NPK-info 21-06-2004- Nederlands Palestina Komitee /
Kamerdebat over Midden-Oosten 22 juni
Wel over Irak, niet over [37 jaar bezetting, 56 jaar Nakba] Palestina
Deels in dat verband twee demonstraties
- 22-6 13 uur Plein Den Haag
- 26-6 13 uur Dam Amsterdam


- Israel's Use of Torture Must be Exposed, Mustafa Barghouthi
- BADIL: 20 June, World Refugee Day


Zie voorts
- Israeli Forces Fire At British MPs In Rafah
- "Irreversible Mental Damage", Uri Avnery
QUOTED EXCERPTS:    Two weeks ago, the international community made a
shocking declaration.  Giving in to a demand by George Bush, the "Quartet"
accepted the "Revised Disengagement Plan" of Ariel Sharon. This means that
the United Nations, the European Union, the Russian Federation and the
United States confirmed this document. I wonder if any one of the honorable
diplomats has read the document with their own eyes. . . .  the
international community has confirmed that the Palestinian people has no
right to take part in the determination of its own fate. Everything will be
decided by the Government of Israel alone, with the backing of the United
States, whose position will be automatically accepted by the other partners
of the "Quartet". . . . This is a scandalous step, unprecedented in its
dimensions, and it passed without comment. Apart from Sharon and his
minions, nobody noticed the implications.   END QUOTE


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NPK/WL, 21-6-2004


From: "Palestine Monitor" <palmon@hdip.org>
Sent: Monday, June 07, 2004 9:34 AM


Israel's use of torture must be exposed


Mustafa Barghouthi *


The pictures of American soldiers torturing prisoners at the Abu Ghraib
prison in Iraq have shocked the world. To the Palestinian people
however, these photographs of hooded or naked figures come as no
surprise. For the tens of thousands of Palestinians who have served time
in Israeli prisons, the pictures only bring back memories of their own


In many cases, the treatment of the Iraqis in Abu Ghraib bear striking
similarities to Israeli methods of torture. Accusations are now circling
in the world's press that Israeli security officers have actually
assisted in training private US security contractors being sent to Iraq.


Regardless of whether there is any truth to these allegations, the world
must recognize that torture is commonplace in Israel. It is not enough
to condemn the actions of these American soldiers while ignoring the
systematic human rights abuses imposed on the Palestinian people.


Like the United States, Israel lays claim to the highest moral
standards, yet it is apparent that there are elements within the Israeli
armed forces and indeed government for whom torture is a necessary and
acceptable weapon. The two nations' refusal to accept the terms of to
the International Criminal Court can only enhance the worldwide
suspicion that these two countries wish to legitimize the torture of
prisoners without ever being held to account by those they abuse.


An Israeli High Court ruling on 6 September 1999 prohibited a number of
torture techniques. However, these methods were not completely outlawed.
Instead the Court's ruling still allows the Knesset to enact laws that
would give intelligence officers the authority to use such methods. The
Court deemed the security difficulties faced by Israel to be grave
enough to merit granting intelligence services the power to torture.


This "ticking bomb" excuse now gives the Israeli security forces carte
blanche to abuse any prisoners in their care, including children. Human
rights groups maintain that the use of torture in Israeli prisons has
increased and become more systematic since March 2002. Violations of the
Convention Against Torture are now commonplace as the military grip on
the Occupied Territories has been tightened.


The Israeli army and police also receive the unconditional backing of
the country's legal system, perpetuating the culture of impunity in
Israeli prisons. The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel [PCATI]
has found that the Israeli Attorney General has approved every case of
torture as a necessary security measure. The High Court has rejected
every single one of 124 petitions submitted by PCATI, against prisoners
being denied access to legal support.


The thousands of statements given by former Palestinian prisoners bear
witness to the relish with which their Israeli tormentors went about
their task. Just as in Iraq, any humiliation or abuse is permissible if
it goes under the spurious banner of security. The casual disregard for
human dignity and international law within the Israeli army and police
is as breathtaking as it is despicable.


Despite all the evidence to the contrary, including the death or maiming
of numerous Palestinian prisoners, Israel continues to deny that torture
is used in its prisons. Over 7,000 Palestinian prisoners currently
remain in Israeli prisons, many of them held without charge or trial.
Most will have suffered some degree of torture before their release. It
is shocking to recognize that around 650,000 Palestinians have spent
time in Israeli custody since 1967, most of them adult males. This means
that almost every second Palestinian adult male has been imprisoned.


The torture in Abu Ghraib prison, has shaken the Bush administration to
its very core. Photographic evidence is all that is lacking to finally
expose and condemn Israel's barbaric treatment of its Palestinian
prisoners. This is the only difference between the two cases, yet the
weight of evidence against Israel, in the testimonies of former
prisoners and investigations by human rights organizations, is
overwhelming. It is not enough to condemn the actions of American
soldiers in Iraqi jails while thousands of Palestinians continue to
suffer. Israel's use of torture must also be exposed.


* Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General Palestinian National




BADIL Resource Center for
Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights
Press Release, 18 June 2004 (E/22/04)


Living under occupation and in exile--
The Continuing Catastrophe 1967 to 2004


Part III of BADIL's three-part series on the
continuing Nakba is now on the BADIL web site.


>From the Naksa and Beyond, Palestinian life


under occupation and in exile, Bulletin No. 19,
marks 20 June, World Refugee Day.


This part covers establishment of Israeli
military government in West Bank and the Gaza
Strip; annexation of eastern Jerusalem, adoption
of UN Security Council Res. 242 calling for
Israeli to withdraw from occupied areas and a
just settlement of the refugee problem; the
beginning of illegal colony/settlement building;
the Oslo process and Res. 1544 of 19 May 2004
adopted after the recent Rafah incursions and
housing demolitions, calling on Israel to
respect its obligations under international
humanitarian law and adherence of both parties
to the "Road Map".


National days, anniversaries and holidays
usually celebrate positive events--the end of a
war, the signing of a peace treaty, the birth
date of a famous historical figure.
Palestine's days of commemoration, 15 May (Nakba
Day) and 6 June (Naksa Day), observe an on-going
catastrophe, not a fixed, one-time event.


Nakba day marks the mass expulsion and
dispossession of the Palestinian people during
the 1948 conflict and war in Palestine and Naksa
Day remembers the 1967 War and the occupation of
West Bank and Gaza. It is also a demand for the
respect of human rights and rule of law,
especially the right of refugees and internally
displaced Palestinians to return and repossess
their homes, lands and properties.


For most Palestinians the Nakba is a continuing
catastrophe with daily military attacks, house
demolitions, land confiscation, expanding Jewish
colonies, broken promises and make believe
withdrawals from Palestinian territory.


See BADIL's web site for Bulletins 17-19
The Continuing Catastrophe:
Part I--    Al Nakba-From 1878 to 1948
Part II--   The 1948 Nakba to the 1967 Naksa
Part III--  The Naksa and Beyond, Palestinian
life under occupation and in exile


BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency
and Refugee Rights takes a rights-based approach
to the Palestinian refugee issue and encourages
an understanding of this by supporting research
into refugee rights and international law;
advocacy; and promoting community participation
in searching for lasting solutions to the issue.


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