Islamic Jihad to ’Act Accordingly’ If ’Israel’ Continues Gaza Strikes


Islamic Jihad to ’Act Accordingly’ If ’Israel’ Continues Gaza Strikes

By Staff, Agencies

Palestinian resistance groups warned Egyptian mediators that their patience is “running out” after the Zionist occupation regime Thursday evening launched an attack against Hamas positions in retaliation for the launching of incendiary balloons, a senior Islamic Jihad official said on Saturday.

The exchanges of hostilities come as the UN and Egypt try to consolidate a fragile ceasefire the ‘Israeli’ side begged for on May 21 following nearly two weeks of intense retaliation from resistance movements in Gaza to the Zionist onslaught.

“The Islamic Jihad will react accordingly to any future ‘Israeli’ military attack,” the official warned, vowing that the Palestinian resistance group “will not allow the ‘Israeli’ government to impose conditions on the resistance or isolate Gaza.”

The official further indicated that “the joint room of the resistance groups in Gaza have formulated a final and unified position to face the ‘Israeli’ action in the coming days.”

Continued ‘Israeli’ strikes “will certainly lead” to a resumption of military confrontation across the border in the near future,’ the Islamic Jihad official added.

Ansarullah To Be ’Part of Equation’ In Defense of Al-Quds – Official

June 18, 2021

Ansarullah To Be ’Part of Equation’ In Defense of Al-Quds - Official

By Staff, Agencies

A senior member of Yemen’s Ansarullah resistance movement said his group will be an integral part of the equation to defend sacred sites in the occupied city of al-Quds against any ‘Israeli’ act of aggression.

Abdul-Wahhab al-Mahbashi told Beirut-based al-Mayadeen television on Thursday evening that his movement “will be part of the equation in defense of al-Quds” in the event of a new confrontation with ‘Israel.’

On June 3, Ansarullah leader Sayyed Abdul Malik Badreddine al-Houthi said Yemenis are part of the al-Quds equation and will be effectively present in the battle against the ‘Israeli’ regime.

Sayyed al-Houthi then praised Iran as the main supporter of resistance front in the region.

On June 6, the representative of Hamas resistance movement in Yemen expressed gratitude to the Yemeni people and government for supporting the Palestinian cause during the recent ‘Israeli’ military offensive on the Gaza Strip, which claimed the lives of at least 260 people in the besieged enclave.

“We feel brotherhood and comfort in Yemen, and this indicates the Yemeni people’s love for Palestine and al-Aqsa Mosque,” Moaz Abu Shamala said during a meeting with Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, a senior member of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, in Sanaa.

Abu Shamala said all signs confirm that the resistance is the right way to liberate occupied Palestine, Yemen Press Agency reported.

Gaza: Visualizing Destruction – Palestine Chronicle Short Documentary

June 17, 2021

Gaza: Visualizing Destruction is a short documentary produced by the Palestine Chronicle. (Image: The Palestine Chronicle)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

What does ‘toppled to the ground’ actually mean in real life? What happens to a neighborhood once a missile explodes and the bodies of dead and wounded are collected?

In this latest video production by The Palestine Chronicle team, we attempt to visualize destruction and locate the names of those who died in the homes and neighborhoods in which they once lived.

A Gaza-based Palestinian Journalist, Wafaa Aludaini takes us on this emotional but necessary journey throughout the war-torn Gaza Strip. 

“Numbers without names, stats without faces and charts without the human being that gives them true meaning, are insufficient to tell the story of Palestine,” Palestinian journalist and editor of The Palestine Chronicle Ramzy Baroud said. 

“At the Palestine Chronicle, we have always defied that norm, which plagues much of the media. The Palestinian people are not sound bites and are not faceless, passive victims. This short video is our attempt at helping our readers visualize Gaza, the destruction of the last Israeli war and the people who underwent that harrowing experience,” Baroud added. 

“It is extremely important for the world to see how Gaza looks like right now, after the latest, bloody Israeli offensive. It is important to visually experience the destruction, to know that our attention towards Palestine cannot be limited to the days in which Israel bombards Gaza,” Romana Rubeo, managing editor of The Palestine Chronicle said.

“During the 11-day war, at The Palestine Chronicle, we tried to provide as much information as we could. I think that associating words with images is a powerful tool to keep attention high. For each child, for example, a home is a safe haven. Seeing how Israel turned these safe havens into heaps of rubble in a matter of seconds is as painful as it is necessary,” Rubeo added.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

London: pro-Palestine activist defies death during solidarity action

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The area surrounding the US embassy in London was brought to a total standstill early on Tuesday as a pro-Palestine activist staged, what’s been described as a “courageous stunt.” The action came after a disappointing debate was conducted at the Westminster, where MPs failed to convince the government to sanction Israel over its crimes to the Palestinians.

The area surrounding the US Embassy in London was brought to a complete standstill on Tuesday morning after a 69 year old pro-Palestine activist climbed atop a nearby crane.

Carrying nothing but some minor equipment and a large Palestinian flag, Nicholas Georges hopes his death defying stunt will help raise further awareness of the Palestinians suffering.

This action comes following a parliamentary debate held at Westminster the day before. Despite the demands from over 300,000 Brits to sanction Israel, the government sided with Tel Aviv.

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رحيل نتنياهو وقدوم رئيسي Netanyahu’s departure and Raisi’s arrival

رحيل نتنياهو وقدوم رئيسي


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يرمز بنيامين نتنياهو الى آخر ملوك «بني إسرائيل» بالنسبة لكل معسكر اليمين في كيان الاحتلال، رغم انتماء خليفته الضعيف نفتالي بينيت إلى المعسكر ذاته. فالظروف التي أملت رحيل نتنياهو ترافقت مع ضعف الكيان وفشله العسكري، سواء بقبته الحديدية التي عجزت عن صد صواريخ المقاومة عن كبريات مدن الكيان التي تقصف للمرة الأولى منذ قيامه، أو بعجزه الناري عن تدمير الصواريخ ومنصات إطلاقها وأنفاق تخزينها، أو بهروبه من عملية برية كانت تنتظره فيها صواريخ الكورنيت، وقبوله بوقف النار بقرار من نتنياهو، رغم ذلك، كما ترافق الرحيل مع إنهاء زمن استقلال الكيان وبدء خضوعه للوصاية الأميركية بالتزامن مع العودة الأميركية المحسومة للاتفاق النووي مع إيران، كما قال نتنياهو، وهو محقّ بذلك، ما يجعل من رحيل نتنياهو نهاية مرحلة وبداية مرحلة، والمرحلة الجديدة عنوانها الأفول لحضور الكيان كقوة كبرى في الإقليم.

يرمز المرشح الرئاسي الإيراني الأوفر حظاً السيد إبراهيم رئيسي الى الشرائح السياسية والنخبوية الداعمة للحرس الثوريّ في إيران، والتي تضع مشروع الاستقلال عن الغرب واتباع خطط تنمية تعتمد على توطين التكنولوجيا وتحقيق الاكتفاء الذاتي، وبناء مقدرات عسكرية تمنح إيران القدرة على مواجهة أية تحديات عسكرية، وفي طليعتها المضي ببرنامج صاروخي متصاعد، وتلتزم بدعم حركات المقاومة في المنطقة، وتعتبر فلسطين قضيتها المركزية، ما يجعل من وصوله علامة على صعود إيران وتثبيتاً لمكتسبات تحققت للمحور الذي تقوده طهران، وإعلاناً عن تبلور مشروع محور المقاومة بصورة رسميّة، كقوة تعاظم قدراتها ويتنامى حضورها، وتشكل الشريك الندي الذي لا يمكن تجاهله للقوى الكبرى، الصديقة وغير الصديقة على مستوى كل ما يتصل بالمنطقة.

ليس تزامن الأفول والصعود صدفة إلا لجهة تقارب أيام الاستحقاقات، أما جوهر التزامن فحتمي، لأنه ما كان ممكناً أن يبدأ زمن أفول الكيان كقوة عظمى في المنطقة إلا لأن هناك من نجح باستنزاف هذا الكيان، ووضعه أمام تحديات مثلها نمو مقدرات حركات المقاومة المدعومة من إيران، وصولاً إلى تحول هذه التحديات للطبيعة الاستراتيجية، وعجز الكيان عن حلها، وبدء تحوّلها الى تحديات وجودية، فكما يبشر رحيل نتنياهو بتعمق مأزق الكيان، يبشر صعود رئيسي ومعه إيران ببدء حقبة جديدة في المنطقة هي حقبة محور المقاومة.

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Benjamin Netanyahu symbolise the last “Israelites” king of all the right-wing camp in the occupying entity. His weak successor, Naftali Bennett, belongs to the same camp. The circumstances that dictated Netanyahu’s departure were accompanied by the weakness of the entity and its military failure, whether with an Iron Dome, which failed to repel the resistance’s missiles from the major cities of the entity that were bombed for the first time since the entity’s inception, and his inability to destroy missiles and storage tunnels, and to escape from a ground operation that the Kornet missiles were waiting for, The acceptance of the ceasefire by Netanyahu’s decision also coincided with the beginning of the entity’s submission to the American guardianship in conjunction with the return of the United States to resolve the nuclear agreement with Iran, as Netanyahu said, and rightly so, which made Netanyahu’s departure the end of a stage and the beginning of a stage. The new phase ends the presence of the entity as a major force in the region.

The most fortunate Iranian presidential candidate, Mr. ُEbrahim Raisi, symbolises the political and elite segments that support the Revolutionary Guards in Iran, which lay the project of independence from the West and follow development plans based on the localisation of technology, achieving self-sufficiency, and building military capabilities that give Iran the ability to face any military challenges, and at the forefront Proceeding with an escalating missile program, and is committed to supporting the resistance movements in the region, and considers Palestine its central issue, which makes his success a sign of Iran’s rise and confirmation of the gains achieved by the axis led by Tehran, and announcing the crystallisation of the project of the resistance axis, as a force that is growing its capabilities and growing presence, and constitutes a dewy partner that cannot be ignored by the major powers, friendly and unfriendly in all related to the region.

The synchronicity of decline and rise is not a coincidence except in terms of the convergence of the days of maturity. As for the essence of the synchronisation, it is inevitable, because it was not possible to start the time of the demise of the entity as a superpower in the region only because there were those who succeeded in draining this entity, and placed it in front of the challenges of the growth of the capabilities of the resistance axis, which turned into existential strategy challenges that the entity was unable to solve, with Netanyahu’s departure, the entity’s predicament deepened, which heralds the beginning of a new era in the region, the era of the axis of resistance.

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Palestinian Lady Martyred by ‘Israeli’ Fire Over Alleged Car-ramming, Stabbing Op In West Bank


Palestinian Lady Martyred by ‘Israeli’ Fire Over Alleged Car-ramming, Stabbing Op In West Bank

By Staff, Agencies

‘Israeli’ occupation forces have shot dead a Palestinian lady in the central part of the occupied West Bank over an alleged car-ramming and stabbing operation against the Zionist regime’s troops.

The Zionist military claimed in a statement that the incident occurred near the Palestinian town of Hizme, located seven kilometers from the Old City of occupied al-Quds, on Wednesday morning.

It further alleged that the Palestinian lady tried to run down a group of soldiers who were conducting work along the separation barrier, and then tried to stab them.

The lady was shot and martyred. No Zionist troops were injured in the purported incident.

Palestine TV later identified the victim as 29-year-old Palestinian doctor Mai Yousef Afaneh, a resident of Abu Dis village outside occupied al-Quds.

In the same respect, Zionist occupation forces shot dead a Palestinian woman on Saturday over an alleged stabbing attempt at Qalandia checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.

The Zionist regime’s police alleged that the 27-year-old woman, identified as Ibtesam Khaled Kaabneh, had kept walking towards guards at the crossing, despite repeated warnings to stop.

It further claimed that the woman, a resident of Aqabat Jabr refugee camp near the West Bank town of Ariha, had approached them with a knife. A Zionist soldier then opened fire at her.

Palestine’s official Wafa news agency reported that Kaabneh was left bleeding helplessly on the ground for a few minutes before she was pronounced dead.

Many Palestinians sustained injuries or lost their lives in similar incidents due to allegations that they attempted stabbing or car-ramming operations.

The occupation troops have on numerous occasions been caught on camera brutally killing Palestinians, with the videos going viral online and sparking international condemnation.

The Tel Aviv regime has been criticized for its extensive use of lethal force against and extrajudicial killing of Palestinians who do not pose an immediate threat to the occupation forces or to the Zionist settlers.


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Israel Deploys Iron Dome To Hold Nationalist March In Jerusalem, Hamas Warns Of Consequences

On June 15th, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has deployed Iron Dome air defense batteries and raised its level of alert ahead of the Jerusalem Flag March.

Hamas warned it would respond to the right-wing march if it goes through as planned, potentially with rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

Omer Bar-Lev, the newly sworn-in public security minister after a meeting with Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai and representatives of several Israeli defense agencies allowed the march to go on as planned.

“I was under the impression that the police is well prepared and that a great effort has been made to safeguard the delicate fabric of life and public safety,” Bar-Lev said in a statement.

Hamas warned Israel that the march will renew unrest, less than a month after the two sides reached a cease-fire following 11 days of fighting in Gaza.

“We are calling on Palestinians in Jerusalem and within the Green Line to halt the march tomorrow,” said Hamas spokesman Abdulatif al-Qanua on Monday. He dubbed the march, in which right-wing groups parade through the Old City carrying Israeli flags, a “fuse for a new explosion for the protection of the al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem.”

Assailing the march as a “provocation”, Palestinian factions have called for a “Day of Rage” in Gaza and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

“We warn of the dangerous repercussions that may result from the occupying power’s intention to allow extremist Israeli settlers to carry out the Flag March in occupied Jerusalem tomorrow,” Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said on Twitter.

The original march was re-routed to avoid the walled Old City’s Muslim Quarter on May 10th in Jerusalem.

Israeli rightists accused their government of caving into Hamas by changing its route. They rescheduled the procession after an Egyptian-mediated Gaza truce took hold.

A route change or cancellation of the procession could expose Bennett’s patchwork coalition to accusations from Netanyahu, now in the opposition, and his right-wing allies of giving Hamas veto power over events in Jerusalem.

Palestinian protests were planned across the Gaza Strip, and Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction have called on Palestinians to flock to the Old City to counter the march.

“Tensions (are) rising again in Jerusalem at a very fragile & sensitive security & political time, when UN & Egypt are actively engaged in solidifying the ceasefire,” U.N. Middle East envoy Tor Wennesland said on Twitter.

“Urge all relevant parties to act responsibly & avoid any provocations that could lead to another round of confrontation,” he said.

The formation of Bennett’s alliance of right-wing, centrist, left-wing and Arab parties, with little in common other than a desire to unseat Netanyahu, capped coalition-building efforts after March 23 elections, Israel’s fourth in two years.

Minutes after meeting Bennett, 49, on his first full day in office, Netanyahu repeated a pledge to topple his government.

“It will happen sooner than you think,” Netanyahu, 71, who spent a record 12 straight years in office, said in public remarks to legislators of his right-wing Likud party.


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الكيان الصهيوني: من طور التأسيس إلى طور النَّزْع الأخير


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المصدر: الميادين نت

الكيان الصهيوني كيانٌ وظيفيٌ، أُنشئ بالتعاون مع قوى الاستعمار القديم من أجل إدامة السيطرة على المنطقة العربية، بصفتها قلب العالم الإسلامي، كما أنه كِيانٌ توسعيٌّ في أصل نشأته.

حصيلة معركة “سيف القدس” تمثَّلت باضطرار كيان الاحتلال إلى الرضوخ لقواعد الاشتباك الجديدة

المتأمِّل المشهد الصهيوني أن يرى الأزمات المتعدِّدة التي يمرّ الكيان فيها، في أكثر من صعيد. وبينها، على سبيل المثال لا الحصر، أزماته السياسية، وأبرزها الاستعصاء الحكومي الممتد منذ شهور.

يُعَد هذا الكيان، في أصل وجوده جيشاً استيطانيّاً متستِّراً في ظل “دولة”. لذا، فإن معضلته الكبرى تتمثّل بفقدان قواته البرِّية فعاليتَها القتالية، الأمر الذي أفقدها القدرة على إنجاز المهمات المَنوطة بها، ولاسيما في مواجهة الحركات المقاوِمة، التي تُعَدّ منظمات غيرَ حكوميةٍ ذات قدراتٍ تسليحيةٍ تفوق في بعض النواحي القدرات التي تمتلكها دولٌ وازنةٌ في العالم، كما هي حال القدرة الصاروخية التي يحوزها حزب الله، على سبيل المثال، والتي تفوق القدرة النارية للدول الأوروبية الأعضاء في حلف شمال الأطلسي مجتمعةً، وذلك بحسب تقارير مراكز أبحاث صهيو- أميركية.

ناهيكم عن الفارق الواضح بين معنويات مقاتلي محور المقاومة المرتفعة، ومعنويات جنود الاحتلال شبه المنهارة.

بدأ هذا العجز لدى جيش الكيان في الظهور في إثر انسحابه من جنوبي لبنان في أيار/مايو 2000، وتجلّى في حرب تموز/يوليو 2006، ليزداد بعد ذلك عمقُ مأزق سلاح البر لديه، في حروبه الثلاث اللاحقة، والتي شنّها على قطاع غزة في الفترات 2008-2009 و2012 و2014، وصولاً إلى معركة “سيف القدس” الأخيرة، والتي لم يجرؤ فيها على استخدام قواته البرِّية للقيام بعمليةٍ برِّيةٍ على الأرض تواكب عمليات سلاحه الجوي. ويؤكد هذا الفهمَ الكاتبُ الصهيوني يوآف ليمور عقب انتهاء معركة “سيف القدس”، بحيث قال “هذا الخط الخطير – الذي سيطر على الجيش منذ انتهاء وجوده في جنوبي لبنان، وفي جوهره الخوف من القتلى والمخطوفين – يقود باستمرار إلى مخطَّطات تضخّم الجو على البر، وبالتالي قلة الاستثمار في الجيش البرِّي، وانعدام الثقة، وعدم العمل به في الوقت الحقيقي”.

من الضرورة بمكان أن نلتفت إلى ما يشير إليه هذا العجز من محدودية نتائج عملية المراجعة وتطوير استراتيجياتٍ قتاليةٍ جديدةٍ، والتي عكف عليها رئيس أركان جيش الكيان أفيف كوخافي خلال العامين الماضيين، والتي تهدف إلى إعادة صَوغ مفهوم “تصوُّر النصر” لدى جيش الاحتلال. 

وفي هذا الخصوص، صدر مؤخراً، عقب معركة “سيف القدس”، مقالٌ مهمّ وتفصيليٌّ عن “معهد القدس للاستراتيجيات والأمن”، في كيان الاحتلال، بعنوان “تصور النصر: الحاجة إلى مفهوم مُحَدَّث للحرب”، بحيث شرح المقال الأفكار الأساسية للأمن القوميّ “الإسرائيليّ”، والتي قام عليها مفهوم “تصوُّر النصر” لدى الكيان الصهيوني منذ بداياته، والتي صاغها رئيس الوزراء الصهيوني الأسبق ديفيد بن غوريون؛ تلك الأفكار الأساسية التي تم تحويلها بعد ذلك إلى قدراتٍ عمليةٍ وعقيدةٍ عسكريةٍ، نجح من خلالها جيش الكيان الصهيوني – في حقبةٍ خلت – في تحقيق انتصاراتٍ حاسمةٍ ضد الجيوش العربية، على أساس الحرب السريعة، والتي اعتمدت، بالإضافة إلى تفوّق سلاح الجوّ على قوةٍ برِّيةٍ ضاربةٍ وقادرةٍ على القيام بمناوراتٍ برِّيةٍ خاطفةٍ، بهدف الاقتحام السريع لأراضي العدوّ، وتحييد قوته العسكرية. 

لكننا نجد، من خلال دراسة نتائج الحروب التي خاضها كيان الاحتلال منذ عام 2006 – في أقلّ تقدير – أن هذه القوة البرِّية لم تَعُدْ موجودة في الصيغة نفسها التي كانت عليها. ويقرّ بهذا المقال المذكور ضمن ثنايا النقاش، إذ قال: “مفهوم النصر” لا يحلّ الخلل القائم بين الذراعين الاستراتيجيتين، الجويّة والأرضيّة فحسب، بل يديمه أيضاً، ويصبح مبدعاً في الواقع”. ويضيف المقال إلى ذلك، من خلال انتقاد “مفهوم النصر” المحَدَّث، والذي يعكف الكيان الصهيوني على صياغته، بالقول “يستمر مفهوم النصر في الواقع، سواء أكان بطريقةٍ معقدةٍ، أم وفق الأفكار نفسها التي تمت تجربتها مراراً وتكراراً، من دون نجاحٍ، طوال العقود الأربعة الماضية”. 

وتوضح خلاصة النقاش التفصيلي، والذي أتى عليه المقال، أن جيش الاحتلال اعتَمَد، خلال العقود الأربعة الماضية، على نحو متصاعدٍ، على سلاح الجوّ، في مقابل تراجع مكانة القوة البرِّية لديه، على الرغم من الالتزام اللفظي في الكيان بالأفكار الأساسية للأمن القومي “الإسرائيلي”. ويستنتج المقال أن هذا الالتزام اللفظي ينسحب على “تصور النصر” المستجدّ، والذي تغنَّى به كثيراً أفيف كوخافي، ويعمل مع فريقه على صياغته، الأمر الذي يطرخ تساؤلات بشأن مدى نجاعة “تصور النصر” الجديد هذا.

وهنا، يبرز سؤالٌ جانبيٌّ، على قدرٍ بالغٍ من الأهمية، إذ كيف ستكون الحال إذا أخذنا في الحسبان أنه في أيّ حربٍ مقبلةٍ مع حزب الله سيكون من الوارد تعرض سلاح الجوّ الصهيوني لأضرارٍ تحدّ فعاليته بقدر ما؟ فلا يمكن تجاهل حقيقة تطوير إيران أنظمة دفاعٍ جويٍّ فعالةً ومحلية الصنع، يمكن أن تكون قد نُقِلت فعلاً إلى حزب الله. ولا يمكن إغفال عملية إعادة تأهيل أنظمة الدفاعات الجوية لدى الجيش العربي السوري، بالتعاون مع القوات الروسية المسلّحة، بعد أن كانت المجموعات المسلّحة، المسماة “معارضةً سوريةً”، خرَّبت تلك الأنظمة لحساب كيان العدو الإسرائيلي في بدايات الحرب على سوريا.

وإمعاناً في انتقاد جيش الاحتلال بعد معركة “سيف القدس”، تتالت الانتقادات في داخل أوساط الكيان الصهيوني، سواء أكانت “المدنية” منها، أم داخل بعض القطاعات العسكرية، تجاه قيادة جيش الاحتلال، في إثر عدم توظيفه سلاحَ البر في أثناء المعركة. حتى إن يوآف ليمور ذهب، في صحيفة “إسرائيل اليوم”، إلى حد القول إن “النتيجة هي عكسٌ للمعادلة: الجبهة الداخلية تحمي الجيش، وليس العكس. وبدلاً من تعريض جنودها للخطر لحماية المدنيين، يُعرِّض المواطنون أنفسهم للخطر من أجل حماية الجنود”.

وفي مقالٍ مهمّ آخر، نُشِر قبل معركة “سيف القدس”، في مجلة “الأنظمة” الصهيونية، ذهب كلٌّ من نائب رئيس أركان جيش العدوّ الأسبق، يائير غولان، والباحث العسكري غال بيرل فينكل من “معهد دراسات الأمن القومي” الصهيوني، إلى أنه لا يوجد بديلٌ عن قيام جيش الاحتلال بمناورةٍ برِّيةٍ لتحقيق النصر في أيّ حربٍ مقبلةٍ مع حزب الله. ويضيف المقال أن الوضع الراهن لجيش الكيان، والذي يجعل المناورة البرِّية مكملاً للقوة النارية الجوية، هو وضعٌ غيرُ صحيحٍ.

يرى البعض أنه على الرغم من دقة الانتقادات، التي ساقها المقالان المهمَّان الآنِفا الذكر لأداء جيش الاحتلال الصهيوني، فإنهما تجاهلا أمرين جوهريين. الأول: العطب البنيوي الذي أصاب الروح القتالية للجندي الصهيوني. عطبٌ لا يبدو أنه قابل للترميم، بدليل فشَل المناورات العسكرية التي يقوم بها جيش الاحتلال منذ ما يزيد على خمسة عشر عاماً، بغية استعادة الروح القتالية لجنوده، التي لم تعطِ أيّ نتائجَ ملموسةٍ. وندَّعي القول إن لا قوة برِّيةً فاعلةً من دون جنديٍ عقْديٍ مستعدٍّ لبذل الدماء، ولاسيما في مواجهة مقاتلٍ صاحب حقٍ، مؤمنٍ، ذي عقيدةٍ صلبةٍ، ومستعدّ للشهادة في سبيل عقيدته وقضيته المحقة، كما هي حال المقاوم المجاهد ضمن صفوف قوى محور المقاومة.

أما الأمر الثاني، فيتمثّل بالسِّياق الذي أفضى بجيش الاحتلال إلى الاعتماد المتزايد على سلاح الجوّ. ويرى البعض، في هذا السياق، أمراً أساسياً في قراءة الطَّور الذي وصل إليه الكيان الصهيوني من دورة حياته، كما سنجادل.

الكيان الصهيوني كيانٌ وظيفيٌ، أُنشئ بالتعاون مع قوى الاستعمار القديم من أجل إدامة السيطرة على المنطقة العربية، بصفتها قلب العالم الإسلامي، كما أنه كِيانٌ توسعيٌّ في أصل نشأته. فمنذ بداياته، كان قادراً على التوسع جغرافياً على حساب شعوب المنطقة، وكان يفعل من دون ترددٍ، معتمداً على قوتِه البرِّية.

وكانت تلك حِقبته الطامحة إلى إقامة “إسرائيل الكبرى”. لكن هذه الحقبة انقضت بعد أن أُجبر على الانسحابين الأُحاديي الجانب من جنوبيّ لبنان في أيار/مايو 2000، ثم من قطاع غزة في أيلول/سبتمبر 2005. وبهذا، ثَبُت للعدو أنه ربما يكون قادراً على دخول أراضٍ عربيةٍ جديدة واحتلالها، لكنه لن يكون في استطاعته إدامة وجوده فيها، إذا جوبه بمقاومةٍ جادةٍ ومصممةٍ، وذات نفَسٍ طويل.

وهنا، دخل كيان الاحتلال في طورٍ جديدٍ، يعتمد، في صورة رئيسية، على تفوُّقه الجويّ وقدرتيه، النارية والتدميرية، الكبيرتين، من السماء، وذلك بهدف إنفاذ إرادته السياسية على دول المنطقة، إمّا بالحرب من الجوّ على نحو أساسي، وإمّا حتى بمجرد التهديد بحربٍ مدمِّرةٍ، يبتزّ بها دول الإقليم. وبهذا، يستمر في تلبية متطلبات أصل وجوده ككيانٍ وظيفيٍ، وكذراعٍ ضاربةٍ بالنيابة عن القوى الإمبريالية، ضمن استراتيجيات تلك القوى.

إلاّ أن هذه النظرية كُسِرت في حرب تموز/يوليو 2006، عندما أخفق الكيان في تحقيق أيٍّ من أهدافه في تلك الحرب. فلا استطاع القضاء على حزب الله في الميدان، بفعل تفوقه العسكري: جويّاً ونارياً. ولا قدِر على فرض إرادته السياسية على حزب الله، وإجباره على إعادة الجنود الصهاينة الأسرى لديه عبر تلك الحرب، التي اعتمدت، في الأصل، على قوة سلاح الجوّ، قبل أن يُضطر الكيان إلى محاولة تنفيذ مناورةٍ برِّيةٍ داخل الأراضي اللبنانية من أجل تحقيق أي مكسبٍ – ولو شكليٍّ – من أجل حفظ ماء الوجه.

وتتالت بعد ذلك إخفاقات نظرية الكيان هذه في حروب غزة، في الفترات 2008-2009 و2012 و2014، ناهيكم عن إخفاقه المستمر في إجبار سوريا على الدخول في اتفاقيات تطبيع، أو إرهابها لدفعها إلى التخلي عن عقيدتها الراسخة في دعم حركات المقاومة، أو التنازل عن ثوابتها القومية والعربية.

ثمّ جاءت معركة “سيف القدس”، التي رسَّخت، بما لا يدع مجالاً للشكّ، عجزَ سلاح الجوّ الصهيوني عن تحقيق النصر، عبر تحييد قدرات العدوّ  من الجوّ، أو عبر إنفاذ كيان الاحتلال إرادتَه السياسية على الفلسطينيين، عبر قَبول انتهاكات الاحتلال الممارَسة في المسجد الأقصى والقدس المحتلة، وتبعاً المقدسات المسيحية في فلسطين.

أما في البر، فمجدداً، لم يجرؤ كيان الاحتلال على تنفيذ أي مناورةٍ برِّيةٍ جديةٍ داخل قطاع غزة، مُثبتاً مرةٍ أخرى عدم جهوزية جيشه لتحمل الخسائر البشرية، أو قدرته على القيام بمناوراتٍ برِّيةٍ حاسمةٍ.

بل قام، في المقابل، باللجوء إلى مناورةٍ برِّيةٍ وهميةٍ فاشلةٍ، سُمّيت “مترو حماس”. وكتب تال ليف رام في “معاريف” العبرية، مقالاً بعنوان “مسؤولون أمنيون بشأن هجوم (المترو): كان يجب إدخال القوات البرية للقطاع”، قال فيه: “هناك انتقاداتٌ متزايدةٌ من القادة الميدانيين للجيش الإسرائيلي، وعلامات استفهامٍ بشأن استعداده لاستخدام القوات البرية في أثناء القتال”. وأشار، في المقال ذاته، إلى وجود ادعاءاتٍ مفادها أن جيش الاحتلال لم يفكّر حتى في إمكان إدخال قواتٍ برِّيةٍ لقطاع غزة، مؤكداً بذلك الفكرتين الرئيسيتين، واللتين خلص إليهما استراتيجيو كيان الاحتلال في المقالين المذكورين في مطلع نقاشنا هنا، وهما تراجع فعالية سلاح البر الصهيوني، وأن سلاح الجوّ لا يمكنه تحقيق النصر مهما كان “مفهوم النصر” المعتمَد.

لذا، فإن حصيلة معركة “سيف القدس” تمثَّلت باضطرار كيان الاحتلال إلى الرضوخ لقواعد الاشتباك الجديدة، التي فرضتها عليه قوى المقاومة الفلسطينية في الميدان، وعنوانها “إن عُدتم عدنا”، طلباً للهدوء وتفادياً لمزيد من الخسائر، بدلاً من نجاحه في تلبية متطلبات أصل وجوده التي ذُكِرت سابقاً، بصفته كياناً وظيفيّاً.

لعلّ هذا المستجِدّ هو ما جعل نتائج معركة “سيف القدس” تحولاً استراتيجياً، يوازي أو يفوق التحول الاستراتيجي الذي فرضته حرب تموز/يوليو 2006، بحيث يمكن القول بشأنها إنها كانت خاتمة الطَّور الثاني في دورة حياة الكيان الصهيوني، وباكورة الطَّور الثالث من عمره، والذي يبحث فيه الكيان الصهيوني عن تحقيق الأمن لمستوطنيه، ولعله يكون الأخير في دورة حياة هذا الكيان المصطنَع.

لقد أكد الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصر الله، في كلمته يوم 25 أيار/مايو 2021، في معرض تقييم نتائج معركة “سيف القدس”، أن أهم الإنجازات العسكرية والأمنية والميدانية، كانت في شلّ الكيان وأمنه ومجتمعه. ففي كثير من الدول القديمة والحقيقية، يمكن أن تحدث اختلالاتٌ أمنيةٌ أو حروبٌ أهليةٌ، لكن تبقى الدولة ولا تنهار. أمّا في الكيانات المصطنَعة – كما هي حال الكيان الإسرائيلي – فالأمن بالنسبة إليها هو شرط وجودٍ، وليس شرط كمالٍ. فإنِ انتفى الأمن تَنْهَر الدولة. الإسرائيلي، إذا أحس بضياع الاقتصاد وذهاب الأمن وفقدان رفاهية العيش، فأهونُ ما عليه هو العودة من حيث أتى. وهذا هو الفارق بين كيان “إسرائيل” وأيّ دولةٍ أخرى. وكان هذا إنجازاً لمعركة “سيف القدس”، لا سابق له. وهذا التقييم ورد على لسان أحد أهم قادة عصرنا الحالي واستراتيجييه، بشهادة العدوّ قبل الصديق.

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Palestine: Old Policy of Divide and Rule Continues

By VT Editors -June 14, 2021

By Sajjad Shaukat Pak VT

After martyring more than 300 Palestinians, including 100 children and 80 women, injuring more than 3000 innocent civilians in Gaza Strip through airstrikes and ground shelling, Israel agreed on a ceasefire with Hamas, which ended the 11 days war.

Unmatched with Israeli arms, freedom fighters of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad group Abu Ubaida had no option except firing rockets inside Israel.

Very tensions had started when Israeli police stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem and attacked the Palestinians. Thousands of Palestinians staged protests in the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.

In an emergency meeting of the foreign ministers, the OIC had called for an immediate halt to Israel’s barbaric attacks on Gaza.

Earlier, called by China, the UNO Security Council held an urgent meeting on the unrest in Jerusalem. The three sessions of the UN body failed after the US’s moves to block a joint statement that would condemn Israel for the violence and call for a cease-fire.

Like the past administrations, the US President Joe Biden reiterated that Israel has the right to defend itself.

Biden also sent Linda Thomas-Greenfield—the US’s UN envoy to de-escalate tensions. However, it was part of the double game of Washington. When American President Biden seriously pressured Netanyahu to prevent a full-scale war, Tel Aviv agreed for ceasefire.

But, Israeli Premier Netanyahu has not accepted the two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute which was stressed by the US and some major Western countries.

In fact, international bodies such as the UNO Security Council, OIC and the US-led West failed to present a solution to end the Israeli state terrorism on the Palestinians, which have continued from time to time.

Notably, like the United States, Ottoman Empire of Turkey was a large multi-ethnic state. In order to maintain their control, one of the British strategies was divide and rule which was being practiced through various tactics like arrangement of rebellions, manipulation of ethnic and sectarian differences. The Britain provided soldiers, weapons and money to the Arab subjects against that Empire. According to the Sykes-Picot Agreement, the British and French agreed to divide the Arab world between them. The Britain took control of what are now Iraq, Kuwait, and Jordan. The French were given modern Syria, Lebanon and southern Turkey. Thus, they brought about the end of the Ottomans and the rise of the new states, with borders, running across the Middle East, dividing Muslims from each other.

Balfour Declaration of November 2, 1917 which was a conspiracy of the American and the British rulers against the Palestinians was implemented. On May 14, 1948, the UNO acted upon the 1947 UN Partition Plan and established the state of Israel.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem and Syrian Golan Heights during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and annexed the entire city in 1980 in a move that has never been recognized by the UNO and international community.

Once Henry Kissinger stated “legitimacy is not natural or automatic, but created.”

Under the cover of the 9/11 attacks, the US President George W. Bush started global war on terror. Occupation of Afghanistan by the US-led NATO, Anglo-American invasion of Iraq, like the creation of Al-Qaeda by the CIA, the Islamic State group (ISIS), proxy wars in Libya, Syria and Yemen, and elsewhere in the world were part of the same anti-Muslim campaign to continue old divide and rule policy.

Henry Kissinger had suggested the split of Iraq into three independent regions, ruled by Kurds, Shias and Sunnis. In this regard, the Asia Times Online reported in 2005: “The plan of balkanizing Iraq into several smaller states is an exact replica of an extreme right-wing Israeli plan…an essential part of the balkanization of the whole Middle East. Curiously, Henry Kissinger was selling the same idea even before the 2003 invasion of Iraq…this is classic divide and rule: the objective is the perpetuation of Arab disunity.”

Similarly, during the partition of the Sub-continent, the people of the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) which comprised Muslim majority decided to join Pakistan according to the British formula. But, Dogra Raja, Sir Hari Singh, a Hindu who was ruling over the J&K in collusion with the Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Governor General Lord Mountbatten joined India.

The Security Council adopted resolution of April 21, 1948, which promised a plebiscite under UN auspices to enable the people of Jammu and Kashmir to determine whether they wish to join Pakistan or India. On February 5, 1964, India backed out of its commitment of holding plebiscite. Instead, Indian Parliament declared Kashmir-an integral part of the Indian union.

Indian cruel actions against the Kashmiris reached climax on August 5, 2019 when Indian extremist government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the leader of the fanatic ruling party BJP revoked articles 35A and 370 of the Constitution, which gave a special status to the disputed territory of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). New Delhi unilaterally annexed the IIOJK with the Indian Federation to turn Muslim majority into minority.

Implementing the ideology of Hindutva ((Hindu Nationalism), Indian prejudiced rulers have Issued over 1.8 million domicile certificates to non-Kashmiris to change the demographic structure of the IIOJK.

And deployment of more than 900,000 military troops in the IIOJK, who have martyred thousands of the Kashmiris through brutal tactics-extrajudicial killings—non-provision of basic necessities of life and medicines for the coronavirus patients prove worst form of India’s state terrorism. Now, almost 21 months have been passed. But, Indian strict military lockdown in the IIOJK continues.

Besides, the Indian Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) further exposed the discriminatory policies of the Modi-led government against the Muslims.

It is mentionable that Article 42 of the 1907—Hague Regulations states that a territory is considered occupied when it is actually placed under the authority of the hostile army.

Moreover, in its resolution 3314, the United Nations General Assembly prohibits states from any military occupation. Article 2(4) of the UN charter explicitly prohibits the use of force.

In addition, General Assembly’s resolution 1541 adopted in 1960 accepts the legitimacy of the right of self-determination and opposes repressive measures of all kinds against the freedom fighters by the colonial powers.

Nevertheless, the US-led major Western countries continue old policy of divide and rule to create division among the Islamic countries.

In this respect, on the directions of the US ex-President Donald Trump, some Muslim countries’ various moves such as recognition of the state of Israel, opening of Israeli embassies in their countries, Shia-Sunni sectarian split, manipulation of Iran-Saudi Arabia differences, encouragement to Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, lack of practical action against the Modi-regime etc. might be cited as some instances. Undoubtedly, it is due to lack of unity in the Islamic Ummah that the Muslim countries have become easy target of this old policy.

Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations



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– بعد شهر من انطلاق معركة سيف القدس، شهد خلاله كيان الاحتلال عمليات فك وتركيب سياسيّة عبرت عن نتائج الفشل السياسي والعسكري خلال المعركة، والذهاب الى ارتضاء الوصاية الأميركيّة طلباً للحماية، وتلبية شروطها بإزاحة بنيامين نتنياهو من رئاسة الحكومة، تعود القضايا التي فجّرت المعركة الى الواجهة مجدداً، المستوطنون يمسكون بدفة القرار الميداني في شارع الكيان ويقودون الصف السياسي، وقد حسموا أمرهم بالمضي في عمليات التطهير العرقي داخل الأراضي المحتلة عام 48 وفي القدس تحقيقاً لدولتهم اليهودية. وبالمقابل الجيل الفلسطيني الثالث أو جيل الألفية الثالثة الناهض لمواجهة توحّش المستوطنين وانكشاف كذبة الديمقراطية، والجامع للضفة الغربية والقدس والأراضي المحتلة عام 48، بعدما منح مشاريع التفاوض والرهانات الفصائليّة المتقابلة أكثر من عقدين خسر خلالهما الفلسطينيون مزيداً من الأرض واختلّ خلالهما ميزان السكان أكثر لصالح مزيد من الاستيطان، ومع هذا الجيل وخلفه تقف قوى صاعدة في الفصائل، وخصوصاً في قوى المقاومة، أعادت ترتيب أوراقها على قاعدة بناء قدرات الردع، وحسمت هويتها ضمن محور المقاومة، واستثمرت على انتصاراته في الإقليم، واعادت تصويب البوصلة بعيداً عن لعبة المصالح الفئوية والسلطوية المحلية.

– الصدام يبدو حتمياً، بين المسارين الحاكمين لمستقبل حركة الكيان ومستوطنيه، وحركة الشعب الفلسطيني والقوى الصاعدة فيه، ومأزق الأميركيين يأتي من كونهم لم يستوعبوا حجم التغيير الجاري على الضفتين، فهم لا زالوا ينظرون للقضية الفلسطينية بعين اللحظة التي سبقت زمن دونالد ترامب وبنيامين نتنياهو، عشية نهاية ولاية الرئيس الأميركي الأسبق بيل كلينتون ورئيس حكومة الكيان السابق ايهودا باراك والزعيم الفلسطيني الراحل ياسر عرفات، وفشل مفاوضات عام 2000 في كامب ديفيد، ويتحدّثون عن حل الدولتين كإطار عاجز عن الإجابة على قضية الاستيطان في الضفة، وعاجز عن الإجابة عن تساؤلات أبناء مناطق الـ48 وعاجز عن الإجابة على الأسئلة التي يطرحها مصير القدس، وسقف ما يسعى اليه الأميركيون هو تهدئة للتهدئة، أو تفاوض للتفاوض، لأن المطلوب نزع فتيل التصعيد الذي يخشاه الأميركيون كمدخل لحرب إقليمية تهدّد بها قوى محور المقاومة، دفاعاً عن القدس، كما يخشون قيام كيان الاحتلال بتوريطهم بحرب إقليمية لنسف مفاوضاتهم الهادفة للعودة الى الاتفاق النووي مع إيران، كما هو تماماً حالهم مع نتنياهو.

– الفراغ الاستراتيجي قائم بنظر الفلسطينيين، فالأميركيون لم ينجحوا بترميم ما فقدوه خلال عقدين من حضور ونفوذ ومقدرات في المنطقة، وصعود محور المقاومة فرصة يجب الاستثمار عليها، ومنازلة القدس التي تبدو اليوم حدثاً متوقعاً، لا يمكن أن تنتهي بلا غالب ولا مغلوب، كما حاول نتنياهو تصوير نهاية معركة سيف القدس، بينما يعلم الجميع أن وقف المعركة دون توقف الصواريخ الفلسطينية التي أمطرت مدن الكيان، وفشلت القبة الحديدية بصدّها، ودون حرب بريّة ردعها وجود صواريخ الكورنيت التي ظهرت في الأيام الأولى للمعركة، قد تمّ بطلب نتنياهو تسليماً بالفشل، بعد رفضه لطلبات أميركية وأوروبية متكررة لوقف النار، وهذا الفراغ الإستراتيجي قائم بنظر قادة المستوطنين، الذين يريدون فرض اختبار الخيارات على الحكومة الجديدة التي يترأسها أحد رموز الاستيطان نفتالي بينيت، واستثمار حاجة نتنياهو لإحراج الحكومة وإذلالها في الميدان وتظهير خضوعها لواشنطن، واستعراض القوة بوجهها، ما يجعل مشهد التصعيد الاحتمال الأشد قوة لما سيحدث اليوم.

– الدعوة لمسيرة الأعلام الصهيونية في القدس اليوم ومقابلها الدعوة للنفير الوطني الفلسطيني لنصرة القدس، يضع القدس في واجهة الأحداث العالمية، ولم يغب عن بيان الدعوة للنفير الوطني الذي أصدرته لجنة المتابعة الوطنية للفلسطينيين في الأراضي المحتلة عام 48، دعوة قوى المقاومة في غزة ولبنان للاستنفار تحسباً لمسار الأمور، ما يجعل الأمور مفتوحة على كل الاحتمالات، والباب الوحيد لنجاح محاولات منع التصعيد هو منع المستوطنين من الاقتراب من الأحياء العربية في القدس ومن المسجد الأقصى، وإن حدث ذلك تحقق انتصار كبير بفرض قواعد اشتباك تجعل القدس خطاً أحمر غير قابل للانتهاك، وإن لم يحدث فالمواجهة ستتسع وتكبر ولا أحد يستطيع رسم سقوف مسبقة لها.

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Sheikh Qaouk: Cooperation between Lebanese, Palestinian Resistance Strategic


Sheikh Qaouk: Cooperation between Lebanese, Palestinian Resistance Strategic

By Staff

Member of Hezbollah’s Central Council, Sheikh Nabil Qaouk, warned that “The ‘Israeli’ entity is surrounded today by missiles that can affect all its cities and settlements.”

In a speech during his meeting with a delegation of Arab parties who toured the Lebanese-Palestinian border, Sheikh Qaouk stressed that the priceless strategic asset of the nation is the cooperation and complementarity between the resistance in Lebanon and in Palestine. “This is ‘Israel’s’ real and existential nightmare and the guarantee for the Arab’s dignity.”

He further underscored that “The ‘Israeli’ enemy has come to feel that it is trapped in every battle, that it is still at the bottom of defeat, that equations and calculations have been changed, and that it is at a time when we feel that al-Quds is closer to liberation than ever before.”

Sheikh Qaouk also noted that, “Al-Quds has proven that it is resistant to the occupation, and that the only and real enemy is the ‘Israeli’ enemy.”

“It has also emphasized that Iran is the strategic depth of the Palestinian resistance, and the primary supporter of Palestine, al-Quds, al-Aqsa and the resistance in Gaza, led by the Leader, Imam Ali Khamenei,” he concluded.

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يتمهّل الأميركيون والإيرانيون في إعلان العودة إلى الاتفاق النوويّ، فليس من عجلة في الإعلان، لأن هناك ملفات تستدعي الترتيب قبل الإعلان، خصوصاً في الاستعجال الأميركي لترتيب الأوراق في كيان الاحتلال والسعودية، حيث لا يريد الأميركي الإعلان عن العودة إلى الاتفاق قبل التحقق من نزع صلاحيات رئيس حكومة الاحتلال بنيامين نتنياهو على ارتكاب أية حماقة في تصعيد الأوضاع في المنطقة بهدف جر الأميركيين الى حرب، وينتظرون نتائج التصويت على نيل الحكومة الجديدة بالثقة، ووضع ضمانات نقل صلاحيات رئيس الحكومة في حال فشل الثقة الى المجلس الوزاري المصغّر حيث وزير الدفاع ورئيس الموساد ورئيس الأركان، شركاء في القرار وشركاء لواشنطن في السعي لخفض التصعيد. وعلى الضفة السعودية يرغب الأميركيون أن يسبق إعلان العودة الى الاتفاق التوصل الى تفاهم ثابت يضمن وقف النار وفتح باب التفاوض السياسيّ في اليمن، وبالرغم من المحاولة الأميركية لترجيح كفة السعودية وكيان الاحتلال في كل صيغ التهدئة التي يشتغلون عليها، فهم يدركون أنهم لم يعودوا لاعباً وحيداً، وأنهم في لحظة معيّنة مجبرون على الاختيار بين التهدئة وشروطهم لها. والقبول بالتالي بشروط لا تناسبهم ولا تناسب حليفهم في السعودية والكيان، لكنها تضمن تهدئة مديدة، وقد بات واضحاً أن عنوانها اليمنيّ فك الحصار وعنوانها الفلسطيني منع الانتهاكات في القدس.

في فترة التريّث الأميركيّ لا يجد الإيرانيون سبباً لتخفيض إجراءاتهم التي تقلق الأميركيين وحلفاءهم الأوروبيين في الملف النووي، فهي إجراءات دفاعيّة اتخذتها إيران رداً على الانسحاب الأميركي غير القانوني من الاتفاق وما لحقه من عقوبات أميركية منافية للقانون الدولي بمعاقبة كل مَن يطبّق قرار مجلس الأمن برفع العقوبات، ولذلك لن يسجل الإيرانيون سابقة يُساء فهمها كعلامة تعطش للعودة للاتفاق، ويقدمون على وقف خطواتهم الدفاعية أو تخفيضها، حتى لو كانوا مقتنعين بأن الأميركيين يرتبون أوراقهم للعودة للاتفاق، لأنه ما دام الباب مفتوحاً للتفاوض فكل خطوة لها تأثيرها على موازين التفاوض، لذلك يقرأ الإيرانيون النداءات التي تدعوهم لوقف الإجراءات التصعيدية، وهم بلغوا مرحلة قريبة من امتلاك ما يكفي لإنتاج قنبلة، كما يقول الأميركيّون، لكنهم يجيبون بأن الحلّ يكون شاملاً أو لا يكون، ورغم المحاولات الدبلوماسية التي جرت مع إيران من أصدقاء ووسطاء للاستجابة لهذه النداءات بقي الموقف الإيراني على حاله، والوقت الحرج نووياً، كما يقول الأميركيون، بات بالأيام وربما بالساعات.

وصل الوسطاء إلى صيغة تقوم على بدء تنفيذ الاتفاق قبل الإعلان عنه، عبر اختيار بنود من الاتفاق تقع في روزنامة المرحلة الأولى، وتتضمّن رفعاً لعدد من العقوبات الأميركية عن أشخاص وكيانات إيرانية، منها شركات تصدير للنفط وشركات بحرية لنقل النفط، مقابل أن تقدم إيران على القيام ببعض الخطوات المقابلة، ولم تجب إيران على المقترح، إلا بالجواب التقليدي، يكون الحل شاملاً أو لا يكون، فبادرت واشنطن لتطبيق بنود العرض قبل الحصول على استجابة إيرانية بفعل المثل، على أمل أن يفعل الإيرانيّون شيئاً ولو لم يعلنوا عنه، وهذا ما أمله الوسطاء من إيران، فيما يجري تسريع العمل على تجاوز التعقيدات من طريق التهدئة في فلسطين واليمن، والطريق واضح للأميركيين ولا يحتمل المناورات، القبول بربط وقف النار في اليمن برفع الحصار وفتح الميناء والمطار، والقبول بربط وقف النار في غزة بوقف الانتهاكات في القدس، وصولاً لتبادل الأسرى ورفع الحصار عن غزة.

الذين يتابعون مسار فيينا عن قرب يقولون إن أمر الاتفاق انتهى، وإن ما يجري حالياً هو تطبيق بعض بنوده قبل الإعلان عن توقيع

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At the end of Israel-Palestine conflict: The acquisition of Hamas

June 8, 2021 – 14:13

By Rakib Al Hasan 

After series of devastating Israeli airstrikes for more than 10 days, a ceasefire was declared by both Hamas and the Israeli regime. The fighting cost more than 248 Palestinian lives. It also led to massive destruction of properties in the Gaza strip.

Now with the end of the conflict, both sides are measuring their costs and successes. Both sides are claiming major victory. According to the Israeli leadership, the offensives have achieved their goals and they can measure these as successes. On the other hand, Hamas is also claiming that it has successfully defended the Palestinian people.

Hamas is an armed resistance group that Western powers consider it as a “terrorist” organization. On the other hand, Israel is a regime with massive military strength. Thus, the objectives of a conflict between such two actors depend mainly on military and political grounds.

If we talk about the Israeli side, the government and military claimed that Hamas can be dealt with in two ways. One, by completely conquering it, and two, by destroying its combat capability. So, have Israel achieved these two goals so far?

First of all, militarily Israel has destroyed many civil targets. In the latest fight against Hamas, they killed at least 63 children, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.  Although Israel could intercept some of 340 rockets launched from Gaza, Israel’s Iron Dom showed that it is incapable to work in any possible clash. They also destroyed a key research and development center claiming that it was a Hamas base.

In terms of the political achievements from the latest fight, Israel has gained lesser. The fight could have given a lifeline domestically for the Israeli PM Netanyahu but it has cost Israel a lot diplomatically. The international support for the Palestinians has gained new momentum.

If we go to war, there will be casualties. Many people have to give their lives. No war has ever taken place without revenge. So, the main issue is who has won the war and whose objective has been achieved more than the loss in the war. So, the achievements of Hamas in this war can be seen by analyzing a little.

• In this battle, the Iron Dome was seen playing a little. If too many rockets or missiles are fired at once, the Iron Dome cannot properly detect it. About 60% of Hamas’s 4,000-plus rockets have been detected. This weakness of the Iron Dome became known, which would later make Hamas more practical.

• For so long, everyone believed in the exclusive Western narrative. Even the barbaric attacks on Muslims in the name of self-defense did not deter the Western world. CNN, New York Times, Guardian, Reuters, etc. also blindly believed such a narrative. But international media outlets such as Al Jazeera, Middle East Eye, TRT, Anadolu have been able to unmask the West against this propaganda. As a result, although the name of Israel was not mentioned in the beginning, now almost all the Western media is mentioning the name of Israel.

After a loss in the media war, Israel demolished the Al Jazeera building in Gaza. Had it not been for the AP in the same building, they might not have hesitated to kill the Al Jazeera team. 

• Palestine has received unprecedented support in this war. Many figures and leaders, including the Irish MP, the Austrian MP, Mark Ruffalo, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Ayatollah Khamenei and Erdogan were in favor of Palestine. There have been small and large rallies in almost all countries, including London, the United States, Paris, Turkey, and Qatar. A fund has been set up in distant Bangladesh at the initiative of the Palestinian embassy. In the outside world, it will play a huge role in increasing the acceptance of Palestine and Hamas as well as motivating the fighters.

• The project that the West has undertaken to make Hamas a terrorist group has come to naught. They have also shown through their protests the mischievous attempts to portray Hamas as a terrorist group and to show the world who the real terrorists are. 

• It has become clear to the Muslim world, including Hamas, who are the friends and who are the enemies of the Muslims. Who incites the killing of innocent children by uttering the words of humanity. Israel lacks moral right to talk about this issue, especially when it violates international human rights law. 

• Israel has been portrayed in recent times as invincible or irresistible, but in practice they are not. The death of an Israeli citizen is a very sensitive issue in Israel. The politicians of that country do not want to take that risk. So, they are also a bit timid. This idea has now been established with Hamas. Hamas now believes that only a good range of missiles can stop Israel.

• The Muslim world is growing angry and uneasy over, day after day, of bombings and civilian casualties in Gaza. An emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation called OIC was held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Israeli security analysts believe that the so-called “Abraham Accord” peace agreement, following the Israeli attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and the subsequent deaths in Gaza, will be under more pressure.

• Iran has helped Hamas with technology. Several other Muslim countries are helping with the intelligence team. Training in Syria. As a result, a strong bond will be formed between these countries because of Palestine. Together, they can do everything possible to help rescue Gaza, as Turkey has done to Azerbaijan.

• From now on, Muslim children may want to be as brave as Palestinian children in the way the protests of Palestinian children in Gaza have sparked worldwide discussion. Maybe this Palestinian issue can reunite Muslims around the world.

• The most important event in this conflict is that for the first time Hamas has been able to provoke the Arab population inside Israel. This is a big strategic achievement for Hamas and a big headache for Israel. Hamas has now successfully hijacked the protests that erupted between Palestinians and Israeli police in Jerusalem in the beginning of Ramadan. Mohammad Deif, Hamas military wing leader, issued a threat against Israel over protests. Many Palestinians even in Jerusalem began chanting slogans and praised Hamas. 
Hamas decision to fire rockets at Jerusalem has enabled it to present itself as a very credible Resistance Group. They present themselves as those people who would do anything to support the Palestinians in Jerusalem. They say they are protecting Al-Aqsa Mosque compound from being Judaized. 

• Hamas has been successful to draw attention to President Mahmoud Abbas and his incompetence. Hamas showed him as a weak leader. Now Hamas has achieved the center stage in negotiations with Egyptian, Qatari and United Nations mediators. It is said that Hamas lost the power to show its influence through the ballot box after the elections were postponed by Mahmoud Abbas. They were set to take place on May 22 and July 31, 2021. Now through these current events Hamas has shown that it is the leading player in Palestinian arena and is popular among the population. 

It is expected that when the next elections would take place Hamas would enter the fray with an upper hand. It is also expected that Jerusalem would be the main theme of Hamas in contesting the next elections. It would be acting as a defender of Al-Aqsa Mosque and a liberator of Jerusalem.


Zionist Academics Take The Side Of State Power

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11 June 2021

by Lawrence Davidson

Part I—Tensions in Academia

The growing divide in the United States between Zionists and supporters of Palestinian rights has led to pronounced tensions in academia. Much has been said about increasing pro-Palestinian student protests as well as the activities of pro-Israel boards of governors, presidents, deans, etc. The latter try to guard their campuses from pro-Palestinian faculty, student clubs, invited speakers and the like.

These tensions have found yet another academic front on which to contest. There are two historical associations in the U.S. for scholars of Middle East studies reflecting opposing attitudes toward Israel and its behavior toward the Palestinians. And this divide presents us with a dichotomy of values at the professional academic level.

The oldest of these is the Middle East Studies Association (MESA). It was founded in 1966 and currently has a membership of more than 2700. It also serves as a “constituent society of thirty-six affiliated organizations.” It puts out a quarterly journal and has an active Committee on Academic Freedom. MESA is a very successful learned society. Its scholars cover all of the Middle East and North Africa. It is dedicated to high standards of scholarship and diversity of interpretation.

By the 2000s the debate within academia over the expansionist nature of Israel and its treatment of conquered Palestinians was heating up. Because most of MESA members have a broad knowledge of the area, a sense of local perspectives, and also know the history of the Arab Israeli conflict, their positions tend to be critical of Israeli behavior and American support for it. And that led to an organizational split.

In 2007 two scholars, Bernard Lewis and Fouad Ajami, decided to start a rival organization, the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA). They did so because, according to them, MESA was “dominated by academics who have been critical of Israel and America’s role in the Middle East.”

One might wonder why the position taken by many MESA members upset Lewis and Ajami. After all, debating issues from an historical perspective is, in part, what academics are supposed to do. If MESA was allegedly “dominated” by those critical of Israeli behavior, Lewis and Ajami’s answer was to establish a “politicized” organization “dominated” by Zionists. It made little sense in terms of dialog, but tactically it fit right in with how Zionists—those who uphold the legitimacy of a Jewish state in Palestine—react to criticism.

Over the last quarter century, a common tactic of Zionists has been to withdraw from public debate and, where they can, bring about enforced silence of anyone who is critical of Israel. That, of course, is what those pro-Israeli academic administrators and boards were and are doing. Part of this effort entails labelling those critical of Israel as anti-Semites. This stratagem is generally used to shut down negative assessments in the West. Seeking to expand the scope of this effort, ASMEA’s much lauded founder, Bernard Lewis, who died in May of 2018, sought to defame Islam with the same charge. That approach is carried on by ASMEA. The organization awards a Bernard Lewis Prize, a description of which quotes Lewis, “to an astonishing degree, the ideas, the literature, even the crudest inventions of the Nazis and their predecessors have been internalized and Islamized.” In competition for this award, young Middle East scholars are encouraged by ASMEA to identify Muslim Arab opposition to Israel with anti-Semitism.

Part II—Expressing Values

The two organizations have recently shown where this tension has taken them in terms of human rights. This was occasioned by the recent outbreak Palestinian resistance caused by threats of evictions (ethnic cleansing) of Arab families in Jerusalem, and aggressive Israeli actions at the site of Al-Aqsa Mosque. The latter actions, in particular, triggered rocket attacks from Gaza.

Here is part of a long and detailed MESA statement. The shorter ASMEA statement is given in full:

MESA (21 May 2021) Issued by the organization’s Board of Directors.

“The Board of Directors of the Middle East Studies Association of North America condemns the ongoing and intensified Israeli government assault on the Palestinians of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip and those who are Israeli citizens. During May 7–20, 2021, Israeli military attacks on the occupied Gaza Strip damaged at least 51 educational facilities, including 2 kindergartens, 46 schools, 1 university, 1 vocational training center, and 1 Ministry of Education facility—among other vital infrastructure. Israeli air strikes and tank shells directly hit a number of these buildings. The deadly conditions created by the Israeli military attacks in Gaza forced all schools to remain closed for at least five days after the end of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, affecting the lives and access to education of 591,685 students. In addition, Israeli military strikes internally displaced at least 66,000 Palestinians who then sought refuge in 58 schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), causing further disruptions to the population’s education–indeed, to their lives. …

“There is little doubt that successive Israeli governments across the political spectrum have carried out a decades-long attack on Palestinian students, teachers, and educational facilities. Indeed, this attack is part of a broader political, administrative, and legal system of racial discrimination and domination—regularly enforced through violence—that has defined the Israeli government’s treatment of the Palestinian people. And, as the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem and the international non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch have found, the Israeli government’s purposeful and systematic privileging of Jewish Israelis while dominating and oppressing the Palestinian people amounts to apartheid.”

ASMEA (25 May 2021) Issued by the organization’s Chairman, Professor Norman Stillman

“The recent wave of violence in the ongoing struggle between Israel and Hamas has left many members of our community of scholars deeply concerned. While we hope and pray no harm befalls any of our members, anywhere, and their loved ones, ASMEA remains committed to our founding principles as an academic association.

“As scholars, we believe in the pursuit of objective truth when studying and teaching the issues and topics affecting the regions of our academic concern. We recognize that these principles can create division and disagreement, but so long as scholarship contributes to the body of knowledge, we welcome and encourage vigorous debate.

“We stand behind and support our members in Israel and deride those more intent on infusing the academic landscape with pointless over-politicization and rank partisanship than restoring balance to the Academy and protecting academic freedom in Middle East and African studies, and related disciplines.”

There are a couple of things to note about these two statements: (1) The MESA statement is issued in support of the Palestinians, and specifically their collective human right to education. It contains assertions about the Israeli violations of that right—assertions that can be fact checked. The statement also references the reports of international organizations concerned with civil and human rights. (2) The ASMEA statement claims objectivity and a willingness to debate, but then proceeds to defame and trivialize those who disagree with their position—“those more intent on infusing the academic landscape with pointless over-politicization and rank partisanship.” Actually, one can characterize this charge as a psychological projection of the statement’s author who, being a Zionist stalwart must be, by definition, both politicized and partisan. The statement also makes no reference to the Palestinian situation under Israeli rule and reduces the struggle to one between Hamas and Israeli—an objectively incorrect and thus untrue assertion. This reductionist gambit is used by almost all contemporary supporters of Israel.

Part III—Crossing the Rubicon

There is a Rubicon (a fundamental crossing point) that all Jewish intellectuals are now confronting. Whether or not one crosses this line reveals the nature of their values. To cross it is to take the side of human rights and the rule of law. To refuse to cross is to take the side of state power—in this case, to align with the power of a proven apartheid state.

To add context to this choice, consider the case of Eva Illouz, a professor of sociology at Hebrew University. On 14 April 2014, she wrote an essay for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz entitled, “Is It Possible to be a Jewish Intellectual?” In this piece she sets forth two opposing positions: one is the Zionist/Israeli demand for the primacy of “ahavat Israel,” or the “love of the Jewish nation and people”–-the claim that all Jews have a “duty of the heart” to be loyal to the “Jewish nation.” The other position is that of the lone intellectual (here her model is the philosopher Hannah Arendt), whose obligation is to maintain the “disinterested intelligence” necessary to “speak truth to power.”
Illouz explains that Zionists have a “suspicion of critique” and use “the memorialization of the Shoah” (the Holocaust) and “ahavat Israel” to mute it. “The imperative of solidarity brings with it the injunction to not oppose or express publicly disagreement with official Jewish bodies.” It is within this context that she can ask if it is still possible to be a Jewish intellectual. Illouz’s conclusion is that it has become exceedingly difficult to be so because the demands for Jewish solidarity are particularly “brutal.” And then she makes her choice and, if you will, crosses the Rubicon. “In the face of the ongoing, unrelenting injustices toward Palestinians and Arabs living in Israel, his/her moral duty is to let go, achingly, of that solidarity.”

It is not difficult to recognize that ASMEA stands at the bank of this Rubicon and refuses to cross. The organization’s values do not reflect any devotion to universal principles such as human rights and the rule of law, much less “objective truth.” Their leadership, at least, has no interest in critiquing the use of power but rather is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the interests of a specific power. The values exalted here are the parochial codes those intellectuals (among others) use to rationalize service to a state even when it turns criminal. The independent-minded, outspoken intellectuals, such as Eva Illouz, demanding broader moral integrity and responsibility from their contemporaries, are rarities.

Part IV—Conclusion

Any speculation about which side of the Rubicon line “History” favors is really silly. Historical prediction, like the weather, is a short-range affair. However, one might sense a present shift in sentiment in the U.S. and the Western world generally. It is an apparent shift in favor of the Palestinians and against apartheid Israel. One might even hazard a guess that the shift will continue to grow. Why so? The reason is straightforward and quite simple. It should continue to grow just as long as Israel does not stop. That is, as long as it continues to evolve as a racist state—simultaneously destroying human rights and international law.

Sanctions against Israel, anyone?

Response from UK government has Foreign Office still playing childish game of charades

UK-Israel symbiosis

By Stuart Littlewood -June 10, 2021

…from Stuart Littlewood, Britain

First published June 10, 2021

An online petition was recently sent to the British Government demanding sanctions against Israel. It said: “The Government should introduce sanctions against Israel, including blocking all trade, and in particular arms. Its disproportionate treatment of Palestinians and settlements that are regarded by the international community as illegal are an affront to civilised society.” 385,225 signed.

The Government promises a debate on the petition on 14 June. But its response includes this statement from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office issued yesterday (my comments in italics):

The UK is firmly opposed to boycotts or sanctions against Israel. Our close and varied relationship means we are able to express clearly when we disagree.

HM Government has made its position on sanctions clear. While we do not hesitate to express disagreement with Israel whenever we feel it necessary, we are firmly opposed to boycotts or sanctions. We believe that open and honest discussions, rather than the imposition of sanctions or supporting anti-Israeli boycotts, best supports our efforts to help progress the peace process and achieve a negotiated solution.

• Open and honest discussion with Israel has never worked. You happily slap other nations with sanctions.

HM Government takes its export control responsibilities very seriously and operates one of the most robust arms export control regimes in the world. We consider all export applications thoroughly against a strict risk assessment framework. We continue to monitor the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and keep all licences under careful and continual review as standard.

• Clearly your risk assessments aren’t strict enough.

The UK welcomed the recent announcement of a ceasefire in Israel and Gaza on 20 May, which is an important step to ending the cycle of violence and loss of civilian life.

During the Foreign Secretary’s visit to the region on 26 May he reiterated the UK’s firm commitment to the two-state solution as the best way to permanently end the occupation, deliver Palestinian self-determination and preserve Israel’s security and democratic identity. The UK will continue our intensive diplomatic efforts in the region, focussed on creating the conditions for a sustainable peace.

• The cycle of violence and loss of civilian life didn’t end after previous ceasefires. Israel continued ‘mowing the lawn’. Why are you committed to the two-state solution when you’ve allowed Israel to establish facts on the ground that make a viable Palestinian state impossible? What do you think a Palestinian state will look like when you eventually get around to recognising one?

Haven’t you yet understood that Israel doesn’t want peace until it has annexed the whole of Palestine and that your stance simply aids the Zionists’ criminal ambition? Haven’t you heard Israeli leaders repeated say they will never allow a Palestinian state? And by the way Israel has no “democratic identity”, it’s a deeply unpleasant ethnocracy.

Israel is an important strategic partner for the UK and we collaborate on issues of defence and security. Our commitment to Israel’s security is unwavering. The UK unequivocally condemns the firing of rockets at Jerusalem and locations within Israel.

We strongly condemn these acts of terrorism by Hamas and other terrorist groups, who must permanently end their incitement and rocket fire against Israel. We are also concerned by reports that Hamas is again using civilian infrastructure and populations as cover for its military operations.

• As long as we are a strategic partner of Israel we will never be trusted in the Middle East. We have no enemies in the region, not even Iran, so why provoke hostility? And given Israel’s track record how can anyone feel comfortable swopping defence and security secrets? You persistently accuse Hamas of incitement when it is the Palestinians who are under illegal military occupation and blockade.

You complain about Hamas firing garden-shed rockets but never condemn the Israelis for bombarding tightly-lacked Gaza with devastating state of the art ordnance deliberately mis-aimed to cause horrendous slaughter of civilians. Also check the definition of terrorist and consider whether it fits the Israeli regime better than Hamas.

We are clear that all countries, including Israel, have a legitimate right to self-defence, and the right to defend their citizens from attack. In doing so, it is vital that all actions are proportionate, in line with International Humanitarian Law, and are calibrated to avoid civilian casualties.

• Israel has no comprehension of “proportionate” and no right of self defence against the people it illegally occupies, murders and dispossesses. It has never complied with international Humanitarian Law, whereas the Palestinians have every right under international law to mount an armed resistance, makeshift though it is, against the occupier.

The UK is strongly opposed to the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions Movement against Israel, just as we oppose any calls for boycotts which divide people and reduce understanding.

 It is nonsense to claim the UK as a whole is opposed to sanctions against Israel. Only self-serving supporters of the apartheid regime oppose sanctions.

The UK position on evictions, demolitions, and settlements is longstanding and clear. We oppose these activities. We urge the Government of Israel to cease its policies related to settlement expansion immediately, and instead work towards a two state solution. Settlements are illegal under international law, and present an obstacle to peace.

We want to see a contiguous West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as part of a viable and sovereign Palestinian state, based on 1967 borders. Our position was reflected in our support for UN Security Council Resolution 2334 and we continue to urge Israel at the highest level to halt settlement expansion immediately.

• You may well oppose these things but that’s not enough. Haven’t you noticed – the Israelis don’t give a damn? What HM Government wants to see doesn’t matter to them. Their expansion programme is unstoppable except by applying firm and effective consequences. UNSCR 2334 was adopted four and a half years ago. It says Israel’s settlement activity constitutes a “flagrant violation” of international law and has “no legal validity”.

It demands that Israel stop such activity and fulfill its obligations as an occupying power under the Fourth Geneva Convention. Is Israel biting its nails thinking the sky is about to fall in on them? No, it laughs in the UN’s face. What has the British government and other members of the Security Council done in that time to concentrate Israel’s mind and ensure compliance?

We advise British businesses to bear in mind the British Government’s view on the illegality of settlements under international law when considering their investments and activities in the region. Ultimately, it will be the decision of an individual or company whether to operate in settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, but the British Government would neither encourage nor offer support to such activity.

• Nevertheless you continually reward Israel for its crimes against humanity with favoured trading deals and special collaboration agreements.

We have also made clear our concerns about the increasing rate of demolitions and evictions of Palestinians. The UK is focused on preventing demolitions and evictions from happening in the first place through our legal aid programme, which supports Palestinians facing demolition or home eviction.

• The demolitions and evictions have been going on for 73 years. You haven’t in the least been focused on preventing them. And using UK taxpayers’ money to sustain Israel’s criminal policy is utterly gross.

As a strong friend of Israel, and one which has stood up for Israel when it faces bias and unreasonable criticism, we are continuing to urge Israel to not take steps such as these, which move us away from our shared goals of peace and security.

• Why are you “a strong friend” of this apartheid entity in the first place? You shame us all. Israel’s idea of peace and security is far removed from anyone else’s. It’s shocking to hear that you (implying we) “share” their goals.

The occupation will not end and peace will not be achieved by symbolic measures, but by real movement towards renewed peace negotiations which create a viable Palestinian state, living in peace and security side-by-side with Israel.

We will continue to press Israel and the Palestinians strongly on the need to refrain from taking actions, which make peace more difficult. And will continue to encourage further confidence building steps towards meaningful bilateral peace negotiations between the parties.

 What, more lopsided ‘negotiations’ overseen by the most dishonest broker on the planet? Are you SERIOUS? The occupation will end and peace will be achieved only when justice is done and seen to be done. International law has spoken. Now deliver it, please, instead of endless shaming us with your dangerous delusions.

The entire British Government would do well to recall George Washington’s wise words: “The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave… a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils.”

Yes, “slave” fits Israel’s stooges at Westminster admirably.

Stuart Littlewood
9 June 2021


Stuart Littlewood

After working on jet fighters in the RAF Stuart became an industrial marketing specialist with manufacturing companies and consultancy firms. He also “indulged himself” as a newspaper columnist. In politics he served as a Cambridgeshire county councillor and member of the Police Authority. Now retired he campaigns on various issues and contributes to several online news & opinion sites. With a lifelong passion for photography he has produced two photo-documentary books, one of which can be read online at

Hajja Nafisa: The story of a special bond with Al-Aqsa Mosque

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Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine (03– 09 June 2021)

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (03– 09 June 2021)


03 –  09 June 2021

  • 2 Palestinians killed, including a woman who succumbed to her wounds in the Israeli offensive on Gaza
  • Excessive Use of Force in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 40 Palestinians, including a child and 2 journalists, wounded
  • In 151 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 99 civilians arrested, including 16 children and 3 women.
  • Journalist Guevara al-Budeiri arrested and deported from Jerusalem for 15 days
  • UHWC’s Headquarter raided and closed as part of the Israeli tightening policy on the Palestinian Civil Society
  • Palestinian Civilian forced to self-demolish his house in Jerusalem while 10 tents and 9 barracks dismantled in Jericho
  • Setters’ Attacks: Civilians and Vehicles assaulted by settlers in Salfit and Nablus
  • IOF established 53 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank


Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians that are mostly conducted after midnight and in the early morning hours. This week, IOF resumed its demolition and razing activities against Palestinians’ properties and settlers launched attacks on Palestinians and their properties. IOF maintained its collective punishment policy on the Gaza Strip, keeping both Beit Hanoun and Karm Abu Salem crossings shut, with limited operation for conditional exceptional cases.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

2 Palestinians died, including a woman who succumbed to her serious wounds she sustained during the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.  In the West Bank, 40 Palestinians were wounded due to IOF’s excessive use of forces against civilians; 25 wounded in occupied Jerusalem, including 2 journalists, 4 in Tubas, 7 in peaceful protest in Jabal Sbeih in Nablus, 3 in Ramallah (Ni’lin and al-Nabi Saleh) and a child in Kafr Qaddoum.  Moreover, dozens suffocated due to teargas canisters fired by IOF in those attacks and others in the West Bank.  IOF also opened fire twice at the Palestinian fishing boats and once at the agricultural lands in western and eastern Gaza Strip.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 151 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 99 Palestinians were arrested, including 16 children and 3 women; 2 of them were journalists and later released.  IOF raided and closed UHWC’s headquarter in Ramallah while they confiscated money from a Palestinian prisoner’s house in the West Bank.


PCHR fieldworkers documented 5 violations:

  • East Jerusalem: Palestinian Forced to self-demolish his house in Jabal Mukaber
  • Hebron: Agricultural room and sheep barn demolished
  • Jericho: 10 tents, 9 barracks and other property and equipment dismantled and confiscated in addition to demolishing 2 pools in Bardalah village and razing an agricultural road.


Setters carried out 2 attacks: riots and assaults on civilians in Kafl Haris in northern Salfit and assaults on Palestinian vehicles in southeastern Nablus.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Israeli authorities continued to impose collective punishments against the people of the Gaza Strip by closing Kerm Abu Salem and Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossings and partially opening it few days after a ceasefire was declared on 22 May 2021.  This comes in a time where The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.

In the West Bank, the Israeli authorities continued to divide it into small isolated cantons while many roads are still completely closed.  In addition to the permanent checkpoints, IOF establish temporary checkpoints that hinder civilians’ movement and arrest many of them.

Shooting, Suppression of Protests and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity

  • On Thursday, 03 June 2021, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital declared the death of Yehia Basem Ahmed al-‘Ijlah (24), from Shuja’iyya neighborhood, succumbing to wounds he sustained on 15 May 2021, during the last Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. It should be noted that al-‘Ijlah stayed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) due to his serious health condition.
  • At approximately 12:15 on Thursday, 03 June 2021, medical sources announced the death of Dayana Ziyad Muhi al-Deen Abu al-‘Aouf (46), succumbing to wounds she sustained on 16 May 2021, in an Israeli airstrike that targeted her house in Gaza City. Dayana was seriously injured and referred for treatment at the West Bank hospitals, where she died. It should be noted that Dayana’s daughters Shimaa (21) and Rawan (19), in addition to 44 other Palestinians were killed in the Israeli airstrikes that targeted 6 residential buildings on al-Wehda Street.
  • At approximately 03:00 on Friday, 04 June 2021, IOF moved into Far’a refugee camp, south of Tubas. Afterwards, Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at IOF’s vehicles. IOF responded with live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters. As a result, 4 protestors were wounded; one of them was shot with a live bullet in his foot while the others were shot with rubber bullets in their feet. All of them were taken to Tubas Turkish Hospital. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.
  • At approximately 11:30, a large number of Palestinians flocked into Subeih Mount, south of Bita village, southeast of Nablus, and performed the Friday prayer in the area. After that, a peaceful protest took off from Subeih Mount towards Aftar settlement outpost, which is established in the area 40 days ago. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the occupation and settlers. When the protestors arrived, IOF, who stationed between olive trees, indiscriminately opened fire at them. Violent clashes erupted in the area, during which, the protestors threw stones at the IOF, who responded with live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters. The clashes continued until 15:30 and resulted in the injury of 7 Palestinians; 6 of them were shot with live bullets while one was shot with a rubber bullet in his head. All of them were taken to Rafidia Hospital. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.
  • At approximately 12:00, a peaceful protest took off from the central of Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah, towards the annexation wall in Abu Limon area, south of the village. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the occupation and settlers. When the protestors arrived at the annexation wall, IOF who stationed behind the fence, fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. Violent clashes erupted in the area, during which, the protestors threw stones at IOF, who continued to open fire indiscriminately at the protestors. As a result, a 17-year-old child was shot with a live bullet in his shoulder and another was shot with a rubber bullet in his left leg. Both of them were taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. Also, dozens of protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF stationed at the northern entrance to Kafr Qaddum village, north of Qalqilya, suppressed a peaceful protest organized by dozens of Palestinians. Also, IOF chased the Palestinians while clashes erupted, during which IOF fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, a 10-year-old child was hit with a sponge grenade in his hand.
  • At approximately 16:00, a number of Palestinian young men gathered in Bab al-Zawiyia area in central Hebron, where IOF established a military checkpoint at the entrance to al-Shuhada closed street. The Palestinians threw stones at the checkpoint and set fire to tires on the street leading to the checkpoint. Afterwards, a number of Israeli soldiers left the checkpoint to fire rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the stone-throwers and chased them in Sha’ir Wad al-Tuffah area. As a result, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation. During the clashes, which continued until 20:00, many shops were closed and no casualties were reported.
  • On Friday, IOF suppressed a peaceful protest organized by Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan residents and Palestinians in solidarity with them in Baten al-Hawa neighborhood, which is under the threat of expulsion in favor of settlers in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF fired sound bombs, teargas canisters and rubber bullets at the protestors.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 17:00, IOF moved into Baten al-Hawa neighborhood, coinciding with the arrival of Palestinians who participated in marathon titled:  “Jerusalem Marathon”, which took off from Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood towards a sit-in tent established in Baten al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan. When the participants chanted slogans condemning the Israeli courts’ decisions regarding the eviction of Sheikh Jarrah and Baten al-Hawa neighborhoods, IOF raided the tent, beat the participants in the sit-in and fired sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. Afterwards, violent clashes erupted in the area, during which, IOF heavily fired teargas canisters in the neighborhood. As a result, dozens of civilians and press crews suffocated due to teargas inhalation. When IOF withdrew from the neighborhood, Palestinians in solidarity with the neighborhood’s residents returned to the tent to complete the activities. Accordingly, IOF raided the tent again, beat all Palestinians stood there, indiscriminately fired teargas canisters at them, confiscated loudspeakers, broke all chairs, and arrested Kayid Rajbi, a member of Baten al-Hawa village committee, Saif Abu Ta’ah, Mamdouh Zahdah, and Mo’tasem Hmidat (15) after severely beat them up. Other clashes erupted in the neighborhood and continued for several hours, during which, IOF demolished the tent completely in an attempt to stop all activities. They deliberately targeted houses as a teargas canister hit a  house belonging to Abu Mouz family. As a result, Abu Mouz family members, including women and children, suffocated due to teargas inhalation. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) stated that they treated 23 Palestinians who were beaten and hit with teargas canisters; one of them was taken to a hospital. The PRCS also pointed out that IOF targeted a PRCS ambulance with a rubber bullet. As a result, the ambulance windows were broken.

  • At approximately 19:00 on Saturday, 05 June 2021, IOF arrested Al-Jazeera media network journalist, Guevara Ishaq Ahmed al-Budeiri (45), after physically assaulting her while she was covering a protest organized by Palestinians in solidarity with the residents of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood to commemorate the 54th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, known as “al-Naksa.” Few hours after her arrest, Israeli authorities released al-Budeiri and handed her a 15-day deportation order from Jerusalem.
  • According to PCHR’s investigations, eyewitnesses’ testimonies and al-Budeiri’s statement after her release, IOF unjustifiably assaulted al-Budeiri while she was covering incidents in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood along with her colleague, photographer Nabil al-Mezawi. IOF ordered al-Budeiri to show her press card, despite knowing her identity as she is a well-known journalist. She asked them to give her 3 minutes to bring the press card from her car, but they refused and violently assaulted her. Footages taken by Palestinian journalists who were in the area showed that at least 5 female soldiers assaulted al-Budeiri and grabbed her arm violently before detaining her near a wall. She yelled English: “Do not touch me.. Stop..  I am a journalist.” IOF also kicked and beat al-Budeiri and prevented anyone from approaching or helping her. They handcuffed her and took her to a police station. It should be noted that al-Budeiri was beaten while she was on her way to al-Bareed Investigation Center on Salah al-Deen Street in central occupied East Jerusalem. Al-Jazeera photographer, Nabil al-Mezawi, said that IOF intentionally assaulted Al-Jazeera crew as they arrested al-Budeiri, IOF also assaulted him, pushed him to the ground and broke his camera and live broadcast equipment.

Al-Budeiri’s lawyer, Khaldoun Nejim, said that Israeli authorities accused Guevara of assaulting a female soldier. He pointed out that the female soldier who claimed that al-Budeiri assaulted her was at the police station to file a complaint against Guevara, but footages taken by al-Jazeera photographer refuted the soldier’s claims. Consequently, IOF were forced to change al-Budeiri’s charge and accused her of not obeying to soldiers’ orders and not showing her press card to them, despite that they know her on both professional and personal levels; thus, she would not need to present proof of identity according to Israeli law. Nejim added that Israeli police interrogated al-Budeiri for several hours and released her later, provided that she will banned entry to Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood for 15 days. It was later discovered that al-Budeiri sustained fractures in her hand.

Moreover, IOF ban the entry of Journalists who hold Palestinian Press Cards into the neighborhood; restrict their presence around the neighborhood, beat and push them; pump wastewater at them and other methods that would hinder their coverage and silence their voices in the occupied City.

  • At approximately 14:00 on Sunday, 06 June 2021, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered at the main entrance to Nabi Salih village, northwest of Ramallah, where they set fire to tires and threw stones and empty bottles at the military checkpoint established there. In the meantime, IOF deployed in front of the checkpoint and fired live and rubber bullets and a barrage of teargas canisters and sound bombs at the stone-throwers. As a result, a 34-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his forehead and was taken to the Istishari Arab Hospital in al-Rihan suburb, north of Ramallah, where medical sources described his injuries as serious. Also, many stone-throwers suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.
  • In the evening, dozens of Palestinians and journalists in solidity with the two siblings Mohammed and Mona al-Kurd, who were arrested by IOF, gathered in front of al-Bareed Police Station on Salah al-Deen Street after Mohammed and Mona’s father called for protesting against the arrest of his daughter and son. At approximately 17:30, coinciding with transferring Mona from al-Bareed Police Station to al-Maskobiya Police Station, IOF heavily and indiscriminately fired teargas canisters and sound bombs at the Palestinians and journalists gathered in the area. As a result, Al-Jazeera media network reporter, Najwan Simiri Diyab (41), sustained sound bomb shrapnel wounds in her leg; Maydan Alquds reporter, Baraa’ Abu Remouz, sustained sound bomb shrapnel wounds in her back; and journalist Amjad Taher ‘Arafa (36), sustained sound bomb shrapnel wounds in his leg. Also, a photojournalist at al-Kofiyia TV, Wahbi Kamel Mikiyia (37); a reporter at al-Hayat al-Jadida newspaper, Diala Jowihan; and a reporter at Palestine TV, Layali Ziyad ‘Eid suffocated due to teargas inhalation.
  • At approximately 05:00 on Tuesday, 08 June 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, and off al-Sodaniyia shore, west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and opened heavy fire at them, enticing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 19:00, a large number of Israeli soldiers accompanied with skunk carrying vehicle moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched residential houses and arrested 3 civilians, including a child, taking them to al-Bareed Police Station. The arrestees were identified as Sofian Feras Abu al-Hawa (18), Fadi Ayman Abu Ghannam (17) and ‘Odai Abu al-Hawa (20). Before the IOF’s withdrawal from the neighborhood, dozens of Palestinians gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at IOF, who fired rubber bullets and teargas canisters at them and pumped skunk water in the area.
  • At approximately 12:30 on Tuesday, a peaceful protest took off in front of a vegetable market at the main entrance to Bita village, southeast of Nablus, towards the bypass road that was raze and Jabal Subeih area, south of the village, where IOF established “Aftar” settlement outpost. The protestors raised the Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against occupation and settlers. When the protestors arrived at the area, they found a large number of Israeli soldiers awaiting them on the bypass road and near the mount. IOF fired a barrage of teargas canisters at the protestors and chased them. They also arrested Hatem Isma’il Hamaad Hamayil (17) and took him to a military vehicle. Following that, violent clashes erupted, during which, the protestors threw stones at IOF, who continued to fire live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. At approximately 13:00, IOF directly targeted an ambulance belonging to the Palestinian Medical Relief Committees with a rubber bullet and a teargas canister. As a result, the ambulance windshield was broken while medical crews were inside.

The ambulance driver, Jareer Zakaria Qanadilou, said to PCHR’s researcher that:

“while I was covering incidents on the bypass road near the vegetables market at the main entrance to Bita village, southeast of Nablus, along with the volunteers Mohammed Toqan and Omar al-Biz via an ambulance, IOF directly targeted the ambulance, which was parked in a safe area, with a rubber bullet and a teargas canister while we were inside. As a result, the ambulance windshield was broken. After that, I drove the ambulance away. I stayed in the area for about half an hour and then left to repair the broken windshield.”

  • At approximately 23:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off Deir al-Balah shore in central Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles, opened fire and pumped wastewater at them, and forced them to sail in less than 6 miles. The shooting continued for 30 minutes until Wednesday dawn, 09 June 2021. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 03:00 on Wednesday, 09 June 2021, IOF moved into Tubas, north of the West Bank. Meanwhile, a group of Palestinians gathered and threw stones at IOF’s vehicles. IOF immediately fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, a 23-year-old male was shot with 2 live bullets in his abdomen and back, causing internal bleeding and his health condition was reported serious; a 26-year-old male was shot with a live bullet below his back; and a 22-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his right arm. All of them were taken to Tubas Turkish Hospital. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. At approximately 04:30, IOF arrested Nader Mostafa Mohammed Sawaftah (47), a leader in Hamas Movement, and Osaid Shafiq Rafeeq al-Kharraz (28), a former prisoner, taking them to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel opened fire at agricultural lands in Khuzaʽa village, east of Khan Yunis. The shooting continued for several minutes and no casualties were reported.

Incursions and arrests:

Thursday, 03 June 2021:

  • At approximately 00:00, IOF moved into Salem village, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) civilians, including 2 siblings. The arrestees are: Khaled ‘Akef Ishtayah (25), his brother, Anas (21), Omar Mustafa Hamdan (25) and Fawzi Mohammed Awwad (23).
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians; Fadi Mohammed Nasrallah (34), Ahmed Adel Hajajera (32) and Anas Nabhan Nasrallah (29).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Sa’ir, north of Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses and arrested Jaber Yousef al-Shalaledah (33) and Ibarhim Sameer al-Shalaledah (36).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Yatta, south of Hebron. They raided and searched Ayman Mohammed Meghnim’s (39) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF moved into Kharbatha Bani Harith village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched Ali Ahmed al-Shaikh’s (29) house and arrested him. It should be noted that al-Shaikh is a former prisoner.
  • At approximately 12:00, IOF arrested Nofouth Hammad (14), while present at the entrance of al-Shaikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, claiming that she was drawing the Palestinian flags on her friends’ faces coinciding with the children’s entertainment day in the neighborhood. IOF took her to al-Bareed police center on Salah al-Dein Street in the city.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested Shahed Mohammed Abu al-Hums (23), while present near Bab Huta area, one of the Aqsa Mosque’s gates in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF took her to al-Kishle police center where they handed her a decision to ban her entry to the Aqsa Mosque for 6 months.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF moved into al-Wad neighborhood, one of the Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched Mohammed Mousa Hudaib’s (17) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out (5) incursions in Bayt Furik, Izmut, Luban al-Sharkiya and Duma, in Nablus; and al-Bireh, north of Ramallah governorate. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 04 June 2021:

  • At approximately 00:40, IOF moved into Jericho, and stationed in al-Iskan area. They raided and searched Mohammed Awni Totah’s (30) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF arrested Naser Hani al-Rimawi (26), from Birzeit village, north of Ramallah, while referring to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Ofer” detention, established in Beitunia, west of the city, on a prior summons.

Saturday, 05 June 2021

  • At approximately 01:20, IOF moved into Burin village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Amro Murad Najjar (21).
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Sa’ir, north of Hebron, and stationed in the city center. They raided and searched Wajdi Nayef Jaradat’s (44) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:45, IOF moved into Tulkarm refugee camp. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mahmoud Fathi Matar (24) and Nibras Jamal al-Hadayda (25), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 11:00, IIOF arrested Sultan Yousef Safi (25), from Kharsa village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate, after stopping him at al-Container military checkpoint, north of Hebron, while heading to Bethlehem. IOF took him to an unknown destination.

In evening hours, IOF prevented Palestinian farmers from reaching their lands in Qudeis area in Husan village, west of Bethlehem.

The farmer Mohammed Hamamera said that IOF prevented the farmers from entering their agricultural lands in Qudeis area in Betar Illit settlement, which was established in Husan village. As a result, farmers gathered in front of their lands in protest against the IOF and Betar Illit settlers’ continuous violations against the farmers. He added, 3 months ago, the Israeli authorities issued a decision that oblige farmers to leave their lands at approximately 17:00, and other instructions that restrict their work, noting that the 100-dunum lands are considered the main source of income to their owners who have been suffering from settlers’ violations for a long time, including stone-throwing, stealing crops, cuting and uprooting trees.

  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Dura, Halhul, Bani Na’im and Kharsa villages. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 06 June 2021

  • At approximately 02:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into the southern side of Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses and arrested (3) civilians, including a father and his son. The arrestees are: Jawad Ayoub Abu Sbeih (47), his son, Tareq (23), and Fahed Hani al-Za’tari (33).
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Mo’ayad Sami al-Sharabi’s (29) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into Nabil al-Kurd’s house in Karm al-Ja’ouni area whose residents are threatened with forced displacement in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Before the withdrawal, IOF arrested his daughter, Muna al-Kurd (23), and left a summons for his son, Mohammed (23), who was not at home, to refer to al-Bareed police center on Salah al-Dein Street in the occupied East Jerusalem.

Nabil al-Kurd said to PCHR’s field worker about the arrest circumstances of his daughter and summoning his son Mohammed:

 “When I was aspleep, I heard their voices inside my house.  They violently raided my bedroom saying that they are searching for Muna and Mohammed. I asked them about the reason to arrest Muna and Mohammed, but they replied by saying that they are wanted for investigation, so I told them to show me the court order.” He added: “I told them that my Mohammed is not at home, so they started searching the house and even under the beds.  They raided Muna’s room to arrest her and did not even allow her to brush her teeth. Muna was ordered to wear her clothes with the presence of a police woman, then she was taken to al-Bareed police center by their vehicle.” However, Mohammed surrendered to the abovementioned police center at approximately 13:00.

Al-Kurd invited journalists and those in solidarity with the residents of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood to come in front of the police center on Salah al-Deen street, saying that the arrest order was issued to muzzle, entice fear and practice pressure on the residents of the neighborhood and activists 2 days before the due date of the Israeli judicial adviser’s response about Sheikh Jarrah residents’ case.

It should be noted that at approximately 18:00, IOF released Muna without conditions, while Mohammed was released at approximately 22:00. Muna and Mohammed stated that the Israeli Authorities accused them of “disturbing public security and participation in nationalistic riots”, as they refused to sign any pledges to be released.

  • At approximately 11:00, Israeli Intelligence Services arrested Zuhair al-Rajabi (48), Head of Batin-al-Hawa Committee, and Eyad Abu Sneina (23), from the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, who were summonsed for investigation in al-Bareed police center on Salah al-Dein street in the city. It should be noted that IOF released Eyad Abu Sneina in the evening on one condition that he would be banned entry to Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood for 15 days, while al-Rajabi’s arrest was extended for the next day.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Surif and Tarqumiyah in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 07 June 2021

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Thuri neighborhood, south of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mohammed Yoused Syam’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Madama village, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched Basheer Hamed Ziyada’s house, who has been arrested in the Israeli prisons for 20 days and sentenced to administrative detention for 4 months. IOF confiscated (5,760 NIS, 485 JD, 100 USD and 5 SR), and handed the family a warrant of the confiscated money.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Qirami neighborhood in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (5) civilians; Abdullah al-Hashlamon, Abdul Rahman Abu Asab, Adam Sab Laban, Mohammed Abu Asab and Riyad al-Ghazzawi.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Shu’afat refugee camp, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mahdi Mohammed Salama’s (20) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:55, IOF moved into al-Tira neighborhood, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Rami Rizq Fadayel (41), who is a former prisoner.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into al-Khader village, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Khaled Mohammed Ghuneim (17) and Mohammed Rami Salah (16), and arrested them. It should be noted that Ghuneim and Salah were injured in the leg and abdomen, during clashes occurred with the Israeli forces in al-Khader, several months ago.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Birzeit, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched Ashraf Khaled Abu Arram’s (37) house, severely beaten and arrested him.

Nour Farraj, Ashraf’s wife, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

At approximately 04:00, my husband and I woke up on door knocks, I expected the Israeli soldiers so I headed to my children’s bedroom and woke them up quietly. When my husband opened the door, about 15 Israeli soldiers stormed and deployed in our house, one of them ordered my husband, Ashraf, to bring his ID card and cell phone, and then 2 soldiers took my husband to the living room. My son, Majdi (9), attempted to go to his father and shouted at the soldiers “Leave my father alone”, so I went to calm him but one of the soldiers hit me with his riffle’s butt on my shoulder, pushed Majdi back and ordered us to sit quietly. While IOF was arresting my husband, I looked through the window and saw 2 soldiers kicking him on his legs then they took him to where the vehicles were stationed in the city center.”

  • At approximately 04:30, IOF moved into the Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Ahmed al-Rokon’s (24) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:35, IOF moved into Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Atta Issa Sharaka (22), who was injured by the Israeli soldiers on 05 February 2021, and Majd Mahdi al-Remhi (26), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 05:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into the southern side of Hebron, and stationed in Um al-Daliya area. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (6) civilians. The arrestees are: Jawad Ayoub Abu Sbeih (30), Tareq Jawad Abu Sbeih (19), Tayseer Mohammed Abu Sbeih (21), Hussam Ayed Abu Sbeih (24), Abdul Rahman Mohammed Abu Sbeih (23) and Mohammed Tayseer Abu Sbeih (19).
  • At approximately 07:00, IOF moved into Ras al-Amud neighborhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Ma’n Owais’s (28) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 10:55, IOF moved into Bayt Lid village, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched several houses and field investigated 4 civilians; Ameed Saif al-Shayeb, Osaid Fathi Dreidi, Saleem Hisham Dreidi and Ahmed Abdul Rahim Hamida. At approximately 12:00, IOF withdrew.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Faisal Waheed Shabana’s (21) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF deployed in the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron’s Old City and arrested Yousef Mohammed Misk (12) and Mohammed Yaser Misk (12), claiming that they did not obey the orders of the Israeli soldiers. IOF released them after 2 hours.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF moved into Awarta village, southeast of Nablus. They arrested Mahmoud Faisal Mohammed Qweiriq (28) and Sameh Mohammed Kamel Qweiriq (25), while they were walking in front of their houses.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF moved into Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Rami Jamjoum’s (23) house, severely beaten and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out (6) incursions in Tell and Duma villages, southeast of Nablus; Shuyukh, Yatta, Hitta, and Bait Ula, in Hebron; Deir Istiya and Qarawat Bani Hassan in Salfit. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 08 June 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Husan village, west of Bethlehem and Dheisha refugee camp, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians. The arrestees are: Ali Mohammed Musleh (48), Ahme Izzat Abu Dayya (23) and Ghassan Ibrahim Zawahra (33).
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Bayt Awa village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched Belal Issa al-Swaity’s (34) house and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Burin, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched Waseem Firas Mansour’s (20) house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Tulkarm. They raided and searched Beit al-Maqdes for Money Exchange, and confiscate the recording device of the surveillance cameras before the withdrawal.
  • At approximately 02:10, IOF moved into Beit Iba village, west of Nablus. They raided and searched Anas Naser Khanfa’s (21) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:25, IOF moved into Deir ‘Ammar village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched Yousef Mohammed Owda’s (49) house and arrested him. It should be noted that Owda is a former prisoner.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Husan, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mohammed Ra’ouf Abu Yabis (22) and Qusai Adli Hamamera (22), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 03:40, IOF moved into Beit Rima village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mohammed Mahdi al-Asmar (41), who is a former prisoner.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Harmala village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Belal Saleem Atallah’s (25) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:45, IOF moved into Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched Mousa Ehab al-Zubeidi’s (16) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF moved into Batin al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Lo’ay Sami al-Rajabi’s (26) house and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in al-Maskobiya police center in West Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF arrested Ayman Hani Abu al-Hawa (14), while present at al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Ayham Ra’ed Abu Mfareh (17), while present in front of al-Bareed police center on Salah al-Deen Street, in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF arrested Oday Fadi Abu Jom’a (18), from al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, while present in front of the Central Court on Salah al-Deen Street in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Dayr Sharaf and Bayt Wazan villages, west of Nablus. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 09 June 2021

 At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Salem village, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses, including the houses of Osaid Abdul Jalil Ishtaya, ‘Akef Jameel Ishtaya, Thameen Abdul Majeed Hamdan, Turki Hamdan and Kareem Nathim Ishtaya. Meanwhile, IOF arrested Osaid Abdul Jalil Ishtaya (35), Thameen Abdul Majeed Hamdan and Kareem Nathim Ishtaya, and took them to the military vehicles for a field investigation for more than 2 hours. At approximately 05:00, IOF released them except Osaid Ishtaya.

  • At approximately 01:05, IOF moved into Beitunia, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched Abdul Kareem Sameh Ziyada’s (60) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses and arrested 2 civilians, including a child; Emad Ahmed Abu Sharar (13) and Adam Bassam Banat (25).
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Batin al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Fo’ad al-Rajabi (36) and Mohammed al-Rajabi (19), and arrested them.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Am’ari refugee camp, southeast of al-Bireh, north of Ramallah governorate. They raided and searched Islam Fa’eq Nimir’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Teqoa, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Riyad Talal al-‘Ammour’s (18) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Hizma, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) civilians, including a child. The arrestees are: Ghazi Bader al-Khateeb (28), Mohammed Rashed Salim (22), Qusai Hamed al-Khateeb (19) and his brother, Fadi (16).
  • At approximately 04:40, IOF moved into Umm Safa village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) civilians; Bara’ Osama Hamad (23), Ma’moun Issam Sabbah (25), Wajd Najeh Tanatera (17) and Mansour Mohammed Tanatera (19). IOF released them later.
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into al-Bireh, and stationed in Sateh Marhaba neighborhood. They raided the headquarter of the of the Union of Health Work Committees (UHWC) (2 floors in al-Sartawi building). They removed the outside doors and raided and ransacked the headquarter. They confiscated the hard disks from the computers and removed the cupboard doors to confiscate the files. IOF then closed the main door of the UHWC’s office with metal bars and fixed an order issued by the Israel Defense Forces Commander to close immediately the office for 6 months.  The order also warned the employees from entering their offices otherwise they will be arrested or prosecuted for disobeying the military orders.

Shatha ‘Odeh, UHWC’s Director, commented on the order to close the office and said, “this military order will negatively affect the organization’s work and continuity to provide healthcare services to citizens as the closure of the headquarter will hinder work in the branch offices in terms of administrative and financial matters.  Moreover, the closure will restrict our relation with the donors when they know that the headquarter is closed in addition to shaking the confidence of medicine and medical devices’ suppliers in the organization.”

Previously on 08 March 2021, IOF raided and ransacked the same headquarter in addition to confiscating the computers.  At the same time, they arrested one of the organization’s employees from his house in Ramallah. It should be noted that UHWC is a well-respected Palestinian non-governmental organization that was founded in 1985. UHWC is active in the field of health and community development in the Palestinian territory from a human rights perspective; it has branches in most Palestinian cities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

  • At approximately 11:00, Israeli Intelligence Services moved into Yazan Salah Kash’am (14), after summonsing him for investigation in al-Bareed police center on Salah al-Deen Street, in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Musleh Shehada Makhamerah (30), from al-Rakeez village, east of Yatta, south of Hebron governorate, while he was herding sheep in the area. IOF took him to a police center in “Kiryat Arba’” settlement, east of Hebron.

Settlement Expansion and settler violence in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem

Demolitions, Confiscations and notices

  • On Monday, 07 June 2021, Muhannad Ibrahim Bashir self-demolished his house in Bashir neighborhood in Jabal Mukaber village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, pursuant to the Israeli Interior Ministry’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

The house’s owner, Muhanned al-Bashir, said that he finished building his house in the beginning of this year and moved in last March.  He added that he lived in the 120-sqm house with his wife and 3 kids (6) (4) and (7 months.) he said that the Ministry of Interior issued the decision as soon as he finished building the house and was fined with 95,000 ILS.  Although he resorted to the court, the latter refused to delay or freeze the decision.  The Israeli Police also called him the day before in the evening and threatened him that he has only until 12:00 on Monday to self-demolish his house otherwise the Israeli Municipality’s bulldozers will carry out the demolition and fine him with 100,000 ILS for the demolition costs.  As a result, he was forced to self-demolish his house to avoid the high costs and debt accumulation. 

  • At approximately 11:00, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with 3 vehicles belonging to the Israeli Civil Administration, a bulldozer, an excavator and a truck-mounted moved into al-Mo’arajat area, north of Jericho, where Ka’abnah Arabs Community.  IOF brought workers from Israeli private companies, who dismantled and confiscated 10 tents and 9 barracks, belongings and other equipment.  The following are the confiscated property.
Person AffectedMembersChildrenSheepConfiscated property
Mahmoud Salem Mohammed al-Ka’abnah201801.  A 90-sqm residential tent of shed cloth2.  A 60-sqm sheep tent of cloth shed3.  A 90-sqm sheep tent of cloth shed4.  3 Solar cells donated by GVC5.  Electric transformer6.  A water tank7.  A kitchen and store built of tinplate on an area of 12 sqms8.  12 fodder mangers and water feeders9.  A 160-sqm sheep barnNo prior notice was handed to the owner.
‘Odah Mahmoud Salem al-Ka’abnah861251.      A 60sqm residential barrack2.      A 60sqm barrack for sheep3.      A kitchen and store of 12 sqms4.      3 Solar cells donated by GVCNo prior notice was handed to the owner.
Ghaleb Mahmoud Salem al-Ka’abnah751101.      An 80-sqm barrack2.      A 90-sqm sheep tent3.      A 120-sqm sheep barn4.      5 fodder mangers5.      A 9-sqm kitchen6.      3 Solar cells donated by GVC7.      Kitchen equipmentNo prior notice was handed to the owner.
Mohammed ‘Abdel ‘Aziz Hammad al-Ka’abnah64901.      A90-sqm  residential tent2.      A 60-sqm residential tent3.      A kitchen and store of 16 sqms4.      3 Solar cells donated by GVC5.      A 90-sqm sheep barn6.      A 100-sqm sheep tentNo prior notice was handed to the owner.
‘Alia Ibrahim Mohammed al-Ka’abnah72451.      A 60-sqm sheep tent2.      A 72-sqm residential tent3.      3 Solar cells donated by GVCNo prior notice was handed to the owner, who was forced to self-demolish.
  • At approximately 07:00 on Tuesday, 08 June 2021, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle, a bulldozer and an excavator moved into Bardalah, northwest of Jericho in the northern Jordan Valleys. The vehicles demolished 2 water pools donated by the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture and benefited by 2 farmers namely Samer Hasan Sawaftah and Mohammed ‘Abdel Rahman Sawaftah, who both mainly depend on them for irrigation. The demolition came pursuant to prior notices handed to the 2 mentioned farmers on 30 May 2021 saying that they will demolish the 2 wells within 96 hours under the pretext of its location in Area C.  IOF also levelled the agricultural road, which connects the village with the agricultural lands in Sahel Qa’oun area, west of the village.
  • At approximately 09:30, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle, a bulldozer and an excavator, moved into al-Rakeez and At-Tuwani villages, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. They demolished a 30-sqm agricultural room of tinplate and bricks used as a store for agricultural tools belonging to Mohammed al-‘Amour in al-Rakeez village in addition to a 50-sqm sheep barn belonging to Mohammed ‘Issa Rab’ie in At-Tuwani village.  It should be mentioned that the Israeli authorities handed 2 demolition notices to both civilians on 08 February 2021 under the pretext of unlicensed building.

Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property

  • At approximately 00:00 on Thursday, 03 June 2021, hundreds of settlers moved into Kafl Haris village, north of Salfit, under the pretext of Visiting religious shrines and performing religious rituals there, under IOF protection. The settlers rioted, harassed Palestinians as well as assaulting the houses, and used loudspeakers to sing, scream and dance.  Two of the settlers stole water bottle boxes, where they were in front of a supermarket in the central village.
  • At approximately 20:30 on Sunday, 06 June 2021, a group of settlers from “Yitzahar” settlement established on the southeastern lands of Nablus attacked the Palestinian vehicles that cross Yitzahar intersection. They also attacked the Brothers Car Company behind the intersection from the western side and broke the windows of some vehicles there. 

Closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement of persons and goods:

The Gaza Strip:

Although a ceasefire was reached on Friday, 21 May 2021, the Israeli authorities continued to close Kerm Abu Salem and Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossings and the sea, banning entry of goods, food supplies or fuel, tightening the closure that has been imposed on the Gaza Strip since 2006.

On Tuesday, 25 May 2021, IOF reopened the Kerm Abu Salem Crossing for the entry of humanitarian supplies, including medical equipment, food, medicines, fuel for private sector, and continued to ban exportation of Gaza Strip’s goods.  IOF also partially reopened the Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing to allow the travel of patients to receive life-saving treatment along with intentional workers and foreign journalists.

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.

The West bank

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of more temporary checkpoints that restrict the goods and individuals 53 temporary checkpoints, where they searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs and arrested 2 of them. IOF closed many roads with cement cubes, metal detector gates and sand berms and tightened their measures against individuals’ movement at military permanent checkpoints.


  • On Tuesday, 08 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Biddu village’s tunnel, northwest of the city.
  • On Wednesday, 09 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Jab’ village, northeast of the city.


  • On Thursday, 03 June 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at al-Nashash intersection, and at the entrances to Beit Fajjar and Tuqu villages, east of the city.
  • On Friday, 04 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Tuqu village, east of the city.
  • On Saturday, 05 June 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints in ‘Aqabet Hassna area and at the entrances to Husan and Tuqu villages, east of the city.
  • On Sunday, 06 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Nahalin village and at the northern entrance to Beit Fajjar village, south of the city.
  • On Monday, 07 June 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints near Nashash intersection and at the entrances to Beit Fajjar and Tuqu villages, east of the city.
  • On Tuesday, 08 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints near Nashash intersection and at the entrance to Tuqu village, east of the city.
  • On Wednesday, 09 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints near Nashash intersection and at the entrance to Beit Fajjar village, south of the city.


  • On Sunday, 06 June 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Nabi Salih, Beitin and ‘Atara villages.
  • On Tuesday, 08 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Birzeit city.


  • On Thursday, 03 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to the city.
  • On Friday, 04 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the northern and southern entrances to Jerichio.
  • On Monday, 07 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to the city.


  • On Thursday, 03 June 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the intersection of “Shavei Shomron” settlement, west of the city, in al-Moraba’a area and at the intersection of Beita village, southeast of Nablus.


  • On Thursday, 03 June 2021, IOF established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to Idhna, Beit Awwa and Beit Ummar villages, at the southern entrance to Hebron, and at the entrance to Al-Arroub refugee camp.
  • On Friday, 04 June 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Ummar and Tarqumiyah villages and at the southern entrance to Halhul city.
  • On Saturday, 05 June 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Awwa, Idhna, Sa’ir, Susya, and Tawana villages.
  • On Sunday, 06 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the western entrance to Hebron and at the northern entrance to Yatta city.
  • On Monday, 07 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Kahil and Deir Sammit villages.
  • On Wednesday, 09 June 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entramces to Beit Einun and Khasa villages, at the entrance to Fawwar refugee camp, and at the southern entrance to Hebron.
  • At approximately 13:00, Israeli authorities closed all dirt roads between Yatta city and other eastern villages, as Israeli bulldozers closed at least 17 roads connecting between 13 residential compounds in al-Masafer area, which is located within area classified as (918).


  • On Thursday, 03 June 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Azzun village and at the eastern entrance to the city.
  • On Friday, 04 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Azzun village, east of the city.
  • On Saturday, 05 June 2021, IOF established a checkpoint between Azzun and Jayyous villages, east of the city.

The Israeli Government Is Changing, but Some Things Remain the Same

Philip Giraldi

June 10, 2021

However, there is growing sentiment even in Congress and the Zionist controlled media that “what is wrong is wrong,” Phil Giraldi writes.

Israel is undergoing a change of management, with reliably hardline Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu being replaced by extreme nationalist Naftali Bennett. Bennett has at intervals favored the disenfranchisement of non-Jewish Israeli citizens and the ethnic cleansing of all non-Jews from historic Palestine, killing them if necessary. He opposes the creation of any Palestinian state and routinely describes Palestinian protesters as terrorists while stating his belief that they should be shot on sight. He has also boasted of his shooting Palestinians during his military service, saying at one point “I already killed lots of Arabs in my life, and there is absolutely no problem with that.” He was heavily involved in “Operation Grapes of Wrath” in Lebanon in the 1980s, where his commando unit killed numerous civilians, and takes pleasure in recounting his participation in Israel’s war crimes.

All of which means that there will be no respite from the brutal Netanyahu reign of terror which has been prevailing on the West Bank, in Gaza and also in Jerusalem itself. If anything, the pressure on Arabs forcing them to leave will intensify. Evidence that the recently negotiated cease fire was little more than a pause in the plan to mitigate international pressure before continuing to make the former Palestine Palestinian free is already available. Israeli police and army units have been arresting hundreds of Arabs, many of whom are Israeli citizens, not because they have broken any of the “rules” imposed by the Netanyahu government, but as a preventive measure to have them identified, allowing them to be safely locked away when the next round of fighting begins. Eighteen hundred arrests have been reported since unrest began in April, but the figure is probably much higher than that. An estimated 25% of those who are detained are children and 85% of those children arrested report that they were physically abused.  Also, at least 26 Palestinians have been killed while resisting. It has been claimed that the police, embarrassed by being ridiculed by protesting Palestinians, are “settling scores” and “closing accounts,” frequently using savage beatings during arrests and as collective punishment to break the Arab resistance.

Israeli police have also been active at and around the al-Aqsa mosque, where they have been denying Muslims access to the holy site while promoting sightseeing visits by Israeli Jews. This is a clear violation of the rules established for access to the mosque and it sends a strong signal to Palestinians that there is more to come and the intention is clearly that they will eventually be removed by whatever means necessary from Greater Israel.

The Director for the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel (ADALAH) Hassan Jabareen observed recently how the violence over the past month was deliberately provoked by Israel both to shore up Netanyahu’s electoral prospects while “the massive arrest campaign announced by Israeli police…is a militarized war against Palestinian citizens of Israel. This is a war against Palestinian demonstrators, political activists, and minors, employing massive Israeli police forces to raid the homes of Palestinian citizens.”

The Israelis, who clearly have a sense of humor, called the first phase of the mass arrests “Operation Law and Order.” The raids themselves have been carried out inside Israel itself and on the West Bank. Those Palestinians who are citizens of Israel have what has frequently been described as “second class rights” in the country’s judicial system. Although Israel claims its Arab citizens—roughly 20% of the nation’s population—have equality under the law, even the pro-Israel US State Department has repeatedly accused Israel of practicing “institutional and societal discrimination” toward its Arab citizens.

As a consequence, Palestinians who are arrested are indicted, charged and in some cases detained indefinitely under existing state of emergency and anti-terror legislation. A common charge is “incitement” which requires little or nothing in the way of evidence. Many of the arrested Palestinians have in fact been released after payment of exorbitant bails, averaging about $1,000. One Palestinian activist reportedly paying $7,400 to be set free.

It should be noted that the armed Jewish settlers who rioted in the lead up to last month’s fighting, destroying Palestinian homes and other property, have not been identified and detained by Israeli authorities. Activist Remi Kanazi notes how “Apartheid inside Israel is when Jewish Israeli mobs chant ‘Death to Arabs’ and brutalize Palestinians in their neighborhoods, while the cops do nothing, only for those same cops to conduct mass arrests of Palestinian citizens two weeks later.”

Outside of Israel proper, other Palestinians, who are citizens of the Palestinian Authority or who have United Nations documentation, have no rights at all under Israeli law and are being detained at will and, in many cases, indefinitely, without any access to legal counsel or to family members. Most of them were not doing anything illegal, even by Israeli standards, when they were arrested. They were guilty of being Palestinian.

In one example of how the process works, well-known Palestinian activist Iyad Burnat, who had previously been arrested at age 17 and imprisoned for two years for having thrown stones at Israeli soldiers has been targeted. He lives in Bil’in on the West Bank and has had his two sons abducted from their home in recent night invasions by Israeli security forces. Abdul Khaliq, 21 years old, was taken away on May 17th and Mohammed, 19 years old, was abducted on May 24th. They are being held in the Almasqubia detention center in Jerusalem and have been denied any contact either with their parents or legal counsel. The Israeli authorities have provided no explanation of why they were arrested in the first place.

In another recent example of the brutality of the Israeli police, al-Jazeera reports in detail how thirteen-year-old Mohammed Saadi was kidnapped, blindfolded, beaten and threatened with a gun to his head by five policemen working undercover in his hometown of Umm al-Fahem. Saadi was among thousands who gathered for a funeral procession held for Mohammed Kiwan, a 17-year-old boy who had been shot and killed by Israeli police a week earlier.

Activists among the Palestinians observe that the Israeli repression has proven counter-productive. Most Palestinians now understand that the Israelis intend to exterminate them. One observer notes that “The fear barrier has been broken. Israeli forces are up against a people who no longer have anything to lose. The young men in Jerusalem don’t see they have a future to look forward to, due to socioeconomic factors that is either the result of or exacerbated by the occupation policies towards them. These people are defending their right to exist, their homes and their homeland, and had it not been for their resistance, Jewish settlers would have taken control of many places in Jerusalem.”

Clearly, the Joe Biden administration will do nothing even if the Israeli government were to arrest and torture 100,000 Arabs, but there is growing sentiment even in Congress and the Zionist controlled media that “what is wrong is wrong.” Congresswoman Betty McCollum’s has twice introduced a bill, which is languishing in congressional committee, that calls on the United States to block aid to Israel that can be perceived as being used to arrest, beat and imprison children. Her legislation the Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act​ H.R. 2407 amends a provision of the Foreign Assistance Act known as the “Leahy Law” to prohibit funding for the military detention of children in any country, including Israel.

McCollum argues that an estimated 10,000 Palestinian children have been detained by Israeli security forces and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system since 2000. These children between the ages of 11 and 15 have sometimes been tortured using chokeholds, beatings, and coercive interrogation. As of September 2020 there were an estimated 157 children still detained in Israeli prisons, a number that has certainly gone up dramatically given the current crackdown by the police and army. Even though Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will surely block any attempt to let the McCollum bill see light of day one can at least honor the Congresswoman for what she is attempting to do and hope that some day the United States government will finally act honorably and help deliver liberty and justice for the long suffering Palestinians.

عن الانقسام الفلسطيني في زمن «سيف القدس»


عمرو علان

الخميس 10 حزيران 2021

صنَّفت غالبية قادة المقاومة الفلسطينية معركة سيف القدس على أنها تطور إستراتيجي في مسار الصراع مع العدو الصهيوني، وقد أكّد على هذه القراءة قادة أركان محور المقاومة عندما وصفوها بالتحوّل النوعي، ولعل وصف السيد حسن نصرالله لنتائج المعركة كان الأبلغ، حينما قال إن نتائج معركة سيف القدس تفوق ما تحقّق في حرب تموز 2006، مع العلم أن حرب تموز تُعد نصراً إستراتيجياً موصوفاً، وأحد أهم التحولات في تاريخ الصراع مع الكيان الصهيوني.

إذا ما سلّمنا بهذا التوصيف ـــ وهو بلا شك توصيف دقيق لواقع الأمر ـــ يصير لزاماً على فصائل المقاومة الفلسطينية مواكبة الحدث عبر وضع إستراتيجية جديدة للمرحلة القادمة، تبني على المكتسبات التي تحقّقت وعلى ميزان القوى بين فصائل المقاومة الفلسطينية وبين الكيان الصهيوني الذي رسّخته المواجهة الأخيرة، لأنه دون ذلك يمكن للعدو تفريغ الإنجاز من محتواه، وتقزيمه ليصبح نصراً تكتيكياً عوضاً عن كونه تحولاً نوعياً في مسار المواجهة المستمرة، ولعل إحدى المقاربات في هذا الخصوص كانت الدعوة التي أطلقها السيد حسن نصرالله إلى ترسيخ معادلةٍ جديدةٍ تجعل المساس بالمسجد الأقصى والقدس في مقابل حربٍ إقليميةٍ شاملةٍ، حرب متعددة الجبهات تضع استمرارية بقاء الكيان الصهيوني على المحكّ، هذه المعادلة التي أكد زعيم حركة أنصار الله عبد الملك الحوثي على أن اليمن سيكون جزءاً منها، مدشِّنين بهذا صفحةً جديدةً في مسار الصراع العربي-الإسلامي الصهيوني.

يطرح هذا المنظور لنتائج معركة سيف القدس عدة محاورَ جديرةٍ بالنقاش، لكن سيكتفي هذا المقال بالتعريج فقط على قضية الانقسام الفلسطيني وبناءِ الوحدة الوطنية الفلسطينية.

أبرزت معركة سيف القدس حالةً وحدويةً بين كلّ الفصائل الفلسطينية قاطبةً، تَمثلت في «غرفة العمليات المشتركة» في قطاع غزة، فبدايةً كان قرار الذهاب إلى الصدام العسكري مع المحتل رداً على تجاوزاته في القدس والمسجد الأقصى قراراً مشتركاً بين كلّ فصائل «غرفة العمليات المشتركة»، وكان التنسيق العسكري أثناء المعركة في أعلى درجاته بين كل أجنحة الفصائل العسكرية، سواءً أكان في توقيت الضربات الصاروخية أم في طبيعتها، وظهر التناغم الواضح بين فصائل «غرفة العمليات المشتركة» في التنسيق على المستوى السياسي أيضاً، وهكذا تحقّقت الوحدة بين الفصائل على أساس هدفٍ وطنيٍّ واضحٍ وبناءً على خطةٍ مشتركةٍ، ما عكس وحدةً وطنيةً في سائر قطاعات الشعب الفلسطيني في كامل أراضي الوطن السليب من النهر إلى البحر، وامتد ليشمل كذلك فلسطينيي الشتات حيثما وجدوا.

ومن المهم الإشارة إلى كون «غرفة العمليات المشتركة» قد جمعت بين كلٍّ من حركتي حماس والجهاد الإسلامي وبين فصائل (م. ت. ف.) بمن فيهم كتائب شهداء الأقصى التابعة لحركة «فتح» في إطار موحد، وكذلك الإشارة إلى كون هذه الغرفة لم تأتِ وليدة الصدفة، بل كانت تتويجاً لمسارٍ طويلٍ امتد لسنواتٍ أقلها منذ الحرب على قطاع غزة في عام 2014.
ويرى العديد في صيغة الوحدة هذه «ديناميكية» صالحةً يمكن البناء عليها لإنهاء الانقسام الحاصل في الساحة الفلسطينية منذ قرابة خمس عشرة سنةً، فهي بُنيت على أساس مشروعٍ موحدٍ ومن أجل أهدافٍ واضحةٍ، على عكس المسارات التي كانت مقترحةً سابقاً والتي كانت تتجاهل حقيقة كون الانقسام الفلسطيني منشؤه الاختلاف في الرؤى تجاه المشروع الوطني، والتي كانت تقفز عن هذه القضية الجوهرية لتغوص في قضايا شكليةٍ من أجل تكريس تحاصصٍ في سلطةٍ منتهية الصلاحية أصلاً، وذلك عبر تنظيم انتخاباتٍ أقل ما يقال فيها بأنها تندرج تحت سقف أوسلو، ناهيكم بعبثية فكرة تنظيم انتخابات مجلسٍ تشريعيٍّ في ظل احتلالٍ يتحكّم بكل تفاصيل الحياة في الضفة والقدس، فحقيقة الأمر أن الفلسطيني ما زال يعيش تحت سطوة احتلالٍ فعليٍّ، وكل حديثٍ عن دولةٍ فلسطينيةٍ ما هو إلى «فانتازيا» ومحض وهمٍ.

وأما الحديث المستجد عن إنهاء الانقسام من خلال الذهاب إلى حكومة وحدةٍ وطنيةٍ، يقبلها المجتمع الدولي وتلتزم بشروط «الرباعية الدولية»، فهذه محاولاتٌ بائسةٌ من قبل سلطة محمود عباس والولايات المتحدة الأميركية لتفريغ نتائج معركة سيف القدس من مضمونها، وذلك عبر جرّ الفلسطينيين إلى المربع الذي كانوا فيه قبل 21 أيار مايو 2021، وإدخاله مجدداً في دوامة أوسلو والمفاوضات العبثية التي باتت مجرد غطاءٍ للاحتلال كي يستمر في مشاريع الاستيطان وضم ما تبقّى من أراضي الضفة الغربية.

لقد تمكنت الوحدة التي تشكّلت في الميدان في ما بين الفصائل من تجاوز بعض أخطاء (م. ت. ف.) السابقة، التي كان أفظعها التنازل عن قرابة 80 في المئة من فلسطين للمحتل، لذلك ينبغي على الفصائل الفلسطينية البناء على قواعد وحدة غرفة العمليات المشتركة في أي مسعى مستقبلي لإصلاح (م.ت.ف)، فالهدف المنشود فلسطينياً يتمثل في إصلاح (م. ت. ف.)، لا إفساد حركتي حماس والجهاد الإسلامي وإلزامهما بسقوف (م. ت. ف.) وتنازلاتها التي لم تؤدِّ إلا إلى ترسيخ نكبة عام 1948، وتهديد حقوق اللاجئين في العودة، وجعل مستقبل بقاء الفلسطينيين داخل الخط الأخضر في مهب الريح بعد إقرار الكيان الصهيوني لقوانين يهودية دولته المزعومة.

لقد أثبتت نتائج معركة سيف القدس مجدداً تحول موازين القوى لغير مصلحة الكيان الصهيوني، وكانت حجةً أخرى على من لا يزال يصر على رؤية اليوم بعيون الأمس، ويصرّ على تجاهل التحولات في واقع المقاومة الفلسطينية، وفي واقع حركات المقاومة في عموم الإقليم، بالإضافة إلى حالة السيولة التي يعيشها الوضع العالمي وتراجع السطوة الأميركية على المسرح الدولي، ذلك الذي لا يزال ينظر إلى الكيان الصهيوني على أنه تلك القوة الصاعدة التي تستطيع هزيمة العرب في ستة أيام كما كان حاله في حقبة خلت، لا كما هو في عام 2021؛ كيانٌ هشّ، وفي حالة تراجعٍ، باتت حتى بعض الأصوات الوازنة في الولايات المتحدة الأميركية ترى فيه «عبئاً استراتيجياً» لا قيمةً مضافةً كما كان حاله سابقاً.

يمكن الخلوص بعد هذا العرض، إذاً، إلى أن «غرفة العمليات المشتركة» قد أعطت مثالاً حياً على كيفية الوصول إلى وحدةٍ وطنيةٍ مبنيةٍ على هدفٍ وطنيٍّ واضحٍ، يأخذ في الاعتبار ميزان القوى الحاكم حالياً لا ميزان القوى الذي كان سارياً في الماضي، وهذان المعطيان ـــ «غرفة العمليات المشتركة» وميزان القوى الراهن ـــ صالحان ليكونا نواةً للوصول إلى وحدةٍ وطنيةٍ حقيقيةٍ، ومبنيةٍ على مشروعٍ وطنيٍّ فلسطينيٍّ واضحٍ، وعلى استراتيجيةٍ فلسطينيةٍ جديدةٍ تحاكي تغيرات الواقع يكون عمادها التحرير.
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