Archive for May, 2018

8 lessons I learned on Palestine from 8 Western Nations

Article – Ramzy Baroud

On February 20, 2018, I embarked on a global book tour that has, thus far, taken me to eight nations. The main theme of all my talks in various cultural, academic and media platforms was the pressing need to refocus the discussion on Palestine … Read more »

Human Rights Watch targets Israeli banks… NZ Super fund

Press Release – Palestine Solidarity Network

The Palestine Solidarity Network has renewed calls for the NZ Super Fund to divest its shareholding in Israeli banks which invest in the illegal construction of Jewish only settlements in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. Read more »

Israel Institute demands a NZ response to Hamas attacks

Press Release – Israel Institute

Israel Institute demands a New Zealand response to Hamas attacks on Israel Israel Institute of New Zealand director David Cumin says that New Zealands continued failure to condemn Hamas for attacks on Israel has become untenable and morally bankrupt: … Read more »

NZ response to latest Israeli massacre doesn’t go far enough

Article – Aubrey Bloomfield

On 14 May, Israel killed at least 60 Palestinians in Gaza taking part in the Great March of Return protest and injured thousands more. The Israeli massacre was met with widespread international criticism. The prosecutor of the International Criminal … Read more »

Israel’s Supreme Court greenlights state to commit war crime

Press Release – B’Tselem

On Thursday, 24 May 2018, three Israeli Supreme Court justices Noam Sohlberg, Anat Baron and Yael Willner ruled that the state may demolish the homes of the community of Khan al-Ahmar , transfer the residents from their homes and relocate … Read more »

Israel’s proposed bill banning photos of IDF soldiers

Press Release – PLO

Dr. Ashrawi on Israel’s proposed “Prohibition against photographing and documenting IDF soldiers” bill Today the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation will discuss a bill that would prohibit the recording, photographing or documentation … Read more »

Urgent action needed to avoid war, suffering in Gaza

Press Release – United Nations

Urgent action needed to avoid war, alleviate suffering in Gaza UN envoy tells Security Council Gaza is on the verge of collapse and its people becoming increasingly desperate, a United Nations envoy told the Security Council on Wednesday, urging … Read more »

Gazans Have Crossed the Fear Barrier

Article – Ramzy Baroud

Israels Premature Celebration: Gazans Have Crossed the Fear Barrier By Ramzy Baroud 60 Palestinians were killed in Gaza on May 15, simply for protesting and demanding their Right of Return as guaranteed by international law. 50 more were killed since … Read more »

ICC Prosecutor on the referral submitted by Palestine

Press Release – International Criminal Court

Today, 22 May 2018, I received a referral from the Government of the State of Palestine (“Palestine”), a State Party to the Rome Statute, regarding the situation in Palestine since 13 June 2014 with no end date. Read more »

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 »

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