Archive for June, 2017

On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Addameer highlights systematic abuses by Israeli forces

PRESS RELEASE
ADDAMEER

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On International Day to Support Victims of Torture, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association highlights the continued forms of physical and psychological torture of Palestinian prisoners and detainees by Israeli forces. Occupation authorities practice torture and ill-treatment in a systematic manner, in contravention with international law, which prohibits physical and psychological torture. Human rights conventions, including the Convention Against Torture, to which Israeli is a signatory, as well as the Fourth Geneva Convention, prohibit the use of torture with no exceptions.

On the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Palestinians prisoners’ issue has a special importance. Since 1967, 73 Palestinian prisoners and detainees have died as a result of torture in Israeli detention during interrogation. The latest case is Arafat Jaradat, who died on 23 February 2013 as a result of torture during interrogation. Commissioned Forensic Pathology expert Dr. Sebnem Korur Fincanci, found that “Arafat Jaradat was severely beaten while in detention, resulting in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, which caused his death in Israeli custody on 23 February 2013.”[1] Despite this, up to date, no Israeli official has been charged for Jaradat’s death. Read more »

Hamas condemns the decision of the Attorney General in blocking media sites

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, condemns the decision of the Attorney General of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, Ahmed Barak, to block a number of Palestinian news agency sites as demanded by Mahmoud Abbas.

The Movement’s spokesman, Fawzi Barhoum, in a press statement Thursday, regarded the decision as a direct violation of freedom of opinion and expression and one which reflects the dictatorial agenda of Abbas and his authority in dealing with the Palestinian people and the various components of our society

Barhoum called on the Palestinian people to confront this immoral approach and to thwart Abbas’s plans aiming to subdue rights of free expression.

He also called on the human rights and trade union organizations to denounce the actions of Abbas and his authority which suppress the freedom of expression and the destruction of Palestinian society.

PFLP denounces censorship of Palestinian news sites

PRESS RELEASE
PFLP

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine condemned the Palestinian Authority’s blocking and censorship of Palestinian news sites in the West Bank since Thursday, June 15.

The Front said that this attack on freedom of expression is a dangerous trend that reflects acquiescence to the dictates of the enemies of the Palestinian people. It works hand in hand with all attempts by the enemy to muzzle the Palestinian voice and strangle and silence the Palestinian people. The Front demanded that this action be overturned immediately and to end the punishment of the steadfast Palestinian people. Read more »

Immediate action needed as Gaza power cuts spark humanitarian crisis, UN expert warns

PRESS RELEASE
UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights

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GENEVA (15 June 2017) – The humanitarian situation in Gaza is deteriorating to unprecedented levels as new reductions in the already extremely limited power supply have been announced, a United Nations expert has warned.

Michael Lynk, Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, said the situation was “extremely distressing” and getting worse with every passing week.

“All the parties with a direct hand in the crisis – Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas – must act immediately with the best interests of the population in Gaza in mind to resolve this human-made problem,” the expert said. Read more »

UNHRC on Qatar diplomatic crisis

PRESS RELEASE
United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

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Comment by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on impact on human rights

GENEVA (14 June 2017) – “I am alarmed about the possible impact on many people’s human rights in the wake of the decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain to cut diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar.

It is becoming clear that the measures being adopted are overly broad in scope and implementation, and have the potential to seriously disrupt the lives of thousands of women, children and men, simply because they belong to one of the nationalities involved in the dispute. Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain have issued directives to address the humanitarian needs of families with joint nationalities, but it appears that these measures are not sufficiently effective to address all cases. Read more »

Journalism, History and War: Sit, Type and Bleed

Article – Ramzy Baroud

Journalism, History and War: Sit, Type and Bleed By Ramzy Baroud The typical newsroom set-up, where journalists chase after news headlines dictated by some centralized news gathering agency – often based in some western capital – does not suffice any … Read more »

Dr. Ashrawi conducts separate diplomatic meetings in Ramalla

Press Release – PLO

RAMALLAH, PALESTINE (June 13, 2017) — PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi met with the Russian Head of Mission to Palestine Dr. Aydar R. Aganin at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah. Read more »

The Machiavellian Plot to Provoke Saudi Arabia and Qatar into a “Blood Border” War

Andrew Korybko
From 21st Century Wire

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Experts all across the world are trying to figure out what’s really fueling the Qatari-Saudi Cold War, but the answer is simple – the US. As it’s always prone to do, Washington is masterfully playing a game of divide and conquer in the Mideast, doing the same thing to its Gulf allies as it did to its North African ones during the theater-wide “Arab Spring” Color Revolutions, except this time pitting them against one another on a state-to-state level as opposed to an intra-state one between the government and some of its citizenry.

The long-term purpose behind all of this is to usher in Ralph Peters’ 2006 “Blood Borders” blueprint for the “New Middle East”, wherein the Gulf eventually undergoes a geopolitical reengineering just like “Syraq”, Turkey, and the Balkans are slated to do as well. All in all, the fracturing of the region into a myriad of internationally recognized and de-facto statelets is expected to facilitate the prolongation of American hegemony in the broad interconnected space that the late Brzezinski described as the “Eurasian Balkans,” while simultaneously creating major complications for its Russian and especially Chinese rivals’ access to this geostrategic pivot space at the heart of Afro-Eurasia.

That’s a lot to digest all at once, so let’s break everything down piece by piece so that it’s easier to understand.

Source: 21st Century Wire

Source: 21st Century Wire

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Hamas condemns UNRWA allegations

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In the name of Allah the most Merciful

Press Statement

Fawzi Barhoum, spokesman for the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”, stated the following:

The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, strongly condemns the allegations made by UNRWA regarding the “existence of a tunnel under a school in the middle of the Gaza Strip” which will in turn be exploited by the Israeli occupation to justify its crimes and encourage it to target unarmed civilians.

Hamas and all other resistance factions make it clear, that no resistance activities take place in the location mentioned by the UNRWA. Our resistance policy completely respects UNRWA institutions and public institutions; meaning, we and other factions carry on with resistance activities far from residential areas and institutions.

Fawzi Barhoum

Spokesman for the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”

09 / June / 2017

UNRWA Condemns Neutrality Violation in Gaza in the Strongest Possible Terms

Statement by Christopher Gunness, UNRWA Spokesperson

On 1 June UNRWA discovered part of a tunnel that passes under two adjacent Agency schools in Maghazi camp in the Gaza Strip, namely the Maghazi Elementary Boys A&B School and the Maghazi Preparatory Boys School. The schools are located on the same premises. The discovery was made during the summer vacation, at a time when the schools are empty, and in the course of work related to the construction of an extension of one of the buildings.

Following a thorough inspection of the site, UNRWA can confirm that the tunnel has no entry or exit points on the premises nor is it connected to the schools or other buildings in any way. Read more »

Die, Suffer, You Kahba

by Gideon Levy
Source: HAARETZ

A horrific incident took place in the occupied territories last Thursday. It was no less despicable than the shooting of an incapacitated terrorist by Elor Azaria. Watching the video clip that documented the event turns one’s stomach. It’s revolting and infuriating, yet no media outlet in Israel paid any attention to it, reflecting the depths of apathy to which we have sunk.

On that day, a group of soldiers stood around a dying Palestinian girl who was writhing in pain, lying bleeding on the road. The soldiers competed with each other to see who could curse her using more vile language. These are your soldiers, Israel, this is their language, these are their values and standards. No one even thought of offering her medical aid, no one thought of silencing the outburst of detestable obscenities flying around the girl who was bleeding to death. This was an apt gift for the jubilee celebrations – from the good-looking paratroopers at the Western Wall to this beastly act at the Mevo Dotan checkpoint. Fifty years of occupation have brought us to this. Read more »

Hamas Press Release concerning Swiss approval to investigate complaint filed against Livni

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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Press Release issued by the spokesperson of the Islamic Resistance Movement ‘Hamas’, Fawzi Barhoum

We, in the Islamic Resistance Movement ‘Hamas’ highly appreciate the approval of the Swiss Attorney General to investigate a complaint filed against the former Israeli Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, for committing war crimes during the Israeli aggression in 2008-2009 against Gaza Strip.

We consider it a highly important step towards achieving deterrent punishment against the Israeli Occupation and its leaders for committing crimes and violations against the Palestinian people.

While we stress the need to proceed with practical measures regarding this issue, we also urge other countries to follow suit in the same path.

We express our full readiness to cooperate with any party and to provide it with all evidences needed to indict the Israeli Occupation for war crimes.

Fawzi Barhoum

Spokesperson of the Islamic Resistance Movement

2nd of June, 2017

Jarrar rejects all forms of negotiations with Israeli occupation, demands end to PA security coordination

PRESS RELEASE
PFLP

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Khalida Jarrar, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and a leader in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, emphasized the PFLP’s complete rejection of a return to negotiations with the occupation during the Executive Committee meeting of the PLO that took place on Tuesday, May 30.

The PFLP insisted on the implementation of the resolutions of the PLO Central Council, especially to end security coordination with the Zionist occupation and serious national dialogue to rebuild the Palestinian leadership on the basis of resistance and confrontation of the challenges of today. Read more »

How Israeli moves are scotching Trump’s “ultimate deal”

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A decision by Donald Trump on 1 June could prove fateful for the immediate future of Jerusalem, the wider Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the region. Read more »

Hamas Office of Refugees demands UNRWA stop threatening its employees

HAMAS

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The Office of Refugee Affairs of the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas” called upon the UNRWA to halt its systematic threats against UNRWA staff by depriving them from their jobs due to their national and political opinions.

The office stated Wednesday in a press release that UNRWA threatened to fire and take punitive measures against any Palestinian employee who contravene the agency’s impartiality as being staff member of an international body of humanitarian purposes.

The office stated that the threat clearly contradicted the UN’s call in all its covenants of the freedom of expression, the principles of human rights , and political preferences. Read more »