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‘Inhumane’: US Border Officials Deny Request by Doctors to Administer Free Flu Vaccine to Detained Migrants

“The agency is willingly putting lives at risk of death.”

by: Eoin Higgins,

Doctors protest at the gates of the Chula Vista Border Patrol Station in San Ysidro, San Diego on Monday.

Doctors protest at the gates of the Chula Vista Border Patrol Station in San Ysidro, San Diego on Monday. (Photo: Wendy Fry/Twitter)

A group of doctors seeking to vaccinate migrants detained by President Donald Trump’s Customs and Border Patrol were denied at the gates of the Chula Vista Border Patrol Station in San Ysidro, San Diego Monday.

“Refusing to vaccinate is inhumane,” tweeted Immigrant Families Together director Julie Schwietert Collazo. “The agency is willingly putting lives at risk of death.”

It was the latest example of what critics of the administration call the “intentional cruelty” of Trump’s immigration policies. 

“People are needlessly suffering and dying,” said Dr. Marie DeLuca, one of the physicians who was turned away. “You can’t lock people up in inhumane conditions, watch them get sick, and then refuse them access to medical care.”

F A R R A H F A Z A L@FarrahFazal

Doctors outside CBP San Ysidro with 120 doses of flu vaccines are asking government to allow them to vaccinate migrant children in detention for free.
Trump administration refuses to vaccinate children in CBP custody even after 3 children died of the flu. … …

WendyFry@WendyFry_Replying to @WendyFry_ and 3 others

This is Dr. Sirac Cardoza from Brooklyn. He crossed the Rio when he was 7 years old with his mother. He’s from Nicaragua. “She carried me across. We spent 17 days in the desert. I remember the fear, I remember holding onto her for dear life.”

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The doctors were supported by a coalition of immigration advocates, including the groups Doctors for Camp Closures, Families Belong Together, and Never Again Action. Monday’s action marks the beginning of a planned week of action by the doctors and others at Chula Vista.

 Never Again Action @NeverAgainActnReplying to @NeverAgainActn @Doc4CampClosure

WATCH: Immigrants are dying from the flu. These doctors have been asking for permission to deliver free vaccines for months, and CBP just ignores them.

So now they’re at the gates of a detention center in person, living out their oath to provide care.

In a statement, Families Belong Together chair Jess Morales Rocketto said that recent reporting from ProPublica on the death from flu and border patrol inaction of an immigrant child in detention gave the protest added urgency.

“This administration’s cruel immigration agenda is intentionally barring life-saving medical care from children by refusing to provide vaccines during flu season,” said Rocketto. “Earlier this year, as immigration authorities sat by, 16-year-old Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez died from the flu on the floor of his concrete jail cell.”

Families Belong Together@fams2gether

Our statement from Families Belong Together Chairwoman @JessLivMo on today’s action and our demand to let doctors treat children. #FluVaccines4Migrants

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The flu deaths and detention conditions are just the precursor to a greater horror, said Never Again Action LA spokesperson Jamie Goodman. 

“We recognize these conditions from what many of our ancestors narrowly escaped,” Goodman said. “Genocide doesn’t start with death camps, it starts with what CBP concentration camps look like right now.”

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Impeachment: The road to nowhere leads to . . . nowhere

By Richard Becker

Impeachment: The road to nowhere leads to . . . nowhere

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Capping months of mind-numbingly repetitive “debates,” the Democrats in the House of Representatives voted on Dec. 17 to impeach President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The votes on each charge were nearly identical and almost entirely along party lines.

The Democrats’ impeachment case against the despicable Trump regime had nothing to do with what actually makes it despicable. Trump is openly racist, sexist, anti-environment, anti-labor, homophobic, anti-poor, anti-homeless, anti-Palestinian and more. But the Democratic party leaders’ impeachment strategy deliberately ignored all of that and instead revolved around the ludicrous charge that Trump weakened “our national security” by delaying a shipment of anti-tank missiles, sniper rifles, and other military equipment to Ukraine for war against Russia.

No mention was made in the whole impeachment process of immigrant children held in cages, massive attacks on the environment, huge cuts in food stamps, the seven U.S. wars currently underway, the viciously anti-people sanctions on Cuba, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea and many other countries.

Largely lost in the massive mainstream coverage of impeachment was that on Dec. 17, backed by the Democrats’ leadership along with the Republicans and cleared by the House the previous week, a record $738 billion Pentagon budget, larger than the next 10 countries in the world put together, was passed by the Senate and sent on to Trump for signing. It included massive funding for a whole new branch of the military that Trump and the war makers demanded, the Space Force. The aim of the Space Force is to gain nuclear war-fighting superiority, posing a heightened danger to life on Earth.

Even while they fight with each other over who will control the state and governmental apparatus with all the power and wealth that confers, the Democrats and Republicans are united in defense of the Empire.

The overall effect of the impeachment fiasco has been to strengthen the Pentagon and the intelligence agencies politically. Military officers, intelligence agents, and imperialist diplomats have been praised to the skies and presented as heroic “defenders of democracy.”

The neo-con ideology of a new war against Russia has been promoted, and Ukraine, where Obama, Biden and the State Department worked with outright neo-Nazis to overthrow the elected government in 2014, held up as a “democratic ally.”

Now that they have impeached Trump, the Pelosi/Schumer Democrat leadership appears confused about what to do next. The Republican leaders in the Senate, where the actual trial of Trump must take place, have made it clear that they are ready to quickly vote to acquit. Pelosi shocked her supporters by stating, on the day after the House vote, that she might hold off on delivering the impeachment articles to the Senate for as long as a year! Trump himself appears to want to drag out the process, seeing it as helping his re-election campaign.

Impeachment, truly a road to nowhere.

To read a previous article: For the people’s movement, impeachment offers road map to nowhere

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Bolivia fights, sheds blood to resist the coup

By Estevan Hernández

Bolivia fights, sheds blood to resist the coup

Nov. 11 mass protest against the coup at Universidad Publica de El Alto. Photo: Twitter/amandaasubiar, Twitter/UpeaAlDia

#ElMundoConEvo #USHandsOffBolivia

The Bolivian Indigenous, poor and working-class people are in a struggle for their lives against the recent U.S.-backed coup. Bolivians are demanding democracy, justice, and a return to the presidency of Evo Morales, who won the recent October 20 elections. They are struggling to overcome the violent racist dictatorship imposed by the military. 

As of this writing, at least eight people were massacred and 115 wounded yesterday by military and police forces who suppressed anti-coup protests in Sacaba in the outlying areas of Cochabamba. Videos of the protests showed bloodied people carried away from the streets where live ammunition and thick clouds of tear gas were used to repeal the unarmed protesters. Ten people were killed by police and army in the days before.

Despite the severe repression, including gunfire from helicopters overhead against protesters, thousands of people have mobilized to demand the resignation of the coup leaders. 

These images of violence are not being circulated on the corporate-owned media. Instead, CNN, MSNBC and the like are fixated on repeating coverage of the impeachment hearing targeting Donald Trump for pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden for corruption. The hearings do not, however, target Trump for his policies attacking Muslims and immigrants, his violations of environmental protections, or his repeated interventions and plots in the affairs of Latin American socialist and progressive governments. 

This weekend will be telling for the direction and momentum of the Bolivian movement as the street mobilizations are expected to increase in numbers with people coming from surrounding cities and towns into La Paz. Here in the U.S., protests will continue to take place throughout the weekend. U.S.-based activists angered and mobilized by the coup have pointed out the importance of attending protests at this critically important time for Bolivia. A list of protests can be found here

Nov. 11 mass protest against the coup at Universidad Publica de El Alto. Photo: Twitter/amandaasubiar, Twitter/UpeaAlDia

In addition to the street mobilizations in Bolivia, members of MAS, the “Movement to Socialism,” have refused to accept the resignation of Morales, which would be procedurally required. MAS has two-thirds’ majorities in both houses of the Bolivian legislature, which are now both led by pro-Morales MAS members Eva Copa and Sergio Choque. This adds a significant roadblock for coup plotter Jeanine Áñez Chávez — who declared herself “interim president” on Tuesday — Luis Camacho, and the rest of the golpistas to consolidate a new coup government.

Coup plotters reveal themselves

The brutal, deadly and torturous response against the mass protests by the military and police that allowed and led the coup has further revealed the coup’s fascist character. They seem willing to go to any length to ensure the rights of unfettered profits for their ruling class and multinational corporations, and to crush the plurinational character of Evo Morales’ Bolivia. Because they cannot allow a true democratic process, they resort to beatings, terrorism and violence. 

Anti-Morales forces claim that his “resignation” was due to election fraud. If that were true then why didn’t the vice president assume power? Instead it was the second VP of the Bolivian Senate, Áñez, who declared herself president. The military not only forced Evo to resign but also his VP and the former president of the House and the Senate, after threats to their lives. Morales’ Movement to Socialism party won legislative majorities in the elections. But now the legislative victory is also being annulled as the military clearly insisted that everyone resign straight down the line until they could find a right-wing oppositionist to take over. They were not interested in “election fraud” and in fact are committing far greater crimes.

Donald Trump immediately recognized the coup, and declared it “democracy.”

Also telling was the threat from Áñez’s coup “Minister of Communication” Roxana Lizárraga, who claimed to have identified journalists and said she will arrest Bolivian and foreign journalists who are causing, in her words, “sedition.” (La Jornada)

This threat is extremely dangerous and is understood to be blatantly directed at any journalists who criticize the coup.

The media blackout has extended to social media, where it was found that over 4,500 fake twitter accounts containing anti-Morales content were created on Twitter just a couple days after the coup. (Radio Havana Cuba)  

The coup also has a clearly racist, white-supremacist and conservative religious character. Opposed to the socialism of Morales, who is Indigenous, deleted Tweets have emerged by Áñez calling Indigenous culture and ceremonies “satanic” and referring to Morales as a “poor Indian.” The Bolivian population has many different Indigenous groups, and more than 88 percent of Bolivians are Indigenous in whole or part.

Áñez did not appoint a single Indigenous person to her five-person announced “cabinet.” Upon declaring herself president, she made the statement with an oversized bible in front of herself. The Wiphala flag, a multi-colored flag representing all the Indigenous groups, has been burned on the street by anti-Morales people. In another incident, soldiers were caught tearing off and destroying the Wiphala patches from their uniforms. 

On the international scale, the anti-socialist and pro-U.S. character of the coup leaders was shown today when they broke diplomatic relations with Venezuela and expelled the Venezuelan diplomats. Days before, four Cuban health care workers were arrested in Bolivia. In response, the Cuban government released a statement stating in part, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejects false accusations that these collaborators encourage or fund protests, based on deliberate lies with no basis whatsoever.” The four are: Amparo Lourdes García Buchaca, Idalberto Delgado Baró, Ramón Emilio Álvarez Cepero, and General Gustavo Aldereguía. 

On Nov. 15, the Cuban government announced the immediate withdrawal of the 750-plus Cuban medical team, as well as from Ecuador, where the right-wing government of Lenin Moreno rules. Yet, despite the withdrawal, the chief of Cuba’s medical missions in Bolivia, Doctor Yoandra Muro Valle, was detained by Bolivian police.

As proof of direct U.S. involvement and direction of the fascist coup, in front of the house during the doctor’s detention was a car registered to the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia. Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez tweeted the picture of the U.S. diplomatic vehicle with license plate number 28-CD-17. Although she was later freed, the four Cuban doctors arrested on Nov. 13 are still in detention.

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Massive Colombia strike hits neoliberal policies, repression

By Cathy Rojas

Photo: Radio Habana Cuba

On Nov 21, the Colombian people began a national strike against the neoliberal and repressive policies of rightwing President Ivan Duque. The national strike started in the large cities of Colombia including Bogota the capital, Cali, and Medellin, but now has spread throughout the country. It is the biggest national strike since 1977, which won major labor reforms.

Participating in the strike are members of  trade unions and social movements, peasants, Afro-Colombians, Indigenous people, feminists, members of LGBTQ community organizations, organized groups of soccer fans (barras), as well as collectives of political prisoners. The heightened militarization and neoliberalization which places the profits of  foreign corporations over the needs of the Colombian people has caused the  people to unite.

Protesters have been met with repression. On Nov. 23 Dilan Cruz, only 18 years old, was shot in the head and killed by a member of  National Police’s anti-riot squad ESMAD as he participated in a Bogota demonstration in support of the strike. Cruz  has become a symbol of the young, fearless Colombian resistance movement. The Colombian people demonstrate their courage to the world daily and send the state a message that they will not be dominated by fear.

Among the issues raised by the strike are  constant repression and massacres by the state, including the killing of children, attempts to destroy the country’s Peace Accords, privatizations of public institutions, tax hikes, new restrictive labor laws, attacks on youth, pensioners, farmers and on public education.

‘Falsos positivos’ cover up massacre of 18 children 

In early November it was discovered that in August  somewhere between eight and 18 children were killed in a bombing raid conducted by  Colombian military in the Department of Caqueta. The Colombian military claimed those killed were leftwing guerillas. This is a continuation of a  long-time practice that has become known as “falsos positivos” (false positives)—the military claiming  the civilians it kills are guerrillas. The military does this in order to continue killing with impunity, and  to justify its  U.S. military funding.

This time, however, the lie did not work. The August massacre of children led to an impeachment hearing in the Senate against Minister of Defense Guillermo Botero. Once evidence surfaced showing that not only had the Colombian army conducted the massacre but also tried to cover it up, Botero resigned.

Falso positivos killings have been committed for decades, and military officials who commit these extrajudicial killings are often times rewarded with promotions and time off. For example, when Juan Pablo Rodriguez Barragan was the head of the Fourth Army Brigade, that brigade was responsible for  28 extrajudicial killings. Barragan has since been promoted, and is now the highest ranking member of the Colombian military. Not surprisingly, he took part in Command and General Staff Courses given to Colombian officers by the United States.

Mass killing of social leaders

In  November 2016  a Peace Accord was negotiated between the Colombian government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejército del Pueblo (FARC-EP),  where this guerrilla group agreed to disarm. While the FARC-EP put down its weapons, the rightwing paramilitary has remained alive and active with no accountability. Since the Peace Accord was signed  the government has killed more than 700 social leaders for defending their land rights, advocating human rights, workers rights, etc.

This violent repression overwhelmingly impacts Indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities. According to the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia, since Duque assumed office in August 2018, 134 members of different Indigenous movements have been assassinated. Because of these repressive policies Colombia has  the highest number of internally displaced people in the world .

Adding more fuel to the fire, on Oct. 27 Semana magazine revealed that members of the Army conspired through WhatsApp to assassinate Dimar Torres, a former FARC member who was released from prison and able to rejoin civilian life due to the peace deal.

The Colombian military, which prides itself on it  extreme repression of anyone who challenges the rightwing policies of the state, receives about $450 million annually from the United States. The U.S. has fervently encouraged military repression in the country, especially when it protects their corporate interests.

Attacks on farmers benefit Monsanto

Washington has promoted  the Colombian government’s forceful coca crop-eradication program, which  directly violates the voluntary crop substitution programs outlined in the Peace Accords.

Unsurprisingly, the forceful substitution program promotes use of  Round UP Ultr, a pesticide produced by the U.S. agrochemical giant Montsano.   Round UP is being indiscriminately sprayed on all crops. It  kills all edible crops, leaving farmers without their harvest. When the farmers protest they are met with violence.  On Oct 5, 2017 when a group of farmers in Tumaco demonstrated against the forced eradication of their crops, secruity forces opened fire, killing 16 people and wounding more than 50. 

Ironically, the coca leaf is the quickest to re-grow after being sprayed. This means that in order to survive farmers have few options but to re-grow coca leaves in areas that are frequently sprayed .

Undermining the Peace Accords

In addition, Duque has undermined the power of the JEP (Special Jurisdiction for Peace) which was set up in 2016  after the Peace Accords to  uncover and adjudicate serious human rights violations committed during Colombia’s five-decade internal armed conflict, such as kidnapping, torture, extrajudicial executions, sexual violence, forced displacement and recruitment of minors.

In August 2018 Colombia’s  Constitutional Court approved as law 159 articles which established  the details of the JEP’s authority.  In an attempt to derail the Peace Accords and strip the JEP of its power, Duque then announced objections to six out of the 159 articles of the law.

Duque has also cut funding to programs created in the Accords to support the economic and social transition  of former combatants in order to reintegrate them into society.

‘Paquetazo’ and neo-liberal policies

“El Paquetazo” refers to a wave of neoliberal economic policies that have negatively impacted workers and youth. The first is Labor Reform Law 212 of 2019  that was filed by former president and current senator Alvaro Uribe, a strong ally of Ivan Duque. This law seeks to cut the minimum wage of youth under 25 by 75 percent, create a minimum wage which changes based on the productivity of each region, and  institute a new way to calculate social security that will diminish retiree’s checks.

Additionally, the new Holding Estatal de Servicios Financieros privatizes 16 public institution, transforming them from service-based to profit-based.  This could also lead to massive layoffs. The paquetazo includes a 35 percent raise in electric tariffs for people who use Electricaribe. The plan  proposes eliminating state contributions  to pension funds in Colpension, Colombia’s Administration of Pensions,  and decrease pensions to below the minimum wage while raising the age of retirement.

Social movement organizers have identified the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank as pivotal in promoting these reforms.

Attacks on education

The Colombian people are also demanding larger investments in their education system. After public university students took to the streets October in a national student strike, Duque promised to invest $1.3 million over a four year period to rebuild public universities. This has not happened.  Instead, 98 percent of a state-funded program titled “Ser Pilo Paga” has been  invested in private universities. Currently 60 percent of students who graduate from public high schools are unable to enroll in public or private universities .

U.S. behind repressive and neo-liberal policies

The repression and neoliberal reforms in Colombia are the direct results of U.S policies and the billions in Pentagon funding given to the Colombian military and the so-called “security” forces. Since the Obama administration, the United States has not supported the Peace Accords and has aligned itself with far right political leaders including ex-President Alvaro Uribe and current President Ivan Duque. The situation has worsened as Duque, Trump and their allies do all they can to repeal what remains of the Peace Accord.

All progressive  people should stand in solidarity with all those advocating for the immediate end to the political persecution of human rights, social and political leaders in Colombia and and an end to neo-liberal policies that prioritize the needs of foreign corporations over those of the Colombian people.

Both the Colombian and U.S. government need to abide by what was agreed to in the Peace Accords. All power to the people! El Pueblo No Se Rinde Carajo!

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Huge protests in India call for unity vs. government’s effort to expel Muslims

By Satya VattiDec

Huge protests in India call for unity vs. government’s effort to expel Muslims

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/DiplomatTesterMan

Some of the largest protests in recent decades are taking place across many states in India as mass outrage and opposition mounts against the passage of anti-Muslim legislation. India is home to about 200 million Muslims, but the government is led by a far-right, Hindu fundamentalist party called the BJP. At least 25 people have been killed so far as a consequence of the government’s efforts to repress the demonstrations.

On December 11, the BJP majority in the Indian parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), also known as CAB, which provides a fast-track pathway to Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants who arrived in India prior to 2015 from neighboring Muslim-majority countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The justification that the Indian parliament is trying to sell for the exclusion of Muslims from the CAA is that the bill is catered to religious minorities in Muslim-majority countries. This rings hollow when one considers that Muslim minorities from neighboring non-Muslim majority countries, like Myanmar and Sri Lanka, who have sought refuge in India are demonized rather than given an expedited pathway to citizenship.

The anti-Muslim character of the CAA is evident when it is considered alongside the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a census-based database that tracks citizenship data, and has historically only been implemented in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam.

At various points since the British arbitrarily carved up India during the struggle for independence from colonial rule to form present-day Pakistan and present-day Bangladesh (initially Eastern Pakistan), millions of people have migrated over porous borders to India to reunite with their families, seek employment or safety from civil war, communal violence, or persecution. Assam, being a border state, has since 1948 experienced an influx of migrants and refugees from the east seeking a new life of stability in India.

Following the Immigrants Expulsion from Assam Act of 1950, the first ever NRC was published in 1951 to differentiate Assamese citizens from undocumented immigrants. A string of laws to restrict the in-flow and define citizenship have since been adopted under pressure from the right-wing, narrow nationalist current in Assam that began the anti-foreigner movement in 1979, leading to violence and massacres of migrants at different junctures.

In 2013, Assam approached the Indian Supreme Court demanding to update the NRC. The updated NRC was released in August 2019, and two million people in Assam who were unable to provide documentation for proof of citizenship are now deemed as non-citizens and “illegal,” even though many have lived in India for decades or for generations. Of the two million that are now excluded in Assam, 700,000 turned out to be Muslims and, to the surprise of the Hindu-nationalist politicians who pushed for the NRC update, 500,000 were Bengali Hindus.

While the two million people who are excluded by the NRC will have a ten month window to appeal to the Foreigner’s Tribunal, the reality for a developing country like India, which is transitioning towards mass digitization and the use of biometric databases, is that tens of millions of people who reside in rural areas and urban slums still do not possess documents that can verify their citizenship. In fact, before 2009, half of the 1.3 billion Indians did not possess any form of identification, not even a birth certificate. Today, most Indians possess a proof of residency, which cannot be substituted for proof of citizenship.

In November, a proposal for a nationwide NRC was announced. The CAA coupled with the NRC will have a dangerous effect particularly on the Muslim communities, both native and immigrant, in India because the CAA will provide a pathway for citizenship for Hindus and others from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan so long as they claim religious persecution, but this option will not extend to Muslims. The millions of people who will not be able to prove their citizenship will be detained in mass deportation centers, the first of which is now being built in Assam, and a massive forced expulsion is anticipated if the NRC is extended to the whole country.

State response to mass rejection of CAA and NRC

For the past two weeks, university students, youth, Muslim communities, and the broader progressive left and working-class organizations and unions in many cities across India organized mass demonstrations in the streets to protest the anti-Muslim CAA and NRC. The protests are multinational in character, and solidarity extends across religious lines.

Those protesting condemn the CAA and the NRC and demand their repeal on the basis of religious discrimination, unconstitutionality, and state-sanctioned anti-Muslim chauvinism. They demand that the Indian state uphold its secular nature as guaranteed by the post-independence constitution.

Over 20 protestors have been killed, and thousands have been arrested and detained across the country over the past two weeks. When videos of police brutally beating protesting students of historically Muslim universities like Aligargh and Jamia Millia Islamia emerged, outraged students across the country came out into the streets to show solidarity and to condemn BJP-sanctioned police brutality.

Individual state governments like that of West Bengal, Punjab, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh, reject the CAA as unconstitutional and are unwilling to enforce it.

Defeating the BJP’s far right agenda

The mass protests in India are not only geared towards the CAA and the NRC, but the ruling BJP itself. Those in the streets to defend Muslims know well the far-right Hindu fundamentalist program of the BJP, its ties to the RSS, a fascistic Hindu-nationalist paramilitary organization, or its history of instigating and providing immunity to forces that carry out violence primarily against Dalits, Muslims, and leftists. Most recently, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi stripped the Muslim-majority state of Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomous status.

If the CAA and the NRC were to be enforced nationally, the BJP would be one step closer to its ultimate objective: to create a “Hindu Rashtra,” a Hindu nation, much like the Jewish apartheid state of Israel, which the BJP has great admiration for.

Despite India being a country that’s home to hundreds of distinct peoples, hundreds of languages, and many religions, the Modi government is continuing to politically and culturally create an ahistorical narrative around the need to return to an ethno-religious Hindu state and a country for and by Hindus. Over the past decade, BJP-dominated state governments have been reframing school curriculum and rewriting history books to glorify Hindu rulers and the role of Hinduism in the development of modern India, while minimizing and erasing the contributions of Muslims and others.

It must be noted that the United States government, which exudes fake humanitarian concern for Muslims when it works to its advantage in places like China, has remained silent on the mass protests against the CAA and the NRC, and the violence being unleashed on protesters by the Indian government. The U.S. Congress won’t move to pass any bills in solidarity with the protesters in India or against the Modi government, because of the close military, political and economic ties between the two governments.

Within the United States and around the world, progressives in the Indian diaspora have held rallies in solidarity with those protesting in India.

As the right-wing BJP politicians continue to stoke disunity between working-class Indians, the way forward for India is unity and struggle against the fascistic Modi-led BJP government and the capitalist system itself.

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Lebanon’s mass explosion against austerity and sectarianism: Where will it go?

By Joyce Chediac

Photo: Facebook page of Samah Idriss

Lebanon is in the grip of a spontaneous mass uprising unprecedented in that country’s history. Hundreds of thousands of people are taking to the streets daily in this tiny Arab country of 5.5 million in an explosion of rage against IMF-imposed austerity, corruption, dysfunction and widening inequality.

The uprising began on Oct. 17, when the government, in a desperate attempt to shore up an economy sucked dry by predatory Western banks, announced a tax on free WiFi phone applications like WhatsApp. After years of financially squeezing the working class while the rich get richer, this tax was the last straw, sparking people to take the streets in Beirut, Tripoli Sidon, Nabatieh and elsewhere. Protesters include workers, union leaders, students and professionals.

Banks and schools have been closed, major roads seized, with protesters defying army attempts to open them. On one day an estimated quarter of the population were in the streets, and on another day, a human chain of demonstrators stretched over 100 miles on the coast, from Tripoli to Sour. In Beirut and Nabatieh, lines of women, sometimes four deep, have defended the front of the protests against attack by the Army and other groups.  Gender equality, LGBTQ rights and women’s empowerment have all been common themes of the protests.

The huge and spontaneous uprising cuts across and unites people from all of the country 18 religious sects. Demonstrators are carrying Lebanese flags, rather than the flags of individual groups, and a popular chant is “One, one, one, we are one people.”

By the 13th day, the demonstrations brought down the Lebanese government by forcing the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri. The big question is: What happens next?

Neoliberal policies targeted

Lebanon’s debt burden was $86.2 billion in the first quarter of 2019, according to the country’s minister of finance. Lebanon suffers from the worst GDP to debt ratio in the world at 150 percent.

The Oct 17 announced WhatsApp tax of .20 cents per call and $6 monthly fee follows years of Lebanon’s rich one percent looting the government’s coffers while adhering to an IMF plan charging workers and the poor ever-higher taxes. Meanwhile, the government has become so dysfunctional that it can’t even provide 24-hour electricity, tap water or pick up the garbage.

The situation has become unbearable. With youth unemployment close to 40 percent, young people are expected to work abroad and send home remittances. Now, however, there are fewer jobs abroad. For those who can find work at home, pay in Lebanon is so low compared to living expenses that many people borrow from the banks to pay their rent.

Sectarian system

The demonstrations also aimed their ire at the political elite that has mismanaged the country since the end of the 1975-90 civil war. Chanting “We are all Lebanese,” and wearing hats that said “Lebanese first,” people rebelled against their own corrupt sectarian leaders. They raged against the political system where heads of the 18 officially recognized religious groups divide power and state funds between them. Lebanon’s 1943 “National pact,” a legacy of French colonialism, decreed that the President must always be a Maronite Christian, the Premier a Sunni Muslim and the speaker of the House a Shiite Muslim.

Fighting corruption

Protesters are targeting the Banque du Liban (BDL) and its leader, Riad Salame, the architect of the near-collapse of the economy in the service of U.S. financial policy. Activists charge that while in office Salame embezzled $106 billion from the people under the pretext of exchange rate adjustments. They want him to return the money.

Another focus is Fouad Sinoria, a former Prime Minister backed by the U.S. and Saudis, who protesters want to return $11 billion stolen during his 2005-2009 term. Then there is Najib Mikati, the richest man in Lebanon, who owes $11.2 billion, demonstrators say, and currently facing charges for embezzlement.

As for Hariri, recent revelations that the newly resigned Prime Minister gave $16 million to a South African bikini model while Lebanese suffer has filled protestors with disgust. Hariri, and his Sunni-based Future Movement, are aligned with Saudi Arabia.

Lebanon now has a caretaker regime which cannot pass legislation, or take measures to solve the economic crisis until a new government is elected. On Nov. 1, President Michel Aoun called for ‘non-sectarian” government and a package of reforms was put together that could possibly pave the way for this to happen.


Not all forces in the government are part of the longstanding corrupt oligarchies that have ruled Lebanon for decades and sold it to international banks. The Shiite group Hezbollah is relatively new to the government, and did well in the last national elections, forming a national unity government with Aoun’s Christian-based Free Patriotic Movement. Since they are part of the Lebanese government, however, some of the blame for the economic situation which they have not produced has rubbed off on them.

Hezbollah is based in the Shiite community, Lebanon’s largest religious group and traditionally its poorest and most disenfranchised. The group has won Shiite allegiance through its social service programs, lifting many out of poverty in that community for the first time in Lebanon’s history.

The group is often called “the resistance” by individuals of all sects in Lebanon. Hezbollah has its own powerful militia which drove the Israeli military out of southern Lebanon in 2000, ending a brutal 18-year occupation. In 2006 Hezbollah was instrumental in pushing back a massive Tel Aviv invasion of Lebanon.

Most recently, Hezbollah fighters played a key role in forcing ISIS and related groups out of Syria and defending Lebanon’s borders from fundamentalist encroachment. Because it fought on the side of the Syrian government, and due to its close relationship with Iran, the group is on Washington’s “terrorist” list. Israel has staged several large military exercises specifically stimulating an attack on Hezbollah, and looks for a political opening to do so.

Attempts to divert protests

Protests are not organized or homogeneous. Among the demands are the passing of new electoral laws outside of sectarian constraints, early parliamentary elections and an economic rescue plan beginning with the recovery of looted money. Some demonstrators are calling for every government official to resign, echoing the Arab Spring-era chants that “The people want the downfall of the regime.” But the resignation of President Aoun and his Hezbollah allies would leave a political vacuum that could be filled by forces far to the right.

With Israel always seeking to attack, and with Syria barely recovering from attempts to dismember it, a power vacuum could be exploited to destabilize the country.

Some of those in the streets most loudly calling for the resignation of the entire government work for U.S.-funded non-government organizations. U.S. backed political forces in the Christian community, such as the ultra rightwing Lebanese Forces headed by Samir Geagea, and the openly fascist Kataeb party lead by Samir Gemayel, have tried to twist the protesters’ message as being as aimed against Hezbollah. They seek to discredit the resistance and remove the presidency without an alternative in place.

Walid Jumblatt of the Druze-based Progressive Socialist Party, also sees the anti-government protests as a chance to strengthen his base against Aoun and Hezbollah.

U.S. wants to destabilize Lebanon

Imperialism and its agents would like to utilize the righteous protests in Lebanon to attack, discredit and possibly disarm Hezbollah. An indication of Washington’s intentions is that fact that major U.S. media like the Wall Street Journal, the Israeli press, Saudi-funded media like al-Arabiya, and the Banque du Liban (BDL) deliberately distort the demonstrations as anti-Hezbollah, while downplaying or ignoring protesters’ grievances against corruption and the banks.

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Palestine: Nazi Gestapo broke her face, skull as she was protecting her kid from detention

Israeli soldiers broke her face, skull as she was protecting her kid from detention

“When I look at the mirror, I start weeping,” she said.2.1kShares

Israeli occupation forces harshly beaten Palestinian woman Rina Dirbas, 36, broke her face and skull as she was protecting her 14-year-old son from being detained.

About a month ago, Dirbas went back home to find a large number of the Israeli occupation forces inside her house.

She rushed inside to find them trying to detain her 14-year-old son, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

The woman wanted to protect her son from being detained by the Israeli occupation forces, but they insisted they wanted to match him with the features of a child who was wanted over throwing stones at the Israeli military vehicles.

Dirbas insisted to accompany her little son. “When I was inside the military vehicle, I wanted to speak with the Israeli soldiers,” she said, “but a of them immediately hit me with the butt of his gun in my face and I fell unconscious.”

Later on, she found herself in the hospital. She had several surgeries in her skull and face and she is to undergo several follow up surgeries.

“When I look at the mirror, I start weeping,” she said.

Meanwhile, she said that the Israeli police tried to prevent her from filing a complaint against the Israeli soldiers.

“When I went to the police station to complain, the Israeli police treated me indifferently and claimed that I was hit with rock,” she said.


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Obama, the “Enabler in Chief” of 2014 Massacre against Palestinian Refugees

By Robert Barsocchini and Norman Finkelstein

Dr. Norman Finkelstein, PhD Political Science, Princeton, prolific author, descendant of Holocaust death camp victims and son of survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto, on the “Enabler in Chief” of the 2014 Israeli massacre against the trapped Palestinian refugees:

It became, straight out, just a terror assault.  The mosques, the schools, the hospitals, the ambulances, the civilians.  You’d have to be blinder than King Lear not to see what was going on.  It was just a pure terrorist attack.

By the end of it, the head of the International Community of the Red Cross, he said, and I’m quoting him, “I have never seen such massive destruction ever before.”  And the normally comatose puppet of the United States, UN secretary general Ban ki Moon, he said, “Such massive deaths and destruction have shocked and shamed the world.”

Now, in the last thirty seconds, we have to ask ourselves, who or what allowed that to happen?  And there can be no question whatsoever.  None.

The Enabler in Chief of that massacre in Gaza, the Enabler in Chief of that death and destruction, was president Barack Obama.

That is not rhetorical.  That is not a cheap shot.  That’s a fact.  I don’t say it as a person on the political left.  I don’t say it as a member of the Tea Party.  I say it as someone who is simply observing the facts.

Each day Mr. Obama went out, or one of his spokespersons went out, and when he was asked, or his spokesperson was asked about what was happening in Gaza, each day he repeated that same refrain, quote: “Israel has the right to defend itself.”

Now, already by the tenth day, the human rights organizations, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, they were copiously and carefully documenting that Israel was targeting civilians in civilian sites.  There was no dispute, no doubt about what was happening.  Each time [Obama] came out and said “Israel has the right to defend itself”, each day that he did that, he was giving Israel the green light to continue the terrorist attack on Gaza.

Now, if you have any doubt, any doubt whatsoever about who was the Enabler of that massacre, all of that doubt is dispended by how it ended.  How did it end?

Israel targeted one UN school shelter, a second UN school shelter, a third UN school shelter, then a fourth, and then a fifth.  By the time it came to the fifth, the international community was erupting in a rage, and the pressure became so intense that even that brain-dead, comatose Ban ki Moon, he finally said that Israel was committing “a criminal act”.  Ban ki Moon.  Can you imagine?  Ban ki Moon.  For those of you who don’t know who he is, he’s the secretary general of the United States … United Nations.  Very hard to tell.  In any case, what happened?

After even Ban ki Moon condemned it as a criminal attack, Obama was completely isolated on the entire world stage.  He was completely alone.  So, finally, the state department started issuing statements calling what happened “disgraceful”, “awful”, “terrible”.  That was August third.  The US finally, on August third, denounced what happened.

What happened the same day?  What happened the exact same day?  Netanyahu announced “The ground invasion is over.  It’s finished.”

Who was responsible for what happened?  Look at the sequence of events.  It was made, paid for, the green light was given, here.

Thank you.

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U.S. sanctions bear fruit in Iran

By Mazda Majidi

U.S. sanctions bear fruit in Iran

Two buildings burned in the city of Karaj, Nov. 17. Photo: Press TV

The announcement of a rise in fuel prices on Nov. 15 triggered days of protests and widespread vandalism across Iran. It is difficult to determine exactly when the unrest subsided, but it is clear that the bulk of the actions took place within the first 48 hours. By Nov. 18, various security officials were reporting the return of calm and order to their respective jurisdictions. By Nov. 21, President Hassan Rouhani had declared the complete return of calm and security.

Price gouging?

Western media outlets report that gas prices in Iran increased by as much as 300 percent. While this is technically correct, it is devoid of context and misleading. Even after the price hike, gasoline prices in Iran are among the lowest in the world. Prior to the increase, the price for a liter of gas was 10,000 rials, or less than nine U.S. cents per liter. In other words, a gallon of gas in Iran prior to the price change cost about 35 cents, about one-eighth what it costs in the U.S.

There were several problems with gas being so cheap. One was that the price at the pump was less than the cost of refining the oil and the distribution of gas, even assuming no cost for oil. Even though Iran has large deposits, extracting oil is not free. Therefore, the government has, now for decades, been subsidizing gasoline.

Most car owners are not wealthy, of course. Still, super cheap fuel represents a regressive form of subsidies. Those who do not own automobiles receive nothing while those with large luxury cars or gas guzzlers, or those who drive the farthest, receive the most. Super cheap gasoline also encourages excessive driving and casual, unnecessary trips, contributing to heavy traffic and air pollution. Iran’s daily gas consumption is around 110 million liters, among the highest in the world, higher than Germany, France, the UK …

Another problematic aspect of super cheap gas prices is smuggling. The government estimates that as much of one-fifth of the gasoline is smuggled daily. The price of gasoline in all neighboring countries — Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkey, and Iraq — is significantly higher. With a total of 3,662 miles of borders with its neighbors, leave alone the gasoline smuggled by sea, it is virtually impossible for Iran to effectively stop the smuggling. Again, this is not just the loss of gasoline but the subsidies spent on gasoline, which directly benefit the smugglers.

The government decided to increase the price of gas to 15,000 rials per liter (52 cents per gallon) for up to 60 liters (16 gallons) per month for private vehicles. That is an increase of 50 percent. Fuel purchased beyond the 60-liter monthly limit will now be sold at 30,000 rials per liter ($1.05 per gallon). Even after this 300 percent increase, which only applies to the amount of gas beyond the subsidized amount, the price of gas in Iran remains among the lowest in the world. It is only 38 percent, or a little over one-third, of U.S. gas prices. Even going forward, it is highly likely that excessive consumption and smuggling of gas will still continue on a large scale, although possibly at a somewhat reduced rate. Additionally, high inflation, the direct result of U.S. sanctions, is likely to make gasoline still cheaper as a result of the expected decline in the value of the rial, Iran’s currency.

Without providing this context, Western media outlets predominantly portray the image of a greedy government engaging in price gouging, mercilessly making its people suffer to line its own pockets. Whatever the extent of corruption and embezzlement among government officials, and there are many documented cases of that, subsidized, super-low gas prices have only enriched smugglers.

Capitalist politicians and ideologues condemning Iran for reducing the subsidies on gas are usually staunchly opposed to government subsidies on any commodities. To them, subsidies are a violation of the laws of the “free” market. But when it comes to Iran, these devout free-marketers all of a sudden go “socialist,” outraged at the reduction of gas subsidies.

Progressives, on the other hand, generally support subsidies and other means of easing the suffering of poor and working people under capitalism. But it is not flat subsidies, provided equally to all layers of society, that they strive for, and certainly not subsidies that disproportionately benefit the wealthy.

Subsidies should benefit the lowest income sectors of society. The Iranian government has announced that the amount saved on the gas subsidies is “intended to raise about $2.55 billion a year for extra subsidies to 18 million families struggling on low incomes.” In response to the possible dismissal of this announcement as mere propaganda, it should be pointed out that the government already pays people cash subsidies, on a monthly basis. It deposits funds directly to the bank accounts of up to 70 percent of the population.

Were protests large?

Within hours, Western media labeled the unrest as “mass protests.” Messages of support for the protesters started pouring in. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said to the people of Iran: “The United States is with you.” Even King Salman of Saudi Arabia, an obvious expert on democracy and human rights, eventually got in on the act, inviting Iran to stop the “chaos and destruction.”

Amnesty International announced that at least 106 people had been killed and that the actual number was probably much higher. The available images of the street actions do not suggest anywhere near this level of casualties, but Amnesty claimed that its estimate was based on eyewitness reports! The Iranian government has dismissed Amnesty’s report as “baseless allegations and fabricated figures.”

Citing the need to prevent the coordination of the activities of foreign agents, the Iranian government cut off Iran’s Internet to external sites, except for government institutions and universities. Access to sites within the country, and bank and other business transactions requiring domestic Internet access, were maintained. As of this writing, Nov. 23, international Internet access has been restored, but not to mobile devices.

One reason for Iran cutting off international Internet access was likely to minimize the number of images that would be posted all over the Internet and social media in the West. The Islamic Republic does not want the dissemination of images portraying Iran as a country in chaos. Conversely, the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia want nothing more than promoting precisely the image of a country on the verge of collapse. On Nov. 22, Pompeo called on Iranian people to “send us their videos, photos, and information documenting the regime’s crackdown on protesters. The U.S. will expose and sanction the abuses.” On the same day, the U.S. imposed sanctions on Iran’s communications minister, Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi, in punishment for blocking Internet access.

Despite the cutoff of foreign access to the Internet, plenty of images have made it outside the country. The Internet cutoff came some time after the beginning of the protests, so a large number of video clips and photos already got out. Besides, it is virtually impossible to block all means of communication. It is not difficult to smuggle images on a simple thumb drive or on a laptop hard drive over thousands of miles of border, nor is it impossible to send encrypted images through the government and university offices where Internet access to the outside remained.

In the days to come, surely many more videos and pictures will emerge — Pompeo will undoubtedly get his wish. Still, we are unlikely to see previously unexposed images of mass protests and huge outpourings of people. A clear picture is emerging of the character of the protests from what can already be seen. Actual protests appear to have been of modest sizes, while there was an impressive campaign of destruction and sabotage. According to the Iranian government, what started as peaceful protests by ordinary people was quickly taken over by paid agents bent on maximizing damage and destruction. It is also likely that, in some instances, the fires and the destruction were the first, or only, act, not the end result of genuine protests.

Many of the widely circulated clips show dozens of people who can more accurately be described as spectators than protesters, standing around while buildings and cars are burning down. Others show streets and freeways blocked, with people getting out of their cars and looking around. The few clips of people chanting and protesting show dozens, or at most hundreds, of demonstrators.

Of course, the term “mass protest” is loosely defined. When it comes to U.S. protests, every activist knows that neither the media, nor the local or national governments, characterize even protests of thousands as “mass protests.” It is instructive that the participation of dozens or hundreds qualifies as “mass protests” when the actions take place in a country on the U.S. hit list.

The level of destruction strongly suggests a deliberate campaign of vandalism and destruction. When people spontaneously demonstrate in the streets, sometimes angry protesters do property damage, as in breaking store windows, turning over trash cans or burning tires.

But destruction of property appears to have been the primary objective, not the byproduct, of most of the street actions. According to Fars News Agency, “The violence saw rioters setting fire to as many as 80 department stores across the country, incurring a damage of 170 billion tomans (more than $40 million). The damage has wrecked between 50 to 100 percent of the facilities’ structures. …” Dozens, possibly hundreds, of gas stations around the country were set on fire. In addition, the rioters set police stations, banks, office buildings, medical clinics, cars, motorcycles, stores and people’s residences on fire.

Iran’s security forces have reported “arresting 100 leaders of the riot,” with some sources reporting much higher numbers. On Nov. 17, Tehran police reported arresting seven men riding in a pickup truck, armed with incendiary material, who had set five banks on fire in rapid succession. In this instance, the individuals arrested were not Iranian, but “from a country East of Iran.” Officials report having arrested elements with ties to the MKO (a pro-U.S. opposition force), monarchists and people with criminal histories, probably paid for these operations.

With the vast amounts of money that the United States and Saudi Arabia are willing to pay to bring about their long-sought goal of regime change in Iran, there is little doubt that at least some of the acts of sabotage were carried out by paid agents. Vandalism and destruction appear to have been the bulk of what happened.

There were, of course, individuals protesting the rise in gasoline prices. And even if these individuals were seemingly a small part of the overall picture in this instance, there is, no doubt, a social base for those who wish to protest the rise in gas prices, inflation in general, and the very existence of the Islamic Republic broadly. Exposing the extreme overstatement and exaggeration of pro-imperialist media about the width and breadth of the protests should not be confused with denying the possibility that protests can, in the future, be significant in size, as they were during the right-wing Green Movement in 2009.

People march in support of the Islamic Republic and against the campaign of sabotage, Nov. 22, in the Northeastern city of Mashhad. Photo: Hamshahri

People march in support of the Islamic Republic and against the campaign of sabotage, Nov. 22, in the Northeastern city of Mashhad. Photo: Hamshahri

Are people united against the Islamic Republic?

A common propaganda tactic of the capitalist class is to portray every protest, no matter how large or small, as representative of the entire population. The narrative that emerges is “the people versus the dictator,” whether it is Venezuela, Nicaragua, Syria or Iran. In addition to overstating the strength of anti-government protests, a necessary component of this propaganda campaign is to provide little to no coverage of street actions that do not conform to their dominant narrative. Similarly, in the last week alone, there have been two sets of large-scale demonstrations, real mass protests, in support of the Islamic Republic and against the campaign of destruction and sabotage and its U.S. sponsors. But the average person following the news likely knows nothing about these protests.

Participants in these marches, the latest on Nov. 22, were clear in their message that economic hardships are the direct result, and the stated purpose, of the illegal U.S. sanctions on Iran. The vast majority of these demonstrators are from the working class and the poor, the very sectors most suffering under the economic hardships caused by the sanctions.

U.S. ‘support’ for the people

U.S. officials shedding crocodile tears for the people of Iran is particularly insulting. In the words of Assal Rad, a research fellow at the National Iranian American Council, “The Trump administration could end its collective punishment by giving Iranians the economic relief they were promised under the JCPOA, lift sanctions and allow Iran to sell its oil.”

But, of course, it is not support for the Iranian people that the U.S. is interested in. Instead, the Trump administration is attempting to starve the Iranian people to create instability and overthrow the state. As in the case of Cuba, the DPRK and Venezuela, the U.S. imposes debilitating sanctions on countries it wants to overthrow. Then, it cites the damage inflicted on the economies of the targeted countries as evidence that their governments are corrupt and incompetent.

Iran is far from a socialist state. But its capitalist economy with its large and strong state sector provides a significant obstacle to penetration by international corporate capital. Politically, not only does Tehran refuse to follow Washington’s dictates, it is a strong force in the region against imperialist dominance. There is a reason that successive U.S. administrations since the revolution of 1979 have pursued regime change in Iran. To them, independence and national development must be crushed.

For that same reason, revolutionaries and progressives in the U.S. should stand with Iran’s independence against U.S. imperialism. Workers and oppressed people in the U.S. have nothing to gain from imperialist adventures abroad. The same capitalist ruling class that is oppressing people here is oppressing people around the globe. Revolutionaries and progressives should unite in demanding: U.S. Hands off Iran!

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The student, Mais Abu Ghosh, was arrested and beaten by Nazi Gestapo for long days

By: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr


Illegally Nazi Occupied Jerusalem: “We could not identify its features,” the captive’s father, Mays Abu Ghosh, described the torture and fatigue that he witnessed on his daughter, during her interrogation at the “Al-Maskoubiyya” center.

That the occupation intelligence Gestapo summoned him and his wife, for investigation, and in the Nazi center Al-Maskubiya, they were transferred to Mays, in order to pressure her, that her parents were detained.

During the brief meeting, Abu Ghosh explains, Mays seemed extremely exhausted, but she was unable to tell her parents about the nature of the torture, due to the presence of the investigators around her.

For 30 days, Mays was under investigation at the Nazi Al-Maskoubiyya center, which was denied by the Nazi occupation intelligence, from meeting with her lawyer, and she threatened not to publish the details of the Nazi brutal torture that she encountered, or he would be withdrawn by withdrawing the legal licenses from him.

The Nazi occupation had imposed on human rights organizations, an order prohibiting the publication of details of torture, which was subjected to more than 25 Palestinian prisoners, including Mays Abu Ghosh, until yesterday, Al-Dameer Foundation announced a portion of the violations they were subjected to.

Al-Dameer indicated that the Nazi occupation intelligence subjected Mays to a military investigation, which included ghosts in the manner of “banana and squatting”, although it was not proven that they were related to military activities, and an indictment was issued against her for participating in student activities.

Miss’s father explained: “During my interrogation after summoning me to Ofer camp, one of the interrogators threatened me to sentence Mays to life imprisonment, and you asked me how do you raise your children? Why is your daughter stubborn?”

It is noteworthy that Mays Abu Ghosh, a student at the Faculty of Information at Birzeit University, is the sister of the martyr Hussein Abu Ghosh, who, after his execution, raised a stabbing attack in the settlement of Beit Horon. Year.

The father of Mays said, “The torture that Mays encountered in the prisons of the occupation is part of the suffering experienced by the women prisoners, especially the wounded prisoner, Israa Al-Jabais.”

Prisoner Zahran continues his strike for day 93 with a dangerous health situation

Sit-in of the family of the beaten prisoner Ahmed Zahran (3)

The Palestinian prisoner, Ahmed Zahran (42 years old), is continuing his open hunger strike for the 93rd day in a row, in refusal of his arbitrary administrative detention without charge or trial, in a dangerous health situation.

The Nazi Supreme Occupation Court in Ofer yesterday postponed the decision of the appeal submitted by the Prisoners’ Affairs Authority in the name of the prisoner Zahran, under the pretext of giving the prosecution two days to submit evidence.

Yesterday, Nazi Gestapo officers investigated Zahran at the Ramleh prison clinic despite his strike and his deteriorating health condition, while officers from the Nazi Gestapo, Nazi camp Administration attended and made oral promises to end his case.

It is noteworthy that the prisoner Ahmed Zahran (42 years), from the town of Deir Abu Mishaal, the Ramallah district, had spent a total of (15) years in the detention camps of the Nazi occupation.

The captive Zahran is in the Zionist “Kaplan” Hospital, and has lost weight of nearly 30 kilograms, and is going on strike to protest his arbitrary administrative detention. He is a former prisoner who spent a total of 15 years in the Nazi occupation Camp, and he is the father of four, and the last arrest was in March 2019 .

This strike is the second he is going through this year, as he went on a strike against his administrative detention that lasted 39 days, and the strike ended after promises to release him, but the occupation authorities renewed his administrative detention for a period of four months and fixed it for the entire period .

The Nazi camp Administration imposes Zahran punitive and retaliatory measures since he started the strike, by denying him a visit to the family and obstructing the lawyers ’communication with him, his frequent transfer, and isolation in cells that are not suitable for human life .

The removal of four Palestinian women from the Al-Aqsa Mosque

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The Nazi occupation police decided on Monday evening to deport four women from Al-Aqsa Mosque for varying periods, after they were arrested from the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Palestinian Fatima Khadr said in an interview with “ Quds News ” today, Tuesday, that the occupation police arrested them yesterday afternoon, coinciding with the settlers storming Al-Aqsa Mosque, where they were praying in the vicinity of “Bab Al-Rahma”.

Umm Ayman added that members of the Nazi occupation police tried to evacuate the place from the worshipers, but the Palestinian women did not accept this, which led to the arrest of four and I was among them.

She explained that the detention and interrogation with them at the “al-Qeshla” center of the Nazi police lasted for several hours, as they were accused of obstructing the work of the Nazi police and visits (meaning settlers storming).

In response to the interrogator who told her, “The Aqsa is a red line” (for them), “Umm Ayman” confirmed that she was praying in her mosque while he was only for Muslims, and she did not violate security as the police claim.  

The investigation was concluded with the three women; Fatima Khadr, “Umm Muhammad,” Shiyoukhi, and “Um Anan,” Raven, and they were released in the evening hours yesterday, provided they were removed from the Al-Aqsa Mosque for ten days.

Umm Ayman indicated that the Palestinian Ilham Numan – one of the detainees who had been beaten by the Nazi Gestapo – was unable to remain in the investigation because of her health status and assault, as she was released on condition that the investigation be completed at a time determined by the Nazi police.

Noaman was transferred to Hadassah Hospital to receive the necessary treatment due to the removal of her shoulders by the police. The Nazi police also told her that she was away from the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque for two weeks.

During the day, in conjunction with the Nazi Jewish settlers ’incursions, a number of young men were summoned for interrogation, against the background of their presence in the vicinity of” Bab al-Rahma
Updated | Mass arrests in Jerusalem and the West Bank, including a leader in the front.

The occupation forces launched a massive campaign of arrests in the city of Jerusalem


At dawn today, the occupation forces launched a massive campaign of arrests in the city of Jerusalem with the start of Jewish holidays, as well as the arrest of others in the occupied West Bank.

The Nazi occupation police and Nazi intelligence launched, at dawn, a campaign of arrests in the towns of Jerusalem, after searching a number of Palestinian homes there.

The Nazi occupation forces arrested: Ahmed Mahmoud, Ahmed Obaid, Muhammad Derbas, Saleh Abu Asab, Ayoub Abu Asab, Ahmed Mustafa, Mahmoud Obaid, Ismail Muhaisen, Muhammad Dari, Majd Dari, Muhammad Walid Hawih, Mahmoud Imad Hawih, and Adel Nasser Mahmoud Aqb They raided their homes in Al-Issawiyah, northeast of the city.

The Nazi occupation forces broke down the memorial of the martyr Mohammed Samir Obaid, after Palestinian activists put it yesterday.

Local sources indicated that the Nazi occupation army arrested Ja`far Aziz Kayed, Diaa Jamil Nawoura, Asif Omar, Adam Hamid, and Akram Salamah, after storming their homes in villages and towns in Ramallah Governorate.

The leadership of the Popular Front, Dr. Ahmad Qatamesh, was arrested after his house was raided in the Al-Shurafa neighborhood of Al-Bireh.

The army stormed the Hebron governorate, stormed a number of houses in the towns of Halhul and Beit Ummar, and arrested Khaled Dhiab Al-Sharbati, Muhammad Iyad Al-Bu, and Ubaida Adi.

The Nazi occupation forces arrested Shadi Abu Hadid, from Aqabat Jaber refugee camp, in Jericho, and Khaled Bassam, from the village of Beit Duqqu, northwest of Jerusalem.

In Nablus, the occupation army arrested Ja`far Aziz Kaida after he demolished his house in the town of Sebastia, north of the city.

Omar Kayed Taqatqa (22 years), Fadi Fayez Taqatqa (23 years), and Sanad Amjad Taqatqa (16 years), were also arrested after they stormed their homes in the town of Beit Fajjar, south of Bethlehem.

The Nazi occupation forces arrest a young man for allegedly having a knife in Hebron


A woman and her daughter were injured in a settler attack, Monday, in the Tel Al-Rumeida neighborhood in the city of Hebron, while the occupation forces arrested a young man in the same city for allegedly possessing a knife.

The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that its medical staff provided first aid to a woman and her daughter in Tel Rumeida, Hebron, as a result of being attacked by pepper gas by a settler.

The residents of the Tel Rumeida neighborhood are exposed almost daily to the attacks of extremist Nazi Jewish settlers residing in the settlement outpost in the neighborhood called “Ramat Yishai”, which is one of five centers located in the heart of Hebron and the old town of the city.

In a separate context, the Israeli occupation forces arrested a young man who allegedly possessed a knife at the entrance to the Ibrahimi Mosque in the city of Hebron.

The Nazi occupation army claimed that a Palestinian carrying a knife was arrested at the entrance to the Ibrahimi Mosque, south of Hebron.

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