Archive for June, 2014

Unity Government says ignore salary rumours

Government Media Office, Ramallah
Source: Alray

Dr Ihab Bseiso, Unity Government Spokesperson

Dr Ihab Bseiso, Unity Government Spokesperson

The Palestinian unity government has appealed to Palestinian citizens in Gaza to ignore rumours about payment of their salaries, and only believe information from official government sources.

Government spokesperson Dr Ihab Bseiso said on Saturday that the government is facing a major challenge and that fabrications and rumors regarding salaries aim to create friction and increase anxiety. He emphasised that this crisis will not be solved in the short term as it is dependent on the outcome of deliberations being undertaken by the administrative Commission of the Ministers Council tasked with addressing personnel issues. Read more »

West Bank operation turns from farce into tragedy

By Gideon Levy
Source: Haaretz

It is ridiculous to think that one of the most advanced armies in the world is pursuing a ‘war’ against an army of barefoot peasants.

Another dawn, another death in the West bank

Another dawn, another death in the West bank

Operation Brother’s Keeper has entered its grotesque phase. If it didn’t involve the lives, the honor and the liberty of Israelis and Palestinians, one could almost laugh.

But in farce, as in farce ­­- in the end, it always turns into tragedy. The events of the past week have long since passed beyond the sphere of concern for the kidnapped teens, and the grotesqueness of it all is only growing. Read more »

Names of the 39 detained by Israel Saturday morning

As of Saturday morning, the number of civilians detained by Israel in their sacking of the West Bank has risen to 370, two thirds of them members of the Hamas movement.

Maan reports that former minister of prisoner affairs Issa Qaraqe said that the number of Palestinians being held without charge or trial had jumped to 260 detainees in recent days, while the number of minors being detained had hit 241. Read more »

Health ministry stops non-emergency surgeries in Gaza

Source: Palestine Information Centre

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GAZA,(PIC)– The Palestinian Health Ministry has decided to stop non-emergency surgeries in all hospitals in the Gaza Strip due to the acute shortage of medicines and fuel in light of the recent Israeli military escalation.

Spokesman for the ministry Ashraf Qudra said in a press release on Friday that hospitals in the besieged Strip suffer from an unprecedented acute shortage of medicines and medical supplies, and their fuel needs started to run short. Read more »

Today’s unity sends strong message to Israel, say Palestinian factions

by Julie Webb-Pullman
Source: Middle East Monitor

It is increasingly perceived that the three missing settlers are but pawns in Netanyahu's political game; providing an opportunity for Israel to crack down on Hamas to distract attention from hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners.

It is increasingly perceived that the three missing settlers are but pawns in Netanyahu’s political game; providing an opportunity for Israel to crack down on Hamas to distract attention from hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners.

In a solid show of unity, Palestinian factions joined Palestinian Unity Government ministers and members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) in Gaza on Thursday to denounce the violent military operations against civilians in the West Bank, and warned of revolution. Read more »

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Palestinian Hunger Strikers

PRESS RELEASE
Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani
Location: Geneva
Subject: Israel / occupied Palestinian territory

Prisoner being force-fed in the US

Prisoner being force-fed in the US

We continue to follow closely the situation of Palestinian hunger strikers protesting Israel’s ongoing practice of administrative detention. The Secretary-General and the High Commissioner have repeatedly stated that administrative detainees should be charged or released without delay. The health of a number of hunger strikers is reportedly critical and continues to deteriorate.

We are concerned that the legislative amendment on force-feeding before the Israeli Knesset could be passed as early as Monday, 23 June 2014, and that a new provision reportedly allowing for the sedation of prisoners who refuse force-feeding has been introduced in the bill. The High Commissioner has written to the Israeli Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva to express her concerns that, if passed, this amendment would permit force-feeding and medical treatment of prisoners on hunger strike against their will under certain conditions, in contravention of international standards. Read more »

Moderate Physical Pressure, Just Another Way to Say Torture!

PRESS RELEASE
Public Committee Against Torture in Israel
19 June 2014

torture

The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel warns against granting, as reported, permission to interrogators in the current kidnapping affair to use “moderate physical pressure” under the so called “ticking bomb” procedure against Palestinian detainees. To do so would be a clear violation of the 1999 High Court decision on torture.

The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel calls on the Attorney General to clearly articualate to all security officials that there is no allowance to provide for pre-approval of torture and that torture and ill treatment are absolutely prohibited. Read more »

Hamas Statements: Kidnapping of Three Israeli Teenagers

Press Release – Embassy of Israel in Wellington

A few days before the June 12th kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank, senior Hamas leaders and members issued statements containing calls to harm Israelis in order to bring about the release of Palestinian prisoners. References … Read more »

The Palestinians: A kidnapped society

By Avraham Burg
Source: Haaretz

“We are incapable of understanding the suffering of a society, its cry, and the future of an entire nation that has been kidnapped by us.”

Palestinian workers from Hebron at Tarqumiya Checkpoint. Photo by Emil Salman

Palestinian workers from Hebron at Tarqumiya Checkpoint. Photo by Emil Salman

Our hearts are in pain over those three teenage boys whose identities we did not even know a moment ago, but who now belong to all of us. Each of them looks like my own son, the son of every one of my friends and their friends.

Like many people, I hope with all my heart that the moment will come when we see them alive among us, and that all this tension dissipates into blissful relief. I hope, with real trembling, but I cannot and do not want to ignore the silenced truth that surrounds their kidnapping. Read more »

Gaza – a hellhole created by Israel

Article – Redress Information

Israel has launched yet another campaign against the Palestinian people. This time its excuse is the kidnapping of three teenage boys. Israel is using this incident to once again collectively punish my people. According to international law, collective … Read more »

Gaza is already unliveable and Israel is making it even worse

by Rana Alshami

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Israel has launched yet another campaign against the Palestinian people. This time their excuse is the kidnapping of three teenage “boys.” Israel is using this incident to once again collectively punish my people. According to international law, collective punishment is a crime. Read more »

3 Missing Settlers: International Organisations bare their pro-Israeli bias

by Gazans Against Bias:
A Gazan writers’ collective

Gilad Sha’ar, 16, missing from illegal Israeli settlement

Gilad Sha’ar, 16, missing from illegal Israeli settlement

Sex-offender abduction? Run-aways? Zionist false flag operation? Or kidnapping?

Any of those scenarios could well have described the failure of three young settlers to return to their homes in illegal settlements last Thursday night. Any competent investigation would consider them all, and obtain supportive evidence, before making accusations. Not so Israel’s.

No evidence was produced by Israel to demonstrate that the three were, in fact, kidnapped. This did not stop Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu immediately making wild claims not only of a kidnapping, but also of Hamas involvement.

Claims that were promptly leapt upon, and sung from the stalls by a chorus of international organisations that should know better. Read more »

International organisations not doing their job, says Palestinian prisoners’ group

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Raafat Hamdona, Director of Centre for Prisoners' Studies

Raafat Hamdona, Director of Centre for Prisoners’ Studies

Director of the Gaza Centre for Prisoners’ Studies Raafat Hamdona today accused international organisations and institutions such as the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross of not doing their job properly. Read more »

Who rules the Palestine Liberation Organization today?

By Khaled Barakat

Khaled Barakat

Khaled Barakat

The following article was originally published on the PFLP Arabic language website on May 18, 2014

“If we fail to defend our cause, then we should change the defenders, not the cause.” – Ghassan Kanafani

We all know that those who monopolize the Palestine Liberation Organization deal with this most important Palestinian institution, the PLO, as if it were a private farm of the “President,” Abu Mazen, and thus what is required is loyalty and obedience to him, the owner. This is a fact that cannot be denied. We do not say anything new when we note that the Palestinian arena is not an exception, nor is it far from the reality of the Arab regimes governed by the leader, the king or the prince, considering the king to embody the people and the nation, or from the logic of King Louis XIV, who declared in 1655, “L’etat, c’est moi!” [I am the state!] Read more »

PLC members in Gaza demand release of detained MPs, other prisoners

by Julie Webb-Pullman

PLC members outside the ICRC in Gaza City 16/06/2014

PLC members outside the ICRC in Gaza City 16/06/2014

Members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) in Gaza held a press conference today outside the International Committee of the Red Cross to demand an end to escalating Israeli aggressions against both PLC members, and the people of Hebron, following Israel’s detention yesterday of PLC Hamas member and Speaker Dr Aziz Duwaik and five other Hamas members of parliament. 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 (oPt) Read more »

Hamas: Kidnap possible false flag operation to sabotage Palestinian reconciliation

Hamas plays down Israeli threats to carry out a wide scale invasion into the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

Hamas leader Dr. Salah Bardawil today played down Israeli threats to carry out a wide-scale invasion of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, saying that Israel is trying to blackmail the Palestinian Authority in order to sabotage the reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas.

In a statement to “Quds Press” Dr. Bardawil declined to make a link between the overnight Israeli air attacks and the disappearance of three Israeli settlers in Hebron and the major search and arrest operations in the West Bank.

“The abduction which was announced by the Zionist entity (Israel) is a one-sided story. No Palestinian faction has claimed responsibility. Read more »

Breaking News: Gaza under attack

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Israeli plane bombing Gaza tonight

Israeli plane bombing Gaza tonight

Israeli F-16s and helicopters have carried out a series of air attacks across the Gaza Strip tonight, targeting Rafah and Khan Younes.

It has been confirmed by the Gaza health ministry that a 15-year-old girl and a 27 year old woman were injured in the Rafah attacks.

Internationals hold press conference in Gaza, express solidarity with Palestinian prisoners

by Julie Webb-Pullman

From left to right - Jenny Graham (Ireland), Mohammed Abedallah (translator), Tawfeek Abu Naim, President of the National Committee for Prisoners, Huda Julie Webb-Pullman (New Zealand and Australia), Joe Catron (USA), Rina Andolini (UK)

From left to right – Jenny Graham (Ireland), Mohammed Abedallah (translator), Tawfeek Abu Naim, President of the National Committee for Prisoners, Huda Julie Webb-Pullman (New Zealand and Australia), Joe Catron (USA), Rina Andolini (UK)

Internationals currently resident in Gaza held a press conference on Saturday evening outside the International Committee for the Red Cross to express support from groups in over ten countries for the hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners.

Organisers said it was important on the 52nd day of the mass hunger strike to show international solidarity with the prisoners, and to support their demands for an end to administrative detention, as well as to the abhorrent practices of torture, child abuse and military trials perpetrated against Palestinians by the Israeli authorities, all of which breach international law.

The countries represented were: New Zealand, Australia, The United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Venezuela, Chile, Cuba, Colombia, and the United States of America.

Also speaking was Tawfeeq Abu Naim, head of the National Committee for the Prisoners.

Each international representative read a short statement, most of which are reproduced below. Read more »

Gazan hunger-strikers send messages to the international community

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Mohammad Almajdalawi

Mohammad Almajdalawi

“We look to the world to behave towards us like they do to the Israeli community. They accept them and whatever they do. But they ignore us.

For example, if any Palestinian resistance injures or kills an Israeli they get administrative detention or multiple life sentences, but when an Israeli kills a Palestinian no-one is even charged, let alone sentenced.

Gilad Shalit was kidnapped while trying to kill Palestinians during an Israeli incursion – but everyone around the world immediately demanded his release, even the UN. There are more than 5000 Palestinian detainees and no-one even mentioned them.

We don’t get this. Is this discrimination, or what?” Read more »

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