Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Ghada Karmi: 'If you care about Palestinians, Sign the e-Petition'

Ghada Karmi, author 'In Search of Fatima' urges UK Citizens/Residents to sign an e-petition to call Britain to acknowledge publicly that British policy and actions in Palestine from 1917 to 1948 led to catastrophe for the Palestinian people.

Please sign and share the petition widely! http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/42768

The campaign was created and launched by Ghada Karmi leading Palestinian activist, academic and writer, Kamel Hawwash, British Palestinian academic, John Rose, campaign activist for the liberation of Palestine; Karl Sabbagh, Palestinian-British writer, journalist and television producer and Tim Llewellyn former BBC Middle East correspondent following a successful event on 2 Nov 2012, a commemoration of Balfour Declaration.

We need 10k signatures before the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of UK will respond and 100k signatures so this e petition about the impact of the Balfour agreement and the Right of Return for Palestinians could be debated in the House of Commons.

Please join our FB event at http://www.facebook.com/events/475264465844119/ http://www.facebook.com/hjfp.Aizaria Twitter: @hjfpAizaria

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G4S nominated for annual 'worst company' award over role in occupied Palestine

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The British security firm G4S has been nominated for the Public Eye Awards, a recognition handed out to the world's "worst" companies each year at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos.

The firm, which has been nominated for "countless cases of violations of international law and human rights abuses" -- particularly in the occupied Palestinian territories -- was in third place Tuesday a day before polls closed.

Leading were Shell and Goldman Sachs, according to the Public Eye Awards, a project of Berne Declaration and Greenpeace to remind the "corporate world that social and environmental misdeeds have consequences".

The project's website says G4S was nominated for its role in the occupied territories.

"G4S is present in the occupied Palestinian territories -- manning checkpoints and managing prison security for Israel and is thus complicit in Israel's illegal settlement policy and the torture of Palestinians in Israeli prisons," it says.

The nomination also cites G4S' "badly trained and paid" security forces, many with criminal records, and their responsibility for deaths in forcible deportations as well as their complicity with repressive regimes in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Online voting closes Wednesday, and the winner will be announced a day later in Davos.

BDS target G4S is the target of a strategic campaign by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which was initiated in 2005 by Palestinian civil society to compel Israel to comply with international law and Palestinian rights. more

Protests continue against PA detentions in Nablus camp

NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Demonstrators burned tires at a Nablus refugee camp on Monday in protest against the Palestinian Authority's continued detention of Fatah members.

At Balata camp, protesters accused the PA of escalating measures against Fatah gunmen who gave themselves in to PA security services on Thursday.

PLC deputies Jamal Hwail and Jihad Tamliyeh have requested permission to visit the detainees and Junaid prison in Nablus, but PA security forces have not yet responded to the request, and the detainees' mobile phones have been confiscated.

Sources in the camp told Ma'an that efforts were underway to contain the crisis, particularly by those who were involved in the surrender of the Fatah members. more