The Facts about the Palestine Problem was a series of pamphlets produced from 1968 until, at least, 1970. They were published by The Arab Women’s Information Committee based in Beirut, Lebanon.
Financial constraints effected regularity of the, planned, monthly bulletin – a problem that the Palestinian cause has always had to face, even when ‘supported’ by some of the most wealthy nations on the planet.
The stated aim of the editors was to produce a factual background to the situation in Palestine following the disastrous war of June 1967 (known as the Harb – The Setback – in Arabic) which saw the annexation of huge tracks of Palestine by the Israeli Zionists.
At the time of the 1967 ‘Six Day War’ pro-Zionist propaganda was riding high in the capitalist ‘west’ with the idea being promoted that Israel was the innocent victim of an anti-Semitic plot of genocide. These bulletins were part of the propaganda fight back to put the case of the Palestinian people.
Events in the now almost 50 years since that war the world has witnessed countless examples of the attempted genocide (now re-branded as ‘ethnic cleansing’) of the Palestinian population by the increasingly Fascistic Zionist State of Israel.
Notwithstanding the time that has passed since The Facts about the Palestine Problem were first published they still contain many facts and details that many people don’t know about, realise or understand. It is hoped they may be useful in reminding people of what is happening in that part of the world by providing an historical background.
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The attitude of the United States of American to the migration of American Jews to Palestine, especially in the time just before the formal declaration of the State of Israel on 15th May 1948.
The Zionist Plan for the occupation of Palestine before 15 May 1948.
The Promised Land
The Zionists claims that the existence of the State of Israel on the land of the Palestinians lay in what was written in the Christian Bible.
From the Nile to the Euphrates
The Zionist plan for the expansion of the State of Israel to cover all the territory between the rivers Nile and Euphrates, demonstrated by a series of maps and accompanying statements.
The Arabs under Israleli Rule – The Gaza Strip
The treatment of civilians in the Gaza Strip under Israeli Occupation after 7th June 1967.
Did you know that…
Zionist attitudes and Palestinian reality after the declaration of the State of Israel in 1948 and the war of June 1967.
The Background – Statements by Zionists
Statements by Zionists, from the late 19th century until the 1960s, where they declare their true intentions in Palestine.
Jerusalem June 1967 – The Occupation
What was happening in Jerusalem during the first days of ‘The Setback’, from 5th to the 8th June 1967.
The Background – Statement by Zionists 2
Further statements by Zionist about their plans and intentions over the Palestinian homeland.
For an Arab-Jewish State in Palestine
The argument for a state of Palestine that would be home for both Arabs and Jews. This first appeared in the French newspaper Le Monde on 9th January 1969.
Israel and the Demilitarised Zones
How Israel has been using the so-called ‘Demilitarized Zones’ as an extension of the Zionist State of Israel.
Israeli Designs on Lebanon
Statements from the 20th century where the Zionists have made it clear that their idea of the State of Israel extends from the Nile to the Euphrates.
The Machiavellian Approach
Tactics used by some Zionists in trying to convince Jews to leave their original homes and to migrate to Israel.
When the Soldiers Cried
How the Israeli Defense Forces treated prisoners after the war of June 1967 – and a trend that has continued to the present day.
The women of Palestine fight against the occupation in the Occupied Territories and abroad.
The Facts, March 1968
Includes statements by Zionists, over the decades, of their intentions for the ever greater expansion of the State of Israel.
The big lie of the boots
One of the more successful lies that the Israeli Settler State was able to peddle in the aftermath of the so-called ‘Six Day War’ of June 1967.
Israel’s isolation of Palestinian child prisoners amounts to torture
Ramallah, December 2, 2020—Israeli authorities routinely detain Palestinian children in isolation solely for interrogation purposes, a practice that amounts to torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) said in a report released today.
Over a four-year period, between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2019, DCIP documented 108 cases where Palestinian children detained by the Israeli military were held in isolation for two or more days during the interrogation period.
Evidence and documentation collected by DCIP overwhelmingly indicate that the isolation of Palestinian children within the Israeli military detention system is practised solely to obtain a confession for a specific offence or to gather intelligence under interrogation. DCIP has found no evidence demonstrating a legally justifiable use of isolation of Palestinian child detainees, such as for disciplinary, protective, or medical reasons. Solitary confinement has been used, almost exclusively, during pre-charge and pretrial detention. The practice is not generally employed after children have been convicted and are serving their sentences.
‘International law prohibits the use of solitary confinement and similar measures constituting cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment against children, and yet Israeli authorities frequently detain children in this manner’, said Khaled Quzmar, General Director of DCIP. ‘It is widely acknowledged that this practice causes both immediate and long-term psychological harm to children. It must end immediately, and the prohibition must be enshrined in law’.
Isolation of Palestinian child detainees typically follows a military arrest and transfer period, during which many children are subjected to physical violence and other forms of ill-treatment. While in isolation, child detainees are without meaningful human contact, as interactions with others are often solely with their interrogator. Meals are passed to children through a flap in the door. Children also commonly report significantly worse cell conditions compared to the cells in which they were placed during other periods of detention. The conditions in isolation cells are commonly characterized by inadequate ventilation, 24-hour lighting, no windows, unsanitary bedding and toilet facilities, and hostile architectural features such as wall protrusions.
During interrogation, Israeli military law does not afford Palestinian minors the right to have a parent or lawyer present. The interrogation techniques are often mentally and physically coercive, frequently incorporating a combination of intimidation, threats, verbal abuse, and physical violence with a clear purpose of obtaining a confession.
In all 108 cases documented by DCIP, Israeli authorities interrogated Palestinian child detainees without the presence of a lawyer or family member, and children were overwhelmingly denied a consultation with a lawyer prior to interrogation. Israeli authorities use coercive tactics, including the use of informants, resulting in children unintentionally making some incriminating statements or even false confessions.
Israel has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes between 500 and 700 children in military courts each year. DCIP estimates that since the year 2000, Israeli military authorities have detained, interrogated, prosecuted, and imprisoned approximately 13,000 Palestinian children.
Of the 108 cases documented by DCIP between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2019:
• The average duration of isolation was 14.3 days.
• Nearly 40 percent (43 children), endured a prolonged period of isolation of 16 or more days.
• All cases were Palestinian boys aged between 14 and 17 years old, including 70 aged 17 years, 30 aged 16 years, seven aged 15 years, and one aged 14 years.
• In the majority of cases, Palestinian child detainees were unlawfully transferred to detention and interrogation facilities located inside Israel operated or controlled by the Israel Prison Service (IPS) and Israel Security Agency in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
‣ At least 52 children were held at Al-Jalame (also known as Kishon) interrogation and detention centre;
‣ At least 29 children were held at Petah Tikva interrogation and detention centre;
‣ At least 32 were held at Megiddo prison; and
‣ At least 14 were held at Al-Mascobiyya interrogation and detention centre.
• In 102 out of 108 cases (94 percent), children had no access to a legal consultation prior to interrogations.
• In all 108 cases, children had no lawyer or family member present during the interrogation.
• 62 children (57 percent) reported that interrogators did not properly inform them of their rights before interrogation, including their right to silence.
• In 86 cases (80 percent), children held in isolation reported being subject to stress positions during interrogation, most commonly having their limbs tied to a low metal chair for prolonged periods, a position they described as acutely painful.
• In 73 cases (68 percent), children were exposed to informants while detained in isolation. Many of these children were later confronted with incriminating statements made to the informant during a subsequent interrogation.
• DCIP finds that the physical and social isolation of Palestinian children for interrogation purposes by Israeli authorities is a practice that constitutes solitary confinement, which amounts to torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.