Posts Tagged ‘Article’

اعتصـام شبـاب نهر البارد فـي يومـه العـاشـر

June 26, 2012

السفير – 26.06.2012
إسماعيل الشيخ حسن

يستمر شباب «ساحة تحرير مخيم نهر البارد» باعتصامهم المفتوح… يلتف حولهم أهالي المخيم، يثنون عليهم ويشجعونهم، فقد حققوا خلال بضعة أيام ما فشلت في تحقيقه الفصائل الفلسطينية و«الأونروا»، و«لجنة الحوار»، وعشرات العشرات من الهيئات، واللجان، والمؤسسات، والسفارات، في خمس سنين مضت.
بتحركهم، أعادوا لأهالي المخيم كرامتهم وإحساسهم بالأمل وبقدرتهم على تغيير واقعهم. أعادوا إعمار مجتمعٍ قد تشتت بفعل تدمير مخيمه، وعلاقات اجتماعية واقتصادية تقطعت بفعل إنشاء جدران وحواجز وتصاريح عسكرية، ومبادرات أهلية تفتتت من جراء انقسامات فصائلية فلسطينية. أعادوا فتح قضية نهر البارد كقضية سياسية وحقوقية بامتياز. وفرضوا واقعاً جديداً على كل المسؤولين عن الحصار والحالة العسكرية حول المخيم: فالمخيم لن يقبل استمرار هذه الحالة بعد اليوم. والاعتصام مستمر حتى تحقيق مطالب المعتصمين والأهالي.

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Palestinians in Lebanon rise up in protest at military murder of young refugee

June 19, 2012

By Moe Ali Nayel, The Electronic Intifada

Working as a fixer in the summer of 2007, I spent most of my time shuttling between Beirut and northern Lebanon. I was fixing for many international news outlets covering the three-month-long war and severe violence in Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp near Tripoli. When I look back at that time now, it is a little like a slideshow in my head: images of the only prosperous camp in Lebanon, a city on its own by the sea, a hive of bustling activity.

Later the images shift: few buildings remain standing, many bombed flat to the ground, until finally I see the camp’s structures totally leveled, nothing left but rubble, empty of its estimated 40,000 inhabitants, besieged by army checkpoints and armored vehicles. By the end of the summer in 2007, more than 400 persons had died during the three month long bombardment of the camp by the Lebanese army. Since then the Lebanese army has surrounded the camp and maintained tight control over it, with Palestinians routinely subjected to military searches, an issue which has caused humiliation and anger among the refugees who live in the camp.

Teen killed at checkpoint

On the night of 15 June this year, the unarmed people of the camp were provoked to take to the streets by the killing of Ahmad Qassim, a 16-year-old Palestinian who lived in Nahr al-Bared. Qassim was stopped at a flying checkpoint inside the camp (all movement in and out of the camp is controlled by Lebanese forces) and got into an argument with the soldiers at the checkpoint. This argument led to his killing.

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