Eurovision 2019 – Nothing to Sing About for Thousands of Children Detained, Interrogated, Threatened and Imprisoned by Israeli Forces
Our new Sadaka campaign, called "Eurovision 2019: Nothing to Sing About" focuses on the widespread and systematic campaign by Israeli forces to target, detain, intimidate and imprison Palestinian children.
Every year, Israel detains at least 1,000 Palestinian children, some as young as 10 years of age. In the first few months of 2019, an average of 207 children have been detained monthly. At any given time, there are about 270 Palestinian teenagers in Israeli prisons.
Boy on the Bus The boy in this photograph is Abdullah Dwaik, son of Badia Dwaik from Hebron in the West Bank. Coincidentally, Badiawas in Ireland when his son was rounded up in Hebron on Friday 13th October 2017 and kept with other children in cages at the checkpoint. They were then taken to the army barracks, held for some hours and then released.Many witnesses saw the children violently rounded up and then being taken away by the Israeli army. The photograph was taken by a member of the Christian Peacemaker Team (CPS) based in Hebron, West Bank. Abdullah has been arrested twice since then. A report on the arrest is here including a link to the boys own words.
23 soldiers. 1 child
On the 7th December 2017, Fawzi al-Juneid was 16 when he went shopping for his family on Friday in Hebron. He is the main provider for a family of nine. His father is disabled.
He was running away from tear gas and sound bombs when soldiers ambushed and captured him. Arrested and held for three weeks, his family paid 10,000 shekels ($2,870) for his release. He was suffering from a dislocated shoulder and extensive bruising and was taken to hospital immediately on his release. He had asked for a doctor many times, but was refused.
His lawyer Arwa Hlehel, had this to say.
“At his first hearing before an Israeli military court, al-Junaidi said he was beaten with a rifle and by almost every soldier who took him. At one point he hid under the desk in the detention centre, and they pulled him back up and continued to excessively hit him … They then threw him into a tub filled with cold water and took his shoes off."
Eurovision 2019 - Israel #nothingtosingabout
In Prison - Still Without Charge
Mohammed Tamimi was just 12 years of age in 2015 when an Israeli soldier grabbed him and used him as a human shield during the weekly land protests in his village of Nabi Saleh. His arm was broken and in a sling at the time. His mother and sister, Ahed succeeded in freeing him. However, Mohammed was subsequently detained. He has recently been re-arrested. The charges are unknown.
His village and his family paid a huge price for the video of the 2015 event going viral. In the subsequent weeks, dozens of from the village were arrested. Mohammed’s sister, Ahed, was arrested and detained for six months for slapping an Israeli soldier was entering her property. The incident took place in the days after her cousin had been shot in the head by soldiers (he survived, but needed many operations). However, her concern remains for her brother. “After my imprisonment, my little brother has been jailed in Israel. Who will speak up for Palestinian kids like us?” she said.
Eurovision 2019 - Israel #nothingtosingabout
Threats, violence, denied food
Most children detained by Israel in 2018 were threatened with violence, having their homes demolished, imprisoned for life and denial of food. Most don’t have a parent or lawyer presented when interrogated.
Eurovision 2019 - Israel #nothingtosingabout
The Occupied Territories Bill: Dail Éireann votes to pass legislation banning the import of goods from illegal Israeli settlements!
In a truly historic moment for Palestine, on Thursday January 24th 2019, the Dáil voted by 78 votes to 45 in favour of the Occupied Territories Bill. That means that the Seanad has passed and the Dáil supports in principle a Bill which, if enacted, will ban the sale of goods and services originating in illegal Israeli settlements established on stolen Palestinian land.
78 - 45!
That is the extraordinary majority of the vote in Dáil Éireann in support of the Occupied Territories Bill. Huge congratulations to Niall Collins TD and his colleagues in Fianna Fáil, to Sinn Féin, Labour, the Green Party, Social Democrats, People Before Profit / Solidarity and the range of Independent TDs who voted for the Bill. Significantly, three Government Ministers abstained, choosing not to support the Government in its opposition to the Bill. We are so proud of your representation of the will of the Irish people.
This is a major step in challenging Israel's impunity in its daily breaches of international law. The vote in favour of the Bill represents the strongest possible statement that Ireland as a nation will not stand idly by while Israel commits war crimes against the Palestinian people.
The Occupied Territories Bill was introduced to the Dáil on Wednesday, 23rd January, by Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Niall Collins TD and supported by all political parties (except Fine Gael) as well as by a large number of independents. There were many excellent contributions to the debate, a transcript of which is available here ).
"This is about doing the right thing at the right time and taking the lead."
Niall Collins TD, Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Foreign Affairs
Pictured after the Dáil debate - Conor O'Neill, Policy Advisor to Senator Black; Stella Carroll, Media Officer Sadaka; Gerry Liston, Legal Officer Sadaka & GLAN; Senator Frances Black; Niall Collins T.D; Jilan Wahba, Deputy Palestininan Ambassador; Marie Crawley, Chair of Sadaka.
What happens next?
Without the votes to defeat it, the Government, which opposes the Bill, is now seeking to block its progress by withholding what is called a "Money Message" (more on what a Money Message entails here). The Bill will be subject to detailed scrutiny at a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade. This is likely to be scheduled for April or May 2019. Within two weeks that meeting, a determination will be made as to whether a Money Message is required. Watch this space – Sadaka will continue to update this page as the Bill progresses.
Amnesty International Calls for Governments to replicate Ireland’s Occupied Territories Bill Adds its Voice to the Bill!
‘As well as calling on individual companies to stop doing business in and with the settlements, Amnesty is calling on governments to make this mandatory through regulation, and to introduce laws prohibiting the import of settlement goods. Each year, hundreds of millions of pounds’ worth of goods produced in the settlements are exported internationally, despite the fact that most countries around the world have officially condemned the settlements as illegal under international law. In the UK, imported settlement goods include oranges, dates, spring water and halva desserts. The Irish Parliament is currently in the process of approving a landmark bill which would prohibit trade in goods and services with settlements, and Amnesty is calling on all other countries to do likewise.’
Media Coverage Ireland / International
Political and Legal Arguments
Minister Simon Coveney and the Government remain opposed to the Bill. This is based on two key arguments: firstly that the Bill is not compatible with EU law and secondly that it would undermine a role he envisages Ireland might play in a resumed Middle East peace process. These positions are not tenable.
1. In response to the Government’s position on EU law, this is a legal opinion authored by Takis Tridimas, Professor of EU law at King’s College London and practising EU lawyer who is "one of the most frequently quoted academic authors by Advocates General of the European Court of Justice and, on matters of EU law, by English courts." His opinion that the Bill is compatible with EU law is unequivocal.
2. In response to the Government position on a future peace process, this Sadaka paper outlines how the Trump Administration’s "peace plan," in which the Tánaiste has expressed faith, is not a peace plan at all and seeks to ensure that Israel will benefit from its longstanding and systematic breaches of international law, to the extreme detriment of the Palestinian people. It also explains how the Occupied Territories Bill has the potential to play an important role in creating the conditions for a just and meaningful peace process.
3. This opinion piece, written by Gerry Liston (Legal Officer Sadaka) and published in the Irish Times (26th November 2018) provides an excellent argument as to why the Irish Government should support the Bill.
Occupied Territories Bill
The Occupied Territories Bill, developed by Sadaka and tabled by Senator Frances Black, will prohibit the import of goods and services which are produced in illegal Israeli settlements. Settlements are a war crime under international law.
Sadaka runs targeted campaigns on an annual basis, each one aimed at achieving a particular goal such as Irish Government Recognition of Palestine, pre General Election commitments on Palestine and similar goals.
High Level Fora and meetings are used to get particular messages to selected audiences. We focus on high profile speakers to attract key decision makers and people of influence.
Writing and disseminating high quality factual information and analysis on political developments in Palestine is a central tenet of what we do.
In partnership with the Curriculum Development Unit, Sadaka produced an education resource on Palestine available on the Irish secondary school curriculum. More resources also available.
Visiting Speaker Programme
Sadaka organises high level speaking tours with invited guests, primarily from Palestine. They typically involve meetings with the Minister, political party leaders, leading NGOs, trade unions and presentations to Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Political meetings are core business for Sadaka as we attempt to shift Irish foreign policy towards the achievement of political self –determination and human rights for the Palestinian people.
Sadaka has hosted lengthy speaking tours with leading Christian church leaders from Palestine to encourage the Irish churches to develop pro-active positions on the plight of their brothers and sisters in the Holy Land.
Sadaka has worked closely with trade unions since our formation building on their strong pro-active positions on Palestine.
Recent Media Items
The most important detail in Kushner’s plan for the Palestinian economy (Haaretz, 21 May 2019)
Israel to demolish playground in unrecognized Bedouin village (Haaretz, 21 May 2019)
Amnesty: Israel arms human rights violators UAE, Myanmar (Middle East Monitor, 17 May 2019)
US-Israel relationship is ‘altar’ of ‘holiness,’ and Jerusalem embassy is ‘shrine’ — US Ambassador (Mondoweiss, 16 May 2019)
Ireland vs. Hungary: Report charts rising support for Netanyahu among EU states (Haaretz, 17 May 2019)
A year after Trump’s embassy move, only one country has followed U.S. to Jerusalem (Haaretz, 14 May 2019)
Record number of demolitions, including self-demolitions, in East Jerusalem in April 2019 (UN OCHA, 14 May 2019)
Trump's 'deal of the century' hasn't a hope of bringing peace (Guardian, 17 May 2019)
A Trip Advisor to the Real Israel (Gideon Levy, Haaretz, 16 May 2019)
Veteran Palestinian negotiator banned from travelling to US (Independent, 15 May 2019)
Tourists come face-to-face with Eurovision’s darker side: ‘No pride in apartheid’ (Independent, 16 May 2019)
One million face hunger in Gaza after US cut to Palestine aid (Guardian, 15 May 2019)
Why you should switch off the Eurovision tonight (Eamonn Meehan, Irish Times, 6 May 2019)
Israel and the Eurovision (Irish Times, 13 May 2019)
London protest demands Israel end 'unprecedented attacks' on Palestine (Guardian, 11 May 2019)
Phyllis Bennis discusses the recent Israeli bombardment of Gaza and the real nature of Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ (Real News Network, 9 May 2019)
1,700 Gazans Could Face Amputations Due to the Lack in Health Funding, UN Warns (Haaretz, 9 May 2019)
The Eurovision boycott row confirms it: Palestinian lives don’t matter (Guardian, 8 May 2019)
Hundreds of wounded Gaza protesters risk limb amputation without immediate help, warns top UN official (UN News, 8 May 2019)
The 'deal of the century': US blessing for Israel's land theft and ghettoisation of the Palestinians (Jonathan Cook, Middel East Eye, 9 May 2019)
Israel and the Eurovision (Irish Times, 10 May 2019)
Protection of Civilians Report | 23 April - 6 May 2019 (UN OCHA, 9 May 2019)
Israel Is Independent, but Not Free (Haaretz, 8 May 2019)
After cease-fire, Gazans still waiting on Qatari money and warn of relapse into conflict (Haaretz, 8 May 2019)
Qatar Pledges $480 Million for West Bank and Gaza Aid, Foreign Ministry Says (Haaretz, 7 May 2019)
The Palestinian Authority is no longer crying wolf over its imminent collapse (Jonathan Cook, 5 May 2019)
Gaza official: Israel agreed to implement ceasefire concessions within a week (Times of Israel, 7 May 2019)
Israeli government ordered military to end Gaza fighting before Eurovision (Haaretz, 6 May 2019)
Casualties in the context of demonstrations and hostilities in Gaza | 30 Mar 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 (UN OCHA, 6 May 2019)
The Gaza Ghetto Uprising (Gideon Levy, Haaretz, 5 May 2019)
Israeli settlers vandalize vehicles, spray death threats near Nablus (Ma’an News, 3 May 2019)
Ultra-Orthodox Political Power Threatens Israel's Economy, Study Says (Hagai Amit, Haaretz, 2 May 2019)
New push to stop US funding torture of Palestinian children (Electronic Intifada, 1 May 2019)
Gazans' only way out is through Egypt – if they can affcord it (Haaretz, 29 April 2019)
Palestinian Authority under threat in face of major fiscal crisis, UN report warns (Haaretz, 25 April 2019)
The logic behind US humiliation of the Palestinians (Marwin Bishara, Al Jazeera, 24 April 2019)
Bleeding, blindfolded and cuffed, Osama tried to run. Then came the second shot (Haaretz, 24 April 2019)
The world had decades to stop annexation. Just ask Palestinians (Hagai El-Ad, +972, 19 April 2019)
Israel shuts down Palestinian soccer tournament in East Jerusalem (Ma’an News, 19 April 2019)
Why aren't Europeans calling Israel an apartheid state? (John Dugard, Al Jazeera, 17 April 2019)
Jews, Arabs nearing population parity in Holy Land: Israeli officials (Reuters, 26 March 2018)
Israeli Soldiers Shot Bound Palestinian Teen Because Live Fire Is Their Only Language (Gideon Levy, Haaretz, 22 April 2019)
Palestinian teenager shot by Israeli army ‘while blindfolded and handcuffed’ in West Bank (Independent, 22 April 2019)
6,000 Palestinian Children Jailed By Israel Since 2015 (OWP, 21 April 2019)
Mourning the missing in Israel's 'cemeteries of numbers' (Middle East Eye, 20 April 2019)
Israel: Human Rights Watch Official’s Deportation Reinstated (Human Rights Watch, 16 April 2019)
If you believe in human rights, Madonna, don’t play Tel Aviv (Roger Waters, Guardian, 17 April 2019)
Palestinian state likely not in US proposed peace plan: Report (Al Jazeera, 15 April 2019)
Europe must stand by the two-state solution for Israel and Palestine (Guardian News, 15 April 2019)
Israelis celebrate festival of freedom as Palestinians suffer acts of wickedness (Gideon Levy, Haaretz, 21 April 2019)
You Married a Palestinian (Haaretz, 21 April 2019)
Mueller report confirms Trump team meddled in Egypt's UN resolution on Israeli settlements (Middle East Eye, 18 April 2019)
After Trump's move, US will now register people born in Golan Heights as native Israelis (Haaretz, 18 April 2019)
By cutting off relations, South Africa has branded Israel with the mark of Cain (Gideon Levy, Haaretz, 18 April 2019)
Israel begins demolishing Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem neighbourhood (Haaretz, 17 April 2019)
Israeli settlers execute Muhammad ‘Abd al-Fatah; military covers up their deed (B’Tselem, 14 April 2019)
Israel confiscates 51,000 dunams from Jordan Valley (Ma’an News, 16 April 2019)
Europe urged to reject US Middle East plan if it is unfair to Palestinians (Guardian, 15 April 2019)
Wounded Palestinian prisoners left in rain with no food or toilets in 'night of the atrocity' (Gideon Levy & Alex Levac, Haaretz, 12 April 2019)
Israeli election - with the final count in, who won and who lost? (Reuters, 12 April 2019)
Business groups pressure Ireland to drop ban on Israeli settlement goods (Electronic Intifada, 10 April 2019)
I fought South African apartheid. I see the same brutal policies in Israel (Ronnie Kasrils, Guardian, 3 April 2019)
Beit Sahour Twins with Tralee, Ireland (IMEMC News, 28 March 2019)
Economy and living standards of Gaza ‘eviscerated’ by crippling blockade (UN Trade & Development agency, 18 September 2018)
Humanitarian snapshot: casualties in the Gaza strip | 30 March 2018 - 22 March 2019 (UN OCHA, 27 March 2019)
One state, two states, whatever (Haaretz, 9 April 2019)
Israel PM vows to annex West Bank settlements if re-elected (BBC News, 7 April 2019)
Netanyahu vows to annex Jewish settlements in occupied West Bank (Guardian, 7 April 2019)
6,000 Palestinian children jailed by Israel since 2015: NGO (Al Jazeera, 5 April 2019)
Israel election: Why Israel desperately needs regime change (Middle East Eye, 8 April 2019)
Democracy, Israeli Style (New York Times, 7 April 2019)
Bedouin women capture their village's final moments before it's demolished by Israel (Haaretz, 1 April 2019)
Arab League to aid Palestinian Authority after Israel withholds tax money (Haaretz, 1 April 2019)