Archive for May, 2018

PLO on Palestine’s referral of Israel to the ICC

Press Release – PLO

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi on Palestines referral of Israel to the ICC: Time to end Israels impunity “Today, as a State party to the Rome Statute, the State of Palestine will submit a referral regarding Israel’s … Read more »

“Systemic Murder” Complaint Filed To ICC Over Gaza Killings

Article – Alastair Thompson

As diplomatic condemnations of the horrific Gaza Massacre death toll from last Monday continue to echo around the world, an International Criminal Court investigation into war crimes committed by Israeli Defence Force snipers against Palestinian prostesters … Read more »

Australia’s voting at the UNHRC

Press Release – The General Delegation of Palestine to Australia

Australias voting at the 28th Special Session of the UNHRC against a resolution to establish an independent commission of inquiry is immoral, provocative and contrary to international law. Read more »

Union leader Mike Treen to join flotilla to Gaza in July

Press Release – Kia Ora Gaza

Mike Treen is a prominent, life-long human rights campaigner and trade union leader in New Zealand. Read more »

British Officer to Address UN Urgent Session

Press Release – UN Watch

Col. Richard Kemp now at UN Human Rights Council in Geneva GENEVA, May 18, 2018 — The former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, coming from a field visit and report at the Gaza front line, is about to testify before the emergency UN session … Read more »

Gaza under siege – but Palestinians ‘will never give up’

Press Release – Pacific Media Watch

GLOBAL: Gaza under siege but Palestinians will never give up http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/pacific-media-watch/global-gaza-under-siege-palestinians-will-never-give-10164 Read more »

UN experts urge Israel not to deport Omar Shakir

Press Release – United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (18 May 2018) UN human rights experts* have called on the Government of Israel to rescind its decision of 7 May to cancel the work permit of Omar Shakir, the Israel and Palestine Director for Human Rights Watch, who is based in Jerusalem. Read more »

Zeid on Gaza

Press Release – United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein to the UN Human Rights Council Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem … Read more »

On the deteriorating human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

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Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein to the UN Human Rights Council Special Session of the Human Rights Council

On the deteriorating human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

Geneva, 18 May 2018

Mr. President,
Appalling recent events in Gaza have called this Council into Special Session. Since the protests began on 30 March, 87 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli security forces in the context of the demonstrations, including 12 children; 29 others, including three children, were killed in other circumstances. And over 12,000 people have been injured, more than 3,500 of them by live ammunition.

The violence reached a peak on Monday 14 May, when 43 demonstrators were killed by Israeli forces – and the number sadly continues to climb, as some of the 1,360 demonstrators injured with live ammunition that day succumb to their wounds. These people, many of whom were completely unarmed, were shot in the back, in the chest, in the head and limbs with live ammunition, as well as rubber-coated steel bullets and tear-gas canisters. Israeli forces also killed a further 17 Palestinians outside the context of the five demonstration hot spots. Together, this figure of 60 is the highest one-day death toll in Gaza since the 2014 hostilities. Read more »

560 Palestinian Israeli gunshot victims contact ICC

Press Release – Gaza SCOOP

Israeli crimes committed in Gaza 560 Palestinian victims of Israeli gunshots are contacting the International Criminal Court Read more »

560 Palestinian victims of Israeli gunshots are contacting the International Criminal Court

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release – 18th May 2018

ENGLISH VERSION – LA VERSION FRANCAISE SUIT

Israeli crimes committed in Gaza
560 Palestinian victims of Israeli gunshots
are contacting the International Criminal Court

On 17 May 2018, a group of 560 Palestinian victims of Israeli live fire during Gaza demonstrations sent Mrs Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, a complaint denouncing these war crimes and requesting that she refer it to the Court’s judges in order to obtain authorisation to open an inquiry.

1. A joint organised task from Palestine

The complaint was announced from Gaza, directly from the victims or a close relative.

It is the result of work carried out by the Independent Palestinian Commission for the Pursuit of Zionist Crimes against the Palestinians (TAWTHEQ) – a public entity created by the Palestinian Legislative Council on 29 October 2010 – together with some 40 lawyers working in Gaza in co-operation with renowned French lawyer Gilles Devers and lawyer Khaled Al-Shouli. The complaint has also been signed by 30 lawyers registering their involvement and solidarity.

This complaint is a continuation of an ongoing effort initiated nearly 10 years ago, the first complaint to the International Criminal Court having been made in January 2009 concerning the Israeli “Cast Lead” military attack. Read more »

Embassy of Israel on Gaza Coverage

Press Release – Embassy of Israel

It is astonishing to see how much disinformation is being used against Israel for its self-defense on the Gaza border. Read more »

The Decency of Violence: Massacre in Gaza

Article – Binoy Kampmark

It has the makings of another Intifada: appalling timing in terms of commemoration (the founding of the state of Israel; the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem in all-Trumpistan affair); popular protest with all its untidy trimmings; then a … Read more »

Call for an investigation into Gaza’s recent events

Press Release – Euro Med Monitor

Geneva- Mr. Michael Lynks call for an international investigation into Israel’s killing of Palestinian demonstrators in the Gaza Strip is a first step to achieve justice for the dead, says the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor, stressing … Read more »

An Affront to History: Giro d’Italia’s ‘Sport-Washing’

Article – Ramzy Baroud

An Affront to History: Giro dItalias Sport-Washing of Israeli Apartheid By Ramzy Baroud For the first time since its inception in 1909, the legendary Italian cycling race, Giro dItalia kicked off outside Europe and, strangely enough, from … Read more »

UN human rights expert condemns horrific violence in Gaza

Press Release – United Nations

GENEVA (15 May 2018) A UN human rights expert has called on the Israeli Government to immediately cease its lethal assault against protesters at the Gaza fence, who appear to pose no credible threat to Israeli military forces on the Israeli side … Read more »

Al-Sisi’s Band Aid: Egypt extends Rafah Crossing opening through Thursday.

SOURCE: alnafiza.net

Informed sources said that the Egyptian authorities decided to open the Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip permanently due to the large number of wounded and injured who are scheduled to leave for Egypt to receive treatment, and also within the Egyptian facilities to come to the sector.

The sources confirmed that the crossing from the moment will remain permanently open without closing it completely, pointing out that the Egyptian leadership gave instructions to the competent authorities to keep the Rafah crossing open continuously.

She pointed out that the Egyptian authorities have given instructions to all concerned authorities to start receiving the wounded of the march of return and the millions of people who broke the siege, whose cases require treatment in Egyptian hospitals.

The Egyptian authorities decided to open the Rafah crossing for four days from Saturday to Tuesday evening, but announced the extension of the crossing until Thursday evening.

It is noteworthy that the Rafah crossing is considered the lifeline of the citizens of Gaza, since it connects the sector in Egypt, where the closure of the latter almost completely, since July 2013, and open it at intervals: for the travel of humanitarian cases, students and dependents only.

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Editorial: Picking Up The Pieces After The Gaza Fence Massacre

By Alastair Thompson
(Co-founder and former editor – Scoop.co.nz)

This video puts the Palestinian Border Protests in full context. And it provides those who haven’t been following recent history closely the background needed to understand why the Gaza Fence Massacre yesterday is so important historically.

Today the Gaza border has been quiet after orders were given to withdraw from the border. Gaza has also been concentrating on burying its dead and treating the thousands of wounded.

The people of Gaza have experienced yet another great trauma, on top of a mountain of traumas experienced in their open air prison – and live fire military technology proving ground. And they have done so with great dignity. The fact that this protest did not turn into yet another missile barrage shows that there is a new understanding in the Gaza Strip – among its leaders i.e. Hamas – that a military confrontation with Israel will never deliver them justice and freedom.

Israel did exactly what they said they would do. Impose significant casualties on the protesters with the clear intention of provoking a military response which they would then be able to use in their communications with the rest of the world – condemning the millions of Gazans as terrorists, wild animals who cannot be trusted and who have no other reflex other than to attack.

This kind of restraint is extraordinary – and it is a turning point for Gaza – even if it takes some time for it to become a turning point in the wider jihad for freedom and justice.

But to pick themselves up from this latest horror, whilst facing further bombing, further provocation, with no means to escape, limited water and electricity, living in ruins and mourning their loved ones will be very hard.

My hope is that the people of Gaza will know that they have in this moment of sacrifice made themselves 100s of millions of friends an sympathisers around the world. And that Israel failed in its diabolical and evil attempt to provoke them into lashing back.

The #GreatReturnMarch may feel like a failure or an exercise in futility on the ground for so many brave souls. But it is not. It is a wonderful victory of peace over violence, and it provides a foundation for a new era in Palestinian/Israeli peace negotiations where the Israeli’s no longer hold all the cards.

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CWS worried about escalating violence in Gaza

Press Release – Christian World Service

Christian World Service abhors the senseless violence in Gaza that has left close to 100 people dead and many more injured. Read more »

Embassy of Israel in Wellington – Gaza border

Press Release – Embassy of Israel in Wellington

Make no mistakes – There is no valid connection between the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem and the weeks old Hamas-orchestrated violent confrontation campaign already taking place in the Gaza Strip. Read more »

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