DYING TEEN’S ONLY WISH TO SEE FATHER IMPRISONED BY OCCUPIER ISRAEL

Majd al-Tahan(19), is dying of leukemia at a hospital in Palestine 1948. His condition is critical and he has only one wish left – to see his father Rajab(49), which has been imprisoned for sixteen years of Majd’s life.
 
Israel’s occupation military court convicted Rajab in 1998 for being a member of al-Qassam Brigades and for a killing of an illegal Israeli settler. He was released in a prisoner exchange in 2011, but Israel re-arrested and re-sentenced him in 2014, claiming on ‘secret evidence’ that he would have violated the rules of his parole.
 
Even his lawyer was not allowed to see the ‘evidence’, which means that it could not be challenged.
 
Now Majd wants to see his father one last time and Rajab, who was able to smuggle a letter to his son out of his prison cell, wants to see his son, regretting that he can’t be able to be on his side. But Israeli occupation has so far not responded to the family’s appeals and petitions.
 
According to a relative quoted by Al-Jazeera, the family doesn’t ask much:
 
“We’re not even asking for Rajab to be released because we know they won’t release him. We just want the son to see his father – even for just 30 minutes,” he said, adding they would be content with transporting Majd with an ambulance to the prison.
 
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HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER SHIREEN ISSAWI FREED AFTER 45 MONTHS IMPRISONMENT BY ISRAEL

Human Rights lawyer Shireen Issawi was immediately re-arrested and taken for interrogation with her brother Shadi after she was released from occupier Israel’s Damon prison on Tuesday October 17th.
 
At the same time her family home in occupied East Jerusalem’s Issawiya was surrounded and invaded by Israel’s occupation forces, which tore down posters welcoming her back home and also threatened her family.
 
After Shireen Issawi was released a second time on Tuesday, she was finally able to reach Issawiya and her family’s home.
 
She commented to al-Jazeera that Israeli occupation tried to destroy her family’s joy over her release, but that she was adamant that she wouldn’t allow them to do so: “We are an occupied people and we have a right to rejoice.”
 
During her imprisonment that lasted at least 45 months, she was much of the time in solitary confinement and fought several hunger-strikes to end the solitary confinement.
 
Her brother Medhat, convicted by Israeli occupation court at the same charges on aiding political prisoners’ families by transporting messages and money to political prisoners in Israeli occupation jails, is still in captivity. He was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment.
 
Their brother, legendary hunger-striker Samir Issawi, is also in captivity after Israel broke several deals it has made and re-sentenced him to 30 years imprisonment for firing towards illegal Israeli settlers as a member of left-wing DFLP’s military wing.
 
Samer fought several solidarity hunger-strikes to support Shireen during her imprisonment.
 
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DAHLAN WAS INVESTIGATED BY ICC WHICH ASKED HELP FROM THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

It has been revealed that the International Criminal Court has investigated the disgraced former Fatah Leader Mohammed Dahlan over his role in alleged transfer of Israeli weapons to Libya’s former government in 2011.
 
These weapons would have been used against opponents of the former Libyan government before its fall during NATO aerial campaign in support of rebel forces.
 
The investigation – which might still be ongoing – was connected especially to the charges against both former head of Libya’s intelligence services, Abdullah Senussi, and Saif al-Islam, late Muammar Gaddafi’s son, who was released half a year ago from imprisonment in Libya.
 
Senussi himself was sentenced to death in Libya, but like Saif al-Islam he is now (although still nominally a prisoner) among a group of former Gaddafi government members with increasing role in the scheming over the fate of the divided country.
 
They are still partly pawns for other players in Libyan politics, but their changed fortunes are a sign of the resurgence of the Gaddafi loyalists as a political force in Libya. Among them is another surviving son of Muammar Gaddafi, Saadi.
 
As part of the investigation ICC contacted Palestinian Authority in 2012 to ask its help in the investigation when it came to Dahlan’s role – and that of Mohamed Burhan Rashid aka Khaled Salem, an influential revolutionary-turned-businessman known
for his contacts with Israeli businesses.
 
Although the main target of the investigation were Saif al-Islam and Abdullah Senussi and “most serious” charges connected to their activities during the Libyan civil war, the implication is that Dahlan and Salam might well have files of possible charges against them in ICC cabinets.
 
Something which, at least in the case of Dahlan, the government of Palestinian Authority would welcome – its new Interpol membership being, in some claims, largely connected to attempts to push charges against Dahlan on the international stage.
 
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PHOTOS: Middle East Eye & Middle East Monitor.
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UNESCO’S ANTI-PALESTINIAN, PRO ISRAELI OCCUPATION DIRECTOR GENERAL IRINA BOKOVA

Behind the claims of ‘anti-Israeli bias’ in UNESCO by the United States and Israeli governments are the attempts by these two states to use UNESCO to give cover for Israel’s annexation of Palestine’s occupied East Jerusalem and the al-Aqsa mosque compound with the help of the current director general of UNESCO.
 
‘ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS’ – FAILURE TO DO AS ISRAEL DEMANDS
 
United States and Israel’s governments have today announced that they are resigning their membership in the United Nations’ cultural and scientific organization UNESCO.
 
Both claim supposed ‘anti-Israel bias’ as their reason, but behind their temper tantrum is that they failed in their attempts to get cover from UNESCO to Israel’s attempt to take over Islam’s third holiest site, al-Aqsa mosque in Palestine’s occupied East Jerusalem and East Jerusalem overall.
 
In repeated votes, UNESCO’s executive board has condemned Israeli occupation’s activities in East Jerusalem and refused Israeli demand not to call East Jerusalem occupied or use religious Jewish name for the area of A-qsa mosque compound alongside Arabic ones.
 
IRINA BOKOVA, UNESCO’S DIRECTOR GENERAL AND ISRAEL’S ‘ATTORNEY’
 
In their attempts to defeat condemnation of Israel’s activities against Palestinian cultural heritage and sensitive religious sites and to claim Israeli connection to al-Aqsa, they had the support of UNESCO’s Bulgariann director general Irina Bokova(b. 1952).
 
Bokova tried to pressurize member countries not to condemn Israel’s activities and declared that she was ‘sorry’ that UNESCO didn’t declare an Israeli connection to al-Aqsa mosque compound, which Israel would have used as a cover to take over and divide the third holiest site in Islam and symbol of the control of East Jerusalem.
 
Bokova has cultivated Israeli Lobby organizations, pro- Israeli occupation politicians and media in both Europe and the United States, by appearing in their meetings and for example with her refusal to accept historical Palestinian posters in UNESCO’s Memory of the World register, claiming that these Palestinian calls for liberation through the decades are ‘hateful’ and ‘antisemitic’.
 
Bokova refused to accept a solution, where any posters she would see as offensive would be removed. She loudly made it clear that the idea of the Palestinian liberation brought out through these posters was what she really opposed, not any imagery or wording in any individual posters.
 
(Palestine has since re-nominated a collection of posters from 1965 to 2000 to the UNESCO collection.)
 
Bokova has been strongly in the ‘criticism of Israel is antisemitism’ camp, and has tried to connect criticism of Israeli occupation to Holocaust denial. She has also tried to make Israel’s government and ‘the Jewish People’ to be taken as synonymous.
 
She has publicly appeared with and loudly declared her work with Simon Wiesenthal Center, which has long ago moved from tracking survivig Nazi war criminals to protecting Israeli war criminals.
 
Irina Bokova has toured and spoken in meetings by Zionist groups that oppose two-state solution and ending the occupation like the European Coalition for Israel, while being visibly absent from events by Palestinian organizations.
 
At the same time she has taken part and given UNESCO support to events connected to illegal Israeli settlers and their financial and political supporters even when these have clearly been racist in their anti-Palestinian nature and included effectively calls for Greater Israel.
 
Bokova has declared her support to myths illegal Israeli settlers and Israel’s government use in their attempt to ethnically cleanse Palestinians and take over their land. Her view of history of Palestine is that of a Christian Zionist fundamentalist, although she is claimed to have been trained in the 1970s in Moscow under KGB’s eye.
 
This is explained by her being an opportunist, a representative of the post-Communist Bulgarian ruling class that has made Bulgaria notorious for its corruption, organized crime and ineffective judiciary and police. She has made position of UNESCO’s director general that of an attorney of Israel’s government, not because of any Christian Zionist conviction but for personal profit.
In this Bokova is not the only one in her family.
 
Bokova’s husband Kalin Mitrev has been connected to the recent corruption scandal where Azerbaijan’s government (which has warm relationship with Israel) had bought European officials support and silence over human rights abuses, and their aid in money laundering.
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Mitrev is accused of having gained $425 000 dollars for using in his role as Bulgaria’s representative in European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to aid the Azerbaijani scheme.
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The ugly, the charmer and the profiteer

stupidity free zone

Today I got so mad. Some days people like us get angry to the evident ugly profiteness dressed as charm. We are fighting, we are activists and WE NEED YOU!

YEAH, right, so they only reply to an email from us here, in the south because you need fucking money to travel. Yeah I’ve already seen your pictures all around the world, and for what again? AH YEAH, PALESTINE.

Are the walls, is it the water, or Qalandia or just being there seeing and filming and editing. There are two classes or should I say castes in what it is (God, I am so ashamed to even say the word) activism; (pukes a little). What a fragging industry it has become. What it is, or better, WHY everything that the human virus touches it becomes a business.

Look, I found this fucking page, yeah fucking page, we never asked for money. I just felt that everything in the social media that people we saying and how they were saying it it was so fucking cheese. I wanted a page without roses or flags or stupids posts of kids so people like you could hit like and keep going with your lives.

Let´s be honest, how many of those so called activists could actually exchange information properly? that´s why of course we need the “professionals” those how have made their business Palestine. They write in columns, they are well connected and have that “air” Some of them…other just simple play dumb, like hippies are always so polite and politically correct but if you need them to provide information, make a translation or even publicize a hard working event or talking or WHATEEEEVER.

Then they are in another far away galaxy where the rest of us, who have to have jobs besides the cause don´t belong. That´s why it is so much very important to end this colonization and occupation of the israeli regime ( I will never call it Israel, so sorry, not) I´m mad, you’ve been warned. Anyway, not so long ago I made a post in facebook about this amazing article written by a Palestinian woman. Enlighten yourself.

Basic guidelines for solidarity activists:

https://ramallahbantustan.wordpress.com/2015/12/04/basic-guidelines-for-solidarity-activists/ NUMBER 9 specially commended.

This article has been written in a blink of anger without grammar proof and I don´t care. Thank you for your consideration.

 

THE FOURTH DEATH OF TELL AS-SAKAN: A CULTURAL TRAGEDY IN BESIEGED GAZA STRIP

Israel’s propagandists are turning a cultural and archaeological tragedy in besieged Gaza Strip into a tool to support the occupation. We feel that it is necessary to report on this so that the pro-occupation propaganda doesn’t go unchallenged.
 
ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND CULTURAL TRAGEDY
 
Tell as-Sakan alias Tel El Sakan, an ancient urban centre five kilometres south of Gaza City, has suffered from encroachment of both agriculture and urbanization since it was partly excavated in 1998-2002, and currently the last remaining parts are being demolished.
 
The land they are on will be given to civil servants as a compensation for unreceived pay according to a decision of the former Hamas-run land authority. The local ministry of tourism and antiquities opposed the decision, but with archaeologists it only succeeded in stopping the demolition for two weeks.
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An attempt to justify the destruction has been made, based on the lack of availability of land in the tiny, besieged coastal enclave, where 2 million inhabitants live on 360 square kilometres of land, part of which is part of a ‘buffer zone’ unilaterally declared by the occupier Israel.
 
Remnants of jars and a flint knife blade have been rescued from the destruction of a vital piece of the history of Palestine – which precedes the Biblical claims by Zionists.
 
The destruction of Tell as-Sakan is an archaeological and cultural tragedy. The site is – was – irreplaceable remnant of the ancient history of Palestine.
 
HISTORY OF TELL AS-SAKAN
 
The name of Tell as-Sakan means ‘a hill of ash’, and comes from the large amount of ash found during excavations. The vast amount of ash carries a visible sign of Tell as-Sakan’s history – the city was destroyed three times during its existence.
 
Tell as-Sakan was established as an Egyptian fortress during the late proto-Dynastic or early Dynastic period, approximately between 3300-3000 BCE. Afterwards it developed into a major Canaanite town, the first urban centre in Palestine to have a wall.
 
Jericho, which had a wall by 8000 BCE, is not usually considered to have been a ‘proper town’, but a village whose population swelled and fell based on trade).
 
The wall at Tell as-Sakan, built by around 2500 BCE, had at the base a width of ten meters. Beyond Egypt, the Canaanite Tell as-Sakan had cultural and trade relations with Syria, Mesopotamia and Nubia, the latter which – like Palestine – moved into and out of Egyptian control based on the fortunes of Egypt.
 
Tell as-Sakan seems to have been abandoned at the same time as the Old Kingdom of Egypt and the Mesopotamian Akkadian Empire fell, around 2250 BCE. Large, regional drought and collapse of central rule as a result of this are thought to be behind this development.
 
During Egypt’s Second Intermediate Period(c.1750-1550 BCE) the Hyksos – their name comes from a title of some of their rulers, ‘Ruler Of Foreign Lands’ – a hybrid people including Canaanites, took control of northern and part of central Egypt as the 15th dynasty of Egypt(c.1650-1540 BCE) and Tell as-Sakan was resettled, being situated in an important position between the Hyksos’ Egyptian, Palestinian and Syrian possession.
 
Some consider this a totally new city, now called Tell al-Ajjul, as its centre was almost a kilometre away from the centre of Tell as-Sakan.
 
After the fall of the Hyksos in the late 16th century BCE Tell as-Sakan was devastated and abandoned in the scorched earth policy practiced by Egypt’s 18th dynasty against the Hyksos. came under Egyptian rule again, with a cartouche of Thutmose III(c.1479-1438 BCE) found in excavations. Thutmose campaigned extensively in Palestine and Syria, bringing all of the former and much of the latter under both direct Egyptian control and hegemony.
 
Tell es-Sakan was refounded third time during Egyptian rule, its centre being at the same site as that of Hyksos’ period Tell al-Ajjul.
 
During this period of Egyptian Empire, local rulers had power beyond Egyptian garrisons, but Egyptian army regularly operated in the area, “showing the flag” and reminding local rulers of where their loyalty must lie.
 
Tell as-Sakan was destroyed for the third time and permanently abandoned at the end of the Bronze Age, during the still enigmatic ‘Bronze Age Collapse’, when Egypt’s main competitor, the Hittite Empire, and many Syrian city-states fell to the Sea Peoples – remnants of which were, according to standard view of the events, settled into Palestine by Ramses III(c.1184-1157 BCE) after he had defeated them and their allies in a naval battle in the Nile delta and on land.
 
The centre of Egyptian government in Gaza seems to have been moved already before this, at the site of current Gaza City, where it stayed until the Egyptian power in Palestine collapsed at the end of Egypt’s New Kingdom around 1070 BCE.
 
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Haldimann, Marc-André: Gaza: à la croisée des civilisations: contexte archéologique et historique(2007).
 
 
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PHOTO: Adel Hana / AP.

ILLEGAL ISRAELI SETTLER STONE-THROWERS WOUND 3 ON THE OCCUPIED WEST BANK

From late Thursday to Friday Israel’s illegal settlers wounded 3 Palestinians, including two children, on the Israeli occupied West Bank.

In the most serious incident, Mahmoud Muhammed Jarar’a (last name also written as Jararaa and Jarar’eh) suffered critical injuries, including skull fractures, as illegal Israeli settlers from the illegal Shilo colony threw stones at his car on the road between the cities of Nablus and Ramallah.

The 26-year-old Jarar’a, from Asira ash-Shamaliya, was taken for treatment to a hospital in Ramallah.

Two other incidents happened in the Hebron district and involved illegal Israeli settlers from the illegal colony of Givet Harsina, who threw stones at cars late on Thursday and on Friday morning, wounding two children in separate
cars.

Only one child has been identified. Her name is Yaffa Jaber, age 7, and she suffered cuts and bruises, especially in her head.

Palestinian stone-throwers in similar circumstances would face charges of attempted murder beyond stone-throwing in Israeli military courts, and could be imprisoned for several decades by Israel. The illegal Israeli settlers who made these attacks are unlikely to face charges, and if they would, then very minor ones.

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Palestinian badly injured in settlers’ stone-throwing attack

PHOTO shows the wounded child Yaffa Jaber, age 7 years.