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The Truth About ISIS With Syrian Girl ”VIDEO”

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Corporate capitalism versus human happiness

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Happiness

By Graham Peebles

Happiness, or at least the search for it, is a human right.

It is in America anyway,where at birth the founding fathers boldly stated in the Declaration of Independence that “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” are “unalienable rights”, given to all humanity by “the creator” and which government is duty bound to protect. This virtuous document goes on to state that if the government “becomes destructive of these ends”, the people have the right “to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government”, one that is “most likely to effect their safety and happiness”.

In Britain a recent report on mental health (albeit motivated by the cost of mental illness to the National Health Service) concluded that “the ‘pursuit of happiness’ must become an explicit and measurable goal of government”.

The common sense deduction that government policy should cultivate happiness runs contrary to the impact – and, many would argue, the intention – of democratic corporate politics, which, despite the liberal rhetoric, creates the conditions in which people – the 99 per cent – live with perpetual anxiety and insecurity. Discontent is fostered, feeding the urge for comfort and pleasure – for escape. Transitory habit-forming relief is supplied in a range of colours by a plethora of corporations, including the pharmaceutical giants who annually make worldwide profits of, according to the World Health Organisation, around USD 100 billion.

It is hard to be happy, or to have the energy and psychological space to pursue happiness when trapped under the suffocating, inhibiting shadow of fear. The basic requirements for happiness are clearly documented. Unsurprisingly, they are food and shelter, friendship, to feel part of something – a family, community, etc. – valued, loved even. When these externals are threatened, so too is our fragile sense of wellbeing and happiness: anxiety floods our nervous system, replacing these transient, dependent states.

Pleasure or happiness?

Whether recognised as a universal human right or not, happiness is a state of being to which we all naturally aspire. Children throughout the world often, despite their circumstances, wake up with it, bear testimony to its living presence and, free from longing, spread it abroad. It is an inherent part of our nature. As the great 20th century Indian sage, Ramana Maharshi, said, “happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside”.

The thrill of getting what we want – a new car, an iPad, a job or a dress – quickly dies away and we regress to the previous level of happiness or frustration, and the emptiness we were so desperate to fill reasserts itself.

The current economic paradigm forces us to do precisely this: it preaches a doctrine of happiness based on consumerism and materialism, and devotees of the divisive, worn out system that sits at the poisonous root of so many of our problems, use universally pervasive methods to persuade and entrap. Advertising and PR, together with the media, form the primary tools of deceit.

All too often happiness is confused with or exchanged for pleasure, pleasure derived, as J. Krishnamurti says, from satisfying a longing. “You want a car, and you get it, and you are happy… I want to be the greatest politician, and if I get it I am happy. If I cannot get it [what I want], I am unhappy. So what you call happiness is getting what you want.” And, conversely, “if you cannot get what you want then unhappiness begins”. The happiness achieved by “getting what we want” does not last and traps us between what appear to be opposites: happiness and misery. The thrill of getting what we want – a new car, an iPad, a job or a dress – quickly dies away and we regress to the previous level of happiness or frustration, and the emptiness we were so desperate to fill reasserts itself.

We are encouraged to believe that pleasurable experiences make us happy and are in fact the source of our happiness. And so we hunt them out, moving from one pleasurably stimulating moment to another, hopefully even more intense, more satiating. We live for these highlights, punctuate our lives with them and a great deal of time and energy is spent  (understandably we might think) trying to maximise pleasure in the search for happiness, and avoiding its opposite – pain and the associated suffering. And here within the duality of desire we live out our days. Caught, trapped and all too often discontent and anxious.

Pleasure is generally sensory, often hedonistic, always temporary. It functions in tandem with desire… Desire is like a permanent itch, it aggravates discontent and thereby inevitably fuels suffering. It has hold of the minds of humanity and is a core requirement in the perpetuation of the consumer-driven neo-liberal economic system, which actively encourages the adoption of attitudes of mind that strengthen individual desire and intensify social division, such as  ambition and competition.

Hollow promises

The neo-liberal model of capitalist complacency beloved by politicians red, white and blue, promises happiness but delivers discontent, material dependency, social inequality and division: little of lasting value. It encourages identification with materiality, strengthens a value system promoting acquisition, consumption and desire – hollow and insatiable ideals that divide societies, strengthen atomisation and cause unhappiness and illness.

Governments – north, south, east and west – which believe they are elected to bring economic success and to compete on the world stage are the murky facilitators, beneficiaries and bedmates of worldwide corporate chaos. Rampant capitalism – “market fundamentalism”, the acclaimed Indian writer P. Sainath calls it – thrives on consumerism and preaches abundance for all, but never sufficiency, never just address your needs. It is there in the homogenised land of globalised shopping, the Shangri-La of insatiability, where all credit card-carrying visitors are welcome that happiness sits, wrapped in mock leather inscribed in gold with the motto “Greed is Good”, or maybe “Greed is God”.

Instead of facilitating the creation of a civilisation based on perennial principles of freedom, social justice, unity and cooperation, the puppets in grey suits have allowed – indeed encouraged – a culture of mediocrity and ugliness, competition and greed, division and destruction. Everything is a commodity, from a forest to a child, a river to a view: all is to be bought, used and sold; wrung dry of inherent value and promise and discarded. Conformity is demanded, desire constantly stoked; the agents of materialism knowing well no matter how often it is scratched it will never rest, never be made quiet, and so happiness will always lie in the next shopping basket, the upcoming holiday, that new jacket or mobile phone.

In America, for example, where the pursuit of happiness is a constitutional duty of government, the World Health Organisation record that 21 per cent of the population are known to be suffering from depression (that is 64 million people); worldwide they describe it as an epidemic, with 350 million suffering – hardly the picture of a society bathed in happiness. Who knows what the figure would be if the 800 million living in stifling poverty in India or the 450 million struggling on less than USD 2 a day in sub-Saharan Africa or rural China where surveyed.

Happiness as a permanent state implies contentment and freedom from desire, with its inherent agitation and insatiability. While it is not the responsibility of governments to make people happy, it is their duty to abolish methods and reform systems that build obstacles to happiness and feed a climate of anxiety.

Conversely governments should actively work to promote the building of a society based on perennial values, many of which sit at the heart of true democracy: participation, cooperation, sharing and unity. That is, qualities that allow happiness to come naturally into being.

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OCHA Protection of Civilians Report August 12-18, 2014

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Key issues


● 139 injured in clashes, mainly during protests against Israeli military operations in Gaza.
● Four demolitions executed on 18 August.
● Gaza Crisis: for daily reports and updates on the Gaza emergency see: http://www.ochaopt.org/content.
aspx?id=1010361

https://www.ochaopt.org/documents/ocha_opt_protection_of_civilians_weekly_report_2014_8_22_english.pdf

 

 

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Gaza Holocauat: On the 48th Daye of Nazi Offensive

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9 Palestinian Civilians, 5 of Whom Are Members of One Family, Including 2 Children and 2 Women, Killed and 99 Others, Including 30 Children and 19 Women, Wounded;

5 Houses Destroyed 

Since the Beginning of the Nazi Offensive, 2,114 Palestinians, 1,628 of Whom Are Civilians, Including 506 Children and 291 Women, Killed, and 10,529 Others, Mostly Civilians, Including 3,190 Children and 2,037 Women, Wounded;

880 Houses Targeted and Destroyed by Nazi Warplanes;

Thousands of Houses Destroyed Completely or Partially by Nazi Shelling;

Thousands of Palestinian Families Resort to Humanitarian Shelters

Nazi occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 47th consecutive day in violation of the international law.  They have employed their full-fledged arsenal to attack the Gaza Strip from the air, sea and land, killing and wounding thousands of Palestinians, mostly civilians, including children and women.  Many Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes that attacked their homes without prior warnings.  Israeli forces have attacked homes and civilian facilities and property. On Friday evening, 22 August 2014, Israeli forces continued attacks on Palestinian civilians and property.  They attacked more houses and civilian gatherings.  As a result of these attacks, 9 Palestinian civilians, 5 of whom are members of one family, including 2 children and 2 women, were killed.  Additionally, 99 Palestinians, including 30 children and 19 women, were wounded, and 5 houses were destroyed.  Humanitarian shelters throughout the Gaza Strip are over-crowded as thousands of Palestinian civilians have resorted to them.  According to UNRWA’s statistics, the number of displaced civilians has amounted to at least 240,000.  Most areas in the Gaza Strip lack water and electricity services due to the ongoing offensive.

The latest developments from 10:00 (07:00 GMT) on Friday, 22 August 2014, to 10:00 on Saturday, 23 August 2014, have been as follows:

The Northern Gaza Strip:

Israeli warplanes launched a number of airstrikes targeting houses, a cemetery, agricultural plots and open areas.  As a result of these attacks, 13 Palestinians, including 3 children and 2 women, were wounded.  Additionally, a house was targeted and destroyed, and a number of others were damaged.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–       At approximately 18:00 on Friday, 22 August 2014, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an open area at the southern entrance of Beit Hanoun. As a result, a Palestinian civilian was wounded.

–       At approximately 20:40, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at al-Falouja Cemetery in Jabalya refugee camp.  As a result, a number of graves were destroyed, a large crater was made and the fence and a gate of the cemetery were damaged. Three trucks parked in the area belonging to the al-Sherafi family and a number of nearby house were damaged.  Four Palestinian civilians were wounded.

–       At approximately 20:50, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a poultry farm belonging to Akram Abu ‘Ouda in al-Sikka Street in Beit Hanoun.  The farm was destroyed.

–       At approximately 21:15, an Israeli warplane launched 2 missiles at al-Radee’ farm in Musallam area in Beit Lahia.  A number of nearby houses were damaged and a Palestinian civilian was wounded.

–       At approximately 22:10, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to ‘Anan al-Masri in al-Manshiya Street.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

Gaza City:

Israeli warplanes launched 15 airstrikes targeting houses, flats, a mosque, agricultural plots and open areas.  As a result of these attacks, 61 Palestinians, including 15 children and 8 women, were wounded.  Two houses were also destroyed and a third one, a building and a flat were damaged.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–       At approximately 12:00 on Friday, 22 August 2014, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a flat belonging to Hammam Ibrahim Nasman on the 4th floor of ‘Akila building near al-Sousi Mosque in al-Shati refugee camp, west of Gaza City.  The flat was extensively damaged, but no casualties were reported. At the same time, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at the fifth floor of the same building, owned by the Baroud family and rented by a member of the Farahat family.  As a result, the roof of the building was extensively damaged.

–       At approximately 20:30, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at a 5-storey house belonging to ‘Abdul Karim Saleh Abu ‘Aqlin, in which 7 families, including 25 children, live near Dughmosh gas station in al-Sabra neighborhood in the south of Gaza City.  As a result, 6 members of the family were wounded and the house was destroyed.

–       At approximately 01:30 on Saturday, 23 August 2014, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at al-Sousi Mosque in al-Shati refugee camp, west of Gaza City.  It is worth noting that the mosque had been already attacked and destroyed by Israeli warplanes.

–       At approximately 06:15, Israeli warplane launched 6 missiles at an uninhabited 2-storey house belonging to ‘Emad ‘Aaqel near Ali Msoque in al-Zaytoun neighborhood in the southeast of Gaza City.

–       At approximately 10:00, an Israeli warplane launched 2 missiles at a 3-storey house belonging to the al-Wadiya family in Ahmed Yassin Street opposite to Gaza University in the south of Gaza City.  The house was completely destroyed.

–       The other civilians were wounded when Israeli warplane launched airstrikes on agricultural plots and open areas.

The Central Gaza Strip:

Israeli warplanes launched 15 airstrikes targeting houses, agricultural plots and a cemetery.  As a result of these attacks, 6 Palestinian civilians, 5 of whom are members of one family, including 2 children and 2 women, were killed, and 24 others, including 11 children and 9 women, were wounded.  Two houses were also destroyed.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–          At approximately 10:10 on Friday, 22 August 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to Khaled Salman Abu Hwaishel, in which 4 people live, in al-Boreij refugee camp.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–          At approximately 16:20, an Israeli drone fired a missile at Ismail Musallam Ebtaihan, 69, when he was on his land in Be’r Abu Salah area in al-Zawaida.  He was seriously wounded.  He died of his wound 2 hours later.

–          At approximately 00:15 on Saturday, 23 August 2014, an Israeli warplane launched 2 missiles at a 4-storey house belonging to Shida ‘Abed Rabbu Abu Dahrouj, in which 4 families counting 25 individuals live, in al-Zawaida village.  The first missile did not exploded, but the second one destroyed the house and killed 5 members of the family: Hayel Shihda ABU Dahrouj, 28; his wife, Huda Mohammed Abu Dahrouj, 25; his children, ‘Abdullah, 3, and ‘Abdul Hadi, 2; and his aunt, Hayat ‘Abed Rabbu Abu Dahrouj, 50.

Khan Yunis:

Israeli warplanes launched 25 airstrikes targeting houses, agricultural plots, a cultural center, a store and a mosque.  As a result of these attacks, 2 Palestinian civilians were killed and a child was wounded.  Another civilian died of a previous wound.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–          At approximately 10:30 on Friday, 22 August 2014, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a store in a house belonging to the al-Muzayen family in al-Manara neighborhood in the southwest of Khan Yunis.

–          At approximately 11:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at al-‘Abadla quarter in al-Qarara village.  Ahmed Qassem al-‘Abadla and his 2 sons, Mousa, 23, and Omar, 10, mounted to the roof of the house to check where the missile landed.  As soon as they got onto the roof, an Israeli drone fired a missile at them.  The three civilians were seriously wounded.  They were evacuated to Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis.  Half an hour later, Mousa died of his wound, and the father died of his wound 2 hours later.

–          At approximately 13:30, an Israeli warplane launched an airstrike on an agricultural plot in ‘Abdul Ghafour area in al-Qarara village.

–          At approximately 18:10, an Israeli warplane launched 2 airstrikes on lands in al-Satar al-Gharbi area and al-Qarara village, northwest of Khan Yunis.

–          At approximately 18:20, an Israeli warplane launched 2 airstrikes on lands in al-Fukhari village, southeast of Khan Yunis.

–          At approximately 19:20, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a site of a Palestinian armed group in the northwest of Khan Yunis.

–          From 19:50 to 20:20, Israeli warplanes launched 9 airstrikes targeting agricultural plots in al-Qarara village, Hittin area and al-Satar al-Gharbi area.  No casualties were reported.

–          At approximately 20:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural plot near the campus of the Islamic University in Ma’an area in the south of Khan Yunis.

–          At approximately 20:15, Israeli forces positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired smoke shells with a disgusting smell at the east of al-Qarara village, northeast of Khan Yunis.

–          At approximately 00:00 on Saturday, 23 August 2014, an Israeli warplane launched 2 airstrikes on agricultural plots in the northwest of Khan Yunis.

–          At approximately 03:50, an Israeli drone fired a missile at Khalil al-Rahman Mosque in ‘Abassan village, east of Khan Yunis.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the mosque and destroyed it.

–          At approximately 17:30, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at the Cultural Center of al-Qarara Municipality in al-‘Abadla Street in al-Qarara village.  The 2-storey building was destroyed.

–          At approximately 06:00, medical sources declared that ‘Abdul Rahman Salem Abu Hadayed, 25, died of a wound he had sustained on Thursday, 21 August 2014, when an Israeli drone fired a missile at a motorcycle on which he was traveling together with his brother, Hamdan, 44, who was killed in the attack, in Ma’an area in the south of Khan Yunis.

Rafah:

Israeli warplanes launched 11 airstrikes on Rafah targeting agricultural plots, open areas and a training site.  No casualties were reported.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–          At approximately 10:30 on Friday, 22 August 2014, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an open area in Tal Zo’rob area in the southwest of Rafah.

–          At approximately 10:50, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an open area in the northwest of Rafah.

–          At approximately 11:40, Israeli forces fired a number of artillery shells at houses and agricultural areas in al-Shouka village, east of Rafah.

–          At approximately 13:30, Israeli forces fired a number of artillery shells at houses and agricultural areas in al-Shouka village, east of Rafah.

–          At approximately 21:30, Israeli forces fired a number of artillery shells at houses and agricultural areas in al-Tannour neighborhood in the east of Rafah.

–          At approximately 21:40, Israeli forces fired a number of artillery shells at houses and agricultural areas in al-Shouka village, east of Rafah.

–          From approximately 01:20 to 06:30 on Saturday, 23 August 2014, Israeli warplanes launched 8 airstrikes on open areas in Tal Zo’rob area in the southwest of Rafah, the tunnel areas along the Egyptian border, south of the city, the northwestern part of the city and a site of the ‘Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas)

PCHR reiterates condemnation, expresses utmost concern for these crimes, and:

1)   Calls upon the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to promptly visit the Gaza Strip, to fulfill her responsibilities to stop this barbaric offensive and to closely watch the systematic destruction caused and deliberate targeting of Palestinian civilians and property protected under the international law;

2)   Calls upon the UN Human Rights Council to accelerate the formation of the fact-finding mission as decided by the Council in the resolution taken in its special session that was held on 23 July 2014 to investigate violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law in the occupied Palestinian territory without any delay related to bureaucratic restrictions and procedures;

3)   Calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their contractual obligations not only to respect the Convention, but also ensure respect for the Convention, and to immediately intervene to stop war crimes committed by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians, and calls upon the Swiss Government, the depository of the Geneva Conventions, to call for a new conference of the High Contracting Parties as soon as possible;

4)   Stresses that holding war criminals accountable is an essential condition for any future settlement, and the international community should confirm that no impunity for war criminals, and the achievement of peace is conditioned by respect for human rights and the international law, and prosecution of war criminals;

5)   Calls upon the Palestinian leadership to immediately accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which will provide opportunities to prosecute Israeli war criminals before the Court;

6)   Stresses that the Gaza Strip is a disaster area and there is an urgent need to treat the disastrous humanitarian situation resulting from deliberate Israeli attacks on the civilian infrastructure, including electricity, water, hospitals, shelters and houses, forcible displacement of more than 500,000 civilians ad systematic and mass destruction of civilian communities;

7)   Calls upon the international community to intervene to stop the policies of collective punishment and left the closure imposed on the Gaza Strip for more than seven years, allowing the freedom of movement and goods, away from artificial improvements which have contributed to institutionalizing and prolonging the closure.

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Former hunger striker Halahleh among 14 Palestinians arrested by occupation army

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14 Palestinians, including former prisoner Thaer Halahleh, were arrested by Israeli occupation forces in raids throughout the West Bank late Monday night and early Tuesday morning, August 18 and 19. Halahleh, a former long-term hunger striker who also contracted hepatitis during prison dental surgery, had been released in May. He has spent over 9 years in occupation prisons, frequently in administrative detention without charge or trial.

Halahleh, 35, was one of four Palestinians arrested from al-Khalil area (Firas Oweiwi, Ahmad Oweiwi, Mohammed Jamal, Thaer Halahleh), 4 from Nablus (Ruslan Adali, Ahmad Adili, Musa al-Hindi, Ahmad Doghlass), 4 from Deir Estia near Salfit (Firas Fares, Fouad Diab, Yasser Awad, Ala’a Shaaban) and one from Burqin (Hani Ghanem) and another from Husan (Mohammd Adel Hamamrah).

One of the 62 Palestinian former prisoners released in the Wafa al-Ahrar prisoner exchange, Othman Musleh of Salfit, was released on Sunday, August 17. The occupation declined to renew its arrest of Musleh, unlike the other 61, who have been rounded up systematically since June.

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239 Palestinians arrested in last week by occupation forces

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239 Palestinians were arrested in Jerusalem and the West Bank over the past week, reported the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club on Friday, August 15. 132 are from Jerusalem, 32 from Ramallah/al-Bireh, 25 from al-Khalil, 16 from Bethlehem, 10 from Nablus, 9 from Jenin, 5 from Salfit, 4 from Tulkarem, 3 from Tubas and 3 from Jericho areas. 366 Palestinians have been arrested by occupation forces to date in August.

Over 100 Palestinians from Jerusalem were arrested in two days, with raids throughout the area targeting Palestinian Jerusalemites in Sho’ufat, Beit Hanina and elsewhere.

On Thursday morning, August 14, 52 Palestinians from Jerusalem were arrested, following the arrest of 57 on the previous day. 20 more Palestinians were arrested in early morning raids in al-Khalil, Bethlehem and Jenin on Thursday, including four teenage boys – Haydar Hamamrah, Muhammad Hamamrah, Firas Hamamrah and Bakr Shawasha, all 16 and 17 – from the Bethehem area village of Husan, and Mohammed Melhem, 14, from Fasayel, near Jericho.

On Friday, 96 Palestinians from Jerusalem – 17 held in Ashkelon, 4 minors held in Ofek, and the rest held at al-Moskobiyeh detention center – were released on 5000-shekel bail (approximately $1435 US) and on five days house arrest.

Mass arrests of over 600 people have taken place in the Jerusalem area in the past 2 months, including a number of members of the Abu Khdeir family of Shou’fat, the relatives of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir, murdered and burned by Israeli settlers. Most have been arrested for participating in demonstrations against the settler attacks.

Ma’an news reported that among the released were: Ahmad Abu Khdeir, Abd al-Rahman Abu Khdeir, Rami Abu Khdeir, Amer Zidani, Mohammad Sarhan, Amro Abu Khdeir, Mohammad Abbasi, Ahed Abbasi Ziyad al-Qaq, Ali Abu Diab, Naim Hadiyeh, Mohammad Odeh, Luai Rajabi, Tariq Sarhan, Ahmad Awwad, Ali Hamdan, Hazim Castro, Ahmad Abu al-Hawa, Daoud Abbasi, Ihab Hamdan, Issam Najib, Fira Miraji, Mohammad Miraji, Nidal Froukh, Ali Sayyad, Hisham Qawasmeh, Awad Sabbagh, Ismail Ghteit, Awdi Odeh, Ammar Zaytoun, Thaer Abu Lafi, Jihad Mirii, Wisam Abu al-Hawa, Shihab Shweiki, Munir Abbasi, Fadi Arafeh, Anwar Arafeh, Adnan Shahwan, Mohammad Siyouri, Aed Abbasi, Radhi Abu Khdeir, Akram Fakhouri, Ghalib Abu Sneineh. Mahmoud Arnaout, Hassan Asim, Khalid Tawwash Nimr Basti, Rajab Abu Sneineh, Basim Basti, Mohammad Jabir, Wisam Nofel, Anas Afghani, Ramzi al-Rashq, Hamza Afghani, Abdullah Abu Diab, Amir Rajab, Samir Rajab, Khaldoun Ashmar, Mohammad Samman, Mohammad Ibrahim, Khadir Baaraani, Mahmoud Dweik, Mahmoud Shawish, Mustafa Natsheh, Mahmoud Natsheh, Mutaz Jabir, Mamdouh Halawani, Omar Ibrahim, Ayman Basti, Salih Tawwash, Ammar Husari, Munir Basti, Mohammad Obeid, Mustafa Ghanim, Taha Obeid, Salama Obeid, Dauod Mohammad, Yazan Obeid Moussa Hamdan, Mahmoud Hamdan and Nizar Hamdan.

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Mona Qa’adan denied family visits for two years

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The Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) has reported that a Palestinian woman, kidnapped and imprisoned by Israel since 2012, has never been allowed any family visits, especially since Israel labels her entire family as a “security threat”.

The PPS said Mona Qa’dan, held at the HaSharon Israeli Prison has not even been able to talk with her family members who only saw her for a few minutes during court proceedings.

“Her suffering is ongoing, her detention was extended sixteen consecutive times since her arrest on November 23, 2012”, the PPS added, “She is still imprisoned without formal court deliberations, and the family cannot visit with her, or talk to her for even for a minute”.

Qa’dan also suffers various health issues, including in her gallbladder, stomach and high blood pressure.

Her arrest and imprisonment is the third as she was previously arrested, and imprisoned, but this time is the longest she spent in detention.

Her mom and dad died; she has four sisters and three brothers, one of them is also imprisoned.

She is engaged to detainee Ibrahim Eghbariyya who is serving 3 life-terms and an additional ten years.

Her first arrest was on August 2 2007, she was released on June 20 2008, then she was kidnapped again on May 31 2011, and was released on November 18 2011, then she was kidnapped on November 12, 2012.

The last time she was released was part of the Shalit prisoner swap deal that secured the release of Israeli corporal Gilad Shalit in exchange for the release of more than a thousand Palestinian political prisoners.

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Zio-Nazi Occupation forces violently storm Palestinian prisoners’ rooms 16 times in August

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Occupation forces’ special units and prison guards have stormed prisons holding Palestinian political prisoners 16 times since the beginning of August 2014, reported Riad al-Ashqar of the Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies. Raids took place 5 times in Negev (Ketziot) prison, 4 times in Gilboa, Ofer 3 times, Ramon twice, and once each in Ashkelon, Eshel and Megiddo; these raids involve ransacking prisoners’ room under the guise of inspections.

These operations are sudden invasions involving dozens of heavily armed guards, frequently using tear gas, and accompanied by sniffer dogs. In various prisons, prisoners’ personal property has been destroyed; electrical appliances have been removed, and some rooms have become isolation cells. Raiding units shout profanity at and insult prisoners, have torn up tile floors, drilled large holes in walls, torn apart mattresses and blankets and confiscated prisoners’ property. Ashqar said that prisoners had lost thousands of shekels of belongings during this campaign of raids.

In addition, Palestinian prisoner Mohammed Fouad of Jenin was beaten by a raiding unit, injuring his right ear and permanently damaging his hearing in that ear.

In addition, Fouad Khuffash of the Ahrar Centre for Human Rights reported that the occupation prison system is attempting to repeal all of the achievements of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Movement since the 1970s and 1980s; all TV channels except three (two in Hebrew and Al-Arabiya) have been removed; family visits are denied; recreation denied. Khuffash noted that these suppressive actions are enacted selectively against prisoners from specific factions in particular Hamas and Islamic Jihad, in an attempt to break up the fabric of unity of the Palestinian prisoners’ movement.

Prisoners in Megiddo prison have been forbidden from receiving clothing from family members; they often have only the clothing they had when they were arrested, and this edict is causing significant hardship.

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Gaza Holocaust: Nazi Forces Continue Their Offensive on Gaza for 47th Consecutive Day;

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20 Palestinians, 16 of Whom Are Civilians, Including 6 Children, Killed and 49 Others, Including 11 Children and 7 Women Wounded;

Victims Include 5 Civilians, Including Child, Who Were Digging Grave for Victim of Nazi Offensive;

8 Houses and Factory Destroyed

 

Since the Beginning of the Nazi Offensive, 2,106 Palestinians, 1,618 of Whom Are Civilians, Including 500 Children and 287 Women, Killed, and 10,430 Others, Mostly Civilians, Including 3,160 Children and 2,018 Women, Wounded;

875 Houses Targeted and Destroyed by Nazi Warplanes;

Thousands of Houses Destroyed Completely or Partially by Nazi Shelling;

Thousands of Palestinian Families Resort to Humanitarian Shelters

Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 47thconsecutive day in violation of the international law.  They have employed their full-fledged arsenal to attack the Gaza Strip from the air, sea and land, killing and wounding thousands of Palestinians, mostly civilians, including children and women.  Many Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes that attacked their homes without prior warnings.  Israeli forces have attacked homes and civilian facilities and property. On Thursday evening, 21 August 2014, Israeli forces continued attacks on Palestinian civilians and property.  They attacked more houses and civilian gatherings.  As a result of these attacks, 20 Palestinians, 16 of whom are civilians, including 6 children, were killed. The victims include 5 civilians, including a child, who were attacked and killed while they were digging a grave for a victim of the Israeli offensive.  Additionally, 49 Palestinians, including 11 children and 7 women, were wounded, and 8 houses and factory of concrete were destroyed.  Humanitarian shelters throughout the Gaza Strip are over-crowded as thousands of Palestinian civilians have resorted to them.  According to UNRWA’s statistics, the number of displaced civilians has amounted to at least 240,000.  Most areas in the Gaza Strip lack water and electricity services due to the ongoing offensive.

The latest developments from 10:00 (07:00 GMT) on Thursday, 21 August 2014, to 10:00 on Friday, 22 August 2014, have been as follows:

The Northern Gaza Strip:

Israeli warplanes launched a number of airstrikes targeting houses, agricultural plots and open areas.  As a result of these attacks, 18 Palestinians, including 4 children and 2 women, were wounded.  Additionally, 4 houses were targeted and destroyed, and a number of others were damaged.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–       At approximately 13:20 on Thursday, 21 August 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to Fayeq Abu Sitta in al-Manshiya Street in Beit Lahia.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.  A child was wounded.

–       At approximately 14:10, an Israeli drone fired 2 missiles at a 4-storey house belonging to Maher Edwan, chief of Beit Hanoun police station, in Zimmu Street in Beit Hanoun.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 16:30, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural plot in Sheikh Ahmed Yassin Street in Beit Hanoun.  A Palestinian civilian was wounded.

–       At approximately 17:05, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house belonging to Lutfi Hamad in al-Qaraman Street in Beit Hanoun.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

–       At approximately 07:00 on Friday, 22 August 2014, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a 3-storey house belonging to Mohammed ‘Ali Tayeh in Jabalya and destroyed it.  Before the attack, Israeli forces phoned the family and order evacuation of the house.

Gaza City:

Israeli warplanes launched a number of airstrikes targeting a house, a cemetery and a car.  As a result of these attacks, 7 Palestinians were killed, including 5 civilians, one of whom is a child, who were attacked and killed while they were digging a grave for a victim of the Israeli offensive.  A child died of a previous wound and medical crews recovered the body of a child of Mohammed al-Daif, the leader of the ‘Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas), from the debris of a house belonging to the al-Dalu family, which was destroyed 2 years ago. Israeli warplanes also targeted a house that has been already attacked and destroyed it.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–       At approximately 11:20 on Thursday 21 August 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a number of Palestinian civilians who were digging a grave for a victim of the Israeli offensive in Sheikh Radwan Cemetery in the north of Gaza City.  As a result, 5 civilians, including a child, were killed: Rami and Mohammed Hamdi Abu Nahel, 20 and 17 respectively; Awsam Talal Tafesh, 43; ‘Abdul Rahim Talal al-Shwaikh, 21; and Salem Ismail Abu Ghadayen, 28.

–       At approximately 12:00, the body of Sara Mohammed al-Daif, 2, the child of Mohammed al-Daif, the leader of the ‘Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades, was recovered by medical crews from the debris of a house belonging to the al-Dalu family in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, which was destroyed by Israeli warplanes on Tuesday, 19 August 2014.

–       At approximately 12:40, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a civilian car that was traveling near Steps Mall in al-Nasser neighborhood in the north of Gaza City.  As a result, 2 members of a Palestinian armed group.

–       At approximately 21:00, medical sources declared that Ra’ed Ahmed Khatar, 5, died of a wound he had sustained when Israeli warplane bombarded a tract of land near his house in al-Zaytoun neighborhood, 19 August 2014.

–       At approximately 23:15, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a house belonging to the Shamallakh family in Sheikh ‘Ejlin neighborhood and destroyed it.  The house had been already attacked by Israeli warplanes.

The Central Gaza Strip:

Israeli warplanes launched 12 airstrikes targeting houses, agricultural plots and a factory.  As a result of these attacks, 5 Palestinians, 3 of whom are civilians, including a child, were killed, and 19 others, including 5 women and 2 children, were wounded.  Three houses and a factory of concrete were also destroyed.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–          At approximately 11:50 on Thursday, 21 August 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to ‘Abdullah Mahmoud Ghunaim, in which 9 people live, in al-Nussairat refugee camp.  Half an hour later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.  A number of nearby houses were damaged.

–          At approximately 13:00, medical sources declared that Iman Younis al-Louh, 17, died of a wound he had sustained on 20 August 2014 in Deir al-Balah.

–          At approximately 15:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at Ibrahim Ra’ed Baraka, 45, who was walking in the street nearly 100 meters away from his house in Deir al-Balah.  He and 3 other civilians, including an old woman, were wounded.  Baraka died of his wound 3 hours later.

–          At approximately 22:50, an Israeli drone fired 32 missiles at the yard of a house belonging to Basheer Ahmed Abu Shraitah, 26, in al-Masha’la neighborhood in Deir al-Balah.  As a result, Abu Shraitah and his nephew, Tal’at Ahmed Abu Shraitah, 13, were killed, and 2 other members of the family were wounded.

–          At approximately 04:30 on Friday, 22 August 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to Ahmed Mahmoud Baroud, in which 9 people live, in al-Nussairat refugee camp.  Half n hour later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.  A number of nearby houses were damaged.

–          At approximately 17:25, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a Cooperation Factory of Concrete at Saladin Street to the east of al-Zawaida village.  The factory and a vehicle of concrete were destroyed.

–          At approximately 06:10, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Shaldan Slman al-Najjar, in which 9 people live, in Deir al-Balah.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.  A number of nearby houses were damaged.

–          At approximately 07:30, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at 2 members of a Palestinian armed group who were in a farm in the east of al-Zawaida village, killing both of them.

Khan Yunis:

Israeli warplanes launched 13 airstrikes targeting houses, agricultural plots and a motorcycle.  As a result of these attacks, a Palestinian civilian was killed, and 3 others were wounded. Israeli warplanes targeted and destroyed a house while another house was destroyed when a nearby greenhouse was bombarded.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–          At approximately 12:15 on Thursday, 21 August 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a motorcycle on which 2 Palestinian civilians were traveling in Ma’an area in the south of Khan Yunis.  As a result, both civilians were wounded, and one of whom, Hamdan Salem Abu Hadayed, 44, died of his wound half an hour later.

–          At approximately 14:10, Israeli warplanes launched 3 airstrikes on agricultural plots in Ma’an area in the south of Khan Yunis.  A number of nearby houses were damaged.

–          At approximately 16:55, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an open area in al-Zanna area, east of Khan Yunis.

–          At approximately 18:20, an Israeli warplane launched 2 missile at an open area to the west of al-Amal neighborhood.  A Palestinian civilian was wounded.

–          At approximately 118:40, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a water tank belonging to the al-Farra family in Bani Suhaila village, east of Khan Yunis.  A Palestinian civilian was wounded.

–          At approximately 011:55 on Friday, 22 August 2014, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a greenhouse in al-Sikka Street in al-Satar al-Gharbi area.  As a result, the greenhouse and a nearby house belonging to Hisham ‘Ouda al-Astal were destroyed.

–          At approximately 07:05, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural plot in Abu Sorour Street in Bani Suhaila village.  No casualties were reported.

–          At approximately 07:50, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a house belonging to Amjad Suleiman Shubair, in which 5 people live, in al-Fukhari village, southeast of Khan Yunis.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

Rafah:

Israeli warplanes launched 18 airstrikes on Rafah targeting 2 office buildings, agricultural plots, open areas and a motorcycle.  As a result of these attacks, 3 Palestinian civilians were killed, and 9 others, including 2 children, were wounded. A child also died of a previous wound.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

–          At approximately 10:45 on Thursday, 21 August 2014, an Israeli warplane launched 2 missiles at an agricultural plot in al-Shouka village, southeast of Rafah.

–          At approximately 11:00, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the destroyed Gaza International Airport in the southeast of Rafah.

–          At approximately 11:15, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the destroyed Gaza International Airport in the southeast of Rafah.

–          At approximately 12:55, Israeli forces fired a number of artillery shells at Palestinian houses and agricultural lands near the destroyed Gaza International Airport in the southeast of Rafah.

–          At approximately 14:00, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at the destroyed Gaza International Airport in the southeast of Rafah.

–          At approximately 15:00, medical sources at Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis declared that Saba Rami Younis, 4, died of wound she had sustained 12 hours earlier when Israeli warplane bombarded a house belonging to the Killab family in Tal al-Sultan neighborhood in the west of Rafah. Ten Palestinians, including the child’s grandfather and his wide, 24 members of the Killab family, a woman and 3 leader of the ‘Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades, were killed in the attack.

–          At approximately 18:40, an Israeli drone fired 2 missiles at a motorcycle that was traveling near the taxi parking zone in the center of Rafah.  As a result, 2 Palestinian civilians who were traveling on it were killed: Ibrahim ‘Essam Hammad, 23; and Marwan Ibrahim Abu Shallouf, 22.  Nine bystanders, including 2 children, were also wounded.

–          At approximately 21:00, an Israeli drone fired a missile at ‘Abdul Rahman Sa’ad Shallouf, 31, when he was walking in al-Zbaidiyaa neighborhood in the southeast of Rafah.  he was instantly killed.

–          At approximately 21:45, Israeli warplanes launched 3 airstrikes on an agricultural plot in Tabbet Zare’ neighborhood in the northeast of Rafah.

–          From 00:00 to 02:00 on Friday, 22 August 2014, Israeli gunboats fired a number of shells at Rafah beach.

–          At approximately 02:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a building belonging to Mohammed Salah Qishta opposite to Rafah Municipality.  Two hours later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the building and destroyed it partially.

–          At the at the same time, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a building belonging to the al-Ashi family opposite to Rafah Municipality.  Two hours later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the building and destroyed it partially.  The building of Rafah Municipality was also damaged.

–          At approximately 03:45, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at an agricultural plot belonging to the al-Sha’er family in al-Salam neighborhood in the south of Rafah.

PCHR reiterates condemnation, expresses utmost concern for these crimes, and:

1)  Calls upon the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to promptly visit the Gaza Strip, to fulfill her responsibilities to stop this barbaric offensive and to closely watch the systematic destruction caused and deliberate targeting of Palestinian civilians and property protected under the international law;

2)  Calls upon the UN Human Rights Council to accelerate the formation of the fact-finding mission as decided by the Council in the resolution taken in its special session that was held on 23 July 2014 to investigate violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law in the occupied Palestinian territory without any delay related to bureaucratic restrictions and procedures;

3)  Calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their contractual obligations not only to respect the Convention, but also ensure respect for the Convention, and to immediately intervene to stop war crimes committed by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians, and calls upon the Swiss Government, the depository of the Geneva Conventions, to call for a new conference of the High Contracting Parties as soon as possible;

4)  Stresses that holding war criminals accountable is an essential condition for any future settlement, and the international community should confirm that no impunity for war criminals, and the achievement of peace is conditioned by respect for human rights and the international law, and prosecution of war criminals;

5)  Calls upon the Palestinian leadership to immediately accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which will provide opportunities to prosecute Israeli war criminals before the Court;

6)  Stresses that the Gaza Strip is a disaster area and there is an urgent need to treat the disastrous humanitarian situation resulting from deliberate Israeli attacks on the civilian infrastructure, including electricity, water, hospitals, shelters and houses, forcible displacement of more than 500,000 civilians ad systematic and mass destruction of civilian communities;

7)  Calls upon the international community to intervene to stop the policies of collective punishment and left the closure imposed on the Gaza Strip for more than seven years, allowing the freedom of movement and goods, away from artificial improvements which have contributed to institutionalizing and prolonging the closure.

 

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10 Palestinians held by Nazi regime in administrative detention and legislator sentenced to 20 months

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10 Palestinians were sentenced to administrative detention, a form of imprisonment without charge or trial for up to 6 month renewable periods, on Monday, August 18. There are now over 466, after 288 people have been held under administrative detention since mid-June 2014.

The 10 new administrative detainees, who are held solely on secret evidence are: 1. Diaa Hroub, 6 months; 2. Hashem Humaydin, 6 months; 3. Mohammed Hassanieh, 6 months; 4. Mohammed Harizat, 6 months; 5. Yasser Abu Dahouk, 4 months; 6. Musab al-Nasser, 6 months; 7. Adham Ajlouni, 6 months; 8. Harbi Ajlouni, 6 months; 9. Saadi Al-Atrash, 6 months; 10. Sajid al-Laqta, 4 months.

In addition, Palestinian Legislative Council member Ahmad Attoun was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment; he was charged and sentenced after over two years in administrative detention, where he had been held without charge or trial since February 2012. Attoun, a legislator from Jerusalem, was stripped of his Jerusalem ID after being elected to the PLC. He has spent 15 years in occupation prisons over the years of multiple detentions.

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