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REPORT
Children In Military Custody
JUNE 2012

 

This important report, published by a group of British lawyers, funded by the UK Foreign Office, has highlighted the inhumane treatment of Palestinian child prisoners by Israel. In the report’s damning conclusion, the lawyers stated that the reluctance to treat Palestinian child prisoners in accordance with international law may stem from the Israeli view that every Palestinian child is a ‘potential terrorist’ which leads to a ”spiral of injustice”.

It shows how Israeli settlers and Palestinians are subject to different laws, so a Palestinian child can be held for up to 90 days without access to a lawyer and for 188 days without charge, whereas an Israeli child could only be held for two and 40 days respectively. When arrested, Palestinian children are not informed of their right to silence or a lawyer and are routinely held in solitary confinement. At present, 192 Palestinian children are imprisoned in Israeli jails, 39 of these are under the age of 16.


Nakba – The Untold Story of a Cultural Catastrophe

 

Nakba, for Palestine, is about the loss of potential on a mass scale. It is about reducing a vibrant and highly accomplished culture into one filled with bitter-sweet memories consumed by the national cause of return and justice. Entire villages were destroyed, then rebuilt and renamed; books, music collections and works of art were left behind as people ran for their lives, expecting to return a few weeks later; sports clubs and social organizations disappeared with the communities of which they were a part. It was a systematic campaign of death, destruction, and cultural obliteration, carried out against a nation whose vibrant culture was forcibly stunted.


Article written by Ambassador Hikmat Ajjuri
Published by Liberty Newspaper
On May 2012 vol.11 No4
The World must not close its ears to pain of Palestine

 

The 15th May is the day observed by all of our people
in Palestine and in exile as“Nakbah Catastrophe Day” –
the most calamitous day in our contemporary history.
Approximately 750,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes, many forcibly, at the hands of Zionist gangs and thus found themselves until this date, homeless and
stateless refugees.


Press Release
Issued by the Mission of Palestine in Ireland
On 14 May 2012
The Palestinian Nekbah (catastrophe)

 

Dr. Hikmat Ajjuri, the Palestinian Ambassador to Ireland says: “Tomorrow we commemorate the day the Zionist Gangs expelled us from our homes in Palestine, the Israelis succeeded in wiping off our villages, killed and detained our people but failed to do so with our memory. ”    

Dr. Ajjuri added by saying: “The only assurance that both the Palestinian Nakbah and the Jewish holocaust will become frozen moments in history, is by granting the Palestinians their inalienable right to celebrate their independence as their Israeli neighbours do”.


Press Release
Issued by the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign affairs
On 22 April 2012

 

In utter defiance of International law, International humanitarian law and the disrespect for all signed agreements relating to the basic principals of the peace process, The Israeli Government continues to Judiaze Palestinian owned Land and assets and also continues its illegal practices in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Instead of dismantling its illegal outposts as stipulated in the Road Map, Israel has legitimized three “outposts” as the start of the establishment of 3 new settlements and plans to construct 397 new housing units in the Al Mukaber mount in the Occupied East Jerusalem. Israel, the occupying power had, in an unprecedented way, housed its illegal settlers in the area of Palestinian Beit Hanina, in East Jerusalem, which was occupied in 1967.


Palestinian Land Day Commemoration
30 March 2012

 

Greetings,
Land Day, formally commemorates the killing of six Palestinian citizens of Israel and the injury of a further 96 by the Israeli Army during a peaceful protest on March 30, 1976. The protest was held in reaction to the announcement of plans to confiscate 5500 acres of Land from Palestinian villages in the Galilee area.


Press Release
Issued by the Mission of Palestine
On 29 March 2012
Israeli Administrative detention = (Equals) Inhumane detention

 

320 Palestinians are being held in administrative detention in Israeli prisons, using laws dating back to the British mandate period. This Israeli policy of administrative detention allows the state to hold prisoners for renewable terms of six months without pressing charges. This dangerous policy turned our political prisoners into hostages of the Israeli occupying security services. It is because of the lack of International pressure, the government of Israel, the occupying power, continues to violate the Palestinian human rights and continues to carry on with its policy of disrespecting the International law and the International humanitarian law by arresting Palestinians without charge or trial.


Press Release
Issued by the Mission of Palestine
On 12 March 2012
We call on the international community to immediately intervene to force the Israelis from carrying out extrajudicial killings that have targeted innocent civilians including children


 

In another grave violation of the provisions of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, Israel, the occupying Power has been carrying out a series of military strikes, including extrajudicial killings and military assaults against civilians and civilian areas that have led in the past days to the killing of 23 Palestinians, among them 12 and 15 year old boys, and the wounding of dozens of other civilians, including women and children, many who remain in serious condition.


Press Release
Issued by the Mission of Palestine
On 23 January 2012
We call on the international community to immediately intervene to release all political Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.


 

The lack of this intervention has encouraged the Israeli occupying forces to continue with its defiance of International Law and the International Humanitarian Law.


UNITED NATIONS

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
occupied Palestinian territory
Movement and Access in the West Bank

SEPTEMBER 2011


 

FAST FACTS
�� 522 roadblocks and checkpoints obstruct Palestinian movement in the West Bank, compared to 503 in July 2010.
�� So far in 2011, an additional 495 ad-hoc ‘flying’ checkpoints obstructed movement around the West Bank each month (on average), compared to 351 in the past two years...


Irish Examiner

Letter to the Editor by HE Dr. Hikmat Ajjuri

28th September 2011


 

AMBASSADOR Modai is wrong if he thinks Israeli oppression of Palestinians is not a recruiting sergeant for al-Qaida (Analysis, Sept 24).

The present head of the CIA, General David Petraeus, said it was in a report he presented to the US Senate in March last year, in his then role as head of US Central Command. He wrote: "The [Israeli-Palestinian] conflict foments anti-American sentiment, due to a perception of US favouritism for Israel.


It is high time for world states including Ireland to recognise the state of Palestine and to support its accession to the United Nations 

Irish Times Op Ed by HE Dr. Hikmat Ajjuri

13th September 2011


 

ON SEPTEMBER 20th, President Mahmoud Abbas will make a formal application for United Nations membership for the state of Palestine. If successful, Palestine will be the 194th member of the UN. We have been told by Israel and others it is somehow inappropriate for us to take our case for statehood to the UN, but it is hard to imagine a more relevant matter for the UN to act upon, considering the UN charter enshrines the principles of self-determination and respect for nations’ sovereignty.



PALESTINE: THE 194TH MEMBER OF THE UNITED
NATIONS


QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

6th September 2011


 

 



The Palestinian people have an inalienable right to independence

By HE Dr. Hikmat Ajjuri
Published in the journal.ie
Saturday 3rd September 2011


 

THE RIGHT OF the Palestinian people to self-determination has been universally recognised by the UN. In particular, UNGA Resolution 3236 which states that the right of independence for Palestine is “inalienable” and that the Palestinian people have a right to a “sovereign and independent” state. Therefore, going to the UN, the “mother of 193 nations” is not a “unilateral act”, as claimed by the Israelis; it is both correct procedure and a civilised course of  action.

Go online to: http://www.thejournal.ie/readme/column-the-palestinian-people-have-an-inalienable-right-to-independence/



Destroying the Two State Solution

Palestine and the UN in retrospect

 

This is the first in a series of seven retrospects, listed chronologically by decades, looking back at the most important events related to the question of Palestine that have taken place at the United Nations (U.N.) since the inception of the organization in 1945. Those events have greatly influenced both the history and the present of the Palestinian people and will affect their future also as the permanent responsibility of the U.N. towards the question of Palestine must be upheld until it is solved in all its aspects.


Sharp Increase in Demolitions Threatens to Destroy West Bank Communities
UNRWA Calls for accountability and an End to Discriminatory Practices

Statement by UNRWA Spokesman Chris Gunness

2nd August 2011

 

Demolitions by the Israeli authorities in the West Bank have escalated alarmingly. Figures released today by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) show that 700 people were displaced in the first six months of 2011 (excluding July), compared with 594 in the whole of 2010.


Palestinian National Authority          
Government Media Center 
Prime Minister’s Office

Press Release
PGMC condemns the Israeli move to control over a Palestinian’s Land in East Jerusalem

1st August 2011

 

The Palestinian Government Media center strongly condemned the approval of the Knesset preliminary reading of an amendment to the Nature Reserves and National Parks Law. This gives control of a Palestinian area to a right-wing Israeli organization, Elad, which is dedicated to taking over Arab neighborhoods.


Letter by HE Dr. Hikmat Ajjuri re Palestine and Statehood

Published in The Irish Times 26th July 2011


 

Sir, – With reference to the Israeli deputy ambassador’s letter (July 14th), Israel has a continuing record of never respecting any of its agreements with the Palestinians.

For instance, the 1993 Oslo accords, which stated that a Palestinian state would be established in May 1999, have been deliberately frustrated by Israel. The road map of 2003 explicitly prohibited Israel from any unilateral action, particularly the illegal settlement activity, which has increased year on year.


PLO NEGOTIATIONS OFFICE
Media Brief

“INJUSTICE CAN BE DISMANTLED”

07 JULY, 2011

 

On July 9th, 2011 Palestinians commemorate the seven-year anniversary of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Advisory Opinion on the illegality of the Israeli separation wall. In that landmark Opinion, the ICJ found both the Wall and Israeli settlements to be illegal under international law and international humanitarian law. Based on its findings, the Court also affirmed that Israel must cease construction of the Wall, dismantle those sections already completed, and make reparations for the damages caused by the construction.


Opinion Article by HE Dr. Hikmat Ajjuri, Ambassador of Palestine
Published in The Irish Times
4th July 2011

Backing at September’s general assembly would put the necessary pressure on Israel


 

SINCE 1967, Israel has forcibly controlled all the Palestinian lands outside the 1948 Israeli borders. In the name of self-defence, Israel has maimed and killed tens of thousands of defenceless Palestinians under its occupation; demolished more than 20,000 houses; and divided Palestinian farms with the Israeli security wall.Israel has confiscated more than half the land destined for the Palestinian state, and transferred that land to more than 500,000 Jewish settlers to establish illegal colonies.


PALESTINIAN MONITORING GROUP

Israeli human rights violations within the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt):
January – May 2011


 

 


PALESTINIAN MONITORING GROUP

MONTHLY SUMMARY OF ISRAELI VIOLATIONS
01 May 2011 – 31 May 2011


 

The following summary tables and overview of events survey hostile Israeli activities during the period 01 May 2011 to 31 May 2011.
The report includes a summary table of events, classified by type, throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip, in addition to a comparative table surveying events over the past three months.


Children of Palestine – A story in pictures

Published in occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com


 

This album is a wake-up call to the world. For the sake of the children I challenge you… to watch each and every picture. Read their stories and decide with your own mind why these atrocities are going on while the world is wide asleep. Children deserve protection. Safety. These,  the most basic human rights, of which, almost all Palestinian children are continuously deprived of.

WHEN WILL YOU ACT? WHEN WILL YOU BREAK THE SILENCE?

Spread the word… spread the pictures…



The Long Overdue Palestinian State

By MAHMOUD ABBAS
Published in The New York Times 16th May 2011

 

SIXTY-THREE years ago, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy was forced to leave his home in the Galilean city of Safed and flee with his family to Syria. He took up shelter in a canvas tent provided to all the arriving refugees. Though he and his family wished for decades to return to their home and homeland, they were denied that most basic of human rights. That child’s story, like that of so many other Palestinians, is mine.



PALESTINIAN MONITORING GROUP
MONTHLY SUMMARY OF ISRAELI VIOLATIONS
01 April 2011 – 30 April 2011

 

The following summary tables and overview of events survey hostile Israeli activities during the period 01 April 2011 to 30 April 2011.

The report includes a summary table of events, classified by type, throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip, in addition to a comparative table surveying events over the past three months.

 



Arab Peace Initiative

Official translation of the full text of a Saudi-inspired peace plan adopted by the Arab League Summit in Beirut on March 28, 2002.

 

 

The Council of the League of Arab States at the Summit Level, at its 14th Ordinary Session, at the Cairo Extra-Ordinary Arab Summit that a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East is the strategic option of the Arab countries, to be achieved in accordance with international legality, and which would require a comparable commitment on the part of the Israeli Government.


Opinion Article by HE Dr. Hikmat Ajjuri, Ambassador of Palestine

Published in The Irish Times

14th April 2011

 

Richard Goldstone’s change of mind underlines the need for adequate investigation, writes HIKMAT AJJURI

RICHARD GOLDSTONE led the fact-finding mission appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to investigate the events surrounding Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s military assault on Gaza that took place between December 27th, 2008, and January 18th, 2009. The mission’s report, generally referred to as the Goldstone report, was published in September 2009.


UNITED NATIONS
LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN MEETING
IN SUPPORT OF ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE

The urgency of realizing a two-State solution

Montevideo, 29 and 30 March 2011

 

The United Nations Latin American and Caribbean Meeting in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace was convened by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People in Montevideo on 29 and 30 March 2011. 

Participants in the Meeting included internationally renowned experts, including Israeli and Palestinian, representatives of United Nations Members States and Observers, parliamentarians, representatives of the United Nations system and other intergovernmental organizations, representatives of civil society, academic institutions and the media.


PRESS RELEASE
Issued by the Mission of Palestine, Dublin
30th March 2011

On the Occasion of Land Day

 

The 30th of March marked the 35th anniversary of Land Day. On this day in 1976 a Palestinian uprising broke out in Israel against the confiscation of 21 thousand dunums of the Palestinians’ land in Galilee, Al-Muthalath, and Negev. The uprising was violently suppressed by the Israeli military forces and led to the death of six young demonstrators.

This calamity is remembered every year by all Palestinians wherever they are. More importantly this event raised the awareness of Palestinians to the ongoing process of land grab by the Israelis.



Palestinian National Authority
Government Media Center 
Prime Minister’s Office

14th March 2011

 

Statement to the Diplomatic Community on Incitement

A horrible murder of children has occurred.The killing of three innocent Israeli children by an unknown assailant should not and must not be condoned by anyone. To exploit the deaths of these children for political purposes is abhorrent. 

Read the Document

The spiritual leader of the Shas movement, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, expressed the wish last August that "all the nasty people who hate Israel, like Abu Mazen, vanish from our world".
He went on to say: "May God strike them down with the plague along with all the nasty Palestinians who persecute Israel."

Read the Document


PALESTINIAN MONITORING GROUP

MONTHLY SUMMARY OF ISRAELI VIOLATIONS

01 February 2011 – 28 February 2011

 

The following summary tables and overview of events survey hostile Israeli activities during the period 01 February 2011 to 28 February 2011.

The survey is compiled from the Daily Situation Reports of the Palestinian Monitoring Group (PMG) of the Negotiations Affairs Department (NAD) of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).


Opinion Article by HE Dr. Hikmat Ajjuri, Ambassador of Palestine

Published in The Irish Times

14th March 2011

 

Negotiations drained of any meaningful value by Israel

OPINION: When Israelis withdrew from Gaza in 2005, they left the room to surround the house, writes HIKMAT AJJURI


Letter to the Editor by HE Dr. Hikmat Ajjuri, Ambassador of Palestine

Published in The Irish Independent

11th February 2011

   

Letter to the Editor by H.E. Dr. Hikmat Ajjuri
Published in The Irish Examiner
24 January 2011

   

PLO NEGOTIATIONS AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
JERUSALEM: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
January 2011

   

PLO NEGOTIATIONS AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
THE SHEPHERD’S HOTEL
January 2011

 

On January 9, 2011, the Israeli authorities moved forward with a planned demolition of the Shepherd’s Hotel property in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem, in preparation for the establishment of a new Jewish settlement.


Address by Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, to the General Assembly of the UN

25th Sep 2010

 

Despite the historic injustice that has been inflicted upon our people, their desire to achieve a just peace which guarantees the achievement of their national rights in freedom and independence has not and will not diminish, and our wounded hands are still able to carry the olive branch from the rubble of the trees that the occupation uproots every day.



























 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

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