Palestinians protest UN chief’s Gaza visit

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Palestinian protesters surround a vehicle in the convoy of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as it arrives at Erez border crossing between Israel and Gaza 2 February 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Mohammed Salem)

Published Thursday, February 2, 2012

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Gaza was disrupted on Thursday by Palestinians angered by his unwillingness to meet the families of political prisoners.

Protesters took to the streets to try to prevent the UN chief’s convoy from entering Gaza, with some hurling shoes, sand and small stones at his convoy.

He was able to continue on to Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, where he was met by more protests, with demonstrators toting banners reading “We need to live in peace” and “We demand a trial for Israel’s leaders.”

Many of the protesters were relatives of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, who were angry at Ban’s refusal to meet them to discuss the prisoners’ situation. More than 4,000 Palestinians are currently held in Israeli jails.

A statement signed by the director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, the chairman of the Islamic University of Gaza and other prominent figures declared they were boycotting a scheduled meeting with Ban due to his unwillingness to meet the prisoners’ families.

“Over the past two days, we have made intensive efforts to ensure that representatives of families of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails would be part of the delegation that would meet with the Secretary-General,” it said.

“However, during the preparatory meeting we conducted, with the participation of representatives of families of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, we received an unjustified negative response indicating that the Secretary-General refused to meet with representatives of families of prisoners.”

“Therefore, we have regrettably decided to boycott the scheduled meeting with the Secretary-General,” it concluded.

Ban is visiting the region to try to kick-start stalled peace negotiations. A month of “exploratory talks” ended last week without the UN being able to achieve any significant concessions from the Israelis.

The UN chief called on Palestinians and Israelis to refrain from violence and urged Israel to ease the economic blockade of Gaza.

Israel has imposed a siege on Gaza since 2007, inflicting considerable hardship on Gaza’s 1.5 million Palestinians.

Most of the international community, including the United Nations, believes that the restrictions directly harm Gaza’s civilian population.

“Israel has taken some measures to ease the closure. More must be done,” Ban said. “I am pressing hard for policy changes so that the United Nations can do its essential work,” he added, calling for Gaza to be able to trade “without restrictions.”

On Wednesday, he urged Israel to offer “goodwill gestures” to the Palestinians to lure them back to talks, amid reports that Western powers want the Jewish state to offer a package of confidence-building measures.

“Gaza remains a priority for me and the United Nations family,” Ban said on Wednesday, after meeting with Netanyahu.

But his call for Israel to halt settlement construction, a key Palestinian demand, appeared to be rebuffed by Netanyahu, who said on Wednesday he considered settlements an issue for discussion during negotiations, not before.

Israel has sped up construction of illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank, in defiance of international law.

Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority wants Israel to halt its settlement activity before peace talks can resume.

Israel, currently headed by a far-right government, shows no intention of doing so.

(Al Akhbar, AFP)

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Martyred By Israeli Occupation Attacks

انّا للہ و انّا الیه راجعون

May Allah Subhana wa Ta’ ala grant the Shuhada Jannatul Firdaus, and ease it for their families, loved ones and anyone around them. Allahumma Ameen ya Rabbil Alameen. ‘ Inna Lillahi wa ‘ Inna ‘ Ilayhi Raji’un, Allahu Akbar


* The list of shuhada does not display, the numerous victims of the zionist occupation which are undocumented by media. Nor it displays the victims of the “silent onslaught” due to restrictions of movement, ability to go to hospitals for treatment or life saving surgery, due to lack of medication because of the blockades and so on. For example: The Slow Motion Genocide by the Siege on Gaza only, killed 600 patients since Gaza got under Israeli Siege.

For an overview of All Israeli Massacres Palestinians go here

Neither does this list, display the avoidable mortality. A clear and statistical factual evidence, about the number of deaths due to indecent ruling by occupation forces. For even an occupier has obligations under International Laws, Geneva Convention and the Hague regulations, which it is neglecting. These circumstances, together with deliberate policies of the occupier to neglect and even deny every basic human right, severes avoidable mortality which is totally silenced by media or reporting organisations. While in the Holocaust, 1 on 6 Jewish people directly died of deliberate neglect, so if we believe the facts over 1 million due to avoidable mortality, neither should these same circumstances be ignores which are ongoing in Palestine. For this report displays a avoidable morality of at least 0,5 million Palestinians.

How many more dead corpses of Palestinians does the international community need to see in order to act? How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed to intervene so this ongoing warcrime is being stopped once and for all.

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