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    Default Ask Jared Kushner about Gaza

    Ask Jared Kushner about Gaza


    Dear Chris,

    Today in the Gaza Strip, power is expected to be cut down to two hours a day. Two!

    This should be big news - just think about what your life would be like: 22 hours with no refrigeration or lights, 22 hours a day without power even in hospitals. But as of now, the top headline out of Israel/Palestine is: Jared Kushner arrives “in pursuit of peace.”

    This is absurd. There’s silence over a crushing humanitarian and political crisis in Gaza, and an hour’s drive away, a million cameras are focused on a settlement-funder whose only “diplomatic experience” is being friends with Benjamin Netanyahu.

    But I think we can work with the media to our advantage right now. Tell the NY Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief Ian Fisher to #AskKushner:

    Will ending the Gaza blockade be part of your peace process?

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    This is wrapped up in a bigger question we shouldn’t even have to ask: What will it take for the Israeli government to respect Palestinian human rights in Gaza? The Times hasn’t been afraid to criticize Kushne before, and he shouldn’t get a pass when it comes to Palestine.

    So now I want to see them ask: Would your “peace process” end the blockade of Gaza?

    Click here to tweet this message to the NY Times.

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    No matter how tenuous your trust in the mainstream media, the fact is we’re in a moment where they are responsive to pressure to ask tougher questions and give more context.

    Otherwise...well, we’ve seen this story over, and over, and over again.

    The US starts a peace process, which sucks up all the attention media and the general public have for the issue. And what happens happens? Israel’s control over Palestinian life deepens, Palestinians are asked to “negotiate” for human rights, and then blamed if they refuse.

    One of the hardest things about working on the issue from here is that we’re so far away. Some days, it feels like there’s really so little we can do. But we do have leverage over The New YorkTimes and other media outlets.

    We all need to be pressuring Kushner to answer this question: will ending the blockade of Gaza be part of your peace process?

    Click here to tweet this message to the NY Times.

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    Onward,

    Naomi


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    Default Tracking the Trends of the Palestinian Cause Since 1967

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    The Palestinian cause today has in some respects reverted to where it stood before the 1967 War. It is worth retracing this trajectory to understand how we reached the current […]

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    Default Israel begins work on first new illegal settlement in 20 years

    Israel broke ground on Tuesday on its first new illegal settlement in the occupied West Bank for two decades, Israel's prime minister said, on the eve of a visit by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner to discuss peace talks.


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    Default UK Government Defeated in Court by BDS Activists for Palestinian Human Rights

    The court ruled that it is unlawful for the government to restrict local councils from exercising their conscience and divesting their pensions from Israeli companies complicit in violating Palestinian human rights.


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    Default Who’s in Favor of a Massacre in Gaza?

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    One more hour in Gaza without electricity, and the signal there will be given: Qassam rockets. Israel once again will be the victim, and the massacre will begin.   Israel […]

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    Default The hazards of criticizing Israel

    To 'smear critics with allegations of anti-Semitism is to confuse criticisms of Israel's state policies with anti-Semitism,' writes international law expert Richard Falk.


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    Default Addameer highlights systematic abuses by Israeli forces

    On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Addameer highlights systematic abuses by Israeli forces

    26/06/2017- On International Day to Support Victims of Torture, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association highlights the continued forms of physical and psychological torture of Palestinian prisoners and detainees by Israeli forces. Occupation authorities practice torture and ill-treatment in a systematic manner, in contravention with international law, which prohibits physical and psychological torture. Human rights conventions, including the Convention Against Torture, to which Israeli is a signatory, as well as the Fourth Geneva Convention, prohibit the use of torture with no exceptions.

    On the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Palestinians prisoners’ issue has a special importance. Since 1967, 73 Palestinian prisoners and detainees have died as a result of torture in Israeli detention during interrogation. The latest case is Arafat Jaradat, who died on 23 February 2013 as a result of torture during interrogation. Commissioned Forensic Pathology expert Dr. Sebnem Korur Fincanci, found that “Arafat Jaradat was severely beaten while in detention, resulting in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, which caused his death in Israeli custody on 23 February 2013.”[1] Despite this, up to date, no Israeli official has been charged for Jaradat’s death.

    Palestinian prisoners and detainees are subjected to torture and ill-treatment from the moment of the arrest, whether soldiers forcibly enter their homes in pre-dawn raids to arrest them, or at military checkpoints, from public streets, or at borders upon travel. While times and places may differ with regards to the arrest of the Palestinian detainees, the policy of physical assaults against the detainees is systematic and practiced in a widespread manner, regardless of age, gender, or health conditions.

    Palestinian prisoners are often subjected to both psychological and physical torture during interrogation. Under military detention, interrogation can last for up to 75 days and where lawyer visits can be denied for the first 60 days. The forms of torture and ill-treatment employed against Palestinian prisoners include: prolonged isolation from the outside world; inhuman detention conditions; excessive use of blindfolds and handcuffs; slapping and kicking; sleep deprivation; denial of food and water for extended periods of time; denial of access to toilets; denial of access to showers or change of clothes for days or weeks; exposure to extreme cold or heat; position abuse; yelling and exposure to loud noises; insults and cursing; arresting family members or alleging that family members have been arrested; sexual abuse; slaps, kicks and blows; and violent shaking.

    Confessions extracted through these illegal practices are then admissible in court. These policies are in direct contravention of international law, including Article 2(1) of the United Nations Convention against Torture (CAT), ratified by Israel on 3 October 1991, which requires any State Party to prevent the use of torture and associated practices. On this day, Addameer underlines the fact that there are 6200 Palestinian political prisoners who continue to suffer from systematic intentional torture and ill-treatment.

    Addameer hereby calls upon the Secretary General of the United Nations António Guterres to pressure Israel to implement its obligations according to international law, and to allow UN Special Rapporteurs and the UN Committee Against Torture to visit the prisons and detention centers – in order to monitor and investigate the conditions and allegations of torture.

    Addameer also calls upon the United Nations and individual state parties to call upon the ICC to investigate the crime of torture and ill-treatment committed systematically against Palestinian prisoners and detainees.


    [1] The Public Committee Against Torture and Al-Haq, 04 April 2014. “Leading International Forensic Pathologist: Palestinian Detainee Arafat Jaradat Was Tortured, Which Led To His Death In Israeli Custody”. Available at http://www.alhaq.org/advocacy/topics...ael-and-al-haq

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