No Israeli drones for EU’s anti-migration policies

The Petition

To: EU Commissioner Adina Valean, EU Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius, EU Commissioner Yiva Johansson

Dear Sir/Madam,

Since November 2018 the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has leased through the Portuguese company CeiiA two Hermes 900 drones, so-called ‘killer drones’ manufactured by Israel’s largest military company Elbit Systems. Under the € 59 million worth 2 year leasing contract, the drones are used mainly to implement the EU’s repressive anti-migration policies. Experts condemn the move to aerial surveillance as an abrogation of the responsibility to save lives. Worse, the Elbit’s killer drones are supporting Frontex and national authorities in Greece, where migrants and refugees have been targeted with live ammunition at sea.

Elbit Systems develops its drones together with the Israeli military and promotes its technology as field tested – on Palestinians. It provides 85% of the drones used by Israel in its repeated military assaults and continued inhumane siege on Gaza. Hermes drones have been used to kill the four children playing at the beach during Israel’s attack on Gaza in 2014.

These drones can kill but can’t save lives.

Therefore, I demand:

  • EMSA to stop using these drones and EMSA and CeiiA not to renew the leasing contract.
  • Our national authorities not to request these drones for use in their airspace.
  • the European Union not to spend public tax money to finance Israel’s military industry but instead to use its funds to protect human rights for all and not for the militarization of borders and the sea.

Sign the petition

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13 years since the start of the Gaza closure

 Dear Friends and Supporters!

This June, Palestinians mark 13 years since the start of the Gaza closure.

As the world continues to respond to COVID-19, Palestinians in Gaza are particularly susceptible to the pandemic due to overcrowding, the inability to access adequate water and sanitation, and a healthcare system crippled by successive Israeli military attacks and years of structural violence that denies Palestinians their basic human rights, with impunity.

All aspects of life in the Gaza Strip have been undermined by Israel’s prolonged closure. Since 2012, the UN has repeatedly warned that Gaza would become unliveable by 2020 should Israel fail to lift its illegal closure, which has severely deprived Palestinians of the ability to exercise their individual and collective rights.

We are calling for a genuine solidarity movement that will allow us to create the political will to address the root causes of the deprivation of Palestinian’s rights in Gaza and to lift Israel’s illegal closure. The Palestinian people in Gaza need effective measures and meaningful global action and solidarity to let Gaza live and lift the closure with immediate effect.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @LiftTheClosure

Sign and promote Petition for lifting the closure.

We welcome signatures from individuals and organisations to show global support to lift the Gaza closure.

The petition will serve as the basis for a joint civil society statement calling for an end to this injustice.

*The content of the campaign materials were prepared jointly by Al-Haq, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR).

Joint “Lift the Gaza Closure” campaign with civil society:  http://mezan.org/en/post/23751

The campaign on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MezanCenter/posts/3133419086708544

The campaign on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlMezanCenter/status/1270735409597886465

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The March of Return 2020 Photos – La marcia per il ritorno: le foto

The Nakba and the March of Return – May 2020 – Remembering the Great March of Return of the People of Gaza
30 May 2018 – 27 December 2019

THE PHOTO COLLECTION: NAKBA 2018-2019

 

La Nakba e la marcia per il ritorno – maggio 2020 – Ricordando la Grande Marcia per il ritorno del popolo di Gaza
30 marzo 2018 – 27 dicembre 2019

LE FOTO: NAKBA 2018-2019

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Gaza freedom is freedom for Palestine, a letter on the second anniversary of the March for Return

March 30, 2020

We4Gaza, salute Gaza people in the Land day and in the second anniversary of the March for Return and bring again to you our solidarity, as people of the world, to the struggle for the freedom, autonomy and return to their land of Palestinians.

Meanwhile, more attacks have been waged against the reunion on their land of Palestinians, against your sovereignty in and on it, and against your supporters abroad. And the siege on Gaza continues.

The price payed for the pacific quest for freedom and for showing the unity of the people of Gaza behind this quest, has been met with violence, fear and purposeful aggressivity and this finally has produced more attention and understanding by the world of your reasons, and of the criminality in the response and may be also matter of investigation in International criminal court, if the harassment that its personnel is recently denouncing will not prevail to mute it.

We today mourn again with the families of the victims of the March of return, we remember those who lost their ability to live a normal life and were maimed and we hope that the recognition that they are our living memory can be of support for them, while we try to help them to find a way in life.

We today find Gaza under a shared alarm, braced to do its best to contain and limit the spread of the viral infection which is riding the world. We are directly aware that even in European countries better off of in term of public health the capabilities to confront the epidemic are insufficient.

We are aware of the difficulties imposed on the Gaza health system by the precarity, purposefully imposed by the siege, and its aggravation by the equally purposeful maiming of thousands of protestors in the March of return and we understand and admire the present efforts of containment, quarantine, sanitation that Gaza is undertaking.

And while we hope our collective help will be able to reach you, we hope this emergency will not leave Gaza even less capable to run its public health, as at each previous emergency the system of occupation managed to make this happen. So, meanwhile and till we succeed, we continue to ask for the lifting of the siege and for an open channel by sea with the world through international waters and the building of a port.

We join the request to free the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, the children prisoners, the administrative prisoners and for the health security now and the possibility to communicate with the families of all prisoners.

We, as people of the world are with you and will do our best to support in the emergency and for the long term struggle for freedom, return and better resources.

In solidarity

The people of the we4gaza appeal


ITALIAN

30 marzo 2020

Noi di We4Gaza salutiamo la gente di Gaza nella Giornata della Terra e nel secondo anniversario della Marcia per il Ritorno e mandiamo a voi la nostra solidarietà, come persone del mondo, nella lotta per la libertà, l’autonomia e il ritorno nella loro terra dei Palestinesi.

Nel frattempo sono stati lanciati ulteriori attacchi contro la riunione nella loro terra dei Palestinesi, contro la vostra sovranità dentro e su di essa e contro i vostri sostenitori all’estero. E l’assedio a Gaza continua.

Il prezzo pagato per la pacifica ricerca della libertà e per mostrare l’unità del popolo di Gaza dietro questa ricerca è stato accolto con violenza, paura e aggressività intenzionale; questo alla fine ha prodotto più attenzione e comprensione da parte del mondo delle vostre ragioni e della criminalità nella risposta e può anche essere oggetto di indagine presso il tribunale penale internazionale, se le molestie che il suo personale sta recentemente denunciando non prevarranno per silenziarlo.

Oggi piangiamo di nuovo con le famiglie delle vittime della Marcia del ritorno, ricordiamo coloro che hanno perso la capacità di vivere una vita normale e sono stati mutilati e speriamo che il riconoscimento che essi sono la nostra memoria vivente possa essere di supporto per loro, mentre cerchiamo di aiutarli a trovare una soluzione per la loro vita.

Oggi troviamo Gaza sotto un allarme condiviso, pronta a fare del suo meglio per contenere e limitare la diffusione dell’infezione virale che sta cavalcando il mondo. Siamo direttamente consapevoli che anche nei paesi europei meglio dotati in termini di salute pubblica le capacità per affrontare l’epidemia sono insufficienti. Siamo consapevoli delle difficoltà imposte al sistema sanitario di Gaza dalla precarietà, intenzionalmente imposta dall’assedio, e dal suo aggravamento causato dalla mutilazione altrettanto intenzionale di migliaia di manifestanti nella marcia del ritorno e comprendiamo e ammiriamo gli attuali sforzi di contenimento, quarantena, servizi igienico-sanitari che Gaza sta intraprendendo. E, mentre speriamo che il nostro aiuto collettivo sia in grado di raggiungervi, speriamo che questa emergenza non lascerà Gaza ancora meno in grado di gestire la sua salute pubblica, dato che, purtroppo, ad ogni precedente emergenza il sistema di occupazione è riuscito a farlo accadere. Quindi, nel frattempo e fino a quando non riusciremo ad avere successo, continueremo a chiedere la sospensione dell’assedio e un canale aperto via mare con il mondo, attraverso le acque internazionali e la costruzione di un porto.

Ci uniamo alla richiesta di liberare i prigionieri palestinesi nelle carceri israeliane, i bambini prigionieri, i prigionieri amministrativi e di garantire la sicurezza sanitaria e la possibilità di comunicare con le famiglie di tutti i prigionieri.

Noi, persone del mondo, siamo con voi e faremo del nostro meglio per sostenere l’emergenza e la lotta a lungo termine per la libertà, il ritorno e risorse migliori.

In solidarietà

Le persone dell’appello di we4gaza

 

Avviso

Oggi, in segno di solidarietà, nelle nostre case, proietteremo un breve film fatto dalla nostra amica Monica Maurer, regista, del cineforum Palestina

 


LA LIBERTÉ POUR GAZA C’EST LA LIBERTÉ POUR LA PALESTINE – UNE LETTRE POUR LE DEUXIÈME ANNIVERSAIRE DE LA MARCHE DU RETOUR

30 mars 2020

Nous-Pour-Gaza, saluons le peuple de Gaza à l’occasion du deuxième anniversaire de la Marche du Retour et renouvelons notre solidarité en tant qu’habitants du monde, à la lutte pour la liberté, l’autonomie et pour le retour des Palestiniens sur leur terre

Cependant, de nouvelles attaques ont été menées contre la réunification de la terre palestinienne, contre votre souveraineté sur cette terre et contre ceux qui vous soutiennent à l’étranger. Et le siège de Gaza continue.

Le prix payé pour la quête pacifique de la liberté et pour montrer l’unité du peuple de Gaza derrière cette quête, a rencontré la violence, la peur et une agressivité ciblée, ce qui a finalement entraîné plus d’attention et de compréhension de vos raisons dans le monde, compréhension aussi du caractère criminel de la réponse et peut –être aussi matière à enquête de la cour pénale international, si le harcèlement récemment dénoncé par son auteur ne parvient pas à le faire cesser.

Aujourd’hui nous sommes en deuil avec les familles des victimes de la Marche du retour, nous nous souvenons de ceux qui ont perdu leur capacité à vivre une vie normale et ont été mutilés. Nous espérons que la reconnaissance qu’ils sont notre mémoire vivante peut leur être un soutien, tandis que nous cherchons à les aider à trouver une solution pour leur vie.

Aujourd’hui, Gaza est sous le coup de la même alarme, prête à faire de son mieux pour contenir et limiter la diffusion de l’infection virale qui se répand dans le monde. Nous savons très directement que même dans les pays européens où la santé publique est meilleure, les capacités à faire face à l’épidémie sont insuffisantes.

Nous sommes au courant des difficultés imposées au système de santé de santé de Gaza par la précarité volontairement imposée par le siège et de son aggravation due à la mutilation de milliers de manifestants de la Marche du retour et nous comprenons les efforts actuels de confinement, de mise en quarantaine et d’hygiène entrepris à Gaza.

Et nous espérons que notre soutien collectif pourra aller jusqu’à vous, nous espérons que cette urgence ne mettra pas Gaza encore plus en difficulté pour assurer la santé publique, comme le système d’occupation s’est débrouillé pour le faire à chaque situation d’urgence précédente. Aussi, jusqu’à ce que nous réussissions, nous continuons à demander la levée du siège et l’ouverture d’une voie maritime vers le monde dans les eaux internationales, ainsi que la construction d’un port.

Nous demandons aussi la mise en liberté des prisonniers palestiniens des prisons israéliennes, les enfants prisonniers, les prisonniers en détention administraitve et nous demandons la sécurité sanitaire immédiate et la possibilité de communiquer avec les familles pour tous les prisonniers.

Nous, habitants du monde, sommes avec vous et ferons de notre mieux pour soutenir la lutte pour la liberté dans l’urgence et à long terme, pour le retour et pour de meilleures ressources.

Solidairement

Ceux de l’appel “Nous-Pour-Gaza”

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Joint Parallel Report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Israel’s Seventeenth to Nineteenth Periodic Reports

By Al-Haq – Law in the Service of Man, BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian
Residency and Refugee Rights, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, the Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, and Habitat International Coalition – Housing and Land Rights Network

Read the Report

Joint Parallel Report to CERD on Israel’s 17th–19th Periodic Reports (10 November 2019)

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PHROC Condemns the Death of Palestinian Sick Prisoner Sami Abu Diyak

On 26 November 2019, Palestinian prisoner Sami Abu Diyak died in al-Ramleh Prison Clinic. Abu Diyak was arrested on 17 July 2002, two of his friends were killed during his arrest and another injured. After his arrest, he went through intensive interrogation at the Jalameh interrogation center where he was subjected to various types of physical and psychological torture. During the interrogation period, he was transferred to the hospital three times as a result of the torture and after each time the Israeli occupation forces brought Sami Abu Diyak directly from the hospital to the interrogation rooms once again. After 75 days of this intensive interrogation and torture, the military occupation court sentenced Sami Abu Diyak to three life sentences and 30 years in prison. He has served 17 years, many of them being transferred in and between prisons, clinics, and hospitals.

Read the full statement of the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council.

 

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EU and Israel – the Case of Complicity

EU research funds have been a very important source of funding for Israeli academics, corporations, and state institutions, among them a number of military companies and those involved in illegal Israeli settlements. Although Israel is not an EU country, since 1995 Israeli applicants have been able to access EU research funds on the same basis as EU member states through the EU- Israel Association Agreement.

For many years European and Palestinian civil society and human rights organisations have been raising concerns over EU taxpayers’ money being channeled to Israeli companies and institutions accused of war crimes and involved in violations of international law and human rights.

Read the full EU_Israel_Complicity declaration by ECCP.

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Dates

May 14, 2018: Gaza people attacked viciously with maiming ammunitions and live fire, victims unarmed. Not the only day this has happened, but surely the most harmful and with worst consequences.

But violence did not stop the March of return or break the courage.

May 15, 1948: the Nakba for all Palestinians, seventy one years later the Palestinians are still suffering and struggling in Palestine and in the diaspora for their independence from occupation and for the ownership of their lives and country.

In these two dates we send our support and love to Palestinian people, and the wish for success of the struggle of the people of Gaza for dignity, freedom and return.

It is not rhetoric to link these dates, because the struggle of the March of return in Gaza is still ongoing and in the present is the highest message that is reaching the world for the liberation of Palestine.

For this aim it is still a duty of all the just people to support the March of return, keep alive the attention of the world on the people of Gaza, their struggle and sacrifices, and ask for justice and repair.

Long life to Gaza and long life for a free Palestine.


ITALIAN

14 maggio 2018: la popolazione di Gaza attaccata brutalmente con munizioni mutilanti e fuoco vivo, vittime disarmate. Non è l’unico giorno in cui questo è successo, ma sicuramente il più dannoso e con le peggiori conseguenze.

Ma la violenza non ha fermato la marcia del ritorno o spezzato il coraggio.

15 maggio 1948: la Nakba per tutti i palestinesi, settant’anni dopo i palestinesi stanno ancora soffrendo e lottando in Palestina e nella diaspora per la loro indipendenza dall’occupazione e per la proprietà delle loro vite e del loro paese.

In queste due date inviamo il nostro sostegno e amore al popolo palestinese e il desiderio per il successo della lotta del popolo di Gaza per dignità, libertà e ritorno.

Non è retorica collegare queste date, perché la lotta della Marcia di ritorno a Gaza è ancora in corso e nel presente è il messaggio più alto che sta raggiungendo il mondo per la liberazione della Palestina.

Per questo scopo è ancora un dovere di tutte le persone giuste sostenere la Marcia del ritorno, mantenere viva l’attenzione del mondo sulla gente di Gaza, la loro lotta e sacrifici, e chiedere giustizia e riparazione.

Lunga vita a Gaza e lunga vita per una Palestina libera.

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“Fermare il blocco di Gaza”: interrogazione del Parlamento Ue alla Mogherini

Porre fine al blocco della Striscia di Gaza. E’ l’oggetto di una interrogazione sollevata dai parlamentari europri rivolta vicepresidente della Commissione Ue Federica Mogherini.

Pubblichiamo qui l’interrogazione (disponibile sul sito del Parlamento Ue all’indirizzo http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+WQ+E-2018-003868+0+DOC+XML+V0//IT&language=it) e la risposta di Mogherini.

– Il testo dell’interrogazione

– Il testo della risposta

 

 

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Abdallah al-Qutati: Family and colleagues of third paramedic killed in Gaza speak out

In Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP)’s latest film, the family, colleagues and friends of 22-year-old first responder Abdallah al-Qutati, who was shot dead by Israeli forces last week, speak out about the circumstances of his killing and their demands for protection and accountability. Abdallah was the third health worker to be killed in Gaza since 30 March.

Read the full article

 

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