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Palestinian child speaks out about Israeli torture

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Israeli soldier slapped the 9-year-old boy three times on his face because he said he did not throw stones at Israeli soldiers

A nine-year-old Palestinian child speaks about how Israeli occupation soldiers kidnapped him, beat him, interrogated and tortured him.

Before taking me to the military jeep, one of the soldiers beat me in my head and chest several times until blood started flowing from my mouth and nose

A nine-year-old Palestinian child speaks about how Israeli occupation soldiers kidnapped him, beat him, interrogated and tortured him.

I was playing with my friends in an area near the Israeli Apartheid Wall at around 4pm when an Israeli patrol suddenly appeared. Two soldiers opened a gate in the Wall and started to chase us.

We were scared and started to run but the soldiers ran faster and managed to catch up with us. They also fired stun grenades in our direction.

When they caught one of my friends I stopped running and they caught me. They did not tell me why they detained me.

Shortly afterwards a military jeep arrived and I was put in the back of the jeep where they made me sit on the floor. I refused and wanted to sit on the seat but the soldiers forced me on the floor.

The jeep drove for about 30 minutes to Al-Jalama Checkpoint. The other boys who were arrested with me told me it was Al-Jalama.

I was taken to a courtyard where a soldier asked me for my name and age and then started to speak in Hebrew but I did not understand what he was saying.

When they recognised I did not understand, another soldier came and spoke in Arabic with me. He asked me why did I threw stones at Israeli soldiers? When I answered: I did not, he slapped me in the face three times and went out.

I remained in the courtyard for about 30 minutes and then I was taken to a dark room with other boys including my brother where I sat on the floor. I remained there for about two hours.

After two hours, I was taken with the other boys to another room which had cameras and computers. The soldiers blindfolded me and then brought some mattresses and told us to sleep. They also brought us some apples and bread.

I slept until around 1am when soldiers walked in and told me they were going to release me. But, before taking me to the military jeep, one of the soldiers beat me in my head and chest several times until blood started flowing from my mouth and nose.

A military doctor came and cleaned the blood in my face and clothes. He placed a bandage on my mouth and another small one inside my nose.

Then, they took me to the back of a jeep where I fell asleep. The jeep drove to Salem Checkpoint where I was handed over to the Palestinian police, where my father picked me up and took me home.

(Source / 08.12.2016)

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December 8, 2016 at 4:37 pm

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Coalition’s General Assembly Discusses Situation in Aleppo, Political & Military Developments in Its 31st Meeting

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The Syrian Coalition’s General Assembly on Thursday held its 31st regular meeting with the participation of new female members and members of the Syrian Turkmen Council.

The situation in Aleppo will be on top of the agenda of the meeting. Aleppo has been subjected to a ferocious onslaught by the Assad regime and its Russian and Iranian allies. More than 1,000 civilians, mostly women and children, have been killed and nearly 6,000 injured as a result of aerial bombardment on the city. All hospitals and schools in the rebel-held parts of the city were put out of service. The Russian and Assad regime airstrikes also destroyed two civil defense centers.

Vice-president of the Syrian Coalition Abdul Ahad Steifo said: “The situation in Aleppo is on top of the agenda of the meeting. Today we are faced with crucial decisions on the internal and external levels.” He stressed that “there are brothers and friends who want good for Syria and its people” in the face of aggression and barbarism they are being subjected to.

A joint statement from the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States on Wednesday hit out at the Assad regime and its “foreign backers, especially Russia,” accusing them of blocking emergency help to civilians trapped in eastern Aleppo.

“The urgent need now is for an immediate ceasefire to allow the United Nations to get humanitarian assistance to people in eastern Aleppo,” the statement said. The six countries said 200,000 civilians in Aleppo, including many children, were “cut off from food and medicine supplies.”

A humanitarian disaster is “taking place before our very eyes,” the statement said. It added: “We condemn the actions of the Syrian regime and its foreign backers, especially Russia, for their obstruction of humanitarian aid, and strongly condemn the Syrian regime’s attacks that have devastated civilians and medical facilities and use of barrel bombs and chemical weapons.”

The six countries also called on Iran and Russia to “use their influence” to ensure the Assad regime agrees the UN’s four-point plan for Aleppo. The plan aims at allowing humanitarian aid into the shattered east of the city and for sick and injured to be evacuated.

Member of the Syrian Coalition of the Turkmen bloc Yussef Manla slammed the international community’s failure to protect Syrian civilians. “The whole world is standing idly by as the Assad regime, Russia, and the Iranian-backed militias are committing the most horrible massacres against Syria’s civilians.” He stressed the need for “immediate, concrete action to put an end to the bloodbath in Aleppo and ensure the delivery of aid to civilians trapped inside.”

Member of the Coalition Salwa ktaw called on Syrians in the diaspora to organize popular demonstrations in all parts of the world to demand an end to the brutal bombing of Aleppo and other Syrian cities and towns.

On Monday, Russia and China vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution calling for the imposition of a 7-day cease-fire in Aleppo so that humanitarian aid could reach the city’s besieged eastern neighborhoods. The draft resolution was proposed by New Zealand, Spain and Egypt.

A source in the Syrian Coalition said that first day of the 31st General Assembly meeting will assess the stages the Syrian revolution has gone through, adding that the second day will see an assessment of the general current situation. The source pointed out that the third and final day of the meeting will be dedicated to laying out a new strategy for the next phase based on four main tracks: military, political, revolutionary and civilian.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Office / 08.12.2016)

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December 8, 2016 at 4:29 pm

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As world turns back on Palestine, “1st War of Stones” reemerges

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As Palestinians mark the 29th anniversary of the First Palestinian Intifada (Uprising), the memories of a people dispossessed of its own land, and bereaved of the warmth of home and the nourishment of family reemerge, marking the world’s most traumatic legacy.

On December 8, 1987, in a historic uprising that marked itself across time and space as one of history’s most outstanding anti-occupation retorts, Palestinian men and women took to the streets in Gaza and the West Bank to speak up against Israel’s terrorism.

The event marked an outburst of demonstrations, riots, and rallies across the occupied territories.

One of the reasons why the Intifada remains of a key momentum in the Palestinian national struggle is because it had given birth to resistance factions, both armed and unarmed.

The grassroots riots exploded on December 8, 1987, after an Israeli driver rammed his vehicle into Palestinian workers from Jabaliya, in northern Gaza Strip, near the Beit Hanoun (Erez) border crossing, killing four workers and leaving several others wounded.

Soon after the hit-and-run attack, Israeli troops showed up in the area and cracked down on the Palestinians marching in the funeral procession of the four casualties.
Spates of bullet fire and teargas grenades unleashed from Israeli helicopters showered the funeral procession in an attempt to disband thousands of marchers who took part in the funeral. Several were killed and dozens were left injured, sparking even further Palestinian outrage.

According to observes, these violent individual acts — and those preceding them — were the last straws in a 20-year saga of military occupation and its atrocious effects on a population bereaved of its homes, lands, and sovereignty.

More than a knee-jerk reaction to that occupation, it was a united uprising of a relentless political struggle for self-determination that had been playing out long before 1987 at the grassroots level.

Those incidents were in fact the stroke that broke the camel’s back after twenty long years of brutal Israeli military occupation. The Palestinians had seen it all. Not only had they been dispossessed of their homeland and driven out of their homes in 1948 to make way for the boatloads of Israeli settlers flooding into Palestine on a promise of a self-proclaimed Jewish state; they had also been thrown into a mountainous journey towards the unknown.

Today the Palestinians are the victims of an imperialist project that denied their existence and their rights to self-rule in the land where their forebears had set up roots for millions of years.

To this day, the Zionist project has held powerful parties in its service, despite the flagrant violations of international law and United Nations resolutions supporting the rights of the Palestinians.

What Israel could not use as a bargaining chip, though, was the commitment of a victimized people and their iron will that dared hurl stones, from a very close distance, towards heavily-armed troops and military tanks which far exceeded their physical capacities and vulnerable bodies but never their undefeatable souls and unbroken wills .

The seeds of the so-called “War of the Stones” which saw the day in 1987 continue to nourish the determination of a people deeply devoted to their land and holy sites, at a time when the world’s superpowers have turned their back on Palestine.

(Source / 08.12.2016)

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December 8, 2016 at 11:57 am

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135 Civilians Killed in Escalating Bombardment on Idlib in Last Three Days

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Activists in Idlib province said that at least 135 civilians have been killed and hundreds more injured in airstrikes and barrel bomb attacks by the Assad regime and Russian forces on the province over the past three days. The bombardment targeted mainly public markets and residential buildings in a grave escalation in parallel with the ongoing brutal onslaught on Aleppo and its countryside.

Member of the Syrian Coalition’s political committee Adnan Rahmoun condemned the escalating war crimes being committed by the Russian and Assad regime forces in Idlib and Aleppo. He lamented the lack of any response by the international community which is standing idly by as the Assad regime and Russia are committing these crimes using internationally banned weapons, including vacuum bombs, cluster bombs, and white phosphorous.

Rahmoun called upon the UN Security Council and the international community to put an end to the war crimes being committed by the Assad regime and its allies and to assume their responsibilities to protect civilians. He stressed that those who keep silent over war crime are partners to their perpetrators.

Idlib administration on Monday announced it was suspending its work as a result of intensive aerial bombardment by the Russian and Assad regime air forces with the exception of civil defense and medical services. Idlib University and the Department of Education in Idlib also announced they were closing down until the weekend for fear of aerial bombardment.

Activists in rural Idlib said that three regime airstrikes hit a public market in the town of Sarmin on Tuesday, killing 10 people, including four children and two women. Russian jets launched multiple airstrikes on the main high street in the town of Maaret Alnouman, killing eight people and wounding dozens more. Two more civilians were killed in regime airstrikes on the town of Maarrat Masrin. In total, over 40 civilians were killed in the aerial bombardment that hit at least 11 towns and villages across Idlib on Tuesday.

On Monday, Russia and China vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution calling for the imposition of a 7-day cease-fire in Aleppo so that humanitarian aid could reach the city’s besieged eastern neighborhoods. The draft resolution was proposed by New Zealand, Spain and Egypt.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Office / 08.12.2016)

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December 8, 2016 at 11:48 am

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Israeli minister calls for ‘blacklist’ of organizations supporting BDS

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Palestinians walk past a sign painted on a wall in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on June 5, 2015

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan has proposed that Israel set up a committee to blacklist organizations and individuals which advocate for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Tuesday.According to the news outlet, Erdan first recommended the maintenance of the blacklist to Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, before sending these recommendations to the treasury.Erdan’s proposal would block the blacklisted entities from bidding on government tenders or receiving financial benefits from the Israeli government.The news comes days after Israeli authorities denied entry into Israel to Malawi BDS activist Isabel Phiri, in what Israeli media reported was “the first time” the country “officially” denied entry to a foreign national who supports the movement for Palestinian rights.The Israeli government has grown increasingly concerned about the growth of the BDS movement, as the movement’s support base has expanded to include companies, universities, and religious institutions around the world divesting from organizations complicit in Israel’s violation of Palestinian rights.As a result, Israel has enacted numerous policies targeting domestic and foreign nationals involved in the movement, and other pro-Palestinian activities.A bill banning supporters of the BDS movement from entering Israel was first submitted for consideration to the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, last month.Meanwhile, Israeli Minister of the Interior Aryeh Deri and Erdan announced in August that they were forming a joint task force to “expel and ban the entry of BDS activists” into Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.The BDS movement was founded in July 2005 by a swath of Palestinian civil society as a peaceful movement to restore Palestinian rights in accordance with international law through strategies of boycotting Israeli products and cultural institutions, divesting from companies complicit in violations against Palestinians, and implementing state sanctions against the Israeli government.The BDS movement has gained momentum over the past year, with activists targeting companies that act in compliance with Israel’s illegal occupation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

(Source / 08.12.2016)

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December 8, 2016 at 11:44 am

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Syrian rebel leader thanks Israel for its attack on Damascus

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Israeli media service i24 News, based in Tel Aviv and Jaffa Port, has reported that a Syrian rebel commander has thanked Israel for its attack on Mezzeh airbase in southwest Damascus.

Khaled Khalaf, a lawyer and a high-ranking member of the Syrian Revolutionary Command Council, told i24news’ Arabic channel that “If Israel repeats what it did this morning [referring to the alleged strikes], in the coming days we will achieve victories.”

“We thank the Tel Aviv for bombing those missiles bases at Mezze Airport, these were equipped to kill the children of Aleppo in Syria.”

Khalaf however seemed in denial about the severity of the situation in Aleppo against the jihadist forces.

“Our men on the ground do not flee. It is very easy to fabricate films that emphasize these words, but it’s untrue. The Syrian resistance, fighters of the revolution welcome martyrdom,” he said.

He further added “there is always advancing and retreating in war,” all the more so “when facing many thousands of bandits and mercenaries, Iranians, Russians, and Chinese, who are fighting alongside the regime, the Russian fighter jets are also bombing day and night. It is normal to re-arrange our affairs.”

He overlooked that many of the militant fighters are international jihadists and that there is no Chinese military presence in Syria.

(Source / 08.12.2016)

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December 8, 2016 at 11:39 am

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Marking its 29th anniversary, Hamas pledges to continue fighting ‘until victory’

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GAZA (Ma’an) — The Hamas movement marked its 29th anniversary on Wednesday, as the Palestinian resistance group vowed to continue fighting Israel until the end of the occupation.“Conspirators thought that by killing our leaders and sons, they would swerve our compass,” Hamas politburo spokesman Khalil al-Haya said during a speech in the besieged Gaza Strip.Al-Haya said that Hamas would remained focused on liberating Jerusalem, and would stay faithful to its goals and values until it achieved victory.Meanwhile, Palestinians marched in the streets of the Gaza neighborhood of Shujayyah in celebration of the anniversary.The anniversary of the founding of the Islamist movement was moved from Dec. 14 to fall on the anniversary of the beginning of the first Intifada on Dec. 8, 1987, seen as an overture to other Palestinian factions.

(Source / 08.12.2016)

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December 8, 2016 at 11:35 am

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