31ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEGINNING OF THE FIRST INTIFADA

The First Intifada began on December 8th 1987 as a spontaneous response to murderous violence by illegal Israeli settlers and brought the Palestinian cause back to the global consciousness. The First Intifada would be driven by the occupied people themselves, and especially by the children and youths; it was a revolutionary cry for freedom by those directly under the military boot of the occupier. At least 1268 Palestinians would be killed by Israel’s occupation forces’ and Israeli ‘civilians’ by the time the Oslo-era began in 1993 with its false promises of coming liberty, that would be betrayed by Israel’s regime and United States, the self-appointed ‘honest broker’. 161 members of Israel’s occupation forces, illegal Israeli settlers and civilians in Palestine 1948 would die also, with 53 of them civilians outside the occupied territories. Hundreds of Palestinian children and couple of dozen of Israeli children were killed, but as we have been unable to find exact numbers (B’Tselem, whose statistics we otherwise used here, gives only the deaths of those of age 16 and under) we can’t report the child casualties exactly.
(Source / 09.12.2018) 

VICTORIOUS SMILE

Youth Ammar Abed-Rabbo al-Khatib was kidnapped last at dawn on Friday December 7th from the village of Hizma in occupied East Jerusalem by Israeli occupation forces.

Like with so many other Palestinian families living under the occupation, to be taken at night from home by masked gunmen is not some shocking event beyond comprehension but part of what life is under the Israeli occupation.

Ammar is a brother of political prisoner Amer al-Khatib and now joins his brother in captivity.

Several homes in Hizma were raided and searched during the night by the occupation forces, which kidnapped also 3 other people from the West Bank during the late hours of the night.

(Source / 09.12.2018) 

Lone pro-Palestine activist demonstrates in Amsterdam

Palestinian flag [File photo]

Palestinian flag

A Dutch activist has been demonstrating alone in Amsterdam for four and a half years to shed the light on Israeli aggression against Palestinians.

Simon Froufni holds his demonstrations every Sunday in Dam Square in the Dutch capital Amsterdam, Anadolu reported on Friday. Froufni told Anadolu that he has organised more than 500 demonstrations since he began, distributing flyers about the Israeli occupation to the many tourists who visit the Square.

In addition to shedding light on Israeli aggression against Palestinians, Froufni criticises the Dutch government for accusing pro-Palestine activities and organisations of being anti-Semitic. He stresses that his demonstration has nothing to do with anti-Semitism, but rather is a sign of respect for the Palestinians.

“The oppression practiced against the Palestinians is very regrettable,” he said, adding: “What is going on, mainly in Gaza, is brutal and we have to do anything to stop it.”

Froufni also noted that he was detained 15 times because of his response to the provocations of pro-Israeli activists, who have been harassing him for two years.

“One time, the court ruled that a former Israeli soldier who tore my coat must pay compensation to me,” he explained, stressing that he will not allow such attacks to stop him demonstrating.

Read: Israeli forces injure 33 Palestinian protesters

(Source / 09.12.2018) 

Palestine: Abbas says will dissolve Hamas-led body

Fatah’s rival Hamas likely to oppose Mahmoud Abbas’ move to dissolve Palestinian Legislative Council

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses Palestinians gathered at the tomb of Yasser Arafat, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, to commemorate the 14th anniversary of his death, on November 11, 2018 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses Palestinians gathered at the tomb of Yasser Arafat, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, to commemorate the 14th anniversary of his death, on November 11, 2018 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said late Saturday evening that the Hamas-dominated Palestinian Legislative Council will soon be dissolved, Palestine’s official news agency reported.

Addressing a conference in the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, Abbas announced that the council would be dissolved “in a legal manner,” without giving a date for the move, which is likely to be opposed by Hamas.

Rather than Abbas’ Fatah movement, its rival the Hamas movement holds most of the seats on the council. The council was disrupted following the Palestinian administrative division of 2007, when two competing Palestinian governments emerged.

Of the council’s 132 seats, 76 are held by Hamas, Fatah has 43, and the left wing and independents hold the remaining 13.

Fatah Central Committee member Dalal Salameh told Anadolu Agency in May that the Palestinian National Council (PNC) – the legislative body of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) – was discussing the mandate of the Palestinian Central Council (PCC) to carry out the powers of the Legislative Council.

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The Central Council is a permanent body of the PLO-affiliated PNC, the highest representative legislative body of the Palestinian people, which includes the Palestinian factions, except Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

On more than one occasion, Hamas has declared its refusal to dissolve the Palestinian Legislative Council, saying Abbas has no power to dissolve it.

The Palestinian Basic Law provides for the holding of parliamentary elections every four years, but the last parliamentary polls took place in 2006, over a dozen years ago.

The West Bank and the blockaded Gaza Strip have remained politically divided since 2007, when Hamas wrested control of Gaza from rival group Fatah following several days of bloody street fighting.

Hamas’s capture of Gaza in 2007 ended a short-lived unity government established after Hamas swept the 2006 Palestinian legislative polls.

Since then, Hamas has been in control of the blockaded strip’s border crossings.

This October, Hamas and Fatah signed a landmark reconciliation agreement in Cairo aimed at ending 10 years of bitter division.

If it holds, the agreement will allow the Fatah-led Ramallah government to assume political and administrative responsibility for the Gaza Strip.

Read: Qatar pays civil servants salaries in Gaza

(Source / 09.12.2018) 

Euro-Med HRM: ‘Dozens of Palestinian refugees detained by Algerian authorities’

French Minister of State for Industry and Consumer Affairs, Luc Chatel (C), his Egyptian counterpart Rachid Mohamed Rachid (L) and Gunter Verheugen (D), European commissionner for Entreprise and Industry give a press conference during the 7th Euro-Mediterranean Conference of Ministers for Industry (Euromed) on “competitiveness, innovation and sustainable development” on November 6, 2008 in Nice, southeastern France. This conference takes place from November 5 to 6 as part of the Barcelona Process, launched in November 1995 and which aimed at creating a Euro-Mediterranean industrial partnership

The Euro- Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor, called on the Algerian authorities to assume their responsibility in protecting Palestinian asylum seekers who arrived in Algeria from the Gaza Strip at the beginning of last October.

According to a statement issued by Euro-Med HRM,  the Algerian authorities “have detained since last October Palestinian asylum seekers at a refugee camp located in Tamanrasset Province, southern Algeria, and informed them that they will be deported to Gaza through Egypt, which may expose them to serious abuses and violates their rights as asylum seekers.”

Euro-Med HRM indicated that the refugees, estimated to be 53, including children, “arrived in Algeria illegally after they had left the Gaza Strip, and crossed Egypt till they arrived in Mauritania. Afterwards, they were smuggled from the Mauritanian territories to the Sahara of Mali. They went on a perilous trip, which lasted seven days until they reached the Algerian borders on 1 October.”

The human rights organisation quoted one of the refugees, whose identity was kept anonymous, saying: “When we left Gaza and crossed Egypt, we went to Mauritania, as Mauritanian authorities did not require Palestinians to get a visa. After a while, we headed toward the Sahara of Mali, where the journey of our suffering lasted for a week, as we were stripped off all our belongings and robbed by bandits. Consequently, we had no other choice but to eat dead animals so that we can survive.”

Read: Report: Palestinian prisoners in Israel jails suffer medical negligence

Euro-Med HRM stated that the Algerian authorities had taken the fingerprints of these asylum seekers and brought them to trial for illegally entering the country. They were sentenced to three months suspended imprisonment, with a period to settle their problematic situation. However, “the refugees were placed in a refugee camp, and they were prevented from moving freely. They were recently informed of the authorities’ intention to deport them to the Gaza Strip through Egypt,” he added.

The same eyewitness, who was among the detained refugees, described his fellows’ situation saying: “We are now incarcerated in caravans within a shelter surrounded by barbed wire. In the morning they give us milk, and later they bring lunch and dinner together. The guards do not let us go out to buy anything, and if we want to buy something from outside the camp, the guards are the ones who buy it for us, but at double prices.”

Sarah Pritchett, the spokeswoman for Euro-Med HRM, stressed that “Algeria must commit itself to the principle of non-refoulement as a customary principle of the international law, which stipulates that refugees should not be expelled in any way to the borders of countries in which their lives and freedom are at risk.”

Pritchett also asserted that “the Algerian authorities treat these asylum seekers collectively, without any regard to the specificity of their cases, which need to be examined individually to conclude the eligibility of each refugee for asylum. Such a method of handling the situation violates the standards set forth by the international human rights law.”

The spokeswoman for Euro-Med HRM added: “It is true that these refugees entered Algeria illegally, but the court decided to release them, and the Algerian authorities must abide by the court order and not mistreat them or continue detaining them unnecessarily.”

(Source / 07.12.2018) 

UN General Assembly Adopts Pro-Palestine Resolution

The vote on this resolution came minutes after the vote against ant-Palestinian resistance one

After rejecting the US-backed anti-Palestinian resistance resolution, the General Assembly voted on Thrusday night on another text dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The brief resolution, proposed by Ireland, called for “the achievement, without delay, of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East on the basis of the relevant United Nations resolutions,” including Resolution 2334.

It also demanded “an end to the Israeli occupation” and reaffirmed the assembly’s “unwavering support… for the two-State solution of Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security within recognized borders, based on the pre-1967 borders.

It was passed with 156 “yes” votes, six “no” votes and 12 abstentions.

Danny Danon, the Israeli ambassador to the UN, dismissed the text as “an anti-Israel resolution.”

Prior to this resolution, the UNGA rejected a US-drafted resolution that criminalises the Palestinian resistance, which is guaranteed by the international law, against the Israeli occupation.

(Source / 07.12.2018) 

UN to Vote on Haley’s Last Stand: Condemning Hamas

US Ambassador Nikki Haley (C) has been a strong supporter of Israel at the United Nations

The UN General Assembly will vote Thursday on a US-drafted resolution condemning the Palestinian Hamas movement, in what could mark US Ambassador Nikki Haley’s parting gesture at the United Nations.

Haley, who will step down as UN ambassador at the end of the year, has repeatedly accused the United Nations of having an anti-Israel bias and strongly supports Israel in its latest confrontation with Hamas in Gaza.

If adopted, it would mark the first time the 193-nation assembly has taken aim at Hamas, the Islamist militant group that has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007.

The United States has won crucial backing from the European Union, with all 28 countries set to support the US measure that condemns Hamas for firing rockets into Israel and demands an end to the violence.

Diplomats, however, warn the session could go awry over procedural issues, notably whether a majority of two-thirds will be required for adoption or a simple majority.

There was also much diplomatic wrangling after the Palestinians presented an amendment to the US text to include a reference to UN resolutions that condemn Israeli settlements, call for negotiations on East Jerusalem and pledge support for the two-state solution.

In negotiations with the Europeans, the United States agreed to add a mention of “relevant UN resolutions” without specifying which ones. The US text does not refer specifically to the two-state solution.

After talks with the Europeans late Wednesday, the Palestinians agreed to withdraw their amendment and instead table a separate resolution, diplomats said.

That move increased the chances that the US measure will be adopted, as well as the Palestinian-drafted resolution. EU countries plan to support both measures.

– US takes vote seriously –

Haley rattled the United Nations when she arrived in January 2017 vowing that the United States will be “taking names” of countries that oppose President Donald Trump’s foreign policy.

Ahead of the vote on Thursday, the US ambassador sent a letter to all UN missions to make clear that “the United States takes the outcome of this vote very seriously.”

The vote at the assembly could be a crowning achievement for Haley as she prepares to step away from public life.

Diplomats say the US administration has lobbied hard to win votes.

“She would like to go out with something,” said a Security Council diplomat.

EU backing for the US measure buttressed Haley’s stance.

The European Union, like the United States, considers Hamas a terror group, but the 28-nation bloc is divided over how to support peace efforts.

Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly are non-binding, but they carry political weight and are seen as a barometer of world opinion.

The United States put forward the resolution as it prepares to unveil new peace proposals that the Palestinians have already rejected.

The Palestinians have severed ties with the Trump administration after the decision a year ago to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and declare the city Israel’s capital.

The US administration has also cut more than $500 million in Palestinian aid.

The Palestinians see the city as the capital of their future state. International consensus has been that Jerusalem’s status must be negotiated between the two sides.

The General Assembly session to vote on the US draft resolution is scheduled to begin at 3:00 pm (2000 GMT).

(Source / 06.12.2018)

Calls for mass protests in Gaza against US anti-resistance move

Members from the armed wings of the four largest political parties in the besieged Gaza Strip — Hamas’s al-Qassam, Islamic Jihad’s Saraya al-Quds, Fatah’s al-Aqsa Martyrs, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades — stand together at a press conference in Gaza City denouncing an Egyptian court’s ruling classifying the al-Qassam Brigades as a terrorist organization

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — National and Islamic groups in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday called for mass demonstrations in the enclave on Thursday.

They announced in a statement that the demonstrations will be protesting a US recent proposal labeling the Palestinian resistance groups, especially Hamas, as “terror groups”.

The United Nations General Assembly is set to vote on Thursday on a US-drafted resolution that would condemn the Palestinian resistance and Hamas movement for “inciting violence”.

(Source / 06.12.2018)

Report: Palestinian Prisoners In Israel Jails Suffer Medical Negligence

Four Palestinian prisoners have died inside Israeli jails so far this year due to medical negligence

Naim Shawamreh experienced severe health conditions while inside Israeli prisons.

Naim Shawamreh experienced severe health conditions while inside Israeli prisons

Palestinian prisoners who were detained in Israeli prisons are being diagnosed with medical conditions late because of a lack of health care in jail, Palestinian NGO has revealed.

In a report, the Prisoners’ Centre for Studies said 12 per cent of the Palestinian prisoners in occupation jails are diagnosed with hypertension, and 2.7 per cent are diabetic.

The centre’s director, Dr Raafat Hamdouneh, stressed the importance of allowing blood pressure monitors and devices to test detainee blood sugar levels in prisons.

He attributed the high rates of late diagnosis to the intentional medical negligence policy followed by the occupation against Palestinian prisoners.

Hamdouneh added that having limited space for physical activities and limited movement, prisoners must have proper attention paid to the quality of their food and regular medical tests, as the medical implications can be deadly.

Four Palestinian prisoners have died so far this year while in Israeli custody, including 57-year-old Hussein Hassani who died as a results of complications in his health condition which he developed in Israeli jails and the medical negligence which ensued, Palestinian media reported in January.

According to rights group B’Tselem, at the end of October 2018 there were 5,426 Palestinian security detainees and prisoners being held in Israel Prison Service (IPS) facilities.

(Source / 06.12.2018)

PA: Palestinian water crisis will end when occupation does

Israeli settlers flood Khan al Ahmar with wastewater

Head of the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) Mazen Ghonim said yesterday that the Palestinian water crisis will end only when the Israeli occupation does, Al-Watan Voice reported.

During the opening of a new water project, Ghoneim stressed that the Palestinians have been suffering from a severe shortage of running and drinking water due to the strict unjustified Israeli measures regarding the access to water resources.

He said that the PWA has carried out numerous projects to help resolve the water crisis, including building desalination plants, extending pipelines and putting pressure on Israel to increase the portion of water sold to Palestinians.

READ: Syria women miscarry in Lebanon refugee camp due to water pollution

Ghoneim reiterated that the Israeli occupation has been imposing a water siege on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip for years.

He noted that the Israeli occupation controls 85 per cent of the Palestinian water resources and has undermined the implementation of many projects related to water and sanitation. He also said that Israel carries various violations related to water.

The Palestinian official said that the PWA’s projects had improved access to water and there are more efforts being carried out in this regard.

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(Source / 05.12.2018)