Zionist Entity Agreed to Gaza Ceasefire But Chose Not to Announce It

August 12, 2018

Israeli security cabinet

The Zionist security cabinet decided earlier this week to a ceasefire with Hamas Palestinian resistance group, one of the cabinet members said.

The cabinet member said Tel Aviv agreed to the ceasefire but chose not to publicize the information at the time, the Jerusalem Post Israeli daily reported, citing the Israeli Army Radio.

The Israeli security cabinet met to decide how to get Hamas to agree to a ceasefire and the prospect of a military operation in Gaza was not seriously discussed, according to Zionist entity’s Army Radio.

This, despite security cabinet members and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman hinting at such a possibility earlier Thursday, came after a four-hour meeting Thursday night at the tail-end of a violent two-day flare-up between in Gaza, J-Post added.

Gaza witnessed in the last weeks several skirmishes between the Zionist occupation and Palestinian resistance. Israeli airstrikes hit dozens of targets across Gaza and the Palestinian resistance retaliate with launching rockets into the occupied territories.

SourceJerusalem Post

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

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21 Jun  10:26 PM

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

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

(13 – 20 June 2018)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Summary

 

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

 

Shooting:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Incursions:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Details

 

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

 

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Thursday, 14 June 2018

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Friday, 15 June 2018

 

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

 

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

 

Saturday, 16 June 2018:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sunday, 17 June 2018

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Monday, 18 June 2018

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

  1. Continued closure of the oPt

 

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

 

Gaza Strip

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Movement at Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing

(12-19 June 2018)

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

 

 

 

Note:

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

  • Ramallah and al-Bireh:

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

  • Salfit:

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

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

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

 

  • Nablus:

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

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

 

 

Arrests at Military Checkpoints:

 

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

 

  • Efforts to Create A Jewish majority

 

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

 

  • Arrests and Incursions:

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

House Demolitions and Notices:

 

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

 

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

 

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

 Israeli forces’ attacks

 

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

 

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

 

 

Recommendations to the International Community

 

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

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

Netanyahu Uncensored – must watch!

June 11, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon

’Israel’ Rejects Ahed Tamimi’s Request for Release, Murders Relative

06-06-2018 | 23:26

 
“Israel” Prison Service’ on Wednesday rejected a request by Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi, to cut a third of her sentence.
 
Ahed Tamimi
 
In its decision, “Israel” claimed a “lack of regret, the severity of the offenses and an assessment of the danger she poses.”


Ahed Tamimi, arrested since December 19, is well-known for targeting an “Israeli” officer and soldier, who were attacking her family and home.
Meanwhile, “Israeli” forces have shot and killed a 21-year-old Palestinian during a raid in a village near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

The incident took place in the village of Nabi Salih on Wednesday. Clashes erupted after “Israeli” troops stormed a number of houses there.

The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the victim as Izza Abdul-Hafiz al-Tamimi, adding that Zionist forces had directly fired three bullets at him.

Palestinian activist Bilal Tamimi told the official Wafa news agency that “Israeli” soldiers had prevented Palestinian medical teams from attending the youth.

Another Palestinian was also injured in the clashes.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team 

» The resistance equations, its makers, and its partners… On the Resistance and Liberation Day معادلات المقاومة وصنّاعها وشركاؤها… في العيد

 

The resistance equations, its makers, and its partners… On the Resistance and Liberation Day

مايو 27, 2018

 

Written by Nasser Kandil,

Some Lebanese may live on the Resistance and Liberation Day as an additional ordinary holiday because the country of sects and regions has lost many of the elements of the national sense. The occupation during two decades of the age of Lebanon was an issue that belongs to its people who suffered from it and its humiliation and who sacrificed their sons and daughters. Many Lebanese were among spectators, neutral, or complainers from the exaggeration of refusing compromises that must be accepted in balances of what is so-called the political realism. Despite the failure of the compromises in ensuring the Israeli withdrawal and the winning of the resistance which bet on the blood of its martyrs there were those who said before the liberation that the presence of the resistance complicates this withdrawal. The state seemed conspired with the occupation until the fall of the seventeenth of May and it became neutral until the arrival of the General Emile Lahoud to presidency. At his era the state accompanied the resistance, this means that the consensus on the resistance was not a condition for the completion rather its acceptance was the end of the ability to complete. Furthermore, the subjection of the resistance to the logic of a state means its end and the fall of all its achievements, since every time has its equations. The only acceptable consensus is the consensus on the future of the resistance after the liberation, where no decision is taken without its acceptance. The relationship between the resistance and the state is a friendly accommodation between two necessities for the survival of the homeland and its strength.

The generation which accompanied the course of the resistance since the occupation in 1983 and shared its sacrifices and its achievements is a generation that is must be integrated not competed. That generation recognizes that the youth of the Islamic resistance were the most efficient to carry the banner until victory. Hezbollah’s leaders do not deny that they established and accumulated on what they inherited of those who preceded them from the Mujahideen of Amal Movement and the resistance fighters of the Lebanese national resistance in its national and leftist wings. Both of them have unforgettable heroisms and undeniable contributions. The resistance became the collective movement of those who were truly distinguished by the honesty of their choice and the greatness of their sacrifices; they have martyrs and many honorable symbols. For those without exception we owed the celebration, the happiness, and the feeling of pride and dignity.

We remember on the first days of the birth of the resistant action, many figures who do not fear dangers; they put in front of their eyes the humiliation of the occupier without any considerations, some of them became martyrs and some of them are still continuing without arrogance their roles as resistance fighters, strugglers, politicians, writers, or contributors in the public affair. Damascus was bringing us together, we who are observed and eavesdropped or sometimes planned to be killed. Damascus at that time was not mere a safe place for meeting, rather it was our operations room, a training center, and a source of weapons, it remained like that despite all the structural changes in its institutions and the structural changes of forces concerned with the resistance. Damascus which a Lebanese-Syrian corruption front which stemmed from the convergence of two resistance fronts wanted to distort its role and to mix between its honest partners in losses and its opportunists and beneficiaries of gains away from the source of the gains. Damascus, which it is fair to recognize that without it the resistance would not be as it is now.

As in Damascus in Tehran the resistance fighters meet, they get the support and the auspices to support the course of this resistance and to make its victory imminent. Many fighters were boasting of their identity and their cause away from their country in which they fear and feel afraid to disclose their identity and their cause. Even in the era of the rising force of the resistance, the resistance fighters in Damascus and Tehran were called in their names as resistant while in their country their names became symbols of guardianship or the group of Syria and Iran. As the liberation was a festival for all Lebanon, as the victory in July 2006 and the victory in May 2000. Some Lebanese remained refusing the partnership in victory and refusing considering it a victory; their eyes are as Israel on the resistance weapon asking the same questions about its fate.

On the Liberation and Resistance Day, a call to think quietly and to contemplate; will we have a homeland before we reconcile on right and wrong in our modern history? Was Israel indeed an occupation? Was the resistance the right national expression to confront that occupation, or was our history related under the name of the civil wars or the wars of others on our land?  Was the division on the occupation between the dealing and the resistance a kind of a civil war or a kind of the manipulation of others?

The painful fact which some find it difficult to accept is that the real civil war is being formed by changing the concepts of patriotism, occupation and resistance in order not to embarrass each other. Therefore the history becomes courtesy and hypocrisy and the national hypocrisy becomes the shortest way to the civil war, while the national agreement begins from the acknowledgement of the facts of history.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

معادلات المقاومة وصنّاعها وشركاؤها… في العيد

مايو 25, 2018

ناصر قنديل

– قد يعيش بعض اللبنانيين عيد التحرير والمقاومة كعطلة إضافية عادية، لأنّ بلد الطوائف والمناطق ضرب الكثير من مقوّمات الحسّ الوطني، حتى كان الاحتلال خلال عقدين من عمر لبنان قضية تخصّ أهله الذين ذاقوا مرارته وذله وصنعوا من أبنائهم وبناتهم مقاومته، وكان الكثير من باقي اللبنانيين بين متفرّج ومحايد أو متبرّم مما يسمّيه المبالغة في رفض تسويات لا بدّ من قبولها في موازين ما يسمّيه الواقعية السياسية. ورغم فشل وَصْفَات التسويات في تأمين الانسحاب الإسرائيلي، وفوز المقاومة برهانها المعقود على دماء شهدائها، بقي مَن يقول قبيل التحرير إنّ وجود المقاومة يعقّد هذا الانسحاب، أما على مستوى الدولة فقد بدأت متآمرة مع الاحتلال حتى إسقاط اتفاق السابع عشر من أيار، وصارت محايدة حتى وصول العماد إميل لحود إلى رئاسة الجمهورية، فرافقت المقاومة لسنتين من عهده. وهذا يعني أنّ الإجماع على المقاومة ما كان يوماً شرطاً للإنجاز، بل كان القبول به نهاية لقدرة الإنجاز، كما يعني أنّ إخضاع المقاومة لمنطق الدولة بالمطلق يعني موتها وسقوط كلّ إنجازها. فالمعادلات التي تصحّ بتطبيق منطقها بمفعول زمن مضى لا تصحّ لزمن آتٍ، والإجماع الوحيد المقبول هو الإجماع على مستقبل المقاومة بعد التحرير، أيّ اشتراط قبول أهلها بكلّ ما يخصّها، حيث لا قرار بدون رضاها، والعلاقة بينها وبين الدولة هي مساكنة ودية بين ضرورتين لبقاء الوطن وقوّته ومنعته على السياسيين اكتشاف معادلاته وصناعتها.

– الجيل الذي رافق مسيرة المقاومة منذ الاحتلال عام 1982، وتشارك تضحياتها وصناعة إنجازاتها، وتناوب على ريادة ساحاتها، هو جيل يتكامل ولا يتنافس، ويقرّ كلّ أبنائه بأنّ شباب المقاومة الإسلامية كانوا الأكفأ بحمل الراية حتى النصر، بينما لا يغفل قادة حزب الله أنهم أسّسوا وراكموا على ما ورثوه ممن سبقوا، من مجاهدي حركة أمل ومناضلي المقاومة الوطنية اللبنانية بجناحيها القومي واليساري، وقد كان لكلّ منهما بطولات لا تُنسى وإسهامات لا تُنكر، فصارت المقاومة هي التيار الجامع لكلّ هؤلاء الذين تميّزوا بصدق خيارهم وعظيم تضحياتهم، ولهم شهداء وأحياء ترفع القبعة لهم، وقد صار بعض تضحياتهم منسياً، وبعض عائلاتهم ومنها أسر لشهداء كبار، تعيش الحسرة والقهر والفقر، فلهؤلاء بلا استثناء ندين بالعيد والفرحة وشعور العزة والكرامة.

– نستذكر في تلك الأيام الأولى لولادة العمل المقاوم قامات شامخة بالعنفوان، لا تأبه المخاطر، وضعت نصب أعينها إذلال المحتلّ وقهره بلا حساب، بعضهم صار شهيداً وبعضهم لا يزال يواصل بتواضع النأي عن التباهي دوره مقاوماً أو مناضلاً أو سياسياً أو كاتباً أو مساهماً عن بُعد في الشأن العام، والذي يجب أن تتضمّنه كلّ شهادة للتاريخ هو أنّ الشام وحدها كانت تجمعنا نحن الذين كان كلّ لقاء يضمّ منا إثنين تراقبه العيون، وتترصّده آلات التنصّت والقتل أحياناً. ودمشق يومها لم تكن مجرد مكان آمن للقاء، بل كانت غرفة عملياتنا، ومركز التدريب ومصدر السلاح، وبقيت كذلك مع كلّ التغيّرات في هيكيلية مؤسسات الدولة فيها، وتغييرات هيكيلية القوى المعنية بالمقاومة. دمشق التي أراد تلازم فساد لبناني سوري نشأ على ضفاف تلازم مسارين مقاومين أن يشوّه دورها ويخلط بين شركائها الصادقين في خيارات الغرم، وبين المتنفعين الوصوليين ناقلي البنادق من كتف إلى كتف من أهل الغنم، بمعزل عن مصدر الغنم وعنوانه، هي دمشق التي يقتضي الإنصاف بالإعتراف أنه لولاها لما كان للمقاومة كثير مما كان.

– كما في دمشق في طهران، وكما من دمشق من طهران، يلتقي المقاومون دون أن يسألهم أحد عن غير حال المقاومة، ويتلقون الرعاية والمؤازرة، في ما يدعم مسيرة هذه المقاومة ويجعل نصرها قريباً. وبحسرة يذكر كثير من المقاومين أنهم كانوا يفاخرون بالمجاهرة بهويتهم وقضيتهم في غير بلدهم، الذي كانوا فيه يخشون ويحسبون ألف حساب لانكشاف هويتهم واكتشاف قضيتهم، وحتى في زمن قوة المقاومة وانتصاراتها بقي المقاومون يُعرَفون في دمشق وطهران وتجري مناداتهم بصفاتهم كمقاومين، بينما في بلدهم صار اسمهم رموز الوصاية أو جماعة سورية وإيران. وكما كان التحرير عيداً يهديه المقاومون لكلّ لبنان كان النصر في تموز 2006، ومثلما كان في أيار 2000، بقي بعض اللبنانيين يرفض الشراكة في النصر، ويرفض بالأصل اعتباره نصراً، وعينه كما عين «إسرائيل» على سلاح المقاومة، ويطرح أسئلتها ذاتها عن مصيره.

– في عيد التحرير والمقاومة دعوة لتفكير هادئ وتأمّل، ليقف الجميع أمام حقيقة، هل يكون لنا وطن قبل أن نتصالح على حقيقة الصواب والخطأ في تاريخنا الحديث، وليس القديم، هل كانت «إسرائيل» احتلالاً بالفعل؟ وهل كانت المقاومة هي التعبير الوطني الصحيح عن التصدي لهذا الاحتلال، أم انّ كلّ تاريخنا موصول باسم حروب أهلية، أو حروب الآخرين على أرضنا، وفي قلبه يصير الانقسام حول الاحتلال بين التعامل والمقاومة بعضاً من الحرب الأهلية، أو بعضاً من تلاعب الآخرين بنا؟

– الحقيقة الجارحة التي يصعب ربما على البعض قبولها، هي أنّ الحرب الأهلية الحقيقية يجري التأسيس لها بتمييع مفهوم الوطنية، والاحتلال، والمقاومة، فقط كي لا يُحرج بعضنا بعضاً، فيصير التاريخ فعل مجاملات ونفاقاً، والنفاق الوطني أقصر طرق الحروب الأهلية، بينما الوفاق الوطني يبدأ من الإقرار مرةً بحقائق التاريخ.

 

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President Lahoud to Al-Ahed: Liberation One of the Most Beautiful Days in My Life

Fatima Salameh

25-05-2018 | 08:49

It would not be a “Resistance and Liberation” holiday without hearing from him. He holds the title of the pro-resistance president and the “man” – described as such by the master of victory.

Emile Lahoud

His national and historic positions, which never abandoned the resistance, testify to that. The path of President Emile Lahoud, the nationalist, is full of honorable stances that carried Lebanon from the age of dependency to liberation. He defended the resistance before he knew them. It is enough that he is one of those who sought to liberate the land. The historic victory of 2000 was the pride of his reign and the result of his courageous positions that supported the path of Jihad at a time when the entire world stood against him. He was offered a lot in exchange for abandoning this path. He chose to work with conscience and in accordance with his convictions, which are not bought and sold.

In an interview with al-Ahed, President Lahoud recalls many stages, from his time as commander of the Lebanese army to the time he took over the presidency. His does not conceal his “joy” with the liberation of the land during his reign. He describes this event with pride. He tells how he learned about Hezbollah and its leader for the first time and how very proud he was of meeting him [the leader]. He often expresses his happiness that he is living in the time of the resistance fighters, who have returned Lebanon’s stolen dignity.

Emile Lahoud

Below is the script of the interview:

Eighteen years after liberation, what does President Emile Lahoud remember from that era?

It is the most beautiful day of my life. Before that date, there was no hope that we would be able to regain our dignity. Our land has been occupied for 22 years. All the officials who inherited the government were accustomed to this issue until it became obvious. Truthfully, I never heard of Hezbollah. When I took over as army commander, I was living in Rayak. The atmosphere was charged against Hezbollah. When I wanted to visit my family in the north, they used to send me telegrams asking me to be careful and watch out for Hezbollah members who intended to kill me. However, the teaching inside the house, which does not know a path of sectarianism, made me not interested in the matter, even though the picture in my mind drawn about Hezbollah is that it was a Takfiri group. When did I learn of Hezbollah? It was in 1991, when I took over the army command. A decision was issued by the Lebanese state to position the army in the South. I went to Tyre. One of the officers told me: “For 22 years, I was deployed here. I was a company commander and we received instructions that ‘if a militant is caught, we must hand him over to the intelligence services, who in turn will imprison him.’ You are a new army commander, what are your instructions for me in such a case?”

I asked him, what is their nationality, are they Palestinians? He said no, they are Lebanese who want to return to their villages, which are occupied by the “Israelis”, and they carry out operations against them. Sometimes we catch them before they arrive as they are on their way to the valleys. What do you want us to do in such a situation? I told him: “Lebanese who want to return to their villages that are occupied by the Zionists are resistance fighters. You have to support them.” He told me, “appreciated” and he rejoiced. It was the first time an officer thought in this way. ” To me, as Emile Lahoud, any nationalist army commander should not ask permission from anyone to issue such an order. Should I stand in the face of those who seek to liberate the land! On the contrary, I should be an absolute support for them.

Then I returned to Beirut and the President of the Republic, Elias Hrawi, told me:

“Emile are you crazy? You are supporting people who are causing trouble at the border. Tomorrow an “Israeli” soldier will be killed and [“Israel”] will attack all of Lebanon.” Do you want to ‘destroy’ Lebanon?

I told him:

“Have you ever heard of an army commander whose land is being occupied and he gives an order to his officers that whoever liberates the land should be imprisoned? We must support them. He told me: I give you an order to confront them. I told him: I will not obey.

In 1993, the resistance became stronger than before. The Zionists were annoyed and exerted pressure on the Americans, who in turn pressured the Lebanese state and the Security Council. The latter took a decision to get rid of Hezbollah. The Lebanese state at the time issued a decision. I remember an incident that took place at the time. Members of the army spoke to me. They told me that a Zionist tank bombed a Lebanese area and killed a woman. What do you want us to do? It was the first experience with “Israel”. I asked them: is there a Lebanese tank in range? They said yes. I said, what are you waiting for? Respond. At this point, the President of the Republic summoned me and told me: “Emile, what is happening? How could you do that and give an order to respond? I told him this is what I must do. He asked me more than once to eliminate Hezbollah with the support of the UNIFIL forces. I told him: You are not understanding me, I will not do it. He told me: ‘Tomorrow is the meeting of the Supreme Council of Defense and you have to attend.’ I said, ‘I will not attend.’ He replied, ‘then we will take the decision without you. Someone else will be the army commander.’ I told him: let him come. I am doing my duty and what my conscience tells me. The next day I came late to the meeting. I found them meeting with the UNIFIL commander. They designed a map for the elimination of Hezbollah. I told them: what are you doing? Fold this map. The commander of the UNIFIL forces replied: ‘they have taken the decision in the Security Council.’ I told him: let them take whatever they want. I will not comply. Let them bring another army commander to carry out what they want. What right does the Lebanese state have to order a national army to strike its people because the “Israelis” are annoyed?

Emile Lahoud

All this and you had no interaction with Hezbollah. When was your first direct contact with them?

After all these years, there was no contact between us. But there was absolute support on my part.

The first contact in which I got to know Hezbollah was in 1997 when I got a call saying that Hadi, the son of the Secretary General of the party, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, was martyred. I told them, this is the first time that an Arab leader presents his son as a martyr. I want to get to know him. Indeed, the measures were taken. I found him relaxed although the news of his son’s martyrdom was announced an hour before my visit. We spoke for about ten minutes as I consoled him. I felt that we would win and triumph with this leader. Days passed, and we did not meet. In 2000, at the time of the liberation, Sayyed Nasrallah asked me to meet him. So we met and he presented me with an “Israeli” rifle. After that, I never saw him until I left the presidency. At the time, we sat for about three hours and talked about everything. He told me, ‘I do not know you.’ I told him, ‘We met in good conscience.’

What does to Emile Lahoud that the land was liberated during his reign as you have always described this event with pride?

It means my dignity. I take pride in this event very much. I am glad that the dignity of the Lebanese had been restored during my days. Is it possible that the “Israelis” occupy our land for 22 years and no one is shaken. Only a handful of resistance fighters met and liberated the land and defended us. Without them, “Israel” would have been among us.

How did the liberation of the land contribute to your military experience?

We can achieve the impossible. Many asked me what I was doing. No one can resist “Israel”. I told them, you will see. The resistance is the immunity of Lebanon. I am surprised how some people speak after the conclusion of the elections on the need to disarm the resistance, after all that it has done! They certainly get money from their masters who incite them to do so.

How do you perceive the golden equation, which you supported early on?

Without the golden equation, Lebanon would no longer exist, especially after the events that took place in Syria and Iraq, which made Lebanon strong and able to stand up to “Israel”. Unfortunately, we did not learn that we must preserve it through national action and not through sectarianism.

Today, the Palestinians are doing all they can to liberate their land. What is your advice for them given the experiences with the liberation of Lebanese lands?
There is no talk with “Israel” except in the language of force. I do not want to criticize, but when I hear some Palestinian officials talking about the need for a settlement, this does not return the land. The solution is only by force, just as we did in Lebanon. Here, I recall an incident. At one of the closed summits of the Arab heads of state in Khartoum, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said ‘how can I possibly pay for the salaries for the ‘Strip’ when the Zionists are not allowing the funds to arrive. I ask you Arabs to mediate with the concerned parties to put pressure on “Israel” so that the money can reach us. I told him, ‘Abu Mazen, behave like we did in Lebanon. It is shameful to beg for our salaries. We have to attack them by force. If you acted like Lebanon, you will not be here right now.’

You have always said that the the crisis in Syria will conclude with a victory. How do you describe the situation seven years after the crisis started?

Syria triumphed. The losers including the Zionists and the Arabs are coveting a winning card. That is why they are pressing in the last quarter. But they will not triumph. The crisis will soon be over and with it the conspiring mentality in Lebanon will end.

A final word

How lucky we are that we have lived in the time of the resistance and the men who sacrificed themselves for the homeland.

Source: Al-Ahed

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“We Are All Palestinians Now”

May 16, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon

Introduction by GA: At the moment I am touring the USA. I am having a great time although the country seems rather sad these days. I will be in San Diego tonight, LA on Saturday and Richmond, CA on Monday.  I have been meeting a lot of people who have read and enjoyed  my work. A few, however, are clearly upset by my visit. They stalk me, they harass the organisers of my talks and concerts. They attempt to intimidate some of them. These people aren’t Zionists or Israelis. They  believe themselves to be ‘anti Zionists.’  They are JVP activists and Jewish Antifas and they little but spreading lies and slander.

In Denver last weekend I gave talks in two churches. Then JVP enthusiasts Preston Enright and Lauri Lynnxe Murphy harassed a music venue and pressured its owner in an attempt to prevent my concert on Mother’s Day. Their efforts failed. On Monday I landed in Portland, OR and learned from Minister John Shuck that Preston Enright has been at work trying to prevent the gathering at his Church.

The following moving article was published  by Minister Shuck in response. Minister Shuck supports peace and justice in general and the Palestinians in particular, and was bewildered by the campaign against me by local JVP activists.

I am touched by Minister Shuck’s comments and I am encouraged by his approach to truth and truthfulness.

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“We Are All Palestinians Now”

By Minister John Shuck

https://www.shuckandjive.xyz/2018/05/we-are-all-palestinians-now.html

Anti-Semite

Holocaust Denier

Conspiracy Theorist

People are beginning to awaken to the fact that the name-calling is connected to the violent oppression. The name-calling and the smearing is the weapon the oppressors use to silence the resistance. When someone is labeled as an anti-Semite, Holocaust Denier, Conspiracy Theorist and what have you, then we don’t need to listen to what they have to say.  You don’t need an argument.  Call someone an icky name, then avoid them and tell others to avoid them.

The surprising thing is that the name-calling often comes from the mouths of those in opposition to the oppressors. When pro-Palestinian activists call other pro-Palestinian activists these names, then we know the true power of the oppressor. The oppressor controls the language of the opposition.

When I met with divestment activists in the Presbyterian Church (USA) four years ago, I was surprised when one of them told me that we can now use the word “occupation.” When the divestment movement in the PCUSA had begun over a decade previous, calling what Israel was doing to Palestine “an occupation” was not allowed. I asked, “Who makes those rules?” The answer had to do with strategy and who might be offended and who would support and not support their particular goals and so on and so forth.

The rules are self-made and guided by the oppressors.

The oppressors allow the little victories as long as the truth of what keeps the oppressors in power is not allowed to be revealed. When someone like for instance, Gilad Atzmon, starts talking about the ideology behind the oppressors, then an artificial line that has been drawn by the oppressors is crossed. All forces are then unleashed to smear not only Mr. Atzmon but anyone who might even give him space to defend himself against such attacks.

Meanwhile, mass murder continues while churches in America either cheer it on, satisfy themselves with smaller goals that won’t offend the sensitivities of the oppressors, or, as in most cases, remain deadly silent.

I do think people are beginning to awaken to the fact that the name-calling is connected to the violent oppression and that the name-calling says much more about the name-caller than the name-called. The next step is heart or courage. If we are going to dismantle the oppressor by dismantling their control of the discourse, then we must accept that we, too, will be smeared when we give space to those who cross the oppressors’ line.  This may affect our reputations, our jobs, our livelihoods.

But that is nothing compared to what is happening to our sisters and brothers in Gaza on this 70th anniversary of the ongoing Nakba. As Mr. Atzmon writes, “We are all Palestinians now.”

  1. Hear Gilad Atzmon tonight at 7 pm in Clackamas.
  2. My interview with Waddah Sofan (paralyzed by the IDF when he was 17), Gilad Atzmon, and Dick Toll of Friends of Sabeel North America.
  3. Gilad Atzmon named this year as One of the 100 Peace and Justice Leaders and Models (#5).
  4. Mr. Atzmon honored in Lebanon at the Fourth Global Convention of Solidarity with Palestine (starts 4:45)
  5. Mr. Atzmon featured in Almaydeen’s Nakba Documentary (starts at 3:30).

 Gilad Atzmon at Southminster.  Peace, Love, Justice, and Jazz.

Gilad Atzmon at Southminster.  Peace, Love, Justice, and Jazz.

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