Hemaya warns Israeli ‘Nationality bill’ will legitimise apartheid

Hemaya Center for Human Rights

Second Class Citizen stamp now being used by Palestinian citizens of 'Israel'

Second Class Citizen stamp now being used by Palestinian citizens of ‘Israel’

Hemaya Centre for Human Rights considers that the nationality bill passed by the Israeli cabinet last week will undermine the rights of Palestinian civilians in ‘Israel’ and legitimise apartheid.

The bill seeks to formally identify ‘Israel’ as the nation-state of the Jewish people, effectively ruling out the right of return of Palestinian refugees; to enshrine Jewish law as a source of inspiration for legislation; and to delist Arabic as an official language.

If passed by the Knesset, the law would be a clear violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which stipulates that an occupying power may not transfer sovereignty, make permanent changes in fundamental institutions, or change the demographic structure of the state it occupies. Read more »

Globalizing action to block Israeli Zim ships

Free Palestine Movement

Protestors block Zim ship in Oakland, California, August 2014

Protestors block Zim ship in Oakland, California, August 2014

You may have heard that the Zim shipping line has decided to discontinue sending its ships to California ports in the US. This is a major victory, but also a tactical retreat for Zim and the government of Israel. They appear to be terrified that ports around the world might block Israeli ships. Demonstrations and successful actions fuel the movement, and Israel may have decided that if there are no Israeli ships to picket, the news media will show little interest.

Perhaps, but that is why the Free Palestine Movement and other groups are working to encourage and develop pickets at other ports around the world. Zim lost millions of dollars and several clients as a result of the actions in the US. Shipping clients expect their cargo to be delivered on schedule, and the Oakland disruptions alone resulted in delays of weeks or months as well as extra shipping costs on non-Zim carriers. If a few more ports around the world can accomplish the same results, Zim will suffer greatly, and possibly mortally. Bringing down the giant Zim shipping line would be a major victory for the picket organizers, and might lead to similar actions against other Israeli interests.

On 1-3 December, Beirut, Lebanon will host an international meeting of the Global Campaign to Return to Palestine. The Free Palestine Movement will be one of dozens of organizations from as many countries to be represented. Our contribution will be a proposal for global actions to stop Israeli ships at ports around the world and to convene an international labor conference on Palestine in 2015. The proposal will occupy a major part of the conference, which will also address the brutal Israeli siege of Gaza, the threats against the Palestinian community in Jerusalem and its Muslim and Christian holy places, as well as other topics.

Co-founder Paul Larudee will represent FPM at the conference and will report on the results after his return. We hope that other groups that are pursuing similar objectives in other places will also share such information, so that we do not miss this opportunity to give Israel a small taste of what it means to suffer a blockade of its ships, as it has done to Gaza for the last 47 years.

Hamas: Detaining our West Bank leaders will not kill the revolution

Omamh- Ramallah

Israeli forces sacking Palestinian homes in the West Bank (Photo: WAFA)

Israeli forces sacking Palestinian homes in the West Bank (Photo: WAFA)

Islamic resistance movement Hamas today slammed the detention of two of its most prominent national figures, Sheikh Hussein Abu Qweik and Fayez Warda, by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank.

“Detaining Hamas leaders will not kill the growing revolution in the West Bank,” Hamas said in a press statement issued there this morning. Read more »

Home demolition threats will be met with increased confrontation

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

Relative holds photos of Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal

Relative holds photos of Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal

The threats of the Prime Minister of the occupation state, Benjamin Netanyahu, to demolish the homes of the families of Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal in occupied Jerusalem is a criminal and dangerous escalation which will only be met with greater confrontation, steadfastness and resistance to stop these plans, said the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on November 23. Read more »

Isolating Palestinian cities, mass punishment reflecting the Israeli racism

Source: Al Qassam Website

One of the 50+ concrete block barriers preventing freedom of movement in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem

One of the 50+ concrete block barriers preventing freedom of movement in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem

The Israeli military and security measures in and around villages and cities in the West Bank and in occupied Jerusalem using concrete cubes turned them into isolated cantons, according to Palestinian citizens and officials.

Eyewitnesses said the Israeli army closed the entrances of al-Ram, Northern Jerusalem, Sinjil, Aboud, Deir Abu Mishaal and a number of Jerusalem towns using concrete cubes during this week, in addition; it has set up military checkpoints in different locations. Read more »

Hamas slams PA crackdown in West Bank

Source: OMAMH, West Bank

Escalation of political detentions in the West Bank by PA Security Services

Escalation of political detentions in the West Bank by PA Security Services

Abu Kwaik: we reject the unjustified crackdown of the PA that jeopardises national unity

Hussein Abu Qweik, a leader in the Islamic resistance movement Hamas, said his party rejects the escalation of political detentions in the West Bank, describing PA Security Forces crackdowns against the supporters of his party as unfair, and jeopardising national unity as well as the revolutions of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa.

“They violate Palestinian law and national ethics, and serve no one but the occupation,” he added.

Abu Kweik claimed there is a connection between the revolution in Jerusalem and the PA’s detention of activists, members of the resistance and political parties, the media and writers. He said it is related to recent meetings between the PA and leaders of the Israeli occupation, in which the Israelis demanded concerted efforts to stop the intifada by putting an end to demonstrations and resistance activities. A wave of detentions, summonses, mock trials, house invasions and terrorizing of innocent citizens followed. Read more »

How will we memorialize the dead?

Jewish Voice for Peace

To honor all of the dead in Jerusalem, we must redouble our efforts toward a better future

To honor all of the dead in Jerusalem, we must redouble our efforts toward a better future

When we heard the news of the brutal murder of Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 59, Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky, 43, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, 68, Rabbi Kalman Zeev Levine, 55, and Zidan Nahad Seif, 30, we felt deep horror and grief. We mourn and condemn the gruesome murders at the Har Nof synagogue. Our hearts break for the victims and for their families – may their memories be for a blessing.

Any act of violence, especially one against civilians, marks a profound failure of human imagination and causes a deep and abiding trauma for all involved.

All lives are sacred. With every life taken, God’s presence is diminished in our world.

In mourning the five lives lost in Jerusalem this week, we reject the pattern of condemning the loss of Israeli lives while ignoring the loss of Palestinian life. We also mourn the daily killings and other forms of violence against Palestinians which are all too often ignored, dismissed, or rendered invisible by the ongoing occupation and oppression of Palestinian people. Read more »

Israeli Occupation is responsible for escalation in Jerusalem

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

November 18, 2014

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“The operation today in Jerusalem is a natural response to the ongoing racist policies and crimes of the occupation, and it is the occupation that is responsible for the escalation in Jerusalem and throughout Palestine. We are witnessing lynchings, the targeting of Palestinians, demolishing homes, confiscating land, building colonies, taking unprecedented measures against Muslims’ and Christians’ holy sites in Jerusalem on a daily basis,” said Khalil Maqdesi, member of the Central Committee of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Read more »

Har Nof Synagogue attack: Israel’s chickens come home to roost

by Julie Webb-Pullman

A body being removed from the Har Nof synagogue (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

A body being removed from the Har Nof synagogue (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

Israel’s chickens are coming home to roost, along with those of the UN and the international community. How can anyone be surprised?

You cannot subject a people to 50 years of illegal occupation and expect no response. To illegal demolition of their houses, arbitrary detention, torture and inhumane prison conditions and expect no response. You cannot subject a people to ongoing theft of their land for the construction of illegal settlements, to living behind an illegal apartheid wall and expect no response. You cannot subject a people to an illegal siege and expect no response.

The international community has sat on its hands while the Israeli rogue state rode roughshod over the few rights left to Palestinians, with total impunity.

The UN has not enforced international law even ONCE in response to at least 80 breaches of UN Security Council Resolutions. The US has vetoed many more.

Endless negotiations with dishonest brokers have yielded less than nothing for Palestinians – less land, less water, less natural resources, less houses, less jobs, less opportunities, less travel. It is nothing less than scandalous that this has all taken place under the watch of the Useless Nations. Read more »

Synagogue killings a significant new development, says Hamas

Source: Omamh, West Bank

Hussam Badran, Hamas spokesperson

Hussam Badran, Hamas spokesperson

Badran: “The Jerusalem incident is a significant new development in confronting the occupation.”

Hussam Badran, official spokesperson of the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas, praised the heroism of martyrs Ghassan and Odai Abu Jamal in the incident at the Harnov Synagogue in West Jerusalem, where four Zionists were killed and 13 injured, saying it is a significant new development in confronting the occupation.

Badran said in a press statement that the escalation of assaults by the occupation army and its settlers, and their brutal actions against Palestinian people, have fanned the fire and made the situation worse. Palestinians have been forced to respond in whatever way possible. Read more »

Israeli settlers execute Palestinian bus driver

Source: Press TV

Hassan Yousef Rammouni, murdered by Israeli settlers (Image By Arabs48)

Hassan Yousef Rammouni, murdered by Israeli settlers (Image By Arabs48)

Israeli settlers have hanged a Palestinian man in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) in another incident of brutality against Palestinians in the occupied territories, local sources say.

Hassan Yousef Rammouni, 32, a Palestinian bus driver, was driving back home from work on Sunday when he was abducted and then hanged by Israelis in his bus in the Ras al-Amud neighborhood.

Signs of strangulation on Rammouni’s neck as well as signs of violence on his body were apparent, sources said. Read more »

Greece & Palestine: Interview with Khaled Barakat

Khaled Barakat speaking in Greece

Khaled Barakat speaking in Greece

The following interview with Palestinian writer and activist Khaled Barakat was published (in the Greek language) in the Greek newspaper, Efimerida ton Syntakton:

What is the current situation concerning the Israeli-Palestinian relations since the last assault on Gaza? Do you support the notion that this war was won by the Palestinian Resistance?

This war was won by the Palestinian resistance, because the Israeli enemy did not achieve its goals. In fact, Israel committed war crimes, killing over 2000 Palestinians, and destroying tens of thousands of homes, targeting health workers, and many other crimes. This is what colonizers and occupiers do to the indigenous, native population, and to oppressed communities – exert massive state violence on a whole population. But if we are discussing real, military battles, confrontation on the battlefield, the Zionists and their backers have lost miserably. Just read what Israel’s top generals have had to say about this war. Read more »

Crisis in northern Sinai worsens

Source: Afro-Middle East Centre

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On 24 October 2014, an armed attack on an Egyptian security detail in the Sheikh Zuweid area of Egypt’s North Sinai Governorate left more than thirty soldiers dead and dozens wounded. Details of the attack are still unclear, but the Egyptian government immediately declared a three-month state of emergency in the governorate, and deployed additional military and security troops to the region, adjacent to Egypt’s eastern border with Gaza and Israel.

Cairo also indefinitely closed the Rafah Crossing with Gaza, and postponed indirect negotiations between Hamas and Israel, scheduled for the end of October in Cairo. Subsequently, the Egyptian authorities began establishing a buffer zone along Egypt’s border with Gaza, ranging from 400 metres to two kilometres, thus forcing thousands of residents in the area from their homes and agricultural lands. Read more »

PFLP: Time for action to confront occupation crimes in Jerusalem

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine urges all friends of Palestine and progressive, justice-oriented and revolutionary forces around the world to mobilize the widest possible solidarity actions with the Palestinian people in Jerusalem who are under attack and under siege, daily confronting cultural genocide, ethnic cleansing and Israeli war crimes. The Front also urges Palestinian and Arab communities around the world to mobilize in defense of their sisters and brothers in Jerusalem and the entire Palestinian people.

In particular, the leadership of the Front urged its supporters, friends and allies to condemn the occupation actions against the Palestinian people in Jerusalem, and to organize demonstrations, rallies, and political and direct actions at all levels to confront racist Israeli policies and attempts to isolate the Palestinian people in Jerusalem from the rest of Palestine.

Comrade Abu Ahmad Fuad, Deputy General Secretary of the PFLP, said that “our people will not be suppressed, not in Gaza, nor in the West Bank, not in occupied Palestine ’48, nor in the diaspora, nor in Jerusalem, where there a great popular uprising has been ignited.” Read more »

HumanRights: The Struggle Continues

by Mazin Qumsiyeh

Cleaning up Al AQsa Mosque after Israeli settlers attack it today

Cleaning up Al AQsa Mosque after Israeli settlers attack it today

I return to this country (and it is one country) to find the situation more tense than it was two weeks ago when I left. An Israeli colonial settler runs over Palestinian children killing one 5 year old and injuring another. A Palestinian native runs over Israeli border police in Jerusalem killing one officer and injuring several. Such incidents are increasing. Read more »

First Comprehensive Investigation of Latest Israeli Assault Documents War Crimes

EuroMid Observer for Human Rights

Geneva –October 30, 2014

In the wake of the 50-day Israeli assault that devastated the Gaza Strip, reconstruction must not be the only priority, according to the nonprofit organization Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights. All perpetrators of war crimes must be held to account, and Euro-Mid has taken the initial step by completing the first comprehensive investigation into Israeli actions during “Operation Protective Edge.”

“If we want young Palestinians to turn away from violent resistance in the future, they must believe that international law will be respected and enforced,” said Ihsan Adel, legal officer for Euro-Mid, a nongovernmental human rights watchdog focusing on the Middle East-North Africa region. “Our investigation documented both indiscriminate attacks on civilians by Israeli forces and their use of captured Palestinians as human shields. When the UN Human Rights Council arrives in the coming days to conducts its own investigation, our reports will already have laid the groundwork. Now it is up to the international community to demonstrate to the youth of today that the rule of law applies to everyone.” Read more »

Liberty and security: Human Rights Committee clarifies limits on detention

UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

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GENEVA (30 October 2014) – The UN Human Rights Committee has issued an authoritative new commentary on one of the most important issues in international human rights law – when and how is it justified to deprive a person of their liberty, and what obligations do States have to avoid people being unlawfully or arbitrarily detained.

“Arbitrary detention is a profound threat to liberty and to the enjoyment of all other rights,” said Gerald Neuman, Committee member and rapporteur of the commentary which has now been adopted by the Committee. Read more »

“Lasting peace entails the exercise of self-determination by all peoples without discrimination” – UN rights expert

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

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NEW YORK / GENEVA (28 October 2014) – The realization of the right of self-determination is essential to maintain local, regional and international peace and must be seen as an important conflict-prevention strategy, the United Nations Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas, said on Monday. Read more »

Portents of a fresh Palestinian uprising are real

By Khalid Amayreh
Source: Palestine Information Centre

14 year old Palestinian Arwa Hammad, who was shot and killed by Israeli forces

14 year old Palestinian Arwa Hammad, who was shot and killed by Israeli forces

The seemingly totally unjustified recent killing of several Palestinian children in Jerusalem by the Israeli occupation force has already infuriated the Palestinian community in a peculiarly ominous manner.

According to reliable sources in Jerusalem, the age of the four Jerusalem boys murdered by Israeli troops and messianic Jewish settlers in the span of the past few weeks didn’t exceed 14 years. The killings didn’t occur by mistake and the lives of the murderers, whether settlers or crack soldiers, were not put at risk.

In other words, the Zionist killers murdered the four kids in cold blood, irrespective of Israeli disinformation.

But what now seems to be an evolving uprising in Jerusalem has more to do with the killing of a few more Palestinians by the Israeli killing machine. Since the beginning of 2014, Israel killed more than 2200 Palestinians, injured around 10,000, and partially or completely destroyed more than 50,000 homes, especially in the Gaza Strip. These figures caricature a genocidal onslaught by Israel against a thoroughly tormented people seeking survival in the face of relentlessly nefarious Israeli Nazism. Read more »

Donor Complicity in Israel’s Violations of Palestinian Rights

Nora Lester Murad
Source: Al-Shabaka Policy Brief

Home Sweet Homeless, Gaza City (Photo: Julie Webb-Pullman)

Home Sweet Homeless, Gaza City (Photo: Julie Webb-Pullman)


Donors at the recent conference on the reconstruction of Gaza pledged an unprecedented $5.4 billion. At the same time, it can be argued that violations of Palestinian rights in Gaza – and throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) – would not be possible without international aid policies that, at least since the 1980s, have actively supported Israel and offered Palestinians development projects in exchange for rights.

In this policy brief, Al-Shabaka Policy Member Nora Lester Murad examines aid through the lens of “complicity” and exposes shortcomings in current legal frameworks. She argues that regardless of the limitations of applicable law, international aid actors are fundamentally responsible to those they seek to assist and must be held accountable for the harm they cause or enable. She identifies the areas in which questions need to be asked and concludes with some of the steps that Palestinian civil society and the international solidarity movement should take. Read more »