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UN report exposes the internationally-supported dependency cycle

September 14, 2017 Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor 0

Yet another report by the UN, in this case the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), has outlined the causes of Palestine’s economic decline, attributing it directly to Israel’s military occupation and settlement expansion. However, the executive summary of the report contains the first indications of safeguarding Israel’s impunity by stating: “The international community should assume its responsibility to support the Palestinian people to withstand the adversities of prolonged occupation.” As evidence increases that the international community is not seeking to halt Israeli violations, the questioning of such reports and their underlying motives becomes urgent. The report commences with commemoration as 2017 marks the 50th year of Israel’s military occupation of Palestine, admitting that “occupation is currently even […]

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Israel uses bureaucracy as a weapon, and Palestinians are dying as a result

September 13, 2017 Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor 0

The World Health Organisation’s latest report — “Health Access for referral patients from the Gaza Strip” — provides details of the hardships experienced by Palestinians living in Gaza and in need of medical treatment outside the enclave. With Israel creating labyrinthine exit procedures due to its alleged “security” concerns, Palestinians with chronic and terminal illnesses are fast learning that there is unlikely to be any treatment or respite. Statistically, the violations are obvious. The WHO report states that “two in every five Gaza patients [were] delayed or denied access to health care outside Gaza.” Such restrictions have a major impact on patients and their families. For the former, the delays can mean death or, at the very least, a further […]

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The PA crackdown on Palestinian journalists and activists shows contempt for international law

The Palestinian Authority’s bizarre crackdown on Palestinian journalists and human rights activists continues, with the security forces exhibiting a preference for a steady supply of detainees. Following the three-day detention and release of Ayman Qawasmeh, the director of Manbar Al-Hurriya radio station who called for the resignation of PA officials in a Facebook post, the authority’s security services have now detained Issa Amro, a Hebron based activist who also denounced the PA on Facebook with regard to its violations of international law and insistence that journalists refrain from publicising the arrest of Qawasmeh. Amro was arrested on Sunday by the PA security forces, whose repressive measures are now backed by the Cyber Crimes Law passed by presidential decree. The law, […]

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Israel paralysed a Palestinian child. Now they’re exploiting her

In 2006 the Israeli assassination of Islamic Jihad leader Muhammad Dahdouh while he was driving through Gaza City also killed and injured other civilians. Maria Aman, who was travelling with her family when the missile struck Dahdouh’s car, was left paralysed, while four of her family members were also killed. There was much attention on her case when Israeli authorities attempted to terminate her treatment and revoke her temporary residence status which allowed her to receive treatment in Israel. In October 2016 Maria was granted permanent residency, while her father and brother – who are also her only carers – have to renew their temporary residence status each year. The Times of Israel has published an interview with Maria’s father, […]

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Substituting political necessity for compromise

One wonders how the UN can continue to masquerade in a role that it has ridiculed beyond redemption this week. Antonio Guterres’s statements eliminating Palestinian options, the enforcing of the two-state compromise as a purported solution and affirming Israel’s permanence are all contrary to international law. During his visit to Israel, the UN Secretary-General unequivocally endorsed the continuation of human rights violations against Palestinians, including an approval of colonisation. This means that the international community has abandoned all pretence of supporting Palestine in its quest for a viable independent state. It might as well also do away with the symbolic commemorations which have held Palestinians back for so long, incarcerated within a diplomatic game where official political opponents are absent […]

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Book review: ‘This is not a border: reportage and reflection from the Palestinian festival of literature’

In this impeccable collection of writings, perceptions and understandings about Palestine and Palestinians reinforce the importance of authentic trajectories. “This is not a border: reportage and reflections from the Palestine festival of literature” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017) brings together diverse voices which reminisce and, at times, force remembrance upon the reader to awaken a consciousness that needs to be permanently alert. As Palestine diminishes further, initiatives to remember and, as a result, protect rights and identity, become imperative. In the introduction, novelist Ahdaf Soueif explains how “Palfest” sought to overcome the gap between culture and inaccessibility, while at the same time ensuring that Palestinian life is experienced, rather than the semblance of privilege awarded to travellers by Israel at its discretion. […]

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On his first visit to Israel, Guterres cast aside any possibility of decolonisation

While exhibiting contempt for international laws and conventions through its existence and policies, Israel also reserves the right to dictate to others with regard to its violations of the said laws, all in the name of “security concerns”. The institution bearing the brunt of such diktats is the UN, an entity which has actually regularly affirmed its pro-Israel bias and through which Palestine became colonised territory, ravaged by settlers and burdened with useless, non-binding resolutions. Since Trump’s presidency began in America, both Israel and the US have increasingly utilised the international platform to obscure Palestinian rights. The trend looks set to continue with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s first visit to Israel. Israel National News described the visit as an “attempt […]

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