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Palestine: Did Nazi Apartheid Wall Really Stop Suicide Bombings?

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Did Israeli Apartheid Wall Really Stop Suicide Bombings?

By Ben White

As the Red Cross put it, the wall — and settlements — “are not compatible with Israel’s obligations under international humanitarian law.” In other words, you can’t just do what you like in the name of “security.”

“The Fence was erected because of suicide bombings”

The idea of a wall pre-dates the second intifada, the Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation that began in September 2000.

It can be traced back to the early 1990s, when former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin called for Israel to “take Gaza out of Tel Aviv,” later arguing that “separation as a philosophy” will require a “clear border.”

“Whoever wants to swallow 1.8 million Arabs,” he said, “will just bring greater support for Hamas.” Prior to the Camp David summit of 2000, then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak also vowed to implement “a physical separation” — as his campaign slogan went, “Us here, Them over there.”

A picture shows a side of the Israeli separation wall arround Jerusalem

The theme of demographics-based “separation” — distinct from “security” as such — has appeared in other justifications for the wall. In 2012, Shaul Arieli, negotiator under three Israeli premiers, wrote that “the need” for the wall stemmed from the fact that “tens of thousands of Palestinians” seek work in Israel, with or without permits, thus “slowly lead[ing] to a Palestinian ‘return’ to Israel.”

Arieli claimed this rationale was “of no less importance” than the security justification. In 2010, Jerusalem municipality official Yakir Segev publicly stated that the wall “was built for political and demographic reasons — not just security concerns.”

There is a further clue for the purpose of the wall from those involved in planning it — specifically, Danny Tirza, an Israeli army colonel. Himself a settler, Tirza has admitted that “the main thing” the Israeli government told him in giving him the job “was to include as many Israelis inside the fence and leave as many Palestinians outside.”

Revealingly, in more recent times Tirza was hired by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “to sketch a future border for Israel to present in negotiations.”

Annexation

The big problem for those claiming that the wall was just built to stop suicide bombings is its route. A reminder: the wall is twice the length of the 1967 ceasefire line (the so-called “Green Line”) that separates the occupied West Bank from present-day Israel.

Eighty five percent of the route runs inside the occupied West Bank. To the west of the wall lies around 10 percent of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), territory that includes eight industrial zones and 82 settlements with a population of more than 400,000 settlers.

The 2004 advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague states that the wall impedes “the exercise by the Palestinian people of its right to self-determination,” its route threatening to create “de facto annexation.”

Despite all of the above, Israeli officials and pro-Israel lobby groups for a while insisted that the wall was a mere temporary security measure, which could be removed or altered at will.

Unsurprisingly, however, the wall has come to be referred to as the route of a future border with a Palestinian “state,” an assumption that informs, for example, how settlement construction is interpreted (i.e. whether building in settlements to the west or east of the wall).

The impact of the wall

While the two main myths propagated by Israel lobbyists are easily debunked, there are plenty of things we do know for certain about the wall.

We know that from the ICJ to the Red Cross, it has been described as illegal. We know of its disastrous impact on Palestinian farmers, villages, cities, families, schoolchildren, students and many others. We know that from Jenin to Bethlehem, through the concrete-split streets of East Jerusalem, the wall has become another element of Israel’s colonization of Palestine, one more link in the apartheid chain.

The propaganda myths about security are intended to hide this reality but, like the wall itself, they are arguments full of holes.

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Trump And The Wall

By CUFPa

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Israel’s Apartheid Wall

The United States of America, the supposed bastion of freedom and liberty in the world, has been helping a bunch of impostors – who are pretending to be Hebrews, aka Jews – imprison, massacre, and occupy the Palestinians as well as dispossessing them of their land since the founding of modern-day Israel in 1948.

Today, Israel is still an inhumane, apartheid country that uses its carte blanche from the US to do as it pleases in the Middle East. It oppresses the Palestinians, treats them like caged animals, and spreads chaos in the region regardless of how it affects the peace of the world.

The reason is because the Jews control the Federal Reserve, the real center of power in the United States or the money power of the establishment (i.e., Jewish money). In turn, the Fed wags every other financial institution in America, and consequently ends up being the root cause of all of America’s economic ills.

Not even Trump, who supposedly wants to “make America great again,” dares mention the need to dismantle the Fed. Worse, he drools every time he talks about Apartheid Israel, not unlike every other American politician. Even worse still, he picked up quite a few pointers from them during his campaign, when he used anti-immigrant epithets a la Israeli racism.

“The Israeli prime minister… gave Giuliani a message to personally deliver to Trump with suggestions… Giuliani met with Trump and his (Jewish) son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in New York… and delivered the message,” wrote The Jewish Week.

Those suggestions were intended to benefit Israel, as they directed Trump to malign immigrants with a view to kicking them out – exactly the way Israel acts toward the Palestinians – and to preventing them from entering the country, using an Apartheid-style, Israeli-type wall.

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Prototypes for Trump’s Mexican Wall

The idea is to get Americans accustomed to such a mindset, so when Israel implements its barbaric policies towards the Palestinians no American would dare be a hypocrite and accuse Apartheid Israel.

Consequently, as Trump beats the drum for his Mexican border wall, Israel can breathe a sigh of relief. After all, if the land of the free wants an Apartheid-like wall, why shouldn’t Israel.

But little do they know that no wall ever survived the ticktock of time.

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Published Bible Manipulation

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By Biblicism Institute

In all currently published bibles the word “Jew” is what is printed, instead of Judahite or Judean as it should be.

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The word “Jew” is nowhere to be found in the non-translated bible

However, in the 1985 New King James version, published by Thomas Nelson, Inc., there’s a glaring discrepancy:

“…the Judeans, who killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they do not please God and are contrary to all men…” 1 Thessalonians 2:15

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Thomas Nelson NKJ Editorial Manipulation

That’s the only place in that version where the word Ioudaiosis rightly translated as Judeaninstead of the conspicuous word Jew.

Which prompts the following questions:

Did Jews bribe Thomas Nelson, Inc. to do it? If so, what did they stand to gain? And do the editors at Thomas Nelson, Inc. actually know that the word Jew is NOT in the bible?

All in all, it simply is deliberate manipulation. Because, simply put, the same Greek word Ioudaios is oddly translated two different ways in that version.

And the only place where it’s different is in that very uncomfortable and crucial verse where we are being led, like sheep to the slaughter, to envisage “Jews” (of today, of course) as not contrary to all men and not the killers of our Lord; while the “Judeans,” of the tribe of Judah, were the actual contrary ones who crucified the Lord and persecuted Christians.

Still, in other verses where the word Jew is maintained throughout, the Talmudic Rabbinists (aka Fake Hebrews or Converted Jews) get to be seen as the Hebrews of old – a misappropriated appellation that is full of benefits for them, including the theft of Palestine to create modern-day Israel.

Consequently, yes, the editors at Thomas Nelson, Inc. do know that the Word Jew is NOT in the Bible, and yet they keep using it. See The Word Jew Is Not In The Bible.

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A Reading in the Dissolution of the Nazi Knesset

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A Reading in the Dissolution of the Israeli Knesset

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By: Mohsen Saleh

The dissolution of the Knesset, unanimously agreed on by the heads of the coalition parties and approved by the Knesset, was expected, for since the second half of 2018 there was growing talk of it. As for the new election set date, 9/4/2019, it is not considered too early, since it is seven months ahead of schedule.

Firstly, these calls for early elections were to Prime Minister Netanyahu a lifeline to escape the tightening noose of three corruption cases against him, which were recommended by the police and awaiting the State Prosecutor’s Office’s decision on indictments. He was charged with taking bribes, fraud and breach of trust. For, after the calls for early elections, it will be difficult for Attorney General (AG) Avichai Mendelblit to indict Netanyahu, so that these charges would not be a key player in the election campaign of political forces. That’s why the AG’s close circles said that he would postpone his decision on the corruption probes against Netanyahu. Nevertheless, there are calls contending that reluctant Mendelblit must make the effort to conclude work on those cases before the elections, so the public could be informed before placing their ballots.

Secondly, the calls for early elections may lead to further postponement of the release of the US peace plan, known as the “deal of the century.” For even if there were the “best possible deal” for a peace settlement, Netanyahu doesn’t wish to pay the entitlements of the Israeli side, especially in light of his alliances with the right-wing pro-settlement extremists, who are ready to bring down the government.

Thirdly, early elections have constituted an escape for Netanyahu’s coalition, which has been on the brink of collapse due to a dispute over legislation aimed at drafting ultra-Orthodox Jews into the Israeli military. The Shas party and the Degel Hatorah faction within the United Torah Judaism (UTJ) party are backing the bill and have reportedly said they will leave the government if the bill doesn’t pass, while UTJ’s Agudat Yisrael faction says exactly the opposite, threatening to leave if it does.

Netanyahu does not fear early elections, for it seems that it will grant him a chance to re-establish a better political position. Israeli opinion polls still expect the right-wing Likud to finish far ahead of its electoral rivals. It is expected to win 30 seats, while the center-left Zionist Union, which currently is the second largest Knesset faction at 24 seats, could fall to 9 seats. As for Yesh Atid (lit. There is a Future), it will lose one third of its seats (From 18 to 12 seats). However, the alliance between the new party formed by former Defense Minister Moshe Ya‘alon (Telem) and the party of former chief of staff Benny Gantz (Hosen L’Israel or Israel Resilience) is expected to win 14 seats, while the rest of the parties will not be far from their former positions.

In general, Israeli society is still leaning toward right-wing and religious extremism, which is consistent with the Likud’s line. This will facilitate for Netanyahu forming the next government with a majority of 63 seats, in alliance with right-wing and religious parties.

Netanyahu is running this election without a real rival to Israeli leadership, and perhaps he is also the only candidate for prime minister, which would enable him to form the next government without any real obstacles.

Also, Netanyahu runs for these elections, after he had managed over the past years to expand the political and social base of the right-wing parties, made changes in the Israeli elites in a way that serves these parties, and dominated cultural and academic circles, whereas Israeli media became more inclined to the right and extremism. As for the Israeli left, it is currently experiencing unprecedented fragmentation and decay, as a matter of fact, the left itself took the form of the “right,” on the “left of the right”!!

The next elections will draw a new political map that grants new weights to different parties, thus enabling Netanyahu to update his government formation, curb his political opponents, especially if he were able to include the new players (Gantz and Ya‘alon). This way, Netanyahu will have his fifth chance to form the government, and to become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister. 

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Gaza: Diseases and poverty threaten the life of infant Ru’aa

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Child Ru'aa

The home of Adel al-Hamarna reveals a suffering of different type; Adel suffers from poverty and siege after the arrival of his youngest child Ru’aa who is suffering from chronic diseases and whose life is at risk of death.

The 13-month old Ru’aa suffers from liver damage, heart failure, gallbladder blockage, and an inherited disorder called Alagille Syndrome, which causes persistent jaundice, itching, fatty deposits in the skin, and stunted growth and development during early childhood.

The lack of treatment threatens the lives of thousands of patients suffering from chronic diseases in the Gaza Strip after it became an isolated area following intensifying the siege in the past four years with the Palestinian Authority government refusing to supply medicine nor cover treatment for those in need.

Double suffering

The sunrays sneak out of the cracks in the roof and walls of the house of al-Hamarna with winter rains seen on the walls and furniture of the house, as the father is unable to feed his children or provide medicine for his youngest child not to mention maintaining his house.

“My daughter’s health is deteriorating. She lives on milk and medicine. We are now unable to pay for her treatment nor are we able to transfer her for treatment at Makassed Hospital in Jerusalem. It is true that she is suffering, but I am sad because she suffers from a skin problem that destroys her skin, and doctors said only God knows what might happen to her in the future,” says the mother of the child.

She discovered the deterioration in her daughter’s heath after her birth and following her visit to a pediatrician who told her to get urgent treatment outside the hospitals of the Gaza Strip.

Doctors point out that the case of Ru’aa is a rare one, often caused by a genetic factor due to marriages among relatives, but this is not the case of Ru’aa.

Adel’s children hover in his small two-room house covered by a tin-roof that does not protect them from cold winters or hot summers.

Medical reports

The family keeps a big amount of medical papers and reports that have accumulated over the past year, revealing several diseases and medicines that the family cannot afford to buy.

Adel Al-Hamarna, the father of the child, said: “Life was going on in a stable way, but the birth of my youngest daughter changed my life and I became unable to help her.”

“I work as a watch guard for a very small amount of money. I need a monthly amount of money for her treatment and I have accumulated debts in several pharmacies,” he says.

Adel toured all charities and relief organizations in order to obtain in-kind or cash assistance for treatment expenses as well as the cost of traveling to Makassed Hospital to no avail.

Mahmoud, 16, the eldest son of Adel, confirms that his younger sister is crying all night. Mahmoud watches her cry, unable to do anything.

The family of Ru’aa hopes that their daughter will be able to return to the occupied city of Jerusalem to complete her treatment. Meanwhile, the expenses of the treatment will be a daily dilemma for the father.

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Palestine: Amal al-Taramsi is gone, but her soul is floating over Hirbiya

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Amal al-Taramsi
Amal al-Taramsi 

For 42 weeks, Amal al-Taramsi had never stopped participating in the March of Return rallies on the Gaza border, hoping to return one day to Hirbiya, her native village, but an Israeli sniper suddenly deprived her of achieving that and cold-bloodedly shot her dead on January 11, 2016.

Taramsi, 45, was about 250 meters away from the Israeli security fence, east of Gaza City, when a malicious sniper bullet penetrated her head; she is considered the first March of Return martyr during the new year, 2019.

She is also the third Palestinian woman killed since the start of the March of Return rallies. However,  her departure has been very painful for her family and friends who always supported her participation in the March of Return protests.

Among those who is still grieving over the martyr’s absence is her lifelong friend, Rida Mushtahi, who became unable to take part in the protests after she was shot by an Israeli soldier in one of her feet.

Mushtahi cried her eyes out as she was talking about the last moments with Taramsi and how she went to al-Shifa Hospital in a wheelchair because of her injury after hearing about the heartrending news of her friend’s death.

In her talk to the Palestinian Information Center (PIC), Mushtahi said that the Palestinian women in Gaza would remain steadfast and continue to participate in the March of Return protests despite their exposure to deliberate targeting by the Israeli occupation forces.

“They want to punish the women for their participation in the March of Return rallies and dissuade them from taking part in them, but we declare that we will continue to participate in the protests and we will forcibly extract our rights,” she said.

She asserted that Taramsi had never been absent from the March of Return rallies since March 30 when the first border protest kicked off.

On the day of her death, she told her brother, Khaled, with a smile on her face that she was going out to obtain her martyrdom when he just woke up and asked her where she was going.

Her brother described his sister as “the pillar of the house” which the family lost, affirming that the entire family is very proud of her and her courage.

“Amal was the second mother to us [in the house] and she was the main supporter for our sick mother,” he said.

For more than nine months, Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip have protested along the fence with Israel demanding their right to return to the homes and land their families were expelled from 70 years ago, and an end to the blockade .

Since the protests began on March 30, 2018, the Israeli occupation forces have killed at least 260 Palestinians in Gaza and wounded more than 22,000 people, according to health officials in Gaza.

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THE BIGGEST DETECTED MUNICIPAL FRAUD IN US HISTORY ‘ Video’

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$53 MILLION STOLEN FROM JUST ONE SMALL CITY

There’s very little reporting on the details of financial fraud in government.

There’s almost no reporting on fraud at the local level.

Given that there are 13,506 school districts, 19,354 cities and 3,144 counties the potential for fraud is massive.

Here’s the biggest one – that’s been detected.

And here’s some garden variety waste that costs Los Angeles tax payers a mere $10.2 million a year.

 

 

 

 

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War on BDS: How AIPAC-‘Israel’ Agenda Became US Priority

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War on BDS: How AIPAC-Israel Agenda Became US Priority
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By Ramzy Baroud
The Israeli-US war declared on the Palestinian boycott movement is coming to a head, culminating in a well-orchestrated effort aimed at suffocating any form of tangible protest of the ongoing Israeli colonization of Palestine.

But an Israeli ‘victory’, even with blind US government support, is still too elusive if at all guaranteed. Killing unarmed protesters at the fence separating besieged Gaza from Israel is often whitewashed as Israel ‘defending itself’. However, legislating unconstitutional laws against the rights of ordinary people to boycott a state that practices war crimes might not be an easy endeavor.

The fact that 26 US states have already passed legislation or some form of condemnation of the civil act of boycott, as championed in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) should, in fact, raise more awareness of the iniquitous Israeli influence on the United States, rather than actually thwarting BDS.

The US Senate first bill of 2019 (S.B.1) titled: “Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019” called on state and local governments to withhold contracts from any individual or business entity that boycotts Israel.

The bill was defeated, which is a promising sign. However, it must be noted as profound, if not altogether outrageous, that a country that is subsisting in a government shutdown and political crisis would find it both compelling and necessary to push for such a law in defense of a foreign country.

The bill will reappear again, of course. Alas, Americans should now get used to the idea that Israel’s priorities, however skewed and irrational in defense of its illegal military occupation of Palestine, will become the main rally cry for the US government for years to come.

While such a notion has proved true in the past, never before did ordinary Americans find themselves the main target in the political agenda of the far-right government of Benjamin Netanyahu.

Even the mere protest of this agenda is being shunned. Iconic US civil rights activist, Angela Davis, 74, deservingly celebrated for her contribution to American society for decades, was denied an award by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute because of her defense of Palestinians and support of BDS.

This witch-hunt, which has now reached the most admired intellectuals of American society is affecting ordinary citizens everywhere as well, which is an alarming development in Israel’s unchecked power in the United States.

But how did Israel and its supporters acquire such disproportionate influence over the US government and society as a whole?

In short, the Lobby.

Cheered on by American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and other pro-Israel lobbies, the US Congress is now leading the Israeli war on Palestinians and their supporters. In the process, they are attempting to demolish the very core of American democratic values.

The build-up to this particular battle, which will certainly be accentuated in 2019, began when AIPAC declared in its “2017 Lobbying Agenda” (PDF) that criminalizing the boycott of Israel is a top priority.

The US Congress, which has historically proven subservient to the Israeli government and its lobbies, enthusiastically embraced AIPAC’s efforts. This resulted in the Senate Bill S.720, also known as the “Anti-Israel Boycott Act”, which aimed to ban the boycott of Israel and its illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian West Bank.

The bill almost immediately gained the support of 48 Senators and 234 House members. Unsurprisingly, it was drafted mostly by AIPAC itself.

Punishment for those who violate the proposed law ranged from $250,000 to $1 million and 10 years imprisonment.

Anti-Palestinian measures in the US are nothing new. In fact, ardent support for Israel and the complete disregard for Palestinians is the only aspect which Democrats and Republicans have in common. It will remain to be seen if the inclusion of progressive and Muslim women in this current House lineup will change or at least challenge that reality.

For now, the sad truth is that the very individuals who were meant to guard the Constitution are the ones openly violating it. The First Amendment to the US Constitution has been the pillar in defense of the people’s right to free speech, freedom of the press, “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”.

This right has, however, often been curtailed when it applies to Israel. The Center for Constitutional Rights refers to this fact as “The Palestine Exception“.

Dire as it may seem, there is something positive in this. For many years, it has been wrongly perceived that Israel’s solicitation of American support against Palestinians and Arabs is by no means a foreign country meddling or interfering in the US political system or undermining US democracy.

However, the “Israel Anti-Boycott Act” is the most egregious of such interventions, for it strikes down the First Amendment, the very foundation of American democracy, by using America’s own legislators as its executors.

But none of this will succeed because simply put, noble ideas cannot be defeated.

Moreover, for Israel, this is a new kind of battle, one which it is foolishly attempting to fight using the traditional tactics of threats and intimidation and backed by blind US support.

The more the lobby tries to defeat BDS the more it exposes itself and its stranglehold on the American government and media.

Israel is no student of history. It has learned nothing from the experience of the anti-Apartheid struggle in South Africa. It is no surprise that Israel remained the last supporter of the Apartheid regime in that country before it fell.

For true champions of human rights, regardless of their race, religion or citizenship, this is their moment as no meaningful change ever occurs without people being united in struggle and sacrifice.

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Jerusalem neighborhood resisting Zionist displacement

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Karam Jaoun

The families residing in the Karam al-Ja’ouni neighborhood north of the occupied city of Jerusalem continue to resist the policy of the Israeli occupation and its unjust courts, which support settlement associations that are trying to expel them from their land and homes which they have been living in following their displacement from the city of Jaffa in 1948.

Legal resistance that lasted for more than ten years at courts was accompanied by a sit-in and peaceful demonstration, to face the displacement and expulsion; with settlement associations failing to claim ownership of the land on which the houses of Karam al-Ja’ouni were built.

More than 100 Palestinian families live in Karam al-Ja’ouni, in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of Jerusalem. They live on an 18-dunum plot of land that includes 29 buildings, which the Israeli occupation is planning to evacuate to build housing units for Jewish settlers as part of the largest uprooting and displacement project in the holy city since 1967.

For two decades, the owners of the houses at Karam al-Ja’ouni fought legal battles at Israeli courts to stop their expulsion, but Israeli courts ended up ruling in favor of the settlement associations after submitting documents claiming ownership of the land.

We are steadfast in our houses
Mohammed al-Sabbagh, the owner of a 5-storey house, lives with his five brothers. He was ordered by the Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) to evacuate his house within a specified period of time, and 50 members of his family are under the threat of displacement in the coming days.

In an interview with the Palestinian Information Center, al-Sabbagh expressed his fear that the threats of the occupation authorities and the settlement organizations to evacuate his house will make them experience what happened in 2008-2009 again, when the IOA made several families from the neighborhood homeless.

“We continue resisting Israeli decisions and rejecting Israeli settlements,” he said. “These are our rights and we will not relinquish them. We call for intensifying local and Arab solidarity with us to stand up to the Israeli decisions,” he noted.

As for Um Mohammed al-Sabbagh, and her five children, who live in the same house, they feel worried as implementation of Israeli threats is approaching. They asserted their inability to leave the house or secure another one, either by rent or purchase.

The elderly mother, who suffers from several diseases, including diabetes, has lived with her children in the house for decades, dreaming of the right to return to the village they were forced to leave in 1948. She says: “If the occupation authorities want to expel us from here, (Sheikh Jarrah), we have 250 dunums back in Jaffa.”

Fake documents
On the details of the case, lawyer Husni Abu Hussein, the head of the defense team for Karam al-Ja’ouni neighborhood in Jerusalem and the lawyer of al-Sabbagh family, said that he has papers and documents confirming the nullity of the claims of the settlement associations in their ownership of land and houses in Karam al-Ja’ouni neighborhood.

In an interview with the Palestinian Information Center, Abu Hussein said that the papers owned by the Eastern Jews and West Bank settlement associations were forged and incorrect. “The papers are completely false and are not related to their homes or the lands of the neighborhood,” Abu Hussein said.

He added: “The papers they have belong to a land in the village of Lifta, located to the west of the city of Jerusalem,” asserting that the settlement associations “deceived and lied to the land registrar in 1972.”

He revealed that the decision of the Action and Implementation Unit at the Israeli court to evacuate the house where al-Sabbagh family lives, by the twenty-third of this month has been frozen till the 16th of February.

“At this point, there is no decision to evacuate al-Sabbagh or any other family, but there are about 10 cases in the Israeli Magistrate’s Court which might face possible eviction,” he said.

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Malaysia’s Decision to Bar Israeli Athletes Was Much Needed

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By Yousef Aljamal
Malaysia has historically been a strong supporter of the Palestinian people who experienced and continue to experience colonization, military occupation and many forms of discrimination for over 100 years.

In fact, it has always been Malaysia’s policy to support the Palestinian people, who have suffered immensely due to the ongoing Zionist colonization project in Palestine, which resulted in establishing Israel on the ruins of Palestinian homes.

Support for Palestine has been expressed under different Malaysian governments, most notably under the administrations of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, who has always been vocal in his criticism of Israel’s discriminatory and militant policies.

Palestine has always enjoyed the support of ordinary Malaysians, who exhibited their strong solidarity, often in emotional ways, during times of Israeli wars on the Gaza Strip in 2008-9, 2012 and 2014.

Islam and its shared values among Palestinians and Malaysians have always played a big part in the existing rapport between both nations.

However, due to existing ethnic tensions in the country, solidarity with the Palestinian people, has, at times, seemed confined to the Malay Muslim community.

While such a truth remains paramount, perspectives began to change in recent years, as Chinese and Indian communities developed a keener understanding of the situation in Palestine. Therefore, seeing Chinese and Indian activists at the forefront of Palestine solidarity in Malaysia is no longer a rare event. A reason behind this important shift is the fact that the approach of solidarity itself evolved from a religious-based appeal to a human-rights based one.

The year 2015 saw the first Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) conference in the country, held at the University of Malaya, where the importance of boycott as a political tool for change was stressed and thoroughly discussed.

It would not be an exaggeration to say that a radical shift started on that very date. More Malaysians engaged with the BDS movement then, launching campaigns against HP, G4S and other international companies involved in facilitating Israel’s occupation of Palestine.

Therefore, the decision by Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, to ban Israeli athletes is a rational step in that direction.

Last year, Malaysians voted in historical elections that changed their government to what many Malaysians hoped would be in the best interests of their country. The move by the Malaysian government to ban Israeli athletes from participating in an international sports event set to be held in the city of Kuching this year is a representation of this momentous change.

The elections, many hope, would decrease ethnic tensions and bring more justice to all Malaysians.

Palestinians have been suffering under Israeli colonization and military occupation for more than 70 years. Despite massive Palestinian political and territorial compromises, Israel gave up nothing. For example, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has conceded 78% of historic Palestine in return for peace, which never actualized. To the contrary, the pace of illegal Jewish construction has increased by several folds and military occupation of Palestine is more entrenched than ever before.

This grim reality was the main motive behind the 2005 call by Palestinian civil society to boycott Israel. The BDS movement is the outcome of that collective Palestinian decision.

According to this call, Palestinians demand:

1- Ending Israeli occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Apartheid Wall.
2- Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality.
3- Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in United Nations Resolution 194.

The truth is this, Israel has never respected Malaysia, its people and national security. The Israeli Mossad is widely believed to have been behind the assassination of Palestinian scholar Dr. Fadi Al-Batsh on a Malaysian soil last year. Thus, Israel has actively been engaged in harming Malaysia’s national security. This alone should be a compelling rationale for Malaysia – which has no diplomatic relationship with Israel anyway – to ban Israeli athletes.

Sports and politics are directly linked as the boycott of the South African Apartheid regime has shown in the past. Malaysia certainly did the right thing by banning Israeli athletes, especially as the Palestinian people are reduced to live in disconnected Bantustans in the West Bank and under a hermetic siege in Gaza.

Malaysians are important in the global solidarity movement, and their support for BDS can prove crucial considering the country’s large and diverse economy. This country, which has often chosen morality over politics can indeed help the Palestinian people end the oppressed Israeli Apartheid regime.

As a Malaysia Alumnus, and a Palestinian who lost two of my siblings because of Israel’s colonization, I call upon every single Malaysian to support equality for all in Palestine, by contributing to our collective struggle through the BDS movement.

Apartheid can only be defeated when we all realize that “a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

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