Erdogan says Macron needs ‘mental treatments’ following Islamophobic statements

France has recalled its envoy to Turkey for consultations after Erdogan’s comments

Istanbul (QNN)- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that French President Emmanuel Macron needs “mental treatment” because of his hostility towards Islam.

“What is Macron’s problem with Islam and Muslims? He needs mental health treatment,” Erdogan said at the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) congress in central Kayseri province.

“What can be said to a head of state that treats millions of members of a religious minority in his country this way? First of all, (he needs) mental check,” Erdogan added.

France recently started an extensive campaign against the Muslim community following Macron calling Islam a problematic religion that needs to be contained. Many non-governmental organizations and mosques have been shut down in the last two weeks, while assaults against Muslims have peaked. Several Muslims have been reportedly attacked in deadly attacks as well.

Responding to Erdogan’s comments, Paris recalled its envoy to Ankara for consultations.

“President Erdogan’s comments are unacceptable. Excess and rudeness are not a method. We demand that Erdogan change the course of his policy because it is dangerous in every respect,” a French presidential official told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The Elysee official, who asked not to be named, also said that France had noted “the absence of messages of condolence and support” from the Turkish president after the beheading of teacher Samuel Paty outside Paris.

The attack, carried out by an 18-year-old Chechen, came following measures, restricting mosques and Muslims in the country.

The official also expressed concern over calls by Ankara for a boycott of French goods.

Macron this month described Islam as a religion “in crisis” worldwide and said the government would present a bill in December to strengthen a 1905 law that officially separated church and state in France.

(Source / 25.10.2020)

Israeli soldiers beat child to death with rifles

Nablus (QNN)- Israeli soldiers attacked a Palestinian child and beat him to death with their rifles on Sunday.

Palestine Medical Complex said Amer Abd Arrahim Sunowbar (18 years old) from the village of Yitma in southern Nablus, died of injuries that he sustained during the Israeli attack on him in the village of Turmus Ayya in Ramallah.

Local sources said Israeli soldiers chased a car, in which the child was, and beat him with their rifles, causing severe wounds. The child was taken to Palestine Medical Complex where he died later on.

The Ministry of Health said an initial examination by doctors at the complex revealed that the child has been brutally beaten in his neck.

The ministry quoted the manager of the complex, dr. Ahmad Bitawi, who said that the body of the child was taken to the hospital at 3:00 am with marks of severe beating and violence on the neck.

(Source / 25.10.2020)

Israeli forces confiscate official documents and license plate of Palestinian minister

Bireh (QNN)- The Israeli army on Sunday confiscated official documents and license plate of the head of the National Commission against the Annexation Wall, the minister Waleed Assaf.

Informed sources reported that the Israeli army confiscated documents and the license plate of the minister’s car after confiscating the car itself at Beit El military checkpoint in the North of Al Bireh.

It added that the Israeli soldiers held the car and its driver for over an hour before they released the driver and the car and confiscated books and official documents that were in the car.

The soldiers threatened the driver that they will get him into trouble if he continues to work for the minister.

(Source / 25.10.2020)

Israel’s supreme court extends detention of Maher Al Akhras

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Israeli supreme court rejected to release the hunger-striking administrative detainee Maher Al Akhras and renewed a previous decision to freeze his administrative detention without releasing him, reported Muhjat Al Quds institution.

The decision of the supreme court came although of concerns over Al Akhras’ critical medical condition.

The wife of Al Akhras told QNN that the Israelis denied his family the right to visit him and more guards have been deployed in front of his room at Kaplan hospital.

“The court’s rule to freeze his administrative detention doesn’t mean releasing him”, she said. “they have to release him immediately due to the deterioration in his medical condition”, she added.

“The jailers prevented Maher from seeing his children, mother, and family. We only want to see and support him.”

Maher Al Akhras has been on a hunger strike for 91 days in protest against his administrative detention without charges or trial.

(Source / 25.10.2020)

Video| Sudan’s people, parties protest against normalization

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Khartoum (QNN)- Dozens of Sudanese protested in the capital city last night against the normalization efforts with the occupation state.

Only a few hours after Trump announced Sudan’s approval to normalize ties with the occupation state, dozens of Sudanese went to the streets of Khartoum, rejecting the normalization deal between Sudan’s military rulers and the occupation state.

The protesters chanted “listen listen Burhan, no for normalization with the Zionist entity”, “no for negotiations no for peace, and no for normalization with the Zionist entity”, and “no surrender and no weakness, we support Palestine”.about:blankFacebook URL

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Several Sudanese parties have rejected the normalization deal and announced that they will form a national front to fight against the deal.

One of the leaders, who drafted the Declaration of Freedom and Change following the revolution, said that political and social connections are being made to form a national front against normalization.

Muhammad Wada’ah, the spokesperson for the Sudanese Ba’ath Party, one of the political parties that drafted the Declaration of Freedom and Change, told AA that “we started intensive connections to form an anti-normalization front.”

“Several parties within the declaration warned the government that they will withdraw their support if it normalizes ties with Israel”, he added.

Wada’ah also said that “normalization is totally rejected and the government has no authority to take such decision with an occupying and racist state that practices discrimination based on religion.”

Meanwhile, a statement by the National Consensus Forces, the second-largest component of the Declaration of Freedom and Change, announced its rejection of the normalization plans.

The statement said, “we believe that our people, which has been systematically marginalized through secret deals, is not committed to what the normalizers agree.”

“Our people will stay committed to its historical positions and it will work through a large front to resist normalization and back the Palestinian people until it gets its full legitimate rights.”

(Source / 24.10.2020)

Pictures| Bahraini police removes Palestine flags from streets

Manama (QNN)- Bahraini police on Friday started a campaign to remove Palestinian flags that were raised in protest against the normalization deal between the Bahraini regime and the occupation state.

Thousands of Bahrainis have flocked to the streets of Manama today in what they called “The Friday of Resisting Normalization” in protest against the normalization deal between their regime and the occupation state. The protesters raised the flag of Palestine and chanted slogans in solidarity with Palestine.

Although of the strict security measures, thousands of Bahrainis took part in the protests that started following Friday prayers and marched throughout the capital.

The protesters held signs that read “normalization is betrayal” and “we reject humiliation and surrender to the dictates of the US and UK”.

The kingdom of Bahrain has signed an agreement to normalize ties with the occupation state last September, following another deal between the UAE and the occupation state.

(Source / 24.10.2020)

After 90 days of hunger strike, ‘Israel’ renews administrative detention of Maher Al Akhras

Ramallah (QNN)- The Israeli authorities decided on Friday to renew the administrative detention of Maher Al Akhras, who has been on a hunger strike for 90 days so far and is in critical condition.

Ahlam Haddad, the lawyer of Al Akhra, said the Israeli Kaplan hospital decided to stop providing medical care for Al Akhras because he continues to go on a hunger strike and does not cooperate with the medical team. Being visited by a lot of people endangers his life, claimed the hospital.

Haddad added that following the court’s rule, the Shin Bet and military court decided to renew Al Akhras’ administrative detention and send him to Ar Ramlah hospital.

Al Akhras has started an open hunger strike last July in protest against his administrative detention without any charges or trials.

Last September, the Israeli supreme court ruled to freeze his detention in an Israeli trial to end his strike without ending his unlawful detention.

Maher Al Akhras (49 years old) is married and a father of two children, who repeatedly appeared calling on international organizations to save their father’s life.

(Source / 23.10.2020)

‘Israel’ hits central, southern Gaza

Gaza (QNN)- Israeli warplanes on the early morning of Friday bombarded a location and agricultural land in central and southern Gaza.

Local sources said Israeli warplanes targeted a location at An Nuseiral refugee camp in central Gaza as well as agricultural land in eastern Khan Yunis, causing material damage.

Israeli warplanes have also struck locations in eastern Deir Al Balah Khan Yunis, and central Gaza last night.

The Israeli army claimed the strikes came in response to missiles fired from the besieged strip at surrounding settlements.

(Source / 23.10.2020)

UN official calls for immediate release of Maher Al-Akhras

Geneva (QNN) – The occupying state of Israel should release a Palestinian detainee who has been on hunger strike for close to 90 days and end its practice of administrative detention, under which people can be held indefinitely without trial, said Michael Lynk, special rapporteur for the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967.

Maher Al-Akhras began a hunger strike in late July after he was arrested. Israeli security forces accuse him of being a member of Islamic Jihad, a charge he denies. The Israeli Supreme Court has rejected his petitions for release three times.

“Mr. Al-Akhras is now in very frail condition, having gone without food for 89 days,” said Lynk.“Recent visits by doctors to his hospital bed in Israel indicate that he is on the verge of suffering major organ failure, and some damage might be permanent.”

Al-Akhras was arrested on 27 July in his hometown of Selit El Dahir in the West Bank. An administrative detention order was issued against him on 7 August to run until 26 November 2020. In 2009 he was administratively detained for 16 months, and again in 2018 for 11 months.

“Administrative detention is an anathema in any democratic society that follows the rule of law,” Lynk said. “When the democratic state arrests and detains someone, it is required to charge the person, present its evidence in an open trial, allow for a full defence and try to persuade an impartial judiciary of its allegations beyond a reasonable doubt.

“Administrative detention, in contrast, allows a state to arrest and detain a person without charges, without a trial, without knowing the evidence against her or him, and without a fair judicial review,” he said. “It is a penal system that is ripe for abuse and maltreatment.”

International law allows a state to use administrative detention only in emergencies, and only if a fair hearing can be provided where the detainee can challenge the allegations against her or him. In an occupation, Article 78 of the Fourth Geneva Convention only permits an occupying power to employ administrative detention “for imperative reasons of security.”

Israel has been regularly criticized by international human rights organizations for its promiscuous use of administrative detention. According to Israeli Prison Services data obtained by B’Tselem, The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, there were 355 Palestinians being held in administrative detention by Israel as of 31 August 2020.

While Israeli courts allow for a form of judicial review for administrative detainees, the Israeli Supreme Court (sitting as the High Court) has regularly approved the practice and refused Mr. Al-Akhras’s request for release in a ruling in mid-October. Two previous petitions for his release had been rejected by the Israeli Supreme Court.

Israel also regularly incarcerates its Palestinian administrative detainees in Israeli prisons, a violation of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which says protected people under occupation should be detained in the occupied territory

“The Israeli security forces who arrested and detained Mr. Al-Akhras have not provided any persuasive evidence in an open hearing to justify its allegations that he is a genuine security threat,” Lynk said. He called upon Israel to release Al-Akhras immediately if it could not provide persuasive evidence on a high standard that he has broken laws that would be acceptable in any democratic state.

“I also call upon Israel to abolish its practice of administrative detention, release those detainees it presently holds, and strictly follow international law in the application of its security operations” Lynk said.

(Source / 23.10.2020)

The Case Of Maher Al-Akhras Exposes Israel’s Brutality Towards Palestinian Prisoners

Political prisoner Maher Al-Akhras, who has been on hunger strike for 86 days, is deteriorating in health by the day and his case should shine a light on the racist brutality of Israel against Palestinian prisoners.

Maher al-Akras is a 49 year old Palestinian political prisoner, a father of six and is, according to Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem, on the verge of death. Al-Akhras has been held in administrative detention (held without charge) since July and has currently spent 82 days on a hunger strike. Despite the fact that there is no criminal offense that Israel is holding Maher al-Akhras on the grounds of, they refuse to release him even as his health deteriorates.

If Maher dies Palestinian armed factions have vowed to respond to Israel, which could potentially ignite another escalation or even war between Gaza and Israel. With the head of the UN’s Agency for Palestinian Refugees, Philippe Lazzarini, stating that Gaza is enduring unprecedented levels of poverty and that people have resulted to searching through bins to eat, another war with Gaza at this point would be catastrophic.

The first thing that has to be understood about Palestinian prisoners, is that they are not conventional criminals, normal crimes committed by Palestinians are dealt with by the Palestinian Authority. Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are there for either no reason or for acting against Israel in some form or another. Israel is an occupying power in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, therefore the laws of occupation apply to Israel, stipulating that Israel is responsible for the safety of the civilian population and those it has in its prisons.

However, Israel has failed to protect the rights of Palestinian civilians. When it comes to Palestinians in the occupied territories, they are under brutal Israeli military rule (since 1967). Israeli illegal settlers who live on top of Palestinian land, or right besides Palestinian villages and cities, are under Israeli civilian law. Israeli military law dictates, for instance, since 2015 that a Palestinian can serve up to 20 years in prison for throwing stones at Israelis, even throwing without the intent to do harm is considered a crime punishable with 10 years imprisonment, whilst Israeli settlers are protected by a standing army with they hurle stones at Palestinians.

On top of this, Israelis military courts have an almost 100% conviction rate, which has been condemned by the United Nations as a violation of international law.

According to Israeli Human Rights Organisation B’Tselem, Israeli military prisons held 4,207 Palestinian prisoners officially by the end of August of this year. Included in this statistic are 355 administrative detainees, held without any charge, and roughly 160 minors (12-17yrs old). Each year approximately 500-700 Palestinian children, aged 12-17, are detained and prosecuted by Israel.

On Palestinian women held by Israel, according to prisoner support and human rights association ‘Addameer’, this International Women’s Day, there were “43 women held in Israeli prisons and detention centers, including 16 mothers, 8 injured prisoners, 12 sick prisoners and 4 administrative detainees held without charge or trial. Those female prisoners also suffered from long sentences with a maximum of 16 years. All of the Palestinian female prisoners are held in Damon Prison since November 2018.”. Since the beginning of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, over 10,000 Palestinian women have been held in the detention of or arrested by Israel.

Palestinians are questioned by police and ISA officers, after being arrested and are subjected to intimidation and abuse. Palestinians are often forced to sign reports written by police officers written in Hebrew, something that is illegal, as most Palestinians can’t understand what they are being forced to sign and often sign on for crimes they did not commit. Inside the jails, Israel use of intimidation, beatings, psychological torture and even physical torture have been well documented.

During the Covid-19 Pandemic Israel has also been accused of not fulfilling its obligations to keep prisoners safe and has actively continued its arrest campaigns despite the spread of the virus.

Maher al-Akhras is one of those Palestinians unjustly taken away from his loving family and is being held for absolutely no reason and yet the world remains silent to the evident crime being committed against him. If he dies on his hunger strike, the burden will be on Israel and the sad part of this all is that the case of Maher is not even the worst.

(Source / 22.10.2020)