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EPSC Mailing 1Jul17

1. Next Exeter PSC monthly meeting:- Tuesday 4th July, 7.30 pm, Toronto House, Prince Charles Road, Exeter EX4 7EW.

2. Actions:- a) Contact your MP re supporting Palestine in parliamentary debate on Wednesday 5th July

b) Letter to pass on to HSBC managers about the bank financing manufacturers of arms used against Palestinians

3. News:- a) High Court:- local councils free to divest.

b) Palestine Expo

c) Letter from Palestinian churches

d) Torture of 8-year-old Palestinian child

2a) See:- http://palestinecampaign.iparlsetup.com/lobby/parliamentdebate

2b) Click here to download letter

3. Victory for BDS in court case against UK Government. The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) in Britain took the UK Government to the Royal Courts of Justice to fight for the right to boycott. On 22 June the judge delivered his verdict and justice prevailed. Administrative Court judge, Sir Ross Cranston, determined that the Government had acted for an improper purpose. The Government was trying to stop local council pension schemes divesting from companies complicit in Israel’s human rights violations. Theresa May’s disgraceful attempt to silence Palestinian voices and restrict the right to peaceful protest has failed. It’s a moment to treasure and a key victory for local democracy, the rule of law and for Palestine. PSC knows the public is on its side. A recent YouGov poll showed 43% of the British public thought BDS was reasonable. PSC's Director, Ben Jamal says: “We now know that the law is on our side too. We couldn’t be happier that our right to boycott has been upheld by the court in the month that the illegal military Occupation turns fifty years old. Today we have drawn a line in the sand against the attempts to suppress the right to boycott and to stand up for Palestine. Free Free Palestine!!”


Palestine Expo is the biggest social, cultural and entertainment event on Palestine to ever take place in Europe. In a year of immense significance for Palestine. When? 8th & 9th July 2017. Where? Elizabeth II Centre, Westminster, London. https://www.palestineexpo.com/ Tickets: https://www.universe.com/embed2/events/58b9a196890d720042547242?state=%7B%22currentEventId%22%3A%2258b9a196890d720042547249%22%2C%22analytics%22%3A%7B%22ref%22%3A%22uniiverse-transactional_emailer-confirmation_instructions%22%2C%22google%22%3A%7B%22clientId%22%3A%22GA1.2.310639192.1488557397%22%7D%7D%7D

Points from letter from the Christian Organizations in Palestine to the World Council of Churches and the ecumenical movement, 12th June 2017 Our call . . . That you unequivocally condemn the Balfour declaration as unjust, and that you demand from the UK that it asks forgiveness from the Palestinian people and compensates for the losses. We ask that churches and Christians to support the Palestinians in their request for justice. It was his infamous declaration, after all that laid the ground for the concept of an ethno-religious state – the very same thing our region is suffering today. . . . . That you defend our right and duty to resist the occupation creatively and nonviolently. We ask that you speak in support of economic measures that pressure Israel to stop the occupation and go further to support sport, cultural and academic measures against Israel until it complies with international law and UN resolutions urging the ending of its occupation, Apartheid and discriminations, and accepts refugees to return to their home land and properties. This is our last peaceful resort. In response to Israel’s war on BDS, we ask that you intensify that measures. Full letter at:- https://www.article1collective.org/2017/06/open-letter-from-christian-palestinians-to-the-world-council-of-churches-and-the-ecumenical-movement/

Occupation settlers abduct and torture 8-year-old child: Jenin – a gang of Zionist fanatics from the Itamar Occupation settlement assaulted a handicapped eight-year-old boy, Bashar Abdel-Latif Ghazal Malitat, and abducted him to their settlement. There, they tortured him, plastering his handcuffed body with hot molten plastic. Bashar was discovered in the illegal settlement after a search by Israeli soldiers that took several hours before he could be hospitalised. The boy, who is unable to speak, was lucky to have escaped with his life. In previous cases settlers had tortured and burnt to death Palestinian children, such as in the case of Mohammed abu-Khdeir (16) who, in 2014, was kidnapped and burnt alive. See also: http://www.palestinow.com/jewish-fanatics-torture-try-kill-little-boy-west-bank/


EPSC Mailing 22May17

1. Events: Respect Festival 3rd and 4th June.

Next EPSC meeting 6th June.

2. Petition:  To PayPal

3. Contacting General Election candidates

4. News


a) Respect Festival 3rd and 4th June, in Belmont Park. Offers of help on stall to Dave Chappell please (davejchappell@gmail.com )

b) Next EPSC meeting: Tuesday 6th June, 7.30 pm, Toronto House, Prince Charles Road, Exeter EX4 7EW



Dereen and Ted Duley point out that PayPal are, very unfairly, refusing to handle transactions by Palestinians :


Candidates views on Palestine

National PSC is still asking us to press candidates for their views about Palestine ( http://palestinecampaign.iparlsetup.com/lobby/votepalestine17 ). Here are some replies received from Exeter candidates:

Ben Bradshaw [L]: As I'm sure you know I have long been a supporter of the Palestinian cause, am a Member of Labour Friends of Palestine, have visited Gaza and the occupied territories on many occasions and regularly speak in and outside Parliament on this issue. I have consistently pushed for a more robust UK policy towards the Israeli Government. I'm afraid because of the suddenness of this election and the short campaign and the fact that we are defending the only non Tory seat this side of Bristol, I am not responding in detail to the many campaigning surveys I am receiving, because we need to focus our time on campaigning on the doorstep, if we're to stop the Tories taking Exeter.

James Taghdissian [C]: It will be of little surprise to you that I receive many requests to support many issues as a candidate. My approach is not to sign up to pledges and campaigns because I have no idea whether or not I would be able to support such a cause to the full in Parliament. That said, I have much sympathy with the cause you highlight and will do my best to learn more should I be elected.

Joe Levy (Green): Thank you for getting in touch with me on this extremely important issue. I am deeply concerned by the treatment of the Palestinian people, and I am determined that the Israeli government is held to account for what it has done. I am of Jewish heritage and am particular keen to show my solidarity with the Palestinian people, as I do not like the way that the Israeli government has exploited people's Jewish identity as if to say that they represent us, which they most certainly do not. I can assure you that if elected as your MP, I will be a strong voice for the human rights of Palestinian people. All oppressive governments must be held to account, whatever our diplomatic relationships with them are.


A Day in the Life of Palestinians – Some of the crimes reported for 1May17 – Mayday, Mayday, Mayday

Former Palestinian prisoner dies as a result of medical negligence in Israeli prison. A former Palestinian prisoner died of kidney failure on Tuesday morning, due to medical complications he sustained during his time in Israeli custody. More: http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=776800

We live in constant danger and fear” – 2 Palestinian children killed by Israeli Army ordnance. Two children, from a Bedouin community in the Negev, were killed on Tuesday, 25 April, when ordnance left after an Israeli Army exercise in Zarnouk village suddenly detonated. . . . Only days after the tragedy, on Sunday, 30 April, and with cold Zionist disregard for the feelings of the bereaved family and villagers, Israeli soldiers and police officers returned to the village and issued demolition orders against two homes. More:


Israeli soldiers abduct wounded child from ambulance. 29 April 2017 | On 4 May, Israeli soldiers abducted a Palestinian child who had been shot by an Israeli Army sniper, in al-Eisawiya, East Jerusalem, after pursuing the ambulance transporting him to the hospital. The child, identified as Mos’ab Mahmoud Mheisin (14), was shot with several live rounds in the lower body, including the groin. More: http://imemc.org/article/israeli-soldiers-abduct-a-wounded-child-from-an-ambulance-in-jerusalem/

Palestinian child hospitalised after hit-and-run by Israeli settler in Hebron. 30 April 2017 | An Israeli settler ran his motor vehicle over a four-year-old Palestinian boy in the centre of Hebron, and then simply drove off . . . https://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=776777

Video: Zionist military sprays sewage on Palestinian homes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzRim2OjPTk

UN reports 'urgent need' to address crisis in Gaza. 1 May 2017 | In a report issued ahead of a United Nations meeting to discuss the situation, the United Nations Special Co-ordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) has released a report warning of the “urgent need” to address the worsening situation in the blockaded Gaza Strip. . . .“The social, economic and political consequences of crisis should not be underestimated,” UNSCO said in a statement. “Palestinians in Gaza, who live in a protracted humanitarian crisis, can no longer be held hostage by disagreements, divisions and closures.” . . .

Zionist spokesman says settler attack that killed little boy's family does not count as terrorism. Israeli 'Defence' Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, says that Ahmed Dawabsheh, whose family was killed in an arson attack on their home two years ago, was not eligible for compensation from the state. The six-year-old does not qualify to be considered a “terror victim” and will therefore not receive compensation. . . http://www.albawaba.com/news/little-boy-lost-family-settler-attack-he%E2%80%99s-not-%E2%80%98terror-victim%E2%80%99-israel-says-969714

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  Abuse of Palestinian child by IDF

EPSC Mailing 30Apr17

1. NEXT EPSC MEETING: Tuesday 4th April, 7.30 to 9 pm.

To start with Lizi Allnatt will tell us about a visit she and two members of North Devon PSC recently made to the West Bank to be there for the Bethlehem marathon. Meeting venue:Toronto House, Prince Charles Road, Exeter EX4 7EW (Buses stopping near Toronto House: B, E, F1, F2, P. Cars can be parked on service road running past Toronto House).

2. Four PETITIONS and letters supporting economic, sporting and cultural boycott. Remember the profound effect the boycott had on apartheid South Africa. BDS measures are what Palestinians have particularly asked us to do to bring an end Israeli apartheid.

3. Israel bans Palestinian products

4. Complaint at Livingstone telling the trut

5. Legitimacy of Israel conference

6. Systematic Abuse of Palestinian Children by Israeli army

2a. Hold Air Canada accountable. Air Canada is outsourcing maintenance work for its B787 jets to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). IAI is the largest state-owned defence and aerospace company in Israel. In fact, IAI is the subject of boycotts across Europe and is well-known for its drone technology and production. Please sign the petition.

2b. National PSC asks us to sign a letter to FIFA: https://www.palestinecampaign.org/action-fifa-revoke-israeli-settlement-clubs/

2c. Radiohead know what social justice means - they’ve stood up for Tibet, and against the War on Terror. And as artists with a conscience, Radiohead should stand in solidarity with Palestine. Jewish Voice for Peace says: Nearly 8,000 people have already signed our petition asking Radiohead to cancel their concert in Tel Aviv this July. Will you help us get to 18,000?

2d. https://www.change.org/p/toronto-symphony-orchestra-urged-to-cancel-concerts-in-israel

3. Israel bans Palestinian products inside Occupied Palestinian territory. The decision came after a decrease in sales of Israeli products in Occupied Palestinian East Jerusalem. Five Palestinian companies, Hamoudah, al-Jideedi, Arryan, distributers of dairy products, as well as Asslwa and Saniora, associated with meat products, warned of financial losses as Israeli Occupation forces banned their products. The Israeli decision came after a decrease in Israeli sales of the same products, in Jerusalem markets, due to the success of Palestinian products. http://www.mintpressnews.com/israel-bans-palestinian-products-inside-occupied-palestine/214767/

4. Zionists complain at Labour’s failure to expel Livingstone for telling the truth. Victory for Ken Livingstone despite Corbyn’s shameful silence. Another frequent target of the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism is Ken Livingstone. Click link to see that Livingstone's allegations were in all essentials correct. There is the German Zionist newspaper in 1935 welcoming the Nuremburg Laws. The Charity Commission have promised a decision very soon on the CAA, please distribute this widely. Iain McNicol Avoids Discussing Livingstone's Accusation of Zionist...It is 'anti-Semitic' to talk about the subject of this book by a Zionist – Edwin Black – the Jewish Labour Movement don't like to be reminded that the Zionist movement was a Jewish Quisling movement. http://azvsas.blogspot.co.nz/2017/04/victory-for-ken-livingstone-despite.html

5. Conference on legitimacy of Israel held finally in Cork. Two Springs in a row the Israel lobby prevailed upon the University of Southampton to forbid an academic conference looking at whether Israel is a legitimate state. The trumped-up grounds had been security concerns, as a handful of neighboring Zionist activists had hinted at disruption. After several other universities in England and the Netherlands likewise deemed the conference too hot to handle, the Southampton-based organizers turned to academic friends at University College Cork, in Ireland, where free speech is still alive, and on the weekend of March 31-April 2, 2017 thirty-eight academic papers were finally discussed on the theme ‘International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Exceptionalism and Responsibility’.Full article at: http://www.palestinechronicle.com/shifting-the-narrative/

6. Systematic Abuse of Palestinian Children by Israeli army Lesley Bravery, 21 April 2017

In 2013, a UNICEF report revealed the Israeli Army's systematic abuse of young Palestinians. That report was confirmed by another report in 2015 and even more recent data shows that little has changed. This year already, over 111 Palestinian children and teenage minors have been taken prisoner by the foreign soldiers that enforce the military Occupation of the Palestinian West Bank. For the most part, the 'evidence' presented against Palestinian minors facing Israeli military Courts is couched in vague language lacking required specificity. The Israeli Occupation's military Courts occasionally impose fines, as well as imprisonment, on these children and even try, at times, to extort large sums of money from impoverished families for the release of their children. Palestinian families are well aware of the physical and verbal violence that their children are subjected to and the Israeli Occupation enforcers know that, in desperation, families will very likely try to find the money to bring them home. That contributes to the financing of the Occupation.

Israel contrives apparent justification of its persecution of Palestinian children by ensuring near-100% guilty verdicts. A non-governmental organisation, Military Court Watch, monitored the treatment of more than 450 Palestinian minors held captive by the Israeli military between 2013 and 2016. The data collected revealed that 94% of those taken prisoner in 2013 and 2016 reported being painfully handcuffed. In an even more needless and terrorising abuse, 82% were blindfolded. Verbal violence was experienced by 46%. These actions are designed to 'soften up' the youngsters and make them more amenable under interrogation. In both years, 60% suffered more physical violence while under interrogation. The persecution of Palestinian children is racist and there is no legal justification for treating Palestinian and Israeli children differently.

Full article at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2017/04/23/right-to-resist/

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EPSC Mailing 10Apr17

1. Oppose yet more home demolitions in Umm al Kheir

2. Petition Exeter uni's VC not to lead delegation to Israel

3. Some of the Zionist crimes in recent days


Urgent call from Umm al Khair for us to campaign against demolitions

Villager Tariq writes:
People of Um Al Khair , children , women , men are calling for your help to stop demolition to 7 houses. Three days ago the Civil Administration submitted demolition orders to two families to remove their houses after 7 days. The people immediately called the lawyer Ghaiath Nasser to object, but the Israeli civil administration didn't respond to the lawyer's message, and now the passover holiday starts and continues to The 17th of this month, which means that we don't have any opportunity to object.
We need your help in order to stop it , so If you can write messages to leaders , governments , human rights organizations, or anyone who can help us , do demonstrations , tell your friends and other people , or anything else you can do. YOUR HELP IS REALLY NEEDED. We expect the demolitions on 18, 19 or 20 of this month.

Dave Clinch and John Wade of North Devon PSC are staying in Umm al Kheir at present. Dave writes:

ACTIONS WE CAN TAKE. Please copy/adapt the following letter or write your own to one or more members of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with Palestine.

Dear Member of The Delegation for Relations with Palestine,


The Bedouin village of Umm Al Khair in the South Hebron Hills of occupied Palestine was subjected to visits by Israeli bulldozers on 9 and 23 August and 15 November. Several homes, some paid for by the EU, were destroyed. The village Community Centre was also destroyed on 23 August. It too was funded by the European Union. The Community Centre was rebuilt but was bulldozed again on Tuesday 15 November.

"They destroy, we rebuild" said a villager, displaying what Palestinians describe as 'sumud' - resilience. To rebuild is an act of resistance

The Community Centre is where clinics are held, children are taught, where villagers greet 'Internationals', where communal meals are organised, where villagers meet each other to relax. It is the very soul of Umm Al Khair (meaning Mother of All Goodness!).

We implore you to arrange for pressure to be put on the Israeli government to end this collective punishment, which is illegal under international law.

Please help. Yours sincerely,


European Parliament Delegation for Relations with Palestine:--martina.anderson@europarl.europa.eu,


Please also write to Green MEP for the South West, Molly Scott Cato, a friend of Palestine. She knows about Umm Al Khair.



and to Labour MEP for the South West, Clare Moody.



VILLAGERS would love to hear from us. If you email messages to me, I will pass them on (Tony: postmaster@exeterpsc.org.uk )


EPSC member Richard Seaford, a long-time campaigner for the rights of the Palestinians, asks us to sign this petition for Exeter uni's Vice-Chancellor to call off his plans to lead a delegation to Israeli universities:



From 'In Occupied Palestine' Report 3 for April 2017

Website: www.palestine.org.nz

Israeli aircraft spray toxic chemicals on Gaza farms

300 Palestinian children abducted since start of 2017

Palestinian (aged 20) killed and 2 injured in drive-by shooting in Jenin

Teenager shot dead by Israeli police

Palestinian critically wounded in Israeli Army raid on al-Duheisha UN refugee camp

Zionist regime destroys Palestinian homes in Jerusalem

EU denounces Israel’s West Bank home demolitions

Israeli bulldozers lay waste to Gaza farms





EPSC Mailing 2Apr17

1. NEXT EPSC MEETING: Tuesday 4th April, 7.30 to 9 pm, Toronto House, Prince Charles Road, Exeter EX4 7EW (Buses stopping near Toronto House: B, E, F1, F2, P. Cars can be parked on service road running past Toronto House).

2. PSC appeal

3. Request to the Queen

4. Consequences of the Balfour Declaration

5. Security Council Resolution 2334 on settlements

6. UN report on Israeli Apartheid

7. FIFA threat to settlement teams

8. In Occupied Palestine

2. PSC fighting fund
The campaign for justice for the Palestinians is under attack in the UK. National PSC's fighting fund to counter such efforts is its most expensive venture ever. In 2016 the government brought in measures to stop local council pension schemes divesting from companies complicit in Israel’s human rights violations. In December the PSC applied to take the government to judicial review – arguing that the new regulations broke the law. The government sought to convince the court that the case had no merits. The government lost that argument and the divestment ban will go to a full trial this summer. PSC is appealing for donation for legal costs. More at:

3. Sir Christopher Geidt, Private Secretary to to the Queen: Please do not advise Royal Visit to Israel in Balfour Centenary Year. Dear Sir Christopher, We the undersigned members of the British public, the Commonwealth and concerned members of the International Community would politely request that Her Majesty the Queen does not travel to Israel for commemorations around the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. The British Foreign Office has described this as “unfinished business” and for the Palestinian People and their global supporters, it would add insult to injury. Most important, it would embroil Her Majesty in a controversy which is likely to prove highly damaging to the international standing of the British Monarchy. Respectfully Yours, Elizabeth Morley – A concerned private citizen.


4. 100 YEARS SINCE THE BALFOUR DECLARATION – JUSTICE NOW FOR PALESTINE. Every year Palestinians mark the Nakba – “catastrophe” in English – when in 1948 around 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes during the creation of the state of Israel. 500 villages were destroyed in a premeditated campaign, and their inhabitants never allowed to return. Zionist militias, who later became the “Israel Defence Forces” (IDF), committed massacres in the villages of Deir Yassin, Lydda, Tantura and dozens of other Palestinian communities.
The Nakba came just thirty years after the Balfour Declaration, when British Foreign Minister Arthur Balfour wrote to the Zionist movement pledging UK government support for a Jewish state in Palestine. The declaration famously stated that “nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine”. The existing ‘non-Jewish communities’ were the Palestinians. They constituted 94% of the population, and were not consulted when their land was given away. This was a typically colonial British act of the time.
The Declaration began the process where one group of people (the British) pledged the land belonging to a second group (the Palestinians) to a third group of people (the Jewish people). The British Mandate followed (1922–1947) with the bloody suppression of the Palestinian campaign for self-determination. The Nakba of 1948 was a direct consequence of British policies.
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5. United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 of 23rd December. Article 1. reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace.” The resolution passed in a 14–0 vote. Four members with veto power, China, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom, voted for the resolution, whereas, the United States abstained. It was the first UNSC resolution to pass regarding Israel and the Palestine territories since 2009 and the first to address the issue of Israeli settlements with such specificity since Resolution 465 in 1980. More at: http://www.un.org/webcast/pdfs/SRES2334-2016.pdf and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Security_Council_Resolution_2334
6. UN Report: Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid. “This report concludes that Israel has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole. Aware of the seriousness of this allegation, the authors of the report conclude that available evidence establishes beyond a reasonable doubt that Israel is guilty of policies and practices that constitute the crime of apartheid as legally defined in instruments of international law.” https://www.unescwa.org/sites/www.unescwa.org/files/publications/files/israeli-practices-palestinian-people-apartheid-occupation-english.pdf
7. Israel fumes over world soccer official's ultimatum | The Times of Israel | Israeli soccer head, Ofer Eini, was said to be furious after the chairman of a FIFA committee threatened to suspend Israel from all international competitions if it continues to allow teams from settlements in the West Bank to play in the national league. http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-fumes-over-fifa-ultimatum/
8. Some of the Israeli crimes suffered by Palestinians on 26Mar17 2 children wounded / Palestinian family home destroyed / Settler mob assaults Palestinian farmworkers / Another Israeli water crime // 26 raids including home invasions / 2 wounded – 25 taken prisoner / 3 abducted (all aged 16) / 3 acts of agricultural/economic sabotage ( www.palestine.org.nz )


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1. NEXT EPSC MEETING on Tuesday 7th March, 7.30 to 9 pm, in Toronto House, Prince Charles Road, Exeter EX4 7EW (Buses stopping near include B, F1, F2, P. Cars can be parked on service road running past Toronto House).

2. YOU MAY WANT TO ADD YOUR NAME to one or more of these requests:

a. Recognize Palestine

b. Apology for Balfour Declaration

c. Stop selling arms to Israel

d. Red Card for Israel

e. Consider voting for Karma Nabulsi


a. Hero who died because he would not be a collaborator

b. Council of Europe on desperate condition of Gaza

c. Balfour on Balfour

d. Zionist myths

e. Canadians ahead of their government

f. Incitement and provocation of Palestinians

Recognize Palestine petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/174181

Balfour apology petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/184398

Click this link to sign the petition "We want the UK Government to ban the sale of all arms to Israel" https://petition.parliament.uk/signatures/35343751/verify?token=TIIpRzSV2XEJYoVh51Ea

Call on FIFA to take action on Israeli settlement teams participating in official Israeli leagues. https://bdsmovement.net/redcardisrael

Karma Nabulsi, an activist involved in defending the rights of students in Oxford to participate in Israel Apartheid events, has been nominated for the Guardian Higher Education Award. You can vote here: https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2017/mar/01/vote-for-higher-educations-most-inspiring-leader-2017


Palestinian teenager dies in Gaza after Israel denies him access to hospital. A 17-year-old Palestinian died last week after Israel refused to allow him to leave the besieged Gaza Strip for treatment of a congenital heart defect, the Gaza-based al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights said in a report last week. Ahmad Hassan Shubeir, from Gaza City, was denied treatment because he had refused to serve as a collaborator for the Israeli authorities”, according to the Centre. After being repeatedly denied permission by Israel to cross, despite securing a number of appointments at Israeli hospitals as his health declined, Ahmad died at approximately 4am on January 14. . . . . Al-Mezan strongly condemns Israel’s ill-treatment of Palestinian patients in Gaza, where health care services are crippled due to the Israeli blockade that will, in June, enter its tenth year. “The denial of adequate medical care . . . is in violation of treaty and customary international law, and amounts to a prohibited collective punishment,” al-Mezan stressed. https://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=775049

Council of Europe condemns Gaza blockade as 'collective punishment'. 25 January | The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has adopted a report outlining the dire humanitarian situation in the besieged Gaza Strip and reiterating its support for lifting the decade-long siege of the territory, which it called “collective punishment” imposed on Palestinians in contravention of international law. . . . . The Assembly blamed the vast destruction caused by Israel’s 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip for exacerbating hardship in the small Palestinian territory, as hundreds of Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces, more than 12,500 homes were completely destroyed and at least 100,000 Palestinians were displaced. The report went on to detail several aspects of the blockade that have exacerbated the humanitarian situation in Gaza, including the lack of free movement of people and goods, the depleting energy and water supply, the unjustifiable harassment and killing of Palestinian fishermen off the coast, in addition to the use of “excessive and intentional force without justification against Palestinian civilians in the buffer zone, including against farmers, journalists, medical crews and peaceful protesters” which, it said, was “blatantly counter to human rights principles and the international law.” The report stated: “The lifting of the blockade of Gaza is a vital precondition for the resolution of the humanitarian crisis and should be supported by the international community through the provision of security conditions necessary for the free movement of people and goods”. . . . The UN warns that Gaza could be “uninhabitable” by 2020. Ending the blockade would be the only way to ensure Palestinians in Gaza have access to “basic and inalienable human rights”, the report concluded. https://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=775101

NYTimes.com: Letters - Roderick, Earl of Balfour - Feb 16, 2017

In 1917, my forebear Arthur Balfour, as British foreign secretary, wrote the Balfour Declaration, a great humanitarian initiative to give Jews a home in their ancient lands, against the background of the dreadful Russian pogroms. We are conscious, however, that a central tenet of the declaration has all but been forgotten over the intervening decades: respect for the status of (Arab) Palestinians. . . . If this situation is to have a chance of being neutralized, Israel must respect the United Nations resolutions (the same United Nations that gave Israel legitimacy 70 years ago) and look to allow the Palestinians their own state. Of course, this will mean disruption and Israeli political upheaval, and it’s disappointing that this week President Trump looked more like Janus on the issue. . . . We don’t believe that the declaration centenary can be properly celebrated this year unless progress is made, and soon. Simultaneous work toward making Jerusalem an internationally protected capital for all three Abrahamic faiths could see original intentions realized.