The Palestinian Ambassador to the UK Husam Zomlot, and teenage activist Ahed Tamimi, joined protestors to mark the 71st anniversary of the Nakba May 12, 2019 at 8:02 am
Thousands of people marched through central London on Saturday to mark the seventy-first anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe), which coincides this year with plans for a new deal that will liquidate the Palestinian issue. The demonstration was organised for by the Palestinian Forum in Britain (PFB), Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) and Stop the War Campaign (STW).
“Free Palestine”, and “End Siege in Gaza” protesters shouted, carrying pro-Palestinian placards.
The procession started in Portland Place and protesters marched through Oxford Circus and Trafalgar Square to reach Downing Street where the government offices are located.
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Palestinian Ambassador to the UK, Husam Zomlot, affirmed the utter rejection of the Palestinian people and their leadership of all that has been leaked about the suspicious “deal of the century.”
Chairman of PFB, Hafiz Al-Karmi, renewed a call for the British Government to apologise for the historical mistake of the Balfour Declaration and to work for the protection of the Palestinian people in their occupied homeland.
Palestinian resistance icon, Ahed al-Tamimi was among the protesters. The 17-year-old was arrested in late 2017 by Israeli authorities and was later handed an eight-month jail term for “attacking” an Israeli soldier. The teenager said:
We will not be made victims! We will continue to resist!
Spokesman for the PFB, Adnan Humaidan, called on British Prime Minister, Theresa May, to stop arming and supporting the occupation while turning a blind eye to its crimes such as the killing of baby Saba Abu Arrar and thousands of Palestinian children before her.
The demonstrators carried placards against the American President, Donald Trump, and his suspicious plans against the Palestinians and called for support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Another British Palestinian, Haneen Khalil, spoke on behalf of OLIVE for Palestinian Youth. She stressed her rejection of negotiations with Israel before it agrees to the right of return of all Palestinian refugees.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn also supported the march on Twitter, writing:
We cannot stand by or stay silent at the continuing denial of rights and justice to the Palestinian people
An official report on Sunday found that inhumane treatment of prisoners was widespread in Israeli prisons, according to The Times of Israel newspaper.
The report published by the Public Defence Office found that inmates were often kept in facilities “unfit for human residence” and sometimes faced illegal punitive measures.
According to the report, prisoners were being strip-searched without cause to suspect wrongdoing and without the inmates’ consent – as required by regulations – but purely as a punitive measure or “deterrent.”
The official report found that prisoners were tied to their beds for long hours or even days at a time as a punitive measure, citing the case of an inmate in need of medical care, who was tied by all four limbs to a bed for 38 hours at Ayalon Prison.
Other cases were cited at Eshel Prison and Givon Prison where prisoners were tied to their beds and having to defecate on themselves. In other cases, prisoners were tied with their hands above their heads.
The report said that some prisoners were held in solitary confinement in abysmal conditions, such as prison guards failing for six days to give them fresh clothes. On prisoner was sprayed with water and forced to stay in wet clothes for several days.
Israeli soldiers detained, Sunday, seven Palestinian journalists and one human rights worker, in the northern Plains of the occupied West Bank, as they were documenting the army while displacing families to conduct military training.
Eyewitnesses said the soldiers detained seven journalists, identified as Hazem Nasser, Shadi Jarar’a, Ranin Sawafta, Shatha Hammad, Hisham Abu Shaqra, Khaled Bodeir and Mahmoud Fawzi.
They added that the soldiers also detained Fares Foqaha, who works for the Al-Haq independent Palestinian non-governmental human rights organization.
The soldiers moved the abducted Palestinians to their military base, east of Tayasir Palestinian village, northeast of Tubas.
The abducted Palestinians were documenting the army’s attack against Bedouin families in Hamsa al-Foqa village, as the soldiers were preparing to conduct live fire military drills.
The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate strongly denounced the Israeli violation, and said the soldiers also confiscated the equipment carried by the detained journalists.
It called on various international organizations, and the United Nations, to intervene and stop the ongoing Israeli violations against the journalists and media outlets in occupied Palestine.
Israeli soldiers injured, Saturday, three Palestinians in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia.
Media sources said the soldiers invaded the town and attacked the weekly procession against the Annexation Wall and Colonies, by firing rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades.
They added that the soldiers injured three young men, including one who suffered a head injury, and caused many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.
On Friday, the soldiers attacked the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum, wounding one child with a rubber-coated steel bullet, and causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.
The Palestinians hold processions in Kufur Qaddoum every Friday and Saturday, for the eighth consecutive year, demanding the army to reopen the town’s main road, which was blockaded fifteen years ago, to enable easy access for illegal colonialist settlers driving to and from the Kedumim Israeli colony, built on private Palestinian lands.
GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — The Supreme Commission called for the march of return and breaking the siege on the Gaza Strip to participate actively in the million return on Wednesday to the next.
At the end of the 58th week of the return marchs, the Authority confirmed in a press release the continuation of peaceful marches at the Gaza border, advancing the mass participation of the masses of our people in the five fields of return east of the Gaza Strip today.
After all the plots and murders, homelessness and asylum, despite the massacres and the siege, attempts to dissolve and blur the identity, our masses remain steadfast in their right and just cause, rejecting all forms of resettlement and plots to liquidate their national rights.
She pointed out that the public participation from various sectors of our people in this Friday is a high readiness to defend the rights and upholding the constants, and insist on its rejection of all liquidation projects targeting our national cause, and to send messages that the rallies of return and break the siege continues in its peaceful popular character and no bargaining on them whatever the reasons.
The statement added: “We are all united in our rejection of the deal of the century, stressing that it will not pass, and will be undermined by our people, as dropped in the past a lot of liquidation projects that were aimed at our rights The face of this deal requires an Arab Arab Islamic and rejection of all forms of normalization with the Zionist entity.
In light of the grave developments and challenges facing our cause, the Commission called for an “urgent national meeting” of the Secretaries-General of the factions to unify the Palestinian position to bring down the deal of the century and to promote national unity and participation and to establish a unified national strategy to confront the occupation and all liquidation projects.
The National Commission also called on the masses of our people to participate in commemorating the Nakba, migration and displacement, which will culminate in “the events of return and breaking the siege,” which will be launched from Wednesday afternoon until 5:00 pm on the land of the return camps in the besieged Gaza Strip. In the camps of the Diaspora and the sites of asylum and commitment to the general strike on Wednesday 15/5/2019 to protest against the silence of the world on the continued crime of increasing us from our land and displacement in the alienation of refugees and displacement will not end the chapters only return to the home we abandoned in 1948
The National Commission for Return and Breaking the Siege called on all sectors of youth, antagonists and sports teams to take part in the “Jumah Marathon Al-Awda” sports event to be held next Friday in the besieged camps of return in eastern Gaza.
GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli navy ships attacked, on Saturday at noon, a number of Palestinian fishing boats in the Sudaniyya Sea area, northwest of Gaza city, and abducted three fishermen.
Media sources said the navy fired many live rounds at the fishing boats in an area that is less than six nautical miles of the shore, before abducting the three fishermen.
They added that the abducted fishermen have been identified as Omar Bakr, Mansour Bakr and Atef Bakr.
The attack is part of ongoing Israeli violations against the fishermen in Palestinian territorial waters, in addition to farmers and workers on their lands near the perimeter fence along the eastern parts of the besieged and improvised coastal region.
The indictment was modified to specify the crime as arson, and not murder, as had originally been the case
Extremist Israeli Jewish settler who, in 2015, burnt Dawabsheh family to death in the West Bank village of Duma was acquitted on Sunday, judicial source in Lod District Court revealed.
The murderer of the Palestinian family, which consisted of a mother, father and 18-month-old son, reached a plea agreement with the Israeli State Prosecutor’s Office in which he avoided being convicted for planning the murder of the whole family.
His name is barred from publication, but he admitted to having planned the torching of a Palestinian home in the northern West Bank four years ago.
However, the indictment against him was amended to make no mention of toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha and his parents, Riham and Saad, who were burnt to death then.
Approved by a Lod District Court judge, the agreement saw the murderer confess to conspiring to commit a crime motivated by racism — the same count for which he was charged in January 2016.
However, the indictment was modified to specify the crime as arson, and not murder, as had originally been the case.
The murderer, who was acquitted, confessed that he had carried out three other hate crimes targeting Palestinians: torching a garage in West Bank village of Aqraba, torching a taxi in the town of Yasuf and slashing tires of cars in the East Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Beit Safafa.
Israeli State Prosecutor’s Office requested that the murderer be sentenced to five and a half years of actual jail time.
Last July, the Lod District Court released the defendant to house arrest, less than two months after it threw out several of his confessions because they were allegedly extracted under extreme duress by interrogators of the Shin Bet security service.
The court also quashed a number of confessions given by Ben-Uliel, the main suspect in the Duma attack, who is charged with having hurled the lethal firebomb at the Dawabsha home.
Hussein Dawabsha, whose son, daughter-in-law and grandson were killed in the attack, told the court that he did not accept the agreement, insisting that justice must be achieved in this case.
President Donald Trump talks with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jared Kushner in Jerusalem, May 22, 2017
A leaked document of “main points” from the Trump administration’s so-called “deal of the century” was published today by Yisrael Hayom, outlining a plan for a two-state solution that includes the creation of a demilitarized state of “New Palestine,” Israeli annexation of all settlements in the West Bank, a land deal with Egypt, and shared capitals in Jerusalem.
If either Israel or the Palestinians, including Hamas and the PLO, reject the deal, the document says the U.S. will impose steep penalties. The U.S. will cut off all aid to Israel and ensure “no country in the world transfers money” to the Palestinians, whose economy is reliant on foreign donors.
If the PLO accepts the plan and Hamas or Islamic Jihad in Gaza reject it, the document warns “the U.S. will back Israel to personally harm leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad” in a future escalation, and will hold Hamas’ leadership “responsible in another round of violence between Israel and Hamas.”
Yisrael Hayom reported the document was shared by officials in Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, although the newspaper could not confirm the identify of the drafter or authenticate the details of the peace plan. It was published with the caveat “Here’s the message. You judge,” and a response from an unnamed senior White House official who is quoted as calling the report “speculative” and “inaccurate.”
Mondoweiss was not able to independently verify the accuracy of the document. Some of the line items in the agreement are consistent with previous reporting on unconfirmed line items of the deal.
While the plan includes a general framework for final status issues such as borders and Jerusalem, as Kushner said his deal would last week, it also is comprised of specific details for an economic relationship between the proposed Palestinian state and Israel. A toll road in the West Bank, and the Palestinians would pay Israel a sum for providing security.
The deal includes significant financial support from the U.S., Europe and the Gulf states to the new Palestinian state, to a tune of $30 billion over five years, with additional support for specific development projects from Australia, Canada, Japan and South Korea. Most of the funding will come from “oil producing countries,” described as “the main beneficiaries of this agreement.”
Creation of a “New Palestine”
The plan calls for the creation of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza, and cedes all territory held by Israeli settlements and settlement blocs to Israel. Likely, this would mean the plan would annex a majority of Area C of the West Bank, around 62 percent. The entirety of the Jordan Valley, about 30 percent of the West Bank, will be annexed to Israel. It is unclear if the Palestinians who reside there, around 65,000, will become citizens of the state of Israel. The plan further states the main highway in the Jordan Valley, Route 90, “will turn into a four-lane toll road.” It is unclear if Palestinians will have access to this road.
The Palestinian state will control two international borders with Jordan, likely turning over the Israeli controlled Allenby crossing between the West Bank and Jordan.
New Palestine will have a local police force who will be allowed to hold “light weapons.” The new Palestinian state will be prevented from forming a military. Israel will be responsible for security for a fee paid by the Palestinian government.
Jerusalem as a shared capital
Jerusalem will be a shared capital for both Israel and New Palestine. The deal underscores that Jerusalem “will not be divided.”
Today Jerusalem is home to some 350,000 Palestinian residents who are neither citizens of Israel or West Bank residents, and 550,000 Israelis, including around 200,000 settlers in East Jerusalem. Under the agreement all Israelis and Palestinians will be able to stay where they are living, but Israelis will no longer be able to purchase homes from Palestinians, potentially abruptly ending future expansion of East Jerusalem settlements. The deal would also bar Palestinians from buying homes from Israelis, which they are currently able to do.
The Palestinians in Jerusalem would become citizens of “New Palestine,” but receive the same services as Israeli residents of Jerusalem from the Jerusalem municipality, governed by Israel. The plans says the Palestinian Authority will be responsible for paying the municipality for services, with the exception of schools, which will be run by the Palestinian government.
Land lease from Egypt
While previous peace accords have agreed to principles of land swaps between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the Trump deal reportedly calls on a lease of territory from Egypt for the creation of an airport and industrial zone.
“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 plan said, “The size of the territories and the price will be determined between the parties through the mediation of the supporting countries.”
Under the deal Gaza would significantly open up to the outside world, albeit with the removal of Hamas’ military capabilities. Hamas would be required to turn over all weapons to Egypt.
Within one year New Palestine would hold elections where “every Palestinian citizen will be able to stand for election.”
The agreement notes “all the borders of the Strip will be open to the passage of goods and workers to Israel.” Gaza will be accessible to the West Bank through the creation of a land bridge.
The plan includes an additional Palestinian demands from past negotiations. Palestinian prisoners will be released over the course of three years. However, Palestinian refugees who today number some 7 million are excluded entirely from the document.