“Israel” Killing With Impunity, Lying Without Consequence?

 

The Guardian’s Editorial

In the last nine months of 2018, according to the United Nations, Palestinians – many of them children – were killed at the rate of around one a day while taking part in protests along “Israel’s” perimeter fence with Gaza about their right to return to ancestral homes.

They included medics and journalists. Most of the dead were unarmed and posed no danger to anyone, with little more than rocks in their hands and slogans on their lips. Yet “Israel” continued with an immoral and unlawful policy that sees soldiers of its military, which is under civilian control, shoot, gas, shell and kill protesters, including those who pose no credible threat.

Hospitals in Gaza, which already struggle under an “Israeli”-Egyptian blockade, have been stretched to breaking point in dealing with the flood of patients ferried in from the protests.

It would appear, sadly, that “Israel” wishes to conduct a war over the airwaves, as well as one on the ground, against the Palestinians. This blatant disregard for Gazan lives and the lack of accountability is underpinned by a politics of resentment and dissembling that has profound repercussions for “Israel.” If one can kill with impunity, then can one lie without consequence?

“Israel’s” Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, unexpectedly called for early elections in December in what seems a transparent bid to head off possible corruption charges. The decision by Netanyahu to dissolve the Knesset came days after the prosecutor’s office recommended that “Israel’s” attorney general indict Netanyahu on charges of bribery, which he denies. Netanyahu is not only running for a fifth term in office, he is also running for his political life. His lawyers, it is reported, are arguing that a possible indictment be delayed… Echoing his friend Donald Trump, Netanyahu has told reporters that “Israel” can choose its leadership only at the ballot box and not through legal investigations, which are a “witch-hunt”…

The novelist Amos Oz’s words that “even unavoidable occupation is a corrupting occupation” have been ignored for too long. Netanyahu’s nearest rival brags that he sent parts of Gaza “back to the stone age” when in the military. Netanyahu would dismiss Oz’s warnings; but perhaps he ought to take heed of the recent spat between the historian Benny Morris and the writer Gideon Levy. The former, who made his name by lifting the veil on the ethnic cleansings on which “Israel” was founded, but drifted rightwards to say that these heinous crimes did not go far enough, and the latter, a leftwing columnist, agree that the [so-called] ‘two-state’ solution is a fading prospect. Netanyahu lulls the public with the notion that a ‘two-state’ solution will wait until “Israel” deems the conditions to be ripe. He hints that new friends in Washington, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi will come up with a proposal the Palestinians will swallow. This is pure cynicism. There is no new plan – just a rebranding of the status quo, maintained by force by “Israel,” and with Palestinians within and without “Israel’s” [occupied] borders subjugated and dependent. “Israelis” must turn away from the occupation, which is debasing their society and suffocating the Palestinians.

Source: The Guardian, Edited by website team

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ماذا لو كان نتنياهو ضيف العار؟

يناير 19, 2019

ناصر قنديل

– بالرغم من وجاهة النقاش اللبناني الداخلي حول القمة العربية والمسؤوليات التي يتبادلون الاتهامات بتوزيعها في ما بينهم، حول تفسير النتيجة الباهتة والهزيلة، إلا أن في هذه النقاشات عندما تصير شتائم وإهانات وتخويناً، براءة ذمة لحكام العرب الذين خذلوا لبنان الذي لم يخذلهم يوماً، فوق كونه لم يخذل قضية العرب ولا قضايا العرب يوماً. فأسباب الحكام العرب لمقاطعة قمة بيروت، ليست لبنانية، والمسؤولية اللبنانية هي بعدم قراءة هذه الحقيقة والانتباه إليها، والغياب العربي الذي تصاعد منسوب الاعتذارات المتأخرة فيه ليس ثمرة التزامات يتذرعون بها وموعد القمة معلوم ومحفوظ ومحجوز على جداول أعمال كل منهم قبل أي مستجدّ به يتذرعون.

– ببساطة جاء الأميركي ووزّع أمر العمليات، بيروت عاصمة المقاومة ومصدر قلق «إسرائيل»، فلا تمنحوا دولتها فرصة الاعتزاز بالإنجاز، عاقبوها وحاصروها ما استطعتم حتى يلتزم مَن على رأس الدولة بما هو أبعد من مجاملتنا بتخصيص الرياض بزيارته الأولى، واحترام رغبتنا بعدم ربط عقد القمة بحضور سورية. فالمطلوب من رئيس الجمهورية اللبنانية أن يلتزم معاقبة المقاومة كي لا يُعاقَب، وتعاقب الدولة اللبنانية من خلاله، بما هو أكثر من تعطيل الحكومة، ومن يظنّ أن بعض الكياسة التي يطلبها في التعامل مع حضور ليبيا كان سيغير من المشهد شيئاً فهو واهم ولا يعرف في السياسة ألفباءها. فالحكومة الليبية على لائحة أعداء حكام الخليج ومصر وكل الذين يقفون خارج التابعية التركية القطرية، ويتنافسون معها على الوكالة الأميركية لشؤون المنطقة والعالم الإسلامي، ولو كانت القمة في بلد من بلدان التابعية الأميركية وتم حظر حضور ليبيا فيها لتبسّموا وقالوا خيراً على خير.

– السؤال ببساطة ماذا لو كان بنيامين نتنياهو ضيف العار على القمة، ويسمّونه ضيف الشرف، وماذا لو كان لبنان يدعو لقمة في زمن الرهانات على الحرب على سورية، ويتعهد بتقديم الدولة ومؤسساتها منصة لهذه الحرب، وفي الحالتين بغياب ليبيا وحظر حضورها وإنزال علمها عن السارية، ورفع علم «إسرائيل» بين الأعلام العربية، وشطب كرسي سورية وإنزال علمها، هل كان سيجرؤ أحد على الغياب من حكام العرب، ربما باستثناء قلة قليلة تخجل أو يحرجها الحضور، أو لا تزال تحفظ لبعض القيم مكانة، كحال الجزائر والعراق وربما الكويت، لكن ماذا عن الآخرين، كل الآخرين وفي مقدّمتهم حكام الخليج الذي يريدون لبنان سوق عقار، وملهى ليلياً، لكنهم يتفادونه كعنوان للسياسة والمواقف والمؤتمرات، إلا بتوقيع ممهور بخاتم أميركي أسود.

– على اللبنانيين وهم يناقشون أين أخطأوا أن ينتبهوا أن خطأهم الجسيم هو في حسن الظن، وسوء الظن من حسن الفطن. لقد أحسنوا الظنّ بحكام لا قرار لهم، حكام صاروا رهائن لمفهوم الأمن الإسرائيلي، ولا مكان يشبههم في بلد المقاومة وعاصمتها، والمرتهنون لهؤلاء الحكام يعلمون جيداّ مهمتهم، التطبيل والتزمير لكل إساءة للمقاومة، وإعلان استعداد لكل مؤامرة تستهدفها، والابتسامة الصفراء بوجه رئيس للجمهورية مؤمن بالمقاومة حاول أن يحسن الظن بهم وبمرجعياتهم في دول الخليج، لكنه فخور بخياراته، وها هم يعايرونه بتمثيله الحكومي، لإضعافه ومماشاة الضغوط الأميركية عليه وعبره على المقاومة، كما يعطلون الحكومة يعطل مَن هو خلفهم القمة، والقرار تعطيل لبنان حتى يركع.

– لبنان الذي يرفض الركوع مدعوّ لأخذ العبرة، ورئيسه الذي لا يبيع ولا يشتري في المواقف والمواقع، أن يراجعوا مسيرة المسايرة والمجاملة والسير بين النقاط، فلون لبنان واضح لا يغيّره طلاء أو لا يحجبه حلو الكلام، لبنان معني بأن يسارع للقول، ألغيت القمة بانتظار المزيد من التشاور حتى تتوافر ظروف عقدها بحضور ومشاركة كل القادة العرب وفي مقدّمتهم الرئيس السوري، فلبنان يجمع الكلمة العربية، ولا ينطق بالعبرية، وفي الختام عليكم السلام، بئس القمة وبئس الحكام. فبيروت تحرجكم وبيروت تجرحكم وهي التي أخرجت المارينز الذي به تستنجدون، وقد أخرجت الإسرائيلي الذي إليه تتوقون، وبيروت مرفوعة الرأس أمام من أذلَّكم ويسرق مالكم وتؤدّون له الطاعة كلّ يوم، فوجب أن تعاقبوها لتنالوا البراءة من أنفسكم لأنفسكم، ومَن الذي يعاملكم كمعاملة السيد لعبيده بينما بيروت تعلّمكم أن تكونوا أسياداً ينتفضون على العبودية.

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Weekly report on israel’s terrorism against Palestinians (10 – 16 January 2019) 

PCHR Weekly Report 

 

18 Jan  7:24 AM

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 10 – 16 January, 2019.

Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip. A woman and a child were killed during the 42nd week of the Return and Breaking the Siege March. 143 civilians, including 34 children, 3 women, 3 journalists, and 3 paramedics, were wounded; the injury of 3 of them were reported as serious.

Shooting:

 

In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against the participants in the peaceful protests organized along the Gaza Strip borders, which witnessed the peaceful protests for the 42nd week along the eastern and northern border area of the Gaza Strip.  In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian, including a child and woman, and wounded 143 civilians, including 34 children, 3 women, 3 journalists, and 3 paramedics.  The injury of 3 of those wounded was reported serious.  In the West Bank, the Israeli forces wounded 7 civilians, including 2 journalists and a paramedic in separate shooting incidents.

 

In the Gaza Strip, On 11 January 2019, the Israeli forces killed Amal al-Termasi (44) from al-Sheikh Redwan in Gaza City after she was hit with a bullet to the head at approximately 15:50.  At the time of being wounded, she was around 200 meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israeli in eastern Gaza City.

 

At approximately 05:00 on Monday, 14 January 2019, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, declared the death of ‘Abdel Ra’ouf Salhah (13) from Block 8 Street in Jabalia refugee camp, succumbing to wounds he sustained in the northern Gaza Strip in 11 November 2019.  The above-mentioned child was directly hit to the left side of his head with a teargas canister, causing acute bleeding and laceration in the brain in addition to a swelling.  As a result, he was taken for treatment in al-Shifa Hospital, where he stayed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) until his death was declared.

 

As part of using excessive force against the peaceful protesters along the Gaza Strip borders, during the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 143 civilians, including 34 children, 3 women, 3 journalists, and 3 paramedics.  The injury of 3 of those wounded was reported serious.

 

Injuries in the Gaza Strip between 10 and 16 January 2019 According to the Governorate

Governorate Injuries
Total Children Women Journalists Paramedics Critical Injuries
Northern Gaza Strip 23 8 0 0 1 1
Gaza City 70 16 0 1 0 0
Central Gaza Strip 14 3 3 1 0 0
Khan Younis 23 4 0 1 1 1
Rafah 13 3 0 0 1 1
Total 143 34 3 3 3 3

 

As part of targeting the Palestinian fishermen in the sea, the Israeli forces continued to escalate their attacks against the Palestinian fishermen, indicating the on-going Israeli policy to target their livelihoods.  During the reporting period, PCHR documented 6 incidents that resulted in the arrest of 2 sibling fishermen and confiscation of their boats.

 

As part of targeting the border areas, on 10 January 2019, Israeli soldiers opened fire at the border area adjacent to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel in eastern al-Shija’iyah neighbourhood in eastern Gaza City.

 

On 11 January 2019, Israeli forces fired an artillery shell at a border control point belonging to al-Qassam Brigades in the vicinity of the Return Encampment in Malaka area in eastern Gaza City.

 

On 12 January 2019, Israeli soldiers opened fire at farmers and shepherds in eastern Deir al-Balah in central Gaza Strip and eastern Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip.  Meanwhile, the Israeli forces fired artielly shells at a border control point belonging to al-Qassam Brigades in eastern Shija’iyah neighbourhood in estern Gaza City.

 

On 13 January 2019, Israeli forces sporadically opened fire at farmers and shepherds in the northern Gaza Strip.

 

On 16 January 2019, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire at the agricultural lands in eastern al-Maghazi and Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported.

 

As part of the airstrikes, on 12 January 2019, Israeli warplanes carried out 4 airstrikes launching 7 missiles at vacant lands and a border control point belonging to the Palestinian armed groups in eastern al-Shija’iyah neighbourhood in eastern Gaza City in the vicinity of al-Rayes Mount in north-eastern al-Tofah neighbourhood.  However, no casualties were reported.

 

On 13 January 2019, Israeli drones fired 2 missiles at a border control point in eastern Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Younis City.  No casualties were reported.

 

In the West Bank, during the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 7 Palestinian civilians, including 2 journalists and a paramedic, in separate shooting incidents.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 100 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 4 similar incursions into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 62 Palestinians, including 9 children, in the West Bank.  Moreover, 11 others, including a child, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 15 January 2019, Israeli forces moved 100 meters into Landfill area, north of the Agriculture School in northern Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.  On 16 January 2019, they also moved 100 meters into the western side of the border fence with Israel opposite to the Memorial Site in the south-eastern side of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.  They levelled and combed lands that were previously levelled amidst sporadic shooting.  However, no casualties or damage to property was reported.

 

Israeli Forces Continued to Create a Jewish Majority in East Jerusalem City:

As part of Seizure of Palestinian Civilians’ property in favour of settlement assocaitions, On Thursday morning, 10 January 2019, the Israeli Law Enforcement Department handed al-Sabagh family a notice to evacuate their building, which shelters 5 families, including 45 persons. The Israeli Execution and Procedure Department gave the family until 21 January 2019 to evacuate the building. Mohammad al-Sabbagh (65) said that this notice came to implement Magistrate’s Court decision against al-Sabbagh family and in favor of settlers. This order came after the Israeli Supreme Court rejected the family’s lawyer request to open Sheikh Jarrah’s ownership file and request for a 5-judge panel instead of 3. Mohammad al-Sabbagh confirmed that 48 families are threatened to be expelled in Karm al-Ja’ouni area in Sheikh Jarrah, where al-Sabbagh family lives from 1956. Al-Sabbagh family is one of 19 others who have cases pending in the Israeli courts. The settlement associations seek to expel Palestinian civilians from the aforementioned neighborhood.

Israeli Forces continued their settlement activities, and the settlers continued their attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property

 

As part of settlement crimes and demolitions, 16 January 2016, Israeli forces demolished a house belonging to ‘Abed al-Hadi ‘Ali ‘Abiat (40), in Fasayil village, north of Jericho, under the pretext of non-licensing. ‘Abed al-Hadi said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the Israeli forces accompanied with military bulldozers moved into the village and surrounded his house without a prior warning. They forcibly got him and his children out of the house and then completely demolished the house. He added that his house was comprised of a 30-sqaure-meter room built with concrete and roofed with tin plates.

Following that, the Israeli forces moved into al-Nwei’amah village, north of Jericho, where they surrounded a house belonging to Soliman Abu Kharbeish and completely demolished it.  The house was comprised of 3 rooms, a kitchen and bathroom.

As part of the Israeli settlers’ attacks against the Palestinians civilians and their property, PCHR’s fieldworkers documented during the reporting period 6 attacks carried out by Israeli settlers.  As a result, 1200 forest tree seedlings were damaged, a civilian car sustained damage and a Fieldworker at “B’tselem’” sustained wounds to his left leg and right hand after he was attacked by one of the Israeli settlers’ dogs in Um al-‘Omar area, east of Yata in southern Hebron.

Use of Force against Demonstrations in Protest against the U.S. President’s Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel:

 

Israeli forces continued its excessive use of lethal force against peaceful demonstration organized by Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and it was named as “The Great March of Return and Breaking Siege.” The demonstration was in protest against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration to move the U.S. Embassy to it. According to PCHR fieldworkers’ observations, the border area witnessed large participation by Palestinian civilians as the Israeli forces continued to use upon highest military and political echelons excessive force against the peaceful demonstrators, though the demonstration were fully peaceful. The demonstration was as follows during the reporting period:

 

 

Gaza Strip:

 

In the 42nd  week of the March of Return and Breaking Siege activities, Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians, including a woman and a child. They also wounded 143 civilians, including 34 children, 3 women, 3 journalists and 3 paramedics.  The injury of 3 of them were reported as serious. The incidents were as follows:

 

  • Gaza City: Israeli forces killed Amal Mustafa al-Termassy (44) from al-Sheikh Redwan neighborhood in Gaza City after being hit with a live bullet to the head at approximately 15:50 while she was 200 meters away western the border fence with Israel. Moreover, the Israeli forces wounded 70 civilians, including 16 children and a journalist. Forty-nine civilians were hit with live bullets, 20 were directly hit with tear gas canisters and a civilian was hit with a rubber bullet. The wounded journalist namely Hussain ‘Abed al-Jawad Karssou’ (43) who works as a photojournalist at Global News, was hit with a tear gas canister to the head.

 

 

  • Northern Gaza Strip: The Israeli shooting at Palestinian demonstrates resulted in the injury of 23 civilians, including 8 children and a paramedic. Six of them were hit with live bullets and shrapnel and 17 were directly hit with tear gas canisters. The injury of one of them namely ‘Abed al-Ra’oof Isma’il Mohammed Salha (13) from Jabalia refugee camp, was classified as critical. The wounded child was directly hit with a tear gas canister to the left side of the head, which resulted in severe bleeding and brain swelling and laceration. He was taken to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza, where he was admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) until his death was declared at approximately 05:00 on Monday, 14 January 2019. The wounded paramedic, Anas ‘Abed al-Latif Salha (26), who works at the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, was hit with a tear gas canister to the left hand.

 

  • Central Gaza Strip: Israeli forces firing live bullets and tear gas canisters, which continued until approximately 17:00, resulted in the injury of 14 civilians, including 3 children, 3 woman, and a journalist. One of them was hit with a live bullet, another one was hit with a rubber bullet and 12 others were directly hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded journalist identified as Hossny Fouad Hossny Salah (26), from al-Buraij refugee camp, was directly hit with a tear gas canister to the face.  Hossny works as a cameraman at the Agence France-Presse (AFP)

 

  • Khan Younis: The Israeli shooting at Palestinian demonstrates resulted in the injury of 23 civilians, including 4 children and a paramedic identified as Mustafa ‘Emad al-Senwar (22). Mustafa is a volunteer at and was hit with a tear gas canister to the neck. He was then admitted to the ICU at the Gaza European Hospital due to his serious health condition. It should be noted that last week, he was also hit with a tear gas canister to the right thigh.

 

  • Rafah: 13 civilians, including 3 children, were wounded. 3 of them were hit with live bullets and shrapnel and 10 were directly hit with tear gas canisters. Moreover, an ambulance belonging to the Ministry of Health was hit with a live bullet damaging its rear window. The injury of one of the wounded civilians was classified as serious.

 

 

West Bank:

 

  • At approximately 13:30 on Friday, 11 January 2019, started from the center of Kafur Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyia, and then headed towards the eastern entrance to the village, which was closed from 15 days in favor of “Kedumim” settlement. The demonstrators chanted national slogans calling for ending occupation and condemning the Israeli forces‘crimes committed against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip. The demonstrators threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand berms. The Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs, rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a photojournalist J’afar Zahed Ishtaya (46) was hit with a tear gas canister to the right leg.
  • Efforts to Create A Jewish majority

 

Israeli forces escalated their attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property. They have also continued their raids on al-Aqsa Mosque and denied the Palestinians access to it:

 

Arrests and Incursions:

 

  • At approximately 15:00, on Tuesday, 19 January 2019, Israeli Police raided and searched a house yard belonging to Kareem Dawoud Hussein (30), from Mukaber Mount village, south of occupied East Jerusalem, in search for surveillance cameras. When the aforementioned civilian refused to allow them to enter the house without a court order, the police officers hit him on the head. As a result, he sustained wounds and then fainted. He was then taken into the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a concussion. Kareem said that Ali Marwan lkalouti (26), his brother-in-law, who came to the house when he heard shouting, was arrested at 16:00 and released on bail at 22:00. The Israeli forces imposed a house arrest on ‘Ali for 3 days. Kareem also confirmed that his father Daoud Mohammad Hussein (70), was beaten when he tried to protect his son and refused to let them arrest him. Later, additional police officers were called for backup and they beat everyone in the yard. In addition, Kareem said that his wife Iman Abdul Latif Younis (28), a 3-month pregnant woman, was pushed when she was trying to reach her husband lying on the ground, unconscious and bleeding from the head. She was then taken to the hospital as she suffered a lot of pain and almost lost the child and remained for monitoring for 5 hours.

 

  • At approximately 09:25, on Monday 14 January 2019, a police officer attempted to enter the Dome of the Rock wearing a kippah, which is a symbol of Judaism. When al-Aqsa guards attempted to prevent him, Israeli forces raided the Dome of the Rock, closed it for 5 hours, prevented the worshipers from performing prayers and locked several guards and worshipper inside after closing the gates. At approximately 12:30, while worshipers gathered to protest against what happened, Sheikh ‘Omar Kiswani, director of al-Aqsa mosque, was severely beaten and then taken to the hospital. At 15:30, Dome of the Rock’s gates were reopened and the worshipers were allowed to perform prayers. Following that, the Israeli forces arrested 4 guards belonging to the Islamic Endowment Department (Awqaf). The guards were identified as Loai Abu Sa’ed, Yahia Shehada, Ahmad Abu ‘Alia and Fadi ‘Elian; and the civilian ‘Awad al-Salaima.

 

  • On Monday evening, Israeli forces moved into Baten al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided 2 houses belonging to Adam Abu Ramouz (15) and Baha’ Rajabi (19) and then arrested both of them, taking them to an investigation center in the city.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, on Wednesday, 16 January 2019, Israeli forces moved into Qalandia Refugee Camp, north of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Omar Zaied (26) and Mohammad Hammad and then arrested both of them.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Qatanna village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Rami Ossama ‘Eissa (21) and then arrested him.

 

Seizing Palestinian Civilians’ Property in Favor of Settlement Associations

 

On Thursday morning, 10 January 2019, the Israeli Law Enforcement Department handed al-Sabagh family a notice to evacuate their building, which shelters 5 families, including 45 persons. The Israeli Execution and Procedure Department gave the family until 21 January 2019 to evacuate the building. Mohammad al-Sabbagh (65) said that this notice came to implement Magistrate’s Court decision against al-Sabbagh family and in favor of settlers. This order came after the Israeli Supreme Court rejected the family’s lawyer request to open Sheikh Jarrah’s ownership file and request for a 5-judge panel instead of 3. Mohammad al-Sabbagh confirmed that 48 families are threatened to be expelled in Karm al-Ja’ouni area in Sheikh Jarrah, where al-Sabbagh family lives from 1956. Al-Sabbagh family is one of 19 others who have cases pending in the Israeli courts. The settlement associations seek to expel Palestinian civilians from the aforementioned neighborhood.

 

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

Israeli forces’ attacks:

 

  • At approximately 10:00, on Monday, 14 January, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles and accompanied with a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Kherbit al-Jawaia, southeast of Yatta, south of Hebron. An Israeli Civil Administration officer handed Abdul Mutalib Hammad al-Nawaj’ a notice to stop construction works in an under-construction house built on an area of 100 square meters. Moreover, Moussa Hussein al-Shawaheen was handed a notice to stop construction works in a 60-sqaure-meter barrack and a water well, under the pretext of non-licensing. It should be noted that al-Jawaia area is located to the west of the bypass road (356) and adjacent to “Ma’oun” settlement established on civilians’ lands at the eastern side. Moreover, the Israeli authorities notify this area to stop construction works in addition to confiscating construction material as Khirbat al-Jawaia located within area classified as Area “C”.

 

  • At approximately 06:00, on Wednesday, 16 January 2016, Israeli forces demolished a house belonging to ‘Abed al-Hadi ‘Ali ‘Abiat (40), in Fasayil village, north of Jericho, under the pretext of non-licensing. ‘Abed al-Hadi said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the Israeli forces accompanied with military bulldozers moved into the village and surrounded his house without a prior warning. They forcibly got him and his children out of the house and then completely demolished the house. He added that his house was comprised of a 30-sqaure-meter room built with concrete and roofed with tin plates. ‘Abed al-Hadi pointed out that the Israeli forces handed him a demolition notice on 11 September 2018. He filed a case against the demolition decision, but he was surprised that the decision was carried out before the completion of legal procedures.

 

Israeli settlers’ attacks:

 

  • At approximately 12:30, on Thursday, 10 January 2019, dozens of Israeli settlers, under the Israeli forces’ protection, moved into ‘Ortah village, southeast of Nablus. The settlers performed their religious rituals in al-‘Auzairat in al-Sharda neighborhood in the center of Awarta. They damaged several tombstones of graves and later withdrew.

 

  • At approximately 16:00, on Friday, 11 January 2019, a group of Israeli settlers, from “Homesh” settlement, northwest of Nablus, threw stones at a taxi belonging to al-Qassam Travel Company and damaged to its front and right side. The car is owned by Ahmad Jarra, from Jenin, and driven by Fareed M’arouf Fareed Jaber (48), from ‘Arraba, southwest of Nablus. Meanwhile, the car was coming back from Deir Sharaf village, west of Nablus, and heading to ‘Arraba village. Fareed’s wife, Sondos Mohammad Fareed Jaber (42), and their children Anas (11) and Hala (11) were with him in the taxi. They were then surprised with an ambush set up by 3 settlers, who were hiding behind a dumpster on the road at the entrance of the aforementioned settlement. They then threw big stones at them, causing fear among them.

 

  • At approximately 11:00, on Saturday, 12 January 2019, Naser Nawaj’a, a fieldworker at B’Tselem Center for Human Rights, was wounded to the left leg and right arm after he was attacked by a settler’s dogs in Um ‘Ammer area, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. Naser was along with some activists of Coexistence Organization and members of Maraqa family, who were plowing the land near “Otniel” settlement. Later, Naser was then taken to Yatta Hospital to receive treatment. Naser Nawaj’a said to PCHR’s fieldworker:

 

I headed to Um ‘Ammer area, near “otniel” settlement east of Yatta, with a group of civilians of Maraqa family who has around 4,000 dunams in the vicinity of the settlement, a part of which is suitable for winter planting. The families brought a tractor in order to till the land. At approximately 08:00, we arrived and found a group of activists of “Coexistence Organization” and Police, IDF and Civil Administration patrols in the area. The tractor started to till the land when the patrols left the place. At approximately 11:00, when the farmers were about to finish, Jay, an activist at “Coexistence Organization”, told me that a settler came towards us from the aforementioned settlement. Shortly after that, the settler arrived with 3 dogs. One of the dogs had a muzzle on. Later, the settler removed it and started to scream at Jay in Arabic, “Do not film me.” Jay stepped back and left the bag on the ground, and then the settler threw it at him. Meanwhile, one of the dogs attacked me and beat my right arm then the other attacked me and beat my left leg. Screaming, I took the dogs off me, while the settlers, with his dogs, left to the settlement. Within moments, the police patrols arrived and I saw one of them stopping and talking to the settler. The police officer asked me to file a complaint about happened while a Civil Administration officer said, “You are not allowed to be here and I should be arresting you.” After about 15 minutes, I left the area and headed to Yatta Governmental Hospital where I received treatment. At the same night, Jay, the land owner and I headed to the Israeli Police Station in “Kiryat Arba” east of Hebron and filed a complaint against the settlers. I still feel the pain in my leg and hand where my wounds are clear.”

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli settlers, from “Homesh” settlement, damaged 1200 forest trees seedlings, which were handed in the Agriculture Ministry in Nablus, to the Council of Burqa village, northeast of Nablus, in order to plant them in al-Kubaibat area, northwest of Burqa village. The seedlings were damaged before planting them.

 

  • At approximately 16:00, on Saturday, 12 January 2019, around 50 Israeli settlers gathered near the intersection of Taqqou’a village, southeast of Bethlehem. They then threw stones at the Palestinian vehicles. As a result, the Palestinian civilians were forced to stop at the entrance to Bethlehem until the settlers left late at night.

 

  • At approximately 15:00, on Monday, 14 January 2019, 50 Israeli settlers, under the Israeli forces’ protection, moved into the western entrance to Taqqou’a village, southeast of Bethlehem, and closed it while chanting racist slogans and holding Israel’s flags. The Israeli forces closed the area and prevented Palestinian vehicles from access. An hour and a half later, the settlers left the area and no other incidents were reported.

 

 

  • Recommendations to the International Community

 

PCHR warns of the escalating settlement construction in the West Bank, the attempts to legitimize settlement outposts established on Palestinian lands in the West Bank and the continued summary executions of Palestinian civilians under the pretext that they pose a security threat to the Israeli forces. PCHR reminds the international community that thousands of Palestinian civilians have been rendered homeless and lived in caravans under tragic circumstances due to the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip that has been under a tight closure for almost 11 years. PCHR welcomes the UN Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334, which states that settlements are a blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions and calls upon Israel to stop them and not to recognize any demographic change in the oPt since 1967.  PCHR hopes this resolution will pave the way for eliminating the settlement crime and bring to justice those responsible for it. PCHR further reiterates that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are still under Israeli occupation in spite of Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan of 2005.  PCHR emphasizes that there is international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect international human rights instruments and international humanitarian law.  Israel is bound to apply international human rights law and the law of war, sometimes reciprocally and other times in parallel, in a way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for the victims.

  1. PCHR calls upon the international community to respect the Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334 and to ensure that Israel respects it as well, in particular point 5 which obliges Israel not to deal with settlements as if they were part of Israel.
  2. PCHR calls upon the ICC this year to open an investigation into Israeli crimes committed in the oPt, particularly the settlement crimes and the 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip.
  3. PCHR Calls upon the European Union (EU) and all international bodies to boycott settlements and ban working and investing in them in application of their obligations according to international human rights law and international humanitarian law considering settlements as a war crime.
  4. PCHR calls upon the international community to use all available means to allow the Palestinian people to enjoy their right to self-determination through the establishment of the Palestinian State, which was recognized by the UN General Assembly with a vast majority, using all international legal mechanisms, including sanctions to end the occupation of the State of Palestine.
  5. PCHR calls upon the international community and United Nations to take all necessary measures to stop Israeli policies aimed at creating a Jewish demographic majority in Jerusalem and at voiding Palestine from its original inhabitants through deportations and house demolitions as a collective punishment, which violates international humanitarian law, amounting to a crime against humanity.
  6. PCHR calls upon the international community to condemn summary executions carried out by Israeli forces against Palestinians and to pressurize Israel to stop them.
  7. PCHR calls upon the States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC to work hard to hold Israeli war criminals accountable.
  8. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfill their obligations under article (1) of the Convention to ensure respect for the Conventions under all circumstances, and under articles (146) and (147) to search for and prosecute those responsible for committing grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions to ensure justice and remedy for Palestinian victims, especially in light of the almost complete denial of justice for them before the Israeli judiciary.
  9. PCHR calls upon the international community to speed up the reconstruction process necessary because of the destruction inflicted by the Israeli offensive on Gaza.
  10. PCHR calls for a prompt intervention to compel the Israeli authorities to lift the closure that obstructs the freedom of movement of goods and 1.8 million civilians that experience unprecedented economic, social, political and cultural hardships due to collective punishment policies and retaliatory action against civilians.
  11. PCHR calls upon the European Union to apply human rights standards embedded in the EU-Israel Association Agreement and to respect its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights when dealing with Israel.
  12. PCHR calls upon the international community, especially states that import Israeli weapons and military services, to meet their moral and legal responsibility not to allow Israel to use the offensive in Gaza to test new weapons and not accept training services based on the field experience in Gaza in order to avoid turning Palestinian civilians in Gaza into testing objects for Israeli weapons and military tactics.
  13. PCHR calls upon the parties to international human rights instruments, especially the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), to pressurize Israel to comply with its provisions in the oPt and to compel it to incorporate the human rights situation in the oPt in its reports submitted to the relevant committees.
  14. PCHR calls upon the EU and international human rights bodies to pressurize the Israeli forces to stop their attacks against Palestinian fishermen and farmers, mainly in the border area.

Fully detailed document available at the official website of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR).

 

Dozens of Palestinians Injured by Zionist Occupation Forces during 43rd Return Protests

January 18, 2019

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Thousands of Palestinians flocked after Friday prayers to Gaza border with the Zionist settlements, protesting against the blockade imposed by the enemy on the Strip and stressing their right to return to their occupied land.

It is worth noting that the Gazans have been holding the Return Protests for 43rd consecutive weeks amid the Israeli intensifying assaults.

Dozens of Palestinians were injured today by the Zionist occupation soldiers who deliberately fired live bullets at the upper parts of the protestors’ bodies.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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Trump-Netanyahu- Ibn Salman Summit قمة ترامب نتنياهو وإبن سلمان؟

Trump-Netanyahu- Ibn Salman Summit

يناير 15, 2019

Written by Nasser Kandil,

When the source of news is a site that is known of its professional credibility as “Middle East Eye” and when the same news has been published by the Zionist Ma’ariv newspaper, then it is no longer a rumor. At the worst situations it is a deliberate leakage in order to know the reactions, it is carried out by a balanced party that has the ability to access to these influential sites, and what it asks for publishing is taken seriously. The issue is that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has shown his willingness to meet the US President Donald Trump and the Prime Minister of the occupation entity Benjamin Netanyahu under the title of discussing the challenges in the region.

The assumptions posed by the news varied between two issues; the first one is Will Bin Salman dare to declare his consent of considering Jerusalem a capital of Israel and a title of the deal of century, and upon that he will call the Palestinian, Arab, and Islamic leaderships to deal with this matter as a Saudi position? The second issue is Will Trump and Netanyahu dare to hold a meeting with Mohammed Bin Salman without this condition, in the light of the charges which he was accused of, and will this meeting be available in the light of the difficult circumstances faced by Trump and Netanyahu in the American and Israeli political institutions?

The most important question stems from the assumption if Mohamed Bin Salman is ready to declare publicly that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and if Trump and Netanyahu accept to meet him to get this precious prize which was worth a lot in the past, what will be the effect of this declaration, and will he succeed to infiltrate the Palestinian street in order to get advocates of the Saudi position, those who will constitute an important Palestinian group that allows launching a practical track in favor of a Palestinian – Israeli settlement that based on the conditions of the Israeli security?

Absolutely the answer is negative, this is what the Israeli journalists and analysts say. The Palestinians have chosen their way clearly from Gaza to Jerusalem to the West Bank to the occupied territories in 48. Saudi Arabia has lost its Palestinian influence; In other words, the fate of any Palestinian leadership that responds to the Saudi demand would be the isolation unless it is not the killing. Therefore, the announcement of Bin Salman who is no longer has any influence on the Palestinians will turn into a media gain to Trump and Netanyahu even if this announcement has public political procedures between Israel and Saudi Arabia, and even if these relations are important to Israel, and dangerous on Arabs and Islam, they will remain fruitless unable to launch an Arab- Islamic track as the bet on the deal of the century. Furthermore, the outcome of these procedures will depend on Bin Salman’s ability to stay in power,  and maybe this will be one of the factors that will contribute in his fall, because there is a big difference between leading a path that is accepted by the Palestinians and an understanding between Saudi Arabia and Israel without resolving the Palestinian cause  in the light of Bin Salman’s faltering position towards the American political inner life and what is going on in the West towards his criminalization and prosecution.

Trump and Netanyahu will be as a temporary lifeline to Bin Salman if they accepted to hold the summit, but this meeting will be as a gallows to Trump, so it seems likely that Trump will suggest a bilateral summit that brings Bin Salam and Netanyahu together which he only supports and maybe he will receive them together later. At the very difficult situation lived by Netanyahu and Bin Salman, they will ask each other what justifies the meeting during his miserable internal situation, knowing that what each one will offer will increase his bad situation since they all smuggled in mud where the more they dig the more they will drown.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

قمة ترامب نتنياهو وإبن سلمان؟

ديسمبر 15, 2018

ناصر قنديل

– عندما يكون مصدر الخبر موقعاً معروفاً بالاتزان المهني كـ «الميدل إيست آي»، وعندما تنشر الخبر نفسه صحيفة معاريف الصهيونية، لا يعود الأمر مجرد شائعة، وهو في أسوأ الأحوال تسريب مدروس لاستكشاف ردود الفعل وجس النبض تقف وراءه جهة وازنة تملك قدرة الوصول إلى هذين الموقعين الإعلاميين المؤثرين، ويؤخذ ما تطلب نشره بجدية. والخبر هو أن ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان أبدى الاستعداد للقاء قمة يضمّه مع الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب ورئيس حكومة الاحتلال بنيامين نتنياهو، تحت عنوان مناقشة تحديات الوضع في المنطقة.

– الفرضيات التي طرحها الخبر تراوحت بين محورين، الأول هل سيجرؤ إبن سلمان إذا تم اللقاء أن يعلن موافقته على اعتبار القدس عاصمة لإسرائيل كعنوان لصفقة القرن ويدعو القيادات الفلسطينية والعربية والإسلامية إلى التعامل مع هذا الأمر كموقف سعودي. والثاني هو هل سيجرؤ ترامب ونتنياهو على عقد اللقاء مع محمد بن سلمان بدون هذا الشرط في ظل ما يلاحقه من اتهامات وما يجعل اللقاء به مخاطرة غير محسوبة في ظل الظروف الصعبة التي يواجهها كل من ترامب ونتنياهو في المؤسسات السياسية الأميركية والإسرائيلية؟

– السؤال الأهم يبدأ من فرضية أن يكون محمد بن سلمان مستعداً للمناداة علناً بالقدس عاصمة لـ»إسرائيل» وأن يرتضي ترامب ونتنياهو ملاقاته للحصول على هذه الجائزة الثمينة التي كانت تستحقّ في الماضي بذل الغالي والنفيس لأجل الحصول عليها. فماذا سيكون تأثير هذا الإعلان؟ هل سينجح في شق الساحة الفلسطينية لصالح بروز مؤيدين للموقف السعودي يشكلون وزناً فلسطينياً يتيح إطلاق مسار عملي لصالح تسوية فلسطينية إسرائيلية ترتكز على شروط الأمن الإسرائيلي؟

– الجواب سلبي بالمطلق على هذا السؤال، وهذا ما يقوله الإسرائيليون، إعلاميين ومحللين، وقد اختار الفلسطينيون طريقهم بوضوح، من غزة إلى القدس إلى الضفة إلى الأراضي المحتلة عام 48، والسعودية فقدت بريق تأثيرها الفلسطيني، وسيكون مصير أي قيادة فلسطينية تدعو للسير في الركب السعودي بعد مثل هذا الإعلان هو العزل ما لم يكن القتل، وبالتالي سيتحول إعلان إبن سلمان العاجز عن التأثير فلسطينياً إلى مجرد مكسب إعلامي لترامب ونتنياهو، وإن ترتبت عليه إجراءات سياسية علنية بين «إسرائيل» والسعودية، فهي على أهميتها لـ»إسرائيل» وخطورتها عربياً وإسلامياً، ستبقى علاقات ثنائية عاجزة عن إطلاق مسار عربي إسلامي كما كان الرهان الأصلي على صفقة القرن، وسيصير نتاج هذه الإجراءات مرهوناً بقدرة محمد بن سلمان على البقاء في الحكم، وربما يكون ذلك أحد عوامل تسريع سقوطه، لأن الفرق كبير بين قيادة مسار يرتضي الفلسطينيون السير به وبين الخروج إلى تفاهم ثنائي إسرائيلي سعودي دون حل القضية الفلسطينية، في ظل وضع مترنح لإبن سلمان أمام ما تشهده الحياة السياسية الأميركية الداخلية، وما يجري في الغرب عموماً باتجاه تجريمه وملاحقته.

– ترامب ونتنياهو سيبدوان مجرد حبل نجاة مؤقت لصالح إبن سلمان إن قبلا القمة، لكنه سيكون حبل مشنقة خصوصاً لترامب، لذلك يبدو مرجحاً أن يقترح ترامب عقد قمة ثنائية تضم محمد بن سلمان ونتنياهو يكتفي بإعلان تأييدها، وربما يستقبلهما معاً لاحقاً، وفي وضع صعب يعيشه كل من نتنياهو وإبن سلمان، سيطلب كل منهما من الآخر ما يبرر اللقاء في وضعه الداخلي السيئ، وكل ما يقدّمه واحد منهما للآخر سيزيد وضعه صعوبة، فهم جميعاً دخلوا حفرة الوحل، وكلما حفروا أكثر غرقوا أكثر.

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Remember: The American withdrawal by the end of 2018 تذكروا: الانسحاب الأميركي نهاية 2018

 

Remember: The American withdrawal by the end of 2018

يناير 15, 2019

Written by Nasser Kandil,

The issue is not related to specific dates, as the end of a year and the start of another, but as we said repeatedly it is related to the linkage between the war on Syria and the fate of the American forces in Afghanistan, which their stay was extended from the end of 2016 to the end of 2018, after the battles of Aleppo and the victories achieved by the axis of the resistance and Russia and within a bet accepted by the Russian and the Syrian Presidents, that would end with the exit of Iran and Hezbollah, and imposed by the Israeli strikes and the US sanctions. The linking between them was the deal of the century that would end the Palestinian cause with a Palestinian acceptance of selling Jerusalem and pave the way for the announced alliance between the Gulf and Israel against Iran. But after the bet fell, the decision becomes between two options either a new extension of a new bet or the withdrawal.

But why to link the withdrawal with the American presence in Afghanistan? Because this presence is no longer useful militarily and unable to lead to political solutions. The Russian-Chinese- Iranian- Pakistani shelter has become the regional environment for Afghanistan. Therefore, the American presence has become no more than to prevent the ground connection across Afghanistan between China and Russia on one hand, and between them and Iran, and between Iraq and Syria and the Mediterranean on the other hand. The withdrawal from Afghanistan and Syria is interconnected, because the withdrawal paves the way for the Chinese-Russian connection with the Mediterranean across Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, and Syria, after Iraq has been turned into a station of supervision, control, and negotiation on the limits of the Chinese-Russian presence on the Mediterranean Sea and the limits of the Iranian movement towards Syria and Lebanon. This is just be used to justify the negotiation on the major compromises, so that the American presence in Iraq does not turn into a target that leads to undesirable confrontation again.

America announces the start of the withdrawal, it grants the others one hundred days to be ready for the gradual withdrawal of their forces. This grants us the logical interpretation of the fall of the American vetoes which the Turkish President wanted to inspire us that he caused their fall through the announcement of his intention to enter the eastern of the Euphrates region, while he is seeing what is allowed in front of the American presence. The Arab presidential visits to Damascus and the search to restore its taken seat from the Arab League and the invitation of its president to attend the Arab Summit in Tunisia have their interpretation in an American equation to the allies in Turkey, the Arab countries, and Israel. We know the new secret of Netanyahu on the borders, the shield of the north and the tunnels’ photos; they are attempts made by the first enemy “America” the owner of the decision of the war on Syria and through it on Iran and Russia to cope with the new situation imposed by the victory of Syria and its allies,.

The fall of the vetoes one by one was striking, the veto on a Yemeni settlement that preserves a pivotal status of Ansar Allah as a resistance, the veto on the ministerial and presidential visits to Damascus, the veto on forming a government that comforts the resistance in Lebanon and Iraq. These vetoes are falling as the domino stones as the fall the source of these vetoes. The command of the Central Forces in the  American armies are no longer here, the General McGurk quitted his job, exactly as when we hear the line is not in service. Is not it the situation of Washington’s allies?

What will the leaders of the Kurdish groups do, those whom we have long asked to bet on their Syrian patriotism, not on external irreplaceable developments. What will the Turks who bet on the mutual benefit between them and the Americans do, and what the Israelis who thought that they have convinced Washington with a permanent partnership in fate regarding the future of Syria will do, and what the Arabs who linked their hostility to Syria, Iran, and the forces of the resistance will do due to the illusions of American military intentions?

Only those in Syria, Russia, Iran, and the resistance forces know what they will do, thee image is clear, there is no revenge, no prizes, but no forgiveness. The forgiveness depends on the announced review and the practical retreat.

Those who argue with us that there will be no withdrawal, they will argue with us today that withdrawal is a conspiracy, so do not listen to them, they misjudge, they talk about the interest of Syria and the resistance, but due to their mission they try to affect the morale and to distort every victory.

Translate by Lina Shehadeh,

 

تذكروا: الانسحاب الأميركي نهاية 2018

ديسمبر 20, 2018

ناصر قنديل

– ليست القضية في تواريخ مفصلية كنهاية عام وبداية عام آخر، بل في ما سبق وقلناه مراراً عن الربط بين مستقبل الحرب على سورية، ومصير القوات الأميركية في أفغانستان، التي مدّد بقاؤها من نهاية عام 2016 إلى نهاية عام 2018 إفساحاً في المجال للبقاء في سورية، رهاناً على ما بعد معارك حلب والانتصارات التي حملتها لمحور المقاومة وروسيا، على تسوية تنتهي بخروج إيران وحزب الله يرتضيها كل من الرئيسين الروسي والسوري، وتستخدم لفرضها الضربات الإسرائيلية والعقوبات الأميركية، وعقدة الوصل بينهما صفقة القرن التي تنهي القضية الفلسطينية بتوقيع فلسطيني على بيع القدس، وتفتتح عهد التحالف المعلن بين الخليج و«إسرائيل» بوجه إيران. أما وقد سقط الرهان، فالقرار بين إثنين، تمديد جديد لرهان جديد أو انسحاب. فالاستحقاق يدق باب القرار.

– لماذا الربط مع الوجود الأميركي في أفغانستان؟ لأن هذا الوجود بات عديم الفائدة عسكرياً وعاجزاً عن توليد حلول سياسية، والحضن الروسي الصيني الإيراني الباكستاني بات هو البيئة الإقليمية لأفغانستان، ولم يعد للبقاء الأميركي هناك سوى حجز الجغرافيا منعاً للتواصل البري عبر أفغانستان بين الصين وروسيا من جهة، وبينهما عبر أفغانستان مع إيران براً، وعبرها مع العراق فسورية فالبحر المتوسط. والانسحاب من أفغانستان وسورية مترابط، لأنه إفراج جغرافي عن فرص التواصل الروسي الصيني مع البحر المتوسط عبر جسر برّي يمتد من افغانستان فإيران فالعراق فسورية، بعدما يتم تحويل العراق إلى مصفاة رقابة وتحكم وتفاوض في حدود الحضور الروسي الصيني على المتوسط، وحدود الحركة الإيرانية نحو سورية ولبنان، مصفاة نظرية لن تستعمل إلا لتبرير التفاوض على التسويات الكبرى، كي لا يتحوّل الوجود الأميركي في العراق هدفاً يستدرج المواجهة غير المرغوبة مرة أخرى.

– ها هو الأميركي يعلن بدء الانسحاب، ويمنح مئة يوم للآخرين لترتيب الأمور يتمّ خلالها السحب التدريجي للقوات، فيمنحنا التفسير المنطقي لتساقط الفيتوات الأميركية، التي أراد الرئيس التركي إيهامنا أنه يقوم هو بإسقاطها بالإعلان عن نيته دخول منطقة شرق الفرات، بينما هو يجسّ نبض المسموح وحدود الوراثة المتاحة أمامه للوجود الأميركي. وها هي الزيارات الرئاسية العربية المتدفقة على دمشق وما يليها من تسارع البحث في إعادة مقعدها المسلوب من الجامعة العربية ودعوة رئيسها لحضور القمة العربية في تونس، تجد تفسيرها هي الأخرى، بمعادلة أميركية للحلفاء في تركيا والبلاد العربية وأولاً «إسرائيل»، رتبوا أموركم خلال مئة يوم فنحن راحلون، وها نحن نعرف سراً جديداً لبهلوانيات بنيامين نتنياهو على الحدود ودرع الشمال وصور الأنفاق، كلها محاولات تأقلم مع الجديد المتمثل بإعلان نصر سورية وحلفائها، بتوقيع العدو رقم واحد، وهو أميركا صاحبة قرار الحرب على سورية، وعبرها على إيران وروسيا.

– تساقط الفيتوات واحداً تلو الآخر كان لافتاً، من فيتو على تسوية يمنية تكرس مكانة محورية لأنصار الله كقوة مقاومة، إلى فيتو على الزيارات الوزارية والرئاسية إلى دمشق، إلى فيتو على تشكيل حكومة تريح قوى المقاومة في لبنان والعراق، حجارة دومينو تتهاوى مع سقوط مصدر الفيتوات، قيادة القوات الوسطى في الجيوش الأميركية ليست على السمع بعد الآن، والجنرال ماكفورك يترك مهامه، تدبّروا أموركم، تماماً كالمجيب الآلي، الخط غير موضوع في الخدمة، راجع الاستعلامات، أليس هذا هو حال حلفاء واشنطن الآن؟

– ماذا سيفعل قادة الجماعات الكردية الذين طالما خاطبناهم بالدعوة للرهان على وطنيتهم السورية، وليس على مستجدّ خارجي قابل للزوال وحاضر للمتاجرة؟ وماذا سيفعل الأتراك الذين راهنوا على الإفادة المتبادلة بينهم وبين الأميركيين من التذرع بعضاً ببعض؟ وماذا سيفعل الإسرائيليون الذين ظنوا انهم أقنعوا واشنطن بصورة نهائية بشراكة في المصير في مستقبل سورية؟ وماذا سيفعل العرب الذين ربطوا عداءهم لسورية وإيران وقوى المقاومة بوهم نيات حربية أميركية؟

– وحدهم في سورية وروسيا وإيران وقوى المقاومة يعرفون ما سيفعلون، فالصورة واضحة، لا انتقام، لكن لا نسيان، لا جوائز ترضية لأحد، والتسامح مشروط بالمراجعة المعلنة، والتراجع العملي.

– الذين كانوا يجادلوننا بأن لا انسحاب أميركي، سيجادلون اليوم بالقول إن الانسحاب مؤامرة، فلا تصغوا إليهم، فهم في كل مرة يسيئون التقدير ويجلسون بيننا للتحدث بلغة المصلحة عن سورية والمقاومة، ولكن بسبب طبيعة مهمتهم أو ضعف بصيرتهم، تراهم ينصرفون لتدمير المعنويات وتنغيص كل نصر.

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Disparity of security necessities among allies America, Turkey, Europe, and Israel تفاوت مقتضيات الأمن بين الحلفاء: أميركا وتركيا وأوروبا و«إسرائيل»

Disparity of security necessities among allies America, Turkey, Europe, and Israel

يناير 15, 2019

Written by Nasser Kandil,

It is surprising that some analysts in the world and the region accept to consider the decision of the US President’s withdrawal from Syria as an expression of the mood of Donald Trump. The issue is not in discussing the presidential powers constitutionally; rather it is the ability of the President to deal practically alone with such decision. The US debate about the benefit of the military presence in Syria is neither new, nor governed by considerations related to Syria alone. The principle of the withdrawal from the whole Asian mainland was in circulation in the US decision-making centers for ten years after Baker Hamiliton report 2006 and after the decision of the President Obama in 2010 to withdraw from Iraq in 2011 and the deadline to withdraw from Afghanistan in 2013, which was extended twice to 2016 and to the end of 2018 according to the requirements of the war on Syria and the new bets to win it.

The absolute American consensus on refusing the engagement in a military confrontation with Russia and Iran led to the thinking of how to manage the failure in wars between narrow equations, their first aspect is the turning into a boxing bag that receives blows respectively without a decision to go to war, while their second aspect is the withdrawal, imposing sanctions, and linking the engagement into settlements with conditions that meet the US interests. This aspect is more effective than the military presence according to many in Washington. Since the Battle of Aleppo and the fall of the bet on the Turkish disruption of the geographical expansion of the Syrian army supported by Russia, Iran, and the resistance forces the US decision of withdrawal has become ready, but it was delayed by another bet entitled Saudi-Israeli bilateral that is militarily capable of blowing in Syria and Yemen, and able to launch a political qualitative path entitled ending the Palestinian cause through the deal of the century that besieges Iran and the resistance forces in order to make a settlement with Russia that ends with the exit of Iran and the resistance forces from Syria as a condition for its stability and the Western involvement.

With the emergence of the limited Israeli ability to protect the aggressive interventions on Syria after the Russia decisions to deploy the S-300 missiles network, the development of the Syrian ability to combat the Israeli raids, the abject failure of Saudi Arabia in the war on Yemen and its turning into a burden militarily and politically, the fall of the bet on the credibility of the success of the deal of century in finding a Palestinian partner, the emergence of a collective Palestinian will to refuse it, and the expansion of the popular and military Palestinian resistance movement and its imposing new equations, America had to decide to stay militarily face –to-face against Russia, Iran, and Syria in protecting the project of the Kurdish secession, although this project provokes a crisis with Turkey, the Atlantic ally of Washington, but it wants to protect the Israeli desire to barter the US withdrawal with the Iranian withdrawal.

The years of war led by Washington on Syria and its failure led to disparity in the requirements of security between it and its allies. Europe’s understanding of the concept of security starts with the issue of the displaced and the threat of its targeting through the infiltration of terrorists groups from the burning Middle East, while it ends with the concern about any open confrontation with Iran, whether through its military repercussions or its risks to the energy market. Europe did not hesitate to talk publicly about the US policies as a source of concern, whether through the withdrawal from the nuclear understanding with Iran or in managing the Palestinian cause. Turkey tried to search for new positioning that expresses its privacies; it found in Astana path its target through the cooperation with Russia and Iran and what was called by the Turks as the “Third option”. Therefore, the Turkish role in Syria was linked with a ceiling entitled “the concept of the national security” that considers the American –Kurdish relationship the first danger.

Washington lost its European and Turkish allies, while it stoke to its Saudi and Israeli allies. It found that it has to pay costly bills with imminent benefits, the most prominent of which is the American security which starts from Afghanistan. The American intervention was not as tactical as the American presence in Syria. Moreover, the condition of the Iranian cooperation with the requirements of the American security in Afghanistan in ensuring a secure withdrawal is governed by a political equation that was set at the Russian-Chinese- Pakistani- Iranian- Afghani meeting three weeks ago and which was related to the abandonment of the insistence on the Iranian withdrawal from Syria. This led to a set of American decisions under the title of a new concept of the national security that is not governed by the Saudi and Israeli ceilings, rather it sees that the security of Israel and Saudi Arabia is something and the concept of security according to Saudi Arabia and Israel is something else. The Yemeni settlement was the most prominent outcome of these decisions, because it means the acceptance of Iranian gains in the Gulf. This step has been followed by the withdrawal from Syria under the title of handing over the security in the Asian mainland to Russia to ensure the security of Israel and Saudi Arabia which differs from the concept of security to Israel and Saudi Arabia, this will be illustrated later maybe through the withdrawal from Iraq, and then American strict administration of the  negotiation on settlements and lifting of sanctions  and the moving to fight from inside the political and economic structures resulting from settlements.

It is a new stage in the crystallization of the new concepts of security, where the West is no longer a west and the Atlantic is no longer the Atlantic, rather they are separated issues according to interests, where Europe as Turkey has privacies and where Iran as a European and Turkish necessity it turned into American necessity in Afghanistan despite the Saudi and Israeli reservations. It is important to understand the speech of the Turkish President about the turning of the challenge of the American sanctions on Iran into an opportunity for negotiations between them and where Turkey is betting on playing a role of mediator in.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

تفاوت مقتضيات الأمن بين الحلفاء: أميركا وتركيا وأوروبا و«إسرائيل»

ديسمبر 21, 2018

ناصر قنديل

– من المستغرب أن يرتضي بعض المحللين في العالم والمنطقة، إلا لاعتبارات التوظيف السياسي، النظر لقرار الرئيس الأميركي بسحب قواته من سورية، كتعبير عن مزاجية وانفعالية دونالد ترامب، فالمسألة ليست في مناقشة حدود الصلاحيات الرئاسية دستورياً، بل في قدرة الرئيس عملياً وواقعياً على التصرف منفرداً بقرارات بهذا الحجم، والنقاش الأميركي حول جدوى البقاء العسكري في سورية ليس وليد اليوم، ولا تحكمه حسابات مرتبطة بسورية وحدها، بل إن مبدأ الانسحاب من البر الآسيوي برمته ملف مطروح في التداول في دوائر صنع القرار الأميركي منذ أكثر من عشرة أعوام، بعد تقرير بايكر هاملتون عام 2006، وقرار الرئيس أوباما في عام 2010 الانسحاب من العراق عام 2011 وتحديد موعد الانسحاب من أفغانستان في 2013 الذي جرى تمديده مرتين لعام 2016 ثم لنهاية العام 2018، وفقاً لمقتضيات الحرب على سورية والرهانات الجديدة للفوز بها.

– الإجماع المطلق أميركياً على رفض الدخول في مواجهة عسكرية مع روسيا ومع إيران، يحصر البحث الأميركي في كيفية إدارة الفشل في الحروب، بين معادلات ضيقة، قطبها الأول التحول كيس ملاكمة يتلقى الضربات تباعاً دون قرار حرب، وقطبها الثاني الاحتماء وراء الجدار، وهذا يعني الانسحاب، وبناء جدار العقوبات وربط الانخراط بالتسويات التي تزيلها بشروط تلبي المصالح الأميركية، وهو جدار أشد متانة وفعالية من جدار الوجود العسكري، بنظر الكثيرين في واشنطن، ومنذ معركة حلب وسقوط الرهان على التعطيل التركي لمسار التوسع الجغرافي للجيش السوري مدعوماً من روسيا وإيران وقوى المقاومة، صار قرار الانسحاب الأميركي على الطاولة، والذي أخّره رهان آخر عنوانه ثنائية سعودية إسرائيلية مقتدرة عسكرياً في الضرب بقسوة في سورية واليمن، وقادرة على إطلاق مسار سياسي نوعي عنوانه إنهاء القضية الفلسطينية عبر ما سُمّي بصفقة القرن يحاصر إيران وقوى المقاومة. والهدف لهذه المعادلة المفترضة الذهاب لتسوية مع روسيا تنتهي بخروج إيران وقوى المقاومة من سورية كشرط لاستقرارها، وارتضاء الدخول الغربي على خط التسوية فيها.

– مع ظهور محدودية القدرة الإسرائيلية على حماية التدخلات العدوانية على سورية بعد القرارات الروسية بتوضيع شبكة صواريخ الـ»أس 300»، وتبلور القدرة السورية على التصدي للغارات الإسرائيلية، وظهور الفشل الذريع للسعودية في حرب اليمن وتحولها عبئاً عسكرياً وسياسياً، وسقوط الرهان على صدقية نجاح صفقة القرن في إيجاد الشريك الفلسطيني، وتبلور إرادة فلسطينية جامعة في رفضها، واتساع حركة المقاومة الفلسطينية الشعبية والعسكرية وفرضها معادلات جديدة، صار على أميركا أن تقرّر البقاء عسكرياً للوقوف وجهاً لوجه امام روسيا وإيران وسورية في حماية مشروع الانفصال الكردي. وهو مشروع يثير أزمة موازية مع تركيا الحليف الأطلسي لواشنطن، وذلك فقط لحماية الرغبة الإسرائيلية بفرض مقايضة الانسحاب الأميركي بالانسحاب الإيراني.

– بعد سنوات الحرب التي قادتها واشنطن على سورية، ترتب على الفشل ظهور تفاوت في مقتضيات الأمن بينها وبين حلفائها، سواء أوروبا التي باتت نظرتها لمفهوم الأمن تبدأ بقضية النازحين وتمر بخطر استهدافها عن قرب من تسلل الجماعات الإرهابية من الشرق الأوسط المشتعل، وتنتهي بالقلق من أي مواجهة مفتوحة مع إيران، سواء بمترتباتها العسكرية إذا حصلت، أو بمخاطرها على سوق الطاقة، ولم تتردد أوروبا بالتحدث علناً عن النظر للسياسات الأميركية كمصدر قلق، سواء بالانسحاب من التفاهم النووي مع إيران أو بطريقة إدارة الملف الفلسطيني، بينما ذهبت تركيا تبحث عن تموضع يعبر عن خصوصيتها، ووجدت في مسار أستانة ضالتها المنشودة، بالتعاون مع روسيا وإيران وما يسميه الأتراك بالخيار الثالث، وربط الدور التركي في سورية بسقف عنوانه مفهوم للأمن القومي يرى العلاقة الكردية الأميركية خطراً أول.

– خسرت واشنطن حليفيها الأوروبي والتركي وبقيت متمسكة بالحليفين السعودي والإسرائيلي، ووجدت أن عليها دفع فواتير باتت مكلفة مع استحقاقات داهمة، أبرزها الأمن الأميركي الذي يبدأ من أفغانستان، حيث التدخل الأميركي لم يكن تكتيكياً كما هو حال البقاء الأميركي في سورية، وحيث شرط التعاون الإيراني مع مقتضيات الأمن الأميركي في أفغانستان بتأمين انسحاب آمن تظلله معادلة سياسية ظهرت في الاجتماع الخماسي الروسي الصيني الباكستاني الإيراني الأفغاني قبل ثلاثة اسابيع، يرتبط عضوياً بالتخلي عن وهم الإصرار على انسحاب إيراني من سورية، فرأينا حزمة قرارات أميركية عنوانها التموضع على خطوط مفهوم جديد للأمن القومي لا يتبع السقوف السعودية والإسرائيلية، ويرى أن أمن «إسرائيل» والسعودية شيء ومفهوم السعودية و»إسرائيل» للأمن شيء آخر، وكانت التسوية اليمنية العلامة البارزة في هذه الحزمة، وما تحمله من تقبل لفكرة تحقيق مكاسب إيرانية في الخليج، وتبعتها خطوة الانسحاب من سورية بصورة موازية ومشابهة، والعنوان هو تسليم الأمن في البر الآسيوي لروسيا بما فيه ضمان أمن «إسرائيل» والسعودية بغير مفهوم «إسرائيل» والسعودية للأمن، وهو ما ستوضحه المراحل اللاحقة، ربما بالاستعداد للانسحاب من العراق، وبعدها إدارة أميركية أشد صعوبة للتفاوض على شروط التسويات ورفع العقوبات، والانتقال للقتال من داخل البنى السياسية والاقتصادية الناشئة عن التسويات.

– هي مرحلة جديدة في تبلور مفاهيم جديدة للأمن، لم يعد فيها الغرب غرباً، ولا الأطلسي أطلسياً، بل محاور منفصلة وفقاً لحسابات المصالح في كليهما، حيث لأوروبا كما لتركيا خصوصيات، وحيث إيران كضرورة أوروبية وتركية تتحول في أفغانستان ضرورة أميركية، رغم التحفظات السعودية والإسرائيلية، ولعله من المهم قراءة كلام الرئيس التركي عن تحويل تحدي العقوبات الأميركية على إيران إلى فرصة للتلاقي بينهما بمفاوضات تراهن تركيا على لعب دور الوسيط فيها..

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