Israel delivers demolition orders for more Palestinian homes

Banner during protest near Karmi Tzor Israeli settlement.

A banner seen during a protest with international activists near the illegal Israeli settlement of Karmi Tzor

Israeli forces delivered demolition orders to a number of homes in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, according to local media reports.

An under-construction home in the town of Beit Jala in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem has been slated for demolition by Israeli authorities, Palestinian news agency Wafa reported Tuesday.

According to the report, homeowner Issa Abdullah Hafi was notified by Israeli authorities of their intention to demolish the home he was building, under the pretext that it was built without Israeli permission.

A spokesperson for COGAT, the Israeli agency responsible for enforcing Israeli policies in the occupied territory, told Ma’an they could not provide comment on the issue without Hafi’s identification number or the case number on the demolition warrant, to which Ma’an did not have access.

Meanwhile, Jerusalem-based outlet al-Quds news reported that Israeli forces raided the town of al-Mughayyir in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah and delivered an unspecified number of demolition orders to homes there, sparking clashes between locals and Israeli soldiers.

Read: Israel approves budget for controversial ‘Apartheid road’ in West Bank

Israeli forces demolished 1,093 Palestinian homes across the occupied Palestinian territory in 2016, displacing 1,601 Palestinians, when Palestinians experienced the highest number of Israeli demolitions since rights groups began recording the incidents.

At least 417 Palestinians have already been displaced since the start of this year as a result of Israeli demolitions, according to UN documentation.

(Source / 27.06.2017)

Israeli Soldiers Invade Sebastia, Remove A Palestinian Flag

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Israeli soldiers invaded, Tuesday, the town of Sebastia, north of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and removed a Palestinian flag that was raised on a pole at an archeological site in the town.

Mohammad Azem, the mayor of Sebastia, said the soldiers invaded the archeological area, removed the flag and detonated the pole and its concrete ground several times.

Azem added that the attack was provoked by illegal Israeli colonists, who also visit the area under heavy military deployment, and repeatedly complain to the military, demanding the removal of the Palestinian flag.

He also stated that Israel has plans to pave a new road, to be solely used by the army and the colonist settlers, in addition to planning to reconstruct and maintain the archeological area, in violation of UNESCO regulations.

On Tuesday at dawn, dozens of soldiers invaded the Deheishe refugee camp, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, in the occupied West bank, and clashed with dozens of local youngsters, before shooting and injuring eight Palestinians, including a medic, and abducted a young man.

In addition, the soldiers abducted three young Palestinian men from their homes, in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

The soldiers also invaded Abu Dis town, east of Jerusalem, broke into and searched homes, and abducted two Palestinians, including a former political prisoner.

(Source / 27.06.2017)

Report: PA blocking patients in Gaza from exiting territory for medical treatment

Hospital Gaza

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — As the humanitarian situation in the besieged Gaza Strip continues to raise alarms, reports emerged on Monday that the occupied West Bank-based Palestinian Authority (PA) has been preventing Palestinians in the coastal enclave from leaving the territory for medical treatment.

Palestinians in Gaza have provided testimonies to Israeli daily Haaretz reporting “unexplained delays” in receiving permits from the PA for medical treatment in Israel, Jordan, and the West Bank.
The reports came at the same time as patients in Gaza have been forced to apply for permits to exit the territory for treatment owing to the lack of medicine and equipment after the PA cut its funding to the medical sector in the besieged enclave.
Data provided to Haaretz from Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHRI) has added to claims that the PA has halted its assistance to sick patients in Gaza. According to the data, the PA has delayed and dramatically reduced its issuance of payment vouchers to more than 1,600 Palestinians in Gaza necessitating medical treatment, some of whom must exit the territory to receive the treatment.
More than 90 percent of patients in Gaza who have requested such vouchers over the past month have not received a reply from the PA, while only 10 of the some 120 daily requests submitted to the PA have been getting approved.
Haaretz pointed out that the number represents a dramatic reduction in the PA’s issuance of vouchers to patients in Gaza. In April, the number of vouchers issued dropped below 2,000, whereas 2016 saw an average of 2,041 vouchers issued each month. In May, the number of vouchers issued plunged to just a few dozen.
However, the Palestinian Health Ministry denied the allegations, according to Haaretz.
Recent PA policies have exacerbated the situation in Gaza, and coupled with Israel’s decade-long siege have created a humanitarian crisis in the territory, and some of the most affected are the sick.
Haaretz reported that a recent PHRI delegation to the Gaza Strip found that a shortage of Fentanyl, an anesthetic drug, was threatening to shut down every operating room in the public hospitals in Gaza, and that the cause for the shortage was due to the PA’s refusal to transfer the drug from the West Bank.
Reports emerged in May that vital medicines were not being sent by the PA to Gaza.
General-Director of Gaza’s Health Ministry Munir al-Bursch had said last month that medicine had not been sent by the PA for three months, and added that 17 types of cancer medicines had completely run out in Gaza as of May.
Al-Bursh added at the time that more than 90 percent of cancer medicines were not available in Gaza, which he said risked forcing the ministry to depend on transferring cancer patients to hospitals abroad or obtaining medicine outside of the Palestinian territory, all of which requires difficult-to-obtain Israeli permits.
Haaretz had reported in April that PA authorities had planned to slash Gaza’s health budget as “punishment” for the Hamas government “turning down Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ initiatives to restore PA control in the Strip.”
Officials close to Abbas had reportedly told Haaretz that the PA would “only pay for salaries of medical personnel, not for the ongoing management of the health care system.”
The PA’s funding of Gaza’s education system is also expected to be affected.
“We realize this sounds cruel, but in the end, after 10 years of the split and Hamas rule in the Strip, (Hamas) must decide whether it will control things in every sense, including ongoing expenses, or let the Palestinian government rule,” a senior adviser to Abbas reportedly told Haaretz.
The PA Ministry of Health denied the reports. 
Nevertheless, PHRI said earlier this month that Gaza was facing the worst medication crisis in years due to the PA budget cuts, with the main victims of the crisis being cystic fibrosis patients, cancer patients, and infants with developmental deficits.
Information gathered by PHRI from Gaza’s Health Ministry showed that the regular monthly budget had been $4 million, which dropped to $2.3 million in April, and to a mere $500,000 in May — affecting the regular operations of 13 government hospitals and 54 primary care centers.
According to PHRI, one-third of essential medicines and more than 270 medical equipment items for operating rooms and intensive care units can no longer be obtained in the the health ministry’s storerooms or in Gaza’s hospitals.
The PA has come under heated criticism in recent weeks by fellow Palestinians, the international community, and even right-wing Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, for intentionally pushing Gaza into a humanitarian crisis.
Such policies escalated this month when the PA decided to slash funding for Israeli fuel to the coastal enclave, and requested that Israeli authorities dramatically reduce its supply of electricity to Gaza, which was already reeling from lack of adequate access to electricity and fuel.
The PA caused anger in Gaza in April after cutting salaries to its Gaza-based employees by at least 30 percent, while the PA has also decided to discontinue payments to some 277 former political prisoners of Israel, which some have said targets former prisoners in Gaza and those affiliated with Hamas in the West Bank.
Despite the PA denying the allegations, it is widely believed among Palestinians and international critics that the PA’s recent policies in Gaza are aimed at putting pressure on Hamas to relinquish control of the besieged coastal enclave and hand over the territory to the PA.
Others have pointed out that the PA’s policies are also intended to pressure Hamas to reverse its new alliance with discharged Fatah leader Muhammad Dahlan, which a leaked report has indicated could become the leader in the besieged territory.
“The humanitarian crisis in Gaza must be a wake-up call for everyone able to solve the problem,” PHRI Executive Director Ran Goldstein said earlier this month.
“Gaza’s children have become hostages in the political game played by the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, and Israel. The change must be dramatic and immediate — providing funds, medicines, and electric power, opening Gaza to the outside world and offering urgent humanitarian assistance,” Goldstein added.
(Source / 27.06.2017)

3 babies pronounced dead in Gaza in 24 hours, Abbas held accountable

3 baby's pronounced dead

Three Palestinian toddlers were pronounced dead in Gaza in no more than 24 hours, after the Palestinian Authority (PA), chaired by Mahmoud Abbas, denied them urgent treatment.

The Palestinian Health Ministry spokesperson, Ashraf al-Qudra, said nine-month-old Ibrahim Samir Tbeil breathed his last at the intensive care unit in al-Rentisi Hospital.

Al-Qudra warned that 3,000 to 4,000 babies in Gaza are in need of urgent treatment outside the besieged coastal enclave.

A few hours earlier, a toddler with cardiovascular disorders was pronounced dead at al-Shifa Medical Center in Gaza after he was prevented by the PA from receiving treatment outside Gaza. The baby was identified as Baraa Ghaban.

Sometime earlier, al-Qudra warned that the toddler was on the verge of death due to a severe heart disease. He was pronounced dead three hours later.

On Monday afternoon, a third baby—Mus’ab Bilal al-Areir— died in the coastal enclave.

Al-Qudra and human rights activists held the PA and the Israeli occupation accountable for the death of the three Gazan toddlers, warning that more deaths might be recorded in the next few hours if urgent steps are not taken.

Head of the nursery department at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza, Abu Hamda, appealed to all human rights organizations and medical institutions to take urgent action and work on saving Gaza’s newborns before it is too late.

Abu Hamda said other babies have been diagnosed with deadly symptoms and risk to die at any possible moment if they do not receive urgent treatment somewhere outside of Gaza’s underequipped hospitals.

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, the reluctance maintained by the PA claimed the lives of nine patients, among whom three babies, since the start of 2017.

(Source / 27.06.2017)

Yemen Army Regains Control over Strategic Areas in Marib


Aden – Yemeni National Army units continued their push in the eastern province of Marib, military sources said.

Yemen’s first group of special commandos managed to penetrate multiple insurgency strongholds in the Directorate of Sarawah in Marib.

An insurgency commander Brig. Gen. Hussein Qasim al-Saqqaf was killed in the attacks launched by government forces three days ago along with a number of his companions, many armed militiamen were captured as well.

According to information gathered from the third military zone in Marib, a commando operation also resulted in the seizure of a large number of documents.

Marib province is among a very few provinces that fought off Houthi military expansion in late 2014, months before Saudi Arabia and allied Arab countries entered the war to bring back legitimate President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi to power.

For almost two years, government forces and the Saudi-led coalition have been militarily pressuring rebels to turn over their territories in Marib as to put an end to sporadic rocket attacks on the province’s capital Marib.

The Yemeni National Army had launched a military operation consistent of intensive attacks on remaining coup pockets in Marib, and the army was able to successfully regain full control of the Mukhaddara region, a local told Asharq Al-Awsat.

Increasingly, the army has liberated the once Houthi-run region.

“The army, backed by pro-government popular resistance members, ambushed Sana’a militias before Eid al-Fitr and managed to exact remarkable advances,” the source added.

“This qualitative operation backed by air support from the Saudi-led coalition was very impressive and staged operations over the course of 48 hours.” said a field source in Al-Jada’an’s resistance to Asharq Al-Awsat.

As battlefield developments unfolded, coalition aircrafts sent out pamphlets across residential areas in Saada province, a coupists stronghold.

Eyewitnesses said that pamphlets urged citizens to cooperate with the pro-government forces and abandon Iran-allied insurgents to face their fate, warning any citizen or tribe from providing any support to insurgency militiamen.

In a related context, aerial bombardment by coalition air forces continued to target insurgency locations near the border in the Hajjah Governorate.

Field sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that there were fierce battles and intense artillery shelling and fire exchange in the Midi and Abs districts.

Sources said that artillery and rocket fire hit other locations in the front of Haradh, especially the area of Wadi Suleiman and the old customs and areas close to the border with Saudi Arabia.

(Source / 27.06.2017)

Israeli authorities approve budget for controversial ‘Apartheid road’ in West Bank

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Photo of Israel’s separation wall in the West Bank

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel has reportedly approved a budget for the construction of the so-called Eastern Ring Road in the occupied West Bank, known by activists and rights groups as the “Apartheid road.”

The road, part of Israel’s plans of developing the controversial E1 corridor, has been denounced as an attempt to further expand illegal Israeli settlement construction in the occupied Palestinian territory, while deepening the separation between Palestinian communities on opposite sides of Israel’s separation wall.
According to a statement released by Israeli rights group Ir Amim on Monday, the development of the road is “one of several developments necessary for preparing the ground for E1.”
The reports emerged from Israeli media outlet Israel Hayom, which stated that the road is expected to be opened to Israeli traffic in the next 10 months.
According to rights groups, settlement construction in E1 would effectively divide the West Bank and make the creation of a contiguous Palestinian state — as envisaged by the internationally backed two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict — almost impossible.
Israeli activity in E1 has attracted widespread international condemnation, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has in the past said that “E1 is a red line that cannot be crossed.”
However, the Eastern Ring Road was proposed by former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as a plan to apparently solve the issue of bifurcating the West Bank, by facilitating “navigation from Ramallah to Bethlehem for Palestinians but without any access to Jerusalem.”
Following the second Palestinian intifada and Israel’s construction of the separation wall that has disjointed Palestinian territory, Palestinians from the “West Bank side” of the separation barrier have been forced to obtain Israeli-issued permits in order to access occupied East Jerusalem, which some Palestinians and the international community still consider to be the future capital of an independent Palestinian state.
A map released by Ir Amim shows the expected route of the road. According to the group, the road would “ease access” for Israeli settlers residing around Ramallah in contravention of international law, as settlers have “long exerted pressure to open the road, complaining about traffic jams and delays.”
Ir Amim pointed out that the Israel’s plan would enable further expansions of Israel’s illegal settlements around Ramallah.
The road is also planned to connect with Road 1 that connects the mega settlement Maale Adumim with Jerusalem, and would also link to the Mount Scopus Tunnel Road through the Zeitim interchange, another controversial E1 related project that Israeli authorities had begun construction on several months ago, according to Ir Amim.
According to an earlier report released by Ir Amim, the Zeitim interchange is located between Jerusalem and Maale Adumim, and would connect the Eastern Ring Road in the northern West Bank to road 417, leading to the south.
The group highlighted in the report that connecting these roads is “a crucial part in realizing the E1 plans,” as Israeli settlement construction in the E1 corridor would prevent Palestinians in the West Bank from using road 437, which “connects to road 417 and enables Palestinian traffic between the northern and southern West Bank.”
The plans aim to replace road 437 with the northern section of the Eastern Ring Road, which would divert Palestinian traffic away from road 437 and the E1 area” and would establish separate lanes for Israeli and Palestinian traffic, thus its label as an “apartheid road.”
Israel’s plans in E1 have long been denounced by rights groups and the international community since its approval in 1999, in the wake of the Oslo Accords which expected the area of E1 to be transferred to the Palestinian Authority (PA) within an interim period of five years.
Another central aspect of Israel’s development plans in the area includes the full eviction and relocation of Bedouin communities residing in E1, near Maale Adumim.
This plan was furthered earlier this year when Israeli authorities delivered demolition notices to every single home in the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, including the village’s elementary school. The village is located on the site of planned Israeli settlement development and on the Israeli side of the planned route of Israel’s separation barrier.
Rights groups and Bedouin community members have sharply criticized Israel’s relocation plans for the Bedouin residing near Maale Adumim, claiming that the removal would displace indigenous Palestinians for the sake of expanding Israeli settlements.
Bedouin villages in the area also face routine demolitions by Israeli forces.
Since the E1 corridor is part of Area C — the more than 60 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli military control and where Israel’s settlements are planned, the Palestinians living there face routine attempts by Israeli authorities to push them off the land.
Khan al-Ahmar is one of 46 villages comprising of a population of 7,000 — 70 percent of whom are Palestinian refugees — in the central West Bank that are considered by the UN as being at risk of forcible transfer by Israeli authorities to alternative sites, in violation of international law.
In addition, Israeli rights group B’Tselem has noted in the past that plans to develop the E1 corridor would also further isolate Palestinians straddled between the “West Bank side” of the separation barrier and those in occupied East Jerusalem, by “enclosing East Jerusalem from the East and linking it up with Israeli neighborhoods built north of the Old City.”
As East Jerusalem used to be the primary urban center for Palestinians in the West Bank, the E1 plans would further exacerbate a Palestinian-Palestinian separation that has wreaked havoc on Palestinian economic, social, and political life.
(Source / 27.06.2017)

Car accident on main West Bank highway leaves 6 Palestinians killed, dozens injured

Car accident

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Six Palestinians were killed and dozens others were injured in a car accident Tuesday afternoon involving at least one private car, a Palestinian public transportation vehicle, and a bus for Israeli settlers in the central occupied West Bank on Route 60 — the main highway that runs north and south in the territory.
The Palestinian Red Crescent reported about two hours after the accident that Israeli police were still holding the bodies of the six Palestinians.
Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said that the dead included four children, a woman, and a man, all of whom were riding in the Palestinian minibus, which generally seat about nine people.
Unconfirmed reports on Palestinian social media sites identified them as the male driver of the minibus, his wife, and their four children, who were from the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem.
Their bodies, trapped in the wreckage of the vehicle, were pulled out before being declared dead, al-Samri said.
Another Palestinian child was critically injured, and the driver of the Israeli bus was moderately injured, according to al-Samri.
Israel’s emergency medical service Magen David Adom‏ (MDA) said it had evacuated a 17-year-old male in a severe condition to a hospital for treatment, and also said the Israeli bus driver, who was 50-years-old, was in moderate condition.
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said vehicles collided on the highway near the illegal Israeli Ofra settlement, and that police were conducting an investigation into the details of the incident.
Jerusalem-based Palestinian outlet al-Quds News shared a video showing onlookers, Israeli medics, and security personnel surrounding the site of the accident.
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(Source / 27.06.2017)

7 Palestinians detained, 8 hospitalized in violent Israeli military raids


BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least seven Palestinians in predawn raids in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, with three aggressive raids sparking clashes, as Israeli forces targeted local youth with live fire and launched tear gas canisters at homes.

During a violent raid into al-Duheisha refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem, at least eight Palestinians were injured, including six who were shot with live fire in the legs — one of whom was an on-duty paramedic whose brother was detained, and a youth who was run over by an Israeli military vehicle.
Locals said that several Israeli military vehicles raided the refugee camp around dawn time, surrounded it from multiple areas, as snipers deployed on the rooftops of houses.
Clashes erupted between Israeli soldiers and local youth at the entrances of the camp, with Israeli forces firing rubber-coated steel bullets, live bullets, and tear-gas bombs.
Alaa al-Balaawi, a paramedic with the Palestinian Medical Relief Society was in uniform, treating residents who were suffering from tear gas inhalation, when he was shot in the leg.
Israeli forces then raided al-Balaawi’s family house, searched it, assaulted his father, and detained his brother Shahrayar, locals told Ma’an.
Five other Palestinians were shot in the legs with live fire and another was injured with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the head.
One resident, who was described by locals as a “youth” not identified further, was injured after he was run over by an Israeli military vehicle.
The eight wounded were all evacuated to local hospitals for treatment.
In response to a request for comment, an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that “over 20 Palestinians hurled Molotov cocktails and rocks at forces in al-Duheisha. Forces responded with crowd control means to disperse the riot, and one instigator was apprehended.”
When asked what the purpose of the raid had been in the first place, the spokesperson said forces were conducting an “operational activity,” and provided no further details.
Rights groups have previously documented the Israeli army’s targeting of Palestinian youth in al-Duheisha with live fire in the kneecaps and legs in an alleged attempt to cripple them for life.
Meanwhile, Israeli forces raided the town of Beit Ummar in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron to detain three young Palestinians, including one minor, sparking clashes that left several locals suffering from tear gas inhalation and the window of a house blasted by a tear gas bomb.
Local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awad identified the detainees as 21-year-old Muhye Falah Hamdi Abu Maria, 18-year-old Wajih Fathi Younis Sabarneh, and 17-year-old Rashed Bashar Issa Zaaqiq, who were detained after Israeli forces broke into and searched their homes.
As Israeli forces withdrew from the town, soldiers opened live fire and shot tear-gas canisters at youth who threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at soldiers.
Several youths and locals suffered from tear-gas inhalation. A tear gas bomb fired at a house belonging to Shihdeh Sabarneh broke through a window, forcing residents to flee from the house.
An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the three detentions in Beit Ummar, and in response to a request for comment on the clashes, said that “during an operational activity, dozens of Palestinians hurled Molotov cocktails at forces who used crowd control methods to disperse and control the riot.”
In the town of Abu Dis in the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem, Israeli forces detained a former prisoner, 22-year-old Mahmoud Nafeth Jaffal, as well as 18-year-old Muhammad Ziad Jaffal, locals said.
Israeli intelligence and army forces raided and searched the former prisoner’s house, confiscated his mobile phone and ID card, before detaining him in a military jeep and transferring him to the the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security agency.
Locals highlighted that Jaffal had previously been detained several times, having spent two years in Israeli prison before being released in 2015.
During the raid in Abu Dis, Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets, stun grenades, and tear-gas canisters into the town before withdrawing to a nearby Israeli military post.
An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the two detentions in Abu Dis, but said they were looking into reports of the clashes.
Meanwhile, locals in Beit Awwa west of Hebron in the southern West Bank reported that Israeli forces stormed the town and detained Bakr Rajeh Masalmeh after raiding and searching his house.
Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, with a weekly average of 95 search and detention raids carried out over the course 2016, according to UN documentation. Between June 13 and 19, the UN recorded 74 such raids.
Due to the typically aggressive nature of the raids, clashes often erupt between local Palestinian youth who throw stones and are met in response with live fire and tear gas, often resulting in serious, sometimes fatal injuries.
Israeli police and soldiers have come under heavy criticism over the past year for what rights groups have referred to as “extrajudicial executions” and excessive use of force against Palestinians — against youth and children in particular — who did not pose an immediate threat or who could have been detained through non-lethal means.
(Source / 27.06.2017)

Formeren zonder een woord over Palestina

Nadat een vrouwelijke minister van VVD-huize het geprobeerd had, kwam er een PvdA-mastodont, die nu ook het veld mag ruimen, zodat weer een VVD-er met veel ervaring – ook zo’n mastodont – het mag gaan proberen om de ChristenUnie een links uiterlijk te geven. Want daar draait het toch om; de heer Pechtold wil geen schroefje in een rechts motorblok zijn en dus moet er iets van een links schroefje, boutje of moertje er bij gevonden worden. Ik denk dat André van Duin het sneller had gevonden …

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor een moertje, een schroefje, een boutje

In de tijd dat de heren bezig waren met elkaar in de ogen te kijken, de wensen op tafel te leggen en een chineesje te pakken om daarna tegen de midstream media te zeggen dat het er allemaal goed uit zag – ondertussen dagen weg krassend op de grote kalender van de Tweede Kamer – is er een poging gedaan om Palestina op de agenda van de besprekingen te krijgen. Hiervoor zijn een aantal fractievoorzitters aangeschreven en met name die ter linkerzijde, daar van de rechterkant niets te verwachten is en zeker niet van extreem rechts, die niet verder komt dan ronduit achter de bezettende macht uit Tel Aviv te gaan staan.

Echter bij de besprekingen die nu bezig zijn en gaan komen, staat 75% van de aangeschovenen achter de bezetters, dus vanuit een eventueel te vormen kabinet met deze vier partijen hoeven de Palestijnen geen steun te verwachten.

Nederlandse politiek
Van de partijen die aangeschreven zijn, hebben SP en D66 een ‘antwoord’ gegeven, waarbij SP antwoordde: “De SP is zeer begaan met het lot van de Palestijnen en doet daarom in de Kamer allerlei voorstellen om de druk op Israël op te voeren opdat de bezetting wordt beëindigd.”  

Van D66 werd het antwoord ontvangen dat het een interessante mail is en dat die doorgestuurd zou worden naar de juiste persoon die dan een antwoord zou gaan geven. Dit laatste moet nog gebeuren. En dat was het dan, niets meer, geen andere partij die het lef heeft om een antwoord te geven.

En door deze reacties van de Nederlandse politieke partijen heeft het bezettende regime in Tel Aviv niets te vrezen, daar Nederland niet alleen staat in haar buitenlands beleid richting de Palestijnen. De Nederlandse politici laat een volk creperen, laat de Palestijnen gewoon lijden en gaat ondertussen verder met onderhandelingen met een regime waarvan nu openlijk wordt gezegd dat ze oorlogsmisdaden heeft begaan. Er staan zelfs mensen op – en niet de minste – die het regime toch weer voor het ICC wil gaan brengen, ondanks het feit dat juist de ‘zogenaamde president’ van de Palestijnen overweegt om hiermee te stoppen.

Het schijnt bij de onderhandelingen voor een nieuw Nederlands kabinet van belang te zijn om te praten over het einde van het leven, vrijwillig of niet, in een tijd dat Palestijnen geëxecuteerd worden, dat jongeren doodgeschoten worden of gevangen gezet worden zonder enige vorm van aanklacht of rechtszaak.

Op het moment dat dit geschreven wordt, komen de berichten los vanuit Gaza, dat de Gaza strip weer eens een keer gebombardeerd is geworden (vroeg in de ochtend van 27 juni) door de vliegtuigen van de bezettende macht. En natuurlijk volgt daarna het bericht “dat men reageerde op een raket vanuit de Gaza strip”, echter wat opvalt, is dat er geen bericht van te voren is geweest van een raketaanval. En bij deze aanval zijn ook vissersboten beschoten; zouden die dan ook raketten aan boord hebben?  De bezettende macht uit Tel Aviv mag alles, kan alles en heeft alles, maar Palestina heeft niets, geen vliegtuigen, geen echt leger dat het grondgebied mag en kan beschermen, het beetje grondgebied dat elke dag weer een stuk kleiner wordt door illegale nederzettingen, illegale nederzettingen units, illegale uitbreidingen van scholen en universiteit in de illegale nederzettingen en ga zo maar door. Waarbij dan dagelijks Palestijnen worden vermoord of opgesloten. Momenteel zitten er zo’n 6500 Palestijnen her en der gevangen, waarvan de meesten geen rechtszaak hebben gehad.

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En wat doet het demissionaire Nederlandse kabinet of de Tweede Kamer bij de aanval op Gaza? Niets, nada, noppes. Mijn inziens draagt ook Nederland de slippen van de jas van de bezettende macht uit Tel Aviv en de vraag die bij mij blijft knagen is: “Waarom doen ze dat toch?  Waarom volgt Nederland in complete blindheid de bezetters? Wat is er mis gegaan?”

En kom niet weer aanzetten met gedeelde schaamte van wat er gebeurd is zoveel jaren geleden; er is een nieuwe tijd aangebroken. De bezetters van Palestina die elke dag gruwelijke oorlogsmisdaden plegen moeten voor het ICC gebracht worden. Waarom doet Nederland dan hier niets hiermee? Nederland die gastheer is voor het Strafhof, moet toch staan voor het oppakken van oorlogsmisdadigers, onze politici moeten hierbij het voortouw nemen. Echter het gebeurt niet; de Nederlandse politici lopen nog liever naar Tel Aviv dan eens een keer naar Gaza te gaan en met Hamas te praten. Het idee om te gaan praten met Palestijnen van de Gazastrook, Oost-Jeruzalem, maar ook van de bezette West Bank komt bij onze politici niet op. Neen, dan ‘liever de lucht in’ met de bezetters uit Tel Aviv.

Het klinkt erg negatief, maar met een kabinet waar nu aan gewerkt wordt, hoeven de Palestijnen niet te verwachten dat de Nederlandse politiek achter de Palestijnen zal gaan staan. Het zou goed zijn – en zeker ook voor de Palestijnen – dat er weer nieuwe verkiezingen komen, waarbij links aan tafel komt te zitten.

Meneer Pechtold, beste Alexander, aangezien ik nog steeds op uw antwoord zit te wachten, doe ik het maar zo: sta op, als een kerel en ga achter de Palestijnen staan en zorg er voor dat we trots kunnen zijn op onze politici en dat we als Nederland hulp gaan bieden om het lijden van de Palestijnen aan te pakken en hun leven te verbeteren.

Palestine Expo to kick off in London


The “Palestine Expo” event is about to kick off in London so as to raise the world’s awareness about the Palestinian cause and identity.

Spokesperson for the Conference of Palestinians Abroad, Ziad al-Aloul, said Palestine Expo will be the biggest social, cultural and entertainment event on Palestine to ever take place in Europe.

It will take place over two days and across five floors at the award winning Queen Elizabeth II Centre.

According to al-Aloul, Israel has tried every possible effort to cancel the event, which will lay bare Israeli crimes against the Palestinians and its ongoing attempts to wipe out the Palestinian history and identity.

The exposition is sponsored by the Friends of al-Aqsa Foundation and stage-managed by Muslim campaigners from Asia, India, Pakistan, and the UK.
Pictures, folkloric items, and traditional dishes are to be put on display during the event.

Further details are available on:

(Source / 27.06.2017)