Archive for November, 2015

Islamic Movement: We Will Continue Despite Israeli Ban

Press Statement
Sheikh Raed Salah, Head of the Islamic Movement in 1948 Palestinian Territories

Sheikh Raed Salah

Sheikh Raed Salah

On Tuesday night November 17, 2015, after the Israeli authorities outlawed the Islamic Movement and banned some of its figures and committees, Israeli security forces stormed the movement’s office in the Ibn Taymea Compound in Um Alfahim city and searched it, seizing files and equipment.

The Israeli security forces sent summonses to the Head of the Islamic Movement Sheikh Raed Salah, Deputy Head Sheikh Kamal Alkhatib, and Head of the Islamic Movement’s Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa file Dr Suleiman Ahmed.

They are supposed to present themselves to Mahoz Hoof police station in Haifa city.

The Israeli authorities also banned 17 civil society organizations.

In light of all these arbitrary and oppressive measures, we affirm the following:

First: measures taken by the Israeli institution are oppressive and unacceptable.
Second: the Islamic movement will continue to uphold its noble message of support for all principles it was established for, most importantly Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa.
Third: It is my honor to be the Head of the Islamic Movement, supporting its name and principles, most importantly Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa, and to do my best using all legal means, locally and internationally, to stop Israel’s clear violations against it.

With respect,

Sheikh Raed Salah,
The Head of the Islamic Movement

Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people

by Mazin Qumsiyeh

Mazin Qumsiyeh being arrested in Al-Walaja

Mazin Qumsiyeh being arrested in Al-Walaja

This is the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People as declared by the United Nations general assembly! But locally people see so little solidarity, and Israel continues to violate basic human rights with impunity. For the past week, we mourned ten more young Palestinians killed, and we saw home demolitions, we saw the continued horrific siege of Gaza, we saw health and religious rights violated daily, and we saw roads blocked to traffic so that getting from one Palestinian area to another is becoming impossible. Read more »

Confessions of a terrorist sympathiser

By Richard Jackson
Source: richardjacksonterrorismblog

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I confess that I am a terrorist sympathiser. Of course, it is a profanity, a kind of blasphemy, to admit to such a thing, perhaps the greatest blasphemy in our society at the present time. Some may also consider that this is not the right time to make this confession and all that it entails. It will be said that in the immediate aftermath of an attack, condemnation and standing united against the enemies of freedom is the only ethically-defensible stance. But, for reasons I hope will become clear, I believe that this is exactly the right time to claim the ignominious label of terrorist sympathiser, and that sympathy for the terrorist is what is most needed right now if we are to break the current international cycle of violence and find more ethical and peaceful ways of responding to the challenge of contemporary political violence.

I am a terrorist sympathiser because I can understand how a young woman from Gaza might consider that she has no real future, nothing but daily humiliations, the continued threat of being shot by an Israeli soldier or firebombed by a settler, or being arrested and tortured by the police. I can understand that she might have had a family member, or a friend, killed in one of the periodic ritualised Israeli invasions of Palestinian territory. I can understand how living under a callous, apartheid-like regime could ignite into a smouldering sense of rage, humiliation, and powerlessness. I can understand how an intelligent, sensitive woman like that might feel that hitting back at her oppressor, that sacrificing her life for her community, that choosing the time and place of her own death, might seem like a way to reclaim her shattered sense of self-worth and self-respect, her agency, her sense of purpose, and in the end, advance the struggle for a free Palestinian state. Read more »

Escalating number of Palestinian women prisoners in Israeli jails: profiles and information

Source: Samidoun

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The largest number of Palestinian women political prisoners since the Wafa al-Ahrar prisoner exchange in 2011 is currently imprisoned in Israeli jails. They are from the West Bank, Jerusalem, and Palestinians from occupied Palestine ’48 (citizens of Israel).

Hasharon prison, which imprisons most women prisoners is now “overcrowded;” three Palestinian girls – Jihan Ereikat, Marah Bakri and Istabraq Nour – are now being held in Asqelan prison, which is primarily a men’s prison; some Palestinian boys are held there as well. They have demanded their immediate transfer to a women’s prison.

Six of the Palestinian women prisoners have injuries from Israeli soldier and settler bullets: Shurouq Dwayyat, Hilweh Darwish Hamamreh, Israa Ja’abis, Marah Bakri, Istabraq Nour and Amal Taqatqa. Read more »

UN rights experts express deep concern about ongoing bloodletting in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

PRESS RELEASE
UN Human Rights Council Office of the High Commissioner

Abdallah Azzam Al-Shalada, 25, killed in cold blood by Israeli agents in Al Ahli Hospital, Hebron

Abdallah Azzam Al-Shalada, 25, killed in cold blood by Israeli agents in Al Ahli Hospital, Hebron

Two United Nations Special Rapporteurs today expressed grave concern over the continuing violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and Israel since the beginning of October, in which over 80 Palestinians and around 15 Israelis have reportedly been killed. In addition, thousands of Palestinians and more than 100 Israelis have been injured.

The human rights experts’ call for an end to the violence by all and strict compliance with international law comes following allegations of the killing of a Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces during an undercover arrest operation in a Hebron hospital on Thursday last week. Further fatalities, Israeli and Palestinian, were reported last Friday and over the weekend.

“Cases of excessive use of force by Israeli forces against Palestinians, including some which appear to amount to summary executions, continue to be reported and some have been captured on video,” said the UN Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in the OPT, Makarim Wibisono, and on summary executions, Christof Heyns. Read more »

Paris: AFTER THE ATTACKS

PRESS RELEASE
EUROPALESTINE

Our association, CAPJPO-EuroPalestine naturally condemns the barbarous attacks perpetrated by the terrorists claiming to belong to Daesh, and shares the emotion and sadness of the friends and relatives of the 128 victims of these horrific killings, also the hundreds of men and women wounded during the Friday evening massacres in Paris.

All the same, we protest against the declarations and the policies of a government which is far from protecting the population and exposes it to the risks of new attacks.

In reality, we do not see how the measures which are only related to “security” could represent efficient protection. It is impossible to watch over everyone everywhere. More police, more cameras will not stop determined killers.

Not to tackle the causes, that is the propaganda about the “clash of civilisations” and the war led by France against countries and people who have never attacked us, this is dramatic.

How could we have imagined how it was possible to get away with bombing Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria? Read more »

Barakat: Heinous crime in Paris is the responsibility of imperialism, colonialism and reactionary forces

Article
PFLP

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Responsibility for the heinous massacre that took place in Paris last night, claiming the lives of at least 120 innocent people, lies primarily with colonialism, imperialism, and the murderous criminal takfiri forces, and particularly with the United States, the French state and their reactionary tools in the region, said Comrade Khaled Barakat, coordinator of the international Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat.

In an interview with the PFLP information department, Barakat said that “the fascist right wing and the Zionist enemy are the sole beneficiaries of this heinous crime, which is a net profit for them. Arabs, and in particular Palestinians, are and will pay the price of both the attacks that took place in Bourj al-Barajneh in south Beirut against innocent people, and those in Paris, also against civilians.” Barakat pointed to “a wave of racism that some are trying to incite in Lebanon against our Palestinian people, which is even more severe in colonial France, where we are witnessing rising waves of racism and hatred against migrants, refugees and poor citizens, particularly Arabs and Africans in Europe.”

Barakat pointed out that “France’s bloody colonial history in Algeria, Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere in the Arab world is still fresh in the Arab popular memory, while France continues to this day to support the racist Zionist state and the reactionary Arab regimes with arms supplies and deals. The French state is hostile to the right of the Palestinian and Arab peoples to self-determination and liberation, while inside France, multiple forms of racism and oppression are practiced against poor and working-class Arabs and Muslims. All of these factors weaken Arab solidarity and can distort the image of the reality of this crime.” Read more »

Paris: The turn of the screw

by Julie Webb-Pullman

The Paris attacks are atrocities, and I send deepest condolences and sympathy to the families and victims – and to those of the recent murderous attacks in Palestine, Baghdad, Beirut, and Yemen.

Sadly, it seems that to the mainstream media, the dead in the west are more newsworthy. Western civilian targets are more deserving of our horror and outrage.

Consider: what would be the response if a Parisian hospital treating the victims is also raided by undercover ‘terrorists’ abducting patients and murdering visitors, as happened in Al Ahli Hospital in Palestine on November 12? Is bombed, like the Kunduz hospital in Afghanistan?

The United Nations is sure to act promptly – after all, it is now one of the members of the Security Council under attack, one of their own.

Under attack by weapons produced by their own, sold by their own – and provided by their own to the people committing these horrendous acts.

One could almost call Paris poetic justice, if it weren’t for the fact that the victims are innocent civilians, not the red-handed arms manufacturers, dealers and intellectual authors of these atrocities, whose identities are known, and impunity renowned.

One could almost call it the inevitable consequence of the military industrial complex on which western capitalism is now predicated, and which has increasingly insinuated itself into, or been embraced by, putative Islamic societies.

The Qu’ran says:

“…whosoever kills an innocent human being, it shall be as if he has killed all mankind, and whosoever saves the life of one, it shall be as if he saved the life of all mankind.” (5:32)

The 1.6 billion Muslims in the world must not only stand strong in these tenets of their faith, but also stand up to this insidious undermining of Islam from outside and from within – and prepare for the Paris backlash, which has already begun.

Realigning EU Policy in Palestine: Towards a Viable State Economy and Restored Dignity

Sami Abdel-Shafi
Source: Chatham House

While EU policy towards Palestinian economic development has long been subordinate to a stalled and dysfunctional peace process, this paper argues that the EU should rethink its policy and decouple economic development from the political process.

A Palestinian boy carries strawberries in a strawberry field in Beit Lahia, Gaza, December 2014. Photo: Getty Images.

A Palestinian boy carries strawberries in a strawberry field in Beit Lahia, Gaza, December 2014. Photo: Getty Images.

Executive Summary

(The full REPORT can be read HERE) Read more »

Co-existence with Apartheid? J K Rowling Owes Apology

Article – Ramzy Baroud

Co-existence with Apartheid? J K Rowling Owes Palestinians an Apology, Not an Explanation By Ramzy Baroud Read more »

Hamas: Armed resistance a strategic choice against occupation

PRESS STATEMENT
Hamas

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The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas reaffirmed its position from resistance, including armed resistance, as the strategic choice toward deterring the occupation and restoring Palestinian rights.

In a press statement in the 98th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, Hamas called Britain responsible for the unjust and void declaration in which lord Balfour bestowed what was not rightfully his upon those unworthy of it.

Hamas confirmed that forcing the Zionist entity through expulsion cannot change the facts of history and geography, stressing that the Palestinian people will never give up their rightful claim to the land of Palestine.

Hamas stressed the importance of backing Jerusalem’s intifada, renewing its call for a united Palestinian front to stop the Israeli attack against Al-Aqsa.

The movement called on the international community to protect and support Palestinian refugees, especially in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq, and to spare them from the dangers of internal conflicts and help them have a dignified life.

Hamas called on leaders of the free world to assume their roles in helping Palestinians achieve liberation and restore their lands and sanctuaries.

Links that Kill: International military cooperation with Israel

Column
Palestinian BDS National Committee

“I endorse this call for an arms embargo because we desire peace and justice for Palestinians and Israelis through non-violent ways.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

“This much-deserved military embargo is a crucial step towards ending Israel’s impunity.” Naomi Klein

Israeli arms factories across the world have been blockaded and occupied

Israeli arms factories across the world have been blockaded and occupied

Tens of thousands of mostly young Palestinians have participated since the beginning of October in protests against Israel’s intensifying repression, forcible displacement of communities, particularly in Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley and Naqab (Negev), and ongoing attempts to colonize occupied East Jerusalem, especially the Old City. The tools of repression, whether drones, vehicles, surveillance systems, teargas, IT systems, bullets, “skunk water” or other creations are all produced or imported from other countries by a vast Israeli military-industrial complex that is at the heart of Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid.

The functioning of this system depends on the willingness of governments and companies around the world to cooperate with Israel’s military, weapons industry and military research institutions. Read more »

Changing the ‘status quo’ of Al-Aqsa?

Brief
Afro-Middle East Centre

Israeli forces occupying the courtyard of Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli forces occupying the courtyard of Al-Aqsa Mosque

The recent uprising in East Jerusalem and the Palestinian West Bank points to a clear disillusionment among Palestinian youth, largely caused by Israel’s occupation, its Judaisation of Jerusalem, and the complicity of certain Palestinian political parties.

The intensification of the conflict since the beginning of October, which has caused the deaths of over sixty Palestinians and ten Israelis, was ignited by increased Israeli government sanctioning of visits of nationalist, religious Jews to the Aqsa Mosque, many of whom seek the compound’s destruction. Israel has also severely restricted Muslims access to Al-Aqsa, and increased its monitoring of Muslim groups operating at the compound. In late August and September, Israeli police prevented Palestinian women and men under fifty from visiting the mosque before noon, and in September the Murabitun and Murabitat, informal groups of men and women who offer religious classes and attempt to ensure the ban on Jewish prayer is observed, were declared illegal.

These measures have contravened the ‘status quo’, a situation that has been in place since the eighteenth century, Read more »