Muslim Brotherhood Slams Death Sentences

Muslim Brotherhood

The condemned continue to resist injustice

The condemned continue to resist injustice

The judiciary in Egypt has become a cheap tool driven by the repressive military junta and the illegitimate coup regime in desperate attempts to break the will of the Egyptian people as expressed in the election of Dr. Mohamed Morsi president of Egypt, the first elected civilian president in the country’s history.

The Muslim Brotherhood reaffirms its categorical rejection of the principle of trying the elected President, and pays tribute to the resilience and steadfastness of the patriotic President Morsi and other defendants in the face of the oppressive despots despite all the pressures exerted by the military coup authorities against them.

Certainly, when treasonous spies, agents of foreign powers, hold on trial the honest and patriotic people of this country, this is an unacceptable fall, an injustice that will not last long before the growing revolutionary tide witnessed in streets and squares across Egypt.

The sentences issued today (Saturday) by an illegitimate court against President Morsi and his companions are the biggest proof yet of how the traitor Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi and his soldiers fear the elected President’s power even while he is held hostage in a prison cell, for Morsi represents the selfless devotion, steadfastness and resilience of the revolutionaries in the squares of pride and dignity against armed coup militias. Read more »

PFLP: On the 67th anniversary of Nakba, we reject the colonization of Palestine and uphold our national and historic rights

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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Today we mark 67 years of the great crime of the modern era, when the Zionist gangs in full view of the world uprooted the Palestinian people from their ancestral homeland to impose a state of oppression, racism and colonization on the ruins of the Palestinian homeland. From that day until today, our people continue to uphold their historic rights and the justice of their cause, rejecting all forms of compromises and deals that seek to legitimize occupation and confiscate the rights of our people to freedom, return and independence.

Over 67 years, the Zionist project has attempted to obliterate Palestinian Arab identity and falsify facts and history, supported by US imperialism and the forces of injustice and aggression on the political, military, economic and media fields. However, the reality of our history is of the continuous struggle of our people against the Zionist invasion, blocking attempts to destroy Palestinian Arab consciousness and impose a false history, and preserving our rights to all of Palestine in the minds and hearts of our people from generation to generation, despite all of the years passed since the Nakba and despite our displacement in all corners of the world. Read more »

UN says sorry to Palestine for Nakba

by Julie Webb-Pullman

That is what SHOULD be said today, the 67th anniversary of the Nakba, given the United Nations’ role in the travesty of both justice and its own Charter with its ‘partition’ of Palestine.

In other places they call what has happened – and is still happening – to Palestinians, genocide. It fits the UN definition. Just like what Britain did to Australian Aborigines in the first 100 years of colonisation (read “occupation”), and what the ‘new state’ of Australia continued doing until coming somewhat to its senses 220 years later – and saying sorry. Read more »

Nakba and more

by Mazin Qumsiyeh

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On the eve of the 67th year anniversary of the Nakba (the catastrophic ethnic cleansing of Palestine), Benjamin Netanyahu finally formed a “coalition government” a group of ministers who are honest about their racist and genocidal tendencies. It includes a “Justice” who called for murdering Palestinian mothers so that they do not bring out more “snakes”. It includes the head of “civil administration” who openly supports ethnic cleansing and genocide. A government more right wing in its composition than Germany was in 1933-1939 or South Africa in the 1970s and 1980s but an honest one indeed without double talk or hypocrisy.

What is disappointing is not the make-up of the government but the hypocritical response to it. Words from the “Palestinian Authority” whining about the new government were accompanied by continuing security coordination with Israel and the PA arrest of dozens of Palestinians simply for having different political affiliation (e.g. students who against all odds were voted to student councils at Palestinian Universities). Read more »

NZ Superannuitants Profit from Palestinian Children’s Suffering

Dr Vacy Vlazna

Hamza Mus'ab Almadani

Hamza Mus’ab Almadani

The shocking decision by government-owned New Zealand Super Fund (NZSF) NOT to divest from Israel Chemicals Ltd (ICL), manufacturer of white phosphorus, blatantly violates the NZSF Responsibilities of:

“ethical investment including policies, standards and procedures for avoiding prejudice to New Zealand’s reputation as a responsible member of the world community”

and Standards for Human Rights: –

1. Support and respect human rights 2. No complicity in abuses..

set out in the NZSF impressive-but-brushed-off Responsible Investment Framework. Read more »

1 Shekel a Day school lunch project for children in Gaza

Al Majed Association – Gaza

Kids with their coupons - and lunch. Yum!

Kids with their coupons – and lunch. Yum!

Many children in Gaza come from a background of high poverty, and families just cannot afford to give their children food or money. The “1 Shekel a Day” project provides 1000 children from different schools in the Middle Area of the Gaza strip with a “1 shekel a day” coupon to buy a school lunch.

After six weeks of successful implementation, and with a high demand from the public to continue, we are trying to raise funds to carry on until the summer break, in two weeks time.

Food in their tummies is important for every growing child, and essential for their concentration. Helping a child in this project does not just feed their body, but also feeds their mind, their future – and the future of Gaza.

Please, go to our page to donate.

God bless you all.

Rina Andolini
Director, Al Majed Association

Gaza: Security Council receives report of inquiry into incidents during 2014 conflict


The aftermath of the devastating Gaza conflict in 2014. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The aftermath of the devastating Gaza conflict in 2014. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

In a letter transmitting to the Security Council the public summary of a report of the Board of Inquiry regarding incidents in Gaza during the recent conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his “profound and continuing concern” for civilian populations of the Gaza Strip and Israel.

“The agony of Palestinian civilians in Gaza, and the tragic, decades-long predicament they endure there, is reflected in the report of the Board of Inquiry,” said Mr. Ban in the letter. “We should also bear in mind that Israeli civilians in southern Israel continue to face the threat of rocket and terrorist attacks by Hamas and other militant groups.” Read more »

President Morsi Sentenced to 20 Years

Press Statement
Irvine Thanvi Natas Solicitors

Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi

Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi

21 April 2015

President Morsi has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in the first of his trials following his illegal removal from office in a military coup in 2013. Dr. Mohamed Morsi became the first freely elected President of Egypt following Egypt’s short lived 2011 revolution.

This sentence is symptomatic of the deepening human rights crisis in Egypt. It results from one of a series of political show trials in Egypt, in which due process and human rights norms are routinely ignored. These prosecutions, which result in either long prison sentences or the death sentence, are no more than a tool used by the regime to repress dissent. Read more »

TAKE ON HATE releases first independent study on anti-Arab hate, bigotry


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The Campaign to TAKE ON HATE today published the first study of its original White Paper Series, titled Many Faces of Hate: The Distinct Forms of Anti-Arab Bigotry and Violence. The paper aims to highlight the recent resurgence in anti-Arab bigotry and deconstruct the myth that anti-Arab discrimination is monolithic. Read more »

Israel must heed international calls to respect human rights of Palestinians held in Israeli prisons and end torture of detainees

The following statement on Palestinian Prisoners’ Day was issued jointly by Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I), and the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI)

Joint Statement on Palestinian Prisoners’ Day: Israel must heed international calls to respect human rights of Palestinians held in Israeli prisons and end torture of detainees

Child visiting her father in an Israeli jail

Child visiting her father in an Israeli jail

On 17 April 2015, Palestinians around the world commemorate Prisoners’ Day in solidarity with thousands of Palestinian prisoners and detainees, including minors, held in Israeli prisons, and with those subjected to torture and ill-treatment.

To mark this important day, four human rights organizations – Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, and the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel – are issuing this joint statement to call upon the international community to urge Israel to heed international standards and recommendations to guarantee and protect the human rights of Palestinian prisoners and detainees at a time when torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment (CIDT) is increasingly reported in Israel. The United Nations in particular has a responsibility to work towards the best interests of the child during conflict, including in preventing torture and CIDT. Read more »

On Prisoners Day, Addameer calls on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate the grave violations against Palestinian political prisoners


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This past year witnessed an unprecedented level of Israeli violence against Palestinians, including killing over 2,000 civilians in Gaza, demolishing 20,000 homes, displacing more than 500,000 Palestinian at the peak of the attack and arresting 8,000 Palestinians across historic Palestine.

Israel is committing nothing short of a modern-day ethnic cleansing before our eyes; in the continuing quest for full annexation of Palestinian land and the expansion of Israel’s colonial frontier.

The time is more urgent than ever for the international community to hold Israel accountable for its recurring and blatant war crimes against Palestinians, especially those held captive in the Occupation’s jails. Read more »

Meshaal: Resistance is the only way to liberate Palestinian prisoners

Middle East Monitor

Head of Hamas Political Bureau Khaled Meshaal spoke during a ceremony to commemorate the eleventh anniversary of former Hamas leader Dr Abdel Aziz Rantisi's assassination

Head of Hamas Political Bureau Khaled Meshaal spoke during a ceremony to commemorate the eleventh anniversary of former Hamas leader Dr Abdel Aziz Rantisi’s assassination

Head of Hamas Political Bureau Khaled Meshaal said his movement believes that resistance is the only way to liberate Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.

In a recorded speech broadcast yesterday in Khan Yunis during a ceremony to commemorate the eleventh anniversary of former Hamas leader Dr Abdel Aziz Rantisi’s assassination, Meshaal said: “The blood of our martyrs reminds us always of the path of resistance and to stand strong.” Read more »

Operation Protective Edge: A war waged on Gaza’s children

Defense for Children International Palestine

Children in Beit Hanoun (Photo: Julie Webb-Pullman)

Children in Beit Hanoun (Photo: Julie Webb-Pullman)

Defense for Children International Palestine just released a report, Operation Protective Edge: A War Waged on Gaza’s Children, detailing the high price paid by children during Israel’s assault on Gaza last summer.

Operation Protective Edge, which lasted 50 days between July 8 and August 26, claimed the lives of 2,220 Palestinians, including at least 1,492 civilians, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

DCIP independently verified the deaths of 547 Palestinian children among the killed in Gaza, 535 of them as a direct result of Israeli attacks. Read more »

Weakening and Discrediting the UN: The Mission of Israeli QGOs

Global Justice in the 21st Century
by Richard Falk

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There are no better texts for assessing the damage done to the role and reputation of the UN by the Israeli Lobby than to consider Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent statements boasting about the U.S. success in protecting Israel from criticisms arising from its non-fulfillment of responsibilities under international law and as a member of the United Nations. It should be understood that the lobby does not act in a vacuum, and its leverage is greatly enhanced in global settings to the considerable extent that its priorities overlap with the strategic and economic interests of the United States in the Middle East.

Despite the tensions with the White House associated with Netanyahu’s March speech to Congress, Kerry proudly informed an ABC TV news boradcast: “We have intervened on Israel’s behalf..a couple of hundred times in over 75 different fora.” [“This Week,” Feb. 28, 2015]. And then when addressing the Human Rights Council Kerry included a statement that could just as well been drafted by AIPAC or Israel’s ambassador to the UN: “It must be said that the HRC’s obsession with Israel actually risks undermining the credibility of the entire organization.” And further, “we will oppose any effort by any group or participant in the UN system to arbitrarily and regularly delegitimize or isolate Israel, not just in the HRC but wherever it occurs.” [Remarks, Palais des Nations, Geneva, March 2, 2015] What is striking about these kinds of statements by our highest ranking government officials dealing with foreign policy is the disconnect between these reassurances of unconditional support and Israel’s record of persistent disregard of its obligation under international law and with respect to the authority of the UN. In addressing an AIPAC gathering a few weeks ago, Representative Lindsay Graham curried favor by telling the audience that as chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, “I’m gonna put the UN on notice” that he would go after its funding if the Organization takes any steps to ‘marginalize’ Israel. Read more »

Has the PA become redundant?

Palestinian Information Center
By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine

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Last night, Israeli occupation troops swooped on the northern West Bank town of Nablus, rounding up as many as 30 Palestinian activists and community leaders, including intellectuals, university professors, college students and business people. As always, the sweeping detentions were carried out in coordination with PA security personnel who looked on passively as crack Israeli soldiers raided homes, vandalized property and beat innocent people.

Israel didn’t give convincing reasons for the latest campaign of arrests; apart from saying the measure was preventive and mainly intended to prevent Hamas from undermining the PA regime. Read more »

Euro-Mid report documents Israeli harassment at Erez border crossing

Press Release
Euromid Observer

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An increasing number of Palestinian businessmen are being detained while attempting to cross into Israel via the Erez checkpoint for routine trips, reports Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights. The number of businessmen detained while traveling into Israel has reached 19 to date in 2015, compared to only one during the same period last year.

While two of the businessmen were released, says the Geneva, Switzerland-based organization, 17 were still in detention at the time of publication. Read more »

Abbas’ silence on prisoners astounding, says UK’s Baroness Tonge

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Mohammed Al Ghoul, Ahmed Bahar, Jamil Mashdalawi and Mohammed Radwan at the seminar to highlight Israel's detention of Palestinian MPs

Mohammed Al Ghoul, Ahmed Bahar, Jamil Mashdalawi and Mohammed Radwan at the seminar to highlight Israel’s detention of Palestinian MPs

In a telephone link-up with Gaza today Baroness Jennifer Tonge told members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) she was astounded at the silence of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the PLC regarding the Israeli kidnapping of PFLP member of parliament Khalida Jarrar on April 02, 2015.

“I was horrified at her detention, especially considering her age and poor health,” said Baroness Tonge.

Noting that Abbas is responsible for security, she slammed him for also saying nothing about children taken from their beds in the middle of the night to be thrown into Israeli jails. Read more »

Israel’s use of administrative detention against Palestinians draws concern of UN rights office

UN News Centre

OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani. Photo: UN Multimedia

OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani. Photo: UN Multimedia

10 April 2015 – The United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) today expressed concern by the continued and increasing use of administrative detention by Israeli authorities against Palestinians, who are being held without charge or trial, often on the basis of secret evidence, for periods of up to six months.

Briefing reporters in Geneva, OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani said that detainees were also often transferred to prisons inside Israel in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Most recently, Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) member Khalida Jarrar was arrested on 2 April 2015 and subsequently detained pursuant to an administrative detention order issued by an Israeli military commander in the West Bank on Sunday 5 April.

Ms. Jarrar remains in administrative detention in a prison in Israel. The order is currently under review by the Ofer Military Court in the West Bank and if confirmed, Ms. Jarrar will be subjected to six months detention, without charge or trial, renewable indefinitely.

This is not the first time Ms. Jarrar had been subject to administrative orders by the Israeli military commander in the West Bank, said Ms. Shamdasani. On 20 August 2014, Ms. Jarrar received a military order giving her 24 hours to move from Ramallah, where she lived, to the district of Jericho where her movements would be restricted for six months. On appeal, an Israeli court reduced the restriction to one month.

According to the press release, the Israeli practice of administrative detention has been condemned on numerous occasions by the UN Human Rights Office and the Human Rights Committee that oversees implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Israel has ratified.

However, as of February this year, there are reportedly 424 Palestinians held under administrative detention orders – more than double the 181 held at the same time last year, said Ms. Shamdasani.

OHCHR reiterates it call on Israel to end its practice of administrative detention and to either release without delay or to promptly charge all administrative detainees and prosecute them with all the judicial guarantees required by international human rights law, she said.

Investing in human rights

American Friends Service Committee

New tool helps investors identify human rights violators in Palestine

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (March 10, 2015) The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has launched a new online tool designed to help investors align their investment policies with their values. This investment screening tool includes previously unpublished information about companies directly complicit in serious on-going violations of human rights. The website can be accessed here.

The first issue the tool addresses is Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territory. The next phase will focus on the U.S. for-profit prison industry. “Human rights are universal. Companies that consistently and knowingly participate in violations of international law and war crimes cannot be regarded as responsible investments” said Dr. Dalit Baum, AFSC’s Director of Economic Activism. Read more »

Deir Yassin to Yarmouk and beyond

by Mazin Qumsiyeh

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On 9 April 1948, my mother’s friend in school (both 18 at the time in teacher school in Jerusalem) chose to go back to her village of Deir Yassin. That was the last time my mother saw Hayah Balbisi was dead in a massacre.

April 9th is a day before good Friday on our Eastern Christian Traditions. My mother, now 82 years old, told me not to travel and that she has been having bad dreams. I reassured her even though my own heart sends me negative signals.

Deir Yassin was not the first or the largest massacre committed by Zionist forces during that era of
ethnic cleansing. But it was prophetic and emblematic for us because its deliberate effect was magnified to scare the villagers (even some survivors were paraded in the streets of Jerusalem and loudspeakers told of more impending massacres).

Dozens of massacres were indeed committed just in the six weeks leading up to Israel’s creation and more after. 534 villages and towns were depopulated in the bizarre 20th century attempt to transform a multicultural/ multireligious Palestine to become the “Jewish state of Israel”.

67 years later massacres are still being committed whether in Gaza last year or in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk. Read more »