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    Israel to pay $800m loan to PA – Middle East Monitor
    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210828-israel-to-pay-800m-loan-to-pa

    The PA has been suffering a serious financial crisis due to the Israeli government deciding on 11 May to deduct 597 million shekels from the tax revenues collected by Israel on behalf of the PA.

    Two weeks ago, PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said that the total amount deducted by Israel since 2019 is 851 million shekels, in addition to 51 million shekels deducted monthly.

  • لينة @LinahAlsaafin
    https://twitter.com/LinahAlsaafin/status/1407927586441814017

    Palestinian activist Nizar Banat died after Palestinian Authority security forces arrested him early this morning. He was transferred to Hebron Hospital & pronounced dead

    PA arrested Nizar many times for his outspokenness against their corruption. This is their version of events

    “Through repeated targeting of Banat, the PA is seeking to make an example of him that whoever criticizes/opposes its policies will be silenced. This comes as part of intimidation policy PA adopts against activists+opponents in the West Bank.”

    Even the European Union’s representative in West Bank and Gaza made a statement calling on PA to “respect freedom of expression and the protection of human rights activists” after Nizar’s house was attacked by PA thugs/forces who fired stun grenades in May

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    Palestinian activist Nizar Banat [@KhaledAbuToameh/Twitter]
    European Union urges Palestinian Authority to respect freedom of expression
    May 4, 2021 at 11:20 am
    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210504-european-union-urges-palestinian-authority-to-respect-fr

    The office of the European Union (EU) Representative in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on Sunday expressed concern over the attack that targeted the residence of an activist in the West Bank, calling on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to “respect freedom of expression.”

    The office announced on Twitter that it: “Is following with concern the attack on activist Nizar Banat’s house last night,” in the town of Dura, south of the West Bank.

    “Violence against politicians and human rights defenders is unacceptable,” the EU office added.

    The mission called on the PA to ensure: “Respect for freedom of expression and the protection of human rights activists.”

    Last night, Banat revealed in a Facebook video that: “A group of vandals accompanied by the security services fired massively, broke the doors of the house, and fired stun grenades.” (...)

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    لينة @LinahAlsaafin
    https://twitter.com/LinahAlsaafin/status/1407930764759547907

    Family statement:

    “What happened with Nizar is a premeditated assassination. PA security forces stormed his residence at 3:30am, and 25 forces severely beat him up. He was arrested naked and taken to an unknown destination before his death was announced.”

    Nizar Banat’s family are saying the Palestinian Authority is hiding his body. The family’s lawyer has demanded an autopsy to find out how exactly he died. Family said Nizar was beaten on the head with metal pieces and sticks.

    • Cisjordanie : Euro-Med Monitor exige une enquête urgente et indépendante sur le meurtre de l’activiste Nizar Banat après son arrestation par la sécurité palestinienne
      Jun 24,2021
      https://euromedmonitor.org/fr/article/4476/Cisjordanie-:-Euro-Med-Monitor-exige-une-enqu%C3%AAte-urgente-et-ind

      Genève - L’Observatoire Euro-Méditerranéen des Droits de l’Homme se dit très choqué par les circonstances de l’assassinat de l’activiste politique d’opposition palestinien « Nizar Banat », après son arrestation et son agression violente par les services de sécurité palestiniens à Hébron, dans le sud de la Cisjordanie.

      Euro-Med Monitor exige l’ouverture d’une enquête sérieuse, urgente et indépendante sur ce qui s’est passé, d’autant plus que toutes les circonstances de l’incident signalent un processus délibéré de meurtres en vue de museler une voix fortement opposée aux politiques de l’Autorité palestinienne

      Selon Euro-Med Monitor, et ce qui a été rapporté par la famille « Banat », à environ 3h30 du matin aujourd’hui, jeudi 24 juin 2021, une force de sécurité collective composée de 25 membres du service de renseignement et de sécurité préventive palestinien a pris d’assaut la zone sud d’Hébron, et a fait une descente dans une maison où résidait l’opposant politique « Nizar Khalil Muhammad Banat ». Ils l’ont sévèrement frappé à la tête avec des matraques pendant qu’il dormait et l’ont aspergé avec du gaz poivré dès le moment de son réveil. Cette agression lui a fait perdre connaissance, et après son réveil, les forces de sécurité l’ont agressé et arrêté nu et l’ont emmené vers une destination inconnue. Vers 6h45 du matin, il a été transféré à l’hôpital d’Hébron, où il a été déclaré mort, suite aux tortures et aux coups brutaux qu’il a subis, ce qui constitue un assassinat délibéré.

      Plus tard, le gouverneur d’Hébron, « Jibreen Al-Bakri », a annoncé la mort de « Nizar Banat » lors de son arrestation par la sécurité palestinienne. Le gouverneur a déclaré dans un communiqué de presse, " Après une convocation du ministère public pour arrêter le citoyen Nizar Khalil Muhammad Banat, à l’aube aujourd’hui, une force des services de sécurité a arrêté le citoyen, En conséquence, sa santé s’est détériorée, et il a été immédiatement transféré à l’hôpital gouvernemental d’Hébron, où il a été examiné par des médecins, qui ont constaté que le citoyen susmentionné était mort.

      La famille de Banat a démenti le récit du gouverneur d’Hébron, soulignant que Nizar a été battu et violemment, et accusant les forces de sécurité palestiniennes de l’avoir tué.

      Euro-Med Monitor indique que la maison de l’opposant politique « Nizar Banat », qui était candidat sur la liste « Liberté et Dignité » aux élections du Conseil législatif palestinien et qui ont été reportées par décision du Président palestinien « Mahmoud Abbas », a été exposée à des tirs et des bombes lacrymogènes le 1er Mai, au cours des préparatifs des élections du Conseil législatif. Cette attaque est survenue au moment où il faisait l’objet d’incitations et de menaces, après que la liste candidate a envoyé une lettre aux représentants de l’Union européenne en Palestine, déclarant son intention de s’adresser aux tribunaux européens pour demander la cessation du soutien financier à l’Autorité palestinienne en raison du report des élections.

      L’activiste « Banat » a déjà fait l’objet d’arrestations politiques à plusieurs reprises, y compris le lancement d’affaires juridiques politisées contre lui en raison de sa forte opposition aux politiques de l’Autorité palestinienne et aux violations des services de sécurité en Cisjordanie. (...)

    • hizbie @hizbie_
      2:48 PM · 24 juin 2021·
      https://twitter.com/hizbie_/status/1408044400056279048

      Watch .. a massive demonstration in Hebron condemning the death of activist Nizar Banat this morning
      #NizarBanat #activistsnotextremists
      #PalestiniansLivesMatter .

      https://video.twimg.com/ext_tw_video/1408042573562736653/pu/vid/336x640/FL64d0VAI6ZylF9J.mp4?tag=12

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      "Ash-shab yurid isqat an-nizam" résonne dans Ramallah " Le peuple veut renverser le régime !

      https://video.twimg.com/ext_tw_video/1408037879490789384/pu/vid/750x410/8UwgQ5ddNWKB0TpF.mp4?tag=12


      https://twitter.com/middneews/status/1408059038563110919

    • Mort du militant Nizar Banat après son arrestation par l’Autorité palestinienne
      Publié le : 24/06/2021 - 14:23 - Avec notre correspondante à Ramallah, Alice Froussard
      https://www.rfi.fr/fr/moyen-orient/20210624-mort-du-militant-nizar-banat-apr%C3%A8s-son-arrestation-par-l-autorit%C

      Nizar Banat, un célèbre militant palestinien, arrêté à l’aube par l’Autorité palestinienne, a été transféré à l’hôpital d’Hébron tôt ce jeudi matin, et est mort de ses blessures. C’était un militant qui parlait beaucoup de la corruption de son gouvernement et selon sa famille, il a été battu à mort par plus de 20 membres des forces de sécurité de l’Autorité palestinienne.

      Nizar Banat, 43 ans, était un célèbre militant des droits de l’homme palestinien, il était aussi candidat aux élections législatives qui n’ont pas eu lieu mais en Cisjordanie occupée, et chez tout les Palestiniens, il était surtout connu pour ses vidéos, sur les réseaux sociaux, critiquant haut et fort l’Autorité palestinienne, et son dirigeant, Mahmoud Abbas, exposant la corruption et les diverses manœuvres politiciennes.

      Ce n’était pas la première fois qu’il se faisait arrêter, puis torturer dans les cellules palestinienne. Déjà en mai, la représentation de l’Union européenne auprès des Palestiniens avait fait part de sa « préoccupation » après l’une de ses arrestations à son domicile, mais cette fois, il a été battu à mort.

      Sa famille parle d’une vingtaine de membre des forces de la sécurité de l’Autorité palestinienne qui l’auraient frappé à la tête avec des barres de fer et la photo de Nizar sur son lit d’hôpital est effroyable.

      Les Palestiniens sont choqués, une manifestation est organisé à Ramallah ce jeudi en début d’après-midi en réaction à sa mort. Pour le moment, les forces de sécurité palestiniennes n’ont pas fait de commentaire.

    • The murder of Nizar Banat
      26 juin 2021 - By Abdel Bari Atwan
      https://www.raialyoum.com/index.php/the-murder-of-nizar-banat
      Palestinians need be rid of an Authority that has become a surrogate for the occupation

      Nizar Banat was deliberately murdered. The security forces that raided the outspoken activist’s home in the pre-dawn hours of Friday and beat him with iron rods in front of his wife and children were the assassins. But the main responsibility lies personally with the president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Mahmoud Abbas. A crime like this could never have been committed without his knowledge, authorisation, and incitement. The thousands of mourners who gathered at Banat’s funeral in his hometown south of Hebron on Friday were right to demand his removal and the downfall of the PA. (...)

  • Senior Catholic priest calls for online voting to elect new PLO leadership
    May 29, 2021 – Middle East Monitor
    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210529-senior-catholic-priest-calls-for-online-voting-to-elect-

    Father Manuel Musallam, head of the World Popular Organisation for Jerusalem Justice and Peace, called on Friday for the election of members of the Palestinian National Council to produce a new leadership for the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and to choose a president for the Palestinian National Fund (PNF).

    Musallam, in a Facebook post, also promoted the idea of an online voting process with the aim of: “Including all the Palestinian people at home and the diaspora abroad.”

    He confirmed that the Gaza–Jericho project has come to an end to make place for the West Bank-Gaza project after the Sword of Jerusalem battle, noting: “The issue of Jerusalem is postponed but is put on the negotiating table.” (...)

  • Jordanie : l’ancien prince héritier et plusieurs personnalités arrêtés pour complot présumé de coup d’État
    Par MEE et agences – Published date : Dimanche 4 avril 2021 | Middle East Eye édition française
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/fr/actu-et-enquetes/jordanie-roi-abdallah-prince-hamza-ben-hussein-coup-detat

    Hamza ben Hussein, 41 ans, ancien prince héritier et demi-frère du roi Abdallah II de Jordanie a annoncé samedi avoir été « assigné à résidence » dans son palais d’Amman, après avoir été accusé par l’armée d’activités contre « la sécurité du royaume », des termes repris dans la journée de dimanche par le vice-Premier ministre jordanien.

    Dans une vidéo transmise à la BBC par son avocat, le prince Hamza a affirmé que le chef d’état-major de l’armée s’était rendu à son domicile et lui avait signifié qu’il n’était « pas autorisé à sortir ». Il a nié avoir pris part à un complot et a accusé les autorités de son pays de « corruption », d’« incompétence » et de « harcèlement ». (...)

    #Jordanie

    • Jordan claims businessman who offered to help arrested prince is former Mossad agent
      Barak Ravid, author of from Tel Aviv- 4 avril 2021 - Axios
      https://www.axios.com/jordan-crown-prince-hussein-coup-2c37aca9-b49f-4398-a407-c71ee1e8ea03.html

      An Israeli businessman with ties to the U.S. government was in touch with former Jordanian Crown Prince Hamzah bin Hussein when he was put on house arrest on Saturday, and proposed to send a private jet to take his wife and kids to Europe.

      The intrigue: The Jordanian government claims the Israeli has connections to the Mossad spy agency, while the businessman stresses he’s only a friend of the prince.

      Why it matters: The Jordanian government is pushing the narrative that Prince Hamzah and his associates conspired against King Abdullah with people outside of Jordan.

      Broaching connections to Israel and the Mossad are effective lines for the Jordanian government’s campaign against Prince Hamzah. Public opinion of Israel is generally negative among Jordanians.

      State of play: Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said at a press conference Sunday that a person with connections to a foreign security service had approached Prince Hamzah’s wife and offered to arrange a private jet to escort her and her family to a foreign country.

    • Report: Israel PM knew of Jordan security unrest as it happened
      April 5, 2021 at 12:26 pm
      https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210405-report-israel-pm-knew-of-jordan-security-unrest-as-it-ha

      Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was aware of the security unrest in Jordan and the arrests campaign against senior officials including former Crown Prince Hamzah bin Hussein the minute they happened, Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported on Sunday.

      An Arab affairs analyst at the paper, Smadar Perry said Netanyahu and others have been very familiar with the events taking place in Jordan over the past few weeks, which explains why King Abdullah II of Jordan has been very keen to prevent Netanyahu from using the Jordanian airspace to travel to the Gulf region.

      According to Perry, it is clear that Amman has suspicions regarding Netanyahu who made it clear that he would be very happy to get rid of Abdullah, and see another Jordanian ruler take his place; either another member of the royal family or from the army.

      She added that the Jordanian royal court suspects that Netanyahu did not even bother to conceal his preference and shared it with his new friends in the Gulf.

      The report noted that despite the political estrangement between Amman and Tel Aviv and the personal anger that King Abdullah II has shown towards Netanyahu, two years ago, the Jordanian king has ensured that his army officers conveyed messages of assurances to their Israeli counterparts that “things are under control”. (...)

  • Jarrar sends letter from prison to Palestinian women
    March 8, 2021 – Middle East Monitor
    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210308-jarrar-sends-letter-from-prison-to-palestinian-women

    Just days after being fined and imprisoned by Israel, Palestinian politician Khalida Jarrar has sent a letter to Palestinian women on International Women’s Day. The prominent member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) is now serving a two-year prison sentence, but this did not stop her from sending a message to female Palestinian freedom fighters, congratulating them on their day, commending them, and hailing their sacrifices.

    “My companions and sisters in Palestine, the Arab countries, and around the world,” wrote Jarrar, “from my prison, I am sending my warmest greetings to you as I am proud of you and your fight against all forms of injustice, persecution, and oppression.”

    International Women’s Day, she said, is a symbol of the oppression, sexual discrimination, and exploitation faced by all races at the hands of “autocratic regimes” around the world. “This is represented by the oppression of the Zionists and their occupation of our homeland Palestine.” (...)

  • La CPI ouvre une enquête sur des crimes de guerre présumés dans les Territoires palestiniens
    Publié le : 03/03/2021
    https://www.france24.com/fr/moyen-orient/20210303-la-cpi-ouvre-une-enqu%C3%AAte-sur-d-%C3%A9ventuels-crimes-de-guer

    Une enquête sur des soupçons de crimes de guerre commis par les forces israéliennes, le Hamas et des groupes armés palestiniens dans les Territoires palestiniens va être lancée par la Cour pénale internationale (CPI). Israël a qualifié cette annonce de « décision politique », l’Autorité palestinienne a salué une enquête « nécessaire ».

    La procureure générale de la Cour pénale internationale (CPI), Fatou Bensouda, a annoncé mercredi 3 mars avoir ouvert une enquête sur des crimes présumés commis dans les Territoires palestiniens occupés. Israël s’était fermement opposé à l’ouverture de possibles enquêtes.

    Fatou Bensouda avait précédemment déclaré qu’il y avait un « fondement raisonnable » à croire que des crimes avaient été commis par des membres des forces israéliennes, des autorités israéliennes, du Hamas et des groupes armés palestiniens au cours de la guerre de Gaza de 2014.

    « Aujourd’hui, je confirme l’ouverture par le Bureau du procureur de la Cour pénale internationale d’une enquête sur la situation en Palestine », a-t-elle déclaré dans un communiqué. « L’enquête portera sur les crimes relevant de la compétence de la Cour qui auraient été commis dans la situation depuis le 13 juin 2014. » (...)

    #CPI

    • Washington « s’oppose fermement » à l’enquête de la CPI
      AFP - 3 mars 2021
      https://www.msn.com/fr-ch/actualite/other/washington-c2-abs-e2-80-99oppose-fermement-c2-bb-c3-a0-l-e2-80-99enqu-c3-aate-de-la-cpi/ar-BB1ecTd6

      Pour Washington, la Cour qui siège à La Haye n’est « pas compétente » car l’État hébreu n’a pas signé le Traité de Rome qui lui a donné naissance et la Palestine « n’est pas un État souverain ».

      Les États-Unis « s’opposent fermement » à l’enquête ouverte par la procureure de la Cour pénale internationale (CPI) sur des crimes présumés, imputés notamment à Israël, dans les territoires palestiniens occupés, a déclaré mercredi le porte-parole de la diplomatie américaine, Ned Price.

      « Nous nous opposons fermement à l’annonce par les procureurs de la CPI d’une enquête sur la situation palestinienne et nous en sommes déçus », a-t-il dit devant la presse. « Nous continuerons à soutenir fermement Israël et sa sécurité, notamment en nous opposant à des actions qui visent Israël de manière injuste », a-t-il ajouté.

      Il a de nouveau estimé que la Cour qui siège à La Haye n’était « pas compétente » car l’État hébreu n’a pas signé le Traité de Rome qui lui a donné naissance et la Palestine « n’est pas un État souverain ». « Les États-Unis ont toujours estimé que la compétence de la Cour devait se borner aux pays qui la lui accordent ou alors en cas de saisine par le Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU », a-t-il insisté. (...)

    • ICC prosecutor to probe war crimes in Palestinian Territories, angering Israel | Reuters
      https://www.reuters.com/article/us-warcrimes-icc-palestinians-idUSKBN2AV1R0

      FILE PHOTO: Female Palestinian medic Razan Al-Najar reacts to tear gas as she works at the scene of clashes at Israel-Gaza border, in the southern Gaza Strip April 1, 2018. Picture taken April1, 2018. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/File Photo

      The decision follows a ruling by the court on Feb. 5 that it has jurisdiction in the case, prompting swift rejections by Washington and Jerusalem.

      “The decision to open an investigation followed a painstaking preliminary examination undertaken by my office that lasted close to five years,” Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said in a statement.

      Promising a “principled, non-partisan, approach”, she said: “In the end, our central concern must be for the victims of crimes, both Palestinian and Israeli, arising from the long cycle of violence and insecurity that has caused deep suffering and despair on all sides.”

      Bensouda, who will be replaced by British prosecutor Karim Khan on June 16, said in December 2019 that war crimes had been or were being committed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. She named both the Israel Defense Forces and armed Palestinian groups such as Hamas as possible perpetrators.

      The next step will be to determine whether Israeli or Palestinian authorities have investigations themselves and to assess those efforts.

      ‘LONG-AWAITED STEP’

      Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the court’s decision was “undiluted anti-Semitism and the height of hypocrisy.”

      He accused the court of turning “a blind eye” to Iran, Syria and other countries that he said were committing “real” war crimes.

      “Without any jurisdiction, it decided that our brave soldiers, who take every precaution to avoid civilian casualties against the worst terrorists in the world who deliberately target civilians, it’s our soldiers who are war criminals,” Netanyahu said in a statement.

      Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said the decision was “morally bankrupt and legally flawed,” while Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., Gilad Erdan, vowed to “continue working together with the American administration against this shameful decision.”

      The U.S. State Department said Washington firmly opposes and is disappointed by the announcement, adding that the United States has serious concerns over the ICC’s attempts to exercise jurisdiction over Israel.

      “We will continue to uphold our strong commitment to Israel and its security, including by opposing actions that seek to target Israel unfairly, the ICC ... has no jurisdiction over this matter,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.

      The prosecutor’s office was targeted by sanctions under then-U.S. President Donald Trump. Washington opposes the ICC investigation in Afghanistan, which is also looking at the role of U.S. forces, and the Palestinian Territories inquiry.

      The Palestinian Authority’s foreign ministry welcomed the prosecutor’s investigation as “a long-awaited step that serves Palestine’s tireless pursuit of justice and accountability, which are indispensable pillars of the peace the Palestinian people seek and deserve”

      It urged all states to “refrain from politicizing these independent proceedings.”

      George Giacaman, a Palestinian political analyst and professor at Birzeit University in the occupied West Bank, said the ICC decision showed the Palestinian leadership’s strategy of appealing to global institutions had had some success.

      While cautioning that the probe could take years, Giacaman said: “At best, one can say that in the future, the Israelis will be more careful with hitting Palestinian civilians. Perhaps the ICC will prove to be a deterrent.”

      The Islamist militant group Hamas, which controls Gaza and is regarded as a terrorist organisation by Israel, the United States and the European Union, defended its own actions in the conflict.

      “We welcome the ICC decision to investigate Israeli occupation war crimes against our people. It is a step forward on the path of achieving justice,” said Hazem Qassem, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza.

      Rights groups said the decision offered victims hope of justice. Balkees Jarrah, associate international justice director at Human Rights Watch, said ICC member countries should be ready to protect the court’s work from any political pressure.The ICC is a court of last resort established to prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide when a country is unable or unwilling to do so.

      The pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, urged President Joe Biden to maintain the sanctions on ICC officials pursuing what it called “illegitimate, politically motivated investigations into the U.S. and Israel.”

      Reporting by Stephanie van den Berg; Additional reporting by Ali Sawafta in Ramallah, Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza, Rami Ayyub in Tel Aviv, Stephen Farrell in Jerusalem and Humeyra Pamuk in Washington; Writing by Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Toby Chopra, Nick Macfie, Timothy Heritage and Jonathan Oatis

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    • Déclaration : 3 March 2021
      Déclaration du Procureur de la CPI, Mme Fatou Bensouda, à propos d’une enquête sur la situation en Palestine
      https://www.icc-cpi.int/Pages/item.aspx?name=210303-prosecutor-statement-investigation-palestine&ln=fr

      Aujourd’hui, je confirme l’ouverture d’une enquête par le Bureau du Procureur (le « Bureau ») de la Cour pénale internationale (la « CPI » ou la « Cour ») à propos de la situation en Palestine. Cette enquête portera sur les crimes relevant de la compétence de la Cour qui auraient été commis dans le cadre de cette situation depuis le 13 juin 2014, date à laquelle le renvoi de la Situation en Palestine à mon Bureau fait référence.

      Le Bureau déterminera, en temps voulu, la façon dont il fixera les priorités dans son enquête, à la lumière des difficultés liées aux opérations auxquelles nous sommes confrontés en raison de la pandémie, des ressources limitées dont nous disposons et de la lourde charge de travail qui pèse sur nous. Toutefois, ces difficultés, aussi redoutables et complexes soient elles, ne parviendront, en définitive, en aucun cas à détourner le Bureau des responsabilités qui lui incombent au regard du Statut de Rome.

      Conformément au Statut de Rome, le Bureau du Procureur est tenu d’agir lorsqu’un État partie lui défère une situation et qu’il est établi qu’il existe une base raisonnable pour ouvrir une enquête. Dans un premier temps, il doit le notifier à tous les États parties et aux États qui auraient normalement compétence à l’égard des crimes en cause, ce qui autorise ainsi tout État concerné à demander au Bureau de le laisser enquêter sur ses ressortissants ou d’autres personnes relevant de sa compétence pour des crimes visés par le Statut de Rome dont il est question dans la notification (sous réserve d’un éventuel examen par la Chambre préliminaire).

      Toute enquête que le Bureau entreprendra en définitive sera menée en toute indépendance, impartialité et objectivité, sans crainte ni parti pris. Au vu du Statut de Rome, afin d’établir la vérité, le Bureau est tenu d’étendre l’enquête à tous les faits et éléments de preuve qui peuvent être utiles pour déterminer l’existence d’une responsabilité pénale au regard du Statut et, ce faisant, d’enquêter tant à charge qu’à décharge. (...)

    • Harris assures Netanyahu of US opposition to ICC probe
      March 5, 2021 – Middle East Monitor
      https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210305-harris-assures-netanyahu-of-us-opposition-to-icc-probe

      March 5, 2021 at 12:44 pm

      US Vice President Kamala Harris, in a call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday, reaffirmed Washington’s opposition to an International Criminal Court (ICC) probe of possible war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories, Reuters reported the White House saying.

      The call, the first between the two since Harris and President Joe Biden took office in January, came a day after the ICC prosecutor said she would launch the probe, prompting swift rejections by the US and Israel.

      Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, who will be replaced by British prosecutor Karim Khan on 16 June, said in December 2019 that war crimes had been or were being committed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. She named both the Israeli army and armed Palestinian groups as possible perpetrators.

      Harris and Netanyahu noted their governments’ “opposition to the International Criminal Court’s attempts to exercise its jurisdiction over Israeli personnel,” the White House said. (...)

  • La très rituelle revendication, par un haut responsable israélien (ici le ministre de la défense), des futurs crimes de guerres qu’Israël commettra au Liban. (Et évidemment, en cas de conflit, Israël viendra expliquer que ses très réels crimes de guerre, ce sont des inventions pas vraies.)

    Gantz : Lebanese to pay ‘heavy price’ if Hezbollah attacks Israel – Middle East Monitor
    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210210-gantz-lebanese-to-pay-heavy-price-if-hezbollah-attacks-i

    Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz has threatened to make the people of Lebanon pay a “heavy price” if Hezbollah attacks Israel, it was reported on Monday.

    “If a front breaks out in the north, the country of Lebanon will be the one to pay the heaviest of prices for the weapons that have been scattered in civilian population centres,” the Times of Israel reported Gantz as saying.

  • We have lived to see Arabs enter Al-Aqsa under Israeli protection
    Abdullah Al-Majali - October 19, 2020 at 6:08 pm – Middle East Monitor
    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20201019-we-have-lived-to-see-arabs-enter-al-aqsa-under-israeli-p

    Palestinian Muslims await Friday prayers inside the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City on 10 July 2020 [Muhammed Qarout Idkaide]

    We have lived to see Arabs enter Al-Aqsa Mosque under Israeli protection. It is shameful.

    Is there any real difference between an Arab delegation visiting Al-Aqsa Mosque under Israeli protection and hordes of extremist Israeli settlers whose incursions and practice of Talmudic rituals there take place under the protection of the same security forces? The crime of these Arabs is arguably greater.

    The storming by Israeli extremists under the guns of the Israeli occupation does not whitewash the image of the occupation in the eyes of the world, nor does it give it legitimate sovereignty over the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa. The Arabs’ visit does, however, whitewash the image of the military occupation and is “evidence” that all Muslims can go to Al-Aqsa Mosque. It also shows the world the false image of Israel providing protection for religious sites and allowing religious freedom.

    A delegation from normalising Arab countries entered Al-Aqsa last week under the protection of the Israeli police and intelligence agencies, despite the occupation authorities’ closure of the mosque to Palestinian residents of Jerusalem. More dangerous than that, the normalisation delegation entered Al-Aqsa without informing the Religious Endowment Department there, and this ignored the authority of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan over the holy sites in Jerusalem. According to Jerusalemite activist and member of the Silwan Defence Committee, Fakhry Abu Diab, this also withdraws any recognition by these Arab countries of Jordan’s guardianship; instead, these states demonstrated their acceptance of Israeli sovereignty over the holy sites, especially Al-Aqsa. (...)

  • Zionist War on Palestinian Festival in Rome is Ominous Sign of Things to Come – Middle East Monitor
    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20201009-zionist-war-on-palestinian-festival-in-rome-is-ominous-s

    Partito Democratico was, itself, the ideological culmination of parties that existed during the era of Italy’s First Republic (1948-1992), which were known for their strong stances in favor of Palestinian rights and self-determination and strong opposition to Israel’s violations of international law.

    This is no longer the case, as the party’s stance on Palestine now hardly deviates from the stifling mantra, “Due popoli due stati” – “Two people two states”.

    The new era of Italian politics makes it possible for the likes of Lia Quartapelle – a Democratic Party MP – to pose as a human rights defender on the global stage while referring to Israel as “an extraordinary exception, a plural democracy in a region that fed sectarian and fundamentalist policies”. Her statement is not only wrong and deluding, it also embodies a deep-seated form of anti-Arab sentiment, if not, arguably, outright racism.

    #Palestine #sionisme

  • East Mediterranean tension boosts France’s arms sales – Middle East Monitor
    September 26, 2020 at 12:45 pm
    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200926-east-mediterranean-tension-boosts-frances-arms-sales

    French-backed tension between East Mediterranean states and Turkey boosts French arms sales, Paul Iddon, contributor to Forbes, revealed on Thursday.

    Iddon noted that French President Emmanuel Macron is a strong critic of Turkey’s foreign policy and poses himself as a supporter of the East Mediterranean states, which are on opposite sides of the tension with Turkey.

    Therefore, the French military has participated in a series of military exercises this year with Turkey’s rivals in the Eastern Mediterranean to signal Paris’ support of these countries.

    He confirmed that France has shown its support for Greece by deploying two Dassault Rafale fighter jets to the Greek island of Crete, along with a warship in August.

    Greece, according to Iddon, turned to France after it had decided to expand its military to buy 18 Rafale jets, including six brand new and 12 second-hand ones that have already served in the French Air Force, noting that Greece is the first European country to buy the Rafale jets.

    Iddon also disclosed that Athens already reached a €260 million ($305 million) deal with France to upgrade its existing fleet of Dassault Mirage 2000-5 fighter jets in December 2019. This deal would prevent Turkey from establishing air superiority over the Aegean Sea, or parts of the East Mediterranean.

    Meanwhile, the Republic of Cyprus reached a $262 million arms deal with France for short-range Mistral air defence systems and Exocet anti-ship missiles.

    These deals are not comparable with those reached between France and Egypt, which has been a major rival of Turkey’s since the current President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi came to power through his military coup in July 2013.

    “Under Sisi,” Iddon wrote in Forbes, “Egypt rapidly became a major multi-billion euro French arms client. His country was the first to buy Rafale jets, along with four Gowind corvettes, a FREEM multipurpose frigate, and two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships.”

    Iddon concluded: “So long as these territorial disputes and tensions between these countries and Turkey remain unresolved, France isn’t likely going to have any shortage of arms clients in the Eastern Mediterranean anytime soon.”

    #FranceGrèce #FranceTurquie #marchand_de_canons

  • Israel orders Palestinian village demolish its only road – Middle East Monitor

    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200826-israel-orders-palestinian-village-demolish-its-only-road

    Israeli occupation authorities have ordered a road in the village of Kaisan, east of the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, to be razed, Al-Watan Voice reported yesterday.

    Deputy-Mayor of Kisan village, Ahmed Ghazal, said that the Israel occupation authorities are planning to close the road which connects more than ten homes to the village.

    Ghazal said that this road was paved in 2007 to serve the villagers, who have been subject to Israeli harassment for decades.

    Kaisan is inhabited by 800 people and is being surrounded by the two illegal Israeli settlements of Maale Amos and Avi Menahem.

    #israël #palestine #occupation #démolition #colonisation

  • Jordan releases cartoonist held over UAE drawing
    August 30, 2020 at 2:43 pm – Middle East Monitor
    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200830-jordan-releases-cartoonist-held-over-uae-drawing

    Jordan on Sunday decided to release a cartoonist held for drawing a cartoon mocking a recent deal to normalize relations between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel, Anadolu reports.

    Emad Hajjaj was arrested by Jordanian police on charges of insulting an Arab country after he drew a caricature that mocks UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as Israel refused to allow the UAE to buy F-35 warplanes from the US despite Abu Dhabi’s normalization deal with Tel Aviv.
    #Jordanie #IsraelEAU
    “The Judiciary has ordered Hajjaj’s release,” his lawyer Marwan Salem told Anadolu Agency.

    The lawyer, however, did not give any further details, and there was no comment from Jordanian authorities on the report.

    On Friday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on the Jordanian authorities to immediately release Hajjaj and to drop the charges against him.

    On Aug. 13, the UAE and Israel announced a US-brokered agreement to normalize their relations, including opening embassies in each other’s territory.

    Palestinian groups, including the Palestinian Authority, have denounced the UAE-Israel deal, saying it does not serve the Palestinian cause and ignores the rights of Palestinians.

  • Gaza in lockdown to contain its first COVID-19 outbreak – Middle East Monitor

    A government spokesman said the four cases were uncovered after a woman travelled to the West Bank, where she tested positive. Four members of her family then tested positive in Gaza, the first cases outside quarantined border facilities.

    Interior Ministry spokesman Eyad al-Bozom said the family had been in contact with many other people in the Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza, and that the camp was now isolated from the rest of the 360 sq. km. territory.

    #Covid-19#Palestine#Gaza#Santé#Société_civile#migrant#migration#confinement

    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200825-gaza-in-lockdown-to-contain-its-first-covid-19-outbreak

  • Kuwait will not be able to pay salaries after November
    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200820-kuwait-will-not-be-able-to-pay-salaries-after-november

    The oil-rich Gulf state of Kuwait will not have sufficient funds to cover public servants’ salaries after November, Finance Minister Barak Al-Sheetan warned parliament on Wednesday.

    According to Bloomberg, Al-Sheetan confirmed that his country’s government is withdrawing from its General Reserve Fund at a rate of 1.7 billion dinars a month.

    He added that liquidity will soon be depleted if oil prices don’t improve and if Kuwait cannot borrow from local and international markets.

    Al-Sheetan indicated that Kuwait’s budget deficit increased by 69 per cent to 5.64 billion dinars in the last fiscal year, and the government estimates that it will be more than 14 billion dinars in the current fiscal year, ending on 31 March.

    He stated that wages and subsidies account for 76 per cent of all spending.

  • Israel thought to be behind another explosion in Iran
    July 20, 2020 – Middle East Monitor
    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200720-israel-thought-to-be-behind-another-explosion-in-iran

    An explosion at a power station in Iran’s Isfahan Province yesterday has prompted speculation about its cause. There have been a number of mysterious blasts damaging Iranian infrastructure in recent weeks.

    The managing director of Isfahan’s electricity company, Said Mohseni, told state-run IRNA news agency that the blast was caused when a “worn out transformer… at Isfahan’s Islamabad thermal power plant exploded at around 5am” on Monday. There were no reported casualties.

    Two hours after the explosion, the facility returned to normal work, with Isfahan’s power supply continuing uninterrupted. “The damaged equipment is being repaired and replaced,” Mohseni added.

    Although the blast was dismissed by Iran as the result of faulty equipment and technical difficulties, that claim has been called into question, with speculation that Israel is behind this and earlier attacks.

    #IsraelIran

  • UN: Saudi prince suspect in Khashoggi murder case
    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200711-un-saudi-prince-suspect-in-khashoggi-murder-case

    In an interview with Anadolu Agency, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Execution Agnes Callamard said even though she does not have evidence against the MBS, but in terms of ordering and inciting the killing, he is a prime suspect.

    Look, I think he is a prime suspect in terms of determining who ordered or who incited the killing. He is in the picture. Personally, I do not have the evidence pointing to him as having ordered the crime,

    said Callamard, who is also a noted human rights lawyer.

    She said that circumstantial evidence suggests that a crime of that nature could not have taken place without the contribution of MBS.

    #on_peut_penser_que_j'ai_le_droit_à_la_présomption_d'innocence

  • Coronavirus spread to Palestine refugee camps in Lebanon - Middle East Monitor

    The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said yesterday that the coronavirus has already spread into some of the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, the Anadolu Agency reported.

    In a statement, the head of UNRWA’s Health Department, Abdul Hakim Shanaa, called on Palestinian refugees in the camps to adhere to health guidelines, maintain a safe distance and stay away from crowded places, out of respect for public health and individual responsibility.

    #Covid-19#Liban#Palestine#migrant#migrationderetour#camps#syriens#santé

    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200622-unrwa-coronavirus-spread-to-palestine-refugee-camps-in-l

  • BREAKING: Egypt arrests sister of political detainee Alaa Abdelfattah – Middle East Monitor
    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200623-egypt-arrests-sister-of-political-detainee-alaa-abdelfat

    Sanaa Seif, the sister of political prisoner Alaa Abdelfattah, has been kidnapped outside the attorney general’s office in a van by state security officers.

    Alaa’s relatives were at the attorney general’s office to file a complaint after they were beaten outside Tora Prison.

    The family were dragged by their hair and their clothes torn by beltagaya, government hired thugs, as the police looked on and did nothing to help.

    His sisters, Mona and Sanaa, and mother Laila Soueif were outside the prison where Alaa is being held, waiting for a letter to be delivered from Alaa.

    (...)
    Alaa was transferred to Tora’s maximum-security prison Al-Aqrab 2, kept in a cell with poor ventilation and prevented from buying food and water from the prison canteen.

    In April Alaa went on hunger strike for a month to protest against the conditions of his detention and the fact that his family haven’t been allowed to visit him since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

    On 18 March his mother and aunt were imprisoned after they held a protest calling for the release of prisoners, but were released shortly afterwards.

    Over recent months, images of his mother have circulated showing her lying down in front of the prison where she was trying to deliver medicine.

    #Egypte #abdel-fattah