حصار «عقبة جبر» ينتهي بمجزرة

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مُقاوِمو أريحا للعدو: لا عودة إلى سنوات الهدوء

لن تخلو مجزرة أريحا من تداعيات على الواقع الميداني في الضفة وقطاع غزة على السواء (أ ف ب)

 أحمد العبد

رام الله | بعد 9 أيّام من الحصار الخانق على مخيّم عقبة جبر في مدينة أريحا، اقتحمت قوّات العدو الإسرائيلي المخيّم، وتمكّنت من اغتيال خمسة مقاومين من «كتائب القسّام»، من بينهم منفّذ عملية «ألموغ» التي أعقبت عملية الشهيد خيري علقم، ولم يُكتب لها النجاح. وعلى الرغم من أن الاحتلال استطاع القضاء على النواة الأولى لـ«كتيبة أريحا» حديثة الولادة، إلّا أن ذلك لن يعفيه، على ما يبدو، من صُداع دائم سيصله من هذه المنطقة التي عاشت هدوءاً لسنوات طويلة، وانضمّت أخيراً إلى حلقة الاشتباك والمقاومة في الضفة الغربية المحتلّة. حلقةٌ يَظهر واضحاً أنها لا تفتأ تتوسّع، على رغم كثافة الإجراءات والحملات الإسرائيلية، والتي تُقارب «درّتها» المسمّاة «كاسر الأمواج» إنهاء عامها الأوّل، من دون أن تُحقّق لتل أبيب ما أرادتْه تماماً


انفتحت، في خلال الأيّام الماضية، جبهة جديدة في الاشتباك المشتعل والممتدّ في الضفة الغربية بين المقاومين الفلسطينيين والاحتلال الإسرائيلي، لا يبدو، وفق المعطيات، أنها ستَخمد سريعاً، وهي التي ارتوت أمس بدماء 5 مقاومين خاضوا معركة في مدينة أريحا، قبل أن يقضوا نحْبهم ويحتجز جيش العدو جثامينهم. ومثّل دخول المدينة على خطّ الاشتباك، من خلال «كتيبة مخيم عقبة جبر» أو «كتيبة أريحا»، علامة فارقة ومهمّة، دقّت جرس القلق لدى المنظومة الأمنية الإسرائيلية من اتّساع رقعة النار لتشمل منطقة كانت عاشت هدوءاً نسبياً خلال السنوات الطويلة الماضية، وحتى خلال الانتفاضة الثانية مقارنةً ببقيّة المدن. وتوّجت المجموعة الناشئة ظهورها باشتباك مسلّح مع قوّات الاحتلال التي حاصرت المخيّم واقتحمتْه في محاولة للنيل من المقاومين، قبل أن تفشل في ذلك، وفق ما أكدتْه «كتيبة أريحا» في بيان، معلِنةً أن «مُجاهدينا تصدّوا لقوات الاحتلال على أكثر من محور»، حيث «استخدموا العبوات والقنابل المتفجّرة والرصاص، ما أدّى إلى وقوع إصابات محقَّقة» في صفوف جنود العدو. كما تمكّنوا، بحسب البيان، من «إسقاط طائرة مسيّرة استخدمتْها قوات الاحتلال في التصوير». ونعت الكتيبة خمسة من شهدائها، منتمين إلى «كتائب الشهيد عز الدين القسام»، الجناح العسكري لحركة «حماس»، وهُم: مالك عوني لافي، رأفت وائل عوضات، إبراهيم وائل عوضات، أدهم مجدي عوضات، وثائر خالد عوضات، جازمةً أن «دماء شهدائنا لن تذهب هدراً»، ومُخاطِبةً العدو بالقول إن «ما نعدكم به سيقع، وهذه الأيام بيننا ستثبت لكم أن المقاومة في وادٍ والعدو وأعوانه في وادٍ آخر». وكانت مجموعة «مخيم عقبة جبر» أعلنت، أوّل من أمس، بدء «أيام الغضب» في المدينة، نظراً إلى ما تمرّ به الأخيرة من تضييق وحصار استمرّا لـ9 أيام على التوالي.

لماذا «كتيبة أريحا»؟
في ذروة الاستنفار الأمني الإسرائيلي عقب العملية الفدائية التي نفّذها الشهيد خيري علقم في مدينة القدس المحتلّة، وقَتل فيها 7 مستوطِنين، نفّذ شابّان عملية جريئة وخطيرة بإطلاق نار على مطعم في مفرق «ألموغ» جنوب أريحا، حيث أوْصل السائقُ المنفّذَ إلى المكان، ليطلق الأخير رصاصة واحدة ومن ثمّ ينسحب من جرّاء خلل في سلاحه. وعلى رغم أن العملية، التي لو قُدّر لها أن تنجح لحصدت عشرات القتلى من المستوطنين الذي كان يعجّ بهم المطعم خصوصاً وأن المقاوم اقترب منهم بالفعل، لم يُكتب لها التمام، إلّا أنها أقلقت منظومة الاحتلال الأمنية بشكل كبير، ودفعتْها إلى إعلان حالة التأهّب القصوى، ومن ثمّ البدء بملاحقة المنفّذَين، وفرْض حصار خانق على مدينة أريحا. كذلك، نفّذ جيش العدو عمليات اقتحام شرسة لمخيّم عقبة جبر في محاولة للوصول إلى المقاومين، لكنه فشل في ذلك وسط تصدّي عشرات المشتبكين له، قبل أن يعلن صباح أمس تمكُّنه من اغتيال 5 عناصر من «كتائب القسام»، من بينهم منفّذ الهجوم، وإصابة 3 آخرين بجروح خطيرة، واعتقال العديد من المواطنين.

تتّفق الدوائر الأمنية، الإسرائيلية والعربية والإقليمية والدولية، على أن الأراضي الفلسطينية على شفا انفجار كبير


مع ذلك، لا يبدو أن مخاوف الاحتلال من وجود نواة لمجموعات مقاومة جديدة في أريحا، قادرة على تنفيذ عمليات ضدّ جنوده ومستوطِنيه، على غِرار «عرين الأسود» في نابلس و«كتيبة جنين» في جنين، قد تبدّدت، خصوصاً أن دخول المدينة على خطّ الاشتباك جاء في وقت تُقارب فيه عملية «كاسر الأمواج»، التي علّق عليها العدو آمالاً للقضاء على المقاومين في شمال الضفة، إتمام عامها الأوّل، من دون أن تُحقّق له آماله كما أرادها، بل وحتى من غير أن تكبح نشوء مجموعات جديدة، تشي ولادتها بامتداد الحالة الثورية المقاومة في الضفة. وانطلاقاً من تلك الاعتبارات، وعلى الرغم من فشل عملية «ألموغ»، سارع الاحتلال إلى محاولة القضاء على خلية «عقبة جبر» في مهدها، خشية من استقطابها عناصر جدداً وتوسُّعها، ولا سيما أن أريحا مُحاطة بعدد كبير من المستوطَنات، والشوارع الرئيسة على خطّ البحر الميت وخطّ القدس، وأبرزها «الخطّ 90»، ما يجعل المستوطِنين هدفاً سهلاً لرصاص المقاومين. وتُضاف إلى ما تَقدّم، خشية العدو من تأسيس نواة قادرة على تزويد المشتبكين بالسلاح، من خلال عمليات التهريب التي تزداد وتيرتها من الأردن.

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تتّفق الدوائر الأمنية، الإسرائيلية والعربية والإقليمية والدولية، على أن الأراضي الفلسطينية على شفا انفجار كبير. ولذا، فقد بذلت أطراف عدّة، خلال الفترة القصيرة الماضية، جهوداً لنزع فتيل الانفجار، إنّما من خلال تكثيف الضغوط على الجانب الفلسطيني ليس إلّا، وهو ما أظْهره سعي واشنطن إلى انتزاع موافقة من سلطة رام الله على خطّة أمنية تقتضي إعداد قوّة من الأجهزة الأمنية لتعقّب المقاومين ومُواجهتهم. وبالتكامل مع تلك الضغوط، تُواصل مصر «وساطتها» لدى حركتَي «حماس» و«الجهاد الإسلامي» من أجل حمْلهما على إعادة الهدوء إلى الضفة، وفق ما حملتْه مباحثات مطوّلة أجراها رئيس المخابرات المصرية، عباس كامل، مع قادة «الجهاد»، وستتبعها أخرى مماثلة مع رئيس المكتب السياسي لحركة «حماس»، إسماعيل هنية. على أن هنية استبق هذا اللقاء بتأكيده، عقب مجزرة أريحا، أن «تَوالي القتل الذي يمارسه العدو في أرض الضفة سيكون وبالاً عليه، ولن تنجح كلّ التدخلّات الدولية أو الإقليمية في وقف المدّ الثوري لشعبنا، ولن ينعم العدو بالهدوء، والأيام سِجال ما دام في شعبنا عِرق ينبض».
والواقع أن مجزرة أريحا لن تخلو من تداعيات على الواقع الميداني في الضفة وقطاع غزة على السواء. إذ إن الأولى، التي تُظهر مؤشّراتها تمدّد المقاومة فيها جغرافياً وتطوُّر عملها، ستكون محطّ الأنظار في انتظار الردّ على المجزرة، والذي يمكن الجزم بأنه قادم لا محالة، على غِرار ما حدث عقب مجزرة جنين التي لم يتأخّر الردّ عليها، وجاء في القدس وأريحا بالذات. ونظراً إلى عجْز إسرائيل عن توقُّع طبيعة الردّ ومكانه وماهيّته، فإنها ستبقى تعيش الاستنفار الأمني والتأهّب في أعلى درجاتهما، بينما تؤكد حركة «حماس»، على لسان عضو مكتبها السياسي سهيل الهندي، أن «كتائب القسام والمقاومة ستثأر لدماء الشهداء في أريحا، وسيجني الاحتلال الموت الزؤام». كذلك، تدرك إسرائيل أن غزة ليست بعيدة عمّا يجري في الضفة، بل تتوقّع ردّاً – ولو محدوداً – من القطاع (خاصة أن «خلية أريحا» تنتمي بشكل علني إلى كتائب القسام»، وهي التي عاشت، خلال الأيام القليلة الماضية، وسط فوضى أمنية كبيرة في مناطق «الغلاف»، التي شهدت بشكل متكرّر إطلاقاً لصفارات الإنذار ولبعض الصواريخ، وارتباكاً من قِبَل جيش الاحتلال.
بالنتيجة، يُقرّب دخول أريحا على خطّ الاشتباك، من اندلاع المواجهة الشاملة، سواءً في صورة انتفاضة في الضفة أو مواجهة عسكرية مع القطاع، خاصّة إذا ما وُضع إلى جانب معطيات أخرى تُواصل حكومة بنيامين نتنياهو محاولة فرْضها على الأرض، ومنها توسيع عملية الهدم في القدس الشرقية (تَمثّلت أحدث حلقاتها في تعهُّد وزير «الأمن القومي»، إيتمار بن غفير، بهدم بناية من عدّة طبقات في المدينة)، والإعلان عن إقامة مستوطنة جديدة حول غلاف غزة. ويأتي ذلك في وقت يتواصل فيه اشتداد زخم المواجهة في الأراضي المحتلّة مع اقتراب شهر رمضان، الذي سيصادف مرور عام على انطلاق عملية «كاسر الأمواج»، وسط تشاؤم أكبر يبديه جيش الاحتلال بفاعلية هذه الأخيرة. إذ إن خلايا المقاومة في الضفة تتكاثر ولا تتناقص، والعمل الفدائي يتوسّع ويتنوّع، فيما يسهم القتل والإرهاب الإسرائيليان في تأجيج مشاعر الغضب والمطالبة بالردّ. وفي هذا الإطار، تَلفت صحيفة «يسرائيل هيوم»، إلى أن «الحملة العسكرية ستتواصل في عام 2023 مع عدد قتلى أكثر ممّا سُجّل في السنة الأخيرة، التي حطّمت رقماً قياسياً منذ الانتفاضة الثانية، ببلوغ عدد القتلى، بحسب وزارة الصحة الفلسطينية، 224 في مختلف المناطق الفلسطينية؛ 53 منهم في قطاع غزة و 171 في الضفة، وبينهم 53 طفلاً».

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Head of Loyalty to Resistance Bloc: Enemies Want Lebanon’s Next President to Cross Swords with Hezbollah

February 7, 2023

By Staff, Agencies

Head of Loyalty to the Resistance Parliamentary Bloc has warned that the enemies are seeking to pick a president who would implement their policies and push ahead with their policy of confronting the Hezbollah resistance movement.

MP Mohammad Raad said the enemies’ attempts to drive a wedge between Hezbollah and the Lebanese nation have dismally failed.

“We have not brought the country to a shutdown. Our country is suffering from a state of paralysis because of the individuals and parties that are plundering its assets, looting its banks, obstructing viable policies and encouraging sanctions. They prevent electricity from reaching the Lebanese nation and do not allow foreign aid to get to ordinary people,” Raad said.

He said Lebanon’s economic crisis cannot be entirely blamed on previous governments and their wrong policies, and it could also be tied to Americans’ habit of being at loggerheads with Hezbollah and their relentless attempts to undercut the resistance movement.

“The reason is that Hezbollah is the biggest obstacle to projects of normalization with the ‘Israeli’ regime,” he said. “Enemies fell back on a campaign of maximum economic and financial pressures after they suffered a humiliating defeat at the end of ‘Israel’s’ 33-day war on Lebanon back in the summer of 2006.”

“Enemies are frantically trying to hold the resistance group responsible for the currency devaluation and the country’s plummeting credit scores,” the senior Lebanese legislator added.

Israeli Occupation Forces Kill At Least Five Palestinians in Jericho

February 6, 2023

Palestinian youth burn tyres to block the entrances of Jericho, after Israeli forces assassinated five Palestinians in the Aqabat refugee camp. (Photo: via QNN)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

At least five Palestinians were shot and killed by the Israeli military in the Aqabat Jaber refugee camp, near Jericho. near the occupied West Bank city of Jericho, the official news agency WAFA reported.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said in a statement that the victims were identified as Raafat Wael Awadat, 21, Malik Anni Lafi, 22 Adam Mandi Awadat, 22, Ibrahim Wael Awadat, 27, and Thaer Awadat, 28.

Quds News Network reported that Israeli soldiers killed the five Palestinians after barricading them in an apartment. Their bodies were reportedly seized by Israeli forces.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said that Israeli soldiers obstructed the work of its medics and attacked one of its ambulances while trying to prevent it from entering the refugee camp.

In recent days, the Israeli army has tightened security measures around Jericho in a hunt for a Palestinian accused of carrying out a shooting attack against an Israeli restaurant.
(PC, Agencies)

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Islamic Jihad Vows to Keep up Resistance as Israeli Occupation Arrests Sheikh Khader Adnan

February 5, 2023

Khader Adnan, a senior member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad who staged numerous hunger strikes while being in Israeli jails.

Islamic Jihad Palestinian resistance movement stressed on Sunday that arrests which targeted one of its senior members Sheikh Khader Adnan and other Palestinians is a desperate attempt aimed at undermining the firm will of the Palestinian people.

The Islamic Jihad’s stance was announced in a statement, few hours after several raids that ended up in the arrest of Adnan, along with other six Palestinians in several areas across the West Bank.

Israeli Occupation Forces during a night raid in West Bank town (photo from archive).

In overnight raids, Israeli forces detained Khader Adnan in his hometown village of Arrabeh, southwest of Jenin, Khaled Ghawadreh in the nearby village of Bir al-Basha, Ibrahim Zubeidi in Al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramalllah and other four Palestinians, said the Palestinian Prisoner’s Media Office, a group that represents Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons.

Arresting Adnan, Ghawadreh and other “reflects the extent of confusion and pressure practiced on the Fascist Israeli government due to the rise of acts of resistance across the occupied West Bank,” the Islamic Jihad statement read.

The Palestinian group vowed, meanwhile, to keep up the resistance against the Israeli occupation.

“Despite the brutal raids, the occupation won’t be able to put out the spark of the resistance,” the statement added.

Adnan, 44, has been arrested several times in recent years and served several prison sentences in connection with his work with the Islamic Jihad. He has also gone on hunger strike several times over his punitive detention.

Source: Palestinian and Israeli media (translated and edited by Al-Manar English Website)

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Daqqa’s wife: IOF terrorized us, wreaked havoc in our home – Exclusive

5 Feb, 2023

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen English 

Sanaa Salameh told Al Mayadeen that the occupation soldiers seized personal possessions, including money, her personal laptop, and her daughter’s bracelets and earrings.

Sanaa Salameh, wife of the Palestinian prisoner Walid Daqqa, raising his photo during a protest demanding his release with the quote saying, “Freedom for prisoner Walid Daqqa”

The wife of Palestinian prisoner Walid Daqqa, Sanaa Salameh, said on Sunday that the Israeli occupation soldiers did not provide “any legal reason” for the savage storming of their house, located in Baqa Al-Gharbia in the ’48 occupied Palestinian territories.

During an interview for Al Mayadeen, Salameh confirmed that the Israeli occupation carried out its attack on the house and terrorized her and her daughter.

Salameh said earlier that the occupation police stormed her house at 7:00 am presenting a search warrant issued during the previous Bennett government with no legal basis, with the aim of seizing money and household property, noting that the occupation forces wreaked havoc inside the house, and took her private car, personal computer, phone, and even money she was keeping in her wallet.

The occupation soldiers also seized books written by the founder of the Islamic Jihad Movement, Fathi Al-Shikaqi, and a box with pictures of martyr Bassel Al-Araj, in addition to bracelets and earrings that belonged to her daughter Milad, Salameh added.

According to her, the occupation attacks targeting them are not new, however, what can be noticed is that they are becoming more frequent.

Daqqa’s wife stressed that the Israeli occupation’s attacks will not discourage them, but rather will increase their determination to confront the occupation, adding that the freed prisoner Karim Younis called her and assured her that he is on her side.

Salameh published pictures showing the chaos as a result of the occupation forces’ tampering with the property of the house, accompanied by a comment: “The police broke into our house and wreaked havoc in it, and they prevented us from filming what was happening.”

Walid Daqqa (60 years), from the city of Baqa Al-Gharbia, has been detained since 1986 and sentenced to life imprisonment, which was later set at 37 years. An Israeli court later added two more years to his sentence.

Daqqa married his wife Sanaa Salameh in 1999, and in 2020, their daughter was conceived by smuggling Daqqa’s sperm from prison.

Earlier this month, the occupation police raided the home of the two freed prisoners, Karim Younis and his cousin Maher in ‘Ara, on direct orders from the occupation security minister, Yoav Gallant.

The occupation police also confiscated earlier 500,000 shekels (one dollar equals approximately 3.4 shekels) from Maher and Karim Younis, claiming that the money was obtained from the prisoners’ allocations provided by the Palestinian Authority.

Today morning, the IOF launched a massive campaign of incursions in the occupied West Bank, during which they arrested a number of Palestinians, including PIJ leaders, most notably Khader Adnan and Commander Khaled Ghwadrah.

Adnan’s wife, Randa Musa, said the Israeli occupation soldiers blew up the doors of the house and assaulted her husband.

During a phone conversation with Al Mayadeen, Musa confirmed that she has no information about the whereabouts of Adnan.

After detaining residents and vandalizing their homes, occupation forces stormed dozens of homes in the occupied West Bank and subjected Palestinians to hours of field investigations.

It is noteworthy that Adnan revealed earlier that he had been subjected to an assassination attempt and confirmed in an interview for Al Mayadeen that he knew the name of the perpetrator.

Adnan is considered the leader of the Battle of the Empty Stomachs against the arbitrary policy of administrative detention in Israeli occupation prisons. 

The occupation released him on November 13, 2018, knowing that on October 29, 2018, he stopped his hunger strike of 58 days, and his family considered this a “third victory for him.” 

Adnan launched a fourth hunger strike after his 2021 arrest. He was liberated 25 days into his hunger strike, achieving his fourth victory against the occupation.

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Al-Quds Brigades Spox: PIJ will never abandon resistance – Exclusive

Today Feb. 5, 2023

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen English 

In the interview, Abu Hamza also touched on the general Palestinian situation and the increasing acts of resistance in the West Bank recently. 

Abu Hamza said Al-Quds Brigades members will never forget the scene of then-Israeli Chief of Staff, Amnon Shahak, walking among the dead Israeli occupation soldiers at the Beit Lid junction crying

In an exclusive interview for Al Mayadeen Online, the military spokesperson for Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine (PIJ), Abu Hamza, revealed the details of the Beit Lid operation in the occupied West Bank.

The Beit Lid operation was carried out on January 22, 1995, and led to the killing of approximately 24 Israeli occupation soldiers, in addition to dozens of injuries.

In the interview, Abu Hamza also touched on the general Palestinian situation and the increasing acts of resistance in the West Bank recently. 

He also conveyed strong-worded messages to the Israeli occupation, through Al Mayadeen Online, on the 28th anniversary of the qualitative operation.

Beit Lid… a blow to the core of the “settlement” project

The military spokesperson for Al-Quds Brigades highlighted the political circumstances that preceded the operation, making the need for implementing a large and effective resistance act a dire necessity. The reason is that the Israeli occupation and its allies were making every effort to create and impose a new political reality on occupied Palestine, under the pretexts of making peace and reaching settlements, by trying to turn the ill-fated “Oslo Accords” a fait accompli that the Palestinian people have no other choice but to accept. 

The Beit Lid operation came to foil this agreement, and through it, the Islamic Jihad Movement consolidated its adherence to resistance as the only option for the liberation of Palestine. The image was clear: Standing up against the scheme of the so-called “peace” even if it meant that the blood of freedom fighters will be spilled. 

On the factors that led the movement to choose the Beit Lid junction in specific to carry out the double operation, Abu Hamza explained that it is an area where a large number of Israeli soldiers usually gather; the same soldiers who terrorize the Palestinian people, and considering that Al-Quds Brigades is committed to a doctrine that demands confronting whoever inflicts terror and evildoings upon the defenseless, proud, and steadfast people, the operation was inevitable.

Abu Hamza continued to say that the Beit Lid operation came out as an achievement at the security level as well, and not just military-wise, as it necessitated bypassing all [Israeli] fortifications, surveillance systems, barriers, and checkpoints, leading to the killing of approximately 24 soldiers and the wounding of dozens.

The military spokesperson recalled that the operation forced the criminal Israeli Prime Minister at the time, Yitzhak Rabin, to address the media and say that the members of the Islamic Jihad in Palestine want to kill Israeli soldiers, “so how do you want me to punish them; do I punish them with death? They’re not afraid of it.”

Abu Hamza also said Al-Quds Brigades members will never forget the scene of then-Israeli Chief of Staff, Amnon Shahak, walking among the dead Israeli occupation soldiers at the Beit Lid junction crying. 

Palestinian resistance mindset… Creativity in infiltration

When asked about the personality of the leader who supervised the operation and how the two resistance members, Anwar Sukkar and Salah Shakir, were prepared for the operation, as well as getting them to the place where they were supposed to carry out the operation, Abu Hamza said, “We recall here the great leader Mahmoud Al-Khawaja, may Allah shower him with mercy,” who was the leader of ‘Qasam’ – PIJ military wing designation at the time – who supervised the operation himself, all the way from choosing the location until the execution of the operation.

The PIJ military spokesperson also recalled the engineer of the explosive devices, commander Mahmoud Al-Zatma, who oversaw the preparation and processing of the explosive packages carried by the martyrs, as well as martyred leaders Ammar Al-Araj and Ayman Al-Razaina.

Abu Hamza shed light on the role and credit of prisoner Abdul Halim Al-Balbeisi who brought the freedom fighters charged with carrying out the operation to the closest point to the Beit Lid junction.

He stressed that the Islamic Jihad Movement and its military wing dealt a mighty security blow to the occupation, manifested by the two resistance members succeeding in leaving the Gaza Strip, crossing the deployed military checkpoints, inspection and surveillance systems, and cameras, reaching the Beit Lid junction, and sacrificing themselves successively, in an act of unrivaled valor.

Today’s armed confrontations; an extension of yesterday’s modus operandi

Regarding Al-Quds Brigades’ view of the recent growing armed confrontations with the occupation in the West Bank, Abu Hamza explained that this revolutionary approach in the West Bank today is but an extension of these heroic operations and the battles that the Palestinian Resistance and Al-Quds Brigades fought in Jenin during the so-called Israeli “Operation Defensive Shield.”

Abu Hamza, through Al Mayadeen, affirmed that the Islamic Jihad Movement has not and will never abandon resistance, neither in the West Bank nor in the Gaza Strip.

Addressing the shameful paths of normalization pursued by some Arab regimes, and answering a question about whether it is possible for the PIJ to overlook such events, the military spokesperson drew his answer from the memory of the Beit Led operation, saying, “The Islamic Jihad Movement and Al-Quds Brigades thwarted all normalization attempts through our blessed operations and battles of Unity of the Battlefields, Seif Al-Quds, and Firm Structure (Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous), just as we previously foiled all attempts to obliterate the right of the Palestinian people through the course of making ‘settlements’.”

On Beit Lid anniversary… Palestine stands strong, free, and eternal homeland to Palestinians

The interviewer indicated that the Beit Lid operation left an everlasting impact to forever be remembered by the Israeli security establishment, revealing that the Israeli occupation built a monument for its soldiers killed at the site of the operation.

On this point, Abu Hamza said the PIJ codenamed the operation the “Double Missile”, considering that the first attack targeting Israeli soldiers was carried out by Anwar Sukkar at the intersection, followed by a second attack carried out by Salah Shakir after Israeli soldiers gathered at the first explosion site.

“Palestine belongs to the Palestinians, and it is a Palestinian, Arab, and Islamic land. We, in Al-Quds Brigades, can never settle for any Zionist presence on this blessed land, PIJ military spokesperson said, addressing the Israeli enemy.

Abu Hamza stressed that Al-Quds Brigades will work to mobilize all potentials and capabilities at the security, military, political, and public levels and direct them toward the course of liberating this Palestinian land.

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Several Palestinians Injured, Detained as IOF Raid Refugee Camp in Occupied West Bank

 February 4, 2023

At least thirteen Palestinians have been injured after Israeli occupation forces stormed Aqbat Jabr camp refugee camp in the Occupied West Bank.

This comes amid fears that the situation across the occupied territories is going to implode in the near future.

The official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported that Israeli occupation troops broke into the camp, located southwest of Ariha in the Jordan Valley, on Saturday morning following a week-long siege.

The report, citing local sources, added that explosions and exchanges of gunfire were heard in the refugee camp later on.

Witnesses said Israeli occupation soldiers opened live fire at Palestinians in the camp, and fired tear gas canisters as well as stun grenades while calling on people at a section of the camp to come out of their homes.

The soldiers broke into a poultry farm, and destroyed it in total.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said three of those injured by the “Israeli” gunfire are in serious condition.

The ministry added that Israeli occupation forces have obstructed entry of Palestinian medics and health personnel to reach their workplaces in Ariha.

Calls were heard in the Aqabat Jabr refugee camp’s mosques to come out and defend the area.

According to local sources, three Palestinians were reportedly arrested – all members of the same family, including a father and his two sons, after Israeli occupation troops surrounded a home in the area.

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Zionist Opposition Calls for Militarization of Protests against Netanyahu’s Government

 February 4, 2023

The former prime minister Ehud Barack described PM Benjamin Netanyahu as Nazi, saying that President Isaac Herzog’s call for running a dialogue with Netanyahu is the same as the call to engage in a dialogue with Nazism.

Zionist Channel 12 indicated that the anti-Netanyahu protests will be escalated this week with 40 spots, including the area next to the premier’s house.

The retired military general David Hudak said that he would be ready to use guns to confront the judicial amendments as proposed by the far right ruling team in the occupation entity.

Accordingly, the Israeli security agencies voiced concerns about the calls for militarization of the protests in the occupation entity as circulated via social media applications.

To Levny, Israeli investor, said that if the judicial amendments get approved, he would leave Palestine and immigrate.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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After Seven Days of Military Siege, Israeli Army Raids Aqbat Jabr Refugee Camp in Jericho (WATCH)

February 4, 2023

Israeli occupation forces storm the Aqbat Jabr camp refugee camp on the outskirts of Jericho. (Photo: via QNN)

At least six Palestinians have been injured after Israeli occupation forces stormed on Saturday the Aqbat Jabr camp refugee camp on the outskirts of the Occupied West Bank city of Jericho, the official news agency WAFA reported.

According to eyewitnesses, Israeli soldiers opened live fire at Palestinians in the camp and fired tear gas and stun grenades while calling on people at a section of the camp to come out of their homes in rainy weather.

The soldiers also reportedly broke into a poultry farm in the camp, completely destroying it.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said in a statement that six people were injured by Israeli army gunfire and taken to the Jericho hospital. One Palestinian was shot in the chest and belly and reported in serious condition while the others were shot in the limbs.

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The Ministry added that the Israeli forces obstructed entry of Palestinian medics and health personnel.

Before leaving Jericho, the Israeli army reportedly detained 10 people from two different families after surrounding their homes and destroying parts of them.

A blockade was imposed on Jericho seven days ago following an attempted shooting at an Israeli-run restaurant located outside the city. No one was hurt in the shooting, but the Israeli army alleges the shooter escaped into Jericho.

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Israel’s Mossad Tasks Spies in Lebanon to Burn Forests Hindering Drones Movement: Syrian Refugee Latest Culprit

 February 3, 2023

The Lebanese army intelligence arrested a 20-year-old Syrian refugee (M.D.), who found a job in Southern Lebanon before another Syrian, living in Turkey, contacted him via Messenger.

“Abu Omar” offered to give M.D. amounts of money in return for carrying out certain assigned tasks.

M.D. managed to carry out a number of tasks, capturing videos that show certain positions and locations, but failed to burn a firm in southern Lebanon.

Security reports mentioned that M.D. was arrested in the beginning of his spy journey, adding that his confessions indicated that he had not known the Zionist identity of “Abu Omar”.

The Lebanese military intelligence concluded that the Israeli Mossad is ordering spies to burn forests that hinder the Zionist drones movement.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

Israel’s Mossad Tasks Spies in Lebanon to Burn Forests Hindering Drones Movement: Syrian Refugee Latest Culprit

February 3, 2023

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The Lebanese army intelligence arrested a 20-year-old Syrian refugee (M.D.), who found a job in Southern Lebanon before another Syrian, living in Turkey, contacted him via Messenger.

“Abu Omar” offered to give M.D. amounts of money in return for carrying out certain assigned tasks.

M.D. managed to carry out a number of tasks, capturing videos that show certain positions and locations, but failed to burn a firm in southern Lebanon.

Security reports mentioned that M.D. was arrested in the beginning of his spy journey, adding that his confessions indicated that he had not known the Zionist identity of “Abu Omar”.

The Lebanese military intelligence concluded that the Israeli Mossad is ordering spies to burn forests that hinder the Zionist drones movement.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

Crisis-hit ‘Israeli’ Regime Doomed To ‘Disintegrate and Decay’

February 02 2023

By Staff, Agencies

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani denounced the spurt in violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds, says the crisis-stricken ‘Israeli’ regime is doomed to degenerate and decay.

In a post published on his Twitter page on Wednesday, the spokesman said the vexatious measures by the occupying regime’s military against resistance fighters will fail to avert its imminent collapse.

“For a regime beset with an array of domestic crises and facing a Palestinian liberation struggle on the three fronts of the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and the 1948 ‘Israeli’-occupied territories, vexatious moves against the united Axis of Resistance will be of no avail,” he wrote.

“Decline and disintegration are inherent in the nature of the bogus [‘Israeli’] regime,” Kanaani added.

The apartheid regime’s aggression in the occupied territories has assumed alarming proportions recently with a spate of military raids and targeted attacks resulting in the cold-blooded killing of a number of young Palestinians.

The regime regularly carries out raids on various cities of the occupied West Bank on the pretext of detaining what it calls “wanted” Palestinians. These raids usually trigger violent confrontations with locals.

The United Nations marked 2022 as the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank in 16 years.

On Monday, the ‘Israeli’ occupation forces killed a young Palestinian man during a military raid on the city of al-Khalil in the southern West Bank.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said 26-year-old Nasim Nayef Salman Abu Fouda was shot in the head after ‘Israeli’ troops stationed at the military checkpoint 160, south of the Ibrahimi Mosque, opened fire on his car.

He was taken to al-Ahli Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The development came a day after Palestinian medical officials said 24-year-old Omar Tareq Saadi died of serious injuries after being shot in the stomach by ‘Israeli’ troops during the violent raid on the Jenin refugee camp on January 26, Palestine’s official Wafa news agency reported. 

The Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs said Saadi was a former prisoner, who had spent about 3 years in ‘Israeli’ jails.

Earlier, the Zionist occupation forces had shot and killed a young Palestinian man over an alleged shooting attempt in the northern part of the West Bank.

Kanaani, in an earlier tweet on Tuesday, condemned the brutal aggression of ‘Israeli’ regime forces against Palestinian women at Damon Prison in the occupied territories after a report said the female detainees were assaulted and beaten violently.

“Beating female Palestinian inmates in #ZionistRegime’s Damon Prison [is] abhorrent,” he wrote, denouncing the double standards of Western governments on human rights and women’s rights.

“Do self-proclaimed rights defenders in Europe & US believe #HumanRights and women’s rights apply to Palestinian prisoners in ‘Israel’s’ horrifying jails?” he asked rhetorically.

The statement came after the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society [PPS] said that officers from the ‘Israeli’ Prison Service [IPS] had violently assaulted and beaten female Palestinian detainees inside Damon Prison.

PALESTINE IS MY CAUSE: NEW POLL SHOWS ARABS REJECTING PUSH TO EMBRACE ISRAEL

FEBRUARY 2ND, 2023

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The latest Arab Opinion Index 2022 is yet more proof that Arab societies are diverse in every possible way, from their assessment of their economic situation and living conditions to their take on immigration, state institutions and democracy, with one single exception: Palestine.

Seventy-six percent of all respondents to the poll, which is carried out annually by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Doha, said that Palestine is a cause for all Arabs, not Palestinians alone.

Three important points must be kept in mind when trying to understand this number:

First, Arabs are not merely expressing sympathy or solidarity with Palestinians. They are irrevocably stating that the Palestinian struggle against the Israeli Occupation is a collective Arab struggle.

Second, these views are the same across all sections of society throughout the entire geographic expanse of the Arab world, from the Gulf to the Maghreb regions.

Third, equally important is that the public opinions that have been examined in the poll come from countries whose governments have either full diplomatic ties with Israel or vehemently reject normalization.

The study is quite extensive, as it included 33,000 individual respondents and was carried out in the period between June to December 2022.

Once again, the Arab people collectively reject normalization with Israel, with Algeria and Mauritania topping the list at 99 percent each.

Though some might discount the detailed study by claiming that Arabs inherently hate Israel due to their deep-seated aversion to the Jews, the study breaks down the reason why Arab masses have such a low opinion of Israel.

When they were asked as to why they reject diplomatic ties between their countries and Israel, the respondents mostly “cited Israel’s colonial and expansionist policies, as well as its racism toward the Palestinians and its persistence in expropriating Palestinian land.”

Only five percent cited religious reasons behind their position, and that too cannot be dismissed as mere religious zealotry, as indeed many Arabs formulate their views based on the moral values enshrined in their religions; for example, the need to oppose and speak out against injustice.

It must be stated that this is hardly new. Arabs have exhibited these views with an unmistakable consistency since the start of the Arab Opinion Index in 2011, and one would dare argue, since the establishment of Israel atop the ruins of Palestine in 1948.

But if that is the case, why are the latest poll results deserving of a discussion?

While examining the American public view of Russia, the state of democracy in the US, or the greatest threat to national security, opinion polls often fluctuate from one year to the other. For example, 70 percent of all Americans considered Russia an ‘enemy’ to the US in March, compared to only 41 percent in January.

The massive jump in two months is not directly related to the Russian war in Ukraine, since Ukraine is not a US territory, but because of the anti-Russia media frenzy that has not ceased for a moment since the beginning of the war.

However, for Arabs, neither media shift in priorities, internal politics, class orientation, nor any other factor, seems to alter the status of Palestine as the leading Arab priority.

In 2017 and 2022, respectively, two American presidents visited the Arab region. Both Donald Trump and Joe Biden labored to execute a major shift in the region’s political priorities.

Biden summed up his agenda in a meeting with six Arab leaders in Jeddah in July by stating, “This trip is about once again positioning America in this region for the future. We are not going to leave a vacuum in the Middle East for Russia or China to fill.”

None of these self-serving priorities seem to be paying any real dividends.

That said, the pressure to dismiss the centrality of Palestine as an Arab cause does not only come from the outside. It is also guided by the internal dynamics of the region itself. For example, some pan-Arab news networks, which put much focus on Palestine in previous years, have been relentlessly and, sometimes, purposely ignoring Palestine as an urgent daily reality in favor of other topics that are consistent with the regional policies of host countries.

Yet, despite all of this, Palestine remains the core of Arab values, struggles and aspirations. How is this possible?

Unlike most Americans, Arabs do not necessarily formulate their views of the world based on the media agenda of the day, nor do they alter their behavior based on presidential speeches or political debates. To the contrary, their collective experiences made them particularly cynical of propaganda and fiery speeches. They formulate their views based on numerous grassroots channels of communication, whether using social media tools or listening to the Friday sermon in their local mosque.

The struggle for Palestine has been internalized in the everyday acts of the average Arab woman or man, from the names they choose for their newborn to the quiet muttering of prayers before falling asleep. No amount of propaganda can possibly reverse this.

Arab public opinion obviously matters, even though most Arab countries do not have functioning democratic systems. In fact, they matter most because of the lack of democracy.

Every society must have a system of political legitimacy, however nominal, for it to maintain relative stability. It means that the collective Arab view in support of Palestinians and rejection of normalization without an end to Israeli Occupation would have to be taken seriously.

Though some Arab governments are listening to their people and thus condition normalization on Palestinian freedom and sovereignty, the US and Israel insist on ignoring the Arab masses, as they have done for many years. However, if Washington believes that it can simply compel the Arabs to hate Russia and China and love Israel while the latter continues to kill Palestinians and occupy their land, it will be sorely disappointed, not only today but for many years to come.

Israel endorses construction of nearly 1,200 new settler units in occupied al-Quds

Thursday, 02 February 2023 6:46 PM  [ Last Update: Thursday, 02 February 2023 6:59 PM ]

A general view shows the illegal settler enclave of Nof Zion located in the heart of the Palestinian neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber in East al-Quds. (File photo by Reuters)

In flagrant defiance of the international outcry against the Tel Aviv regime’s illegal settlement expansion activities and land grab policies in the occupied Palestinian territories, Israeli authorities have approved plans for the construction of more than a thousand new settler units in al-Quds.

The Palestinian Information Center reported on Thursday that Israeli officials have given the green light for plans to build nearly 1,200 units as well as other structures for commercial and public purposes on confiscated Palestinian lands in the neighborhoods of al-Thuri, Jabel al-Mukaber and Sur Baher, as well as in the illegal settlements of Kiryat HaYovel, Arnona and Katamonim.

Emboldened by former US president Donald Trump’s all-out support, Israel has stepped up its illegal settlement construction activities in defiance of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which pronounced settlements in the West Bank and East al-Quds “a flagrant violation under international law.”

Much of the international community regards the Israeli settler units in the occupied lands as illegal.

More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East al-Quds.

All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law. The UN Security Council has condemned Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied territories in several resolutions.

Israeli far-right government seeks increasing illegal settlement units soon.

Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent state with East al-Quds as its capital.

The last round of Israeli-Palestinian talks collapsed in 2014. Among the major sticking points in those negotiations was Israel’s continued illegal settlement expansion.

Many Palestinians believe the Israeli plans to annex one-third of the already occupied West Bank, including parts of the strategic Jordan Valley, is only a formality and that a de facto Israeli occupation of their land has been underway for many years.


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Sunday, 22 January 2023 2:53 PM  [ Last Update: Sunday, 22 January 2023 2:53 PM ]

By Kit Klarenberg 

In the wake of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, which began in February last year, millions of Ukrainian citizens – including women and children – have fled the country to seek refuge elsewhere.

Reports of Ukrainian refugees encountering nightmarish, unsafe conditions in their adopted countries are countless.

Britain’s Homes for Ukraine had been operational less than a month, for example, before the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) demanded official oversight of the scheme be drastically overhauled and “adequate safeguards” put in place to protect against “exploitation” of the scheme’s beneficiaries, due to increasing reports of women “feeling at risk from their sponsors.”

Such a squalid state of affairs nonetheless pales in comparison to the horror that welcomed Ukrainian refugees who took up residence in the Israeli-occupied territories.

local media report published in early January, conveniently dismissed by the Western media, documents widespread abuse, rape, and exploitation – which gives the impression of being facilitated, if not encouraged, by Israeli authorities.

In total, approximately 47,000 Ukrainians not eligible for citizenship under the Israeli regime’s grossly discriminatory Law of Return travelled there following Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, according to the regime’s so-called ‘welfare ministry’. 

Not a single one was accorded formal refugee status, and of these, only around 15,000 remain. And it’s not hard to see why.

Ukrainians fleeing to seek refuge in the Israeli-occupied territories mostly arrived with no possessions or savings and tried to find work to support themselves. 

Yet numerous legal barriers made this initially impossible, and despite subsequent reforms intended to secure employment, many still struggle, bouncing from one insecure, undocumented, poorly paid short-term job to another.

“The reality is that you are locked in some room in the center of Israel and you need to work — a lot. You’re illegal here, your work is illegal, your stay is illegal, and your owner remains fully in control. You can’t do anything,” one refugee quoted in the report laments. 

This sad state of affairs created a veritable feeding frenzy for exploitative employers, who offer employment in return for a sizable cut of a Ukrainian’s earnings. 

The report states how one woman in her 50s was introduced to an Israeli man with “strong business links” in Kiev, who offered her work, an apartment, health insurance, and everything she needed to get started.

Upon arrival, he housed her in a shared room in a cramped apartment rife with mold and fungus, where two other families also lived.

She was forced to work two backbreaking five-hour shifts every day, travelling to and fro in minibuses without air conditioning in the scorching heat. Every time her working day was complete, he deducted half her wages.

Her health has deteriorated sharply since arriving in the occupied territories, and she now experiences migraines and anxiety attacks but is trapped by her employer, according to the report. 

After trying to leave his clutches and find work elsewhere, he threatened to report her to authorities as an undocumented migrant, which would mean she was deported “within 48 hours.”

In July, sharp limits on where Ukrainians could work were introduced, with outright bans on legal employment for refugees in 17 cities, including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, where work is most likely to be found.

The Israeli regime’s outgoing interior minister Ayelet Shaked subsequently imposed further restrictions, prohibiting any Ukrainian who arrived since October from working at all, anywhere.

Telegram and WhatsApp groups offering work with no paper trail have popped up in profusion since February 24 last year. Offers of roles in massage parlours as well as sex work are plentiful. 

In a perverse twist too, several Ukrainians were put up by authorities in a ‘hotel’ that a representative of an organization assisting Russian and Ukrainian Jews described as “literally a brothel.”

They claim a representative of the welfare ministry admitted to knowing the nature of the premises.

Ukrainians staying at the site had windowless rooms and were kept awake by wild parties and the sound of people indulging in illicit sexual activities round the clock elsewhere in the building.

“I feel like Israeli authorities hate us here. It’s as if we smell bad or something,” was how another refugee described her interactions with interior ministry officials.

Most disturbing of all, the report documents how numerous Ukrainians were raped by Israeli men who wrote them letters of invitation, which helped get them out of the warzone. 

In attempting to report these heinous crimes, the victims “encountered a maze of bureaucracy and lost any motivation” to bring their attackers to justice, with police and social services effectively off-limits.

In one instance, a Ukrainian woman reported her rapist to authorities, only to be told via text message after weeks of silence that the charges had been dropped due to “insubstantial” evidence. 

As foreigners in the occupied territories, they are not entitled to free legal aid, and therefore must pay thousands of shekels to private lawyers for basic representation. At least one victim has committed suicide as a result of these horrid experiences.

Very occasionally, these incidents leak out into local media. In March, an Israeli man was arrested on suspicion of breaking into the apartment of a Ukrainian woman in Jaffa, then raping and robbing her.

Two months later, an Ashdod resident was arrested and indicted for the alleged rape of a 19-year-old Ukrainian woman. He reportedly offered to help her find a cleaning job, and under the pretext of giving her a ride to work, drove her instead to a hotel where he raped her.

“Many of these abuses remain at best under the radar of the authorities or at worst wilfully ignored, leaving the victims in a cycle of violence and poverty that only deepens the trauma they have endured to date. The perpetrators remain free to commit further crimes,” the report notes.

Such abuses are all the more perverse when one considers that the Israeli regime loudly advertised its welcome of Ukrainians as a symbol of its “tolerance and progressive values”. There were even more cynical motives at work, too. Initially, it was intended by the apartheid regime that these refugees would further its criminal project of settlement expansion on Palestinian lands.

They were to be given property in the occupied Palestinian territories, in order to populate those areas – deemed as illegal by the United Nations in its multiple resolutions – in the process of transforming them into colonizers and settlers.

The effort was even given an official moniker, “Operation Israeli Guarantees”.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh strongly warned against such misadventure, as Ukrainians arrived at settlements in the occupied West Bank, including Yitzhar, a key base of operations for Zionist extremists who routinely attack indigenous Arabs and steal their property.

It is truly remarkable and obnoxious that not a single Western journalist has deemed this shocking report fit to report on weeks since its publication. 

Nonetheless, such an oversight is understandable and entirely predictable, given the mainstream media’s omerta on the Zionist regime’s vicious, never-ending crimes against the Palestinian people – and it is arguable that conspiracy of silence is precisely why Israelis feel emboldened to mistreat hapless Ukrainian refugees.

In a truly just world, the experience of Ukrainian refugees in the occupied territories would trigger widespread scrutiny of the Zionist project more generally.

For if that murderous ideology’s adherents have no qualm about subjecting people who enjoy nearly universal public and media sympathy across the Western world to such savage abuse, one can only imagine how much worse a captive population suffers under those occupiers. 

Kit Klarenberg is an investigative journalist and MintPresss News contributor exploring the role of intelligence services in shaping politics and perceptions. His work has previously appeared in The Cradle, Declassified UK, Electronic Intifada, Grayzone, and ShadowProof. Follow him on Twitter @KitKlarenberg.

(The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of Press TV.)


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Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (Weekly Update 26 January- 01 February 2023)

 February 2, 2023

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

16 Palestinians were killed, including 7 civilians: one was a woman, by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF)’ fire.  Among those killed, one was shot dead by an Israeli settler, and three, including 2 children, succumbed to their previous injuries. Meanwhile, 51 Palestinians, including 12 children, were injured by IOF fire, and dozens of others suffocated. All those incidents took place in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, except for a child who succumbed to his previous injuries in the Gaza Strip. Details are as follows:

On 26 January 2023, IOF killed 9 Palestinians, including 4 civilians; one of them was a woman, and injured 29 others, including 2 children and 9 seriously injured, during IOF’s incursion into Jenin Refugee camp, west of Jenin. On 29 January 2023, a member of Palestinian armed groups succumbed to his injury. (Details available at PCHR’s press release.)

On the same day, Yousef Yehia Muhassin (22) was killed after being shot with a live bullet in his abdomen and two other Palestinians, including a child, were injured by IOF’s fire during the latter’s incursion into al-Ram village, north of occupied East Jerusalem, and being thrown with stones and Molotov cocktails.

On the same day, Nayif Khaled al-‘Ewidat (11) died after sustaining a shrapnel injury in his head as Israeli warplanes fired a missile at an agricultural land in ‘Abasan village, east of Khan Yunis, on 06 August 2022.

On 27 January 2023, Wadee’ ‘Aziz Abu Romouz (16) succumbed to an explosive bullet injury he sustained in his abdomen on 25 January 2023 during clashes with IOF in Silwan village in occupied East Jerusalem. During his treatment at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, he received around 150 blood units and underwent 3 surgeries to stop the severe bleeding caused by the explosive bullet. Despite his critical health condition, IOF remained him under arrest, tied him to the bed, deployed inside and outside the room, and kept his body in custody.

On the same day, Khairy Mousa ‘Alqam (21) was killed during an exchange of fire with IOF in Beit Hanina village, north of occupied East Jerusalem. ‘Alqam was being chased by IOF after he carried out a shooting attack in Nabi Jacob settlement.

On 29 January 2023, Karam ‘Ali Salman (18) was killed by a settlement guard’s fire in the industrial area, east of Qalqilya, while trying to infiltrate into Kedumim settlement with a rifle as shown in a footage published by the Israeli media.

On 30 January 2023, Naseem Nayif Fouda (26) was killed after being shot with a live bullet in his head while driving his vehicle near a military checkpoint at the entrance to al-Salaymah neighborhood, southeast of al-Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron. ( Details available in PCHR’s press release.)

Meanwhile, those injured were victims of IOF’s excessive use of force and shooting during their incursion into the Palestinian cities and villages, or suppression of peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians, and they were as follows:

On 26 January 2023, 7 Palestinians, including 2 children, were shot with live and rubber-coated bullets during clashes with IOF in front of Beit Eil military checkpoint at the northern entrance to al-Bireh City.

On the same day, 2 Palestinians, including a child, were shot with rubber-coated bullets during clashes with IOF at the northern entrance to Jericho.

Also, a child sustained a live bullet injury in his hand during IOF’s incursion into Tammun village southeast of Tubas. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested a Palestinian.

On 27 January 2023, 3 Palestinians were injured with rubber-coated bullets during IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya.

On the same day, 2 Palestinians, including a child, were injured with rubber-coated bullets during clashes with IOF at ‘Azzun village entrance, east of Qalqilya. Additionally, a child was shot with a rubber-coated bullet during clashes with IOF in southern Qalqilya. 

On 28 January 2023, a Palestinian was injured with an explosive bullet during clashes with IOF in front of Mavi Dotan checkpoint at the entrance to Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin. As a result, part of his right foot was amputated.

On the same day, a child was injured with a live bullet in his right foot during clashes with IOF at Abu al-Rish military checkpoint near al-Ibrahimi Mosque, south of Hebron. Also, a child was shot with 2 live bullets in his foot during IOF’s incursion into Al- Izzariya village in occupied East Jerusalem. Additionally, a child was injured with a live bullet during IOF’s incursion into Bir Nabala village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem.

On 29 January 2023, 2 Palestinians, including a child, were injured by IOF’s fire during clashes with IOF in front of a military watchtower established at the entrance to Nabi Salih village, northwest of Ramallah. The child was shot with a rubber-coated bullet and the other Palestinian was shot with a live bullet.

In the Gaza Strip, 5 IOF shootings were reported on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip.

So far in 2023, IOF attacks killed 36 Palestinians, including 17 civilians; 6 of them were children, and the rest were members of the Palestinian armed groups, including a child and 3 were killed by settlers allegedly for carrying out stabbing and shooting attacks. Meanwhile, dozens were injured in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

Land razing, demolitions, and notices

IOF displaced 5 families of 25, including 12 children and 6 women, after demolishing 5 houses and 8 civilian facilities.  IOF also handed cease-construction notices in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 27 January 2023, IOF forced a Palestinian to self-demolish his 65-sqm house in Jabel Mukaber village in occupied East Jerusalem under the pretext of unlicensed construction, rendering a family of 5, including a woman and 3 children, homeless.

On 28 January 2023, IOF forced a Palestinian to self-demolish his 50-sqm under-construction house in Silwan village in occupied East Jerusalem under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

On 29 January 2023, IOF demolished a 250-sqm house of 2 floors in Jabel Mukaber village in occupied East Jerusalem under the pretext of unlicensed construction. As a result, 3 families of 11, including 4 women and 3 children, were displaced.

On the same day, IOF handed a cease-construction notice for a 100-sqm under-construction house and a 100-sqm tinplate barrack in Al-Burj village, west of Dura in Hebron.

On 30 January 2023, IOF demolished a 200-sqm auto repair shop built of bricks and tinplate in Jabel Mukaber village in occupied East Jerusalem under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

On the same day, IOF demolished 3 livestock barracks built on an area of 150 sqms in Silwan village in occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

On 01 February 2023, IOF demolished a 100-sqm house in Al-Walaja village, northwest of Bethlehem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.  As a result, a family of 9, including a woman and 6 children, was displaced.

On the same day, IOF demolished a 120-sqm under-construction house in Beit Jala village, northwest of Bethlehem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction. Also, IOF demolished a 250-sqm café in Beit Hanina village in occupied East Jerusalem in addition to a 30-sqm wooden room in Silwan village in occupied East Jerusalem.  Moreover, they demolished two 30-sqm containers and a 5-meter retaining wall surrounding a 800-sqm plot of land in Sur Baher village in occupied East Jerusalem under the pretext of unlicensed construction. Meanwhile, IOF demolished a 500-sqm barrack that included agricultural tools and handed 9 cease-construction notices for inhabited and under-construction houses in Deir Ballut village, west of Salfit. 

Since the beginning of 2023, IOF made 31 families homeless, a total of 207 persons, including 27 women and 96 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 31 houses; 5 were forcibly self-demolished by their owners and 3 were demolished on grounds of collective punishment. IOF also demolished 36 other civilian objects, razed other property, and delivered dozens of notices of demolition and cease-construction in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

Settler-attacks on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

Settlers, protected by IOF, carried out 12 attacks on Palestinians and their property in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 27 January 2023, 5 Palestinians were injured with live bullets after an Israeli settler directly opened fire at them at Beita village intersection, southeast of Nablus.

On the same day, Israeli settlers assaulted a Palestinian near Wadi al-Mutawi, west of Kafr ad-Dik village in western Salfit, causing bruises to him. Also, settlers opened fire at Palestinians in Sidat al-Tha’la area, east of Yatta in southern Hebron, but no casualties were reported.

On 28 January 2023, Israeli settlers, under IOF’s protection, burned 3 vehicles and smashed windows and lights of an ambulance belonging to the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in ‘Aqraba and Majdal Bani Fadil villages, southeast of Nablus.

On the same day, setters burned a house, smashed the windows of another, uprooted 6 olive trees, and closed the main street connecting Turmus’Ayya village with Al-Mughayyir village in northern Ramallah. Also, Israeli settlers, protected by IOF, threw stones at Palestinians’ vehicles on a road connecting Nablus with Qalqilya near Kedumim intersection, and on a road connecting Turmus’Ayya village with Al-Mughayyir village, north of Ramallah. They also smashed the windows of 2 vehicles.

On 29 January 2023, settlers beat a Palestinian and fractured his leg, and burned two vehicles in Jalud village, southeast of Nablus.

On 30 January 2023, Israeli settlers, under IOF’s protection, uprooted 50 olive trees and wrote racist slogans dubbed “Death to Arabs” in Sinjil village, northeast of Ramallah.

On the same day, settlers punctured the tires of 30 vehicles in al-Eskan area near the industrial area in Al-Bireh.

On 01 February 2023, settlers punctured the tires of 10 vehicles and wrote racist slogans against Arabs calling for revenge in Deir Dibwan village, east of Ramallah.

Since the beginning of the year, settlers conducted at least 29 attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property.

Collective Punishment:

On 29 January 2023, as part of their collective punishment policy, IOF sealed off a residential apartment in al-Tur village in occupied East Jerusalem. The apartment belongs to the family of Khairy ‘Alqam, who was killed after carrying out a shooting attack in occupied East Jerusalem on 27 January 2023. A As a result, a family of 9, including 5 children and 3 women, were displaced. Following the shooting attack, IOF raided ‘Alqam’s family house, arrested his parents and some of his relative, expelled the rest of his family members, and prevented anyone from entering it. Meanwhile, IOF is still stationed around the house.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 280 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 113 Palestinians were arrested, including 3 women and 8 children; one of them was with a mobility impairment.

So far in 2023, IOF conducted 1103 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 510 Palestinians were arrested, including 8 women and 55 children.

Israeli closure and restrictions on freedom of movement:

Israeli occupation maintains its illegal and inhuman 15-year closure on the Gaza Strip. Details available in PCHR’s monthly-update in the Gaza crossings.

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 110 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 192 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, and arrested 10 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

On 26 January 2023, IOF closed Shu’fat military checkpoint, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, and reopened it later.

On 28 January 2023, IOF blocked traffic at al-Zaytona military checkpoint in al-Tur village and closed with cement cubes the entrance to Anata village in occupied East Jerusalem.

On the same day, IOF closed the western entrance to Husan village to vehicles’ movement, and closed the military checkpoint 300 in northern Bethlehem, and reopened them later.

On 29 January 2023, IOF closed Qalandia and al-Jib checkpoints in occupied East Jerusalem and later reopened them. On the same day, IOF closed the northern and western entrances to Tekoa village and reopened them later.

On 30 January 2023, IOF obstructed vehicles’ movement at Jab’ military checkpoint and closed Qalandia military checkpoint in occupied East Jerusalem and reopened it later. On the same day, IOF tightened restrictions at al-Container military checkpoint in Bethlehem, blocking traffic.

On 31 January 2023, IOF closed the western entrance to Husan village to vehicles’ movement and reopened it later.

On 28 January 2023, IOF tightened restrictions at military checkpoints established at the main and sub entrances to Jericho, including blocking traffic, searching vehicles and checking Palestinians’ IDs. 

So far in 2023, IOF established 618 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 31 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

Resistance confronts Israeli attacks, targets settlements around Gaza

Feb 2, 2023

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen English 

The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades and Al-Mujahideen Brigades announce that their air defenses intercept the IOF’s fighter jets violating the airspace of the Gaza Strip.

Israeli air raids targeted resistance sites in the central Gaza Strip. (AFP)

The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas resistance movement, announced in a statement, at dawn today, that the resistance’s air defenses intercepted Israeli occupation aircraft targeting the Gaza Strip with surface-to-air missiles and also fired surface-to-surface missiles.

Al Mayadeen’s correspondent reported that the Israeli air raids targeted resistance sites in the central Gaza Strip, noting that the Palestinian Resistance responded by deploying its air defense systems against the Israeli warplanes violating the Gaza airspace, using SAMs to intercept the hostile aircraft.

The occupation forces launched a series of raids in Gaza hours after Israeli Police Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir called for an urgent security meeting, following the occupation’s announcement of intercepting a missile fired from Gaza.

Hazem Qassem: Extremist occupation government opens the door to escalation

Hamas’ spokesperson Hazem Qassem said that the Zionist occupation’s raids on Gaza are an example of the cycle of aggression waged against the Palestinian people and their land.

Qassem added that “the presence of the far-right Israeli government and its extremist policies opens the door for escalation.” He also lauded the Al-Qassam Brigades’ heroism in confronting the occupation’s aggression and the bombing of the Strip.

“Al-Qassam Brigades will remain the people’s shield and sword.” 

Al-Mujahideen Brigades: We targeted the Israeli “Nahal Oz” military site

For its part, the Al-Mujahideen Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian Mujahideen Movement, announced in a statement that the Zionist aircraft were confronted with surface-to-air missiles and the “Nahal Oz” military site was targeted with heavy weapons.

The brigades affirmed that the resistance fighters will be on the lookout, and will be fully prepared to confront any aggression against the Palestinians.

In the same context, Israeli media reported that occupation forces arrested 17 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank last night.

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    Palestine is My Cause: Arabs Reaffirm Support for Palestinians, Rejection of the Occupation

    February 1, 2023

    Palestinians in Gaza gathered in large numbers to watch the Morocco-Portugal game at World Cup’s quarterfinals. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

    By Ramzy Baroud

    – Ramzy Baroud is a journalist and the Editor of The Palestine Chronicle. He is the author of six books. His latest book, co-edited with Ilan Pappé, is “Our Vision for Liberation: Engaged Palestinian Leaders and Intellectuals Speak out”. Dr. Baroud is a Non-resident Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA). His website is www.ramzybaroud.net

    The latest Arab Opinion Index 2022 is yet more proof that Arab societies are diverse in every possible way, from their assessment of their economic situation and living conditions to their take on immigration, state institutions and democracy. With one single exception: Palestine.

    76 percent of all respondents to the poll, which is carried out annually by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Doha, said that Palestine is a cause for all Arabs, not Palestinians alone.

    Three important points must be kept in mind when trying to understand this number:

    First, Arabs are not merely expressing sympathy or solidarity with Palestinians. They are irrevocably stating that the Palestinian struggle against the Israeli Occupation is a collective Arab struggle.

    Second, these views are the same across all sections of society throughout the entire geographic expanse of the Arab world, from the Gulf to the Maghreb regions.

    Third, equally important is that the public opinions that have been examined in the poll come from countries whose governments have either full diplomatic ties with Israel or vehemently reject normalization.

    The study is quite extensive, as it included 33,000 individual respondents and was carried out in the period between June to December 2022.

    Once again, the Arab people collectively reject normalization with Israel, with Algeria and Mauritania topping the list at 99 percent each.

    Though some might discount the detailed study by claiming that Arabs inherently hate Israel due to their deep-seated aversion to the Jews, the study breaks down the reason why Arab masses have such a low opinion of Israel.

    When they were asked as to why they reject diplomatic ties between their countries and Israel, the respondents mostly “cited Israel’s colonial and expansionist policies, as well as its racism toward the Palestinians and its persistence in expropriating Palestinian land.”

    Only five percent cited religious reasons behind their position and that too cannot be dismissed as mere religious zealotry, as indeed many Arabs formulate their views based on the moral values enshrined in their religions; for example, the need to oppose and speak out against injustice.

    It must be stated that this is hardly new. Arabs have exhibited these views with an unmistakable consistency, since the start of the Arab Opinion Index in 2011 and one would dare argue, since the establishment of Israel atop the ruins of Palestine in 1948.

    But if that is the case, why are the latest poll results deserving of a discussion?

    While examining the American public view of Russia, the state of democracy in the US, or the greatest threat to national security, opinion polls often fluctuate from one year to the other. For example, 70 percent of all Americans considered Russia an ‘enemy’ to the US in March, compared to only 41 percent in January.

    The massive jump in two months is not directly related to the Russian war in Ukraine, since Ukraine is not a US territory, but because of the anti-Russia media frenzy that has not ceased for a moment since the beginning of the war.

    However, for Arabs, neither media shift in priorities, internal politics, class orientation or any other factor seem to alter the status of Palestine as the leading Arab priority.

    In 2017 and 2022 respectively, two American presidents visited the Arab region. Both Donald Trump and Joe Biden labored to execute a major shift in the region’s political priorities.

    Biden summed up his agenda in a meeting with six Arab leaders in Jeddah in July by stating, “This trip is about once again positioning America in this region for the future. We are not going to leave a vacuum in the Middle East for Russia or China to fill.”

    None of these self-serving priorities seem to be paying any real dividends.

    That said, the pressure to dismiss the centrality of Palestine as an Arab cause does not only come from the outside. It is also guided by the internal dynamics of the region itself. For example, some pan-Arab news networks, which put much focus on Palestine in previous years, have been relentlessly and, sometimes, purposely, ignoring Palestine as an urgent daily reality in favor of other topics that are consistent with the regional policies of host countries.

    Yet, despite all of this, Palestine remains the core of Arab values, struggles and aspirations. How is this possible?

    Unlike most Americans, Arabs do not necessarily formulate their views of the world based on the media agenda of the day, nor do they alter their behavior based on presidential speeches or political debates. To the contrary, their collective experiences made them particularly cynical of propaganda and fiery speeches. They formulate their views based on numerous grassroots channels of communication, whether using social media tools or listening to the Friday sermon in their local mosque.

    The struggle for Palestine has been internalized in the everyday acts of the average Arab woman or man; from the names they choose for their newborn, to the quiet muttering of prayers before falling asleep. No amount of propaganda can possibly reverse this.

    Arab public opinion obviously matters, even though most Arab countries do not have functioning democratic systems. In fact, they matter most because of the lack of democracy.

    Every society must have a system of political legitimacy, however nominal, for it to maintain relative stability. It means that the collective Arab view in support of Palestinians and rejection of normalization without an end to Israeli Occupation would have to be taken seriously.

    Though some Arab governments are listening to their people and thus condition normalization on Palestinian freedom and sovereignty, the US and Israel insist on ignoring the Arab masses, as they have done for many years. However, if Washington believes that it can simply compel the Arabs to hate Russia and China and love Israel, while the latter continues to kill Palestinians and occupy their land, it will be sorely disappointed, not only today, but for many years to come.

    Lions’ Den strikes Israeli checkpoint in besieged Nablus

    February 01 2023

    Photo Credit: The Cradle

    Such hit-and-run tactics are a common strategy used by the Lions’ Den against Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank

    ByNews Desk- 

    The Palestinian Lions’ Den resistance group attacked an Israeli military checkpoint in Nablus on 1 February, as Israel’s National Security Minister Ben Gvir announced new measures against Palestinian prisoners.

    The Lions’ Den announced the attack on its official Telegram group, saying that they “unleashed volleys of bullets on Sirra checkpoint to the west of Nablus” and that they could “withdraw safely” without losing any men.

    Such hit-and-run tactics are a common strategy used by the Lions’ Den against Israeli forces to break their grip on a besieged area in the occupied West Bank.

    The attack happened while Israel’s National Security Minister announced the closure of prisoner bakeries in the Ramon and Ketziot jails, a move viewed as collective punishment against Palestinian prisoners.

    Ben Gvir’s office released a statement, saying, “The minister’s policy is to deny benefits and indulgences to terrorists imprisoned in Israel, to deny them benefits that can be denied by law and certainly to deny them rights that for some reason only terrorists and not criminal prisoners have.”

    Prisons for Palestinians in Israel have been the scene of protest and acts of resistance in recent months, with reoccurring hunger strikes violently suppressed due to the public’s fear of another intifada.

    The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) released a report on 31 January detailing the developments occurring across Israeli prisons in the aftermath of Israel’s massacre in Jenin and the subsequent Palestinian retaliation in Jerusalem.

    According to the PPS, authorities in the Israeli Damon prison carried out a ‘massive crackdown’ on female prisoners, resulting in physical assaults against them and the unwarranted confiscation of their belongings.

    In an allegedly leaked voice recording from Damon prison, an unidentified female Palestinian prisoner released an audio, saying, “Free people of Palestine, heroes of our resistance. From the prison of Damon, where your mothers and sisters are held hostage, where your daughters are abused, we raise our voices in the face of anyone who fears your liberation.”

    The last few days have witnessed a dangerous and unprecedented escalation of tensions, and the Palestinian resistance has announced its readiness for the outbreak of all-out war.

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    The More the Palestinian Resistance Grows the Weaker the ‘Israeli’ Entity Turns

    February 1, 2023

    By Mohammad Youssef

    Palestine today is the major headline of all the news in the region. The resistance of the Palestinian people, particularly the youth, has ushered in a new era of struggle against the ‘Israeli’ occupation.

    One day, after the horrible massacre by the ‘Israeli’ forces in Jenin, which left ten Palestinian people martyred, a twenty-one-year-old Palestinian, Khayri Alqam, killed eight Zionist settlers in the occupied holy city of al-Quds thus enacting the punishment against the temporary ‘Israeli’ apartheid regime.

    It is worth mentioning that this heroic operation took place under the nose of the ‘Israeli’ intelligence apparatuses and was considered a shameful failure for all of the regime’s monitoring and alarming systems.

    The importance of the operation is that it comes as part of a thread of operations where the new and young generation of Palestine is racing to fight the occupation and inflict losses against those occupiers.

    It also came to prove the Palestinian determination to unify the fronts against the enemies where the occupiers cannot apply their strategies to isolate the resistance.

    More importantly, this new trend of the resistance operations conveys a deep sense of national zeal and keen awareness about the real enemy of the umma which the ‘Israelis’ represent. After years of systematic brainwash policies and propaganda to present the Zionist enemy as a friend of the Arab and Islamic umma, the new generation has given a live and vivid testimony about the failure of the enemies’ propaganda in this regard.

    A new survey that was published a month ago showed that only a very slim segment of society accepted to normalize the relation with the ‘Israeli’ entity.

    The different Palestinian military resistance factions are under a challenge of advancing their efforts to present a new version of their resistance styles to match the creativity of the Palestinian people that never ceases to bring new methods to fight the occupation.

    These operations have portrayed a vivid image about the kind of patience that the Palestinian people enjoys and how great is their commitment to their cause and their trust of achieving victory.

    On the other hand, the ‘Israeli’ occupiers are showing signs of weakness and bankruptcy on all levels. Their military is not at its best, and their intelligence systems are proving complete failure. Their political leadership is in complete chaos and shows vertical division that is deeply entrenched in the society itself.

    For the first time in its entire history, the Tel Aviv regime is highly divided in its choices over almost everything, it is vulnerable to go into a civil strife, especially after the demonstrations against the new government leveled unprecedented accusations of corruption and warmongering to its members.

    The new scene in Palestine is a very optimistic and colorful one. It is full of trust and hope that the victory is looming and will come soon… sooner than any time in the past!

    From Tennessee to Palestine: What Happened to Cause and Effect?

    January 30, 2023

    Israeli forces raided Jenin and killed nine people. (Photo: via ActiveStills.org)
    – Benay Blend earned her doctorate in American Studies from the University of New Mexico. Her scholarly works include Douglas Vakoch and Sam Mickey, Eds. (2017), “’Neither Homeland Nor Exile are Words’: ‘Situated Knowledge’ in the Works of Palestinian and Native American Writers”. She contributed this article to The Palestine Chronicle.

    By Benay Blend

    In the past few days, Palestine has witnessed heightened aggression by the Zionist government, while in the United States, five Memphis policemen brutally beat a young man to death after a routine traffic stop.

    On the surface, these events are not related. A closer look at mainstream news coverage as well as systemic problems embedded in each society reveals how much they have in common.

    On January 26, 2023, an article by Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network led with the headline “Massacre in Jenin: Resistance Continues Amid Occupation Killing of at Least 9 Palestinians,”  followed by a photo of grieving women. The caption reads “Jenin bleeds but resists,” which is why Israel chose to murder 9 Palestinians that day, including a 61-year-old woman.

    When CNN covered the same event it quoted no Palestinians, except for the Palestinian Authority (PA), but merely repeated justifications for the massacre from Israeli security forces, specifically that they were after a “terror squad [operating in Jenin] belonging to the Islamic Jihad terror organization.”

    In this way, mainstream news turns resistance fighters into “terrorists” by quoting the perpetrators of the violence. “The Islamic Jihad terror operatives were heavily involved in executing and planning multiple major terror attacks, including shooting attacks on IDF soldiers and Israeli civilians,” the joint statement from the Israel Defense Forces, Israel Security Agency and Border Police said, thereby defending a preemptive massacre based on what might or might not happen.

    On January 7, 2023, five Memphis police stopped Tyre Nichols, a young black man, for alleged “reckless driving.” In early reporting, CNN said that “a confrontation occurred” between the driver and police, after which he “fled on foot.” When the police apprehended him “another confrontation occurred” followed by his arrest.

    After the release of bodycam footage and a surveillance camera mounted to a pole, the media changed its story. What the recordings showed was not a “confrontation,” but five black policemen viciously using their fists and a baton to beat a young, handcuffed man to death. The initial reaction is important, though, because it illustrated the ways that mainstream media listened only to the police in much the same way that they accepted as truth what Zionist officials held as their version of the massacre in Jenin.

    In both cases, there is no effort to analyze cause and effect. Events are portrayed as singular in form, as if the occupation had not been abusing the occupied since 1948 as if there had never been a black person murdered by the police before Tyre Nichols.

    In the foreword to Ramzy Baroud’s The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story (2018), Ilan Pappé describes Al-Nakba al-Mustamera, the ongoing Nakba (catastrophe), which he writes is “a common Palestinian reference to the age and time they have been living in during the last seventy years” (p. xi). In other words, the Nakba of 1948 is not merely a historical event but rather it comprises all of the oppression that they have been living under to this day.

    “And indeed,” continues Pappé, “examining the history of the Zionist movement in Palestine, it transpires clearly that the settler colonial project that commenced in the late nineteenth century is not over yet; as is the struggle against it” (p. xi).

    Yet Western media seldom looks back at the Zionist entity’s actions that resulted in a response, so consequently, resistance fighters are portrayed as terrorists whose deaths are justified in this light. Since the massacre at Jenin, there have been several reprisals on the part of the resistance, the first, the shooting of several Israelis in a Jerusalem synagogue, portrayed by police chief Yaakov Shabtai as “one of the worst terror attacks in the past few years.”

    There is very little mention of what promoted the shooting, not only the massacre in Jenin but also the 75 years that came before it. In her recent book Imagining Palestine: Cultures of Exile and National Identity (2023), Tahrir Hamdi explains that “the violence of the colonizer is aimed at dehumanization and repression, but the violence of the colonized is meant to end that repression and to rehumanize the oppressed” (p. 146.) In this way, she continues, the colonized undergoes a transformation of the colonized into an “empowered being who is able to create the kind of fear in the colonizer that the colonizer created in the colonized” (p. 147).

    This lack of context carries over to the United States each time a person of color, but also the poor of any race, are murdered by the police. “This is not just a professional failing,” Police Chief Cerelyn “CJ” Davis said. “This is a failing of basic humanity toward another individual. This incident was heinous, reckless and inhumane. And in the vein of transparency, when the video is released in the coming days, you will see this for yourselves.”

    In this way, the murder of Tyre Nichols by the police is treated as a lone event committed by a couple of individuals who lacked humanity. Nevertheless, as activist/journalist Jon Jeter notes, the goal of the news and entertainment industry is to “decontextualize violence such as that visited upon this young brotha in Memphis and depict it as an isolated, aberrant occurrence.”

    The reality is more “grotesque,” he adds, than the horrible scenes witnessed on the tapes. “America is an apartheid state,” he concludes (and here Jeter might include “Israel” as it is much the same). “It is organized around the principle of white supremacy.” So when it “terrorizes 42 million black people on the streets, in the schools, and courtrooms and workplaces,” the goal is to convince their targets that they are a “defeated people, and that any effort to resist is futile.”

    As grass-roots organizer Bree Newsome Bass stated on Twitter: “How can it be racist if the police are Black? Because the institution of policing itself is racist.” Dating back to the days when Black people worked on the slave patrols, there as always been racism embedded in the system, so no amount of promoting diversity on the force will help. What is important is that people of color and the poor are most often victims of the system.

    There are other similarities between the Zionist state and this culture of violence in the United States. When asked if the five police, in this case, will likely be indicted for their crimes, Ajama Baraka replied:

    “They are scheduled to be sacrificed for the system – so yeah. Even if it is on lesser charges. That is why the Feds are around also. They will prosecute also if the state charges don’t stick. This is way beyond Memphis now. It is an ideological issue for the settler state globally so they are toast.”

    Indeed, policing in the United States is a global issue. Palestine is Here, a website that tracks various exchanges with the Zionist state has documented that the Memphis police department has long sent its officers to Israel for training. In 2002, shortly after 911, the first training expedition took place under the guise of learning about “counter-terrorism,” which translated to mean how to deal with the unruly populations in your country. “Rather than promoting security for all, these programs facilitate an exchange of methods of state violence and control, including mass surveillance, racial profiling, and suppression of protest and dissent.”

    Considering that policing began as a method to catch enslaved people who had run away from their masters, the force would still be racist even without the benefit of learning from their Israeli counterparts. Still, it links both settler colonial states in a common purpose: to control the oppressed in both countries.

    “Jenin is bleeding and resisting,” concludes Samidoun, yet it is “refusing security coordination with the occupation and continuing to struggle, despite massacre after massacre, with the entire Palestinian people for the liberation of Palestine.” Despite all efforts to erase, intimidate, and invoke fear in the beleaguered population in Palestine and the US as well, the struggle for liberation goes on invoking all of us to support the occupied in their struggle for liberation and justice around the world.

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