Israeli court adjourns early release of Palestinian girl

Istabraq al-Tamimi Ramallah

Israel Court on Tuesday adjourned the early release of a Palestinian student at Birzeit University till June 15.

Student Istabraq al-Tamimi, from Ramallah, was kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces on March 20, 2017, from a students’ dormitory.

The occupation authorities sentenced her to two years in jail and a fine of 6,000 shekels after adjourning her trial for 11 times on account of incomplete investigation procedures.

Her lawyer has earlier submitted a request to reduce her sentence by one third for good behaviour. However, the court adjourned its final decision in two times.

Istabraq is a student of media studies at Birzeit University. Her detention has resulted in the abrupt suspension of her academic career.

(Source / 23.05.2018)

Israeli police block Bab al-Amoud Gate with metal barriers

Bab al-Amoud Gate

Israeli police Tuesday placed metal barriers on stone stairs of Bab al-Amoud (Damascus) Gate to prevent Palestinians from sitting on the steps outside the gate’s courtyard, deeming them inaccessible to visitors of the Old City.

According to WAFA news agency, the police left only a small corridor outlined by iron barriers for people to walk through to get into the Old City.

Dozens of Palestinians occasionally sit at Damascus Gate after they finish the special Ramadan night prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, known as “taraweeh” prayers, where around 50,000 Muslims normally attend the prayers every night.

This action comes to harass the Palestinian residents of Occupied Jerusalem during the holy fasting month of Ramadan and to disrupt the festive atmosphere of Ramadan nights.

(Source / 23.05.2018)

Two Palestinian detainees violently beaten by Israeli soldier

Detainees beaten

Two Palestinians have been subjected to heavy beating by the Israeli occupation forces prior to their detention, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said on Wednesday.

A PPS lawyer said an Israeli patrol stormed the home of the Palestinian citizen Dar Zeid at the crack of dawn on May 2 and violently beat him after they chained him. Shortly afterwards, he was dragged to the Mascoubiya detention center.

27-year-old Firas Merar had also been made to endure aggressive beating as he passed through the Container checkpoint at 07:00 a.m. on May 18 before he was arrested and locked up in Etzion jail.

(Source / 23.05.2018)

Palestinian youths break into IOF post

IOF post

A group of Palestinian youths on Wednesday broke through the Gaza border fence and stormed an Israeli military position for the second time in less than 24 hours.

Four Palestinian youngsters broke into the Israeli post east of the Bureij refugee camp in the Gaza Strip before safely and easily withdrawing to the other side.

According to the PIC reporter, the youths set fire to a number of rooms used by Israeli soldiers.

Earlier Tuesday, a group of youths set fire to a tent used by Israeli snipers during the recent attack along the border.

Few hours later, Israeli warplanes bombed two boats at Gaza port and a resistance site in northern Gaza.

(Source / 23.05.2018)

PPS: “Israeli Soldiers Assault Two Palestinians Before Abducting Them”

23 MAY
1:45 PM

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers repeatedly assaulted two Palestinians prior to abducting them, in Ramallah and al-Biereh Governorate, in central West Bank, and Hebron, in the southern part.

The PPS stated that many soldiers invaded, on May 2nd, the home of Ali Mohammad Dar Zeid, from the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, and abducted him.

It added that the soldiers cuffed the young man, and started hurling insults at him, before beating him up.

He was moved to the military base in Beit El colony, where he was held for five hours, before he was moved to the al-Maskobiyya detention and interrogation facility in Jerusalem.

The PPS also said that the soldiers abducted Firas Marar, 27, from Hebron, after stopping him at the Container Roadblock, north of Bethlehem, at 7 in the morning on April 18th.

The soldiers stopped the young man at the roadblock, and frequently assaulted him, before abducting him and moving him to Etzion military base and security center, north of Hebron.

It is worth mentioning that Marar is a former political prisoner, who was recently released from prison after spending 13 months in captivity.

(Source / 23.05.2018)

Moussa: Law No. 10 is Another Obstacle to Political Process by Assad Regime

ice-President of the Syrian Coalition, Dima Moussa, warned that Law No. 10 which has been recently issued by the Assad regime will have many negative consequences for the political process and political transition that was outlined in the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254.

Moussa made these remarks during a workshop that was organized by the Day After, an independent, Syrian-led civil society organization. Participants in the workshop, who included judges, lawyers, legal experts as well as representatives of states and international organizations, discussed the legal, political, and economic aspects of the new legalization.

Moussa underscored that the Assad regime’s issuance of the new law while talk about the drafting of a new constitution is underway was a further proof of the regime’s lack of seriousness about the whole political process and of its insistence on pursuing a bloody military solution to the conflict.

Law No. 10 will also risk preventing the bringing about of a comprehensive political transition as was stipulated by UN resolutions on Syria, Moussa said. She cautioned that the new law would prevent the return of refugees and internally displaced persons to their homes, which will pose a new problem for the electoral process as it would make it difficult to identify the areas where voters live.

Moreover, Moussa pointed out that the Assad regime is trying to cover up the war crimes its forces have committed over the past seven years by destroying all evidence about these crimes. This will hinder investigations into war crimes and violations and complicate efforts to achieve transitional justice, she added.

A number of countries, most notably Germany, also criticized Law No. 10. The German Foreign Ministry said it was “deeply angered” by Assad’s latest decree because it amounted to property dispossession of Syrian refugees “on a great scale.” The Ministry also said the legislative promulgation was an apparent attempt to fundamentally modify local conditions “to the benefit of the regime and its supporters and hinder the return of a huge number of Syrians.”

Chief the Lebanese Forces Samir Geagea described the new law as “very dangerous” as it risks preventing the return of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Echoing the same concerns, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri described the new measure as “fraudulent.” He noted that the new law is solely aimed at preventing the displaced Syrians from returning to their country and threatens hundreds of thousands of displaced people to confiscate their property if they do not return within a specific period.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 23.05.2018)

Israeli Minister of Energy: European Union Can Go to Hell

23 MAY
8:51 PM

Israeli Minister of  Energy Yuval Steinitz, on Wednesday, slammed the European union for demanding a probe into last week’s police violence against pro-Palestinian protesters in Haifa.

On Tuesday, the EU issued a statement calling on Israel to probe police conduct during an Arab-Israel protest in Haifa, last week.

“It is important to hold a quick investigation into the events last week that led to the serious injury of Mossawa Director Jafar Farah, and the Israeli government has made it clear that it supports this,” the EU said in a statement.

In response, Steinitz said on Wednesday that the EU “can go straight to Hell”, saying that “this is the height of gall and hypocrisy … this is the same European Union which is now kissing-up to Iran and helping that country deal with US sanctions.”

Yuval proceeded to mention other incidents as an excuse for Israeli police brutality:

“Iran is executing and torturing homosexuals, trampling women’s rights, supporting terrorism and the Assad regime which is dropping chemical weapons on its own people. Now they’re [the EU] is going to pick on us? We, a law-abiding country, when the case of Jafar Farah is already being examined by the Police Investigation Department? That just shows how nasty the European Union can be.”

(Source / 23.05.2018)

The Arab League condemns Israel’s killing of Palestinian prisoner

Palestinian prisoner, Aziz Awaisat, suffered a stroke while being held in the occupation’s Ramleh prison

The Arab League condemned the death of Palestinian prisoner of Aziz Awaisat at the hands of the Israeli Prison Service (IPS).

In a statement, the Arab League said on Tuesday that “The Israeli occupation authorities have full responsibility for the extermination of Awaisat, 53, due to deliberate medical negligence.”

The Arab League warned against “the continuation of brutal practices in dealing with Palestinian prisoners through gross violations of the most basic rules of human rights law and other relevant international laws.”

It also referred to the “harsh conditions of Israeli prisons and detention centres which lack basic and humanitarian conditions. Palestinian prisoners are daily subjected to various forms of oppression, punishment, torture, deprivation, harassment, and deliberate medical negligence.”

READ: Israel publishes list of Hamas ‘most wanted’

The Arab League demanded that the international community compel Israel to respect the rules of international law and international humanitarian law, specifically the Fourth Geneva Convention, and abide by the rules of humane treatment of Palestinian detainees.

It reiterated the call for “the formation of a commission of inquiry into the crimes of the occupation and to hold it responsible for its crimes and follow up the perpetrators before international justice.”

Awaisat was arrested in March 2014 and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. He suffered from a severe stroke and a heart attack after he was tortured in an Israeli prison until he suffered a coma. His health condition deteriorated and he died at the hospital. Last Sunday, the Palestinian Prisoners Association announced the demise of Awaisat after he suffered a stroke in the Ramleh prison’s clinic on 9 May.

Majdi al-Adra, spokesman for the Palestinian Liberated and Detainees Affairs Authority, said that the Israeli occupation authorities repressed Palestinian prisoners in their prisons following protests against the martyrdom of Awaisat.

(Source / 23.05.2018)

Nachtelijke rust!

Terrorism in Islam

Eén van de sterk aanbevolen daden in deze gezegende maand is het verrichten van de Taraweeh (nachtgebed) gezamenlijk in de moskee. De profeet vrede zij met hem zei:
“Wie het nachtgebed in Ramadan verricht met geloof en hoop op de beloning, van diegene worden zijn voorgaande zonden vergeven.” [Bukhari]

Ook is het aanbevolen om het gebed volledig te bidden, totdat de imam klaar is. De profeet vrede zij met hem zei:
“Wie met de imam staat (in gebed) totdat hij klaar is, krijgt de beloning van het bidden van de hele nacht.” [Tirmidhi]
Ontneem jezelf deze grote beloning niet door vroegtijdig de moskee te verlaten. Kijk niet naar de mensen die vroegtijdig weggaan, maar naar die blijven. 
Gedenk dat onze nobele profeet vrede zij met hem stond in het nachtgebed totdat zijn voeten opzwollen! Aicha – moge Allah tevreden met haar zijn-, vrouw van de profeet, verbaasde zich hierover en zei: “Allah heeft jouw voorgaande en komende zonden vergeven, waarom doe jij dit?” Hij antwoordde: “Mag ik geen dankbare dienaar zijn?!”

Dankbaarheid aan Allah uit zich in daden en niet slechts in het zeggen van ‘alhamdolilah’.

Het luisteren naar de recitatie van het boek van Allah, gezamenlijk in de moskee met jouw medemoslims, is rust en ontspanning. Wie heeft daar vandaag de dag geen behoefte aan? 
Één van onze vrome voorgangers moest huilen toen hij op zijn sterfbed lag. Daarop zeiden de mensen om hem heen: “Wat doet jou huilen?” Hij antwoordde: “Ik huil niet uit angst voor de dood en ook niet omdat ik in deze wereld wil blijven, maar ik huil omdat ik de dorst van de hete dagen (tijdens het vasten) en het nachtgebed zal missen.”
Zo beste broeders en zusters, houden de vrome mensen van het aanbidden van Allah. Zij ervaren het niet als een last, maar als verlichting.

Misschien dat het een idee is om vóór het bijwonen van de Taraweeh het gedeelte van de Koran dat zal worden gereciteerd in de avond, door te nemen middels bijvoorbeeld de Nederlandse vertaling van de Koran. Dit kan je doen door naar een opgenomen recitatie te luisteren van het deel van de Koran dat aan bod zal komen in de Taraweeh, en vervolgens lees je tegelijkertijd de vertaling. Door deze voorbereiding te treffen, kan je de imam redelijk volgen tijdens het gebed en raak je minder snel afgeleid. Tevens is dit heel goed voor het versterken van jouw Arabische taal.
Beste broeders en zusters

Wellicht dat we overdag druk zijn met allerlei aangelegenheden, zoals het voorzien in ons levensonderhoud. Daar is niks mis mee. Allah zegt:
“En wij hebben de dag gemaakt om levensonderhoud te zoeken.” [78:11]
Maar wat voor excuus hebben wij dan om de nachten van deze gezegende maand niet goed te benutten met o.a. het reciteren van de Koran en het bijwonen van het Taraweeh gebed? Allah zegt:
“Wanneer jij dan klaar bent (met jouw wereldse zaken), streef dan (met de zaken van het Hiernamaals)”. [94:7]
Moge Allah de meest Verhevene ons helpen bij het nuttig besteden van deze gezegende dagen en nachten en ons vergeven voor onze tekortkomingen.

(Source: / 23.05.2018)

‘Beginning of the end of Abbas’ rule’ say Israeli security officials

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas released pictures of himself in hospital on 21 May 2018 [Arabi21]

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas released pictures of himself in hospital on 21 May 2018

With the ill health of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas continuing to be a source of speculation, a report in Haaretz claims that Israeli security officials already see recent events “as the beginning of the end of Abbas’ rule, although it is not clear how long the whole process will take”.

Abbas, 82, was hospitalised once again this week, and there are suggestions that the true seriousness of his condition is being kept under wraps by Palestinian Authority (PA) officials.

According to the Haaretz report, written by its military correspondent Amos Harel, “in the frenzied atmosphere that has taken hold on the Israeli right…there will probably be calls to take advantage of the situation and make unilateral changes to the relationship with the PA in the West Bank.”

However, he added, “leading security officials say that, on the contrary, security coordination with Abbas and his people is a strategic asset that must be carefully maintained with Abbas’ successor (or successors).”

Open letter to President Mahmoud Abbas

Elaborating on this view, Harel claimed that “absent a permanent solution or any diplomatic talks on the horizon, security connections with the PA help prevent deterioration on the ground.”

“Witness the dozens of cases in which PA security operatives have, in keeping with Abbas’ policy, returned Israeli citizens who mistakenly entered Palestinian towns or cities,” he continued.

“The PA also continues, for its own reasons, to arrest Hamas activists, some of whom are involved in planning terror attacks against Israel,” Harel added.

According to the report, the Israeli intelligence community believes the most likely scenario post-Abbas is that he “will be replaced, at least temporarily, by a group that could include senior Fatah leaders, officials with diplomatic experience and representatives of the security agencies”.

(Source / 23.05.2018)