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Netanyahu Supports the Death Penalty against Palestinians

Article – Ramzy Baroud

Right-wing Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is escalating his war on the Palestinian people, although for reasons almost entirely related to Israeli politics. He has just given the greenlight to a legislation that would make it easier for Israeli … Read more »

UN human rights expert urges action to stop Israel

Press Release – UNHCHR

NEW YORK (24 October 2018) A UN human rights expert said it was high time the international community takes firm action to stop Israels annexation of large parts of the West Bank through settlement expansion and legislative initiatives, … Read more »

‘A Cruel Choice’: Why Israel Targets Palestinian Schools

Article – Ramzy Baroud

Several Palestinian students, along with teachers and officials, were wounded in the Israeli army attack on a school south of Nablus in the West Bank on October 15. The students of Al- Sawiya Al-Lebban Mixed School were challenging an Israeli military … Read more »

Dr. Ashrawi delivers talks and conducts meetings in Berlin

Press Release – Palestine Liberation Organisation

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi traveled to Berlin, Germany and gave a lecture at the Ibn Rushd Fund for Freedom of Thought entitled, Peace in Palestine – can this dream still come true? on October 18. Following her talk, … Read more »

Gaza: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

By Julie Webb-Pullman

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Trapped between the Zionist colonial – nay, genocidal – project on one side, and the Mediterranean on the other, the people of Gaza have literally only one option – to resist.

Illegally blockaded for 11 years, illegally occupied for 70, illegally assaulted militarily three times in the past 10, there is little left in Gaza but sheer human determination.

Determination to return to the lands stolen from under their feet in 1948 by the Zionist project, aided and abetted by the British, and by the fledgling United Nations – in breach of Article 2 of its own Charter.

Determination to end a criminal blockade that has destroyed any semblance of a functioning economy, destroyed any prospects of employment for 80% of its youth, destroyed maintenance let alone advancement of medicine, technology, agriculture, fisheries, industry, and manufacturing.

Determination to survive despite three brutal military offensives that destroyed most infrastructure – power plant, water wells, sewage treatment stations, factories, roads, hospitals and clinics (yes, Israel bombs hospitals full of patients), and schools (yes, Israel bombs schools full of refugees as well as schools full of children) – and despite the founding of an International Criminal Court to “end impunity” for such crimes.

No family in Gaza has been left unscathed: every family has lost loved ones to Israeli bars, bullets, bombs or barbarity. Some families have been entirely erased from the face of the earth. All Gaza’s families want the same thing: to live in dignity and prosperity in their own land.

They have tried literally everything.

Even peaceful demonstrations in their own country are met with live fire from across the fence, chemical weapons launched from sovereignty-breaching drones– and facile mealy-mouthed reprimands from the international bodies charged with upholding human rights and international law on whom they should be able to rely – but cannot, as history has so severely taught them.

This 70 year lesson has not been lost, even if almost everything else has been.

Today Gazans understand only too well what their options are.

So, too, must a world that has played a large part in cornering this cat. What transpires in Gaza today will be the logical – if completely avoidable – outcome of a century of imperialism and impunity.

And it will not end until they do.

As Fidel Castro said at his trial on 16 October 1953, almost exactly 65 years ago: “It is not with blood that you can pay for the lives of those who died for the wellbeing of a people; the happiness of that people is the only deserving price that can be paid for them. Moreover, my comrades are not forgotten nor dead; they live today more than ever and their murderers will see in terror how from their heroic corpses the victorious specter of their ideas rise.”

You will see them at the fence today.

Israeli forces caused injuries to one in 100 Palestinians

Press Release – Euro-Med Monitor

Israeli forces caused injuries to one in every 100 Palestinians as Gaza protests conclude 200 days, the international community must end the unfolding crisis Read more »

Israel calls Palestinian villagers ‘squatters’

Press Release – Palestine Human Rights Campaign

In a letter sent earlier this month to the EU Ambassador to Israel, Emanuele Giaufret, and to ambassadors from the United Kingdom, Sweden, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Italy, the Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Liberman,described … Read more »

Gaza’s economy goes into freefall

Article – Redress Information

The moment long feared is fast approaching in Gaza, according to a new report by the World Bank. After a decade-long Israeli blockade and a series of large-scale military assaults, the economy of the tiny coastal enclave is in freefall. Read more »

UN expert condemns killing of more Palestinian protesters

Press Release – UN Special Procedures – Human Rights

The killing and wounding of more Palestinian protesters at the Gaza fence by the Israeli security forces is an ongoing affront to human rights and human dignity, said a UN human rights expert. The deaths of seven more participants in the Gaza … Read more »

Khan Al-Ahmar as Representation of Greater Genocide

Article – Ramzy Baroud

Why Israel Demolishes: Khan Al-Ahmar as Representation of Greater Genocide By Ramzy Baroud Like vultures, Israeli soldiers descended on Khan Al-Ahmar, on Sep. 14 , recreating a menacing scene with which the residents of this small Palestinian village, located … Read more »

Hamas new charter is reflective of development

HAMAS

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Hamas expressed its natural intellectual development over the past 30 years in the Document of Principles and Policies, former Chief of Hamas Political Bureau Khalid Meshal stated.

In a televised interview with Al-Jazeera TV Channel on Monday evening, Meshal confirmed that the new Hamas charter highlighted a specific era; it was composed to reflect the movement’s intellectual and political advancement.

Meshal clarified that the movement has not repudiated its original charter, but rather adhered to its principle, and furthermore, expressed changes with new principles in the new document.

Unlike others, Hamas will never alter its core principles, Mesahl added. Read more »

Hamas to break Gaza siege regardless of Abbas’ opposition

HAMAS

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Member of Hamas Political Bureau Salah Al-Bardawil stated that his movement would continue exerting efforts to pressure the Israeli Occupation to lift the siege imposed on Gaza Strip despite attempts of some sides to hinder this move.

In an interview with Al-Aqsa TV Channel, Al-Bardawil added that the President of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Mahmoud Abbas foiled Egypt’s efforts to break the Israeli-imposed siege on the Gaza Strip, as part of PA’s bid to pave the way for the ‘deal of the century’ which aims at liquidating the Palestinian cause.

Regarding Abbas’ claims that the ceasefire with the Israeli Occupation is part of the ‘deal of the century’, Al-Bardawil stressed that his movement is exerting efforts to hammer out a truce with the Israeli Occupation in parallel with achieving the national reconciliation.

Al-Bardawil criticized the PA for maintaining its sanctions on the Gaza Strip, reiterating that the movement is prepared to run for elections at all levels. Read more »

What Lies Beneath: The US-Israeli Plot to ‘Save’ Gaza

Article – Ramzy Baroud

Israel wants to change the rules of the game entirely. With unconditional support from the Trump Administration, Tel Aviv sees a golden opportunity to redefine what has, for decades, constituted the legal and political foundation for the so-called … Read more »

PLO response to the US ending funding to UNRWA

Press Release – PLO

Statement by Dr. Hanan Ashrawi on behalf of the PLO Executive Committee in response to the US ending funding to UNRWA Read more »

UN Secretary-General on UNRWA

Press Release – United Nations

We regret the United States decision to provide no further funding to UNRWA, which provides essential services to Palestine refugees and contributes to stability in the region. The US has traditionally been the largest single contributor to UNRWA. … Read more »

Will Palestinian factions agree to a part of the ceasefire agreement?

Article
HAMAS

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The barriers to signing a ceasefire between the Palestinian resistance and the Israeli Occupation cannot be limited to the great disparity between the terms of the Israeli Occupation and the Palestinian resistance or the Palestinian Authority’s stance towards the ceasefire. Rather, the disparity between the Palestinian factions’ stances towards the ceasefire represents another barrier to reaching such an agreement.

The blackout imposed on the Palestinian factions’ meetings in Cairo and their stances towards the ceasefire cannot conceal the fact that the disparity between the Palestinian factions’ positions hinders reaching a ceasefire with the Israeli Occupation.

Despite the considerable disputes between the leadership of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian Authority (PA), some factions seem enthusiastic about agreeing to any agreement that overcomes the PLO and the PA. Read more »

When Illness is a ‘Death Sentence’

Article – Ramzy Baroud

Hanan al-Khoudari resorted to Facebook in a cry for help when Israeli authorities rejected her request to accompany her three-year-old son, Louay, to his chemotherapy treatment in East Jerusalem. Read more »

Gaza without Cancer Medicine

Article – Ramzy Baroud

On Sunday August 12, news from Gaza was distressing: The Ministry of Health announced that it would no longer be able to treat cancer patients in the Israel-besieged Strip. Read more »

Hamas briefs Palestinian factions on Cairo visit outcomes

HAMAS

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Hamas held a meeting with the Palestinian factions in Gaza to discuss the latest developments of the Palestinian cause and briefed them on the outcome of its meeting with the Egyptian officials in Cairo.

The member of Hamas Political Bureau Husam Badran said that the meeting came after Hamas’ visit to Cairo and its Politburo’s arrival in Gaza to discuss the latest updates concerning the national reconciliation, ceasefire with the Israeli Occupation, and the process of ending the siege on Gaza.

Badran noted that the Palestinian people have the final word to decide on their future.

He reiterated the necessity to take the Palestinians’ stances towards the ceasefire with the Israeli Occupation and their demands into consideration when discussing the proposals to ease the siege on Gaza.

Badran stressed that all the people of Palestine are united in the face of the Israeli Occupation and will not waive their rights under any pressure. Read more »

Dr Swee Ang recounts events when Al Awda was seized by Israeli military

Dr Swee Ang
Medical doctor on board the al-Awda, 4 August 2018

Al Awda in  Chalutiers, France en route to Gaza. Photo: Romuald AUGE

Al Awda in Chalutiers, France en route to Gaza. Photo: Romuald AUGE

The last leg of the journey of al-Awda (the boat of return) was scheduled to reach Gaza on 29 July 2018. We were on target to reach Gaza that evening. There are 22 on board including crew with USD 15,000 of antibiotics and bandages for Gaza. At 12.31 pm we received a missed call from a number beginning with +81… Mikkel was steering the boat at that time.

The phone rang again with the message that we were trespassing into Israeli waters. Mikkel replied that we were in International waters and had right of innocent passage according to maritime laws. The accusation of trespassing was repeated again and again with Mikkel repeating the message that we were sailing in international waters. This carried on for about half an hour, while Awda was 42 nautical miles from the coast of Gaza.

Prior to the beginning of this last leg, we had spent 2 days learning non-violent actions and had prepared ourselves in anticipation of Israeli invasion of our boat. Vulnerable individuals especially those with medical conditions were to sit at the rear of the top deck with their hands on the deck table. The leader of this group was Gerd, a 75 year old elite Norwegian athlete and she had the help of Lucia a Spanish nurse in her group. Read more »

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