The Eurovision boycott row confirms it: Palestinian lives don’t matter

It feels like there is no acceptable way for Palestinians to protest against oppression

By Arwa Mahdawi

How dispiriting it is to be Palestinian and told day after day that you don’t matter; that you shouldn’t be protesting the erasure of your humanity.

Eurovision has always been an exercise in bad taste, but this year’s event takes things to an extreme. If you want to enjoy the kitschy song contest, which will take place from 14 to 18 May in Tel Aviv, Israel, then you have got to ignore the bloody political context that surrounds it. Indeed, Israel is so intent on keeping Eurovision politics-free that anyone it says might disrupt the event will be blocked from entering the country.

One of the most frustrating things about being Palestinian (I’m half-Palestinian myself) is that there seems to be no acceptable way to defend your humanity or protest agains your oppression. Calls to boycott Eurovision, for example, have been decried as divisive. Last month, celebrities including Stephen Fry, Sharon Osbourne and Marina Abramović signed a letter stating that Eurovision’s “spirit of togetherness” is “under attack by those calling to boycott [the competition] because it is being held in Israel, subverting the spirit of the contest and turning it from a tool of unity into a weapon of division”.

Look at that language. A peaceful form of protest is described as an “attack” and a “weapon”.

Palestinians and their supporters are cast as unreasonable, violent aggressors. Meanwhile, the larger context is ignored. The fact that most Palestinians, even those just a few miles from Tel Aviv, have no hope of attending Eurovision thanks to the severe travel restrictions imposed on them, is ignored. The fact that there is an entire infrastructure – from a concrete border wall to segregated roads – that is designed to separate Palestinians and Israelis is ignored.

Unless you have been to Palestine, it is hard to understand the daily violence of the occupation. It is hard to wrap your head around the fact that someone such as my father, who was born in the West Bank, could have no right to return there. It is hard to imagine what it is like to see your homes and history demolished. It is hard to understand the humiliation involved in traversing Israeli checkpoints to go to visit a relative in the next village. It is hard to imagine what it is like to be constantly told that you do not exist.

Palestinians aren’t just dehumanised in life, they are dehumanised in death. Just look, for example, at some of the coverage of the recent violence in Gaza. According to the Washington Post on 6 May, “four Israeli civilians were killed … and 23 Palestinians died”. CNN similarly reported that 23 people “have died in Gaza” while “in Israel, four people have been killed”. Palestinian lives don’t matter. The American media makes that clear every time it talks about Palestinian deaths, which are routinely described with a passive voice that casts them as random accidents. Weird how Palestinians keep walking into bullets; can’t say who is to blame, really.

Actually, scratch that. Palestinians are always to blame, according to some news organisations. Israeli violence, we are repeatedly told, is simply self-defence. “Gaza militants fire 250 rockets, and Israel responds with airstrikes,” the New York Times proclaimed on Sunday; this ubiquitous framing would have you believe that Gaza was peaceful until Hamas started firing rockets. What isn’t mentioned is the fact that Israeli forces shot dozens of unarmed Palestinian protesters on Friday, before any rockets were fired; two of these protesters, one just 19 years old, died.

Palestinian deaths such as the ones on Friday don’t get much coverage because violence in the region only seems to matter when Israelis die.

The Washington Post and the New York Times as much as said so themselves when, on Monday, they stated that this recent violence was the “deadliest fighting since the 2014 war”. More than 50 Palestinians in Gaza were killedand more than 2,400 injured on 14 May last year, during protests sparked by the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. The past few days were not, by any means, the “deadliest fighting” since 2014 for Palestinians.

Life in Gaza, under an Israeli blockade for 12 years, is unbearable. Unemployment is above 50%; there is little electricity; less than 4% of the water is drinkable.

It is also practically impossible to enter or leave; the place is an open-air prison. The situation in Gaza is blamed on the people electing an extremist government in the form of Hamas, but even the Israeli military has conceded that Israel needs to improve living conditions in the Gaza strip if it wants to avoid more violence.

It is hard to imagine what it is like to be told that there is no right way you can protest against this treatment. Violent resistance is obviously out of the question. But so, apparently, are non-violent forms of resistance, such as the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, which the US is trying to make illegal. The only acceptable thing you can do as a Palestinian, it would seem, is just shut up and die. And, for God’s sake, do not protest against Eurovision!

(Source / 09.05.2019)

Has Israel already annexed the West Bank?

While official annexation would be seen as a dramatic escalation, many Palestinians feel the area is already annexed.

Ramallah, occupied West Bank – While the international community and media created an uproar when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his intent to annex the West Bank in a bid to garner votes during last month’s elections, many Palestinians living in the occupied territory were not fazed by the right-wing leader’s words.

“It’s obvious that the West Bank is already de facto annexed,” Wael Abdul Raheem, a 35-year-old lawyer residing in Ramallah, told Al Jazeera.

He recounted a recent incident when he was handed a traffic fine by an Israeli police officer on Road 60 – an Israeli road that cuts through the occupied territory used by both Israelis and Palestinians – near his village of Madama in the northern West Bank.

“I had to go to Beit El (an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank) in order to pay the fine. Israel already treats this area as its own. So, no, I definitely was not shocked by Netanyahu’s statement,” he said.

An official annexation of parts or the whole of the West Bank would likely result in a dramatic escalation of policies, which Palestinians say are aimed at eroding basic rights and self-determination.

However, Israeli and Palestinian analysts have told Al Jazeera that international concerns over Netanyahu’s comments were not reflective of reality, which has seen an incremental process of annexation in the occupied territory for decades.

‘One regime’

Since Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967, and particularly following the Oslo Accords in the 1990s that broke up the West Bank into Areas A, B, and C – leaving about 60 percent of the land under full Israeli military control – “Israel has used and treated the entire area as if it was a part of sovereign Israel,” Amit Gilutz, spokesperson of Israeli rights group B’Tselem, said.

Unlike the rest of the West Bank, however, East Jerusalem was officially annexed into Israeli territory after Israel’s military conquest of the area more than a half-century ago.

According to Yara Hawari, a fellow at the independent Palestinian policy network al-Shabaka, there was a juncture between the international uproar following Netanyahu’s statements and the realities on the ground.

“In reality, there is one regime which controls everything from the river to the sea, and that’s the Israeli regime,” she said.

In Area C, home to about 300,000 Palestinians, the Israeli army has full control over the management of resources, planning and construction, and strictly limits Palestinian construction or development to less than one percent of the area, most of which is already built up, according to the UN.

“They [Palestinians] are denied any legal avenue to build homes or develop their communities, so they face the constant fear that their homes might be demolished, and that they [may] be expelled and lose their livelihood,” B’Tselem has noted.

At the same time, the Israeli government has continued to expand illegal settlements throughout Area C, with up to 600,000 Israelis living in the occupied territory in violation of international law, while creating an extensive network of roads connecting settlements to each other and to towns and cities across the Green Line – which divides the occupied territory from Israel.

“For Israelis travelling in the West Bank, you might not even feel like it is under occupation because the Green Line has been essentially erased,” Gilutz explained. “It doesn’t exist for settlers, whereas it’s a very real border for Palestinians.”

Meanwhile, there are dozens of Israeli police stations established in Area C, which patrol the area and issue Israeli fines to Palestinians who are caught speeding, not wearing their seat belts or committing other violations – despite Israeli police not being authorised to operate in the West Bank because it is not part of Israel’s sovereign territory.

Right-wing Israeli politicians have advocated for the official annexation of Area C for years.

In addition, there are 165 enclaves of Area A – where the Palestinian Authority (PA) has authority – and B – where there is joint Israeli-PA control, scattered like islands throughout Area C, and home to the majority of Palestinians in the West Bank.

These enclaves are “disconnected from one another and the resources they need to develop in any kind of sustainable way, because Area C contains everything that is needed for there to be a viable existence in this region,” Gilutz said, adding that Israel utilises the resources in Area C for the benefit of its own citizens, at the expense of Palestinian development.

Israel has long focused on creating facts on the ground that would control as much land and resources as possible, with as few Palestinians on that land as possible, Hawari said.

“All of this is very predictable,” Gilutz added. “The situation has been moving in this one direction for many decades.”

‘From de facto to de jure annexation’

Despite these Oslo-era land designations, Hawari says Israel continues to control the entire territory, and even in Area A the PA only “maintains the population” as a policing force, while Israel retains de facto control over the area.

While Israel already controls the whole of the West Bank, Hawari says, a legal annexation of the territory would see an increase in Israeli settlement building, while the language of annexation has fuelled the Israeli right-wing, particularly “violent settlers”.

These repressive measures against Palestinians would accelerate if the territory were officially annexed, she explains, but “it will still be a slow process of passing various forms of legislation”.

Israeli rights group Yesh Din has documented 60 bills proposed during the 20th Knesset (2015-2019) that pertained to the annexation of the West Bank, eight of which were approved and became law.

According to the group, this reflects the “transition from de facto annexation to de jure annexation” of the West Bank, noting that the Israeli parliament “regards itself as the legislative authority in the West Bank and the sovereign there”, as opposed to the military commander, who is expected to be the acting sovereign in the occupied territory as outlined in international humanitarian law.

Gilutz says Israel uses the pretext of security and the “temporariness of occupation” as a sophisticated strategy to “exploit the area for its own needs, use the resources, and engineer the space demographically so that Palestinians are concentrated in enclaves disconnected from one another and from the resources they need to thrive – and which Israel wants for itself”.

However, Israel’s occupation of the West Bank is “clearly not designed to be temporary, but rather to last”, he added.

In this sense, the situation as it is today could be more beneficial to Israel than a formal annexation of the West Bank, Gilutz noted. “The facade of legality of this whole system of control is quite effective in how it allows Israel to portray itself as a democracy, and enjoy all the perks of being a member state in that club.”

Political rights?

Yesh Din has noted that the intensification of annexation signals that Israel is “transforming itself into an apartheid state”.

Despite Israel’s parliament creating legislation that directly affects millions of Palestinians in the occupied territory, they have no right to vote and lack any ability to influence Israeli policy.

“Two types of people live under Israel’s regime and are subject to its control and sovereignty: Israeli citizens who have full rights, and Palestinian residents who lack political rights, as well as other rights,” the group has noted.

Hawari points out that Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem are an accurate case study for the potential annexation of the rest of the West Bank. Although Israel formally annexed the territory, Palestinians were not granted citizenship, but instead were issued Jerusalem IDs, which can be revoked for a variety of reasons.

Almost 15,000 Palestinians have had their Jerusalem IDs revoked by the Israeli state since 1967, according to Human Rights Watch. Meanwhile, although Palestinians in East Jerusalem are permitted to vote in Jerusalem’s municipal elections, they are barred from voting in national elections.

However, Gilutz says the question of political rights is “just as relevant today as it will be if Israel formally annexes the West Bank, because Palestinians have already been living under Israel’s control for generations without political rights”.

He added that perhaps a formal annexation will increase international pressure on Israel to grant Palestinians political rights, but “from our perspective, it doesn’t actually matter”.

“What matters are the rights and freedoms of people who are already living under direct Israeli rule.”

In Gilutz’s perspective, the main issue is not whether the West Bank is annexed or not.

“The better question is why the annexation that has already existed has been allowed to develop, deepen and continue in broad daylight without the international community taking more decisive action in order to stop it,” he said.

(Source / 09.05.2019)

Israel forces attack Palestinian worshippers leaving Al-Aqsa

In video footage which has circulated on social media, Israeli forces attacked worshippers leaving Al-Aqsa 

Israeli occupation forces attacked worshippers leading the old city through Damascus Gate after performing night prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque last night.

In video footage which has circulated on social media, occupation officers could be seen assaulting Palestinians in the area before sound bombs and tear gas were used to disperse the peaceful crowds.

No injuries were reported.

Mounib Mahdi Abu Assab was arrested from his home in the Old City, with eyewitnesses saying he was taken in for interrogation.

Thousands of Palestinians performed tarawih, night prayers help during the Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan, at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians are expected to head to Al-Aqsa Mosque tomorrow, on the first Friday of the holy month.

READ: Over 300 settlers storm Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque

(Source / 09.05.2019)

Palestine artists in Gaza urge Eurovision boycott

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators boycott the presentation of the Spanish candidate to Eurovision, Miki Nunez leaving for Eurovision 2019 on 8 May 2019 in Madrid, Spain. [Eduardo Parra/Getty Images]

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators boycott the presentation of the Spanish candidate to Eurovision, Miki Nunez on 8 May 2019 in Madrid, Spain

Palestinian artists have called on contestants taking part in Eurovision “to boycott the international music competition that Israel is hosting next week”, reported Al Jazeera.

According to the Palestinian Artists Association, based in the occupied Gaza Strip, Israel is using the event to “perpetuate oppression, promote injustice or whitewash a brutal apartheid regime”.

In the statement published yesterday, the artists cited the killing of more than 60 Palestinians by Israeli forces during protests in Gaza along the perimeter fence on 14 May last year, “the same day Israel won the Eurovision”.

READ: Israel’s Eurovision flop

The association also held a sit-in outside the European Union’s Gaza office and wrote a letter of protest.

Numerous artists and cultural figures have already urged a boycott of this year’s Israeli-hosted Eurovision, including Roger Waters – who wrote an open letter to Madonna, asking her to cancel her planned performance at the event – as well as British personalities such as Vivienne Westwood, Peter Gabriel and Mike Leigh – who have asked the BBC to cancel its coverage.

The calls to boycott Eurovision have also come from the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which since 2005 has called for and coordinated a global, civil-society led anti-apartheid campaign. The boycott includes economic, academic and cultural elements.

(Source / 09.05.2019)

Palestine factions warn Israel is delaying implementation of ceasefire terms

Gaza after Israeli strikes on 5 May, 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Damaged vehicles are seen after Israel carried out air strikes in Gaza on 5 May 2019

Palestinian factions have warned of the consequences should Israel continue to delay implementation of the ceasefire terms, reported Haaretz.

According to the paper, “three days after the announcement of a truce between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza, the coastal enclave is still waiting for measures that could improve the situation, and warn of the risks of continued deadlock.”

Specifically, “on Wednesday morning, Gazan fishermen reported that the sea was still closed off and that they have not been able to go to work for several days now.”

Meanwhile, “there is no official word yet as to when the Qatari money to pay Hamas bureaucrats’ salaries and aid needy families will arrive.”

During the ceasefire talks, Haaretz reported, “Palestinian factions informed Egyptian mediators that they would wait one week for the understandings to start being implemented, including immediate steps such as opening the sea and the border crossings and bringing in the Qatari money.”

UN: Health funding gap means 1,700 in Gaza may face amputations 

“Meanwhile, everything is closed, and in Israel they’ve gone on vacation,” a Hamas political official said. “The expectation is that things will start moving this weekend. Otherwise, we’ll return to an escalation.”

On Tuesday, human rights group Gisha urged Israeli authorities to end the closure of Gaza’s crossings.

“Throughout the entire week, no vital goods entered Gaza, including those meant for humanitarian needs; traders are incurring losses due to the entry of goods being blocked; agricultural goods meant to be sold outside Gaza are going to waste; fishermen are unable to earn their livelihood; people who hold permits for humanitarian visits to relatives are unable to exit Gaza, and the same goes for patients who have appointments for medical treatments that are unattainable in Gaza.”

Meanwhile, the Great March of Return’s organising committee has said “it will call on participants to stay far from the fence to avoid injuries” during anticipated protests this Friday.

“However,” Haaretz added, “spokespeople for the Palestinian factions in Gaza stressed that their joint operations room is still operating on an emergency basis and that they are ready for any scenario, including the resumption of rocket fire into Israel.”

Israel MK calls for 1 Palestinian to be killed for each rocket fired

(Source / 09.05.2019)

Wanneer was jouw laatste traantje omwille van Allah?

Grappige foto’s en filmpjes. We kunnen er geen genoeg van krijgen. Via de WhatsApp stromen ze dagelijks binnen en op social media worden we er ook mee overspoeld. De hele dag door lachen met je mond wijd open is de trend van deze tijd.

Maar is dit wel zo’n gezonde trend? En moet je daar als gelovige in meegaan? Heeft het overmatig bekijken van al die grappige dingen wel nut?

De realiteit is dat het niet alleen maar nutteloos is, het is ook nog eens schadelijk. Het houdt ons namelijk ver verwijderd van de belangrijkere serieuze momenten die de gelovige, eigenlijk dagelijks, met zichzelf hoort te hebben. 

Al dat amusement verhardt het hart en weerhoudt ons van dat ene kostbare traantje omwille van Allah. Dat onze harten zijn verhard is erg, en nog erger is het gegeven dat we dit niet doorhebben en hier niet bij stilstaan.

Want laten we eens eerlijk tegenover onszelf zijn. Wanneer was de laatste keer dat we zo’n kostbare traantje omwille van Allah hebben gelaten?

Wanneer was de laatste keer dat we al onze zondes voor ogen hadden en uit angst voor Allah en Zijn bestraffing een oprecht traantje lieten en dit traantje lieten opvolgen met een oprecht berouw.

Wanneer was de laatste keer dat wij zo goed bezig waren met de aanbidding en de gehoorzaamheid van Allah dat wij ons dicht tot Hem voelden en dat wij hierdoor een traantje lieten uit verlangen naar Zijn paradijs en de ontmoeting met de Almachtige.

Want een traantje voor Allah hoeft niet alleen uit angst voor Hem te zijn. Dit kan ook uit hevig verlangen naar Hem zijn.

Wist je dat dit ene traantje omwille van Allah een enorme verdienste heeft. De profeet vrede zij met hem zei:

Degene die heeft gehuild uit angst voor Allah zal het Vuur niet betreden [Tirmidhi]

En op de Dag des Oordeels zal Allah de schepping na de wederopstanding bijeenbrengen op een enorme uitgestrekte vlakte. En in afwachting van de afrekening zal de zon nabij worden gebracht. En als gevolg hiervan zullen de mensen hevig zweten.

Behalve een aantal groepen mensen. Zij zullen op die dag in een schaduw zijn! En tot deze groepen mensen behoren zij die in afzondering Allah gedenken en hun ogen hierdoor beginnen te tranen uit angst voor Allah of vanwege het hevige verlangen naar de ontmoeting met hun Heer.

Beste broeders en zusters

Dit is geen oproep om te stoppen met lachen. Dit is een oproep om meer op zoek te gaan naar de zaken die je hart verzachten en jou helpen bij het bereiken van dat ene traantje omwille van Allah. En daar is deze gezegende maand bij uitstek het beste moment voor.

Probeer het beste broeder of zuster. Zonder je af van de mensen, zonder je af van je telefoon en overpeins de Koran, luister naar vermanende lezingen en naar emotionele Koran-recitaties.

Hef jouw handen op naar je Schepper en gedenk je zondes en tekortkomingen en vraag Hem om vergiffenis. 

Door dat oprechte traantje en oprechte berouw zul jij je niet alleen beter voelen, maar ook een stuk lichter. Want de zondes, die worden als een zware last gedragen.

Moge Allah onze harten verzachten en ons oprechte tranen omwille van Hem schenken

( / 09.05.2019)

Calls for protests in support of Palestine against ‘attempts to annihilate the cause’

Protests in London supporting Palestine against ‘attempts to annihilate the cause’

Demonstrators come together in support of Palestine in London, UK

As the 71st anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba approaches, the Palestinian Forum of Britain (PFB) has called on everyone who believes in freedom and human rights to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people against attempts to “annihilate” their cause.

In a statement the group said that since the occupation began, Palestinians have successfully confronted scores of plot and campaigns to eradicate their cause and will continue to do so.

The call comes as leaked reports in the Israel press have revealed details of the US’ peace plan, dubbed the “deal of the century”, which will expected to be unveiled next month. The details appear to show that the Palestinians will continue to live under Israel’s military control and be subjected to its rule. They will also suffer the loss of Jerusalem as their capital and large swathes of the occupied West Bank would be annexed by Israel, under the terms of the deal.

Protests in London supporting Palestine against ‘attempts to annihilate the cause’

This, the forum said, “constitutes a great threat to the Palestinian cause unless the world’s free people agree on a stand to confront and defeat it.”

The Palestinian people are being told to accept the legitimacy of Zionist occupation over all of Palestine, in what resembles a mere commercial transaction from which Palestinians get the right to live in exchange for relinquishing their rights, their lands and their holy sites.

In response to the plan, the forum is urging people to come out in protest against US President Donald Trump’s deal and in support of Palestinian human rights on 11 May in London.

“The PFB also renews its calls on the British government to issue an apology to the Palestinian people for its historic crime which manifested in the infamous Balfour Declaration, and to support its efforts to see Palestinians attain their freedom and right to return to their rightful homes and lands.”

READ: 238 artists, academics call on UK to issue visas to Gaza artists

(Source / 09.05.2019)

Details of Trump’s “Deal of the Century” Revealed by Israeli Media

09 May7:34 AM

The main points of the United States’ anticipated Middle East peace plan, the so-called “Deal of the Century,” were revealed by a Hebrew-language news outlet, on Tuesday.

Israel Hayom news outlet published the main points of the “Deal of the Century” from a leaked document, which was circulated by the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

The following are the main points of the agreement proposed by the United States administration, according to Ma’an:

1. Agreement

A tripartite agreement will be signed between Israel, a wizard (a utility that assists in authoring a document), and Hamas, and a Palestinian state will be established that will be called “the new Palestine” that will be established on Judea, Samaria and Gaza, with the exception of the settlements.

2. Evacuation of land

The settlement blocs as they are today will remain in the hands of Israel and will be joined by the few settlements. The areas of the blocs will grow according to the area of the isolated settlements that will be added to them.

3. Jerusalem

Will not be divided and shared by Israel and the new Palestine and will be the capital of Israel and the new Palestine, the Arab inhabitants will be the citizens of the new Palestine. The Jerusalem Municipality will be responsible for all areas of Jerusalem except the education that will be handled by the new Palestinian government and the new Palestinian Authority will pay the Jerusalem Municipality municipal taxes and water.

Jews will not be allowed to buy Arab homes, and Arabs will not be allowed to buy Jewish homes. No additional areas will be annexed to Jerusalem.

The Holy Places will remain as they are today held.

4. Gaza

Egypt will lease new land to Palestine for the purpose of establishing an airport for the establishment of factories and commerce and for agriculture, other than housing. The size of the territories and the price will be determined between the parties through the mediation of the supporting countries (an explanation for the countries that support the continuation of the road).

5. The supporting countries

The countries that will financially support the implementation of this agreement are: the United States, the European Union and the oil-producing Gulf states.

The supporting countries will provide a budget of $ 30 billion over five years for national projects for the new Palestine. (The cost of evacuating the isolated settlements and their location in the settlement blocs will apply to Israel).

6. The division between the supporting countries

A. USA 20%

B. EU 10%

C. The oil producing Gulf states – 70% – will be divided according to their oil production.

D. Most of the burden on oil producing countries is because they will be the main beneficiaries of this agreement.

7. Army

The new Palestine would no longer have to form an army. The only weapon would be light weapons held by the police.

A defense agreement will be signed between Israel and the new Palestine in which Israel will guarantee the new Palestine from all external aggression and the new Palestine will pay Israel for this protection.

The cost of this payment shall be in negotiations between the parties, mediated by the supporting countries.

8. Timelines and stages of execution

Upon signing the agreement:

A. Hamas will deposit all its weapons, including the personal weapons of the Egyptians.

B. Hamas members, including the leaders, will continue to receive salaries from the supporting countries until the establishment of the government.

C. All the borders of the Strip will be open to the passage of goods and workers to Israel and Egypt as they are today with Judea and Samaria and by sea.

D. Within a year, democratic elections will be held and a government will be elected to the new Palestine. Every Palestinian citizen will be able to stand for election.

E. Prisoners – One year after the elections and the establishment of the government, the prisoners will be released gradually for three years.

F. Within five years, a seaport and airport will be established in the new Palestine and by then the airport in Israel and the seaports in Israel will be used.

G. The borders between the new Palestine and Israel will be open to the passage of citizens and goods as is the case with friendly countries.

H. An autostrada will bridge a bridge about 30 meters above the surface of the earth, between Gaza and Judea and Samaria, the highway will establish a Chinese company, the financing of the highway – bridge will come from:

China 50%, Japan 10%, South Korea 10%, Australia 10%, Canada 10%, the United States and the European Union 10%.

9. The Jordan Valley

A. The Jordan Valley will remain in the hands of Israel, as it is today.

B. Route 90 will turn into a four-lane toll road.

C. Israel will issue a tender for paving the road.

D. Will give two crossings from the new Palestine to Jordan, these crossings will be under the control of the new Palestine.

10. Liability

A. If Hamas and PLO object to this agreement, the US will cancel all their financial support to the Palestinians and ensure that no country in the world transfers money to them.

B. If Abbas agrees to the terms of this agreement and Hamas or Islamic Jihad will not agree, the leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad will be held accountable and in another round of violence between Israel and Hamas, the US will back Israel to personally harm Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders That a group of a few dozen will determine the lives of millions of people.)

C. If Israel opposes this agreement, economic support for Israel will cease.

(Source / 09.05.2019)

13 Israeli Violations against Journalists in April

09 May 7:01 AM

 by Tareq Astal

13 violations against journalists in the Palestinian territories, by Israeli occupation forces, were recorded during April.

In its monthly report on Israeli violations against journalists, published today, WAFA said that 11 journalists were injured from rubber-coated metal bullets, live bullets and tear gas canisters, fired by Israeli soldiers, as well as from severe beatings. At the same time, one journalist was detained and another had his press papers seized.

On April 3, the Jerusalem District Court rejected an appeal filed by Mustafa Kharouf, a photographer with Turkish Anadolu news agency, to release him from prison so that he can be with his family in Jerusalem, and kept him incarcerated until May 5, the date he is to be expelled to Jordan. (Kharouf’s attorney got an injunction from the Israeli High Court on May 5, stopping his expulsion until it hears his plea.)

On April 5, Israeli forces shot Amad News Agency correspondent Safinaz al-Louh, with a teargas grenade, in her right foot, and Noor News photographer Mohammad Issa with a gas bomb, in his leg, while covering the March of Return protests, east of the Gaza Strip.

On April 10, Israeli forces raided the home of Ra’ed al-Sharif, in Hebron, holding his family in one room before embarking on a thorough search of the house and tampering with its contents.

On April 12, Israeli forces shot Filistin al-Hadath photographer and correspondent Ahmed al-Zurei, with a rubber-coated bullet, in the abdomen, while he was covering protests east of al-Bureij, in the central Gaza Strip.

On April 19, freelance photographer Abdel Rahim al-Khatib was hit with a rubber-coated bullet, in the left thigh, and Reuters photographer Bassam Massoud with a gas grenade, behind his left ear. A similar bomb injured Watan Radio reporter Mohammad al-Louh and freelance photographers Mahmoud Badr, in the left foot, and Ahmad Washah, in the head, while covering protests east of the Gaza Strip.

In the same day, Xinhua photographer Nidal Shtayeh and WAFA photographer Ayman Noubani were shot with rubber-coated metal bullets, in their thighs, while covering the Israeli army’s crackdown on the weekly protests in Kufr Qaddoum village, east of Qalqilia, in the north of the West Bank.

On April 26, Israeli forces targeted Shihab News Agency photographer Ramadan al-Sharif, with a live bullet that hit him in his right foot, while he covered protests east of Rafah, in southern Gaza.

The daily attacks on journalists in the West Bank are part of an ongoing Israeli policy against their activities and their role in covering the practices and violations committed by these forces, against Palestinian civilians and property.

(Source / 09.05.2019)

Soldiers Close Road Linking Between Several Ramallah Villages

09 May 1:31 PM

Israeli soldiers closed, Thursday, the main road linking between several village northwest of Ramallah and Birzeit, in central West Bank.

Media sources in Ramallah said the soldiers closed the iron gate, which was installed at the entrance of Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, forcing the Palestinians to take longer unpaved alternate routes.

The closed road is also vital to many surrounded villages in the areas of northwest of Ramallah and Birzeit.

(Source / 09.05.2019)