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Statement from MAP Chair on our commitment to safeguarding our beneficiaries from abuse and exploitation

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The Chair of MAP’s Board of Trustees, Steve James, confirms MAP’s commitment to safeguarding our beneficiaries from abuse and exploitation:

Following the Charity Commission’s revelation yesterday that it receives as many as 1,000 reports a year related to safeguarding and sexual abuse in the charity sector, I would like to reassure friends and supporters that at Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) we are absolutely committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation. We have a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of abuse or exploitation by any of our representatives – whether a member of staff, volunteer or partner of MAP.

Given the environments within which we work and the complexity of our projects, the protection of children and vulnerable adults is critical. Safeguarding the health, safety and wellbeing of beneficiaries is, therefore, an integral component of all our programmes. We are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards within our organisation and partners; to the regular review of our policies and protocols; and to being as transparent as possible about our governance, activities and conduct.

Following a review last year, MAP’s Board of Trustees approved a new Safeguarding policy and strengthened the charity’s code of conduct for working with children. We are clear that the primacy of the rights of children and vulnerable adults, and prioritising their needs, must inform all actions in relation to the implementation of our safeguarding policy, including the management of any suspected/alleged abuse or exploitation.

Our safeguarding policy and code of conduct, applies to all those who work with MAP or on its behalf, including all staff, consultants, researchers, evaluators, trustees, patrons, volunteers, visitors and local partners. Everyone is responsible for safeguarding children and there are clear organisational and individual responsibilities.

We are committed to ensuring:

  • Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults is a mandatory part of our recruitment process
  • All staff, field volunteers and trustees receive training to help them meet their safeguarding obligations
  • All those working with the charity or on its behalf follow MAP’s procedures for reporting suspected or alleged abuse or exploitation
  • MAP staff undertake regular assessments of partner agencies and their capacity and procedures in relation to safeguarding
  • MAP will not work with partners unless they are similarly committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.

Steve James

Chair of MAP’s Board of Trustees

13 February 2018

Gold is climbing and the dollar is falling

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Gold rose for the eighth session in a row, as the dollar fell, prompting investors to buy it, while palladium rose to a 17-year high.

Gold prices rose more than 3% in the past two weeks as the dollar weakened by the yellow metal. By 10:30 GMT (1330 Moscow time), spot gold rose 0.2% to $ 1285.35 an ounce, while gold increased in decades American futures futures increased by $ 2.60 to $ 1290.10 an ounce.

The dollar slipped against the euro on Wednesday. Traders said there was little news to support the rise of the euro, but some investors were poised for a possible rise in the single currency at the start of the new year, after a remarkable performance in 2017, which recorded the best annual performance against the US currency since 2003.

Despite a relative slump in the fourth quarter, gold has risen 10% this year and is heading towards its biggest annual gain since 2010.

Among other precious metals, palladium rose more than 1% to its highest level since February 2001 to $ 1069.50 an ounce, before falling to $ 1059.20 an ounce, up 0.7%.

Silver rallied 0.5% to $ 16.62 an ounce, after rising earlier in the session to $ 16.64 an ounce, its highest level since late November.

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Effective ways to get rid of drowsiness while driving

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Hans Gunter-Vis said that motorists can overcome fatigue and a desire to sleep while driving, taking a short nap in the rest areas on the road.

He added that physical activity or some sports movements in the rest areas can also be used to maintain alertness and attention while driving. Energy drinks, opening windows or listening to loudspeakers are less effective means of maintaining vigilance while driving. .

The German expert said that the brain in the dark produces hormones that call to fatigue and enhance the chances of sleep, and therefore tends to fatigue and fatigue during the winter, which negatively affects the ability to drive the car and may lead to sleep for a few seconds.

Indications of tiredness and exhaustion during driving are frequent yawning and mental anguish.

The German expert warned that sleep while driving can cause serious accidents. Closing the eye for only 3 seconds at 100 kilometers per hour means 80 meters without seeing anything on the road.

A girl is raped by 5 boys, one of whom is 6 years old

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An 8-year-old girl was raped for several months by a gang of teenagers, including a 6-year-old boy, the Mirror reported.

The horrific crime was discovered in Kundwa after the victim complained of stomach ache. Her father took her to the doctor. After the examination, the doctor told her father that she had been raped.

Senior inspectors Miland Jekwad told the Times that the girl had been subjected to a sensitive interrogation. “The girl revealed that the five boys were taking her to an apartment in a building and raping it,” senior inspectors told the Times. Police arrested an 18-year-old man and four minors aged between 12, 10, 9 and 6 years.

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NewsWire Now (NWN) service has been launched in London and New York

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Israeli teens tell Netanyahu they won’t serve in IDF, slam occupation of Palestine

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Sixty-three Israeli students signed a letter stating they would defy mandatory military service despite the risk of jail. Citing the occupation of Palestine, the letter criticizes the policies of Israel’s “racist government.”[contfnewc]

The letter, signed on Thursday by sixty-three high school students from across Israel, is addressed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot.

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From Gaza: A South African Lesson

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By Haidar Eid – Gaza

The current situation in Occupied Palestine has been well-documented elsewhere. The statistics show higher levels of Palestinian deaths, disabilities, home demolitions and poverty than at any other time since the dispossession of Palestinians in 1948. The international siege against the Palestinians of Gaza following the democratic election in January 2006 has led to an almost total collapse of all economic activity.

At the same time, there is an internal crisis of political leadership, with the Palestinian factions being unable to agree to the terms of a unity government. This has left Palestinian civil society divided at a time when it is imperative that Palestinians show unity against the Israeli occupation. This is why we believe that the example of South Africa has a role to play in Palestine today.

Not only can we learn about Israel by examining apartheid in South Africa, but we can also help to take the Palestinian cause forward by learning from the South African anti-apartheid struggle, the manner in which it framed its objectives and the strategies and tactics that it used. Particularly, the successful campaign by the South African liberation forces in the isolation of the South African apartheid state is an experience we can examine and then adopt from and employ whatever might be useful in the new apartheid context.

Learning from the South African Struggle

The South African struggle against apartheid, it is generally understood, was based on “four pillars”. These were:

1. International solidarity and international isolation of the apartheid state;
2. The internal resistance;
3. The armed struggle; and
4. The underground movement.

It is also generally accepted that the first two of these pillars were the most significant and effective in bringing about an end to the brutal and racist apartheid state.

There are a number of socio-economic differences between the apartheid context in Palestine and apartheid South Africa and these need to be seriously considered by Palestinian activists. Nevertheless, a Palestinian campaign for the isolation of the apartheid state of Israel needs to be given careful focus in order that it becomes an important “pillar” in the Palestinian struggle for self-determination and dignity as a people. In the South African context this campaign included a number of focus areas. These included:

• Military sanctions against the apartheid state;
• Political and diplomatic isolation;
• Economic sanctions;
• An academic boycott; and
• A cultural and sporting boycott.

Nadia Hijab on what we’re fighting for, against, and growing our power

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On Saturday 27th January, Nadia Hijab, Executive Director of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, joined PSC members at the Annual General Meeting. Below is the transcript of her talk.

It’s an honor to be speaking to the group that’s made it on to Israel’s top 20!

In my talk today I want to focus on three things:

1) How to get our framing right in terms of what we’re fighting against;

2) How to put forward a compelling vision of what we’re fighting for; and

3) How to stay strategic in growing all our sources of power so we can achieve our goals.

This may all sound pretty basic but there’s a lot of confusion both among Palestinians and among Palestine solidarity activists. And the reason for confusion is that we don’t have a fully representative leadership that is providing clear direction – and that’s putting it mildly.

So first, the question of what we’re fighting against. There’s a lot of debate, particularly in academic circles about the framework of analysis we should apply to the Palestinians. Is it settler colonialism? Or ethnic cleansing? Or racial discrimination? Or apartheid? In fact you could make a case for any one of those and more.

But what we need is a common framing to make it crystal clear not only what we are fighting against – but also what we are fighting for. And we need that framing so we can be clear about the strategies we need to succeed. My Al-Shabaka colleague Ingrid Jaradat and I reviewed all these frameworks in a recent policy paper. We identified apartheid as the most strategic framework – in other words, as the one most useful in our struggle.

For example, although the settler colonial framework is strategic in many ways it was not expressly prohibited by international law at the time Israel was established. That means it would only be applicable to Israel’s settler colonial enterprise in the OPT. Thus, it could not be used to address the rights of the refugees or equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel. In addition, although it was prohibited, it was not criminalized.

Philippines Tropical Storm Tembin kills more than 100 on Mindanao

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More than 100 people are reported to have been killed as a tropical storm swept through the southern Philippines, with dozens more missing.

Storm Tembin brought flash flooding and mudslides to parts of Mindanao island.

Two towns badly hit were Tubod and Piagapo, where a number of homes were buried by boulders.

Tembin, with winds of up to 80km/h (50 mph), has now passed across Mindanao and is heading towards the southern tip of Palawan before moving further west.

The Philippines suffers regularly from deadly tropical storms, although Mindanao is not often hit.

Tembin, known as Vinta in the Philippines, started lashing Mindanao on Friday, with a state of emergency declared in some parts, including the Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur regions.

Disaster management officials quoted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer said there were at least 62 fatalities in Lanao del Norte, another 46 in Zamboanga del Norte and at least 18 in Lanao del Sur.

Tubod police officer Gerry Parami told the AFP news agency that there had been at least 19 deaths in the town, which is in Lanao del Norte.

“The river rose and most of the homes were swept away. The village is no longer there,” he said.

He said volunteers were digging through mud to try to recover bodies in the village of Dalama.

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