‘No positive development regarding Palestinian tax revenues withheld by Israel’

Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs, Hussein Al-Sheikh

Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs, Hussein Al-Sheikh

The Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs has said that there have been no developments with regards to the tax revenues withheld by Israel. Hussein Al-Sheikh explained that the action by Tel Aviv amounts to deducting the value of the stipends paid by the Palestinian Authority to prisoners held in Israel, as well as the families of those killed in attacks against Israelis.

Speaking to Radio Palestine, Al-Sheikh pointed out that the PA rejected all of the suggestions put forward by Israel to solve the crisis during a recent meeting with Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon. The PA, he said, has categorically rejected all proposals to receive the revenues “incomplete”, because Israel has “no right” to withhold the money due to the Palestinians.

“The Israelis have proposed a number of unacceptable ideas to solve the Palestinian tax revenues crisis,” said the PA Minister, “all of which were negative because they are net of these deductions, something which is rejected politically, financially and nationally.”

Al-Sheikh added that the Palestinians have demanded a freeze on the Israeli government’s decision to change the law on withholding tax revenues. Kahlon, he said, has asked for time to review the request, until the formation of the new government following the General Election in Israel last month. The PA official has met with Kahlon twice within a month, at the request of the Israelis.

READ: Israel FM signs order to deduct PA tax revenues

(Source / 17.05.2019) 

Palestinians call for NGOs to reject donations from Airbnb

Photo illustration of Airbnb is displayed on the screen of an iPhone placed on a map [Chesnot/Getty Images]

Photo illustration of Airbnb is displayed on the screen of an iPhone placed on a map

A coalition of Palestinian NGOs is urging local and international organisations to reject donations from Airbnb, in light of the company’s ongoing listing of homes in Israeli settlements.

According to a statement published on the site of Ramallah-based human rights group Al-Haq, the Palestinian Non-Governmental Organisations Network (PNGO-NET) issued the call after Airbnb reversed a previous decision to delist properties based in illegal settlements.

PNGO-NET, which includes 145 organisations based in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) working on a range of issues from development to human rights, stressed the significance of Israel’s “unlawful settlement of Palestinian territory”.

This policy, it stated, “is characterized by the confiscation of Palestinian land and natural resources, the obstruction of Palestinian movement due to checkpoints, the Annexation Wall, and other barriers, and the use of the OPT as a captive market for Israel.”

READ: Palestinians are suing the illegal Israeli settlers who list stolen property on AirBnB

Thus, Airbnb’s November 2018 announcement “that it would no longer list properties in illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank” – while excluding settlements in East Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan Heights – was seen “as a step in the right direction in respecting the human rights of the occupied Palestinian population and towards fulfilling its responsibilities under international law”.

However, following legal action by Israeli settlers, on 9 April 2019, Airbnb announced a reversal in its position, saying it will continue to list the properties of settlers, but will donate the profits to NGOs “dedicated to humanitarian aid that serve people in different parts of the world”.

The Palestinian NGOs stated that

Airbnb donations effectively amounts to the proceeds of crime and will be amassed by the illegal policies and practices we seek to end.

“We call on all international and local NGOs to reject donations of money from Airbnb, until their policies ensure respect for the human rights of all people, including those living under occupation,” the statement added.

“Together, we must all work to end corporate complicity in human rights abuses; companies like Airbnb must know that our silence cannot be bought.”

READ: Airbnb reneges on decision to delist West Bank settlement properties

(Source / 17.05.2019) 

Amnesty: Israel arms human rights violators UAE, Myanmar

Rohingyas are seen at a makeshift camp in Teknaff, Bangladesh on 23 September 2017 [Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/Anadolu Agency]

Rohingyas are seen at a makeshift camp in Teknaff, Bangladesh on 23 September 2017

A new report by Amnesty International has accused Israel of selling arms and intelligence equipment to serial human rights violators, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE), South Sudan and Myanmar.

The report – which was published by Amnesty’s Israel office in Hebrew – found that “Israeli companies continue to export weapons to countries that systematically violate human rights” and that “often these weapons reach their destination after a series of transactions, thereby skirting international monitoring and the rules of Israel itself”.

The human rights organisation therefore called on Israel’s Knesset and Ministry of Defence (MoD) to “more tightly monitor arms exports and enforce transparency guidelines adopted by other Western countries that engage in large-scale weapons exports,” Haaretz reported.

The Israeli daily translated large portions of the report, which argues that since “there are functioning models of correct and moral-based monitoring of weapons exports […] established by large arms exporters such as members of the European Union and the United States, there is no justification for the fact that Israel continues to belong to a dishonorable club of exporters such as China and Russia.”

Amnesty continues: “The absence of monitoring and transparency [has] for decades let Israel supply equipment and defense-related knowledge to questionable states and dictatorial or unstable regimes that have been shunned by the international community.” Eight such “questionable” states were named in Amnesty’s report, including South Sudan, Myanmar, the Philippines, Cameroon, Azerbaijan, Sri Lanka, Mexico and UAE, some of which were under sanctions and weapons-sales embargos at the time Israel sold its arms.

READ: ‘Not a breach of security’: Israel concludes after paperwork on India weapons sales lost

A number of the countries named in Amnesty’s report have previously been exposed as recipients of Israeli arms and intelligence equipment. The UAE, for example, is known to have purchased Israeli spyware firm NSO Group’s Pegasus software, a tool which has been used to hack into the iPhones of prominent activistsjournalists and Amnesty International staff. Just this week, Amnesty announced that it was supporting legal action against Israel’s MoD to demand that it revoke NSO’s export license.

Meanwhile, Israel’s selling of surveillance technology and assault rifles to South Sudan, where the regime and army has committed ethnic cleansing and aggravated crimes against humanity, has drawn fierce criticism from activists. In 2017, a group of Israelis petitioned Israel’s Supreme Court to force the disclosure of the names of those Israeli companies involved in selling arms to the East African nation.

However, as today’s Amnesty report notes, “with no documentation of sales, one cannot know when [these arms] were sold, by which company, how many, and so on”. Amnesty adds: “All we can say with certainty is that the South Sudanese army currently has Israeli Galil rifles, at a time when there is an international arms embargo on South Sudan, imposed by the UN Security Council, due to ethnic cleansing, as well as crimes against humanity [including] using rape as a method of war.”

Israel’s arms deals were thrust into the spotlight once again in 2017 by the crisis in Myanmar, which saw the Burmese military forcibly displace over half a million Rohingya Muslims from Rakhine state, driving them into neighbouring Bangladesh. The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights subsequently called for the Myanmar government to be brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity including ethnic cleansing and genocide.

In September 2017, Israel issued a gag order against its Supreme Court, forcing it to keep secret details of its ruling on a petition against arms sales to Myanmar. As a result, few details pertaining to the sales are known, with Amnesty’s report adding only that Myanmar’s chief of staff carried out the arms deal and apparently posted about it on his Facebook page.

READ: Israel spyware firm linked to Khashoggi case used to hack WhatsApp

(Source /17.05.2019) 

Health Ministry: “Israeli Soldiers Injured 65 Palestinians, Including 22 Children In Gaza”

16 MAY1:20 AM

The Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip has reported that Israeli soldiers injured 65 Palestinians, including 22 children and five women, and added that one of the injured Palestinians suffered serious wounds during the protests marking the Palestinian Nakba, in several parts of the coastal region.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, said one of the injured Palestinians is in a serious condition, in addition to 15 who suffered moderate wounds and 49 who were mildly injured.

He added that 22 of the wounded Palestinians are children, and five are women, and said that the soldiers also targeted medics, wounding three with rubber-coated steel bullets.

Dr. al-Qedra stated that 16 of the wounded Palestinians were shot with live rounds, 14 with rubber-coated steel bullets, 4 were injured by shrapnel from bullets, 15 suffered cuts and bruises, 4 suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, and 12 were injured by shrapnel from gas bombs.

In related news, Israeli navy ships fired live rounds and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinian fishing boats in Gaza territorial waters, wounding one fisherman, identified as Morad al-Hassi, 22, from the Shati’ refugee camp, west of Gaza.

Medical sources said the fisherman was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet, and suffered mild-to-moderate wounds.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers also abducted one Palestinian, who crossed the perimeter fence.

Also Wednesday, the Health Ministry in Gaza has reported that Israeli soldiers have killed 305 Palestinians, including 59 children, ten women, three medics and two journalists, since the Great Return March procession started, in the coastal region, on Palestinian Land Day, March 30th, 2018.

(Source / 17.05.2019) 

Israeli Soldiers Attack The Weekly Protest In Ni’lin

17 MAY4:28 PM

Israeli soldiers resorted, Friday, to the excessive use of force against the weekly nonviolent procession against the illegal Annexation Wall and Colonies in Ni’lin village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, wounding several persons, and causing a few trees to burn.

Media sources said the soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs at local and international peace activists, who marched from the center of the village, heading towards the villagers’ orchards, largely isolated behind the illegal wall.

They added that several nonviolent protesters suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, and received the needed treatment.

The soldiers also fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades into the Palestinian olive orchards, causing many trees to burn, before the firefighters managed to control the fire.

The protest today marked the 71st anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, and many protesters carried Palestinian flags, in addition to black flags symbolizing the ongoing displacement of the Palestinian refugees.

(Source / 17.05.2019) 

De kracht van Du’a!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 

Allah lof zij aan Allah onze Barmhartige Heer. Hij Die ervan houdt om gevraagd te worden en de smeekbeden van Zijn dienaren verhoort.

Eén van de meest vrome daden die je als moslim kunt verrichten is Du’a; het aanroepen van Allah de meest Verhevene. Allah zegt: 

Jullie Heer zei: roep Mij aan en Ik verhoor jullie. [40:60]
En de profeet vrede zij met hem zei:

“Du’a dat is dé aanbidding.” [Tirmidhi]
Het aanroepen van Allah was één van de gewoontes van de profeten. Zoals Allah bijvoorbeeld vertelt over de profeet Ayoub vrede zij met hem:
“En (gedenkt) Ayoub toen hij zijn Heer aanriep (en zei:) “Voorwaar, tegenspoed heeft mij getroffen en U bent de Barmhartigste der Barmhartigen. Toen verhoorden Wij hem en hieven de tegenspoed voor hem op.” [21:83,84]
Deze aanbidding mag alleen naar Allah de meest Verhevene worden gericht. Wie zijn smeekbede richt tot iets of iemand anders dan Allah, begaat shirk. Dat is dé grootste zonde.
Er zijn geen tussenpersonen tussen ons en Allah, daarom richten wij ons direct tot Hem. Allah zegt:
“En wanneer Mijn dienaren jou (O Mohammed) vragen stellen over Mij: voorwaar, Ik ben nabij (met Zijn kennis), Ik verhoor de smeekbede van de smekende wanneer hij Mij smeekt. Laten ze aan mij gehoor geven en in mij geloven opdat zij rechtgeleid zullen zijn.” [2:186]
De Du’a heeft bepaalde (aanbevolen) manieren: 

  • De Du’a beginnen met het prijzen van Allah en het uitspreken van vrede zegeningen over de profeet. 
  • Handen opheffen tijdens de Du’a.
  • De Du’a herhalen en aandringen op datgene wat wordt gevraagd.
  • Nederigheid en concentratie (i.e. niet afdwalen in gedachte tijdens de smeekbede).
  • Wodoe hebben.
  • Je wenden tot de Qiblah.

Ook is het aanbevolen om Du’a te verrichten voor jouw medemoslims, met name buiten hun weten om. Want in een authentieke overlevering staat dat een engel dan zegt: 

“Amin, en voor jou is er het soortgelijke”.  [Sahih Moslim]

Er zijn bepaalde tijden waarop de smeekbede extra wordt verhoord. Deze zijn o.a.:

  • Laatste derde deel van de nacht (nacht is de tijd tussen magreb en fajr).
  • Tussen de adhaan en iqama van het verplichte gebed.
  • Tijdens de sodjoed (wanneer het voorhoofd op de grond is tijdens het gebed).
  • Aan het einde van het gebed, vóór de tasleem (de groet links en rechts).
  • Op vrijdag, en dan met name vóór zonsondergang.
  • Bij het drinken van zamzam.
  • Wanneer je op reis bent.
  • Wanneer het regent.
  • Wanneer jou onrecht is aangedaan.

Ook zijn er bepaalde zaken die het beantwoorden van de Du’a in de weg staan. Deze zijn de zondes in het algemeen en het bezitten en gebruikmaken van verboden (verworven) inkomsten in het specifiek.
De voorkeur gaat uit naar het verrichten van Du’a met de smeekbedes die zijn overgeleverd in de Koran en sunnah, aangezien deze al het goede van dit wereldse leven en het hiernamaals bevatten. Dit neemt echter niet weg dat een persoon een andere Du’a verricht dan is overgeleverd wanneer daar aanleiding tot is. De Du’a mag ook in eigen taal worden verricht, voor diegene die de Arabische taal niet machtig is.
Een van drie
Wanneer de gelovige Allah aanroept, dan krijgt die een van de drie volgende zaken, zoals dat in een authentieke overlevering staat:

  1. Hij krijgt datgene waarvoor hij Du’a heeft gedaan.
  2. In de plaats van datgene wat hij heeft gevraagd, wordt iets van het slechte soortgelijk aan de Du’a van hem afgewend.
  3. De beloning voor de Du’a wordt voor hem bewaard en hij krijgt deze op de Dag des Oordeels.

Toen de metgezellen van de profeet deze overlevering hoorden, zeiden zij: Dan zullen we veel Du’a verrichten! Hierop zei de profeet: ِ’Allah’s (barmhartigheid en gunst) is meer (dan wat jullie van Hem vragen)!’

Uit de voorgaande overlevering maken we op hoe enorm de barmhartigheid van Allah is en dat Hij Zijn dienaren niet met lege handen achterlaat. En dat het niet noodzakelijk is dat we datgene krijgen waarnaar we vragen in onze Du’a en dat dat ook niet betekent dat de Du’a niet is verhoord.

Allah de meest Verhevene is de Alwijze en de Alwetende. Hij heeft kennis van wat is geweest en wat zal komen. Vaak wensen wij iets vurig terwijl datgene in werkelijkheid niet goed voor ons is, hoe moeilijk dat soms ook in te beelden is. Vaak wensen we iets spoedig, terwijl het juiste moment voor datgene wat we vragen nog nog niet is aangebroken en Allah het verhoren van de smeekbede daarom uitstelt.

De gelovige ontdoet zich van al datgene wat het beantwoorden van de Du’a in de weg kan staan, zoals verboden (verworven) inkomsten en verricht Du’a. Hij herhaalt deze, dringt aan bij Allah, gaat ervan uit dat deze wordt verhoord en wanhoopt niet. De profeet vrede zij met hem zei: “Jullie smeekbedes worden verhoord zolang jullie niet haastig zijn.” Daarop vroegen de metgezellen wat met ‘haastig zijn’ wordt bedoeld. Hierop zei de profeet: “Jullie verrichten smeekbeden en vervolgens zeggen jullie ‘mijn smeekbede is niet verhoord’ en laten jullie het verrichten van Du’a.” [Sahih Muslim]

Beste broeders en zusters

De gelovige verlangt naar de gunsten van Allah en Zijn barmhartigheid en vraagt Hem continu en vertrouwt erop dat zijn Heer hem datgene geeft wat goed voor hem is. De gelovige beseft zich, wanneer hij Allah vraagt, dat hij Degene vraagt in Wiens Handen de heerschappij van de hemelen en aarde is en Die barmhartiger voor ons is dan wij voor onszelf zijn. De profeet vrede zij met hem overlevert van zijn Heer dat Hij zei:

“O Mijn dienaren, als de gehele schepping van begin tot eind, en zowel de mensen als de djinn (geesten), allen bijeen zouden komen op een uitgestrekte vlakte en iedereen zou Mij iets vragen, zou Ik iedereen datgene geven wat die wenst zonder dat dit ook maar iets van Mijn heerschappij vermindert! [Sahih Muslim]

Een fout die velen van ons maken, is dat wanneer zij ergens mee zitten, zij overal aankloppen voor hulp en vergeten Allah te vragen. Hij Die wanneer Hij iets wilt, er ‘wees’ tegen zegt en het is!
En dit terwijl wij in elke rak’ah (eenheid van het gebed) surah al-fatiha reciteren en in het vierde vers zeggen wij: “Alleen U aanbidden wij en alleen U vragen wij om hulp.”
Kan iets of iemand anders dan Allah de tegenspoed die jou heeft getroffen, wegnemen? Allah zegt:
“En als Allah jou met tegenspoed treft dan is er niemand die het kan wegnemen, behalve Hij.” [10: 107]
Alleen al de zoetheid en de verlichting voor het hart die het aanroepen van Allah met zich meebrengt is voldoende reden om het jouw gewoonte te maken.
Gezegend is degene die deze gezegende dagen en nachten aangrijpt om Allah al het goede van dit wereldse leven en het hiernamaals te vragen. Hij die ervan houdt om gevraagd te worden.

(Kennisviamail.nl / 17.05.2019) 

Soldiers Injure Four Palestinians In Kufur Qaddoum

17 MAY4:45 PM

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly procession against the Annexation Wall and Colonies, in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, wounding four Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, including a child who was injured in his chest.

Morad Eshteiwi, the media coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, said the soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force against the protesters, and fired rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs at them.

He added that the soldiers also broke into one home, and tried to ambush the protesters, in addition to using an under-construction home to fire at the protesters.

Medical sources said four Palestinians were injured by the rubber-coated steel bullets, including two who were moved to a hospital; one of them is a child, and several others suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

The protest started from the center of the village, while many carried big keys made of cardboard, symbolizing the determination to achieve the refugees’ internationally guaranteed Right of Return, and the ongoing struggle for the liberation of Palestine.

Kufur Qaddoum witnesses frequent Israeli invasions, assaults and abductions as it continues to hold its weekly nonviolent processions against the illegal Annexation Wall and colonies, and against the closure of the main road, which was blockaded by the military fifteen years ago, to enable easy access for colonialist settlers driving to and from the Kedumim colony, built on private Palestinian lands.

(Source / 17.05.2019) 

In this Ramadan, three Palestinian detainees continue hunger strike despite worse condition

RAMALLAH, PALESTINOW.COM —  The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported, Thursday, that three Palestinian detainees, held by Israel, are ongoing with the hunger strike, protesting the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, without charges or trial, despite their deteriorating health conditions.

The PPS said two of the detainees, identified as Odah al-Hroub and Hasan al-‘Oweiwi, started the strike 45 days ago, while Salim Rajoub started the strike 22 days ago. The three detainees are from Hebron governorate, in southern West Bank.

In its statement, the PPS said al-Hroub and al-‘Oweiwi are held in the Nitzan (Ramla) Prison, and were frequently sent to hospital, but are ongoing with the strike, while Rajoub is held in solitary confinement in Ofar Prison.

It is worth mentioning that al-Hroub, 32, from Deir Samit town, is a father of ten children, and was abducted in December of 2018, while al-‘Oweiwi, 35, a father of three children, was abducted on January 15, 2019, and is a former political prisoner who spent years in Israeli prisons and held several hunger strikes rejecting his illegal Administrative Detention.

Detainee Rajoub, 48, is from Doura city, southwest of Hebron, and was taken prisoner in January of 2018; he is a married father of six children.

(Source / 17.05.2019) 

Nine Palestinians killed in missile attacks in Syria

DAMASCUS, PALESTINOW.COM — The Action Group for Palestinians of Syria said Wednesday that nine Palestinian refugees, including four children, were killed in a missile attack on Neirab refugee camp in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

According to the Action Group, four guided missiles fired by opposition forces stroke streets in the camp, killing nine and injuring many others.

The slain victims were identified as Amal Sakhnini (10 years), Yousef Abu Harsh (6 years), Mohamed al-Dahoudi and his eight-year-old son Waleed, Masa Dahoudi (3 years), Ahmed al-Khatib (born in 1982), Fatima al-Khatib (65 years), Mahmoud as-Sa’di (70 years) and Ahmed Abu Hashim.

Many others, including three kids, were also injured in the missile attack.

(Source / 17.05.2019) 

Israel killed 304 Gazans, injured 17,000 since March 2018

MoH: 59 children and ten women were among the deaths

Since the start of Great March of Return protests on 30 March 2018, Israeli occupation forces have killed 304 Palestinians, wounded more than 17,000 others.

In a statement, the ministry of health in Gaza said that the 59 children and ten women were among those killed during the protests.

The statement also said that 3,544 children and 1,168 women were among the wounded.

More than 120 others lost one or more of their limbs so that they will spend their life as disabled.


(Source / 17.05.2019)