Weekly report on israel’s terrorism against the “State” of Palestine (09-15 March 2017)

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory 

Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)

(09-15 March 2017)

 

  • Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in occupied Jerusalem.
  • 11 civilians, including 3 children, were wounded in the West Bank.
  • Israeli forces continued to target the border areas in the Gaza Strip, and no arrests were reported.
  • Israeli forces conducted 80 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one was conducted in the central Gaza Strip.
  • 80 civilians, including 9 children and 4 women, one of whom is a PLC Member, Samira al- Halyqa, were arrested in the West Bank.
  • 35 of them, including 5 children and 2 women, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs.
  • 3 children were arrested while sneaking through the border fence into Israel to look for work and were then released after interrogation.
  • Israeli forces continued their efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • Two houses were demolished and a civilian was obliged to self-demolish his house.
  • Closure of Arab Studies Society’s Mapping and arresting its director.
  • Israeli forces continued their settlement activities in the West Bank.
  • A mobile house was confiscated in Farosh Beit Dajan village, while a vegetable stall was demolished.
  • Israeli settlers uprooted and stole (143) olive trees, south of Nablus.
  • Israeli forces continued to target Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip Sea.
  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 10th
  • Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.
  • 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were arrested at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (09-15 March 2017).

 

Shooting:

During the reporting period, Israeli settlers killed a Palestinian civilian in occupied Jerusalem.  Meanwhile, the Israeli forces wounded 11 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, in the West Bank. The Israeli forces continued to chase Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea and open fire at farmers in the border areas.

 

In the West Bank, in new crime of using excessive force, on Monday, 13 February 2017, Israeli officers killed Ibrahim Mahmoud Matar (25), from al-Mukaber Mount, southeast of occupied Jerusalem. Israeli forces claimed that Ibrahim entered the Israeli police office in Lions Gate (al-Asbat), took a knife out and then stabbed 2 Israeli soldiers. After that, Ibrahim was shot dead by another Israeli soldier.

 

On 10 March 2017, Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian civilians, who were at the western entrance to Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah, and wounded 2 of them.

 

On 11 March 2017, a 16-year-old male was hit with a tear gas canister at his head, when Israeli forces raided Birzeit, north of Ramallah. Moreover, the Israeli forces fired live bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at Palestinian civilians.

 

On 11 March 2017, a Palestinian civilian was hit with a live bullet to the leg, when Israeli forces moved into Sabastiyia village, northwest of Nablus. During which, a number of Palestinian young men protested against them.

 

On 15 March 2017, 5 civilians, including 2 siblings, were wounded, when Israeli forces moved into al-Duhaisha refugee camp and al-Dawha village nearby, south of Bethlehem. One of whom was wounded as he was at the roof of his house in al-Dawhah village. when the wounded’s brother along with his 3 friends rushed to take him to the hospital, the Israeli forces opened fire at the car carrying them. As a result, 4 other civilians were wounded.

On the same day, a Palestinian worker, from al-‘Obaidiya village, east of Behtlthem, was wounded while he was near ” Mazmouriya” checkpoint, east of the city, attempting to go to his work in occupied Jerusalem.

 

On the same day, Fatmah Jabrin ‘Aye Abdul ‘Aziz Taqatqah (16) from Sahlet ‘Eid neighborhood in al-Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem, was shot by the Israeli forces. The Israeli forces claimed she attempted to carry out a ran-over attack in the intersection of “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of the city, but she was arrested.  After that, Fatama was taken to “Shaare Zedek” Medical Centre in Jerusalem. Fatmah’s family refused the Israeli claims and said that she lost control of her vehicle.

 

In the Gaza Strip, in the context of targeting border areas, On 09 March 2017, ,  Israeli forces stationed in the vicinity of “Kissufim” military site established along the border fence between the Gaza Strip an Israel, northeast of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, fired several artillery shells and opened fire at agricultural lands in al-Qararah and al-Salqa Valley areas, west of the abovementioned border fence amidst firing several flare bombs, but no arrests were reported.

 

In the context of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the sea, On 14 March 2017, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 80 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and its suburbs, and conducted 11 raids in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 80 Palestinian civilians, including 9 children and 4 women. Thirty five of them, including 5 children and 2 women, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem. Among those arrested was a Member representing Hamas in the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) identified as Samira al-Halyqa (53).

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 15 March 2017, Israeli forces moved into the east of Gaza Valley (Johr al-Deek) in the central Gaza Strip. They leveled the lands adjacent to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel after which they re-deployed along the border fence.

 

Creating Jewish Majority in Occupied East Jerusalem:

 

Concerning house demolitions, on Saturday, 11 March 2017, the Israeli Municipality obliged ‘Arafat Qara’een to self-demolish part of his family house in Wadi Helwa neighborhood, south of the Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing. Al-Qara’een said that the part, which was demolished comprised of a 20-square-meter room used as a store built 2 years ago.

 

On 14 March 2017, Israeli forces accompanied demolished an under-construction residential building in al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. The 250-square-meters building, which was comprised of 2 floors, belongs to Majdi Mostafa.

 

On the same day, Israeli forces demolished a house in Silwan village, south of East Jerusalem’s Old City. The house belongs to Mohamed Abu Saleh and was comprised of 2 rooms built in an area of 50 square meters. It should be noted that Mohamed along with his family comprised of 3 members, were intending to live in the house soon.

 

In the context of imposing restrictions on Palestinian associations, on 14 March 2017, Israeli forces raided the Mapping and Survey Office of the Arab Studies Society- Orient House in Beit Hanina neighborhood, north of occupied Jerusalem.  The police officers arrested the Office Director and maps and settlement expert, Khalil Tufakji, and took him to an unknown destination after confiscating his cell phone and some contents of the office.  The Israeli police closed the office for 6 months upon an order from the Israeli Interior Minister, Gelad Ardan.

 

Settlement Activities and settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property:

 

On 14 March 2017, Israeli forces confiscated a mobile house in Farosh Beit Dajan village. The house belongs to Tawfiq Abed al-Raheem Haj Mohamed, who works as Headmaster of the village’s school. The abovementioned house was built on an area of 25 square meters and shelters 8 members, including 3 children. Moreover, the bulldozer demolished a vegetable stall located in the village’s main street. The 30-square-meter stall belongs to Yaser Ibrahim Aub Murtada.

 

In the same context, on 10 March 2017, Israeli settlers, from “Rhalim” settlement, uprooted 143 olive trees from al-Sawiyia villages’ lands, south of Nablus. The land belongs to Haytham Ahmed Mohamed Abu Kafanah and Suhail Abed al-Raheem Suliman. Both of them are from the abovementioned village.

 

 

Restrictions on movement:

 

Israel continued to impose a tight closure of the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

 

The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip, which has been steadily tightened since June 2007 has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.  The Israeli authorities impose measures to undermine the freedom of trade, including the basic needs for the Gaza Strip population and the agricultural and industrial products to be exported. For 9 consecutive years, Israel has tightened the land and naval closure to isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and other countries around the world. This resulted in grave violations of the economic, social and cultural rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 2 million people.  The Israeli authorities have established Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shaloum) as the sole crossing for imports and exports in order to exercise its control over the Gaza Strip’s economy.  They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Strip’s exports. The Israeli closure raised the rate of poverty to 65%. Moreover, the rate of unemployment increased up to 47% and youth constitutes 65% of the unemployed persons.  Moreover, 80% of the Gaza Strip population depends on international aid to secure their minimum daily needs. These rates indicate the unprecedented economic deterioration in the Gaza Strip.

 

In the West Bank, Israeli forces continued to suffocate the Palestinian cities and village by imposing military checkpoints around and/or between them. This created “cantons” isolated from each other that hinders the movement of civilians. Moreover, the Palestinian civilians suffering aggravated because of the annexation wall and checkpoints erected on daily basis to catch Palestinians.

 

 

Details

 

  1. Incursions into Palestinian Areas, and Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

 

Thursday, 09 March 2017

 

  • At approximately 00:30, Israeli forces accompanied with 4 military jeeps and an armored personnel carrier moved into Rafat village, west of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to Emad Raja Mas’oud ‘Ayyash (24) and took his ID card. As soon as the soldiers identified Emad, they arrested him and then took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Shayyoukh village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Samira Abdullah Abdul Rahim Halayqah (53), a PLC Member representing the Reform and Change Bloc of Hamas Movement. The Israeli forces arrested Samira and confiscated her cell phone and 2 laptops. On Sunday, 12 March 2017, the Israeli Authorities brought her before the military court in “Ofer” military camp, west of Ramallah. The Military Attorney General (MAG) accused Samira of incitement against the Israeli forces on her Facebook page and demanded to detain her for 5 days, but her lawyer refused the allegation submitted by the MAG. At the end of the hearing, the judge issued a decision to postpone for one day.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Qablan village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested Jehad Saleh Hamed Nashatah (43) and ‘Asef Yusuf ‘Adel ‘Omlah (30) and took them to Howara military camp, south of the city. After interrogation, the Israeli forces released them at approximately 144:00 on the same day.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Laban Eastern village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Suleiman Mohammed Suleiman ‘Owais (25).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Thanabah village, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Mahmoud Husain Mahmoud Abu Hamrah (20).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested ‘Essa Omer Mustafa ‘Oudah (24).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into several neighborhoods in Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested ‘Ali Majed al-‘Ajlouni (31), his brother Morsi (28) and Rami ‘Ali Edrees (29).

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Ezbet al-Jarad, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Mothannah Fo’ad Abdul Rahim Robo’ (23).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Badras village, wet of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Hazem Mahmoud Hanoun (21) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit ‘Awaa village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Mahmoud Ra’ed Masalmah (16) and Mo’tasem Farouq Masalmah (17).

 

  • At approximately 23:35, Israeli forces stationed in the vicinity of “Kissufim” military site established along the border fence between the Gaza Strip an Israel, northeast of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, fired several artillery shells and opened fire at agricultural lands in al-Qararah and al-Salqa Valley areas, west of the abovementioned border fence amidst firing several flare bombs, but no arrests were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: ‘Ourta village, southeast of Nablus; ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah; Sa’ir and Beit Ummer villages in Hebron and Kufor Malek village, northeast of Ramallah.

 

Friday, 10 March 2017

 

  • At approximately 17:00, Israeli forces fired live bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at Palestinians, who were near the western entrance to the village, northeast of Ramallah. As a result, some of the civilians were wounded as the Israeli forces arrested Jehad Mohammed Maousa Hammad and took him to an unknown destination.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Sa’ir, al-Shyoukh, Karmah and Beit Marsam villages in Hebron.

 

Saturday, 11 March 2017

 

  • At approximately 14:30, Israeli forces moved into Birzeit village, north of Ramallah. They fire live bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at Palestinian civilians. As a result, a 16-year-old male from al-Mazra’ah al-Qebliyah village, was hit with a tear gas canister to the head. In the same context, the Israeli forces arrested Mos’ab Ibrahim Said (28).

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (10) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Jayous village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, Hablah village, south of the city and ‘Azoun village, east of the city; al-Shyoukh, Surif, Sa’ir Beit Awa, al-Mawreq villages and al-‘Aroub refugee camp in Hebron; Beit Rema village, northwest of  Ramallah.

 

Sunday, 12 March 2017

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Howarah village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Mahmoud ‘Ali Mohamme Sa’adah (41).

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Osama Abdul Jaber Foqahaa’ (26) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 04:30, Israeli forces moved into Sarda village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Batol al-Ramhi (24) and then arrested her.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (9) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Nablus al-Jadidah neighbourhood, south of Nablus; Sebastia village, northwest of the city; ‘Ourta village, southeast of the city; Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah; Kufor al-Deek, al-Zawiyah villages, west of Salfit; al Thaheriyah, Abu al-‘Asjahand Karzah villages in Hebron.

 

Monday, 13 March 2017

 

  •  At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Rabe’I Jawad Za’aqiq (23) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into the southern area of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to  Malek ‘Ali al-Ja’bari (22) and then arrested him.

 

  •  At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron. They raided an searched a house belonging to Abdul Rahim Mahmoud Tarairah (30) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved in al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Jom’ah Ibrahim al-Dusouqi (24) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Qabatiya village, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Tareq Maher Zakarnah (28).

 

  • At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces stationed at the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel at “Nahal ‘Oz” site, east of al-Shuja’iya neighbourhood, east of Gaza, arrested 3 children after they sneaked into the abovementioned border fence. The arrested civilians were identified as Mohammed Mahmoud Abdul Fattah Abdul Nabi (16), Makram Mustafa Yusuf Moqbel (15) and ‘Alaa’ Jamil Sabri Abu Khater. All  of them are from al-Jurun neighbourhood in Jabalia al-Balad in the northern Gaza Strip.

 

  • At approximately 13:00, Israeli forces moved into Taqqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem. The soldiers chased a number of school students, who were returning to their homes. They then arrested Mohamme Saleem al-Badan (17), a high school student.

 

  • In the evening, Israeli forces moved into Bil’in village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abdul Khaleq Eyad Burnat (16) and then arrested him.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported:Dura, Taffouh and al-Samou’i villages in Hebron; Rantees village, northwest of Ramallah.

 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Marah Rabah village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Habib Mohammed al-Saheikh (24) and Ayman Abdul Hai al-Sheikh (21).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces move into Beit Kahel village, northwest of Hebron, and stationed in Shu’ob Theeb area. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested ‘Esam Suleiman ‘Atawnah (31).

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Jala. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Noor al-Jawarish (22).

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Nablus and stationed in al-Ma’ajin area. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Essam Mustafa al-Shunnar (20).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Awa village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Suleiman Nader Masalmah (20).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched 3 houses and destroyed the houses contents. They then arrested 3 civilians namely Ibrahim Mohammed ‘Awad (22),’Ali Mohammed Za’aqiq (21) and Wael Khalil Abu ‘Ayash (25).

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Qabatiya village, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Khalid (49) and Amin Mohammed Ismail Sabaa’nah (38).

 

  • At approximately 07:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

  • At approximately 19:30, Israeli forces moved into Sabastiyia village, northwest of Nablus. A number of youngsters gathered and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who immediately fired live bullets at them. As a result, a 17-year-old child sustained a live bullet wound to the leg. He was transferred to Najah Medical Hospital.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Beta village, southeast of Nablus; Karisah, Emrish and Sa’ir villages in Hebron an Birzeit village, north of Ramallah.

 

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Duhaisah refugee camp and al-Dawhah village nearby, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Morad al-Zaghari (24) and then arrested him. In the meantime, dozens of youngsters gathered and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who randomly fired live bullets at them. As a result, Eyad Ibrahim Ramadan (40) was hit with a live bullet to the leg as he was at the roof of his house in al-Dawhah village. Eyad’s brother Mahmoud and his friends namely Ahmed al-Je’awi (30), Mo’ath Abu Nassar (22) and Mohammed Fares Fararjah (20) rushed to help him and take him to the hospital. The Israeli soldiers then opened fire at their vehicle. As a result, Mahmoud sustained a bullet shrapnel wounds to the head while the three others sustained live bullets wounds to the leg. The five injured civilians were transferred to Bethlehem Hospitals to receive medical treatment.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aawourah village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Salamah Khaseeb (26) and then arrested him.

 

  •  Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Deir ‘Ammar village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yusuf Mohammed ‘Oudah (44) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Deir Abu Mash’al village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Laith Sabri al-Barghuthi (25) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Tal village, southwest of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Yasser Bilal Mahmoud Yamin (21), a student at al Sharia School at al-Najah National University in Nablus, and Mos’ab Tawfiq al-Hendi (27).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Deir Ghsanah village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Amr Mahmoud al-Barguthi (21) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Oudai Abdul Razeq al-Tamimi (24) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Hebron and stationed in al-Salam neighborhood. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Zughair family after which they arrested Mos’ab Neal Zughair (22) and Abdullah Ahmed Zughair (19).

 

  • In the morning, Ahmed Radaidah (27), a worker from al-‘Abidiyah village, east of Bethlehem, was wounded near Mazmouriya checkpoint, east of the city, while he attempted to go to his work in Jerusalem. The PRCS said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the PRCS’s crews received the worker from the Israeli forces at abovementioned checkpoint as he sustained a live bullet wounds to the left thigh. He was then transferred to Beit Jala Governmental Hospital, where his wounds were classified as moderate. Eyewitnesses said that Ahmed was shot while he was in Abu al-Hamz Valley area attempting to go to his work in Jerusalem.

 

  • At approximately 07:00, Israeli forces accompanied with 4 military bulldozers moved about 100 meters, west of the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Gaza Valley (Johr al-Deek) in the central Gaza Strip. The bulldozers leveled the lands adjacent to the abovementioned border fence. The incursion continued until 13:00 on the same day as the Israeli forces redeployed along the border fence.

 

  • At approximately 16:30, Fatmah Jabrin ‘Aye Abdul ‘Aziz Taqatqah (16) from Sahlet ‘Eid neighborhood in al-Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem, was shot by the Israeli forces. The Israeli forces claimed she attempted to carry out a ran-over attack in an intersection of “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of the city, but she was arrested. An ambulance of MDA to “Shaare Zedek” Medical Centre in Jerusalem. Kareem Ajwa, lawyer for the Ministry of Prisoner Affairs, who was able to visit the child in the hospital, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that she was put in the intensive care under artificial respiration device. He also said that her medical condition is serious after she sustained a live bullet wound to the head. Later the Israeli forces moved in the abovementioned town, closed the main and western entrances to it, prevented the civilians from movement and checked their ID cards. They also summoned Fatmah’s father to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service, the Shabak, in “Gush Etzion” settlement. The family refused the Israeli claims that their daughter attempted to carry out a ran-over. They said that she usually drives the car as she is a lonely sister among her brothers. They added that Fatmah enjoys an excellent social life and believe that what happened was that she lost control of her vehicle.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Nablus, Tubas and Tammoun villages, east of the city; Bani Na’im and al-Thaheriyah villages in Herbron.

 

 

  • Use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrations protesting settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall

 

West Bank:

 

  • Following the Friday prayer on 10 March 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized demonstrations in Bil’in and Nil’in villages, west of Ramallah and al-Nabi Saleh, northwest of the city; at the entrance to al-Jaalzone refugee camp, north of the city; and in Kafer Qadoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, protesting against the annexation wall and settlement activities. Israeli forces forcibly dispersed the protests, firing live and metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. They also chased the protesters into olive fields and between houses. As a result, many of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises due to being beaten up by the Israeli soldiers.

 

 

Gaza Strip

 

  • At approximately 14:00 on Friday, 10 March 2017, a number of Palestinian young men gathered and made their way to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. They gathered into the east of al-Shuja’iya neighborhood, east of Gaza City, and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at them. No casualties were reported.

 

 

  1. Continued closure of the oPt

Israel continued to impose a tight closure on the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

 

Gaza Strip

 

Israeli forces continuously tighten the closure of the Gaza Strip and close all commercial crossings, making the Karm Abu Salem crossing the sole commercial crossing of the Gaza Strip, although it is not suitable for commercial purposes in terms of its operational capacity and distance from markets.

Israeli forces have continued to apply the policy, which is aimed to tighten the closure on all commercial crossings, by imposing total control over the flow of imports and exports.

 

Israeli forces have continued to impose a total ban on the delivery of raw materials to the Gaza Strip, except for very limited items and quantities. The limited quantities of raw materials allowed into Gaza do not meet the minimal needs of the civilian population of the Gaza Strip.

 

Israeli forces also continued to impose an almost total ban on the Gaza Strip exports, including agricultural and industrial products, except for light-weighted products such as flowers, strawberries, and spices. However, they lately allowed the exportation of some vegetables such as cucumber and tomatoes, furniture and fish.

 

Israel has continued to close the Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing for the majority of Palestinian citizens from the Gaza Strip. Israel only allows the movement of a limited number of groups, with many hours of waiting in the majority of cases. Israel has continued to adopt a policy aimed at reducing the number of Palestinian patients allowed to move via the Beit Hanoun crossing to receive medical treatment in hospitals in Israel or in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel also continued applying the policy of making certain civilian traveling via the crossing interviewed by the Israeli intelligence service to be questioned, blackmailed or arrested

Palestinian Martyred in Al-Quds after Stabbing two Occupation Soldiers

Israeli occupation soldiers shooting

March 13, 2017

Israeli occupation police killed on Monday a Palestinian after he attacked and wounded two border with a knife near an entrance to the old city of al-Quds (Jerusalem).

The attacker, who was a resident of occupied East al-Quds, entered a border guard post and wounded the two before being shot dead. One of the guards was seriously injured, the other more lightly, occupation police added.

Occupation authorizes annexed Arab East al-Quds after the 1967 war.

The occupied territories have been since October 2015 rocked by a wave of unrest due to strict Israeli measures especially in al-Quds and near al-Aqsa Mosque, with Zionist settlers, backed by IOF, repeatedly storming the holy compound.

Palestinians have been retaliating for the Israeli attacks by stabbing attempts. However, the occupation authorities have been using such attempts as a pretext to kill Palestinians.

Since October 2015, 255 Palestinians have been martyred while 40 Israelis have been killed.

Source: AFP

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Hezbollah: Bassel Al-A’raj Proved That Actions Speak Louder Than Words

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March 9, 2017

Hezbollah praised the Palestinian martyr Bassel al-A’raj who was killed earlier this week during heroic clash with Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

In a statement released by the Party’s Media Relations Office, Hezbollah congratulated the martyrdom of al-A’raj who “mixed the words with blood and proved that actions speak louder than words in the struggle against the Zionist enemy which has been targeting the Palestinian people in a bid to wipe them off their roots and land.”

“Hezbollah denounces the horrific killing of this hero by occupation soldiers in Bireh town of the West Bank, in which dozens of bullets went into his blessed body,” the statement said, noting that the killing “indicates the level of spite by the Israeli enemy against anyone who raises the banner of resistance.”

Meanwhile, the Lebanese resistance party stressed that al-A’raj’s martyrdom proves that the Palestinian people are sticking to the resistance path, noting that the martyr had contributed to documenting the Israeli crimes against the Palestinians throughout the history.

“As Hezbollah offers its condolences to the martyr’s family and all the Palestinian people as well, it stresses the importance of supporting the resistance in Palestine in all means.”

Source: Hezbollah Media Relations

 

Israeli Police Beat Relatives of Freed Palestinian Prisoner

[ Ed. note – While the media are seemingly too busy braying over the latest Wikileaks revelations to give it much thought, the savagery of Israel’s occupation 0f Palestine goes on unabated. Is there any limit to Zionist brutality?  ]

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JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Five Palestinians said they were pulled from their vehicles, violently assaulted, and detained by Israeli forces at a checkpoint in occupied East Jerusalem, after returning home from southern Israel where they had attempted to welcome home their relative who had just been released from Israeli prison.

Moussa Darwish was set to be released from Ktziot prison in the Negev region on Sunday after completing a 12-year sentence, but the newly freed man found Israeli intelligence officers waiting for him outside the prison, who immediately redetained him.

Israeli forces prevented the group of family and friends from approaching Darwish, after they had traveled from Issawiya in East Jerusalem and arrived to the prison.

They were notified that Darwish had been taken to Israel’s Russian Compound detention center back in West Jerusalem for interrogation. After several hours, Israeli forces again released Darwish.

However, Darwish’s friends and relatives — Ahmad Darwish, 52, Ibrahim Darwish, 42, Mansour Darwish, 28, Muhammad Ubeid, 25, and Saeb Dirbas, 23 — said that upon their return to Jerusalem, their three vehicles were “ambushed” by Israeli forces who had set up a flying checkpoint at the entrance to the city.

In an interview with Ma’an on Wednesday, Mansour Darwish, the former prisoner’s cousin, said that their group encountered a crippling traffic jam caused by the checkpoint.

“When we tried to pass the checkpoint, our cars were stopped one after the other. Without even asking for our IDs or driving licenses, they made us step outside, and officers from the Israeli police special Yasam unit started to beat us violently — and we had no idea why.”

Continued here

Palestine news

Congress Delegation Visits Israel to Discuss Embassy Move

The body of Dania Arsheid, a 17-year-old Palestinian school girl shot by Israeli forces in Hebron on Oct. 25, 2015.

The following was reported yesterday by the ultra, uber Zionist Arutz Sheva website:

An official delegation from the United States Congress will arrive in Israel for a 24-hour visit on Saturday, in order to discuss the potential move of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The delegation is on behalf of the Subcommittee on National Security of the House of Representatives, and it is expected to closely examine the issue of moving the embassy, both from a practical standpoint as well as from a political standpoint.

The members of the delegation will be the Chairman of the Subcommittee, Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), and Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL).

The delegation will meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and other leaders on the issue of Jerusalem, visit potential sites for the location of the embassy and return to the United States with an accurate analysis.

MK Yehuda Glick (Likud) will brief the delegation about the unique history and the political reality of Jerusalem, past and present.

Moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in recognition of Jerusalem being Israel’s capital was a central campaign promise of President Donald Trump.

The article goes on to lament that President Trump appears to have backed off his campaign pledge to move the embassy. When it comes to Trump it’s hard to make any accurate predictions, so I won’t even try. But I will say a few things about Yehuda Glick, who apparently will meet with the congressional delegation.

Glick is a key player in the Temple Movement, which seeks to build a third Jewish temple on the Haram al-Sharif, or the Temple Mount, where the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock now stand. Glick is also a staunch advocate of allowing Jews go up to the Temple Mount to “pray,” a practice that has led, perhaps inevitably, to violent clashes between Jews and Muslims.

An article published last year by Mondoweiss refers to Glick as the “face” of the Temple Movement, and describes his election to the Knessett as “a major step forward in the Religious Zionist takeover of Israel.”

Israel seems well on its way to becoming an ethnocracy ruled by religious fanatics, but if you think this will give Congress members pause to reconsider their “special relationship” with the Jewish state, you are probably dreaming.

A Massacre of Christians By Jews: 614 A.D.–An Untold Chapter of History

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The Mamilla Cemetery in Jerusalem as it looked in 1948

Several days ago, in posting an article about the vandalizing of Jewish cemeteries in the US, I mentioned the Mamilla Cemetery in Jerusalem and the wanton destruction that has been perpetrated on it by Israelis over the past 60 years or so.

In that piece I quoted from a Wikipedia article which relates that the Mamilla graveyard–on top of which the Israelis have built a park, public restrooms, and a parking lot–contains the bodies of both Muslims and Christians. The latter number in the thousands, the majority of which were “killed in the pre-Islamic era,” the article says.

Israelis began destroying tombs and grave sites in the cemetery in the 1950s, while more recent developments include a project launched by the Simon Wiesenthal Center to build a “museum of tolerance” on the site.

What I did not know at the time I posted the article are the details of a massacre which took place in Jerusalem in the year 614 A.D.–a tragedy of huge dimensions that resulted in the deaths of thousands of Christians, many of whom ended up being buried in Mamilla (hat tip 5 Dancing Shlomos).

The attack upon the city of Jerusalem in 614 was initiated by invading Persians, but these were assisted in their efforts by Jews who were living in the region as well. The Jewish settlements appear to have been mainly in the north around the Sea of Galilee, while Christians seem to have inhabited the southern regions and the city of Jerusalem. At any rate, the Jews joined forces with the Persian army of conquest, but their hatred and savagery toward the Christians was so intense it even took the Persians aback.

The article at Wikipedia which I mentioned above glosses over these events, making no mention whatsoever of the Jewish involvement and laying the blame entirely upon the Persians.

Fortunately, a much more detailed account is supplied by Israel Shamir. His article was apparently written some number of years ago, but still is available on his website here. For those not familiar with Shamir, he is a former Israeli and a former Jew who is now a Christian and lives outside of Israel. The account he wrote speaks of churches and monasteries being burned and of monks and priests being killed, and he describes 614 as “the most dreadful year in the history of Palestine until the Twentieth Century.”

Below I reproduce his article in full, as well as a supplementary article by Karl Radl, who expands upon some of Shamir’s points and also supplies a much lengthier quote from the main historical source, a monk by the name of Antiochus of Palestine, who was also known as Strategius.

Christians should ponder the manner in which historical narratives are often manipulated, and should ask themselves why this chapter of history is not more widely known. They should ask themselves something else as well: how insulting, offensive, and provocative is it for a Jewish organization like the Simon Weisenthal Center to propose building a “museum of tolerance” on top of a graveyard containing the bodies of thousands of Christians who were slaughtered by Jews?

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Mamilla Pool

By Israel Shamir

Things move really fast nowadays. Just yesterday we hardly dared to call the Israeli policy of official discrimination against Palestinians by the harsh word ‘apartheid’. Today, as Sharon’s tanks and missiles pound defenceless cities and villages, the word barely suffices. It has become an unjustified insult to the white supremacists of South Africa. They, after all, did not use gun-ships and tanks against the natives, they did not lay siege to Soweto. They did not deny the humanity of their kaffirs. The Jewish supremacists made it one better. They have returned us, as if by magic wand, to the world of Joshua and Saul.

As the search for the right word continues, the courageous Robert Fisk proposes calling the events in Palestine a ‘civil war’. If this is civil war, a lamb slaughter is a bullfight. The disparity of forces is just too large. No, Virginia, it is not ‘civil war’, it is creeping genocide.

This is the point in our saga, where the good Jewish guy is supposed to take out his hanky and exclaim: “How could we, eternal victims of persecutions, commit such crimes!” Well, do not hold your breath waiting for this line. It happened before and it can happen again, for the mad idea of being the only Chosen ones, the idea of supremacy, whether of race or religion, is the moving force behind genocides. If you believe God chose your people to dominate the world, if you think others but subhuman, you will be punished by the same God whose name you took in vain. Instead of a gentle frog, he would turn you into a murderous maniac.

When the Japanese got a whiff of this malady in the 1930s, they raped Nanking and ate the liver of their prisoners. Germans, obsessed by the Aryan superiority complex, filled Baby Yar with corpses. As thoughtful readers of Joshua and Judges, the father pilgrim-founders of the United States tried on the ‘Chosen’ crown and succeeded in nearly exterminating the Native American peoples.

The Jewish chosen-ness led to genocide time and again. Outside of Jerusalem’s Jaffa gate (Bab al-Halil), there was once a small neighbourhood called Mamilla, destroyed by real-estate developers just a few years ago. In its place they created a kitschy ‘village’ for the super-rich, abutting the plush Hilton Hotel. A bit further away there is the old Mamilla cemetery of the Arab nobles and the Mamilla Pool, a water reservoir dug by Pontius Pilate. During the development works, the workers came upon a burial cave holding hundreds of sculls and bones. It was adorned by a cross and the legend: ‘God alone knows their names’. The Biblical Archaeology Review, published by the Jewish American Herschel Shanks, printed a long feature[i] by the Israeli archaeologist Ronny Reich on this discovery.

The dead were laid to their eternal rest in AD 614, the most dreadful year in the history of Palestine until the Twentieth Century. The Scottish scholar Adam Smith, wrote in his Historical Geography of Palestine: “until now, the terrible devastation of 614 is visible in the land, it could not be healed”.

By 614 Palestine was a part of the Roman successor state, the Byzantine Empire. It was a prosperous, predominantly Christian land of well-developed agriculture, of harnessed water systems and carefully laid terraces. Pilgrims came in flocks to the Holy places. The Constantine-built edifices of the Ascension on the Mount of Olives and of the Holy Sepulchre were among the man-made wonders of the world. The Judean wilderness was enlivened by eighty monasteries, where precious manuscripts were collected and prayers offered. The Fathers of the church, St Jerome of Bethlehem and Origen and Eusebius of Caesarea, were still a living memory. One of the best Palestinian writers, on a par with the Minor Prophets, blessed John Moschos, just completed his Spiritual Meadow.

There was also a small, wealthy Jewish community living in their midst, mainly in Tiberias on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Their scholars had just completed their version of the Talmud, the codification of their faith, Rabbinic Judaism; but for instruction they deferred to the prevailing Jewish community in Persian Babylonia.

II

In 614 local Palestinian Jews allied with their Babylonian co-religionists and assisted the Persians in their conquest of the Holy Land. 26,000 Jews participated in the onslaught. In the aftermath of the Persian victory, the Jews perpetrated a massive holocaust of the Gentiles of Palestine. They burned the churches and the monasteries, killed monks and priests, burned books. The beautiful basilica of Fishes and Loaves in Tabgha, the Ascension on the Mount of Olives, St Stephen opposite Damascus Gate and the Hagia Sion on Mt Zion are just at the top of the list of perished edifices. Indeed, very few churches survived the onslaught. The Great Laura of St Sabas, tucked away in the bottomless Ravine of Fire (Wadi an-Nar) was saved by its remote location and steep crags. The Church of the Nativity miraculously survived: when Jews commanded its destruction, the Persians balked. They perceived the Magi mosaic above the lintel as the portrait of Persian kings.

This devastation was not the worst crime. When Jerusalem surrendered to the Persians, thousands of local Christians became prisoners of war and were herded to the Mamilla Pool area. The Israeli archaeologist Ronny Reich writes:

They were probably sold to the highest bidder. According to some sources, the Christian captives at Mamilla Pond were bought by Jews and were then slain on the spot.

The Oxford Professor Henry Hart Milman’s History of the Jews describes it in stronger terms:

It had come at length, the long-expected hour of triumph and vengeance; and the Jews did not neglect the opportunity. They washed away the profanation of the holy city in Christian blood. The Persians are said to have sold the miserable captives for money. The vengeance of the Jews was stronger than their avarice; not only did they not scruple to sacrifice their treasures in the purchase of these devoted bondsmen, they put to death all they had purchased at a lavish price. It was a rumour of the time that 90,000 perished.

An eyewitness to the massacre, Strategius of St Sabas, was more vivid:

Thereupon the vile Jews… rejoiced exceedingly, because they detested the Christians, and they conceived an evil plan. As of old they bought the Lord from the Jews with silver, so they purchased Christians out of the reservoir… How many souls were slain in the reservoir of Mamilla! How many perished of hunger and thirst! How many priests and monks were massacred by the sword! How many maidens, refusing their abominable outrages, were given over to death by the enemy! How many parents perished on top of their children! How many of the people were brought up by the Jews and butchered, and became confessors of Christ! Who can count the multitude of the corpses of those who were massacred in Jerusalem!’

Strategius estimated the victims of the holocaust at 66,000.

In plain prose, the Jews ransomed the Christians from the hands of the Persian soldiers for good money to slaughter them at Mamilla Pool, ‘and it ran with blood’. Jews massacred between 60,000 and 90,000 Palestinian Christians in Jerusalem alone, almost 1.5 million in today’s values (the total earth’s population was according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica about 300 million, twenty times smaller than today). A few days later, the Persian military understood the magnitude of the massacre and stopped the Jews.

III

To his credit, the Israeli archaeologist Ronny Reich does not try to shift the blame for the massacres onto the Persians, as it is usually done nowadays. He admits that ‘the Persian Empire was not based on religious principles and was indeed inclined to religious tolerance’. This good man is clearly unsuitable to write for the Washington Post. That paper’s correspondent in Israel would have had no trouble describing the massacre as ‘retaliatory strike by the Jews who suffered under Christian rule’.

The holocaust of the Christian Palestinians in year 614 is well documented and you will find it described in older books. It has been censored out of modern guides and history books. Elliott Horowitz described, in his brilliant expose of the Jewish apologia[ii] how almost all Jewish historians suppressed the facts and re-wrote history. The cover-up continues even now. Recent Israeli publications attach the blame to the Persians, as they push the responsibility for Sabra and Shatila massacre onto the Lebanese Maronites. Horowitz writes:

Raul Hilberg, in The Destruction of the European Jews, asserted that “preventive attack, armed resistance, and revenge are almost completely absent in two thousand years of Jewish ghetto history”. Avi Yona, a leading Israeli historian, Leon Polyakov, author of History of Anti-Semitism (published at the expense of Marc Rich, the thief – ISH) and many others glossed over the holocaust of 614, kept silent or denied it completely. Benzion Dinur, a former director of the Holocaust Museum Yad va-Shem, told his readers euphemistically, in language that might have offended him if used with regard to Jews, that “recalcitrant Christians were firmly held in check’.

As a rule, Jewish historical and ideological writing is notoriously unreliable and apologetic, Horowitz shows. Granted, ‘not all Jews’, vide Horowitz, Finkelstein and other wonderful men, but they would be the first to agree with the truth of the above. The feeling of self-righteousness and perpetual victim-hood reinforced by a tendentious, distorted historical narrative is a source of mental disease, an obsession common to many modern Jews. This obsession intoxicates Jews and gives them unusual strength in promoting their own distorted narrative. In a way, this massive distortion of reality turns Jews into victorious berserks of ideological struggle. Still, while being a successful strategy, it is a mental disease, a danger to the souls of Jews and to the lives of others.

The Jews are not unique. Germans were intoxicated by the injustice of Versailles, and Adolf Hitler voiced it. Eric Margolis of the Toronto Sun[iii] wrote about Armenians inflamed by the story of their holocaust. They massacred thousands of their peaceful Azeri neighbours in the 1990s, and uprooted 800,000 native non-Armenians. ‘It’s time to recognize all the world’s horrors’, Margolis concludes. It is time to recognise the danger of inflammatory and one-sided narrative, I would add. The same system of tendentious reality-distorting narrative was deployed by the activists of militant feminism, communism, psychoanalysis, neo-conservatism, neo-liberalism, Zionism and a plethora of smaller movements as the means to enrage and intoxicate supporters for the ideological struggle.

As a result, we live in a psychotic, sick world. Our only system of communication, the media, is the enforcer of the malady and leads us to our perdition. It is necessary to promote balanced, alternative discourse in order to return to the common sense. Since the Jews have become so prominent in the modern world, the lopsided Jewish discourse has to be deconstructed and the crown of martyrdom carefully removed.

The tragic events of 614 should be returned into historical narrative, for it will help the Jews to heal their paranoid delusion. Without this knowledge one cannot understand the provisions of the treaty between the Jerusalemites and Caliph Omar ibn Khattab, concluded in year 638. In the Sulh al Quds, as this treaty of capitulation is called, Patriarch Sofronius demanded, and the powerful Arab ruler concurred to protect the people of Jerusalem from the ferocity of the Jews.

The genocide of the AD 614 was the most horrible, but not the only, genocide wreaked by Jews in those troubled years. Though the biblical story of the Canaan conquest by Joshua is just a story, it influenced Jewish souls. The Sixth Century was a century of strong Jewish influence, and it had more than its fair share of genocide.

Just a few years before 614, in 610, the Jews of Antioch massacred Christians. The Jewish historian Graetz wrote:

[The Jews] fell upon their Christian neighbours and retaliated for the injuries which they had suffered; they killed all that fell into their hands, and threw their bodies into the fire, as the Christians had done to them a century before. The Patriarch Anastasius, an object of special hate, was shamefully abused by them, and his body dragged through the streets before he was put to death.

For Graetz, as for IDF spokesmen, Jews always kill ‘in retaliation’. This dogma was not invented by CNN and Sharon: it is deeply rooted in the Jewish psyche as the ultimate defence. This historian (like other Jewish historians) did not care to mention that

The Jews of Antioch disembowelled the great Patriarch Anastasius, forced him to eat his own intestines; they hurled his genitals into his face.[iv]

IV

After the Arab conquest, a majority of Palestinian Jews accepted the message of the Messenger, as did the majority of Palestinian Christians, albeit for somewhat different reasons. For local Christians, Islam was a sort of Nestorian Christianity without icons, without Constantinople’s interference and without Greeks. (The Greek domination of the Palestinian church remains a problem for the local Christians to this very day.)

For ordinary local Jews, Islam was the return to the faith of Abraham and Moses. They had not been able to follow the intricacies of the new Babylonian faith anyway. The majority of them became Muslims and blended into the Palestinian population.

V

Modern Jews do not have to feel guilty for the misdeeds of Jews long gone. No son is responsible for the sins of his father. Israel could have turned this mass grave with its Byzantine chapel and mosaics into a small and poignant memorial reminding its citizens of a horrible page in the history of the land and of the dangers of genocidal supremacy. Instead, the Israeli authorities preferred to demolish the tomb and create an underground parking-lot in its place. That did not cause a murmur.

The guardians of the Jewish conscience, Amos Oz and others, have objected to the destruction of ancient remains. No, not of the tomb at Mamilla. They ran a petition against the keepers of the Haram a-Sharif mosque complex for digging a ten-inch trench to lay a new pipe. It did not matter to them that in an op-ed in Haaretz, the leading Israeli archaeologist denied any relevance of the mosque-works to science. They still described it as ‘a barbaric act of Muslims aimed at the obliteration of the Jewish heritage of Jerusalem’. Among the signatories I found, to my amazement and sorrow, the name of Ronny Reich. One thought he might tell them who obliterated the vestiges of the Jewish heritage at Mamilla Pool.

Censored history creates a distorted picture of reality. Recognition of the past is a necessary step on the way to sanity. The Germans and the Japanese have recognized the crimes of their fathers, have came to grips with their moral failings and have emerged as humbler, less boastful folks, akin to the rest of human race. We Jews have so far failed to exorcise the haughty spirit of the Chosen-ness, and find ourselves in a dire predicament.

That is why the idea of supremacy is still with us, still calling for genocide. In 1982, Amos Oz[v] met an Israeli who shared with the writer his dream of becoming a Jewish Hitler to the Palestinians. Persistent rumours identify the potential Hitler as Ariel Sharon. Whether it is true or not, slowly this dream is becoming a reality.

The Haaretz published an ad on its front page[vi], a fatwa, signed by a group of Rabbis. The Rabbis proclaimed the theological identification of Ishmael (the Arabs) with the Amalek. ‘Amalek’ is mentioned in the Bible as the name of a tribe that caused trouble for the Children of Israel. In this story the God of Israel commands His people to exterminate the Amalek tribe completely, including its livestock. King Saul botched the job: he exterminated them all right, but failed to kill nubile, unwed maidens. This ‘failure’ cost him his crown. The obligation to exterminate the people of Amalek is still counted among the tenets of the Jewish faith.

At the end of WWII, some Jews, including the late Prime Minister Menachem Begin, identified the Germans with Amalek, and a Jewish religious socialist and a fighter against Nazis, Abba Kovner, hatched a plot in 1945 to poison the water-supply system of German cities and to kill ‘six million Germans’. He obtained poison from a brother of the future President of Israel, Efraim Katzir. Katzir supposedly thought Kovner intended to poison ‘only’ a few thousands German POWs. The plan mercifully flopped when Kovner was stopped by British officials in a European port. This story was published last year in Israel in a biography of Kovner written by Prof Dina Porat, head of the Anti-Semitism Research Centre at Tel Aviv University[vii].

In plain English, the Rabbis’ fatwa means: our religious duty is to kill all Arabs, including women and babies and their livestock to the last cat. The liberal Haaretz, whose editor and owner are sufficiently versed to understand the fatwa, did not hesitate to place the ad. Some Palestinian activists recently criticized me for associating with the Russian weekly Zavtra and for quoting the American weekly Spotlight. I wonder why they have not condemned me for writing in Haaretz? Zavtra and Spotlight have never published a call to genocide, after all.

It would be unfair to single out Haaretz. Another prominent Jewish newspaper, The Washington Post, published an equally passionate call to genocide by Charles Krauthammer[viii]. This adept of King Saul cannot rely upon his audience’s knowledge of the Bible, so he refers to General Powell’s slaughter of routed Iraqi troops at the end of the Gulf war. He quotes Colin Powell saying of the Iraqi army: “First we’re going to cut it off, then we’re going to kill it”. For Krauthammer with his carefully chosen quotes, multitudes of slain Arabs do not qualify for the human pronoun ‘them’. They are an ‘it’. In the last stage of the war in the Gulf, immense numbers of retreating and disarmed Iraqis were slaughtered in cold blood by the US Air Force, their bodies buried by bulldozers in the desert sand in huge and nameless mass graves. The number of victims of this hecatomb is estimated from one hundred thousand to half a million. God alone knows their names.

Krauthammer wants to repeat this feat in Palestine. ‘It’ is already cut off, divided by the Israeli army into seventy pieces. Now it is ready for the great kill. ‘Kill it!’ he calls with great passion. He must be worried that the Persians will again stop the bloodbath before the Mamilla Pool fills up. His worries are our hopes.

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[i] BAR, 1996, v 22 No 2

[ii] “The Vengeance of the Jews Was Stronger Than Their Avarice”: Modern Historians and the Persian Conquest of Jerusalem in 614 (published in Jewish Social Studies Volume 4, Number 2, Indiana University)

[iii] 22.04.2001

[iv] Horowitz, ibid.

[v] Here and there in the Land of Israel, Amos Oz

[vi] 21 November, 2000

[vii] Haaretz, 28 April 2001

[viii] Washington Post, 20 Apr 2001

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The Massacre of Christians at Mamilla Pool, 614 A.D.

By Karl Radl

The Massacre of Mamilla Pool near Jerusalem in 614 AD is one of those events about which every critic of the jews needs to know as it provides a brutal blow to the jewish claims of eternal historical victim-hood and oppression by Christians. I have previously commented on it by proxy in regard to Antiochus of Palestine’s comments on the jews and the fall of Jerusalem in 614 AD. (1)

To summarize: the events at Mamilla Pool involve the deliberate genocide of the unarmed and completely innocent Christian population of Jerusalem by jews.

I felt that it deserved its own short article, especially as Israel Shamir’s piece on the subject is good, but it needed a bit more added to it in my view. (2)

To begin with lets remind ourselves of the events of 614 AD as they are narrated by Antiochus of Palestine.

To wit:

‘Thereupon the vile Jews, enemies of the truth and haters of Christ, when they perceived that the Christians were given over into the hands of the enemy, rejoiced exceedingly, because they detested the Christians; and they conceived an evil plan in keeping with their vileness about the people. For in the eyes of the Persians their importance was great, because they were the betrayers of the Christians. And in this season then the Jews approached the edge of the reservoir and called out to the children of God, while they were shut up therein, and said to them: ‘If ye would escape from death, become Jews and deny Christ; and then ye shall step up from your place and join us. We will ransom you with our money, and ye shall be benefited by us.’ But their plot and desire were not fulfilled, their labours proved to be in vain; because the children of Holy Church chose death for Christ’s sake rather than to live in godlessness: and they reckoned it better for their flesh to be punished, rather than their souls ruined, so that their portion were not with the Jews. And when the unclean Jews saw the steadfast uprightness of the Christians and their immovable faith, then they were agitated with lively ire, like evil beasts, and thereupon imagined another plot. As of old they bought the Lord from the Jews with silver, so they purchased Christians out of the reservoir; for they gave the Persians silver, and they bought a Christian and slew him like a sheep. The Christians however rejoiced because they were being slain for Christ’s sake and shed their blood for His blood, and took on themselves death in return for His death…

When the people were carried into Persia, and the Jews were left in Jerusalem, they began with their own hands to demolish and burn such of the holy churches as were left standing…

How many souls were slain in the reservoir of Mamel! How many perished of hunger and thirst! How many priests and monks were massacred by the sword! How many infants were crushed under foot, or perished by hunger and thirst, or languished through fear and horror of the foe! How many maidens, refusing their abominable outrages, were given over to death by the enemy! How many parents perished on top of their own children! How many of the people were bought up by the Jews and butchered, and became confessors of Christ! How many persons, fathers, mothers, and tender infants, having concealed themselves in fosses and cisterns, perished of darkness and hunger! How many fled into the Church of the Anastasis, into that of Zion and other churches, and were therein massacred and consumed with fire! Who can count the multitude of the corpses of those who were massacred in Jerusalem!’ (3)

Antiochus’ narrative is itself is rather clear as to the direct jewish responsibility for the killing of the Christians at Mamilla Pool. Now, as Shamir notes, jewish historians have been at pains to deny all responsibility (since, as we all know, jews can never do anything wrong) and have even edited the events out of their works on jewish history (4) as well as blamed the massacre on the Persians (in direct contradiction to what the source material tells us) in modern Israeli narratives. (5)

One notable instance of silence on the massacre was written by the Israeli academic historian Shmuel Safrai who commented as follows:

‘At the beginning of the seventh century, the Persians set out on their conquests in the East, and in the year 614 they reached the borders of Palestine. Their approach set off a powerful messianic fermentation, which is reflected in several works written at the time whose theme is the Redemption. The Armenian historian Sebeos reported: ‘As the Persians approached Palestine, the remnants of the Jewish nation rose against the Christians, joined by the Persians and made common cause with them.’ The Jews assisted the invaders materially in their conquest of Galilee. From there the invading army turned to Caesarea and continued its conquests down to Apollonia, then eastwards to Lydda and from there to Jerusalem, which was captured in May 614. Jewish forces also took part in the conquest of Jerusalem, Sophronius, a contemporary monk who lived near Bethlehem, wrote in a poem: ‘God-seeking strangers and citizens of the city [Jerusalem]/… When they faced the Persians and their Hebrew friends/Hastened to close the city gates.’

The Persians handed Jerusalem over to Jewish settlers, who proceeded with the expulsion of the Christians and the removal of their churches. At the head of Jersualem stood a leader whom we know only his messianic name: Nehemiah ben Hushiel ben Ephraim ben Joseph. The sacrificial cult may even have been resumed. Jewish rule in Jerusalem lasted three years. In 617 there was a reversal of Persian policy. For reasons are not sufficiently clear, the Persians made peace with the Christians. The Jews, on the other hand, did not, and the Persian authorities were forced to fight them.’ (6)

What is interesting in Safrai’s account is that he points out the messianic religious fanaticism of the jews and also how much they hated Christians, but while he keeps up the general narrative: he never mentions the nasty details.

As far as Safrai seems to suggest: nothing happened other than the Christians were expelled from Palestine by jews.

However the massacre of Mamilla Pool as recorded by Antiochus did happen.

We can see this in the published findings of the archaeological excavations in the area of Mamilla Pool, of which the Israeli archaeologist Yossi Nagar has summarized the salient points as being: (7)

A) The ratio of male to female bodies was 38:100.

B) There are half the amount of adults than in comparative grave sites/cemeteries.

C) The bodies are not those of jews or Bedouin.

As Nagar points out: the bodies are likely those of non-combatants (i.e. wives and children) who were ‘indiscriminately slain’ while their men were away fighting or had perished in battle (i.e. in a massacre of the innocents). When we compare what Nagar reports to what Antiochus tells us: it is clear that we are looking at the mothers and children tormented and butchered by jewish fanatics for nothing more than the latter’s demented hated of non-jews (and Christians in particular).

In other words: we are looking here at a cast iron instance of the jews committing wholesale genocide. Since even authorities on the subject don’t think the Persians were conducting a religious or war of extermination against Christianity! (8)

However as Safrai relates: the jews were because they believed their long-awaited Messiah had turned up and the long-awaited butchering of non-jews could begin!
References

(1) http://semiticcontroversies.blogspot.com/2013/05/antiochus-of-palestine-on-jews-and-fall.html
(2) http://www.israelshamir.net/English/mamilla.htm#_edn7
(3) Frederick Conybeare, 1910, ‘Antiochus Srategos: The Capture of Jerusalem in 614 AD’, English Historical Review, Vol. 10, pp. 508-509
(4) For example Max Margolis, Alexander Marx, 1945, ‘A History of the Jewish People’, 1st Edition, Jewish Publication Society of America: Philadelphia
(5) http://www.thinkisrael.com/Tourism_Euk/Articles/Attractions/Pages/Hidden%20Treasures%20in%20Jerusalem.aspx
(5) Shmuel Safrai, 1976, ‘The Era of the Mishnah and Talmud (70-640)’, p. 362 in Hayim-Hillel Ben-Sasson (Ed.), 1976, ‘A History of the Jewish People’, 1st Edition, Weidenfeld & Nicholson: London
(7) http://www.antiquities.org.il/article_eng.aspx?sec_id=17&sub_subj_id=179
(8) Beate Dignas, Engelbert Winter, 2007, ‘Rome and Persia in Late Antiquity: Neighbours and Rivals’, 1st Edition, Cambridge University Press: New York, pp. 151; 230-231

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (23 Febreuay – 01 March 2017)

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine

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Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)

(23 February- 01 March 2017) 

  • A Palestinian civilian was killed by Israeli settlers, south of Hebron.
  • 6 civilians, including 3 children and a young woman, were wounded in the West Bank while a child was wounded in the Gaza Strip. 
  • Israeli warplanes carried out 8 airstrikes, launching 23 missiles against civil objects and military sites belonging to the Palestinian armed groups.
  • A civilian and three Palestinian officers in the Gaza Interior Ministry were wounded.
  • Military training sites sustained material damages while 6 other houses and a mosque sustained minor damages. 
  • Israeli forces continued to target the border areas in the Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported. 
  • Israeli forces continued to target Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea.
  • Israeli forces conducted 66 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and two limited ones were conducted in the central and southern Gaza Strip.
  • 47 civilians, including 4 children and 3 young women, were arrested in the West Bank.
  • 6 of them, including 3 young women, were arrested during a protest organized by the Birzeit university students in the vicinity of ‘Ofer Prison, west of Ramallah. 
  • Israeli forces continued their efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • A residential building in al-‘Issawiyah was demolished, rendering 14 individuals, including 4 children, homeless. 
  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 10th
  • Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.
  • 7 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and girl, were arrested at military checkpoints.

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (23 February – 01 March 2017).

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli settlers killed a Palestinian civilian, south of Hebron.  Meanwhile, the Israeli forces wounded 11 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children and a woman.  Six of them and a woman were wounded in the West Bank while 5 others, including a child, were wounded in the Gaza Strip.  The Israeli forces continued to chase Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea and open fire at farmers in the border areas in addition to carrying out many airstrikes targeting training sites belonging to the Palestinian armed groups and civilian objects.

In the West Bank, On 01 March 2017, Sa’di Qaysiyah (25) from al-Thaheriyah village, south of Hebron were killed after an Israeli setter from “Havat Mor” settlement outpost, west of the aforementioned village, opened fire at him.  The Israeli media claimed that the Palestinian civilian attempted to stab the settler.  However, no local eyewitness was there to confirm or deny the Israeli claims as the crime happened within the outpost borders.  The Israeli forces then took his body to an unknown destination and detained it.

On 24 February 2017, an 11-year-old child was wounded with a rubber-coated bullet to the neck while a 26-year-old man was wounded with a rubber-coated metal bullet to the left leg when Israeli forces opened fire at the Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest, northeast of Qalqilya.

On 24 February 2017, a child from Zowaydin village, southeast of Yata, south of Hebron, sustained severe burns after an object from the Israeli remnants exploded near the abovementioned village school.  The child was grazing sheep.

On 27 February 2017, Israeli soldiers stationed at Qalendia checkpoint at the northern entrance to occupied Jerusalem opened fire at Manar Mojahed (28) from Kafr ‘Aqab village, north of the city when she was near the aforementioned checkpoint. As a result, she was wounded and then arrested.

On the same day, ‘Abdullah ‘Anati (14) from Sho’afat refugee camp, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, was seriously wounded after being hit with a metal bullet when he was on his way back home from school along with his family.

On 28 February, Israeli forces stationed at Howarah checkpoint at the southern entrance to Nablus opened fire at a Palestinian civilian, who already suffers from a mental disorder.  As a result, he was hit with two bullets to the thighs.

In the Gaza Strip, On 24 February 2017, a 16-year-old child from al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip was hit with a bullet to the left leg when Israeli forces opened fire at a protest organized in the north-eastern side of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip.  his condition was described as moderate.

As part of the aerial bombardment, on 27 February 2017, Israeli warplanes carried out 8 airstrikes.  During those airstrikes, 23 missiles were launched at Hiteen military site belonging to al-Quds Brigades; Ajnadin training site for the Palestinian Mujahidin Movement, north of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip; training site in al-Nussairat; observation point for the Interior Ministry officers in al-Shokah village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip and agricultural and vacant lands.  As a result, 3 officers were wounded while a civilian was moderately wounded. Moreover, those sites sustained damages while a mosque and six houses sustained minor damages.

In the context of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea, on 26 February 2017, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats and chased them On 27 February 2017,
Those gunboats heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats off Khan Younis Sea in the southern Gaza Strip. On 01 March 2017, Israeli gunboats heavily opened fire at Paeltinian fishing boats, west of al-Soundiyah, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip.  Neither casualties nor damages to the boats were reported.

In the context of targeting the border areas, on 25 February 2017, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Kahn Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at the agricultural lands, east of al-Farahin area, west of the abovementioned fence.

 

On 27 February 2017, Israeli forces fired 4 artillery shells at an observation point belonging to the Gaza Military Interior in al-Shokah village, east of Rafah City in the southern Gaza Strip.  On the same day, Israeli forces fired two artillery shells at a vacant land, east of al-Zaytoun neighbourhood, east of Gaza City.

 

Incursions:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 66 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and two limited ones into the central and southern Gaza Strip. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 40 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children. Six of them, including 3 young women, were students from Birzeit University during a protest organized by them in the vicinity of ‘Ofer Prison, west of Ramallah, to support the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails.

In the Gaza Strip, 23 February 2017, Israeli forces moved 150 meters into the western side of the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, southeast of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip and moved 100 meters into east of al-Qararah village, northeast of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.  They levelled lands for hours and later redeployed along the border fence in the abovementioned areas.

 

Efforts to create Jewish majority

In the context of house demolitions, On 01 March 2017, Israeli municipality bulldozers demolished a residential building in al-Issawiyah village, northeast of Jerusalem, under the pretext of building without a permit.  That was the third time during which the two-storey building was demolished, rendering 14 individuals, including 4 children homeless.

 

Restrictions on movement:

Israel continued to impose a tight closure of the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip, which has been steadily tightened since June 2007 has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.  The Israeli authorities impose measures to undermine the freedom of trade, including the basic needs for the Gaza Strip population and the agricultural and industrial products to be exported. For 9 consecutive years, Israel has tightened the land and naval closure to isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and other countries around the world. This resulted in grave violations of the economic, social and cultural rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 2 million people.  The Israeli authorities have established Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shaloum) as the sole crossing for imports and exports in order to exercise its control over the Gaza Strip’s economy.  They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Strip’s exports. The Israeli closure raised the rate of poverty to 65%. Moreover, the rate of unemployment increased up to 47% and youth constitutes 65% of the unemployed persons.  Moreover, 80% of the Gaza Strip population depends on international aid to secure their minimum daily needs. These rates indicate the unprecedented economic deterioration in the Gaza Strip.

In the West Bank, Israeli forces continued to suffocate the Palestinian cities and village by imposing military checkpoints around and/or between them. This created “cantons” isolated from each other that hinders the movement of civilians. Moreover, the Palestinian civilians suffering aggravated because of the annexation wall and checkpoints erected on daily basis to catch Palestinians.

 

Details

 

  1. Incursions into Palestinian Areas, and Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

 

Thursday, 23 February 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Nablus and stationed in the vicinity of “Joseph Tomb” in the eastern side of the village, to secure the entry of dozens of buses carrying settlers to the abovementioned area in order to perform their religious rituals. The buses moved from Beit Furik checkpoint, east of the city, towards al Hesbah Street to Balata village. After that, dozens of young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at the settlers and buses. The soldiers immediately fired metal bullets, sound bomb and tear gas canisters at the young men and chased them in response. The Israeli soldiers then arrested Mustafa Bilal Abu Shanab (18) and Adam Hasan Abu Jamilah (19).
  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, and stationed in al-Tarbidah and ‘Asidah neighborhoods in the center of the city. They raided and searched several houses searching for weapons after which they arrested Ehab ‘Essa Mahmoud Maswadah (19), ‘Alaa’ Bassam Hamad al-‘Alami (20), Mohammed Ibrahim Hammad al-‘Alami (20) and Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed al-‘Alami (21). The Israeli forces also raided and searched al-Karamah Bakery in the center of the city. They also distributed a statement for the village residents ordering them to stop throwing stones at the bypass road (60) and threatening them of withdrawing their Israel work permits. The statement indicated that 15 work permits were randomly terminated for some workers in the village. At approximately 05:00, the Israeli forces withdrew from the village taking the arrested civilians to an unknown destination. It should be noted that the number of those arrested in the village increased to 33, including 17 children, since the begging of the year.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Qabatiyah village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Mohammed Faisal Zakarnah (23) and Khaled Yunis Abu al-Rab (22).
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aboud village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched houses belonging to Karim ‘Ezzat Jaber (25), Saleh Mohammed Saleh (24), Anas Ibrahim Salimah (26) and Noor Rashad Jaber (21) and then arrested them. In the same context, they detained Tamer Khatib Dar Saleh and Mohammed Taher Abdul Majeed al-Bargouthi and later released them.
  • At approximately 06:30, Israeli forces accompanied with 4 military jeeps moved about 150 meters into the western side of the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, southeast of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. They leveled the lands adjacent to the abovementioned border fence. The incursion continued until 14:30 on the same day when the Israeli forces redeployed along the border fence.
  • At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces accompanied with military jeeps moved about 100 meters into the east of al-Qararah village, northeast of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. They moved to the south along the abovementioned border fence and leveled lands for hours. They later redeployed along the border fence, east of Khuza’ah village.
  • At approximately 18:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Tabaqa village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Moneer Mohammed Mhamoud Abu ‘Atwan (65) and detained his son Montaser (19). They then detained Diaa’ Salem Abu Hawash (23) while he was walking home. After an hour and a half, the Israeli forces released the detained civilians in an area far away from the village. 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Bani Na’im, Sa’ir villages  and Dura in Hebron; Rantees and Dei Abu Mash’al villages, northwest of Ramallah.

 

Friday, 24 February 2017

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Kamel Jalal Nakhlah (23) and then arrested him. 
  • At approximately 15:00, child Salem Mohammed Mousa T’eiman from Zuwaidin village, southeast of Yatta, south of Hebron, sustained severe burns due to the explosion of a suspicious object from the Israeli military remnants near Zuwaidi School while grazing sheep. He was taken to Khilat al-Mayiah Medical Center from which he was then transferred by an ambulance to the Hebron Governmental Hospital. It should be noted that on 22 February 2017, the Palestinian Security Service found 14 similar objects in Tafouh area, west of Hebron, in a school yard. One of them exploded after two children played with it, so they sustained burns.

Salem said to PCHR’s fieldworker that: 

“I went to graze sheep along with my brothers and nephews. When we were in the vicinity of Zuwaidin School, I found a strange ribbed object on the ground. Its thickness was 2centimeters and length was 20 centimeters. I thought it was a battery, so I played with it and then hit it with a rock. The object suddenly blew up and made a huge sound.  As a result, my face and hands caught fire and I felt high fever throughout my body. I then ran towards a water pool and threw myself in it. Those who were with me then helped me until I got up ran about one kilometer home. I found my left hand torn from the inside. I am now at the governmental hospital as I suffer pain in my face and hands.”

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-Samou’i, Traqumiya villages and al-Fawar refugee camp in Hebron.al-Mawreq, al-Shayoukh, Beit Awa and Beit Ummer villages in Hebron.

 

 

Saturday, 25 February 2017

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Qaddurah refugee camp in the centre of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mahmoud Mohammed Sarsour (17) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Thaheriyah village, south of Hebron, and stationed in Duma Valley area. They raided and searched a house after belonging to Anwar Mohammed al-Hawarin (30) and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 14:20, Israeli forces moved into ‘Ein Yabrud village, northeast of Ramallah, amidst firing live bullets and sound bombs at civilians. As a result, many civilians sustained tear gas inhalation. They also arrested Mohammed Abdul Majeed Jabrah (17). It should be noted that Mohammed suffers from health and mental problems.
  • At approximately 18:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested 4 civilians, including a child, namely Ziyad Sa’id Abu Haniyah (19), Mos’ab Hamed Ahmed Rewdan (24), his brother Mahdi Redwan (19) and Hani Hani Yasin ‘Enayah (13). Few hours later, they released Hani in “Ma’ale Shomron” They also raided and searched a poultry barrack belonging to Ziyad Abu Haniyah. They threw the animals’ fodders on the floor claiming to search it.
  • At approximately 20:25, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands, east of al-Farahin area in ‘Abasan al-Kabirah, west of the abovementioned border fence. At the same time, they fired flare bombs, but no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (6) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: ‘Asker al-Jadeed refugee camp, northeast of Nablus; Safa village, west of Ramallah; Surif, Kharas, Beit Kahel and Emrish villages in Hebron.

 

Sunday, 26 February 2017

  • At approximately 00:30, Israeli forces moved into Badia village, northwest of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abdullah Mohammed Mustafa Shatat (37) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 07:30, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. The shooting continued until 08:45. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but no casualties of material damages were reported.
  • At approximately 08:00, Israeli infantry units raided Tareq Bin Ziyad School in the southern area of Hebron. They chased the students in the school yard and attempted to arrest a number of them and confiscate their bags. However, the teachers interfered and stopped them. They left the school, but no arrests were reported.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Taqqou’i village, southeast of Bethlehem, and stationed in the vicinity of Taqqou’i Secondary School for Boys. A number of students threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who immediately fired metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. The soldiers also attempted to raid the school, but the teachers prevented them to do so. The soldiers then pepper-sprayed them. As a result, 3 teachers namely ‘Adel al-Sha’er, Murad Mofreh and ‘Alaa’ Hmaid were wounded.
  • At approximately 18:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Ein Yabrid village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed ‘Awwad Rwashdah (33) and then arrested him.
  • In the evening, Israeli forces moved into al-Jaftalak village, north of Jericho. They raided and searched a house belonging to Saddam Salem Ali Ka’abanah (25) and then arrested him.

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Kafer Malek village, northeast of Ramallah and Beit Ummer village and Dura in Hebron.

 

Monday, 27 February 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Surif village, northwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Jehad Mahmoud Hmaidat (27) and Omer ‘Ayed Abu al-Reesh (30).
  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Asker al-Jadeed refugee camp, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Kamel Kamal Salamah (33).
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Masaken al-Sha’biyah neighbourhood adjacent to ‘Asker refugee camp, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Shadi Fawzi Bashkar (40).
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Hamzah Na’im Husain (19) and Hamed Mohammed Saleem (25) and then arrested them.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Hares village, northwest of Salfit. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Bilal Abed Dawoud Souf (25) and Kamal Sleiman Kulaib (56) and then arrested them. It should be noted that Kulaib owns a grocery and was arrested under the pretext of selling fireworks.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Awa village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron, and stationed in al-Semiyah area. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Mos’ab Mahmoud al-Suwaiti (23).
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Nuba village, west of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Ehsan Mohammed Hasan Dababsah (36).
  • At approximately 02:50, Israeli forces moved into Kafel Hares village, north of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to Aysar Ma’moun Mustafa Buziyah (23). They checked the ID cards of his family members and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Yatta, south of Hebron, and stationed in al-Sha’anin neighbourhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Mahmoud Najajrah (33), head of the village council, and then arrested him.
  • At approximately11:40, Israeli forces moved into Sarda village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Muhanad al-Halabi. An officer named “Khemi” threatened the family to kill them. It should be noted that al-Halabi was killed on 03 October 2015 after he carried out a stab attack in Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 12:50, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles towards a training site for the Palestinian armed groups, west of al-Nusseirat. The attacks resulted in material damages in the site and partial ones in the windows of Mos’ab Ebn ‘Omeir Mosque in addition to windows of six houses belonging to Abu Ma’la, al-Nuwairi, Siam and Abu Shihah. Moreover, some tomato greenhouses sustained partial damages in addition to damages in 30 beehives in the vicinity of the abovementioned site, but no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 13:10, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, fired 4 artillery shells near a watchtower affiliated with Ministry of Interior in the Gaza Strip in al-Showkah village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported.
  • Around the same time, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles towards Hittin site affiliated with Al-Quds Brigades (the armed wing of the Islamic Jehad Movement). The site is located in the northern side of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, and about one kilometre away from the northern border between the Gaza Strip and Israel. The attack resulted in material damage, but no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 13:15, Israeli military vehicles stationed along the eastern borders between the Gaza Strip and Israel, fired 2 artillery shells at an empty land, east of al-Zaitoun neighbourhood, east of Gaza, but no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 13:20, an Israeli drone launched a missile near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel near an observation point affiliated with the Ministry of Interior in Gaza, but no casualties were reported. The observation point is located in al-Shawakah village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.
  • Few minutes later, Israeli warplanes fired 6 missiles at the abovementioned observation point. Three of the missiles blew up, but the other three did not. As a result, 3 officers were wounded. Two of them were transferred to Gaza European Hospital in Khan Yunis, while the other was transferred to Abu Yusuf al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah. Their wounds were classified as moderate.
  • At approximately 13:25, Israeli warplanes fired 6 missiles towards “Ajnadin” military site affiliated with the Islamic Mujahidin Movement, north of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. The site is about one kilometre away from the northern borders between the Gaza Strip and Israel. The attack resulted in material damage but no casualties were reported.
  • Around the same time, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles towards an empty land, west of Beit Lahia Clinic in al-Shaimaa’ area in Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 13:50, an Israeli drone fired a missile at an agricultural land in Kherbet al-‘Adas neighbourhood, northeast of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.
  • Few minutes later, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at the same area. As a result, Anas Ahmed Madi (25) sustained wounds and was transferred to Abu Yusuf al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah as his wounds were classified as moderate. The attack caused fear among female students of al-‘Aqqad Primary School, which is near the targeted land.
  • At approximately 19:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Sahour, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a shop belonging to Mousa Jobran near “‘Osh Ghurab” area. The soldiers confiscated the surveillance cameras of the shop without apparent reasons.
  • At approximately 20:50, Israeli gunboats stationed off Khan Yunis shore in the southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the limited fishing borders and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their life, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Sa’ir, al-Shayoukh, Hadab al-Halaqah, al-Surrah villages and Halhoul in Hebron.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Hebron, and stationed in al-Salam Street area. They raided and searched the Infinity Printing House, but no arrests were reported. Following that, the soldiers raided and searched a house belonging to Abdul Khaleq Abdul Salam al-Natshah and handed a summons to his son Faisal (20) to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem. In the meantime, another Israeli force raided and searched a workshop belonging to Nedal Abu Mayalah. They then moved into the area near Hebron University. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abdul ‘Alim Da’na, Leader in the PFLP and handed his son Bashar (27) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 01:15, Israeli forces moved into Der Estia village, northwest of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Anwar Abdul Qader Mansour (22) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Yamoun village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and then handed summonses to Ahmed Taher Nawhadah (30), Mofeed Bassam ‘Abahrah (21) and Sameh Mohammed Sa’id Samar (21) to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in Salem military camp, northwest of the city.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Kafardan village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a number of houses and then handed summonses to Mohammed Farouq ‘Abed (23), Ahmed Abdul Jabbar Mohammed ‘Abed (35) and Zaki Saleh Mar’ii (26) to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in Salem military camp, northwest of the city.
  • At approximately 06:00, Israeli forces stationed at Howarah checkpoint at the southern entrance to Nablus, opened fire at Husain Ibrahim Qawariq (60) from ‘Ourta village, southeast of the city. As a result, he was wounded with 2 live bullets to the thighs. A PRCS ambulance then transferred him to Rafidia Hospital to receive medical treatment. It should be noted that Husain suffers from mental disorders.
  • At approximately 20:00, Israeli forces moved into Sebastia village, northwest of Nablus, and stationed in al-Athar area. They detained a number of civilians who were in the area. They also checked their ID cards and then arrested Ayham Nahed al-Sakha (17).

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (8) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Ya’bud and Zabuba villages, southwest of Jenin; Howarah village, south of Nablus; Birzeit village, north of Ramallah; Kafer Ne’mah and Shaqba villages, west of Ramallah; Dura and al-Shayoukh villages in Hebron.

 

Wednesday, 01 March 2017

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Betounia village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yazan Maher Shata (25) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Yatta, south of Hebron and stationed in Roq’ah area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Thiab ‘Awad Abu Qabitah and then withdrew, but no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Yabrud village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Akramah Isamil Ayoub (20) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 18:30, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, west of al-Sudaniyah area, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 4 nautical miles amidst firing flare bombs. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

A Palestinian Civilian was killed by Israeli settlers

At approximately 16:00 on Wednesday, 01 February 2017, Sa’di Mahmoud Ali Qaisiyah (25) from al-Deir neighborhood in the center of al-Thaheriyah village, south of Hebron, was killed after an Israeli settler from “Havat Moore” settlement outpost near “Tina” settlement; both established on Palestinian confiscated lands, west of the abovementioned village, opened fire at him. The Israeli media claimed that Sa’di attempted to stab a settler, who said that “he heard noise in the back of his house. When he went out to see where the noise is coming from, Sa’di who had a knife chased him. The settler then returned inside his house to bring his gun, but Sa’di chased him inside and stabbed him before the settler could shoot him.” There were no local eyewitnesses to confirm or deny the Israeli claim because the crime happened in the abovementioned settlement outpost. Moreover, the Israeli forces took Sa’di’s corpse to an unknown destination.

Shortly after the death of Qaisiyah, Israeli forces closed the southern and western side of al-Thaheriyah village and established checkpoints on all the roads leading and linking this village with other villages. They also carried out a wide-scale search campaign under the pretext of searching for a person, who was with Sa’di. An infantry unit surrounded Kherbet Zanouta and al-Khalil Valley area as they prevented the residents from leaving their residential tents. At approximately 19:00, an Israeli force accompanied with 14 military jeeps moved into al-Deir area. They raided and searched the house of Sa’di’s family, detained them and destroyed the house contents. In the meantime, dozens of young men gathered and threw stones at the soldiers, who immediately fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them and the houses in response. Half an hour later, the Israeli forces withdrew from the vicinity of Sa’di’s house after they arrested his cousin Amjad Qaisiyah (24). When the infantry unit arrived at the center of the village near the central market, the unit stopped and its soldiers deployed between streets amidst firing sound bombs and tear gas canisters between the shops. They also detained and kicked a number of workers in some restaurants. According to PCHR’s follow-up, a large number of the infantry units deployed in the center of the village after closing the main road with the military vehciles amidst firing sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the civilians and shops. Furthermore, they forced the shops’ owners to close under threat.

 

  • Use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrations protesting settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall

 

West Bank:

  • At approximately 12:45 on Friday, 24 February 2017, Palestinian civilians and International activists organized a protest in the center of Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliya, and then made their way to the eastern entrance of the village in protest against closing that entrance since the beginning of al-Aqsa Intifada with an iron gate. When the protesters approached the entrance, Israeli forces fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them. As a result, Mohammed Helmi Jameel Shtaiwi (11) sustained a metal bullet wound to the neck and a 26-year-old man was hit with a metal bullet to the left leg.
  • Following the Friday prayer on 24 February 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized demonstrations in Bil’in and Nil’in villages, west of Ramallah and al-Nabi Saleh, northwest of the city; at the entrance to al-Jaalzone refugee camp, north of the city; and in Kafer Qadoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, protesting against the annexation wall and settlement activities. Israeli forces forcibly dispersed the protests, firing live and metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. They also chased the protesters into olive fields and between houses. As a result, many of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises due to being beaten up by the Israeli soldiers.
  • On the Friday afternoon, the national factions and Defense Committee of Hebron organized a protest titled “Lift up the closure of Hebron…dismantle the Ghetto” on the 23rd anniversary of al-Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre perpetrated by Baruch Goldstein on 25 February 1994 against Muslim worshippers in the abovementioned mosque, killing 29 civilians and wounding 150 others. The soldiers fired live bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors while they were praying. Moreover, a protest moved from Ali al-Bakkaa’ Mosque towards the settlement outpost known as “Beit Romano” established by the Israeli forces on the rubbles of Osama Bin Monqeth School. Dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and International peace activists, raising the Palestinian flags, participated in the protest. Before they approached the area, the soldiers directly fired sound bombs at them. As a result, many civilians sustained tear gas inhalation and were transferred to the hospitals in the city. The soldiers also attacked and beat the activists, so they sustained bruises throughout their bodies, but no arrests were reported. The Israeli forces then announced the area as a closed military zone.
  • At approximately 14:00 on Thursday, 28 February 2017, dozens of students from Birzeit University organized a protest in solidarity with the prisoners on hunger strike in ‘Ofer Prison, west of Ramallah. When the protestors approached the Prisons’ gates, the soldiers fired live bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. They chased them and then arrested 6 civilians, including 3 young women. The arrested civilians were identified as Mohammed Eyad Zakarnah (23), Bayan Safi (22), Zainab al-Barguthi (22), Meran Daghrah (23), Ahmed Husam Khader (23), Hasan Abdul Karim Daraghmah (23).

 

Gaza Strip

 

  • At approximately 15:30 on Friday, 24 February 2017, a number of young men gathered and made their way to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, northeast of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza strip. They threw stones at the Israeli soldiers. The Israeli soldiers who were behind sand barriers immediately fired live bullets at the protestors. As a result, Mohammed Eyad Mohammed al-Taweel (16), from al-Maghazi, sustained a live bullet wound to the left foot. A PRCS ambulance the transferred him to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah. His wounds were classified as moderate.

 

  1. Continued closure of the oPt

Israel continued to impose a tight closure on the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

 

Gaza Strip

Israeli forces continuously tighten the closure of the Gaza Strip and close all commercial crossings, making the Karm Abu Salem crossing the sole commercial crossing of the Gaza Strip, although it is not suitable for commercial purposes in terms of its operational capacity and distance from markets.

Israeli forces have continued to apply the policy, which is aimed to tighten the closure on all commercial crossings, by imposing total control over the flow of imports and exports.

Israeli forces have continued to impose a total ban on the delivery of raw materials to the Gaza Strip, except for very limited items and quantities. The limited quantities of raw materials allowed into Gaza do not meet the minimal needs of the civilian population of the Gaza Strip.

Israeli forces also continued to impose an almost total ban on the Gaza Strip exports, including agricultural and industrial products, except for light-weighted products such as flowers, strawberries, and spices. However, they lately allowed the exportation of some vegetables such as cucumber and tomatoes, furniture and fish.

Israel has continued to close the Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing for the majority of Palestinian citizens from the Gaza Strip. Israel only allows the movement of a limited number of groups, with many hours of waiting in the majority of cases. Israel has continued to adopt a policy aimed at reducing the number of Palestinian patients allowed to move via the Beit Hanoun crossing to receive medical treatment in hospitals in Israel or in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel also continued applying the policy of making certain civilian traveling via the crossing interviewed by the Israeli intelligence service to be questioned, blackmailed or arrested

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