Archive for May, 2014

Turkish Ambassador in Gaza for Mavi Marmara Commemoration

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Palestinains commemorate Mavi Marmara victims at Gaza seaport

Palestinains commemorate Mavi Marmara victims at Gaza seaport

Turkey and all of Palestine stood together today to honour the ten Turks murdered by Israel aboard the Mavi Marmara aid ship headed for Gaza four years ago.

On the same day the Palestinian unity government is to be announced, Gaza-based Palestinian NGO House of Wisdom brought all factions together with Turkish Ambassador Mustafa Sarnic and Turkish aid agency IHH, owners of the Mavi Marmara, in a show of not only Palestinian, but Ummah unity.

The commemorative events began at Gaza seaport beneath the memorial erected in honour of Cengiz Akyüz (42), Ali Haydar Bengi (39), İbrahim Bilgen (61), Furkan Doğan (18), Cevdet Kılıçlar (38), Cengiz Songür (47), Çetin Topçuoğlu (54), Fahri Yaldız (43), Necdet Yıldırım (32) and Ugur Süleyman Söylemez, who died from his injuries this week aged 51. Read more »

Maya Angelou, Rachel Corrie and the struggle for justice

Article – Redress Information

American author, historian and civil rights activist Maya Angelou died today at the age of 86. Angelou is best known for her 1969 memoir of growing up in the racist US south, entitled I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Read more »

66 Year Nakba: I Saw Yafa, Land of Oranges

Column – Ramzy Baroud

In Jaffa: Land of Oranges, Ghassan Kanafani described his exile from the Palestinian coastal city of Yafa. As a 12-year-old boy, he struggled to understand, but on that night, though, certain threads of that story became clearer … a big truck … Read more »

The Pope at the wall

By Mazin Qumsiyeh, Bethlehem

The children of Al-Rowwad from Aida Refugee Camp delivered a message to the Pope when he stopped to pray at the apartheid and annexation wall. They emphasized prisoners plight and the right to return home. This impromptu stop was in my opinion the most memorable part of the Pontiff’s visit to Bethlehem. The Pope recognized “The State of Palestine” (Google just did it
too!) and also met with refugee children at Dheisheh and shared food with some family members who each had a story to tell him about horrific suffering under Israel’s colonial occupation. Christians and Muslims here were all genuinely touched by the visit of this more humble Pope and his gestures of understanding and solidarity. But most said they wished he would use his influence more to pressure the Zionist regime. The Western Zionist dominated media tried to hide things including the Pope’s gestures of solidarity with us but social media was prominent and the story could not be ignored. See pictures here Read more »

18 Palestinian human rights organizations demand immediate UN action for hunger strikers

ban ki-moon
18 Palestinian human rights organizations call for immediate action from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon

His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki Moon
United Nations Secretary General
UN Headquarters
First Avenue at 46th Street
New York, NY 10017

Date: 22 May 2014

Re: Mass Hunger Strike of Palestinian ‘Administrative Detainees’

Dear Secretary-General,

We, the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs and the undersigned human rights organizations, request your immediate intervention on behalf of the approximately 125 Palestinian detainees and prisoners currently on hunger strike in Israeli prisons. Read more »

Pope, Israeli lies and more

by Mazin Qumsiyeh

Posters of Abbas and the Pope in Bethlehem

Posters of Abbas and the Pope in Bethlehem

The Pope is coming to Palestine, a country under a regime of apartheid and colonialism. The Zionists are greeting him by insisting that they will continue to occupy the site of the last supper and insisting that he visit “Yad Vashem” (a museum exploiting one tragedy to create more holocausts), and “Mount Herzle” named after the guy who is a key architect of ethnic
cleansing and colonialism here that cost hundreds of thousands of Arab lives. Christians here (and all other people) have become more and more active in boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against the Zionist regime.

Meanwhile Palestinian leadership in Ramallah still seems mired in its old ways of sanctifying pope Abu Mazen. Text of signs here in Bethlehem initially welcomed the Pope as a guest of Abu Mazen not the guest of Palestine; this text was changed after some uproar though Abu Mazen’s
pictures remained. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and many others complained about the unilateral moves and decisions by Abu Mazen without consulting the Palestinian people (and not just his key financially connected yes-men from Fatah). PFLP was promptly denied its financial share from the PLO umbrella (small as it maybe since the PLO was
subsumed to the Palestinian Authority and its corrupt officials).These issues and problems portray a liberation movement gone awry after Oslo treacherous agreements. Yet, this does not take away from the justice of the Palestinian cause or the fact that it is inevitable that truth and freedom will prevail. Meanwhile we continue here struggling and sacrificing. Below are glimpses of reality and in particular please note the plight of youth assassinated and prisoners in “administrative detention”. Maybe the Pope will say something about this continuing suffering and the lies and mythology that make it all possible. Read more »

Palestinian Detainees Hunger Strike: solitary confinement, hospitalisation but never defeat

Rami el-Barghouti at al-Zaheria checkpoint

Rami el-Barghouti at al-Zaheria checkpoint

As the Palestinian Detainees’ hunger strike to bring an end to administrative detention ends its third week, Israeli jailers are upping the pressure and bodies are weakening – but the Palestinian spirit remains strong.

On Monday evening prison authorities at Beer Sheba jail threw two hunger-striking Palestinian detainees into solitary confinement, and the next night Negev prison was forced to transfer a striker to hospital because of his deteriorating health status. Read more »

Another Detainee dies in Beit Lahia Detention Facility

Press Release – Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) calls upon the Attorney General in Gaza to initiate an investigation into the death of Waleed Mohammed Ibrahim Salman in Beit Lahia detention facility in the northern Gaza Strip on Friday evening, 16 … Read more »

Israeli Attacks on Fishermen in the Gaza Sea

Press Release – Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

Israeli Naval forces continued to carry out attacks on Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip during the reporting period[1] (1-30 April 2014), including 11 shooting incidents; 3 chasing incident that led to the arrest of 2 fishermen, and confiscation … Read more »

Nakba Reports

Compiled by Julie Webb-Pullman

Dr Attallah Abu Elsebah, Gaza Minister of Justice

Gaza’s Minister of Justice Dr Attallah Abu Elsebah explains the significance of the Nakba, and why the people of the world must stand in soldarity with Palestinians against the injustices they have have suffered, and continue to be subjected to.

Mazin Qumsiyeh, West Bank

One 15 year old boy and one 17 year old boy where both assassinated within a few minutes of each other by an Israeli sniper today. Mohammad and Nader were murdered as they participated in demonstrations marking the 66th anniversary of the Nakba (the catastrophic and continuing ethnic cleansing of Palestine to create the apartheid Jewish state of Israel on its ruins).

Several other youth were also hit with live ammunition, some in critical

Maan – Jerusalem

Israeli forces arrested four Palestinian protesters at the East Jerusalem protest including Yasser Qaws, Ismail al-Khatib, Abed Barbar, as well as a fourth person who was not identified.

Witnesses on the scene said that Israeli forces pushed and shoved participants, injuring six people including lawmaker Jihad Abu Zaneed and medic Nidal Abu Gharbia.

Daily Star, Lebanon

Palestinians wave flags as they mark the 66th anniversary of Nakba through sailing along the coast of Sidon, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

Palestinians wave flags as they mark the 66th anniversary of Nakba through sailing along the coast of Sidon, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

A march for Palestinians to commemorate the 66th anniversary of the Nakba took place Thursday from the coastal city of Sidon toward the southern border with Israel to symbolize their hope to return to the historic land.

The first refugees to emerge from the Nakba were witnessed by Sidonians 66 years ago, when thousands of Palestinian refugee families erected tents and settled in the city, in an area known today as the camp of Ain al-Hilweh. Such images were recreated Thursday, with refugees erecting tents in Martyrs’ Square to symbolize their first settlement in the area, hoisting flags and banners, all organized by the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

It also included a heritage exhibition featuring traditional collectibles and clothing, such as the keffiyeh, as well as property leases and old keys to the homes Palestinians were driven out of.

Gaza’s Ark: Interior Ministry progresses investigation, reassures activists

The sun will not set for long on Gaza's Ark, organisers say

The sun will not set for long on Gaza’s Ark, organisers say

By Julie Webb-Pullman

Two weeks after two explosions tore through the hull of Gaza’s Ark in the Gaza seaport, causing serious damage and the postponement of the departure date from June to September, Ministry of Interior and National Security (MINS) spokesperson Iyad Al-Buzom said the investigation is progressing, and reassured activists that everything possible is being done to ensure their safety in Gaza.

“It was a professional job,” Al-Buzom told Gaza SCOOP. “There is no strong evidence linking it to any specific individual, which makes our job very difficult. Nevertheless, we are hopeful of a breakthrough.”

“The Ministry appreciates the role of activists in Gaza and their attempts to break the siege, and we provide protection for them and use all means at our disposal to ease their work,” he said. Read more »

Israeli forces continue attacks against Palestinians

Press Release – Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

Israeli forces continue systematic attacks against Palestinian civilians and property in the occupied Palestinian territory Read more »

As Israel ups the pressure, Palestinians flock to support hunger-striking prisoners

Tawfeeq Abu Naim outside the ICRC, Gaza City

Tawfeeq Abu Naim outside the ICRC, Gaza City

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Head of the Palestinian Prisoners Association Tawfeeq Abu Naim today told hundreds of Palestinians in a solidarity tent outside the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Gaza City that the Israeli Prison Service is trying to undermine the efforts of the hunger strikers by restricting and specifying the number of prisoners with whom they are prepared to negotiate.

The sole demand of the hunger-striking prisoners is an end to the policy of administrative detention and the immediate release of all administrative detainees, he said. Read more »

Christians, Muslims everywhere called to unite and defend Jerusalem

Dr Halabiya (centre) addresses Press Conference in Gaza City

Dr Halabiya (centre) addresses Press Conference in Gaza City

By Julie Webb-Pullman

The multi-cultural, multi-religious, multi-lingual multi-factional Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ) this year promises to be the biggest yet. On June 6, the 46th anniversary of Israel’s illegal occupation of Jerusalem, people in more than 45 countries will peacefully march on Israeli embassies, or as near to Jerusalem as they can safely get, to demand an end to Israeli destruction of world heritage sites and breaches of international law in Jerusalem.

At the first GMJ 2014 press conference on Saturday at the Palestinian Legislative Council in Gaza, Dr.Ahmad Abo Halabiya, member of the GMJ International Committee and coordinator of GMJ-Gaza Strip, stood with co-member and Christian Dr Attallah Tarazi to call on Christians and Muslims alike to join the march, saying that Jerusalem and Al Aqsa Mosque are important historical and religious sites for everyone.

“Jerusalem is facing sustained attacks by Israel, which is trying to Judaize Jerusalem and extinguish the Muslim and Christian identities,” Halabiya said. “There are ongoing attacks against both Muslim and Christian worshippers, preventing them from freely practising their religions.” Read more »

PM Haniyeh takes to the streets for hunger-striking prisoners

PM Ismail Haniyeh marching through Jabalia for Palestinian prisoners. Photo: JWP

PM Ismail Haniyeh marching through Jabalia for Palestinian prisoners. Photo: JWP

The people of Gaza are taking to the streets daily in support of 100 hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Even the Prime Minister. They are all demanding an end to administrative detention, and the horrendous conditions the prisoners are subjected to.

The Juma prayer in Jabalia today was no exception. At Al Khulafa mosque over a thousand locals were joined by Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and other Hamas leaders and ex-prisoners to pray for and demand their release.

The sermon emphasised the deceptions practised by the Israeli occupation, amongst which is breaking their word to release the fourth batch of prisoners during recent peace negotiations. It warned that Palestinians must remain ever-vigilant, and be ready at any time to defend themselves. Describing some of the horrific practices the prisoners are subjected to in Israeli jails, it noted the sacrifices they have made for Palestine, and the obligation all Palestinians have to stand by them. Read more »

Remarks on the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations

Speech – U.S. Department of State

Remarks Ambassador Martin Indyk Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations The Washington Institute’s Weinberg Conference Washington, DC May 8, 2014 Read more »

Zionism beyond control…and choices for the Palestinians

Article – Alan Hart

The conclusion to be drawn from the Obama administrations predictable and predicted failure to get an Israeli-Palestinian peace process going is that the Zionist (not Jewish) monster state is beyond control. And the question arising is this. What are … Read more »

Palestinians forced to pray on Jerusalem streets as invasion threats loom

Palestinians praying in Jerusalem street

Palestinians praying in Jerusalem street

Hundreds of Palestinians under the age of 50 were forced to perform the dawn prayer on the streets of the old city in occupied Jerusalem today after being prevented from entering al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli occupation forces.

A tight blockade has been in place since Monday night, forcing many to pray the evening prayers on the roads near al-Aqsa gates, and preventing Palestinian youth from entering the mosque to thwart a planned invasion by Zionist group the ‘Temple Mount Mob.’ Read more »

Sodastream presents: How to profit from Occupation

Article – stephinrome

Sodastream’s factory is in an llegal Israeli settlement built on land stolen from Palestinians. Each and every package contains human rights abuses and violations of international law. Boycott Sodastream. Read more »

Siyam: 3,000 Ramallah security personnel integrating with Gaza security services

Gaza Security Services

Gaza Security Services

Gaza- Government Media Office

Secretary General of the Council of Ministers Abdel Salam Siyam announced that administrative arrangements are underway for 3,000 PA security service personnel to return to work in the Gaza security services, which will remain unchanged for the transitional period.

“The Hamas government in Gaza took a strategic decision to progress the reconciliation process by overcoming the obstacles,” Siyam said, adding that the reconciliation pact doesn’t establish new agreements but merely implements previous ones. Read more »

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