REACHING OUT TO ALL VICTIMS AMIDST GROWING CRISIS
The conflict now under way affecting the Gaza Strip and Israel is exacting an appalling price from the civilian population. While attempting to reach all people in need of help, humanitarian workers themselves face acute security risks. A Palestinian Red Crescent volunteer was killed as he attempted to treat wounded people in Khuzaa, south of Gaza City, on 25 July. Other paramedic volunteers who tried to rescue him were also targeted, making it impossible to bring him to hospital in time. Another volunteer was killed and three others wounded in Beit Hanoun earlier the same day. Continue reading ICRC Update 27 July→
What follows is a short list detailing how the government of Israel do not even really attempt to rein in the “extremist” (I would posit, typical) attacks on Gentile Palestinians. Considering how quickly the Jewish police and military can hunt down and capture scary little Gentile Palestinian children, obviously if it wanted to, it could find and apprehend its own violent Jewish criminals. It does not want to, because these vicious attacks represent not only the true face of Jews, but does some ‘dirty’ work for the government, ensuring a level of plausible deniability it then portrays to the civilised world. It is noteworthy that there are organisations that take some effort to track the crimes of Jews against Gentile Palestinians, but not even the organisations can catalogue them all, as a good number of them not are reported since the Jewish police and military make little to no effort anyway. So what it catalogued represents only a small number of attacks by Jews. -ed.
As Israel conducts a wave of mass home break-ins and arrests across the West Bank in retaliation for the alleged kidnapping of three youth from one of its illegal settlements, a new report documents that Palestinian children are at much greater, ongoing risk from Israeli forces. According to the report issued today by the Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights, Israel seizes between 2,000 and 3,000 Palestinian children and youth annually – with an average of 400 a year as young as 12-15. Continue reading Report: Thousands of Palestinian Children Seized by Israel Every Year; Calls for International Action→
A study by the Middle East Project of the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa
The Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa commissioned this study to test the hypothesis posed by Professor John Dugard in the report he presented to the UN Human Rights Council in January 2007, in his capacity as UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel (namely, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza, hereafter OPT). Professor Dugard posed the question:
Israel is clearly in military occupation of the OPT. At the same time, elements of the occupation constitute forms of colonialism and of apartheid, which are contrary to international law. What are the legal consequences of a regime of prolonged occupation with features of colonialism and apartheid for the occupied people, the Occupying Power and third States?
Israel uses the illegitimate tool of “administrative detention” as a handy method of keeping Palestinians who are ‘dangerous’ because of their activism or popularity –or because they are much too effective– away from the rest of the Palestinian population as a political prisoner without recourse. These political prisoners are automatically labelled “terrorists” whether they committed any violence or not, and thus is a pejorative used to stop discussion and deny identification with or sympathy to the inmate (much in the same way the ‘anti-semitism’ trick is used). This position paper details what “administrative detention” is, how Israel uses it, its status under international law and implications. Continue reading Administrative Detention→
Food as a weapon. The concept isn’t new nor is Israel unique in treating it as such. The asymmetrical imbalance of power between Palestine and Israel, and the unconditional support Israel receives thus far from its benefactor and patron, America, have ensured that Israel can, with impunity, impoverish and dispossess Palestinians. Israeli Jews want to deprive Palestinians of their territory and resources (fertile agricultural land) and their ability to feed themselves and thus become completely dependent upon the Israeli Jews for their subsistence. But Palestinians are not like Americans, they are a beautiful, ancient and cultured people: aware, educated and empowered in both spirit and body, regardless of Jewish oppression they endure. And they are using farming as a brilliant means of non-violent resistance. Continue reading Palestinian Farmers: A Last Stronghold of Resistance→
With the advent of the ‘camera phone’ and the ubiquitous nature of not only ‘smart phones’ with camera but video cameras dispensed by various NGOs, it is harder for the violent Jewish settler colonists and their comrades in violent crime, Jewish military to do their heinous deeds away from the eyes of the world. Videos are recorded of their lawlessness and violent attacks on unarmed civilians be they shepherds, farmers, children or families, and uploaded to numerous video sites such as YouTube and shared on social media.
Defense for Children Palestine Issues ‘Growing up between Israeli Settlements and Soldiers’
21 June, 2014 WAFA
RAMALLAH – Defense for Children Palestine (DCI-Palestine) issued recently a news report that brings to light the devastating impact on Palestinian children of growing up near increasingly violent Israeli settlements and Israeli military outposts.
Israel routinely maltreats Palestinians and children in its custody, which has been observed and reported time and again over the years. Israel, of course, always denies any wrongdoing. When caught red-handed or the attention is too great (or it is in imminent danger of being caught), it simply refuses to cooperate with monitors. In fact, Israel refused to cooperate with the UN Human Rights Council for some years and only recently agreed to participate in a review. What follows are just a few of the many reports written by NGOs or UN agencies relating to the systematic brutal and illegal treatment (in some cases amounting to torture) of Palestinian children in Israel’s military custody. Continue reading Treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military custody→
Several agencies and authorities filed responses to the High Court of Justice yesterday in accordance with a court order issued in a petition filed by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) seeking a solution to the water crisis in the Jerusalem neighborhoods east of the Separation Barrier. The Israel Water and Sewage Authority, the Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources, Hagihon (Jerusalem’s water utility), and the Jerusalem Municipality filed updates regarding steps taken so far to solve the crisis. Continue reading East Jerusalem Water Crisis Persists While Government Authorities Trade Blame→
The Palestinian economy has experienced strong growth in recent years. This report examines the economic benefits of lifting the restrictions on movement and access, as well as other administrative obstacles, to Palestinian investment and economic activity in a region known as Area C. This region constitutes about 61 percent of the West Bank territory and was defined under the Oslo Peace Accords as the area that eventually would be transferred to the Palestinian Authority. Restrictions on economic activity in Area C of the West Bank have been particularly detrimental to the Palestinian economy. Continue reading West Bank and Gaza – Area C and the future of the Palestinian economy→
If the truth offends, stop living the lie. Truth is necessary to understand and decide accordingly