The United Nations Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People, focusing on “Speeding up relief, recovery and reconstruction in post-war Gaza”, opened this morning at the headquarters in Vienna, hearing a message from the Secretary-General and statements by the senior adviser to President Mahmoud Abbas representing the State of Palestine, the Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria and the Chairperson of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.
Opening the meeting, being held from 31 March to 1 April, Fodé Seck, Committee Chairperson, said the two-day event would review the immediate and longer-term humanitarian and development needs in the Gaza Strip and in particular Gaza’s severe housing, fuel, power, environmental and water crises, which had intensified greatly in the wake of the war in 2014. The Seminar would also strive to identify the obstacles to Gaza’s recovery and reconstruction.
Ban Ki-moon, in a message delivered by Yury Fedotov, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna, discussed the operations of the temporary Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism, brokered by the United Nations, and commended the Governments of Israel and Palestine for their continued adherence to it, as well as their statements of commitment to a durable solution for Gaza. Mr. Ban urged the Palestinians to overcome their divisions and donors to honour their commitments. He called for the full opening of the crossings into Gaza and emphasized the need to break the cycle of “build-destroy, build-destroy, build-destroy”, which caused so much needless suffering and waste in the enclave.
Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Director-General of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria, said reconstruction and development in the Gaza Strip depended upon efficient aid, but also on a political process and the freedom of movement, for which access to Gaza was a prerequisite. He spoke about Austria’s assistance to Palestine and said the country stood ready to continue to assist the Palestinian people to meet their challenges, in order to find a lasting peace of two democratic States living side by side.
Mr. Seck, speaking in his capacity as Committee Chairperson, said that in the aftermath of the war, the already dire humanitarian situation in Gaza had become a near catastrophe. It would take time, money and the efforts by all to rebuild Gaza and equip it with a sustainable infrastructure. Although there had been encouraging first steps, many obstacles remained on the road to full recovery. The Committee welcomed the formation of the National Consensus Government and the start of its activities in Gaza and the fact that an increasing number of States were recognizing Palestine.
Mohammad Shtayyeh, Senior Adviser to President Mahmoud Abbas, said the Seminar was taking place just days after the Israeli elections in which the Israeli public had moved even further to the right by choosing a Government that had officially declared its intention to destroy the possibility of a Palestinian State. He spoke about the new direction being taken by the Palestinian leadership to achieve a lasting peace, and warned that Israel had the choice of a two-State solution or a one-State solution, a de jure apartheid State.
Following the opening statements, the Seminar’s first plenary session, on the immediate and longer-term humanitarian needs in the Gaza Strip, began with statements from experts on the subject. Taking the floor first was Samer Salameh, Assistant Deputy Minister of Labour, State of Palestine, who said that the humanitarian needs in Gaza were not just a result of the 2014 war but an accumulation of Israeli policies; in particular, the siege of Gaza. The immediate needs there, he said, included social protection, health infrastructure and job opportunities, and $1.2 billion was needed to meet them.
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إشتيه يحذر في الأمم المتحدة: إما حل الدولتين أو حل دولة واحدة، بحكم القانون دولة الفصل العنصري
“We call on the European Union to boycott the Israeli products manufactured in settlements in the West Bank and to ask its dual nationals not to live in the settlements,” said Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh, Senior Adviser to President Mahmoud Abbas, Representative of the State of Palestine during the opening session of United Nations Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People, focusing on “Speeding up relief, recovery and reconstruction in post-war Gaza”
He added: On Wednesday 1 April, Palestine would be a member of the International Criminal Court, where it would seek justice for the aggressions against Gaza and the illegal settlements built on its territory since 1967.
Dr. Shtayyeh demanded the international community to end double standards in terms of the world’s relationship with Israel.
He accused Israel of killing the possibility of a Palestinian State. He said: “Israel wanted to kill the possibility of a Palestinian State and keep the Gaza Strip separated from the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.”
He said: “Israel wanted to kill the possibility of a Palestinian State and keep the Gaza Strip separated from the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The international community held the carrot and the stick, and it was time to end double standards in terms of the world’s relationship with Israel. By 2020 the population between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean would be more than 50 per cent Palestinian, meaning that a minority of Jews would be governing a majority of Palestinians. He warned that Israel wanted to maintain the status quo, but in fact it had the choice of a two-State solution or a one-State solution, a de jure apartheid State.
Dr. Stayyeh said that the Seminar was taking place just days after the Israeli elections in which the Israeli public moved even further to the right by choosing a Government that had officially declared its intention to destroy the possibility of a Palestinian State and bring in a new wave of colonization programmes. However, a National Consensus Government had been formed and was investing every effort in making Palestinian reconciliation a reality, in uniting people and geography and in preserving the two-State solution.
He added: “the Palestinian leadership had moved from an armed struggle from 1967 to 1988 to a strategy of peaceful negotiations for a two-State solution. There had been 24 years of negotiations, the longest peace process in the world – and neither strategy had brought about an end to the occupation. Palestinians had received $23 billion in aid and were grateful to all countries which had given it, including Austria, but how many more times could it rebuild, he asked.”
Instead, he said, Palestinians were taking a new direction. The first was through the United Nations Security Council. Although the resolution calling for a timeframe in which the occupation would be ended was not adopted, Palestinians would continue their endeavours because the United Nations was the legitimate address through which to seek justice. Second, 138 countries so far had recognized Palestine as a State; it was a member State of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and it would continue approaching other United Nations organizations. Mr. Shtayyeh called on the European Union to boycott Israeli products manufactured in Israeli settlements and to ask its dual nationals not to live in the settlements. The third was the legal direction. As of Wednesday 1 April, Palestine would be a member of the International Criminal Court, where it would seek justice for the aggressions against Gaza and the illegal settlements built on its territory since 1967.
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غزة تضرب بأيدي عربية
مصدر أوروبي يكشف عن مطالبة السلطة إبقاء حركة حماس على قائمة الإرهاب
أمسية لصالح جرحى قطاع غزة تجمع بين الفصائل الفلسطينية المتناحرة
Under the continuous pressure of the jewish colonists and in full coordination with the so-called “civil administration, (a branch of the military), the Israeli public prosecution has forced to ask the Israeli High Court of Justice for permission to demolish the ancient Palestinian village of Sussia, north of Yatta and relocate its residents to Yatta, south of the occupied Hebron in the West Bank.
In Sep. 1983, the Israeli civil administration has helped the settlers to build a colonist on 1,800 dunams of Palestinian land near the Palestinian village of Sussia.
Israel’s intent was noted in a response to the High Court of Justice regarding a petition filled by Sussia residents and human rights organizations about a year ago, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency.
Before this petition was filed, an additional petition was filed by the Regavim organization, funded by settler-group Amana and Isaeli regional authorities in the West Bank, calling for what they claimed Palestinian “illegal outposts” in Sussia to be demolished.
Last month, the government approved such a temporary injunction against the demolition of two structures in the Beit El settlement, after the High Court had already made a ruling.
The petition criticizes decisions made by the Israeli Civil Administration’s planning committee to reject an alternate plan suggested by Sussia residents, stating that the relocation to Yatta is in their best interest. The residents’ petition also seeks to cancel 64 separate demolition orders against all of the 100-or-so structures in the village.
Alternately, the residents ask that the Civil Administration offer a different solution that would allow them to continue living on the land, which they own.
Israeli attorney Kamar Mishraki-Asad, representing the Sussia residents, told Haaretz, “It’s incredible, but with the settlements, it was already ruled that Sussia land is privately owned and thousands of dunams of land in the area are privately owned by Palestinians. Despite this, for many years the army has prohibited residents from setting up their homes in the area, and has rejected any request for construction or planning permits, in order to keep them away from the Sussia settlement and to allow the settlers to continue seizing the agricultural lands, and expel the residents to Areas A and B.
“Now, after residents made great efforts and prepared plans for their village, the army continues its policy while cynically relying on planning concerns,” Mishraki-Asad added. “For years, the army has forbidden water, electricity and drainage infrastructure to be built, and now claims that expelling the residents is for their own good.”
Last Thursday, the prosecution issued its official stance on the matter, claiming: “There was no historic Palestinian village at the archaeological site there; that the village consists of only a few seasonal residences for a few families; and the land is necessary for the continuation of archaeological work.”
Regarding its decision not to approve further construction in the area – in contrast with the policy allowing for nearby Jewish construction – the prosecution claimed that such construction would only serve a small number of residents who are actually more connected to Yatta. It claimed that their construction plans were unreasonable, due to the need for electrical infrastructure and the local infrastructure was insufficient to provide for appropriate incorporation of residents into the job market.
Pressure is being exerted on the University of Southampton to cancel or ‘reconstruct’ a conference on Israel and international law scheduled for 17-19 April. Groups such as the Board of Deputies of British Jews and UK Zionist Federation have urged the university to cancel the event, and there has also been an intervention from Communities minister and Conservative MP Eric Pickles.
This conference will be the first of its kind and constitutes a ground-breaking historical event on the road towards justice and enduring peace in historic Palestine. It is unique because it concerns the legitimacy in International Law of the Jewish state of Israel. Rather than focusing on Israeli actions in the 1967 Occupied Territories, the conference will focus on exploring themes of Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism; all of which are posed by Israel’s very nature. (pic. Credit: cpt).
It will engage controversial questions concerning the manner of Israel’s foundation and its nature, including ongoing forced displacements of Palestinians and associated injustices and it will examine how international law could be deployed, expanded, even re-imagined, in order to achieve regional peace and reconciliation based on justice.
The conference also is intended to broaden debates and legal arguments concerning historic Palestine and the nature, role, and potentialities of international law itself.
Participants will be a part of a multidisciplinary debate reflecting diverse perspectives, and thus genuine disagreements, on the central themes of the conference. Diligent efforts, including face-to-face meetings with leading intellectuals in Israel, were made to ensure the widest range of opinions possible. Those who chose to abstain, however, cannot derail the legitimate, if challenging, academic discussion the conference will inspire.
The conference organizers thanked the University of Southampton for ensuring academic freedom within the law and for taking steps to secure freedom of speech within the law. They accept that the granting of permission for this event does not imply support or endorsement by the University of any of the opinions to be expressed at the conference. (Pic. Credit: cpt)
A total of 859 academics have signed a petition in support of freedom of speech and the university’s decision to hold the event. “We, the undersigned academics, express principled and full support for the University of Southampton’s commitment to freedom of speech and scholarly debate.”
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One of the questions that turns up on a worksheet at an alternative high school in the city of Petah Tikva in central Israel on the subject of the Holocaust in Nazi Germany during the II World War, asked the students: “From your acquaintance with the peoples that live in Israel, which is the Semitic superior race and which is the inferior race?” The question aimed consolidating of the Nazi racism in the hearts and minds of the students, according to Haaretz newspaper site which revealed the scandal today.
Haaretz wrote: Teenagers in an alternative school program were surprised this week to discover the following question on a worksheet on “Nazi ideology and policy”: “From your acquaintance with the peoples that live in Israel, which is the superior race and which is the inferior race?”
The students were part of the Hila program in Petah Tikvah — Hila provides education for teenagers who have dropped out of the state school system. Some 8,000 students are enrolled in the program nationwide. The teachers are employed as subcontractors and not by the Education Ministry.
The worksheet was a prep sheet for a test culminating 10 years of Holocaust studies; for these students the test takes the place of Israel’s matriculation exam in history. Read about anti-Semitism.
Pope Francis, leader of the world’s Roman Catholics will attends the meeting of hypocrisy in Philadelphia on Sept. 24 2015 in order to declare the innocence of the Jews killed Jesus (PBUH). The decree notably repudiating an indiscriminate charge of Jewish deicide; “the Jews should not be presented as rejected or accursed by God.” The Declaration also decries any and all displays of the so-called “anti-Semitism”, made at any time. “Read about the anti-Semitism”
The Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz reported that Pope Francis, leader of the world’s Roman Catholics will address a joint meeting of Philadelphia Congress on Sept. 24 2015. The pope is slated to kick off his visit to the U.S. in Philadelphia, where he will hold a massive rally for families. Francis is also expected to visit the White House and speak at the United Nations.
According to Haaretz, “members of the Philadelphia Jewish community are hopeful that Pope Francis, who is slated to visit the city during his upcoming trip to the U.S., will join them in celebrating the 50th anniversary of a Vatican declaration seminal to the relations between Jews and the Catholic church.”
In June or July, Francis plans to release an encyclical, or teaching document, on climate change, which he has called mostly man-made. He plans to use his trip to the U.S. to urge world leaders to curb global warming ahead of the next round of U.N. climate change talks this fall in Paris.
Thirty-one per cent of members of Congress are Catholic, compared with 22 per cent of the overall public, according to a survey released last month by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. The largest denomination in Congress is the 57 per cent of lawmakers who are Protestant. news1130.
Naomi Adler, the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and CEO of United Way of Westchester and Putnam, New York, confirmed to CBS that the pope had been invited to take part in a September 27 program at the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations at St. Joseph’s University.
“We, of course, won’t know until much closer whether or not there’s going to be any response,” she said.
The Nostra aetate (Which in Latin means ‘In our Time’), was promulgated in 1965 by Pope Paul VI. Also known as the Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions, its first draft was titled “Decree on the Jews.”
The decree was devoted to affirming the Catholic chuch’s relations with the world’s different faiths. Christianity’s affinity to Islam and Judaism in particular were explored, with the decree notably repudiating an indiscriminate charge of Jewish deicide; “the Jews should not be presented as rejected or accursed by God”.
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Airbus A320 was travelling from Barcelona to Dusseldorf with 148 passengers and crew on board; cause of crash still unknown. in a statement. It had flown 58,300 hours during 46,700 flights, and had been subjected to a final routine check on Monday.
By Jessica Camille Aguirre, dpa – Paris (dpa) – Search crews mounted helicopter expeditions to a remote and mountainous area of southern France where a German passenger plane crashed after a rapid descent, killing the 150 people on board.
The accident, one of the worst aviation disasters in German history, occurred Tuesday near the town of Prads-Haute-Bleone in the French Alps.
There 144 passengers and six crew members on Germanwings Flight 9525, which was travelling from Barcelona, Spain to Dusseldorf, Germany.
Local deputy Christophe Castaner, who surveyed the area with Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, said on social media that that area was “a horror. The plane is totally destroyed.”
French meteorological agency Meteo France said weather conditions in the area of the crash at the time it occurred were clear.
But Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that the location and subsequent rains were posing difficulties to rescue crews and police added it could take days to recover the victims’ bodies.
Cazeneuve said a black box had been recovered from the site, and that it was handed over to investigators for analysis. Some 350 firefighters, 300 soldiers, 10 helicopters and a military plane have been deployed in the recovery efforts.
Images from the site, at an altitude of 2,000 metres, showed barely recognizable remnants of the aircraft strewn along the ridges and gullies of a mountain face.
“Unfortunately there was nothing to do,” mountain guide Jean-Louis Bietrix, who accompanied searchers, told broadcaster BFM-TV. “In the zone there is nothing to see. There bits of debris, nothing more than tiny pieces. The plane disappeared completely.”
The cause of the Airbus A320’s crash was unknown, Lufthansa said. German security officials told dpa there was no evidence of terrorism.
Officials said initial counts indicated that there were at least 67 German citizens as well as 45 Spaniards on board, as well as one Belgian.
Among those were 16 students and two teachers from Joseph Koenig High School in the western German city of Haltern, who had been on a one-week exchange programme to Barcelona.
→ Continue reading: Germanwings Airbus A320 Crashes in French Alps
كيف تناولت الصحف النمساوية حكم النصب الصادر بحق عملاق الجالية المصرية
Mittwoch, 4. März 2015 – Im Westjordanland leben PalästinenserInnen unter israelischem Militärrecht, sind ständig von willkürlichen Verhaftungen bedroht und können ohne Anklage auf unbestimmte Zeit festgehalten werden. Sie haben kein Recht auf anwaltliche Vertretung oder einen Prozess. Die Israelis, die in illegalen Siedlungen auf palästinensischem Land leben, genießen hingegen alle Privilegien des israelischen Zivilrechts. Als israelische BürgerInnen können sie wählen und besitzen Rede- und Versammlungsfreiheit. Über 500 Checkpoints schränken die Bewegungsfreiheit von PalästinenserInnen enorm ein – auch um kurze Strecken zurückzulegen, müssen sie Ausweise und Pässe bereithalten und oft stundenlang warten. Israelische SiedlerInnen benutzen einfach die gut ausgebauten Straßen, die die Siedlungen untereinander und mit Israel verbinden, für PalästinenserInnen sind diese jedoch nicht zugänglich.
Die Nachfahren der PalästinenserInnen, die nach dem Krieg 1948 in Israel blieben, machen nun etwa 20% der Gesamtbevölkerung aus. Sie werden sowohl auf individueller als auch auf systematischer und institutioneller Basis diskriminiert. Die meisten israelischen PalästinenserInnen und israelischen Juden und Jüdinnen leben in getrennten Gemeinden, besuchen getrennte Schulen und kaufen in unterschiedlichen Geschäften ein. “Ein duales Rechtssystem unterscheidet zwischen jüdischen Israelis und indigenen PalästinenserInnen, basierend auf dem konstruierten Status einer ‘jüdischen Nationalität’. Diese Rechtsanwendung schlägt sich in allen Prozessen des Rechtsystems nieder, vom Recht auf Information und einen fairen Prozess, bis zu Verhaftungen und der Behandlung im Gefängnis.”, hieß es 2012 aus dem Büro des Hohen Kommissars der Vereinten Nationen für Menschenrechte.
Was ist Boykott?
Boykott-Kampagnen sind die unmittelbarste Aktionsform. Boykottaktionen helfen, das Bewusstsein der Menschen in den Strassen, in den Läden und in den Häusern zu schärfen. Der Boykott ist von seinem Wesen her ein Instrument der Machtlosen gegen die Mächtigen.
Boykotte stehen für Bewegungen von Durchschnittsmenschen, die sich dagegen wehren, Ungerechtigkeit zu unterstützten, und die von ihrem Recht Gebrauch machen, als KonsumentInnen zu wählen, um – in diesem Fall – die palästinensische Forderung nach Freiheit und Gerechtigkeit zu unterstützen und ihre Opposition gegen die politischen Positionen ihrer Regierungen und Institutionen zum Ausdruck bringen. Boykott ist folglich ein Hilfsmittel, um Regierungen und Institutionen mit Druck von unten dazu zu bringen, auf politischer Ebene zu reagieren. Unter die verschiedenen Arten des Boykotts fallen neben dem Warenboykott auch akademischer und kultureller Boykott sowie Boykott im Bereich des Sports.
Eine kurze Erklärung von Anti-Semitismus
Kawther – Salam – “Semitisch” zu sein bedeutet, dass man zu jenen Völkern gehört, die von Sam (Shem), dem Sohn von Noah im Alten Testament (Torah) abstammen. Die Gegend in der die Semitischen Völker leben ist der mittlere Osten; unsere Sprachen sind Akkadisch, Aramäisch, Amharisch, Arabisch, Hebräisch. Alle Arabischen Völker werden zu den Semiten gezählt. Laut biblischer Tradition haben wir Semiten unsere dunkle haut von Sam, dem Sohn Noahs geerbt, der dunkle Haut hatte.
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