- Panitia Peduli dan Prihatin merupakan satu badan yang ditubuhkan bagi menyalurkan maklumat-maklumat tentang isu polemik dunia. Rasulullah Sallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam bersabda "Tidak sempurna iman jika kau tidur dalam kekenyangan, sedang jiran tetanggamu menderita kerana kelaparan". Mari ambil cakna isu dunia.
13 March 2012
*Palestinians injured in Israel’s latest bombing campaign in Gaza (photo by Mohamed Majdalawi)
In August 2011, when the Israeli army bombed the Gaza Strip for nearly a week, killing 26 and injuring 89 more Palestinians, they at least had a pretext, no matter how transparently false — one which was immediately proven bogus by both their own Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) spokeswoman and subsequent investigations.
Four days ago on March 9, 2012, when the Israeli army assassinated two Palestinians via a precision-fired “drone” (UAV, the technically accurate name) missile, they didn’t even have the pretense of a pretext to cling to. The missile, which hit a car in Gaza City’s Tel el Hawa district, killing two Palestinian resistance fighters, was the first of almost non-stop bombing that has continued throughout Monday. As of Monday evening, the death toll was 25 Palestinians, with another over 80 injured — many with critical, life-threatening injuries — and 3 Israelis injured from the crude, unguided rockets Palestinian resistance fire, with no signs that Israel would cease its murderous campaign. In the first attacks, the IOF assassinated Zuhair al-Qaisi, the secretary general of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), and PRC member Mahmoud Hanani.
Samer, a university student from Beit Hanoun, spoke Monday of the injured he saw at northern Gaza’s Kamal Adwan hospital: “The injured I saw there yesterday were all children and women.” Indeed, if the death toll is accurate, while a great many of the assassinated have been resistance fighters, the martyred — and nearly all of the injured — also include civilians, children, and elderly.
In Jabaliya refugee camp, one of the many Israeli bombings on Monday killed 65-year-old Mohammed Mustafa al-Hasumi and his 30-year-old daughter Faiza. Early Monday morning, IOF warplanes targeted the three-storey home of the Hammad family in Ezbet Abed Rabbo, injuring 33, including two critically so, and including nine below the age of 10 years old. Also on Monday, in the Strip’s northern Beit Lahiya, the IOF killed Nayif Qarmout, 14, and injured five other students wounded when the IOF-fired missile hit near them. On Sunday, Israeli bombing in a residential area killed Ayoub Assaliya, 13, and injured his seven-year-old cousin.
The Israeli attacks began Friday with the assassination of resistance fighters who were not participating in acts of resisting the occupation, but rather were travelling through a residential area of Gaza City. Enshrined in international law is the right to resist occupation. In contrast, the targeted assassination of people not engaged in combat is forbidden under international law. Specifically:
Extrajudicial executions are gross violations of universally agreed human rights that enshrine the right to life in accordance with Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and further cemented in Article 6 of the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights. Extrajudicial executions are acts outside the realm of rule of law and hence deprive the targeted individual(s) of their right to life, as well as the right to defend themselves against charges against them.
According to provisions of IHL, people who live under foreign occupation enjoy special protection under Common Article 3 of the four Geneva Conventions. The Article stipulates that:
“[t]he passing of sentences and the carrying out of executions without previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court, affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples” are prohibited at all times and in all circumstances. Civilians are moreover protected against acts that constitute collective punishment. Collective punishment, intentional attacks against civilians and extrajudicial executions constitute war crimes in IHL.
Jenny Graham, an Irish citizen living in Gaza City, describes on her blog the pandemonium following the first Israeli attacks on March 9:
A day of bombardment from air, sea and land, The martyred and injured taken to Al Shifa. To the North, South, East and West and everywhere in between, no where escaped. Loud explosions constantly rattled the windows and shook the building.
… not only can Gazans not report their stories, share their fears or spread word of an attack, many can now no longer keep check on friends and family members [due to the 20 hour long power outages throughout the Strip].
… The father of one of the Martyrs sits on the ground outside, oblivious to the crowds surrounding him, his eyes vacant and empty, he will never see the world the same again.
Omar Ghraeib, a 25-year-old Palestinian who blogs when he has electricity, said:
I live in Tel el Hawa, Gaza City. The first bombings last Friday — which ignited the latest escalation — happened in Tel el Hawa. Since then, basically, from south till north Gaza, from east till west, nowhere is safe. They even bombed populated area and high-traffic areas. The bombing affects everyone, including myself and my family; it is not safe to go to work or school. But if I could leave, I wouldn’t! I want to stick with my people here, I am not better than them, and we are all in this together. Some might leave, but the majority won’t leave their lands, houses, and country.
An online letter from various Palestinian civil society groups, including the One Democratic State Group and different BDS groups, reads:
[Gaza has been] bombed by Apache helicopters and F-16 and V-58 fighter planes. Gaza has been enduring Israeli policies of extermination and vandalism since June, 2006. The Palestinian people have already been under siege for more than six years as collective punishment. Israel has turned the Gaza Strip into the largest concentration camp, reminiscent of Bergen Bilsen and Auschwits, with the largest population of prisoners in the world.
Mahfouz Kabariti, from Gaza City’s port area, says the bombing escapes no area: “The other day they bombed behind our house, maybe 500 metres away. Three were killed.” But like most Palestinians, he is accustomed to the tragedies of the occupation. “We are used to this life… but it is the kids dying, that’s the hardest thing.”
Saber al Zaneen, living in Beit Lahiya, said Monday evening: “The situation is extremely difficult in Gaza It’s very, very dangerous here. There are bombs every five to ten minutes, from warplanes, from zananas (UAVs). Today’s the fourth day we’ve been under Israel’s war … and no one is doing anything to stop it. It’s the beginning of a new war on Gaza, and it already feels as bad as the last war on Gaza in 2008-2009. The Israelis are bombing everywhere again: people’s homes, schools, cemeteries…No one is on the street, everyone is afraid.”
In his latest article, Max Blumenthal dissects the Israeli lies and motivations for their recent bombing of Gaza:
The Israeli army claimed that it initiated the assault on Gaza in order to kill two alleged militants who supposedly “masterminded” a brazen and deadly terror attack near the Israeli city of Eilat in August of last year. The army also claimed the two were planning a new operation.
As is so often the case, the Israeli army is lying. According to the army’s own investigation of the Eliat attack last year, the attackers were not from Gaza as Israeli government spokespeople initially claimed — they were Egyptian.
Finally, in November, Egyptian security forces arrested the suspected mastermind of the Eilat plot, shattering the Israeli army’s initial claims about Gazan culpability. By then, however, Israeli forces had already killed 30 Gazans in retaliation for an attack they had absolutely nothing to do with.
This weekend, the Israeli army reverted to falsely blaming Gazans for last August’s Eilat attacks, contradicting its own investigation and heaps of evidence proving the attacks were planned in Egypt and carried out by Egyptians. The army has no proof that the men it assassinated on Friday — Al-Qaissi and Al-Hannani — were involved in the Eilat attacks, or that they were planning any military operations. So in to manufacture a violent confrontation, the Israeli military simply concocted a lie that conceals what appears to be political considerations.
Blumenthal sees the recent Israeli attacks on Gaza as a means of garnering support for Netanyahu after a visit to the U.S., which did not result in the hoped for immediate go-ahead for an attack on Iran.
The renewed assault on Gaza coincided with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s return to Israel after days of discussions in Washington with President Barack Obama about Iran’s nuclear program.
… Almost as soon as he limped back to Jerusalem in frustration, Netanyahu gathered with his generals to gin up a case for pounding Gaza. The Gaza Strip, with its warehoused population of stateless refugees, would serve as their punching bag and pressure release valve. They could not have their war on Iran — not yet, at least — but they could assault Palestinians in Gaza without fear of repercussions from Washington.
Likewise, Ali Abunimah’s recent in-depth analysis highlights a similar hypothesis — that Israel benefits from starting and continuing attacks on the 1.6 million people locked into the Gaza Strip:
So given all this, why has Israel decided to kill people in Gaza for no discernible reason? According to Bar’el inHaaretz it has everything to do with Israel’s effort to build support for an attack on Iran:
Advocates of a strike on Iran couldn’t have hoped for a more convincing performance than the current exchange of fire between Israel and Gaza. “A million Israelis under fire” is only a taste of what is expected when Iran’s nuclear project is completed. When that happens, seven million Israelis will be under the threat of fire and nuclear fallout.
…For Israelis, there is no better proof that no harm will come to them as a result of an attack on Iran than the performance of the Iron Dome anti-rocket system, which has demonstrated a 95% rate of effectiveness. The escalation in Gaza is good for Israel — that is, for that part of Israel that wants to strike Iran.
Further in his article, Abunimah elaborates on further reasons for the Israeli bombings throughout the Gaza Strip:
This weekend’s attacks have followed a typical pattern. Israel launches a lethal attack knowing full well that Palestinian resistance factions will respond. It then uses the response — dozens of rockets falling on Israel rarely causing injuries or damage — as the very pretext for continued bombing.
… Perhaps the most chilling explanation of why Israel was bombing Gaza came, again, from Yaakov Katz inThe Jerusalem Post:
the IDF is using this as an opportunity to do some “maintenance work” in Gaza and to mow the lawn, so to speak, with regard to terrorism, with the main goal of boosting its deterrence and postponing the next round of violence for as long as possible.
So 12 year-old Ayoub Useila is not even an animal. He’s just part of a “lawn” of faceless nameless Palestinians, to be bombed into submission as routinely as an Israeli settler on stolen West Bank land maintains his suburban-style yard and swimming pool.
Finally, and critically, he cites statistics that are rarely cited, buried in the pages of Israeli propaganda:
… between September 2005 and May 2007 in which Palestinian armed groups fired 2,700 rockets toward Israel killing four people, Israel fired 14,617 heavy artillery shells into Gaza killing 59 people, including at least 17 children and 12 women. Hundreds more were injured and extensive damage caused.
In 2011, the projectiles fired by the Israeli military into Gaza have been responsible for the death of 108 Palestinians, of which 15 where women or children and the injury of 468 Palestinians of which 143 where women or children. The methods by which these causalities were inflicted by Israeli projectiles breaks down as follows: 57% or 310, were caused by Israeli Aircraft Missile fire, 28% or 150 were from Israeli live ammunition, 11% or 59 were from Israeli tank shells while another 3% or 18 were from Israeli mortar fire.
“To top things off,” Omar Ghareib writes, “Gaza’s Energy Authority announced that Gaza’s only power plant will be shutting down — completely — today, for the third time in a month, because of the lack of fuel. Gaza will sink under darkness again, but will be lit by the Israeli war machines.”
Dr. Hassan Khalaf, Deputy Health Minister in Gaza, said Monday that the combination of the latest Israeli attacks, the prolonged medicines shortage, and the continued lack of electricity meant for a critical health services situation in the Strip:
It is very critical, 180 of 450 of patients’ drug items are at zero stock; 200 of 900 of essential medical items are at zero stock. We lack many essential drugs, including those needed for anaesthesia, antibiotics, specialized milk for infants, treatments for neurological conditions like epilepsy, and cancer medications.
No electricity means no medical service. Electricity is the life of medical service, for all machines; the ICU is completely dependent on electricity, as is the operating theatre, kidney dialysis…
In his blog post, Abunimah links to a video interview with Shifa hospital’s Dr. Ayman Al Sahbani early on in the Israeli attacks, who says:
We don’t know what type of weapon was used. It led to severe burn from the upper torso; severe burn, black. We don ‘t know the type of chemical weapon used, because it is different from the other type of weapons. Used to kill, not to injure, to kill. The twelve martyrs, all of them severe shrapnel, severe injuries, and many of them without heads. In the past we saw burns, but last night, many of them direct trauma, many of them completely without their heads.
Some Palestinians in Gaza fear the worst for future days.
Saber Zaneen said Monday, “People hear rumours that Barack and Netenyahu want to send tanks in, for a big attack worse than 2008. We have no idea what’s going to happen.”
Posturing in the media, Netanyahu said on Sunday: “We extracted a high price from them and will continue to do so.” On Monday, he said that the Israeli army is “prepared to expand its activities [in the Gaza Strip] as much as is necessary.”
Asking, “is it enough yet?” Jenny Graham writes Monday night of the 25 martyrs and more than 85 wounded, including 27 children, 13 girls and five elderly since Friday evening.
Omar Ghraeib notes what many Gazan Palestinians have said: “The situation in Gaza is unbearable. No one would cope with it, but Gazans do, because they are used to darkness, lack of power, lack of fuel, lack of gas, lack of water, cold weather, and dire conditions. And in addition to all that, we remain under siege.”
adapted from http://ingaza.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/no-pretense-of-an-excuse-for-continued-israeli-attacks-on-gaza/
by : Shahera, Information Unit (3P)
12 March 2012
Bersempena dengan pelancaran Mini Pavilion (MAP),alhamdulillah Unit 3P telah bergabung tenaga dengan pihak penganjur MAP untuk menjayakan kempen kemanusiaan yang tertumpu pada isu semasa Timur Tengah dalam kalangan mahasiswa dan mahasiswi Mesir,khususnya Muhafazah Tanta. Mini Pavilion bakal berlangsung selama 7 hari bermula dari 15 Mac - 21 Mac 2012 inshallah. Pada mesyuarat yang telah diadakan hari ini, pihak MAP dan 3P sebulat suara untuk bersama-sama mengadakan pameran yang tertumpu pada isu Palestin dan Syria.
Semua ahli PCT sangat dialu-alukan untuk menghadirkan diri sepanjang hari pameran bagi menunjukkan sokongan anda terhadap kepentingan dan perjuangan saudara Islam kita yang berada di kedua-dua negara bergolak ini. Sama-samalah kita ikhlaskan hati panjatkan doa buat mereka yang sedang dilanda musibah dan telah gugur sebagai syahid kerana kekuatan umat Islam itu adalah doa. Semoga syurga yang abadi menanti mereka sebagai balasan di akhirat kelak, ameen.
Maklumat lanjut tentang perjalanan program boleh dirujuk di :
"Ma tusbiqu min ummah ajalaha wa ma yasta'khiruun"
(tidak ada satu umat pun yang dapat menyegerakan ajalnya dan tidak pula menangguhkannya)
10 March 2012
NOTHING IMPOSSIBLE TO THESE OPTIMISTIC GAZANS TO TAKE PART IN OLYMPIC 2012, LONDON.
Bahaa Al Farra, above, will compete in the 400-metre Olympic race, trains at a gym in Gaza City, but next montBahaa Al Farra, above, will compete in the 400-metre Olympic race, trains at a gym in Gaza City, but next month he will go to Qatar to finish his preparations ahead of the Summer Games.
Darting down the bumpy streets of Gaza wearing a cheap pair of running shoes, Palestinian athlete Bahaa Al Farra dodges potholes and traffic as he trains to compete against the world's best athletes at the London Olympics.
Although an Olympic medal is highly unlikely, the 400-metre runner takes to the city streets for about three hours a day, speeding down crowded avenues in the morning before hitting the gym in the afternoon.
"It's not easy to be an athlete in Gaza," Al Farra said.
Al Farra is one of a handful of athletes who will compete under the Palestinian flag at the London Olympics. Although little has changed since Palestinians first participated in the Olympics at the 1996 Atlanta Games, they are now making the long-term investments they hope will bear results in a generation - building an Olympic-size swimming pool and asking for foreign aid for four large multipurpose gyms.
Four Palestinians will be headed to London for the 2012 Games, though none of them has reached Olympic qualifying standards, said Hani al-Halabi of the Palestinian Olympic Committee. Instead, they will be competing by invitation from the International Olympic Committee.
"I know that many people and experts say winning a medal is a fantasy, but I have a strong belief that nothing is impossible if you are determined," Al Farra said.
With medals unlikely, the athletes are mainly driven by the thrill of representing Palestine, even if they still live under full or partial Israeli control and their hopes of gaining independence remain unfulfilled after two decades of stop-and-go negotiations.
Al Farra's coach, Majed Abu Maraheel, recalled his excitement of waving the Palestinian flag at the 1996 Olympics, just two years after Palestinians won limited self-rule in parts of the West Bank and Gaza, the areas that are to make up Palestine, along with east Jerusalem.
"It sent a message to the world that the Palestinians also have the right to be in the games," said the 48-year-old Abu Maraheel, who competed in the 10,000 meters and finished 34th.
Al Farra's personal best of 49.04 seconds in the 400 is more than three seconds slower than the Olympic minimum, but he hopes to get faster by the time he walks into the Olympic Stadium.
Starting in April, Al Farra and female teammate Wuroud Maslaha, a 19-year-old 800m runner from the West Bank city of Nablus, will train for three months in a fully equipped athletic camp in Qatar. Once there, Al Farra will get to wear real running shoes, like the spikes he received as a gift from Qatar for competitions.
At about the same time, 20-year-old swimmer Ahmed Jibril will be heading to Spain to join 17-year-old Sabine Hazboun in training. Hazboun competes in the 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly, while Jibril swims the 400 freestyle, the Palestinian Olympic Committee said.
Al Farra, one of eight siblings, has a brother and a sister who also like to run. His sister had to stop when she became a teenager, in deference to conservative Gaza's strict social norms that frown on women running in public, but Al Farra's 11-year-old brother, not bound by such mores, now often runs alongside him.
Al Farra started training in a local sports club seven years ago. Al Farra prefers training in the streets because Gaza's outdoor track is often unavailable, since it serves many others, including school children and other athletes.
His mother has been supportive, he said, trying to serve healthy food despite the family's small income.
Framed pictures hanging on one of the walls of his family apartment show him at least year's world championships in Daegu, South Korea, where he finished last in his heat. This week, he is competing at the world indoor championships in Istanbul.
But medals will have to wait, according to al-Halabi, the Palestinian Olympic official.
The Olympic-size pool, being built in the West Bank town of Jericho, will be completed in four months, and the four gyms should be ready in two years, he said.
"To create an Olympic champion, you need at least 15 years," al-Halabi said. "We still don't have the required installations and proper budgets."
by : Shahera, Information Unit (3P)
04 March 2012
GARIS MASA PROTES DI SYRIA (14/2-2/3)
FEB 14 – Serangan yang tidak putus-putus dari tentera Basyar telah menyebabkan talian untuk berkomunikasi terputus, pihak aktivis Homs terpaksa menggunakan khidmat burung merpati untuk berkomunikasi antara satu sama lain.
FEB 15 – Perhimpunan Agung PBB akan mengundi esoknya untuk resolusi baru yang menyeru Basyar menghentikan serangannya terhadap rakyat Syria.
Satu letupan dilaporkan telah mengenai saluran paip minyak mentah; menyebabkan udara wilayah Homs dicemari dengan kepulan asap hitam yang tebal.
FEB 16 – China; dikritik keras kerana tindakannya yang menggunakan kuasa veto dalam undian sebelum ini, bertindak untuk menghantar Timbalan Menteri Luar China; Zhai Jun untuk mendesak pimpinan Syria berundur.
Pasukan Keselamatan Syria menangkap blogger; Razan Ghazzawi dan beberapa aktivis kemanusiaan di tengah Damascus awal tengah hari tadi. Razan Ghazzawi merupakan seorang blogger Syria yang menulis mengenai revolusi yang berlaku di Syria.
FEB 17 – “Bayangkan kamu seorang kristian yang ditugaskan mengawal satu kawasan dan ada seorang lagi kristian di hadapan kamu. Di belakang kamu merupakan seorang muslim yang memberikan kamu pilihan untuk membunuh mereka atau kamu yang akan dibunuh. Apa yang akan kamu lakukan ? Itulah yang sebenarnya berlaku kepada saya, kecuali di hadapan saya ialah seorang muslim sunni.” kata bekas tentera rejim Basyar; Fouad. Fouad sekarang berada di barisan tentera yang bersama rakyat Syria.
“Kita perlu mengambil semua tindakan yang kita boleh lakukan dan meletakkan tekanan semaksimumnya ke atas Basyar untuk dia menghentikan tindakan kejamnya” kata Perdana Menteri Britain; David Cameron.
Ribuan rakyat Syria berkumpul hari ini untuk mendesak Basyar turun dari menjadi pemimpin.
FEB 19 – Tentera Basyar melepaskan tembakan ke arah 15 000 hadirin yang menghadiri majlis pengebumian yang terbunuh sewaktu protes jumaat lepas. Majlis pengebumian itu bertukar menjadi perhimpunan protes yang terbesar ke atas Basyar.
FEB 20 – Wilayah Homs digegar lagi dengan serangan dari tentera Basyar. Aktivis Homs mengatakan bahawa bekalan makanan dan perubatan semakin berkurang. Menurut aktivis, beberapa ratus penduduk telah terbunuh dalam serangan tersebut.
2 buah kapal tentera laut Iran berlabuh di pelabuhan Tartous, Syria. Ini menimbulkan kebimbangan kepada pihak barat. Kementerian Luar Israel mengatakan mereka mengawasi kapal-kapal tersebut.
FEB 21 – Pihak Pembangkang Syria menggesa PBB dan Liga Arab untuk mengambil tindakan menghentikan serangan kejam Basyar ke atas rakyat Syria di Wilayah Homs. Turut menggesa adalah Red Cross. Mereka menggesa untuk diadakan gencatan senjata selama 2 jam setiap hari bertujuan untuk memudahkan kerja-kerja perubatan sampai kepada rakyat Syria.
FEB 22 – Tentera Kerajaan Syria bersedia untuk menyerang Homs sekali lagi selepas lebih dari 60 orang terbunuh dalam siri serangan sebelum ini.
FEB 23 – Setiausaha Luar; William Hague menggesa presiden Assad berhenti membunuh rakyat Syria, dipercayai sudah lebih 7000 orang yang syahid.
FEB 24 – Ketua negara-negara Arab dan barat berhimpun di Tunisia bagi menggesa pimpinan Syria untuk membenarkan bantuan sampai kepada Homs, Deraa, Zabadani dan wilayah-wilayah yang dikepung. Mereka juga menyeru supaya Damascus menghentikan serangan-serangannya dan berikrar akan menghantar bantuan kemanusiaan jika Syria ‘menghentikan serangannya ke atas kawasan perumahan.’
Penyiasat PBB menuduh kerajaan Syria melakukan kesalahan melanggar akta kemanusiaan, menandakan bahawa presiden Assad patut didakwa.
Walaupun dipercayai lebih dari 7000 sudah syahid, US dan Britain masih lagi berpendirian bahawa tidak perlu kepada campur tangan tentera meskipun diminta oleh pihak pembangkang di Syria.
FEB 25 – Ambulans dari Persatuan Bulan Sabit Merah Syria memulakan misinya membawa keluar pesakit-pesakit dari daerah Homs. Tidak dapat dipastikan lagi ke mana ketujuh-tujuh pesakit ini dibawa. Pesakit-pesakit ini terdiri daripada wanita dan kanak-kanak.
Barack Obama mengisytiharkan US dan sekutunya akan mempertimbangkan segala ‘alat’ yang ada untuk menghentikan kekejaman yang berlaku di Syria.
FEB 27 – Siaran Televisyen Kebangsaan Syria merakamkan Presiden Basyar dan isteri keluar untuk mengundi referendum yang membentuk perlembagaan baru yang mana Basyar akan memegang pimpinan sampai 2028.
FEB 28 – Hampir 13 aktivis terbunuh dalam usaha mengeluarkan journalis British dari Syria ke Lebnon.
FEB 29 – Tentera Syria menyerang daerah Baba Amr, dalam usaha untuk ‘mengambil’ wilayah Homs.
Mac 1 – Episod paling merah dalam perang Syria apabila tentera regim menyerang dan menakluk kubu paling kuat rakyat di Homs.
Mac 2 – “Terpulang kepada rakyat Syria untuk menentukan siapa yang bakal menerajui mereka. Kita kena pastikan mereka berhenti membunuh satu sama lain. Kami tidak mempunyai sebarang hubungan istimewa dengan presiden Assad. Kami hanya berminat supaya masalah ini diselesaikan.” Kata Presiden Russia; Vladimir Putin. Komen ini menandakan perubahan drastik dalam polisi Rusia.
Dilaporkan oleh : Wan Nur Azim Ezzati binti Wan Abdul Rahim