Palestinians unfazed by Israeli tantrums and coercion

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Palestinians unfazed by Israeli tantrums and coercion

Israel stands secluded in many international fora. In this week alone, there are six strong signs of international solidarity which must be noted as manifestations of growing international fatigue with Israel’s obduracy.·

  •  UNESCO today voted in favor of a resolution which describes Israel as an “occupying power” and denies its sovereignty over occupied Jerusalem. “All legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying power, which have altered or purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, and in particular the ‘basic law’ on Jerusalem, are null and must be rescinded forthwith,”  the statement said.·
  •  Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which is in charge of coordinating with Israeli authorities to arrange family visitations for Palestinian prisoners, released a statement calling upon Israel to abide by international humanitarian law and increase family visits to Palestinian prisoners detained inside Israel.·
  • Over 170 Palestinian football clubs and sports associations have urged FIFA to immediately suspend the Israeli Football Association’s (IFA) membership for its inclusion of seven football clubs that are based in illegal settlements. The letter comes just days before FIFA’s annual Congress where FIFA is scheduled to make a decision on Israel’s settlement-based clubs, which contravene both international law and FIFA’s own statutes·
  •   The Arab League council voiced its complete solidarity with Palestinian and Arab prisoners who have been on hunger strike in Israeli jails since April 17, demanding that Tel Aviv respect the four Geneva conventions.·
  •  The persistent absence of progress to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to significantly impede Palestine’s development, according to a new report issued by the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO). ·
  • “Archbishop Justin Welby visited two hospitals in Gaza City, led worship in the chapel of the city’s Anglican hospital, and met members of Gaza’s Christian community on the third day of his official trip to the Holy Land.
 Growing signs of solidarity and collective action at international fora are making Israel panicky and irritable. It remains to be seen how their desperate measures will turn out. One thing is certain: The Palestinians are unfazed by Israeli tantrums and coercion. The important international measures reported below demonstrate this. Please disseminate widely.

Ranjan Solomon
Editor


UNESCO Labels Israel an ‘Occupying Power’

UNESCO today voted in favor of a resolution which describes Israel as an “occupying power” and denies its sovereignty over occupied Jerusalem. Twenty-two countries voted in favor of the resolution which was submitted to UNESCO’s Executive Board by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan. The text which was voted on included the following phrase: “All legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying power, which have altered or purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, and in particular the ‘basic law’ on Jerusalem, are null and must be rescinded forthwith.” This led ten countries to vote against the resolution including the Italy, UK, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Greece and Germany, Paraguay, Togo and the Ukraine.
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ICRC says Prisoner visits with families are obligation under international law
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which is in charge of coordinating with Israeli authorities to arrange family visitations for Palestinian prisoners, released a statement calling upon Israel to abide by international humanitarian law and increase family visits to Palestinian prisoners detained inside Israel. “According to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, Palestinians are entitled to these visits, which can only be limited for security reasons, on a case by case basis, but never for strictly punitive or disciplinary purposes,” the statement said. The statement pointed out that under International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, an occupying power is forbidden to hold prisoners from an occupied territory outside of the occupied land, however the vast majority of Palestinian prisoners from the occupied West Bank and Gaza are held in prisons inside Israel.

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Read Card for Settlement football clubs
Over 170 Palestinian football clubs and sports associations have urged FIFA to immediately suspend the Israeli Football Association’s (IFA) membership for its inclusion of seven football clubs that are based in illegal settlements. The letter comes just days before FIFA’s annual Congress where FIFA is scheduled to make a decision on Israel’s settlement-based clubs, which contravene both international law and FIFA’s own statutes. Palestinian athletic clubs call on FIFA to “uphold human rights and implement FIFA statutes without discrimination at the upcoming congress on May 11” by immediately suspending IFA’s membership for its inclusion of sports clubs that are based in illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

 

Arab League demands an International Investigation Team to Israeli Jails
The Arab League council voiced its complete solidarity with Palestinian and Arab prisoners who have been on hunger strike in Israeli jails since April 17, demanding that Tel Aviv respect the four Geneva conventions. It also demanded that the United Nations and its specialized institutions dispatch an international investigation committee to Israeli jails to inspect the violations committed against the prisoners. It urged an end to their imprisonment and the tragic and inhumane conditions in which they are being held. A hunger strike is a way to achieve their just humanitarian and political demands, stated the Arab League of the prisoners, whom it said should be treated as prisoners of war in accordance to international laws.
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Delay in resolving Palestinian crisis impedes Development
The persistent absence of progress to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to significantly impede Palestine’s development, according to a new report issued by the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO).  The report notes that despite a number of international efforts over the past six months to advance the two-state solution, last year has been characterized by a continued lack of progress on the political front. Initiatives to revive the economic and development infrastructure have also stalled. The report highlights the increase in Israeli settlement-related activity and the continuing high rate of demolitions in Palestinian and Bedouin communities. It also looks at the continuing violence and acts of terror against Israelis. The report focuses on the urgent need to resolve the deepening political rift between Gaza and the West Bank, and continue.
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Archbishop of Canterbury on first visit to Gaza
 “Archbishop Justin Welby, accompanied by the Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem, the Rt Revd Suheil Dawani, has visited two hospitals in Gaza City, led worship in the chapel of the city’s Anglican hospital, and met members of Gaza’s Christian community on the third day of his official trip to the Holy Land.

Archbishop Justin first visited St John Eye Hospital, where he was given a tour  by Majed Abu Ramadan, who is President of the Palestinian Ophthalmological Society and a former Mayor of Gaza City. Archbishop Justin then went to the Anglican-run Ahli Arab Hospital, where he was given a tour by its director, Suhaela Tarazi.  The Archbishop led a service in the hospital’s chapel with members of the Gazan Christian community, including members of the Near East Council of Churches. After the service he joined a lunch reception to hear from the Christian community about the particular challenges they face in Gaza.

Archbishop Justin also visited and laid a wreath at Gaza War Cemetery, where nearly three-thousand-seven hundred British and imperial troops from battles of Gaza in April and May 1917 are buried”.
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With Palestine we stand: Arab celebrities take on the Salt Water Challenge

A glass of water, a shot of salt and a spoon are all what it takes for many Palestine supporters around the world to show support for the hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, in what is now has spread as the “Salt Water Challenge.” The “Salt Water Challenge” was meant to be a symbol of solidarity with prisoners who have been feeding on water and salt as the only source of nourishment since April 17, the day the mass hunger strike started. Participants film themselves mixing water with salt and drinking it, and, similar to the 2014 ASL Ice Bucket Challenge, they pass the challenge to somebody else to do it. After Aarab Barghouti, son of imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, filmed himself drinking salt water in support of his father and other Palestinian political prisoners, the challenge campaign has gone viral on social media sites.
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