NABLUS, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) on Monday returned the Palestinian detainee Bassam al-Sayeh to the Eshel jail, a couple of weeks after he had been transferred to the Ramla prison clinic. Al-Sayeh’s wife, Mona, said the Israeli prison service (IPS) transferred her husband to the Eshel lock-up 12 days after he had announced his refusal to take medicines in protest at being transferred to the Ramla prison hospital away from his brother. On May 19 al-Sayeh decided to stop taking medicines until the IPS meets his demands. Al-Sayeh has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma and blood cancer, along with critical infections in his lung and cardiovascular disorders. Al-Sayeh was transferred to the Ramla prison clinic a few weeks ago for urgent medical check-ups. The IOA promised to return him to Eshel jail, where his brother is serving a twenty-year-sentence. A Palestinian doctor who had recently paid a visit to al-Sayeh said the detainee is in need of an urgent pacemaker implantation. A report issued by an Israeli doctor pointed out the need to recommend another medicine prescription for al-Sayeh as previous medicines handed to him by the IPS proved to be harmful. Al-Sayeh’s wife held the IPS responsible for any turn for the worse her husband’s health might take. She urged the international human rights institutions to urgently step in and save her husband before it is too late. Prisoner al-Sayeh, 43, was arrested by the Israeli occupation forces some eight months ago on his way to attend a hearing for his wife Mona in the Salem military court, near Jenin province.
(Source / 31.05.2016)
Israeli fire damaged two fishing boats
Fishermen told Days of Palestine that the Israeli navy opened fire at them while they were sailing within the six-mile limit. They said they sailed back to the shore, fearing additional escalation
Days of Palestine, Gaza Strip -Israeli occupation navy opened fire on Tuesday morning at Palestinian fishermen off the Gaza coast, no casualties reported.
Palestinian security sources said that the Israeli occupation navy opened fire at the fishermen in two different places along the coasts.
The sources reported no casualties in the incident, but they said that two fishing boats were partially damaged and were towed to the shore.
Fishermen told Days of Palestine that the Israeli navy opened fire at them while they were sailing within the six-mile limit. They said they sailed back to the shore, fearing additional escalation.
It is worth mentioning that the Israeli occupation authorities reduced fishing zone from nine nautical miles to six miles just two months after they claimed they had expanded it from six to nine miles.
(Source / 31.05.2016)
t is often easy to be absorbed by plebeian geopolitics, the sectarian divides plaguing Syria or the outward lack of unity amongst various resistance movements within the Middle East and North Africa. On the face of it, the situation is particularly bleak. The factors often missed in these calculations are twofold, the first being the pendulum effect and the second the phoenix effect; both dictate a positive change from a weaker position.
The growing Palestine solidarity movement has commemorated the 68th year of the Nakba (the Catastrophe). This was the forceful displacement of the indigenous Palestinian people in favour of a Zionist state founded on the principles of dispossession, colonialism and violence; in short, apartheid. It is thus no wonder that the colonialist outpost’s behaviour has been characterised by brutish and barbaric actions throughout its existence. However, the world has unmasked the state as one which cannot function within the fabric of normal society. It has become harder to protect and defend the outlandish action of Israel, be it the continued illegal blockade of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and slow strangulation by the Apartheid Wall of those in the West Bank; the occupation in contravention of international law; or the continued development of colonial-settlements on stolen Palestinian land. The dire state of affairs for Israel is compounded further by its diminishing capacity to influence political decisions on an international level, such as the P5+1 negotiations with Iran, the net result of which was the defusing of a regional if not global war in favour of a deal favouring Tehran, albeit begrudgingly. This failure to influence political decisions marks a catastrophic inadequacy of the pro-Israel lobby and has signified its isolation in the global arena.
The Zionist colonial state was established on the principles of deterrence capacity and terror. This doctrine, referred to by the late, unlamented Ariel Sharon, has been the cornerstone of Israeli militarism; it has failed since 2006, when Israel faced defeat at the hands of the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah. Indeed, Israel has failed to secure a military victory since it launched that fateful 2006 war against its northern neighbour. The resistance of the Palestinians of Gaza in 2008, 2012 and 2014 signified the once unthinkable but ever-emerging reality that Israel has lost its deterrence capacity, not only in the political arena but also on the ground. The Israel “Defence” Forces have effectively become a military capable only of policing and maintaining an untenable occupation while not securing any significant victories. This is the assessment of ideologues such as Munir Shafiq and many others.
On a global scale Israel’s colonial regime has lashed out at the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign in the hope of trying to impose an embargo on the choice of the people; it is asking states to transgress the main precept of democracy, namely rule by the people, of the people, for the people. It is this affront to democracy that Israel fails to grasp in its pursuit of the BDS campaign; it continues to place itself outside the democratic domain. This locates it squarely in the realm of colonialism. Despite having an expensive and blanket social media presence, the collapse of Israel’s strategies signify a growing consciousness amongst consumers of the plight of the Palestinian people. The lack of depth in Israeli hasbara (propaganda) has debunked most of the Zionist myths; the failure of campaigns such as “Ask Netanyahu” has exposed juvenile errors and the bankruptcy of the Israeli argument bank. The net effect is a weak and failing state which is only being held together by regional instability.
Two recent conferences – Al Quds Conference in Tehran and Palestine Media Forum in Istanbul – marked a momentous turn of events. Not only did they bring together a plethora of thinkers, activists and non-governmental organisations, but they also resulted in a unique discourse that had been silenced for a long time; a discourse of unity and a single vision.
There is now a universal acknowledgement of Israel as a vestige of colonialism; a grotesque relic of a dark past deserving to be consigned to history along with slavery and imperial conquest. The world’s lexicon has progressed to the challenging of coloniality, which is the structure of power as opposed to the physical vestiges of colonialism. Israel is an example of a state from a bygone era, unpalatable to the global collective consciousness of today. The united vision exposes Israel not only as an Apartheid State but also as a coloniser; this resonated across all factions and organisations at the conferences. It is this unity that marks a turning point in the struggle against the Zionist occupation. The common vision and the dimensions that it will take mark the first tangible signs of the deconstruction of Israeli occupation and colonialism.
It is often stated that the dawn comes after the darkest part of the night. Indeed, if the 68 years since the Nakba are the darkness, then the commonly-held, united vision is the symbolic dawn. Israel’s colonialism is both failing and falling.
(Source / 30.05.2016)
Israeli settlement bulldozers on Monday have razed areas surrounding four historic villages aged hundreds of years near Salfit city, northern West Bank.
Eyewitnesses from Deir Ballout town said that bulldozers from the Leshem and Bedu’il illegal settlements have razed the lands surrounding the Deir Qal’a and Deir Sim’an sites east of the town.
Other eyewitnesses from Bruqin town said that the settlement expansion is moving closer to Qarqash village, adding that the settlers invade it every now and then. In addition, the factories of Ariel settlement and only some hunhdred meters away, which threatens to isolate it from all sides now.
Farmers from Salfit said that the wall has completely separated the Al-Shajara village, since it is now sandwiched between the wall and Ariel settlement, and that farmers from the village are denied entrance to it and were depriving from working there or using their wells.
Researcher Khaled Ma’ali said that the settlements in Salfit has razed and damaged some histroic sites that have been dug in stones, including old caves and mills.
(Source / 30.05.2016)
GAZA, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) has decided to decrease the restricted fishing zone which it allowed Gaza fishermen to work in off the coast of the besieged enclave for about two months. Chief of the fishermen Nizar Ayyash told Quds Press that he was officially told that the IOA cancelled the nine-nautical-mile fishing zone after the sardine season ended. According to the Israeli decision, the fishing zone will be six nautical miles as before. Ayyash pointed out, however, that the Israeli occupation navy persisted in attacking fishermen within nine to six nautical miles during that period. The Palestinian ministry of civil affairs had announced last April that it agreed with the Israeli side to expand the fishing zone from six to nine nautical miles within a distance extending from the coast of Gaza Valley to the Egyptian border in southern Gaza.
(Source / 30.05.2016)
TEL AVIV, (PIC)– A Palestinian minor, aged 17, was detained Monday evening after allegedly carrying out a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv, which left an Israeli soldier lightly injured. Israeli media sources claimed that a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli soldier before being chased and detained by Israeli police. Israeli police said in a statement that an Israeli soldier was slightly injured after being stabbed by a Palestinian suspect. The Palestinian allegedly attempted to flee the scene but was chased and apprehended by witnesses who then handed him over to Israeli policemen who took him in for interrogation. The injured soldier was evacuated to Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Medical Center for treatment from where he was expected to be released shortly, and Israeli police imposed tight security measures in area of the incident. The Israeli police added later the suspected attacker was a 17-year-old Palestinian from the northern occupied West Bank town of Salfit and had “apparently nationalistic” motives. Investigations were ongoing in cooperation with Israel’s security service Shin Bet, the statement added.
(Source / 30.05.2016)
NAZARETH, (PIC)– Haaretz newspaper has revealed that the Israeli police launched activities to teach kindergarten children how to use weapons and suppress protestors. According to the Hebrew newspaper on Saturday, dozens of preschool children from Ramat Negev settlement in the Negev participated recently in such activities supervised by police and rescue officers. The children were provided with basic training on how to shoot using special plastic rifles and information on some anti-riot and disguise methods used by police and military personnel. Police trainers also showed the children special police equipment, such as bullet-proof vests, handcuffs and guns, and how they are used against Palestinian protestors.
(Source / 30.05.2016)