UNRWA has been forced to suspend its cash assistance programme in Gaza to tens of thousands of people for repairs to damaged and destroyed homes and for rental subsidies to the homeless. Over 96,000 Palestine refugee family homes were damaged or destroyed during last summer’s conflict and US$ 720 million is required to address this need. To date, UNRWA has received only US$ 135 million in pledges, leaving a shortfall of US$ 585 million. While some funds remain available to begin the reconstruction of totally destroyed homes, UNRWA has exhausted all funding to support repairs and rental subsidies.
“UNRWA in Gaza has so far provided over US$ 77 million to 66,000 Palestine refugee families to repair their homes or find a temporary alternative,” said UNRWA Director in Gaza Robert Turner. “This is a tremendous achievement; it is also wholly insufficient. It is easy to look at these numbers and lose sight of the fact that we are talking about thousands of families who continue to suffer through this cold winter with inadequate shelter. People are literally sleeping amongst the rubble; children have died of hypothermia. US$ 5.4 billion was pledged at the Cairo conference last October and virtually none of it has reached Gaza. This is distressing and unacceptable.
“It is unclear why this funding has not been forthcoming,” added Mr. Turner. “But UNRWA has been a stabilizing factor in a very challenging political and security context and if we cannot continue the programme, it will have grave consequences for affected communities in Gaza. People are desperate and the international community cannot even provide the bare minimum – for example a repaired home in winter – let alone a lifting of the blockade, access to markets or freedom of movement. We’ve said before that quiet will not last, and now the quiet is at risk.”
UNRWA urgently requires US$ 100 million in the first quarter of this year to allow families with minor damage to repair their homes and to provide ongoing rental subsidies, including to the thousands of families who left UNRWA-run collective centers and found alternative rental accommodation. UNRWA is concerned that if it cannot continue to provide rental subsidies, large numbers may return to the collective centers, where almost 12,000 displaced Palestinians continue to seek shelter.
Eight senior police officers accused of misconduct, sexual and Penis issues since 2013.
On Monday afternoon, another fat old pig Nissim Moore, 56, Deputy Police Commissioner was named as a new senior police officer suspected of sexually harassing and assaulting a police officer woman, as well as carrying on inappropriate relationships with six other police officers, and then tried to destroy evidence.
Moore, Israel’s Deputy Police Commissioner was questioned by investigators throughout Monday over allegations of Penis issues. The senior police officer told the investigators that he believes that the female subordinate “wanted him because of his position.
At the end of the interrogation, Mor admitted to his improper conduct. He said: “I understand that whoever acts that way does not deserve to have my position. It was not ethical, I did not behave properly.”
The relationship between the deputy commissioner and the accuser formed after she approached him with a request for help with a distressing situation. The deputy commissioner allegedly visited the policewoman’s home and kissed her on the lips.
Moore was questioned over suspicions that, in recent months, he used his position of authority to sexually harass a low-ranking policewoman who was in need of his assistance, including (one case of) indecent assault against her,” a police statement said.
Last Saturday, District Commander Kobi Cohen announced his resignation after admitting to an improper relationship with a subordinate officer.
Cohen quit after being questioned over suspicions that he had maintained romantic ties with a low-ranking female officer and had made decisions regarding her positions that were based on a conflict of interest.
Earlier, former Jerusalem District Commander, Major General Niso Shaham was accused of having sex with police officers who are subject to it, breach of trust, fraud and indecent acts. From what attributed, Shaham was also discussed their futures professional policewomen with which there is a relationship.
Jerusalem Police Chief Joseph Pariente, 48, resigned on Sep. 28 2014, for Penis Issues and sexual harassment.
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Die Mitgliedschaft in der EU bestimmte Österreichs Außen- und Europapolitik der letzten 20 Jahre entscheidend und ermöglichte, sich durch die Einbindung in die EU-Entscheidungsstrukturen für österreichische Anliegen einzusetzen.
Die Mitwirkung österreichischer VertreterInnen auf europäischer Ebene erfolgt sowohl im Wege der Mitbestimmung im Europäischen Rat, im Rat und in dessen vorbereitenden Gremien als auch im Wege der direkt gewählten österreichischen Abgeordneten zum Europäischen Parlament und der österreichischen VertreterInnen in den anderen EU-Institutionen. Darüber hinaus wird durch die in der Bundesverfassung vorgesehenen Konsultationspflichten, insbesondere gegenüber dem Parlament, den Bundesländern und Gemeinden, den Interessensvertretungen und der Öffentlichkeit eine umfassende innerösterreichische Akkordierung der österreichischen Positionen sichergestellt.
In der außenpolitischen Tagesarbeit nehmen seit dem EU-Beitritt die EU-Agenden einen zentralen Stellenwert ein, zumal es darum geht, österreichische Interessen und Positionen im Rahmen der Gemeinsamen Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik auch auf europäischer Ebene weiterzuverfolgen. Dazu zählen insbesondere Initiativen im multilateralen Bereich etwa im Bereich des Schutzes der Zivilbevölkerung in bewaffneten Konflikten, der Stärkung der Menschen- und Minderheitenrechte, der Abrüstung, Rüstungskontrolle und Nichtverbreitung von Massenvernichtungswaffen. Während des zweiten Halbjahres 1998 und des ersten Halbjahres 2006 hatte Österreich turnusmäßig den Ratsvorsitz in der Europäischen Union inne.
Zwanzig Jahre nach dem Beitritt Österreichs zur Europäischen Union belegen viele Studien eindrucksvoll, dass Österreichs Wirtschaft von der Teilnahme am wachsenden EU-Binnenmarkt erheblich profitiert hat, was auch zur Schaffung von Arbeitsplätzen geführt hat (siehe auch Zum Thema rechts). Da ca. 70% des Außenhandels auf EU-Mitgliedsstaaten entfällt, brachte der EU-Binnenmarkt der österreichischen Wirtschaft beträchtliche Einsparungen. Seit unserem Beitritt 1995 wurden unsere Exporte verdreifacht und jährlich 13.000 zusätzliche Arbeitsplätze geschaffen. Es ist unbestritten, dass Österreichs Wirtschaft ohne die EU und den Beitritt zur Währungsunion die Chancen im Zuge der Erweiterung nicht so gewinnbringend nützen hätte können, und auch die Folgen der Wirtschafts- und Finanzkrise hätten uns härter getroffen. Weiter lessen.
Al-Haq for Human Rights Organization reported that dozens of Israeli jewish terrorists Monday stormed Muslim religious sites in the village of Awarta, northwest of Nablus, and performed religious rituals exhibiting disrespect to Muslim residents, according to a local official.
Head of Awarta village council, Hani Darawsheh, told WAFA that a large number of settlers, under Israeli army’s protection, stormed the village at dawn, and performed Jewish rituals at Muslim holy sites located at the western side of the village.
Colonists regularly attack Palestinians and their properties, including holy sites.
Al-Haq stated that, “Attacks by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank against members of the Palestinian population and their property are an extensive, long-term, and worsening phenomenon.”
Al-Haq has documented a significant increase in incidents of settler violence against the Palestinian population of the West Bank since 2011.
“In 2013, the report of the United Nations International Fact-Finding Mission on Settlements highlighted the failure of the Israeli authorities to enforce the law by investigating such incidents and taking measures against their perpetrators,” it said.
Israeli settlements are in violation of Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which establishes that the occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.
Al-Haq said that, “The illegal Israeli settlement policy of transferring Israeli civilians into occupied territory is directly responsible for creating a hostile environment that puts civilians, both Israeli and Palestinian, in harm’s way.”
The Security Council, the General Assembly, the Human Rights Council and the International Court of Justice have all confirmed that the construction and expansion of Israeli settlements and other settlement-related activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory are illegal under international law.
The israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot reported that the IDF’s (israeli war criminals) top electronic surveillance unit dismissed some of the 43 reserve soldiers who stirred a storm over the summer when they publicly announced their refusal to spy on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.
The decision to terminate the reserve service of the Unit 8200 refuseniks was received by the Military Intelligence Directorate after a series of discussions on the affair. The soldiers received letters informing them they would not be called up for reserve duty in the future.
The intelligence agency noted that only a small part of the 43 signatories to the refusal letter had actually been called up for reserve duty in recent years – and for only a handful of days.
Yet, because of the media storm created by their letter, it was decided to not let the affair slide and led to the dismissal of the soldiers.
Unit 8200 is the central collection agency in the Intelligence Corps and the largest unit in the IDF. It is tasked with collecting signals intelligence, which includes phones calls, text messages, emails, faxes, and assorted communication methods.
The refuseniks emphasized their disagreement with the operations was focused solely on the Palestinian territories.
According to the soldiers, there are many cases in which IDF intelligence prevents just trials for defendants in military courts without ever showing them evidence from the prosecution.
“The intelligence allows for the continued control of millions of people and in-depth inspection that’s invasive to most areas of life. None of this allows for a normal life, fueling more violence and putting an end to the conflict further away.”
The IDF spokesperson responded to the letter saying, “Unit 8200 has been collecting intelligence since its creation, allowing the IDF and other security forces to complete their missions and aid them every day in protecting Israeli civilians. The unit takes various actions in many different arenas, applying methods and rules aimed at fulfilling intelligence needs and intelligence needs only.”
RAMALLAH- Wafa – Ma’an – Enraged by Canada’s constant support to Israel and obstruction of the Palestinian right to self-determination, infuriated protestors Sunday hurled eggs at the convoy of Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird.
Baird was leaving the headquarters of the Foreign Ministry, following a meeting with Foreign Ministers Riyad al-Maliki, when dozens of activists protested against his visit by hurling eggs and shoes at his car, and chanting slogans expressing resentment over Canada’s unswerving support to Israel.
Hours earlier, Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat criticized Canada’s pro-Israel positions, including attempts to legalize the illegal Israeli annexation of Occupied East Jerusalem.
Erekat regretted the Canadian government’s decision to stand on “the wrong side of history by blindly supporting the Israeli occupation and its apartheid policies” and denounced Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird’s meeting with Israeli officials in occupied City of Jerusalem.
The protest was organized by the youth department of the Fatah movement to express opposition to the pro-Israeli political positions expressed by successive Canadian governments in recent years.
The most recent action taken by the Canadian government that has outraged the Palestinian public was a vote against a bid at the United Nations Security Council seeking to end the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories by 2017.
In recent weeks, foreign minister Baird has also demanded top PLO official Erekat apologize for likening Israel to the Islamic State group in statements made in early January.
“There is no difference between the terrorism practiced by the group led by (IS leader) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Israel’s terrorism,” he said at the time. “Ending settlement activities is a prerequisite for eliminating terrorism.”
Baird condemned the statements, saying that they undermined efforts to fight the IS group that has spread through Iraq and Syria in recent years.
Erekat, however, on Friday responded to demands for the apology in a strongly-worded opinion piece entitled, “It is John Baird who needs to apologize to the Palestinian people” published in The Globe and Mail, a top Canadian newspaper.
“After spending the past few years listening to Mr. Baird going out of his way to legitimize the banality and brutality of a 50-year-old Israeli occupation, I tell Mr. Baird: enough,” he said in the piece.
“If there is anyone that has to apologize, it is Mr. Baird himself. He should first apologize to his own citizenry, many of whom are God-loving Jews, Christians and Muslims who would never condone nor cheer for an Israeli government that stretches support to Israeli settlers who attack churches and mosques”
He also reiterated his perceived similarities between Israel and the IS group, based on their disregard for human life and religion.
“Those who actively burn mosques and churches in Palestine, and campaign to destroy the Al Aqsa Mosque, are no less terrorists than those who kicked the Christians out of Mosul.”
“But Canada, instead of supporting the application of international law, has decided to encourage Israel to continue with its crimes. As I stated in a letter to Mr. Baird after his meeting in Occupied East Jerusalem: ‘Canada’s actions are tantamount to complicity in ongoing Israeli violations of the international laws of war.”
Up to 5,000 European Union citizens have joined jihadist militant ranks, the head of European police agency Europol told British lawmakers on Tuesday.
“We’re talking about 3,000, 5,000 EU nationals,” Rob Wainwright told a parliamentary committee when asked how many foreign fighters had left from Europe.
The Europol chief added that the mostly young men pose a threat to their country of origin if they return there.
“We’re dealing with a large body of mainly young men who have the potential to come back and have the potential or intent and capability to carry out attacks we have seen in Paris in the last week,” Wainwright said.
Calling the returning militants “the most serious terrorist threat that Europe has faced since 9/11,” Wainwright called for greater scrutiny of the use of social media, which he said was used as a recruitment tool by jihadists.
“We have to have a closer, much more productive relationship between law enforcement and technology firms.
“One of the important evolutions we’re seeing right now in the current terrorist threat is the way the Internet is used, clearly much more aggressively, much more imaginatively by the networks,” he added.
The names of about 2,500 suspects have been collected by Europol from the security services of various EU countries, Wainwright said.
The European Union’s counter-terrorism chief Gilles de Kerchove estimated in September 2014 that around 3,000 European citizens had joined jihadists in Syria and Iraq.
De Kerchove said in an interview with AFP in Brussels on Tuesday that around 30 percent have returned to their EU countries.
The issue of home grown jihadists has gained prominence in recent days following a string of attacks in Paris by assailants born in France.
Said Kouachi, one of two brothers responsible for an attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last week, studied at a Yemen college founded by a fundamentalist cleric before undertaking weapons training with an Al-Qaida affiliate.
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The Paris massacre committed by elements of the so-called Daash which claimed the lives of 12 colleagues affiliated with leftist movements working at the “Charlie Hebdo” newspaper has obligated journalists to question the French government about its direct or indirect involvement in the massacre through foreign policy that brings France disasters and creates reactions of hate and revenge in many people.
How did Sharif and Said Kouachi get their weapons without the knowledge and permission of French intelligence?? We have never before heard of Uzi sub machine guns, Kalashnikovs and other weapons raining on Paris, and the finger is pointing at French authorities.
The French government has allowed elements of “Daash” to work freely in its territory recruiting dozens of French people to join the ranks of the “Daash” fighters in Syria. Prior to that, France allowed its citizens to fight with the so-called Al-Qaeda in Iraq, as if the killing of civilians in Iraq and Syria is acceptable to French laws and the standards of politicians!
Rob Wainwright, the head of European police agency Europol told British parliamentary committee lawmakers yesterday Jan. 13 2015 that up to 5,000 European Union citizens have joined jihadist militant ranks. The European Union’s counter-terrorism chief Gilles de Kerchove estimated in September 2014 that around 3,000 European citizens had joined jihadists in Syria and Iraq.
There is suspicion that Sharif and Said Kouachi, and Amedy Couibaly, who carried out one of the bloodiest massacres in French history against “Charlie Hebdo” and the Kosher Market, were infiltrated, trained and armed by both the French intelligence and the Jihadists and because of this the police shot them instead of capturing alive, and the bloodiest attacks were a play on theater ended by calling BFM TV and the media by the terrorists before they were killed by police. The terrorists informed the media saying that their attacks were coordinated by ISIS training, and cell activation. In essence, they were saying there is more to come.
The French citizen Kouachi brothers were armed and trained with the full knowledge and permission of French intelligence and sent to Yemen to spy on the so-called al-Qaeda Jihadists, where they had weapons training in the deserts of Marib. Sharif Kouachi was spying on al-Qaeda in Yemen and allowed to return to France like any other French people who were on a vacation. French authorities have covered up this issue.
Sharif and Said Kouachi are two terrorists among hundreds who have been psychologically mobilized, trained and armed and then allowed to travel to Syria for jihad. Mohammad Merah is another French citizen, 23, who murdered seven French people in March 2012 and was a double collaborator and informer for the French security services and the so-called al-Qaeda. French intelligence sent him with military troops to the war in Afghanistan where he saw all the dirty crimes French soldiers perpetrated there. On 15 March 2012, Merah killed seven French citizens, among them two French soldiers, in a shopping centre in Montauban, southwest France. French Police stormed his apartment and shot him in the head. After his death, his lawyer exposed that Merah was working with French intelligence and it was unclear if Merah killed the seven people as part of his mission with French intelligence??
Abu Ghraib Produced The Charlie Hebdo Shooter
In 2005, the New York Times reported, “three French nationals are among the dozens of foreign fighters being held by the American military in Iraq . The men, captured late last year, are part of a small group of young French militants who have gone to Iraq to fight what some Muslims view as a holy war against the Americans. At least three have been killed there. Two others are in custody in France, where they were arrested on the eve of their planned departure last month together with the suspected leader of the group.
…The men, Thamer Bouchnak and Cherif Kouachi, both 22, have told the police that they met Mr. Benyettou at the Addawa mosque near their homes in Paris in the 19th Arrondissement, a largely Arab working-class district. …According to lawyers involved, neither Mr. Bouchnak nor Mr. Kouachi had received any formal weapons training. They say that the men have not denied that they intended to fight in Iraq but that both had begun having second thoughts and have since expressed relief that they were stopped.
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