Bahrain …. toward the resistance البحرين… الى المقاومة

Bahrain …. toward the resistance

يناير 27, 2017

Written by Nasser Kandil,

Six years ago, the people of Bahrain were facing all the provocations of Al-Jazeera shield led by Saudi Arabia, but they remained sticking to the peaceful path. The people of Bahrain who are led today by Islamic movement have sacrificed a lot in all stages, under the banners of Liberalism in the forties, when they were demanding of elections, under the banner of Gamal Abdul Nasser in the fifties, when they were demanding of liberation, and under the banner of the Left, when they were leading the struggle of the trade union which is the most avant -grade in the Arab world. The people of Bahrain did not leave the arenas and no one can call their revolution as the sectarian awakening.

The people of Bahrain insist on the peaceful path despite the cascade of blood that is shed by the Saudi intervention and despite the semi-complete negligence of what is so-called the International Community, comparing with the allegations of the defense for the human rights where the West has interests, so the killers of Al-Qaeda organization become martyrs and its fighters become the heroes of freedom as described by Laurent Fabius the Former French Foreign Minister on the Turkish-Syrian borders. Here the insistence is more than a historic patience; it is a strategic choice and may be it reaches its final stages.

What has happened in Bahrain as a remorseless killing, a felony that did not get an investigation or a trial of youths who were arrested in the movement of the Bahraini street; they were accused of bombing a vehicle of Al-Jazeera Shield’s vehicles, and a summary execution  without an actual trial said that Saudi Arabia which has ordered of killing is drawing a red line for accepting the settlements in the region, it is the recognition of making the people of the Gulf countries slaves for the family of Saud as a precondition for settlements outside the Gulf, otherwise there is no objection by Saudi Arabia from keeping the agitating wars and spending all the money to bring the extremists and the mercenaries to wage them. This means the transformation of Saudi Arabia to a greater opportunity for the dominance of ISIS practically and gradually.

The dominance of ISIS on Saudi Arabia geographically, demographically and militarily as well as the rootedness of its project in it seems as a salvation of ISIS in the light of the defeats which affected it in Iraq, and the difficulty of resilience in the war of Syria, and in the light of the European Russian race to prevent ISIS from the stability in Libya as an expected substitute for ISIS after Iraq and Syria. So it is logical that ISIS will aspire to Saudi Arabia for the next two years. It seems that the rulers of Saudi Arabia do not mind that or they are not aware of it, on the contrary they say to the world; you have to choose between our dominance with our savagery on oil and ISIS’ dominance on it with its brutality.

Saudi Arabia puts the region and the world between the two options of the recognition of humiliated bondage for the people of the Gulf or giving the sources of oil to ISIS. The comparison between what has happened in Iraq and what might happen in Saudi Arabia makes the matter logical, since the background is ready popularly and the devotions to extremism, atonement, and the blood according to the sheikhs of Wahhabism are shown through their public fatawas.

Between the two parts of this duality, it is no longer possible for anyone to address the people of Bahrain by asking them to be patience and to endure. The resistance has become an option that no one can denounce it or considered it a haste or emotion. If the Saudis want to weaken the influence of Iran in the Gulf, they are succeeding because they make the people rebel against the advices of Iran to be calm and sticking to the peaceful path because they kill every call for wisdom.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

البحرين… الى المقاومة

ناصر قنديل

– منذ ست سنوات يقف شعب البحرين في الشوارع يواجه كل استفزازات درع الجزيرة بقيادة السعودية، متمسكاً بالمسار السلمي. وشعب البحرين الذي تقوده اليوم حركة إسلامية لم يبخل على النضال العربي بالتضحيات في المراحل كلها. فكان تحت شعارات الليبرالية في الأربعينيات يطالب بالانتخابات، وتحت لواء جمال عبد الناصر في الخمسينيات يطالب بالتحرر، وتحت لواء اليسار يقود النضال النقابي الأشدّ طليعية في العالم العربي، فشعب البحرين لم يغادر الساحات ولا يمكن لأحد تسمية ثورته بالصحوة الطائفية.

– بقي إصرار شعب البحرين على المسار السلمي، رغم شلال الدم المسال بتدخّل سعودي، ورغم التجاهل شبه التام لما يُسمّى بالمجتمع الدولي قياساً بمزاعم الدفاع عن حقوق الإنسان حيث للغرب مصالح، فيصير قتلى تنظيم القاعدة شهداء ويصير مقاتلوها أبطال حرية، كما وصفهم لوران فابيوس وزير خارجية فرنسا الأسبق على الحدود التركية السورية. وهذا الإصرار أكثر من صبر تاريخي، بل هو خيار استراتيجي، ربما يكون قد بلغ مراحله النهائية.

– ما جرى في البحرين من قتل بدم بارد بجرم لم ينل تحقيقاً ولا محاكمة لشبان اعتقلوا من حراك الشارع البحراني، ووجّهت لهم الاتهامات بتفجير آلية من آليات درع الجزيرة، وتنفيذ حكم الإعدام بهم من دون محاكمة فعلية، يقول إن السعودية التي أمرت بالقتل ترسم خطاً أحمر لقبولها بالتسويات في المنطقة. وهو التسليم بجعل شعوب بلاد الخليج عبيدا لآل سعود كشرط مسبق لتسويات خارج الخليج، وإلا فلا مانع لدى السعودية من بقاء الحروب مشتعلة وإنفاق كل المال والمجيء بكل المتطرفين والمرتزقة لخوضها. وهذا يعني تحويل السعودية عملياً وتدريجياً إلى أكبر فرصة لسيطرة داعش.

– سيطرة داعش على السعودية جغرافياً وسكانياً وعسكرياً، وتجذُّر مشروعه فيها يبدو خشبة خلاص داعش في ضوء الهزائم التي يُمنَى بها التنظيم في العراق، وصعوبة الصمود عندما تدور آلة الحرب عليه في سورية، وفي ضوء التسابق الأوروبي الروسي على منع داعش من الاستقرار في ليبيا، كبديل متوقع لداعش بعد العراق وسورية، فيصير المنطقي أن يبني التنظيم خطته نحو السعودية للسنتين المقبلتين، ولا يبدو أن حكام السعودية يمانعون بذلك أو لا يدركونه، بل يقولون للعالم عليكم أن تختاروا بين سيطرتنا بهمجيتنا على النفط، أو تسليمه لداعش بوحشيته.

– السعودية تضع المنطقة والعالم بين خيارَيْ التسليم بعبودية ذليلة لشعوب الخليج أو تسليم منابع النفط لداعش. والمقارنة بين ما جرى في العراق، وما قد يجري في السعودية يصير الأمر منطقياً. فالبيئة جاهزة شعبياً والولاءات للتطرف والتكفير والدم لدى مشايخ الوهابية تُظهرها فتاوى علنية.

– بين حدَّيْ هذه الثنائية لم يعد ممكناً لأحد مخاطبة شعب البحرين بطلب الصبر والتحمّل. فالمقاومة صارت خياراً لا يمكن لأحد استهجانه واعتباره تسرّعاً أو انفعالاً، وإذا كان السعوديون يريدون إضعاف نفوذ إيران في الخليج فهم ينجحون، بأن يجعلوا الشعوب تتمرّد على نصائح إيران بالتهدئة والتمسك بالسلمية، لأنهم يغتالون كل نداء للحكمة.

 

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Between Kabouji, Jerusalem’s process …. And the voice of the Arabs بين كبوجي وعملية القدس… وصوت العرب

 

Written by Nasser Kandil,

In many rare times the history sends unexplainable symbolic coincidences that cannot be accepted as mere coincidences, as the coincidence of the conjunction of the return of the body of the resistant Bishop Ilarion Kabouji from Rome to Beirut, who is a symbol of Jerusalem’s symbols and its icons, and the heroic martyrdom process of Fadi Qanbar the young man who drove his truck and ran over twenty-one injured as twenty-one bullets for the spirit of the Bishop who neither obtained the glorification of the rifles of any Arab army nor the artillery had opened fire at his farewell greeting. Jerusalem which the Syrian army is the only army among the Arab armies which still considers it the compass of its national security knows that the war which was waged against it is a war by proxy, so it excuses it, while the Lebanese resisting army was confined with settlements that observe it and make it under the influence of sects and the regional dependencies, so how the shots and the greetings, so it waits for it.

The value of Jerusalem’s process and its symbolic relation with the departure of the Syrian Bishop Kabouji after the liberation of Aleppo surpasses just the confidence that the Palestinian cause will remain and will not die, and surpasses the feeling of pride for the presence of a Palestinian Jerusalem youth that is persistent in fighting, does not recognize theories and the balances of powers which at their limits many armies, countries, parties, and organizations recoil in dread, and a Palestinian authority appeals for a negotiation. The process raises two issues at the intellectual level that need to be focused in front of the nations, elites, intellectuals, those who deal with the public affair, and the public opinion-makers, the first issue is the mechanical linking which is made by the Arab collective mind between every call to support the right cause and asking for a ready integrated clear recipe for achieving the victory, stemming from the absence of the ability to present such of this recipe for the withdrawal, even from the verbal support under the slogan of what will we benefit? And how will the owners of the issue get the benefit? The second issue is to hide behind an equation; its basis is what is the value of the words? Since the change is made by deeds and we do not have but the words?

Quite simply the matter is like that; the liberation of Palestine or some parts of it from any bargaining accomplished by the resistance against the occupation does not seem a current project, so does the project of attrition seem possible realistic project?, the facts which are shown by the confrontations and the acts of the resistance show that it is possible, realistic and may happen. The question here is; Are prolonging the conflict, preoccupying the occupier, and proving the apparent right, the cause, and the identity facts against the world which is blind toward the right as a mute Satan?. Are not they necessities for the transition from this bad time till the time of renaissance, and the change where there will be data that make the resistance which aims for liberation a legitimate project? Is not that attrition a consumption of the mental, material, intelligence, and tactic efforts of the enemy,  which the occupation and the settlement will suffer from and will be obliged due to this resistance to consume them in confronting it as a threat?. Is not it a resounding fact around the world, so the search for the reasons for these questions lead to the fact that the cause is still alive and it says that in vain you try to set the stability without a solution that recognizes the rights. Was not that the significance of the immortal word of Che Guevara “ We will continue screaming in order not to let this world sleeps with its weight over the helpless bodies”  who has the right to utter a statement of the absurdity of the scream and the attitudes as  the attrition of an enemy, occupier, and oppressor? Who has the right to judge with the uselessness of the confusion and the preoccupation if the termination is impossible? Even in the science of medicine the doctors become talking about antibiotics which they know that they are useless in curing the chronic diseases, but hoping to weaken them, till they find another way or till the Medicine reaches to what is more effective.

In the second issue, which is the issue of the words and saying, here we are not talking about the philosophy of religions and the thoughts which changed the world and which based on sayings, we will satisfy to respond to those who said about the uselessness of that saying, since we do not have the act. Therefore the invitation here is precisely to everyone who writes and communicates through the press and the satellite channels, to those who have the prestigious statuses as some leaders, writers, thinkers, or some celebrities and artists, even to everyone who has narrow scope of opportunities to promote a word that reaches to his friends who are active in the social media. The intention here is narrower than what some imagine, a devotion of a word once in a month as “we support you” and “we will not forget Palestine”, or republishing a saying or a poem, a greeting, or an attitude of a leader as Gamal Abdul Nasser, Hafez Al-Assad, Yasser Arafat, the President Bashar Al-Assad, and Al Sayyed Hassan Nasrollah, or a saying from the sayings of Al Imam Al Khomeini, a poem for Mahmoud Darwish to say to the youth of Palestine and its people that they are not alone and their cause is still the issue of the Arabs even if it is left by the rulers or betrayed by the leaderships. For those who do not know, let them know that the youth of Intifada and the resistance fighters are those who asked for that. They say that in each time Al Sayyed Hassan Nasrollah or the President Al-Assad say and devote a sufficient time for Palestine, their discussions revive and send in their souls and memories a determination that leads to such processes, but whenever the interviews and the speeches of the leaders who belong to the resistance axis resort in brief about Palestine, they feel of disappointment, anxiety, and weakness, they are searching and observing every word dedicated to Palestine, so do not think that your words without feasibility, they are the spirit which revive their hearts with strength and determination.

The Bishop said, and Fadi Qanbar did, so the occupation has stunned twice….. So just say…..  “VIVE PALESTINE” .

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

بين كبوجي وعملية القدس… وصوت العرب

يناير 9, 2017

ناصر قنديل
– يرسل التاريخ في أحيان نادرة مصادفات مرمزة غير مفسّرة، لا يمكن قبولها كمصادفات مجردة. منها هذه المصادفة بتزامن عودة جثمان المطران المقاوم ايلاريون كبوجي من روما إلى بيروت، وهو رمز من رموز القدس وإيقوناتها، مع العملية البطولية الاستشهادية لفادي قنبر. الشاب المقدسي الذي أشهر شاحنته ومضى يطلق العنان لها حتى حصدت إحدى وعشرين إصابة، بمثابة إحدى وعشرين طلقة لروح المطران الذي لم تصطفّ له بنادق جيش عربي أو تطلق له مدفعية مثلها في تحية الوداع. والقدس التي لم يبق إلا الجيش العربي السوري من بين جيوش العرب مَن يعتبرها بوصلة لأمنه القومي تعرف أن الحرب التي شنت عليه هي حرب شنّت عليها بالواسطة، فتعذره، بينما كبّل الجيش اللبناني المقاوم بتسويات تراقبه وتجعله تحت مجهر الطوائف والتبعيات الإقليمية وتحصي عليه الأنفاس فكيف الطلقات والتحيات، فتنتظره.

– قيمة عملية القدس وصلتها الرمزية برحيل المطران كبوجي السوري الحلبي، بعدما تحرّرت حلب، تتعدّى مجرد الثقة بأن القضية الفلسطينية باقية ولن تموت، وتتعدّى الشعور بالفخر لوجود شباب فلسطيني ومقدسي مثابر على القتال لا يعترف بنظريات موازين القوى التي تجبن عندها جيوش ودول وأحزاب ومنظمات، وسلطة فلسطينية تستجدي التفاوض. فالعملية تطرح قضيتين على المستوى الفكري تحتاجان للإضاءة أمام الشعوب والنخب والمثقفين ومتعاطي الشأن العام، وصنّاع الرأي العام: الأولى هي الربط الميكانيكي الذي يقيمه العقل العربي الجمعي بين كل دعوة لنصرة قضية محقة وطلب وصفة متكاملة جاهزة واضحة في بلوغ النصر، منطلقاً من غياب القدرة على تقديم مثل هذه الوصفة للانسحاب حتى من النصرة الكلامية، تحت شعار ماذا سنفيد وماذا سيستفيد أهل القضية. والثانية هي الاختباء وراء معادلة قوامها، ما هي قيمة الكلام والتغيير تصنعه الأفعال وما بيدنا غير الكلام؟

– ببساطة شديدة، الأمر يبدو كما يلي، أن تحرير فلسطين أو بعضها تحريراً نظيفاً من كل مساومة تنجزه مقاومة بوجه الاحتلال، لا يبدو مشروعاً راهناً. فهل يبدو مشروع الاستنزاف مشروعاً واقعياً ممكناً. الوقائع التي يقولها تتالي الانتفاضات والهبات والمواجهات وموجات المقاومة إنه ممكن وواقعي ويحدث. ليصير السؤال هل إدامة الصراع وإشغال المحتل وإثبات الحق الحي، والقضية والهوية كحقائق تصرخ بوجه العالم الساكت عن الحق كشيطان أخرس، أليست ضرورات الانتقال في زمن السوء حتى يحين زمن النهضة، وتتفتح زهور التغيير وتظهر معطيات تجعل المقاومة الهادفة للتحرير مشروعاً؟ أليس الاستنزاف استهلاكاً لجهود عقلية ومادية واستخبارية وتخطيطية للعدو، كانت ستذهب لتأبيد الاحتلال والاستيطان ويُضطر بسبب هذه المقاومة لاستهلاكها في مواجهتها كخطر، ثم أليست طرحاً مدوياً على مستوى العالم، لأسئلة عن أسبابها تفضي في أكثر من مكان لجعل القضية حية وتقول: عبثاً تحاولون إقامة استقرار من دون حل يعترف بالحقوق، أليس هذا مغزى كلمة تشي غيفارا الخالدة: سنبقى نصرخ حتى لا ينام هذا العالم بثقله فوق أجساد البائسين. مَن يملك الحق بإصدار الحكم بعبثية الصراخ والمواقف كاستنزاف لعدو ومحتل وظالم؟ مَن يملك الحق بالحكم بلا جدوى الإشغال والإرباك إذا استعصى الاستئصال، حتى في علم الدواء صار الأطباء يتحدثون عن مضادات يعلمون لاجدواها في إنهاء الأمراض المستعصية وتكتفي بإشغالها أملاً بإضعافها والتمكن منها بوسيلة أخرى، أو ريثما يكون الطب قد أوجد ما هو أجدى؟

– في المسألة الثانية وهي مسألة القول والكلام، وهنا لن نتحدث عن فلسفة الديانات والأفكار التي غيّرت العالم وكلّها تأسست من أقوال، سنكتفي بما هو مباشر رداً على الذين يقولون وما جدوى القول، ونحن لا نملك آلة الفعل. والقول المقصود هنا هو بالتحديد ما يملكه كل مَن يكتب ويتواصل عبر الصحافة والقنوات الفضائية لأصحاب المكانات المرموقة لبعض القادة والكتاب والمفكرين أو بعض المشاهير والفنانين، ومَن يملك فرصاً أضيق لكلمة تصل على نطاق أصدقائه من رواد وسائل الاتصال الاجتماعي. والقصد بالكلام هو أضيق مما يتخيّل البعض، تخصيص كلمة من نوع نحبك، ولن ننساك فلسطين في الشهر مرة، أو إعادة نشر قول أو قصيدة أو تحية أو موقف لقائد كجمال عبد الناصر أو حافظ الأسد أو ياسر عرفات أو الرئيس بشار الأسد والسيد حسن نصرالله، أو مقولة من مقولات الإمام الخميني أو قصيدة لمحمود درويش، للقول لشباب فلسطين وشعبه إنهم ليسوا وحدهم، وإن قضيتهم لا تزال قضية العرب، ولو تركها حكام وخانتها قيادات، ومَن لا يعلم فليعلم أن شباب الانتفاضة، والمقاومين هم مَن يطلب هذا، فيقولون إن كل مرة يتحدث فيها السيد حسن نصرالله أو الرئيس الأسد ويمنحان فلسطين وقتاً كافياً تنتعش نقاشات ومناخات وتتخزّن في الروح والذاكرة عزماً لا تنفصل عنه الروح التي تقف وراء العمليات المقاومة. وكلما تستهلك إطلالات وخطب القادة المنتمين لخط المقاومة قضايا تختصر مساحة فلسطين يشعر المقاومون بخيبة وقلق وضعف. ويضيف هؤلاء الشباب نتابع كل مَن تعلمون ولا تعلمون وننقّب عن كل كلمة وتحية لفلسطين، فلا تظنوا كلماتكم بلا جدوى إنها الروح التي تنعش قلوبنا وتفعم قلوبنا بالقوة والعزم فلا تنسونا.

– قال المطران وفَعَل القنبر، وأصيب الاحتلال بالذهول مرتين، قولوا هذا يكفي… تحيا فلسطين.

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Hezbollah flagHezbollah hailed on Monday the heroic operation which was carried out by the Palestinian struggler Fadi Qanbar in the occupied city of Al-Quds, leaving a number of Zionist soldiers killed or injured and forcing dozens of others to escape.

In a statement, Hezbollah added that the scene of the operation displays the pride of the Palestinian people and the cowardice of the elite Zionist soldiers.

This martyrdom operation indicates that the Palestinians’ commitment to the resistance approach as the only way to liberate the occupied territories from the Zionists and insistence  on inflicting the heaviest losses by all means on the usurping entity, according to the statement.

Hezbollah pointed out that what martyr Qanbar has done is a right and duty and springs from the heart of the Palestinians’ resistance against the occupation and that the operation cannot be placed in the context of the global terror practiced by ISIL and other terrorist groups as what the enemy leaders claim.

The statement maintained that the Zionist entity is the source of terror in the region and has been behind the tragedies of the Umma since decades.

Hezbollah offered congratulations to the Palestinian people and the martyr’s family, stressing support to their resistance against the Zionist occupation.

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January 8, 2017

The martyred Palestinians attacker is a ex-prisoner: media

At least four Israeli occupation soldiers were killed and 15 others were injured on Sunday as a Palestinian ex-prisoner rammed a truck into a group of soldiers near al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Al-Manar correspondent in the occupied territories said the Palestinian attackIsraeli occupation soldiers were killed and injured on Sunday as a Palestinian ex-prisoner rammed a truck into a group of soldiers near al-Qudser was martyred by Israeli fire during the operation. He identified the Palestinian as Fadi al-Qanbar, a former prisoner in the Israeli jails.

Israeli police said a truck with Israeli license plates veered from its course and rammed into a group of uniformed Israeli soldiers at a promenade in the settlement of East Talpiyyot, which overlooks the Old City of East al-Quds. A number of people were initially trapped under the truck, and three of the wounded had to be extracted from under the track using a crane.

Israeli police reported imposing heightened security measures in the Jerusalem area, and that investigations were ongoing.

The illegal East Talpiyyot settlement is also known as Armon Hanatziv, and is located just west of Jabal al-Mukabbir.

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December 29, 2016

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West Bank: Israeli Forces Close al-Jesser Road Between Ras Karkar and Deir Ibzaigh Villages. 
  • A Palestinian civilian was killed and child succumbed to his wounds in the West Bank.
  • 14 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and a journalist, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • Israeli forces continued to target the Gaza Strip border areas, but no casualties were reported.
  • Israeli forces continued collective punishment measures against the Palestinian civilians.
  • Demolishing the walls of a house belonging to Abu Sbaih family in Kufor Aqeb village, north of occupied Jerusalem, and closing it.
  • Israeli forces conducted 60 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one in the Gaza Strip.
  • 52 civilians, including 16 children and a woman, were arrested.
  • 16 of them, including 10 children and a woman, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.
  • Israeli forces continued their efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • 5 agricultural and commercial facilities in Silwan village were demolished.
  • A new tunnel was opened in Silwan village. The tunnel resulted in cracks in dozens of houses.
  • Settlement activities continued in the West Bank.
  • A well and an agricultural room were demolished. In addition, new demolition notices in Hebron were issued.
  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 9th
  • Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.
  • 4 Palestinian civilians were arrested at military checkpoints.

 

 

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (22 – 28 December 2016).

 

Shooting:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian while a child succumbed to his wounds in the West Bank. Moreover, they wounded 14 civilian, including 3 children and a journalist. Thirteen of them were in the West Bank and one in the Gaza Strip.

 

In the West Bank, on Thursday, 22 December 2016, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 3 others when the soldiers used force to disperse dozens of youngsters gathering around Qalandia refugee camp and Kufor Aqeb village, north of occupied Jerusalem, and attempting to prevent the demolition of Abu Sbaih house in the said village.

 

On the same day, Palestinian medical source pronounced Fares al-Bayed (15), from al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, dead because of wounds he sustained on 15 October 2016. The aforementioned child sustained a bullet wound to the forehead causing laceration and coma.

 

During the reporting period also, 10 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and a journalist, were wounded during peaceful protests or Israeli incursions.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 25 December 2016, a Palestinian civilian was wounded during a peaceful protest near the border fence, east of al-Shuja’iya neighbourhood, east of Gaza City. His wound was classified as moderate.

 

In the context of targeting the border areas, on 24 December 2016, Israeli forces stationed at the border fence opened fire at farmers digging a well, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported.

 

On 26 December 2016, Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian farmers in the east of al-Salqa valley, east of Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported as well.

 

Collective punishment measures:

 

On 22 December 2016, Israeli forces demolished the walls of a house belonging to the family of Mosbah Abu Sbaih in Kufor Aqeb village, north of occupied Jerusalem, and closed it upon a decision from the Israeli High Court. The house is an apartment on the 7th floor of a building owned by Abu Sbaih’s father. It should be noted that Mosbah was killed on 12 October 2016 after he carried out a shooting attack in Shaikh Jarrah neighbourhood, north of East Jerusalem.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 60 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 6 others in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 52 Palestinian civilians, including 16 children and a woman. Sixteen of them, including 10 children and the woman, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 27 December 2016, Israeli forces moved about 50 meters around Sofa military site in al-Shouka village, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. They levelled and combed lands and then withdrew.

 

Efforts to create Jewish majority

 

On 28 December 2016, the Israeli municipality demolished 5 agricultural and commercial facilities in Ein al-Louza neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing. Jamal Siyam said that Israeli forces demolished 3 agricultural containers and a barrack he own in addition to parts of a commercial store belonging to Abu Hawdan family.

 

In the same context, on 27 December 2016, the Israeli authorities opened a new tunnel in Wadi Helwa neighbourhood, south of East Jerusalem’s Old City that resulted in cracks in the houses and streets.

 

Settlement activities:

 

On 27 December 2016, Israeli forces demolished a well and an agricultural room in al-Bus area, west of Ethna village, west of Hebron. They issued also final demolition orders against 4 houses in Beit Awwa village, southwest of Hebron, and 18 notices to halt construction works in Masafer Yatta, south of the city.

 

Restrictions on movement:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Details

 

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

 

Thursday, 22 December 2016

 

  • At approximately 00:10, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to Saber Mohammed ‘Ali Abdul Fattah Dawoud (40), owner of Asayel Yafa Printing House, and then arrested him. They locked his brothers and their children in a house belonging to their brother Samer Dawoud. Around the same time, another Israeli force raided the abovementioned printing house. They confiscated 13 printers and 6 hard disks and then closed the printing house until 21 January 2017, due to the charge of printing incitement materials. It should be noted that Israeli forces raided the printing house on 23 November 2016, and confiscated PCs, hard desks and 3 passports.
  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Hebron and stationed in Ezone neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Zaid Majed Mohammed al-Jo’bah (23) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Khaled Khdaish (19) and then arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Jala. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mustafa Haitham al-Masalmah (34) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested 3 civilians namely Yazan Nabih Deriyah (16), Mohammed Ayman Taqatqa (16) and Ibrahim Jebril Taqatqa (16).
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Einabus village, east of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to lawyer Mohammed Naser Eden Mufdi ‘Elan (32) and then arrested him. At approximately 13:00, he was released. They questioned him in Hawarah Detention Center about his posts on “Facebook” and threatened him if he continued writing incitement posts, they will arrest him.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Bita village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Asid Mohammed Ma’la (20), an economics student at the Palestine Technical University “Khadoorie”, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Sanad Riyad Zuhdi Abu Shanab (18) and beat him in front of his parents. At approximately 04:30, they withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 16:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Anin village, west of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Khalid Ma’moun Hammad (16). At approximately 18:00, they withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 22:25, Israeli forces moved into Deir Ballut village, west of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to Jamil Abdul Wahhab Abdullah. At approximately 23:00, they withdrew from the village, but no arrests were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-Thaheriyah and Taffouh villages in Hebron and Salfit.

 

Friday, 23 December 2016

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus. A number of civilians gathered and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who fired live bullets at them in response. As a result, a 24-year-old civilian sustained a live bullet wound in the chest and was taken to Rafidia Surgical Hospital to receive medical treatment. Due to his serious wound, he was transferred to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. In the meantime, the Israeli soldiers raided and searched a house belonging to Jaber Ahmed Jaber Abu Hamadah (28) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 11:00, Palestinian medical sources announced the death of Fares Zeyad ‘Ata al-Bayed (15) from al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, succumbed to his serious wounds. According to investigations conducted by PCHR’s fieldworker, at approximately 18:00 on Thursday, 15 October 2016, a number of young men protested at the entrance to al-Jalazoun refugee camp to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Ahmed Sharakah, who was killed on 11 October 2016 by the Israeli forces. When the young men arrived at the abovementioned entrance, about 10 soldiers directly opened fire at them. One of the Israeli soldiers directly opened fire at al-Bayed from a distance of 15 meters. As a result, he was wounded with a metal bullet to the head. He was then transferred by an ambulance to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive medical treatment. His wounds were classified as serious due to brain laceration and severe bleeding. He underwent a surgery and then went into coma until his death was announced.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Beit Dajan, east of Nablus; Beit Awa, Sa’ir and al-Mareq villages in Hebron.

 

Saturday, 24 December 2016

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Zawiyah village, west of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ehsan Ahmed Mawqedi (22) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 13:20, hundreds of civilians from Beit Ummer village and the adjacent villages in the northern side of Hebron gathered to participate in the funeral procession of Khalid ‘Elian Bahar (22), who was killed by the Israeli forces after claiming that he carried out a run-over attack against Israeli soldiers on 30 November 2016 and his body is under the Israeli custody since then. The civilians headed to the entrance to the village where the Islamic Cemetery adjacent to Bypass Road “60”. Before their arrival to the entrance, a large Israeli force of the border guards closed the village entrance via their jeeps while another force deployed between houses adjacent to the entrance of the village. After that, a number of angry young men threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who fired tear gas canisters at them in response. After finishing the funeral procession of Khalid, dozens of young men headed to the entrance and threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at the Israeli soldiers. The military jeeps then moved toward the village while a number of them stationed between residential houses. The soldiers randomly fired live bullets at the civilians, who were on the street. As a result, Ra’ed Mohammed Mahmud Abu ‘Ayash sustained a live bullet wound in the right side of the pelvis. He was taken to al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron where he underwent a surgery. He suffered from a broken pelvic bone.
  • At approximately 13:40, Israeli forces stationed inside the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire at a number of Palestinian farmers while they were digging a water well in Karm Abu Mo’amer neighbourhood, east of al-Shawkah, east of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip. However, no casualties were reported

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Dura, Beit Ummer, al-Shyoukh and al-Burj villages in Hebron.

 

Sunday, 25 December 2016

 

  • In the early morning, Israeli forces moved into al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched houses belonging to Ma’rouf Bajes Nakhla (27) and ‘Alaa Khaled ‘Ali Qasem (28) and then arrested them.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 4 civilians, including 2 children. The arrested civilians were identified as Anas Ahmed Rasmi Taqtqa (17), Mahdi Majed Taqtqa (21), Yazan Ahmed Thawabtah (17) and Fadi Fayez Taqatqa (20).

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Kafer al-Deek and al-Zawiyah villages, west of Salfit and Beta village, southeast of Nablus.

 

Monday, 26 December 2016

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into the eastern side of Nablus to protect hundreds of settlers, who moved into Joseph’s Tomb area to perform Talmudic and religious rituals. A number of young men gathered and threw stones at the military jeeps and settlers’ buses. The Israeli soldiers fired live bullets and sound bombs to disperse them. As a result, Mahdi Bilal Dueikat (19) from Balata village sustained a live bullet wound in the foot and then was arrested. Following that, a number of Israeli soldiers raided and searched a house belonging to Hatem Feras al-Zaghah (21), a student in Najah National University, and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, and stationed in the center of the village. They raided and searched a house belonging to Zaid Mohammed ‘Essa ‘Awad (35), who suffers a difficulty in speaking, hearing and visual impairment. The soldiers beat him and used a sniffer dog to search his house, causing fear among Zaid’s children and pregnant wife under the pretext of looking for his brother. The soldiers destroyed the house contents and then withdrew, but no arrests were reported. Following that, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed ‘Essa ‘Awad (65), who suffers from several diseases and blood clots. The soldiers smashed several doors on the second floor and locked the family members namely Sali (21), Ahmed (26), ‘Essa (28), Rashid (22) and their mother Zuleikha (58) in a room on the first floor. After an hour of searching the second floor using dogs and metal detectors, the soldiers moved the family members to the second floor where they damaged the house contents. They then handed Rashid a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem. Rashid said to PCHR’s fieldworker that at approximately 09:00, he went to the Intelligence Service’s office where the officers questioned him about his personal life, friends, family and the funeral of Khalid Bahar. He was released after an hour and half.

Zaid Mohammed ‘Essa Awad (35) said in his statement to PCHR:

My wife and I woke up hearing violent knocking on the door. As soon as I opened the door, a soldier kicked me harshly on my chest, so I fell to the  ground and my head hit a wooden chair. When I tried to stand up, the soldier held my neck strongly and punched me on the face breaking my eyeglasses. He then hit me with his gun butt on my back. After that, the soldiers searched the house, damaged it contents and withdrew an hour later”.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belong to Majed Teiseer al-Titi (22) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, large Israeli forces moved into Tammun village, southeast of Tubas. They then raided and searched a house belonging to Ayman Rabah Bani ‘Oudah (31) and handed his family a summons for him to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Samou’ village, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ismail Ahmed Mahmud al-Hawamdah (33) and then arrested him.
  • At approximately 16:30, Israeli forces stationed at the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire at Palestinian farmers, into the east of al-Salqa Valley village, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. The farmers were forced to leave their lands fear for their lives, but no casualties were reported.
  • In the evening, Israeli forces arrested Nayef Yusuf Ibrahim Gheithan (37) from Qibya village, west of Ramallah, after referring to the Israeli Intelligence Service upon a summons.
  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (10) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Burin and ‘Iraq Burin villages, south of Nablus; Beit Awla, Nuba, Kharas, Tarqumiya, Bani Na’im and al-Thaheriyah villages in Hebron; Jenin and Bedia village, west of Salfit.

 

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Qabatiya village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses from which they arrested 4 civilians namely Ahmed Najeh Kamil (20), Khali Walid al-Sahou (20), Anas Mousa Kamil (21) and Bilal Walid Kamil (22).
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces move into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed ‘Essa Rashid Awad (66). They locked the 6 family members in a room as the search continued for 3 hours. Later, Israeli forces withdrew from the house, but no arrests were reported. It should be noted that they raided an searched the abovementioned house in the previous day as they damaged the house contents. In the meantime, an infantry unit raided and searched a house belonging to Yusuf Mohammed al-‘Alami (20), but no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 08:00, Israeli forces accompanied with a number of military jeeps and bulldozers moved from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel about 50 meters around Sufa military site in al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. The bulldozers levelled the area and then withdrew behind the abovementioned border fence at approximately 13:00.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Deir al-Hatab village, east of Nablus; Qaryout village, southeast of the city and al-Samou’i, Beit Oula and Tarqumiya villages in Hebron.

 

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Nablus and ‘Asker refugee camp, northeast of the city, Balata refugee camp, east of the city, and ‘Ein Beit al-Maa’ refugee camp, west of the city. A number of young men from ‘Asker and Balata refugee camps gathered and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who immediately fired live bullets and rubber-coated metal bullets at them in response. As a result, 4 young men, including 2 children, were wounded. A 23-year-old civilian sustained a metal bullet wound to the right foot; a 17-year-old child sustained a metal bullet wound to the left thigh; an 18-year-old civilian sustained a live bullet wound to the left thigh while another 17-year-old civilian was hit with a metal bullet to the left hand.

During the incursion, Israeli soldiers raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested Mohammed Amin Abdul Hakim Mahmud al-Thaher (25) from al-Makhfiyah neighbourhood, west of the city, and Mohanned ‘Anbusi (26) from the Old City. They also handed a summons to the family of Mazen Hasan al-Dambak (38) to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service. Israeli forces also raided and searched al-Aghbar workshop belonging to ‘Awni Hamdi al-Aghbar in al-Dahiyah neighbourhood. ‘Awni said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the Israeli forces did not confiscate anything from the workshop in contrary of the Israeli saying that they confiscated ammunition and arms.

Israeli forces raided and searched a workshop belonging to Osama Mohammed Saleh Ragheb ‘Aj’aj (33) in the street of al-Hesbah Market, east of the city. They confiscated 3 lathes and then arrested Osama. They claimed that they found ammunition and arms inside the workshop. It should be noted that ‘Aj’aj is a mechanical engineer from Najah National University.

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Jabaa’ village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Murad walid Malaishah (26) and ‘Emarah ‘Awni Fashafshah (25). At approximately 04:30, they withdrew from the village taking the arrested civilians to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Jenin and its camp. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Mohammed ‘Eid ‘Amer (18) and Muntaser ‘Arafat al-Sa’di (20). At approximately 05:00, they withdrew taking them to an unknown destination. 
  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Hebron, al-Samou’I, Bani Na’im and al-Tabaqah villages in Hebron. 
  • Use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrations protesting settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall

 

West Bank:

  • Following the Friday prayer on Friday, 23 December 2016, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized demonstration from Kafer Qadoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, towards the eastern entrance to the village protesting against closing it with an iron gate since the beginning of al-Aqsa Intifada. As soon as they arrived at the abovementioned entrance, Israeli forces fired live bullets and sound bombs at the protesters. As a result, two civilians, including a child, were injured. A 45-year-old civilian sustained 2 live bullet wounds to the left foot and chest while a 15-year-old child sustained a live bullet wound  to the right hand. The Israeli forces then detained Momen Murad Eshtiwi (7) on the spot for half an hour due to which he panicked. They also attacked Abdul Rahman Mousa Abdul Latif ‘Ali (40) with a stone to the head and then arrested him.
  • In the afternoon of the same day, dozens of Palestinian and International activists organized a demonstration called for by national and popular figures in Bethlehem at the military checkpoint “300” between East Jerusalem and Bethlehem, demanding the freedom of movement and access to the holy places in coincidence with the Christmas holiday. A number of activists dressed like Santa Claus. The march began in front of the Caritas Hospital  in the central Bethlehem where the activists raised Palestinian flags and a poster demanding the entry to occupied East. As soon as they arrived at the abovementioned checkpoint, the Israeli soldiers fired live rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them. As a result, Mohammed Shushah, journalist at Roya TV Channel, was hit with sound bomb shrapnel to the right foot  and was then taken to a hospital in Bethlehem to receive medical treatment. Eyad Nemer Hamad (58), a journalist at Associated Press (AP) News Agency, suffered from tear gas inhalation as well.
  • Following the Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized demonstrations in Bil’in and Ni’lin villages, west of Ramallah, and al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city, protesting against the annexation wall and settlement activities. Israeli forces forcibly dispersed the protests, firing live and metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. They also chased the protesters into olive fields and between houses.  As a result, many of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

 

Gaza Strip: 

  • On Friday afternoon, 25 December 2016, dozens of young men made their way to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Shuja’iya neighbourhood, east of Gaza. They threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed behind the abovementioned fence. The Israeli soldiers sporadically fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at the young men in response. At approximately 17:00, Mohammed Hesham Fouad Abu Jarad (22) sustained a live bullet wound to the right foot and was taken to al-Shifaa’ Hospital in Gaza to receive medical treatment. His wounds were classified as moderate.

 

Collective Punishment:

  • On Thursday morning, 22 December 2016, Israeli forces accompanied with hundreds of soldiers and dozens of military jeeps moved into Qalaniyah refugee camp and Kafer ‘Aqab village, north of Jerusalem, in implementation of the Israeli High Court’s decision to demolish and close a house belonging to Mesbah Abu Sbaih (see shooting incidents – Efforts to Create Jewish Majority below).

Jaber Abu Sbaih, Mesbah’s brother, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that at approximately 01:00, the Israeli forces raided the house, demolished the walls and then closed the main door of the house. Last Monday, 19 December 2016, the Israeli High Court approved the demolition decision of Abu Sabaih’s house in Kafer ‘Aqab village. The decision was issued by the Israeli military commander of the area on 17 November 2016, based on the 1945 British Mandate Emergency Regulations. The  High Court decided to demolish the walls of the house and sealed it with red wax after submitting an engineering report confirming that the demolition of the exterior walls would cause damage to the whole building and neighboring apartments as Abu Sbaih’s apartment is on the seventh floor in a building. Abu Sbaih mentioned that the Israeli High Court approved the house demolition though the apartment does not belong to his brother Mesbah, but for their father Sbaih Abu Sbaih. It should be noted that Mesbah Abu Sbaih (39) was killed on 12 October 2016, after carrying out a shooting attack near the head office of the Israeli police leadership in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of East Jerusalem.

 

  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.

 

Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing, southeast of Rafah, is designated for the movement of goods

(11-17 December  2016)

Date 11 December 12December 13December 14 December 15 December 16 December 17 December
Total Imports 484 495 546 516 612
Various goods truckloads 167 154 226 177 232
Humanitarian aid truckloads 94 136 116 118 135
Cooking gas tons 264.600 236.090 239.190 283.260 242.720
Benzene liters 222.958 117.986 151.976 221.986 256.920
Diesel & Diesel for UNRWA liters 1010.898 560.956 627.966 624.222 787.905
Industrial fuel liters 336.546 338.986 305.003 294.029 518.446
kerosene liters 112.000
Cement  Tons 3520 9752 3200 3960 3680
Bulk cement Tons 105
Construction aggregates Tons 11807 10931.01 11401 12165 13360
Construction steel truckloads 6 16 10 6 22

 

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

(21 – 26 December 2016)

Category 21 December 22 December 23 December 24 December   25 December  26 December
Patients 37 22 1 60 39
Companions 37 21 2 55 36
Personal needs 23 51 17 18 28
Familiesof prisoners 32
Arabs fromIsrael 12 5 12 9 12
Diplomats 1 3 1 1
International journalists
International workers 31 43 9 2 18
TravelersAbroad
Business people 190 178 2 1 268 177
Business meetings
Security interviews 2 8 6 5
VIPs
Ambulancesto Israel 5 3 1 1 1
Patients’ Companions 5 3 1 1

 

 

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:

 

  • Hebron: Israeli forces established (17) checkpoints all over the city.

On Thursday, 22 December 2016, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Tarama village and the northern entrance to Halhoul village.

On Friday, 23 December 2016, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints on the road of Beit ‘Aynoun village and at the entrances of Beit Ummer village and al-Fawar refugee camp.

On Saturday, 24 December 2016, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the eastern entrance to Dura village; and at the entrances to Sa’ir village and al-Fawar refugee camp.

On Monday, 26 December 2016, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Samou’a, al-Jalajil and Beit ‘Awaa villages and on the road of Wad al-Jouz area.

On Tuesday, 27 December 2016, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit ‘Awaa, Beit Ummer and Halhoul villages.

On Wednesday, 28 December 2016, Israeli forces established similar checkpoints at the entrances to Beit ‘Aynoun and Ethna villages.

 

  • Ramallah and al-Bireh: Israeli forces established (12) checkpoints all over the city.

On Thursday, 22 December 2016, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints near the bridge of ‘Atara village; near the intersection of ‘Ain Sinaa village, north of Ramallah; at the intersection of al-Tayiba village (on al-Mo’arajat road between Ramallah and Jericho).

At approximately 15:00 on Friday, 23 December 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the intersection of al-Taiba village, east of Ramallah.

On Saturday, 24 December 2016, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrance to Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah; ‘Atara bridge, north of the city; between Ras Karkar and Kafur Ne’mah villages; and at the entrance to Senjel village, north of the city.

On Sunday, 25 December 2016, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to ‘Aboud, al-Nabi Saleh and Yabroud villages. In the evening, Israeli forces closed a road leading to al-Jalazoun refugee camp and closed a road between Ras Karkar and Deir Bziegh villages, west of Ramallah.

At approximately 18:00 on Monday, 26 December 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to ‘Aboud village, west of Ramallah.

 

Salfit: Israeli forces established (4) checkpoints all over the city.

At approximately 17:30 on Thursday, 22 December 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the southern entrance to al-Zawiyia village, west of Salfit. At approximately 17:55, they established a similar checkpoint at the entrance to Deir Balout village, west of the city.

At approximately 20:00 on Wednesday, 23 December 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint under the bridge of Sakaka village, east of Salfit. At approximately 21:25, they established a similar checkpoint at the entrance to Kaful Hares village, north of the city.

 

Arrests at military checkpoints:

 

  • At approximately 17:00 on Thursday, 22 December 2016, Israeli forces stationed at Hawarah checkpoint, south of Nablus, arrested Zahir Mohamed Wahdan (24), from Tamoun village, southeast of Tubas village. Eyewitnesses said that Israeli forces stopped a vehicle carrying the abovementioned civilian and checked his ID. They then ordered him at gunpoint to step out of the vehicle.
  • At approximately 20:00 on Saturday, 24 December 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Salfit. They checked the civilians’ IDs and searched the vehicles. They then arrested Rida Taysir Madi (26) and Nidal Ra’fat Ali al-Rimal (25). Both of them are from Salfit.
  • At approximately 19:00 on Monday, 26 December 2016, Israeli forces arrested Thiraa Mohamed al-Barghouthi (20), from Beit Rima village, northwest of Ramallah. Thiraa was arrested while crossing a checkpoint established by Israeli forces near the entrance to ‘Aboud village.

 

Maltreatment at Military Checkpoints:

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on Thursday, 22 December 2016, Israeli forces stationed at al-Karama crossing severely beat Hamza Abed al-Hakeem Hamdi Abu Zahra (22), from Nablus. Hamza was beaten when he put his suitcase for searching and then headed to the crossing hall to deliver his passport. Hamza was returning from Jordan. He said to PCHR’s fieldworker that he did not do anything and when he entered the waiting hall, a number of Israeli soldiers stationed in the hall hit him until he fainted. He woke up and found himself at Jericho Governmental Hospital. After he underwent medical examination, medical sources clarified that he sustained bruises to the face, head and chest.

 

  1. Efforts to Create 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:

 

Shooting incidents:

  • On Thursday, 22 December 2016, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 3 others while dispersing dozens of protesters, who gathered in the vicinity of Qalandia refugee camp and Kafur ‘Aqoub village, north of occupied Jerusalem. The protesters were attempting to prevent the demolition of Mosbah Abu Subeih’s house in the abovementioned village. According to PCHR’s investigations and eyewitnesses, at approximately 01:00 on Thursday, hundreds of Israeli soldiers accompanied with 37 military vehicles moved into Qalandia refugee camp and Kafur ‘Aqoub village, north of occupied Jerusalem, to implement a decision issued by the Israeli High Court to close and demolish the house of Mosbah Abu Subeih. Israeli forces imposed a tight cordon on the area and deployed on the main street extending from Qalandia refugee camp to the intersection of Kafur ‘Aqoub village. Moreover, Israeli snipers topped the houses’ roofs adjacent to the targeted house. At approximately 01:40, Israeli forces demolished the house walls and then closed the main door. In the meantime, the entrance of Qalandia refugee camp and the intersection of Kafur ‘Aqoub village witnessed violent clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian young men. Israeli soldiers fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at Palestinian civilians, who threw home-made hand grenades and Molotov cocktails at them. The clashes continued until 04:30 and resulted in killing Ahmed Nashat Othman al-Kharobi (19). Ahmed was hit with 2 live bullets to the heart and left shoulder by an Israeli sniper. It should be noted that Ahmed is from al-Beirh city and he succumbed to his wounds after he was admitted to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. Furthermore, 3 other civilians were wounded. After that,  Ovijaa Adraei, the spokesman of Israeli forces, published a statement reading the following, “In an implementation of political instructions, Israeli forces in cooperation with Israeli Border Guard officers and Civil administration, demolished Musbah Abu Subeih house in Kafur ‘Aqoub village. The demolition against Musbah’s house came as a result of Musbah committing an attack in Talet al-Thakhirah area in Jerusalem on 09 October 2016, which led to the killing of a female civilian and a policeman while other civilians were wounded. During the demolition, Israeli forces were exposed to gunfire, due to which they opened fire in response targeting a Palestinian civilian, who threw an explosive device at them, and killed him.

 

Arrests and Incursions:

 

  • At approximately 01:00 on Thursday, 22 December 2016, Israeli forces moved into al-Tour neighbourhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Mohamed Nasir Abu Jum’aa (15); ‘Odai Fadi Abu Jum’a (13); and Abed al-Hadi Basem Abu Ghazalah (13).
  • At approximately 04:00 on Thursday, Israeli forces moved into Sho’fat refugee camp, north of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Yazan Mohamed Harafsha (14) and his brother Ayham (13); Mohamed Nasir Jamjoum (16); and Malek ‘Asaliya (15). 
  • At approximately 18:00 on Friday, 23 December 2016, Israeli forces moved into Hezmah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Laith Ashraf al-Khatib (16) and arrested him. 
  • At approximately 13:30 on Saturday, 24 December 2016, Israeli forces arrested ‘Aisha Yousef al-Afghani (35) while walking on al-Wad Street in occupied Jerusalem’s Old City. They claimed that she had a knife in her bag. 
  • At approximately 01:00 on Monday, 26 December 2016, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Aisawiya village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Ahmed Darwish (21), Anas Darwish (19), Yazan Mohamed Abu ‘Asab (15), and Mohanad Ma’moun Abu ‘Asab (13).
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Qatanna village, northwest of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Imad Raied Shamasnah (23) and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Sawanah neighbourhood, east of occupied Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Abdullah Mohamed al-‘Alami (21) and Ahmed al-‘Alami (23).

 

House demolitions and demolition notices:

 

  • On Wednesday, 28 December 2016, Israeli municipality bulldozers demolished agricultural and commercial facilities in Selwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non- Jamal Siyam stated that Israeli forces accompanied with the Israeli municipality’s crews moved into ‘Ain al-Louza neighbourhood. They demolished 3 agricultural containers belonging to Jamal Siyam without warning. Jamal said that Israeli forces also demolished an 80-square-meter barrack, in addition to the above-mentioned containers (20 square meters each). Moreover, Israeli municipality bulldozers demolished parts of a 10-square-meter commercial facility belonging to Abu Wahdan family.

 

Opening a new tunnel in Selwan village

 

  • On Tuesday, 27 December 2016, Israel’s Culture Minister Miri Regevopened a new tunnel in Wady Helwa neighborhood, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, in coincidence with the appearance of cracks in the buildings and streets. Israeli media reported that the abovementioned Minister along with the Israeli Municipality Mayor, Nir Barakat; director of ‘Ad settlement association, David Biri; and other rabbis opened a tunnel in Wady Helwa neighborhood, and organized a celebration. It should be noted that Israel Antiquities Authority and ‘Ad settlement association started working in the tunnel 2 years ago. Additionally, the tunnel is located in the center of Wady Helwa neighborhood, towards Bab al-Magharba yard. The opening of the tunnel in Wady Helwa neighborhood came in a time when new cracks appeared in many houses and old cracks in 40 other houses became clearer. This coincides with the Israeli digging works in the neighborhood, which may lead to the collapse of some buildings.

 

  1. Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

  • At approximately 09:00 on Sunday, 25 December 2016, Israeli forces accompanied with a Civil Administration vehicle moved into Beit ‘Awwa, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They stationed in Um Hezwah area to the east of the village, where the Civil Administration officer delivered 4 final demolition notices for four houses belonging to al-Masalmah family under the pretext of building without a license.  It should be mentioned that on 21 September 2016, the Israeli authorities issued notices to stop construction works in those houses under the pretext of building without a license.  As a result, the owners resorted to a law firm, which will apply for a license and challenge the demolition notices.  The noticed houses were as follows:

 

Owner Family members Number of children Number of floors Area of building (sqm)
Ahmed Yaser Masalmah 8 6 1 240
‘Abdel Fattah Yasser Masalmah 6 4 1 240
Mohammed ‘Abdel Majeed Masalmah 6 4 2 270
Tal’at Nayef Masalmah 5 3 1 100

 

  • At approximately 11:00 on the same day, Israeli forces accompanied with a vehicle belonging to the Construction and Organization Department moved into al-Taban and al-Majaz areas to the east of Yata, south of Hebron. The Civil Administration officer handed 17 civilians from the families of No’man, Khalil, Abu ‘Aram, Hammad, ‘Abeid, Hamamdah and residents of Tabban Kherbah notices to stop construction works under the pretext of building without a license.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Tuesday, 27 December 2016, Israeli forces accompanied with a vehicle belonging to the Construction and Organization Department in the Civil Administration and a digger moved into al-Bus area, west of Ethna village, west of Hebron. The soldiers deployed in the area while the digger started demolishing a water-collection well and 10-squar-meter agricultural room belonging to Mousa Ahmed Farajallah.  It should be mentioned that the Israeli authorities handed the aforementioned civilian a notice to stop construction work in the well and room back in 2011.

 

Settlers attacks:

 

  • At approximately 13:30 on Thursday, 22 December 2016, a security officers, who guards “Gosh Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem, attacked Ahmed Saber Zamel Abu Mariya (12) and his sister Ritaj (7) while returning from Beit Ummer primary school to their house in Beit Za’tah neighbourhood, northeast of Beit Ummer, north of Hebron. The security officer stopped his car in front of the abovementioned children and pointed his firearm at them, due to which they panicked. The children fled to one of the nearby houses to hide. Ahmed Abu Mariya said to PCHR’s fieldworker that, “I was returning along with my sister Ritaj from school, 2 kilometres away from our house. When we approached our house, a vehicle with an Israeli registration plate suddenly swerved toward us, so we moved away. An Israeli officer stepped out of the vehicle and then pulled his firearm and pointed it at us. As a result, my sister and I fled to the house belonging to Sa’di Mohamed Abu ‘Ayiash and told him about what happened. He called our father, who came 20 minutes later. My father told us that the security officer was still out on the road leading to Abu ‘Ayisha house. We waited for some time until the arrival of an Israeli patrol. After that, we got out of the house along with our father and Sa’di ‘Ayiash. The officer hid his firearm when he saw us. My sister and I hid behind my father and the officer was shouting at us and attempting to catch me. Few minutes later, the officer left with Israeli soldiers after taking photos of me with his mobile phone.”

 

Recommendations to the International Community

PCHR emphasizes the international community’s position that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are still under Israeli occupation, in spite of Israeli military redeployment outside the Gaza Strip in 2005. PCHR further confirms that Israeli forces continued to impose collective punishment measures on the Gaza Strip, which have escalated since the 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections, in which Hamas won the majority of seats of the Palestinian Legislative Council. PCHR stresses that there is international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect international human rights instruments and the international humanitarian law, especially the Hague Regulations concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land and the Geneva Conventions. Israel is bound to apply the international human rights law and the law of war sometime reciprocally and other times in parallel in a way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for victims.

 

In light of continued arbitrary measures, land confiscation and settlement activities in the West Bank, and the latest 51-day offensive against civilians in the Gaza Strip, PCHR calls upon the international community, especially the United Nations, the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Convention and the European Union – in the context of their natural obligation to respect and enforce the international law – to cooperate and act according to the following recommendations:

  1. PCHR calls upon the international community and the United Nations 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;
  2. PCHR calls upon the United Nations to provide international protection to Palestinians in the oPt, and to ensure the non-recurrence of aggression against the oPt, especially the Gaza Strip;
  3. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to compel Israel, as a High Contracting Party to the Conventions, to apply the Conventions in the oPt;
  4. PCHR calls upon the Parties to international human rights instruments, especially the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, to pressurize Israel to comply with their provisions in the oPt, and to compel it to incorporate the human rights situation in the oPt in its reports submitted to the concerned committees;
  5. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfil their obligation to ensure the application of the Conventions, including extending the scope of their jurisdiction in order to prosecute suspected war criminals, regardless of the nationality of the perpetrator and the place of a crime, to pave the way for prosecuting suspected Israeli war criminals and end the longstanding impunity they have enjoyed;
  6. PCHR calls on States that apply the principle of universal jurisdiction not to surrender to Israeli pressure to limit universal jurisdiction to perpetuate the impunity enjoyed by suspected Israeli war criminals;
  7. PCHR calls upon the international community to act in order to stop all Israeli settlement expansion activities in the oPt through imposing sanctions on Israeli settlements and criminalizing trading with them;
  8. PCHR calls upon the UN General Assembly to transfer the Goldstone Report to the UN Security Council in order to refer it to the International Criminal Court in accordance with Article 13(b) of the Rome Statute;
  9. PCHR calls upon the United Nations to confirm that holding war criminals in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a precondition to achieve stability and peace in the regions, and that peace cannot be built on the expense of human rights;
  10. PCHR calls upon the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council to explicitly declare that the Israeli closure policy in Gaza and the annexation wall in the West Bank are illegal, and accordingly refer the two issues to the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Israel to compel it to remove them;
  11. PCHR calls upon the international community, in light of its failure to the stop the aggression on the Palestinian people, to at least fulfil its obligation to reconstruct the Gaza Strip after the series of hostilities launched by Israel which directly targeted the civilian infrastructure;
  12. PCHR calls upon the United Nations and the European Union to express a clear position towards the annexation wall following the international recognition of the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders, as the annexation wall seizes large parts of the State of Palestine;
  13. PCHR calls upon the European Union to activate Article 2 of the EU-Israel Association Agreement, which provides that both sides must respect human rights as a precondition for economic cooperation between the EU states and Israel, and the EU must not ignore Israeli violations and crimes against Palestinian civilians;

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Public Document

For further information please visit our website www.pchrgaza.org or contact PCHR’s office in Gaza City, Gaza Strip by email pchr@pchrgaza.org or telephone +972 08 282 4776 – 282 5893.

 

15-Year-Old Palestinian Girl Denied Visa for US Speaking Tour

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[ Ed. note – Ahed Tamimi is the blond-haired Palestinian girl who has been seen in countless videos and who always seems to stand out–not only because of her striking looks and young age, but also because of her persistent determination in resisting the Israeli occupation. That’s her in the photo above–taken, I think, about five or six years ago. Here is a much more recent photo of her:

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Tamimi was slated to be part of the No Child Behind Bars/Living Resistance speaking tour that is to tour the US beginning on January 15, 2017, but according to an email sent out yesterday by the Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA), she has been denied a visa to enter the country. I guess the thinking at the State Department is that anyone who bunches their fist and shakes it in the face of an Israeli soldier must be a terrorist.

Of course it isn’t difficult in the least to figure out why the Israeli government would prefer not to have someone like Ahed–described by FOSNA as “charismatic and articulate”–going from city to city in America discussing the brutal injustices she and others her age are subjected to on continuing daily basis. It would take a fair bit of mainstream media bellowing about “Hamas rockets” to offset the public relations disaster.

But the tour, it seems, will proceed anyway, and even though Ahed will not be here physically, plans nonetheless are being made to link her to US audiences via live-stream video. Of course the girl is subject to arrest any time–or alternately Jewish settlers could just happen to attack her home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh before the video teleconferencing is set to begin. You never know how these things are going to work out. About all I can do is say a prayer for Ahed and her family, and I encourage others to pause now and do likewise.

The email from FOSNA:

Living Resistance Tour Update

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Dear Friends,

It is with great sadness that we share that the U.S. Consulate has failed to provide a visa for Ahed Tamimi to travel to the United States at this time. Though we will continue to advocate for Ahed to gain access to the United States for future speaking opportunities, it does not at present look as though Ahed will be able to join us in person for the Living Resistance Tour.

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Efforts to silence voices such as Ahed’s only serve to motivate us at FOSNA to amplify Palestinian struggle and resilience. We will not give up. Arrangements will be made to bring Ahed to each of the tour cities via video to speak on the situation on the ground and share her story. We will amplify her voice, even though she cannot be with us in person. Ahed will be joined by Amanda Weatherspoon, a Unitarian Universalist minister whose ministry is centered on collective liberation and cross-movement solidarity between oppressed peoples. Together, these powerful women will connect state-sponsored violence and the criminalization and incarceration of youth in the United States and Palestine. Nadya Tannous, a writer and organizer in the Bay Area who has researched the detention of Palestinian minors since 2013, will join the tour to provide additional insight into the realities Palestinian minors face within the Israeli detention system.

Despite this setback, we will move forward with the tour to build coalitions that will organize around halting state repression and state-sponsored violence. To see when the tour will travel to a city near you, check out the Living Resistance website. To help organize publicity and audience outreach in your city, get in touch with the tour organizer, Nadya Tannous. Finally, you are always able to financially support this effort via this link.

Onward,

Tarek Abuata

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‘Days of Cinema’ Film Festival Concludes in Palestine

“Days of Cinema” is a film festival which has been running all this week in Palestine and which wound up today. Films by Palestinian filmmakers, as well as filmmakers of other nationalities, have been featured–more than 60 in all. A little bit more on the festival can be found here:

Days of Cinema is an international event with strong local roots. International directors, producers, and cinema experts will join FilmLab: Palestine in putting the spotlight on Palestinian independent cinema as an essential part of developing the Palestinian cultural sector.

Hanna Atallah, artistic director and founder of FilmLab: Palestine, offers this description: “Days of Cinema is a unique event with the capacity to bridge international outlook and local impact, it aims to bring the world to Palestine and opens a new window on the world for the Palestinian audience.”

The opening film of Days of Cinema is Palestine’s own Dégradé, by Arab and Tarzan Nasser from Gaza, which premiered at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival. Days of Cinema will also close with a Palestinian film, namely Love, Theft, and Other Entanglements by Muayad Alayan, which was prmiered at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. Further, a number of Palestinian films exclusive to Days of Cinema will be screened.

Here is a trailer for Love, Theft, and Other Entanglements:

And for Dégradé

There is also a film called Junction 48 that has garnered a lot of attention. Released earlier this year, the film is made by Israeli filmmaker Udi Aloni and tells the story of two young Palestinian hip hop artists. The production includes a performance by Tamer Nafar, who in fact is a Palestinian rapper in real life. And as it so happens, Nafar found himself being booed and reviled while attempting to do a concert in Haifa–just a few days ago:

Taking the stage, Nafar told the audience, “I’m going to speak in two languages, because I’m someone who knows how to build bridges. After this very tough week, I want to say thank you. Jews and Arabs have both shown support for this show.”

As he spoke, protestors in the audience booed at him and even gave him the middle finger, lifting up hands wrapped in the Israeli flag. “And to those of you yelling and trying to ruin this—I can’t even bring myself to hate you,” said Nafar.

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Tuesday’s show was preceded by a wave of protests calling to cancel Nafar’s show. Those opposing his participation in the festival included the members of a Facebook group and Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev (Likud), who wrote a letter to Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav on the matter.

Regev’s statement came after the tumultuous Ophir Awards ceremony in September, during which Nafar performed a song that quotes the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish that Regev, who was also present at the ceremony, considered anti-Israeli and offensive. “I have a lot of respect and tolerance of the other,” Regev told the booing audience, after leaving during the performance and returning to present the prize for Best Film. “But I don’t have the tiniest bit of tolerance for Darwish or anyone else who wants to destroy my people or my country.”

“While I believe in freedom of speech and work to protect it,” Regev wrote in her letter to Yahav. “These words wish to legitimize terrorism, and we as a country cannot fund it in any way. This is where we, you, must draw a clear line that separates freedom of expression from freedom of funding.” She added that “It is unseemly that the Haifa Municipality would hurt public sensitivity and the values of the State of Israel.”

In the midst of all the controversy surrounding Nafar, the show’s organizers announced that he would “most likely cancel his show,” due to the previous show—by Israeli singer Dikla—going longer.

Nafar himself, however,told Ynet that he never made such a statement, and that he was looking into what had caused the municipality to say such a thing.

The above is from an article published by YNet on Wednesday. You can go here to read the rest of the story. In the meantime, here is an excerpt from the filmJunction 48 featuring a performance by Nafar and co-star Samar Qupty. The two are performing the film’s theme song, “If Only.”:

It’s interesting that Israeli cabinet minister Miri Regev accuses Palestinians of wanting to destroy the people and the state of Israel. How do we view a statement like that in light of the history of the occupation and particularly in the context of the founding of Israel by Zionists whose intention all along was to displace the native inhabitants of the land? How do we view it in the context of the ongoing construction of illegal settlements, the demolition of homes, uprooting of olive trees, the blockades, the wall, the police raids in the middle of the night–all features of the longest occupation in history and that shows no sign of ending anytime soon?

But in the face of all this, the Palestinian rap singer Tamar Nafar has the effrontery to say, “I can’t even bring myself to hate you.”

The point he seems to be trying to make here is that there are better things to do with one’s life than to consume oneself with hatred. Hmm…maybe he’s onto something.

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