Pressure on Palestinian households to move raises risk of forcible transfers –

“Repeated rounds of demolitions, restrictions on access to basic services and regular visits by Israeli security personnel promoting ‘relocation plans’ are all part of a coercive environment that now surrounds these vulnerable Palestinian households,” Robert Piper, UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Assistance and Development Aid in the occupied Palestinian territory said today in a news release after returning from a visit to the Palestinian community of Abu Nuwar in the Jerusalem governorate. “The cumulative pressure to move to other parts of the West Bank continues to be ratcheted-up; in this environment, we cannot expect people to make decisions based on genuine consent so the risk of forcible transfers remains high,” he added. According to the release, there has been a surge in demolitions and confiscations across the West Bank this year, with 786 Palestinian-owned structures demolished so far in 2016. These demolitions have cumulatively displaced 1,197 people, including 558 children. Over 200 of the demolished structures had been provided as humanitarian relief. Since the start of August, Israeli security forces have destroyed or confiscated a total of 85 civilian structures across 28 West Bank communities. 29 structures across eight locations were demolished in the last week alone, resulting in the displacement of 64 Palestinians, including 24 children. The structures demolished in August included emergency shelters following previous home demolitions, animal sheds, latrines, a community centre and a new drinking water network. Damage to the water network, that was supported by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has affected nearly 1,000 Palestinians in five herding communities in the Jordan Valley who suffer extreme water scarcity especially during summer months, added the release. “As the occupying power, international law requires that Israel ensures that the basic needs of Palestinians are met and that the conditions necessary for their development are present, including a fair and lawful planning and zoning regime,” it further noted. The news release also said that facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid is also a legal obligation whilst the forcible transfer of populations is prohibited under International Humanitarian Law, as is the destruction of property unless absolutely necessary for military operations. There is also renewed concern for the community of Susiya in the southern West Bank, where over 170 civilian structures are under threat of demolition and where the Israeli authorities abruptly ended negotiations with community representatives last month. “Dkaika. Khan al Ahmar. Um al Kheir. Abu Nuwar. Susiya… these are just some of the highly vulnerable communities where families, many of whom are Palestine refugees, live in permanent fear of becoming homeless and children wonder if they will still have a school to attend tomorrow,” said Mr. Piper. read more

Student to share experience as Sixties Scoop adoptee

Brock student Darcy Belanger will be sharing his experience as a Sixties Scoop adoptee at the next Moccasin Talk on Tuesday, May 22 in Niagara-on-the-Lake.The event will feature perspectives from two different nations on the impact of the Sixties Scoop, with Belanger and Joshua Stribbell each sharing their personal journeys.A member of Little Black River Reserve Southeast Manitoba, Belanger is of Ojibwe descent. At just two years old he was removed from his family and adopted into a non-Indigenous home.Belanger will speak about the trauma that Sixties Scoop adoptees live with, including his personal experience with addictions, mental health issues, multiple suicide attempts, homelessness and incarceration. For the Bachelor of Education in Aboriginal Adult Education student, who is graduating June 6, it’s important to help people understand the trauma and challenges experienced by adoptees like him and those who went through foster care.Belanger gives back to the community in many ways, including as Vice-President of the Niagara Regional Native Centre, a council member of the Three Fires Community Justice Program and a member of the Niagara Regional Pow Wow committee. He will be joined at the Moccasin Talk by Stribbell, who was born and raised in Keswick, Ont., and grew up an urban Inuit male. His family is from Iqaluit, Nunavut. He is President of the National Urban Inuit Youth Council and a youth representative for the Toronto Inuit Association. Stribbell also guides Torontomuit, an organization for Inuit youth in the Greater Toronto Area.The Moccasin Talks series was launched in 2017 by the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library with a grant from the Ignite the Spirit of Education Foundation (ISEF). ISEF Vice-President Michele-Elise Burnett is Co-Chair of Brock’s Aboriginal Educational Council and a member of the University’s Board of Trustees.The series aims to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action by exploring the relationship between Canadian society and Indigenous peoples.The Moccasin Talk takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22 at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library. Visit for more information and to register for the event. read more

Borut Mackovsek to HC Dinamo Minsk

Borut MackovsekhandballHC Dinamo Minsk Slovenian NT player Borut Mackovsek (22) has signed deal with Belarus best side HC Dinamo Minsk. One of the most perspective European left backs was in the first year of the three years deal with German TSV Hannover Burgdorf, but two sides went in separate ways after only six months.Mackovsek is member of Slovenian NT who won the 4th place at WCh 2013 in Spain. He was also one of the best players in EHF CL 2012/2013 as a member of RK Celje PL. ← Previous Story Sead Hasanefendic strong candidate for PSG Handball bench Next Story → Robi Konecnik moves to Switzerland