The Nakba Is Ongoing, It Didn’t End In 1948

19 May 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen

Robert Inlakesh 

For us to simply classify the Nakba as a single historical event, would be an incorrect framing, as the collection of atrocities visited on the Palestinian people by the Zionist regime represents an ongoing attempt to solidify the dominance of “Israel’s” settler-colonial project.

If “Israel” had already completed its project, it would have declared its borders, it has never done this and is still in the process of carving itself a State out of the Levant

By now most people familiar with the Palestinian cause know well of the horrific ethnic cleansing campaign that took place between 1947-9, during the creation of the regime that calls itself “Israel”. Little however, know much about the ethnic cleansing ongoing today, or perhaps their knowledge is limited to isolated cases.

The Nakba, or ethnic cleansing of Palestine, is often defined as a historical event in which over half of Palestine’s villages, towns, and cities were destroyed, and 450 towns and villages depopulated of their Palestinian inhabitants, amounting to the forced ethnic displacement of around 800,000 people. The word Nakba means “catastrophe”, which is what is used to refer to that time, but when we speak of al-Nakba in English, what we are doing is using a term with which we refer to a historical event often meaning the ethnic cleansing of Palestine. 

Recently, Palestinian-American congresswoman, Rashida Tlaib, introduced a House Resolution which would see the United States government recognise the Palestinian Nakba. “This Sunday [Nakba Day] was a day of solemn remembrance of all the lives lost, families displaced, and neighborhoods destroyed during the violence and horror of the Nakba. The scars bourn by the close to 800,000 Palestinians who were forced from their family homes and their communities, and those killed are burned into the souls of the people who lived through the Nakba,” said Tlaib. Although this would certainly be a major achievement to gain such recognition of Palestinian suffering, in essence meaning that the US government would be admitting the historic crime that the Zionist terrorist forces committed prior to declaring themselves a State, it is important that we not disconnect the past from the present.

The goal of today’s Israeli regime is very much the same as it was back in 1947, to occupy as much land as possible, with as few Palestinians on it as possible. In order to achieve such a goal, the settler-colonial project has taken different forms and used various tactics over the past 74 years, yet that same goal remains intact. 

The 1950’s saw large-scale incursions into the Gaza Strip and the further displacement of more refugees during this process, whilst those Palestinians who remained inside what would become “Israel”, were kept under military rule. Often known as the 1948 Palestinians, who today have Israeli citizenships, this portion of the Palestinian population consists of many who were considered to be “present absentees” by the Israeli regime, which translates to; the people who fled their villages and remained in what became “Israel” but were refused their right to return to their original villages. Israel quickly made use of laws implemented by the British occupation regime in Palestine, like ‘Article 125 of the Defense (Emergency) Regulations’, which Israel used as a legal basis for making Palestinian villages “closed military zones”, hence preventing the displaced natives from returning to their houses. Israel also implemented the 1950 Absentee Property Law, which is broad in its definitive language and would be used to declare displaced Palestinians as “absentees” in order to steal their homes. Between 1948 and 1950, it is also believed that Israel ethnically cleansed a further 40,000 Bedouin Palestinians, whilst also destroying more Palestinian villages along the Lebanese border and expelling thousands more Palestinians until 1956.

In 1967, during what was called the ‘Naksa’ (setback), again the tactics slightly changed, Israel had decided to illegally occupy all of historic Palestine and even beyond, expelling 300,000 Palestinians from their homes in the process. In 1969, roughly 100,000 more were forced to flee villages around the Jordan Valley area after successive Israeli air raids and military assaults against both Palestinian and Jordanian villages. 

Without summing up all of the cases of ethnic cleansing throughout the 74 years of the Zionist regimes settler colonialist expansion, it suffices to say this, the very same tactics and laws are being used by “Israel” today to do the exact same thing they did in the past. 

In the Naqab, where the majority of Palestinian Bedouins live today, Israel is attempting to ghettoize the people there. This means forcing them into a small number of so-called “recognised villages” and ethnically cleansing some 40 unrecognized villages, this is a throwback to the suffering of the people of the Naqab during and after 1948, when Zionist forces rounded up the remaining 11,000 Bedouin’s – of a community that were 100,000 prior to 1948 – and forced them to live in an area called al-Siyaj, where they were under strict martial law rule until 1965. Israel is today using the Jewish National Fund to work on “agricultural projects”, similar to what occurred in 1948, in order to usurp the lands of Bedouins. 

In the West Bank, the largest portion of “Area C”, is considered to be where “closed military zones” are, meaning that Palestinians are forbidden from entering these areas. In Area C (60% of the West Bank) it is also near impossible for Palestinians to get a building permit to construct a new home. The plan to ethnically cleanse the 1,000 Palestinian residents of the village of Masafer Yatta is just the latest in a long line of plans to expel Palestinians from their villages in the West Bank. Nevertheless, Israeli illegal settlers are granted a near carte blanche to establish outposts and settlements wherever they please, despite the fact that even by Israeli law many of these outposts are illegal. Israel is also using the “Absentees Property Law” to ethnically cleanse Palestinians from their homes in East al-Quds today, as we see in Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah, in addition to areas in Haifa and Jaffa. 

I had the pleasure of working on producing a short documentary with Redfish, called ‘The Palestinian Nakba: In Memory and the Present’, in which we interviewed survivors of the 1948 Nakba, as well as Palestinians from the younger generations who are surviving it today. Unfortunately, this short documentary report has been censored in all corners of the internet. Due to Redfish – like many other platforms that report information from an alternative and critical perspective – having been booted off of Youtube and other social media platforms, the voices and stories of Palestinians are by proxy being silenced. It is this sort of content that attempts to portray the true story of the Nakba from a Palestinian perspective, yet the public are being robbed off this knowledge.

For us to simply classify the Nakba as a single historical event, would be an incorrect framing, as the collection of atrocities visited on the Palestinian people by the Zionist regime represents an ongoing attempt to solidify the dominance of “Israel’s” settler-colonial project. To say that the ethnic cleansing of Palestine was simply taking place around the time of 1948 would be, in a way, bowing to the Zionist concept that their “State” model won and that the Palestinians have already been defeated. The Palestinian resistance is most certainly not defeated, this is an ongoing struggle and an ongoing ethnic cleansing campaign, which fits into “Israel’s” settler-colonial ambitions. Naming one single event as The Nakba is correct, but when isolating the concept of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine to atrocities visited on Palestinians singularly during 1948, we begin to paint a different picture of what the true picture is.

Many of the same legal concepts, language, arguments, and tactics that were used to ethnically cleanse Palestine in 1947 are today being used to do the same thing and the examples of this are clear for all to see. This is an ongoing battle, one of a people – the Palestinians – who are fighting to expel an invading and occupying usurper entity – the Zionist regime. If “Israel” had already completed its project, it would have declared its borders, it has never done this and is still in the process of carving itself a State out of the Levant, therefore everything “Israel” is doing today is part of its expansionist mission and for it to stand as a ethno-supremacist “State” it must cement itself on all the land it illegally occupies. Israel has not achieved its goals and the Palestinians are not defeated, therefore the ethnic cleansing of Palestine only ends when one side wins.

The opinions mentioned in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Al mayadeen, but rather express the opinion of its writer exclusively.

France’s ‘robust’ ties with “Israel” keep Georges Abdallah in prison

April 25 2022

Source: Agencies + Al Mayadeen Net

By Ahmad Karakira 

The French government claims it respects human rights and condemns the Israeli annexation of Palestinian territories, yet it shakes hands with “Israel”, turning a blind eye to all its crimes.

France’s ‘robust’ ties with “Israel” keep Georges Abdallah in prison

Incumbent President Emmanuel Macron is elected President for a second term, winning 58% of the voter turnout.

Macron and his far-right opponent Marine Le Pen had led the polls during the first round of the French presidential elections with a slight lead for Macron, who won 28.1-29.7%, around 5% more than Le Pen’s 23.3-24.7%.

The other candidates, Jean-Luc Melenchon, Eric Zemmour, Valerie Pecresse, and Yannick Jadot received 20.1%, 7.2%, 5%, and 4.4%, respectively.

The President has garnered support from several opponents, mainly left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, who came in third place and called on his supporters and the French public to pivot away from the extremist.

“We know who we will never vote for… Not a single vote must go to Mrs. Le Pen,” Melenchon said at his party headquarters in Paris, though he did not explicitly ask his supporters to back the incumbent President.

Another boost for the President also came from his other opponents. Communist Party candidate Fabien Roussel, Socialist Anne Hidalgo, Yannick Jadot of the Greens, and right-wing Republican candidate Valerie Pecresse said they would vote for him to prevent the far-right leader from coming to power.

Only fellow far-right candidate Eric Zemmour urged his supporters to vote for Marine Le Pen on April 24.

“I don’t make a mistake over who my opponents are. I call on my voters to vote for Marine Le Pen,” Zemmour told supporters following his elimination from the electoral race.

In parallel to the presidential election battle between Macron and Le Pen, the main question remains: What will the results hold for Palestine in light of the strong French-Israeli relations?

“Robust” relationship with “Israel”

France was one of the very first countries to establish diplomatic ties with the Israeli occupation on May 11, 1949.

The French Foreign Ministry brags on its website that Paris has established a “robust” relationship with “Israel”, “marked by constant commitment to its existence and security” and contribution to its military power.

Along with “Israel” and Britain, France attacked Egypt in October 1956 in what was called the Tripartite Aggression against Egypt after then-President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal.

But following the Six-Day War on Egypt in 1967, which saw “Israel” occupying the West Bank, Gaza Strip, the Sinai Peninsula, and the Golan Heights, France adopted the United Nations Resolution 242 that calls on “Israel” to withdraw “from territories occupied.”

Ever since, France’s official policy is a combination of supporting the Israeli occupation’s so-called “right to exist and right to security,” supporting the two-state solution, and allegedly condemning “Israel’s” unlawful and illegal policy of settlement-building in occupied Palestinian territories.

The French Ministry of Foreign considers that “the annexation of Palestinian territories, whatever the scope, would be a violation of international law, and particularly the prohibition of acquisition of territories by force.”

According to the Ministry, the annexation of Palestinian territories “would aggravate tensions and seriously compromise the two-state solution, and would be contrary to the interests of both Israelis and Palestinians, as well as Europeans and the wider the international community.”

It also claimed that annexation “could not go unanswered or be without consequence for the EU’s relations with Israel.”

Despite France’s claims of respecting international law, during the May 2021 Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, French Interior Minister, Gerald Darminin, announced a ban on protests in solidarity with Palestine.

The Paris police also issued a decree deeming such demonstrations illegal, claiming that they could lead to “risky elements aimed at provoking violent confrontations with the police.” 

In addition, French President Emmanuel Macron stressed during a phone call on May 14 with then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu his “unwavering attachment” to “Israel’s” security and condemned the Palestinian Resistance.

Economic collaboration

According to the French Ministry of Foreign, “The bilateral relationship between France and Israel is also supported by the presence in Israel of a large French community (150,000 people), while France is home to Europe’s largest Jewish community.”

France is “Israel’s” 12th largest supplier and 10th largest customer.

In 2017, approximately 100 French companies established themselves in “Israel”, creating 5,530 jobs and generating an estimated €534 million in revenue.

According to Bank of France data, the stock of French foreign direct investment (FDI) in “Israel” reached €2.9 billion at the end of 2017, representing a 6% annual increase since 2012.

Scientific & technical cooperation

France is “Israel’s” fifth-largest scientific and technological research partner. Academic collaboration, including the joint laboratory of INSERM Nice and the Technion-“Israel” Institute of Technology in Haifa, and the exchange of young researchers underpin this collaboration.

The French-Israeli High Council for Research and Scientific and Technological Cooperation has ensured this cooperation since 2003.

Secret military agreements

A research article called France and the Israeli occupation: talking the talk, but not walking the walk? revealed that “in the 1950s, France was the main supplier of military equipment to Israel through a number of secret deals that included aircraft, tanks, and ammunition.”

“It also played a crucial role in Israel’s acquisition of nuclear capabilities through the provision of know-how, material and technology,” the article added.

“In a secret agreement signed in 1956, France committed to helping Israel build a nuclear reactor and to providing uranium,” the research article mentioned.

In the same context, US military historian Warner Farr had highlighted that “cooperation was so close that Israel worked with France on the pre-production design of early Mirage jet aircraft, designed to be capable of delivering nuclear bombs.”

Farr revealed that “French experts secretly built the Israel reactor underground at Dimona, in the Negev (Naqab) desert… Hundreds of French engineers and technicians filled Beersheba (Beer Al-Sabe), the biggest town in the Negev (Naqab).”  

Longest-serving political prisoner in Europe

When mentioning the strong ties linking France with the Israeli occupation, we can’t but shed light on the just cause of Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, former leader of the Marxist-Leninist Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Factions (LARF). Abdallah is accused of establishing the LARF.

Georges Abdallah at the heart of the French presidential elections

The LARF fought to stop the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and targeted several senior US and Israeli figures involved in the war. All the LARF members were released except for Abdallah.

The Factions have also claimed responsibility for the operations in response to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Abdallah has been imprisoned in southwestern France since 1984, despite completing the minimum term of his sentence in 1999.

He was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for his alleged involvement in the 1982 killing of US military attaché Charles Ray and Israeli diplomat Yakov Barsimentov in Paris, as well as in an assassination attempt on Robert O. Homme, a US consul in Strasbourg. 

The revolutionary never responded to the list of accusations and considered that the French judicial system is “despicably” taking the resistance action out of context.

It had been possible to release Abdallah in 1999, but French authorities denied his nine parole requests.

In November 2003, the entity that grants parole in the city of Pau – where Abdallah is detained – gave the green light to one of Abdallah’s release requests. 

Why hasn’t he been released yet?

However, then-French Minister of Justice Dominique Perben appealed the decision, describing the case as “extremely serious”, which kept Abdallah in prison, and his file was transferred to another court.

Abdallah’s May 2009 request for release on parole was rejected by a Paris appeals court that claimed the prisoner was “a resolute and pitiless militant” who might resume his “combat” again in Lebanon, citing a 2008 French law.

A Paris judge approved Abdallah’s release on Thursday, January 10, 2013, and set the date of his extradition to Beirut on Monday, January 14.

However, the decision was delayed due to a government appeal. White House Spokesperson Victoria Nuland at the time, had declared that the US – “Israel’s” biggest ally – was still discussing with the French government how to stop the decision.

A Wikileaks document about former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s leaked emails revealed that between January 10-14, she sent an email to former French Minister of Foreign Laurent Fabius, saying that “although the French Government has no legal authority to overturn the Court of Appeal’s January 10 decision, we hope French officials might find another basis to challenge the decision’s legality.”

In other words, the US ordered the French government to stomp over its legal system and over the principle of separation of powers.

Hillary Clinton’s email to French Minister of Foreign Laurent Fabius regarding Georges Abdallah

Abdallah’s lawyer, Jean-Louis Chalanset, told French media that the Lebanese authorities have repeatedly said they were ready to receive Georges Abdallah in Lebanon, where he is perceived as a political prisoner.

Chalanset said a decision to release the defendant would be political before being judicial. He believes that keeping him incarcerated is a “lack of courage” and “subservience” from Paris.

Over the years, leftist MPs and human rights organizations such as the Human Rights League (LDH) and even the French intelligence chief called for Abdallah’s release.

Melenchon supports Georges Abdallah

In relation to the French presidential election, leftist leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon has expressed, on many occasions, his solidarity with Georges Abdallah’s cause.

According to the Collective for the Liberation of Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, Mélenchon’s party – La France Insoumise (LFI) – regularly participates in the protests demanding the immediate release of the Lebanese revolutionary.

In parallel, Mélenchon’s campaign had said he is ready to back sanctions against the Israeli occupation over its illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and its imposed blockade on the Gaza Strip.

The leftist leader had pledged to cancel the so-called “Circulaire Alliot-Marie” French Ministry of Justice memorandum instructing prosecutors to crack down on BDS movement activists. On the other hand, French President Emmanuel Macron stressed in 2017 that “the French state condemns BDS and all boycotts.”

“I must be clear that this will continue if I am elected president,” he added during an interview with Beur FM radio.

How does Abdallah spend his time in detention?

In detention, Abdallah spends his time as a revolutionary political prisoner reading books and newspapers in five languages, writing political statements and analyses about imperialism, capitalism and colonialism, as well as replying to solidarity letters from across the world.

The Lebanese revolutionary exchanges letters with Palestinian prisoners and initiates hunger strikes in support of other prisoners, the latest of which was on April 16 in demand of the release of Sibel Balac and Gokhan Yildirim from Turkish prisons.

  • Georges Abdallah’s letter announcing a hunger strike in support of Sibel Balac and Gokhan Yildirim in Turkish prisons

His latest views

In France, Abdallah considers that popular revolts and movements of the popular masses like the Yellow Vests are partially challenging capitalism.

According to Tom Martin of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Solidarity Network, Samidoun, Abdallah sees with a good eye the unwavering resistance of the Palestinian people and the Lebanese people in the face of imperialism and Zionism. Nevertheless, he thinks that resistance organizations must intensify their actions and aim for a radical, clear anti-Zionism and anti-imperialist program.

In his only statement in regard to the war in Ukraine, Abdallah underlined the hypocrisy of the imperialist camp, notably by turning a blind eye to the presence of neo-Nazi Ukrainian battalions, while criminalizing pro-Palestinian movements.

He believes that the Ukrainian people are victims and that the solution to this crisis would only depend on their efforts that should be away from all imperialist forces.

IOF storm Al-Aqsa Mosque for the 5th day in a row

April 21 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen Net 

After lurking in the shadows of the night, Israeli occupation forces storm Al-Aqsa Mosque right after the Dawn Prayer.

Palestinians standing up to Israeli occupation forces (Archive)

Israeli occupation forces stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque after the dawn prayer and fired tear gas and rubber bullets, paving the way for the Israeli settlers’ incursions. In response, Palestinian youths confronted them with fireworks.

The occupation forces also forcibly removed the worshippers from the Mosque’s courtyards, which led to the injury of a large number of Palestinians who got trapped inside Al-Qibli prayer hall.

In an attempt to silence the truth and conceal the atrocity of what is taking place, the IOF also attacked press crews and forced them out of the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Al Mayadeen correspondent in occupied Al-Quds also reported yesterday that settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque under the protection of the Israeli occupation police, noting that the IOF stormed the Mosque’s courtyards and expelled the worshippers from it in preparation for the settlers’ collective incursions and provocative tours for the fourth day in a row, which are called for by Jewish extremists on the occasion of the Jewish Passover.

Earlier yesterday, the Israeli occupation forces brutally attacked and beat the women worshippers. 

An explosion was heard in the central governorate of the Gaza Strip, Al Mayadeen‘s correspondent reported early on Thursday.

Meanwhile, a source in the Palestinian resistance told Al Mayadeen that the Israeli Iron Dome launched dozens of missiles in a bid to intercept the heavy anti-aircraft munition fired from Gaza.

Initial reports from Israeli media said the IOF had launched a new wave of air raids on the Gaza strip, which was followed by sirens sounding in the settlements of the Gaza envelope, namely the settlements of “Sderot”, “Ibim”, and “Nir Am”.

“Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles bombed a resistance site West of Nuseirat Camp, Gaza,” Al Mayadeen‘s correspondent reported, adding that Israeli warplanes launched several air raids on Issa Al-Batran site of Al-Qassam Brigades.

Our correspondent also reported that an Israeli tank fired toward the field observation points east of Bureij camp in the central governorate.

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Below the Limit of All-out Confrontation: “Israel” Fears The Escalation تحت سقف المواجهة الشاملة: إسرائيل تخشى التصعيد

April 19, 2022 

Below the Limit of All-out Confrontation: “Israel” Fears The Escalation

By Yehya Dbouk, Al-Akhbar Newpaper

There seems to be nothing that can prevent the escalation of the situation in the occupied territories, which appears to be heading towards an all-out confrontation with the Gaza Strip.

The next two weeks are full of Jewish religious occasions, during which the settlers practice their rituals in a way that violates the  sanctity of the Al-Aqsa Compound. This will require a response from the residents of Al-Quds and from other regions, including the 1948 occupied territories.

However, the escalation, as shown by the confrontations last Friday, does not seem inevitable at this time. The relevant parties, i.e., the “Israeli” occupation forces and the Palestinian factions, are not interested in an inclusive escalation, which is confirmed by the enemy through its positions, practical performance, and messages from “under the table” through its mediators. Similarly with the resistance factions, although they have their finger on the trigger in Gaza.

When it comes to a general scene, it’s important to note the following:

– Tel Aviv fears, based on its intelligence assessments, that the escalation in the confrontations will include the various Palestinian arenas, leading to a military confrontation with the Gaza Strip. These are premises that have always been on the “Israeli” assessment table, but they were not given priority because the “security situation is under control”, which prevents the confrontations from turning into an inclusive escalation. 

The enemy received practical assurances about the possibility of it rolling into an all-out confrontation last year, which led to a broad escalation with the Gaza Strip that lasted 11 days, during which “Israel” suffered losses. However, the confrontation inside the Green Line is the first of its kind in two decades. At the same time, the “Israelis” do not seem interested and are forbidden to change course in Al-Aqsa and the occupied territories because this time the Palestinians and the resistance factions read “Israel’s” position well and are working to take advantage of opportunities, as long as “Israel” restrains itself from engaging in a deliberate escalation. 

This leads to the establishment of new equations and the prevention of other changes related to the status quo in Al-Quds, as Tel Aviv exploits its provisions [the status quo] with the aim of expanding and strengthening its control over Al-Quds and the Al-Aqsa Compound.

Hence, “Israel” is moving between the motive to curb confrontations and escalations and enabling the Palestinians to fulfill achievements that prevent the occupation from moving forward with “manifestations of sovereignty” over the Al-Aqsa Compound.

– The scenes broadcast during the confrontations and their aftermath, inside and outside the Compound – the cruelest of them being the storming and desecration of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by the “Israeli” security forces – do not change the premises, its controls, and limits, whether for the occupier or for the Palestinians. Rather, it is emphasized in many ways. As it turned out, “Israel” activated all its tools of repression, without causing casualties among the defenders of the Al-Aqsa Compound, knowing in advance that bloodshed in the Compound would change the priorities of other arenas.

– The confrontations in Al-Quds and other occupied areas do not end the phenomenon of unilateral operations inside “Israel”, but rather increase their motivation. The confrontations and their causes are now being considered by the decision makers in Tel Aviv, as is the case with the individual operations inside the Green Line, which further complicates and confuses the position of the occupation. Against this background, “Israeli” intelligence estimates point to two weeks full of escalation factors and the possibilities of rolling toward higher levels of confrontations than what occupied Palestine witnessed last Friday, including raising the level of incentive to launch unilateral operations.

– The position of the Palestinian Authority was interesting – it issued a statement asking “Israel” not to seek a temporal and spatial division of the Al-Aqsa Compound. This statement is useless and is not compatible with the magnitude and level of attacks in the Al-Aqsa Compound. It was more appropriate for the PA, if it wanted to be an influential factor in curbing Tel Aviv’s drive and in increasing the factors that curbed it, to freeze its security function if it was unable or wanted to change its identity and function.

– What is interesting in the context of the confrontations is that a few hours after the attack on the Al-Aqsa Compound and the broadcast scenes of the destruction caused by the “Israeli” security services inside Al-Aqsa, the “Israeli” President organized an Iftar gathering with the ambassadors of Egypt, Jordan, the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco, and Turkey and other politicians representing the regimes that normalized ties with Tel Aviv. This shameful scene shows the extent of their subordination. Abu Dhabi’s decision for its planes to participate in the air show that “Israel” holds every year on the occasion of its “rise” is also interesting.


تحت سقف المواجهة الشاملة: إسرائيل تخشى التصعيد

 يحيى دبوق الثلاثاء 19 نيسان 2022

المواجهات ترفع مستوى حافزية شنّ عمليات منفردة (أ ف ب )

لا يوجد ما يمنعُ تصعيدَ الأوضاع في الأراضي المحتلّة لتصل إلى مواجهة شاملة مع قطاع غزة. فالأسبوعان المقبلان مشبَعان بالمناسبات الدينية اليهودية التي يحرص المستوطنون على تفعيل طقوسها بما يمسّ الحرم القدسي، وهو ما سيستدعي ردّاً من المقدسيين ومن المناطق الأخرى، بما فيها الأراضي المحتلّة عام 1948. مع هذا، فإن التصعيد، كما تُبيِّن مواجهات يوم الجمعة الماضي، لا يبدو محتوماً، إذ إن إرادة الأطراف ذات الصلة، أيّ الاحتلال الإسرائيلي والفصائل الفلسطينية، غير معنيّة بالتصعيد الشامل، وهو ما يؤكده العدو من خلال مواقفه وأدائه العملي ورسائله من «تحت الطاولة» وعبر وسطائه، كما فصائل المقاومة وإن كانت يدها على الزناد في غزة.

وفي المشهد العام، يمكن الإشارة إلى الآتي:
– تخشى تل أبيب، على خلفية تقديراتها الاستخبارية، من أن تؤدّي المواجهات إلى دحرجة التصعيد ليشمل الساحات الفلسطينية على اختلافها، وصولاً إلى المواجهة العسكرية مع قطاع غزة. وهي مقدمات كانت موجودة دائماً على طاولة التقدير الإسرائيلية، إلّا أنها لم تكن تحظى بأولوية كون «الأوضاع الأمنية ممسوكة»، ما يحول دون تدحرج المواجهات إلى تصعيد شامل. وتلقّى العدو تأكيدات عملية بخصوص إمكانية الدحرجة في العام الماضي، وهو ما أدّى إلى تصعيد واسع مع قطاع غزة استمر 11 يوماً، دفعت خلالها إسرائيل أثماناً وخسائر، لكن أيضاً مواجهات داخل الخط الأخضر، هي الأولى من نوعها منذ عقدين. في الوقت نفسه، لا يبدو الجانب الإسرائيلي معنياً، بل ممنوع عليه، أن يرضخ ويغيّر سياساته المعتمدة في الأقصى وفي الأراضي المحتلّة، لأن الفلسطينيين وفصائل المقاومة، يقرأون هذه المرّة موقفه جيداً، ويعملون على استغلال الفرص إلى حدّها الأقصى، طالما أن يلجم نفسه عن تصعيد متعمّد من جانبه، الأمر الذي يوصل، في النتيجة، إلى ترسيخ معادلات جديدة ومنْع تغييرات أخرى مرتبطة بالوضع الراهن في القدس، إذ تستغل تل أبيب بنوده (الوضع الراهن) بهدف التوسّع وتعزيز السطوة على القدس والحرم القدسي. بين هذا الحدّ وذاك، تتحرك إسرائيل: بين الدافع لِلَجم المواجهات والتصعيد عبر منْع أسبابها، وبين تمكين الفلسطينيين من تحقيق إنجازات تمنع عن الاحتلال المضيّ قدماً في «مظاهر السيادة» على الحرم.

– المشاهد المبثوثة خلال المواجهات وفي أعقابها، في الحرم وخارجه، والأكثر قسوة من بينها هو اقتحام القوات الأمنية الإسرائيلية المسجد الأقصى وتدنيسه، لا تغيّر من المقدّمات وضوابطها وحدودها، سواء لدى المحتلّ أو لدى الفلسطينيين، بل هي في أوجه كثيرة تؤكد عليها. وكما تبيّن، فعّلت إسرائيل كل ما لديها من أدوات قمع، دون التسبّب بإسقاط قتلى في صفوف المدافعين عن الحرم، لإدراكها المسبق أن الدماء التي تسقط في الحرم من شأنها تغيير أولويات الساحات الأخرى.

تشير التقديرات الاستخبارية لدى العدو إلى أسبوعين حافلين بعوامل التصعيد وإمكانات التدحرج إليه


– لا تُنهي المواجهات في القدس وغيرها من المناطق المحتلّة، ظاهرة العمليات المنفردة في الداخل، بل تزيد من حافزيتها. وتنضمّ المواجهات والتسبُّب بها إلى وكالة للتخطيط والقرار في تل أبيب كما هو حال العمليات المنفردة داخل الخط الأخضر، ما يزيد موقف الاحتلال تعقيداً وإرباكاً عمَّا هو عليه. على هذه الخلفية، تشير التقديرات الاستخبارية الإسرائيلية إلى أسبوعَين حافلَين بعوامل التصعيد وإمكانات التدحرج إلى مستويات أعلى مما شهدته فلسطين المحتلة يوم الجمعة الماضي، بما يشمل رفع مستوى حافزية شنّ عمليات منفردة.

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Ian Williams: Deterioration of Intl. Human Rights Mechanisms Blamed on “US Defense of Israel” (VIDEO)

April 1, 2022

Mark Seddon and renowned journalist and President of the Foreign Press Association – New York City, Ian Williams, shine a light on the ongoing crises in Palestine and Ukraine. (Photo: Video Grab, Supplied)

By Palestine Deep Dive

In a lively and illuminating discussion with Palestine Deep Dive (PDD), Mark Seddon and renowned journalist and President of the Foreign Press Association – New York City, Ian Williams, shine a light on the ongoing crises in Palestine and Ukraine.

The show titled “Occupation of Ukraine – Occupation of Palestine: International Law & the Cry for Consistency” pays special attention to exposing the hypocrisy of the global community when it comes to upholding the so-called “international rules-based” order.

Highlighting the creeping-prolonged injustice Palestinians have been exposed to, and how it has become normalized to those removed from it, Williams says:

“It’s like the frog in the pan as the water warms up and they don’t notice. It’s too late when its skin starts searing off. If you plunge the frog into the hot water, it tends to notice right away and jump… Of course, the Palestinians have noticed that their skin is falling off with the heat, but the rest of the world hasn’t because the rest of the world has gone along with it incrementally.”

Praising Ukrainian resistance, Williams ponders whether Palestinians would be in a better position had they received similar levels of Western support:

“I have to say that the Ukrainians surprised everyone with their resistance. Maybe if the Palestinians had been armed in 1967 and their governments had trusted them, then there might well have been a different ending… The real fact is that the Israelis have lied through their teeth for years and the West has chosen to believe them because the alternative, doing something about it, was too much. We’ve discussed the reason for that in this. There’s domestic lobbies, there’s geopolitical things.”

Expanding on the double standards in the Western response to Ukraine compared to Palestine, Seddon remarks:

“Of course, the Russian invasion was an absolute shock, not least to the Ukrainians, many of whom didn’t believe that it would happen, and part of their country is now being occupied… Of course, people in the West Bank, Jerusalem, Golan, which is an outright annexation, will say, well, hold on a minute, we’ve been occupied for 50 years, and if we start calling for sanctions, people say, oh no, you can’t call for sanctions and boycotts and divestments…”

Williams responds by arguing that Palestine advocates should be drawing parallels between Ukraine and Palestine wherever possible:

“Well, the worst thing we could do, or the Palestinians and their supporters could do, is to say, well, we are not interested because there’s no case there because we’re suffering. They should immediately try to associate at every level… These comparisons are invidious and must be made often over and over. The legalities are there. You hit upon it there. It’s indisputable for everyone concerned that the Golan was the acquisition of foreign territory by force”

Seddon was also keen to emphasize the duplicity of the corporate media:

“By the way, we don’t mind showing video footage of brave Ukrainians making Molotov cocktails, they’re freedom fighters, but if it comes to Palestinians making Molotov cocktails or Western Saharans, well, they’re terrorists. This grotesque double standards, isn’t it, really that sticks in a lot of people.”

Williams also expressed disappointment in Western media for its lack of meaningful reporting on Palestine:

“Most people have an infinite tolerance for the sufferings of others over a long period, and that’s what’s been happening with the Palestinians. The stuff doesn’t get into the media.”

Looking more closely at recent events at the United Nations, Seddon reported on Thursday’s United Nations Human Rights Committee vote supporting accountability for Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights in the occupied territories. The U.S. voted against it.

With UK and Ukraine abstaining, Seddon said it is, “disappointing given the fact that most Ukrainians, if they knew what was happening in Israel-Palestine, would immediately identify with the Palestinians.”

This week at the UN’s Human Rights Council, Zainab Al-Qolaq, a survivor of an Israeli airstrike on Gaza in May which killed 22 members of her family, delivered a speech asking the international community whether “real actions” will be taken to prevent similar atrocities from taking place.

Questioned whether he thinks the UNHRC will indeed take much notice of her powerful contribution, Williams responded: “It depends on the rest of us whether we keep it going.”

Seddon goes on to probe Williams on the reasons for today’s apparent lack of authority in institutions such as the International Criminal Court (ICC). Williams responds arguing the United States, by shielding Israel from legitimate accountability, has eroded the potential of such institutions in being a genuine force of authority:

“…there is no doubt whatsoever that the US defense of Israel at all costs over the years has led to a profound deterioration of international human rights mechanisms. The fact that anytime action is taken, the US springs up regardless of the facts to defend Israel, means that everybody else in the world say, “If not Israel, then why them.” If you don’t get Netanyahu, why you’re getting Milošević. It has allowed every crook genocidal maniac and kleptomaniac in the world to get out of jail free card or get out of jail cheap card because, if Israel can do it, so can we.”

He also emphasized Biden’s continuation of many of Trump’s policies over Palestine and beyond:

“There’s the US, as you say, it denounced Putin, said he’s a war criminal, but they still– Joe Biden still maintains Trump’s sanctions against the International Criminal Court justices. They’re not allowed in America, and why is that? Israel.”

Ending the show with a rousing call for meaningful action by state actors against Israeli apartheid and ongoing human rights violations against Palestinians, Williams declares:

“We should be calling for government sanctions against Israel until it abides by international law… Sanctions is the way to go. That’s how it worked with South Africa.”

(Palestine Deep Dive)

Hiding behind one’s Mecca: Israeli-Saudi covert normalization

February 18, 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

By Karim Sharara 

Saudi Arabia has constantly claimed that it is on the side of the Palestinian people against “Israel”. However, an examination of history reveals a darker side to the kingdom, as it shows that it has had secret dealings with the Zionist regime since 1962, extending up to the beginning of low-level public relations in 2015.

Saudi Arabia’s relations with the Israeli regime go back decades before the 2015 meeting between ex-intelligence heads

For the longest time, it’s been touted that Saudi Arabia was and is not a proponent of normalization, with people citing its past stances in support of Palestine and condemnation of Israeli violations against the Palestinian people. This is all well and good, but Saudi Arabia’s real-world practices reveal another dimension of its relationship with “Israel”, one of an increasing intersection of interests that is leading up to public normalization.

It would not be without benefit to detail the history of Saudi Arabia’s dealings with the Israeli apartheid regime, if for nothing else but to show the Kingdom’s dual standards in dealing secretly with the enemy of the Palestinian people, while at the same time using Palestine as a front in its rhetoric, in order to show its commitment to Arabhood and to advance its regional interests without arousing the anger of the Arab world.

The Kingdom’s history with “Israel” extends far before 2015, when Prince Turki Al-Faisal, the former head of the Saudi General Intelligence Directory, took part in a high-profile panel with the former Israeli Commander of the IOF’s Military Intelligence Directorate, hosted by the General Marshall Fund think tank. Some, like Alexander Bligh, the Chief Scientist at the Israeli Ministry of Science, found that the relationship between the two dates back to 1962.

The history

“In the early 1960s, following the 1962 revolution in the Yemen, ‘Israel’ and Saudi Arabia maintained continuous contacts aimed at depriving their common enemy – Egypt – of victory.” During the time of King Saud and then-prince Faysal, this cooperation proved feasible. [1] The reason was largely caused by Saudi Arabia’s concerns of Egypt becoming a powerful actor among Arab peoples, as Gamal Abd al-Nasser held high the mantle of pan-Arabism, and managed to rally Arab countries against Israeli presence in the region, and against Western imperialist influence. 

This is where Saudi and Israeli interests began to intersect. Although the Israeli lobby had up to then repeatedly attempted to block US weapons sales to the Saudi Kingdom, they were largely unsuccessful in doing so in the first few decades after 1948. In Egypt’s influence and Yemen, and its support of the Yemeni revolution in 1962, “Israel” and Saudi Arabia found each other to be unlikely bedfellows in order to prevent their then-common enemy, Egypt, from declaring victory in Yemen. 

It was then that contact between the two regimes was initiated outside of the region. This cooperation, which proved feasible at one time on account of the Saudis’ perception that Egypt was becoming a threat to its regional dominance, could prove feasible again whenever actors in the Kingdom perceive an external threat to its interests. Not only that, but Abdel Nasser’s popularity in the Arab world ran counter to both Israeli and Saudi interests if Egypt was to become the leader of the Arab world and rival Saudi Arabia for dominance.

Moreover, Israeli declassified documents also show that “Israel” was also secretly involved during the war, and supplied the royalists with military weapons and equipment against the republicans.

Yemen’s Ali Abdallah Saleh also revealed documents in 2017, showing a letter sent by then-Saudi King Faisal bin Abdel Aziz, asking US President Lyndon Johnson to support an Israeli war on Egypt in order to weaken Egypt’s influence with Yemen’s republicans (The Jerusalem Post also covered the leak with an article in English, which you can find here).

New Middle East

There is largely no information on any meeting between the Saudis and the Israelis after that date, though there is a lot of reason to think that a number of clandestine meetings security meetings took place before 2006, as after “Israel’s” 33-day war on Lebanon, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert secretly met with a high-ranking Saudi official in September, but Olmert said at the time that he did not meet the Saudi king, and sources later clarified that he met someone close to the king instead in a third country.

“I did not meet with the Saudi king and I did not meet with anyone who should cause a sensation in the media,” Olmert was quoted as saying at the time by Ynet news, and also said that Saudi Arabia showed “responsibility and judgment” during the war with Lebanon.

“Israel’s” history of relations with Saudi Arabia was again brought up in a May 2021 interview that Russia Today conducted with Olmert, wherein he said that “Israel” has held steady relations with Saudi Arabia since 2006, and that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is very interested in changing the status of relations between “Israel” and Saudi Arabia.

“I can tell you that there has been communication between the Saudis and ‘Israel’ that dates back 15 years, and all throughout this period. They are not enemies.”

Intersecting interests

Putting aside public meetings between ranking Saudi and Israeli officials, there have been numerous reports over the years of intersecting interests between the colonial regime and Saudi Arabia (as evidenced by their interests against Egypt), particularly with regards to the resistance’s growing influence in the region, with both regimes showing similar concern of what they perceive to be a threat posed by Iran and its allies.

The horrible torture and murder of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi by the order of Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, had global implications on Saudi Arabia’s standing; Moreover, it severely harmed business in the Kingdom, with international companies being hesitant to invest in it, lest their doing so is seen as support for the Kingdom that horribly murdered and dismembered a journalist.

Nevertheless, amidst all this, Netanyahu voiced support for Saudi Arabia, citing the primacy of the ‘Iran threat’, which necessitates that there be stability in the Kingdom so that it can use its regional power to counter the resistance.

“What happened at the Istanbul consulate was horrendous and it should be duly dealt with. But at the same time, it is very important for the stability of the region and the world that Saudi Arabia remain stable,” Netanyahu said during a visit to Bulgaria. The ex-PM, now on trial, added “I think that a way must be found to achieve both goals. Because the larger problem I believe is Iran.” Not only that but Netanyahu also lobbied for MbS and pushed the White House to maintain its support for him.

Even before Khashoggi’s murder, Israeli commentator Barak Ravid leaked a cable on Israeli Channel 10 in November 2017, in which the Israeli Foreign Ministry instructs its diplomats to lobby in favor of Saudi Arabia against Iran and Hezbollah.

Moreso, in June 2017, renowned journalist David Hearst published an article for the Middle East Eye, wherein he said that “Israel” and Saudi Arabia have forged an alliance against the resistance in Gaza, and that the Kingdom is financing “Israel’s” weapons build-up against Iran

The Saudi Ambassador to the UK released a statement denying that an alliance has been forged between his country and the Israeli regime, but did not deny that the meetings took place, and in fact stated that “any dealings by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with ‘Israel’ have been limited to attempts to bring about a plan for peace.”

Beginning of public relations

Public meetings between ranking Saudi Arabian and Israeli figures, however, have also been occurring over the past few years, just as clandestine relations between the two countries are increasing (like secret trade talks that took place in 2017, in a first). 

The first such meeting, as mentioned at the beginning of this article, took place in 2015, between Prince Turki Al-Faisal, the former head of the Saudi General Intelligence Directory, and Amos Yadlin the former Israeli Commander of the IOF’s Military Intelligence Directorate, who were brought together in a high-profile and public panel hosted by the General Marshall Fund.

Although the prince was invited for a visit to Al-Quds by the retired Major General, he turned it down, as no official could perform such a visit before a “comprehensive peace deal”. This entailed an indication of the Saudi rhetoric at the time that the Kingdom would not normalize with “Israel”, unless a comprehensive agreement was reached with the Palestinian factions. 

However, Turki Al-Faisal managed to keep the atmosphere chummy, replying to the former Mossad spy chief “Yeah, absolutely not,” as the attendance laughed, “and the general knows that.” To perform such a visit before a “peace deal” was “putting the chicken before the egg.” 

This visit by such a high-ranking Saudi official, who was the head of the Saudi General Intelligence Directory for 24 years, effectively broke the taboo on meetings with Israeli officials, allowing a delegation of Saudi academics and businessmen – led by retired Saudi General Anwar Eshki, who was a former advisor to the Saudi government – to visit the occupied territories in July 2016. 

Knesset Member Issawi Frej, one of the other MK members who took part in the meeting, said “The Saudis want to open up to ‘Israel’…It’s a strategic move for them. They want to continue what former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat started (with the 1979 Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty). They want to get closer with ‘Israel’, and we could feel it clearly.”

If that wasn’t enough, the Editor of Haaretz’s English Edition Avi Scharf revealed in November 2020, meaning when Trump and Netanyahu were both still in power, that a visit had occurred for the first time between former Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, during the time Mike Pompeo was visiting Saudi Arabia.

Netanyahu’s associates later leaked that a meeting indeed took place between the two, for which the Israeli PM received some flak from Defense Minister Benny Gantz, who called the leak “irresponsible”.

The history of relations between the two regimes showed that intersecting regional interests, allieviated by both of them being allies with the Western camp, was the basis on which they were able to build their covert relations. From, Israeli support for the war on Yemen, to Saudi Arabia’s inching towards increasingly overt security cooperation, and up to its outright criticism of the Palestinian leaderships and their stance against the normalization process adopted by the UAE, Bahrain and Morocco, as evidenced by ex-spy chief Bandar bin Sultan’s interview on Saudi Arabia’s official Al-Arabiya TV, all show that both regimes are drawing increasingly closer to normalizing ties.

It is one thing to be with normalization, or to have secret dealings with “Israel”, but it’s something else when Saudi Arabia claims to be on the side of the Palestinian people against “Israel” while holding and advancing relations with the apartheid regime, only to later stab Palestine in the back. 

Additional reference:

[1] Bligh, Alexander. 1985. “Towards Israel-Saudi co-existence?” Jerusalem Quarterly, no. 35, 24 – 35.

International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People Celebrated in Climate of Betrayal, Harrowing Violence

Dec 3, 2021

Since the General Assembly adopted resolution 181 (II) to partition Palestine into two separate

Source: Al Mayadeen

Hana Saada

After 74 years of the unjust division of the Palestinian land, the UNGA and the UNSC continue to refrain from taking any solid actions in the interest of the Palestinian people and their cause, on that regard, the declaration of the International Day of Solidarity with Palestine appears to be a mere voice act that does not contribute to improving the situation of this people.

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People was celebrated, on Monday, in a context marked by harrowing crimes committed by the Zionist regime, the intensification of the Zionist settlement operations in Palestine, and the persistent blockage of the peace process, exacerbated by the normalization of relations between the Zionist entity and some Arab countries, dubbed as a betrayal to the Palestinian cause.

Monday, 29 November 2021 marks the 44th observance of the United Nations (UN) International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. In 1977, the United Nations selected the date of November 29 for the celebration of the “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People”. This date, given its significance and importance to the Palestinian people, is based on the UN General Assembly’s call for the annual celebration of the resolution on the partition of Palestine.

Adopted on November 29, 1947, this resolution is intended to create Arab and Jewish states in this ‘disputed territory’. Since then, the Palestinian people continue to lose territory to the Zionists, while the living conditions of the Palestinians have deteriorated more and more amid poverty, denial of fundamental freedoms through the systemic discrimination and subjugation, forcible evictions, and demolition orders of Palestinian property in the neighborhoods of Sheik Jarrah and Silwan. This culminated, more recently, in spurring violence that claimed the lives of innocent women, children, and the elderly during the 11-day offensive on the Gaza Strip that began on May 10, amounting to war crimes. There was a deliberate intention by the Zionist occupation forces to inflict more casualties among the civilians to push the Palestinian people to accept the existence of the Zionist Entity.

A total of 243 Palestinians, including 66 children and 39 women, were killed during the Zionist attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip on May 10. Clashes erupted, on May 13, across the occupied territories because of the Zionists’ attacks and restrictions on Palestinians in the Eastern part of Al-Quds, Al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as a Zionist court’s decision to evict 12 Palestinian families from their homes in favor of Zionist settlers.

The decision on the forced displacement is itself, a war crime and aggression against humanity, transforming the Zionist judiciary into a barbaric tool to pass racist Zionist expansion agendas to the detriment of the Palestinian civilians.

The tension moved to Gaza on May 10, leading to a military confrontation between the Zionist forces and the Palestinian resistance groups, where the Zionist warplanes have caused an unprecedented scale of destruction in the Palestinian homes and infrastructure.

Palestinians are also victims of repeated military attacks, claiming the lives of several innocent civilians (men, women, and children), especially in the Gaza strip, which has been under a strict blockade for 15 years.

The Zionists are committing violations against worshipers in Al-Quds “Jerusalem” by preventing them from accessing places of worship, at the top of which, Al-Aqsa Mosque, the world’s third-holiest site for Muslims, resorting to an excessive force against them in a way that threatens their lives and most likely leads to death. In the holy month of Ramadan, at least 305 people sustained varying injuries as the Zionists stormed the Esplanade of Mosques in East Jerusalem and attacked Palestinians who were on guard to prevent raids by Jewish settlers.

The Zionist Entity is committing crimes of apartheid and persecution against Arabs in the occupied territories, with a view to maintaining the domination by Jewish Zionists over Palestinians.

The Zionist regime has become the sole governing power alongside extremely-limited Palestinian self-rule, where the Zionists are methodically highly-privileged, while Palestinians have been dispossessed, confined, forcibly separated, and subjugated by virtue of their identity to varying degrees of intensity. In certain areas… these deprivations are so severe that they amount to the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution.

Noting that the Apartheid system was a policy of racial segregation and discrimination enforced by the white minority government against the black majority in South Africa from 1948 until 1991.

The 1973 International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid defines apartheid as “inhuman acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group and systematically oppressing them”. The 1998 Rome Statute to the International Criminal Court (ICC) adopts a similar definition.

For its part, Human Rights Watch’s 213-page report, entitled: “A Threshold Crossed,” states that Palestinians are suffering from the Apartheid; 

“Denying millions of Palestinians their fundamental rights, without any legitimate security justification and solely because they are Palestinian and not Jewish is not simply a matter of an abusive occupation,” said Kenneth Roth, Human Rights Watch’s executive director.

“These policies, which grant Jewish Israelis the same rights and privileges wherever they live and discriminate against Palestinians to varying degrees wherever they live, reflect a policy to privilege one people at the expense of another.”

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People marks the recognition of historic injustice suffered by the valiant Palestinian people in their legitimate struggle to recover their stolen rights. It has traditionally constituted an opportunity to recall the Palestinian cause that has not yet been resolved, as well as the sufferings of the Palestinian people who have not yet recovered their inalienable and immutable rights as defined by the General Assembly (GA), namely; the right to independence and national sovereignty, and the right of Palestinians to return to their homes and recover their properties.

This year, the Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People comes at a time when the Palestinian cause has experienced a dangerous slippage, marked by the signing, at the end of 2020, of “normalization agreements” between the Zionist entity and four Arab countries.

The Palestinian cause taken hostage:

In 2020, a watershed year for the Zionists’ diplomatic integration into the Arab world, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco have normalized their relations with the Zionist entity, within the framework of the “Abraham Accords”.

This is a political error, a betrayal of Al-Quds, al-Aqsa mosque and the Palestinian cause, and a stab in the back of the Palestinians. For the latter, such normalization with the Zionist Entity encourages the occupation forces to commit more violations against the Palestinian people, paving the way for more aggressive war and the expansion of Zionism, Judaization, and colonization of Palestinian land.


It is in this wake that a vast outpouring of international solidarity with the Palestinian people was launched, in particular, in countries that have normalized their relations with the Zionist entity through demonstrations, sit-ins, and protests against these agreements.

Morocco and Palestine

Morocco, whose king is the Chairman of the El-Quds Committee, normalized its relations with the Zionist Entity on December 10, 2020, in exchange for the recognition by former US President Donald Trump of the kingdom’s alleged “sovereignty” over Western Sahara.

This barter was condemned, in the strongest term, throughout the world and especially by Algeria and the Moroccan people who took to the streets for several days to express their rejection of this agreement, organizing demonstrations often repressed by the regime in place.

More recently, the Makhzen regime and the Zionist entity inked a framework agreement aimed at strengthening the security cooperation between the Moroccan and the Zionist intelligence services, nearly one year after the normalization of their relations, amidst broad popular disagreement. A move dubbed as shameful and disgraceful by Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

Algeria and Palestine

President Tebboune urged, in a speech delivered on the sidelines of the celebration, in Algeria, of this International Day, the international community to assume its historic responsibilities towards the practices of Zionist occupation aimed at undermining the building of the sovereign Palestinian state, while reiterating Algeria’s unwavering and firm support for the struggle of Palestinian people to recover their stolen rights. He stressed, once again, with a well-articulated position, his rejection of all forms of normalization with the Zionist Entity, deploring the four Arab countries’ scrambling to normalize relations.

“We have noticed a kind of scramble (a mad rush) towards normalization. This is something we will never participate in, nor bless. Palestine’s cause is sacred, and we will not give it up,” the Algerian President said.

He repeatedly expressed the country’s preparedness to invite all Palestinian groups to a comprehensive meeting in Algeria. Tebboune’s words were applauded by Palestinians and Algerians alike, who have a long history of intertwined solidarity.

Palestinian factions praised President Tebboune for his government’s strong opposition to any bids aimed at establishing ties with the Zionist Entity, calling on Arab rulers to follow suit and reject all forms of normalization. 

There is no doubt that when Algerian President Tebboune called the Palestinian cause “sacred”, he was truly speaking on behalf of the Algerian people whose history is marked by resistance against colonial powers. Algerians remain stick to their pro-Palestine stance, considering the Palestinian cause the mother of all causes. Their beliefs about national sovereignty and the right for countries to determine their own destiny are central, firmly committed to the principles of a sovereigntist governing ideology, based on their national pride, far away from any quid pro quo deals, capable of exercising foreign pressure on their country. 

In 1988, noteworthy, when Palestine declared its independence, Algeria was the very first country worldwide to officially recognize its statehood. This decision further contributed to the deeply-rooted Algerian-Palestinian relations. Even when other Arab states, notably those which signed the “Abraham Accords” last year, dropped their pan-Arab commitments to the Palestinian struggle, Algeria has stood by the cause.

For its part, the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas hailed Algeria’s principled positions, describing the signing, by the Moroccan regime, of several agreements, particularly in the security and military spheres, with the Zionist enemy as an unjustified act whatever the pretext or the objective.

For the Hamas movement, the normalization and signing of agreements between Rabat and the Zionist Entity “would lead the Zionists to commit more crimes against the Palestinian Arab people and to the violation of their legitimate rights to freedom, independence and return “.

Gantz in Rabat

The agreement was inked in a visit to Rabat by the Zionist Minister of Defense Benny Gantz, received by Morocco’s Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of the National Defense Administration Abdellatif Loudiyi. The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding which launches officially the security cooperation in all its aspects (operational planning, procurement, research, and development) between Morocco and the Zionist entity, according to media close to the Moroccan military circles.

It should be noted that demonstrations against normalization were scheduled in Morocco on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The Moroccan Action Group for Palestine organized a popular sit-in, Sunday, in front of the parliament headquarters in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, in solidarity with the Palestinian defenseless people and confronting the agendas of Zionist penetration in the region.

The group said, in a statement, posted on Saturday, that the popular sit-in, organized under the slogan “With the resistance against normalization with the Zionists,” comes on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, and within the framework of the continuous popular mobilization in support of the Palestinian struggle under the slogan “The Moroccan people: Palestine is a national issue.”

The sit-in, added the same source, “confirms the established historical positions in confronting the Zionist occupation and all its tools, and facing the Zionist intrusion agendas to sabotage the region.”

However, Moroccan security forces prevented the popular sit-in. The president of the Moroccan Observatory against Normalization with the Zionist Entity, Ahmed Ouihmane indicated, in a statement to the Algerian news agency, that the Moroccan security forces prevented, by force, this popular sit-in.

Different protests were organized in Morocco coinciding with the afore-mentioned visit of the Zionist war criminal to create official channels between the intelligence and security services for the two parties. Protesters assured their full adherence and attachment to the support of the Palestinian people and the overthrow of all forms of normalization.

The protests were subject to dispersal using force, under a heavy security siege, amid the participation of human rights defenders, supporters of the Palestinian cause, and the presence of the media. 

This year celebrations constitute a new opportunity for many free countries and brave peoples to express their unwavering and coherent support for the Palestinian people, calling on the international community to translate its words into actions in the face of the dangerous escalation in the Palestinian territories and the UN to honor its commitments.

Epilogue

To this end, the whole world is also called upon to exert real pressure on the Zionist Entity… the enemy of humanity with a view to putting an end to its systematic violation of human rights and enforcement of discrimination against the Palestinian people. Besides, the UN and its member states should take appropriate actions as 74 years since the General Assembly adopted resolution 181 (II) to partition Palestine into two separate states, no concrete actions have been taken so far. 

Instead, the hope of achieving sustainable political settlements is fading away with an entity blatantly showing disdain for international human rights law, including two key international human rights instruments, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Convention on Socioeconomic and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), both of which have as their first Article, the Right to Self-Determination, as well as a continuous disrespect of internationally adopted provisions and principles in this direction.

The UN should be held accountable for its evident lack of action in recent years. It lost its credibility for non-abide by the adopted resolutions and turning a blind eye to the Zionists who blatantly flout the relevant UN resolutions, laws of international legitimacy, and international terms of reference, and deny agreements in an attempt to impose the status quo policy, and hamper the building of the sovereign Palestinian state.

This organization is called to honor its commitments to defend international law and order, work to hold the Zionist occupation accountable for the overruns and violations committed, ensure international protection, and stave off attacks and violations against the Palestinian people and their sanctities.

The international community, on the other hand, should re-evaluate its relationship with the Zionist Entity, establish a commission of inquiry to investigate systematic discrimination and repression in Palestine, transcend rhetoric, deploy further efforts in defense of the Palestinians inalienable rights and bring Zionists into compliance with international law.

Palestinian leaders should put on the shelf their domestic rifts, creating a united front aimed at addressing the onus fallen on their shoulders. A favorable atmosphere should be created to address the catastrophic ordeal the Palestinians are passing through. Palestinian national unity stands to be the only basis for achieving the hopes and legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people in defeating and thwarting the Zionist schemes that hide behind the titles and slogans of normalization, as well as its perfidious policies aimed at displacing the Palestinian people through creeping Judaization and illegal settlement and forcefully altering the Palestinian religious and historical landmarks.

Finally, addressing ourselves, our collective conscience should react to concrete and permanent actions, not momentary reactions as events unfold!The opinions mentioned in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Al mayadeen, but rather express the opinion of its writer exclusively.

Bahaa Abou Al-Ata…A Name Deeply Engraved within the Israeli Mind

Nov 20, 2021

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Hassan Lafi

Abou al-Ata was responsible for removing the “Master of Israeli Security” from the podium in an embarrassing fashion, which Netanyahu viewed as a personal insult.

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Martyr Bahaa Abou el-Ata

The decision taken by “Israel” to assassinate Bahaa Abou al-Ata, the leader of the northern region in the Quds Brigades – the military faction of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine -, was certainly not a normal event. It took place on the dawn of Tuesday, 12 November 2019, and showcased a string of complicated Israeli calculations given that this assassination would be the first targeting a resistance commander since 2012, and occurred amidst a lack of tension or war.

Thus, the two Israeli institutions, the political and military, were aware that taking this decision would certainly break the equation sanctified by the Palestinian resistance, which stipulates that any assassination equals a war.

Subsequently, the assassination of Abou al-Ata, for “Israel”, was a declaration of a military battle with the resistance in Gaza. And certainly, the Israeli intelligence assessments know very well that the shrapnel of the Gaza rockets in that battle will not be confined to the borders of the settlements around the Gaza Strip and the south, but will rather reach deep into the “Gush Dan” area, the most densely populated center in the occupied lands.

Nonetheless, this scenario occurred in the battle of “Sayhat al-Fajr” (The Cry of Dawn) which the al-Quds Brigades fought against “Israel.”

Two years after the assassination of Bahaa Abou al-Ata, the question still remains: what was the Israeli view of the Palestinian leader’s personality? And what did it represent in the Israeli mindset of both military and political institutions? 

Amos Gilad, head of the Israeli Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) and former director of policy and political-military affairs at the Ministry of Security, answered when asked about Bahaa Abou el-Ata by saying: “He was the chief motivator for the Islamic Jihad’s operation, and possesses a strong and bold personality.” 

Israeli Occupation Army Spokesman Heidi Zilberman did not diverge from Gilad’s assessment, saying to journalists following the assassination of Abou al-Ata that “Israel” understands well that the martyr was “a wild element, mostly working according to a point of view paradoxical to regional interests.” This confirms that the occupation dealt with the resistance leader as a major hurdle to its regional plans, the most important of which were:

First: “Israel” was in need of cooling down the Gaza front through understandings of instilling calm in exchange for humanitarian facilitations (on a humanitarian level). This approach turned, two years after the assassination of Abou al-Ata, into a full-fledged plan put forward by the Israeli foreign minister Yair Lapid, and adopted by his government, titled “Security in exchange for Economy”, away from any political dimensions related to the Palestinian rights as a people under occupation.

Second: The political leadership of the Israeli occupation at the time, represented by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, considered that the continuation of the “ninth hour” strategy, of which martyr Abou al-Ata was the icon, that maintains a state of perpetual conflict through engagement with “Israel,” negatively affects the impetus of some normalizing countries to steer towards “Tel Aviv”, which Netanyahu considered a major goal in his regional policies. Moreover, the name of Bahaa Abou al-Ata was engraved deeply in Netanyahu’s mind at two instances that had great impact on his policies and personality. 

The first instance was Abu al-Ata’s crucial role in sanctifying the eye for an eye equation with the occupation, which came in defense of the peaceful protesters who were being assaulted during their “Return Marches” by the IOF. This equation engendered successive rounds of military escalations, becoming the main reason behind the toppling of Netanyahu’s government in November 2018 following the resignation of the then-Minister of Security, Avigdor Lieberman, who opposed accepting a ceasefire with the resistance in Gaza right after the “Ashkelon Hell” battle. Lieberman viewed this “compromise” as a capitulation on the part of Netanyahu’s government. 

The second instance was al-Ata’s responsibility for removing Netenyahu, the so-called “master of Israeli security,” from the podium in an embarrassing fashion in front of his electoral audience in “Ashdod”. This incident was considered by the former PM as a personal insult to him that affected his entire political future, especially with the wide circulation of Abou al-Ata’s picture in Israeli media. Although this circulation aimed to send a threat to the Palestinian leader in order to hinder his work, the continuation of “Al-Quds Brigades”, under his leadership, in the engagement strategy, made him a permanent presence in the Israeli media. Every time Bahaa Abou al-Ata’s photo is published, the Israeli public recalls the humiliation of Netanyahu and his escape from Abou al-Ata’s missiles to the shelter. 

Third: At the time, “Israel” was seeking to focus its efforts on the northern front and the Iranian nuclear project, taking advantage of the presence of US President Donald Trump in office. However, as the Gaza front continued to heat up through the engagement strategy, the occupation considered that the Islamic Jihad, as an effective part of the resistance axis, impeded these Israeli endeavors. Therefore, the Israeli occupation planes tried to assassinate in Damascus the commander of the military department in the Islamic Jihad movement, Akram al-Ajouri, whom “Tel Aviv” calls the military mastermind of the al-Quds Brigades, in tandem with their assassination of Abou al-Ata, who was considered the most powerful executive commander in the Brigades. Thus, “Israel” would have dealt a simultaneous double blow to the military mind and arm of the Islamic Jihad, in order to paralyze the military capacity of the al-Quds Brigades.

This strategy echoes the mistakes made in 1995 when former Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin decided to assassinate the founder of the Islamic Jihad movement and its first secretary-general, Dr. Fathi Shaqaqi, believing that the movement was solely based on the person of Shaqaqi.

However, less than six months later, the Islamic Jihad was carrying out its first operations in “Tel Aviv,” in response to the assassination of martyr Shaqaqi, under the leadership of Dr. Ramadan Shallah back then, may God have mercy on him.

In the case of Bahaa Abou al-Ata, the Jihad movement, led by its Secretary-General Ziad al-Nakhala, did not wait extensively to prove to “Israel” the failure of its expectations: Half an hour after Abou al-Ata’s assassination, al-Quds Brigades fired a rocket barrage in the direction of the “Gush Dan” area, announcing the start of the “Sayhat al-Fajr” battle.

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وكالة الحياة برس الاخبارية

الجمعة 19 11 2021

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أظهرت معركة سيف القدس حقائق جديدة تستحق القراءة بعدما ثبتتها الشهور التي تبعت وقف المواجهة العسكرية، ليست موازين الردع التي فرضتها عنوانها الوحيد على رغم أهميته الفائقة عسكرياً واستراتيجياً، فالتذكير واجب بأن انفجار الحرب جاء نتيجة سبب مختلف عن أسباب انفجار كل الحروب السابقة التي نشبت حول غزة أعوام 2004 و 2006 و 2008 و 2012 و 2014  و 2016 و 2019، وكانت تتصل بالعناوين السياسية المتصلة بالحصار المفروض على غزة، أو بتداعيات عمليات المقاومة، أو بنوايا الاحتلال القيام بعملية عسكرية للتخلص من معادلات الردع التي فرضتها المقاومة، والتي ارتفع منسوبها لصالح المقاومة في الحرب الأخيرة، لكن هذه الحرب من دون سواها جاءت نتيجة تداعيات تتصل بأسباب جديدة، وهي أسباب تتصل بانفجار المواجهة في القدس بين شباب الجيل الرابع من الفلسطينيين، بوجه الاحتلال والمستوطنين، على خلفية مستقبل هوية القدس ومشاريع التهويد، سواء بعنوان الإخلاءات التي استهدفت أهلها الأصليين، أو بعنوان توسع كتل الاستيطان التي تلتهم الأراضي العائدة للفلسطينيين، وصولاً لتهديد هوية الأماكن المقدسة.

لم تبدأ المواجهات الشبابية في القدس بقرار فصائلي، سواء المنضوين تحت راية المقاومة أو المشاركين في السلطة، بل بدأت على قاعدة قرار ترجمته مجموعات شبابية مستقلة من أبناء القدس والبلدات المحيطة في جوار القدس، ودعمته على مدى سنوات في توفير الحضور الشعبي للدفاع عن القدس، وبصورة تصاعدية مجموعات شبابية مشابهة في الأراضي المحتلة عام 1948، وكان المحرك الذي يجاهر به المشاركون ينطلق من عاملين، الأول عدم الثقة بفاعلية وجدوى رهانات السلطة على التدخلات الدولية، سواء لحماية القدس أو لإنعاش الخيار التفاوضي، والثاني السعي لجذب اهتمام فصائل المقاومة لتسييل فائض القوة وميزان الردع لحماية القدس ووقف مشاريع التهويد، ولذلك شهدت شوارع القدس وساحات المسجد الأقصى، كما البلدات المحيطة بالقدس، مواجهات تصاعدية، أظهر خلالها الشباب دورهم الريادي وبسالتهم الاستثنائية، كما ظهرت خلالها بطولات فردية كانت عمليات الطعن والدهس نموذجها المتكرر، قدم خلالها هؤلاء الشباب استشهاديين من نوع جديد، نفذوا هجماتهم التي انتهت كما يعلمون سلفاً باستشهادهم.

المعادلة الأولى التي باتت غير قابلة للكسر تقول إن حركة الشعب الفلسطيني التي كانت محصورة بالضفة الغربية وغزة، وكان مستقبل القدس على جدول أعمالها نابع من مكانة القدس في الذاكرة الفلسطينية، ويخضع لموازين قوى ليس للقدس شراكة في صنعها، دخل عليه متغير صارت القدس ومن خلفها الأراضي المحتلة عام 48، وعبرهما الجماعات الشبابية المستقلة شريكاً في صناعته، من موقع فرض ديناميكية جديدة، وبصورة متصاعدة وجدت نتائجها في معركة سيف القدس، ومن جهة موازية تسبب ذلك بتغيير قواعد الصراع، فعادت للقضية الفلسطينية قواعدها الأصلية التي يمثل مستقبل القدس والأراضي المحتلة عام 48 ركناً رئيسياً فيها، بعدما كان قبل هذا التحول طي النسيان بالنسبة لمكانة فلسطينيي الأراضي المحتلة عام 48 الذين تم تحويلهم إلى عرب «إسرائيل» ورميهم بالتالي خارج المستقبل الفلسطيني، أو كان موضوع مساومة سلبية في ما بتعلق بالقدس، بحيث كانت حرارة التمسك بها عرضة للتراجع تحت عناوين مواربة مثل القدس الشريف، والقدس الكبرى، فيما الاستيطان ينهش أراضي القدس والتهويد يلتهم الأحياء المقدسية.

تأتي عملية الشهيد عمر أبو عصب المقدسي أبن الستة عشر عاماً لتؤكد أن هذا المسار الجديد غير قابل للتراجع، وأن الرهان الذي بنى عليه قادة كيان الاحتلال استراتيجياتهم وسياساتهم، لجهة ظهور أجيال فلسطينية خصوصاً في القدس والأراضي المحتلة عام 48 تخرج من الصراع، قد سقط إلى غير رجعة، ما يعني سقوط الخيار التفاوضي القائم على المعايير التي تراعي الثوابت الإسرائيلية المجمع عليها، بصورة غير قابلة للإنعاش، إذا أخذنا في الاعتبار أن زمن القيادات التاريخية في الكيان قد انتهى هو الآخر إلى غير رجعة، وأن الجيل الرابع من المستوطنين يملك ديناميكية موازية للديناميكية الفلسطينية الشبابية لجهة قرار أخذ المبادرة والإمساك بقواعد اللعبة من يد صناع السياسة، وأن هذا الجيل المسكون بهاجس القلق الوجودي في ضوء موازين القوى المحيطة بالكيان، زاد توحشاً عن الأجيال التي سبقت، وأن القدس والأراضي المحتلة عام 48 تشكل ساحة المواجهة المفتوحة بين الجيلين المتقابلين من الفلسطينيين والمستوطنين، وأن قوى المقاومة حسمت خيارها بتشكيل حاضنة للجيل الفلسطيني الصاعد، بينما تصطف قيادة كيان الاحتلال خلف المستوطنين برضاها أو رغماً عنها، وفقاً لما تفرضه معادلات الانتخابات التي يشكل المستوطنون بيضة القبان فيها.

للمرة الأولى تنطلق ساحة الصراع الرئيسية في المنطقة بقوانين حركة وديناميكيات جديدة، يكون العامل الإقليمي فيها خاضعاً لمعادلات الصراع الأصلية، وعنوانها الشعب والأرض، وتبدو السياقات القادمة أشد حرارة مما سبقها، مهما كانت طبيعة التحولات الجارية في الإقليم، بما سيفرض على الإقليم استحقاقات لا يمكن تجاهلها لجهة مكانة فلسطين وتأثيرها، وتداعيات اي انفجار فيها، ما دامت قوى المقاومة الفلسطينية وحكومة الاحتلال تتموضعان خلف هذه الديناميكية الجديدة، وما دامت قوى المقاومة في المنطقة قد حسمت خيارها وفقاً لمعادلة السيد حسن نصرالله، القدس تعادل حرباً إقليمية، ما يجعل هذه الحرب آتية لا ريب فيها، لكن بشرارة يطلقها المقدسيون وتتسبب بإشعال الحريق الكبير.

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Eva Bartlett: About me, update

November 9, 2021

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Hi folks,

Since some of you may have come across me in recent years/months/weeks…I’m sharing my “about” section, filled with links to my journalism & activism from 2007 on, in occupied Palestine, Syria, Venezuela, the Donbass and elsewhere.

Perhaps you’ve come across me regarding my reporting from Syria, and maybe haven’t read about the things I witnessed & documented in occupied Palestine, particularly in my three years in Gaza (spanning from late 2008 to early 2013, including 2 Israeli massacres of the people of Gaza and many daily Israeli terrorism bombings that never make the “news”, as well as working with farmers and coming under Israeli live fire (which also doesn’t make the news), and the brutal effects of Israel’s draconian siege on Gaza.

In any case, read here for more on my earlier reporting (sadly, it is still very pertinent today, the situation in Gaza even worse than when I wrote about it 10 years ago, and still out of the headlines…).

Check here for my Linktree–links to various media platforms, since censorship is so rampant.

Join my Telegram channel, where I share news from a variety of other sources & channels.

And thank you to all who support in any way!

As Hezbollah’s Military Might Grows, So Does ‘Israeli’ Fear

Nov 1, 2021

As Hezbollah’s Military Might Grows, So Does ‘Israeli’ Fear

By Staff

‘Israel’ Hayom published an analysis piece by Lilach Shoval, in which she considered that ‘Israel’s’ most severe security threat in 2021 and perhaps over the next several years is Lebanon.

While the ‘Israeli’ military and Hezbollah have established mutual deterrence, officials in Tel Aviv estimate that the risk of an escalation is on the rise because tactical events could change the dynamics.

Hezbollah has its own fighters and weapons and continues to strengthen its military capabilities, Shoval wrote.

Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has in recent years created a kind of blood-for-blood discourse, threatening to retaliate against every ‘Israeli’ attack in Lebanon. He has also vowed to retaliate if an attack attributed to the Zionist entity on Syrian soil inflicts harm to Hezbollah members in the country.

Over the past 12 months, the Zionist military has grown increasingly concerned over a possible escalation because of repeated rocket launches from Lebanon, most recently during the 11-day ‘Israeli’ war on Gaza.

The author went on to say that “Hezbollah has more than 70,000 rockets that have a variety of ranges. It also has tens of thousands of mortar shells. Some of the rockets can strike a target at an accuracy of several meters. All this is a source of great concern for the ‘Israeli’ military.”

Additionally, the ‘Israeli’ military estimates that Hezbollah has about a hundred precision-guided munitions as well as the capability to produce more on an industrial scale. Zionist officials are worried that if Hezbollah’s efforts on this front are successful, the balance of power with the ‘Israeli’ would change dramatically.

Another threat posed to the ‘Israeli’ occupation regime is Hezbollah’s drones, antitank missiles, cruise missiles, and of course, its elite Radwan Unit, which includes several thousand fighters who cut their teeth in the Syrian war, Shoval added.

This accumulated experience has led to a perpetual change within the resistance group.

In this context, the author claimed that Hezbollah is preparing for a surprise operation against the ‘Israeli’ regime, during which if a war were to break out, it would deploy its forces to infiltrate the occupied territory and take over outposts or towns close to the border, thereby disrupting the ‘Israeli’ military’s ground maneuver capabilities.

Additionally, Hezbollah’s rockets pose a major challenge to the Iron Dome.

Meanwhile, the author concluded that the Zionist military has to bolster the combat worthiness of its ground forces, which are currently, not in their best shape.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestinian (23 – 29 September 2021)

September 30, 2021

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (23 – 29 September 2021)

Israeli Human Rights Violations

23 – 29 September 2021

  • IOF excessive use of force in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip:
  • 6 Palestinians killed, including 1 child, in the West Bank
  • 17 Palestinians wounded, including 3 children, and a journalist in the West Bank
  • 3 shootings at Palestinians’ fishing boats reported, and 4 others on agricultural lands in the Gaza Strip
  • Settlers attacks: Several Palestinians wounded, including a child in a critical condition, in attack by dozens of settlers in al-Mafraqah and At-Tuwani in Hebron.
  • In 126 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 73 civilians arrested, including 4 children and 2 women
  • IOF established 60 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank and arrested 5 Palestinians on said checkpoints

Summary                                                                                        

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, turning the West Bank into isolated blocks of land. Dozens of Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians in Hebron under Israeli military protection.

The Israeli settlement expansion works continued on Palestinian lands and properties. Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip enters its 15th year under closure, exacerbating the humanitarian hardships across the territory.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

IOF killed 6 Palestinians, including a child, and wounded 17 others, including 3 children and a journalist in separate incidents across the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

In Nablus, IOF killed on 24 September 2021 Mohammed Ali Khabisa (28) from Beit, and wounded two others, including an elderly man, while attacking a peaceful anti-settlement protest in Beita, southeastern Nablus.

In Jerusalem, IOF killed on 26 September 2021, 3 Palestinians after raiding a country house in Bidu village in an extrajudicial execution. Eyewitness statements confirmed there were no clashes in the area, and that IOF killed those civilians in cold blood, and detained their dead bodies. Also on the same day, IOF killed Usama Yaser Sobeh (22) and 16-year-old Yusuf Sobeh; and wounded 6 others during clashes in Jenin after IOF besieged a house in Burqin. IOF detained Yusuf Sobeh’s body and claimed that the incident occurred during an armed clash while arresting activists. Both killings were conducted with the approval of the highest political level in Israel, allegedly while targeting activists who planned violent action.

PCHR documented 4 casualties in IOF attacks on a peaceful protest in Kafr Qaddum, 3 in Jenin and a journalist in al-Bireh, as well as a child in al-Aroub refugee camp in Hebron.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF opened fire 3 times at fishing boats in the Gaza Sea, and four times on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 126 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, 73 Palestinians were arrested, including 5 children and two women.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted two limited incursions in northern and central Gaza.

Settler-attacks:

  • Hebron: settlers attacked Palestinian civilian in Susya as an European Union delegation was visiting the area. Settlers also attacked civilian homes in Jabel Jalis, and dozens of them conducted an attack in al-Mafraqah and At-Tuwani.
  • Occupied East Jerusalem: shooting in the air in Ras al-Amoud as students were leaving their schools.
  • Ramallah: Palestinians’ lands assaulted in Deir ‘Ammar.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Israeli occupation authorities continued to ban the entry of dozens of goods, including construction materials, in collective punishment measures against the Gaza Strip as the Israeli closure imposed on the territory entered its 15th year, without an end in sight that would fulfil Palestinians’ right to enjoy their economic, social, and cultural rights.

Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the 2000 Second Intifada -still closed to this date- and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest, especially at al-Karama border crossing, alongside the Palestinian-Jordanian border.

Shooting and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity

  • At approximately 07:50 on Thursday, 23 September 2021, IOF stationed along Gaza border area opened fire towards agricultural lands in eastern Khan Younis. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 17:10, IOF stationed along Gaza border area opened fire on and off in eastern Beit Hanoun. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 12:30 on Friday, 24 September 2021, IOF stationed on the northern entrance to Kafr Qaddum village, northern Qalqilya, suppressed a peaceful protest led by dozens of Palestinians. IOF chased the protestors and clashed with them; IOF fired bullets, tear gas canisters and stun grenades. As a result, 4 Palestinians, including 2 children, sustained bullet wounds.
  • On Friday evening, IOF killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded two others, including an elderly man, , during their attack on a peaceful protest against settlement expansion in Beita, southeastern Nablus, northern West Bank.

According to PCHR investigations, IOF directly shot the Palestinian civilian in his head from a distance of only 40 meters while there was no threat to the lives of IOF, eliminating any justification to the murder crime. This crime is yet another stark example of IOF unjustifiable relaxed shooting standards in disregard for Palestinian civilians’ lives.

PCHR field documentation indicates that, a peaceful protest took off from Beita Park towards Mount Sbaih at approximately 13:30, where IOF established “Avatar” settlement outpost three months ago. The protestors held Palestinian flags and chanted against the occupation and settlers. Upon their arrival in Mount Sbaih, they found IOF troops stationed in the area, so a group of elderly men approached the soldiers to ask them why the caravans were still in the Mount although a decision was issued to evacuate the settlement outpost.  However, the soldiers opened fire at the elderly men and wounded a 65-year-old man in his bank.  As a result, violent clashes erupted, and some protestors threw rocks at the soldiers, who continued to fire live and rubber-coated bullets, as well as tear gas canisters and stun grenades, at the protestors. The clashes, which expanded to the western side of the Mount in an area called al-Yatamawi, continued until 15:00 and resulted in the injury of 2 civilians: one with a rubber bullet in the head while the other with a live bullet in the head as well.  The latter’s condition was critical, so he was taken to a field hospital in Beita village and.  He was then referred to An-Najah Hospital in Nablus, where his death was announced at 17:00.  Additionally, several other Palestinian civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.  The civilian killed was later identified as Mohammed ‘Ali Mohammed Khabisah (28), from Beita village.

An eyewitness said to PCHR fieldworker that:

“An Israeli soldier opened fire from a distance of 30-40 meters at Mohammed Khabisah when he poked his head from a stone chain he was behind, without posing any threat to the soldiers’ lives.  The soldier managed to shoot him and he fell on the ground.  I ran towards him and he was around 50 meters away.  His head was open and bleeding, so young men and I carried him and walked 100 meters away to a Palestinian ambulance, which took him to a field hospital established in Beita Elementary School for Boys.  He was then referred to An-Najah National Hospital in Nablus, where he was pronounced dead at 17:00.”

  • At approximately 22:00 on Saturday, 25 September 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza border area opened fire on an off in northern Beit Lahia. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 22:45 on Saturday, 25 September 2021, IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 03:00 on Sunday, 26 September 2021, IOF raided Kafr Dan village in western Jenin. A group of Palestinians gathered and threw stones at the IOF military vehicles, and the occupation’s forces opened fire at them. As a result, a 25-year-old male sustained a live bullet injury in the left leg and was transported to hospital. IOF raided several houses in the village and arrested Ahmed Adnan Abed (30).
  • Also on Sunday, IOF killed five Palestinians, including a child, and wounded at least 6 others in two separate incidents in Jenin and occupied East Jerusalem.

In Jerusalem, three Palestinians, including 1 wanted by IOF, were killed after the Israeli military raided a country home in Bidu in an extrajudicial execution, as eyewitness statements confirmed there were no clashes in the area. IOF raided the house and killed two Palestinians; they killed the third while he was attempting to flee the area. IOF has detained the victims’ bodies. In Jenin, a Palestinian man was killed and 6 others were wounded in clashes with IOF after the latter besieged al-Yamun and Burqin. According to media sources, a fifth Palestinian was also killed after an armed clash with IOF; his body was detained. The murder operation executed by IOF was given the green light by the highest political levels in Israel, allegedly for eliminating activists who planned violent operations.

According to PCHR investigations and eyewitness’ statements, at approximately 04:00 on Sunday, large numbers of IOF moved into Ain Ajab area, eastern Beit ‘Anan in the northwest of occupied East Jerusalem. IOF raided a small farmhouse, detonating the front door and shooting inside; IOF killed two men inside the house, and a 3rd almost 50 meters away as he was trying to escape. Before withdrawing from the area, IOF took the victims’ bodies and later informed the Palestinian Civil Liaison that 3 Palestinians from Bidu village were killed in an IOF raid into Beit ‘Anan. The victims are:

  1. Ahmed Ibrahim Zahran (32)
  2. Zakaria Ibrahim Bedwan (36)
  3. Mahmoud Mustafa Hmaidan (31)

Hmaidan’s ID card, and traces of his blood were found near rocks approximately 50 meters from the house.

An eyewitness stated to our fieldworker that a large force of the Israeli military moved into the area and raided a house, gunfire shots were heard. At sunrise, a number of soldiers were seen wrapping two bodies and moving them. He added that locals gathered in the area after IOF withdrew, and they found traces of blood and Mahmoud Hmaidan’s ID card on nearby rocks; other blood traces were found in a different spot, presumably Zahran and Bedwan’s. The eyewitness confirmed that there were no clashes in the area between IOF and the victims, and it was clear that the shooting was one-sided. It is noteworthy that IOF had raided the area the night before; an infantry unit along with a special military unit moved into the area amidst heavy presence of Israeli military drones.

In Jenin, PCHR investigations indicate that Israeli military forces moved into Burqin, western Jenin, at approximately 04:30. IOF stationed between Burqin and al-Yamun villages and surrounded Mohammed Abul-Hasan al-Zar’yny’s (35) house. IOF demanded residents leave the house and surrender themselves. Meanwhile, a group of Palestinians gathered and threw stones at the IOF military vehicles; clashes erupted. At approximately 06:50, Usama Yasser Mohammed Sobeh (22) sustained an explosive bullet in the pelvis and rectum. He was taken to hospital in a critical condition; medical sources pronounced him dead at 08:00. Six others sustained wounds in the clashes that lasted until 07:10 when IOF withdrew from the area and arrested al-Zar’yny along with a 16-year-old child who was wounded in the clashes. The child was identified by Israeli media as Yusuf Mohammed Sobeh (16), and he later died in Israeli custody of his wounds.

The Israeli military spokesperson said that at least 4 Palestinians were killed in shootings between IOF and Palestinians in 5 different areas in the West Bank: 3 in Bidu, and 1 in Burqin – Jenin. He added that 4 armed persons were also arrested.

PCHR investigations and eyewitnesses’ statements refute the Israeli military’s claims that there were clashes with the victims in Bidu as they were extrajudicially executed in cold blood. Also, Usama Sobeh was killed in Burqin in a crime of excessive use of force.

PCHR follow-up indicates that this military operation was conducted upon orders from the highest political levels in Israel, according to Makan the Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, told journalists onboard his flight to New York that IOF acted as expected and have the full support of the government.[1]

  • At approximately 19:00, dozens of Palestinians gathered in Bayt Ijza village, northwestern occupied East Jerusalem. they threw stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli military vehicles in protest to IOF killing 3 Palestinians from Bidu. IOF opened fire at the protestors, firing rubber-coated bullets and tear gas canisters, and chasing them in the village. IOF arrested brothers Saleh (27) and Ahmed (24) M. J. Diwan.
  • At approximately 21:00, , IOF gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 23:00, dozens of Palestinians gathered in Bidu Ijza village, northwestern occupied East Jerusalem. they threw stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli military vehicles in protest to IOF killing 3 Palestinians from the village. IOF opened fire at the protestors, firing rubber-coated bullets and tear gas canisters at them. The clashes continued for hours and spread to nearby areas. IOF arrested Khaled M. Mansour, and Majdi M. Mansour.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Monday, 27 September 2021, IOF stationed along the Gaza Strip border area in Central Gaza, opened fire at agricultural lands. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 13:00, a student-led protest took off from Birzeit University towards Beit El DCO checkpoint in protest to the murder of 5 Palestinians from Jenin and Jerusalem by IOF. The protestors gathered at the checkpoint, set tires on fire. Israeli soldiers fired arbitrarily at the protestors. Clashes erupted where protestors threw stones and IOF shot live and rubber-coated bullets, tear gas canisters and stun grenades. The clashes continued until 16:30. Photojournalist Yusuf A. Shehadeh (21) sustained a minor wound with a rubber-bullet in the left leg; he was treated in the field. Several others suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.

Photojournalist Yusuf A. Shehada stated to PCHR’s fieldworker:

            “I was covering the clashes in the area along with 6 other journalists, IOF shot several stun grenades at our direction. I tried to retreat along with my colleagues, and that is when I was shot with a rubber bullet in the leg fired by IOF. My colleagues helped me get to a safe place away from the area, and I received treatment in the field. My injury was minor.”

  • At approximately 04:00 on Tuesday, 28 September 2021, IOF moved into Qabatiya, Jenin. A group of Palestinians gathered and threw stones at the military vehicles invading the area. IOF opened fire at protestors, wounding 2 Palestinians in their lower extremities. They were taken to hospital for treatment. Several others suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and received treatment in the field.
  • At approximately 14:00, dozens of Palestinians gathered by the entrance of al-Aroub refugee camp in Hebron near an Israeli military checkpoint. They threw stones at the military watchtower, and the soldiers chased the protestors and fired tear gas canisters, and live bullets, Dozens of Palestinians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation, and a 12-year-old Palestinian sustained a bullet in the abdomen. He was taken to hospital and his condition was classified as moderate. The military maintained their presence in the area until later in the evening; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 23:00, dozens of Palestinians gathered in al-Isawiya in occupied East Jerusalem and threw stones at IOF and its military vehicles. IOF fired rubber-coated bullets and tear gas canisters at the protestors and chased them into the village. Omar Mustafa (15) and Adam Said (17) were arrested.

Incursions and arrests

Thursday, 23 September 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Mahmoud Isma’el al-Sweity (29), after raiding and searching his house in Bayt Awa village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Jameel al-Silwadi (18), after raiding and searching his house in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested Shaher Hasan Khadour (38), after raiding and searching his house in Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron.
  • At approximately 03:40, IOF arrested Sameh Mohammed Remaha (18), after raiding and searching his house in Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah governorate.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF arrested Baha’ Eyad Hamdan (19), after raiding and searching his house in Bayt Sira village, west of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 05:45, IOF arrested 3 civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Ya’bad, southwest of Jenin governorate. The arrestees are: Sameeh Sa’eed Zakarnah (21), Yazan Sa’eed Qabha (24), and Ahmed Zuhair Herzallah (19).
  • At approximately 07:30, IOF reinforced with 4 bulldozers, 2 military tanks and a digger, moved from 50-100 meters to the west of the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah, in the Central Gaza Strip. They leveled and combed lands adjacent to the border fence for several hours before they deployed again inside the border fence.
  • At approximately 08:45, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved 50 meters to the south of the border fence, north of Beit Lahia, in Northern Gaza Strip. They leveled and combed lands which were previously leveled amidst sporadic shooting until at approximately 10:00. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 09:00, IOF arrested Ahmed al-Dallal, the Aqsa Mosque guard, while working at the mosque’s yards in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. After several hours, IOF released him on a condition that bans his entry to the mosque for 10 days.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF arrested Saif al-Qawasmy (26), while present inside the prayer-hall (Musalla) of the Aqsa Mosque, in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF arrested Adnan Abu al-Hawa (18), while present on the main street in al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Medhat Tareq al-Issawi (48), after raiding and searching his house in al-Isawiya, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. it should be noted that al-Issawi is a former prisoner who spent 28 years inside the Israeli prisons in separate periods, released 2 months ago, re-arrested 2 weeks ago, and then released 3 days ago on a condition that bans his entry to his village for 25 days.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF arrested Baha’ Fayez al-Rajabi (26), while passing through a temporary military checkpoint near Dung Gate, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Gates.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in Dayr Ibzi’, Budrus, Beitunia and al-Tira neighborhood in Ramallah governorate. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 24 September 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Mousa Majdi Askar (26), after raiding and searching his house in Hizma, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Yousef Ya’qoub al-Faqih (22), after raiding and searching his house in Qatanna, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Mahmoud Sa’eed Nofal (45), after raiding and searching his house in Qalqilya.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Asma’ Assi (29), after raiding and searching her parents’ house in Bayt Liqya village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem, in order to pressurize her husband, Ahmed Ibrahim Zahran (34), to surrender himself to the Israeli authorities. It should be noted that IOF stormed a farmhouse where Zahran and 2 of his friends were hiding in Beit ‘Anan village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem, and killed them on 26 September 2021.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Ahmed Khaled Abu Hamad (29), after raiding and searching his house in Aqaba, northwest of Tubas governorate.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF arrested 3 civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Bidu, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem to pressurize their family member, Ahmed Ibrahim Zahran (34), to surrender himself. The arrestees are: Toqa al-Dein Ibrahim Zahran, her husband, Ibrahim Zahran, and their cousin, Abdul Jabbar Mohammed Zahran.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Jamal Hosney Ghaith while passing through Bayt Iksa military checkpoint, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF arrested Mahdi Ahmed Nawawera while present near Belal Ben Rabah Mosque, near the northern entrance of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF arrested the journalist Ayman Faisal Qawariq (34), from Awarta village, southeast of Nablus, while leaving the Aqsa Mosque in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF extended his arrest until Sunday but the Israeli court decided to release him.
  • At approximately 05:30, IOF arrested Ali Tayseer Zakarnah (25), after raiding and searching his house in Qabatiya, southeast of Jenin governorate.

Saturday, 25 September 2021:

  • At approximately 01:45, IOF arrested Rafiq Mohammed Zakarnah (23), after raiding and searching his house in al-Shuhada village, southeast of Jenin governorate.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested ‘Amer Twfiq Abu Hlayil (26) and Hamza Nader Abu Hlayil (29), after raiding and searching their houses in Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF arrested Khalil Kamal Abu al-Hawa (19), after raiding and searching his house in al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 23:45, a group of undercover “Mista‘arvim” (Israeli Special Unit dressed like Palestinian civilians) sneaked into Jenin, using a vegetable’s car with a Palestinian registration palate and stationed in front of al-Naffa’ Gas Station. Meanwhile, the special unit attacked a Skoda car which was leaving the gas station and arrested the driver, Ahmed Omar Salah (25), and Mohammed Mazen al-Sa’di (31), both from Jenin refugee camp, west of the city.

Sunday, 26 September 2021:

  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Omar al-Barghouthi (20), after raiding and searching his house in Kaubar, north of Ramallah.
  • Around the same time, IOF arrested Yehya Hasan Ladadwah (29) and Mousa Mustafa Shreiteh (29), after raiding and searching their houses in al-Mazra’a al-Gharbiya, north of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 02:45, IOF arrested Alaa Ahmed Abu al-Rab (25), after raiding and searching his house in Qabatiya, southeast of Jenin governorate.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF arrested 3 civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Bayt Fajjar, south of Bethlehem. The arrestees are: Mohammed Mo’ayad Thawabtah (20), Qusai Jamal Deiriyah (22), and Mohammed Ibrahim Deiriyah (22).
  • At approximately 04:30, IOF arrested Mohammed Saleh al-Shanni (27), after raiding and searching his house in al-Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 19:30, IOF arrested 3 civilians from Bidu village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem, after referring to the Israeli Intelligence Services on a prior summons. The arrestees are: Mohammed Saleh al-Sheikh, Ameer Sameer al-Sheikh and Mohammed Abed Ayyash.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Hebron and Bani Na’im village in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 27 September 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested 3 civilians after raiding and searching their houses in al-Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Yousef Adnan Darwish, Khaled Yousef Darwish and Fares Yousef Darwish.
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF arrested Ahmed Khaled al-Qarawi (21), after raiding and searching his house in al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 18:15, IOF arrested Mustafa Saleh Mizher (20), after raiding and searching his house in Deir Nidham, northwest of Ramallah. It should be noted that Mizher is a person with disability.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF arrested Mohammed al-Hindi (23), while present near al-Majlis Gate, one of the Aqsa Mosque Gates in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Beit Ummar, Dura and Hebron. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 28 September 2021:

  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested Rami Mohammed al-‘Awiwi (39) and Mohammed Ali al-Qawasmi (44), after raiding and searching their houses in Hebron.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Tawfiq al-Herbawi (27) and Yazan al-Solal (16), while present near Bab al-Amud area in the occupied East Jerusalem.

Wednesday, 29 September 2021:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Eyad Sa’eeda (18) and Izz al-Dein Totah (21), after raiding and searching their houses in Wadi al-Joz neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF arrested Owda Ibrahim Askar (31), after raiding and searching his house in Hizma, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF arrested (4) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The arrestees are: Mohammed Waleed al-Sayyad (52), Talal Mohammed al-Sayyad (45), Mohammed Dawoud Abu al-Hawa (23), and Abdul Salam al-Hidra (22).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF handed Awad Mahmoud Asakra (28) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services after raiding and searching his house in al-Asakra village, east of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 03:15, IOF arrested Hosney Mahmoud Nazhi (48), after raiding and searching his house in Budrus village, west of Ramallah. It should be noted that the Israeli soldiers severely beaten and pushed Hosney’s son, Mahmoud (20), resulted in a bruises in his hands and shoulders.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF arrested Saleem and Ayyoub Mohammed al-Khadour after raiding and searching their house in Bidu, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 06:20, IOF arrested Abdul Ghani Mohammed al-Khadour (35), after raiding and searching his house and his private clinic which located next to his house in Bayt Sira village, west of Ramallah.
  • IOF carried out (6) incursions in Dayr Ghasana and Shuqba, northwest of Ramallah; Dura, Beit Ummar, Sa’ir and Dayr al-‘Asal villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

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

Demolitions, Confiscations, and Notices

  • At approximately 16:00 on Thursday, 23 September 2021, a group of settlers accompanied with a bulldozer from “Neria” settlement established in northern Deir ‘Ammar, northwest of Ramallah in central West Bank, assaulted the agricultural lands in al-‘Ayoun, north of the abovementioned village, and levelled civilians’ lands. Meanwhile, the villagers tried to confront them with stones, but the settlers randomly opened fire at them.  As a result, IOF intervened and secured the settlers’ withdrawal from the area at approximately 17:10, but no injuries were reported.
  • At approximately 13:30 on Friday, 24 September 2021, a group of settlers from “Susya” settlement established on the Palestinian lands of Susya village, south of Yatta, south of Hebron, moved into the village when an EU delegation was visiting the village to be briefed on the villagers’ living conditions. The villagers attempted to ban setters’ from entering their tents while IOF and border guard police arrived and provide protection for settlers.  When the families tried to approach the settlers, verbal altercations occurred with the soldiers who fired sound bombs at the villagers and the visiting delegation in the village.  One of the soldiers then attacked a member of the popular resistance committees, Rateb al-Jbour (50), and kicked him under his abdomen, so he fell on the ground.  Around an hour later, the settlers and soldiers withdrew from the village.
  • At approximately 20:00 on Saturday, 25 September 2021, a group of settlers from “Havat Gal” in eastern Hebron attacked and threw stones at the houses in Jabal Jales area, east of Hebron. Verbal altercation occurred between the settlers and Palestinians.  Meanwhile, IOF arrived and asked civilians to return to their houses.  They then arrested 24-year-old Faraj al-Tamimi (24) and took him to the Israeli police station in “Karyat Arba” settlement in eastern Hebron.  It should be noted that settlers established a statute on nearby Palestinian lands in Jabal Jales area and cut olive trees in addition to destroying the stonewalls.
  • At approximately 13:30 on Monday, 27 September 2021, settlers opened fire in the air in front of Ma’ale HaZeitim settlement complex established on the lands of Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood when students were on their way out from their schools near the settlement, enticing fear among them.

Eyewitnesses said that a settler was in front of Ma’ale HaZeitim settlement on the main street near al-Madares street in Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood and pulled his gun to shoot in the air when Palestinian students were on their way out from their schools, enticing fear among them.  Tens of Palestinian young men gathered near the settlement and threw stones and empty bottles.  IOF immediately increased its soldiers in the area to protect settlers and fired teargas canisters at the protesters to disperse them.  An unidentified child was arrested.

  • On Tuesday, 28 September 2021, tens of settlers from “Avijal” settlement and “Havat Ma’oun” settlement outpost carried out widescale attacks on Palestinians in al-Mafqarah complex and At-Tuwani village, east of Yatta, under IOF’s protection. As a result, a number of civilians, including 2 children, were wounded; one child was injured directly in the head and his condition was reported serious.  Moreover, house and car windows were broken as well as solar panels.

According to PCHR’s investigations at 12:30, ten masked settlers with knives and steel clubs coming from Avijal settlement attacked Ra’ed Khalil Jaber Hamamdah (43) from al-Rakiz area when he was with his brother, Murad (37) and his 2 kids grazing their sheep in al-Mafqarah complex.  The settlers threw stones at him and chased his sheep.  They then tried to beat him and the 2 children with the steel sticks.  One of the settlers stabbed 5 sheep and killed them.  Meanwhile, around 50 other settlers from the same settlement; most of them were masked, chased the shepherds towards al-Mafqarah area, where the villagers gathered to protect the shepherds.  The settlers then chased Suhaib Mousa Hussein Hamamdah and stabbed him with a knife in his right leg.  The settlers held 30 civilians, including children, and intensively threw stones at them while 40 other masked settlers from “Havat Ma’oun” settlement outpost, carrying guns and rifles, attacked civilians’ houses  and vehicles, breaking their windows, and puncturing the tractors’ tires with knives.

An hour later, IOF arrived and tried to move the settlers away.  They fired sound bombs at the Palestine civilians and randomly fired in the air.  Settlers’ attacks resulted in many injuries due to stone-throwing; some of them sustained bruises and cuts in the head and legs.  Of those wounded, Mohammed Baker Mahmoud Hamamdah (4) sustained critical wounds in the head when he was in his house.  He was taken to Soroko Hospital in Israel.  Moreover, tens of children suffocated due to teargas inhalation when IOF fired teargas canisters at civilians’ houses.  At approximately 14:00, settlers spread out in the same area and destroyed the solar panels with stones and steel clubs, trying to raid many houses. At approximately 15:00, Israeli police and border guard backups arrived while settlers started to withdraw towards “Havat MA’oun” settlement and a PRCS ambulance arrived to evacuate those injured to Abu al-Hasan al-Qasem Hospital in Yatta.  Meanwhile, near At-Tuwani village, which 100 kilometers away from the village, and in full view of IOF patrols, 40 masked settlers were divided into 2 groups and threw stones at a house belonging to Mos’ab Mousa Rab’ie (37) from 2 sides as there were a group of Palestinian gathered near the house.

 The latter attempted to respond with throwing stones at the settlers at the time IOF opened fire and fired tear gas canisters to disperse the Palestinian civilians and protect the Israeli settlers.  As a result, Rawdah Rab’ie, the wife of the house’s owner, and her children suffocated and was forced to move with her kids to another nearby house.  IOF’s attacks continued for an hour when settlers started withdrawing towards “Havat Ma’oun” settlement.  Moreover, Kamel Rab’ie (38) sustained wounds in the head after he was assaulted with a steel club by one of the settlers while Rebhi Ahmed Rab’ie sustained bruises in his feet after being hit with stones and was treated on the spot.

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

The Gaza Strip:

The Israeli authorities continued to impose collective punishments against the people of the Gaza Strip, including tightened restrictions on imports and exports, causing a serious deterioration in Palestinians’ enjoyment of their economic and cultural rights.

The West Bank:

In addition to 108 permanent checkpoints and closed roads, this week witnessed the establishment of 60 temporary checkpoints that restrict the movement of goods and individuals, where IOF searched Palestinians’ vehicles, checked their IDs, and arrested 5 of them. IOF reinforced its restrictions on civilians’ freedom of movement at its permanent checkpoints in the West Bank and shut some checkpoints for several hours on multiple occasions.

Here follows PCHR documentation of restrictions on the freedom of movement and IOF-established temporary checkpoints across the West Bank this week:

Jerusalem:

  • On Thursday, 23 September 2021, IOF established tens of police checkpoints in occupied East Jerusalem and its vicinity. They closed many main roads to secure settlers’ celebrations of Jewish Sukkot holiday, blocking traffic in most of the Arab neighborhoods in the Old City.
  • On Friday, 24 September 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Bir Nabala village and Biddu village.
  • On Saturday, 25 September 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at Jeeb village intersection.
  • On Monday, 27 September 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints near Biddu tunnel and at its entrance, in al-Khandeeq area and in Beit ‘Anan village.
  • On Tuesday, 28 September 2021, IOF established police checkpoints in many areas in the Old City and its surrounding to secure settlers’ celebrations of “Simhat Torah.”

Ramallah:

  • On Monday, 27 September 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Deir Abu Mash’al and Sinjil villages, ‘Ein Siniya village intersection and under ‘Atarah village bridge.
  • On Tuesday, 28 September 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to al-Nabi Saleh and Abu Falah villages.

Jericho:

  • On Sunday, 26 September 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the Cable Car intersection, northern Jericho.

Bethlehem:

  • On Thursday, 23 September 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints near al-Nashash Intersection: ‘Aqbet Hassnah area and at the western entrance to Beir Fajjar village.
  • On Friday, 24 September 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints near al-Nashash Intersection, in ‘Aqbet Hassnah area, at the western entrances to Teqoa village and at al-Jab’ah village intersection.
  • On Saturday, 25 September 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Wadi Fukin, Teqoa and Beit Fajjar villages.
  • On Sunday, 26 September 2021, IOF closed al-Container checkpoint, northeast of Bethlehem and re-opened it later. They also established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Teqoa and Beit Fajjar villages and in ‘Aqbet Hassnah area.
  • On Monday, 20 September 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the western entrance to Beit Fajjar village and near al-Nashash Intersection.
  • On Tuesday, 28 September 2021, IOF established a checkpoint near the western entrance to Husan village.

Hebron:

  • On Thursday, 23 September 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Hebron “al-Fahs”, on Beit ‘Aynoun Road and at the northern City entrance.
  • On Friday, 24 September 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Samou’a, Beit Ummar and Ad-Dhariyah villages and al-Fawwar refugee camp.
  • On Saturday, 25 September 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit Fajjar, Ethna, Sa’ir villages and al-Fawwar refugee camp.
  • On Sunday, 26 September 2021, IOF established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Samou’a, al-Shyoukh and al-Ramadeen villages.
  • On Monday, 27 September 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrance to al-‘Aroub refugee camp, western Hebron entrance and at the entrance to Ethna village.

Nablus:

  • On Thursday, 23 September 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the northern ‘Asirah village, and Deir Sharaf Intersection. In the next day, the 2 checkpoints were re-established.

Jenin:

  • On Thursday, 23 September 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at Kafiret intersection and Ya’bud village intersection in Jenin.
  • On Monday, 27 September 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at Kafiret intersection.

 Salfit:

  • On Friday, 24 September 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Kafr al-Deek village and northern entrance to Salfit.
  • On Saturday, 25 September 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Yasouf village in eastern Salfit.
  • On Sunday, 26 September 2021, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance to Deir Ballut village, west of Salfit.
  • On Monday, 27 September 2021, IOF established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Deir Ballut, Deir Istiya, Kafr al-Deek and Salfit.
  • On Monday, 27 September 2021, IOF established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Haris and Kafr al-Deek villages, west of Salfit.

[1] Makan, https://www.makan.org.il/Item/?itemId=113640

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Israeli Occupation Targets Gaza Strip, Again

August 29, 2021

Source: Agencies + Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen

Night confusion units vow to continue their activities as “Israel” targets Gaza with fresh airstrikes,

An Israeli airstrike on Gaza Strip
An Israeli airstrike on Gaza Strip

Al Mayadeen correspondent reported that the Israeli occupation targeted the Gaza Strip with airstrikes.

A number of strikes were nullified as the Palestinian resistance launched ground-based counter-air defenses at the occupation warplanes in the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli occupation warplanes additionally dropped dozens of dangerous and poisonous bags with a foul smell along the Gaza border.

Coincidingly, Palestinians confirmed that they will continue their popular night confusion activities until the Israeli occupation ends its violations against Al-Quds (Occupied Jerusalem) and the Palestinian people, and breaks the siege on Gaza.

The blockade has devastated Gaza’s ailing economy and fuelled an unemployment rate that hovers at nearly 50 percent.

Furthermore, the Palestinian health ministry in Gaza on Saturday night reported 11 Palestinians wounded during confrontations with Israeli occupation forces. According to the ministry, three of those wounded were hit by live ammunition and are in moderate condition. The other eight were reported lightly hurt from rubber bullets or shock grenades.

The Israeli occupation forces, which had beefed up forces ahead of the activities, used tear gas and live ammunition to attack Palestinians.

The night confusion units vowed to resume their activities for the whole week.

Night confusion units asserted that “Israel’s crippling blockade on Gaza pushes us to make the lives of the Israeli settlers a living hell, and the settlement an uninhabitable area.”

“Our demands are clear.”

Night confusion units also warned that “any targeting of rebellious youth will cost an uncalculated price.”

What is night confusion?

As night falls, hundreds of young Palestinian men begin organizing various activities which last until dawn. 

The aim is simple. To confront Israeli settlers who established settlements on Palestinian land and confuse Israeli occupation forces.

Night confusion units were inspired by the “night confusion” activities during the return marches that erupted in March 2018 in the Gaza Strip near the barbed wire barrier with “Israel”. 

Omar Abu al-Nil: Yet another Palestinian Child Martyr…

Omar Abu al-Nil: Yet another Palestinian Child Martyr…

Omar Hassan Abu al-Nil, the child martyr, embraced by his family one last time
Omar Hassan Abu al-Nil, the child martyr, embraced by his family one last time

On Saturday, 12-year-old Palestinian child Omar Hassan Abu al-Nil died after succumbing to injuries he sustained at the Gaza Strip border last week.

Abu al-Nil, a child resident of al-Tuffah neighborhood east of Gaza City, was critically wounded after being shot by an Israeli sniper in the al-Ras area during his participation in a march against the Israeli siege on Gaza.

The child’s martyrdom comes only days after the occupation fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at Palestinian protestors peacefully chanting “Seif al-Quds will not be sheathed.”

Abu al-Nil is another victim of not only Israeli crimes, but the International Community’s deafening silence on the endless illegal trespasses the Zionist apartheid “state” has been committing since its colonial formation in 1948. 

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‘Israeli’ Forces Murder Palestinian Teen Near Gaza Strip Fence

August 28, 2021

‘Israeli’ Forces Murder Palestinian Teen Near Gaza Strip Fence

By Staff, Agencies

The Zionist occupation forces murdered a Palestinian teenager as they shot him during weekend along the fence that separates the besieged Gaza Strip from the ‘Israeli’-occupied territories.

Palestinian medical sources said 12-year-old Omar Hasan Abu an-Neel was hit in the head during protests in the area of Malka, east of Gaza City, last week. 

The teenager was taken to a nearby hospital, where he underwent a surgery, but remained in a critical condition at the intensive care unit until he succumbed to his serious wounds early on Saturday.

The Zionist gunfire wounded at least 41 Palestinians, including two critically, on August 20.

Among the two Palestinians critically injured was a 13-year-old boy who was shot in the head, Gaza’s health ministry explained.

It described most of the other injuries as moderate, including gunshots to limbs, backs and abdomens.

The ‘Israeli’ military claimed that hundreds of demonstrators approached one area of the fence in northern Gaza and attempted to climb over it, admitting that troops fired tear gas and live rounds at the protesters.

The injuries came during a Gaza protest organized by Hamas and other Palestinian resistance factions in support of al-Quds, where ‘Israeli’ occupation forces frequently raided the holy al-Aqsa Mosque compound – the third-holiest site for Muslims – during the holy month of Ramadan, wounding hundreds of Palestinians.

The raids prompted Palestinian resistance fighters in the Gaza Strip to respond to acts of aggression and fire retaliatory rockets into the ‘Israeli’-occupied territories.

The Zionist military then launched a devastating 11-day war on the besieged Palestinian coastal enclave that led to the martyrdom of at least 260 Palestinians, including 66 children.

In this respect, the United Nations Children’s Fund [UNICEF] said Zionist forces killed nine Palestinian children and injured 556 others between May 7 and July 31 in the occupied al-Quds. ‘Israeli’ troops also arrested at least 170 Palestinian children during the period.

Adding Fuel to Fire: The Politics of Power Outages in Gaza

August 20, 2021

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BY YOUSEF ALJAMAL

The continuing electricity crisis in Gaza means that it is only a matter of time before another Palestinian family dies in a fire caused by candles.

A Palestinian boy holds a candle during a protest against power cuts on November 3, 2013 in Gaza City. Gaza’s lone power plant shut its generators on Friday due to a fuel shortage, a move that will likely increase already long blackout hours in the impoverished coastal territory. Photo by Ashraf Amra. Anadolu Agency.

In late June 2006, and soon after Palestinian factions captured the Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit in an attack against an Israeli military outpost southeast of Gaza, Israel started a destructive military operation in the coastal enclave to bring its solider back. One of the main infrastructures destroyed by Israel’s military operation in Gaza at the time was Gaza’s only power plant, located in the Al-Nuseirat refugee camp where I grew up.

Israel’s F-16s destroyed the power plant with a dozen missiles as my family gathered in the middle of the night to seek some sort of protection. I remember that night vividly as my mother brought us together while Israeli warplanes fired their missiles at the power plant a mile away from my family’s house. The house would shake and the screams of children at night would be heard even clearer, breaking the relative silence of the night which was violated by the sonic sounds of the Israeli warplanes.

In the same year, my youngest brother Omar was born. Today, he is 15 years old – the number of years of Israel’s siege on Gaza – and he has probably not enjoyed a single full day of electricity in his entire life in Gaza. The year 2006 saw the start of the power outages crisis in the coastal enclave, which has only got worse over the years. At the start of the crisis, electricity was cu off for four hours a day. As the demand for more electricity increased with Gaza’s population doubling by some 70,000 a year, and as fewer people were able to pay electricity bills due to the lack of jobs, the crisis has only got worse.

For years, Israel has prevented the entry of materials needed to fix the damaged power engines and the oil tanks destroyed by its warplanes. In many instances, Israel would link allowing shipments of manufactured fuel to run the Gaza Power Plant to ceasing hostilities. Meanwhile Gaza’s power plant, which produces 140 MW of Gaza’s total need of 450 MW, has rarely been able to function at full capacity. Gaza depends on other sources to cover the rest of its needs including two Egyptian and Israeli supply lines. In many instances, these two lines have gone down, and Israel has used the pretext of the security situation in the Gaza Strip to postpone fixing the Israeli supply line.

The electricity crisis has impacted all aspects of life in Gaza. From 2006 to this day, dozens of patients have passed away due to the lack of electricity in the intensive care units (ICUs).

As forest fires continue unabated in many parts of the world due to the recent heat wave, one can only imagine what this heat wave means for the people of Gaza. In a place like Gaza, where green areas are limited, and where thousands of people live in tin houses in ever-crowded refugee camps, the heat is even worse. The only place people can escape to is the Mediterranean Sea, much of which is polluted by untreated sewage water that is pumped into the sea because the only desalination treatment in the Gaza Stirp was also destroyed by Israel in 2008/9.

The electricity crisis has impacted all aspects of life in Gaza. From 2006 to this day, dozens of patients have passed away due to the lack of electricity in the intensive care units (ICUs). It has become nearly impossible for students to sit their exams or study due to the lack of electricity. Many factories and industries have stopped working due to the lack of electricity which is crucial to their functioning. All the people living in Gaza have had to change their lifestyle including when to cook, use the washing machines, or sleep, based on the power outage schedule.

A woman helps children study under candle light during a power cut in Khan Yunis, Gaza on August 18, 2020. After Israel tightened the blockade in Gaza Strip, the only power plant in the area stopped production affecting the life especially the health sector. Photo by Mustafa Hassona. Anadolu Agency.

The power outages crisis in the Gaza Strip has created new industries, some of which have been exploited by greedy merchants. Nearly every household in Gaza has a generator. As fuel prices jumped to 7 NIS (more than $2) per liter, following the destruction of many tunnels connecting Gaza with Egypt that were used to smuggle fuel, fewer people were able to run their generators.

In 2011-2013, when Egyptian fuel reached Gaza, most people turned on their generators at the same time, creating excessive noise pollution in the overpopulated coastal enclave. As this industry developed more and with fewer people able to run their own generators in the Gaza Strip, another private industry emerged with private electricity networks and companies being established. People interested in six extra hours of electricity pay approximately $50 a month and are able to use their lights and turn on their TVs –  but not their fridges or electrical devices that consume a lot of energy.

With unemployment rates rising by the day in the Gaza Strip, only a handful of people can afford to pay their electricity bills, let alone subscribe to private electricity networks. The majority of people choose to leave their oven-like houses for the sea, which tends to be very crowded in the summer. The lack of electricity has also affected people’s ability to pump water into their tanks, creating yet another problem for Gazans.

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So far, the international community has failed to provide tangible solutions to Gaza’s ongoing electricity crisis. First, it has failed to make Israel accountable and ensure it does not target Gaza’s already fragile electricity infrastructure. The international community has also failed to pressure Israel to allow the implementation of long-term projects in the Gaza Stirp that would solve the issue of power outages in the coastal enclave such as the proposal by Turkey to send a floating power plant; the proposal by Qatar to convert the power plant so that it operates on gas and to establish a gas line to provide Gaza’s power plant with the needed gas; or Algeria’s proposal to send fuel to operate the power plant.

The Palestinian division between Hamas and Fatah has added fuel to the fire in this regard. In many instances, the Palestinian governments of Gaza and the West Bank would exchange accusations over who is responsible for the crisis. Meanwhile, Israel, the occupying power, which should provide Palestinians with all needed services according to international law, acts with impunity.

The international community should hold Israel responsible and make sure that it provides Palestinians, who live under its tight siege in Gaza, with electricity.

The people of Gaza, who have experienced four major Israel offensives – the latest of which was in May 2021 and which resulted in the destruction of more infrastructure in the Gaza Stirp – deserve to live in dignity and to enjoy full, basic services. The international community should hold Israel responsible and make sure that it provides Palestinians, who live under its tight siege in Gaza, with electricity.

The denial of basic rights to the Palestinians has created a Palestinian generation that sees no hope in achieving a just solution to their plight. Meanwhile, the continuing electricity crisis in Gaza means that it is only a matter of time before another Palestinian family dies in a fire caused by candles.

Israel and the international community should fear the reaction of people like my youngest brother Omar. The situation in the Gaza Strip is unsustainable, and if the dignity and freedom of Palestinians there are not respected, regional security will always be at stake, and it will be a matter of time before another conflict breaks out, bringing even more destruction to Gaza’s infrastructure.

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August 12 2021

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen

Senior Adviser to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi proclaims that Gazans suffer because of “Hamas” rather than “Israel,” expressing concern over Iran’s power.

Adviser to UAE Prince: Hamas Occupies Gaza, not
Ali Al Nuaimi, Senior Adviser to the prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammad Bin Zayed

In an interview with an Israeli newspaper, Ali Al-Nuaimi, senior adviser to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohamed bin Zayed, denounced the Palestinian resistance in Gaza.

During an interview with “Israel Today“, Nuaimi expressed that “One of the biggest errors in this narrative, which I saw repeated over and over in the media, was the way they speak about [the] Gaza [Strip] as if it’s occupied by the Israelis. It’s not: It’s controlled by Hamas.”

“It is time to liberate Gaza, which was hijacked by Hamas to serve Iranian goals,” Al-Nuaimi said in an interview marking the one-year anniversary of the normalization of Emirati-Israeli relations, adding that “the Palestinian people in Gaza are suffering because of Hamas, not because of the Israelis.”

He discussed the international sentiment surrounding the crimes of the Israeli occupation during  Seif Al Quds battle, which sparked worldwide outrage, with thousands demonstrating on the ground and using electronic campaigns on social media, stating that “We also have to fight the war of propaganda – one that the Israelis lost in this last round of fighting between Israel and Hamas. I saw narratives coming from not only the Middle East but the West too, which represented a shift.”

After questioning him on the harsh criticism directed at “Israel” on social media in the Emirates, Al-Nuaimi stressed that “many of us condemned Hamas”, justifying “in Israel, too, there were people who opposed the war, so that is not an indication, but rather says what some of the people in the Emirates think. It’s hard to overcome history, but we want to open people’s eyes and show them things they haven’t seen over the last 40 or 50 years.”

The Israeli publication expressed admiration for Al-Nuaimi’s responses, commenting that “these brave responses were given by a senior official in an Arab country.”

Ariel Kahana, the journalist who conducted the interview, divulged that he previously met Al-Nuaimi a year ago, as Kahana was one of the Israeli journalists accompanying the first Israeli delegations to the UAE on August 31, two weeks after former US President Donald Trump announced the UAE-“Israel” agreement to establish relations.

Al-Nuaimi: Iran wants to be a world power

Answering the question of how to treat Iran, the adviser responded by expressing concern that the international community does not speak in “one voice on Iran”, detailing that “when we speak with our European friends about the invasiveness and aggression of Iran in Arab states, we hear that they ‘understand our concerns.’ But we don’t need someone to understand our concerns, rather we need someone to act according to international law and respond to those violating other countries’ sovereignty.”

Concerning the UAE’S opinion of the US and Iran returning to a nuclear agreement, Al-Nuaimi expressed that returning to the nuclear agreement as it used to be would not solve the problems, accusing Iran that it “never honored the agreement or the commitments, in any respect.”

Al Nuaimi: There is no “going back” on UAE-Israeli relations

Bin Zayed’s adviser remarked of his country’s connection with the Israeli occupation, “the ties being forged between us are not political or just between governments. These are comprehensive ties in every respect. This is a normal relationship that is growing. “

“There is discussion and dialogue, and I know the media will paint it as a crisis. But it isn’t,” he said of the UAE’S position on Israel’s revision of the gas transfer arrangement from the Emirates to Europe via “Israel”. 

He reassured the journalist that “a disagreement on one issue will degrade ties. This is not the case.”

“جيروزاليم بوست”: حزب الله يختبر “إسرائيل” وحتى الآن ينجح Hezbollah is testing Israel and so far it’s succeeding – analysis

أغسطس 9 2021

المصدر: جيروزاليم بوست

سيث فرانتزمان

صحيفة “جيروزاليم بوست” الإسرائيلية تنشر مقالاً للكاتب “سيث فرانتزمان” يقول فيه إن رد “إسرائيل” على صواريخ حزب الله يمكن أن يضع حدود لبنان في نفس وضع حدود غزة.

“جيروزاليم بوست”: التوازن الصحيح لكيفية الرد سيكون من الصعب العثور عليه

نشرت صحيفة “جيروزاليم بوست” الإسرائيلية مقالاً للكاتب سيث فرانتزمان، تحت عنوان: حزب الله يختبر “إسرائيل” وحتى الآن ينجح.

وفيما يلي نص المقال المنقول إلى العربية: 

ردّ “إسرائيل” على صواريخ حزب الله يمكن أن يضع حدود لبنان في وضع حدود غزة نفسه. في يوم الإثنين الماضي، ألقى رئيس الوزراء نفتالي بينيت كلمة في الكنيست. قوبل بوابل من الصراخ والإزعاج والتسميات. 

وقال: “لنتحدث عن نتائج الحكومة الأخيرة” في غزة، أظهرتم ضبط النفس في مواجهة الهجمات الصاروخية بينما نهاجم كل بالون حارق. لقد تركتم حزب الله بعشرة أضعاف الصواريخ التي يمكن أن تصل إلى أي مكان في “إسرائيل” ولهذا السبب يجب أن تكون ميزانية الأمن كبيرة”.

لم يكن بينيت مخطئاً. عاد بنيامين نتنياهو إلى رئاسة الوزراء في سنة 2009، بعد ثلاث سنوات من حرب لبنان الثانية.

في ذلك الوقت، كان لدى حزب الله ما يُقدّر بنحو 30 أو 40 ألف صاروخ. في الوقت الحاضر، يُعتقد أن لديه أكثر من 150 ألف صاروخ. 

هل هذا خطأ نتنياهو؟ إنه قابل للنقاش، لكن ليس هناك شك في أن “إسرائيل” اتخذت في عهده قراراً واعياً بعدم توجيه ضربة استباقية لوقف التعزيز العسكري للوكيل الإيراني. سمحت “إسرائيل” باستمراره في التسلح رغم علمها أن هدف الصواريخ هو استخدامها ضدها في يومٍ من الأيام. 

في الغالب، كان القرار متسقاً مع العقيدة العسكرية الإسرائيلية. لم تتخذ “إسرائيل” إجراءات استباقية لوقف التعزيزات العسكرية التقليدية. اعتُمد هذا الخيار في حالتين عندما سعى العراق 1981 وسوريا 2007 للحصول على أسلحة نووية. نووية، نعم. صواريخ عادية، لا.

لكن ما سيتعلمه بينيت هو أنه من السهل التكلم لكن التصرف أصعب. هذا على الرغم من حقيقة أن أحد كبار أعضاء حكومته الائتلافية والأمنية، وزير القضاء غدعون ساعر، هو من أنصار العمل الوقائي منذ فترة طويلة ضد حزب الله. 

في سنة 2018 حذّر ساعر من أن لـ”إسرائيل” نافذة ضيقة لمهاجمة حزب الله لمنعه من الحصول على ذخائر دقيقة التوجيه. 

كل هذا مهم يجب أخذه في الاعتبار بعد هجوم حزب الله الصاروخي على “إسرائيل” في يوم الجمعة. صلية من نحو 20 صاروخاً جاءت بعد يومين فقط من إطلاق ثلاثة صواريخ باتجاه كريات شمونة. الفرق هو أن الصواريخ يوم الأربعاء قيل إن مجموعة فلسطينية مارقة أطلقتها. في يوم الجمعة، أعلن حزب الله مسؤوليته بشكل علني.

كان رد فعل “إسرائيل” حتى الآن معتدلاً. بعد هجوم يوم الأربعاء، قصف سلاح الجو مناطق مفتوحة في جنوب لبنان حيث تم إطلاق الصواريخ. بعد صلية يوم الجمعة، ردت “إسرائيل” بقصف مدفعي باتجاه مصدر النيران. بحلول ليلة السبت، بدا أن الأمر انتهى عند هذا الحد. 

ما نعرفه هو أنها طريقة خطيرة للتفكير منذ أن سمحت “إسرائيل” لحدودها الشمالية بالتحول إلى الطريقة التي تسير بها الأمور على طول الحدود مع غزة. هناك، على مدى سنوات، ضبطت “إسرائيل” نفسها بعد الهجمات الصاروخية. وفي حال ردّت، استهدفت الكثبان الرملية أو نقاط المراقبة المؤقتة التابعة لحماس. لا شيء خطير جداً.

هذه القذائف الصاروخية، التي أصبحت طبيعية، أُطلقت على سيادة “إسرائيل”. طالما لم يصب أو يقتل أحد، وطالما كان إطلاق الصواريخ متقطعاً، يمكن لـ”إسرائيل” أن تتمالك نفسها. هل كان لهذا معنى؟ يمكن. وهل قوّضت أيضا قوة الردع الإسرائيلية؟ قطعاً. 

هذا ما يحدث على طول الحدود الشمالية أيضاً. يمكن تفسير تعليق كوخاف على أنه تطبيع لإطلاق الصواريخ الآن من لبنان.

ليس بالضرورة. ما قد تفعله تعليقات مثل تعليقات كوخاف عندما تقترن برد عسكري معتدل، هو خلق شعور لحزب الله بأنه، مثل حماس، يمكنه تطبيع الهجمات الصاروخية ضد شمال “إسرائيل”. 

سيكون هذا كارثياً لـ”إسرائيل” ولكن من الصعب إيقافه. قد يؤدي الرد القوي جداً إلى تصعيد أكبر، وهو أمر لا تريده “إسرائيل”، في حين أن الرد الضعيف جداً قد يؤدي إلى تعلم حزب الله درساً سيئاً، وهو أمر لا تريده “إسرائيل” أيضاً. 

التوازن الصحيح لكيفية الرد سيكون من الصعب العثور عليه. بناءً على أحداث يوم الجمعة، يتعين على الحكومة أن تفعل ذلك بسرعة.

Hezbollah is testing Israel and so far it’s succeeding – analysis

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Streaks of light are seen from Ashkelon as the Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Strip on May 20, 2021. (photo credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
Streaks of light are seen from Ashkelon as the Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Strip on May 20, 2021.(photo credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)

Israel’s response to the Hezbollah rockets could put the Lebanon border in the same situation as the Gaza border.

By YAAKOV KATZ   

On Monday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke at the Knesset. He was met by a volley of yelling, heckling and name calling. 

“Let’s talk about the results [of the last government],” he said. “In Gaza, you showed restraint in face of rocket attacks while we attack for every incendiary balloon. You left Hezbollah with ten times more rockets that can reach any place in Israel and because of that the defense budget needs to be big.

”Bennett was not wrong. Benjamin Netanyahu returned to the premiership in 2009, three years after the Second Lebanon War. At the time, Hezbollah had an estimated 30 or 40 thousand rockets. Nowadays, they are believed to have over 150,000.

Was it Netanyahu’s fault? That is questionable, but there is no doubt that under his tenure Israel made a conscious decision not to launch a preemptive strike to stop the Iranian proxy’s military buildup. Israel allowed the armament to go on even though it knew that the rockets were intended to be used one day against it.

For the most part, the decision was in line with Israeli military doctrine. Israel has not launched preemptive action to stop a conventional military buildup; that has been reserved for two instances when Iraq (1981) and Syria (2007) were pursuing nuclear weapons. Nuclear, yes. Regular rockets, no.

What Bennett will learn though is that it is easy to talk but harder to act. This is despite the fact that one of the senior members of his coalition and security cabinet, Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar, is a longtime proponent of preemptive action against Hezbollah. 

In 2018, Sa’ar warned that Israel had a narrow window to attack Hezbollah to prevent it from obtaining precision-guided munitions.

This is all important to keep in mind following Hezbollah’s rocket attack against Israel on Friday. The barrage of about 20 rockets came just two days after three rockets were launched toward Kiryat Shmona. The difference was that the rockets on Wednesday were said to have been fired by a rogue Palestinian group. On Friday, Hezbollah openly took responsibility.

Israel’s response until now has been mild. After Wednesday’s attack, the Air Force bombed open areas in southern Lebanon from where the rockets had been fired. After Friday’s barrage, Israel responded with artillery fire in the direction of the source of the fire. By Saturday night, that seemed to be it. 

This is dangerous and complicated. IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Ran Kochav went so far as to explain that the fact Hezbollah fired its 20 rockets into open fields meant that the Lebanese terrorist group was deterred and scared of a larger conflict with Israel. If that wasn’t the case, he told reporters in a briefing on Friday, it would have attacked population centers. Is this true? We don’t know.

What we do know, is that it is a dangerous way to think since it sets up Israel to allow its northern border to turn into the way things are along the border with Gaza. There, for years, Israel restrained itself after rocket attacks. If it responded, it hit sand dunes or makeshift Hamas observation posts. Nothing too serious.

This normalized rocket fire into sovereign Israel. As long as no one was hurt or killed and as long as the rocket fire was sporadic, Israel could restrain itself. Did it make sense? Maybe. Did it also erode Israel’s deterrence? Definitely. That is happening along the northern border as well. Kochav’s comment could be interpreted as normalizing rocket fire now from Lebanon. No one was killed and no one was hurt so that must mean that Hezbollah is deterred. 

Not necessarily. What comments like Kochav’s potentially do when coupled with a mild military response, is create for Hezbollah a feeling that it – like Hamas – can normalize rocket attacks against Israel’s North. 

This would be disastrous for Israel but difficult to stop. Too strong a response could lead to a larger escalation – something Israel does not want – while too weak a response could lead Hezbollah to learn a bad lesson, something Israel also does not want. 

That right balance of how to respond and is going to be hard to find. Based on Friday’s events, the government needs to do so fast.

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Video: Innumerable Ways Canada Supports Israeli Apartheid

A Canadian Foreign Policy Institute panel

By Michael WelchBianca Mugyenyi, and Yves Engler

Global Research, August 08, 2021

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The violence between Israelis and Palestinians went up substantially in May of this year.

A dust-up which began with protests over the threat of the Supreme Court of Israel authorizing the eviction of six families from Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem led to Israeli forces storming the compound of the Al-Aqsa mosque. Before long, the conflict arose between Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad firing rockets, and Israel launching 1500 land, sea, and airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. When the dust settled after an 11 day rampage, 256 Palestinians, 66 of whom were children, perished. Israel by contrast lost 13 people including 2 children.

This episode of terror is most likely not going to end given the failures of past attempts to settle the dispute. As many episodes of Global Research have made clear, the United States have used so-called peace deals to harness more power to them, with Israel as their junior partner.

However, there is another player on the stage that similarly steered the course on the side of Israel against the Palestinians. As outspoken author Yves Engler has pointed out in his book Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid, both of the governing parties in our home and native land and even the Left are promoting Israel.

On this week’s program, we present a panel discussion produced by the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute entitled Innumerable Ways Canada Supports Israeli Apartheid – And What We Can Do About it.

The Canadian Foreign Policy Institute is a non-partisan organization which seeks to inform people living in Canada about the country’s diplomatic, aid, intelligence, trade and military policies abroad which are at odds with their self-portrait as a benevolent force around the world. Its director is Bianca Mugyenyi who will function as the moderator for the discussion.

Yves Engler is one of Canada’s foremost Canadian foreign policy critics and dissidents. He is the author of ten books on Canadian foreign policy including House of Cards: Justin Trudeau’s Foreign Policy (2020), and Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid (2010). His articles have appeared at rabble.ca, canadiandimension.com, and on his own site yvesengler.com.

Jonathan Kuttab is an international human rights lawyer and a co-founder of Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq and of Nonviolence International.

Karen Rodman is a reverend and a founder of Just Peace Advocates.

Bianca Mugyenyi is an activist, a journalist and the director of the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute.

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The Families of the Gaza Martyrs between Two Eids: Life Is A Short Dream أهالي شهداء غزّة بين عيدَين: الحياة كحُلم قصير

The Families of the Gaza Martyrs between Two Eids: Life Is A Short Dream

July 20, 2021 

The Families of the Gaza Martyrs between Two Eids: Life Is A Short Dream

Translated by Staff, Al-Akhbar Newspaper

The mother of the two martyrs, Ibrahim and Imran al-Masri, never forgot the moment when she separated from her two sons. She relives it even during Eid, especially since they passed away during the days of Eid al-Fitr. On that day, she left the house and headed to the market of Beit Hanoun to buy Ibrahim’s Eid clothes. Her husband was supposed to take care of Imran’s after breakfast.

“Ibrahim was my friend. He followed me on my way to the market, so I asked him to go back where his fate was awaiting him,” the grieving mother recalls.

“I still feel that I am in a dream. The years that Ibrahim and Imran spent in my arms are short, but the incident of their martyrdom is quick, and their farewell is quick as well. Everything went away in a blink of an eye.”

“Until this moment, I feel that Ibrahim and Imran will return to my house, knock on the door, and enter.”

Alaa Abu Hatab is the only survivor of a massacre in which ten members of the Abu Hatab and Al-Hadidi families perished. The feeling of loss prevented him from buying Eid clothes and toys for his daughter Maria, the only survivor of his family. However, he had to prepare a big pot of coffee to receive mourners on the the first day of Eid al-Adha. This family, whose house was bombed in Al-Shati Camp, greets the Eid with double the heartache – it lost several children on the second day of Eid al-Fitr as they played with other kids. This was an attempt by their families to help the children take their mind off the aggression.

 Abu Hatab remembers that night all too well.

Just after midnight, four Al-Hadidi children were being accompanied by their mother to visit their relatives from the Abu Hatab family.

“On that day, we gathered the children with their parents to provide them with a playful atmosphere that would make them forget the horrors of war. After midnight, I left the house to buy them dinner. Moments after I left, huge explosions struck the area,” Alaa said.

“I came back, and I thought the explosion was from our neighbors’ house, but I was surprised that bombs from the warplane fell on our entire house.

“Everyone who was in the house, ten people, including eight children and two sisters, perished. And I stayed with little Maria.”

The man and his only daughter aren’t thinking about visiting his family’s graves on the first day of Eid, hoping to postpone this heavy task until the third day.

Meanwhile, Alaa Abu Al-Awf, who lost 14 members of his family, including his wife and two daughters, in the Al-Wahda Street massacre, decided to spend the morning of the first day of Eid visiting his family’s graves.

“I find no other place to comfort my loneliness today but to be close to them,” the bereaved man said.

Abu Al-Awf’s mind wanders off as he talks in his destroyed house.

“We used to mark the morning of Eid with our special tradition: Eid prayer, the slaughter of a sacrifice [livestock], warm family quarrels – mostly between those who like to eat the liver of the sacrifice and those who cannot stand the smell of it cooking, the eidiyah, then the journey of distributing the sacrifice rations to the relatives.”

His eyes fill with tears as he continues, “Everything has become a memory. May God have mercy on them and give us patience.”

In addition to the families of the martyrs, the families whose homes were destroyed live in a similar atmosphere.

“The house in Gaza is a homeland, the homeland of memories and the warm details,” says Muhammad al-Madhoun.

“Every year, we’d prepare a place in front of the house door where we slaughtered the sacrifice. The young men if the family would gather in front of the house before going in groups to visit relatives,” he adds.

Today, however, the seven-member al-Madhoun family, lives in a rented house.

The young man in his twenties says, “Eid will pass as a stranger, not only because our house was destroyed, but because there are no prospects for reconstruction.”

Al-Madhoun’s pessimism stems from “Israel’s” procrastination. The “Israelis” have tied the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip to demands for concessions from the resistance on the issue of captured soldiers and a long-term armistice understandings in exchange for easing the siege, which the resistance categorically rejects.

أهالي شهداء غزّة بين عيدَين: الحياة كحُلم قصير

الثلاثاء 20 تموز 2021

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غزة | لا تحتفظ والدة الشهيدَين، إبراهيم ومروان المصري، باللحظات الأولى لفراق ولدَيها فحسب، إنما تعيشها واقعاً، حتّى في أجواء العيد، ولا سيّما أنهما رحلا خلال أيام عيد الفطر. يومها، كانت قد غادرت البيت، وتوجّهت إلى سوق مدينة بيت حانون، لكي تشتري ملابس العيد لإبراهيم. وكان من المفترض أن يتكفّل زوجها بمهمّة «كسوة» عمران، بعد الإفطار. تقول الأم المكلومة: «كان إبراهيم صديقي، لحق بي وأنا في طريقي إلى السوق، فطلبْت منه أن يعود، فكان قدره ينتظره». وتُكمل: «ما زلت أشعر بأنني في حلم، السنوات التي قضاها إبراهيم وعمران في حضني قصيرة، وحادثة استشهادهما سريعة، ووداعهما سريعٌ أيضاً، كلّ شيء مضى بلمح البصر». وتضيف: «حتى هذه اللحظة، أشعر بأن إبراهيم وعمران سيعودان إلى بيتي، يطرقان الباب، ويدخلان».

علاء أبو حطب، الناجي الوحيد من مجزرةٍ قضى فيها عشرة أقارب من عائلتَي أبو حطب والحديدي، منعته أجواء الفَقد من شراء ملابس العيد والألعاب لطفلته ماريا، الناجية الوحيدة من عائلته. ومع ذلك، تَعيّن عليه أن يجهّز قدراً كبيراً من القهوة، ليستقبل المعزّين في صبيحة أوّل أيّام عيد الأضحى. فهذه العائلة، التي قُصف منزلها في مخيّم الشاطئ، تستقبل أجواء العيد بحسرة مضاعفة، كونها كانت قد فقدت أطفالها في ثاني أيام عيد الفطر، أثناء تجمّعهم مع أطفال آخرين للعب، في ظلّ محاولة ذويهم جعلهم يتجاوزون ظروف العدوان. يستذكر أبو حطب تفاصيل تلك الليلة جيداً. بعد منتصف الليل تحديداً، كان أربعة أطفال من عائلة الحديدي برفقة والدتهم، في زيارة لأقاربهم من عائلة أبو حطب. يقول علاء: «يومها، جمعْنا الأطفال مع ذويهم، لكي نوفّر لهم أجواء اللعب التي تنسيهم أهوال الحرب، وبعد منتصف الليل، خرجْت من المنزل لأشتري لهم العشاء، وبعد لحظات من خروجي، دوّت انفجارات هائلة في المنطقة». ويتابع: «عدت، وكنت أظنّ بأن الانفجار في بيت جيراننا، ولكن فوجئت بأن قنابل الطائرات سقطت على منزلنا بالكامل». وينهي حديثه قائلاً: «قضى كلّ مَن كان في المنزل، وهم عشرة أشخاص، كان بينهم ثمانية أطفال وسيّدتان شقيقتان، وبقيت أنا برفقة الصغيرة ماريا». لا يفكّر الرجل وابنته الوحيدة في زيارة قبور عائلته في أوّل أيّام العيد، مشيراً إلى أنه سيؤجّل هذه المهمّة الثقيلة على نفسه إلى اليوم الثالث.

إلى جانب عائلات الشهداء تعيش الأُسَر التي دُمِّرت منازلها أجواءً مماثلة


أمّا علاء أبو العوف، الذي فقد 14 شخصاً من عائلته، من بينهم زوجته وابنتاه، في مجزرة شارع الوِحدة، فقد قرّر أن يقضي صبيحة أوّل أيّام العيد في زيارة قبور عائلته. يقول الرجل: «لا أجد مكاناً آخر يؤنس وحشتي اليوم، سوى أن أكون قريباً منهم». يسرح أبو العوف بعيداً، أثناء حديثه في منزله المدمَّر، ويقول: «كُنّا في صبيحة يوم العيد نحافظ على أجوائنا الخاصة: صلاة العيد، ثم ذبح الأضحية، ثمّ خلافات العائلة الدافئة، بين من تَحب أن تأكل من كبد الأضحية، ومن لا تُطيق رائحة طهوها، ثمّ العيديّة، ثمّ رحلة توزيع حصص الأضاحي على الأقارب». ويتابع الرجل، وقد امتلأت عيناه بالدموع: «كلّ شيء أصبح ذكرى… الله يرحمهم ويصبرنا بعدهم».

إلى جانب عائلات الشهداء، تعيش الأُسَر التي دُمِّرت منازلها أجواءً مماثلة، فـ»المنزل في غزة وطن، وطن الذكريات، والتفاصيل الدافئة»، كما يقول محمد المدهون. ويضيف: «على باب البيت، كُنّا نجهّز كلّ عام مكاناً نذبح فيه الأضحية، وأمام المنزل يتجمّع شباب العائلة قبل التوجّه في جماعات لزيارة الأقارب والأرحام». أمّا اليوم، فتعيش عائلة المدهون، المكوّنة من سبعة أفراد، في منزل استأجرته. ويقول الشاب العشريني: «سيمرّ العيد غريباً، ليس لأنّ منزلنا قد دُمّر فقط، ولكن لأن آفاق إعادة الإعمار تبدو غائبة». تشاؤم المدهون مردّه مماطلة إسرائيل. فملفّ إعادة إعمار القطاع بالذات، يتأثّر باشتراطات هذه الأخيرة تقديم المقاومة تنازلات في ملفّ الجنود الأسرى، والدخول في تفاهمات هدنة طويلة الأمد، في مقابل تخفيف الحصار، وهو ما ترفضه المقاومة بشكل قاطع.

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Palestinian Resistance Groups Ready to Defend Al-Aqsa Mosque

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By Staff, Agencies

Spokesman for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Resistance Movement, Tariq Salmi, said that Palestinian Resistance groups are ready to defend Al-Aqsa Mosque with all their might.

Reacting to the recent aggressions of Zionists on Al-Aqsa Mosque, Salmi reiterated the readiness of Palestinian Resistance groups to defend the Mosque with utmost power, WAFA News reported.

He emphasized that the insistence of the Zionist enemy on protecting the attacks of settlers on Al-Aqsa Mosque during these auspicious days, especially on the day of Arafah, is a clear aggression against all Muslims and will hurt the feelings and emotions of every Muslim.

He also stressed that the goal of these aggressive policies of the Zionist regime is to escalate tensions and destabilize the situation, adding that the colonial project of the Zionist regime is the most dangerous type of aggression. The Zionists only understand the language of force and power.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Salmi further reminded that Zionists are trying to change the balance of power in their favor.

It is a matter of fact that the Palestinian Resistance groups are closely monitoring the events happening in Al-Aqsa Mosque and will respond to their attacks.

The Palestinian Resistance groups can react at appropriate time and place to the Zionist regime, which is in fact responsible for aggravating the situation in occupied lands and territories. The Resistance overthrew former ‘Israeli’ Prime Minister Netanyahu and today is able to overthrow other Zionist generals, Salmi added.

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