لقد جاء إعلان لجنة المتابعة العربية ممثلاً بوزير خارجية دولة قطر الشيخ حمد بن جاسم آل ثاني بشكل عربي غير مسئول , ليعبر من خلال المبادرة العربية المعدلة بأنه يمكن مبادلة الأراضي بين الطرفين الفلسطيني والإسرائيلي بدلاً من الالتزام بشكل كامل بحدود الرابع من حزيران من العام 1967 من أجل تحريك عملية السلام المتعثرة.
فالمبادرة العربية المعدلة ليست فى صالح الشعب الفلسطيني لا من قريب ولا من بعيد إلا إنها تلحق أخطار إستراتيجية حقيقية في الموقف السياسي الفلسطيني الرسمي مما يجعله هش فى المدي البعيد وتعمل علي تقويض دور المفاوض الفلسطيني وموقفه فى أى عملية تفاوضية فى المستقبل
ولقد لاقت هذه المبادرة ترحيباً كبيراً فى الوسط الإسرائيلي من العديد من الأحزاب السياسية الإسرائيلية داخل الائتلاف الحكومي والمعارضة فدعت وزيرة العدل ومسئولة ملف المفاوضات مع الجانب الفلسطيني تسيبي ليفني رئيس الوزراء بنيامين نيتانياهو إلي التحرك بشكل سريع لقبولها فلماذا هذه الدعوة لرئيس الحكومة ؟؟
لأن فى هذه المبادرة خطر حقيقي علي أرض الدولة الفلسطينية فبدلاً من تفكيك المستوطنات تعطي ضوء أخضر لإسرائيل لشرعنه الاستيطان في الضفة الغربية والقدس , وتفرض الأمر الواقع علي الفلسطيني والتسليم بهمجية الاستيطان الذي هو غير شرعي بناء علي قرارات الأمم المتحدة وضرورة الانسحاب الكامل من أراضي 1967.
لذلك يتوجب علي الشعب والقيادة وجميع القوى العمل الوطني الفلسطيني رفض المبادرة جملة وتفصيلاً وليس التفاوض , ويجب رفض تحدث لجنة المتابعة العربية بإسم الشعب الفلسطيني والتصريح الذي منح لها يجب أن يسحب منها ليعود مرة أخرى إلي قيادة منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية فهي الممثل الشرعي والوحيد لأن القرار السياسي الرسمي للمنظمة وحدها.
وأعتقد إن حصل تبادل للأراضي وإن كان طفيف جدا جدا يجب أن يكون من خلال التفاوض بين الجانبين وليس علي أساس مبادرات تقدمها قطر ونتيجة منطقية أن يكون هناك مرونة إن حصل تبادل طفيف للغاية ففي أى عملية تفاوضية جرت علي مر التاريخ لا بد من تقديم بعض التنازلات وذلك ليس مقتصراً علي الجانب الفلسطيني بل والإسرائيلي أيضاً هذا هو التفاوض
فالثوابت الوطنية الفلسطينية التي لا يمكن التنازل عنها نهائياً ولا أحد يستطيع أن يقدم بها تنازل إطلاقاً ومنها القدس الشرقية العاصمة الأبدية لسيادة الدولة , وقضية اللاجئين الذي لهم حق العودة بناء علي قرار الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة رقم 194 الذي يسمح لهم بالعودة إلي ديارهم التي هجروا منها ودفع التعويضات لهم فهذه القضية تمثل جوهر فى الصراع الفلسطيني الإسرائيلي وبدون حل عادل لقضيتهم لن يكون هناك سلام
by: Rafat Abushaban
Gaza – Palestine
Entering the Danger Zone: Gaza Under Fire
Last month seems very distant from now. We were a team from the Business and Technology Incubator/IUG from Gaza participating for the first time in the Growing SMEs conference and meetings organized by BiD Network in the Netherlands held as a part of Global Entrepreneurship Week when the latest Israeli massacre on Gaza took place
The event was visited by Princess Maxima of the Netherlands and the Minister for Foreign Trade who have applauded the development of start-ups and businesses in Palestine. I am still catching up with my late work that has been delayed for weeks after experiencing intensive ground shaking Israeli air strikes in the Gaza strip last as Netanyahu’s government and the military decided to do a quick and dry operation to end military capabilities of Palestinian faction in Gaza, but events have escalated in a totally different and unexpected way, ending with the resignation of the Israeli defence minister a few days ago.
I have witnessed the last massacre “operation Cast-lead” in 2009 and can relate on how today looks different
We Were Taken by Surprise
While sitting in partner meetings in the event, a member of my group rushed in with the news. “There is a war in Gaza”, she said. We stood there in silence for a few moments and then it was all over the TV. It was a total surprise for some of our team members who were travelling outside Gaza for the first time as we debated on whether we stay put or rush back to our families under the Israeli shelling.
We have witnessed the last cast-lead operation three years ago and we know what the worst scenario can be: “The Israeli military firstly eliminates a so-called Bank of Targets including governmental buildings, shops, electricity generation plants, empty grounds and underground tunnels with thousands of rockets killing and wounding anybody around. After the infrastructure is devastated, a ground operation starts with tens of thousands of Israeli troops in high-tech tanks supported by artillery and jets to sweep the ground before the ground forces”.
Despite this, the government of Gaza has called on their essential staff to return to their works challenging the defacto Israeli curfew in a step that have stimulated people to leave their houses to buy necessary goods for their families in the case of the escalation continuing for a long time. We then made our decision to go back no matter what happens.
Entering the War-zone
After two sleepless nights travelling back, we have arrived at the Egyptian town of Rafah which is the twin city for the Palestinian town with the same name where the famous Rafah crossing to Gaza exists. Along the borders between Gaza and Egypt, there is a network of underground tunnels used to smuggle goods and foods into besieged Gaza as there is no commercial border between the two countries. The only borders for importing food, goods, medication, tools and equipments are under total Israeli control and are closed most of the time. Every now and then, Israeli air-strikes target these tunnels along the border line.
The clouds of smoke in Gaza could be seen clearly from far away which has raised our stress. We have arrived at the crossing early morning before the border was even open. The scene of tens of people queuing at the gates to enter Gaza was amazing and shocking in the same time. We had three or four air strikes a hundred meters away from the crossing where the ground and windows of the nearby Egyptian buildings were heavily shaking. When the border was open at 9 o’clock, a missile then has struck a nearby tunnel as if it was welcoming us back. People were talking around and joking to lift up their spirits and man shouted: “Let’s go. The air strikes air awaiting us!”
After finishing the inspection and entering Gaza, we were praying that we can make it home safely. I was asking about if we can go back using a potentially safe road along the beach, but I was told that it was destroyed. We discussed the possible routes of entering the city and then went with a taxi on a full speed. The roads were nearly empty except for ambulances, fire trucks and a few travellers like us rushing to reach their destinations before a strike occurs nearby. Israeli jets could be heard very clearly from everywhere along the way and destruction was visible in various places. We have passed through a couple of totally destroyed police stations and civilian buildings while the radio was giving the latest news about rockets being fired from Gaza
Home, Sweet Home
I was telling the driver for the directions to my home. When we have gotten closer, the road was blocked by the rubble of the vacant Saraya buildings that were targeted a few hours ago. Arriving a little late could save life sometimes!
The Saraya buildings –that were used in the old times as a military base and a prison by the PA- were targeted many times in the past until it became a deserted piece of land, but that did not prevent targeting it again and again, as apparently the Israeli bank of targets was running out.
We took and alternative route and finally arrived and I rushed to see my family members and friends. Later on that day, the air strikes were escalated so much as full civilian buildings were brought to the ground. Aldallou family including their four children were killed under the rubble of their home and the scenes of these children were on the television for the world to see.
When the night hours came in, the air strikes intensity and number increased dramatically and most people could not sleep before dawn, especially with the type of missiles used by the Israelis to shake the ground intentionally, which does feel like an earthquake. Unmanned air-drones could be heard all day long with their loud noise, looking for targets on the ground on a 24 hours basis.
The rubble of the Saraya complex in Gaza after being targeted many times by Israeli jets
Media offices in the main street of Gaza were targeted killing and wounding civilians and journalists and destroying media offices. A local bank that is used to pay the salaries of thousands of employees was fully destroyed in Gaza by direct missiles. The people who have died from the continuous bombings have exceeded 160 individuals with over a thousand wounded, mainly children, elderly, and entire families. Israeli propaganda messages were transmitted after hacking some local Palestinian channels and radio stations warning and threatening people. Other flyers were dropped from planes asking people living near the borders to leave their homes and move to city center, which most of the people has ignored.
On the last day of the escalation, the Israeli jets targeted a major civilian complex used by the government for arranging the travels of citizens called Abukhadra that was totally destroyed. The whole neighbourhood was affected and many nearby buildings caught fire
The rubble of Abukhadra complex in Gaza after being targeted by Israeli jets
Emergency Services were on the Go
Since the last massacre on Gaza in 2009, there has been an obvious change to the system and response of emergency services in the Gaza strip. Health services and Fire-fighters have undergone major restructuring to respond efficiently and quickly in a crisis time, which was evident during the last week. As soon as an airstrike occurs, one can see ambulances and fire trucks rushing to the place within seconds, not minutes. This has helped to save the lives of some, like when some media reporters were trapped inside Alshorouq tower as it was targeted two days ago and then the emergency crews and people managed to get them out of the burnt building.
Electricity and telephone teams were also something to be proud of. As soon as poles were destroyed, emergency teams rush into the place and restore it within hours. I can compare this with what has happened during the last massacre when the electricity poles where cut for more than 20 days. However, that does not mean that the electricity crisis is over as we still get electricity according to a schedule for a few hours every day.
Despite all the killing and destruction, the Palestinians have won by their patience. A cease-fire agreement was signed after 8 days of the aggression stating that the blockade on Gaza will be removed and people will be free to travel and import/export goods with the outside world. Still after one day of this agreement, a young man was killed by Israeli fire in Khan-younis in the Gaza strip for getting close to the border. Only time will tell if this agreement can last for long
United we can overcome the hurdles and defeat the occupation
Rafat Abushaban, a Palestinian activist living in Gaza. You can follow his blog on www.zaitoontree.com
Palestine – Gaza
Last week, I had an assignment to write an article about Women’s right. During my writing I found that i have a very narrow minded in women’s rights issue. I haven’t met a Chinese women nor a French one. What are the challenges that they facing in their life? Their main problems? .. I haven’t truly met any women except the Gazan ones as I’m living in Gaza.
So I decided that my article wouldn’t express The women’s rights but The Gazan’s women rights.
Nowadays, The developed countries target is to build up a perfect societies and the humanity is their basic rule.
As we all know that women’s role is complement whether she stands in the kitchen for cooking Or in the conferences hall to discuss, negotiate and manage her own business. Somehow both of these lifestyles outcomes is a productive woman.
In my opinion, Human rights is nothing but a culture. And usually cultures are gained by environment. Respecting women is a value which should be learned in schools, Universities and streets.
In my town “Gaza”.. I think the problem that women weren’t taught how to ask for their stolen rights in addition to their bad knowledge about their own rights.
freedom, dignity, humanity, respect, femininity and so on” these words for the majority is only words. They don’t know what is the real meaning or even how to apply these simple rights, also how their life would be after having a real woman life!
For example, I believe that one of the greatest women’s rights is to make mistakes without being judged whether from the society or herself! besides women can be educated and cultured in a very good way. Woman can be a wife or a politician.
As Islam said.. that we all were born to be free.
It’s time for us as a women to load our voices but first we should be totally convinced that we have a right to be whatever we want and that’s how we can convince the others.