Erekat: Would Arab states allow others to decide their fate? Why should Palestinians?

The Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee, Saeb Erekat

The Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee, Saeb Erekat

Saeb Erekat, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) commented on the participation of Arab countries in the so-called Bahrain Workshop sponsored by the United States, yesterday. The workshop is purportedly intended to launch Trump’s peace plan known as the Deal of the Century.

Erekat tweeted: “Can any country, Arab or other, accept a conference or a workshop to be invited for and attended by others without its knowledge, absence, and non-acceptance?” referring to the Palestinian Authority’s refusal to attend the workshop.

Can any country Arab or other ,accepts a conference or a workshop to be invited for and attended by others without its knowledge absence،and non acceptance?هل يمكن لأي دولة عربية او غيرها قبول مؤتمر او ورشة عمل يتم الدعوة لها وحضورها من اخرين دون علمها وبغيابها ودون موافقتها ؟

— Dr. Saeb Erakat الدكتور صائب عريقات (@ErakatSaeb) May 27, 2019

Erekat’s tweet came a day after the Executive Committee of the PLO declared its rejection of the Manama conference, calling on all countries and political as well as economic entities invited to the workshop to “respect the position of the Palestinian consensus and not to take part in the conference.”

The Executive Committee explained in a statement that “the goal pursued by the US administration by organizing this workshop is to initiate the implementation of the deal of century, at the economic level, after making wide steps regarding the political enforcement of the deal, through a number of resolutions and measures that would endorse the state of occupation and cancel the legitimate and inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.”

READ: Palestine welcomes Czech move on Jerusalem

(Source / 28.05.2019)

PLO: Palestine refugees will not return to Yarmouk camp ‘any time soon’

The largest Palestinian refugee camp, Yarmouki in Syria [Laila Ben Allal/Middle East Moni

The largest Palestinian refugee camp, Yarmouk in Syria

Thousands of displaced Palestinian refugees will not be able to return to their homes in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus “any time soon”, the director of the PLO’s Political Department, Ambassador Anwar Abdul-Hadi, has said.

Many of the camp’s residential buildings could collapse at any moment and are therefore are uninhabitable, Abdul-Hadi continued, adding that the Damascus Governor has called for the buildings to be assessed before families can return to their homes.

He noted that the Syrian government had agreed to remove the rubble from the streets.

On 19 April 2018, Syrian regime forces, supported by the Russian air force, carried out a military operation to expel Daesh militants from Yarmouk. The opereation led to the destruction of 60 per cent of the camp.

Palestinian refugees in Syria have suffered greatly as a result of the civil war in the country with many unable to flee as they neighbouring countries do not allow them refugee status. The Action Group for Palestinians of Syria said more than 600 Palestinian families in the Daraa refugee camp are suffering as a result of a lack of medical services and facilities.

The group explained that the UNRWA clinic in  the camp has not been renovated or rebuilt while an alternative place for treatment has not been provided in or near the camp to serve its residents.

READ: 15 Palestinian refugees killed in Syrian regime shelling on Yarmouk camp

(Source / 28.05.2019)

Soldiers Abduct Eight Palestinians Near Jerusalem

28 May 10:52 AM

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, eight Palestinians, including a wounded child, from their homes in Hizma town, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem.

The soldiers invaded the town from several directions, before storming and ransacking many homes, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

Media sources in the town said the soldiers abducted Ahmad Amjad Sbeih, Saqer Salahuddin, Mohammad Ramadan Khatib, Ahmad Fuad Khatib, Laith Malek Sbeih, Mahdi Hasan Salahuddin, Nour Motawe’ and Mohammad Salam Sbeih.

It is worth mentioning that Ahmad Fuad Khatib, 15, was shot and injured by Israeli army fire on April 16th, 2019.

(Source / 28.05.2019)

Off-duty Israeli Soldier Caught on Video Torching Palestinian Farms

28 May 11:16 AM

A video released by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem shows a group of Israeli settlers attacking Palestinian villagers and setting their farms on fire on May 17th – and today, the group managed to identify one of the arsonists in the video as an off-duty Israeli soldier.

According to B’Tselem, on Friday, 17 May 2019, Israeli paramilitary settlers torched Palestinian farmers’ fields in Burin and ‘Asirah al-Qibliyah. In both villages, the settlers threw stones at the residents’ homes.

In ‘Asirah al-Qibliyah, where the area is controlled by military watchtowers, a settler even fired shots in the air. Soldiers nearby did not arrest the attackers and prevented the Palestinians from approaching their burning land.

The Israeli military followed the attack with a public statement containing the absurd and easily disproved claim that *Palestinians* had started the fires – a version of events that was then unquestioningly repeated by the Israeli and US media.

The attack took place about a kilometer away from the Giv’at Ronen settlement point, and the Israeli paramilitary settlers involved in the attack apparently came from the settlement of Yitzhar.

The fire-setting by the Israeli soldier is especially disturbing given that it took place in the midst of an extremely dry season in Israel and Palestine, with wildfires having burned hundreds of acres in Israel over the past several weeks, and burn bans in place across the country to try to prevent the spread of any more fires. Setting fires intentionally during such a climate and atmosphere could have a devastating impact and would normally have severe consequences.

Given the Israeli military’s record of failing to prosecute Israeli soldiers who commit crimes against Palestinians – even when those crimes are documented clearly on video – Palestinians impacted by the crime on May 17th say that they have little faith that the perpetrators in this case will be prosecuted.

According to the Israeli paper Ha’aretz, two separate Israeli security services verified to their reporters that the arsonist was an off-duty soldier. However, the Israeli military claimed that the incident would be handled by the Israeli police, and the Israeli police claimed that it would be handled by the military. Neither the army nor the police have arrested the perpetrator, although he was clearly identified and both forces confirmed his identity.

(Source / 28.05.2019)

Military Imposes More Restrictions on Palestinian Family Behind the Wall

28 May 5:25 PM

A group of Palestinian and international activists, on Sunday, held an Iftar celebration on the inner side of the wall, in Al-Walaja village, south of Jerusalem, as a form of solidarity with the Shananir family living on the other side, whom Israeli authorities have isolated and continue to prevent from coming in and out of the village, save twice through the iron gates in the wall, which separates the lands of the village.

These measures contradict even the decisions of the Israeli courts that had ruled to allow the Shananir family to move to and from their home, in the direction of Al Walaja, one year ago. At the time, the Israeli court ordered the construction of new gates, to provide access for the family into and out of the village.

The Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC) organized the Iftar on the other side of the wall,  alongside activists, Human Rights Defenders, representatives of the Palestinian factions, and villagers, demanding to allow freedom of movement for the Palestinian owners of the lands.

At the time of  the Iftar, the Israeli army prevented Omar Shananir and his family from leaving their house to join the group, forcing them to go back inside the house, PNN further reports.

Head of PSCC, Munther Amira, said the military locked down the iron gates in the wall, detaining the family in its own home.

Amira added that the activists tried to enter, for some of the Iftar meals, through the barbed wire and  the iron gates, but that Israeli soldiers prevented them from doing so, and prevented Omar and his children from taking these meals before Iftar.

“This heinous crime against the family reflects a model of racist Nazi isolationism by Israel,” Amira said.

“These measures aim to force the family to leave its home and land to facilitate the implementation of the settlement plans,” he added.

It is noteworthy that occupation authorities plan to establish thousands of settlement units where Al Walaja is located, infringing upon the existence of Omar, who proved his ownership of the land and its adherence to it. These are hardships of the thorn of the occupation and its agenda.

The homeowner briefly spoke about the continuous suffering due to the Israeli practice of locking the gates leading to the house, pointing out that the closure of this tunnel represents a new chapter in the suffering of his family.

Shananir, addressing the crowd on the other side of the wall and barbed wire, said that he had recently been subjected to threats, by Israeli authorities, to pursue and abduct by various means, stressing that the presence of activists and human rights defenders represents, for he and his family, a significant moral support.

For his part, Mohammed Abdel Nabi Laham, member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council, said that these measures amount to the level of war crimes committed by racist regimes, most notably the Nazi regime, which placed innocent people and civilians in racial segregation centers, in clear violation of international law, pointing out the importance of initiating practical steps to support the family at the level of basic human rights.

(Source / 28.05.2019)

Treur niet …

In dit bericht wil ik een vers met een mooie boodschap met jullie delen. Het is een vers uit Hoofdstuk Aali Imraan.

Een gedeelte van dit hoofdstuk beschrijft de veldslag van Uhud. Een veldslag die niet goed was afgelopen voor de moslims. Dit was veel moslims zwaar gevallen.

In het vers dat ik met jullie wil delen, spreekt Allah de gelovigen moed in na deze ramp. Allah zei:

“Zwakt niet af en treurt niet; jullie zijn de winnaars, indien jullie (ware) gelovigen zijn.” [3:139]

In een vers daarna zegt Allah:

“Dit soort dagen (van voor en tegenspoed) laten Wij onder de mensen rondgaan ..

Beste broeders en zusters

Wat kunnen we een mooie boodschap opmaken uit deze twee verzen.

De boodschap uit het eerste vers is dat de gelovige in elke situatie de winnaar is en daarom niet moet afzwakken en niet moet treuren bij slechtere tijden. 

De ware gelovige is degene die zich werkelijk in elke situatie de winnaar voelt. Hoe kan de gelovige zich een verliezer voelen terwijl Allah met hem is?! En terwijl zijn vertrouwen in Allah is!

De gelovige zwakt niet af in slechtere tijden en blijft niet treuren, maar accepteert de situatie waarin hij zich bevindt, trekt er lering uit en gaat met opgeheven hoofd verder! Er is geen reden tot depressie en afzonderen in huis!

De boodschap uit het tweede vers is dat iedereen zijn portie krijgt van dagen van tegenspoed. Dus denk niet dat wanneer jij met het slechte bent getroffen, jij de enige bent. En dat iedereen om jou heen altijd blij en gelukkig is. Iedereen krijgt zijn portie van dagen van tegenspoed. 

Toen de geleerde Ahmed ibn Hanbal werd gevraagd wanneer de gelovige de zoetheid van rust zal proeven, antwoordde hij:

“Bij de eerste voetstap die hij in het paradijs zet!”

Moge Allah ons doen behoren tot degenen die Zijn boek overpeinzen om er vervolgens lering uit te trekken en ernaar te handelen.

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Extremist settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque everyday

AL-QUDS, PALESTINOW.COM — A group of Israeli settlers, accompanied by Israeli forces, stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Monday, for the third time during the past two weeks of the Holy Month of Ramadan (an important annual holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide).

The Israeli military has, during the past week alone, invaded the mosque compound twice in order to harass and intimidate worshipers.

Israeli settlers and right-wing extremist Jewish religious groups have, in recent months, increased the number and severity of their invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which are carried out with the full support of the Israeli military.

These right-wing Jewish extremist groups have frequently noted their intention regarding the mosque: to tear it down and erect a Jewish Temple in its place.

The invasion of the mosque on Monday involved around a dozen Israeli right-wingers, accompanied by about 30 Israeli special forces soldiers, who stationed themselves in different parts of the mosque compound to ensure the Israeli right-wing settlers could take over sections of the mosque compound and force out the Muslime worshipers who had gathered there to pray.

The right-wing group that organized the invasion also vowed to return on June 2nd to the mosque to further desecrate and deny Muslim worshipers access to the mosque. They have planned their next attack for that day because it is known as ‘Jerusalem Day’.

June 2nd is also three days before the final day of Ramadan, which is a major feast for Muslims – many of whom travel to Al-Aqsa mosque from different parts of Palestine and the Arab world for the occasion.

According to local sources, the Israeli invaders entered the mosque through the Mugrabi Gate, and they toured Al-Aqsa Square. Israeli police who accompanied the settlers took photos of Palestinians in the Square, and arrested three young Palestinians there.

(Source / 28.05.2019)

Two Jerusalemites banned from entering Aqsa for several days


The Israeli occupation police on Sunday evening banished two Jerusalemite young men from the Aqsa Mosque for two weeks as a condition for their release.

According to Wadi Hilweh Information Center, the Israeli police released on bail Ibrahim Khalil and Musaab Duweik from Jerusalem on condition that they stay away from the Aqsa Mosque for 14 days

The Israeli police accused Khalil and Duweik of chasing settlers as they were touring the Aqsa Mosque.

(Source / 28.05.2019)

Eight Palestinians kidnapped by IOF in West Bank

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Monday kidnapped at least eight Palestinian citizens during campaigns in different West Bank areas.

A statement by the Israeli army claimed that eight wanted Palestinians were arrested in the West Bank overnight.

According to local sources, the IOF kidnapped four citizens during campaigns in different areas of Hebron.

Another one identified as Humaida Tahaina was taken prisoner following an IOF raid on his home in Jenin city.

Three others were kidnapped from their homes in Deir Abu Mash’al village, north of Ramallah, and Haitham al-Faqih from Qatanna town, northwest of Jerusalem.

(Source / 28.05.2019)