Sayyed Nasrallah on “Grand Victory Day”: Any Future War Will Witness Live Streaming of Destroying ‘Israel’

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Beirut – Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered a televised speech during the Lebanese resistance party’s celebration of the 13th anniversary of the “Grand Victory” during the ‘Israeli’ 33-day July 2006 war on Lebanon.

Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that “The resistance took advantage of the July 2006 war experience, setting a developed military system to defend our land.”

He further noted that ‘Israel’ has been trying over 13 years to renovate its ground forces and its confidence to achieve victory but it is still disable to do that.

Voicing the strength of the axis of resistance, His Eminence stressed that the Zionists wanted during the July war to put an end to all the states of resistance in the region, however, he stated “today we have an axis of resistance that stretches from Palestine to Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Yemen.”

Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated an earlier promise that the enemy’s brigades and their tanks will be destroyed live on TV screens, adding that the world will witness the live broadcast of the destroying the ‘Israeli brigades that would enter Lebanon.”

His Eminence further explained that “The former head of the strategic planning at the ‘Israeli’ army confessed that the enemy’s entity is small and breakable, and that with a few number of accurate missiles, Hezbollah is able to inflict heavy costs on it in any war.”

Sayyed Nasrallah further highlighted the ‘Israeli’ domestic front’s chief’s saying that the “the borders between the domestic civil front and the military one will disappear in the first phases of any future war with Hezbollah.”

Resistance’s cost way less expensive than submission

Hezbollah Secretary General stressed that “We can now rely on the power of the axis of resistance which we boast belonging to,” noting that the martyrs of the stabbing operation that took place on Thursday in al-Quds are the sample of the Palestinian generation, the generation of the future and the resistance.”

Tackling the issue of resistance in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, His Eminence said “Syria endured the universal war and is heading with stable steps towards victory,” adding that “a strong and faithful resistance in Iraq forced the Americans to withdraw.” He then went on to say the “Yemen today is in a state of legendary endurance and stability, and that there are signs of the near defeat of the aggression.”

The resistance leader considered that “relying on the axis of resistance leads to stopping the aggression against Yemen thanks to the endurance, and will prevent Iraq from returning to the American hegemony.”

“With the might of the resistance front, al-Quds and the sanctities may be restores, and Gaza remains dignified with the hope filling the hearts of the Palestinians.”

His Eminence noted that “the cost of resistance is way less than that of submitting and compromising,” stressing that with the resistance the land, dignity, oil, sovereignty and honor remain, while with submission they would take them all.

Regarding the axis of resistance, Sayyed Nasrallah said that “when talking about a US war on Iran, the axis of resistance is the one that prevents the war through its solid stance, endurance and readiness to burst the region out.”

What prevents a war is the cohesion of the resistance front, Sayyed Nasrallah added.

Naming those pushing the region towards a war, Hezbollah Secretary General listed ‘Israeli’ Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and some Gulf countries: “We want to stop the wars in Yemen and Syria and preserve stability in Iraq and Lebanon.”

Hinting to US President Donald Trump’s retreat from waging a war on Iran, Sayyed Nasrallah explained that it is because Trump recognized how strong and capable Iran is on the military level, not to mention its courage and bravery.

Resistance didn’t spare Zionists from fleeing under fire

Regarding the square of confrontation (comprising the villages of Ainatha, Bint Jbeil, Maroun al-Ras and Aitaroun) where the celebration was held, Sayyed Nasrallah said this place witnessed one of the major battles during the July war, and it was a main decisive point during the war.

“The enemy was eyeing Bint Jbeil because it would have represented a moral and military achievement upon which it would build its achievements during the rest of the war,” the resistance leader explained, adding that “the Zionist war minister insisted on Bint Jbeil where the 200 Liberation celebration was held to deliver a speech in which he tells the world that ‘Israeli’ is not feebler than a spider web, but he also failed.”

Sayyed Nasrallah noted that “the resistance fighters confronted the enemy’s army a few meters away from one house to another and under tough military circumstances, and Allah blessed them with victory.”

The resistance didn’t spare the ‘Israeli’ from fleeing under, Sayyed Nasrallah said, explaining why the enemy committed massacres in the villages. “The ‘Israeli’ army wanted to present a field achievement but its defeat in Bint Jbeil made it desperate from making any ground achievement.”

Sayyed Nasrallah further praised the resistance men and the villagers who confirmed the spider web belief which the ‘Israeli’ was dying to eliminate.

Fire intended for the region will burn their faces

“The evidence on Iran’s power and will is the legal downing the US spy drone and the detaining of the British oil tanker,” Sayyed Nasrallah explained.

He further stressed that “The Iranian people refuse that their officials negotiate under pressure because their dignity is above all,” noting that “a war on Iran is a war on the entire axis of resistance, which means that the region will burn.”

Hence, His Eminence stressed that “the fire some are attempting to ignite in the region will burn their faces and entities, not only their fingers.”

The tripartite equation saved Lebanon

“Neither the US nor the international community and the Arab protection can remind Lebanon of a favor regarding its stability and freedom,” His Eminence said, adding that the tripartite equation of the Army, people and resistance is the one that made safety and stability in Lebanon.

“The scheme of 2006 war on Lebanon was supposed to crush the resistance in Lebanon and Palestine, crush the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, stabilize the US occupation of Iraq, eliminate resistance there, in addition to isolating Iran on the way to topple it,” Sayyed Nasrallah stressed.

“July war stopped for one reason which is that the US and ‘Israel’ recognized their failure in making any achievement in this war and their fear of things turning against them.

“Had ‘Israel’ continued the war after what it had faced over its course, it would have been heading towards a major catastrophe; and had the US scheme succeeded, it would have led to American hegemony in the region, and the starting point would have been the July 2006 war.”

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Gantz’s Electoral Campaign Is Focused on Gaza’s Vulnerability

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Ramona Wadi
August 14, 2019

Five years after the colonial massacre unleashed by Israel on Gaza, known as Operation Protective Edge, Israeli politicians are still eyeing the enclave for ultimate destruction. Former IDF Chief and leader of the Blue and White Party, Benny Gantz, is promoting the same violent tactics that formed part of his earlier electoral campaign: invade Gaza and assassinate Hamas leaders if the conditions Israel demands are not accepted.

“We will aim for the toppling of Hamas, take action to assassinate all Hamas leaders and go in with ground forces for however long we want,” Gantz remarked during a press conference in Sderot.

As the IDF Chief of Staff during Operation Protective Edge in 2014, Gantz oversaw the scale of bombardment and massacres against Palestinians civilians. The deliberate violence, which also targeted Gaza’s infrastructure, left thousands of Palestinians displaced. Over 2,000 Palestinians were killed and 11,231 injured, according to UN reports.

Netanyahu has so far refrained from another large-scale aggression against Gaza. While his strategic, intermittent bombing has earned him widespread criticism in within Israel’s settler-society, Netanyahu has merely changed tactics but not ideology. Without any overt declarations of targeting Gaza, Netanyahu is normalising the Israeli agenda and deflect criticism from the international community. The latter was put to the test a few months ago last May, when Israel’s airstrikes on Gaza elicited rhetoric from the international community justifying Israel’s purported right to “defend itself” while blaming Hamas.

While attempting to portray himself as different from Netanyahu, Gantz is merely offering another trajectory of implementing Zionist colonial violence. Israeli media is already running reports of a possible coalition government between Likud and the Blue and White party, thus signalling that despite alleged differences, Netanyahu and Gantz are still in accordance over political issues, notably Gaza, settlement expansion and the prevention of any form of a Palestinian state.

Gantz’s party is proposing the elimination of the Hamas leadership and destruction of its “headquarters, warehouses, operatives,” after which it would “fix the humanitarian situation in Gaza.” This plan of action was outlined by Gabi Ashkenazi, under whose direction as IDF Chief of Staff Operation Cast Lead unfolded in 2008.

Such exploitative comments illustrate Gaza’s vulnerability. In recent years, Palestinians in Gaza have suffered increasing deprivation as a result of endeavours by Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the international community to render humanitarian aid conditional. UN officials have even stated their preference for a return to PA rule in Gaza to facilitate their humanitarian operations. Again, depriving Gaza of basic necessities is also blamed upon Hamas.

Gantz’s solution is to eliminate a political leadership and resistance movement in a large scale, drawn out aggression that will affect Palestinians in Gaza who are still suffering the consequences of the previous Israeli bombardments. Humanitarian aid, according to Gantz, is conditional upon Hamas’s elimination. As Gaza is rendered fragile to Israeli threats and their implementation, the manipulation of humanitarian aid for Palestinians, already a plan in action, will be consolidated.

Furthermore, Gantz is proposing is the re-establishment of Israeli presence in the enclave – a notion which is prevalentamong other Israeli candidates, albeit with different interpretations.  The ground invasion, therefore, must not be thought of merely as a military action tied to a specific operation, but as a possible prelude envisaged by the former IDF chiefs to contain Gaza from within – along with the illegal blockade that continues to threaten the wellbeing of Palestinians.

Once again, the Israeli electorate is facing propaganda that pits Netanyahu’s refined and brutal strategy against the violent “deterrence” promoted by Gantz. Yet, talk of a possible coalition only highlights how close both agendas are in terms of destroying Gaza.  Netanyahu has prepared the groundwork in terms of influencing the international community to turn a blind eye to Israel’s assaults on Gaza. A prospective Israeli government with Netanyahu and Gantz at the helm will build upon what Israel has so far accomplished in generating oblivion when it comes to Palestinians in Gaza.

Weekly report on israel’s terrorism on Palestinians (01 August – 07 August 2019)

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (01– 07 August 2019)

Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory

01 – 07 August 2019

 

  • Great March of Return in Eastern Gaza Strip: 72 civilians injured, including 30 children, 3 women, one of them is a paramedic, and 2 journalists by Israeli forces. 
  • West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 2 Civilians Injured. 
  • 91 civilians, including 9 children, arrested during 65 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. 
  • 5 civilians, including 2 children, arrested in eastern Gaza Strip, and 5 shooting incidents reported in the area. 
  • A house demolished by Israeli forces and a woman forced to self-demolish her house in Jerusalem; also 4 under-construction barracks demolished in Beit Jala. 
  • 5 shooting incidents reported against Palestinian fishing boats off Gaza shores, and a fisherman arrested and his boat confiscated.                                                
  • 37 temporary checkpoints established in the West Bank, where 9 Palestinian civilians were arrested. 

 

Summary 

During the reporting period, PCHR documented 124 violations of the international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli forces and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory.

In terms of violation to the right to life and bodily integrity, Israeli forces injured 74 Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank: 72 of them, including 30 children, 3 women, one of them is a paramedic, and 2 journalists at the Great March of Return.

Israel carried out 65 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and raided civilian houses attacking and enticing fear among residents. Moreover, 91 Palestinians were arrested, including 9 children. Only one incursion was conducted into the northern Gaza Strip. Furthermore, 5 civilians, including 2 children, were arrested from the border areas in Khan Younis and Rafah while attempting to sneak to Israel.

Additionally, 8 incidents were documented by PCHR under expanded settlement activity as the Israeli forces demolished a residential house and forced a female civilian to self-demolish her house in Jerusalem. Also, a tractor and a vehicle were confiscated in the northern Jordan valley, 4 barracks and an under-construction building were demolished in Beit Jala.

During the reporting period, Israeli naval forces further continued their attacks against the Palestinian fishermen and their equipment at sea though sailing within the allowed fishing area.  This week witnessed 5 shooting incidents against the fishermen and their boats.  Further, this week witnessed 4 shooting incidents in Khan Younis area.

It should be highlighted that Israel continues its closure policy on the Gaza Strip for the 14th consecutive year, severely restricting the freedom of movement of persons and goods and isolating the Gaza Strip from the West Bank and the rest of the world. Meanwhile, the West Bank is divided into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation and with temporary and permanent checkpoints. During this week, 37 temporary military checkpoints were erected, and 9 Palestinian civilians were arrested there.

 

Violation of the right to life and to bodily integrity

 

Excessive Use of Force

The 69th Great March of Return took off in eastern Gaza Strip on Friday, 02 August 2019, titled “Solidarity with Crimes against Wadi al-Humus.” The Israeli attacks resulted in the injury of 73 civilians, including 30 children, 3 women including a paramedic, and 2 journalists.

 

The incidents were as follows:

 Excessive Use of Force against the Great March of Return in the Gaza Strip

  • Northern Gaza Strip: 1500 protesters participated in Abu Safiyah area protests, northeast of Jabalia; only tens approached the border fence and threw stones. The protest involved activities such as national songs of the Palestinian heritage, speeches by political leaders in addition to raising the Palestinian flag. Israeli forces, stationed along the fence, fired live and rubber bullets as well as teargas canisters at the protesters. As a result, 20 of them were injured, including 10 children, 2 women and 1 security officer: 11 were shot with live bullets, 5 were shot with rubber bullets; and 4, all children, were directly hit with tear gas canisters. Yasser Salah Mohammed al-Tanneh (16) sustained a bullet wound to his upper thighs severely damaging a main blood vessel. Paramedic Wafa’a Omar Khamis Jaber (24) was shot with a rubber bullet in her left ankle. 
  • Gaza City: hundreds of civilians marched in eastern Malakah area, east of Gaza City. Speeches, theatrical performances and other segments were performed at the protest central encampment. Palestinian security forces spread along Jakar street and denied civilians access to the border fence; nonetheless, a handful managed to approach the fence at a 100 meters distance, threw stones at the border and Israeli soldiers responded with live ammunition. No injuries were reported for the first time since the outbreak of the protests.
  • Central Gaza Strip:  hundreds of civilians, including women, children and families, took part in the eastern Bureij refugee camp protests; tens approached the border fence at a range varying between 2 – 70 meters. , and some of them attempted to throw stones at Israeli soldiers with slingshots. The Israeli soldiers, reinforced with 9 military SUVs, responded with live and rubber bullets in addition to teargas canisters at the protesters, wounding 16 civilians, including 4 children, a woman and a journalist: 8 were shot with live bullets and shrapnel, 5 were directly hit with teargas canisters and 3 were shot with rubber bullets. Most of the injuries were documented in the upper body. Israeli forces deployed a sewage water pump against the protestors. At approximately 17:50, while present 200 meters away from the fence, journalist Usama Sharif Mohammed al-Kahlout (35), from Deir al-Balah, was shot with a live bullet to the left leg and was transferred to the hospital for treatment.
  • Khan Younis:  protests took place in Khuza’a, where Ahmed al-Qarra and Hany Abu-Selmy, who were killed by Israeli forces this week were commemorated. Dozens approached the border fence and threw stones at it, Israeli soldiers shot back; as a result, 17 civilians were injured, including 10 children and a journalist: 4 were shot with live bullets and shrapnel and 4 were directly hit with a tear gas canister and 9 were shot with rubber bullets. The injured journalist is Hatem Saadi Saleh Omar (39), from Rafah, and he was wearing a flak jacket with “PRESS” clearly imprinted on it. Mr. Omar is a reporter for Xinhua News Agency and he sustained two rubber bullet wounds in his legs while videotaping the events at least 130 meters away from the fence. Furthermore, dozens of civilians, suffocated due to teargas inhalation.

 

  • Rafah: Hundred participated in the eastern Shokah protests, where folklore shows, and speeches were held. Dozens approached the border fence and threw stones. The Israeli soldiers used live and rubber bullets and teargas canisters against the protestors. As a result, 13 civilians were injured, including 4 children: 3 were shot with live bullets and shrapnel, 3 shot with rubber bullets and 7 were hit with tear gas canisters. Mohammed Zaher Wassel Abu-Zaid (15) sustained serious wounds after being hit with a tear gas canister directly to the head.

Excessive Use of Force against Protests in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem

  • After the Friday prayer, 02 August 2019, Israeli forces dispersed a peaceful protest in Wadi al-Humus neighborhood in Sour Baher village, south of occupied East Jerusalem. Hundreds of civilians participated in the protest denouncing the Israeli forces’ demolition of tens of residential houses in the area and the planned demolitions. Israeli soldiers attacked the civilians and fired tear gas canisters at them. As a result, tens of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation. Photojournalist Eyad Namer Hamad (61) was beaten by the soldiers, causing him bruises to the foot and was transferred to Beit Jala Hospital. Hamad stated to PCHR that the soldiers detained him in order to prevent him from recording the weekly Friday activities in Wadi al-Hummus neighborhood. The soldiers also isolated him from his colleagues and then attacked him. Also, Hasan Brijiyah, from the Popular Anti-Settlement Committee in Bethlehem, was arrested.
  • At approximately 13:30 on Friday afternoon, 02 August 2019, Palestinians from Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah launched their weekly peaceful protest and headed towards the village’s eastern entrance that has been closed by Israeli forces for the past 15 years in favor of “Kedumim” settlement. The demonstrators chanted national slogans demanding end of the occupation and protested the Israeli forces’ crimes against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The protestors threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand berms while the soldiers fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, 2 civilians were wounded. 

Shooting and other violations of the right to life and bodily integrity

 

  • At approximately 23:00 on Saturday, 03 August 2019, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, opened fire for few minutes at agricultural lands in eastern al-Sanati area, and no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 05:00 on Sunday, 04 August 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia shore in northern Gaza strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives; neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 08:45 on Sunday, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire for few minutes at agricultural lands and shepherds in eastern Khuza’a village, and no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 04:00 on Monday, 05 August 2019, Israeli forces stationed off Sheikh ‘Ejlin shore in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire and pumped water at 2 Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 7 nautical miles. As a result, Abdullah Mefleh Khalil Abu Rayalah (13) fell in water in addition to 2 engines from the boat belonging to Falah Mohammed Abu Ryalah; and 12 fishing nets from the boat that belongs to Mohsen Khalil Abu Ryalah. According to statement of Abdullah Abu Ryalah, at approximately 17:00 on Sunday, 04 August 2019, he accompanied his father Mefleh Abu Ryalah (42), and uncle in addition to other fishermen. He got into a boat owned by his grandfather Khalil Abu Ryalah. The fishermen went for fishing off Shiekh ‘Ejlin shore in southern Gaza Strip. At approximately 04:00 on Monday, at dawn, 05 August 2019, Israeli gunboats approached the boats and then pumped water at their boat in addition to another boat belonging to Abdullah’s uncle Mohammed Ibrahim Abu Ryalah. As a result, Abdullah fell in water and the boat’s engine was broken. Abdullah could not swim, so his cousin Mohammed jumped into water and rescued him. The Israeli naval forces ordered the fishermen to transfer Abdullah to the gunboat where he received first aid and then returned him to his companions. Upon their arrival to the Gaza Seaport, Abdullah was taken to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.
  • At approximately 16:00 on Monday, 05 August 2019, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire for few minutes at agricultural lands in al-Qararah and al-Fukhari villages in western Gaza Strip. No arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 05:30 on Tuesday, 06 August 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed in western Rafah in southern Gaza strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 2 nautical miles. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 11:00 on the same day, Israeli gunboats stationed west of Gaza City, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles. They surrounded a fishing boat manned by ‘Awad Tareq Abdul Razeq Baker (22), from al-Remal neighborhood, and owned by his brother Majd. As a result, the boat was broken and confiscated and Baker was arrested.
  • At approximately 16:35 on Tuesday, 06 August 2019, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire for few minutes at a group of Palestinian young men, who were in eastern Khuza’a village; no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 22:00 on Tuesday, 06 August 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed west of Rafah shore in southern Gaza Strip, sporadically opened fire for an hour at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, no arrests were reported.

 

  1. Incursions and Arrests

 

Thursday, 01 August 2019:

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Oseid Hani Mousa Jdou’ (20) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit ‘Awa village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Bilal Mahmoud ‘Essa Suwiti (22) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Wad al-Yamoun village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Anwar ‘Ali Fares Abu al-Hasan (38) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:20, large Israeli military force moved into Deir Netham village, northwest of Ramallah. Tens of Palestinian young men gathered in the village streets and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli forces, who replied with live and rubber bullets at them. The soldiers also fired tear gas canisters at houses. As a result, dozens of civilians suffer tear gas inhalation, fainting and seizures and they received treatment on the spot. Furthermore, the soldiers raided and searched several houses in the village and then arrested 18 civilians taking them to the investigation center in “Halamish” settlement, and then released them 5 hours later.

(the names of the arrestees are available at PCHR)

 

  • At approximately 08:00, Israeli forces stopped a bus at the eastern entrance to al-Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem and then arrested 5 civilians accompanying the village children. Mohammed Abu al-Humus, Member of al-‘Issawiyia Follow-up Committee, said that the Israeli Intelligence Service chased, stopped and detained a bus carrying about 35 children aged between 8 – 12 years and at the village entrance. Abu al-Humus added that Israeli forces and 3 Intelligence officers forced the bus driver to drive towards the military camp at al-‘Issawiyah eastern entrance where they thoroughly searched the bus and imposed about NIS 1000 for the driver and withdrew. Abu al-Humus pointed out that the Israeli forces released the driver and children while arrested 5 guides: Mahmoud Shehadah Mustafa, Abdul Nasser ‘Obeid, Younis ‘Ali Nasser, Morad al-Shloudi, Nidal ‘Elyan.
  • At approximately 13:00, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence in eastern al-Shoka village, east of Rafah in southern Gaza Strip, arrested Hamzah Ehmoud Suleiman Abu Qershain (18) and his brother al-Husein (17), who suffers from impaired mobility in lower extremities, when they approached the border fence. Hamzah told PCHR’s fieldworker that Israeli soldiers fired several live bullets at them while grazing their sheep. The soldiers forced them at gunpoint to take off their clothes and cross the border fence to Israel. After questioning them in a military vehicle, the arrestees were taken to Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing in northern Gaza Strip. Hamzah and his brother were released at approximately 23:00 on the same day.
  • At approximately 16:30, Israeli forces arrested Wasim Eyad Dari (17) in al-‘Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. The soldiers beat Wasim causing him several fractures in the left hand in addition to bruises throughout his body. Mohammed Abu al-Humus, Member of al-‘Issawiyia Follow-up Committee, stated that Israeli forces attacked, dragged and then handcuffed Wasim taking him to a police vehicle. Abu al-Humus mentioned that the Israeli forces also attacked and pushed Wasim’s grandmother, Sabah Dari (60). As a result, she fainted and was taken to Hadassah Medical Center – al-‘Issawiyah to receive medical treatment.
  • Israeli forces carried out (3) incursions in Hebron and al-Thaheriyah village, south of the city; and Howarah village, south of Nablus. No arrests were reported.

 

Friday, 02 August 2019:

 

  • At approximately 15:30, Israeli forces moved into Tal village, southwest of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mahmoud Ahmed Saleh Hamed Ramadan (17) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 17:00, Israeli forces moved into Qabatyah village, southeast of Jenin and patrolled the streets. Meanwhile, a number of Palestinian children and youngsters gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli forces, while the latter used tear gas canisters against them. As a result, dozens of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation. The soldiers chased the protestors and then arrested Bilal al-Sa’di (16) and Khalid Nazal (17).
  • At approximately 18:30, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence in eastern Abu Safiyah area, northeast of Jabalia in northern Gaza Strip, arrested Ra’ed ‘Awad Mohammed Abu Wardah (23), from Beit Lahia after crossing the border fence. At approximately 09:00 on Saturday, 03 August 2019, Israeli forces released Abu Wardah through Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing in northern Gaza Strip. According to field investigations, Abu Wardah was participating in the March of Return and Breaking Siege activities before crossing the border fence.
  • Israeli forces carried out (4) incursions in Um al-Tout and al-Jomlah villages in Jenin; Sa’ir and Nuba villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.                                           

Saturday, 03 August 2019:

  • At approximately 13:40, Israeli forces stationed at Za’tarah checkpoint, south of Nablus arrested 3 civilians, from Qalqiliyah, namely: Salem Riyad Abu ‘Aba’ah (25), Mohammed Mesleh Nazal (25) and Hasan Amin Qawas (25).
  • In the evening hours, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence arrested Mohammed ‘Awad Hamdan Abu Hagras (17), from Bani Suheila, east of Khan Younis, while attempting to sneak through the border fence in eastern al-Rannah area, east of the city. on Sunday, at morning, 04 August 2019, the Israeli forces released Mohammed through Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing, north of the Gaza Strip.
  • At approximately 22:00, Israeli forces stationed at Shu’fat military checkpoint, north of occupied East Jerusalem, arrested Ahmed Yusuf al-Ghazawi (26) and Nassar Jaber (23).

 

Sunday, 04 August 2019

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Qabatiyah village, southeast of Jenin They raided and searched several houses from which they arrested 3 civilians, from al-Hesbah area at the western village entrance. The arrestees were identified as: Ahmed Abdul Latif Zakarnah (22), Feras Hasan Abu al-Rab (33) and Ahmed Jamal al-Badawi (25)
  • At the same time, Israeli forces moved into Wadi Qaddoum neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Ahmed Walid al-Ghoul (21) and Jamal Mohammed al-Ghoul (19) and then arrested them.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Isawiyah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Mohammed Mar’ai Darbas (20), ‘Ali Mohammed ‘Ali ‘Obaid (19), ‘Odai ahmed Dari (19) and ‘Ala’a Mohammed Dari (22).
  • At approximately 18:00, Israeli forces stationed at ‘Annab checkpoint, east of Tulkarm, arrested ‘Ammar Jihad ‘Oufer (26), from Noor Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarm.
  • Israeli forces carried out (3) incursions in Hebron, Dora and Sebastia village, northwest of Nablus. No arrests were reported.

 

Monday, 05 August 2019:

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Anata village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Loai ‘Odah Salama (21) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Bita village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Bahjat ‘Izzat Aqtash (30) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested 5 civilians, including 3 children. The arrestees were identified as Ihab Kamal Salem Jawabrah (16), ‘Anan Nidal Hasan al-Shareef (15), Akram ‘Abed al-Rahman al-Shareef (16), Ahmed Rafat al-Badawi (19), and Jamal Hisham Mohamed Janazrah (20). Moreover, the Israeli forces handed 4 other civilians, including a child, summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem. Those civilians were identified as ‘Ali Hasan al-Shareef (13), Mohamed Naser al-Badawi (18), Obai Mohamed Jawabrah (25), and Iyyas Hani Ja’arah (20).
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyia. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Yousef Saqer Saleem (21) and Anas Yousef Salama (25) and then arrested them.
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Nour Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Esam Isma’il Mohamed al-‘Aloul (46) and then arrested him with his son Laith (25).
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Taqqou’ village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mo’min Ratib al-‘Amour (16) and Mahmoud ‘Ali al-‘Amour (16) and then arrested them.
  • At approximately 09:00, Israeli forces arrested Ahmed Mohamed al-Khatib (25), from Jayyous village, northeast of Qalqiliyia, while referring to the Israeli Intelligence Service upon a prior notice.
  • At approximately 18:00, the Israeli authorities prevented holding 2 memorial services of the late Dr. Subhi Ghosha and the late athlete Ahmed ‘Adaliyah in occupied East Jerusalem, claiming that the 2 memorial services were sponsored by the Palestinian National Authority (PNA). Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli forces raided and surrounded “Yabous” center on al-Zahra Street in the central of occupied East Jerusalem. The Israeli forces forced attendees out of the hall and attacked them. The eyewitnesses also said that the Israeli forces checked the attendees’ IDs and handed some of them summonses for interrogation. Moreover, the Israeli forces fixed a decision from Gilad Ardan, the Minister of Internal Security, on the center’s door to prevent holding the memorial service. He claimed that the Subhi Ghosha memorial service was sponsored by the PNA.
  • Around the same time, the Israeli authorities prevented holding the closing ceremony of the late Ahmed ‘Adaliyah in the Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) in al-Shaiekh Jarrah neighborhood in the center of occupied Jerusalem. The ceremony was organized by Jerusalem’s Sport Federation Group.
  • Israeli forces carried out (5) incursions in al-Zababdah and al-Kufair villages, southeast of Jenin; Bani Na’iem and Surif villages and al-Fawar refugee camp in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

 

Tuesday, 06 August 2019:

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Izzariyah village, east of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Tariq Saleh al-Amouri (28); Mothafar Abu Roumi (32); and Majd Abu Roumi (25).
  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Kafer Dan village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Farouq ‘Abed (40), and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Zakareya ‘Elian (19), and then arrested him.
  • At the same time, Israeli forces moved into Barqin village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Mohammed Ali Abdul Qader Atiq (27), a reporter at al-Watan News Agency; and Mahdi Jamil ‘Asib (27), and arrested them.
  • At the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Fawar Refugee Camp, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Fares Adel al-Titi (23), and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Ouja village, northeast of Jericho. They raided and searched a house belonging to Haitham Awad Jarahid (22) and his brother Marwan (24), and then arrested them.
  • At approximately 02:45, Israeli forces moved into northen ‘Asira village, north of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested (9) civilians, namely: Darar Ahmed Hamadna (58); his son ‘Amr (30); Adham Tahseen al-Shouli (30); Monadel Ali Abdul Fattah Sa’ada (33); Hamza Abdullah Yaseen (30); Omar Nidal Daghles (27); Bara’a Yasin Abdul Fattah Jarara’a (30); Ahmed Ibrahim Sawalha (27); and Asim Jamal Daghles (25).
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aida Refugee Camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Shadi Mohammed Abu ‘Akar (35) and Abdul Raziq Mowafaq al-Badawna (29), and then arrested them.
  • At the same time, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Adel Mousa al-Sayed Ahmed (19), and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians, namely: Fayez Mohammed Mohaisen (18); Jihad Bader (19); and Mohammed Wa’el Obaid (22).
  • Israeli forces conducted (2) incursions in al-Burj and Sa’ir Villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

 

Wednesday, 07 August 2019:

                                        

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Suleiman Musalam al-Debes (15) and Mohammed Jamal Roumi (18), and then arrested them.
  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Mahmoud Mohammed Doqdoq (28) and his brother Ali (23), and then arrested them.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Doha village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Malik Hasan al-Zaghari (24), and then arrested them.
  • At the same time, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliya. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Anas Wajeeh Abatli (25) and his brother Adam (20), and then arrested them.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Tabaqa village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ra’ed Badawi Hamdan (39) and then handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 09:00, Israeli forces backed by a number of military construction vehicles moved about 100 meters into eastern al-Buraij refugee camp. The vehicles leveled lands along the border fence with Israel. Few hours later, the vehicles were redeployed along the border fence.
  • Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in al-Aroub refugee camp; Dura and Nuba village in Hebron. No arrest were reported.

 

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

 

  1. Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property for Settlement Expansion Activities 
  • At approximately 06:30 on Tuesday, 06 August 2019, Israeli forces moved into al-Boqi’ah Plain in the northern Jordan Valley, a part of Area (B), which is under Palestinian jurisdiction as per the 1993 Oslo Accords. They stopped a vehicle driven by Moayad Fakhri Mohamed ‘Ali Daraghmah (42) and a tractor belonging to al-Forat agricultural company. The vehicle and tractor were confiscated and Daraghmah was arrested.
  • At approximately 08:00, Israeli forces demolished 4 barracks and the concrete foundations of an under-construction house in Bir ‘Onah area, north of Beit Jala, in addition to a carwash near “Rachel’s Dome” checkpoint, north of Bethlehem. Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli forces provided protection for the Israeli bulldozers that moved into Bir ‘Onah area in Beit Jala and demolished concrete foundations and barracks belonging to Mahmoud Ghunaim and Mahmoud Razinah. It should be noted that the Israeli forces demolished barracks and facilities belonging to Mahmoud Razinah 2 months ago, despite having documents proving his ownership. Bir ‘Onah area is exposed to the Israeli authorities’ attacks, including demolishing buildings and barracks, in order to vacate the area for settlement expansion. The Israeli forces continued to demolish buildings in the mentioned areas under the pretext of being near the annexation wall, which isolates Beit Jala village and Bethlehem from occupied Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 09:00, the Israeli Municipality bulldozers demolished a residential house belonging to Eyad Saleem al-Kasawani in Beit Hanina area, north of occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Al-Kasawani said that the Israeli forces backed by military construction vehicles moved into the neighborhood and surrounded his house after forcibly getting his family out. The military construction vehicles demolished his house comprised of 2 apartments built on an area of 140 square meters. The house sheltering 6 persons was built 17 years ago. Al-Kasawani said that he received the demolition notice few days ago and there was no time to challenge.
  • On Tuesday, Diala Abu Irmilah implemented the Israeli Municipality decision and self-demolished her under-construction house in al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Diala said that she self-demolished her house to avoid paying fines estimated at NIS 70,000.

 

  1. Israeli Settler Violence 
  • At approximately 22:00 on Thursday, 01 August 2019, dozens of buses carrying hundreds of Israeli settlers moved into ‘Urtah village, southeast of Nablus, under the Israeli forces’ protection. The buses stopped near religious shrines, the settlers stepped out of the buses and performed their prayers. On Friday, 02 August 2019, the Israeli forces and settlers withdrew from the village and no more incidents were reported.
  • At approximately 13:30 on Sunday, 04 August 2019, a group of Israeli settlers, from “Halmish” settlement, threw stones at Palestinian civilians present adjacent to the settlement street near al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. As a result, the Palestinian civilians sustained minor bruises throughout their bodies.
  • At approximately 19:00 on Monday, 05 August 2019, a group of Israeli settlers, from “Yitzhar” settlement, attacked the outskirts of ‘Oreef village from the eastern side. The settlers threw stones at a house belonging to Jamal ‘Abed Yousef Shehadah and broke its windows, causing fear among the house residents. The one-story-house, which is located near ‘Oreef secondary school for boys, shelters 9 persons, including 6 children.
  • At approximately 01:30 on Tuesday, 06 August 2019, a group of Israeli settlers, from “Yitzhar” settlement, attacked the northern of Nablus. The settlers threw stones at ‘Oreef secondary school for girls and al-Nour Wedding Hall. As a result, the wedding hall windows were broken. 

 

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

                                  

The Gaza Strip

As the Israeli closure of the Gaza Strip enters its 14th consecutive year this July, severe restrictions on the freedom of movement of persons and goods enhance the de facto separation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Moreover, Israeli naval forces imposed a blockade, chased fishermen, opened fire at them, and confiscated their fishing equipment. During the reporting period, 5 shooting incidents and chasing fishermen and their boats were documented.

 

  • Note: No updates occurred on the state of the crossing during the reporting

 

  1. West Bank

In addition to permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of more temporary checkpoints that restrict the goods and individuals movement between villages and cities and deny civilians’ access to their work. Israeli forces established 37 temporary checkpoints, from which they arrested 9 civilians.

 

The military checkpoint were as follows:

 

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 01 August 2019, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Beit Kahel village and on Wad Risha road.
  • On Friday, 02 August 2019, 3 similar checkpoints were established at the entrance to Beit ‘Awaa village and on Qalqas and al-Fahes roads.
  • On Saturday, 03 August 2019, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to al-Fawar refugee camp and at the southern entrance to Halhoul village.
  • On Sunday, 04 August 2019, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Dir Samt, al-Shayyoukh and Beit ‘Aynoun villages.
  • On Tuesday, 06 August 2019, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Beit ‘Aynoun village and at the northern entrance to Halhoul village.

 

Ramallah:

 

  • On Thursday, 01 August 2019, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Nabi Saleh, Ras Karkar and Kafur Malek villages, and at the entrance to al-Jalazoun refugee camp.
  • On Friday, 02 August 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Silwad village, northeast of Ramallah.
  • On Monday, 05 August 2019, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Ras Karkar and ‘Ain Sinah villages.
  • On Wednesday, 07 August 2019, a similar checkpoint was established at the intersection of Kafur ‘Ain village, northwest of the city.

 

Nablus:

 

  • At approximately 14:00 on Thursday, 01 August 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on Nablus-Jenin, near the entrance to Barqah village, northwest of the city.
  • At approximately 17:00, a similar checkpoint was established near Khaleh Nofal shop, at the northern entrance to Tal village, southwest of the city.
  • At approximately 17:00 on Friday, 02 August 2019, Israeli forces stationed at Hawarah checkpoint, at the southern entrance to Nablus, closed the checkpoint and prevented Palestinians from exiting the village for over 2 hours without any reasons.
  • At approximately 18:30, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on Tulkarm-Nablus Road, west of the city.
  • On Saturday, 03 August 2019, Israeli forces imposed more restrictions on the Palestinian civilians’ movement. PCHR’s fieldworker said that the Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the intersection of al-Naqourah village, branching Jenin-Nablus Street. Moreover, a similar checkpoint was established on Tulkarm-Nablus Road, west of the city. The Israeli forces stopped Palestinian vehicles and searched the passengers, causing a one-kilometer traffic jam. The checkpoints lasted until mid-night.
  • At approximately 21:00, Israeli forces stationed at Beit Foreek checkpoint established at the eastern entrance to Nablus, closed the checkpoint and prevented Palestinians from passing through the checkpoint. The checkpoint’s closure continued until mid-night.
  • At approximately 18:00 on Monday, 05 August 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to the northern ‘Asirah village, southwest of Nablus.

 

Jenin:

 

  • At approximately 17:00 on Friday, 02 August 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near Markah village, between Qabatiyia and Sanour villages, southeast of the city.

 

Qalqiliyia:

 

  • On Thursday, 01 August 2019, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliyia (was established 2 times), between Jayyous and ‘Azoun villages, and at the entrance to ‘Izbit al-Tabeeb village, east of the city.

 

Salfit:

 

  • At approximately 20:50 on Friday, 02 August 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Dirsitiyia village, northwest of Salfit.
  • At approximately 17:30 on Saturday, 03 August 2019, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance to Dir Ballout village, west of the city.

 

Tubas:

 

  • At approximately 20:00 on Monday, 05 August 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near al—Kaffir village, northwest of Tubas, on Tubas-Jenin Road.

New Heroic Op in WB: “Israeli” Soldier Stabbed to Death, ‘Israel’ Concerned about More Palestinian Attacks on Settlers Planned in Gaza

By Staff

In a new heroic operation and as part of the successive “Israeli” failures to end the Palestinian resistance, a Palestinian man was able to stab an “Israeli” army soldier to death in the West bank.

The “Israeli” army along with the Police and Shit Bet failed till now to capture the Palestinian men despite the massive manhunt.

Hebrew local media reported that there have been no arrests as of yet.

“This morning we have learned of a terrible stabbing attack,” “Israeli” PM Benjamin Netanyahu said.

‘Israel’ Concerned about More Palestinian Attacks on Settlers Planned in Gaza

As the Zionist authorities announced that a soldier was stabbed and killed in Gush Etzionin the occupied West Bank, the various media outlets in ‘Israel’ reflected the large scale case of fear and worry about the possible recurrence of the incident.

The Israeli analysts considered that the operation alarms more attacks planned in Gaza Strip, adding that all the security measures cannot prevent such incidents when they target individuals.

The Zionist media outlets recalled the abduction of  three settlers in the same area, warning against similar kidnapping incidents in the near future.

In a sign of the Israeli tension, the occupation troops got alerted at Jalemeh crossing in the West Bank when an armed Palestinian managed to cross into the territories occupied in 1948.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

Israel’s Hands Spread Wide and Dig Deep

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Brian Cloughley
August 6, 2019
© Photo: Flickr / Official Photo by Caleb Smith

In the US House of Representatives on 23 July there was an overwhelming vote condemning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement which has the objective of encouraging the government of Israel to meet “its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully comply with the precepts of international law by:

1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall;

2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and

3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.”

There is nothing morally or legally questionable in any of these aims.  But the United States Congress does not concern itself with morality or legality if these are inconsistent with its policy concerning Israel, which, as enunciated by Representative Lee Zeldin of New York, is based on the conviction that “Israel is our best ally in the Mid East; a beacon of hope, freedom & liberty, surrounded by existential threats.”  Fox News reported that the condemnatory resolution “has been pushed by AIPAC, the influential Israel lobby in Washington,” which explains a great deal, as AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is a very powerful organisation, with deep pockets and wide-spreading hands.

In February 2019 The Intercept noted  that “AIPAC, on its own website, recruits members to join its ‘Congressional Club,’ and commit to give at least $5,000 per election cycle.” In a film called The Lobby “Eric Gallagher, a top official at AIPAC from 2010 to 2015, tells an Al Jazeera reporter that AIPAC gets results.”  A secret recording revealed that “Getting $38 billion in security aid to Israel matters, which is what AIPAC just did. Everything AIPAC does is focused on influencing Congress.”

And AIPAC influences Congress and other agencies extremely efficiently, even to the extent of managing to have Al Jazeera refrain from broadcasting the US-focused version of The Lobby.The Director of Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit, Clayton Swisher, said that pressure included “pro-Israel lobbyists in Washington threatening to convince Congress to register the network as ‘foreign agents,’ and false accusations of anti-Semitism against the producers of the documentary.”  That’s all you need:  the mere mention of anti-Semitism makes everyone suck their teeth, roll their eyes, and leap out of the way.

It so happened that the day before Congress condemned an initiative aimed at having Israel recognise the rights of Palestinians and abide by international law, the Israelis carried out an operation of destruction that was specifically aimed against the rights of Palestinians and was contrary to international law.  As the BBC reported, it involved 200 Israeli soldiers and 700 police, weapons at the ready, deploying to the Palestinian village of Wadi Hummus at 4 in the morning of July 22, along with bulldozers and excavators that proceeded to destroy Palestinian homes.

There wasn’t a word of objection from the US Administration whose Tweeter-in-Chief had made his views on Israel crystal-clear on 16 July when he announced that the four non-white female Members of Congress whom he loathes to the point of psychosis are “a bunch of Communists [who] hate Israel.”  Moreover, they “talk about Israel like they’re a bunch of   thugs, not victims of the entire region.”  On the other hand, the European Union stated that “Israel’s settlement policy, including actions taken in that context, such as forced transfers, evictions, demolitions and confiscations of homes, is illegal under international law. In line with the EU’s long-standing position, we expect the Israeli authorities to immediately halt the ongoing demolitions.”  Fat chance of that — just as there is no possibility that the United states or the United Kingdom will support pursuit of international law when it is violated by Israel.

Britain is on its way out of the European Union, so has no say in EU policy, but in any case it wouldn’t agree about criticism of Israel because the governing Conservative Party fosters an organisation called ‘Conservative Friends of Israel’ (CFI) whose members constitute some eighty per cent of Conservative Members of Parliament.

Boris Johnson, Britain’s Trump-loving new prime minister, is a fervid supporter of CFI which supported him in his bid to be head of the Conservative party. On 23 July, after his selection to be leader and thus prime minister, the CFI’s Chairmen, Stephen Crabb MP and Lord Pickles, and Honorary President Lord Polak declared that “From his refusal to boycott Israeli goods in his time as Mayor of London through to his instrumental role as Foreign Secretary…  Boris has a long history of standing shoulder to shoulder with Israel and the Jewish community. Mr Johnson continued to display his resolute support… reiterating his deep support for Israel and pledging to be a champion for Jews in Britain and around the world.”

One of Johnson’s first ministerial appointments was of Ms Priti Patel to be Home Secretary. She had resigned from the Cabinet of PM Theresa May in November 2017 because it had been discovered that she had been telling lies, which wasn’t in itself unusual, but the circumstances were intriguing.  As the BBC headlined about the then head of International Development :  “Priti Patel quits cabinet over Israel meetings row” which involved her apologising to the prime minister “after unauthorised meetings in August with Israeli politicians — including prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu — came to light. But it later emerged she had two further meetings without government officials present in September.”  Not only that, but in a media interview “she gave the false impression that the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, and the Foreign Office knew about her meetings in Israel.”

It’s one of these irregular verbs which were met with much laughter during the marvellous BBC series ‘Yes Minister’ and ‘Yes, Prime Minister’ — ‘I make a misstatement;  she gives a false impression;  he is in prison for telling lies.’

And it was decidedly strange that the egregious Lord Polak, he of the statement that Boris Johnson stands “shoulder to shoulder with Israel” accompanied Patel at 13 of her 14 meetings with Israeli officials during August and September. What on earth could have been going on?

Of course she had no reason to worry about having to resign for telling lies, because at the time of her disgrace Boris Johnson told the BBC that “Priti Patel has been a very good colleague and friend for a long time and a first class secretary of state for international development. It’s been a real pleasure working with her and I’m sure she has a great future ahead of her.”  The man has the gift of prophecy.

Then Johnson appointed Michael Gove to his Cabinet as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which is a weird appointment that gives a lot of power and very little responsibility. Gove had been demonstrably disloyal to Johnson during the first leadership struggle, in what the Daily Telegraph called a “spectacular act of treachery” but all was forgiven because, as recorded approvingly by the Conservative Friends of Israel he believes that anti-Zionism and antisemitism are “two sides of the same coin”, which means that anybody who criticises Israel’s nationalistic persecution of Palestinians is an anti-Semite. He believes that “the test for any civilised society is whether it stands with the Jewish people, and whether it stands with Israel. It is a pleasure to stand with the Jewish people. It is a duty to stand with Israel.”

The Palestinians are not going to get one tiny bit of support from either the United States or Britain when their houses are bulldozed to rubble.  They can expect no criticism from Washington or London when their children are killed in Gaza by Israeli soldiers.

The West Bank of the Jordan River, between Israel and Jordan, was captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war. Then it annexed East Jerusalem. Both areas are defined in international law as occupied territory.  Although this is ignored by the US and Britain it was intriguing that in a minor but telling legal finding in Canada on 30 July, a judge ruled that wines made in Jewish settlements in the West Bank should not carry labels that say “Product of Israel” because of course the settlements are built on Palestinian land.

But there’s no point in telling that to the Israeli-supporting wine connoisseur Donald Trump or the US Congress or any member of Britain’s governing Conservative party, because international law means nothing when there are other priorities.

Weekly report on israel’s terrorism on Palestinians (25 July – 31 July 2019)

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations (25 – 31 July 2019)

Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory

25- 31 July 2019

  • Great March of Return in Eastern Gaza Strip: A Palestinian Civilian Killed and 73 others injured, including 35 children, 3 women and a paramedic in the oPt. 
  • West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem: 8 Civilians Injured, including 2 children. 
  • 62 civilians, including 3 children, arrested during 71 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem. 
  • 3 residential tents torn down in the northern Jordan Valley, 80 olive trees uprooted in Salfit, and 5 dunums confiscated from Sour Baher in occupied Jerusalem. 
  • 5 shooting incidents reported against Palestinian fishing boats off Gaza shores. 
  • Flare Bombs dropped in a house in eastern Deir al-Balah in the Central Gaza Strip. 
  • 44 temporary checkpoints established in the West Bank, where 4 Palestinian civilians were arrested. 

 

Summary 

During the reporting period, PCHR documented 133 violations of the international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli forces and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian during the Great March of Return protests in eastern Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.  They also injured 81 others in the Gaza Strip and West Bank: 73 injuries, including 35 children, 3 women and a paramedic at the Great March of Return; and 8 injuries, including 2 children, during Israeli forces’ suppression of peaceful protests and incursions into residential neighbourhoods in the West Bank.

Israel carried out 71 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and raided civilian houses attacking and enticing fear among residents. Moreover, 62 Palestinians were arrested, including 3 children and a Member of the dissolved Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC).

Additionally, 4 incidents were documented by PCHR under expanded settlement activity as the Israeli forces destroyed the fronts of an under-construction building in Nablus and bulldozed 3 residential tents and livestock barns in the northern Jordan Valley.  Furthermore, they confiscated 5 dunums from Sour Baher village in occupied Jerusalem and uprooted 80 fruitful olive trees in Salfit.

During the reporting period, the Israeli naval forces continued their attacks against the Palestinian fishermen and their equipment at sea though sailing within the allowed fishing area.  This week witnessed 5 shooting and chasing incidents against the fishermen and their boats.  Further, the Israeli forces opened fire twice in eastern Gaza Strip, where flare bombs fell on a house in eastern Deir al-Balah.  No casualties were reported.

It should be highlighted that Israel continues its closure policy on the Gaza Strip for the 13th consecutive year, severely restricting the freedom of movement of persons and goods and isolating the Gaza Strip from the West Bank and the rest of the world. Meanwhile, the West Bank is divided into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation and with temporary and permanent checkpoints.  During this week, 44 temporary military checkpoints were erected, and 4 Palestinian civilians were arrested there.

 

Violation of the right to life and to bodily integrity

Excessive Use of Force

The 68th Great March of Return took off in eastern Gaza Strip on Friday, 26 July 2019, titled “Palestinians Refugees of Lebanon”. The Israeli attacks resulted in killing 1 civilian and injury of 73 other, including 35 children, 3 women and a paramedic.

The incidents were as follows:

 

Excessive Use of Force against the Great March of Return in the Gaza Strip

  • Northern Gaza Strip: hundreds of civilians marched towards the central tent of the Great March of Return in Abu Safiyah area, northeast of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip. The protest involved activities such as national songs of the Palestinian heritage, speeches by political leaders in addition to raising the Palestinian flag. At approximately 17:00, Israeli forces stationed behind sand berms and in military vehicles along the border fence, fired live and rubber bullets as well as teargas canisters at the protesters. As a result, 11 of them were injured, including 5 children and a woman: 8, including the 5 children, were shot with live bullets; and 3, including a woman, with rubber bullets. 
  • Gaza City: At approximately 17:00, hundreds of civilians marched towards the central tent of the Great March of Return titled: “Palestinians Refugees of Lebanon” in eastern Malakah area. The protest involved raising Palestinian flags and chanting slogans and national songs. Tens of young men approached the border with Israel and threw stones at soldiers using slingshots. The activities continued until 19:00 on the same day. Despite the peaceful nature of the demonstrations, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at the participants, wounding 8, including 2 children and a woman. The wounded paramedic, Ibrahim Jamil Jamous (31) was hit with a rubber bullet in his right hand.
  • Central Gaza Strip:  Approximately 15:00, around 900 participants (women, men, young men, elderlies, children and entire families) swarmed to the Return encampments, which are 400 meters away from the border fence with Israel in eastern al-Buriaj. Hundreds peacefully approached the border fence up to a distance of 2 – 250 meters away. A number of young men flew paper kites and threw stones at Israeli forces stationed there; the latter responded with live and rubber bullets in addition to teargas canisters. As a result, 21 civilians sustained wounds, including 12 children and a woman: 16 were shot with live bullets, 4 were shot with rubber bullets and 1was directly hit with a teargas canister.
  • Khan Younis:  At approximately 16:30, hundreds of civilians marched to the central encampment in Khuza’ah, east of Khan Younis, and activities included speeches, folklore songs and theoretical performances. Meanwhile, tens of young men approached the border fence with Israel and set tires on fire, threw stones and fireworks at the Israeli soldiers sheltered in military vehicles along the border fence. The Israeli attacks against protestors resulted in the killing of Ahmed Mohammed Abdullah al-Qarra (23), from Bani Suhaila, who was shot with a live bullet to the abdomen, causing him an internal bleeding at approximately 18:05. Al-Qarra was present 80 meters away from the border when he was shot, while eyewitness statements affirm that he was merely standing there. Due to his critical injury, al-Qarra was transferred from the medical point in the encampment to Gaza European Hospital where he stayed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) until his death was declared at approximately 23:40. Furthermore, 12 civilians were injured, including 8 children: 2 wounded in their upper extremities and 2 in their lower limbs. Of the wounded, 10 were shot with live bullets and shrapnel, and 2 were directly hit with tear gas canisters and rubber bullets. Furthermore, dozens of civilians, including journalists and paramedics, suffocated due to teargas inhalation. Later that evening, at approximately 19:00, as the protests almost finished, at least 10 young men approached the border fence and attempted to cross it; some of them managed cross.  The Israeli forces chased the infiltrators and released police dogs at them, biting two, including a 12-year-old child.  All of them managed to flee back into the Gaza Strip and received treatment at the medical point. 
  • Rafah: Around 1400 civilians participated in the eastern Shokah protests, where folklore shows, and speeches were held. Dozens approached the border fence and threw stones. The Israeli soldiers used live and rubber bullets, and teargas canisters against the protestors. The incidents, which continued until approximately 19:00, resulted in the injury of 21 civilians, including 8 children: 8 wounded in the upper part of their bodies. Ten of those wounded were shot with live bullets and shrapnel, 7 shot with rubber bullets and 4 were hit with tear gas canisters. Mohammed Fathi Qeshtah (25) sustained serious wounds caused by a live bullet to the abdomen.

 

Excessive Use of Force against Protests in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem

  • At approximately 16:00 on Thursday, 25 July 2019, a few children and youngsters gathered at the entrance to al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, adjacent to the Bypass Road (60), and threw stones at Israeli soldiers sheltered in a military watchtower. The soldiers used rubber bullets and teargas canisters against the stone-throwers, causing the injury of a 17-year-old child with a rubber bullet to the left leg. The child was then transferred to Hebron Governmental Hospital.
  • At approximately 13:30 on Friday afternoon, 26 July 2019, Palestinians from Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah organized their peaceful weekly protest, and then headed to the eastern village entrance that has been closed for 15 years in favor of “Kedumim” settlement. The demonstrators chanted national slogans demanding end of the occupation and protesting the Israeli forces’ crimes against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The protestors threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand berms while the soldiers fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 26-year-old civilian was hit with a rubber bullet to the neck, a 30-year-old civilian was hit with a rubber bullet to the back and a 25-year-old civilian was hit with a rubber bullet to the hand. (Names of the wounded civilians are available at PCHR) 
  • Shooting and other violations of the right to life and bodily integrity 
  • At approximately 23:30 on Monday, 29 July 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Sunday, 28 July 2019, Israeli forces stationed northwest of Beit Lahia shore in northern Gaza strip, opened fire and pumped water at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles in an attempt to sink them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 23:00 on Monday, 29 July 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed off Rafah shore in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 23:15 on the same Monday, Israeli forces backed by a bulldozer moved into Nablus from the southern entrance (Howarah checkpoint) and eastern entrance (Beit Furik) to secure the entry of dozens of buses carrying settlers to the abovementioned area in order to perform their prayers in “Joseph’s Tomb” in Balatat al-Balad, east of the city. A number of civilians gathered on Amman Street, set tires on fire, put barricades on the street and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli patrols in the city. The Israeli forces fired Two-Two bullets at them. As a result, 4 civilians, including a child, were wounded to the right thigh.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Tuesday, 30 July 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia shore in northern Gaza Strip, opened fire and pumped water at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles in an attempt to sink these boats. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 21:00 on Monday, 29 July 2019, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, fired several flare bombs at the area adjacent to the border fence. A bomb fell on a house belonging to Kamel Sayed al-Louh (60), 800 meters away from the border fence, causing partial damage to the apartment of his son Haitham (30). Another bomb fell on the street, east of al-Louh house, while the third fell in the landfill, east of Deir al-Balah, 20 meters away from the border fence. No arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 09:30 on Wednesday, 31 July 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, opened fire and fired flare bombs at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives; neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 07:20 on Wednesday, 31 July 2019, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis fired live bullets at agricultural lands in al-Sanati area, east of ‘Abasan al-Kabirah, west of the border fence. As a result, a tire of a tractor belonging to ‘Azam Qdaih, was hit with a live bullet while working in a land 150 meters away from the border fence. As a result, the tractor stopped working and left the area.

 

  1. Incursions and Arrests

Thursday, 25 July 2019:

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into several neighborhoods in Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to ‘Azam No’man Salhab (59), a Member at the dissolved Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) representing the Reform and Change Bloc, and Ayman Mohammed al-Natshah (40) and then arrested them.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Jenin. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Ghassan ‘Adnan al-Atrash (35) and Abdul Rahman ‘Ali Mahmoud Saleh Abu Khader (37) and then arrested them.
  • At the same time, Israeli forces moved into Wad Barqin village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yahiya Ahmed ‘Ali Turkman al-Hendawi (48) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Yamoun village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to engineer Meqdad Ahmed Nawahdah (38) and then arrested him.
  • At the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Silah al-Harithiyah village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Mahmoud ‘Essa ‘Aram (23) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:40, Israeli forces moved into al-Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. they raided and searched several houses and then arrested 7 civilians, including a father and his 2 sons, taking them to detentions centers for investigation. The arrestees were identified as: Tha’er Abed Mahmoud, his sons Mohammed and Abdul Rahman; Adham Sabtah, Mohammed Amin Khalaf, Mohammed Abed ‘Atiyah and Nasim Amjad ohsen.
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Anzah village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed ‘Awni Obaid (27) and the arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Balatat al-Balad refugee camp, east of Nablus. They raided ad searched a house belonging to Omer Bassam Wadee’a Qar’an (30) and the arrested him.
  • At around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Surif village, northwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Mahmoud Ghuneimat (20) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Qaz’out village, northeast of Nablus. They surrounded a house belonging to Mohammed ‘Ataa Hasan Sharai’ah at the village entrance blew up the main gate of a workshop under the house and then confiscated 2 metal lathes and their parts and later withdrew from the house. Mohammed Sharai’ah said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

“At approximately 03:30 on Thursday, 25 July 2019, my family of 8 members were asleep at our house in ‘Azmout village, northeast of Nablus. We woke up to an explosive sound under our 2-story house (the ground floor is used as stores and a workshop while the other floor is used as a resident). Israeli soldiers blew up the main gate, handcuffed me and left me under the staircase in the ground floor. I asked them to speak with the officer, but they refused. The soldiers then destroyed the lathes in an attempt to dismantle them. At approximately 06:30, the soldiers brought a mounted-crane truck and confiscated the lathes that cost about NIS 125,000. After the soldiers withdrew from the house, my wife told me that they detained her and my children in our bedroom, searched the house and questioned my wife.”

  • At approximately 19:00, a number of children and youngsters gathered in al-Zawiyah Gate area in the center of Hebron. They threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed at a military checkpoint established at the entrance to al-Shuhada’a Street (Checkpoint No. 56). The soldiers chased them and then arrested Ezz Eden Yusuf Mo’amer al-Atrash (17), and took him to the military camp on al-Shuhada’a closed street.
  • At approximately 19:30 Israeli forces stationed at a temporary military checkpoint at the entrance to al-Kafriyat entrance, south of Tulkarm, arrested Baha’a ‘Ezz Eden al-Jalad (28) and Ahmed Khalil Mohammed al-Shafe’i (26), from Tulkarm, and confiscated al-Jalad’s vehicle.
  • Israeli forces carried out (3) incursions in al-Thaheriyah and Beit al-Roush al-Tahta in Hebron; Sebastia village, northwest of Nablus. No arrests were reported.

 

Friday, 26 July 2019:

  • Israeli forces carried out (4) incursions in Bani Na’im, Tarqumiya, al-Semia villages and Yatta in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

 

Saturday, 27 July 2019:

  • Israeli forces carried out (3) incursions in Dura, Karza, Nuba and Tarama villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

 

Sunday, 28 July 2019

  • At approximately 01:25, Israeli forces moved into Bedia village, northwest of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abdullah Mohammed Mustafa Shatat (26) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:40, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm refugee camp, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Hasan Matrouk (20) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Tal village, southwest of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yusuf Ibrahim ‘Afanah (20) and then arrested him.
  • At the same time, Israeli forces moved into Ethna village, west of Hebron. they raided and searched a house belonging to Abdul Karim Hammad Farajallah (35) and then arrested him.
  • At the same time, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron, and stationed in Huneinah neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Shadi Abdul Fattah ‘Amr (35) and then handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:15, Israeli forces moved into ‘Anabta village, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Oseid Ayman Shafiq Qabbag (19) and Adam Omer Sobhi Qabbag (24) and then arrested them.
  • Israeli forces carried out (4) incursions in Sebastia village, northwest of Nablus, Deir al-‘Asal, Abu al-‘Asja and al-Thaheriyah villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

 

Monday, 29 July 2019:

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested 7 civilians, including 2 children: Nagham Mohammed Hasan ‘Elyan (16), Mo’atasem Hamzah Obeid (15). The other arrestees were identified as: Yusuf Hashem ‘Elyan, Majed Suleiman Dari, Mohammed ‘Elyan, Anas ‘Elyan and Fadi Yusuf Mustafa ‘Obeid.
  • At approximately 12:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aqraba village, southeast of Nablus. They confiscated an excavator driven by Suhail Samih Abdul Hamid Abdul Fattah, from Yasouf village, east of Salfit. The excavator, which belongs to Shaker Shukri Talab, from the abovementioned village, was working on expanding ‘Aqraba main street near Sheikh Sa’adah Mosque for favor of ‘Aqraba Municipality. The soldiers forced Suhail to drive the excavator to Za’tarah checkpoint, south of Nablus where it was confiscated.
  • Israeli forces carried out (6) incursions in northern ‘Asirah village, north of Nablus; eastern al-Laban village, southeast of the city; al-Thaheriyah, Bani Na’im, Emrish and Susiya villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

 

Tuesday, 30 July 2019:

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohamed ‘Emad al-Taiti (19) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Yatta in southern Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Loai Khaled al-‘Amour (25) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Hebron and stationed in al-Shaiekh neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Rezeq Mohamed Burhan al-Ja’bari (28) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Hassan Mahmoud Jarrar (22) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Ratib Raied Rajeh Bali (18) and Fares Hussain Rahhal (21) and then arrested them.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohamed Tawfiq Hamdi Turkman (20) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:40, Israeli forces moved into ‘Izbit Shofa village, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nashat Mohamed Mostafa Hamad (30) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Ali Zaiyd Ikhlayil (23) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Samou’a village, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Fathi Ahmed al-Badareen (27) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 18:00, Israeli forces established a military checkpoint nar Sinjel village, north of Ramallah. They stopped Palestinians ‘vehicles, checked their IDs and then arrested Jehad ‘Ortani (30), from Nablus.
  • In the evening, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested 5 civilians and took them to detention facilities for interrogation. The arrestees were identified as Sari Raied Jaber, Jum’a Marwan Hamdan, Nayif Waseem ‘Obaid, Mahmoud Ramadan ‘Obaid, and ‘Abed Abu Sayimah. The Israeli forces also raided Tsh’ari Tsedeq Hospital in western Jerusalem and arrested Zakaria ‘Olayan (47) from his workplace.
  • On Monday, 29 July 2019, Israeli police summoned Mohamed Rabie’ ‘Olayian (4) for interrogation and his father accompanied him. On Tuesday morning, 30 July 2019, they arrived at Salah al-Deen Police Station in central occupied East Jerusalem, but an Israeli police officer refused to receive him, claiming that they did not summon him. Mohamed’s family confirmed that the Israeli forces ordered Mohamed’s father to bring his son for interrogation.
  • On Tuesday evening, 30 July 2019, the Israeli police summoned Qais Feras ‘Obaid (6) for interrogation in Salah al-Deen Police Station and his father accompanied him. It should be noted that the Israeli forces pursued Qais to arrest him under the pretext of throwing stones. Qais said that he threw a juice box to the ground when the soldiers were in front of his family house in al-‘Issawiyia village.
  • Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Tubas, Dura, Karza, and Dir Samet villages and al-Fawar refugee camp in Hebron.

 

 

Wednesday, 31 July 2019:

  • At approximately 00:20, Israeli forces moved into ‘Ateel village, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested Laith Helmi Abu Khalil (18), Mujaef Helmi Abu Khalil (19), and Yousef Helmi Abu Khalil (20) after interrogating them. All of them were later released.
  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested Yaser Khaled Mohamed Manna’ (30), Marwan Stayitah (35), and Fadel al-Kurdi (32).
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into the southern area of Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Jawad Khadir al-Ja’bari (25) and Ibrahim Nimer al-Ja’bari (30) and then arrested them.
  • At approximately 14:00, Israeli forces established a military checkpoint at the entrance to Beit ‘Aynoun village, east of Hebron. They then arrested Haitham’Awon Shehda Abu ‘Arram (23), from Yatta in southern Hebron.
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Soreef village, northwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Islam ‘Arafat al-Hadmi (30) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Ethna village in western Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Emad ‘Abed al-‘Aziz al-Batran (38) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Dajan village, east of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mo’awiyia ‘Afeef Hanini (34) and then arrested him.
  • Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Silat al-Harithyia and al-Yamoun villages, west of Jenin; Beit Rima village, northwest of Ramallah; and Bani Na’iem and al-Shayyoukh villages in Hebron. 

 

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

  1. Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property for Settlement Expansion Activities
  • At approximately 07:45 on Friday, 26 July 2019, an Israeli infantry force, from “Berkha” settlement, moved into al-Manshrah area in southern Nablus. The Israeli force raided an under-construction house belonging to Montaser Nafi’ ‘Abed al-Latif Mansour (28) and damaged the house’ contents, including a water tank and other construction material. The Israeli forces claimed that the house was built in a military area, even though that they did not hand any official notice or warrant to Montaser’s family.
  • At approximately 06:30 on Tuesday, 30 July 2019, Israeli forces backed by military construction vehicles and Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Kherbit al-Ras al-Ahmar in Northern Jordan Valley, northeast of Tubas. Israeli forces bulldozed tents, houses, and barns belonging to 3 families. The damage were as follows:
    • Two residential tents built on an area of 60 square meters and used for breeding livestock, in addition to demolishing a solar cell belongs to Ayman ‘Izzat Yousef Bani ‘Odah.
    • A 40-sqaure-meter residential tent was bulldozed, 2 livestock barns built on an area of 100 square meters were also demolished, 2 feeders belonging to Jameel Suliman Bani ‘Odah were damaged.

During the demolition, Israeli forces confiscated the IDs of 3 activists in the popular resistance movement, identified as Ayman Rabah Ghareeb Bani ‘Odah, Ahmed Mahmoud Sa’ied Mosalamni, and Rashid Khaled Rashid Sawaftah. They also confiscated a cell phone belonging to Fawzi Faraj ‘Abed al-Khaleq Abu Zainah.

  • On Tuesday, the Israeli authorities confiscated a plot of land in al-Qaysan neighborhood in Surbaher village, south of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of its allocation for public utility, according to Hamada Hamada, Head of Wadi al-Humus Families Committee. He added that the plot of land, property of Omar Ahmed Dabash and Yaser ‘Ali Khalil Doyat, was built on 5 dunums and 200 square meters. Dabash and Doyat challenged the decision before the Israeli Courts, but the court decided in favor of the Israeli authorities. The latter claimed that they confiscated that land to build public utility facilities such as a community center, police station and daycare centers.
  1. Israeli Settler Violence
  • At approximately 10:50 on Saturday, 27 July 2019, a group of Israeli settlers, from “Rahalim“ settlement, attacked 80 olive trees, sawed them, and broke their twigs. The trees belong to the siblings Radi and Ahmed Mahmoud Hussain ‘Atiyani. Radi told PCHR’s fieldworker that: “At approximately 10:00 on Saturday, 27 July 2019, my brother Rajeh headed to his plot of land in Khelet Wasel area, east of Yasouf village and found that all trees were sawed by Israeli settlers and their twigs were broken. It should be noted that we are denied access to the area, but we go there and come back quickly fearing of the settlers. This was not the first attack, in fact, the Israeli settlers repeatedly launch attacks in the area, so we informed the official bodies. After that, Palestinian police officers and Liaison came to the area and we submitted a complaint.”

 

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

The Gaza Strip

As the Israeli closure of the Gaza Strip enters its 14th consecutive year this July, severe restrictions on the freedom of movement of persons and goods enhance the de facto separation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Moreover, Israeli naval forces imposed a blockade, chased fishermen, opened fire at them, and confiscated their fishing equipment. During the reporting period, 5 shooting incidents and chasing fishermen and their boats were documented.

 

  • Note: No updates occurred on the state of the crossing during the reporting

 

  1. West Bank

In addition to permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of more temporary checkpoints that restrict the goods and individuals movement between villages and cities and deny civilians’ access to their work. Israeli forces established 44 temporary checkpoints, from which they arrested 4 civilians.

The military checkpoint were as follows:

 

Qalqiliyia: 

  • On Friday, 26 July 2019, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Kafur Qaddoum and Jeet villages, north of Qalqiliyia; and at the entrance to ‘Izbit al-Tabeeb village, east of the city.
  • On Saturday, 27 July 2019, 2 similar checkpoints were established at the entrances to ‘Azoun and ‘Izbit al-Tabeeb villages, east of Qalqiliyia.

 

Salfit: 

  • At approximately 05:30 on Friday, 26 July 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Kaful Hares village, north of Salfit.

 

Tulkarm: 

  • On Thursday, 25 July 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-Kafriyat, south of Tulkarm, where they arrested 2 civilians and confiscated a vehicle.

 

Nablus: 

  • At approximately 20:00 on Saturday, 27 July 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on Bypass road “Khelet al-Tota intersection”, at the north-eastern entrance to Zawatah village, west of Nablus.
  • At approximately 16:00 on Sunday, 28 July 2019, a similar checkpoint was established at Dir Sharaf village’s square, west of the city.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Monday, 29 July 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint in ‘Ain Mizrab area, at the north-eastern entrance to Tal village, southwest of Nablus.

 

Ramallah: 

  • On Thursday, 25 July 2019, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Nabi Saleh and Dir Nizam villages, west of Ramllah; and at the entrance to Beit ‘Or al-Tahtah village, south of Ramallah.
  • On Friday, 26 July 2019, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance to al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the city.
  • On Saturday, 27 July 2019, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Dir Abu Mish’al and al-Nabi Saleh villages, northwest of Ramallah.
  • On Monday, 4 similar checkpoints were established at the entrances to Shaqbah, Beit Ur al-Tahtah and ‘Atarah villages, and at the entrance to al-Jalazoun refugee camp.
  • On Tuesday, 30 July 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-Nabi Salah village, northwest of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 18:00 on Tuesday, 30 July 2019, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near senjil village, north of Ramallah. They stopped Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs, and then arrested a civilian from Nablus.

 

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 25 July 2019, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Beit Kahel village and on Wad Risha road.
  • On Friday, 26 July 2019, 3 similar checkpoints were established at the entrance to Tarousa village, at the southern entrance to Hebron, and at the northern entrance to Halhoul village.
  • On Saturday, 27 July 2019, Israeli forces established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to Ethna and Beit Ummerm villages, at the entrance to al-Fawar camp, at the southern entrance to Hebron, and at the southern entrance to Halhoul village.
  • On Sunday, 28 July 2019, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the intersection of Beit ‘Aynoun village and at the southern entrance to Halhoul village.
  • On Monday, 29 July 2019, 4 similar checkpoints were established at the southern entrance to Hebron, and at the entrances to al-Dahiriyia, Bani Na’iem and Jalajel villages,
  • At approximately 09:00 on Monday, Israeli authorities closed with sand berms and stones Sha’b al-Baten road, leading to al-Masafer area, east of Yatta in southern Hebron. It should be noted that it was the 3rd time that the Israeli authorities closed the road after Palestinians opening it; this road is considered an essential route for traffic connecting nearby towns and governorates.
  • On Tuesday, 30 July 2019, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Samou’a and Tarqumiyia.
  • On Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 3 similar checkpoints were established at the entrances to Beit ‘Awaa, Sa’ir and Beit Ummer villages.

Shooting and other violations of the right to life and bodily integrity 

  • At approximately 23:30 on Monday, 29 July 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Sunday, 28 July 2019, Israeli forces stationed northwest of Beit Lahia shore in northern Gaza strip, opened fire and pumped water at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles in an attempt to sink them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 23:00 on Monday, 29 July 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed off Rafah shore in southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 23:15 on the same Monday, Israeli forces backed by a bulldozer moved into Nablus from the southern entrance (Howarah checkpoint) and eastern entrance (Beit Furik) to secure the entry of dozens of buses carrying settlers to the abovementioned area in order to perform their prayers in “Joseph’s Tomb” in Balatat al-Balad, east of the city. A number of civilians gathered on Amman Street, set tires on fire, put barricades on the street and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli patrols in the city. The Israeli forces fired Two-Two bullets at them. As a result, 4 civilians, including a child, were wounded to the right thigh.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Tuesday, 30 July 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia shore in northern Gaza Strip, opened fire and pumped water at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles in an attempt to sink these boats. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives, but neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 21:00 on Monday, 29 July 2019, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, fired several flare bombs at the area adjacent to the border fence. A bomb fell on a house belonging to Kamel Sayed al-Louh (60), 800 meters away from the border fence, causing partial damage to the apartment of his son Haitham (30). Another bomb fell on the street, east of al-Louh house, while the third fell in the landfill, east of Deir al-Balah, 20 meters away from the border fence. No arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 09:30 on Wednesday, 31 July 2019, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, opened fire and fired flare bombs at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee fearing for their lives; neither casualties nor material damage was reported.
  • At approximately 07:20 on Wednesday, 31 July 2019, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis fired live bullets at agricultural lands in al-Sanati area, east of ‘Abasan al-Kabirah, west of the border fence. As a result, a tire of a tractor belonging to ‘Azam Qdaih, was hit with a live bullet while working in a land 150 meters away from the border fence. As a result, the tractor stopped working and left the area.

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

 

  1. Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property for Settlement Expansion Activities
  • At approximately 07:45 on Friday, 26 July 2019, an Israeli infantry force, from “Berkha” settlement, moved into al-Manshrah area in southern Nablus. The Israeli force raided an under-construction house belonging to Montaser Nafi’ ‘Abed al-Latif Mansour (28) and damaged the house’ contents, including a water tank and other construction material. The Israeli forces claimed that the house was built in a military area, even though that they did not hand any official notice or warrant to Montaser’s family.
  • At approximately 06:30 on Tuesday, 30 July 2019, Israeli forces backed by military construction vehicles and Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Kherbit al-Ras al-Ahmar in Northern Jordan Valley, northeast of Tubas. Israeli forces bulldozed tents, houses, and barns belonging to 3 families. The damage were as follows:
    • Two residential tents built on an area of 60 square meters and used for breeding livestock, in addition to demolishing a solar cell belongs to Ayman ‘Izzat Yousef Bani ‘Odah.
    • A 40-sqaure-meter residential tent was bulldozed, 2 livestock barns built on an area of 100 square meters were also demolished, 2 feeders belonging to Jameel Suliman Bani ‘Odah were damaged.

During the demolition, Israeli forces confiscated the IDs of 3 activists in the popular resistance movement, identified as Ayman Rabah Ghareeb Bani ‘Odah, Ahmed Mahmoud Sa’ied Mosalamni, and Rashid Khaled Rashid Sawaftah. They also confiscated a cell phone belonging to Fawzi Faraj ‘Abed al-Khaleq Abu Zainah.

  • On Tuesday, the Israeli authorities confiscated a plot of land in al-Qaysan neighborhood in Surbaher village, south of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of its allocation for public utility, according to Hamada Hamada, Head of Wadi al-Humus Families Committee. He added that the plot of land, property of Omar Ahmed Dabash and Yaser ‘Ali Khalil Doyat, was built on 5 dunums and 200 square meters. Dabash and Doyat challenged the decision before the Israeli Courts, but the court decided in favor of the Israeli authorities. The latter claimed that they confiscated that land to build public utility facilities such as a community center, police station and daycare centers.
  1. Israeli Settler Violence
  • At approximately 10:50 on Saturday, 27 July 2019, a group of Israeli settlers, from “Rahalim“ settlement, attacked 80 olive trees, sawed them, and broke their twigs. The trees belong to the siblings Radi and Ahmed Mahmoud Hussain ‘Atiyani. Radi told PCHR’s fieldworker that: “At approximately 10:00 on Saturday, 27 July 2019, my brother Rajeh headed to his plot of land in Khelet Wasel area, east of Yasouf village and found that all trees were sawed by Israeli settlers and their twigs were broken. It should be noted that we are denied access to the area, but we go there and come back quickly fearing of the settlers. This was not the first attack, in fact, the Israeli settlers repeatedly launch attacks in the area, so we informed the official bodies. After that, Palestinian police officers and Liaison came to the area and we submitted a complaint.”

Full report at PCHR official.

Bassam Shakaa: The Making of a Palestinian ‘Organic Intellectual’

Bassam Al Shakaa

Between his birth in Nablus in 1930 and his death, Bassam Shakaa fought a relentless struggle for Palestinian rights. He challenged Israel, the PA, US imperialism and reactionary Arab governments. Throughout this arduous journey, he survived exile, prison and an assassination attempt.

July 29th, 2019

t would be unfair to claim that Palestine has not produced great leaders. It has, and Bassam Shakaa, the former Mayor of Nablus, who passed away on July 22 at the age of 89, was living proof of this.

The supposed deficit in good Palestinian leadership can be attributed to the fact that many great leaders have been either assassinated, languish in prison or are politically marginalized by Palestinian factions.

What was unique about Shakaa is that he was a true nationalist leader who struggled on behalf of all Palestinians without harboring any ideological, factionalist or religious prejudice. Shakaa was an inclusive Palestinian leader, with profound affinity to pan-Arabism and constant awareness of the global class struggle.





In a way, Shakaa exemplified the ‘organic intellectual’ as described by Italian thinker Antonio Gramsci. Indeed, Shakaa was not a mere “mover of feelings and passions” but an “active participant in practical life, as constructor and organizer – a permanent persuader, not just a simple orator”.

Shakaa’s base of support was, and remained, the people – ordinary Palestinians from Nablus and throughout Palestine who always stood by his side, most memorably when the Israeli government attempted to exile him in 1975; when the Palestinian Authority (PA) placed him under house arrest in 1999 and when he was finally laid to rest in his beloved home town of Nablus, a few days ago.

Between his birth in Nablus in 1930 and his death, Shakaa fought a relentless struggle for Palestinian rights. He challenged Israel, the PA, US imperialism and reactionary Arab governments. Throughout this arduous journey, he survived exile, prison and an assassination attempt.

But there is more to Shakaa than his intellect, eloquence, and morally-guided positions. The man represented the rise of a true democratic Palestinian leadership, one that sprang from, spoke and fought for the people.

It was in the mid-1970s that Shakaa rose to prominence as a Palestinian nationalist leader, an event that changed the face of Palestinian politics to this day.

Following its occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza in June 1967, the Israeli government moved quickly to fashion a new status quo, where the Occupation became permanent and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was denied any political base in the newly occupied territories.

Among other things, the Israeli government aimed at creating an ‘alternative’ Palestinian leadership that would engage with Israel with trivial, non-political matters, therefore marginalizing the PLO and its inclusive political program.

In April 1976, the Israeli government, then led by Yitzhak Rabin, conducted local elections in the West Bank and Gaza.

Israel had, by then, assembled another group of Palestinian ‘leaders’, which consisted mostly of traditional heads of clans – a small, self-seeking oligarchy that historically accommodated whatever foreign power happened to be ruling over Palestinians.

Israel was almost certain that its hand-picked allies were ready to sweep the local elections. But the Occupation had its unintended consequences, which surprised the Israelis themselves. For the first time since Israel’s creation, all of historic Palestine was now under Israeli control. This also meant that the Palestinian people were, once again, part of the same demographic unit, which allowed for coordinated political mobilization and popular resistance.

These efforts were largely facilitated by the Palestinian National Front (PNF) which was founded in 1973 and comprised all Palestinian groups throughout Occupied Palestine. What irked Israel most is that the PNF had developed a political line that was largely parallel to that of the PLO.

To Israel’s dismay, the PNF decided to take part in the local elections, hoping that its victory could defeat the Israeli stratagem entirely. To thwart the PNF’s initiative, the Israeli army carried out a massive campaign of arrests and deportation of the group’s members, which included intellectuals, academics and local leaders.

But all had failed as Palestine’s new leaders won decisive victories, claiming most mayoral offices and bravely articulating an anti-occupation, pro-PLO agenda.

“We are for the PLO, and we say this in our electoral speeches,” the elected Mayor of Ramallah, Karim Khalaf, said at the time. “The people who come along to our meetings do not ask about road improvements and new factories; we want an end to the Occupation.”

Bassam Shakaa was at the forefront of that nascent movement, whose ideals and slogans spread out to all Palestinian communities, including those inside Israel.

Bassam Al Shakaa

Bassam Al Shakaa following an assassination attempt

Despite decades of exile, fragmentation and Occupation, the Palestinian national identity was now at its zenith, an outcome the Israeli government could never have anticipated.

In October 1978, Shakaa, Khalaf and the other empowered mayors were joined by city councilors and leaders of various nationalist institutions to form the National Leadership Committee, the main objective of which was to challenge the disastrous Camp David agreement and the resulting marginalization of the Palestinian people and their leadership.

On July 2, 1980, a bomb planted by a Jewish terrorist group, blew up Shakaa’s car, costing him both of his legs. Another targeted Khalaf, who had one of his legs amputated. The leaders emerged even stronger following the assassination attempts.

“They ripped off both my legs, but this only means that I am closer to my land,” said Shakaa from his hospital bed.

“I have my heart, my intellect and a just aim to fight for, I don’t need my legs.”

In November 1981, the Israeli government dismissed the nationalist mayors, including Shakaa. But that was not the end of his struggle which, following the formation of the PA in Ramallah in 1994, acquired a new impetus.

Shakaa challenged the PA’s corruption and subservience to Israel. His frustration with the PA led him to help draft and to sign, in 1999, a “Cry from the Homeland”, which denounced the PA for its “systematic methodology of corruption, humiliation and abuse against the people.” As a result, the PA placed Shakaa, then 70, under house arrest. 

However, it was that very movement created by Shakaa, Khalaf and their peers that sowed the seeds for the popular Palestinian uprising in 1987. In fact, the ‘First Intifada’ remains the most powerful popular movement in modern Palestinian history.

May Shakaa rest in peace and power, now that he has fulfilled his historic mission as one of Palestine’s most beloved leaders and true organic intellectuals of all times.

Feature photo | Bassam Al Shakaa poses in front of an Israeli police vehicle just one week after being released from an Israeli jail.

Ramzy Baroud is a journalist, author and editor of Palestine Chronicle. His last book is ‘The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story’ (Pluto Press, London). Baroud has a Ph.D. in Palestine Studies from the University of Exeter and was a Non-Resident Scholar at Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, University of California Santa Barbara. His website iswww.ramzybaroud.net

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect MintPress News editorial policy.

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