zondag 8 juli 2018

Kolonialisme in Palestina moet stoppen

Ending colonialism in Palestine
Rod Such The Electronic Intifada 24 June 2018

Why Palestine Matters: The Struggle to End Colonialism
edited by 
Noushin Darya Framke and Susan Landau, Israel/Palestine Mission
Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) (2018)

Why Palestine Matters: The Struggle to End Colonialism, a new study guide
distributed by the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church
 (USA), represents a significant breakthrough for faith-based groups acting as
 advocates for Palestinian rights. The guide pinpoints settler colonialism as the
 underlying basis for Israeli apartheid while also advocating vigorously for an
 intersectional approach to unify struggles for human rights.

dinsdag 26 juni 2018

The Lancet : Razan Ashraf al-Najjar

The Lancet 

Mustafa Barghouti

Published: 23 June 2018

Volunteer medical emergency first aid worker for the Palestinian Medical Relief Society. She was born on Sept 13, 1997, in Khuza'a, Gaza Strip, occupied Palestinian territory, and died after being shot while helping the wounded near the Israel–Gaza border, on June 1, 2018, aged 20 years.

“We have one goal—to save lives and evacuate people. And to send a message to the world: without weapons we can do anything”, Razan al-Najjar told The New York Times in an interview earlier this year. Razan was a first aid volunteer for the Palestinian non-governmental organisation Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) who was working near the Israel–Gaza border when she was shot by an Israeli soldier on June 1, 2018, while trying to help a wounded man. Her colleague Mahmoud Abdul Ati, who was also injured while tending the injured with Razan on the same day, told me that Razan was “one of the most committed to helping injured people, and she was very kind to her colleagues”. Razan's funeral was attended by thousands of people who were shocked by the death of a young woman who was fulfilling her humanitarian duty. Since her death, many people having applied to train as PMRS volunteer emergency workers.
Razan grew up in Khuza'a, a small farming town near the armistice line separating Israel from the Gaza Strip in the Khan Younes district. Razan's father, Ashraf, is a mechanic and is currently unemployed, and her mother, Sabrine, is a home maker. Razan was their eldest child and she had three brothers and two sisters. She attended a governmental school in Khuza'a but was unable to attend university because of family financial constraints.
When she was 18 years old, Razan began to volunteer as a medical emergency first aid worker at PMRS, after having received several short training first aid and nurse assistant courses with PMRS and at Al Naser Hospital. She worked as a volunteer at PMRS and Al Naser hospitals providing first aid to her community. Since what we Palestinians call the Great Return March began on March 30, 2018, Razan provided first aid and helped evacuate the wounded during these demonstrations. She had been slightly injured previously while helping the wounded but continued to volunteer as a front-line responder. She was known for her strength and commitment. In her interview with The New York Times she insisted that “being a medic is not only a job for a man. It's for women too”, and that women “have a big role here” in helping the injured.
On June 1, Razan and PMRS volunteers were providing first aid to the injured and working to evacuate them. The volunteers, including Razan, were wearing identifiable white uniforms that are worn by volunteer medical emergency first aid workers. Razan and her five colleagues shouted to the Israeli soldiers to alert them that they were medical people helping the injured with their hands in the air, as was shown on a CNN video. They were standing away from the borders and away from protests. Suddenly, an Israeli soldier started shooting with live ammunition. Razan was shot. She walked a few steps and collapsed and was taken to the European Gaza Hospital where she died. Two other PMRS volunteers were also hit with live ammunition in their legs but were not fatally wounded. A third colleague tried to run away but fell and broke his leg. Razan was the second medical worker to be killed by Israeli soldiers during Great Return March demonstrations, with more than 240 health workers affected by such attacks, of whom 29 have been injured with live ammunition.
Her mother told me that Razan spent her life occupied by her humanitarian work for PMRS. Her mother added: “a person does not have words to describe how I feel. I wanted to tell the world that Razan is gone, and I am here instead of her. This is why I began to volunteer myself with PMRS at the front line. What Razan did is humanitarian work, and I cannot understand why they killed her. Even though she was exposed to danger and great strain, she was insistent. When I began to volunteer as a PMRS first aid worker, I began to realise what it means to serve people in hardship.” Razan is survived by her family. She will be sorely missed by her PMRS family. As her mother told me: “Razan died but her mission continues.”
Al-Hlou Y, Collier N, Abuheweila I. The Palestinian medic killed by Israeli soldiers. The New York Times online. 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/video/world/middleeast/100000005932394/palestinian-medic-killed-at-gaza-protest.html?playlistId=100000001914099&re (accessed June 11, 2018)
Lee I, van Heerden D. “Her only weapon was her medical vest”: Palestinians mourn death of nurse killed by Israeli forces. CNN June 4, 2018. https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/03/middleeast/razan-al-najjar-gaza-nurse-killed/index.html (accessed June 11, 2018)
WHO. Situation report occupied Palestinian territory, Gaza 23–29 May, 2018. http://www.emro.who.int/images/stories/palestine/documents/WHO-Health_Cluster-Special-SitRep-29May2018-Final.pdf?ua=1&ua=1 (accessed June 11, 2018)
I am President of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society.

vrijdag 22 juni 2018

Verkopen Nederlandse supermarkten geplunderde groenten en fruit uit bezette gebieden in Palestina? - SOMO


Onderzoeker Lydia de Leeuw van SOMO: “Als het voor ons al zo moeilijk is om de herkomst van groenten en fruit uit bezette gebieden vast te stellen, dan is het voor consumenten al helemaal onmogelijk.”
De Leeuw: “Producten uit illegale nederzettingen zijn verbouwd op gestolen landbouwgrond met gestolen waterbronnen en dus het gevolg van oorlogsmisdrijven zoals landroof en de verdrijving van Palestijnse burgers. Met het toestaan van import van deze goederen raken bedrijven, consumenten en overheden in Europa betrokken bij schendingen van mensenrechten en humanitair oorlogsrecht. Waarom vertaalt zich dat niet in een importverbod? Of op zijn minst een strenge handhaving van de verplichte etikettering?”


Public Services International (PSI) is an international trade union federation representing public sector trade unions in 153 countries and territories, including Palestine, and its more than 20 million affiliated members around the world.

At its 20th meeting, on 17-18 May 2018, the PSI Steering Committee unanimously approved to support and solidarize with the victims of the Great March of Return and their families, as well as those who peacefully protested the US Embassy transfer to Jerusalem, on 14 May 2018.

PSI voices its strongest rejection on the excessive use of force against unarmed civilians, including women, children and senior citizens, and regrets the huge number people killed and injured by Israeli security forces. Thus, PSI supports UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ call for an independent inquiry into the violence, which could be flagrant violations of international law.

PSI has launched a campaign urging all affiliates to call on the governments of their countries to take immediate action to stop the targeting of health workers in conflict zones in general and Gaza in particular. Health workers are #NotTargets.

PSI will be following closely the situation in Palestine and will support and advocate for initiatives aimed at improving the situation of Palestinian people.

Rosa PAVANELLI, PSI General Secretary

Public Services International is a global trade union federation representing 20 million working women and men who deliver vital public services in 150 countries. PSI champions human rights, advocates for social justice and promotes universal access to quality public services. PSI works with the United Nations system and in partnership with labour, civil society and other organisations.


donderdag 21 juni 2018


Van: ITUC Press [mailto:press@ituc-csi.org] 
Verzonden: woensdag 20 juni 2018 17:05
Aan: ITUC Online
Onderwerp: World Refugee Day – ITUC Backs UN Call for Solidarity - ITUC Online



World Refugee Day – ITUC Backs UN Call for Solidarity

Brussels, 20 June 2018 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has supported a call by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, for solidarity with the world’s 68 million refugees.  According to the UNHCR, around 90 per cent of refugees are displaced within their own country or countries next door.

“Trade unions welcome refugees in our workplaces and our communities, and we insist that they have the same rights as others, including full protection and rights under labour law.  Unions are at the forefront everywhere of providing solidarity with refugees, and with migrants generally, and in opposing the populist and extreme right-wing political forces that promote division, xenophobia and hatred,” said Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary.

The international trade union movement is working to ensure that the UN’s Global Compact on Refugees, to be adopted this year, sets clear standards based on solidarity and equal rights.

“We must remember that by far the largest number of refugees are in developing countries, and international support is vital, including through aid and resettlement programmes.  At the same time, the international community needs to tackle the factors that force people to flee their homes – armed conflict and other violence, lack of food and water and, increasingly, climate change.  While many countries live up to their obligations under international law, it is deeply distressing to see the surge in vilification of refugees and the inhuman treatment by some governments.  The latest example, with the US forcibly separating families and detaining children in cages, is simply horrendous.  Multilateral efforts are needed to deal with the enormity of this and many other pressing global challenges.  Retreating from multilateralism is completely the wrong direction,” said Burrow.

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dinsdag 15 mei 2018

European trade unions call on the EU to end its complicity in Israel's violations of Palestinian workers' rights

Van: european_trade_union_initiative@googlegroups.com [mailto:european_trade_union_initiative@googlegroups.com] Namens ECCP Brussels
Verzonden: dinsdag 15 mei 2018 14:00
Aan: european trade union initiative
Onderwerp: [ETUI_PALESTINE ] European trade unions call on the EU to end its complicity in Israel's violations of Palestinian workers' rights.

European trade unions call on the EU to end its complicity in Israel's violations of Palestinian workers' rights

European trade unionists are alarmed that despite the clear injustice inflicted on the people of Palestine, the European states, the European Union (EU) and representative institutions have failed to fulfil their legal duty to hold Israel accountable for its grave violations of international law. In particular, European trade unions are concerned about the ways the European Union and European governments are complicit in Israel’s violations of Palestinian workers’ rights.
“While the EU criticizes some aspects of Israel’s policies, they continue to provide it with political, economic and military support” – said Barend Claessens from ACV/CSC Brussels, coordinator of European Trade Union Initiative for Justice in Palestine.
A research that will be presented on May 18th in Barcelona at the Second Trade Union Seminar – Justice for Palestine! Ending European complicity in Israel’s violations of Palestinian workers’ rights will highlight complicity of the European Union, European governments and companies in the occupation of Palestine and the ways it is undermining decent work and violating Palestinian workers’ rights.
European Trade Union Initiative for Justice in Palestine, a coalition of 34 European trade union organisations representing 6 million workers, is arranging a special report with recommendations towards the European Institutions. According to trade unionists, Israel’s serious breaches of international law trigger legal obligations for the EU, Israel’s largest trade partner, and to its member states.
A call from European trade unions towards the EU and European governments occurs at a time when a total of 108 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli soldiers during 7 weeks of the Great Return March protests at Gaza’s border with Israel, including eleven children, two journalists, and two people with disabilities. Approximately 4,000 people have also been injured, over 2,000 from live ammunition.
“The failure of the international community to take action to ensure that Israel complies with international law has allowed Israel to continue its countless attacks on Palestinian civilians, including the recent killings of Palestinians in Gaza, with complete impunity” – said Saif Abukeshek from Intersindical Alternativa de Catalunya, a conference hosting union.
To find out more about the European Trade Union Initiative for Justice in Palestine go to the website here
For further information please contact:
Barend Claessens (ACV/CSC Brussels)
+32 495285571 (English/Francais)
Saif Abukeshek (IAC)
+34 632170239