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As Gaza dries out, Israel turns off fresh water

16 Feb

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By Darius Shahtahmasebi, Gaza, MintPress News, 15 February 2018

Genocide? As Gaza Dries Out, Israel Turns Off Fresh Water

Rather than heeding the warnings from the UN to open up Gaza’s blockade and allow vital aid, what we have witnessed over the course of the last decade is a periodic all-out Israeli assault on Gaza’s vital infrastructure.

Near the end of last month, Haaretz reported that, according to an expert hydrologist, 97 percent of Gaza’s drinking water has been contaminated by sewage and salt. The UN also confirmed that this was the case early last year, and clearly, the situation has remained unchanged even up until 2018. Robert Piper, the UN’s local coordinator for humanitarian and development activities, has called the situation “really very serious” and stated that “[w]e are falling far behind the demand for clean drinking water for Gazans.”

This kind of mistreatment is part and parcel of an overall package of deprivation that continues to plague the Palestinian people. There are some 2 million residents in Gaza affected by this egregious policy, famously one of the most densely populated areas on the planet. Gaza’s water resources are fully controlled by Israel and the division of groundwater is something that was provided for in the Oslo II Accord. However, despite the fact that under the Accord Israel is allocated four times the Palestinian portion of water resources, it has been revealed that Israel has been extracting 80 percent more water from the West Bank than it agreed to.

In 2009, the World Bank wrote that the responsibility was on the government of Israel to recognize that water and sanitation is a central component of the Gaza Strip humanitarian crisis and make arrangements to facilitate fuel distribution to some 170 water and sewage pumps in Gaza; maintain the Beit Lahiya Sewage Lake; and restore regular electricity supply in order to reduce dependence on fuel for generators.

According to the World Bank, at the time, almost all of Gaza’s population was without running water and was dependent on stored water supplies. The World Bank also noted that nearly all sewage and water pumps were out of operation due to lack of electricity and diminished fuel supplies, something that we will address below. But once again, these deficiencies fall squarely on the shoulders of the Israeli government, which is wholly responsible for Gaza’s electricity and water supply.

In order to rectify the issue, the Deputy UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Maxwell Gaylard, called for the immediate opening of Gaza’s crossings to allow the entry of spare parts and materials critical to the restoration of Gaza’s water and sanitation services. Israel famously closed Gaza’s crossing points in June 2007 and the local population has been suffering ever since.

However, there are many other factors that have helped to create this humanitarian catastrophe. Israel routinely unleashes bombing campaigns on the Gaza Strip every few years, targeting vital infrastructure, including destroying Gaza’s only power plant in 2014. The blockade single-handedly prevents vital materials and equipment from making its way into Gaza, making redevelopment impossible, even some four years later.

On 13 July 2014, Palestinian children fill their bottles with water from a tap in a desalination unit in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Repeated air strikes have destroyed many homes and a water supply serving the al-Shati refugee camp west of the city during the recent escalation of violence between Israel and Gaza. (UNICEF)

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Interview with Huwaida Arraf: Making Apartheid History

16 Feb

VIDEO: Make Apartheid History

American/Palestinian human rights activist, lawyer, and co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement, Huwaida Arraf, talks about the international campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions on Israel (BDS) – a growing, global campaign to make Apartheid history.

Huwaida will speak at a public meeting hosted by the NZ Palestine Solidarity Network in Auckland on 21 March 2018.

Check this site or palestinesolidaritynz.net for more details soon.

 

Palestinian children speak of abuse under Israeli custody

16 Feb

Palestinian child, Dima al-Wawi embraced by her father after being released form Israeli prison. Jabara checkpoint, West Bank, April 24, 2016. (Photo: Oren Ziv, Activestills)

The Palestine Chronicle, 14 February 2018

Palestinian children who had been detained by Israeli occupation forces say that they were beaten and humiliated inside Israeli prisons, according to Days of Palestine.

Defence for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) is concerned that Israeli military arrests are not only violent, but that children often lack proper legal representation during the court process, and that the impact of detention lasts well into adulthood.

Fawzi al-Junaidi, the 16-year-old Palestinian boy whose detention, while blindfolded by a group of Israeli soldiers in occupied Hebron (Al-Khalil), was captured in a photo that went viral, spoke to Al Jazeera about how he was treated in Israeli custody.

 

‘The world is completely ignoring enormous concentration camp’

15 Feb

VIDEO: By RT America, 14 February 2018

Five minutes away from Israeli settlements, Palestinians are routinely denied access to the same life-saving medical treatment and clean water Israelis are guaranteed. Two million people in the Gaza Strip have no access to clean water and 98 percent of the water that is available, is not fit for human consumption.

RT America’s Ed Schultz speaks with Miko Peled, Israeli human rights activist and author of “Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five.”

Ahed Tamimi remains in Israeli jail: “trial” adjourned

15 Feb

This video, published by the Haaretz newspaper, shows Ahed being brought into the military court on Tuesday. Credit: Hagar Shezaf

By Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 3 February 2018

More than two dozen prominent US Black artists and public figures are speaking out in support of Ahed Tamimi as the teenager’s trial began in an Israeli military court.

On Tuesday, Ahed was brought before the Ofer military court in the occupied West Bank.

Amid the presence of many journalists and diplomats, the military judge ordered the session to be held behind closed doors, claiming this was for Ahed’s own good.

Only Ahed’s family and lawyers were allowed to stay.

 

Bassem Tamimi, Ahed’s father, sits in Ahed Tamimi’s bedroom holding a poster of his daughter, in their home in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. Ahed’s trial in an Israeli military court began on 13 February. [Sara Lemel DPA]

Bassem Tamimi, posted a video on his Facebook page after the hearing which shows him calling out “stay strong” to his daughter in the military court.

According to Bassem’s post, the military prosecutor read out the charges against his daughter.

He says her lawyer responded by saying that the court was illegitimate, part of a racist system and had nothing to do with justice.

Bassem said Ahed’s next appearance was set for 11 March, while Ahed’s mother Nariman and cousin Nour will be brought before the military tribunal on 6 March.

Ahed and her mother are being held by Israel for the duration of the military court proceeding.

Scornful of the judge’s decision to expel journalists and diplomats, Bassem called it an effort by a “fascist” state to cover up the “farce and racism of its courts and laws.”

He questioned whether European states, whose diplomats were excluded from the hearing, would take minimum measures – which they have failed to implement so far – to hold Israel accountable.

Cover up

Commenting on the judge’s claim that the court session was closed for Ahed’s own good, the teenager’s lawyer Gaby Lasky told media, “I think that the [judge] does not think it is good for the court.”

Haaretz commentator Anshel Pfeffer praised the judge’s order as a “stroke of genius” that would “prevent the court from becoming a media circus and providing Tamimi, her family, lawyers and activists with a convenient opportunity to put the occupation on trial.”

Ahed Tamimi was detained in a night raid in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh almost two months ago, after video circulated showing her and a cousin slapping and shoving two heavily armed Israeli soldiers following an incident in which a soldier had shot in the head and seriously injured their 15-year-old cousin Muhammad Tamimi.

 Ahed’s cousin, Muhammad Tamimi, 15, weeks after being shot in the head by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.

Outraged by a perceived insult to their occupation forces, Israeli leaders have vowed revenge against the Tamimi family and are subjecting Ahed, her mother Nariman and cousin Nour to military trials in kangaroo courts with a near-100 percent conviction rate.

Earlier Tuesday Bassem told media that his daughter and wife have done nothing wrong and are detained by Israel because “of their fight for freedom and justice.”

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54 patients died waiting for Israel to let them out of Gaza

15 Feb

Cancer patients take part in a December 2016 protest in Gaza City demanding that they be allowed to travel for treatment. In 2017, 54 patients died in Gaza after Israel denied or delayed such permits, the majority of them cancer patients. [Photo: Mohammed Asad]

By Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada14 February 2018

Fifty-four Palestinians died last year waiting for Israeli permits to leave the Gaza Strip for medical treatment.

One of them was Faten Ahmed, a 26-year-old with a rare form of cancer. She died in August while awaiting an Israeli permit to travel for chemotherapy and radiotherapy not available in Gaza.

She had previously missed eight hospital appointments after Israeli “security approval” was delayed or denied, according to the World Health Organization.

Ahmed was one of five women who died from cancer in that month alone waiting for Israeli permission that never came.

Overall, 46 of those who died last year waiting for permits were cancer patients.

Shocking number of deaths

This staggering toll highlights the lethal impact of Israel’s ever-tightening siege on the two million people who live in Gaza.

“We’re seeing Israel increasingly deny or delay access to potentially life-saving cancer and other treatment outside Gaza, with shockingly high numbers of Palestinian patients subsequently dying, while Gaza’s healthcare system – subjected to half a century of occupation and a decade of blockade – is decreasingly able to meet the needs of its population,” Aimee Shalan, CEO of Medical Aid for Palestinians, said on Tuesday.

Her charity, along with Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and Physicians for Human Rights Israel, has issued an urgent call on Israel to “lift the unlawful sweeping restrictions on the freedom of movement of people from Gaza, most critically those with significant health problems.”

In 2017 Israeli occupation authorities approved just 54 percent of applications for permits to leave Gaza for medical appointments, the lowest rate since the World Health Organization began collecting data in 2008.

Israel has dramatically tightened the deadly squeeze; its approval rate for permits fell from 92 percent in 2012 to 82 percent in 2014 and then 62 percent in 2016, before hitting its lowest point last year.

The health and human rights groups note that the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross have declared Israel’s land, sea and air blockade on Gaza, preventing the movement of its population, to be “collective punishment” – a war crime.

“Palestinians from Gaza missed at least 11,000 scheduled medical appointments in 2017 after Israeli authorities denied or failed to respond in time to applications for permits,” the groups state.

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Gaza: running on empty

15 Feb

VIDEO REPORT: Gaza is running out of medical supplies, fuel & electricity

By RT America,13 February 2018

RT America’s Anya Parampil is in Gaza City, where the humanitarian crisis has led to a staggering 45 percent of patients being denied crucial medical treatment.

Parampil speaks with the spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health Ashraf Qidra and director of the Gaza Central Sewage Project Farid Ashour about the availability of life-saving medical supplies, fuel, basic sanitation services, and electricity.

Gideon Levy’s Auckland lecture, December 2017

13 Feb

VIDEO: The full address by renowned Israeli journalist and writer Gideon Levy, including Ngati Whatua welcome. Recorded at the Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, Auckland on 3 December 2017.

60% of Palestine children arrested by Israel tortured

13 Feb

Israeli police arrest a Palestinian youth in Jerusalem [Mahfouz Abu Turk/Apaimages]

By Middle East Monitor, 12 February 2018

Sixty per cent of Palestinian children who were arrested by Israeli occupation forces were verbally, physically or psychologically tortured, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club (PPC) revealed yesterday.

In a statement, the PPC said that the Palestinian minors detained by the Israeli occupation were prevented from sleeping, beaten and threatened by interrogators in order to confess.

The statement also said that the Palestinian children were prevented from eating and drinking for long periods and were insulted. They were also subjected to hours of interrogations.

Accounts of three Palestinian minor prisoners, who are currently inside Israeli prisons, were included in the PPC’s report.

Mustafa Al-Badan, 17, Faisal Al-Shaer, 16, and Ahmed Al-Shalaldeh, 15, told the PPC that they were tortured when they were investigated.

There are currently more than 6,500 Palestinians being held in the Israeli occupation’s jails, including 57 women and girls and 350 children.

 

Gaza is beyond crisis – ‘this is a humanitarian disaster’

13 Feb

A woman is crying as she asks for a travel permit to cross through the Rafah border crossing from Gaza into Egypt, after it was opened by Egyptian authorities for humanitarian cases, 8 February, 2018. [Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters]

By Amira Hass, Opinion: Haaretz (Israeli daily newspaper), 12 February 2018

Lieberman Is Right, There’s No Crisis in Gaza – This Is Disaster

A ‘crisis’ involves a breaking point, and Gaza got there long ago. This is beyond a break in routine. This is a humanitarian disaster

In the disagreement between the military chief of staff and the defense minister over whether there is a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, the defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, is right. There is no crisis. A crisis involves a breaking point of some kind that goes beyond what is routine, striking like a meteor. That’s not the situation in Gaza, where there is a constant and foreseen deterioration. Any given point in the decline is a humanitarian disaster.

The preceding paragraph and each sentence that follows could be the subject of an entire article, but I don’t have the time. In the “Don’t Say You Didn’t Know” column, pressing issues are piling up, and in the north there is a danger of war. So we’ll stick to the main points.

Every few months an international or Palestinian organization warns that Gaza is on the verge of collapse. They’re not lying. The warnings scratch up a little emergency aid that doesn’t deal with the causes, and only slows the rate of deterioration. It’s safe to assume that a few shipments of medicine as well as funds for emergency fuel are now on their way.

The Palestinians of Gaza have become a community of beggars. It’s a disgrace. And the disgrace is not theirs.

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Gaza’s hospitals cut services – emergency procedures only

13 Feb

Employees of Gaza’s cleaning companies protest an hour a day as they have not been paid their full salary amount for months [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

By Middle East Monitor, 12 February 2018

Palestinian medical centres and hospitals suspended their work yesterday after hospital cleaners went on strike over unpaid salaries which have been outstanding for five months, Quds Press reported.

Spokesman of the Palestinian Minister of Health in Gaza, Ashraf Al-Qidra, warned of the dangerous repercussions on workers and patients due to the accumulation of medical waste in treatment rooms.

Only emergency procedures continued to take place.

The Ministry of Health confirmed that 832 cleaners had not received salaries for the last five months.

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Freedom Flotilla Coalition meets in Gothenburg, Sweden to plan 2018 mission

7 Feb

Some of the delegates at the Freedom Flotilla Coalition conference at the Jarntorget Square, Gothenburg, Sweden. NZ rep Roger Fowler is fifth on the left.

Freedom Flotilla Coalition statement from the Gothenburg meeting 21 January 2018:

As Israel bans 20 organizations working for justice for the Palestinian people, and after Sweden recognized the state of Palestine, the international Freedom Flotilla Coalition met in Gothenburg, Sweden on January 20-21, 2018 to discuss the 2018 Flotilla mission which aims to challenge and break the illegal and inhumane Israeli naval blockade of Gaza. Details of this year’s voyage will be made available in the spring of 2018.

Representatives from campaigns in Sweden, Norway, Spain, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, and the International Committee on Breaking the Siege of Gaza were in Gothenburg for the Flotilla meeting, hosted by Ship to Gaza-Sweden.

 Roger Fowler, Kia Ora Gaza (NZ), and veteran US peace activist Ann Wright visit one of the flotilla boats in Sweden after the FFC meeting in Gothenburg. The boat is being prepared to join 3 other boats due to sail to Gaza later this year as the 2018 international Freedom Flotilla to break Israel’s blockade of the besieged Palestinian enclave.

In preparation for this year’s Flotilla mission, the international coalition is sponsoring a literary contest entitled “Keys to the Future of Palestine” related to particularly the plight of Palestinians in Gaza, to end the illegal blockade, for freedom of movement, the right of return and for justice for the Palestinian people (watch the FFC website: sgf.freedomflotilla.org for further details).

Submissions are due March 1, 2018. One winner will be selected from submissions in each of the participating languages (Arabic, Spanish and English, at least). A jury for each language will be composed of persons from the literary and cultural world. Winning entries will be announced in the media, published on the FFC websites and other noteworthy places. The decisions of the juries will be announced on Palestinian Land Day, March 30, 2018.

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition and Free Gaza Movement before it have sailed 31 boats to break the blockade of Gaza since 2008. In 2018 we again sail to break the illegal and inhumane blockade of Gaza, to demand full freedom of movement for all Palestinians, and to challenge the occupation of Palestine.

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Auckland rally demands Israel releases child prisoners

7 Feb

Here are videos of the five speeches at the Auckland rally last Saturday, part of the nationwide ‘Day of Action’ for Free Palestine that focused on the demand for the release of Ahed Tamimi and all child detainees and other political prisoners held in Israeli jails. The rally also supported actions to boycott Apartheid Israel and NZ participation in the 2018 freedom flotilla to break Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza..

Green MP Marama Davidson, NZ rep on Women’s Boat to Gaza

Mike Treen, national director, Unite Union and organiser for Global Peace & Justice, Auckland

Justine Sachs, co-founder of Dayenu, NZ Jews Against Occupation

Sister Barbara Cameron, Mission Sisters Hamilton

Roger Fowler, NZ Palestine Solidarity Network and spokesperson for Kia Ora Gaza

Kiwis demand release of all Palestinian child prisoners

5 Feb

Day of Action for Free Palestine in five NZ cities – photo gallery:

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On Saturday 3 February hundreds of Kiwis joined in a national ‘Day of Action’ for Free Palestine in five NZ cities – focussed on the demand for the immediate release of Ahed Tamimi and all other Palestinian child detainees and political prisoners held in Israeli jails.

Over 100 braved the atrocious weather to attend the Auckland event to hear moving speeches by Green MP Marama Davidson (who represented NZ on the Women’s Boat to Gaza), Sister Barbara Cameron who had stayed with the Tamimi family in West Bank, Mike Treen from Unite Union, Roger Fowler from PSN and Kia Ora Gaza, and Justine Sachs co-founder of Dayenu – Jews Against Occupation. Justine, along with Nadia Abu-Shanab, has been reportedly threatened with legal action from Israel for penning a letter to singing star, Lorde. Nadia spoke at the Wellington rally.

NZ social workers demand release of all child prisoners

5 Feb

Shannon Pakura, President of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers addresses the Wellington rally on Saturday [Image credit: Neil Ballentyne]

Posted on February 4, 2018 by RSW Collective

This is a speech by Shannon Pakura on 3rd February 2018 to a rally organised by Wellington Palestine protesting the arrest of Ahed Tamimi and all Palestinian child political prisoners

Kia ora, I’m Shannon Pakura, President of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers and I’m here to protest the arrest and detention of Ahed Tamimi and all Palestinian child political prisoners.

The facts are appalling: the Israeli state detains between 500 and 700 children (aged between 12 and 17) each year. They are tried in military courts with a prosecution rate of almost one hundred percent. The vast majority are tried for the crime of throwing stones at heavily armed Israeli Occupation Forces and their military vehicles: a crime that is punishable, depending on circumstances, by up to ten or twenty years in prison.  A UNICEF report found that around two thirds of children detained by the Israeli military testified to being violently abused during their arrest and detention, some said they were threatened with sexual assault. Since the year 2000 more than 12,000 children have been detained, and the problem is becoming more acute. The Palestinian child prisoner population has doubled in the last three years.

There are so many negative statistics associated with the violation of children’s rights in Palestine that it can be difficult to absorb them. But, in spite of over 50 years of suffering, the Palestinian people and their children have astonishing strength, resilience and determination to resist and to assert their identity. The Palestine people refuse to allow their land,  culture, and way of life to be erased! The fight to hold on to the Palestinian way of living was symbolised by Ahed’s slap of the Israeli soldier occupying her village.  This refusal to be subservient to Israeli forces appears to have shaken the Israeli establishment to its core.

Many of us know about Ahed. I’m also here to tell you about a colleague of mine, Munther Amira. Munther is a  48-year old social worker who was arrested and detained by the Israeli security forces on 27th of December for doing exactly what we are doing here today, peacefully protesting the detention of Ahed and other child political prisoners. The only difference between Munther and us, is that Munther is Palestinian and was protesting in Bethlehem just a few days after Ahed’s arrest. In spite of several military court hearings, Munther remains in administrative detention on the charge of participating in an “illegal demonstration”.

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‘Gaza… 12 years of blockade’

5 Feb

THIS SHORT VIDEO by EuroMed Monitor presents a summary of the current impact of Israel’s 12 year long, illegal blockade of the 2 million Palestinians in Gaza.

“We all loved Melodrama …but really?”

2 Feb

By Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 1 February 2018

Why it’s best to ignore Israeli lawsuit over Lorde’s canceled show

‘…if [Israeli lawfare group] Shurat HaDin really does come after the activists, there is no doubt they [Nadia and Justine] will be able to count on the backing of New Zealand’s strong Palestine solidarity community and supporters all over the world.’

“Israel’s unapologetic disregard for freedom of speech won’t wash with New Zealanders,” say activists reportedly sued by Mossad-linked group for writing open letter calling on Lorde to cancel her Tel Aviv show. (Kathryn Parson)

Two New Zealand activists have responded to reports they are being sued by an Israeli group linked to the Mossad spy agency over an open letter they wrote in December calling on pop singer Lorde to cancel a gig in Tel Aviv.

Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab say that they have only heard about the lawsuit through media. “We have not received any summons or other formal notice,” they state. “On this basis, as far as we are concerned, this ‘case’ has no legitimacy.”

The lawsuit is supposedly being filed in Israel under a 2011 law that allows people to sue those who call for a boycott of Israel or its illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

It is reportedly being filed on behalf of three Israeli teenagers who claim they suffered emotional injury because Lorde canceled her concert, and are asking for $13,000 in damages.

“We all loved Melodrama, but really?” Abu-Shanab and Sachs write, referencing Lorde’s Grammy-nominated album.

“Despite how ridiculous this all seems, it’s an important time to reflect” on how “Israel is attempting to suppress those who dare criticize their human rights abuses,” the activists say.

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Intimidation will not stifle global demand for justice

1 Feb

Nadia Abu-Shanab speaking at an Auckland rally for Palestine [ Kia Ora Gaza]

Justine Sachs, co-founder of Dayenu: NZ Jews Against Occupation.

Statement by Nadia Abu-Shanab & Justine Sachs

Yesterday we heard rumours we were allegedly being sued by Israeli law firm Shurat HaDin. We believed this was a hoax, after receiving the news secondhand from a journalist. We have not received any summons or other formal notice. On this basis, as far as we are concerned, this “case” has no legitimacy. Our New Zealand friends and colleagues at work today were incredulous at news of our rumoured legal predicament. Still, Shurat HaDin has gone to the media alleging to be suing us on behalf of three ticket holders who are seeking $13,000 in damages, some of which is for the “moral and emotional injury” they suffered from being denied Lorde’s concert. We all loved Melodrama, but really?

Despite how ridiculous this all seems, it’s is an important time to reflect.  The fact is Israel is attempting to suppress those who dare criticize their human rights abuses. Israel thinks it can bully people into silence by passing a law banning organisations and individuals who support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement from entering the country. Groups such as Jewish Voice for Peace and the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights are some of the organisations now blacklisted. Israel’s move to ban pro-BDS organisations is the latest in a long list of anti-democratic actions by the Israeli government aimed at undermining freedom of speech.

Shurat HaDin, who have links to Israeli-state intelligence agency Mossad, are one example of a growing anti-democratic sentiment. The law firm have launched unsuccessful after unsuccessful lawsuit aimed at Israel’s critics. This includes lawsuits against former US president Jimmy Carter, Australian academic Jake Lynch and even the charity World Vision. These lawsuits went nowhere because they have no legal means nor jurisdiction to control what people can and cannot say about Israel abroad. Israel’s unapologetic disregard for freedom of speech won’t wash with New Zealanders either.

With our open letter to Lorde we joined a chorus of millions of people across the world who are calling for justice and peace in Israel/Palestine. People who know the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign is a legitimate, non-violent strategy to pressure Israel into ending its occupation and apartheid regime. No intimidation tactics can or will stifle this growing movement. The reality of the situation speaks for itself. Today we’ve been overwhelmed with supportive messages from across New Zealand and the world. New Zealanders value fairness and being able to think for ourselves as a country. We won’t be told what to say. Instead of scaring us, these bullying tactics only embolden us and make it self-evident that there is a right and wrong in this situation. We are proud to stand for what is right.

Nadia Abu-Shanab and Justine Sachs

1 February 2018

Israel has killed 3 Palestinian minors already this year

30 Jan

A Palestinian child is arrested and blindfolded by Israeli soldiers. (Photo via Twitter)

The Palestine Chronicle, 29 January 2018

Israeli forces have killed three Palestinian minors and detained 52 others since the start of this year, according to the Palestinian Information Ministry.

In a statement on Sunday, the ministry accused Israeli authorities of “escalating assaults against Palestinian children”.

It said Israeli attacks have sharply risen since last month’s decision by US President Donald Trump to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Last year, 17 Palestinian minors were killed and 1,620 others arrested by Israeli forces across the Palestinian lands, the ministry said.

According to the statement, a total of 350 children are still languishing in Israeli prisons.

The Palestinian territories have remained tense since Trump’s decision, which has triggered a worldwide outcry and protests in several countries.

NZ Palestine Solidarity Network calls for a ‘Day of Action’ this Saturday

Saturday 3 February will see a nationwide day of action in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for justice and freedom focussing on the campaign to free all Palestinian children from Israeli prisons and strengthening the international boycott movement and divestment of Apartheid Israel.

The AUCKLAND RALLY will be at the Aotea Square from 2pm. Green MP Marama Davidson will be a guest speaker. Marama was NZ’s rep on the Women’s Boat to Gaza in 2016.

WELLINGTON: 2pm Cuba Street, Sat 3 February

CHRISTCHURCH: 2pm Bridge of Remembrance, Sat 3 February

DUNEDIN: 2pm The Octagon, Sat 3 February.

WHANGAREI: from 7:30am to 10am Water St (opp Growers Market) Sat 3 February.

 

Gaza hospital suspends services due to fuel shortages

30 Jan

A child receives care at Beit Hanoun Hospital in Gaza [Al whit/Twitter]

Middle East Monitor, 29 January 2018

Beit Hanoun Hospital in Gaza has been forced to suspend its services this morning after the health facility ran out of fuel, according to the Palestinian Information Centre.

Ashraf Al-Qedra, a spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Health, confirmed that the hospital had halted all treatments and that patients were being transferred to other facilities in the Strip. Yesterday he warned that Al-Durra Children’s Hospital was at risk of closing, due to acute fuel shortages.

Gaza’s medical facilities have continued to be impacted by the Israeli blockade, now in its tenth year.

Continual power outages, sometimes lasting up to 20 hours a day, have prompted hospitals to install fuel generators; the cost of the fuel needed to cover a single hour of power outage is nearly $2,000.

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