zondag 15 april 2018

Calling on world conscience

Hamza Abu Eltarabesh The Electronic Intifada 7 April 2018
Much has already been written and said about the bloody events of the first Great March of Return protest on 30 March.

Some of it will be forgotten in the bloodshed of the second march, on 6 April, which predictably saw Israel respond in the same brutal manner to popular unarmed demonstrations that it simply won’t countenance.

Indeed, the date of the first protest coincided with the commemoration of Land Day, when Palestinians protesting land confiscation inside Israel in 1976 were also subjected to lethal crowd control tactics and six unarmed demonstrators were shot and killed.

On 30 March 2018 the result was even more bloody. Fourteen protesters died on the day, and others succumbed to their injuries over the following week, bringing the total fatalities to 17.

Human Rights Watch found no evidence of any credible threat to Israeli soldiers, operating under a shoot-to-kill policy, posed by demonstrators.

After nine were killed during protests on 6 April, including a journalist, and another protester was shot dead earlier in the week, the total number Great March of Return fatalities has reached 27. Nearly 2,000 Palestinians have been injured – more than half of them by live fire – since the launch of the protests.

The Great March of Return demonstrations – which are set to run until 15 May, when Palestinians commemorate the anniversary of the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine – have been called to restate demands for the right of return of refugees.

The right of return is an issue that, if it is broached at all, only receives the most cursory of attention from non-Palestinians and in the foreign and Israeli media and then only to be brushed aside.

And yet, it is an issue that lies at the very heart of the Palestine question.

A right to pass down the generations
It was this that motivated Halima Aqel, 76, to come to one of the gatherings of protesters on 30 March.

She had brought her seven granddaughters to an area on the eastern edge of the Zaytoun neighborhood, on the edge of Gaza City and in between the Nahal Oz and Karni commercial crossings – both long underutilized because of Israel’s 10-year-old blockade on Gaza – and not 900 meters from the barbed wire fence and concrete wall Israel has erected around the impoverished coastal strip of land.

“I still dream of returning to my village,” said Aqel, after taking a selfie with her granddaughters.

Aqel was six when she and her family had to leave the village of Burayr, and, like so many of her generation, she still carries the key to the family home, a key her father passed to her when he died and that she will pass to one of her sons.

“My participation today is to express this hope of return. And if I am not of the generation who will return, I’m here to instill the necessity of returning in my granddaughters’ minds and hearts,” she said. “They can complete the journey after us.”

It is 70 years now since the Nakba or catastrophe in 1948, when more than 750,000 Palestinians fled or were forced to flee their homes and lands in what was to become Israel.

They were never allowed to return to reclaim their possessions or properties which were instead either confiscated by the new state and doled out to Jewish-only arrivals, or, as in the case of some 500 villages, destroyed and left to disappear.

A little further toward the boundary with Israel, in the Malaka area, now just some 700 meters from the edge of Gaza, 22 tents had been erected, each carrying the name of a village or town those inside had left in 1948.

One of these was filled with members of the Labad family and bore the name Ashkelon, an ancient city, now one Israel’s main cities in the south, where al-Majadal Asqalan was once home to more than 10,000 Palestinians.

A note to the world

Ismail Labad, 58, told The Electronic Intifada that the tents were erected in an attempt to raise awareness internationally and “guarantee that out right of return is recognized by the international community.”

Labad, a clothes merchant, was speaking while preparing lunch with a dozen members of his family in front of the white tent that bore the name of the place they think of as home and next to which one of his children, Ibrahim, 12, was busy raising the Palestinian flag.

Hundreds of similar tents were erected from south to north in Gaza, both on 30 March and 6 April, and thousands of men, women and children took part. The crowds were not deterred by the violent response to the first protest and turned out again in their thousands for the second week.

They will turn out for the third too. The protest represents a sense of unity among Palestinians around a core cause that supersedes factional differences. Demonstrators held the Palestinian flag aloft, not their factional colors.

Organizers say the series of protests is an attempt at reminding the world of its responsibilities to Palestinian refugees, whose right of return is not only mandated by UN General Assembly Resolution 194, but in Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“The mass return march is a message from Palestinians to the world to reconsider our cause,” Yahya Sinwar, the head of Hamas in Gaza, told journalists at the start of the protest on 30 March.

“The activities of the march will not stop until we’re back to our lands occupied by Israel 70 years ago.”

Hamza Abu Eltarabesh is a journalist from Gaza.


zondag 8 april 2018

De verzwegen boodschap van Martin Luther King

50 jaar geleden werd Martin Luther King vermoord. "Opiniemakers houden er van om Martin Luther King te presenteren als een inspirerend icoon liever dan als een radicale leider. Vandaag zou de echte King nooit uitgenodigd worden in het Witte Huis omdat hij veel te links is". In 2013 schreef Michael Parenti exclusief voor DeWereldMorgen.be deze analyse van zijn echte, grotendeels verzwegen boodschap.

... In 1967 werd hij een steeds ernstiger probleem voor de verdedigers van de privileges en de winsten. King protesteerde in dat jaar tegen de oorlog in Vietnam, een feit dat nog zelden vernoemd wordt. Veel progressieven (zwart en blank) voelden zich ongemakkelijk bij zijn standpunten. Zij vonden dat hij zich beter concentreerde op de burgerrechten zodat hij zijn potentieel publiek niet zou vervreemden met zijn anti-oorlogsstandpunten. Maar voor King was Amerika de grootste leverancier van geweld in de wereld geworden, veel meer geld uitgevend aan dood en vernieling dan aan levensbelangrijke sociale programma's. ....  

Doet ook denken aan de genocide in Guatemala (met steun van de VS en Israel) waarvan de oud-president Rios Montt (1982-1983) pas overleed. Zie http://www.dewereldmorgen.be/artikels/2013/05/21/medeplichtigheid-vs-bij-genocide-guatemala !

Why Israeli Soldiers Must Refuse to Fire at Unarmed Palestinian Protesters

By B’Tselem

April 07, 2018 "Information Clearing House" -  Last Friday was a bloody day in Gaza as Israeli soldiers fired at Palestinians taking part in demonstrations within the Gaza Strip. Of at least 17 Palestinians killed that day, 12 were killed at the protests. Hundreds more were injured by live gunfire.

The use of live ammunition against unarmed persons who pose no danger to anyone is unlawful. It is even more blatantly unlawful in the case of soldiers firing from a great distance at demonstrators located on the other side of the fence that separates Israel from the Gaza Strip. In addition, it is impermissible to order soldiers to fire live ammunition at individuals for approaching the fence, damaging it, or attempting to cross it. Obviously, the military is allowed to prevent such actions, and even to detain individuals attempting to carry them out, but firing live ammunition solely on these grounds is absolutely prohibited.

Further> http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49167.htm

Gaza op 30 maart 2018 bij de VRT (België)

Ankie Rechess' 'neutrale uitleg' over Israëlische aanval op betogers Gaza

Na de slachtpartij op de eerste dag van de Mars voor de Terugkeer in Gaza vroeg VRT-journaliste Annelies Beck aan VRT-correspondente Ankie Rechess 'uitleg' over de 'feiten'. Heel wat mensen ergerden zich aan de eenzijdigheid van dat gesprek. Hierbij de volledig uitgeschreven transcriptie van dat gesprek en de reactie van de VRT-klachtendienst. Oordeel zelf.
donderdag 5 april 2018

Verder> http://www.dewereldmorgen.be/artikel/2018/04/05/ankie-rechess-neutrale-uitleg-over-israelische-aanval-op-betogers-gaza

dinsdag 27 maart 2018

Israëlische slaat militaire rechter Ahed Tamimi en is vrij na één dag

Net nadat de militaire rechter Nariman Tamimi, moeder van Ahed, veroordeelde tot 8 maand en een boete voor het filmen van Aheds slag in het gelaat van een bezettingssoldaat kreeg hij van Israëlische activiste Yifat Doron zelf een slag in het gelaat. Ondanks volledige bekentenis en instemming met verdere aanhouding werd ze door een burgerrechtbank een dag later al vrijgelaten.

maandag 26 maart 2018
Net nadat de militaire rechter het vonnis van Nariman Tamimi, moeder van Ahed, had voorgelezen stond de Israëlische activiste Yifat Doron recht en gaf hem een slag in het gelaat met de woorden: “Wie ben jij om haar te beoordelen?”
Doron werd onmiddellijk aangehouden en nog dezelfde dag voor een burgerlijke rechtbank in Israël gebracht. De politie vroeg haar verdere aanhouding voor vijf dagen “om meer tijd te krijgen voor het onderzoek”.
Doron weigerde een advocaat, argumenteerde bovendien voor de burgerrechter dat ze zich niet verzette tegen verdere aanhouding en dat ze akkoord was met de argumentatie van de politie, namelijk dat zij inderdaad een 'bedreiging' voor de veiligheid was: “Iedereen die niet net in het lijntje loopt van uw apartheidsregime of die onafhankelijk durft te denken, vormt inderdaad een bedreiging voor de politie.”

"Uw spel van democratie voor Joden alleen"

De burgerrechter was het daar niet mee eens en beval haar onmiddellijke vrijlating. Daarop vroeg de vertegenwoordiger van de politie om één dag uitstel om in beroep te gaan. De volgende dag herhaalde Yifat Doron (foto) haar argumenten van de dag ervoor, waar ze nog het volgende aan toe voegde: “Verder ben ik niet van plan mee te spelen met uw spel van democratie voor Joden alleen. U doet maar.”

Yifat Doron (LinkedIn)

Ondanks haar volledige bekentenis van de feiten en haar instemming met verdere aanhouding beval de rechter andermaal haar onmiddellijke vrijlating. Enkele dagen later belde zij met het Israëlische magazine +9721: “Nariman (Ahed's moeder) is een van mijn beste vriendinnen. Zij is een van de moedigste mensen die ik ken. Voor mij symboliseert zij het onrecht dat mensen ondergaan onder dit regime. Ik heb dit gedaan om haar te steunen."
“Het is krankzinnig dat ik zoiets kan doen en twee dagen later al wordt vrijgelaten. Er zijn zoveel mensen in Nabi Saleh (het dorpje waar Ahed Tamimi woont) in de gevangenis, allemaal omdat ze besloten actie te voeren.”
Ondanks het feit dat Yifat Doron haar verzetsdaad stelde op de bezette Westelijke Jordaanoever, waar de militaire bezettingsrechtbank heerst, ondanks het feit dat zij over de hele lijn schuldig pleitte, ondanks het feit dat zij zich niet verzette tegen verdere aanhouding door de politie, ondanks het feit dat zij zich openlijk akkoord verklaarde met de verklaring van de politie dat zij een veiligheidsrisico inhield, werd zij door een burgerlijke rechtbank in Israël onmiddellijk terug vrijgelaten.
Het contrast met de behandeling van Ahed Tamimi voor hetzelfde misdrijf (en haar moeder Nariman voor het filmen en verspreiden van dat incident) kan niet schrijnender zijn. Voor dit systeem bestaat een naam: apartheid.
Dit is een samenvatting van het artikel An Israeli and a Palestinian slap a soldier. Guess who's still in prison?, aangevuld met eigen commentaar. 

vrijdag 9 maart 2018

Israel vernieuwt administatieve detentie van vrouwelijke Palestijnse journalist Bushra Taweel (en 45 anderen)

Israel renews administrative detention of Palestinian woman journalist, 45 others

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities on Thursday issued 46 administrative detention orders against Palestinian detainees, including a female journalist, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

PPS attorney Mahmoud Halabi said on Thursday that Israeli authorities issued a four-month administrative detention order against Palestinian journalist Bushra Taweel.
Taweel, a resident of the central occupied West Bank city of al-Bireh, is a former prisoner. She was re-detained in November 2017 and sentenced to six months of administrative detention, before having her detention renewed this week.
According to PPS, amon the Palestinians who were issued administrative detention orders on Thursday, 10 of them are former prisoners who were re-detained.
Israel uses administrative detention almost exclusively against Palestinians. The widely condemned Israeli policy allows for a detainee to be sentenced for up to six-month renewable intervals based on undisclosed evidence.

Although Israeli authorities claim the withholding of evidence during administrative detention is essential for state security concerns, rights groups have instead claimed the policy allows Israeli authorities to hold Palestinians for an indefinite period of time without showing any evidence that could justify their detentions.

Rights groups have claimed that Israel's administrative detention policy has been used as an attempt to disrupt Palestinian political and social processes, notably targeting Palestinian politicians, activists, and journalists.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there were 6,279 Palestinians in Israeli prisons as of August, with 465 being held in administrative detention.


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donderdag 8 maart 2018

URGENT: Release 16 year old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi

URGENT: Release 16 year old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi

16-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi has been called the ‘Rosa Parks of Palestine’. For years, she and her family have bravely stood up against the Israeli occupation. But she now faces up to 10 years in prison over an altercation with Israeli soldiers.
On 15 December, Ahed Tamimi and her family were protesting against Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  In a horrifying turn of events, Ahed’s 14-year-old cousin, Mohammed, was shot in the head at close range by an Israeli soldier. He required intensive surgery, where part of his skull was removed, in order to dislodge the rubber bullet.
Later that day, Ahed also came face to face with Israeli soldiers, when they entered the yard of her family’s house. A video, which has since gone viral, shows the unarmed teenage girl slapping, shoving and kicking two armed Israeli soldiers who are wearing protective gear. It was clear she posed no actual threat to them – as they lightly swatted her advances away. But now she could face up to 10 years in prison - a punishment which is blatantly disproportionate. 
On 19 December, Ahed’s home was raided by Israeli soldiers during the night. She was arrested – and now faces charges of aggravated assault, obstructing the work of soldiers, and incitement.
In detention, she endured aggressive interrogations, sometimes at night, and threats made against her family. Her trial before an Israeli military juvenile court is imminent - we must mobilise quickly and effectively.
There is nothing Ahed Tamimi has done that can justify the continuing detention of a 16-year-old child. She is one of approximately 350 Palestinian children held in Israeli prisons and detention centres.
Help us put global pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Call on him to:
  • Release, without any delay, 16-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi,who could face up to 10 years in prison.
  • Ensure that Palestinian children are not subjected to detention or imprisonment except in cases where it is demonstrably necessary and proportionate as a last resort for the shortest appropriate period of time.