Finally, the European Union expressed concern over the continuing violations of the Palestinian Authority (PNA Militia) for Human Rights!
COPPS training the PA police to drag prisoners around in a miserable way? (Pic: COPPS)
The European Union has expressed its concern about the Palestinian Authority unlawful arrests and ill treatment, freedom of assembly, freedom of press and equal opportunities for women during the EU-Palestine policy dialogue on human rights, good governance and rule of law which was held on Nov. 27 2013.
The EU commended the Palestinian side for its work on a National Action Plan for human rights and efforts to combat torture and improve access in some detention centres.
The EU addressed its concern about – inter alia – unlawful arrests and ill treatment, freedom of assembly, freedom of press and equal opportunities for women. Palestinian progress in strengthening the rule of law through reform in the justice and security sector was equally discussed.
The PA continues arresting journalists, bloggers, academics, political activists, politicians from the ranks of the opposition as well as political prisoners released from the israeli jails and throwing them into its own jail without trial, as a part of a what is called “security coordination with Israel”, in which both the israeli criminals and the PA dictatorial regime try to protect their power by controlling the freedom of expression.
The PNA systematically tortures the detainees at its prisons and does not allow the Red Cross and other human rights organizations to visit the detainees during their detention. The “human rights organizations” working under PNA control in the occupied territories claim that their duties are ONLY to document the Israeli violations of human rights. This is not true. What happens is that they are not allowed to document the PNA atrocities and are afraid to report about the PNA violations of human rights. The price they would incur for exposing the PNA would be to have their organizations closed and their funding, which they receive from zionist-friendly organizations in western countries, disappear.
→ Continue reading: EU Expresses Concern About PA Unlawful Arrests
فنانة فلسطينية من النمسا تحلم باقامة معرض بحيفا
فنانة تشكيلية فلسطينية – نمساوية تتساءل: كيف أعرض لوحات القدس والمعتقلين في مسقط رأسي حيفا؟؟
According to a report from Maan newspaper, last Tuesday Mustafa al-Arraj, a Palestinian man from Bethlehem, was detained and tortured by the goons of the most excellent Mahmoud Abbas, the protector of zionist criminals, the self-appointed dictator for life, the thieving dwarf. The “crime” of Al-Arraj was that he replaced the decorations of the traditional Christmas tree on Manger square in Bethlehem with the used spent casings of bullets, flash-bangs, used tear gas grenades and other ammunitions which are gifted by the US regime to the zionists and are used to suppress the widespread dissent against the never-ending crime spree of the zionist invaders.
Al-Arraj replaced the decorations on the Christmas tree in protest against USAID, a CIA front which has all but taken over the Bethlehem municipality, which has allowed itself to abuse the Christmas tree and the traditional Christmas decoration of Manger square to promote USAID.
During the last several decades it has been documented by activists around the world that USAID operatives have been involved in a vast array of unsavory activities, among them recruiting subversives, recruiting mercenaries, infiltrating political movements, torturing people, disappearing people, spying, trafficking children and women for prostitution, smuggling drugs, etc.
Al-Arraj was right in what he did. The true “gift” of the Americans to Palestine consists of bullets, grenades of all kinds, artillery shells etc. by the shipload, used by the jewish occupiers to perpetrate crimes against humanity and to further their genocide against us. Al-Arraj was right to protest the presence of USAID in Palestine. Disgusting criminal organizations such as USAID which front for the CIA and other crime syndicates under the pretense of “humanitarian aid” should not only be expelled from all countries where they operate, their operatives should be drowned in cesspit for the crimes they have helped perpetrate against many peoples around the world.
Mustafa Al-Arraj should be freed at once, the PA should apologize to him publicly and pay him compensation for the damage perpetrated against him, and Abbas and his coterie of israel-friendly cronies should resign.
According to Maan, a Bethlehem man was detained on Tuesday by Palestinian police for helping decorate a tree with used American-made tear gas canisters, stun grenades, and ammunition that had been previously fired at Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces.
Mustafa al-Arraj was detained on Tuesday morning by Palestinian police while on his way to work over his suspected involvement in the protest the day before.
Mr. al-Arraj said that the police told him he was being detained for vandalism with the “goal of destroying Christmas,” and forcibly brought him for interrogation to a Bethlehem police station. They also destroyed the decorations that had been put up the day before.
→ Continue reading: Man Arrested for Decorating Christmas Tree
منظمة حقوقية تتهم مصر بإخفاء خمسة من مساعدي الرئيس المصري المخلوع
150 Days Later, Whereabouts Unknown – New York – Human Rights Watch- The Egyptian military has detained five members of former president Mohamed Morsy’s administration at an undisclosed location without judicial process and with very little outside contact since July 3, 2013. Almost five months later, the government has yet to formally acknowledge their detention or disclose their fate or whereabouts, conditions that constitute enforced disappearance.
The government has been carrying out a systematic crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood. The police have rounded up thousands of the organization’s leaders, members, and perceived sympathizers. Human Rights Watch has documented significant evidence of arbitrary arrests, selective targeting of activities and individuals based solely on their political objectives, and serious due process violations.
“What kind of road-map is this where a military-backed government can brazenly disappear former presidential aides for 150 days without any explanation?” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director. “Forcibly disappearing people for months on end doesn’t inspire confidence that this government intends to follow the rule of law.”
On the day it removed Morsy from power, July 3, 2013, the Egyptian military forcibly detained him and nine high-ranking members of his administration:
- Ahmed Abdelaty, office director
- Essam al-Haddad, foreign relations assistant
- Ayman Ali, expatriate affairs assistant
- Abdelmeguid al-Meshaly, media adviser
- Khaled al-Qazzaz, foreign relations secretary
- Ayman al-Serafy, secretary to the office director
- Mohammad Rifaa al-Tahtawy, chief of staff
- Assad El-Sheikha, deputy chief of staff
- Ayman Hudhod, security adviser
→ Continue reading: Egypt: Morsy’s Ex-Aides Forcibly Disappeared
وزارة الثقافة الفلسطينية تطلع على النقد الموجه لفيلم – السرقة الكبرى
European Union, News - On November 27th, Michael Deas, ECCP representative and coordinator in Europe with the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), gave a talk in the European Parliament about European businesses involvement in illegal Israeli settlements. It was the first time that the topic of EU involvement in illegal Israeli settlements was presented in detail in the European Parliament by a civil society organization.
European businesses play a major role in funding, facilitating and supporting Israeli violations of international law and illegal Israeli settlements in three main ways:
- Providing products and services that facilitate the existence of illegal settlements (Veolia, G4S, Volvo Group etc)
- Importing and selling goods produced by companies operating in illegal Israeli settlements (Mehadrin, Soda Stream and Ahava)
- Investing in settlement companies and projects (Dexia, Barclays)
- During his talk Michael pointed out that third states have a duty to prevent businesses from contributing to violations of international law and human rights. By their involvement in settlement trade, states implicitly legalise a situation arising from a violation of international law, and thus violate their duty to prevent these violations. He also gave an overview of recent BDS campaigns taking place in Europe. He presented ECCP’s recommendations to the EU, which are:
- Cease all trade with Israeli export companies that operate inside illegal Israeli settlements,
- Avoid involvement or investment in the provision of infrastructure products and services to illegal Israeli settlements such as transport, waste and environmental services, given that such projects violate international law
- End all investment in companies, projects and businesses operating inside illegal Israeli settlements, by divesting existing investments
- Conduct a Human Rights Impact Assessment of its trade agreements with Israel, given that companies operating in illegal Israeli settlements are able to export produce to Europe using procedures put in place by these agreements.
- Encourage its member states to withdraw state support from and not procure services from companies that refuse to address their contribution to human rights violations.
→ Continue reading: EU involved in Implanting Israeli Colonies In Palestine
علامات إستفهام عريضة في يوم التضامن مع الشعب الفلسطيني في النمسا؟؟
30 November 2013 – It has been 66 years since the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 181, proposing the partition of the mandate territory into two States. Achieving the two-State solution, to which both Israel and the Palestinians have committed, is long overdue but still the Zionist Israel occupation in Palestine.
The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Friday Nov. 29 2013, of “increasingly dangerous” tensions between Israel and the Palestinians which could threaten peace talks. His message was delivered by Ms Mazlan Othman at the UN office in Vienna on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
Ki-moon said: “settlement activity in the Occupied Palestinian Territory continues, and remains a cause for very grave concern. Announcements of thousands of new housing units cannot be reconciled with the goal of a two-state solution and risk the collapse of negotiations. Settlements are in violation of international law and constitute obstacles to peace. All settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem must cease. Measures that prejudge final status issues will not be recognized by the international community.
The Secretary-General Ki-moon, sharply criticized the demolitions of the Palestinian house in the occupied West Bank, he said: “Palestinians continue to be displaced through house demolitions in Area C of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Of particular concern are developments in East Jerusalem, where this year alone, some 100 structures have been demolished, displacing 300 people. Hundreds more Palestinians are at risk because their homes were built without Israeli-issued building permits. This underscores the importance of Palestinian access to a fair planning and zoning regime. I remind Israel of its obligation to protect the population under occupation.”
Ki-moon described the situation in Gaza as a source of serious concern. He said: “The situation in Gaza remains a source of serious concern. I reiterate my condemnation of all rocket fire into Israel, as well as of the construction of tunnels into Israel by militants. Following the recent tunnel discovery, Israel suspended the transfer of construction material into Gaza, including for humanitarian projects. While I recognize Israel’s legitimate security concerns, I urge Israel to ensure that the needs of the civilian population in Gaza are met.”
→ Continue reading: Zionist Settlements Are Violation Of International Law
مصر: أحكام مشددة وقاسية على طالبات بينهن قاصرات والأزهر يفصل سبعمائة طالب
Cairo – Associated Press - An Alexandrian misdemeanors court sent shock-waves through Egypt on Wednesday when it sentenced 21 young girls, aged 15 to 22, to serve 11 years in prison for holding a peaceful protest supporting the ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsy on the Corniche in the coastal city. Seven of the girls were minors, aged 15 to 17 were handed heavy prison sentences for protesting in a court ruling Wednesday that came a day after police beat and terrorized prominent female activists in a crackdown on secular demonstrators under a tough new anti-protest law.
The harshness of the sentences and the scenes a day earlier were new signs that the military-backed government is becoming bolder in silencing dissent, turning to abuses reminiscent of the Hosni Mubarak era. Authorities have been justifying tougher measures as needed to fight terrorism and bring stability, while they also appear to be exploiting divisions among secular democracy activists.
Human rights organizations have also heavily criticized the ruling, saying it marks a bolder resolve by the military-backed government to stifle dissent.
The crackdown is rearranging Egypt’s political map after months when authorities were focused on crippling the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist backers of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.
This week, security forces have moved against secular youth activists opposed to the military and police. Some government supporters warn that its actions are widening the base of the opposition and could bring together Morsi supporters and secular activists, though the latter bitterly oppose the Islamists and Morsi as equally authoritarian. The crisis is fragmenting the loose coalition of liberal and secular groups that supported the military in its July 3 removal of Morsi.
In a courtroom in Alexandria, the 21 young female defendants flashed defiant smiles to the media, standing handcuffed in white head scarves and white prison uniforms in the defendants’ cage. They were convicted on charges related to holding a protest Oct. 31 in the city demanding Morsi’s reinstatement.
→ Continue reading: Egypt: Heavy Prison Sentence For Minors Women
لا للتصعيد بين الأخوة المصريين في النمسا, ورأب الصدع واجب وطني وأخلاقي
Tuesday – November, 26 2013 – 35 Egyptian activists were arrested by the Egyptian security forces during a peaceful protest organized by the “No to Military Trials for Civilians” movement outside of the Shura Council in Cairo. The protesters were expressing their rejection against an article regulating military trials for civilians in the new constitution. The police used excessive force and tear gas against the peaceful protest, and they arrested dozens of activists who were participating in the protest demo, including journalists and lawyers.
In a related development, the Kasr Al-Nile Court for Misdemeanours today ordered the imprisonment for one month of activist Ayman Maher. He was fined EGP 50 and a bail of EGP 100 was imposed to suspend the ruling. The security forces arrested Maher during his participation in the second anniversary of the “Mohamed Mahmoud incidents”. He was accused of possessing and distributing the statements of the “Thuwar” front, what is deemed by the regime as incitement to subversion.
The names of the detainees during the protest demo are below.
Eman Ouf, Mohamed Abdel Aziz, Peter Galal, Mona Saif, Rasha Azab, Nazli Hussein, Ahmed Ragab, Amr Adel, Ahmed Mohamed Abdel Monim, Abdel Hamid Mohamed, Ahmed Al-Demishiti, Mamdouh Gamal, Alyaa Ali Abdel Latif, Maha Mousa, Mohamed Sami Mokhtar, Ahmed Hossam Al-Attar, Nermine Hussein, Mohamed Hossam Al-Din, Hany Mahmoud Al-Gamal, Abdel Rahman Tareq, Mustafa Yousri, Osama Al-Hadi, Abdullah Gamal, Ahmed Abdel Rahman, Abdel Rahman Atef, Mohamed Al-Refai, Mohamed Abdel Hakim, Noha Tareq, Abdel Rahman Sayyed, Mariam Ezzat, Ahmed Mohamed Nabil, Mohamed Hosni, Mahmoud Mohamed Abdel Aziz, Naglaa Ahmed Yousif, Madiha Al-Malwani, Mustafa Al-Marsafawi
الجالية المصرية على الخارطة النمساوية في رسالة موجهة إلى وزارة القوى العاملة والهجرة
JERUSALEM – AFP – Israeli authorities have given the go-ahead for the construction of 829 new squatter houses in the occupied West Bank, settlement watchdog Peace Now said on Monday. “The construction of 829 homes has been approved by a committee of the Israeli military in charge of the West Bank,” said Lior Amihai, a Peace Now official.
“This is yet another move that threatens to derail the peace process,” Amihai told AFP.
President Mahmoud Abbas has warned that ongoing settlement building by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories threatens the future of the Middle East peace process. The new homes would be built north of Jerusalem in the settlements of Givat Zeev, Nofei Prat, Shilo, Givat Salit and Nokdim, Amihai said.
The latest move comes two weeks after Israel announced its largest plan for settler homes ever, saying some 20,000 would be built in the West Bank.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled the order after pressure from the United States, which brought the two sides to the table in July and as the Israeli premier sought to dissuade Washington from striking a nuclear deal with Iran.
→ Continue reading: Peace Now: Israel Okays 829 New Squatter Houses