36 days: Palestinian civil society leaders in Israeli detention without charge or trial

In today via amnesty international:

In violation of international humanitarian law, two Palestinian civil society leaders have been held in administrative detention in an Israeli prison without charge or trial for 36 days.

Khalida Jarrar is a Member of the Palestinian parliament. Khitam Saafin is a women’s union leader. Their administrative detention orders can be renewed indefinitely and with no prior notice. Their detention violates international humanitarian law.

Khalida Jarrar and Khitam Saafin are being represented by lawyers from Addameer, a Palestinian non-governmental Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. According to the lawyers, the Israeli military commander issued a three-month administrative detention order against Khitam Saafin on 9 July 2017, which a military judge confirmed on 12 July. Elected parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar was given a six-month administrative detention order on 12 July, which was confirmed by a military judge on 18 July. Although six months is the maximum period of detention for each order, they can be renewed indefinitely. Both women deny accusations of being members of an illegal organisation.

In the early hours of 2 July 2017, the two women were arrested by Israeli soldiers during separate raids on their homes. Eyewitnesses reported that between 40 and 50 armed Israeli soldiers conducted a raid at 3:30am that day to arrest Khitam Saafin in her home in Beitunia, a neighbourhood of Ramallah in the West Bank, which is Israeli-occupied territory. At around 4am that same day, Khalida Jarrar was arrested in her home in Ramallaha during a similar Israeli military raid; her phone, tablet and the hard drive of her home computer were confiscated.

Both women were first held in Ofer military compound near Ramallah. In the afternoon of 2 July, they were transferred to HaSharon prison inside Israel. According to international humanitarian law, detainees from occupied territories may not be held the occupying power’s territory. The women’s transfer to a prison inside Israel therefore violates international humanitarian law.
As in all cases of administrative detention by the state of Israel, the ‘evidence’ against Khalida Jarrar and Khitam Saafin is secret. In violation of a central principle of fair trial standards, the ‘evidence’ may not be reviewed either by the detainees or by their lawyers.

The policies outlined above violate basic human rights and international humanitarian law. Israel has nevertheless pursued such policies for many decades. If they are harmful to Palestinian men, women and children, they also harm the Israeli soldiers, many of whom are young, impressionable men and women, under orders to carry out dawn raids and to take often brutal action against innocent civilians going about their daily lives. Most importantly, and contrary to official claims and propaganda, such policies have failed abysmally to make Israel safe and bring peace to the region.

We urge the Israeli government and Israeli armed forces,
– to release Khalida Jarrar and Khitam Saafin immediately;
– to release all other prisoners held by Israel in administrative detention.

Alternatively, recognisable criminal charges must be brought immediately against any such detainees, and they must be brought to trial in conformity with international trial standards.

We also urge Israel to take immediate steps to end the practice of administrative detention.

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22 June 2017: PSC victory against UK Government: Our right to BDS protected

Dear All

Great news from our friends at PSC – Palestine Solidarity Campaign. We hasten to share this with you:
“We have some wonderful news. As you know, last week we took the British government to the Royal Courts of Justice to fight for our right to boycott.

“Today the judge delivered his verdict: WE WON!!

“The government was trying to stop local council pension schemes divesting from companies complicit in Israel’s human rights violations. Theresa May’sdisgraceful attempt to silence Palestinian voices and restrict our right to peaceful protest has failed.

“It’s a moment to treasure and a key victory for local democracy, the rule of law and for Palestine.

“We know the public is on our side, as our recent YouGov polling showed 43% of the British public thought BDS was reasonable.

“We now know that the law is on our side too. We couldn’t be happier that our right to boycott has been upheld by the court in the month that the illegal military occupation turns fifty years old.

“To fight this case, we needed your help and financial support. You came to our aid magnificently, and we were blown away by your generosity. Thank you for making this possible.

“We couldn’t have done it without all of you. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!

“Our task now is to take forward our campaigning with renewed vigour. We will as a priority be sending this judgment to all local councils and LGPS fund managers to let them know that the Government regulations have been ruled illegal, and that they once again need to ensure they are not investing funds in companies complicit in Israel’s violations of human rights and international law.

“Today we have drawn a line in the sand against the attempts to suppress the right to boycott and to stand up for Palestine.  Tomorrow lets  pick up our campaigning with a renewed vigour and spring in our step.  Free Free Palestine!!

“Ben Jamal, Director”
[PSC – Palestine Solidarity Campaign]

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Please click here to donate to this PSC campaign.

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Sat, 17 Jun 2017: 50 Years of the ‘Six Day War’ – public event in Bern, Switzerland

Dear Friends
Allow us to share information about an upcoming event organised by
 
The Consequences of 50 Years of the ‘Six Day War’
Facilitator: Shirin Dajani, GSP committee member
Venue: Kornhausforum, Kornhausplatz 8, Bern, Switzerland
Date/Time: Saturday, 17 June 2017, 4pm
In English, simultaneous German interpretation.
The ‘Six Day War’ of 1967 concluded Israel’s conquest of Palestinian lands, and was the beginning of Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian territories.
Miko Peled will debunk the Zionist myths that continue to be believed by many in Switzerland and elsewhere. He will ask what he learnt from his father, and how Israelis and Palestinians might overcome their deadly enmity.
Yousef Jabareen will describe the consequences of those six days on the Palestinian people, both on those who continue to live in the lands occupied by Israel, and on those who were driven off their land and have been forced to exist somewhere between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.
The speakers:
• Miko Peled is the author of The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine. He is ‘an outspoken human rights and Palestinian rights activist.’ He was ‘born in Jerusalem into a well-known Zionist family. His maternal grandfather signed the Israeli Declaration of Independence. His father, Matti Peled, fought in the 1948 Israeli War of Independence and was a general in 1967 during the Six Day War when Israel conquered Gaza, the Golan Heights, the Sinai, and the West Bank.’ (pbs.org)
Dr. Yousef T. Jabareen, MK, is an Israeli Arab human rights scholar, lawyer, community activist, and a member of the 20th Knesset (Israel’s parliament).
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Join in: 50 Days of Action for MAP

15 May – 3 July – 50 Days of Action
YOUR opportunity to raise funds for MAP–Medical Aid for Palestinians

As most of you will know, Nakba Day on 15 May 2017 began a season of painful commemoration for Palestinians. 5 June is the sorry 50th anniversary of Israel’s illegal occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.
On 14 June, Palestinians in Gaza mark ten years under Israel’s stifling blockade and closure. It has been a decade punctuated by three devastating military offensives.

As MAP writes, ‘these anniversaries show why international action is more important than ever. MAP remains resolute in the pursuit of our core vision: a future where all Palestinians can access an effective, sustainable and locally-led system of healthcare and the full realisation of their rights to health and dignity.’

Click here for more details on how YOU can contribute.

Get involved

During 50 Days of Action MAP are asking you to get involved and show your support.  You can:

  • Hold a coffee morning with friends and family
  • Grab some friends and organise a bucket collection
  • Take part in one of MAP’s challenge events
  • Sign and share the MAP campaign www.map.org.uk/actnow

Whatever you choose to do, please show your support for the MAP campaign and enable them to continue working for the health and dignity of Palestinians.

Register your event and request your fundraising materials

We of Oban Concern for Palestine – and MAP even more so – would love to hear from you. MAP will be happy to provide advice, materials and guidance to ensure you raise as much money as possible.

To request your fundraising pack and register your event, please phone MAP: [UK] 020 7226 4114, or email: fundraising[@]map[.]org[.]uk
(in your email, please remove the square brackets from the address).

 

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Must-watch talk by Miko Peled, ‘the General’s Son’

Miko Peled: Freedom & Justice: Keys to Peace in Palestine/Israel

Syracuse, NY; September 16, 2016

From the Organizers:

“Author and Activist Miko Peled, son of an Israeli general and grandson of a signer of the Israeli Declaration of Independence, has become an advocate of Palestinian rights and the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which advocates boycotting and divesting from companies that profit off Israeli colonization of Palestinian land and other attacks on Palestinians.

“In his 2012 book, “The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine”, Peled chronicles how his views transformed from the Zionism of his childhood to unabashed support for Palestinian rights after his niece Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber.

“Peled spoke at United University Methodist Church in Syracuse, NY.”

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MAP: Four Gaza hospitals shut down as fuel crisis deepens: Patients’ Lives at risk

Along with MAP–Medical Aid for Palestinians, we are deeply concerned and ‘alarmed that four hospitals in Gaza have been forced to close due to the deepening fuel shortage.’

Fikr Shalltoot, MAP’s Director of Programmes in Gaza, notes:

“All patients are now being affected but we fear mostly for new-born babies or anyone needing emergency care, intensive care or dialysis.
“These hospitals are our only option for life-saving treatment, due to the blockade and closure. Unless this crisis is resolved immediately MAP will start to see widespread and severe deterioration in patient health and in all health services.” –

Aimee Shalan, CEO of MAP, urged immediate action:
“An entirely avoidable humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Gaza. The international community cannot stand idly by and watch people die as hospitals grind to a halt for lack of fuel.”

Read the full MAP report here.

Above: Power cut in Gaza, January 2017.
Below: The Gaza Strip, with Israeli-controlled borders and limited fishing zone.
(Images: OCHA)

Oban Concern for Palestine urge the Israeli government to lift its ten-year blockade on Gaza. This constitutes a form of collective punishment in breach of international law, and has devastated already poor living conditions in Gaza.

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Addameer’s annual report on human rights violations for 2015

OC4P – Oban Concern for Palestine – take absolutely no pleasure in sharing the information that
The Annual Report on Violations of Palestinian Prisoners’ Rights in Israeli Prisons for 2015
is now available online.

The report
‘examines the violations committed by the Israeli occupation forces and the Israeli Prison Services (IPS) against Palestinians prisoners and detainees throughout the different stages of their arrest and detention in 2015, including the violations following the October popular uprising.’

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Published on 1 December 2016 by the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, the report
‘is the result of the collective efforts of a well-rounded team of lawyers, as well legal and field researchers. Addameer holds in high regard the legal aspects of such reports with the work of a fully fledged team of lawyers that regularly visit prisons.
‘In 2015, the Documentation and Research Unit visited 350 prisoners in 142 visits to Israeli interrogation centers, detention centers and central prisons. The unit filed numerous complaints referencing the majority of the violations cited in this report, and offered legal representation in many cases.’

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Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association Ramallah – Occupied Palestine, 2016

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