L’ONU mette in guardia sui rischi dovuti ai trasferimenti forzati di Beduini in Cisgiordania

Betlemme-Ma’an. In un rapporto, il coordinatore umanitario dell’ONU per la Palestina ha lanciato l’allarme, martedì 23 agosto, su un probabile incremento dei rischi dovuti al trasferimento forzato di beduini in Cisgiordania.
Robert Piper ha avvertito a proposito di tali rischi dopo aver visitato la comunità beduina di Abu Nuwwar, nel governatorato di Gerusalemme, che si trova a sud-ovest della colonia illegale israeliana di Maale Adumim.
Abu Nuwwar è uno dei tanti villaggi beduini che hanno subito il trasferimento forzato previsto dai progetti delle autorità israeliane per la costruzione di migliaia di abitazioni per le colonie destinate unicamente agli ebrei, nella zona del corridoio E1.

Il rapporto ha sottolineato che, la scorsa settimana, le autorità israeliane avevano dislocato 64 Palestinesi, compresi 24 bambini, dopo la demolizione di 29 strutture in otto zone, aggiungendo che le forze israeliane hanno anche distrutto o confiscato 85 costruzioni civili in 28 comunità della Cisgiordania dall’inizio di questo mese, lasciando senza casa 129 Palestinesi ed impattando negativamente sulla vita quotidiana di almeno 2.100 Palestinesi.

“Tra le 85 strutture distrutte recentemente o confiscate, 24 erano state fornite da donatori come aiuti, compresi rifugi di emergenza a seguito delle demolizioni di abitazioni avvenute in precedenza, ricoveri per animali, bagni, un centro sociale ed una nuova rete idrica di acqua potabile, quest’ultima supportata dall’UNICEF”, si legge nel rapporto.

Le demolizioni hanno inoltre colpito quasi 1000 comunità di Beduini palestinesi nella Valle del Giordano che, come evidenzia la relazione, soffrono già a causa dell’estrema scarsità di acqua. La relazione esprime preoccupazione anche per la situazione di Susiya, nella parte meridionale della Cisgiordania, dove le autorità israeliane hanno compiuto azioni volte alla distruzione dell’intero villaggio.

“Serie ripetute di demolizioni, restrizioni sull’accesso ai servizi basilari e visite regolari da parte del personale di sicurezza israeliano che promuovono ‘progetti di delocalizzazione’ fanno tutti parte di una situazione coercitiva che coinvolge attualmente queste famiglie palestinesi particolarmente vulnerabili”, ha affermato Piper secondo quanto riportato nel rapporto.
“La crescente pressione per spostarsi in altre zone della Cisgiordania continua ormai inarrestabile; in questa situazione non possiamo aspettarci che la gente prenda decisioni sulla base di un reale consenso cosicché il rischio di trasferimenti forzati resta alto”.

La relazione ha richiamato l’attenzione sui doveri legali di Israele come forza occupante in base al diritto internazionale, tra i quali, il provvedere ai bisogni primari dei Palestinesi garantendo un “sistema di progettazione e suddivisione in zone” equo.
Nel 2016 vi è stata un’ondata di demolizioni e confische lungo tutta la Cisgiordania con 786 strutture di proprietà palestinese distrutte fino ad oggi. Queste demolizioni hanno provocato complessivamente la dislocazione di 1.197 persone, compresi 558 bambini. Oltre 200 delle strutture abbattute erano state fornite come soccorso umanitario.

“Dkaika, Khan al Ahmar, Umm al-Kheir, Abu Nuwwar, Susiya… queste sono soltanto alcune delle comunità estremamente vulnerabili nelle quali famiglie, molte delle quali costituite da rifugiati Palestinesi, vivono nel timore continuo di rimanere senza casa ed i bambini si chiedono se avranno ancora una scuola da frequentare domani”, ha aggiunto Piper.

La costruzione della colonia nella zona E1 dividerebbe effettivamente la Cisgiordania e renderebbe la creazione di uno stato palestinese contiguo – come previsto dalla soluzione dei due stati per il conflitto israelo-palestinese appoggiata a livello internazionale – pressoché impossibile.
L’attività israeliana nella zona E1 ha attirato molte critiche a livello internazionale ed il presidente palestinese Mahmoud Abbas aveva già dichiarato in passato che “E1 è una linea rossa che non può essere oltrepassata”.
Anche il primo ministro palestinese Rami Hamdallah ha denunciato mercoledì scorso il trasferimento forzato dei Beduini, dicendo che “le sistematiche violazioni israeliane del diritto internazionale non sono più accettabili da parte della comunità internazionale”.

Traduzione di Aisha T. Bravi

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Michael Chabon, scrittore ebreo: l’occupazione israeliana è peggio dell’apartheid

Michael Chabon, scrittore ebreo: l'occupazione israeliana è peggio dell'apartheid

Il noto scrittore statunitense di origini ebraiche, Michael Chabon, ha dichiarato che l’oppressione israeliana contro il popolo palestinese è peggiore del sistema dell’apartheid in Sud Africa.

In un’intervista all’agenzia di stampa francese AFP, Chabon ha dichiarato, ieri, che ha scoperto “la vera natura” dell’occupazione israeliana dopo il viaggio fatto lo scorso aprile, accompagnato da altri autori nordamericani, nei territori palestinesi occupati.

“Parte di ciò che lo rende particolarmente orribile per me e diverso dall’Apartheid è che gli ebrei lo stanno facendo e io sono un Ebreo”, ha precisato durante l’intervista telefonica ad AFP.

Inoltre, in un’altra intervista rilasciata alla pubblicazione ebraica statunitense “The Forward”, Chabon ha dichiarato che l’occupazione dei territori palestinesi da parte del  regime di Tel Aviv è “una grave ingiustizia”, che non ha mai visto.

“Che la gente che ha sofferto una persecuzione orribile e prolungata ha una tale svolta e, inoltre, opprimere un altro popolo ad un livello burocratico tale, è in qualche modo per me molto più duro dell’Apartheid, per quanto orribile è stato l'apartheid e con questo non cerco di minimizzarlo”, ha sottolineato.

Va notato che le dichiarazioni dello scrittore ebreo-statunitense, 52 anni, hanno scatenato reazioni su Internet e le critiche da parte dei media della destra israeliana.

Secondo le fonti, Chabon non ha cominciato ad occuparsi dell’occupazione israeliana fino al suo matrimonio con Ayelet Waldman ebrea, che ha viaggiato nei territori palestinesi, due anni fa. Questo viaggio ha “aperto gli occhi” a lei, ed anche allo scrittore, ha spiegato Chabon.

Lui e sua moglie hanno pubblicato un libro scritto da 25 autori di spicco nordamericani che si concentra su diversi aspetti della vita quotidiana dei palestinesi sotto occupazione israeliana.

Lo scorso aprile, Chabon, insieme ad altri scrittori, tra cui Dave Eggers e Geraldine Brooks, quest’ultima insignita del premio Pulitzer, ha visitato le città palestinesi di Al-Quds (Gerusalemme) e Al-Khalil (Hebron), ed i villaggi vicino alla città di Ramallah, nel nord della Cisgiordania.

Più di mezzo milione di israeliani vivono in più di 120 insediamenti illegali costruiti dopo l’occupazione dei territori palestinesi della Cisgiordania e Al-Quds nel 1967.

Fonte: Hispantv

Israel ‘ethnically cleansing’ occupied West Bank: Israeli lawmaker

 

Over half a million Israelis live in more than 230 illegal settlements built since 1967.
Over half a million Israelis live in more than 230 illegal settlements built since 1967.

An Israeli lawmaker has accused Tel Aviv of committing “ethnic cleansing” against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank amid a rise in the demolition of Palestinian houses and buildings in the area.

Dov Khenin told Sky News on Sunday that Israel’s demolition of Arab structures in the so-called Area C of the West Bank is an attempt to clear the area and prepare it for Israelis to settle there in the future.

Area C, which is under full Israeli control, covers 360,000 hectares (890,000 acres) of land, equal to 60 percent of the West Bank’s area.

The 1993 Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinians divides the West Bank into Area A under full Palestinian control, Area B under shared Israeli-Palestinian control and Area C.

Israel is committing an “ethnic cleansing in a very sophisticated way” in the occupied West Bank, Khenin said.

Israeli MP Dov Khenin (photo by AFP)

Israeli authorities rejected Khenin’s remarks and claimed that the demolitions are taking place because the structures being destroyed do not have building permits.

UN fieldworker Matthew Ryder has said, though, that getting approvals for buildings is “virtually impossible” for the Palestinians.

“Israel’s own figures show that, between 2010 and 2014, Palestinians in the area that Israel controls only managed to obtain 33 permits for building on their land — that’s something like 1.5% of the permits that are actually granted,” Ryder said.

Recent figures released by the United Nations show the Israeli military has more than tripled the pace of the demolitions of Palestinian structures in the occupied West Bank over the past three months.

The world body said the average demolitions have risen to 165 on the monthly basis since January.

The demolitions have raised alarm among world diplomats and human rights groups over what they regard as the Tel Aviv regime’s continued violation of international law.

Over half a million Israelis live in more than 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, including East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

All Israeli settlements are illegal under the international law. However, Tel Aviv has defied calls to stop the settlement expansions in the occupied territories.

thanks to: Presstv

Muhammad Ali Net, 20 anni – Muhammad Jasser Abdullah Krakrh, 30 anni – Mohammed Jamal

di Samantha Comizzoli

 

Muhammad Ali Net (20 anni) di Jalazoun, Ramallaah. Una settimana fa i soldati israeliani gli hanno sparato al petto proiettili veri. E’ morto oggi.

Altro palestinese morto…nella prigione palestinese di Al Kahlil per un incendio….scontri in corso … Io la parola la voglio usare anche qui… martire. Il martire morto ad Al Kahlil nella prigione palestinese è Mohammed Jamal e sembra sia morto per le ferite riportate durante l’interrogatorio (credo del Wucoi). Di seguito è scoppiato l’incendio nella prigione, quindi tutto fa pensare sia stato provocato per coprire il morto. Gli agenti che hanno fatto l’interrogatorio sono stati arrestati

Martire a Beit il, Ramallah, ucciso dai coloni israeliani. Mezz’ora fa quando sono passata dalla strada, il corpo era ancora lì, circa un centinaio di soldati attorno. Rallentamenti sulla strada Ramallah – Nablus, si apprestavano a chiudere Zaatara checkpoint. Il martire è Mohammed Jassem del villaggi di Sinji, che dista solo pochi metri dal luogo dell’assassinio.
Ero al Ramallah Hospital..è arrivata la notizia del martire in questo modo “gli hanno sparato i coloni israeliani, lui aveva cercato di fermare l’auto, era da solo e a piedi”. Ora la notizia che viene passata è “ha tentato di accoltellare due soldati e i soldati gli hanno sparato”. Qualcosa non torna.
Dalle testimonianze sul martirio di oggi: operaio edile. Parrebbe fosse con altri due amici che sono fuggiti. I soldati feriti da Muhammad sono sono due, uno grave. E’ stato difficile il riconoscimento di Muhammad perchè gli hanno sparato in faccia e in testa. I soldati israeliani hanno attaccato il villaggio di Sinji in gran numero e con raid nelle case. Chiusi i villaggi di Sinji, Beit Ili e Turmus Aya. Si segnala ancora numero massiccio di soldati sulla strada Ramallah- Nablus e si temono reazioni questa notte.

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https://www.facebook.com/samantha.comizzoli?fref=ts

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Per non dimenticare… il diritto al ritorno: missione multipla ad agosto 2015

luoghi della diaspora palestinese
 

Siamo donne e uomini che ritengono che il diritto al ritorno sia un punto irremovibile e centrale per il futuro del popolo di Palestina. Nessun risarcimento potrà mai ripagare le sofferenze e le privazioni di decenni di diaspora, ma il riconoscimento di questo diritto è l’unico modo per dare una soluzione all’occupazione delle terre palestinesi.

Crediamo perciò che si debba ricordare a noi e al mondo che l’occupazione ha generato un esodo forzato del popolo di Palestina e che oggi ci sono palestinesi in Libano, come in Giordania, Siria, Iraq e altri Paesi – non ultimo il nostro Occidente – ma che ci sono palestinesi rifugiati nella stessa Palestina.

Partendo da queste considerazioni stiamo organizzando per il prossimo mese di agosto una iniziativa internazionale per portare contemporaneamente quattro missioni a Gaza, Cisgiordania, Libano e Giordania. L’obiettivo è la riaffermazione del diritto al ritorno.

L’ebraicizzazione di Israele – punta più alta del programma neocoloniale del sionismo – esclude il diritto al ritorno dei non ebrei, e dunque dei palestinesi nati in quelle stesse terre e dei loro discendenti. La nostra presenza in quei paesi vuole denunciare questo trattamento intollerabile e razzista. Una missione che metta al centro la questione dei diritti dei rifugiati, tutti i loro diritti.

Il tema del diritto al ritorno per il popolo di Palestina, ignorato da troppi, dentro e fuori il mondo arabo-mediorientale, non può essere eluso o messo da parte in nome di altre e pretestuose compatibilità. Le quattro delegazioni ricorderanno le vittime delle stragi e porteranno ai palestinesi la solidarietà politica e il sostegno umano.

Per realizzare questo progetto lanciamo da oggi una sottoscrizione nazionale, dando così continuità al positivo lavoro messo in campo da anni dal Forum Palestina e dal Comitato per non dimentica Sabra e Chatila e proseguito nel dicembre 2013 / gennaio 2014 a Gaza dalla delegazione “Tutti a Gaza 2013”.

Siamo quindi pronti per raccogliere le vostre adesioni per formare le quattro delegazioni Per non dimenticare il diritto al ritorno. Quello del prossimo agosto sarà un appuntamento importante perché ci darà la possibilità di conoscere la realtà di Gaza, Cisgiordania, Libano e Giordania incontrando tutte le forze e le organizzazioni politiche e sociali che lì lavorano e operano.

Vogliamo che l’iniziativa che ci accingiamo a prendere, in collaborazione con i nostri amici palestinesi, con i quali da anni lavoriamo insieme nel Comitato internazionale Per non dimenticare Sabra e Chatila e con il quotidiano libanese Assafir, sia un momento, centrale, di un percorso che deve prevedere iniziative su tutto il territorio italiano da svolgersi prima e dopo il mese di agosto con al centro “il diritto al ritorno”. Intendiamo, inoltre, tessere un filo con il lavoro che il Comitato Per non dimenticare Sabra e Chatila ha svolto negli ultimi anni. La nostra presenza in Libano, come a Gaza, Cisgiordania, Giordania è finalizzata a denunciare una realtà inaccettabile e drammatica che ha origine dall‘occupazione della Palestina.

Il nostro invito è rivolto a quanti in questi anni hanno lavorato a fianco del popolo palestinese, combattendo l’occupazione e condannando il sionismo. Siamo senza equilibrismi dalla parte dei diritti dei palestinesi, “senza se e senza ma..”, ma nello stesso tempo respingiamo qualsiasi approccio antisemita e razzista. La pregiudiziale antifascista e anticoloniale è pertanto per noi centrale.

Vi chiediamo di farci pervenire nel tempo più breve possibile le vostre intenzioni di partecipare – attraverso la scheda qui allegata – per consentirci di organizzare al meglio la visita. Nelle prossime settimane vi faremo sapere regole date e costi della missione.

Bassam Saleh, Ismail Fawzi, Nabil Kheir, Sami Hallac, Yousef Salman, Ahmed Dawud, Ma’moun Al Barghouti, Hakeem Abu Jaleela, Mohammed Hamdan, Mariagiulia Agnoletto (Salaam ragazzi dell’Olivo – Milano), Enzo Apicella (cartoonist), Goretta Bonacorsi, Enzo Brandi, Sergio Cararo (direttore di Contropiano), Andrea Catone (direttore di Marx XXI), Antonietta Chiarini, Tullia Chiarini, Blanca Clemente, Mimmo Colaninno, Geraldina Colotti (Monde Diplomatique), Comitato Fasano per la Palestina (Fasano, BR), Marinella Correggia (giornalista, attivista per la pace), Tonia De Guido (Comitato Palestina – Bologna), Eliana Ferrari, Mirca Garuti (laboratorio multimediale Alkemia – Modena), Rodolfo Greco (www.palestinarossa.it – Milano), Luciano Ianni (attivista pro-Palestina – Roma), Enzo Infantino (attivista pro-Palestina – Calabria), Kalamu (gruppo musicale calabrese), Tonio Leone (attivista per la Palestina – Fasano), Alessia Leonello, Stefania Limiti (giornalista, Comitato per non dimenticare Sabra e Chatila – Roma), Pati Luceri (docente e attivista pro-Palestina – Lecce), Francesco Maringiò (presidenza internazionale Centro Studi Correspondances Internacionales), Miriam Marino, Marcella Masperi, Mariano Mingarelli (Associazione Italo Palestinese – Firenze), Nicol? Monti (direttore Labaro TV), Maurizio Musolino (giornalista, Comitato per non dimenticare Sabra e Chatila – Roma), Loretta Mussi (attivista pro-Palestina – Roma), Flavio Novara (Laboratorio multimediale Alkemia – Modena), Gustavo Pasquali (Comitato per non dimenticare il diritto al ritorno – Roma), Ivano Poppi, Laura Pugnaghi (Rete 1° marzo), Roberta Ravoni, Carmen Ricci, Dominique Sbiroli (Comitato con la Palestina nel cuore – Roma), Massimo Sgarzi, Elio Teresi (direttore Radio Aut per l’antimafia sociale – Palermo), Ornella Terracini, Marta Turilli (Comitato con la Palestina nel cuore – Roma), Jacopo Venier (direttore Libera TV), Maria Raffaella Violano (Presidente Amici della Mezza Luna Rossa Palestinese), Lucio Vitale.

QUI LA SCHEDA DI PREADESIONE

thanks to: Forum Palestina

Palestine resistance should boost defense abilities: Leader

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says resistance groups in Palestine should strengthen their defense capabilities in the face of possible fresh aggression by Israel.

“The Resistance current should boost its preparedness day by day and reinforce its power resources inside Gaza,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting with Secretary General of the Islamic Jihad of Palestine Ramadan Abdullah in Tehran on Thursday.

The Leader said the Palestinian resistance’s recent victory against the Israeli regime’s 50-day war indicated the realization of the “divine promise”, which will pave the way for greater triumphs.

The Leader also anticipated a promising future for the Palestinian people, saying, “The outlook of the developments is bright and good.”

Ayatollah Khamenei urged Palestinians in the West Bank to get on board in the fight against the Israeli regime, saying, “Fighting the Zionist regime (Israel) is a war of destiny.”

“The enemy should feel the same worries in the West Bank as it does in Gaza,” the Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei further vowed more support for the Palestinian people, stating, “The Islamic Republic and the Iranian people are proud of your victory and resistance, and hope that the back-to-back triumphs of resistance [groups] will continue until final victory.”

Abdullah, for his part, extended to the Leader the greetings of senior officials from Islamic Jihad and other Palestinian resistance groups, and presented a report on the latest Israeli war on Gaza.

“Definitely, the victory was achieved with the assistance of the Islamic Republic,” the senior Palestinian official said, adding, “Without Iran’s strategic and efficient help, resistance and victory in Gaza would have been impossible.”

Abdullah further assessed as strategic and effective the Leader’s guidelines on the necessity of arming the West Bank for countering the Israeli regime’s aggression, saying the remarks have re-energized the Palestinian fighters and raised their spirits.

On July 23, Ayatollah Khamenei said armed resistance by Palestinians is “the only way” to confront the Zionist regime.

“We believe that the West Bank should also be armed like Gaza and those who are interested in Palestine’s destiny should act in this regard,” the Leader said at the time.

Israeli launched a deadly onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip on July 8. Gaza health officials say over 2,140 Palestinians, including 577 children, were killed in the Israeli onslaught. Over 11,100 others, including 3,374 children, 2,088 women and 410 elderly people, were injured. Tens of Israelis were also killed by the Palestinian resistance retaliatory rockets.

The Israeli aggression ended on August 26 with an Egyptian-brokered truce.

IA/NN/KA

thanks to: Presstv

PALESTINA. La “normalità” degli abusi sui minori

Sotto le bombe a Gaza, target dell’esercito in Cisgiordania: numerosi rapporti analizzano le gravi violazioni israeliane del diritto internazionale, dall’assedio della Striscia al trattamento delle centinaia di bambini arrestati in Cisgiordania.

(Foto: Getty Images)

di Francesca La Bella

Roma, 21 luglio 2014, Nena News – Dall’inizio dell’operazione “Barriera Protettiva” contro la Striscia di Gaza, ogni giorno abbiamo avuto notizia della morte di uno o più minori. In molti casi si tratta di bambini molto piccoli, colpiti dai bombardamenti o, da tre giorni a questa parte, dal fuoco delle truppe di terra israeliane.

L’uccisione di civili ed, in particolar modo, di minorenni, anziani e invalidi, costituisce una grave violazione del diritto internazionale in generale e delle convenzioni di Ginevra in materia di diritto umanitario in situazioni belliche in particolare. Per far fronte a questa terribile accusa i portavoce israeliani hanno affermato che sono state messe in atto tutte le misure necessarie a minimizzare le vittime civili attraverso la comunicazione preventiva degli attacchi e che la responsabilità di queste morti deve essere esclusivamente imputata ad Hamas perché utilizzerebbe i civili come scudi umani. Nel caso dei quattro bambini colpiti sulla spiaggia da un missile sparato dal mare, il governo israeliano ha persino porto le sue ufficiali scuse perché le vittime civili sono state collaterali rispetto all’eliminazione di un obiettivo “legittimo”, un militante di Hamas. Israele afferma, dunque, di aver fatto tutto ciò che è necessario per cercare di proteggere i soggetti deboli al meglio in un contesto difficile come quello attuale.

La realtà è, però, ben diversa. La Striscia di Gaza è uno dei territori con la maggiore densità demografica al mondo, chiusa su tutti i lati, con valichi di confine dai quali è possibile uscire solo con il beneplacito di Israele, o dell’Egitto per quanto riguarda il valico di Rafah.  I minori e le loro famiglie hanno possibilità di fuga quasi nulle, soprattutto in frangenti come quello attuale e, anche se riuscissero ad allontanarsi, mancherebbe loro un posto dove andare e l’assicurazione della tutela dei loro diritti fondamentali. In tale senso si era già espresso il Comitato internazionale sui diritti del fanciullo che, l’anno passato, aveva sottolineato come un attacco in un territorio come Gaza violava sia il principio di proporzionalità sia quello di distinzione (civili-combattenti) date le condizioni fisico-demografiche dell’area. Nei rapporti di organizzazioni come Save the Children viene, inoltre, evidenziato quanto vivere nella Striscia, anche normalmente, comporti un disagio fisico e psicologico, soprattutto dei minori, che tende ad aggravarsi nelle fasi di conflitto: mancanza d’acqua e medicine; senso di insicurezza dovuto alla persistente possibilità di attacco; limitazione della libertà di movimento/emigrazione.

La condizione dei minori palestinesi è, infatti, molto difficile anche durante i periodi di non belligeranza. E’ di fine giugno la pubblicazione di un rapporto dell’Euro-mid Observer For Human Rights, organizzazione non governativa con base a Ginevra, nel quale si evidenziavano le numerose violazioni dei diritti dei minori palestinesi perpetrate da Israele. Attraverso testimonianze dirette, analisi dell’UNICEF e dichiarazioni di operatori internazionali, il rapporto presenta la condizione dei minori palestinesi, principalmente nella Cisgiordania, e cerca di descrivere il trattamento al quale può essere soggetto un minore al momento dell’arresto da parte israeliana.

Sottolineando prioritariamente che, tra inizio 2010 e metà 2014, i minori presi in custodia dalle forze armate israeliane sono stati circa 2500, di cui 400 tra i 12 e i 15 anni, il rapporto descrive in maniera analitica i diversi passaggi della presa in custodia, dall’arresto all’interrogatorio, alla detenzione. I reati generalmente contestati riguardano il lancio di sassi e molotov contro militari israeliani, la partecipazione a manifestazioni pacifiche non autorizzate, la vicinanza a gruppi considerati illegali o anche solo la conoscenza di persone appartenenti a suddetti gruppi. La contestazione delle accuse non è, però, un passaggio fondamentale al momento dell’arresto. Secondo molte testimonianze, infatti, i minori vengono portati via dalle loro case in piena notte, ammanettati e a volte bendati, senza che ai genitori venga comunicato il motivo dell’arresto o consentito di accompagnarli. Davanti alla richiesta di maggiori informazioni sulla natura del reato o sulla localizzazione del minore le risposte rimangono vaghe e, spesso, solo dopo la confessione del soggetto sotto custodia, alle famiglie viene concesso di visitare il minore e di conoscere le accuse.

A questo si aggiunga che le modalità di interrogatorio portano quasi sempre ad una piena confessione. In primo luogo mancano avvocati difensori e traduttori e i minori, in molti casi, vengono interrogati in ebraico e obbligati a firmare documenti nella stessa lingua. Se questo non bastasse, alle violazioni procedurali, spesso, si aggiunge vera e propria coercizione fisica. Nel rapporto di monitoraggio dell’UNICEF sulla condizione dei minori sotto detenzione militare israeliana di ottobre 2013, ad esempio, venivano elencati una serie di casi di minori che, sotto custodia, sono stati sottoposti a violenza fisica, anche con bastoni, e molti organismi internazionali, come il Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCI-Palestine), sottolineano come la perquisizione corporale, l’intimidazione, l’umiliazione e l’isolamento siano pratiche normalmente utilizzate benché vietate dalla Convenzione internazionale dei diritti del Fanciullo siglata da Israele nel 1991.

La mancata tutela dei minori palestinesi non si estrinseca, però, solo nel momento della presa in custodia. Proprio il comitato internazionale delegato a monitorare la messa in atto della Convenzione sopracitata, nel suo ultimo rapporto, datato giugno 2013, esprime grande preoccupazione per i trattamenti riservati ai minori palestinesi dalle forze armate israeliane. In questo senso condanna l’utilizzo dei minori come scudi umani, protezione di veicoli militari dal lancio di pietre e avanguardie in edifici potenzialmente pericolosi, ed informatori (14 casi segnalati tra gennaio 2010 e marzo 2013) e sottolinea come i responsabili di tali atti in passato non siano stati processati per tali violazioni.

Mancata garanzia dei diritti minimi dei minori, violenze sistematiche nei loro confronti e uno stato di latente conflitto fanno si che, nonostante in questi 11 giorni di attacco i minori che hanno perso la vita siano già più di 100 e che tra le decine di arresti effettuati in Cisgiordania moltissimi siano minori, questa non debba essere considerata una situazione eccezionale. Per i giovani palestinesi quello che succede in questi giorni è molto simile alla normalità.

thanks to: Nena News

Dutch PM: No idea why Israel won’t let scanner be used for exports to West Bank

Israel’s refusal to allow Gaza to use a scanner machine donated by Netherlands donated to screen exports from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank will be on the agenda at a meeting Sunday night between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Rutte had been scheduled to attend a festive dedication of the X-ray machine at the Kerem Shalom crossing during his visit. Speaking before Israeli and Palestinian peace activists on Sunday, the Dutch prime minister expressed grave disappointment at Usrael’s refusal to let the X-ray machine be used. “I don’t understand this decision,” Rutte said.

Dan Yakobson, a member of the Palestinian-Israeli Peace NGO Forum who attended the meeting with Rutte, said the Dutch premier had sounded surprised and even mortified by the way the issue of the scanner had been handled.

He said that under the circumstances, Rutte had wondered at the security concern: “After all, the X-ray machine was donated by the Netherlands and placed at the Kerem Shalom crossing precisely because of Israeli security concerns,” Yakobson quoted Rutte as saying. “I have no idea what is behind this decision, and I will ask Netanyahu about it during our meeting this evening.”

Yakobson said the Dutch prime minister asked the peace activists if they thought Netanyahu had changed his mind on the Palestinian issue and if he genuinely wanted to make peace. They didn’t know, the participants told him, according to Yakobson. However, they said, the fact that Israel accepted the European Union stipulation that no Horizon 2020 research funding would go to Israeli research enterprises connected with territories beyond the 1967 borders shows that the government favors ties with Europe over the settlements.

“We told him that the conduct regarding the scientific cooperation agreement showed that with internal Israeli assertiveness and enough international assertiveness, things can move,” Yakobson said. “We recommended stepping up international involvement on the Israeli-Palestinian matter and even considering the model the world powers used in the deal with Iran in Geneva and applying it to negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.”

Haaretz.Com.

L’ANP, LA POLIZIA PALESTINESE E IL BAMBINO CHE VENDE IL PREZZEMOLO

Da mesi sono qui in Palestina (Cisgiordania) come attivista per i diritti umani con l’ISM. Non ho mai voluto intervistare nè incontrare membri dell’ANP nè della Polizia Palestinese perchè non voglio sedermi a tavolino con chi collabora con il mostro. Non voglio dargli spazio e voce perchè ne hanno già. Vi parlo, pertanto, di fatti dei quali sono testimone, traendo le conclusioni.

viaL’ANP, LA POLIZIA PALESTINESE E IL BAMBINO CHE VENDE IL PREZZEMOLO | Palestina Rossa.

Radio Kufiah – Puntata 05

Radio Kufiah – Puntata 05

Sommario:
– Corrispondenza internazionale sulle mobilitazioni contro la firing zone a sud di al-Khalil (Hebron).
– Corrispondenza sulla campagna per la salvaguardia di Samer Issawi.

Per problemi tecnici la seconda corrispondenza è stata funestata da interferenze e cadute di connessione che non ci hanno permesso di concluderla. La termineremo in una delle prossime puntate.

(11-07-2013)

durata 1:04:38

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Palestinian Activists Put Banners Inviting Israelis for Peace

A number of Palestinian activists put banners and signs on the main entrance of several Palestinian cities calling for peace with the Israeli citizens.

The banners also included a message to the Israeli occupation not to enter into Palestinian civil areas due to its aggression and violations against the Palestinian people; as the Israeli Occupation raids Palestinian cities and villages and arrests the residents.

The big banners were placed on cement stones belonging to the Israeli Army on the main entrances of the Palestinian cities and included an invitation to the Israeli citizens to enter into the Palestinian territories as guests without fear or hesitation and to refuse to be an “enemy”.

Those banners came in response to the warning letters placed by the Israeli Army on the entrances of the Palestinian cities. Israeli Army put red color banners that warn the Israeli citizens that these are Palestinian territories and Israelis are banned entry. Whereas the Palestinian banners urge the Israelis to enter as guests into the Palestinian territories without any fear or worry.

According to the Israeli banners, the Israeli citizens are warned that entering into a Palestinian area exposes their lives to danger and criminal offenses will be imposed on the violators.

There is a difference between what the Israelis call for in their waning banners and the invitations of the Palestinian activities that eager for peace with the Israeli citizens.

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Primary Health Care Center Clinics in Palestine

In line with the PMRS goal of providing quality health services to the most needy social groups, PMRS runs 26 PHC centers in the West bank and Gaza Strip. Most of these clinics are located in rural or marginalized areas. These PHC centers offer services in general medicine, child health, management of chronic disease, emergency care, and provision of medications. 23 of these centers provide women’s health services, 9 provide dental and oral heath services, and 19 are equipped with laboratories.

Specialized services such as dermatology, ENT and internal medicine are also available. Provision of essential drugs, nursing services, rehabilitation, physiotherapy, and cooperation with local communities are also vital activities within the centers (see individual reports). These centers follow the principles and practices of Primary Health Care in the provision of preventative, curative and promotive health services aiming at:

  • Promoting a public policy oriented towards health
  • Creating supportive environments
  • Strengthening community action
  • Developing personal skills
  • Adjusting and adapting health services according to the needs of the community

Our dedicated and professional staff includes physicians, laboratory technicians, nurses and community health workers, midwifes, and volunteers. Most of them are residents in the communities in which the PHC centers are located.

Working together with youth, women, families and other active community members, PHC centers act as a launch pad for different health and social activities and programs, such as women’s health program, child health program, school health program, and CBR program. All of the programs adopt a broad view to health with its close link to the comprehensive social development

Through the combination of clinical services and community activities, PMRS’s PHC centers have become modern health structures that incorporate and promote low-cost high-quality PHC services.The newest Primary Health Care center at Sabastya

PHC Role During Intifada:

Since the start of the Intifada for Independence, PMRS’s PHC Centers faced an unprecedented challenge in sustaining the existing primary health care services and in effectively responding to enormous and ever-expanding community needs.

Besides the injuries, deaths and economic losses of the emergency situation, many people, particularly those living in rural villages, were unable to reach urban areas and thus have become increasingly dependent on the local health centers operated by PMRS. PMRS’s PHC centers in both villages and towns faced tremendous pressures to respond to the people’s increasing need for assistance, posing a challenge to PMRS’s resources. Increased community need grew from the fact that the imposition of blockades around towns and villages prevents Palestinian families from accessing health facilities.

Further, the targeting of medical personnel and the restricting of their movement prevented medical teams from reaching the sick, the wounded and vulnerable sectors of society. As a result of economic losses many underprivileged Palestinians, especially those in rural villages, are finding it difficult to pay even for basic health services. Moreover, many outlying communities have been cut off from health care service in towns as Palestinian freedom of movement is severely restricted. PMRS has a long history of overcoming these challenges to regular and affordable provision of basic services.

Increased number of beneficiaries

PHC centers have been able to further develop their services in spite of the obstacles and difficulties that have been facing the regular health development activities for the fifth year consecutively due to the political situation, particularly closures imposed on all areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip and restrictions on the mobility of citizens and medical teams.

Preventative and Promotive Outreach Activities

The program’s outreach activities increase the capacity of PHC centers to continue providing various outreach services such as school health, home visits and mobile clinics to a greater number of beneficiaries. As such, community outreach, education and the involvement of local communities are cornerstones of each of our programs. Health Education has always been a vital component of all PMRS programs for comprehensive health. Promoting healthy lifestyles and encouraging behavior that prevents disease and injury is a central principle of PHC, and PMRS has been a leader in promoting health education in Palestinian communities. In many locations served by PMRS, Palestinians still face many of the health risks prevalent in developing societies.

Specific features:

Quality control

Quality control became a central issue for PMRS in 2005. An interdisciplinary committee was established and its activities were mainstreamed within all the programs. In spite of being a nascent endeavor, the committee introduced novel concepts and approaches in quality management.

Innovative models were constructed to measure the needs and the satisfaction of beneficiaries and providers. New strategies were designed for updating the Essential Drug List used by PMRS. Tremendous efforts were also exerted to update the protocols and ensure that the activities are conforming to standard guidelines and evidence based procedures.

Partnership and cooperation

Partnership with MoH continued in 7 PMRS health centers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip (Turmus’aya, Sinjel, Mughayer, Aboud, Dyuk and Maythaloun in the West Bank and Um an-Nasr in Gaza),, demonstrating a model of positive professional cooperation in service provision and avoiding duplication of services. Moreover, partnership relations continued with Caritas, Evangelical Hospital, local councils and other local societies and organizations in seven clinics including Aboud, Zababdeh,  Sinjel, Beit Dukko, Deir Ghassaneh, Sabastia and Al Nassariah. This cooperation and partnership exist as part of empowering local communities and supporting health service provision in these centers.

Child-friendly clinics
PMRS continued to restructure and equip 12 of its clinics to deliver services that promote child health through a supportive environment for children and their families. Computerized filing system for data entry in child health was introduced to all clinics.

Integration of NCDs at Primary health care clinics

State-of-the-art concepts and practices acquired and implemented by the Chronic Disease Center of PMRS were integrated within the primary health care centers of PMRS. Primary health care centers of other organizations such as the UNRWA, UHWC, and the MOH also benefited from this process. As a result of this networking among the various health organizations on the issue of NCDs was enhanced.

Specialized programs

PMRS believes that a modern, well-supported primary healthcare system should make quality specialized services available at the community level.  Which contributes to the reduction of the referrals to the secondary level of healthcare, primary specialized services ensure continuity of care and greatly increase the range of services available to people in their own communities.  The importance of these services was proved in view of the closure and siege imposed on Palestinian villages and towns and lack of access to specialized services that are often located in central cities. Along with other specialized services, PMRS makes quality Dental Care, Ophthalmic and Dermatological services available to its beneficiaries in rural and poor areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. On the other hands, These services provided at low cost than private sector, leads to supporting people in the currents economic crisis patients suffers from.

Dental Care Program

As one of the first specialized programs introduced to PMRS services. The aim of the dental and oral Health is to providing quality dental and oral health service for people, whose usually do not pay attention for there oral health, because of decrease the awareness of the importance of oral health and the high cost of the service. Dental and oral health dentist provide preventive, curative and restorative services (bridges, permanent and removable dentures).
In addition, the program participates in school health activities by providing dental screening and dental health education in schools and kindergartens throughout the West Bank an Gaza Strip.

Dermatology program

Aiming at filling the acute gap in the availability of dermatologists in the north and south of the West Bank, mainly in rural areas. The Dermatology Program continues to be the most structured specialized service, providing quality care in 16 health centres.  The program is unique in the country in that it looks to provide the service and enhance the ability of general practitioners for the management of common skin diseases.

Two dermatologists routinely work at PMRS’ primary health centres and join mobile clinic teams to bring specialized services to many Palestinian communities, throw the permanent health centers, the number of beneficiaries reached 6,353 cases.

Additionally, the Dermatology Program is supplementing the initiative of PMRS’ Women’s Health Program to increase awareness of sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS, among health professionals and the general public. At the same time, the program continued to organize national annual dermatological conferences in the area, in cooperation with the Medical Association. Primary Health Care Centers

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VIDEO: Hebron a besieged city

Wednesday, 05 June 2013

Hebron is a Palestinian city located in the southern West Bank, 30 km south of Jerusalem. It is the largest city in the West Bank and home to approximately 250,000 Palestinians and some 500-850 Jewish settlers concentrated in and around the Old City.

Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian during the 2012 olive harvest in the Tel Romeida area of Hebron, while Israeli settlers look on from above (Photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler)

 

 

Since the Israeli occupation in 1967, settlements have been established in the heart of the Old City, rendering Hebron different from other cities of the West Bank: a divided city.

 

 

 

Yet Hebron is also home to resistance, of permanent unrest. 25 percent of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are from Hebron.

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Israel effectively barring tourists from West Bank by neglecting to explain mandatory permit

To visit Palestinian-controlled areas, some foreign nationals need military entry permit that Israel doesn’t explain how to get.

19.05.13 Since the beginning of 2013, Israel has forbidden tourists from the United States and other countries to enter the territories under Palestinian Authority control without a military entry permit – but it has not explained the application process to them.

Haaretz has learned of a recent case where clerics from the United States had to sign a declaration at the Ben-Gurion International Airport, promising not to enter Area A without permits from the Coordinator of Activities in the Territories.

The clerics signed the declaration, but representatives of the Population, Immigration and Borders Authority did not explain to them how to get the permits.

Not every tourist who is planning to visit the West Bank is required to sign the declaration, and no criteria have been published for how people are selected to do so.

The American clerics, who spoke with Haaretz on condition of anonymity, were sent by their church to work with Christian communities in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. As a result of the declaration they signed and their inability to decipher the procedure for obtaining the permit, they have been unable to meet with the members of Christian communities in West Bank cities or visit holy places, like the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

One of the signers, who turned to the United States Consulate in Jerusalem for help, told Haaretz that the consulate employees are unaware of the existence of the declaration.

The text of the English-language version of the document reads:

“1. I understand that this permit is granted me for entry and visitation within Israel only, and it has been explained to me that I am unable to enter the areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority without advance authorization from the Territory Actions Coordinator and I agree to act in accordance with these regulations.

“2. I understand that in the event that I enter any area under the control of the Palestinian Authority without the appropriate authorization all relevant legal actions will be taken against me, including deportation and denial of entry into Israel for a period of up to ten years.”

In the Hebrew version, there is also a clear statement that unauthorized entry to the areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority is a transgression of the law. This is omitted from the English version.

The English version does not use the official and common English title “Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories,” but translates the Hebrew as “Territory Actions Coordinator,” raising doubts as to whether the coordinator’s office has seen the form.

The spokeswoman for the Population, Immigration and Borders Authority, Sabine Haddad, wrote to Haaretz that the Entry into Israel Law authorizes the interior minister to decide on the entry of foreigners to the State of Israel, but in the case of Judea and Samaria, the Israel Defense Forces chief of general staff makes the determination – with a permit from the coordinator’s office required by security legislation.

“When a tourist/foreign national arrives at the international border crossings and it is believed that he wants to enter Judea and Samaria, he should be informed [of the procedure] and asked for his promise to receive a permit from the coordinator’s office before his entry – a permit that constitutes an essential condition [of entry to the Palestinian Authority controlled areas],” said Haddad.

Haddad did not reply to Haaretz’s request for explanation of the pertinent clauses of the law, nor did she provide Haaretz with information about the department in the coordinator’s office from which to request the permit. On the English website of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories – a military unit that carries out and implements civilian policy in the territories – including the part dealing with ties with international organizations, there is no mention of the existence of such a procedure. In reply to an inquiry by Haaretz, the spokesman for the coordinator’s office said the matter of the procedure and the form is being examined.

About seven years ago, there was a report of a similar declaration that tourists were required to sign, but the practice was discontinued and renewed only at the beginning of this year. Several years ago, the Interior Ministry also began to limit the freedom of movement of tourists with work and family ties in the West Bank and to prevent their entry into Israel by means of a permit with the stamp “For the territories of Judea and Samaria only.”

Attorney Adi Lustigman turned Haaretz’s attention to a legal decision from August 2010 by Jerusalem District Court Judge Moshe Yoed Hacohen, which dealt with the appeal she filed against preventing the entry into Israel of an American citizen. Hacohen ruled that even according to the Oslo Accords, which the Interior Ministry occasionally relies on to explain restrictions on the movement of tourists, citizens of countries that have diplomatic ties with Israel need only an entry permit for Israel and a valid passport to enter Palestinian Authority territories. They are not required to have visiting permits from the Palestinian Authority, which are granted with the approval of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (as is required of citizens of countries that do not have diplomatic ties with Israel, and citizens from Arab countries such as Egypt and Jordan).

Lustigman believes the policy behind the declaration is illegal because it discriminates between foreign citizens whose destination is the settlements and those whose destination is Palestinian areas. The form itself, Lustigman says, “is not legal because it was formulated for an improper purpose – isolating the occupied territories – and in an improper manner. It makes the assumption that people who arrive in Israel as tourists, as clerics and for other purposes want to act in contradiction to the law, which may not even have been explained to them clearly.

“There is no reason to threaten foreign citizens, to turn them into suspects and to make them sign, as a condition for entering Israel, a form whose wording and content are unclear … If there really is such a procedure, it should be publicized in a simple, clear and accessible manner, and instead of handing out a threatening sheet of paper, they should hand out a paper containing an explanation and procedures for making the request. Because the Interior Ministry does not do so, and as far as I know neither does the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, it seems that there is no operative procedure, nor any procedure for submitting a request. We are left only with a prohibition, which, as we have mentioned, is invalid.”

The spokesperson for the U.S. Consulate did not answer Haaretz’s question as to whether Israel has informed the American authorities about the restriction and the obligation to sign, and did not explain the viewpoint of the U.S. Department of State on the issue.

thanks to: Amira Hass

Just another child dead

Amer Nasser, 17, His Last Poem

April 5, 2013

We have an appointment with death,
We have become familiar with our shores of despair …
— Samih al-Qasim,  1939 – present

On Wednesday late evening (April 3rd) and overnight, two unarmed teenagers, cousins Amer Nassar (17) and Naji Abdul-Karim Balbeisi (18) were shot dead by Israeli Defence Force troops.

The two were from the village of Anabta, near the town of Tulkarm, in Palestine’s West Bank. Tulkarm was founded in the 13th century, its name derived from the Aramaic “Toor Karma” meaning “mount of vineyards”.

Amer died from a bullet in his chest at 22.30 on Wednesday night, according to eye witnesses. Hearing shots, three boys from the village went out and found Amer lying on the ground, with soldiers standing over him. When they tried to reach him, the soldiers opened fire, injuring one, Fadi Abu-A’sr, in the arm, and he was  subsequently hospitalized.

The three say that ambulance crews were prevented from reaching Amer for thirty vital minutes, with threats to shoot anyone attempting to intervene. Deiyaa’ Nasser, who did attempt to reach Amer “was arrested by the Israeli Army and taken to an unknown location”.

Naji Abdul-Karim Balbisi was found as dawn broke on the following morning, lying in a field. He was reported to have been shot from behind.

Tensions have been high in Gaza and the West Bank since the death of Maysara Abu Hamidya in Israel’s Soroko prison on April 2nd. Sixty-five year old Abu Hamidya was a former high ranking officer in the Palestinian Authority (PA) prior to his arrest, which took place when the IDA invaded the West Bank, destroying PA Headquarter buildings, in May 2002.

Palestinian authorities have claimed that the prison was withholding treatment for his cancer. On Monday released prisoner Ayman Sharawna alleged that Hamdiya was in a life threatening condition in the prison infirmary – with his hands and feet shackled.

The Director of the Palestinian Prisoner Society has held the Israeli regime fully responsible for his death.

So, as Palestinians mark another onslaught, the massacre in the Jenin refugee camp (April 1st-11th 2002) the mourning, heartbreak, lost lives and lost youth grind on. But so does the spirit, the historic roots, in young and old.

Seventeen year old Amer Nasser left a poem. When others of his age write on Facebook of their dreams, aspirations, exams, plans, dates, travels, on March 15th, his last entry, he wrote (translated):

Point your bullet where ever you like in my body
I will die today, but my homeland will live tomorrow
Be careful, Palestine is a red line.

He did not die on March 15th, but just two weeks and three days later, at the hands of “the most moral army” and the “only democracy in the Middle East”.

• The writer is indebted to the resident of Palestine who drew attention to, and translated, Amer’s poem, and to the International Solidarity Movement, for their careful details, on the ground in the village of Anabta, on further tragedy.

thanks to: Felicity Arbuthnot

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IDF Lies About Deaths of Palestinian Youths

Amer Nasser brought to West Bank hospital after IDF allowed him to bleed to death

In the aftermath of the death of Palestinian prisoner, Maissara Abu Hamdiyeh, from cancer, unrest spread throughout the West Bank, leading to youth protests against Occupation forces.  In one of those protests outside Tulkarem, several teenage boys were throwing rocks at an IDF “pillbox.”  In the midst of this, the soldiers manning the position, who hail from an ultra-Orthodox unit known to include many ultra-nationalist settlers, used live fire and killed one of the boys instantly.  The others fled, pursued by soldiers who ran out of their fortified position to track them down.  In this pursuit of unarmed boys, another was shot and killed by the IDF.  He was shot in the back.  Yet the soldier who killed him claimed he did so out of fear for his life.  You don’t shoot an unarmed boy in the back because you fear for your life.

The justification offered by the IDF for the killings was that the youths were throwing fire-bombs at them.  The only reference I’ve heard from the Palestinian side that supports this is one of the survivors who said that while he was throwing stones, he noted a “bottle” (not a firebomb) next to Amar Nasser’s body.  We may presume he intended to use this as a firebomb, but clearly since it was next to his body it hadn’t been thrown.  Which means that someone may or may not have thrown firebombs at this position.  It may or may not have been one of the murdered boys.  The only way to answer the question is for the IDF to release video footage (unedited) of the incident.  This will corroborate the army’s story if true.

Palestinians who attempted to approach Nasser who lay wounded (three bullets in the chest) at the scene were forbidden from doing so.  A Palestinian ambulance was prevented from attending to him for 30 minutes, during which he died.  Allowing the boy to bleed to death was a deliberate act of murder.  The wounded survivor of the group said that he searched for the second boy who died but his body was not found till the next day.  This leads him to believe that he was apprehended by the IDF and similarly killed or shot during a pursuit.  The fact that no one found his body till the next day is a mystery the IDF should explain.

The army has also claimed that a lookout told the unit that he had heard weapons fired by Palestinians.  Again, we don’t know if there was such a report or whether this is made up after the fact.  But even if it there was, the report turned out to be false.  As a result, two precious (at least to Palestinians, if not the IDF) lives are lost unnecessarily and the West Bank is thrust to the bring of a third Intifada.

By the way, can anyone explain to me why there needs to be an IDF presence at this particular location?  Why does there need to be any IDF presence on the West Bank in areas populated by Palestinians?  Isn’t that why there’s Palestinian security forces?  So to all those who will argue in the threads about how heinous it is to attack Israeli soldiers and you get what you deserve if you do so I respond: the existence of IDF position in the West Bank is itself an unnecessary provocation.  If the IDF wasn’t there, there would be nothing to protest.  If however the IDF wants to provoke Palestinians to violence, then putting its positions right in the midst of Palestinian population centers is a great idea.

Further, stationing the most extreme of Haredi settler soldiers in such an exposed position is another disaster waiting to happen.  What do you expect such a boy to do when faced with Palestinian resistance of even the most limited sort?  Do you think he will exercise caution?  That he will think of the consequences of his actions?  That he will forebear using his weapons to wipe out the perceived threat?

The IDF has announced an “investigation” of the incident: good luck with that!

thanks to: Richard Silverstein

 

Israel admits: Just 0.7% of West Bank allocated to Palestinians

In documents released on Thursday to the High Court of Justice, the Israeli government has admitted what Palestinians have been saying for decades: that the Israeli government has taken over 99.3% of the West Bank, allocating most of the land to illegal Israeli ‘Jewish only’ settlements.

The Israeli designation of 1.3 million acres of Palestinian land in the West Bank as ‘Israeli state land’ flies in the face of past Israeli claims that they are willing to negotiate in good faith with the Palestinians on the status of land in the West Bank.

The documents were released as part of a lawsuit filed by Israeli human rights group Yesh Din that challenged the construction of the illegal settlement of Hayovel on stolen Palestinian land. The Israeli government argues that the settlement and the road leading to it are on ‘uncultivated land’, and have declared that such lands are subject to takeover by the Israeli government.

After 1979, the Israeli government began widescale takeovers of Palestinian land using a law that passed in the Israeli Knesset authorizing the Israeli government to take over any Palestinian land that had not been cultivated in ten years.

A study by Israeli researcher Dror Etkes found that the Israeli government has used land surveys that are meant to determine which land is cultivated and which is not as a political tool to take over nearly all of the land in the West Bank.

His report stated that his findings “prove the claims that Palestinian landowners have been consistently presenting over the past few decades: Under the aegis of the broad declaration of lands as state lands, which includes almost a million dunams, Israel has taken over extensive cultivated areas, which were stolen from their owners through administrative decisions over which public and legal oversight is minimal, because they were supposedly not cultivated.”

In the recent case of the outpost of Derech Ha’avot, the largest Israeli outpost colony in the West Bank, the Israeli High Court ruled that the takeover of private Palestinian land by the Israeli settlers was acceptable, leading the lawyers for Yesh Din (the Israeli human rights group representing the Palestinian landowners) to declare;

“Not only is the state reconciling itself to the breaking of the law, but it is also ultimately granting the usurped land to the lawbreakers. It is particularly outrageous that all the state authorities joined forces to accept the breaking of the law and are now attempting to provide an umbrella of state support, rather than combating organized ideological crime that violates human rights on a daily and hourly basis.”

thanks to: Saed Bannoura

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New report by European groups highlights growing consensus for ban on Israeli settlement goods

A coalition of 22 European NGOs along with Richard Falk, the UN special rapporteur for human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories have in the last week released significant reports on financial links with illegal Israeli settlements.

Running into 35 pages, the report from European NGOs, titled Trading Away Peace, is the most wide-ranging report yet into the various forms of economic support for illegal Israeli settlements provided by European states and corporations.

Opening with an overview of the reality for Palestinians in the West Bank, the report highlights the inconsistency between the EU’s stated opposition to settlements and its failure to take action to halt economic activity that encourages their continued existence and expansion.

The report uses Israeli government estimates of the volume of settlement trade to estimate that the EU imports fifteen times more from the illegal settlements than from the Palestinians living in the occupied territories.

Complicit companies

Profiling Israeli companies exporting consumer goods from settlements such as Ahava, SodaStream and Mehadrin, the report recommends that European governments “ensure correct consumer labeling of all settlement products as a minimum measure” and “as a more comprehensive option, ban imports of settlement products, as called for by Ireland.”

The report also calls for action to prevent European corporations like Veolia and G4S from providing infrastructure to illegal Israeli settlements, the inclusion of illegal Israeli settlements in EU agreements and the purchase of property in settlements by European citizens. In all, its 12 recommendations cover many of the main forms of financial support for illegal Israeli settlements.

What’s especially significant and heartening about the report is how widely it has been endorsed. The 22 signatories from 11 European countries include the APRODEV network of Christian development organizations, the International Federation for Human rights (FIdH) and national churches in Sweden and the UK.

Call for boycott

In a report presented to the UN General Assembly on 25 October, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, Richard Falk, went even further, calling for a “boycott [of] businesses that profit from Israeli settlements.”

Advocates of the position that governments should tackle companies complicit in settlements and not just produce made in illegal settlements, including the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), point out that any business with companies exporting from or operating in settlements supports their continued growth and expansion.

“In short, businesses should not breach international humanitarian law provisions. Nor should they be complicit in any breaches. If they do, they may be subject to criminal or civil liability. And this liability can be extended to individual employees of such businesses,” Falk explained when presenting his report (download the report in full here) (extract).

The report examines 13 companies, many of which are already targeted by the BDS movement over their complicity with Israeli violations, including G4S, Mehadrin, Veolia and Caterpillar, and details their infringements of the new UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Falk recommends BDS

The implementation of the guidelines by states and businesses is one of Falk’s main recommendations. The report also states that the special rapporteur is committed to following up with the corporations listed in the report and “may continue to gather information and report on the involvement of corporations in Israel’s settlement activities.”

Making specific mention of the Palestinian-initiated boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, Falk urges civil society to “vigorously pursue initiatives to boycott, divest and sanction” the businesses highlighted in his report and calls on governments to “investigate the business activities of companies registered in their own respective countries… that profit from Israel’s settlements, and take appropriate action to end such practices and ensure appropriate reparation for affected Palestinians.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has faced demands from the Anti-Defamation League to distance himself from the report, while the US, Canada and Israel have all called for Falk’s resignation.

Popular pressure needed

The Irish foreign minister has declared himself supportive of an EU-wide ban on settlement trade and the Norwegian foreign minister has also spoken of the need to take concrete action.

However, in a recent meeting with campaigners, a senior EU official denied reports that the EU was considering a EU-wide settlement trade ban and said that countries like France and the UK instead supported a proposal that the EU should issue new guidance ensuring the correct labeling of settlement products.

Alistair Burt, the UK government minister responsible for Middle East policy echoed that view when he said the following in response to to a question in parliament about this new Trading Away Peace report and whether the UK government would implement a ban on settlement trade:

I have seen the report and I note that one of its main recommendations is to commend the United Kingdom on its policy of voluntary labelling and to encourage other European Union countries to do the same. There is active consideration in the EU about doing just that, and we are taking part in that. So far, however, I have not seen anything that would lead us to change our policy in relation to boycotts…

Official guidance requiring the correct labeling of products from illegal settlements, as implemented by the UK, Danish and South African governments, should be seen as a welcome step towards more restrictive measures. But as Palestinian human rights organization al-Haq has argued, states are legally obliged not to provide recognition or assistance to Israeli settlements, including by ending settlement trade. Labelling alone is not sufficient – turning economic support for the colonization of Palestine into an issue of consumer choice is not an acceptable long-term proposition.

While an EU-wide ban on settlement trade may not be a realistic short term goal, it does seem possible that an individual state or group of states – Ireland, Norway or South Africa, for example – could be successfully pressured to implement such a ban.

There is also potential for more retailers to be pressured into adopting the position of the UK Co-operative supermarket, which this year announced that it would no longer deal with companies operating in illegal settlements.

Years of determined grassroots campaigning and Israel’s continued violations of international law mean that demands to end financial support for settlements are now winning unprecedented levels of support, as these two new reports demonstrate.

The challenge now for all campaigners, including supporters of a full boycott of Israel, is to build campaigns capable of pressuring governments and more retailers to take effective action against companies operating in settlements, or at least products from illegal settlements. Further victories in this area would be hugely damaging not only to Israel’s settlement regime but the entirety of its apartheid system.

thanks to: Michael Deas

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Salam Fayyad, the World Bank and the Oslo game

Most Palestinian analysts maintain that the Oslo agreements are to blame for the collapse of the Palestinian economy.

Triggered by gas-price increases, tens of thousands of Palestinian taxi, truck and bus drivers in the West Bank observed a one-day strike, effectively shutting down cities. This, as Al Jazeera reported, was the culmination of several days of protests where thousands of Palestinians, frustrated by the economic crisis in the West Bank, took to the streets. After these protesters forced the closure of government offices, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad decided to decrease fuel prices and cut the salaries of top Palestinian Authority officials in an effort to appease his angry constituents.

Prime Minister Fayyad, a former IMF executive, undoubtedly knows that both his previous decision to increase gas prices as well as his recent decision to decrease them will have no real effect on the looming economic crisis. Report after report has documented the Palestinian economy’s complete dependence on foreign aid, while underscoring the severe poverty and chronic food insecurity plaguing the population. These reports all suggest that Israel’s occupation is to blame for the unfolding economic debacle, raising the crucial question of why the Palestinians” wrath was directed at Fayyad rather than at Israel.

The clue to this enigma can be found in the missing chapter of a World Bank report published barely a week after the protests subsided. Warning that the fiscal crisis in the West Bank and Gaza Strip is deepening, the World Bank blamed the Israeli government for maintaining a tight grip over 60 per cent of the West Bank, denying Palestinians access to the majority of arable land in the area as well as limiting their access to water and other natural resources.

Remarkably, the economists who wrote the report highlight the impact of severe Israeli restrictions to Palestinian land but say nothing about economic policy. They seem to suggest that if only the Oslo process had been allowed to go forward, then the Palestinian economy would not be so badly off. Therefore they fail to mention the detrimental effect of the Paris Protocols, the Palestinian-Israeli Interim Agreement of April 1994 that spells out Oslo’s economic arrangements.

Interestingly, the three foundational documents that Fayyad has published since he began his tenure as Prime Minister – Palestinian Reform and Development Plan from 2008; Ending the Occupation and Establishing a State from 2009; and Homestretch to Freedom from 2010 – also fail to discuss the stifling effect the Paris Protocols have had on Palestinian economy. 

Spanning 35 pages – as opposed to NAFTA’s more than 1,000 pages – this economic agreement reproduces Palestinian subjugation to Israel, while undercutting the very possibility of Palestinian sovereignty. The agreement’s major problem, as Israeli economists Arie Arnon and Jimmy Weinblatt pointed out over a decade ago, is that it establishes a customs union with Israel based on Israeli trade regulations, allows Israel to maintain control of all labour flows, and prohibits the Palestinians from introducing their own currency, thus barring their ability to influence interest rates, inflation, etc.

Why, we need to ask ourselves, does Prime Minister Fayyad wish to “improve” the Paris Protocols, and why doesn’t the World Bank even mention the agreement, needless to say the severe limitations that it imposes on the Palestinian Authority’s ability to choose their own economic regime and adopt trade policies according to their perceived interests?

The answer has to do with a shared and ongoing investment in Oslo.

Prime Minister Fayyad, the World Bank and indeed most western leaders perceive the current economic crisis in the Palestinian territories as resulting from the collapse of the 1993 Oslo process. They would like to bring Oslo back on track, develop and expand it. By contrast, most Palestinian analysts currently maintain that the Oslo agreements are to blame for the collapse of the Palestinian economy.

The protesters know that the West Bank’s fragmentation, the Palestinians’ inability to control their own borders and the lack of access to huge swaths of land (which are highlighted in the reports), are intricately tied to the untenable customs union and the absence of a Palestinian currency. These restrictions are all part and parcel of the Oslo Accords and not an aberration from them.

Hence, it would be rash to think that the Palestinian protesters are blaming Prime Minister Fayyad for the economic crisis, since every West Bank resident knows all too well that the crisis is the result of the occupation. It consequently seems reasonable to assume that they are blaming Fayyad for continuing to play the Oslo game.

Palestinians have no sovereignty in the Occupied Territories, and yet they have a president, a prime minister and an array of ministers who for years now have postured as part of a legitimate government in an independent country. The only way to end the occupation is by forsaking Oslo; to force the Palestinian Authority to stop playing this futile game and to deal head on with its disastrous repercussions.

thanks to: Neve Gordon, the author of Israel’s Occupation that can be reached through his website.
Aljazeera.

Amira Hass: The anti-Semitism that goes unreported

18 July 2012
By Amira Hass, Haaretz – 18 July 2012
Tens of thousands of people live in the shadow of terror

Here’s a statistic that you won’t see in research on anti-Semitism, no matter how meticulous the study is. In the first six months of the year, 154 anti-Semitic assaults have been recorded, 45 of them around one village alone. Some fear that last year’s record high of 411 attacks – significantly more than the 312 attacks in 2010 and 168 in 2009 – could be broken this year.

Fifty-eight incidents were recorded in June alone, including stone-throwing targeting farmers and shepherds, shattered windows, arson, damaged water pipes and water-storage facilities, uprooted fruit trees and one damaged house of worship. The assailants are sometimes masked, sometimes not; sometimes they attack surreptitiously, sometimes in the light of day.

There were two violent attacks a day, in separate venues, on July 13, 14 and 15. The words “death” and “revenge” have been scrawled in various areas; a more original message promises that “We will yet slaughter.”

It’s no accident that the diligent anti-Semitism researchers have left out this data. That’s because they don’t see it as relevant, since the Semites who were attacked live in villages with names like Jalud, Mughayer and At-Tuwani, Yanun and Beitilu. The daily dose of terrorizing (otherwise known as terrorism ) that is inflicted on these Semites isn’t compiled into a neat statistical report, nor is it noticed by most of the Jewish population in Israel and around the world – even though the incidents resemble the stories told by our grandparents.

The day our grandparents feared was Sunday, the Christian Sabbath; the Semites, who are not of interest to the researchers monitoring anti-Semitism, fear Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath. Our grandparents knew that the order-enforcement authorities wouldn’t intervene to help a Jewish family under attack; we know that the Israel Defense Forces, the Israel Police, the Civil Administration, the Border Police and the courts all stand on the sidelines, closing their eyes, softballing investigations, ignoring evidence, downplaying the severity of the acts, protecting the attackers, and giving a boost to those progromtchiks.The hands behind these attacks belong to Israeli Jews who violate international law by living in the West Bank. But the aims and goals behind the attacks are the flesh and blood of the Israeli non-occupation. This systemic violence is part of the existing order. It complements and facilitates the violence of the regime, and what the representatives – the brigade commanders, the battalion commanders, the generals and the Civil Administration officers – are doing while “bearing the burden” of military service.

They are grabbing as much land as possible, using pretexts and tricks made kosher by the High Court of Justice; they are confining the natives to densely populated reservations. That is the essence of the tremendous success known as Area C: a deliberate thinning of the Palestinian population in about 62 percent of the West Bank, as preparation for formal annexation.

Day after day, tens of thousands of people live in the shadow of terror. Will there be an attack today on the homes at the edge of the village? Will we be able to get to the well, to the orchard, to the wheat field? Will our children get to school okay, or make it to their cousins’ house unharmed? How many olive trees were damaged overnight?

In exceptional cases, when there is luck to be had, a video camera operated by B’Tselem volunteers documents an incident and pierces the armor of willful ignorance donned by the citizens of the only democracy in the Middle East. When there is no camera, the matter is of negligible importance, because after all, you can’t believe the Palestinians. But this routine of escalating violence is very real, even if it is underreported.

For the human rights organization Al-Haq, the escalation is reminiscent of what happened in 1993-1994, when they warned that the increasing violence, combined with the authorities’ failure to take action, would lead to mass casualties. And then Dr. Baruch Goldstein of Kiryat Arba came along and gunned down 29 Muslim worshipers at the Ibrahim Mosque. The massacre set the stage for a consistent Israeli policy of emptying the Old City of Hebron of its Palestinian residents, with the assistance of Israeli Jewish pogromtchiks. Is there someone among the country’s decision-makers and decision-implementers who is hoping for a second round?

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