PFLP commemorates the Journey of Al-Hakim: 1925-2008

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PFLP

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Comrade Al-Hakim was born on August 1, 1925 in the city of al-Lydd, Palestine; at the time, Palestine was under British colonial control under the British Mandate, and Palestinians were facing the materialization of the colonial settler project known today as Israel. Dr. Habash attended Anglican school and then public school in al-Lydd during his early education; he then studied at the Orthodox school in Yafa, before secondary school in Jerusalem. He completed high school in 1942. During his childhood years, he was deeply influenced by the situation in Palestine, including the Palestinian revolution which took place between 1936 and 1939 against British colonialism and impending Zionist colonialism. He returned to Yafa after graduating high school, teaching for two years in the same school he attended before enrolling in the American University of Beirut in 1944 to study medicine.

Dr George Habash

Dr George Habash

In 1948, while Comrade Habash was studying in Beirut, al-Nakba took place, in which over 700,000 Palestinians, including Dr. Habash’s family and many other Palestinians in al-Lydd, were driven from their homes and made refugees. Along with other Palestinian and Arab comrades in Beirut, in response to al-Nakba, Dr. Habash founded the Arab Nationalist Movement. This movement became very strong among youth, students and intellectuals across the Arab world, and was the first pan-Arab movement to take up armed struggle to confront colonialism and to liberate occupied Arab land. After graduating with his medical degree in 1951, he participated in clinics serving Palestinian refugees in the camps in Jordan along with Comrade martyr Dr. Wadi’ Haddad, while continuing his leadership of the Arab Nationalist Movement. Read more »

Euro-Mid: ICC decision gives hope justice is not just a platitude

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Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights

Injured boy in Shifa Hospital, Gaza City July 2014

Injured boy in Shifa Hospital, Gaza City July 2014

Geneva – On Friday, January 16, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, opened a preliminary examination into the situation in Palestine, following the Palestinian authorities’ acceptance of the jurisdiction of the institution over alleged crimes committed in the it territories, including East Jerusalem, since June 13.

Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights, a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization based in Geneva and with a team in the Gaza Strip, welcomes the prosecutor’s decision and is ready to cooperate with the court by providing it with extensive documentation of war crimes. A full investigation is required to remove the main obstacles to peace and restore the parties’ trust in international justice, which ultimately must culminate in an end to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and the decades-old cycle of violence. Read more »

The Problem with Gaza

by Richard Jackson
Source: richardjacksonterrorismblog

Children's bodies in Gaza's Kuwaiti hospital, August 2014

Children’s bodies in Gaza’s Kuwaiti hospital, August 2014

The problem with Gaza is that when we see its suffering, we know that our commitment to human rights stops at the Israeli border; it hurries past the apartheid wall. We do not, it seems, believe in universal human rights after all.

The problem with Gaza is that when we see its dead, dust-covered children, we know that our belief in the rule of law and accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity is nothing more than fancy talk designed to seduce and distract from the ethical vacuum at the heart of our legal ethics. Read more »

Israel detained 1,266 Palestinian children in 2014

Source: Middle East Monitor

MEMO File Photo

MEMO File Photo

Israeli forces detained over 1,000 Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem over the course of this year, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) said Tuesday.

Abdel-Nasser Farawna, who heads the PLO’s authority for prisoners’ affairs, said that Israel had detained 1,266 Palestinian children below the age of 15 in the occupied territories throughout 2014. Read more »

PFLP denounces al-Habbash’s sermon supporting monopolization of Palestinian voice and political direction of PA leadership

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Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine denounced the statements of Mahmoud al-Habbash at Friday prayers on December 26, in which he trumpeted the right of the Palestinian Authority and its monopolistic official leadership to pursue its political project with no regard to the vision or input of the Palestinian people and their political parties, a project reflected in the infamous UN Security Council draft that threatens Palestinian fundamental rights. The Front also demanded accountability from PA President Mahmoud Abbas in reference to the statements in al-Habbash’s sermon, which Abbas attended, in the following statement:

“In his sermon at Friday prayers on Friday, December 26, Mahmoud al-Habbash, former minister, Chief Justice of Palestine, and presidential adviser for religious affairs, shouted at the top of his voice from the pulpit that the Palestinian leadership will continue on its current path enthusiastically, with or without the Palestinian factions and political parties. Read more »

UN Commission of Inquiry on Gaza hears moving testimony, seeks access

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United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict

Children in what was their neighbourhood, Beit Hanoun

Children in what was their neighbourhood, Beit Hanoun

GENEVA ( 23 December 2014) – The United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict, (established under Resolution A/HRC/RES/S-21/1) continues to do its utmost to obtain access to the Gaza Strip, as well as the West Bank including East Jerusalem, and access to Israel, in order to fulfil its mandate. The Commission has repeatedly sought the cooperation of the Government of Israel to facilitate access so the Commissioners can meet face to face a wide range of victims of alleged violations and also the relevant authorities. In the absence of a response from Israel, the Commission of Inquiry is still actively seeking the cooperation of the Government of Egypt, which has indicated it is ready to facilitate the Commissioners’ travel to Gaza as soon as the security situation permits travel there. Read more »

Israeli F-16s back in Gaza skies, int’l community watches silently

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Israeli F-16s are flying low over Gaza thismorning hot on the heels of Saturday’s airstrikes in Khan Younes, bringing the number of ceasefire violations since August to at least 95.

The propensity for desperate governments such as Netanyahu’s to try to shore up support in upcoming elections by waging war does not justify either the practice, or this latest onslaught by Israeli forces on Gaza, still reeling from last summer’s slaughter. Read more »

Switzerland hosts Conference of High Contracting Parties to Fourth Geneva Convention

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Swiss Confederation

Destroyed civilian targets, Gaza City, August 2014.

Destroyed civilian targets, Gaza City, August 2014.

Bern, 17.12.2014 – Representatives of 126 High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention met in Geneva today to adopt by consensus a ten-point Declaration recalling applicable international humanitarian law (IHL) in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East-Jerusalem. The conference was hosted by Switzerland in its capacity as Depositary of the Geneva Conventions.

The ten-point Declaration adopted by consensus by the Conference today reaffirms fundamental principles of international humanitarian law which all High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War must respect. It emphasizes that these principles also apply to non-state actors. The Declaration reaffirms the outcome documents of two previous conferences of 1999 and 2001 and reiterates legal obligations relating to developments in the Occupied Palestinian Territory since 2001. Read more »

PFLP: Draft UN resolution of “French initiative” threatens Palestinian rights

Press Release
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine unequivocally rejects the so-called “French Initative” being sponsored at the United Nations by the Jordanian regime as a dangerous threat to Palestinian refugees’ right of return that undermines Palestinian rights in the United Nations under the guise of support for a “Palestinian state,” said a spokesperson for the Front.

The draft resolution before the UN Security Council provides no enforcement mechanisms nor penalties upon the occupying power for its continued flagrant violation of international law, occupation, imposition of apartheid and denial of Palestinian refugees’ fundamental rights for the past 66 years. On the contrary, unlike the resolutions which the Security Council has so eagerly passed against Iraq, Syria, Sudan and other countries, it contains no requirements, mandates or penalties whatsoever but rather presents a false view of the “conflict” as one between equal parties with legitimate rights and interests. Read more »

Jailed Palestinian Lawyer Shireen Issawi gets 2014 Alkarama Human Rights Award

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Alkarama

Layla and Tarek Issawi receive 2014 Alkarama Award for Human Rights Defenders on behalf of their daughter, Shireen (From left to right: Mourad Dhina, Tarek Issawi, Norman Finkelstein, Layla Issawi, Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold, Haneen Zoabi)

Layla and Tarek Issawi receive 2014 Alkarama Award for Human Rights Defenders on behalf of their daughter, Shireen (From left to right: Mourad Dhina, Tarek Issawi, Norman Finkelstein, Layla Issawi, Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold, Haneen Zoabi)

Geneva, 13 December 2014

On 11 December 2014, the Alkarama Foundation presented its 6th annual Award for Human Rights Defenders in the Arab world to Palestinian human rights lawyer and activist, Shireen Issawi, in recognition of her courage and bravery in defending Palestinian prisoners and advocating for their rights. The ceremony held at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva focused on the Palestinian people’s strategy of non-violent resistance, a story largely under-reported in the mainstream media.

Speaking at the event were UN and international law experts, Richard Falk, Norman Finkelstein and Alfred de Zayas, as well as Palestinian Member of the Knesset, Haneen Zoabi, and Swiss political personalities, Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold and Guy Mettan. In the absence of Shireen, arrested by the Israeli authorities on 6 March 2014 as part of a crackdown on lawyers defending Palestinian prisoners, the Award was presented to her parents, Layla and Tarek Issawi. Read more »

Jordan submits draft resolution on Palestine to UN Security Council

by Julie Webb-Pullman

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Jordan formally submitted Wednesday a draft resolution to the 15 members of the United Nations Security Council on behalf of Palestinians, calling for an end to Israeli occupation by a negotiation process.

The document calls for borders based on 4 June 1967 lines with possible limited land swaps, Palestinian sovereignty, the return of refugees, a shared capital in Jerusalem, total withdrawal of Israeli forces by the end of 2017, and the addressing of other outstanding issues such as water.

The already-weak language of the resolution is expected to be further watered down before the resolution is voted on.

FULL TEXT OF THE DRAFT RESOLUTION Read more »

FPM welcomes EU General Court annulment of Hamas terrorist status

PRESS STATEMENT
Free Palestine Movement

Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, founder and leader of Hamas assassinated by Israel outside a Gaza mosque in 2004

Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, founder and leader of Hamas assassinated by Israel outside a Gaza mosque in 2004

The Free Palestine Movement welcomes the decision by the European Union General Court to remove the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) from the EU list of terrorist groups. The court found that placement on the list had been based not on an examination of Hamas’ actions, but on “factual imputations derived from the press and the internet”, implying that Hamas should never have been placed on the list.

We agree. Hamas has never exported its resistance movement internationally. All of its military actions have been directed against the occupiers and oppressors of Palestine. One need not be a supporter of Hamas to recognize the legitimacy of its role in the Palestinian struggle. Read more »

Crushing Flowers: A Report Documenting Human Rights Violations against Palestinian Women During Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge”

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Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights

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Geneva – Dozens of cases in which civilian women in the Gaza Strip were targeted during Israel’s 50-Day “Operation Protective Edge” are documented in a new report issued today by the nonprofit Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights. Titled “Crushing Flowers,” the report revealed that 489 females were killed by Israeli forces – 23 percent of the total number of victims. Likewise, 3,537 females (31.5 percent of the number of wounded) were injured during the 8 July-26 August assault.

“It is clear from the evidence we collected, including numerous eyewitness accounts, that no effective method was used by Israeli troops to avoid civilian casualties, including women and girls, and that excessive force was rampant,” said Ramy Abdu, chair of Euro-Mid. “Meanwhile, many women are now dealing with the trauma of losing large numbers of their families.” Read more »

27th Anniversary: Hamas is from the Palestinian people, and for Palestine

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Photo: Julie Webb-Pullman

Photo: Julie Webb-Pullman

“Hamas leaders come from the people,” senior official Dr Salah Al Bardawil told a huge crowd who took to the streets Friday in Nuseirat camp, Gaza, to celebrate 27 years since the birth of the Hamas movement.

“Hamas does not seek power or government, just Palestine’s liberation,” he said. Read more »

Palestinian Poll: 83.3% in favor of taking Israeli leaders to ICC

Gaza Centre for Political and Strategic Studies

Palestinian resistance fighters in Gaza City

Palestinian resistance fighters in Gaza City

According to the latest poll published by the Palestinian Poll Centre 83.3% of Palestinians support taking a case against Israeli leaders at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

The poll, which was held between October 22 and November 4 2014, consulted a random sample of 1012 people aged over 18 from the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.

Dr Nabil Kocali, who conducted the survey, said that in addition to supporting the pursuit of justice for war crimes committed in Gaza through legal action at the ICC, most Palestinians also approve of the firing of rockets from Gaza in defense against Israel. Read more »

Zahar: Fatah obstructing Gaza reconstruction

Gaza Centre for Political and Strategic Studies

Dr Mahmoud Al Zahar

Dr Mahmoud Al Zahar

Hamas leader Mahmoud Al Zahar harshly criticised Fatah in a press conference on Wednesday, accusing it of considering Hamas as an enemy rather than a political rival, and taking part in the siege on Gaza.

“It is responsible for preventing construction materials from entering Gaza despite Israeli permission for them to enter,” he said.

“Fatah is responsible for the tough conditions facing Palestinians, including undermining the resistance, and obstructing reconstruction and reconciliation.” Read more »

Addameer extends condolences to Ziad Abu Ein’s family, demands independent international investigation

PRESS STATEMENT
Addameer

Statement on International Human Rights Day: Addameer sends its condolences to Ziad Abu Ein’s family and demands the formation of an international investigative committee to hold the Occupation accountable for its continuous violations.

10 December 2014 – Ramallah

With sadness, Addameer sends condolences to the family of martyr Ziad Abu Ein, the head of the Palestinian Authority committee regarding the settlements, who was killed by the Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) after being beaten and tear gassed in Turmosayya today during a demonstration.

The cold-blooded murder of Ziad Abu Ein on International Human Rights Day is representative of the occupation’s continuous and rampant destruction of Palestinian life and land since the establishment of Israel in 1948, which ironically coincides with the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On this International Human Rights Day, the international community must realize that it is complicit with Israel’s continued suppression, murder and displacement of the Palestinian people until Israel is held accountable for its crimes. Read more »

Hebron: Schoolchildren, Teachers, Suffer Effects Of Teargas Inhalation

Source: IMEMC

Medical sources have reported that scores of children, and teachers, suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, in southern Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, during clashes that took place after Israeli soldiers harassed them while heading to school.

Ra’ouf Snober, 14, Injured Near Ramallah - Quds News

Ra’ouf Snober, 14, Injured Near Ramallah – Quds News

The sources said that the soldiers fired dozens of gas bombs into the Hebron Elementary School, Khadija Bin al-Waleed School and the Ibrahimi School, causing scores of students to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

One teacher, identified as Hani Haddoush, 37 years of age, was moved to a local hospital due to severe effects of tear gas inhalation. Read more »

PFLP: In response to murder of Abu Ein, escalate resistance in all forms

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Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine joins the Palestinian people in mourning the martyred leader Ziad Abu Ein, a member of the Revolutionary Council of Fateh movement and Chair of the Committee Against the Wall and Settlements.

Abu Ein died after being attacked by Israeli occupation soldiers who assaulted him with tear gas during a procession to plant olive trees on the land of Turmusayya village, north of Ramallah, threatened with confiscation and colonization. Read more »

Samidoun demands end of security cooperation following assassination of Palestinian Authority Minister Ziad Abu Ein

Press Statement
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Ziad Abu Ein, Palestinian Authority minister and head of the Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, was killed on Wednesday 10 December at a protest and olive-tree planting in Turmusayya village outside Ramallah after being hit, choked and tear-gassed by Israeli occupation forces.

Abu Ein was previously the deputy minister of prisoners’ affairs, and served 13 years as a political prisoner in Israeli prisons, including as an administrative detainee without charge or trial.

The murder of Abu Ein must be a clear imperative to finally cancel the treacherous “security coordination” between the PA and the Israeli occupation, which has led to the imprisonment and killing of Palestinians and betrays and undermines all Palestinian organizing and resistance. Read more »