Soldiers Demolish Under-Construction Home And Two Wells, Removed 15 Electricity Poles, Near Hebron

Israeli soldiers invaded, Wednesday, Khallet Taha area in Beit Awwa town, southwest of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, before demolishing an under-construction home, two wells, in addition to removing 15 electricity poles.

Abdul-Karim al-Masalma, the mayor of Beit Awwa town, said the soldiers demolished an under-construction home, owned by Mofeed Abu Za’nouna.

He added that the army claimed the home was being built without a permit from the “Civil Administration Office,” the administrative branch of Israel’s illegal occupation of the West Bank, although it was approved by the local council.

He added that the soldiers also demolished two well, used by the Palestinians to collect water from the rain, for drinking and for irrigating their lands.

The soldiers also removed fifteen electricity poles, which were installed by the local council in the same area.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers recently handed two demolition orders, targeting homes owned by Mohammad Mahmoud al-Qteil and Jaber Yasser Abu Awad, in the same area of the town.

The two Palestinians filed appeals with Israeli courts against the demolition orders and are still waiting for a hearing date to be set.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Palestinian agricultural lands in Battir village, west of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, and demolished retaining walls surrounding them, in addition to uprooting the plants.

(Source / 24.09.2020)

Opinion: Palestinians are Not Numbers: On the Future of the Palestinian Discourse

By Ramzy Baroud

Palestine can never be truly understood through numbers, because numbers are dehumanising, impersonal, and, when necessary, can also be contrived to mean something else entirely. Numbers are not meant to tell the story of the human condition, nor should they ever serve as a substitute for emotions.

Indeed, the stories of life, death – and everything in-between – cannot be truly and fully appreciated through charts, figures, and numbers. The latter, although useful for many purposes, is a mere numerical depository of data. Anguish, joy, aspirations, defiance, courage, loss, collective struggle, and so on, however, can only be genuinely expressed through the people who lived through these experiences.

Numbers, for example, tell us that over 2,200 Palestinians were killed during the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip between July 8 and August 27, 2014, over 500 of them being children. Over 17,000 homes were completely destroyed, and thousands of other buildings, including hospitals, schools, and factories were either destroyed or severely damaged during the Israeli strikes.

This is all true, the kind of truth that is summarised into a neat infographic, updated occasionally, in case, inevitably, some of the critically wounded eventually lose their lives.

But a single chart, or a thousand, can never truly describe the actual terror felt by a million children who feared for their lives during those horrific days; or transport us to a bedroom where a family of ten huddled in the dark, praying for God’s mercy as the earth shook, concrete collapsed and the glass shattered all around them; or convey the anguish of a mother holding the lifeless body of her child.

It is easy – and justifiable – to hold the media accountable for the dehumanisation of the Palestinians or, sometimes, ignoring them altogether. However, if blame must be apportioned, then others too, including those who consider themselves ‘pro-Palestine’, must reconsider their own position. We are all, to an extent, collectively guilty of seeing Palestinians as sheer victims, hapless, passive, intellectually stunted, and ill-fated people, desperate to be ‘saved.’

When numbers monopolise the limelight in a people’s narrative, they do more damage than merely reduce complex human beings to data; they erase the living, too. Regarding Palestine, Palestinians are rarely engaged as equals; they persist at the receiving end of charity, political expectations, and unsolicited instructions on what to say and how to resist. They are often the fodder for political bargains by factions or governments but, rarely, the initiative takers and the shapers of their own political discourse.

The Palestinian political discourse has, for years, vacillated between one constructed around the subject of victimhood – which is often satisfied by numbers of dead and wounded – and another pertaining to the elusive Fatah-Hamas unity. The former only surfaces whenever Israel decides to bomb Gaza under any convenient pretext at the time and the latter was a response to western accusations that Palestinian political elites are too fractured to constitute a potential ‘peace partner’ for Israeli rightwing Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Many around the world can only understand – or relate to – Palestinians through their victimisation or factional affiliation – which, themselves, carry subsidiary meanings relevant to ‘terrorism’, ‘radicalism’, among others.

The reality is, however, often different from reductionist political and media discourses. Palestinians are not just numbers. They are not spectators either, in a political game that insists on marginalising them. Soon after the 2014 war, a group of Palestinian youth, together with supporters from around the world, launched an important initiative that aimed to liberate the Palestinian discourse, at least in Gaza, from the confines of numbers and other belittling interpretations.

‘We Are Not Numbers’ was launched in early 2015. The group’s ‘About Us’ page reads: “numbers don’t convey … the daily personal struggles and triumphs, the tears and the laughter, the aspirations that are so universal that if it weren’t for the context, they would immediately resonate with virtually everyone.”

Recently, I spoke to several members of the group, including the Gaza Project Manager, Issam Adwan. It was, indeed, inspiring to hear young, articulate, and profoundly resolute Palestinians speaking a language that transcends all the stereotypical discourses on Palestine. They were neither victims nor factional and were hardly consumed by the pathological need to satisfy western demands and expectations.

“We have talents – we are writers, we are novelists, we are poets, and we have so much potential that the world knows little about,” Adwan told me.

Khalid Dader, one of the Organisation’s nearly 60 active writers and bloggers in Gaza, contends with the designation that they are ‘storytellers.’ “We don’t tell stories, rather stories tell us … stories make us,” he told me. For Dader, it is not about numbers or words, but the lives that are lived, and the legacies that often go untold.

Somaia Abu Nada wants the world to know her uncle, because “he was a person with a family and people who loved him.” He was killed in the 2008 Israeli war on Gaza, and his death has profoundly impacted his family and community. Over 1,300 people were also killed in that war. Each one of them was someone’s uncle, aunt, son, daughter, husband, or wife. None of them was just a number.

“‘We Are Not Numbers’ made me realise how necessary our voices are,” Mohammed Rafik told me. This assertion cannot be overstated. So many speak on behalf of Palestinians but rarely do Palestinians speak for themselves. “These are unprecedented times of fear when our land appears to be broken and sad,” Rafik said, “but we never abandon our sense of community.”

Adwan reminded us of Arundhati Roy’s famous quote, “There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.”

It was refreshing to talk to Palestinians who are taking the decisive step of declaring that they are not numbers, because it is only through this realisation and resolve that Palestinian youth can challenge all of us and assert their own collective identity as a people.

Indeed, Palestinians do have a voice, and a strong, resonating one at that.

(Source / 24.09.2020)

Opinion: Thousands of Palestinian homes face demolition as Israel refuses building permits

By Dr. Belal Yasin

In the early 1990s, Wael Al-Tahan submitted an application to the Israeli authorities for a permit to build a house on his land at Jabal Mukaber in occupied Jerusalem. The application was refused with no reason given. After many such attempts, Al-Tahan had no option but to build his house without a permit. At that stage the Israeli-led municipality started proceedings against him and issued a demolition order.

Despite trying to get a building permit many times, Al-Tahan was fined $30,000 and, on 11 August, had to watch as the authorities demolished his five-bedroom house, in which 25 members of his family lived, most of them children.

This demolition was not an exception. Israel’s policy of rejecting building permit applications from Palestinians started many years ago and has led to the displacement of hundreds of Palestinian families following the demolition of their homes.

In 2019 alone, the Israelis demolished more than 140 houses in occupied Jerusalem. From then until mid-August this year, more than 100 more residential and commercial facilities were demolished in the city.

Palestinians in Jerusalem are subjected to many racist practices when attempting to get building permits. The bureaucratic administrative procedures can last up to eight years, and the cost of obtaining the necessary documents could be as high as $60,000. Moreover, the authorities are unwilling to establish structural plans for Palestinian neighborhoods. As a result, some Palestinians have to build their houses without getting a permit, only to get demolition orders later on.

READ: Israel to demolish mosque in occupied Jerusalem 

Israeli settlers, however, have no such problems. According to data from Peace Now, 48,000 building permits were issued by the authorities in favour of settlers from 1991 to 2018, whereas Palestinians were granted only 9,350 during the same period, less than a third of the applications made.

More demolitions - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]
More demolitions – Cartoon

In this context, the Israeli Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories has documented Israel’s efforts to hinder any Palestinian attempts to build homes, while the occupation authorities simultaneously allocate large funds to develop and expand the infrastructure of Jewish neighbourhoods and the illegal settlement blocs in Greater Jerusalem.

“Unauthorised construction in Muslim, Druze, Christian and Circassian neighbourhoods is not groundless,” explained Knesset member Nitzan Horowitz, “but rather a result of long years of facing hardship to obtain housing and planning permission due to discriminatory practices against non-Jewish citizens, and the authorities’ failed strategies.”

Denying thousands of requests made by Palestinians to obtain building permits, and implementing arbitrary measures that put their houses at risk of demolition, is a violation of international law, including Article I of the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid (ICSPCA). This confirms that apartheid is a crime against humanity and that inhuman acts resulting from the policies and practices of apartheid and similar policies and practices of racial segregation and discrimination, as defined in article II of the Convention, violate the principles of international law, in particular the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and constitute a serious threat to international peace and security.

Israel’s policies and practices against the Palestinian presence in Jerusalem are a flagrant violation of human rights laws and conventions. A legal campaign is needed urgently to condemn Israel’s occupation and stop its discriminatory policies.

Report: Israel demolished 51 structures in Jerusalem in August 

(Source / 24.09.2020)

Army Demolishes An Agricultural Wall Near Ramallah, Settlers Uproot Trees Near Salfit

Israeli soldiers demolished, Wednesday, an agricultural wall in Ni’lin village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, while illegal colonialist settlers invaded Palestinian olive orchards near Salfit, in central West Bank, and uprooted many trees.

The head of Ni’lin Village Council, Emad al-Khawaja, stated that several army jeeps and a bulldozer invaded the village in the morning, and demolished a wall surrounding a land, owned by Hussein Fayez al-Khawaja.

He added that the soldiers handed the demolition order to the Palestinian nearly a month ago, before he filed an appeal that is still pending, however, the army went ahead and demolished the wall even though no ruling has been made.

In addition, several illegal colonialist settlers, squatting on Palestinian lands, invaded Khallet Hassan area, in Biddya town, west of Salfit in central West Bank, and uprooted many olive trees.

Walid Assaf, the head of the Colonization and Wall Resistance Commission, stated that Israeli soldiers were present in the area during the attack, but did not remove the colonists.

(Source / 24.09.2020)

Soldiers Invade Central Gaza, Uproot Lands

Several armored Israeli vehicles, including bulldozers, invaded Palestinian agricultural lands, and uprooted them, east of the al-Maghazi refugee camp, in central Gaza, in addition to firing many live rounds at the farmers.

Media sources said the soldiers uprooted the lands, close to the perimeter fence, east of the refugee camp.

They added that the soldiers fired many live rounds at Palestinian farmers in the invaded area, forcing them to leave in fear for their lives.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers frequently invade and bulldoze Palestinian lands across the fence, along the eastern parts of the Gaza Strip, in addition to installing sand mounds and firing at the farmers.

(Source / 24.09.2020)

PPS: “Freezing Administrative Detention Of Al-Akhras, An Israeli Attempt To End His Strike Without A Real Solution”

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that the Israeli decision to freeze the Administrative Detention of detainee, Maher Al-Akhras, 49, after 59 days of ongoing hunger strike, is an Israeli attempt to end his strike without granting him his legitimate rights.

The PPS stated that the detainee decided to hold the hunger strike protesting being imprisoned under an arbitrary Administrative Detention order, without charges or trial.

It added that by merely “freezing” the order instead of canceling it, the Israeli authorities are just trying to get him to end his strike without evening attempting to listen to his demands, and can, at any moment, reinstate the orders after he ends the strike.

The PPS also said that Israeli courts have previously used the so-called freezing of the administrative detention orders as a trick to convince the detainees to end the hunger strike, especially when they face serious health complications, but without actually ending the Administrative Detention orders or setting a timeframe for their release.

The PPS stated that al-Akhras is currently in a serious health condition at the Kaplan Israeli medical center, and held Israel responsible for his life, and the lives of all detainees, facing very difficult health conditions and ongoing suffering that is compounding due to the spread of the coronavirus.

It is worth mentioning that al-Akhras is refusing medical checkups or medications and is determined to continue his strike until achieving his legitimate demands of freedom, especially since he is still being held without charges.

He said that he will continue his strike, despite his suffering and serious health conditions, until he received his freedom, and that he will not be deceived or tricked by the Israeli authorities that are just trying to oblige him to end his strike without voiding the Administrative Detention orders.

The PPS called on various local, regional, and international legal and human rights groups to intervene and put an end to the escalating Israeli violations against the detainees, facing all sorts of abuse, medical neglect in addition to being denied basic rights guaranteed by all related international treaties.

Al-Akhras is a married father of six children from the Sielet ath-Thaher town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

He has been abducted and imprisoned by Israel numerous times, including when he was taken prisoner on July 27th, 2020, and was instantly slapped with a four-month Administrative Detention order.

(Source / 24.09.2020)

Global Response to Israeli apartheid: A call to the UNGA from Palestinian and international Civil Society Organizations

Al-Mezan Center For Human Rights: Apartheid is a crime against humanity, giving rise to individual criminal responsibility and State responsibility to bring the illegal situation to an end. In May 2020, a large number of Palestinian civil society organisations called on all States to adopt “effective countermeasures, including sanctions, to end Israel’s unlawful acquisition of Palestinian territory through use of force, its regime of apartheid, and its denial of our inalienable right to self-determination.”

In June 2020, 47 independent human rights experts within the United Nations (UN) stated that the Israeli government plans to illegally annex large parts of the occupied West Bank would constitute “a vision of a 21st-century apartheid.” Also in June, 114 Palestinian, regional, and international civil society organisations sent a strong message to UN Member States that now is the time to recognise and confront Israel’s establishment and maintenance of an apartheid regime over the Palestinian people as a whole, including Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line and Palestinian refugees and exiles abroad.

We further recall that, in December 2019, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) urged Israel to give full effect to Article 3 of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, which pertains to the prevention, prohibition, and eradication of all policies and practices of segregation and apartheid, on both sides of the Green Line. As recently highlighted by South Africa at the UN Human Rights Council, “The CERD found… that the strategic fragmentation of the Palestinian people formed part of a policy and practice of segregation and apartheid. Annexation would be yet another example of complete impunity that makes a mockery of this Council and would gravely breach international law.”

In light of the mounting recognition of Israel’s maintenance of an apartheid regime over the Palestinian people, which will only continue to be entrenched through annexation, we, the undersigned Palestinian, regional, and international civil society organizations, urge the UN General Assembly to take urgent and effective actions to address the root causes of Palestinian oppression and to end Israel’s occupation, illegal blockade of Gaza, unlawful acquisition of Palestinian territory by force, its regime of apartheid over the Palestinian people as a whole, and the prolonged denial of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including to self-determination and the right of Palestinian refugees and displaced persons to return to their homes, lands, and property.

In light of the above, we call on all Member States of the UN General Assembly to:

  • Launch international investigations into Israel’s apartheid regime over the Palestinian people as a whole, as well as associated State and individual criminal responsibility, including by reconstituting the UN Special Committee against Apartheid and the UN Centre Against Apartheid to end apartheid in the 21st century.
  • Ban arms trade and military-security cooperation with Israel.
  • Prohibit all trade with illegal Israeli settlements and ensure that companies refrain from and terminate business activities with Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise.

List of signatories from Palestine

  • Palestinian Human Rights Organization Council (PHROC), consisting of:
  1. Al Haq Organization – Law in the Service of Mankind
  2. Al Mezan Center for Human Rights
  3. ADDAMEER Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association
  4. Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
  5. DCI – Defense for Children International – Palestine
  6. Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center
  7. Aldameer Association for Human Rights
  8. Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies
  9. Hurryyat – Center for Defense of Liberties and Civil Rights
  10. The Independent Commission for Human Rights (Ombudsman Office) – Observer Member
  11. Muwatin Institute for Democracy and Human Rights – Observer Member
  • Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO), including:
  1. Applied Research Institute-Jerusalem
  2. Arab Center for Agricultural Development (ACAD)
  3. The Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies
  4. Psycho-Social Counselling center for Women (Bethlehem)
  5. Alrowwad Cultural and Arts Society
  6. Women’s Center for Legal aid and Counseling (WCLAC)
  7. Women Study Center (WSC PAL)
  8. Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees
  9. Nawa for Culture and Arts Association
  10. Al Karmel Association
  11. Aisha Association for Women and Child Protection
  12. The National Society for Rehabilitation
  13. Baitona Association for Community and Development
  14. Civic Coalition for the Defense of Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem

List of international signatories

  • Argentina
  1. Liga Argentina por los Derechos Humanos
  2. Jóvenes con Palestina
  • Austria
  1. Women in Black (Vienna)
  • Bangladesh
  1. La Via Campesina South Asia
  • Belgium
  1. La Centrale Generale-FGTB
  2. European Trade Union Network For Justice in Palestine (ETUN)
  3. De-Colonizer
  4. Association belgo-palestinienne WB
  5. Viva Salud
  6. CNCD-11.11.11
  7. Vrede vzw
  8. FOS vzw
  9. Broederlijk Denle
  10. Belgian Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (BACBI)
  11. ECCP (European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine)
  • Brazil
  1. Coletivo Feminista Classista ANA MONTENEGRO
  2. ESPPUSP – Estudantes em Solidariedade ao Povo Palestino (Students in Solidarity with the Palestinian People – USP)
  • Canada
  1. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
  2. Just Peace Advocates
  • Colombia
  1. BDS Colombia
  • Egypt
  1. Habitat International Coalition – Housing and Land Rights Network
  • Finland
  1. Finnish-Arab Friendship Society
  2. ICAHD Finland
  • France
  1. Collectif Judéo Arabe et Citoyen pour la Palestine
  2. Union syndicale Solidaires
  3. Mouvement International de la Réconciliation (IFOR)
  4. Forum Palestine Citoyenneté
  5. CPPI SAINT-DENIS [Collectif Paix Palestine Israël]
  6. La Cimade
  7. Union Juive Française pour la Paix (UJFP)
  8. Association des Universitaires pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine (AURDIP)
  9. Association France Palestine Solidarité (AFPS)
  10. MRAP
  11. Association “Pour Jérusalem”
  12. One Justice
  13. Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM)
  14. Plateforme des ONG françaises pour la Palestine
  15. ritimo
  16. CAPJPO-EuroPalestine
  • Germany
  1. German- Palestinian Society (DPG e.V.)
  2. ICAHD (Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions) Germany
  3. BDS Berlin
  4. AK Nahost Berlin
  5. Juedische Stimme für gerechten Frieden in Nahost e.V
  6. Versöhnungsbund Germany (International Fellowship of Reconciliation, German Branch)
  7. Attac Germany Federal Working Group Globalization and War
  8. Salam Shalom e. V.
  9. German-Palestinian Society
  • Greece
  1. BDS Greece
  2. KEERFA – Movement United Against Racism and Fascist Threat
  3. Network for Political and Social Rights
  4. Encounter for an Anti-capitalist Internationalist Left
  • India
  1. Delhi Queerfest
  2. NDCW-National Dalit Christian Watch
  3. INDO-PALESTINE SOLIDARITY NETWORK
  4. National Alliance for People’s Movement
  5. Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society
  • Ireland
  1. Gaza Action Ireland
  2. Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign
  3. Irish Football Fans Against Israeli Apartheid
  4. Students For Justice in Palestine – Trinity College Dublin
  5. People Before Profit
  6. United Against Racism – Ireland
  7. Peoples Movement – Gluaiseacht an Phobail
  8. Centre for Global Education
  9. Galway Anti Racism Network
  10. Industrial Workers of the World (Ireland)
  11. Black Lives Matters Kerry
  12. Anti Deportation Ireland
  13. Academics for Palestine
  14. Kairos Ireland
  15. Irish Congress of Trade Unions
  16. Independent Workers Union
  17. CorkCouncil of Trade unions
  18. Sligo/Leitrim Council of Trade Unions
  19. Galway Council of Trade Unions
  20. Workers Solidarity Movement
  21. Trade Union Friends of Palestine
  22. Sadaka – The Ireland Palestine Alliance
  23. Trócaire
  24. Brazilian Left Front
  25. Peace and Neutrality Alliance
  26. MASI
  27. Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization (INMO)
  28. Queer Action Ireland
  29. Abolish Direct Provision Ireland
  30. Union of Students in Ireland
  31. Comhlámh Justice for Palestine
  32. Irish Anti-War Movement
  33. Jewish Voice for a Just Peace – Ireland
  34. Shannonwatch
  35. Fingal Communities Against Racism
  36. SARF – Solidarity Against Racism and Fascism
  37. Mandate Trade Union
  38. Irish Muslim Peace & Integration Council
  • Italy
  1. I.L.P.F. – ITALIA
  2. Rete Radié Resch gruppo di Milano
  3. Centro Studi Sereno Regis
  4. Pax Christi Italia – Campagna Ponti e non Muri
  5. Rete Radié Resch – gruppo di Udine
  6. Rete-ECO (the Italian Network of Jews against the Occupation)
  7. Nwrg-onlus
  8. Centro di Salute Internazionale e Interculturale (CSI) – APS
  9. Italian Forum of Water Movements
  10. Fondazione Basso
  11. Amici della mezzaluna rossa Palestine
  12. Donne in nero Italy
  13. Rete Romana Palestina
  14. AssoPacePalestina
  • Luxembourg
  1. Comité pour une Paix Juste au Proche-Orien
  • Malaysia
  1. BDS Malaysia
  2. Malaysian women coalition for al Quds and Palestine
  3. Muslimah Interest Zone & Networking Association (MIZAN)
  4. Pertubuhan Mawaddah Malaysia
  5. Muslim Care Malaysia
  6. National Union of Malaysian Muslim Students (PKPIM)
  7. Citizens International
  • Mexico
  1. Coordinadora de Solidaridad con Palestina
  • Mozambique
  1. Justiça Ambiental / Friends of the Earth Mozambique
  • Norway
  1. The Palestine Committee of Norway
  2. Association of Norwegian NGOs for Palestine
  • Philippines
  1. Karapatan Alliance Philippines
  • South Africa
  1. #Africa4Palestine
  2. Workers’ World Media Productions
  3. World Beyond War — South Africa
  4. Lawyers For Human Rights
  5. SA BDS Coalition
  • Spainish State
  1. ASPA (Asociación Andaluza por la Solidaridad y la Paz)
  2. Rumbo a Gaza
  3. Mujeres de Negro contra la Guerra – Madrid
  4. Plataforma por la Desobediencia Civil
  5. Asamblea Antimilitarista de Madrid
  6. SUDS – Assoc. Internacional de Solidaridad y Cooperación
  7. Red Cántabra contra laTrata y la Explotación Sexual
  8. ICID (INICIATIVAS DE COOPERACIÓN INTERNACIONA PARA EL DESARROLLO)
  9. Desarma Madrid
  10. Ecologistas en Acción
  11. Human Rights Institute of Catalonia (Institut de Drets Humans de Catalunya)
  12. Associació Hèlia, de suport a les dones que pateixen violència de gènere
  13. Servei Civil Internacional de Catalunya
  14. Fundación Mundubat
  15. Coordinadora de ONGD de Euskadi
  16. Confederacion General del Trabajo.
  17. International Jewish Antizionist Netwoek (IJAN)
  18. ELA
  19. Penedès amb Palestina
  20. La Recolectiva
  21. Institut de Drets Humans de Catalunya
  • Sri Lanka
  1. Sri Lanka Journalists for Global Justice
  • Switzerland
  1. Collectif Action Palestine
  2. Gesellschaft Schweiz Palästina (Association Swiss Palestine)
  3. Gerechtikgiet und Frieden in Palästina GFP
  4. Collectif Urgence Palestine-Vd
  5. BDS Switzerland
  6. BDS Zürich
  • The Netherlands
  1. Groningen-Jabalya
  2. WILPF Netherlands
  3. Palestina Werkgroep Enschede (NL)
  4. Black Queer & Trans Resistance NL
  5. EMCEMO
  6. CTID
  7. Breed Platform Palestina Haarlem
  8. docP – BDS Netherlands
  9. Stop Wapenhandel
  10. Transnational Institute
  11. Palestina Komitee Rotterdam
  12. Palestine Link
  13. Christian Peacemaker Teams – Nederland
  14. Soul Rebel Movement Foundation
  15. The Rights Forum
  16. Nederlands Palestina Komitee
  • Timor-Leste
  1. Comite Esperansa / Committee of Hope
  2. Organização Popular Juventude Timor (OPJT)
  • Tunisia
  1. Tunisian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (TACBI)
  • United Kingdom
  1. Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine
  2. Jewish Network for Palestine
  3. UK-Palestine Mental Health Network
  4. War on Want
  5. Palestine Solidarity Campaign UK
  6. Campaign Against Arms Trade
  7. Jews for Justice for Palestinians
  8. ICAHD UK
  9. Al-MUTTAQIIN
  10. Scottish Jews Against Zionism
  11. Cambridge Palestine Solidarity Campaign
  12. Craigavon Council of Trade Unions
  13. Sabeel-Kairos UK
  14. End Deportations Belfast
  15. NUS-USI
  16. UNISON Northern Ireland
  17. Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign
  18. Scottish Palestinian Forum
  19. San Ghanny Choir
  20. Scottish Friends of Palestine
  • United States
  1. Berkeley Women in Black
  2. USACBI: US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
  3. Labor for Standing rock
  4. United Methodists for Kairos Response
  5. Stand With Kashmir
  6. Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
  7. Jewish Voice for Peace
  8. Labor for Palestine
  9. Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
  10. Jewish Voice For Peace Central Ohio
  11. Minnesota Break the Bonds Campaign
  • Yemen
  1. Mwatana for Human Rights

(Source / 24.09.2020)

International campaign demands to end Facebook’s attack on Palestinian content

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Several Palestinian and international human rights organizations started a campaign against Facebook’s bias against the Palestinian content on the internet, calling the social media giant to stop its censorship of Palestinians.

Using the hashtag #FacbookCensorsPalestine, the campaign hopes to highlight Facebook’s tendency to allow “hate speech to flourish on its platforms – especially speech that targets oppressed communities from Myanmar to Kashmir to Palestine – and simultaneously censoring legitimate political speech”, according to a petition by the organizations (Jewish Voice For Peace JVP, 7amleh, The Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the BDS Movement for Palestinian Rights).

The petition stressed that Facebook’s pro-Israel policies cause real harm. It also slammed the appointment of Emi Palmor, a former general director of the Israeli Ministry of Justice’s Cyber Unit, to Facebook’s Oversight Board.

The board was created to address Facebook’s content moderation issues – it is intended to act as an internal Supreme Court, making “final and binding decisions on whether specific content should be allowed or removed from Facebook and Instagram.

Under Palmor’s direction, the Israeli justice ministry petitioned Facebook to censor legitimate speech of human rights defenders and journalists because it was deemed politically undesirable.

“The unlawful work of the Cyber Unit2 under Palmor resulted in increased takedowns of thousands of pieces of Palestinian content and imposed severe limitations on freedom of expression and opinion, especially about Palestine”, according to the petition.

the petition has been echoed by thousands of people around the world. The hashtag trended on Twitter in several countries within a few hours after the campaign was started.


Oliver Smith@oliverSmithPPA

On a platform that claims to support all communities and freedom of speech, Palestinians and pro-palestine activists have found themselves isolated by not being allowed to expose the Israeli military occupation and demand their rights.

#FacebookCensorsPalestine@OversightBoard7:27 PM · Sep 23, 2020

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Rita Wilson@rita985u
Can @Facebook‘s @OversightBoard

really be ‘independent’ when former Israeli Ministry of Justice director general Emi Palmor – responsible for the removal of countless posts of Palestinians on the platform – is part of it? Tell Facebook to

#DropEmiPalmor#FacebookCensorsPalestine

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Selection of Emi Palmor to the @Facebook@OversightBoard risk to #FreedomOfExpression and #HumanRights. Tell Facebook this is not okay! 

#DropEmiPalmor#FacebookCensorsPalestine


AbdelKarim @KarimNK96

As a Palestinian, I call on @Facebook and @OversightBoard to #DropEmiPalmor—former general director of the Israeli Ministry of Justice’s Cyber Unit—and

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#StopCensoringPalestine. @jvplive@BDSmovement7:33 PM · Sep 23, 2020


gazantruth@gazantruth

Facebook has a history of complying with the Israeli government’s requests to delete Palestinian’s accounts, as well as block and filter content. There’s a clear political nature of social media censorship regarding censorship of Palestinian voices

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Facebook had recently blocked several Palestinian pages and accounts, including Ultra Palestine, Ishraqt, and Ahmad Yassin’s page. Other pages have been restricted, including Al Qastal.

(Source / 24.09.2020)

Israel damages 100,000 coronavirus swabs

Israel hinders passage of clinical materials from Jordan to West Bank, says Palestinian health minister

Israeli occupation damaged 100,000 swabs for coronavirus after preventing the passage of clinical materials from Jordan to the West Bank, Palestinian Health Minister Mai Keela said on Wednesday.

Speaking to the official Voice of Palestine Radio, Keela said that the Israeli measures have caused a shortage of swabs necessary for testing the virus.

“What is available at the ministry is sufficient to conduct examinations for only three days,” she said, adding that there were “promises” that the next batch of swabs will arrive by Wednesday.

Israel occupation government controls Al-Karama border crossing, the only crossing point between the West Bank and Jordan.

(Source / 24.09.2020)

Palestinian youths shot and injured by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank

Israeli occupation soldiers attacking Palestinians in the West Bank. (File photo)
Israeli occupation soldiers attacking Palestinians in the West Bank (File photo)

Three Palestinian youths were last night shot and injured by Israeli soldiers in two separate incidents in the occupied West Bank, according to local sources.

One youth was shot in the abdomen and injured late last night in the ancient city of Jericho, east of the West Bank.

Local sources said youths clashed with Israeli soldiers near Ain al-Sultan refugee camp at a location where the Israeli occupation authorities have turned a Palestinian-owned house into a Jewish synagogue.

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The soldiers opened live fire at the youths, injuring one in the abdomen.

In another incident, Israeli occupation soldiers last night opened fire and injured two youths near the village of Kufr Malik, east of Ramallah.

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The two were arrested and taken by the army to a hospital inside Israel where they were unconfirmed reports said they were in moderate condition.

(Source / 24.09.2020)