Sayyed Nasrallah to ’Israel’: We’ll Act Appropriately if Our Oil is in Danger, Palestine Muslims’ Main Cause

October 23, 2021

Sayyed Nasrallah to ’Israel’: We’ll Act Appropriately if Our Oil is in Danger, Palestine Muslims’ Main Cause

By Al-Ahed news

Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered on Friday night a speech in which he tackled various regional and internal topics.

Addressing thousands of people in Dahyieh [Southern Suburb of Beirut], Sayyed Nasrallah congratulated the Muslim world on the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad [PBUH], and his grandson Imam Jaafar al-Sadiq [AS], and the Muslim Unity Week.

The Prophet of Mercy&Unity

On the event of celebration, His Eminence explained that “Among the blessings of Imam Khomeini and the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran is the point that appears to be creating disputes, which he turned to a point of unity when he called to labelling the period between the 12th and 17th of Rabiul Awwal as a Muslim Unity Week [between Sunni & Shia Muslims].”

“We must get to know Prophet Mohammad [PBUH] to be our model in life; and we cannot get to know Islam or the Muslim Sharia law without getting to know this prophet, his behavior, words and biography,” he added.

In parallel, the Resistance Leader underscored that “There is an Ummah [nation] which Prophet Mohammad [PBUH] has brought from the darkness of ignorance, dispersion, illiteracy, and getting lost through building a state for Islam, and conveying the divine religion and the eternal message.”

Sayyed Nasrallah further highlighted that “Among Prophet Mohammad [PBUH]’s achievements was that he altered the view towards humanity, in which he annulled all values of ignorance and applied the Islamic system; the Quran confronted looking to women as inferiors and praised them instead.”

“No inner peace was present during the Age of Ignorance. People were killed or attacked for any reason,” he stated, noting that “The Messenger of Allah achieved an inner peace that can’t be even imposed by police or army. It was a peace from within minds, hearts, and souls made by culture and piety.”

Meanwhile, His Eminence clarified that “The humankind is responsible for their countries, people, lands, honors and dignities of people once attacked. This is the religion of Prophet Mohammad [PBUH].”

“Those who are mostly praised by Allah are the ones who know the rights of their brothers and try their best to satisfy such rights,” Hezbollah Secretary General confirmed.

Palestine Main Cause

Moving to the regional front, Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated that “The top priority and responsibility among Muslims is Palestine with its opressed people, detainees , refugees and violated sanctities that every human being must be concerned about.”

“Among the most important battles any person can engage in against normalization is to boycott ‘Israel’,” he emphaized, pointing out that “Funding the Palestinian Resistance is a great responsibility that Arabs, Muslims and humans must shoulder.”
Normalization with “Israel”

On the same level, His Eminence hailed the “Bahraini youth- who protested normalization with ‘Israel’- given the fact that they faced the police crackdown and are fully aware of the repercussions of their support of Palestine.”

“The position of the Bahraini scholars as well as Yemen and its people in denouncing normalization and supporting Palestine is an expression of commitment to the Islamic duty and responsibility,” he stressed, noting that “The US and some Arab regimes want our Arab and Muslim people to eliminate even this hatred through cementing normalization. They want us to love and praise ‘Israel’.”

Sayyed Nasrallah also underlined that “The conference of normalization in Erbil was a trial that if not blasted, it would have been followed by similar conspiracies.”

In addition, the Resistance Leader viewed that “Announcing a cease-fire in Yemen while the siege in place means the continuation of the war,” denouncing the fact that “Instead of condemning the victim in Yemen, the international community must listen to the popular will of the millions of Yemenis.”

Brutal Daesh

On another level, Sayyed Nasrallah said that “It is strange and surprising that some sides remain silent regarding Daesh’s [Arabic Acronym for the terrorist ‘ISIS/ISIL group] brutal crimes.”

“Islamic unity means cooperation, rapprochement and integration among Muslims and avoiding fighting among them,” he reminded, lamenting the fact that “It is unfortunate what Daesh has achieved in the name of the Prophet Muhammad [PBUH], while the Americans say that they’ve created Daesh, and there are those who do not want to listen.”

Clarifying that “Muslims have triumphed in all arenas where they cooperated and united with each other,” His Eminence mentioned that “The greatest responsibility on Muslim scholars and elites is to prevent any action that could lead to sedition.”

In response, Sayyed Nasrallah urged the “continued political, popular, and media condemnation of all those who were about to push Lebanon towards strife,” pointing out that “The resistance in Lebanon emerged victorious by cooperation and collaboration, and the resistance in Palestine wins when it is united on the internal and external fronts  with the axis of resistance.”

A Sounding Message to “Israel”

Regarding the bloody massacre in Tayouneh, His Eminence underlined that “Hezbollah is following up with the investigation, which is good and brave.”

On the issue of border demarcation, Hezbollah Secretary General declared that his party  “won’t say anything related to the land and maritime border demarcation, which is left to the Lebanese state.” 

“The ‘Israeli’ enemy is illusional if it thinks that it can act freely in the disputed maritinme area before reaching a firm conclusion,” Sayyed Nasrallah announced, noting that “At the appropriate time, when the resistance sees that Lebanon’s oil is in danger, it will act on this basis.”

On another level, His Eminence stated We don’t have any problem in the issue of the Hezbollah has no problem with “negotiating with the International Monetary Fund and we hope that Lebanon would send one united and real delegation.”
“The wealthy have responsibilities towards those who are under the line of poverty, and tradesmen shouldn’t monopolize the goods or raise the prices,” he concluded.

Related Video

Related News

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine (14 – 20 October 2021)

October 21, 2021

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (14 – 20 October 2021)

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine

(14 – 20 October 2021)

  • IOF kill Palestinian child allegedly for throwing Molotov cocktails at settlers’ vehicles in Bethlehem.
  • 4 Palestinians wounded in Qalqilya and occupied East Jerusalem
  • In 104 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 100 civilians arrested, including 26 children, and 3 journalists (1 woman)
  • Vehicle confiscated and sums of money confiscated in IOF raid onto Palestinian homes in the West Bank
  • 31 commercial establishments bulldozed and 2 Palestinians forced to self-demolish their properties in occupied East Jerusalem
  • 3 under-construction houses demolished, demolition notices served to several other houses; 10 tents and 2 street bulldozed in the West Bank
  • Settler-attacks: 1 Palestinian wounded and 335 olive trees damaged in occupied East Jerusalem and Ramallah
  • IOF established 43 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 2 Palestinians on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse, and attacks on civilians, turning the West Bank into isolated blocks of land. Dozens of Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians in Hebron under Israeli military protection.

The Israeli settlement expansion works continued on Palestinian lands and properties. Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip enters its 15th year under closure, exacerbating the humanitarian hardships across the territory.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

IOF killed a Palestinian child and wounded 4 civilians in excessive use of force in the West Bank: on 14 October 2021, IOF killed 16-year-old Amjad Usama Jalal Abu-Sultan from southeastern Bethlehem and detained his body. IOF also arrested another child that accompanied Abu-Sultan; it was alleged that the children were throwing Molotov cocktails at settlers’ vehicles west of Bethlehem. No eyewitnesses were available to refute or confirm the occupation’s narrative. However, given the nature of the crime site near a military checkpoint, the situation could have been handled using less force in accordance with proportionality and necessity shooting standards. PCHR also documented 2 Palestinians sustaining wounds in IOF assault on Kafr Qaddum weekly protest, and 2 others during a raid in occupied East Jerusalem.

In the Gaza Strip, 1 IOF shooting at fishing boats was documented in the Gaza Sea, and another on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 104 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 100 Palestinians were arrested, including 26 children and 3 journalists (1 female). IOF also confiscated a vehicle and sums of money during raids to civilian homes in the West Bank.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF arrested 2 Palestinians, including 1 child, while attempting to cross border area in eastern Rafah.

Demolitions:

PCHR documented 11 incidents

  • Occupied East Jerusalem: 30 commercial establishments bulldozed and 2 Palestinians forced to self-demolish their properties: a house in al-Tur neighborhood, and part of another in Wadi al-Joz; car wash demolished, and foundations of a retaining wall n Silwan.
  • Ramallah: 10 residential tents bulldozed, as well as, 2 tents used for sheep, and other facilities in al-Mughair.
  • Bethlehem: 3 houses received demolition notices in Al Maniya; house foundations and agricultural land razed in Khlail al-Loz.
  • Hebron: 2 under-construction homes demolished in Ska and Farsh al-Hawa.
  • Tubas: 1.6km long street bulldozed
  • Jenin: paved street connecting Yabad and Moryha villages bulldozed.

Settler-attacks: 

  • Occupied East Jerusalem: Palestinian civilian assaulted and his vehicle assaulted with rocks.
  • Ramallah: 335 olive trees cut and destroyed

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Israeli occupation authorities continued to ban the entry of dozens of goods, including construction materials, in collective punishment measures against the Gaza Strip as the Israeli closure imposed on the territory entered its 15th year, without an end in sight that would fulfil Palestinians’ right to enjoy their economic, social, and cultural rights.

Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the 2000 Second Intifada -still closed to this date- and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest, especially at al-Karama border crossing, alongside the Palestinian-Jordanian border.

Shooting and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity

  • At approximately 11:45 on Thursday, 14 October 2021, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles, pumped water at them and opened heavy fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 22:30, IOF opened fire at two Palestinian children in Bir Una, Beit Jala, allegedly for throwing Molotov cocktails at settlers’ vehicles. As a result, a child was killed and another arrested.

An hour after the shooting, IOF informed the Palestinian liaison that Amjad Usama Jalal Abu-Sultan (16) was killed and his body was detained. They also informed them that Mohammed Khalil al-Arouj (16) was arrested, without providing information on his health.

IOF announced in a press statement that two persons were shot at for throwing Molotov cocktails at settlers’ vehicles near Beit Jala. Israeli media said that the Israeli military ambushed Palestinians who threw Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles travelling on the road connecting Jerusalem and “Gush Etzion” settlement, killing one and arresting the other.

PCHR could not locate eyewitnesses to refute or confirm the occupation’s narrative. However, given the nature of the crime site near a military checkpoint, the situation could have been handled using less force in accordance with proportionality and necessity shooting standards.

  • At approximately 12:30 on Friday, 15 October 2021, IOF stationed on the northern entrance to Kafr Qaddum village, northern Qalqilya, suppressed a peaceful protest led by dozens of Palestinians. IOF chased the protestors and clashed with them; IOF fired bullets, tear gas canisters and stun grenades. As a result, 2 Palestinians sustained bullet wounds in their extremities.
  • At approximately 16:00 on Saturday, 16 October 2021, IOF stationed along Gaza border area opened fire in eastern Rafah at nearby agricultural lands. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF assaulted Palestinians in Bab al-Amoud for the 9th consecutive day, chased them in the neighboring areas and assaulted them amidst heavy firing of sound bombs. IOF evacuated the area with force and shut it completely with large police presence. IOF fired sound bombs, and pumped sewage water at shops, vehicles, and passersby, making the whole area smell unbearably foul. IOF brought in units of the Mounted Police and canines to entice fear among the protestors; 3 children were arrested and detained at the surveillance office at Bab al-Amoud, they were beaten and dragged, before being taken to al-Bareed police station. The arrestees are: Waseem Barani (14), Mustafa Salim (16), and Mosab al-Abeed (16).
  • At approximately 15:30 on Monday, 18 October 2021, IOF assaulted Palestinians in the surrounding of Bab al-Amoud, Sultan Suliman St, and al-Msurara area, for the 2nd consecutive week. bombs. IOF evacuated the area with force and shut it completely with large police presence. IOF fired sound bombs, and pumped sewage water at shops, vehicles, and passersby, making the whole area smell unbearably foul. IOF brought in units of the Mounted Police and canines to terrorize the community; journalist Ahmed Abu-Sbaih (23) was pushed, dragged on the ground, and beaten; as well as Journalist Nisreen Salem (24) who was covering the attacks; her mother, Lamiaa (54) and sister, Sajida (21) were also pushed and assaulted. It should be noted that this attack in Bab al-Amoud area lasted for several hours were dozens of Palestinians suffocated/lost consciousness due to the bad smell. Dozens of civilians, including children, were beaten with clubs. 9 Palestinians were detained, including 2 journalists (1 woman).: Ahmed Abu-Sbaih (23), Nisreen Salem (24), Anan Hamouri, Rebhi Kafrani, Mohammed Abu-Dawoud, Yaser Quraish, Mohammed Jamjoum, and Islam al-Rajbi.
  • At approximately 04:00 on Tuesday, 19 October 2021, IOF arrested Bassem M. Zayed (23) after raiding his home in Qalandia refugee camp. Dozens of Palestinians gathered on rooftops and in the alleys, threw stones at IOF vehicles. IOF fired rubber bullets at them, wounding 2 Palestinians, one in the foot and the other in the back. They were treated at hospital; their wounds were minor.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF assaulted Palestinians celebrating Prophet Mohammed’s birthday in Bab al-Amoud, with heavy and arbitrary shooting of sound bombs to evacuate the area. Mounted police assaulted women, children, and elderlies. They pumped sewage water at passersby and shops. Clashes erupted and lasted for hours, IOF fired live bullets at the protestors and assaulted Rami al-Razem (20) after dragging him on the ground and tearing his clothes, he was beat and punched. Women, children, and passersby were all assaulted, wounding an elderly woman, and 3 civilians. IOF arrested 23 Palestinians, including 17 children, who were all assaulted:

Abdulnaser Afana, Rami al-Razem, Izzeldin al-Reshq, Ibrahim al-Mohtaseb, Ahmed Izheiman, Ali Abu-Hedwan, Malek al-Shalaby, Suliman Owaisat, Mahmoud al-Salayma, Majd Abu Amer, Moustafa Baya, Malek Hamamra, Mahmoud Nemr, Miran Burqan, Ihab Badr, Noureddine Abu-Nijma, Baraa Omaira, Ahmed Abu-Dawoud, Mohammed Anaty, Ahmed Shehada, Amir al-Khatib, Mahmoud Hamamra, Adam Jaber

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 14 October 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Ali Asafra (33), after raiding and searching his house in Beit Kahel, northern Hebron.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Mosab Hussein Rabee (26) after raiding and searching his house in Beit Anan, northwestern occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Mousa Abu-Eid (46) and Abbas Lafy Mansour (27), after raiding and searching their houses in Bidu, northwestern occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Omar Abu-Rateb (21) and Ramez al-Shomali (23) after raiding and searching their houses in Beit Sahour, eastern Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested 8 Palestinians, including 1 children, after raiding and searching their houses in Aroub refugee camp, Hebron.
  • At approximately 05:20, IOF arrested 3 Palestinians, including 1 children, after raiding and searching their houses in Beita, Nablus. IOF confiscated Hamed al-Sarawy’s vehicle (he is imprisoned by Israel). The arrestees are: Majd Saleh, a ranked Palestinian National Security officer, Hamed al-Sarawy (28), and Adel Kronfola (31).
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF arrested Momen Hashim (22) after raiding his house in the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF arrested Nehad Zghair (43) after raiding his house in the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem. after hours of investigation, he was delivered a travel ban and his passport was confiscated. He was later released.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF arrested Yusuf al-Reshq (21) after raiding his house in the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem.

Friday, 15 October 2021:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Fadel Rabei (50) after raiding his house in al-Tawana, Hebron. The arrest followed a complaint pressed by settlers against the local residents for taking part in protests against settlement expansion on their lands.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested 3 Palestinians from Qalqilya while leaving al-Aqsa Mosque: Khalil Abu-Samra (23), Saleh Theeb Sasa (19), and Alaa Dweiry (27).
  • At approximately 14:30, IOF arrested photojournalist Izat Jamjmoum (30) after leaving al-Aqsa Mosque. He was interrogated at the Moscovia Detention Center and released later.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF stationed at the Gaza border area in eastern Rafah, arrested Amjad Abu-Jrayda (17) and Basel Abu-Jazar (24) while attempting to cross the border area.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Yabad and Kufeirat in Jenin, Beit Ummar and al-Fawwar refugee camp.

Saturday, 16 January 2021

  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Kharas village, western Hebron, and Raided Thaer Aziz Halahla’s house; he was delivered a summonses to appear before the Israeli Intelligence services at “Gush Etzion” settlement.
  • At approximately 04:10, IOF arrested Mohammed Shehada (27), a ranked officer at the Presidential Security Service, and Majd Abu-Helwan (22).
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF arrested Mosab al-Abeed and assaulted him at Bab al-Amoud in occupied East Jerusalem.

Sunday, 17 October 2021

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Ragahd Raed Shamroukh (27) after raiding his home in Dheisheh refugee camp.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF arrested Raed Zghair (46) near Bab al-Majlis, occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Khaled Elian (42) and Mohammed Elian (23) on a police checkpoint by the entrance of Issaweya village, northeastern occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF arrested Adam Ashraf Zaytoun (11) and Abdelkarim Dana (11) after raiding their home in Silwan, occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 22:30, IOF arrested Bahaaedin Khatatba (28) at Za’tara checkpoint.

Monday, 18 October 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00, IOF arrested Abdulrahim Shuman (20), a student, after stopping him on a checkpoint by Turums Ayya entrance, northeastern Ramallah.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Seif Taqatqah (14) after raiding his home in Beit Fajjar, southern Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 03:20, IOF arrested Ahmed Suliman Katamesh (70), a political researcher and former prisoner in Israeli jails, after raiding and searching his home in al-Bireh.
  • At the same time, IOF arrested Ihab Abdulminem Saoud (47), also a former prisoner in Israeli jails (spent 16 years), after raiding his home in al-Tireh neighborhood, southern Ramallah.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested 3 Palestinians after raiding their homes in Silwan, southern occupied East Jerusalem: Loay al-Rajbi (26), Hussein Issa (21), and Tamer al-Mohtaseb (21).
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Aby-Zayd (18) and Mohammed Abul-Rab, after raiding their homes in Qabatya, southeastern Jenin.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Ramadan (24) while at work in a shop in Silwan.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF raided Sultan Sarhan’s (16) house in Silwan and delivered him a summons to appear before the Israeli Intelligence at Mosvocia Investigation Center.

Tuesday, 19 October 2021:

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF arrested ‘Omer Mustafa ‘Odah (23) and Ahmed Moti’a Sleit (18) after raiding their houses in Tulkarm.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Hamzah Naser ‘Eid Bassah after raiding and searching his house during their incursion into al-‘Eizariya village, east of occupied east Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Fakher ‘Ahed Ibrahim Khalaf (35) after raiding and searching his house during their incursion into Rantis village, northwest of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 10:30, IOF arrested Head of a commission devoted to protecting the Islamic cemeteries in occupied Jerusalem, Mustafa Abu Zahrah (69) when he was in al-Musrarah area in the center of occupied East Jerusalem.

Note: in the same day, IOF carried out 3 incursions into al-‘Arroub refugee camp, Karma village and Beit Oula village in Hebron, but no arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF arrested 5 Palestinians after raiding and searching their houses during their incursion into Iskaka village, east of Salfit. The arrestees were identified as Hussam Anis Harb (61); Zaid Hussam Harb (23); ‘Abdel Ghani Bahjat Harb (39); Ayman ‘Abdel Rahman Harb (27) and Zuheir Hasan al-‘Einabousi (27).
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Belal Hussein al-Hroub (30) after raiding his house in Deir Samit village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron.
  • Around the same time, IOF backed by military vehicles moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. IOF deployed between the houses in Safa neighborhood, raided, and searched several houses.  During their raid into a house belonging to Mousa Ahmed Abu Dayya, IOF confiscated 3000 shekels and JD 2000 after a thorough search.  At Adam Salem al-Khalil’s house, IOF held the family in a room and searched the whole house, confiscating 1000 shekels.  They also arrested Nael Yousif al-Qadi (28) after searching his house.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF backed by military vehicles moved into Hebron. They stationed in al-Jame’ah neighborhood and raided a house belonging to ‘Adnan ‘Ali al-Haymouni (40).  IOF arrested the latter and confiscated gold and 5000 shekels.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF arrested Jihad Mohammed Abu al-Rub (26) after raiding and searching his house during their incursion into Jalboun village, northeast of Jenin.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF handed 3 Palestinians summonses to be interrogated at ‘Oz police station in Jabal al-Mukaber after raiding their houses in Batn al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Those summoned were identified as Mohammed Kayed al-Rajabi (19), Mohammed Yehia JAber (20) and Samer Mansour Jamjoum (18).
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF arrested 5 Palestinians after raiding and searching their houses during an incursion into Silwad villafe, northeast of Ramallah. The arrestees were identified as ‘Emad ‘Ali Nassar (23); Hamdi Farid Hammad (19); Mohammed Shaher Hammad; Muhannad Samir al-Tawil; and Mohammed Usama Bseiso.  They were all released after few

Settlement Expansion and settler violence in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem

Land razing, Demolitions, and Notices

  • At approximately 00:00 on Thursday, 14 October 2021, IOF accompanied with vehicles and bulldozers moved into Abu Shahid Intersection near Qalendia checkpoint, north of occupied East Jerusalem, levelled and carried out demolitions, which included 30 commercial facilities, amid heavy firing of stun grenades.

An eyewitness said that IOF backed by military bulldozers moved into Abu Shahid intersection and closed its surrounding.  They fired stun grenades to disperse civilians there and assaulted their vehicles.  Afterwards, the bulldozers removed around 27 commercial stalls as well as demolishing a 200-sqm vegetable shop belonging to Jaber family, a carwash and gas station, under the pretext they were illegal constructed.  It should be noted that the Israeli authorities declared lately expanding the Qalendia Military checkpoint and opening a tunnel to serve the settlements near the checkpoint that connects settlement Streets 60 and 443.  The demolition near the checkpoint coincides with the Israeli authorities’ plan to build 10,000 new settlement units on the airport area, which Israel took over in 1967.

  • At approximately 07:00, IOF backed by military vehicles and a bulldozer accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle moved into Ras al-Teen area “al-Qaboun” in eastern al-Mughayyir village, northeast of Ramallah, where a Bedouin community has been established for 20 years. The Israeli authorities brought workers from Israeli private companies to dismantle and confiscate residential and agricultural tents.

The damage was as follows:

Owner of affected facilityFamilyChildrenFemaleLivestockConfiscated tents(sqm)
Ahmed Mohammed Habshan al-Ka’abnah40189Residential60-sqm tentLivestockOthersSteel plates
Soliman Ahmed Mohammed al-Ka’abnah5349045-sqm tent
‘Ammar Ahmed Mohammed al-Ka’abnah31160Bathroom built of metal
‘Omer Ahmed Mohammed al-Ka’abnah10869660-sqm tentA 12-sqm tent used as a kitchen,A water tank,and a bathroom built of steel
Soliman Ibrahim Habshan al-Ka’abnah8638045-sqm tentA 12-sqm tent used as a kitchen, a bathroom built of metal, and a water tank
‘Ali Ibrahim Habshan al-Ka’abnah1086114A 60-sqm tent
Mohammed Yasin Abu Kharbish1395140A 60-sqm tent2 livestock troughs
  • On Saturday morning, 16 October 2021, Hamzah and Mohammed Bazbazat demolished a living room attached to their family house in Wadi al-Joz neighborhood east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, pursuant to the Israeli Municipality’s decision under the pretext of building without a license.

Mohammed Bazbazat said that his family built a 60-sqm room in 1998 next to their grandfather’s house in the neighborhood.  He added that back in 2005 the Israeli Municipality imposed fines on his family under the pretext of unlicensed construction that were as follows: 75,000; 25,000; 15,000 and finally 17,000 shekels.  Bazbazat added that the family initiated the necessary procedures to obtain a construction license for the room and paid the preliminary fees; however, it was surprised in 2018 that the Israeli Municipality abolished its approval on the license request.  The case was referred to the court, which decided to demolish the room ceiling to be sure that the room has become uninhabitable. Bazbazat pointed out that the family did demolish the ceiling, but the municipality returned 2 days ago and ordered them to demolish the walls as well as threatening them if they do not carry out the demolition, the municipality crews will do so and fine them with 60,000 shekels as a fine and 45,000 shekels for the demolition costs.

  • On the same day, IOF notified 3 under-construction houses in al-Maniya village, southeast of Bethlehem, allegedly for unlicensed construction.

Director of the Colonization and Wall Resistance Commission in Bethlehem, Hasan Breijiyeh said that IOF notified 3 under-construction houses belonging to ‘Abed Rabo al-Kawazbah in al-Maniya village.  Each house is of 2 floors and 500 sqms.  Breijiyeh added that the notices gave the owner only 96 hours to demolish.

  • In the same afternoon, Salman Abu Sbeitan self-demolished his house in al-Tour neighborhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, pursuant to the Israeli Municipality’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Soliman Abu Sbeitan said that he started building the house 9 months ago on an area of 90 sqms to live with his wife and kid.  He added that the house was still under construction when the Israeli Municipality issued an administrative decision to demolish it.  Abu Sbeitan said that he restored to the Israeli court and hired a lawyer, but the court insisted on the demolition decision and threatened to fine him with 80,000 shekels if he did not carry out the demolition.  Abu Sbeitan said that he had to self-demolish the house especially that he cannot afford paying such a high fine and lack of vacancies in Jerusalem, as he was a former prisoner in the Israeli jails.

  • At approximately 09:30 on Monday, 18 October 2021, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle, a bulldozer and an excavator moved into Sakka village in western Dura, southwest of Hebron. IOF deployed in the area while the vehicles started to demolish an under-construction house built of bricks on an area of 130 sqms belonging to Ahmed ‘Issa Taha al-Jawa’adah (35) under the pretext of unlicensed construction. The house is only 150 meters away from the annexation wall and Ahmed was supposed to move in with his family of 4 children.

It should be noted that Ahmed received a notice to demolish the new building according to Military Order (1797) issued in 2018 while the notices was issued on 22 August 2021 and gave Ahmed only 96 house to appeal.

  • At approximately 11:00, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle, a bulldozer and 2 excavators moved into Farsh al-Hawa area, west of Hebron. IOF deployed in the area and started demolishing an under-construction 2-storey house built of stone and concrete on 170 sqms as well as a water well of 300 cubic meters belonging to Eyad Naser ‘Ali ‘Amr (37) from Hebron.

It should be noted that the Israeli authorities had notified Eyad ‘Amer on 06 October 2021 in reference to Military Order (1797), which gives the owner of a notified facility only 96 hours to appeal before the competent authorities at the Israeli Civil Administration.

Eyad ‘Amr said that the Israeli Civil Administration lately visited the building, and its officer did not order to stop construction works, which we started in 10 June 2021; I was surprised with the decision fixed to the house 0n 06 October 2021.  ‘Amr emphasized that the construction of the house so far has cost 50,000 shekels and is built on part of a 500-sqm land in Area C, which is only 120 meters away from the bypass road.

  • At approximately 11:00, IOF accompanied with a bulldozer and an Israeli Civil Administration SUV moved into Tayasir village in eastern Tubas. The bulldozer destroyed a paved street between al-Harayeq and Beer Jaber areas, north of the village.  The house destroyed is 1.6 kilometers and paved that cost USD 130,000 funded by the Ministry of Local Governance.  The street was destroyed without any warning, claiming that the street is located in Area C.
  • At approximately 12:00 on Tuesday, 19 October 2021, IOF accompanied with a construction SUV and bulldozer moved into Ya’bud village, southwest of Jenin. The bulldozer destroyed a paved street that connects Ya’bud village with Mariha village, northwest of the village, claiming that the street was established in Area C.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Wednesday, 20 October 2021, Israeli municipality’s bulldozers demolished a carwash and foundations of a retaining fence in Abu Tayeh neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of unlicensed building.

Hatem al-‘Abbasi said that IOF demolished a retaining wall, which his family built in Abu Tayeh neighborhood, and the family lost more than 140,000 shekels to dig and build a retaining fence in favor of the neighborhood.  He added that instead of establishing and funding the fence to protect the families living on the mountain in the area, the Israeli municipality has haunted the families and handed them an administrative decision to demolish the fence foundations immediately.  As a result, they rented a bulldozer and removed part of the foundations, intending to continue the demolition in the coming days; however, the municipality crews did not give them the time and moved into the neighborhood in the early morning and demolished the rest of the fence foundations.  Al-‘Abbasi said that the Israeli municipality handed him a fine of 70,000 shekels for the demolition costs.  It should be noted that IOF demolished a carwash before withdrawing from the neighborhood.  The carwash was built of tinplate on a land belonging to Abu Hussein family only a week ago, supporting 2 families.  IOF also levelled the land.

  • Around the same time, IOF demolished the foundations of a house and levelled an agricultural land in Khalayel al-Loz area, southeast of Bethlehem, as well as handing demolition notices to several facilities in the nearby Khalayel al-Nahlah area.

Rateb ‘Abyyat, head of Hendazah Village Council, said that IOF razed lands planted with olive seedlings on 10 dunums belonging to Ibrahim ‘Abed ‘Abbyat.  He added that IOF notified an under-construction house belonging to Mahmoud Ibrahim ‘Abbyyat in nearby Khalayel al-Nahlah area and caravans belonging to Fadi ‘Adel ‘Abbyat.

Settlers’ attacks on civilians and their property:

  • At approximately 00:00 on Thursday, 14 October 2021, a group of settlers from “‘Aadi ‘Aad” settlement, northeast of Ramallah, sneaked into a plot of land planted with olive trees near the fence surrounding the settlement in “Bab al-Kharjah” and “Abu al-Mwas” areas, northwest of al-Mughayyir village, northeast of Ramallah. The settlers cut and damaged 135 olive trees planted 20 to 26 years ago.  They cut the branches with sharp tool and damaged 105 trees owned by Jamil ‘Abdullah NAser al-Na’asan (52), who supports a family of 6, including 3 girls and a child whule Ratib ‘Abdullah Naser al-Na’asan, who supports a family of 8, including 3 children and 3 girls, owned 30 trees of those damaged.

Jamil al-Na’asan said to PCHR’s fieldworker:

“I own a 9-dunum plot of land, where I planted 265 olive seedlings back in 1996, particularly in in Bab al-Kharjah area that is 3 kilometers away from the residential houses in al-Mughayyir village.  I used to go everyday there to check on my trees and look after them; however, in 2002 when “‘Aadi ‘Aad” settlement was established on our agricultural lands, we were only allowed to enter the area during the olive harvest season and even plowing the land was banned except for some times and sporadically.”  He added, “In the last olive harvest season, the Israeli settlers damaged around 160 olive trees in my land, cut some of them and sprayed toxic chemicals at them, completely damaging them.  Thus, I filed a complaint at the Israeli police but in vain.  In the current olive harvest season, the settlers continued to cut the rest of the olive trees (around 105), so I lost all the trees I took care of like they were my kids.  The trees were a source of income for my family, noting that a tree produces around 40 kilos of olives.” He said, “The Israeli settlers did not suffice with cutting the trees, but when we, the farmers, along with Palestinian Israeli Liaison officers came to the area on Thursday morning to assess the damage, we were surprised with settlers’ attacking us and pepper-spraying our faces.  They tried to set the grass surrounding the trees on fire, causing partial damage in the agricultural lands.”

It is noteworthy that the al-Mughayyir village is 30 kilometers away to the northeast of Ramallah, where around 2,900 persons live, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics in 2010.  Most of the village lands are in the eastern side of the village, reaching the Jordan River, with a total area of ​​33,055 dunums. The Israeli occupation authorities confiscated more than 37 dunums of the village lands in favor of Bypass Road 458. The areas (31,360 dunums) classified as C according to the Oslo Accords constitute 95% of the village under the full control of the Israeli occupation while only 5% is classified as Area B (1,695 dunums).

  • At approximately 19:00 on Saturday, 16 October 2021, Israeli settlers assaulted Hasan Ref’at Subhi (21) from “Beit Safafa” village, south of occupied East Jerusalem and threw stones at his vehicles when he was on his way back home from work. As a result, he sustained wounds in his face and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Ref’at Subhi, Hasan’s father, said that settlers assaulted his son Hasan, who was with his friend, when he stopped at a traffic light near al-Tantour intersection and at the entrance to Safafa village.  He added that at the time many settlers were crossing the street and then threw stones at his son’s vehicle after knowing he was Palestinian.  They also insulted him and his friend and tried to break the windows and punched them.  His son sustained wounds in his face after a stone hit him and an ambulance took him to the hospital for treatment.

  • At approximately 17:20, a group of settlers from “Kerem Alim” settlement, northern Ramallah, raided Palestinian lands and cut at least 200 olive trees (30 year-old). The destroyed trees belong to Thyab Ladadwa – 140 trees; and brothers Abdulrahm and Abdullah Ladadwa – 60 trees together.

Closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement of persons and goods:

The Gaza Strip:

The Israeli authorities continued to impose collective punishments against the people of the Gaza Strip, including tightened restrictions on imports and exports, causing a serious deterioration in Palestinians’ enjoyment of their economic and cultural rights.

The West Bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of 43 temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals, where IOF searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested 2 of them. IOF reinforced its restrictions on civilians’ freedom of movement at its permanent checkpoints in the West Bank and shut some checkpoints for several hours on multiple occasions.

Here follows PCHR documentation of restrictions on the freedom of movement and IOF-established temporary checkpoints across the West Bank this week:

Jerusalem:

  • On Sunday, 17 October 2021, IOF tightened its restrictions at Jabe’a checkpoint and blocked traffic.
  • On Monday, 18 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-‘Issawiya village.
  • On Tuesday, 19 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at ‘Ein al-Lozeh neighborhood in Silwan village.

Ramallah:

  • On Saturday, 16 October 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints in Serda village on the Ramallah-Birzeit main road).
  • On Sunday, 17 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-Mazra’ah al-Sharqiyah village.
  • On Monday, 18 October 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Kafr ‘Ein, al-Nabi Saleh and under the bridge of ‘Ein Yabrud village.

Jericho:

  • On Monday, 17 October 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to southern and northern Jericho.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 14 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Qadi Foqin village and in ‘Aqbet Hasna area.
  • On Saturday, 15 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint near Balal Ben Rabah Mosque and at the northern entrance to Bethlehem.
  • On Sunday, 17 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village.
  • On Monday, 18 October 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints near al-Nashash area and at the entrance to Wadi Foqin village.
  • On Tuesday, 19 October 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to Nahali and al-Jab’ah villages and near al-Nashash intersection.
  • On Wednesday, 20 October 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints in ‘Aqbet Hasnah area and enar al-Nashash intersection.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 14 October 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at entrances to Beit Ummar, Sa’ir and al-Shyoukh villages.
  • On Friday, 15 October 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to western Hebron, Beit ‘Awwa, Ethna villages and southern Hebron.
  • On Saturday, 16 October 2021, IOF established 5checkpoints at the entrances to al-‘Arroub refugee camp, Beit ‘Ayoun, al-Jalajel and Bani Na’im villages and northern Hebron.
  • On Tuesday, 19 October 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances Beit Ummar and western Hebron.

Jenin:

  • On Thursday, 14 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint Ya’bud village intersection.
  • On Friday, 15 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at ‘Ya’bud village Intersection.

Qalqilya:

  • On Friday, 15 October 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to ‘Azoun and ‘Izzbit al-Tabib villages in eastern Qalqilya.
  • On Monday, 18 October 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Jayous, ‘Azoun and ‘Izzbit al-Tabib villages, in eastern Qalqilya.

Yellow Vests ‘Season 2’ begins – are Season 1’s always better?

October 21, 2021

Yellow Vests ‘Season 2’ begins – are Season 1’s always better?

By Ramin Mazaheri posted with permission and cross-posted with PressTV

Last weekend, after more than one and half years away, the Yellow Vests hit the streets again for what they are calling “Season 2”.

You’re going to laugh and say, “But Season 2 of television programs are always worse!” Sure, for TV shows which turn out to be lousy. I find it hard to imagine that the Yellow Vests are going to sour into something unwatchable – in 2019 it was global can’t-miss politics.

The Yellow Vests poised to restart marching in Paris: The Bastille monument is in the background and a “Stop the genocide of the Gauls” sign is at the head of the demonstration. Photo Credit: Ramin Mazaheri

French President Emmanuel Macron may appreciate the coronavirus because it provided the only time in his term, other than his first several months when the streets weren’t swarming with protesters. There are self-centered Americans who claim that the corona hysteria was amplified in the West to push Donald Trump into losing re-election – some egotistical French say the hysteria was manipulated to get the Yellow Vests off the streets. Neither egos are totally out of control here, if you ask me.

Most everyone in France I talked with about the Vesters had the same response about Season 2: “The Yellow Vests still exist?” That’s fair – it has been a while.

I hate sounding like the perpetually self-referential Chris Cuomo of CNN, but no journalist in French or English attended more Yellow Vest demonstrations than I did… and even I had to catch up on what happened in the different epoch of 2019!

All I can say after doing so is – wow… France’s state-sponsored repression in 2019 boggles the mind and stuns the pen. It should not be forgotten, and someone needs to get it right.

Which is why at the end of 2019 I thought it was necessary journalism to compile this, A News Chronology of France in 2019: The Year of Yellow Vest Rebellion. I recommend it to anyone who wants to know exactly what happened in 2019, in what order, how, and why. It is 11,000 words but reviewing how the Yellow Vest phenomenon arose and exploded, and the depths to which France descended to repress it, make for astounding reading even if Chris Cuomo would have penned it.

To condense it all into two lines from the introduction: “The metronomic sadism of certain, massive state violence was not at all a normal state of affairs, and yet Parisians were expending all their psychic energy to convince themselves that everything was indeed ‘normal’. … The question that France cannot quite answer is: are they still the coloniser, or are they now colonised?

Disgusting Eric Zemmour, who has risen to third in the April 2022 presidential polls, will say that France is the colonised – by Muslims. Nonsense: somehow the lowest socioeconomic class is the one pulling the strings which gutted France’s middle class? Yet he still gets all the airtime in the world. The Yellow Vests, however, get it right – France has been colonised by the European Union, which is indeed a neo-imperialist project that is openly and repeatedly anti-democratic. For this Vesters get no airtime.

But they do get plenty of tear gas (a more powerful type began getting used in March 2019), and rubber bullets (or “flash balls” shot from “defense ball launchers” per the MSM), from a new police chief who was hired because the Prime Minister said that “Inappropriate orders were given to reduce the use of LBD (rubber bullets)” by the previous police chief, while protesters were forbidden from covering their face (are corona masks ok now?).

You really can’t make this stuff up: remember the “anti-Yellow Vest law”, the lockdowns, the deployment of the army, the reactionary and short-lived “Red Scarves”, the fake turnout numbers, the fact that Macron didn’t even utter the words “Yellow Vests” until April 25, the banning of rural demonstrations, the tear-gassed tourists on Bastille Day, Lobstergate, etc.

So, yes, Mr. and Mrs. Jean Q. Frenchy stopped going to protests around mid-May 2019. You can say the Yellow Vests grew unpopular but you’d be wrong – they were consistently around a 60% approval rating, which is a staggeringly high number for a protest movement, and a great score for a political party.

But don’t forget the victories: they stopped Macron’s privatisation of the airports, they forced him to back down on yet another austerity budget (thus ending 9 years of austerity), they got €10 billion in concessions (which was credited to raising France’s 2019 Q3 growth rate of 0.3% (remember how many years of awful quarters they had when 0.3% quarterly growth would be trumped up as proof of austerity’s success!)), they must get credit for inspiring the 2019/20 General Strike (France’s longest labor movement in history) and also – they refused to give up.

These are low numbers, because how many hurt protesters (including tourists) didn’t report their injuries, but the 1-year tally in late November was 11,000 arrests, 2,000 convictions, 1,000 imprisoned, 5,000 seriously hurt and 1,000 critically injured.

Incredible… and yet France continued to claim to be a leader in human and political rights all the while. As if Danton and Robespierre wouldn’t have guillotined themselves rather than be associated with the French government of today….

But we all know what happened right after the French union-led, which is to say incompetently-led, General Strike failed: ”2 weeks to flatten the curve!”

Well, at least it gave France a reason to have a new type of state of emergency. Recall that those started under Francois Hollande – executive branch power-grabs are not something started by Macron.

Season 2 of the West’s most advanced political group

Oh, wait – aren’t they Islamophobic, per the repeated accusations of the MSM? Well, then why did the head of the Paris demonstration feature a Muslim woman wearing a hijab?

Photo Credit: Ramin Mazaheri

In 2019 they marched against both anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, by the way.

Nothing says, “The spirit of les Lumières (the Enlightenment)” like a machine gun at a peaceful, unarmed demonstration. Guess they don’t need to call out the army anymore?

Photo Credit: Ramin Mazaheri

I counted about 1,000 at one of the Paris protests on the opening act of Season 2, and I estimated there were 300 planned demonstrations nationwide. The Yellow Vests have always been a rural-based movement, and because the MSM dismisses and denigrates rural areas they have consistently undercounted Vester demos by a third. Here’s a shot of the Paris demonstration to see for yourself. Notice the Palestinian flag, even though Vesters are surely racist, Islamophobic, pro-imperialist, etc.?

Photo Credit: Ramin Mazaheri

Here’s the TV report we at PressTV did on Act 1, Season 2 – you may not find any others. I surprisingly did see a lone major French media there, which was a huge increase from the usual French media presence of “none”. An RT colleague was there, as always, so it was quite the same as it was from mid-May 2019 onwards – mostly just the Russians and the Iranians covering the Yellow Vests.

So what’s going to happen this season?

Well, the resumption of regular weekend repression of protesters would surely hurt Macron’s re-election chances, but will the average Jean and Jeanne Frenchy join them? Believe it or not, many people don’t like being tear gassed in 2021 as much as they didn’t like it in 2019. The massive state repression, the criminalisation, the tear gas, the beatings, the fines, the intrusive searches, the portraying of political protesters as mere rioters – the whole point was to scare away the average Frenchman, and it definitely worked.

People here tell me that Macron will just buy voters off with some one-off payments before the election, but Americans told me the same thing about Trump – I note that he did not.

The world is not going to lock itself down to sway the French election, like many said it seemed to do for the US election; the Western 1% really doesn’t care what happens to French protesters, and 2019 proved that emphatically.

If you’re going to pin me down for an early prediction, and fairly ask this foreign correspondent what exactly is going on in France, then at this point I’d say: Macron wins re-election regardless of how much petrol increases, inflation rises, the Vesters march, etc. for a simple reason:

The West postures on 18th century political and social achievements, largely disavowing 20th-century advances in political thought and anti-imperialism. Thus, France is a far-right country with a host of recent massacres, violence and repression which are forgotten or covered up as soon as the smoke clears – look at the Yellow Vests of 2019. The Yellow Vests are emphatically not poseurs, but they were and likely will be incredibly suppressed ahead of the presidential election.

Apathy is always the forerunner of catastrophe – however, perhaps France will grasp that and not cede the political field to the economic and social far-right (Macron, Le Pen, Zemmour)?

The story of French political modernity is not over – Season 2 has only begun.


Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for PressTV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. He is the author of Socialisms Ignored Success: Iranian Islamic Socialism’ as well as ‘I’ll Ruin Everything You Are: Ending Western Propaganda on Red China’, which is also available in simplified and traditional Chinese.

Photos by Ramin Mazaheri

Jewish Settlers Steal Olive Harvesting Tools, Crops from Palestinian Lands

October 20, 2021

Jewish settlers, backed by Israeli soldiers, harass Palestinian olive harvesters in the Occupied West Bank. (Photo: via Twitter)

Jewish settlers on Wednesday stole harvesting tools and olive crops from Palestinian lands in the northern occupied West Bank, according to the official Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settler activities, told WAFA that residents of Qaryout village, south of Nablus, noticed that the olive harvest tools were missing.


The farmers used the tools to pick the olives in their lands located near the illegal Jewish settlement of Shavot Rahel were missing.

Daghlas added that the Palestinian farmers managed to stop the Jewish settlers who were stealing their crops and kick them out of their lands.

Jewish settlers intensify their assault against Palestinian farmers during the olive harvest season, considered one of the main sources of income for Palestinians. They often synchronize their raids and assaults with Israeli soldiers, who provide them with cover and protection.

(WAFA, PC, Social Media)

Unbreakable Wills: Six Stomachs Empty Until Freedom

October 21, 2021

Unbreakable Wills: Six Stomachs Empty Until Freedom

By Al-Ahed News

Unbreakable Wills: Six Stomachs Empty Until Freedom

Related Videos

The prisoners continue the battle of the empty intestines and repeat the words “house” or “martyr.”
Baby prisoner Kaid Al-Fasvos appeals to the world to save her father

Related News

Abu Mujahid: Wafaa Al-Ahrar Deal a Complete Shift for Palestinian Resistance

Oct 18, 2021

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen

The Director of the media office of the Palestinian Popular Resistance Committees Muhammad Al-Buraim (Abu Mujahid), says that liberating prisoners will remain a priority.

Visual search query image
Abu Mujahid: Wafaa Al-Ahrar deal will remain engraved in the memory of the Palestinian people

The Director of the Media Office of the Palestinian Popular Resistance Committees Muhammad Al-Buraim (Abu Mujahid) stated on Monday, that the “Wafa Al-Ahrar” deal is considered a complete shift in the history of the Palestinian resistance, and proved that the will and determination of the Palestinian resistance are stronger than Zionist tyranny.

Abu Mujahid emphasized that the Wafaa Al-Ahrar deal remains engraved in the memory of our Palestinian people symbolizing a crucial victory over the Zionist enemy.

In October 2011, after an Israeli soldier was kidnapped and held captive for over five years, more than 1,400 Palestinian prisoners were released from occupation prisons.

Abu Mujahid saluted the heroic prisoners in the occupation prisons, led by the prisoners who are engaging in hunger strikes, and those who executed the Freedom Tunnel escape from Gilboa Prison.

The comments of Abu Mujahid come during a time where over 400 Islamic Jihad prisoners are continuing their open hunger strike in the Israeli occupation prisons, refusing their administrative detentions. Among the prisoners are Kayed Al-Fasfous, who has been on a hunger strike for 95 days, and Miqdad Al-Qawasmi, on a hunger strike for 88 days and suffering major health complications.

On Sunday, the Islamic Jihad’s media official Daoud Shehab disclosed to Al Mayadeen that the Israeli Prison Authority has gradually begun to retreat from its position as a result of direct negotiations with the leadership of the movement.

It is noteworthy that the occupation had tightened its measures within prisons, after the Gilboa prison break. 

An Empty Building with a Tattered Flag: Palestinians Have No Voice in Washington

October 11th, 2021

By Miko Peled

Source

Sad to say, the role of the head of the PLO office in Washington was in fact little more than that of a punching bag for the television networks.

WASHINGTON  In January of 2021 Reuters reported on “U.S. President Joe Biden’s plan to work to reopen the Palestinians’ diplomatic mission in Washington.” The office was closed down by then-President Donald Trump almost 25 years to the day after the signing of the Oslo Accords at the White House. The report mentions some of the legal and political hurdles that stand in the way of this plan, many of which were put in place during the Trump administration precisely for the purpose of preventing the mission’s reopening.

No diplomatic status

The Reuters piece referred to the office as a “diplomatic mission;” however, no one in that office enjoyed diplomatic status; it was the PLO office in Washington and not a diplomatic mission. The PLO did not enjoy diplomatic status and although some referred to the head of the mission as “Mr. Ambassador,” he was not an ambassador. Sad to say, the role of the head of the PLO office was in fact little more than that of a punching bag for the television networks.

Since placing the blame for the violence in Palestine squarely on Israel, where it belongs, is not done in the corporate media, every time CNN or one of the other networks needed a Palestinian to blame for Israel’s brutal attacks on Palestinian civilians the PLO representative would be called on. The role also included traveling and speaking at events as the representative of the Palestinian people.

No Palestinian representation

The problem is that the person filling the role of PLO representative in Washington does not represent the Palestinian people. He, or in some cases she, represents the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinian Authority does not represent the Palestinian people either.

The Palestinian Authority and its representatives do not represent the millions of Palestinian people who live in the Naqab or Lyd, the Galilee or Jerusalem. Nor does the PA represent the millions of Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip or those who live in the Palestinian refugee camps spread across the Arab World. The heads of the PLO missions are representatives of the PLO, which represents the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, which represents no one but themselves.

Financial and legal hurdles

According to the Reuters report, “under an anti-terror amendment passed by Congress and signed into law by Trump in 2019, the Palestinians would become liable for $655.5 million in financial penalties against them in U.S. courts if they open an office in the United States.”

This enormous sum of money comes from lawsuits by 11 American families who sought to hold the PA and PLO liable for armed resistance acts between 2002 and 2004 in which several Americans were also killed. It should be noted that in 2018 the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider awarding those claims, upholding a lower court ruling that there was no jurisdiction for attacks outside the U.S.

But that is not all. Palestinian political prisoners are referred to by Israel and Zionists around the world as “terrorists.” They receive a stipend from the Palestinian authority so that their families can survive. As the Reuters report correctly states, the Taylor Force Act, passed by Congress in 2018, restricts aid to the Palestinian Authority until it agrees to stop payments to the families of people jailed by Israel. The Act specifically reads:

Congress makes the following findings:

(1) The Palestinian Authority’s practice of paying salaries to terrorists serving in Israeli prisons, as well as to the families of deceased terrorists, is an incentive to commit acts of terror.

This is flawed in several ways. First of all, it is ridiculous to assert that a Palestinian, or any individual for that matter, would be incentivized to risk dying or risk imprisonment and torture by Israel just so that their family could receive the miserly allowance from the Palestinian Authority. Furthermore, the issue of prisoners is one that is dear to the Palestinian people. Palestinians deeply appreciate the enormous sacrifice the prisoners pay. Ending the payments to the families, who often have no other source of income, is plain cruelty.

A flag

A photo of the building on Wisconsin Avenue in Washington, which used to house the PLO office, was also included in the Reuters piece.

What is a flag but a piece of colored cloth? The answer to that has to do with the circumstances surrounding the flag. The flag of Israel, for example, represents violence, racism, tyranny, oppression, and apartheid. The Palestinian flag represents resistance to all of that. In the photo in the Reuters piece the Palestinian flag is hanging on the building. However, that was three or four years ago.

Today, the building is empty, and the flag, which still hangs, is in tatters. Was it forgotten or maybe left there by design? Either way, it represents the state of the Palestinian reality. The piece of cloth that still hangs from the building used to have the Palestinian colors and is now a tattered piece of cloth no one cares about. It is symbolic of the situation in Palestine and of how Palestine is viewed in Washington.

The PLO Office in Washington has been closed since 2018.

No one currently represents Palestinian interests in the U.S. capital. There is no discussion on the rights of the millions of Palestinian refugees languishing in camps; there is no discussion on the rights of thousands of Palestinians shot and injured by Israel and left disabled; there is no discussion of the families whose loved ones are dead or injured and have no means of livelihood; there is no discussion on the rights of countless thousands of Palestinians who were tortured by Israel, spent years in Israeli prisons and were left permanently disabled. Finally, there is no serious demand that the United States end its support and impose harsh sanctions on Israel. Sadly, bringing back a representative of the Palestinian Authority will not change that.

Lebanese fascist group fires on peaceful protest, sparks wider conflict

Oct 15, 2021

Interview with Rania Khalek from Breakthrough News

Al-Quds Brigades Announce General Mobilization to Defend Detainees in ‘Israeli’ Occupation Prisons

October 15, 2021

Al-Quds Brigades Announce General Mobilization to Defend Detainees in ‘Israeli’ Occupation Prisons

By Staff

Secretary General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad resistance movement in Occupied Palestine Ziad al-Nakhala asserted that the movement won’t leave its sons as victims in the arms of the enemy inside the occupation prisons, and therefore will be by their side and back them up as much as it can, “even if that requires going to a war for their good.”

“No agreement or anything else will prevent us from doing so,” al-Nakhala added in a brief statement on Wednesday evening.

For its part, al-Quds Brigades, the Islamic Jihad military wing, announced in a statement the general mobilization among its fighters.

“We are completely poised and at full readiness after we had received the declaration of the SG about the conditions our heroic detainees are being exposed to inside the occupation prisons with a big responsibility”, it added.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Club had asserted earlier that part of the Islamic Jihad detainees have started a hunger strike, as they are asking the occupation prisons administration to halt its increased, cruel measures it had imposed on them and that mainly aim at the organizational structure of the Islamic Jihad through current measures.

The leading body of the Islamic Jihad Movement asserted that its resistance fighters in all the prisons are on a hunger strike entitled “The battle of defending the heritage of the detainee’s movement and its organizational structure.”

The commission pointed out that ending the strike won’t be possible unless a consultation takes place between the members of the highest leadership commission, the Representation Commission of the Islamic Jihad, the chief wardens, and the General Consultative Council.

It also called for the return of the members of Islamic Jihad to the sections, cells, and places of detention they had been in before September 6, along with assembling them in Ramon, Majdo, and Ofer prisons in three sections only.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (07 – 13 October 2021)

14.10.2021

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (07 – 13 October 2021)

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine

7 – 13 October 2021

IOF excessive use of force in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

5 Palestinians wounded, including 3 children, in the West Bank

Fishing boat confiscated and 8 IOF shootings at Palestinians’ fishing boats reported at the Gaza sea

IOF shoot at Gaza Municipal Crews putting out a fire at landfill in eastern Gaza

In 154 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 76 civilians arrested, including 22 children, and a woman

Two IOF incursions into eastern Gaza, and two Palestinians arrested while attempting to cross the Gaza border area

IOF arrest Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, head of the Supreme Islamic Council and preacher of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and ban him from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque for a week

3 houses demolished; graveyard bulldozed in occupied East Jerusalem

40 dunums of land received confiscation notice. Works stopped in lands in Hebron and Ramallah.

New settlement road constructed on a bypass road built on Palestinian lands in eastern Bethlehem

Settler-attack: olive trees cut, Palestinian civilians and vehicles assaulted in the West Bank

IOF established 56 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested one Palestinian on said checkpoints

Summary

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse, and attacks on civilians, turning the West Bank into isolated blocks of land. Dozens of Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians in Hebron under Israeli military protection.

The Israeli settlement expansion works continued on Palestinian lands and properties. Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip enters its 15th year under closure, exacerbating the humanitarian hardships across the territory.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity

IOF wounded 5 Palestinians, including 3 children, in excessive use of force in the West Bank: 3, including a child, were wounded in IOF assault on Kafr Qaddum weekly protest; a child in an IOF incursion into Tamun; another child was shot by IOF soldiers in Silwad before arresting him – he was transferred to an Israeli hospital.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF opened fire 8 times at fishing boats in the Gaza Sea and confiscated 1. IOF opened fire twice on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza and shot at municipal crews putting out a fire at landfill in eastern Juhr al-Dik.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 154 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 76 Palestinians were arrested, including 22 children and a woman.

Demolitions:

  • Occupied East Jerusalem: two residential barracks demolished in Bab al-Shams; graveyard bulldozed; a dwelling dismantled in Abu Nowar Bedouin community.
  • Hebron: cease-construction notice served against a land in Yatta
  • Ramallah: lands bulldozed and cease-construction notice served in Ni’lin
  • Salfit: 40-dunums receive confiscation notice in Yasuf.
  • Bethlehem: new settlement road constructed on a bypass road built on Palestinian lands in eastern Bethlehem

Settler-attacks

  • Hebron: 100 olive tree seedlings cut in Tarqumiyah; shepherd assaulted in eastern ad-Dhahiriya.
  • Occupied East Jerusalem: Palestinian civilians, and a vehicle assaulted – one wounded, several windshields smashed in Beit Iksa.
  • Salfit: vehicles assaulted and vandalized

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement

The Israeli occupation authorities continued to ban the entry of dozens of goods, including construction materials, in collective punishment measures against the Gaza Strip as the Israeli closure imposed on the territory entered its 15th year, without an end in sight that would fulfil Palestinians’ right to enjoy their economic, social, and cultural rights.

Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the 2000 Second Intifada -still closed to this date- and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest, especially at al-Karama border crossing, alongside the Palestinian-Jordanian border.

Shooting and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity

  • At approximately 03:00 on Thursday, 7 October 2021, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. The shooting continued until 05:30. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 02:00 on Friday, 8 October 2021, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 12:30 on Friday, 24 September 2021, IOF stationed on the northern entrance to Kafr Qaddum village, northern Qalqilya, suppressed a peaceful protest led by dozens of Palestinians. IOF chased the protestors and clashed with them; IOF fired bullets, tear gas canisters and stun grenades. As a result, 3 Palestinians, including a child, sustained bullet wounds in the back and extremities.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, and fired light bombs in the sky, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 12:00 on Saturday, 9 October 2021, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. The shooting recurred at 19:30 and 22:30. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF arrested Anas S. Mahmoud (17) and Obada M. Abu-Jum’a after assaulting both of them; IOF was forcing civilians out of Bab al-Amoud in Jerusalem. Dozens of Palestinians had gathered in Bab al-Amoud, protesting the ban on entering the area for the past 3 days. Meanwhile, IOF, mounted police, and canines, chased and assaulted Palestinians. Clashes broke out in the area, IOF fired sound bombs intensely, causing terror among the public.
  • At approximately 08:45 on Sunday, 10 October 2021, IOF stationed along Gaza border area opened in eastern Khuza’a, Khan Younis. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 18:15, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 02:15, on Monday, 11 October 2021, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:30, IOF stationed along Gaza border area opened fire in eastern al-Qarara, Khan Younis. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 19:30, IOF stationed along Gaza border area opened fire at municipal crews putting out a fire in a landfill in eastern Juhr al-Dik, Gaza. They were forced to flee for safety.

Emad Helles, Head of Solid Waste Treatment Department at the Gaza Municipality, told PCHR’s fieldworker:

“At approximately 19:30, four employees of the Gaza Municipality went to the landfill located east of Wadi Gaza, accompanied by a construction vehicle and a municipal water vehicle to put out a fire that broke out there. After they arrived and as they were trying to put out the fire, an Israeli military SUV came and stopped inside the border fence, about 100 meters from their location. A number of soldiers got out of the SUV and opened fire at them. They were forced to flee, fearing for their lives. About an hour later, the municipal crews returned to the place after coordinating with the occupation authorities through the Palestinian Civil Affairs Office. Within two hours, the municipal crew managed  to put out the fire.”

Helles also reported that military drones were flying over the area as the fire was being put out.

  • At approximately 20:00, IOF assaulted Palestinians in Bab al-Amoud for the 4th consecutive day, chased them in the neighboring areas and assaulted them amidst heavy firing of sound bombs. IOF evacuated the area with force and shut it completely with large police presence. IOF arrested Sultan M. Shwaiki (16) after assaulting him.
  • At approximately 04:00 on Tuesday, 12 October 2021, IOF moved into Tamun in Jenin. Palestinians gathered as IOF entered the village; the soldiers fired rubber and live bullets, tear gas canisters and stun grenades. As a result, a child sustained a live bullet in the left thigh; he was taken to hospital for treatment. Several other Palestinians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and received treatment in the field.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF gunboats in the southern Gaza sea confiscated a fishing boat (rowboat) and took it to an unknown location. According to fisherman, Ibrahim A. Miqdad (26), IOF confiscated his boat while anchored at 6 nautical miles. At approximately 17:00, he went into sea with two other fishermen to the location where they had anchored his confiscated boat. He said that the boat is used for lighting purposes, and the fishermen left it at sea as a mark of where they work. The boat had a generator, anchors, and flashlights on it.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF stationed near Silwad entrance, northeastern Ramallah, opened fire at a child standing 100 meters away. They arrested him and took him to a hospital in Israel. The wounded child is 15-year-old Yanal Haytham Ameen Hamed.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF assaulted Palestinians in Bab al-Amoud for the 5th consecutive day, chased them in the neighboring areas and assaulted them amidst heavy firing of sound bombs. IOF evacuated the area with force and shut it completely with large police presence. IOF fired sound bombs, and pumped sewage water at shops, vehicles, and passersby, making the whole area smell unbearably foul. Nonetheless, dozens of Palestinians gathered in protest to IOF practices. Meanwhile, several armed settlers came and provoked Palestinians, insulting them and threatening them. IOF assaulted the Palestinians violently, and arrested 4 children: Yehia Badran (16), Hamza al-Shaweesh (16), Mohammed Abu Snaina (16), and Montaser al-Hassouni (15).
  • At approximately 02:00 on Wednesday, 13 October 2021, IOF moved into Beit Ummar, northern Hebron, and raided Issa Ibrahim Ekhlail’s (24) house. They searched the house and withdrew later. The clashed with Palestinians in the area, fired tear gas and sound bombs at them; the locals threw rocks at the military reinforcements. As a result, several Palestinians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. IOF soldiers deployed in the area, and smashed Rebhi Tumar Ekhlail’s windshield. IOF later withdrew.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Wednesday, 13 October, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 6 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF assaulted Palestinians in Bab al-Amoud for the 6th consecutive day, chased them in the neighboring areas and assaulted them amidst heavy firing of sound bombs. IOF evacuated the area with force and shut it completely with large police presence. IOF fired sound bombs, and pumped sewage water at shops, vehicles and passersby, making the whole area smell unbearably foul. IOF stopped a vehicle near Musrara roundabout, assaulted the passengers and forced them out while assaulting them. IOF also chased a 16-year-old in the area, causing him to fall and break his leg.

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 07 October 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00, IOF arrested Islam Mahmoud Shahwan (25), after raiding and searching his house in Hable village, south of Qalqilya.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Mahmoud Khalil Abu Tarboush (46), and his son, Mohammed (19), after raiding and searching their houses in ‘Azza refugee camp, north of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Adham Mohammed Abu Srour (16), after raiding and searching his house in Dawha, west of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested 3 civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Wadi al-Far’a village, south of Tubas governorate. The arrestees are: Abdul Naser Mustafa Abdul Raziq (56), his son Hussam (26), and Basheer Ghassan Abu Khaizaran (45).
  • At approximately 03:10, IOF arrested Yousef Ibrahim Mustafa Afana (22), after raiding and searching his house in Tal village, southwest of Nablus governorate.
  • At approximately 05:10, IOF arrested Hasan Mohammed al-Zaghal (23), after raiding and searching his house in Zububa, west of Jenin.
  • At approximately 06:00, IOF arrested Ra’fat Fawwaz al-Zaidani (28), after raiding and searching his house in Dayr Jarir village, northeast of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF arrested the activist Mohammed Abu al-Homos (55), while present in the Aqsa Mosque’s yards in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Mo’ayad Mujahed ‘Alqam (29), from Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, after stopping his vehicle in al-Mantara area while returning home from his agricultural land. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 18:05, IOF stationed at al-Jalamah military checkpoint, north of Jenin governorate, arrested Ahmed Bassam Kmeil (26), from Qabatiya, southeast of the city.
  • IOF carried out (9) incursions in Nablus and Jamma’in, southeast of Nablus governorate; Kafr Dan, west of Jenin; Sa’ir, Bayt Kahil, Yatta and Surif villages in Hebron; Beitunia, west of Ramallah governorate; and Jericho. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 08 October 2021

  • At approximately 00:55, IOF stationed at al-Hamra military checkpoint, north of Ramallah, arrested Izz al-Dein Emad Ghareeb, from Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin governorate, while passing through the abovementioned checkpoint.
  • At approximately 02:15, IOF arrested Nimir Talal Zakarnah (22) and his brother, Mohammed (24), after raiding and searching their house in Qabatiya, southeast of Jenin governorate.
  • At approximately 11:30, IOF arrested Mahmoud Zuhair Ishteiwi (26), while present in the Aqsa Mosque’s yards in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested (4) children from al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem, while present in the Aqsa Mosque’s yards in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The arrestees are: Mohammed Hamza Obaid (13), Montaser Naser Sabtah (15), Fares Ahmed Obaid (14) and Mohammed Alaa Obaid (14).
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF arrested Hisham al-Khateeb (32), after raiding and searching his house in al-Jadawil area in Bayt Jala, east of Bethlehem governorate.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Hebron and Fawwar refugee camp in Hebron governorate; and Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 09 January 2021

  • IOF carried out (15) incursions in Arraba, Zububa, Ti’anik, Rumana, Tayibe and ‘Anin villages in Jenin governorate; ‘Anata, Kafr al-Labad, Shufa and Far’un villages in Tulkarm governorate; Dayr Balut and Kafr Thulth in Salfit governorate; Halhul, Surif and Bani Na’im in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 10 October 2021

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested (4) children after raiding and searching their houses in Bayt Fajar. The arrestees are: Mousa Mohammed Dairiyyah (17), Reda Hisham Deiriyyah (16), Radi Mahmoud Deiriyyah (16), and Mohammed Rami Taqatiqah (15).
  • At approximately 06:30, a group of undercover “Mista‘arvim” (Israeli Special Unit dressed like Palestinian civilians) sneaked into Jenin, using a Tundra. Four Mista’rivim get out of the tundra carrying bags and stationed on Abu Bakr street, in the city center, and then arrested Bahaa Ibrahim Abu al-Yaja (30), from Jenin refugee camp, west of the city.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Saleem Sheikha, along with his daughter, Nada, after raiding and searching their house in Anata, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF arrested Ikrama Sa’eed Sabri (82), the Head of the High Islamic Supreme Council, after raiding and searching his house in al-Sawana neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

After releasing Sabri he stated that IOF stormed his house, arrested him, took him to Moscovia Investigation Center and interrogated him for 6 consecutive hours. He clarified that he was interrogated about his speeches in Bab al-Rahma prayer area (Golden Gate), as he was accused of calling for riots inside al-Aqsa Mosque. Sabri indicated that he denied all the charges against him and released on conditions that banning his entry to the Aqsa Mosque for a week.

  • At approximately 13:00, IOF summonsed Jamal ‘Amro (65), a specialist in the Jerusalem Affairs, for investigation at Moscovia Investigation Center in West Jerusalem, after raiding and searching his house in Thuri neighborhood, south of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested Mus’ab Obaidiyyah (27), while present near al-Asbat Gate (Lions’ Gate), one of the Aqsa Mosque’s Gates in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • IOF carried out (10) incursions in Usarin, Bayt Wazan, Beit Iba and Sarra in Nablus governorate; Arraba, Silat al-Harithiya, ‘Anin, Tayibe, Rumana and Ti’anik villages in Jenin governorate. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 11 October 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Saleh Jamal Halabiya along with his brother, Jamal, after raiding and searching their house in Abu Dis village, east of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Sufian Ahmed al-‘Amour (37) and Eissa Mohammed al-‘Amour (38), after raiding and searching their houses in Yatta, south of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Dayr Samet, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate. They raided and searched Dawoud Abdul Wahab al-Horoub’s (36) house, but no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 02:10, IOF arrested Issam Zeyad ‘Amer (23), after raiding and searching his house in Kafr Qallil village, southeast of Nablus governorate.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested (5) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Beita, southeast of Nablus governorate. The arrestees are: Ahmed Abdul Salam Rayyan (32), Arafat Mohammed al-Rafa (42), Rami Jamal Abu Ayyash (25), Ahmed Abdul Hadi al-Shurafa (28), and Suliman Anis Khudair (26).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested (5) civilians, including a child, after raiding and searching their houses in al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. The arrestees are: Mohammed Khader Sbeih (21), Saleh Rizq Mousa (22), Mohammed Hamad Sbeih (16), Ahmed Khaled Mousa (19), and Jehad Omar Salah (22).
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Emran Riyad Haroun (26), after raiding and searching his house in Tulkarm.
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF arrested Anas Taqateqa (30), after raiding and searching his house in Umm Salmuna village, south of Bethlehem.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Tulkarm, Far’un, Tulkarm refugee camp and Nur Shams refugee camp, in Tulkarm governorate. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Jehad Omar al-Sir (22), after raiding and searching his house in al-Khader, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Hisham Abdul Qader Dweikat (19) and Abdul Qader Kayed ‘Adili (30), after raiding and searching their houses in Beita, southeast of Nablus governorate.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Wissam Mousa al-Halayqa (39) and Abdullah Zayed al-Halayqa (38), after raiding and searching their houses in al-Shuyukh village, north of Hebron.
  • At approximately 04:30, IOF arrested Abdullah Ahmed Ikhlayil (25) along with his brother, Saif (22), after raiding and searching their house in Beit Ummar, north of Hebron.
  • At approximately 03:05, Qassam Majd al-Barghouthi (30), after raiding and searching his house in Kaubar, north of Ramallah.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Mousa Mohammed Ladadwah (35), after raiding and searching his house in Abu Shukhaydam village, north of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Maher Zaytoun (13) and Jehad Kayed al-Rajabi (10), after raiding and searching their houses in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested Ayham Sufian al-Hedra (13), after getting out of his school in al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Nuba and Dura villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 12 October 2021

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF arrested Mahmoud Ali al-Douri (17) and Qusai Mousa al-Nouri (17), after raiding and searching their houses on al-Saf street in central Bethlehem.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Nedal Mahmoud Ibdah (44), after stopping him on a temporary military checkpoint established near Hares village, north of Salfit.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Ahed Yousef al-Shomali (22) and Ahmed Mohammed Nasri (28), after raiding and searching their houses in Beit Sahur, east of Bethlehem governorate.
  • At approximately 02:15, IOF arrested Murad Barakat Khudair (28), after raiding and searching his house in Beita, southeast of Nablus governorate.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested Mousa Majed Daghlas (26), after raiding and searching his house in Burqa village, northwest of Nablus governorate.

Settlement Expansion and settler violence in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem

Demolitions, Confiscations, and Notices

  • At approximately 08:00 on Thursday, 07 October 2021, IOF demolished 2 residential barracks belonging to Murad and ‘Omran Mohammed Za’atrah for the third time in al-Zanbah area known as Bab al-Shams village in Az-Za’ayyem village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem.

‘Abdel Qader Qleib, Mayor of Az-Za’ayyem village said that IOF demolished 2 residential barracks built of wood, tinplate and cloth belonging to Murad and ‘Omran for the third time in a year.  He added that IOF demolished 2 dwellings belonging to the brothers first time on 14 December 2020 only 3 months after their marriage while in the second time their dwellings were demolished on 16 June 2021.

It should be noted that Bab al-Shams village was established in 2014 in az-Za’ayyem village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, upon a decision issued by the Palestinian Cabinet to challenge the Israeli settlement activity in the area.   Days after establishing it and setting tents, IOF issued a decision to demolish the village.

  • At approximately 10:30, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle moved into Tal Ma’in area, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. IOF deployed in the area, and the Civil Administration officer handed Sa’id Hamamdah a notice to stop construction works in his land, according to the Israeli Civil Administration’s claims that he infringed upon the monuments in the area.  The Israeli authorities use different claims for the notices they handed to civilians to prevent them from building in Area C.

On Sunday, 10 October 2021, the Israeli municipality bulldozers continued excavation works in al-Shuhadaa’ Cemetery adjacent to al-Yousifiyah Cemetery in al-Asbat Gate area in central occupied East Jerusalem.  As a result, bones and bodies of those who were buried there appeared, enticing rage among civilians who gathered to stop the excavations there.

Head of the Islamic Cemeteries Committee in Jerusalem, Mustafa Abu Zahra, said that the Israeli occupation authorities have continued the razing and excavation works to turn al-Shuhadaa’ Cemetery into a park.  While working in the morning, bodies of Muslims buried there were exhumed, so parts of their bodies appeared. Abu Zahra added that the Israeli Antiquities Authority claimed when it arrived at the cemetery that the workers made a mistake as the instructions directed to them were to work on the site and lay sand without any razing work because it already knows there is a cemetery there. Abu Zahra explained that desecration of the cemetery is humiliating, shocking and unjustified. He added that it is clear that the attack on Al-Shuhadaa’ and Yousifiyah Cemeteries has been ongoing for years, until the excavation and razing works reached archaeological ruins close to the threshold of Bab Al-Asbat.

Therefore, tens of outraged civilians gathered to protest against the desecration of the cemetery in front of it and performed the Maghreb and ‘Ishaa at the entrance.  After the protesters finished ‘Ishaa prayer, IOF attacked them and fired sound bombs at them to disperse them forcibly.

It is noteworthy that the al-Shuhadaa’ and al-Yousifyah cemeteries have been under systematic attack over the past years. In 2014, IOF prevented the burial at al-Shuhadaa’ cemetery and removed 20 graves of Jordanian soldiers who were martyred in 1967.  Meanwhile, in November 2020, they demolished the wall of the cemetery adjacent to al-Asbat Gate, removed its archaeological staircase, closed the stairs leading to it, and built the street that leads from the gate to the Friday Market along the northern wall to Burj al-Laqlaq, under the pretext of excavation and maintenance works. It is noteworthy that the Islamic Cemeteries Committee resorted to the Israeli court and submitted documents proving that the cemetery belongs to the Islamic Endowments.  At the time, the court issued a decision to ban any works in the cemetery, but after a while, a person was buried there; as a result, the grave was taken as an excuse to abolish the decision. In late July, the court’s judge responded to the Israeli municipality and Nature Authority’s request to resume razing the cemetery land after seven months of issuing a precautionary order to stop it. The Yousifiyah cemetery is one of the most famous Islamic cemeteries in Jerusalem. It is located to the north of Al-Asbat Gate and houses the graves of Palestinian families who live in Jerusalem. It also includes to the north al-Shuhadaa’ Cemetery, where the Jordanian soldiers martyred in 1967 are buried.

  • At approximately 07:00 on Tuesday, 12 October 2021, Israeli Civil Administration crews dismantled a dwelling belonging to Soliman al-Jahalin in Abu Nowar Bedouin Compound, east of al-‘Izzariya village, east of occupied East Jerusalem, for the second time and confiscated it.

Al-Jahalin said that Civil Administration and Israeli police moved into the area and closed it.  They dismantled his dwelling built of tinplate and wood for the second time, and then confiscated it. He added that he lived in the 45-sqm dwelling with his wife and 6 children.

It should be noted that the occupation authorities have sought for years to empty the Bedouin compounds of their residents in East Jerusalem to implement its settlement projects and turn the eastern West Bank into a complete Israeli settlement area.

  • At approximately 10:00, IOF backed by military vehicles and a bulldozer and accompanied with the Israeli Civil Administration vehicle moved into southern Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah. IOF deployed in the area while the bulldozer levelled part of an agricultural land.  The Civil Administration officer handed notices to stop construction works under the pretext of unlicensed building.
Affected PersonFamilyChildrenFemaleNotified FacilityArea
Munir Mnawar Ahmed ‘Orabi633A plot of land, where sand piles were put100 sqms
Ahmed ‘Awad Ahmed Mustafa532Retaining walls160sqms

Ahmed Mustafa said that last year IOF demolished in the same area around 600 meters of retaining walls around a 4-dunum plot of land although he prepared the legal papers necessary for the construction license and received a receipt from the Israeli Civil Administration.  Today after building the walls again, IOF handed him another notice for the same land.

  • On Wednesday, 13 October 2021, IOF’s vehicles levelled lands in ‘Osh Ghorab area in Beit Sahour, east of ‘Osh al-Ghorab in Beit Sahour to build a new settlement road leading to the bypass road on the eastern village land.

Director of the Wall and Settlement Commission in Bethlehem, Hasan Ibreijiyeh, said that the settlement road connects ‘Osh Ghorab area with bypass road established on eastern Bethlehem that leads to the settlement established there and connecting it with Har Homah Settlement established on Abu Ghoneim Mount area, east of occupied East Jerusalem.  Breijiyeh added that the settlement road of 670 meters will annex around 2 dunums from Beit Sahour., and that the settlement project in the area will threaten the surrounding areas of 100 dunums, noting that the area has been declared as a military zone where Palestinians are denied access.

  • At approximately 18:00, the Israeli occupation authorities notified to confiscate tens of dunums from Yasuf village lands, east of Salfit, in favor of Tafouh settlement expansion at the expense of the village.
  • Head of the village council, ‘Abdullah ‘Abiyah, said that the Israeli authorities notified a number of villagers to confiscate 40 dunums of 160 dunums in favor of the expansion works in Tafouh settlement and gave them a month to appeal. The Israeli authorities changed this land from agricultural to residential area for the Israeli compounds in 2016 in the eastern area of the village

Settlers’ attacks on civilians and their property:

  • On Thursday morning, 07 October 2021, a group of settlers from “Telem” settlement established on the Palestinian lands of al-Teeba area in Turqomiya, northwest of Hebron cut more than 100 olive seedlings planted 3 years ago in a land belonging to ‘Aziz Jamil Ja’afrah.  Ja’afrah planted the seedlings after the settlers uprooted olive seedlings from his land in August 2020. Only 12 dunums of the land were reclaimed out of 40 dunums, which belonging to the family, within the lands declared by the occupation authorities as State Property in 1982 and where Palestinians are not allowed to reclaim their lands.
  • At approximately 01:00 on Friday, 08 October 2021, a group of Israeli settlers attacked a vehicle belonging to Mohammed Mahmoud Samrin (18) when he was with his 4 cousins on Yafa Street in West Jerusalem. They assaulted him with a sharp tool, causing deep wound in his hand.

Mahmoud Samarin, Mohammed’s father, said that his son was with 4 of his cousins heading at 01:00 from Silwan to Yafa Street in Wedt Jerusalem to buy lunch when a group of settlers intercepted their vehicles and attacked his son by stabbing him with a sharp tool 3 times and damaged the vehicle.  Samarin said that his son sustained a deep injury in his hand that required 30 stitches.  Samarin said that he went to the Hadassa al-‘Isawiya Hospital to see his son, but he was surprised that the medical crews there did not take care of his son and decided to discharge him from the hospital although he was very tired.  When they were on their way out from the hospital to go home, his son fainted, so he took him back to the hospital.  He added when they were at the Emergency Department with his brother, ‘Alaa’, the medical crews there asked them to leave; they were treated in a very humiliating way and pushed out of the department.  When the father refused leaving his son unconscious alone, the emergency crew called the hospital security, who assaulted the father and his brother.  Few minutes later, police raided the department, arrested  and assaulted them and along with Mahmoud’s cousins, Mohammed Issa Samarin and Mohammed Ziad Samarin; there were beaten and electrically shocked.  They were then taken to Salah al-Deen police station and after hours they were tried and it was decided to release them on bail of 500 shekels for each and house arrest for 3 days.

  • At approximately 13:00 on Saturday, 09 October 2021, a group of Israeli settlers broke the windows of civilians’ cars in Beit Iksa village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem.

Mayor of Beit Iksa, Sa’adah al-Khatib, said that settlers of Har Shamwil settlement complex established on the village lands broke windows of 5 vehicles parked near the gates separating the village lands from occupied East Jerusalem.  The cars’ owners are forced to park there before going to their workplaces.  Sa’adah added that the settlers have sought to isolate the area and to be used by the villagers.  He said four months ago there was a similar incident when settlers burnt four vehicles in the same area, broke their windows and punctured the tires.

  • At approximately 16:00, settlers from Sham’ah settlement established on the Palestinian lands that were confiscated from eastern Ad-Dhariya village, south of Hebron, assaulted Sa’id Mahmoud Khdeirat (44) when he was herding his sheep in the pastoral lands near Zanouta village, forcing him to leave the area under threat.  They chased him and one of them pushed him to the ground.  A number of villagers then arrived and took him to a clinic in Ad-Dhariya village.
  • At approximately 05:00 on Wednesday, 13 October 2021, a group of settlers assaulted Palestinians’ vehicles parked at the western entrance to Merda village in Melh al-Ghoul neighborhood in Salfit. The settlers punctured some of the vehicles’ tires and wrote racist slogans on vehicles and walls.

Dr. Manif al-Khafsh said that at the Dawn prayer, residents of Melh al-Ghoul neighborhood woke up to see that their vehicles were attacked by settlers while they were asleep.  Their tires were also punctured while hostile slogans were written on the vehicles and walls. The vehicles belong to Hussam Hassan ‘Abdullah Suleiman, Yasser Ibrahim Ibdah, Sa’eed ‘Awad Ibdah, Shawkat Shawqi Abu Baker and his two brothers, Nader and Imad. 

Closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement of persons and goods:

The Gaza Strip:

The Israeli authorities continued to impose collective punishments against the people of the Gaza Strip, including tightened restrictions on imports and exports, causing a serious deterioration in Palestinians’ enjoyment of their economic and cultural rights.

The West Bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of 56 temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals, where IOF searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested one of them. IOF reinforced its restrictions on civilians’ freedom of movement at its permanent checkpoints in the West Bank and shut some checkpoints for several hours on multiple occasions.

Here follows PCHR documentation of restrictions on the freedom of movement and IOF-established temporary checkpoints across the West Bank this week:

Jerusalem:

  • On Sunday, 10 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint in al-Sheikh ‘Anbar neighborhood in al-Tour neighborhood.
  • On Monday, 11 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at Joret al-‘Inab Intersection in Silwan village.

Ramallah:

  • On Friday, 08 October 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Nabi Saleh and al-Mazra’a ash-Sharqiya villages.
  • On Sunday, 10 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint under ‘Ein Yabrud Bridge.
  • On Monday, 11 October 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints on the main road leading to al-Jalazone refugee camp near Beit El settlement and on al-Dalb Valley Road near Ras Karkar village.

Jericho:

  • On Thursday, 07 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the southern Jericho entrance.
  • IOF also tightened its military restrictions at al-Hamra military checkpoint, north of Jericho, blocking traffic.
  • On Saturday, 09 October 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the ‘Ein Dyouk village intersection and at the northern entrance to Jericho.

Bethlehem

  • On Thursday, 07 October 2021, IOF established closed al-Container checkpoint and reopened it after 30 minutes, blocking traffic, IOF also established 3 military checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Fajjar and Teqoa villages and ‘Aqbet Hasnah area.
  • On Friday, 08 October 2021, IOF tightened restrictions at the Container checkpoint and blocked traffic. IOF also established 4 checkpoints at Janata, Teqoa and Beit Fajjar villages and in ‘Aqbet Hasnah area.
  • On Sunday, 10 October 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Teqoa, Beit Fajjar, Nahalin and Wadi Foqin villages.
  • On Monday, 11 October 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints in ‘Aqbet Hasnah area and at the entrance to Teqoa village.
  • On Tuesday, 12 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Nahalin village.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 07 October 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at entrances to Beit Ummar, Sa’ir and Bani Na’im villages.
  • On Friday, 08 October 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to northern Yatta, Beit ‘Awwa, Bani Na’im villages and southern Hebron.
  • On Saturday, 09 October 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Fawwar refugee camp, Surif village, Western Hebron and Beit ‘Aynoun Road.
  • On Monday, 11 October 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ummar, al-Hadab, Beit ‘Aynoun, al-Fawwar refugee camp and southern Hebron.
  • On Wednesday, 13 October 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to western Hebron, Surif village and northern Yatta.

Jenin:

  • On Friday, 08 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at ‘Arraba village Intersection in Jenin.
  • On Saturday, 09 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at ‘Arraba village Intersection in Jenin.
  • On Monday, 11 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at Kufeirit village intersection in Jenin.

Nablus:

  • On Thursday, 07 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Bita village in Nablus.
  • On Friday, 08 October 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the Shavi Shamron intersection and at Deir Sharaf Intersection in Nablus.
  • On Monday, 11 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at al-Moraba’ah intersection in Nablus.

Qalqilya:

  • On Saturday, 10 October 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at entrance to the entrances to Qalqilya, Seer, ”Azoun, Kafr Thulth and ‘Izzbt-Atabib villages in eastern Qalqilya.

Fighting Injustice: A Common Cause for Ireland, Scotland and Palestine

October 13, 2021

Fighting Injustice: A Common Cause for Ireland, Scotland and Palestine

By Mohammad Sleem

Beirut – In Glasgow, during the football matches between the Rangers and Celtic, the famous derby of the Scottish football league, Celtic fans do not hesitate to show every act of solidarity possible with Palestine. Images of fans waving the Palestinian flag and wearing the kufiyah over their shoulders circulate social media platforms, in an act which has been a tradition in Scotland for decades.

On October 9, the ‘Israeli’ football team represnting the Zionist entity played against the Scottish national team for the World Cup qualifications. The match took place in Scotland. The Palestinian flag and kufiyah dominated the seats in the stadium. The event was a great chance to display activities in and outside the stadium to express empathy with the Palestinian Cause. Fans shouted slogans and held banners calling for the boycott of the “Israeli” entity, with “don’t play ball with the ‘Israeli’ apartheid” written on banners.

As the game started, jeering and booing were heard out loud whenever any of the “Israeli” players touched the ball. A winning goal at the last minutes made the scenario even better for the Scottish fans, who celebrate loudly in the face of the “Israeli” fans.

Fighting injustice and calling for independence, are the main common factors bringing the Scots and Palestinians together, as Scotland has been previously colonialized. In addition to the aforementioned, the Palestinian Cause has a popular and political support led by the Scottish National Party, which sees Palestine as a repetition of its experience of independence, following numerous demands for secession from the United Kingdom.

“We want Palestinians to know that we are thinking about them”, that’s how Scots comment on their pro-Palestine activities.

The Scottish people and the Palestinians share a common cause: injustice; both nations have faced suppression and oppression and they share the same values and retell the stories of their sufferings and the experiences they went through.

In a related notion, the Irish also support Palestine since they consider the Palestinian Cause a reflection of their own experience as they have resisted the British occupation for the right to self-determination.

With this being said, we understand the reason behind the empathy of the Scots and the Celtic with Palestine. The Celtic football club founder was an immigrant from Ireland who settled in Glasgow and came up with the idea of founding a football club.

The spokesperson of Celtic expresses the Scottish club’s solidarity with the Palestinian immigrants saying, “They are always welcome in their home”, since we are immigrants and we feel the situation they are in.

Besides, Ireland’s parliament has issued a law to consider all the “Israeli” annexation of Palestinian lands “illegal”. Later on, Irish deputies passed the law and it became official.

The Irish and Scottish are highly knowledgeable when it comes to the Palestinian Case. Not only this, but several activities had also been held in solidarity with oppressed people in different countries such as Africa, to condemn suppression, oppression and ethnic cleansing.

Amazon, Google Employees: Crimes against Palestinians to Get ’Deadlier’ After Tech Giants Contract with ’Israel

October 13, 2021

Amazon, Google Employees: Crimes against Palestinians to Get ’Deadlier’ After Tech Giants Contract with ’Israel

By Staff, Agencies

Over 1,600 employees at tech giants Amazon and Google have urged their employers to pull out of a contract under which they will sell “dangerous technology” to the Zionist entity and its military and cut all ties with the regime over its atrocities against the Palestinian people.

Initially, more than 90 workers at Google and more than 300 at Amazon anonymously signed an open letter published by the Guardian newspaper on Tuesday, demanding the termination of Project Nimbus, which will provide cloud services for the Tel Aviv regime.

“The technology our companies have contracted to build will make the systematic discrimination and displacement carried out by the ‘Israeli’ military and government even crueler and deadlier for Palestinians,” the employees said in the letter.

“We condemn Amazon and Google’s decision to sign the Project Nimbus contract with the ‘Israeli’ military and government, and ask them to reject this contract and future contracts that will harm our users,” they said.

They underlined the need for the two companies to stop contracting with any militarized organization in the US and beyond.

Project Nimbus is a $1.2bn contract awarded last April to Google and Amazon, which succeeded in beating out bids from Microsoft, Oracle, and IBM, to provide cloud services for the ‘Israeli’ occupation regime and its military.

There are fears that the technology would allow for further illegal surveillance of Palestinians and facilitate the expansion of the Zionist regime’s illegal settlements across the occupied territories.

“This contract was signed the same week that the ‘Israeli’ military attacked Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, killing nearly 250 people, including more than 60 children,” said the “employees of conscience,” referring to the ‘Israeli’ regime’s latest war on Gaza which occurred in May and lasted for 11 consecutive days.

“We cannot look the other way, as the products we build are used to deny Palestinians their basic rights, force Palestinians out of their homes and attack Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, actions that have prompted war crime investigations by the international criminal court.”

In another opinion piece posted hours later on NBC, two workers at the tech giants updated the number of signatories, saying that nearly 1,000 anonymous signatories at Amazon and more than 600 at Google have joined the campaign.

“Since we have no ability to guarantee that the technology we build won’t be used to commit human rights abuses against Palestinians, cutting the contracts entirely is the only ethical option left for our companies,” Gabriel Schubiner, software engineer and researcher at Google, and Bathool Syed, content strategist at Amazon, wrote in the article.

The two employees said they agree with the two companies’ stated commitment to ethics, but also pointed to their hypocrisy. “We want to work for companies that do more than pay lip service to ethical business practices,” they noted.

“Instead, our companies signed contracts that they knew would be highly controversial, yet relinquishes their ability to enforce their own publicly stated principles while attempting to deny workers our say in how our labor is used.”

Native lands dispossession

October 11, 2021

Family of Martyr Nizar Banat Sends Sayyed Nasrallah a Thank You Letter

October 12, 2021

Family of Martyr Nizar Banat Sends Sayyed Nasrallah a Thank You Letter

By Staff

The family of Palestinian martyr Nizar Banat sent a thank you letter for the Secretary General of Hezbollah, His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, in response to the stance of loyalty conveyed by Sayyed Nasrallah to the daring martyr Nizar Banat.

The family, in the name of Palestine, the land of prophets, the great people, and in the name of the Palestinian Arab people, with all their vital forces that have been keeping the pledge to carry the message of glory, liberation, and the honor of resistance instead of compromising, and in the name of the household and the family of alive martyr Nizar Banat, thanked the leader of Resistance for the words through which he described the martyr, and the stances that made us proud of the great ones talking about the other great ones.

Nasrallah on obedience to God & how it guides Shia political action

October 10, 2021

Visual search query image

Description:

Speaking at a mourning ceremony to mark the yearly religious occasion of Ashura, Hezbollah’s leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah touched on the Islamic conception of worship and obedience to God, and the implications of this conception on the world of political decision-making and action within contemporary Shia Islam.

The following transcript helps to reveal the intersection of the religious, the spiritual, and the socio-political for Nasrallah and many Shia political movements today.

The Hezbollah leader’s comments were made at a time when Lebanon faces one of the worst political and economic crises in the history of the Mediterranean country.

Source: Al-Manar Tv

Date: August 13, 2021

(Note: Please help us keep producing independent translations by contributing a small monthly amount here )

Transcript:

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s Secretary General:

True worship of Allah means complete obedience to Almighty Allah. ‘Uboodiyah (worship) is not (simply) defined by the number of prayers and fasts one carries out, even while keeping in mind that Salat (prayers) and Sawm (fasting) are part of worship.

‘Uboodiyah in its true essence means obedience to Almighty Allah, in all aspects – whether small or great – and refraining from disobeying Allah Almighty, no matter how small or big (that matter is). This is the school of the Prophet and the Ahlul Bayt, peace and blessings be upon them.

And this is the message of Karabala for us. It is the message of worship of Allah, and obedience to Allah Almighty. And even if this obedience to Allah Almighty entails that we reach a point in which we are besieged, become hungry, and thirsty, and are forced to fight, and be killed, and our women are taken captive. This is the true (deeper) message (of Karabla), before talking about politics and the political circumstances and goals (of that time), in 61 A.H. This is the meaning of al-Husayn’s movement, peace be upon him.

For this reason, in all of al-Husayn’s speeches and statements he would say ‘God wills (this)’ (shaa’a Allah), but not in the sense of (having no choice but to accept) an unchangeable fate. ‘God wills’ in the sense that ‘this is God’s judgment’, ‘this is what God has chosen for me’, ‘this is what God is pleased with for me, and I am pleased with what God is pleased with, and I act in accordance with what God Almighty is pleased with’.

……….

When we obey Almighty Allah, indeed we act in the interest of our own selves, (in the interest of) our own aakhirah (life in hereafter), for (the sake of) our own dunya (worldly life), (in the interest of) of the dunya and aakhirah of the people (at large). Allah is needless of our obedience, and our disobedience does not harm him (in any way). Hence, the motive (that we must have) always, is carrying out our takleef (responsibility before God). To discover our takleef, and to carry it out.

Here I move on to a detailed discussion of this matter. To discover one’s takleef, is a very important issue, O’ brothers and sisters. Meaning that, when I am before a particular incident or development or issue, what is my takleef? What is my Islamic responsibility? What must I say, such that through my words I would be in obedience of Almighty Allah? How must I act, such that via my actions I would be in obedience of Allah Almighty? Discovering one’s takleef is a great and highly important matter.

In some of the meetings with his eminence, the leader, Imam (Sayyed Ali) Khamenei, may his life be prolonged, he use to say to us: ‘always supplicate and ask Allah Almighty with tawassul (intercession) and extreme humbleness and utter humility, to reveal to you your takleef (responsibility)’. One of the greatest blessings (of God) upon man, is that He reveals to him and guides him towards his takleef, and that He supports and aids him in discovering his (own) takleef. Why? Because aakhirah (is at stake)! Before we talk about dunya and the worldly ramifications (of knowing or not knowing one’s takleef).

We must humbly and consistently ask Allah Almighty to 1) (guide) us towards discovering our takleef, and 2) to carry out this takleef. Because sometimes we may discover our takleef but realize that it is difficult (to carry out). Difficult. Painful. Costly. So we refrain from (trying to carry it out). Discovering (one’s) takleef requires Divine attention (i.e. Grace and support), and carrying out the takleef and remaining patient in its implementation requires Divine attention. We must attain this Divine attention through supplication with humility and persistent turning to God Almighty.

In our own lives, (discovering our) takleef (religious responsibility) in many cases is clear and easy. For instance, (in relation to) the rules (ahkaam) of Salat, Taharah, Sawm, Zakat, Khums, Hajj, Umrah, trade, buying, selling, marriage, divorce etc. Mashallah (impressively), in the jurisprudential (fiqhi) books of all Muslims of all the various sects, you will find many editions and volumes on even the smallest of matters. This includes all the various sects and their various jurisprudential opinions (ijtihad) etc. Thus, depending on one’s sect, man is able to find out his takleef when it comes to many aspects and details of life.

However, the difficulty lies where? In the (new) issues that arise in the life of man. Here, we are not talking about the taharah (Islamic cleanliness) of this water or the najasah (Islamic uncleanliness) of this product, or the permissibility of selling (this thing or that). Rather, (the difficulty lies) with regards to new issues and developments in our lives relating to politics, security, military, society, economy, and culture. What do we do?

(These matters) affect us, our families, our children, our grandchildren, the people around us, and the generations to come. The stance that we take regarding this or that great and serious matter, will not only decide the fate of ourselves only, but rather, the fate of generations to come. Here, man must search for his takleef so that he may know it. And this has its particular mechanisms – and you know about (these mechanisms) – I will suffice myself with this much (on this issue for now) and (conclude) with this: this is where asking about one’s takleef becomes of (utmost) importance. That is, not just (solely focusing on questions like) the taharah of this water or the permissibility of selling this product, which are questions of a personal nature. These are personal issues. As for broader issues, or as Imam (Mahdi) says in a narration, ‘as for the hawaadith al-waaqi’ah (new events/developments that occur)’. The events and developments that arise in the life of man, (events) that affect the fate of all people.

(For instance), whether we fight, or don’t fight. Whether we resist, or don’t resist. For example, if there wasn’t a resistance in Lebanon in 1982, then Israel would still be occupying Lebanon in 2021, setting up settlements in Lebanon, controlling political decision-making in Lebanon, arresting the young men and women of Lebanon and forcing them into its prisons, as it done with thousands of Palestinian prisoners etc etc etc. Therefore, what the (Lebanese) generation of 1982, 1983, and 1984 carried out didn’t just affect them, but rather all the generations that will follow.

When the Ameer (i.e. Imam Ali) speaks about the one who enjoys foresight, he mentions that from among his qualities is (his tendency to carry out) deep thinking, analysis, contemplation, and that he avoids hastiness. For this reason, this is our responsibility today.


Subscribe to our mailing list!

Related Posts:

Che Guevara’s 54th Martyrdom Commemoration: The Revolution Continues

October 8, 2021

See the source image

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Ahmad Karakira

54 years after his martyrdom, Guevara’s historic visit to the Palestinian Gaza in 1959 continues to stand as a token of resilience for liberation and resistance movements in Palestine and the world.

Visual search query image
Che’s visit to Palestine came in support of Palestinian national liberation and revolutionary movements against imperialism and colonization

Mohammed was 13 years old when Marxist revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara paid his first visit to the Gaza Strip that was, at the time, administered by Egypt.

Little did he know that he will become a resistance icon and nicknamed “Gaza’s Guevara” for his tremendous role in the resistance against the Israeli occupation in Gaza and his continuous revolt against injustice and colonialism, as well as his ability to hide and confuse the enemy.

Originally, Mohammed al-Aswad, or “Gaza’s Guevara” was born in the coastal city of Haifa in 1946. Later, the boy and his family sought refuge after they were displaced from their city as a result of the 1948 Nakba and eventually ended up in a refugee camp in Gaza.

Al-Aswad grew up to become a resistance activist against “Israel,” and was jailed for two years. After his release in 1970, he joined the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and gradually got promoted to commander of the PFLP military wing in the Gaza Strip.

During that time, he focused on training and educating resistance forces, as well as organizing demonstrations and strikes against the occupation, applying Martyr Bassel al-Araj’s doctrine: “If you don’t want to be engaged (in fighting oppression), your intellect is pointless.”

His integrity made Moshe Dayan, former Israeli occupation Minister of Security, say, “We run Gaza by day, and Guevara and his comrades run it at night.”

Three years later, “Gaza’s Guevara” was martyred during a heroic battle in the Strip.

Ernesto Che Guevara’s visit to Gaza

Martyr Mohammed al-Aswad’s story is vivid proof of the significant and strong relationship between Che Guevara and the Palestinian cause, which Gaza has become the symbol of.

In fact, Che Guevara’s visit to the Strip on June 18, 1959, at the invitation of the late Egyptian President and leader Gamal Abdel-Nasser, came to establish a state of solidarity and harmony between Cuba and the Palestinian cause.

His visit to Gaza transformed the cause from regional to global and reflected his famous phrase: “Solidarity is a condition that must always be practiced.”

The Israeli occupation of Palestine and the systematic ethnic cleansing against its population triggered the establishment of Palestinian Resistance forces and the emergence of freedom fighters, legitimized by Abdel-Nasser, who was considered a leader against colonialism and imperialism.

To break the determination and resilience of the Resistance, Israeli occupation forces, led by Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister from 2001 till 2006, continuously attacked the Gaza Strip and its refugee camps, committing horrible massacres against many Palestinians and Egyptian soldiers, with no reaction from the international community that simply turned a blind eye to the Israeli atrocities.

A historic visit by all means

Che’s visit came in support of Palestinian national liberation and revolutionary movements against imperialism and colonization.

It was an exceptional visit that was met enthusiastically by resistance leaders and Palestinians.

He was accompanied to al-Bureij Camp, where Israelis committed some of the most horrible massacres, and saw the poverty and hardship that Palestinians were living in, advised Palestinian leaders to pursue the path of resistance, which they tread through their people’s resilience and steadfastness.  

During the visit, he addressed the camp leader Mustafa Abu Midyan, saying, “You should show me what you have done to liberate your country. Where are the training camps? Where are the arms manufacturing factories? Where are the people’s mobilization centers?” With these words, Guevara was trying to lay out the foundations necessary for any resistance movement. 

At the same time, he urged Palestinian refugees to continue their struggle in order to liberate their land from the occupation, offering to supply the Palestinian resistance with arms and training.

In an interview for Al Mayadeen, his daughter, Dr. Aleida Guevara, quoted her father as saying, “The Middle East is considered, with all of its contradictions, a region that is boiling, and it is not possible to predict how far the war between Israel – which is supported by imperialists – and progressive countries in the region will go.”

And the impact still echoes

Following the historic visit, Cuba offered scholarships, granted citizenships, and organized many conferences all in support of Palestine and the Palestinian people.

In addition, the island of Cuba was one of the first countries to recognize the Palestine Liberation Organization when it was founded in 1964.

Soon after his visit, the Marxist doctor became an icon for the Palestinian resistance and fighters and a symbol of revolution, especially for leftist movements.

Hasta Siempre

On this occasion, on the 54th anniversary of his martyrdom, it goes without saying that Che’s resistance, integrity, and solidarity is what we are in need of to liberate the oppressed nations, such as Palestine, Yemen, and any country in the world from Western imperialism, colonialism, and military occupation. His memory still brings forth devoted revolutionary resistance figures such “Gaza’s Guevara”, Mohammed al-Aswad. 

Armed with his forwardness and valor, he would have been on the frontlines in Gaza fighting the Israeli siege. He would have been digging, using a tool as simple as a spoon, alongside the other six, the freedom tunnel that liberates the whole of Palestine from the operators of the Gilboa Prison. 

Aleida Guevara to Al Mayadeen: “We Must Fight Alongside the Palestinians, as Che Believed”

The revolutionary commander’s daughter spoke about a multitude of subjects on her father’s 54th assassination anniversary, notably the Palestinian cause and the dangers of Arab division.

The revolutionary commander’s daughter spoke about a multitude of subjects on her father’s 54th assassination anniversary, notably the Palestinian cause and the dangers of Arab division.

Visual search query image
Aleida Guevara, daughter of Che

“My father would have always stood on the side of oppressed nations,” said Elaida Guevara, daughter of famed revolutionary Che Guevara on the 54th anniversary of his assassination.

In an interview with Al Mayadeen, Aleida revealed her belief that had her father remained alive, things would have been different in Bolivia and Argentina, as he most assuredly would not have surrendered due to his belief of “fight for the oppressed or die fighting.”

Che’s visit to the Middle-East was also recalled, with Aleida describing his conscious realization of the boiling nature of the region due to colonization, the harsh circumstances surrounding its populations, and the endless pressures performed by major powers trying to steal its resources, “notably its oil.”

Linking the current divisions of the Arab world with the Marxist revolutionary’s experience in Cuba, she stressed the importance of “people’s unification”, notably as the sectarian rifts sowed by European colonial powers are dangerously threatening the Arab World’s unity and ability to progress.

On Palestine

In this context, Aleida mentioned her father’s visit to Palestine in 1959. She decreed her love for Palestine, whom her father visited which she considers not only to be a historical nation but a major cause, as she decried “Israel’s” plan to colonize the whole of the Middle East and not simply the Palestinian lands illegally handed over by the UN.

Further diving into the cause, Che’s daughter assured that Lebanon, Syria, and Iran are the only regional countries actively championing a righteous stance towards Palestine, whilst the rest appear to apply a palliative treatment. She mentioned Cuba in this context, which despite being distant from the region, still recently severed all diplomatic relations with “Israel” in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Regarding the 6 Palestinian prisoners who liberated themselves from the maximum-security Gilboa prison, Aleida considered the operation an “unusual heroism.”

“If you go to the South of Lebanon, you will find remains of Israeli prisons, where you can see with your own eyes what an Israeli prison means, let alone one with extreme security measures,” she added.

She called for the commandment of the prisoners, whose deed should be applauded, supported, and preserved given the historical nature of their struggle, notably under the occupation’s inhumane prison conditions.

Aleida Guevara concluded that the Palestinian people should be supported and that “we must fight with them side by side,” which is an extension of Che’s motto of “solidarity not only being the act raising our voices, but also coming to the aid of our comrades when they need us.”

El Commandante’s daughter has previously sent a letter to Al Mayadeen, on the occasion of the launch of its new website in English, in which she urged the world and the website to “defend the truth above anything else,” and stressing that “correct information, truthful information are essential, and that is what Al Mayadeen does with the stories it gives us every day.”

HRW Criticizes Facebook Censorship of Palestinians, Demands Investigation

October 8, 2021

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

Facebook has “wrongfully removed” content by Palestinians and pro-Palestine activists, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Friday.

According to the New York-based international NGO, Facebook unfairly removed posts describing human rights abuses carried out during the May 2021 Israeli aggression.

“Facebook has suppressed content posted by Palestinians and their supporters speaking out about human rights issues in Israel and Palestine,” said Deborah Brown, senior digital rights researcher and advocate at HRW. “With the space for such advocacy under threat in many parts of the world, Facebook censorship threatens to restrict a critical platform for learning and engaging on these issues.”

According to the HRW report, several posts were also removed by Instagram, the American photo and video sharing social networking service that was recently acquired by Facebook.  

“In one instance, Instagram removed a screenshot of headlines and photos from three New York Times opinion articles for which the Instagram user added commentary that urged Palestinians to ‘never concede’ their rights,” the report reads.

HRW also condemned Facebook policy to designate certain organizations as ‘dangerous’, thus limiting the freedom of expression.

“Facebook relies on the list of organizations that the US has designated as a ‘foreign terrorist organization,’ among other lists,” HRW report said. “That list includes political movements that also have armed wings, such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Hamas.” 

“By deferring to the broad and sweeping US designations, Facebook prohibits leaders, founders, or prominent members of major Palestinian political movements from using its platform. It does this even though, as far as is publicly known, US law does not prohibit groups on the list from using free and freely available platforms like Facebook.”

In its report, HRW called for an “independent audit .. (to) evaluate Facebook’s relationship with the Israeli government’s Cyber Unit, which creates a parallel enforcement system for the government to seek to censor content without official legal orders.”

The California-based social media giant did not provide exhaustive explanations to justify its behavior, according to HRW. 

“Facebook has acknowledged several issues affecting Palestinians and their content, some of which it attributed to ‘technical glitches’and human error. However, these explanations do not explain the range of restrictions and suppression of content observed.”

The NGO ultimately asked for an independent investigation and urged Facebook to ensure “that investigators closely consult with civil society at the outset of the investigation, so that (it) reflects the most pressing human rights concerns from those affected by its policies.”

Last April, HRW issued a report, titled ‘A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution’, concluding that Israel is committing the crime of “apartheid” by seeking to maintain Jewish “domination” over Palestinians and its own Arab population.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (30 September – 6 October 2021)

October 7, 2021

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (30 September – 6 October 2021)

Israeli Human Rights Violations

(30 September – 6 October 2021)

IOF excessive use of force in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip:

2 Palestinians killed, including 1 woman, and 4 others wounded in occupied East Jerusalem, and Gaza

3 shootings at Palestinians’ fishing boats reported, and 2 others on agricultural lands in the Gaza Strip

In 126 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 79 civilians arrested, including 14 children, 2 journalists, and 2 women

Two IOF incursions into eastern Gaza, and two Palestinians arrested while attempting to cross the Gaza border area

3 houses demolished, and a fourth partially demolished in occupied East Jerusalem; 6 demolition notices served in Nablus

IOF established 36 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested one Palestinian on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse, and attacks on civilians, turning the West Bank into isolated blocks of land. Dozens of Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians in Hebron under Israeli military protection.

The Israeli settlement expansion works continued on Palestinian lands and properties. Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip enters its 15th year under closure, exacerbating the humanitarian hardships across the territory.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

IOF killed 2 Palestinians, including a woman, and wounded 4 others in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. On 30 September 2021, IOF killed Israa’ Khaled ‘Aref Khuzemiyah (30) under the pretext that she attempted to carry out a stab attack near al-Silsila Gate , one of the al-Aqsa Mosque’s Gates in the occupied East Jerusalem.  Also on Thursday, IOF shot and killed Mohammed M. A. Abu-Ammar (40) while setting up a bird-hunting net. Both crimes are yet another stark example of IOF unjustifiable relaxed shooting standards in disregard for Palestinian civilians’ lives. PCHR also documented IOF wounding 2 Palestinians in attacks on a protest in Beit Dajan, Nablus; and 2 others in occupied Jerusalem.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF opened fire 3 times at fishing boats in the Gaza Sea, and twice on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 126 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 79 Palestinians were arrested, including 14 children, two journalists, and two women.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted two limited incursions into eastern Rafah and Khan Younis. Two Palestinians were arrested while attempting to cross the Gaza border area.

Demolitions:

  • Occupied East Jerusalem: Palestinian man forced to self-demolish part of his house; 2 others were forced to demolish their houses in Beit Hanina and Sur Baher. IOF demolished a house in Silwan and continued bulldozing stone chains in Samarin family’s lands in Silwan.
  • Hebron: excavator confiscated in Dura; demolition notices served against 4 water wells in Yatta, also another excavator was confiscated in Yatta. Demolition notice served against agricultural room in Susyia, and cease-construction notice served against a house in
  • Nablus: 6 demolition notices served against barracks and houses.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Israeli occupation authorities continued to ban the entry of dozens of goods, including construction materials, in collective punishment measures against the Gaza Strip as the Israeli closure imposed on the territory entered its 15th year, without an end in sight that would fulfil Palestinians’ right to enjoy their economic, social, and cultural rights.

Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the 2000 Second Intifada -still closed to this date- and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest, especially at al-Karama border crossing, alongside the Palestinian-Jordanian border.

Shooting and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity

  • In East Jerusalem, a Palestinian woman was shot and killed by IOF under the pretext that she attempted to carry out a stab attack against one of the Israeli soldiers stationed near al-Silsila Gate, which leads to al-Aqsa Mosque. The investigations confirmed that IOF was capable of controlling the woman without using lethal force against her.

At approximately 06:30 on Thursday, 30 September 2021, IOF opened fire and killed Israa’ Khaled ‘Aref Khuzemiyah (30), from Qabatiya in Jenin governorate, under the pretext that she attempted to carry out a stab attack near al-Silsila Gate , one of the al-Aqsa Mosque’s Gates in the occupied East Jerusalem. The Israeli police claimed that a Palestinian woman raised soldiers’ suspicions when they approached to check her ID card; IOF alleged that she took out a knife and attempted to stab the soldiers, but they shot her immediately.

After the incident, IOF closed all the gates of the al-Aqsa Mosque, denied workers and students access to their workplaces and schools and obstructed their movement for over an hour.

  • Also on Thursday, in eastern al-Buraij refugee camp in Central Gaza Strip, IOF shot and killed a Palestinian civilian while setting up a birds net trap; he was dozens of meters away from the border fence with Israel. He was in an outdoor space and was not posing any threat to the lives of the Israeli soldiers, so there was no justification for killing him, noting that several civilians used to come to this area to set up nets and hunt birds during this season.

According to information obtained by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 10:30 on Thursday, 30 September 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza border area, northeast of al-Bureij camp, opened fire against a group of civilians who were setting up birds net traps 100 meters away from the west of the border fence. As a result, Mohammed M. A. Abu-Ammar (40), from al-Buraij camp, sustained a live bullet to his neck causing his death immediately. Ammar was transferred to Shuhada al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah via a Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) ambulance, then transferred to the Department of the Forensic Medicine of al-Shifa Hospital in the Gaza Strip.

The eyewitness, Mahmoud Saqer Mohamed Abu Awwad, born in 1990, gave the following statement to PCHR’s fieldworker:

“At approximately 06:00 on Thursday 30 September 2021 from Gaza, I went to hunt birds near the border area, others were there hunting as well. Between 10:30 – 10:45, while I was standing at least 80 meters from the border area with a Field Security officer, Mohammed Abu-Ammar was standing nearly 50 to 60 meters ahead of me. He was setting up his gear when the Israeli soldiers fired at us. I ran west to the Field Security office, and there I learnt that Mohammed was wounded. We called an ambulance, and a PRCS ambulance arrived in 20 minutes. The paramedic was informed that he cannot approach the victim until security clearance is granted by the Israeli side; a Field Security officer approached Mohammed and called on a colleague to bring a stretcher from the ambulance. They carried Mohammed onto the ambulance, and I went home.”

PRCS paramedic stated to PCHR fieldworker that they received a signal that a man was wounded in eastern al-Buraij at approximately 11:58. An ambulance was dispatched to the area and parked 300 meters from the  border area. A Field Security Officer transported Mohammed Abu-Ammar to the ambulance. Abu-Ammar was already dead as a live bullet penetrated the neck. He was taken to Shuhada al-Aqsa Hospital, where he was officially pronounced dead.

Later, the Israeli military spokesperson announced that the military identified three Palestinians in close proximity to the border area in the Gaza Strip. An individual was seen digging in the ground while holding a suspicious looking bag; IOF opened fire at him. The incident is under investigation.

  • At approximately 15:30, IOF stationed along Gaza border area opened fire on and off in eastern Beit Hanoun. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 13:30 on Friday, 1 October 2021, a peaceful protest took off in Beit Dajan, Nablus, against the occupation and settlements. The protest marched towards an area of the village that was seized by settlers a year ago, where a road was constructed under IOF protection, a cattle farm, and a hut. As the protest approached the area, IOF fired rubber-bullets at the protestors and wounded 2 of the in their lower extremities: Khaled H. M. Soboh (64), member of the political bureau of the Palestinian People’s Party, who was previously threatened by IOF over the course of 2 weeks not to return to the area; and Azmi E. M. Hanaysheh (56) local village council member. Others suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. The wounded were taken to hospital for treatment.
  • At approximately 17:00, dozens of Palestinians gathered near annexation wall between Bayt Duqu and Bayt Ijza in northwestern occupied East Jerusalem. They threw IOF with stones and Molotov cocktails in protest to IOF detaining the corpses of 3 Palestinians from Bidu village, who were extrajudicially executed by IOF a week ago. As a result, Khaled M. Dawoud (23) and Montaser D. Rayan (20) were shot and wounded with rubber bullets. They were taken to hospital for treatment.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3-6 nautical miles. IOF opened fire and bumped water at them in the 1-hour attack, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:50 on Wednesday, 6 October 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza Strip border area in Khan Younis, opened fire at agricultural lands in eastern Abbassan al-Kaberia. No casualties were reported.

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 30 September 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Mahdi Omar Badawnah (24), after raiding and searching his house in ‘Azza refugee camp, north of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Omar Ahmed Karara (36), after raiding and searching his house in Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF arrested the Aqsa Mosque’sguard, Yazan Abdul Qader ‘Aabdeen (34), while present near al-Asbat Gate (Lions’ Gate), one of the Aqsa Mosque’s gates in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 12:30, IOF arrested Anas Abdul Fattah (24), from Nablus, while present near al-Majlis Gate (al-Nazir Gate), one of the Aqsa Mosque’s gates in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested Entisar Abdul Fattah Ghatashah, from al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron, while passing through Checkpoint (300), north of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF handed Noha Attiya (58) a summons to refer to Moscovia Detention Center, after raiding and searching her house in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. It should be noted that Noha Attiya is the mother of the activist Murad Jamal Attiya (24), who was arrested last June without any charge according to his lawyer. The residents of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood are fear that the arrest of Attiya comes under the context of pressurizing them to renounce their case. It should be noted that Attiya is one of the 28 families who are living in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood under the threat of eviction in favor of the Israeli settlement associations.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF deployed in Hebron’s Old City’s neighborhoods, arrested Obaida Tawfiq Baryoush (17), claiming that he was in possession of a knife, then he was taken to the investigation center of Kiryat Arba’ settlement, east of Hebron.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Dura, Sa’ir and Surif in Hebron, and Tubas. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 01 October 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Khaled Mohammed al-‘Amla (42), after raiding and searching his house in Bayt Ula, west of Hebron.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Ahmed Khader al-Horoub (39), after raiding and searching his house in Dayr Samet, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Faraj Nassar (44), after raiding and searching his house in Hebron.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF handed Munir al-Dar’awi (22) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services, after raiding and searching his house in al-Shawawra village, east of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 03:50, IOF arrested 5 civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Qabatiya, southeast of Jenin. The arrestees are: Mohannad Hasan Abu al-Rab (24), Mousa Abdul Latif Abu al-Rab (26), Mohammed Khaled Abu al-Rab (27), Hasan Rabea’ Loubani (20), and Khalil Yousef Abu al-Rab (25).
  • IOF carried out an incursion in Jamma’in, southeast of Nablus governorate. No arrests were reported.

Saturday, 02 October 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Mahmoud Isma’el al-Sweity (37), after raiding and searching his house in Bayt Awa, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Saleh Mahmoud al-Ja’bari (19), after raiding and searching his house in Dayr Samet, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron.
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF stationed inside the border fence with Israel, east of al-Shawka, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, arrested Ali Nasrallah al-Hessi (21) and Ahmed Suhail Abu Sultan (19), while attempting to sneak through the border fence. IOF spokesperson stated that the Israeli soldiers arrested 2 Palestinians in possession of a bag containing hand grenades while infiltrating into Israel, and then they were referred to investigation.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Isma’el al-Hawamdah (28), from Samu, south of Hebron, after stopping him at a temporary military checkpoint established at the entrance of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Fayez Salhab (22), while present near al-Sahera (Herod’s) Gate, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Gates.
  • At approximately 23:30, IOF arrested Tha’er Abdullah Turkman (15), after raiding and searching his house in Ya’bad, southwest of Jenin governorate.

Sunday, 03 October 2021:

  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Sami Subhi Abu Hamada (36), after raiding and searching his house in Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus.
  • At approximately 02:50, IOF arrested Omar Mohammed al-Barghouthi (28), after raiding and searching his house in Kaubar, north of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested 3 civilians after raiding and searching their houses in al-Bireh, north of Ramallah governorate, and released them after 3 hours of interrogation in “Beit El” settlement, north of the city. The arrestees are: Tawfiq Ahmed Omar, Ali Hani Abu al-Khair and Ameed al-Nahed.
  • At approximately 06:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Mustafa Mousa (20) and Mohammed Nahed al-Khawaja (18), after raiding and searching their houses in Ni’lin, west of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 06:50, IOF arrested ‘Asef Abdul Mo’ti al-Rifa’i (20), after raiding and searching his house in Kafr Ein, northwest of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested Waleed Ahmed Khwais (16), while present near Bab al-‘Amud (Damscus Gate), in the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF arrested Na’eema Jamal Qabaja (34), while present at Bab al-‘Amud (Damscus Gate), in the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • IOF carried out (8) incursions in Birzeit, Bayt Liqya, Dayr Ghasana, Deir Abu Masha’al and Shuqba in Ramallah governorate; Halhul, Surif and Bani Na’im in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 04 October 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Qusai Ra’ed al-‘Aruj (19), after raiding and searching his house in al-‘Aruj village, east of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Ibrahim Mohammed Jubran (29), after raiding and searching his house in Hindaza, east of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested (5) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Isawiya, northeast the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Ali Sufian Obaid (18), Adam Shafiq Obaid (21), Eyas Hussain Obaid (20), Mohamed Bassam Alian (23), and Mohammed Bakr Mustafa (24).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Nabhan Saqer (56), after raiding and searching his house in Askar refugee camp, northeast of Nablus.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Abdul Rahman Shanyour (37), after raiding and searching his house on Oman street, east of Nablus.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Waleed Yousef al-Horoub (43), after raiding and searching his house in Dayr Samet, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Ra’ed Mohammed Ayesh (35), after raiding and searching his house in al-Dawha village, west of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Mohannad Mahmoud Abu Malash (38), after raiding and searching his house in Yatta, south of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF arrested Amro Mohammed al-Barghouthi (22), after raiding and searching his house in Tira neighborhood in the southern side of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved 100-meter to the east of Fukhkhari village, southeast of Khan Yunis. They levelled and combed lands adjacent to the border fence to the south before they deployed again.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF arrested Ayham Sami Abu Omar (23), after raiding and searching his house in Anata village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF stationed at Za’tara military checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, arrested Alaa Hamdan Abu Khader (47), and confiscated his vehicle without providing any justification.
  • At approximately 21:00, IOF arrested Saleem Ishaq al-Ja’ba (47), from al-Thuri neighborhood, south of the occupied East Jerusalem, after referring to the Moscovia Detention Center in West Jerusalem, on a prior summons.
  • IOF carried out an incursion in Ein Qiniya village, southwest of Ramallah. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 05 October 2021:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested 2 civilians including a journalist after raiding and searching their houses in Hebron. The arrestees are: Radi Ahmed Karama (34), a journalist in Masader Radio, and Abd Rabboh Mahmoud Ashour (36).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Sameh Awad Manasra (36), a freelance journalist, after raiding, searching, and damaging the contents of his house in Tulkarm. Islam Masnasra, Sameh’s brother, stated that:

At approximately 02:00, IOF stormed our house and started damaging the furniture and the house contents without letting us know what they want, as we live on the ground floor and my brother, Sameh, live in the first floor. Meanwhile, they ordered me to bring my ID card, but when I told them that I lost it several days ago, they got angrier started damaging the house contents with revenge. Later, the Israeli officer asked my father about his sons, my father replied that he has got 5 sons, and I am the only one who is living with them and Sameh is living upstairs. Immediately, they took my father and jogged to Sameh’s house, my father knocked on Sameh’s door for 7 minutes but he did not open, so the soldiers were about to blow up the door, but Sameh woke-up and opened the door in the right time, so they arrested Sameh and withdrew.

  • At approximately 02:40, IOF arrested Lo’ay Sami al-Ashqar (45), after raiding and searching his house in Seida village in Tulkarm.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Waleed Sa’di Safadi (26) and Fawwaz Ghassan Safadi (23), after raiding and searching their houses in Urif village, southeast of Nablus.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Abdullah Jaradat (39), after raiding and searching his house in Sa’ir, north of Hebron.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Yousef al-Sheikh (27), after raiding and searching his house in Beit ‘Anan village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested Ahmed Abd Rabboh Halayqa (40), after raiding and searching his house in Shuyukh, north of Hebron.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles and bulldozers moved 100-meters from al-Shawka, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, adjacent to the border fence with Israel. The combed and levelled lands before they deployed again after several hours.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Hatem Thawabtah (21), while present near the western entrance of Bayt Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Etaf Abdullah (14), while present near his school in Wadi Rahhal village, south of Bethlehem. IOF released him after several hours.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF Hamdi Jabr Shuqair (38) and Tal’at Fayez Badwan (33), after raiding and searching their houses in Bayt Surik, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Rabah al-Sayyad (14) and Salah al-Hedra (15), after raiding and searching their houses in al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Khalil Ibrahim Shaheen (32), from Bayt Sahur, east of Bethlehem governorate, after referring to the Israeli Intelligence Services on a prior summons.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF arrested Akram Fadi Mustafa (21), from Isawiya village, north of the occupied East Jerusalem, while passing through al-Zaeem military checkpoint, east of the city.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF arrested Abed Yehya Ayyash and Ahmed Nabil Abu Eid, both from Bidu village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem, while referring to the Israeli Intelligence Services on prior summonses.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Hable, south of Qalqilya; Kifl Haris, Qarawat Bani Hassan and Iskaka in Salfit governorate. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 06 October 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Diaa Habeeb Deriyah (16), after raiding and searching his house in Bayt Fajjar, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Alaa Yousef al-Sweity (27), after raiding and searching his house in Bayt Awa village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Salah al-Hourani and Bader Ibrahim Shahine, after raiding and searching their houses in Bayt Sahur village, east of Bethlehem governorate.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Osama Khaled al-‘Amour (30), after raiding and searching his house in Yatta, south of Hebron governorate.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Ali Khalil al-Tarayra (34), after raiding and searching his house in Bani Na’im, east of Hebron.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested (7) children after raiding and searching their houses in al-Isawiya, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Abdullah Bakr Mustafa (15), and his brother Ali (13); Mousa Haitham Mustafa (16), and his brothers Marwan (14) and Qais (13); Qusai Mohammed Derbas (17), and Ahmed Fathi al-Afghani (15).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Fadi Rami Abu Rabea’ (17), after raiding and searching his house in Nablus’s Old City.
  • At approximately 14:00, a group of undercover “Mista‘arvim” (Israeli Special Unit dressed like Palestinian civilians) sneaked into Jenin, using a mini-bus with a Palestinian registration palate. They stationed near al-Razi Hospital and arrested Islam al-Qombo’ (26), from Jenin.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Alaa Arafat Banat (19), from the southern area of Hebron, after stopping him at Checkpoint (160), east of the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron’s Old City.

Settlement Expansion and settler violence in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem

Demolitions, Confiscations, and Notices

  • On Friday 01 October 2021, Mohammed Ya’qoub Yaghmour self-demolished part of his family house in al-Thawri neighborhood, south of occupied East Jerusalem, pursuant to Israeli Municipality’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Mohammed Yaghmour said that his family built a second floor 16 years ago in his grandfather’s house built in 1967.  Yaghmour added that the old house was very small of 40 sqms and only had two rooms and a kitchen while the added part included a room, a living room and their facilities of 50 sqms.  Yaghmour said that the Israeli municipality has chased the family for 8 years and imposed on them two fines for the added part; one was 10,000 shekels while the other was 16,000 shekels.  Yaghmour said that the Israeli court has issued lately a final decision to demolish the added part, forcing him to self-demolish it for fear of being fined with thousands of shekels for the municipal demolition expenses.

  • At approximately 14:00 IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle moved into ‘Ein Fares, east of Dura, south of Hebron. The soldiers deployed in the Palestinian lands and stopped an excavator belonging to Mohammed Khelaf from working in establishing a road, claiming the land is located in Area C, where work is banned except with a prior permission. The excavator, which was taken to “Ghosh ‘Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem, was working in a plot of land belonging to Hamzah Mohammed Thiab Abu Saleh and is located next to “Adora” settlement established on parts of Dura village.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Sunday, 03 October 2021, Israeli Nature Authority crews accompanied with police officers moved into Wadi al-Rababah neighborhood in Silwan village and continued levelling the stone chains in Samarin family lands in the neighborhood after assaulting the owners and forcefully dispersing them.

Shadi Samarin, one of the lands’ owners in Wadi al-Rababah neighborhood, said that the Nature Authority crews stormed the family lands in the neighborhood and started levelling the stone chains and fences, resuming the demolition and land-razing operations started in the area years ago.  These operations come in favor of establishing settlement projects such as the light rail, biblical parks, and gardening projects at the expense of Palestinians’ lands, houses and properties.  Samarin said that his cousin, Ahmed Adam ‘Awad Samarin, was one of the lands’ owners who attempted to stop the razing operations but were dispersed forcibly by IOF.  He added that the Israeli police assaulted his cousin with riffles’ butts and hit him on the head, causing him wounds in the eye and mouth.  Samarin said that his cousin was then arrested and held in a Magen David Adom ambulance, where he and his 12-year-old daughter, Sondos, were assaulted when she tried to help her father.  One of the soldiers hit her with the riffle’s butt on her shoulder and then pushed to the ground, causing her bruises.

  • In the same morning, ‘Arafat al-Rajabi self-demolished his house in Beit Hanina village, north of occupied East Jerusalem, pursuant to the Israeli Municipality’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Al-Rajabi added that he built his 50-sqm house comprised of 2 bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom in the beginning of this year to live with his wife and 8 children, adding that he only moved in 3 months ago.   Al-Rajabi said that the Israeli municipality did not give him enough time to live happily in his house as only days ago an administrative demolition decision was issued, giving him 4 days to self-demolish or the municipality would send its crews to demolish it and impose on him tens of thousands of shekels.  Al-Rajabi said that he had to carry out the demolition himself like all those living in Jerusalem who are forced to self-demolish their houses fearing the high fines.  He added that, “I will set a tent next to my house rubble as I cannot afford paying 4,000 shekels to rent a house in the area.”

  • On Monday, 04 October 2021, Mohammed Ahmed al-Khatib self-demolished his house in Sourbaher village, south of occupied East Jerusalem, pursuant to the Israeli municipality’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Mohammed al-Khatib said that he started building his house 2 years ago to live in it after he got married.  Al-Khatib said that his 80-sqm house is still under construction and he could not finish it because the Israeli municipality issued a decision to stop construction works in it.  Al-Khatib added that he hired a lawyer to freeze the decision and managed to do so.  However, the Israeli municipality issued a new decision to stop construction works in the house and then another decision to demolish it, forcing him to self-demolish his house so that the municipality would not send its crews to carry out the demolition and fine him with tens of thousands of shekels. Al-Khatib added that he had already paid 70,000 shekels for the lawyer during the past 2 years and he cannot afford paying any further fees or fines.

  • At approximately 11:00, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle moved into Khelet al-Dabe’a area, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. The Civil Administration officer notified 4 water collection wells funded by the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture within an area allocated as a pastoral reserve of 260 dunums donated by Dababsah and al-‘Amour families.  The military decision no. 1797 gives 96 days for the demolition.
  • At approximately 1:00 on Tuesday, 05 October 2021, IOF backed by a military vehicle and accompanied with a Civil Administration vehicle in Sousiya village, south of Yatta, south of Hebron. The Civil Administration officer handed Mahmoud Ahmed Nawaj’ah a notice to demolish a 40-sqm unroofed agricultural room of bricks within 7 days, noting it was built in July 2020 and a family of 3 was supposed to live in it.  The Israeli authorities gave a notice on 11 August 2021 to stop construction works in the room under the pretext of unlicensed construction and confiscated construction materials and equipment used in the construction. 
  • At approximately 11:00 on Tuesday, 05 October 2021, IOF backed by a military vehicle and accompanied with a Civil Administration vehicle moved into Laseefer village, east of Yatta, behind the annexation wall. The officer handed Mahmoud Khalil Abu Qabitah a notice to stop construction works in his under-construction house of 100 sqms built of bricks and tinplate under the pretext of unlicensed construction, noting that his family of 12, including 6 children and a person with disability, was supposed to move in.

Laseefer village is located behind the annexation wall, which is established around “Beit Yatir” settlement.  Abu Qabitah and his family reach their houses by crossing the military checkpoint established at the wall via permits issued by the Israeli authorities, which sometimes refuse so to tighten the screws on them to leave the houses.

  • At approximately 10:00 on Wednesday, 06 October 2021, Israeli municipality bulldozers demolished a house belonging to Mohammed Mahmoud Matter in ‘Ein al-Lozeh neighborhood in Silwan village, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City after the house’s owner demolished part of his house last June, pursuant to the Israeli municipality decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Matter said that he built his 60-sqm house in 2011 and lived there with his wife and 5 children.  Matter said that the Israeli municipality has chased him since 2014 and issued a decision at the time to demolish the house.  In 2015, the Israeli municipality imposed on him a fine of 30,000 shekels, which he was committed to pay in monthly payments.  Matter said that the Israeli police raided his house on 21 July and handed him a notice to evacuate and implement the demolition decision against him within 21 days.  Matter added that he had to demolish part of the house, which was a bedroom and balcony.  He said that the Israeli municipality crews again raided his house and handed him a notice to demolish the house completely, but he refused to self-demolish it.  He said that he was surprised in the next morning with IOF and their vehicles raiding and surrounding his house while he and his family were forced to evacuate and the vehicles then started the demolition.

  • At approximately 11:00, IOF accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration SUV al-Lahf Kafet al-Faras area in Huwara village, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank. The Civil Administration officer notified six facilities of demolition under the pretext of illegal construction in Area C.

     The notified facilities were as follows:

#NameNotified Facilitynotes
1.‘Akef Fayez Mustafa ‘OdahA 90-sqm tinplate barrackUsed for grazing sheep
2.‘Omer Mohammed ‘Ali MohammedA 2-story house; the first floor is 100 sqms while the second is 260 sqmsReady
3.Nawras Tawfiq Mahmoud ‘OdahA 120-sqm houseUnder construction
4.Reda Tawfiq Mahmoud ‘OdahA 100-sqm barrackUsed for grazing sheep
5.‘Abdullah Mahmoud Salim ‘OdahA 3-story house; the first and second floor are 150 sqms for each while the third floor is 70 sqmsReady
6.Ahmed Khaled Ahmed ‘OdahA 130-sqm barrackUsed for grazing sheep

At approximately 11:30, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle and a truck mounted crane moved into Ghaziwah area, east of Yatta, south of Hebron.  The soldiers deployed between civilians’ houses and confiscated a caravan belonging to Ahmed ‘Issa al-Yatim.

Closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement of persons and goods:

The Gaza Strip:

The Israeli authorities continued to impose collective punishments against the people of the Gaza Strip, including tightened restrictions on imports and exports, causing a serious deterioration in Palestinians’ enjoyment of their economic and cultural rights.

The West Bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of 39 temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals, where IOF searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested one of them. IOF reinforced its restrictions on civilians’ freedom of movement at its permanent checkpoints in the West Bank and shut some checkpoints for several hours on multiple occasions.

Here follows PCHR documentation of restrictions on the freedom of movement and IOF-established temporary checkpoints across the West Bank this week:

Jerusalem:

  • On Monday, 04 October 2021, IOF closed the entrance to al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City and erupted many police checkpoints at the intersections leading to it to secure the entry of hundreds of settlers into the neighborhood.
  • On Tuesday, 05 October 2021, IOF established police checkpoints in many areas in the Old City and closed the intersections of Wadi al-Joz, al-Sheikh Jarrah, and al-Tour neighborhoods for few hours, blocking traffic.

Ramallah:

  • On Thursday, 30 September 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village.
  • On Friday, 01 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village.
  • On Saturday, 02 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Silwad village, east of Ramallah.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 30 September 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints near al-Nashash Intersection and at the entrance to Teqoa village.
  • On Friday, 01 October 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints near al-Nashash Intersection, in ‘Aqbet Hassnah area, at the western entrances to Teqoa and Beit Fajjar villages.
  • On Saturday, 02 October 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints in ‘Aqbet Hassnah area, at the western entrances to Teqoa and Beit Fajjar villages.
  • On Monday, 04 October 2021, IOF tightened its restrictions at al-Container checkpoint, northeast of Bethlehem, blocking traffic. They also established a checkpoint at the entrance to Wadi Foqin.
  • On Wednesday, 06 October 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints in ‘Aqbet Hassan area and at the entrance to Wadi Fokin village.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 30 September 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at entrances to Hebron, al-Samou’a, Beit Ummar, and al-Shyoukh villages.
  • On Friday, 01 October 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to al-‘Arroub refugee camp, Bani Na’im, Ethna, Kharsa and Ad-Dhariya villages.
  • On Saturday, 02 October 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Tarqumia, Kharsa and Ad-Dhariya villages.
  • On Sunday, 03 October 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Samou’a, al-Shyoukh and al-Ramadeen villages.
  • On Wednesday, 06 October 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Sa’ir and Ethna villages and Western Hebron.

Jenin:

  • On Saturday, 02 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the Kafiret intersection in Jenin.

Salfit:

  • On Saturday, 02 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrances to Kafr al-Deek and Deir Ballut villages, west of Salfit.

Qalqilya:

  • On Monday, 04 October 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at entrance to Izbat a-Tabib village, east of Qalqilya.

 34 عامًا على انطلاقة “الجهاد”.. تأكيد على المقاومة حتى النصر

المصدر

 34 عامًا على انطلاقة "الجهاد".. تأكيد على المقاومة حتى النصر

تحت شعار “جهادنا حرية وانتصار”، تُحيي حركة الجهاد الإسلامي في فلسطين هذا العام الذكرى الـ34 لانطلاقتها الجهادية. 

القيادات والحركات الفلسطينية باركت لحركة الجهاد هذا اليوم، مؤكدة وحدة الصف الفلسطيني بوجه العدو المحتل. 

قيادات “الجهاد”

وبالمناسبة، قال الأمين العام لحركة الجهاد الإسلامي زياد النخالة إن “ما حدث بعد نفق الحرية يؤكد للعدو مرة أخرى أن هذه الأرض لنا وأن العدو إلى زوال”. 

ولفت النخالة إلى أن “هؤلاء القتلة الصهاينة وجب قتالهم فإما حياة كريمة لنا أو ذل مستدام”، مشيرًا إلى أن “هذا العام شهدنا رفضًا لكل محاولات العدو لتهجير أهلنا في الشيخ جراح وحي سلوان”. 

النخالة اعتبر أنه “المحزن أكثر هو تمدد الصهيونية في المنطقة العربية بشكل لم يحلم به مؤسسو الصهيونية”. 

وقال: “نحن أكثر وعيًا بالمشروع الصهيوني فلنقف جميعًا شعبًا واحدًا وإرادة واحدة”، لافتًا إلى أن “المشروع الرسمي الفلسطيني أقصر من قامة الشهداء”.

وأشار إلى “أننا موعودون بالنصر والعدو محكوم بالخروج من فلسطين وعلينا أن نخرج من الغمغمة السياسية”. 

ووفقًا للنخالة، فإن “بعض الأنظمة العربية يأخذ خطابنا للارتماء في المشروع الصهيوني الأميركي”، مضيفًا أنه “إذا لم نفعل ذلك سيبقى الاحتلال وسيتمدد لذلك يجب أن نراهن على شعبنا ومقاتلينا”.

ورأى الأمين العام لـ”الجهاد” أن “معركة سيف القدس كشفت هشاشة الاحتلال وأحيت الأمل لدى شعبنا بأن الانتصار على العدو ممكن”، مشيرًا إلى أنه “أصبح واضحًا للعالم أن مهرجانات التطبيع والسلام الكاذب وافتتاح السفارات لن تغير حقائق التاريخ”.

النخالة أكد أنه “رغم التحديات نراهن على ثبات أهلنا في القدس في التصدي لاقتحامات المستوطنين للأقصى”، قائلًا إن “ما تمر به قضيتنا الفلسطينية من تحديات لا يمنعنا من أن نرى بوادر أمل من أن الانتصار قريب”.

كما شدد على أن “شعبنا شعب مقاوم ومرابط ولم يبخل يومًا في تقديم التضحيات من أجل فلسطين ويواجه أعتى احتلال”. في المقابل “هناك من يراهن على تسويق الوهم في إمكانية إحداث اختراق لدى ذلك الاحتلال”، موجهًا “التحية إلى الأسرى ولا سيما منهم أسرى حركة الجهاد الإسلامي”.

كذلك وجه التحية إلى أبطال نفق الحرية وإلى الأسيرات اللواتي وصفهن بأنهن نجمات على جبين الأمة، مؤكدًا “وحدة قوى المقاومة في فلسطين والمنطقة وحماية هذه الوحدة”.

وشدد الأمين العام على “التمسك بفلسطين كل فلسطين وعلى أن المقاومة خيارنا”، مجددًا رفضه الدائم لكل مشاريع التطبيع والاستسلام مهما بلغ عدد الدول المتورطة فيها.

ممثل “حركة الجهاد الإسلامي” في لبنان إحسان عطايا قال من ناحيته إن “ذكرى انطلاقة حركة الجهاد الإسلامي الـ34 لها ميزة ونكهة خاصة، ولا سيما أنها جاءت خلال عام حافل بالإنجازات المهمة التي غيَّرت فيها “سرايا القدس” وفصائل المقاومة الفلسطينية الكثير من المعادلات مع العدو الصهيوني”.

وأكد عطايا لـ”إذاعة القدس” أن “حركة الجهاد ما زالت ثابتة على خيار المقاومة من أجل تحرير كل تراب فلسطين، ولم تتزحزح عن ثوابتها التي انطلقت من أجلها قيد أنملة”.

وأضاف: “حركة الجهاد في مواقفها وإنجازاتها أكدت للجميع أنه لا يمكن بغير المقاومة تحقيق إنجازات نوعية وتفوق على العدو في طريق تحرير القدس وكل فلسطين”.

ولفت إلى أن “الساحات كلها تعمل على قدم وساق من أجل الاحتفال بذكرى الانطلاقة الجهادية المركزية المتزامنة فيما بينها، لتثبت الحركة بذلك مجددًا أنها ما زالت متماسكة، وقادرة على التواصل والتفاعل، ويمكنها إرسال رسائل متعددة الاتجاهات بأنها ستبقى متسلحة بثوابتها، ومتمسكة بمبادئها ومنطلقاتها، وستظل وفية لنهج قادتها المؤسسين، ولدماء شهدائها المخلصين، وكل الذين استشهدوا على طريق القدس وفلسطين”.

وأكد عطايا في ختام حديثه أن “حركة الجهاد في طليعة المقاومين، وتخوض المعركة مع العدو دفاعًا عن فلسطين ومقدساتها، وصونًا لكرامة الأمة وعزتها”، موجهًا “التحية لشهدائنا وجرحانا وأسرانا البواسل في سجون العدو وزنازينه، ولشعبنا الصابر والمقاوم في غزة الأبية الصابرة، الذي لا يزال يدفع أثمانًا باهظة، ويتحمل الحصار الخانق لتمسكه بخيار المقاومة، وكذلك لأهلنا في القدس والضفة وعموم أرضنا المحتلة في انتفاضتهم المباركة بوجه الاحتلال”.

من جهته، أكد القيادي في حركة الجهاد الإسلامي أحمد المدلل أن الحركة من خلال سلاحها البسيط استطاعت أن تدك العدو الصهيوني وتصنع معادلات ردع جديدة.

وأكد المدلل في تصريح لقناة القدس اليوم أن شرف الانطلاقة الجهادية الـ34 أن الدكتور المؤسس فتحي الشقاقي أراد  لفلسطين أن تكون حاضرة دائمًا في صلب الوعي الإسلامي ومن تمحور حوله هم الشباب المسلم.

وقال: “بالرغم من كل ما واجهته حركة الجهاد الإسلامي من حصار ومطاردات إلا أنها أصبحت قوية أكثر”. وأوضح أن كل العمليات البطولية لحركة الجهاد وصولًا لعملية انتزاع الحرية أعادت تأثير الحركة على الطاولة العالمية.

وشدد على أن المقاومة الفلسطينية والشعب الفلسطيني هما السد المنيع أمام العدو الصهيوني الذي لا يفهم سوى لغة القوة. وأكد أنه لا بد من وجود مشروع عربي إسلامي نهضوي في مواجهة المشروع الاستكباري الصهيوني.

وبيّن المدلل أن الكيان الصهيوني يعيش في أسوأ مراحله لأن سلاح المقاومة وعلى رأسه سلاح سرايا القدس استطاع ضرب عمق “تل أبيب”.

قيادات “حماس”

وقد هنأت حركة المقاومة الإسلامية “حماس” حركة الجهاد الإسلامي وأمينها العام، وأعضاء المكتب السياسي، وعموم قادة الحركة وكوادرها بمناسبة ذكرى الانطلاقة الرابعة والثلاثين. 

وقالت “حماس” في بيان إن انطلاقة حركة الجهاد الإسلامي مثلت إضافة نوعية وإسهامًا كبيرًا في تعزيز المقاومة، وردف مشروع التحرير وحق العودة بالقوة والمنعة. 

وأكدت الحركة في هذه المناسبة وحدة الهدف والقواسم المشتركة القائمة على خيار المقاومة ومقارعة المحتل، والمضي في تعزيز وحدة الحال والكلمة، والاستمرار في تحالف متين نحو هدفنا المشترك، تحرير فلسطين من بحرها إلى نهرها. 

ولفتت إلى أن الصورة المشرقة التي جمعت سرايا القدس وكتائب القسام وكل أذرع المقاومة الفلسطينية في مواجهة الاحتلال ستبقى هي الحقيقة الثابتة، والتي لن تتغير حتى تطهير الأرض والمقدسات. 

وأضافت “في هذا اليوم المجيد نقف إجلالًا للقادة الشهداء، المؤسس الدكتور الشهيد فتحي الشقاقي، والدكتور الشهيد رمضان شلح، وكل الشهداء والأسرى من حركة الجهاد الإسلامي الذين برهنوا بالدم على صدق التمسك بمسار التحرير والإصرار عليه، وأنهم لن يقيلوا أو يستقيلوا حتى يتحقق هدف التحرير”. 

وبعثت الحركة بخالص التبريكات والدعوات الصادقات لرفقاء الدرب وشركاء الدم، مجددة معهم عهد الوفاء لفلسطين حتى نلتقي في ساحات المسجد الأقصى المبارك مهللين مكبرين محررين، وما ذلك على الله بعزيز ولا بعيد.

من جانبه، وجه اسماعيل رضوان القيادي في حركة حماس التحية والتهنئة لحركة الجهاد الاسلامي في ذكرى انطلاقتها، مؤكدًا أن انطلاقة حركة الجهاد الإسلامي نوعية وليست زيادة رقمية حيث أضافت رخمًا جديدًا في العمل المقاوم وأبدعت في ميداني السياسة والمقاومة معًا.

وقال رضوان: “نعتز بالعلاقة التي تربط حركة حماس والجهاد الاسلامي، حيث إننا يدٌ واحدة، وسرايا القدس وكتائب القسام تعملان سويا وستواصلان العمل كونهما رفقاء الدم والمصير”، مشددًا على  حرص حركته على تطوير العلاقة الثنائية بين حركتي الجهاد الاسلامي وحماس وكل الوطن حتى الوصول للوحدة الوطنية التي تحافظ على الثوابت حتى تحرير فلسطين.

وأضاف رضوان: “العلاقة التي تربط بين الحركتين قائمة على المبدأ والعقيدة كوننا أصحاب مدرسة ايمانية تستمد أساسها من القرآن والكريم والسنة النبوية، وهي ما يربطنا في الفكر والتربية فنحن نسير على ذات الشوكة”.

وأشار رضوان إلى أن حركتي الجهاد وحماس قدمتا أغلى ما لديهما من رموز القيادة، بالإضافة إلى قيادة الجهاد الإسلامي مؤسسها فتحي الشقاقي وهاني العابد والخواجة وبهاء أبو العطاء وغيرهم من قوافل الشهداء، مؤكدًا أن التحام الحركتين نابع من صدقهما في تحرير فلسطين والتكامل القائم من رأس الهرم إلى باقي المجالات العسكرية والميدانية.

حركة “المجاهدين”

في السياق نفسه، تقدمت “حركة المجاهدين الفلسطينية” ممثلة بأمينها العام أسعد أبو شريعة “أبو الشيخ” وأعضاء مكتب الأمانة العامة وكافة قيادة وكوادر الحركة من إخوة الدين والدرب والجهاد في حركة الجهاد الإسلامي، وعلى رأسهم القائد زياد النخالة الأمين العام للحركة وأعضاء مكتبها السياسي وكوادرها، بخالص التهاني والتبريكات في ذكرى انطلاقتهم الرابعة والثلاثين.

وقالت حركة المجاهدين في بيان لها إن الانطلاقة أضافت زخمًا جهاديًا لمسيرة النضال الفلسطيني وللحركة الإسلامية في فلسطين، فكانت معلمًا بارزًا في مشروع التحرير والعودة، وقدمت رصيدًا كبيرًا في مسيرة الفكر والبندقية.

واعتبرت أن هذه المناسبة الجهادية أكدت الروابط الوثيقة التي تجمع مجاهدي الحركتين ومقاتلي سرايا القدس وكتائب المجاهدين والمشوار الطويل من التنسيق والعمل المشترك لنؤكد مضينا في تعزيز روابط الشراكة والتحالف نحو تحرير فلسطين من بحرها إلى نهرها وانتزاع كل الحقوق.

وشددت على ضرورة تعزيز التعاضد بين فصائل المقاومة كجسم فلسطيني أصيل يعبر عن ارادة الشعب في التحرر والخلاص من المحتل.

حركة “الأحرار” 

بدورها، هنأت حركة الأحرار حركة الجهاد الإسلامي في الذكرى الـ34 لانطلاقتها الجهادية، مؤكدة أنها امتداد لمسيرة من الجهاد والعطاء في خدمة مشروع المقاومة

وقالت حركة الأحرار إن حركة الجهاد الإسلامي شكَّلت عنوانًا من عناوين الجهاد والبطولة وركيزة أساسية في ريادة مسيرة نضال شعبنا وإضافة نوعية لفصائل المقاومة الفلسطينية.

واستذكرت الحركة قادتها الكرام المؤسس الدكتور فتحي الشقاقي والأمين العام السابق د.رمضان عبد الله شلح وقافلة كبيرة من الشهداء، متمنية لحركة الجهاد دوام الرفعة والتقدم والارتقاء والثبات على خطى الشهداء.

حركة “فتح”

بالموازاة، هنأ عباس زكي عضو اللجنة المركزية لحركة فتح الأمين العام لحركة الجهاد الاسلامي القائد زياد النخالة ومكتبها السياسي وكوادرها بذكرة الانطلاقة الجهادية الـ34، مشيدًا بالحفاظ على نهج الحركة القائم على الثوابت ونضالها من أجل استعادة الأرض دون أن تسأل عن مكانتها في الحصص.

وقال زكي: “كرم الله حركة الجهاد الاسلامي أن يكون قائدها الأول شهيدًا، ونحن نراهن على الحركة التي تعلقت وملأت الفراغ وأصبحت قوة لا يستهان بها في ظل أوضاع غاية في التعقيد”.

وأشاد زكي بالأمين العام لحركة الجهاد الاسلامي القائد زياد النخالة لحفاظه على الإرث العظيم بعناده وإصراراه على الثوابت التي تُشكل طموح شعبنا.

وشدد زكي على أن العدو يقف حائرًا أمام حركة تكرس الوعي والفهم الذي انطلقت على أساسه بالإضافة إلى دورها المعاصر، مشيرًا إلى أن الاحتلال يستهدف أسرى الجهاد الإسلامي، بعد أن قام ستة من نخبتها بحفر نفق داخل سجن جلبوع واصطحاب المارد الفتحاوي ليعطي العارضة رسالة لنا جميعا أن الوحدة هي الأساس للقضاء على الاحتلال.

Racial Justice Vs. The Israel Lobby: When Being Pro-Palestine Becomes the New Normal

October 6, 2021

From left, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rep. Ayanna Pressley. (Photo: video grab)

By Ramzy Baroud

There is an unmistakable shift in American politics regarding Palestine and Israel, a change that is inspired by the way in which many Americans, especially the youth, view the Palestinian struggle and the Israeli occupation. While this shift is yet to translate into tangibly diminishing Israel’s stronghold over the US Congress, it promises to be of great consequence in the coming years.

Recent events at the US House of Representatives clearly demonstrate this unprecedented reality. On September 21, Democratic lawmakers successfully rejected a caveat that proposes to give Israel $1 billion in military funding as part of a broader spending bill, after objections from several progressive Congress members. The money was specifically destined to fund the purchase of new batteries and interceptors for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

Two days later, the funding of the Iron Dome was reintroduced and, this time, it has successfully, and overwhelmingly, passed with a vote of 420 to 9, despite passionate pleas by Palestinian-American Representative, Rashida Tlaib.

In the second vote, only eight Democrats opposed the measure. The ninth opposing vote was cast by a member of the Republican party, Thomas Massie of Kentucky.

Though she was one of the voices that blocked the funding measure on September 21, Democratic Representative, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, switched her vote at the very last minute to “present”, creating confusion and generating anger among her supporters.

As for Massie, his defiance of the Republican consensus generated him the title of “Antisemite of the Week” by a notorious pro-Israel organization called ‘Stop Antisemitism’.

Despite the outcome of the tussle, the fact that such an episode has even taken place in Congress was a historic event requiring much reflection. It means that speaking out against the Israeli occupation of Palestine is no longer taboo among elected US politicians.

Once upon a time, speaking out against Israel in Congress generated a massive and well-organized backlash from the pro-Israeli lobby, especially the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), that, in the past, ended promising political careers, even those of veteran politicians. A combination of media smear tactics, support of rivals and outright threats often sealed the fate of the few dissenting Congress members.

While AIPAC and its sister organizations continue to follow the same old tactic, the overall strategy is hardly as effective as it once was. Members of the Squad, young Representatives who often speak out against Israel and in support of Palestine, were introduced to the 2019 Congress. With a few exceptions, they remained largely consistent in their position in support of Palestinian rights and, despite intense efforts by the Israeli lobby, they were all reelected in 2020. The historic lesson here is that being critical of Israel in the US Congress is no longer a guarantor of a decisive electoral defeat; on the contrary, in some instances, it is quite the opposite.

The fact that 420 members of the House voted to provide Israel with additional funds – to be added to the annual funds of $3.8 billion – reflects the same unfortunate reality of old, that, thanks to the relentless biased corporate media coverage, most American constituencies continue to support Israel.

However, the loosening grip of the lobby over the US Congress offers unique opportunities for the pro-Palestinian constituencies to finally place pressure on their Representatives, demanding accountability and balance. These opportunities are not only created by new, youthful voices in America’s democratic institutions, but by the rapidly shifting public opinion, as well.

For decades, the vast majority of Americans supported Israel. The reasons behind this support varied, depending on the political framing as communicated by US officials and media. Prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union, for example, Tel Aviv was viewed as a stalwart ally of Washington against Communism. In later years, new narratives were fabricated to maintain Israel’s positive image in the eyes of ordinary Americans. The US so-called ‘war on terror’, declared in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, for example, positioned Israel as an American ally against ‘Islamic extremism’, painting resisting Palestinians as ‘terrorists’, thus giving the Israeli occupation of Palestine a moral facade.

However, new factors have destabilized this paradigm. One is the fact that support for Israel has become a divisive issue in the US’ increasingly tumultuous and combative politics, where most Republicans support Israel and most Democrats don’t.

Moreover, as racial justice has grown to become one of the most defining and emotive subjects in American politics, many Americans began seeing the Palestinian struggle against the Israeli occupation from the prism of millions of Americans’ own fight for racial equality. The fact that the social media hashtag #PalestinianLivesMatter continues to trend daily alongside the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter speaks of a success story where communal solidarity and intersectionality have prevailed over selfish politics, where only money matters.

Millions of young Americans now see the struggle in Palestine as integral to the anti-racist fight in America; no amount of pro-Israeli lobbying in Congress can possibly shift this unmistakable trend. There are plenty of numbers that attest to these claims. One of many examples is the University of Maryland’s public opinion poll in July, which showed that more than half of polled Americans disapproved of President Joe Biden’s handling of the Israeli war on Gaza in May 2021, believing that he could have done more to stop the Israeli aggression.

Of course, courageous US politicians dared to speak out against Israel in the past. However, there is a marked difference between previous generations and the current one. In American politics today, there are politicians who are elected because of their strong stance for Palestine and, by deviating from their election promises, they risk the ire of the growing pro-Palestine constituency throughout the country. This changing reality is finally making it possible to nurture and sustain pro-Palestinian presence in US Congress.

In other words, speaking out for Palestine in America is no longer a charitable and rare occurrence. As the future will surely reveal, it is the “politically correct” thing to do.

– Ramzy Baroud is a journalist and the Editor of The Palestine Chronicle. He is the author of five books. His latest is “These Chains Will Be Broken: Palestinian Stories of Struggle and Defiance in Israeli Prisons” (Clarity Press). Dr. Baroud is a Non-resident Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA) and also at the Afro-Middle East Center (AMEC). His website is www.ramzybaroud.net

%d bloggers like this: