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IOP Report {No. 2 for September 2017} Print
Monday, 04 September 2017
While Occupation and blockade are business as usual for Israel, there should be no business with Israel

In Occupied Palestine

Zionism in practice

Israel’s Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Property

(Compiled by Leslie Bravery, Palestine Human Rights Campaign, Auckland, New Zealand www.palestine.org.nz) [If you have difficulty with the display of this report, it may be better viewed on our website]

NB: We shall always do our utmost to verify the accuracy of all items in these IOP newsletters/reports wherever possible – but please forgive us for any errors or omissions (not of our own making) that may occur! L & M.

IOP Report {Number 2 for September 2017}

To PA: Cease your punishment

of university staff in Gaza


3-year anniversary of

Israel's 50-day Gaza blitz


Zionist project's Palestinian

builders – invisible

in life and in death

 

What is the Jewish

Labour Movement?

 

US police training with

war criminals

Recent news updates:

To Palestinian PM, Rami Hamdallah & Education Minister, Sabri Saidam: Cease your punishment of university staff in Gaza. We write on behalf of 831 academic and administrative staff of Palestinian universities, university colleges and institutes in the Gaza Strip, Occupied Palestine. In April 2017, the Palestinian Authority unilaterally slashed the salaries of the 831 staff mentioned above, instituting sudden, unexpected and unjustified wage cuts of up to 85%, leaving the academic and administrative staff with just 15% of their salaries. Despite this wage cut, committed staff continued to teach and perform their duties as before. In August 2017, following these drastic pay cuts, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas announced that the entire staff complement of all 831 tertiary education personnel would be placed, along with other civil servants, without any consultation whatsoever, on early retirement.[i] This is a grave violation of Palestinian Basic Law, Civil Service Law and International Labour Law. Moreover, they are a breach of international treaties, such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) to which the PA is a signatory. All measures taken against civil servants based in the Gaza Strip amount to a form of collective punishment [iii]. They have also been strongly condemned by major Palestinian human rights organisations.[iv] Gaza has suffered tremendously this year with the Palestinian Authority's decision to cut off electricity to the Gaza Strip, with 2 million Palestinians who already received only a tiny four hours a day of electricity, being completely disconnected. This disconnection led to the deaths of more than 25 terminally ill patients, including toddlers, in hospitals that were left without power, as well as the breakdown of sewage pumps, and a mass outflow of sewage into the sea as a result, according to the UK‐based NGO Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP).[v] We call on you to reverse the punitive measures against the Gaza Strip, in general, and against the education and health sectors in particular, as these measures punish the civilians and threaten their lives in a way that violates all international norms and conventions that lay down obligations on governments to respect human dignity. We demand that the Palestinian Authority cease their punishment of Palestinian university staff in Gaza, permanently revoke any threat of forced early retirement, pay the full salaries with immediate effect and back pay the staff the salary amounts that have been confiscated since April 2017.

[Abridged–read much more:https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Palestinian_PM_Rami_Hamdallah_Minister_for_Education_Sabri_Saidam_Demand_that_

Palestinian_Authority_cease_punishment_of_/ ]

REFERENCES:
[i] http://pchrgaza.org/en/?p=9236

[iii] http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=778037

[iv] http://pchrgaza.org/en/?p=9338

[v] http://pchrgaza.org/en/wp‐content/uploads/2017/08/state‐of‐crossing‐July‐2017‐en.pdf

Commemorating the 3-year anniversary of Israel's 50-day deadly offensive against Gaza. The 2014 assault killed 2,251 Palestinians, including 551 children, and destroyed much of Gaza's already fragile infrastructure. In response to the escalating crisis in Gaza, we have published an open letter in The Morning Star, calling for the immediate lifting of the blockade and allowing of imports and exports; for the UK Government to abide by their obligations under international law to end the siege; and for the removal by Israel of all obstacles to the exercise of human rights by Palestinians in Gaza, including the right to travel and trade. Among the signatories are Brian Eno, Bella Freud, Jeremy Irons, Ken Loach, Caroline Lucas MP, Andy Slaughter MP, Miriam Margolyes, Ilan Pappe, John Pilger, Benjamin Zephaniah and many others. Over 6,000 people have signed the PSC Gaza petition so far. And across the country, PSC local branches held events and vigils to mark this sombre occasion, and to draw attention to the continued suffering of Palestinians in Gaza. See the PSC factsheet: Gaza under siege. http://palestinecampaign.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=39b479575f6b893766d815ffd&id=a548e005d6&e=03e606638c

The Zionist project's Palestinian builders are invisible in life and in death. Gideon Levy and Alex Levac. 1 September 2017 | Israeli love for construction workers ceased once the workers ceased to be Jews. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.809947

What is the Jewish Labour Movement? Jewish Labour Movement Free Speech on Israel | 1 September 2017 | In early 2016, an intense media offensive was launched, claiming that the Labour Party was rife with antisemitism. Since then, after a wave of summary suspensions, costly investigations and many successful appeals, it is clear that the vast majority of the members disciplined were on the Left of the Party and were opponents of Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights who had no hostility to Jews as Jews. Even after Corbyn’s transformatory 2017 General Election campaign the offensive, led by the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM), Labour Friends of Israel and other pro-Israel lobby groups has not abated. Some of the groups receive direct finance from Israel, as revealed in the Al Jazeera investigation The Lobby, televised in January 2017. It made clear the hostility of Labour’s pro-Israel Right to the left-wing leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, a known supporter of Palestinian rights. See full article:  http://freespeechonisrael.org.uk/jewish-labour-movement/

Why are US police training with war criminals? Tell the ADL: stop sending U.S. law enforcement to exchange worst practices with an Occupying army. Jewish Voice for Peace video Deadly Exchange: www.deadlyexchange.org.

"Are you an Arab?

Only Jews walk here"

Palestinian residents in Hebron's Salayma neighbourhood are fenced off by Israel and permitted to leave the district via Ibrahimi Street only, as and when it suits the Israeli Army. The road is divided along its length by a fence. On the side used by Israeli Jews there are no restrictions and the road is wide and well surfaced. The side which Palestinians are forced to use is narrow and very rough. Wheelchair access through the narrow gate, guarded by the Israeli military, is difficult and the gate is kept locked from 11pm to 6am, as well as at other times that it may suit the Israeli Army of Occupation. Last week, families took to the streets to demand an end to the fence, carrying signs reading “no fence, no apartheid” and chanting “we want to live in freedom”. At the entrance to Ibrahimi Street, pedestrians are asked about their religion. Visit this website and select the video Segregated and Unequal about the Salayma neighbourhood and see how Palestinians are treated and spoken to. The people declare that they will remain steadfast in their resistance.

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The Palestine Yearbook 2015

The genocide the world ignores

by Diana Lodge

Everyone should have a copy

of this invaluable resource!

To order the book:

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