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Israeli Terrorists Burned a Palestinian Toddler Israeli terror is an ongoing process due to lack of action by the International community

PRESS RELEASE
Issued by the Diplomatic Mission of Palestine in Portugal

31-07-2015
A year after the Palestinian child “Mohammad Abu Khdaeir” (14 years) was burned alive to death at the Hands of Israeli terrorists, the world has this morning, realized another similar brutal attack against another Palestinian toddler (18 months), at the hands of the same terrorists, by targeting a Palestinian home in an arson attack.
The PLO holds the Israeli government “fully responsible” for the death of the toddler in the arson attack carried out today Friday by suspected Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank.
“We hold the Israeli government fully responsible for the brutal assassination of the toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha,” PLO official Saeb Erekat said in a statement. “This is a direct consequence of decades of impunity given by the Israeli government to settler terrorism.”
“We cannot separate the barbaric attack that took place in Duma last night from the recent settlement approvals by the Israeli government, a government which represents an Israeli national coalition for settlements and Apartheid,” he added. The senior PLO official said Israel had “paved the road” for the brutal attack by creating a culture of hate and impunity. Since 2004, over 11,000 settler attacks have taken place against Palestinian homes, cars, churches, mosques, trees and others with full impunity, the statement said.
Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh also condemned the toddler’s killing, saying the attack would not have happened if the Israeli government did not insist on protecting settlers and expanding illegal settlements.
Israeli settlers smashed the windows of two homes in the Palestinian village of Duma near Nablus before throwing flammable liquids and Molotov cocktails inside.
Ali Saad Dawabsha, one-and-a-half years old, was trapped inside the house and died shortly after sustaining serious burns, said Ghassan Daghlas, a local official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank.
His mother and father, Riham and Saad, and their son Ahmad, four, also sustained serious burns and were evacuated to a nearby hospital, Daghlas said, adding that their home was left completely burned.
The Israeli settlers from nearby settlements also attacked and partially burned the home belonging to Maamoon Rashid Dawabsha, spraying racist graffiti in Hebrew across both homes.
Over 500,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.
We believe that it is the International community´s silence and the Israeli government protection of its terrorist settlers which encouraged the latter to act inhumanely against the Palestinians in the occupied Palestine.
We the Palestinians appeal to the International community including the EU to transform their words of condemnation to deeds, hopefully serious enough to end this only remained occupation on the face of our globe, the Israeli occupation of the State of Palestine.

Terroristas israelitas queimam um bebé palestiniano
O Terror israelita é um processo contínuo devido à falta de ação por parte da Comunidade Internacional

Um ano após a criança palestiniana “Mohammad Abu Khdaeir” (14 anos) ter sido queimada viva, até à morte, nas mãos de terroristas israelitas, o mundo acordou, esta manhã, com outro ataque brutal semelhante contra outra criança palestiniana (18 meses), levado a cabo pelas mãos dos mesmos terroristas, num ataque incendiário contra uma casa palestiniana.
A OLP considera o governo israelita “inteiramente responsável” pela morte do bebé no ataque realizado hoje, sexta-feira, por supostos colonos israelitas na Cisjordânia ocupada.
“Consideramos o governo de Israel inteiramente responsável pelo assassinato brutal do bebé Ali Saad Dawabsha”, disse o oficial da OLP, Saeb Erekat, num comunicado.
“Esta é uma consequência directa das décadas de impunidade, dada pelo governo israelita, ao terrorismo dos colonos”.
“Não podemos separar o ataque bárbaro que teve lugar em Duma, ontem à noite, das recentes aprovações de construção de colonatos pelo governo de Israel, um governo que representa uma coalizão nacional de Israel entre os colonatos e o Apartheid”, acrescentou.
O alto funcionário da OLP disse que Israel “abriu caminho” para este ataque brutal, criando uma cultura de ódio e impunidade.
Desde 2004, houve mais de 11.000 ataques de colonos contra casas, carros, igrejas, mesquitas, árvores, palestinianos, entre outros elementos, ataques estes com impunidade total, disse o comunicado.
O porta-voz presidencial Nabil Abu Rudeineh também condenou o assassinato do bebé, dizendo que o ataque não teria acontecido se o governo israelita não insistisse em proteger os colonos e expandir os colonatos ilegais.
Colonos israelitas quebraram as janelas de duas casas na aldeia palestiniana de Duma, perto de Nablus, antes de atirarem líquidos inflamáveis e coquetéis molotov para o interior das mesmas.
Ali Saad Dawabsha, um ano e meio de idade, ficou preso dentro da casa e morreu pouco depois de sofrer queimaduras graves, disse Ghassan Daghlas, um oficial local que monitora a atividade dos colonatos no norte da Cisjordânia.
A mãe e o pai, Riham e Saad, e o seu outro filho Ahmad, de quatro anos, também sofreram queimaduras graves e foram levados para um hospital próximo, disse Daghlas, acrescentando que a casa ficou completamente queimada.
Os colonos israelitas, de um colonato próximo, também atacaram e parcialmente queimaram a casa de Maamoon Rashid Dawabsha, deixando grafitis racistas em hebraico em ambas as casas.
Mais de 500.000 israelitas vivem em colonatos exclusivamente para judeus na Jerusalém Oriental ocupada e na Cisjordânia, em violação do direito internacional, com anúncios recentes de expansão dos colonatos, provocando a condenação da Comunidade Internacional.
Nós acreditamos que são, exactamente, o silêncio absoluto da Comunidade Internacional e a proteção por parte do governo israelita dos seus colonos terroristas, os motivos que os incentivaram a agir desta forma desumana contra os palestinianos na Palestina ocupada.
Nós, os palestinianos, apelamos à Comunidade Internacional, incluindo a UE, a transformar as suas palavras de condenação em acção. Com esperança que esta seja séria o suficiente para acabar com a única ocupação que resta na face do nosso globo, a ocupação israelita do Estado da Palestina.

THE SWEDISH FLOTILLA IS A REMINDER TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY ABOUT THEIR OBLIGATIONS TOWARDS PALESTINE

“Palestine welcomes any peaceful effort by the international solidarity movement to break the ongoing Israeli siege of Gaza and reach the 1.8 million Palestinians sitting in Israel open-air prison,” said Dr. Saeb Erakat, Member of the PLO Executive Committee in a statement regarding the “Swedish Flotilla” on Wednesday.

“This is a reminder to the world that the flotilla is coming to Palestine and any attempt by Israel to obstruct its movement is considered a violation of international law. It’s also a reminder of the bloody and violent act of Israel in 2010 against the unarmed civilian activists who were on foreign vessels while sailing in international waters toward the shores of Gaza. On July 8th, Palestinians will commemorate Israel’s assault on Gaza last summer which led to the massive destruction and killings of over 2200 Palestinians. We call on the international community to take swift and appropriate action before it is too late and history repeats itself at the hands of Israel.”

The Higher Presidential Committee of Churches affairs in Palestine Condemns the terrorist attack against a Church in Tabgha in the Galilee

Israeli attacks on Christian and Muslim holy sites have continued and increased under the watch of the new, right-wing Israeli Government.

The Church of Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish was set on fire and its walls spray painted with hate speech on Thursday June 18th by Israeli terrorists. The historical church, known as the site where Jesus Christ multiplied fish and loaves of bread, was torched in a vicious attack as a direct consequence of the calls for recognition of Israel as a ‘Jewish State’ and Jerusalem as the eternal and undivided capital of the Jewish people. The culture of impunity that has been granted to Israel has allowed Israeli extremists to escalate their racist attacks against Palestinians and degrade our holy sites without any legal accountability.

The Presidential Committee calls upon the international community to take series of actions to immediately stop the systematic attacks against our holy sites.

The Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe)

Issued by the Diplomatic Mission of Palestine in Portugal

 Annually and for the past 67 years, the Palestinians commemorate, the 15th of May, the most calamitous day in their contemporary history.  In 1948, the Jewish Zionists widened their territorial control by using all kinds of force and massacres on every front and in the end commanded 78%, instead of the 56% allotted to them by the United Nations’ partition plan of Historic Palestine (Resolution 181).

In the same short period approximately 800,000 Palestinians were forced to leave their homes , at the hands of Zionist gangs, and thus found themselves until this date, homeless and stateless refugees, inside and outside Palestine. Meanwhile, the Zionist gangs wiped more than 531 of the Palestinian villages off the face of earth purposefully to make way for an expanded Jewish state in Historic Palestine.  Palestinian and Israeli historians, of them the Jewish historian Illan Pappe, now approve, the Zionist gangs conducted a campaign of terror and atrocities including massacres against the Palestinians; the indigenous population of Palestine.

The protection of human lives and the civilian infrastructure at times of war and under occupation are the core principles of the International Law and its bolsters; the International Humanitarian Law and the four Geneva Conventions. In contrast, the Palestinian civilian population has never received such protection, and were mercilessly slaughtered and maimed indiscriminately by the Israeli occupying forces, in their regular military assaults and incursions launched in densely populated Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Israel, the occupying power has so far left no safe place for any civilian anywhere in Palestine particularly in Gaza.

 In 1988, Palestine unilaterally recognized Israel over 78% of Historic Palestine. Ironically, Israel the occupying power, met this historic Palestinian compromise with the creation and expansion of illegal settlements on Palestinian territory, as well as systematic violations of international law.

On the other hand   the international community continued failure to demand justice and accountability has provided tacit impunity to Israel in all of its violations in a manner that makes the Nakba an ongoing process.

Hikmat Ajjuri, the Palestinian Ambassador to Portugal says: “The Israelis succeeded in wiping off our villages but failed to do so with our memory.” DR. Ajjuri added by saying: “The only assurance that the Palestinian catastrophe becomes a frozen moments in history, exactly as the Jewish holocaust has become frozen moment in history, is by achieving peace based on justice and mutual respect by granting the Palestinians their inalienable right for self-determination and to celebrate their independence as their Israeli neighbours do”.

 

Palestinian Prisoners’ Day

Issued by the Diplomatic Mission of Palestine, on the occasion of the Palestinian Prisoners Day.

The 17th of April marks a special and sad day in Palestine. It is the Palestinian prisoners’ day, to commemorate thousands of Palestinians prisoners and detainees in Israeli prisons and detention facilities. The UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People argues in a statement;

“There is hardly any Palestinian family that has not been affected by the ongoing campaign of arrests, harassment and intimidation carried out by the Israeli occupying forces.  The arbitrary Israeli military law criminalizes legitimate protest against the occupation.  Palestinians are tried in military courts, which do not meet the minimum international standards of fairness, independence and impartiality.  In contravention of international law, they often are convicted on secret evidence, based on confessions extracted under duress or torture, denied the right to a lawyer, with children tried as adults.  Many Palestinians do not even get a trial.  They suffer in detention, sometimes for years, not charged with any specific offence.  These actions by the occupying Power directly contravene article 71 of the Fourth Geneva Convention”.

Since the beginning of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories in 1967, more than (850,000) of Palestinian citizens have been detained by Israel, the occupying power, among them were (15,000) female detainees, tens of thousands of children and more than 50000 administrative detentions, in addition to 65 ministers and members of the Palestinian legislative council.

Administrative detention is defined as the deprivation of liberty of a person at the request not of the judiciary but ordered by a military commander and based on “security reasons”. Under administration detention, no criminal charges are brought against the detainee and there is no intention of bringing him or her to trial. Administrative detention is an integral part of Israel’s military legal system throughout the 48 years of occupation of Palestinian territory and there are no signs that the practice will be discontinued in the near or distant future unless there is an international interference. The frequency of the use of administrative detention has fluctuated throughout Israeli occupation and has been steadily rising since the outbreak of the Second Intifada in September 2000, when it has specifically been used as a means of collective punishment against Palestinians opposing the occupation.

Detainees are held without trial and neither they nor their attorneys are allowed to see the “secret evidence” against them. This dangerous policy turned our political prisoners into hostages of the Israeli occupying security services.

The period of imprisonment in administrative detention is ranging from one month to six months. In several cases, the administrative detention can be renewed several times and may reach ten times, in this case the victims (men or women, young or old) may spend more than five years in prison without charges and trial based on the secret file. Palestinians targeted for administrative detention are mostly doctors, engineers, university academics, journalists, delegates in the legislative council. Khaleda Jarrar, elected member of the Legislative Council, Chairperson of the Palestinian Parliament’s Committee for Palestinian Prisoners was detained in the early hours of April 2, when several dozen elements of the Israeli Army assaulted her home in Ramallah.

In other words, Israeli administrative detention of Palestinians equals inhumane detention, it is a grave breach of the International Humanitarian Law and the 4th Geneva Convention and should be nullified as a first step for Israel to become a normal country which abides by International law.

Administrative detainee should be charged and face trial, or promptly released. Bearing in mind that the Israeli judiciary has not sentenced or convicted any Israeli officer from the intelligence agency who committed crimes against humanity and killed detainees during detention. On record at least 206, of the detainees have been killed while in detention since 1967. The last registered case of death was martyr Raed Aljabari from Hebron. The cause of death to these victims were as follows, (71) died as a result of torture, (54) died as a result of medical negligence, (74) died as a result of deliberate assassination after detention, (7) died as a result of direct shooting by soldiers and guards inside jail.

Currently, there are more than (6,500) Palestinian prisoners are still in Israeli occupation prisons. These prisoners are distributed in (22) Israeli prisons most notably are (Nafha, Remon, Asqalan, Beir Sabee, Hadareem, Jalbou, Shata, Ramlah, Damoun, Hasharoon, Hadarim, Naqab, Ofar and Majedo).

Among these prisoners are:

478 Sentenced to life imprisonment for one time or several times.
21 Female detainee ( 2 are underage)
200 Children under 18 years of age
480 Administrative detention

In a report published in 2013, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said “Each year, approximately 700 Palestinian children aged 12 to 17 were arrested, interrogated and detained by Israeli army, police and security agents.  In the past 10 years, an estimated 7,000 children had been detained, interrogated, prosecuted and/or imprisoned by the Israeli military”.  UNICEF confirmed that the cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment of Palestinian children in the Israeli detention system was widespread, systematic and institutionalized, in violation of article 37 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Israel cannot remain a state above the law, flouting the rights of prisoners and international humanitarian conventions. The issue of the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails is a political as well as a humanitarian issue of justice. There is an international responsibility to oblige Israel to respect the International Humanitarian Law in dealing with prisoners, and to force Israel to respect its provisions on the treatment of civilians under its occupation, including the Palestinian prisoners.

The deaths of prisoners under questionable circumstances should be promptly investigated by an independent authority.

Palestine as an observer state of the UN has joined many international conventions and treaties. Most notably the Four Geneva Conventions. Consequently, it is becoming an obligation for the high contracting parties to the Geneva Convention to meet and compel Israel to abide by these conventions and protocols.

“From Deir Yassin to Shuja’iyya: Since its creation, Israel’s systematic policies of destruction and massacres have persisted”

PRESS RELEASE
PLO Executive Committee
Department of Culture and Information

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi stated:
“On April 9, sixty-seven years ago, armed members of the Zionist terrorist organizations, the Irgun and the Stern gangs, attacked the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin and brutally murdered more than one hundred innocent men, women and children. Mostly all under the age of nine, fifty-five young children were orphaned and literally dumped in the Old City of Jerusalem to fend for themselves; Hind al-Husseini rescued the children and founded Dar Al-Tifl Al-Arabi (Arab Children’s House), an orphanage for the young survivors, two weeks later.
The Deir Yassin massacre was a turning point in the history of the people of Palestine, and it continues to serve as a necessary reminder of Israel’s ongoing policies of displacement, dispossession and dehumanization, and its willful erasure of the Palestinian narrative and human presence in historical Palestine.
One of the most recent examples of Israel’s continued campaign of deliberate massacres occurred last summer when it waged a brutal and ruthless assault on the Palestinians of Gaza. On July 20, at least sixty Palestinians were murdered in the Shuja’iyya neighborhood, and between July 7 and August 21, one hundred and forty-two families in Gaza were partially or completely obliterated by Israel.
Since its creation, Israel’s systematic policies of destruction and massacres have persisted. Deir Yassin, Nasir al-Din, Haifa, Yazur, Bayt Daras, al-Tantura, al-Lydd, al-Dawayima, Saliha, Qibya, Kafr Qasim, and Shuja’iyya, among other names, will remain forever engraved in our hearts and minds and always serve as symbols of Palestinian steadfastness and perseverance.
Today, we honor all Palestinian victims of Israel’s flagrant measures of military occupation, apartheid and ethnic cleansing. On behalf of Palestinians everywhere, we will remain undeterred in our efforts to hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law and war crimes. Peace and justice for Palestine is long overdue, and it is time for the international community to join us as we strive for freedom, dignity and self-determination.”

Higher National Committee Condemns Arbitrary Administrative Arrest MP Khalida Jarrar

State of Palestine
Palestine Liberation Organization
ICC Higher National Committee
April 7, 2015

The Higher National Committee in Charge of Following Up with the ICC strongly condemns the arrest of PLC and Higher National Committee Member Khalida Jarrar. The Committee also denounces the arbitrary decision of the Israeli military authorities sentencing Jarrar to six months administrative detention. Jarrar was arrested at her home at dawn last Thursday.

In a special meeting held at the Negotiations Affairs Department in Ramallah yesterday morning, the Committee held the Israeli occupying authorities responsible for Jarrar’s life and security. The Committee asserted it will continue to make serious efforts to hold Israel as an occupying power accountable for its egregious violations of international law. The arrest of Jarrar, the Committee affirmed, was politically motivated and came as a punishment for Jarrar’s national activism and membership in the ICC National Higher Committee. Israel continues its policy of collective punishment and retribution against the Palestinian people and their elected leadership, the Committee stated.

The statement of the National higher Committed read, “The Israeli occupying authorities deliberately undermine the efforts made by the Palestinian leadership and its endeavors to have recourse to international legitimacy for the purpose of realizing the rights of our people and safeguarding the security. We condemn the Israeli practices and unilateral illegal policies including arrest and expulsion that threaten the members of the PLC. The Israeli practices constitute a flagrant violation of the International Humanitarian Law and Hague Conventions of 1907 that prohibit occupying powers to make any changes in the legislative status quo of the occupied country. Likewise, the Israeli practices violate Geneva Conventions and the Article (7) of the ICC Rome Statute that prohibit the arbitrary deportation, arrest and persecution of civilians, which are considered ‘crimes against humanity’ punishable by the law.”

The statement professed the administrative arrest of Jarrar is an outrageous violation of her parliamentary immunity. The statement also referred to the obnoxious living conditions of Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails and the policy of collective punishment, suppression and solitary confinement imposed on them by the Israeli prison administration. Fifteen PLC members have faced administrative detention including 8 against whom military have been issued.

The Committee called on the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Intel-Parliamentary Union, the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly and international legal institutions to intervene and exert pressure on Israel to immediately and unconditionally release Jarrar and all male and female detainees in Israeli jails.