low white blood cell count. She had also been in urgent need of a lung transplant surgery.

“We knocked at all doors, launched appeals on social media, and posted videos while she was on the verge of death but no single party has stepped in,” the husband added.

Her children, relatives, and neighbors were shocked as soon as reports on Bayan’s death reached her hometown in Balata camp, east of Nablus.

Her family members slammed the Palestinian Health Ministry for dragging its feet over Bayan’s appeals for urgent treatment.

Bayan is the mother of eight sons and daughters. A daughter of her own refused to get married at an early age so as to assist her disabled mother.

Nahr al-Ouja association mourned the diseased mother, saying that her funeral procession will kick out at noon time Thursday.

(Source / 05.06.2017)

Many Palestinians Injured By Israeli Gas Bombs, One Abducted, Near Ramallah

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Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at dawn, the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and fired many gas bombs, causing several Palestinians from the same household, to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Media sources in Ramallah said several Israeli army vehicles invaded the refugee camp, and fired many gas bombs at a few homes, causing members of al-Hafi family, to suffer the severe effects of teargas inhalation.

The wounded siblings received treatment by local medics, and were all transferred to the Palestine Medical Complex.

In Bethlehem, the soldiers abducted a Palestinian teenage boy, in Teqoua’ town, east of Bethlehem.

In related news, the soldiers abducted a young man from the town of ath-Thaheriyya, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, and detained another Palestinian from Hebron city.

On Sunday at night, Israeli soldiers abducted a young Palestinian man, and briefly detained two others, from the al-‘Assa’sa village, and Ya’bad town, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

(Source / 05.06.2017)

Morocco refuses to hand over stranded Syria refugees

Image of Syrian refugees at the Algerian and Moroccan border [INP PLUS‏/Twitter]

Image of Syrian refugees at the Algerian and Moroccan border

Moroccan authorities have refused to extradite an estimated 42 Syrian refugees who have been stranded for the last two months between the Algeria and Morocco border, to an Algerian delegation following Algeria’s decision to accept them.

Last month, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR urged Morocco and Algeria to allow the group safe passage after they had been trapped for weeks in a dispute between the North African neighbours.

Read: Algeria accepts Syrians trapped on Morocco border

The Algerian delegation, which was supposed to meet with Moroccan authorities at the border today to finalise the move, was comprised of Algerian authorities and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was accompanied by the Red Crescent, representatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The delegation reportedly arrived at the border expecting to receive the Syrian refugees but was met with refusals from Moroccan authorities to extradite them and or to give any information whether they would be deported to another destination or voluntarily moved.

Representatives of the international missions have been in Algeria to observe whether the facilities are adequate for the country to receive the refugees. Medical and psychological staff was also provided to inspect the health of the individuals who have spent weeks in the Moroccan desert deprived of nutrition and medical care.

(Source / 05.06.2017)

Israel to install 765 security cameras in Jerusalem

Image of security cameras [Theron Trowbridge/Flickr]

Image of security cameras

The Israeli ministry of public security, the police command and the Jerusalem municipality are planning to install new security cameras in Jerusalem, Israel Hayom newspaper revealed yesterday.

The paper said a surveillance and control centre will be established in the Jewish settlement of Gilo, in occupied southern Jerusalem, which will be administered by Israel Police.

According to the paper the Israeli surveillance project which will be expanded in the coming period aims to enhance security in the city of Jerusalem, allowing security authorities to receive images from hundreds of cameras.

Read: 311 Palestinians killed since start of Jerusalem Intifada

“In the first stage, the headquarters will be connected to 130 cameras belonging to the Ministry of Housing and to about 20 cameras belonging to the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In the second phase about 250 cameras belonging to the Jerusalem municipality and 75 cameras belonging to the Department of Transportation will be connected to the project.”

According to the paper, “240 cameras will be deployed on the light train lines, 20 in the centre of the City of David and 10 in the centre of Shimon Hatzadik.”

Under the project, LPR cameras which are accurate cameras that scan car numbers and document every vehicle entering or leaving the city will be used.

Read: Israel deprives East Jerusalem of services

“The cameras will scan every citizen entering or leaving Jerusalem, track the vehicle numbers and convey a direct picture of the situation in the city,” a senior Israeli officer was quoted as saying.

“The deployment of these cameras is a leap in intelligence, because it will allow the police, for example, to know whether a suspicious has entered Jerusalem.”

A police tracking centre is currently operating in Jerusalem, but the cameras will only cover the Old City of Jerusalem and East Jerusalem.

(Source / 05.06.2017)

Palestinian taxi driver rushed to hospital after being attacked by Israeli soldiers


RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces violently assaulted a Palestinian taxi driver “for no reason” near the village of Nabi Salih west of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank on Sunday night, members of his family told Ma’an.

Tamir Farah Tamimi was driving his taxi back home to Nabi Salih after a day of work when Israeli soldiers stopped him at a military checkpoint near the entrance to the village and started to punch him and hit him with the butts of their rifles.
Members of his family said that Tamimi suffered from severe bleeding from his head and was unconscious when he was evacuated in an Israeli ambulance to a hospital inside Israel.
The extent of his injuries, and the location of the hospital where Tamimi was being treated remained unknown.
In response to a request for comment, an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that “during an arrest at the village of Nabi Salih, a confrontation erupted between IDF forces and a Palestinian. The Palestinian was injured and evacuated by IDF forces to a hospital for medical treatment, and incident is currently being reviewed.”
The spokesperson could not comment on the reasons behind the alleged arrest, or confirm if the incident took place at the checkpoint while Tamimi was attempting to pass through in his vehicle.
Unjustified violence and harassment of Palestinians carried out by Israeli forces, particularly at the hundreds of military checkpoints scattered across the occupied Palestinian territory, are such a regular occurrence that most instances go unreported and have become “the norm,” according to Israeli NGO B’Tselem.
According to the group, Palestinians typically refrain from filing complains for fear the that doing so would only bring further harm on themselves, and due to lack of trust in a system and a culture of impunity for Israeli forces that commit violent acts against Palestinians.
(Source / 05.06.2017)