Archive for July, 2012

“Please mother, always pray for me”: Hassan Safadi still on hunger strike after Israel breaks deal


Article
Linah Alsaafin
Electronic Intifada
30/07/2012

Back in the old city of Nablus, through the al-Hanbali entrance. Past the butcher shop that once displayed a cow’s severed head wearing a pair of sunglasses. Turn right and the walls are suddenly covered with the Palestine flag, posters of various prisoners, framed photographs of Hassan Safadi and his martyred brother Farid, and a wreath of dried flowers.

I’m back inside Hassan Safadi’s home. But despite Israeli promises to release him a month ago, he is not here. He’s still in Israeli custody and just completed the 40th day of a renewed hunger strike. Read more »

Concern mounts for three remaining hunger strikers

Press Release
Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association
Al-Haq
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-IL)
30/07/2012

Ramallah-Jaffa — Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Al-Haq and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-IL) are gravely concerned for the life and health of the three remaining Palestinian hunger strikers held by Israel. Of utmost concern is the health and life of administrative detainees Samer Al-Barq, today on his 70th day of renewed hunger strike, and Hassan Safadi who is on his 40th day of renewed hunger strike. Samer, whose current strike follows his previous 28-day strike and whose health continues to deteriorate rapidly, is only taking salts and vitamins and he is still being held in isolation. Read more »

Born to Fight by Fidaa Abuassi

Opinion – Fidaa Abu Assi

Hello everyone, It gives me great pleasure to share the lines I wrote a few minutes ago with you. Though I don’t claim to be the poetic type, I needed to escape for a while from writing long stories and articles and seek refuge in poetry or better … Read more »

America: from a shining city on a hill to virtual Jewish fiefdom


Opinion
By Khalid Amayreh
Palestinian Information Centre
30/07/2012

One of the grim signs underscoring the utter corruption of the American political environment is the ongoing tuneful and vapid contest between incumbent President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney to win the heart of the Zionist state of Israel.

The two are behaving like determined political whores, hell-bent on wining the biggest show on earth, without the slightest concern for or compunction about the moral price of their obscene embrace of the Jewish golem. Read more »

PCHR: IOF Kills a Palestinian Worker and Wounds another Three Workers at al-Zaeem Checkpoint east of Jerusalem

PRESS RELEASE
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
Ref: 83/2012
30/07/2012

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the killing of a Palestinian worker and the wounding of another 3 by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) at al-Zaeem checkpoint in the east of occupied Jerusalem. PCHR calls upon the international community to immediately act to stop the IOF’s actions and renews its call for the Higher Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under Article 1 of the Convention to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances. Read more »

The Governmental Weekly Achievements 23-29 July 2012

Weekly Report
Government Media Office
30/07/2012


1. Ministry of National Economy started Ramadan Plan.

Ministry of National put Ramadan plan which carried out intensive night patrols to watch the goods and test them in order to get ensure of the validity of the products for human consumption and the extent of the commitment of traders to declare their product prices for the citizens.

2. Ministry of Social Affairs helped poor families.

The General Directorate helped poor families as a part of its responsibility towards the Palestinian citizens. It also helped the poor families during Ramadan, and provided breakfasts valued at 200 NIS to poor families in the province of Gaza. As well, the General Directorate intensifies its meetings which aim to train and qualify the social workers and provide them with required skills to develop their performance. Read more »

World Bank Report: High-value production requires highly skilled workers

Press Release
World Bank
25/07/2012

Only a dynamic and rapidly growing private sector will be able to provide the jobs needed by the expanding Palestinian population and generate the revenues required to fund essential government services.

According to a World Bank report released today, Towards Economic Sustainability of a Future Palestinian State: Promoting Private Sector-Led Growth, the removal of Israeli restrictions on access to markets and to natural resources continues to be a prerequisite for the expansion of the Palestinian private sector. However the report argues that there is much that can be done now to improve the business environment in order to support a future Palestinian state. Read more »

PCHR: Occupied Lives – Fishing in Troubled Waters

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
25/07/2012

Fishermen in the Gaza Strip have to deal with more than just the typical occupational hazards. Instead of just worrying about holes in their nets or fuel for their motors, fishermen, like Fadel Abuwarda (30), also have to think about the regular illegal attacks, arrest, detention and confiscation of their fishing equipment they are subject to by Israel’s naval forces. It does not matter whether they are within the 3 nautical miles that Israel has unilaterally declared Gazans are allowed to fish in. Nowhere in the Gaza Sea are fishermen safe.

Fadel Abuwarda near his home in Jabalia

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AbuSebah: AlRikhawi’s will breaks the might of the Zionist military, forces it to comply with his demands

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Detainees’ Affairs
24/07/2012

Minister of Detainees’ Affairs Dr Atallah AbuSebah praises the achievements of prisoner Akram AlRikhawi who, after hunger-striking for more than 104 days, has agreed to a deal with the Israeli prison service to stop his hunger strike in exchange for his release early next year. Read more »

Brothers jailed by US and expelled to Gaza speak out

Article
By Joe Catron
28/07/2012

When Basman Elashi reported to Customs Enforcement in Dallas, Texas on 9 July, he expected nothing unusual. He had visited the federal agency regularly since his release from its custody in March 2009.

Basman and Bayan Elashi


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PCHRO: The EU fails to uphold international law in its relations with Israel

The Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organisations (PCHRO)
26/07/2012
Ref. No.: 168/2012

Following the Association Council meeting on 24 July 2012 between the European Union (EU) and Israel, it was announced that the EU has agreed upon developing cooperation with Israel by offering it 60 new activities in 15 fields. The EU also declared that it would continue technical discussions with Israel aimed at identifying areas for future cooperation. As organizations dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), we are strongly concerned about the EU’s lack of commitment to human rights in light of what is essentially an intensification of bilateral relations with Israel. In recent months, the EU has made progress in recognizing and condemning Israel’s practices and policies in the OPT which constitute systematic violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. We welcomed the 14 May Council Conclusions which expressed “deep concern about developments on the ground which threaten to make a two-state solution impossible” and waited for words to turn into action from the EU’s side. Read more »

Human rights organizations condemn attack on university lecturer Mohammed Ghazal

Palestinian Information Centre
27/07/2012

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies and human rights and Tadamun foundation for human rights denounced the attack on Dr. Mohammed Ghazal, a leading figure and a lecturer at Najah University, during his return from a hearing in the Israeli court of appeal.

Dr. Mohammed Ghazal, lecturer at Najah University

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Haneyya: The meeting with the Egyptian president was positive

Palestinian Information Centre
27/07/2012

CAIRO, (PIC)– Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi welcomed the Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya, and his accompanying delegation, after arriving in Cairo on Wednesday in his second visit to the Egyptian capital after the overthrow of former president Mubarak.

Haniya and Morsi

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What Dani Dayan Says and Why It Is Interesting

Blog
Richard Falk
27/07/2012

Dani Dayan’s article, “Israel’s Settlers Are Here to Stay,” was published by the NY Times on July 26, 2012. Dayan is the chairman of the Yesha Council of Jewish Communities, and has been long known as a leading spokesperson of the settler movement. An obvious response to such a settler screed might be to dismiss it out of hand as an extremist expression of Israeli views, which it certainly is, but it would seem a mistake to do this before taking some account of its content and timing. The moral and legal premises that underlie Dayan’s insistence that the settlers will never leave the West Bank are without substance, but the political arguments he puts forward are so strong as to be virtually irrefutable. It may also be helpful to speculate that Dayan might have been encouraged from the Netanyahu side, known for being as friendly to settler dreams as any Israeli leadership ever, to drop this bombshell into the midst of the American electoral maelstrom as kind of trial balloon. Read more »

OCHA: The Monthly Humanitarian Monitor – June 2012

Monthly Report
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
27/07/2012

Palestinian civilians in Gaza continue to face significant threats to their life, security and property as a result of hostilities between Palestinian armed groups and Israeli forces, which resulted in 15 killed and over 50 civilians injured, and damage to a number of structures, including two schools. There is improvement of access of Gazans to outside world through Rafah border crossing. In the West Bank, the forced displacement of Palestinians continued in June, due to the Israeli authorities’ demolition of Palestinian-owned structures lacking Israeli-issued building permits.

Full Report here

ENDS

OCHA: Protection of Civilians Weekly Report 18 – 24 July 2012

Weekly Report
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
27/07/2012

Israeli forces injure 24 Palestinians in the West Bank. Settlers injure seven other Palestinians and damage around 170 trees. Eight Palestinians in South Hebron are at risk of displacement and Israeli authorities demolish nine structures. Access to East Jerusalem eased during the first Friday of Ramadan, with additional easings reported in Jericho and Nablus. Gaza saw a period of calm week. There was a slight improvement in electricity provision while fuel shortages continue. Referral Abroad Department remained closed during the week.

Full report available here

ENDS

The Bonding of Civility and Dialogue

Opinion
Richard Falk
26/07/2012

Recently my blog posts have attracted some venomous comments. I have somewhat reluctantly ‘approved’ of most such comments unless blatantly anti-Arab, anti-Palestinian, anti-Semitic, racist, or personally defamatory, and even with such offending comments I have leaned toward inclusion. Recently, however, I have received several critical messages suggesting that allowing such comments demeans the quality of the dialogue generated by the blog. These messages have prompted me to reconsider my way of filtering comments, and lead me to become somewhat more of a gatekeeper. Read more »

PCHR: Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (19- 25 July 2012)

Weekly Report
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
26/07/2012

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). Read more »

Ministry of Detainees’ Affairs highlights plight of prisoner Yusri Atia Mohammed Al-Masri

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Detainees’ Affairs
24/07/2012

The Israeli prison service refuses to provide medication, or allow a doctor to examine and conduct necessary diagnostic medical tests, for Palestinian prisoner Yusri Al-Masri, sentenced to 20 years in Nafha prison under very difficult conditions, and who is suffering from several ailments. Read more »

Israel’s Nukes Derail U.S. Nonproliferation Goals

Al-Shabaka Policy Brief
by Victor Kattan
26/07/2012

How Israel Torpedoes Nonproliferation

Strengthening the international nonproliferation regime is one of President Obama’s key foreign policy goals. During a speech in Prague, in April 2009, he announced his “intention to seek a world free from the threat of nuclear weapons.” He argued that because the US was the “only power to have used a nuclear weapon” he and his fellow countrymen had a “moral responsibility to act” by leading the disarmament agenda.

The US Government’s failure to seriously address Israel’s clandestine nuclear weapons program and its stockpile of hundreds of such weapons, which include thermonuclear weapons in the megaton range, makes the Administration’s policy towards nuclear nonproliferation elsewhere, look two-faced. Calling for more intrusive inspections of Iran’s alleged nuclear facilities is particularly incongruous in light of Israel’s refusal to accede to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) and its refusal to allow weapons inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect its nuclear facilities – about which the whole world has known for some time. Read more »

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