zondag 11 november 2018

11-11-1918 / 11-11-2018 - ook in Palestina

Vandaag is het 100 jaar geleden dat de Eerste Wereldoorlog werd beëindigd met een ceremonie in Parijs (en elders).
Ook voor Palestina was het een merkpunt, maar niet ten goede.
De zionistische kolonisatie kwam op gang (eerst de Britten, toen vanaf 1948 Israel) en ging tot op de dag van vandaag door.....

Meer: zie bijvoorbeeld op 26/11/2015 op dit blog van Jacques Pauwels over zijn studie over de WO1 en de effecten tot nu toe.


zaterdag 13 oktober 2018

Palestine in Pictures: September 2018


Palestinians march against Israel’s siege on Gaza during a demonstration near Erez checkpoint, northern Gaza Strip, 4 September.
Mohammed ZaanounActiveStills

Twenty-three Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces and armed civilians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip during the month of September.
All but three of those fatalities occurred in Gaza, where Israeli forces shot and killed seven Palestinians during mass protests on 28 September alone.
Two boys aged 11 and 14 were killed during that last Friday of September.

Children killed

Four additional children were killed by Israeli forces in Gaza during the month.
One of those children, Naji Jamil Abu Assi, 16, was killed in an airstrike along with Alaa Ziyad Abu Assi on 17 September. Israel claimed that the pair were among a group attempting to cross the boundary fence. The human rights group Al Mezan said that Israeli forces fired on a group of protesters and that the youths were found dead the next day.
A fifth child, Suhaib Abu Kashif, 16, died on 15 September from his injuries after being shot in the neck during protests the month before. “The bullet severed his spinal cord paralyzing him so he could not breathe on his own,” Defense for Children International Palestine stated.
Twelve patients have been paralyzed due to spinal cord injuries sustained during the Great March of Return protests and two of them have died, a UN spokesperson stated at the end of September.
More than 10,000 Palestinians have been injured and required hospitalization during the protests, around half of them wounded by live fire. There have been 77 cases of injuries requiring amputation, among them 14 children and one woman, according to the UN spokesperson.
More than 150 Palestinians have been killed during the six months of mass protests along Gaza’s eastern and northern perimeters. The slain include more than 30 children, three persons with disabilities, three paramedics and two journalists.

West Bank violence

In the West Bank, Muhammad al-Rimawi, 24, died after he was detained during a raid on his home by Israeli forces. An autopsy suggested that he died as a result of severe beating during his arrest, as alleged by his family, but this was rejected by Israel.
Wael Abd al-Fattah al-Jaabari, 36, was shot and killed during what Israel claimed was an attempted stabbing attack near the Kiryat Arba settlement on 3 September. No Israelis were injured.
Another Palestinian man, Muhammad Yusif Alayan, was killed during an alleged stabbing in East Jerusalem on 18 September. No Israelis were injured during that incident.
Israel is withholding the body of both men killed during the alleged stabbing attempts along with the bodies of 15 others killed in previous alleged attacks.
Seven Israelis and seven Palestinian assailants and alleged assailants have been killed in the context of alleged attacks since the beginning of the year.
An Israeli man of American origin died after he was stabbed by a 16-year-old Palestinian at a shopping center in a Hebron-area settlement on 16 September. The Palestinian assailant was shot multiple times during the incident but survived and was arrested by Israel.
Nine Israelis have been killed by Palestinians so far this year; around 235 Palestinians were killed by Israeli occupation forces and armed civilians during the same period.

Humanitarian funding crisis

UNRWA, the UN agency which provides services to 5.4 million Palestine refugees, announced at the end of September that it had raised $122 million to overcome a budget shortfall of $186 million.
The agency was plunged into unprecedented crisis after the US, formerly its largest donor, announced that it would cut $300 million in aid. A funding gap of $64 million remains.
During the month of September the Trump administration in Washington slashed more than $25 million in approved aid for six hospitals in East Jerusalem providing care to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
The cuts are in addition to the $200 million more in bilateral aid to the West Bank and Gaza frozen by the US in August.
Gaza’s two million residents endured power outages of up to 20 hours per day amid a longstanding electricity crisis resulting from more than a decade of Israeli siege, subsequent military assaults, and a bitter impasse between the Hamas authorities in the Strip and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.
“Gaza’s water and sanitation facilities have a near zero stock of emergency fuel, while public hospitals currently have only enough fuel to maintain essential services for a few more weeks, on average, with some facilities facing even greater risks,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs statedin mid-September.

War crime imminent

On 23 September the Israeli occupation authorities gave official warning to the residents of Khan al-Ahmar village in the West Bank that they must demolish their own homes by 1 October or else state forces would do so.
Amnesty International stated that the forced demolition of the West Bank village would be a “war crime.”
Meanwhile settler violence in the West Bank “has been on the rise since the beginning of 2018,” according to UN OCHA, “with a weekly average of five attacks resulting in injuries or property damage, compared with an average of three in 2017 and two in 2016.”
The Action Group for Palestinians of Syria meanwhile stated that 18 Palestinians died in September in the context of the ongoing war in the country. The majority were fighters in pro-government groups killed in battle against Islamic State in the southern province of Sweida.

donderdag 11 oktober 2018

INTERNATIONAL TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION: Governments Should Back Binding UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights

Van: ITUC Press [mailto:press@ituc-csi.org] 
Verzonden: donderdag 11 oktober 2018 11:52
Aan: ITUC Online
Onderwerp: Governments Should Back Binding UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights - ITUC Online



Governments Should Back Binding UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights

Brussels, 11 October 2018 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC is calling on governments to support a United Nations Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights in negotiations underway at the UN Human Rights Council. A “Zero Draft” of the Treaty will be the basis for a further round of talks starting on 15 October in Geneva.

Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary, said: “The world is crying out for multinational corporations to be held responsible for their international operations, to end the abuse and violations of workers’ and other human rights in global supply chains.  Today, companies can flout international law at will outside their home bases, and workers are paying a heavy price with poverty wages, oppressive working conditions, unacceptably long working hours and death, injury and sickness caused by work.  This treaty should close a massive loophole which allows corporations to flout international labour and human rights standards.”

The zero draft includes crucial provisions which would represent a big step forward in ensuring corporate accountability throughout global supply chains:

a requirement for businesses to adopt and apply human rights due diligence policies and procedures;

a strong focus on access to effective judicial recourse for victims of human rights violations;

a basis for “parent-based extraterritorial jurisdiction”, which will allow workers to have access to justice in the home countries of multinational companies; and

mutual legal assistance and international cooperation between states in transnational cases.

The ITUC is calling for improvements to the draft, including:

a re-statement of the duty of businesses to respect human rights throughout their operations;

explicit recognition that human rights standards have primacy over trade and investment agreements;

alignment of due diligence provisions with the existing UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights; and

creation of a strong international enforcement mechanism beyond the frameworks which have been proposed so far for the Treaty.

The ITUC is also seeking to remove ambiguous language from the draft, and for the treaty to limit the use of “forum non conveniens”, a legal doctrine which corporations use to have cases against them heard by courts in countries where the law is weak.

“Governments at the G20 and other fora have been making pledges to stop the undermining of ILO standards as a way to get a competitive edge in global markets.  It’s time these words are put into action through a binding UN Treaty,” said Burrow.

To read the ITUC/Global Union Federations position paper for the negotiations: https://www.ituc-csi.org/zero-draft-of-the-legal-binding?var_mode=calcul    

The ITUC represents 207 million members of 331 affiliates in 163 countries and territories.

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woensdag 10 oktober 2018

International Solidarity Movement (ISM)


On the Ground in Occupied Palestine

For over seventeen years, the International Solidarity Movement has supported grassroots Palestinian communities engaging in nonviolent resistance to the Israeli Occupation.

maandag 24 september 2018

Plant een olijfboom én hoop in Palestina / Reizen naar Palestina

Stichting Plant een Olijfboom staat voor rechtvaardige vrede in Palestina en Israël met gelijkwaardigheid voor alle burgers, inclusief Palestijnse vluchtelingen.

Zie https://planteenolijfboom.nl/

Reizen naar Palestina

Elk jaar organiseert Plant een Olijfboom samen met haar Palestijnse partners van de Joint Advocacy Initiative van de YMCA en YWCA in Palestina een aantal reizen naar Palestina. In februari de olijfplantreis, in maart de Landdagreis, in juli een jongerenreis, in oktober de olijfplukreis en in december de Kerstreis.
Iedere reis bestaat uit leren en doen. Je helpt boeren olijven te oogsten of bomen te planten. Daarnaast bezoeken we verschillende plaatsen en organisaties, waardoor je in korte tijd veel leert over de realiteit van leven in Palestina. 
Heb je interesse in een reis of vragen, laat het weten via het formulier onderaan de pagina of stuur een e-mail: info@planteenolijfboom.nl.

7 oktober - de dag voor fatsoenlijk werk (net als elke dag)

Van: ITUC Press [mailto:press@ituc-csi.org]
Verzonden: maandag 24 september 2018 10:14
Aan: ITUC Online
Onderwerp: ITUC OnLine: 7 October - World Day for Decent Work: Change the Rules


7 October - World Day for Decent Work: Change the Rules

Brussels, 24 September 2018 (ITUC OnLine):  Workers from around the world will be holding activities to mark the 11th World Day for Decent Work on 7 October.  This year’s global theme, “Change the Rules”, highlights the deeply entrenched injustice of the global economic system alongside shrinking democratic space and deteriorating labour rights in many countries, documented in the ITUC Global Rights Index.

“The rules are stacked against working people, and that is why we have unprecedented and destructive levels of economic inequality and insecurity while a small number of global conglomerates like Amazon amass incalculable riches for a very few.  There is enough wealth in the world to meet the challenges of our time – creating decent work for all, ensuring universal social protection, tackling climate change and all the other things that need to be done to ensure that people can live in dignity on a sustainable planet.  But the rules need to change.  And to achieve that, we need to build workers’ power.  The World Day for Decent Work is an important milestone on the way to the ITUC World Congress in Copenhagen in December, where we will finalise an ambitious and comprehensive trade union agenda for change and economic renewal,” said ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow.

“Since the inaugural World Day for Decent Work in 2008, tens of millions of people have taken part in activities in more than 100 countries to celebrate the achievements of trade unions, to pay homage to those who have sacrificed so much on the front lines of struggles for democratic rights and freedoms, and to advance the cause of social and economic progress which benefits all instead of the privileged elite.  This year again, unions and other progressive movements will mobilise around 7 October to show our determination to reclaim democratic space and overhaul the rules of the global economy through organising, campaigning and advocating for a better world.”

With the presidential election in Brazil taking place on 7 October, unions will be stepping up the demand for former President Lula to be released from prison.  Lula was unjustly sentenced to a 12-year prison sentence and, while he was by far the most popular candidate, prevented from standing in the election.
For more information on the World Day for Decent Work, and to obtain examples of the logos, infographics and social media messages, please send an email to wddw@ituc-csi.org.

The ITUC represents 207 million members of 331 affiliates in 163 countries and territories.

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http://www.ituc-csi.org and http://www.youtube.com/ITUCCSI

For more information, please contact the ITUC Press Department on
+32 2 224 03 52 or mail to: press@ituc-csi.org