HJFP Newsletter 10


# Hustings at Selby Community Centre – 21st April

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# Child Prisoners in Israel – reply from Kamall Syed

Thanks you for your email and for taking the time to write to me. I apologies for the delay in my response to you.  Having read everything you sent through I would normally offer to table a question to the European Commission, drawing their attention to the facts and asking what their strategy moving forward is.
However, upon investigation, I see that my colleague Angela Vallina submitted the below question on the 11th of February.

11 February 2015
Question for written answer to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Ángela Vallina (GUE/NGL)
Subject: VP/HR — Reports of torture, detention and trials of Palestinian minors by the Israeli Government
A number of reports and dozens of human rights groups have drawn attention to the fact that Palestinian children and young people are being systematically detained and deprived of their freedom by the Israeli Government. Around 700 Palestinian minors are tried in Israeli courts every year. In many cases it has been documented that the Israeli police have obtained false statements from minors who have been tortured. Some 74% maintain that they were subject to physical punishment whilst in detention.
The use of torture, especially with regard to minors, is explicitly prohibited under both the European Convention on Human Rights and Article 37 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
What is the High Representative’s position on this issue?  In the light of the EU-Israel Association Agreement, could the High Representative state whether she intends not only to maintain the freeze on the agreement, but also to suspend it under Article 2?
Original language of question: ES

The Commission has not yet responded to Ms Vallina’s question, however once they do I will be sure to send you the response for further discussion.
Syed  Kamall
MEP for London

# Extremists in Israel dominate election debate

Israel’s Foreign Minister – one of the most powerful positions in the Israeli Government, said that ‘disloyal’ Palestinian citizens of Israel should be ‘beheaded’ with an ‘axe’.

He also called for ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from predominantly Arab areas, or those that mourned the Nakba – the day of catastrophe – for Palestine. Read more
Israel will hold their elections next week, but whilst a new Government might bring change for Israelis, for Palestinians it will be more of the same whoever wins: occupation, Apartheid and ethnic cleansing.

What you can do!

Would the British government accept this from the Foreign Minister of any other country, or would they take action, such as imposing an arms ban and end preferential trade agreements? Please take action to insist your future MP stands up for international law and human rights! Inaction in the face of continued violations of Palestinians’ rights  is not acceptable.
Over 23,000 emails have already been sent to candidates in our general election – join them, and help make our voice for peace and justice impossible to ignore!
Source:  Palestine Solidarity Campaign, 13.03.2015

# March against Islamophobia

Last year over 10,000 people from across Britain people took to the streets in London – students and trade unionists, people of all faiths and none, migrants, musicians, teachers, pensioners and parents. A huge demonstration this year, just a month before the General Election will send a powerful message to all politicians: We are the majority and we will stand up to racism.


# New Parliamentary motion puts spotlight on theft of resources

A new Parliamentary motion is putting the spotlight on the theft of Palestinian resources by Israel. Early Day Motion, 838, entitled Natural Resources of Palestine, states (in Parliamentary language):
That this House acknowledges the view of the World Bank that Israel’s occupation is preventing Palestine from accessing its natural resources, including not only oil and gas but also agricultural land and water acquifers; notes the natural gas reserves of Gaza Marine One and Noa South of Gaza Marine Two are in Gaza’s territorial waters and contain at least $5 billion of gas; further notes that BG Group has held a licence since 1999 but Israel’s intransigence has prevented it from commencing exploration; further notes the already operational Meged oil field in Israel is believed to contain reserves of at least 3.5 million barrels and to extend into the Occupied West Bank; further notes that Israel has also issued licences for oil exploration in the occupied Golan Heights in violation of international law; recalls that the Oslo Accords oblige Israel to co-ordinate exploration for natural resources in shared territory with the Palestine Authority and share its benefits; and therefore calls on the Government, together with its European partners, to press Israel to abide by its obligations and cease obstructing legitimate Palestinian endeavours aimed at accessing its natural resources.

Please ask your MP to sign the motion urgently. You can find your MP here. Your MP must sign the motion before Thursday 26th March at the latest.
Source:  Palestine Solidarity Campaign, 13.03.2015



# Muslim Institute one-day conference

Saturday, 28 Mar 2015 10:00am to 5:30pm

The shockwave caused by the murders at Charlie Hebdo and the kosher supermarket in Paris in January by men claiming to represent al-Qaeda in Yemen continues to be felt.  The aftermath of the massacre saw millions march in France under the banner ‘Je Suis Charlie’ and troops deployed to guard synagogues. More recently, advocates of free speech and members of the Jewish community have been attacked in Copenhagen, resulting in two deaths. Three young Muslims in the US were attacked in a hate-fuelled shooting. These events have caused nothing but despair.  Muslim communities in France and across Europe face intensifying demands to shout louder their condemnation of atrocities carried out by terrorists who say they are Muslim and are defending Islam. Governments point to the threat of ISIL in Iraq and Boko Haram in Nigeria to justify sweeping anti-terror laws.

At this one day conference, the Muslim Institute will consider the complex issues arising from the brutal events of Paris and ask what constitutes freedom of speech, whether Muslim communities in Britain face a difficult future, how we arrived at this tragic state of affairs and what can be done.  The event will feature formidable, informed speakers such as Ziauddin Sardar, Sara Khan (Inspire), Merryl Wyn Davies, Manwar Ali (JIMAS), Sunny Hundal, Catherine Heseltine (MPACUK), Pavan Dhaliwal (British Humanist Association) and more. Join us and be part of the debate.
Venue: CAN Mezzanine, 49-51 Old Street, London, N1 6AH
Tickets are £5 in advance via eventbrite and £10 on the door.

# Boycott-Israeli-blood-diamonds: Censorship – Mail on Sunday

Two weeks ago I had an exchange of emails (below) with the Community Manager of the MailonLine, Kate Brownlie-Smith when a comment I posted to an article failed to appear on line.  When I queried why and asked if my account was blocked she replied “Please let me assure you that your comment account has not been blocked or banned”
Last night the following article about De Beers’ diamonds popped up on my radar and I duly posted a comment which once again wasn’t published, even though this thread, like the one previously, says comments are unmoderated.
Press censorship to protect the diamond industry, which this clearly is, needs to be challenged. It is surely a matter of public interest and fair comment that the ethical provenance of De Beers Forevermark diamonds should be challenged when they repeatedly claim that they are “responsibly sourced” without offering any explanation as to what that means.  I am considering making a complaint to Independent Press Standards Organisation. It would be helpful if others would post my comment there and see if it gets deleted. If you do post the comment please grab a screen shot for me – someone else posted the comment but it was removed.

#The Freedom Theatre Uk Friends

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# Israel kills fisherman and reduces Gaza’s fishing space by 2 miles

On Saturday, the Israeli navy shot and killed a Palestinian fisherman, and detained 2 others. The ‪Gaza fishermen’s union claim that the Israeli Navy have reduced Gaza’s fishing space by 2 nautical miles, to a mere 4 nautical mile.
Read the full story and view images from Gaza…
Source: Middle East Monitor, 09.03.2015

# Deir Yassin Day 2015


# 10 facts about the Israeli elections and the Palestinian vote

Ben White explores the key issues
Source:  Palestine Solidarity Campaign, 13.03.2015

# Book now! Conference at Southampton University

17-18 April: International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism
Read more
Source:  Palestine Solidarity Campaign, 13.03.2015

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