Archive for October, 2015

Echoing Nazi Tactics, IDF Patrol Threatens to Exterminate Palestinian Refugee Camp with “Gas”

Richard Silverstein
Source: Tikun Olam-תיקון עולם

I first heard about this astonishing video yesterday and spent the entire day attempting to verify its authenticity (for reasons I’ll explain). But this morning, Middle East Eye and Maan published stories definitively authenticating the video’s provenance. Aside from the reporting of the story at MEE and Maan, there’s one further critical aspect of this video which wasn’t mentioned.

The IDF soldier speaking through a loudspeaker to the Aida camp residents threatens to use “gas” to kill them all. In other words, he’s not speaking about tear gas, which is the usual method used to disperse crowds (and which was later used copiously). He’s attempting to escalate the conventional tactics by frightening them into believing the army would actually exterminate all the residents of the camp, a deliberate echo of tactics used by the Nazis in the Holocaust:

“Inhabitants of Aida, we are the Israeli occupation forces, if you throw stones we will hit you with gas until you die. The children, the youth, and the old people, all of you – we won’t spare any of you”. Read more »

Open letter to NZ ambassador to UN re draft Palestine resolution

OPEN LETTER
Dr Vacy Vlazna

Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen
New Zealand Permanent Mission to the UN

Mr Ambassador

The reprehensible draft ‘resolution‘ circulated by New Zealand is so blatantly biased against the Palestinian people that it proffers, in this instance, the correct diplomatic protocol that NZ minds it’s own business given it is an apologist and morally blind supporter of Israel by its repeated mantra that “Israel has a right to defend itself.”

In the ‘resolution’, NZ, like all western governments, obsequiously parrots zionist propaganda:

NZ normalises Israeli atrocities by presenting Israel and Palestine as equal perpetrators and equal victims and by pushing the demand that Palestine gives up its endeavour for justice in the International Criminal Court thus letting Israel off scott free for its monstrous war crimes and crimes against humanity.

While NZ demands that Israel freezes its settlement expansion, it absurdly promotes the farce of negotiations that expand settlements. There is no demand by NZ that the zionist infiltrators leave the present settlements that have illegally expropriated half of the remaining Palestinian West Bank.

NZ obediently keeps up the pretence of a two state solution when Netanyahu has repeatedly ruled out Palestinian sovereignty:

“At the height of the 2014 Gaza war, Netanyahu revealed that he doesn’t envision Palestinian sovereignty in the West Bank any time soon. “I think the Israeli people understand now what I always say: that there cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan,” he said at a press conference in Jerusalem. In other words: no withdrawal and no Palestinian sovereignty, which means no state of Palestine.

A few months later, Netanyahu said, in a much quoted interview on the eve of the March 17 election, that, “indeed,” no Palestinian state would be created under his leadership.”

And to add extra ridicule to the ridiculous, NZ calls on the same incompetent clowns “the Quartet (United States, Russia, United Nations and European Union), Security Council members and Arab states” to maintain the posturing of the nihilistic negotiations.

So what can the people of Palestine expect from a flunkey state that belongs to the Impunity- for- Israel’s- War- Crimes Club?

…the same old, same old betrayal of Palestinian families and the betrayal of NZ’s own obligations as a High Contracting Party to the Geneva Conventions to protect and uphold Palestinian political and human rights.

This dishonourable ‘resolution’ comes at a time when Palestinian children and youth are being extrajudicially executed in the street for their courageous efforts to uphold their rights while NZ lets them down and, in doing so, shames the decency of the people of New Zealand.

Disgusted

Dr Vacy Vlazna
Australia

NOT EVEN SAFE IN THEIR OWN TERRITORY

Khalil Omar Othman, 15, killed near the Gaza border

Khalil Omar Othman, 15, killed in Gaza by direct fire from Israeli soldiers firing across the border

Confronting the Obvious Truth

Article – Ramzy Baroud

Saeb Erekat is an enigmatic character. Despite minimal popularity among Palestinians, he is omnipresent, appears regularly on television and speaks with the moral authority of an accomplished leader whose legacy is rife with accolades and an astute, unwavering … Read more »

Haniya calls for national strategy to protect Jerusalem’s Uprising

Press Statement
Hamas

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Vice chairman of Hamas political bureau Ismail Haniya called for a national strategy to protect and escalate the Jerusalem uprising, in order to achieve its goals of Palestinian liberation and independence.

In a speech at a Hamas-organized public festival in Lebanese Sidon on Sunday, Haniya stressed the need to heighten spirit of resistance, adding that Hamas is ready to engage in any project that adopts Palestinian constants and the route of resistance.

“We are ready for unity on all levels, political and in the field, and to agree on a national strategy to protect the uprising and restore Palestinian rights and national constants,” Haniya said.

Stressing the importance of national unity among all Palestinian factions, Haniya warned of US and international attempts to abort the Jerusalem uprising, noting that no power on earth can quell the uprising set on achieving dignity, freedom and liberation. Read more »

John Berger renames Beethoven concerto “Concerto for piano and orchestra n. 5, the Intifada”

John Berger, the British writer, painter and art critic, (in short: one of the most important European intellectuals), last Sunday sent an email to friends near and far. Here it is:

“The Ludwig van Beethoven’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra no. 5 evokes a happiness that is almost without limits and that, for this reason, neither he nor we can have. The concert was called the Emperor. It leads us to a horizon of happiness that we cannot cross.

Today I send it to the Palestinian students who are demonstrating at the checkpoint of Beit El, at the entrance to Ramallah. They, too, are inspired by a vision of happiness that in their lives are not in a position to know.

I send them the concert so that they will use it as a weapon in the fight against the Israelis who occupy and colonize their land.

Beethoven approves. Politics is close to his heart. His third symphony, the Eroica, was inspired by Napoleon when he was a freedom fighter and before he became a tyrant.

For one day, let’s change the name to the Emperor and call it:Concerto for piano and orchestra n. 5, the Intifada.”

Hamas slams Ki-Moon over biased remarks

PRESS RELEASE
Hamas

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Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri stated Wednesday that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s remarks are prejudiced in favour of the Israeli occupation and are at odds with international law.

In a facebook statement Abu Zuhri said that Ki-Moon equates murderous settlers with Palestinians who are defending themselves, and called on Palestinians to continue their intifada, saying they should not fall for attempts to thwart their uprising.

In a meeting with the occupation’s PM Netanyahu on Tuesday, Ban Ki-Moon stated that he deplores what he said were “random terror attacks against Israeli civilians.” His remarks were met by anger from Palestinians, who said they overlooked their suffering and ignored the root causes of the situation.

Recasting the Rules over Palestine

Article – Ramzy Baroud

My first stop, after living for 22 years in a refugee camp in Gaza, was the city of Seattle, a pleasant, green city, where people drink too much coffee to cope with the long, cold, grey winters. There, for the first time, I stood before an audience … Read more »

Blood donation drive in Gaza to support uprising in West Bank and Jerusalem

PRESS RELEASE
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in Khan Younis, Gaza, organized a blood donation drive at its office in the governorate under the slogan: “One body, one blood, intifada until the end of occupation,” in support of the Palestinian people of the West Bank, Jerusalem, and occupied Palestine ’48 on October 20.

Members of the party, cadres of the Front participated in the even as did members of the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees.

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Comrade Hani Thawabteh, member of the Central Committee of the PFLP, said that the blood donation campaign was being conducted to support the growing intifada of our Palestinian people in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Occupied Palestine ’48, and to affirm the unity of the Palestinian people in confronting the occupation war machine together.

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Making Palestinian Third Intifada Victorious

Muneer Shafiq
Felesteen

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There is no doubt that the third Palestinian Intifada has broken out. The context of this Intifada is different from that of the first and second Intifadas and it is wrong to compare this Intifada to other Intifadas.

The third Palestinian Intifada has three main features. First, Israel is politically isolated and weaker than any time before. Second, the Palestinian Authority is still tied to security coordination with Israel. Third, the turmoil in the world that made the U.S unable to play its role as a major role in the region.

The three Intifadas share one thing: the popular sympathy in the Arab world as well as Europe, which helps tighten the grip around the Israeli government’s neck. The Israeli government tried to impose spatial and temporal division of Alaqsa, so the goal of this Intifada should be defeating this Israeli plan. Achieving this goal will also help achieve other goals such as freeing prisoners and lifting siege imposed on Gaza.

This Intifada should not be a merely a wave of anger and it should lead to a victory to the Palestinians. The current situation is suitable to bring about a victory. This is the only language the Israeli occupation understands.

Edited and Translated by CPDS

Euro-Med Monitor report: Israeli brutalities caught on camera

PRESS RELEASE
EuroMed Monitor

Releasing the Report at the Geneva Conference

Releasing the Report at the Geneva Conference

A new report, “Israel’s Arbitrary Killings and its System of Structural Violence,” was released by the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor in a press conference in Geneva.

The report summarizes the results of Euro-Med’s investigations into recent Israeli human rights abuses in the occupied Palestinian Territories. Featured at the press conference were video footage and photos illustrating the harassment and killing of Palestinian civilians involved in political protests during the last two weeks.

While the Israeli government has to date escaped serious accountability for repeated human rights violations, “citizen journalism”—in which excessive acts of force are caught on camera—now is making it more difficult for the acts to be obscured or brushed aside, says the report.

“Thanks to the courageous acts of activists, family members and bystanders, Euro-Med has collected video footage and eyewitness testimonies documenting numerous, egregious abuses by Israeli soldiers during the last few weeks, which we believe is only the tip of the iceberg,” says Daniela Dönges. “In our report, we name eight of them, because they are not just numbers. They are human beings with stories that must be told.” Read more »

UN expert expresses grave concern at “extremely volatile situation across the Occupied Palestinian Territory”

PRESS RELEASE
UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Makarim Wibisono, expressed grave concern and deep sadness at this month’s intensification of violence across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and in Gaza.

“Too many Palestinian and Israeli lives have been lost in the context of violent attacks and clashes,” Mr. Wibisono said, noting also the hundreds of injured. “In the face of growing violence, I urge Israel to exercise restraint and to recognise that all, including Palestinians, have equal right to respect for their human rights and their dignity.”

The number of reported Palestinian deaths, including children, is steadily rising. There are concerns of excessive use of force against Palestinians by Israeli security forces in the context of clashes, and cases of suspected Palestinian assailants shot and killed rather than arrested following attacks on Israelis, have been reported. Read more »

Ismail Haniyeh praises fighters in “Jerusalem’s intifada”

Julie Webb-Pullman

Ismail Haniyeh at Shifa Hospital with Ahmed Areer, 15, shot in the neck by Israeli military

Ismail Haniyeh at Shifa Hospital with Ahmed Areer, 15, shot in the neck by Israeli military

During a new year visit to Gaza’s Shifa Hospital patients injured in recent border clashes, Ismail Haniyeh on Thursday congratulated the Palestinian people for succeeding in resisting Israeli attempts to take over Jerusalem and the Al Aqsa Mosque, and gave special praise to the fighters in the streets and on the borders.

“We have seen a martyr fighting to the last – he knew he was about to die but he kept fighting until his very last breath,” he said. “Our people will not cease to defend our land, and Al Quds.”

Haniyeh spoke with most of the 25 patients still lying in Shifa Hospital beds with smashed limbs, gross abdominal explosive injuries, and head and neck wounds from direct Israeli fire over the past few weeks.

The other hospitals in the Gaza Strip are also dealing with the casualties of Israeli exceptionalism and impunity – and new forms of brutality. The latest Israeli trend is firing at the groin, resulting in devastating injuries – Al Aqsa Hospital received a young man this week whose penis and testicles had been shot off.

Nine Gazan youth have already lost their lives this month: the eldest only 22 years old, and three young boys under 16.

“Gaza is with those resisting for Al Aqsa,” Haniyeh said at the press conference following his visit to the surgical wing. “The message from our wounded is that Gaza, despite the distance and its deep suffering due to the siege and war, still stands behind the battle of Jerusalem, and that Gaza is in the heart of Jerusalem’s Intifada.”

Haniyeh also praised the medical staff, police and media for their exceptional work in treating, helping and covering these events.

Israeli Occupation Forces Intentionally Target PRCS Teams and Ambulances in Occupied Jerusalem

PRESS RELEASE
Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS)

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PRCS has documented 53 attacks against its teams and ambulances in which 37 emergency medical technicians (EMTs) were wounded and around 20 ambulances were damaged since October 3rd when the latest round of attacks by Israeli occupation forces against Palestinians in the oPt, including Jerusalem, began. Furthermore. There are 24 cases in which PRCS’ ambulances were hindered and prevented from reaching wounded Palestinians near seam zones.

The majority of attacks (23) took place in occupied Jerusalem. PRCS affirms that these violations aim at hindering the work of its teams and at preventing them from carrying out their humanitarian duty, including reaching injured persons, providing them with First Aid and ensuring their transfer to hospitals. This has increased the suffering of injured persons and their families. Read more »

UNRWA calls for political action, accountability to stem current spiral of violence, fear

PRESS STATEMENT
UNRWA Spokesperson Chris Gunness

UNRWA calls for political action and accountability to stem the current spiral of violence and fear;
highlights lack of hope amongst Palestinian youth

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UNRWA is deeply alarmed by the escalating violence and widespread loss of civilian life in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel. Only robust political action can prevent the further escalation of a situation that is affecting Palestinian and Israeli civilians.

In Gaza a total of 11 Palestinians, among them refugees, have reportedly been killed and at least 186 injured. Nine people, including three children were reportedly killed during demonstrations in Gaza and two people – a pregnant woman and a child – were killed when a house collapsed due to the impact of a nearby Israeli strike. Four people were reportedly injured in the latter incident. In the West Bank, between 1 October and 9 October, UNRWA has recorded 45 incursions by Israeli forces into refugee camps resulting in several refugees being shot dead, including one child. According to preliminary figures, 180 people have reportedly been injured in West Bank refugee camps, including some 20 children. About 50 of them were reportedly injured by live-fire.

We condemn killings and injuries of Palestine refugees such as the tragic case on 5 October, of Abd El Rahman, a 13-year-old ninth grade student at an UNRWA school who was shot dead by Israeli Forces in Bethlehem’s Aida refugee camp. The initial UNRWA investigation indicates that the child was with a group of friends, next to the UNRWA office after the school day was over and was not posing any threat. Read more »

MAHMOUD ABBAS ~~ THE REAL NOWHERE MAN

Khalid Amayreh
DesertPeace

In the final analysis, the PA is subservient to Israel and, to a very large extent, answerable to Israel.

Image by Carlos Latuff

Image by Carlos Latuff

Both the criminal, racist state of Israel, and the Palestinian Authority (PA), a police state without a state which we all know is at Israel’s beck and call, are reacting characteristically, each in its own way, to the ongoing popular Palestinian protests in the West Bank, especially in Occupied East Jerusalem. Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, have been threatening Palestinians with death and destruction if they continue with their protests, which he conveniently calls “terror.”

Netanyahu, of course, ignores the incomparably greater Jewish terror against Palestinians, which is continuing unabated, with full government backing and encouragement. Read more »

Pregnant woman, child killed in Israeli air raids on Gaza

Hamas

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An Israeli aerial attack on the Gaza Strip at dawn Sunday destroyed a Palestinian home, killing a pregnant woman and her little girl, and injuring three other family members.

A spokesman for the health ministry said that Nour Hassan, who was five months pregnant, and her two-year-old daughter Rahaf Yehya were both killed when their home collapsed as a result of an Israeli air raid on a nearby location in Azzeitoun neighborhood east of Gaza City.

Three other people from the same family also suffered injuries in the attack.

Eyewitnesses said the house was reduced to rubble as a result of the strong blast that was caused by an Israeli airstrike on a nearby resistance training site.

With Sunday’s raid casualties the number of Palestinians killed in Gaza since Friday rises to 11, including 9 civilians killed earlier in cross-border shootings at protesters.

Haniya: Gaza is more than ready for Jerusalem’s battle

Hamas

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Vice chairman of Hamas’s Political Bureau Ismail Haniya confirmed that Gaza is more than ready for Jerusalem’s battle, stressing that the battle in Jerusalem is Hamas’s battle, and the movement will never abandon its role and place.

In a Friday prayers sermon at a mosque in Gaza City, Haniya declared the current clashes in occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank as a real intifada, saying that Gaza’s experience of patience and steadfastness in the last three wars with Israeli occupation will always remain a strategic source of inspiration for Jerusalem and all of Palestine.

“The Palestinian Intifada has revived to liberate al-Aqsa, and we as Gazans intend to join,” Haniya declared. Read more »

Two children killed in IOF shooting in southern Gaza

Palestinian Information Centre

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Two Palestinian children were killed at the hands of Israeli occupation forces (IOF) to the east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip on Saturday afternoon.

Medical sources told the PIC reporter that 13-year-old Marwan Barbakh was shot and killed while participating in a peaceful march against Israeli atrocities in the West Bank, while five others were wounded.

They said that one of those seriously wounded, 15-year-old Khalil Othman, died later of his wounds at hospital.

Dozens of young men had gone on a peaceful demonstration for the second day running to the east of Khan Younis where IOF soldiers opened live fire at them. Read more »

PFB concerned over escalation of violence in Palestinian occupied territories

Europal Forum

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The Palestine Forum in Britain expressed concerns over Israeli violations in the occupied Palestinian territories in a press release published Friday. It emphasised that the Palestinian uprising comes as a result of unfair peace accords ‘intended to undermine the Palestinian struggle for freedom and dignity.’ Read more »

PFLP: Heroic individual resistance actions require popular support, must inspire leadership

PRESS RELEASE
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine confirmed that the upsurge in individual resistance actions carried out by heroic Palestinian youth throughout the occupied homeland are important operations that must continue, escalate and evolve, and need popular support in the West Bank and Jerusalem in various forms in light of the occupier’s continuous crimes against our people. Read more »

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