Category Archives: Apartheid

Inoreader – Admitting he didn’t commit a crime, IDF puts teen in admin. detention for Facebook post

The army prosecutor readily admitted to the judge that the photos Makhtoob published on Facebook did not constitute a crime, but that secret evidence handed over to the judge — which neither Makhtoob nor his lawyer were allowed to see — justified keeping him behind bars. Zaher demanded that the court bring charges against Makhtoob rather than hold him indefinitely without trial. The judge, however, accepted the prosecution’s argument that the secret evidence was enough to keep him behind bars for the time being, and extended his remand by another three days. On January 7, a senior Israeli army officer ordered Makhtoob be held in administrative detention for six months. He has not been accused of committing a crime.

Source: Inoreader – Admitting he didn’t commit a crime, IDF puts teen in admin. detention for Facebook post

Scott Morrison criticises ‘ugly racial protests’ but fails to condemn Fraser Anning | Australia news | The Guardian

Morrison has remained quiet about the independent Queensland senator Fraser Anning, who attended the rightwing event alongside its organisers. The acting Labor leader, Tanya Plibersek, said she was pleased Morrison had condemned the rally but “he also has to criticise Fraser Anning for attending a rally that’s been organised by people with a known record of seeking to divide Australians”. “What really concerns me is that this is a fellow that the government has to continue to rely on to get measures through the Senate,” Plibersek said. “He has voted with the government about 90% of the time.

Source: Scott Morrison criticises ‘ugly racial protests’ but fails to condemn Fraser Anning | Australia news | The Guardian

A Reporter Detained: On Life Inside ICE Camps – IMM Print

The criminalization of those of us seeking political asylum has just begun. I asked Oscar for forgiveness for landing him in jail. My son’s response still reverberates in my ears: “We are together, we arrived together, and if we have to go back — we will go back together.” It was the response that today encourages me to return to my work with greater effort, a renewed commitment, stronger, and with more love and dedication.

Source: A Reporter Detained: On Life Inside ICE Camps – IMM Print

‘The US can’t dump people in Mexico’: Trump asylum policy in doubt | World news | The Guardian

Several of the asylum seekers who had heard of the potential policy said they would simply wait it out in Mexico. “Going back, I may as well just tie a noose for myself and hang it from a tree,” said Francisco M, who left Guatemala with his wife and three children due to extortion threats from gangs. “We are here alone and it hurt to leave our roots, but I’d have to have a death wish to go back there. No, we will stay as long as it takes.” Meanwhile, human rights groups warn that Mexico, one of the most violent countries in the world, is not safe for asylum seeker. Last month two Honduran teenagers who had traveled with the caravan were murdered in Tijuana. Advocates warn the plan would add formidable new challenges to the already-tortuous asylum process. “The policy essentially dispossesses people of their right to trial. It takes me months to prepare one asylum case. I’ll maybe meet with a person six times. People cannot build cases in the US if they can’t meet with their lawyers. How will they get to their hearings?” said Erika Pinheiro of Al Otro Lado, a legal aid organization in Tijuana.

Source: ‘The US can’t dump people in Mexico’: Trump asylum policy in doubt | World news | The Guardian

Seven hospitalized in settler attack on Hebron activists | +972 Magazine

Source: Seven hospitalized in settler attack on Hebron activists | +972 Magazine

On Saturday, according to eye witnesses, the settlers had demolished parts of a storage room being constructed at the home of local Palestinian activist Issa Amro, which also serves as a community center run by Youth Against Settlements. Amro filed a complaint with Israeli police against the settlers, who he says also tore off a metal gate from his neighbor’s house.

Hebron is home to around 500 radical Jewish settlers, living in the heart of a city that is home to over 160,000 Palestinians. Israeli soldiers are permanently stationed inside the city, implementing a system of segregated roads and creating daily friction with the Palestinian population.

On Monday night, Amro, several of his family members, and volunteers from Youth Against Settlements began rebuilding the walls settlers had demolished. While they were working, Israeli settlers showed up and began kicking the activists and throwing stones that them. The settlers were able to demolish what the Palestinians had built.

Elizabeth Warren, Native Identity, and Federal Recognition – “colonialism versus natural identity”

The underpinnings of this violation of sovereignty are complex. While it is integral to tribal sanctity and self-governance, enrollment itself, according to Lowery, is “a colonial construct; it’s not a self-determining process.” More broadly, federal recognition is a colonial construct. It is the end result of the process of proving our tribal identity and cultural heritage (both of which predate the federal government) to the federal government, and in terms that the federal government has established.

Source: Elizabeth Warren, Native Identity, and Federal Recognition

Kirstjen Nielsen Doesn’t Know How Many People Have Died in DHS Custody

When Rep. David Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island, asked Nielsen how many people have died under DHS’s custody, she said didn’t know. “Did I understand you correctly to say that, as you sit here today, you do not know how many human beings have died while in custody of the department that you lead, and in preparation for today’s hearing, you didn’t ascertain that number?” “I don’t have an exact figure for you,” she said. “I’m talking about people who have died in your custody. You don’t have the number?” “I will get back to you with the number,” she said.

Source: Kirstjen Nielsen Doesn’t Know How Many People Have Died in DHS Custody

This abortion law isn’t what Ireland voted for | Emer O’Toole | Opinion | The Guardian

The three-day wait is a political concession that has no basis in best medical practice or clinical evidence. Its only purpose is to make access to care more difficult. And, as always, the most vulnerable will be the most affected – people with disabilities, single parents, people suffering partner abuse, people in precarious employment, people on low incomes, people who live in remote areas, and asylum seekers in Direct Provision facilities will all find it much harder to attend multiple appointments.

Source: This abortion law isn’t what Ireland voted for | Emer O’Toole | Opinion | The Guardian