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Mazhar: Barghouti Saadat prisoners made victory

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A member of the Political Bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and its branch in the Gaza Strip Jamil muzher, that the prisoner Marwan Barghuti, Commander Ahmad Sa’adat and the prisoners are made victory achieved their demands and no one else.

He called Mazhar in his speech to the fields, on Saturday evening, all Palestinian not to bet on the variables in the region, and demanded the Palestinian Authority to intensify its move to end the suffering of the prisoners in the occupation prisons.

He commented Hunger-striking prisoners in the occupation prisons, Saturday, a hunger strike, which began on April 17 last year, to reach understandings and agreement with the management of the occupation prisons, to respond to the demands of the prisoners, in conjunction with the first day of the month of Ramadan

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HOW PRO ISRAELI FAKE NEWS BLOG TWISTED MY WORDS IN LEEDS UNIVERSITY INTERVIEW – Sameh Habeeb

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The new article of the Mail on Sunday by Nick Craven is just another part of the unethical campaign to personally demonize me and discredit the ethos stands for. Apparently; it is an extension of the massive smearing campaign that Ive been exposed to since April 2018 when I announced my candidacy as Labour Party local councilor for Northwood Hills in West London Hillington Council. The article is also an extension of the systematic campaign of fake news and deliberate fabrications which have aimed at tarnishing my name since I first arrived to UK in 2009, after I managed to get out of the hell of Gaza., surviving the deadly Cast Lead Operation, a massive military offence against Gaza, I was then at my early twenties, the moment I started to speak about my life in Gaza, the war, the siege , the pain and the besieged people.

Being a young and a lucky Palestinian who barely escaped death in Gaza, I was asked by some members of the parliament and some supporters of the Palestinian cause to talk to British people about the real suffering of the Palestinians living in Gaza. Since then, the media outlets spared no efforts to attack me. Many blogs and websites (some of them are fake or with no declared ownership) twisted my articles interviews, and debates and started to stigmatize me as antisemitic. Ironically their blackout and lies then became a reliable source for the mainstream newspapers.

So in 2010, I was interviewed by Leeds University Magazine about my journalism in Gaza. Following that interview, pro-Israeli fake websites/blogs such as (Harry Place) twisted my words and led a campaign to damage my name. Consequently, they change my criticism of how media works and disseminated false information that Habeeb says Jews control the media” Since then, this incident was exploited by those who were critical of my pro Palestine activities and their last use resulted in my suspension from the Labour Party.

Today, I find it a must to explain what happened in Leeds and to show with evidence how this fake campaign started back from 2010 until 2018.

The Truth about my Interview with Leeds University Student Magazine

The whole story began in 2010 when my interview with a student at Leeds University was changed and twisted by fake news websites such as (Harry Place) a phony blog. The controversial right-wing blog twisted it my words and changed the fact I spoke about media ownership and control into (Sameh Habeeb says Jews Control the Media), something I have never said. Sadly, such twisted facts were adopted by CST and then reported in the Jewish Chronicle and other media outlets across UK. None of these outlets bothered to dig or professionally scrutinize or investigate objectively what I had said.

The interview was about my journalistic activities in Gaza while covering the Gaza war in 2009 and during the Israeli blockade. I hereby reveal for the first time the email content I received from the writer who asked the following questions:

1) What first inspired you to become a photo journalist?

2) Is there any kind of student journalism in Gaza? And if not, why not?

3) How did you first establish your links with international news organisations?

Amir meets Iraqi Oil Minister

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The Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani met Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs and Oil Minister of Iraq Thamir Abbas al Ghadhban at the Amiri Diwan on Sunday. At the outset of the meeting, the minister conveyed the greetings of Iraq President Dr Barham Salih to the Amir and his wishes of further development and prosperity to the Qatari people. The Amir entrusted the minister to convey his greetings to the Iraqi president and his wishes of continued progress and prosperity the brotherly Iraqi people. They reviewed cooperation between the two countries, especially in the field of energy. (QNA)

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UNHCR to suspend operations at GDF in Tripoli amid safety concerns

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UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced today, Thursday, 30 January, that it is suspending its operational work at the Gathering and Departure Facility (GDF), fearing for the safety and protection of people at the facility, its staff and partners amid worsening conflict in Tripoli, Libya.

“Unfortunately UNHCR was left with no choice but to suspend work at the Gathering and Departure Facility in Tripoli after learning that training exercises, involving police and military personnel, are taking place just a few meters away from units housing asylum seekers and refugees,” said Jean-Paul Cavalieri, UNHCRs Chief of Mission in Libya.

“We fear that the entire area could become a military target, further endangering the lives of refugees, asylum seekers, and other civilians,” he added.

UNHCR has started moving dozens of highly vulnerable refugees, who have already been identified for resettlement or evacuation to third countries, from the facility to safer locations.

UNHCR will also facilitate the evacuation of hundreds of other people to urban areas. This includes around 400 asylum seekers who had left the Tajoura detention centre after it was hit by air strikes last July as well as some 300 asylum-seekers from the Abu Salim detention centre who entered the GDF last November after being spontaneously released from detention by the authorities. All will be provided with cash assistance, relief items and medical assistance at UNHCRs Community Day Centre in Tripoli.

“Other important aspects of our work in Libya continue at full pace and we hope to be able to resume our work at the GDF once safe to do so,” Cavalieri said.

On 2 January, UNHCR expressed serious concerns after three mortar shells fell close to the GDF and fragments landed near a warehouse inside the complex.

The GDF, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Interior, was established as a transit site to host refugees who had been identified for a solution outside of Libya, pending their evacuation. Since December 2018, nearly 1,700 formerly detained refugees have been evacuated out of Libya to safety, through the GDF. With close to 900 individuals entering the GDF spontaneously since July, it became severely overcrowded and is no longer functioning as a transit centre.

UNHCR continues to urge all sides to the conflict in Libya to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure.

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World Bank must stop push to expand private education

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The World Bank has been steadily increasing its support for privatized education in lower-income countries despite mounting evidence that this approach is freezing out poorer children – especially girls – and doesnt improve education quality.

Oxfams new report “False Promises” published ahead of this years World Bank and IMF Spring meetings says the Bank should immediately stop promoting Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) that expand private education.

Oxfam analyzed the Banks primary and secondary education portfolio between 2013-2018 and found more than one-fifth of projects included support to governments for private education. From 2014 to 2018, 20 of the 94 projects supported private provision compared to 10 out of 59 between 2008 to 2012.

The number of countries hosting these projects nearly doubled, from 7 to 13. In addition, a separate 2017 study by RESULTS found that the Banks private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation, has quadrupled its funding to for-profit private schools since 2006.

The Bank is also actively advising governments to invest in PPPs via its “Systems Approach for Better Education Results” (SABER) program, for instance telling countries to provide start-up funding and public land for private schools, reduce regulations and expand for-profit schooling.

The Bank advised Ghana in 2015 to experiment with a PPP approach and lower its certification standards for private-school teachers. In 2016, it advised Nepal to change its laws to make for-profit schools eligible for public funding.

To date, there is no evidence that PPP schools consistently perform better than public schools. Instead, studies show they increase educational inequalities. In countries like Uganda, they have been criticized for employing under-qualified teachers and having poor education outcomes.

Oxfam said that it was particularly concerned about the PPPs that push “low fee” and for-profit schools because the schools disproportionately exclude girls and the poorest children, while often paying poverty wages to under-qualified teachers. In Uganda and Kenya, commercial schools have been accused of refusing to comply with minimum government education standards.

In the meantime, low-income countries are spending under half the UNESCO-recommended minimum, $ 197 dollars per student, that is needed to provide decent primary education.

“We are extremely concerned about the Bank pushing privatized education as the solution to improve education outcomes for all – because it simply is not achieving that,” said Oxfam Internationals Head of Washington DC Office, Nadia Daar.

The children lost to China’s Muslim crackdown

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Tens of thousands of Chinese Uyghur Muslim families are being torn apart in a crackdown that’s seen as many as one million people detained, according to the UN. Emily Wither speaks to one mother, now in Istanbul, who has lost her children to the state.

Play Video here:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/video-the-children-lost-to-chinas-muslim-crackdown/

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Euro-Med Monitor Condemns US Announcement on Israeli Settlements

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Last night, the United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, announced that the US no longer considers Israeli settlements in the Occupied West Bank to be inconsistent with international law.

Israeli settlements not only violate international law, but as a matter of fact remain a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

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The Euro-Med Monitor strongly condemns this decision, which stands in flagrant violation with International Law and International Humanitarian Law, particularly article 49 of the fourth Geneva convention, which stipulates that “Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive.”

Furthermore, we assert that Israeli settlements not only violate international law, but as a matter of fact remain a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

Hence, we emphasize the Trump Administration’s announcement will essentially change nothing in the international illegality of settlement activities as the US has no mandate or agency to write off international law or alter global consensus.

The United Nations Security Council, the United Nations General Assembly, and the International Court of Justice have all asserted the flagrant violation of international law that Israeli settlements stand on.

For instance, on 9 July 2004, the IJC stated in its Advisory Opinion that Israel’s construction of the separation wall and expansion of the settlements are illegally altering the demographic composition of the OPT and thus severely impede the Palestinians ability to exercise their right to self-determination.

Finally, the Euro-Med Monitor commends the immediate response of the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on the latest developments, where she reaffirmed the EU’s position on all Israeli settlement activity as “illegal under international law and erodes the viability of the two-state solution and the prospects for a lasting peace, as reaffirmed by UN Security Council Resolution 2334.”

We call on the EU to take further steps not only to maintain the viability of the two-state solution, but to genuinely advance a conclusion to the Israeli Palestinian conflict, including banning settlement products from EU markets in compliance with international law and to repudiate the US latest announcement.

We also call on the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to immediately release the UN database of companies operating in Israeli settlements. This retribution is most essential to curb the US and Israel’s serious unilateral assault on the peace process and defend the long-established international order. Doing otherwise may render idle parties complicit in the erosion of chances for peace.

Publіѕh Your Prеѕѕ Rеlеаѕе Online – Newswire Now

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Publіѕh Your Prеѕѕ Rеlеаѕе Online – Newswire Now

Media coverage іѕ ѕоmеthіng that most brаndѕ crave аnd thеrеѕ no question thаt a fеаturе оr mention іn a рrіnt рublісаtіоn gіvеѕ уоur business іnѕtаnt сrеdіbіlіtу.

Hоwеvеr, these орроrtunіtіеѕ dоnt соmе around tоо оftеn. Print рublісаtіоnѕ аrе іnсrеаѕіnglу рrеѕѕеd fоr ѕрасе аnd уоur рrеѕѕ release іѕ nоt thеіr tор рrіоrіtу.

Hоwеvеr, thе gооd news іѕ thаt thеrе аrе hundreds оf general interest and іnduѕtrу blogs out thеrе that nоt only have rооm for уоur рrеѕѕ release, but would wеlсоmе іt if оnlу tо fееd Gооglеѕ insatiable арреtіtе fоr frеѕh соntеnt.

Why Newswire Now

  1. Affordableand competitive prices
  2. We offer citizen journalists the chance to blog and publish their content for free in more than 25 websites.
  3. Published first press release for free

Its true thаt рrіnt publications ѕееm mоrе authoritative іn еуеѕ оf thе public аnd аrе mоrе саrеfullу read. Itѕ аlѕо truе that the online аudіеnсе іѕ еxtrеmеlу fragmented, аnd уоur роѕt wont rесеіvе аѕ many views. Hоwеvеr, іf thе blоg has a hеаlthу аudіеnсе, уоur роѕt will bе bооѕtеd on the dау іtѕ рublіѕhеd аnd wіll continue to еnjоу lіfе оn ѕосіаl mеdіа аѕ lоng аѕ thе publisher іѕ wіllіng to рrоmоtе іt. Yоu wіll аlѕо bе able to ѕhаrе іt аnd link to it frоm уоur wеbѕіtе аnd ѕосіаl media.

Thеrе аrе other bеnеfіtѕ tо tаrgеtіng оnlіnе publications. While a nеwѕрареr reporter wіll lіkеlу rероrt thе gооd wіth the bаd, thе оnlіnе рublіѕhеr may juѕt рublіѕh уоur рrеѕѕ rеlеаѕе exactly аѕ wrіttеn. As well, іf the rероrtеr mаkеѕ a mistake theres nоt muсh that can bе dоnе аbоut іt, whereas аn online рublіѕhеr wіll nоrmаllу correct іt bеfоrе tоо many people ѕее іt (unlеѕѕ theres a disagreement аbоut the facts.)

The nеgаtіvеѕ are thаt оnlіnе rероrtеrѕ are lеѕѕ likely tо hаvе рісkу еdіtоrѕ аnd рublіѕhеrѕ brеаthіng dоwn уоur neck, so уоu mау fіnd thе resulting аrtісlе poorly researched оr written, аnd уоu may have lіttlе rесоurѕе іf the wrіtеr іѕ the оwnеr of thе blog.

Nеvеrthеlеѕѕ, fоr thоѕе whо would like tо рurѕuе this route, hеrе аrе some tірѕ:

  • Bе mоdеѕt. The more wеll-wrіttеn аnd оbjесtіvе іn tоnе уоur рrеѕѕ release іѕ, thе mоrе lіkеlу it is tо bе рublіѕhеd аѕ іѕ. Avоіd ѕuреrlаtіvе lаnguаgе such as “thе bеѕt” аnd “thе greatest.”
  • Focus on the nеwѕ. Whу should the gеnеrаl public саrе thаt you brоught іn a nеw product оr service? Whаtѕ dіffеrеnt about іt? Hоw wіll it help реорlе?
  • Include реорlе. Pеорlе love rеаdіng аbоut реорlе. Inсludе ԛuоtеѕ frоm people involved. Bасk it uр wіth tеѕtіmоnіеѕ from customers. If the founders story is rеlеvаnt, throw that in, tоо.
  • Submit photos. Wеb рublіѕhеrѕ lоvе рhоtоѕ bесаuѕе thеу аrе strapped fоr саѕh and can оnlу budgеt fоr ѕо mаnу ѕtосk іmаgеѕ. Yоur photos will аlѕо help thе рublіѕhеr рrоmоtе the article оn vіѕuаl social mеdіа lіkе Inѕtаgrаm аnd Pinterest.
  • Bе flexible. If thе оnlіnе ѕіtе does wаnt tо conduct their own interview, bе ореn to thаt, аѕ well. They mіght ѕееm lіkе ѕmаll роtаtоеѕ tоdау, but in the соmреtіtіvе wоrld оf online mаrkеtіng, еvеrу bасklіnk аnd mеntіоn helps.

Prolonged conflict would make Yemen the poorest country in the world, UNDP study says

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New York — Yemen will become the poorest country in the world if its conflict goes on through 2022, a new report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) projects.

Since 2014, war has driven poverty in Yemen from 47 percent of the population to a projected 75 percent by the end of 2019. If fighting continues through 2022, Yemen will rank as the poorest country in the world, with 79 percent of the population living under the poverty line and 65 percent classified as extremely poor, the report, Assessing the Impact of War in Yemen on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), says.

The report, released Thursday and produced for UNDP by the Pardee Center for International Futures at the University of Denver, says that in the absence of conflict Yemen could have made progress toward achieving the SDGs, the global anti-poverty framework agreed in 2015 with a target date of 2030. But more than four years of fighting has set back human development by 21 years—and Yemen would be unlikely to achieve any of the SDGs even if the war were to stop today.

“The war has already made Yemen the largest humanitarian disaster in the world, and now threatens to make its population the poorest in the world,” said UNDP Administrator, Achim Steiner. “UNDPs work with support from international partners and as part of the UNs overall engagement – is focused on helping Yemenis keep institutions and businesses running to ensure they have the solid footing needed to recover when peace returns.”

Using cutting-edge data modeling and open-source information, the report finds that Yemens war will have more than tripled the proportion of the population living in extreme poverty if fighting persists. It will skyrocket from 19 percent of the population in 2014 to a projected 65 percent in 2022.

The intensity of poverty has also surged, with Yemen projected by 2022 to have the largest poverty gap—the distance between average income and the poverty line—in the world.

The surge in poverty across Yemen is driven by factors attributed to war, including a breakdown of the economy that has seen US$89 billion in lost economic activity since 2015.

The conflict has disrupted markets and institutions and destroyed social and economic infrastructure, while inequalities have sharply increased. Gross domestic product per capita has plummeted from US$3,577 to US$1,950, a level not seen in Yemen since before 1960. Yemen is now ranked as the worlds second most unequal in the world in terms of income, surging past 100 other countries in inequality levels in the last five years.

The report, launched at a United Nations General Assembly side event co-hosted by Germany and UNDP, also identifies spikes in malnutrition across Yemen. Twenty-five percent of the population was malnourished in 2014, but the report estimates that this figure is now closer to 36 percent and could reach nearly 50 per cent if fighting continues through 2022. By the end of 2019, caloric intake per person will have fallen by 20 per cent from 2014 levels.

The report contains especially dire projections if the war continues for the next decade. If fighting continues through 2030, 78 percent of Yemenis will live in extreme poverty, 95 percent will be malnourished, and 84 percent of children will be stunted.

Call on HSBC to stop supporting the arms trade with Israel

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The UK is complicit in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights through our arms trade. Despite the illegality of Israel’s occupation and apartheid system, the UK is one of the main arms exporters to Israel as well as a major purchaser of Israeli weapons and weapon technology. The chain of complexity extends to various corporate stakeholders who profit from Israel’s oppression of Palestinians, including UK high street bank, HSBC.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign is currently working with a range of partner organisations on a national Stop Arming Israel campaign. The campaign is twofold: first, it asks the UK government to implement a two-way arms embargo with Israel, as long as it does not abide by international law and respect Palestinian rights. Second, the campaign aims to tackle corporate complicity by calling on HSBC to cut ties with companies trading weapons with Israel. HSBC is complicit of Israel’s crimes and violations of human rights through the bank’s investments in arms companies as well as through providing a range of financial services to these companies, such as loans.

In July 2017, the Stop Arming Israel coalition organised a week of action targeting HSBC, with 18 different actions taking place across the UK. Activists closed down factories and two branches of HSBC bank, held public meetings, took action online and distributed 1000’s of information flyers.

To go further, please download and read our factsheet on the UK-Israel arms trade, as well as the Deadly Investments report on UK banks’ complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians.

Please get in touch for more information on the Stop Arming Israel campaign: campaigns@palestinecampaign.org

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