Friday, 24 June 2011

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the OPT (16– 22 June 2011)

(pic: PCHR - Israeli soldiers arrest an Israeli human rights defender during the weekly peaceful demonstration against the construction of the annexation wall in Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah)

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

· A Palestinian was wounded and arrested by IOF in Qalqilya.

· Israeli warplanes bombarded a chicken farm in the central Gaza Strip, killing 3,500 chicks.

· IOF continued to use force against peaceful protests in the West Bank.

- 4 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded.

- IOF arrested 6 international human rights defenders.

· Israeli gunboats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Strip.

- Two fishing boats were damaged.

· IOF conducted 38 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and two limited ones into the Gaza Strip.

- IOF arrested 12 Palestinian civilians, including two children.

· Israel has continued to impose a total siege on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.

- IOF arrested two Palestinian civilians, at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

· IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

- IOF demolished 8 houses to the south of Hebron.

- At least 30 dunums of agricultural land planted with olives were burnt.

- Israeli settlers damaged two houses and a car in Kufor Hares village, north of Salfit.

- Israeli settlers violently beat a Palestinian civilian in Hebron..


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Obama claims Americans on flotilla may be breaking the law, refuses to condemn Israeli threats of violence


From Fox News:

The Obama administration on Friday stepped up pressure on American activists planning to challenge Israel's sea blockade of the Gaza Strip, formally warning they face action from Israeli authorities and may be violating U.S. law.

The warning was the latest in a series from the State Department this week urging Americans not to join a flotilla planned to commemorate a similar effort to challenge the blockade last year. That voyage ended in a deadly clash with the Israeli navy in which an American citizen was killed.

The warnings came after 36 Americans said they will sail a U.S.-flagged vessel in the flotilla and come at a delicate point in U.S. diplomatic efforts to get Israel and the Palestinians to resume stalled peace talks.

American participation, which Israel has vowed to thwart, could embarrass the administration as the ship the group intends to use is named "The Audacity of Hope," which takes its name from the title of President Barack Obama's best-selling book. more

Israel offers compensation for Mavi Marmara killings in secret talks with Turkey but no apology


From Zaman

Israeli officials have been in talks with Turkish representatives in a bid to restore bilateral relations, Israeli news report have said, revealing that the Israeli side has offered compensation for the families of Turks killed by Israeli commandos on an aid ship last year but still refuses to apologize to Ankara for the May 31, 2010 incident.


Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon has been appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to serve as an envoy for reconciliation between Turkey and Israel, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, quoting an unnamed Israeli official, reported on its website on Thursday. Ya'alon has been meeting with Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioğlu, while there are also other talks taking place between the Israeli representative on the UN inquiry committee on last year's Gaza flotilla, Yosef Ciechanover, and Turkey's representative on the UN inquiry committee, Özdem Sanberk. The two have been passing messages between Israel and Turkey and have taken pains to create solutions to end the crisis.

In these talks, Israel is maintaining its position of refusing to apologize to Turkey for the deadly raid on May 31, 2010, but is ready to express regret over the incident, Haaretz said, citing the unnamed official. more

Gaza medicine shortage reaches 'alarming proportions', Israel delaying supplies at Kerem Shalom


Gaza's medicine shortage has reached "alarming proportions," international aid group Oxfam said Friday, quoting medical officials saying that drugs were held up at Israel's crossing into Gaza.

Shifa Hospital in Gaza City has only five vials left to dissolve blood clots, the director of Gaza's Central Drug Store told Oxfam, and kidney transplant patients are at risk of rejected organs due to drug shortages, a release from the international organization said.

"Can you imagine after going through all the hardships to find a compatible kidney, having it rejected because drugs did not enter Gaza?" Dr Mohammed Zamili said, noting that deliveries from the Ministry of Health in Ramallah were not meeting the huge shortage of medicines.

"There are also some trucks held up at the Kerem Shalom crossing and we don't know exactly what's in them," he added. more

Palestinian sports community appeal to UEFA – Red Card Israeli Apartheid


From BDS Movement

Occupied Palestine – June 22 2011

Mr. Platini,

We, Palestinian footballers, athletes and sporting organizations and officials, are dismayed that Israel has been rewarded for its continued impunity and violent oppression of our people with the honour of hosting the UEFA Under-21 tournament in 2013. This decision is a drastic reversal of your brave stand just last year against Israeli attacks on Palestinian sport and its persistent violations of universal principles of human rights. You said: “We accepted them in Europe and furnished them the conditions for membership and they must respect the letter of the laws and international regulations otherwise there is no justification for them to remain in Europe. Israel must choose between allowing Palestinian sport to continue and prosper or be forced to face the consequences for their behaviour”. We write today to remind you of the facts that no doubt informed this brave stance and to urge you to take steps to ensure that the 2013 tournament does not take place in Israel.

If this tournament goes ahead as planned, football fans from all over Europe and beyond will be given the impression that Israel is a country like any other, rather than one that practices a unique combination of occupation, colonization and apartheid against the indigenous Palestinian population. Games may be played at the Ramat Gan Stadium, which was built on land seized under the Absentee Property Owners Law of 1950, from the Palestinian villages of Jarisha and al-Jammasin al-Sharqi. Football should not preclude the refugees from these villages from returning to their lands, as is their UN-sanctioned right.

Israel’s violations of international law are numerous and continue unabated and impact Palestinian football and the people of Palestine more generally. The infamous Israeli permit system, which has been used to deny so many Palestinians the right to travel, is reminiscent of the “pass laws” of Apartheid South Africa, and is used to deny footballers the right to travel to international tournaments, or even participate in local practices, in violation of Article 33 of the Geneva Conventions barring collective punishment.[1]

The use of overwhelming force in Operation Cast Lead in winter 2008-09 was responsible for leveling large swathes of Gaza including the Rafah National Stadium[2], and killing football players Ayman Alkurd, Shadi Sbakhe and Wajeh Moshate, as well as over 1,400 other Gazans.[3]

Israel’s Apartheid Wall, ruled illegal by the International Court of Justice in 2004, runs its eight- meter-high solid concrete course less than 100 meters away from the Faisal Al Husseini Stadium in Al-Ram, the current national stadium of Palestine.[4] The arbitrary arrest of thousands of Palestinians, including Gazan Palestinian National Team member Mahmoud Kamel As-Sarsak, held without trial or indeed public explanation for their arrest, is a routine tool of Israeli occupation.[5]

Israel’s system of occupation, colonization and apartheid impacts Palestinian football and all Palestinians.

In the face of South African Apartheid, Ruud Gullit dedicated his 1987 European Footballer of the Year Award to Nelson Mandela. We call upon you to make a similar stand against Apartheid, by ensuring that Israel is not allowed to host the 2013 tournament, rather than allow the organization that you lead to reward Israel for its violent repression of Palestinian rights.

We look forward to your reply,

SIGNED BY:

42 CLUBS

Alwehda (unity) Club-Rafah

Alasteqlal (independence) Club-Rafa

Jamaa’i Rafah Club

Alnuseirat Services Club

Deir Elbalah Services Club

Deir Elbalah Union Club

Alsalah Charity Club

Alwehda Club- Jabalia

Jabalia Youths Club

Beit Hanoun Civil Club

Beit Lahyia Club

Albureij Services Club

Alaqsa Club-Alnuseirat

Almaghazi Services Club

Alnuseirat Sefrvices Club

Alzawaida Youth Club

Jabalia Union Club

Ansaar Jabalia Club

Alkarama Club

Gaza Sporting Club

RafahYouths Club

ALtarabot Club- Deir Albalah

Albureij Civil Club

Alredwan Club

Hetteen Club

Alta3awn (Cooperation) Club

Alwefaq Club

Aljazeera Club

Alyarmouk Club

Alrayaan Club

Albureij Youths Club

Alrebaat Club

Alzawaida Union Club

Almaghazi Youths Club

Alqarara Club

Alataa’ Althahabi Club

Alshaf3′ Club

Alshareqa Club

Canada Club

Alqadessia Club

Tel Alsoultaan Club

Sports College—Al-Aqsa University

18 Club Managers and Players

Ibrahim Abu Salim (Vice President-Football Union)

Captain Hasaan Salah (vice president of soccer players veterans)

Captain Zoheir Edwan (President—Al-Wehda Club)

Captain Joma’ Alakhras (Presdeint-Al Estiqlal Club)

Captain Fathy Abu Ella (Rafah Services Club)

Captain Kamal Alashqar (Nusairat Services Club)

Captain Jamal Albuheissy (Deir El Balah Services Club)

Captain Jaber Ayaash (El Salah Club)

Captain Eissa Zaher (President-Jabalia Youth Club)

Captain Amer Alemawi (President-Beit Hanoun National Club)

Captain Sameer Albarawi(President-Beit Lahia National Club)

Captain Mohammed Abo Shoqwa (President- Bureij Services Club)

Captain Mohammed Zureid (President-Al-Aqsa Club)

Captain Iyaad Alhozoqi (President-Nusairat National Club)

Captain Jalal Abu Zayed (President-Al Zawaida Club)

Captain Mousa Abu Zeer (President-Gaza Sporting Club)

Captain Islam Qeshtaa

Ali Rabei (President-Rafah Jamaai Club)

Plus 19 other Palestinian sporting figures

Naser Dababesh, club head, Al Ahli Palestinian Club

Nather Gaber, coach, Al Repat Palestinian Club

Salah Gber, vice-president, Deir El-Balah Youth Union

Abdallah al Saqa, soccer player, Al Sadaqa Club

Mohammed abu Aita, soccer player, Al Sadaqa Club

Islam Salama, soccer player, Al Beach Club

Iyad al Jiesh, soccer player, Disabled Union

Mazen Sarhan, board member, Disabled Union

Abed Rabo al Tahrawi, board member, Al Redwan Club
Wesam Jadallah, volleyball player, Al Sadaqa Sports Club

Yasser Dawood, volleyball player, Al Sadaqa Sports Club
Asa’d al Majdalawi, volleyball player, Al Sadaqa Sports Club
Khaled Shameia, club head, Al Naser Arab Club
Ali Abu Hasheesh, club head, Al Beach Club

Saeb Jondeya, soccer player, Al Sheja’ia Club
Naim Sweerki, coach, Al Sheja’ia Club
Amer Abu Ramadan, club head, Al Helal Club
Tayseer Abed al Jawad, union head, Handball Union
Ramzi Jaber, sports teacher, Al Aqsa University

[1]http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/federation/insidefifa/news/newsid=1305932.html

[2]http://www.mezan.org/en/details.php?id=8960&ddname=detention&id_dept=9&p=center

[3]http://en.rian.ru/world/20090114/119490704.html

[4]http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/29/world/middleeast/29westbank.html?_r=1&hp

[5]http://www.mezan.org/en/details.php?id=8960&ddname=detention&id_dept=9&p=center

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US Boat to Gaza: why is US ignoring its legal obligation to protect citizens?


US Boat to Gaza press release:

Athens, June 24, 2011 - U.S. peace activists preparing to set sail on the U.S. Boat to Gaza, The Audacity of Hope, expressed profound disappointment over a statement issued by the U.S. State Department on Wednesday, June 22, 2011. Instead of calling on the Israeli government to let a flotilla of unarmed civilians sail to Gaza, the United States government is pressuring its own citizens to refrain from legal acts.

On Wednesday, the State Department sent out a "travel advisory" urging Americans not to participate in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. According to the statement, U.S. citizens are advised against traveling to Gaza by any means, including via sea, noting that previous attempts to enter Gaza by sea "have been stopped by Israeli naval vessels and resulted in the injury, death, arrest, and deportation of U.S. citizens."

"Apparently, the State Department subscribes to the view that Israel's anticipated violence against unarmed protesters is an immutable act of nature," said Hagit Borer, a professor of Linguistics at the University of Southern California and a passenger on the U.S. boat. "This is a remarkable attitude, coming from a government that provides the Israeli government with billions of dollars in military aid and routinely uses its veto to protect the Israeli government from censure of its occupation policies by the UN Security Council."

Passengers on the boat noted that the U.S. State Department has a legal obligation to act to protect U.S. citizens when they are traveling abroad. "So far, U.S. government officials have failed to use their influence to discourage Israeli authorities from ordering a physical assault on us," said Just Foreign Policy policy director Robert Naiman, another passenger on the U.S. boat. "Of course, State Department officials have an obligation to speak out against threats to attack us. It is deeply disappointing that they have so far failed to do so."

For regular updates follow the US Boat to Gaza on Twitter: http://twitter.com/usboattogaza and visit the US Boat to Gaza website.

Hillary Clinton has outrageously accused the flotilla of trying to provoke Israel, which could be construed as pre-emptive justification for an attack by Israel on non-violent activists.

Dutch 'mini flotilla' on Utrecht canals will show solidarity with Freedom Flotilla 2


Utrecht - PNN – A Number of Dutch human rights and solidarity groups are organizing a mini flotilla in the canals of Utrecht, in the center of the country, to show support for the humanitarian aid Freedom Flotilla to set sail to Gaza later this month.

On Saturday 25th of June several boats with supporters of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla will pass through the canals of Utrecht, some of the supporters are Dutch celebrities and former politicians. The boats will be decorated with balloons in the colors of the Palestinian flag, banners and flags. A live music band will perform on one of the boats.

“With this action on Saturday we show our support for the departure of the Freedom Flotilla and we urge the Israeli authorities not to hinder or attack the passage through international waters to the Gaza strip.” Organizers said in their press release. more

Dutch website: Utrecht poor Palestina

Irish foreign minister warns Israeli ambassador on use of military action against flotilla

(pic: Irish Ship to Gaza launch press conference)

From Irish Ship to Gaza

Israel has been called on to avoid military force against human rights activists who will next week attempt to break the Gaza blockade.

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore said he has told Israeli Ambassador to Ireland, Boaz Modai, that any interception of the flotilla must be peaceful.

Nine people were killed last year when commandos stormed the MV Marmara, a Turkish aid ship trying to break the naval blockade. The Irish-owned MV Saoirse will sail with up to a dozen other aid vessels next week as part of Freedom Flotilla II.

Mr Gilmore said he can not advise any Irish national to participate in a venture which potentially brings them into harm’s way.” I emphasised, however, to the Ambassador that if the flotilla does sail next week, then Israel must exercise all possible restraint and avoid any use of military force if attempting to uphold their naval blockade,” said Mr Gilmore, the foreign affairs minister. more