Human Rights Watch showed that Israel operates Apartheid in the area that it controls. One of the discriminatory policies was with the Covid vaccinations. All adults in Israel were offered a jab and all the 600,000 illegal settlers in the West Bank were offered a jab but not the Palestinians.
This is in defiance of the Fourth Geneva rule that states that an occupying power must look after the health of the occupied population.
Instead of condemning this blatant discrimination commentators like the BBC congratulated Israel for its prompt vaccination program.
The UK recognises the Israeli administered vaccinations. It does not recognise the vaccinations carried out by the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
The result is that Palestinians will not be able to come to Cop 26.
However, organisations like the racist Jewish National Fund which has a record of complicity in Israeli Apartheid are able to attend.
The UK authorities favour the oppressor rather than the oppressed
I have been active in politics for a long time and been to many meetings. The Zoom live link on Friday, to one of the weekly demonstrations by Beita villagers by which Sheffield PSC, Scottish PSC and Sheffield Labour Friends of Palestine were able to act as witnesses and discuss with Palestinians grassroot activists was one of the most moving in my life.
An Israeli settlers’ group decided to occupy a hilltop near Beita. They have no legal ownership of the land. Not under International law, not under Palestinian law not even under Israeli law. There are no state or regional plans that show an Israeli settlement. These ultra-nationalists believe the Palestinians have no rights in Palestine. They simply started building. The Israeli Army has been told to demolish the settlement. The settlers file applications, submit plans, add buildings, appeal to the Israeli courts. The owners of the land, the people from the village of Beita strongly object to their land being stolen so they protest. The army automatically sides with the illegal settlers. The result is that Palestinians get killed, including children.
An Israeli settlement at Beita further carves up the West Bank and would provide a useful link between the illegal settlement of Ariel and the illegal Israeli controlled Jordan valley. It would also cut the link from Nablus to Ramallah and the south.
What was remarkable about Friday’s programme was that we were taken to one of the regular protests. We could see the tear gas rising from the valley where the soldiers were positioned.
We could speak* to ordinary Palestinians of all ages who expressed their dignified resistance to the injustice they faced.
They did not hate Jews. They had not used violence. They were determined. What was happening was simply wrong and they wanted the world to know.
While the Palestinians did not use violence the Israeli army did.
Since 1967, the villagers have suffered 87 deaths in the face of live fire from the Israeli military. In May, two teenagers, Mohammed Said Mohammed Hamayel (16) and his friend Ahmad Zahi Ibrahim Bani-Shamsa (15) were shot dead by Israeli fire. Six children have been killed in Beita in the last year.
This in a microcosm is what is happening across the whole of Palestine. In Silwan, Sheikh Jarrah, in Al Araqib, Umm al Hiran, Hebron and so on. Israel does this because it is militarily and economically stronger. Israel does it because it is shielded from criticism. The Tory government gives military, economic and diplomatic support for Israel, while the Labour Party leadership act as cheerleaders. The various “friends of Israel” give it financial, legal, and vocal support.
Today very few people own up to having supported South African Apartheid. There will come a time when very few will support Israeli Apartheid. It is ugly and it is inhuman. No doubt some of the cheerleaders for Israel will say “we never knew that it was so bad”. Read reports and join PSC.
We owe a huge gratitude to Musheir El Farra, Chair of Sheffield PSC, who translated from Arabic to English.
From time to time, I have gone through the tedious but necessary task of picking up the BBC’ bias over Israel’s dominance of the Palestinians. This article is riddled with systemic bias.[i] There is one sentence that, to me, sums up the attitude of the pro-Israeli report. The issue is the 600,000 Israeli Jews who have settled in the West Bank. “Palestinians say these are illegal under international law and are obstacles to peace, but Israel denies this.”
It is not the Palestinians that say that the settlement process is illegal but the UK, UN the USA and EU and most others who have thought about it. It is an astonishing piece of false reporting. It is the reduction of international law to one of merely opinion. So I, and many others, complain.
But what do you do when it produces nothing?
In June the official UN observer to the Middle East, Michael Lynk said, “in my report, I conclude that the Israeli settlements do amount to a war crime”. “I submit to you that this finding compels the international community … to make it clear to Israel that its illegal occupation, and its defiance of international law and international opinion, can and will no longer be cost-free,”[ii] he added.
So what did the BBC say on this blunt correction of misreporting? Nothing. How can we complain against misreporting when there is nothing there?
How does the BBC decide what is worth reporting and what is not? Now it may be that influence comes from the Chairman who is from the establishment[iii], and the establishment CEO[iv]. It may be that the Government sees Israel as a strategic ally and does not wish its war crimes drawn attention to.[v] It may be the journalists are ardent Zionists or cowed by the boss’s views. It may be that they fought to report it and lost. I just do not know.
I decided to see if there was a paper trail. How was Lynk’s report went unreported by the BBC?
GENEVA (9 July 2021) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, Michael Lynk, today called on the international community to designate the creation of Israeli settlements as a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.” [vi]
My question “Was it reported on the BBC?” and “I would like copies of any e-mails relating to how it should be reported”.
This is what I got back
“Part VI of Schedule 1 to the Act provides that information held by the BBC and the other public service broadcasters is only covered by the Act if it is held for ‘purposes other than those of journalism, art or literature’. The BBC is not required to supply information held for the purposes of creating the BBC’s output or information that supports and is closely associated with these creative activities”
I don’t think it takes much creativity to bury a story.
There have been some really impressive demonstrations in
solidarity with the Palestinians, congratulations to everyone who attended. Such demonstrations will be seen in
Palestine, and let Palestinians know that they are not forgotten. They
will inspire others to take part.
But there are other forces at work. Expecting the Murdoch
press to tell the truth about Israel, is like expecting Murdoch tell the truth
about climate change, or to phone up the six thousand printers he sacked to
apologise, and offer financial recompense. However, we pay for the BBC. It is supposed to be honest and impartial. I am sure that I am not the only one who
looks or listens to the reporting of Palestine on the BBC with disgust.
A long time ago I gave up complaining to the BBC. They are largely judge and jury of their own
conduct. Even if a complaint is found
valid the BBC policies remain.
However, some of us need to go through the procedures, just
so that we can say they knew what they were doing when they covered up Israeli
This is my complaint about an interview with an Israeli
1. The Israeli spokesman said Hamas too over Gaza Strip in
In fact Hamas won the 2006 election. He was not
2. He stated that Hamas did not want a two state
In fact the Israeli policy of support for the
illegal settlements have made a two state solution impossible. (He was not
3. He stated that Israel has the right to defend
The interviewer refused to ask whether the
Palestinians had the same right.
4. He stated that Israel had no soldiers in the
In fact Israel operates targeted assassinations, a
blockade in land sea and air.
5. He was not asked about the Human Rights Watch
report that stated that Israel operated Apartheid practices against
Palestinians. This would help explain why Palestinians in Israel, Gaza,
Jerusalem and the West Bank are protesting.
What do we do about
the alternative media that we can. Websites,
webinars, Facebook, twitter WhatsApp…..
Sheffield PSC is offering small groups Zoom
sessions on what you can do. Write to us
if you are interested.
In my opinion, at some stage we should protest at
We also need to make our own case for the Palestinians this is my poem.
also known as greenwashing, refers to the tools a given firm [or organisation] may
use to deliberately send a message that its products, services and processes
are environmentally friendly when in fact they are not.” Berrone Pascale, Green
The picture is of a JNF tractor used in demolishing Al
The Jewish National Fund (JNF) has had a place at previous
Cop Conferences, we aim to stop it attending Cop26.
JNF reputation as an environmental responsible body rests on its creation of
parks, its planting of trees and its creation of reservoirs.
Parks – Cover the ethnic cleansing – prevent a Palestinian return
Jewish National Fund was set up in 1901 to obtain land in Palestine for the exclusive
use of Jews.
was was the powerful director of the Jewish National Fund’s Land
Settlement Department between 1932 and 1948. He made three things clear.
The Zionists must ethnically cleanse the Palestinians.[i] The Palestinians must be
prevented from returning[ii] and that after the destruction of the
Palestinian villages Jewish settlements or parks would be put in their place.[iii]The Jewish National Fund’s park building
enabled Israel to say to Palestinian refugees and the world that the land is
The British Park[viii] – was built on two destroyed
Palestinian villages. In 2020, Khalud al Ajarma, appeared before a
British court. She had documents showing that her family and others owned the
land that the JNF UK had claimed as a Park. She complained that a British
Charity had stolen or received stolen land, she was told that she had no
standing to complain about the charity. See the webinar here.
JNF official Michael Katorza stated “a large portion of
JNF parks are on lands where Palestinian villages used to stand, and the
forests are intended to camouflage this.”
This is a picture taken in 2010 inside Canada Park which covers the
destroyed village of Imwas and two others.
The Trees – cover the ruins – replace Olives and
The Jewish Journal informs us “In a land where even
trees have become politicized as part of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the
pine tree has become emblematic of a renewed Jewish presence here, while the
olive tree has become a symbol of the Palestinians’ ties to the land.”
The truth is that the Olive tree is better suited than the Pines that were planted. In 2020 “In an extensive survey conducted by the KKL-JNF, it was found that about 30 percent of the Jerusalem [Aleppo] pine have died in the country’s various forests,” explains Prof. Menachem Moshelion.
When Israel won the 1967 war, it took over all of
Palestine’s water infrastructure. It
destroyed Palestinian pipelines, wells, cisterns at will. While Palestinian water infrastructure is
being weakened Israel sunk wells and built reservoirs and denies Palestinian access
to the river Jordan.
These are two massive JNF sponsored reservoirs that
feed water to the illegal Zionist settlements.
The result of the water Apartheid is that Palestinians consume less than
the WHO recommended minimum.
A powerful exposure of the JNF’s greenwashing can be
A film about the JNF and water Apartheid can be
seen here and
background reading and videos here.
[i] “it must be clear that there is no room
in the country for both [Arab and Jewish] peoples . . . If the [Palestinian]
Arabs leave it, the country will become wide and spacious for us . . . The only
solution [after the end of WW II] is a Land of Israel, at least a western land
of Israel [i.e. Palestine since Transjordan is the eastern portion], without
[Palestinian] Arabs. There is no room here for compromises . . . There is no
way but to transfer the [Palestinian] Arabs from here to the neighboring countries,
to transfer all of them, save perhaps for [the Palestinian Arabs of] Bethlehem,
Nazareth, and the old Jerusalem. Not one village must be left, not one
[Bedouin] tribe. The transfer must be directed at Iraq, Syria, and even
Transjordan [eastern portion of Eretz Yisrael]. For this goal funds will be
found . . . An only after this transfer will the country be able to absorb
millions of our brothers and the Jewish problem will cease to exist. There is
no other solution.” (Benny Morris, p. 27 & Expulsion Of The Palestinians, 131-132)
[ii] Weitz “All we need is 400
tractors, each tractor can cultivate 3,000 dunam – cultivating not just for the
purpose of procuring food but in order to prevent anyone from returning to
their lands.”Pappe the Ethnic cleansing of Palestine P213
[iii] Weitz “We have begun the operation of
cleansing, removing the rubble and preparing the villages for cultivation and
settlement. Some of these will become parks.” Pappe P221
Arwa lived in Sheffield for a good number of years, perhaps seven or eight and made very many friends both within the Arabic community and within the Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Like many Palestinian women Arwa was passionate about women’s education and was part of the planning group of Sheffield Palestinian Women’s Scholarship Fund for years. During this time she spoke at International Women’s Day events for Palestine in various northern towns such as Bradford, Saddleworh and Durham/Newcastle. Her family lived in Tel Rumeida in Hebron where religious settlers make some of the most vicious attacks in the West Bank. The family’s traditional orchards containing almonds and other fruits were taken over by the settlers. At one point some soldiers took over the top floor of her family home because of its strategic position while they were living there. She sustained an injured leg after being badly beaten by a soldier which continued to give her pain and interfered with her ability to walk for the rest of her life. She once defended the family’s centuries old olive tree by sitting under it in the blazing sun for a full day to stop a bulldozer from destroying one of their most treasured possessions. She worked with many children’s groups which were set up in Tel Rumeida which to support the traumatised children who could be woken in the middle of the night by the military who would then ransack the family possessions, take away – sometimes fathers often brothers, for interrogation which could last for many months without any formal charges and no family contact. With this background Arwa could sometimes be feisty and verbally fight her corner She was also very caring and supportive. Although she returned to live in Palestine a few years ago she returned regularly to Sheffield to visit her friends. We will miss her. Tribute by Val
the world people who show sympathy and solidarity with the
Palestinians will not shed a tear over Trump’s departure from
office next January.
However we should not expect a campaign for justice for the Palestinians from Biden. In 1986 the then senator Biden said “It’s about time we stop ..apologizing for our support for Israel… It is the best $3 billion investment we make. Were there not an Israel, the United States of America would have to invent an Israel to protect our interest in the region.”
hundred years ago another politician in another Imperial power wrote
something similar. Winston Churchill wrote
if, as may well happen, there should be created in our own lifetime
by the banks of the Jordan a Jewish State under the protection of the
British Crown, which might comprise three or four millions of Jews,
an event would have occurred in the history of the world which would,
from every point of view, be beneficial, and would be especially in
harmony with the truest interests of the British Empire.”
versus BOLSHEVISM 1920
For those who hope that Biden’s views have changed since 1986, this is him in 2011
“Israel is the single greatest strength America has in the Middle East,” Biden said, “ Imagine our circumstances in the world were there no Israel, how many battleships would there be, how many troops would be stationed. 21st June 2011
An indication of the usefulness of Israel to the USA was shown an article from Today’s NewYork Post
Qaeda’s second-in-command, accused of helping to mastermind the
1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, was killed in Iran in
August by Israeli operatives acting at the behest of the United
States…Masri, one of al Qaeda’s founding leaders, was killed
along with his daughter”.
With Trump’s going we see the weakening of evangelical support for Israel, sadly it is unlikely that a Biden administration will usher in justice for the Palestinians. Justice for Palestinians will come from grass roots support and activities.
am writing to you as a director of the Charity Commission. There is
a major scandal brewing concerning the Charity Commission and I
assume that you know little or nothing about it, or you would have
Board of the Charity Commission has the duty of protecting its
reputation and integrity.
UK charities in the UK are obliged to be for the public good. The
Jewish National Fund Charitable Trust is racist, complicit in ethnic
cleansing and is allied with those evicting the Sumarin family from
their home in illegally occupied East Jerusalem. It is not for the
public good. The Charity Commission has been failing in its
statutory duty of oversight.
The Jewish National Fund CT is not independent of the Jewish
National Fund in Israel (KKL)
agreements between the JNFCT and the KKLii
were known to the Charity Commission, but they were hidden from the
public. (The Charity Commission even refused to say whether they had
a copy.) The Jewish National Fund CT does not even own its own name.
It uses it on lease from the KKL. See below or
the agreement between the JNFCT and the JNF/KKL, they agree to work
together to find suitable projects for the JNFCT to fund. All the
monies raised in the UK by the JNFCT for Israel pass through the
accounts of the KKL.In the agreement between the JNFCT and the
JNF/KKL, they agree to work together to find suitable projects for
the JNFCT to fund. All the monies raised in the UK by the JNFCT for
Israel pass through the accounts of the KKL.
The JNF in Israel (KKL) is openly racist and has stated as much in
an Israeli court.
JNF is not and cannot be loyal to the entire Israeli public. The
JNF’s loyalty is reserved for the Jewish people alone – for whom it
was established and for whom it acts. […] The JNF will argue that
it bears no duty to allocate its land to non-Jews. To the extent the
matter concerns JNF land, it will lead not only to interference with
and disruption of the order of the JNF’s activities and tasks, but
will negate entirely its unique function as the owner of the eternal
property of the Jewish People.”iii
The Racism of the JNF/KKL should preclude any links with a British
The JNF UK created the British Park on the ruins of the village of
Ajjur (and others). When the owners of the land raised the issue
with the Charity Commission, their solicitor said “It may be that
Ms Al Ajarma and her family have legal rights that have been breached
by the actions of the Jewish National Fund” but they had no right
to question the status of the JNFCT.
The JNFCT openly stated in 2014 that it spent £114,000 on the Gaza
war effort. When the Charity Commission was asked about this it has
refused to comment. It also refused to say how many other charities
have supported foreign wars.
The Jewish National Fund (KKL) is working through its wholy owned
subsidiary, Himanuta, with ELAD to evict the Sumarin family from
their home in East Jerusalem. ELAD is the settler movement funded by
Roman Abramovich to the tune of $100million which featured in the BBC
issue will not go away. The issue is drifting into the court of
public opinion and into parliament.v
ask you to draw this issue to the other members of the board, and
remove the JNFCT from the list of charities.