#AceNewsServices – WEST BANK – October 04 – Palestinian officials from the West Bank have applauded Sweden for becoming the first EU state to recognize the country.
“We salute the announcement by the Swedish prime minister,” said senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat in the West Bank administrative capital of Ramallah.
“We hope that all countries of the European Union will take the same courageous and remarkable decision… as there is no reason not to recognise the Palestinian state.”
The UN voted for Palestine to be given statehood in 2012, but major Western powers have so far not followed suit.
#AceWorldNews – RAMALLAH – July 26 – DCI-Palestine mourns the loss of Hashem Abu Maria, colleague and friend, killed by Israeli forces
Hashem Abu Maria, 45, pictured with his daughter, was shot dead by Israeli forces in Beit Ummar after Friday prayers.
Ramallah, July 25, 2014—Defense for Children International-Palestine mourns the death of a staff member, Hashem Khader Abu Maria, 45, killed today by Israeli forces while peacefully participating in a solidarity march with Gaza.
Israeli forces shot Hashem in the chest with live ammunition as he stood still at the demonstration in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza afterFriday prayers in the West Bank town of Beit Ummar.
Clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian youth erupted when the Israeli military attempted to disperse the crowd with lethal force. Hashem was not participating in the violence when a bullet struck him from a distance of 100 meters (328 feet), witnesses told DCI-Palestine. Two other protesters were killed in the same march, and at least 10 sustained injuries.
“The DCI-Palestine family is shocked and devastated by the loss of our friend and colleague, Hashem,” said Rifat Kassis, executive director of DCI-Palestine. “Hashem considered defending children’s rights as his purpose in life, not simply as a job. That he has become the latest innocent civilian to lose his life at the hands of Israeli forces is a tragedy. We offer our utmost condolences to his family.”
Hashem served as the coordinator of DCI-Palestine’s community mobilization unit, promoting constructive child participation throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory. His most recent work focused on Palestinian teens monitoring and documenting child rights violations in Hebron.
He is survived by his wife Samira, his son Ayham, 11, and his two daughters, Siba, 6, and Majdal, 13.
Others have been killed and injured over the last 24 hours, as people across the West Bank marched to show their solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, where over 800 civilians have died in the past three weeks.
In what has been called the ‘largest West Bank demonstration in decades,’ thousands of Palestinians marched from Ramallah toward Jerusalemon Thursday night. Clashes broke out at Qalandia checkpoint, which separates Ramallah and Jerusalem, with Israeli forces opening fire on demonstrators. Soldiers shot dead a 17-year-old and injured a further 287 Palestinians.
Palestinian children and civilians across the Occupied Palestinian Territory are frequently injured by the Israeli military’s use of excessive force, including both crowd control weapons and live ammunition.
The Israeli military’s own regulations dictate that live ammunition must be used “only under circumstances of real mortal danger,” but the regulations are not enforced and frequently ignored by Israeli soldiers, according to research by DCI-Palestine and a recent report by B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights group.
For DCI-Palestine staff members, the devastating loss of Hashem intensifies our efforts to challenge the impunity and injustice that allows Israeli forces to wield disproportionate and lethal force against Palestinian civilians.
DCI-Palestine, the national section of Defense for Children International, fights for children’s rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international legal standards.
Press Release DCI-Palestine 25/07/2014
#AceWorldNews – RAMALLAH (West Bank) – June 02 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a unity government on Monday, Reuters said. Ministers, professing to be politically unaffiliated, took the oath of office in a televised ceremony in Ramallah, the Palestinian seat of government in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
However, three ministers from the Hamas-run Gaza Strip were denied entry to the West Bank by Israel.
However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that world leaders should not “rush to recognise” the new government.
“Hamas is a terrorist organisation that calls for Israel’s destruction, and the international community must not embrace it. That would not bolster peace, it would strengthen terror,” he told a cabinet meeting.
Israel has said it would cease all but security co-ordination with the Palestinians if the government was formed.
A statement from Mr Hamdallah’s office denounced Mr Netanyahu’s remarks, calling them part of a campaign intended to “cement [Israel’s] occupation by all means”.
The US, which has sponsored the Israel-Palestinian peace talks, has expressed concern over any Hamas role in the new government.
In a phone call with President Abbas on Sunday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the new government must “commit to the principles of non-violence, recognition of the State of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements with it,” the State Department said.
#AceWorldNews – RAMALLAH, West Bank – April 26 – (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says any unity government with the Islamic militant group Hamas would follow his political program, an apparent attempt to reassure the West.
Abbas spoke Saturday to the Palestinian Central Council, a top decision-making body, two days after Israel halted negotiations with the Palestinians over a reconciliation deal between Abbas and Hamas.
Israel’s leaders accused Abbas of choosing Hamas over possible peace with Israel. However, the suspension came at a time when talks were close to collapse and had achieved no results after nine months.
The Abbas-Hamas deal envisions an interim government in a month and general elections by winter.
The Palestinian split came in 2007 when Hamas seized Gaza, and reconciliation efforts failed.
Abbas says any unity government would work “under my orders and my policy.”
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#AceNewsServices – RAMALLAH – April 21 – Israel continues its aggression against Palestinian children in the occupied territories, despite calls to end the ill-treatment of minors during and after arrests, Press TV reports.
Tel Aviv said in February that it would implement a pilot program that relies on written summons instead of arresting Palestinian children at their homes at nights.
The plan came in response to repeated calls by the United Nations and international human rights organizations to stop the night arrests of Palestinian children.
However, the Palestinian section of an international child rights organization said the plan has failed to put an end to the violence against Palestinian children.
Defence for Children International Palestine (DCI-Palestine) said it recorded six cases in February involving children who had been summoned for questioning and who had been subjected to ill-treatment and torture while in Israeli military detention. They were summoned either by written notification delivered by Israeli forces in a night raid or by telephone calls from intelligence officers.
The children, all from Beita village in the occupied West Bank, reported to an interrogation facility and were promptly taken into jail while were denied access to a lawyer or a family member.
Back in 2012 the (Guardian) reported on UN Human Rights Day, we will hand in to Downing Street a petition signed by 4,883 people calling for action from our government on Palestinian child prisoners held by Israel. In June 2012 a group of senior UK lawyers published an FCO-funded independent report, Children in Military Custody, on the plight of Palestinian children detained by Israel. The report concluded that the treatment of these children was in breach of article 76 of the fourth Geneva convention and several articles of the UN convention on the rights of the child. The report made 40 recommendations. The FCO accepted the findings and promised to take them up with Israel.
As at this date not one of these recommendations has been implemented.
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#AceWorldNews – RAMALLAH – April 02 – The Palestinian Authority has formally submitted its application to join 15 international agencies, as part of a unilateral diplomatic “offensive” that is threatening to derail peace talks with Israel.
PA-based Maan News Agency published a full list of the 15 agencies. The list includes several United Nations bodies – contrary to US Secretary of State John Kerry’s claim last night that the PA had not technically broken its commitments since none of the agencies were UN bodies.
The 15 agencies are:
- The Four Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 and the First Additional Protocol
- The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations
- The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations
- The Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in armed conflict
- The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
- The Hague Convention (IV) respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land and its annex: Regulations Concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land
- The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties
- The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
- The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
- The United Nations Convention against Corruption
- The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
- The International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid
- The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
- The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
#AceWorldNews – RAMALLAH – April 01 – (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed more than a dozen international conventions on Tuesday citing anger at Israel’s delay of a prisoner release, in a move jeopardized United States, efforts to salvage fragile peace talks.
His unexpected decision came just a day before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had been due to travel to Ramallah for talks aimed at finalizing a complex, three-way deal that would enable the talks to continue into 2015.
However, a U.S. official said that trip would not now go ahead.
#AceWorldNews The Revolutionary Council of the Palestinian Authority President on Monday unanimously endorsed Mahmoud Abbas’s rejection of demands to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, AFP reported.
“President Abbas has reaffirmed his refusal to recognize the Jewishness of the State of Israel and council members stood up to hail this decision,” a senior Fatah official said from the meeting in Ramallah.
Abbas reportedly said in his speech that “he was not going to back down on his people’s rights or betray their cause,” despite the “great pressure being exerted.
” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made recognizing Israel as a Jewish state a central issue of peace negotiations.
He called it the root of the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis.