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Headlines From Palestine: June 9, 2015

UN Keeps Israeli Occupation Off Child Rights Blacklist

The United Nations on Monday released a “List of Shame” of children’s rights violators but did not include Israel, despite an outcry over the death of more than 500 children in the Gaza war.

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450 Palestinians Held Without Being Charged In Israeli Occupation Prisons

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC) said that the number of Palestinian prisoners held under administrative detention in Israeli jails has reached 450 prisoners.

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Swedish Officials Condemn Sale Of Palestinian Church To Illegal Israeli Settlers

Swedish officials have condemned the sale of a West Bank church compound to an Israeli settler organization that apparently used a Swedish company to conceal their identity, the Palestinian ambassador to Sweden told Ma’an on Monday.

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Israeli Occupation Police Officers Beat Palestinian Worker, Inflict Serious Injury

Israeli Border Police on Monday assaulted a worker while he was attempting to enter Israel illegally to work, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.

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450 Palestinians Held Without Being Charged In Israeli Occupation Prisons

RAMALLAH, June 8, 2015 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC) said that the number of Palestinian prisoners held under administrative detention in Israeli jails has reached 450 prisoners.

PPC said that the Israeli authorities issued administrative detention orders against 30 prisoners for a period ranging between two to six months, bringing up the total number of administrative detainees to 450.

Administrative detention is the imprisonment of Palestinians without charge or trial and on the basis of secret evidence for up to six month periods, indefinitely renewable by Israeli military courts.

The use of administrative detention dates back to the “emergency laws” of the British colonial era in Palestine, said the Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.

It stated, “Israel’s use of administrative detention violates international law; such detention is allowed only in individual circumstances that are exceptionally compelling for “imperative reasons of security.”

Israel uses administrative detention routinely as a form of collective punishment and mass detention of Palestinians, and frequently uses administrative detention when it fails to obtain confessions in interrogations of Palestinian detainees.

There are around 500 detainees serving administrative detention in several Israeli jails. Jarrar is not the only lawmaker to be imprisoned; 18 of the Palestinian Legislative Council members are currently held in Israeli detention without charge or trial.

Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes as a way to protest their illegal administrative detention and to demand an end to this policy which violates international law.

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UN Keeps Israeli Occupation Off Child Rights Blacklist

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — The United Nations on Monday released a “List of Shame” of children’s rights violators but did not include Israel, despite an outcry over the death of more than 500 children in the Gaza war.

Rights groups had called on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to add Israel to the list, and there was much debate among UN agencies ahead of the final decision that rested with the UN chief.Ban decided that last year’s list would remain unchanged, but said he was “deeply alarmed” by the “grave violations suffered by children as a result of Israeli military operations in 2014.” “The unprecedented and unacceptable scale of the impact on children in 2014 raises grave concerns about Israel’s compliance with international humanitarian law, notably the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution in attack, and respect for international human rights law, particularly in relation to excessive use of force,” he said.

The UN chief cited a “dramatic increase” in the number of children killed in Israel and in the Palestinian territories in 2014.At least 561 children (557 Palestinian, four Israeli) were killed and 4,271 injured (4,249 Palestinian and 22 Israeli) last year.UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric stressed that “the report is more than the list” and that the document lays out concerns about the plight of children in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor said Ban “was right not to submit to the dictates of the terrorist organizations and the Arab states, in his decision not to include Israel in this shameful list, together with organizations like ISIS, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban,” using an acronym by which the Islamic State is known.Political pressureThe decision was roundly criticized by the Palestinians.”The failure to list Israel as a violator of child rights, when it so clearly meets the criteria, will only further embolden such impunity, resulting in more suffering for innocent Palestinian children,” said Palestinian representative Riyad Mansour.Human Rights Watch had called on Ban to add Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas to the list, which calls on listed countries and groups to take measures to protect children.HRW regretted the “disappointing” decision and noted that the UN envoy for children in conflict, Algerian Leila Zerrougui, had recommended that Israel and Hamas be blacklisted.”Facts and consistency dictated that both be included on the list, but political pressure seems to have prevailed,” said HRW crisis advocacy director Philippe Bolopion.The current list has 51 groups, including Boko Haram and the Islamic State group, as well as the armed forces from eight countries such as Syria, Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.The blacklist of children’s rights violators was released just two months after a UN inquiry found that the Israeli military was responsible for seven attacks on UN schools in Gaza that were used as shelters during the 2014 war.The board of inquiry confirmed that UN officials working with Palestinian refugees sent twice-daily communications to the Israeli military with precise GPS coordinates of the schools being used as emergency shelters.The United Nations is discussing measures to address the findings of the UN inquiry and it remains an open question as to whether they could be used in a possible war crimes case against Israel.The 50-day conflict in Gaza last year killed 539 children and injured 2,956, most of whom are Palestinians now struggling with trauma and life-long disabilities, according to the UN children’s agency UNICEF.


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Headlines From Palestine: May 30, 2015

France’s Foreign Minister: “There is no peace and security without justice for the Palestinians”

France’s top diplomat, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, said he would travel to Israel and the Palestinian territories in June to try to revive the peace process and persuade all sides to accept a French UN Security Council resolution that would set parameters for negotiations.

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Israeli Occupation Forces Suppress Weekly West Bank March

Dozens of Palestinian and international activists suffered excessive tear gas inhalation on Friday as Israeli forces dispersed the Bilin weekly march.

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Israeli Occupation Detains Five Palestinians in West Bank

Israeli forces Saturday detained five people, including three international activists, from West Bank districts, as well as summoned a Palestinian for interrogation, said a local Palestinian activist and security sources.

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France’s Foreign Minister: “There is no peace and security without justice for the Palestinians”

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France’s top diplomat, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, said he would travel to Israel and the Palestinian territories in June to try to revive the peace process and persuade all sides to accept a French UN Security Council resolution that would set parameters for negotiations. “We are for a two-state solution. We need to ensure Israel’s security, that’s obvious. But there is no peace and security without justice for the Palestinians, but let’s be frank justice hasn’t been given to the Palestinians,” Fabius said.

France recently handed a working document to Arab League countries in preparation of a Security Council resolution that would set a timeframe and the exact parameters of a new peace initiative between Israel and the Palestinians. “I will go, before the end of this month, to Egypt, the Palestinian territories and Israel to speak to their leaders. We want the negotiations to restart between the two sides and that this negotiation is put within an international framework,” Fabius said.

 

Senior aides to the French top diplomat said the visit would take place ahead of a final round of nuclear negotiations between the P5+1 – the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany – and the Islamic Republic of Iran at the end of June.


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UN Push To Blacklist Israeli Occupation Army For Crimes Against Children

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A push is currently being made to add Israeli military to the blacklist of the UN council for Children and Armed Conflict.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui of Armenia, has recommended the IOF be included because of the 500 Palestinian children killed and 3,300 wounded during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon seems likely to resist the call, Ynet reported, particularly in light of heavy opposition from Israel, and threats such a move could fully terminate relations between Israel and the UN.

However, Palestinian pressure abounds not only from the Palestinian Authority, but also its supporters and human rights groups. According to Yediot, UN Secretariat officials also back the Palestinians and have urged Ban not to give in to Israel’s threats.

One ally Israel likely can count on is the United States. Discussing the issue with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday night, US Senator Lindsey Graham warned that continued mistreatment of Israel would result in a “violent push-back” against the UN, Arts Sheva said.

Graham threatened to cut all American funding to the United Nations, should it continue to function in a manner that “marginalizes” Israel.

Israel’s response, meanwhile, was deservedly angry, with Foreign Ministry officials condemning the UN’s bias against the Jewish state.


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Palestinian Government Pledges Support For Bedouin Community Facing Ethnic Cleansing By Israel

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Sunday pledged $50,000 to the Bedouin community of Abu Nuwwar east of Jerusalem that is currently facing forced displacement by Israeli forces.

Hamdallah made the pledge during a high-profile visit to the Palestinian community in the company of four government ministers, the EU envoy to the Palestinian Territories John Gatt-Rutter, and UN Humanitarian Coordinator James W. Rawley.”We came to visit you today… to show solidarity and to support our people in the Bedouin dwellings who have shown legendary steadfastness facing (Israel’s) displacement and transfer plans,” Hamdallah said during the visit.

Two weeks ago, dozens of Palestinian families living in Abu Nuwwar were told they would be forced from their land in less than a month to clear way for the expansion of the illegal Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim.Abu Nuwwar is one of several Bedouin villages facing evacuation due to plans by Israeli authorities to build thousands of homes for Jewish-only settlements in the so-called E1 corridor.

Settlement construction in E1 would effectively divide the West Bank and make the creation of a contiguous Palestinian state — as envisaged by the internationally backed two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict — almost impossible.Hamdallah said Sunday that the Palestinian government and President Mahmoud Abbas were making efforts at an international level to prevent the displacement of Palestinian Bedouin families, which he said was “a blatant violation of the principles of human rights.” He added that Israel’s “targeting” of Palestinians in Area C extended to “46 Bedouin communities, 70 percent of whom are refugees.”Also in attendance were Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Adnan al-Husseini, Minister of Endowment Yousif Ideis, Minister of Health Jawad Awwad, and Minister of Local Government Nayif Abu Khalaf. International consuls and heads of diplomatic missions also reportedly took part in the visit.Israeli authorities have tried urging the Palestinian families to move to another location, but the Palestinians have said that they will turn down any Israeli offer and will remain in their land in Abu Nuwwar.Israeli action in E1 has attracted widespread international condemnation, and President Mahmoud Abbas has said that “E1 is a red line that cannot be crossed.”The imminent forced displacement of Abu Nuwwar residents comes as newly elected Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said earlier this week that a High Court ruling to destroy the Bedouin village of Umm Hiran and replace it with Jewish housing was “not discriminatory,” reported Israeli news source Haaretz.Justice Minister Shaked is one of many rightwingers in Netanyahu’s recently formed coalition who promote settlement expansion in occupied East Jerusalem and across the West Bank, and openly oppose the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.Shaked is member to the Habayit Hayehudi party which conditioned joining Netanyahu’s coalition on reinstating the Prawer plan to permanently resettle the Bedouin, which would potentially forcibly displace up to 70,000 Bedouins living in the Negev.


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Headlines From Palestine: May 24, 2015

Israeli Occupation Forces Open Fire On Fishermen In Gaza

 Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian fishermen and farmers in the Gaza Strip Sunday morning, with no injuries reported

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France Promises US To Delay Palestine-Israel UN Security Council Resolution

Diplomatic western sources today said that France vowed to the US administration, to delay presenting its project to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) which aims on relaunching the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, and Palestinian statehood recognition.

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Dozens Of Palestinians Injured By Israeli Tear Gas Near Hebron

Dozens of Palestinians Sunday suffered severe suffocation due to inhaling tear gas fired at them by Israeli forces in the town of Beit Ummar to the north of Hebron, according to a local activist.

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Israeli Occupation Arrests 3 Palestinians, Summons 2 For Interrogation

Israeli forces Sunday arrested three Palestinians between the ages of 14 and 19 from Jenin and Jerusalem, as well as summoned two youths in Bethlehem for interrogation, according to local and security sources.

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France Promises US To Delay Palestine-Israel UN Security Council Resolution

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Diplomatic western sources today said that France vowed to the US administration, to delay presenting its project to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) which aims on relaunching the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, and Palestinian statehood recognition.

The French draft was presented to both Israeli and Palestinian officials, in addition to the European Union, the Arab League and the US administration for observation and remarks.

The French projects suggests a UNSC issue resolution in September to relaunch the talks between Palestinians and Israelis, and puts an 18-month plan to recognize Palestinian statehood.

The project also suggests Jerusalem as a capital for two countries, Israel and Palestine. However, if the project fails to pass, France will recognize Palestinian state.

Barghouthi previously told PNN that the French initiate content will be studied for either approval or decline, voicing that there are issues that cannot be accepted in it, including considering Jerusalem a united capital for two states, which conceals an Israeli domination on Jerusalem, in addition to keeping the Israeli military in the Jordan valleys with no time frame, and letting go of the right of return for compensation.


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French UN Resolution Sets 18-Month Deadline For Palestine-Israel deal

French UN resolution sets 18-month deadline for Israeli-Palestinian deal

The resolution will only be submitted after the June 30 Iran deal deadline; if no agreement is reached, France will recognize the Palestinian state, the report says.

A draft of the proposed French United Nations Security Council resolution on the Israel-Palestinian conflict was published by the French newspaper Le Figaro on Wednesday.

According to the newspaper, the draft resolution, which is being promoted by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, calls for the immediate resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and their conclusion in a permanent agreement within 18 months.

If no agreement is reached in the allotted time, France will recognize the Palestinian state, according to Le Figaro.

The draft has been circulated by the French Foreign Ministry to the Arab League and UN Security Council members such as Britain and Spain.

Fabius set the relatively short deadline due to the ongoing deterioration of conditions in the West Bank. Another reason is the desire to complete the negotiations before the end of President Francois Hollande’s term in 2017.

The proposed French resolution will only be tabled after the June 30 deadline set for the nuclear negotiations with Iran. The intention is to bring it to a vote in the Security Council during the General Assembly session in New York in September.

It calls for the establishment of a Palestinian state “based on the June 4, 1967 lines, with mutually agreed and equal land swaps.”

It also calls for the positioning of Israel’s security requirements “at the center of the peace talks.”

According to the report, the French draft provides for the establishment a system that “guarantees the security of both Israel and the Palestinians, with effective oversight over borders, and prevents the reappearance of terror and the smuggling of munitions.”

The draft resolution also requires that security arrangements respect “the sovereignty of the demilitarized Palestinian state, including the complete, though phased, withdrawal of the Israeli army during a transitional stage, the length of which will be agreed between the parties.”

The French text includes a call for “a just solution, that is balanced and realistic regarding the Palestinian refugees,” emphasizing that it will have to be based on a mechanism to compensate the refugees.

It also establishes that Jerusalem will be the capital of both states, according to the report, In reference to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as the Jewish state, it says that the agreement will embody “the principle of two states for two nations.”