Sebut Reaksi Palestina Berlebihan, Hamas: Dubes AS Rasis!

GAZA CITY – Kelompok pembebasan Hamas mengecam pernyataan Duta Besar (Dubes) Amerika Serikat (AS) untuk Israel, David Friedman, terkait reaksi warga Palestina atas pengakuan Yerusalem sebagai Ibu Kota Israel. Menurut juru bicara Hamas, Fawzi Barhoum, ucapan Friedman adalah cerminan rasisme.

Sebelumnya Friedman menyebut reaksi Palestina terkait pengakuan AS atas Yerusalem sebagai Ibu Kota Israel sangat jelek, tidak perlu provokatif, dan anti-Semit.

“Deskripsi Friedman terhadap reaksi Palestina mencerminkan rasisme duta besar ini, ketidaktahuannya akan sejarah dan juga mengabaikan hak-hak dan hukum internasional Palestina,” kata Barhoum dalam sebuah pernyataan.

“Dengan kebijakan ini, mereka (orang Amerika) adalah mitra pendudukan dalam semua kejahatannya terhadap orang dan kesucian kita,” imbuhnya seperti dikutip dari Anadolu, Minggu (31/12/2017).

Menurut Barhoum, pernyataan Friedman akan membenarkan langkah Palestina untuk memutuskan hubungan dengan pemerintah AS dan mengakhiri kesepakatan Oslo.

Pada bulan September 1993, Organisasi Pembebasan Palestina (PLO) dan Israel menandatangani Perjanjian Perdamaian Oslo yang mengakibatkan pembentukan keputusan sendiri untuk orang-orang Palestina di Tepi Barat dan Jalur Gaza.

Kesepakatan tersebut menetapkan warga Palestina harus menahan diri dari perlawanan bersenjata dan memiliki kerja sama keamanan dengan Israel.

Ketegangan telah meningkat di wilayah Palestina sejak 6 Desember ketika Presiden AS Donald Trump mengakui Yerusalem sebagai Ibu Kota Israel, yang memicu demonstrasi di Tepi Barat dan Gaza.

Sejak saat itu, setidaknya 15 warga Palestina telah menjadi martir – dan ribuan lainnya terluka – dalam bentrokan sengit dengan pasukan keamanan Israel.

Yerusalem tetap menjadi inti konflik Timur Tengah, dengan orang-orang Palestina berharap bahwa Yerusalem Timur – yang diduduki oleh Israel sejak 1967 – pada akhirnya dapat berfungsi sebagai Ibu Kota negara Palestina.

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Balloons and flowers.

Photo: Tributes outside Banksia Road Primary School in Greenacre where two boys died. (AAP: David Moir)

The lawyer for a woman charged over a fatal Sydney classroom crash has told the ABC it is not only a tragedy for the two young victims, but also for his client who is “very distraught”.

Maha Al-Shennag, a widowed mother of four, apologised for the hurt caused after she drove a Toyota Kluger into a classroom of 24 students at Banksia Road Public School on Tuesday.

The 52-year-old was dropping one of her children off at the school when the car careered out of control from a nearby staff car park.

Two eight-year-old boys died as a result of the crash and three other students remain in hospital in a stable condition.

Ms Al-Shennag’s lawyer, Nick Hanna, said she had described what happened as a tragic accident and she was “deeply sorry for the loss and hurt suffered” by the children and the wider community.

“Her thoughts and prayers are with all those affected,” he said.

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 Photo: Police and paramedics are seen at a scene of a car crash at Banksia Road Public School in Greenacre, Sydney on November 7, 2017. (AAP: Dean Lewins)

She was charged with two counts of dangerous driving occasioning death and one charge of negligent driving. She has since been released on bail.

Police said they did not believe the incident was an intentional act.

Ms Al-Shennag has undergone mandatory blood and urine tests with results yet to be returned to police.

The car involved will be checked for mechanical problems and Ms Al-Shennag’s mobile phone will be inspected, but police said they were keeping an “open mind” as to what caused the crash.

Today, just 88 of 570 students returned to school as the community continued to grieve.

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Photo: A mother holds her son tight after the crash. (AAP: Paul Braven)

Specialist trauma teams were on campus to offer help to children who saw “unimaginable sights”, Education Department secretary Mark Scott said.

NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes said it would take years for the school community to heal.

“This will be a tragedy that will have consequences for many days, many weeks, many months and many years ahead,” he said.

On Tuesday night, more than 100 students and adults gathered outside the school to mourn the death of the two boys.

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Photo: Children lay flowers at the gate of Banksia Road Public School the evening after the fatal car crash. (ABC News: Jean Kennedy)

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Ahmed Ullah says the experience was a horrifying nightmare, far worse than the 15 years he spent in refugee camps before moving to Canada in 2009.

Ahmed Ullah says the experience was a horrifying nightmare, far worse than the 15 years he spent in refugee camps before moving to Canada in 2009. (Kate Bueckert/CBC) 

Amid the despair and hunger of a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, Ahmed Ullah watched as a young girl snuck into a food line.

The Canadian aid worker looked on as the orphaned child — just five-years-old, with mental disabilities — tried to get something to eat.

Instead, she was beaten by members of the Bangladeshi military.

“They’re treating them worse than animals,” Ullah says.

The Kitchener, Ont. resident spent two weeks helping Rohingya refugees in camps near Cox’s Bazar, a city and fishing port in south-eastern Bangladesh.

A Rohingya himself, Ullah says the experience was a horrifying nightmare, far worse than the 15 years he spent in refugee camps before moving to Canada in 2009.

Crowds of hungry children swarmed his car at the camps, he recalls, knocking on the windows for food, money — anything to help them survive. And, for many families, draped plastic was their only shelter.

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The camps are crowded, filled with people in need of food and shelter, says Ahmed Ullah. (Provided by Ahmed Ullah

At one point, Ullah was injured in a car accident during the trip, and watched as a woman cried for a help and a man died in front of him while he was waiting for care at a hospital. Even though his injuries were minor, Ullah says he was treated before the refugees.

“As soon as you have this,” Ullah says, tapping his Canadian passport, “everybody just treats you all the way up there… I was the priority.”

Sitting near the arrivals gate at Pearson Airport after returning to Canada on Friday night, the 24-year-old says he’s on a mission to expose the plight of his fellow Rohingya Muslim refugees, members of a long-persecuted religious minority who are fleeing Myanmar.

Since late August, more than 580,000 refugees have arrived in Bangladesh, driven from their neighbour to the east by violence — a situation denounced by both the United Nations and Amnesty International.

But amid the growing global outcry, a CBC News investigation recently found there are signs several UN figures and other international actors, including a key Canadian official, have been hesitant to pressure Myanmar on the rights of the Rohingya.

There are also allegations that some officials ignored warnings of ethnic cleansing altogether, something the UN has rejected.

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Ahmed Ullah hugs a man inside a refugee camp in Bangladesh. (Provided by Ahmed Ullah)

‘They’re beating women. They’re beating children.’

Regardless of how the crisis began, it has now led to crowded camps and starving families, a situation Ullah believes is even worse than it appears. Bangladeshi support for the refugees is a facade, he alleges, while military violence is the reality.

“They’re beating women. They’re beating children,” he says, his eyes glassy and voice breaking.

Ullah smeared mud on his clothes and tried to blend in with the Rohingya refugees, avoiding the watchful eye of military guards and wandering through areas of the camps typically cut off from international media.

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While walking through a camp, Ahmed Ullah spotted a young girl, starving and sleeping on a mat outside. (Provided by Ahmed Ullah)

Swiping through photos on his phone of those unnerving walks, he points out one girl he found asleep, half-clothed on a mat outside. “Nobody should be living in a condition like that,” he says.

Ullah says he plans to meet with Premier Kathleen Wynne in Kitchener on Monday, in hopes of sharing photos — “evidence” of the horrors within the camps — and to encourage the government to take more action.

“I will die with pride, if this is the last thing I do,” he says. “I don’t care what becomes of my life. I’ll never stop fighting.”

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