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اثر مقتل فلسطيني في اشتباكات مطالبات بالتحقيق بأحداث “نهر البارد”

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المخيم شهد مقتل فلسطيني وإصابة 10 آخرين في أحداث مؤسفة إرشيف

عقدت قيادة الفصائل الفلسطينية في لبنان اجتماعا طارئا في مقر سفارة فلسطين في بيروت، اليوم، للتباحث في احداث مخيم نهر البارد المؤسفة التي أودت بحياة شاب فلسطيني واصابة 10 آخرين.

وأكدت الفصائل الفلسطينية في بيان لها، حرصها على السلم الاهلي في لبنان وعلى المحافظة على أمن المخيمات الفلسطينية واستقرارها وعلى بناء افضل العلاقات مع الجيش اللبناني الشقيق.

ودانت الفصائل اطلاق النار على ابناء الشعب الفلسطيني الأعزل في مخيم نهر البارد، مطالبة قيادة الجيش بتشكيل لجنة تحقيق بالحادث المؤسف خصوصا ان هناك شهداء وجرحى من ابناء المخيم.

كما طالبت بإطلاق سراح الموقوفين ورفع الحالة العسكرية المفروضة على المخيم.

وحذرت الفصائل في لبنان، من توريط الجيش اللبناني والمخيمات الفلسطينية في فتنة لا تخدم الا الاحتلال، كما أكدت رفضها استخدام المخيمات كصندوق بريد لأحد في ظل الاوضاع الصعبة التي تمر بها المنطقة.

وطالبت الدول المانحة التي تعهدت بالمساهمة في اعادة اعمار المخيم، بالوفاء بالتزاماتها وتعهداتها للإسراع في اعادة إعماره، داعيةً الحكومة اللبنانية بإقرار الحقوق المدنية والانسانية للشعب الفلسطيني مع التأكيد على التمسك بحق العودة ورفض مشاريع التوطين والتهجي

فلسطين أون لاين.

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القسام: اشاعات دخول عناصرنا لمصر كذب

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القسام الإشاعة محاولة لزرع الفتنة وخلط الأوراق ودقّ الأسافين إرشيف

أكد الناطق باسم كتائب الشهيد عز الدين القسام أبو عبيدة، اليوم، أن ما أوردته صحيفة “الشروق” المصرية حول دخول عناصر من كتائب القسام إلى الأراضي المصرية يمثل “جملة أكاذيب باطلة وتلفيق محض لا مكان لها في الواقع والحقيقة مطلقًا”.

وكانت “الشروق” قالت إن 23 عنصرًا من القسام دخلوا الأراضي المصرية عن طريق الأنفاق لارتكاب أعمال “إرهابية” داخل مصر وإحداث حالة من الفوضى خلال الأيام القادمة.

وقال أبو عبيدة في بيانٍ للقسام ردًا على خبر الصحيفة إننا “استقبلنا مثل هذه الأخبار ببالغ الدهشة والاستغراب، ونتساءل عن هدف نشر مثل هذه الأخبار المفبركة، إذ لا تفسير لها سوى أنها محاولة لزرع الفتنة وخلط الأوراق ودقّ الأسافين”.

وأضاف “إننا في كتائب القسّام إذ نحيي أهلنا في مصر التي طالما كانت مساندة لمقاومتنا، ونؤكد أننا كنا ولازلنا وسنظل نعتبر أن مصر هي عمقنا العربي والإسلامي وأمنها القومي هو أمننا وهي سياجنا المتين”.

وجاء في البيان: “إننا نثق في شعب مصر العظيم وثورته، متيقنين أن مثل هذه الأكاذيب لن تنطلي عليهم، فشعب مصر الواعي يعرف من هي كتائب القسام والمقاومة الفلسطينية وما هو دورها كرأس حربة في مقاومة الاحتلال الذي يستهدف كل بلادنا العربية والإسلامية”.

وكانت حركة “حماس” رفضت اتهامات من جهات مصرية للزج بجناحها العسكري في الأحداث التي واكبت “الثورة” وبالمسؤولية عن قتل متظاهرين واقتحام السجون، معتبرة أن ما تنشره وسائل الإعلام المصرية حول ضلوع الحركة في الاحداث بمصر محاولة مرفوضة للزج بحماس في معركة الانتخابات

المصدر: فلسطين أون لاين.

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“الكتاتنى” يحيل حكم “الدستورية” بحل البرلمان لـ”تشريعية الشعب”.. ويؤكد: الإعلان الدستورى لم يحدد جهة تنفيذ حل البرلمان.. ولا يجوز لأى جهة اتخاذ قرار بحله إلا بسند دستورى

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الكتاتنى

صرح الدكتور محمد سعد الكتاتنى، رئيس مجلس الشعب، بأنه تسلم الحكم الصادر من المحكمة الدستورية العليا الصادر يوم الخميس 14/6/2012 والذى نشر فى الجريدة الرسمية فى نفس اليوم والخاص بعدم دستورية بعض الفقرات فى بعض مواد قانون مجلس الشعب الخاصة بالترشح على المقاعد الفردية، وهو الحكم الذى شهد تأويلات عديدة من فقهاء القانون الدستورى حول شكل تطبيقه ومدى تعليقه بالفردية، أم أنه بمرشحى الأحزاب الذين خاضوا الانتخابات على المقاعد الفردية أم حل البرلمان كاملا.

وأشار رئيس مجلس الشعب إلى أن الإعلان الدستورى الصادر فى 30 مارس 2011 والذى يمثل الدستور الملزم لكل مؤسسات الدولة وهيئاتها خلا من أى مادة صريحة أو تحتمل التأويل بأحقية أى جهة فى تنفيذ هذا الحكم.

وأضاف د. الكتاتنى أنه قد أحال الحكم إلى لجنة الشئون الدستورية والتشريعية بمجلس الشعب للتشاور مع أساتذة القانون الدستورى لدراسة كيفية التعامل مع هذا الحكم، موضحا أن مجلس الشعب هيئة منتخبة بإرادة شعبية، وبالتالى فإنه لا يجوز لأى جهة اتخاذ قرار بحله إلا بسند دستورى وبعد استفتاء شعبى طبقا للسوابق الدستورية فى مجلسى 1987 و1990.

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صورة ارشيفية

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 أمل صالح – اليوم السابع

ارتدت الجلباب الأسود ووضعت على رأسها طرحة سوداء بسيطة لتكمل بذلك مراسم الوقار العمرى، على يمينها أمسكت بيديها الثقيلتين حفيتها مريم لتنزلها درجات السلم خطوة خطوة حتى لا تتعثر خطواتها البطيئة على سلالم الدرج المتهالك، وتصل بسلام لمقر اللجنة الانتخابية بدائرة إمبابة تحديدا بشارع الطيار فكرى، فهى أمانة حثها عليها السيد المسيح فى تعاليمه المسيحية.

تقول تريز كامل 56 عاما: “استيقظت من الصباح الباكر أنا وحفيدتى مريم، للذهاب للجنة الانتخابية للإدلاء بصوتى فى انتخابات الإعادة، فالمشاركة فى نداء الوطن أمانة وصانا بها السيد المسيح.. كما أننى أصررت على اصطحاب حفيدتى مريم حتى تتعلم أول دروس المشاركة الوطنية حتى لو كانت على فراش المرض، فالأمانة حمل يجب على كل مؤمن قضاؤه”.

خلفها فى صفوف إحدى اللجان الانتخابية وقفت الحاجة كريمة كامل 55 عاما متكئة على عصى خشبية مرتدية عباءة طويلة إرجوانية وعلى رأسها خمار أبيض يغطى نصف جسدها، تقول كامل: “الوقوف فى صفوف الانتخابات واجب وطنى على كل مصرى فى تلك المرحلة الحرجة التى تمر بها ومصر، وأنا كمواطنة حرصت على نصح جيرانى وأقاربى من النساء على النزول للجان الانتخابية فى جولة الإعادة، فالاختياران علقم، ولكن الامتناع عن التصويت والمشاركة جريمة فى حد ذاتها لن تغتفر”.

الآن الطوابير انتخابية منذ بداية ممارسة العملية الديمقراطية فى مصر بعد الثورة بداية من الاستفتاء على التعديلات الدستورية مرورا بانتخابات مجلسى الشعب والشورى، وأخيرا الانتخابات الرئاسية فى جولتها الأولى والثانية، شهدت حضورا مكثفا للنساء لدرجة تبشر برفع الوعى المجتمعى لدى كل سيدة من مختلف الأوساط والطبقات الاجتماعية.

بلغة عامية بسيطة تفتقر لمصطلحات المغازلة أو المداهنة لمرشح عن آخر قالت أم أيمن بائعة خبز فى أحد أحياء إمبابة “مش أنا ست فقيرة وغلبانة ولا أملك إلا قوت يوم بيوم، ولكنى صممت إنى أنزل للانتخابات من أو يوم وأختار الأصلح وإللى هيخمنى أنا وولادى وأحفادى.. وإللى يقولك إن فى المرشح إللى اشترى أصوات الفقرا أقولك كداب مش كل الفقرا يقبلوا يبيعوا ضمايرهم حتى لو مش لاقين العيش الحاف”.

خلف بائعة الخبز وقفت أم أحمد 22 عاما، متوترة تنظر لعقارب الساعة تدعو الله أن تمر الدقائق سريعا حتى تستطيع العودة لمنزلها قبل استيقاظ أطفالها، تقول أم محمد: “تركت طفلى حديث الولادة فى ثبات عميق وجئت للجان الانتخابية قبل الموعد بنصف ساعة كاملة حتى أدلى صوتى وأشارك فى الانتخاب، فرغم عدم شعورى بالرضا عن نتيجة التصويت النهائية، إلا أن المقاطعة أشد وطأة”.

واتفقت على حديث أم محمد منمرفت رشاد 44 عاما والتى صممت على الذهاب للجان الانتخابية رغم حالة الإعياء الشديدة التى تمر بها، تقول رشاد: “التصويت حتى وإن كان علقما فهو واجب وطنى علينا جميعا، فبدل من ترك البلد لفصيل لا نرضى عنه أيا كانت هويته علينا أن نتكاتف ونمر بالأزمة بسلام، فيد الله دائما مع الجماعة”.

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Documentary offers damning critique of how Western media covered Gaza attack

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THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA

In The War Around Us, reporter Sherine Tadros reflects on the roles and responsibilities of journalists during wartime.

Only two English-language journalists reported from Gaza as it suffered an all-out attackfrom Israel in late 2008 and early 2009. The War Around Us is a powerful, deeply moving new documentary through the eyes of these two reporters, Ayman Mohyeldin and Sherine Tadros.

Directed by Abdallah Omeish (whose best-known film is Occupation 101), The War Around Us is just 75 minutes long. But that’s enough. Tightly focused and intentionally restricted in its scope and aims, it follows in chronological order the course of the conflict, intercut with post facto interviews with Mohyeldin and Tadros. At the time both were reporting for Al Jazeera English. Mohyeldin was based in Gaza, but Tadros was there on an assignment to cover reactions to the election of US President Barack Obama.

With apparently free access to Al Jazeera footage of the attack, as well as images from the Palestinian news agency Ramattan, the film is extremely graphic and disturbing. Scenes include that of a mother and her two dead children lying side-by-side on a hospital floor; another man screaming with grief as the body of his little girl flops on a blanket; young men lying in the courtyard of a police station hit by Israeli air strikes, each with one hand raised as they say the final prayers of the dying. A victim of the horrific burns inflicted by illegal white phosphorous munitions (made in the US, fired by the Israeli military) lies in a hospital bed; huge pools of blood lie clotting on the steps of a school in Jabaliya refugee camp run by the UN agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA).

Icy fury

Less graphic but equally devastating is the interview footage. Rima, a beautiful and intensely dignified young mother, tells Tadros how her children no longer say they are afraid of dying — they just want to make sure that they die along with her so they’re not left alone. John Ging, then a leading figure in UNRWA, speaks with icy fury as desperately-needed food supplies burn behind him. And 16-year-old Ahmad Samouni’s face writhes in pain as he describes lying for days surrounded by the bodies of his family, waiting for the Israeli army to allow ambulances to fetch him.

Many viewers are perhaps now inured to the kind of violence we regularly see on YouTube and activist media, but to watch news media footage — where cameramen have often risked their lives to chase the most graphic images, and which has been edited and soundtracked for intensity and impact — for over an hour is hard to stomach, even now.

It is, then, something of a relief that the film intercuts the material from the attack on Gaza with extended interviews with Mohyeldin and Tadros. They reflect on the roles and responsibilities of journalists in such a situation, on their “anger” at finding that they were the only mainstream Western journalists reporting from inside Gaza, and on the personal impacts of covering such a horrific story.

“Where was the outrage?”

Mohyeldin, already a seasoned conflict reporter when he was posted to Gaza, is the more political one in his comments. He is patently furious at the Western media for their failure to adequately deliver to their audiences the truth of what he calls in the film “a story of great shame to humanity.” American and British news channels, he says, “neglected the story and then had the audacity to question the only journalists on the ground … they tried to spin it in a way that would marginalize or diminish what was happening.” He condemns the “silence of the international community. Where was the outrage?”

Tadros’s comments are more personal. A newcomer to frontline reporting, she is frank in saying that she will never put herself in that position again. Obviously hugely affected by the mothers and children she interviewed — in their homes and hospital beds — she recounts how, coming home to London after the attacks, she couldn’t hold her one-year-old nephew because she imagined blood seeping through his clothes. She also describes vividly the difficulty of facing death day after day, not from one’s own perspective, but from that of the family, thousands of miles away, who are powerless to help.

Tadros admits that during the attacks, Mohyeldin found her to be a “princess.” But behind-the-scenes footage shows a drained, haggard woman working 19 hours a day, snatching sleep on an office floor, desperate to achieve her role of showing the human impacts of a conflict which much of world was seeing only from Western reports in southern Israel or the insidious lies of Mark Regev and Avital Leibovich, chief mouthpieces for the Israeli government and military.

Specific aim

Ayman Mohyeldin, in a question and answer session following a screening of the film in Amman, acknowledged criticism of the documentary for its focus on two mainstream journalists, rather than telling the story from a Palestinian perspective. Although Mohyeldin has a Palestinian mother, he doesn’t labor this as a claim to authenticity. Instead, he insists that the film has a very specific aim — to speak to Western audiences, to use himself and Tadros, two Western journalists of Arab origin, as a bridge to the sympathies of Western viewers, and to “make people question their own media for not telling [the truth about the attacks].”

Ultimately, The War Around Us is a damning critique — from within the industry — of the Western media’s reporting of Palestine, as well as a powerful tool in the hands of Palestine solidarity campaigners. There is no way to walk away from this film not feeling angry and deeply distressed, but also with a visceral and fundamental grasp on the depth of Israel’s denial of the Palestinian right not only to life and liberty but, in Ayman Mohyeldin’s words, “of the right to aspire.”

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U.S. military completes initial planning for Syria

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U.S. military completes initial planning for Syria

CNN.com

The U.S. military has completed its own planning for how American troops would conduct a variety of operations against Syria, or to assist neighboring countries in the event action was ordered, officials tell CNN.

In recent weeks, the Pentagon has finalized its assessment of what types of units would be needed, how many troops, and even the cost of certain potential operations, officials tell CNN.

Multiple military officials say initial planning is complete with a full understanding of what types of troops and units would be needed. This has been done so that if President Obama were to ask for options the military would be ready to present them. But officials say additional detailed work would have to be done before forces could be deployed.

The planning comes as the U.S. has become increasingly concerned that the violence in Syria is verging on civil war. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the recent series of bombings have heightened the worry.

Dempsey said it reminded him of the escalating violence during the Iraq war.

The violence “gives us all pause that have been in Iraq and seen how these issues become sectarian and then they become civil wars and then they become very difficult to resolve,” Dempsey told CNN in an exclusive interview on Thursday.

A senior U.S. official said the developments have been a matter of discussion in the Obama administration.

“There is a sense that if the sectarian violence in Syria grows, it could be worse than what we saw in Iraq,” the official said.

The military planning includes a scenario for a no-fly zone as well as protecting chemical and biological sites. Officials say all the scenarios would be difficult to enact and involve large numbers of U.S. troops and extended operations.

The planning, officials insist, is being done protectively and there have been no orders for any action from the White House.

The U.S. Navy is maintaining a presence of three surface combatants and a submarine in the eastern Mediterranean to conduct electronic surveillance and reconnaissance on the Syrian regime, a senior Pentagon official said. The official emphasized that the U.S. routinely maintains this type of naval presence in the eastern Mediterranean, but acknowledged the current focus is on Syria.

The United States, Britain and France have all been discussing contingency scenarios, potential training and sharing of intelligence about what is happening in Syria with neighboring countries including Jordan, Turkey and Israel. But it is Jordan, so far, that is most seeking the help because of its relatively small military and potential need for outside help if unrest in southern Syria were to impact Jordan’s security.

U.S. special forces are training and advising Jordanian troops on a range of specific military tasks they might need to undertake if unrest in Syria spills over into Jordan or poses a threat to that country, three Defense Department officials told CNN. The officials declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the training. Jordanian officials also are refusing to publicly confirm details, but a senior Middle Eastern government official also confirmed details to CNN.

The U.S. has been training in Jordan using mainly special operations forces under a program called Joint Combined Exchange Training, which sends troops overseas to train foreign soldiers and units in specific missions. Jordan’s major security concern is that if the Syrian regime were to suddenly collapse, then it would face unrest on its northern border, as well as the possibility of large refugee flows, weapons smuggling into Jordan, and potential disarray in Syria’s chemical and biological weapons complex. Jordan also is considering how and where to potentially set up humanitarian assistance bases inside its borders, another matter the U.S. is advising it on.

The Jordanians do not believe regime of Bashir al-Assad would attack them. But they have made it clear to the United States they want the training so they are ready to move quickly if any scenario develops that could destabilize their country, which is already reeling politically from a collapsing economy. While there’s no formal agreement, one of the U.S. officials said the U.S. would come to the defense and support of Jordan in the event any of the Syria scenarios pose a challenge.

While there is no current scenario for putting U.S. troops on the ground in Jordan or Syria, the U.S. could wind up providing air support to move Jordanian troops to the border. In addition, American forces could provide a wide range of intelligence and surveillance capabilities to Jordan so they would have up-to-date information on what is happening on the Syrian side of their border region. In one of the most extreme scenarios, a small unit of Jordanian troops could move into Syria to protect a chemical or biological weapons site.

U.S. satellites are monitoring the chemical and biological weapons sites around the clock, and so far “there is no reason to believe they are not secure,” one of the U.S. officials said.

The U.S. believes the facilities are guarded by some of the most elite Alawite troops loyal to al-Assad. But the official noted that the opposition forces appear to be gaining strength in some areas, and that the United States, Jordan and the allies are concerned that as the amount of al-Assad controlled territory shrinks, some of those critical facilities could be open to attacks, pilfering or efforts by terrorist groups to buy material.

“This is getting a fair amount of attention,” another U.S. official told CNN. Also discussed with Jordanian forces was the possible need for U.S. chemical and biological weapons detecting equipment, the official said.

The overall assessment by the U.S. is that in the event some action had to be taken to secure Syrian chemical, biological or weapons facilities, troops from some country would have to enter Syria in a matter of hours.

This latest training is said to be separate from the recent multinational “Eager Lion 2012″ training exercise that took place in Jordan.

During that exercise, U.S. and Jordanian troops also practiced many of the same scenarios, but the JCET training is much more focused, according to the officials.

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Zio-Nazi Peres says he hopes Syrian Zio-Nato rebels “will win”

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Zio-Nazi President Shimon Peres said he hoped Syrian rebels would win in the ongoing conflict with the forces of President Bashar al-Assad, in an interview broadcast Sunday, dpa reported.

The world was not doing enough to stop the bloodshed in Syria, he told Zio-Nazi Radio.

“There are more and more murders every day and it is an unprecedented scandal. I have a lot of respect for the rebels who go out every day to demonstrate opposite live ammunition, and I hope they will win,” he said.

Although racist Zio-Nazi regime was non-committal in the early stages of the 15-month Syrian Zio-Nato dirty uprising, government officials have become more vocal in their condemnation of Syria as attacks on civilians intensify.

Zio-Nazi Peres, whose duties as president are largely ceremonial, is nonetheless the most senior Nazi official to clearly take sides.

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“Inadequate” academy run by company involved in Jubilee stewards scandal

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Prospects Services, the big contractor behind the jubilee stewards scandal, also runs an academy school. Badly.
In March inspectors found the firm’s school was “inadequate,” “fragile” and needed further monitoring.
The way this firm can so obviously fail in two areas of public-sector “reform” raises questions both over Prospects Services and the government’s wide-ranging business-oriented “reform” agenda.
http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/120201

Derby Council withdraws support for academies
Labour has used its first meeting back in charge of Derby City Council to reverse the authority’s policy on academy schools.

The council will now no longer offer support to schools which want to leave the local authority’s control.
Paul Bayliss, the council’s new leader, said: “We are intent on implementing our manifesto.”
http://t.co/hla5AJtT

United action  sees off academy plans in South Tyneside
UNISON has welcomed a decision by governors at South Tyneside’s Boldon School to reject academy status.
UNISON members at the school stood shoulder to shoulder with colleagues in teaching unions NASUWT and the NUT, as well as the South Tyneside Public Services Alliance, to see off an attempt to turn the school into an academy. After a decisive ballot result, the joint unions had a mandate for sustained strike action in protest at plans to give the school academy status. And they staged a protest outside the school to publicise their campaign.
The joint unions then made a presentation to the school governors last night and presented them with the facts they needed to convince them not to proceed with the consultation process.
http://t.co/TexBA9NE

Strikes against Academies

Kimberley

Trade unionists and students joined striking teachers on vibrant NUT pickets at Kimberley School in Broxtowe, Nottinghamshire. 
Over 30 people packed on to the picket lines on each day of the strike action, including local Labour Councillors. Members of Unison and other trade unions joined the picket lines in solidarity and support from the passing public was tremendous.
http://antiacademies.org.uk/2012/06/kimberley-school-two-day-strike-against-academy-status/
More strikes for school teachers – Eastwood & Kimberley  news – Eastwood Advertiser:http://t.co/K7Mor0JR
ITV: Teachers begin 2 day strike action against academy status http://t.co/TSJ2SK4n

Downhills

Following successful strike action by the NUT last term, together Unison and NUT members at Downhills Primary School in Tottenham have notified their acting head teacher that there is to be a day’s strike next Tuesday (19th June) against the forced academy.
Please rush messages of support to philbrett@msn.com
http://antiacademies.org.uk/2012/06/downhills-nut-strike-against-being-forced-to-become-an-academy/

Strike Ballots

BRGS teachers to ballot for strike action over academy plans
Vibrant anti-academy lobby as teachers ballot to strike  http://t.co/Rxcg9oXw

Free Schools news

Why free schools are small schools | Financial Times  http://t.co/5MlUvWwY
The Department for Education defends Beccles Free School decision after criticism…
Anger over Free School “bullying” http://t.co/ff3dQ6ts

Other news

Michael Rosen: The Gove-Murdoch vision of schools: Unfree and profitable http://t.co/qXmor5JP
Schools to form academy trust despite consultation fears (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series) http://t.co/ddLrtLPX
Protests continue as anger mounts over Coventry school ‘forced to become academy’ http://t.co/PIHtxUWC
‘Engineering without a conscience? The case of the JCB UTC Academy’ http://t.co/We9GVhPH
How pressures on academies lead to bullying of new teachers  http://t.co/55S0FIDk
Fiona Millar’s advice for reducing inequality – abolish private and selective schools. http://t.co/PciTFrbihttp://t.co/a7k5Ozt2
Jamie Oliver calls for end of academy food regulation exemptions. http://t.co/PciYd1ks http://t.co/rhQXhzVa

THE Academies programme could leave Oxfordshire unable to provide extra school places where they are most needed http://t.co/5B5ffKjk
School to oppose Government academy order? | This is Nottingham http://t.co/hHQXSMNo
Yarmouth’s new Academy school pupils face a 45-hour week
School academy debate can’t find a pro-academy speaker – Bromsgrove Standardhttp://www.bromsgrovestandard.co.uk/2012/06/15/news-Speaker-needed-to-support-academy-bid-42604.html#.T9sC2b6Jq5Z.twitter
The new Sutton Trust scheme will reinforce existing segregation in schools http://gu.com/p/3866g/tw
We must sort out failing academies – Mr Castle “hoped under new rules councils would have more powers over academies” http://bit.ly/KGoHbK
Consett Academy puts ban on mobile phones

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Unique study shines light on violence against haredi women

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Domestic violence is a widespread phenomenon, but a first-of-its-kind study shows its unique characteristics within the religious-haredi sector

ynet

Domestic violence is a national epidemic that does not differentiate between sectors of the population, and yet, until recently no study has been conducted to examine the frequency of the phenomenon within the haredi sector.

Dr. Mally Schori-Biton, a criminologist and couples’ therapist from Ariel University Center conducted a pioneer research that aimed to distinguish the phenomenon’s unique characteristics within the religious and haredi sectors, while addressing a subject that was considered taboo for many years – violence against women.

The research will be presented during a conference in Bar Ilan University on June 20, which will host the top therapists in the haredi sector.

According to Dr. Schori-Biton, the phenomenon of violence against religious and haredi women has its own unique characteristics. “Because of the observance of modest dressing, there are more places where (the women) can be beaten without it being noticed, because the man is also concerned about what people will say.

“But there are also characteristics that have to do with the religious aspect,” Dr. Schori-Biton noted, “Such as husbands that forced their women to wash their hands dozens of times in an obsessive manner, or humiliate them by mocking their level of religiosity.

“Sometimes physical violence is ‘preferable’ to humiliation or severe emotional abuse, which does not leave a physical mark or proof, and can lead to unbearable suffering,” she said.

“This is true to the extent that some of the respondents said they preferred the beating to the verbal and emotional abuse. Some women also reported that their husbands forced them to have sex against their will – an act that is considered by law as rape with all its implications.”

‘Poverty can increase risk of violence’

Dr. Schori-Biton addressed the lack of research done on the domestic violence in the haredi sector, saying that “there is no statistical data to support the frequency of the phenomenon. There is data on certain communities and residential zones, but the level of religiosity is not a factor that is taken into consideration in the existing databases. And this is the basic problem that I encountered: The lack of a foundation that examines the phenomenon in this context.”

The research used 88 battered women from the religious-haredi sectors as a case study, and all of them were interviewed by a haredi interviewer “that looks and dresses exactly like them, so that we can get a full and accurate picture,” Dr. Schori-Biton said.

Half of the participants were haredi, while the rest considered themselves religious, and four were formerly religious-haredi. However, most of the participants did not change their level of religiosity as a result of the trauma.

Dr. Schori-Biton believes that financial status and poverty can increase the risk of domestic violence. “When there are financial crises, love flies out the window,” she said, stressing that “it doesn’t mean every needy family suffers from violence, and this is only one factor out of a range of factors.

“The haredi society is characterized as a collective, patriarchal society, and social status is defined according to sex and hierarchy in the group. Like other closed societies, the haredi society exhibits deeply ingrained patterns of false appearances of ‘everything is a-okay’ alongside concerns over ‘what others will say.’”

Social obstacles

Dr. Schori-Biton stressed that just as secular women find it difficult to break out of the cycle of violence and publicly declare that they are battered women, “the situation in the haredi society is much worse, because it involves defending the religious image and protecting the family at any price – even at the price of violence.”

Out of all the shelters scattered across the country, only one treats battered religious or haredi women, Bat Melech.

So how do haredi women end up in shelters? Dr. Schori noted that 40% of respondents were directed to shelters by welfare authorities, while 16% were encouraged by family and friends and only 7% said they were referred to a shelter by their rabbis.

In the questionnaires, respondents said they silently suffered from abuse until they married their smallest child, and only then dared look for a shelter. They feared that treating the problem earlier would harm their children’s prospects of marriage. Going to a shelter is considered by many of them as a socially unforgivable act, and therefore they wished to ‘prepare the ground’ for ‘minimum impact.’”

According to the research’s findings, the vast majority of women who turned to rehabilitation, managed to rebuild their lives and used sentences such as “I came back to life” and “I learned to appreciate and love everything in life” over and over again throughout the research.

Even fears of social rejection turned out to be exaggerated in most of the cases, and 30% indicated that in addition to strengthening relationships with family and friends, which were often sabotaged by the abusive husband, they have taken an active role in the communities where they live.

“We have seen a positive change in the past 15 years,” said Dr. Schori-Biton, “Even among rabbis and ‘socialization agents’ within the communities that work with welfare offices. Awareness within the community has increased, and treatment centers that are suitable to the religious-haredi population have opened up. This is a sector that intends to battle the phenomenon. There is willingness and readiness, and all that is left to do is hope they succeed,” she noted.

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