Archive for the ‘Nakba day’ tag
Haifa University President Aharon Ben Ze’ev canceled a public Nakba Day commemoration ceremony planned by university students only three hours before it was due to commence. The ceremony was approved by all the necessary authorities. Earlier, the University’s Dean of Students, Prof. Hanan Alexander, barred the entry into the university of left-wing activist Sa’ar Szekely, who was planning on participating in the ceremony. (Haaretz)
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(Hebrew - Walla)
Knesset Education Committee Chairman, MK Alex Miller (Yisrael Beitenu), has proposed a bill following recent Nakba Day commemoration ceremonies in various universities, which would hold a university responsible for the content of events held by students. In the framework of the bill, the Minister of Education, in his role as the chairman of the Higher Education Council, could impose sanctions on institutions which support or allow an activity “which essentially constitutes a denial of the existence of the State of Israel as a Jewish and Democratic state, promotes racism, violence or terrorism or support of an armed conflict or terrorist attack against the state”. (Middle East Monitor)
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Right-wing activists tried to disrupt a Nakba Day ceremony held at Tel-Aviv University. One of the activists caused damage to the decoration set up for the ceremony.
(Hebrew - Walla)
The Tel-Aviv University security department requires students to pay the salary costs of campus security personnel as a prerequisite to approval of a Nakba Day ceremony, which is to be held on campus next Monday. In addition, the department informed the ceremony’s organizers that “Use of a sound system is prohibited; only megaphones will be allowed. No posters, signs, or flags may be hung up in the square.”
(Hebrew - Haaretz)
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon criticized the IDF’s conduct in the events commemorating the Nakba Day in the north, on May 15. According to the UN report, IDF soldiers used disproportionate force against Lebanese demonstrators, seven of whom were killed by IDF fire during the events. Foreign Ministry decided to cut contacts with the UN envoy to Lebanon, Michael Williams, who wrote the report.
Islam Ibrahim Issa is accused of murdering one Israeli civilian, and attempting to murder six others, in a truck rampage on Nakba Day in Tel Aviv.
Teachers of Arab kindergartens in Acco did not participate this year in the city’s Independence Day celebrations, honored by by Mayor Shimon Lankri. This is the first time that teachers do not take part in the ceremony. According to city council member Ahmad Audah, “You have to understand the Arab community. We can not participate in the joy nor sorrow of those who depress and dispossess us from our land. This is a human feeling. The parents had a major part in this decision. It is hard to ignore the difficult atmosphere in the Arab world against the State. Naturally, Nakba day was a factor.” Sources in City Hall said that “If the ceremony was deliberately boycotted, then we can’t keep silent about this. These city kindergartens are funded by the municipality.”
A weekly report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) reveals that security forces had injured 204 Palestinians in the West Bank this week, including at least 60 children, most of them at demonstrations in memory of the Nakba Day on May 15. Four security forces men were injured as well. The clashes included mainly stone throwing by protesters, and firing live ammunition, metal bullets with rubber covering, and tear gas by Israeli troops. Most of the clashes took place in East Jerusalem, especially in the Old City and near the Qalandiya and Shuafat barriers. Also, Palestinians were injured during the weekly demonstrations against the separation fence in Bil’in and Na’alin, and against the expansion of the Halamish settlement within the village of Nabi Saleh. In Gaza, soldiers killed a 16-year-old retarded boy. During a Palestinian demonstration in Beit Lahiya, near the Erez border crossing, Israeli forces opened fire with live ammunition on unarmed demonstrators, injuring 103 people, including 33 boys. In addition, several tank shells were fired within 300 meters of the demonstrators, to stop the parade.
An initial investigation by the Northern Command after the Nakba Day Events at the borders with Syria and Lebanon this week, indicates that there were problems with the deployment of forces of the Command prior to the events, and that the Command was slow to divert the troops when the demonstrators approached the fence.
A Palestinian demonstrator was wounded in his lower body by live ammunition from Israeli forces during a demonstration, in which protesters tried to approach the fence, east of Khan Yunis, in the Gaza Strip. IDF claim that the protester was “a major instigator.” The soldiers were ordered to shoot to the legs of the protest organizers.