NPK-info 13 juli 2006 - Nederlands Palestina Komitee / www.palestina-komitee.nl
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Zaterdag 15 juni van 13 tot 14 uur picketachtige demonstratie "Stop de oorlog tegen de Palestijnen".
Den Haag, Buitenhof voor ingang Binnenhof bij het Dreesmonument.
Is tegenover de Israelische ambassade.
Organisatie: Palestijnse Gemeenschap Nederland en Nederlands Palestina Komitee [*].

Er is een grote(re) demonstratie zaterdagmiddag 22 juni te Amsterdam.
Nadere informatie (flyer met o.a. tijd en plek) is op komst.
Organisatie door een brede initiatiefgroep.


- Israeli air strikes close Beirut airport, 13 July 2006
- STOP the Israeli Attacks against Lebanon [*], Urgent Press Release, July 12, 2006
- Aggression Under False Pretenses [*], Ismail Haniyeh, Tuesday, July 11, 2006
- Gilad Shalit and Illusions of Peace [*], Nizar Sakhnini, July 10, 2006
- SABC: “Apartheid Israel worse than SA apartheid: Cosatu”, July 11th, 2006

- Entry denied: Deporting witnesses of Israeli occupation and unilateralism
Maureen Clare Murphy, 11 July 2006
Uit "beschietingstabel": Israel - Palestijnen: 4855 - 455 (plm. 10 - 1)

NPK/WL, 13-7-2006

[*] zie berichten hierna

De Palestijnse Gemeenschap Nederland en het Nederlands Palestina Komitee organiseren
een demonstratie tegen Israel's nieuwe agressie-oorlog.

Zaterdag 15 juli van 13 tot 14 uur

Den Haag, Buitenhof voor ingang Binnenhof bij het Dreesmonument.

Leuzen o.a.:
- Stop Israel's oorlog tegen de Palestijnen
- Stop Israelische invasies in Gaza, West-Bank, Libanon
- Stop staatsterreur Israel
- Israel weg uit Gaza
- No Justice no Peace
- Boycot Israel
- Freedom for Palestine

Ismail Haniyeh in the Washington Post

Aggression Under False Pretenses

By Ismail Haniyeh
Tuesday, July 11, 2006

GAZA, Palestine -- As Americans commemorated their annual celebration of
independence from colonial occupation, rejoicing in their democratic
institutions, we Palestinians were yet again besieged by our occupiers, who
destroy our roads and buildings, our power stations and water plants, and
who attack our very means of civil administration. Our homes and government
offices are shelled, our parliamentarians taken prisoner and threatened with

The current Gaza invasion is only the latest effort to destroy the results of
fair and free elections held early this year. It is the explosive follow-up
to a five-month campaign of economic and diplomatic warfare directed by the
United States and Israel. The stated intention of that strategy was to force
the average Palestinian to "reconsider" her vote when faced with deepening
hardship; its failure was predictable, and the new overt military aggression
and collective punishment are its logical fulfillment. The "kidnapped"
Israeli Cpl. Gilad Shalit is only a pretext for a job scheduled months ago.

In addition to removing our democratically elected government, Israel wants
to sow dissent among Palestinians by claiming that there is a serious
leadership rivalry among us. I am compelled to dispel this notion
definitively. The Palestinian leadership is firmly embedded in the concept
of Islamic shura , or mutual consultation; suffice it to say that while we
may have differing opinions, we are united in mutual respect and focused on
the goal of serving our people. Furthermore, the invasion of Gaza and the
kidnapping of our leaders and government officials are meant to undermine
the recent accords reached between the government party and our brothers and
sisters in Fatah and other factions, on achieving consensus for resolving
the conflict. Yet Israeli collective punishment only strengthens our
collective resolve to work together.

As I inspect the ruins of our infrastructure -- the largess of donor nations
and international efforts all turned to rubble once more by F-16s and
American-made missiles -- my thoughts again turn to the minds of Americans.
What do they think of this?

They think, doubtless, of the hostage soldier, taken in battle -- yet
thousands of Palestinians, including hundreds of women and children, remain
in Israeli jails for resisting the illegal, ongoing occupation that is
condemned by international law. They think of the pluck and "toughness" of
Israel, "standing up" to "terrorists." Yet a nuclear Israel possesses the
13th-largest military force on the planet, one that is used to rule an area
about the size of New Jersey and whose adversaries there have no
conventional armed forces. Who is the underdog, supposedly America's
traditional favorite, in this case?

I hope that Americans will give careful and well-informed thought to root
causes and historical realities, in which case I think they will question
why a supposedly "legitimate" state such as Israel has had to conduct
decades of war against a subject refugee population without ever achieving
its goals.

Israel's unilateral movements of the past year will not lead to peace. These
acts -- the temporary withdrawal of forces from Gaza, the walling off of the
West Bank -- are not strides toward resolution but empty, symbolic acts that
fail to address the underlying conflict. Israel's nearly complete control
over the lives of Palestinians is never in doubt, as confirmed by the
humanitarian and economic suffering of the Palestinians since the January
elections. Israel's ongoing policies of expansion, military control and
assassination mock any notion of sovereignty or bilateralism. Its
"separation barrier," running across our land, is hardly a good-faith
gesture toward future coexistence.

But there is a remedy, and while it is not easy it is consistent with our
long-held beliefs. Palestinian priorities include recognition of the core
dispute over the land of historical Palestine and the rights of all its
people; resolution of the refugee issue from 1948; reclaiming all lands
occupied in 1967; and stopping Israeli attacks, assassinations and military
expansion. Contrary to popular depictions of the crisis in the American
media, the dispute is not only about Gaza and the West Bank; it is a wider
national conflict that can be resolved only by addressing the full
dimensions of Palestinian national rights in an integrated manner. This
means statehood for the West Bank and Gaza, a capital in Arab East
Jerusalem, and resolving the 1948 Palestinian refugee issue fairly, on the
basis of international legitimacy and established law. Meaningful
negotiations with a non-expansionist, law-abiding Israel can proceed only
after this tremendous labor has begun.

Surely the American people grow weary of this folly, after 50 years and $160
billion in taxpayer support for Israel's war-making capacity -- its
"defense." Some Americans, I believe, must be asking themselves if all this
blood and treasure could not have bought more tangible results for Palestine
if only U.S. policies had been predicated from the start on historical
truth, equity and justice.

However, we do not want to live on international welfare and American
handouts. We want what Americans enjoy -- democratic rights, economic
sovereignty and justice. We thought our pride in conducting the fairest
elections in the Arab world might resonate with the United States and its
citizens. Instead, our new government was met from the very beginning by
acts of explicit, declared sabotage by the White House. Now this aggression
continues against 3.9 million civilians living in the world's largest prison
camps. America's complacency in the face of these war crimes is, as usual,
embedded in the coded rhetorical green light: "Israel has a right to defend
itself." Was Israel defending itself when it killed eight family members on
a Gaza beach last month or three members of the Hajjaj family on Saturday,
among them 6-year-old Rawan? I refuse to believe that such inhumanity sits
well with the American public.

We present this clear message: If Israel will not allow Palestinians to live
in peace, dignity and national integrity, Israelis themselves will not be
able to enjoy those same rights. Meanwhile, our right to defend ourselves
from occupying soldiers and aggression is a matter of law, as settled in the
Fourth Geneva Convention. If Israel is prepared to negotiate seriously and
fairly, and resolve the core 1948 issues, rather than the secondary ones
from 1967, a fair and permanent peace is possible. Based on a hudna
(comprehensive cessation of hostilities for an agreed time), the Holy Land
still has an opportunity to be a peaceful and stable economic powerhouse for
all the Semitic people of the region. If Americans only knew the truth,
possibility might become reality.

The writer is prime minister of the Palestinian National Authority.

© 2006 The Washington Post Company


From: "Khiam Center - KRC" <khiam_center@hotmail.com>
Subject: STOP the Israeli Attacks against Lebanon
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2006 14:28:14 +0000

Urgent Press Release
July 12, 2006
STOP the Israeli Attacks against Lebanon

Since the morning of July 12, 2006 and Lebanon is being subjected to a wide
Israeli attack similar to what is going on in Gazza.

Israel started from the morning to destroy the infrastructure of the South;
bridges, power stations, civilian cars, press cars, social institutions, Red
Cross cars, etc..which lead to the fled of the Southern citizens from their
villages as well as a number of injured and killed people. All this and in
the same time, the Israeli Prime Minister threatens to return Lebanon in
time back to 20 years ago !!!

Of course their vivid reason for this violence is the detention of the two
Israeli soldiers, but the Lebanese Resistance detained them so that they can
free the rest of the Lebanese Detainees in the Israeli Prisons.
And what the resistance have done was due to the insisting of the Israeli to
keep the rest of the Lebanese Detainees in its prisons and their refusal to
uncover the fate of the disappearance and the missing Lebanese people in
spite of their withdrawal in the year 2000.

Israel refused to respond to all the International Resolutions and was the
reason for the failure of the German Exchange Process and thus kept the
Lebanese Detainees as bargain chips to keep pressure over Lebanon. All this
pushed the resistance -as a result of the weakness of the International
community- to use the power to free the Lebanese Detainees.

Khiam Center urges the whole world to stop the Israeli attacks over the
civilians and the infrastructure in Lebanon.
Khiam Center urges all the International community to pressure Israel
demanding the urgent termination of its attacks against Lebanon.

Khiam Center also condemns the bias to Israel and giving up all the
principles of Human Rights by demanding the release of the 2 Israeli
soldiers or the Gazza detained Israeli soldier and ignoring, in the same
time, the presence of Lebanese detainees in the Israeli Prisons; of whom one
of them is completing his 28th year in the dungeons (Samir Al Kantar), as
well as 10,000 Palestinian and Arab detainees inside Israel having no one to
demand their release.
Human Rights is to demand the release of ALL detainees, ignoring one side is
a violation for human rights although we cannot put the victim and the
torturers in the same balance.

Khiam Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture (KRC)
Beirut - Lebanon
P.O. Box: 14-5843
Tel: +961 3 379612
Fax: +961 1 701692
E-mail: krc@khiamcenter.org


----- Original Message -----
From: Nizar Sakhnini
To: Al-Awda-News
Sent: Monday, July 10, 2006 6:18 PM
Subject: [AL-AWDA-News] Gilad Shalit and Illusions of Peace

Escalation of the atrocities against the Palestinian people had nothing to do with freeing a war prisoner. Gilad Shalit is used as a pretext to justify an all out war aiming at pushing the Palestinian people into submission to the Zionist diktat. This all out war started in April 1948 and never stopped ever since. It aims at creating a Jewish State that is cleansed from its Palestinian owners.
Destruction of the infrastructure and killing of innocent civilians, including children and women, are part and parcel of the pre-meditated and pre-planned designs to ethnically cleanse the country of its indigenous population. It is a replicate and a continuation of all the massacres committed in cold blood since Deir Yassin, which are part and parcel of the combined Zionist-Imperialist designs for hegemony and control since the beginning of the Nineteenth Century.

The first call for the creation of a Jewish State did not come from the Jews. It was initiated by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1799. Bonaparte realized the value of the services such a state would provide to help his imperialist designs.
In 1862 Moses Hess published Rome and Jerusalem, which called for a Jewish state that would serve Western imperial interests and bring “Western civilization to the backward East”.
Hovevei Zion societies, the precursor of the World Zionist Organization, were developed in Russia in the early 1880’s to promote Jewish colonial settlement in Palestine.
Theodor Herzl published his Der Judenstaat in 1896 stressing that the Jewish State would, “form a portion of the rampart of Europe against Asia, an outpost of civilisation as opposed to barbarism. We should, as a Neutral State, remain in contact with all Europe, which would have to guarantee our existence…”
The Balfour Declaration, which was a result of discussions between the Zionist Organization and the Western Imperialist powers led by the British, was declared in 1917 and opened the doors of Palestine for Jewish emigration.

The ‘Jewish State’ proclaimed in 1948 controlled about 77 % of Palestine. This was a first step, a starting point that had to be followed by other steps aiming at more ethnic cleansing and land grab.
In 1967, Israel occupied the remaining parts of Palestine that were not occupied in 1948 in addition to Sinai and the Golan Heights.
Building of Jewish settlements in the Palestinian areas occupied in 1967 started in 1970 when Gush Emunim built Kiryat Arba near Hebron. Ever since, more settlements and bypass roads connecting these settlements with Israel proper were built in the newly occupied Palestinian territories.
The Likud party was victorious in the elections held for the 9th Israeli Knesset on 17 May 1977. Its leader, Menachem Begin, became the Prime Minister. In a press conference early in the morning of 18 May, Begin announced that he would invite President Sadat of Egypt, Assad of Syria and King Hussein to “come and start with us together...face-to-face, direct negotiations to sign peace treaties between their states and Israel without any prior conditions”. When asked about the Occupied Palestinian Territories, he snapped at a journalist: “What occupied territories? If you mean Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, they are liberated territories. They are part, an integral part, of the Land of Israel”.

On 11 May 1986, the Israeli government devoted a special session to the ‘demographic problems’ of Jews in Israel. Shortly after, the government established a working group formed by representatives of various ministries and the Jewish Agency and coordinated by the Demographic Center to prepare a program for demographic policies. (Nur Masalha, A Land Without a People: Israel, Transfer and the Palestinians 1949 - 96. London: Faber and Faber ltd., 1997, p. 150)
Annual conferences were held in the Institute of Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center – Herzliya to discuss and confront this basic and strategic threat to the ‘Jewish State’. The first conference was held on 19-21 December 2000. (Journal of Palestine Studies 121, Volume XXXI, No. 1, Autumn 2001, pp. 50-61)
In his speech at the Herzliya Conference on 24 January 2006, Ehud Olmert stated, “…Two years ago, at this Conference, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon delivered his speech later known as ‘the Herzliya Speech’, the speech in which he announced the Disengagement Plan… That speech, and the Disengagement Plan which followed, are milestones in the history of the State of Israel… He [Sharon] knew it was better for Israel to initiate political steps, and not be dragged into dangerous moves forced on it by others… that the most important and dramatic step we face is the determination of permanent borders of the State of Israel, to ensure the Jewish majority in the country…” Olmert added, “Zeev Jabotinsky defined the importance of a Jewish majority in his insightful and keen way: The term ‘Jewish nation’ is absolutely clear: it means a Jewish majority. With this, Zionism began, and it is the basis of its existence, it will continue to work towards its fulfillment or it will be lost...”
Sharon came to power on 7 February 2001 with a publicly stated goal: to end the Intifada within 100 days. On the other hand, he made it clear, although in an indirect way, that he wants to end the job that was left incomplete in 1948. (Interview with Ari Shavit published in Ha’aretz on 12 April 2001)

Peace requires recognition of the other, respecting the other, living with the other as an equal human being with equal human rights. Zionism is based on rejecting the other, disrespecting the other and exclusion of the other. Accordingly, calls for peace with Zionism are a mere illusion. This was proven by the failure of all the efforts for peace that started with Folke Bernadotte in 1948.

Nizar Sakhnini, 10 July 2006


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