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Report: UN delegation arrives in Gaza | Maan News Agency

Report: UN delegation arrives in Gaza | Maan News Agency | Occupied Palestine | Scoop.it

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- A delegation from the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner's office arrived in the Gaza Strip on Saturday evening via Egypt's Rafah crossing, Egyptian media said.

The 11-member delegation will discuss Israel’s violations of human rights in the coastal enclave, according to Egypt's Middle East News Agency.

In March, the UN Human Rights Council launched the probe into Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, prompting Israel to cut ties with the body.

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Army Kidnaps Legislator In Hebron, 10 Residents in WB - International Middle East Media Center

Army Kidnaps Legislator In Hebron, 10 Residents in WB - International Middle East Media Center | Occupied Palestine | Scoop.it
Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Sunday at dawn, Palestinian legislator of the Change and Reform Parliamentary Bloc of the Hamas movement, Ahmad Abdul-Aziz Mubarak, after breaking into his him in Al-Biereh near the central West Bank city of Ramallah.
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Kufr Qaddoum: Israel fires at peaceful protest, man injured in head

Kufr Qaddoum: Israel fires at peaceful protest, man injured in head | Occupied Palestine | Scoop.it
By Amina Simonsson 14 July 2012 | International Solidarity Movement, West Bank On Friday, July 13, several protesters were injured when the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) fired tear-gas and rubber...
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Hamas chooses its leadership inside Israeli jails

Hamas chooses its leadership inside Israeli jails | Occupied Palestine | Scoop.it
The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) has chosen the members of its High Leadership Committee inside Israel's jails through a democratic process. Details have been provided by the Ahrar Centre for Prisoners' Affairs.
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Israeli Wall continues to blight Palestinian life says UN report

Israeli Wall continues to blight Palestinian life says UN report | Occupied Palestine | Scoop.it
MEMO | July 14, 2012   The Israeli Wall in the occupied West Bank has reduced access for thousands of Palestinians living in communities located behind the barrier to workplaces and essential ...
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Israel arrests Hamas lawmaker in Ramallah

Sunday at dawn Israeli forces arrested Ahmed Abdul Aziz Mubarak, a member of the Reform and Change block in the Palestinian parliament, after storming his house in Al-Bireh.
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Ship to Gaza: Estelle arrives in Stockholm with a message | Mondoweiss

Ship to Gaza: Estelle arrives in Stockholm with a message | Mondoweiss | Occupied Palestine | Scoop.it
Is the siege of Gaza only about Israeli control over Palestinian territory, or are larger economic and geopolitical forces at work, including the lucrative natural gas fields?
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PPC files complaint against IPS because of an attack on captive Alaa Issa Ju’beh

PPC files complaint against IPS because of an attack on captive Alaa Issa Ju’beh | Occupied Palestine | Scoop.it
[ PIC 14/07/2012 - 09:37 AM ] RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Palestinian Prisoner’s Committee (PPC) filed a complaint against the Israeli prison service (IPS) after prisoner Alaa Issa Ju’be...
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Israel's immigration police granted power to deport foreign activists from West Bank

Israel's immigration police granted power to deport foreign activists from West Bank | Occupied Palestine | Scoop.it
Similar move was struck down in the past by High Court, which ruled that Interior Ministry inspectors do not have authority in West Bank.
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Senior IDF officer: Israel is preparing for the next Lebanon war

Senior IDF officer: Israel is preparing for the next Lebanon war | Occupied Palestine | Scoop.it
Haaretz - Officer says instability in Syria could ignite violent confrontation with the Lebanese army, says 'Goldstone report will pale in comparison...
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Our Father is DYING – Your Silence is HELPING | Act 4 #AkramRikhawi #SamerAlBarq #HassanSafadi

Our Father is DYING – Your Silence is HELPING | Act 4 #AkramRikhawi #SamerAlBarq #HassanSafadi | Occupied Palestine | Scoop.it
#PalHunger | AL-RIKHAWI AT IMMEDIATE RISK OF DEATH NOW – ACT NOW! IN SOLIDARITY WITH FREEDOM FIGHTER #AkramRikhawi , 92 DAYS ON HUNGER STRIKE (CRITICAL CONDITION) - He has diabetes, asthma &a...
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UNOCHA report: Protection of Civilians Weekly Report 27 JUNE - 10 JULY 2012 (PDF)

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Foreign activists actively participate in W. Bank marches despite suppression

Foreign activists actively participate in W. Bank marches despite suppression | Occupied Palestine | Scoop.it
[ PIC 14/07/2012 - 09:05 AM ] RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The West Bank peaceful marches against Israel’s segregation wall and settlement activities saw on Friday afternoon massive participation b...
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Criminalizing Dissent in Israel : Indybay

Criminalizing Dissent in Israel

by Stephen Lendman

Netanyahu's government is its most extremist ever. Fundamental freedoms are threatened.

Repressive Knesset bills target speech, assembly, association, and the right to dissent.

An earlier Haaretz editorial headlined "Free press in Israel is in danger." It said Israeli democracy has been imperiled for years.

Netanyahu's government assails it relentlessly. Knesset legislation threatens press freedom. Dissent more than ever isn't tolerated.

On June 20, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI)headlined "The Case of Muhammad Amirah and the Criminalization of Protest in the West Bank," saying:

Despite committing no crime, "Amirah was charged with incitement and support for a hostile organization and disturbing a soldier."

During a nonviolent protest near Deir Kaddis village, he was arrested for sitting down in front of a tractor. At issue was stopping illegal settlement expansions on stolen Palestinian land.

Charges against him exclude violence. He's "an important example of the criminalization of all political activity by Palestinians in the West Bank...."

They face Kafkaesque justice. Military orders govern virtually every facet of their lives. Anything Israel wishes can be called hostile or terrorist related. Free speech is an endangered species.

Participating in public demonstrations is deemed disrupting public order. Pouring coffee for members of declared illegal organizations is called supporting terrorism.

Military regulations criminalize displaying Palestinian flags, banners, or symbols. So is criticizing state policy. Anyone charged is judged guilty by accusation. Conviction is virtually certain.

"Amirah’s case exemplifies the extent to which ALL protest action – including explicitly nonviolent actions are criminalized within the Israeli system in the West Bank."

"Amirah was sitting on the ground in front of a tractor repeating the phrase 'I am not engaging in violence, I will not commit a violent deed' and was still arrested and charged."

His case also reflects the ambiguity of the term "legal demonstration." Israel considers all nonviolent ones illegal. Prison terms can follow participation.

On June 28, the Palestinian Center for Development & Media Freedoms (MADA) said Palestinian journalists face losing media freedoms.

Frank La Rue serves as UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. His recent report highlights the problem.

"States continue to utilize criminal laws on defamation, national security and counterterrorism to suppress dissent and criticism, including on Government policies, human rights violations and allegations of corruption," he said.

MADA Director General Mousa Rimawi paid tribute to Palestinian journalists who won't be silent. Despite risking freedom and safety, they keep working.

"(L)ocal journalists in violent or repressed environments deserve special recognition because they can experience the same violations as foreign journalists in conflict zones, but may not receive the same international attention," he said.

"Sadly many Palestinian journalists are threatened, injured or arrested while simply doing their jobs and many journalists feel pressured to self-censor."

"(J)ournalists around the world continue to be targeted and repressed, including those using the Internet to publish stories."

"MADA will continue to support and encourage Palestinian journalists in their work, and to fight for freedom of expression in Palestine."

Since occupation began in June 1967, Israel pursued a policy of silencing Palestinian dissent. Journalists and media institutions suffer grievously.

In the last decade, Israeli occupation forces murdered 18 Palestinian journalists and two foreign ones.

On Nakba Day 2011, Mohammed Othman was shot. He was photographing Israeli soldiers brutalizing nonviolent Palestinian demonstrators. He worked for Reuters and AFP.

He witnessed dozens of injured Palestinians. "It was bloody and got worse after live ammunition was used," he said.

An Israeli soldier shot him. The bullet entered his chest and "exploded" inside. It destroyed two discs and injured his spinal cord. As a result, he's paralyzed. He always expected something like this to happen, he said. He witnessed other journalists being shot.

His colleagues expressed solidarity. They know they could be next. Othman said he wants to do what he loves best. Nothing ahead will be easy for him.

MADA's Rimawi said Israel targets more than journalists. Palestinian media institutions are threatened. Raids confiscate their equipment. Their property and facilities are destroyed. They incur large financial losses. Some are shut down entirely.

Israel at times bombs Palestinian and international media facilities. Homes of journalists are demolished. During Cast Lead, Gaza's Aqsa TV was totally destroyed. Program director Aqsa Samir Abu Muheisen said:

"The material losses (were) estimated at six million dollars, five million for the price of the equipment and furniture, and one million for the cost of the five-floor headquarter building."

The Alresalah weekly newspaper was targeted. It's headquarters was bombed. It sustained heavy damage. Earlier in January 2002, Israel blew up the headquarters of Palestinian State Radio and Television in Ramalah.

In 2012, occupation forces stormed the headquarters of four West Bank media outlets.

On February 29, Watan TV was targeted. Equipment and valued archives were confiscated. Its director, Muammar Orabi said:

"The material losses, in spite of its large value and its impact on the institution’s work, can be compensated, but the archives are priceless."

"In 2002, the occupation forces confiscated all the television station’s productions since its beginning in 1996, and now they have again confiscated all our archives from 2002 until the date of intrusion."

On the same day, Quds Educational TV was raided. Its equipment and valued material were taken.

In recent months, other incidents occurred. On April 2, soldiers raided Hona Al-Quds' Jerusalem office. On May 17, they confiscated Jenin-based Al-Aseer channel's main transmitter.

Back-up equipment was used to keep broadcasting. Palestinian media are monitored and targeted for challenging Israeli authority. An Al Quds University community center was raided.

Anyone or activity considered hostile to occupation authority is threatened. Palestinian journalists and media outlets are especially vulnerable. Silencing dissent is official Israeli policy. All ways are used to do it.

MADA said "(b)y confiscating broadcasting equipment, Israeli occupation authorities effectively seize the digital space and frequencies of Palestinian radio and TV stations. In essence, they occupy the airwaves."

In 2000, Radio Bethlehem was targeted. Twice their transmitter was seized. According to Director of Government Media Center's Ghassan Al-Khatib:

"This is part of targeting the Palestinian effort to build a state. The occupation’s continuous targeting of media outlets in Palestine has many reasons, chief among them being that Israel is in a permanent media war with the Palestinians."

"Israel seeks to reduce the impact of the Palestinian media on public opinion and the Palestinian voice internationally and instead impose the Israeli narrative over what is happening in Palestine."

"Recently, Israel has been doing this for economic and technical reasons. Some analysts have concluded that Israel wants to retrieve certain frequencies that are economically useful to them. They want to occupy the digital space."

In May 2012, Al-Aseer channel's general director Baha Khairi Mousa was arrested. His home was ransacked and searched. He was taken to an unknown location. Satellite transmitter equipment was confiscated. Broadcasts continued with back-up resources.

During Cast Lead, Al-Jawharah's facilities were bombed. Various channels use them for live TV broadcasts. Media Group chairman Atef Isa said bombardment came during Al-A'lam Iranian TV's live broadcast.

At the time, 20 journalists were on the roof. Israel was told the building is used for live broadcasts. Assurances were given it wouldn't be bombed. Israeli pledges aren't worth the paper they're written on. Verbal ones have no credibility.

Abu Dhabi TV's office was shelled. Heavy damage was sustained. It provides media services for other Arab television channels and outlets.

Nablus' Afaq television was raided and closed. Its equipment and furniture were confiscated. It was targeted earlier.

Palestinian media operations are constantly threatened with shut down. East Jerusalem's Radio FM was closed. Its equipment was seized. Seven of its employees were arrested. Israel falsely claimed it was unlicensed. Its the only Palestinian English radio operation.

Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:

"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."

In 1946, General Assembly Resolution 59(I) titled "Calling of an International Conference on the Freedom of Information" designated media freedom as a fundamental human right and cornerstone of all freedoms.

In 1989, UNESCO's Article 1.2(a) reiterated its stipulation "to collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of people through all means of mass communication (and) to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image."

Many other international laws and conventions protect media and speech freedoms. Israel spurns them.

Speaking, writing, or demonstrating freely subjects Palestinians to repressive crackdowns. Israel tolerates no dissent.

Israeli Arabs also face harsh treatment. Even Jews aren't safe. Challenging Israeli lawlessness endangers them.

Palestinians have no rights whatever. Israeli democracy is more illusion than real. Freedoms are eroding on the way to ending them altogether.

Americans face the same threat. Neither country is fit to live in. Many residents understand and leave.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen [at] sbcglobal.net.

His new book is titled "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War"

http://www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour
http://sjlendman.blogspot.com
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Clinton faces Egypt protests

Clinton faces Egypt protests | Occupied Palestine | Scoop.it
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced unprecedented protests on Saturday as she arrived in Egypt for key talks with President Mohammed Mursi.
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Palestinian PM Haniyeh hails South African solidarity delegation

Palestinian PM Haniyeh hails South African solidarity delegation | Occupied Palestine | Scoop.it
The Palestinian Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, gave a warm welcome on Friday to a South African solidarity delegation, led by Waleed al-Sa'di from Durban.
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Israel still holding European activists

Israel still holding European activists | Occupied Palestine | Scoop.it
Al Akhbar English | July 14, 2012 Israel was still holding five foreign female activists on Saturday who were arrested in the West Bank after a demonstration a day earlier, a police spokeswoman sai...
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Muslim students group holds conference in support of Palestine | TwoCircles.net

Muslim students group holds conference in support of Palestine | TwoCircles.net | Occupied Palestine | Scoop.it
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Reclaiming the PLO: an urgent call to unite all Palestinians

Reclaiming the PLO: an urgent call to unite all Palestinians | Occupied Palestine | Scoop.it
A landmark initiative directed toward all Palestinians -- in Palestine and in exile -- to participate in a civic voter registration drive is intended to reclaim the Palestine Liberation Organization.
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#GazaUnderAttack | July 12, 2012 | Israel killed Mujaheed Mahmoud Mohammad Al Heeqi | #Photos

#GazaUnderAttack | July 12, 2012 | Israel killed Mujaheed Mahmoud Mohammad Al Heeqi | #Photos | Occupied Palestine | Scoop.it
Al Qassam Brigades mourn the death of the Mujahed, reaffirms the commitment and determination to continue the resistance against the belligerent occupation forces. The military Communiqué. Recommen...
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Committee calls on the Jordanian government to stop all forms of normalization

Committee calls on the Jordanian government to stop all forms of normalization | Occupied Palestine | Scoop.it
The Higher Executive Committee for the Protection of homeland and the confrontation of normalization demanded the Jordanian government "to stop all forms of cooperation and normalization.
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Across the Wall: Israeli Settlement Bus Routes | Visualizing Palestine

Across the Wall: Israeli Settlement Bus Routes | Visualizing Palestine | Occupied Palestine | Scoop.it
Visualizing Palestine uses creative visuals to describe a factual rights-based narrative of Palestine/Israel.
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Israeli incursions at Al-Aqsa Mosque occur almost daily, not just holidays

Israeli incursions at Al-Aqsa Mosque occur almost daily, not just holidays | Occupied Palestine | Scoop.it
 MEMO | July 12, 2012 The Foundation claims that all of the attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque are the results of the reality of the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem. Case Study of the unilateral division of...
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Israeli court extends remand of Issawi and refuse him to see his lawyer | @Ufreenetwork @Amnesty @hrw @UNISPAL

Israeli court extends remand of Issawi and refuse him to see his lawyer | @Ufreenetwork @Amnesty @hrw @UNISPAL | Occupied Palestine | Scoop.it
Note occpal: Kindly notice, all prisoners released in the ‘Shalit-deal’ received a presidential PARDON (= Amnesty) of Pres. Perez yet many are re-arrested again without charges nor tria...
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