Archive for June, 2015

Māori TV crew returning safely from Israel

Press Release – Maori Television Service

A Mori Television crew will be flown back from Israel after their boat was detained by the Israeli Navy while attempting to break the Gaza blockade. Read more »

PM Press Conference on the UN Security Council

Press Release – Francis Cook

PM Press Conference on the UN Security Council, State Housing, Milk, and Sugar. By Francis Cook Read more »

WalkFree.org Petition: To NZ Govt. – Help End Forced Labour

Article – WalkFree.org

Call on the Government Ofnew Zealand to Update International Slavery Protections for the 21st Century – SIGN THE PETITION Read more »

Hamas Press Statement On Formation of a New Palestinian Government

PRESS STATEMENT
Hamas Islamic Resistance Movement

In light of claims that PLO executive committee has commissioned Azzam al-Ahmad to make consultations on forming a new government that would replace the national consensus government to be dismissed, Hamas stresses the following:

1. The PLO executive committee is not pertinent to the government’s formation. Consequently, it is required that the provisional leading frame be called to follow up all files of reconciliation.

2. Hamas calls upon the Palestinian factions that signed the Cairo agreement to initiate a comprehensive dialogue in order to fully implement reconciliation agreements and its different files, mainly the formation of a national unity government.

3. In accordance with what has been agreed upon in the reconciliation agreement, the new government to be formed must be a caretaker government, and not committed to a political program.

4. Before it tends to its tasks, the new government must obtain the vote of confidence from the Palestinian Legislative Council “PLC”.

5. The new government must settle the file of Gaza staff immediately with no preconditions.

The Islamic Resistance Movement- Hamas
June 27, 2015

The Western Left and Its Sterile ‘Field of Ideas’

Article – Ramzy Baroud

Over the year, I realized that the term left is not exclusive to a political ideology, but a mode of thinking championed mostly by self-tailored leftist western intellectuals. I grew to dislike it with intensity. Read more »

Dr. Ashrawi meets with a Mennonite Central Committee

Press Release – Palestinian Liberation Organisation

Yesterday PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi met with a Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) visiting delegation, which included directors of advocacy in the U.S. and Canada and at the United Nations, at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah and … Read more »

Isratin or Palestrael?

Article – Gush Shalom

THERE WAS this guy who had an earth-shaking invention: an airplane that flies on water. Read more »

Lebanese Sunni Muslims becoming sympathetic towards Da’ish?

Article – Franklin Lamb

As recent developments in the Levant make plain, the Sunni-Shiite conflict is increasingly dominating political and strategic initiatives and calculations in Lebanon. In the twelve months since declaring its “caliphate on June 29, 2014, the Islamic … Read more »

Alarming accounts of human rights violations of Palestinians

Press Release – United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (19 June 2015) The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Makarim Wibisono, today expressed deep concern about the human rights situation of Palestinians living … Read more »

WFTU cadre illegally deported from Tel Aviv

Press Release – WFTU

The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) denounces the illegal and undemocratic act of the Airport Police in Tel Aviv against comrade Alexandra Liberi who was legally travelling with all the necessary travelling documents to Palestine. Read more »

Time to Erase Israel’s Green Line

Article – Neve Gordon

About fifty students sat on the concrete floor of a makeshift shack, absorbing the desert heat as they listened to Salim talk about the imminent destruction of Umm al Hiran and Atir, two unrecognized Bedouin villages located twenty minutes from … Read more »

Time to Erase Israel’s Green Line

Article – Neve Gordon

About fifty students sat on the concrete floor of a makeshift shack, absorbing the desert heat as they listened to Salim talk about the imminent destruction of Umm al Hiran and Atir, two unrecognized Bedouin villages located twenty minutes from … Read more »

Israel whitewashes beach bloodbath that killed four kids

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The Israeli army late Thursday announced it is closing its probe into its killing of four children from the Bakr family playing football on a Gaza beach, saying the “tragic” attack had not violated international law.

Many foreign journalists were near the beach at the time of the attack, and witnessed the atrocity.

The four cousins, nine year old Mohamed Ramez Bakr, Ahed Atef Bakr and Zakaria Ahed Bakr, 10, and Ismail Mohamed Bakr, 11, were playing on the beach in Gaza City on July 16, 2014 when they were hit in two separate strikes. Read more »

Israel doesn’t abuse children, it just murders them

By Khalid Amayreh
Source: Palestine Information Center

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Throughout its unglamorous history, the UN issued many scandalous reports and adopted many scandalous resolutions reflecting lack of justice and absence of moral honesty.

This ever-existing symptom also reflected western hegemony over the international organization.

However, none of these reports and resolutions seems more scandalous than this week’s report which kept Israel off the List of Shame, which includes states and entities that abuse children.

This particular report is manifestly scandalous precisely because Israel is probably one of the most obscene abusers of children under the sun. Read more »

Hemaya: UN spurns Palestinian children

PRESS RELEASE
Hemaya Center for Human Rights
08 June 2015

Shifa Hospital 19 July 2014

Shifa Hospital 19 July 2014

Ban Ki-moon’s decision not to include Israel on the list of violators of children’s rights twists the knife in the heart of every Palestinian parent, making it very clear that in the eyes of the United Nations, Palestinian children’s lives don’t count.

When a military with the most sophisticated and accurate weaponry on the planet can kill more than 500 children in cold blood with complete impunity, as Israel’s absence from the list shows, it reveals more than just the complete disregard for Palestinian lives that has become so commonplace in the halls of power. It also makes it abundantly clear that the UN, the single most important international organisation charged with protecting the lives of the most vulnerable, is failing spectacularly. Read more »