Arwa and her mother Freya Aby Heykal in front of a bulldozer destroying the walls of their orchard
On Saturday 10th December 2016 – UN International Human Rights Day – please join with Halifax Friends of Palestine in a vigil at 12 noon outside Halifax Central Library, in solidarity with the embattled Palestinian people of Tel Rumeida, as they struggle to retain possession of their ancestral lands.
For over thirty years, Arwa Abu Haikal and her family have tried to prevent the takeover of their land on the hill of Tel Rumeida in Hebron by fanatical Zionist settlers, who are aided and protected by a large force of Israeli military.
Year after year they and their fellow Palestinians still living in Tel Rumeida have endured physical and verbal assaults, vandalism of their property, arbitrary detention and restricted movement. They live under constant threat of harm and even death from fanatical settlers. Amnesty International recently reported that Israel has drastically increased the artbitrary restrictions on movement in and around the Old City of Hebron, with the whole area declared a “closed military zone” –and in September of this year, Arwa and all the Palestinian residents of Tel Rumeida were issued with numbers, and told that no-one else, family members or visitors, would be allowed into Tel Rumeida if they could not show that they had a number.
Please join us on Saturday 10th December, in solidarity with Arwa and her family, as on International Human Rights Day we ask the Foreign Secretary to protest to the Israeli government about this most flagrant breach of the Human Rights of the residents of Tel Rumeida.
New concerns arise as the EU-Israel partnership through the LAWTRAIN Project in the framework of the EU HORIZON 2020 was discovered. The project is meant to unify the methodology for interrogation among Israeli and EU police forces and is a de facto normalisation of Israel’s most cruel practices, including physical and psychological torture, ill-treatment, arbitrary detention, threats, racial discrimination. With the risk of proliferation of Israeli practices in EU countries, European justice systems risk intensification of inhumane treatment, too. Recognising as legal the Israeli systems of oppression such as inhuman techniques of torture, the EU is violating its obligations under international law.
ECCP in cooperation with Stop the Wall started it’s advocacy campaign against the EU-Israeli cooperation in the framework of HORIZON 2020 in 2015. We have continued to express our concerns about the ongoing cooperation between the EU and Israel trough EU Research Programs (FP7 in the past and now Horizon2020).
On May 1, 2015 implementation of the European project LAW TRAIN began. The project aims at developing technology that will unify methodology for police questioning. It is coordinated from Israel and includes the participation of the Ministry of Israeli Public Safety – the organ that is, among others, responsible for the Israeli police and prison system, both of which have long been denounced by human rights organizations and the United Nations for using during interrogations various forms of racism, torture, ill-treatment and other forms of human rights violations.
- Baroness Tonge: What steps are HMG taking in response to the concern expressed by the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Assistance and Development Aid in the occupied Palestinian territory about the declining health of Bilal Kayid?
2 Baroness Tonge: What steps do HMG intend to take in the light of the call by the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities for international support to improve the living conditions of those living in Gaza and to lift the blockade?
- Baroness Tonge: What assessment have HMG made of the case for ending the siege of Gaza in the light of the new data released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs confirming that Israel’s blockade on the Gaza Strip tightened during July and the warning from the UN that Gaza will be uninhabitable by 2020?
- Baroness Tonge: What representations have HMG made to the government of Israel regarding the data collected by the Coalition Against Construction Accidents, about the rates at which Palestinians, Israeli Arabs or foreign nationals have died on Israeli construction sites in the past five years?
- Baroness Tonge: What action do HMG intend to take following the demolition of a home in Majdal Shams in the occupied Syrian Golan by the Israeli authorities on 7 September?
- Baroness Tonge: What steps are HMG taking to prevent the continued demolition of Palestinian homes.?
- Baroness Tonge: Will HMG make representations to the government of Israel in the light of the concern expressed by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine about the death of a refugee and the high number of civilian injuries from live ammunition on 16 August during an Israeli military incursion into Fawwar refugee camp?
- Baroness Tonge: Will HMG make representations to the government of Israel following reports that Israeli forces prevented an ambulance from taking an injured person from Fawwar refugee camp on 16 August?
- Baroness Tonge: What representations are HMG making to the government of Israel regarding (1) night raids of Palestinian refugee camps in Area A of the West Bank, (2) the number of injuries to the youth in that camp as a result of those raids, and (3) reports that the Israeli commander responsible for the Dheisheh area threatened to disable the Palestinian youth living there?
- Baroness Tonge: What representations do HMG plan to make to the government of Israel concerning reports that on 29 August Israeli forces at Salaymeh checkpoint in Hebron fired tear gas at school-children attempting to make their way home?
- Baroness Tonge: What action do HMG intend to take following reports from the UN envoy that, since the diplomatic Quartet called for a halt to the construction of Jewish outposts on Palestinian land, Israeli settlement expansion has increased?
- Lord Empey: What encouragement have HMG given to UK investment in the Palestinian territories currently governed by the State of Israel?
- Lord Empey: What assessment have HMG made of companies investing in projects located in the Palestinian territories currently governed by the State of Israel?
- Baroness Tonge: What representations do HMG plan to make to the Palestinian Authority to encourage local elections in Gaza and the West Bank as soon as possible, and do they plan to give the Palestinian Authority assurances that they will accept the result of such elections?
- Lord Polak: Will HMG provide the names of the receiver organisations currently reported as “Supplier Name Withheld” for the £5.49 million in disbursements given to the Norwegian Refugee Council for legal assistance in the West Bank and Gaza from September 2013 to May 2016?
- Lord Polak: What were the total values of UK aid disbursements in the Palestinian territories given for the purpose of (1) legal assistance, and (2) promoting peaceful co-existence, in each of the last five years for which figures are available?
- Lord Polak: In the light of the reports of a senior World Vision official in Gaza diverting funds to Hamas, what steps are HMG taking to ensure that UK aid given to projects in Gaza and the West Bank is not misappropriated?
- Lord Empey: What financial or other assistance are HMG making available to the Palestinian territories currently governed by the State of Israel?
- Lord Judd: What response are HMG making, both bilaterally and multilaterally, to the statement on 8 September of the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine at the extraordinary general meeting called to discuss the acute financial challenges currently faced by the organisation?
As a follower of football, I am passionate and partisan when supporting my team. But, like all fans, I am infuriated when I sense that a referee is not applying the rules impartially. At the heart of the beautiful game is that simple principle of fairness: that we are all playing on a level playing field.
Holding true to that fundamental has enabled sport to play a leading role in addressing wider societal inequalities – as, for example, when the sporting boycott of South Africa played such a key role in addressing apartheid. There’s no reason it shouldn’t do likewise in Palestine…. Read More
The Palestine Film Festival Committee are proud to announce the line-up of films for this year’s festival which are linked here on the Leeds Palestinian Film Festival web page of psc.org.uk.
We welcome you to come along to the festival and view films on a wide range of topics, including a girl racing team, skateboarders, kite flyers and an ambulance team, keeping everyday life as normal as possible and keeping people alive in the Occupied Territories and Gaza.
A raw, first-person account of the last war in Gaza in the summer of 2014. Mohamed Jabaly, a young man from Gaza City, joins an ambulance crew as war approaches, looking for his place in a country under siege, where at times there seems to be no foreseeable future. While thousands of things are published on the recurring violence in Gaza, the stories behind them remain hidden.
Ambulance on Friday 4 November, 16.15, Sun 6 November, 16.15 and Tuesday 8 November, 14.00 at the Everyman, film length 80 mins, proudly presented in partnership with Leeds International Film Festival,
RUNNING TIME 80 MI NS
A United Nations agency report illustrates situation in Gaza by noting that infant mortality rate is on the rise for first time in 50 years.
Haaretz and The Associated Press Sep 07, 2016 11:08 AM
The UN's development agency estimates the Palestinian economy could be twice as large as it is now if it were freed from Israeli control.
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development has reported for years about conditions in Palestinian areas. But its latest report issued Tuesday marked the first time the conference has tried to tally what it called "the staggering economic cost of occupation."
The report cited limits on movement, destruction of assets, expansion of Israeli settlements, and confiscation of land, water and natural resources among the "channels through which occupation deprives the Palestinian people of their human right to development."
It noted that recovery has been weak from a 2014 recession that UNCTAD attributed largely to the impact of Israeli military operations in Gaza.
The report illustrated the situation in Gaza with the rising infant mortality rate in the Strip, noting that it has risen for the first time in 50 years. It added that neonatal mortality is also on the rise, increasing from 12 to 20.3 deaths per 1,000 live births between 2008 and 2013.
1. Questions to the Foreign Secretary:
– Richard Burden: What assessment has he made of trends in the number of demolitions by Israel of Palestinian homes and other structures in the west bank in 2016?
– Tobias Ellwood: Before answering this question, may I take this opportunity to say that, two weeks ago, I had the difficult task of responding to the written Foreign Office question submitted by our former colleague, Jo Cox? Given her active role in foreign affairs, I completed this task because I believe it is what she would have wanted. Given the frequency and the passion with which she spoke and indeed influenced policy in this very forum at Foreign Office questions, I thought it appropriate to begin by paying tribute to her.
– RB: I associate myself with the Minister’s words about our former colleague and friend, Jo Cox. She was an exceptional Member of Parliament and an exceptional person as well. Perhaps the greatest tribute any of us can give to Jo is to continue her work to support human rights throughout the world.
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Two Palestinian villages, Susiya and Um Al Hiran are under imminent threat of demolition. We need to do everything we can to stop the Israeli forces sending the bulldozers in. We know that if there is international protest on a sufficient scale, particularly from European governments, this will make a difference.
Please write to your MP today asking them to take action and demand that the foreign secretary protests in the strongest terms to the Israeli government to save the homes of the Palestinians living in these villages.
Anti-racism activist Malia Bouattia was elected president of the UK’s National Union of Students at their conference Wednesday.
Bouattia is well-known for her public stances in support of many causes, including the Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign, or BDS.
She has given many speeches encouraging students to back BDS and observe its guidelines within their campuses – especially the boycott of Israeli academic institutions complicit in abuses of Palestinian rights.
After serving as the Black students’ officer, Bouattia will be the first Black Muslim woman elected president in the 94 years of NUS history.