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Most Palestinians back Israel rocket fire if Gaza blockade stays

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Most Palestinians back Israel rocket fire if Gaza blockade stays

Most Palestinians would favour resuming rocket fire at Israel if it does not lift its Gaza blockade, although support for armed confrontation is dropping off, according to a poll published on Monday.

“An overwhelming majority of 80% supports the launching of rockets from the Gaza Strip at Israel if the siege and blockade are not ended,” said the survey of 1,200 Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Resarch (PSR).

Conducted a month after the end of Israel’s 50-day Gaza military offensive to stop rocket fire, the poll says 44% of respondents saw armed confrontation as the best way to end Israeli occupation and set up a Palestinian state.

It said that 29% believed negotiations were the best option, while 23% favoured non-violent resistance.

But the poll, carried out between September 25-27 and with a margin of error of three%age points, reflected a falloff in support both for the Islamist militant movement Hamas which rules Gaza and for violence.

PSR said that in a similar survey a month earlier, in the immediate aftermath of the war, 53% backed armed confrontation.

Asked how they would vote if a general election were held now, 39% of those polled said they would support Hamas, down from 46% a month ago.

The rival Fatah of president Mahmud Abbas would win 36%, up from 31% in August, the survey found.

But in a presidential race, Hamas’s Ismail Haniya would romp home with 55% support compared to 38% for Abbas.

Asked if Israel with its massive air, sea and land bombardment of Gaza had won the July-August war, or Hamas — which fired rockets deep into Israel — 69% handed victory to the Islamists in the latest survey, down from 79% last month.

The war killed more than 2,140 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and 73 on the Israeli side, almost all soldiers.

(Source / 29.09.2014)

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September 29, 2014 at 9:04 pm

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Israel defense minister says Hamas rocket arsenal down to 20%

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Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Monday that Palestinian resistance group Hamas was down to only 20 percent of its original rocket arsenal following Israel’s recent seven-week military onslaught on the Gaza Strip.
Speaking at Bar IIan University, Ya’alon said that only 20 percent of the Gaza Strip’s 10,000-rocket inventory remained intact following Israel’s devastating “Operation Protective Edge.”
He claimed that 40 senior Hamas leaders and ten Islamic Jihad leaders had been killed in Israel’s recent military offensive.
Ya’alon also asserted that Israel had “won” the conflict with Hamas, which, he claimed, had been forced to accept Israel’s conditions for a cease-fire.
However, a poll conducted by the Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, found that the large majority of Palestinians believe that the resistance movement Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, won the war.
As a result, according to the poll, 79% of respondents said that Hamas had won the Gaza war, while only 3% believe Israel did. Some 17% said both sides lost.
Palestinian factions and Israel signed an open-ended cease-fire agreement on August 26, ending the self-proclaimed Zionist state’s 51-day offensive against the coastal enclave.
Over the course of Israel’s onslaught, more 2,150 Palestinians were killed – mostly civilians – and some 11,000 others injured.
Under the truce deal, Israel must lift the blockade it has imposed on the Gaza Strip since 2007 and must also reopen the border crossings into the besieged Palestinian territory.
(Source / 29.09.2014)

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September 29, 2014 at 8:57 pm

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The Gaza medical aid scandal

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Suffer, little children… What do our clueless politicians care?

Gaza emergency medical team

The indifference shown by Barack Obama and David Cameron to the slaughter and unimaginable destruction that Israel – the self-styled “only democracy in the Middle East” with “the most moral army in the world” – inflicted on Gaza a month ago is beyond sickening.

In the UK a petition was raised, addressed to Prime Minister Cameron; Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg; Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond; Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband; and Defence Secretary Michael Fallon requesting them to send the Argus, a fully-fitted hospital ship of the Royal Navy currently lying at Falmouth apparently doing nothing. The petition said:

We have watched with horror the tragic loss of life and systematic destruction of infrastructure in Gaza. Despite the duty of care Israel continues to fundamentally restrict the flow of essential medical supplies, equipment and expertise into Gaza. A health crisis is looming in Gaza for trapped civilians, with dire conditions in the main Gaza City Shifa hospital. Doctors operate on the floor and in corridors. People die untreated. Only one x-ray machine is working with a lack of doctors, nurses, paramedics and the most basic equipment. As David Cameron said in 2010, Gaza is a prison camp. It is unique among world conflicts: people are unable to get out and effective relief can’t get in.

The hospital ship RFA Argus is moored in Falmouth. She is uniquely designed for this type of necessity. Since Israel has abrogated its responsibility to the citizens of Gaza, we request that the British government unilaterally and rapidly deploys RFA Argus to Gaza.

It’s the very least we could do, you might think. But Argus hasn’t sailed. The port and docks authorities say she’s putting to sea on 3 October but not on the sort of expedition we’re talking about. I spent considerable time trying to speak to the Ministry of Defence press office, which didn’t even answer the phone on any of its numbers, let alone say where she’s bound. Eventually I got through to Argus herself but the officer onboard was not allowed to tell me her destination over the phone. OK, understandable.

Meanwhile, Lord Hylton asked in Parliament “whether the official National Health Service medical team promised by the prime minister has yet reached Gaza; whether volunteer British doctors have been refused access to Gaza via Israel; and, if so, what action they are taking on the doctors’ behalf”.

Baroness Northover for the government replied: “A team of medical staff from the UK visited Gaza and East Jerusalem in August to assess the need for specialist medical support. A team was given access to Gaza via Israel to access medical facilities in both locations to assess capacity and recommend future UK assistance.”

Are Cameron, Obama and the rest… going to embarrass us further with their cruel inaction when they could so easily use their leverage?

That’s not exactly true. Dr Swee Ang in an email tells how some of those NHS doctors who went to Gaza were refused permits by Israel to enter the beseiged enclave. When she and another surgeon arrived they were “detained in Ramle Detention Centre and deported the following afternoon”.

Over the years Dr Ang has devoted herself tirelessly to the Palestinian wounded. She worked to help civilian casualties in the Lebanese civil war and witnessed the Sabra and Shatila massacres. She was a signatory to the recent hard-hitting letter in the Lancet by 24 senior doctors and scientists. It said, among other things:

We challenge the perversity of a propaganda that justifies the creation of an emergency to masquerade a massacre, a so-called “defensive aggression”. In reality it is a ruthless assault of unlimited duration, extent and intensity. We wish to report the facts as we see them and their implications on the lives of the people.

We are appalled by the military onslaught on civilians in Gaza under the guise of punishing terrorists. This is the third large scale military assault on Gaza since 2008. Each time the death toll is borne mainly by innocent people in Gaza, especially women and children under the unacceptable pretext of Israel eradicating political parties and resistance to the occupation and siege they impose.

This action also terrifies those who are not directly hit, and wounds the soul, mind, and resilience of the young generation. Our condemnation and disgust are further compounded by the denial and prohibition for Gaza to receive external help and supplies to alleviate the dire circumstances.

Dr Ang in her email goes on to say:

I think an important point to raise is also to ask for an account of how the DEC [Disasters Emergency Committee] money raised which I think amount to several million is going to be spent. Forty five clinics, 15 hospitals, eight fire stations and the main ambulance centre were destroyed in Gaza, so please ask the British government if they have discussed with the Ministry of Health of Palestine, if at least part of this money is going to help rehabilitate these health infrastructures. With more than 12,000 wounded among whom were those crippled for life, the one and only Gaza rehabilitation hospital which was flattened needs to be rebuilt urgently.

The team who got in to make the assessment on 9 August had not addressed this, nor on how to help Gaza recover its medical system after this severe assault. Moreover, the Gaza doctors have asked for us to support training their doctors especially in acute surgical specialties but, with the block on our consultants getting permits, this is not going to happen. All the consultants applying to go are from major teaching hospitals and represent multiple specialties who are ready to teach, treat and transfer surgical and medical knowledge to doctors in Gaza. Several of them are well connected with the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and would be able to help establish quality education. But no permits!

I can get further reports from the Ministry of Health of Gaza if necessary as the first British team seems to imply that things were very much back to normal in Gaza, which is not plausible given the degree of destruction… The total wounded is now more than 12,000. The homeless figure lies between 200,000 to 400,000 depending on which report you read. The entire public health system has collapsed and needs rebuilding.

Are Cameron, Obama and the rest… going to embarrass us further with their cruel inaction when they could so easily use their leverage?

If ever there was a time to suspend or completely end the European Union-Israel Association Agreement, this is it. Its terms require that:

Relations between the parties, as well as all the provisions of the agreement itself, shall be based on respect for human rights and democratic principles, which guides their internal and international policy and constitutes an essential element of this agreement.

The clueless Israelis haven’t a clue how to honour their obligations under the Agreement, and clueless Britain and the equally clueless EU haven’t a clue how to implement its essential and perfectly reasonable conditions…

(Source / 29.09.2014)

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September 29, 2014 at 8:29 pm

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IOF Arresting & Shooting Palestinians, Settlers defile Aqsa

IOF Arresting & Shooting Palestinians, Settlers defile Aqsa

IOF arrests 23 Palestinian workmen

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested 23 Palestinian workmen as they were trying to enter the 1948 occupied lands, claiming that they did not have any entry permits .

Human rights sources confirmed that the detainees were exposed to beating, maltreatment and humiliation during their detention.

According to secretary-general of the federation of the Palestinian trade unions Shaher Saad, such Israeli practices and restrictions violate the international law that guarantees the workers’ rights to work and live a decent life.

In another context, the Palestinian prisoner society said that Salam and Ofer military courts sent seven Palestinian prisoners to prison and imposed heavy fines against them.

Israeli extremist settlers defile Aqsa Mosque

A horde of extremist Jewish settlers escorted by policemen on Monday morning desecrated the Aqsa Mosque .

The Palestinian worshippers and sit-inners inside the Mosque kept shouting religious slogans in protest at the violation of the Mosque’s sanctity by the settlers.

Eyewitnesses said the settlers entered the Mosque in small groups, and each one of those groups was led by a fanatic rabbi giving Talmudic explanations about the alleged Jewish temple.

Israeli bulldozers raze parts of historical Jerusalemite home

Israeli bulldozers demolished Sunday under Israeli police and military protection parts of the historical Adila villa in Abu Dis town in east Jerusalem at the pretext of its presence near the separation wall.

The demolition of the villa raised the ire of the Palestinian citizens in the area and prompted them to clash with the Israeli occupation forces

Adila palace was established in 1959 with permission from the Jordanian government before being legalized later by the Abu Dis municipal council.

Palestinian child injured by Israeli gunfire in Gaza

A 14-year-old child was injured on Monday morning when Israeli forces opened fire at a populated border area in Gaza.

Spokesman for the health ministry Ashraf Qudra told Quds Press that the Israeli military watchtowers to the north of Gaza borderline opened heavy gunfire at a Bedouin village near the security fence, leading to the injury of one child.

The child was rushed to Kamal Odwan hospital suffering a bullet injury in his left leg.

In a similar attack, a Palestinian farmer was injured Sunday evening by Israeli gunfire in Beit Lahiya town to the north of the Strip.

(Source / 29.09.2014)

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September 29, 2014 at 8:21 pm

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West Bank Clinics Get Medicines to Ease Ulcers

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West Bank clinic treats ulcer patients with free medicines donated by AmeriCares.West Bank clinic treats ulcer patients with free medicines donated by AmeriCares.

For two years, 65-year-old Ata Zidat  has been a regular visitor to a charitable clinic in his town of Bani Na’im, in the southern West Bank. Zidat is a father of 11 now grown up children and the grandfather of 22 kids. He suffers from chronic ulcers.

Donation of vital medicines eases financial burden for West Bank partients.

Like many people in his village, he is unemployed and lives in poverty. “Before coming here to consult with the doctor, I used to buy the medication from a private drug store and it cost me $6.50, which is a heavy burden for a chronic ulcer patient like me,” he explained.

Now Zidat receives his ulcer medication for free at the town clinic, thanks to ANERA’s in-kind delivery of AmeriCares’ recent donation of Nu Lev chewable tablets (Hyoscyamine Sulfate).

West Bank clinic treats ulcer patients free, thanks to donated medicines from AmeriCares.

Ulcer patient Ata Zidat gets treated in his town clinic.

“If you go into our pharmacy, you will see that one third of our medications are donated through ANERA,” says Dr. Issa Qdeimat. “This recent AmeriCares donation will cover us for the rest of the year, soothing the pain of so many needy patients suffering from ulcers.”

Over the past two years, Zidat has shown great improvement in his health, and now only needs his medication when his stomach and large intestines are irritated. Zidat also admits he has been a smoker since his teenage years and says his biggest failing is his inability to stop. Dr. Issa says smoking, coupled with poor nutrition, can cause major health problems such as ulcers.

His former job as a truck driver between Amman and Baghdad and bad eating habits on the road did not help either, the doctor adds.  “Aside from being a heavy smoker, he also relied on coffee, sandwiches and canned foods to stay alert at the wheel.”

Poor patients like Zidat rely entirely on the generosity of the free clinic for their health care. “So when ANERA supplies us with such important medicines, it greatly eases our financial burdens,” Dr. Issa explains. “The donations enable us to function efficiently and ensure that each patient in our clinic gets the medical attention and treatment they need at a minimal cost or no cost at all.”

(Source / 29.09.2014)

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September 29, 2014 at 8:14 pm

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Israel’s West Bank Prawer plan?

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The endangered Bedouin-Palestinian village of Jabal al Baba with the West Bank settlement of Ma'ale Adumim in the background/Photo: Eddie Scherler

The endangered Bedouin-Palestinian village of Jabal al Baba with the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim in the background

Campaigns are being mounted by local and international groups against Israeli plans to expel 12,500 Bedouin-Palestinians from their homes in Jerusalem’s so-called E1 area. Israel contends the expulsion is to improve Bedouin lives, although Israeli designs to expand area settlement are explicit.

The Israeli government released six plans earlier this month to forcibly displace the Bedouin-Palestinian communities in the Jerusalem periphery in favour of settlement expansion which could connect the existing West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim with Jerusalem. Under these plans, Israel would expel the 12,500 Bedouin-Palestinians who live in this area and move them to the existing villages of Fasayil and al Jabal, as well as to the new township of Nweima, planned for north of Jericho.

Around 80% of the Bedouin-Palestinians living in E1 are refugees from the Negev, who were forced out their homes and lands in 1948. This latest plan will once again displace them from their land with the aim of annexing the area into greater Jerusalem.

The E1 master plan, approved by the Israeli government already in 1999, aims to create an urban bloc between Ma’ale Adumin and Jerusalem, connecting the two, whilst dividing the West Bank into two.The planned path of the Separation Wall, which encompasses Ma’ale Adumin and thus the E1 area on the Israeli side of the wall, will further cement the separation of Jerusalem from the West Bank.

The Fourth Geneva Convention explicitly prohibits forcible transfer of protected persons, regardless of the motive. Israel has justified its plans to ‘relocate’ the Bedouin communities of E1 through the rhetoric of improving Bedouin living conditions by allowing them to live in places with ‘suitable infrastructure’.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that the Israeli Civil Administration presents the expulsion plans as appropriate to the “dynamic changes”that Bedouin society is undergoing as it moves from an agricultural society “to a modern society that earns its living by commerce, services, technical trade and more”. The Bedouin-Palestinian communities in question, however, were not consulted about these ‘dynamic changes’ proposed to their way of life.

Abu Suleiman, head of the Jerusalem Bedouins’ Community Cooperative, asks “why do they not let us build here if they want to improve our living conditions”. Instead the Israeli civil administration actively prevents development of these communities, as it does for all Palestinian communities located in Area C. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied Palestinian territory documents how 39 homes and livelihood structures have been demolished in E1 this year.

On the other side of the road running through the E1 area, Route 1, lies Ma’ale Adumin, one of the largest settlements in the West Bank, with a population of over 36,000. Whilst a mobile toilet unit of two squre metres is under a demolition order in the Bedouin community of Khan al Ahmar, construction over the other side of the road continues unabated.

Abu Suleiman detailed how when objecting to a house demolition the soldiers said to him “it’s not our problem, go live in Ramallah”. “They clearly want to take all of the Bedouin and put them in Area A. The Israeli actions represent a complete disregard for Palestinian life”, he added.

If Israel actually wanted to improve the Bedouins way of life, surely the first step would be to consult the communities themselves to assess their needs. The AIC spoke with a number of Bedouin community members from the village of Khan Al Ahmar who declared that the plans, in fact, risk destroying the Bedouin way of life, not improve it.

Abu Khamis, from Khan al Ahmar, stated that “the Bedouins have a very different kind of lifestyle, they need land and space for sheep and herding; this new township (Nweima) is designed for lawyers and doctors”. Each family is to be allotted a housing plot of 250 square metres, a small area unsuited for the rearing of livestock.

Abu Khamis described how the new town will be surrounded from all sides, in part by military firing zones, settlements and a military checkpoint, which will leave the residents little space for grazing pastures outside of the town. “It will be like a prison” he states.

This expulsion plan is reminiscent of the Prawer Plan, a bill approved by the Israeli Knesset in 2011 to relocate some 40,000 Bedouin-Palestinian citizens of Israel from ‘unrecognised villages’ into townships for their own economic development and integration into Israeli society. This plan was eventually frozen following mass protests within Israel.

However a similar plan was carried out in 1997, in which several West Bank Bedouin communities were transferred to the al Jabal area of the Jerusalem-area town of Abu Dis, where they were allocated small areas of land with permanent housing units. A report conducted by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem concludes that “this transfer resulted in the collapse of their pastoralist economies and irreversible damage to their social fabric and rural way of life.”

As Abu Khamis remarked, “if you take a fish out of water it will die, and if you put Bedouins off their land they will fall”.

(Source / 29.09.2014)

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September 29, 2014 at 8:02 pm

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Saudi Regime Commits New Crimes Against Protesters In al-Qatif

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The region of al-Qatif in Saudi Arabia witnessed a “silent” crime a couple of days ago, when the authorities of the House of Saud used live bullets, once again, to disperse a peaceful protest, killing one person and injuring many others



Only a few days after National Day celebrations in Saudi Arabia, the House of Saud was keen on reminding the public about the real historical significance of this date.

The Interior Ministry raided the Showeika neighborhood in al-Qatif in the Eastern Region, shooting live rounds from inside civilian cars at a peaceful protest organized by a group of young men in support of arrested cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. About 10 protesters were injured; they fell to the ground, spilling their blood on the protest signs that they were carrying, as seen in photos shared online by local activists.

Social media activists said a young man by the name of Bassem al-Qadihi was injured and admitted to the hospital, but security forces soon checked him out of the hospital and took him to an unknown location, despite his serious health condition. Some parents, fearing their children’s arrest, did not take them to the hospital but treated them at home instead.

The Interior Ministry maintained silence for hours as a public solidarity campaign was launched along with fiery tweets by activist Hamza al-Shakhouri.

When the Interior Ministry finally spoke out, the ‘terrorism’ charge was used against the protesters as usual.

In a press release published by the Saudi news agency, the ministry’s security spokesman, General Mansour al-Turki said “concerned security bodies were able to track down fugitive Ali Mohammed al-Qadihi, involved in leading a number of terrorist operations that targeted citizens, residents and security forces, in the town of al-Awamiya during which firearms were used, and training and encouraging young people on using [these arms].”

But does the ministry have any evidence to support its claims? The answer is no as these claims remain mere accusations. The House of Saud has grown accustomed to fabricating accusations against the people of the Eastern Region ever since they started protesting peacefully three years ago to demand freedom.

In addition, the spokesman mentioned al-Awamiya region on purpose, although the incident took place in the al-Showeika neighborhood, as if he intentionally implicated al-Awamiya since the town has a heavy opposition presence, and has witnessed many bloody events in the past.The press release noted that al-Qadihi’s health deteriorated without giving any details, and it was announced later on Sunday that he succumbed to his injuries.

Al-Qadihi’s name was not among the 23 individuals announced by the Saudi authorities as dangerous fugitives; however, General Turki insisted that he was “one of the most dangerous individuals wanted by the security forces.”

How is he one of the most dangerous fugitives but his name is not on the most wanted list? Only the Saudi authorities can answer this question.

Following the incident, activist Hamza al-Shakhouri said on Twitter: “The Saudi regime is delusional for thinking that its assaults and fascism will terrorize our people and stop them from continuing their movement and demanding their rights. The oppressed will come out victorious, and triumph by virtue of their will, determination, and sacrifices, over the crimes and terror committed by despotic authorities.”

“It is not the first time that Saudi investigators and intelligence officials behave in such an insanely stupid manner that even children laugh at them, they think they are deceiving people,” al-Shakhouri said. He added, “psychological strain, frustration, and the crisis on the decision-making level are making the princes of the House of Saud reckless and crazy, if they had been sane, none of this would have happened.”

(Source / 29.09.2014)

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September 29, 2014 at 7:56 pm

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