Gaza’s humanitarian crisis is man-made. And sick toddlers like Mohammed are paying the price – Opinion – Haaretz.com

Home   >   Middle East News   >   PalestiniansOpinion Gaza’s Humanitarian Crisis Is Man-made. And Sick Toddlers Like Mohammed Are Paying the PriceThe media and social networks are filled with descriptions of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and with calls for change. Leaders know what they have to do Mohammed Azaizeh Jan 30, 2018, 11:15 AM  0comments   Zen Subscribe now  Shareshare on Facebook  Tweet send via email Reddit stumble upon MOHAMMED SALEM/ REUTERS: ‘Gaza deserves better!’Gaza hospital suspends services due to diesel shortage

Gaza hospital suspends services due to diesel shortage.I first met Mohammed, who is three years old and suffers from severe digestive and respiratory diseases, at Rantisi Children’s Hospital in Gaza City. I went there in April as part of an investigation into the impact of the worsening electricity crisis that followed the reduction in the supply of power from Israel to the Gaza Strip.Mohammed is a cheerful boy who must be hospitalized for 10 days every month. Due to his respiratory disease he needs to use an electric inhaler frequently. His mother relates how one night he had an attack of respiratory distress. He needed his inhaler but there was no power. His parents picked him up, together with the inhaler and his medications, and began running through the narrow streets of Gaza City’s Yafa neighborhood, looking for lights in windows, a sign of a source of electricity. They came to a pharmacy that operated a generator, and the boy was able to use his inhaler until the attack passed.Mohammed’s father worked as a carpenter until his shop was destroyed by an Israeli aerial attack during Operation Cast Lead in 2009. Since then he has sold vegetables with his brother in Gaza City. Every morning they buy vegetables for their cart, which they take around the city. Their profits range from 20 to 25 shekels a day ($6 to $7). Six months ago, the father could earn 50 shekels by noon, but now the situation is intolerable, he says. People don’t even have money for basic necessities. He needs 800 shekels a month for medicine, special milk and diapers for Mohammed but he can’t make that much and his debts to pharmacies and groceries are mounting.He can’t afford to install a solar power system in the family’s home, which could generate enough electricity for the inhaler that saves his son’s life. He never knows whether he’ll have money in his pocket for a taxi in case he needs to get Mohammed to a hospital urgently.Everyone is aware of the humanitarian and economic disaster in the Gaza Strip. Everyone knows it’s man-made. As long as Israel sold the Gaza Strip only 60 percent of the amount of electricity it did in previous years, people hoped the crisis was temporary. But now that the norm is for power to be supplied for almost eight hours a day (followed by up to 12 hours of no electricity) one can no longer relate to this in the same manner. This is an unreasonable and dangerous norm, not only for families with a sick child but for any family, for the economy and for the health system, and especially for Gaza’s fragile infrastructure, including water supplies, sewage treatment and rainwater drainage.Keep updated: Sign up to our newsletterEmail*Sign upThe media and social networks are filled with descriptions of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and with calls for change. Reports by Amos Harel in Haaretz, according to which some elements in the Israeli military are waiting for the inevitable calamity before taking action, have caused some panicked responses. The impression is that Gaza is related to as a dangerous phenomenon, not as a home to its residents.Leaders in Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, as well as Egypt and the international community, know everything they need to know, including possible solutions and urgent needs. They also must know that if they don’t act quickly history will not forgive their sins against 2 million human beings.Mohammed Azaizeh is a resident of Gaza and a field worker for Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement.

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REMEMBER THE HOLOCAUST, IT HAPPENED, GHETTOS WHERE JEWS WERE DYING BECAUSE THEY HAD NOTHING, NO FOOD, NO ELECTRIC, NO HOSPITALS.NO DRUGS AND IN THE END THE FINAL SOLUTION 5 AND A HALF MILLION SLAUGHTERED BY THE NAZIS. THAT WAS YESTERDAY. TODAY WE HAVE THE SAME SITUATION IN THE GAZA STRIP. SINCE 1948 THOUSANDS OF PALESTINIANS HAVE DIED SLAUGHTERED NOT BY NAZIS BUT BY THE ZIONIST JEWS OF ISRAEL AND THE I D F ARE IMPLEMENTING THEIR FINAL SOLUTION SLOWLY BUT SURELY ON THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE. BIBI NETANYAHU THE  SLAUGHTERER OF PALESTINIAN MEN , WOMEN , AND CHILDREN.

Palestinian protesters storm meeting, kick out US delegation in Bethlehem (video)

Palestinian protesters storm meeting, kick out US delegation in Bethlehem By News Desk – 30/01/20180Palestinians hold their country’s national flag as they attend an anti-Israeli rally south of Gaza City, October 13, 2017. (Photo by AFP)BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) –

A group of Palestinian protesters stormed a business meeting at the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday, forcing US delegates to flee.Protesters held a banner condemning US President Donald Trump’s decision to formally recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. They shouted “Americans go home ,get out” and threw tomatoes at the US representatives.The meeting was between Palestinian businessmen regarding cooperation between Bethlehem’s Chamber of Commerce and Jerusalem’s US embassy.

Source: Palestinian protesters storm meeting, kick out US delegation in Bethlehem (video)

Palestinians kicked trump arse.it is a long time since I have seen or heard the expression Americans go home, fuck off to your shithole country.

The worlds youngest female child prisoner: Israel imprison 13 year old Palestinian

The worlds youngest female child prisoner: Israel imprison 13 year old PalestinianBy Robert Inlakesh – 28/01/20180DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:00 P.M)- Today Israel’s military court (Ofer) sentenced a 13 year old Palestinian girl to 45 days imprisonment and a 3,000 shekel fine.After arresting thirteen year old, Razan Abu Sal, earlier this month,

Israel’s military court system has delivered a sentence which will see the 45 day imprisonment of the worlds youngest female child prisoner.Al-Masdar News | AMNPoster distributed to spread awareness for Razan Abu SalPalestinians in the occupied territories are subjected to a different court system to that of Israeli citizens, in which Palestinians are found guilty and convicted of crimes 99.74% of the time, frequently for things they did not do or that in the eyes of any other legal system would not be condemned as an offense.This case, involving Razan Abu Sal, has received little to no attention by leading and popular media outlets, despite the statistical fact that this Palestinian girl is the single youngest female child prisoner on the planet.

Source: The worlds youngest female child prisoner: Israel imprison 13 years old Palestinian

Democracy at work, anti-apartheid issues being dealt with fairly and justly .oH THANK GOD FOR THE ZIONIST JEWISH FAITH, ONE CAN SLEEP AT NIGHT KNOWING THAT THE MIDDLE EAST IS PROGRESSIVELY FALLING INTO THE THE HANDS OF THE ZIONIST Israelis.THE OLD TESTAMENT GOD THE ONLY TRUE GOD, VENGEFUL, JUSTLY CRUEL AND SUPPORTS THE ZIONIST JEWISH FAITH. YOUR GOD IS VENGEFUL, RETRIBUTION  WILL BE INFLICTED ON ALL THAT DO NOT TAKE UP THE TRUE FAITH.BEHOLD GOD IS GREAT AND POWERFUL YOU GENTILES ARE JUST LIKE FLIES WE TRUE BELIEVERS SWATT YOU WITHOUT COMPASSION OR A SECOND THOUGHT.

SARCASM IS THE LOWEST FORM OF WIT, YET IS THE HIGHEST FORM OF INTELLECT.

 

Brexit: Britons favour second referendum by 16-point margin – poll | Politics | The Guardian

Brexit: Britons favour second referendum by 16-point margin – pollGuardian/ICM survey finds rising interest in vote on final deal as concerns mount over EU talksDan Roberts Brexit policy editor @RobertsDanFri 26 Jan 2018 16.31 GMT Last modified on Fri 26 Jan 2018 23.45 GMT View more sharing optionsShares18,168

Voters support the idea of holding a second EU referendum by a 16-point margin, according to one of the largest nationwide opinion polls since the Brexit vote.The ICM survey, conducted as part of a Guardian reporting project, found 47% of people would favour having a final say on Brexit once the terms of the UK’s departure are known, while 34% oppose reopening the question.How Britain’s views have changed – full Brexit poll results Excluding the roughly one-fifth who do not have a view gives a lead of 58% to 42% for a second referendum, showing rising interest in the idea as concern grows over the direction of recent negotiations.The increased backing has come from both sides of the debate, with one-quarter of leave voters in favour of having another referendum on the final deal.Other key findings include: Mounting concern about the impact of leaving, with 43% of voters worried Brexit will have a negative effect on the UK economy and a narrow majority believing it will have a negative impact on the “British way of life”.Signs that Labour voters may be becoming more open to a rethink, with 9% of the party’s leave backers switching to remain, and stronger support for a second referendum in marginal Labour seats than elsewhere. A hardening of the Brexit demographic divide, with young voters 17% more likely than before to support remain and over-65s more determined than ever to leave.A widening of the geographic gulf, with voters in Scotland even more likely to vote remain, but support for leave holding up in Wales and parts of England, such as the Midlands.The consequences of revisiting the vote are hard to predict, with the country still split largely in two, and signs of both camps hardening their positions.Labour support on rise for rethink of leaving EU, survey finds Read moreThe poll was underpinned by Guardian journalists reporting from around the country, where they found support for leave hardening in Mansfield, Labour supporters arguing for a second referendum in Bristol, older voters in Torbay who continue to wholeheartedly back Brexit, and students in Leeds angry and concerned that it is going ahead.Overall, the ICM poll, carried out in mid-January, confirms a small but persistent shift in recent months towards remain, with 51% of those expressing a view saying they were now in favour of staying in the EU.But this would be a tighter margin than the 52% leave result of the June 2016 referendum, suggesting a clearer mandate for reversing the decision would only come if growing numbers of leavers reacted negatively to the conclusion of negotiations with the EU.Pollsters have struggled in recent years to predict correct outcomes, although the 5,075 people polled is a representative sample five times bigger than many similar surveys.Alex Turk, a senior research executive at ICM Unlimited, said: “On the results of this poll of 5,000, the result of a second EU referendum would be far from a foregone conclusion.”To the extent that there is a shift towards remain, it is largely due to voters who did not, or could not, participate in the referendum saying they would be more likely to do so next time. Of those who voted, 90% said they would stick to their previous choice, and the numbers of people switching sides largely cancel each other out.’We’re not morons’: Brexit divisions harden across Britain Read moreBut it is the growing numbers of people in both camps who favour revisiting the question that is likely to have the biggest short-term political impact.Previously, support for a second referendum had been limited. A smaller Guardian/ICM poll in December found 45% of voters wanted the UK to leave the EU regardless of the outcome of negotiations, with 32% wanting a second referendum and 10% favouring a parliamentary vote.What would happen if parliament were to reject the Brexit deal remains unclear, but many pro-EU campaigners increasingly argue that a vote could be phrased in such a way as to give Britons a chance to change their minds about the overall departure from the EU if they did not like the terms on offer.Representatives from several leading pro-EU groups met in London recently to consider ways of working more closely on overturning Brexit, rather than merely campaigning for a less extreme version, a tactic some senior business leaders are privately known to favour.Support for asking the question is also growing in unlikely quarters, as the weakness of the government’s mandate and negotiating stance becomes clearer. Speaking earlier this month, the ex-Ukip leader Nigel Farage said: “Maybe, just maybe, I’m reaching the point of thinking that we should have a second referendum on EU m

Source: Brexit: Britons favour second referendum by 16-point margin – poll | Politics | The Guardian

White House Urged to Restore Aid to U.N. Palestinian Refugee Agency – The New York Times

White House Urged to Restore Aid to U.N. Palestinian Refugee AgencyImagePalestinian schoolgirls in Gaza this week during the announcement of a fund-raising campaign for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.CreditAdel Hana/Associated PressBy Rick GladstoneJan. 24, 2018

The leaders of 21 global aid organizations asked the Trump administration on Wednesday to restore withheld funds to the United Nations agency that helps Palestinians, calling the funding cut a “dangerous and striking departure” from a history of American generosity.In a letter to top administration officials, the groups’ leaders expressed concern that the White House’s decision to withhold more than half of the planned contribution to the agency, if maintained, would disrupt Palestinian access to food, health care, education “and other critical support to vulnerable populations.”The administration announced last week that it was withholding $65 million from a scheduled payment of $125 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, which aids more than five million Palestinians in refugee camps across the Middle East.The announcement came after Palestinian leaders had accused the administration of blatantly siding with Israel in the protracted Israeli-Palestinian conflict and dimming prospects for a Palestinian state that would exist side by side with Israel.ADVERTISEMENTAdministration officials said that restoration of the aid depended partly on the Palestinian aid agency’s making unspecified reforms, and that withholding the funds had not been punitive.Many Palestinians and their supporters disputed that assertion. They pointed to statements by administration officials, including a Jan. 2 Twitter message by President Trump, who complained that “we pay the Palestinians HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect.”You have 2 free articles remaining.Subscribe to The TimesUnited Nations officials said the administration’s move had created the worst financial crisis in the Palestinian aid agency’s seven-decade history.In their letter, the leaders of the aid groups said: “We are particularly alarmed that this decision impacting humanitarian aid to civilians is not based on any assessment of need, but rather designed both to punish Palestinian political leaders and to force political concessions from them.“This is simply unacceptable as a rationale for denying civilians humanitarian assistance, and a dangerous and striking departure from U.S. policy on international humanitarian assistance,” the letter stated.It was signed by top executives of prominent nongovernmental relief and advocacy organizations, including Save the Children, Oxfam America, CARE USA, Refugees International and the International Rescue Committee.The letter was sent to Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, the American ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki R. Haley, and Mr. Trump’s national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster.Eric P. Schwartz, the president of Refugees International, said in a telephone interview that the letter was the outcome of what he described as “the deep reaction by the N.G.O. community to a very bad decision.”ADVERTISEMENTMr. Schwartz, a former assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration under the Obama administration, said the Palestinian aid decision had broken with decades of American policy.He pointed to President Ronald Reagan’s 1984 assertion that “a hungry child knows no politics” in deciding to help famine victims in Ethiopia.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, known by the acronym Unrwa, was created in 1949 to aid Palestinians who fled or were expelled from their homes during the Arab-Israeli war of 1948.Originally meant to be a temporary support for roughly one million Palestinian refugees until a political solution was reached, the agency evolved into a sprawling organization for them and their descendants, who are also classified as refugees.Functioning almost like a government in some places, the agency is widely regarded as a critical lifeline for many Palestinians. But it also has been accused of perpetuating what critics call a culture of dependency among a population that has quintupled in size.Many Israelis regard the agency as politically biased and inherently hostile to Israel, an assertion United Nations officials deny.Mr. Schwartz defended the agency. “Given the pressures and challenges confronting Unrwa, a fair assessment of their work would conclude they are providing valuable services under extremely difficult conditions,” he said.

Source: White House Urged to Restore Aid to U.N. Palestinian Refugee Agency – The New York Times

‘Apartheid state’: UN Slams Israel For human rights violation

‘Apartheid state’: UN Slams Israel For human rights violationBy News Desk – 24/01/2018

On Tuesday, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) held a session aimed at assessing the progress Israel made during its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a UN-backed process designed to assess the human rights record of a state and make recommendations for improvement.In the course of the struggle between the Israelis and Palestinians, the UN has repeatedly accused Israel of not respecting human rights as it continues to build settlements on the West Bank, however, the strongest condemnation comes from South Africa, a country which used to have one of the world’s worst human rights records itself.During the session a delegate from South Africa, a country where the system of discrimination based on supremacy of white people and suppression of the black population called apartheid originated from, characterized Israel as “the only state in the world that can be called an apartheid state,” since it denies the right of self-determination to the Palestinian people, “in the absence of which no other human right can be exercised or enjoyed.”Other HRC members also expressed their deep concern over Israel’s violation of the UN resolution which rules that Israeli settlements on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem are illegal, as the country continues to expand the existing settlements as well as building new areas.Russia, Jordan, the UAE and Iran alongside other countries called on Israel to stop the annexation of Palestinian land and the construction of Israeli settlements there, whereas the Palestinian delegation during the session urged Israel to halt “its 50-year colonial occupation” and “compensate Palestinians for all of the losses incurred due to their presence.Israeli ambassador to the UN Aviva Raz Shechter said that Israel would submit to the review process though she pointed out the HRC’s bias and “the unfair treatment of Israel” in the council.Territory in the West Bank was seized by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War in the course the long-lasting struggle between Israelis and Palestinians for the territory of what previously was the British Mandate of Palestine.The West Bank is mostly populated by Arabs and the United Nations considers this territory to be illegally occupied by Israel. Some sponsors of a peace process, among whom are Russia and the EU, have repeatedly warned that Israeli settlement activity undermines any chances for a two-state solution, which involves the creation of an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel.

Source: ‘Apartheid state’: UN Slams Israel For human rights violation

SOUTH AFRICA PROCLAIMS THAT ISRAEL IS THE ONLY STATE IN THE WORLD THAT IS AN APARTIED STATE.

ISIS eyes-out new territories in south Syria with no hint of disapproval from Israel

ISIS eyes-out new territories in south Syria with no hint of disapproval from IsraelBy Andrew Illingworth – 24/01/20182 BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) –

The last several months has witnessed an exceptional increase in the amount violence between a key Islamic State affiliate based in Syria’s southwestern province of Daraa and local rebel groups. Here, a recent number of offensives by the group suggest that it may be attempting to expand in the face of fledgling opposition forces. In all of this, Israel – with whom the terror affiliate shares a border – appears to be indifferent to the developments taking place. danger mossad at work.

Source: ISIS eyes-out new territories in south Syria with no hint of disapproval from Israel

What Is Unrwa and What Would It Mean if Trump Cuts Its Funding? – The New York Times

MIDDLE EASTWhat Is Unrwa and What Would It Mean if Trump Cuts Its Funding?ImagePalestinians last year unloaded sacks of food aid provided by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for refugees in Rafah, in the Gaza Strip.CreditSaid Khatib/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesBy Megan SpeciaJan. 3, 2018

President Trump has vowed to block millions of dollars of funding for Palestinians, declaring on Twitter on Tuesday that they were “no longer willing to talk peace.”Much of that aid flows through the United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees, or Unrwa. While Mr. Trump did not explicitly mention the agency, his ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki R. Haley, made it clear that the agency was being looked at.Asked specifically about Unrwa, Ms. Haley said: “He does not want to give any additional funding, or stop funding, until the Palestinians are agreeing to come back to the negotiation table.”Many have expressed concern about Ms. Haley’s remarks. What is Unrwa, and how would a cut in American aid affect its work with more than five million Palestinian refugees?Why was Unrwa set up?The agency was set up in 1949 to provide humanitarian aid in the wake of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, which left hundreds of thousands of Palestinians displaced in the Middle East. Unrwa was initially intended to be a temporary agency, but it has continued to provide support for Palestinian refugees for the better part of six decades. Palestinians are the only refugee group whose support is not handled under the broader mandate of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.The agency has never been involved in peace negotiations and has instead focused its attention on humanitarian efforts throughout the Middle East in areas where the largest numbers of displaced Palestinians are concentrated. Israel has regularly feuded with the organization, as it rejects the Palestinian demand for a right of return for the refugees displaced by the Arab-Israeli conflict.You have 3 free articles remaining.Subscribe to The TimesBut despite Israel’s reservations, the organization is internationally recognized for its humanitarian efforts, and it plays a major role in the region.At times its role is as basic as providing a safe space for civilians. Much in the same way that other United Nations facilities have become a haven in times of active conflict, an Unwra school was used by thousands of civilians seeking shelter during the 2014 Gaza war.ImagePalestinian refugees on the balcony a United Nations led school converted into a shelter in Gaza in 2014.CreditSergey Ponomarev for The New York TimesWhat does Unrwa do?Unrwa mainly provides services and funding for those registered as Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. (The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is responsible for Palestinian refugees outside Unrwa’s areas of operation.)Nearly the entire population of the Gaza Strip receives aid from Unrwa. The agency acts almost as a de facto government there, responsible for the majority of schools, health care facilities and some public services.In Jordan, which hosts more than two million registered Palestinian refugees, hosts the largest number of people who are provided aid by Unrwa.More than half of Unrwa’s budget for programs goes toward education, and in 2016, 17 percent of the budget was set aside for health care. On Wednesday, the agency pointed out the role that it plays in the region, while also highlighting the United States’ contribution to those efforts.The agency also provides loans through its microfinance department, which support small local businesses.What would a U.S. funding cut mean?The United States is the top funder of Unrwa, and according to figures released in 2016, it contributed nearly $369 million, including emergency funding for aiding Palestinian refugees caught up in Syria’s brutal civil war.If the American funding was eliminated, the agency would face a significant deficit in its budget. The next biggest donor in 2016, the European Union, contributed less than half of what the United States did. The agency receives contributions from more than 100 donors, and its entire budget for 2016 was nearly $1.25 billion.But any cuts would affect those most in need.More than 500,000 children are taught in 700 Unrwa-run schools across the Middle East, according to the agency. Unrwa provides funding for more than nine million patients visits at health care facilities in the region. It employs more than 30,000 people

.Despite Mr. Trump’s  message, Chris Gunness, an Unrwa spokesman, said the agency had not received any formal notification that the Trump administration intended to cut the funding. IT IS ALL PISS AND WIND COMING FROM TRUMP .

Source: What Is Unrwa and What Would It Mean if Trump Cuts Its Funding? – The New York Times

G4S and the Privatisation of British Police – 21st Century Wire

G4S and the Privatisation of British PoliceSEPTEMBER 5, 2017 BY 21WIRE 1 COMMENT21st Century Wire says…Imagine if private corporations, many of whom are traded on the stock market, were given the responsibility for patrolling your neighbourhoods, investigating crimes, and arresting suspects. That’s exactly what is being rolled out right now across the UK.It started off small, and few have taken any notice. Recently, we saw the launch of a new privatised police unit in the UK which charges homeowners £1 a weekly to have their burglar and panic alarms linked to a rapid response unit. We’re told that this amounts to ‘great savings for customers (residents)’.Leading the larger takeover effort however, is private global security firm G4S who have already signed a £200m contract with Lincolnshire Police in 2012. The controversial firm claims it can save £1bn a year across all 43 of the UK’s police forces.Still, a number of citizen advocacy groups hold the strong belief that the public must keep its police services properly funded, and publicly owned.As Benito Mussolini famously said, “Fascism should rightly be called corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power.”One thing is certain: you will not see any Soros-funded ‘antifascist’ activists protesting stories like this…By Tom PridePrivatisation and handover of British policing to G4S is already well underway…Many people will have been shocked by the revelations of G4S guards abusing detainees in an immigration centre as revealed by the BBC’s Panorama.But not many people will know that the privatisation of Britain’s police is already well underway.And not many people will know that the private company more and more of our front-line policing duties are being handed over to is the disgraced G4S:“Part of G4S Government & Outsourcing Services, Police Support Services works in partnership with Police forces across the UK on the provision of custody services, transportation solutions, temporary staffing and specialist police skilled teams. It offers professional outsourcing services that enable Forces to target their own resources more effectively and efficiently in the front line of local communities. In high risk or surge situations they can provide ex-military specialist security teams. They also design and build state of the art custody suites. They offer a secure Transportation service that provides a range of options using a fleet of purpose designed cellular vehicles. The Service also operates the UK’s largest database of temporary police skilled staff and is the leading provider of temporary policing specialists to Forces and Local Authorities.” (Source: text and image G4S)I’ve only got one question.Are we all stark raving mad?

Source: G4S and the Privatisation of British Police – 21st Century Wire

Expat Dog Owners Must Register DNA – Costa Del Sol Update

Expat Dog Owners Must Register DNAFacebook3TwitterGoogle+ShareAdvertisements Expat Dog Owners Must Register DNA. The Ayuntamiento De Andalucia have passed a new law requiring all expat dog owners to register their DNA.Expat Dog Owners Must Register DNADog owners in Malaga are already required to register the DNA of their pet with the town hall, to help crack down on antisocial fouling in public.  Now the local government have announced a controversial new law which requires all expat dog owners to register their own DNA on a regional database.Senor Alonzo Perromaliente is the Minister For Dog Excrement In Public Places. He says “having the dog’s DNA on file is the first step, but we need to get to the route of the problem.  Dogs are fouling walkways all over the Costa Del Sol, it’s bad for tourists, no one wants to step in it.”“The problem isn’t the dogs themselves, it’s the owners.  The dogs learn this behaviour from their owners.  By collecting the DNA of the expat owners we can identify the owners who are fouling in the streets and bring them to justice”.Senor Alonzo Perromaliente says that the dogs learn this behaviour from their owners.RacistStan Fernandez, originally from Birmingham, is the husband of local activist Anne Fernandez.  He is accusing the local government of racism. He says “I’m not from Birmingham actually, I’m from Solihull.  This is outrageous.  My wife would comment but she is too busy dealing with other people who are outraged on our facebook page.  It’s rascist to suggest that only expats foul in the street, Spanish people must do it too.  DNA test everyone. No one should be exempt.”FinesWhen the DNA of expat dog owners has been registered, any excrement found in public will be traced to it’s producer.  Fines of €900 will be issued on the spot, payable immediately along with a €39 clean up charge and a €42 administration fee.Dog Walks Twenty Miles Twice To Reunite With Family That RelocatedFEATURED BYA council official takes care of the money brought in through fines.Advertisements How To RegisterIf you are an expat dog owner living anywhere on the Costa Del Sol, you must present yourself at your local town hall and provide a DNA sample.  Anita Campbell-Green-Dearly is the British liaison officer at Costa Regional Administration Perro.  Her job is to guide expats through the process which she says is very simple.“It’s really simple to register your DNA.  Just come to the town hall where you will be seen very quickly, usually within 9 hours.  We will take a rectal DNA sample, and register your details on the system.  There’s no reason not to do this”.DNA can be taken from expats rectally.Positive ReceptionThe news of the expat dog owners DNA database is getting a positive reception from many local business owners.  Stephen Herek owns a boutique store in Puerto Banus.  He says “It’s about time something was done.  Here in Banus we have all these luxury brands like Gucci and Armani and Apple and Lidl, and then in the street there is dog waste and possibly that of their owners.  It needs to be stopped, and this is the best way to achieve that”.

Source: Expat Dog Owners Must Register DNA – Costa Del Sol Update