Jews, Immigration, Syria and Israel

June 29, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon

 “Now I’m White Will You Deport Me?” – Africans in Israel Paint Their Faces White To Avoid Deportation

“Now I’m White Will You Deport Me?” – Africans in Israel Paint Their Faces White To Avoid Deportation

By Gilad Atzmon

The Israeli press reports this morning that “Israel transferred aid to Syrians seeking refuge near border in overnight mission.”

On first glimpse it seems that Israel has made a crucial and timely humanitarian effort. The IDF says it provided tons of food, medicine and clothing to Syrians living in makeshift encampments on the Golan border. But the IDF also made it clear that it

“won’t allow Syrians fleeing the country into Israel and will continue to defend Israel’s national security interests.” We are entitled to presume that the Israel humanitarian aid was given to discourage Syrian refugees from approaching the Israeli border. The Israelis were in effect telling the Syrian evacuees, ‘we will give you water and food, just make sure you don’t seek refuge in our Jews only State.’

This attitude is in stark contradiction to the message we hear from Diaspora Jews. Just a week ago American Jewish organisations, “alarmed by the U.S. government’s zero tolerance policy to immigration,” submitted a letter to the American administration.  “As Jews, we understand the plight of being an immigrant fleeing violence and oppression,” the letter said, “We believe that the United States is a nation of immigrants and how we treat the stranger reflects on the moral values and ideals of this nation.”

It seems that this understanding of alleged ‘Jewish values’ does not apply to the Jewish State. We have yet to hear a single American Jewish organisation calling on Israel to open its gates to Syrian refugees. While American Jewish organisations claim to understand the “plight of being an immigrant fleeing violence and oppression” we have not heard that any of those Jewish organisations called on Israel to allow the Palestinian refugees to return to their land.

In the eyes of the American Jewish organisations “the USA is a nation of immigrants,” but Israel is a Jews only State. The Indigenous people of Palestine are either expelled, living in open air prisons or endure the reality of being seventh class citizens. When it comes to immigration, no country in the world can compete with Israel’s anti immigration attitude. As we learn today, loving your (Syrian) neighbours and inviting them in is not even an option.

This raises the question of whether the Jewish Diaspora institutional approach to immigration is hypocritical. There is a clear expectation that the Goyim ought to support immigration. This is understandable. Diaspora Jews would love to see themselves as one ethnic minority amongst many. However, when it comes to the Jewish State, this attitude changes radically. Israel sees itself as the Jews only State. This vision is approved by Jewish organisations around the world. From a Jewish political perspective, multiculturalism is the goyim’s affair, the Jewish State prefers to see itself as a mono-ethnic planet.

Maybe the Jewish organisations that allegedly care so much about the way Trump’s immigration policy reflects on American values might bear in mind that the way Israel ‘treats the stranger reflects on the moral values and ideals’ of their own nation.

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Weekly report on israel’s terrorism against Palestinians (13– 20 June 2018)

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21 Jun  10:26 PM

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 13 – 20 June, 2018.

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

(13 – 20 June 2018)

 

  • Israeli forces continued to use force against Palestinian peaceful protestors.
  • A Palestinian civilian was killed, and 3 others, including a child, succumbed to their wounds.
  • 8 Palestinian civilians were wounded in the Gaza Strip.
  • 3 Palestinians were wounded in the West Bank.

 

  • Israeli warplanes carried out many air strikes against many targets belonging to the Palestinian armed groups.
  • Israeli drones targeted the Palestinian civilians gathering in the peaceful demonstrations.
  • Israeli forces launched 54 missiles at military sites belonging to the armed groups and peaceful demonstrators’ gatherings.
  • Two military police officers were wounded when a site near their workplace was targeted.

 

  • Israeli forces continued to open fire at the border areas in the Gaza Strip.

 

  • Israeli forces conducted 58 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 4 similar incursions were conducted in Jerusalem
  • 57 civilians, including 5 children and 2 women, were arrested in the West Bank.
  • 13 of them, including a woman and child, were arrested in Jerusalem.

 

  • Israeli authorities continued to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • A house was demolished in Qalendia village while doors and barbed wires were uprooted in several neighbourhoods in the city.

 

  • Israeli forces continued to open fire at the Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Sea, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 11th consecutive year.
  • Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.
  • 8 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were arrested at the military checkpoints in the West Bank.
  • A patient died in Erez Crossing when he was summoned for an interview with the Israeli Intelligence as a condition for giving him a permit to enter Jerusalem for treatment.

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (13 – 20 June 2018).

 

Shooting:

 

Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against Palestinian civilians, who participated in peaceful demonstrations organized within the activities of the “Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege” in the Gaza Strip, which witnessed for the 11th week in a row peaceful demonstrations along the eastern and northern Gaza Strip border area. During the reporting period in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and 3 others, including a child, succumbed to their wounds.  They also wounded 7 other civilians in the Gaza Strip and 3 in the West Bank.  The Israeli warplanes carried out several air strikes against targets belonging to the Palestinian armed groups and launched dozens of missiles, causing damage to the sites.  The Israeli drones also targeted Palestinian civilians gathering in the peaceful demonstrations with many missiles.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 18 June 2018, in use of lethal force, the Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded another.  On the same day morning, the Israeli warplanes launched one missile at 4 Palestinians who sneaked into the border fence between the Strip and Israel near the “Karny” Industrial Area in eastern Shija’iyah in eastern Gaza City.  As a result, one of them identified as Sabri Abu Khader (23) from al-Tufah neighborhood was killed and another 19-year-old civilian was wounded with shrapnel to the leg.

 

In the same context, two civilians, including a child, succumbed to their wounds.  On 14 June, medical sources in the Gaza European Hospital in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip declared death of Ahmed al-‘Aasi (21) from Khan Younis after succumbing to his serious wounds.  According to investigations conducted by PCHR at that time, the abovementioned civilian was hit with a gas canister in the head during the demonstrations on Friday, 08 June 2018, east of the Return encampment in Khuza’ah in eastern Khan Younis.

 

On 18 June 2018, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City declared the death of Zakariah Bushbush (14) from al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip succumbing to wounds he sustained on 30 May 2018.  Zakaria was wounded during his participation in the Return March in eastern al-Bureij with a bullet that entered his chest and exited his back.  His condition was very serious so he was transferred to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital.

 

On 20 June 2018, Medical sources at St. Josef Hispital in occupied East Jerusalem declared the death of Mohammed Abu Farhanah (23) from ‘Abasan al-Kabirah in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip after succumbing to his serious wounds.  The abovementioned was wounded with 2 bullets to the abdomen on 14 May 20118, after the Israeli forces opened fire at him during his participation in the Return March demonstrations in eastern Khan Younis.  At that time, he was taken to Nasser Hospital and admitted to the intensive Care Unit (ICU) due to his serious condition.  He was later referred to St. Josef Hospital in Jerusalem until his death was declared on the abovementioned day afternoon.

 

During the reporting period, the Israeli forces wounded 7 Palestinians, including 2 military police officers who were wounded when they were in their workplace at the time of targeting the nearby site belonging to the armed groups by the Israeli warplanes.

 

As part of the airstrikes, on 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 20 June 2018, the Israeli warplanes launched 15 missiles at the Palestinians participating in the Great March of Return in eastern al-Bureij and al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip.  Meanwhile, the Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at those inside the encampment.  As a result, two civilians sustained shrapnel wounds in their bodies.

 

On 17 June 2018, the Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at a site belonging to the Palestinian armed groups, southeast of al-Bureij in the central Gaza Strip.

 

On 18 June 2018, Israeli drones fired 3 missiles, 3 minutes between each, at a border control point belonging to the Palestinian armed groups and an agricultural land in Eastern al-Qararah village, northeast of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.  On the same day, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a Palestinian civilian grey Mitsubishi car parked near al-Murabeteen Mosque at the end of Baghdad Street in al-Shija’yah neighbourhood in eastern Gaza City.  On the same day, the Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at The Navy Site near al-Shati’ refugee camp, west of Gaza City.  In all the airstrikes, no casualties were reported.  On the same day, the Israeli warplanes in 4 separate airstrikes launched 7 missiles at 2 sites belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the military wing of Hamas) in Tal al-Za’atar area in Jabalia and al-Safinah building, southwest of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip.

 

On 20 June 2018, the Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at a site belonging to the Palestinian armed groups in western al-Maghazi; 2 missiles at another site in western Gaza City; 3 missiles at a military site, east of al-Shaikh Zayed Housing Project in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip; 6 missiles at Jerusalem Site belonging to al-Qassam Brigdaes, west of Khan Younis; 8 missiles at 2 sites belonging to al-Qassam Brigades, southwest of Rafah City in the southern Gaza Strip.  It should be mentioned that the Israeli drones targeted gatherings of Palestinian civilians in the peaceful demonstrations several times, but no casualties were reported.

 

As part of targeting the border areas, on 14 June 2018, the Israeli forces along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian agricultural lands adjacent to the border fence.  However, no casualties were reported.

 

On 15 June 2018, Israeli forces fired shells at a border control point belonging to the Palestinian armed groups, east of al-Shokah village in eastern Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.  However, no casualties were reported.

 

As part of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea, the Israeli forces continued to escalate their attacks against the Palestinian fishermen, pointing out to the ongoing Israeli policy of targeting their livelihoods.  During the reporting period, PCHR documented 2 shooting incidents at the fishermen sailing off Rafah shore in the southern Gaza Strip.

 

In the West Bank, during the reporting period, the Israeli forces wounded 3 Palestinian civilians.  On 15 June 2018, two Palestinians were wounded when the Israeli forces stationed near the military watchtower established on the lands of al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them while attempting to cross the main gate closed by the Israeli forces and established at the main entrance to the city.

 

On 19 June 2018, Israeli forces during the reporting period wounded a Palestinian civilian when they moved into the Western Farm village, north of Ramallah and a number of youngsters gathered to protest against their incursion.  As a result, the Israeli soldiers opened fire wounding a 21-year-old civilian with a bullet to the abdomen.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 58 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 4 similar ones into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 44 Palestinians, including 4 children and a woman, in the West Bank.  Meanwhile, 13 civilians, including a woman and a child, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburb.

 

Israeli Forces Continued their Measures to Create a Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem

 

As part of demolishing civilian facilities, on 20 June 2018, the Israeli military vehicles demolished a house in Qalendia village, north of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing.  The 50-square-meter house which belonged to ‘Ali Mutair was comprised of a room, kitchen and bathroom; and Mutair, his wife and kids moved to live in it only 5 months ago.

 

On the same day, the Israeli municipality staffs carried out a campaign to raid, confiscate and demolish in many areas in occupied east Jerusalem under the pretext of non-licensing.  The military vehicles demolished the outside walls, house doors, and removed the perimeter fences of the land belonging to the Islamic Endowments Department in al-Joz Valley neighbourhood.  It should be noted that those houses are built on a land which the Israeli forces seek to confiscate in favour of building the Hebrew Biblical Gardens extended to Siwlan village, south of the Jerusalem’s Old City.

 

Israeli Settlement Activities and Settlers’ Attacks against the Palestinian Civivlians and their Property:

 

On 13 June 2018, the Israeli forces confiscated a GCB digger which was reclaiming a land located in Area C according to the 1993 Oslo Accords between ‘Aqraba and Majdal Bani Fadel villages, southeast of Nablus.  The land belongs to Ayman Bani Fadel from ‘Aqraba village while the digger belongs to Mohammed ‘Abdel Razzaq Dawoud ‘Odah from nearby Qasrah village.

 

On 14 June 2018, the Israeli forces notified the residents of Qa’oun Plain near Bardala village in the northern Jordan Valley and located in Area C according to the 1993 Oslo Accords to stop working in the Solar Cells Project to supply artesian wells with electricity in the area.  It should be mentioned that this project is funded by the Italian GVC.

 

Details

 

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

 

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Nemrah neighbourhood in Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ayman ‘Ashour (17) and then withdrew from the city. It should be noted that ‘Ashour was arrested 3 days ago while he was taking photos in the vicinity of the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron’s Old City.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces accompanied with 2 military vehicles moved into Beit Awla village, west of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Tareq Ayman ‘Ashour (25) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 15:30, Israeli drones fired 3 missiles at a group of civilians participating in the Great March of Return, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip. At approximately 20:00 on the same day, the drone fired 2 other missiles the vicinity of the same area with 45 minutes between the first and second airstrike, causing material damage to the area. Moreover, Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at those who were in the camp. However, no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (6) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Nuba, Kharas and Halhoul in Hebron.

 

Thursday, 14 June 2018

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Baqa al-Sharqiyah village, north of Tulkarm. They then raided and searched a house belonging to Khalid Shaher Mohammed Hurani (20) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aydah refugee camp, north of Bethlehem and stationed on the camp streets. Dozens of youngsters gathered on the street and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers. The soldiers heavily fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation. The soldiers then raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Ahmed Lutfi Da’amsah (23). They then raided and searched a house belonging to Khader al-Barbari and detained him for some time and then released him after Salem Ahmed al-Barbari turned himself in. The Israeli soldiers also arrested Mo’ath Mohammed Abu ‘Akar (25) for hours and then released him. A number of civilians said that the soldiers raided a barber shop belonging to Wael Jadou, and the shop was full of customers on Eid al Fitr eve. The soldiers locked them inside the shop during the incursion.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of the city. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Lo’ai Emad Ibrahim ‘Amer (18).

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Essam Ahmed As’ad Zablakh (27) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Noor Shams refugee camp, south of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Bara’a Fathi Mohammed Qar’awi (18) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Seneria village, south of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Suheib Mashhour A’amar (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aydah refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mo’ath Mohammed Abu ‘Aker (25) and Ahmed Mar’ae Da’amsah (23) and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Bashar Sa’aed Ahmed Abu al-‘Ezz (19) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 14:45, Israeli drones fired a missile at a group of civilians participating in the Great March of Return, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip. At approximately 15:45 on the same day, the drones fired another missile with 60 minutes between each of the missiles. Moreover, Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at those who were in the camp. However, no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 19:20, Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip opened fire at agricultural lands adjacent to the border fence. As a result, farmers were forced to leave their lands fearing for their lives, but no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-Laban eastern village, south of Nablus.

 

Friday, 15 June 2018

 

  • At approximately 11:10, Israeli forces opened fire at a border control checkpoint belonging to the Palestinian armed groups, east of al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 13:30, Israeli drones fired 2 missiles with 10 minutes between each at a group of civilians participating in the Great March of Return, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip. At approximately 19:55 on the same day, the drones fired another missile at the same area, causing severe damage to the area. Moreover, Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at those who were in the camp. However, no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (9) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah; Hebron, Yatta, Halhoul, al-Thaheriyah, al-Samou’a, Ethna, Tarqumiyah and Beit Kahel villages in Hebron.

 

Saturday, 16 June 2018:

 

  • At approximately 15:00, Israeli drones fired a missile at a group of civilians participating in the Great March of Return, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip. Moreover, Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at those who were in the camp. The airstrike caused the injury of 2 civilians with shrapnel. The wounded civilians were transferred to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah, and Doctors classified their injuries as moderate.

 

  • At approximately 18:60, Israeli forces moved into Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah. After the end of the weekly protest, they raided and searched a house belonging to Tareq Nabil ‘Ali (14) and then arrested him and took him to a military vehicle. After a short time, Tareq was released, and no further incidents were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Barta’ah village, southwest of Jenin.

 

Sunday, 17 June 2018

 

  • At approximately 03:50, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a Palestinian civilian car that was near Morabeteen Mosque on Baghdad Street in al-Sheja’eiyah neighborhood, east of Gaza City, but no casualties were reported. It should be noted that there were incendiary kites inside the car.

 

  • At approximately 04:15, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at al-Bahriyah site in al-Shati refugee camp, west of Gaza, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 02:50, Israeli drones fired a missile at a group of civilians participating in the Great March of Return, east of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip. Moreover, Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at those who were in the camp, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 17:30, Israeli drones fired 3 missiles at a site belonging to the Palestinian armed groups, southeast of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip. The airstrike caused severe damage to the site, but no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (7) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Kharas, al-Surrah, Emrish and al-Hadab villages in Hebron.

 

Monday, 18 June 2018

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron and stationed in al-Namous neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mahmoud Mohammed al-Haroub (29) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Hebron and stationed in the southern area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Safa’a Akram Shehdah Abu Suneinah (38) and hen arrested her. It should be noted that Safa’a is the Head of Happy Home Society for Culture and Development in the city.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Fawar refugee camp, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Anas Nayef al-‘Absi (23) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Taqou’a village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Shadi Nayef al-‘Amour (23) and Yusuf Jamal Sabbah (19) and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 04:20, Israeli drones fired a missile at a military site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the Military Armed Wing of Hamas Movement). The site is located where the General Intelligence Services building “al-Safinah” was, southwest of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. After less than 5 minutes, the Israeli warplanes fired 3 other missiles at the same site. The airstrike caused severe damage to the site and partial damage to the houses surrounding the site, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 04:30, Israeli drones fired a missile at a military site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the Military Armed wing of Hamas Movement) in Tal al-Za’tar area in Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. After less than 5 minutes, the Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at the same site, causing material damage to the site, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • In new use of lethal force, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded others. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 11:40 on the same day, and Israeli warplane launched 4 missiles at Palestinians who sneaked via the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel near the Industrial Area (Karni), east of al-Sheja’eiyah neighborhood, east of Gaza city. As a result, Sabri Ahmed Salah Abu Khader (23) from al-Tuffah neighborhood was killed after being hit with shrapnel throughout his body and a 19-year-old civilian were hit with shrapnel to the legs. At approximately 10:30, Sabri along with 3 others used a cart and went to “Karni” crossing carrying benzene and incendiary materials with them to set fire to a watchtower. The 4 civilians crossed the border fence, but Sabri climbed to the wall to remove the camera on it. Thus, the Israeli warplanes targeted him, so he fled while bleeding and fell on the ground after he crossed the border fence towards the Gaza Strip.

 

  • At approximately 19:30, Israeli drones fired 3 missiles with few minutes between them at a watchtower belonging to Palestinian armed groups and an agricultural land, east of al-Qararah village, northeast of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. As a result, airstrike caused material damage in the area, but no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Yatta and Beit Kahel and Bani Na’im villages in Hebron.

 

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Dawhah village, west of Bethlehem and stationed at Chili intersection. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nasser Abu ‘Arab and then arrested his sister’s son Yazan Yusuf al-Bal’awi (22) who according to their claims is wanted. It should be noted that al-Bal’awi is from al-Duheishah refugee camp and the Israeli forces arrested his father Yusuf 2 weeks ago to practice pressure on him so he would turn himself in.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Taqou’a village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Shadi Nayef al-‘Amour (23) and Yusuf Jamal Sabbah (19) and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 21:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, west of Rafah in the southern Gaza strip fired flare bombs in the sky and opened fire at a group of Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles, but no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Madama and ‘Asirah al-Qabaliyah villages, south of Nablus; Sanour village, southwest of Jenin; Tulkarm and ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah; Kafel Hares village, north of Salfit.

 

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed in Hendazah area, east of the city. They raided and searched a house belonging to As’ad Dawoud Abu ‘Ahour (18) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Bassam Deriyah (20) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:15, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched a number of house and then arrested 4 civilians namely yusuf Ahmed Yusuf ‘Awad (22), Mohammed Bilal al-‘Azizi (20), Rami Ahmed al-Kousa (20) and ‘Obadah Khalaf al-Tashtoush (24).

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Tal village, southwest of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Qusai Hassan Saleh al-Hendi (23) and ‘enad Mustafa Hasan ‘Asidah (22).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Amir ‘Emad ‘Amer (22), Aysar Mohammed ‘Amer (20) and Ziyad Nasser Ja’as.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Kufor ‘Aboush village, south of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Ali Taqi Tawfiq Taqi (28) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces move into Thanabah village, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Amer Mahmoud Abdullah ‘Assaf (26) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Qifin village, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mo’ath Fathi Raja al-Khasib (28) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli warplanes launched 6 missiles with few minutes at al-Quds site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the Military Armed Wing of Hamas Movement), west of al-Satar western neighborhood in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. As a result, the site sustained large material damage in the area and a guard who works in the area sustained bruises.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Halhoul, north of Hebron and stationed in al-Tharwah area. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 4 civilians namely Yusuf Jihad al-Bab (22), Mahmoud ‘Awad Zama’rah (24), ‘Ata Hasan Zama’rah (23) and Ahmed Bilal Zama’rah (21)

 

  • At approximately 03:45, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at a site belonging to Palestinian armed groups. The airstrike caused material damage to the site, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 04:30, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at a site belonging to Palestinian armed groups, west of al-Maghazi, adjacent to Salah Eden Street in the central Gaza Strip. The airstrike caused material damage to the site, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 04:35, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a military site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the Military Armed Wing of Hamas Movement), east of Sheikh Zayed towers in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. After less than 5 minutes, the Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at the same site, causing severe material damage to the site, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 15:15, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles, with few minutes between each, at a site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the Military Armed Wing of Hamas Movement), northwest of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. The airstrike caused severe damage to the site, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 13:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a group of civilians who were in the northeast of Gaza Valley (Juhor al-Deek) in the central Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 15:30, an Israeli drone fired 2 missiles at a group of civilians who were in the northeast of Gaza Valley (Juhor al-Deek) in the central Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: ‘Awarta village, southwest of Nablus; Tubas and al-Fare’ah refugee camp, south of the city; Yatta and al-Samou’a village in Hebron.

 

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

 

Continuing the demonstrations in protest against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy to it, Palestinian civilians organized protests against the decision throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The demonstrations were as follows during the reporting period:

 

  • At approximately 13:30 on Friday, 15 June 2018, a group of Palestinian civilians moved from Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, to the eastern entrance to the village, which has been closed for 15 years in favor of the entrance to “Kedumim” settlement established on the village lands. The protestors chanted national slogans demanding end of occupation, condemning the U.S President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and condemning the Israeli forces’ crimes against Palestinian protestors along the eastern border of the Gaza Strip within “The Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege” activities. The protestors set fire to tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand barriers. The soldiers fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation. The Israeli forces arrested Hamam ‘Adnan ‘Ali (22) and Omer Walid ‘Ali (20). They also raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mohammed Tahah ‘Amer and Abdul Rahim ‘Ali and later withdrew.

 

  • At approximately 14:30 on Sunday, 17 June 2018, Israeli forces stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel adjacent to the Return camp, east of Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at a group of civilians who demonstrated near the border fence. The shooting continued for 3 hours. As a result, a 22-year-old civilian was hit with a live bullet to the hand. He was transferred to Gaza European Hospital to receive medical treatment, and doctors classified his injury as moderate.

 

  • At approximately 22:30 on the same Sunday, Israeli forces stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Abu Safiyah Hill, northeast of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, fired a number of tear gas canisters at civilians who were around 300-600 meters away from the west of the border fence. As a result, a 20-year-old civilian from Jabalia was hit with a tear gas canister to the hand.

 

 Three Civilians, including a Child, Succumbed to Their Wounds:

 

  • At approximately 07:30 on Thursday, 14 June 2018, medical sources at Gaza European Hospital in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, announced the death of Ahmed Ziyad Tawfiq al-‘Asi (21) from Khan Younis refugee camp, succumbing to his wounds. According to PCHR’s investigations, Ahmed was hit with a tear gas canister to the head by Israeli forces during his participation in the Great Return March on 08 June 2018, east of Return camp in Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Younis. He was transferred to Gaza European Hospital where his health condition deteriorated until his death was announced. Moreover, Ziyad Jadallah Abdul Qader al-Braim (28) from Bani Suheila in Khan Younis was killed on the events of the same day after being hit with a live bullet to the abdomen. Moreover, 110 other civilians were wounded.

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on Monday, 18 June 2018, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza city announced the death of Zakaria Saied Mustafa Bashbash (14) from al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, succumbing to wounds he sustained on Wednesday, 30 May 2018. Zakaria was hit with a live bullet that entered the chest and existed from the back during his participation in the Return March, east of al-Buraij. He was admitted to al-Aqsa Hospital as his injury was serious. Zakaria was then transferred to al-Shifa Hospital where he stayed until his death was announced.

 

  • At approximately 21:45 on Wednesday, 20 June 2018, medical sources at “Mar Youssef” Hospital in East Jerusalem announced the death of Mohammed Ghassan Mohammed Abu Farhanah (23) from ‘Abasan al-Kabirah in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, succumbing to his serious wounds, east of the city. Mohammed’s father said to PCHR’s fieldworker that Mohammed was hit with 2 live bullets to the abdomen on 14 May 2018 after Israeli forces opened fire at him during his participation in the Return March, east of Khan Younis. He was transfered to Nasser Hospital where he was admitted to the ICUdue to his serious health condition. Mohammed was then referred to “St. Josef” Hospital in Jerusalem where he stayed until his death was announced on the same day evening. According to PCHR’s investigations on the same day events, the Israeli forces killed 19 civilians, including a child, and wounded dozens of civilians, after they used the lethal and excessive force against thousands of peaceful protestors who protested in 3 areas near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Khan Younis.

 

  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.

 

  • Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing, in the north of the Gaza Strip, is designated for the movement of individuals, and links the Gaza Strip with the West Bank.

 

  • Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing, in the north of the Gaza Strip, is designated for the movement of individuals, and links the Gaza Strip with the West Bank.

Movement at Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing

(12-19 June 2018)

Category 12 June 13 June 14 June 15 June 16 June 17 June 18 June 19 June
Patients 62 17 10 1 22 21 58
Companions 54 11 11 1 22 16 56
Personal needs 17 26 18 5 16 11 15
Familiesof prisoners 6 23
Arabs fromIsrael 1 1 4 1 13 11 5
Diplomats 2 1 2
International journalists
International workers 31 49 46 6 9 3 13
TravelersAbroad 72 1 1 3
Business people 124 168 126 311 271 238
Business meetings
Security interviews 4 4 4 1 5
VIPs 1 1 1 1
Ambulances to Israel 4 4 2 1 1 4
Patients’ Companions 4 4 2 1 1 4

 

 

 

Note:

  • On Tuesday, 12 June 2018, Israeli authorities allowed one person to travel via Erez Crossing to accompany a dead body.
  • On Tuesday, 12 June 2018, Israeli authorities allowed 3 persons; on Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 5 persons; and on Tuesday, 14 June 2018, one person from the Gaza Strip to perform prayers at al-Aqsa Mosque.
  • On Thursday, 14 June 2018, Israeli authorities allowed 4 persons; and on Monday, 18 June 2018, 2 persons who works at the General Authority of Civil Affairs (GACA) and internationals to renew their permits.
  • On Tuesday, 19 June 2018, Israeli authorities allowed one person to return to the West Bank.

 

Patient Died at Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing after Being Summoned For Interview with Israeli Intelligence

  • At approximately 11:20 on Tuesday, 19 June 2018, Patient Mas’oud ‘Abed al-Hai Mohamed Abu Saqer (49), from Beir al-Na’jah area in Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, died at Erez Crossing. Mas’oud had suffered cancer in his right lung since December 2017 and died in Erez Crossing after being summoned for an interview with the Israeli Intelligence Service. Mas’oud Family was informed by the Coordination Department at the Ministry of Heath that Mas’oud should head to the interview in order to get a permit and access al-Motala’ Hospital in occupied Jerusalem.
  • Mas’oud’s brother, Abdullah, said via a phone call that though his brother was asked many times for an interview with the Israeli Intelligence Service, his application was either refused or suspended under the so-called “security check”. As a result, on 21 February 2018, he managed to travel to Egypt, where his right lung was removed in Naser Medical Institute. After that, his health condition deteriorated, especially after returning to Gaza. His family was forced to submit an application to travel via Erez Crossing, but his application was either refused or suspended “under security check”. Mas’oud staued in the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia until his family was informed that he had an interview at the crossing. On Tuesday, 19 June 2018, he along with his wife headed to the crossing, where he died inside the security corridor connecting between the Israeli and Palestinian sides of the crossing. According to information by the Coordination Department at the Ministry of Health, Mas’oud submitted an application to travel on 02 January 2018, but the Israeli response was that the application is under security check. He went for the interview on 23 January 2018, but the Israeli response came on 30 January 2018 rejecting his application. He also submitted 2 other applications on 28 March 2018 and 23 May 2018, but both were rejected as well.  On 06 June 2018, he was asked for an interview with the Israeli Intelligence Service, so he headed to the crossing.  However, the Israeli response came on 11 June 2018 that he was under security check. On 19 June 2018, he was asked for an interview with the Israeli Intelligence Service again and headed to the crossing where died.

Israel has imposed a tightened closure on the West Bank. During the reporting period, Israeli forces imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians:

 

 

  • Ramallah and al-Bireh:

At approximately 20:30 on Tuesday, 19 June 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint in the main square of ‘Ain Sinaa village, north of Ramallah.

At approximately 23:30, a similar checkpoint was established at the main entrance to ‘Ain Yabroud village, northeast of the city.

 

  • Hebron: Israeli forces established (15) checkpoints all over the city.

On Wednesday, 13 June 2018, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Yatta, Beit ‘Awaa and Ethna villages and on Karmah-Samou’a Road.

On Thursday, 15 June 2018, 3 similar checkpoints were established at the entrances to Dura, Sa’ir and al-Ramadeen villages.

On Sunday, 17 June 2018, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to Beit Ummer village, at the western entrance to Hebron, and at the entrance to al-Fawar refugee camp.

On Monday, 18 June 2018, 2 similar checkpoints were established at the entrances to Beit Ummer and al-Shayyoukh villages.

On Tuesday, 19 June 2018, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to Beit ‘Awaa and Jalajel villages and at the southern entrance to Halhoul village.

 

  • Qalqiliyia: Israeli forces established () checkpoints all over the city.

 

On Thursday, 14 June 2018, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Qalqiliyia; at the entrances to Jeet and al-Fondoq villages, northeast of the village; and on a road connects between ‘Azoun and Jayyous villages, north of Qalqiliyia.

At approximately 12:30 on Friday, 15 June 2018, a checkpoint was established at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliyia.

At approximately 20:30 on Saturday, 16 June 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Qalqiliyia.

At approximately 21:20 on Sunday, 17 June 2018, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyia.

At approximately 13:40 on Sunday, a checkpoint was established at the entrance to Heblah village, south of the city.

At approximately 19:15 on Monday, 18 June 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint beween ‘Azoun and Kafur Thulth villages, east of the city.

At approximately 01:50 on Tuesday, 19 June 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliyia.

 

  • Salfit:

At approximately 19:40 on Wednesday, 13 June 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Qarawet Bani Hassan village,west of Salfit.

At approximately 19:45 on Thursday, 14 June 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Qarawet Bani Hassan village, northwest of Salfit.

At approximately 21:05, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance to Kafur al-Deek village, west of the city.

 

  • Nablus:

At approximately 14:00 on Saturday, 16 June 2018, Israeli forces established a checkpoint in al-Moraba’ah area in a road connects between Tal, Madamah and Bureen villages, south of Nablus. They stopped Palestinian civilians’ vehicles and checked the passengers’ IDs. No more arrests among civilians were reported.

On Sunday, 17 June 2018, Israeli forces closed the southern entrance to Nablus, near Hawarah checkpoint, following the gathering of Israeli settlers protesting against vacating an Israeli outpost established in Palestinian civilians’ lands, south of Nablus. Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli forces closed the main Street leading to Nablus, near “Yitzhar” settlement square and Hawarah checkpoint, and prevented the civilians from passing, which caused a traffic jam.

 

 

Arrests at Military Checkpoints:

 

  • At approximately 17:30 on Thursday, 14 June 2018, Israeli forces arrested Waseem Yousef al-‘Alamiy (15), from Wad al-Shaiekh area adjacent to Bypass Road (60), EAST OF Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. Wassem was arrested while selling fruits and vegetables in front of his family house.
  • At approximately 02:20 on Saturday, 16 June 2018m Israeli forces stationed at Za’tarah checkpoint, south of Nablus, arrested Sa’d ‘Emad Nayif ‘Afouri under the pretext that he had a knife in his bag.
  • At approximately 14:40 on Saturday, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Hawarah village, near “Yitzhar settlement intersection. They stopped Palestinian civilians’ vehicles, checked the passengers’ IDs and then arrested 4 civilians, from Jenin. The arrested persons were identified as Mohamed Belel Salah (22), Anas Ahmed Salah (24), Rzafie’ Naseem Salah (22), Ahmed Yousef Salah (23). On the same day, the Israeli forces released 3 of them while Anas Salah is so far under arrest.
  • At approximately 19:30 on Saturday, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyia. They stopped Palestinian civilians’ vehicles, checked the passengers’ IDs and then arrested 2 civilians, including a child. The arrested persons were identified as ‘Abed al-Kareem Yaser Saleem (16) and Akram Tayseer Saleem (18), both are from ‘Azoun village. ‘Abed al-Kareem and Akram were arrested while returning from ‘Azoun village park and following throwing a Molotov cocktail by unknown persons at settlers vehicles passing through the main street.

 

  • Efforts to Create A Jewish majority

 

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

 

  • Arrests and Incursions:

 

At approximately 16:00 on Friday, 15 June 2018, Israeli forces arrested a former prisoner No’man Saleh Jum’a al-Najar (24), from Silwad village, northeast of Ramallah, while he was near Bab al-‘Amoud area in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

 

At approximately 00:00 on Monday, 18 June 2018, Israeli forces moved into al-Shaiekh Sa’d village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Ahmed Khalil Hasan ‘Owisat (24) and Ahmed Tawfiq Mashahrah (22).

At approximately 01:00 on Monday, Israeli forces moved into al-Sawanah village, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ameer Waleed al-Bilbasi (19) and then arrested him.

 

At approximately 02:00 on Monday, Israeli forces moved into Ras Khamis neighborhood near Shu’fat Refugee Camp, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ayham Ahmed Kharashqah (14) and then arrested him.

 

In the evening, a large force of Israeli soldiers and intelligence officers raided Ambassador Hotel in al-Shaiekh Jarrah neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, where there was a ceremony to celebrate the National Day of Russia, and arrested many participants. According to PCHR’s investigations and eyewitnesses’ statements, Israeli intelligence officers raided the abovementioned hotel when the reception started upon an investigation by Russiaa and the Paelstinian-Russian Friendship Society. The Israeli forces prevented holding the ceremony and arrested 6 activists, who were identified as ‘Abed al-Latif Gaith, Rasem ‘Obaidat, Hani al-‘Issawiy, ‘Anan Barakat, Ahmed al-Safadi, and ‘Abeer Abu Khadir.

Ziyad al-Hamouri, Director of al-Quds Center for Economic and Social Rights, said that the Israeli forces raided the hall and attacked the ceremony, which was attended by the Russian Ambassador Haider Aganin , representatives of the Palestinian Russian Friendship Society and Palestinian officials. He added that the Israeli forces raided the hall during the speech of Palestinian Authority official Nabil Shaath, the Palestinian President’s Advisor for International Affairs and Relations. The Israeli forces then cut off the electricity and banned holding the ceremony under the pretext that the ceremony was organized by “Terrorist Organizations!”

At approximately 14:00 on Thursday, 14 June 2018, Israeli forces arrested Omar Ayham Basem al-Zaghir (20) while getting out of one of al-Aqsa Mosque’s gates in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They then took him to an investigation center for interrogation.

On Monday morning, Israeli forces arrested ‘Abdullah Abu Taleb, Head of Guardianship Department at al-Aqsa Mosque. ‘Abdullah is an employee at the Islamic Endowments Department (Awqaf) in Jerusalem and was arrested while he was in Bab al-Rahma area at al-Aqsa Mosque. The Israeli forces also uprooted olive trees planted on Bab al-Rahma Hill, damaged stairs and seats built of al-Aqsa Mosque’s bricks, set up a checkpoint there, and obstructed the guards’ work. It should be noted that a large number of Palestinian young men cleaned Bab al-Rahma area during the past days and established chains, seats, tables, and stairs built of al-Aqsa Mosque’s bricks.

 

House Demolitions and Notices:

 

  • At approximately 04:00 on Wednesday, 20 June 2018, Israeli vehicles demolished a house in Qalandia village, north of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Ra’fat ‘Awadallah, Head of the Village Council, said that the Israeli Civil Administration Department demolished a newly constructed house belonging to ‘Ali Mutair in Qalandia village. He added that the house was comprised of one room with its facilities and built on an area of 50 square meters. The ‘Ali, his wife and their children moved to live in that house only 5 months ago. ‘Awadallah pointed out that Mutair’s house was within the houses notified for demolition in late April as 15 houses, including 3 houses that should be immediately demolished, were notified. On 24 March 2018, the Israeli Civil Administration staff accompanied with military patrols took Geographical surveys for residential facilities in Qalandia. They also notified the owners of 10 buildings in order to demolish them and summoned the owners for interrogation on grounds of illegal construction.

 

  • At approximately 08:00 on Wednesday, the Israeli Municipality crews carried out raid, confiscation and demolition campaigns in many areas in occupied East Jerusalem under the pretext of non-licensing. Jerusalemite Activist Redwan ‘Amr said that the Israeli vehicles accompanied with Israeli forces moved into the vicinity of his relatives’ houses in Wad al-Jouz neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem and damaged the contents. He added that the Israeli vehicles demolished the outside walls and houses’ doors in addition to removing the perimeter fences of the land belonging to the Islamic Endowment Department. It should be noted that these houses are built on a plot of land that the Israeli authorities seek to confiscate it in order to build Biblical Gardens extended to Silwan village, south of occupied Jerusalem’s Old City. Palestinian buses that weekly carry Palestinians from for praying at al-Aqsa Mosque parked in this area because there were no other parking plots for these buses. Due to this, the Israeli authorities imposed fines on the buses. Moreover, the Israeli Municipality staff removed steel doors of a commercial facility “store” belonging to Abu Hadwan Family and confiscated them in Silwan village.

 

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

 Israeli forces’ attacks

 

  • At approximately 11:30 on Wednesday, 13 June 2018, Israeli forces accompanied with a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Kafur ‘Atayiah area, south of ‘Aqrabah village, southeast of Nablus, classified as Area C according to the Oslo Accords. The Israeli forces confiscated a digger that was reclaiming a plot of land between ‘Aqrabah and Majdal Bani Fadel villages. The plot of land belongs to Ayman Bani Fadel, from ‘Aqrabah village, while the digger belongs to Mohamed ‘Abed al-Razeq Dawoud ‘Odah, from Qasrah village, southeast of Nablus.

 

  • On Thursday, 14 June 2018, Israeli forces accompanied with a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Qa’oun Plain near Bardlah village in Jordan Valley classified as Area C according to the Oslo Accords. The Israeli Civil Administration notified the village residents to stop working in the solar cells project in the area. It should be noted that the project is funded by the Italian Civil Volunteer Group (GVC).

 

 

Recommendations to the International Community

 

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

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

Greenwashing the Nakba: The Real Story Behind israel’s “Blooming Desert”

Whitney Webb | MintNews
Though the official narrative of the state of Israel claims that it has turned the land it occupies from an empty desert into a lush, agricultural wonder, the actual fate of the land following Israel’s establishment in 1948 tells a very different story.

In this Monday, Sept. 7, 2009 file photo, an Israeli flag is seen in front of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maaleh Adumim on the outskirts of Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)

Were it not for Israel, the desert would have remained unproductive and fallow – or so the story goes.It has often been said that Israel, since its establishment in 1948, has presided over the “miracle” of making the country’s “desert bloom.” That heavily promoted narrative — which asserts that the Palestinians have long lacked the capacity, knowledge or desire to properly develop agriculture in the region — has often been used as a legitimizing factor in Israel’s establishment. As former Israel Prime Minister Shimon Peres once said, “The country [Palestine] was mostly an empty desert, with only a few islands of Arab settlement; and Israel’s [cultivated] land today was indeed redeemed from swamp and wilderness.”

There is, however, another side to this story, one that shows that the “blooming desert” of Israel is a convenient disguise for the degradation and destruction of Palestine’s natural resources, a means of obfuscating the worst of occupation by wrapping it in the cloak of Zionist mythology. While a central theme of Zionist mythology has long been the need for the Jewish Diaspora community to re-establish itself by returning to agricultural labor, the truth of Israel’s agricultural “success” involves the unsustainable use of occupied resources and the deliberate destruction of the land and water still used by Palestinians today.

Erasing a rich history
Though the official narrative of the state of Israel claims that it has turned the land it occupies from an empty desert into a lush, agricultural wonder, the actual fate of the land following Israel’s establishment in 1948 tells a very different story. Indeed, prior to 1948, the historical record demonstrates that Palestinian farms were very productive and that both Palestinian Arabs and Jewish settlers were successful farmers. For example, a UN report on agriculture in Palestine between 1945 and 1946 recorded that Palestinian-grown crops accounted for nearly 80 percent of Palestine’s total agricultural yield that season, with Palestinian farms producing over 244,000 tons of vegetables, 73,000 tons of fruit, 78,000 tons of olives, and 5 million liters of wine.

“Villagers of Sidna Ali drawing water from communal well. (source: Palestine Remembered)

Two years later, when the majority of Palestinians were forced from their land during the “Nakba” that founded the state of Israel, the farms and orchards that had previously been tended by Palestinians were left abandoned, as their owners fled under the threat of death at the hands of Zionist militias.

As Israeli historian and journalist Meron Benvenisti detailed in his book Sacred Landscape: The Buried History of the Holy Land Since 1948:

By April 1948 Jewish farmers had already begun harvesting the crops that had ripened in the abandoned fields and picking the citrus fruit in Arab groves. […] by mid-1949 two-thirds of all land sown with grain in Israel was abandoned Arab land.”

Thus, it was land theft that was largely responsible for Israel’s initial agricultural production, not the labor or agricultural expertise of Zionist settlers.

In addition, the claim that Israel turned an undeveloped desert into an agricultural wonder seems to be – in part – projection on the part of the Israeli state. Indeed, as Benvenisti noted, following the removal of Palestinians, the vast majority of centuries-old fruit orchards that had long been maintained by the native inhabitants of the land were untended, neglected and, in some cases, bulldozed to make room for ever-expanding settlements.

According to Benvenisti’s research, that neglect led to a situation in which “entire tracts of productive citrus trees, especially in the Tel Aviv-Jaffa area, were earmarked for the construction of housing developments,” as was the case for Palestine olive groves and pomegranate orchards that the land’s new occupants considered “an annoyance.” Part of the reason for the destruction of the land was that it would weaken Palestinian claims to return to the land, as keeping agricultural infrastructure intact “might have made possible the absorption of the returning refugees.”

Current Israeli government policy, particularly its support for the construction of illegal settlements on Palestinian land, is the continuation of this effort to erase Palestine’s history by targeting its agricultural heritage as well as its natural wonders. Indeed, Israeli newspaper Haaretz noted back in 2011 that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s steady push for Israeli expansion into Palestinian territory had been coupled with “his insistence on seeing nature and landscape as no more than an obstacle to the realization of his settlement vision.”

Israeli President Shimon Peres, right, and French President Francois Hollande, plant a Cedar tree in Jerusalem. The National Lawyers Guild called for the investigation of the Jewish National Fund, an organization famous for planting tress on land forcibly seized from Palestinians. (AP/Abir Sultan)

Covering a crime with water-sucking pines
Another project central to the “desert bloom” mythology is Israel’s “afforestation” of the desert, which has helped “turn the desert green” through the planting of non-native pine trees. These forests, largely planted by the Jewish National Fund (JNF), have been touted as a “miracle.” Yet, the pine stands, much like Israel’s treatment of Palestine’s agricultural legacy, have been motivated by a need to cover up the events that led to the creation of the Israeli state.

Indeed, more than two-thirds of all JNF forests and sites lie on top of the ruins of Palestinian villages demolished during and after the founding of Israel, and the group’s continuing afforestation efforts are aimed at acquiring land in the occupied West Bank to prevent “trespassing” and “conceal” Palestinian villages in order to prevent the return of Palestinian refugees.

Moreover, the effort to maintain a forest of non-native trees – regardless of whether its chief aim is to cover up the true history of Palestine or “green” a desert — has come at a great cost to the natural environment. As journalist Max Blumenthal has noted:
Most of the saplings the JNF plants at a site near Jerusalem simply do not survive, and require frequent replanting. Elsewhere, needles from the pine trees have killed native plant species and wreaked havoc on the ecosystem.”
They also become fodder for forest fires that have caused major damage and mass evacuations throughout Israel over the years.

Another ecological consequence of JNF forests is their likely effect on Israel’s horrendous drought, considered to be the worst the region has faced in over 900 years. As studies have shown in other countries where non-native pine plantations have been introduced in vast numbers, pines consume a significant amount of water – leading to droughts and even the disappearance of entire rivers – as well as fundamentally alter and degrade the soil. While these forests have been presented as an ecological miracle, they are instead destroying the environment and degrading the land’s resources, suggesting that the main driver behind the long-standing project is aimed at covering up the ruins of Palestine.

Continuing the attack on Palestinian agriculture
Today, the stark difference in agricultural development in the land tended by Israelis and Palestinians derives from policies that often receive little coverage in the media and are largely absent from the “desert bloom” narrative. Indeed, much of the coverage the issue has received paints Palestinian agricultural successes as either the work of foreigners offering aid or resulting from the “theft” of Israeli-settlement agricultural infrastructure.

Such reports fail to acknowledge the realities of the issue, such as the illegal blockade of Gaza that has crippled its economy and agricultural sector, as well as Israel’s destruction of agricultural infrastructure in Gaza and the West Bank. Gazan agricultural infrastructure was ravaged by Israel in times of war and, in the West Bank, Israeli soldiers regularly demolish rain cisterns, pipelines and irrigation systems installed by Palestinians, citing as a reason that such structures lacked the “proper authorization” from Israel. Farmers themselves, mainly in Gaza, are often targeted directly by Israeli soldiers if they come too close to the border fence.

A Palestinian elderly woman collects olives from broken olive tree branches in the village of Qusra, northern West Bank, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Palestinian farmers say Jewish settlers from the nearby settlement of Eli cut more than 70 olive trees overnight. Olives are the backbone of Palestinian agriculture. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

The Israeli government has also targeted Palestinian agriculture through chemical warfare. The use of white phosphorus as a weapon against Gaza, for example, has had major consequences for the area’s farmers. In addition to the chemical weapon’s often deadly effects on the human body, it has destructive effects on the environment and plants, as its incendiary nature often leads to the spontaneous ignition and burning of trees, forests and farmland. It also lingers in the environment for several years.

Beyond the use of chemical weapons, Israel has also directly targeted Gazan farmland with herbicide. In 2015, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) admitted to using herbicides and germination inhibitors to kill off vegetation along the Palestinian side of the border, damaging over 420 acres of land. A year later, tactic was repeated, this time destroying around 400 acres of farmland. The IDF has stated that it sprays the chemicals over the vaguely defined “no-go zone” it has established along the border “in order to enable optimal and continuous security operations.” However, the area accounts for a third of Gaza’s arable land and 17 percent of the entire territory.

Furthermore, the herbicides, like white phosphorus, have consequences for the environment long after they are sprayed. As Anwar Abu Assi, manager of the chemical laboratory at Gaza’s Ministry of Agriculture, told Al Jazeera in 2016:
Herbicides are sprayed in high concentrations. Thus, they remain embedded in the soil, and then find their way to the water basin. This constitutes a real hazard for the population.”
The targeting of Palestinian agriculture in the present and its treatment by the Israeli and American press suggest another and nefarious way in which Israel’s “desert bloom” mythology has manifested. In order for Israel’s agricultural “superiority” to remain unchallenged, Palestinian agriculture must also be suppressed. Were Palestinian agriculture able to develop unimpeded and flourish, it would call into question the idea that the land was barren before the Zionists, threatening the latter’s legitimacy.

The cover-story for all conquerors and colonizers 
The myth of Israel “making the desert bloom” has its basis in neo-colonial narratives that have long been used in other settler states such as Canada, New Zealand, the United States and Australia. In the cases of the latter countries, the native inhabitants and their culture have also inaccurately been depicted as “primitive” and incompetent, a narrative that suggests that the land would have remained “wild” and undeveloped were it not for the “fortunate” appearance of European settlers. Such narratives cast the settlers as both superior and normal while the natives become inferior and abnormal, thus obfuscating the settler’s status as foreigner and conqueror.

Zionist mythology reinforces similar themes. For example, as in the United States Native Americans were considered as uncivilized and wild as the natural environment, Zionist mythology reinforces the idea that all Arabs are “sons of the desert” while the desert similarly represents a barbaric obstacle to “progress” and development.

Another historical analogue is the 19th century concept of “manifest destiny” — the idea that the expansion of the United States had been preordained by God himself, which led the U.S. to break many of its numerous treaties with indigenous tribes and even go to war with Mexico in order to acquire the land it coveted. The Israeli government similarly sees its expansion and control of all of Palestine as a matter of fulfilling prophecy and “redeeming” the Holy Land. This effort of redemption continues to feed Israel’s expansion. As Netanyahu has said, Israel is “obligated to develop all parts of the country – the Galilee and the Negev [the West Bank].”

Living the myth and the lie
Yet, no matter how much evidence exists to the contrary, Israel will never tell the real story behind the “miracle” of making “the desert bloom.” It will never tell the real story precisely because it can’t – to do so would mean demolishing the neo-colonial narrative at the center of the settler state, a narrative that is the pillar of its legitimacy.

Indeed, if Israel has not actually improved the land by making “the desert bloom” but instead degraded the land, the legitimacy of the state of Israel itself becomes questionable, as it suggests that its native inhabitants – the Palestinians – were better caretakers of the land than the current occupiers. For this reason, Israel must continue to propagate the myth regardless of the facts, and continue to deny Palestine’s rich cultural history and agricultural legacy.

With Israel now facing the consequences of its mistreatment of the land and its resources, the historical revisionism once used to sell the disparity between Israeli and Palestinian agricultural prowess has become ineffective. For that reason, Israel must now use other tactics — chemical warfare through toxic agrochemicals, the physical destruction of Palestinian agricultural infrastructure, and illegal blockades – in order to keep the artificial narrative alive, creating the illusion of primitivism and scarcity where none exists.


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Truth, Truthfulness and Palestine

June 11, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon

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Talk delivered at Deep Truth-Countering Deep State Lies (online conference)   

Sun 10 June

By Gilad Atzmon

A healthy society doesn’t need a ‘truth movement.’  But we Americans, Brits, French and Germans are far from healthy and our so-called ‘truth movements’ haven’t led us towards any sources of light. The question is: Why?

One possible answer is that ‘truth movements’ are ideal environments for the operators of controlled opposition — those who insist upon vetting any discussion about the truth by claiming to know what ‘the truth’ is, what it comprises and who its enemies are.

Karl Popper posited that since no number of scientific experiments could definitively prove a scientific theory we should utilise a methodology based on falsifiability. While we posses the means to refute a scientific theory or scientific ‘truth,’ we lack the ability to verify a single scientific theory by means of experiments. For instance, if you state that ‘the sun rises in the East’ is a valid scientific truth, a single occasion of the sun popping up early in the morning in the West will refute your theory. “Building Number Seven” may not point at the culprit behind 9/11 but it is thought to refute the official 9/11 narrative. Furthermore, history laws such as Holocaust denial laws in Europe or the Nakba law in Israel exist to defy alteration, refutation or scholarly debate about the past. Instead of helping us to grasp our past, the existence of such laws reveals to us that some parties are desperate to stop anyone from exploring  what really happened.

The French philosopher Jean-François Lyotard observed in his book, ‘Heidegger and The Jews’ that history may claim to tell us what happened, but most of the time ‘history’ is institutionally engaged in concealing our shame. The Americans, for instance, conceal the brutality of slavery, the Brits conceal the crimes of the empire, the Jews suppress any inquiry into Jewish accountability for Jewish history’s chain of disasters and so on. The message here is that instead of simply learning history from historians, we may well benefit from adopting a psychoanalytical approach to try to understand what historians work to conceal. We should ask why does America build a holocaust museum in every city? Why did the Brits make the Imperial Wars Museum into a Holocaust shrine? We may even want to understand how it is possible that on the same day Israel celebrated “the biggest Gay Pride Parade in the region” hundreds of Israeli snipers were deployed on the Gaza border with orders to shoot every Palestinian who might try to break out of the Gaza concentration camp. Israel’s liberal LGBT attitude is basically a pink-wash, an attempt to conceal Israel’s abusive racist policies towards the indigenous people of its land.

But there is reason to be optimistic. Against the odds, and despite the open assault on truthfulness, truth has a unique ability to unveil itself.

In this presentation today we will look at Palestine and Israel in the light of truth and truthfulness and we will find out that by now we are all Palestinians. Like the Palestinians we are not allowed to utter the name of our oppressors.

Trump and Truthfulness

If truth reveals itself however involuntarily, President Trump is a leading vehicle or, perhaps, an arch facilitator, for such process to take place.  Let us, for instance, examine Trump’s decision to move the American embassy to Jerusalem. This cataclysmic political decision was criticised by every reasonable figure globally but it actually provided the opportunity for the truth to unveil itself.

Just a few hours after Trump’s televised announcement, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas informed Vice President Pence who was at a state visit in the region that he was persona non grata in Ramallah. President Abbas’ reaction to Trump’s Jerusalem move was to declare that America can no longer act as a negotiator, it is a side in the conflict. It was Trump’s Jerusalem move that finally allowed the penny to drop. America hasn’t just taken a side in the conflict, it may as well be an Israeli colony.

Truth Shines on the Jewish Solidarity Spin

Over the last two decades the Palestinian solidarity movement has become a toy for Jewish solidarity. The results of this have been devastating. The core Palestinian plight, namely The Right of Return was practically wiped out and replaced by Israel-friendly terminology such as ‘End of Occupation’ – a set of peaceful sounding bites that in practice legitimise the existence of the pre-1967 Jewish State. New sound bites were attached to the Israeli Palestinian conflict such as: apartheid, colonialism, settler colonialism and even BDS. These misleading terminologies were designed to convey the image that the Israeli Palestinian conflict was not unique, that it had precedents in history. Of course, this is simply wrong and consciously misleading. Zionism is based upon the ludicrous idea that Jews have the right to return to their ‘homeland’ after 2000 years. Who else should enjoy such a ‘universal’ right? Can my Italian drummer claim my house in London as a ‘Roman offspring’?

But Trump’s Jerusalem move reminded the Palestinians that the denial of the Right of Return is at the core of their plight. It is the Right of Return that they should fight for, the Right of Return and nothing but that Right.  Since March we have seen huge protests by Palestinians on the Gaza border. These protests have cost a lot of Palestinian lives. Hundreds were murdered by Israeli snipers, thousands have been injured, but the truth has prevailed. The current resistance by the Palestinians has achieved more of an impact than 20 years of wasted diluted kosher solidarity: Israel is now on the defensive: boycotted culturally and spiritually. PM Netanyahu visited every significant European capitol in the last few days begging for support on Iran. He found closed doors. The Argentinian football team cancelled its visit to Israel. Today I read in the Israeli press that more and more Spanish municipalities ban Israeli cultural events. These measures are a direct reaction to Israeli barbarism in Gaza and beyond.

 Killing From Afar

The Austrian Philosopher Otto Weininger dedicated his valuable text ‘Sex & Character’ to a harsh deconstruction of the ‘female character,’ and then concluded his work by suggesting that the Jewish male is a woman. Weininger killed himself shortly after, he probably couldn’t stand the fact that he himself was an effeminate character as well as a Jew.

Zionism, either consciously or subconsciously took Weininger very seriously. In its early stages Zionism saw itself as an alpha male factory. It brought to life the new Israeli — the Sabra named for the prickly pear.  The  diaspora assimilated Jew, was, in Zionist eyes,  indistinguishable from the outside but calculating and mean on the inside. In contrast, the new Israeli Sabra was to be rough and tough on the outside, yet sweet and humane on the inside.

The Zionists promise was to construct the new Jew, to make him and her into warriors — Combatants that could fight for their cause unlike their Diaspora relatives who were thought to have surrendered like ‘lambs to the slaughter.’

Israeli history suggests that this project seemed successful for a while. In Israel’s early days young Hebrews were willing to fight and die. Indeed, they won a few successive battles (1948, ‘56 and ‘67). I was brought up within this Spartan environment. My peers and I looked forward to sacrificing ourselves on the Jewish nationalist altar. This has clearly changed. The Israeli army is no longer a winning army. Not only does it lack decisive victories, more often it finds itself defeated, withdrawn from the battlefield with its tail between its legs.

What we have seen on the Gaza border in the last two months reveals that Otto Weininger’s observation was indeed prescient. Again the truth has unveiled itself however involuntarily. The Israeli army is an army that kills from afar. It is basically a barbarian criminal outfit dominated by the cowardly nature of its members.

The Israeli military elite has dreaded a March to Jerusalem for decades.  Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians marching back to their lands, homes, cities and villages is something that can’t be easily addressed militarily. Generals are naturally fearful of such incidents because they entail unpredictability. It is impossible to predict how a lone rifleman will react when confronted by thousands of angry Palestinians closing in on him — will he stay to defend his position or will he run for safety?  And what about the air force, can we count on an F-16 pilot to drop a napalm bomb on unarmed Palestinians marching towards Tel Aviv? Seemingly the Israeli generals have found an answer to the above dilemma – they kill from afar.

Israel has deployed thousands of snipers in Gaza. They are ordered to kill from afar. Not exactly the early Zionist heroic image of a face to face warrior who sees the eyeballs of his foe as he fights for his survival. But the snipers are not alone. Israeli pilots also rocket Gaza from a distance while cruising over the Negev or the Sea.  Both the snipers and the pilots are supported by dozens of drones that are controlled by boys and girls who operate in safety and comfort in air-conditioned units.

Otto Weininger’s diagnosis had some merit. Apparently the alpha male transition didn’t work as the early Zionists wished.

We Are All Palestinians

Truth, as we know, is under attack in the West. It doesn’t take a genius to identify the elements that see truth as a threat and seek to suppress truth seeking. The political means that have been designed to suppress truth and truthfulness operate openly. At one stage this online conference was  named  ‘The Left Out Forum.’ It is the platform for scholars and humanists who unveil the shame that  the Left in its current permutation can’t handle. How did it happen to the Left? This is easy to explain – at a certain stage the good old Left was hijacked by the so –called ‘New Left’ — a corrosive set of ‘ideologies’ that are designed to suppress truth and truthfulness.

The New Left assault on truth is facilitated by two means. The first is ID politics – a divisive crude attempt to teach us to speak ‘as a’ (as a woman, as a Jew, as a Lesbian, as a Black, etc.). ID politics has either consciously or not removed us from authenticity and authentic thinking. Instead of pondering for ourselves, we learned to think ‘as a’ in a collective manner (as a Jew, as a Trans, as a Gay, etc.)

The second New Left tactic is so-called ‘Political Correctness.’  PC culture is basically politics that doesn’t allow political opposition. Interestingly enough, this is exactly how we define authoritarian and tyrannical discourse. The truth of the matter is that tyrannical conditions are light in comparison with PC culture because PC is driven by self-suppression. It represses our ability to express ourselves authentically, and even more dangerously PC stops us from thinking independently.

All of this has led me to the conclusion that in the world in which we live, we are all Palestinians. Palestine is not just some far away conflict. It is here all around us: like the Palestinians we are unable to explicitly utter the name of our oppressors. Like the Palestinians, our dissent has been compromised. In Britain, the police will knock on your door as soon as you tweet your thoughts about Israel and its Lobby. America is catching up.   Like the Palestinians, our truth has been hijacked but it has not been murdered.

Truth, as we have seen, is a lasting enduring concept.  Truth is that which unveils itself against all odds. Whether we like it or not, truth will shine upon us as it has shined upon Gaza and Palestine in the last two months. However, the truth may not be where we expect to find it.

Otto Weininger taught us that “in art self- realisation is realisation of the world.” The artist, according to Weininger, hits the truth by means of self-reflection. Trying to universalise Weininger’s insight may suggest that truth happens to unveil itself to us because the truth is in us. Truth is not what you find out while examining the world, it is not in the press or in the media, on CNN, the BBC or the Guardian of the Judea. Truth is not what you find in academia or even in a truth movement’s pamphlets. Truth unveils itself because truth is that which we find within ourselves. Truth is found when we close our eyes in disbelief. It reveals itself when we look inward, when we  learn to attend to our inner voice of reason and ethics.

Truth is not a personal esoteric experience. Quite the opposite, it is that kernel of humanity we all share. It is that which makes us into one, a one that transcends  political affiliation, identity, gender, race, ethnicity  or biology. As in Palestine, sooner rather than later,  we will realise that truth, so to say our truth, that which we share, is the only thing worth fighting for!

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Senior Iranian Officials to Al-Ahed: Victory Belongs To The Palestinians

Mokhtar Haddad

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Mass rallies were held in the capital Tehran and numerous other cities in the Islamic Republic of Iran on the occasion of International Quds Day, heeding the call of Imam Khomeini and the great Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei in support of the oppressed Palestinian people. The Iranians affirmed their support for the oppressed in the face of the Zionist enemy.

Al-Quds Day rally in Tehran

On the sidelines of the marches, Al-Ahed sat down with a number of senior Iranian officials participating in the rallies.

“The announcement by Imam Khomeini designating the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan as the day for al-Quds is a wise and precise measure. With every passing year we see that these marches are getting bigger and more enthusiastic. Today, defending the Palestinian people has become an important matter to the free and Muslim people,” Hossein Ali Amiri, the Vice-President of Iran for Parliamentary Affairs said.

He added that

“the International Quds Day rallies this year have become particularly important because of Trump’s blind and stupid decision to transfer of his [the U.S.] embassy to al-Quds. This measure is an insult to the Muslims of the world because al-Quds is a holy land and the first Qibla [the direction that a Muslim faces when he prays]. Therefore, the Islamic world should not be silent about Trump’s measures. It must provide all kinds of support to the Palestinian people.”

For his part, the Second Deputy of the Parliament of Iran, Ali Mutahari, stressed that

“this year’s marches on International Quds Day come amid Washington’s transfer of its embassy to al-Quds and the Zionist massacre of the Palestinian people in Gaza during the ‘Return’ marches on Nakba Day.”

“During the ‘Return’ marches, the Palestinian people showed great resistance. We respect these people of the resistance, who offers what is precious and valuable in the face of the Zionist enemy usurper,” Mutahari adds. “In light of these developments, the International Quds Day march this year is of great importance. The Iranian people have always proved that they are fully aware of the sensitive developments and will not give up their support to the oppressed Palestinian people.”

The advisor to Grand Ayatollah Imam Ali Khamenei for defense affairs, Brigadier General Hussein Dehqan, also spoke to al-Ahed saying “Trump had transferred his embassy weeks ago to al-Quds al-Sharif. It did not gain any international support. Trump’s efforts have failed. The Zionist weapon could not stand in the face of the resistance of the Palestinian people. The people of Gaza with their courageous marches have thwarted this Zionist-American plot.”

“This epic participation in the millions in International Quds Day marches is a great support for the Palestinian people in their resistance against the Zionist enemy. Ultimately the Palestinian people will soon attain victory and the Zionist entity will be eliminated.”

Source: Al-Ahed News

Sayyed Nasrallah to Israelis: Return to Your Homelands, or Great War Will Liberate Entire Palestine

June 8, 2018

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Mohammad Salami

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah on Friday called on the Israelis to return back to their homelands, adding that if they insist on occupying Palestine, a great war will erupt and liberate all the occupied Palestinian territories.

Delivering a speech during the crowded ceremony held by Hezbollah in the Lebanese southern town of Maroun al-Ras on Al-Quds International Day, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that Hezbollah has a clear-cut belied that Palestine will be completely liberated and that Al-Quds shrines will be regained by its local.

“We all will pray in Al-Quds on the Day of the Great War.”

Sayyed Nasrallah started his speech by referring to the religious aspects of Imam Khomeini’s announcement of Al-Quds International Day to be marked on the last Friday of the Holy Month of Ramadan every year, stressing that his eminence wanted let its cause persist in the conscience of the Umma.

Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out that Al-Quds International Day is an occasion for the Umma solidarity with Al-Quds because it is the essence and the symbol of the 70-year conflict and of because of the recent US moves against the holy city (referring to the US decision o recognize Al-Quds as the capital of the Zionist entity and transfer the embassy to it after it had been in Tel Aviv).

“The most dangerous is what has been unveiled recently about the Century’s Deal which aims at eradicating the Palestinian cause and giving up Al-Quds and the sanctities to the usurping entity.”

Sayyed Nasrallah added that Hezbollah chose the border town of Maroun Al-Ras because of its geographical location near the occupied Palestinian territories and its symbolic memory of challenge and victory achieved by the Islamic Resistance fighters against the Israeli enemy in 2006 war.

Hezbollah Secretary General said that Al-Quds Day is being marked more vigorously in the holy city itself where the worshippers performed the prayers of the last Friday in the Holy Month of Ramadan, in Gaza where the fasting protesters gather under the striking sun on its border to clash with the Zionist occupation soldiers, and in various Arab and Islamic cities, including Tehran, Sanaa and others, to announce their support to the Palestinian cause.

After the US recognition of Al-Quds as the capital of the Zionist entity, there is a challenge to prevent the world countries (especially the Arab and the Islamic ones) from supporting the American decision, according to Sayyed Nasrallah who added that “we have considerable capacities to reach this target.”

Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized that the Palestinian locals in Al-Quds also have to encounter the demographic challenge imposed by the Zionist enemy that is attempting to cause major demographic alterations in the occupied Al-Quds by the Zionists who resort to constructing large numbers of settler houses in order to change the identity of the city.

The Resistance leader added that the Palestinians further must confront the Zionist threats and moves against Al-Aqsa Mosque, stressing that the locals have a major and vital role in this concern.

The Arabs, Muslims and Christians, must preserve their houses, stores and all their means of existence to defeat the Zionist challenges, according to Sayyed Nasrallah who underscored that the Arabs in Al-Quds are confronting the Zionists on behalf of the entire Umma.

Sayyed Nasrallah said that all the Umma must financially help the Palestinians in the occupied Al-Quds in order to enable them to face the Zionist challenges, noting that some treacherous Arab businessmen are purchasing Palestinian houses in the occupied Al-Quds and selling them to the Zionists.

Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out that the Saudi and a number of other countries are presenting a religious theory on the Israelis right to control Al-Quds, adding that they falsify and distort the meaning of the Holy Coranic verses in order to protect their thrones by surrendering to the US orders, recognizing the Zionist entity and eradicating the Palestinian cause.

The US President Donald Trump acknowledged that some Arab regimes will immediately fall if they lose the American protection’ consequently, they will follow all the US instructions, including supporting the Zionist entity, according to Sayyed Nasrallah who added that the enemies are betting on changing the priorities and interests of the new generations.

“However, the facts which show that the most of Gaza martyrs are young indicate that the new generations will preserve the Palestinian cause as a priority.”

Sayyed Nasrallah added that the Palestinian people will never give up Al-Quds and the sanctities to the enemy, adding that all their factions are exposed to heavy pressures, yet that their steadfastness is basic in frustrating the Century’s Deal.

Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that all the countries which bow to the US will do not allow their citizens to publicly advocate the Palestinian cause and Al-Quds, adding that they arrest anyone who even tries to do that.

Hezbollah leader highlighted the case of the Yemenis who marked Al-Quds Day in support of the Palestinian cause, despite the Saudi-led war against their impoverished country, stressing that this proves they are pure Arabs, unlike some regimes in the region.

Sayyed Nasrallah also stressed that the Islamic Republic of Iran would not have faced all the US pressures and paid that heavy prices, if it had not been supporting the Palestinian resistance against the Israeli occupation.

“Never bet on the Iranians choices because they have sacrificed hundreds of thousands of martyrs for the sake of the Islamic regime which defends the Palestinian cause,” Sayyed Nasrallah addressed the enemies.

Sayyed Nasrallah also highlighted the Iraqi strategic change, referring to the rallies held to mark Al-Quds International Day and stressing that the Iraqi stance have always supported the Palestinian cause.

The axis of resistance in Syria has been able to liberate the largest part of the cities from the terrorist group, according to Sayyed Nasrallah who called on the Israelis to acknowledge their defeat in that country.

“They wanted to dethrone President Bashar Assad. However, now they just aim to eradicate the role of Hezbollah and Iran in Syria.”

On Hezbollah role in Syria, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that the Resistance group intervened militarily to defeat the takfiri terror groups upon the Syrian government’s request, adding that whole world can never force the part to withdraw troops from Syria.

“Hezbollah may withdraw troops from Syria only at the request of the Syrian government.”

Every year, the International Quds Day is celebrated on the last Friday of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Millions of people across the world throng the streets to mark this day designated by the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini.

This year, Quds Day has become a larger rallying cry as it comes after months of mass protests in Gaza which were met with deadly force against unarmed protesters. More than 120 Palestinian protesters were martyred.

Source: Al-Manar Website

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