Jamal Kanj https://www.opendemocracy.net/taxonomy/term/19053/all cached version 12/10/2018 11:11:58 en Defeating Israel https://www.opendemocracy.net/north-africa-west-asia/jamal-kanj/defeating-israel <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="line-height: 15.6px;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mohammed Al Qiq has recently ended a record 94-day hunger strike protesting his so-called administrative detention,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 15.6px;">a procedure Israel uses disproportionately against Palestinians, holding them without charges or due process.</span></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><br /></span></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><span><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none 0'><a href="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/wysiwyg_imageupload_lightbox_preset/wysiwyg_imageupload/553378/511148814.jpg" rel="lightbox[wysiwyg_imageupload_inline]" title=""><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/553378/511148814.jpg" alt="" title="" width="460" height="307" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload 0 imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /></a> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Ahmad Gharabli/Getty. All rights reserved.</span></span></span>Last week Palestinian journalist Mohammed Al Qiq ended a record 94-day hunger strike protesting his so-called administrative detention in an Israeli jail.</span></p> <p>Administrative detention is a misnomer for a procedure used to hold Palestinian activists in military confinement without charges or due process. The six-month administrative order can be extended indefinitely without informing the detainee of the charges or affording them or their counsel the right to examine the evidence against them. </p> <p>It is just one oppressive Israeli occupation instrument that drives the civil movement underground and transforms it to violent resistance. Under international law, administrative detention can be permissible under exceptional circumstances. It comes, however, with rigid restrictions on its application. In the case of Israel, the exception is the norm. </p> <p>The latest political prisoner Al Qiq was on the verge of death when Israel finally agreed not to extend his detention beyond the current six-month order. </p> <p>According to the Israeli organisation Physicians for Human Rights, Al Qiq’s hunger strike lasted longer than the 1981 hunger strikes by members of the Irish Republican Army who were held by Britain in Northern Ireland. Al Qiq’s lawyer Jawad Boulus’ earlier appeal to Israel’s supreme court to release his client was rejected. </p> <p><span class="print-no mag-quote-right">Administrative detention can be extended indefinitely without informing the detainee of the charges or affording them or their counsel the right to examine the evidence against them.</span></p><p>The court ruled that the military judge’s order to detain him was legal. According to Boulus, the supreme court was “briefed on classified material” that he was neither allowed to review nor challenge. </p> <p>About eight years ago, Al Qiq served 16 months in Israeli jails for political activities on the elected student council at Birzeit University. At the time of this detention, the 33-year-old father of two was working as a TV correspondent for Saudi’s <em>Almajd</em> television. </p> <p>Al Qiq was arrested during an Israeli military raid in the middle of the night at his home in the city of Ramallah. The city, according to agreements signed between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), is located in Area A, ostensibly under the PA’s full civil and security control. </p> <p>On 25 November 2015, four days following his arrest, Al Qiq started a hunger strike to protest ill-treatment and his detention without due process. Henceforward, a battle of wills ensued between the captive and his jailers. In early January, he was strapped to his bed for four days and was forcibly fed intravenously. On 1 February, Al Qiq’s wife, Fayha Shalash, told reporters that her husband had requested not to receive any medical treatment, even if he loses consciousness. “His decision is very clear: either free or dead, not in between.”</p> <p>Israeli jailers continued to monitor his deteriorating health hoping the “self-torture” pain would eventually force him to end his strike. Driven by pure devilish schadenfreude, Israeli authorities watched him on closed circuit TV screaming in agony as his internal organs started to fail. With Al Qiq gravely ill but not in total collapse, the Israeli supreme court rejected his petition on 16 February to transfer him to a Palestinian hospital. The court sided with the military’s secret evidence that he would represent a threat if he was released from Israeli custody. </p> <p>In the last week of February, Al Qiq lost the ability to speak and was at risk of death. Realising he would never surrender, his jailers ultimately agreed not to extend his six-month administrative detention order. Unfortunately, it took Al Qiq 94 days of extreme agony to show the world that Israel had no imperative cause to detain him in the first place.</p> <p>While there were very few instances when Israeli Jews were held in administrative detention, the law has been applied disproportionally to Palestinian activists. Israel compares only to apartheid South Africa who used administrative detention widely in an effort to crush the opposition to apartheid. </p> <p>Israel has failed to break the will of another prisoner. And like apartheid South Africa, it will not succeed in subjugating the will of a people longing for justice and freedom from an imported ethnocentric occupation.</p> <p><em>A version of this article was first published by the Gulf Daily News newspaper.</em></p><div class="field field-country"> <div class="field-label"> Country or region:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Israel </div> <div class="field-item even"> Palestine </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-topics"> <div class="field-label">Topics:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Conflict </div> <div class="field-item even"> Democracy and government </div> <div class="field-item odd"> International politics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> North-Africa West-Asia North-Africa West-Asia Palestine Israel Conflict Democracy and government International politics administrative detention Palestine and the Israeli Occupation Jamal Kanj Geopolitics Tue, 08 Mar 2016 18:29:41 +0000 Jamal Kanj 100342 at https://www.opendemocracy.net Israeli self-inflicted hate culture https://www.opendemocracy.net/north-africa-west-asia/jamal-kanj/israeli-self-inflicted-hate <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A settler screaming at an injured Palestinian child, a racist mob lynching an Eritrean, and the killing of a Jewish Israeli mistaken for a Palestinian are manifestations of a culture of hate.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class='wysiwyg_imageupload image imgupl_floating_none caption-xlarge'><a href="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/wysiwyg_imageupload_lightbox_preset/wysiwyg_imageupload/549460/8830218.jpg" rel="lightbox[wysiwyg_imageupload_inline]" title="Life in the Old City of Jerusalem. Demotix/Mahmoud illean. All rights reserved."><img src="//cdn.opendemocracy.net/files/imagecache/article_xlarge/wysiwyg_imageupload/549460/8830218.jpg" alt="Life in the Old City of Jerusalem. Demotix/Mahmoud illean. All rights reserved." title="Life in the Old City of Jerusalem. Demotix/Mahmoud illean. All rights reserved." width="460" height="306" class="imagecache wysiwyg_imageupload caption-xlarge imagecache imagecache-article_xlarge" style="" /></a> <span class='image_meta'><span class='image_title'>Life in the Old City of Jerusalem. Demotix/Mahmoud illean. All rights reserved.</span></span></span></p><p><span>Haftom Zarhum, a 29-year-old Eritrean, was lynched by Jewish Israelis simply because he looked different. After being shot in the legs, a mob </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwVG5_78G7o">circled him</a><span> like hyenas over bleeding prey throwing a bench over his head chanting the unofficial Zionist’s anthem of hate: “Death to Arabs, Arabs out!” and “Am Israel Hai”.</span></p> <p>Disowning culpability and playing the traditional victim, Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nashon <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34569304">blamed</a> the incident on the “terrible situation we are in”.<em> </em></p> <p>At a similar scene, a week earlier, a video showed a despondent Palestinian child lying in a pool of blood. A puzzled appearance engulfed the child’s face as he gazed at a Jewish racist who was <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHttdlXr5Z0">screaming</a> “Die, you son of a whore, die”.</p> <p>Had Mr Zarhum been an innocent Palestinian bystander, it would have been a different story. Of the approximately 50 Palestinians, who were murdered by the Israeli army, police or Jewish vigilantes in the last three weeks, at least 20 were allegedly threatening Israeli life.</p> <p>Resisting occupation, by all means, is a right secured by international conventions. Hence, there were instances when desperate Palestinians, using basic home tools, confronted occupying Israeli soldiers or armed Jewish settlers. But certainly, it wasn’t in all 20 cases.</p> <p>It was definitely not in the case of the slain Jew that Israeli soldiers suspected for a Palestinian. Emergency response organisation chairman Yehuda Meshi-Zahav Zaka <a href="http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.681766">said</a>, “At first it appeared he was like all others. When I was asked to deal with the body, I realised that he was a Jew, and that he was mistaken for a terrorist [Palestinian]”. </p> <p>That is why Mr Zarhum’s life had no value. The murderers rightly assumed their actions “like all others,” had no consequences. It was proven more than 20 times in the preceding three weeks when Jewish killers walked free as heroes.</p> <p>Israel has two systems of justice. It demolishes homes and revokes “Israeli” citizenship of Palestinians accused of violence. But Jewish terrorists, arrested for burning alive a Palestinian child last year, are celebrated as heroes and continue to own government subsidised homes in Jewish colonies.</p> <p>It was discovered that Mr Zarhum—who looked more African than a typical Palestinian<span>—</span>was from Eritrea when someone found his Israeli-issued visa and shouted “he’s Eritrean, he is not a terrorist (Palestinian).” It was already too late to stop the hyenas’ insatiable thirst for blood.</p> <p>Life in Israel is either Jewish or goyim. It’s been established that taking a non-Jewish life is inconsequential. Israel newspaper <em>Yedioth Ahronoth</em> reported in 2013 that Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett <a href="http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Bennett-under-fire-for-comments-about-killing-Arabs-321467">boasted</a>, “I have killed lots of Arabs (Palestinians) in my life<span>—</span>and there is no problem with that”. </p> <p>As for immigrants, two years ago Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/eritrean-killed-israel-attack-beersheba-151019144228412.html">called</a> Africans a “cancer in Israel’s body”.<em> </em>She was not alone.</p> <p>Following a wave of anti-African demonstrations in Tel Aviv, a <a href="https://www.thenation.com/article/racism-israel">poll</a> conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute in 2013 found that 52 percent of Jews agreed with Regev that blacks living in Israel are “a cancer”.</p> <p>As to excuse something like Zarhum’s murder, one third of Israelis in that poll <a href="https://www.thenation.com/article/racism-israel">agreed</a>, “that unlawful, vigilante violence against non-Jewish African immigrants is fine with them”. A whopping majority of Jewish Israelis, 83 percent, supported anti-African protests.</p> <p>Screaming at an injured Palestinian child soaked in blood, a racist mob lynching Zarhum, or killing a Jew who was mistaken for a Palestinian are further manifestations of Israel’s culture of hate. It was espoused by no less than Israeli minister of culture, and supported by the majority of Israelis.</p> <p>Hate crimes against the African immigrant by a Jewish mob or the Jew, who was thought to be a Palestinian, were not an exception. The only exception is that they were not just numbers to be added to the more than 50 murdered Palestinians.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-sideboxs"><legend>Sideboxes</legend><div class="field field-related-stories"> <div class="field-label">Related stories:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/north-africa-west-asia/sam-bahour/palestinians-must-not-fall-into-this-trap-again">Palestinians must not fall into this trap, again!</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/paul-rogers/nonviolence-palestine-and-world">Nonviolence, Palestine and the world</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/north-africa-west-asia/jamal-kanj/day-of-reckoning-39-years-later">A day of reckoning, 39 years later...</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-country"> <div class="field-label"> Country or region:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Palestine </div> <div class="field-item even"> Israel </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-topics"> <div class="field-label">Topics:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Conflict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-rights"> <div class="field-label">Rights:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CC by NC 4.0 </div> </div> </div> North-Africa West-Asia North-Africa West-Asia Israel Palestine Conflict violence occupation occupied territories racism Jamal Kanj Fri, 06 Nov 2015 10:30:11 +0000 Jamal Kanj 97294 at https://www.opendemocracy.net Jamal Kanj https://www.opendemocracy.net/content/jamal-kanj <div class="field field-au-term"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jamal Kanj </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.jamalkanj.com">Jamal Kanj</a>&nbsp;writes a weekly newspaper column and publishes on several websites on Arab world issues. He is the author of “Children of Catastrophe,” Journey from a Palestinian Refugee Camp to America.</p> Jamal Kanj Sun, 29 Mar 2015 21:11:38 +0000 Jamal Kanj 91631 at https://www.opendemocracy.net A day of reckoning, 39 years later... https://www.opendemocracy.net/north-africa-west-asia/jamal-kanj/day-of-reckoning-39-years-later <div class="field field-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On this Land Day, while world powers have recognised the danger of the religion-centric Islamic State (IS), it is ironic that some of the same governments are urging Palestinians to accept Lieberman's "axe"-wielding Jewish version of IS.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you are like me, I am sure you are tired of reading about the results of the last Israeli election. Or on Benjamin Netanyahu's Hebrew pledge running up to the election and his flip-flopped English version after winning the election.</p> <p><span>I want instead to highlight the native Palestinian Israeli citizens who ran on a united list for the first time since they started to participate in the election. These Palestinians were the sons and daughters of approximately 150,000 who remained in their original homes, or became internal refugees when their villages were among the 500 that were destroyed by Israel in 1948.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p>Tomorrow, these Palestinians will mark the 39th anniversary of Land Day. It is an annual event commemorating the day when on March 30, 1976 they confronted Israeli government plans to expropriate approximately 20,000 dunams to build new Jewish-only colonies in the northern Galilee region.</p> <p>Soon after it came into existence in 1948, Israel established two systems of government: one for Jews and another for the non-Jewish Israeli citizens. Jews enjoyed life under civilian law while Palestinians - supposedly equal under the law - lived under special military administration and were ruled by an appointed Jewish military governor.</p> <p>This system of inequality which was in effect for 18 years was used to stop internal refugees from going back to their original villages. This is while Israel built new exclusive Jewish colonies for new immigrants, in many instances in the very homes and within eyesight of the non-Jewish "Israeli citizens" internal refugees.</p> <p>In addition to official government and municipal policies to hinder the development of non-Jewish villages, Israel established physical barriers to curb the expansion of Palestinian towns by building highways at the villages' boundaries or surrounded them with a ring of Jewish-only colonies.</p> <p>On March 29, 1976 Israel issued orders to confiscate more land from the non-Jewish citizens and imposed curfew on several of their villages. After 28 years of suppressing their Palestinian identity, local leaders responded to the Israeli order by calling for a general strike and mass protests on March 30.<span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p>The general strike against Israel's Jewish-centric policies was overwhelming from Galilee in the north to Negev in the south. Israeli army reinforced by more than 4,000 police officers attacked the civil demonstrators killing four, three were women, injuring more than 100 and arresting several hundreds.</p> <p>At large, Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and in refugee camps in Lebanon stood in unison in solidarity with their brothers who for 28 years remained in the forefront of the fight to unmask Israeli racism.</p> <p><span>Today, as we observe Land Day 39 years later, Israeli policymakers have introduced the Prawer plan targeting thousands more non-Jewish Israeli citizens, but now in the Negev desert.</span></p> <p>The new Israeli plan calls for demolishing 35 Bedouin villages and to remove their inhabitants from their ancestral homes. According to the UN human rights chief, the new Jewish Prawer plan will force thousands "... to give up their homes, denying them their rights to land ownership, and decimating their traditional cultural and social life..."</p> <p>Last week, Israeli electorates chose again the proponents of the ethno-centric Jewish State (JS) who promised to undermine the US vision of two states for two people and ended all hopes for a negotiated peaceful settlement.</p> <p>"Whoever is with us should get everything; but whoever is against us...We have to lift up an axe and remove his head." This was not a quote from Al Baghdadi of the Islamic State (IS), but was what JS leader Avigdor Lieberman pledged at a campaign rally before his re-election.</p> <p>On this Land Day, while world powers have recognised the danger of the religion-centric Islamic State (IS), it is ironic that some of the same governments are urging Palestinians to accept Lieberman's 'axe'-wielding Jewish version of IS.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>This article was <a href="http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=398872">first published</a> by the Gulf Daily News newspaper on 29 March 2015.</em></p><div class="field field-country"> <div class="field-label"> Country or region:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Israel </div> <div class="field-item even"> Palestine </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-topics"> <div class="field-label">Topics:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Conflict </div> <div class="field-item even"> Democracy and government </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Equality </div> </div> </div> North-Africa West-Asia North-Africa West-Asia Palestine Israel Conflict Democracy and government Equality Religion occupied territories Jamal Kanj Sun, 29 Mar 2015 20:16:00 +0000 Jamal Kanj 91630 at https://www.opendemocracy.net