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7 juillet 2017 5 07 /07 /juillet /2017 09:02

130 Diaspora Jews Stand Between the Israeli Army and a Palestinian Cave Village 


            The Palestinian village of Sarura was destroyed in 1997 and its residents have not returned for fear of settler violence. Dozens of Jewish volunteers from the U.S., Canada and Australia have joined Palestinian activists in renovating it     
         
By Amira Hass       

Jul 05, 2017

The Palestinian village of Sarura was destroyed in 1997 and its residents have not returned for fear of settler violence. Dozens of Jewish volunteers from the U.S., Canada and Australia have joined Palestinian activists in renovating it

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Without his knowledge, author A.B.Yehoshua played an important role in a joint activity of civil disobedience by Palestinians and Jews, which is now taking place in the South Hebron Hills. Something he said in 2004 to young Jewish Americans who received a Dorot Foundation fellowship to spend a year in Israel caused an explosion in the heart and thoughts of one of them, a woman named Ilana Sumka, a native of Maryland who was 28 years old at the time.

Thirteen years later, Sumka is wholly immersed in the project of renovating the Palestinian cave village of Sarura, which the Israel Defense Forces destroyed in 1997. Sumka was involved in the preparation and recruitment of 130 Jewish volunteers from the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe, in the restoration itself, and now in spreading the sociopolitical messages of the initiative. Her path and that of the other volunteers sheds light on the changes in Jewish communities in the Diaspora.

Sumka is very ambitious. Her model is white Americans from the northern United States who traveled to the South to join the black-led campaigns against discrimination and segregation. It was their “wake-up call” to others,” she said. “This is meant to be a wake-up call to the global Jewish community to [pay attention to] what is happening in the occupied Palestinian territory, by joining Palestinian civil campaigns.”

First stage completed

This week in Sarura the activists concluded the first stage of their plans : the renovation of two caves and the bumpy path leading to the village, from the narrow access road leading to the illegal outpost of Avigayil. Sarura was among the dozen or so Palestinian villages that the IDF destroyed in 1997, claiming it was a firing zone. But all the villages grew organically in the region even before Israel occupied the West Bank. The High Court of Justice ordered that the residents of the villages be allowed to return to their homes, but didn’t rule that they be allowed to renovate their demolished buildings or their water cisterns. Since then the Civil Administration has defined every structure they built as “illegal,” and demolished it.

The residents of Sarura didn’t return to their caves. The blocking of the short access road, the harassment and violence by settlers and construction of nearby Maon Farm outpost deterred them. Over the years they succeeded only in cultivating their lands, thanks to regular escorts by activists in the International Solidarity Movement’s “Operation Dove” campaign. But activists in Palestinian organizations who favor nonviolent civil disobedience (such as the Holy Land Trust Popular Resistance Committees of the South Hebron Hills) heard that the family of Fadel Amar, 55, is interested in returning to Sarura. They proposed to Jewish activists, including Sumka, to fulfill the dream together.

In recent weeks IDF soldiers raided the village and the work camp four times, confiscating a generator and tents while beating up the activists. The danger of soldiers coming and confiscating their property hovers over them always, but Amar, who was born in one of the renovated caves and whose father was born in another one, insists on remaining. Until now the presence of foreigners, and especially Jews from the Diaspora, has provided relative protection for him and his family, he said in fluent Hebrew. Amar does renovations in Israel without work permits, “but there’s no choice, because I have to earn a living.” Four months ago he was arrested and sentenced to two months in prison.

Last Monday the worries were sidelined : Palestinian and Jewish activists celebrated the finish of the first stage with speeches in the plaza next to the first cave to be renovated, and with a joint supper, dancing and singing. Aside from the caves that are ready to be lived in, there’s an additional bonus : the friendships that were formed among the activists – Palestinians, Jews, Israelis.

Back in Brussels

Sumka was not among the celebrants. She has returned to Belgium, where she has lived with her family in recent years, teaching Judaism. Speaking from Brussels two weeks ago she told Haaretz how in 2004 she was amazed to hear A.B. Yehoshua reproaching the American Dorot fellowship recipients, including her, and asking : “Where has the American Jewish left been all these years ?”

He was referring to the silence of the liberal Jewish community on the subject of the occupation. What does that mean, Sumka asked herself. “And I thought : Who, me ? I have been putting my quarter in the JNF [Jewish National Fund] box” every week, for as long as she can remember. With her Jewish conscience, and her “very Eastern European Jewish appearance,” as she says, she was active in New York fighting for a fair wage for every worker, and joined the American Jewish World Service, an aid and human rights organization.

“I didn’t know that as a Jewish leftie I was needed in Israel,” she says. In 2004 she visited Israel for the first time, to disprove something that an American Jewish friend said to her : that in this country she would discover that she couldn’t reconcile her Jewish identity and her liberal values. Sumka got angry, said that this was impossible, and joined Dorot.

And then she visited the Old City of Hebron, and to this day she gets goose bumps when she remembers “that ghost town. The most frightening place I’ve ever seen.” Afterwards she continued to the South Hebron Hills and began to understand that Hebron, which is emptied of Palestinians next to the Jewish settlement, is a microcosm of what Israel is doing on the West Bank.

Yehoshua’s words led her to think about her responsibility for what is going on in Israel. In 2006 she returned to Israel and joined the administration of Encounter, the Jewish organization that arranges meetings of Jewish Americans with flesh-and-blood Palestinians, up close, in their homes, in their cities. In five years they have hosted and instructed 2,000 Jews. Sumka traveled every day between the West Bank and Israel, or between West and East Jerusalem, and says she was amazed at Israelis’ ability to be ignorant of what’s happening a short stroll from their homes.

“We have to work against the occupation just because Israel and its leaders posit themselves as representatives of the entire Jewish people,” she says repeatedly, adding, “The occupation is not about Jewish values, it is hilul hashem [a desecration of God’s name].” She says “hilul hashem” in Hebrew. Since the early 1990s she has become more religious, and strictly observes commandments. Why ? “I felt a kind of emptiness. Neshama, [soul] that seeks light and spirituality and community. I wanted something more than New York City political this and theater this,” she recalled.

From her home in Belgium she was involved in the establishment of two organizations : A Different Jewish Voice, composed of Jews in Belgium who oppose the occupation, and The Center for Jewish Nonviolence, which participates in the activity in Surara. She says, “the only way to say that the occupation taking place in the name of Judaism isn’t Judaism, is for Jews to oppose it collectively.”

Turning point came at the beginning

She theorized that the first seed of her doubt about Israel was planted already in 1997. Her progressive synagogue hosted a “young and handsome Israeli” who refused to serve in the territories. “If someone else had told me that there was something wrong with the behavior of the Israeli army, I wouldn’t have believed it. I believed him because he was a soldier and handsome.”

The seed that was planted sprouted in 2004. She understood the dissonances that her friend had talked about. “My grandparents left Russia, Belarus, Poland, the Ukraine, in the 1910s and 1920s because of discrimination and to make a better life. Not because of the Holocaust. I grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, in a very safe comfortable suburb, there’s a big Jewish community there, outside Washington, D.C., and still thought the Nazis would come back. We were always told that it could happen again. So I was sure that my mother was hoarding cans of food so that we’d have food when we hid from the Nazis, when they came back,” she said.

“My image of the Israeli army was that they would protect me. If you ask me how they would protect me in Silver Spring, I don’t know. I was 12. But I thought I would always go to Israel, be safe there, that the Israeli army would save us, in America. That’s what we were taught. I didn’t make it up.”

Now she says of herself and her friends : “That’s what we are trying to shine the light on, with our own presence and our own identity. We are standing up to the violence of Israeli soldiers. We are putting our bodies between the Palestinians and Israeli soldiers and settlers.”

 
 
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7 juillet 2017 5 07 /07 /juillet /2017 08:57

23 imprisoned Palestinian women report being assaulted by Israeli prison staff

 
 
July 5, 2017 4:14 P.M. (Updated: July 5, 2017 4:23 P.M.)
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The head of the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners' Affairs released a statement on Wednesday saying that twenty-three Palestinian women had reported being assaulted by Israeli prison officials in Israel’s Damon prison.

Issa Qaraqe said that Palestinian lawyer Hanan al-Khatib had visited the prisoners in Damon, where she learned that special units of the Israel Prison Service (IPS) assaulted female Palestinian prisoners and imposed punitive measures against them.

Shirin Issawi, a prominent Palestinian lawyer who was sentenced to four years in prison last year, and Dalal Abu al-Hawa, both from occupied East Jerusalem, were transferred to Israel’s al-Jalama prison and placed in solitary confinement, al-Khatib had said.

She also noted that Sabah Faroun and Amani al-Hashim were placed in solitary confinement at Damon prison, according to al-Khatib.

Al-Khatib had also said that Israeli prison officials locked the women in their cells for three consecutive days before they were allowed a two-hour break.

Among the punitive procedures, added al-Khatib, was the confiscation of the prisoners' belongings, deprivation of family visits, restriction on accessing the prison’s canteen, and the imposition of fines up to 700 shekels ($199).

She added that as of July 3, the situation in the prison had begun to return to normal, and that all prisoners had been released from solitary confinement, excluding Shirin Issawi, who has remained in solitary detention.

The prisoners have however still been deprived family visits and from purchasing products from the prison’s canteen.

The statements came following a visit Qaraqe had made on Tuesday to the family of the youngest female Palestinian prisoner 14-year-old Malak Muhammad Yousif al-Ghalith from al-Jalazun refugee camp in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, who was detained on May 20 at Israel’s Qalandiya military checkpoint.

She is still being held in Israel’s HaSharon prison.

Prisoners’ rights group Addameer has reported on the treatment of Palestinian women prisoners by Israeli prison authorities, stating that the majority of Palestinian women detainees are subjected to "psychological torture" and "ill-treatment" by Israeli authorities, including "various forms of sexual violence that occur such as beatings, insults, threats, body searches, and sexually explicit harassment.”

“These techniques of torture and ill-treatment are used not only as means to intimidate Palestinian women detainees but also as tools to humiliate Palestinian women and coerce them into giving confessions,” the group stated.

Most of the Palestinian women detained by Israeli forces are held in HaSharon or Damon prison, both located in Israel, in direct violation of international law that states that an occupying power must hold detainees within the occupied territory.

Palestinians underwent a mass 40-day hunger strike earlier this year, in which among the demands were that Israeli authorities gather all female Palestinian prisoners in HaSharon prison, that arrangements be made for visits from the husbands and children of imprisoned Palestinian women, that they be permitted to receive materials for handicrafts, and that a special system be introduced for their transportation from prison to courts.

There have been conflicting reports on the success of the mass hunger strike, with Palestinian officials claiming that 80 percent of Palestinian demands were met and Israeli prison officials denying such claims and instead maintaining that Israeli officials had not negotiated with the prisoners.

The reinstatement of the second monthly family visit, which had been suspended by the ICRC last year, was the only demand that was confirmed to have been met, under the agreement that the visit would be funded by the Palestinian Authority (PA).

According to Addameer, 6,200 Palestinians were being held in Israeli prisons as of May, 56 of whom were women.

 
 
 
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7 juillet 2017 5 07 /07 /juillet /2017 08:52

Palestinian sit-in denounces Indian stance on Jerusalem perceived as non-committal

July 6, 2017 10:41 A.M. (Updated: July 6, 2017 6:16 P.M.)
 
 

 

 

 

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian activists staged a sit-in on Wednesday in front of India’s representative office to Palestine to express their rejection of comments by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi two days earlier.

In an interview with Israeli news outlet Israel Hayom published Monday ahead of a diplomatic visit to Israel, in which Modi hailed the “strong” bilateral economic and diplomatic ties between India and Israel, the Indian high official was asked about his position on Israel’s claims of sovereignty over Jerusalem.

“We believe in a two-state solution in which both Israel and a future Palestinian state coexist peacefully. A final-status agreement should respect the sentiments and address demands of all affected parties. The key to finding a solution to this issue lies with the affected parties,” Modi answered.

“India supports all efforts to find an acceptable solution to all the pending issues, including Jerusalem. I assume the question refers to our embassy in Tel Aviv. We will take a decision on that after both sides have come to an agreement on Jerusalem," Modi added.

Modi’s non-committal answer upset some Palestinians, prompting the National and Islamic forces group of the Ramallah al-Bireh district of the occupied West Bank to call for a sit-in in front of the Indian representative office in Beituniya.

The demonstrators called on India to remember its strong ties with Palestine, and called on the Indian government to re-evaluate its stance.

“We are standing in front of the Indian embassy (sic) today as a reminder of the friendship between the Palestinian and Indian people and leaders, and the historic relationships that tie us to this friendly country,” Hurriyat Center head Hilmi al-Araj said at the sit-in.

Al-Araj added that the sit-in also stood to remind India that Palestinians were still under an Israeli military occupation repressing their rights to self-determination and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

National and Islamic forces coordinator Issam Bakr said Modi’s statement was a dangerous development, contradicting India’s position in support of Palestinian independence.

Al-Araj called on India as a member of the Non-Aligned Movement to uphold its responsibilities vis-a-vis the suffering of the Palestinian people and to pressure Israel to withdraw from the Palestinian lands occupied since 1967 instead of rewarding its violations of human rights with lucrative economic deals.

The sit-in occurred a day after the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee passed a resolution rejecting Israel’s claims of sovereignty over occupied East Jerusalem.

While Israel has long claimed Jerusalem as its capital, this has not been recognized by the international community, with even outspoken Israel supporter US President Donald Trump seemingly backing down from his electoral campaign promise to move the US embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

 
 
 
 
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7 juillet 2017 5 07 /07 /juillet /2017 08:41
Remind the NY Times of the suffering of Gaza!
 
 
 
                    

 

Today in the Gaza Strip, power is expected to be cut down to two hours a day. Two!

This should be big news - just think about what your life would be like: 22 hours with no refrigeration or lights, 22 hours a day without power even in hospitals. But as of now, the top headline out of Israel/Palestine is: Jared Kushner arrives “in pursuit of peace.”

This is absurd. There’s silence over a crushing humanitarian and political crisis in Gaza, and an hour’s drive away, a million cameras are focused on a settlement-funder whose only “diplomatic experience” is being friends with Benjamin Netanyahu.

But I think we can work with the media to our advantage right now. Tell the NY Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief Ian Fisher to #AskKushner:

Will ending the Gaza blockade be part of your peace process?

This is wrapped up in a bigger question we shouldn’t even have to ask: What will it take for the Israeli government to respect Palestinian human rights in Gaza? The Times hasn’t been afraid to criticize Kushne before, and he shouldn’t get a pass when it comes to Palestine.

So now I want to see them ask: Would your “peace process” end the blockade of Gaza?

No matter how tenuous your trust in the mainstream media, the fact is we’re in a moment where they are responsive to pressure to ask tougher questions and give more context.

Otherwise...well, we’ve seen this story over, and over, and over again.

The US starts a peace process, which sucks up all the attention media and the general public have for the issue. And what happens happens? Israel’s control over Palestinian life deepens, Palestinians are asked to “negotiate” for human rights, and then blamed if they refuse.

One of the hardest things about working on the issue from here is that we’re so far away. Some days, it feels like there’s really so little we can do. But we do have leverage over The New YorkTimes and other media outlets.

We all need to be pressuring Kushner to answer this question: will ending the blockade of Gaza be part of your peace process?

To tweet or email such messages to the NY Times - find the links here: http://stanvanhoucke.blogspot.co.il/2017/06/jewish-voice-for-peace.html

Onward,

Naomi

Naomi Dann Media Program Manager

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7 juillet 2017 5 07 /07 /juillet /2017 08:35

UNICEF: 10 million Yemeni children need urgent help

 

 

Most children in Yemen lack medical care, adequate nutrition, fresh water, sanitation and education, UN body says.

 

About 10 million children in Yemen are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, according to UNICEF, as the country copes with the war between the Saudi-backed government forces and the Houthi rebels.

In a statement posted on its official Facebook page on Thursday, UNICEF's Yemen office said that most children in Yemen lacked basic medical care, adequate nutrition, fresh drinking water, suitable sanitation and education.

The World Food Programme said more than 17 million Yemenis do not know where their next meal will come from.

Also on Thursday, Jamie McGoldrick, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, said at a press conference in the capital Sanaa that aid groups in Yemen have pulled resources from the fight against malnutrition to battle the cholera outbreak in the country, raising risk of famine as they struggle to find funds.

"We're trying to do our best, but it's very much beyond what we can cope with," he said.

Cholera outbreak

On Wednesday, Stephane Dujarric, the UN spokesman, said the cholera outbreak that started in April has spread to Yemen's all 21 governorates.

There have been 270,000 suspected cases of cholera in Yemen and more than 1,600 deaths from the disease since late April, he said.

He said the World Health Organisation and its partners received 400 tons of medical supplies and equipment on Tuesday, including 30 ambulances and kits to treat 10,000 people in Aden and Hodeida.

Dujarric told reporters on Wednesday that WHO's partners will set up 2,350 beds at 600 points throughout Yemen to treat cholera victims with oral rehydration.

A two-year Saudi-led campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen has damaged infrastructure and caused medicine shortages in the Arab world's poorest country.

According to UN officials, more than 10,000 people have been killed in the war, while more than 11 percent of the population has been displaced as a direct result of the conflict.

 

 
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A Astana une lente mais encourageante démarche de paix
 

par Kharroubi Habib

Le format « Astana » donné à la recherche d'une solution politique négociée au conflit syrien a incontestablement permis d'encourageantes avancées sur cette voie. Cette démarche à laquelle ont souscrit les puissances parmi les plus impliquées dans le conflit syrien, en l'occurrence la Russie et l'Iran alliés du régime syrien et la Turquie en tant que celle des principaux groupes armés de la rébellion, a permis en effet l'enclenchement de négociations sur des bases excluant les préalables « non négociables » qui ont fait systématique capoter les rencontres de Genève sur la Syrie organisées sous l'égide de l'ONU.

Les parrains du format « Astana » ont fait preuve de pragmatisme en ne fixant pas d'emblée pour objectif à leur initiative la conclusion d'un accord qui mettrait fin à la crise syrienne, mais en les poussant à s'entendre sur des compromis dont la concrétisation sur le terrain créerait une situation qui permettrait d'envisager la fin de leur affrontement et alors d'avancer vers la solution politique du conflit. Il est indubitable que les « rounds » d'Astana ont produit une situation de la sorte au vu que les affrontements entre les forces du régime et celles de la rébellion qui y est partie prenante ont diminué d'intensité et que les belligérants privilégient désormais de négocier localement leurs fins quand ils persistent.

La lente mais encourageante démarche à l'œuvre à Astana n'est pas toutefois à l'abri des mauvaises interférences dont les acteurs sont les puissances pour lesquelles le conflit syrien ne peut avoir de règlement que celui qu'elles lui ont fixé dans leur agenda respectif. De ces jusqu'au-boutistes qui veulent entretenir la guerre par procuration qu'ils livrent au régime syrien à des fins n'ayant rien à voir avec la défense du peuple syrien, il faut s'attendre à ce qu'ils feront tout pour ranimer la guerre qui se déroule en Syrie. La carte dont ils disposent à cet effet est celle de ces groupes armés exclus du processus d'Astana en raison de leur nature terroriste.

Bien que les puissances impliquées dans le conflit mais absentes du processus d'Astana n'ignorent pas la nature de ces groupes, elles ne manqueront pas de prendre prétexte de leur poursuite de la guerre pour ne pas faire cas de ce qui se négocie dans la capitale du Kazakhstan. Peu leur importe en réalité que ces groupes armés soient terroristes et qu'en les soutenant elles entretiennent en fait ce fléau contre lequel elles entendent se battre sans compromis ni compromissions.

En Syrie, ce n'est pas une guerre antiterroriste que mènent l'Amérique et ses alliés régionaux et leur accointance démontrée avec des groupes terroristes le prouve. L'une et les autres sont acharnés à réaliser un agenda géopolitique répondant à leur ambition d'imposer dans ce pays et par voie de conséquence dans la région proche et moyen-orientale un ordre politique qui en permettra la concrétisation.

Il faut craindre que se voyant perdre pied en Syrie et leur projet mis en échec par les parrains du format Astana ces puissances perdent conscience qu'en tentant de reprendre la main quitte à provoquer l'élargissement du conflit qu'elles entretiennent dans ce pays, elles mettront du même coup en péril certain la paix du monde.
 
 
 
 
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Publish Date: 2017/07/05
Government hails UNESCO resolution refuting Israeli claims in Jerusalem
 
 
 

RAMALLAH, July 5, 2017 (WAFA) – The Palestinian government hailed on Wednesday a new UNESCO resolution refuting Israeli claims in occupied East Jerusalem and calling all Israeli measures there as null and void.

Government spokesman Yousef al-Mahmoud said the new resolution comes after a series of previous resolutions all of which emphasize that the Israeli narrative on Jerusalem is fabricated.

UNESCO’s World Heritage Council passed on Tuesday a resolution denouncing Israeli activity in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The Jordanian-sponsored resolution called Israel “the occupying Power” in the Old City of Jerusalem and reaffirmed previous UN resolutions denying Israel’s claims to East Jerusalem.

The resolution slammed “the failure of the Israeli occupying authorities to cease the persistent excavations, tunneling, works, projects and other illegal practices in East Jerusalem, particularly in and around the Old City of Jerusalem, which are illegal under international law.”

Al-Mahmoud called on the international community and all relevant international institutions and organizations to “enforce these decisions on the ground in order to lift injustice, oppression and domination practiced by the occupying Power against our steadfast people in the City of Jerusalem and against its Islamic and Christian holy places.”

M.N./M.K.

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Activists decry ‘Parliament’s silence’ over Israel gas deal

 
 
 
Protesting MP claims deal violates Article 33 of Jordanian Constitution
 
 

By Suzanna Goussous - Jul 04,2017 - Last updated at Jul 04,2017

 
 

Activists protest against the gas deal with Israel in front of Parliament on Tuesday (Photo by Suzanna Goussous)

 

 

AMMAN — Jordanian activists on Tuesday decried “Parliament’s silence” over the gas deal with Israel which was signed by the state-owned National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) in September last year, arguing that the deal would “reduce Jordanian investments in the country that benefit the Jordanian youth”.

As MPs met in an extraordinary session, dozens of Jordanians from several political parties and blocs gathered in front of the Parliament to protest “Parliament’s silence” on the gas deal, which has seen postponement of discussions.

“Many investments can be implemented with the money from the gas deal. We could have provided Jordanian youths with many opportunities,” Hisham Bustani, director of the National Jordanian Campaign Against the Gas Agreement with the Zionist Entity, said.

Abdelmajeed Dandees, a member of Al Wihda Popular Party, said the demonstration was to condemn the role of MPs who did not deliver the “people’s message” regarding an issue of national importance. 

“Today, we voice our anger towards this Parliament. This is part of a series of events against the gas deal and against promoting ties with Israel,” Dandees said.

The gas deal, if approved, will create further economic and political  “burdens” for the people, the activist continued. 

Mohammad Absi, head of the anti-normalisation campaign, said that, despite the previous Parliament’s rejection of the gas deal by a clear majority, the current Parliament “has been avoiding discussions of the consequences of approving the gas deal”. 

“It is not enough anymore to deal with memorandums here and there. We demand a unified, clear answer. By being silent about the gas deal with Israel, we are mortgaging the country for 15 years,” he told The Jordan Times.

Absi added: “We have reached the point where some MPs view the gas deal as a normal contract and many also justify signing the deal with the Zionist entity. We have contacted many members, but have not yet received a clear response.”

The campaign has also been contacting the Parliamentary Energy Committee. Many committee members have stated they are personally against the gas deal and its conditions, Absi said, adding they hope the committee will deliver its disapproval of the treaty to Parliament.

MP Saleh Armouti (Amman, 3rd District), who joined the demonstration, said the gas deal violates Article 33 of the Jordanian Constitution.

The article states that no treaty that involves financial commitments to the state treasury, or public or private rights of Jordanians, shall be valid unless approved by the National Assembly. The article also states that under no circumstances shall any secret terms be contained in any agreement.

Armouti told The Jordan Times that “approving the gas deal signed with Israel serves Zionist policies in the region”.

Islah (Reform) Bloc submitted a proposal to discuss the gas deal in the extraordinary session held on Tuesday, among 15 other pieces of legislation. 

He described people’s rejection of the deal as “valid”, since there are alternative energy sources from Aqaba and other areas in Jordan, as well as from Algeria and Qatar.

“Jordan imports gas from Aqaba to Egypt. We also have solar and wind energy sources. With the deal, we are funding the Zionist entity with $10 billion,” the MP told The Jordan Times, adding that “we will work towards the cancellation of this deal and the Wadi Araba Peace Treaty”.

Hanadi Dweik, of the Nationalistic Movement Party (Al Haraka Al Qawmiyyah), said MPs must not approve the deal, as it “makes the normalisation of ties more domestic and acceptable”.

NEPCO, however, previously stated that the gas deal will help save Jordan around $600 million per year.

 

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Publish Date: 2017/07/03
United Church of Christ in US votes to support Palestinian children in Israeli military detention
 

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, July 3, 2017 (WAFA) - Delegates at the 31st General Synod of the United Church of Christ in Baltimore, Maryland, voted overwhelmingly on Sunday night - 79% yes, 13% no, 9% abstain - in favor of a resolution which calls on the State of Israel to guarantee basic due process rights and exercise an absolute prohibition against torture and ill-treatment of detained Palestinian children, according to a press release.

Languishing through generations of trauma under Israeli military rule which just marked its 50th year, Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank are subject to Israeli military law which fails to ensure and, in fact, denies basic and fundamental rights.

Palestinian children, who are tried in Israeli military courts, are denied their right to a fair trial, frequently detained in solitary confinement, subjected to strip-searches, hand-ties, blind folds, physical violence, verbal abuse, intimidation, and are interrogated without a lawyer or their parents present.

International juvenile justice standards are routinely violated by Israel’s military court system. Palestinian children live in constant fear of arrest, detention, and violence at the hands of Israeli forces.

With the passage of this resolution, the United Church of Christ (UCC) calls for protection of human rights of the children of Palestine. This call is based upon longstanding theological values of protecting vulnerable children and is informed by the witness of Palestinian Christian theologians as expressed in the 2009 document Kairos Palestine – a Moment of Truth.

The resolution also cites established international law, specifically the UN Convention for the Rights of the Child, which Israel has signed.

Angelica Harter, longtime leader within United Church of Christ Palestine/Israel Network agrees, “Torture and abuse of children are totally unacceptable in any society. We must speak up as individuals and as the United Church of Christ to protest our U.S. complicity in this abuse.”

General Synod delegate Rev. Catherine Alder attests, “No child should be bound and blindfolded by Israeli military, taken in the middle of the night from his or her home, ripped from family, forced to sign a confession in a foreign language, go without legal representation or parental presence -- all actions which are against international law. This must stop now.”

One teen youth delegate testified in favor of the resolution, lamenting nighttime arrests of sleeping children. She concluded her remarks by saying, “I go to bed knowing I am safe, knowing I am protected. These children aren’t so fortunate.”

Another teen youth delegate challenged the assembly with these words: “The monetary aid which the US provides to Israel is staggeringly high, almost four billion dollars. How can we pay this amount of tax dollars to a country that values the torturous interrogation of children?”

The UCC Palestine/Israel Network (UCC PIN), drafters of the resolution, worked with many allies and interfaith partners. The resolution gained co-sponsorship from 15 UCC congregations, endorsements from over two dozen ecumenical and interfaith allies, and expressions of support and gratitude from U.S. and Palestinian partners.

“This resolution from the United Church of Christ comes at a desperately urgent moment,” said Beth Miller of No Way to Treat a Child campaign. “Palestinian children are being detained in greater numbers and suffering increasingly severe abuse at the hands of Israeli forces. In passing this call to action with a strong majority, the UCC joins a growing movement of people in the U.S. standing up and demanding a safe and just future for Palestinian children.”

The United Church of Christ stands with many ecumenical, interfaith and international partners in adopting this resolution. The UCC joins other religious and secular organizations already seeking the remedies listed and/or currently deliberating actions toward justice for Palestinian children subjected to the abuses named.

M.K.

 
 
 
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United Church of Christ in US votes to support Palestinian children in Israeli military detention
 
 
 

 

 

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, July 3, 2017 (WAFA) - Delegates at the 31st General Synod of the United Church of Christ in Baltimore, Maryland, voted overwhelmingly on Sunday night - 79% yes, 13% no, 9% abstain - in favor of a resolution which calls on the State of Israel to guarantee basic due process rights and exercise an absolute prohibition against torture and ill-treatment of detained Palestinian children, according to a press release.

Languishing through generations of trauma under Israeli military rule which just marked its 50th year, Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank are subject to Israeli military law which fails to ensure and, in fact, denies basic and fundamental rights.

Palestinian children, who are tried in Israeli military courts, are denied their right to a fair trial, frequently detained in solitary confinement, subjected to strip-searches, hand-ties, blind folds, physical violence, verbal abuse, intimidation, and are interrogated without a lawyer or their parents present.

International juvenile justice standards are routinely violated by Israel’s military court system. Palestinian children live in constant fear of arrest, detention, and violence at the hands of Israeli forces.

With the passage of this resolution, the United Church of Christ (UCC) calls for protection of human rights of the children of Palestine. This call is based upon longstanding theological values of protecting vulnerable children and is informed by the witness of Palestinian Christian theologians as expressed in the 2009 document Kairos Palestine – a Moment of Truth.

The resolution also cites established international law, specifically the UN Convention for the Rights of the Child, which Israel has signed.

Angelica Harter, longtime leader within United Church of Christ Palestine/Israel Network agrees, “Torture and abuse of children are totally unacceptable in any society. We must speak up as individuals and as the United Church of Christ to protest our U.S. complicity in this abuse.”

General Synod delegate Rev. Catherine Alder attests, “No child should be bound and blindfolded by Israeli military, taken in the middle of the night from his or her home, ripped from family, forced to sign a confession in a foreign language, go without legal representation or parental presence -- all actions which are against international law. This must stop now.”

One teen youth delegate testified in favor of the resolution, lamenting nighttime arrests of sleeping children. She concluded her remarks by saying, “I go to bed knowing I am safe, knowing I am protected. These children aren’t so fortunate.”

Another teen youth delegate challenged the assembly with these words: “The monetary aid which the US provides to Israel is staggeringly high, almost four billion dollars. How can we pay this amount of tax dollars to a country that values the torturous interrogation of children?”

The UCC Palestine/Israel Network (UCC PIN), drafters of the resolution, worked with many allies and interfaith partners. The resolution gained co-sponsorship from 15 UCC congregations, endorsements from over two dozen ecumenical and interfaith allies, and expressions of support and gratitude from U.S. and Palestinian partners.

“This resolution from the United Church of Christ comes at a desperately urgent moment,” said Beth Miller of No Way to Treat a Child campaign. “Palestinian children are being detained in greater numbers and suffering increasingly severe abuse at the hands of Israeli forces. In passing this call to action with a strong majority, the UCC joins a growing movement of people in the U.S. standing up and demanding a safe and just future for Palestinian children.”

The United Church of Christ stands with many ecumenical, interfaith and international partners in adopting this resolution. The UCC joins other religious and secular organizations already seeking the remedies listed and/or currently deliberating actions toward justice for Palestinian children subjected to the abuses named.

M.K.

 
 
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