• Le régime syrien vient d’arrêter Safwan Akash, membre du bureau exécutif du Comité national de coordination (l’opposition intérieure dont nous connaissons ici Haytham Manna) :
    http://al-akhbar.com/node/204689

    أفادت «هيئة التنسيق» عن اعتقال عضو مكتبها التنفيذي صفوان عكاش، صباح أمس، «من قبل عناصر للأمن العسكري، وذلك على حاجز خربة الشياب بينما كان في طريقه إلى السويداء». وأضاف البيان الصادر عن الهيئة أنّه جرى نقل عكاش «إلى مفرزة الأمن العسكري في الكسوة». وأدانت «الهيئة» هذا «الاعتقال التعسفي»، مطالبة «بإخلاء سبيله فوراً».


  • Israël prisonniers palestiniens
    ""Le prix de notre liberté c’est leur emprisonnement. Nous sommes devenus une nation de gardiens de prison"

    Pouring out our wrath
    Haaretz
    By Yitzhak Laor | Apr. 14, 2014
    http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.585480

    he Israelis are not bad people, no worse than others, but for 46 years they have sat down to the holiday table after hearing the news, “With the onset of the holiday, a total closure has been imposed on the territories,” whose logic is: “Our freedom = their oppression.” Language, an effective collaborator, helps normalize the ongoing scandal: a “temporary” military regime that is expanding and settling in.

    Let’s put aside the question of how the legal status of the territories is defined, or how Israel’s control over them is justified. The mechanism of control is what creates the oppressor, with the help of constant infusion of colonialist logic into our consciousness.

    For example, what is the meaning of the government’s sanctions against the Palestinian Authority? You are turning to the United Nations regarding your freedom, that’s why we are suffocating you more, because we are the ones who decide what you are allowed and not allowed to do about your freedom. We are strong, and we are allowed to break into your homes, to spread out over your land and your water. And all that is part of the normal situation, of “negotiations.” And it will go on and on. Our television commentators, dressed in their blazers and omniscience, were born into this, and even when they retire in their old age it will go on. That’s the normalization process. Everything is “temporary” and everything is permanent.

    Sometimes a little scandal that has yet to be normalized erupts. Settlers set military equipment on fire. The soldiers were helpless, they didn’t fire their weapons, the public is told, and good that they didn’t. The Shin Bet, they hint to us, does not torture settlers to get them to sign a confession, to convict and imprison them, and good that they don’t. And the settlers were also careful not to beat the soldiers.

    Such are the rules of grammar: A Jew cannot be arrested without trial, the law of habeus corpus is valid here, beating is forbidden, torture is forbidden. On the Arab corpus, it’s permitted. They are imprisoned, without a problem, for years in nonsensical procedures, on confessions extorted by force, they are closed behind walls — let them push their way to the fences to make a living, to be healed, to live, to be dependent on us. Here in these rules the consensus is engraved, broader and deeper and more hidden than we like to think, occasionally, in times of scandal such as Yitzhar. At all other times, the entire nation, the one that is celebrating its freedom this evening, lives untroubled with the hidden wall of apartheid: Jewish freedom is engraved on the Arab body.


  • Soudan : les réunions de partis politiques interdites sans autorisation - LExpress.fr

    http://www.lexpress.fr/actualites/1/monde/soudan-les-reunions-de-partis-politiques-interdites-sans-autorisation_15087

    Khartoum - Le président soudanais Omar el-Béchir a interdit aux partis politiques d’organiser des réunions y compris dans leurs locaux sans autorisation préalable des autorités, dans un décret régulant les activités des partis, a rapporté l’agence de presse officielle SUNA.❞


  • Libye : Des craintes concernant l’équité des procès intentés à d’anciens hauts responsables | Human Rights Watch

    http://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2014/04/14/libye-des-craintes-concernant-l-equite-des-proces-intentes-d-anciens-hauts-resp

    Le procèsde 37 personnes, pour l’essentiel d’anciens responsables du régime Kadhafi accusés de crimes graves commis au cours du soulèvement de la Libye en 2011, soulève de sérieuses inquiétudes quant à l’équité des procédures judiciaires, a déclaré aujourd’hui Human Rights Watch. Le procès, qui s’est ouvert le 24 mars 2014, devait reprendre le 14 avril dans une salle d’audience spécialement désignée à cet effet au centre correctionnel d’Al-Hadba, à Tripoli.


  • Israel’s UN ambassador is going overboard with the ’anti-Semitism’ charge - Haaretz
    By Amira Hass | Apr. 14, 2014
    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.585464

    Israel’s UN ambassador, Ron Prosor, has found his new anti-Semite of the hour: Dr. Rima Khalaf, UN undersecretary general and executive secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. In two letters sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon over the past month, Prosor calls for Khalaf’s suspension until an investigation, which he demands be conducted, is completed.

    The first letter was sent on March 5, the second on April 7. In the first, Prosor refers to a February 25 speech by Khalaf in Tunisia; Prosor says Khalaf falsely accused Israel of violating minority rights and reviving the idea of “state ethnic and religious purity, which caused egregious human suffering during the twentieth century.” Prosor adds: “As you are well aware, Israel is the only nation in the Middle East that safeguards and empowers its minorities.”

    In the first letter, Prosor does not mention the occasion on which Khalaf gave her speech: the presentation of the report “Arab Integration – A 21st-Century Development Imperative,” initiated by the commission she heads. The 300-page report (including appendices) was two years in the making. The research and analysis were conducted by a wide spectrum of academics, intellectuals, writers and artists from Arab countries — both establishment and opposition figures, right-wingers and left-wingers, neoliberals and socialists, secular and religious people.

    Inspired by the uprisings in the Arab world, the report proposes a vision: the establishment of a united political, cultural and economic entity based on reforms that aim for equality. Integration is seen as an objective and a means to extricate the Arabs from chronic “oppression, foreign intervention and stifled development.” In the document’s preface, Khalaf replies to skeptics with something along the lines of “If you will it, it is no dream.”

    Was Prosor aware of the report? I posed this question to the Foreign Ministry three weeks ago, but the strike at the time by the ministry staff left me without an answer. The UN secretary general’s office said two weeks ago it plans to respond to Prosor, a response that obviously has not yet been sent because the ambassador wrote a second letter, which refers to the report.

    Hitler’s role

    The following are the diplomat’s words in his April 7 letter. “Ms. Khalaf may have a PhD in Systems Science, but she deserves a PhD in science fiction …. Ms. Khalaf also preposterously claims that Hitler, who was responsible for the murder of six million Jews, sought to create a safe haven for the Jewish people in the Middle East.” (I have not found any such statement in the report. If Khalaf said this elsewhere, Prosor provides no citation, and I was unable to find any such reference on Google.)

    Hitler is mentioned as having held a negative view similar to Britain’s on the subject of Arab unity. “Arab unity was incompatible with the Transfer Agreement [Hitler] had concluded with the Zionist movement to facilitate the emigration of German Jews to Palestine,” the report says. Prosor charges that the report “goes so far as to accuse Israel of fostering discord and instigating regional conflicts.” Such accusations “represent the epitome of modern-day anti-Semitism,” he writes.

    Yes, several pages of the report are devoted to Israel in terms of Western-colonialist control of the region, the dispossession of the Palestinians in 1948, the occupation in 1967 and the wars since then. Yes, the description is not flattering. The report’s references to Nazi Germany evade that regime’s systematic murderous nature.

    The essence of the report

    But the lion’s share of the report is inward-looking, at the Arab world, as the following statements from the document illustrate:

    “The Arab popular uprisings were triggered by young Arabs who finally took a stand against long-running tyranny and oppression.”

    International and regional conflicts infiltrated the Syrian uprising, transforming the conflict from one between the regime and pro-democracy opponents, to a geopolitical struggle over Syria in which the Syrian people are perhaps the greatest losers.”

    “In the absence of democratic governance and equal citizenship rights in most Arab countries, poor integration has stoked ethnic, religious and sectarian identity conflicts.”

    “A fifth of the population of the Arab region is poor, and it is the only region that has not achieved any significant progress in poverty reduction in the past two decades.”

    “Arab countries spend more on defense or consumer goods than on scientific research and technological development.”

    “The crisis of the Arab Islamic culture has produced groups with extreme and exclusionary doctrines that limit public rights and freedoms – especially those of women and non-Muslims. These groups seek to impose a rigid version of sharia on society.”

    The report does not explain how the united Arab nation will overcome a problem that has plagued long-standing democracies: the concentration of resources and the accumulation of capital in the hands of the few — resources and capital that are the product of the majority.

    But that’s not what worries Prosor. His aggressive demand for Khalaf’s dismissal reflects Israel’s deep disdain for the countries of the region in which we live and for the issues that concern them. The excessive use by him and his ilk of the “anti-Semitism” charge is bringing us closer to the day when “anti-Semite” is a compliment.


  • منّاع يترك قيادة فرع المهجر بهيئة التنسيق المعارضة ويؤكد : لا خلفية سياسية لهذا القرار
    http://www.alquds.co.uk/?p=155609

    منّاع يترك قيادة فرع المهجر بهيئة التنسيق المعارضة ويؤكد: لا خلفية سياسية لهذا القرار

    Un entretien de Haytham Manna pour UPI. Voici l’essentiel :

    Haytham Manna annonce qu’il quitte ses fonction en tant que porte- parole à l’étranger du Comité national pour le changement démocratique en Syrie. Il ne s’agit pas d’un différend politique, mais de la volonté de la part de l’intéressé de ne pas se représenter, ne serait-ce que pour faire de la place à la nouvelle génération. Le nouveau comité, élu à Paris, voit sa moyenne d’âge baisser de 15 ans.
    Manna confirme également que les discussions avec la Coalition natinale sont plus qu’au moint mort dans la mesure où cette Coalition, en réalité, n’a pas la voix au chapitre [en raison des pressions de ses parrains étrangers]. Pour aller de l’avant par rapport aux discussions de Genève, il faudrait que « le train soit à nouveau sur de bons rails », en d’autres termes que Russes et Etasuniens s’entendent, ce qui n’est pas le cas aujourd’hui. Le dossier syrien n’étant plus sur le devant de la scène, les acteurs locaux ont plus de marge de manœuvre. Dans la mesure où Erdogan traverse une situation difficile, l’opposition nationale syrienne devrait tenter d’en profiter pour oeuvrer à un rapprochement irano-saoudien, gage d’une détente régionale qui profiterait à la Syrie. Sur la question d’éventuelles livraisons d’armes à l’opposition, Manna rappelle une fois de plus qu’il faut cesser de se bercer d’illusions à propos d’une modification du rapport de force militaire et d’essayer de remettre à flot l’Armée syrienne libre.
    « Quand je parle de se bercer d’illusions, je pense à la fois aux actuels dirigeants syriens et aux exploitants de la misère au sein de l’opposition. Notre histoire dure et tant qu’il y aura, au sein des centres de décision du régime, des gens pour croire à un règlement militaire, cette sale guerre se poursuivra en mettant à feu et à sang le pays. »


  • Israel to U.S.: Opposing Russia would endanger our security - Haaretz
    By Barak Ravid | Apr. 14, 2014

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.585555

    Israel has told the United States over the past two weeks of its concerns that taking a public stance against Russia over the invasion of Ukraine could cause real damage to its security interests, an Israeli official involved in the talks with Washington told Haaretz on Sunday.

    Haaretz reported on Sunday that Washington is incensed that Jerusalem has not come out openly against Russia’s takeover of the Crimean peninsula. A senior U.S. official said one of the reasons for the White House’s anger was Israel’s absence two weeks ago at a UN General Assembly vote to condemn the Russian invasion and support Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

    The talks over the past two weeks, in which Israel explained its position on Ukraine and why it was absent from the vote, have been taking place both at the working diplomatic level on both sides, but also at a more senior rank. The Israeli official said that while both the U.S. State Department and Congress have shown understanding for Israel’s position, the White House remained unconvinced by the explanations.

    American dissatisfaction with Israel’s policy came up in a meeting last week in Washington between Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice. Leiberman explained that Israel had not attended the UN vote because of the Foreign Ministry employees’ strike. He said that during the last strike, three years ago, then-president of Russia Dmitry Medvedev had to call off a planned visit to Israel at the last minute, and the Russians had understood and not been angry. Rice listened to Lieberman, but stressed that the administration was disappointed in Israel’s conduct.


  • Contribution à l’édition future des œuvres complètes d’Alain Finkielkraut - regards.fr
    Par Alain Ruscio| 12 avril 2014

    http://www.regards.fr/web/contribution-a-l-edition-future,7658

    Texte repris en partie de Alain Ruscio, Y a bon les Colonies ? La France sarkozyste face à l’histoire coloniale, à l’identité nationale et à l’immigration, Éd. Le Temps des Cerises, 2011.

    Je ne croyais pas que cela fût possible (toujours commencer par un imparfait du subjonctif, quand il s’agit de l’Académie française). J’étais naïf : cette France rance, ce pays qui marine dans l’affront national, est désormais capable de tout. Alain Finkielkraut va donc venir s’asseoir dans un des fauteuils qui recueillit les postérieurs du monarchiste Charles Maurras, condamné à la libération à la dégradation nationale, de Philippe Pétain, de Louis Bertrand, qui naguère voulait « former un seul bloc » des Européens d’Algérie et « les lancer contre l’ennemi commun, le musulman qu’on a eu la sottise de laisser vivre, alors qu’il fallait l’exterminer sans pitié » [1], du maréchal Juin, ennemi intransigeant de l’indépendance du Maroc, de Michel Debré, qui resta "Algérie française" au-delà du raisonnable (gaulliste)… Tiens, en lisant la liste des "ex", on apprend que Finkielkraut va occuper le fauteuil 21, détenu naguère par le duc d’Aumale, qui s’illustra par la prise de la smala d’Abd el Kader, où il y avait d’ailleurs plus de femmes et d’enfants que de farouches guerriers. La boucle (coloniale) est bouclée.

    Alain Finkielkraut est philosophe, nous disent les notices biographiques. Pourtant, force est de constater que ses œuvres de recherche pointue n’ont guère marqué, sauf erreur de ma part, le monde intellectuel de notre temps. « Misère de la philosophie », comme l’écrivait jadis un grand auteur qui, lui, ne siégea dans aucune Académie, mais qui marqua la pensée humaine.


  • La Palestine devient partie aux Conventions de Genève

    http://www.atlasinfo.fr/La-Palestine-devient-partie-aux-Conventions-de-Geneve_a51507.html

    Les Conventions de Genève et leurs Protocoles additionnels sont des textes fondamentaux du droit humanitaire.

    Les Palestiniens sont attachés en particulier à la IVe Convention sur la protection des civils, qui définit les devoirs de la puissance « occupante ». Cette Convention, qui a vu le jour 12 août 1949, est souvent citée par l’Autorité palestinienne en raison de son applicabilité aux Territoires palestiniens comme « territoires occupés » et à la colonisation juive.

    Parmi les obligations de la puissance occupante, spécifiées dans l’article 49 de la Convention, figurent l’interdiction des transferts forcés et des déportations de masse ou individuelles, celle de la destruction des biens mobiliers ou immobiliers, sauf si celle-ci est rendue « absolument nécessaire par les opérations militaires » et celle de la modification du statut des fonctionnaires ou des magistrats.

    Jeudi, l’ONU a jugé « conformes aux procédures internationales » les demandes d’adhésion de la Palestine à treize traités ou conventions internationales dont les Nations Unies sont dépositaires.
    Vendredi 11 Avril 2014 - 22:06


  • Avant un concert à Tel-Aviv, Carla Bruni se dit « folle d’Israël » - 20minutes.fr
    http://www.20minutes.fr/culture/1349973-avant-un-concert-a-tel-aviv-carla-bruni-se-dit-folle-d-israel

    Carla Bruni, 46 ans, a indiqué à Yediot Aharonot qu’elle était déjà venue deux fois en Israël : une fois en tant que top model, et une autre lors d’un voyage officiel de son mari, l’ex-président Nicolas Sarkozy.
    « Son père est juif »

    « Je suis folle d’Israël », a-t-elle confié. « C’est plein de vie ». Carla Bruni a précisé que son père était juif ainsi que l’un des grands-pères de son mari.

    Son fils Aurélien, né en 2001 d’une relation avec le philosophe Raphaël Enthoven, a été à la fois circoncis et baptisé, a-t-elle ajouté.


  • Ce que nous devons à Alain Finkielkraut | Jacques Tarnero
    http://www.huffingtonpost.fr/jacques-tarnero/alain-finkielkraut-elu-academie_b_5130595.html

    (...) Sa défense exigeante du droit d’Israël fut sans doute son plus grand handicap tant la cause de l’Etat juif n’est pas en odeur de sainteté chez tous ceux qui ont fait d’Israël la causalité diabolique des malheurs du monde. (...)

    non, mais de celui des Palestiniens.


  • U.S. officials angry: Israel doesn’t back stance on Russia
    Haaretz By Barak Ravid | Apr. 13, 2014
    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.585333

    White House and State Department officials in Washington have built up a great deal of anger over Jerusalem’s “neutrality” regarding Russia’s invasion of the Crimean Peninsula. Senior figures in the Obama administration have expressed great disappointment with the lack of support from Israel for the American position on the Ukraine crisis and with the fact that the Israeli government puts its relations with the United States and with Russia on the same plane.

    One senior U.S. official noted that one of the reasons for the anger in the White House was Israel’s absence from the UN General Assembly vote about two weeks ago on a resolution censuring the Russian invasion and expressing support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

    “We have been consulting closely on Ukraine not only with our partners and allies around the world," a senior U.S. official told Haaretz. "Obviously we are looking to the entire international community to condemn Russia’s actions and to support Ukraine, so we were surprised to see that Israel did not join the large majority of countries that voted to support Ukraine’s territorial integrity at the United Nations.”


  • From Cairo to Suez, Egypt workers defy government with labor strikes -
    The Washington Post
    11th of april

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/from-cairo-to-suez-egypt-workers-defy-government-with-labor-strikes/2014/04/11

    SUEZ, Egypt — Strikes staged by thousands of Egyptian workers for higher wages and better working conditions in recent months are setting the stage for a possible confrontation between the impoverished laborers and a new president after elections this spring.

    The rallies and sit-ins that have crippled the postal service, textile factories and even public hospitals are still fragmented, largely uncoordinated and lack unified demands. But as the cash-strapped government moves to quash labor unrest in places such as Suez, the strikes underscore a social discontent that is still festering among Egypt’s working class and could evolve into a more solid opposition to the military-backed administration.

     

    “Businessmen in this country have sucked the blood of the people — and the one who is responsible is Abdel Fatah al-Sissi,” Ahmed Mahmoud, who heads the Cairo branch of the Independent Union for Public Transport Workers, said of the powerful former defense minister and now presidential hopeful.

    Sissi, who spearheaded the coup against Islamist President Mohamed Morsi last summer and recently resigned as military commander to run for the presidency, oversaw in February the mobilization of scores of army bus drivers to thwart a strike led by Mahmoud’s union. Sissi’s allies have included some of the corrupt businessmen and politicians who grew rich under former autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

    “The army and police are stronger than us,” Mahmoud, 49, said at a rally held by government postal workers outside the cabinet building in Cairo last month. Police had arrested and detained five postal employees in Alexandria, Egypt’s second-largest city, the week before for leading strikes for better pay.

    “But our movement will spread in the face of this government,” he said.

    Not all of Egypt’s striking workers are as quick to link their bread-and-butter issues in the workplace to a wider political struggle — or even to the shared pains of their fellow laborers.



  • Israël lance « Ofek-10 », renforce sa surveillance !
    http://www.argotheme.com/organecyberpresse/spip.php?article2138

    Israël vient de mettre, avec succès, en orbite son 10è satellite militaire nommé « Ofek » 10 (Ofek signifie horizon en hébreu). C’est le plus puissant de ses outils de surveillance et promet de renseigner, voire de mettre en échec, toutes attaques qui risquerait d’atteindre Israël. Lancé dans la soirée du mercredi 9 avril 2014, le satellite est entré en service, avec l’envoi de signaux de son bon fonctionnement dès son arrivée, à l’aube du jeudi. « Ofek 10 » donne un avantage de puissance pour Israël par (...)

    #TECHNOLOGIE,_INTERNET,_PERFORMANCES_INCLASSABLES

    / #Israël,_Proche-Orient,_EPU,_droits_de_l’homme,_ONU, Obama, USA, Israël, Proche-Orient, Palestine , espace, fusée, exploration, NASA, étoiles, espace, technologie, (...)

    #Obama,USA,_Israël,_Proche-Orient,_Palestine #espace,_fusée,_exploration,_NASA,_étoiles,_espace,_technologie,_ISS


  • They came, they razed, they left: A visit to a destroyed Palestinian village - Twilight Zone
    Haaretz
    By Gideon Levy and Alex Levac | Apr. 12, 2014

    http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/twilight-zone/.premium-1.585009

    Israel is continuing to destroy systematically the villages of shepherds who live in the Jordan Rift. Last week, the Civil Administration demolished Homsa, another tiny Palestinian village. In January, 160 residents of the valley were made homeless; last year, twice as many were left homeless as in the year before.

    Again the same unconscionable sights: heaps of debris, bare metal pegs lunging out of the earth, crushed fences, destroyed animal pens and squashed tin huts; remnants of personal property strewn all over; sheep wandering about looking in vain for shade; chickens pecking about; despondent shepherds; wretched sheep dogs; runny-nosed children curled up in Grandmother’s lap and merciless sun beating down.

    Another Palestinian shepherd community trampled into the ground. Not the first, nor the last to meet such a fate in this hard, battered valley, whose Palestinian inhabitants Israel has set itself the goal of cleansing itself of, far from the public’s eye. Step by step, devastating act after devastating act, community after community – there are hundreds whose lives and property have been laid waste recently by the Civil Administration.

    It’s the law that’s to blame, of course, the occupier’s law. It’s the law, under whose apparent aegis illegal outposts are established and legalized in the twinkling of an eye. And it’s the occupier, thanks to whose auspices these thousands of people, native sons, have neither running water nor electric power nor rights to inhabit the slopes of the verdant, flourishing Jordan Valley.

    In 2013, according to United Nations data, Israel more than doubled the demolition of homes and other structures belonging to Palestinians in the valley, as compared to the previous year. Last year, 390 structures were demolished, compared to 170 in 2012, and 590 people were made homeless, compared to 160 the previous year.

    The Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported that in January of this year alone, 160 more people were left to fend for themselves under the open skies, after the Civil Administration demolished their homes. On January 8, for example, Khirbet Ein Karzaliyah, home to 25 souls, 15 of them children, was razed; on January 30, the hovels of Khirbet Umm al-Jimal, where 61 people, half of them children, lived, was the victim of a similar fate.

    Last week came the turn of Homsa, located in the northern part of the valley, home to four families of shepherds – a total of 30 people, 15 of them children, and some 500 head of sheep.

    About half a year ago, last September, the community of Khalat Makhoul, adjacent to the settlement of Hemdat, was almost completely eradicated, leaving 12 families without shelter. The residents have since rebuilt their homes and their sheep pens, and now the community has risen again, phoenix-like, from the rubble. It’s a joyful, encouraging sight to see. New tents and tin shacks have been erected in place of the ones that were destroyed, new faucets have been connected to the water containers (of course, this site is not hooked up to the water system), plus there is solar-generated electricity in the new Khalat Makhoul.

    Together with two of its residents, Burhan and Bassam Bushrat, we went this week to see what the Civil Administration had inflicted upon their neighbors, members of the Homsa community.

    Immediately after the Jewish settlement of Bekaot, at the end of its well-tended rows of grape vines which are now covered with protective nets against all intruders, we turn onto a long serpentine, dirt path that ascends eastward into the hills and traverses the fields that belong to Palestinian landowners from Toubas and Tamoun; at present, the fields are being worked by local tenant farmers.

    Under the blazing light, the wheat and the barley are lush and green now. On the slopes of a remote hill, in the heart of a sea of stalks, far from any other place of habitation, lie ruin and devastation. Sitting in a white tent donated by the Palestinian Red Crescent, surrounded by mounds of ruins, is Hakam Abu al-Kabash, a shepherd. The aftermath of the shock is still etched on his face. He’s 28, the father of four young children, the youngest of whom is 7 months old. He was here last week on Tuesday, just after 7 A.M., with his wife, their children and his parents when the forces of the Civil Administration swooped in to ravage his hamlet.

    The troops, Israel’s agents of destruction, a fleet of about 25 vehicles including trucks and bulldozers, accompanied by Border Police and others, had come to uproot the community, on the grounds that their habitation was illegal, even though they had lived there for years, on private Palestinian land. Kabash was born here, and for the past eight years he has lived in Homsa in the heart of the wheat fields.

    The act of demolition was swift; it was all over in an hour. They came, they razed, they left. According to Kabash, no one bothered to explain why. Maybe the troops were in a hurry – another tent encampment was demolished that same day, belonging to another shepherd, Abed al-Fadiya, not far away, near the settlement of Hamra.

    Three days earlier, Civil Administration personnel, armed with cameras, had come to Homsa and documented what they saw, on what turned out to be the eve of its destruction. It was a bad omen. On the fateful day, the workers removed the meager household effects, cranes lifted up the huts and the pens, and the bulldozers crushed the remains, flattening the hamlet, as residents watched from the side. As easy as pie.

    Not a word about this appeared in the Israeli media. I couldn’t find any mention of it this time even on websites of Israel and Palestinian human rights groups that generally report on such events. Who cares? More Palestinian rubble in the Jordan valley? Boring, routine.

    “Where will the child go?” asked the neighbor from Khalat Makhoul, Burhan Bushrat, himself a study in the survival of ordeals, in reply to my question about Kabash’s infant. “The baby was here and so was his mother,” the father said in a flat tone of voice. “And now he is out in the sun.” What will you do? Kabash is taken aback by the question. “We will stay here. We will rebuild. Where can we go?”

    The spokesman of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories told Haaretz this week: “This was an illegal structure [referring to Kabash’s home, although we asked about the community in general], which was built without a building permit. The request of the owner for a permit was not completed after a process of two years. With no response having been received from the owner or his representative at the institutions of the Civil Administration, it was decided to implement the demolition order on April 1.

    A source within the administration explained the process in the following way: The original demolition order was issued to the structure’s owner on May 10, 2012. Prior to the owner’s appeal, which was submitted on August 2, 2012, he was given three extensions. On March 6, 2013, the owner was told he had 30 days to demolish the structure himself.

    A boy loads a newborn lamb onto the back of a spluttering Subaru pickup. The sheep pen used to be here, and the tent where the family lived was over there. Grandma Jamili is sitting in the white tent of the Red Crescent and half a dozen toddlers are snuggling up to her, all of them barefoot and with runny noses, their faces covered with sores and flies. Some of the children have blonde hair and blue eyes.

    The closest school is 20 kilometers away; the children are usually transported via a cart hitched to a tractor. Now they are all sleeping in the open, in the cold and in the heat, and the men watch over the sheep, which have no pen, all night. An open packet of biscuits, half eaten, protrudes from the heap of household goods they managed to salvage, along with a pair of tattered gold-colored women’s shoes. The small silver-colored suitcase in which Kabash keeps his documents is also part of the pile. A T-shirt with the words “Our Theater” emblazoned on it in Hebrew flaps on the clothesline in the spring breeze, next to a Palestinian keffiyeh.

    Not far away, at the entrance to Bekaot, something different is flapping in the wind: a banner, announcing “Independence Day. 7 PM in the amphitheater. Berry Sakharoff, Knesiyat Hasechel and fireworks. The Jordan Rift. An Israeli success story.” On our Independence Day, fireworks bursting in the air in the skies over the Jordan valley will illuminate the surrounding fields on a dark and joyous night.


  • Chasing homosexuals and atheists, Egypt far from ideal - Analyses - Aswat Masriya

    http://en.aswatmasriya.com/analysis/view.aspx?id=0daabd9d-e3ce-4bc4-b4e1-934c3e9d1cda

    By Arwa Gaballa

    CAIRO, April 9 (Aswat Masriya) As bombs go off on a daily basis in the north and tribal violence kills more than 20 people in the span of three days in the south, Egypt is busy jailing homosexuals and atheists.

    “Moral glitch”

    Earlier this week, an Egyptian court sentenced four men to up to eight years in prison, fining them for cross-dressing and holding and participating in homosexual group-sex parties, BBC Arabic said.

    The prosecutor accused the defendants of dressing like women and having sexual intercourse for money at a Nasr City apartment. 

    “This makes the scene in Egypt more terrifying. It shows that the community will continue to prosecute and persecute homosexuals,” a gay Egyptian man who asked not to be named told Aswat Masriya.

    “It also shows that Egypt will continue treating homosexuality as a moral glitch that should be wiped out — but it can’t be,” he added.

    Fourteen men were also detained in October for “committing homosexual acts” at a medical centre in Cairo, but perhaps the most publicized case was in 2001 when 52 Egyptian men stood trial after their arrest at a gay nightclub known as “Queen Boat.”



  • #Marwan_Barghouti : A president under occupation ?
    http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/19353

    http://english.al-akhbar.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/4cols/leading_images/AFP.jpg

    A mural painted on #Israel's security wall surrounding the West Bank calls for Marwan Barghouti’s release. (Photo: AFP-Abbas Momani) A mural painted on Israel’s security wall surrounding the West Bank calls for Marwan Barghouti’s release. (Photo: AFP-Abbas Momani)

    Who will succeed Palestinian Authority President #Mahmoud_Abbas? Many analysts are focusing on Marwan Barghouti, who is still languishing in an Israeli prison. Many within Fatah might even be pinning their hopes on Barghouti, given the dramatic state of division within the movement, with loyalties split between Abbas and his nemesis, Mohammed Dahlan.

    Ola al-Tamimi

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    #Palestine #Articles #Jerasulem #Palestinian_National_Authority #PLO


  • Anti-MB group dominates Engineers Syndicate elections | Mada Masr
    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    By: Jano Charbel
    http://www.madamasr.com/content/anti-mb-group-dominates-engineers-syndicate-elections

    The Engineers Syndicate elections held over the weekend witnessed another resounding vote against the formerly presiding Muslim Brotherhood.

    The Unified National List coalition, supported by the liberal-centrist Free Egyptians Party, garnered significant gains in the general syndicate and its 23 branch syndicates nationwide.  

    The list’s Tareq al-Nabrawy won the presidency of the general syndicate, with a reported 70 percent of the vote.

    Nabrawy replaces the Brotherhood’s Magdy Khlousy as syndicate chief. His coalition has entirely sidelined the Islamist bloc in both the general syndicate and the provincial branch syndicates.

    The Brotherhood, which had maintained leadership of the Engineers Syndicate for over 20 years, boycotted the election, as did its allies.

    Voter turnout was reportedly low during the two days of polling, particularly in comparison to the hotly contested 2011 elections when the Brotherhood and other Islamist groups were running for seats. Some 250,000 engineers from over 400,000 eligible syndicate members voted, including a number of senior officials such as Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb and the ministers of transport, communication and irrigation.


  • Brotherhood releases lengthy statement condemning violence - Ahram Online
    8th of April
    http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/98626/Egypt/Politics-/Brotherhood-releases-lengthy-statement-condemning-.aspx

    Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood issued a lengthy statement Tuesday evening in which it condemned violence and claimed the group had adhered to strictly peaceful means of struggle throughout its history – distancing itself from anyone who acted otherwise.
    “[The Brotherhood’s] activity and struggle against corruption and despotism is based on absolute peacefulness and the rejection of violence in all its forms and putting up with the harm, detentions, killing, torture and oppression [the group] suffers,” read the statement, which was written by the Brotherhood’s Secretary General Mahmoud Hussein.

    The Brotherhood was designated a terrorist organisation by Egyptian authorities last December, despite the group’s repeated denial of any links to attacks against Egyptian police and army forces after the ouster of Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi in July.

    “Thousands of Egyptians were killed and the Brotherhood stood at the centre of the killings, but none of them raised a weapon against their murderers,” the statement said.


  • Maroc. Guerre du Rif
    De l’utilisation des armes chimiques, un aspect méconnu des aspects positifs de la colonisation

    http://www.lecourrierdelatlas.com/693908042014Guerre-du-Rif-La-verite-est-toute-allemande.html

    Guerre du Rif - La vérité est toute allemande

    Ironie du sort, c’est peut-être grâce aux archives de l’inventeur allemand du gaz toxique et de la méthode de son épandage par avion qu’on en saura plus sur la tragédie de la guerre du Rif. Ce pan caché de l’histoire du gazage des Rifains, par une coalition européenne en 1925, a été soulevé par les conférenciers invités à une table ronde récemment, sur le sujet à Tanger.

    Exploitant les archives personnelles du docteur Hugo Stolzenberg, parfaitement conservées chez lui par sa fille à Hambourg, Rudibert Kunz, co-auteur du livre Gaz Toxiques contre Abdelkrim Al Khatabi, a ainsi levé le voile, sur les difficultés et les portes fermées qu’il a dû forcer pour tenter de faire la lumière sur un dossier noir que la France, l’Espagne et la Grande Bretagne ne veulent pas ouvrir. La conférence, initiée par Zniber Khalil, un des meilleurs journalistes connaisseur du dossier a été animée par des spécialistes de la guerre du Rif tels que Zakia Daoud, pour ne citer qu’elle.

    L’histoire démarre avec la défaite cinglante infligée par Abdelkrim aux colons espagnols mais également aux Français coalisés avec les Ibériques dans un même élan colonial. Les guérillas organisées autour d’un noyau de réguliers bien armés, bien encadrés et bien entraînés fait des ravages au sein des soldats de l’empire avec un pic à la bataille d’Anoual et ses 35 OOO morts espagnols.

    Le défi lancé par Khattabi en décembre 1924 aux puissances coloniales après la débâcle espagnole de Chechaouen « Nous considérons que nous avons le droit, comme toute autre nation, de posséder notre territoire, et nous considérons que le parti colonial espagnol a usurpé et violé nos droits, sans que sa prétention à faire de notre gouvernement rifain un protectorat ne soit fondée. […] Nous voulons nous gouverner par nous-mêmes et préserver entiers nos droits indiscutables » ulcère les puissances européennes.

    « Selon les investigations de notre ami Rüdibert Kunz, l’analyse des documents devenus accessibles récemment laissent à penser que c’est le déclenchement de la 1ère guerre mondiale et la proclamation de la guerre sainte contre le colonialisme qui ont été le facteur décisif dans la décision de recourir à une arme de destruction massive » explique Zniber Khalil.

    Résultat, les armées françaises et espagnoles sous la houlette des maréchaux Pétain et Lyautey pour la France et le général Franco pour l’Espagne décident d’opérer un génocide à l’aide d’une technologie de pointe : du gaz toxique haut de gamme, portant le label "Made in Germany" qui sera répandu par avion.

    Rüdibert Kunz avance, dans son intervention, que ces derniers n’avaient, eux- mêmes, qu’une idée approximative du poison utilisé avec « l’avantage » que les victimes ne sentaient pas de douleurs au départ, n’entraînant pas la mort au début, mais bien plus tard. Selon lui, entre le 25 Août et le 15 Novembre 1925 le nombre d’attaques effectuées est de 644, ce qui correspond à 111O bombes totalisant 7,2 tonnes de produits toxiques.

    Et il y en a encore qui osent parler de « colonisation positive » !

    Aziz Cherkaoui


  • Providing a look inside the negotiation room, Kerry reinforced the Palestinian version of events | Haaretz
    By Barak Ravid | Apr. 9, 2014

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.584596

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s statements before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee should not have surprised anyone. They simply expressed the frustration that many senior American officials have been voicing in private conversations over the past week about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The storm was unleashed because Kerry said out loud what he was thinking.

    Kerry was not speaking Tuesday to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee only as secretary of state, but as a state’s witness. He provided a look inside the negotiating rooms at the sequence of events that led to the serious crisis in the peace talks. Kerry’s remarks contradicted the spin coming out over the past few days from the prime minister’s bureau and inflated by the various cabinet ministers.

    The secretary of state adopted the Palestinian version of events and reinforced it. He presented Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ signature on applications to join 15 international conventions as a response to Israeli violation of commitments and not as a step initiated to sabotage the talks. According to Kerry, the Palestinian move was negative and damaging, but Israel’s moves were even worse.

    Kerry noted two Israeli breaches – failure to meet the obligation for the fourth phase of the prisoner release, and issuing a tender to build 700 apartments in East Jerusalem at the most critical point in the negotiations. His tone and body language when he spoke about the Israeli construction in the settlements showed how frustrated he was with Israel’s conduct.

    The White House and the State Department in Washington tried to correct and explain Kerry’s statements. They sent messages to reporters, emphasizing his praise for Netanyahu at that same Senate hearing and stressed the fact that he had been balanced and had also criticized the Palestinians. But all of that was hindsight. If Kerry really wanted to pin responsibility on both sides equally, he could have said so much more clearly.

    The fact that Kerry places most of the responsibility for the deadlock on Israel will be heard loud and clear in the world’s capitals. There will probably be quite a few Arab foreign ministers at the emergency meeting of the Arab League in Cairo on Wednesday, convened at the request of the Palestinians, who in their addresses will simply quote their American colleague.



    • Condamnée, Air France fait appel. Dans ce nouveau procès, qui s’est tenu le 11 mars, le
      procureur s’est rangé aux côtés de la compagnie, alors que le parquet avait dénoncé une « discrimination caractérisée » en première instance. « On ne peut reprocher à Air France d’avoir mis en œuvre des directives venues de l’État d’Israël », a estimé le procureur, cité par SaphirNews. Il a demandé purement et simplement la relaxe de la compagnie.

      Oh que si ! il faut le lui reprocher !
      Un procureur de la République qui s’exprime ainsi http://static.freepik.com/photos-libre/vomir-citrouille_21091963.jpg