Archive for March, 2017

PFLP denounces the assassination of young Palestinian struggler and leader Basil al-Araj

PRESS RELEASE
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine joins with the masses of our resisting people in mourning one of the most prominent young Palestinian strugglers, Basil al-Araj, who was assassinated today by the cowardly Zionist occupation. The martyr fought a heroic battle after many months of pursuit. The Front called on resistance actions to come together in unity and coordination to respond to this crime and intensify operations against the Zionist occupation.

The Front emphasized that Palestine today has lost one of the finest young strugglers of Palestine, who paid with his life for his principles and values. He was committed to rejecting all capitulatory solutions and a clear vision of liberation, and he worked to chronicle the history of Palestine and confront all attempts to liquidate the Palestinian cause. Read more »

Israeli forces shoot, injure 2 Palestinians in northern Gaza

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On Friday evening Israeli occupation forces shot and injured two Palestinians in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip.

Health Ministry spokesperson Ashraf Al Qedra has confirmed that Red Crescent paramedics rushed two injured Palestinians civilians to the Indonesian Hospital.

One of the civilians suffered critical abdominal injuries, while the other sustained moderate injuries to his leg and shoulder.

The Israeli occupation army also attacked the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, firing artillery shells which struck Palestinian resistance sites.

UNRWA strongly condemns violations of inviolability, neutrality of United Nations installations in Ein El-Hilweh

PRESS STATEMENT
Chris Gunness, UNRWA Spokesperson

Ein al-Hilweh (Photo: Wattan TV)

Ein al-Hilweh (Photo: Wattan TV)

March 3 2017
Jerusalem

Today, 3 March 2017, an UNRWA security mission conducted a preliminary inspection to ascertain the extent of the damage to UNRWA’s installations in Ein El-Hilweh camp in southern Lebanon, following several days of clashes in the camp.

The inspection revealed that five UNRWA installations – three schools, one Relief and Social Services Office and the Camp Services Office have been entered and used by armed actors, contrary to the inviolability of United Nations premises.

The Agency’s Marj Ben Ammer school and one UNRWA Relief and Social Services Office have sustained significant material damage. The cost of the damage to UNRWA installations is yet to be finally determined. Once the situation permits, the Agency will conduct a full assessment of the damages and will consider seeking compensation from relevant actors, as appropriate.

UNRWA strongly condemns these violations of the inviolability and neutrality of United Nations installations. Read more »

Erasing the UN

Richard Falk
Opinion

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Donald Trump has articulated clearly, if somewhat vaguely and incoherently, his anti-globalist, anti-UN approach on foreign policy. For instance, in late February he told a right-wing audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference that “there is no such thing as a global anthem, a global currency, or a global flag. This is the United States that I am representing. I am not representing the globe.” A similar sentiment was expressed to Congress a few days later in a tone of voice and choice of words praised by media wonks as ‘presidential.’ On this occasion Trump said, “[m]y job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America.” Such rhetoric coming from a normal American leader would probably be interpreted as an expression of geopolitical humility, implicitly rejecting the standard insistence on American exceptionalism, exemplified in recent times by the project to create and maintain the first global state in human history.

This potentially self-limiting language might even be understood as renouncing earlier claims to assert American global leadership as the keystone of world order. George W. Bush in 2002 gave this bold leadership claim a sharp edge when he insisted the that only the US model of market-based constitutionalism was a legitimate form of governance for sovereign states in the 21st century. Or even more grandiosely, in the spirit of Michael Mandelbaum and Thomas Friedman, that the United States as a consequence of its martial strength, technological prowess, democratic values and institutions, and skills of leadership provides the world with the benevolent reality of virtual ‘world government.’ Let’s face it, Donald Trump is not a normal political leader, nor is he someone disposed to embrace humility in any form, so we should take his pledge to represent American interests while leaving the world to fend for itself with many grains of salt, especially if we consider the specifics of the Trump worldview. What Trump seems to be offering is maximum disengagement from international and global arrangements designed to institutionalize cooperation among sovereign states, and that is where the UN figures in Trump’s unfolding game plan. Read more »

UN rights experts denounce Israel’s growing constraints on human rights defenders

PRESS RELEASE
Office of the High Commissioner, UN Human Rights Council

Israeli forces shower protesters in Shuhada Street with teargas and stun grenades

Israeli forces shower protesters in Shuhada Street with teargas and stun grenades

GENEVA (3 March 2017) – Two United Nations Independent Experts are calling on the Israeli Government to fully respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of human rights defenders and organizations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Michael Lynk, and the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, Michel Forst, say human rights defenders in the region have been facing escalating restrictions by Israel on their activities.

“We are deeply concerned by the latest constraints on the invaluable work being done by human rights activists – Palestinian, Israeli and international – who investigate, research, advocate and peacefully mobilize with respect to human rights concerns in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,” they said. Read more »

Hamas holds Israeli Occupation fully accountable for latest escalation

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

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The spokesperson of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, Fawzi Barhoum said in a press release that the Israeli Occupation is fully responsible for the latest escalation against the Palestinian people and the resistance’s posts in the Gaza Strip.

He noted that continuing targeting and raiding the public places, residents’ properties, and resistance posts is unacceptable and aims to exacerbate the situation in the Gaza Strip.

Barhoum added that the Palestinian resistance will never accept imposing new realities on it whatever the price may be.

GISHA: public opinion poll 10 years into the closure of Gaza

PRESS RELEASE
GISHA

10 years into the closure of Gaza – a new public opinion poll reveals:

A majority of the Israeli public believes that the government’s policy in Gaza has undermined security; Economic improvements in Gaza would decrease levels of hostility and violence toward Israel

– Two-thirds of the public believe Israel’s policy in Gaza has undermined security; 69 percent of the public believe that improving living conditions there “serves Israel’s interests.”

– Fifty-seven percent of the public prefer alleviating restrictions on the civilian population to tightening the closure.

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