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  • Reminder: Israel is still holding a Palestinian lawmaker as political prisoner indefinitely
    Haaretz.com - Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar has been incarcerated in an Israeli jail without a trial for 20 months. Another period of ‘administrative detention’ will soon expire. Will she come home?
    Gideon Levy and Alex Levac Feb 14, 2019 5:20 PM
    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-reminder-israel-is-holding-palestinian-lawmaker-as-political-priso

    Ghassan Jarrar, the husband of Khalida Jarrar, holds a portrait of her on April 2, 2015 at their home in the West Bank city of Ramallah.AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI

    Ghassan Jarrar says his life is meaningless without Khalida. In his office at the children’s toys and furniture factory he owns in Beit Furik, east of Nablus, its chairs upholstered with red fake fur, the face of the grass widower lights up whenever he talks about his wife. She’s been incarcerated in an Israeli prison for 20 months, without trial, without being charged, without evidence, without anything. In two weeks, however, she could be released, at long last. Ghassan is already busy preparing himself: He knows he’s liable to be disappointed again, for the fourth successive time.

    Khalida Jarrar is Israel’s No. 1 female political prisoner, the leader of the inmates in Damon Prison, on Mt. Carmel, and the most senior Palestinian woman Israel has jailed, without her ever having been convicted of any offense.

    The public struggle for her release has been long and frustrating, with more resonance abroad than in Israel. Here it encounters the implacable walls of the occupation authorities and the startling indifference of Israeli public opinion: People here don’t care that they’re living under a regime in which there are political prisoners. There is also the silence of the female MKs and the muteness of the women’s organizations.

    Haaretz has devoted no fewer than five editorials demanding either that evidence against her be presented or that she be released immediately. To no avail: Jarrar is still in detention and she still hasn’t been charged.

    She’s been placed in administrative detention – that is, incarceration without charges or a trial – a number of times: She was arrested for the first time on April 15, 2015 and sentenced to 15 months in jail, which she served. Some 13 months after she was released from that term, she was again put under administrative detention, which kept getting extended, for 20 consecutive months, starting in mid-2017: two stints of six months each, and two of four months each.

    The latest arbitrary extension of her detention is set to end on February 28. As usual, until that day no one will know whether she is going to be freed or whether her imprisonment will be extended once again, without explanation. A military prosecutor promised at the time of the previous extension that it would be the last, but there’s no way to know. Typical of the occupation and its arbitrariness.

    In any event, Ghassan is repainting their house, replacing air conditioners and the water heater, hanging new curtains, planting flowers in window boxes, ordering food and sweets in commercial quantities, and organizing a reception at one checkpoint and cars to await her at two other checkpoints – you can never know where exactly she will be released. A big celebration will take place in the Catholic church of Ramallah, which Ghassan has rented for three days on the last weekend of the month. Still, it’s all very much a matter of if and when.

    Reminder: On April 2, 2015, troops of the Israel Defense Forces raided the Jarrar family’s home in El Bireh, adjacent to Ramallah, and abducted Khalida, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council.

    She was placed in administrative detention. In the wake of international protests over Israel’s arrest without charges of a lawmaker who was elected democratically, the occupation authorities decided to try her. She was indicted on 12 counts, all of them utterly grotesque, including suspicion of visiting the homes of prisoners’ families, suspicion of attending a book fair and suspicion of calling for the release of Ahmad Saadat, a leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine who has been in prison for years.

    The charge sheet against Jarrar – an opponent of the occupation, a determined feminist and a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee – will one day serve as the crushing proof that there is not even the slightest connection between “military justice” and actual law and justice.

    We saw her in the military court at Ofer base in the summer of 2015, proud and impressive, as her two daughters, Yafa and Suha, who returned from their studies in Canada after their mother’s arrest, wept bitterly with their father on the back benches of the courtroom. No one remained indifferent when the guards allowed the two daughters to approach and embrace their mother, in a rare moment of grace and humanity, as their father continued to cry in the back. It was a scene not easily forgotten.

    Three months ago, she was transferred, along with the other 65 female Palestinian prisoners, from the Sharon detention facility where she’d been incarcerated to Damon, where the conditions are tougher: The authorities in Damon aren’t experienced in dealing with women and their special needs, Ghassan says. The showers are separate from the cells, and when a prisoner is menstruating, the red fluid flows into the yard and embarrasses the women. But at the same time, he says, the prison authorities are treating Khalida’s health situation well: She suffers from a blood-clotting problem and needs weekly medications and tests, which she receives regularly in her cell.

    “You are my sweetheart” is inscribed on some of the synthetic-fur toys in the production room in Beit Furik. There are dolls of Mickey Mouse and of other characters from the cartoon world, sporting bold colors, along with padded rocking chairs and lamps for children’s rooms, all designed by Ghassan and all bespeaking sweet innocence and creativity. He’s devoted much less time to his factory since his wife’s incarceration. Of the 19 employees he had, only seven remain, one of whom, a deaf woman, is his outstanding worker. It’s a carpentry shop, an upholstery center and a sewing workshop all under one roof. Ghassan sells most of his products to Israel, although he’s been denied entry to the country for years.

    Now his mind is focused on his wife’s release. The last time he visited her in prison was a month ago, 45 minutes on a phone through armor-plated glass. During her months in prison, Jarrar became an official examiner of matriculation exams for the Palestinian Education Ministry. The exam papers are brought to the prison by the International Red Cross. Among others that she has graded were Ahed Tamimi and her mother, Nariman. Ahed called Ghassan this week to ask when Khalida’s release was expected. She calls her “my aunt.”

    The clock on the wall of Ghassan’s office has stopped. “Everything is meaningless for me without Khalida,” he says. “Life has no meaning without Khalida. Time stopped when Khalida was arrested. Khalida is not only my wife. She is my father, my mother, my sister and my friend. I breathe Khalida instead of air. Twenty months without meaning. My work is also meaningless.”

    A business call interrupts this love poem, which is manifestly sincere and painful. What will happen if she’s not released, again? “I will wait another four months. Nothing will break me. I don’t let anything break me. That is my philosophy in life. It has always helped me.”

    Ghassan spent 10 years of his life in an Israeli prison, too. Like his wife, he was accused of being active in the PFLP.

    In the meantime, their older daughter, Yafa, 33, completed her Ph.D. in law at the University of Ottawa, and is clerking in a Canadian law firm. Suha, 28, returned from Canada, after completing, there and in Britain, undergraduate and master’s degrees in environmental studies. She’s working for the Ramallah-based human rights organization Al-Haq, and living with her father.

    Both daughters are mobilized in the public campaign to free their mother, particularly by means of the social networks. Khalida was in jail when Yafa married a Canadian lawyer; Ghassan invited the whole family and their friends to watch the wedding ceremony in Canada on a large screen live via the Internet. Ghassan himself is prohibited from going abroad.

    During Khalida’s last arrest, recalls her husband, IDF soldiers and Shin Bet security service agents burst into the house by force in the dead of night. They entered Suha’s room and woke her up. He remembers how she shouted, panic-stricken at the sight of the rifles being brandished by strange men in her bedroom wearing black masks, and how the soldiers handcuffed her from behind. As Ghassan replays the scene in his mind and remembers his daughter’s shouts, he grows distraught, as if it had happened this week.

    Not knowing know what the soldiers were doing to her there, and only hearing her shouts, he tried to come to his daughter’s rescue, he recalls. He says he was almost killed by the soldiers for trying to force his way into Suha’s bedroom.

    After the soldiers took Khalida, preventing Ghassan from even kissing her goodbye, despite his request – he discovered his daughter, bound by plastic handcuffs. After he released her, she wanted to rush into the street to follow the soldiers and her captive mother. He blocked her, and she went to the balcony of the house and screamed at them hysterically, cries of unfettered fury.

    Last Saturday was Khalida’s 56th birthday. It wasn’t the first birthday she’d spent in prison, maybe not the last, either. Ghassan’s face positively glows when he talks about his wife’s birthday. He belongs to a WhatsApp group called “Best Friends” that is devoted to Khalida, where they posted his favorite photograph of her, wearing a purple blouse and raising her arms high in the courtroom of the Ofer facility. The members of the group congratulated him. Umar quoted a poem about a prisoner who is sitting in his cell in complete darkness, unable even to see his own shadow. Hidaya wrote something about freedom. Khamis wrote a traditional birthday greeting, and Ghassan summed up, “You are the bride of Palestine, renewing yourself every year. You are the crown on my head, al-Khalida, eternal one.”

    #Khalida_Jarrar

  • Israeli army warns: Danger of violence escalating into war is growing -

    With eye on recent events, military intel warn of potential war ■ Abbas may have backed himself into a corner ■ Gaza threat looms over Israelis

    Amos Harel 13.01.2018
    read more: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.834343

    The odds of a neighboring country, or one of the terrorist organizations operating inside of it, launching a war against Israel this year are almost nonexistent, according to the Israeli army’s intelligence assessment for 2018.
    Sounding remarkably similar to the 2017 assessment provided to the defense minister, the military noted there is not much left of the Arab armies, and Israel’s neighbors are mostly preoccupied with themselves, while internal problems are distracting Hezbollah and Hamas.
    Is there any difference from 2017? Well, the danger of deterioration – perhaps even to the point of war – has grown significantly, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot stated. The intelligence branch and the chief of staff, who is beginning his fourth and final year at the helm of the army, are concerned about two possible scenarios. 
    The first would be the result of a reaction by one of Israel’s enemies to an Israeli show of force. The second would stem from a flare-up on the Palestinian front. When the terrorism genie gets out of the Palestinian bottle, it takes many months or even years to put it back.
    The first scenario, which the army terms “the campaign between the wars,” might happen when Israel tries to prevent rivals from obtaining advance weaponry they might want to use during a future war, according to Eisenkot.

    Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, center, being briefed by Col. Gilad Amit, commander of the Samaria Brigade, following the murder of Rabbi Raziel Shevach, January 18, 2018.IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
    Most of these operations occur under the radar, far from Israel’s borders. Usually, such operations draw little media attention and Israel invariably dodges the question of responsibility. The previous Israel Air Force commander, Gen. Amir Eshel, told Haaretz last August there were nearly 100 such attacks under his five-year command, mostly on Syrian and Hezbollah arms convoys on the northern front.

    However, the more Israel carries out such attacks, and the more it does so on increasingly sophisticated systems (according to foreign media reports), the higher the chances of a confrontation with other countries and organizations, increasing the danger of a significant retaliation.
    A similar thing is happening on the Gaza border. Work on the defense barrier against cross-border attack tunnels is advancing, while Israel is simultaneously developing and implementing more sophisticated methods to locate these tunnels.
    At least three tunnels were seemingly located and destroyed near the Gaza border in recent months. However, this success could exact a price if Hamas or Islamic Jihad decide to try and use the remaining attack tunnels before they are completely destroyed or redundant.

    Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, accompanied by Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot during a visit to a military exercise in the Golan Heights in 2017.Ministry of Defense
    It is usually accepted practice to call out intelligence officials over mistaken forecasts. But we received a small example of all these trends on various fronts over the past two weeks. The cabinet convened for a long meeting about the northern front last Sunday. Arab media reported early Tuesday morning about an Israeli attack on Syrian army weapons depots near Damascus. A base in the same area, which Iran had reportedly built for one of the Shi’ite militia groups, was bombed from the air in early December. In most of the recent attacks, the Syrians fired at the reportedly Israeli aircraft. The Syrians also claimed recently that the attacks have become more sophisticated, made in multiple waves and even included surface-to-surface missiles.
    A few days beforehand, there was a report about an Israeli aerial attack – apparently on a cross-border attack tunnel – next to the Gaza border. Meanwhile, in the West Bank, the demonstrations to protest U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital were dying down, out of a seeming lack of public interest. Then, on Tuesday evening, Rabbi Raziel Shevach, from the illegal outpost of Havat Gilad, was killed in a drive-by shooting attack near Nablus. The army responded by surrounding villages and erecting roadblocks around Nablus, for the first time in two years. The IDF moves were acts of collective punishment the chief of staff would normally rather avoid, but they were approved on a limited basis due to the murder of an Israeli.
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted that the Shin Bet security service is close to solving the murder, but at the time of writing it was still unclear who did it. Hamas and Islamic Jihad released statements praising the deed, while, in a rare move, Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades – which has been virtually inactive for a decade – took responsibility for the attack.
    Its statement, which was posted on several Facebook pages, attributed the attack to the “Raed Karmi cell,” marking the anniversary of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades leader’s death. Israel assassinated Karmi – the military leader in Tul Karm responsible for the killing of many Israeli civilians and soldiers during the second intifada – on January 14, 2002.

    U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at a more amicable time, May 3, 2017Carlos Barria, Reuters
    Woe to Abbas
    The Palestinian Authority, whose leadership has avoided condemning the murder of an Israeli citizen, is making an effort nonetheless to capture terrorists in designated areas in Nablus under its jurisdiction. The Israeli moves in the area added to the humiliation of the PA, which looks like it has navigated itself into a dead end. 
    President Mahmoud Abbas is in trouble. The Trump declaration on Jerusalem provided him with a temporary escape. Last November the Palestinians received worrisome information that the Trump administration’s brewing peace plan was leaning in Israel’s favor. Trump’s so-called deal of the century would likely include leaving settlements in the West Bank in place, and declaring Abu Dis the Palestinian Jerusalem, capital of a prospective state.
    These planks are unacceptable to Abbas. However, the Trump declaration allowed the PA leader to accuse the Americans of giving up any pretense to being an honest broker. He found refuge in the embrace of attendees at the Islamic Conference in Turkey, and in halting all discussion of renewing negotiations.
    Abbas soon discovered that rejecting a reopening of talks with Israel didn’t stop the drumbeat of bad news coming his way. UNRWA was facing a severe financial crisis well before the Trump administration threatened to freeze the U.S. share of funding for the UN agency in charge of Palestinian refugee assistance. The crisis, incidentally, also worries Jordan, which hosts at least 3 million Palestinian refugees and descendants. The flow of funds from the donor nations to the territories is dissipating, at a time that the reconciliation process between the PA and Hamas has ground to a halt, with Abbas saying he doesn’t see any benefit that can come of it.
    Meanwhile, Fatah members from activists in the field to the aging leadership are despairing of the chance of realizing the two-state solution. Israel protests the statements of senior Fatah officials about the right to wage armed struggle. It recently arrested a retired Palestinian general on the charge that he had organized protests in East Jerusalem. Fatah plans a council meeting next week, in which participants are expected to adopt a militant line.
    Abbas, who turns 83 in March, is increasingly feeling his years. His health has deteriorated and so has his patience and fitness to work, although it seems his love for travel has not faded. Claims of widespread corruption, some of which allegedly involve his family, are increasing. Other forces in the West Bank are aware of his weakened physical and political condition. Hamas is vigorously encouraging attacks against Israel, probably in expectation of humiliating the PA. Last week the Shin Bet asserted that for the first time, an Iranian agent was operating a Palestinian terror cell in Hebron.
    Meanwhile, a multiparty effort is being made to halt the violence and prevent a sliding into a military confrontation. Under the shadow of rockets by Salafi groups in Gaza, Israel and the PA announced the transfer of additional funds from the PA to pay for increasing the electricity supply from Israel to the Strip. There has not been a single rocket fired this week, but the situation remains fragile. The army increased security around communities close to the border and has stepped up exercises that simulate terrorists using tunnels to infiltrate under the border to kidnap and kill Israelis. The chief of staff watched the elite Shaldag unit going into action in such a scenario this week.

    Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants take part in the funeral of their comrade in the central Gaza Strip October 31, 2017. SUHAIB SALEM/REUTERS
    The army has to stay alert because Islamic Jihad has yet to avenge the killing of its people together with Hamas operatives in a tunnel explosion on the border last October. In November, Jihad militants fired over 20 mortar shells in a four-minute span at an army outpost near Sderot (no one was injured).
    Shells were fired a month after that, probably by Islamic Jihad, at Kibbutz Kfar Aza during a memorial ceremony for Oron Shaul, who was killed in the 2014 Operation Protective Edge and whose body is being held in Gaza. Army officials expect more attempts.
    The large number of gliders the Palestinians have launched near the border recently likely attests to intelligence gathering ahead of attacks. Israeli officials are also kept awake by recent reports from Syria of a mysterious glider attack against a Russian air force base in the country’s north. Organizations in Gaza are in arm’s reach of this technology.

    An opposition fighter fires a gun from a village near al-Tamanah during ongoing battles with government forces in Syria’s Idlib province on January 11, 2018.OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP
    Syria war still isn’t over 
    The civil war in Syria, which enters its eighth year in March, has not completely died out. The Assad regime, which has restored its rule over most of the country’s population, is still clashing with rebels in the Idlib enclave in northern Syria and is preparing for an eventual attack to chase the rebels out of the border area with Israel, along the Golan. The two attacks on the Russian base in Khmeimim (artillery shelling, which damaged a number of planes and helicopters, preceded the glider attack) indicate that some of the groups are determined to keep fighting Assad and his allies.
    The war in Syria started with a protest by residents of Daraa, a town in the south, against a backdrop of economic difficulties for farmers whose incomes were suffering from desertification. The regime’s brutal methods of oppression led to the spread of protest, and things quickly descended into civil war, in which several countries have meddled until today. The war often has consequences on nature. There has been a rise in the number of rabies cases in Israel in recent months, mainly in the north. One of the possible explanations involves the migration of rabies-infested jackals from Jordan and Syria. During the war Syria has suffered a total collapse of civilian authority, and certainly of veterinary services. When there are no regular vaccinations, neighboring countries suffer as well.
    The Middle Eastern country suffering the second bloodiest civil war, Yemen, gets only a tenth as much attention as Syria. The war in Yemen has raged for three years. Some 3 million residents out of a total of 28 million have fled the country as refugees. Over half of those remaining suffer from food insecurity. The UN recently estimated that about a million residents have contracted cholera from contaminated water or food.
    Such outbreaks can erupt easily, even closer to home. The European Union is expected to hold an emergency session in Brussels about the worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The Israeli defense establishment has confirmed the frequent reports by humanitarian organizations of the continued collapse of civilian infrastructure, mainly water and sanitation, in Gaza. Wastewater from Gaza, flowing straight into the sea, is reaching the beaches of Ashkelon and Ashdod. I recently asked a senior Israeli official if he doesn’t fear an outbreak of an epidemic like cholera in Gaza.
    “Every morning, I am surprised anew that it still hasn’t happened,” he replied.

    Amos Harel

    • Ghosts of Grenfell
      Lowkey et Mai Khalil, Youtube, le 8 août 2017
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztUamrChczQ

      To whom it may concern, at the Queen’s royal borough of Kensington in Chelsea. Where is Yasin El-Wahabi? Where is his brother Mehdi? Where is his sister Nur Huda? Where is their mother and where is their father? Where is Nura Jamal and her husband Hashim? Where is their children, Yahya, Firdaus and Yaqoob? Where is Nadia Loureda? Where is Steve Power? Where is Dennis Murphy? Where is Marco Gottardi? Where is Gloria Trevisian? Where is Amal and her daughter Amaya? Where is Mohammed Neda? Where is Ali Yawar Jafari? Where is Khadija Saye? Where is Mary Mendy? Where is Mariem Elgwahry? Where is her mother Suhar?

      Tell us, where is Rania Ibrahim and her two daughters? Where is Jessica Urbano Remierez? Where is Deborah Lamprell? Where is Mohammed Alhajali? Where is Nadia? Where is her husband Bassem? Where are her daughters, Mirna, Fatima, Zaina and their grandmother? Where is Zainab Dean and her son Jeremiah? Where is Ligaya Moore? Where is Sheila Smith? Where is Mohammednour Tuccu? Where is Tony Disson? Where is Maria Burton? Where is Fathaya Alsanousi? Where is her son Abu Feras and her daughter Esra Ibrahim? Where is Lucas James? Where is Farah Hamdan? Where is Omar Belkadi? Where is their daughter Leena? Where is Hamid Kani? Where is Esham Rahman? Where is Raymond Bernard? Where is Isaac Paulos? Where is Marjorie Vital? Where’s her son Ernie? Where is Komru Miah? Where is his wife Razia? Where are their children Abdul Hanif, Abdul Hamid, Hosna? Where are Sakineh and Fatima Afraseiabi? Where is Berkti Haftom and her son Biruk?

      Tells us, where is Stefan Anthony Mills? Where is Abdul Salam? Where is Khadija Khalloufi? Where is Karen Bernard? Where are these people? Where are these people? Where is Gary Maunders? Where is Rohima Ali? Where is her six year old daughter Maryam, her five year old daughter Hafizah and her three year old son Mohammed? God bless you all! Where are all these people?

      La proportion incroyable de noms « à consonance extra-européenne » donne une indication sur le milieu social d’où les victimes venaient...

      #Musique #Musique_et_politique #Lowkey #Mai_Khalil #rap #Grenfell #Incendie #Londres

  • Israel Gives Secret Aid to Syrian Rebels - WSJ
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/israel-gives-secret-aid-to-syrian-rebels-1497813430

    Israel has been regularly supplying Syrian rebels near its border with cash as well as food, fuel and medical supplies for years, a secret engagement in the enemy country’s civil war aimed at carving out a buffer zone populated by friendly forces.

    Péage pour la suite mais je pense que l’essentiel est là http://www.hispantv.com/noticias/siria/344907/israel-arma-terroristas-rebeldes-lucha-gobierno : El diario estadounidense The Wall Street Journal informó el domingo por la noche que Israel ha ofrecido a los grupos “rebeldes” ―considerados como terroristas por Damasco― suministros médicos, alimentos y fondos para “proteger sus fronteras de la crisis en Siria y establecer una zona de amortiguación en su frontera”.

    Según el informe, el régimen de Tel Aviv creó una unidad militar especial en 2012 para monitorear y coordinar la transferencia de la ayuda a los “rebeldes”, una estrategia que incluye pago de salarios y entrega de armas y municiones.

    Abu Suhayb, comandante del grupo terrorista Fursan al-Yulan, ha dicho al diario norteamericano que el régimen israelí les paga unos 5000 dólares al mes. Este grupo, conforme al reporte, contactó con Israel en 2013 cuando el Ejército sirio atacó a miembros de la banda terrorista en las zonas sureñas de Siria.

    Fursan al-Yulan tiene cerca de 400 combatientes en la provincia de Al-Quneitra, situada a 70 kilómetros de Damasco, la capital de Siria, y está aliado con al menos otros cuatro grupos terroristas que también reciben asistencia israelí, de acuerdo con declaraciones de miembros de bandas terroristas ofrecidos al diario.

  • soundtrack du 05/06
    http://www.radiopanik.org/emissions/soundtrack-de-minuit/soundtrack-du-05-06

    Playlist:

    Suhail Yusuf Khan and Donn Bhat - Marching Band Yorkston Thorne Khan - Samaant Saraang - Just a Bloke Guido Morini - Et erit post haec (effundam) Rive - Vogue Moondog - Symphonique #6 (Good for Goodie) Eliane Radigue - Le son et le sens (music and interview extracts) Richard Burton - Michelli’s tree feat. MyNameIsAnn Soisong - Dtorumi Sylvain van iniitu - fire burn and cauldron bubble (Frogoroth) J. S. Bach - Fugue in G minor BWV 578 Shawky El Qenawy - Kan Maaya Mal

    Photo (c) Art Doc Festival 2013

    Contact us at soundtrackdeminuit@gmail.com

    Info on Richard Burton here, on Sylvain van iniitu here and ...

    http://www.radiopanik.org/media/sounds/soundtrack-de-minuit/soundtrack-du-05-06_03703__1.mp3

  • Palestinian killed by Israeli forces after hitting 1 with his car at settlement bus stop
    April 19, 2017 4:53 P.M. (Updated: April 20, 2017 12:54 P.M.)
    http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?ID=776518

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian was shot and killed by Israeli forces at a junction near the illegal Israeli settlement of Gush Etzion in the southern occupied West Bank on Wednesday afternoon.

    An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that a Palestinian vehicle hit a bus stop at the junction, injuring an Israeli civilian, adding that Israeli forces in the area shot at the driver, who they described as an “assailant.”

    However, photographs of the scene published by Israeli media showed that the Palestinian vehicle had seemingly collided with the back of a bus.

    The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed later in the afternoon that the Palestinian succumbed to wounds sustained when he was shot by soldiers at the scene, identifying him as Suhaib Moussa Mashour Mashahra, 21, from the Jerusalem-district village of al-Sawahira.

    Official Palestinian news agency Wafa quoted Palestinian Red Crescent emergency services head Muhammad Awwad as saying that Israeli forces prevented Palestinian medics from reaching Mashahra and treating him, while the army spokesperson told Ma’an that the Palestinian had been treated by army medics on the scene and evacuated to an unspecified hospital. (...)

    #Palestine_assassinée

    • Wednesday, 19 April 2017
      http://pchrgaza.org/en/?p=9042

      In a new crime of using lethal force, Israeli forces killed civilian Suheib Mashahrah (21), from al-Sheikh Sa’ad village, south east of East Jerusalem. The soldiers opened fire at a car driven by the abovementioned civilian at the intersection of “Kfar Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem, after his car hit an Israeli bus from the back. They claimed that Mashahrah attempted to carry out a run-over attack against a number of settlers, but the photos that were published on the accident showed it was a normal car accident. According to preliminary information about the crime, at approximately 16:00 on the same day, Suheib Mousa Mashhour Mashahrah (21) was returning from Hebron to his house in al-Sheikh Sa’ad village, southeast of East Jerusalem. When he turned around the intersection of the abovementioned settlement, his car hit an Israeli bus from the back as a group of settlers were waiting at the bus station. The Israeli soldiers, who were in the area, opened fire at the windshield and side glass of the car. As a result, the abovementioned civilian sustained several live bullets wounds throughout his body. He was then transferred by an Israeli ambulance to “Shaare Zedek” Medical Center in West Jerusalem, but he died upon arrival. The Israeli media said that a 60year-old Israeli civilian was wounded after he a Palestinian young man ran over him. He was transferred to “Shaare Zedek” Medical Center to receive medical treatment as his injury was classified as minor. The Israeli media also said that the soldiers opened fire at the car driver to neutralize him. However, the photos published showed that the car hit the bus from the back, but the car was badly damaged from the front, indicating that it was a normal accident and the driver has no intention to carry out a run-over attack.

  • The “Offshore” Phenomenon: Dirty Banking in a Brave New World // CABINET Issue 2 Mapping Conversations Spring 2001
    http://cabinetmagazine.org/issues/2/dirtybanking.php

    by Mark Lombardi
    ...
    There are many reasons why someone would want to avail themselves of such services. Perhaps the oldest is the fear of seizure or confiscation in times of war, civil unrest, or political instability; what’s known as “fright capital.” Quite often when a country is invaded, under threat of invasion, or in the grip of a civil war or reign of terror, there is an attendant rush to ship assets out of the country. A classic case is the struggle of thousands of European Jews to transfer their property (most of which was never recovered) out of Nazi-controlled areas and into Switzerland and beyond.

    But far and away the most common reason is tax evasion. The first truly modern multinational tax evaders arose in the United States in the 1920s. They were men like Joseph P. Kennedy, father of the late president, a stock manipulator and liquor importer who ordered his foreign suppliers and attorneys to submit fraudulent and inflated bills which he then promptly paid in order to move otherwise taxable profits overseas. Another was Meyer Lansky, the infamous longtime chief financial officer of the American mob. Lansky and his associates, whose revenues came primarily from bootlegging, illegal gambling, loansharking and prostitution, employed couriers and bagmen to carry their ill-gotten loot to banks overseas, primarily in Canada, Switzerland, and the Bahamas. By the mid-l930s many large US-based corporations had also begun to get in on the act by setting up foreign subsidiaries and affiliates, particularly in the United Kingdom and Bermuda, as vehicles for various kinds of financial gimmickry.
    ...
    The attitude of most Western governments to this activity is simple; they deplore it in countries considered unfriendly while condoning or even encouraging it among clients and allies. The purpose is to concentrate money and power in the hands of loyal local elites. Thus, unlike hot investment capital flowing in from other tainted offshore sources, “politically-packaged” black money often receives special red carpet treatment because it is controlled by a corrupt ally.

    Though fully aware of the source of the plunder, officials of even the most “law-abiding” Western countries rarely interfere in the process, citing “mutual cooperation,” "national security interests," or “healthy export markets” as a pretext. Thus former Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie was able to amass a fortune worth around $15 billion over the course of his reign, most of which was banked and invested in Europe; ex-Zairean president Mobutu Sese Seko was believed at the time of his ouster to control bank accounts and assets in Belgium, the former colonial power, worth several billion dollars at a minimum; and Saddam Hussein’s personal and family fortune was at one time estimated at between $10 and $15 billion, some of which was invested in major French companies. Much the same applies to the Marcoses of the Philippines, the Shah of Iran, the Duvaliers of Haiti, Noh Tae Wu of South Korea, Suharto of Indonesia, Somoza of Nicaragua, the Salinas brothers of Mexico, ad infinitum. In some cases the level of cooperation offered by a patron state can go beyond “noninterference” to the actual provision of advisors and access to financial entities capable of performing whatever services the lucky ally or client might require. It is thought that Castle Bank and Trust (founded in the Bahamas in 1964), Nugan Hand Limited (chartered in Australia in l973), and World Finance Corporation (which operated out of Miami in the middle to late 1970s) provided such services at the behest of several successive American administrations.

    Gerhard Friedl
    https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerhard_Friedl

    Gerhard Friedl (Dokumentarfilm, Experimentalfilm)
    http://www.cargo-film.de/blog/2009/jul/05/gerhard-friedl

    Container vom 5. Juli 2009 von Bert Rebhandl
    Der beste Film über die Deutschland AG stammt von einem Österreicher:

    Hat Wolff von Amerongen Konkursdelikte begangen? von Gerhard Friedl aus dem Jahr 2004. Hier ist ein Blogeintrag dazu, und beim Wiener Innovativfilmvertrieb Sixpackfilm gibt es das offizielle Filmdatenblatt dazu. Gerhard Friedl, Jahrgang 1967, hat an der Münchner Filmhochschule bei Helmut Färber studiert.

    Bei einer Begegnung vor wenigen Wochen sprach er von einem neuen Projekt, zu dem die Recherchen schon weit gediehen waren und das ihn in die Karibik hätte führen sollen. Wie wir heute erfahren haben, hat Gerhard Friedl sich das Leben genommen.

    #art #politique #réseau #évasion_fiscale

  • Tiens une analyse pas entièrement fausse et partisane sur la Syrie. Et c’est sur France 24 :
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOc7RoARYuE

    Quelques inexactitudes, cependant :
    – la 1ère trêve ne concernait pas Alep. Là il y avait plutôt un accord tacite de retenue qui a de fait mis fin à la tentative d’encerclement d’Alep par le régime
    – la position officielle des russes n’est pas que tous les groupes « rebelles » doivent être listés comme terroristes, mais comme le précise plus exactement Wassim Nasr après, les Russes considèrent ainsi tous les groupes qui sont associés à al-Nousra, et ce d’ailleurs en accord avec la résolution 2254 - ce que tout le monde semble oublier ! - dont ils ont accepté récemment que la formulation maximale soit revue à la baisse dans le nouvel accord de cessation des hostilités (tout en souhaitant que JAI et Ahrar soient listés comme terroristes) : http://seenthis.net/messages/488350

    Enfin c’est tout de même moins orienté que ce que l’on entend d’habitude...

    • Pas inintéressant non plus, dans Libération, Balanche imagine Deïr az-Zour en point de jonction des forces soutenues par la Russie et de celles soutenues par les Américains ("SDF" dont YPG) contre Da’ich. Ca semble aussi un appel pour une plus grande entente entre Russes et Américains et ce qu’elle permettrait (briser les communications Mossoul-Raqqa de Da’ich).
      L’article développe un scénario, présenté comme tel et certes pas impossible, mais il a surtout l’avantage de rappeler le sort de la plus grande ville assiégée en Syrie et de la nombreuse population civile qui s’y trouve encore, ainsi que des durs combats entre l’armée syrienne et Da’ich - tu sais ces deux larrons qui s’entendent secrètement... - qui ont lieu en ce moment :

      Deir el-Zor : un pont russo-americain contre l’EI ?
      http://www.liberation.fr/debats/2016/05/17/deir-el-zor-un-pont-russo-americain-contre-l-ei_1453256
      Morceaux choisis :

      La situation de la population et de l’armée syrienne, encerclée à Deir el-Zor par l’Etat islamique (EI), au nord-est de la Syrie, est de plus en plus critique. La ville ne peut plus être ravitaillée que par les airs. L’EI accentue sa pression pour reprendre la totalité de la ville avant que l’armée syrienne n’ait réussi à rouvrir la voie terrestre depuis Palmyre. Car il serait pris en tenaille dans le nord-est syrien entre l’armée syrienne et les Kurdes, qui progressent vers Deir el-Zor depuis Hassaké. La jonction des YPG kurdes [branche armée du Parti de l’union démocratique kurde syrien, ndlr] avec l’armée syrienne couperait les communications de l’EI entre Raqqa et Mossoul.

      Et :

      Mais les assauts répétés de l’EI rendent la situation très précaire à Deir el-Zor. Après un an de siège, les 100 000 habitants de l’enclave ne survivent que grâce aux parachutages de nourritures, car l’aéroport militaire n’est plus accessible aux avions-cargos. L’accentuation des pressions de l’EI sur Deir el-Zor ces derniers mois s’explique par les différents revers qu’il subit face à l’armée syrienne à Palmyre et à l’est d’Alep, mais également vis-à-vis des Kurdes au nord de Deir el-Zor.

      A noter que cette tribune est le résumé de cet article que Balanche avait publié sur le site du WINEP :
      http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/the-battle-for-deir-al-zour-a-u.s.-russian-bridge-against-the-i
      Plusieurs passages ont été supprimés dans l’article pour Libération, dont notamment celui-ci qui soulignait que la reprise des combats à Alep et Lattaquieh a entraîné l’annulation de l’offensive du régime pour réouvrir la route Palmyre-Deïr az-Zour :

      Retaking Palmyra was a relatively simple step in the wider, more complicated offensive to break the siege around Deir al-Zour. Led by the capable regime officer Gen. Suhail al-Hassan, efforts to open up the road from Palmyra have been slow. The resumption of fighting in northeastern Latakia and Aleppo forced the army to withdraw some of the troops intended for the Deir al-Zour campaign, and while General Hassan could still reach the city with limited forces, he cannot secure a 300-kilometer corridor without reinforcements.

      Pour mémoire cette reprise des combats à grande échelle a été inaugurée par l’offensive d’al-Nousra et de groupes qui se sont alliés à elle au sud d’Alep (offensive de Tall al-’Eiss), comme noté ici il y a plus d’un mois : http://seenthis.net/messages/475842

  • Why today’s global warming has roots in Indonesia’s genocidal past | Joshua Oppenheimer | Opinion | The Guardian
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/03/genocide-indonesia-human-rights-abuse-climate-change-palm-oil?CMP=twt_g

    Fifty years ago, Indonesia went through a genocide. The massacres may be relatively unknown, but in a terrible way the destruction continues, and threatens us all. In 1965, the Indonesian army organised paramilitary death squads and exterminated between 500,000 and 1 million people who had hastily been identified as enemies of General Suharto’s new military dictatorship. Today, the killers and their protégés are comfortable establishment figures whose impunity, political power and capacity for intimidation endure.

    Over this past year the lawlessness that began with the genocide arrived in all our lives. Some 130,000 forest fires in Indonesia darkened the skies over much of south-east Asia last summer and autumn, destroying more than 8,100 square miles of virgin rainforest – an area larger than New Jersey or Wales. The fires released more than 1.75 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, equal to the total annual emissions of Japan. While last year’s fires were the worst on record, fires on a similar scale have burned annually for nearly 20 years, making a mockery of our efforts to curb global warming.

    The fires are started by Indonesian and international companies to burn rainforest and replace it with oil palm plantations. Palm oil is the world’s most commonly used plant-based oil, and the market for it has exploded along with the global middle class. Setting fires is the cheapest way to clear land for new oil palm plantations.

    #indonésie #génocide #grandes_plantations #industrie_palmiste #climat

  • 5-year-old killed in Gaza as Israeli ordnance explodes
    http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=770443

    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian child was killed and another seriously injured after an unexploded ordnance detonated in the Jabaliya area of the northern Gaza Strip.

    Medical sources told Ma’an that five-year-old Suhayb Saqir was killed and his brother Musab, 6, was seriously injured in the explosion.

    Sources said the injured child was taken to the Indonesian Hospital in northern Gaza Strip for treatment.

    Last summer five Palestinians were killed and over 30 injured when an unexploded ordnance went off while rubble was being cleared from a destroyed house in Gaza.

    All of those killed were members of the same family.

    Over 7,000 unexploded ordnance were left throughout the Gaza Strip following the 2014 war between Israel and Palestinian militant groups, according to officials of the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Palestinian territories (OCHA).

    #Palestine

  • Israeli worshipers enter Hebron, Palestinian homes stormed
    Nov. 7, 2015
    http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=768697

    HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Saturday denied Palestinian entry to the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron’s Old City and stormed Palestinian homes as Jewish worshippers entered the area, locals said.

    Local sources told Ma’an that Jewish worshipers continued entrance to the occupied West Bank city for a Jewish holiday for the second day in a row.

    Over 4,000 Jewish worshipers reportedly visited the city Friday night, accompanied by a heavy Israeli military presence in the area, when two Israelis were shot and injured near the mosque.

    The assailant reportedly fled the scene and Israeli forces searched the area following the attack.

    Israeli news sites reported that Israeli soldiers deployed on the rooftops of Palestinian houses overlooking the holy site in order to protect Jewish worshipers in the area Saturday morning.

    Eyewitnesses also told Ma’an that an Israeli soldier was shot by friendly fire in the al-Ras area east of the Ibrahimi Mosque.

    Resident of the area, Jamal Abu Iseifan, told Ma’an that he “heard two gunshots and saw an Israeli ambulance evacuating a soldier who seemed to have been shot and injured.”

    An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed that the Israeli soldier was injured by the “accidental discharge of a bullet,” but had no further information on Saturday’s incidents.

    • Israeli forces storm homes, activist center in Hebron
      Nov. 7, 2015 2:28 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 7, 2015 7:45 P.M.)
      http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=768701

      Abu Aisheh said that soldiers also stormed Youth Against Settlements’ headquarters, known as Beit Sumoud, or House of Steadfastness, and were holding the group’s head, Issa Amro, inside, together with an Italian activist.

      A German activist had also been held there, but the German embassy was able to secure his release, Abu Aisheh said.

      He said that Israeli soldiers had declared their intention to remain inside the properties for at least 24 hours. He added that Issa Amro had gone on hunger strike until the Israeli soldiers left the building.

      Suhaib Zaideh, a volunteer with Youth Against Settlements, said he was aware of Israeli soldiers holding at least one family inside their house since the early morning. Soldiers had reportedly confiscated the family’s cell phones and locked them in one room.

      Zaideh added that Israeli forces assaulted Palestine TV crew and prevented them from documenting assaults by settlers and soldiers in the Tel Rumeida area.

      The Israeli army, which maintains a heavy presence in the segregated city, was increasing their activity as thousands of Jewish pilgrims — many of them settlers — gathered in the city to commemorate the passing of the Biblical Sarah.

  • Pour les enfants syriens, la vie au Liban est un parcours du combattant | Middle East Eye
    http://www.middleeasteye.net/fr/reportages/pour-les-enfants-syriens-la-vie-au-liban-est-un-parcours-du-combattan

    L’éducation reste un enjeu majeur pour les enfants syriens. Au moins 312 000 enfants syriens au Liban sont en âge d’aller à l’école (entre 5 et 16 ans) – plus que le nombre d’élèves libanais actuellement inscrits dans les écoles publiques selon Suha Tutunji, directrice du programme éducatif de l’association syrienne Jusoor. De fait, les écoles publiques libanaises sont surpeuplées et ne peuvent prendre en charge tous ces enfants.

    « Si un enfant ne va pas à l’école avant l’âge de 10 ans, il y a peu de chances qu’il y aille jamais », observe Tutunji. « Si ces enfants n’ont pas accès à l’école, ils vont toujours avoir un sentiment d’infériorité. C’est très dangereux car cela peut faciliter leur oppression ou manipulation lorsqu’ils seront plus grands. »

  • À propos du cinéma palestinien : l’État d’Israël contre Suha Arraf
    Par Isis Nusair | Source : Jadaliyya, traduction : SF pour l’Agence Media Palestine | 15 juillet 2015
    http://www.agencemediapalestine.fr/blog/2015/07/15/a-propos-du-cinema-palestinien-letat-disrael-contre-suha-arraf

    Suha Arraf est une cinéaste palestinienne de Mi’ilya en Galilée, en Israël. Elle a aussi une formation de journaliste. Cet interview d’Arraf a été fait à la suite de la projection récente de son premier long métrage, Villa Touma, au Festival International de cinéma de Cleveland aux États Unis.

    (...)
    IN : Comment le film a-t-il été reçu ?

    SA : Les histoires autour du film ont commencé alors qu’il allait être projeté au Festival de Venise 2014, après la guerre d’Israël à Gaza. Israël avait une mauvaise image à l’étranger et les media israéliens ont tout laissé tomber pour se focaliser sur moi. Il sont venus me dire : « Puisque soixante dix pour cent du financement du film sont israéliens, le film est à nous, pas à toi ». Généralement les films appartiennent au réalisateur et au producteur et j’ai ces deux positions, dans le cas présent. Nous, (les Palestiniens en Israël) représentons plus de 20% de la population d’Israël. Nous contribuons à plus de quinze pour cent du budget national de la culture mais n’en bénéficions que de un pour cent. Ils voulaient que je déclare le film « israélien » et non « palestinien » et que le film représente Israël dans des festivals à l’étranger.

    En allant me coucher un soir j’étais une cinéaste ; le lendemain matin au réveil j’étais accusée de crime et de fraude. Au début, j’ai gardé le silence, puis j’ai écrit un article dans le journal Haaretz intitulé « Je suis arabe, palestinienne et citoyenne d’Israël – j’ai le droit de définir ma propre identité ».

    On m’a accusée de voler l’argent de l’État d’Israël et j’ai une menace de saisie qui court du fait d’une décision de justice contre moi. Adalah, le centre juridique pour les droits de la minorité arabe en Israël, s’occupe de mon cas. Les autorités israéliennes n’ont pas de base légale et nous avons l’intention d’aller en justice. C’est dans le psychisme de l’occupant de prétendre « tout est à nous ». Ils ont modifié des contrats en cours si bien que maintenant tout film recevant un financement israélien doit s’appeler « israélien ». Cela veut dire que je ne pourrai pas m’adresser à des organisations financières israéliennes pour soutenir mon travail à l’avenir. Il est peut-être temps que nous créions un fonds palestinien pour le cinéma. C’est une guerre sur la culture, étant donné que le cinéma a un très large public.

    Le film a du succès. Il a participé à plus de quarante festivals internationaux de cinéma et la liste est longue des projections à venir. Je suis la distributrice du film et l’accueil a été formidable de la part du public palestinien et étranger.

  • Amnesty International accuse Israël de crimes de guerre à Gaza - Moyen-Orient - RFI
    Publié le 09-12-2014 - REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
    http://www.rfi.fr/moyen-orient/20141209-amnesty-international-accuse-israel-crimes-guerre-gaza

    Israël responsable de crimes de guerre. Pour la première fois Amnesty International emploie ces termes pour dénoncer les exactions de l’armée israélienne. Les faits reprochés remontent à cet été lors de l’opération « Bordure de protection » menée contre la bande de Gaza. L’ONG accuse les forces israéliennes d’avoir délibérément ciblé des civils dans leurs maisons.

    Pour l’armée israélienne, l’opération de cet été contre Gaza avait un objectif : celui de détruire les positions du Hamas et de sa branche armée. Mais dans les faits, Amnesty International expose une toute autre réalité. Selon Philippe Luther, directeur Moyen-Orient de l’ONG, certains bombardements visaient juste à punir une population sans défense : « Pour nous, le déroulement des attaques, comme les déclarations faites à l’époque par des porte-paroles de l’armée israélienne, révèlent qu’elles ont été décidées à titre de sanction collective contre la population de Gaza, et donc ont été des crimes de guerre. »

    #Palestine

  • I am an Arab, Palestinian and citizen of Israel - I have the right to define my own identity
    By #Suha_Arraf
    Published 20:10 24.08.14
    http://www.haaretz.com/mobile/.premium-1.612195

    In his Hebrew essay entitled “And taking money from Israel is all right?” (Haaretz, August 11, 2014), Goel Pinto contends that if I accepted money from a country, I am obligated to show gratitude by defining my film as Israeli and representing Israel with pride. But Pinto forgets that the Israeli government is not doing us, the Palestinian citizens, any favors by giving us scholarships or budgets. About a million and a half Palestinians live in the State of Israel and pay taxes as the law requires. So we have a right to benefit from 20 percent of the public budget, in accordance with our proportion in the population.

    If anyone should be complaining here, we are the ones who should be doing so, since Arab-Palestinian cultural institutions receive less than two percent of the cultural budget, and we receive less than one percent of the cinema budget. Jewish filmmakers, not we, are the ones who get the most benefit from our tax money.

    The State of Israel never accepted us as citizens with equal rights. From the day the state was established, we were marked as the enemy and treated with racial discrimination in all areas of life. Why, then, am I expected to represent Israel with pride? Do I, as a filmmaker, automatically become an employee of the Foreign Ministry’s public diplomacy department? When the foreign minister issues a call, without shame, to boycott the owners of Palestinian businesses, to say nothing of his transfer plan, am I expected to work for him?

    The Palestinian minority in Israel has a right to cultural autonomy. We have a basic right not only to make films that reflect our cultural identity, but also to define them as such. If the State of Israel sees itself as a democratic and pluralistic state, it must allow us this liberty and stop the campaigns of incitement against Palestinian artists who succeed in breaking out beyond its borders and dare to lift their heads.

    Suha Arraf was born in the Palestinian village of Miliya, near Lebanon. She is the director, scriptwriter and producer of Villa Touma, her debut feature film, which tells the story of three Christian sisters in Ramallah during the early days of the Israeli occupation, and has been shortlisted for the 2014 Venice International Film Festival’s 29th Critics’ Week. Her latest documentary: Women of Hamas, received 13 awards at international film festivals. Suha’s first two screenplays, The Syrian Bride and The Lemon Tree, both directed by Eran Riklis, received international acclaim, with the latter winning Best Screenplay at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, and a Best Screenplay nomination at the European Film Academy Awards.

    Toile de fond:
    Un film financé par Israël présenté comme “Palestinien”
    http://fr.timesofisrael.com/un-film-finance-par-israel-presente-comme-palestinien

    #identité #Palestine

  • 20 killed since midnight, Israeli forces ’massacre 12’ in Gaza City | Maan News Agency Published today | 09:23
    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=714592

    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – On the 13th day of the ongoing military offensive against the Gaza Strip, residents say invading Israeli forces committed “a new massacre” in the Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza City.

    At least 12 people have been killed and more than 150 have been injured in the eastern neighborhood, medics said Sunday. The death toll is expected to rise as more bodies are uncovered.

    Palestinian medical sources in al-Shifa Hospital told Ma’an that the hospital was unable to cope with the large numbers of residents who fled their homes in Shujaiyya “under fire” to the hospital for shelter. They highlighted that Sunday’s death toll hit 20 since midnight.

    Ashraf al-Qidra, a spokesman of the Palestinian ministry of health, said that among Shujaiyya’s victims were family members of senior Hamas leader Khalil al-Hayya. He identified them as Osamah Khalil al-Hayya, his wife Halah and his sons Khalil and Umamah.

    Al-Qidra highlighted that the last few hours were the “fiercest” against Palestinian houses. Residents, he said, have been appealing for help since midnight saying that large numbers of people have been killed or injured in the houses as shells continued to hit them from all directions.

    Al-Qidra highlighted that Israeli forces denied ambulances access to attacked houses to evacuate victims despite the uninterrupted efforts to coordinate through the International Committee of the Red Cross.

    “The Israeli occupation forces told the Red Cross Committee that Shujaiyya was a closed zone because of military operations,” the medical official explained.

    As a result, added al-Qidra, Palestinian ambulance teams decided to take the risk and access victims despite the Israeli military orders.

    Among the victims in Shujaiyya, according to al-Qidra, were teenage girl 14-year-old Hiba Hamid Sheikh Khalil and 38-year-old Muhammad Ali Jundiyya .

    Three unidentified bodies were also received at al-Shifa Hospital Sunday morning.

    Earlier, the body of 52-year-old Tawfiq Marshoud was evacuated.

    In Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, medical sources said three Palestinians were killed Sunday morning. Al-Qidra identified them as 23-year-old Hamid Abu Fuju, 26-year-old Ahmad Zanoun and 21-year-old Suhayb Abu Qurah .

    In addition, an Israeli airstrike on house of the Muammar family killed three brothers. Medical sources said Anas Yousif Muammar died of his wounds shortly after his brothers Muhamamd, 30, and Hamzah, 21, were killed in al-Juneina neighborhood of Rafah. Ten others were injured in the attack.

    Also in Rafah, al-Qidra said 56-year-old Husni Mahmoud al-Absi was killed by an Israeli raid which injured five others.

    Fahmi Abdul-Aziz Abu al-Said , 29, was also killed Sunday in the central Gaza Strip.

    #gaza_massacré

    • Israeli ’massacre’ in Gaza City
      http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=714592 Published today (updated) 20/07/2014 11:56

      GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – On the 13th day of the ongoing military offensive against the Gaza Strip, residents say invading Israeli forces committed “a new massacre” in the Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza City.

      At least 40 people have been killed and hundreds have been injured in the eastern neighborhood, medics said Sunday. The death toll is expected to rise as more bodies are uncovered.

      Medical sources said seven Palestinians were killed in other areas across the coastal enclave.

      Spokesman of the Palestinian ministry of health Ashraf al-Qidra said rescue teams evacuated 44 dead bodies from destroyed houses. More than 200 injured people were taken to al-Shifa Hospital.

      Medical sources identified some of the victims in Shujaiyya as Ahmad Ishaq Ramlawi , Marwah Suleiman al-Sirsawi , Raed Mansour Nayfah, Osama Ribhi Ayyad and Ahid Mousa al-Sirsik.

      Among the victims was photojournalist Khalid Hamid and paramedic Fuad Jabir .

      Dozens of victims in Shujaiyya haven’t been identified.

    • 100 Palestinians killed in Israeli assault on Sunday alone
      http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=714820
      Published today (updated) 20/07/2014 21:45

      GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces killed at least 100 Palestinians on Sunday including 66 in a single neighborhood of Gaza City, bringing the 13-day death toll to 437.

      The assault on Gaza — which has also left 18 Israels dead — is the largest and deadliest attack on the besieged coastal enclave since 2008. More than 200 Palestinians have died since the ground invasion began on Thursday.

      On Sunday, 66 bodies were recovered from the Shujaiyya neighborhood in eastern Gaza City, in what medical authorities called a “massacre” and a level of violence not seen before in the ongoing conflict.

      At least 500 Palestinians were injured in Israeli attacks on Wednesday, with the total surpassing 3,000 as Gazan hospitals struggled to cope with the surge and facing shortages of medical supplies, doctors, and hospital beds.

      Shelling and airstrikes resume Sunday afternoon

      On Sunday afternoon, Israeli shelling fully resumed after a four-hour humanitarian ceasefire that it violated numerous times, and dozens more had been killed in the Gaza Strip as a result.

      Rayan Taysir Abu Jami , 8, and an elderly woman named Fatima Mahmoud Abu Jami were killed and three injured in an air strike on Khan Younis on Sunday evening, according to Palestinian Ministry of Health spokesman in Gaza Ashraf al-Qidra.

      Eight Palestinians were also killed in Israeli air strike on house in al-Ramal.

      The dead were named by Al-Qidra as Samar Osama al-Hallaq,29, Kinan Akram al-Hallaq, 5, Hani Mohammad al-Hallaq,29, Suad Mohammad al-Hallaq, 62, Saji al-Hallaq, Ibrahim Khalil Omar, Ahmad Yassin, and an 8th person, who was unnamed.

      A man and woman , meanwhile, were killed in a strike on the Atatra house in Beit Lahiya.

      Medical sources said Ahmad Abu Tayim , 27, died of injuries sustained on an airstrike on al-Zana are of Khan Yunis.

      Aya Abu Sultan , 15, was killed in a strike on her house northern Gaza Strip.

      Another man was killed, while four were injured in another strike on Gaza City earlier in the afternoon.

      Palestinian medical sources also said that a child identified as Suleiman Abu Jami was killed in an Israeli raid on Khan Younis in the south.

      Five other people were injured in Beit Hanoun in the north.

      In the central Gaza Strip, Israeli airstrikes in the afternoon killed four members of Abu Zayid family in al-Bureij refugee camp after destroying their home over their heads.

      Medical sources also said Suleiman Abu Jami was killed in Bani Suheila in Khan Younis. Four others were injured in the same raid including one critically injured.

      Al-Qidra said earlier that an elderly woman Najah Saad Addin Darraji , 65, and a 3-year-old boy Abdullah Yousif Darraji were killed in Rafah.

    • Killed Sunday, July 20
      http://imemc.org/article/68429

      1.Salem Ali Abu Saada, Khan Younis
      2.Mohammad Yusef Moammer, 30, Rafah.
      3.Hamza Yousef Moammer, 26, Rafah.
      4.Anas Yousef Moammar, 16, Rafah.
      5.Fathiyeh Nadi Marzouq Abu Moammer, 72, Rafah.
      6.Hosni Mahmoud al-Absi, 56, Rafah
      7.Suheib Ali Joma Abu Qoura, 21, Rafah
      8.Ahmad Tawfiq Mohammad Zanoun, 26, Rafah
      9.Hamid Soboh Mohammad Fojo, 22, Rafah
      10.Najah Saad al-Deen Daraji, 65, Rafah
      11.Abdullah Yusef Daraji, 3, Rafah
      12.Mohammed Rajaa Handam 15, Rafah
      13.Yusef Shaaban Ziada, 44, Al Bureij
      14.Jamil Shaaban Ziada, 53, Al Bureij
      15.Shoeban Jamil Ziada, 12, Al Bureij (son of Jamil)
      16.Soheiib Abu Ziada, Al Bureij
      17.Mohammad Mahmoud al-Moqaddma, 30, Al Bureij
      18.Raed Mansour Nayfa, Shujaeyya (Gaza City)
      19.Fuad Jaber, Medic, Shujaeyya (Gaza City)
      20.Mohammad Hani Mohammad al-Hallaq, 2, al-Rimal (Gaza City)
      21.Kenan Hasan Akram al-Hallaq, 6, al-Rimal - Gaza
      22.Hani Mohammad al-Hallaq, 29, al-Rimal (Gaza City)
      23.Suad Mohammad al-Hallaq, 62, al-Rimal (Gaza City)
      24.Saje Hasan Akram al-Hallaq, 4, al-Rimal (Gaza City)
      25.Hala Akram Hasan al-Hallaq, 27, al-Rimal (Gaza City)
      26.Samar Osama al-Hallaq, 29, al-Rimal (Gaza City)
      27.Ahmad Yassin, al-Rimal (Gaza City)
      28.Ismael Yassin, al-Rimal (Gaza City)
      29.Aya Bahjat Abu Sultan, 15, Beit Lahia
      30.Ibrahim Salem Joma as-Sahbani, 20, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      31.Aref Ibrahim al-Ghalyeeni, 26, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      32.Osama Khalil Ismael al-Hayya, 30, Shujaeyya - Gaza (father of Umama and Khalil)
      33.Hallah Saqer Hasan al-Hayya, 29, Shujaeyya - Gaza (mother of Umama and Khalil)
      34.Umama Osama Khalil al-Hayya, 9, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      35.Khalil Osama Khalil al-Hayya, 7, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      36.Rebhi Shehta Ayyad, 31, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      37.Yasser Ateyya Hamdiyya, 28, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      38.Esra Ateyya Hamdiyya, 28, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      39.Akram Mohammad Shkafy, 63, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      40.Eman Khalil Abed Ammar, 9, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      41.Ibrahim Khalil Abed Ammar, 13, Shujaeyya - Gaza*
      42.Asem Khalil Abed Ammar, 4, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      43.Eman Mohammad Ibrahim Hamada, 40, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      44.Ahmad Ishaq Yousef Ramlawy, 33, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      45.Ahmad Sami Diab Ayyad, 27, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      46.Fida Rafiq Diab Ayyad, 24, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      47.Narmin Rafiw Diab Ayyad, 20, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      48.Husam Ayman Mohareb Ayyad, 23, Sheja’eyya, Gaza.
      49.Ahmad Mohammad Ahmad Abu Zanouna, 28
      50.Tala Akram Ahmad al-Atawy, 7, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      51.Tawfiq Barawi Salem Marshoud, 52, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      52.Hatem Ziad Ali Zabout, 24, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      53.Khaled Riyadh Mohammad Hamad, 25, Shujaeyya - Gaza (Journalist)
      54.Khadija Ali Mousa Shihada, 62, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      55.Khalil Salem Ibrahim Mosbeh, 53, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      56.Adel Abdullah Eslayyem, 2, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      57.Dina Roshdi Abdullah Eslayyem, 2, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      58.Rahaf Akram Ismael Abu Joma, 4, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      59.Shadi Ziad Hasan Eslayyem, 15, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      60.Ala Ziad Hasan Eslayyem, 11, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      61.Sherin Fathi Othman Ayyad, 18, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      62.Adel Abdullah Salem Eslayyem, 29, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      63.Fadi Ziad Hasan Eslayyem, 10, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      64.Ahed Saad Mousa Sarsak, 30, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      65.Aisha Ali Mahmoud Zayed, 54, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      66.Abed-Rabbo Ahmad Zayed, 58, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      67.Abdul-Rahman Akram Sheikh Khalil, 24, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      68.Mona Suleiman Ahmad Sheikh Khalil, 49
      69.Heba Hamed Mohammad Sheikh Khalil, 13, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      70.Abdullah Mansour Radwan Amara, 23, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      71.Issam Atiyya Said Skafy, 26, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      72.Ali Mohammad Hasan Skafy, 27, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      73.Mohammad Hasan Skafy, 53, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      74.Ala Jamal ed-Deen Barda, 35, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      75.Omar Jamil Sobhi Hammouda, 10, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      76.Ghada Jamil Sobhi Hammouda, 10, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      77.Ghada Ibrahim Suleiman Adwan, 39, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      78.Fatima Abdul-Rahim Abu Ammouna, 55, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      79.Fahmi Abdul-Aziz Abu Said, 29, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      80.Ghada Sobhi Saadi Ayyad, 9, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      81.Mohammad Ashraf Rafiq Ayyad, 6, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      82.Mohammad Raed Ehsan Ayyad, 6, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      83.Mohammad Rami Fathi Ayyad, 2, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      84.Mohammad Raed Ehsan Akeela, 19, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      85.Mohammad Ziad Ali Zabout, 23, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      86.Mohammad Ali Mohared Jundiyya, 38, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      87.Marah Shaker Ahmad al-Jammal, 2, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      88.Marwan Monir Saleh Qonfid, 23, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      89.Maisa Abdul-Rahman Sarsawy, 37, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      90.Marwa Salman Ahmad Sarsawy, 13, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      91.Mos’ab el-Kheir Salah ed-Din Skafi, 27, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      92.Mona Abdul-Rahman Ayyad, 42, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      93.Halla Sobhi Sa’dy Ayyad, 25, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      94.Younis Ahmad Younis Mustafa, 62, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      95.Yousef Salem Hatmo Habib, 62, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      96.Fatima Abu Ammouna, 55, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      97.Ahmad Mohammad Azzam, 19, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      98.Ismael al-Kordi, Shujaeyya - Gaza
      99.Fatima Ahmad Abu Jame’ (60), the family matriarch, Khan Younis.
      100.Sabah Abu Jame’ (35), Her daughter-in-law and her family :
      101.Razan Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jame’ (14), Khan Younis.
      102.Jawdat Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jame’ (13), Khan Younis.
      103.Aya Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jame’, (12), Khan Younis.
      104.Haifaa Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jame’ (9), Khan Younis.
      105.Ahmad Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jame’ (8), Khan Younis.
      106.Maysaa Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jame’ (7), Khan Younis.
      107.Tawfiq Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jame’ (4), Khan Younis.
      108.Shahinaz Walid Muhammad Abu Jame’ (29), pregnant. (Fatima’s daughter-in-law, and her family)
      109.Fatmeh Taysir Ahmad Abu Jame’ (12), Khan Younis.
      110.Ayub Taysir Ahmad Abu Jame’ (10), Khan Younis.
      111.Rayan Taysir Ahmad Abu Jame’ (5), Khan Younis.
      112.Rinat Taysir Ahmad Abu Jame’ (2), Khan Younis.
      113.Nujud Taysir Ahmad Abu Jame’ (4 months), Khan Younis.
      114.Yasmin Ahmad Salameh Abu Jame’ (25), pregnant (another of Fatima’s daughter-in-laws, and her family) :
      115.Batul Bassam Ahmad Abu Jame’ (4) , Khan Younis.
      116.Soheila Bassam Ahmad Abu Jame’(3) , Khan Younis.
      117.Bisan Bassam Ahmad Abu Jame’ (6 months) , Khan Younis.
      118.Yasser Ahmad Muhammad Abu Jame’ (27) – Fatima’s son
      119.Fatima Riad Abu Jame’ (26), pregnant, Yasser’s wife and Fatima’s daughter in law
      120.Sajedah Yasser Ahmad Abu Jame’ (7), Khan Younis.
      121.Siraj Yasser Ahmad Abu Jame’ (4), Khan Younis.
      122.Noor Yasser Ahmad Abu Jame’ (2), Khan Younis.
      123.Husam Husam Abu Qeinas (7) (another of Fatima’s grandsons)
      124.Tariq Farouq Mahmoud Tafesh, 37, Gaza.
      125.Hazem Naim Mohammad Aqel, 14, Gaza.
      126.Mohammad Nassr Atiyya Ayyad, 25, Gaza.
      127.Omar Zaher Saleh Abu Hussein, 19, Gaza.
      128.Ziad Ghaleb Rajab ar-Redya, 23, northern Gaza.
      129.Wael Bashir Yahia Assaf, 24, northern Gaza.

  • UAE looking to invest in US and Canada gas projects - FT.com
    http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/7fc65ef8-8769-11e3-9c5c-00144feab7de.html?ftcamp=crm/email/2014128/nbe/MiddleEast/product&siteedition=intl#axzz2rgh1Hf63

    “In the GCC we may follow the trend of considering investments in the US and Canada to bring some of that gas back home . . . the UAE is seriously thinking about that now,” Suhail Mohammed al-Mazrouei said at Chatham House on Monday.

    [...]
    "Qatar has enough gas to supply the rest of the Gulf, but its reputation in the region is similar to Gazprom’s in Europe in that there seems to be reluctance to be dependent only on Qatar,” said Thierry Bros, senior LNG analyst at Société Générale.

  • Forensics experts say #arafat not poisoned
    http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/forensics-experts-say-arafat-not-poisoned

    French forensic tests have concluded that former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat did not die of #poisoning, as had been suggested by an earlier report, a source who saw the conclusions of the report said on Tuesday. “The results of the analyses allow us to conclude that the death was not the result of poisoning,” the source told Reuters, quoting from conclusions of a report by French forensic experts handed over to Arafat’s widow Suha. read more

    #Top_News

  • Suha Arafat on her husband’s assassination
    http://angryarab.blogspot.fr/2013/11/suha-arafat-on-her-her-husbands.html

    “She said she would not stop fighting until the perpetrators were brought to justice, but added, ‘I don’t know who did it.’” Let me translate what this corrupt woman has said: being the corrupt person that I am, and having proven that I can shut my mouth whenever the Israeli agents and collaborators at the PA send me money, I am willing to blame China or South Korea of killing Yasser in return for a large sum of money from Israel.

  • Swiss team: Arafat poisoned to death with polonium

    Haaretz
    http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.556656

    A Swiss forensic team has found that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned to death in 2004 with radioactive polonium.

    A team of experts, including from Lausanne University Hospital’s Institute of Radiation Physics, opened Arafat’s grave in the West Bank city of Ramallah last November, and took samples from his body to seek evidence of alleged poisoning.

    According to Qatar-based Al-Jazeera, the Swiss team discovered levels of polonium at least 18 times higher than normal in Arafat’s ribs, pelvis and in the soil that absorbed his remains.

    “We are revealing a real crime, a political assassination,” Arafat’s widow, Suha Arafat, told Reuters in Paris.

    “This has confirmed all our doubts,” said Suha Arafat, who met members of the Swiss forensic team in Geneva on Tuesday. “It is scientifically proved that he didn’t die a natural death and we have scientific proof that this man was killed.”

    She did not accuse any country or person, and acknowledged that the historic leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization had many enemies.

    The Israeli government, however, dismissed the Swiss report, saying that the “findings are not conclusive.”

    “Even if they did find traces of polonium that could indicate poisoning, there’s no evidence of how that poisoning occurred,” The Guardian quoted Palmor as saying. “Before the Palestinian Authority jumps to conclusions, there are many questions still to be answered.”

  • IMEU: Israel’s History of Assassinating Palestinian Leaders
    http://imeu.net/news/article0024562.shtml

    Israel’s History of Assassinating Palestinian Leaders
    The IMEU, Nov 6, 2013

    On November 6, several news outlets reported that the widow of former Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Chairman Yasser Arafat announced that the results of a Swiss investigation into her late husband’s death concluded he was poisoned with polonium, a radioactive substance.

    In November 2012, Arafat’s body was exhumed in order for medical examiners to take samples of his remains to test for polonium, part of a murder investigation launched by French authorities at the request of Suha Arafat following the discovery last summer of traces of the highly toxic substance on some of his personal effects. In October 2004, after enduring a two-year siege by the Israeli military in his West Bank headquarters, Arafat fell seriously ill. Two weeks later he was transported to a French military hospital where he died. Doctors concluded he died from a stroke caused by a mysterious blood disorder.

    At the time, many Palestinians suspected that Arafat was murdered. Over the years, he had survived numerous assassination attempts by Israel, and just six months before his death then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said that an agreement he had made with US President George W. Bush promising that Israel wouldn’t kill Arafat was no longer valid, stating: “I released myself from the commitment in regard to Arafat.”

    Two years prior to that statement, in an interview published in February 2002, Sharon told an Israeli journalist that he regretted not killing Arafat when he had the chance during Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 1982, stating: “I am sorry that we did not liquidate him.’’ In 2002, current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, then in the opposition following his first term as prime minister (1996-1999), told the Likud party Central Committee: “We must completely and totally eradicate Arafat’s regime and remove him from the vicinity... This one thing must be understood: If we do not remove Arafat and his regime, the terror will return and increase. And only if we do remove them is there any chance of turning a new leaf in our relationship with the Palestinians.” When Arafat died, Netanyahu was serving as Minister of Finance in Sharon’s government.

    #Yasser_Arafat

  • #Suhail_Bawji : #Lebanon’s De Facto Ruler
    http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/suhail-bawji-lebanon%E2%80%99s-de-facto-ruler

    Despite the end of his term and the questionable legality of his appointment, the man has persevered in his position for 13 years. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Despite the end of his term and the questionable legality of his appointment, the man has persevered in his position for 13 years. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)

    While Lebanon’s politicians are engrossed in fighting over the shape of the next government, the cabinet’s chief (...)

    #Articles #Najib_Mikati #Tammam_Salam

  • Muslim Brotherhood Students Favorite to Win Egypt Student Union Presidency - Ikhwanweb
    http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=30744

    Le site des Frères musulmans affirme que, contrairement à ce qu’écrit la presse, l’organisation serait en passe de faire élire le président de l’union des étudiants égyptiens.

    Suhaib Abdel-Maksoud, Muslim Brotherhood students’ spokesman, said: "Despite media bombardment, vilification and deliberate misrepresentations, with elections so far completed in 17 universities representing 34 seats in Egypt’s student union, Muslim Brotherhood students’ candidate lists won the confidence of the great majority of Egypt’s youth.

    “Brotherhood student lists won 18 seats, including 55% of union heads and deputy heads of universities. These figures confirm that our programs and our vision is the closest to our colleagues – the students, and bring us closer to forming the next student union, God willing. This puts onto our shoulders more responsibility towards our colleagues throughout our beloved country. Meanwhile, we remain keen on the participation of students of all affiliations in activities within the union.”

  • A new Nakba looms as Israel plans ethnic cleansing of Palestinian village in the Negev

    Anger and worry prevails amongst the people of Umm Al-Hayran, a Palestinian village in the Negev Desert following a decision by the Israeli Building Council to expel villagers in order to build a settlement for extremist Jews. An appeal by the humanitarian groups on behalf of the villagers was refused last week by the Israeli National Council for Planning and Construction.

    Around 1,000 people will be affected by the latest bout of Israeli ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their land. The District Committee for Planning and Construction in Beersheba has approved a proposal for a Jewish settlement called “Hayran” on the land belonging to Umm Al-Hayran village. This will not be the first time that the families in Umm Al-Hayran have been expelled by the Israelis. They used to live in the Zebala Valley in the Negev from where they were expelled by the nascent Israeli state; in 1956 they were uprooted again and forced to move to the site of Umm Al-Hayran. The current threat first arose in 2004, when the Israeli state accused the villagers of living illegally on state land.

    Israel doesn’t “recognise” villages occupied by around 90,000 Bedouin living in Southern Palestine. As a result, their homes are regarded as “illegal” by the state and they can be demolished at any time.

    Residents of such “unrecognised” villages do not receive any basic services or amenities provided by the state, including electricity, proper roads, health facilities, schools or water supplies.

    Commenting on the latest decision, lawyer Suhad Beshara of the Legal Centre for Arab Minority Rights in Israel (Adala) said that the decision made by the appeal committee is part of the official policy of confiscating Bedouin land in the Negev. The intention is not only to provide land for Jews but also to be able to gather together the Bedouin communities in one place. According to Ms. Beshara, the authorities’ decision confirms that the villagers of Umm Al-Hayran have no rights in the village to which the Israeli government itself moved them in 1956.

    The Palestinian law specialist clarified that the village of Umm Al-Hayran was established in its current location by order of the Israeli military authorities in 1956 after the army expelled its people by force from their homes in the area of Zebala valley. “They have established themselves with proper homes,” she said, “and they have invested all their efforts in order to resume their social and tribal lives which were shaken every time they were expelled from their land.” Today, a hundred and fifty families, totalling one thousand people, live in the village, all from the Abu Alqean tribe.

    “We’re ready to die defending our land,” said the Mayor of the village, Saleem Abu Alqeaan. “They want to expel us and claim that our buildings are illegal, and they deprive us of all services; they even denied us drinking water in order to push us to leave the village and expel us.”

    Mayor Abu Alqean added that the villagers refuse to accept the decision and that they will not leave their land even if the Israelis use force to expel them: “We have sworn to die on this land and we will not leave it this time, like previous times, and we will defend our land and our village with all our might and with all our means, because if they succeed in getting us out, the same tactics will be applied to other villages in the Negev which are not recognised by Israel.”

    Commenting on the decision of the Israelis to name the proposed settlement “Hayran”, the mayor accused the Israeli government of trying to hijack Palestinian history in the area. “They want to make it look as if there is an old Israeli presence in the Negev,” he added.

    Knesset Member Ibrahim Sarsoor, the head of the United Arab Bloc for Reform, condemned the government’s move. “This is yet another attack on the Arab presence in the Negev of the kind which has been taking place since the establishment of the Israeli state in 1948,” said Sarsoor. “It poses a serious threat to the already poor relations between Jews and Arabs in Israel.”

    He pointed out that there is a systematic Israeli policy of uprooting the Arab presence in the Negev Desert. The latest decision, he insisted, shows how the Israeli government can act against its Arab citizens with impunity and with no just, legal or moral reason.

    Stressing that the expulsion decision is “the biggest witness to the racism of Israeli governments’ policies towards the Arabs,” Sarsoor said that it confirms that ethnic cleansing of the indigenous population is an integral part of Israel’s Zionist ideology. “In short,” he concluded, “it is a policy of apartheid, pure and simple.”
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  • Passionnant article de Joseph Massad: American lessons in (in)tolerance
    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/08/201282134633756703.html

    Obama had lived in Indonesia from 1967 to 1971, in the wake of the massive US-sponsored massacres of almost one million Indonesians following the US-supported coup of General Suharto. Yet, while Obama remembers well Muslim “tolerance” towards Christians, he seems to remember little of the US-imposed terror and American sponsorship of right-wing Indonesian Muslim groups to kill communists in the wake of the 1965 Suharto coup, an intolerance the US had engineered and called for since the 1950s, and which would expand later to Afghanistan and spill over to right-wing Islamist groups’ intolerance of Christians in places like Egypt (many of whose right-wing sectarian Islamists were recruited by the US for its anti-Soviet war in Afghanistan) to which Obama was now counselling tolerance. 

    Indeed, it is this same US-induced and supported intolerance that feeds the ongoing sectarian right-wing Islamist attacks on non-Sunni Muslims in Iraq (attacks that are depicted in the US media as an expression not of the US policy of sectarian agitation in Iraq, but on account of the indigenous “parochial” identities of Iraqis, which seem to have been unfortunately released by US-imposed “freedom”) and in Syria as well (in the latter case at least, with the full complicity of the Western press, if not Western governments, where sectarian attacks are being represented as part of the struggle for “democracy”). 

    The US has continued to be the hegemon over Indonesia for the last 47 years, not only under the murderous regime of Suharto which it helped bring to power in 1965, but also and especially during the post-Suharto “democratic” phase where neoliberal former army generals would be elected to the presidency in accords with US interests. The current President Susilo Bambana Yudhoyono (a retired army general trained in the United States and an accused war criminal for his military role during Indonesia’s US-supported genocidal occupation of East Timor), and his vice-president Boediono (former governor of the Bank of Indonesia and a Wharton School graduate), are the crowning efforts of US policy in the country. With such examples of tolerance, like the United States and Indonesia under US tutelage, Muslim-majority countries indeed have much to learn about tolerance and more so about intolerance.