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SMEAR MACHINE READY TO SLING MUD AGAINST ALL WHO WON’T BOW TO ISRAHELL

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Smear Machine Ready to Sling Mud Against All Who Won’t Bow to IsraelBy Michael Collins Piper

A leading critic of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) is purveying smears of “anti-Semitism” against some influential liberal groups by unfavorably comparing their stance to the nationalist, America-first point of view expressed by The Spotlight, the predecessor of AMERICAN FREE PRESS.

The liberal groups—which are closely associated with the Obama administration—are perceived, like the president and Paul, to be insufficiently supportive of Israel. Washington insiders see this as the latest effort by the Israeli lobby to undermine Obama’s already shaky support among Jewish voters.

A key propagandist involved in the affair is James Kirchik who won widespread media favor for authoring a hit piece on Paul, accusing him of purveying racism and anti-Semitism in Paul’s privately published newsletter—and, yes, attempting to “link” Paul to The Spotlight, among other supposedly horrible things.

One of a select few in the media whose writings appear in both the “liberal” New Republicand the “conservative” Weekly Standard—which, despite differences on domestic issues are otherwise vigorous advocates for Israel (and both of which published Kirchick’s attacks on Paul)—Kirchick used the forum of Israel’s daily Ha’aretz to sling his latest mud.

Describing The Spotlight as “one of the most notorious newspapers ever published in America,” and “for many years the country’s premier hate  rag,” Kirchick complained that The Spotlight charged there were high-ranking political figures who, in The Spotlight’s estimation, placed “Israel first.” Now, to Kirchick’s dismay, he claims such liberal groups as the Center for American Progress (CAP) and Media Matters for America (MMA) are echoing such terminology, which, he says, “is an indication of just how deep the rhetoric of the far right has seeped into the discourse of the mainstream left.”

In fact, what this means is that people on both the traditional “right” and “left” are getting fed up with inordinate Israeli lobby influence on American foreign policy.

The items in controversy were not even published or endorsed by CAP, but, instead, appeared on the private Internet accounts of two CAP staffers. Yet supporters of Israel cite these items in an effort to smear CAP, and, by extension, the Obama White House.

One of the CAP staffers referred to “Israel firsters”—and he has since left the CAP staff. The second “controversial” item described a member of the Senate as more loyal to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)—the lobby for Israel—than to his own constituents. Associates of CAP and MMA were also slammed for openly discussing the clout of Jewish campaign contributions in the American political process, as though such discussion was beyond the pale.

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The attacks on the liberal groups originated with Josh Block—a former AIPAC functionary—who packaged an assembly of CAP-connected writings, calling them an “outrageous vilification of pro-Israel Americans.”

The fact that CAP is—as The Washington Post has noted—“closely aligned with the White House” and “an idea generator for Obama’s Washington” is being repeatedly bandied about, to the point that it is now “complicating the president’s reelection outreach to some Jewish voters,” reflecting what another influential Washington daily, Politico, has called “Obama’s Jewish problem.” That problem is that key Jewish groups and leaders view the president to be insufficiently supportive of Israel, and their views are reverberating in the American Jewish community at large.

While—responding to the attacks—CAP declared the private writings of its staffers to be “inappropriate” and rushed to assert its own support for Israel, the Post noted that “the critics are not mollified.” The Post cited Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, who said “the language is corrosive and unacceptable” and Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, who said the statements were “anti-Semitic and borderline anti-Semitic,” adding that the ADL was concerned “this . . . think tank . . . does influence the administration.”

The Post said the controversy “could add friction to the already tense relationship between Obama and many pro-Israel Jews,” which, of course, was reflected in the recent call by a prominent figure in the Atlanta Jewish community for Israel’s intelligence service, Mossad, to assassinate the president.

On Dec. 7, 2011, The Washington Times reported that Doris Wise Montrose—the president of the Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors—charged that there was an “ongoing campaign by the White House to undermine Israel.” At the same time, Morton Klein, the president of the Zionist Organization of America, alleged evidence of “the hostility of the administration to Jews in Israel and its misplaced sympathy for Muslims and radical Muslims.”

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Michael Collins Piper is an author, journalist, lecturer and radio show host. He has spoken in Russia, Malaysia, Iran, Abu Dhabi, Japan, Canada and the U.S. He is  the author of Final JudgmentThe New JerusalemThe High Priests of WarDirty  SecretsMy First Days in the White HouseThe New BabylonShare the Wealth,  The Judas GoatsTarget: Traficant and The Golem. You can order any of these books  with a credit card by calling AFP/FAB toll free at 1-888-699-6397.

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CIA Puppet’s Al-Qaeda infiltrating Syrian opposition, U.S. officials say CIA puppets

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Members of al-Qaeda have infiltrated Syrian opposition groups, and likely executed recent bombings in the nation’s capital and largest city, the United States’ top intelligence official said Thursday.

The remarks by Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper are the most definitive to date from a senior Obama administration official on al-Qaeda’s efforts to insert itself into the Syrian uprising.

Two bombings in Damascus in December, as well as deadly attacks on security and intelligence buildings in Aleppo last week, “had all the earmarks of an al-Qaeda-like attack,” Clapper said, adding that the network’s affiliate in Iraq “is extending its reach into Syria.”

But Clapper suggested that al-Qaeda has so far not sought to call attention to its presence, and that its operatives may have slipped into groups of fighters opposed to the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Al-Qaeda extremists “have infiltrated” opposition groups that “in many cases may not be aware they are there,” Clapper said in testimony before the Senate Armed Services committee.

U.S. intelligence agencies have not detected an influx of fighters from neighboring countries into Syria, where opposition forces are fragmented and often feuding, with little indication that a leader will soon emerge, officials said.

So far there has been no “clarion call to outsiders coming in,” said Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. “We haven’t seen much of that up to this time, so basically the team that’s on the ground is playing with what it has.”

Burgess’s comments came just days after al-Qaeda leader Aymen al-Zawahiri released a video message urging fighters in Turkey, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon to mobilize against Assad.

Al-Qaeda has largely been relegated to the sidelines in a series of uprisings across the Arab world over the past year, and its affiliate in Iraq has struggled to regroup after being hunted to near extinction by Shiite militias aligned with the American military “surge.”

U.S. officials for several weeks have been saying that the bombings in Syria bore certain characteristics of previous al-Qaeda operations, but that no definitive evidence had surfaced to establish that link.

Clapper seemed to go a step farther, describing al-Qaeda’s presence among militant groups as “another disturbing phenomenon that we’ve seen.”

Clapper said that the fighting in Syria is likely to remain at a stalemate without external intervention. Assad may see no alternative to extending the crackdown against opposition groups “because of his psychological need to emulate his father,” who controlled the country for decades with a similarly ruthless approach.

Even so, U.S. intelligence agencies have seen indications that members of Assad’s inner circle are already preparing for a possible coup. “We’ve seen signs of some of the senior [leaders] in the Assad regime making contingency plans to evacuate, move families, move financial resources,” Clapper said. “To this point, they’ve held together.”

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Egypt’s Brotherhood warns US over cut-off of aid

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Muslim Brotherhood says it may review its 1979 peace deal with Israel if US cuts aid to Egypt over recent NGO dispute.

ed note–sometimes the stupidity of these people is absolutely astounding…

Of the MANY pre-planned falling dominos resulting from the ‘Arab Apring’, one of them was Egypt falling to ‘Islamists’ (such as the Muslim Brotherhood) so that relations between Egypt and Israel would break down, leading to a dissolution of the 79 peace treaty, leading to WAR between the 2 countries leading to Israel recapturing the Sinai, which she never wanted to give up, as she considers it part of Biblical Israel.

If the MB thinks it can strongarm the US into continuing with financial and military aid to Egypt, using the threat of abrogating the 79 peace treaty they are OUT TO LUNCH.

As I have said on many occasions concerning the ‘revolution’ that wasn’t, the day I see these countries kick the US out and make alliances with Russia or some other industrialized power who can subsidize them with military assistence, finished goods and financing, THEN I will concede that a real ‘revolution’ took place.

Until that time, it is just more ‘by way of deception thou shalt do war’ business.

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The 1979 peace deal is the first one which was made between an Arab state and Israel

The Muslim Brotherhood has warned that Egypt may review its 1979 peace deal with Israel if the United States cuts aid to the country, a move that could undermine a cornerstone of Washington’s Middle East policy.   Washington has said the aid is at risk due to an Egyptian probe into civil society groups that has resulted in charges against at least 43 activists, including 19 Americans who have been banned from leaving the country.   Egypt has been one of the world’s largest recipients of US aid since it signed the peace treaty with Israel, and the Muslim Brotherhood, which does not yet hold the reins of power, said any decision to cut that aid because of the investigation would raise serious questions.   “We [Egypt] are a party [to the treaty] and we will be harmed so it is our right to review the matter,” Essam el-Erian, a senior Brotherhood leader, told Reuters.   “The aid was one of the commitments of the parties that signed the peace agreement. So, if there is a breach from one side it gives the right of review to the parties,” added Erian, the deputy leader of the organization’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the biggest group in the newly elected parliament.

Increased pressure

His remarks are likely to increase pressure on all sides to resolve one of the worst crises in US-Egyptian ties since the treaty was signed.   In similar comments, FJP leader Mohamed Mursi said in a statement that US talk of halting the aid  was “misplaced”, adding that the peace agreement “could stumble”.   He said: “We want the march of peace to continue in a way that serves the interest of the Egyptian people.”   The 1979 treaty made Egypt the first Arab state to forge peace with Israel and underpinned Washington’s relationship with Cairo during Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule, during which the Brotherhood was officially banned.   The Sinai peninsula, captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war, was handed back to Egypt under the agreement, and diplomatic relations between Israel and Egypt were established.   The Muslim Brotherhood has emerged as the single biggest political force in Egypt since Mubarak was ousted a year ago, winning more than 43 per cent of the seats in recent parliamentary elections.   But, for now, Egypt is ruled by a council of military generals to whom Mubarak handed power on February 11, 2011. They are due to make way at the end of June for an elected civilian president, a post the Brotherhood has said it will not contest.   The military council has repeatedly pledged to honour Egypt’s international obligations, including the peace deal with Israel, a position the Brotherhood has shared until now.   The group has become increasingly outspoken on foreign policy since its parliamentary success, directing harsh criticism at Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government over its efforts to crush a revolt against his rule.   NGO issue

In his annual budget message to the US Congress this week, President Barack Obama asked for military aid to Egypt to be kept at $1.3bn and sought $250m in economic aid.   But General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Tuesday he had told Egypt’s ruling generals that the NGO issue must be resolved satisfactorily to allow military cooperation with Cairo to continue.   A State Department spokeswoman also said that failure to resolve the impasse could endanger the funds.   Charges filed against those accused in the investigation include that they worked for groups not properly licensed in Egypt and received foreign funding illegally.   The Egyptian government has said the case is a matter of law.   But Egyptian NGOs accused the authorities on Wednesday of mounting a scare campaign aimed at deflecting attention from what they said was the failure of the army-led administration.   The 29 NGOs issued a statement accusing the authorities of “creating imaginary battles with other states”.   Tensions were further inflamed with the release of remarks made last year by Minister of International Cooperation Fayza Abul Naga in which she linked US funding to civil society to an American plot to undermine Egypt.

She spoke of what she called an attempt to steer the post-Mubarak transition in “a direction that realized American and Israeli interests”.   The rise of Islamist groups since Mubarak was ousted has caused deep concern in Israel. Despite their worries, Israeli officials do not believe the next president of Egypt will tear up the peace treaty.   A cleric seen as close to the Brotherhood said in an interview published on Wednesday that Egypt could not risk any military confrontation with Israel, adding that the country’s main concern must be its economic problems.   “Egypt cannot enter a struggle in the military sense and leave the affairs of building on the internal front,” Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian who lives in Qatar, told Shorouk newspaper.

“Now the citizens cannot remain without work.”

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  1. #1 by Ingrid B on February 18, 2012 – 5:55 am

    why do I get the distinct impression that any treaty, or agreement, with the parasites, which has the word “peace” in the title, is completely worthless..

  2. #2 by Adalberto Erazo on February 18, 2012 – 6:15 pm

    You are totally right Mark. Way too much stupidity going on as they are walking right into a trap.Maybe someone should send Sheikh Imran Hosein videos to these people. Here’s a new video fresh from the oven.

  3. #3 by Naeem on February 18, 2012 – 6:41 pm

    I guess the MB a bunch of capitalists who parade as muslims. Its time for the Mb to give the middle finger for the aid and enter an alliance with muslims countries i.e iran, pakistan, turkey, tunisia and maybe russia china. Sticking with the west will be your downfall

  4. #4 by ruby22shoes on February 18, 2012 – 7:01 pm

    Ingrid you get that impression because the parasites never honor a treaty, a pledge, a la Kol Nidre.
    (sic)
    IMho the Egyptians would be better off forsaking US ‘aid’ and if they’re daring enough to destroy any relationship with the scourge of the Middle East.

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Dorothy Online Newsletter

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Dear Friends,

 

What a distressing day.  Khader Adnan’s case made some radio news programs today, but with lies.  One member of the Knesset (I don’t remember who) got on his high horse and said that Adnan is a terrorist, and that he would rather have him die in captivity than to have Israelis die because he is free.  Fortunately,  this was countered by another MK (from the Hadash party),  Mohammad Barakeh, who correctly pointed out that Adnan had not been charged with terrorism, and in fact had not been charged at all. And that this was the problem.  Nor has Adnan a history of violence.  The most that can be said of him, so far as I have been able to determine, is that he is the spokesperson for an organization that Israel does not like: the Palestine Islamic Jihad, which is a militant group, but Adnan has not been accused of violence.  Nevertheless, most Israelis who heard the exchange on the radio will believe the MK who accused Adnan of being a terrorist.  And then, tonight, to read that the Israeli High Court (I dare not say ‘of justice’) will not consider his case before Thursday—as if the man has all the time in the world to live.

Well, to the business below.  I apologize for sending 11 items.  The final one is an action request, and is urgent, so please don’t skip it.  It’s at the bottom, first because I saw it only after I’d had everything organized, and second because it’s easy to find there.

 

The initial item is ‘Today in Palestine,’ and heads the rest because its first category is about Khader Adnan, and there are quite a number of items on him there.  Item 2 that follows is an interview with his wife, which was not included among the other items there, apparently because it came too late.  Will probably be in tomorrow’s ‘Today.’

 

Item 3 informs us that West Bank outposts are spreading into area B—an area that is under Palestinian control, except for security which is supposedly under joint Israeli and Palestinian control (but in fact Israel controls it all).  The Oslo Accords divided the West Bank into 3 areas—A, which is theoretically under full Palestinian control (this includes the major Palestinian cities), B under joint control, and C, which is under full Israeli control.  In reality, Israel rules the entire roost throughout.

 

Item 4 reports that the energy crisis in Gaza is worsening.

 

Item 5 brings positive news: the Presbyterians are considering divesting from 3 major companies that profit from the occupation.

 

Item 6 requests that we act in support of Palestinian rights to water and sanitation, and recommends means of support.

 

Item 7 is also positive—“Negev uprooting—the Pressure is Working,” meaning that there has been a 4-day postponement of allowing objections to kicking the Bedouin out from their homes in the Negev The pressure is working! Please continue to send objections.

 

Item 8 is also an action request: ‘Join the BDS Global Day of Action on 30 March, 2012’

 

Item 9 discovers that ‘Israel’s patriots no longer are interested in a liberal society.’  Were they ever?  If so, liberal for whom?

 

Item 10 is a longish thought provoking commentary by Jeff Halper.  I’ve long supported a single state with a separation of state from religion, and where every citizen regardless of religion, ethnicity, color has equal rights.  Jeff has now also realized that two states there won’t be.  I like his approach—“The end of the ‘two-state solution’ is the beginning of a more just future.”  I agree.  Jeff leaves a bi-national state as one of several options.  I suppose I’d accept it, if that was what was settled on, but my feeling is that bi-national only leaves the door open to further bickering about who really controls what.  Hopefully we’ll end up with a single democratic state.

 

Item 11, as I said, is an urgent action request, so you might want to start by reading it first.

 

All the best,

 

Dorothy

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1 Today in Palestine

February 19, 2012

 

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/f_shadi/message/3407

 

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2 Randa Adnan: ‘I still have hope’

 

The wife of Khader Adnan speaks out over the detention that forced him to lapse into an increasingly dire hunger strike.

 

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2012/02/201221984424541461.html

 

Omar Rahman Last Modified: 19 Feb 2012 14:01

 

Khader Adnan has been on hunger strike for more than two months in protest at his detention in Israel [EPA]

 

Arrabeh, occupied Palestinian territories – Randa Adnan panics every time the phone rings, and these days it never seems to stop. For now, it is mostly journalists, family, friends and supporters asking about her husband, Khader, who lies shackled by his hands and feet to a hospital bed in Israel, while his body wastes away.

 

Through sixty-four days of a hunger strike, the longest in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Randa Adnan has only been allowed to visit her husband twice, for a total of an hour, and each time surrounded by armed guards.

 

She speaks in a rush, a slight desperation in her otherwise resolute voice, as if time is running out and she must finish what she has to say before it is too late. Her two young daughters hang off her, demanding much of a woman who is dealing with a problem they do not fully comprehend.

 

“How can I tell my girls that they cannot bring sandwiches and juice to their father in the hospital,” she says, holding four-year-old Maali in her arms, who has the blue eyes of her father. The first time Maali visited the hospital with her mother she did not speak, hardly recognising the emaciated man that lay on the bed calling her name. Now she wakes up at night often, her mother says, crying out for her dad.

 

Hundreds of Palestinians join hunger strike

 

Hunger as protest

 

Khader Adnan was arrested by Israeli soldiers in the middle of the night on December 17, while at his home in the Palestinian village of Arrabeh on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Jenin. After eighteen days of interrogation – during which time 33-year-old Adnan says that he was tortured and humiliated by agents of Israel’s domestic security forces – he was imprisoned without charge or trial in what is called “administrative detention”. There are currently more than 300 Palestinians being held in administrative detention by Israel, without charge or trial, for renewable periods of six months, without any way of defending themselves.

 

“What makes the situation even worse,” says Abeer Baker, a member of the Law Faculty at Haifa University and head of the Legal Clinic on Prisoner’s Rights, “is the idea that these people have either no evidence, or no clear evidence, against them. They are not incriminated, because usually the army fails to bring any evidence. The proceedings are all secret. It is enough that the army comes and says they have evidence, or classified evidence.”

 

In order to protest his treatment, Adnan went on hunger strike the day after his arrest, a tactic he has used with success in the past and one common among Palestinian prisoners. During a previous incarceration, after an extended period of being in solitary confinement, Adnan went on hunger strike for twenty-eight days until the Israeli prison authorities put him back with other inmates.

 

In a letter released by his lawyers, Adnan addressed these words to the Palestinian people: “I starve myself for you to remain. I die for you to live. Stay with the revolution.”

 

“The Israeli occupation has gone to extremes against our people, especially prisoners. I have been humiliated, beaten, and harassed by interrogators for no reason, and thus I swore to God I would fight the policy of administrative detention to which I and hundreds of my fellow prisoners fell prey.”

 

A life of hardship

 

Randa heard about her husband’s decision from a lawyer on the second day of the hunger strike. At first she was not fully worried, but knew deep down that once he made a decision he would never backtrack. By the thirtieth day, she had become frightened and the possibility that this act of resistance might go all the way finally began to set in.

 

Khader Adnan had been arrested five times before he was married to Randa and three times since, largely for his political affiliation with the militant faction, Islamic Jihad. Over the years he rose to become their spokesperson in the West Bank, but was never active in their military wing, his family says, nor was he ever charged for such by Israel. At the time of his most recent arrest he was no longer an active spokesman but the Israelis, and even the Palestinian Authority, had continued to harass him with periodic detention.

 

“When I married him I knew I should expect anything. I am proud of him whether he is under the ground or above it.”

 

– Randa Adnan

 

Before they married in 2005, Khader Adnan sat Randa down and explained to her the perilous future that would lie ahead if she married him.

 

“He told me that his life was not normal, that he might be around for 15 days and then be gone again for a long time. But I always dreamt of marrying someone strong, someone who struggles in defence of his country,” she said. “When I married him I knew I should expect anything. I am proud of him whether he is under the ground or above it.”

 

Since his hunger strike began Randa has become the reluctant spokesperson of his cause, fielding telephone calls and interviews all day long.

 

“It is twenty-four hours,” she says. “I have a duty to respond to the media because this is how we can support him. In the past he was in the media and I was always standing behind him. Now I am the spokesperson, which is very difficult for me. I don’t have these kinds of skills.”

 

Sources of support

 

Randa is also five months pregnant, and has guests coming in and out of the house constantly. During our interview we were interrupted by an older woman who has three sons currently in Israeli prisons. As a woman of experience, she has come to be with Randa in her time of need.

 

Her mother and father-in-law, from whom she says Khader got his strength, live in the same house and are a source of support. Adnan’s father, Adnan Muhammad Musa, who dons traditional Palestinian attire, is friendly and welcoming. When he speaks about his son he becomes choked up with emotion.

 

“I told him that he was successful delievering his message to the world and that he should come home.”

 

– Adnan Muhammad Musa

 

 

“I told him [in the hospital] that he was successful delivering his message to the world and that he should come home,” he says, but Khader Adnan admonished his father for trying to get his son to betray his principles.

 

“President Mahmoud Abbas and Khaled Meshaal [the political leader of Hamas] should have mentioned Khader Adnan in the [reconciliation agreement recently signed] in Qatar,” adds his father, bringing up the high-profile deal agreed between the competing Palestinian factions.

 

A dire situation

 

The response to Khader Adnan’s protest within Palestinian society has come very late and without the type of force some might have expected. In a society where the people are used to the funeral of the martyr, the slow death of Khader Adnan is something of an anomaly.

 

A little over a week ago small protests began in front of Israel’s Ofer Prison, located near the West Bank city of Ramallah. The protests spread to other locales in the occupied territories and abroad, but for the most part have been marginal. Everyone is talking about it, but very few seem willing to show their support by taking to the streets.

 

The exception has been a group of social media activists in Ramallah that have made Khader Adnan their cause célèbre, elevating his profile via networking sites such as Twitter. Over the past four days they have caused variations of his name to trend worldwide on several occasions, no small achievement on a forum that usually gives such honours to celebrity gossip.

 

The lack of action in response to Khader Adnan’s case is indicative of many changes in Palestinian society since the end of the second intifada. The increase in partisanship and political division has eroded general solidarity, even over the once unanimous issue of prisoners. Those who support Fatah may be less likely to rally for a member of Islamic Jihad, such as Khader Adnan.

 

The second is the Palestinian Authority’s desire to deal with Israel behind closed doors. Fatah, the ruling party of the PA in the West Bank, has become reluctant to take anything into the street for fear of it getting beyond their control.

 

Indeed, even Islamic Jihad, the party of Khader Adnan, has failed to bring its people out in support of the hunger striker. Randa says that they are still helping, talking to the Egyptian Intelligence service to help negotiate a deal with Israel, but the silence is noticeable.

 

“I know the difficult time is yet to come,” says Randa. “His medical situation will deteriorate. It is hard to recover after this point. The doctors have told me that he could have a heart attack at any moment.”

 

“I still have hope that he will be released and come back home healthy,” she says wearily, although later she admits that the reality of the situation is dire.

 

“When asked what she will tell the child about his father, she answered: ‘I will tell him that his father was a hero’.”

 

– Randa Adnan

 

She recollects the first question he asked when she was able to visit him on the 56th day of his hunger strike.

 

“He asked me how the baby was doing, and at that exact moment the baby kicked inside of me,” she says. They both believe it will be a boy. “I felt like it was a sign.”

 

When asked what she will tell the child about his father, she answered: “I will tell him that his father was a hero.”

 

Follow Omar Rahman on Twitter: @OmarRahman. Abir Kopty also contributed to this article.

 

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that officials at Egypt’s Al-Azhar institution had issued a fatwa condemning the hunger strike. Our apologies for the error.

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

 

West Bank outposts spreading into Area B, in violation of Oslo Accords

Area B is defined as land under Palestinian civil control and Israeli military control, according to Oslo Accords

 

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/west-bank-outposts-spreading-into-area-b-in-violation-of-oslo-accords-1.413655

 

By Akiva Eldar

Tags: Palestinians West Bank Israel settlers Israel settlements settlement building Oslo accords

Settlers from West Bank outposts have taken control of land in Area B and are thus in breach of the 1995 Oslo agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, says Dror Etkes, an anti-settlement activist. Area B was defined in the Oslo Accords as land under Palestinian civil control and Israeli military control.

 

According to Etkes, who has monitored the settlements for years, the takeover of land in Area B is a combination of unbridled thievery by settlers and impotence on the part of the Israeli authorities. He says the Israeli side has turned the West Bank into an area where the strongest dominates.

 

 

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Etkes says an aerial photo shows that Israel has violated the agreement signed in Washington in September 1995. One clause states: “All civil powers and responsibilities, including planning and zoning, in Areas A and B set out in Annex III, will be transferred to and assumed by the Council [the Palestinian government] during the first phase of redeployment.”

 

Etkes found that the outpost of Amona, overlooking the settlement of Ofra in the northern West Bank, has spread hundreds of dunams into Area B. Roads have been built around the eastern side of the outpost on privately owned Palestinian land.

 

According to Etkes, vineyards have been planted on land owned by Palestinians, whose access to the land has been blocked. For security reasons, Palestinians from nearby villages are not allowed access to thousands more dunams, some of which are in Area B, he adds.

 

A few years ago settlers began developing the Ain al-Alya spring for tourism. This is south of Ofra, deep in Area B on land belonging to the village of Deir Dibwan. The settlers changed the name of the spring to Ein Erez.

 

Near Itamar, also in the northern West Bank, settlers took over a 93-dunam (23-acre ) piece of land, part of the Palestinian village of Yanun in Area B. According to Etkes, access is denied Palestinians to other large areas near Itamar that are also defined as Area B. For example, a few years ago, development began around another spring, Ain Umm al-Jareb; its name was changed to Ein Neria. Settlers do not allow Palestinians near the olive groves next to the spring, Etkes says.

 

Southeast of the settlement of Yitzhar, the aerial photo identified a cultivated area of only five dunams penetrating into Area B. But Etkes says access is also prevented into large areas belonging to the villages of Awarta and Einabus in Area B due to their proximity to Yitzhar.

 

Near the outposts of Esh Kodesh and Mitzpeh Ahiya east of Shiloh, settlers have taken over about 100 dunams of agricultural land belonging to the Haj Mahmoud family, much of whose land is in Area B. Settlers from the outposts have planted vineyards in one area and have planted other crops in another, according to a petition to be submitted this week to the High Court of Justice.

 

Family members, who are being represented by Rabbis for Human Rights, say the settlers use threats and violence to keep them from their land and have even shot at them. The family says the Israeli security forces are not enforcing the law and the Civil Administration is not protecting the family’s right to the land, even though it is in Area B.

 

The petition also states that the settlers are benefiting economically from the land, on which they herd animals and plant crops, and that these activities are preventing the petitioners from earning a livelihood. According to the law, these actions constitute possession of the land. If the original owners do not work the land for 10 years, ownership goes to whoever has been working it during that time.

 

Etkes also documented construction by members of the Ma’aleh Rehavam outpost in a nature reserve; the reserve was set up by the Wye River Memorandum signed by Yasser Arafat and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in May 1998. But the settlers have put up buildings to expand the outpost in recent years.

 

Officials in the Civil Administration said they do not have enough personnel to monitor every encroachment by settlers into Area B and to enforce the law.

 

But according to a report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs six months ago, the Civil Administration very strictly enforces the law against illegal construction by Palestinians in Area C, over which Israel retains full control. The report states: “Clear patterns are occurring in the Area C communities visited, with residents being forced to move in order to meet their basic needs.”

 

In 10 of the 13 communities visited, the UN investigators documented cases of families who left their homes. According to the report, residents are moving to Areas A and B, as well as to other parts of Area C because planning by the Israeli authorities makes it impossible for Palestinians to obtain a construction permit. In many cases, the report says, Palestinians leave their communities because of violence by settlers, demolition of houses and difficulty in accessing services and resources.

 

During the first six months of 2011, the UN agency documented 342 demolitions of Palestinian-owned structures, including 125 residential structures. This is almost five times the number of structures demolished during the same period in 2010. The number of people displaced also increased by around five times during the same period.

 

The report states that while the Civil Administration was unable to prepare plans for Palestinian communities, it approved detailed plans for almost all the settlements. According to the report, settlers are members of Civil Administration committees dealing with planning for Palestinian communities, “raising concerns over conflicts of interest.”

 

“Current planning practices have contributed to the expansion of Israeli settlement in contravention of international law,” the report states.

 

The Civil Administration responded that in two cases, the encroachment claims were known and were being handled “under a procedure governing land disputes.” On the other claims, the Civil Administration said: “No complaints have been filed by Palestinians, and the cases will be investigated if need be. The government’s coordination of activities in the territories through the Civil Administration will continue professionally and devotedly to enforce [regulations on] illegal construction in Judea and Samaria and illegal encroachment of land.

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4  Ynet Sunday, February 19, 2012

Energy crisis in Gaza Strip deepens

Egypt stops smuggling of fuel into Gaza Strip resulting in semi-shutdown of Gaza power station. Palestinians refuse Israeli oil deal offer

 

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4191409,00.html

 

Elior Levy Published:  02.18.12, 22:49 / Israel News

 

 

Gaza is suffering a major energy crisis. Since Tuesday and in the midst of plummeting temperatures Gaza’s power station has been operating for only several hours a day, as locals are subjected to power cuts lasting as many as 12 hours a day.

 

Israel has recently approached senior officials in the Palestinian Authority offering to sell the PA enough diesel oil to keep the power plant operating, but the Palestinians are refusing, Ynet learned.

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Presbyterians Consider Divesting From Select Companies In Israel

 

Jaweed Kaleem 

Feb 17, 2012 02:26 PM EST

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2012/02/17/israel-divestment-campaign_n_1285217.html

 

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A major body within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted Friday to recommend that the church vote to stop investing in three companies “until they have ceased profiting from non-peaceful activities in Israel-Palestine.”

The vote proposed by the General Assembly Mission Council on whether to continue investing in the corporations — Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions and Hewlett-Packard — will happen at the church’s General Assembly, a national meeting of church leaders that will take place in late June and early July in Pittsburgh. The assembly meets every two years.

“We have run out of hope that these companies are willing to change their corporate practices [in Israel-Palestine],” said the Rev. Brian Ellison, a pastor from Kansas City who is chair of the national church’s Mission Responsibility Through Investment Committee. “We have made diligent effort to engage in conversation. We’d like to do more, to make progress, but substantial change does not seem possible.” Ellison said the denomination has “significant” investments in the corporations.

He said his committee is targeting Caterpillar because their bulldozers have been used in the demolition of Palestinian homes and in the building of the Israeli West Bank barrier. The group wants divestment from Motorola Solutions because it says the company’s communication technologies are used by Israeli forces, while it recommends divestment from Hewlett-Packard because it says the company’s products have been used by the Israeli Navy to coordinate its blockage of the Gaza Strip. Ellison said HP also provides biometric scanners used at checkpoints.

The committee’s job is to implement the two million-member church’s policies on socially responsible giving. A document on the church’s website indicates the denomination currently has rules against investing in dozens of companies that are involved in military-related products, tobacco or human rights violations.

Caterpillar representatives have said previously that its bulldozers are given to Israel in accordance with U.S. government policy through the federal Foreign Military Sales program.

Tama McWhinney, a spokeswoman for Motorola Solutions, would not directly address the allegations against the company, but told The Huffington Post that it has “a comprehensive set of policies and procedures that address human rights” to “ensure that our operations worldwide are conducted using the highest standards of integrity and ethical business conduct.”

A Hewlett-Packard representative did not reply to a request for comment.

The move by the Presbyterian committee has attracted strong criticism from Jewish groups, such as the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and the Israel Action Network, an effort of the The Jewish Federations of North America.

“We are profoundly disappointed by the General Assembly Mission Council’s decision to recommend this report,” Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, said in a statement. “Neither peace nor the long friendship between our two communities is served by this action. It is tragic that national Presbyterian leaders are making the delegitimization of Israel a public witness of their church. Once again, we turn to our friends who will gather in the church’s General Assembly this summer to find a path towards peace rather than dissension. The proposed resolution drives a wedge between our two communities, frustrates interfaith cooperation and undermines our joint efforts to pursue social justice.”

The United Methodist Church will also vote at its General Conference, which happens in late April and early May in Tampa, on divesting for similar reasons from the three corporations. The move by Presbyterians and Methodists follow failed attempts in other Protestant denominations, including the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the United Church of Christ and the Episcopal Church, to divest from Israel.

This article has been updated to reflect updated data about the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s amount of investments and its position regarding Israeli divestment campaigns.


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SHARED ‘Take action in support of Palestinian rights to water and sanitation!

http://gazasolidarity.blogspot.com/2012/02/thirsting-for-justice-calls-for-flash.html
The Thirsting for Justice campaign calls on you to take part in a Global Flash Mob in city squares around the world on the occasion of World Water Day (22 March, 2012). This is an opportunity to educate the public about the daily violations of Palestinian rights to water and sanitation and to call on your government to push for… accountability for these violations until Israel complies with its legal obligations as an Occupying Power.

An example of a recent flash mob can be found http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDnWgbP50mE&utm_source=EWASH&utm_campaign=111d0de24e-Newsletter_110_19_2011&utm_medium=email.

Participants can develop their own concept with support from the Thirsting for Justice Team or choose one of the following scenarios:

– Palestinians carrying empty jerry cans standing in line on a Israeli checkpoint to symbolize Israeli restrictions on Palestinian access to water; words like “hope” or “justice” can be written on each jerry can, to express the aspirations of the Palestinian people.

– A crowd, representing Palestinians from Gaza, carrying bottles filled with dirty water, acting as if drinking it and falling sick. The crowd should be confined to a limited space to symbolize the Israeli blockade on Gaza.

– A water cistern (represented by a box) about to be smashed to pieces by army officers, while people, representing Palestinian villagers, watch helplessly. This is to symbolize the ongoing destruction of water and sanitation infrastructure by the Israeli military in the West Bank. Villagers use cisterns to store water used for domestic consumption and livelihoods.

For each of these suggestions, participants are encouraged to carry banners that will explain the context of the scene. Register and send us your flash mob videos by writing an e-mail to info@thirstingforjustice.org.

Let´s make the flash mob videos go viral!’

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Flashmob Palestine 2012, Birmingham University. Tuesday 24th January 2012

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From: Alice Jay – Avaaz.org [mailto:avaaz@avaaz.org]
Sent: יום א 19 פברואר 2012 12:26
Subject: Negev uprooting: the pressure is working!

 

The pressure is working! The government has postponed the deadline for public objections to the bill that would uproot 30,000 Bedouins. Let’s use the extra time to bury this shameful bill for good: add your name now and forward this message to everyone you know!

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Dear friends around Israel,

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We only have 4 days to stop a government bill that would drive over 30 thousand Bedouins from their homesand confiscate their lands in the Negev. The government allows the public to comment on the bill till this weekend — Let’s flood it with opposition to halt this shameful discrimination! Click to send your direct message to the government:

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We only have 4 days to stop a government bill that would drive over 30 thousand Bedouins from their homes and confiscate their land in the Negev.

The Bedouin community is fighting this disgraceful discrimination, but they need our help. Here’s our chance — the government has set up a public consultation on the plan — if we flood it with opposition we can halt this shameful marginalization.

We have to act fast — the government only allows submissions until the end of this week. Let’s stand with our Bedouin sisters and brothers now and inundate the system with our rejection of the plan. Click below to submit your public comment directly to Minister Begin and forward this to everyone you know:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_bedouin_uprooting/?vl

The Prawer Plan claims to regulate the Bedouin residence in the Negev. But in fact it will confiscate their lands, and force the bedouins, which are 30% of the Negev population, to crowd in only 1% of the land – a U turn from a former recommendation to the government to recognize the 35 unrecognized bedouin villages in the Negev. The communities are already suffering without proper infrastructure, electricity and water and this plan will only perpetuate the severe discrimination of Israel’s most marginalized community. 

The plan was devised and approved by the government without any involvement of Bedouin representatives — they are being treated as a security hazard and not as citizens with equal rights. Now is our only chance to influence this outrageous plan, before it will be brought to the Knesset table. Click below now to send a direct message to Minister Begin who is in charge of of the plan and make sure the public outrage is heard:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_bedouin_uprooting/?vl

The Bedouin community has been fighting this plan for months, but this is an attack on basic citizen’s rights and is a threat to all of us. Let’s use the formal government consultation to crush this attempt to legalize discrimination. It is time to join the Bedouin call for social justice for all and prove that the spirit and solidarity of the summer protest is alive and kicking.

With hope and determination,

Raluca in Israel, alice and the whole Avaaz team

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MORE INFORMATION

ACRI calls the government to halt the Prawer plan
Bahrain doctors to be tried for helping protesters
http://www.acri.org.il/en/2011/09/01/acri-calls-on-government-to-halt-prawer-plan-on-bedouin-issues/

Principles for Arranging Recognition of Bedouin Villages in the Negev- position paper by Bimkom, ACRI and Regional Council of Unrecognized Bedouin Villages
http://www.acri.org.il/en/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Prawer-Policy-Paper-May2011.pdf

Bedouin protest relocation plans, Village receives eviction notice – 972 Magazine
http://972mag.com/bedouin-protest-israels-relocation-plans-village-receives-notice-of-imminent-eviction/29578/

Goldberg Committee: Gov’t should formally recognize Bedouin villages in the Negev – Ha’aretz
http://www.haaretz.com/news/committee-gov-t-should-formally-recognize-bedouin-villages-in-negev-1.259322

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Commemorating Palestinian Land Day: Join the BDS Global Day of Action on 30 March 2012!

Posted on February 10, 2012 by Palestinian BDS National Committee

 

Commemorating Land Day, the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) invites people of conscience around the world to unite for a BDS Global Day of Action on 30 March 2012 in solidarity with the Palestinian people’s struggle for freedom, justice and equality and for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it fully complies with its obligations under international law.

Let’s showcase our BDS successes through creative actions and media efforts and mobilize for the World Social Forum Free Palestine in November 2012.

First launched at the World Social Forum in 2009, the BDS Global Day of Action on 30 March coincides with Palestinian Land Day, initiated in 1976, when Israeli security forces shot and killed six Palestinian citizens of Israel and injured many in an attempt to crush popular protest against ongoing theft of Palestinian-owned land. Thirty-six years on, Israel continues to entrench its regime of occupation, colonization and apartheid and intensify its grave violations of the basic rights of Palestinians everywhere, whether those living under occupation, citizens of Israel, or the majority of the Palestinians, the refugees.

In the past year we have continued to witness a historic outburst of people power motivated by the desire for justice and freedom from tyranny and corporate greed. There is renewed belief in popular struggles as a means to achieve human emancipation and empowerment. Ordinary people have bravely stood up to the decades-old regimes of the Arab region, overcoming their fears and challenging their longstanding subjugation. Largely inspired by the Arab popular upheavals and earlier, similar uprisings across Latin America, people across the world have vocally “occupied” the centers of corporate exploitation or otherwise mobilized to demand social justice and an end to devastating wars. The ‘Arab Spring’ has given new impetus to the ongoing struggle against imperial hegemony in the global south and a new reach for the alternatives to neoliberalism. The global 99% are further uniting and connecting their struggles for justice, rights and dignity.

In this spirit of shared struggle, we invite Palestine solidarity activists and all those active in social justice and human rights causes worldwide to use this day of action to launch a far reaching mobilization effort towards the upcoming World Social Forum Free Palestine to be held in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in November 2012 and to take action to highlight and develop the key campaigns of our global movement.

The Forum will provide a unique space for discussion of a unified global strategy to uphold the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including the right to self-determination and end Israeli violations of international law.

Ideas for action

The BDS Global Day of Action is an opportunity to showcase the achievements of our diverse and global movement through visible and creative actions. The BNC calls on supporters of Palestinian rights to focus on developing thoroughly researched, broad based and strategic BDS campaigns that are based on the three operational principles of the movement: context-sensitivity, gradualness and sustainability.  Developing such a long-term vision is essential for the growth and sustainable success of the movement.

With these criteria in mind, the BNC suggests the following forms of action for this BDS Global Day of Action:

1. Organize a visible and creative protest, flash mob or action that promotes an existing long-term campaign to a new audience;

2. Prepare outreach meetings or events or media initiatives that seek to bring BDS to new audiences;

3. Launch mobilization initiatives for the WSF Free Palestine, to be held in late November in Port Alegre, Brazil. Consider announcing the formation of national, regional or sector mobilizing committees and to start public and media outreach. The mobilizing committees for the WSF Free Palestine serve to mobilize and to discuss how to use this opportunity to strengthen local solidarity efforts and provide them with global reach and exposure. More information here.

4. Where possible, use the Global BDS Day of Action as a launching pad for new BDS campaign initiatives;

5. Call on governments to implement incremental sanctions against Israel, by heeding the call from Palestinian civil society for a military embargo on Israel or by suspending free trade agreements or other agreements;

6. Publicize, promote and make use of the recently published report issued by EU heads of mission to occupied Jerusalem calling for preventing and discouraging “financial transactions in support of [Israeli] settlement activity.” This can be accurately interpreted as a call for a ban on colonial settlement products from entering the EU market and for effective measures against all actors implicated in Israel’s colonization of East Jerusalem and the rest of the OPT.

Join the BDS Global Day of Action on Land Day, 30 March 2012!

For information on how to join this global event and how to develop ongoing BDS action in your country, organization and network, please contact the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) at: bdsdayofaction@bdsmovement.net.

We’ll be highlighting all of the day’s actions on the bdsmovement.net website, so please send any information about planned actions ahead of time to bdsdayofaction@bdsmovement.net.

On the day itself, let’s all use Twitter hashtag #bds to promote our actions and don’t forget to follow @bdsmovement to follow the action as it unfolds!

For further inspiration:

BDS Global Day of Action 2011 press release

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In Jerusalem, the Nakba is a fresh memory

Feb 18, 2012

Philip Weiss

Palestinian mansion in Jerusalem seized during Nakba
A Palestinian mansion in Jerusalem seized during the Nakba

My first day in Jerusalem, I discovered that my roommate in the institute where I stay is a Palestinian-American scholar I’d met 5 years ago in New York. He made me tea and we sat outside in the sun, and he described the explosive feelings of finding his great-grandfather’s grave that day and about filming his father’s former house in West Jerusalem so as to share it with his father overseas.

That night I went to dinner at a good friend’s house here in East Jerusalem. His mother told me a story about visiting the house she had grown up in a few miles away in West Jerusalem with an Australian film crew, and being scolded by the house’s present owner—no Palestinians ever lived there. She pressed the address on me, and asked me to visit for her.

Her son had got out cognac, and he wanted to show me a video. He grabbed the remote and put on a youtube of Marlon Brando’s 1973 Oscar for the Godfather—when Sacheen Littlefeather in Apache dress declined the award on Brando’s behalf because of Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans. (You can watch it here.) “Isn’t that cool?” he said.

I always find Nakba consciousness shocking. Though I’ve written about the conflict for several years, I still have little sense of the Nakba in all its emotional and spiritual weight. Then I come here and I’m reminded that it is a living memory and huge historical burden– made more burdensome by the fact that no one in the official west recognizes it. While for Palestinians, it is the event that defines their experience.

Yesterday, reflecting that I know little about Palestinian history, I picked up the late Shafiq Al-Hout’s book My Life in the PLO, published last year, and had only gotten to the second paragraph when the Nakba entered: “There is no precedent in history for what Zionism inflicted on Palestine and the Palestinians… Any group of human beings which experiences a crime on this scale, and lives to tell the tale, is left with marks and scars which are hard to ignore and impossible to forget.”

Or as Ali Abunimah said at the Penn BDS Conference 2 weeks back, he feels urgency about the conflict because his parents’ generation, the generation that experienced the Nakba, is beginning to die out without seeing even a shadow of justice.

I’m not talking about the politics of the conflict, I’m talking about the spiritual truth of it. When I hear these stories, I always think about how I would have responded, or my parents, to being thrown out of our town. And even if the next generation in our family achieved high education in the States–well that experience would still define our lives, we would want to go back. And our community would embrace a policy of resistance to whatever state now existed there.

You can say, well that is the Palestinian narrative, and of course it is. You can say that 1948 has been made more resonant because of the failure of the 1967-based peace process. I guess that is true, too. But until the Nakba is widely acknowledged there will be no way forward in this conflict.

The United States is thoroughly engaged in the business of Nakba denial. When Robert Kaplan writes in The Arabists that the formation of Israel was a great liberal achievement, he demonstrates blindness to non-Jewish suffering. This view– or non-view– is widely shared in the United States establishment, It guaranteed that the United States would do nothing about the refugee issue in the 50s and 60s when the world said they must return. And today the blind insist on describing all forms of violent resistance to occupation as terrorism when god only knows what Americans would do if they were forced out of their homes and into the hills. We saw the same blindness about Israel’s righteous birth when Walt and Mearsheimer wrote that the foundation of the state of Israel involved questionable moral undertakings. The statement was landed on as proof of the authors’ alleged anti-semitism.

Overcoming these attitudes in the States is a Jewish assignment. Before the Penn BDS conference earlier this month, the Jewish Federations held an anti-boycott meeting, at which Alan Dershowitz reportedly told a young Jew who asked, But didn’t we throw them out of their houses, that this was not true. The land was barren, and the displacement of the peasants was only what any other country has done to get itself up on its feet.

Dershowitz is involved in Nakba denial, and the youth is involved in Nakba inquiry.

It took Americans 30 years to begin to come to terms with the Holocaust. It is taking more than 60 to grapple with the Nakba. But things are changing, and before long we will study the Nakba’s connection to the Holocaust and colonialism, and to pogroms and Jewish landlessness. Nakba studies will become a field of Jewish inquiry, in Hebrew schools, in synagogues and in universities. There is no other way. Some memories are ineradicable.

Checkpoint snapshot

Feb 18, 2012

Omar Barakat

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A boy waiting to cross an Israeli checkpoint in Jerusalem (Photo: AP/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

The scent is sweet and mildly at a grasp; it is circulating the stuffy room. I glance around, hoping to find my sanctuary; my place of comfort.

The atmosphere around me is musty. I feel as if my veins are going to burst. Twisting and turning, with the hope of finding that place of comfort, I realize that it’s all just psychological.

Creeping from over my shoulder, the scent flows into my nose like the Mississippi flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, tranquilizing my brain cells. My nose widens and dilates; the smell rushes in as the memories of my childhood summers enter my psyche, nourishing guiltless feelings and overriding the evil that has consumed me. This aroma smelled like fear, I could feel it and smell it. It was in the air; frustration, anger, and screaming were the ingredients for this fear.

My eyes started to droop like a dogs tail, waving up and down until finally they are shut. I am not asleep.

A familiar foreign wind brushes against my face. My eyes start opening up again. “How could you do this to an old man, he did nothing to you”, I noticed that that was my father speaking.

As a child, you are trapped in the effect that is similar to that of narcotics; it is euphoria, everything from the colors to the playgrounds to the trips… but then it soon wears off and the land of Utopia diminishes to unravel a very deteriorated surrounding.

In the midst of these surroundings comes that smell of fear. There we were moving at snails pace through the checkpoint of one of the Palestinian territories. That is where his voice keeps echoing, “How could you do this to an old man, he did nothing to you.” And as I was digging through the piles of luggage that were scattered in the back seat, attempting to get my hands on a digestive biscuit, the smell of fear seemed to overtake the buttery scent of that biscuit; I let it go and rotated to observe the scene.

It was an old man, about eighty-five or so. He landed on the floor; his cane was spiraling in the air; the soldier showed no remorse. I could tell that my dad’s blood pressure was rocketing. He was furious; I was scared. Adrenaline seeped through my veins paralyzing my brain and the only thing that was there; the pounding beat of my terrified heart. As I plod towards my father, the gravity anchors me down to the ground.

The old man was scrambling to get up. My dad was there to this stranger’s defense. The soldier’s gun was facing my father as a vulture about to eat it’s decaying carcass. My adrenaline was seeping even faster now and my slow pace started to accelerate. As the gun got closer, so did I and then involuntarily I wrap my arms around my father and turn around; the gun was facing me now.

And that is where the deteriorated surrounding comes into sharp perspective. Creating an awareness that makes you more responsible for demanding a more just tomorrow.

Hasbara: Reach-out to non-Jews with ‘Zionist-inspired’ calendar

Feb 18, 2012

Allison Deger

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February is…America-Israel Friendship Month screen shot.

A Pro-Israel organization recently created a “Zionist-inspired” calendar, to bolster campus pro-Israel support. “Designed to promote a positive image of Israel,” the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise built the calendar to feature twelve “Israel-related themes.”

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March is…Israel Women’s History Month banner screen shot.

Each month has a calendar of events, where students from different campuses can coordinate hosting national events. This month’s theme is “America-Israel Friendship Month,” and March is“Israel Women’s History Month.”

Each month also includes resources such as recommended books, event programs, videos and important historical facts. For example, “Women’s History Month” not only includes a great visual that could be mistaken for “Military History Month,” but the feminist themed month includes unique possible events such as:

Profile famous/successful Israeli women

And:

Hold a Purim carnival and invite non-Jews to participate and learn about the female role models of the story – Vashti and Esther.

Yes, what fun. Invite your non-Jewish friends to learn all about the queen who is put to death for “not obeying the bidding of the King.” Brilliant!

The new calendar, launched a week ago, includes a sparse handful of user-uploaded events.

Hat tip to Abe Greenhouse for catching this**

Ambassadors of Apartheid: Batsheva Dance Company to tour San Francisco and New York

Feb 18, 2012

Allison Deger

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(Image: Nigel Parry)

In the next few weeks the Batsheva Dance Company, will perform in San Francisco and New York City. The “critically acclaimed and popularly embraced” dance troupe is in part financed by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, making the ensemble ripe for protest from BDS groups.

In New York, Adalah-NY is staging a March 7 protest at Batsheva’s Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) performance, and in San Francisco the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network is staging a demonstration at the company’s February 23 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts performance.

Last month Adalah-NY sent a letter to BAM, calling on the academy to cancel Batsheva’s forthcoming performance. The letter highlights the dance company’s role as part of “brand Israel”:

[A]n Israeli government public relations initiative which seeks to use art, including dance performances, to distract from Israel’s human rights violations. Batsheva has done nothing to distance itself from the Brand Israel campaign, nor has it ever made a public statement against the oppression of the Palestinian people.

The letter goes on to say the dance company “whiteswashes” human rights abuses against the Palestinian people:

Brand Israel initiatives such as Batsheva’s tour are designed to distract from the facts, including: Israel’s ongoing occupation of Palestinian lands, the longest in history; Israel’s223 Jewish-only settlements and ‘outposts’ built on Palestinian land in violation of international law; Israel’s ‘Apartheid’ wall in the West Bank that further appropriates Palestinian land, also in violation of international law according to the International Court of Justice; Israel’s demolition of over 24,000 Palestinian homes since 1967; and Israel’s 2009 invasion of Gaza, which killed over 1400 Palestinians, prompting allegations of war crimes by a United Nations Fact Finding Mission. In addition, Israel has enacted over 20 laws that discriminate against Palestinian citizens of Israel and enshrine their status as second-class citizens.

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Mock Batsheva brochure (Image: Nigel Parry)
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Reverse of mock Batsheva brochure. (Image: Nigel Parry)

Protests against the dance company are not new for the Palestine solidarity community. In 2009 Nigel Parry designed a mock brochure for the group, and signs for the restroom where attendees were asked to “wash the blood off your hands” after viewing the performance.

The Israeli dance company will tour in the North America for five weeks this spring.
B’Tselem: Israeli use of administrative detention increased sharply in 2011

Feb 18, 2012

Kate

B’Tselem reports sharp increase in the numbers of Palestinians being held in administrative detention
MEMO 16 Feb — An Israeli human rights organization has stated that during 2011, the number of Palestinian administrative detainees held by the Israel authorities increased sharply. B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, noted that according to figures received from the Israel Prison Service, the number of Palestinian administrative detainees being held in Israel increased from 219 in January 2011, to 307 in December. In a press release published on its website, B’Tselem also noted that, “At the end of 2011, Israel was holding one minor in administrative detention.” “Twenty-nine per cent of the detainees had been held for six months to one year; another 24 per cent from one to two years. Seventeen Palestinians had been in administrative detention continuously for two to four and a half years, and one man has been held for over five years.”
link to www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk

Khader Adnan

President, minister press for world to save Khader Adnan
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 17 Feb — Minister of Prisoners Affairs Issa Qaraqe said Friday he will take the case of hunger-striking prisoner Khader Adnan to the UN Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, as officials said the president was pushing foreign diplomats to step in to save the prisoner.
link to www.maannews.net

Khader Adnan: No food without freedom
Al Jazeera 17 Feb — Friday is the 62nd day of the Palestinian prisoner’s protest against his detention by Israel — …One of the stories commonly told among Palestinians inside Israeli prisons is of the ten republican prisoners in Northern Ireland who died as a result of their hunger strike in 1981. Most famous among them was 27-year-old Provisional IRA member Bobby Sands, who was elected to the British parliament during his fast, and died after 66 days of refusing to eat. This, and other hunger strikes and organised actions, were believed to have improved prisoners’ conditions and made gains for their nationalist cause … With protests in solidarity with Khader Adnan already happening both in the occupied territories and inside Israel, Abu Maria said there would be widespread rage if Adnan were to die. “I believe, if he dies, the situation in Palestine will change very fast. We can have a third intifada [“uprising”].” … Randa Adnan, Khader’s pregnant wife and the mother of the couple’s two young daughters, told the UK’s Independent on Thursday: “I know my husband. He will not change his mind. I expect him to die.”
link to www.aljazeera.com

Thousands rally in Gaza, West Bank, in support of Palestinian jailed in Israel (Reuters)
17 Feb — ‘We are all Khader Adnan,’ chant Palestinians in Gaza, referring to the Islamic Jihad leader who is on the 62nd day of a hunger strike to protest his detention by Israel … The Israeli army has said in a statement that Adnan was arrested “for activities that threaten regional security”. It has not given further details. Adnan owns a bakery and a fruit and vegetable shop in his West Bank village, Arabeh. He has served as a spokesman for the Islamic Jihad, which describes him as a local leader.
link to www.haaretz.com

Detainees society confirms Khader Adnan alive
HEBRON (Ma‘an) 17 Feb — The Palestinian Detainees’ Society on Friday confirmed that hunger-striking prisoner Khader Adnan is alive, despite concerns over his health. Media spokesman Amjad An-Najjar said the society had double-checked his condition with the hospital where Adnan is being held after receiving dozens of concerned calls. [End]
link to www.maannews.net

If Khader Adnan was anything but Palestinian / Deema Al-Saafin
16 Feb — If Khader Adnan was anything but Palestinian, the goals of his hunger strike would be granted to him by his 3rd day of hunger strike because if he was anything but Palestinian, he wouldn’t have to be on hunger strike for dignity, and dignity does not come after demanding it for three days. If Khader Adnan was anything but Palestinian, he would have been given a change of underwear and a nail clipper while imprisoned. If Khader Adnan was anything but Palestinian, Ban Ki Moon would express his deep distraught at the state of which Khader is being kept in, a state which violates humanity, and the UN would insure that Khader’s capturer’s release him soon, and offer compensation and apologies to Khader and Khader’s government…
link to mondoweiss.net

Khader Adnan: The West Bank’s Bobby Sands / Donald Macintyre
Khader Adnan’s two-month hunger strike has made him a hero among Palestinians outraged by Israel’s policy of arbitrary detention — It was only after talking with lucidity and animation for an hour about her husband’s 61-day hunger strike that Randa Jihad Adnan’s eyes, visible though the opening of her nekab, filled with tears. Until then, this articulate 31-year-old graduate in sharia law from Al Najar University in Nablus, the pregnant mother of two young daughters aged four and one and half, had described with almost disconcerting poise the two months following the arrest of her husband, Khader Adnan, on 17 December.
link to www.independent.co.uk

Palestinian’s hunger strike challenges detention by Israel
NYTimes the Lede blog by Robert Mackey 16 Feb — compilation of articles on this story from various places, plus videos.
link to thelede.blogs.nytimes.com

Gaza

Report: Israel killed 114 Gazans, wounded 467 others in 2011
GAZA  (PIC) 17 Feb — Al-Mizan center for human rights said the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed last year 114 Palestinian citizens, including 15 children and two women, in the impoverished Gaza Strip. In a report covering Israel’s violations in Gaza during 2011, Al-Mizan center added 467 Palestinians, including 120 children and 35 women, were also wounded during Israeli military attacks on the densely-populated enclave. 152 civilian homes sustained different damage and 10 of them were completely destroyed during military operations. Israeli military attacks also inflicted during the reporting year damage upon 31 stores, 23 industrial facilities, 73 public buildings, and 23 vehicles, the report states….
Link to www.palestine-info.co.uk/

Israeli army fires on Gaza
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 17 Feb — Israeli forces shelled Gaza east of Breij refugee camp late Friday, causing no injuries or damage, after Israel’s army said two projectiles landed near Ashkelon. One missile fell beside a house in Breij, locals said. There were no injuries. An Israeli unit also infiltrated near Abu Samra north of Beit Lahiya, locals said. An Israeli army spokeswoman said Palestinians tried to plant an improvised explosive device targeting an Israeli patrol. “Hamas is accountable and will bear the consequence,” she said on Twitter. Israel’s Ynet news site said Palestinian operatives shot rocket-propelled grenades at an army unit in Gaza, and detonated an explosive in an attempt to hurt the troops, who returned fire.
link to www.maannews.net

5 Palestinian fishermen arrested by Israeli navy, one of them a 13-year-old boy
16 Feb by Rosa Schiano — …Last night we visited the family of Adham and Mohammed Abu Ryada in Beach Camp, Gaza City. Gaza is without power, they welcomed us in a room lit only by candlelight. Their father started telling us their story. It was 7 PM on Sunday evening when the two boys were gathering their nets from the sea to sail home. A strong wind had pushed the boat over three nautical miles from the coast. The Israeli Navy came close to their boat and started shooting. They tried to escape but they couldn’t. The Israeli soldiers, as they usually do, asked them to undress, to dive into the water and come on board the navy ship. Once they were on the ship, the soldiers blindfolded them and tied their hands
link to palsolidarity.org

Air strike in south east Gaza City: ‘For the West, you have abandoned us to death’
15 Feb by Rosa Schiano — Saturday night Israeli F-16′s bombed civilian targets in several areas of the Gaza strip. One of these strikes killed a man and injured his son in the neighborhood of al-Zaytoon, south-east Gaza city. An F-16 dropped a bomb on a farm just before midnight. The watchman of the farm, Abed Alkareem Alzaitooni, 71 years old, was killed. He was sitting in a steel shed next to the animal pen. His son, Mohammed Alzaitooni, 22 years old, was injured. He was bringing some food to his father. Most of the animals in the farm were killed and the equipment was damaged. More photos here
link to palsolidarity.org

Sniper fire in the ‘buffer zone’
PCHR 17 Feb — Munther Rashad Saleh al-Nakhala, 44, lives in Gaza city. He is widely known by his neighbours for his success in raising canaries and goldfinches and for the care and attention he shows them. At present, he owns more than 50 birds, and although they sell for up to 1,000 NIS in the Gazan market, he refuses to sell them. “I have built special cages for them so I simulate their natural environment. They are very precious for me.” Munther enjoys hunting goldfinches and canaries with his green net and a small wooden cage. Four days a week for the last seven years, he has taken his bicycle to go hunting in the neighbouring areas of Gaza city. In the Gaza Strip, however, such a simple hobby has put his life at risk. On the morning of 31 January 2012, Munther was shot three times by Israeli soldiers.
link to english.pnn.ps

Gaza father appeals for information on missing son
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 17 Feb — A 25-year-old man went missing from his home in the southern Gaza Strip a week ago, and has not been found despite extensive searches, his father said Friday. Salah Barbakhleft home at 9 a.m. on Sunday and has not been seen despite police and relatives searching the region for him, his father told Ma‘an. He appealed for any information on his son, who is married with a young child.
link to www.maannews.net

Land theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Apartheid

South Hebron Hills: IDF demolition in Saadet Tha’lah and Ar Rakeez
[photos] Operation Dove 16 Feb — On 15 February, the Israeli military demolished five buildings in the Palestinian village of Saadet Tha’lah and destroyed a water tank and tore down 50 trees in the Palestinian village of Ar Rakeez … At around 12 a.m., two bulldozers and three vehicles of the District Coordination Office (DCO) raided the village of Saadet Tha’lah, escorted by four Israeli army jeeps. One house, two water tanks and two stables for the flocks were demolished. Saadet Tha’lah residents said they were not allowed to ensure the safety of their animals, and five lambs died under the rubble. The owners declared that their buildings were under pending demolition orders since 2004 … The Palestinian villages of Saadet Tha’lah and of Ar Rakeez are situated in the South Hebron Hills area, near the Israeli settlement of Karmel and the Avigayl outpost, which are constantly expanding without any kind of restriction by the Israeli authorities, although the outpost is considered illegal even under Israeli law.
link to palsolidarity.org

Idhna: Tent replaces home as locals resist Israeli land confiscations
[2 photos] ISM 16 Feb by Sylvia — …Ahmed Jeyowi spent three years in prison after his involvement in the Intifada resisting illegal Israeli occupation in Idhna. He has since been blacklisted and is not allowed a permit to work in Israel, and so he is expected to live from what he can cultivate from his land, which is now destroyed by the Israeli military. Ahmed owned two houses before 1988,  when Israeli forces demolished his first home. His second home was demolished last month when around 50 Israeli soldiers stormed the house at 6 AM whilst Ahmed was drinking tea and preparing to work his land. The soldiers forced Ahmed’s wife and six children from their beds and gave the family no time to salvage their possessions before they demolished their home.
link to palsolidarity.org

Jordan Valley demolitions and arrests of two Palestinians
ISM 15 Feb by Satu and John — On February 14, 2012, in the small village of Twael of the Aqraba district, southeast of Nablus in the Jordan Valley, the home of the Bunni Jaber family was destroyed by an Israeli backhoe protected by 20 soldiers in four military vehicles. Two men from the family were arrested – Ayman Bunni Jaber, aged 36, and Rafie Bunni Jaber, aged 30. The family’s tractor was also confiscated by the Israeli authorities. The Bunni Jaber house was located along the green, rocky hills that dominate the landscape here, built from cloth, plastic sheeting, wire mesh, stones, and dirt. There are four children in the Bunni Jaber family, ranging from toddlers to adolescents. The family are herders, with flocks of sheep and goats, and the arbitrary confiscation of their tractor presents a serious challenge for the family’s livelihood.
link to palsolidarity.org

Qaryout village: the essence of apartheid
AIC 14 Feb by Abir Kopti — Unholy alliance: illegal Israeli settlers get the protection of the Israeli army. Here, the two groups mingle. (Photo: OccupiedPalestine blog) — The Palestinian popular struggle spreads to the West Bank village of Qaryout, which has lost 68 percent of its land to three neighboring Israeli settlements and an outpost, all of which are illegal. Armed settlers roam the area freely while Palestinians are prevented from accessing their land or even protesting about it. This is the essence of apartheid …In Qaryout, you find the absurdity of armed thieves behaving as landlords, while the owners of the lands might reach a level where the occupying army would be their only protection from those terrorists. While we were marching towards the lands, tear gas was shot at us and live bullets were fired into the air. When we got closer we realized it was the settlers who shot. Not the army.
link to www.alternativenews.org

Haaretz Editorial: Israel’s academy for occupation
15 Feb — Construction of the new cultural auditorium in Ariel, taking students on tours of the West Bank, and now the plan to turn the ‘university center’ in Ariel into a full-fledged university, are erasing the pre-1967 borders from the collective consciousness of both Palestinians and Israelis.
link to www.haaretz.com

Palestinian building of Israel settlements: Searching for alternatives
Ramallah (Al-Akhbar) 16 Feb by Fadi Abu-Saadi — Calls by the Palestinian Authority to stop Israeli settlement activities continue to ring hollow as little is done to find alternatives for Palestinian workers who contribute to settlement building with their sweat and money — The continued expansion of settlements in the West Bank remains the primary concern for Palestinians in their struggle against Israeli occupation. But the bitter irony is that the laborers physically engaged in building the settlements are themselves Palestinians. In addition, they are obliged to pay money to Israel in exchange for permission to work.
http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/palestinian-building-israeli-settlements-searching-alternatives

Image: Segregated street for Palestinians, Jews in Hebron / Noam Sheizaf
972mag 15 Feb — The West Bank has several highways on which Palestinians are not allowed to travel, but in Hebron, even a main street divides the settlers and the local Palestinians. This picture was taken on Monday on the Shuhada street in Hebron. Note who gets the bigger part of the road… well, nobody in Hebron ever claimed that separate is equal.
link to 972mag.com

Photos: Children of Wadi Hilweh play in bulldozed playground
Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) 16 Feb — The children of Wadi Hilweh continue to play amidst the rubble made by Israeli bulldozers in the neighborhood playground. In what they see as no less than their God-given right to play, Wadi Hilweh’s children are asserting their entitlement to a childhood in the face of the Israeli authorities, and returned to the playground almost as soon as the bulldozers departed.
link to silwanic.net

Dear editor, I’m giving up my property in Hebron
978mag 15 Feb by Noam Sheizaf — Some of the most notorious settlements – for example, in Hebron, Sheikh Jarrah or Silwan – are based on the claim that settlers are “returning” to places held by Jews before the creation of the state of Israel. It’s interesting to note, therefore, that in most cases, descendants of Jews that lived in those places oppose the projects undertaken in their name. Check out this letter to the editor, from today’s Haaretz:
link to 972mag.com

Israel to let Golan Druze cross into Syria
16 Feb — The Kuneitra crossing on the Golan Heights is to be opened Monday to allow 15 Druze students studying in Syria to return, and let families of Syrian massacre victims pay condolence calls and visit the wounded. The decision to open the crossing was made by Interior Minister Eli Yishai, pending the approval of the security establishment.
link to www.haaretz.com

Violence

Jewish settlers burn Palestinian car, cut trees
RAMALLAH (PIC) 16 Feb — Jewish settlers burnt a Palestinian car in Laban village to the north of Ramallah and damaged other property in a pre-dawn raid on Thursday, local sources said. Ghassan Daghlas, monitoring Israeli settlement activity north of the West Bank, said that the settlers wrote insulting slogans against the prophet and provocative slogans against the Palestinians. He added that other groups of settlers cut an unspecified number of tees inMadma village and 15 olive trees in Burin village.
link to www.palestine-info.co.uk/

Former prisoner’s wife miscarried as IOF stormed her home in Salem village near Nablus
IMEMC 17 Feb — …The house raids in the period between 9 and 15 February 2012, numbering 72 in total, resulted in the miscarriage of the wife of a former prisoner in Israeli jails in Salem village, east of Nablus … Karkari’s mother opened the door, and Israeli soldiers entered the house. They ordered her to bring her son. She went to her son’s flat to inform him. Quickly, Karkadi and his wife, Sameera Fu’ad Eshtayeh, 37, who was pregnant in the second month, came down from their flat on the second floor. The soldiers requested Karkari’s ID card, and ordered his wife to bring it. She mounted up very fast on the stairs. While she was descending on the stairs, she tripped and fell down. She then gave the ID card to Israeli soldiers, who verified it and delivered Karkari a notice to refer to the Shabak in Huwara military camp on 13 February 2012. A few hours after IOF had left the house, the wife suffered from severe pains in the abdomen and the back.
link to www.imemc.org

Nablus village at the center of settler violence
ASIRA AL-QIBLIYA (Ma‘an) 16 Feb by Charlie Hoyle — A drive along the northern section of route 60 paints a telling picture of the physical geography of settlements and settler violence in the West Bank. Winding through picturesque Nablus countryside, the main north-south highway acts as a boundary between Israeli settlements on one side and Palestinian villages on the other. Overlooked by these illegal hilltop residences, local Palestinians are all too familiar with the disadvantages of the neighborly proximity, especially given that the Nablus district experienced the majority of settler violence in 2011. “Generally speaking, no week passes without an attack,” the mayor of Nablus village Asira al-Qibliya says. Located just off route 60, this village of around 3,000 residents is left to fend for itself in a political power vacuum so common in the West Bank. “The Palestinian Authority can’t do anything for us as they need security clearance,” Mayor Ahmed Abdel Hadi says. Such clearance, if approved, could take over 5 hours, he adds. Asira al-Qibliya lies in Area B, designated in the Oslo Accords as being under Israeli security control and PA administrative rule … Over 90 percent of villages attacked by settlers are under Israeli security control, a Washington-based think tank said recently.
link to www.maannews.net

61-year-old released from hospital after Yitzhar settler attack
ISM 15 Feb by Fransisco Reeves — Following her horrific ordeal of having her family’s vehicle attacked by Zionist settlers in early February,  Maysar Abd Al Majeed Ghanem is finally healthy enough to return to home. The attack resulted in Ghanem spending 36 hours in the Intensive Care Unit and a subsequent 11 days in the hospital. No effort has been made to investigate this attack by Israelis or illegal settlers from Yitzhar settlement, where the attackers are based.
link to palsolidarity.org

24 hours: a diary of Israeli repression / Sergio Yahni
AIC 16 Feb — Israeli settler and military attacks on the civil population is a routine part of the lives of Palestinians living under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The past 24 hours have witnessed Israeli settlers and soldiers breaking into Palestinian areas, and the Israeli military arresting Palestinians and shelling neighborhoods in Gaza.
link to www.alternativenews.org

Army invades al-Isawiyya in Jerusalem
IMEMC 17 Feb — The soldiers started their home invasions by breaking into the home of former political prisoner Samer al-Esawy, and harassing him and his family while violently searching the property. Local sources reported that the soldiers violently broke into several homes as the residents slept, terrifying children before searching and ransacking the homes.
Furthermore, dozens of soldiers were deployed in the town, and provoked the residents by firing gas bombs and concussion grenades, an issue that led to clashes with local youths who hurled stones and empty bottles at them.
link to www.imemc.org

PCHR weekly report: Elderly man killed. 18 civilians wounded by Israeli troops this week
IMEMC 17 Feb — …In that attack, two sheds were destroyed and two houses were damaged. A large number of animals and birds were killed. Israeli forces have continued to use force against peaceful protests in the West Bank. 6 protesters, including 3 media workers, were wounded. Israeli forces have used force against protests in support of Palestinian prisoner Adnan Khader. 8 protesters, including 4 media workers and a Palestinian legislator, were wounded. 250 olive trees and 30 fig trees were uprooted in Tormos’aya, northeast of Ramallah. FULL REPORT
link to www.imemc.org

Activism

Soldiers break Bil‘in protests anniversary march
RAMALLAH (WAFA) 17 Feb – Israeli soldiers used force to break [up] the weekly anti-settlements anti-wall protests in the Ramallah area village of Bil‘in, which celebrated Friday the seventh anniversary of the launching of its weekly Friday protests, according to a statement by local activists. They said soldiers fired rubber bullets and tear gas grenades at the protesters once they arrived at a section of the village where the army was building a concrete wall and fence on village land to separate it from area settlements. They also sprayed them with skunk water. Bil‘in spearheaded the launching of similar peaceful demonstrations in many other West Bank villages suffering from Israel’s construction of the wall and land grab to expand settlements.
link to english.wafa.ps

Jab‘a school bus accident

5-year-old bus crash survivor says bus burnt ‘like hell’
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 17 Feb — Five-year-old Muhammad escaped the deadly crash of his school bus near Qalandiya on Thursday, but he cannot shake off the images of his classmates as the vehicle caught fire. “We were shouting, dancing and singing as we were excited about our school trip, when suddenly I saw a fire and felt heat like our teacher’s description of hell,” Muhammad Baker Shihadeh, now recuperating in Ramallah public hospital, recounted. His father told Ma‘an that he is bruised and in shock, but in a stable condition … Muhammad was able to escape from the bus after it overturned, and before a fire whipped through the seats, his father said … “My son told me when the accident happened the children were crying and screaming in total terror. Some escaped before the fire, but others were terribly injured and were stuck inside the bus between the seats.”
link to www.maannews.net

2,000 attend funeral of girl killed in Jerusalem bus crash
Ynet 16 Feb — Some 2,000 people took part in the funeral of a girl from the town of ‘Anata who was killed in a bus crash near Jerusalem.  Heavy police forces secured the funeral. An ‘Anata councilman told Ynet that the other victims who were killed in the incident “are yet to be identified.”
link to www.ynetnews.com

The Jab‘a accident and the infrastructure of occupation / Yousef Munayyer
16 Feb — …The children on the school buses were from the Shufaat refugee camp. Shufaat is inside the municipality of Jerusalem. Their destination was toward Ramallah which would mean they’d have to pass through Kufr Aqab, another Palestinian locality inside the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem… [map] The green route, in my estimation, signifies the most logical, shortest, straightforward and safest route to get from Shufaat to Kufr Aqab. However, the bus didn’t go that way.
The buses filled with Palestinian school children instead followed, again in my estimation, the red route, which is longer, far more rural, more dangerous, out of the way, narrower, more curvy and hillier than the green route … So why on earth would a bus filled with Palestinian children take the red route instead of the green route? Because even though both Shufaat and Kufr Aqab are part of the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem, the infrastructure of apartheid, in this case the wall, makes the safest and most convenient route unavailable to these residents of Jerusalem because they were born in the wrong neighborhood- a Palestinian one – on the other side of the wall.
link to blog.thejerusalemfund.org

Abbas: Jab‘a accident ‘a national catastrophe’
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 16 Feb — President Mahmoud Abbas visited some of the dozens of injured children at a hospital in Ramallah on Thursday, following the crash he described as a “national catastrophe.”  Five children and a teacher were killed Thursday in a crash south of Ramallah during a field trip, medics said. Another 39 have been injured, several of them seriously.
link to www.maannews.net

Hamas slams Israeli attacks against elected MPs
IMEMC 17 Feb — Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, issued a press release denouncing the Israeli army’s attacks against homes and officers of elected Palestinian legislators in the occupied West Bank … On Thursday, Israeli troops broke into the homes of offices of elected legislators, members of Hamas’ Change and Reform Parliamentary bloc, in the northern West Bank city of Jenin. The army searched the office, and homes, of elected legislators Khaled Suleiman, Khaled Yahia, and Ibrahim Dahbour, and interrogated them while ransacking their property and belongings. The legislators were also interrogated in their own homes.
link to www.imemc.org

Qalqiliya TV producer released after 8 years in jail
QALQILIYA (Ma‘an) — A TV producer who spent eight years in Israeli jail was released on Thursday, and greeted by crowds at the entrance to West Bank town Qalqiliya. Yaqoub al-Hutari worked for Qalqiliya TV before Israeli forces detained him in 2004, on suspicion of belonging to leftist group the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
link to www.maannews.net

Detainee mothers subjected to ‘humiliating’ search
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 17 Feb — The mothers and families of Palestinian detainees from Bethlehem say they were exposed to “humiliating” strip searches while they were heading to Rimon prison on Thursday.  The mother of Rabie Rabie, who is sentenced to life in prison, told Ma‘an that while the family was on its way for a visit, they were “humiliated” by the Israeli jailers, after they were made to undergo a strip search. Only 24 of 150 Palestinians were able to visit their relatives in the prison after a fist fight broke out between Israeli forces and the detainees after the search of the women, which made the forces cancel the visit.
link to www.maannews.net

Political developments

Haniyeh returns to Gaza after regional tour
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 16 Feb — The prime minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, on Thursday arrived in the coastal enclave after his second tour which included Qatar, Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iran, and Egypt. Haniyeh said that some of the countries offered to provide fuel for Gaza in order to end the blackout. He added that he spoke with Egyptian officials who were positive about allowing fuel from any country into Gaza.
link to www.maannews.net

In Cyprus, Netanyahu urges natural gas cooperation with Israel
NICOSIA, Cyprus 17 Feb — Benjamin Netanyahu paid a first-ever visit by an Israeli prime minister to Cyprus on Thursday, stressing the tw

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Sent: Saturday, February 18, 2012

Subject: Falk Interview on Al-Ahram

 

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/34726.aspx

 

 

Threat of 3rd intifada, says UN Rapporteur about Khader Adnan hunger strike

In a special Q&A with Ahram Online, Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur on Situation of Human Rights in Palestine, urges international community to take action over Israel detained Khader Adnan, who has been given days to live

Nada El-Kouny & Osman El Sharnoubi , Friday 17 Feb 2012

 

 

Adnan Khedr’s face from a poster calling for his release(Image: Ahrarwledna.com, the official website for prisoners of the Islamic resistance movement)

 

Related

 

•  Wife of Palestinian hunger striker calls for Egyptian help

 

•  Deal sought to free Palestinian hunger striker

 

•  ‘Record’ Palestinian hunger striker appeals detention

 

•  Palestinians in Israeli jails on hunger strike

 

One of the most iconic cases shedding light on the consequences of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the unjust treatment of Palestinians is that of Khader Adnan. The 33-year-old mathematics graduate who usually runs a bakery in the West Bank, is on his 61st day of hunger strike in an Israeli jail.

The hunger strike is in protest of his unjust detention and the degrading treatment he has been subjected to by the Israeli authorities, his lawyer Jaward Boulous, confirmed.

 

Dubbed as ‘Record’ Palestinian hunger striker by a variety of media outlets over the past few weeks, Adnan was detained on 17 December, 2011 near the West Bank city of Jenin. The main reason for his incarceration is having served as the spokesperson for the Islamic Jihad, even though the Israeli authorities have yet to provide evidence against him or to formally charge him.

 

Adnan is currently in a very weakened state. His doctor, from Physicians for Human Rights, says that he is “in immediate danger of death.”  While in detention, he has been shackled to his bed by both legs and one arm. Due to his deteriorating health, he has been transported to a number of Israeli hospitals since January.

 

In an attempt to garner international attention, support and action for Adan’s case, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories, Richard Falk spoke to Ahram Online.

Falk expressed that this is a “troubling case” that needs special attention, as doctors report he cannot survive beyond 70 days if he sustains the strike. “Outside of it being a humanitarian crisis, this is also a significantly sound political crisis,” Falk added.

 

Although Israel have linked Adnan to Islamic Jihad, Falk also asserted that Adnan should be characterised as a “thinker” as opposed to an “activist”, as no proof has been provided linking him to the group.

 

This case brings to light the inconsistencies in international public opinion and Israeli state policy. There are clear double standards in the way that Adnan’s case has been dealt with in contrast to treatment of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli prisoner who was exchanged for 1,207 Palestinian prisoners on 18 October, 2011.

 

Falk compared the “fuss” made over Shalit’s case with the silence surrounding Adnan’s.

“If Adnan is to die, a third intifada is to rise… he will be considered a martyr,” expressed Falk, further emphasising the importance of the issue. He explained that that whatever happens to Adnan, “the Palestinian political imagination has been fastened on this case and it will never be forgotten.”

The visit to Cairo, in addition to raising awareness about Adnan, was an attempt to cross over in the Gaza Strip, which had to be cancelled due to the turbulent security situation in Northern Sinai. Instead lawmakers and activists have met with Falk in Cairo.

 

Egypt, Falk explained, was key to the situation: “it is important to use Egypt’s relations with Israel, and to push the Egyptian authorities to take an initiative.”

 

Randa, 31, Adnan’s wife who is pregnant with the couple’s third child, urged the Egyptian authorities to step in, as reported by MENA on Tuesday. “Our hope now lies in Egypt for Khader’s release,” said Randa. “There is talk of Egyptian efforts being made, which I hope is true as Egypt was instrumental in the last prisoner swap deal,” she added making reference to Gilad Shalit.

Falk sees that Adnan’s case is an opportunity for the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), as acting president, to step up and show concern over what is taking place outside of Egypt.

 

However, it is important to note that the SCAF has behaved in a similar way to Israel when handling domestic affairs in Egypt. Since 28 January, 2011 the ruling military council has abused Emergency Law and randomly arrested over 12,000 civilians.

 

One of those people is Maikel Nabil, an Egyptian blogger who was recently released from military detention at the end of January 2012, after also sustaining a hunger strike in protest of his illegal detention

To what extent the Egyptian authorities will be motivated to intervene in Adnan’s case remains uncertain.

 

In a press statement issued on Wednesday, Falk said the Israeli government must take “immediate and effective action to safeguard Mr. Adnan’s life” and also to uphold his rights.

 

Falk deemed Adnan’s imprisonment without charges illegal and called on the international community to pay attention to the way Israel mistreats thousands of Palestinian prisoners. This is a problem, Falk added, which should be of great concern to them.

 

Falk is due to present a full human rights report in Amman, Jordan on the 20 February.

Until then, Adnan’s slim chance of survival should serve as a wakeup call to those who are responsible for his life.

As thousands are already rallying in Gaza calling for his release and Palestinian activists from different political parties are, unusually, coming together, Israel should be wary of the repercussions of Adnan’s possible death. For the regionally and locally isolated Jewish state, the demise of this new icon of Palestinian resistance could bring with it very serious problems.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Photo by: REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

EU, UN decry detention of Palestinian hunger striker

 

http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=258362

 

By JPOST.COM STAFF

18/02/2012

 

Prisoner Khader Adnan on 63rd day of hunger strike; UN’s Falk warns of “third intifada” if Adnan dies.

The European Union and the United Nations on Friday expressed concern for the deteriorating health of Palestinian hunger striker, Islamic Jihad leader Khader Adnan, who has refused to eat for 63 days in protest of his administrative detention. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, in a written statement, called on Israel to do all it could to preserve the health of Adnan.

 

The statement added a reiteration by Ashton of “the EU’s longstanding concern about the extensive use by Israel of administrative detention without formal charge. Detainees have the right to be informed of charges underlying any detention and to a fair trial, she added.

 

UN Special Rapporteur to the Palestinian Territories Richard Falk said Friday that “if Adnan is to die, a third intifada is to rise.” In an interview with Egyptian daily Al-Ahram. Falk decried the conditions in which Israel is holding the Palestinian prisoner, saying that if he died as a result of the strike he would be considered a martyr.

 

Falk also claimed that the international community was being hypocritical, comparing the “fuss” made over the case of Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit, who was held by by Hamas for over five years, to the relative silence surrounding Adnan.

 

Falk called for international intervention, specifically by Egypt, to ensure that Adnan stays alive.

 

Also Friday, several thousand Palestinians rallied in Gaza and the West Bank in support of Adnan.

 

“We are all Khader Adnan,” chanted crowds gathered in the Gaza Strip, with activists from the main political parties joining forces in a rare display of Palestinian unity.

 

Islamic Jihad, which advocates the destruction of the State of Israel, has said it will escalate violence if Adnan dies, following reports that his health was deteriorating.

 

Physicians for Human Rights in Israel (PHR), which has been monitoring Adnan’s condition in an Israeli hospital, said on Friday he was “in immediate danger of death,” adding that he had suffered “significant muscular atrophy.”

 

The IDF has said in a statement that Adnan was arrested “for activities that threaten regional security.” It has not given further details.

 

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

 

Palestinian hunger striker appeals to Israel’s Supreme Court

Catherine Ashton says EU is following Khader Adnan’s case ‘with great concern’; Adnan has been on hunger strike for 63 days to protest his administrative detention.

 

http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/palestinian-hunger-striker-appeals-to-israel-s-supreme-court-1.413619

 

By The Associated Press

Tags: Israel police Palestinians Islamic Jihad

A Palestinian waging a hunger strike for an unprecedented 63 days has appealed to Israel’s Supreme Court, demanding to be released from months-long detention without trial, his lawyer said Saturday.

 

Khader Adnan is fighting a provision that allows Israel to hold detainees for months or even years without trial or formal charges. Israeli officials say they use so-called “administrative detention” to guard against immediate threats to the country’s security.

 

Adnan, a member of the militant group Islamic Jihad, has continued his hunger strike longer than any Palestinian detainee before him. His doctors warned this week that the 33-year-old might die soon.

 

“We are hoping … the Supreme Court hears this case urgently,” said Mahmoud Hassan, one of Adnan’s lawyers. “He could die before the court hearing happens.”

 

The court has not set a date for the hearing. Hassan said in previous cases, the high court at times reduced the sentence of administrative detainees on appeal, but rarely ordered them freed outright.

 

The hunger strike has transformed Adnan into a Palestinian hero, with thousands protesting in support of the once obscure bearded baker. The Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad has vowed revenge if Adnan dies, possibly by firing rockets into Israel from Gaza. The group has killed dozens of Israelis in suicide bombings and other attacks. Adnan was once a spokesman for the group. It’s unclear if he ever participated in any attacks.

 

Adnan is under guard in an Israeli hospital, where officials are monitoring his condition.

 

He is taking liquid infusions of salts, glucose and minerals, said the Israeli branch of Physicians for Human Rights on Wednesday, citing his doctor. The group is overseeing his medical care.

 

Adnan is still lucid, but he has shed some 66 pounds (30 kilograms), his hair is falling out, his muscles have atrophied and he is in immediate danger of death, said the group’s doctor.

 

Adnan is serving four months in administrative detention. Israeli military judges can imprison defendants for up to six months at a time, with the possibility of renewing the detention order repeatedly. Defendants and their lawyers are not shown the alleged evidence against them.

 

An Israeli military judge rejected an appeal by Adnan last week, saying he reviewed the evidence and found the sentence to be fair.

 

On Saturday, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the bloc was following Adnan’s case with “great concern.”

 

“Detainees have the right to be informed about the charges underlying any detention and be subject to a fair trial,” Ashton said in a statement.

 

Israeli military officials generally use administrative detention to hold Palestinians who they believe are an imminent risk to the country’s security. They say if the evidence against the accused was made public, it would expose Israeli intelligence-gathering networks in the Palestinian Territories. They say the process is under full judicial review by Israel’s military and the Supreme Court.

 

Annan began his hunger strike on Dec. 18, a day after he was seized from his home in the northern West Bank town of Arabeh.

 

He told his lawyers that he was beaten and humiliated during arrest and interrogation.

 

Also Saturday, Palestinian militants fired three rockets from Gaza into Israel, officials said.

 

Israeli police spokesman Shmuel Ben Ruby said the rockets landed in an open area, causing no damage.

 

A years-old understanding between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers have halted much of the rocket fire from the coastal territory.

 

 

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Abolishing the Palestinian Authority an urgent prerequisite to liberation

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By Jeff Halper

 

Jeff Halper calls for the abolition of the Palestinian National Authority, which he argues is nothing but a smokescreen to enable Israel to ethnically cleanse itself while the world and Palestinian quislings are preoccupied with the pursuit of the mirage of a two-state solution, something in fact rendered utterly unachievable by Israel’s colonization of the Palestinian territories.

Even as I write this, the bulldozers have been busy throughout that one indivisible country known by the bifurcated term Israel/Palestine. Palestinian homes, community centres, livestock pens and other “structures” (as the Israel authorities dispassionately call them) have been demolished in the Old City, Silwan and various parts of “Area C” in the West Bank, as well among the Bedouin – Israeli citizens – in the Negev/Naqab. This is merely mopping up, herding the last of the Arabs into their prison cells where, forever, they will cease to be heard or heard from, a non-issue in Israel and, eventually, in the wider world distracted by bigger, more pressing matters.

Forced expulsions and Judaization

An as-yet confidential report submitted by the European consuls in Jerusalem and Ramallah raises urgent concerns over the “forced expulsion” of Palestinians – a particularly strong term for European diplomats to use –from Area C of the West Bank (the 60 per cent of the West Bank under full Israeli control but which today contains less than 5 per cent of the Palestinian population). Focusing particularly on the rise in house demolitions by the Israeli authorities and the growing economic distress of the Palestinians living in Area C, the report mentions the fertile and strategic Jordan Valley (where the Palestinian population has declined from 250,000 to 50,000 since the start of the occupation), plans to relocate 3,000 Jahalin Bedouins to a barren hilltop above the Jerusalem garbage dump and the ongoing but accelerated demolition of Palestinian homes (500 in 2011).

“If current trends are not stopped and reversed,” said a previous European Union report, “the establishment of a viable Palestinian state within the pre-1967 borders seems more remote than ever. The window for a two-state solution is rapidly closing…”European Union report

At the same time the “Judaization” of Jerusalem continues apace, a “greater” Israeli Jerusalem steadily isolating the Palestinian parts of the city from the rest of Palestinian society while ghettoizing their inhabitants, more than 100,000 of which now live beyond the [Apartheid] Wall. Some 120 homes were demolished in East Jerusalem in 2011; over the same period the Israeli government announced the construction of close to 7,000 housing units for Jews in East and “Greater” Jerusalem. “If current trends are not stopped and reversed,” said aprevious European Union report, “the establishment of a viable Palestinian state within the pre-1967 borders seems more remote than ever. The window for a two-state solution is rapidly closing…”

In fact, it closed long ago. In terms of settlers and Palestinians, the Israeli government treats the whole country as one. Last year it demolished three times more homes of Israeli citizens (Arabs, of course) than it did in the occupied Palestinian territory. The demolition of Bedouin homes in the Negev/Naqab is part of a plan approved by the government to remove 30,000 citizens from their homes and confine them to townships.

None of this concerns “typical” Israelis even if they have heard of it (little appears in the news). For them, the Israeli-Arab conflict was won and forgotten years ago, somewhere around 2004 when George W. Bush informed Ariel Sharon that the US does not expect Israel to withdraw to the 1967 borders, thus effectively ending the “two-state solution”, and Arafat “mysteriously” died.

Israeli Jewish indifference, US collusion

Since then, despite occasional protests from Europe, the “situation” has been normalized. Israelis enjoy peace and quiet, personal security and a booming economy (with the usual neoliberal problems of fair allocation). The unshakable, bipartisan support of the American government and Congress effectively shields it from any kind of international sanctions. Above all, Israeli Jews have faith that those pesky Arabs living somewhere “over there” beyond the walls and barbed-wire barriers have been pacified and brought under control by the Israeli armed forces. A recent poll found that “security”, the term Israelis use instead of “occupation” or “peace”, was ranked eleventh among the concerns of the Israeli public, trailing well behind employment, crime, corruption, religious-secular differences, housing and other more pressing issues .

A for the international community, the “Quartet” representing the US, the EU, Russia and the UN in the non-existent “peace process” has gone completely silent. (Israel refused to table its position on borders and other key negotiating issues by the 26 January “deadline” laid down by the Quartet, and no new meetings are scheduled). The US has abandoned any pretence of an “honest broker”. Months ago, when the US entered its interminable election “season”, Israel received a green light from both the Democrats and Republicans to do whatever it sees fit in the occupied territory. Last May the Republicans invited Binyamin Netanyahu to address Congress and send a clear message to Obama: hands off Israel. That same week, Obama, not to be out-done, addressed an American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) convention and reaffirmed Bush’s promise that Israel will not have to return to the 1967 borders or relinquish its major settlement blocs in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. He also took the occasion to promise an American veto should the Palestinians request membership in the UN – though that would merely amount to an official acceptance of the two-state treaty that the US claims it has been fostering all these years. No, as far as Israel and Israeli Jews are concerned, the conflict and even the need for pretence is over. The only thing remaining is to divert attention to more “urgent” global matters so that the Palestinian issue completely disappears. Voila Iran.

Palestinian Authority as agency for ethnic cleansing

“While the Palestinian Authority plays the ‘two-state solution’ game, Israel can simply herd the Palestinians into the 70 tiny islands of Areas A and B, lock the gates and let the international community feed them – and go about placidly building a Greater Land of Israel with American and European complicity.”

Oh, but what about the “demographic threat”, that “war of the womb” that will eventually force a solution? Well, as long as Israel has the Palestinian Authority to self-segregate its people, it has nothing to worry about. While the Palestinian Authority plays the “two-state solution” game, Israel can simply herd the Palestinians into the 70 tiny islands of Areas A and B, lock the gates and let the international community feed them – and go about placidly building a Greater Land of Israel with American and European complicity.

Indeed, nothing demonstrates self-segregation more than Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s neoliberal scheme of building a Palestinian – something – “from the ground up.” By building for the well-to-do in new private-sector cities like Rawabi, located safely in Area A, by building new highways (with Japanese and USAID assistance) that respect Israeli “Greater” Jerusalem and channel Palestinian traffic from Ramallah to Bethlehem through faraway Jericho, by expressing a willingness to accept Israeli territorial expansion in exchange for the ability to “do business”, Fayyad has invented yet a new form of neoliberal oppression-by-consent: viable apartheid (viable, at least, for the Palestinian business class). And as in the bantustans of apartheid South Africa, the Palestinian Authority maintains a repressive internal order through its own American-trained/Israeli-approved militia, a second layer of occupation. (During the 2008 assault on Gaza, one of the few places in the world in which there were no demonstrations was the West Bank, where they were forbidden by the Palestinian Authority. The then Israeli prime minister, Ehud Olmert, crowed that this was evidence of how effectively the Palestinians had been pacified.)

Indeed, by clinging to the two-state solution and continuing to participate in “negotiations” years after they have proven themselves a trap, the Palestinian leadership plays a central role in its own people’s warehousing. The reality – even the fact – of occupation gets buried under the diversions set up by the fraudulent yet unending “peace process”. This only enables Israel to imprison the Palestinians in tiny cells; witness today’s mini-ethnc cleansing, just one of thousands of micro-events that have the cumulative effect of displacement, expulsion, segregation and incarceration. It also enables Israel to then blame the victims for causing their own oppression! When a Palestinian leadership assumes the prerogative to negotiate a political resolution yet lacks any genuine authority or leverage to do so, and when, in addition, it fails to abandon negotiations even after they have been exposed as a trap, it comes dangerously close to being collaborationist. For its part, Israel is off the hook. Instead of going through the motions of establishing an apartheid regime, it simply exploits the willingness of the Palestinian Authority to perpetuate the illusion of negotiations as a smokescreen covering its virtual imprisonment of the Palestinian “inmates”. Once the current mopping up operations are completed, the process of incarceration will be complete.

Today the only alternative agency to the Palestinian Authority is segments of the international civil society. The Arab and Muslim peoples, for whom Palestinian liberation is an integral part of the Arab Spring, stand alongside thousands of political and human rights groups, critical activists, churches, trade unions and intellectuals throughout the world. Crucial as it is for keeping the issue alive and building grassroots support for the Palestinian cause that will steadily “trickle up” and affect governments’ policies, however, civil society advocacy is a stop-gap form of agency, ultimately unable to achieve a just peace by itself. We, too, are trapped in the dead-end personified by the two-state solution, reference to a “peace process” and their attendant “negotiations.” There is no way forward in the current paradigm. We must break out into a world of new possibilities foreclosed by the present options: a “two-state” apartheid regime or warehousing.

Searching for a new paradigm

In my view, while advocacy and grassroots mobilization remain relevant, several tasks stand before us. First, we must endeavour to hasten the collapse of the present situation and subsequently, when new paradigms of genuine justice emerge from the chaos, be primed to push forward an entirely different solution that is currently impossible or inconceivable, be that a single democratic state over the entire country, a binational state, a regional confederation or some other alternative yet to be formulated. The Palestinians themselves must create a genuine, inclusive agency of their own that, following the collapse, can effectively seize the moment. Formulating a clear programme and strategy, they will then be equipped to lead their people to liberation and a just peace, with the support of activists and others the world over.

“A necessary and urgent first step towards collapsing the otherwise permanent regime of oppression in Israel/Palestine is that we stop talking about a two-state solution. It’s dead and gone as a political option – if, indeed, it ever really existed.”

A necessary and urgent first step towards collapsing the otherwise permanent regime of oppression in Israel/Palestine is that we stop talking about a two-state solution. It’s dead and gone as a political option – if, indeed, it ever really existed. It should be banned from the discourse because reference to an irrelevant “solution” only serves to confuse the discussion. Granted, this will be hard for liberals to do; everyone else, however, has given up on it. Most Palestinians, having once supported it, now realize that Israel will simply not withdraw to a point where a truly viable and sovereign state can emerge. The Israeli government, backed by the Bush-Obama policies on the settlement blocs, doesn’t even make pretence of pursuing it anymore, and the Israeli public is fine with the status quo. Nor does the permanent warehousing of the Palestinians seem to faze the American or European governments, or the Arab League. Even AIPAC has moved on to the “Iranian threat”.

Behind the insistence of the liberal Zionists of J Street, Peace Now, the Peace NGOs Forum, the Peres Center for Peace and others to hang on to a two-state solution at any cost is a not-so-hidden agenda. They seek to preserve Israel as a Jewish state even at the cost of enforcing institutional discrimination against Israel’s own Palestinian citizens. The real meaning of a “Jewish democracy” is living with apartheid and warehousing while protesting against them. The liberals will be the hardest to wean away from the two-state snare. Yet if they don’t abandon it, they run the risk of promotingde facto their own worst nightmare of warehousing while providing the fig-leaf of legitimacy to cover the policies of Israel’s extreme right – all in the name of “peace”. This is what happens when one’s ideology places restrictions on one’s ability to perceive evil or to draw necessary if difficult conclusions. When wishful thinking becomes policy, it not only destroys your effectiveness as a political actor but leads you into positions, policies and alliances that, in the end, are inimical to your own goals and values. Jettisoning all talk of a “two-state solution” removes the major obstacle to clear analysis and the ability to move forward.

Civil society action

With the obfuscation created by the “two-state solution” now out of the way, what emerges as clear as day is naked occupation, an apartheid regime extending across all of historic Palestine/Israel and the spectre of warehousing. Since none of these forms of oppression can ever be legitimized or transformed into something just, the task before us becomes clear: to cause their collapse by any means necessary. There are many ways to do this, just as the African National Congress did. Already, Palestinian, Israeli and international activists are engaging in internal resistance, together with international challenges to occupation represented by the Gaza flotillas and attempts to “crash” Israeli borders. Many civil society actors the world over have mobilized, some around campaigns such as Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS), others around direct actions, still others engaged in lobbying the UN and governments through such instruments as the Human Rights Council, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and international courts. There have been campaigns to reconvene the tribunal that, under the Fourth Geneva Convention, has the authority and duty to impose sanctions on Israel for its gross violations. Dozens of groups and individuals alike are engaging in public speaking, staging “Israel Apartheid Week” on university campuses and working through the media. And much more.

“…Palestinians need a new truly representative agency, one that replaces the PA and gives leadership and direction to a broadly-based civil society agency, one that has the authority to negotiate a settlement and actually move on to the implementation of a just peace.”

And here is where Palestinian civil society plays a crucial role, a role that cannot be played by non-Palestinians. If it is agreed that the Palestinian Authority must go if we are to get beyond the two-state trap – indeed, the dismantling of the PA being a major part of the collapse of the present system – then this call must originate from within the Palestinian community. Non-Palestinians must join in, of course, but the issue of who represents the Palestinians is their call exclusively.

Non-Palestinians can also suggest various endgames. I’ve written, for example, about a Middle East economic confederation, believing that a regional approach is necessary to address the core issues. The Palestinian International Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA) published a collection of 12 possible outcomes. It is obvious, though, that it is the sole prerogative of the Palestinian people to decide what solution, or range of solutions, is acceptable. For this, and to organize effectively so as to bring about a desired outcome, the Palestinians need a new truly representative agency, one that replaces the PA and gives leadership and direction to a broadly-based civil society agency, one that has the authority to negotiate a settlement and actually move on to the implementation of a just peace.

As of now, it appears there is only one agency that possesses that legitimacy and mandate: the Palestinian National Council (PNC) of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) (although Hamas and the other Islamic parties are not yet part of the PLO). Reconstituting the PNC through new elections would seem the most urgent item on the Palestinian agenda today – without which, in the absence of effective agency, we are all stuck in rear-guard protest actions and Israel prevails. Our current situation, caught in the limbo between seeking the collapse of the oppressive system we have, and having a Palestinian agency that can effectively lead us towards a just resolution, is one of the most perilous we’ve faced. One person’s limbo is another person’s window of opportunity. Say what you will about Israel, it knows how to hustle and exploit even the smallest of opportunities to nail down its control permanently.

“Collapse with agency”, I suggest, could be a title of our refocused efforts to weather the limbo in the political process. Until a reinvigorated PNC or other representative agency can be constituted, a daunting but truly urgent task, Palestinian civil society might coalesce enough to create a kind of interim leadership bureau. This itself might be a daunting task. Most Palestinian leaders have either been killed by Israel or are languishing in Israeli prisons, while Palestinian civil society has been shattered into tiny disconnected and often antagonistic pieces. At home major divisions have been sown between “1948” and “1967” Palestinians; Gaza, Jerusalem and the West Bank have been effectively severed; and within the West Bank restrictions on movement among a bewildering array of “areas” – A, B, C, C-Restricted, H-1, H-2, nature reserves, closed military areas – have resulted in virtual, largely disconnected Palestinian mini-societies. Political divisions, especially among secular/traditional and Islamic factions, have been nurtured, not least by Israel. Overall, the Palestinian population, exhausted by years of sacrifice and resistance, impoverished and preoccupied with mere survival, has been left largely rudderless as many of its most educated and skilled potential leaders have left or are forbidden by Israel to return.

“Reconstituting the Palestine National Council through new elections would seem the most urgent item on the Palestinian agenda today – without which, in the absence of effective agency, we are all stuck in rear-guard protest actions and Israel prevails.”

For its part, the Palestinian leadership has done little to bridge the wider divisions among those falling under PA rule, Palestinian citizens of Israel, residents of the refugee camps and the world-wide diaspora, divisions that have grown even wider since the PLO and the PNC fell moribund. Indeed, major portions of the Palestinian diaspora (and one may single out especially but not exclusively the large and prosperous communities of Latin America), have disconnected from the national struggle completely. The Palestinians possess some extremely articulate spokespeople and activists, but they tend to be either a collection of individual voices only tenuously tied to grassroots organizations, or grassroots resistance groups such as the Popular Committees that enjoy little political backing or strategic direction.

Ever aware that the struggle for liberation must be led by Palestinians, our collective task at the moment, in my view, is to bring about the collapse of the present situation in Palestine in order to exploit its fundamental unsustainability. The elimination of the Palestinian Authority is one way to precipitate that collapse. It would likely require Israel to physically reoccupy the Palestinian cities and probably Gaza as well (as if they have ever been de-occupied), bringing the reality of raw occupation back to the centre of attention. Such a development would likely inflame Arab and Muslim public opinion, not to mention that of much of the rest of the world, and would create an untenable situation, forcing the hand of the international community. Israel would be put in an indefensible position, thus paving the way for new post-collapse possibilities – this time with an effective and representative Palestinian agency in place and a global movement primed to follow its lead.

But given the underlying unsustainability of the occupation and the repressive system existing throughout historic Palestine – the massive violations of human rights and international law, the disruptive role the conflict plays in the international system and its overt brutality – collapse could come from a variety of places, some of them unsuspected and unrelated to Israel/Palestine. An attack on Iran could reshuffle the cards in the Middle East, and the Arab Spring is still a work in progress. Major disruptions in the flow of oil to the West due an attack on Iran, internal changes in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States, instability in Russia and even the fact that China has no oil of its own could cause major financial crises worldwide. Sino-American tensions, environmental disasters or Pakistan’s nuclear weapons falling into the hands of the Taliban with unpredictable Indian reactions may all play an indirect yet forceful role. Who knows? Ron Paul, president Gingrich’s newly appointed secretary of state, might end all military, economic and political support for Israel, in which case the occupation (and more) would fall within a month.

Whatever the cause of the collapse – and we must play an active role in bring it about – it is incumbent upon us to be ready, mobilized and organized if we are to seize that historic moment, which might be coming sooner than we expect. Effective and broadly representative Palestinian agency will be critical. Collapse with agency is the only way to get “there” from “here.”

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Washing your hands of Khader Adnan: My response to weasel words of EU’s Catherine Ashton

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by Ali Abunimah
Fri, 02/17/2012

The wife, daughters and father of Khader Adnan walk out from the Ziv Hospital, after visiting Adnan, in the city of Safed, 15 February 2012.

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Today my colleague David Cronin wrote about the weasel worded response of the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, for comment on the case of Khader Adnan. Here is my response, which I sent her by email.

European Union High Representative
Ms. Catherine Ashton
To: catherine.ashton@ec.europa.eu

Dear Ms. Ashton,

Forty-eight hours after my colleague David Cronin first requested it, your spokespersons found the time to issue a statement on the plight of Khader Adnan, who could die at any moment, shackled to his bed, now in his 62nd day of hunger strike against his arbitrary detention by Israel.

Amnesty InternationalHuman Rights Watch, the Carter Center, and numerous civil society groups all over the world have called for Israel to immediately release or charge Mr. Adnan, as well as the more than 300 other “administrative detainees” including 21 elected members of the Palestinian legislative council currently being held by Israel.

But you didn’t do that. Instead, you washed your hands of Khader Adnan, and to the extent that Khader Adnan has become a symbol of Palestinians’ desperate determination to stand up for their rights against overwhelming Israeli oppression, you washed your hands of all Palestinians too.

As Adnan wrote weeks ago:

“The Israeli occupation has gone to extremes against our people, especially prisoners. I have been humiliated, beaten, and harassed by interrogators for no reason, and thus I swore to God I would fight the policy of administrative detention to which I and hundreds of my fellow prisoners fell prey.”

Addressing you and other members of the “international community” he wrote: “I hereby assert that I am confronting the occupiers not for my own sake as an individual, but for the sake of thousands of prisoners who are being deprived of their simplest human rights while the world and international community look on.”

“It is time the international community and the UN support prisoners and force the State of Israel to respect international human rights and stop treating prisoners as if they were not humans.”

But you decided to look away. Your weasel-worded statement merely “requests the government of Israel to do all it can to preserve the health of Mr. Adnan and handle this case while abiding by all legal obligations under international law.” You even affirmed Israel’s right to use administrative detention.

What is this “case”? Let us remind ourselves that Mr. Adnan was abducted from his home at 3.30AM on 17 December. He was taken from his pregnant wife Randa and his two young daughters. He has not been charged with a crime, despite lengthy harsh interrogation, humiliation and abuse. This is what led him to go on hunger strike. He has not eaten since one week before Christmas.

Randa described what might be her last time seeing her husband on Wednesday:

“My father-in-law said to him: ‘We want you to stay alive. You cannot defeat this state on your own.’ He told him he wanted him to end the strike. I told him I wished he would drink a cup of milk. But he said: ‘I did not expect this from you. I know you are with me all the time. Please stop it…. I know my husband. He will not change his mind. I expect him to die.”

He is still alive and he wants to live. Randa Adnan recalled that her husband told one of his lawyers: “I do not want to go to oblivion or death. But I am a man who defends his freedom. If I die it will be my fate.”

You have frequently asserted that “human rights” are at the center of your policy. But we know that any such statements come with an asterisk. Palestinians are exempt from such rights, and Israel is exempt from any accountability. You proved that again today.

What makes this all the more revolting is that you spared no opportunity to call for the release of an Israeli occupation soldier who was held in Gaza, a soldier taken prisoner while bearing arms to enforce the deadly siege and occupation of Gaza.

Perhaps if Khader Adnan had been an armed Israeli occupation soldier, instead of a father who was at home with his family, you would have had more sympathy.

I have not lost hope that Mr. Khader can be saved. I dream of a day when people like you will lead instead of follow. But perhaps that isn’t your function.

What gives me hope still is that people all over Europe, all over the world, are joining the demands that Israel release Adnan, so he can return home.

Read some of their messages to him and his family. Perhaps you will rediscover some of the humanity that your shameful statement so painfully lacks, end your complicity and call on Israel to free this man and all other prisoners of its brutal, merciless, inhumane and EU-subsidized occupation.

Yours,
Ali Abunimah

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Dorothy Online Newsletter

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Dear Friends,

 

All 5 items below relate to Khader Adnan, who, if my calculation is correct, today is entering his 63rd day of hunger strike.  I probably won’t forward more items today, unless something urgent comes up, or if there is a change in Khader’s case.

 

Item 1 is a letter from Khader Adnan himself.

Item 2 is a commentary about him by Chris Knestrick, “Dying to Live.”

Item 3 is a brief note from Tamar (a lawyer who has been doing everything that she can think of to save Khader) regarding remarks that I made yesterday.  Most important is her stress that Administrative Detention is legal only for cases where there is a threat to security.  But in Adnan’s case, she states, “Considering medical reports Khader is not, cannot be, or rather has not been for quite a time, a security risk, he has not endangered anything  or anybody except his own life. Therefore his detention is arbitrary and  illegal.

Item 4 relates to Khader Adnan and more.  Younes Arar, who compiled it, both tells Khader’s story and lists all other Palestinians who have engaged in hunger strike and the length of time that each continued it.  Arar’s list and commentary is an important document.

The final item is Gideon Levy’s ‘Twilight Zone’ for this week.  Levy devotes it to Khader Adnan.

May Khader survive, and may his desperate undertaking induce Israel’s authorities to dispense with Administrative Detention, a horrid practice that denies prisoners a most basic right: that of defending oneself against one’s accusers.

And please keep on doing all that you can to convince officials in your country, to convince members of the UN to take up the issue of Administrative Detention in general, and of Khader Adnan in particular.

Thanks,

Dorothy

1Hunger-striking prisoner not backing down

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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Islamic Jihad prisoner Khader Adnan, who has been on hunger strike for 56 days, asserted Saturday that he would continue with his strike because he is defending his dignity and not fasting in vain.

 

In a letter from Zeiv Hospital where he is receiving treatment, Adnan said he only drinks water and that he lost 42 kilograms.

 

“I started my battle offering my soul to God almighty and adamant to go ahead until righteousness triumphs over falsehood. I am defending my dignity and my people’s dignity and not doing this in vain.

 

“The Israeli occupation has gone to extremes against our people, especially prisoners. I have been humiliated, beaten, and harassed by interrogators for no reason, and thus I swore to God I would fight the policy of administrative detention to which I and hundreds of my fellow prisoners fell prey,” Adnan wrote.

 

His letter, delivered by Jalal Abu Wasil, a lawyer from the Palestinian ministry of prisoners affairs who visited him in hospital, also highlighted that Adnan refused to be examined by doctors.

 

“Here I am in a hospital bed surrounded with prison wardens, handcuffed, and my foot tied to the bed. The only thing I can do is offer my soul to God as I believe righteousness and justice will eventually triumph over tyranny and oppression.”

 

“I hereby assert that I am confronting the occupiers not for my own sake as an individual, but for the sake of thousands of prisoners who are being deprived of their simplest human rights while the world and international community look on,” he wrote.

 

“It is time the international community and the UN support prisoners and force the State of Israel to respect international human rights and stop treating prisoners as if they were not humans.”

 

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2 February 18, 2012

Dying to Live

By Chris Knestrick

On December 13, Israeli soldiers entered Khader Adnan’s home and arrested him. Israel ordered him detained for four months but never charged him with a crime.  The next day, he declared a hunger-strike to protest Israel’s policy of administrative detention calling for his release. He last ate 63 days ago.  Still shackled, he is dying to live.

Under Israeli law, authorities are allowed to hold Palestinians and Israelis under “administrative detention” for up to six months without charging them with a crime. This six month term can be renewed indefinitely.  While under detention, Palestinians can be deported to Israel and are typically held in Israeli military prisons, despite the fact that the Geneva Convention makes it illegal to transport a prisoner across international borders. These detainees have no legal access to lawyers, and their cases do not come before a judge because they have not been accused of any crime.  In order to visit, their families must obtain special permits allowing them to enter Israel through checkpoints.  Often these permits are denied, and some detainees have never received a visit from family.

Khader is not the only one in detention.  According to Amnesty International, “he is one of 309 Palestinians currently held in administrative detention by the Israeli authorities, including one man held for over five years…”

Ahmed Owawi has another story. He is 23 years-old and was arrested on September 17th, 2011 and is currently being held in administrative detention. Ahmed is a father of three sons, Abdul Karim age four, Sewar, who is about to turn two, and Omar, who is eight months old.  Ahmed’s experience with administrative detention started when he was eight years old, during the First Intifada. Since then, he has been in and out of Israeli prisons.  For example, in 2008, Ahmed Owawi was arrested in his house and transferred to administrative detention.  Israel extended his detention five times, totaling two years. Most of the two years has been spent in isolation cells.

Thousands of Palestinians and internationals, including Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), have joined in solidarity calling for Khader Adnan’s release and the release of all individuals held in administrative detention.  In Al Khalil/Hebron, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), an organization formed by former prisoners, is holding a 24-hour vigil calling for the end of administrative detention and freedom for all those unjustly detained.  The PPS was formed inside Israeli prisons to support the 5,000 political prisoners currently held within Israel, including those under administrative detention – each one, dying to live.

Take action by signing Amnesty International’s Petition, Click here

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3   Dear Dorothy,

 

Yes, Israeli electronic media and only Gideon Levy in Hebrew  wrote about Khader. This is not a pure chance.

 

And even in English, even the foreign press is not friendly ot supportive. The Khader allegedly belongs to group wants destruction of Israel  – they say, so why save him? – is the implied message. Only the Independent is different.

I tried to convince journalists , HR  groups , lawyers that for some time his administrative detention has been illegal by the  occupationIsraeli and international law albeit they allow for administrative detention  (internment  in the language of Geneva Convention) however only for compelling reasons of security,  as a preventive measure against  a person who is a security risk. Considering medical reports Khader is not , cannot be, or rather has not been for quite a time, a security risk, he has not endangered anything  or anybody except his own life. Therefore his detention is arbitrary and  illegal. My efforts to convince failed with one exception: a letter demanding  to cancel the illegal detention order was sent on Thursday  to the authorities by a lawyer, co-signed by me. Nothing happened. As far as I know nothing really happened after a petition  was filed with the  HCJ also last  week by another lawyer.

Have you read “The man  died” – prison notes by Wole Soinka   who miraculously escaped death in Nigeria?

Tamar

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The history of the Palestinian Captive Movement Hunger Strike and the Story of Khader Adnan

Open hunger strike or what is known as “The Battle of empty Intestines”, is the detainee’s refrain from eating all varieties and forms of food in the reach of the prisoners with the exception of water and a pinch of salt, a step that is rarely used by the prisoners; since this move is considered the most dangerous and hardest step used by detainees because of its serious- physical and psychological risks – for prisoners and in some cases, it led to the martyrdom of a number of them starting with the martyr Abdel Qader Abu Elfahm, who died in 11/7/1970, during the hunger strike of Ashkelon prison, the martyr Rasem Abu Elhalawah and Rasem Ali Jaafari, who were martyred on 24/7/1980 during the hunger strike of Nafha prison, the martyr Mahmoud Fritkh who was martyred during the hunger strike of Junaid prison in 1984, and the martyr Hussein Nemr Obaidat who was martyred in 14/10/1992 during the hunger strike of Ashkelon prison.

Usually Palestinian prisoners resort to such a move only after depleting all other struggle steps, and after the Israeli occupation authorities fail to respond to their demands through open dialogue between the struggle committee that represent detainees and the Israeli authorities. The prisoners consider the open hunger strike, a means to achieve the goal, not a goal by itself, It is also more methods of struggle, and is considered the most important, in terms of effectiveness and impact on the administration of the prison, the Israeli authorities and public opinion to achieve their humanitarian demands, as it remains first and foremost a battle of will and determination.

 

The first Palestinian hunger strike experience in the Israeli jails was in Nablus prison in early 1968, where the detainees went on hunger strike that lasted for three days; to protest against the Israeli occupation policy of beatings and humiliation the prisoners suffered from at the hands of Israeli soldiers, and to demand better human living conditions. And then hunger strikes rolled after that.

 

How does the hunger strike affect the human body?

• In the first three days the body begins to consume the “glucose” found in the blood completely, since glucose is the main source of energy for most creatures, including humans.

• After the liver starts to burn the fat in the body to produce energy for the various organs of the body, and in this phase signs of weakness, leanness and weight loss will appear on the hunger striker body clearly day by day.

• After three weeks, the hunger striker enters the stage of the so-called “starvation status” where the body begins, similar to “burn” the muscle cells and internal organs in the body for energy, causing real damage to these organs, especially that such a process produces toxic and harmful chemicals .. And then begins to lose bone marrow… And it is the most serious stage and the most threat to the life of hunger striker.

• In case the strike exceeds 50 days, the life of the hunger striker will be in real danger and risk increases by increasing the number of days that the strike continues, which depends first on the person’s health, and the nature of drinks they feed during the strike.

 

And according to the history of hunger strikes, there were already cases of death of the hunger strikers after 50 to 72 days, among them the case of the political prisoner ” Willmar Villar” less than a month in Cuba after only 50 days on hunger strike.

 

The following are the most prominent hunger strikes waged by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails:

1 – Ramle prison hunger strike in 18/2/1969, it lasted for (11) days.

2 – The Kfar Yona prison hunger strike in 18/2/1969. The strike lasted eight days, and coincided with the strike of Ramle.

3 – The Palestinian women prisoners’ hunger strike in Tirza prison in 28/4/1970, it lasted for nine days.

4 – The Ashkelon prison hunger strike in 5/7/1970. The strike lasted for seven days.

5 – The Ashkelon prison hunger strike in 13/9/1973 until 7/10/1973.

6 – An open hunger strike in 11/12/1976, which started from the Ashkelon prison; to improve the living conditions of the prisoners and lasted for (45) days.

7 – An open hunger strike in 24/2/1977, it lasted for (20) days in Ashkelon prison. It was an extension to the previous strike.

8 – Nafha prison hunger strike in 14/7/1980, and lasted for (32) days.

9 – Junaid prison hunger strike in September 1984, it lasted for (13) days.

10 – Junaid prison hunger strike in 25/3/1987, it was attended by more than (3000) Palestinian prisoners from various prisons, and lasted for (20) days. It was one of the initial contributions to the outbreak of the first intifada.

11 – Nafha prison hunger strike in 23/6/1991,and lasted for (17) days.

12 – The hunger strike of 27/9/1992, which included most of the prisons, and was attended by seven thousands prisoner, it lasted for (15) days. The prisons joined the strike as follows: (Junaid, Ashkelon, Nafha, Be’er Sheva and Nablus in 27/9, Jenin prison 29/9, Hebron prison 30/9, Ramallah prison and Telmond in 1/10, the isolation prison of Ramle in 5/10, Gaza Central Prison 10/10, while Shatta, Megiddo, Negev, and Fara participated just in solidarity with the striking prisons.

13 – The strike of 21/6/1994, which included most of the prisons, when prisoners went on hunger strike; following the signing of the Cairo Agreement (Gaza – Jericho); to protest against the mechanism carried out to release five thousand Palestinian prisoners as agreed, and it lasted for three days.

14 – The prisoners’ hunger strike in 18/6/1995 under the slogan (the release of all prisoners without exception). This strike came to move their political cause before the Taba negotiations, and lasted for (18) days.

15 – The prisoners fought indefinite hunger strike in 5/12/1998; after the release of (150) criminal prisoner instead of political prisoners, in a deal which included the release of (750) prisoners according to the Wye River Agreement and at the eve of the U.S. President Bill Clinton visit to the region.

16 – The prisoners entered the indefinite hunger strike in 1/5/2000; to protest against the policy of isolation, restrictions and the humiliating conditions to the prisoners’ families during visits imposed by the Israeli Jails Administration.

 

Khader Adnan’s open hunger strike

Name: KHADER ADNAN MOHAMMAD MUSA

Date of Birth: 24 March 1978

Place of residence: Arraba, Jenin

Marital status: Married with two daughters. His wife is five months pregnant with a third child.

Occupation: Baker and Master’s student in Economics at Birzeit University

Date of arrest: 17 December 2011

Place of detention: Ramleh prison hospital

Expected end of current detention order: 8 May 2012

Reason for this hunger strike: On 16 February 2012, Khader Adnan entered his 62nd day of hunger strike in protest of his administrative detention and the ill-treatment he suffered at the hands of the Israeli Prison Service. He is at grave risk of death and is refusing treatment until he is released.

 

History of Khader Adnan Arrests:

1.        1999, he was arrested for 4 months in administrative detention.

2.        200 – 2001, one year.

3.        2002, one year in administrative detention.

4.        2004, 6 months in the administrative detention, and he went on hunger strike for 25 days                    Kfar Youna prison.

5.        2008, 6 months in administrative detention.

 

His latest arrest:

Khader was arrested on 17 December 2011, when Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) raided his home outside Jenin at 3:30 am. Before entering his house, soldiers used the driver that takes Khader’s father to the vegetable market, Mohammad Mustafa, as a human shield by forcing him to knock on the door of the house and call out Khader’s name while blindfolded. A huge force of soldiers then entered the house shouting. Recognizing Khader immediately, they grabbed him violently in front of his two young daughters and ailing mother.

The soldiers blindfolded him and tied his hands behind his back using plastic shackles before leading him out of his house and taking him to a military jeep. Khader was then thrown on his back and the soldiers began slapping him in the face and kicking his legs. They kept him lying on his back until they reached Dutan settlement, beating him on the head throughout the 10-minute drive. When they reached the settlement, Khader was pushed aggressively out of the jeep. Because of the blindfold, Khader did not see the wall right in front of him and smashed into it, causing injuries to his face.

 

How to support Khader Adnan and other prisoners in this Battle?

 

The battle being fought by resistor prisoner Khader Adnan, is a battle of a special type that requires a quality and creative support and solidarity, and so it is not the fate of the prisoner struggling Khader Adnan and others of our leaders and our prisoners in Israeli prisons, and in order to make Khader able to avoid the same fate as “Bobby Sands” and his comrades, we must prepare and provide for this battle all the factors of victory that would force the occupation government to respond to the fair demands of our prisoners, but if the Israeli prison administration do not respond and yield to these demands, then there is no other way rather than the need to pay the price “martyrs”, the Irish way, martyrs, to afford our prisoners the chance to live in the Israeli occupation prisons with self-esteem and dignity, and close the unilateral isolation sections in which our prisoners life has become at serious and real risk.

 

The occupation government ministers describes the life of humiliation and indignity which our prisoners are going through in the Israeli prisons, isolation sections and cells as a five-star hotels life, this means that this government is determined to crush, break and humiliate our prisoners, and it will not respond to the fair demands of the struggling prisoner Khader Adnan and other prisoners of our people, unless it feels that there is serious support and effective and true back up and solidarity to him in his battle, which is the battle of all the Palestinian prisoners a battle that exposes and the occupation government and the Israeli prisons administration, a battle that requires us to come together and in harmony, the efforts of both the official and popular, a battle that is managed locally, regionally and internationally. A battle of special type, requires a special effort, any defeat in this battle will leave its impact and implications at the Palestinian prisoners for many years to come, including increasing the predominance of the Israeli occupation Prisons Administration towards our prisoners, and will deepen the prisoners suffering inside these stone bags.

 

Struggling prisoner Khader Adnan and the other prisoners have no choice but to fight this battle, either life with dignity and pride and or martyrdom for the right, homeland and a decent life, and we believe that our prisoners have the will, readiness and high morale to fight this decisive battle in the history of the Palestinian captive movement, and perhaps dating to a new stage in the life Movement captive Palestinian.

 

In order to enable Adnan together with our captive movement achieve decisive victory in this battle, then we have to supply them with all legitimate struggle forms and support including demonstrations, sit-ins, marches, seminars, lectures and the recruitment of all media to serve this battle, and to put the local, Arab and international institutions in the picture of our captive movement situation, the nature of their demands and causes that called on them to engage in this battle. This battle in which Khader Adnan is its spearhead, must activate all Palestinian popular, official, Arab, and International institutions to support this battle, including the internationalization of this battle, and to consider what is being practiced against our prisoners a war crime requires a warrant to bring the leaders of the Israeil Government of and the officers of its prisons administration to the international courts to try them as war criminals.

 

Written by: Younes Arar

The coordinator of Beit Ommar Popular Committee

17/2/2012

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5  Haaretz

Friday, February 17, 2012

 

Twilight Zone / ‘One man against the state’

Khader Adnan, who is protesting his detention and humiliating treatment, is about to set a record for Israel’s longest hunger strike.

 

http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/week-s-end/twilight-zone-one-man-against-the-state-1.413457

 

By Gideon Levy

 

A weak, starving Palestinian man lies in Internal Medicine Department B at Safed’s Rebecca Sieff Hospital. His condition is deteriorating, one of his hands and both his feet are shackled to the bed, and prison wardens guard him day and night. He has been on a hunger strike for months. His life is in danger, and he is at risk of doing irreversible damage to his body and mind.

 

Khader Adnan, 33, is protesting the abuse and humiliation he says he suffered while being interrogated, as well as his long detention without trial. Next week Adnan, an Islamic Jihad activist from Arabeh, will set a new Israeli record for the country’s longest hunger strike, longer than that of peace activist Abie Nathan (45 days ), and of a group of security prisoners who went 65 days without eating in 1970.

 

His hunger strike is arousing considerable interest abroad. Solidarity demonstrations have been held in places around the world, as well as in Tel Aviv – but most Israelis have heard almost nothing about this. Daily solidarity protests in the West Bank go mostly unreported in Israel, as does the fact that 14 prisoners and wardens have reportedly joined his strike.

 

On Monday, the 58th day of Adnan’s strike, we visited his home in Arabeh accompanied by Physicians for Human Rights’s mobile clinic coordinator Saleh Haj Yihyeh. At that moment, Adnan’s wife Randa was updating the tally of days her husband had been not eating, displayed on a poster in the living room. “My honor is more important than my food,” declares the caption at the bottom of the poster, which bears the prisoner’s image. With his thick beard and round glasses, he looks like a settlement rabbi.

 

Arabeh is surrounded by lush green fields. Randa is raising her two small daughters, 4-year-old Ma’alia and 18-month-old Bissan, in the family home, which spans several stories. Before speaking with us, she dons a white veil that covers her face and black gloves that cover her hands.

 

Khader Adnan was arrested on December 17. Israeli soldiers came to this house in the middle of the night. This was his seventh detention or arrest by Israel. The first time was in 1999, when he was held for half a year without trial. After that, he spent eight months in detention in 2000; he was arrested again in 2002-2003; detained in 2004; detained for 18 months in 2005-2006 and six months in 2008.

 

In 2010, the Palestinian Authority arrested him for 12 days. Then, too, he went on a hunger strike, for the first time in his life. Between arrests, he worked at a pita bakery in Qabatiya and was an Islamic Jihad activist. His family says he is a political activist.

 

After midnight on December 17, Randa heard voices outside. Large groups of soldiers encircled the house for several hours. A bit before 3 A.M., when Adnan’s father left to start his workday as a vegetable merchant, he ran into the soldiers, who burst into the house. Adnan woke up and fled to his parents’ apartment on the second floor. Randa and the little girls remained in their apartment on the ground floor.

 

The soldiers immediately ran up to the second floor and pulled Adnan from the bathroom. He asked to get dressed, and they let him. Then they bound him and blindfolded him, and took him out from the house. Randa says an officer promised him that this time, his detention would be brief. While previous arrests had included a violently conducted search of the house, this time the soldiers simply arrested Adnan.

 

He was brought before a judge after being interrogated for 18 days at the Al-Jalama facility. The judge, at the military court in Salem, extended his remand. Randa came to court, where her husband told her the soldiers had beaten and kicked him after they detained him, as he lay on the floor of their Jeep. He told the court how he had been humiliated during interrogation: The interrogators had cursed at him, pulled his beard and told him his daughters were not his own.

 

The day after his arrest, Adnan launched his hunger strike to protest his lack of trial and the humiliation he suffered. That was two months ago. In the meantime, he has been sent to four months of administrative detention.

 

After the interrogation, Adnan was transferred to the Israel Prison Service’s medical facility in Ramle. A few days later, when his condition deteriorated, he was taken to a hospital. In recent weeks he has been shuffled through various Israeli hospitals – Bikur Holim in Jerusalem, Mayanei Hayeshua in Bnei Brak and now Sieff Hospital in Safed.

 

IPS spokeswoman Sivan Weizman said Adnan was being moved due to a shortage of beds. This whole time, he has been bound by one hand and both feet to his bed, and prison wardens have been guarding him around the clock.

 

His family says he drinks one liter of water a day, without salt. The IPS says he has agreed to accept an intravenous drip. He does not take food in any form. Last week, when his condition deteriorated, the Shin Bet and the IPS agreed to allow his wife and his daughters to visit him at the hospital, hoping they would persuade him to stop his strike. This came after a long campaign by Physicians for Human Rights.

 

Last week on Tuesday, Randa, Bissan and Ma’alia went to Safed. The wardens kept them from entering Adnan’s room even though the visit had been coordinated in advance. Randa recalls that several wardens were present in the room, and that her husband told her not to come in so long as they were there. Finally they compromised, and allowed two wardens to remain. Adnan hugged his daughters with his free arm and asked what was happening outside.

 

After 10 minutes, the wardens said the visit was over, but when Randa asked her husband to end his strike, they gave her 10 minutes more.

 

Adan replied firmly: “God is supporting me. Don’t request that again.”

 

Ma’alia asked why he was shackled, and Adnan told her to ask the wardens.

 

Randa says her husband is being neglected. His clothing is filthy, his nails are long and his hair is falling out, she says. He is not being untied even for prayers. He has lost about 40 kilos and is very feeble and weak, she adds.

 

Before she said good-bye she heard him whisper: “These are my last days. I will never forgive those who did not stand by me.” He was referring to the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli people, she says.

 

He is psychologically strong, “even when you can see the tears in his eyes,” she says. Her husband will agree to eat only if he is released from prison.

 

His lawyer, who visited him this week, told her that Adnan is already hooked up to a cardiac monitor.

 

“His situation is grave and very dangerous. We fear that at any moment he will become a martyr,” she says from behind her veil.

 

Adnan’s father, Mussa, is 72 and wears a kaffiyeh. For years Israel has been preventing him from visiting his son when he has been in prison.

 

“Israelis, Arabs, [French President] Nicolas Sarkozy, [British Prime Minister] David Cameron, [U.S. Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton and [U.S. President] Barack Obama – no one who tried to obtain Gilad Shalit’s release is intervening on behalf of my son. This is a power struggle of one man against a whole state, the State of Israel,” says Mussa.

 

“Are you Israelis in favor of a hunger strike? People are rotting in administrative detention. We fear for his life but we think he is doing the right thing. Every person must defend his honor and his freedom. No man of honor would allow his wife to be cursed the way the interrogators cursed her. The hunger strike is the prisoner’s only weapon.

 

“Israel is a democracy? Where is its democracy when it arrests people without trial? Gilad Shalit was abducted while fighting as a soldier in Gaza. My husband was arrested alongside his wife and daughters.”

 

The Israeli nonprofit organization Physicians for Human Rights took up Adnan’s case when he began his hunger strike. PHR is fighting his imprisonment without trial and has filed numerous petitions concerning his case, asking to have a physician from the organization visit him after Adnan refused to let doctors from the hospital or IPS examine him. This request was eventually granted, and a PHR doctor has been checking in on him every day for a week now.

 

The organization is also calling on the prison authorities to allow him to be unshackled. Chaining down a prisoner in his condition violates the IPS’s own procedures, PHR claims, and the hospitals that allow a patient to be treated this way are violating medical ethics.

 

“The decision to to use restraints on a patient in custody lies with the law enforcement authority responsible for him,” a Sieff Hospital spokeswoman told Haaretz.

 

Israel Medical Association ethics committee chairman Prof. Avinoam Reches wrote to PHR that after such a lengthy hunger strike, two wardens and no shackles should be enough. The head of Mayanei Hayeshua, Prof. Mordechai Ravid, also told PHR that he opposed shackling hospitalized prisoners, but that Adnan is no longer at his hospital.

 

PHR also filed a petition in the Petah Tikva District Court. In response, the IPS said Adnan was being shackled to preserve public safety.

 

This week, hearings over his release were held in his hospital room, due to his grave condition. For previous hearings, he was brought to the court in a wheelchair.

 

Dr. Calin Shapira, deputy director of Sieff Hospital, told Haaretz that he could not release details about Adnan’s condition in order to preserve medical confidentiality. Hospital spokeswoman Yael Shavit told Haaretz: “His condition is not good … we fear for his health.”

 

According to the Israel Medical Association, a person on hunger strike could die after 45 days. What will happen if Adnan loses consciousness and is about to die? Weizman, the IPS spokeswoman, said this week that the hospital’s ethic’s committee is responsible for deciding on treatment.

 

She added: “Following further examination, the Prison Service decided that the prisoner would be detained without shackles in the hospital. The service conducts frequent appraisals of prisoners’ situations, and makes decisions after reviewing all the circumstances.

 

“In exceptional cases, for humanitarian reasons, the service allows visits by family members and clerics. In addition, we allow visits by PHR doctors and Red Cross representatives. The hospital where the prisoner is being detained was chosen based on the facilities it offers and the availability of beds in the internal medicine ward.

 

“For the last two weeks the prisoner has been treated at the Sieff Hospital in Safed, in conjunction with [representatives from] PHR. As far as we know, no treatment has been administered against the prisoner’s wishes.”

 

entering his 63rd day of hunger strike.  I probably won’t forward more today, unless something urgent comes up, or there is a change in Khader’s case.

 

Item 1 is a letter from Khader Adnan himself.

 

Item 2 is a commentary about him by Chris Knestrick, “Dying to Live.”

Item 3 is a brief note from Tamar (a lawyer who has been doing everything that she can think of to save Khader) regarding remarks that I made yesterday.  Most important is her stress that Administrative Detention is legal only for cases where there is a threat to security.  But in Adnan’s case, she states, “Considering medical reports Khader is not, cannot be, or rather has not been for quite a time, a security risk, he has not endangered anything  or anybody except his own life. Therefore his detention is arbitrary and  illegal.

Item 4 relates to Khader Adnan and more.  Younes Arar, who compiled it, both tells Khader’s story and list all other Palestinians who have engaged in hunger strike, and the length of time that each continued it.  Arar’s list and commentary is an important document.

The final item is Gideon Levy’s ‘Twilight Zone’ for this week.  Levy devotes it to Khader Adnan.

May Khader survive, and may his desperate undertaking induce Israel’s authorities to dispense with Administrative Detention, a horrid practice that denies prisoners a most basic right: that of defending oneself against one’s accusers.

And please keep on doing all that you can to convince officials in your country, to convince members of the UN to take up the issue of Administrative Detention in general, and of Khader Adnan in particular.

Thanks,

Dorothy

1Hunger-striking prisoner not backing down

Maan News Agency | Febr 2012

 

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/6PRrCV/occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/a-must-read-khader-adnans-letter-from-his-prison/

 

 

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Islamic Jihad prisoner Khader Adnan, who has been on hunger strike for 56 days, asserted Saturday that he would continue with his strike because he is defending his dignity and not fasting in vain.

 

In a letter from Zeiv Hospital where he is receiving treatment, Adnan said he only drinks water and that he lost 42 kilograms.

 

“I started my battle offering my soul to God almighty and adamant to go ahead until righteousness triumphs over falsehood. I am defending my dignity and my people’s dignity and not doing this in vain.

 

“The Israeli occupation has gone to extremes against our people, especially prisoners. I have been humiliated, beaten, and harassed by interrogators for no reason, and thus I swore to God I would fight the policy of administrative detention to which I and hundreds of my fellow prisoners fell prey,” Adnan wrote.

 

His letter, delivered by Jalal Abu Wasil, a lawyer from the Palestinian ministry of prisoners affairs who visited him in hospital, also highlighted that Adnan refused to be examined by doctors.

 

“Here I am in a hospital bed surrounded with prison wardens, handcuffed, and my foot tied to the bed. The only thing I can do is offer my soul to God as I believe righteousness and justice will eventually triumph over tyranny and oppression.”

 

“I hereby assert that I am confronting the occupiers not for my own sake as an individual, but for the sake of thousands of prisoners who are being deprived of their simplest human rights while the world and international community look on,” he wrote.

 

“It is time the international community and the UN support prisoners and force the State of Israel to respect international human rights and stop treating prisoners as if they were not humans.”

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2 February 18, 2012

Dying to Live

By Chris Knestrick

On December 13, Israeli soldiers entered Khader Adnan’s home and arrested him. Israel ordered him detained for four months but never charged him with a crime.  The next day, he declared a hunger-strike to protest Israel’s policy of administrative detention calling for his release. He last ate 63 days ago.  Still shackled, he is dying to live.

Under Israeli law, authorities are allowed to hold Palestinians and Israelis under “administrative detention” for up to six months without charging them with a crime. This six month term can be renewed indefinitely.  While under detention, Palestinians can be deported to Israel and are typically held in Israeli military prisons, despite the fact that the Geneva Convention makes it illegal to transport a prisoner across international borders. These detainees have no legal access to lawyers, and their cases do not come before a judge because they have not been accused of any crime.  In order to visit, their families must obtain special permits allowing them to enter Israel through checkpoints.  Often these permits are denied, and some detainees have never received a visit from family.

Khader is not the only one in detention.  According to Amnesty International, “he is one of 309 Palestinians currently held in administrative detention by the Israeli authorities, including one man held for over five years…”

Ahmed Owawi has another story. He is 23 years-old and was arrested on September 17th, 2011 and is currently being held in administrative detention. Ahmed is a father of three sons, Abdul Karim age four, Sewar, who is about to turn two, and Omar, who is eight months old.  Ahmed’s experience with administrative detention started when he was eight years old, during the First Intifada. Since then, he has been in and out of Israeli prisons.  For example, in 2008, Ahmed Owawi was arrested in his house and transferred to administrative detention.  Israel extended his detention five times, totaling two years. Most of the two years has been spent in isolation cells.

Thousands of Palestinians and internationals, including Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), have joined in solidarity calling for Khader Adnan’s release and the release of all individuals held in administrative detention.  In Al Khalil/Hebron, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), an organization formed by former prisoners, is holding a 24-hour vigil calling for the end of administrative detention and freedom for all those unjustly detained.  The PPS was formed inside Israeli prisons to support the 5,000 political prisoners currently held within Israel, including those under administrative detention – each one, dying to live.

Take action by signing Amnesty International’s Petition, Click here

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3   Dear Dorothy,

 

Yes, Israeli electronic media and only Gideon Levy in Hebrew  wrote about Khader. This is not a pure chance.

 

And even in English, even the foreign press is not friendly ot supportive. The Khader allegedly belongs to group wants destruction of Israel  – they say, so why save him? – is the implied message. Only the Independent is different.

I tried to convince journalists , HR  groups , lawyers that for some time his administrative detention has been illegal by the  occupationIsraeli and international law albeit they allow for administrative detention  (internment  in the language of Geneva Convention) however only for compelling reasons of security,  as a preventive measure against  a person who is a security risk. Considering medical reports Khader is not , cannot be, or rather has not been for quite a time, a security risk, he has not endangered anything  or anybody except his own life. Therefore his detention is arbitrary and  illegal. My efforts to convince failed with one exception: a letter demanding  to cancel the illegal detention order was sent on Thursday  to the authorities by a lawyer, co-signed by me. Nothing happened. As far as I know nothing really happened after a petition  was filed with the  HCJ also last  week by another lawyer.

Have you read “The man  died” – prison notes by Wole Soinka   who miraculously escaped death in Nigeria?

Tamar

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The history of the Palestinian Captive Movement Hunger Strike and the Story of Khader Adnan

Open hunger strike or what is known as “The Battle of empty Intestines”, is the detainee’s refrain from eating all varieties and forms of food in the reach of the prisoners with the exception of water and a pinch of salt, a step that is rarely used by the prisoners; since this move is considered the most dangerous and hardest step used by detainees because of its serious- physical and psychological risks – for prisoners and in some cases, it led to the martyrdom of a number of them starting with the martyr Abdel Qader Abu Elfahm, who died in 11/7/1970, during the hunger strike of Ashkelon prison, the martyr Rasem Abu Elhalawah and Rasem Ali Jaafari, who were martyred on 24/7/1980 during the hunger strike of Nafha prison, the martyr Mahmoud Fritkh who was martyred during the hunger strike of Junaid prison in 1984, and the martyr Hussein Nemr Obaidat who was martyred in 14/10/1992 during the hunger strike of Ashkelon prison.

Usually Palestinian prisoners resort to such a move only after depleting all other struggle steps, and after the Israeli occupation authorities fail to respond to their demands through open dialogue between the struggle committee that represent detainees and the Israeli authorities. The prisoners consider the open hunger strike, a means to achieve the goal, not a goal by itself, It is also more methods of struggle, and is considered the most important, in terms of effectiveness and impact on the administration of the prison, the Israeli authorities and public opinion to achieve their humanitarian demands, as it remains first and foremost a battle of will and determination.

 

The first Palestinian hunger strike experience in the Israeli jails was in Nablus prison in early 1968, where the detainees went on hunger strike that lasted for three days; to protest against the Israeli occupation policy of beatings and humiliation the prisoners suffered from at the hands of Israeli soldiers, and to demand better human living conditions. And then hunger strikes rolled after that.

 

How does the hunger strike affect the human body?

• In the first three days the body begins to consume the “glucose” found in the blood completely, since glucose is the main source of energy for most creatures, including humans.

• After the liver starts to burn the fat in the body to produce energy for the various organs of the body, and in this phase signs of weakness, leanness and weight loss will appear on the hunger striker body clearly day by day.

• After three weeks, the hunger striker enters the stage of the so-called “starvation status” where the body begins, similar to “burn” the muscle cells and internal organs in the body for energy, causing real damage to these organs, especially that such a process produces toxic and harmful chemicals .. And then begins to lose bone marrow… And it is the most serious stage and the most threat to the life of hunger striker.

• In case the strike exceeds 50 days, the life of the hunger striker will be in real danger and risk increases by increasing the number of days that the strike continues, which depends first on the person’s health, and the nature of drinks they feed during the strike.

 

And according to the history of hunger strikes, there were already cases of death of the hunger strikers after 50 to 72 days, among them the case of the political prisoner ” Willmar Villar” less than a month in Cuba after only 50 days on hunger strike.

 

The following are the most prominent hunger strikes waged by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails:

1 – Ramle prison hunger strike in 18/2/1969, it lasted for (11) days.

2 – The Kfar Yona prison hunger strike in 18/2/1969. The strike lasted eight days, and coincided with the strike of Ramle.

3 – The Palestinian women prisoners’ hunger strike in Tirza prison in 28/4/1970, it lasted for nine days.

4 – The Ashkelon prison hunger strike in 5/7/1970. The strike lasted for seven days.

5 – The Ashkelon prison hunger strike in 13/9/1973 until 7/10/1973.

6 – An open hunger strike in 11/12/1976, which started from the Ashkelon prison; to improve the living conditions of the prisoners and lasted for (45) days.

7 – An open hunger strike in 24/2/1977, it lasted for (20) days in Ashkelon prison. It was an extension to the previous strike.

8 – Nafha prison hunger strike in 14/7/1980, and lasted for (32) days.

9 – Junaid prison hunger strike in September 1984, it lasted for (13) days.

10 – Junaid prison hunger strike in 25/3/1987, it was attended by more than (3000) Palestinian prisoners from various prisons, and lasted for (20) days. It was one of the initial contributions to the outbreak of the first intifada.

11 – Nafha prison hunger strike in 23/6/1991,and lasted for (17) days.

12 – The hunger strike of 27/9/1992, which included most of the prisons, and was attended by seven thousands prisoner, it lasted for (15) days. The prisons joined the strike as follows: (Junaid, Ashkelon, Nafha, Be’er Sheva and Nablus in 27/9, Jenin prison 29/9, Hebron prison 30/9, Ramallah prison and Telmond in 1/10, the isolation prison of Ramle in 5/10, Gaza Central Prison 10/10, while Shatta, Megiddo, Negev, and Fara participated just in solidarity with the striking prisons.

13 – The strike of 21/6/1994, which included most of the prisons, when prisoners went on hunger strike; following the signing of the Cairo Agreement (Gaza – Jericho); to protest against the mechanism carried out to release five thousand Palestinian prisoners as agreed, and it lasted for three days.

14 – The prisoners’ hunger strike in 18/6/1995 under the slogan (the release of all prisoners without exception). This strike came to move their political cause before the Taba negotiations, and lasted for (18) days.

15 – The prisoners fought indefinite hunger strike in 5/12/1998; after the release of (150) criminal prisoner instead of political prisoners, in a deal which included the release of (750) prisoners according to the Wye River Agreement and at the eve of the U.S. President Bill Clinton visit to the region.

16 – The prisoners entered the indefinite hunger strike in 1/5/2000; to protest against the policy of isolation, restrictions and the humiliating conditions to the prisoners’ families during visits imposed by the Israeli Jails Administration.

 

Khader Adnan’s open hunger strike

Name: KHADER ADNAN MOHAMMAD MUSA

Date of Birth: 24 March 1978

Place of residence: Arraba, Jenin

Marital status: Married with two daughters. His wife is five months pregnant with a third child.

Occupation: Baker and Master’s student in Economics at Birzeit University

Date of arrest: 17 December 2011

Place of detention: Ramleh prison hospital

Expected end of current detention order: 8 May 2012

Reason for this hunger strike: On 16 February 2012, Khader Adnan entered his 62nd day of hunger strike in protest of his administrative detention and the ill-treatment he suffered at the hands of the Israeli Prison Service. He is at grave risk of death and is refusing treatment until he is released.

 

History of Khader Adnan Arrests:

1.        1999, he was arrested for 4 months in administrative detention.

2.        200 – 2001, one year.

3.        2002, one year in administrative detention.

4.        2004, 6 months in the administrative detention, and he went on hunger strike for 25 days                    Kfar Youna prison.

5.        2008, 6 months in administrative detention.

 

His latest arrest:

Khader was arrested on 17 December 2011, when Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) raided his home outside Jenin at 3:30 am. Before entering his house, soldiers used the driver that takes Khader’s father to the vegetable market, Mohammad Mustafa, as a human shield by forcing him to knock on the door of the house and call out Khader’s name while blindfolded. A huge force of soldiers then entered the house shouting. Recognizing Khader immediately, they grabbed him violently in front of his two young daughters and ailing mother.

The soldiers blindfolded him and tied his hands behind his back using plastic shackles before leading him out of his house and taking him to a military jeep. Khader was then thrown on his back and the soldiers began slapping him in the face and kicking his legs. They kept him lying on his back until they reached Dutan settlement, beating him on the head throughout the 10-minute drive. When they reached the settlement, Khader was pushed aggressively out of the jeep. Because of the blindfold, Khader did not see the wall right in front of him and smashed into it, causing injuries to his face.

 

How to support Khader Adnan and other prisoners in this Battle?

 

The battle being fought by resistor prisoner Khader Adnan, is a battle of a special type that requires a quality and creative support and solidarity, and so it is not the fate of the prisoner struggling Khader Adnan and others of our leaders and our prisoners in Israeli prisons, and in order to make Khader able to avoid the same fate as “Bobby Sands” and his comrades, we must prepare and provide for this battle all the factors of victory that would force the occupation government to respond to the fair demands of our prisoners, but if the Israeli prison administration do not respond and yield to these demands, then there is no other way rather than the need to pay the price “martyrs”, the Irish way, martyrs, to afford our prisoners the chance to live in the Israeli occupation prisons with self-esteem and dignity, and close the unilateral isolation sections in which our prisoners life has become at serious and real risk.

 

The occupation government ministers describes the life of humiliation and indignity which our prisoners are going through in the Israeli prisons, isolation sections and cells as a five-star hotels life, this means that this government is determined to crush, break and humiliate our prisoners, and it will not respond to the fair demands of the struggling prisoner Khader Adnan and other prisoners of our people, unless it feels that there is serious support and effective and true back up and solidarity to him in his battle, which is the battle of all the Palestinian prisoners a battle that exposes and the occupation government and the Israeli prisons administration, a battle that requires us to come together and in harmony, the efforts of both the official and popular, a battle that is managed locally, regionally and internationally. A battle of special type, requires a special effort, any defeat in this battle will leave its impact and implications at the Palestinian prisoners for many years to come, including increasing the predominance of the Israeli occupation Prisons Administration towards our prisoners, and will deepen the prisoners suffering inside these stone bags.

 

Struggling prisoner Khader Adnan and the other prisoners have no choice but to fight this battle, either life with dignity and pride and or martyrdom for the right, homeland and a decent life, and we believe that our prisoners have the will, readiness and high morale to fight this decisive battle in the history of the Palestinian captive movement, and perhaps dating to a new stage in the life Movement captive Palestinian.

 

In order to enable Adnan together with our captive movement achieve decisive victory in this battle, then we have to supply them with all legitimate struggle forms and support including demonstrations, sit-ins, marches, seminars, lectures and the recruitment of all media to serve this battle, and to put the local, Arab and international institutions in the picture of our captive movement situation, the nature of their demands and causes that called on them to engage in this battle. This battle in which Khader Adnan is its spearhead, must activate all Palestinian popular, official, Arab, and International institutions to support this battle, including the internationalization of this battle, and to consider what is being practiced against our prisoners a war crime requires a warrant to bring the leaders of the Israeil Government of and the officers of its prisons administration to the international courts to try them as war criminals.

 

Written by: Younes Arar

The coordinator of Beit Ommar Popular Committee

17/2/2012

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5  Haaretz

Friday, February 17, 2012

 

Twilight Zone / ‘One man against the state’

Khader Adnan, who is protesting his detention and humiliating treatment, is about to set a record for Israel’s longest hunger strike.

 

http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/week-s-end/twilight-zone-one-man-against-the-state-1.413457

 

By Gideon Levy

Tags: Israel police Palestinian Authority Palestinians

A weak, starving Palestinian man lies in Internal Medicine Department B at Safed’s Rebecca Sieff Hospital. His condition is deteriorating, one of his hands and both his feet are shackled to the bed, and prison wardens guard him day and night. He has been on a hunger strike for months. His life is in danger, and he is at risk of doing irreversible damage to his body and mind.

 

Khader Adnan, 33, is protesting the abuse and humiliation he says he suffered while being interrogated, as well as his long detention without trial. Next week Adnan, an Islamic Jihad activist from Arabeh, will set a new Israeli record for the country’s longest hunger strike, longer than that of peace activist Abie Nathan (45 days ), and of a group of security prisoners who went 65 days without eating in 1970.

 

His hunger strike is arousing considerable interest abroad. Solidarity demonstrations have been held in places around the world, as well as in Tel Aviv – but most Israelis have heard almost nothing about this. Daily solidarity protests in the West Bank go mostly unreported in Israel, as does the fact that 14 prisoners and wardens have reportedly joined his strike.

 

On Monday, the 58th day of Adnan’s strike, we visited his home in Arabeh accompanied by Physicians for Human Rights’s mobile clinic coordinator Saleh Haj Yihyeh. At that moment, Adnan’s wife Randa was updating the tally of days her husband had been not eating, displayed on a poster in the living room. “My honor is more important than my food,” declares the caption at the bottom of the poster, which bears the prisoner’s image. With his thick beard and round glasses, he looks like a settlement rabbi.

 

Arabeh is surrounded by lush green fields. Randa is raising her two small daughters, 4-year-old Ma’alia and 18-month-old Bissan, in the family home, which spans several stories. Before speaking with us, she dons a white veil that covers her face and black gloves that cover her hands.

 

Khader Adnan was arrested on December 17. Israeli soldiers came to this house in the middle of the night. This was his seventh detention or arrest by Israel. The first time was in 1999, when he was held for half a year without trial. After that, he spent eight months in detention in 2000; he was arrested again in 2002-2003; detained in 2004; detained for 18 months in 2005-2006 and six months in 2008.

 

In 2010, the Palestinian Authority arrested him for 12 days. Then, too, he went on a hunger strike, for the first time in his life. Between arrests, he worked at a pita bakery in Qabatiya and was an Islamic Jihad activist. His family says he is a political activist.

 

After midnight on December 17, Randa heard voices outside. Large groups of soldiers encircled the house for several hours. A bit before 3 A.M., when Adnan’s father left to start his workday as a vegetable merchant, he ran into the soldiers, who burst into the house. Adnan woke up and fled to his parents’ apartment on the second floor. Randa and the little girls remained in their apartment on the ground floor.

 

The soldiers immediately ran up to the second floor and pulled Adnan from the bathroom. He asked to get dressed, and they let him. Then they bound him and blindfolded him, and took him out from the house. Randa says an officer promised him that this time, his detention would be brief. While previous arrests had included a violently conducted search of the house, this time the soldiers simply arrested Adnan.

 

He was brought before a judge after being interrogated for 18 days at the Al-Jalama facility. The judge, at the military court in Salem, extended his remand. Randa came to court, where her husband told her the soldiers had beaten and kicked him after they detained him, as he lay on the floor of their Jeep. He told the court how he had been humiliated during interrogation: The interrogators had cursed at him, pulled his beard and told him his daughters were not his own.

 

The day after his arrest, Adnan launched his hunger strike to protest his lack of trial and the humiliation he suffered. That was two months ago. In the meantime, he has been sent to four months of administrative detention.

 

After the interrogation, Adnan was transferred to the Israel Prison Service’s medical facility in Ramle. A few days later, when his condition deteriorated, he was taken to a hospital. In recent weeks he has been shuffled through various Israeli hospitals – Bikur Holim in Jerusalem, Mayanei Hayeshua in Bnei Brak and now Sieff Hospital in Safed.

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