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Six prisoners continue their hunger strike to refuse administrative detention

By: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

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According to the POW, the striking prisoners were:

Ahmad Ghannam (42 years) from Dura town in Hebron governorate 89 days ago,

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Ismail Ali (30 years old) from Abu Dis town in Jerusalem governorate, beaten for 79 days,

Tariq Qadan Ahmed Zahran has been on hunger strike for 19 days,

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Musab al-Hindi, 29, from Tal town in Nablus governorate, has been on hunger strike for 17 days,

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Heba al-Labadi, 24, from Ya’bad in Jenin. Jordanian and Palestinian nationality, struck for 17 days.

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Haaretz: The Shin Bet uses special methods of torture for prisoners with the participation of doctors

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The newspaper said in an article published that the torture of women from Hamas in Hebron on social activities of civilization demonstrates the policy of Israeli control over the Palestinians, noting that in the last five years, 102 complaints have been filed with the Ministry of Justice, which showed that 31% of the detainees had testified to the use of physical violence against them, 61% complained about the threats, 40% witnessed the use of fastening and painful bonding (Kalbachat) for long periods, and 66% testified that sleep prevention was used against them .

“When torture is done against Israelis (the world does not sit down),” she said, “torture against the Palestinians (no fault),” she said. “Most Palestinian detainees do not complain against torture because they are convinced that it is by higher orders, not bypassing instructions.”

According to the newspaper, four Palestinian women who were arrested in 2018 decided to file a complaint with the public committee against torture in the Occupying Power: Luma Khater, Suzan Al-Awawi, Donia Al-Karmi, and Safaa Abu Sneineh .

She added that the complaints of the four women reveal that the Shin Bet does not hesitate to use harsh methods of torture for several weeks and with the consent of doctors who only gave painkillers, even in cases of accusations of civil, social and religious activity within the framework of Hamas .

Haaretz continued: “The method of interrogation of Hamas women in Hebron shows that what prompted interrogators to torture is not to extract information, but brutality and humiliation are part of the policy of Israeli control over the Palestinians,” saying that the goal of torture is to suppress and dismantle all resistance and this did not work in The past will not work in the future, but will increase the hatred and disgust of the Palestinians, and it will fuel the continuation of the cycle of blood and violence . According to the newspaper

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Occupation arrests eight Palestinians in the occupied West Bank

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RAMALLAH: Nazi forces arrested eight Palestinians early Thursday in a raid on a number of houses in the occupied West Bank.

The Nazi army said in a statement that it arrested eight Palestinians from the West Bank, whom he described as “wanted “.

In Jenin, Nazi forces arrested Sultan al-Sa’di and three of his cousins ​​as they stormed the eastern neighborhood .

In Hebron, the Nazi illegal occupation forces arrested the freed prisoner Ahmed Ishaq Abu Hashhash from his house in Dura, southwest of the city .

Clashes erupted at the checkpoint of Shu’fat refugee camp in occupied Jerusalem, while other clashes erupted between youths and the Nazi illegal occupation forces after storming the town of Jayyous, northeast of Qalqilya .

The eastern area of ​​Nablus witnessed an incursion into the Nazi army patrols during which heavy firing of sound bombs was launched .

They raided and searched a house belonging to Imad Banat in the old Askar refugee camp. They raided the house of Omar Banat and left a large house destroyed and arrested Jihad Omar Banat .

Nazi soldiers raided the village of Marah Rabah, south of Bethlehem. Clashes erupted in the town of Jayyous, north of Qalqilya, and similar confrontations in the eastern area of ​​Nablus .

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Deteriorating health condition of the elderly prisoner Mowaffaq Arouq

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RAMALLAH: The Prisoners’ and Editors’ Affairs Authority warned on Wednesday of the deteriorating health situation of the elderly prisoner Muwaffaq ‘Arouq, a resident of Jaffa town in the occupied city of Nazareth.

The body explained that the prisoner ‘veins (76 years), suffers from very poor health conditions, and many chronic diseases, including cancer in the liver and stomach, and said that the management of the prison “Negev” procrastination in providing chemotherapy to the prisoner.
A report of the Commission monitored two cases of prisoners in Al-Damoun detention center, prisoner Amal Taqatqa (25 years), from Beit Fajjar town, Bethlehem District, who was hit by three bullets throughout her body during her detention in 2014.

The report stressed that the prisoner Taqatqa suffers from swelling and severe pain in her injured leg, and her health is getting worse, explaining that she needs to provide treatment and presented to a special orthopedic doctor.

Rawan Samhan, 26, from Al-Dhahiriya town in Hebron, complains of anemia due to headaches and persistent dizziness and needs medical attention.

At the end of its report, the Commission noted that monitoring the health status of sick and wounded prisoners incarcerated in the various prisons of the occupation, form and almost non-existent, and receives the daily statements through lawyers

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Infographic Prisoners in Nazi camp 2019

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Occupied Palestine – Jerusalem : 5000 Palestinian prisoners in Nazi camp, including women prisoners and children and deputies in the Legislative Council.

According to the statistics of Al-Dameer Association for Human Rights, the occupation continues to arrest 43 prisoners and 190 children, including 20 children under the age of sixteen years old, and 7 deputies, including 5 deputies on the administrative detention, until September 2018.

The number of prisoners for life reached 540 prisoners, while the administrative detention exceeded 425 prisoners, 26 of the old prisoners before Oslo, and 47 spent more than 20 years.

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Nazi regime, ‘politics as usual’ means escalating Palestinian oppression

In Israel, ‘politics as usual’ means escalating Palestinian oppression

Three trends from Israel’s do-over election demonstrate that the more Israeli politics stay the same, the more dangerous its policies become.

Outgoing IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz seen with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a ceremony held in honour of incoming IDF chief of staff Gadi Eizenkot (not seen) at a ceremony held in Eizenkot's honour at the PM's office in Jerusalem, on February 16, 2015. Photo by Miriam Alster/FLASH90 *** Local Caption *** ??? ?????? ?????? ?????? ??? ??? ????? ??

Outgoing IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz seen with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a ceremony held in honour of incoming IDF chief of staff Gadi Eizenkot at the PM’s office in Jerusalem, on February 16, 2015. Photo by Miriam Alster/FLASH90.

There are many moments in Israeli-Palestinian history where landmark developments seem to change nothing and everything at the same time. Israel’s September election is one of them. While featuring many familiar and predictable patterns, the latest political contest has also exposed novel shifts that could significantly alter the conflict’s dynamics. Three key and interconnected trends that reflect this paradox can be drawn from the election, all of which present crucial strategic questions for the Palestinian struggle in the years ahead.

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The first trend is the intensified targeting of the voting rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel. A fifth of the state’s population, Palestinian citizens have always faced obstructions to their political activities despite their enfranchisement since 1948. However, under the three consecutive governments of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the past decade has seen a startling escalation of racist incitement and measures aimed at further undermining Palestinian participation in the electoral process. This trend is noticeable with each passing election cycle: In the final weeks of the September campaign, Netanyahu launched relentless diatribes about the threat of a “leftist-Arab” government, repeated baseless claims of “voter fraud” in Arab towns, and told his Facebook followers that the Arabs “want to annihilate us all.” His most notorious claim in the 2015 election – warning that Palestinian citizens were heading to the polls “in droves” – seems negligible in comparison.

This intensifying rhetoric has been paired with direct political actions. In April, Likud-affiliated election monitors were found to be carrying over 1,200 hidden cameras at Arab polling stations, with the intention of causing disruptions that would prevent voters from submitting their ballots, and to scare the Palestinian public from coming to the polls for fear of surveillance. Israel’s Central Elections Committee later forbade this practice, but in response, the Likud initiated emergency legislation to have the cameras installed (the bill failed to pass the Knesset). Ironically, these frantic attempts to deter Palestinian citizens backfired: voter turnout jumped from 49 percent in April to 60 percent in September, and the Joint List (the alliance of four Arab-led political parties in Israel) regained its position as the third largest party with 13 Knesset seats.

Despite this outcome, the government remains intent on keeping Palestinian citizens of Israel in its crosshairs. It has portrayed the community as saboteurs of the right-wing’s rule and as enemies of the Jewish-Zionist consensus, thus suggesting that their right to vote ought to be scrutinized — an idea that Avigdor Liberman, head of the far-right Yisrael Beitenu party, has long championed. This is in addition to other methods of political aggression, such as motions to disqualify Arab parties and individuals from running in the elections; a raised electoral threshold (3.25 percent) that makes it harder for Arab parties to enter the Knesset; a law that allows 90 Knesset members to expel a fellow member on political grounds; and disciplinary measures to punish Arab representatives for criticizing government policies abroad. This hostility will likely continue, if not worsen, under another right-wing government.

A Palestinian family watch news of Israeli elections at their home in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, April 10, 2019. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

A Palestinian family watch news of Israeli elections at their home in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, April 10, 2019. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

The second trend is the coalescence of Israeli political parties around the right-wing’s approach to ‘managing’ the Palestinian question. In a resounding historical turn, the September election has firmly ousted the old ‘liberal Zionist’ guard from mainstream politics and reduced its parties to 11 Knesset seats (Labor-Gesher with 6, the Democratic Union with 5). Liberal Zionists never represented a peaceful or democratic camp for Palestinians: the Labor party oversaw the expulsion campaigns of 1948, designed Israel’s discriminatory institutions and the military occupation, and spurred settlement growth during the Oslo years, among other policies. Their decline has nonetheless paved the way for Revisionist Zionists to usurp and reshape the opposition in its own image, with today’s center-left parties adopting many right-wing positions and effectively abandoning the two-state solution as a priority.

Blue and White (Kahol Lavan), led by former army chief Benny Gantz and former television journalist Yair Lapid, is a replica of its rival Likud in nearly all but name. After Netanyahu pledged to annex the Jordan Valley if he was re-elected, the nascent party replied that the plan was their idea all along. After Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint List, made the controversial move of recommending Gantz to replace Netanyahu as prime minister, Gantz remained uninterested in cooperating with the Arab parties. Blue and White is not yet a sustainable political unit: it is a fragile alliance led by four Ashkenazi men, most of them ex-military officials, who are primarily bonded by their loathing of Netanyahu. Still, with 33 seats compared to Netanyahu’s 32, the party has shown that the most effective way to challenge the Likud is to mirror the Likud, offering political continuity but without the prime minister’s personal drama.

The Revisionists’ dominance of the political landscape has been clear for decades; but after this election, the Israeli debate over what to do with the Palestinian ‘problem’ now belongs almost exclusively to the right. There are many clashes and divisions within the right-wing bloc over how to proceed, including whether to create a shriveled Palestinian quasi-state, entrench localized bantustans, or even pursue ‘voluntary’ or forced expulsion. But for now, the consensus remains that until the next collective strategy can be agreed upon, the occupation must be preserved as an integral part of the Israeli state. This is a radical shift from last year when the former Zionist Union, led by Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni, still insisted on working towards creating a Palestinian state (even though its vision was hardly different from the right’s). If annexing the Jordan Valley was a debatable idea before, it is now a certain move today.

Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint List party, speaks to supporters at the party headquarters in Nazareth as the exit polls in the Israeli general elections for the 20th parliament are announced on March 17, 2015. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint List, speaks to supporters at the party headquarters in Nazareth as the exit polls in the Israeli general elections for the 20th parliament are announced on March 17, 2015. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

The third trend is the legal consolidation of a single regime governing all historic Palestine. Regardless of which party wins, or whether a third election is called, the next Israeli government will oversee what is now a fully-enshrined system of racial supremacy stretching from the river to the sea. This ‘one-state reality’ has existed for over 50 years, but the legal dimension has taken on a new nature with the passing of the Jewish Nation-State Law in July 2018. In many ways, the law is nothing new: The infrastructure for Jewish supremacy has long been in place not just through the military laws that oppress Palestinians under occupation, but through over 60 civil laws that discriminate against Palestinian citizens of Israel while upholding Jewish privileges on both sides of the Green Line.

At the same time, the Nation-State Law does change everything by virtue of its constitutional status. It is not merely a declaration: it decrees that Jewish supremacy is no longer a political choice to be made, but a legal obligation to fulfill. This includes viewing the “land of Israel” as the historical homeland of the Jewish people; asserting that the right to self-determination in the state is exclusive to Jews; allowing Arabic to be relegated from its status as an official language; and encouraging Jewish settlement as a “national value.” The Israeli Supreme Court is currently reviewing 14 petitions against the law, including one filed by the legal center Adalah, the Joint List, and the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens (the first hearing on the case has been postponed due to this year’s repeated elections).

No matter how the legal process unfolds, the “spirit” of the Nation-State Law is quickly becoming an irreversible fact of life. It was cited by Netanyahu as evidence that Israel is not a “state for all its citizens,” but a state for “Jews alone.” It is debated among parties only as a matter of amending it with lip-service to “equality,” without questioning whether the law should exist at all. It is manifested in the city of Afula, where the mayor and municipal council pledged to preserve the city’s “Jewish character.” And it is witnessed in the growing support for securing “Jewish sovereignty” across the West Bank, boosted by the U.S.’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. It would therefore be foolish for international actors to continue believing that Israel is committed to its so-called ‘democratic nature’: The Nation-State Law makes it unequivocal that apartheid is the official law of the land.

The three trends above are well-known to Palestinians. What is lacking, however, is a collective strategy to address them – whether to mitigate the harms they are inflicting on the ground, or to counter them with a holistic political vision. The only actor to offer a practical response is the Joint List, which made the polarizing decision to endorse Gantz with conditions for helping his coalition. For many Palestinians, the List made a grave mistake by abetting the narrative of Blue and White as a democratic savior. They would propose instead to look to other actions outside the Knesset. Others argue that it is vital to remove Netanyahu as the linchpin of Israel’s far-right descent, which is causing irreparable damage to Palestinians. The List is not naïve about Gantz but sees him as a means to disrupt the ‘status quo’ of the past decade. But this, too, is not enough. Without a unified approach to tackle the worsening trends, Palestinians will remain trapped in the paradox of having ‘nothing and everything’ changing for a long time.

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Al-Aqsa Yom Kippur … Violations of the occupation prevented from documenting and calling two journalists

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JERUSALEM – Around 300 settlers stormed the courtyard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday and performed Talmudic rituals inside its courtyards, including the Israeli minister of agriculture and Rabbi Yehuda Glick, under heavy guard from the Israeli occupation forces and intelligence services. “The Jew.

The Israeli occupation forces deployed intensively in Al-Aqsa courtyards and at its gates. They imposed severe measures on the worshipers arriving, withholding their ID cards and threatening some of them with deportation if they were near Bab Al-Rahma.

The director of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Omar Al-Kiswani, told Al-Quds Al-Akhbariya that these provocative tours carried out by settlers on a daily basis, using their Jewish holidays, would not give legitimacy to the storming of Al-Aqsa, bearing full responsibility for the occupation, resulting in reactions to these incursions and the imposition of worshipers.

To prevent the documented violations of the occupation, the Israeli police summoned the two journalists Maysa Abu Ghazaleh, and Sondos Aweys, to investigate the investigation center Qashleh in Jerusalem, as they emerged from the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the door of Hatta.

The journalist Maysa Abu Ghazaleh told ” Jerusalem News “, “There was a clear targeting by the Israeli police, for all the press crews in Al-Aqsa, especially by the intelligence services, although the filming was via mobile phones, because of the police prevented the introduction of cameras, in addition to the presence of A crew of the Israeli police depicts journalists and anyone who documents the violations of the occupation. “

Abu Ghazaleh explained the occupation procedures during her entry into Al-Aqsa, where her identity card was examined and photographed and then pursued by the intelligence services inside Al-Aqsa courtyards and made sure that she handed over her identity card again in addition to obstructing her work during filming the incursions, by standing in front of her and photographing her.

For her part, Sondos Aweys, in an interview with “Jerusalem “, that the occupation seeks to prevent the presence of press crews in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, especially during Jewish holidays in order to document their continuing violations against Al-Aqsa and worshipers.

Aweys delivered the summons on the pretext of provoking the Al-Aqsa riot, according to one of the Israeli police.

He also linked a group of deportees from the Al-Aqsa Mosque at the nearest point they were able to reach in front of the door of the tribes, one of the doors of Al-Aqsa Mosque, in defiance of the procedures of the occupation and the attempt to empty the blessed mosque of worshipers.

The Israeli occupation forces have closed most of the entrances to the neighborhoods of Jerusalem with iron barriers and police checkpoints, and closed the entrances to the village of Issawiya cement blocks to prevent Jerusalemites from freedom of movement.This closure began last night to ensure the storming of thousands of settlers to the Buraq Wall to celebrate the so-called Yom Kippur.

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Six prisoners continue their hunger strike to refuse administrative detention

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RAMALLAH, West Bank – Six prisoners in Nazi camp have been on hunger strike to refuse their administrative detention.

According to a statement by the Prisoners and Editors’ Affairs Authority, the striking prisoners are: Ahmad Ghannam (42 years) from Dura town in Hebron governorate, has been on strike for 87 days, Ismail Ali (30 years) from Abu Dis town in Jerusalem governorate, has been on strike for 77 days, and Tareq Qadan The 46-year-old from Jenin governorate has been on strike for 70 days, Ahmad Zahran has been on hunger strike for 17 days, and Musab al-Hindi, 29, from Tal town in Nablus governorate, has been on strike for 15 days. Hiba al-Labadi, 24, from Ya’bad village in Jenin, holds Jordanian and Palestinian nationality.

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EU legislates to erase the USSR’s role in defeating fascism

But truth has a way of forcing its way through all the same.

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The Soviet flag is raised over the Reichstag as the victorious Red Army marches into Berlin, May 1945.

On 19 September 2019, the 80th anniversary of the start of WW2, the European Union parliament voted for a disgraceful resolution equating communism with Nazism and blaming the Soviet Union equally with Germany for the devastation wrought by the war.

Alleging that “the most devastating war in Europe’s history was caused by the notorious Nazi-Soviet Treaty of Non-Aggression of 23 August 1939 … which allowed two totalitarian regimes that shared the goal of world conquest to divide Europe into two zones of influence”, the resolution called on the European commission “to provide effective support for projects of historic memory and remembrance in the member states … and to allocate adequate financial resources … to support commemoration and remembrance of the victims of ‘totalitarianism’”.

It further stated, apparently without irony, that “future generations should have access to factual educational materials which emphasise the dire consequences of passivity in the face of serious violations of international laws and norms”. And this from governments that are ruthlessly persecuting those, like Julian Assange, who try to expose just such violations of international law today.

Absolving the criminals, blaming the victims

This shameful and hypocritical piece of historical distortion was proposed by the Visegrád group of EU member states (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, all of whose present-day governments are infamous for their anticommunism and racism, as well as for their glorification of Nazi fascism), and is thoroughly approved of by all the rest.

The clear aim of the resolution’s inflammatory text is to absolve the Nazis of their crimes and to incite hatred against communists throughout Europe. It constitutes a truly unparalleled forgery of historical memory, and a desecration of the graves of the Soviet Union’s 27 million war dead – not to mention those of the thousands of brave communist partisans who led the resistance to Nazi occupation across the continent.

The passing of the resolution is a warning to workers that they need collectively to defend their remaining democratic rights and political freedoms, for legislation such as this is not aimed solely at communists but the whole of society.

To misrepresent the peoples who offered the ultimate sacrifice in the fight against fascism as “an ally and partner of Nazi Germany that contributed politically and financially to Hitler’s conquest of western Europe” is an insolent affront to their memory. It is also a blow aimed at the present-day workers of Europe, struggling as they are to find the way out of the downward spiral of crisis, unemployment, poverty and war.

This type of official anticommunism is not mere debate, but is designed as a weapon for suppressing the workers’ movement and discriminating against its activists and leaders. It is clearly intended as a tool for misleading the masses, stopping them from embracing socialism, which holds the key to their salvation, and shaking their confidence in the working class’s ability to build a better society without expoiters.

Under its aegis, anyone upholding the genuine history of the second world war – and of the imperialist ruling classes that prepared and perpetrated its horrors – is liable to be labelled and persecuted as the perpetrator of a ‘hate crime’.

Against all the evidence

Those who voted for the resolution quietly discarded the tiresome evidence of the Nuremberg trials, conveniently forgetting that it was the Nazi leaders alone who were put on trial and condemned for the crime of waging a war of aggression, whilst the Soviets, together with their erstwhile American and British allies, sat in judgement over the prisoners in the dock.

Those who voted for the EU’s resolution also ‘forgot’ that when the United Nations was founded in 1945 by those same victorious powers, its stated purpose was to uphold international law and prevent such a war breaking out again. The USSR, far from being seen as one of the powers responsible for the carnage, was one of the five permanent members of the security council appointed to uphold the world’s peace.

The assertion that Hitler and Stalin were equally guilty of starting the war does not stand up to even the most cursory scrutiny. How, it may be asked, are we to interpret the events of September 1938, when, to their eternal shame, Britain and France agreed with Germany and Italy that Hitler had the right to dismember Czechoslovakia?

The resolution’s authors would like us to forget that it was the imperialists who refused to agree an anti-Nazi alliance with the USSR, all the while actively appeasing Hitler and encouraging him to attack the Soviet Union.

They want us to forget that, contrary to their cowardice, it was Stalin who offered to deploy one million Soviet soldiers as a counter to German aggression. Stalin’s proposal would have stopped Hitler in his tracks if it had been supported by Britain and France, and the war would never have broken out, but they are banking on workers not knowing about any of that.

The Visegrád group wants us to forget Poland’s hatred of the Soviet Union, which caused Stalin’s plan to fail by refusing to allow Soviet deterrence troops onto Polish territory.

They want us to ignore the fact that Stalin was forced to sign the non-aggression pact with Hitler as a defensive move during a time of extreme diplomatic tension. Germany’s war drive was undisguised and the only question was over which direction the Reich would strike next.

Those promoting this historical falsification would prefer us not to be aware that Poland signed a non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany in 1934, or that Latvia and Estonia did the same in in June 1939.

Britain signed three pacts with Hitler – in 1933, 1935 and 1938; France signed two – in 1933 and 1938. Both powers consistently refused to enter into a mutual defence treaty with the USSR.

There is no mention in the resolution of the fact that Poland joined the Nazis in seizing parts of Czech territory in 1938 – the Silesian city of Teschen – and had an ambiguous relationship with Hitler.

The USSR was the last major European power to sign a non-aggression pact with Germany, and it did so when all other options had been exhausted. It was the refusal of Britain and France to cooperate with the USSR that pushed her finally to sign the Soviet-German non-aggression pact.

Stalin thus gained valuable time in which the Soviets could prepare for the war they knew was coming. The very idea that Stalin had any interest in starting a war of aggression is preposterous, Certainly nobody imagined such a thing at the time.

Who are the real promoters of fascism?

The resolution’s authors would prefer us not to think about why it is that they are so keen to throw mud at the antifascist struggle; why it is that they wish to demonise and even criminalise that struggle. They would prefer us not to look into their own connections with Nazi fascism; not to remember the role of their political forebears in collaborating with the German occupiers against their own people.

In this time of acute and deepening economic crisis, when workers are increasingly disillusioned with bourgeois democracy and dissatisfied with the descent into ever more austerity and war, communist ideology and real working-class organisation pose a real threat to the EU’s imperialist agenda. So much so that its rulers feel the need to legislate an official, false, anticommunist version of history.

This must be opposed by renewed efforts to build the movement for socialism, and by workers’ commitment to fearlessly upholding their history.

The duty of progressive people is to remind workers that the EU and its corporate and financial backers are knee deep in the peoples’ blood, from the time of their loyal collaboration with the Nazi management teams of Auschwitz (see Krupp) until today. Let it not be forgotten that the EU, which claims to detest ‘totalitarianism’, has given more than €2m to neo-nazi groups across Europe, not to mention forming a mutually beneficial alliance with the neo-nazis in Ukraine.

After all, if the EU and all the EU-loving liberals who claim to care so much about ‘democracy’ were sincere in their denunciations of Nazism, perhaps instead of slandering those who oppose it, they would have organised at least one protest, at least one denouncement of the monuments to Nazi collaborators in being erected in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and other EU countries.

Truth will out

History, they say, is written by the victor. Since the demise of the Soviet Union, the imperialists have felt free to recast themselves as the victors in WW2, hopeful that the events in question are starting to pass out of living memory and the forces that could formerly have held them to account are no longer to be reckoned with.

But truth will out. It was the Soviet Union and the communists who saved Europe from the scourge of Hitlerite fascism, and as the working class regroups and rises once more, it will undoubtedly reclaim this glorious chapter in its history.

Eternal glory to the memory of those who gave their lives in that titanic struggle for humanity and for freedom.

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Palestinian woman on hunger strike against Nazi imprisonment & abuse

Palestinian woman on hunger strike against Israeli imprisonment & abuse

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Palestinian prisoner, Heba Al-Labadi is on a hunger strike. (Photo from Twitter)

Palestinian prisoner, Heba Al-Labadi is on a hunger strike after being sentenced to administrative detention for five months without charge or trial on August 20, 2019. She was interrogated by the Shin Bet for over a month…

By Amira Hass, reposted from Haaretz

A young Jordanian woman who has been held in Israel since August 20 has entered the 22nd day of a hunger strike in protest over the administrative detention order that was issued against her. This order frees the authorities from the need to issue an indictment and back it up with evidence.

The Jordanian Embassy in Tel Aviv is closely monitoring the situation and condition of Heba al-Labadi, and on Sunday the Jordanian consul visited her at the Kishon detention center in Haifa. Haaretz was told that Jordan has submitted an official protest over the arrest to Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

The Jordanian consul told Labadi’s attorney, Raslan Mahajneh, that her condition has improved slightly. Labadi showered for the first time in two weeks and received a set of clothing to change into. She had previously refused to shower because the stalls contain security cameras and the shower curtain was transparent. The curtain was exchanged for a darker one, her lawyer said. Mahajneh also told Haaretz that despite the fact that Labadi feels weak, has lost weight and suffers from an accelerated heartbeat, she is determined to continue with her hunger strike.

The administrative detention order was issued after Labadi was interrogated by Israel’s Shin Bet security service for 35 days. She is suspected of contact with Hezbollah, which allegedly sent her to the West Bank to recruit agents for the Shi’ite terrorist organization there. Labadi rejects the allegations, and her lawyer says that despite the harsh interrogation of his client no charges have been filed against her.

A photo believed to have been posted by Abdel-Baqi on her way to the West Bank.

Judging by a statement she gave to the Palestinian Prisoners Affairs Commission, Labadi was interrogated in the same way four women from Hebron were questioned over a year ago before they were convicted of being members of Hamas and carrying out social and religious activities with the group.

The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, which filed complaints on behalf of three of the women to the Israeli Ministry of Justice, determined that this manner of interrogation constitutes illegal torture.

Labadi told the commission that around 12 hours after she was arrested at the Allenby Crossing on August 20, after being moved between several detention facilities, she was brought to the interrogation wing at the detention facility in Petah Tikva. After she rested for 30 minutes, she was taken at around 9:30 P.M. to an interrogation she says lasted until dawn the next day. The interrogation started up again at 9:00 A.M., and lasted until midnight. The interrogations took place in this manner for two weeks, Labadi said.

Interrogation & threats

Like the women from Hebron, she was tied to a chair in a position that caused her to suffer pains in her back, neck and arms. As the Hebron complainants testified, Labadi also testified that she faced threats from the interrogators.

She said that they told her that they would arrest her mother and sister, and that they would put her under administrative detention through orders that can be extended by up to seven and a half years. She also said that she was threatened that she wouldn’t be allowed to leave the West Bank (Labadi is a resident of the West Bank because her mother hails from the town of Ya’bad, west of Jenin). Labadi testified that her interrogators insulted her and yelled at her.

The cell in which she was held for several hours between interrogations was narrow, smelly, humid, windowless and full of bugs. The clothing she received to wear at night had a bad smell. According to her, the lights were kept on in her cell at all hours, and she was not given water.

Labadi said that she was taken to her cell twice a day to eat, for 30 minutes each time. Like the Hamas members from Hebron, she said the food was inedible (and that the fact she is vegetarian wasn’t taken into account). She recounted that she refused to eat for a week, and because she felt dizzy she was taken to a clinic. After the visit to the clinic she only ate bread and yogurt she was given.

Following the Jordanian consul’s visit on September 3, Labadi was taken out of the interrogation ward in Petah Tikva and moved around for several days between different detention centers – Kishon, Meggido and Damon. Despite being told the interrogation had ended, she was returned to the detention center in Petah Tikva, where she was held for nine more days. She was only further questioned during three of those nine days. On September 18, Labadi was transferred to the women’s prison in Damon. She was moved again on September 26 to Kishon, where she is currently being held – to punish her for going on a hunger strike, she said she was told.

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