CHILLING TESTIMONY FROM A 10-YEAR-OLD PALESTINIAN BOY’S ARREST BY ISRAELI TROOPS

Qusay al-Jaar, this week By Gideon Levy He’s a fifth-grader, 10 years old, with a speech impediment that constantly hampers him. He is the eldest of the four siblings in his family. Their home is small and cramped, located deep within the town of Beit Ummar, between Bethlehem and Hebron. It’s a town that evokes a feeling of despair, just upon entering it: There is a fortified guard tower, an iron barrier that is sometimes manned and sometimes not, a narrow road, neglect, commotion and filth. Merging onto Highway 60 is dangerous, almost impossible. But who needs a proper intersection … Continue reading CHILLING TESTIMONY FROM A 10-YEAR-OLD PALESTINIAN BOY’S ARREST BY ISRAELI TROOPS

Grants to Israeli settlements could breach UK law, Charity Commission warns

The new Makor Chaim campus under construction, with Neve Daniel settlement in the background By Ben White The Charity Commission has warned that making grants to Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) could potentially constitute a breach of the Geneva Conventions Act of 1957, in a significant hardening of the Commission’s approach to the issue. It is understood to be the first time that the Charity Commission has specifically cited the 1957 Act in communication with a charity regarding Israel and oPt. The new statement from the Commission comes in response to questions about UK Toremet, a charity … Continue reading Grants to Israeli settlements could breach UK law, Charity Commission warns

Pollster: Abbas would lose in elections, Fatah still safe

By Daoud Kuttab    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends the 72nd UN General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York, Sept. 19, 2017.   Khalil Shikaki, leading Palestinian pollster and director of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PCPSR), has told Al-Monitor that based on current polling, the Fatah movement would do well in parliamentary elections, but that President Mahmoud Abbas would not win. According to Shikaki, the only Fatah leader at present who could win an election is Marwan Barghouti, who is serving a long sentence in an Israeli prison. Shikaki said polling data reveal that Abbas’ troubles go back to 2014. According to … Continue reading Pollster: Abbas would lose in elections, Fatah still safe

Israel paralysed a Palestinian child. Now they’re exploiting her

Maria Aman, Palestinian girl paralysed by Israeli missile in 2006 By Ramona Wadi In 2006 the Israeli assassination of Islamic Jihad leader Muhammad Dahdouh while he was driving through Gaza City also killed and injured other civilians. Maria Aman, who was travelling with her family when the missile struck Dahdouh’s car, was left paralysed, while four of her family members were also killed. There was much attention on her case when Israeli authorities attempted to terminate her treatment and revoke her temporary residence status which allowed her to receive treatment in Israel. In October 2016 Maria was granted permanent residency, … Continue reading Israel paralysed a Palestinian child. Now they’re exploiting her

A rough disgrace, an insult to the Palestinian people

And again – you may not get all the information ever with – Gaza is ‘under attack’ and again responds to the international community but faintly and leave the Palestinians all alone. But meanwhile the annexation of Palestinian land goes on as usual, without any reaction coming from any Western government. It’s a shame, a shame coarse. The last few days the forces of the regime in Tel Aviv have got again all military means brought into position to bomb Gaza after back and forth gunfights had started at the border. Already days the tiny Palestinian enclave is under fire, … Continue reading A rough disgrace, an insult to the Palestinian people

Meer, meer, meer populisme in Europa

Europa staat op de vooravond van – naar het lijkt – een belangrijke reeks aan verkiezingen. Nederland gaat in maart naar de stembus, De Duitsers in september en ondertussen zijn er ook de presidentsverkiezingen en parlementsverkiezingen in Frankrijk. En in deze landen staan de populistische partijen en leiders er zeer goed voor in de peilingen. Op 28 november 2016 gaf ik in mijn column op de site van Metro Nieuws al aan: “Het populisme rukt op”. In Nederland lijkt de PVV van Geert Wilders in de peilingen de grootste partij van Nederland te worden. Volgens Bild am Sonntag zou – … Continue reading Meer, meer, meer populisme in Europa

The Nakba: Narrating the ‘non-existing’ Palestinians into history

The anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba is ushered in with a continuation of structured violence committed against Palestinians by the state of Israel I have been engaged in a constant writing project that intends to highlight Palestinian narratives since 1948 up to the present. A narrative of dispossession touches every Palestinian family, including my own. During the 1948 Nakba and the war period, two family members on my father’s side, Jawdat Ali Rida Muhammad Bazian and Imran Ali Rida Muhammad Bazian, were martyred while another relative, Rida Ali Muhammad Bazian, was tortured by the British and released to the family … Continue reading The Nakba: Narrating the ‘non-existing’ Palestinians into history