Jewish Voice for Peace




Through grassroots organizing, education, advocacy, and media, Jewish Voice for Peace works to achieve a lasting peace that recognizes the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians for security and self-determination. Join us in our efforts to promote a U.S. foreign policy based on peace, democracy, human rights, and respect for international law.



Jewish Voice for Peace members are inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, equality, human rights, respect for international law, and a U.S. foreign policy based on these ideals. JVP opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression. JVP seeks an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem; security and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians; a just solution for Palestinian refugees based on principles established in international law; an end to violence against civilians; and peace and justice for all peoples of the Middle East. Our Political Platform Jewish Voice for Peace is a diverse and democratic community of activists inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, and human rights. We support the aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians for security and self-determination.

We seek:

* A U.S. foreign policy based on promoting peace, democracy, human rights, and respect for international law

*An end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem * A resolution of the Palestinian refugee problem consistent with international law and equity

* An end to all violence against civilians

* Peace among the peoples of the Middle East We are among the many American Jews who say to the U.S. and Israeli governments: "Not in our names!" JVP supports peace activists in Palestine and Israel, and works in broad coalition with other Jewish, Arab-American, faith-based, peace and social justice organizations.


Jewish Voice for Peace calls for a U.S. foreign policy that promotes democracy and human rights. The United States must stop supporting repressive policies in Israel and elsewhere. U.S. military aid to countries in the Middle East must be based on rigorous enforcement of the Arms Export Control and Foreign Assistance Acts, which mandate that military aid may be used for only defensive purposes within the recipient country's borders, and that aid may not be delivered to countries that abuse human rights. Under these guidelines, U.S. military aid to Israel must be suspended until the occupation ends, since the occupation itself is in violation of these guidelines. Military aid allows Israel to avoid making serious efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as conflicts with its other neighbors. It enables the occupation, contributes to the devastation of Palestinian society and fosters the increasing militarization of Israeli society. JVP also calls for suspension of military aid to other human rights abusers and occupiers in the Middle East. This aid helps prop up autocratic and repressive regimes, promotes violations of human rights and international law, obstructs democratic movements, prolongs the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and fosters militarism and violence at home and abroad.


Israelis and Palestinians have the right to security, sovereignty, and self-determination within political entities of their own choosing. Israel must end its occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem, completely withdraw from these Occupied Territories and relinquish all its settlements, military outposts and by-pass roads. Jerusalem has to be shared in a manner that reflects its spiritual, economic, and political importance to both Israelis and Palestinians, as well as to all Jews, Muslims and Christians.

The plight of Palestinian refugees needs to be resolved equitably and in a manner that promotes peace and is consistent with international law. Within the framework of an equitable agreement, the refugees should have a role in determining their future, whether pursuing return, resettlement, or financial compensation. Israel should recognize its share of responsibility for the ongoing refugee crisis and for its resolution. The parties must equitably distribute water and other natural resources.

Diplomatic negotiations between the two parties must be held unconditionally. Countries other than the U.S. should be involved in peace negotiations. An international peacekeeping force should be established to protect all civilians.


All people of the Middle East deserve the right to democratic participation and equality within their societies, regardless of religion, ethnicity, culture, national origin, language, race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or other status. Israel must cease its use of military force against Palestinian civilians, including attacks involving American-supplied F-16s and Apache helicopters. Moreover, Israel must stop land seizures; destruction of homes, infrastructure, orchards and farms; arbitrary arrests and imprisonment; torture; assassinations; expulsions; curfews; travel restrictions; abuse at checkpoints; raids; collective punishment; and other violations of human rights. Palestinians must stop suicide bombings and other attacks on Israeli civilians. The international community must support Palestinian efforts to promote democracy and human rights, while understanding that this aim cannot be fully achieved under occupation. Racism and bigotry cannot be tolerated, whether in the U.S. or abroad, whether against Arabs or against Jews.


Jewish Voice for Peace




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Boycott Israeli Apartheid !




Apartheid (Afrikaans pronunciation: [ɐˈpɐrtɦəit], separateness) was a system of legal racial segregation enforced by the National Party government in South Africa between 1948 and 1994, under which the rights of the majority black inhabitants of South Africa were curtailed and minority rule by whites was maintained.Racial segregation in South Africa began in colonial times, but apartheid as an official policy was introduced following the general election of 1948. New legislation classified inhabitants into racial groups ("black", "white", "coloured", and "Indian"),[1] and residential areas were segregated, sometimes by means of forced removals. From 1958, Blacks were deprived of their citizenship, legally becoming citizens of one of ten tribally based self-governing homelands called bantustans, four of which became nominally independent states. The government segregated education, medical care, and other public services, and provided black people with services inferior to those of whites.[2]Apartheid sparked significant internal resistance and violence as well as a long trade embargo against South Africa.[3] A series of popular uprisings and protests were met with the banning of opposition and imprisoning of anti-apartheid leaders. As unrest spread and became more violent, state organizations responded with increasing repression and state-sponsored violence.
(Info: Wikipedia)


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Boycott Israeli Apartheid !



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Apartheid (Afrikaans pronunciation: [ɐˈpɐrtɦəit], separateness) was a system of legal racial segregation enforced by the National Party government in South Africa between 1948 and 1994, under which the rights of the majority black inhabitants of South Africa were curtailed and minority rule by whites was maintained.
Racial segregation in South Africa began in colonial times, but apartheid as an official policy was introduced following the general election of 1948. New legislation classified inhabitants into racial groups ("black", "white", "coloured", and "Indian"),[1] and residential areas were segregated, sometimes by means of forced removals. From 1958, Blacks were deprived of their citizenship, legally becoming citizens of one of ten tribally based self-governing homelands called bantustans, four of which became nominally independent states. The government segregated education, medical care, and other public services, and provided black people with services inferior to those of whites.[2]
Apartheid sparked significant internal resistance and violence as well as a long trade embargo against South Africa.[3] A series of popular uprisings and protests were met with the banning of opposition and imprisoning of anti-apartheid leaders. As unrest spread and became more violent, state organizations responded with increasing repression and state-sponsored violence.



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Amnesty attacks UK no-torture pacts


Amnesty attacks UK no-torture pacts

Diplomatic assurances that deportees will not be tortured 'simply cannot be trusted', says human rights group

Sami Ben Khemais Essid

Sami Ben Khemais Essid, who was deported from Italy to Tunisia in June 2008 and alleged that he was tortured there. Photograph: Maurizio Viale/AP

Britain is singled out as "the most influential and aggressive" promoter of the policy of seeking unenforceable "diplomatic assurances" that individuals deported on security grounds will not be tortured, in an Amnesty International report today.

It calls on the UK and 11 other European countries to immediately end the practice of striking "no-torture" deals. The report – Dangerous Deals: Europe's reliance on diplomatic assurances against torture – says governments are attempting to send foreigners alleged to be security threats to countries where they are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment in exchange for unreliable, unenforceable assurances that they will be treated humanely.

The special immigration appeals commission is due tomorrow to hear the case of an unidentified Ethiopian national threatened with deportation based on a "memorandum of understanding" between the UK and Ethiopia that promises the man will not be tortured upon his return. Amnesty has documented serious human rights abuses in Ethiopia and says diplomatic deals with Ethiopia are an extremely unreliable guide to future treatment in that country.

Julia Hall, Amnesty's expert on counter-terrorism and human rights in Europe, said: "Assurances against torture from governments that routinely practise such abuse simply cannot be trusted. European governments that accept these hollow promises are undermining the absolute prohibition of torture."

She added: "The best way to prevent torture is to refuse to send people to places where they risk being harmed. European governments must recommit to the fundamentals of human rights protection. That means safeguarding people from abuse by abiding by their international obligations. Diplomatic assurances do not provide such a safeguard and the practice of relying on them should be abandoned."

The use of diplomatic assurances on torture has increased considerably since the 11 September 2001 attacks on the US, according to today's report. It lists 12 European countries involved in the practice: Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and Britain. Some countries have developed specific laws or policies that enshrine the practice.

Amnesty challenges the claim that securing assurances of humane treatment means such transfers are therefore "human rights friendly". On the contrary, the organisation insists that a reliance on diplomatic assurances threatens the global ban on torture or other ill-treatment.

It cites a number of cases, including that of Sami Ben Khemais Essid, who was deported from Italy to Tunisia in June 2008 after Tunisian officials said he would not be ill-treated in custody there. Eight months after his return, he alleged that he was tortured during an interrogation at the Tunisian interior ministry. Similar allegations have been made by people forcibly returned to other countries, including Egypt and Russia.

Amnesty refers to the latest annual report of the Foreign Office, published last month, which says the government will "continue to negotiate new memoranda of understanding in 2010".

It points to serious concerns expressed about Ethiopia's human rights record, including:

• Arbitrary arrests and the torture and ill–treatment of detainees – in particular those perceived as associated with armed opposition groups and some opposition parties.

• 100 renditions in the horn of Africa.

• The lack of independence of the Ethiopian national human rights commission, identified by the UK as the post-return monitoring body

• Profound problems in monitoring human rights violations in Ethiopia due to restrictions and obstruction by the government, including interference with access to detainees by their families, lawyers, the media, and independent monitoring bodies.




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Bush savait que des détenus étaient innocents


Le maintien "d’innocents se morfondant à Guantanamo pendant des années était justifié par la guerre contre le terrorisme et le petit nombre de terroristes responsables des attentats du 11 septembre 2001"

Révélation fracassante et accusatrice de l’ancien bras droit de George W. Bush dans le Times de Londres et repris par le Nouvel Observateur : Laurence Wilkerson l’affirme : "Bush savait pour Guantanamo". ...

Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo



“Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo”: London 
International Documentary Festival screening on Monday April 26 - Date and time just confirmed. Hope to see some of you there! Post-screening Q&A moderated by Victoria Brittain, guests inc. Omar Deghayes, myself, Polly Nash and others tbc.


I’m delighted to report that a date has now been finalized for the screening of the new documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington) as part of the London International Documentary Festival.

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The battle of Narva: Charles Eugène de Croy



One of the ancestors of Princess Jacqueline de Croy, vice president of the Morkhoven Group, was one of the leaders of the Russian army in the Battle of Narva.


The battle of Narva (30 November 1700 NS) was a key battle early in the Great Northern War (1700-1721). The war had started with an unprovoked attack on Sweden by Poland-Lithuania, Russia and Denmark, with the aim of breaking Swedish control over the Baltic. Charles XII of Sweden had only come to the throne in 1697, aged fourteen, and Sweden had not fought a war since suffering a serious defeat in the Scanian War (1674-79). The allies expected an easy victory.

They were to be disappointed. Charles began by knocked Denmark out of the war with an invasion of Zealand (treaty of Travendal, 18 August 1700). He was then able to turn east to deal with the Russian threat. Peter the Great had led an army that was probably around 35,000 strong into Ingria, besieging Narva. The Russian bombardment began on 31 October.

Charles responded with an aggressive counterattack that was to become something of a trademark. With an army only 8,000 strong he advanced towards Narva, brushing aside small Russian detachments on the way. Faced with the advance of the Swedish army, Peter decided to leave Narva, leaving Charles Eugène de Croy to command the army.

Despite Peter’s disappearance the Russians were still in a strong position. At least 26,000 of them were able to fit into the contravallations around Narva, meaning that Charles would have to attack an entrenched enemy who outnumbered him three to one.

Charles responded with a typically aggressive move. Under the cover of a sudden blizzard he launched an attack on the Russian lines, breaking through in two places. The 5,000 strong force of old style Russian cavalry fled at the first charge, while de Croy was caught out by the small size of the Swedish army, thinking it could only be an advance guard.

With the Russian line split in three, and the snow blocking visibility, the Russian army collapsed. Charles was able to deal with the three parts of the Russian line in detail. Large numbers of soldiers fled, many drowning in the Dvina River. At least 20,000 infantry were captured by the Swedes, then released after they had surrendered their muskets. The Russians suffered 10,000 dead, the Swedes as few as 600.

Charles’s next move after Narva has remained controversial. Rather than pursue Peter into Russia, he decided to turn south into Poland-Lithuania, where he won a series of dramatic victories. However, this gave Peter time to improve the quality of the Russian army, and when Charles turned back east in 1708-9 he was decisively beaten at the battle of Poltava and forced to flee to the Ottoman Empire. Narva itself fell into Russian hands in 1704, while Charles was absent in Poland.

The nature of the Russian army at Narva was also controversial. The poor quality of his army in 1700 became part of Peter the Great’s own propaganda, deliberately exaggerated to make his own reforms of the army look more impressive. The Russian army was described as inexperienced, a barbarian horde or as fighting like cattle. Peter exaggerated its lack of experience, stating that only the Lefortovskii regiment were veterans, while the two Guards regiments had only seen action at Azov.

Other more impartial observers at Narva suggest that the Russian army in 1700 was rather better than that, containing a core of well drilled infantry and carrying out a well organised siege operation. The siege was after all only four weeks old when Charles arrived and drove away the Russia army. Russia had been engaged in constant warfare on her southern borders, which must have given some of the men present at Narva military experience. Charles’s aggressive tactics would win him victories against western armies of proven quality.



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Israel: Human rights groups are “infiltrators”

"Human rights groups are expressing serious concern tonight following news that the Israeli military has issued new regulations regarding the expulsion of “infiltrators” from the occupied West Bank.
Under the new regulations, any Palestinian, including those born in the West Bank or the Gaza Strip, could be classified as an “infiltrator” if they don’t have explicit permission from the Israeli military to reside in the territory.
This appears designed to set up for immediate deportation tens of thousands of Gazans, but analysts warn that even more troubling is that the ambiguous new definition of “infiltrator” is so broad that it could cover virtually every Palestinian."

Human rights groups are expressing serious concern tonight following news that the Israeli military has issued new regulations regarding the expulsion of “infiltrators” from the occupied West Bank.

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Olivia Umurerwa Rutazibwa


Olivia Umurerwa Rutazibwa



In Nederland werd de Arabisch Europese Liga (AEL) voor de zoveelste keer voor de rechter gedaagd. In Antwerpen wonnen de Stad en burgemeester Patrick Janssens in kortgeding hun Benno Barnard-zaak. Elke toekomstige verstoorder van een Benno-lezing in de UA mag zich verwachten aan een dwangsom van 25.000 EUR.12 april 2010 (MO) - 

Het regende deze week weer dubbele standaarden in de Lage Landen. Bij rechtszaken tegen de AEL in Nederland en voor Benno Barnard in Antwerpen werden de Grote Woorden niet geschuwd.

Voor alle duidelijkheid: beide zaken hebben niets met elkaar te maken. En AEL en Sharia4Belgium al helemaal niet. Maar beide zijn wel een dankbaar staaltje “twee maten, twee gewichten” wanneer we moord en brand schreeuwen over democratie, discriminatie, intimidatie en vrijheid van meningsuiting.

Pour la petite histoire: AEL zette in 2006, in volle Mohammedcartoons-hysterie, spotprenten op haar site die ook naar de Holocaust refereerden. Bedoeling was de dubbele moraal aankaarten met betrekking tot vrijheid van meningsuiting en aantonen dat er ook in het Westen een intuïtieve grens is die we niet willen overschrijden. Hun punt was gemakkelijk gemaakt: het herpubliceren van de Mohammed cartoon werd niet vervolgd, AEL staat sindsdien met de regelmaat van de klok voor één of andere rechter.

Hoe Barnard zijn punt maakte over de vrijheid van meningsuiting is intussen voor iedereen wel duidelijk. Waarom Janssens en co. een zaak in kortgeding aanspanden iets minder. Naar eigen zeggen wilden ze zeker zijn dat ze alle instrumenten in huis hadden om een toekomstige verstoring van een lezing van Barnard op het privéterrein van de UA tegen te gaan. Om deze ‘bijkomde stok achter de deur’ te bekomen werd het zwaar geschut boven gehaald. Grote woorden als  democratie, intimidatie,discriminatie en vrijheid van meningsuiting werden niet geschuwd om de hoogdringendheid van de zaak te bepleiten.

Eva Brems en Dirk Voorhoof noemden het ‘juridisch spierballengerol’. In de uitspraak zagen ze een mooi staaltje ‘juridisch activisme’.(DS 10/4) Ik wil niet eens nadenken welke gevolgen dit kan hebben voor iedereen die een of andere protestactie wil organiseren. Voor je het weet heb je een boete van 25.000 euro aan je been. Qua inimidatie én vrijheid van meningsuiting kan dit wel tellen.

Anderzijds, met een beetje geluk gaat hier om het ultieme anti-discriminatiewapen waar we al die tijd naar op zoek waren. Stel je voor dat de Koekenstad altijd zo kordaat zouden optreden tegen discriminatie. Het aangehaalde Vlaamse decreet in de aanklacht heeft het namelijk over ‘de toegang tot en de deelname aan economische, sociale, culturele of politieke activiteiten die buiten de privésfeer worden aangeboden’ (artikel 20, 5° en 8°,  Vlaams gelijkenkansen- en gelijkebehandelingsbeleid, B.S. 23 september 2008).

 Wordt u gediscrimineerd op de arbeidsmarkt? De Stad trekt voor u naar de rechtbank! U mag de discotheek niet in? Een telefoontje en Janssens trekt voor u ten strijde! U runt een immo- of interimkantoor en Panorama legde uw discriminerende wanpraktijken vast? Vergeet de collectieve ‘tja..’-reacties van weleer en bel alvast uw advocaat!

Strikt juridisch gezien zullen deze vergelijkingen allicht niet opgaan, maar het punt is wel duidelijk: we hebben tot nog toe weinig burgervaders in kortgeding - of anders - hun nek zien uitsteken voor deze schendingen van de fundamentele rechten. Voortdurende schendingen, wel te verstaan. Met een groot aantal burgerslachtoffers en veel nefastere gevolgen dan het Benno-incident. Qua discriminatie kan dit wel tellen.

Van die dubbele standaarden geraken we allicht nooit af. We kunnen onze democratie volproppen met ronkende principes, de toepassing ervan zal altijd afhangen van machtsverhoudingen en interpretatie. De discussie en het debat hierover zijn een integraal deel van onze democratische samenleving. Op voorwaarde dat iedereen mag meedingen.

Het juridische apparaat is er om dit alles in goede banen te leiden, maar werd deze keer op z’n minst op een twijfelachtige manier ingezet. De weinig overgebleven maskers vielen beslist af. De bestuurders van de stad die van iedereen is, toonden nogmaals hoe ze twee maten en gewichten gebruiken in het wegen en opmeten van hun burgers. Qua democratie kan dit wel tellen.



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Marcel Vervloesem: Open Brief

Marcel Vervloesem: Open Brief

Dimanche, avril 11, 2010
By Jan Boeykens

Brussel, 11.4.2010

Geachte Mevrouw,

Betreft: werking gevangenisdirectie en PSD te Turnhout, dossier Vervloesem, klachten

OK. Bedankt voor uw informatie.

We hebben nu klachten over de gevangenis van Turnhout. Het zijn geen klachten inzake de bewakers maar wel klachten inzake de directie (5 directeurs voor amper 152 gevangenen) en de psycho-sociale dienst (PSD) van de gevangenis van Turnhout die weer al het mogelijke doen om het dossier van de heer Vervloesem van onze vereniging te boycotten.

De strafuitvoeringsrechtbank van Antwerpen had een paar weken geleden nochthans een aantal beslissingen genomen die dienden uitgevoerd te worden.
En de procureur had daarbij zelfs gezegd dat de heer Vervloesem of zijn advocaat zich tot hem moesten richten indien de directie van de gevangenis van Turnhout en de PSD opnieuw dwars zouden liggen.

Erwin Boosten van de psycho-sociale dienst van de gevangenis van Turnhout, had ook nu weer beloofd werk te zullen maken van het dossier alhoewel zijn dossier al vier maanden geleden klaar had moeten zijn.
In plaats van werk te maken van het dossier, maakte de heer Boosten de uitvoering van het vonnis echter onmogelijk en vertrok hij vervolgens zonder enige verwittiging voor 4 weken op vacantie waardoor het dossier weer volledig stil ligt.

Op 18 mei 2010 komt de zaak opnieuw voor de strafuitvoeringsrechtbank en zal de heer Boosten weer met het zoveelste ekscuus afkomen. Een noodzakelijke afspraak met een geneesheer werd al reeds een week NA de zitting van 18 mei gepland.
Men hoeft dus geen helderziende te zijn om te zien wat er gaat gebeuren.

De heer Vervloesem nam contact op met directeur Hendrickx van de gevangenis van Turnhout die zijn schouders ophaalde en zei dat hij ‘er niets aan kon veranderen’. Hij zei op een cynische manier dat de heer Vervloesem het ‘maar via zijn connecties moest regelen’.

De heer Vervloesem die zwaar ziek is (de geneesheer heeft hem nu speciale medicamenten voorgeschreven om een niercrisis en een voortdurende nierdialyze te voorkomen als dat mogelijk is), heeft nu naar de Procureur geschreven. Ik vermoed dat zijn advocaat hetzelfde zal doen.
Er werd ook een aangetekende brief naar Minister van justitie Stefaan De Clerck gestuurd die, met zijn diensten, talloze keren werd gecontacteerd maar een echte struisvogelpolitiek voert op gebied van het gevangenisbeleid.

De heer Vervloesem is niet het enige slachtoffer van het wanbeleid van De Clerck en zijn diensten.
Tal van gevangenen (en hun naasten) zijn tevens het slachtoffer van de praktijken van PSD’s en gevangenisdirecties waartegen de gevangenen niets kunnen ondernemen omdat de gevangeniswet (de Wet Dupont uit 2004) enkel maar op papier bestaat en de rechten van de gevangenen op geen enkel gebied garandeert.
Vandaar dat er zo’n willekeur heerst in de Belgische gevangenissen en alles in het honderd loopt.
De spanning tussen de gevangenen en de cipiers (die er meestal niets aan kunnen doen) is daardoor soms te snijden is. Dat heeft reeds tot heel wat stakingen en rellen geleid zonder dat er ook maar iets verandert.

Ik zal nu een officiële klacht indienen bij de gevangenisdirectie en bij de heer Hans Meurissen, directeur-generaal van het gevangeniswezen, die reeds tientallen keren werd aangeschreven maar deze zaken laat gebeuren. Ik zal u een kopie van mijn schrijven bezorgen.

Omdat ik weet hoe de klachten van gevangenen worden ‘afgehandeld’ en ik al lang weet dat de gevangenisadministratie niet werkt, schrijf ik ook nog eens een aangetekende brief naar minister De Clerck die ik zal laten vertalen en overal zal laten publiceren en naartoe zal laten zenden. Een andere mogelijkheid bestaat er immers niet.
Anders worden we weer gedurende 24 maanden van het kastje naar de muur gestuurd en schuiven minister De Clerck en zijn diensten de schuld van hun onbekwaamheid en desinteresse af op de gevangenisdirectie. Op die manier hoeven zij zelf niets te doen en kunnen zij zichzelf indekken en hun verantwoordelijkheid afschuiven, moest het verkeerd aflopen met de heer Vervloesem.
U begrijpt dat ik hen die kans niet wil gunnen, temeer omdat we van plan zijn om hen voor de rechter te slepen als het zover is.

Met vriendelijke groet,

Jan Boeykens, Voorzitter vzw Werkgroep Morkhoven

vzw Werkgroep Morkhoven
Faiderstraat 10
1060 Sint-Gillis

PS. De strafuitvoeringsrechtbank van 18 mei 2010 zou wel eens voor de laatste keer kunnen bijéénkomen. De heer Vervloesem is, met zijn hartziekte, suikerziekte, nierproblemen, sluimerende kanker en meer dan 20 spoedopnames en spoedoperaties, van plan om een punt te zetten achter deze eindeloze comedie. We kunnen hem alleen maar gelijk geven. Indien minister De Clerck en zijn diensten geloven dat het overlijden van de heer Vervloesem de enige manier is om de kinderpornozaak Zandvoort en de verdwijning van dossierstukken en kinderpornomateriaal in de doofpot te stoppen, dan moeten zij dat maar doen. Wij, en de meer dan 300 mensen die de petititie ‘Free Marcel Vervloesem’ tekenden, wensen hen nog veel sukses toe.




Guantánamo and Habeas Corpus: The Torture Victim and 
the Taliban Recruit - Read the tragic story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, tortured to admit a 9/11 connection that didn't exist, and my reflections on why the whole "War on Terror" detention policy remains ill-conceived:http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2010/04/10/guantan...


Morkhoven-aktievoerder: geblokkeerd dossier en weer ernstige nierproblemen


van Jan Boeykens werkgroepmorkhoven@gmail.com

aan Emile G.

datum 10 april 2010 onderwerp

Re: Gevangenis Hasselt: NIEUWE NOODOPROEP


Geachte Heer G.,

Betreft: Marcel Vervloesem

We hebben dit mailbericht blijkbaar op een onverklaarbare wijze gemist. Intussen is de situatie van de heer Vervloesem van onze vereniging er niet veel op verbeterd.

De heer Vervloesem werd een paar maanden geleden voor een eerste keer naar de gevangenis van Hasselt getransfereerd waarbij hij, voor één uurtje zitting van de strafuitvoeringsrechtbank, gedurende 4 weken werd geisoleerd zonder een geneesheer te zien.

Hij werd enkele weken geleden opnieuw naar Hasselt getransfereerd. Buiten het feit dat dit, zonder enige reden, een week op voorhand gebeurde, liep er dit keer niets verkeerd. De rechter van de strafuitvoeringsrechtbank gedroeg zich relatief positief maar nu blijken de directie en de heer Erwin Boosten van de psycho-sociale dienst van de gevangenis van Turnhout (die in het verleden ook reeds voor moeilijkheden zorgden), weer dwars te liggen en het dossier opnieuw te blokkeren. Boosten die beloofde zijn werk te zullen doen, is zonder enige mededeling, plots 4 weken op vacantie vertrokken.

Op 12 mei e.k. moet de heer Vervloesem al weer terug naar Hasselt vertrekken en zal men ongetwijfeld verklaren dat het dossier 'nog niet afgewerkt is'.

Een afspraak met een bepaalde geneesheer die speciaal voor de volgende zitting van de strafuitvoeringsrechtbank voorzien was, zal pas 1 week na de zitting kunnen plaatsvinden.

Het zijn de gebruikelijke vertragingsmanoeuvers waarvan ook tal van andere gevangenen (en hun naasten) het slachtoffer zijn zonder dat zij hun rechten kunnen doen gelden gezien de Wet Dupunt, dat is de zogezegde gevangeniswet uit 2004, op geen enkel vlak wordt toegepast.

De heer Vervloesem staat weer op het punt van een niercrisis te krijgen en de geneesheer heeft hem snel een beschermende medicatie voor de nieren voorgeschreven.

De procureur van de Antwerpse strafuitvoeringsrechtbank en minister van justitie Stefaan De Clerck werden per aangetekende brief van deze nieuwe situatie op de hoogte gesteld.

In afwachting van uw antwoord, teken ik,

met vriendelijke groet,

Jan Boeykens Voorzitter vzw Werkgroep Morkhoven vzw Werkgroep Morkhoven, Faiderstraat 10, 1060 Sint-Gillis

prev13Onderstaande lijst van de meer dan 20 spoedopname's en operaties van de aktievoerder werd meer dan 40 keren naar minister van Justitie Stefaan De Clerck gestuurd.

1) kwaadaardige kanker – St H. Hart Lier – 2 keer
2) nieren – 5 keer – Sint Elisabeth Herentals
3) pancreas – 2 keer – 1x in H Hart te Lier, 1x in de UIA te Antwerpen
4) intensieve spoed, intensieve zorgen pancreatites 2 – H. Hart Lier -Sint Elisabeth Herentals
5) intensieve spoed, intensieve zorgen pancreatites 1 – UIA ziekenhuis Antwerpen
6) intensieve heelkunde, Fabiola Ziekenhuis Sambre Ville – StElisabeth Herentals – 11 keer
7) nierblok – Gasthuisberg Ziekenhuis Leuven – 2 keer
8. hartdisfuncties, operaties AZ Imelda Ziekenhuis Bonheiden – 3 keer
9) intensieve, diabetische blok – H. Hartziekenhuis Lier – 4 keer
10) nierblok – H. Hartziekenhuis Lier – 1 keer
11) hartkijkoperatie – AZ Sint Jan Brugge – 1 keer
12) nierdyalyse – AZ Sint Jan Brugge – 5 keer
13) inwendige bloeding – AZ Sint Jan Brugge – 1 keer
14) operatie kijkwonde – AZ Sint Jan Brugge – 1 keer
15) chirurgische plaatsing nierdyalysebuisjes – AZ Sint Jan Brugge – 1 keer
16) intensieve spoed, cardio – Sint Elisabeth Turnhout – 1 keer
17) intensieve spoed, bloedarmoede (leukemie) – Sint Elisabeth Turnhout – 1 keer
18) intensieve spoed, insulinecoma – Sint Elisabeth ZiekenhuisHerentals – 1 keer
19) hartoperatie – AZ Sint-Jan Brugge
20) moest op 14 mei 2009 wegens nieuwe hartproblemen tengevolge van ondermeer een gebrek aan medicatie en een gebrekkige behandeling, opnieuw met spoed in het AZ Sint Jan te Brugge opgenomen worden maar de gevangenisdirectie wist dit met haar negatieve advies, welgeteld 1 dag voor deze opname, op basis van het rapport van de psycho-sociale dienst van de gevangenis van Brugge, te voorkomen.
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European Call: immediate release of Ali Aarrass.


AarrassA European Call for the immediate release of the Belgian-Moroccan Ali Aarrass. 

In February 2008, the Moroccan authorities arrested 35 people and announced that a terrorist network led by Abdelkader Belliraj had been dismantled.
Following the operation, other arrests took place in different European countries.

In Belgium, eleven people were arrested under an international arrestwarrant following a demand for their extradition from Morocco.

The 2008 Annual Report of the Belgian Security Services stated: ' In Belgium, on 27 November 2008, twelve searches have been made and eleven people placed under investigation in the framework of a criminal investigation by the federal public prosecutor against X for their participation on Belgian territory in activities and terrorist movements surrounding Belliraj.'

In Spain also, under the same international arrest warrants and Moroccanextradition requests, arrests took place.

On the 1st April 2008, the Belgian Moroccan and resident of Brussels, Ali Aaarass and the Spanish national Mohamed el Bay were arrested in Melilla, the Spanish enclave in Morocco. The newspaper Liberation (25 April 2008) described thereasons for their arrest: 'The two individuals are accused of sending weapons from Belgium into Moroccan territory. One of them of possible involvement in the events of Casablanca on 16 May 2003.' The Spanish section of Amnesty International(AI) wrote on their arrests: 'Ali Aarrass and Mohamed el Bay are wanted in Morocco in connection with terrorism and are also accused of being part of a terrorist network directed by the Belgian Moroccan foreign national Abdelkader Belliraj’.(AI statement 21 avril 2009). 

The extradition request : Belgium refuse... 

In the months that followed the arrests in Belgium and Spain, several court ruled on the extradition request against those arrested. The Appeal Court in Brussels pronounced against the extradition request, declaring that the request on the part of Morocco was clearly made for ‘political reasons’. The Belgium security services added: ' None of the detainees will definitely be extradited, as the elements communicated by the Moroccan authorities were not judged to be relevant.'(Annual Report 2008). 

...Spain accepts 

In Spain, the same process took another turn.  The Spanish justice system and the investigating judge Baltasar Garzon first of all established that there was NO foundation for the accusations against Ali Aarass. Amnesty International wrote: 'Ali Aarrass was the object of judicial investigation by the Audiencia Nacional (High Court in Spain with national competence) in 2006 for offences linked to terrorism but, on 16 March 2009, the official investigations were provisionally closed on the grounds of lack of evidence’ (AI statement 21 April 2009).

Next, a thunderbolt! In spite of the fact that Ali Aarrass was cleared, the Spanish court accepted the Moroccan extradition request. While he awaits his extradition, he will remain in a Spanish prison. Following this judgement, Ali Aarrass started a two-month hunger strike, claiming his innocence, protesting against his conditions of detention and opposing his extradition to Morocco. 'The decision to send Ali Aarass to Moroco is a contradiction’ said his lawyer Nayim at a pressconference on 25 March 2009, ‘It violates the legal principle that you cannot judge aperson two times for the same offence. How can it be that one can extradite an individual who had already been cleared in Spain? My client must be freed.' Quickly, a large solidarity movement has grown to oppose the extradition.  AI (Spain) has issued the following appeal, demanding that 'the authorities do not hand over either Ali Aarrass or Mohammed el Bay to Morocco, owing to the risk that they will be held in secret detention, subjected to torture and other cruel and degrading treatment as well as becoming subject of an unjust process.'

The president of Melilla, Juan Jose Imbroda, the local government ledby the PP, the Coalition of Melilla (CPM) the most important oppositionparty, the Islamic Commission of Melilla and the association'Inter-Culture'… all united and opposed to this extradition.

Abderraman Benyaha, the spokesperson for the Islamic Commission declared that the Spanish authorities would never accept this extradition 'if the accused was not a Muslim'.

In Belgium also, hundreds of people have mobilised against the extradition, participated in a demonstration in the centre of Brussels, or signed petitions to Spanish and Belgium ministers demanding the liberation of Ali Aarrass. 


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Free Marcel Vervloesem !

Angéla Davis



The cause now has 292 members.
Their mission: Liberation of Morkhoven-activist Marcel Vervloesem





Forty-two years ago, on April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated

Dr. King's Economic Dream Deferred

by: Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Image: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: arabani)

Forty-two years ago, on April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, gunned down in Memphis, Tennessee. To those of us who were alive then, the images are etched in painful memory: One moment, Dr. King is standing with colleagues, including Ralph Abernathy and Jesse Jackson, on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel; the next, he's lying there mortally wounded, his aides pointing in the direction of the rifle shot.

Then we remember the crowds of mourners slowly moving through the streets of Atlanta on a hot sunny day, surrounding King's casket as it was carried on a mule-drawn farm wagon; and the riots that burned across the nation in the wake of his death; a stinging, misbegotten rebuke to his gospel of nonviolence. We sanctify his memory now, name streets and schools after him, made his birthday a national holiday. But in April 1968, as Dr. King walked out on that motel balcony, his reputation was under assault. The glory days of the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott and the 1963 March on Washington were behind him, his Nobel Peace Prize already in the past.

A year before, at Riverside Church in New York, he had spoken out - eloquently - against the war in Vietnam. King said, "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death," a position that angered President Lyndon Johnson, many of King's fellow civil rights leaders and influential newspapers. The Washington Post charged that King had "diminished his usefulness to his cause, to his country, and to his people."

With his popularity in decline, an exhausted, stressed and depressed Martin Luther King Jr. turned his attention to economic injustice. He reminded the country that his March on Washington five years earlier had not been for civil rights alone, but "a campaign for jobs and income, because we felt that the economic question was the most crucial that black people and poor people, generally, were confronting." Now, King was building what he called the Poor People's Campaign to confront nationwide inequalities in jobs, pay and housing.

But he had to prove that he could still be an effective leader, and so he came to Memphis, in support of a strike by that city's African-American garbage men. Eleven hundred sanitation workers had walked off the job after two had died in a tragic accident, crushed by a garbage truck's compactor. The garbage men were fed up - treated with contempt as they performed a filthy and unrewarding job, paid so badly that 40 percent of them were on welfare, called "boy" by white supervisors. Their picket signs were simple and eloquent: "I AM A MAN."

A few weeks into their strike, which had been met with opposition and violence, Dr. King arrived for meetings and addressed a rally. Ten days later, he returned to lead a march through the streets of Memphis that ended in smashed windows, gunshots and tear gas.

Upset by the violence, he came back to the city one more time to try to put things right. The night before his death, King made his famous "Mountaintop" speech, prophetically telling an audience, "Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land!"

The next night he was dead. Twelve days later, the strike was settled, the garbage men's union was recognized and the city of Memphis begrudgingly agreed to increase their pay, at first by a dime an hour, and later, an extra nickel.

That paltry sum would also be prophetic. All these decades later, little has changed when it comes to economic equality. If anything, the recent economic meltdown and recession have made the injustice of poverty even more profound, especially in a society where the top percentile enjoys undreamed-of prosperity.

Unemployment among African-Americans is nearly double that of whites, according to the National Urban League's latest State of Black America report. Black men and women in this country make 62 cents on the dollar earned by whites. Less than half of black and Hispanic families own homes and they are three times more likely to live below the poverty line.

The nonpartisan group United for a Fair Economy has issued a report that features Martin Luther King Jr. on the cover with the title, "State of the Dream 2010: Drained." Dr. King's dream is in jeopardy, the report's authors write, "The Great Recession has pulled the plug on communities of color, draining jobs and homes at alarming rates while exacerbating persistent inequalities of wealth and income."

Nor will a recovery ameliorate the crisis. "A rising tide does not lift all boats," United for a Fair Economy's report goes on to say, "because the public policies, economic structures and unwritten rules of racism form mountains and ridgelines, and hills and valleys that shape our economic landscape. As a result, a rising economic tide fills the rivers and reservoirs of some, while leaving others dry and parched."

This is a perilous moment. The individualist, greed-driven free-market ideology that both our major parties have pursued is at odds with what most Americans really care about. Popular support for either party has struck bottom, as more and more agree that growing inequality is bad for the country, that corporations have too much power, that money in politics has corrupted our system, and that working families and poor communities need and deserve help because the free market has failed to generate shared prosperity - its famous unseen hand has become a closed fist.

It is hard to overstate the consequences of choosing more of the same - the very policies that have sundered our social contract. But hear the judgment of Nobel Laureate Kenneth Arrow, echoing Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and martyrdom. "The vast inequalities of income weaken a society's sense of mutual concern," Arrow said. "... The sense that we are all members of the social order is vital to the meaning of civilization."




France: l'Etat condamné dans l'affaire Taïs



Dysfonction de la Justice ou fonction de la Criminalité Organisée ?

Samedi 3 Avril 2010 'JUSTICE'. Dix-sept ans après la découverte du corps de Pascal Taïs dans une cellule du commissariat, l'État est condamné pour dysfonctionnement du service public de la justice.

Dix-sept ans après la découverte du corps sans vie et sanguinolent de Pascal Taïs, 33 ans, dans une geôle du commissariat d'Arcachon, l'État français vient d'être condamné pour dysfonctionnement du service public de la justice.

La 1re chambre civile du tribunal de grande instance de Bordeaux a alloué 30 000 euros de dommages-intérêts à ses parents du fait du délai déraisonnable de la procédure d'instruction et de l'atteinte à leur vie privée occasionnée par l'expertise totalement déplacée d'un expert psychologue.

Ce n'est pas la première fois que la procédure judiciaire suivie après la disparition tragique de Pascal Taïs fait l'objet de sévères critiques.

En 2009, un rapport d'Amnesty international intitulé « France : des policiers au-dessus des lois » s'ouvrait par un rappel de l'affaire Taïs.

Trois ans plus tôt, la Cour européenne des droits de l'homme avait déjà condamné l'État français pour ne pas avoir fourni d'explication plausible sur l'origine des blessures ayant entraîné le décès.

Éclatement de la rate Le 7 avril 1993, peu après minuit, Pascal Taïs avait été interpellé par une patrouille dans une rue d'Arcachon à la suite d'une dispute. Passablement énervé, il avait été d'abord conduit à l'hôpital où l'interne de garde n'avait rien relevé d'anormal, hormis son excitation. Sept heures plus tard, cet homme de santé fragile, atteint du sida, sera découvert inanimé dans la cellule de dégrisement du commissariat. Couvert d'ecchymoses, deux côtes cassées et le cuir chevelu entaillé, il gisait dans son sang et ses excréments après avoir succombé à une hémorragie interne imputable à une rupture de la rate.

« Même en tenant compte des difficultés inhérentes à ce type d'affaire, le délai de dix ans entre l'ouverture de l'instruction et son achèvement par un arrêt de non-lieu est manifestement excessif », souligne la juridiction présidée par Dominique Receveur.

En 1996, trois ans après l'ouverture de l'enquête, une contre-expertise médicale démontrait que l'hémorragie fatale était consécutive à un violent choc dorsal.

La question d'un possible dérapage policier restait en suspens. Deux thèses s'opposaient alors : une chute brutale sur l'angle de la banquette en ciment de la geôle, ou celle d'un violent coup de pied donné à Pascal Taïs.

Ses parents ne pouvant obtenir du juge d'instruction Denis Couhé l'organisation d'une reconstitution dans la cellule, ils avaient dû saisir la chambre de l'instruction pour qu'un transport sur les lieux soit enfin effectué.

Deux ans de plus seront nécessaires pour que diverses auditions et confrontations soient menées. Deux ans supplémentaires passeront encore avant que ne soient conduites les recherches relatives à des dénonciations anonymes.

« Les vérifications en cours ne justifiaient pas un aussi long délai », souligne le tribunal en écartant les dires de ceux qui ont eu l'aplomb d'imputer cette lenteur aux parents.

« On ne peut pas leur reprocher d'avoir fait preuve de ténacité dans la recherche des causes de la mort de leur fils en sollicitant des investigations supplémentaires. »

Lien: http://www.sudouest.com/accueil/actualite/france/article/916645/mil/5897746.html



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Counter-terrorism laws: take action before the elections!


JCHR report on counter-terrorism laws & take action before the elections

April 2 2010

The parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) published a report on 25 March: Counter-Terrorism Policy and Human Rights: Bringing Human Rights Back In


The report called for a review of all counter-terrorism laws passed since 9/11 to consider whether they are still necessary, including the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005, which introduced the control order regime.

Part 4 of the report focuses on the use of secret evidence:

Commenting on the roll out of the use of secret evidence over the past ten years, the report said that its scope includes that “It can now be used in a wide range of cases including deportation hearings, control order proceedings, parole board cases, asset-freezing applications, employment tribunals, and even claims for damages. We note that in Binyam Mohamed's and others' claim for compensation the High Court has held that special advocates and secret evidence may be used for the first time in a civil action for damages” (55).

Concerning the government’s response to recent judgments on the use of secret evidence in control order and SIAC cases, the report calls for a review of the use of secret evidence and special advocates:

"The Government's response to the A and AF judgments suggest that it considers itself free to press on with the use of secret evidence and special advocates in the other contexts in which they are used, without pausing to take stock of the wider implications of these significant rulings. Although the Government says that it is considering whether changes to the Parole Board's procedures are needed, we have not seen any evidence to suggest that the Government has in fact considered the implications of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in A v UK for all the other contexts in which special advocates and secret evidence are used. We recommend that the Government urgently conduct a comprehensive review of the use of secret evidence and special advocates, in all contexts in which they are used, in light of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and the House of Lords, to ascertain how often they are used and whether their use is compatible with the minimum requirements of the right to a fair hearing as interpreted in those judgments, and to report to Parliament on the outcome of that review”(62).

The run up to the general election is a good time to write to your MP and ask your candidates in the forthcoming elections what their views are and what their pledges would be, if successful in the election, concerning secret evidence.

Below is a model letter containing points you may also raise with candidates in person:

Dear XXX,

As a candidate for my constituency in the forthcoming general elections, I would like to know what your views are on the issue of the use of secret evidence, and what you would do to ensure that everyone has equal access to the justice system and the right to a fair trial.
As you may be aware, the use of secret evidence had proliferated over the past ten years, particularly in cases relating to suspected terrorist activity. Cases involving control orders and deportations to states that practice torture can be held in closed session with the use of secret advocates, who represent claimants/appellants, but cannot communicate with them or their counsel once they have seen the secret evidence. Effectively, those involved in the system cannot defend themselves adequately, nor have a fair trial.

This has recently been noted in several court judgments and reports by parliamentary bodies and NGOs, including a recent JCHR report of 25 March, which calls for a review of the use of secret evidence and secret advocates. However, recent judgments overturning control orders, in particular on the basis that the controlee had crucial evidence withheld from them, did not stop MPs from voting control orders back in for a fifth time in March, though they were originally introduced as an emergency and temporary measure.

The use of secret evidence has also rolled out more recently into other areas of the law such as employment tribunals and parole hearings.

I look forward to your response.


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The Strangeways prison riot



For the prisoners, it was a justified protest against the appalling conditions in which they were being kept, and against the often brutal treatment handed out by their keepers. For the prison's governor, it was an "explosion of evil"