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Stadtepartnerschaft Andernach Dimona/Letter to the mayor of Andernach

Stadtepartnerschaft Andernach Dimona/Letter to the mayor of Andernach

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STADTEPARTNERSCHAFT ANDERNACH DIMONA/LETTER TO THEMAYOR OF ANDERNACH ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP WITH ISRAELI SISTERCITY DIMONA

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http://www.astridessed.nl/stadtepartnerschaft-andernach-dimonaletter-to-the-mayor-of-andernach-about-the-relationship-with-israeli-sister-city-dimona/

TO THE MAYOR OF ANDERNACHMR A HUTTENSubject:The alliance between your city Andernach and the Israeli cityDimona

Dear Mr Hutten,
I’ve recently learnt, that your city, Andernach  and the Israeli city Dimonaare twin cities since 1975. [1]Not only Dimona, with its nuclear Research Centre, is a threat to peace andhumanity [2], there is a horrendous racism, reason enough for you to break all ties immediately.To that racism I refer later.
First this:
ISRAELI OCCUPATION, OPPRESSION AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
Dimona, as a city  is not only part of the Israeli occupation State,but by its nuclear involvement also an destructive military guardianof the occupation.Occupation State Israel is systematically violating the rights of the occupied Palestinians.The list is long, but here some horrible examples
Illegal settlements:
Since the end of the sixties [former century] Israel builds and expandssettlements in occupied Palestinian territories, which are illegal accordingto International Law. [3]Building settlements means disowning Palestinian land, so mere landtheft.And if this isn’t worse enough, often settlers are terrorising the Palestinianpopulation without being punished [we call that ; impunity] , since the Israeli army either tolerates this, or, still worse, is helping the settlers with their crimes. [4]

Illegal Israeli Wall
Not only the Israeli Wall is illegal, running through occupiedPalestinian territories [5], it also restricts Palestinian freedom ofmovement, and is a hindrance for access to schools and hospitals. [6]
Gaza Blockade
To Israel´s shame and disgrace, the Gaza Blockade goes on and on.Since the Israeli government, in 2007, classified Gaza as a ´´hostileentity´´, as a whole (7), considering the civilian population as ´´combatants´´ (a warcrime) (8), it blockades foods, fuel andother life necessities.This is a crime against humanity, (9)

BLOODY GAZA WARS/PROTECTIVE EDGE
Of course you are informed about the bloody Israeli militaryoperations in Gaza.The last one, in 2014, ”Protective Edge”, caused more than 2100Palestinian deaths [10] a third of them were children.Health workers were attacked and even hospitals and schools[11].Thousands of people were made homeless.
Worse:According to an UNCTAD report, a great part of Gaza is nowuninhabitable because of ”Protective Edge” [12]
ISRAELI ARMY CONDUCT IN GENERAL
And apart from those Gaza operations:An Amnesty International report revealed the trigger happybehaviour of the Israeli army in general. [13]

PRESENT TIME/OCCUPATION HORROR GOES ON

All those horrific [war]crimes are going on and on:Civilian houses are being bombed [14], people arekilled  at military checkpoints[15], unlawful killings and collective punishments take place [16] ,demonstrators are being shot at [17] and to my horrorI learned of an extrajudicial execution in a hospital. [18]Yes, you read it well.A hospital! A barbaric act.
Dimona is not an island in a sea, but part of the Israeli occupationState to which it also gives a nuclear-military contribution. [19]That alone is reason enough to break all ties.

RACISM IN DIMONA
Shocking to me are two things:The racism in Dimona and the fact, that you were informedabout it [20], yet you seem to ignore it.
Therefore a refreshing of your memory:
Dimona is so racist stricken, that it seems ”acceptable”to most of the inhabitants:Throughout the town, racist graffiti can be seen in abundance on signs,walls and buildings.”Death to Arabs” is a common sight.On the highway sign marking the towns main entry point,”Death to Arabs”  is written. [21]Later it was painted over. [22]But with that the problem is, of course, not solved:Stickers of the extreme right wing Lehava organisation flourish [23]”Death to Arabs” racist graffiti is also written in the neigbourhood of pre-schools and the city hall is not very cooperative to removethis rubbish. [24]
And that’s not all!Fysical attacks also take place!
Recently [in october], three Palestinian construction workers anda Bedouin were stabbed by a Jewish man in Dimona. [25]
And that’s the city you have a twin sistership with!Shame to you!

Is that, your an example of  twin sistership with Dimona,”European values”?

CONCLUSION
Knowing about the atrocities the Israeli occupationState, the nuclear role of Dimona and the flourishing racism,you have only one option:
To break immediately and unconditionally all ties withDimona.It is a shame and disgrace already, that I have to write youthis letter to point this out to you, while it is yourtask to be informed about all this.
So mr Hutten, break all ties with Dimona now!
If not, you are co responsible for occupation, oppressionand racism.
Make the right choice.
I write you this letter, so that you can’t say:
”Ich habe ess nicht gewusst.”

Kind greetings
Astrid EssedAmsterdamThe Netherlands

NOTES

[1]

”Diese Städtepartnerschaft war die erste zwischen einer israelischen und einer deutschen Stadt überhaupt, die am 18. Oktober 1975 ins Leben gerufen wurde.”

ISRAEL HEUTE30 JAHRE STADTEPARTNERSCHAFTANDERNACH-DIMONADIENSTAG 20 SEPTEMBER 2005

http://www.israelheute.com/ Nachrichten/Artikel/tabid/179/ nid/4578/Default.aspx

WIKIPEDIALIST OF ISRAELI TWIN TOWNS AND SISTER CITIESDIMONA-ANDERLACH

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ List_of_Israeli_twin_towns_ and_sister_cities#D

ORIGINAL SOURCE:
WIKIPEDIALIST OF ISRAELI TWIN TOWNS AND SISTER CITIES

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ List_of_Israeli_twin_towns_ and_sister_cities

[2]

WIKIPEDIANEGEV NUCLEAR RESEARCH CENTER

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Negev_Nuclear_Research_Center

GLOBAL RESEARCH.COMPENTAGON ADMITS THAT ISRAEL IS A NUCLEAR POWER1 APRIL 2015

http://www.globalresearch.ca/ pentagon-admits-that-israel- is-a-nuclear-power/5439938

[3]

BTSELEM.ORG
LAND EXPROPRIATION AND SETTLEMENTS IN THEINTERNATIONAL LAW
 http://www.btselem.org/ settlements/international_law

[4]

BTSELEM.ORGPRESS RELEASEVIDEO DOCUMENTATION:SOLDIERS ESCORTING YITZHAR SETTLERS ONVIOLENT RAMPAGE8 OCTOBER 2015
   http://www.btselem.org/press_ releases/20151008_soldiers_ provide_security_to_vigilante_ settlers

[5]

INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE
LEGAL CONSEQUENCES OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF A WALL
IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY
  http://www.icj-cij.org/docket/ index.php?pr=71&code=mwp&p1=3& p2=4&p3=6&ca

[6]

´´Construction of the Barrier has imposed new restrictions on movement for Palestinians living near its route, in addition to the sweeping restrictions in force since the outbreak of the second intifada. Thousands of Palestinians have difficulty reaching their fields and marketing their produce to other areas of the West Bank. The areas west of the Separation Barrier are among the most fertile in the West Bank. According to the World Bank, the agriculture there generates 8 percent of overall Palestinian agricultural production. The damage to the agricultural sector means that Palestinian farmers cannot get supplementary income and makes it impossible to increase the number of workers in what is the primary sector of Palestinian economy.  The restrictions on freedom of movement also limit the access of Palestinian villagers to hospitals in nearby towns; the educational system suffers because many schools, primarily village schools, depend on teachers who live outside the community and must commute to the school; also family ties and social connections are adversely affected.BTSELEM.ORGTHE SEPARATION BARRIERhttp://www.btselem.org/ separation_barrier/map
(7)
On 19 September 2007, the Israeli security cabinet classified the Gaza Strip as a “hostile entity.”

BTSELEM.ORGTHE SIEGE ON GAZAhttp://www.btselem.org/gaza_ strip/siege

[8]

´´ 7 – Parties to a conflict shall at all times distinguish between the civilian population and combatants in order tospare civilian population and property. Neither the civilian population as such nor civilian persons shall be theobject of attack. Attacks shall be directed solely against military objectives.´´
BASIC RULES OF INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW IN ARMEDCONFLICTS
https://www.icrc.org/eng/ resources/documents/misc/ basic-rules-ihl-311288.htm

[9]

BBCUN OFFICIAL SLAMS ISRAEL ”CRIMES”10 DECEMBER 2008 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/ middle_east/7774988.stm

BLOCKADE ON GAZA: CRIME AGAINST HUMANITYASTRID ESSED14 FEBRUARY 2008

http://la.indymedia.org/news/ 2008/02/213864.php

[10]

ALAKHBAR/ENGLISHTHE VICTIMS OF GAZA: A LIST OF PALESTINIANS KILLEDIN ISRAEL’S ONGOING ASSAULT
     http://english.al-akhbar.com/ content/victims-gaza-list- palestinians-killed-israels- ongoing-assault

[11]

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCHGAZA: AIRSTRIKE DEATHS RAISE CONCERNS ONGROUND OFFENSIVE22 JULI 2014
       http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/ 07/22/gaza-airstrike-deaths- raise-concerns-ground- offensive
       AMNESTY INTERNATIONALMOUNTING EVIDENCE OF DELIBERATE ATTACKSON GAZA HEALTH WORKERS BY ISRAELI ARMY7 AUGUST 2014
      https://www.amnesty.org/en/ latest/news/2014/08/mounting- evidence-deliberate-attacks- gaza-health-workers-israeli- army/

BTSELEM.ORGBLACK FLAG: THE LEGAL AND MORAL IMPLICATIONSOF THE POLICY OF ATTACKING RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGSIN THE GAZA STRIP, SUMMER 2014
JANUARY 2015   http://www.btselem.org/ download/201501_black_flag_ eng.pdf
     THE GUARDIANGAZA SCHOOL ATTACK DENOUNCED AS´´CRIMINAL ACT´´ BY UN CHIEF
     http://www.theguardian.com/ world/2014/aug/03/israel-air- strike-un-school-gaza-rafah
    INTERNATIONAL RED CROSSNO WONDER GAZANS ARE ANGRY.THE RED CROSS CAN’T PROTECT THEM25 JULI 2014
      http://www.icrc.org/eng/ resources/documents/article/ editorial/07-24-gaza-israel- palestine-maio.htm

[12]

UN REPORT ON UNCTAD ASSISTANCE TO PALESTINIAN PEOPLE:DEVELOPMENTS OF THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY 6 JULY 2015
   http://unctad.org/en/ PublicationsLibrary/tdb62d3_ en.pdf

[13]

AMNESTY INTERNATIONALTRIGGER HAPPY/ISRAEL’S USE OFEXCESSIVE FORCE IN THE WESTBANKFEBRUARY 2014
   https://www.amnesty.nl/sites/ default/files/public/ embargoed_trigger_happy_ report.pdf

[14]

BTSELEM.ORGMILITARY BOMBS HASSAN FAMILY HOME IN A-ZEITUNNEIGHBOURHOOD, GAZA, KILLING PREGNANT WOMANAND TODDLER22 OCTOBER 2015
http://www.btselem.org/gaza_ strip/20151022_bombing_of_ hassan_family_home_gaza

[15]
ALJAZEERAYOUNG PALESTINIAN WOMAN SHOT BY ISRAELI FORCESDIES22 SEPTEMBER 2015
   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/ 2015/09/israeli-forces-shoot- palestinian-woman-west-bank- 150922070049785.html

[16]

AMNESTY INTERNATIONALISRAELI FORCES IN OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIESMUST END PATTERN OF UNLAWFUL KILLINGS27 OCTOBER 2015
https://www.amnesty.org/en/ latest/news/2015/10/israeli- forces-must-end-pattern-of- unlawful-killings-in-west- bank/

COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENTSAMNESTY INTERNATIONALTHIS IS WHAT BEING ”THOUGH ON TERROR” LOOKSLIKE IN EAST JERUSALEM30 OCTOBER 2015

https://www.amnesty.org/en/ latest/news/2015/10/iopt-this- is-what-being-tough-on-terror- looks-like-in-east-jerusalem/

[17]

ALJAZEERAISRAELI FORCES KILL PALESTINIAN PROTESTERS IN GAZA9 OCTOBER 2015

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/ 2015/10/israel-opens-fire- palestinians-gaza-border- 151009114132806.html

ALJAZEERAISRAELI FORCES KILL PALESTINIANS AT QALANDIYA CAMP16 NOVEMBER 2015
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/ 2015/11/israeli-forces-kill- palestinians-qalandiya- 151116091413833.html

[18]

ALJAZEERAISRAELI ARMY UNIT STORMS HOSPITAL AND KILLSPALESTINIAN13 NOVEMBER 2015

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/ 2015/11/israeli-army-unit- storms-hospital-kills- palestinian-151112050130289. html

REUTERS.COMUNDERCOVER ISRAELI TROOPS RAID HOSPITAL, KILLPALESTINIAN12 NOVEMBER 2015

http://www.reuters.com/ article/2015/11/12/us-israel- palestinians-violence- idUSKCN0T10JX20151112# iDi4tUtXPTtzGRrW.97

[19]

WIKIPEDIANEGEV NUCLEAR RESEARCH CENTER

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Negev_Nuclear_Research_Center

GLOBAL RESEARCH.COMPENTAGON ADMITS THAT ISRAEL IS A NUCLEAR POWER1 APRIL 2015

http://www.globalresearch.ca/ pentagon-admits-that-israel- is-a-nuclear-power/5439938

[20]

”Recently, while the mayor of Dimona, Beni Bitton, was visiting Dimona’ssister city of Andernach, German journalist Martin Lejeune confrontedAndernach’s mayor about the racist graffiti. Still, nothinh happened”

MONDOWEISSRACISM IS PART OF THE LANDSCAPE IN THE SOUTHERN ISRAELITOWN OF DIMONA24 AUGUST 2015

http://mondoweiss.net/2015/08/ landscape-southern-israeli? utm_source=Mondoweiss+List& utm_campaign=ba2a104ecf-RSS_ EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium= email&utm_term=0_b86bace129- ba2a104ecf-398526905

[21]

MONDOWEISSRACISM IS PART OF THE LANDSCAPE IN THE SOUTHERN ISRAELITOWN OF DIMONA24 AUGUST 2015

http://mondoweiss.net/2015/08/ landscape-southern-israeli? utm_source=Mondoweiss+List& utm_campaign=ba2a104ecf-RSS_ EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium= email&utm_term=0_b86bace129- ba2a104ecf-398526905

[22]

MONDOWEISSRACISM IS PART OF THE LANDSCAPE IN THE SOUTHERN ISRAELITOWN OF DIMONA24 AUGUST 2015

http://mondoweiss.net/2015/08/ landscape-southern-israeli? utm_source=Mondoweiss+List& utm_campaign=ba2a104ecf-RSS_ EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium= email&utm_term=0_b86bace129- ba2a104ecf-398526905

[23]

WIKIPEDIALEHAVA

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Lehava

MONDOWEISSRACISM IS PART OF THE LANDSCAPE IN THE SOUTHERN ISRAELITOWN OF DIMONA24 AUGUST 2015

http://mondoweiss.net/2015/08/ landscape-southern-israeli? utm_source=Mondoweiss+List& utm_campaign=ba2a104ecf-RSS_ EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium= email&utm_term=0_b86bace129- ba2a104ecf-398526905

[24]

MONDOWEISSRACISM IS PART OF THE LANDSCAPE IN THE SOUTHERN ISRAELITOWN OF DIMONA24 AUGUST 2015

http://mondoweiss.net/2015/08/ landscape-southern-israeli? utm_source=Mondoweiss+List& utm_campaign=ba2a104ecf-RSS_ EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium= email&utm_term=0_b86bace129- ba2a104ecf-398526905

[25]

THE HAARETZJEWISH MAN STABS THREE PALESTINIANS, BEDOUININ DIMONA9 OCTOBER 2015

http://www.haaretz.com/israel- news/1.679570

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