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Gaza Rose, Razan al-Najjar

 

 

 

The Palestinian ‘Great March of Return‘, protested Nakba Day, better known in the west as Israeli Independence Day, a peaceful protest symbolically demanding the right of return to their homeland taken by force in the establishment of the Jewish state in 1948. In a few weeks of protests, the Israeli forces killed around 120 Palestinians and injured thousands more, mostly by snipers.

 

Razan al-Najjar, a Palestinian medic, every morning assured her mum not to worry, that god was protecting her, but she wore a protective vest in case. “My daughter would be out every Friday between 7am and 8pm. She was in the field doing her work, healing the wounds of the injured, and was a brave paramedic who was never scared of the Israeli snipers,” Najjar’s mother said. Razan al-Najjar,the eldest of six brothers and sisters, loved her job. She got her nursing diploma and was eager to help and save innocent lives.

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Razan al-Najjar, Gaza Rose

 

 

.. the fence between Israel and Gaza, a 21 year old medic with her white dress, trying to save life, An Israeli Solder, looked through the fence, saw, aimed , thought, and shot Razan al Najjar… , she became the symbol of people of Gaza resistance .. ..
My interview with Palestinian activist, Khalil Abu Yahia, from Gaza..
We may never know the name of the soldier who killed Razan al-Najjar. But we do know the names of those who gave the order enabling him to kill her..

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Windows Into Palestine Festival, Telling The Palestinian Story in America.

 

MAY 17-19, 2018

A Festival of Palestinian Art & Culture

Exhibition of visual art by Palestinian artists

Musical performances and workshops

Film: shorts and feature length; discussions follow each film

Palestinian cuisine, including demonstrations and samples from renowned chefs

Authentic Spice & Craft Market

Iftar: break the Ramadan fast with sisters and brothers of all faiths

Many special guests from Palestine

OPEN TO EVERYONE!

Featured venue:
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1200 Marquette Ave
Minneapolis, MN

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My Land, A Palestinian American found his lost land in Palestine, in a small town in MInnesota

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Jewish Jihadists may face war crime charge!!

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(Haaretz) — Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki has sent a letter to UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon and a number of Western foreign ministers asking them to bring to trial their citizens who serve in the Israeli army or volunteer with the military for alleged war crimes commited in Gaza.

Haaretz received a copy of the letter Maliki sent Tuesday to his U.S., British, French, Australian, Canadian and South African counterparts. In the letter, he emphasized that UN member states bear the responsibility of investigating and putting on trial people in their jurisdictions who have violated international law.

“The Israeli military currently has approximately thousands in its ranks. This total includes both Israeli dual nationals and non-Israeli volunteers enlisted through so-called “Mahal” programs,” Maliki wrote. “These dual nationals and foreign nationals participate in Israeli combat operations within the territory of the occupied State of Palestine, including the current offensive in the Gaza Strip. Additionally, foreign nationals volunteering with the so-called “Sar-El” program provide non-combat maintenance and logistics support to the Israeli occupation forces.”

The Mahal program enables young Jews aged 18 to 24 years from around the world who don’t have Israeli citizenship to volunteer for the Israeli military. They serve in combat units for one-and-a-half years, and volunteers get temporary residency status. The Sar-El program, a joint initiative of the Jewish Agency and the Israel Defense Forces, brings Jewish volunteers from around the world to Israel for a period of one week to one year during which time they volunteer with bases around the country.

In the letter, Maliki says that IDF forces have carried out a long line of war crimes in the Gaza Strip, in the past and in the current round of fighting, which has caused the deaths of many innocent civilians and the destruction of key infrastructure. Under the Geneva Convention, which all the recipients of the letter are signatories of, “States are obligated to take all measures necessary to suppress violations of international humanitarian law, including grave breaches, i.e. war crimes,” he added.

“Palestine hereby calls upon all member States of the United Nations to meet these legal obligations with regard to the potential involvement of its nationals in international crimes relating to Israel’s occupation of Palestine, including the ongoing Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip,” he wrote.

Maliki then identified a number of steps the Palestinians want the recipients of the letter to take:

  1. Identifying all of its nationals who are serving in or otherwise aiding Israeli occupation forces, including participants in the so-called “Mahal” volunteer brigade and the so-called “Sar-El” volunteer program;
  2. Notifying all such persons of alleged violations and war crimes committed by Israel during the current offensive in the Gaza Strip, the potential criminal liability for committing or contributing to the commission of war crimes, and each State’s obligation under international humanitarian law to investigate potential war crimes within its jurisdiction and prosecute where appropriate; and
  3. Investigating any allegations that its nationals were involved in the commission and/or the aiding and abetting of war crimes during the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, and prosecuting these individuals where appropriate.

It remains to be seen how practical the Palestinian request from Western countries to investigate their citizens who served in the IDF is. There is reason to believe that most of the countries that received the letter will be reluctant to do anything about it. And even if they wanted to advance the issue, it would prove extremely difficult for them to identify and locate those individuals.

However, Maliki’s letter is another attempt to increase the diplomatic and legal pressure internationally after the Gaza operation. It was only a few weeks ago that the Palestinian Authority pushed for the establishment of a Gaza war crimes commission in the UN Human Rights Council to investigate alleged Israeli crimes during the fighting in Gaza.

In addition, the PA is holding discussions and consultations with Hamas about the possibility of signing the Rome Statute and applying to the International Criminal Court in the Hague. But despite the surge in Palestinian statements on this topic, it seems that Abbas, fearing an Israeli response and harsh international criticism, is not interested, at this time, to move further along that path.

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Read more: http://forward.com/articles/204739/could-foreigners-who-serve-in-israeli-army-face-wa/#ixzz3BhkG512x

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