An overview of this edition

Palestine Update 392
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An overview of this edition
This edition of Palestine Updates brings you a collection of short but powerful poems by Dennis J Bernstein, a poet and human rights activist that must make any normal human being ponder with agony and anger. The poems precede a statement by Tayseer Khaled, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, who explains the prevention of the Israeli occupation authorities of two Palestinian women to travel through a crossing on the pretext that their children are not registered. It is obviously “as provocative and immoral” and reflects new colonial practices that are nothing but that of a “sick mindset that traps children and deprives them of the right to travel and movement just because they are not registered in the Israeli computer but rather in the identities of their mothers by the ministry of Interior in Palestine”. There is also a report from the Palestinian Disability Coalition (PDC) on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which show pervasive and organized human rights violations targeting the Palestinian people with disabilities in the occupied Palestinian territory. And on this note of gloom, there is a report we bring you a report showing how the Strategic Affairs Ministry in Israel set up a concealed outside body, in the form of a public benefit company, in 2017” to cooperate with people and groups around the world who were interested in using a third party to conceal the funding they received from Israel to promote projects aimed at improving the country’s image”. The body failed and one might ask: How much more crime can Israel veil?

Ranjan Solomon


Preoccupied in Palestine – Poems

An old Palestinian woman and a Nakba survivor sitting in front of her humble dwelling in the Shati Refugee Camp in the besieged Gaza Strip.(Photo: Fawzi Mahmoud, The Palestine Chronicle)

By Dennis J. Bernstein

Silent Watch

Speech is out of the question.

she can tell you everything

she needs to with her eyes—

At noon, they are pointing

out a sniper—and his shadow—

watching us eat lunch

through a telescopic lens.

The Brains of Resistance

(The Battle of Jenin: West Bank, April 2002.)

The soldier’s bullet

blew the boy’s brain

clean from his skull.

The medic scooped it up

and placed it on the stretcher

next to the boy’s still-warm corpse.

It seemed to the medic

that the boy’s brain

was still firing off orders,

still gathering up stones—

hurling his hardened poems

at the tanks of occupation.

A Locksmith Lament

(Bethlehem, May 2002)

Not much business

for a locksmith in Al Bawadi.

No one loses their keys anymore—

It’s their houses and orchids

of ancient Olive Trees–

and their children–

that keep disappearing.

Mistaken Identities

They blew up an elephant

on the outskirts of Gaza.

They mistook its trunk

for a Hamas Militant,

brandishing

a grenade launcher.
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Israel lost mind by preventing Palestinian children from traveling
imgTayseer Khaled, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, member of the Political Bureau of the Democratic Front, described the prohibition of the Israeli occupation authorities two Palestinian women to travel through the Karama crossing on the pretext that their children are not registered in Bet Eil as provocative and immoral. He added that the occupation authorities, in this inhumane act, have opened a new record of colonial practices, which reflects a sick mindset that traps children and deprives them of the right to travel and movement just because they are not registered in the Israeli computer but rather in the identities of their mothers by the ministry of Interior in Palestine. This is a flagrant violation of the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of Child, which guarantees children the right to identity, nationality, freedom of movement with parents and their care.

The occupying power commits a new crime that no country in the world has ever preceded in an inhumane dealing with children and believes that it retaliates the Palestinian side, who decided in the context of the disengagement with the occupation last May, to liberate the Palestinian population registry from subordination to the population registry controlled by occupation, such as birth and death records, issuing identities and driving licenses, and issuing passports away from the interference, control, and approval of the occupation authorities,
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Disability groups submit to the UN Committee on Disabilities Rights list of issues on Israel’s initial report

    

On Friday, 24 June 2020, the Palestinian Disability Coalition (PDC), Al-Haq, Addameer

Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, and the Center for Defense of Liberties and Civil Rights “Hurriyat” submitted a joint parallel report to the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for its list of issues on Israel’s initial report. The joint report examines the Israeli occupying authorities’ widespread and systematic human rights violations targeting the Palestinian people, including Palestinians with disabilities, in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Recalling the broader context of Israel’s institutionalized oppression and domination over the indigenous Palestinian people as a whole, on both sides of the Green Line, and as refugees and exiles denied their right of return since the Nakba of 1948, the joint parallel report highlights Israel’s violation of its obligation to respect, protect, and fulfill the human rights of all Palestinians, including Palestinian persons with disabilities subject to its effective control, as Occupying Power, in the occupied Palestinian territory, focusing on violations of the right to life, health, and freedom from arbitrary detention as well as torture and other ill-treatment against

Palestinians with disabilities in Israeli prisons and detention centers, in particular, the joint parallel report highlights Israeli occupying authorities’ failure to fulfill the rights of Palestinians under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in the occupied Palestinian territory and their obligations under international humanitarian law and international human rights law applicable to the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.
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Israel set up a Front Company to Boost Image and Fight BDS. This Is How It Failed “
How Israel set up a front company to fight BDS – The Forward…The Strategic Affairs Ministry set up this external body, in the form of a public benefit company, in 2017 to cooperate with people and groups around the world who were interested in using a third party to conceal the funding they received from Israel to promote projects aimed at improving the country’s image. Two and a half years ago, the cabinet approved allocating 128 million shekels ($37 million) over three years to fund the initiative, on the condition that it raised an equal amount in matching funds from private donors. The cabinet decision stated that the organization would raise these contributions from philanthropic groups or pro-Israel organizations. The goal of establishing the company, according to the ministry, was to carry out ‘mass awareness activities’ to ‘implement part of the ministry’s activities concerning the fight against the phenomenon of delegitimization and boycotts against the State of Israel.’ As for the millions that the government and the donors did utilize, the steering committee minutes show Concert’s representatives reporting that 26 contracts had been signed since its establishment. They focused on research and information; awareness campaigns (‘defensive and offensive’); the digital battlefield; public relations delegations of ‘influencers’ to Israel,and ‘strengthening pro-Israeli network.’ In terms of research, a project was mentioned on the issue of ‘corporate responsibility’ at a cost of 1.09 million shekels, as well as a project dealing with the ‘link between BDS organizations and terrorist organizations’ at a cost of 2.4 million shekels… Among the organizations mentioned as those who cooperated with Concert were delegations of influencers on the part of a U.S. organization called Our Soldiers Speak; delegations of evangelical clergy of Christians United for Israel; and an organization named Eagles’ Wings… Another 2.5 million shekels funded a project by the organization Israel-is, whose goal, according to the documents, was ‘preparing Israelis for their big trip’…Other funds went to the Zionist Federation in South Africa; an organization named The Israel Allies Foundation, which describes itself as promoting political support for Israel on the basis of Judeo-Christian values; and the Reservists on Duty’s Gideon Group project, which trains Israeli students to counter the BDS movement on campuses overseas, as well as other projects.”
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